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Wayne R. Wagner


 

 

WAYNE R. WAGNER

 

AGE: 82

 

ADDRESS: W12078 State Highway 64, Withee, WI 54498; A Township of Grover resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:55 PM Friday, May 19 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he had been a patient for the past 1 week

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 24 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. Andy Davis

 

VISITATION: 3:00 PM until the time of services at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 24 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 24, 1935 at Mishawaka, IN

 

EDUCATION: Mishawaka, IN elementary and High School

 

MARRIAGE: 1st: In 1967 at Mishawaka, IN to Roseann M. Zeleznik and they were later divorced; 2nd: May 12, 1979 at Medford to Constance “Connie” M. Higgins and she survives

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he entered the US Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. After the service, he resided in Indiana and moved to the Lublin area in 1972 where he farmed for a period of time. He did some home improvement work for a period of time. Worked for Indianhead Action Agency until ill health forced his retirement. He enjoyed camping, catfish fishing, slow-grilling BBQ ribs, painting and wood carving. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Of all these things, his greatest pride was being a Papa to his grandchildren, as he readily admitted being a grandpa was much more fun and he was better at it.

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Wife – Constance “Connie” M. Wagner of Medford

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Richard (Staci Sparks) Wagner of Chippewa Falls, Bill Wagner of Nekoosa, Vicky (Brent) Stewart of Thorp, Laurie (Kevin) Danen of Eau Claire and 2 step-sons

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 10 & 3 step

 

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 2 & 1 step

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Robert “Bobby” Sult and Norma Sult both of South Bend, IN

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: James Sult and Harley Sult, Sr.

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Marguerite A. (Wagner) Bollin

 

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

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Louis C. Sekadlo


 

  Louis "Louie" C. Sekadlo, 88, of Medford, passed away Saturday May 20, 2017 at The Home Place of Dorchester, under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.

  Louis was born June 22, 1928 in Chicago Illinois to Louis and Katherine (Lump) Sekadlo. His family moved to Medford in August of 1940. He attended Holy Rosary Catholic School, and was a graduate of Medford Area Sr. High School.
  He is survived by two nieces: Jolene Buck of North Carolina, Sandra Vischulis of Jackson, WI, long-time friend: Dick (Shirley) Werner of Medford, and other distant relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his Parents.
  Louis enjoyed sports. During high school he served as the manager for the football and basketball teams for Medford. He then went on to work at Hurd Window Company for 28 years and retired in June of 1971 due to health reasons.
  Louis was of the Catholic faith, and was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
  A funeral mass will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday May 24, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Father Phil Juza will officiate. Burial will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 11:00 AM until the time of mass at noon.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Louis can be given to Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

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

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Anna Marie Polzin


  Anna Marie Polzin, 43, of Athens, passed away on May 11, 2017 at St. Clare's Hospital in Weston with her loving family at her bedside.

  Anna was born on November 4th, 1973 in Marshfield to Michael and Sandra (Blasel) Light.  When she was two, she was adopted by John Polzin.  Her early years were spent living along the east coast until her family returned to the Medford area.  Anna graduated from Medford High School in 1991.  She worked in various positions, including as an in-home care provider and warehouse manager in the southern part of the state.  Most recently, Anna was a homemaker and enjoyed caring for her family.  She also had a special love of cats and raised many fur-babies over the years.

 To those who knew her, Anna was the most beautiful woman in the world and she acted like she didn't know.  She loved many things; her cats, cooking, going camping or on picnics, fishing, tractor rides and pulls and driving around jamming to music.  She didn't care what she was doing as long as she was having fun and was in the presence of her family.  She was a loving mother and fiance, a caring sister, a wonderful daughter and the happiest person in the world.  Anna had many great talents, such as making others laugh, her ability to throw an insult and not only have the person laugh at it but even like it.  She will be missed for the rest of our family's lives and will be in our prayers every night.

