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Erwin Max Hellermann
Erwin Max Hellermann, died peacefully in his home on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, surrounded by his loving family. Erwin was born in Omaha, NE on March 20, 1924, to Max and Alma Hellermann (nee Jetter). He moved to Milwaukee in his teens and went off to the Merchant Marine Academy in 1943. After the war effort he settled in Marinette, Wi. and started his career with Marinette Marine Corporation, where he worked for over 40 years. At Marinette Marine he served on the board of directors and was manager of the purchasing department.
Erv married Carol Gruman on July 31, 1948 and they celebrated their 60th anniversary this summer. Erv and Carol have seven children, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Erv was always a loving and generous father and husband. His wit and sense of humor was appreciated by everyone near him right up until the end. He was an active and driving force at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church and school where he was president of the church council and instrumental in fund raising efforts. He was also involved in many community affairs and served with the Chamber of Commerce and the Police and Fire Commission.
Erv enjoyed hunting waterfowl and upland game and always had a dog at his side in the field or in the blind. He loved to golf, swim and water ski and enjoyed hosting family gatherings at the Rost Lake and then the Kelly Lake cottage. Throughout the last 35 years, Erv and Carol enjoyed their time on the beach in Marco Island, Florida. Family events always included good food and spirits, games and sing-alongs, where he was famous for his version of five golden rings in the Twelve Days of Christmas.
Erv is survived by his wife, Carol; two daughters, Susan and Dan (Murray) of Madison, Wi. and Holly and Ross (Wolfe) of Menominee, Mi.; five sons, Mark and Lisa of New York, N.Y., Kurt and Jennie of Albuquerque, N.M., Matt of Menominee, Mi., John and Connie of Portland, OR and Luke and Mary of Belleville, Wi. He is further survived by a brother, Louis and Alice Hellermann of Arizona and two sisters, Mildred Christianson and Lois Hellermann of Omaha, NE.
Visitation was held on Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Marinette (corner of Carney and Colfax) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., with funeral services at 5 p.m. A reception and meal followed.
The Hellermann family would like to thank Bay Area Medical and Rennes East for their care through this difficult time. The family is also extremely grateful to Unity Hospice for their compassionate support and guidance. A Memorial fund at Trinity Lutheran is in Erwins name. Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home, Marinette assisted the family.