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.Marjorie Blahnik Bake (1925 - 2012).

Collected and contributed by:  Bill Fonferek

. March 20,  2012  .
Green Bay Press-Gazette .

 Marjorie (Blahnik) Bake, 86, Oconto, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her family on March 17, 2012. Marjorie was born on April 3, 1925, in Lena, to Clarence and Marie (Valley) Blahnik. She graduated from Lena High School in 1943. During the war she worked at a defense plant machine shop. She also worked as a clerk at Northern Paper Company, and was the bookkeeper for the family business Bake Brothers Buick, Olds and GMC dealership.

One memorable and exciting moment for her was a hole-in-one at the Oconto Golf Course on Aug. 23, 1996, where she golfed regularly with her friends in the ladies golf league. In addition to golfing, she enjoyed playing bridge, reading, gardening, solving all the puzzlers in the daily newspaper, and following the Packers, Brewers, Badgers, and Oconto Blue Devils.

Marjorie is survived by her six children, Mike (Patsy) Bake, Oconto; Jackie Bake, Oconto Falls; Christy (LeRoy) Rausch, Park Rapids, Minn.; Carol (Mark) Matenaer, West Bend; Jon (Jennifer) Bake, De Pere; Teresa (Doug) Riemer, De Pere; 11 grandchildren, Billy and Jon Bake, Lauren (Mark) Resch, Jocelyn and Stephanie Gerndt, Nathan and Megan Rausch, Kyle and Ryan Matenaer, Shelby and Erin Bake; her brother and sister-in-law, Dr. Clarence "Gus" and Marie Blahnik; sisters-in-law, Patricia Bake and Judy Hanes; and brothers-in-law, Hollis Hanes and Gerald Weigelt. Marjorie was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Bill Bake; her parents, Clarence and Marie Blahnik; her sister, Marion and brother-in-law, George Glime; her sister, Esther (Sister Angele Marie, SSND); brothers-in-law, Patrick, Douglas, Thomas and Robert Bake; sisters-in-law, Margaret Bake; and nephews, Bob Blahnik, Joe Glime and Roger Glime; great-niece, Stacey Vorpahl.

The family will receive relatives and friends at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Oconto, from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, March 23, 2012. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated noon Friday at the church with the Rev. Joel Sember officiating. Burial of Bill and Marjorie Bake will be at the Oconto Catholic Cemetery. The Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Chris Mlnarik, RN and the Unity Hospice staff for their outstanding care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Unity Hospice and Oconto County Humane Society.