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Robert J. Mortell
Robert James Mortell, 92, passed away Friday, Nov. 1.
Born Aug. 29, 1921 to John and Athlene (Meetz) Mortell, he was active in Boy Scouts, graduated from West Green Bay High School in 1941 and attended Badger Business College.
He enlisted in the Army in the early years of World War II and served as a Corporal Technician from May 1942 until October of 1945, spending two and a half years in the Aleutian Islands. After discharge, he followed his interest in photography and worked as an apprentice for four years at Schneider-Nuss Studio in Green Bay. On Aug. 3, 1946, he married Alice Landreman at St. Patrick's Church in Green Bay and they moved to Oconto Falls where they owned and operated Mortell Studio for 50 years. They then turned the ownership over to their son Mark.
He was active in St. Anthony Church, working as an usher, president of the Holy Name Society, president of the Home-School Association, Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus and as Mass funeral server. For many years he worked diligently for Right to Life and was also active in the American Legion Post 302. In 2011, he was fortunate to go on a Red, White and Blue Honor Flight to Washington DC for World War II veterans.
He is survived by his wife, Alice; two sons, Mike (Gayle) Mortell, of Carbondale, Co. and Mark Mortell, of Oconto Falls; two daughters, Susan Mortell, of San Francisco, Ca. and Marilyn (David) Shappell, of Chicago; a sister, Kathryn Zehms, of DePere; two sisters-in-law Mary Reince, of Green Bay and Leona Landreman, of Milwaukee; three grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, James in 2003; six brothers-in-law, Edward Landreman, William Zehms, Theodore Sinclair, Carlton Charles, Leo Meijer and Robert Reince and two sisters-in-law, Irene Meijer and Mildred Sinclair.
Friends called at Jones Funeral Service, Oconto Falls on Monday, Nov. 4 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visitation continued on Tuesday, Nov. 5 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Oconto Falls from 9 a.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Rev. Fr. Joel Sember officiated with burial in St. Anthony Cemetery.