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Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of March 18, 2010

Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of March 18, 2010
Martha Ball PDF Print E-mail
Martha Mae Ball, 72, Hermansville, died March 9, 2010, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility.

She was born Aug. 29, 1937, to the late Lawrence and Cora (Bouchonville) LaCoursier in Hermansville. On June 26, 1955, she married Ted Ball in Escanaba.
Martha worked at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility for 40 years, starting in the dietary and laundry departments and later as a nurse's aid, therapy aid, nursing secretary and retiring as the medical records supervisor. She enjoyed camping, golfing and country music, especially going to the Porterfield music festival. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Martha is survived by her two sons, Bruce (Lois) Ball and Randy Ball, one brother, Steve (Frances) LaCoursier, three grandchildren, friends, nieces and nephews.
Her parents and husband preceded her in death.

Friends called at Allo Funeral Home in Spalding. A funeral service was held there March 13, with Fr. Emmett Norden officiating. Burial will be in the Meyer Township Cemetery in the spring.
Visit www.allofh.com to send on-line condolences.
Daniel Bourgeois PDF Print E-mail
Daniel P. [Boosh] Bourgeois, 47, Wallace, died March 13, 2010, at Bay Area Medical Center, of cancer.

He was born Nov. 15, 1962, to Francis and Celeste (La Porte) Bourgeois in Menominee.
He graduated from Menominee High School and went on to Michigan Tech to graduate with a degree in chemistry. He worked outside the area for a short time and then as a chemist at Northern Coating & Chemical for over 22 years. He was member of Holy Spirit Church where he served as a lector. He was a former member of the Menominee-Ingallston Township Fire Department. Dan enjoyed  spending time with his friends: gambling, four wheeling, floating down the river, and watching sports. He was a Packer fan, but also followed local football. He enjoyed panning for gold and growing pumpkins.

He is survived by his mother; two brothers, Francis Jr., (Pat) Bourgeois, Conroe, TX, and Thomas (Joan) Bourgeois, The Hague, Netherlands; five sisters, Roberta Sobeski, Menominee, Mary Beth Grisdale, Ann Arbor, MI, Joanne (Bob) Conner, Houston, TX, Paula (Dan) Ostrenga, and Deborah (Steve) Chaltry both of Wallace, nieces and nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his father; and brother-in-law, Ken Sobeski.

Friends called at the Lemieux-Thielen Funeral Home, Menominee. A Funeral Mass was held at Holy Spirit Church, March 17, with Rev. Ronald Skufca, Rev. Robb Jurkovich and Rev. Michael Chenier concelebrating.
Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.
Bernard Clifford Jr. PDF Print E-mail
Bernard J. (Cliff) Clifford Jr., 50, N16246 County Rd. 557, Wilson, died March 7, 2010, at his home of cancer.

He was born on June 9, 1959, in Camden, N.J., the son of Bernard J. Clifford, Sr. and Elizabeth E. Brown.
On Sept. 28, 1985, Bernard J. Clifford Jr. married Cheryl Leona Mott at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lakeland, FL.
He was employed with Auto Pros in Menominee and Universal Truck and Auto Parts in Escanaba. He was a trouble-shooter for Jerry's Texaco.

Cliff loved fishing, golfing, camping and was a NASCAR and NFL fan.

Survivors include his wife Cheryl Clifford, Wilson; daughters, Chelsea, Wilson and Casey, Escanaba; two grandchildren, his mother, Elizabeth Clifford, Lakeland; his sisters, Michele Bramble, Elaine (Dan) Piotraschke and Betty Jane Clifford; nieces, nephew, great-nieces and nephew.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bernard J. Clifford Sr., a grandson and aunt.

A memorial Mass was held March 15, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Bark River with Rev. Al Mott officiating.
Memorials may be made in Cliff's name and directed to Wells Fargo Bank to assist with funeral expenses.
Donna Grabowski PDF Print E-mail
Donna Marie Grabowski, 51, 2800 5th Ave. S, Escanaba, died March 7, 2010, at her home of cancer.

