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Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of May 19, 2011

Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of May 19, 2011
Ann Desjarlais PDF Print E-mail
Ann K. Desjarlais, 87, Daggett, died May 17, 2011, at Roubal Care and Rehab Center, Stephenson. Anderson-Diehm Funeral Home in Stephenson (906-753-2274), is handling arrangements. Full obituary will appear in next week's Journal.
Carl Harteau PDF Print E-mail
Carl Herman Harteau, 88, Felch, formerly of Menominee, died May 12, 2011, at the V.A. Medical Center, Iron Mountain.

Carl was born Oct. 17, 1922, to the late David and Mae (Pfankuch) Harteau in Menominee. He graduated from Menominee High School in 1941. He enlisted in the Navy in 1942. Prior to his time in the Navy, he volunteered for the Merchant Marines and made numerous trips across the Atlantic into enemy waters to supply troops in the European Theater of WWII. He was honorably discharged in September of 1945. He married Joyce Leonard Oct. 27, 1945, in Menominee. He worked for Ansul for 39 years, retiring in 1985. He and his wife later moved to Felch, where they spent summers. They wintered in Apache Junction, AZ. Carl was a former member of Ansul Rescue Squad, a member of N.E. Dickinson County Sportsmen's Club. He enjoyed the outdoors as well as fishing and hunting.

He is survived by his wife Joyce; two sons, Thomas (Cathy) of Felch and James (Dawn) of Bloomington, MN; two sisters, Eldred Holm of Champaign, IL, and Mary Palumbo of Lake Worth, FL; one sister-in-law, Deana Leonard of Iron Mountain, six grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Carl was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, Robert, George, Raymond and Richard; two grandsons, Bob and Tom; and one granddaughter, DeAnna.

Friends and family may visit Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home, Iron Mountain, May 22 from 1 to 2 p.m Following visitation, The Rev. Dave Anderson will lead a memorial service at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Felch Cemetery. On-line condolences may be sent to www.ernashfuneralhomes.com
Carol Krantz PDF Print E-mail
Carol Jean Krantz died, March 29, 2011, at her home in Manistee, MI.

She was born on Aug. 12, 1929, to Arvid and Karin (Nelson) Krantz in Wallace. She graduated from Stephenson High School as valedictorian of the class of 1947. After graduating from MSU in 1951 she worked briefly as a copy writer for WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids. She then taught fifth grade in Menominee and later, Traverse City. After a year as Director of Research for Encyclopedia Brittanica in Chicago, she was transferred to head their west coast office in San Francisco. Later, as a member of the World Affairs Council she acted as official hostess for visiting royalty and world political leaders. (She guarded the door to the ladies room at the request of J.F. Kennedy as he used the facility.) After a few years she returned to her true passion, teaching. In the years that followed she established the program for the gifted in the San Francisco School System, frequently cited by S.F. Columnist Herb Caen. In the mid-60s she bought an old stone schoolhouse near Suttons Bay where she spent summers until retiring from S.F. School System in 1991. At that time she moved to Manistee, where she owned and operated a bed and breakfast for over 10 years until her failing health ended that venture.

She is survived by sister, Marge Johnson, Manistee, brother Kenneth (Betty), Suttons Bay; nieces and nephews and grand nieces/nephews. Funeral services were held at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Manistee. Final internment was in the family plot at Mellen Township Cemetery, Wallace.
Ralph Nielson PDF Print E-mail
Ralph W. Nielson, 78, Marinette and Alamo, TX, died May 9, 2011, at Edinburg, TX.

He was born Sept. 14, 1932, to William and Florence (Pentony) Nielson. Ralph worked for the City of Marinette as a heavy equipment operator. He married Ruth Schmidt July 20, 1957. He was a member of Pentecostal Apostolic Church, Peshtigo and New Jerusalem Tabernacle, McAllen, TX.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Ruth; sons, Bob, Porterfield, WI, Tom and Jon of Menominee, daughter, Marie Nielson, Marinette, two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Don (Glenna), Stephenson, Jim (Jeanne), Marinette; sisters, Bea Walander, Cathy (Ed) McClain and Carrie (Ed) Boese, all of Marinette. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Joey.

