THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Claire David Trepanier
Claire David Trepanier,65, passed away Oct. 23 after a courageous battle with cancer and diabetes.
Born Feb. 10, 1948 in Oconto Falls to the late Clarence Comp and Carol (Portier) Trepanier, the oldest of eight children, he graduated from Oconto High School in 1966. After graduation, he joined the United States Coast Guard and served from 1967 until 1971 when he married Sue Bostedt on Oct. 16, 1971.
He was a County Board Supervisor for 23 years, Oconto City Alderman for 8 years, served on the NEWCAP Board of directors in 1987, NEWCAP chairman of the board for 12 years and owned and operated Claires Insulation for 7 years. He also operated a lawncare and snow removal business for 17 years and was caretaker of Housing Management for 9 years. He was a friend to all and found laughter to be the best medicine. After falling ill, he moved to the Veterans Home at King where he met many new friends and a very special couple, Erling and Joanne Landsverk. He was asked to serve on the Board there and had a great talent to give tours of the Veterans Home to many people and recruited many to move there with all of its fine qualities and many events for the Veterans.
He is survived by his wife, Sue of 42 years; children, Chad, Chrissy and Cory (Cassondra); two grandsons; a step-granddaughter; a great-grandson; family, Dan (Mary) Trepanier, Ar., Lou Anne (David) Roskowski, Green Bay, Mike (Cindy) Trepanier, Oconto, Cathy (Rich) Daeda, New Berlin, Ken (Dawn) Trepanier, West Salem, Pat (Julie) Trepanier, Oconto; a sister-in-law, Patty Trepanier, Oconto and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother Paul Trepanier.
The family received relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29 with prayer services at 7 p.m. with Deacon Walter Kaszynski officiating. Visitation continued Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Oconto concelebrated by Rev. Joel Sember and Rev. Michael Lightner. Burial was at Evergreen Cemetery with Military Rites by Oconto American Legion Post #74 and the US Coast Guard.