Elda M. Dickie, age 96, formerly of Keshena, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, August 11, 2018 at Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay.
Elda was born June 21, 1922 in Neopit, Wisconsin, a daughter of the late Gertrude (Bowman) Hill and the late John Nunway, Sr. She attended St. Joseph School, and attended Flandreau Indian School. On March 10, 1945 Elda was united in marriage to Gordon D. Dickie, Sr. in Milwaukee. They were both employed at the Caterpillar Company when they met. The couple lived most of their married life on the Menominee Reservation. Gordon preceded her in death on December 5, 1995.
Elda was employed at various jobs throughout her life. She was a radio broadcaster and was the first administrative assistant at the Menominee Indian School District. She also worked with the Public Relations department for the Menominee Indian Tribe and later worked for the Tribal Food Distribution Center.
Elda is a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Neopit. She was a very active lady who enjoyed bingo, bowling, playing cards watching most sports, especially the Green Bay Packers. Elda was recently honored for being the oldest living member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans.
Survivors include her daughters, Karen Gardner of Bowler; Rebecca (Francisco, Sr.) Alegria of Keshena, and her daughter-in-law, Shirley Dickie of Shawano; her grandchildren, Melonie (Brian) Reopelle, Chad (Veronica) Dickie, Brian Neconish, Mary (Keri) Perez, Dave Gardner, Shannon Hernandez, Marci (Phil Braaten) Hawpetoss, Francisco and Gordon Alegria; several great-grandchildren; her special grandson, Brian Neconish; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, Gordon Dickie, Jr.; her daughter, Frances “Candy” Smith; three sisters, Alma Steffes, Evangeline Garza, Veronica (Samuel) Spruce, Sr.; one brother, Moses Nunway; and two sisters in infancy.
A Funeral Mass for Elda Dickie will be celebrated on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Neopit. Fr. Nonita Barra will be the Celebrant. Interment will take place at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Neopit. Visitation will begin at the church at 9:00 AM on Wednesday and continue until the hour of Mass.