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Leo Frigo

DePERE, Wis. — Leo Gaetano Giocomo Frigo, 69, of DePere was born into eternal life on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, Wis.
The son of Pasquale and Camilla Frigo was the 13th child of 16 children. His childhood days were spent in Pound, Wis., and Aurora, Wis., and he was educated at Guardian Angels Boarding School in Oneida, Wis., and St. Norbert High School in DePere, graduating as salutatorian of the class of 1950.
Following high school graduation, Leo worked in his family’s business, Frigo Cheese Corp., spent 10 months as a novice at New Mellary Abbey in Dubuque, Iowa, served in the U.S. Army 92nd Searchlight Division in Korea and completed a degree in dairy science at Iowa State University in Ames.
While at Iowa State, Leo met fellow student, Fran Chapman and they were married June 21, 1958, in Belmond, Iowa. To this union five children were born, Margaret Mary (David) Longstreet of Blue Springs, Mo., Yvonne Camilla (Peter) Jahnke of Oconomowoc, Wis., Mary Beth (Neil) Ribarchek of Waukesha, Wis., Barbara Frigo (deceased) and Christopher James Jude (Lori) Frigo of DePere.
Following college graduation, Leo returned to his family’s cheese business and served in a number of capacities. His first responsibility was as manager of Carney Milk Products of Carney. In 1964, he was elected corporate treasurer of Frigo Cheese and served as director of operations for the entire company. In 1980, Leo was elected president of Frigo Cheese Corp. and he held this position until his retirement.
At the age of 52, Leo retired from cheese making and began his life as a full-time volunteer. As a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and with the cooperation of many churches of all denominations throughout the Green Bay area, Paul’s Pantry was officially opened in a corner of the former St. Vincent de Paul store on Feb. 14, 1984. This endeavor grew from a small group of dedicated volunteers distributing donated produce from area grocery stores to the large operation it is today. Leo used his own station wagon as the first vehicle to collect produce and he sometimes climbed into dumpsters to retrieve edible food until produce managers realized the seriousness of his quest. In this apostolate Leo served for the remainder of his life.
Leo’s other community involvements were as president of the Green Bay Downtown Rotary Club, as treasurer of the Green Bay Symphony, as vice president of the Green Bay Serra Club and as president of the Green Bay District Council of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
With his wife, Fran, he was also Wisconsin Section Representative for the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre, a Cup Minister at St. Norbert Abbey, a member of the Prison Ministry Group which visits the Green Bay Correctional Institution, a former lector, home school president and executive couple for Renew at St. Joseph Parish in DePere (now Our Lady of Lourdes), a strong advocate for the Pro-Life cause, and a member of the Republican party of Brown County.
He was also a member of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Abbot Pennings Council of the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars and a volunteer at the Adoration Chapel at St. Peter and Paul Church. He was knighted as a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre in 1986 and rose to the rank of Knight Grand Cross.
For his volunteer work Leo received many awards including, the 1997 Free Enterprise Award, the Paul Harris Award, Rotary Roses for the Living, the President’s Medal from St. Norbert College, the DePere Silver Knight Beret, the Wisconsin Assembly Hometown Hero Award, the Green Bay Teachers’ School Bell Award, the Green Bay Mayor’s Civic Award, the J.C. Penney Golden Rule Award and the B’nai Brith Brotherhood Award. With his wife, Fran, he shared the first Gaudium et Spes Award from the Green Bay Diocese, the William Heraly Award from United Way, the NSFRE Philanthropist Award and the Abbot Pennings Medal from St. Norbert Abbey.
He is survived by his wife, Fran; his children, Margaret, Yvonne, Mary Beth and Christopher; his eight grandchildren, Joseph, Rachel and Hannah Longstreet, Mary Frances Jahnke, Elizabeth, Stefani and Natalie Ribarchek and Noah Frigo; his brothers, Peter, Antonio, Camille, Paul and Rev. William Frigo, O.F.M. Cap.; three sisters, Sr. Marie Pasqualine Frigo, C.S.J., Therese Zappatelli and Pasqualina (John) Young, and more than 50 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Francis, Dominic and Pio; his sisters, Philomena, Christina and Mary Louise and his daughter, Barbara.
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Ryan Funeral Home, 305 N.Tenth St., DePere. The Knights of Columbus will conduct a prayer service at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Visitation will also be from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday at the gathering area of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in DePere.
Mass of Resurrection will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish.
Memorials can be made in Leo’s memory to Paul’s Pantry, St. Vincent de Paul or the Samaritan Fund at St. Vincent Hospital.

