THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Rosemary M. Draeger
Rosemary M. Draeger, 96, of Oconto, passed away Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017 at Care Partner CBRF in Oconto.
Born Sept. 10, 1921 in Oconto, to Oliver and Mary Louise Carriveau, she attended the rural McDowell School and then moved to Chicago where she lived with her sister and brother-in-law, Frank and Marcella Connors.
She moved to Green Bay at age 17, and worked at Dianna Manufacturing Company until 1955 when she married Melvin "Chopper" Draeger and they relocated to Oconto, where she worked at Elliot Glove Factory and Kriewaldt Glove Factory until retiring in 1974.
She enjoyed handicrafts, sewing, knitting, ceramics and jewelry. She loved Christmas and the many cookies and candies that brought joy to young and old. She displayed over 100 hand-painted houses in a Christmas village that drew many admirers. She was also known for her canning, especially jellies, jams, maple syrup and honey. She will be remembered for her big smile and wink.
She is survived by four children, Carolyn (Don) Walsh of Green Bay, Mary Lade of Oconto, Jim (Cindy) Draeger of Monona and Susan (Curt) Coker of Cleveland, Oh. and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; a son, Sigurd Charles Fornell; four sisters, Marcella Connor, Mable Carriveau, Dorothy Urbanek and Antonette Sherfius and five brothers Oliver, Walter, Alsid, Peter and Wilfred Carriveau.
The family received relatives and friends at Gallagher Funeral Home in Oconto on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral services at noon, with Rev. Craig Alwin officiating.