Obituaries

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09
Sep

Steven L. Ponfil

Steven L. Ponfil, 46, of Angelica, formerly of Neopit, passed away unexpectedly on Friday morning, Sept. 8, 2017, at his home.

Steve was born on June 8, 1971, in Shawano, the only son of Gerald Ponfil and Diana (Wescott) Corn. Steve attended tribal schools, graduating from Menominee Indian High School in 1989. Following school he worked for numerous businesses, including Aarowcast, Reinhart Foods and MTE.

On June 28, 2014, he was united in marriage to the former Shelle Kindschuh in Green Bay. Following their marriage the couple lived in Green Bay and Pulaski. Steve was currently employed at Doc’s Harley-Davidson. He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Neopit. His hobbies include carpentry, motorcycling, four-wheeling, and snowmobiling. He enjoyed working outside and was a general “Mr. Fixit.” He loved to tease and make people laugh. He was strongly devoted to his wife, Shelle, and his children.

Thu
07
Sep

John L. Martin

John L. “Dusty” Martin, 68, of Gillett, started his journey to the Spirit World early Saturday morning, Sept. 2, 2017, in Shawano.

John was born on Dec. 29, 1948, in Keshena, a son of the late Elmer Sr. and Marie (Waukechon) Martin. He attended Shawano schools, graduating from Shawano High School. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He was employed at Paper Converting in Green Bay for many years. On July 10, 1982, John was united in marriage to the former Patricia Katchenago in Keshena. Dusty eventually left the paper mill and returned to the reservation where he was employed as a police officer. He was a Golden Glove boxer for many years. He loved to fish and go to the casino.

Thu
07
Sep

Ceil G. Bordeleau

Ceil G. Bordeleau, 96, lifelong resident of Green Bay and Shawano, left this world on Friday evening, Sept. 1, 2017, to meet her Lord and Savior, husband Don, son Duke, and family and friends in heaven. Born on Aug. 29, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Leslie and Minnie Williquette.

Ceil was a graduate of West High School, Class of 1940. Soon after, she was married to Donald Bordeleau on Aug. 30, 1941, and enjoyed 62 years of marriage before his passing in 2003. Ceil was the very image of compassion and love to everyone who met her, always sharing a laugh and smile and brightening the lives of all those around her. She was an avid lover of square dancing, camping, and all forms of arts and crafts; she used her gifts to knit afghan quilts and hats for newborn children, spreading her love through the warmth of her craft. She was a Packers fan, enjoyed crosswords and Old-Fashioneds, and especially loved being surrounded by her family and grandchildren.

Thu
07
Sep

Bernadine G. Spolar

Bernadine G. Spolar, 89, of Shawano, passed away on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, in Shawano.

Born in Milwaukee on Aug. 31, 1928, Bernadine was the daughter of the late Barney and Sophie (Maciejewski) Donder.

On June 5, 1954, Bernadine was united in marriage to Anthony R. Spolar in Milwaukee. Anthony preceded her in death on May 20, 2011. The couple lived in Appleton until moving to Shawano in 1994. She enjoyed reading books and spending time with her family and friends.

Bernadine is survived by her four children, Anne Marie (Bill) Blumer, Carolyn (Jim Grabowski) Kilroy, Mike (Noreen) Spolar and Barbara Spolar; seven grandchildren, Samantha, Cody, A.J., Madelyne, Luke, Jay and Bill Jr.; her great-grandson, Sawyer; and her brother, Daniel (Violet) Donder.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony, and her parents.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Thu
07
Sep

Roger E. Folkerts

Roger Eugene Folkerts, 77, of Cecil, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in Shawano. Roger was born in Rockford, Illinois, on June 21, 1940, the son of the late Eilert and Helen (Olson) Folkerts.

Roger enlisted into the United States Air Force and worked as a cryptographer for 11 years. On Dec. 19, 1959, Roger was united in marriage to Donna Peterson in Rockford, Illinois. Donna preceded him in death on May 28, 1985. On Aug. 2, 1986, he was united in marriage to Cheryl (Vonckx) Garrity at Legend Lake. He worked at Dental Health Products of New Franken, retiring seven years ago.

Roger was a hard worker and willing to offer an opinion when needed. He enjoyed fishing, watching golf, the Packers and the Brewers, as well as family get-togethers.

Wed
06
Sep

John L. Martin

John L.”Dusty” Martin, 68, of Keshena, started his journey to the spirit world early Saturday morning, Sept. 2, 2017, in Shawano.

Service arrangements are pending and will be announced shortly.

Mickelson Funeral and Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family. www.mickesonfs.com

Wed
06
Sep

Barbara J. Pankow

Barbara Jean Pankow, 73, of Shawano, passed away on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Shawano.

Barbara was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Sept. 8, 1943, to the late Frank and Rosemary (Mahr) Finek. She was a dog lover, often taking in any strays. Barbara loved camping and being out in nature, but more than anything, she loved spending time with her family.

Barbara is survived by three sons, Mark VanAllen, Rob VanAllen and Timothy Pankow; four grandchildren, Jake VanAllen, Haylee VanAllen, Colton VanAllen and Cody Kowalski; and two sisters, Rosemary Hacker and Joellen Perry.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, at the Pankow residence at N7199 River Drive in Shawano.

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

Wed
06
Sep

Adam C. Weber

Adam Carlton “Red” Weber, 87, of Shawano, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on March 19, 1930, in Black Creek to the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Wissinger) Weber.

Adam served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. On Oct. 7, 1961, he was united in marriage to Bernice Felton. Adam and Bernice worked side by side in the local farming community. Adam’s pride and joy came from working on his farm.

Wed
06
Sep

Bruce A. Homan

Bruce Allen Homan, 85, town of Washington, was called to his heavenly home on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. He was born on Sept. 18, 1931, in Aaronsburg, Pennsylvania, to the late Roy and Marion (Winkelbech) Homan.

After high school, Bruce enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the Korean War. On June 2, 1957, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Polzin. He worked at FWD Seagrave in Clintonville for over 35 years and also farmed with his family in the town of Washington.

Bruce was an active member of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, White Clay Lake, where he faithfully participated in Bible study. He enjoyed hunting, ice fishing, woodworking and gardening. Most of all, he loved his family and spending time with them.

Wed
06
Sep

Mary A. Bontrager

Mary Arlene Bontrager peacefully passed away at her home in Bonduel on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017.

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