Loretta Jean Treptow (nee Kovar), 75, of Menominee, Mich., passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, with her daughter and niece at her side, following a long hospitalization. She was born in Menominee on April 30, 1938, and remained a lifelong resident.
She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Menominee. Her parents were Frank Kovar and Lydia (Christiansen) Kovar. She graduated from Menominee High School in 1956. In 1960, she married Jerry Steppke in Menominee. They were divorced, and she later married Larry Treptow of Menominee. She worked at Scott Paper Company, and later as a teacher's aide in the Menominee Area Public Schools, where her passion for children was well-known. She retired from her teacher's aide position after 25 years of service. Loretta especially enjoyed her two grandchildren and their activities with baseball, music, and dance, watching them perform whenever she could. Loretta visited often with her sisters, aunts, and others, playing card games for pennies, sharing stories, food, and laughter. She and her husband were frequent customers of twin city restaurants, often meeting friends and neighbors there. She enjoyed the casino and the slot machines, bingo, and the thrill of winning games. Music was a big part of Loretta's life. As a young girl, she and her sister Joyce sang duets on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour and Rubin's Stars of Tomorrow. She was also an avid sports fan of the Menominee Maroons, the Chicago Cubs and Bulls, and the Green Bay Packers.
Loretta is survived by her husband, Lawrence; one daughter, Brenda Steppke of Appleton, Wis.; two grandchildren: Joshua and Alexandra; five step-children: Connie (Kip) McKenney, Bill (Cindy) Treptow, Sandy (Dale) Barber, Kathy (Mike) Utke and Judy (Gary) Sadowski; 11 step-grandchildren; 17 step-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Joyce Vara of Bartlett, Ill. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Ronald Kovar; and a sister, Virginia Kopish.
Friends may call at Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home, 610 Marinette Avenue, Marinette, Wis., from 4 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Visitation will continue at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2901 13th Street, Menominee, Mich., after 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 15. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. on Wednesday with the Rev. Lee Goodwin officiating.
Her family is grateful for the support of Loretta's niece, Renee Alswager-Klein, and the efforts of the nurses and staff at Select Specialty Hospital in Madison, and Meriter Hospital in Madison. They especially wish to thank the nurses and staff of Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, for their care and compassion. A memorial fund has been established in Loretta's name, any expressions of sympathy and kindness can be directed to Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home.