Anne Marie Dobrient

MILWAUKEE — Anne Marie (Sorenson) Dobrient, 56, of Milwaukee died Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee.
She was born Sept. 12, 1944, in Norfolk, Va., daughter of Gladys and Fred Sorenson. She attended elementary school in Iron Mountain and graduated from high school in Milwaukee.
She and her husband, Russ would have celebrated their 39th wedding anniversary in May.
Anne served the Lord through various church ministries, rescue missions and homeless shelters.
She was a very devoted and loving wife.
Anne loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She leaves her husband, Russ Dobrient of Milwaukee; two sons, Bruce Dobrient and Larry Dobrient, both of Milwaukee; a daughter, Tammy (Jake) Kainz of Racine, Wis.; her mother, Gladys Sorenson of Iron Mountain; a sister-in-law, Mary Sorenson of Iron Mountain, and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her father, Fred Sorenson, in 1971, and two brothers, Fred Sorenson, in 1998, and Jon Sorenson, in 2000.
Private services were held.

Alex Chounard

NORWAY — Alex “Bibs” Chounard, 82, of Norway died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at Miner Funeral Home in Norway. Parish prayers will be conducted at 5 p.m. and the rosary will be recited at 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Prayers will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the funeral home and the Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway. Fr. Mark McQuesten will celebrate the Mass.
Burial will follow in Norway Township Cemetery.

Elsie Menard

HILLSDALE — Elsie Menard, 93, of 32 E. Carleton Road, Hillsdale, lower Michigan, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2001, at Hillsdale Community Health Center.
She was born April 4, 1907, in Norway, daughter of the late Frederick and Margaret St. Vincent.
Elsie owned and operated Menard Furs in Escanaba and was a professional seamstress all her life.
She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Hillsdale Elks Lodge 1575.
She married Fred Menard on Nov. 5, 1924. He preceded her in death on Jan. 25, 2000.
Elsie loved dancing with her husband, Fred. 
She loved her family and her cat.
She was also preceded in death by her daughter, Marian Flynn; five brothers and a sister.
She leaves a sister, Eileen Nantell of Lynn Haven, Fla.; a son-in-law, Tony (Loretta) Flynn of Hillsdale; five grandchildren, Mike (Denise) Flynn, Pat (Mary) Flynn, and Kelly (Sue) Flynn, all of Hillsdale, Dan (Ann Henelt) Flynn of Allegan, lower Michigan, and Tony (Erica) Flynn of Montpelier, Ohio; eight great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.
Cremation has taken place and there will be a memorial service at a later date.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial contributions to the Marian Flynn Critical Care Unit or St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Arrangements are entrusted to the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.

Frances White

IRON RIVER — Frances White, 82, of 215 W. Ice Lake Road, Iron River, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at her home.
She was born Nov. 12, 1918, in Brazeau, Wis., the daughter of the late Gust and Emily (Cudnofsky) White. She grew up and attended school in the Pound, Wis., area. She moved to Iron County as a young lady, first living in Gibbs City and then Iron River. Frances worked as a bookkeeper and cook in local lumber camps and then moved to Milwaukee for a short time.
She returned to Iron River and was employed as a sales clerk and bookkeeper at the former Krom’s Department Store and at the former J.J. Newberry Store for 24 years. She owned and operated a restaurant, Fran’s Snack Shop in Caspian, for a short time and then worked at the F.W. Means Co. She also helped at the St. Vincent De Paul Store in Iron River.
In her younger years she helped with the local 4-H program. She also enjoyed the outdoors, especially gardening.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Grace Smitham; an infant sister, Laura; a very special nephew, Larry Smitham; and an infant brother.
She is survived by a son, Jerry (Sherry) White of Caspian; two grandchildren, Jamison and Melissa White; a very special niece, Ginger (Clayton) LaBine of West Bend, Wis.; a brother, Walter (Ella) White of Tipler, Wis.; and their children, Linda, Betty, Tommy, Jeanie, Mary Lou, Gary, and Kevin; and a niece, Suzanne Smitham Ginter. 
Friends may call Sunday, Feb. 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Langenberg Funeral Home - Stambaugh Chapel. Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Howard Martis, pastor of the Maple Grove Baptist Church in Tipler, will officiate. Burial will be in the Resthaven Cemetery.
The Langenberg Funeral Home - Stambaugh Chapel is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Philip Maynard

