Ronald L. Connaher, of Peshtigo, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Bay Area Medical Center after a brave 18-month battle with cancer. He was born November 29, 1938, in Marinette to Alan and Dorothy (Foote) Connaher.
Ron served in the Navy aboard the U.S.S. Greer County from 1956 until 1959. He worked for many years at the former Kargard Manufacturing in Marinette. In 1981, he continued his career at Lenox Candles in Oshkosh and as Molding Superintendent at Tricon Industries in Downers Grove, Ill. until his retirement in 2001. Ron enjoyed everything involving sports, especially the Packers. He also enjoyed working in his yard, cooking, playing cards with close friends and spending time with his family. He married Donna (Decker) at St. Anne's Church on September 15, 1962. They recently celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2012, surrounded by over 100 guests.
Ron is survived by his wife, Donna; a daughter, Cynthia (Michael) Mesnard; granddaughters: Nichole Mesnard, Ph.D and fiancé, Brian Hoaglin, Brooke (Craig) Neuroth, Ashley Mesnard and Mike Sopchyk; great-grandchildren: Chase and Stella Neuroth; two sisters: Pat Lewandowski and Vivian (Bill) Prince; and is also survived by two brothers-in-law: Ted (Sharon) Decker and Darrell (Nada) Decker; a sister-in-law, Julie Decker and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alan and Dorothy Connaher; a brother, Kenneth; a sister-in-law, Elsa Connaher (Timper); a brother-in-law, Gene Lewandowski; and a brother-in-law, Dennis Decker.
Family and friends are invited to attend a visitation at Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home in Marinette from 4 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. A Parish Vigil will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday evening led by Deacon Jerome Thetreau and followed by an Honors Ceremony from the Military Twenty Year Club. The Funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at Holy Family Parish-Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2715 Taylor St., by the Reverend Joseph Dorner.
Interment will be in Glenwood Memorial Gardens.
A special thanks to Dr. Halaweh, his nurses and medical staff for their compassionate care and services.