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Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of December 03, 2009

Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of December 03, 2009
Erna Lewis PDF Print E-mail
Erna Caroline Lewis, 100, died Nov. 15, 2009, at Bellevue Retirement Community, Green Bay.

Erna was born Oct. 10, 1909, in Luxemburg, WI, the daughter of August and Margaret (Daul) Meintz, Daggett. She attended Luxemburg area schools and was united in marriage to Harold Lewis Nov. 19, 1932, in Daggett.
She was a member of St. Willebrord Catholic Church and the Sanctuary Society of the church.
She was formerly employed with the Oneida Golf and Riding Club. While employed at Model Cleaners (Royal) as a seamstress, one of her duties was to do alterations to the Green Bay Packers uniforms during the Glory Years and she enjoyed her many personal conversations with Coach Vince Lombardi.
She enjoyed sports, playing cards and traveling.
She was a volunteer at St. Vincent's de Paul  and St. Vincent's Hospital and was a member of the Allouez Senior Citizens.

She is survived by her four children, Durleen (Peter) Braasch, South Bend, IN, Marlin (Louie) Lewis, Green Bay, Shirley Fischer, De Pere, and William (Red) Lewis, Green Bay, 13 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and a sister, Margaret Mellinger, Green Bay.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a son-in-law, Donald Fischer; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Lewis; a great-grandson, Benjamin Flagstad; two brothers, and three sisters.

The Mass of Christian Burial was held Nov. 17 at St. Willebrord Catholic Church, Green Bay, with the Rev. Kenneth J. DeGroot, O. Praem., officiating. Entombment was in Allouez Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum.
A memorial is being established for St. Willebrord or for Unity Hospice.
Online condolences may be sent to www.wschauer-schumacherfuneralhome.com
Lawrence Hultman PDF Print E-mail
Lawrence F. Hultman, 84, 4716 North Drive, Menominee, died unexpectedly at his home Nov. 27, 2009.

He was born March 26, 1925, in Menominee, to the late Hjalmer and Esther (Bonn) Hultman and spent most of his life in the Menominee area. He married Mildred (Millie) Casperson Sept. 10, 1949. She preceded him in death Feb. 6, 2003.
He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was honorably discharged in December of 1945. He served in Normandy, Northern France, the Ardennes and Rhineland. He received the European African Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with four bronze battle stars, four overseas service bars and a good conduct medal.
He and his wife worked at the Marinette Elks Club for 24 years. He enjoyed cooking, especially fish boils. He also worked at Marinette Marine for 22 years before retiring in the later 1980s. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, being outdoors and building things in his garage.

He is survived by his twin daughters, Bonnie (Kim) Coggins, Menominee, and Connie (Skip) Callies, Hudson, FL, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and sister, Ruth (Ed) Kielpinski, Waterford, WI.

Visitation was held at Anderson Kell Funeral Home, Menominee. A funeral service was held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Menominee Nov. 30. The Rev. Douglas Schoen officiated.
Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.
A memorial fund has been established in Lawrence's name.
Robert Hoeffler PDF Print E-mail
Robert John Hoeffler, 61, Galloway, WI, died unexpectedly Nov. 29, 2009, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau, WI.

He was born Aug. 10, 1948, in Marinette, the son of the late Ervin and Elizabeth (Dennis) Hoeffler of Menominee.
Bob was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He served during the Vietnam War. On Aug. 11, 1984, he married Cornelia (Nell) Boersma in Pewaukee, WI. The couple owned and operated The Mouse Trap Sports Bar in Galloway. He was also a carpenter by trade and enjoyed fishing, duck hunting and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Roberta Hoeffler, HI; a step-son, Randy (Karen) Kaiser, MN, four grandchildren and two step-grandchildren; two brothers, Rick (Deb) Hoeffler, Daggett, and Michael (Kathy) Hoeffler, Menominee; and one sister, Debbie (John) Madison, Peshtigo.

A memorial gathering will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Galloway Community Center, Galloway, WI.
Raymond Gayon PDF Print E-mail
Raymond M. (Fritz) Gayon, 70, Marinette, died Nov. 29, 2009, at his residence under the care of Unity Hospice.

He was born April 10, 1939, in Lake Township, Menominee County, to Adolph and Dorothy (Lance) Gayon.
He spent his early life in the Daggett area and was a 1957 graduate of Stephenson High School. After high school he entered the United States Army, serving in Germany until his discharge in 1960. On June 1, 1963, he married Karen Nimmer. They resided in several other communities before returning to this area 15 years ago. Raymond had been employed in the telecommunications field by Western Electric and later General Telephone. He was a former member of the Lions Club in Antigo. He was an avid outdoorsman and hunter and enjoyed most being at his camp. He delivered mobile meals for Northland Lutheran as a volunteer.

