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Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of April 28, 2011

Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of April 28, 2011
Leslie Doepke PDF Print E-mail
Leslie Victor Doepke, 88, Menominee, MI, died April 18, 2011.

He was born Sept. 7, 1922, in Rothschild, WI to August and Emma (Schael) Doepke, whose families had immigrated from Germany. Les was a graduate of Wausau West High School in Wausau, WI. He served during World War II in the United States Army. On May 8, 1948, he married Lenore (Kesy) Doepke. He began work at American Can in Rothschild, WI and continued his employment with the company in Menominee to start up selected converting operations. He worked for American Can/ Menominee Paper Co., for 44 years. Les served as an officer in the Union at Menominee Paper, was a member of the Elks Club and the Kiwanis Golden K's. He loved his time spent with family and friends. Les was a dedicated Green Bay Packer and Chicago Black Hawks fan. He enjoyed gardening, carpentry and home remodeling.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Lee Doepke and Loren (Anita) Doepke, all of Menominee; two grandsons, two granddaughters, one great-grandson; one brother, Herbert (Tubba) Doepke, Rothschild and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Arnold and Milton Doepke.

Friends called at Holy Spirit Church, Menominee where funeral liturgy was offered April 21 by Father Michael Chenier. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee with military honors. Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home served the family.
Violet Giroux PDF Print E-mail
Violet M. Giroux, 90, Escanaba, died April 22, 2011, at the Bishop Noa Home.

She was born June 22, 1920, in Escanaba, the daughter of Victor and Henrietta (Roberts) Giroux. She was a lifelong resident and attended St. Anne's Grade School. She enjoyed her family, especially the grandchildren and watching sports on television. She was employed as a clerk for many years at the Wilbee Drug Store in Escanaba. She retired in 1991. She married John J. Giroux May 10, 1941, in Escanaba. He preceded her in death Aug. 22, 1970. She was Catholic by faith.

She is survived by her son, Michael (Sally) Giroux, Powers; daughter, Nancy (Steve) VanAlstine, Stevens Point, WI, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; sons-in-law, Fred Sundstrom, Escanaba, Richard Beauchamp, Gladstone; brother, Victor (Elaine) Guindon, Duluth, MN; sister, Joyce Jensen, Escanaba, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jeffrey; daughters, Patricia Sundstorm and Mary Ann Beauchamp; sisters, Pricilla Heath, Bulah Sheer; and brother, Wallace Guindon.

A graveside service will be held at a later date at Holy Cross Cemetery. The Crawford Funeral Homes assisted the Giroux family with arrangements.
Thelma Hayward PDF Print E-mail
Thelma M. Hayward, 88, died April 4, 2011.

She was born in Wisconsin and, along with her husband, raised five children. Before moving to California from Michigan, she worked as a medical assistant for 22 years. She enjoyed family and the friends she made while a resident of Merrill Gardens in Vallejo. She loved to travel and research genealogy, often combining the two with trips to New England and Europe.

She is survived by her children, Janice Biross (Joe), Sacramento, Phil of La Cruz Huanacaxle, Mexico, Carl (Tricia), Clio, MI, Doug (Rennifer), Vallejo, and Debbie of San Diego, seven grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Hayward.

A private memorial service was held April 9. Burial was in Sunrise Cemetery, Vallejo. The family asks a donation be made in Thelma's name to The Solano Coalition for Better Health, 360 Campus Lane, Fairfield, CA 94534.
Dorothy Hunter PDF Print E-mail
Dorothy C. Hunter, 77, Daggett, died April 14, 2011, at her home.

She was born April 11, 1934, in Marinette to William and Melva (Leslie) Biehl, Sr. Dorothy spent her early life in Porterfield and was a graduate of Marinette High School, Class of 1952. Dorothy married Roy E. Hunter Aug. 29, 1953. They resided at several duty stations while he served in the United States Army. In 1965, they moved to the Milwaukee area and later lived in East Troy, WI. In 2003 they moved to the Stephenson area. He preceded her in death June 14, 2009. Dorothy will be remembered as an outstanding cook and homemaker and for never being afraid of hard work.

