Stanley 'Sam' Nelson
Stanley 'Sam' Nelson, 63, a Little Suamico resident died unexpectedly Wednesday, September 20, 2000. He was born on February 17, 1937 in Oconto to the late Philip and Esther Graftstrom Nelson. On October 20, 1955 Sam married the former Margaret 'Meg' Cool. He retired from Schneider National Transport where he drove truck for many years. Sam was a musician and enjoyed golf, fishing, and was willing to lend a hand to anyone that needed help. Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Meg; five children, Michelle John Rose and Scott Nelson, Green Bay; Mike Nelson, Mark Sheree Nelson, and Eric Hope Nelson all of Little Suamico; seven grandchildren Angela, Chad, Rachel, Christopher, Jenelle, Ethan, and Evan; special stepmother, Charlotte Nelson, Oconto; two sisters, Alva Jack Herald, Oconto; Alice Virigin, Sheboygan; three brothers, John Joyce Nelson, Kenosha; Ken Lynn Nelson, Green Bay; Vernon Cheryl Nelson, Greenville; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by one sister, Ruth Herrera. Friends called at the Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, 121 Chicago Street, Oconto on Saturday September 23, from 9 a.m. until time of the funeral. Funeral service was 12 noon at the Funeral Home with Deacon Walt Kaszynski officiating. Burial followed at Brookside Cemetery.
Geraldine 'Gerrie' Wroblewski
Geraldine 'Gerrie' Wroblewski died September 17, 2000 at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay, WI. She was born in Oconto March 10, 1914 to the late Frank and Emma Draves Wroblewski. Gerrie, fondly known as "The Hug Lady" of Oconto was an active member of Holy Trinity Parish until illness placed her in the loving care of the staff at Riverside Nursing Center. She graduated from Trinity Parochial School and graduated from Oconto High School. She worked forty years as a supervisor at the Great Lakes Shoe Co. and after her retirement there, she served as a housekeeper for the Priest at Holy Trinity Parish. Gerrie was an active member of the Altar Society, where she served as president for four years. She also served for one year as president of the Catholic Women's Club and Oconto Ladies Bowling League. 'Gerrie' is survived by her son Duddly 'Ski' Sherry Wroblewski, Wisconsin Dells; two sisters, Dorothy Whitcomb, Middle Inlet; Bernadine Krieg, DeSota, TX; four grandchildren, Beth, Madison; Debbie, Mercer; Bobbi-Jo, Wisconsin Dells; Timothy, Wisconsin Dells; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, especially Bertha Calhoun, Pat DeWitt, and Patty Gabrielson. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Eva Wolfe, Cecilia Lutz, Virginia Caldwell, and one granddaughter, Kathlyne Weiner. The family received relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto where a prayer service was held. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated 10 a.m. Thursday September 21, 2000 at Holy Trinity Parish, St. Joseph Site, with the Rev. David C. Ruby officiating and burial at Oconto Catholic Cemetery.
Jeffery R. Cox
Jeffery R. Cox, 29, died at Theda Clark Regional Medical Center, Thursday evening, September 14, 2000, after a long battle with cancer. He was born November 7, 1970, to John F. and Joanne M. Wimberger Cox, in Neenah and was an area resident all of his life. Jeff graduated from Neenah High School in 1989. He was well loved by his many friends and family. Jeff spent much of his time doing volunteer work with the local food pantries and helped the less fortunate. Jeff loved working as a DJ at various functions and was an avid collector of music memorabilia. In his spare time Jeff enjoyed writing music and even had several songs published. He enjoyed going up to the lake by his parents' home and spending time fishing and doing other water activities. Survivors include his parents, John and Joanne Cox, Townsend; a sister and brother-in-law, Tammy and John Peer, Green Bay; a brother, Tyrone Humphreys, Oshkosh; two grandmothers and a stepgrandfather, Melba Cox, Neenah; Elmer and Marcella Bork, Townsend; aunts, uncles and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by two grandfathers, Roy Cox and Joseph Wimberger. Funeral services for Jeffery were held at 7 p.m. Monday, September 18, 2000, at the Wichmann Funeral Home in Menasha with Father Michael O'Rourke officiating. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery, aukauna. Visitation was at the funeral home from 4 p.m. Monday, until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established.
