WKEB Obituaries Blog

Kristel S. Bartnik

 

Kristel S. Bartnik., age 68, formerly of Dorchester, passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at the Marshfield Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Milan.  Father Tim Oudenhoven will officiate.  Interment to follow at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.

 

Kristel was born on May 20, 1951, the daughter of Owen and Iverne (Johnson) Simmons in Charles City, Iowa.  She graduated from high school and attended Hamilton Business College in Mason City, Iowa.  Kristel was united in marriage to Eugene Bartnik on July 12, 1975 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Colby.  Together they farmed for 35 years near Jerkwater.  Besides farming, she worked as a data transcriptionist operator for the railroad.

 

Kristel liked to crochet, do word search puzzles, loved shopping and was a collector of many things.  She also was an avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan, liked classic rock music and had a large collection of dvds.  Most importantly, she cherished her family.

 

Kristel is survived by her husband of 44 years, Gene; three children: Lisa (James) Warnke of Clintonville, Denise (Kevin) Bunkelman of Colby and Robert (Monica) Bartnik of Stetsonville; six grandchildren: Sienna and Connor Warnke, Blake Bunkelman, Jonathon, William and Elizabeth Bartnik.  She is further survived by her brother, Robert (Sue) Simmons; her sister, Mary Schmalen and brother-in-law, James Meyer all of Iowa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Patricia Meyer.

Frank L. Beran, Sr

 

Frank L. Beran, Sr., age 85, of Athens, passed away on Monday, September 16, 2019 at Dycora Transitional  Health and Living in Abbotsford surrounded by his loving family under the tender care of hospice.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, September 23, 2019 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Milan.   Interment to follow at St. Thomas Catholic Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 22 and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Monday all at the church.

 

Frank was born on January 11, 1934 the son of Frank and Ethel (McKee) Beran on the family farm in the Town of Johnson.  He graduated from Abbotsford High School in 1952.  On September 1, 1954, Frank was united in marriage to Caroline Schug.  Together they farmed on his family farm.

Frank also worked at Marathon Electric in Wausau.  He was a bee keeper and sold honey, collected sap for maple syrup, sprayed crops for farmers in the area and was a District Rep for McNess Minerals and DeKalb Seed Corn.  Frank served on the Board of Directors for Athens Cooperative.  He coached men’s softball and was a certified umpire for softball as well.  Frank enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, bowling and was an avid Wisconsin sports fan.  He also enjoyed listening and dancing to polka music and waltzes.  Most importantly, he cherished his family.

 

Frank is survived by his wife of 65 years, Caroline; five sons: Frank (Cindy Ann) Jr. of Abbotsford, Norman (Sharon) of Athens, Michael (Cindy Sue) of Athens, Cary (Linda) of Milan and Robin (Debra) of Abbotsford; 21 grandchildren: Matthew (Nicole) Beran, Kelly (Phil) Scruggs, Angela (Kenneth) Rundell, Frank “Adam” (Brandi Trusty), Colton Beran, Cameron Beran, Brenley Beran, Chris (Mindy) Beran, Tammy (David) Lee, Maria (Ben) Severson, Jon (Lisa) Beran, Sara (Paul) Krum, Alyssa Beran, Eric (Jennifer) Beran, April (Steve) Wirtala, Jason (Cassandra) Beran, Jordan (Jackie) Beran, Tyler (Samantha) Beran, Ryan Beran, Elizabeth Beran and Jesse Beran; 31 great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by his brother, Rodney (Marge) Beran of VA, his brother-in-law, Henry Schneveis; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: June Schneveis and Donna Mae (Lyle) Belanger.

