Cordelia M. Beauprey

Cordelia M. Beauprey “Ko-che-kiew,” 94, of Zoar, started her journey home on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 7, 2018, surrounded by her loving family.

Cordelia was born March 25, 1924, at home in Neopit, a daughter of Luke Sr. and Susan (Amob) Beauprie. She attended St. Joseph Boarding School in Keshena. Following school, Cordelia went to work in Oshkosh to support the war effort. On June 30, 1953, she was united in marriage to Peter W. Beauprey on the Menominee Reservation. Following their marriage, the couple made their home in Neopit.

Cordelia spent 15 years as a nurse’s aide at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. She dedicated her later years working for her tribe at the tribal clinic for over 20 years, retiring on Dec. 3, 1994. Following her retirement, she helped elders and her friends get what they needed to live well. She was a symbol of strength for her extended family and her community. Cordelia enjoyed Wednesday Bingo at the senior center in Neopit. She also enjoyed listening to Sunday morning polka, family outings at her lake lot and playing pool. She loved the Green Bay Packers, attending powwows and watching her children and grandchildren dance. She was a member of Menominee Big Drum religion, and held the distinction of being the oldest Menominee tribal member living on the reservation.

Survivors include her loving family, Aurelia “Sue” White, of Zoar, Leila “Rose” Beauprey, of Keshena, Romona (Sheldon) Webster, of Keshena, William (Dona) Beauprey, of Keshena, and Monty (Lynn Thunder) Beauprey Sr., of Neopit; 24 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; her sister, Marcene Beauprey, of Shawano; her special grandson, Joey (Margaret) Awonohopay Sr.; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter W. Beauprey, on June 10, 1973; two sons, Richard and Randy Beauprey; her sons-in-law, Leon White Sr. and James Awonohopay; her siblings, Leander Beauprie in infancy, Luke Beauprie, Susan O’Katchicum, Annabelle Moeser, Virginia Tousey, Rodney and Quentin Beauprie, Verna Miller, Eldora Besaw; an adopted brother, Archie White; sister-in-law, Jean Beauprey, of Shawano; and special aunts, Jane Dowd, Theresa Wescott and Suzy Waukau.

Traditional ceremonial services for Cordelia M. Beauprey will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, at 10 a.m. at the Zoar Ceremonial Building in Zoar, leaving the hall at 2 p.m. for burial at the Neopit Cemetery. Visitation began after 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at the ceremonial building and will continue until the time of service on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials may be made in her name.

The family would like to thank all of Cordelia’s Caregivers who assisted them and a special thanks to ThedaCare at Home Hospice for their compassionate care.

Mickelson Funeral and Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.