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Jean A. Marx–Haanpaa


September 25, 2018

IRONWOOD, Mich. - Jean A. Marx–Haanpaa, 91, of Montreal, Wis., passed away Sept. 12, 2018, at Aspirus Ironwood Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Jean was born April 12, 1927, in Eau Claire, Wis., daughter of the late Frederick and Pearl (White) Mittelstadt. She graduated from Eau Claire High School, obtained her Bachelor's Degree from the UW-Madison and her Master's Degree from UW-Eau Claire.

Jean was preceded in death by her brothers, Frederick Mittelstadt, Charles Mittelstadt, Jack Mittelstadt, Robert Mittelstadt and Russell Mittelstadt; her sisters, Betty Hart Mathwig and Maxine Schultz; and her granddaughter, Kristin Jean Marx.

In 1948 she married Donald C. Marx in Eau Claire; they separated at a later date.

Jean went on to teach physical education at Altoona High School, Altoona, Wis. Later she was employed with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in Eau Claire. In 1974, she moved to Alaska to work on the Trans Alaska Pipeline as an Environmental Engineer. While in Alaska until 2004, she worked for a number of oil companies as an Environmental and Sanitary Engineer.

On April 18, 1997, she married Dennis Haanpaa in Anchorage, Alaska, and he survives. She is further survived by her sons, Donald (Sue) Marx, of Madison, Wis., David (Jackie) Marx, of Houston, Texas, and Richard Marx, of Eau Claire; daughter, Debra (Tom) Warren, of Woodbury, Minn .; stepdaughters, Sheryl Haanpaa, of Tomahawk, Wis. and Lori Haanpaa, of Three Lakes, Wis .; seven grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one step-great-grandchild and also her sister-in-law, Marlys Mittelstadt.

Visitation will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley, Wis., on Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with Father Frank Kordek OFM, officiating.

Luncheon will follow in the church basement.

Burial will be in the Lakeview Cemetery, Saxon, Wis.

McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home, Ironwood, is assisting the family.

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