He is survived by his wife; three children, Debra (Rodney) Miller, Polar, WI, Dawna (Dale) Myers, North Augusta, SC, and Stephen Gayon (friend Becky Fulcher), Marinette; 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; eight brothers and sisters, Francis (Joe) (Darlene), Darlene (John) Thielke, Floyd (Pete) (Kathy), Donald (Donna), Carolyn (Gail-Eldon) Bowers, Jeanne Gayon, Connie (Gil) Anderson and Kathy (Garth) Newlin, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and a nephew, Shawn Newlin.

Friends called at Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home, Marinette. Funeral service will be held at the funeral home Dec. 3 at 1 p.m. The Rev. Jim Mathews will officiate.
Memorial contributions to the charity of choice are suggested.
Ronald Truitt PDF Print E-mail
Ronald Wayne Truitt, 61, Stephenson, died Nov. 23, 2009, at Bay Area Medical Center.

Ron was born Aug. 30, 1948, in Menominee, to the late Joseph, Sr. and Bessie (Sims) Truitt. He graduated from Stephenson High School in 1966. On Feb. 20, 1979, he married Denise Nord in Menominee. He worked as a field construction boilermaker. He enjoyed going to auctions, gardening, camping, fishing, hunting, and going to Camp Basswood.

He is survived by his wife; four sons, Duane and Jeremy, Menominee, Jack and Jake, Stephenson; two granddaughters; two brothers, Burt (Leanne) and Joe (Jean), Stephenson, nieces and nephews.

In keeping with Ron's wishes no services will be held. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, is assisting the family with arrangements.
John Stoppa PDF Print E-mail
John Edward Stoppa, 94, a longtime Stephenson resident, died Nov. 25, 2009.

He was born May 31, 1915, in Duluth, MN, to Joseph and Katherine Stoppa. He moved to Stephenson with his family when he was 13. He graduated from Stephenson High School in 1936, in the middle of the Great Depression.

Upon graduation he joined the Civilian Conservation Corps to help his parents make ends meet. He spent his time in the CCCs working as a fire-watch and planting trees in lower Michigan. He kept only enough of his earnings to buy toothpaste and sent the rest home to his parents. His family says he regarded Franklin D. Roosevelt as the greatest president in American history because he established the CCCs.

He joined the U.S. Army in 1942, wherre he served four years, first as Military Police and later as an auto body repairman. He received several military accommodations, including a Victory Medal, an American Theater Ribbon, an Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon with two Bronze Battle Stars, a Philippine Liberation Ribbon with one Bronze Star and a Good Conduct Medal.

In 1946, he began working as a clerk in the U.S. Post Office in Stephenson, where he met Lenora Halvorsen. They married in 1951.
He retired from the post office in 1977. In the early 1980s he went to work as a school bus driver in Stephenson and drove bus for more than a decade.
He enjoyed gardening, reading and watching wrestling and old westerns.

He is survived by his wife; sister, Josephine (Leon) Luick; sons, John Stoppa, Jr., Vancouver, WA, and Mark Stoppa, Wasilla, AK; daughters, Nancy Duffrin, Black Creek, WI, Cheryl Lucas, Wallace, and Karen Rehbein, German Town, WI; sons-in-law, Roger Duffrin, Gordon Lucas and Fred Rehbein; daughter-in-law, Becky Stoppa, nine grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.

A service was held Nov. 28 at Central Baptist Church, Stephenson.
Arrangements were made by Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson.
JoAnn Slater PDF Print E-mail
JoAnn (Sorenson) Slater, 59, daughter of Ralph and Florence Sorenson of Menominee, died Nov. 23, 2009, of ovarian cancer.

She is survived by her husband, Greg Slater, Traverse City; son, Troy (Christi) Slater, Petoskey; daughter, Kim (Seth) Brown, Rochester, WA; four grandchildren; three brothers, William (Kim), AL, Carl (Kathy) and Howard (MaryAnn), Menominee, nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at Reynolds Jonkhoff Funeral Home, Traverse City. A memorial service will be held Dec. 4 at The Living Hope Assembly of God Church in Traverse City at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon.