NIAGARA, Wis. — Philip W. “Sonny” Maynard, 64, of Niagara died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001, at the home of his sister, Bonnie Surprise in Kingsford, following a lengthy illness.
He was born Nov. 30, 1936, in Escanaba, son of Philip J. and Elizabeth (Rusha) Maynard.
He leaves a son, William (Gena) Maynard of Norway; two daughters, Elizabeth LeBeau of Norway and Jody (John) Anderson of Loretto; three sisters, Katie (Roy) Vogel of Milwaukee, Bonnie (Rick) Surprise of Kingsford and Marin (Bill) Bottesi of Kingsford; four brothers, Bob Maynard of Arizona, Nathan (Barb) Maynard of Iron Mountain, Tom (Judy) Maynard of Vulcan and Chuck Maynard of Arizona; eight grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and her very special friends, Cheryl Zanoni Palmcook and family of Norway and Vickie LeBeau of Norway.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Melinda Mary Maynard, and a son, Phillip (PJ) Maynard.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Grace United Methodist Church in Norway.
Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Pastor Dave Wallis will officiate. Burial will be in Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Wells.
The Skradski-Boyce Funeral Home in Escanaba is in charge of arrangements.

Emma Mikolajczyk

NORWAY — Emma M. “Tibby” Mikolajczyk, 81, of Norway died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
She was born Jan. 7, 1920, in Niagara, Wis., daughter of the late Philias and Louise (Purnelle) Menard. She graduated from Norway High School in 1938.
Emma served in the U.S. Navy WAVES during World War II.
She married Paul Mikolajczyk on Dec. 15, 1945, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway. He preceded her in death on May 28, 1953.
Emma worked for the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iron Mountain for 18 years, retiring in 1982.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway and the Daughters of Isabella.
She leaves her sons, James Mikolajczyk of Vulcan and Stephen (Sue) Mikolajczyk of Iron Mountain; her grandchildren, Christine Wessman of Newton, Kan., Shelly (Robert) Kaminski of Quinnesec, and Paul Matchett of Marquette; her great-grandchildren, Bethany, Nicole and Kimberly Wessman, Taylor Steinbrecher and Devin Kaminski; a brother, George (Mary Jean) Menard of Norway; many nieces and nephews, and her special friends, Florence Socha of Norway and Pat Alessandrini of Norway.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Paula, in 1948, and her brothers, Henry, Delma, Walter, Phil and Edward Menard.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday at Miner Funeral Home in Norway. Parish prayers will be offered at 5 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Prayers will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the funeral home and Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Norway. Fr. Mark McQuesten will celebrate the Mass.
Burial will be in Norway Township Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

Helen Jones

IRON RIVER — Helen Jones, 88, of Iron River, formerly of Hancock, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Iron River Care Center.
She was born June 2, 1912, in Oconto, Wis., daughter of the late Charles and Evelyn (Dehut) Longrie.
She moved to the Houghton-Hancock area, where she grew up, attended school and raised her family. She moved to Iron River in March of 1996 and made her residence at the Iron River Care Center.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Joseph and William Jones, and a sister, Arlene Shelley.
She leaves a daughter, Helen Karvonen of Milwaukee; three brothers, Orville Longrie of Watton, Baraga County, Charles Longrie of Sidnaw, Baraga County and Willard Longrie of Covington, Baraga County; two sisters, Marian Stebbins of Sidnaw and Patricia Townsend of Florida; four grandchildren, Gayle Leslie of Kenosha, Wis., Bonnie Kwitek, Lora Meyias and Corey Karvonen, all of Milwaukee; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation.
Graveside services will be at Resthaven Cemetery in Iron River at a later date to be announced.
The Langenberg Funeral Home-Stambaugh Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Harry LaLonde

