Lloyanne Kovnesky, 78, of Pound, died Wednesday, December 6, 2000 at Bellin Hospital, Green Bay. She was born to the late Cecil and Lillian Ransom Walters December 15, 1921 in Clear Lake, Iowa. Lloyanne married Rev. Harry Kovnesky July 15, 1944 in Annandale, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband, June 19, 1995. Lloyanne was very active in many church activities. Surviving are four sons, Jonathon and Donna of West Allis, Stephen and Jeannie of Coleman, Mitchell and Sue of Butte, MT, Phillip and Connie of Pound; two daughters, Korene and Kent Lindberg of Roseville, MN, and Rosine Roberts of Excelsior, MN; one daughter-in-law, Carma Kovnesky, Butte, MT; 19 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three brothers, Richard and Carolyn Walters, Canada, Kenny and Terry Walters, Alabama, and Terry Evie Walters, MN. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Lloyanne was preceded in death by one son, Mark in 1996 and one brother, Charles. Friends called on Friday at the Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, Coleman December 7 where a prayer service was held. Funeral service was conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, December 9 at Section Eight Baptist Church, Pound with Rev. Ronald Hoffman and Rev. Frank Hazelo officiating. Interment at First Baptist Cemetery, Pound.
In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
Emmett O. Graetz
Emmett 0. Graetz, 82, of 8055 Hwy 64, Pound, died unexpectedly Friday, December 8, 2000 at St. Mary Hospital, Green Bay, The son of the late Clarence and Minnie Patz Graetz was born July 18, 1918 in Marinette County. He attended the White Potato Lake School and was a veteran of WWII. Emmett was married to the former Violet Gearl on June 26, 1944 at St. John Lutheran Church, Hayes. He was in partnership with his father and brother, Clarence and Edward, with the company known as Graetz & Sons. In 1959 the company became known as Graetz Mfg. Co. and Emmitt was Vice-President until his retirement in 1982. He was a lifetime member of the Assembly of God Church and a member of the VFW and American Legion. Surviving are his wife, Violet; one son, Alton Pat of Pound; two daughters, Diane Douglas Hinther of Pound and Joy Graetz of Pound; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Loren Florence and Harold Edith of Pound and Lloyd Geraldine of Waterloo, IA; and two sisters, Angeline Ed Johnston of Marinette and Lorraine Timm of Pound. He was preceded in death by one son, Arnold, and one brother and two sisters. Friends called Sunday at Rbodes-Charapata Funeral Home, Coleman where a prayer service was held. Funeral service was conducted 11 a.m. Monday at the Assembly of God Church, Pound. Rev. David Smith officiated with interment in the First Baptist Cemetery, Pound. The VFW and American Legion conducted military rites.
Earle 'Tip' J. Van
Earle 'Tip' J. Van, 89, Abrams, died late Thursday evening, December 7, 2000 at Sharpe Care, Ltd. in Oconto Falls. He was born August 25, 1911 in Green Say and grew up in Abrams. He attended Green Bay schools, graduating from West High School with the class of 1928. On July 2, 1938 he married Margaret Betts. The couple has lived all of their married life in Abrams where "Tip" owned and operated Abrams Feed and Grain Co. for 64 years. He was an avid gardener who had his own greenhouse and always liked working in his yard to make it look special. He was a member of the former St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Oconto and at one time was active in the Masons and Shrine. "Tip" also served on the Abrams snd Oconto Falls school boards and was instrumental in the building of the first school in Abrams on the current site. As a person who liked being outside, he enjoyed a good game of golf. Survivors are his wife, Margaret; one daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Jerry Johnson, Libertyville, IL; two grandsons, Scott Kellie Bast, Chesterfield, MO; Chad Bast, Elgin, IL; a sister-in-law, Roberta Betts, Green Bay; four nephews, Dennis, David, Bruce and Stuart Betts; one nlece, Jane Broderick. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Helen Betts, and brother-in-law, Perry Betts. Friends called at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls after 10 a.m. Monday until the time of services. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with the Rev. Fr. Ken Okkerse officiating, Burial in Brookside Cemetery, Town of Pensaukee.
