Marie J. Trinkner
Marie J. Trinkner, 95, De Pere, passed away peacefully Tuesday March 26, 2002, surrounded by her loving family. Daughter of the late Albert and Nellie Vande Hei Cornelissen, Marie was born Feb. 15, 1907, in De Pere. She married Raymond Trinkner April 29, 1925, at St. Mary Catholic Church, De Pere. He preceded her in death March 24, 1989. Marie was an active member at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Francis Altar Society, a volunteer with De Pere Christian Outreach Center, was an avid baker, and gardener. She also had a great love for her family, and grandchildren. Marie is survived by her children and their spouses, Gordon Bernice Trinkner, De Pere, Mary Charlie Quade, Green Bay, Ken Marlyn Trinkner, De Pere, Dick Dotty Trinkner, Sturgeon Bay, and Ellie Zirbel, Madison; 20 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandson. She is further survived by two sisters, Ann Van Rens, and Eleanor Beining, both of De Pere; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Marie was preceded in death by one daughter, Dorothy Mae; one granddaughter, Jean; four sisters and three brothers. Friends may call on Sunday March 31, 2002, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Cotter Funeral Home, 860 N. Webster Ave., De Pere. Parish prayer service will be at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday, April 1, 2002, from 9 a.m. until the Mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 220 S. Michigan St., De Pere. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. at the church with the Rev. V. Anthony Dolski officiating. Interment will be in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, De Pere.
George F. Staszak
George F. Staszak, 55, Luxemburg, died unexpectedly Monday afternoon, Feb. 18, 2002, in Lake Havasu City, Ariz. He was born on Feb. 22, 1946 to the late Theodore and Caroline M. Sopkowicz Staszak, in Chicago. George served in the United States Army from 1963 to 1966, spending most of his time in Germany. On Sept. 16, 1967, George married Patricia McDonald in Green Bay. He was employed at Procter & Gamble Paper Co. for 32 years, retiring in 1998, and was a member of the American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262, Luxemburg. His most precious enjoyments were spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Patricia, Luxemburg; one son, Mark Jody Staszak, and their daughter, Hannah, Racine; one daughter, Teresa Dean Simonar and their children, Nicholas and Emily, Luxemburg; his mother-in-law, Barbara Larmay, Luxemburg; his father-in-law, Donald Lorraine McDonald, Wheatland, Mo.; aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his father and mother as stated above; and his stepfather-in-law, Mose Larmay. Friends may call at St. Mary’s Church, Luxemburg, after 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, 2002. Funeral 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Milton Suess officiating. Military rites at graveside with the American Legion Ralph Kline Post 262, Luxemburg. Burial in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Luxemburg. The MCMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in George’s name. The Staszak Family would like to extend a special note of 'Thanks' to all of their family and friends for offering comfort and support at this very difficult time!
Amy Lynn Schroeder
Amy Lynn Schroeder, 34, lifelong resident of Green Bay, died Saturday, March 16, 2002, at the University Hospital in Madison, due to complications of Lupus. She was born Oct. 21, 1967, in Green Bay to Richard and Karen Alexander. She graduated from Green Bay West High School in the Class of 1986. On Sept. 1, 1989, she married Brian Schroeder in Green Bay. Amy had been employed at Good Humor-Breyers Ice Cream for several years. Amy is survived by her family whom she dearly loved, her husband, Brian; two children, Megan and Elizabeth, both at home; her parents, Richard and Karen Alexander; one sister and brother-in-law, Tami and Kevin Zellner and their daughter, Nicole; maternal grandparents, Betty and Jerry Zellner; her grandfather, Bud Monfort; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold and Elizabeth Schroeder; six brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law, Mike and Tori Schroeder, Jeff, Harold, Jim, Eric, and Kevin Schroeder; a niece, Emma; two nephews, Matt and Mitch, all of Green Bay; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many, many special friends. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Ashley; and her grandparents, Okla and Grace Alexander. Friends may call at St. Joseph Catholic Church, corner of Ninth Street and 12th Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon Friday. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 12 noon Friday at the church with the Rev. Michael Ingold officiating. Burial will be in Fort Howard Memorial Park. Amy's family would like to thank all of her many friends, especially Mindy and Brenda and those at Good Humor-Breyers, for all of their care and support. A memorial fund has been established in Amy's name. Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the Schroeder family.
