Obituaries

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04
Jan

Judith Van Enkenvoort

Judith Van Enkenvoort, 72, of Gresham, died on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Born on Feb. 6, 1944, in Green Bay, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Grace (Brunner) Van Enkenvoort.

Judith was a graduate of West De Pere High School and received her associate degree in computer science. She resided in Gresham the last 17 years and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in De Pere.

She enjoyed word puzzles and watching children, including her great-nieces and great-nephews.

She is survived by her siblings, Gene (Marsha) Van Enkenvoort, Steve (Sherry) Van Enkenvoort, Robert (Paula) Van Enkenvoort, Brian (Janet) Van Enkenvoort and Terry Parafinick; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Judith was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister.

Fri
30
Dec

Alex Cox

Alex “Keketow Awaehsaeh” Cox, 24, of Keshena, unexpectedly entered the spirit world on Dec. 17, 2016. He is the son of Jana Cox and the late Edward Martin. He attended Menominee schools and graduated from Menominee Indian High School in 2008.

He was previously employed as a table games operator and very much enjoyed doing his work. He also enjoyed playing cards, being in the outdoors hunting, fishing and being by the lakes.

Alex always was there to help his family with whatever they needed. He was very proud of his Menominee culture and was known to be a proficient Menominee language speaker.

He is survived by his mother, Jana, and siblings, Arlen Cox, Sharon Martin, Elizabeth Torres, Michelle Martin, Brian Martin; numerous uncles, aunties and cousins. Also survived by special niece and nephew, Arlin Cox Jr. and Alyssa Pamonicutt. The family would also like to recognize special friend Nicole Penass.

Fri
30
Dec

Ronald C. Kosinski

Ronald C. Kosinski, 68, of the town of Washington, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, Dec. 29, 2016, at Atrium Post-Acute Care at Birch Hill following a nine-month courageous battle with colon cancer.

Ron was born on Jan. 29, 1948, in Chicago, a son of the late Florian and Irene (Geigner) Kosinski. He attended Catholic grade school and graduated from St. Rita High School in 1966. Following school, he studied electronics at the DeVry Institute. On Jan. 16, 1969, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He was a radio operator for both telephone and teletype. Following the service, he was employed as a tax analyst for the state of Illinois from 1984-1999.

On July 11, 1994, Ron was united in marriage to Candace “Candy” Hadnott in Chicago. After Ron’s retirement, the couple moved to the Shawano area.

Fri
30
Dec

Gerald F. Heling

Gerald Frank “Jerry” Heling, 85, of Shawano, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday evening, Dec. 29, 2016, with his loving family at his side.

Jerry was born on March 31, 1931, on his family farm in Shawano, to the late Robert and Maggie (Brusewitz) Heling. He attended a one-room schoolhouse in Shawano and later graduated from Shawano High School. Following school he entered the United States Army. He was with the 127th Airborne Battalion, Company A, stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

On July 11, 1953, he was united in marriage to the former Ruth Wepner at Zion Lutheran Church in Manawa. The couple lived in Shawano most of their married life. Jerry was employed at the United States post office in Shawano as a mail carrier. He retired after 25 years of service.

Fri
30
Dec

Carol J. Opperman

Carol Jean Opperman, 81, passed away peacefully on Dec. 27, 2016, at Atrium Acute Post Care Maple Lane in Shawano.

Carol was born in the town of Herman on July 19, 1935, the daughter of the late Herman and Luella (Griesbach) Beyer. On Nov. 28, 1953, she was united in marriage to Melvin C. “Breezy” Opperman at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. He preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2016.

Carol was a good and faithful member of St. Jakobi Lutheran Church in the town of Richmond. She was employed at Birch Hill Care Center for over 20 years. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, antiquing, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends.

Fri
30
Dec

Frieda M. Dowker

Frieda Marie Dowker (Sutherland), 79, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 26, 2016, at Appleton Medical Center from complications following surgery.

Frieda was the beloved wife of James Dowker Sr. and loving mother to Natalie, Julie and the late “Jimmy” James.

