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.Ruth C. McDowell Belaire.

Collected and contributed by:  Bill Fonferek

. May 1, 2012 .
.Green Bay Press-Gazette.

Yvonne "Puts" Damp, 65, Oconto Falls, died peacefully Saturday evening, April 28, 2012 at Community Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born Nov. 1, 1946, in Oconto Falls, to Gordon and Marie (King) Heimke. Yvonne grew up in rural Oconto Falls where she attended pubic schools, graduating from high school with the class of 1964. Following graduation, she attended cosmetology school in Green Bay and worked for several years at Majestic Beauty Salon in Oconto Falls.

On March 12, 1966, she married Wayne Damp in Menominee, Mich. The couple has lived in Oconto Falls, for all of their married lives where they raised two children. Yvonne also worked in laundry services at Community Memorial Hospital for over 20 years. As a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, "Puts" will fondly be remembered for being a great cook and baker for the large dinners she'd make for her family and friends. She was also a good listener and friend to many.

Survivors are her husband of 46 years, Wayne Damp, Oconto Falls; their two children, Wendy (special friend, Sean Houska) Damp, Scott (Kate) Damp, all of Oconto Falls; four grandchildren, Jacob (fiancee, Angel Picard) and Mariah (fiance ,Marc Monfort) Oestreich, Scott W. Jr. and Max Damp; one great-grandson, Trent Jacob Oestreich; four brothers, Ron (Mary) Heimke, Abrams; Gary (Glori) Heimke, Todd "Doc" (Sandra) and Roger "Eb" (Terri) Heimke, all of Oconto Falls; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and in-laws, Jim and Lorraine Damp. - See more at:
                (1919 - 2012)

Ruth C. Belaire, 93, Green Bay, died Sunday, April 29, 2012, at a local
hospital with her family by her side. She was born April 19, 1919, in Little
River, to Grant David and Ida (Nor) McDowell. Ruth graduated from Oconto
High School in 1936. She moved to Green Bay in 1937, and later went to
beauty school. On Oct. 18, 1940, Ruth married George Belaire and they had
been married for 71 years. Ruth was an avid Packers fan. She was a wonderful
woman and had a great sense of humor. Ruth loved spending time with her
family, and was devoted to her religion.

Survivors include her husband, George; her children, Thomas (Ruth) Belaire,
Mary (Thomas) Brisson, John (Angela) Belaire, Janet Moore (special friend,
James Kissel); many relatives and friends.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Helen Hermsen; her
brothers, Jim McDowell, Pete McDowell; a sister, Clarice Cox; and a
son-in-law, Donald Moore.

Friends may call in the chapel at Fort Howard Memorial Park, 1350 N.
Military Ave., from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday. A Memorial Service will be held at
11 a.m. Friday in the chapel with the Rev. William Ochs officiating. Blaney
Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go

The family would like to extend a thank you to the staff of St. Mary's