  Anna is survived by one daughter Ambrosia Loos of Athens, two brothers; John (Kristi) Polzin of Kronenwetter, Allan Light of Leesburg, FL, two sisters; Laura (Chris) Ludwig and Jessica (Mark) Campbell all of Medford.  She has two step-brothers; John (Tammy) Wehe and Adam (Kelly) Wehe all of Medford, and a step-sister Lisa (Tim) Fox of Dorchester.  She is also survived by her loving fiancee Clay "Gator" Frahm of Athens, her mom Sandy and "Papa" Ray Wehe of Stetsonville, her dad John Polzin and step-mom Marcia "Mouse" Tomczyk of Medford.  In addition, she also had many step-children and grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many other relatives.  Anna was preceded in death by her father Michael Light, sister Donna Rene Light, grandparents; Melvin and Syvia Blasel, Bernard and Lois Polzin, and John and Mary Light and her ex-husband and best friend Jay Loos.  

  A celebration of life will be held on Monday, June 5th, 2017 at Jerkwater Bar in Dorchester from noon to 6:00 P.M.

  Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family.  On line condolences can be made at www.HonorOne.com.

 

The Love I Lost

By Ambrosia Loos

There was one day when I said Hello,

I never thought you would want to go.

If I knew then what I know now,

I wouldn't have to end it with a bow.

I love you, I always will.  

I never wanted to lose the thrill.

Since you left I have been down,

Now my express is always a frown.

Without you I feel alone,

I grab the phone,

No one is there.

In my heart I feel a tear.

I wish you were on the other end of that line.

But you never are, because sometimes

I feel that what we had was never real.

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Richard D. Anderson


 

  Richard D. Anderson, age 79, of Medford, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Kindred Medical Center while wintering in Cypress, Texas.

  A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford with Pastor Brian Mundt officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services on that day.
  Richard was born on November 1, 1937 in Central Lake, Michigan to Walter E. and Francis E. (Dawson) Anderson.  He attend Cresswell and Elk Rapids Schools. Richard worked on J.C. Miller iron ore freighter on the Great Lakes until marriage. Richard attended a New Year’s Eve party in 1960.  Little did he know he would meet the love of his life, Marilyn.  They married six weeks later on February 21, 1961 in Central Lake, Michigan. They were blissfully married for 56 wonderful and adventurous years.  While living in Kewadin, Michigan he farmed and worked at Super Tool in Elk Rapids. His love for farming led the family to purchase a larger farm in Charlevoix while still working at Super Tool.  In 1979 the family’s farming journey continued to Medford, Wisconsin until their return to Kewadin, Michigan in 1984. Veal farming led the family back to Medford, Wisconsin in 1991 until his retirement in 2004.
  Richard is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn of Medford; six children, Tim (Diane) Anderson, Medford, Todd (Ann) Anderson, Wausau, Laura (Steve) Strebig, Medford, Melissa (Gary) Gehrke, Medford, Sara (Scott) Frischmann, Medford, Tad (Saree) Anderson Cypress, Texas; twelve grandchildren (who will also be serving as honorary pallbearers), Zachary Anderson, Green Bay, Jared (Mallory) Anderson, Medford, Amy (Andy) Sondelski, Halder, Richard Anderson, Wausau, Eli and Levi Strebig, Medford, Kadia and Keagan Gehrke, Medford, Brandon, Emalee, Logan, and Grace Frischmann, Medford; three great-grandchildren, Ella and Reid Anderson, Medford, Madeline Sondelski, Halder; special sister-in-law, Sue Anderson of Rapid City, Michigan, and many nieces and nephews. Richard and Marilyn were Mom and Dad to many foster children for 25 years including Clark and Pam Carpenter, Gary and Leo Sarasin, Lisa Prescott, and their children.

  In addition to his parents, Richard is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amanda Anderson, brothers, Walter and Ronald Anderson and a sister-in-law, Gloria Anderson .
  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

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Alvin H. Pribbernow


 

  Alvin H. Pribbernow, Jr., age 83, of Owen, passed away on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center in Owen.  A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen.  The Rev. Thomas Myhre will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 pm on Friday, May 19 and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service Saturday all at the funeral home in Owen.  A private committal service will take place for Alvin, Alice and Gerald at Riverside Cemetery in the Town of Hixon on June 10. 

