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Elaine D. LaValley    

     Elaine D. LaValley, 87,

of Peshtigo, passed away March 7, 2015 at Rennes Health Center West.  Born June 2, 1927 daughter of the late Frank and Alice (Newbury) Alswager, she married John LaValley December 2, 1950 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Peshtigo.  John preceded her in death January 9, 1989.   Elaine is survived by, a daughter-in-law, Robyn LaValley;  3 grandchildren, Amy (Jeremy) LaValley-

Slick; Matthew (Crystal) LaValley and Michael     


Esther M. Borths        


       Esther M. Borths, age

95, of Peshtigo, passed away March 19, 2015 at Rennes Health Center West.  Born September 24, 1919, daughter of the late Herman and Amelia (Berth) Leuman, she married Elmer Borths June 3, 1944 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Grover.  Elmer preceded her in death April 8, 1980.  Esther was a member of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Marinette.  She is survived by, her two children, Jerry (Mary Ann) Borths of      

Claryce M. Finger     



    Claryce M. Finger

passed away peacefully January 16, 2015.  She was born May 5, 1908 to George and Frances Borchert.  On July 25, 1931, Claryce married Lawrence C. Finger.  He preceded her in death February 25, 1992.  She was able to live in her own home and enjoyed working in her yard and garden until age 100.  Claryce volunteered at Luther Home in Marinette

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Judith D. Michalski





Judith D. Michalski, age 73, of Peshtigo, passed away at her home April 27, 2015. Born October 8, 1941 daughter of the late Matthew and Helen (Darland) Kozbiel, she married Ronald J. Michalski.  He preceded her in death in 2004.  Judith is survived by, 2 sons, Rodney (Linda) Michalski of Crivitz and Mark Michalski of Menominee;  4 daughters, Nancy (Keith) Peterson of Pound, Laura  Tenpas of Peshtigo, Teresa Michalski  (Timothy Peters Sr.) of Marinette, and Helen Michalski of Green Bay; 2 brothers, James (DeDe) Nielson of Texas and Jack Nielson of Marinette; 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Along with her parents and husband she was preceded in death by, 2 brothers, John and David and 4 sisters.   Family will receive friends on Friday, May 1st at Berth & Rosenthal Funeral Home from 10:00 am til 12:00 noon.   Private family graveside rites will be held at Riverside Cemetery in Peshtigo.  










Lawrence Colassacco




Lawrence Colassacco age 81, of Peshtigo, passed away peacefully Monday, April 20, 2015 at his home with his wife of nearly 52 years by his side. Born April 13, 1934 in Ironwood, MI. to Fiore and Anna Colassacco, he married Mary Ann Dennison June 8, 1963 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Clintonville, WI.  Larry was a graduate of Luther L. Wright High School, Ironwood, Michigan and furthered his education at Michigan Tech, General Motors Institute, he received a Bachelor of Science at UW Superior and Masters from University of Dayton.  He discovered the love of teaching first at Elcho then Port Washington, and in 1964 established his home in the Peshtigo School system.  As a math teacher, Advisor for National Honors Society, and a Senior Class Advisor, Mr. Colassacco impacted many lives and provided a foundation for all our futures, investing his time in the value of education.  This valued mentor, leader, and educator retired in 1996 from Peshtigo Schools.   Larry enjoyed many things besides teaching, like gardening, sports, and camping trips from the east to the west ends of the USA with many trips to the lakes of northern WI and the shores of Lake Superior.  Some of Larry’s favorite times with his family were at the cottage reminiscing and telling stories about times that have gone by.  The grandchildren would just sit and listen to the stories he told; the songs that were sung while going to the dump, or the stories about fishing with his dad while camping.  The grandchildren always listen because at the end the story it always ended in “you know what, you know what, I love You!”  Prior to retirement, he enjoyed the drive to Alaska and a ferry ride back with Mary.  After retiring, he traveled to Italy.  His caring and compassionate nature has effected many people and will be missed by many more.

Larry is survived by his wife, Mary; 3 daughters, Ann (Scot) Cameron and children, Amanda (Eric) and Garrett;  Tammy (Lee) Backman and children, Kaitlyn and Matthew; Kathy (Doug) Grun and children, John, Jennifer, Lexie, and James; a son, Larry (Tammy) Colassacco and children, Lance, Vincent, Ellie and Onika;  2 brothers, Robert (Kitti) Colassacco and William (Vivian) Colassacco; sisters-in-law, Florence Dennison and Hilda Dennison.  He was preceded in death by, his parents, Fiore and Anna (Consie) Colassacco; a sister, Jackie Alexandroni; nephew, William (Billy) Colassacco; brothers-in-law, Robert, John, Earl T., James Dennison and Louis Alexandroni; and a sister-in-law, Grace Dennison. 

Visitation will be held Friday, April 24, at Berth & Rosenthal Funeral Home from 4:00 to 7:00 with a prayer service at 7:00 pm.  Visitation will continue on Saturday at St. Mary Catholic Church from 9:00 am until Mass of Christian burial at 11:00 am.  with Father Robert Karuhn.  Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Peshtigo.