Richard F. Skoloski
Richard F. Skoloski, 89, died July 12, 2000 at UW Hospital. He was formally of Madison, WI and Chicago Ridge, IL and had a home on Shay Lake, Townsend. Beloved husband of Beatrice and the late Ruth nee Kinney, died June 26, 1992; devoted father of Gordon and Thomas of Chicago Ridge, IL; Beverly Edward Ester of Sarasota, FL and the late Kenneth Barbara; loving grandfather of 12, great-grandfather of 29 and great-great-grandfather of four; fond brother of ten; uncle of many.
Ralph James Comins
Ralph James Comins, 82, 4284 Behnke Rd., Lena, WI, died August 8, 2000. He was born August 2, 1918, to the late James W. and Melissa Mansfield Comins. He graduated from Coleman High School in 1937. Ralph served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1945. He was an electrician and farmer and retired in 1980. On June 21, 1941, he married Elva Rich in Marinette, WI. He was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church of Lena, a member of BEW Local 158 in Green Bay, since 1946. He also farmed with his family for many years in rural Lena. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Survivors include his wife, Elva; five sons, Ralph Linda, Lena; Ronald Leanne, Green Bay; Richard Lauren, Coleman; Roger Fran, Lena; Reginald Laura, Lena; 18 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Lucille Comins; and one brother, James Kathlein, Marinette. He was preceded in death by a twin son and daughter, Kenneth and Sandra; his parents, James and Melissa; one sister, Charis Dziadosz; one brother, Stuart Comins. Funeral services were held on Friday, August 11, 2000 at 10 a.m at Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Lena with the Rev. Ryan Landwehr officiating. Visitation was at Harper Funeral Home, Peshtigo. Burial in Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Town of Peshtigo.
LeRoy A. Noffke
LeRoy A. Noffke, 64, Gillett, died Wednesday morning, August 9, 2000, at the Gillett Nursing Home. He was born September 25, 1935, in Shawano County, to the late Gustave and Eleanor Hansen Noffke. LeRoy was a lifelong resident of Gillett. He retired from the former Scott Paper Co., Oconto Falls, which is presently Kimberly-Clark, Oconto Falls Tissue, after over 35 years of employment. He was a member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, Gillett. LeRoy is survived by his brother and two sisters-in-law, James and JoAnn, Manitowoc; Dolores Noffke Graveen, Wausau; his aunt, Martha Olson, Gillett; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. LeRoy's brother, Robert, preceded him in death. Friends called at the Kuehl Funeral Home, Gillett, Saturday after 9:30 a.m. Funeral services were 11 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2000, at the funeral home, with the Rev. Shaun McFarland officiating. Interment in Wanderers Rest Cemetery, Gillett.
Helen Elizabeth Bourassa
Helen Elizabeth Bourassa, 89, of Suamico, died August 7, 2000 at Longview Terrace. The former Helen Elizabeth Ragen was born April 14, 1911 in the Town of Oconto to the late William and Florence Laduron Ragen. She married Frank Bunny Bourassa June 14, 1927 at St. Peter Church, Oconto. He preceded her in death on June 22, 1990. Helen had been a sewing machine operator for many years at Great Lakes Shoe Co. and Cruise Tops. She loved working in her garden and canning. Helen was a member of Holy Trinity Parish.. Survivors include four daughters, Elaine Beekman, Milwaukee; Norine Bob Walters, Lt. Suamico; Janice Ron Ziemer, St. Francis; Doris Pug and Ron Filter, Oconto; five sons, Kenneth Rosane, West Allis; Melvin Marge, Menomonee Falls; Harold Jean, Escanaba, MI; Merle Helen, Wild Rose, WI; Duane Sharon, Lt. Suamico; a son-in-law, Bob Earley, Lena; a sister, Dorothy Lee Rymer, Oshkosh; a sister-in-law, Patty Huisman, Oconto; 32 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Helen was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Carmen Earley; a brother and sister-in-law, William Marge Ragen, Waukesha; a grandson, Michael Beekman; two sons-in-law, Bernard Ahnen and Earl Beekman. Friends called at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto. A prayer service was held. Mass of Christian Burial was 2 p.m. Friday at Holy Trinity Parish, St. Joseph Site with Rev. David C. Ruby officiating. Burial at Oconto Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established for Holy Trinity Church Building Fund.
