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GAIL A. LINZNER

 

AGE: 62

 

ADDRESS: 1211 Railroad St. Rib Lake former resident of Milwaukee

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:20 A.M. Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Aspirus Medford Hospital where she had been a patient for the past 2 days.

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: Per her request, no services will be held

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 8, 1952 in Medford

 

EDUCATION: Gail attended Medford and Milwaukee Area Schools

 

MARRIAGE: February 13, 1971 in Medford to Michael F. Linzner and he survives

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Gail was a loving foster mother to 9 children beyond her own 4 children. She enjoyed reading, planting flowers, feeding the birds and caring for her family.

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Michael F. Linzner of Rib Lake

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Dawn (Martin) Bernal of Des Plaines, IL, Jodi (Ismael) Ruiz of Medford, Amy (Lance) Dehne of Medford, Michelle (Elias) Sandoval of Medford and Foster Son: John (Natosha) Griffiths of Warne, NC

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 2: Arika & Joey Bernal & 2 Foster Grandchildren: Gabriella & Vanessa Griffiths

 

SURVIVING SISTER: Nina (Don) Schreiner of Arlington Heights, IL

 

BROTHER DECEASED: Lesley “Bub” Willett Jr.

 

DECEASED FATHER: Lesley A. Willett Sr.

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Hazel A. Schlais

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Gail’s family to be designated at a later date.
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

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ROBERT “BOBBY” H. PILLER

 

AGE: 94

 

ADDRESS: 317 W. County Road A Stetsonville Village of Stetsonville Resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 12:30 A.M. Wednesday, January 28 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and under the care of hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 1:30 P.M. Friday, January 30 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville

 

OFFICIATING: Father Frederick Brost

 

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

 

VISITATION: 11:30 A.M. until the time of services at 1:30 P.M. Friday, January 30 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 4, 1920 in Medford

 

EDUCATION: Attended Medford Public Schools

 

MARRIAGE: December 26, 1942, he married Florence “Dolly” E. Schwarting and she preceded him in death on April 18, 2013

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After their marriage, Robert and Dolly farmed in Medford and he also worked at Hurd in Medford. In 1967, they relocated where they lived for 23 years, during this time Robert drove truck for the State of Illinois until his retirement in 1986. In 1990, they then moved back to Stetsonville where they owned and operated Partners Bar and Restaurant, retiring a second time in 1994. Robert was a very hard worker and enjoyed gardening. He loved his family especially his grandchildren.

 

MEMBER OF: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: 4 Sons: Gary of Medford, Bruce of Fond du Lac, Mark (Debbie) of Ocala, Florida and Rocky (Debbie) of Crystal Lake, Illinois
2 Daughters: Betty (Dennis) Elliott of Cortland, Illinois and Lynn (Doug) Retherford of DeKalb, Illinois

Daughter-In-Law: Dora Piller of Schaumburg, Illinois

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Donna and Dennis “Butch”

 

16 GRANDCHILDREN

 

21 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN

 

4 GREAT-GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN

 

SURVIVING SISTER: Genevieve Jochimsen of Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

6 BROTHERS DECEASED

 

DECEASED FATHER: Otto Piller

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Mary Piller (Maiden Name: Sickinger)

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to Hope Hospice.

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EDWIN LEE SMITH

 

AGE: 91

 

ADDRESS: N3318 Hall Drive, Medford; A Township of Browning resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:25 PM Monday, January 26 at his residence in the Town of Browning under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 1:30 PM Friday, January 30 at United Methodist Church, Medford where there will be military rites performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team

 

OFFICIATING: Rev Kyochul Shin

 

INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery

 

VISITATION: United Methodist Church, Medford from 12 noon until the time of services at 1:30 PM on Friday, January 30

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 17, 1923 at Downing, WI

 

EDUCATION: Medford elementary schools, 1943 graduate of Medford High School, attended Technical College in Wausau

 

MARRIAGE: August 20, 1949 at United Methodist Church, Medford to Ruth A. Hutchinson and she survives

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After high school, he entered the US Navy and was a veteran of WW II serving from 1943-1946 as a radio technician 3rd Class. After the service, he continued his education. Then he worked as a foreman for Steel Structures in Medford for many years until his retirement in 1988. He also operated a hobby farm in the Town of Browning for many years. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking, making furniture & snowshoes.