Robert 'Bob' Wenzel
Robert 'Bob' Wenzel, 41, Oconto died unexpectedly Tuesday, December 5, 2000 at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. He was born on June 10, 1959 in Waukesha to the late Norma Wenzel. Bob worked at Oconto Metal Finishing and spent most of his life taking care of his mother Norma. He was an avid billiards player, loved being outdoors, and spending time with his family. Survivors include two brothers, Justin Linda Wenzel, Oconto; Allen Melissa Wenzel, Peshtigo; three nephews, one niece and other relatives and friends. Friends called at the Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, 121 Chicago St., Oconto from 4-7:30 p.m. on Friday. Funeral service was 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Funeral Home with Deacon Walt Kaszynski officiating.
The family would like to thank Rick and Karen Wenzel for their care and support. They would also like to thank the staff at 4th ICU St. Vincent Hospital.
Mrs. Mae E. Porter Crooks Norgaard
Mrs. Mae E. Porter Crooks Norgaard, 93, Oconto, died Friday morning, December 1, 2000 at Rennes Health Center, West DePere. She was born May 20, 1907 in Gillett to Martin and Alla T. Hankwitz Sorensen. Following their divorce, Alla married Francis E. Porter, who adopted Mae. When she was five, the family moved to Oconto where she grew up, graduating from Oconto High School in 1925. Mae then graduated from the Julliard School of Music in Chicago and in 1928 married Stanley W. Crooks in Chicago. During the Depression, they moved back to Oconto where their only son, Gene, was born. The family moved to Green Bay in 1935. Mae worked for several ready-to-wear stores and then the H. C. Prange Company for 21 years where she was a buyer for women's uniforms and then high fashions. During this time she also taught piano lessons and was a substitute church organist throughout Green Bay. Mae taught a course in Marketing at NWTC and served on several community boards over the years. She taught Sunday School, served as Sunday School Superintendent, and was on the Board of Deacons at the Union Congregational Church in Green Bay. Following Stanley's death in 1961, Mae went to work for Norgaard Furs. She and Arthur E. "Bud" Norgaard were married in 1963. In 1966 they bought the property on which Norgaard's of Birch Creek was built. Surviving are a son, the Rev. Gene Crooks and his wife Patricia, Abrams; two step-daughters, Gena and Andrea, four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mae was preceded in death by Stanley Crooks, her parents, Francis and Alla Porter, and Arthur Norgaard. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday December 16, 2000 at the First Presbyterian Church, 133 Jackson Street, Oconto, where Mae played the organ for many years. The church's new pastor, The Rev. Tom Beck and Mae's son, the Rev. Gene W. Crooks, officiating.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund in Mae's name has been established at the Church. Ackerman Funeral Directors, Oconto are caring for Mae and her family. Raymond B. Ackerman, Jr. Funeral Director.
Clarence 'Bud' VanHecke
Clarence 'Bud' VanHecke, 81, of 101 First St., Oconto, traveled to his heavenly home, rejoining his family and friends, Thursday November 30, 2000 at Riverside Health & Rehabilitation Center, Oconto. Bud was born March 26, 1919 in Oconto to the late George and Florence Ama VanHecke. He married Doris DeHut on April 10, 1946; she preceded him in death on March 23, 1996. Bud worked as a traveling salesman for Jewel Tea Co. for over twenty years. Bud was a member of Holy Trinity Parish, St. Joseph Choir, and Elks Lodge No. 887. Bud is survived by three daughters, Sandra Paul Walsh, Green Bay; Cheryl Satch Naniot, Oconto; JoAnn VanHecke, Oconto; five sons, William Gloria VanHecke, Lakewood; Richard VanHecke and fiancée Lisa Perrizo, Oconto; John Rae VanHecke, Oconto; Terrence VanHecke, Oshkosh; Randall Diana VanHecke, Oconto; two brothers, Woodrow Marge VanHecke, Lakewood; Jerome Illanne VanHecke, Marshal, TX; three sistes, Marge Jerry Fostner, Green Bay; Deannie Bud Curtis, Kelly Lake; Bernice "Bunny" Gedis, Denver, CO; 24 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends. Bud was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Cory Magiary and Travis VanHecke. The family received relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday December 1, 2000, with services by the Elks Lodge No. 887 at 7:15 p.m. and prayer services by Walt Kaszynski at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday December 2, 2000 at Holy Trinity Parish with the Rev. David C. Ruby and Rev. Jay Fostner officiating.
