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Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of April 29, 2010

Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of April 29, 2010
Leta Bright Ditch PDF Print E-mail
Leta Pauline Bright Ditch, 92, died April 11, 2010, in Mountain View, MO.

She was born Feb. 18, 1918, in Arrowsmith IL, the daughter of Charlie Leslie Clontz and Hallie (Fowler) Clontz.
She was married Leonard (Leo) Bright Aug. 10, 1933. He preceded her in death. She later married Walter Ditch May 3, 1988. He preceded her in death.
Leta enjoyed crocheting and piecing together quilts. She enjoyed singing in the church choir during her younger years. She also enjoyed taking care of people, which led to her nursing ca reer. She loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by two sons, Leonard Alfred (Terry) Bright, Athol, ID, and Thomas David (Mary Lynn) Bright, San Diego, CA; seven daughters, Norma Irwin, LaPorte, IN, Fern (Lawrence) Duffrin, Carson City, NV, Marti (Spencer) Bichel, Wichita, KS, Mary (Dean) Warner, Escanaba, Wendy Slown, Grand Prairie, TX, Linda Erickson, Mountain View, MO, and Rose (Malcolm) Boyd, South Bend, IN; one brother, John Clontz, McMinville, TN, 27 grand children, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren, other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, both  of her husbands; one daughter, Bernice McDonough; and one brother, Don Clontz.
Esther Flath PDF Print E-mail
Esther M. Flath, 99, died April 22, 2010, at Christian Park Village in Escanaba.

Esther M. Martin was born Oct. 8, 1910, in Bark River, the daughter of Cy and Matta (Porath) Martin.
She was raised in Bark River and graduated the from  eighth grade at Sunny Side School in Bark River. She lived in Escanaba, then on 1940 they bought the farm in Wilson and resided there un til 1972. Then they moved to Hyde and she lived there until 2005 when she moved to the Emmons Adult Foster Care.
May 24, 1930, she married Walter Flath at the Salem Lutheran Church in Escanaba. He preceded her in death in 1983.
She was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hyde where she belonged to the Ladies Aid and also served for some years as president. She was a long-time member of the Ford River Senior Center where she was president for 12 years. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, knitting and other needlework.

She is survived by her son, Howard (Lorry), Escanaba;  nieces locally, Lolly (Barry) Dahlberg, Wallace; and a nephew, Donald (Belle) Hansen, Wilson, and Doris Brukardt, Escanaba and Florida,  six grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter, Carol Miller; granddaughter, Judy Flath; two Kleiman great-granddaughters; two sisters, Olive Ahlin and Emma Hansen; and a brother, Walter Martin.

Visitation and funeral were held April 26 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Hyde with Rev. Ronald Zindler officiating.
Burial was in Lakeview Cemetery.
Memorials may be directed to St. Paul's Lutheran Church.
Crawford Funeral Homes assisted the family.
Raymond Gagne PDF Print E-mail
Raymond (Blackie) Joseph Gagne, 95, Spalding, died April 19, 2010, after a brief stay at Pinecrest Medical Care facility.

He was born Jan. 7, 1915, to the late Joseph and Mary (Dupont) Gagne in Spalding.
Raymond enjoyed everything about the outdoors as he worked in the woods  most of his life as a woodsman.
He also loved fishing, snowshoeing, making maple syrup, playing harmonica, raising chicks, and water dousing. He especially loved spending time with his family.
Raymond was a member of the C.C.C. (Civilian Conservation Corps.

He is survived by his seven children, Ivan (Shirley) Gagne, Ruth (Vernon) Sundquist, Gerald (Darlene) Gagne, Dwight (Kathryn) Gagne, Judy (Henry) Leeseberg, Pam (Jim) Folcik, and Ann (Ronald) Raspor; one sister, Lillian Betters, 19 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 14 brothers and sisters; and a granddaughter, Mary Theresa Gagne.

A funeral service was held April 22 at Allo Funeral Home, Fr. Emmett Norden officiated.
Burial was in the Spalding Township Cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.allofh.com
Maurine Linder PDF Print E-mail
Maurine (Krause) Linder, 88, Nadeau, died April 21, 2010, at Northwoods Assisted Living, Escanaba, where she had resided since December 2003.

She was born June 22, 1921, in Bark River, the daughter of the late Ernest and Edna (Gasman) Krause.
She attended school in Harris and graduated with honors from Harris High School in 1938. She at tended Northern Michigan University before entering military service in 1942. In the Women's Army Corps, she attained the rank of First Sergeant and served in Sacramento, among other stateside locations upon returning to Bark River in 1945, she worked as a bookkeeper in the family business, Krause Lumber Company.
In March 1954, she married Clement Linder of Nadeau, a widower with seven children. She worked as a bookkeeper at Linder Implements until her retirement in 1986. She was a member of Salem Lutheran and St. Stephen's Lutheran Churches. As a member of St. Bruno's Parish in Nadeau, she served as the church organist for many years. She served on the Carney-Nadeau Public School Board from 1975 to 1978 and was a member of the American Legion.
She enjoyed bowling and golf and was an avid sports fan of the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Tigers. She traveled extensively in the US and Europe.

She is survived by her children, Theresa Alimenti, Escanaba, Clement Linder, Jr., Vulcan, Joseph (Carol) Linder, Nadeau, Kenneth (Donna) Linder, Carney, Elizabeth (Ernest) Haight, Carney, Roger (Karen) Linder, Bagley, Maurine (Glenn Fletcher) Linder, Ithaca, NY, Karen Linder, Minneapolis, MN and Mary (Arlen) Hanssen, Rochester, MN, 23 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; daughter, Margaret; grandson David; sister, Luanne Sweat; brothers, John (Jack) and Ernest (Butch) Krause; and son-in-law, Donald Alimenti.

