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Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of September 16, 2010

Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of September 16, 2010
Lillie Betters PDF Print E-mail
Lillie M. Betters, 94, Powers, died Sept. 11, 2010, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility.

She was born March 11, 1916, to the late Joseph and Rose (Dupont) Gagne in Spalding. On Dec. 2, 1933, she married Napoleon Betters at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Spalding. She is a past member of the St. Anne's Society, Catholic Order of Foresters, Powers Spalding Lioness Club and the parish council. She worked part-time and also a volunteer at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility for many years. She enjoyed traveling with her family, and was also an avid gardener and homemaker. She loved spending time with her family, especially her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her five children, Shirley Charlier, Paul (Jean) Betters, Francis (Nancy) Betters, Gerald (Jill) Betters and Thomas (Mary) Betters, 20 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and 15 brothers and sisters.

Friends called at St. John Neumann Church Spalding where Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 14, with Fr. Michael Vichich officiating. Burial was in Spalding Township Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Delta County Cancer Alliance. The Allo Coolman Funeral Home of Spalding assisted the family. Visit www.allofh.com to send online condolences.
Robert Borths PDF Print E-mail
Ronald R. Borths (Foxy), 77, 229 Van Dyke St., Oconto, died unexpectedly Sept. 6, 2010.

Born on May 24, 1933, in Marinette, he was the son of the late Max and Gertrude (Harper) Borths. Ron began his employment at age 18 with Badger Paper Mill in Peshtigo and retired 44 years later. He also sold shoes for a time. He was a long time resident of Peshtigo. Ron enjoyed fishing, bowling, camping, creating art, dancing, singing, watching old movies and playing dice and lawn games. His favorite activities were visiting with his family and going on long walks.

Ron is survived by his children; Dave (Frances) Borths, Hayward, CA, Debby (Wayne) Kellner, Wallace, Laurie Harris, Menominee and Crystal (Dave) Malke, Crivitz; 10 grandchildren: seven great-grandchildren. Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Gertrude Borths; a brother, Robert Borths and a son, Timothy Borths.

A private family visitation was held Sept. 10 with funeral service at the Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home. Pastor Rick Marcy officiated. Burial was in Peshtigo Riverside Cemetery.
Stephen Filibeck PDF Print E-mail
Stephen R. Filibeck, 55, Stephenson, died Sept. 10, 2010, at home after a battle with cancer.

Steve was born Oct. 31, 1954, in Banat, to Frank and Sarella (Swille) Filibeck. On April 17, 2006, Steve married Heidi Kruhmin in Menominee. Steve was employed as a custodian for the Michigan State Police Post in Stephenson. He enjoyed being outdoors where he loved to hunt and fish. He also enjoyed spending time at home, family get togethers, going to camp and Sprint Car Racing.

Survivors include his wife, Heidi, Stephenson; father, Frank Filibeck, Wallace; two daughters, Laura (Brian) Beal, Ingalls and Lisa (Dan LaPlant) Filibeck, DePere, two stepdaughters, Samantha and Olivia Zahorik, Green Bay, step son, Jacob Zahorik at home; two grandchildren; two sisters, Karen (Guy) Bottkol, Wallace and Kelly (Al) Wery, Daggett. one brother, Fred (Sally) , Menominee; nieces and nephews. Steve was preceded in death by his mother, Sarella.

Family and friends called at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Sept. 14 at Precious Blood Catholic Church. Father Corey Litzner officiated. Burial followed in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Banat.
Ada Forgette PDF Print E-mail
Ada Lorraine Forgette, 96, Nadeau, died Sept. 12, 2010, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility.

Ada Christianson was born July 13, 1914, on Miscauno Island, WI, to the late Albert and Margaret (Hachie), Christianson. On July 6, 1939, she married Clarence (Peeper) Forgette in Nadeau. he preceded her in death Jan. 20, 1993. She was an avid homemaker who enjoyed sewing, collecting thimbles and teddy bears, and making molasses cookies. Spending time with her family is what brought Ada the greatest joy. She was a member of St. Bruno Catholic Church where she was active in St. Anne's Society.

She is survived by two sons, Donald (Bonnie), Oconto, and Michael (Ruth), Gwinn, MI; 12 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grand son; brother, Albert (Eleanor) Christianson, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Janice Forgette; great-grandson, Brayson Wusterbarth; and four brothers and sisters.

