Richard Adam Grinsteiner, 68, of Wallace, died March 31, 2011, at home.
Richard was born Feb. 4, 1943, in Ingalls, to the late Joseph and Katherine (Volk) Grinsteiner.
Richard spend childhood years with his family in North Dakota before returning to Menominee County where he lived most of his life.
He attended Stephenson Schools and graduated in 1961. He worked trucking and ship ping cattle, part time at 16 years of age, for Linsmeier Livestock Auctions. In 1961 he began working full time for White House Milk. In 1964 Richard enlisted in the United States Army. He served as a military police man in the 55th Military Police, Camp Red Cloud, in Korea in 1965. He returned state side in 1966 and was assigned to the 208th M.P. Company Fort Leonard Wood, MO, as a confinement (cell block) specialist. Later he was selected for drill instructor school. After completion of school, he was assigned to a basic training company Charley 2-3, light weapons infantry. He was promoted to staff Sergeant Senior Drill Instructor. He was honorably discharged as Staff sergeant E-6 and senior drill instructor in 1967. He worked various construction jobs in the Midwest as a teamster and laborer for several companies. First, he worked for Richard Leaveck, who was not just a good employer, but became good family friends. Then he was employed for six years by Kakuk Construction, where he truly enjoyed and appreciated the Kakuk's friendship and professionalism. There he made lifelong friends; among them was Jack Vretenar, whom he considered a special friend. Later, he worked for Fairway Foods as a warehouse worker, and for Dave Radandt, a good friend, at Radandt Construction. Also during these years he raised beef cattle. In 2007 Richard retired as a Teamster. Throughout the years, starting with his military years, he coined the term and idea of Motongator, using it to replace less tolerable words when dealing with the recruits and later with his family. Later in life Motongator became known as a mythological creature that lived in the Wallace area. Kathy Johnson, a family friend and amateur artist, drew the Motongator, and later Rich and Char Grinsteiner had it copyrighted. This legendary creature has become the name sake of the Motongator Music Festival and Richard's son Motongator Joe.
Richard was a hound dog man, part time trapper, and enjoyed and appreciated the outdoors. He enjoyed this pastime with his brothers and hunting buddy Dave Radandt.
He was an active member of the American Legion and VFW. He enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow Veterans.
He also enjoyed card nights with his family, spending time with his children and supporting the activities of his grandchildren. He also enjoyed his time trading help with his son, Joe.
He is survived by his wife, of Wallace; daughters, Loretta (Jeff) Swanson, Ahmeek, MI, Cindy (Ron) Thomey, Mio, MI, and Ruth Grinsteiner, Stephenson, MI; son, Motongator Joe (Kyla) Grinsteiner, Wallace, eight grandchildren and one step-grandchild; sister, Vicky (Art) Ostrenga; two brothers, Ted (Carol) Grinsteiner and Gil (Debbie) Grinsteiner; and brother-in-law, Larry Palzewic, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Barb Palzewic.
Family and friends may call at the Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, April 9, after 1 p.m. until time of funeral service at 4 p.m. with Deacon Tom Rivard officiating. Military Rites will be conducted following the funeral service.
Burial will be in Mellen Township Cemetery.
A luncheon will follow at American Legion Post No. 43.
In lieu of other forms of sympathy, the family requests memorial donations be made in Richard's name to the Barb Palzewic Hope Memorial Relay or American Legion Post No. 43 of Stephenson.
Rose Mary Hafeman, 60, of Menominee died March 31, 2011.
She was born Feb. 13, 1951, in Menominee, to the late Richard and Delia (Hayward) Buelteman. She graduated from Menominee High School. Rose Mary was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Menominee where she was active. She also enjoyed spending time in her garden.
Rose cherished her family especially her grandson.
She is survived by her son, Brian (Mary Beth) Hafeman, Menominee; her daughter, Bonnie (Joe) Krupa, Muncie, IN; her grandson and five sisters; Linda (Len) Welling, Kathleen (Gabe) Kiraly both of Menominee, Lauri (Robert) Kamp, Crivitz, Jill (Rick) Kohel, Menominee and Lisa (Tim) Pendergast, Wallace.
