Obituaries for Menominee County and Surrounding Areas
Lawrence Swanson PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of December 09, 2010
Lawrence A. (Larry) Swanson, 72, 10103 Bay Shore Dr., Rapid River, died unexpectedly Dec. 1, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital of an apparent heart attack.

He was born Feb. 1, 1938, in Escanaba, son of Roy and Ruby (Brown) Swanson. Larry attended Escanaba High School, Bay College and completed police academy at Northern Michigan University. Larry served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, and was honorably dis charged in 1969. He was awarded a National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Marksman (rifle), Vietnam Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, and a Purple Heart. For 23 years, he was a deputy for the Delta County Sheriff's Department, retir ing in 1994. On June 9, 1990, he mar ried Laurel Chartrand Mervyn at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Escanaba. He was a lifetime member of the D. A. V. and Vietnam Veterans of America 345.

He is survived by his wife of Rapid River; sons, James (Amy Buchl) Mervyn, Harper Woods, MI, and Vincent (Jennifer) Studer, Daggett; three brothers, Donald Swanson, Lake Villa, IL, Roger (Marilyn) Swanson, Stephenson, and Dennis Swanson, Brampton, MI; sister, Judy Nelson, Brampton, nieces, nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Loretta Schieber.

Visitation and funeral were held Dec. 6 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Rev. Judy Kincaid officiated. Burial was in Gardens of Rest Cemetery. The Crawford Funeral Homes assisted the family.
Perry Thunder, Jr. PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of December 09, 2010
Perry L. Thunder, Jr., 52, N14696 Hannahville B-1 Road, Wilson, died Dec. 3, 2010, in Hannahville.

He was born in Escanaba Dec. 15, 1957, the son of Perry and Cecilia (Marie) (McCullough) Thunder. He lived all his life in Hannahville and graduated from Hannahville High School. He was a custodian at the school and then at the casino. He married Celeste Sagataw in Hannahville. She preceded him in death Jan. 6, 2006.

He is survived by his mother of Hannahville; six step-children, Virginia, Stacey, Jody, Levi, Loretta and Ben; one sister, Linda Thunder, Escanaba; two brothers, Vernon Thunder, Hannahville, and Eugene (Kathy) Thunder, Menominee, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, his wife; brother, Wayne; and sister, Theresa.

Visitation was held at the Hannahville Community Center. Funeral Service was held there Dec. 7. Burial was in the Hannahville Cemetery. The Crawford Funeral Homes assisted the family.
Edgar Aderman PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of December 02, 2010
Edgar Aderman, 87, of Niagara, WI, died Nov. 20, 2010, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital, Iron Mountain.

He was born April 27, 1923, in Daggett, son of the late Carl and Floy (Bates) Aderman. Edgar graduated high school in Daggett and as a young man joined the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). He served in the United States Coast Guard on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, during WWII. Edgar then moved to Niagara, WI, and began working for Kimberly Clark, later Pentair Paper Mill where he remained until he retired from his timekeeping position in 1987. He married Shirley Brown June 9, 1951, in Niagara and lived there until 1986, when they retired to their home at Hi-Lo Acres, Pembine. He was a member of the board of directors of the Niagara Area Credit Union, the American Legion Cretton-Tutas Post No. 136, Niagara. He served as a building inspector for the city of Niagara. Edgar was an avid hunter, sportsman and traveler. After retirement, he and his wife traveled throughout the United States and Caribbean.

Edgar is survived by one son, Daniel (Lori) Aderman, Niagara; three daughters, Lynne (Chuck) Dahlen, Siren, WI, Juli (Jim) Hulce, Niagara, Nancy (Rennie) Bobb, Wake Forest, NC; 10 grandchildren,; one sister, Edith Adams, Menominee; three sisters-in-law, Frances Aderman, Niagara, Theresa Hendricks, Green Bay, Eloise Robinson, Neenah and a brother-in-law, Jim Robinson, Neenah. He was preceded in death by his wife in 2009; four brothers, Oscar, Loren (Biz), Virgil (Red) and Edwin Aderman (twin) and two sisters, Leonella (Nell) Burie and Isabelle (Izzy) Bettie.

Visitation and funeral were held Nov. 23 at Jacobs Funeral Home, Niagara Chapel. Rev. Larry Canavera officiated. Burial was in the Niagara Cemetery, Niagara. Condolences for the family may be left at
Joyce Boyer PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of December 02, 2010
Joyce M. Boyer, 81, Rapid River, died Nov. 24, 2010, at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba.