 
  Alvin was born on October 31, 1933, the son of Alvin and Martha (Hanneman) Pribbernow, Sr. in Withee.  He was united in marriage to Alice O'Brien on September 14, 1963 at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Thorp.  She preceded him in death on December 28, 2016.

  Alvin worked for Owen Dairy and Teledyne in Owen as a sawyer.  He was a member of Saint John’s Lutheran Church.  Alvin enjoyed deer hunting, camping and watching westerns on TV.

  Alvin is survived by two sons; Bruce (Bonnie) Pribbernow of Marshfield and Richard (Judy) Pribbernow of Milan; a grandson; Skyler Michael (Carmen) Pribbernow of Abbotsford, step-grand-daughters; Christine (Eric) Wolf of Marshfield, and Tara (Evan) Sullivan of Green Bay, step great-grand-daughters; Gracie Wolf, Madison Sullivan, Pryia Sullivan and Emma Wolf. He is further survived by his sisters-in-law, Ilene Pribbernow of Owen, Kathy Pribbernow of Sheboygan and Arlin Pribbernow of Marshfield; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Alice; a son, Gerald; nine siblings:  Lucille, Betty, Evelyn, Earl, Ben, Robert, Donald, Rueben and Charles.

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Diane Nelson


 

  Diane Nelson, age 62, of Athens, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 14, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. 

  A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 PM on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  Family and friends are welcome from 11:00 a.m. until time of service on Saturday at the funeral home.

  Diane was born November 24, 1954, the daughter of John and Maurice (Dozier) Blackwell in Rutherfordton, NC.  She was united in marriage to Donald Nelson on the hottest day of the year August 1, 1987 in Watertown. 

  Diane worked as a waitress for Abby Cafe and Mr. B's, and also worked at Kmart in Medford.  Diane had a voice that carried, no matter where she was in Kmart, you could hear her.  Diane loved to cross-stitch, and garden.  Most of all, she loved animals especially cats and dogs, and cherished her family.

  Diane is lovingly survived by her husband:  Don; a sister: Connie Pippin of Owen; a brother: Steven (Connie) Wilson of LaCrosse; Nieces: Nichole (Christopher) Boelk of Medford, Abby Pippin of Owen, and Jennifer Pippin of Owen and Trista Dolphin of Valdosta, GA; two nephews: David Wilson of Janesville and Derek Wilson of La Crosse; and many great nieces and nephews: Austin Pippin, Dominic Pippin, Lilly Graun, Riley Renderman, Peyton Boelk, and Jayce Hanson and Johnny, Ronny and Skyler Dolphin. She is further survived by a great great niece: Presley Pippin; four sisters-in-law and brother-in-law: Judy Bickel, Jeanne Lapp, Sandy Nelson, and Bill (Denise) Nelson; a close friend: Grace; and many Nelson nieces and nephews.   

  She was preceded in death by her parents: John and Maurice; her father and mother-in-law; Harold (Bernice) Nelson and a brother-in-law: Larry Nelson

  In Diane's memory, the family will be planting a tree.

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Elaine E. Gallistel


 

  Elaine E. Gallistel passed into eternal life May 13, 2017 at the age of 85. Elaine was born on Jun 17, 1931 to Edith (nee Nelson) and Sigurd Hagen in Ogema. Elaine was raised in Ogema and attended Ogema Elementary School and Westboro High School. She graduated from Westboro High School in 1948. Elaine married Melvin Gallistel on September 16, 1950. She went on to attend UW – Stevens Point, where she graduated with an English degree.

  Elaine started her teaching career at Westboro Grade School in 1965. She taught in the Rib Lake School District for 31 years until her retirement in 1996.

  Elaine was an avid reader, enjoyed cooking, and traveling with family and friends.


