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Clarence Niemi

Clarence John "Corky" Niemi Jr.

Saturday, January 19th, 1935 - Saturday, July 20th, 2019
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Obituary

Clarence “Corky” Niemi, Jr., 84, passed away on July 20, 2019, at the Hospice Alliance Hospice House, after a 9 ½ year battle with cancer, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Kenosha, January 19, 1935, he was the son of the late Clarence and Mary (Andrews) Niemi.

50 years ago, on Sept 20, 1969, Corky married Catherine Trebec at St Mary's Catholic Church in Elm Grove, WI. They met in the Ski-Noshan Ski Club and were members for over 50 years.

Clarence spent 42 years at Snap-on Tools, beginning as a photographer’s assistant and artist in high school, working his way up, and retiring, as Director of Public and Financial Relations. He worked directly for eight different chairmen and enjoyed being the link between Snap-On and Rawhide Boys Ranch, making Snap-On a major donor. He was on the board of the original Kenosha Economic Development Group and Kemper Center, past president of the Chamber of Commerce, a member of the 306 Club, and a proud 40-year member of the Western Kiwanis Club of Kenosha.

An avid skier, both snow and water, Corky, Cathy, and their son Ross spent some of the happiest times of their lives on mountains and water, always accompanied by many friends and families. Favorite vacations spots were the Colorado Rockies in the winter, and Lake of the Ozarks in the summer. He loved spending time with family and friends at the family cottage on Paddock Lake, whether it was driving the boat pulling Ross on a slalom ski or hanging out on the beach with his grandsons Ethan and JP. Golf was also a favorite sport, and he had many trophies to prove his prowess. Other loves were photography, wine making, wood working, and buying and selling nautical antiques. Corky was blessed with a great group of friends.

Clarence is survived by his loving wife, Catherine; son, Ross (Jill) Niemi; and his loving grandsons, Ethan and John Philip “JP” Niemi. Their Papa will be greatly missed. He is also survived by his sister, Nance McClain; sister-in-law, Marie Trebec; brother-in-law, Lawrence Trebec; an aunt, Ellen Mayne; nephew, Jon (Rae) McClain; niece, Jacqueline McClain; and many loving great nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother-in-law, Thomas McClain.

Visitation will take place Thursday, July 25th, at Proko Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, July 26th, at St. Mary Catholic Church 7307 40th Ave, at 10:00 a.m. Interment will follow at St. James Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Hospice Alliance or St. Mary Catholic Church would be appreciated by the family.

Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
5111-60th Street
Kenosha, WI 53144
Phone: (262) 654-3533
Visit & Sign Corky’s Online Memorial Book At:
www.prokofuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    Thursday, July 25th, 2019 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Proko Funeral Home & Crematory
    Address
    5111-60th Street
    KENOSHA, WI 53144
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  • Service

    Friday, July 26th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, July 26th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. Mary Catholic Church
    Address
    7307-40th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53142
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Father Roman Stikel
  • Interment

    Friday, July 26th, 2019 | 11:30am
    When
    Friday, July 26th, 2019 11:30am
    Location
    St. James Cemetery
    Address
    7002-7th Avenue
    KENOSHA, WI 53143
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William

Posted at 08:27am
Sending prayers for his his resting in peace through the mercy of God. I remember working with Corky during my early days at Snap-on. Bill Breen Branch Accounting !968 to 1971.
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John and Gina Noll

Posted at 11:09pm
We will miss Corky.
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Jim & Tommye Haas

Posted at 04:49pm
Our remembrance of Corky is that he was a pleasant person and always willing to help out. He was a great neighbor of 34 years.
We will always remember him as a great person.
Love, Jim & Tommye Haas
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Love, the Markovich Family

Posted at 09:05am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We will miss seeing Corky at the lake house. He was so kind and generous.
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Mike Montemurro

Posted at 08:41am
Cork,your suffering is over and for that we are glad.Your memories are with us and for that we are forever grateful.The Snap-on experience made us all family and those days will be cherished by all who were privileged to share them. Take care my friend until we meet up again. Mike and Jean Montemurro
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