John J. Tucker, (Edward Johnson), 70, Menominee, died June 3, 2011, at Bay Area Medical Center.
He was born Dec. 17, 1940, to the late Floyd and Olive (Doris) Johnson in Escanaba.
John graduated from Escanaba High School. He worked as a welder at Marinette Marine, retiring in 2003 with Boilermakers Local No. 1 if Chicago. On Dec. 14, 1991, he married Karen Houren.
He enjoyed rebuilding John Deere tractors and had a passion for hot rods. He was a member of Central Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife of Menominee; a son, Edward (Carol) Johnson, Menominee; two daughters, Karen (Larry) Mecnek, and Pam (Don) Miller, both of Las Vegas, NV; three step-sons, Daniel (Connie) Marzian, Menominee, Robert (Lorie) Marzian, Peru, IL, and Terry (Kathy) Marzian, Louisville, KY; three step-daughters, Kathy (Tim) Smith, Memphis, TN, Helen Marzian, Birmingham, AL, and Lore (William) Johnston, Crivitz; three sisters, Kathy (Jack) McIntyre, L'Anse, Sandy Miller, Lavonia, MI, and Janice (Mike) Alexander, Chesapeake, WV; two brothers, Jerry Johnson, Green Bay, and Johnny Johnson, Chesapeake, WV, 31 grand children and 14 great-grand children.
He was preceded in death by a step-daughter, Susan Deleon.
Friends called June 7 at Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home, where funeral service was held. The Rev. Ken Michaels officiated.
Judy M. Stone, 68, Menominee, died at home May 28, 2011.
She was born July 20, 1942, to the late Lawrence (Pete) and Clara Bernice (Caylor) Merrill in Menominee.
Judy graduated from Menominee High School, Class of 1960, then attended Northern Michigan University from 1961 to 1963 when she moved to Milwaukee, to work for the Bell Phone Company. She married Norman Stone May 24, 1964, and moved to Nashua, NH, where she worked as an Administrative Assistant to the superintendent of the Nashua school system for 20 years. She was the president of the State of New Hampshire Junior Women's League. Her passion was directing high school theatrical productions and working with the forensic club. Judy retired in 1964 and moved back to Menominee.
She is survived by her daughter, Tracy Stone (fiance, Eric Full) Portsmouth, RI; one sister, Bonnie Merrill-Selting, Columbia, MO; one brother, Larry and sister-in-law, Rose Merrill, Menominee, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; one daughter, Kelly Stone; and one sister, Loretta Merrill.
Family and friends called at the Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home, June 2. The Rev. Phil Tousley officiated.
Burial was in Glenwood Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Memorial services for Harold (Buzz) Rodgers, who died Nov. 25, 2010, will be held June 10, at 2 p.m. at the Lakeside Assembly of God Church, 1704 32nd Ave., Menominee. Friends may gather at the church just prior to the service.
Refreshments will be served after the service.
Walter (Wallie) Ray Petersen, 83, Powers, died June 6, 2011, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility, Powers.
Arrangements are scheduled for June 9.
A full obituary will be published in next week's Journal.
Allo Coolman Funeral Homes, Escanaba and Spalding, 906-786-2142, are assisting the family.
Lafayette Lorenzo Merrill (Merrell), 95, died April 19, 2011.
He was born March 27, 1916, to Andrew and Catherine (Kaskia) Merrell on a 12-cow dairy farm near Nadeau.
He married Lucille Mary (Hammerand). He helped support his family by working as a surveyor for the CCC and as an experimental airplane builder and certified welding teacher. He served in the US Army during WWII. He served as a Tech Sergeant in the 1885th Engineer Aviation Battalion, which participated in the invasions of Guam and Okinawa.
After the war he returned to dairy farming in Nadeau. He later worked 25 years as a mechanic/welder for the White Pine Copper Mine, where he received Engineering Design Awards. He retired in 1978.
Gardening, fishing, mechanical repairs and researching family ancestry were his favorite pastimes.
He was a member of White Pine St. Jude Catholic Church, VFW, American Legion, and Sons of the American Revolution.
He is survived by his children, Andrew Merrill, Clinton, IA, Helen Catron, St. Peter's MO, Arlene (Heinz Jakal), Mundelen, IL, Jean (James Bradour), Clinton, IA, Ruth (Joseph Pastori), Eagle River, WI, Edward Merrill, White Pine, MI, and Elaine Merrill (Ravi Velaitham), Dayton, OH; sister, Inez Kregelka; and brother, James, and their families, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grand children.
He was preceded in death by his wife; sister, Joan Miller; and granddaughter, Julia Jakal.
Military graveside ceremony and burial of Lafayette's and Lucille's remains will be held at the Carney Village Cemetery, Carney, June 11, at 9:30 a.m. He will be remembered during mass at the St. Jude's Catholic Church in White Pine, June 12.
Cordelia Marie (Cora) M. Kempka, 96, Menominee, died June 4, 2011, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility, where she had been a resident for the past four years. She was given the nickname Cory while living at Interfaith Manor.
She was born in Menominee, May 22, 1915, to the late Bartholomew and Exilda (Belland) Saunier.
She attended St. Ann's School and was a life-long member of St. Ann's/Holy Spirit Church. She married Sylvester (Scotty) Kempka May 25, 1939. He preceded her in death in February 1975. Cora and Scotty made their homes in Coleman, Milwaukee and Marinette before moving to Menominee in 1959.