Kelly Lee Thomson
Kelly Lee Thomson, 28, De Pere, formerly of Oconto, passed away December 1, 2000 after a long illness. Kelly was born October 13, 1972 in the Town of Oconto Falls to Bonnie Brabant TerMaat and James Thomson. She attended Oconto High School, Silver Lake College and the University of Wisconsin Green Bay. Kelly was active in church choir, as well as teaching Sunday school. She was active in basketball, volleyball, math team, swing choir, student council and was on the Homecoming court. Kelly was employed at Terrapin Station of De Pere for one year. Her sincere goodness and warm personality brought her many friends. Before her illness, Kelly was employed at Realty Executives of Green Bay, as administrative assistant. The love and support of Kelly's friends from Realty Executives was a constant source of strength and courage. Kelly is survived by her loving son, Jacob, 6 years old, De Pere; her parents, Bonnie and Donald TerMant of Oconto, James and Corrine Thomson of Lena; two sisters, Teri Nicholas Hodkiewicz and Tara Thomson of Lena; one brother, Beau Thomson of Lena; one stepbrother, Dan and Cheryl TerMaat, Milwaukee; one stepsister, Annette and Jim Carriveau, Oconto; her paternal grandparents, Walter and Carol Thomson, Lena, Marie TerMaat, Oconto, Helen Wickman, Kingsfbrd, MI; one great-grandmother, Alice Lindstrom of Niagara, WI; godparents Calvin and Susie Thomson of Lena; special aunt and uncle, Robert and Rita Brabant Norton of Little Suamico, many more aunts, uncles and cousins. Also, Jacob's father, Ed Jaskotski, De Pere along with a special friend, Peter Boersma, Madison. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Norman and Pearl Shallow Brabant, Henry TerMaat all of Oconto; special cousin, Mike Presl of Cecil. Friends called at Cotter Funeral Home 860 N. Webster Ave., De Pere. Parish prayer service was held. Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Community, Pope John XXIII Circle off Sportsmans Dr., Town of Ledgeview. Rev. John H. Harper officiated. Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, De Pere.
Kelly's family wishes to acknowledge special thanks to Realty Executives, Graphic Management Corporation of Oconto. Kelly leaves to Fr. Jack Harper a loving hug. She is leaving behind devoted friends Roger and Mary Ann Boersma, Tom Monahan, Gary Kaster, Susan Walczk and many others too numerous to mention. Your thoughtfulness, help and prayers will never be forgotten. Also, a special thanks to Dr. Watson, Dr. Coleman, Dr. Blank, Bellin Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital, University of Madison Hospital and to all the nurses who gave Kelly comforting care and support.
Scott A. Rodriguez
Scott A. Rodriguez, 35, passed away unexpectedly and peacefully November 21, 2000 at his Seattle, Washington home. Beloved son of Patricia Wannabe Oxford and stepfather Andy Oxford, and the late Sidney Pat Rodriguez. Brother of Judith Melvin Goldbach, Deborah Rodriguez, Steven Cindy Rodriguez and Sean Tracy Rodriguez. Grandson of the late Peter and Rose Wannebe, the late Jube Rodriguez and the late Evelyn Damanski. He is survived by his stepgrandmother, Bette Jane Rodriguez. Scott was an uncle to Jonathan, Melissa, Christopher, Michael, Anderea, Cody, Alexis, Alisha and Elizath. He is survived by a "special aunt" Sue Rapp, many aunts and uncles, cousins, stepbrothers and sisters and many cherished friends everywhere. Scott, a graduate of Wabeno High School, grew up in Wisconsin. Upon graduation he joined the Army. Scott, after completing his term in the Army, settled in Seattle, where he became a prominent business owner and a community leader for the Seattle area. He was awarded Business Man of the Year in 1999 and has received numerous commendations over the years. He touched the lives of everyone he met and all who knew him. The family would like to give special recognition to his friend, Tim F., his doctor, Mary and everyone who helpled with Scott's care. A memorial service was held in Seattle, Washington.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in memory of Scott Rodriguez to Lambert House, PO Box 2311, Seattle, WA 98102.