Friends called at the Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home. Services were held April 5 at the Christ Lutheran Evangelical Church, Menominee. The Rev. Paul Cole officiated.
Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.
Anne Louise Lungerhausen, 88, formerly of Hermansville, died March 28, 2011, at St. Anthony's Hospital in Denver, CO.
She was born in 1922, the daughter of the late G. Harold and Anne (Allen) Earle.
Anne lived in Hermansville nearly her entire life, except for her college years at Michigan State University and the University of Chicago. In 2007 she moved to a retirement community in Golden, CO.
She married Richard T. Lungerhausen in Sacramento, CA, in 1944. At the end of WWII the couple returned to Hermansville and started their family. Anne Louise returned to college in 1966 and obtained a bachelor's degree in education in 1967 from Northern Michigan University and her master's degree in learning disabilities in 1969. She taught junior high school in Hermansville from 1966 to 1970 and was an educator with North Central Area Schools until she retired in 1985. In 1998, she received the President's Award for Distinguished Citizenship from Northern Michigan University. After her retirement she and her husband traveled extensively. They also spent summers at their second home in Blaney Park, MI. Anne Louise served on the board of directors for Northpointe Behavioral Healthcare Systems for many years. She was a member of the Hermansville United Methodist Church, where she served as a board member as well as organist, choir director and Sunday school teacher. She was a long-standing member of the Matinee Music Club of Iron Mountain. She was instrumental in the establishment of the IXL Historical Museum, which she considered her lasting legacy to the community.
She is survived by three sons, Charles (Susan), San Diego, CA, Richard (Jeanann), Lakewood, CO, and John (Dixie Vice), Golden, CO; two daughters, Karen (Kari) Krepps, Curtis, MI, and Catherine (Jim) Rhino, Oconto Falls, WI; brother-in-law, John C. Lungerhausen, Hermansville, nine grand children and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; sister, Celia Loess; and daughter, Ellen.
A memorial service is planned for later this year. Friends who wish may make contributions in memoriam to the IXL Museum, P.O. Box 162, Hermansville, MI 49847 or to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.
Mary Lou (Merty) Meshigaud, 67, Wilson, died March 31, 2011, at Marquette General Hospital.
She was born Feb. 5, 1944, and raised in Hannahville, the daughter of Hubert and Luella (Wandahsega) Meshigaud.
She graduated from Bark River-Harris High School. Mary Lou was employed by the Island Resort and Casino as an accountant. She also served on the tribal council for many years as treasurer.
She loved her grandchildren, working in her flower garden, reading, and visiting with family and friends.
She enjoyed a special relationship with Edgar Sagataw and his family.
She is survived by her husband, Frank Meshigaud; son, Lloyd (Tami) McCullough, Bark River; daughters, Isabelle McCullough and Betty McCullough, FL, Lisa McCollough, Sault Ste. Marie, grandchildren, great-grandchildren; brothers, Earl (Aeisha) Meshigaud, Bark River, John (Sue) Meshigaud, Wilson, Robert (Sharon) Meshigaud, David Meshigaud, Ronald Meshigaud, Donald Meshigaud, Ken (Jeanne) Meshigaud, Daniel (Lorrie) Meshigaud, and Ernest (Tubby) (Irene) Meshigaud, all of Hannahville; two sisters, Anna Meshigaud and Juanita (George) Megenuph, Hannahville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her first husband, Jake McCullough; grandson Lloyd, Jr.; brother Hubert Meshigaud, Jr.; and sister Alvirna Mae Schoen.
Visitation was held at Hannahville Community Center with the funeral service April 4.
Burial was in the Hannahville Cemetery.
The Crawford Funeral Homes assisted the family.
Loren R. Millette, 85, Clio, MI, died March 31, 2011.
