Amy Melvina Retrum
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 8:14 PM
Amy Melvina Retrum entered the gates of heaven on January 27, 2014, to be with Jesus and her beloved husband and best friend, Russell. She was born September 12, 1927, in Stephenson, Mich. to the late Samuel and Amy (Barker) Bebo. Amy graduated from Daggett High School in 1945.
She married Russell Warren Retrum at the Methodist Church in Menominee on May 24, 1947. She said her honeymoon was by far the best and happiest time of her life. Her life was her family. She has two loving daughters who remember her always being there for them when growing up. Girl Scout leader, Sunday School teacher and always wearing a house dress. She and her family moved to California in 1955 and back home again in 1963. She loved camping in Wisconsin. When she was learning to cast a fishing pole, she was told to "let go" as she cast it, so she did. The pole and reel went flying into the lake. So much for fishing. When the girls were in high school, she worked as a seamstress at Harmon Knitwear for five years and in the laundry at Northland Lutheran Services for nine years, retiring in 1989. Amy always gave of herself to others, be they family or friends, helping to care for her aging mother-in-law and many years of caring for her ailing husband. In 1994, she lost the love of her life, Russell. She moved to Northland Village where she resided for 10 years. She belonged to First United Methodist Church of Menominee which she said was like her home. Her hobbies, as well as sewing, included reading, silk ribbon embroidery, card making, crossword puzzles, word games on her ipad, and jigsaw puzzles with her Village friends. She tried to live every day to its fullest, and thanked the Lord for all her blessings. Amy will be missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her two daughters: Karen (Rienhart) Ries of Green Bay and Diane (Steve) Pochron of Hobart; grandchildren: Dennis (Jenny) Konyn, Mark (Sara) Ries and Leah (Terry) Leinweber; great-grandchildren: Jorddan Dura, John and Hannah Malyszka, Payton and Ambria Leinweber, and Chase and Tess Ries; and one sibling, Harriet (David) Hyams of Corte Madera, Cali. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers and four sisters.
Friends may call at Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home in Marinette from 12 noon until 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. in the funeral home with Chaplain Darrel Diers officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions will be made to Unity Hospice and to the NEW Zoo.
The family would like to thank Unity Hospice and Dr. Halaweh and staff for their exceptional care.