Jerome 'Jerry' Smits
Jerome “Jerry” Smits, 59, of 4435 Oak Ridge Court, De Pere, died Sunday March 26, 2000 at a Milwaukee hospital following a courageous battle with heart disease. The son of Florence (Hockers) Smits and the late Edward “Biff” Smits was born April 28, 1940 in Green Bay. Jerry was a graduate of Abbot Pennings High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. On May 12, 1962, he married the former Barbara Danen at St. Mary Catholic Church in De Pere. He worked for the Nicolet Paper Company for 25 years. Mr. Smits was a volunteer fireman for De Pere for many years. He loved his children and, most especially, spending time with his grandchildren, whom he cherished. Mr. Smits was a member of the Knights of Columbus, De Pere Council #3955 and loved his Wednesday night bowling group. Jerry was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting, planting trees, working in his garden, and spending time at his cottage up north. Survivors include his wife, Barb; their children, Mark and Lisa Smits, Sandy and Mark Miller, Scott and Mary Ann Smits, Lisa and Craig Andersen, all of De Pere; five grandchildren, Kyle Smits, Korey Jerome Smits, Nicholas Miller, Brandon and Trevor Andersen; his mother, Florence (Hockers) Smits, De Pere; three brothers, Stanley and Mary Smits, of Georgia, Steve and Kathy Smits, Oregon, Ron and Chris Smits, Calif. Jerry is also survived by Barb’s family, Dick and Lynn Danen, Debra and Randy Hansen, and Dale and Sara Danen. He was preceded in death by his father, grandparents, and his parents-in-law, Richard and Cy Danen. Friends may call from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Community on Pope John XXIII Circle off Sportsman Drive, Town of Ledgeview. The Knights of Columbus will hold a Memorial Service at 6 p.m. Mass of Resurrection will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Church with the Rev. Gery Meehan, O. Praem, officiating. Burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established. Ryan Funeral Home, De Pere, is in charge of arrangements.
LaVerne Skenandore, 82, of Oneida, died Tuesday, March 28, 2000 at a local hospital. LaVerne was born July 22, 1917, to the late Joel and Lydia (Webster) House. She married Roy Skenandore on October 25, 1950 at Holy Apostles Church in Oneida. He preceded her in death on May 12, 1978. LaVerne was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Robert Cornelius Post #7784 in Oneida an the Do-Do Club. Survivors include two children, Janice and Ronald McLester, Oneida, Kevin and Kathy Skenandore, Green Bay; four grandchildren, “Little” Ronnie, and Bryan McLester, LeeAnn and Eric Skenandore; two great-grandchildren, Brannon and Carleigh Skenandore; one sister, Arlene Cornelius, Oakland, Calif. She is also survived by her special friend Millie. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, Roy Jr., a sister, Margaret John, and a brother, Merlin House. Friends may call at Ryan Funeral Home, 305 N. Tenth St., De Pere, on Thursday, from 6-8 p.m. Oneida Indian Singing 6:30 p.m. Wake Service 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, at Holy Apostles Church, in Oneida, with the Rev. Brad McIntyre and Deacon Edmund Powless, officiating. Burial in the church cemetery.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Anna John Nursing Home and St. Mary’s ICU.
John N. Hurtado
John N. Hurtado, 48, Oconto, died unexpectedly Sunday, March 26, 2000 in Oconto. He was born to Phillip and Lorraine Wenzel Hurtado April 22, 1951. John was preceded in death by his father. John was employed at Cruisers Yachts in Oconto. He enjoyed hunting and spending time with friends and family. Surviving are 1 son, Jesse, 4 daughters, Rebecca, Felecia and Louren Hurtado all of Oconto and a daughter Juliann; his mother, Lorraine Wenzel of Texas, and 6 brothers and 12 sisters. He is also survived by other relatives and friends. John was preceded in death by two brothers, paternal grandparents, Felix and Josephine Hurtado, and maternal grandparents, Edith and Charles Wenzel. Friends may call at the Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, Oconto, Thursday, March 30, 2000 from 4-9 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of the funeral service. The funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Deacon Walt Kaszynski officiating. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto.
Carl H. Semrau, Sr.
Carl H. Semrau, Sr., 84, formerly of Crivitz and Pound died Saturday, March 25, 2000 at Rennes Health Center-West, Peshtigo. The son of the late Charles and Anna Jergens Semrau was born September 24, 1915 in the Town of Pound. He operated a farm in the town of Pound and also worked in the woods. Carl was a member of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, Coleman. Surviving are three children, Carl Jr. Nola Semrau of Pound, Marvin Semrau of Indiana and Marilyn Pat Peterson Lasse of Janesville; 10 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leonard Donna Semrau of Pound and Arnold Semrau of the Landmark, Peshtigo. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Gerhart and Wallace; one sister, Hazel Liptak; and one grandchild and one great-grandchild. Friends may call at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, Coleman from 1 p.m. Tuesday until the time of funeral services at 3 p.m. Rev. Gregory Stahlecker will officiate with burial in Trinity Ev. Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Pound. Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, Coleman assisting the family with arrangements.
