THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Jon "Beaver" Wangerin, 72, of Wallace, Mi., passed away Friday, Feb. 17 at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with liver disease.
Born Feb. 5, 1945 in Daggett, Mi., to the late Arthur and Katherine (Corcoran) Wangerin, he graduated from Stephenson High School in 1963. On Aug. 27, 1966, he married the former Shirley Parrett at Precious Blood Catholic Church in Stephenson, Mi. and worked as a linotype operator at the Marinette Eagle Star for 43 years.
He enjoyed horses, horseback riding, was a daredevil, an avid sports fan, loved watching the Packers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Milwaukee Brewers, but mostly the Stephenson Eagles. He loved visits to the Menominee County Journal and was known for his "A Look Back" articles.
A member of Precious Blood Catholic Church, he was a kind, helpful man and was known for his sense of humor and laughter. His family being his pride and joy, he enjoyed following his grandchildren's sporting events, but mostly time with family.
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Shirley of Wallace; three daughters, Michelle (Bill) Hower of Seymour, Lisa (Randy) Cole of Stephenson and Trudy (Jim) Berger of Menominee; seven grandchildren; a brother, Micky (Marilyn) Wangerin of Milwaukee; a sister, Judy (Richard) Baumler of Milwaukee; a sister-in-law, Diane (Gene) Wangerin of Stephenson; many nieces; nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen Ann and Candy.
Family will receive friends at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home in Stephenson on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 6 p.m. at Precious Blood Catholic Church. Fr. Michael Ocran and Deacon Tom Rivard will officiate and burial will be in Stephenson Township Cemetery. A memorial fund has been established and expressions of sympathy can be directed to Shirley Wangerin.