Clarice Jean Martz Plouff, 80, of Marinette, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at Luther Manor after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's disease.
Clarice was born on September 21, 1933 to the late Arnold and Regina (Dura) Martz. In 1951, she graduated as valedictorian of her class from Marinette High School. Clarice attended the University of Wisconsin - Madison, returning home to work at Ansul Chemical Company before marrying John Kirmse Plouff on August 27, 1955 at St. Joseph's Church in Marinette. A lifelong proponent of learning, Clarice was a founding board member of the Marinette Catholic Central Foundation which supports Catholic education in the area. Clarice was the president of Marinette Catholic Central High School's board in the 70s. She served 25 years on Stephenson Public Library's board and foundation. Clarice was very proud of her contribution to the funding and completion of the 1982 library addition. For over 40 years, Clarice was also a member of the PEO Sisterhood, Chapter Q, a philanthropic women's organization whose mission is to raise funds for college scholarships.
Clarice is survived by her husband, John; her two brothers: Stanley "Pat" (Donna) Martz of Anoka, Minn. and Gerald (Barbara) Martz of Perry, Mich., and her stepmother, Ethel Martz of Marinette, Wis. She is also survived by her six children: Jean (Robert) Anderson of Charlotte, N.C., Robert (Roxanna) Plouff of Minneapolis Minn., Richard (Tiffany) Plouff of Leawood, Kan., Anne Plouff (Tom Tierney) of Milwaukee, Wis., David (Jennifer) Plouff of San Diego, Calif., Nancy Davel of Brookfield, Wis.; and her 11 grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Thielen Funeral Home on Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a vigil prayer service to follow. The Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, January 27, at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Parish-Our Lady of Lourdes Church on Taylor Street.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in Clarice's name has been established for the PEO Sisterhood scholarship fund. Donations maybe be sent to The PEO Sisterhood, Chapter Q, 1609 39th Avenue, Menominee, Mich., 49858.
The Plouff family would like to thank the staff of Luther Manor and Heartland Hospice Services for their thoughtful and compassionate care.