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Virginia L Wilson

F, b. July 14, 1934, d. September 30, 2005

Family 2: Willis Jacob Ranquette (b. August 6, 1924, d. January 8, 1990)

Biography

  • Birth: Virginia L Wilson was born on July 14, 1934 in Hamilton, Butler Co, Ohio.
  • Marriage: She and Willis Jacob Ranquette were married.
  • Death: Virginia L Wilson died on September 30, 2005, at age 71.
  • Burial: She was buried in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Mary Lee (Sister) Schommer

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Oliver John Schommer

M, b. June 19, 1913, d. July 9, 2000

Parents

Family: Irene Scheffler

Biography

  • Birth: Oliver John Schommer was born on June 19, 1913 in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on July 9, 2000, at age 87, in Fond du Lac, Fond du lac Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Oliver John Schommer Fond du Lac Age 87, died July 9, 2000 at FDL Lutheran Home where he had resided for five years. He died from complications brought on by late stages of Parkinson's disease. Oliver, best known as Ollie, was born in Menasha on June 19, 1913, to the late Lambert and Mary (Urban) Schommer. He was the older of two siblings, Harry (Dorothy) Schommer who lives in Neenah and Lorraine (Ervin) Springborn who, prior to her death, had lived in California. On September 21, 1935, Ollie married Irene Scheffler, also born in Menasha. They had two daughters, Janice (William) Gresenz who lives in Fond du Lac and Shirley Sergent who lives in New York City.

    Ollie and Irene were married just shy of 64 years Irene died September 16, 1999. Ollie's career choices always came with a passion to learn and invent and a willingness to relocate he was a self-taught man who set no limits as to his potential. The same held true with his passion for music and violin playing. Following a Western Union job, young Ollie went to work for the City of Menasha inspecting meters and learning skills as an electrician. From there, he moved to Chicago and worked at Johnson Farebox and then at Westinghouse in Gary, Indiana, during World War II. After the war, he worked as plant manager for Gerard Corporation in Chicago and thereafter, he returned to Menasha then Neenah, where he started a construction and real estate business. He built homes in the Twin Cities between 1952 and 1961. However, having a passion for the West, he then moved his family to Flagstaff, Arizona, and following that Phoenix where, upon obtaining an Associate Degree in Chemistry, he worked as a chemist and inventor for Continental Circuits Corporation. He retired with Irene in 1976 to Sun City, Arizona, and for 18 years concentrated on his golf game. Surviving Ollie are his two daughters, his brother and his three grandchildren, Douglas (Cathy) Gresenz, Laura (Dave Jensen) Gresenz and Troy (Erin Greenier) Sergent. There will be a visitation on Wednesday between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. at Zacherl Funeral Home, 875 East Division Street, Fond du Lac.

Irene Scheffler

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Family: Oliver John Schommer (b. June 19, 1913, d. July 9, 2000)

Harry L Schommer

M, b. January 16, 1915, d. January 7, 2009

Parents

Family: Dorothy Patterson (b. April 21, 1923, d. April 27, 2009)

Biography

  • Birth: Harry L Schommer was born on January 16, 1915 in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Dorothy Patterson were married on September 19, 1947.
  • Death: Harry L Schommer died on January 7, 2009, at age 93, in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: January 9, 2009

    Schommer, Harry L.
    Harry L. Schommer, age 93, passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2009, at Theda Clark Medical Center. He was born January 16, 1915, in Menasha, son of the late Lambert and Mary (Urban) Schommer. He married Dorothy Patterson on September 19, 1947. They shared 61 loving years together. Harry was employed by Kimberly-Clark Corporation for 36 years prior to his retirement in 1978. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the Army Reserve Officer's Association. Harry proudly served three years in the U.S. Army and 15 years in the Army Reserve.
    Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, of Neenah.
    He was preceded in death by a brother, Oliver, and a sister, Lorraine Springborn.
    A Memorial Service for Harry will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2009, at First Presbyterian Church, Neenah, with The Rev. Richard J. Moore officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church.
    The family would like to offer their gratitude to the staff at Valley VNA and the medical staff of Theda Clark Medical Center.
    WESTGOR
    FUNERAL HOME
    205 W. Doty Avenue
    Neenah 920-722-7151
    Online condolences:
    www.westgorfuneralhomes.com.

