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Elaine Clarice Heroux

September 11, 1922 May 4, 2022
Elaine Clarice Heroux
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Obituary for Elaine Clarice Heroux

Elaine Clarice Heroux, 99, passed away Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at The Bay, Oconto. Elaine Clarice (Rietz) Heroux, daughter of Walter and Lilia (Hussong) Rietz, was born on September 11, 1922 in Wabeno, Wisconsin. She moved to Oconto, Wisconsin with her parents after living a short time in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was a graduate of Oconto High School and went on to vocational school for business. She worked for the Farm Security Administration in Oconto for nine months and then for their office in Shawano for a year. She found the love of her life in High School and was united in marriage November 18, 1943 to Michael Joseph Heroux after graduation. At the beginning of the war in November 1943 she moved with him as he volunteered to serve in the Army. She worked at the PX and as a secretary for the General at Fort Sill while Mike was in the Army. When Mike was transferred, she worked at a Ordinance plant in Little Rock, AR and at a meat plant when he was transferred to Lawton, OK. After the war Mike and Elaine moved back to their hometown, Oconto and bought a home at 421 4th Street where she continues to live with her daughter Carole. She became a full time homemaker for five years after Jim and Carole were born. Elaine was smart, her skills with shorthand and business qualified her to work as a legal secretary for Martineau Law Firm in Oconto for five years after the children were in school. Together they started and owned a shoe repair business in Oconto from 1958 to 1964, Elaine was the manager of the family business and worked full time doing all the sewing repair, dying shoes and bookkeeping for the business. When they sold the shoe repair business she returned to working as a legal secretary for the Plier, Judge & McCormic law firm in Oconto for 20 years until her retirement. Her passion and love where always her children, and she was an amazing mother that was always positive, encouraging and engaged in their activities. She is a devoted member and was very active in the First American Lutheran Church in Oconto, WI until her physical abilities would no longer allow her to attend services. She held many offices in woman's groups for the church and was on the church council for two years. Her good nature and logic were highly praised with everything she did. She has been both secretary and treasure for the Church. Elaine actively helped with funerals for many years. She very much enjoyed singing as a superb soprano for the church choir for over 50 years. She was much in demand for weddings, special events and as a featured soloist in church musicals. Many said she had the voice of an angel. Elaine took up golfing in 1957 with the family and quickly developed into a very good woman golfer. She served as President of her woman's team for many years. She was a member of the Oconto Golf Club from 1957 until she was no longer able to play in 2002. She was one of the best woman golfers at the club and won the woman's Class B Championship in 1960 and 1963 while being second in 1962. She then moved into the Class A Championships and won in 1971, 1973, 1980 & 1983. She finished second in Class A in 1972, 1974. She hit her only hole-in-one while playing at the Oconto Golf Course. Mike and Elaine liked to play golf when they went to Florida during their retirement. Elaine was also a very good bowler and participated in the local Oconto Leagues for many years with a 170 average. Whatever she did, she was good at, or continued to work at until she was proficient. At 52 she bought an organ for the home and taught herself to play. She continues to enjoy playing for her own amusement and amazement. As arthritis and age limited her physical abilities she needed a new challenge to keep her mind active. She used her artistic ability to become an active quilter with more than 50 quilts to her credit. She is always accepting of a challenge to do a new pattern or a different way of quilting. Her award winning quilts were high quality and returned a high price when they were donated to her church auction to help raise funds. Her work is always fresh and interesting. She has made quilts for her children, grandchildren and her great grand children. This was another way to give her friends and extended family some of the love she had for them. As she reached her 90's her arthritis in her hands no longer allowed her to quilt. That would not stop Elaine. She turned to things she could handle to continue to share her love with gifts of knitting, and Swedish weaving on monkscloth. Elaine possessed an unwavering positive attitude throughout her life and will be remembered for her gentle nature, encouragements and love for all who knew her. She truly blessed anyone that knew her and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her parents Walter and Lilia Rietz and her husband Michael (Mike) Joseph who died of a heart attack on April 3, 2001 and sister, Audrey Eleanor Krug. She is survived by Elaine's children, James Michael Heroux and his wife Charlotte of Sioux Falls, SD and Carole Michele Heroux who continues to live in the family home in Oconto. Carole has been a devoted and loving daughter who continued to care for Elaine as she aged. Carole was the blessing who gave the help and love that made it possible for Elaine to have the support she needed to stay in the family home. Elaine had three grandchildren, Collin, Drew and Joel Heroux and four great grandchildren, Even and Owen from Joel and Paige Heroux (divorced); Sioux Falls, SD, and Elise and Eli from Drew and Crystalin Heroux from Charlestown, IN. The oldest grandchild, Collin is married to his loving wife Julie and have chosen to not have children. They live in Ellsworth, MN.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, from 4 to 8 PM Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Visitation will continue on Thursday, May 12, from 10 to 11 AM. Funeral services will be conducted 11 AM at the funeral home with the Rev. Fred Mai officiating. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gallagherfuneralhome.net.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be given to First American Lutheran Church, Oconto.

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Previous Events

Visitation

Wednesday

11

May

4:00 PM 5/11/2022 4:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 5/11/2022 8:00:00 PM
Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation Service

217 Congress St.
Oconto, WI 54153

Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation Service
217 Congress St. Oconto 54153 WI
United States

Visitation

Thursday

12

May

10:00 AM 5/12/2022 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 5/12/2022 11:00:00 AM
Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation Service

217 Congress St.
Oconto, WI 54153

Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation Service
217 Congress St. Oconto 54153 WI
United States

Service

Thursday

12

May

11:00 AM 5/12/2022 11:00:00 AM
Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation Service

217 Congress St.
Oconto, WI 54153

Funeral service by Rev. Fred Mai.

Gallagher Funeral Home & Cremation Service
217 Congress St. Oconto 54153 WI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Evergreen Cemetery Final Resting Place

Cook Ave.
Oconto, WI 54153

Cook Ave. Oconto 54153 WI
United States
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