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Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of June 23, 2011

Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of June 23, 2011
Pearl Thoney PDF Print E-mail
Pearl Margaret Thoney, 96, Clermont, FL, died June 11, 2011, after a brief illness.

She was born Sept. 8, 1914, to Anna Selner and Henry Krause in Menominee. The Thoney's owned and operated Thoney's Motel on M-35 in Menominee, and Thoney's Bar and Dance Hall in Traverse City, MI.

She is survived by a daughter, Sharon (Andy) Haywood, Clermont; two sons, Janell (Sharon) Thoney, Cedar River, and Kent (Judy) Thoney, Elmhurst, IL, eight grand children, nine great-grand children, and one great-great-granddaughter. She was precede in death by her husband, John Thoney, three sisters and one brother.

Becker Family Funeral Home, Clermont, is assisting the family. 352-394-7121.
 
George Solway PDF Print E-mail
George E. Solway, 90, Menominee, died June 13, 2011, at the home of his son, Kevin, in Crivitz.

He was born June 26, 1920, in Menominee, to Ernest and Estelle (Houle) Solway. He spent his early life in Menominee and was a graduate of Menominee High School, Class of 1938. He enlisted in the United States Army after graduation, becoming a part of the Army Air Corps and later the United States Air Force. He served during WWII, the Korean and Vietnam wars at duty stations in England, United States and Germany. On Aug. 2, 1954, he married Marjorie M. Cook at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Ipswich, England. George retired from military service as a technical sergeant in 1968 at Las Vegas, NV, and moved back to Menominee. Trained as a master aviation mechanic, he worked at Enstrom Helicopter Company for a number of years before his final retirement.

He is survived by his wife; two children, Kevin J. Solway (special friend, Melissa Andrist), Crivitz, and Kim L. (Kermit) Schulte-Harness (USAF, Retired), Eagle River, AK, grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

A private memorial service was held June 17 at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home, Marinette. Father Walter Stumf of St. Mary's Church, Crivitz officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee, with military honors. Memorial contributions are suggested for Unity Hospice.
 
Olen Smith PDF Print E-mail
Olen L. Smith, 92, Gladstone, died June 12, 2011, at the Lakeview Assisted Living Center, Gladstone, where he was residing.

Olen was born June 23, 1918, in Nappanee, IN, the son of Roy and Estella (Oles) Smith. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII in the European Theater from 1942 to 1945. He was honorably discharged with the Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Ribbon and five Overseas Service Bars and one Service Stripe. Olen married Dorothy Dallara Dec. 11, 1945, in Jamaica, NY. They made their home in Muskegon, MI, where they raised their two children. He was a metallurgist for 29 years for Continental Motors in Muskegon. He retired in 1977 and they moved to Gladstone. He was a member of the UAW, AARP and a lifetime member of the VFW. His hobbies included gardening, hunting, fishing and wintering in Florida.

He is survived by a son, Steven Smith, Cedar River; a daughter, Karen Smith, Kenmare, ND; sister, Marjorie Thorpe, Goshen, IN, nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife in 2006; daughter-in-law, Carol (Lee) Smith in 2002; and two brothers, Earl and Orval.

The family will receive friends June 26, from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Skradski Funeral Home, Gladstone. Military rites conducted by the Gladstone American Legion Post No. 71 will follow at 2 p.m. Family and friends will share stories about Olen following the military rite. Luncheon will follow services at Olen's residence in Gladstone. Visit www.skradski-boycefuneralhomes.com to express sympathy or to leave a memory tribute.
 
Lucy Smith PDF Print E-mail
Lucy J. Smith, 75, Wilson, died June 14, 2011, at Marquette General Hospital.

She was born Sept. 5, 1935, in St. Jacques, the daughter of Levi and Lavina (Sagataw) Feathers. Lucy lived in Nahma and then attended school at Harbor Springs School. She resided in Wilson the majority of her life. In her younger years, she was employed as a certified nurse's assistant while in Petoskey and also at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility. Lucy enjoyed traveling, rummaging, going to church, reading, being with her family and taking care of grandchildren. On Aug. 11, 1951, she married Frances Smith, Sr., in Nahma. She was baptized Catholic.

