Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of December 30, 2010
Mary Crawford PDF Print E-mail
Mary (Drifka) Crawford, 66, Menominee, died Dec. 22, 2010, at home.

Mary Heenan was born Sept. 24, 1944, in Appleton, to the late James and Mildred (Gast) Heenan. Mary married Darrell Crawford Dec. 28, 2001, in Menominee. She worked as a purchasing agent for DeCrane. Mary enjoyed camping and going to the cottage. Most of all Mary enjoyed spending time with her children, grand children an friends.

She is survived by her husband; two daughters, Jessica (Mark Fischer) Bradley and Dawn Fifarek; one son, Dan (Sandra) Drifka, eight grandchildren; sister, Phoebe Kempen; three brothers, Thomas, Jerry and John, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by one granddaughter, Samantha; two sisters, Faith and Suzanne; and three brothers, Chuck, Jim and Timothy.

Family and friends called Dec. 27 at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, where funeral services were held. Pastor Lewis Hague officiated. Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery, Marinette
 
Katherine Filibeck PDF Print E-mail
Katherine Ann Filibeck, 89, Minnetoka, MN, died Dec. 25, 2010.

She was born June 26, 1921, in Banat, to the late Louis and Katherine (Kanton) Walter. She married Albert Filibeck in August of 1941. He preceded her in death in 1974. She then married Harry Drifka in July of 1982. He preceded her in death in 1987. She was a former long time resident of Menominee for the past 20 years and prior to that she lived in Banat. Katherine was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Menominee and St. Anne's Society. She worked at Emerson Electric.

She is survived by four sons, Albert J. (Ardeen) Filibeck, Long Beach, CA, Charles L. Filibeck, Benton Harbor, MI, Donald J. (Sharon) Filibeck, Columbus, OH, and Rick A. (John LeBlanc) Filibeck, Maple Grove, MN, three grandchildren, one great-grandson; and one sister, Lenora Meier, Milwaukee. Along with her parents and her husbands, she was preceded in death by one sister, Marie Schmidt; and three brothers, Louis, Joseph and Martin.

Friends may call at the Lemieux Thielen Funeral Home Dec. 29 from 4 until 6 p.m. with parish prayers at 6 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Dec. 30 at 11 a.m. at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Menominee. The Rev. Fr. Robb Jurkovich will officiate. Burial will be in the Stephenson Township Cemetery, Stephenson. Memorials can be sent to St. Jude Hospice, 7200 Hudson Blvd. Suite No. 100, Oakdale, MN 55128 in memory of Katherine Filibeck.
 
Garis Fleetwood PDF Print E-mail
Garis Melvin Fleetwood, died Dec. 15, 2010.

He was born in 1922 in Pembine. The family migrated to Spalding where he grew up. His wife, Marion Dejka Fleetwood, preceded him in death by 6-1/2 years. He was one of four brothers and two sisters. He loved sports and played baseball on the Powers-Spalding team. In the Army from 1940-42, he sustained injuries after walking in a mine field in Belgium. He lost his right eye and had many shrapnel wounds. After moving to Florida in 1958, he worked for the post office until he retired. In the early 60s he coached Little League Baseball and he enjoyed golfing. He returned to Michigan almost every year to see family and friends. Garis had Parkinson's and the last two years of his life was spent in the Miami Veterans Hospital Nursing Unit.

He is survived by one sister, Helen Kayser, Daggett; one son, James Garis Fleetwood; daughter-in-law, Diana Ruehl Fleetwood; two grandsons; and one daughter, Carol Ann Fleetwood.

A private viewing for local friends and family took place in Hollywood, FL, Dec. 21. He will be buried at Spalding Township Cemetery.
 
Calvin Frisk PDF Print E-mail
Calvin B. (Cal) Frisk, 80, Michigamme, died Dec. 23, 2010.

He is survived by his wife, Roberta (Birdie) Frisk, Michigamme; four sons including Barry (Sue) Frisk, and their children Marisa and Justin Frisk, all of Wilson.

