Obituaries

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Eileen C. Williams

Eileen C. (Tracey) Williams, 86, of West Allis, died peacefully at Kathy’s Hospice on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, surrounded by her loving daughters and sons-in-law. The daughter of the late Harold and Edith (Wolfe) Tracey was born April 8, 1931, and graduated from Oconto Falls High School.

Eileen attended Milwaukee School of Cosmetology and met her future husband, James F. Williams, a sailor stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Academy.

Eileen was known for her tenacity in her lengthy battle with metastatic breast cancer, as well as her quick wit, and fun-loving and generous spirit.

Surviving her are two daughters, Stephanie (Bill) Sanders, Milwaukee, and Leslie (Tom) Mohr, Englewood, Florida; four grandchildren, Nichole (Ken), Billy, Rachel and Alec; three great-grandchildren, Joshua, Caleb and Raina; one sister-in-law, Maryjane Tracey; many good friends, neighbors, beloved nieces and nephews.

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Lloyd C. Hatfield

Lloyd C. Hatfield, 77, of Suring, passed away on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.

Lloyd was born on May 25, 1940. He was very proud of his 22-year service in the United States Navy. Lloyd loved his Harley-Davidson trike and also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Lloyd is survived by his five sons, Jon, Robert, Christopher, Joseph and Butch; his daughter, Victoria; nine brothers and sisters. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Emma; his son, William; and a sister.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. A private funeral service with full military honors and Pastor Paul Scheunemann officiating will be held.

Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Audrey A. Corriveau

Audrey A. Carriveau, 79, of Stiles, died on Friday evening, Oct. 13, 2017, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay. She was born on Dec. 11, 1937, in rural Lena to Ernest and Mayme (Kafka) Frye Sr. As a child she moved with her family out of state because of her father’s sawmill occupation.

The family returned to the Lena area where she attended country school, and eventually Audrey graduated from Lena High School with the Class of 1954 and was always proud of her perfect school attendance. Following graduation, she attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for a time.

On Jan. 21, 1956, she married her high school sweetheart, Roger Carriveau, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Lena.

Audrey lived in the Stiles area for most of her life. She was employed as a cook for Oconto Falls Public Schools for 15 years. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Stiles.

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John C. Patterson

John “Jack” C. Patterson, 93, of Oconto Falls, died Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Oconto Falls. The second of five sons of Walter and Ethel (Borst) Patterson was born April 26, 1924, in Oconto Falls.

Jack grew up in Oconto Falls where he attended public schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1942. Following graduation, he entered the military where he served as a gunner commander on an M18 Hellcat tank destroyer, 671st Army Battalion of Pacific Theater Operations during World War II.

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Jane I. Stromer

Jane I. (Horsens) Stromer, 96, of Oconto Falls, formerly of Pulcifer, passed away on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at the Cottages of Oconto Falls with her children by her side.

Jane was born in the town of Green Valley on Nov. 16, 1920, a daughter of the late John and Frieda (Krueger) Horsens. She attended local schools and was a proud graduate of Gillett High School, Class of 1943.

Jane married Norman “Bud” N. Stromer on May 31, 1947, and together they raised a son and daughter.

In earlier years, she, along with her brother Mert, owned and operated Jane & Mert’s Restaurant. She later ran Jane’s Grocery in Pulcifer for 23 years and eventually went to work for Mirro Aluminum from which she retired.

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Mary A. Lemmen

Mary A. Lemmen, 82, of Oconto Falls, died early Thursday morning, Oct. 12, 2017, surrounded by loved ones. She was born on Oct. 18, 1934, in Oconto to Joseph and Germaine (Heroux) Alberts.

As a little girl, Mary moved with her family to Green Bay where she attended school, graduating from Green Bay East High School with the Class of 1952.

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11
Oct

Alfred A. Mantai

Alfred A. Mantai, 90, of Suring, passed away on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at Woodland Village of Suring. He was surrounded by family.

Alfred was born in Latvia on March 2, 1927, a son of the late Otto and Mathilda (Nickolai) Mantai. He immigrated to the United States in 1957 and made his home in Chicago. Alfred and his former wife, Wanda, raised four children together. He worked as a mechanic for General Truck Parts in Chicago, later retiring to the Gillett/Suring area.

Alfred was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed fishing. He will be sadly missed.

Alfred is survived by his longtime companion Friedel Mantai, of Suring; his son, Udo Sille, of Ward, Colorado; and his daughters, Angelica Mantai, of Chicago, and Heidi Grabowski, of Naperville, Illinois. He also leaves his daughter-in-law, Mary Sille, of Plainfield, Illinois, his grandchildren, Andrew, Jenna and Steven; and his sisters, Olga (Guenther) Woosmann, of Gillett, and Else Hoffman, of Chicago.

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Rita R. Soderbeck

Rita Rose (Johnson) Soderbeck, 79, of Suring, left this world to be with her husband, Mel, on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2017. She was affectionately known as Rockin’ Rita. She will be missed by many.

Rita came into this world on March 12, 1938, born to Evelyn and Frank Johnson in Blackwell. Their world would never be the same. She might have been small, but she was mighty and lived life to its fullest.

Rita enjoyed her time with family and friends. A hot cup of coffee, and many times a treat, would be waiting for you when you stepped into her kitchen. If coffee wasn’t your thing, she made a mean Old-Fashioned. Rita loved to cook for her family and friends, and an amazing cook she was.

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Thomas F. Hischke

Thomas Franklin Hischke, 80, of Mascotte, Florida, and Madison, died Sept. 12, 2017, after a short battle with cancer. He was born on March 17, 1937, in Oconto Falls to Paul and Marie (Elfe) Hischke.

Tom graduated as salutatorian from Suring High in 1955. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1960 in the Nike/Hercules program. He was honorably discharged as an E5/SP5. Tom joined the Madison Police Department as a recruit in 1965. He served the city, rising through the ranks until he retired as a captain in 1992.

Tom is survived by his wife, Bonnie; his son, Brian (Dana) Hischke; a stepdaughter, Bridgit (William) Roeth; a stepson, Robert Harper; three grandchildren, Sara Roeth, Andrew Roeth and Benjamin Hischke; and many close family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Marie Hischke, and his siblings, Lois Mehl, Muriel Firgins and David Hischke.

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Jonathan M. Humphreys

Jonathon “Jon” Mason Humphreys went home to the Lord on Oct. 1, 2017.

During his lifetime on Earth, he brought joy to so many people with a heart that was bottomless with generosity and time for family and friends. He was always quick to make someone smile and feel good with either kind words, gestures or actions. He dearly enjoyed cooking and found time to make elaborate meals even after he may have spent all day hard at work. He enjoyed hard work and took deliberate pride in his meticulous attention to detail in so many facets of his life. He would go a mile out of his way just to help someone take a single step forward.

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