THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: April 19, 2018
Joseph (Joe) Degeneffe, 77, of Green Bay, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018 surrounded by his family.
Born Nov. 5, 1940 in Oconto, to the late Joseph and Viola (Huisman) Degeneffe, he graduated from Peshtigo High School in 1959. On Oct. 21, he married the former Lynne Rosenthal and the couple celebrated 55 years together.
He worked as a Herdsman for Marinette County and then moved to Green Bay where he worked at Fort Howard Paper as a machine operator until retiring.
His life revolved around his family, he took pride in delivering his daughter, Jody in the family home and loved spending time cottaging until buying a cottage on Lake Hilbert, where he made many memories and friendships.
He enjoyed water skiing, boating, bonfires, watching the loons and hummingbirds, but especially horse racing and experienced it first hand at the Kentucky Derby.
He will be remembered for his quizzes, songs and catch phrases and be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Lynne; three children, Paul Degeneffe and Chaz (Lisa) Degeneffe, both of Green Bay and Jody (Bill) Wyckoff of South Chase; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; siblings, Rachel Kuharske, Jerry (Annette) Degeneffe and Steve (Josie) Degeneffe; two sisters-in-law, Elaine (Stan) Gotter and Marilyn Rosenthal and many nieces; nephews; cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his in-laws, Lester and Marie Rosenthal; two brothers, Roger and Jack (Sally); two sisters, Mary Ellen (Mark) Peeters and Joann (Mark) Neisen and two brothers-in-law, Dan Kuharske and Don Rosenthal.
Relatives and friends are invited at Nativity of Our Lord Church in Green Bay on Thursday, April 19 from 9 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home of Peshtigo is assisting the family with arrangements.