Merrill C. 'Ace' Parker
Merrill C. 'Ace' Parker, 77, of Maiden Lake, Mountain, WI formerly of Milwaukee, died September 12, 2000. Ace was born February 1, 1923 in Chicago, IL the son of the late Merrill C. and Viola Wood Parker, Sr. Ace grew up in Milwaukee. After graduating from High School he served in the Army Anti-aircraft Artillery during WWII. After the war, he married Evelyn Grap on June 14, 1947. While living in the Milwaukee area he worked as a machine repairman for the Burroughs Corp for ov er 40 years retiring in 1983. He loved fishing and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. He was a faithful member of St. John Luthean Church in Townsend, WI. He is survived by his bride of 53 years, Evelyn; five daughters, Diane Gary Prange, Brown Deer, WI; Jill Pinzer, Greenfield, WI; Sharon Tom McCartan, Menomonee Falls, WI; Karen Orlovitz, Milwaukee; Joy Howard Schmidt, Theresa, WI; three sisters-in-law, LaVerne Werner, Milwaukee; Eileen Sallmann, Mountain, WI; Nancy Grap, New Jersey; one brother-in-law, Al Muriel Grap, Grafton; 10 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; one special niece, Barbara Mike Hughes, West Bend; other nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Earl. The visitation and funeral services were held on Saturday September 16, 2000 at St. John Lutheran Church, Townsend. Pastor Gary Bratz officiated. Burial was at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield, Monday September 18. Suminski Funeral Home, Wabeno, assited the family with arrangements.
He was loved by many and will be sadly missed.
Jane V. Riebe
Jane V. Riebe, 77, of Merrill, formerly of Lakewood, Wisconsin, died at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Merrill on Monday, Sepember 11, 2000. Jane was born in Green Bay on February 27, 1923, the daughter of William and Barbara Diring Leurquin. During World War II, she moved to Milwaukee, and on January 30, 1948, married Walter Riebe. They eventually settled in East Troy. At the age of 50, Jane went back to school to complete her GED, since she had to leave school after the 8th grade to help her family and never received her high school diploma. She completed her GED schooling and graduated with high honors. After graduation, she opened a ceramics shop where she sold the artwork that she was so proud of. In 1978, she and Walter moved to Lakewood in order to be closer to her sister, Ruthie, who needed the family support at the time. Not to slow down after moving to Lakewood, she became an active member of Saint John Lutheran Church in Lakewood, also enjoying her time helping in the Ladies Aid of the church. She was also a very artistic soul and enjoyed her time crafting, crocheting, and expressing herself through the art produced by her hands. She also enjoyed traveling, and especially loved the time she spent with her family and friends. Jane is survived by four daughters, Wendeline David Tucker of Carter, WI; Barbara Eli Fuller of Danbury, WI; Pamela Francis Fahnstrom of Lakewood, WI; Jane Ted Tritten of Merrill, WI; Three sons, Fred Brenda Klug of Nashville, IL; William Susan Riebe of Milwaukee, WI; Walter Bonnie Riebe of Mountain, WI; one sister, Carol Ted Bugalski of Waukesha, WI; two brothers, William Ruth Leurquin of Puyallup, WA; Lloyd Lanore Leurquin of Milwaukee, WI. Jane is further survived by 11 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; her parents; two brothers, Alfred and Edward; and two sistes, Geneva and Ruth. Friends called upon the family from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2000, at the Saint John Lutheran Church in Town-send. Visitation continued Thursday September 14 from 10 a.m. until time of services 11 a.m. at the church. Pastor Gary Bratz led the services. Interment followed at the Lakewood Cemetery. Suminski Funeral Home of Wabeno assisted the family.
Jamie Ann Mattox
Jamie Ann Mattox, 18, of Oconto Falls, died Thursday September 14, 2000 as the result of a traffic accident. The daughter of Jeri Ann Prevost was born November 18, 1981 at Fort Polk, Louisiana. Jamie attended Oconto Falls High School. Surviving are her daughter, Elizabeth Marie Mattox at home; her mother and father, Jeri A. Prevost of Coleman and Richard Prevost of Oconto Falls; grandmother, Donna Mattox of Green Bay; great-grandparents, Clayton and Shirley Prevost of Green Bay, and many aunts and uncles.
Private memorial services will be held Tuesday September 19, 2000 at 6 p.m. at Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, Coleman. Rev. Brian Johnson will officiate at the service.
