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Ronald "Ron" S. Konieczny


  Ronald “Ron” S. Konieczny, 60, of Owen passed away on September 21, 2016 in Holway.

  He was born on September 28, 1955 to Stanley and Adala (Collar) Konieczny. He was a graduate of Owen- Withee High School. He married Sally Ann Kowalewski on September 23, 1976 in Medford. After school Ron went on to work at Weather Shield for 32 years. After Weather Shield Ron then went on to work for Turenne and Nestle.

  In his spare time Ron enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, woodworking, gardening, raising llamas, caring for his lawn, drinking beer and listening to good tunes, camping, colorful campfires, watching the Packers, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

  Ron is survived by his wife Sally of Owen, children: Shannon (Patrick) Loucks of Curtis, Shawn (Sara) Konieczny of Medford, Sherri (Dustin) Dmytro of Gilman, grandchildren: Shawna, Bryant, Victoria, Clark, and Claire. Ron is further survived by his mother, Adala, sisters: Kathy (Bill) Semanko of Junction City, KS, Karen (Lee) Paul of Medford, Linda (Don) Horgen of Almena, and Judy Bogodonovich of Stanley.

He is preceded in death by his father Stanley, father-in-law Vernon “Bud” Kowalewski, and mother-in-law Marjorie “Marge” Kowalewski.

   A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at his residence at 3:00 PM.

  In lieu of flowers Memorial Donation in honor of Ron can be given to his family for designation at a later date.


Sonny J. Pepper


  Sonny J. Pepper, 13 months of Eau Claire died on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Sacred Heart Hospital.

  Sonny was born on July 30, 2015 to Jacob and Amy Pepper in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Sonny was our perfect little baby boy, who smiled and showed his love for life and family doing the simple, silly things that boys do; sticking his fingers where they didn’t belong, making a mess of his favorite spaghetti dinners, and trying to get as much water out of the bathtub as possible. He enjoyed making towers with his blocks, which were the best gift he ever received from his loving Aunt Becky and Uncle Josh, only to destroy them and start over.  Although his time with us was short, the world was a brighter place each and every day he was in it.  We want him to be remembered for the happy, energetic, and delightful child that lifted the spirits of those around him; which was in his spider man pajamas most of the time.  He will be missed by his twin sister, Summer, in trading nooks, throwing balls at each other, and sharing the experience of growing together and having a friend to figure out life’s adventures.  Our boy was perfect, and this is the way we shall remember him forever.

  Sonny is survived by his parents, Jacob and Amy Pepper of Eau Claire; twin sister, Summer Rae of Eau Claire; and loving friends and family members.

  Sonny was preceded in death by his cousin, Izzo David.

  Funeral services will be Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 10:30 am at Immaculate Conception with Father Donald Meuret officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.  Private family burial will be held at a later date.  Friends and family may leave online condolences at


Rose M. "Jump River Rose" Wawrzyniak

  Rose M. "JUMP RIVER ROSE" Wawrzyniak 89; died on Saturday; September 17th, 2016 at The Clark County Health Care Center in Owen.
  She is survived by 4 children: Peggy & James Trawicki of Gilman, Michael & Sheryl Mogensen of Delafield, Robert & Joni Mogensen of Lake Nabagamon and James & Patti Mogensen of Cottonwood, Az. Rose is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren, 3 brothers and 1 sister: Kenneth Petska of Sheldon, Tom & Darlene Petska of Tomah, Bruce Petska of Effingham, IL and Kay Smith of Spring Grove, IL.

  Funeral Services for Jump River Rose will be held on Saturday; September 24th, 2016 at 1:00 PM at The Jump River Community Center with burial in Mt. Nebo Cemetery. The family will receive friends at The Nash - Jackan Funeral Home in Ladysmith on Friday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 pM and also at the Center for 2 hours prior to service time.


Bernice L. Kademan


  Bernice L. Kademan, age 94, of Colby, formerly of Spencer, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield surrounded by her loving family.  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at First United Church of Christ in Colby. Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate.  Interment will be held in the Colby Memorial Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 AM until time of service Saturday at the church.  

  Bernice was born on the family farm in Curtiss on January 28, 1922, the daughter of Edwin and Hulda (Neuhaus) Strade.  She attended Clovernook School.  Bernice was united in marriage to Leonard Kademan on November 4, 1939 at Curtiss Evangelical Reformed Church.  He preceded her in death on November 30, 2015.  Together they farmed near Curtiss until 1972 when they moved to Spencer. 

  Bernice was a member of First United Church of Christ.  She enjoyed dancing, playing cards, knitting afghans, reading and solving crossword puzzles.  The family attributed her long life to their home grown vegetables.  She also made a lot of homemade bread which everyone enjoyed.  Most importantly, Bernice loved spending time with her family, her sister-in-law, Marie, whom she missed dearly after she passed away and her good neighbors.

