THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Thomas L. Fermanich
A prominent Marinette County businessman, Thomas Lowell Fermanich, 86, of Rennes-East, passed away Saturday, Aug. 2 in Peshtigo after a long battle with Dementia and Alzheimers Diseases.
Born Dec. 1, 1927 in Antigo, to Ben and Mayme Fermanich, he graduated from Antigo High School where he starred as a basketball player. He served in the post-World War II and pre-Korean War Army with the Signal Corps, also playing basketball and making the All-Pacific Basketball Stars. He met his future wife, Helen Fermanich and they married on June 13, 1953 in Antigo. They raised four children.
He worked in the oil industry starting as a dealer, opening a new location for Clark Oil & Refining and expanded through promotion in other cities. He continued his career as a Vice President, General Manager and stockholder for Campbell-Bruce Oil Company. In 1986, the couple and their son, Tim and daughter-in-law, Margie, started T & T Fermanich Oil Company, retiring from the business in 1998. He was also a trustee of Holy Family Parish in Marinette.
He is survived by children, Patrick Fermanich, Michael Fermanich, Tim (Margie) Fermanich and Jane (Rudy) Stefanski; four grandchildren; two great-grand babies on the way; sisters-in-law, Renee Wagner, Shirley (Dick) Kestly, Rita (Gordon) Bovee, Helen (Miron Uncle Buck) Fermanich and Dorothy (Bernie) Fermanich; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; parents, Ben and Mayme Fermanich; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Gordon and Minnee Bovee; step-mother, Mary; brothers, Gerald, Miron and Bernie; a sister, Marge Bonnell; sisters-in-law, Ethel Fermanich and Elaine Jackson; brothers-in-law, Gordon Bovee, Clint Bonnell and Eddie Jackson and cousins, Fritz and Jerry Fermanich.
Friends may call at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home in Marinette on Wednesday, Aug. 6 from noon until 3 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Holy Family Parish-Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Taylor St. Fr. Celestine Byekwaso will officiate with entombment in Forest Home Mausoleum. A memorial fund has been established.