Richard J. Sleeman

Sleeman, Richard J.

Your spirit still lives on in the hearts and minds of the loving family you left behind.

Richard J. Sleeman, 56, of Pomona, Calif. and formerly of National Mine, passed away March 6, 2014, at the City of Hope Parsons Village in Durate, Calif., where he met his challenges with cancer so bravely.

Richard was born July 19, 1957, in Marquette, to James and Olivia (Meni) Sleeman. In his early career he was employed by CCI at the Mather 'B' Mine then transferred to the Tilden Mine. He futhered his education at N.M.U. Technical College in Electronics, then went on to work for Source Corp. in Green Bay, Wis. For most of his life, Richard worked in service of electronics and as an entrepreneur.

Richard was a great family man. He loved his children and grandchildren. Throughout his life, he showed his wittiness and his love for hospitality by cooking and spending time with family and friends. Richard had a lifelong friendship; he was close as a brother and best friends with his cousin, Danny Sleeman.

Surviving are his loving wife of 37 years, Gina (Gosiewski) Sleeman; mother, Olivia (Meni) Sleeman, Negaunee; grandmother, Phyllis (Roncaglione) Lafkas; sons, Chad and Gabriela Sleeman, Todd and Cynthia Sleeman, daughter, Olivia and Dustin Nelson; grandchildren, Antonio and Olivia Sleeman, Haille and Lillian Sleeman, and Zoey Nelson; sister, Lori and James Howe; nephew and godson, Ryan Howe; brothers-in-law, Don and Van Thu Gosiewski and Carl Gosiewski, sisters-in-law, Laura Kinder, Theresa Woodie and Mary Sims; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, James Sleeman, and his grandparents.

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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Apr. 8, 2014