  Bernice is survived by three children: Lois Block of Colby, Judy (Richard) Koplitz-Bunkelman of Wausau and Ken (Mary) Kademan of Marshfield; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.  She is further survived by her sister, Jeanette Telford of Colby; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two grandchildren:  Scott Koplitz and Jill Block; her sister, Dolores Knutson and two sons-in-law:  John Block and Marvin Koplitz.


Evelyn Johanna Potter

  Evelyn Johanna Potter, 89 passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September
13, 2016 at the Cornell Care Center where she was a resident for 2 years.
  She was born on February 19, 1927 in Eastman, WI the daughter of the late
Rhodelle and Laura (Spalla) Martin. The family moved to Donald, WI when
she was very young. Evelyn spent a short time in Chicago but then moved
back to the Donald area and married Russell Potter on January 17, 1948. She
was a farm wife and loving mother to her 15 children and all other children in
her presence.
  Evelyn will be remembered for her sincere smile, quick laugh and the love she
had for everyone. She spent countless hours on her beautiful yard and flower
garden weeding and mowing lawn. In her later years she worked for Stepping
Stones Shelter in Medford and drove the bus to deliver the elderly to eat, play
cards and of course keep the flower beds weed free at the Gilman Senior
Center. She also enjoyed the library, reading, being a mentor at the Gilman
School, sewing, the Garden Club, her grandchildren and having family at her
  She is survived by 14 children, Dennis (Pat Stender) Potter of Gilman, Max
(Judy Williams) Potter of Gilman, Alan (Betty) Potter of Kingston, IL, Dale
(Veronica Ethridge) Potter of Jacksonville, FL, Penny Dionne of Mollalla, OR,
Wayne (Karen) Potter of Big Foot, TX, Judy Gutsch of Madison, Kay (Glen)
Lockwood of Rainier, OR, Gail (Tim) Marshall of Holcombe, Bonny (John)
Redican of Rockford, IL, Ross Potter of Belvidere, IL, Neal (Lynnie Corey)
Potter of Muskego, Lynn (Will SR) Petska of Lena and Kim (James) Curtis of
Gilman, 24 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, 3 great great
grandchildren and two brothers, Francis Martin of Gilman and Paul Martin of
CA. Evelyn is preceded in death by her eldest son, Gerald Potter,
granddaughter, April, sister, Viola Westphal, a brother, Ed Marin and a son in
law, Frank Dionne.
  A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, September 24th at the Donald
Town Hall at 11 a.m. Inurnment will take place later at the Donald Cemetery. In
lieu of flowers the family would prefer memorials of your choice.
  The family would like to give special thanks to the Cornell Area Care Center
and St. Joseph’s Hospice of Chippewa Falls for their extraordinary care and
compassion. We take comfort that Mom is at Peace and Heaven is now just a
little bit sweeter.


Winifred G. Hermann


  Winifred G. Herrmann, age 89, of Abbotsford, passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2016 the Colonial Center in Colby.  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at First United Church of Christ in Colby.  Pastor Teri A. Hanson will officiate.  Interment to follow at Colby Memorial Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21 and from 9:00 a.m. until time of service Thursday all the church.  The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Colby is entrusted with the arrangements.

  Winifred was born on February 22, 1927, the daughter of Erwin and Viola (Patitz) Martens in Clark County.  She was raised on the family farm and attended Clover Nook Rural School and graduated from Colby High School in 1945.  Winifred was united in marriage to Rueben Hass, who preceded her in death on February 21, 1957.  On November 5, 1958, she was united in marriage to her loving husband, Richard A. Herrmann in Pine City, MN.  They celebrated their 50th anniversary before he passed away on August 25, 2009.

  Winifred was a lifetime member of First United Church of Christ and was active in the Women's Guild.         She also was on the election board for the Town of Colby, the Chequamegon Bird Club and Colby Sandhill Homemakers.  Winifred also enjoyed playing cards with friends, bowling, square dancing, traveling the United States, gardening and tending to her flower garden.  Most importantly, she loved to spend time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

  Winifred is survived by her two daughters:  Jane (Dave) Pescinski and Lois (Jeffrey) Fischer, both of Colby; eight grandchildren:  Tara (Craig) Krug, Brandon Pescinski, Heidi Pescinski, Caroline Fischer, Mary Fischer, Carrie Hass, Kim Hass, Nathan (Jody) Hass; eight great-grandchildren:  Addison and Caleb Krug, Karly and Carson Kibbel, Zachary, Claire, Sarah and Jacob Hass.  She is further survived by her brother, Norbert (sister-in-law, Bernie) Martens of Unity; two sisters-in-law, Virgene Martens of Stratford and Verna (Eugene) Blair of Abbotsford and a brother-in-law,  Glenn Herrmann of Minocqua; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her two husbands, Rueben and Richard; her two sons: Larry Hass on June 18, 2013 and Ronald Hass on May 4, 2000; her brother, Norman Martens; two sisters-in-law: Evelyn (Harold) Ven Rooy and Darlene Herrmann.




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