  Elaine is survived by her children Larry (Linda) Gallistel, Mark (Melanie) Gallistel, James (Debra) Gallistel, and Donna (Joseph) Dowden; grandchildren, Sadie (Tim) Ahlers, Gene (Bethany) Gallistel, Keith Gallistel, Melissa (Adam) Pesola, Rachel (Ryan) Kiefer and 5 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her brother Terry Hagen, sister Patricia Piggins (nee Hagen) and many other family and friends. Tim Ahlers, Gene Gallistel, Keith Gallistel, Adam Pesola, Ryan Kiefer, and Ken Kauzlaric will be serving as pallbearers.

  She is preceded in death by her husband Melvin, her parents, sisters Mary Patrick and Pat Jordan, and brothers John “Steve” McDonald and Robert Hagen.

   A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, May 20 at 10:00 A.M. at Good Shepard Catholic Church in Rib Lake with Father Otto Bucher officiating and Father Michael Hayden concelebrating; burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Ogema. Visitation will take place on Friday May 19 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Good Shepard Catholic Church, visitation will continue on Saturday May 20 from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at 10:00 A.M.

  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation.

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

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Irene A. Smazal


 

  Irene A. Smazal, age 74, of Unity, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, May 6, 2017 in International Falls, MN.  

  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  Family and friends are welcome from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

  Irene was born November 8, 1942, the daughter of William and Edna (Scheelk) Haas in the Town of Hull.   She was united in marriage to Eugene "Jack" Smazal on January 28, 1976 in Waukegan, IL.  Irene worked at Welcome Dairy, farmed and at Angelus Retirement Community in Marshfield.  After she retired, she enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren.

  Irene liked polka music, stock car racing, and taking care of her flower garden.  Most of all, she cherished her family.

  Irene is lovingly survived by her six children:  Cindy (Carey) Gosselin of Fort Francis, Ontario, Canada, David (GiGie) Harder of International Falls, MN, Michael (Jill) Harder of New York Mills, MN, Wendy (Jim) Blake of Lewiston, ID, Brian Harder of Colby and Gene (Gwen) Smazal of Unity; two step-daughters, Kelly (Mike) Svoboda of Marshfield and Betty Smazal of Marshfield; 23 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.  She is further survived by three sisters and a brother: Doris (Bruce) Wussow of Colby, Ella Huckbody of Wausau, Elaine Schultz of Colby and George (Maxine) Haas of Colby; two sisters-in-law, Izzy Haas of Marshfield and Marian Haas of Colby; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; three brothers, Art Haas, William Haas, Jr. and Jim Haas; three sisters, Rose Skwarski, Helen Damrow and Myrtle Baumgartner.

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Harold W. Neumueller


 

HAROLD W. NEUMUELLER

 

AGE: 90

 

ADDRESS: W5273 Allman Ave., Medford; A Township of Medford resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:43 PM, Sunday, May 7 at Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford, surrounded by his loving famly, where he had resided for the past 2 months

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Friday, May 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey

 

OFFICIATING: Pastor Randal Jeppesen

 

INTERMENT: Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Whittlesey where there will be graveside military rites performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team

 

VISITATION: 4-7 PM, Thursday, May 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey and from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Friday, May 12

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 27, 1926 in the Town of Chelsea

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DUCATION: Whittlesey area elementary school, graduate of Medford High School

 

MARRIAGE: July 31, 1948 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey to Yvonne H. Bristol and she preceded him in death February 16, 2011

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: US Navy Veteran of WW II. After the service, he hauled milk and worked on the family farm. He moved to Rockford, IL where he worked at Woodward Governor Company for a period of years. He also worked at Wisconsin Equipment in Medford for a period of time. In 2006, he settled back in the Medford area. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, travel and spending time with his family.