Dorothy is survived by four children; 10 grandchildren; two sisters and two brothers.

No formal funeral service will be held. Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home assisted the family.
Donald LeBoeuf PDF Print E-mail
Donald (Don) S. LeBoeuf, 76, Powers, died April 21, 2011, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility, Powers.

He was born Oct. 30, 1934, and resided his entire life in Powers, the son of the late Alfred and Helen (Pongalek) LeBoeuf. On Aug. 13, 1955, he married Eleanor Meiner. In 1979, he built Cedar River Lumber and in 1980 started Cedar River Truck Company. In 1987, he purchased the former Pine Timber Company and created Cedar Bend Lumber. In 1996, he purchased Gilbert and Bennette treating plant in Nadeau and that became Great Lakes Wood Preservers. He was president and CEO of all four companies. Don and Eleanor enjoyed snowmobiling and four-wheeling. He also loved going to his camp for deer season, watching Packer games, and looked forward to the 4th of July every year and helped chair that event for the Lions Club. One of his favorite things to do was hop on his grader or any of his equipment and just work or play as he called it.

He served on the North Central Area School board from 1973 to 1981. He was a Powers Spalding Lions Club Member for 43 years, serving as president and secretary. He was a volunteer for 23 years on the P S Fire Department and was an honorary member. He was president of Timber Products Association of Wisconsin and Michigan from 1992 to 1994. He was also active in the logging congress and instrumental in helping build a new office for the Wisconsin and Michigan Timber Producers Association in Rhinelander. He was named honorary citizen of the year for P S Lions Club in 1974 and received the Bud Webber Award for outstanding service and promoting Lionism in 1999. He also received recognition from the American Legion Post No. 244 for outstanding and ded icated service to the com munity. In 2003, he re ceived the National Leadership Award and Businessman of the Year Award. Don was a member of the Normenco Sportsman Club and of St. John Neumann Church. He volunteered many hours and equipment to the community and helped start the Revolving Loan Fund for Spalding Township.

He is survived by his wife; three children, David (Mary) LeBoeuf, Cathy (Frank) Phelps and Greg (Brenda) LeBoeuf; two brothers, Jerry (Julanne) LeBoeuf and Lionel (Nancy) LeBoeuf, four grandsons, three step-grandchildren, and adopted son, Bob Clemo, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Jeff LeBoeuf; one brother, Bernard LeBoeuf, and brothers and sisters-in-law.

Friends called at Allo Coolman Funeral Home, Spalding. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 26 at St. John Neumann Church with Fr. Emmett Norden officiating. Burial will be in Spalding Township Cemetery at a later date. A memorial scholarship in Don's name will be established at the North Central Area Schools. Visit www.allofh.com to send online condolences to the family.
Lafayette Merrill PDF Print E-mail
Lafayette (Layfe) Lorenzo Merrill (Merrell) of White Pine, MI, died April 19, 2011, in North Chicago.

He was born to Andrew and Catherine (Kaskia) Merrell near Nadeau, March 27, 1916. At 18 Lafayette surveyed for the Civilian Conservation Corps and worked as an experimental airplane builder and certified welding teacher before entering the United States Army in WWII. He served as a tech sergeant in the 1885th Engineer Aviation Battalion and participated in the invasions of Guam and Okinawa. After WWII, he married and returned to dairy farming. In the early 50s he moved his family to White Pine and worked 25 years as a mechanic/welder for the White Pine Copper Mine. Lafayette was a member of White Pine St. Jude Catholic Church, VFW (lifetime), American Legion, and Sons of the American Revolution. He was married to Lucille Mary (Hammerand) Merrill, from Jackson County, IA, for over 62 years.

He is survived by his children, Andrew, Helen, Arlene, Ruth, Edward and Elaine; his sister, Inez; and brother, James and their families, seven grandchildren, and six great-grand children. He was preceded in death by his wife; sister, Joan; and granddaughter, Julia.