LOMBARD, Ill. — Harry LaLonde, 75, of Lombard died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, from cancer after suffering for several months.
Late last year Harry and his spouse, Bernice, returned to the Chicago area from Arizona, where they had retired.
Harry was born in Foster City and spent the early part of his life in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. He was the son of the late Lawrence and Ellen LaLonde, who were lifetime residents of the Upper Peninsula.
His wife, Bernice, who survives him, is the daughter of the late Thomas and Esther Kenny of Hardwood.
Mr. LaLonde attended Felch High School and volunteered for the U.S. Navy in 1943, shortly after graduation, and was honorably discharged in 1946. He also attended Milwaukee Business School.
Harry and Bernice were married on Aug. 23, 1947.
He was employed by General Electric for 38 years before retiring in 1988.
In addition to his wife, he leaves two brothers, Woodrow (Melvina) LaLonde of Felch and Dale (Elaine) LaLonde of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Helen Ann Davidson of Milwaukee and Gwendolyn (Robert) Barsch of Milwaukee; a close friend, Irene Palisoc and her family of Lombard and 29 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Gertrude Anderson of Escanaba and Doraldine Anderson of Milwaukee.
He was the brother-in-law of Frances Nylund, Glady, Dennis, Bernard and Thomas Kenny.
Memorial services and interment will be held in Chapel Hill Gardens West Cemetery Mausoleum and Funeral Home in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. on March 17.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Memorial Hospice, Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, 200 Berteau Ave., Elmhurst, Ill. 60126.

Hulda Neargarth

WAUSAUKEE, Wis. — Hulda Lucille Neargarth, 84, formerly of Pembine, Wis., died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette, Wis.
Visitation will be from 9:30 p.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Faith Presbyterian Church in Crivitz, Wis.
Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Rev. Rick Marcy will officiate.
Burial will be in Pembine Cemetery.
The Morasky-Messar Funeral Home in Wausaukee is assisting the family.

Patsy Dascola
CRYSTAL FALLS — Patsy Dascola (Pasqualino Antonio D’Ascola), 98, of Iron River, formerly of Caspian and Ann Arbor, lower Michigan, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001 at Iron County General Hospital in Iron River.
He was born April 6, 1902, in Rota Greca (Greek Wheel), Provincia DiCosenza, Italy, son of the late
He came to America when he was 10-years-old and moved to the Village of Palatka, which later became Caspian. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1927.
He was an apprentice barber with his dad, and received his barbering license in 1917 when he was 15-years-old. He owned a barber shop in Caspian for many years.
He met Emma Marchetti in Iron River, and married her in her home town of Norway in 1924. They settled in Caspian where they raised a daughter, Patsy Ann (Patricia), and lived until 1952. 
At that time they moved to Ann Arbor, where he joined his brothers, Dominic and Ernest, in the Dascola Barber Business. He retired from barbering in 1986 and moved back to the Upper Peninsula with his wife. 
For many years he enjoyed bowling and was an avid golfer and a charter member of the Iron River County Club.
He enjoyed organizational work so he belonged to the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree, the Golden Kiwanis Club, the Caspian Ski Club, the Duke of Abruzzi, St. Cecelia’s Men’s Club, and the Caspian Business Men’s Association.
He is survived by his daughter, Patricia (John W.) Cederna; seven grandchildren, Dr. John P. Cederna, Marie Cederna Ellingson, Thomas Cederna, Ann Cederna Frederick, Joseph Cederna, Dr. Paul Cederna and Joan Cederna-Moss; several great-grandchildren and his good friend and companion for several years, Ruth Champion.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister, Modesta; an infant brother, Filippo; a brother, Roosevelt; a sister, Doris Jacobs; and his wife, Emma.
Visitation will be on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Cecelia Catholic Church in Caspian.
Funeral services will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the church with Rev. Fr. Otta Sartorelli offering the Mass of Christian Burial.
The Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus will form the honor guard at the funeral service.
Burial will take place in the Stambaugh Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Geno Fiorazo, Joe Fittante, Ernest Remondini, Al Rizzardi, Geno Selmo, Oliver Wester, Bob Johnson, Raymond Zwach and Howard Hawk.
The family is being served by the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home in Crystal Falls.