 

MEMBER OF: Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey & the Medford VFW Club; Past member of the Chelsea Conservation Club and the Whittlesey Lion’s Club

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Randy (Caroline) of the Town of Holway, Ron (Judy) of the Town of Medford, Brad (Robyn) of Roscoe, IL & Brenda (Bruce) Gabel of Loves Park, IL

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 14 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 11

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brothers – Melvin of Medford & Vernon (Mary Ellen) of Garden Prairie, IL
Sisters – Dorothy (Jim) Broeren of Minocqua & Esther (Clarence) Schafman of Rockford, IL

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – Arnold, Harvey & Ralph NeumuellerSisters – Viola Anderson, Arlene Anderson & 1 in infancy

 

DECEASED FATHER: Rudolph Henry Neumueller

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Helen Caroline (Schwabenhausen) Neumueller

 

PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren – Reece, Hailey, Ethan & Emily Neumueller, Matt Gabel, Megan Johnson, Jamie Kochan, Christie Cartee, Kane & Travis Keller, Cory Hanson, Alexander Scott

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Ann Marie Kress


  Ann Marie Kress, 92, passed away Friday May 5, 2017 at Asprius Care and Rehab in Medford.
  Ann was born August 20, 1924 in Medford, WI to Benedict and Minna (Metzung) Kress.
  She is survived by her Sisters: Rita (Robert “Lefty”) Woelfel of Park Falls, Leona (Gene) Gebert of Medford, Nieces and Nephews: Jackie Ziehlke of Medford, Beck (Tom Bowder) Brost of Medford, Cindy (John Oberle) Gebert of Eau Claire, Jeanne (Giovanni Angiulli) Woelfel of Wausau, Heidi (Neal Sutrick) Woelfel of Hubertus, Dave (Nancy) Ziehlke, Paul (Kim) Ziehlke, Pete Ziehlke all of Medford, Scott Gebert of Weston, Roger Gebert of Medford, Chuck (Lisa) Woelfel of Wausau, Chris (Kelly) Woelfel of Houston, TX, 21 Great Nieces and Nephews, 14 Great Great Nieces and Nephews, and many other relatives and friends.

  She is preceded in death by her Parents, Sister Helen Ziehlke, and Brother in Law Jack Ziehlke.

  Ann worked as a Housekeep for the Superior Diocese at the Cathedral Rectory in Superior, Holy Rosary Rectory in Medford and St. Patrick’s Rectory in Minocqua. She was accomplished in needle point and embroidery, of which her family would receive many items she would make. She enjoyed researching her family history and genealogy, and collecting dolls of all kinds.

  She was of the Catholic faith, and was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Ann was very fond of saying the Rosary.

  A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday May 11, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford. Father Phil Juza and Deacon Joe Stefancin will officiate. Burial will follow in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. A Rosary service will begin at 9:45 AM at Holy Rosary Church with visitation to follow until the time of services.

  Memorial donations in honor of Ann can be given to Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

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Francis Joseph Sebold


 

  Francis Joseph Sebold, age 88, of the Village of Dorchester, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital Palliative Care Unit in Marshfield.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester.  Father Tim Oudenhoven will officiate.  Interment to follow at Dorchester Memorial Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford with a Rosary Service to be held at 7:00 p.m.

  Francis was born on November 5, 1928 the son of Joseph and Laura (Baumer) Sebold.  He was united in marriage to Dolores Dessl on September 4, 1951 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester.

  Francis was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church and the National Guard for nine years.  He also owned and operated Sebold Chevrolet in Abbotsford after taking the business over from his dad, Joe, until passing it on to his son, Joe.  Francis enjoyed hunting, fishing, working at the dealership and spending time with his family.

  Francis is survived by his wife of 65 years, Dolores; eight children:  Karen (Bruce) Meyer, Shirley (Randy) Tesmer, Paula (Lee) Blasel, Connie (Mike) Decker, Joe Sebold, Chuck (Gloria) Sebold, Sara (Doug) Blair and Fred Sebold; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by a sister, Joyce Moberg and a sister-in-law, Elaine Sebold

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Laura Sebold; a daughter, Amy; a grandson, Perry; his brother, Bob Sebold and his brother-in-law, Don Moberg.

