THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Eleanor B. (Rettke) Farr
Issue Date: January 15, 2014
Eleanor B. Farr (Rettke), 91, a resident of The Renaissance in Marinette, passed away at Bay Area Medical Center on Tuesday, Jan. 7.
Born in Marinette on April 20, 1922, the daughter of Carl and Alma Rettke, she graduated from Marinette High School in 1940. She married Robert H. Farr in Brownwood, Tx. on Aug. 7, 1943 and they were married for 65 years. She was employed in Evanston, Ill. at Erla Radio Factory and Lords Department Store. After returning to the area, she worked at Menominee Glove Co., Boreal Mfg. Co. and Marinette Knitting Mill.
She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, and jig saw and crossword puzzles. She taught herself to play the organ. Her husband being an avid fisherman and hunter, she turned wild game and fish into delicious meals. A lifelong member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Marinette, she belonged to the Mission Sewing Group and made many lap quilts.
She is survived by a son, Dean (Joan) Farr, of Arbor Vitae; two daughters, Wendy (Steven) Hill, of Ishpeming, Mi. and Donna (Daniel) Zorn, of Menominee; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Alice Nieft and a sister-in-law, Regis Hofer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; parents, Carl and Alma Rettke; a brother, Harold Rettke and three sisters, Viola Ruechel, Lauraine Schuett and Dorothy Millard.
Family and friends called at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church from 10 a.m. until time of funeral services at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11. Rev. Jon Tesch and Rev. Frederick Mueller officiated with entombment in Forest Home Mausoleum in Marinette. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.