Vivian Ann Demers, 78, was called home to our Lord on Friday, after a brave battle with leukemia. She died peacefully at home surrounded by family. The former Vivian Gagne was born September 20, 1935, in Spalding, Mich., to the late Eli and Yvette (Gatien) Gagne.
She graduated from St. Mary's Academy in Prairie Du Chein. After graduation she worked as a housekeeper for area priests and then at the former St. Joseph's Hospital in Menominee. On November 26, 1955 she married Claude A. Demers at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Spalding, Mich. Vivian loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She also enjoyed working in the garden and traveling.
Vivian is survived by her husband of 58 years, Claude; along with their eight children: Joseph (Bev) of Lancaster, Pa., Mary Bourdelis and Rose Kienitz, both of Marinette, Barbara (Steve) Berton of Wausaukee, John of Green Bay, Theresa (Rory) Nocerini of Menominee, Tom (Kelly) of Abrams and Catherine of Plover. Vivian is further survived by five sisters: Rose (Don) Kleikamp, Shirley Kleikamp, Carol (Ernie) Dani, Joann (Morris) Lange and Pauline (Steve) Mouford; four brothers: Eli (Joyce) Gagne, Roy (Carol) Gagne, Joseph (Louise) Gagne and Bernard (Barb) Gagne; sister-in-laws: Louise Demers and Sister Humbeline Demers; brother-in-law, Harlan Demers; and a special aunt and God-mother, Evelyn Vorin; 20 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Mary; and four grandchildren: Max, Jason, Kenny and Justin.
Friends may call at the Cadieu-Thielen Funeral Home, Menominee, on Tuesday, January 21, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The vigil prayer service will begin at 5:45 p.m. with Deacon Vince Beckley presiding. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated, for the repose of the soul of Vivian, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Resurrection Church with Fr. Mark McQuesten presiding.
Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Vivian had a great love for people and in turn was greatly loved. The grace with which Vivian accepted God's will and gave herself to Him serves as a source of strength for those who knew and loved her.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the doctors and staff at St. Mary's Hospital for beautifully caring for Vivian during her illness and to Marquette General Home Health and Hospice.