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Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of August 26, 2010

Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of August 26, 2010
Francis Burns PDF Print E-mail
Francis Buster Burns died Aug. 17, 2010, after a long illness with Alzheimer's at NEW Care Inc. in Crivitz.

He was born May 29, 1946, to the Late George and Alice (O'Claire) Burns in Marinette. He graduated from Marinette High School, Class of 1965. He served in the Navy Seabee Reserves for over 20 years. He married Judy Goodlet July 30, 1966, in her paren t's backyard in Marinette. His most recent job was at Waupaca Foundry, starting when they opened in 1974. He retired nine years ago due to illness. He was a member of Holy Family Parish, the NRA and the American Legion. The things he en joyed most were hunting of any kind and fishing, trap shooting and just hanging out with friends. His grand daughter, Taylor Marie Brezsko, was his No. 1 pal, they were inseparable.

Buster is survived by his wife Judy; daughter Sheila Ann (Scott) Brezsko, Marinette; a granddaughter; five brothers and sisters, Richard (Marie) Burns, Omro, WI, Marge (Con) Ahearn, Hastings, MI, William (Maxine) Burns, Barbara (Richard) Larson and Sandra Burns all of Marinette; sisters-in-law Marge Burns, Marinette and Jane Casperson, Menominee; brothers-in-law, Ronald Plemel, Menominee and David (Gwyn) Goodlet, Arizona; nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews; and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his only son, Brett M. Burns; a brother, Roger Burns; a sister, Mary Plemel; and a son-in-law, Trev D. Brezsko.

Friends call at Thielen Funeral Home Aug. 21.
A memorial fund to help with his granddaughter's college education has been established.
 
Jeanette Fadroski PDF Print E-mail
Jeanette Marie Fadroski, 89, Nadeau, died Aug. 23, 2010, at her daughter's home in Rapid River.

Jeanette DeMelle was born April 28, 1921, in Hermansville, to the late Alfonse and Ann (Bellmore) DeMelle. Her father died when she was three years old. Her mother later married Arthur Morreau who became her father. On March 1, 1938, she married Antone Fadroski in Perkins, MI. He preceded her in death May 8, 1982. She was an avid homemaker who enjoyed cooking and gardening. She was a past member of the card club, bowling club and golf league. She loved going to the Carney-Nadeau American Legion for coffee with her friends. Spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren  brought her the greatest joy. Jeanette was a member of St. Bruno's Catholic Church where she was active in St. Anne's Society, Carney-Nadeau Lions Club to whom she donated the land for Fadroski Lions Club Park, and the Red Hat Society.

She is survived by three daughters, Yvonne Locher, Patti (Michael) Cass and Cindy (Keith) Brannstrom; two sons, Anthony and Roy (Annette), 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Ford and Ann Brixous; and two brothers, Harold DeMelle and Arthur Morreau.
She was preceded in death by her son, Steven; grandson, Danny Fadroski; son-in-law, Fred Locher; and brother, Raymond DeMelle.

Family and friends may call at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, Aug. 27, from 3:30 until 8 p.m. CST, with prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Aug. 28 at St. Bruno's Catholic Church, Nadeau, from 10 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., with Father Michael Vichich officiating.
Burial will follow in Nadeau Township Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established in Jeanette's name.
 
Barbara Giuliani PDF Print E-mail
Barbara (Barb) Jean Giuliani, 66, Hermansville, died unexpectedly Aug. 18, 2010, at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette.

She was born Oct. 14, 1943, to the late John and Rose (Ayotte) Opolka in Menominee.
On Oct. 30, 1965, she married Ken Giuliani at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hermansville.
She had worked for 10 years at Norway Gravure.
She enjoyed gardening, crafting and, with the help of her family, she ran the pumpkin patch and haunted house in Hermansville for many years. Most important to Barb was spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband; three children, Kathy Giuliani, Sandy (Josh) Hundsrucker, and Ken (Kenny) Giuliani; one brother, John (Judy) Oploka; an aunt, nieces and nephews.
Her parents preceded her in death.

Friends called at Allo Coolman Funeral Home in Spalding.
A funeral service was held Aug. 21 at the funeral home with Fr. Emmett Norden of ficiating.
Burial was in Norway Township Cemetery.
Visit www.allofh.com to send online condolences to the family.
 
Walter Jozaitis, Jr. PDF Print E-mail
Walter John Jozaitis, Jr., Menominee died unexpect edly Aug. 18, 2010, after a brief illness.

