M, b. December 30, 1961, d. March 30, 2015
- Birth: Todd Sommers was born on December 30, 1961 in Shiocton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: He died on March 30, 2015, at age 53, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Note: Sommers, Todd J. The world will miss a generous, humble and kind person who had a zest for life and a spirited soul. Todd James Sommers, 53 years young, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 30th 2015. He was born on December 30th in 1961 to Edward and Carol Sommers. Todd lived and grew up in the Shiocton area and for the past 20 years he lived in Appleton.
Todd is survived by his significant love, Joda Joy Wunderlich. They shared a home with many fond and special memories together. His family members include his loving mother, Carol (Miller) Sommers and caring step-father, Myron Kruzicki. Todd was preceded in death by his father, Edward, and his younger brother, Ted, and his dear friend and sidekick, Adam "Ike" Eisenhauer. His remaining siblings are his sister, Cynthia Sommers Trettin, living in Hershey, PA, and his three brothers, Sam (Julie), Fred (Ranae) and Aaron (Carie) who are all living in the Appleton area. He has two step-sisters, Paula (Wayne) Guyette in Hortonville and Robin Young in Appleton and one step-brother, Todd Kruzicki in Shiocton.
Todd had numerous beloved nephews and nieces: Andrew and Tyler Trettin plus Lacey (Sommers) Schneider. The remaining nephews/nieces have the Sommers surname including Joshua, Jordan, Noah, Taylor, Wesley, Finley, Bode and Ainsley. He could usually be found at any family event surrounded by the kids, sneaking them candy and bending his fingers backwards. Additionally, Todd spent precious time with and was extremely close to his godson Brock Eisenhauer. Todd had become incredibly close to little Brock and he so loved him.
Todd graduated from Shiocton High School in 1980. He played football, basketball and baseball during those pivotal years. Todd was given the nickname PINKY in high school. To this day he is still known to many as Pinky!
After Shiocton High Todd started his post secondary education at UW Oshkosh and transferred to UW Madison where he attended for several years! His area of training and expertise was in Construction Management.
Todd started working for the family business, Sommers Construction in Shiocton during his teenage years and continued throughout his life. He loved the challenge of the construction business and the camaraderie of his employees (the men). Many a weekend you'd find Pinky working in his office, just like this past weekend watching the Badger game and working on bids.
Todd loved all sports and especially any he could place a wager on! His all time favorite teams were the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers and Milwaukee Brewers. There were many great times at those stadiums when Pinky was there celebrating and often in rare form. Todd enjoyed golfing and his annual spring golf trips south with his brothers Fred and Aaron and his godson, Tyler. He thoroughly participated in going to sporting events of his nephews and nieces even flying out to Hershey and flying to Tyler's playoff games. We all loved and enjoyed having Todd at these events!
Pinky enjoyed a good adventure and his most favorite place on Earth was Lake Lucerne in Crandon. Many wonderful family vacations have been spent around that lake and campfire. He was a master fire builder and was often found sitting around the fire and throwing on "one more log" most of the night and into the wee hours of the morning, poking the fire and even making music (forming a motley band called Big E and the Sticks)!
Todd was an avid traveler. Joda and Todd were enamored with the delights of Cabo San Lucas and Cerritos Beach - the people, scenery and their relaxed culture. If only...uno mas!
Funeral Mass for Todd will be held on Monday, April 6, 2015, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Denis Catholic Church, Shiocton. Visitation will be held at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service.
Goodbye our dear Todd (Pinky) you were more than loved and liked by all your family and friends. You are one of a kind (there will never be another Pinky) with your signature strawberry blonde hair and huge heart! Now our hearts are aching and breaking because we will miss your fun nature and pure craziness! You made us laugh and cry. Your infectious smile and beautiful spirit will be sorely missed, particularly when we are in need of a pocket knife, flashlight, hair tie or quarter stick of dynamite. Prayers for your everlasting journey to our savior. Godspeed.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established by the Sommers family and Joda.
Theodore John Sommers
M, b. July 3, 1963, d. October 26, 1985
- Birth: Theodore John Sommers was born on July 3, 1963 in New London, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: He died on October 26, 1985, at age 22, in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
Dana Joseph Grignon
M, b. December 29, 1946, d. November 6, 2015
- Birth: Dana Joseph Grignon was born on December 29, 1946 in Shawano, Shawano Co, Wisconsin.
- Marriage: He and Marilyn Soman were married on October 25, 1969 in Neopit, Menominee Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: Dana Joseph Grignon died on November 6, 2015, at age 68, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
- Note: Dana Joseph Grignon, Sr., age 68, of Neopit, WI passed away on Friday November 6, 2015 at St Mary's Hospital, Green Bay, WI after fighting a courageous battle with cancer. Dana was born on December 29, 1946 to the late Jerome and Sunday (Tourtillott) Grignon in Shawano, WI. He grew up on the Menominee Indian Reservation and attended Shawano High School.
In 1964, at the age of 17, Dana enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. During his service, he served on Presidential and other highly regarded foreign dignitary security details. Dana was stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. During his four years of service, he served two years foreign sea service with tours in Trinidad, Italy and Spain. Dana, a Vietnam Era Veteran, specialized as a rifleman sharpshooter and received the National Defense Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was honorably discharged from the United States Marine Corps in 1968.
