Marian Konopka

Konopka, Marian

Marian Dorothy Konopka (Klug) joined her husband Ben and other family and friends in heaven on October 24th 2012. She was at home surrounded by her family, as she wanted it to be. Marian was born on June 21st 1925 in Upper Michigan. Her young mother struggled to raise her daughter but made the great sacrifice of allowing her child a better life by bringing her to an orphanage at the age of one. Marian was adopted by Lydia and Arthur Klug at the age of three. She was their only child and they were wonderful parents. She graduated from Kingsford High School at 16, and attended Augustana College in IL. She worked in Milwaukee after college, which is where she met Ben. They married and relocated to the Green Bay/ De Pere area and raised four children. Ben preceded her in death way too soon, in 1988.

Life took Marian in many directions besides being a wife and mother. She sold Avon until her children were in school. She taught fourth grade at St Boniface School in De Pere; became active in the American Red Cross as a volunteer and instructor; worked with the Howard/Hobart Rescue squad as an EMT; was a nurse's assistant at several large manufacturing companies; managed a vitamin store at Port Plaza Mall; and then taught corporate first aid and managed the infant car seat program for the Red Cross until her retirement in her early seventies.

Since Marian and Ben's jobs did not allow for a lot of family vacations, they provided the fun things for the family at home. A cottage on the Bay in the 60's, and a new home "in the county" with room for horses, go cart tracks, hills to go sledding, and even a zip line down the biggest hill in the back yard. Marian was always involved in the children's activities, as a leader in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, teaching Catechism classes, attending band concerts and other events the children participated in. Marian and Ben both put their talents to work around the home. While Ben fixed and built things, Marian painted murals on the walls, refinished furniture, and made the house a home. In their later years Ben and Marian enjoyed some traveling, especially their trips to Las Vegas. Her son Dan continued the Vegas trips after Ben's death, until the Oneida Casinos made gambling trips much closer to home.

Marian is survived by her four children: Steve and Lori Konopka, De Pere; Audrey Konopka, De Pere; Gloria and Dennis Puyleart, Green Bay; and Dan Konopka, who lived with and took care of her since Ben passed. She is also survived by her grandchildren; Joe, Mike, Abby, Michelle, Gabe, Apryl, Anna; and three great grandchildren: James, Peyton and Cloe. She also has step grandchildren Christopher, Deanna, Darcy, and Denny and their children. Other survivors include her in-laws: Helen LaPlante, Joe Konopka, Al & Marge Konopka, Agnes and John Held, Lorraine Konopka, Stanley Stock, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband Ben, also preceding her in death are her parents, members of the Frey and Klug families in the Hartford, WI area, in-laws Mary Stock, Howard LaPlante, Casey and Doris Konopka, Tony and Annette Konopka, Frank Konopka, and Ursula Konopka. One nephew, John Konopka preceded her in death 10/21/12. We believe her beloved dog Duke and cat Tiger were at the Rainbow Bridge to greet her.

Gathering of family and friends will be held from 9:00A.M. to 11:00 A.M. on Monday, October 29, 2012 in the Chapel at Allouez Chapel Mausoleum. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 A.M. with Deacon Everett Doxtator officiating.

The family would like to offer a special thank you to the Bellin Cancer team for 3 more years.

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Oct. 26 to Oct. 28, 2012