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Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of January 27, 2011

Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of January 27, 2011
Maria Bartkowiak PDF Print E-mail
Maria Bartkowiak, 85, Peshtigo, died Jan. 20, 2011, at Rennes Health Center East.

She was born in Nevel, Russia, Sept. 6, 1925. At the onset of WWII at the age of 16, she was taken by the Germans in Russia, separated from her parents and siblings, Alexander and Valentyna, and was taken near Kassel, Germany. There she met her future husband, Jakub, who was also a prisoner of the camp. When the war ended, the couple were married July 7, 1945, and stayed in a displaced person camp in Wildflecken, Germany. In 1949, they immigrated to the United States and settled in the Marinette area. Maria had a great sense of humor, loved to laugh and spend time with her family and friends. She enjoyed bird watching, especially cardinals and cooking Russian and Polish cuisine dishes.

She is survived by her husband; two sons, Arthur (Mary) Brookfield, WI, and Robert (Kris), Marquette; three daughters, Lucyna Welnetz, Two Rivers, WI, Susana (Jim) Lacy, Waukesha, WI, and Janeta Clausen, Menominee, seven grandchildren, a great-grandchild; and a son-in-law, Duane.

Visitation was held Jan. 23 at the Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home, Peshtigo. Visitation continued Jan. 24 at the St. Mary Catholic Parish, Peshtigo, with the Rev. Father Robert Karuhn offici ating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Peshtigo.
Charles Berger PDF Print E-mail
Charles Henry (Charlie) Berger, 77, Carney, died at home Jan. 24, 2011.

Charlie was born April 2, 1933, in Carney, to the late Alfred and Emma (Wagner) Berger. On Oct. 17, 1953, he married Catherine Braxler, in Holy Rosary Church in Banat. Charlie was raised on a dairy farm and farmed along with his mother at the age of 15, following the death of his father. In 1953, Charlie and Cathy purchased the farm, and raised their six children there. He was a hard working man who took great pride in his work, besides operating the farm he owned and operated his own semi truck and a logging business. He was recognized with the Progressive Farmer Award, Conservation Award, Pioneer Farmer, and Farmer of the Year Award. From 1953 until 2000 Charlie and Cathy, along with Phil and Marion Verbisky, operated Verbisky Berger Ever-greens. Charlie loved people, hunting, a good joke and story. After retirement in 1994, he and Cathy spent 14 winters in Florida. His greatest joy was his wife and family. Charlie was a member of St. Bruno's Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife; six children, Steve Berger, Carney, Judy (John) St. Juliana, Stephenson, Dennis (Cyndie) Berger, Wallace, June (Al) St. John, Menominee, Doug (Susan) Berger, Muskego, WI, Connie (Dan) Maule, Daggett, 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Marion Verbisky, Mabel (George) Eichhorn, Lucille (Jim) Douglass, and Virginia Schetter.

Visitation will be held Jan. 27 at the Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, after 4 p.m. with Parish Prayers at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue Jan. 28 at St. Bruno's Catholic Church, Nadeau, at 10:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. Father Michael Vichich officiating. Burial will be in Nadeau Township Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in Charles Berger's name.
Gerene Bushor PDF Print E-mail
Gerene Alice Gaugh Ewaldt Bushor, 73, Lake City, FL, died Jan. 10, 2011, of cancer.

She was born June 7, 1937, in Menominee, to George and Alice Gaugh. Gerene was a graduate of Menominee High School. In 1958 she moved from Menominee to the Orlando area. She was the last Justice of the Peace, District 6 of Seminole County, FL, from 1972-73. For over 10 years she was co-owner of Bushor Plumbing and Repair, Longwood, FL. A lifelong Lutheran, she was a former member of Ascension Lutheran Church, Casselbury, FL, and member of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Lake City, FL.

She is survived by her husband, Jack L. Bushor; sons, Jeffrey A. (Dana) Ewaldt, Tallahassee, FL, and Jon N. Bushor, Lake City, FL; sister, Shirley (Roy) Berry, Tawas City, MI; brother, Ken Gaugh, Menominee; three grandchildren, an aunt; sister-in-law, Ann Ewaldt, Port Charlotte, FL, a nephew, and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Buddy, Jimmy and Jerry Gaugh; her first husband, Lawrence F. Ewaldt; and stepson, Michael D. Ewaldt.

