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Ida M. Messenger
Ida Mae (Follett) Messenger, 93, of Lena, passed away Sunday morning, Jan. 21, 2018 with family present.
Born Jan. 23, 1924 in Oconto, to Christopher and Grace (Baldwin) Follett, she grew up there and graduated from Oconto High School in 1942. On June 24, 1944 she married Harry J. Messenger at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Oconto. They lived in Little Suamico for 29 years before moving to the Town of Morgan.
She moved to Lena in 2003 to live with family and was member of St. Casimir Catholic Church in Krakow. Known as a devoted person, she loved her family dearly and enjoyed traveling, camping, reading and all flowers.
She is survived by nine children, Sandra Fye and Michelle (Jerry) Everard, both of Green Bay, Dennis (Marianna) Messenger, Baltimore, Md., Chris Messenger, Savannah, Ga., Howard (Donna) Messenger, Oconto, Diane (Tony) Kowalkowski, Lena, Kim (David) Rutten, Appleton, Mary (Rob) Messenger-Leja, Cecil and Tammy (Tim Kozloski) Messenger, Goodman; 15 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchild; a great-great grandson; four sisters, Nathalie (John) Trepanier and Marlene Cota, both of Oconto, Audrey Smith, Oconto Falls and Joan (Terry) Amore, Green Bay and a sister-in-law, Margaret Follett, Little Suamico.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; a daughter, Cheryl; two sons, Patrick and Randy Messenger; three brothers, Wesley Sr., Richard and Harold Follett and a son-in-law, Myran Fye.
Visitation will be held at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls on Friday, Jan. 26 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a closing Prayer Service. Visitation will continue at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Krakow on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. Fr. James Esser, OFM will officiate with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Little Suamico.