Funeral services were held Dec. 27 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Champion, with the Rev. Carole Neitzel officiating. Interment will take place in the spring at the Lakeview Cemetery, Michigamme. On line remembrances may be left at www.bjorkandzhulkie.com
 
Kyllean Hilyard PDF Print E-mail
Four-month-old Kyllean Timothy Stephen Hilyard died Dec. 17, 2010.

He was born Aug. 17, 2010, in Iron Mountain, to Jesse and Morgan (Swanson) Hilyard of Champion.

In addition to his parents, Kyllean is survived by his brother and sister, Ezra and Eevie at home; maternal grandparents, Tim and Renee Swanson, Kingsford; paternal grandmother, Helen Hilyard, Champion; maternal great-grandparents, Leo Badish, Quinnesec (a native of Stephenson), and Carmen Swanson, Kingsford; paternal great-grandparents, Stanley and Donna Hanna, Lake Station, MI; aunt and uncle, cousins and other family members. He was preceded in death by maternal great-grandparents, Janet Badish and Jim Swanson; paternal grandfather, Stephen Hilyard; paternal great-grandparents, Riley and Marion Hilyard.

Funeral services were held Dec. 23 at Erickson-Rochon and Nash Funeral Home. Rev. Debbie Thomas and Pastor Robert Kemp officiated. A memorial fund has been established. Condolences may be expressed on-line at www.ernashfuneralhomes.com
 
Brett Ingram PDF Print E-mail
Brett Kelan Ingram, 41, Menominee, died Dec. 18, 2010, as the result of an automobile accident.

Brett was born June 3, 1969, in Menominee, to Albert Ingram and the late Sharon Woods. Brett worked for Great Lakes Foods in Menominee for five years and also worked on fixing bowling lanes and resurfacing pool tables. His passion was sail ing and spending time on the water. He also en joyed snowboarding and spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his father, Albert (Audrey) Ingram; one sister, Janet (Mark) Sindler; two brothers, Brian Ingram and Bruce Ingram, all of Menominee; one step-brother, Allen (Karen) Duprey; and one step-sister, Cheryl (Robert) Turcott, both of Wallace, two uncles, two nieces, one nephew, and six cousins. Along with his mother, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Robert and Marion Woods; one uncle, Dennis Woods; and one aunt, Dawn Buelteman.

Funeral services were held Dec. 28, 2010, from the Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home. The Rev. Fr. Michael Chenier officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee. A memorial fund has been established in Brett's name.
 
Sarah Kaufman PDF Print E-mail
Sarah Clara Kaufman, 86, Loomis, WI, died Dec. 27, 2010, at Luther Home, Marinette.

She was born Aug. 5, 1924, in Peshtigo, to the late Edward and Theresa (Trepto) England. On May 29, 1948, she married Laurence Kaufman. He preceded her in death in 1987. She loved quilting, crafts and traveling the country with her sisters.

She is survived by three daughters, Jean (Tim) Homa, Wausaukee, Alice (John) Nault, Marinette, and Karen (David) Bradford, Menominee; three sons, Dennis (Laurie), Loomis, Richard (Kathy Burch), Wausaukee, and Len of Loomis; three sisters, Agnes Guth, Crivitz, Mary Erdman, Marinette, and Jesse Neyens, St. Louis, MO; brother, William England, Middle Inlet, 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents; brother, Harvey England; and sisters, Stella and Mildred.

Sa Memorial visitation will be held at Messar Funeral Home Dec. 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. with a funeral service to follow at 3 p.m. Pastor Lina Wittmann officiating. Online condolences may be given to the family at www.messarfuneralhome.com
 
Frank Klitzke PDF Print E-mail
Frank Raymond Klitzke, 88 Stephenson, died at home Dec. 21, 2010.

Frank was born June 2, 1922, in Greenwoods, to the late Walter and Alma (Freis) Klitzke. He was a lifelong independent trucker, for 68 years, retiring at the age of 84. Frank hauled mostly steel and machinery. On May 20, 2000, he married Emma Olson in Wallace. She preceded him in death Jan. 16, 2004. He was a past officer of the Fraternal Association of Steel Haulers. Frank's desire was to promote a strong America. He loved his country and his church dearly. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Greenwoods near his childhood home.

