LuAnne Vendt, 82, Oconto, died at Oconto Memorial Hospital on Sunday morning, May 28, 2000. She was born February 9, 1918 in Beverly, KY to the late John Beverly Knuckles and Elizabeth Asher. On September 4, 1948 she married Roslyn R. Vendt, who preceded her in death on March 11, 1999. She was a member of the First American Lutheran Church, Oconto Hospital Auxiliary, American legion Auxiliary Post No. 74, and Friends of the Library. She is survived by her two daughters, Patricia Anne Vendt, Dayton, OH; Carol Elizabeth Vendt, Oconto; a son, David Ross Vendt and his wife, Mary Hart, and their daughters, Sarah Elizabeth and Mary Asher, Lebanon, OH; a sister-in-law, Marceil Schumacher, Oconto, and her son, Damian E. Schumacher, New Orleans. LA; a cousin, Mary Simpson, Pineville, KY. Friends called at the First American Lutheran Church, Oconto from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday. Service of Christian Burial was 11 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2000, at the church with Rev. Richard DeBenedetto officiating. Burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent in her memory directly to First American Lutheran Church (920-834-2460), 511 Madison St., Oconto, WI 54153 or Redbird School Scholarship Fund, Redbird Missions (606-598-5915), 6 Queendale Center, Beverly, KY 40913.
Junice Smyth Bushman Peek
Junice Smyth Bushman Peek, 88, Lakewood, died at home May 31, 2000 following a battle with cancer. She was born June 20, 1911 in Batavia, IL to the late Francis H. and Ida Schuett Smyth and moved to Lakewood with her family in 1919. Junice married Jerry Bushman and he preceded her in death in 1950. She then married Valta Peek; he preceded her in death September 20, 1976. Junice wrote a column 'Peek at the Past' for the Pioneer Express. That writing will soon be published in book form. She and her brother, Dan, had earlier written a book titled 'No Place to Live'. Junice greatly enjoyed painting, her woods, birds, flowers and was an avid traveler having visited many countries and places. She was a member of the Audobon Association. Survivors include her four sisters, Frances Jackson Smyth, Pearl Keesler Smyth, and Betty Betts Smyth all of Lakewood; Eileen Conley Smyth of Granton, WI; her two brothers, Hugh and Dan Smyth both of Lakewood; many nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring on Saturday, June 3, 2000 from 9:30 a.m. until funeral services 11 a.m. at the Funeral Home. Pastor Kevin Kuhn officiating. Burial in Lakewood Cemetery.
Marcus Erich Schwabe
Marcus Erich Schwabe, 32, Lena died Saturday, June 3, 2000. He was born on July 17, 1967 in Waukegan, IL to Ewald and Katharina Fohs Schwabe Sr. Marcus is survived by his parents; two brothers, Carl Tracy Schwabe, Lena, Ewald Schwabe Jr. and his two children, Samantha and Maria, all Lena. Marcus was preceded in death by his grandparents, Erich Gesine Schwabe and Joseph Marie Fohs. Friends may call at the Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, Lena, from 4-9 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at Zion Lutheran Church in Oconto. Funeral 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with the Pastor Bruce Blocker officiating. Burial in St. Charles Cemetery, Lena.
Gladys E. (Mrs. Theodore) Gaertig
Gladys E. (Mrs. Theodore) Gaertig, 91, Oconto Falls, died Wednesday evening, May 31, 2000, at Community Memorial Hospital. She was born November 4, 1908, in Luxemburg, to Charlie and Ann Zuege Sell. At the age of seven years old, Gladys moved with her family to the Green Valley area where she attended grade school. On September 5, 1927, she married Theodore Gaertig at the Zachow Lutheran Church where she had been confirmed. Following their marriage, the couple farmed in the Town of Morgan before moving to Oconto Falls in 1956. Gladys was employed at Community Memorial Hospital in housekeeping for many years. She was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Morgan and had been active in the Ladies Aid. Lovingly called 'Grandma' by her family and close friends, she enjoyed baking and quilting for them, even making one quilt for each of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Survivors are two daughters and sons-in-law, Marcella 'Sally' and Edwin Schroeder, Suring; Alice and Gerald Leitzke, Oconto Falls; one daughter-in-law, Elaine Gaertig, Morgan; ten grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Esther Montie, Appleton; Dorothy Eggert, Shawano; two sisters-in-law, Ethel Sell, Gillett; Laura Sell, Florida. Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Theodore in 1975; one son, Gerald and an infant son, David; one grandson, Everett Gaertig; two sisters, Hattie Montie and Lillie Hansen; four brothers, Fred, Ray, Albert and John Sell; and a son-in-law, Charles Kohel. Friends called at St. John's Lutheran Church in Morgan after 9 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2000 until the time of services. Funeral was 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. Paul Heykes officiating. Burial in the Town of Morgan Cemetery.
