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Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of November 12, 2009

Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of November 12, 2009
Gerald A. Wauters PDF Print E-mail
Gerald A. Wauters, 78, Marinette, died Nov. 2, 2009, at his home after a battle with cancer.

He was born Aug. 6, 1931, in Menominee, to Arthur and Marian (Bayee) Wauters.
Gerald spent his early life in Menominee and was a graduate of Menominee High School, Class of 1950. In 1952, he married Gwendolyn Chernetski. They lived in Roswell, NM, while he was serving in the United States Air Force with the 509th Airborne Div. After leaving military service in 1956, they returned to the area and Gerald worked as a tile setter for Erickson Tile Company. He also trained in photography and worked with Paul Ihde and was hired as a photographer by Bell Telephone Laboratories in Naperville, IL. For the next 25 years, they resided in St. Charles, IL, where he also operated a construction business that built many homes in the area. He retired at age 55 and moved back to the twin cities. He continued to work in this area as a tile setter. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Parish of Menominee, the Menominee Knights of Columbus Council and 4th Degree Knights Assembly and was a former Grand Knight and District Deputy. He was a former alderman for the City of Menominee, member of the Moose Lodge, Menominee American Legion Post and the AMVETS. He was also a past-president and longtime volunteer with the Bay Area Medical Center Auxiliary.

He is survived by his wife; one son, Gary (Lil) Wauters, Crivitz, a grandson, a granddaughter, and four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Doris (Francis) Cornell and Ruby Harring, both of Menominee; his twin sister, Geraldine Ihde, New Hudson, MI, and Shirley (Arnold) Spaude, Menominee; three brothers, Duane (Rita) Wauters, Lakeland, FL, Glenn Wauters, Menominee, and Don (Barbara) Wauters, Palm Harbor, FL; and mother-in-law, Gertrude Chernetski, Marinette.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Friends called at Holy Spirit Church, Menominee. Funeral Mass was offered Nov. 6 by Father Ron Skufca.
Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.
A memorial fund has been established.
Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home served the family.
Bruce W. Thunder, (Muk-Wah-Day) PDF Print E-mail
Bruce W. Thunder, (Muk-Wah-Day), 25, Sault Ste. Marie and former Hannahville resident, died Nov. 6, 2009, at the War Memorial Hospital in the Sault.

He was born in Escanaba Jan. 4, 1984, the son of Vernon Thunder, Sr., and Barbara Halfaday, both of Hannahville. He attended Soaring Eagle School in Hannahville and later received his G.E.D. He lived most of his life in Hannahville. He enjoyed being with family and friends and attending Native American spiritual activities. He also enjoyed welding.
He was employed as a salesman in the Sault.

He is survived by his father, mother; paternal grandmother, Marie Thunder, Hannahville; five brothers, Tonto Wandehsega and Vernon (Larry) Thunder, Jr., both of Hannahville, Vincent Teeple, Jr., Vance Teeple,  and Christopher Teeple, all of Bay Mills, MI; two sisters, Traci Karrja and Chianne Uskilith, Hannahville; step-father, Vincent Teeple, Sr., Bay Mills; adopted father, Brian Matrious, Mill Lac, MN, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Uskilith.

Visitation will be held Nov. 11 after 4 p.m.  at the Hannahville Community Center with traditional burial services starting at 9 a.m. Nov. 12.
Burial will follow in the Hannahville Cemetery.
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting with arrangements.
Ruth A. (Baczewski) Szuberla PDF Print E-mail
Ruth A. (Baczewski) Szuberla, Stephenson, died Nov. 6, 2009.

She is survived by two daughters, Dorothy (Daniel) Rogers and Linda Matera; three grandchildren, one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband Henry.

Friends and family gathered  at St. Joseph Church, Summit, IL, where Funeral Mass was held Nov. 10. Interment was at Resurrection Cemetery.
Foran Funeral Home, at www.foranfuneralhome.com handled arrangements.
Memorials appreciated to Alzheimers research.
John David Halversen PDF Print E-mail
John David Halversen, 72, Marinette, died Nov. 1, 2009, at home.

