Born Sept. 12, 1927 in Stephenson, Mi., to the late Samuel and Amy (Barker) Bebo, she graduated from Daggett High School in 1945. She married Russell Warren Retrum at the Methodist Church in Menominee on May 24, 1947 and the family moved to California in 1955 and returned to the area in 1963. When her daughters were in high school, she worked as a seamstress at Harmon Knitwear for five years and in the laundry at Northland Lutheran Services for nine years, retiring in 1989. Her daughters remember her as always being there for them when growing up.
She was a Girl Scout leader, Sunday School teacher and always wore a house dress. She gave of herself to others, cared for her mother-in-law and for many years her ailing husband who passed away in 1994. She moved to Northland Village where she resided for 10 years. A member of First United Methodist Church of Menominee, she enjoyed camping in Wisconsin, sewing, reading, silk ribbon embroidery, card making, crossword puzzles, word games on her ipad, and jigsaw puzzles. She lived every day to its fullest, thanking the Lord for all her blessings. She will be missed by all who knew her.
She is survived by two daughters, Karen (Rienhart) Ries, of Green Bay and Diane (Steve) Pochron, of Hobart; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and a sister, Harriet (David) Hyams, of Corte Madera, Ca.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Russell; four brothers and four sisters.
Friends called at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home in Marinette from noon until time of a Memorial Service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, with Chaplain Darrel Diers officiating. Contributions are appreciated for Unity Hospice and the NEW Zoo.