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Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of December 17, 2009

Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of December 17, 2009
Juanita Zeifert PDF Print E-mail
Juanita J. Zeifert, 73, Peshtigo, died unexpectedly Dec. 9, 2009, at home.

She was born July 11, 1936, to the late Louis and Dorothy (LeFebve) Sotka in Menominee.
Juanita went to the Illinois School of Nursing in Chicago and graduated in 1953. She married Victor Zeifert Nov. 26, 1955, in Chicago. He preceded her in death Jan. 27, 1971. After their marriage, they lived in Oconto and she worked at the hospital for two years.  She later worked for Capitol Fixtures from 1973-88 and for ERDA/Decrane for six years retiring in 1995. She loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was a member of the Victorian Ladies.

She is survived by a son, Thomas Zeifert, Marinette; three daughters, Kathy (Ken) Turek, Wallace, Diane (Jerry) Bruette, Peshtigo, and Gina (Corey) Messenger, Porterfield; three brothers, Louis Sotka, Jr., William Sotka and Gerald Sotka; a sister, Helen Ray, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Victor Jr.; two brothers, Richard and Frank; a sister, Marlene and three infant sisters.

Friends called at the Thielen Funeral Home. Memorial Mass was held Dec. 14 at Holy Family Parish, Our Lady of Lourdes Church with Rev. Joseph Dorner officiating.
Burial was in St. John's Catholic Cemetery, Coleman.
Sandra Withers PDF Print E-mail
Sandra L. Withers, 52, Marinette, died Dec. 12, 2009, at Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah after a brief illness.

She was born Aug. 23, 1957, in Menominee to Raymond and Margaret (Straszkowski) Retlick.
Sandy spent her early life in Marinette and was a graduate of Marinette Catholic Central High School, Class of 1975.
She married Douglas Withers Aug. 10, 1996. She worked as a bartender at Pete's Walk-In for over 20 years. She loved animals and people and enjoyed bar sports, camping, and the Green Bay Packers. She also participated in raising funds for many area charities and was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of American Legion Post No. 146, Menominee.

She is survived by her husband; six sisters, Judie Johnson, FL, Sharon (Robert) Polaski, Menominee, Ruth Brabant, Pulaski, Rita (Gerald) Whitton and Joanne (Jeff) Rosene, both of Menominee, and Laurie (Kevin) Sievert, Marinette; mother-in-law, Florence Withers, Gillett; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Linda (Dennis) Metzler, Oshkosh, Pat (Merle) Visser, Grayson, GA, Holly E. (Thao) Withers, Jr., Colorado Springs, CO, Peggy (Rodney) Murray, Gillett, and Grant (Gretchen) Withers, Oshkosh, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and father-in-law, Holly E. Withers.

Visitation will be from 3 until 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home, Marinette with Deacon Jerome Thetreau officiating. The American Women's Auxiliary will hold a service at 5:45 p.m.
Burial will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions in Sandy's name are suggested for the Menominee Animal Shelter, Rainbow House or the Salvation Army. Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.hansenonionmartell.com/
Harold Samuelson PDF Print E-mail
Harold David Samuelson, Dexter, MI, 84, died Dec. 8, 2009, at home under the care of his family and Arbor Hospice.

He was born April 28, 1925, in Daggett, to Swedish parents, Emanuel and Inez Samuelson. He at tended Oakwood Country School, Carney School, and graduated from Stephenson High School in 1943.
He married Ethel Platt of Charlotte, MI, Oct. 29, 1949.
He served in the U.S. Army in WWII in the Pacific and was a member of Dexter American Legion Post No. 557. He received his BS and MS from Michigan State University. He taught in Remus and Wayland, MI, and for 26 years in Dexter. He used traditional and creative ways to help students feel worthy and to reach their potential.

He is survived by his wife; children, Barbara (Steve) Locks, Dexter, Betty (John) Given, Hibbing, MN; David (Susan) Samuelson, Westerville, OH, and Julie Samuelson, Dexter, 15 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Donald and Reuben Samuelson.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Bernice.

Celebration of his life was held at the Dexter United Methodist Church Dec. 13. Memorial contributions may be made to Dexter United Methodist Church or to Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Sign his guest book at www.borekjennings.com or leave a message of comfort for his family by calling 877-231-7900.
Carole LeRoy PDF Print E-mail
Carole Anne LeRoy, 69, Menominee, died at home Dec. 12, 2009.

