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Melvin Grant Sharpe
Melvin G. Sharpe, 90, a lifetime resident of Peshtigo, Wisconsin, died unexpectedly, late Thursday evening, at the home of his daughter and son-in-law. Mel was born August 21, 1923, at the family home in Peshtigo. He attended Peshtigo Grade School, Roosevelt School in the Town of Grover, and was a 1941 graduate of Peshtigo High School. Dad was the voice of reason and common sense. He was always fair, and looked for a compromise whenever possible. That being said, he was a man of strong conviction. He started his work career at a young age, taking his wagon into town and selling the beer his father made in an upstairs still to local establishments. He did the same with the vegetables from his mother’s garden, and would reward himself with a 5 cent twinkie. He took his responsibilities seriously, and, like mom, often worked two or three jobs to support our large family. He co-owned and operated, with his brother Bud, “Sharpe’s Bar”, in Peshtigo. He worked nights at the bar, and days supervising the Water and Sewer Department. He was later named Director of Public Works for the City of Peshtigo. He was the 5th person in the state licensed as a Certified Sewage Treatment Plant Operator. For two years he established a successful insurance sales business for Prudential, a position he held until he was named City Clerk/Treasurer for the City of Peshtigo. During his time as City Clerk he might have been overheard saying, “I’m going to the bank.” Only Shirley and Betty knew “the bank” meant the bank of a good trout fishing creek. He was especially proud of the work he did for the City of Peshtigo, and in retirement, his work as a Marinette County Supervisor. He was currently a member of and a former vice-chairman of the Highway Committee. He looked forward to and enjoyed traveling through the county to assess the county roads. He also served on the Finance, Personnel and Library committees during his tenure on the Board, and had recently filed his papers for another two-year term. Dad was a veteran of World War II (1943-1945) serving in the North African and European Campaigns (Poe Valley). He participated in the invasions of Sicily and Italy, and spoke modestly of the work he did for his country. All through his life he would tell us that he was a “certified Army Jeep driver” and could handle anything the road threw his way. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed deer hunting, bird hunting, and fishing. When he could no longer actively hunt or fish, he honed his appreciation of wildlife by observing nature from the house or car, especially on his road trips “up North”. Dad was a voracious reader, especially Westerns, and was almost never without a book. He was well known at the used book stores in the area, and they gladly put their “good” westerns aside for him. He read the Press Gazette and Eagle Herald daily, and waited in anticipation for the Peshtigo Times every Thursday. The daily crosswords and jumble kept him “mentally sharp”. It’s amazing to think he started out reading on a chalkboard and learned to use an IPad before his death. He was a natural story teller, and any conversation could bring to light a childhood memory, an event from the war years, or pranks he had gotten away with through the years. We never tired of hearing them and often told him, “That’s going in the book!” Mom and Dad loved to travel, and with Michael and Patty’s generosity traveled the world. They spent many winters in California when Michael and Patrick lived there, but he never forgot his roots. He was a lifelong Peshtigo Bulldog, Packer fan, and Brewer fan. Above all, time spent with his family was what he treasured most. Mel was a member of American Legion Carlson-Alguire-Newman Post #213 and the VFW Post #8813, both of Peshtigo; a 50 yr+ member of the Peshtigo Lions Club; Tri County Masonic Daylight Lodge #218. He was a past member of the Wisconsin City Clerk/Treasurer Association. He is survived by his children and their spouses, Jann (Chuck Rettke) Sharpe, of Oconto; Susan Sharpe , of Chippewa Falls; Patrick (Susan) Sharpe, of Burlington; Jeffrey Sharpe, of Oshkosh; Dr. Tim (Lori) Sharpe, of Holman and David (Lisa) Sharpe, of Fontana and his daughter-in-law, Patty Sharpe, of Fountain Valley, CA; 15 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; his sister, Carol Eigner, of Pewaukee; three sisters-in-law, Helen Sharpe, Oconto Falls, Dorothy Sharpe, Waterford and Marie Buckner, of Tennessee. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. Mel was preceded in death by his wife, Laureen, on March 7, 2012, his parents, his son, Michael Jon Sharpe, one sister and brother-in-law, Evelyn and Curly Buckner and two brothers, Rellis (Bud) and Robert (Sonny) Sharpe. A Funeral Service for Mel will be held at 5:30 pm Monday, March 10 at BERTH & ROSENTHAL FUNERAL HOME. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home from 2:00pm until the time of the service. Burial will take place this spring in Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Mel’s name for securing defibrillators for the community. Mel was a wonderful man and it was a blessing to have him in our lives.
Robert Arthur Foster
Robert A. Foster, 82, of Peshtigo, passed away at his home March 5, 2014. Born September 5, 1931 son to the late John M. and Esther V. (Nelson) Foster, he graduated from Peshtigo High School in 1949.
Robert served in the U.S. Army from 1952 to 1954 and received the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Service Stars, one Overseas Bar and the National Defense Service Medal. He was formerly employed at Badger Paper Mill, was a member of the Badger Retirees, the VFW and the American Legion. Robert enjoyed golfing, bowling, fishing, hunting, trips to the casino and the Packers. He is survived by, his sister, Eileen Servant of Escanaba, MI.; nephew, Rick (Karen) Servant of Escanaba and niece Dianne (Doug) Gartland of Gladstone, MI.; 5 great nieces, 1 great nephew and 2 great-great nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother John, brother-in-law, William C Servant and niece Debra Jean Servant.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, March 9th, at Berth & Rosenthal Funeral Home from 2:00 pm until time of service at 3:00 pm with Pastor David Murphy officiating. Burial will be in the spring at Gardens of Rest Cemetery in Escanaba.
Shirley Ann Treptow
Shirley Ann Treptow, 78, passed away February 28, at Bay Area Medical Center. Born August 1, 1935 in Marinette, Wi. to the late Edwin and Gladys (Steer) Behrend, she graduated from Marinette High School in 1954. Shirley was employed as a secretary at the Prescot-Sterling Co. in Menominee Michigan until her marriage to Kenneth Treptow on December 1, 1956 at which time, she farmed together with her husband for fifty years before retiring. Shirley was a poll worker for the town of Grover for many years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Coleman. Shirley enjoyed farming together with her husband Ken, especially driving tractors, cooking, baking, gardening and listening to music and dancing. She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth on September 2, 2007, her parents Edwin and Gladys Behrend and her in-laws Arthur and Minnie Treptow and sister-in-law Carolyn Treptow, brother-in-law Clarence Polzin and sister-in-law Bernita Polzin. Survived by four sons Gerald Treptow of Green Bay; Thomas Treptow of Peshtigo; Jon (Mae) Treptow of Oconto Tim (Tasha) Treptow of Bonduel;
Four Grandchildren she loved so much and enjoyed them visiting her. Noah, Nicholas, Emily, and Kenneth Treptow; two sisters Carroll (Donald) Treptow of Wrightstown, Janet (Darryl) Polzin of Green Bay
Brother-in-law Roland Treptow; Nieces and nephews- seven God children and other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held from 9am until time of service at 11am Saturday March 8, 2014 at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Coleman with the Reverend Greg Stahlecker officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home is serving the family.