She is survived by eight daughters, Carol Smith and Peggy (Kevin Harris), Christine (George) Metzger, Connie (Donovan) Metzger, and Mary (Robert) Johnson, all of Hannahville, and Margaret (Darrel) Hardwick, Bark River, Francesca Smith and Onna Dubord, Hannahville; three sons, Francis Smith, Jr., Hannahville, Thomas (Lisa) Smith, and Timothy Smith, both of Bark River, 117 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren and four foster grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; children, Rick, David, Frank, Rodney, Randy, Lynette and two stillborns; and sister, Lorraine Smith.

Visitation was held at the Hannahville Community Center with the funeral service there June 17, with Pastor Jim and Sue Cousineau officiating. Burial was in Spalding Township Cemetery. The Crawford Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements.
 
John Miron PDF Print E-mail
John (John John) J. Miron, 49, died June 12, 2011, at home in Powers following a lengthy battle with cancer.

He was born Jan. 10, 1962, to Vernon Miron and Sabina (Bonnie) Weber in Milwaukee.

He is survived by his mother; four sisters, Tammy (Jim) Cream, Cindy Wilkey, Tawny Miron, and Michelle, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, and three nephews, Jimmy, Johnny and David Wilkey, Jr.

Honoring John's wishes, he has been cremated and his family will remember him with a private memorial service at a later date. The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes assisted the family.
 
Yvonne McClain PDF Print E-mail
Yvonne M. McClain, 57, Peshtigo, died June 18, 2011.

Born Sept. 22, 1953, she was the daughter of Eunice Kiefer and the late Frank J. Kiefer. She enjoyed going to rummage sales and attending the Hodag Festival.

She is survived by two sons, Jeremy (Stacy) McClain, Grover, and Joshua McClain, Menominee; her mother of Menominee; five sisters, Marlene (Robert) Cleary, AZ, Bette (Ronald) Behnke, Menominee, Mary Tharp, Daggett, Kathleen Racine, Menominee, and Karen (Ronald) Mattson, Marinette; a brother, Kenneth Kiefer, Menominee, four grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, and a special friend, Rudy.

Family received friends at Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home, where services were held June 21. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Peshtigo.
 
Violet Kaetterhenry PDF Print E-mail
Violet Carolyn Kaetterhenry, 91, formerly of Menominee, died June 13, 2011.

She was born Sept. 23, 1919, in Menominee, to the late Thorwald and Martha (Salewsky) Larsen. Violet graduated from Menominee High School, Class of 1938. She married Glen H. Kaetterhenry June 9, 1951. He preceded her in death June 13, 2006. She was a member of the Community Covenant Church, Menominee. She worked as a furniture decorator at Lloyd-Flanders. Violet was a flower gardener and long time member of the church choir.

She is survived by one brother, Robert T. Larsen, Pewaukee, WI, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held June 18, at the Community Covenant Church, Menominee. The Rev. Tom Lach officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee. The Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home assisted the family.
 
John Fazer PDF Print E-mail
John Peter Fazer, 93, Green Bay, died June 15, 2011.

He was born March 31, 1918, in Powers, to the late John W. and Mary (Schneider) Fazer. He married Jeanette E. Perket June 15, 1940. She preceded him in death Sept. 14, 1996. After graduation from Powers-Spalding High School in 1936, he went to Coyne Electrical School in Chicago, graduating in 1937. John did electrical work along with his father and brothers in the logging and lumber industry in the Upper Peninsula. He was a chief electrician at A. J. Lindeman and Hoverson in Milwaukee for five years during WWII. In 1952, he worked at Pinecrest Sanitarium on Powers as a chief engineer for 10 years. After leaving Pinecrest Sanitarium in 1961, he moved to Green Bay. He was employed as chief electrician at Folding Carton Division of Green Bay Packaging Company until his retirement Aug. 30, 1981. John enjoyed gardening and yard work. He was a member of the 3rd Degree Knights of Columbus since 1935 and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus since 1956. He was a member of The Knights of Columbus Council #5382-Green Bay and the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus-Marquette Assembly.

He is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Marilyn Fazer, one sister, Anna Mae Fazer, one sister-in-law, Nancy Fazer, all of Powers; two brothers-in-law, Warren Kudzma, Rockford, IL, Art Messier, Escanaba; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gerald and Eleanor Perket, Marinette; a sister-in-law, Grace Perket, Peshtigo; one daughter, Carolyn Keasling, Sun City, AZ; one grandson, two great-grandchildren and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife; four brothers, Clarence, Raymond, Louis and Joseph Fazer; two sisters, Theresa Messier and Bernadette Kudzma; and brother-in-law, Art Perkert, Jr.