Memorials may be directed to Munson Healthcare Regional Foundation-Women's Cancer Fund, 210 Beaumont Place, Traverse City, MI 49684 or the Living Hope Church-Missions Fund, 3050 S. Airport Rd. W. Traverse City, MI 49684.
Online guest book at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com
Mabel Roubal PDF Print E-mail
Mabel Ann Roubal, 87, Marinette, died Nov. 25, 2009, at the Luther Home in Marinette.

Mabel Treptow was born Dec. 21, 1921, in Grover, WI, to the  late Theodore and Meta Bertha (Polzin) Treptow.
Mabel was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menominee.

She is survived by two daughters, Marlea (Thomas) Myers, Menominee, and Sandra (Gary) Olson, Wallace; two sons, Randy (Brenda) Roubal, Suamico, and Gary (Debra) Roubal, Saline, MI, 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Carol Rhode, Crivitz.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Leroy and Leonard.

Funeral services were held Nov. 28 from the Cadieu Funeral Home. The Rev. Paul Cole officiated.
Burial was in Glenwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Marinette.
A memorial fund has been established for the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Menominee.
Paul Ross PDF Print E-mail
Paul G. (Jack) Ross, 64, died Nov. 18, 2009.

He was a retiree of the Ladish Company, a former member of the Iron Workers Local No. 8, a U.S. Army veteran and member of American Legion Post No. 43 in Stephenson. He was an avid bowler and golfer who loved life.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Donna (Carlson); sons, Jeff (Sarah) and Brad (Fiancee Annmarie) Ross, one grandson; siblings, Mickey (Tony) Iannacco, Pee Wee (Judy) Ross, Betsy (Don) Henk, Tom (Liz), Frank (Lori) Ross and Mary (Ron) Slupecki; mother-in-law, Mildred Carlson, nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Visitation and services were held in Milwaukee Nov. 22. Interment and military honors were held at Central Baptist Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to: www.pkfuneralhomes.com
Dr. David Peterson PDF Print E-mail
Dr. David E. Peterson, 67, died Nov. 19, 2009, in Prescott, AZ.

Dave was born Dec. 18, 1941, in Clear Lake, WI, to the late Pastor George V. Peterson and Elsa (Berglunde). He graduated from Stephenson High School in 1960. He married Jeanne Davis, July 20, 1963, in Peshtigo. He received a bachelor's degree in history from Point Loma College, Point Loma, CA, in 1971. Dave taught at Garfield Elementary in Peshtigo, as well  as in southern Wisconsin, California and Iowa.

Dave attended Palmer Chiropractic College in Davenport, Iowa and received a Doctorate of Chiropractic in 1976. He practiced in Castro Valley, Pollock Pines and Huntington Beach, CA before moving to Prescott. Dave practiced chiropractic in Prescott and Bagdad, AZ, inspite of his declining health. He and Jeanne mentored college kids who attended First Baptist Church, as well as helping out with the Monday night Soup Kitchen for the homeless.

Dave loved traveling, track and field, football, basketball, reading and teaching Biblical verse and was a gifted singer.

Dave is survived by his wife Jeanne and two children, Jodi L. Staff, Loma Linda CA, David J. Peterson, Prescott and four grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Dec. 1, at First Baptist Church of Prescott, 148 S. Marina Street, Prescott, AZ 86303.
Richard Marbes PDF Print E-mail
Richard L. Marbes, 99, Marinette, died Nov. 21, 2009, at Rennes Health Care Center West.

He was born April 23, 1910, to the late Mathew and Helena (Plouff) Marbes in Marinette.
In Richard's early years he had worked on the boats on the Great Lakes and also worked with a survey crew to chart the Menominee River. He later worked as a twin city bus driver and drove for Haller's. Richard married Cecile E. Marineau May 21, 1932, at St. Joseph's Church in Marinette. She preceded him in death June 16, 2007. He was a member of Holy Family Parish, a men's bowling club and was the charter treasurer of the senior center. He loved going to deer camp and spending time working on his chalet.

Richard is survived by four sons, Kenneth (June) Marbes, Sun City, FL, Thomas (Mary) Marbes, Lakeland, FL, Donald (Donna) Marbes, Menominee and David (Linda) Marbes, Marinette; three daughters, Lois (Roger) Kniskern, Crivitz, Annette (Gene) Francour, Menominee and Kathleen (John) Lord, Richland Center, WI; a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Marbes, Forest View. IL; 32 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by a great-grandson Joseph Bayer; three brothers and four sisters.

Friends called at Holy Family Parish-St. Joseph's Church where a Funeral Mass was held Nov. 28 with Rev. Joseph Dorner officiating.
Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery.
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