Future plans are for a public service in his hometown of White Pine, and a funeral and burial of his ashes along with those of his wife, at Nadeau where the family plots are located. Memorials may be sent in Lafayette Merrill's name to: St. Vincent De Paul Society, 205 Quartz St., Ontonagon, MI 49953.
Olivie Varda PDF Print E-mail
Olive Ann Varda, 84, Manitowoc, WI, formerly of Menominee, died April 24, 2011, at River's Bend Home, Manitowoc.

She was born Aug. 14, 1926, to the late Volney and Rose (Webber) Klein in Manitowoc. Olive graduated in 1944, from Lincoln High School, Manitowoc. She married Alan Varda Oct. 11, 1958, in Milwaukee. After marriage the couple moved to Iron Mountain, where Olive worked as a bookkeeper for Town and Country Sales for over 30 years, after her retirement they moved to Menominee for 10 years. After her husband died in 2005, she moved back to Manitowoc. Olive was a member of St. Mary's Queen of Peace, Kingsford, Holy Redeemer Church, Birch Creek, and St. Francis of Assisi, Manitowoc. She enjoyed caring for others, gardening, bird watching and playing cribbage.

She is survived by her daughter, Valerie (Douglas) Mellon, Manitowoc; sister, Helen Rydzewski, Manitowoc; sister-in-law, Rita Klein, Menasha, two grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and brother, John.

Friends may call at Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home, April 27, from 10 to 11 a.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. with Deacon Vincent Beckley officiating. Burial will be in Birch Creek Cemetery.
Lucille Pierce PDF Print E-mail
Lucille I. Pierce, 99, Wilson, died April 17, 2011, at Meadowview Gardens in Berrien Springs, MI.

She was born Oct. 3, 1911, in Gourley Township, the daughter of Antone and Sadie (Wery) Lanaville. On Aug. 29, 1938, Lucille married Marion H. Pierce in Mahnomen, MN, but they made their home in Wilson. Lucille was a home maker who also opened her home for adult foster care for ladies. She also worked at Robinson Furniture for about 10 years. She was a member of the Seventy-day Adventist Church, Wilson.

She is survived by her children, James (Sue) Pierce, Wilson; Lucille Crowe, Birmingham, AL; Linda (Paul) Pellandini, Berrien Springs; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her siblings, Earl Lanaville, Mose Lanaville, Mary Lanaville and Willard Lanaville.

Allred Funeral Home of Berrien Springs will post an announcement when the date is chosen for a memorial service at the Wilson Seventy-day Adventist Church with burial in the church cemetery.
Frank Dempski PDF Print E-mail
Frank Dempski, 84, Stephenson, died April 26, 2011, at home. Obit will follow in next weeks Journal. For information, call Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, 906-753-2274.
Iris Nofsinger PDF Print E-mail
Iris Evelyn Nofsinger, 82 Stephenson, died April 24, 2011, at Roubal Care and Rehab Center.

Iris Hisel was born June 27, 1928, in FaFarge, WI, to the late Eara and Anna (Caucutt) Hisel. On Sept. 19, 1947, she married Richard Nofsinger in Hillsboro, WI. He preceded her in death April 14, 1986. Iris taught school for many years and later worked as a cheese maker at Pauly Cheese Company. She en joyed reading, puzzles, bingo, crocheting, gardening and in her younger years, square dancing. Most of all Iris loved her family and her grandchildren held a special piece of her heart.

She is survived by two daughters, Lorraine (Ben) Pratt, Milledgeville, GA, and Dixie Zuern, Marinette; son-in-law, Roger Chaney, Stephenson, seven grand children, 12 great-grand children; one brother, two sisters; and good friend, Bonnie Parrett, Stephenson. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Lois Chaney.

Family and friends may call April 28 at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, from 3 p.m. until time of funeral service at 5 p.m., with Rev. Jim Mathews officiating. Burial will follow in Lost Lake Cemetery.

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