 

MEMBER OF: United Methodist Church, Medford; Medford American Legion Club

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Ruth A. Smith of Medford

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Karen (Mike) Marti of La Valle, WI, Terry (Janie) Smith of Verona, WI, Ricky (Mary) Smith of Tomah, WI, Jeffrey (Linda Geiger) Smith of Medford, Laurie (Tom) Daniels of Wausau

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Son – Daniel Smith in infancy in 1957

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 8 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 7

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister – Florence Hedlund of Medford

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sister – Elaine Kramer

 

DECEASED FATHER: Edwin Clay Smith

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Mae Pearl Barber

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made out to the Medford United Methodist Church, 287 E. Allman, Medford, WI 54451 in his name-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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 Phyllis Kathleen Dable, 90, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at Hospice House, Wausau, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

 

  She was born Nov. 28, 1924, in the town of Deer Creek, Taylor County, the daughter of the late George and Dorothy (Zwingli) Buehler. She married Fred Dable on Aug.23, 1946.

 

  Prior to marriage Phyllis taught elementary education from 1944 to 1946. The couple farmed from 1946 to 1968 when she divorced. She moved to Merrill where she ran a small daycare in Little Florida Trailer Court for several years then worked at various restaurants until her retirement in 1998. She then moved to Mosinee to be closer to her family. She enjoyed baking, card games, and laughing a Funniest Home Videos.

 

  Survivors include her daughter, Bonnie (Breck) Mittlesteadt, Mosinee; five grandchildren, Wayne Schuster, Wendy (Mike) Goelden, Barry Schuster, Becky (Jordan) Hensel and Seth Mittlesteadt; six great-grandchildren; three brothers, Philip (Elsie) Buehler, Medford, David Buehler, Athens, and Rex (Lee) Buehler, Merrill; and a sister-in-law, Adeline Buehler, Egan, Minn. She was preceded in death by two brothers, John and Donald Buehler, two sisters, Doris (Clarence) Ploecklman and Lillian (Robert) Sackmann, a daughter, Dorothy (Ray) Schuster, and a great-grandson, Matthew Waldvogel.

 

  Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, at Beste Funeral Home, Mosinee. The Rev. Duane Jass will officiate. The family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. Monday until time of services at the funeral home.

 

  A special thank you to the staff and volunteers at Aspirus Hospice House. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Aspirus Hospice House.
 

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CHARLOTTE M. HABERMEYER

 

AGE: 103

 

ADDRESS: 635 Cedar Street, Medford; City of Medford Resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:40 A.M. Sunday, January 25 at Country Gardens Assisted Living, Medford where she had resided for the past 3 years and under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 31 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Deacon Joseph Stefancin

 

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Stetsonville

 

VISITATION: 9:30 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 31 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 7, 1911 in the Township of Little Black

 

EDUCATION: Attended Dorchester area schools

 

MARRIAGE: October 6, 1936 to Thomas M. Habermeyer and he preceded her in death on November 14, 1965.

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Charlotte was a cook at Liberty Grade School, Medford High School and the Stetsonville Grade School for 40+ years until her retirement at the age of 75. During this time her and her husband, Thomas owned and operated a dairy farm in the Township of Little Black. Charlotte enjoyed knitting, crafts, fishing, playing cards and doing puzzles.

 

MEMBER OF: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Barbara (David) Dittrich of Medford and Charles (Bonnie) Habermeyer of Stetsonville

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Son: David Habermeyer on June 21, 1970

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 8

 

GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: 17

 

GREAT-GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: 4

 

SURVIVING BROTHER: Clarence Decker of Colby

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: George, Frank, Jimmy, Olivia, Marie, Theresa, Rose and Matilda
Also twin brothers in infancy

 

DECEASED FATHER: Peter Decker

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Krezense Decker (Maiden Name: Heigl)

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Charlotte’s family to be designated at a later date

-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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BRIAN C. KULAS

 

AGE: 77

 

ADDRESS: W7877 Lake Road Medford Township of Hammel Resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 7:30 A.M. Monday, January 26 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 1:30 P.M. Saturday, January 31 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford where full military honors will be performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team.

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. James Krueger

 

INTERMENT: Athens Cemetery, Athens

 

VISITATION: 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Friday, January 30 at the Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford and also Saturday from 11:30 A.M. until the time of services at church

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 20, 1937 in Wausau

 

EDUCATION: Graduate of Wausau High School; Attended UW-Madison where he received a degree in Physical Education and a Graduate degree in Education Administration. During college was member of the Badger Basketball Team from 1955-1959.