John Novak

IRON RIVER — John S. Novak, 72, of Iron River passed away Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at his home.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.

Frances White

STAMBAUGH — Frances White, 82, of 215 W. Ice Lake Road, Iron River, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at her home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Langenberg Funeral Home-Stambaugh Chapel.

Clarence Sweig

NIAGARA, Wis. — Clarence E. Sweig, 79, of River Street, Niagara, died early Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, at Maryhill Manor Nursing Home in Niagara.
Clarence was born May 10, 1921, in Niagara, son of the late Earl and Eva (Piche) Sweig. He grew up in Niagara and graduated from Niagara High School in 1941.
After high school he worked as a machine operator for Allis Chalmers in Milwaukee before entering the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in the Pacific from 1943 to 1945.
Clarence was employed by Niagara paper mill for 37 years, retiring in 1983.
He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara and Cretton-Tutas American Legion Post 136 in Niagara.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and his grandchildren.
Clarence married the former Maycel Wilson on Sept. 28, 1946, in Pembine, Wis. The couple had seven children.
He leaves his wife, Maycel; five children, Terry (Cheri) Sweig of Niagara, Peggy (John) Kinziger of Webster, Wis., Laurie Vassar (Rob Henkelman) of Niagara, Rick (Roxi) Sweig of Ellsworth, Wis., and Karen (Ron) Novak of Pembine; two brothers, Tom (Ginger) Sweig of Niagara and James Sweig of Chandler, Ariz.; two sisters, Henrieta (Joe) Goudeau of Niagara and LaVern Cheatham of Marseilles, Ill.; his grandchildren, Michael (Jenny) Sweig, Tammy (Bill) Tripp, David Sweig, Brian (Aundrea) and Doug (Colleen) Kinziger, Travis, Trevor and Tara Vassar, Renada Ross, Rochelle Sweig, and Ryan, Nicholas and Joshua Novak; a great-grandchild, Olivia Kinziger, and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two infant children, Robert and Mary.
Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Niagara. An American Legion memorial service will be held at 10:45 a.m. Monday at the church.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the church. Fr. Michael Betley will officiate.
The family is being served by the Jacobs Funeral Home-Niagara Chapel.

Jed Rivard

CASPIAN — Jed Rivard, 19, of 241 W. Third St., Caspian, died Sunday morning, Feb. 18, 2001, at his home.
He was born Aug. 21, 1981, in Shawano, Wis., son of Bruce and Robin (Vollmer) Rivard. He grew up in Shawano and moved to Caspian with his family. He graduated from West Iron County High School in May 2000.
While in high school, he participated in football and had been a part of the building trades program. He was currently employed at Grede Foundries in Kingsford.
He enjoyed working on cars, hunting and fishing.
Jed is survived by his father, Bruce (Loana) Rivard of Caspian; his mother, Robin Rivard of Wittenberg, Wis.; a sister, Jessi Rivard; a brother, Jason Rivard; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Langenberg Funeral Home — Iron River Chapel. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Robert Trent, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Iron River, will officiate. Burial will be in the Stambaugh Cemetery.
Honorary pallbearers will be Josh Benson, Darren Ghiotto, Jason Williams, Tom Whear, Matt Glump, Bruce Penegor and Jason and Scott Mendoza.
The Langenberg Funeral Home - Iron River Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Jeannette Walker

