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Raymond W. Hackel, age 93, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016 surrounded by his family at Golden Living Center-Continental Manor in Abbotsford.  A memorial service be held at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, May 25 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  Father Charles Hiebl will officiate.  Interment will be held at St. Thomas in Milan.  Family and friends are welcome from 2:00 PM until the time of the service on Wednesday at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.

  Raymond was born on September 8, 1922, in the Town of Holton, the son of Albert and Sadie (Speck) Hackel.  He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Irma Hoernke on April 6, 1946 at the priest's house in Wuertzberg.

  Raymond was a farmer.  He farmed until the age of 62.  Other jobs include hauling milk and driving a gravel truck. 

  Raymond enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, gambling and weeding ginseng. He was also a big Cub's fan and Packer fan. Most of all, he loved his family.

  Raymond is survived by his wife: Irma Hackel; eight children:  Judy (Daniel) Maroldy, CA, Mike (Cheri) Hackel of Abbotsford, Wendy King of Watertown, Julie (Roger) Thieme of Colby, Kathy (Roy) Welcher of Cameron, Ken Hackel of Abbotsford, Paula (Bruce) Erickson of Athens, and Paul (Tracy) Hackel of Medford; 18 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and a brother: Howard Hackel and a sister: Celia Venzke.  He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by a brother: Isadore Hackel and a sister: Marie Hummes.

  Family and friends may express condolences online at



Walter Loyd “Butch” Lindahl, 92, of Medford, passed away Sunday May 22, 2016 at Aspirus Care and Rehab.

  Butch was born in High Bridge, WI, April 8, 1924 to Ernest and Pauline (Seaquist) Lindahl. He married Shirley H. Kleist at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stetsonville on October 19, 1946. She survives.
  Butch is also survived by his children; Beverly (Dale) Schroeder of Stevens Point, and Steven (Gloria) Lindahl of Medford. Grandchildren Troy (Kiersten) Schroeder, Eric Lindahl, Adam (Mindy) Lindahl, Darcy (Jeremy) Wall, Angela Lindahl, and Heather Lindahl. And 6 Great Grandchildren. He is further survived by Sister In Law Pauline Lindahl of Washington State and many nieces and nephews.
  He is preceded in death by his Parents, Son Lloyd Lindahl, and Brothers Virgil and Eugene Lindahl, and infant brother Lloyd Lindahl.
  Butch served his country in the US Army Medic Corps from 1943 – 1946. He then drove truck for Ben Reusch in Minong, WI and also was employed by Niemuth Implement Company in Stetsonville. In 1951 Butch began long-distance truck for Neuendorf Trucking, driving to Chicago. In 1981, Butch retired from trucking and then worked part time selling cars for Mertens Garage. He was a charter member of the Stetsonville American Legion Post 519, Medford VFW Post 5729, past member of the Thursday Night Mens Golf League, 710 Teamsters Union in Chicago and served as President of the Church Council of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stetsonville for six years.
  Funeral Services for Butch Lindahl will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday May 25, 2016 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stetsonville. Rev. James H. Babler will officiate. Burial will take place in Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. His Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Military Rites will be presented by the Stetsonville American Legion Post 519. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, on Tuesday May 24, 2016 and also at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church on Wednesday May 25, 2016 from 10:00 – 10:45.

  Arrangements have been entrusted with Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake.
  Memorial Donations in honor of Butch may be given to Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Online condolences can be left at



Donald W. Nelson, age 82, of Stevens Point, went to be with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Portage County Health Care Center surrounded by his loving wife and daughters.

  Donald was born November 25, 1933 to the late Chester & Gertrude (Strebig) Nelson in Medford, WI.     He grew up on the family farm in the town of Hammel and attended Meadowbrook grade school. He graduated from Medford High School in 1951 and attended a short course in farming at UW-Madison.
Donald married Alice Blasel at Zion Lutheran Church on September 6, 1958 in Stetsonville, WI. They had three daughters, Cindy, Beth, & Sharon.
  Donald operated heavy equipment for P.C. Kaiser from 1956 to 1964, working on the WI interstate system out of Portage, WI. He was a semi truck driver most of his working career; driving for Neuendorf Transportation and Steel King Industries in Stevens Point, WI. Donald retired in 1997. From 2004 to 2013, Donald drove potato truck for Wysocki Potato Company during harvest season.
  One of his greatest lifetime achievements was driving 4.2 million accident free miles. He was awarded Mack Truck’s Million Mile Award in 1974. He was also Driver of the Month by Wisconsin Motor Carrier in September 1980 and was acknowledged for his outstanding service as a professional driver in February of 1981 by Motor Carriers Association.
  In his free time, Donald enjoyed camping with his family, water skiing, snowmobiling, and snow skiing.   After retirement, they purchased a motor home and became full time RV’ers, living summers in Canada and winters in Texas. He spent time fishing in Wisconsin, Canada, and Texas. He and his wife, Alice, hunted deer, elk, & moose in Wisconsin, Wyoming, Texas & Canada.
  Donald is survived by his wife of 57 years, Alice Nelson of Stevens Point; daugthers, Cindy (Mike) Marczak of Stevens Point, Sharon (Tim) Maloney of Avon, IN, and son-in-law, Kirk Schield of Two Harbors, MN; 7 grandchildren, Daniel, Benjamin, Anna, & Sara Schield, Trevor & MacKenzie Maloney, and Dean Marczak. He is further survived by sister, Shirley Kruescher of Stetsonville, WI; mother-in-law, Leona Blasel; along with other beloved family.
  He is preceded in death by daughter, Beth Schield; his parents; and father-in-law, Ed Blasel.
  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016 at St. Paul Lutheran Church with Rev. Thomas Petersen officiating. Visitation will be held Wednesday, May 25th at the Boston Funeral Home from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and also on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Committal will be at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials will be established at a later date. Online condolences may be made at
  The family would like to extend their appreciation to the Staff at Ministry Saint Michaels Hospital, Ministry Hospice, and Portage County Health Care Center for the wonderful care that was given to Donald.