Joyce was born April 11, 1929, in Kipling, the daughter of Orrie and Bertha (Creten) Switzer. She was raised in Gladstone and attended the All Saints School. She grad uated from the Gladstone High School in 1946. On Feb. 26, 1949, Joyce married Lee A. Boyer at the All Saints Catholic Church. They made their home and raised their family in Rapid River. In addition to raising her family, Joyce began an adult foster care program, in the early 1970s, from her home. She retired in the mid-1990s following more than 20 years of diligent care for her adult foster family. She enjoyed cooking, bak ing, spending time with family and entertaining. She also enjoyed reading.

She is survived by two sons, Stevie (Sharon) Boyer, North Delta, MI, and Mike (Nancy Coyne) Boyer, Rapid River; three daughters, Cherie (Garry) Gronmark, Carney, Susie (Steve) Pyke, and Sandy (Sam) Johnson both of Rapid River; two brothers, Richard (Lucy) Switzer, Titusville, Fl, and Alan Switzer, Wells; two sisters, Judy (LeRoy) Brazeau, Gladstone, and Michelle Switzer, Escanaba, 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, who preceded her in death Dec. 5, 2009.

Visitation was held at Skradski Funeral Home, Gladstone. Funeral services were held there Nov. 28, with Rev. Stephen Gauger of the Calvary Lutheran Church officiating. Burial was in Rapid River Cemetery. Messages of condolence may be directed online at
Mary Buyarski PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of December 02, 2010
Mary Catherine Buyarski, 77, Winnebago, MN, died Nov. 21, 2010, at Parker Oaks Care Center in Winnebago.

She was born Aug. 7, 1933, to the late John and Mary Przewrocki. Mary lived in Menominee until her recent move to Minnesota to be closer to family. She married Theodore (Ted) Buyarski Sept. 20, 1952, and worked at several different jobs prior to raising her family. Mary was known for her green thumb, flower arrang ing skills, yeast baking and dill pickle making. She loved to travel and visit her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her three children, Ed (Janis), Juneau, AK, Sue Goss (Jim), Issaquah, WA, and Linda (Steve) Bakken, Blue Earth, eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; sister, Mickey Perone, Hillside, IL; and brother, Johnny Przewrocki, Menominee. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband; brothers, Stanley, Joey and Tony; and sisters, Bernice, Stella and Anna.

Funeral services were held Nov. 26 at Parker Oaks Care Center. A Funeral Mass was held Nov. 29 at Holy Redeemer Church, Birch Creek. Burial was in Birch Creek Cemetery. Memorials can be sent in Mary's name to Spies Public Library, Menominee. Anderson Kell Funeral Home served the family.
Clifford Champeau PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of December 02, 2010
Clifford F. Champeau, 83, Menominee, died at home Nov. 25, 2010.

Cliff was born Oct. 13, 1927, in Menominee, to the late William and Adele (Paul) Champeau. He graduated from Menominee High School Class of 1945. He served in the United States Army dur ing WWII. Cliff married Shirley Walters July 25, 1953, in Menominee. He worked as a mail carrier for over 35 years with the United States Postal Service retiring in 1984. He fulfilled his lifelong dream after re tiring by working at Menominee High School with kids in the vocational area. He was a member of Resurrection Parish in Menominee and the church's men's club, the K of C, the Menominee Kiwanis Club, the VFW Post No. 1887, and the American Legion Post No. 146. He also was a member of the MMO Officials, officiating in basketball, football and volleyball. He coached Pop Warner Football for 23 years and was a Packer, Cubs, Michigan and Menominee Maroon fan.

He is survived by his wife; three daughters, Cheryl (John) LaCombe and Wendy (Dan Michalik) Bergold, both of Marinette, and Brenda Champeau, Menominee; two sons, Terry (Kari) Champeau, Menominee, and Mike (LeAnn) Champeau, Alton, VA, 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; one sister, Mary Nelson; one brother, James Champeau, and friends. Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Joanne McGivern; and three brothers, Frances, Leonard and Edward Champeau.

Friends called at Cadieu Thielen Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial was offered Nov. 29 at Resurrection Parish. The Rev. Fr. Robb Jurkovich officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee. A memorial fund has been established in Clifford's name.
Judy Hass PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of December 02, 2010
Judy Ann Hass, 71, 501 Henes Park Drive, Menominee, died Nov. 23, 2010, at her home.