He is survived by one son, Kim (Faye), Menominee, two grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; five brothers, Norman (Fran), Warren (Maryann), Mert (Pat), Bob (Betty) and Ernie (Barb); one sister, Alice; Emma's children, Sylvia (Ed) Lindwall and their children, Harold, Jr. (Caren) Olson, Lyle (Nell) Olson and Milo (Nancy) Olson and their children. He was preceded in death by his sister, Eleanore Myers; and one brother, Donald Klitzke.

Family and friends called at St. Marks Lutheran Church, Greenwoods. Funeral Service was held there Dec. 26. Reverend Craig Weber officiated. Burial was in Mellen Township Cemetery. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, assisted the family. Memorials may be made in Frank's name to St. Marks Lutheran Church.
 
Sheryl Luedtke PDF Print E-mail
Sheryl (Sheri) Larmay Luedtke, 55, formerly of Menominee, died Dec. 26, 2010, in Racine after a battle with cancer.

She was born July 5, 1955, to the late Charles (Chuck) and Laura (Cota) Larmay Jr. Sheri married Elrod James Luedtke Oct. 29, 2002.

She is survived by her husband; mother; three sons, Steven Erdman Jr., David Erdman and Joe (Lisa) Erdman, nine grandchildren; three sisters, Terry (Harry) Erdman, Suzy (Mike) Graziano and Becky (Scott Stanfield) Larmay.

Casey Funeral Home, Racine, assisted the family with the cremation and memorial service.
 
Rhoda Raronto PDF Print E-mail
Rhoda J. Paronto, 83, Stephenson, died Dec. 23, 2010, after a long battle with congestive heart failure.

Rhoda Corsi was born May 3, 1927, in Iron Mountain, to the late Al and Violet (Knudsen) Corsi. On June 22, 1946, she married Floyd Harold Paronto. She enjoyed ceramics, playing Yahtzee, and was an avid bowler for many years. She volunteered at school events for her children and worked at the American Legion as a long time member of the Auxiliary. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Ladies Aid.

She is survived by two daughters, Cheryl (Gary Jr.) Paul, Green Bay, and Tina (Paul) Skenandore, Amberg, WI; sisters, Cynthia Gordon, Dahly Bosley and Penny Bentz; brothers, Al and Jim Corsi, five grand children and three great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, family and friends. She was preceded in death by her step mother, Francis Corsi; husband, Floyd; son, Charles; sister, Eileen Bonner, aunts, uncles and friends.

Family and friends may call Dec. 30 at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, after 4 p.m. un til time of Legion Auxiliary Service at 7 p.m. followed by a Prayer Service. Visitation will continue Dec. 31 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. until time of Funeral Service at 11 a.m. Reverend Craig Weber officiating. Burial will be in Stephenson Township Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in Rhoda's name.
 
Roy Rasner PDF Print E-mail
Roy H. Rasner, 92, Wallace, died Dec. 26, 2010, at Roubal Care and Rehab Center.

Roy was born July 21, 1918, in Greenwoods, to the late Albert and Alma (Mau) Rasner. On June 22, 1940, he married Myrtle Jurgens at St. Marks Lutheran Church, recently celebrating 70 years of marriage. He farmed his whole life and was inducted into the State of Michigan Farmer's Hall of Fame. He liked to hunt, was a lifelong member of St. Marks Lutheran Church, where he held various offices. He was a retired charter member of the Menominee Ingallston Township Fire Department, past Ingallston Township supervisor and assessor, past member of the board of directors for the Michigan Milk Producers Association, past 4-H leader, past member of the board of directors for the Mid-County Rescue Squad, and member of North Shore Golf Club.

He is survived by his wife of Wallace; two daughters, Joan (Don) Brown, Wallace, and Marilyn (Erich) Kedsch, Daggett; son, Bill (Debra), Stephenson, nine grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his sister, Harriett Fayta; and brother, Kenneth Rasner.

Family and friends may call Dec. 29 at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, after 4 p.m. until time of Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Service will be held Dec. 30 at St. Marks Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. Reverend Craig Weber officiating. Burial will be in Mellen Township Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in Roy's name.
 
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