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Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of December 16, 2010

Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of December 16, 2010
Bernard Burde, Sr. PDF Print E-mail
Bernard (Ben) Burde, Sr., 75, Stephenson, died Dec. 8, 2010, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.

Ben was born Nov. 16, 1935, in Chicago, to the late Bruno and Sophie (Pawlowski) Burde. On Jan. 11, 1958, Ben married June Chaney in Chicago. She preceded him in death July 3, 2004. Ben worked for KSG Industries for many years. He enjoyed morning coffee with his friends, collecting coins and going for walks at Stephenson High School. His biggest joy was his family. Ben was a member of the D.A.V.

Survivors include one daughter, Cheryl Burde, Stephenson; two sons, Ben Jr. (Debbie), Arizona City, AZ and Mike, Marinette, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; twin sister, Betty Nowatski, Chicago and brother, Brad (Barb), Arkansas.

Family and friends called at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home on Dec. 11, funeral service was held with Reverend Andrew Stonina officiating. Burial was in Lost Lake Cemetery.
Leonard DeGrave PDF Print E-mail
Leonard DeGrave, 82, Wayland, MI, died Dec. 11, 2010, at Laurels of Sandy Creek Nursing Facility in Wayland.

Leonard was born in Gourley Township Jan. 9, 1928, the son of Edward and Laura (Wery) DeGrave. He attended the Jam Dam Public School and later served in the Navy. He worked on the family farm for a brief time. Most of his adult life was spent in lower Michigan.

He is survived by two sisters, Arlene (Fred) Janofski, Wilson, and Pearl Larson, Beaver Dam, WI; two brothers, Harold (Geraldine) DeGrave, and Thomas (Judy) DeGrave, Wilson, nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services were held. The Crawford Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements. Burial was in the Wilson Seventh-day Adventist Cemetery.
Lois DuPuy PDF Print E-mail
Lois A. DuPuy, 75, Escanaba, died Dec. 11, 2010, at the St. Francis Hospital. She was born June 5, 1935, in Escanaba, the daughter of Alex and Hilma (Buckland) Derouin. She was raised in Cornell and at tended the Escanaba Schools. On Oct. 6, 1961, she married Robert DuPuy. He preceded her in death Jan. 26, 1991. They made their home and raised their family in Schaffer. Throughout her life, Lois was employed at the Highland Golf Course and later as homemaker's aid for the elderly. Lois was a member of the Escanaba VFW Auxiliary, Eagles Auxiliary and the Escanaba River American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 115. She enjoyed playing cribbage, gardening, canning, listening to music, playing cards, camping and spending time with her family and companion Rock Miron.

She is survived by two daughters, Pam (Mike) Bouty, Powers, and Paula (Richard) Bouty, Big Rapids; four brothers, John (Carol) Derouin, Gary (Sue) Derouin, both of Bark River, Dale (Mary) Derouin, Escanaba, Kenneth (Sandy) Derouin, Schaffer; two sis ters, Carol Kutches, Escanaba, Barbara Richer, Rockford, IL; a grandson; and companion Rock Miron, Escanaba, nieces and nephews and cousins. In addition to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Roger and Richard Derouin; one sister, Dorothy Skradski.

The family received friends at the Skradski-Boyce Funeral Home, Escanaba, where funeral service was held Dec. 14 with Elder Richard Bouty officiating. Burial was in Garden of Rest Cemetery in Wells. Messages of condolence may be directed online at www.skradski-boycefuneralhomes.com
Doris Hulbert PDF Print E-mail
Doris Linnea Hulbert, 94, died Nov. 30, 2010, in southern California.

The youngest child of Daggett area pioneer farmers, Richard and Ida Nordgren, was born Jan. 2, 1916, After graduation from Menominee High School she worked as a child's companion and accompanied the family to Central America. She attended University of Michigan School of Nursing, receiving her RN in 1939. That same year she married Arthur Hulbert in East Lansing, MI. They lived in Michigan, Arizona and in 1948 moved to Vista, CA. Doris worked as an obstetrical nurse assisting in the delivery of countless children and in giving care and comfort to their mothers. She retired in 1986. Trips to Sweden allowed her to visit with cousins and use the Swedish language she had learned as a child.

Surviving are daughters, Mary (Gil) Miller, Patricia Hulbert and Barbara (Charles) Roach, adopted son Danny, five grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Doris was preceded in death by her husband; brothers Edward, Paul and Sigurd Nordgren and sisters Inez Samuelson, Freda Strom, Violet Strohl and Gladys Hungerford.

A memorial service is planned for Jan. 2, 2011, in California.
Francis Mellinger PDF Print E-mail
Francis Carl Mellinger, 77, died Dec. 9, 2010, at home.