Michael "Mike" R. Heurung

 

MICHAEL “MIKE” R. HEURUNG

 

AGE: 62

ADDRESS: Medford; A Township of Little Black resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Friday, September 13 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he had been a patient for the past 1 day

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will take place at 11 AM on Friday, September 20 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Rev. Nancy Amacher

INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN at a later date

VISITATION: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Friday, September 20

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 16, 1956 at Minneapolis, MN

EDUCATION: Graduate of Richfield, MN High School and received an Associate degree in electronics technology from Northwestern Electronics Institute, Minneapolis, MN

MARRIAGE: 1st: At Minocqua, WI to Tammy Woodie and they were later divorced
2nd: May 6, 2008 at Las Vegas, NV to Gail Zimmerlee Ried and she survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Mike was a US Army veteran having served from 1975-1979 as a special forces radio mechanic. After the military, he received his electronics degree and then worked for Data Card in Minneapolis. He moved to Wisconsin in 1994 and worked for NXC working the northern Wisconsin territory until 2008. He then worked various jobs in the electronics field until his retirement in 2018. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and was an avid Minnesota sports fan.

MEMBER OF: He attended St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Gail Heurung of Medford

SURVIVING STEP-CHILDREN: Elisa (Mark Franke) Ried of Oregon, WI and Matt (Lindsay) Ried of Medford
Step-Grandchildren: Peyton, Paisley, Parker, Gabby, Ellie & Abby

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Karen (Tim) Clark of Bloomington, MN, Jim (Michelle) Heurung of Lakeville, MN, David Heurung of Circle Pine, MN & Donna Tuttle of Grandview, MO
Sister/Brother-in-laws: Kelly (Jim) Rodman of Medford & David (Tammy) Zimmerlee of Stetsonville, WI
Further survived by several nieces

SURVIVING PARENTS: Mother - Louise M. (Schmitt) Heurung of New Hope, MN
Father-in-law: Lanny Zimmerlee of Medford

DECEASED FATHER: Richard C. Heurung

 

DECEASED MOTHER-INLAW: Shelby Zimmerlee

OTHER INFORMATION: -For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

Margaret Fleegel

 

Margaret Fleegel, age 89, former resident of Township of Chelsea, passed away September 9, 2019 at Country Gardens, where she had resided for the past year, under the care of Hope Hospice and surrounded by her family.

 

A funeral service for Margaret will take place on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Whittlesey with Rev. Gary Lodholz officiating. Visitation will take place that morning from 9:30 until the time of service at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow the luncheon at Chelsea Cemetery in Town of Chelsea. Her grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

 

Margaret was born March 18, 1930 to Joseph and Magdalene (Kraemer) Imbach in Medford. Margaret married Ervin Fleegel on April 23, 1949. Together, they raised 6 children. Ervin preceded her in death in 2012.

 

Margaret and Ervin owned and operated a Dairy Farm. In her free time, Margaret enjoyed quilting, sewing and embroidery, and gardening.

 

Margaret is survived by her sons: Steve (Lynette) Fleegel, Gary Fleegel, both of Medford, and Edward Fleegel of Stetsonville. Daughters: Linda (Dave) Slachetka, Lois (Henry) Brandner, and Peggy (Joseph) Grunwald, all of Medford; 8 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters: Mary Ann Leffel of Colby, and Marcella (Clarence) Judnic of Medford. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and siblings Joseph Imbach and Lena Gumz.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to be designated to the family for use at a later date.

 

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

 

Iline "Toots" B Budimlija

 

Iline “Toots” B. Budimlija, 93, of Rib Lake, passed away on September 6, 2019 at Acorn Hills Senior Living in Mosinee, surrounded by family, under the care of Interim Hospice.

 

Iline was born on September 9, 1925 to Max and Hermina (Hengst) Zuther in Rib Lake. She graduated from Rib Lake High School. She briefly worked in Milwaukee before returning to Rib Lake. She also worked for Gem Products Shoe Factory for many years and at the Mondeaux Flowage.  When she returned to Rib Lake, she met Duscan “Duke” Budimlija at Zondlo’s and danced the Blue Waltz. They were married on September 27, 1947 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Rib Lake. Duke preceded Iline in death on July 12, 2011.

 

In her spare time Iline enjoyed working in the woods, taking meticulous care of her garden and lawn, cooking, spending time with her grandchildren, and making meals for her family.

