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Joseph A. Lauerman
A well known Marinette resident, Joseph A. Lauerman, 77, passed away on Saturday, June 29.
Born to Joseph Albert Lauerman and Geraldine Tulley Lauerman on Nov. 6, 1935, he attended Our Lady of Lourdes school, graduating in 1953.
As his father did before him, he attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating cum laude with a business degree in 1957. Following again in father's footsteps, he was appointed student manager of the Notre Dame Football team during his senior year. Notre Dame always held a special place in his heart.
After spending some time in the Armed Forces, he began a very successful career with General Motors working in their offices in Flint, Mi., Milwaukee, Singapore, and Carmel, Ind. Upon retirement he returned to Marinette. A member of Holy Family Parish, he served on the Marinette Catholic Central Foundation. No matter where he lived, he was an active member of his community and in his parish. In 1962 he married the former Joan Wendel.
His wife, Joan survives along with their children, Lisa (Mark) Harvey of Grand Blanc, Mi., Joseph, jr. (Becky) Lauerman of Germantown, Leslie Serletic of Marinette and Wendy (Shawn) Munn of Grand Blanc, Mi. eight grandchildren; two sisters, Joan (Dick) Alfredson of Menominee and Geraldine (Mike) Seaman of Palatine, Ill.; three sisters-in-law, Mary Kay (Grant) Selsor and Jayne Drys, both of Marinette and Mary Willcox of Edina, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Dennis (Ch'ien) Wendel of Papua, New Guinea and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, John Lauerman and Tom Lauerman and a sister-in-law, Janet Lauerman.
A Funeral Mass was held on Wednesday, July 3 at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Church, Taylor Street, Marinette, with Rev. Joseph Dorner officiating. Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery. Thielen Funeral Home assisted the family. Donations are suggested in his honor to his alma mater, Catholic Central High School Foundation, 1200 Main Street, Marinette, WI 54143, 715-735-7460.