She was born Feb. 24, 1940, in Trout Creek, MI, to the late Earl and Effie (Bonnin) Pittsley.
She married Loran LeRoy in 1973. He preceded her in death in 2000. She was a member of the North Shore Baptist Church, Menominee. She worked as a nurses aide. She liked playing bingo, working puzzles, crocheting and do ing arts and crafts.

She is survived by her children Ann Schmidt, Mesa, AZ, Pam Gibson and Kenneth (Lori) Kopsi, both of Menominee, Linda LeRoy, Green Bay, Patti O'Connor (Ralph), Stephenson, Peggy Aho (Bob), Marinette, and Mike LeRoy, Menominee, 26 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Leona (Ted) Banks, Las Vegas, NV, Ellen (Bill) Holden, Casper, WY, and Judy Komenda, Carla, MT; three brothers, Don (Alice) Mackey, Kenton, MI, Fran (Mary) Mackey, Safety Harbor, FL, and Raymond (Cindy) Pittsley, Glenrock, WY, nieces, nephews and friends.
Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Betty, Grace and Virginia; and one brother, Bob Mackey.

Funeral services for Carole will be held at the Cadieu Funeral Home Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until the time of services. The Rev. Tim Gunderson will officiate.
A memorial fund has been established in Carole's name.
Raymond Kuharski PDF Print E-mail
Raymond (Ray) Kuharski, 85, died Dec. 10, 2009, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility in Powers.

He was born Sept. 3, 1924, in Harris, MI, to Sophie (Bulat) and Joseph Kuharski.
On Aug. 31, 1946, he married Jean Wojcik. They farmed in Harris, until 1950 when the family moved to Chicago. There he worked in the home construction in dustry. In 1957, Ray and family returned to Harris where he resumed farming and operated a sawmill.
Following the death of his first wife, he married Janice (Quinnell) Machalk of Stephenson May 29, 1976. Together they resided at the farm in Harris where he was owner/ operator of a sawmill. Later in life, he sold his sawmill and worked as a sawyer for Pine Timber Company and Cedar River Lumber Company. In 1993, Ray retired.
He was a member of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Stephenson.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Dorothy (Chris) Wienckowski, Harris, Delores (Patrick) Niquette, Harris, and Delbra (John) Boudreau, Montgomery, IL; two step-children, Doug (Debbie) Machalk, Cedar Lake, IN, and Darcy (Tom) Fournier, Harris, four grand children, three step-grand children, and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation and funeral were held Dec. 13 at the Crawford Funeral Chapel, Bark River. Rev. David Christianson officiated.
Leona Johnson PDF Print E-mail
Leona M. Johnson, 96, Marinette, died Dec. 10, 2009, at home.

She was born Feb. 28, 1913, to the late Leo and Florence (La Pierre) Diedrich in Marinette.
She moved to Oconto dur ing her childhood and graduated from Oconto High School in 1931. She moved back to Marinette in 1944 and has resided there since. Leona married George L. Johnson, Sr., in 1947, in Menominee. He preceded her in death Aug. 15, 1997. She enjoyed reading, cooking, crocheting and gardening.

She is survived by three sons, David (Karen) Sanders, Menominee, George (Roberta) Johnson, Jr., and Dan (Sue) Johnson, both of Menominee; two daughters, Janet Everson and Carol (James) Demeuse, both of Marinette, 18 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, and five great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Robert; grandson, Kenneth; and great-grand sons, Tristan and Joel.

Friends called at Thielen Funeral Home where memorial services were held Dec. 15. The Deacon Jerome Thetreau officiated.
Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery.
Helen Highdale PDF Print E-mail
Helen L. Highdale, 88, Menominee, died Dec. 7, 2009, at Bay Area Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 7, 1921, in Menominee to Harold and Dorothy (Talbot) Myers.
Helen resided in the Menominee area for most of her life. She attended Carbondale School and par ticipated in school re unions. Helen was married to Wilfred Highdale. He preceded her in death in 1974. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

She is survived by one daughter, Eileen (Lyle) Beyer, Menominee, three grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; one sister, Norma (Robert) Stewart, Marinette; and one brother, Roger (Marilyn) Myers, Menominee.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Eleanor Myers.

Private family funeral ser vices were held Dec. 10 at Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home, Marinette. The Rev. Douglas Schoen officiated.
Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.

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