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Obituaries for Menominee County and Surrounding Areas

Obituaries for Menominee County and Surrounding Areas
Andrew Upton PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of September 22, 2011
Andrew D. (Dave) Upton, 79, Menominee, died Sept. 21, 2011, at Bay Area Medical Center.

He was born July 29, 1932, in San Pedro, CA, to James and Nellie Upton. Dave served a 23-year career in the United States Air Force before retiring from the military in 1971. He was a Korean War veteran. He later graduated from Lake Superior State University as a registered nurse. Dave worked on the nursing staff at Menominee County-Lloyd Hospital and Marinette General Hospital, retiring after 20 years of employment. On July 18, 1988, he married Ruth K. Palm of Marinette.

He is survived by his wife; five children, Shannon (Joe) Berger, Daggett, Andrew D. (Norma) Upton, Jr., Lacey, WA, Michael Upton (Linda), San Jose, CA, Maria Smith, Green Bay, and John Upton, Stephenson, nine grand children; two brothers-in-law, Lewis (Birgit) Palm and James (Jeanette) Palm, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers, James and John; and a sister, Charlene.

Friends called at Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home, Marinette, where memorial service was held Sept. 17 with the Rev. Thomas Lach officiating. Military honors followed the service.
Gene Semrau PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of September 22, 2011
Gene Paul Semrau, 70, Menominee, died Sept. 15, 2011, at Bellin Hospital after struggling for many years with health issues.

He was born in Marinette, to the late Paul and Arlene (Gross) Semrau Aug. 17, 1941. He graduated from Menominee High School in 1959. On May 12, 1962, he married Judy Huffman at St. Williams' Catholic Church in Menominee. He worked at Menominee Paper as a mill wright for 35 years until retiring in 2003. He was a member of the Hayward Lake Club where he had a cabin and enjoyed hunting, fishing and just being outdoors.

He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Cindy Semrau, Oconto; a brother, David (Carol) Semrau, Marinette; two sisters, Paula (Tom) Reichl, Appleton, and Cheryl (Joe) Salfai, Menominee. He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel; and an infant brother, Peter.

Friends called at the Thielen Funeral Home, Marinette, where service was held Sept. 17. Deacon Steve Gretzinger officiated.
Genevieve Sagataw PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of September 22, 2011
Genevieve Verona Keshick Sagataw, 86, Wilson, died Sept. 16, 2011, at Marquette General Hospital.

She was born Nov. 22, 1924, in Hannahville, to Peter and Hazel (Williams) Keshick, Sr. She was a longtime member of the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (formerly St. George's) Parish, Bark River. Genevieve had resided at her place of residence in Harris for nearly 70 years. A lifelong member of the Hannahville Indian Community, she served as Michigan's first female tribal chairperson in the late 60s. Genevieve served on various community boards and committees including the Hannahville Indian School in the 1980s. She and Omar were united in marriage by Fr. Prudhomme at St. James Catholic Church in Hannahville April 4, 1945. He preceded her in death May 13, 1993. She was among the first Hannahville Indian Community members to graduate Harris High School in 1943. Genevieve survived her siblings. Genevieve was an accomplished dress maker, scratch baker, armchair quarterback and umpire. She became a lifelong pro sports aficionado and BR-H High School sports teams fan. She attended the August 2011 BR-H football fall home-opening game prior to taking ill.

She is survived by three daughters, Maxine (Dennis) Engel, Daggett, Connee of Harris, and Sara of Wilson; eight sons, Greggory (Buck), Daniel, Dale-Joe (Jackie), Steven of Hannahville, Robert (Patti), Tyrone (Debbie) of Escanaba, Patrick (Robin) of Lansing, MI, and Terrance (Ramona) of Chebanse, IL; brother-in-law, Edgar Sagataw, Hannahville, nieces, cousins, 24 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her grand daughter, Angela Throwbridge.

Mass of Christian was held Sept. 20, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Bark River, celebrated by Bishop Alexander P. Sample. Burial was in the Bark River Cemetery. The Crawford Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Pearl Roden PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of September 22, 2011
Pearl Roden of Daggett and Stephenson, died Sept. 13, 2011.