Dorothy Patterson

F, b. April 21, 1923, d. April 27, 2009

Family: Harry L Schommer (b. January 16, 1915, d. January 7, 2009)

Biography

  • Birth: Dorothy Patterson was born on April 21, 1923 in Indiana.
  • Marriage: She and Harry L Schommer were married on September 19, 1947.
  • Death: Dorothy Patterson died on April 27, 2009, at age 86.
  • Note: April 29, 2009


    Schommer, Dorothy E.


    Dorothy E. Schommer, Neenah, age 86, passed away unexpectedly following a brief illness on Monday, April 27, 2009. She was born April 21, 1923, in Clinton, IN, daughter of the late William Edgar and Sarah (Haire) Patterson. Dorothy married Harry Schommer on September 19, 1947, and they shared 61 loving years together until his death on January 7, 2009. Dorothy was employed with Kimberly-Clark until her retirement in 1978. She was a long-time volunteer at the Bergstrom-Mahler Museum.

    Dorothy was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Neenah.

    She is survived by a brother, Robert (Lorraine) Patterson, Menasha; and numerous nieces and nephews.

    She was preceded in death by two sisters: Margaret Moder and Norma Funk.

    A Memorial Service will be at 11 a.m., on Friday, May 1, 2009, at the First Presbyterian Church - Chapel, 200 Church St., Neenah, with the Rev. Richard J. Moore officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers a memorial is being established for First Presbyterian Church in her name.

    Dorothy went to join her husband Harry and they are now reunited in Heaven.

    The family would like to thank the staff of the Valley VNA and also the staff of the rehabilitation center of Vallhaven Care Center for all their wonderful care.

    WESTGOR

    FUNERAL HOME

    205 W. Doty Ave.

    Neenah 920-722-7151

    Online condolences:

    www.westgorfuneralhomes.com.

Lorraine Schommer

F, b. December 15, 1916, d. April 8, 1997

Parents

Family: Ervin Springborn (b. April 1, 1915, d. October 1966)

Biography

  • Birth: Lorraine Schommer was born on December 15, 1916.
  • Death: She died on April 8, 1997, at age 80.

Ervin Springborn

M, b. April 1, 1915, d. October 1966

Family: Lorraine Schommer (b. December 15, 1916, d. April 8, 1997)

Biography

  • Birth: Ervin Springborn was born on April 1, 1915.
  • Death: He died in October 1966, at age 51.

Ruth Viola Rohloff

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Ralph Glidden

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Patricia Seager

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Richard Rohloff

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Gwendowlyn Ely

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Patricia Blohm

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Parents

  • Father: Harvey Blohm (b. April 22, 1904, d. March 7, 1982)
  • Mother: Marian Veitch (b. September 28, 1908, d. January 22, 1985)

Family: John D Rohloff (b. February 27, 1930, d. November 14, 2017)

Mary Erin Schommer

F, b. July 24, 1917, d. October 5, 1998

Parents

Family: Harold Anklam (b. August 19, 1915, d. October 31, 1997)

Biography

  • Birth: Mary Erin Schommer was born on July 24, 1917.
  • Death: She died on October 5, 1998, at age 81.

Harold Anklam

M, b. August 19, 1915, d. October 31, 1997

Family: Mary Erin Schommer (b. July 24, 1917, d. October 5, 1998)

Biography

  • Birth: Harold Anklam was born on August 19, 1915.
  • Death: He died on October 31, 1997, at age 82.

Margarie Hope Schommer

F, b. May 9, 1919, d. June 2, 1997

Parents

Family: Melvin Matthew Gottfried (b. April 18, 1919, d. April 20, 1970)

Biography

  • Birth: Margarie Hope Schommer was born on May 9, 1919 in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on June 2, 1997, at age 78, in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Mary Cemetery, Menasha, Wisconsin.

Melvin Matthew Gottfried

M, b. April 18, 1919, d. April 20, 1970

Parents

Family: Margarie Hope Schommer (b. May 9, 1919, d. June 2, 1997)

Biography

  • Birth: Melvin Matthew Gottfried was born on April 18, 1919 in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on April 20, 1970, at age 51.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Mary Cemetery, Menasha, Wisconsin.

Dawn Schommer

F, b. May 7, 1928, d. April 15, 1987

Parents

Family: Robert Pawlowski (b. December 10, 1927, d. April 6, 2003)

Biography

  • Birth: Dawn Schommer was born on May 7, 1928 in Menasha, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on April 15, 1987, at age 58.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Margaret Mary Cemetery, Neenah, Wisconsin.