SEYMOUR, Wis. — Jeannette W. Walker, 82, of N327 Elm Road, Pulaksi, Wis., died early Saturday morning, Feb. 17, 2001, at the Good Sheperd Nursing Home.
She was born Sept. 13, 1918, in Florence County, daughter of the late Arthur and Jenny (Larson) Anderson.
Jeannette was a teacher in many states and prior to her retirement, she taught in Niagara, Wis.
She leaves her children, Earline “Lee” (Robert) Bock of Pulaski, Daniel (Debra) Walker of Niagara, John L. Walker of Seffner, Fla., and Jeff E. (Julie) Walker-Lefayette of Louisiana; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; a daughter, Jennie Lee Walker; a son, Michael Rueben Walker; an sister, Tillie McKerley and a brother, Steiner Anderson.
Visitation will be held Tuesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home of Seymour. Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Burial will be in the Aurora Free Church Cemetery.
Jeannette had an unique ability to make everyone around her a little bit happier, with her piano playing, story telling and Swedish proverbs and laughter.
The Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home of Seymor was in charge of arrangements.

Anne Cummings

IRON RIVER — Mrs. Anne Cummings, 84, of Iron River passed away Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at the Iron County Medical Care Facility in Crystal Falls Township.
Funeral arrangements are in charge of the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron River.

Sam Alexa

CRYSTAL FALLS — Sam Alexa, 89, of 205 Crystal Ave., Crystal Falls, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at Iron County General Hospital in Iron River.
Sam was born Sept. 7, 1911, in Crystal Falls, son of the late John and Elizabeth (Skovera) Alexa.
Sam was raised on the family farm in Crystal Falls.
He went to work for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and in April of 1942 joined the U.S. Army during World War II. Sam served in the South Pacific and received two Purple Hearts in the process before leaving the Army in December of 1945.
After the war he returned to Crystal Falls and went to work in the local mines.
He met his wife of 44 years, Mary Sartori, and they were wed on Oct. 29, 1954. She preceded him in death on Sept. 26, 1999.
After working in the mines, he went to work for M-J Electric, where he worked in construction until he retired in 1975.
He was a member of Guardian Angels Catholic Church of Crystal Falls and the Tufts-Rondin Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2891 of Crystal Falls.
Sam loved the outdoors. He loved to garden, hunt, fish and going to his camp.
He was loved by many nephews and nieces. We will miss you Uncle Sam.
He is survived by one brother, Steve Alexa of Chicago, and by many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Alexa; two sisters, Wilma Alexa and Marie Thomas, and by four brothers, John, Charles, Michael and George Alexa.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Guardian Angels Catholic Church of Crystal Falls. The East Side Veterans Council will pass in review at the church at 10:45 a.m.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Rev. Fr. Ray Zeugner will officiate.
Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Cemetery in Crystal Falls.
The family is being served by the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home of Crystal Falls.

Clarence Briggs

KINGSFORD — Clarence “Clancy” A. Briggs, 80, of 1037 Superior St., Kingsford, died today, Feb. 19, 2001, at his home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.

Agnes LaHaie

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Agnes E. LaHaie, 76, of Scottsdale died Feb. 10, 2001, after a prolonged illness.
This beautiful, elegant lady loved life, was always thoughtful of others, and created her own wonderful stories and terrible knock-knock jokes, which she generously shared with her family and friends.
She was an artist, award-winning golfer, high fashion model, and inspiration to all who knew her.
Agnes will be sorely missed by her loving husband of 57 years, Robert, formerly of Quinnesec; her two brothers, Theodore of Iron River and Michael (Sue) Youngberg of Iron Mountain; her children, Leslie Goheen, Rolland LaHaie II, and Elizabeth Jackson; her grandchildren, Stephanie Johnson of Maine, Jessica and William Machamer and Dana-Jean, Rolland and David LaHaie; her great-grandchildren, Ashley, Amanda and Katrina, who all called her GiGi; and by everyone else whose life she touched.
Agnes was greatly loved and will be greatly missed.
She has gone on to join her mother, Ethel; father, Rudolph, and daughter, Denise, who preceded her in death.
A memorial service was held Feb. 13 at Scottsdale.

Robert Mitchell

WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. — Robert E. Mitchell, 65, of 720 13th St. No., Wisconsin Rapids, died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, in Clermont, Fla.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Higgins Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids. Parish prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Peter and St. Paul Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids.
Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
The Higgins Funeral Home of Wisconsin Rapids is in charge of arrangements.

