.Ruth H. Firgens Johnson.


Collected and contributed by:  Bill Fonferek

. July 9, 2013  .
.Green Bay Press-Gazette. 

Matie Belle Crawford, 94, of Town of Little River, passed away Friday, July 5, 2013 at Sharpe Care LTD, Oconto Falls. Matie was born March 2, 1919 in DePere to the late Patrick and Mary (Davis) FitzGerald.

She married Kenneth Crawford Sr. on May 25, 1945. Matie owned and operated Evergreen Farms with her husband Kenneth for over 50 years. Matie served her church as treasurer for over 40 years and was a long time Children's Sabbath School teacher. She was a foster parent for four children over the years. Matie was a member of Christ's Community Church of Seventh Day-Adventist, Lena.

Matie is survived by her husband Kenneth Crawford Sr., Little River; daughter, Vickie Guyette, Oconto; son, Ken (Jewell) Crawford Jr., Brookville, OH; sister-in-law, Florence FitzGerald, Chicago, IL; six grandchildren: Kelly (Jerry) Hill, Dr. Kerry (Lourdes) Crawford, Jessica Marshall, Jacob Marshall, Steven Aubry, Dan Aubry; seven great-grandchildren: Cameron, Celeste, Sienna, Soleil, Summer, Kayleigh and Sophia.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Stephen and Raymond FitzGerald, two sisters, Jane Mucerino, Hazel Herwick and a great-grandson Jonathon Marshall.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Christ's Community Church of Seventh-Day Adventist, 538 Harley St., Lena from 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Funeral services will be conducted 4 p.m. Tuesday at the church with Pastor Rick Binford officiating.

The Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gallagherfuneralhome.net.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Christ's Community Church of Seventh-Day Adventist building fund.



Published in Oconto County Reporter on July 17, 2013
Funeral Home
Gallagher Funeral Home
217 Congress St Oconto, WI 54153
920-834-3000
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Matie Belle Crawford, 94, of Town of Little River, passed away Friday, July 5, 2013 at Sharpe Care LTD, Oconto Falls. Matie was born March 2, 1919 in DePere to the late Patrick and Mary (Davis) FitzGerald.

She married Kenneth Crawford Sr. on May 25, 1945. Matie owned and operated Evergreen Farms with her husband Kenneth for over 50 years. Matie served her church as treasurer for over 40 years and was a long time Children's Sabbath School teacher. She was a foster parent for four children over the years. Matie was a member of Christ's Community Church of Seventh Day-Adventist, Lena.

Matie is survived by her husband Kenneth Crawford Sr., Little River; daughter, Vickie Guyette, Oconto; son, Ken (Jewell) Crawford Jr., Brookville, OH; sister-in-law, Florence FitzGerald, Chicago, IL; six grandchildren: Kelly (Jerry) Hill, Dr. Kerry (Lourdes) Crawford, Jessica Marshall, Jacob Marshall, Steven Aubry, Dan Aubry; seven great-grandchildren: Cameron, Celeste, Sienna, Soleil, Summer, Kayleigh and Sophia.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Stephen and Raymond FitzGerald, two sisters, Jane Mucerino, Hazel Herwick and a great-grandson Jonathon Marshall.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Christ's Community Church of Seventh-Day Adventist, 538 Harley St., Lena from 1 to 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Funeral services will be conducted 4 p.m. Tuesday at the church with Pastor Rick Binford officiating.

The Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gallagherfuneralhome.net.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to the Christ's Community Church of Seventh-Day Adventist building fund.



Published in Oconto County Reporter on July 17, 2013
Funeral Home
Gallagher Funeral Home
217 Congress St Oconto, WI 54153
920-834-3000
- See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/ocontocountyreporter/obituary.aspx?n=matie-belle-crawford&pid=165732210&fhid=14350#sthash.hXv9h7OZ.dpuf
Ruth H. Johnson, 84, lifelong resident of Wabeno left this earth to be with her Heavenly Father on Saturday, July 6 at her daughter's home in Green Bay; she was surrounded by her loving husband, Gaylord and two daughters. She was born in Suring, WI on April 27, 1929 to Edward and Sophie (Bubolz) Firgens.

Ruth married Gaylord Johnson in Suring, WI on June 18, 1949. She worked at the Wabeno Elementary School from 1965-1991. Ruth enjoyed walking, reading, gardening, knitting, traveling, camping and fishing.

She is survived by her best friend and husband of 64 years, Gaylord M. Johnson, daughters, Debra (Jim) O'Connell and Valerie Barbiaux, Appleton, granddaughter, Tiffany Glasl, grandsons, Travis Glasl, Tyler Barbiaux and Trent Barbiaux, beloved dog, Mindi, sisters, Mildred Borneman and Viola (Don) Laitinen and sisters-in-law, Phyllis Firgens and Ann Johnson. Ruth is further survived by many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sophie and Edward, daughter, Judy, sister, Lorraine Popelka and brother, Harold Firgens.

Memorials may given in Ruth's name to St. John Lutheran Church, Townsend.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 11 from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the St. John Lutheran Church, Townsend. Funeral Service will follow at 12:00 noon with Pastor Stephen Mueller officiating. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Suring. Weber-Hill Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences at www.weberhillfuneralhome.com.

The family would like send a special thank you to Pastor Stephen Mueller, Unity Hospice (especially, Cathy, Liz, Larry M. and Michael) and special neighbor, Cliff Engels.




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