THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Richard A. Meneau
Issue Date: January 23, 2019
Richard A. "Dick" Meneau, age 81, of Fence, passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 at Maplewood Villa in Armstrong Creek.
Born Dec. 29, 1937 in Two Rivers, to the late Arnold and Pearl (Rhode) Meneau, he was raised in Two Rivers and graduated from St. Nazianz Seminary in St. Nazianz in 1956. In 1960 he earned a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Thomas University in St. Paul, Mn. In 1964 he earned a Masters of Divinity and was ordained a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Green Bay.
He served 11 yrs in the active ministry in various Northeast Wisconsin parishes, including St. Patrick's in Green Bay and Lourde's Academy in Oshkosh with a focus on religious education. He continued his education while serving as a priest, earning a Masters in Religious Ed from the University of Seattle in 1972 and an M.S. Ed from UW-Oshkosh in 1975 when he left the active ministry and entered public education.
He became a K-12 Guidance Counselor in the Cambria-Friesland School District in 1976 and in 1979 he was certified from UW-Madison as a K-12 principal and district administrator and added the titles of 6-12 principal and athletic director. He married Mary "Peg" Winkel in Green Bay on Jan. 15, 1977 and in 1980 accepted a position in the Prentice School District where he served as High School principal and athletic director for 26 years. In 2006 they retired to their cottage on Lake Hilbert in Fence.
He enjoyed waterskiing, scuba diving, judo, golf, fishing, gardening, playing piano, guitar and accordion, and coaching his sons' basketball, tee ball, and little league baseball teams.
A lifelong Chicago Cubs and Packers fan, he attended the famous Ice Bowl. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, work ethic, leadership and remaining true to his convictions.
He is survived by his wife, Peg of Fence; four sons, Aaron, Green Bay, Matthew (fiancé Brittany), Blaine, Mn., Phillip (Ashley), Portland, Or. and Mark (Megan), Hartford; four grandchildren and many nieces; nephews and other relatives.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four siblings, LeRoy, Donald, Clarence and Arlene.
A gathering to celebrate his life will be held in Summer with a date to be announced. Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee is assisting the family with arrangements.