He was born Oct. 31, 1933, to Joseph and Elizabeth (Meszaros) Mellinger. Born and raised in Stephenson , he grew up a farm boy, graduating from Stephenson High School in 1952. After a stint on the ore boats on Lake Michigan, he joined the Army where he was stationed in Korea as a military policeman. He attended Western Michigan University, earning a bachelor's degree in education. He married Patricia Anderson Aug. 22, 1959. Fran and Pat returned to Menominee where Fran taught industrial arts and physical education in the Menominee School District for 33 years. He also served as the head coach for the Menominee Track and Field team, an assistant coach for the foot ball squad and a basket ball/football official. In the summer Fran was an instructor for Menominee's Driver Education Program. In 1993, he was inducted into the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame for his coaching and sports accomplishments. In spring 2010, Menominee School District named the high school track and field complex in his name. An avid outdoorsman, he relished deer hunting season and time on the bay fishing. He loved golf. He cherished his walks around town with his wife and weekends at camp with family and friends cross country skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, ice skating and sitting by the campfire. He was a member of Holy Spirit Church, the American Legion, Great Lakes Sports Fishermen's Club, the MNO Official's Association, North Shore Golf Club, and the Monday Night Golf League. In addition, he served as a committee member of the Menominee Riverside Cemetery and the Menominee Area Credit Union. His children and grand children were his greatest joy.

He is survived by his son, Patrick (Sherry) Mellinger, Menominee; daughters, Lu Anne (Tim) Green, Madison and Jenny (Todd) Smith, Menominee; five grandchildren; brothers, Don Mellinger, Bellingham, WA, and Jim Mellinger, Renton, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife; and brothers, Joe, John, Bill and Ernie.

Friends called at the Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home, Dec. 13, where parish prayers were held with the Rev. Michael Chenier officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee. A memorial fund has been established in Fran's name
Norbert Molitor PDF Print E-mail
Norbert C. Smorge Molitor, 73, Menominee died Dec. 5, 2010, at home.

He was born Dec. 27, 1936, to the late Lawrence and Marie (Bach) Molitor in Medford, WI. He enlisted at 17 years old in the U.S. Army and served for four years and then in the National Guard for seven. He was called into active duty during the Berlin Crisis. He had worked for American Excelsior for 36 years retiring in 2001. In 1989, he married Loretta Darling in Menominee. She preceded him in death in 2004. He was a member of Holy Spirit Church, M&M Great Lakes Sportsmen's Club for over 30 years, a YMCA member and the Silver Sneaker Club. He lived to fish.

Norbert is survived by a son, Michael Molitor, Menominee; two daughters, Jennifer Marie Molitor, Marinette and Rebecca Sue Molitor, Lebanon, IL; a step daughter, Georgia (Ivan) Johnson, Daggett; ex-wife Jeannie Molitor, Marinette; a brother; three sisters; two grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife Loretta, a brother, Terry and granddaughter, Stephanie Jean.

Friends called at Lemieux-Thielen Funeral Home, Menominee, where services were held Dec. 11, with Rev. Robb Jurkovich officiating. Burial was in Medford, WI.
James Vincent, Sr. PDF Print E-mail
James J. Vincent, Sr., 80, Menominee, died Dec. 1, 2010, while on vacation in the Cayman Islands.

James was born Dec. 6, 1929, in Menominee to the late Clement and Clara (Mushnski) Vincent. He married Germaine Kronauer May 16, 1953, in Menominee. He worked for Alfredson Brothers Construction Company and several other contractors in Menominee and the Fox River Valley. James was a member of the Carpenters Local 1146 of Green Bay. He served four years active duty in the United States Navy from October 1948 to September 1952. He then served in the United States Naval Reserve from 1954 until 1990, retiring as a hull technician chief. He also served during the Korean War. James earned the fol lowing awards and medals, Combat Action, Navy Good Conduct, Naval Reserve Meritorious Service (4 Bronze Stars), China Service, Navy Occupation Service (Asia Clasp), National Defense Service, Armed Forces Reserve (2 Bronze Hour Glasses), Korean Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service (Korea), United Nation (Observer), Republic of Korea War Service, Korean Defense 50th Anniversary, Cold War Commemorative, United States Navy Service Commemorative, National Guard and Reserve and United States Armed Forces Retired Service. He has been past Sea Explorer Skipper Ship 572 Menominee, past Commander of the American Legion Post 146, member of the VFW Post 1887, past honorary member of the Menominee Rotary Club, charter and life member of the Naval Enlisted Reserve Association, Green Bay, life member of the Anchor Club, life member of the Menominee Historical Society, member and past Master of the Menominee Masonic Lodge 269, member and past Worthy Patron Chapter 284 Eastern Star, past Associate Guardian Jobs Daughters Bethel 18, Plank Owner US Naval Memorial, Washington, DC, National Rifle Association, Menekaunee Ice Boat Club, M & M Yacht Club and a member of the 20 Year Club and Honor Squad for military funerals. James also received the following awards, Trail Blazers, Silver Beaver and Order of the Arrow in Scouting. Service to Youth Award, M & M Bay Jammers and Distinguished Service to Youth Award through the Rotary Club.

He is survived by his wife of Menominee; three daughters, Valinda Vincent, Dearborn Heights, MI, Leila Vincent, Marinette, and Lisa Vincent, Menominee; and their AFS daughter from Germany, Franziska Nieter, six grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Gina Vincent, Menominee; two sisters, Joan Miller, Marinette, and Claire (special friend Peg Maulden) Vincent, Santa Rosa, CA, cousins, nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Nadine Renee Vincent; one son, James J. Vincent, Jr.; two brothers, Robert and Raymond; and one sister, Janet Okerlund.

Funeral services were held at the Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home Dec. 11. The Rev. William Shepard officiated. Burial was in Birch Creek Cemetery, Menominee Township. A memorial fund has been established in James' name.

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