Rosemary Virginia Hanes
Rosemary Virginia Hanes, 80, 101 First St., Oconto died May 10, 2000 at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay. The former Rosemary Courchaine was born July 22, 1919 at Oconto to the late William and Mary Smith Courchaine. She married Gaylord Hanes Sr. August 7, 1935. He preceded her in death March 11, 1989. Rosemary worked as a nurse's aide at the Oconto Hospital, Riverside Nursing Home, Newbury's and the Oconto Convalescent Home. She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Oconto; the Ladies Aid at the church and also served as a Sunday School teacher. Rosemary loved crocheting, gardening and canning. Survivors include four daughters, Shirleyann Robert Reed, Green Bay; Sandra Gene Beekman, Green Bay; Sharon Bob Noel, Marinette; Shelley Michael Jonet, Green Bay; one son, Gaylord Hanes, Jr., Oconto; a daughter-in-law, Joyce Hanes; a sister-in-law, Harriet Brabant, Oconto; a brother-in-law, Raymond Frewerd, Oconto; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, a son, Francis, a daughter, Sylvia, brothers and sisters. Friends called at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto. Funeral services were 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 13, 2000 at the United Methodist Church, Oconto with Rev. Frederik Schulz officiating. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto.
Harry M. Hanson
Harry M. Hanson, 75, Oconto, died at home on May 26, 2000. Harry was born November 20, 1924 at Oconto to the late Henry Eric Hanson and Rosetta Sarah Cole Hanson. He was a 1948 graduate of University of Wisconsin, Madison. He was a mechanical engineer for the aero space industry in California and also worked at Northwest Engineering in Green Bay. He was a member of the American Legion and Oconto County Republican Party. He served in the Army during WWII. Harry enjoyed working in his woods, socializing and helping friends and relatives. Survivors include two sisters, Henrietta Fankhauser, Livermore, CA; Evelyn Wright, Novato, CA; nieces Barbara Ted Wendland, Wausaukee, WI; Cherry Joe Mengkheo Hanson, Dallas, TX; Karen Peter Pearson, Livermore, CA; Katherine Young, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; nephew William Colleen Pittman, Beaumont, TX; cousin Barbara Walter Vojtech, Phillips, WI; many other close cousins. Harry was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Harvey Hanson; a sister, Betty Pittman, and a brother-in-law, Chet Fankhauser. Friends may call at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2000. Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Rev. Frederik Schulz officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the American Legion.
Ruth Exelia Heisler
Ruth Exelia Heisler, 72, of Wabeno, died Monday, May 22, 2000, at Community Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls. Ruth was born in Sheboygan, WI, on March 30, 1928, the daughter of William and Barbara Diring Leurquin. Her family moved to Marinette, where she attended school. After school, she went to Green Bay where she worked as a telephone operator. On March 8, 1947, she married Marvin Heisler at Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain, WI. After a time in Green Bay and Milwaukee, she and Marvin moved back to the Wabeno area. She enjoyed crocheting, playing cards, and soap operas. The greatest love of her life, however, was her husband and their family with whom they enjoyed time shared. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Ruth is survived by her husband of 53 years, Marvin; two daughters, Nancy Jerry Harris of Fond du Lac; Judy Nick Orley of Laona; two sons, Alan Linda Heisler of Lakewood; Marvin Lynn Heisler, Jr. of Green Bay; two sisters, Jane Riebe of Lakewood; Carol Ted Bugalski of Waukesha; two brothers, Lloyd Lenore Leurquin of Milwaukee; William Ruth Leurquin, Jr. of Washington State. Further survived by 15 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, other relatives, and friends. Ruth was preceded in death by a son, Edward; a sister, Virginia; a brother, Alfred "Roy", and her parents. Friends called upon the family on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at the Suminski Funeral Home in Wabeno after 2 p.m. Pastor Gary Bratz led a service at the funeral home at 6 p.m. Graveside services were held on Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Mountain Cemetery.
Francis (Pee Wee) Amos Brabant
Francis Pee Wee Amos Brabant, Fisher Lane, Oconto died after a long illness on May 22, 2000. He married Gloria Grady on January 22, 1949 at St. Peter Catholic Church, Oconto. Francis was employed at Unit Structures in Peshtigo and hauled milk for two years at the White House Company. He was also employed at Lane and Son Feed Mill and Zephyr Oil, Oconto. Francis and his wife owned and operated the family farm for many years. Survivors include his wife Gloria; four sons, Terry Chris, Oconto; Jim Cindy, Howard; Jeff Kandy, Oconto; Jerry friend Rachel, Green Bay; three daughters, Nancy Larry Mayotte, Montana; Connie Rueben Boevers, Minnesota; Cindy Bob Boehm, Oconto; fifteen grandchildren; brothers Norman Jr. Joan, Joe Ina, Robert Connie; sisters Genevieve Allen Young, Mary Kamin, Joyce Bill Presl, Rita Bob Norton, Audrey Oren Woodworth, Gloria Gauthier, Bonnie Don Termatt, Bernice Leigh; sisters-in-law, Margaret Brabant, Marcie Brabant, Valerie Feldt, Janice Jerry Binkowski, Mary Carl Vowinkel; brother-in-law, Bill Marie Grady. Francis was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy; parents, Norman and Pearl Brabant; brothers, Dean and Lawrence. Pee Wee will always be remembered for his great sense of humor. Friends called at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, where St. Anne's Rosary and a parish wake service was held. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 10:30 a.m. Friday at Holy Trinity Parish, St. Peter Site with Rev. David C. Ruby officiating. Burial was at Oconto Catholic Cemetery.