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Ervin Buzz Sengstock, 92, passed away Friday, Dec. 27 in his home surrounded by his family.
Born March 1, 1921 in Marinette to Elizabeth (Miller) and Emil Sengstock, he graduated from Marinette High School in 1939. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps serving in the European Theater in World War II as a ball turret gunner on a B24 bomber. He returned to Marinette and married Marjorie Philipps on June 21, 1947. They were married 61 years until the time of her death in 2008. He began work at Scott Paper Company in 1945 and was an active member of Local 86 serving as union financial secretary for 36 years and retired in 1983.
He was politically active as a member of the Marinette School Board and a Marinette County Board Supervisor District 25 for more than 13 years. A lifelong member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, he spent 30 years on the church council, school board and engineer for the elementary school. He supported the Marinette County Elderly Services meal site in Marinette beginning in 1983 and the couple ate lunch at table four for over 30 years and also volunteered countless hours. He will be remembered for his strong work ethic, bright mind, quick wit, sense of humor and the love he had for his family. He always enjoyed a good joke and April Fool's Day prank.
He is survived by three daughters, Karen (Conrad) Sutek, of Peshtigo; Sally (Leo) Podoski, of Neenah and Kim (Todd) Zimmerman, of Naperville, Ill.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Gary; an infant daughter, Sharon; a brother-in-law, Marvin Philipps; a brother, Russell Sengstock and a sister-in-law, Mildred Sengstock.
Friends called at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home on Sunday, Dec. 29 from noon until the time of services at 2 p.m. with Pastor Jon Tesch officiating. A memorial fund has been established in his memory.
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