Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of June 30, 2011
Josephine Prestay PDF Print E-mail
Josephine M. Prestay, 95, died June 27, 2011, at Geneva Lakes Manor, Lake Geneva, WI.

Josephine Marie Godlewski was born March 10, 1916, in Perronville, the daughter of Adolph and Marciana Orzel Godlewski. She married Samuel J. Prestay July 4, 1932. They made their home on the family farm in Powers. Samuel preceded her in death June 19, 1977.

Survivors include four daughters, Dolores Prestay-Mottard, Trevor, WI, Lynn (William) Sluppick, Silver Lake, WI, Beverly (Steven) Terry, Burlington, WI and Marsha (Jay) Finley, Racine, WI; two sons, Samuel Prestay, Franksville, WI and Fran (Sandra) Prestay, Burlington; 12 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Robert Anthony Prestay and a daughter, Bertha M. Duwell.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. July 2 at St. Bruno's Catholic Church, Nadeau. Rev. Fr. Michael T. Vichich will officiate. Interment will be in Nadeau Township Cemetery. The Prestay Family will receive friends from 10 a.m. July 2 until the time of Mass. Memorial remembrances may be made to St. Bruno's Catholic Church, N13770 Old Hwy 41, Nadeau, MI 49863 or St. Jude's Children's Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Pl, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences to www.hdlfuneralhomes.com Haase-Derrick-Lockwood Funeral Home, Twin Lakes, WI, is handing arrangements.
 
Cecelia Thunder PDF Print E-mail
Cecelia (Marie) Thunder, 76, Hannahville, born Dec. 7, 1934, died June 20, 2011.

She was the daughter of Jake and Sophie (Philemen) McCullough, Sr. and was raised in Hannahville and attended Bark River School. Cecelia married Perry Thunder, Sr. He preceded her in death in December of 1992. She enjoyed watching TV soaps and cooking.

Survivors include her children, Vernon Thunder, Sr., Hannahville, Linda (Mary) Thunder, Escanaba, and Eugene (Kathy) Thunder, Crivitz, WI; sister Joyce Rhode, Spalding, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; children, Wayne Thunder, Theresa Thunder, Perry Thunder, Jr., Mary Alice Thunder, and Lisa Marie Thunder; and brothers and sisters, Harold McCullough, Alice Wandahsega, Norman McCullough, Jerome McCullough, Sr., Jacob McCullough, Jr., William McCullough, Elsie Shephard and Nancy McCullough.

Visitation was held at the Hannahville Community Center. Funeral service was held there June 24. Burial was in the Hannahville Cemetery. The Crawford Funeral Homes assisted the Thunder family with arrangements.
 
Robert Sunstrom PDF Print E-mail
Robert F. Sunstrom, 91, died June 21, 2011, in Cumming, GA, following a short illness, at Embracing Hospice.

He was born Sept. 6, 1919, and grew up in Menominee. Robert was a 1937 graduated of Menominee High School. He served in the army during World War II in France and Germany. He was the message sender chief in the Army 29th Division, 119th Infantry. He was president of the Menominee American Legion Post. After the war he worked in a law office before what was to be a lifetime of work for the Ansul Chemical Company. He worked as traffic manager, refrigeration division manager, research analyst for other divisions and finally as director of government and industry affairs. He served on the board of directors at First Presbyterian Church, Riverside Country Club and Rotary Club. He initiated the Rotary International Exchange student program. He served as manager of fundraising for the Salvation Army, United Way and other local charities. He was a Green Bay Packer fan. Robert was an outdoors man and enjoyed hunting and fishing all over the US and Canada. He was also a bridge player. He retired to Keowee Key resort community in South Carolina. During his retirement in South Carolina he was a member of St. Andrews Catholic Church in Clemson. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; daughters, Lisa Sunstrom Penz, Sarah Sundstrom Bedia, and his son, Robert R. Sunstrom, seven grand children and five great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick and Amanda Sunstrom; and his sisters, Ethel Lindholm, Luella Nelson, Clarabelle Nelson; and brother, Raymond Sunstrom.

A Funeral Mass was celebrated June 25 at St. Brendan's Catholic Church in Cumming. Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery, Menominee at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to: Embracing Hospice, 8013 Majors Rd., Cumming, GA 30041. Byars Funeral Home, Cumming, assisted the family with arrangements.
 
Gerald Orley PDF Print E-mail
Gerald Andrew Orley, 73, Menominee, died June 21, 2011, at home.

Gerald was born March 22, 1938, in Menominee, to the late Albert and Lucille (Desjarlais) Orley. He married Shirley Townsend in Peoria, IL, in 1976. She preceded him in death Nov. 24, 1997. Gerald worked as a construction worker for many years. He was a hunter and fisherman. He also enjoyed playing baseball, horseshoes and going to the casino. He was a past member of the American Legion and M&M Great Lakes Sport Fisherman.

Survivors include five children, Lisa (John) Cloutier, Judy, Jerry, Ed and David (Susan), grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two brothers, Jim and Albert (Sylvia); and two sisters, Nancy and Elaine Walcher. He was preceded in death by seven brothers and sisters.

Family and friends may call at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, July 1, 2011, after 1 p.m. until time of Military Rites at 2:45 p.m. followed by Memorial Service at 3 p.m. Inturnment will take place in Bethlehem Covenant Church Cemetery.
 
