Obituaries

Wed
04
Sep

Sylvia M. Christensen

Sylvia M. Christensen, 89, MeadowLands of Oconto Falls, formerly Lena, went to the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. She was born Jan. 11, 1924, in Cooks County, Mich., to the late Martin and Rose (Boehm) Smits.

On Dec. 9, 1944, Sylvia married Quentin “Squint” Christensen at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spruce. He preceded her in death on May 7, 1988.

Survivors include four children, Leroy (Jerilyn) Christensen, Maribel; Edward (Linda) Christensen, Pound; Wesley Christensen and special friend Paula Reed, Wausau; June (Ronnie) Kruse, Lena; 17 grandchildren, Michelle, Sheila, Connie, Keith, Jesse, Daniel, Katie, Kelly, Ashley, Becky, Travis, Heidi, Tyler, Nicole, Michael, Jackie, Bryan; and 19 great-grandchildren with another expected soon.

Wed
04
Sep

Lulu Knapowski

Lulu Knapowski, 91, of 15392 Island Lake Road, Mountain, formerly of Green Bay, passed away on Sept. 2, 2013.

Lulu was born Aug. 17, 1922, to the late Fred and Mary (Hegnet) Meunier.

She is survived by her son, Louis (Jean), of Suring; grandchildren, Eric (Jen), of Green Bay, Hailey (Andy), of Suring, Wyatt (Ryne), of Suring; great-grandchildren, Cooper, Gabby and Saige. She is also survived by her brother, Stanley; two sisters, Mary and Marilyn; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Lulu was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Louie, brothers and sisters, two great-grandchildren and many other family members and friends.

A memorial service will be planned at Good Shepard Mausoleum in Green Bay at a later date for both Lulu and her husband, Louie.

Gruetzmacher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Wed
04
Sep

Donald K. Peterson

Donald K. Peterson, of Napa, Calif., passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa.

He was born Sept. 28, 1921, in Oconto Falls to Frank and Margaret (Kadlec) Peterson. He graduated from Marinette High School on May 31, 1938.

He was married on Nov. 4, 1944, to Ione Mitchell in Bonduel. She preceded him in death on Sept. 18, 2005. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Napa. He was also preceded in death by his son, Stephen, on Jan. 1, 2007.

Donald is survived by his son, Thomas, and daughter-in-law, Laura, and two stepgrandchildren, Brian and Dalene Youngblood.

Donald graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1942 with a degree in organic chemistry. From there, he went to work with Shell Chemical Co. in Houston, Texas. With Shell, he worked at various locations, which included Houston (twice), New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York City and San Francisco (twice).

Wed
28
Aug

Marilyn Baldwin

Marilyn “Hazel” Baldwin, 73, of Cecil, passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the Jack and Engrid Meng Unity Hospice Residence, with her loving family at her side, after a valiant fight with leukemia.

She was born Jan. 20, 1940, in California, Pa., to the late Dallas and Gertrude Martin. Hazel was raised in Grover and graduated from Peshtigo High School in 1958. She married Macklyn Baldwin Jan. 30, 1960, in Stiles, and they celebrated 53 years of marriage this year. She lived in Oconto Falls and Stiles before moving to Cecil.

Hazel worked as an instructional aide for the Oconto Falls School District for 31 years. She loved time with her family, lunches with her friends, annual family vacations, road trips with Mack, cooking and fishing.

Wed
28
Aug

Richard G. Clayton Jr.

Richard G. Clayton Jr., 55, Suring, passed away at home on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013. Richard was born to Richard G. and Guerda A. (Husum) Clayton on Aug. 18, 1958.

Richard is survived by his daughter, Joy (John) Darrow, of Green Bay; his son, Richard G. Clayton III, of Oconto; his mother, Guerda Clayton, in Washington; six siblings and two grandchildren, Lilia and Aieden.

Richard was preceded in death by his father, Richard, and his first wife, Cynthia Clayton.

