THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Eunice Leneau, 100, of Oconto, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 9.
Born Feb. 6, 1913 to the late William and Lucy (Sullivan) Phillips, she married Wilfred Leneau May 6, 1939 at St. Peters Catholic Rectory and they were married for almost 37 years when he died in 1976. She was the valedictorian of Oconto High School Class of 1930.
She worked at the Oconto County Reporter and in the office at Green Bay Manufacturing before starting Leneaus Corner Grocery Store which the couple and her sister operated for almost 30 years. She was also the bookkeeper for her husbands business, Bills Print Shop. From 1966 until her retirement in 1978, she also worked for the Oconto County Highway Department.
A member of St. Marks Episcopal Church in Oconto until the church closed in 1997, she was the organist for 68 years and served as church treasurer for many years. She then joined St. Pauls Episcopal Church in Marinette in 1997. She was a member of the Oconto Memorial Hospital Auxiliary and Oconto Historical Society for many years. In her retirement she enjoyed playing cards, weekly Golden Ager card games at city hall, watching Packer football games and visiting friends. For her 100th birthday, she received a Proclamation from Mayor Victoria Bostedt celebrating her special day.
She is survived by four sons, Larry Leneau of Peshtigo, James (Pamela) Leneau and Dan Leneau of Oconto, and Todd Leneau of Rockledge, Fla.; a niece, Emmy Lou (Richard) Lorenz of Auburn, Wash.; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Marjorie Phillips; a brother, Eugene (Bob) Phillips and a brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund (Elaine) Phillips.
Friends and family called at St. Pauls Episcopal Church, Marinette, from 9:30 a.m. until time of Requiem Eucharist at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 14. Rev. William L. Bippus officiated with burial in the Oconto Catholic Cemetery.
Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home, Marinette assisted the family.