Internment was at the Jacksonville National Cemetery, Jacksonville.
Daniel Clausen PDF Print E-mail
Daniel R. Clausen, 50, Menominee, died Jan. 21, 2011, at Bellin Hospital.

He was born Jan. 2, 1961, to Donald and Darlene (Weller) Clausen in Menominee. He graduated from Menominee High School. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years, serving on the USS L.Y. Spear. He worked for M&M Cab as a driver and courier for 20 years. He also worked at BayView Apartments as a caretaker.

He is survived by his son, Nicholas Daniel (Crystal) Clausen, Menominee; daughter, Kayla Kirt, Menominee, three grand children; his mother of Menominee; three brothers, Duane (fiancee Karen) Clausen, Menominee, Darryl (Shelly) Clausen, Vincennes, IN, and Dwight (Maylan) Clausen, Green Bay; two sisters, Deanna (Mike) Orchekowski, Cato, and Doreen (Patrick) Vanderlinden, Suamico, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. A memorial service will be held Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. at the Assemblies of God Church, Menominee, with Rev. Herb Kolenda officiating. Memorials may be made in his daughter's name. Thielen Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Yolande Haban PDF Print E-mail
Yolande M. Haban, 72, Menominee Township, died Jan. 23, 2011, at Bay Area Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 4, 1939, in Marinette, to Chester and Hannah (Henning) Nelson. Yolande resided in this area all of her life and was a graduate of Marinette High School, Class of 1957. She studied at the Kenosha School of Practical Nurses and earned certification as a Licensed Practical Nurse. On Oct. 8, 1960, she married James Haban. She worked for the former Marinette General Hospital and later spent her time raising her family. She operated the Plaster Cellar from her home for several years. She was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Menominee.

She is survived by her husband; three daughters, grandchildren; a sister, Charmis (Robert) Ott, Marinette, aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant sister, Joanne.

Friends may call at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Menominee, after 10:30 a.m. Jan. 27. Funeral services will be held at noon in the church with the Rev. Paul Cole officiating. A memorial fund has been established. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home is serving the family.
Harriet Murphy PDF Print E-mail
Harriet M. Murphy, 87, Marinette, died Jan. 17, 2011, at Rennes Health Center West, Peshtigo.

She was born April 1, 1923, in Marinette, to Herman and Adelheit (Dettman) Roeder. She resided in Marinette all of her life and was a graduate of Marinette High School. She married Jerome F. Murphy June 30, 1945. He preceded her in death Oct. 16, 2007. Harriet was employed by the City of Marinette as a secretary for the Department of Public Works, retiring in 1984. She loved to sing, was a former member of the Sweet Adelines Menominee River Chorus, a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Marinette and the Ladies Aid.

She is survived by three children, Michael (Patricia) Murphy, Marinette; Keith (Elizabeth) Murphy, Menominee, and Nancy (Del) Bourdelais, Marinette, 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Rita Mylener.

Friends called at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Jan. 21, where funeral services were held with the Rev. Jon Tesch and the Rev. Frederick Mueller officiated. Inturnment was in Forest Home Mausoleum. Memorial contributions are suggested for Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home served the family.
Robert Phillips PDF Print E-mail
Robert W. (Flap) Phillips, 82, Faithorn, died Jan. 18, 2011, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility, Powers.

He was born May 18, 1928, in Loretto, the son of the late Raymond and Minerva (McInnis) Phillips. He graduated from Vulcan High School in 1947. Robert served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He worked as a pipe fitter for 37 years and was a member of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union, Local No. 728 in Iron Mountain. Robert was a life member of Norvulet Post No. 4581, VFW and he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his sons, William Phillips, FL, and Michael (Patricia) Phillips, Norway; daughters, Patricia (James) Charlier, Wilson, and Deborah Koebel, Green Bay, eight grandchildren, friends, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Howard and Jack Phillips, and special friend, Eva Tarr.

