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Gwendolyn "Gwen" M. Peterson


Gwendolyn "Gwen" M. Peterson, age 91, of Owen, passed away on Monday, August 25, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family under the tender care of hospice. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Curtiss. Ken Schmidt will officiate. There will also be a American Legion Women's Auxiliary Service at 10:45 AM. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 AM until time of services Saturday at the church. Interment will be held in St. Paul's Lutheran Norwegian Cemetery, Town of Hoard.


Gwen was born on November 16, 1922, the daughter of Grant and Myrtle (Crawford) Herrick in Curtiss. She attended school in Curtiss and graduated from Owen-Withee High School. Gwen received a degree in teaching from Stevens Point Teachers College and her Masters in Library Science from UW-Madison in 1972. She student taught in Owen and then taught French and English and was the Librarian in Abbotsford for over 30 years. After retirement, Gwen continued to teach English as a second language.


Gwen was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Ralph Peterson on June 10, 1944. He preceded her in death on June 5, 2010.


She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid, American Legion Women's Auxiliary, Homemakers of Curtiss, Curtiss Card Club, and Delta Kappa Gamma. Gwen also was a 4-H leader for 26 years. She enjoyed cheering for the Packers, Brewers and Badgers, crocheting, quilting, and playing cards with children of all ages. Gwen also traveled to all 50 states and other countries. She especially loved welcoming family and friends into her home.


Gwendolyn is survived by her four children: Dick Peterson of Owen, Jim (Deb) Peterson of Chippewa Falls, Carol (Tim) Devine of Owen and Nancy (Dan) McAleese of Addison, IL; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Linda Peterson of Owen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph; her two sons, Gary in 2000 and Tom in 2013; and two brothers, Kenneth and Grant Herrick.


The Peterson family would like to thank Ministry Home Care Hospice for their support and compassion in taking care of their mother.

Glendon "Glen" W. Wesle




AGE: 89


ADDRESS: 737 Ogden St. Medford, WI former resident of the Town of Deer Creek


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 5:55 P.M. Monday August 25, at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford, where he had been a resident for the past 2 months and most recently under the care of Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 29, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford followed by Military Honors which will be performed by Boxrucker-Berry American Legion Post #519 of Stetsonville


OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger, Father Dennis Meulemans and Deacon Joseph Stefancin


INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford


VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. Friday August 29, at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 17, 1925 in the Town of Molitor


EDUCATION: Attended Pine Tree Grade School in the Town of Molitor and Graduated from Medford Area High School


MARRIAGE: December 27, 1947 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford to Dorothy Ann Czarnezki


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After high school Glen joined the Navy and served from 1944 to 1945. He then went into farming for 30 years in the Town of Deer Creek until his retirement. He also worked for Ivan Bootzin Feedmill in Stetsonville while farming. Glen enjoyed remodeling homes, spending time with his family, fishing and was known for his woodworking skills of Intarsia.


MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Boxrucker-Berry American Legion Post #519 of Stetsonville and the Knights of Columbus


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Dorothy A. Wesle of Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Dick (Barb) Wesle of Stetsonville, Patricia “Patty” Wesle of Medford, Tom (Cheryl) Wesle of Turtle Lake, Bob (Barb) Wesle of Spencer and Jean (Paul) Jakel of Abbotsford




SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Joan (Harold) Bizer of Medford and Harriet Meyer of Medford


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Audrey (Reiny) Klingbeil and Brother-in-Law: Raymond Meyer






PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made in Glens name to Holy Rosary Catholic School or Black River Industries.

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Delores E. Higgins


Delores E. Higgins, age 85, of Medford, passed away Monday, August 25, 2014, at her home with her family by her side. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford. Father Gerard Willger will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 am until time of services on Thursday at the church.


Delores was born July 29, 1929 in the Marathon City, the daughter of Peter and Agnes (Lemmer) Fischer. She attended Medford High School and was united in marriage to Glenn Higgins on May 8, 1947 in Waukesha, WI. They returned to Medford and farmed in the Town of Molitor until their retirement. Glenn preceded her in death on February 17, 2014.


Delores loved fishing, gardening, flowers, gambling, playing cards, shaking dice, dancing and watching the birds. She especially loved and enjoyed her family.


Delores is survived by her children; Constance (Wayne) Wagner of Withee, Dan (Kathy) Higgins of Medford, Darrell (Val)Higgins of Medford, Bruce (Pam) Higgins of Medford, Kathy (Dale Euclid) Higgins of Medford, Robin (Paul) Schmidt of Medford, Julie (Mark) Tyznik of Colby, Marty Higgins (Tanya) of Medford and Steve Fischer and family of Medford, 33 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by three sisters: Angeline Patton of Medford, Elaine Piller of Medford and Mary Ann (Lloyd) Kearly of Markison; a brother, David Fischer of San Antonio, TX; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; her brother, Marvin and sister, Alice Fischer; sisters-in-law, Genevieve Gengler, Caroline Butler and Marie Nelson; brothers-in-law, Eugene Gengler, Wilfred Butler, Conrad Nelson, Matthew Gengler, Calvin Hein, Rick Patton and Harold Piller.


The Higgins family would like to thank her sister, Angeline Patton and Hope Hospice for their support and compassion in taking care of their mother.


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