Robert Pawlowski

M, b. December 10, 1927, d. April 6, 2003

Family 1: Dawn Schommer (b. May 7, 1928, d. April 15, 1987)

Family 2: Rosemary Petrie

Biography

  • Birth: Robert Pawlowski was born on December 10, 1927 in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on April 6, 2003, at age 75.
  • Burial: He was buried in St Margaret Mary Cemetery, Neenah, Wisconsin.

Maureen Elizabeth Schommer

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Family: Richard J Sokel (b. July 17, 1926, d. March 16, 2015)

Richard J Sokel

M, b. July 17, 1926, d. March 16, 2015

Biography

  • Birth: Richard J Sokel was born on July 17, 1926.
  • Death: He died on March 16, 2015, at age 88.
  • Note: Richard J. Sokel, Sr., age 88, passed away on March 16, 2015.

    Born on July 17, 1926 to Joseph and Marie (Budweiser) Sokel, he was the eldest of 7 children. On August 22, 1953 he married Maureen Elizabeth Schommer and raised 5 Children. He was a proud Veteran of World War II and retired from the George Banta Co. after 36 years. He loved fishing, hunting, playing cards and was a gracious host of many parties in his back yard over the years. Later in life, he was employed by the City of Menasha as a crossing guard on the corner of Third Street and Tayco, where he worked until his illness. He truly enjoyed talking with the children he helped cross the intersection on their way to school. He is survived by his wife, Maureen "Corky", sons, Corry (Elizabeth), Richard, Jr. (Mary), Timothy (Judy) and Harry (Fiancée Annie), daughter, Barbara Fitzpatrick, along with 16 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. He is further survived by his sister, Joyce Kolasinski, brother-in-law, Donald (Alice) Schommer, sisters-in-law; Marlene, Leah and Marion, also, many nieces and nephews and special friend Ann Sokel. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers; Robert, Hillard, Joseph Jr. and John; his sister, Irene Montonati, brothers-in-law; David Kolasinski and Ralph Montonati, sisters-in-law; Susan Sokel, Erin (Harold) Anklam, Marjorie (Melvin) Gottfried, Patricia (James) Webb, Dawn (Robert) Pawlowski and a great grandson Noah Corry Sokel.

    As per our Father's wishes there will be no service!

    Please remember him in your prayers!

    The Family would like to thank the staff at St. Paul Hospice, specifically nurses; Melissa, Tabitha, Lauren and Kelly for their compassionate care. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hovcremations.com.

Ada Agnes Schommer

F, b. February 8, 1917, d. August 5, 2008

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Biography

  • Birth: Ada Agnes Schommer was born on February 8, 1917 in Duck Creek, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Joseph H Porto were married on November 24, 1938.
  • Death: Ada Agnes Schommer died on August 5, 2008, at age 91.
  • Note: August 6, 2008

    Porto, Ada A.
    Ada A. Porto, Menasha, age 91, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at Heartwood Homes. She was born February 8, 1917, in Duck Creek, daughter of the late Joseph and Vivian (Armstrong) Schommer. Ada married Joseph Porto on November 24, 1938. Ada enjoyed spending time at her Northwood's cottage, walking in the woods, picking berries, crewel and knitting. She traveled to Jackson Hole, WY and fell in love with it. Ada loved attending Packer games.
    She was a loving wife, mother and adoring grandmother and she will be sadly missed by her husband, Joseph; five children: Judith Shepherd, Marquette, MI; Thomas Porto, Arbor Vitae; James (Gayle) Porto, Racine; Mary (Marshall) Johnson, Appleton; Christopher (Jane) Porto, Sarasota, FL; fifteen grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters: Jane Krablean, Menasha; Wilda Simon, Menasha; an aunt, Lenore Armstrong, Escanaba, MI; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.
    She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Patti-Anne Marie; twin infant grandsons; and a great- granddaughter, Leah; and four brothers: Roger, Robert, Nicholas and Joseph Jr.
    A Traditional Latin Requiem Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 8, 2008, at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1782 Chapelle Rue, off of Lost Dauphin Road, West De Pere, with Fr. Hector Bolduc officiating. Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday at Menasha's Westgor Funeral Home where the Rosary will be recited of the intentions of the soul of the deceased at 7:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to St. Michaels Catholic Church.
    Many thanks to Jason and his staff at Heartwood Homes and Dorothy. Also thanks to Lisa and the ladies from Heartland Hospice, the support and help from friends, especially Wilho and Helen, and also for the love, care and support from Fr. Hector Bolduc from St. Michael's.
    WESTGOR FUNERAL HOME
    1140 Appleton Road
    Menasha 720-0314.

