THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
William T. Pelnar
Issue Date: July 17, 2013
William Thomas Puck Pelnar, 80, of Menominee passed away on Monday, July 8 at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette.
Born on Dec. 28, 1932 in Menominee to the late William J. and Mildred (Grandholm) Pelnar, he graduated from Menominee High School Class of 1951. He became the first Menominee High School tennis player to win the Class B Upper Peninsula Singles championship.
He married Elizabeth Betty Axelson and together they had three children. He later married the former Gerry (Lysakowski) Williams on June 22, 1996. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War aboard the heavy cruiser USS Newport News for nearly four years. While in the Navy, he played on the ships tennis team and in 1954 won the Captain Royce P. Davis Cup. He also participated in the Battleships and Cruisers of the Atlantic Fleet Tournament, placing second in the doubles competition. During the 1960s and 70s, he won numerous Twin City Tennis Tournaments in both singles and doubles. He became a reporter and worked for the former Menominee Herald-Leader and the former Marinette Eagle-Star, retiring after 33 years in the newspaper business.
He is survived by his wife, Gerry Pelnar; two daughters, Jill (Matt) Francour of Menominee and Jann Ciochetto of Marinette; a son, Gregg Pelnar of Florida; five grandchildren; a brother, Lowell (Louise) Pelnar of Menominee and many other family members and friends.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Mildred Babe Raboin.
A memorial service will be held at Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 30 at 6 p.m. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of services. Deacon Steve Gretzinger will officiate and burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Menominee.