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Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of February 03, 2011

Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of February 03, 2011
Jack Rahoi PDF Print E-mail
Jack M. Rahoi, 76, Powers, died Jan. 23, 2011, at Cedar Grove at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility, Powers.

He was born Aug. 19, 1934, in Iron Mountain, son of Jack and Marion (Burcar) Rohoi. Jack graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1952. On April 10, 1954, he married Carol V. Baumler in Iron Mountain. She preceded him in death. For 30 years, Jack worked as a lineman for Wisconsin Electric. He enjoyed being at camp and loved the woods, fishing, trapping and hunting. He was a member of the U.P. Trappers, helped at Lion's Club functions and was a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Bark River.

He is survived by his children, Denise (Dan Veeser), Wilson, Rod (Roxanne) Rahoi, Escanaba, Kevin (Brenda) Rahoi, Navarre, FL, and Jim (Kathy) Ledford, Marquette; daughter-in-law, Barb, Escanaba; 19 grand children; sisters, Becky Chiesa, Iron Mountain, and Marilyn (Bubs) Rosendahl, Iron Mountain. He was preceded in death by his wife and a son, Michael.

Visitation was Jan. 25 at the Crawford Funeral Chapel, Bark River. Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 26 at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, Bark River, with Rev. Mark McQuesten officiating. Burial was in the Bark River Cemetery.
 
MIchael Seely, Sr. PDF Print E-mail
Michael Louis Seely, Sr., 64, Menominee, died Jan. 27, 2011, at Froedert Hospital, Milwaukee.

Michael was born Jan. 16, 1947, in Gladstone, to the late Nathaniel Louis and Jean Ann (Montpas) Seely. He was a bus driver for Lamers in Green Bay, and also worked as a shelter assistant for the Freedom House, Green Bay. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching wolves and eagles and anything outdoors. Mike was a friend of Lost Lake Covenant Church.

Visitation will be held after 4 p.m. Feb. 4 at the Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson. Military Rites will be held at 6 p.m. followed by a memorial service. Pastor Andrew Stonina officiating. A memorial fund has been established.
 
Jerome Sicora PDF Print E-mail
Jerome J. Sicora, 87, Shoreview, MN, died Jan. 18, 2011.

He married Rose Pivonka of Faithorn April 14, 1956. She preceded him in death Nov. 1, 2000. He served in WWII aboard the destroyer USS Menges. He was an attorney for the State of Minnesota with the Attorney General's Office. He retired from the Department of Revenue in 1995.

He is survived by children, Mark, Paul, Ann (Steve) Wagner, and Chris (Rita) Sicora, six grandchildren; a brother, Jim (Lois) Sicora, and nephews and nieces of Faithorn and Powers; sister-in-law, Betty Veeser, Powers.

Mass of Christian Burial was held at St. Odilia's in Shoreview. Burial was at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery.
 
Guy Smith PDF Print E-mail
Guy (Ray) Smith, 91, Wausau, WI, formerly of Menominee, died Jan. 25, 2011, at Aspirus Hospital, Wausau.

Guy was born Jan. 7, 1920, in McAllister, WI, to the late Arthur and Eva (Wagner) Smith. His early years were spent in logging camps where his mother was a cook and his father a logger. He served in the Coast Guard during WWII. After the war, he worked as a millwright at the Menominee Paper Company until his retirement. On May 10, 1947, he married Vernice Peterson in Menominee. She preceded him in death July 19, 2003. He went back to high school, graduating in 1969, along with his daughter Diane, from Menominee High School. Guy enjoyed living at Island Place Senior Apartments. He was a Brewer and Packer fan.

He is survived by his children, Cindy (Henry) Wanserski, Diane (John) Owens, and Greg (Sue) Smith, and seven grand children.

Family and friends called at Anderson Kell Funeral Home Jan. 28. Funeral service was held in the funeral chapel. The 20-Year Military Club presented military honors. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.
 
Kristen Stephens PDF Print E-mail
Kristen Marie Stephens, 28, Gladstone, died Jan. 23, 2011, at the St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba of natural causes.

Kristen was born Sept. 14, 1982, in Midland MI, daughter of Terry and Tina (Camps) Stephens. She was raised in Gladstone. In her youth she participated in cheerleading, basketball and softball. She was a 2000 graduate of Gladstone High School. Following graduation Kristen worked as a blackjack dealer in Hinckley, MN, until she be came ill and needed to return home. She was a Detroit Lions fan.

She is survived by her mother of Gladstone; son, Payton Gingrass, Gladstone; daughter, Mckenna Smith, Hannahville; fathers of her children, Tom Gingrass and Justin Smith, aunts, uncles and her famo; Jeremy, Josh, Chad, Nick (Krista), Danielle, Dominique, Dayna and Ethan. Her grandparents, Charles and Lois Camps, preceded her in death.

Kristen's family received friends Jan. 27, at the Skradski Funeral Home, Gladstone. Burial was in the Fernwood Cemetery, Gladstone. Visit www.skradski-boycefuneralhomes.com to express sympathy to the family or to leave a memory tribute.
 
Edwin Tafelski PDF Print E-mail
Edwin J. Tafelski, died Jan. 30, 2011.