Marjorie Neuens

IRON MOUNTAIN — Marjorie E. Neuens, 86, formerly of Aurora, Wis., died early Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain.
She was born Nov. 2, 1914, in Iron Mountain, daughter of the late Joseph A. and Marie (Trepanier) Marchand. She graduated from Iron Mountain High School.
She married Henry “Toby” Neuens on Nov. 24, 1934, in Aurora. They lived in Aurora where they worked on the family farm for about 50 years.
Marjorie had resided at Maryhill Manor Nursing Home in Niagara for the past six years.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aurora, Sacred Heart Altar Society and the church card club.
Marjorie enjoyed embroidering for her family and gardening. She also made the best Christmas cookies for her family and friends.
She will be missed by all who knew her.
She leaves two sons, Richard “Larry” (Mary Lou) Neuens of Iron Mountain and John Neuens of Rhinelander, Wis.; three daughters, Pat (John) Alquist of Quinnesec, Mary Karas of Cleveland, Ohio, and Tami Kacalo of Aurora; a sister, Lorraine Ball of Cleveland; 18 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; numerous nieces and nephews; a daughter-in-law, Rosalie Neuens of Norway, and special friends, Diana Wheeler of Niagara and Paul Hambel of Aurora.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, on Jan. 31, 1995; nine brothers, Theodore, George, Ralph, Robert, Raymond, Morris and Joseph Marchand and two infant brothers, Raymond and Joseph; five sisters, Angela Atkinson, Noella and Jennie Marchand and two infant sisters; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Aurora.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. Fr. Michael Betley will officiate.
Burial will be in Aurora-Homestead Cemetery.
The family is being served by the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.

Clarence Briggs

IRON MOUNTAIN — Clarence A. “Clancy” Briggs, 80, of 1037 Superior Ave., Kingsford, died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at his home.
He was born Oct. 27, 1920, in Hannibal, Mo., son of the late John and Rose (Jeffrey) Briggs.
He married the former Lola “Dolly” Barnard on Aug. 25, 1945, at her parents’ home in Kingsford. 
They were sealed for time and eternity at Mesa Temple on May 1, 1987, in Mesa, Ariz. She preceded him in death in January 1998.
Mr. Briggs was an honorably discharged World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He served in the 5th Air Force, 405th Bomb Squadron, 38th Bomb Group, in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations. He was a tail gunner on a B-25 bomber and flew 48 combat missions. His plane was shot down in China and he was a missing in action (MIA) while walking over 200 miles to safety.
Mr. Briggs worked for Bechtel Power Co. as the chief timekeeper and record manager until his retirement in August 1986.
He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Carpenter-Clash-Johnson American Legion Post 50 of Iron Mountain, 405th Bomb Squadron 38th Bomb Group.
In his younger years, he enjoyed hunting and fishing. He built bird houses and enjoyed feeding and watching the birds.
He loved spending time with his family and was an avid storyteller who enjoyed sharing the events of his life.
He leaves two daughters, Marcey McCardell of Kingsford and Chavonne (Les) Klatt of Kingsford; three grandchildren, Tanith, Cole and Aurora Paquette; four honorary children, Timothy Jeffords of Florence, Wis., Jo Allison Scott of Niagara, Wis., Kathy Mitchell of Provo, Utah, and Barbara Argue of Stevensville, lower Michigan; an honorary grandchild, Karyn Black; two nephews, Daniel Barnard of Denmark, Wis., and Herbert Barnard Jr. of Cooperstown, Wis.; two nieces, Betty Landis of San Diego, Calif., and Jeanette Harrell of Pascagula, Miss., and a close friend, Tony Paquette.
He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Rufus, Harold, Russell and Delbert and a sister, Zelma Mote.
Friends may call from noon to 4 p.m. Friday at the Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain.
Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. President Hal Drew will officiate.
Burial will be in Homestead-Aurora Cemetery.
A memorial will be established in his memory.
The Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home in Iron Mountain is in charge of arrangements.


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