  In lieu of flowers, memorials will be designated by the family at a later date.

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Gail E. Jochimsen


 

  Gail E. Jochimsen, 56, of Stetsonville passed away on Thursday May 4 at home surrounded by her family after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Gail was born on March 9, 1961 in Medford to the late Wyllis “Buster” A. Jochimsen and Florina (Boehlen) Jochimsen of the Town of Little Black. She graduated from Medford High School in 1979. After high school she went on to work at Pleasant View Dairy, boxing and wrapping 40 pound blocks of cheddar cheese. She later went on to work at Tombstone Pizza for 37 years, where she worked as team leader, until her retirement in January of 2017.

  In her spare time she taught second grade first communion classes at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville for many years. She also loved to read, mostly mystery or romantic mystery, camping with her grandson in the summers, and spending time with her family.

  In addition to her mother Gail is survived by her children Stephanie (Jesse) Bohn of Stetsonville, Nicole Zuleger of Stevens Point, Sadie Zuleger of Stetsonville, Lane Ruch of Medford, Stepdaughter Jaycie Ruch of Medford, Grandchildren Tyler and Silas Bohn, and step grandchild Desiray Spencer. She is Also survived by four sisters, Karleen (Ron) Sperl, Sherry (Chuck) Anderson both of Stetsonville, Sara (Gary) Krug of Rice Lake, and Penny (Guy) Olson of Medford; five brothers, Lynn (Dianne) Jochimsen, Bryan (Melinda) Jochimsen, Jay (Jen) Jochimsen, all of Medford, Kurt (Pam) Jochimsen of Stratford, and Roy (Kathy) Jochimsen of Withee. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, god children, and many other family and friends.

  In addition to her father Gail is preceded in death her sister Beth Jochimsen and great nephew Deagan Jochimsen.

  A memorial mass will take place on Friday, May 12 at 11:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with Father Michael Hayden officiating, burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Thursday May 11 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. with a rosary service at 7:00 P.M., visitation will continue on Friday May 12 from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at 11:00 A.M.

  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

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Phillip S. Scheller


  Philip S. Scheller, age 78, of Ogema, WI passed away at St Joseph Hospital, Marshfield, WI on May 4, 2017. Philip Scheller was born in the town of Spirit.

  Philip attended Liberty School, Spirit, grades one through 8 and 4 years High School at Rib Lake. After High School, he served in the Army from 1956 to 1959. He was stationed in Berlin, Germany, his whole tour of duty.

  After service, he worked for Francis Melvin one year, Roger Johnson’s Service Center, Rib Lake, & Londs Sinclair Service, Tomahawk.

  He was married to Barbara Banks in 1962 in Rib Lake, May 5, one day less of 55 years. He worked at the paper mill in Tomahawk in the Woodlands Department as an Equipment Operator from 1965-2003. He also farmed dairy from 1975-2002 where they still live and raise crops.

  He was a proud member of the American Legion.
  Philip enjoyed going for walks in the woods, playing by the river with the grandkids, working on farm machinery and tinkering in his shop building bird houses. He enjoyed gatherings, summer fun (potato salad), grilling out with his family, and shooting the breeze with his friend, Howie. He enjoyed going for rides, and out to dinner with his special lady. He was proud of all his children, grandchildren and all their children. He always welcomed new members into the family. Philip enjoyed his love for tractors (Allis Chalmers). Our Dad enjoyed going to air shows and touring the planes. He took pride in building roads with his Caterpillar doser. Whenever someone needed a new road made, they knew who to go to. His work was top notch.

 

  Phil is survived by his wife, Barb; Sons, David (Deb) Scheller, Jody (Nicole) Scheller; Dauthers, Jan Plachetka, Chrstine (Jeffrey) Kislow, Sherrie (Derek) Scheller; Brother, Ed (Sherryl) Scheller and Sister, Jeannie (Eugene) Glenzer. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Cassandra, Desiree, Dylan, Damion, Drew, Brandon, Brittany, Dustin, Kaden, Max, Ryan, Brooke, Cole and Derek; and great grandchildren, Cooper, Carson, Chloe and another great grandbaby due in June. He is preceded in death by his son Scott Philip (1973); parents, Max & Bessie Scheller; Sister, Mary; his in-laws, Clarence & Mary Banks; and son-in-law, Jack B. Kislow.

