THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Vernon Panske, 83, of Oconto, lost a courageous seven year battle with cancer on Thursday, March 28.
Born June 11, 1929 in Marinette to the late Wilbert and Emily (Todzy) Panske, he attended schools in Porterfield and Marinette.
He served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and on Aug. 23, 1958 married Arlyss Sulk at St. Anthonys Church, Marinette. He was the owner and operated Panske Forest Products until retiring in 1994. During his retirement he enjoyed gardening and selling vegetables. He was a Boy Scout leader, Little League coach and also sponsored a Little League team for several years. A member of the AMVETS Post #63, Oconto, he served as Commander for several years. He also belonged to D.A.V. of Oconto County, the Knights of Columbus and was a member of Holy Trinity Church, Oconto.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Arlyss, seven children, Dean of Maribel, Lynne (Richard) McFadden and Todd (Michelle), both of Oconto, Kevin (special friend, Teri) of Porterfield, Gene (Julie) of Bonduel, Leon (special friend, Carrie) of Oconto Falls and Randy (Tina) of Pulaski; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; four sisters, Lorraine (Virgil) Thomson of Coleman, Jane (Ray) Walters of Green Bay and Judy (Ken) Beyer and Marlene (Larry) Roetzer, both of Marinette and a sister-in-law, Eleanor Panske of Peshtigo.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Michael; a brother, Harold and a sister, Rosann Kolberg.
Friends called at Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, Oconto from 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2 until the funeral cortege left for church for the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Oconto. Fr. Joel Sember officiated and the Shawano AMVETS Post #10 in combination with the Oconto Post #63 conducted military rites after Mass. Interment will be at a later date in Glenwood Memorial Gardens, Marinette.