Wally was born March 8, 1926, in Chicago, IL to the late Walter and Bernice (Marvin) Jozaitis.
In the early 1930s the fam ily moved briefly to Ingalls and later to Spalding, own ing and operating a farm and the Grand View Dairies. As a youth, Wally's first job was as a milk de livery/salesman. Later the family moved to Cedar River owning and op erating the Cedar River General Store & Tavern. In the 1940s, after completing his military service where he was assigned to the motor pool at the U.S. Pentagon, Wally returned to the Menominee area where he, along with his brother Richard (Dick), began the Jozaitis Distributing Company of both Marinette and Menominee, which is still in operation. Wally married Margaret Ann Roundeau Dec. 9 1961. Wally was a member of the American Legion Post 146. He also was an active community member over the years sponsoring many local organizations and events.

He is survived by his sister, Betty Jozaitis  and his brother, Robert. Bob Jozaitis, both of Escanaba, his sisters-in-law, Ruth (Frank) Kellner, Menominee and Lois (Bill) Marineau, East Moline, IL, nieces, nephews and friends.
Wally was preceded in death by his wife Margaret, his parents, Walter and Bernice and his brother, Dick Jozaitis.

Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home is assisting the family with private services. A memorial fund has been established in Walter's name.
 
Mildred Peterson PDF Print E-mail
Mildred Peterson, 95, a lifelong resident of Wallace, died Aug. 19, 2010, in Green Bay.

Mildred Sylvia Christina Peterson was born March 18, 1915, in Carney, to the late Gust and Blanda (Gustafson) Peterson.
Millie worked in her father's grocery store for many years and later for Emerson Electric for 30 years retiring in 1985. She enjoyed playing board games and traveling. She loved her family and time spent with her great-grandchildren was very special.

She is survived by a granddaughter, Christy (Frank) Mathews, four great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul (Joyce) Peterson; three sisters, Gloria (Norman) Newlin, Evelyn (Gordon) Newlin, and Aileen Kusch.
She was preceded in death by a son, Keith; brother, Stanley; four sisters, Eleanore Anderson, Amy Johnson, Thelma Wall and Verna Newlin.

Funeral service was Aug. 24 at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson. Reverend David Buckly officiated.
Burial was in Mellen Township Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established.
 
Nancy Poquette PDF Print E-mail
Nancy Mae Poquette, 72, Menominee, died unexpectedly at her home Aug. 16, 2010.

She was born Oct. 11, 1937, in Marinette, to the late John and Bernice (Fox) Wachal.
Nancy graduated from Marinette High School. She married Harvey Poquette and he preceded her in death in 1996. She worked for Emerson Electric for over 33 years, retiring in 2002. Nancy loved to travel but her greatest joy was her fam ily.

Nancy is survived by her daughter, Sharon (David) Mills, Bark River; three sons, Terry (Cheryl) Poquette, Jeffery Poquette and Ronald Poquette, all of Menominee, 17 grandchil dren; 34 great-grandchildren and one sister, Wanda Fuelle, Crivitz.
Along with her parents and her husband, Nancy was preceded in death by her son, Harvey Poquette, Jr.; her grandson, David Mills, Jr. and two brothers, Robert and John Wachal.

Funeral Services were held at the Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home Aug. 20. The Rev. Lee Goodwin offici ated.
Burial was in the Glenwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Marinette.
A memorial fund has been established in Nancy's name.
 
Anthony Spehar PDF Print E-mail
Anthony Joseph Spehar, 87, Carney, died Aug. 21, 2010, at home following a short illness.

Tony was born in Stambaugh, Jan. 7, 1923, to Joseph and Mary (Yankovitch) Spehar. He married Dorothy Larson Dec. 21, 1946, in Carney. She preceded him in death Oct. 23, 2007. He served in the US Army from February 1943 until December 1945 attaining the rank of TEC 4. During his tour of duty he received five Bronze Battle Stars. He worked for Hotflame Gas Company as a mechanic for many years re tiring in 1985. He was also a partner at Joe's Standard in Carney and T & D Auto Sales. He was past comman der of the Carney-Nadeau American Legion Post No. 487, and a member of the Carney-Nadeau Booster Club. In his spare time he enjoyed going to auctions.

He is survived by one son, Dennis (Liesa), Carney; four daughters, Louise Nelson Rounds, Menominee, Dorothy Kauffman, Peoria, IL, Marcia Spehar, Chicago, Rebecca (John) Pokladowski, Bark River; one sister, Anne Spehar, Naples, FL, six grandchil dren and three great-grand children.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Pokorny; and granddaugh ter, Jamie Graham.

Mass of Christian Burial was held Aug. 24 at St. Bruno Catholic Church, Nadeau, with Father Michael Vichich officiating.
Burial was in Carney Free Church Cemetery, Carney.
Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, assisted the family.
 
Jim Steppke PDF Print E-mail
Jim Steppke, died unexpectedly Aug. 19, 2010, in Fort Atkinson, WI.