Betty Ann Schmidt
Betty Ann Schmidt, 65, Allouez, passed away on Feb. 5, 2002, at her home. The former Betty Knutson was born on June 10, 1936, to the late Arthur and Ellen Malcolm Knutson in Minocqua. She was raised in Chetek, Wis., and was a graduate of Chetek High School. She also received a B.A. in Elementary Education from UW-Eau Claire. On July 2, 1960, she married Willard Schmidt at Chetek Lutheran Church. In 1961 they moved to Green Bay where she taught in the Green Bay Public Schools. After that she taught many years at Peace Nursery Center where she touched many young lives. Betty loved her family and loved to spend time with them. She also enjoyed quilting, traveling, reading and working in her flower garden. She will be sadly missed by her husband, Willard; her children, Anne John Birdsall, Colorado, Gregg Jennifer Schmidt, North Carolina, and Julie Mark Sprangers, Green Bay; nine grandchildren, Alesha, Danielle, and Nicholas Birdsall, Taylor, Matthew, David and Abigail Schmidt, and Marshall and Olivia Sprangers, three sisters, Mary Ellen Richard Watkins, Ore.; Midge Philip Lord, Minn.; as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives and special friends. Friends may call at Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9 to 10 a.m. Funeral Service will be at Bethel Ev. Lutheran Church, 1350 Bond St., at 10 a.m. Saturday with Pastor Gary Froseth officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery. The family wishes to express a very special thank you to St. Vincent Hospital’s fourth and second floor staff and doctors, and Unity Hospice staff, especially Dessa, Miriah and Jolene, and all the special people who have supported our family in many ways over the past three months.
Theresa Schleis, 105, formerly Stangelville, died Sunday morning, February 24, 2002, at the Kewaunee Health Care Center where she resided. She was born September 26, 1896, in the Town of Montpelier to the late Paul and Katherine Doehler Reinke. She was a member of St. Therese Parish and the Rosary Society and the Daughters of Isabella. She enjoyed gardening, especially flowers and working outdoors. On September 24, 1919, Theresa married John F. Schleis. Survivors include two daughters and one son-in-law, Lorraine Kunesh, Stangelville, Dolores and John Montjoy, Fairfax, Va., one son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Betty Schleis, Stangelville; one daughter-in-law, Evelyn Schleis, Stangelville; 13 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, John F. Schleis, August 1987; her son, Gilbert Schleis in April 1987; son-in-law, Al Kunesh, October 1983, and grandchild, Randy Pribyl, March 1991. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Wednesday at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee. Parish Wake Service 7 p.m. Wednesday. Visitation continues after 9 a.m. Thursday at St. Lawrence Site, Stangelville. Funeral 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Therese Parish/St. Lawrence site, Stangelville with the Rev. C. Terry LaCombe, Rev. Paul Paider and Rev. Frank Reinke officiating.
Florence Ena Samz
Florence Ena Samz, formerly of Crandon, died Monday, March 11, 2002, in Waupun. She was born Oct. 29, 1905, in Llanidloes, Wales, Great Britain, the daughter of Thomas Lewis and Mary Jane Jones Woosencraft. As a child she came to the United States and they lived in Dunbar until 1922 when they moved to Goodman. She was a graduate of Goodman High School and was an Assistant Postmaster for several years. On Nov. 14, 1931, she married Leo G. Samz, and they moved to Crandon, where she resided for 49 years. She was a member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church of Crandon. From 1960 to 1964 she was a house mother for the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at UW-Whitewater. In 1980 she moved to Green Bay and in 1992 she moved to Waupun. Survivors include a daughter, Charlotte Larry Rackow, Waupun; daughter-in-law, Dolores Samz of St. Francis; two sisters-in-law, Mayme Woosencraft of Green Bay, Angeline Woosencraft of Pulaski; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; one son, Edward L. Samz; five brothers, William, George, Pryce, Emlyn and Donald; four sisters, Mary Elizabeth Maude, Ruby Gladys, Jennie & Hazel. Funeral services for Florence Ena will be held on Friday, March 15, at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Crandon at 12 noon with the Rev. Michael Herdt officiating. Burial to follow in the Crandon Lakeside Cemetery in Crandon. Friends and relatives may call at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church from 11 a.m. until the 12 o’clock hour of service. Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun is serving the family.