Joseph H Porto

M, b. January 28, 1918, d. February 15, 2014

Biography

  • Birth: Joseph H Porto was born on January 28, 1918 in Neenah, Winnebago Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: He and Ada Agnes Schommer were married on November 24, 1938.
  • Death: Joseph H Porto died on February 15, 2014, at age 96, in Ishpeming, Marquette Co, Michigan.
  • Note: Joseph H. Porto, age 96, formerly of 820 Arthur St., Menasha, WI, and 8 Scenic Hills Dr., Marquette, MI, died Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Bell Memorial Hospital in Ishpeming, MI., under the tender, considerate and compassionate care of the emergency room and acute care staff there; especially the care of Joe's personal care-giver, Lynn Larson, who gave him the most exceptional and devoted care in the last 3 ½ years of his life.

    Joe was born January 28, 1918 in Neenah, WI, son of the late George and Maria (Navara) Porto. He had two brothers: Anthony and Salvatore; three sisters: Josephine, Madaline and Johanna; who all preceded him in death.

    Joe married Ada Agnes Schommer, the love and anchor of his life, on Thanksgiving Day, November 24, 1938. Together they built their life through many struggles and hardships as well as many successes and good, treasured times. They loved travelling the U.S. and abroad. Their cottage on Big Bearskin Lake near Hazelhurst, WI, however, was their most favorite place to be. Ada died in August of 2008. They had a deep and abiding love for each other and now they can travel eternally, through eternity, together.

    Together Joe and Ada had five children: Judith Shepherd, Marquette, MI, Thomas, Oshkosh, WI, James (Gayle), Racine, WI, Mary (Marshall) Johnson, Appleton, WI, and Christopher (Jane), Sarasota, FL.

    From these five children came 19 grandchildren: Cindy Wiegand, Lusby, MD, Wendy Obroeckling, Dyersville, IA, Greggor Wiegand, Winchester, VA, Adam Shepherd, Dubuque, IA, Lesley Anne Maples, Dubuque, IA, Tracey Porto, Oshkosh, WI, Karen Van Horn, Fayetteville, AR, Keith Lee, Little Rock, AR, Daniel Kowal, Franklin, NC, Karen Zeuske, Hartland, WI, Sarah Kowal, River Falls, WI, Jessica Haven, Wauwatosa, WI, Jacquelyn Porto, Dallas, TX, Jillian Porto, Gainesville, FL, and Jamie Rae Porto, Tampa, FL. There are also 22 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter, Leigha Wiegand.

    Joe was preceded in death by three grandchildren: Pattyanne Wiegand, and twins, Wendell and Sol Shepherd; and a great-granddaughter.

    During World War II Joe was the superintendent of the Republic Steel Manufacturing Co. in Evansville, IN, where they produced the overflow of the 110 P-47D Thunderbolt Bomber. Joe traveled back and forth from Evansville to Farmington, NY, where the original plane was produced. However, Farmington could not maintain the necessary production needed and hence built the plant in Evansville to meet the necessary production.

    After the war Joe moved back to Menasha, WI, and worked for Marathon Corp. From there he made his final employment move to Miller Electric Manufacturing in Appleton, WI, where he eventually worked for 35 plus years until his retirement at age 72, as a purchasing agent.

    A traditional Latin Requiem Mass will be held on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at St. Michael's Catholic Church, 1782 Chapelle Rue, near 2700 Lost Dauphin Rd., DePere, WI with Fr. Daniel Themann SSPX officiating. Family and friends may visit at the church on Wednesday from 10:30 AM until the time of the mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Michael's Catholic Church.

    Westgor Funeral Home

    1140 Appleton Road

    Menasha 720-0314

    Online condolences:

    www.westgorfuneralhomes.com

    "Little Big Man"

    As your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and co-workers: you never denied us anything you were capable of giving to us, anything in our need and desires. You were always the first one there in our despair, guiding us through whatever pain we were in. You were our ANCHOR. Through your example we have learned to be the Anchor for others. You taught us to survive. How we will miss you and anchor and survive, till our time comes, WE WILL! We love you Joe……. Our "Little Big Man."