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Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of March 17, 2011/

Menominee County Journal Obituaries | Week of March 17, 2011/
Willadean Black PDF Print E-mail
Willadean Wilma Black, Peshtigo and Wallace, died March 8, 2011.

She was born Jan. 1, 1922, in Mishawaka, IN, to William and Vesta (Hopper) Renner, Wilma also lived in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona and Illinois at various times. Wilma was an observer of life around her and was always ready to go anywhere on a moment's notice. She especially loved Schnauzer dogs and bird watching. During her working years she was a bookkeeper and emergency room clerk.

She is survived by her daughter, Judy (Arlen) Bright, Wallace; sons, Roger (Janice) Lapp, Temecula, CA, and William (Chris) Lapp, San Antonio, TX, six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Black, parents, and brothers, K. Neil Renner and James Renner.

Visitation is scheduled for March 19 beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home, Marinette, followed by a memorial service at 12:30 p.m. Interment will follow at a later date in Chase, MI.
 
Edward Freis PDF Print E-mail
Edward George Freis, 78, Stephenson, died March 11, 2011, at home.

Ed was born Jan. 12, 1933, in Wallace, to the late Elmer and Elsie (Peterson) Freis. He served in the U.S. Navy, and while stationed in San Francisco, he met and married Nancy Yeager in Richmond, CA, March 24, 1956. Ed worked as a Standards Engineer for Smith Kline Beckman Instruments in Richmond, CA, and Fullerton, CA, retiring after 37 years with the company. He enjoyed walking, hiking, traveling and hunting. One of Ed's many hobbies was woodworking. While living in California he and his wife owned and operated Freis Wood Products. He was a Ham Radio operator, beekeeper and gardener. He was also a Green Bay Packer and Nascar fan. Ed's faith in his Lord included preaching sermons at the churches he attended. He was a member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Wallace, Messiah Lutheran Church, Buena Park, CA, Stephenson Lions Club, Toastmasters, a Boy Scout Scoutmaster, and the North Shore Golf Club.

He is survived by his wife of Wallace; three sons, Daniel (Marie) Little Suamico, WI, Bob of Daggett, and Matthew of Fullerton, CA; three grand daughters; sister, Janet (Elmer) Mullard, Wallace; brother, Roger (Judi), Wallace, nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call March 16 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, Wallace, from 10 a.m. until time of Funeral Service at 1 p.m. Reverend Jonathan Schmidt officiating. Burial will be in Mellen Township Cemetery. Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials may be made in Ed's name to Gethsemane Lutheran Church and Mid-County Rescue Squad.
 
Jim Haight PDF Print E-mail
Jim Haight, 65, Wallace, died suddenly March 10, 2011, at Bay Area Medical Center.

Jim was born Dec. 9, 1945, in Escanaba, to Lloyd and Violet (Laurin) Haight. On Aug. 23, 1969, he married Laurie Mankiewicz in Perkins, MI. Jim was employed with the Stephenson Area Public Schools as a sixth grade teacher for 34 years, teaching at Daggett Elementary and Stephenson Elementary schools. He most recently worked at the Menominee County Library in Stephenson and Wells State Park. Jim enjoyed baseball and played for the Stephenson Strollers for many years. He also coached Mid-County Little League baseball and Legion base ball in Menominee. If he wasn't coaching, he was often behind the plate umpiring. Jim was a golfer. He also enjoyed bike riding, serving as the medic for the Michigander Bike tour for 10 years, hunting, fishing, cutting brush and going to camp with family and friends. It was time spent with family that Jim enjoyed best. Jim was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church, and the Mid-County Rescue Squad.

He is survived by his wife of Wallace; mother of Nadeau; daughter, Anne Marie (Henry) Leckenby, Winona, MN; son, Jon of Green Bay, one granddaughter; sister, Mary Jo (Bob) Campana, Reedsville, WI; three brothers, Ernie (Elizabeth), Carney, Gil (Cheryl), Little Suamico, and Robbie (Vivian), Marinette, nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his father.

Family and friends called at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, March 15. Mass of Christian burial was held March 16, 10 a.m. at Precious Blood Catholic Church, Stephenson. Father Corey Litzner officiated. Burial was in Nadeau Township Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established in Jim's name.
 
Patricia Kelly PDF Print E-mail
Patricia K. Kelly, 83, for merly of Menominee and Miramar, FL, died March 6, 2011, at Fair Oaks Health Care Center in South Beloit, IL.

She was born July 14, 1927, in Menominee, to the late Michael and Catherine (Parsek) Kasmarek. She married Andrew Kelly Aug. 9, 1969. He preceded her in death in 1996. She graduated from Menominee High School and Medical Technology School in Miami, FL. She was a medical assistant retiring after over 35 years. She was a member of St. Bartholomew's Church in Florida and was part of the women's club, she volunteered at the food pantry, clothing drives and fund raisers. She enjoyed golf, bowling, dancing and also spending summers in her family home in Menominee.

She is survived by her nieces, Patricia LaRosa, Linda (Richard) Dalton, B.J. Schell and Gloria Kelly; nephews, Dennis (Sue) White, and Tony (Maxine) Kelly and cousins. Along with her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Delores White.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered March 11 at Resurrection Parish. The Rev. Fr. Robb Jurkovich officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee. The Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home assisted the family.
 
William Kiszley PDF Print E-mail
William S. Kiszley, 89, Ingalls, died March 9, 2011, at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility, Powers.

Bill was born April 19, 1921, in Ingalls, to the late Stephen and Julianna Kiszley. He served during WWII in the United States Marine Corps from Sept. 6, 1942, until being honorably discharged Nov. 9, 1945. In 1947 he married Irene LaKasky. She preceded him in death in 1969. On Jan. 17, 1970, he married Marcella Phillips at Precious Blood Catholic Church. He worked as a foreman for the Menominee County Road Commission. Bill loved the outdoors where he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also en joyed woodworking and his bees. He was a veteran, a member of the Precious Blood Catholic Church, VFW Post No. 5966, American Legion Post No. 43, DAV and Am Vets.

He is survived by his wife, Marcella, Ingalls; two daughters, Colleen White, Porterfield, and Susan (Sam) Williams, Lehigh Acres, FL; son, Bill of Akron, OH; two step-sons, Earl (Mary) Phillips, Wichita, KS, and Gary (Polly) Phillips, Spencer, IA; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three brother, five sisters; son-in-law, William White; step-son, Frederick Phillips; and a grandson, Thomas Jeffrey Phillips.

Family and friends called at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson, March 14. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated, March 15 at Precious Blood Catholic Church. Father Corey Litzner officiated. Burial was in Stephenson Township Cemetery.
 


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