Visitation and funeral ser vices were held Jan. 21 at the Ortman Funeral Home, Norway. Norvulet Post No. 4581 Chaplain officiated. Interment was at the Norway Township Cemetery. Condolences may be ex pressed online at www.ortmanfuneralhome.com
Marlin Rasner PDF Print E-mail
Marlin A. Rasner, 53, Wallace, died Jan. 19, 2011, at home.

He was born Sept. 24, 1957, in Menominee, to the late Kenneth and Vivian (Erickson) Rasner. On Feb. 23, 1998, he married Linda Belanger in Las Vegas, NV. Marlin owned and operated Marlin's Cooking and Catering Service. He was also a venison processor and sausage maker. Marlin was the first girls basketball coach at Stephenson and also coached girls softball. He enjoyed cooking, hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of Wallace; two sisters, Lois (Fred) Pfitzer, Wallace, and Peggy Tafelski, Menominee; brother, Jerry (Ann), Wallace; mother-in-law, Nancy Belanger, Menominee; sister-in-law, Cynthia (Dennis) Evinrude; brother-in-law, Randy (Mary) Belanger, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy; brother, Kenneth; and father-in-law, Harvey Belanger.

Family and friends called Jan. 22 at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson. The Reverend DJ Rasner officiated.
George Soltesz PDF Print E-mail
George Frank Soltesz (Judy), died Jan. 23, 2011, at Menominee Care Center.

He was born Aug. 18, 1921, to the late George L. and Mary (Dudas) Soltesz, in West Virginia. George was a 1940 graduate of Daggett High School. He married Elizabeth Grun (Sis) Feb. 23, 1946. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Elks, St. Ann's Holy Name Society, the Resurrection Men's Club and usher and server in the church, a Counselor of the Knights of Columbus Squires, Pulp and Sulfite Union, Booster Club president served as city Alderman for eight years and served on the Menominee Water Board. He was also a coach of Little League Baseball. George pitched for the Menominee Indians. He was employed at Menominee Paper Company as a journeyman sheet-metal worker for 40 years. He en joyed watching baseball, football, basketball. He also enjoyed hunting.

He is survived by his wife; son, David (Elaine), and two grandchildren; one sister, Martha Mitchell. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Louis, and one sister, Mary Cromie.

Friends called at the Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home Jan. 25. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Jan. 26, with Rev. Fr. Michael Chenier officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.
Daisy Swanson PDF Print E-mail
Daisy Marie Swanson, 93, a resident of Rennes Health Care East, died Jan. 18, 2011.

She was born in Panama, IL, June 9, 1917, to the late Louis and Agnes (Riggins) Stoneburner. Daisy married Carl G. Erickson in 1938 and they resided in Crivitz and jointly owned and operated the Crivitz Electric Shop until his death in 1965. In 1968 she married Edwin Swanson, they lived in Menominee until Ed's death in 1991. For many years Ed and Daisy enjoyed an annual Amtrak journey to visit her children and grandchildren. She was active in the variety club and served on the Crivitz School Board and the Crivitz Rescue Squad. She served as Eastern Star Worthy Matron in Menominee and later as Worthy Matron in Peshtigo. Daisy was a lifetime member and past president of the Menominee Historical Society. She was also a life time member and past president of the Bay Area Medical Center Hospital Auxiliary and served on the BAMC Scholarship Committee. She was a former member of North Shore Golf Club and of the First Presbyterian Church in Menominee.

She is survived by daughter-in-law, Kay; and sons, Norman (Mary) Erickson, Rochester, MN, Allen (Darlene) Erickson, CO, Brian Erickson, Costa Rica, Steven Erickson, OR; and a daughter, Francine Parker, OR, grandchildren; her second family; Peter and Carol (Swanson) Olesen, Mt. Prospect, IL, and Don and Beverly Swanson, Longboat Key, FL and their respective children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Phillip Erickson; brothers, Louis (Bud) and William Stoneburner; and sister, Bertha Dalluge.

Daisy will be cremated. A private remembrance is planned. Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home assisted the family. Memorials may be sent to the Menominee Historical Society or the American Cancer Society. Remembrances may be sent c/o Norm Erickson, 1303 NE 5 Ave., Rochester, MN 55906.

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