She was born to Alfred and Martha Sands in Minneapolis, MN, March 1, 1916. She grew up on the Sand's farm west of Daggett. Her grandparents, both Sands and Carlson, homesteaded there near the Cloverleaf cheese factory. She moved to Chicago to work and married Helge Roden. She moved back to Stephenson in 1970 to care for her mother and she and her husband decided to retire there. For the last 10 years she had been living with her extended family in Dallas, TX. In her last year she lived at Cottonwood Residential Care. Even though her last years were in Texas she was still a Stephenson girl. One of the highlights each week was getting a copy of her church bulletin and the Menominee County Journal. She has been a member of Bethlehem Covenant Church in Palestine for over 40 years. After becoming a widow in 1984, she devoted time to helping several older relatives and friends.

She is survived by her son, Norman (Shirley), five granddaughters and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years; brother, Glen; and sister, Eve Counter (Alan).

A service will be held at, and burial will be from, Bethlehem Covenant Church, Oct. 1. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. followed by a service at 11 a.m. with burial immediately after. Memorial contributions may be directed to Bethlehem Covenant Church, Stephenson.
Richard Ihander PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of September 22, 2011
Richard Allen Ihander, 69, Lexington, KY, died Sept. 17, 2011, at home.

He was born Jan. 10, 1942, in Daggett, to the late Uno and Helen (Jurmu) Ihander. Richard worked as an LPN, logger, and most recently in landscaping. He enjoyed helping others, coin collecting and going to flea markets. He was proud of his Finnish heritage.

He is survived by two daughters, Jodi (Owen) Hatfull, Lexington, KY, and Kathy (Scott) Green, Boulder, CO; two sons, Richard (Dicky) Ihander, Georgetown, KY, and Mike (Sherri) Lesperance, Daggett; the mother of his children, Linda Ihander, Kentucky, grandchildren; two sisters, Sherry (Harold) Wettanen, Daggett, and Jane Strom, Merrill, MI; and two brothers, Don (Mary) Ihander, and Andy (Sally) Ihander both of Daggett.

Family and friends may call at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, Sept. 22, from 4 p.m. until time of funeral service at 7 p.m. Reverend Archie Roberts will officiate. Burial will take place in Maple Grove Cemetery, Oakwood, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. A memorial fund has been established in his name.
Patricia Braun PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of September 22, 2011
Patricia L. Braun, 81, Menominee, died Sept. 12, 2011.

She was born March 26, 1930, in Menominee, to the late Herman and Isabella (Belanger) Braun. Pat graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes, Class of 1948. She was an Associate of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Bay Settlement. She was also a member of Resurrection Parish in Menominee, the Women's Club and the adult choir. She had been an organist, choir director and a choir member most of her adult life. Pat was an auxiliary member of the Legion of Mary, a volunteer at the Menominee Heritage Museum and at the Luther Home. She enjoyed music, flower gardening, reading and yearly retreats at Marygrove retreat Center in Garden.

She is survived by two nieces, Kathryn (Mark) Gannon, Atlanta, GA, and Deborah (Steph) Hamilton, Rochester, NY; three nephews, Mark (Sue) Ennis, Weston, WI, Thomas (Betty) Ennis, Grand Rapids, MI, and Paul (Lisa) Ennis, Lexington, KY, 12 great-nieces and nephews, two great-great-nieces and a great-great-nephew. Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Bea Ennis.

A Memorial Mass was offered Sept. 19 at Resurrection Parish. The Rev. Fr. Michael Chenier officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee. The Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home assisted the family.
Robert Bergstrom PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of September 22, 2011
Robert H. Bergstrom, 45, died unexpectedly in Menominee, Sept. 12, 2011.

He was born in Menominee March 9, 1966, to the late Harold Bergstrom and Dorothy (Szymik) Bergstrom. He graduated from Menominee High School, Class of 1984. He worked as manager at the Holiday Station Store and later for Bob Foley Builders and Erickson Plastering. Robert was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church. He was an avid outdoors person, enjoyed hunting and he was a Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan.

He is survived by his son, Nolan Bergstrom, Negaunee, Robert's mother; two sisters, Risa Bergstrom and Mary (Mark Krueger) Bergstrom, all of Menominee; three brothers, Steve (Audrey) Bergstrom, and Harold (Amy) Bergstrom, Jr., both of Marinette, and Jon (Cheryl) Bergstrom, River Forest, IL, nieces, nephews and Nolan's mother, Michelle Bergstrom-Decker, Negaunee. Along with his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Kristen Ankney.

