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Loretta Jean Treptow
Loretta Jean (Kovar) Treptow, 75, of Menominee, Mi., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 8, following a long hospitalization. Her daughter and niece were at her side.
Born in Menominee on April 30, 1938 to the late Frank Kovar and Lydia (Christiansen) Kovar, she graduated from Menominee High School in 1956. A member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Menominee, she remained a lifelong resident and in 1960 married Jerry Steppke there. They divorced and she later married Larry Treptow of Menominee. She worked at Scott Paper Company and as a teacher's aide in the Menominee Area Public Schools, where her passion for children was well-known. She retired from the teacher's aide position after 25 years of service.
She enjoyed watching activities of her two grandchildren including baseball, music and dance. She visited often her sisters, aunts and others, playing card games for pennies, sharing stories, food, and laughter. The couple were frequent customers of twin city restaurants, often meeting friends and neighbors there. She enjoyed the casino, slot machines, bingo, and the thrill of winning. Music being a big part of her life, as a young girl, she and her sister Joyce sang duets on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour and Rubin's Stars of Tomorrow. She was a fan of the Menominee Maroons, Chicago Cubs and Bulls and the Green Bay Packers.
She is survived by her husband, Lawrence; a daughter, Brenda Steppke, of Appleton; two grandchildren; five step-children, Connie (Kip) McKenney, Bill (Cindy) Treptow, Sandy (Dale) Barber, Kathy (Mike) Utke and Judy (Gary) Sadowski; 11 step-grandchildren; 17 step-great-grandchildren and a sister, Joyce Vara, of Bartlett, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Ronald Kovar and a sister, Virginia Kopish.
Friends called at Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Visitation continued at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Menominee after 10 a.m. until time of funeral services at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 with the Rev. Lee Goodwin officiating. A memorial fund has been established in her name and any expressions of sympathy and kindness can be directed to Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home.