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
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
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
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
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
He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Francis, Dominic
and Pio; his sisters, Philomena, Christina and Mary Louise and his daughter,
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
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.
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.
HILLSDALE — Elsie Menard, 93, of 32 E. Carleton Road, Hillsdale, lower
Michigan, passed away Monday, Feb. 13, 2001, at Hillsdale Community Health
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
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
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorial
contributions to the Marian Flynn Critical Care Unit or St. Anthony Catholic
Arrangements are entrusted to the VanHorn-Eagle Funeral Home in Hillsdale.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Memorial Hospice,
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, 200 Berteau Ave., Elmhurst, Ill. 60126.
WAUSAUKEE, Wis. — Hulda Lucille Neargarth, 84, formerly of Pembine,
Wis., died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette,
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.
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,
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
The family is being served by the Jacobs-Plowe Funeral Home in Crystal
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
SEYMOUR, Wis. — Jeannette W. Walker, 82, of N327 Elm Road, Pulaksi,
Wis., died early Saturday morning, Feb. 17, 2001, at the Good Sheperd Nursing
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
The Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home of Seymor was in charge of arrangements.
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
Funeral arrangements are in charge of the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron
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
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
Sam loved the outdoors. He loved to garden, hunt, fish and going to
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
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
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.
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.
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.
IRON MOUNTAIN — Marjorie E. Neuens, 86, formerly of Aurora, Wis., died
early Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital in Iron
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
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.
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.