She was a homemaker. She assisted in the kitchen at the senior center in Menominee. At Interfaith Manor she worked on the kitchen committee, was the key lady and delivered dinners to others in the building. She enjoyed reading, walking, watching C-Span, was a fan of tennis, making crepes, pickles, pasties and popcorn for her loved ones.
She is survived by one sister, Marion Beattie, Milwaukee; one daughter, and three sons, Dennis (Carol) Kempka, Marinette, Anthony Kempka, Menominee, Tina (William) Ostwald, Marquette, and Tim (Susan) Kempka, St. Paul, MN, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, parents; three brothers, and one sister, Joseph Saunier, Albert Saunier, Ferdinel Saunier and Filomen Plude.
Friends may call at Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home June 8, from 11 a.m. until time of service. Funeral services will be held at noon with Deacon Jerome Thetreau officiating.
Burial will take place in the Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.
There will be a graveside service for James L. Guard June 10 at 3 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery, Carney.
Lunch will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Carney Evangelical Free Church, Carney.
Mark P. Geib, 47, Wallace, died June 2, 2011, as the result of a fishing accident.
He was born in Milwaukee, Dec. 14, 1963, to the late Allen and Catherine (Takaces) Geib.
Mark graduated from ILC. After graduation he worked as a painter for many contractors. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, watching the Andy Griffith Show and fishing on the Menominee River.
He is survived by his wife, Laurie Niezgocki, Wallace; daughter, Sam Geib, at home; brother, Robert Geib, Milwaukee; sisters, Diane (Ken) Stych, Wallace, and Shirley (Dean) Bruemmer, Franklin, WI, and a niece.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant son, Robert Allen.
The Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home is assisting the family. As per Marks wishes no services will be held.
Grace Engel, 86, formerly of Bark River, died May 28, 2011, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility, Powers.
She was born May 19, 1925, in Menominee, the daughter of Wilbur N. and Wilma H. (Knuth) Toutloff.
Grace graduated in 1943, from high school in Menominee. On Aug. 9, 1944, she married Arnold R. Engel at the Airforce Base in Pueblo, CO. He preceded her in death.
She was employed for six years as the continuity director for WMAM, NBC radio; four years as publicity director for the UP State Fair and eight years as regional secretary for the Michigan Department of State. Grace retired in 1979.
She was a member of the Moravian Church and Audubon Society.
She is survived by her son, Richard Engel, and daughter, Frances Kutha, both of Bark River; two grandsons, two great-granddaughters; sister, Carol (Ted) Rydell, Pound, and Pat Nielsen, Marinette, and friends.
Private services will be held at a later date.
The Crawford Funeral Homes assisted the family with arrangements.
Edmond (Ed) A. Bouty, 87, Spalding, died June 5, 2011, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility, Powers.
He was born Nov. 16, 1923, to the late Alexander and Emma (Gunville) Bouty in Spalding.
On April 17, 1947, he married June D. Bellefeuil at St. Francis Xavier Church, Spalding.
After graduating from high school he served in the U.S. Army. He later served overseas for 18 months with the 8th Air Force during WWII. Ed was one of the original men to help in the organization of the Spalding Township Fire Department and he became one of the first members. He was a member of the American Legion Post 244 for 66 years, the 40 et 8 for 50 years and the Lions Club. He spent 40 years as a gas delivery man. He volunteered his time and did charitable work in the area.
Ed also loved being in the woods, playing cards, spending time with his family and cookouts.
He is survived by his wife; five children, Jim (Sandi) Bouty, Richard (Paula) Bouty, Mary (friend, Larry Bates) Bouty, Mike (Pam) Bouty and Cindy (Tim) Meiner; one sister, Helen Weissert, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Thomas Bouty; one daughter, Janet Robinson; and two sisters, Evelyn Cory and Betty Sommers.
Mass of Christian Burial was held June 7 at St. John Neumann Church, Spalding, with Fr. Michael Vichich officiating.
Burial was in the Spalding Township Cemetery.
The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes assisted the family.
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Loraine E. Bickel, 83, Oconto, died May 31, 2011, at home.
She was born Nov. 12, 1927, in Waupaca, to the late Earl and Alice (Van Hulle) Walsh.
Loraine attended Lena High School until her junior year and graduated from Oconto High School in 1945. She married Gordon Bickel Feb. 8, 1946, at St. Peter's Catholic Church, Oconto. Together they raised 11 children and farmed for many years in the towns of Oconto and Pensaukee. Loraine enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, bowling, playing cards, traveling and horseback riding in her younger years. She was a lifelong member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, and later a member of Holy Trinity Parish, Oconto.
She is survived by 11 children, Sandy (Tom) Leisch, Oconto, Dawn (John) Mastejko, Menominee, Scott (Chris), Oconto, Angela (Dale) Monnette, Oconto, Jeff, Coleman, Mathew (Cindy), Peshtigo, Carolyn (Terry) Uhl, Coleman, Sheila (David) Denowski, Beaver, Christopher (Karen), Menominee, Terry, Windsor, WI, and Nick (Jeannie), Pensaukee, 26 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Jerry (Delores) Bickel, Oconto, Frank Bickel, Oconto; one sister-in-law, Shirley Bickel (Dave Swearingen), Oconto, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, July 27, 2003; a brother-in-law, Norman Bickel; a sister-in-law, Donna Bickel; and two infant grandchildren.
Friends called at Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home, Oconto. Mass of Christian Burial was held June 6 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Father Tim Bickel officiated.
Burial was at Oconto Catholic Cemetery.