Jim was born in Menominee, April 3, 1940, to Louis Steppke and Melvina (Blondin) Steppke.
He graduated from Menominee High School. He served in the Marine Corps from 1958 to 1962, as a Lance Corporal. In 1963 he married Mary Ann Delisi in Robinsdale, MN. After working as Assistant Manager of Red Owl in Green Bay, and Marinette, he received a scholarship to Northern Michigan University. He studied com puter programming and graduated with honors in 1965. He joined the Wisconsin State Patrol in 1968 and was a state trooper for 32 years. After retiring in 1997, he was employed by Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. Jim was a sports enthusiast. He was a member of Menominee Drum & Bugle Corps during the 1950s. He coached Little League. He was a Packer fan and helped to tear down the winning goal post at the famous Ice Bowl. In 2006 he bowled an 800 series. He enjoyed bowling, baseball, swim ming and traveling and watching his grandchildren and children participate in sports and activities. He re ceived the Colonel's award for Sharp Shooting in 1984 and the Officer of the Year award from the American Legion in 1986. He was a member of the Wisconsin National Guard medical unit and an EMT worker with Kutz Ambulance.

He is survived by his wife; children, Todd James (Marisa) Steppke, Tina Jo (Brent) Keegstra and Terry John Steppke; brothers and sisters, Carol Skoronski and Betty Sieloff, Green Bay, Jerry (Ruth) Steppke, Menominee, Ted Steppke, Milwaukee, and Larry (Judy) Steppke, Mukwonago; brother-in-law, Bob Delisi; and sister-in-law, Sandy Delisi, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Judy Steppke Habel.

Services were held Aug. 25 at St. Joseph's Church, Fort Atkinson.
 
Donna Walli PDF Print E-mail
Donna Mary Walli, 71, Stephenson, died Aug.  17, 2010, at Bay Area Medical Center after a two year battle with Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS).

Donna LeGrave was born Aug. 30, 1938, in Stephenson to the late Clarence and Ruth (Robertson) LeGrave. On Dec. 30, 1961, Donna married Lawrence Walli, Sr., in Faithorn. Lawrence preceded Donna in death July 6, 1991. Donna worked as a dental assistant from many years and was also a farmer and homemaker. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, flowers and Red Hat lun cheons. Her greatest love was God, her children and grandchildren. Donna was an active member of Precious Blood Catholic Church, were she was active in St. Anne's Society and she was also a member of the Cloverleaf Extension Club. She was a long-time volunteer at Stephenson Area Public Schools, Roubal's Nursing Home and the food pantry.

She is survived by eight children; Lawrence, Jr., Ruth, Rhonda (Eric) Haber, Donna (Timothy) Starzynski, Karl (Angela), Eva (Nick) Johnson, Kurt and Patricia (Matthew) Vicenzi; 17 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; one sister, Carmen (Roger) Tomasi, Kawkawlin, MI; and two brothers, Ronald (Karen) LeGrave; and Kenneth (Bonnie) LeGrave, Faithorn; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard, Henry Jr., (Lynne), Sister Kathleen, Yvonne, Charles (Doris), Doug, Lance, Michael, Sheila, Maribeth (John), Susie (Chuck) and Joy, nieces and nephews.
Besides her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her step-father, Melvin Thompson.

Visitation was held at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 25 at Precious Blood Catholic Church. Father Corey Litzner officiated.
Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Faithorn Township.
 
Mary Young PDF Print E-mail
Mary A. Young, 80, 316 S. 14th St., Escanaba, died at the home of her daughter, Aug. 22, 2010, in Carney.

She was born May 11, 1930, in Escanaba, the daughter of Chauncy and Margaret (Desmond) Besson. Mary attended Escanaba Area Schools. On June 16, 1947, she married Levy H. Young in Muskegon, MI. He preceded her in death.
Mary was employed with the House of Ludington and the Stonehouse Restaurant, retiring in 1976. She enjoyed bingo and visiting friends at the casino. She was a member of St. Anne's Church in Escanaba.

She is survived by her children, Katherine Starr Conant, Daggett, Mary Margaret (Judy Boddy), Appleton, Margaret Louise Young, Nadeau, Deborah Ann Johnston, Menominee, and Susan Kay Young, Menominee; daughter-in-law, Katherine Young, Menominee, 28 grandchil dren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Audrey Lamberg and Helen (John) Cousineau, Escanaba; brother, John Besson, Escanaba; and brother-in-law, Ernest LaCart, Escanaba.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, David L. Young and Norbert J. Young; two brothers, James and Robert; sister, Arlene; and five grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Aug. 26 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, Escanaba. The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 6 p.m. at St. Anne's Church with Rev. Francis DeGroot officiating. A luncheon will follow in the church fellowship hall.
Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting the website at crawfordfuneralhomes.net
The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting the family with arrangements.
 


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