Todd W. Bostwick
Todd W. Bostwick, 33, Oconto, passed away early Sunday morning, September 10, 2000 at home. Todd was born June 3, 1967 in Oconto to Wayne and Karen Peterson Bostwick. He was a 1985 graduate of Oconto Senior High School and NWTC with a degree in marketing. He married the former Tracy Brabant May 1, 1993 at the Oconto Gospel Chapel. Todd was employed by Oconto County as the Recycling Coordinator. He was an avid outdoorsman, and was member of the Oconto Gun Club where he served as secretary, and was a member of the Oconto Sportsman's Club, as well as Ducks Unlimited, and White Tails Unlimited. He enjoyed racing and fishing in Bass Tournaments. He was Top Gun in the Oconto and Pittsfield Trap Leagues. He also coached his kids in T-Ball. Todd was a loving father, and deeply cared for his children. Surviving are his wife Tracy; a daughter, Jordan, and a son, Blake, both at home; his parents, Wayne and Karen Bostwick, Oconto; a sister, Mrs. Dan Tammie Brill, Oconto; a brother, Terry special friend Michelle Doulet, Oconto; maternal grandmother, Esther Peterson, Ishpeming, MI; paternal grandparents, Donna and Nicholas Faller, Bryant; godparents, Barb and Dennis Hautoamaki, Kingsford; his faithful Labrador and hunting companion, Rueger; other relatives and many friends. Todd was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Julius Peterson, and by his paternal grandfather, Arlie Bostwick. Relatives and friends will be received at Oconto Gospel Chapel 251 Michigan Avenue, Oconto from 1 until 4:45 p.m. Tuesday September 12, 2000. Service of Christian Burial 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Church. The Rev. Robert Schut officiating. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto. Casketbearers will be Terry Bostwick, Carl Bostwick, Dan Brill, John Weigelt, Rich Dilsner, Todd Bishop, Nathan O'Connor, and Mike LaCourt.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund has been established. Ackerman Funeral Directors, Oconto is caring for the arrangements.
Sister Angele Marie Blahnik
Sister Angele Marie Blahnik, 79, a School Sister of Notre Dame, was received into Christ's Kingdom early Thursday morning, September 7, 2000 at Havenwood Rehabilitation Center, Milwaukee following a brief illness of cancer. Sister Angele was born March 23, 1921 in Lena to the late Clarence and Marie Blahnik. She attended Lena High School and Miss Brown's Business School, Milwaukee. Early in her life she worked for Northern Paper Mill, Green Bay. She enlisted in the Navy during World War II and was stationed in New Orleans, where she served as an Airline Hostess. After being discharged from the War in 1947, Sister Angele became a candidate for the Schools Sisters of Notre Dame, and professed her solemn vows in 1950. Sister Angele served much of her vocation as teacher. She taught at St. Michael's, Milwaukee; Holy Cross, Mt. Calvary; St. Mary's, Grand Rapids, Michigan; St. Mary's, Menasha; St. John's Prairie du Chien; and St. Joseph now Holy Trinity Parish, Oconto. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. George Marion Glime, Lena and Mrs. William Marge Bake, Oconto; a brother, Dr. Clarence Marie Blahnik, Green Bay; many nieces and nephews, as well as special friend and helper, Erinn Stewart. A visitation was held from 9 until 10:15 a.m. Monday, September 11, 2000 at Holy Family Chapel of Notre Dame Convent, 13105 Watertown Plank Road, Elm Grove. Mass of Resurrection was 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Chapel. The Rev. Fr. David C. Ruby, Pastor of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Oconto officiated. Interment in the Convent Cemetery. The Jones-Modrow-Young American Legion Post, Oconto conducted military rites.
Sister Angele, may your soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. Ackerman Funeral Directors, Oconto assisted the family.
Mr. Robert R. Topel
Mr. Robert R. Topel, 59, Oconto, died peacefully Thursday afternoon, September 7, 2000 at Riverside Health and Rehabilitation Center, Oconto. Bob was born September 10, 1940 in Oconto, one of six children born to the late Melvin and Mildred Pillsbury Topel. Bob served his country in the National Guard during the Korean Conflict. Following his term of service, he was employed in Two Rivers for Hamilton Manufacturing and the Eggers Company. In 1970 he moved to Oconto, and was employed by Bond Food Products for 27 years, until retirement in 1997. He also was a newspaper carrier for the Green Bay Press-Gazette and the EagleHerald. Robert was a member of the Oconto United Methodist Church, the AMVETS, D.A.V., Teamsters Local No. 75, and the Oconto Area Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed being active in the organizations he belonged to, and greatly enjoyed helping at the Oconto Meal Site following his retirement. Bobby also liked to bowl in league, and would cause those around him to smile, when he said, 'darn it' or 'I knew I made it'. Surviving are a brother, Frank Lola Jane Topel, Green Bay; two sisters, Lettie Dennis Pelto, Green Bay and Patricia Ronald Strom, Oconto; many aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins, and a special friend, Mary Ann Bourgeois, Oconto. He was preceded in death by several infant siblings. The body rested at the Oconto United Methodist Church, 641 Washington Street, Oconto, where the family greeted relatives and friends from 4:30 until 5:45 p.m. Saturday, September 9, 2000. Service of Christian Burial was 6 p.m. Saturday at the Church. The Rev. Frederik W. Schulz officiated. Interment at Brookside Cemetery. The Jones-Modrow-Young Amer-ican Legion Post conducted military rites at the Church.
Arrangements were under the care of Ackerman Funeral Directors, Oconto.