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Roland D. Baumgarten

A well-known Marinette resident, Roland David Baumgarten, 78, passed away May 12th. He was born on Sept. 5th, 1935 to Elsie and Herman Baumgarten and was a 1954 graduate of Marinette High School. He loved football and basketball and attended Valparaiso University on a football scholarship until 1956.

Upon returning to the Marinette area, he started a 39 year career with Scott Paper Company. He had a strong work ethic and believed in actively supporting the growth of his community. This passion resulted in 30 years of service on the Marinette County Board. During those years of service, committees he was on were Highway Committee, Hospital Committee and Airport Committee and was chairman of all.  

Many people knew him from his 15 years at Lauermans Department Store and spent free time fitting and hanging drapery in Marinette County. His children have many memories of laying on carpet rolls on the 3rd floor while waiting for him to finish up for the day. He also had a passion for singing, and in early years, sang in the local MARIMEN Barbershop Chorus. All of his children were taught at a very early age to sing harmony with such songs as On Top of Old Smokey, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, and many other Barbershop favorites. He also participated most of his adult life in the Zion Lutheran Church Choir. He also coached his son in Little League Baseball. 

After retiring in 1994, he and his wife spent their winters in Naples, FL.  They both enjoyed traveling and visiting their children and grandchildren. He was a good provider, ensuring that his children had the greatest opportunities. He was strong in his faith, leaving his family a strong belief in Christ.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Rogge) Baumgarten; daughter, Marcia Jendersee (Steve), son, Michael Baumgarten (Robin), and youngest daughter, Mardee Ann Thomas (Mark); and five grandchildren.

Friends may call at Zion Lutheran Church in Marinette on Friday, May 16, from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 12:30 p.m. in the church with the Rev. Keith Kolstad officiating. Interment will be in Peshtigo Riverside Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested for the American Cancer Society or the Oncology Fund at Bay Area Medical Center.

Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home is assisting the family.


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