Judy was born April 27, 1939, in Marinette, to the late Roy W. and Isabelle A. (Smith) Kent. Judy was a graduate of the Menominee High School Class of 1957. On Oct. 19, 1963, she married William A. Hass in Detroit. She worked for 16 years for the Delta-Menominee Public Health Department as a cler ical supervisor. She received the U.P. Public Health Employee of the Year Award in 1989. Judy was a member of Resurrection Parish, American Legion Post No. 146 Auxiliary, AFL-CIO, and the Master Gardeners. She owned the Stained Glass Art Shoppe since 1981. She also enjoyed gardening and traveling.

She is survived by her husband; one daughter, Laurie (Gene) Tilley, Fort Worth, TX; one son, Bruce Hass, Marinette, five grand children, three great-grand children; one brother, Neal Kent, Fond du Lac, friends and other relatives. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Roy W. Kent, Jr. and Roy K. Kent.

Family and friends called at Anderson Kell Funeral Home, Menominee. Funeral was held Nov. 30 at Resurrection Catholic Church with Father Robb Jurkovich officiating. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Bay Area Medical Center Oncology Department in Judy's name.
Raymond Kuntze PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of December 02, 2010
Raymond M. Kuntze, 83, West Chicago, IL, died Nov. 24, 2010, at the Alden Valley Ridge Nursing Home, Bloomindale, IL.

He was born May 16, 1927, in Chicago and raised in Villa Park, IL. He served in the United States Navy during WWII. He worked as an electrotyper in Chicago for 20 years and then worked as a member of Union Local 150 for Meadow Equipment of West Chicago until retirement. He was a lifelong avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife, Anne (Handschiegel); three sons, Wayne (Rose), Winfield, Daniel (Leonna), Anchorage, AK, and Scott of West Chicago; three grand children and three great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Dorothy (Lucke), Kuntze, formerly of Daggett; and a brother, Lloyd Kuntze.

Visitation was held Nov. 29 at Williams Woodward Funeral Home, West Chicago. Funeral service was held Nov. 30 at the f neral home. Interment was in Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery. Family requests donations be made to CNA Hospice, 690 E. North Ave., Carol Stream, IL 60188.
Jonathan LaCosse PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of December 02, 2010
Jonathan (Jon) H. LaCosse, 53, Plover, WI, formerly of Hermansville, died unexpectedly Nov. 19, 2010 in California.

He was born June 19, 1957, to the late Howard (Mickey) and Elizabeth (Betty) (Arnold) LaCosse in Escanaba. His birth parents passed away when he was a young boy and was then raised by his current parents: Robert (Bob) and June Arnold. He served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed photography, tinkering, designing things and being creative with solutions to fixing different things. Jon spent most of his career as an over the road truck driver.

He is survived by his current parents, his two daughters, Michelle (Leo) Gorzinski and Jill LaCosse, three brothers, Wayne, Larry (Marge) and Jeff LaCosse, two sisters, Mae (Dave) Joerndt and Melanie (significant other, Guy Morris) LaCosse, four grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Friends called Nov. 24, at the Carney Evangelical Free Church. A memorial service was held at the church with Pastor Mark Duquette officiating. The Allo Coolman Funeral Home, Spalding assisted the family. Visit to send on-line condolences.
Dorothy Marks PDF Print E-mail
Obituaries - Week of December 02, 2010
Dorothy M. Marks, 76, Cedar River, died, Nov. 19, 2010, at Roubal Care and Rehab Center.

Dorothy Davis was born Aug. 3, 1934, Flint, MI, to the late Harold and Elsie (Foley) Davis. She graduated from Stephenson High School in 1952. She graduated from Northern Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in education and taught English and history for many years. Dorothy enjoyed farm life, her cats, reading and history. Her greatest joy was her grand daughters Michaela and Katherine. She was a member of Precious Blood Catholic Church.

She is survived by her son, Ken (Kyna) Marks, Cedar River and two granddaughters; and former husband, Kenneth A. (Mary) Marks, Clio, MI.

Visitation was held at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home, Stephenson. Mass of Christian Burial was cele brated Nov. 23 at Precious Blood Catholic Church. Father Corey Litzner officiated. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee.
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