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.Lawrence "Larry" P. Berton (1937 - 2012) .

Collected and contributed by:  Bill Fonferek

. February 10, 2012  .
Green Bay Press-Gazette .

Lawrence "Larry" P. Berton, 74, Cecil, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 8,
2012, in Shawano.

Larry was born on Dec. 17, 1937, to the late George and Lucille (Rusch)
Berton in Shawano. On Aug. 3, 1957, he was united in marriage to Marilyn
Kohn at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano. Larry owned and operated
Berton's Maintenance in the Fox Valley for many years. He served on the
Board of Directors for Fox Valley Technical College and was very active with
the youth baseball organizations in the Fox Valley. Larry was an avid
sportsman, hunter and fisherman. Larry joined Immanuel Lutheran Church White
Clay Lake in Cecil, serving on the Board of Trustees for many years. He took
care of the church cemetery grounds for quite a few years and helped with
the maintenance work of the church with his father-in-law, Walter Kohn.
Larry also enjoyed helping with Immanuel's Potatoe Pancake Dinner twice a
year, working in the kitchen frying potatoes. Anyone that knew Larry
remembers him always having a smile on his face and a story to tell, riding
around on his John Deere lawnmower at his home and around the neighborhood
in Cecil. He loved spending time with his kids, grandkids and
great-grandkids, fishing with them and giving them lawnmower rides.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; three sons, Mark (Stephany) Berton,
Scott Berton, Paul Berton (Wendy Remmel); three daughters, Sandy (Dan)
Dorton, Cindy Berton, Michelle Teresinski (Todd Broeske); seven
grandchildren, Jennifer (Ray) Cripe, Dr. Benjamin Dorton, Amanda Berton,
Brittany, Brandon and Bryce Teresinski, Brooke Broeske; three
great-grandchildren, Caitlin Dorton, Paige and Remi Cripe; ten brothers and
sisters, George (Carol) Berton, Joan (Jim) Oberle, Jeffrey Berton, Diane
(Bob) Bohm, Marsha (Woody) Davis, Patty (Tony) Boulanger, Peter Berton,
Wayne (Linda) Berton, Tom (Barbara) Berton, Rick Berton; numerous nieces,
nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Lucille Berton.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. at
Immanuel Lutheran Church, White Clay Lake, Cecil, with the Rev. Steven
Pockat officiating. Family and friends may call on Saturday at the church
from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established.

The family would like to extend a special thank you for all the care and
compassion provided by Dr. Fox and his staff over the years.

Zastrow Funeral Home in Cecil is assisting the family.

We were blessed to have you as a father and grandfather. You always
encouraged us to have a strong future and for us to never stop chasing our
dreams. You were there to celebrate our successes and supported us in our
challenges. The little things that were insignificant to others were most
important to you. We'll find strength in our memories of you splitting wood,
riding your John Deere lawnmower, watching you feed the birds, fixing the
kids fishing poles, and having a cocktail on the deck with family and
friends. Through all of your pain and suffering, you were always in good
spirits and remained positive. We are stronger today because you gave the
time to always show us your strength. Your positive spirit and infectious
smile will always be with us in our hearts!

Love you Dad and Grandpa, you will be missed.