AGE: 95


ADDRESS: N2156 County Road C, Medford; A Township of Deer Creek resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 5:10 AM Friday, May 20 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford where she had resided for the past 4 months


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Monday, May 23 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville


OFFICIATING: Rev. James H. Babler


INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery II


VISITATION: 4 – 7 PM Sunday, May 22 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford and also from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Monday, May 23 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: January 16, 1921 at the Town of Little Black


EDUCATION: Little White School, Town of Little Black


MARRIAGE: October 4, 1947 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville to Edward F. Hraby and he preceded her in death May 29, 2005


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Prior to her marriage, she worked in Chicago for 9 years at Eversharp Pens & Pencil factory. After their marriage, she farmed in the Town of Deer Creek for many years until retirement. She enjoyed playing cards, sewing, fishing, gardening, crafts & her grandchildren. She was also active in the Gad Go Getters 4-H Club.


MEMBER OF: Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville & its Ladies Aid; Sunny Hill Homemakers Club for many years


SURVIVING CHILDREN:Diane (Bruce) Albrecht of Medford & Leon (Linda) Hraby of Medford
Daughter-in-law: Lynette (Duane) Bahr of Medford


CHILDREN DECEASED: Son - David Hraby in 1977






SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister – Dorothy Reimann of Milwaukee
Sister-in-law: Darlene Peche of Medford


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Edward, Clifford & Victor Peche; Sister – Bernadine Williams




DECEASED MOTHER: Minnie (Janoske) Peche


PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren – Todd, Terry & Travis Albrecht, Tanya Clyde, Lee, Lyle, Liza, Dave & Jason Hraby, Ryan Bahr

OTHER INFORMATION: -For online condolences,please visit 



Lorraine Anne Killion, 96, former Fergus Falls, MN resident, passed away Friday May 20, 2016 at Aspirus Care and Rehab, Medford where she had been a resident for the last 2 years.

  Lorraine was born April 8, 1920 in Minneapolis, MN to Albert and Alice (Thor) Dongoske. Following her high school career she then went on to McPhale School of Music. She married Loren H. Killion on October 2, 1943 in Minneapolis. He preceded her in death on September 22, 1995.
  She is survived by her children; Ann (Robert) Rusch of Rib Lake, WI, Barbara (William) Weber of Fargo, ND, Frederick (Karen) Killion of Florence, AZ, eight Grandchildren, nine Great Grandchildren, three Nephews and one niece.

  Lorraine is also preceded in death by her parents, Sister Jane Carlson, Brother in Law Roger Carlson, and several aunts and uncles.

  Lorraine worked for Ottertail Power Company as a secretary. She had a passion for music that remained with her throughout her life. She held the position of Organist and Choir director for several churches in Tennessee, Minneapolis, Detroit, Fargo and Fergus Falls. She deeply loved her family, and enjoyed visiting her grandchildren throughout the country. Lorraine was an excellent fisherwoman. She loved to take casino trips with friends, playing Bridge, and entertaining nursing home residents by playing the piano. Lorraine will be remembered by her many talents, especially her love for orchestrating events.
  She was a member of First Lutheran Church in Westboro, and The Hospital Bridge Marathon.

  A memorial service will be held 11:00 AM, Thursday May 26, 2016 at First Lutheran Church in Westboro, Pastor Linda Strader will officiate. Visitation will be held at First Lutheran Church beginning at 10:00 until the time of services at 11:00. Cremation rites have been accorded, burial will take place at a later date at Ft. Snelling in Minneapolis.

  Memorial Donations in honor of Lorraine may be given to her familyfor designation at a later date.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements, online condolences may be left at 




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