Family and friends may call at St. Bruno Catholic Church in Nadeau Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. CST until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 1 p.m. CST. Burial will be follow in Nadeau Township Cemetery. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Shirley Gold PDF Print E-mail
Shirley M. Gold, 76, 9141 Stagecoach Ave., Gladstone, died Sept. 9, 2010, at home.

She was born April 26, 1934, in Escanaba, to the late John Bintner and Hilda (Weneberg) Bintner. Shirley married Charles (Chuck) Gold Feb. 9, 1960. She was a past member of Bethany Lutheran Church, Escanaba and the First Lutheran Church Gladstone. During the 80s she managed Northern Michigan School of Cosmetology, which she and her husband owned. She was a Green Bay Packer fan.

She is survived by her husband of Gladstone; sons, Gregory (Amy Keskey) Gold, Green Bay, and Jeffrey (special friend Cindy Bergeon), Gladstone; daughter, Julie Gold, Menominee, six grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; a sister, Bernice (Robert) Larson, Wells; and a brother, Robert (Maureen) Bintner, Escanaba. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ward Bintner; and a sister, Mildred Engstrom. Memorials may be sent to the Delta County Cancer Alliance, Inc.

Family and friends called at the Skradski Funeral Home, Gladstone. Funeral services were held at the First Lutheran Church, Gladstone, Sept. 14, with the Rev. Jonathan Schmidt officiating. Burial was in the Lakeview Cemetery, Escanaba. Visit www.skradski-boycefuneralhomes.com to leave message of condolence.
Evelyn Gumbert PDF Print E-mail
Evelyn Gumbert, 84, Northland Village, Marinette, died at her home Sept. 7, 2010.

The daughter of Emanuel and Stella Cline. Evelyn was born Dec. 17, 1925. She married Charles Gumbert and they had four children. She was a nurse for over 30 years. She worked at Pinecrest Medical Health Facility, Bellin Hospice and Rennes Care Facility and Rehabilitation Center. Evelyn loved reading, knitting and crocheting. She also loved bingo. She was a member of the West Bagley Homemaker's Club in Menominee County. Evelyn loved her friends and the many activities at Luther Home.

She is survived by three of her four children, Robert Gumbert, Hesperia, CA, Lois (Dean) Wallarab, Rock Island, IL, and Laurel (Dan) Simons, Green Bay, 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Ehrhardt; daughter-in-law, Soa Gumbert; grandson, Paul Gumbert, siblings, Everett Cline, Val Dill, Iva Wolf, Loval Benser, Ruth Anderson, Russell Cline and Betty Imhoff.

Funeral services were held in the Chapel of Northland Village Apartments Sept. 13. A memorial fund has been established for the American Diabetes Association. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hansenonionmartell.com Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home assisted the family.
Mildred Hayward PDF Print E-mail
Mildred Olive Hayward, 93, Menominee, died Sept. 8, 2010, at Roubal Care and Rehab Center.

Mildred Johnson was born Nov. 21, 1916, in Ingallston Township, to the late Carl and Matilda (Olson) Johnson. She married Francis Hayward June 12, 1937, in Menominee. They celebrated their Golden Anniversary, June 12, 1987. Francis preceded her in death Nov. 27, 1994. Mildred enjoyed sewing and making quilts for Lutheran World Relief. She was a charter member of St. Stephen's Lutheran Church where she was involved in the women's club, and also a member of the Bay Shore Study Club.

She is survived by a daughter, Lynette (David) Rivard, Hayward Bay; two sons, Daniel (Marjorie), Hayward Bay, and Wayne (Sharon), Augusta, GA, five grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Edythe Sager, Stephenson, and Verna Mekash, Menominee. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Emrick, Harry and Lester; and two sisters, Agnes Kleinke and Alice Backman.

Family and friends called at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Stephenson, where services were held Sept. 12. Rev. Jon Schmidt officiated. Burial was in Stephenson Township Cemetery. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, assisted the family with arrangements.
Donald Klitzke PDF Print E-mail
Donald Carl Klitzke, 84, Ingalls, died Sept. 10, 2010, at home.

Don was born July 8, 1926, on the family farm in Greenwoods, to the late Walter and Alma (Freis) Klitzke. On June 17, 1950, he married Evelyn Johnson at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Greenwoods. He attended the one-room school house in Greenwoods and went on to graduate from Stephenson High School in 1944. He was a self-employed logger retiring at age 79 after a long career doing a job he loved. He was a self-taught musician who played in local polka bands. Family and his faith in his Lord were most important to Don. He was a lifelong member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church where he taught Sunday school for 25 years.

