THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Marvin A. Mayer
Issue Date: February 6, 2020
Marvin August Mayer, 93, of Menominee, Mi., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 at Aurora Medical Center, Bay Area in Marinette.
Born Aug. 6, 1926 in Junction City, to August and Mary (Forsyth) Mayer, he graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in Stevens Point in 1943. On Aug. 25, 1951, he married the former Lauretta Laskowski in Stevens Point.
Although they had no children of their own, they were blessed to call Jorge from Brazil, Renaldo from Ecuador and Julissa and Elisa from the Dominican Republic their children as they lived with them while attending school and have returned many times to renew friendships. They have also given them 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
After his military service as an engineering cadet in the Merchant Marines and a member of the United States Air Corps with occupational duty in Japan, he enrolled at Central State College in Stevens Point, (now UWSP) in 1948 graduating in 1952. He then taught fifth grade in Menominee, where he lived since 1952. In his career, he was a teacher, elementary principal and community school director. He earned a M.A. degree at University of Michigan in 1958 and further studies at Northern Illinois University, The University of Maine and Northern Colorado University.
A charter member of the Menominee Area Kiwanis Club, American Legion, Community Action Governing Board, Policy Advisory Board for RSVP and The Michigan Association Retired School Personnel (MARSP), he also volunteered in the Menominee School System and the Menominee Historical Museum.
In 1990, he coordinated a millage campaign to support the Senior Center in Menominee, also received the Educator of the Year award in 1986 and the Elks club recognition as Volunteer of the Year.
An avid golfer and member of the North Shore golf club, he also participated in amateur baseball (Menominee River Cubs) fast and slow pitch softball, was an above average bowler and played in the Mid County Horseshoe Pitching League.
He was a loyal fan of the Menominee Maroons, Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin Badgers. He enjoyed square dancing and they were members of the NSDCA and was very proud to take part in the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. on May 14, 2014.
He is survived by his wife, Lauretta; two sons, Jorge and Renaldo; two daughters, Julissa and Elisa; 10 grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a special niece, Donna (Dennis) Shimeck; a sister-in-law, Ina and many nieces; nephews and friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert, Paul and Clarence "Casey" and a sister, Edna.
Family received friends at Bethel Lutheran Church in Menominee on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 from 1 p.m. until time of a Memorial Service at 3 p.m. Rev. Scott Ehle officiated followed by Military Honors conducted by the Military 20 Year Club. Cadieu Funeral Home of Menominee assisted the family with arrangements. A memorial fund was established to set up a scholarship in his name. Expressions of kindness can be directed to Lauretta Mayer.