John was born July 24, 1937, in Kalamazoo, MI, to the late John and Mary (Dolezal) Halversen. At age two he moved to Stephenson where he would spend his childhood. He served in the United States Navy. On June 27 1959, he married Shirley Mouford at Stephenson United Methodist Church. He worked as a corrections officer at the Marquette Branch Maximum Security Prison. His passion was flying and he was a commercial pilot and flight instructor. John loved the outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and long rides in the woods. When he was 16 years old he saved a man's life, pulling him to safety out of the river, for which he received a medal. His family brought him the greatest joy. He was a member of Stephenson United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife; three sons, John (Jackie), Port St. Lucie, FL, Mark (Linda), Green Bay, and Eric (Susan), Long Island, NY, six grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; and three sisters, Mary Halversen and Jayne (George) Reed, Ludington, MI, and Janice (William) Ramponi, Inverness, FL.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Paul.

Family and friends gathered at the Stephenson United Methodist Church where a memorial service was held Nov. 6. Rev. Jim Mathews officiated.
Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, assisted the family.
Kenneth Joseph Fronsee PDF Print E-mail
Kenneth Joseph Fronsee, 68, Racine, died May 24, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center following a battle with cancer.

He was born in Stephenson Nov. 26, 1940, to the late Emmanuel and Kathryn (Mathias) Fronsee. He graduated from Menominee High School in 1958. On Oct. 16, 1965, he married Karen J. Glerum in Kenosha.
In 1964, Ken began a career with Monroe Systems for Business, retiring as a district field engineer manager in 1996. He served as a trustee finance director for the Village of Elmwood Park from 1987-91. He was also an advisory board member for Waukesha County Technical College from 1987-99.
He enjoyed golf, working with computers and repairing things. He loved and cherished his entire family and friends.
He was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife; son, Kenneth E. (Sharon) Fronsee; daughter, Kelly A. (Boychen) Bradshaw, two grandchildren; brothers, Jack (Judy) Fronsee, Thomas (Nancy) Fronsee and Joseph (Victoria) Fronsee; Karen's parents, Edwin and Leona Glerum; sisters-in-law, Patricia Rossman, Sue (Thomas) Bernhardt, Kathleen (Peter) Knopfhart, Kristine (Tom) Barndollar, Geralyn (Scott Pregent) Willding and Anne Benson, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Patricia Fronsee, Liela (Larry) Fry and Ann Fronsee.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 28 at St. Lucy Catholic Church, Racine. Interment followed in St. George Cemetery, Kenosha.
Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home and Crematory, 4600 County Line Rd.; 262-552-9000; draeger-langendorf.com
Elizabeth Anna Clements PDF Print E-mail
Elizabeth Anna Clements, 82, Menominee, died Nov. 2, 2009, at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center in Green Bay.

Elizabeth was born July 20, 1927, in Germany, to the late Gohan and Martha (Manofski) Polocek.
She married Frederick Clements Oct. 19, 1948, in Germany. He preceded her in death Nov. 16, 1958, and she moved to the United States at that time. Elizabeth was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church  in Menominee and the DAV Auxiliary. She worked at FNT Industries for over 18 years and also worked as a cook in the hot lunch program at St. Anne's, St. John's and Epiphany Schools. She also did catering. She loved polka dancing and liked to sew and knit. The proudest day of her life was when she received her United States citizenship.

She is survived by two daughters, Rose (Robert) Linsmeier and Monica (Edward) Lentz, both of Menominee; one son, Ray (Andrea) Clements, Green Bay, five grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Along with her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers.

Private services were held.
Burial was in the Spalding Township Cemetery.
The Cadieu Funeral Home assisted the family.
Alice (Sue) Arlene Boucher PDF Print E-mail
Alice (Sue) Arlene Boucher, 77, 1009 13th Ave., Menominee, died Nov. 7, 2009, at St. Vincent's Hospital in Green Bay.

She was born May 10, 1932, in Holmes Township, to the late Wilfred and Christina (Johnson) Carlson. On Dec. 8, 1951, she married Vernon Boucher in Menominee. He preceded her in death Aug. 31, 1993.
She retired in 1999 from Emerson Electric after many years.
She enjoyed being a caregiver, gardening and shopping.

She is survived by two sons, Michael (Mary) Boucher, Marinette, and Randy (Terri) Boucher, Cedar River, four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sylvia Carlson, Menominee, and Dorothy (George) Chernovsky, Indiana; one brother, Leonard Carlson, Menominee; one sister-in-law, Kathy Hibler, nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by one sister, Violet, and two brothers, Ernest and Roland.

Family and friends called at Anderson Kell Funeral Home, Menominee. A prayer service was held there Nov. 10 with the Rev. Craig Mansur officiating.
Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.

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