 

  The Mass of Christian Burial with Military Honors for Philip Scheller will take place at 11:00AM on Monday, May 8, 2017 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk. Fr. Louis Reddy Marram Reddy will officiate. Visitation will take place on the evening of Sunday, May 7 at the Krueger Family Funeral Home from 4:00PM until the time of vigil service at 7:00PM. Visitation will continue on Monday at the church from 10:00AM until the time of Mass at 11:00AM. Burial will follow at Spirit Hillcrest Cemetery.

 

Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the family with arrangements. You may view the full obituary and leave online condolences at www.kruegerfamilyfuneral.com

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Pearl L. Koffarnus


 

  Pearl L Koffarnus, 94 of Curtiss, passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017 at the Colby Retirement Community in Colby. Her funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the St Paul’s Lutheran Church in the Town of Colby with Pastor Donald J Bruce officiating. Burial following the service at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, North Green Grove. Serving as pallbearers will be, Lee Jensen, Elmer Hayes, Galen Erdman, Jeff Seeger, Zach Greene and Mikhail Koffarnus. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.


  Pearl was born on June 29, 1922 in Stratford, Wisconsin, to the late Henry and Anna (Wunrow) Aschebrock. She attended the Stratford and Unity schools. Pearl worked at a battery factory in Wausau during World War II. She married Hubert F. Koffarnus on November 23, 1943, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in LaCrosse. 

  Pearl and Hubert farmed in rural Curtiss retiring in 1987. Together they moved to the Village of Curtiss in 1995.
  She was a member of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church and its ladies aide.
  Pearl enjoyed sewing, baking, cooking, shopping, garage sales, gardening and canning.

  Pearl is survived by her children; Gerald (Annette) Koffarnus of Unity, Carlin Koffarnus of Unity and Diane (Richard) Larson of Owen ; six grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by one brother; Paul Aschebrock of Colby.

  Pearl is preceded in death her parents, her husband; Hubert on January 26, 2003 and her siblings; Marie Allison, Lester Aschebrock, Caroline Reichert, Ralph Reichert, Helen Zoellner, Herman Aschebrock, Ervin Aschebrock and Irene Riehle.

  The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Friends may send online condolences to www.maurinaschillingfuneralhome.com.

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Mary Ellen Resech


 

  Mary Ellen Resech, age 96, of Abbotsford, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Ministry St. Joseph hospital in Marshfield. A Memorial Mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, May 8, 2017 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Abbotsford. Father Tim Oudenhoven will officiate. Inurnment will be held at Abbotsford Public Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome on Monday from 9:30 AM until time of service at the church.

  Mary was born on March 30, 1921, in Medford, the daughter of Frank and Catherine (Koestner) Bauer. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Glen Resech on May 5, 1948 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.
  Mary enjoyed reading, playing cards, gardening, cleaning, cooking, and baking. She was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church Parish, the Catholic Order of Foresters and the Knights of Columbus.
  Mary is survived by her three children: John (Gale) of Colby, Tom (Vicki) of Hatley, and Nick (Debbie) of Mosinee; four grandchildren: Gwen of Buffalo City, Jon of Hudson, Jereme (Erika) of Dorchester, and Justin of Longmont, CO.; and five great-grandchildren: Avery, Gabriel, Ethan, Jasmine, and Evan.
  She was preceded in death by her husband; Glen and her 11 siblings.
  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to St. Bernard's Church.
  Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com.

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Marianne (Shutak) Weideman


 

  Marianne (Skutak) Weideman, age 84, formally of Curtiss passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford, WI.