Frieda was born on Sept. 15, 1937, in Richmond, Michigan, to Cash and Verta Sutherland. She graduated from Gaylord High School, and married James Dowker Sr. on May 23, 1959 in Gaylord, Michigan.

Frieda was self-employed, having her own hair salon for many years on West Otsego Lake Drive in Gaylord before moving to Shawano in 1969. She was employed in housekeeping at Shawano Memorial Hospital for several years.

Fri
30
Dec

Allen E. Lamberies

Allen E. Lamberies, 80, of Black Creek, passed away on Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, at Cherry Meadows with his girls at his side.

Al was born in Gresham, the son of Cubby Lamberies and Leona (Lawrence) Russell. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years. Al was a member of the Lucky Wheels Motorcycle Club and enjoyed racing bikes in his younger days. Hunting was a huge part of his life. He hunted everything, from fox, raccoon and, of course, his bucks.

Al enjoyed painting his bikes and had been known to paint them more than once until they were just right. Buying his “farm” in Black Creek gave him a lot of joy. He loved that land!

Al did body work for Sturm Auto Body, was a self-employed semi driver and retired from the Operating Engineers Local 139. After his retirement, he enjoyed spending time in warmer weather and traveled to Florida and Texas each winter.

Fri
30
Dec

Naeciwat R.H. LaTender

Spc. Naeciwat Robert Henry LaTender, 21, of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, formerly of Neopit, passed away on Dec. 22, 2016, in North Carolina.

Naeciwat was born on Nov. 19, 1995, in Green Bay to Lowell “Stan” LaTender and Wendy (Defferding) LaTender. He graduated in 2014 from Menominee Indian High School, where he was active in golf, football and wrestling. Following high school, Naeciwat enlisted in the United States Army. He enjoyed hunting, trout fishing, ice fishing and golf.

Naeciwat is survived by his mother, Wendy LaTender, of Shawano; his father, Stan LaTender, of Neopit; his siblings, Dorian (Robert Lyons) LaTender, of Keshena, Marissa (James Swenson) Perrote, of Wausau, Naneque E.J. LaTender, of Shawano, Weskenohseah Francesca Ann LaTender, of Shawano; grandparents, Dennis Defferding and Joette Wheeler; great-grandmother, Dorothy Defferding; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Fri
30
Dec

Judith A. King

Judith A. King, 67, of Shawano, went home to heaven on Monday morning, Dec. 26, 2016, at ThedaCare Medical Center-Appleton.

Judy was born on Aug. 31, 1949, in Clintonville, a daughter of the late Basil and Florence (Carpenter) Wilber. She attended Shawano schools, graduating from Shawano High School in 1967. Following school she was employed as a cook at Lee’s Diner and the Homestead Café in Shawano.

Judy was involved in a serious car accident in 1980, leaving her a quadriplegic for the rest of her life. She always said the accident was her blessing from God, allowing her to be a stay-at-home mom and raise her children. She was a member of Shepherd’s Chapel Church. She enjoyed cooking, singing, playing cards (especially sheepshead) and cribbage. Her children and grandchildren were her priority.

Fri
30
Dec

Joanne M. Morrin

Joanne M. Morrin, 83, of Shawano, was welcomed home into the awaiting arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ, on Dec. 29, 2016, surrounded by her daughters and sister after a very courageous battle with dementia. She was born on Aug. 26, 1933, in Shawano to the late Ruebin and Lucille (Schmeisser) Umland.

Joanne attended St. James Lutheran Grade School and was a proud member of the Shawano High School graduating Class of 1951. After high school, Joanne attended the Electronic Radio and Television Institute in Omaha, Nebraska, where she graduated with a certification in airline personnel training. She was later employed at the Marathon Corporation in Menasha, where she worked until marrying her husband, Michael Morrin, in Menominee, Michigan, on March 22, 1958. After her daughters were grown, she returned to work as an administrative assistant at AMPI-Foremost Farms, both in Shawano and Appleton, for 22 years.

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