She was born Oct. 30, 1958, in Escanaba, the daughter of Frank and Olga Yagozinski. Donna was raised in Wilson and graduated from Bark River-Harris High School in 1977. She attended Bay College.
She worked for Lasco Development in Marquette for two years and then she was an insurance representa tive in Milwaukee and later in Las Vegas before return ing to Escanaba in 1988. While in Escanaba, she was employed with Bob Johnson Insurance, Garceau Insurance and Northern Insurance until she retired in 2005.
On Sept. 22, 2001, Donna married Alvin G. Grabowski at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Escanaba.
She was a member of the Eagles Club and Our Savior Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband; daughter, Shonda Fischvogt, Gladstone, her parents; brother, Allen (Karen) Yagozinski, Wilson; and sister, Linda (Dennis) LaMarch, Escanaba, two nieces and a nephew.

Visitation  was at Crawford Funeral Home, Escanaba, where funeral service was held March 11 with Rev.  Eric Olson officiating.
Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in Donna's name and directed to the family.
Inez Gruetzmacher PDF Print E-mail
Inez Grace Gruetzmacher, 79, a longtime resident of Menominee, died March 11, 2010, at Rennes Health Center East, Peshtigo.

Inez was born April 5, 1930, in Ripon, WI, to the late Victor and Anna (Tetzlaff) Ketteler.
She married Orrin Gruetzmacher June 12, 1948. He preceded her in death Nov. 28, 2000. She had served as secretary for her husband's advertising agency, Gruetzmacher and Associates, for many years. Inez was a member of the Menominee Woman's Club and had been a member of the Riverside Bowling League.

She is survived by her daughter, Carla (Donald) Tessmer, Daggett; two grandchildren; two sisters, Millie Zahn, Ripon, and Pearl Brookman, Fond du Lac, WI; and one brother, Larry Ketteler, Battleground, WA.

Visitation will be held at the Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home, March 20. Friends may call at the funeral home from 1 until 4 p.m.
A memorial fund has been established in Inez's name. Memorial donations may be made out to the: American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311.
Reverend Robert King PDF Print E-mail
Rev. Robert James King, retired pastor of the East Delta Parish (congregations located in Garden, Fayette and Cooks), died March 8, 2010, at his home in Appleton.

He was born Nov. 28, 1945, in Escanaba, the son of Leo and Gertrude (Verhagen) King. Robert graduated from Holy Name High School in 1964 and then served with the U.S. Army in Europe. He married Catherine Cretens Sept. 16, 1967, in Flat Rock.
He graduated from Western Bible College in Denver, CO, and attended Denver Theological Seminary. Rev. King also served parishes in Black River Falls, WI, (Faith Baptist Church), as well as Indian Hills, CO (Mountain Valley Baptist Church). After his retire ment in 2005, he and his wife moved to Appleton.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Daniel (Lara) King, Monterey, CA, Benjamin(Lyssa) King, Appleton, Jeremiah (Tessa) King, Raleigh, NC, David King, Mumbai, India; daughter, Rachel (Ben) Stephenson, Kansas City, KA, eight grandchildren, his mother; brothers, Randy King and Glen (Ann) King, both of Flat Rock, John Kutches, Gladstone; sisters, Marian (Lloyd) Sodergren, Danforth, Sandy McVory, and Marsha (Herb) Iverson both of Gladstone, Marlene (Bob) Valley, Soo Hill, Carolyn (Steve) Perry, Powers, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; brother, Lester King.

Funeral services were held March 11 at the Anderson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dennis Episcopo officiating.
Burial was in the Fernwood Cemetery.
Online condolences can be sent to www.andersonfuneralhomes.net
Mary McAuliffe PDF Print E-mail
Mary L. McAuliffe, 86, Menominee, died March 8, 2010, at home.

She was born June 8, 1923, to the late George and Josephine (Havelik) Wachowiak in Menominee.
Mary graduated from Menominee High School and later attended the U.W. Center in Marinette. She worked as an office services supervisor at Prescott Company for 18 years and was secretary to the plant manager at Scott Paper Company for 20 years. She married Joseph McAuliffe June 11, 1993, in Menominee. Mary was a member of Holy Spirit Church, where she served as Eucharistic Minister and was on the parish council. She also belonged to the Daughters of Isabella, St. Anne's Sodality and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. Mary also enjoyed being a reading tutor for N.W.T.C. and vol unteering for the American Cancer Society.

She is survived by her husband; two step-children, John (Ruth) McAuliffe and Kathleen (Randy) Hendrickson both of Menominee; three step-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Elaine Wachowiak, Whidbey Island, WA, two nieces and two nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Francis.

Friends called at Holy Spirit Church where funeral Mass was held March 12, with Rev. Ronald Skufca officiating.
Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.
Lemieux-Thielen Funeral Home assisted the family.

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