Friends called at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Green Bay. The Mass of Christian Burial was held June 18 at the church with the Rev. Dane Radecki O. Praem officiating. Entombment was in Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. A memorial fund has been established in John's name to benefit Unity Hospice. Blaney Funeral Home assisted the family. To send online condolences go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com
 
Dolores Baldwin PDF Print E-mail
Dolores M. Baldwin, 86, Menominee, died June 16, 2011, at Bay Area Medical Center.

She was born Aug. 27, 1924, in Menominee, to the late George and Caroline (Knoll) Weber. Dolores graduated from Menominee High School in 1942. She married Robert Baldwin at Epiphany Church in Menominee Dec. 29, 1945. He preceded her in death March 27, 1996. Dolores worked at various local factories until retiring in 1998. She enjoyed playing cards and was a member of Holy Redeemer Parish.

She is survived by two daughters, Sandra Johnston, Menominee, and Debra Cook, Two Rivers, WI, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.

Friends called at the Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home, Menominee. A Funeral Mass was held June 21 at Holy Redeemer Church with the Rev. Corey Litzner officiating. Burial was in Birch Creek Cemetery.
 
Gerilynn Anonich PDF Print E-mail
Gerilynn (Pikka) Anonich, 49, Menominee, and formerly of Wakefield, MI, died unexpectedly June 14, 2011, at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay.

She was born March 2, 1962, in Wauwatosa. Gerilynn graduated from Wakefield High School in 1980. On March 12, 1983, she married David J. Anonich in Bessemer, MI. She was a registered nurse, and enjoyed cooking and catering.

She is survived by her mother, Joanne Pikka, Wakefield, and father, John (Jack) Pikka, Ishpeming; her husband of Menominee; two daughters, Lindsay (Brian) Swank, Lansdale, PA, and Kelsey Anonich, Menominee; two sisters, Pam Youngberg, Wakefield, and Kristi Pikka, Bessemer; father-in-law, William (Wyoming) (Marlene Delich) Anonich, Wakefield; sister-in-law, Pam Anonich, Mercer, three nieces, uncles, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by a brother, Jeffery (Porky) Pikka, Nov. 5, 2004; and her mother-in-law, Shirley Anonich, Nov. 6, 1994.

Memorial service was held June 17 at All Saints Lutheran Church, Wakefield, with the Rev. Bill Jacobson officiating. Those wishing to make an expression of sympathy may contribute to the family for a nursing scholarship to be established in her name at Gogebic Community College, Ironwood, MI. Lakeside Memorial Chapel Inc., Wakefield, assisted the family with arrangements. Memories may be shared at www.lakesidememorialchapel.com
 
Sgt. Mark Ackerman PDF Print E-mail
Sgt. Mark Daniel Ackerman, 28, former resident of Menominee, died June 16, 2011, at Fort Drum, NY. Mark was born Feb. 18, 1983, in Marinette, to Bob and Judy (Salewsky) Ackerman. He graduated from Menominee High School, Class of 2002. Mark married Kara Nerat April 29, 2008, in New York. Mark was currently serving in the U.S. Army as a unit supply specialist with the 10th Sustainment Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 10th Mountain Division. His awards and decorations included two Army Commendation Medals, two Army achievement medals, the Army Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Non-Commissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Ribbon, three Certificates of Achievement, the parachutist Badge and the Air Assault Badge.

He enjoyed spending time in the gym working out, traveling with his wife, deer hunting, the camaraderie of camp life with his dad, brother and friends.

He is survived by his wife; one son, Christian Ackerman; his parents; one brother, Ben Ackerman; his paternal grandfather, Vernon Ackerman, all of Menominee; his maternal grandparents, Lloyd and Nora Salewsky, Wallace; his mother and father-in-law, Don and Cindy Nerat; brothers-in-law, Phil and Aric, a nephew; godparents, Mark and Ruth Vandenberg, and a niece, all of Menominee, aunts, uncles, and friends.

Friends may call at the Cadieu Thielen Home June 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held June 25, at 11 a.m. from the Community Covenant Church, Menominee. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services June 25. The Rev. Mark Johnson and Rev. Tom Lach will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee, with full military honors. A memorial fund has been established in Mark's name.
 


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