Irene Lanaville PDF Print E-mail
Irene H. Lanaville, 93, Carney, died June 23, 2011, in Wisconsin Rapids, WI.

She was born in Gourley Township, June 4, 1918, to Joseph and Louise DeGrave. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard, and all 12 of her siblings. Irene enjoyed knitting and crocheting, sewing, gardening, and reading. She was the oldest living member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Wilson. She moved to Pine Ridge Assisted Living Center, Wisconsin Rapids, in December of 2010.

She is survived by her children, Patricia (Eugene) Brewer, Sandy (Fred) Miller, Larry (Jan) Lanaville, Judy (Curtis, deceased) Bumpas, Allen (Alice) Lanaville, Phillip Lanaville, Daniel Lanaville, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation was at the Wilson Seventh-day Adventist Church, where funeral service was held June 26. Burial was in the church cemetery. Taylor, Vollert and Jennings Funeral Home, Wisconsin Rapids, and Crawford Funeral Home, Bark River assisted the family.
 
Rosemarie Hanson PDF Print E-mail
Rosemarie Hanson, 72, Stephenson, died June 21, 2011, in Green Bay, WI.

Rosemarie Hallfrisch was born Dec. 26, 1938, in Lake Township, to the late Wright and Bessie (Thomas) Hallfrisch. On March 12, 1966, she married Clarence Hanson in Daggett. Rosemarie was a homemaker and enjoyed making candy, crafts, cake decorating and reading and listening to books. Her family was very important to her. She was a member of the Daggett Moravian Church.

Survivors include her husband of Stephenson; daughter, Kris Blackman, Appleton; two sons, Art (Reverend Beth Macha) Hanson, Green Bay, and Carl (Laura) Hanson, Green Bay, four grandchildren; and a brother Jim (Marilou) Hallfrisch, Stephenson.

Family and friends called at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, where memorial service was held June 24. Reverend Gary Staughn officiated.
 
Frank Decker PDF Print E-mail
Frank Decker, Jr., 77, Daggett, died June 27, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital, Escanaba.

Frank was born Dec. 7, 1933, in Waukegan, IL, to the late Frank and Bertha Decker. He began driving the NASCAR circuit at age 17 with the Granatteli Brothers as his sponsor. He also did demolition and stunt performances. During the off season, he worked construction at Sintex Mars on the Lake County Garden project. On Nov. 18, 1963, he married Marie Zukas in Metropolis, IL. While working at U.S. Steel and Wire, Frank was deferred from active duty and assigned to continue drawing bullet wire for the U.S. Army through out the Korean Conflict. Frank left after 11-1/2 years and accepted a position at Allendale School for Boys. He began foster parenting 30-40 children until 1982 when he suffered a stroke while working in the maintenance department of the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. In 1987 after retirement, he relocated to the Bagley area. He was a member of the Carney Evangelical Free Church, Masonic Lodge No. 78 in Waukegan, completed Scottish Rites in Chicago, and was a lifetime member of the Tebala Temple of Shriners in Rockford. Frank was also active in the Carney-Nadeau Lions Club, Booster Club and participated in the Senior Companion Program of Delta and Menominee counties.

He is survived by his wife of Daggett; a son, Michael South, friends and extended family.

Family and friends may call at the Carney Evangelical Free Church, June 30, from 3 p.m. until time of funeral service at 5 p.m. Pastor Gary Page officiating. Burial will take place in Carney Free Church Cemetery, July 1 at 10 a.m. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, is assisting the family with arrangements.
 
Herbert Birke PDF Print E-mail
Herbert Edward Birke, 74, Carney, died June 23, 2011, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility where he had been a resident for the past eight months.

Herbert was born Aug. 9, 1936, to the late August and Maria (Treutler) Birke in Milwaukee. The family moved to the Carney area about 1938 and his dad started a dairy farm in Gourley Township. Herb attended the Gourley School and then Carney School through the 10th grade. He worked his whole life either on his farm or in the woods, but always had time to smile, joke and enjoy some tea and socialize with who ever visited him. Herb enjoyed attending church, visiting family and friends, playing cards and bingo at the senior center and spending time with his dog and cat. Herb was a member of St. Bruno's Catholic Church in Nadeau, and was an active member of the Carney-Nadeau Lions Club.

Survivors include his sister, Hildegarde Polfus, Carney; three nieces, Carolyn Laurin, Pat (Tim) Polfus, and Joanne (Rick) Polfus; and three nephews, Paul (Bean) Polfus, Bob (Toni) Polfus, and Chip (Lori) Polfus.

Family and friends called at St. Bruno Catholic Church, Nadeau. Mass of Christian Burial was held there June 29. Father Corey Litzner officiated. Burial was in Nadeau Township Cemetery. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, assisted the family with arrangements.
 
James Bellefeuil PDF Print E-mail
James Paul Kenneth Bellefeuil, 77, Hartland, WI, died June 17, 2011.

He is survived by fiancé, Ruth Fast; children, Mark (Karen), Paul (Rose), Brian, Guy (Renee), Michelle and Brett, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other friends and relatives.

Visitation will be held June 30, from 4 p.m. until time of services at 7 p.m. at Shimon Funeral Home, 824 Union Street, Hartford, WI, 262-673-9500. Memorials to the family appreciated. Interment will be at Spalding Township, Cemetery, July 1, at 1 p.m.
 


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