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Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of July 14, 2011

Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of July 14, 2011
Michele Rentmeister PDF Print E-mail
Michele J. Rentmeister, died June 28, 2011.

She was born Sept. 24, 1960. While living in Rochester (Hilton) NY, she was a teachers aid for autistic children at Stepping Stones Learning Center. Michele graduated from Menominee High School in 1978. She and her husband, Bill, returned to Menominee in 2005 to start Collector's World Card Store and Interstate Auctioneering. She was active in the breast cancer awareness center at Wilmont Cancer Center in Rochester, NY. She loved to fish, cook, garden and travel.

She is survived by her husband of 20 years, Burton W. Rentmeister, Jr. (Bill); daughter, Annie Safa (Kemal); son, Adam Janquart (Liz); step-son, Peter Rentmeister (Amber); step-daughter, Emily Rentmeister, two grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Sherryl Schneider; father-in-law, Burton W. (Yvonne) Rentmeister, Sr.; her mother, Marijean LaValliere; step-fathers, Robert Getchell and Dwane Ruggles; brothers, Chris Twork and Chris Garrity; sister, Nicole Twork, a nephew; step-brother, Tony Getchell (Amy), aunt and godmother, and cousins. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Elizabeth; her mother-in-law, Jean Rentmeister; maternal grandparents, Henrietta and Francis LaValliere and two uncles.

A memorial was held at Anderson Kell Funeral Home, Menominee, July 8. Memorial gifts in Michele's name will be used to enhance the lives of the autistic children. Mail to: Burton W. Rentmeister, P.O. Box 633, Menominee, MI 49858.
Joan Poquette PDF Print E-mail
Joan Ann Poquette, 80, Carney, died July 5, 2011, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility, Powers.

Joan Vaughn was born April 8, 1931, in Manistique to the late Tom and Bernadeen Vaughn. On Aug. 1, 1953, she married Marvin Poquette in Manistique.

Survivors include her husband Marvin of Carney; brother-in-law, Jerome Poquette, Pulaski, WI; and sister-in-law, Leoda (Al) DePattie, Milwaukee. She enjoyed bowling, going to baseball games and traveling. She was a member of St. Bruno's Catholic Church, Nadeau.

Visitation and Memorial Mass were held July 12 at St. Bruno's Catholic Church, Father Michael Vichich officiated. Burial was in Nadeau Township Cemetery. Anderson-Diehm Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Ruth Mars PDF Print E-mail
Ruth M. Mars, 100, Menominee, died July 9, 2011, at Rennes Health Center East, Peshtigo.

She was born Sept. 19, 1910, in Marinette, to Emil and Mary Ann (Redemann) Mundt in the family home on Merryman Street. Ruth resided in the twin cities for most of her life and was a graduate of Marinette High School. She attended Carroll College and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She taught school in Oconto for two years before her marriage to Charles Victor Mars Nov. 29, 1935. He preceded her in death Nov. 23, 1993. Ruth was a lifelong and oldest member of Pioneer Presbyterian Church, Marinette. She served the church as an elder, a member of the Women's Association and of the Women's Guild. Ruth was a longtime member of the Charles Dickens Club and she and Vic were members of Riverside Country Club for many years. She had an interest in antiques, wildflowers and the beautiful things.

She is survived by two children, Mary (Mrs. William) Converse, Austin, TX, and Charles (Susan) Mars, Menominee, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, brothers and sisters, Louis Mundt, Evelyn Mundt Brickert, Russell Mundt, Clarence (Doc) Mundt, Allan Mundt, Donald Mundt and Doris Mundt Chartier.

Friends called at Pioneer Presbyterian Church, Marinette. Funeral service was held there July 12, with Rev. Jon Nelson officiated. Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested for Pioneer Presbyterian Church or the DAR Boys and Girls Club. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home served the family.
Dennis LaFleur PDF Print E-mail
Dennis James LaFleur, 49, formerly of Menominee, died at home in Spicewood, TX, May 21, 2011, after a three-year battle with brain cancer.

He was born Jan. 15, 1962, in Menominee, to Sam and Theresa LaFleur. Dennis attended Menominee High School and graduated in 1981. He moved to California and worked as marketing director at the Autumn Hills Retirement Home in Glendale, CA, for 25 years. In 2005, he moved to Spicewood, and worked in marketing administration at Mountain View Nursing Home in Austin, TX.