 

MARRIAGE: June 27, 1959 in Wausau to Dona R. Penn

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: During college, he was in ROTC and following graduation fulfilled his military obligation at Fort Benning, Georgia. Later he served in the National Guard where he was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington, during the Berlin Crisis, and Fort Knox, Kentucky. In 1959, Brian started his teaching career at Medford High School where he taught physical education and coached the boys’ basketball team. He became Assistant Principal in 1968 and Principal in 1971, a position he held until becoming Assistant Superintendent in 1987. He retired in 1999. Following his retirement, he served as Principal at the Medford Elementary School for one year. Brian was instrumental in the formation of the Medford Education Foundation and Post Prom activities, remaining active in both in his retirement. He continued to work with youth for many years as an instructor for Junior Achievement. He was an avid golfer, sports fan and reader.

 

MEMBER OF:, Kiwanis, Esadore Area Lake Association, Tee Hi Golf Club, Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church where he served six years as Church Council President. He served on the Boards of Directors of Memorial Hospital, Memorial Health Foundation, Taylor Electric Cooperative, Dairyland Power, AnnMarie Foundation, Medford Education Foundation, Federated Youth Foundation, Medford Public Library and Medford Public Library Foundation. Brian received national recognition for developing an education program to teach elementary students about Cooperatives. He was recognized as the Medford Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year in 1986 and inducted into the Medford High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Dona R. Kulas of Medford

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Three sons: Kevin (Krista) Kulas of Savage, Minnesota, Kirby (Julie) Kulas of Appleton and Keith Kulas of Marshfield

 

5 GRANDCHILDREN: Kolby, Kassie, Konor, Katherine and Klaire Kulas

 

AUNT: Lillian Kundert of Evansville, Indiana

 

SISTER-IN-LAW: Faye (Donald) Blarek of Wausau
Also survived by Nieces, Nephews and other relatives

 

DECEASED FATHER: Louis Kulas

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Dorothy Kulas (Maiden Name: Kercher)

 

PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Brian’s family to be designated at a later date
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

 

Brian taught his students that their years in high school were like a trip on a rocket ship. He inspired all who knew him to reach for the stars. . . . 

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Arnold " Shrimp" R. Schaefer, age 85, of Milan, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015 , under the tender care of hospice at the Colonial Center in Colby with his family by his side. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Milan, WI. Father Paul Hoffman will officiate. Visitation for family and friends are welcome from 4:00 - 8:00 PM on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the church, and 10:00 AM until the time of the service on Saturday. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.

 

  Arnold was born on July 23, 1929 the son of Werner C. and Louise (Vesley) Schaefer, on his home farm in Milan, WI. He is a 1948 graduate of Abbotsford High School. Arnold was united in marriage to Virginia " Ginny" H. Gall on August, 6 1952 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester, WI. They just recently celebrated their 62 wedding anniversary.

 

  Arnold was a dairy farmer. He took over the family farm in 1952, and farmed until retirement age in 1996. Together Shrimp and Ginny had 12 beautiful children.

 

  Arnold held much pride in taking the Abbotsford Baseball team to state in 1948. He also was known as a very good dart ball player. When called on, to take that one shot, he was the guy. But most importantly he loved to attend his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. He loved his family and enjoyed family get togethers and celebrations.

 

  Arnold is survived by his wife, Ginny; 12 children: Kathleen (Randall) Kuck, Athens, Michael (Debra) Schaefer, Gilman, Steven (Julie) Schaefer, Edgar, Julie (Frank) Sterzinger, Minocqua, Daniel (Jane) Schaefer, Milan, Mary Jo (Douglas) Bruesewitz, Milan, Joseph (Jill) Schaefer, Colby, Diane (Blain) Rodman, Wausau, Terri (Mark) Peissig, Dorchester, Jean (Tony) Ludwig, Medford, Jolyn (Chris) Krohn, Wausau, and James (Nancy) Schaefer; 35 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two sisters: Joyce (Florian) Ahles, Marathon, and Blanche Krizek, Chicago, IL.

 

  He was preceded in death by his parents; four siblings; Lorraine Bousse, Werner S. Schaefer, Bernice Burger, and Leslie Schaefer, and a grandson; Kristopher Kuck.



 

PHILIP “FUZZ” G. METZ

 

AGE: 64

 

ADDRESS: 300 E. Allman St. Medford

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 7:40 P.M. Friday, January 23, 2015 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Ministry Home Care & Hospice.

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 11:30 A.M. Friday, January 30, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford where there will also be military rites performed by the Stetsonville American Legion Club

 

OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger and Deacon Joseph Stefancin

 

VISITATION: 9:30 A.M. until time of services at 11:30 A.M. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 6, 1950 in Medford

 

EDUCATION: Attended Little Black Grade School and was a 1968 graduate of Medford Area High School

 

MARRIAGE: August 18, 1984 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford to Debra J. Scheithauer and she survives.

