Manette Devroy

HOWARD, Wis. – Manette M. Devroy, 88, of Howard, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at her home.

She was born Aug. 6, 1925, in Oconto, Wis. to Richard and Marion (Forstal) Peterson. Manette graduated from Channing High School in 1943 as the class valedictorian.

Following high school, Manette moved to Green Bay, Wis., where she graduated from Green Bay Badger Business College with a degree in business. After graduation she was hired by the school to teach bookkeeping to returning veterans. Over the years Manette worked for a number of Green Bay area businesses, most notably Norgard Furriers and then Devroy Bowling & Motel. which she and her husband Ray owned and operated.

A life-long Packer fan, Manette attended the infamous Ice Bowl in 1967, and Super Bowl II in 1968. Manette also loved traveling, gardening and flowers. She had an amazing memory and an ability to recall the people and places she had been.

She is survived by her brother, Richard Peterson of Channing; her sister and brother-in-law, Marlene (Peterson) and Conrad Kramer of Sagola; 11 nieces and nephews, a multitude of great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great nieces and great-great nephews; three step-grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Devroy; parents; and a sister, Orpha Blockland.

Friends may call at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 2597 Glendale Ave. (one quarter mile east of the corner of Cardinal Lane and Glendale Ave.) from 11 a.m. to noon today. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon today at the church with Rev. John Bergstadt officiating.

Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send online condolences, please go to

In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Manette’s name.

Despite mobility issues later in life, Manette was able to remain in her home and lived independently to the end. A special thank you to the following individuals who provided support in her final years: Dustin Devroy and Allison Judd, Clifton Devroy, Angie Gunn, Vivien Dittman, Regina Kramer, Linda Kramer, Conrad and Marlene Kramer, and Naomi Blockland.