He is survived by lifelong partner, Alex Pallares, Spicewood; three sisters, Cindi Seid, and Christine Carriveau, both of Menominee, and Rev. Diana LaFleur, Marinette; eight brothers, David and Tom, both of Menominee, Jeff (Ann) and Mick (Nancy), both of Marinette, Pete (Paula) and Steve, both of Iron Mountain, Sam Jr., Milwaukee, and James (Joan), Enterprise, AL, nieces, nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service was held July 8, at Calvary Temple in Marinette, with Rev. Tim Hawthorne officiating.
Barbara Hruska PDF Print E-mail
Barbara Louise (Bongi) Hruska, 71, Gillett, died July 5, 2011.

She was born in Iron Mountain, Dec. 30, 1939, daughter of Louis and Helen Bongi. She married Robert (Bob) Hruska Aug. 20, 1960, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Iron Mountain. She was active in her community as well as her church, St. John's Catholic Church, Gillett. She was a Girl Scout Leader and grade school Catechism teacher for several years, president of the church council for two years, St. John's Altar Society member, and St. John's food pantry chairper son. She was also a nurse at hospitals located in Menominee and Marquette, Oshkosh, as well as 22 years at Sharpe Nursing Home in Oconto Falls. Barb enjoyed reading, traveling, cooking and spending time with her family, grandchildren and friends.

She is survived by her husband of Gillett; sons, Randy, and daughter-in-law, Donna, Harpursville, NY, Wayne of Pulcifer; sister, Donna and brother-in-law, John Dickman, Kingsford; mother-in-law, Mildred of Menominee; brother-in-law, Bill and sister-in-law, Dawn Hruska, Menominee, and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents and; her father-in-law, William (Bill).

Visitation and funeral Mass were held July 8 at St. John's Catholic Church, Gillett, with the Rev. Tim Hruska officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee. Kuehl Funeral Home, Gillett, assisted the family with arrangements.
Elizabeth Hosler PDF Print E-mail
Elizabeth Marie Hosler, 85, Stephenson, died July 6, 2011, at Roubal Care and Rehab Center.

Elizabeth Truitt was born May 13, 1926, in Stephenson, to the late Wilmer and Clara (Klafka) Truitt. She served in the Civil Service in Kansas during World War II. On Feb. 1, 1947, she married Cloyd (Bill) Hosler in Springfield, MA. He preceded her in death Nov. 21, 1984. Elizabeth enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing and playing bingo. Time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, is what she enjoyed most. She was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda Paluch, Green Bay, and Vikki Kessler, North Largo, FL, three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and; one brother, Henry (Pat) Truitt, Wallace She was preceded in death by two sisters, and eight brothers.

Private family funeral service was held at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, July 9, Father Corey Litzner officiated. Burial followed in Stephenson Township Cemetery.
Zachary Halfaday PDF Print E-mail
Zachary Paul Halfaday (Wagoosh), 20, Wilson, died June 30, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital from a blood disorder that caused his blood to clot.

Zachary was born in Escanaba Jan. 1, 1991, the son of Norman Paul and Tammy Halfaday. He attended Hannahville School and received his GED from Hannahville Adult Education in 2009. He loved his children, fiancee and family. He enjoyed going to Pow-Pows, playing basketball, playing X-Box with his brothers and hanging out with friends and family. He was employed as a slot attendant at the Chip-In Island Resort and Casino. He was a former member of the Escanaba Area Junior Hockey Association and was a member of the Ditibasin Drum Group for Hannahville.

He is survived by his fiancee, Gabrielle Malinowski, Hannahville; children, Leanara and Miles, at home; mother, Tammy (Jeff) Hapner, Hannahville; father, Norman (Jen) Paul, Soo, Ontario, Canada; paternal grandmother, Hilda Syrette, Rankin, Ontario; three brothers, Jeremy (Mia), Cedric, both of Hannahville, Shawn (Beth), Rankin, Ontario; sister, Natasha (Hank), Hannahville, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents and; brothers, Troy, Paul and Nathan.

Visitation and services were held July 3 and 4 at the Hannahville Community Center. Burial was in the Hannahville Cemetery. The Crawford Funeral Homes assisted the Halfaday family with arrangements.

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