A memorial service will be held in June at the Pentecostal Apostolic Church, Peshtigo.
Lois Nischke PDF Print E-mail
Lois M. Nischke, 82, Marinette, died May 9, 2011, at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center in Green Bay.

She was born Jan 3, 1929, in Marinette to Earl and Wilma (Darland) Dettman. Lois spent her early life in the Marinette area and attended Marinette High School. She married Carl W. Nischke April 3, 1948. They farmed in Porterfield for a few years before moving to the Milwaukee area. Lois and Carl returned to Porterfield in 1963, operating a farm on Highway 64. He preceded her in death Nov. 13, 1987. Lois continued to reside in Porterfield until moving to Marinette where she owned and operated a craft business for several years. She was a member of Faith Lutheran Church and past-president of the Women's Missionary League. She was also a 4-H leader, belonged to homemakers' clubs and was a former member of the Wisconsin Feeder Pig Association.

Lois is survived by five children, Lynnette (Jeff) Deneys, Oconto Falls, Keith (Sally) Nischke, Coleman, Carla Nischke, Marinette, Kevin (Cathy) Nischke, Porterfield and Lisa (Jay) DeMille, Daggett; a foster-son, Ed (June) Partridge, Marinette; 13 grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren and two foster grandchildren, brothers and sisters, Dave (Marvel) Dettman, Delores (Richard) Wolfe, Mary (Oren) Casper, Bill (Judy) Dettman, Dan (Marvene) Dettman, Bob Dettman and Larry Dettman; nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brothers, Jerry and Earl Dettman; a sister, Donna Wood; three sisters-in-law and a brother-in-law.

Friends call at Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home, Marinette. Funeral was held May 14, at Faith Lutheran Church in Marinette with the Rev. Jeffrey Teeple officiating. Burial was in Glenwood Memorial Gardens.
Donald Nerat, Jr. PDF Print E-mail
Donald J. Nerat, Jr., 54, Carlisle, PA, died May 13, 2011, at Holy Spirit Hospital after a long illness.

He was born June 1, 1956, in Menominee, the son of Donald J., Sr., and Esther L. (Shaffer) Nerat, also of Carlisle. He was a 1974 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School and Cumberland-Perry Vo-Tech. In 1974, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Nimitz in Norfolk, VA, for his entire naval career. He enjoyed fishing baseball, softball, NASCAR and was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and Michigan Wolverines. In addition to his parents, he is survived by sons, Donn Nerat III, Enola, PA, and Chad Mullen, Carlisle; brother, Barry of Alabama; sister, Tammy (Richard) Brewer, Carlisle; three grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephew, great-nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Stephanie.

Visitation was held at Neill Funeral Home, Camp Hill, PA, where funeral services were held May 18. Burial was at Fort Indiantown Gap Cemetery.
Robert Pomrenke PDF Print E-mail
Robert W. Pomrenke, 78, Menominee, died May 11, 2011, at Bay Area Medical Center.

He was born Dec. 16, 1932, to the late Walter and Vivian (Crotsenberg) Pomrenke, in Madison, WI. Robert graduated from Madison High School and then graduated with a bachelor's degree from UW-Madison. He served four years in the Navy. Robert married Carol Kuran July 19, 1993, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Menominee. He worked as a supervisor at Menominee Paper Company, retiring in May of 1996. He was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church where he was active in the choir and Bible studies. He enjoyed camping, bowling and golfing.

Robert is survived by his wife Carol; two daughters, Sharon (Dick) Mead of Foster City, MI, and Lori Forton of Pewaukee, WI; one son, Gary Pomrenke of Waldorf, MD; three step-daughters, Kelly Kuran of Madison, Kolleen (Eric) Bakkum of Middleton, WI, and Keri (Andrew) Shehan of Madison; two step-sons, Kevin (Robin) Kuran of Seattle, WA, and Kory (Tomomi) Kuran of Osaka, Japan; nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Along with his parents, Robert was preceded in death by his daughter Patti; a sister, Mary Schroeder and his brother, Dave Pomrenke.

Family and friends called at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Menominee where memorial service was held May 16. The Rev. Craig Monsur officiated. A memorial fund has been established in Robert's name for the American Heart Association, 2850 Dairy Drive, Suite 300, Madison, WI , 53718. Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home assisted the family.

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