 

Iline is survived by her sons, Dennis (Judith) Budimlija of Rib Lake, Dan (Margaret) Budimlija of Mosinee, and Gary (Yvonne) Budimlija of Medford; grandchildren, Jennifer (Chad) Jacobson, Brad (Heidi) Budimlija, Ryan (Katie) Budimlija, Heidi Radtke, Justin (Amie) Budimlija, Nicole (Jesse) Lukewich, Tyler (Shannon) Budimlija, and Joshua (Kirsten) Budimlija; great-grandchildren, Bianca, Brent, Riley, Silas, Dade, Lana, Gavin, Lilly, Jacob, Elliott, Arien, Zoe, Rowan, Mateo, Maddie, Flora, and one on the way, baby Duscan; great-great-grandchildren, Eli and Avery. Iline is further survived by her brother, Marlin Zuther of Seattle, WA and many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

 

In addition to her husband and parents, Ilene is preceded in death her infant brother Marvin, sister, Helen Dyrcz, and brother, Donald Zuther.

 

A memorial service for Iline will take place at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church, with Pastor Kenneth Bittorf officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake. Visitation will take place at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Iline’s name may be made to either Acorn Hill Senior Living or the church.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

William "Bill" E. Bechlem

 

WILLIAM “BILL” E. BECHLEM

 

AGE: 59

ADDRESS: Main Street, Medford, WI

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Thursday, September 5 at Aspirus Medford Hospital where he had been a patient for the past 1 day

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Graveside services will take place at 11 AM on Friday, September 13 at Medford Evergreen Cemetery

OFFICIATING: Rev. David Clements

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 25, 1960 at Medford

EDUCATION: Attended Medford area schools

MARRIAGE: August 11, 1985 at the Gilman Baptist Church to Cindy Tate and they were later divorced

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: He worked the carnival for Earl’s Rides out of Chilton, WI for over 30 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching the Green Bay Packers.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Son – Billy (Jodi Dake) Bechlem of Medford
3 Granddaughters – Shannon & Shelby Salzman, Samantha Dake-Shuld

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother – Otto Bechlem of Prentice
Sisters – Patricia (LeeRoy) Vesnefsky of Racine and Brenda Bechlem of Arizona
Special Niece – Sandra Vesnefsky of Racine

DECEASED FATHER: Willard E. Bechlem

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Mildred E. (Brasch) Bechlem-Kessler

OTHER INFORMATION: -For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

John "Jack" Graff

 

John “Jack” Graff, age 57, of Medford, passed away on Monday, September 2, 2019 at the UW Madison.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  Family and friends are welcome from 1:00 p.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

 

John was born on October 5, 1961 in Marshfield,  the son of Robert Sr. and Shirley (Tischendorf) Graff. After Robert passed away Shirley remarried Ernie Krause.  John was raised on a dairy farm in rural Stetsonville where he loved to help in the barn.  On August 22, 1981, he was united in marriage to Maureen Shannon.

 

John enjoyed building things with his hands .  He worked at Meyer Manufacturing in Dorchester out of high school, and later was a self-employed contractor.  He also enjoyed working on cars and snowmobiles.  He loved riding snowmobiles and at one time had collected over 80 sleds.  He loved cooking for his family, but would never share his famous recipes, especially his pizza dough.  It will always be his top secret.  Most importantly, John cherished his family, and love teasing his children, especially his daughter.

 

John is survived by his wife: Maureen; sons: Adam (Mattie) of Dorchester and Jon (friend Sierra Mannel) of Lake Hallie, and a daughter: Megan (friend Austin Mientke) of Medford; a grandson: Jack; three brothers: Ed (Kathy) of Stetsonville, Dan (Barb) of Stetsonville, and Tim of Wausau; and three sisters: Nancy (Dave) Jenks of Florida, Sarah of Florida, and Joanne (Butch) Firnstal of Medford along with many  nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; Step-father; brother: Robert Jr. and sister: Mary Redd.

 

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