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Martin J. ‘Marty’ Draeger PDF Print E-mail

Martin J. “Marty” Draeger, age 83, died Jan. 1, 2014, at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wis.

Marty was born in Racine, Wis., on Dec. 27. 1930, to William C. Draeger and Laura Forster.

Shortly after graduation from high school in March 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He was a veteran of the Korean War and was honorably discharged in March 1953 as a sergeant.

In May 1954, Marty married Donna Pansch of Racine. They were divorced in 1980.

He graduated from the Wisconsin Institute of Mortuary Science and joined his father and brother in the Draeger Funeral Home in Racine.

He left the business and worked for Wisconsin Telephone Co. (now AT&T), retiring in 1986.

In 1981, he married Suzanne McDaniel. Upon his retirement, they moved to Watersmeet, Mich., and his dream log cabin on Long Lake. Suzanne preceded him in death in 1990.

Marty was a founder of the Long Lake Property Owners Association, serving as its secretary for four years.

He was an active member of Immaculate Conception Church in Watersmeet and secretary of its Finance Council.

He belonged to the American Legion Post 417 in Waters­meet, serving as Chaplain.

He belonged to the Telephone Pioneers of America and the Michigan Loon Protective Association, serving as Loon Ranger and area coordinator.

In 1992, he married Mary T. Zelinski of Watersmeet.

In addition to his wife Mary, he is survived by five children, Susan Pathak of Hales Corners, Wis., Daniel (Barbara) Draeger of Mus­kego, Wis., Anne Lamb of Milwaukee, Wis., Amy Draeger of Minneapolis, Minn., and David McDaniel (Alla and Evelyn) of Antioch, Ill.

He also is survived by two brothers, Jerome (Carol) Draeger of Racine, and William (Joanne) Draeger of Clearwater, Fla.; one grandchild, Kari Duenze (Flint) of Milwaukee; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Jan. 11, 2014, at 11 a.m. (Central Time) at Immaculate Conception Church in Watersmeet, with the Rev. Father George Maki and the Rev. Father Antony Kalapura concelebrating. Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. (Central Time) until the time of Mass.

Visitation and Rosary will be at Cane Funeral Home in Bruce Crossing, Mich., on Jan. 10, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m. (Central Time). The Catholic Rite of Committal, followed by Legion Post 417 Veterans Committal will be held immediately after Mass with cremation and inurnment at a later date.

Cane Funeral Home, Bruce Crossing Chapel is assisting the family.

The family has requested that any memorials be Mass stipends or donations to Immaculate Conception Church, the Multiple Sclerosis Society or Land O’ Lakes Public Library.

Friends may view Marty’s obituary and leave messages of remembrance at


Tuesday, January 07, 2014 1:44 PM

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