He was born Feb. 15, 1926, in Menominee, to the late Raymond and Arlene (Maas) Millette. Loren served in the Air Corps. during WWII. He was a graduate of Michigan State University. He resided in Clio since 1976. He married Marcella Engel in 1950. Loren retired from Dow Chemical with 23 years seniority. He owned the Vienna Greens Golf Course and enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Mary Key, Clio, Teresa (Duane) Casselman, Clio, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held April 3 at the O'Guinn Family Funeral Home, Clio, Rev. Bob Leming officiated.
Contributions may be made to Humane Society of Genesee County or the American Lung Association.
Share an online condolence with the family at www.oguinnfh.com
Muriel G. Riley, 82, Marinette, died April 3, 2011.
Muriel Jessel was born in Menominee, Feb. 23, 1929, to the late Charles and Helen Jessel.
She graduated from Menominee High School in 1947. She lived in Marinette most of her life. She was active in Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Job's Daughters and Past Worthy Matron of Marinette Eastern Star. She was a member of Menominee VFW Auxiliary, Menominee Legion Auxiliary, the Red Hat Society and Zion Lutheran Church. She enjoyed her grandchildren, loved baking, flowers and going to the casino. She married Jack Riley Aug. 17, 1974.
She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Sandii (Mark) Zylkowski, Cross Plains, WI; two sons, Michael (Lisa) Cook, Marinette, and Steven (Kathy) Cook, Peshtigo, four grandchildren; a step-daughter, Cheryl (Terry) Kalafut, two step-grand sons, four great-grandchildren; a brother, Charles Jessel, Jr.
She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Charlessetta, Lorraine and Shirley; and a brother, Melvin.
Visitation will be held April 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home, Marinette. Services will be held at 7 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Keith Kolstad officiating.
Richard H. Rudolph, Jr., 88, Marinette, died March 30, 2011.
He was born Sept. 17, 1922, in Marinette to Amelia Baulke Rudolph and Richard Rudolph, Sr.
He was a 1941 graduate of Marinette High School. During WWII, he served in the Army for three years as a radar operator in China. Pfc. was honorably discharged. Richard married Lillie Sorault Sept. 25, 1948. He worked at Lloyd Manufacturing Company for 33 years. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and was a life member of AMVETS.
He is survived by his wife; four sons, Allan Rudolph, Terry (Brenda) Rudolph, Kim (Ruth) Rudolph and Scott Rudolph, Marinette; a daughter, Pamela Rudolph, Menominee; three grand children; a sister, Violet Swanson, Marinette, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Bob; sisters-in-law, Evelyn Rudolph and Lillian Anderson; brothers-in-law, Alvin Swanson, John Anderson, John Sorault and Arthur Sorault; and his mother and father-in-law, Nels and Celina Sorault.
Friends called at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home, Marinette, where funeral services were held April 2, with the Rev. Frederick Mueller officiating.
Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery.
Mark Steber, 55, a life long resident of Menominee, died March 28, 2011, at home.
He was born in Menominee Dec. 29, 1955, the son of Joseph and Mary Alice (Springer) Steber. He was a member of the Menominee High School Class of 1974.
Mark was a guitarist and artist, and performed in a variety of rock bands locally over the years. He wrote and recorded over 200 original instrumental songs, primarily for family and friends. He also created pieces of art, one of which, a charcoal drawing, won first prize in a regional art contest. Mark's hobbies included building scale balsa model airplanes and collecting and watching vintage science fiction movies.
He is survived by his brothers, Msgr. Michael Steber, Marquette, David (Mary), Steber, Poughkeepsie, NY; and Thomas (Linda) Steber, Green Bay, nephew and god son, Christopher Steber, Poughkeepsie, nephew Kyle Wondrash, Green Bay; and niece, Lorelei (John Paul) Savaryn, Milwaukee.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Joel Steber.
The family received friends at the Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home, Menominee.
Mass of Christian Burial was offered April 4, at Resurrection Parish, Menominee.
Burial followed at Riverside Cemetery, Menominee, with Msgr. Michael Steber and Rev. Robb Jurkovich concelebrating.