He is survived by his wife of Ingalls; six daughters, Judy (Craig) Francour, Wallace, Carol (Tom) Oczus, Stephenson, Barb (Jim) Leaveck), Daggett, Marylou (Dale) Walcher, Stephenson, Tammy VanDomelen, Menominee, and Lisa Klitzke, Wallace; two sons, Donald, Jr. (Peg), Farmington, NM, and Guy (Susan), Menominee, 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grand children; sister, Alice Klitzke, San Francisco, CA; six brothers, Frank, Stephenson, twin brother, Meredith (Pat), Menominee, Warren (Mary Ann), Menominee, Robert (Betty), Appleton, WI, Norman (Fran) and Ernie (Barbara) both of Menominee. He was preceded in death by sister, Eleanor Myers; son-in-law, Paul VanDomelen; former daughter-in-law, Betty and her husband Stan; and special friends, Norman Coleman, Bob Peterson and Bill Tebo.

Family and friends called at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson. Services will be held Sept. 15 at St. Mark Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. Reverend Craig Weber officiating. Burial will be in Mellen Township Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in Don's name.
Elmer Kruse PDF Print E-mail
Elmer F. Kruse, Jr., 75, Marinette, died Sept. 7, 2010, at Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, WI.

Elmer Fredrick Kruse was born Oct. 21, 1934, in Elmhurst, IL, to the late Elmer, Sr. and Marian (Ellerbruch) Kruse. He worked at DNS Mold & Tool, Marinette. He enjoyed bowling, watching the Chicago Cubs, model airplanes and fishing.

He is survived by four daughters, Lorraine (Ron) Porte, Daggett, Nancy (Dave) Ott, Marinette, Heather Kruse, Rice Lake, WI, and Alina Kruse, Appleton; three sons, Ron (Tammy), KY, Michael, Marinette, and Kevin, Oshkosh, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchil dren; daughter-in-law, Lou Ann Ciochetto, Menominee; two sisters, Carol Kruger, Decatur, IL, and Pam Glassford, Delavan, WI; and a brother, Roger (Laura), Greybull, WI. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ina Kruse; one son, Richard Ryan; one daughter, Linda Lee Kruse; and sister, Darlene Nichols.

Funeral service was held Sept. 11 at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson. Pastor Michael Orta officiated. Burial was in Mellen Township Cemetery.
Joseph Kuntze PDF Print E-mail
Joseph E. Kuntze, 87, Stephenson, died Sept. 9, 2010, at Bay Area Medical Center.

Joe was born May 5, 1923, in Daggett, to the late Max and Mary (Roberts) Kuntze. He married Priscilla Machia in 1946 at St. Frederick Catholic Church in Daggett. She preceded him in death Oct. 10, 2006. Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing, dancing, playing his harmonica and bowling. He was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church.

He is survived by his daughters, Connie Kuntze, Stephenson, JoAnn Jeschke, Menominee, Lynn (Steve) LaFave, Portage, WI, Kathy (Michael) Link, Manitowoc, WI, and Karen (Earl) Golden, Port Washington, WI; one son, Ron, Marinette, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visitation and funeral were held Sept. 12 at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson. Burial was in Bethesda Cemetery, Daggett.
Rosemary Nyberg PDF Print E-mail
Rosemary E. Nyberg, 83, Eau Claire, WI, formerly of Wallace, died Sept. 7, 2010, in Eau Claire.

Rosemary Smith was born May 14, 1927, in Ingalls, to the late Elmer and Esther (Lorey) Smith. On Feb. 28, 1948, she married Norman Nyberg at Bethlehem Covenant Church. Norman preceded her in death May 13, 2008. She was a homemaker and also worked as a telephone operator in Stephenson for many years. She enjoyed reading, crafting and sewing. Her greatest love was her children. As a member of the Commuity Covenant Church she held various positions for over 50 years recently transferring her membership back to Bethlehem Covenant Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Jerilyn (Holman) King, Eau Claire, and Jody (Rich) Beechamp, Milan, IL; two sons, Daniel, Idaho City, ID, and James, Omak, WA; one grandson and one granddaughter; brother, Charles Smith, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one brother, Alfred.

Family and friends called at Bethlehem Covenant Church. Funeral service was held there Sept. 11. Reverend Andrew Stonina officiated. Burial was in Bethlehem Covenant Church Cemetery. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, assisted the family.
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