Rita Kozlowski Ratz
Rita Kozlowski Ratz, 70, Green Bay, passed away Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002, at a local nursing home following a long battle with cancer. Rita was born Dec. 15, 1931, to the late Anton and Frances Banaszynski Kozlowski. On June 11, 1955, she married Robert Ratz in Pulaski. Rita graduated from Pulaski High School in 1949 and continued her education at NWTI in Green Bay where she received a degree in business and was later employed with the Bank of Green Bay. She was then employed by NWTC in the cafeteria where she retired after 26 years of service. Rita was known for her warm smile and good nature. She enjoyed summers at the cottage in Lakewood and winters in Arizona. She also enjoyed playing cards, dining out and crafting with her family and friends, Pat Fredrick and Helen Bergner. Camping, bowling and playing cribbage with her grandchildren were favorite pastimes. Rita truly enjoyed picking fresh oranges at her home in Mesa, Ariz. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Robert Ratz; three children and their spouses, Randy and Phyllis Ratz, Green Bay, Renee and Craig Varland, Oak Creek, and Ron Ratz, Hobart; five grandchildren, Jason Ratz, David Ratz, Patrick Ratz, all of Green Bay, and Tori and Camron Varland, Oak Creek; three brothers and four sisters-in-law, Chester and Lorraine Kozlowski, Townsend, Norbert and JoAnn Kozlowski, Green Bay, Ray and Helen Kozlowski, Pulaski, and Eleanor Kozlowski, Pulaski; one sister, MaryAnn Kozlowski Keuken, Suamico; and a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Herbert Summerfeld, Gillett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Alvin Kozlowski. Friends may call Sunday, March 3, at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2771 Oakwood Drive, Green Bay, from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. with a funeral service to follow. Entombment in Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. Lyndahl Funeral Home is serving the family. The family would like to extend a special thanks for the wonderful care and support given by her special sister-in-law, JoAnn Kozlowski, all of the nurses and staff of St. Vincent Hospital ninth floor as well as the staffs of San Luis Medical & Rehab. Center and Unity Hospice, which gave Rita great comfort. The family would also like to thank Dr. Weinshel, Dr. Cooley and Dr. McGovern for the outstanding care and attention given during her illness. Rita also had many special angels who visited her and provided great comfort. Along with Rita's warm smile, one of her favorite inspirations was: Do not walk in front of me, I may not follow; do not walk behind me, I may not lead; just walk beside me and be my friend. She will be sadly missed by family and friends.
Mrs. Diane Gail Roberts/DeLaruelle Prahl
Mrs. Diane Gail Roberts/DeLaruelle Prahl, 58, Luxemburg, died at her home Saturday evening, Feb. 9, 2002, following a courageous battle with Crohn’s disease and pancreatic cancer. She was born on April 29, 1943, in Fond du Lac to Doris Albertz Roberts and the late Ernest Roberts. On March 18, 1989, Diane and Donald Prahl were married at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Montpelier. She was employed with American Medical Security until her retirement. Her enjoyments included cooking and spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband, Donald; her mother, Doris Roberts, Fond du Lac; her children, Bruce DeLaruelle, Luxemburg, Roger Jr. Peggy DeLaruelle, Dale Nancy DeLaruelle, Robin Tremble, Tad Marge DeLaruelle and Gregory DeLaruelle, all of Green Bay; nine grandchildren, Jason Robshaw, Adele, Amber and Austin Tremble, Crystal, Brittany, Holli, Chelsea and Dakota DeLaruelle; her mother-in-law, Erna Prahl; and one stepson, John Prahl; two brothers, Leroy Shirley Boeder, Malone, Dennis Roberts, Fond du Lac; three sisters, Nancy Bob Cabler, Surprise Ariz., Darlene Robert Kairis, Winneconne, Judy Kimpel, Fond du Lac; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Merlin and Linda Prahl, Luxemburg; a special friend, Rudy Hendricks, Luxemburg; along with many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Ernest Roberts; her father-in-law, Elmer Prahl; and one sister-in-law, Rose Roberts; two brothers-in-law, Arthur Henning and Harold Kimpel. Friends may call at the McMAHON FUNERAL HOME, LUXEMBURG, 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Visitation continues at St. Mark Ev. Lutheran Church Kenwood and Oneida streets, Green Bay, and after 10 a.m. Wednesday. Funeral 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Church with the Rev. William Limmer officiating. Entombment in The Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. The family wishes to thank Unity Hospice and Dr. Nordell for the care given to us at this time of need. Diane will be sadly missed by her family and friends, she touched many lives.