Wilfred 'Jack' Meyer
Wildfred 'Jack' Meyer, 90, of Green Bay, died Thursday, March 23, 2000 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Judy and David Hallgren of 804 Croix St., Negaunee, Michigan. He was born September 10, 1909 in Oconto, WI to the late Leonard and Mary Young Meyer. He graduated from Oconto High School in the Class of 1927. Jack was emplloyed by the CMSTP&P Railroads from 1934 until his retirement in 1972. He was a life-long resident of the Green Bay area and was a member of St. Jude Parish in Green Bay. Survivors include two daughters, Judy David Hallgren, Negaunee, MI, Jean Mick Jorgens, Holland, MI; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Leola McKee, Oconto; two sisters-in-law, Doris Meyer and Cecile Hanson. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Evelyn; his parents; two brothers, Orville and Buss Meyer; one grandson, Darrian James. Friends called at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., Green Bay. The Mass of Christian burial was 11 a.m. Monday Central Time at St. Jude Catholic Church, Green Bay, with the Rev. Ron Belitz officiating. Burial in Fort Howard Memorial Park.
Carl A.'Pappy' Luedtke
Carl A. 'Pappy' Luedtke, 82, died March 21, 2000. Carl was a veteran of World War II, a member of VFW Post 5716 New Berlin, a retired employee of the Milwaukee Rail Road and Wisconsin Cuneo Press. The Town Supervisor of Townsend, WI, Commissioner of Sanitation of Inland Lakes and a member of Grace Lutheran Church. Survivors include Gladys, his wife of over 59 years; his children, Carl N. Valeri Luedtke, Judy Schmidt Ed Zarzynski, Ronald W. Debbie Yenter and Linda Gary Amsrud.; one sister-in-law, Maralyn Pellowski and LeRoy McKnight of Gladstone, MI; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. Visitation was Saturday March 25 from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m., at Grace Lutheran Church, 3030 W. Oklahoma Ave. Interment in Wisconsin Memorial Park. Suminski Family Funeral Homes was in charge of arrangements.
Iola Susan Slagoski
Iola Susan Slagoski, 87, of Townsend, WI died on March 19, 2000 at the Eastview Manor in Antigo. Iola was born in Potlatch, Idaho on July 5, 1912 to Herman and Inez Bossell Sturm. She married Chester Mielke on September 20, 1928 and he preceded her in death in 1971. She then married Gerald Tucker July 5, 1974 and he preceded her in death on January 24, 1981. Then in 1987 she married Alois Slagoski. She raised her family in Carter, WI. While living there she was a cook for the Wabeno High School during the school year and then during the summer she operated a bakery and restaurant in Townsend. After her family was on their own in 1956 she moved to Milwaukee where she was a cook for St. Francis Hospital. Then in 1958 she moved to Evanston, IL where she worked for Northwestern University for the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Finally, in 1966 she moved back to the northwoods area where she settled in Townsend and operated a grocery store until she retired. But she didn't stop working since she then became the first manager of the Lakewood Meal Site. She is survived by her husband Alois; four children, Gwendolyn Mathis, Peoria, AZ, Bonny Lathen, Merrit Island, FL, Boyd Jean Mielke, Madison, WI, Coralee Norbert Flynn, Townsend; seven stepchildren, Rosalie Richard Swanson, of Illinois, Marlene Sances, of Illinois, Raymond Joan Slagoski, of Florida, Gerald Rose Slagoski, Kenosha, Daniel Patricia Slagoski, Kenosha, Molly Douglas Schulte, Platte City, MO, Nancy Stanley Merlock, Kenosha; 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, 12stepgrandchildren and several stepgreat-grandchildren. Visitation was on Thursday, March 23, 2000 at St. John Lutheran Church, Townsend from 4-8 p.m. and on Friday, March 24 from 10 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. at the Church, with Rev. Gary Bratz officiating. Interment in Forest Home Cemetery, Townsend. Suminaki Funeral Home, Wabeno assisted the family.
Peter Charles 'Chuck' Geisen
Peter Charles 'Chuck' Geisen, 61, of Lakewood, WI died on March 18, 2000 after a two year battle with cancer. Chuck was born on October 29, 1938 in Chicago to the late Peter and Meta Mionske Geisen. He was a graduate of Big Rock High School in Illinois and he faithfully served his country in the U.S. Army. He owned and operated Chuck's Gas and Welding Co. in the Village of Howard. He presently was living in Lakewood. Chuck enjoyed his property in Lakewood, taking care of the yard and garden. He is survived by: One daughter and son-in-law, Laurie and Scott Roebuck, Fox Lake, WI; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Charles Geisen, Abrams, Doug and Lynn Geisen, Columbus Junction, IA; special friend, Diane Delvoye with whom he resided; six grandchildren; many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Hilda and Elaine. Visitation was at the Northwoods Bible Fellowship Church, Lakewood from 12 noon until the time of the funeral service at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 with Pastor Scott VanLaanen officiating. Interment at Lakewood Forest Cemetery. Suminski Funeral Home, Wabeno assisted the family.