Funeral service was held at the Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home Sept. 21 at 6 p.m. The Rev. Lee Goodwin and Rev. Douglas Schoen officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery in Menominee. A memorial fund has been established in Robert's name.
Martina Steffke PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of September 01, 2011
Martina Steffke (Graf), 87, died Aug. 26, 2011, at the Lighthouse Memory Care Facility in Brookfield, WI.

Martina was born June 21, 1924, in Vienna, Austria. She met an American soldier, Patrick Steffke, during WWII, and after the war she relocated to the United States and they married. The couple settled in Menominee where she then spent all but the last few years of her life. Patrick Steffke preceded her in death in 1985. In addition to music and the arts, her passions included traveling, gardening, fine food, playing cards and socializing with friends, and nearly any kind of athletic activity. Bicycling, skiing, racquetball and tennis were among her favorites.

She is survived by her son, Sam of Milwaukee; her sister, Maria of Austria; three nieces, three nephews and a grand-nephew.

Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.
Valerie Palmer PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of September 01, 2011
Valerie Sue Palmer, 54, Harbor Springs, MI, formerly of Stephenson, died Aug. 20, 2011, in Houghton, MI.

Valerie was born to Lois and the late George Palmer Oct. 15, 1956, in Menominee. She grew up in the Stephenson area graduating from Stephenson High School, Class of 1974. Val continued her education at Bethel College in St. Paul, MN, for one year and then went to Eastern Michigan University graduating with a BA in recreation and a minor in Environmental Science. She worked for many years as an activity director in a skilled care facility. Val was an active member of a church in each community where she resided. She had a deep faith in her Lord and lived her life that way. She was a volunteer at the Manna Food Pantry.

She is survived by her mother of Marinette; two sisters, Denise (Dave) McDowell, Harbor Springs, Barb (Steve) Engle, Oakdale, MN, a niece Sarah (Matt) Black, and cousins.

Visitation was held at the Carney Evangelical Free Church in Carney, where faith service was held Aug. 29, Rev. Gary Page and Rev. Robert Mueller officiating. Burial was in Stephenson Township Cemetery. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, assisted the family with arrangements.
Theresa Lippens PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of September 01, 2011
Theresa Eugena Lippens, 80, Rock, died Aug. 22, 2011, at the Marquette General Hospital in Marquette.

She was born Sept. 9, 1930, in Menominee, the daughter of John and Celina (Vandermissen) Geniesse. She was raised in Menominee where she attended Menominee High School. She received her high school diploma from Gladstone High School. Theresa married Bennie Lippens Aug. 28, 1948, in Menominee. They made their home in Rock where they raised their six children. Theresa worked on the family farm in St. Nicholas. She also drove school bus for several years for the Rock and Mid-Peninsula Public Schools. She later was a cook and teacher's aide for the Mid-Peninsula Public Schools, retiring in 1996. She also catered banquets and weddings. Theresa was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Perkins, Perkins American Legion Auxiliary and the Rock Senior Center. Theresa's hobbies included going to the casino and making clothing for the school plays. She was a Green Bay Packer fan. She treasured time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by three sons, James (Bonnie) Lippens, Escanaba, Thomas (Beverly) Lippens, Rock, Stephen (Sherrie) Lippens, Gladstone; two daughters, Sharon (Jerry) Maki, Rock, Vicki (Tony) Demeuse, Howell, MI; son-in-law, Donald (Cathy) Radlein, Elgin, IL; four brothers, John (Mary) Geniesse, Menominee, Kenneth Geniesse, Sussex, WI, Gerard (Lucille) Geniesse, Buffalo Grove, IL, Tony (Chayo) Geniesse, El Paso, TX; sister, Doris VanDamme, Escanaba, 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter, Carol Radlein; brothers, Bernard and Raymond; sisters, Ann Funk and Bernice Schahczenski.

Friends called at the Skradski Funeral Home, Gladstone. Mass of Christian Burial services were held Aug. 26 at St. Joseph Church in Perkins with Rev. Fr. Jacek Wtyklo officiating. Burial was at the Rock Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the family for a memorial fund to be established at a later date.
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