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Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of April 8, 2010

Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of April 8, 2010
Bartol Lenca PDF Print E-mail
Bartol (Bill) Frank Lenca, 89, Carney, died  March 31, 2010, at home.
Bill was born Aug. 25, 1920, in Roundup, MT,  to the late Bartol and Mary (Kopca) Lena. On May 22, 1946, he married Dorothy Alice Bathje in Melrose Park, IL. Bill served in the United States Army during WWII. He worked as a truck driver for Peterson Brothers and was also self-employed  as a truck driver and logger. He also worked for Guard Pallet and owned his own ever green company. Bill attended Carney-Nadeau Evangelical Free Church and was a member of the Carney-Nadeau American Legion.

He is survived by his wife; one daughter, Janet (Donald) Strahl, Carney; five sons, William (Vicki), Menominee, Donald (Cecelia), Carney, Dwayne (Nancy), Gig Harbor, WA, Terry (Janet), Carney, and Robert (Jessica), Carney, 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Marie Cullinan, Carney, Mildred Boss, Menominee, and Rose Foiles, Peshtigo; and two brothers, Carl, Port St. Lucie, FL, and Edward (Barbara), Wilson.
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Eileen Ruth, and one brother, Fred.

Family and friends called at the Carney Evangelical Free Church where funeral service was held April 6. Reverend Gary Page officiated.
Burial was in church cemetery.
 
Constance Nerat PDF Print E-mail
Constance (Tess) Stella Nerat, 94, Wallace, died March 30, 2010, at the Luther Home, Marinette.
Constance Wirhanowicz was born Oct. 11, 1915, in Milwaukee, to the late Peter and Constance (Troskowski) Wirhanowicz. On Feb. 9, 1935, Tess married John F. Nerat at Precious Blood Catholic Church. He pre ceded her in death May 29, 1959. In her younger years she farmed and worked as a machine operator at Safeguard, retiring in 1983. Tess grew up in the Cedar River area and attended Precious Blood Catholic Church. She later attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sobieski and most recently Holy redeemer Catholic Church in Birch Creek. Tess loved picking blueberries, canning, cooking, baking, gardening and playing cards. Above all her passion was her family and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren is what she enjoyed most.

She is survived by one daughter, Connie (Jim) Kewley, Menominee; three sons, John (Darlene), Wallace, Joe (Bobbie), Menominee, and Bob, Wallace, 12 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren; one brother, Joseph Wirhanowicz, Stephenson.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Mildred Bardowski, Mary Wirhanowicz and Helen Bauer; and three brothers, Peter, Tony and William Wirhanowicz.

Family and friends called at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson. Mass of Christian Burial was April 6 at Precious Blood Catholic Church. Father Corey Litzner officiated.
Burial followed in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.
 
Walter Silva Sr. PDF Print E-mail
Walter J. (Walt) Sliva, Sr., 78, 6756 N. Road, Escanaba, died March 29, 2010, at his home.
He was born June 12, 1931, in Escanaba, and was the son of Frank and Victoria (Zawacki) Sliva, Sr. Walt graduated from Escanaba High School in 1950 and then sailed the Great Lakes on the ore boats Jupiter and LaBelle. In 1952, he was drafted into the U.S. Marines serving in Korea until he was honorably discharged in 1954.
During his time in the Marines he received the Bronze Star Medal. He then was employed at Harnishfeger Corporation in Escanaba until its closure and later worked for Bosk Corporation until his retirement. Walt married Celeste Dimock July 16, 1960, at Central United Methodist Church in Escanaba. He was a member of the VFW and the AmVets. Walt enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, wine making, raising chickens and watching old western movies.

He is survived by his wife; sons, Wally (Pam) Sliva, Joe (Martha) Sliva, and John (Becky) Sliva all of Escanaba; daughters, Wendy (Jeff) Carlson, Hyde, Melinda (Marty) Dombrowski, Powers, 12 grandchildren; sisters, Frances (Hank) Wylie, California, Stella Henderson, and Agnes (Jim) Gereau, both of  Escanaba; brother, Frank Sliva, Jr., nieces and nephews.

Visitation was at Anderson Funeral Home, Escanaba, where services were held April 3, with Rev. Scott Harmon officiating.
Burial will be in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.
 
Anton Stiglitz PDF Print E-mail
Anton (Tony) Stiglitz, 87, Stephenson, died April 4, 2010, at Roubal Care and Rehab Center.
Tony was born Nov. 17, 1922, in Banat, MI, to the late John and Elizabeth (Ginder) Stiglitz. On Sept. 12, 1942, he married Gladys Chaney at Lost Lake Covenant Church. He served during WWII in the United States Army from 1943 until being honorably discharged in 1946. He worked as a maintenance electrician in many local factories. Tony enjoyed the outdoors where he could often be found riding horse, gardening and hunting. He also enjoyed swimming at Shakey Lakes and tinkering with machinery. His most cherished times were spent with his grandkids and great-grandkids. He was a member of Lost Lake Covenant Church.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Penny Stiglitz and Pam (Mark) Ksionsk, both of Milwaukee; son, Dan (Barb), Escanaba; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen O-Shok; and one brother, John Stiglitz.
He was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Stiglitz; one brother, Matt; and four sisters, Eva, Ann, Mary and Julia.

Family and friends may call April 9 at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, from 4 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m. with Reverend Andrew Stonina officiating.
Burial will take place April 10, at 11 a.m. in Lost Lake Cemetery.
 
Kenneth Thomsen PDF Print E-mail
Kenneth Emery Thomsen, 68, Menominee, died April 4, 2010, at his home.

Ken was born Feb. 13, 1942, in Menominee, to the late Axel and Elaine (Hoffman) Thomsen.
Ken married Marlana (Deets) Wessels May 13, 1962, in Chicago. While in Chicago, he worked for the former CB&Q Railroad. Ken and Deets moved back to Menominee in 1965. He worked for Marinette Marine Corporation and was a realtor for State Wide Real Estate in Menominee. Ken enjoyed woodworking, bird watching, gardening and was an avid deer hunter.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Kim (Robert) Smith, Gaitherburg, MD, and Lynn (Mike) Bayerl, Menominee; two sons, Tim (Lynn) Thomsen, Menominee, and Jim (Tracy) Thomsen, Broomfield, CO, seven grandchildren; one brother, John (Bev) Thomsen; two sisters, Mary Ann Thomsen and Carol Thomsen; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Paul (Delva) Wuderman, Ladd (Mary Lee) Wessels, Chuck (Judy) Tudor, Roger Wessels, Larry (Nina) Wessels, Richard Wessels, Larry (Diane) Haris, Carmen Wessels and Debbie Karmar, friends and neighbors.

Visitation will be held at the Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home, April 8, from  4 to 8 p.m. with a prayer service at 6 p.m. There will be a Mass of Christian Burial offered April 9, at 11 a.m. at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Birch Creek. The Rev. Fr. Joseph Vandannoor will officiate. Friends may call at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass at 11 a.m.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.
A memorial fund has been established in Ken's name.
 


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