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Yvonne Duame, 76, of Stiles Junction died Wednesday morning, Jan. 9 at home, surrounded by her family following a courageous battle with cancer.
Born Aug. 1, 1936 to Raphael "Ray" and Dorothy (Bigelow) Heim in Manitowoc, she moved with her family at the age of 10 to the Oconto Falls area, where she attended St. Anthony Catholic grade school and graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1954.
Following graduation she became the receptionist and medical assistant of the new doctor in town, Dr. Clyde Siefert. She also worked as a waitress for the Alamo Club in Stiles. On Oct. 1, 1955 she married John "Jack" Duame at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Stiles. The couple owned and operated Duame Sand & Gravel for almost 50 years.
She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Stiles and also served as town clerk for a number of years. She enjoyed exercising, biking, reading, riding on the pontoon at the cabin and spending time with her grandchildren and attending their special events. She loved watching sports, especially the Green Bay Packers and tailgating at the home games. She also volunteered at the Lena Food Pantry. She enjoyed traveling with their good friends, Harold and Shirley Braspenninckx.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, John "Jack"; six children, Jody (Joe) Neta of Green Bay, Todd (Colleen) Duame of Stiles Junction, Lisa (Dan) Gagnon of Oconto Falls, Tim (Tracy) Duame of Suamico and Larry (Jane) Duame and Darla (Scott) Turk, both of Green Bay; 12 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; five step-great grandchildren; a sister, Dianne Heim of Green Bay; three brothers, Wayne (Diana) Heim and Richard "Rick" (Linda) Heim, both of Stiles and Gary (Joan) Heim of Oconto Falls; three sisters-in-law, Barbara Heim of Green Bay, Mary Rose "Posey" O'Neil of Stiles and Patricia Devereux of Stiles Junction and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Lynn Heim and her in-laws, John, sr. and Bernice Duame.
Visitation was held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13 at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls with a parish prayer service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued after 9 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls until the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. with Fr. Joel Sember and Fr. James Hablewitz concelebrating. Burial followed in St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery.
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