Friday, January 2, 2009

Barth, Mary A. "Sis": Pegged out...

From Green Bay Press Gazette:
Mary A. "Sis" Barth, 78, Green Bay resident, joined her father, John Lemmen, in heaven on his birthday, Sunday, December 28, 2008 at a local care facility. Mary was born September 25, 1930 at their family home on Dickenson Road in De Pere, WI to John and Clara (Streit) Lemmen.

After graduating from East De Pere High School, Mary's mother drove her to Green Bay to live with her sister Clare and she went to work for LCL Transfer. She met Earl D. Barth while he was playing in a band and they were married on May 6th, 1950 in Wrightstown. He preceded her in death on August 5, 1972. Mary sold Avon Products while pulling 3 small children in a wagon, which was instrumental in the purchase of their first home. She had saved the money under her mattress until she had the $500.00 for their down payment. She was later employed by Larson's Canning Company and Straubel Paper Company. Mary went back to school at the age of 42 and graduated with honors from NWTC at age 44. She studied Business and Real Estate. She met and became self-employed with her best friend Richard Russell, together they owned and operated a rental and real estate business. Mary has been a proud member of Saints Peter and Paul Parish for 50 years.Mary taught all her grandchildren how to play cribbage, she really enjoyed playing cards, such as Sheepshead and Bridge. She was thrilled to do anything with numbers in general. Mom always loved having card parties at her home. Mary and Richard (Dick) enjoyed spending several winter months in Arizona over the years. Mary and Dick also had a lot of fun traveling in a Motor Home with Mary's brothers and sisters and friends around the country and also enjoyed a couple of cruises. Mary passed her business knowledge to her grandchildren and we were all very proud of what she had accomplished. Mom was a wonderful role model to all of us! She loved to exercise daily on her treadmill and also enjoyed dancing. One of her favorite sayings was "sounds like a plan". She left us a legacy long to be remembered. Thank you Mom for the strength you have always shown us.

Mary is survived by 5 children, Sandy (Jim) Wesoloski, Sturgeon Bay; Douglas Barth, Green Bay; Thomas Barth, Green Bay; Mary Jo Pangrazzi, Green Bay; and former son-in-law Mark Pangrazzi, Green Bay; and David Barth, Michigan. Grandchildren, Hunter (Sara) Wesoloski; De Pere, Kayla (Joey) Wilke, Sturgeon Bay;Jordan Pangrazzi, Green Bay; Wesley Janelle, Pound.Great Grandchildren; Wyatt Leam Wilke, Sturgeon Bay; Baby Wilke due in May 2009 and Justice (Wesley's daughter in Appleton.) Mary is also survived by Richard (Dick) Russell, who has been her best friend, confidante and loving partner for over 34 years. Richard (Dick) has 4 children, Larry (Julie), Kim (Barb) Green Bay, Brenda (Jon) Marinette and Tina, Green Bay. Grandchildren, Joshua & Cheyenne, Marinette; Christopher & Kari Jo, Green Bay; Tracy, De Pere. Great Grandchildren, Zoe & McKenzie, Green Bay, and Alexis & Journey, De Pere.

Mary is also survived by 3 sisters, Dorothy Albers, Shawano, Wi and Arizona, Clare (Norbert) Petasek, De Pere; Margaret (John) Brennan Green Bay; 1 brother, Edward (Linda) Lemmen, Florida; and step-sister Marge Mommaerts, De Pere;Sisters in Law, Donna Lemmen, Green Bay; Dolores Lemmen, Green Bay and Arizona; Phyllis Barth, Denmark; Dolores Andre, Green Bay; Mardell Winiecki, Green Bay. Also, Dick's sister Kay (Jon) Van Dam, Florida. Mary is also survived by many wonderful nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by; Her father and mother John and Clara (Streit) Lemmen, her husband Earl D. Barth. Brothers, Al, Peter, and John Lemmen. Brothers in law, Carl Albers, Jerome (Pinky) Blondheim, Donald Mommaerts, Harold Barth, Roy Barth, Clarence Winiecki, Julius (Nig) Andre and Paul Ganshirt. Sister in law, Carol Barth. Earl's parents, Edward and Lena Barth and Dick's parents Lawrence (Bud) and Margaret Russell.

Our mother suffered with a rare disease diagnosed as Progressive Supra Nuclear Palsy.

A memorial fund will be established in her name.Our family would like to thank Manor Care East for the brief time our mom was a resident there. Also, Odd Fellows Nursing Home where Mom spent almost one year. Their care of her was incredible and we appreciate the staff and residents who loved her and made her feel so much at home. We would like to also extend our appreciation to Heartland Hospice for their wonderful compassion and added assistance near the end of Moms journey. She is now at peace in the loving arms of our heavenly father.

Friends may call at the Proko-Wall Funeral Home, 1630 E. Mason St., from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday and after 10 A.M. Saturday at SS. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, corner of Baird St. and University Ave., until time of mass. Parish wake service 7 P.M. Friday. Mass of Christian Burial 11 A.M. Saturday at the church with Msgr. Roy Klister officiating. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to Mary's family at www.prokowall.com.

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