Vera M. Woods
Vera M. Woods, 70, peacefully passed away Wednesday evening, August 9, 2000 ending a courageous decade long battle with cancer. During her last day, she was surrounded by her entire family who had gathered to celebrate her life. Vera was born May 6, 1930 at Bruce, WI to Ardith Alvey and the late Edgar Keith. She married Harold E. Woods February 18, 1951 at Bruce, WI. Vera was coordinator for the 1960 census in Oconto County; coordinator for N.W.T.I. continuing education classes for city of Oconto and worked at Farnsworth Public Library on the support staff. She was a graduate of Bruce High School and attended Superior State College for two years. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Oconto where she served as Elder of the church, sang in the choir and taught Sunday School. She was also a teacher of the youth group for two years. Among her interests and hobbies were cooking, gardening, walking, crafts, flower arranging and spending time with her family. Vera enjoyed life, everything from a single flower in a vase to a folded napkin on a plate. She is survived and will be missed by her husband Harold; mother, Ardith Keith; two daughters, Anita James French, Appleton; Nancy Woods, Oconomowoc; two sons, Jeffrey Susan Woods, Fort Atkinson; Steve Carla Woods, Sheboygan; five brothers, Rodney Alica Keith, Bruce, WI; Larry Helen Keith, Eau Claire; Robert Becky Keith, Bruce, WI; James Barbara Keith, Eau Claire; Gary Keith, Bruce, WI; one sister, Phyllis Robert Peterson, DeForest, WI; four grandchildren, Abbey, Jennifer, Elliot and Michael Woods. Friends called at the First Presbyterian Church, Oconto from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Funeral service was 12 noon, Saturday, August 12, 2000, at the church with Rev. Donald Clarke officiating. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
Mrs. Eleanor B. Maus
Mrs. Eleanor B. Maus, 89, Oconto, formerly Green Bay, died Thursday, August 10, 2000. She was born on October 14, 1910 in Green Bay to the late Stephen and Lillian Whiting Richer. She married Harold L. Maus on April 2, 1927 at Annunciation Catholic Church in Green Bay. He preceded her in death on January 11, 1965. While in Oconto Eleanor resided at Okato Manor. She belonged to the American Legion Laides Auxiliary Post 342, Lena, and the Lady Foresters. Eleanor was an avid card player, enjoyed cooking, and spending time with her grand and great-grandchildren. Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Marcella 'Red' Mitchell, Crivitz; Betty Lawrence Anderkay, Howard; Donna Don Lorang, Oconto; one son and daughter-in-law, Stephen Eileen Maus, Howard; 14 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by five sisters, and two brothers. Friends called at the Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, 121 Chicago St., Oconto. A parish wake service was held. Mass of Christian Burial was Saturday at Holy Trinity St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 716 Madison St., Oconto with the Rev. David C. Ruby officiating. Burial at Fort Howard Memorial Cemetery, Green Bay. Robert J. Charapata, Funeral Director.
Mary Ann Slaney
Mary Ann Slaney, 67, Oconto, died at her home on August 6, 2000. Mary Ann was born December 1, 1932 at Fond du Lac to the late Dr. Andrew F. and Mrs. Anna McDonald Slaney. She was a graduate of University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She taught speech and language at Harvard, IL; Marinette County and Oconto County, retiring in 1955. She was a member of Holy Trinity Parish, N.E.A. and W.E.A. teachers association, Renew Group at Holy Trinity, Ladies Golf League, American Legion Auxiliary, and two Bridge clubs. She was leader of Jr. Golf League for 31 years and a Brownie Scout leader for 21 years. Mary Ann is survived by a sister, Margaret E. Jaekels, Oconto; a sister-in-law, Faye Slaney, Eland, WI; nieces and nephews, Catherine Joseph Bianco, Kansas City, MO; Timothy Teri Jaekels, Omaha, NE; Thomas Jaekels, Dallas, TX; Mary Salvador Perez-Sandi, Phoenix, AZ. She was preceded in death by a brother, John Slaney. Friends called at Holy Trinity Parish, St. Joseph Site, Oconto from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday. Memorial mass was 11 a.m. Friday, August 11, 2000 at the church with Rev. David C. Ruby officiating. Creemains were buried at Oconto Catholic Cemetery. The Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto assisted the family.
Shirley A. Fager
Shirley A. Fager, 64, Town of Chase, Oconto County, died Sunday August 6, 2000 at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay. Arrangements are being handled by MacDonald's Funeral Home, Howell, MI. Ackerman Funeral Directors, Oconto is assisting the family locally. Raymond B. Ackerman, Jr. Funeral Director.