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Fuzz was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran. He worked for Melvin’s Ready Mix Concrete Company for a number of years. Fuzz then drove truck for Tombstone Pizza for 25 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time at the family cabin.

 

MEMBER OF: Boxrucker-Berry American Legion Post #519 in Stetsonville and the National Rifle Association

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Deb J. Metz of Medford

 

SURVIVING PET: loving dog Blazer

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Mona “Monie” (Kayo) Pope of Stetsonville, Jim (Bev) Metz, Paul Metz, Mark (Dee Habeck) Metz, Steve (Kate) Metz all of Medford, Dan (Jeneane) Metz of Stetsonville and Sister-in-Law: Linda Metz of Medford

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Chuck Metz and Sister-in-Law: Marge Metz

 

SURVIVING PARENT: Mother: Beulah D. Metz of Medford

 

DECEASED FATHER: Charles I. Metz

 

HONORARY URN BEARERS: Nieces & Nephews

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to his family to be designated at a later date or in Fuzz’s name to Ministry Home Care & Hospice.
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 



 

FLOYD L. NEIBACHER

 

AGE: 85

 

ADDRESS: 849 S. Park Ave. Medford City of Medford Resident; Former Township of Little Black Resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:23 A.M. Friday, January 23 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 30 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Holway

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. Kris Bjerke-Ulliman

 

INTERMENT: Our Saviour’s Cemetery, Holway with full military honors performed by the Boxrucker-Berry American Legion Post #519, Stetsonville

 

VISITATION: 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, January 29 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford and also from 9:30 A.M. until the time of services at 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 30 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Holway

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 6, 1929 in the Township of Holway

 

EDUCATION: Attended Forest Grove Elementary School in the Township of Holway and a 1947 graduate of Owen High School

 

MARRIAGE: June 14, 1958 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Holway to Lois C. Berry

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Floyd served in the U.S. Army from July 7, 1954 until May 31, 1956. After his time in the service, he drove truck for Paul Brothers in Owen. Floyd then was a manager at Sauter Brothers in Dorchester from 1957 until 1987. He was also a manager at the C-Store in Dorchester until his retirement in 1991. In his retirement, Floyd enjoyed working out in the woods. He also enjoyed hunting, playing baseball, watching the Cubs and the Bears and reading western books.

 

MEMBER OF: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Holway, Boxrucker-Berry American Legion Post #519, Stetsonville, Served on the Board of Our Saviour’s Cemetery, Holway

Former charter member of Holway AAL and former Timberline Hare-Beagle Club

 

SURVIVNG SPOUSE: Lois C. Neibacher of Medford

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Merwyn (Susan Kerr) Neibacher of Glenwood City, Echo (Chris) Buehler of Medford, Margo (Robert) Gramling of Chippewa Falls, Kurt (Theresa) Neibacher of Carthage, New York and Gary (Sally) Purgett of Owen

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 11

 

GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: 3

 

SURVIVING SISTERS-IN-LAW: Harriet Vircks of Abbotsford and Doris Neibacher of Owen

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Wilbert and Orville Neibacher
Sister at birth

 

DECEASED FATHER: Oscar E. Neibacher

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Dorothy Neibacher (Maiden Name: Hamm)

 

PALLBEARERS: Honorary: Jerry Rankl, Gary Purgett and Dewey Hamm
Active: Hunter and Slate Buehler, Michael and April Neibacher, Samuel Gramling and Travis Purgett

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, Floyd’s family requests memorials to be made to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Cemetery Association or St. Mary’s Cemetery Association of Holway
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 



Elva Mae Kohler 86 of Bruce; died on Friday; January 23rd, 2015 at The Rusk County Memorial Hospital in Ladysmith.

 

She is survived by 5 children: Janet & Mike Ptacek of Prescott; Nancy & Tom Schweitzer of Exeland; Jim & Ziggy Kohler of Winter; Lesley Paul of Bruce and Dave & Tammy Kohler of Medford. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and a sister Julia MacArthur of Bruce. Elva Mae was preceded in death by her husband Woody, a daughter Sharon Kramer and a brother Lyle Long.

 

Funeral services for Elva Mae will be held on Tuesday; January 27th, 2015 at 11:00 AM at The Ladysmith Church of Christ with Donn Schrodder officiating. Burial will be in the Bruce Cemetery.

 

The Kohler Family will receive friends at the Nash - Jackan Funeral Home in Bruce after 4:00 PM on Monday and also at the Church on Tuesday for an hour prior to service time.


     

 



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