Mass of Christian Burial was held April 24 at St. Bruno Catholic Church. Father Rick Courier officiated.
Burial was in Nadeau Township Cemetery.
Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, assisted the family with arrangements.
Memorial donations can be made to the Accelerated Reading Program of Carney-Nadeau Schools or to St. Bruno's Parish.
Sharon Michels PDF Print E-mail
Sharon E. Michels, 62, Daggett, died April 21, 2010, at St. Mary's Hospital, Green Bay.

Sharon Leinberger was born April 14, 1948, in Bay City, MI, to the late Edward and Edna (Buchagee) Leinberger. She married Andreas Michels Feb. 17, 2005, in Menominee. She worked in housekeeping at Roubal Care and Rehab Center. She loved being outdoors where she enjoyed yard work and watching animals. Sharon was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, Bay City.

She is survived by her husband; two sons, James (Angel) Hundt, Fairbanks, AK, and Todd Hundt, Kawkawlin, MI; three grandchildren; two brothers, Gerald (Mary) Leinberger, Kawkawlin, and John (Tina) Leinberger, Bay City; one sister, Nancy Lynch, Bay City; one step-daughter, Wanda (Michael) Feldman, Lincolnwood, IL; one step-son, Andreas Jr. (Laurie) Michels, Daggett.

Funeral services were held April 25, at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson. Reverend Archie Roberts officiated.
Barbara Nylund PDF Print E-mail
Barbara G. Nylund, 74, Maple Lane Health Care Center, Township of Belle Plaine, Shawano, County, WI, formerly of Green Bay, died April 20, 2010, at Maple Lane.

She was born Nov. 16, 1935, in Neenah, WI, the daughter of the late Oliver and Eyla (Mattox) Page. She graduated from West De Pere High School in 1954, and was married to Melvin G. Nylund June 5, 1954, in Green Bay. He preceded her in death Dec. 22, 1991.
The couple spent most of their married life in Green Bay where she was em ployed by Prange Way for 40 years. Upon retirement the couple moved to Daggett in 1986. 
She was a past member of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Green Bay, Stephenson Cooperative, many card clubs, and a breast cancer survivor group.
Her hobbies included, gardening, crocheting, watching John Wayne movies, reading romance novels, canning, playing cards, and was a big fan of the Green Bay Packers.

She is survived by her daughter, Dawn (Francis) Sagert, Clintonville; four sons, Eric (Geri) Nylund, Green Bay, Mark Nylund, Warrenville, IL, Keith (Laurie) Nylund, Sandy UT, Craig (special friend, Diane Qualman) Nylund, Milwaukee, six grandchildren; four sisters, Lou (Mel) Van Den Berg, De Pere, Shirley Martin, Oconto Falls, Sharon (Dave) Schaal), Gillett, and Julene (Brian) Brandt, Shiocton; a brother, Allen Page, Appleton.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, infant daughter, Valerie; two sisters, Rhodonna Knapstein, and Sylvia Page; and a brother, Myron Page.

Funeral services were held April 24 at St. Martin Lutheran Church, Clintonville, IL, Rev. David Burns officiated.
A memorial fund is being established by Barbara's family.
Condolences may be sent online to www.eberhardtstevenson.com
Sigurd Petersen PDF Print E-mail
Sigurd J. Petersen, 93, Cedar River, died, April 18, 2010, at Northwoods Assisted Living in Escanaba.

He was born Sept. 3, 1916, in Fox, MI, the son of Burger and Marie (Dahle) Petersen.
He married Mildred. She preceded him in death.
He was employed as a carpenter in the Flint and the Grand Blanc area for over 40 years until his retirement. After his retirement he moved to Cedar River where he built his retirement log cabin.

He is survived by his daughter, Anna (John) Dorais, Reno, NV; three grandchildren, and one great-grandson.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Sigurd R. Petersen; sister, Mildred Jacobson; and brothers, Ode, Eivan and Arnold Petersen.

Private family visitation and funeral services were held at the Anderson Funeral Home, Escanaba.
Burial will take place in the Evergreen Cemetery, Grand Blanc, MI.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net
Thelma Wall PDF Print E-mail
Thelma B. Wall, 93, Wallace, died April 23, 2010, at the Luther Home.

Thelma Peterson was born Aug. 9, 1916, in Carney, to the late Gust and Blanda (Gustafson) Peterson. On Sept. 12, 1941, she married Erling Wall. He preceded her in death.
She was an avid homemaker and enjoyed flowers and reading. Thelma was a member of Bethel Mission Covenant  Church where she was active in the Ladies Aide.

She is survived by three daughters, Noreen Parrett, Oregon, WI, Cheryl (Ken) Dobson, Marinette, and Marlyce Crist, Menominee; son, Gerald (Cindy), Wallace, eight grandchil dren, eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Eileen Kusch, OR, Gloria (Norman) Newlin, Evelyn (Gordon) Newlin, both of Wallace, and Mildred Peterson, Stephenson; one brother, Paul (Joyce) Peterson, Artesia, NM.
She was preceded in death by one son, Carmen; a daughter, Berneva; great-granddaughter, Jessica Arnold; three sisters, Amy Johnson, Eleanor Anderson, and Verna Newlin; and one brother, Stanley Peterson.

Family and friends may call at Bethel Mission Covenant Church, Wallace, April 28, from 9 a.m. until time of Funeral Service at 11 a.m. with Reverend John Lindt officiating.
Burial will be in Mellen Township Cemetery.
Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, is assisting the family.
A memorial fund has been established in Thelma's name for the Bethel Mission Covenant Church, American Cancer Society or charity of choice.

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