Visitation will be held at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home on Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. until the memorial service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Kevin Kuhn officiating.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com.

Wed
28
Aug

Lyle Brazeau

Lyle “Buck” Brazeau, 80, Gillett, passed away Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 20, 2013, at his residence.

Lyle was born Oct. 10, 1932, to the late Samuel and Mary (Miller) Brazeau. On Dec. 13, 1952, Buck married his first wife, Elizabeth (Davis) Brazeau. She preceded him in death on Aug. 4, 2009. On Oct. 23, 2010, Buck re-married Alberta (Ryan) Brazeau.

He was a former member of the Gillett American Legion Post 300 and the Suring Historical Society in Suring. Lyle served in the the U.S Army in Korea during the Korean conflict.

Throughout the course of Buck’s life he enjoyed many hobbies and passions, one of which was collecting antique tractors, but nothing was more important than family.

Wed
28
Aug

Ruth Mae Delzer

Ruth Mae (Brown) Delzer, 90, Abrams, passed away Aug. 21, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Green Bay. Ruth was born July 30, 1923, at Waterford to the late Walter and Elsie Brown.

Ruth graduated from Waterford High School, served in the Navy WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Service) during World War II and was stationed at Cecil Field in Jacksonville, Fla. She worked in Milwaukee at Allis Chalmers.

She married Arthur William Delzer on Aug. 19, 1950, at Wind Lake at the Norway Lutheran Church, the first Norwegian church in the United States. Ruth lived her entire married life in Abrams and worked for a time at Pulaski Shoe Factory.

Wed
28
Aug

Howard and Muriel Johnson

Howard L. Johnson, 90, was born Dec. 23, 1921, to Leonard and Mary (Krueger) Johnson and passed away May 13, 2012.

Muriel D. Johnson, 84, was born April 8, 1923, to Harold and Viola (Ballheim) Muehl and passed away Feb. 29, 2008.

They were married April 14, 1945. Originally residing in Suring, they lived in Ocala, Fla., at the time of their deaths.

They are survived by three sons, Val and Doug (Sandy), of Wiersdale, Fla., and Jeffrey (Susan), of Suring; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Howard and Muriel will be memorialized at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at the Suring United Methodist Church in Suring. They will be buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

The family asks that any memorial donations be made to the Suring United Methodist Church.

Tue
20
Aug

Alice M. Johnson

Alice M. Johnson, 90, of Green Bay, died in Chandler, Ariz., on April 26, 2013.

She was born on July 11, 1922, in the Oconto County township of Maple Valley to James and Lena Slang.

She graduated from Suring High School in 1940 and completed beauty school in Milwaukee in 1941.

On May 5, 1945, she married Lee Johnson at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Suring.

Alice, along with her husband, lived in Suring, Marinette, Oconto, Berlin and Green Bay.

Besides working as a beautician, she worked as a telephone operator for Wisconsin Telephone Company in Berlin and as a secretary for Von Haden Supply in Green Bay.

She was active in a variety of church activities and volunteered for a number of service organizations.

Tue
20
Aug

Lillian Belongia

Lillian “Lil” Belongia, 91, Lena, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. She was born on Oct. 27, 1921, to Anna and Elmer Kosnar.

Lil graduated from Lena High School in 1939. She married Ernest “Eli” Belongia on Oct. 8, 1942, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Lena. He preceded her in death on March 1, 2006.

Lil worked at the U.S. Postal Service in Lena, the Cashway Grocery Store and the bloodmobile. Together, Lil and Eli owned and operated the Belongia Hotel and Bar, Lena, until retiring in 1977.

Lil was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for many years; she also was a past member of the Altar Society. She loved watching the Brewers, and in fact, could tell you the stats for each Brewers player. Other things she enjoyed watching were the Packers; in fact, she attended the very first Super Bowl. She loved playing cards and was in a weekly card club. In years past, she also enjoyed bowling.

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