John J. MokerIssue Date: December 6, 2018
John J. Moker, 91, of Wallace, Mi., passed away Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette, surrounded by family.
Born May 7, 1927 in Menominee County, Mi., to John and Josephine (Frank) Moker, he grew up in Carbondale, Mi. near Wallace on a farm with his parents and nine older siblings. As a young man he started his own business, Moker's Livestock and recently reminisced how much he loved the 55 years of buying and selling livestock and visiting with local farmers.
He married Lorraine Bramschreiber on March 2, 1946, in Menominee and they enjoyed 47 years together until her passing in 1993. They raised four children, Jerome, Julie, John and Laurie and he was committed to teaching his children Christian values and a strong work ethic. He had a loving nature and fun-loving spirit that he instilled in his family.
They loved gardening, playing cards, polka music and dancing at the local dance halls. Dick Rogers Polka Band played at their 25th Anniversary celebration. He treasured time at hunting camp with his buddies where they hunted, played cards and told stories. He enjoyed fishing trips to Canada with family and friends, was a long-time supporter of the UP State Fair livestock auction, coached Little League Baseball and gave hay rides to family and friends.
He loved decorating his yard for Christmas and Easter and tried to never miss a Packer game, but mostly loved being with family. He shared later years with a special friend, Beverly Nerat and the family is grateful for her loving and caring.
An active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Menominee for over 70 years, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by two sons, Jerome (Vickie) of Wallace and John (Lisa) Moker of Green Bay; two daughters, Julie Moker of Escanaba and Laurie (Jerry) Plansky of Marinette; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Josephine Massey of Menominee and Katie Beyer of Marinette and many nieces; nephews and cousins.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Steve and Charlie and five sisters, Mary Spitzer, Anna Biehl, Helen Labs, Betty Grandaw, and Margie Lutri.
Visitation was held Sunday, Dec. 2 at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home in Stephenson from 4 p.m. until time of Prayer at 6 p.m., with Pastor Paul Cole. Visitation continued on Monday, Dec. 3 at Christ Lutheran Church in Menominee from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. Pastor Cole officiated with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Menominee.
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