On October 25, 1969, Dana was united in marriage to Marilyn Soman in Neopit, WI. They had three beautiful children. Dana, an energetic and charismatic man, was a loving and devoted father, husband, brother, and friend. After serving his country he went on to serve his Tribal Nation as a Police Officer with the Menominee Tribal Police Department. After his commitment to the protection of his Tribal Nation, he came to find a life-long passion for logging and truck driving, he drove for logging contractors, including his father, Jerry Grignon as well as, Vyron Dixon, Lee White, Lee Davids, and Chauncey Webster. He retired from the logging industry in the early 2000s. Dana enjoyed spending time with his children and later grandchildren teaching and guiding their life's paths. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, playing baseball and softball for the Gresham Gophers, and listening to Elvis Presley's many hits. In his free time he liked nothing more than spending time and telling stories with friends and fellow Marines. He and Marilyn loved to travel and were known to frequently travel to Memphis, TN and Florida to visit friends. Dana, a devoted Catholic, was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Neopit, WI.
Dana is survived by his children; Dana Grignon Jr., Neopit WI, Denise (Kerry) Madosh, Keshena, WI Darlene (Jim) Welk, Gresham, WI, grandchildren; Michael (Sam) of Neopit, WI, Amanda (Blaze) of Minneapolis, MN, Daniel (Natasha), Lucas, Kerry Jr., Trevor, Jerome, and Delvin all of Keshena, WI; and two great grandchildren, Daeson and Aaliyah. He is further survived by his siblings; Connie Waupoose, Neopit WI, Sharon Waupoose, Keshena, WI, Dr. Jerilyn Grignon, Neopit, WI, Robert (Arlene) Grignon, DePere, WI, Guy Grignon, Neopit, WI, Mary Grignon, Neopit, WI, Loretta McPherson, Neopit, WI and many nieces, nephews, godchildren, other relatives, friends, and his beloved dog "Sparky."
He is preceded in death by: his wife, Marilyn Grignon; a great grandson, Kerry III; his parents; siblings, Carol, Joan, James, Jerome, Michelle, Stanley, Arlene; as well as in-laws, Phillip, Irwin, Mary Pat, Sandy, and Sonny.
A funeral service for Dana will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Neopit with full Police and Military Honors. Military Rites will be conducted by The Veterans of the Menominee Nation. Visitation will be held at the Neopit Community Center beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 8, 2015, until the time of the service on Tuesday. Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family.
F, b. April 9, 1951, d. July 17, 2007
- Birth: Marilyn Soman was born on April 9, 1951.
- Marriage: She and Dana Joseph Grignon were married on October 25, 1969 in Neopit, Menominee Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: Marilyn Soman died on July 17, 2007, at age 56.
M, b. May 2, 1899, d. November 19, 1989
- Birth: Phillip Kaster was born on May 2, 1899.
- Marriage: He and Loretta Joston were married on October 8, 1929 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: Phillip Kaster died on November 19, 1989, at age 90, in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
F, b. September 8, 1908, d. June 19, 1992
- Birth: Loretta Joston was born on September 8, 1908.
- Marriage: She and Phillip Kaster were married on October 8, 1929 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: Loretta Joston died on June 19, 1992, at age 83, in Brown County, Wisconsin.
William Fredrick Kaster
M, b. April 13, 1888, d. December 1958
- Birth: William Fredrick Kaster was born on April 13, 1888.
- Death: He died in December 1958, at age 70.
- Burial: He was buried in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, De Pere, Wisconsin.
M, b. April 16, 1894, d. October 27, 1978
- Birth: Roman Kaster was born on April 16, 1894.
- Death: He died on October 27, 1978, at age 84, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
Walter Edward Kaster
M, b. January 5, 1897, d. December 30, 1957
- Birth: Walter Edward Kaster was born on January 5, 1897 in DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: He died on December 30, 1957, at age 60.
- Burial: He was buried in Allouez Catholic Cemetery, Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
M, b. August 5, 1901, d. May 28, 1963
- Birth: Joseph Kaster was born on August 5, 1901.
- Marriage: He and Agnes Bardeen VandenLangenberg were married on September 29, 1931 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: Joseph Kaster died on May 28, 1963, at age 61, in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
Wayne W Kaster
M, b. November 12, 1944, d. November 7, 2015
- Birth: Wayne W Kaster was born on November 12, 1944 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: He died on November 7, 2015, at age 70.
- Note: Wayne W. Kaster, 70, Ledgeview, passed away Saturday, November 7, 2015 at a local nursing home following a courageous battle with cancer. He was born November 12, 1944 in Green Bay, son of the late Phillip and Loretta (Josten) Kaster. Wayne graduated from East De Pere High School and served his county in the United States Marine Corps. He drove heavy equipment for the Brown County Landfill where he retired from, and later worked at Georgia Pacific doing janitorial duties.
Wayne was a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church in De Pere. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, and especially gardening.
Survivors include his daughter, Lindsay Kaster, De Pere; one brother, Jerome (Carol) Kaster, De Pere; two sisters: Agatha Albers, Green Bay, and Carol Schultz, Greenleaf; his former wife and dear friend, Elsa Kaster, Oconto Falls; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers-in-law, Bob Albers and Jim Schultz.
Family and friends may visit St. Mary Catholic Church, 4805 Sportsman Road, Ledgeview, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., where the visitation will conclude with a Parish Prayer Service. Visitation will continue on Wednesday at church from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of Mass at 11:00 a.m. Full military honors will follow the Mass. Cotter Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the Kaster family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cotterfuneralhome.com.