CALUMET – Frank J. Yoerg III, 72, a resident of Calumet, died after a valiant nine-month battle with cancer at his winter home in Wisconsin on Tuesday, Jan.4, 2022.
He was surrounded by the love of his life and his soul mate, Roberta (Wee-Zee), his beloved daughter-in-law and grandchildren, his sister, his nieces and many members of his family. magnets.
Frank was born in Buffalo, New York, on May 6, 1949, the son of Frank Yoerg, Jr. and Lois (Heidenreich) Yoerg, with a carrot head and freckle.
He was a hardworking and enterprising boy from his early years, mowing lawns, shoveling snow and taking a daily paper route with the Buffalo Courier Express at the age of seven. His route has become the largest in the Buffalo area, stretching over 300% due to his drive and strong work ethic. He won a trip to the New York World’s Fair by placing second in a new membership contest.
After graduating from Williamsville High School in 1967, Frank paid off his entire freshman year at Michigan Technological University with his savings on the paper route.
Frank was an avid learner and greatly enjoyed his years at MTU, academically and socially. He was particularly interested in history and enjoyed watching the History Channel and answering almost any question asked on Jeopardy. He was a thoughtful, cheerful, social and friendly optimist who never met a stranger, traits that served him well throughout his years as an active part of the restaurant scene in Houghton.
Frank ran Poor Boy’s Sub Shop in Greeley Colorado, Togo’s former Sub Shop, Library Bar, Consumer’s Advocate, and eventually launched his own popular Mexican restaurant, Los Dos Amigos. He was well known for his homemade salsas and continued to make and sell them until his illness. Frank ended his 17-year career as a Supervisor of Nutrition Services at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and retired in 2014.
Frank was a proud 35-year member of the Houghton Lions Club, holding a variety of positions including Lion King, Vice President and Secretary, holding multiple positions more than once, and giving back to the community in a way only Frank could do. He especially enjoyed working on the Lions’ annual chicken barbecue fundraiser. When asked what he was most proud of in his years of work, he responded enthusiastically: “Give back to the community”. This will not come as a surprise to anyone who knew him.
Frank was also an active member of the Church of the Sacred Heart in Calumet, where he served as president of the Keweenaw Catholic Community Council. Frank was raised Lutheran and had a strong connection to the Baptist faith after spending several years attending a Bible camp. He had a very strong spiritual side and even once considered a career in ministry.
Frank loved nature and all outdoor activities including downhill skiing with his granddaughters and gardening in his beautiful backyard oasis in Calumet, where he painstakingly looked after many frogs and big goldfish in the pond. In the summer, he was often found in the backyard enjoying a delicious margarita with Wee-Zee after dinner. One of his favorite places was his grandparents’ family home in rural New York’s Short Tract, where he enjoyed swimming, fishing, camping, as well as the mystery and beauty of the stillness, surrounded by great trees, meadows and stars.
He took many exhilarating rides there in his grandfather’s open-cockpit biplane, a 1930 Stearman C3R.
In 2005 Frank and Wee-Zee bought a rustic lot on Torch Lake in Bootjack which they named “the property”. They spent countless hours in the spring, summer, and fall transforming this tree-lined, lakefront property into a magical retreat, welcoming family and friends for their annual July 4th parties, and had hoped to one day build their dream home on this site.
Frank was a big fan of the Green Bay Packers and loved to watch games when he had the chance. He was often found proudly wearing a Packer t-shirt. His Packer fandom pales in comparison to his dedication and passion for watching his granddaughters excel in sports in Mishicot, Wisconsin. He attended their volleyball, softball and basketball games, as well as their track and field events, starting in elementary school.
One of her proudest moments was watching her granddaughter Desiree compete and win the WIAA Division 4 Women’s State Championship basketball game in 2021, making her history. school. He also got to see Desiree and Nevaeh compete for their school in track and field together, both reaching the podium in their state final in 2021.
Frank had many hobbies and interests, but what mattered most to him in the world was family. He met his true love Roberta (Schutz) Allen at the Houghton Rotary Seafood Festival in 1997. A few dates later they were inseparable, as they remained for the rest of his life. They were married on June 12, 1999 in Niagara on the Lake, Canada, in a fairytale ceremony with close family and friends. Frank and Wee-Zee made the more mundane tasks like gardening or grocery shopping a fun adventure, and they loved traveling and spending time with their many friends and family, especially after retirement. After retiring in 2014, Frank and Wee-Zee began wintering in Wisconsin to be closer to their children and grandchildren. Frank loved Wee-Zee’s children as his own, and his special loves were of course his two granddaughters.
Frank is survived by the love of his life, his wife Roberta (Wee-Zee) of Calumet; daughter-in-law, Tina (Chris) Kleiman of Maribel, Wisconsin; stepson, Chad Allen of Green Bay Wisconsin; granddaughters, Desiree and Nevaeh Kleiman of Maribel; Sister Susan (George) Campbell of Spencerport, New York; brother, Peter of Buffalo New York; sisters-in-law, Patricia (Kent) Wilkinson of Houghton, Lisa (Bob) Jelic of Ann Arbor; nieces, Laura Campbell of Lakewood, Ohio, and Maddie and Abby Jelic of Ann Arbor; nephew, Jeff Campbell of Austin, Texas, and cousins.
Frank was predeceased by his parents and his father and stepmother, Robert and Louise Schutz; nephew, Robbie Klass and niece Kim Klass.
The family would like to thank Dr. Hui-Zi Chen and the team at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee for their dedicated care and concern during Frank’s clinical trial, as well as the Bellin Cancer team for their compassionate and competent care.
The family are especially grateful to Heartland Hospice of DePere, Wisconsin for the quality of the comfort care they provided to Frank during his last days at home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asked for memorial donations in Frank’s name to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (events.org/donate/lbfe-donate) or Omega House (omega-house.org/donate).
Visitations will be held on Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 10 a.m. with a funeral mass immediately following at 11:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church 56512, rue Rockland in Calumet.
Arrangements are made by Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home in Calumet.
Online condolences for the family can be left at ericksoncrowleypeterson.com.