He was born Aug. 14, 1921, in Mellen, to the late Walter Clarenz and Rose (Rein) Tafelski. On Oct. 6, 1945, he married Elean (Bette) Johns in Park Falls, WI. He and Bette moved to Ironwood, MI, in 1959, where they resided until moving to Menominee in 1987. Ed served in the United States Army Air Corps 15th Air Force, 82nd Fighter Group, 95th Squadron in North Africa, Sicily and Italy in the Atlantic Theater. He had been a past commander of the Dirrigle-Sawales American Legion Post in Park Falls. For 33 years he worked as a lineman for the Lake Superior District Power Company in Park Falls and in Ironwood. After his retirement he and Bette enjoyed vacationing and traveling the United States.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Marilyn (John) Packmayer, Menominee; three sons, Edwin D. Tafelski, Clearwater, FL, Rodney (Lynda) Tafelski, Marinette, and Lindsay Tafelski, Green Bay; one sister, Kathleen Morgan, Burlington, WI; one brother, Raymond (Connie) Tafelski, Santa Barbara, CA, six grandchildren, five great-granddaughters and two great-grandsons. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Janet Scarlett.

Friends may call at the Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home Feb. 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Feb. 3 at Resurrection Parish, Menominee, at 11 a.m. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. The Rev. Fr. Robb Jurkovich will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.
 
John White PDF Print E-mail
John T. (Jack) White, 77, Stephenson, died Jan. 29, 2011, at home.

Jack was born Nov. 30, 1933, in Chicago, to the late John J. and Mary Ellen (Finn) White. On Sept. 3, 1955, he married Patricia LaChance in Chicago. Jack served in the United States Army from 1956 until being honorably discharged in September of 1962. Jack worked as the director of security for Quaker Oats, Palmer House Hotel, and St. Joseph's Hospital all in Chicago. He served as Police Commissioner and volunteer police officer in Woodridge, IL. Jack's passion in life was music. He had his own music group, called The Coachmen in which he played guitar. Jack was the director of music at St. Scholastica Catholic Church in Woodridge. Jack also enjoyed horseback riding, giving riding lessons and debating politics. He was the recipient of the American Hometown Leadership Award from Wal-Mart with which he donated the money to Holmes Township for the purchase of a War Memorial. Jack was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church where he played guitar and sang in the choir. He was also a past Holmes Township Supervisor.

He is survived by his wife of Stephenson; four daughters, Janice White, Princeton, WI, Julie White, Sarasota, FL, Brenda (James) Duka, Holmer Glen, IL, and Connie (Dennis) Atkinson, Montello, WI; two sons, John (Kari), Plainsfield, Il, and Brian (Jessy) White, Stephenson, and 16 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Vincent; brother, James; and sister, Lorraine Bradley.

Family and friends called at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, Feb. 1. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Precious Blood Catholic Church Feb. 2. Father Corey Litzner officiated. Burial was in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Banat.
 
Jacob Whittington PDF Print E-mail
Jacob E. Whittington, 87, Menominee, died Jan. 29, 2011, at Menominee Care Center. Private services will be held. Thielen Funeral Home is assisting the family. Burial will be in Kansas.
 
Frederick Whitton PDF Print E-mail
Frederick Charles Whitton, 72, Menominee, died Jan. 27, 2011.

Fred was born May 10, 1938, in Menominee, to the late Elmer and Cecile (Padgett) Whitton. He graduated from Menominee High School, Class of 1956, and went on to get his fire protection degree. He served in the United States Navy. He married Jeannette Fournier June 25, 1960, in New Bedford, MA. He worked for Star Sprinkler Fire Protection in Milwaukee, and later moved back to Menominee and went to work for FabTex, retiring in 2000. Fred had a passion for building and flying model airplanes. He is survived by his wife of Menominee; a daughter, Lynn (John) Semyck, Apex, NC; a son, John Whitton, Milwaukee, two grandchildren; one sister, Kay (Frank) Pearson; and one brother, Jerry (Rita) Whitton, both of Menominee.

Friends called at the Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home where services were held Feb. 1. The Rev. Corey Litzner officiated. Burial was in Birch Creek Cemetery, Menominee. A memorial fund has been established in Fred's name.
 
Mary Ann Wilke PDF Print E-mail
Mary Ann T. Wilke, 87, Marinette, died Jan. 28, 2011, at the Luther Home.

She was born Sept. 18, 1923, in Menominee, to the late Anton and Clara (Mickey) Wilke. She attended Goll School in the town of Wagner and graduated from Our Lady of Lourdes High School in 1942. After graduation she was employed at the Marinette Knitting Mills until they closed. Then she was employed in the Pharmacy at the Marinette Medical Clinic and also did home care nursing during her retirement years and volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul. She was a member of the former St. Edward's Parish where she played organ. She was also a member of the Altar Society, and taught CCD. She was a member of the Northwoods Quilters, and the Twin City Chorus. She enjoyed spending time with her family, baking pies, raising flowers and vegetables.

She is survived by two brothers, Cornelius (Gladys) Wilke, Foley, AL, and Albert (Fran) Wilke, Marinette; a sister, Henrietta (Dave) Charland, Stephenson, nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Leonard (Bud), Lawrence and Wilfred.

Friends called at the Thielen Funeral Home Feb. 1. Funeral Mass was held Feb. 2 at SS. Joseph and Edward Parish in Walsh, with Rev. William Stengel officiating. Burial was in St. Edward's Cemetery. Memorials may be sent to St. Vincent de Paul Society.
 


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