THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Judy (Rieter) Bartz, 74, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 11 after a short illness.
Born May 26, 1943 in Marinette, to Helen (Lieburn) DeLorme and PFC Harry E DeLorme, her father was stationed at Camp Davis, N.C. but with help of Dr. Zeratsky, he received a weekend pass and a train ticket to travel home to be with his wife and new daughter. After a four hour visit on May 27, he returned to Camp Davis and his life was taken two months later.
Between the Lieburn and DeLorme Family, she was treated as royalty. In August of 1945, her mother married Alvin Reiter and the family moved to Honolulu, where he was stationed during the war. In 1947, the family returned to Marinette.
In her youth, she was active in school and Church, cherished the friendships made and maintained them. In 1961, she graduated from Marinette High School. She became a beautician and was passionate about her craft.
In 1962, she had two children, Julie born in January and Jerry in December. They were always together, whether the children were sitting in stylist's chairs at the salon or playing in the pews in church while she prepared for playing the organ.
In November of 1972, she married Harold Derusha and began to enjoy cooking, entertaining and became known in the community for creating a gourmet meal for 20 in half a day notice. They spent 13 years together living on their boat the "Melodie III" during the summer and at the "Schooner" the rest of the year until his passing in October of 1985.
On Dec. 31, 1989, she married Roger "Wylie" Bartz at First Presbyterian Church in Menominee and her family grew, adding three boys, Greg, Andy and David. After spending a few years in San Diego, the couple returned to Marinette to be closer to family. She became involved in many charitable groups, including the BAMC Auxiliary and the Animal Shelter.
She was a devoted grandmother and spent a lot of time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The youngest grandchildren spent New Year's Eve with them each year, ringing in the New Year with all the fanfare of being at Times Square. She was a person that would not let you out of the door without a hug.
She is survived by her husband, Wylie; five children, Julie Derusha and Jerry (Terri) Derusha, both of Menominee, Greg (Missy) Bartz of Lakeland Fla., Andy (Ellen) Bartz of Cleveland Heights Oh. and David (Jennifer) Bartz of Manitowoc; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and many loving cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Harold Derusha.
Visitation was held at First United Methodist Church in Menominee on Monday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. until time of a service at noon. A memorial fund was established to benefit the Menominee Methodist Church Bell Tower Fund and the Menominee Animal Shelter. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home of Marinette assisted the family with arrangements.