  A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Curtiss Alliance Church in Curtiss. Pastor Carl Swarr will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome from 1:00 until the time of service Wednesday at the church. Interment will follow at the Pine Hill Cemetery.

 

  Marianne was born on August 15, 1932, the daughter of Adam and Emma (Reigel) Skutak in the town of Hoard.  She attended Midway School in the town of Hoard and then attended Owen High School.  Marianne was united in marriage to Harvey Weideman on February 28, 1950, at the Owen Gospel Tabernacle.  Together they farmed in rural Curtiss and raised two children.

 

  Marianne enjoyed music; especially Christian music.  She played the accordion, the piano by ear and enjoyed singing.  Her family was very important to her.  

 

  Marianne is survived by her son, Terry of Curtiss and her daughter, Sandra Aschbrenner of Medford, granddaughter, Traci (Jonathan) Wass of Grand Blanc, MI and great-grandsons, Ethan and Benjamin Wass.  She is further survived by her brothers James (Myrna) Skutak of Stockton, California; and William (Donna) Skutak of Mosinee; a sister: Beverly (Daniel) Erickson of Curtiss; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

 

  She is preceded in death by her parents;  husband; Harvey (August 2014), her brother and sister-in-law; John and Carolyn Skutak of Columbia, Mississippi; her nephews; Mark Skutak of Stockton, CA and John Skutak of Vancouver, WA.

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Gerald John Kollath


 

  Gerald John Kollath, age 81, of Abbotsford, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at his home.


  A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 1, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford. Rev. Don Bruce will officiate.  Burial will follow at Abbotsford Public Cemetery. Pallbearers will be T.J. Stroinski, Nate Schreiber, Todd Kramer, Ken Stohkirch, Gordon Jensen and Harold Amacher. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service Monday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.

  Gerald was born to John and Dorthea (Radtke) Kollath on November 13, 1935 in the Town of Maine, Marathon County. He attended Red Granite Country School and Wausau Technical College, studying agriculture and machine tool. He was employed at All Metal Stamping in Abbotsford for 44 years as a tool and die maker.

  In April 1958, he was drafted into the United States Army, with basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Upon graduation, he was transferred to Germany, where he was part of the 7th United States Army. While there, he attended and graduated from the 7th United States Army non-commissioned officer’s academy. After completion of his duty, he was discharged at Fort Sheridan, IL.

  Upon his return home, he joined the 32nd Wisconsin National Guard, in October 1961, he was transferred to Fort Lewis, Washington. After 11 months, he returned home to Abbotsford, when he received his honorable discharge on May 23, 1964.

  Gerald was united in marriage on August 6, 1966 to Dona Jane (Mews) Schmidt.

  Gerald was a member of Christ Lutheran Church for many years and sang in the church choir.

  Gerald is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dona Jane Kollath; brother; William (Pat) Kollath, grand-daughter, Christina Amos and grandson, Jerehmia Amos and two great-granddaughters.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Elaine Kollath and a step-daughter, Debra Kay Amos.

  Online condolences can be made at maurinaschilling.com

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Theodore L. Bueschel


 

  Theodore L. Bueschel, age 83, of Withee passed away peacefully on Friday, April 21, 2017 in Palliative Care at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.


  A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen. Father Janusz Kowalski will officiate. Full military rites will follow the service conducted by the Klossner-Dietzler Post 5729 funeral honors team. Inurnment will be at a later date at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, IL. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen is entrusted with the arrangements.

  Ted was born on January 12, 1934 the son of Theodore E. and Harriet (Stasiak) Bueschel in Chicago, IL.  He graduated from Lindblom High School in 1952 in Chicago, IL. Theodore was united in marriage to Donna L. McNelis on January 12, 1955 in Chicago, IL.

  Ted served his country in the US Army from 1951 to 1993. He was also a self employed contractor and lived in Illinois, Vermont and Florida before moving to Wisconsin in 1984.

  He was a member of the Klossner-Dietzler Post 5729 in Medford, WI and was a member of its funeral honors team.

  Theodore is survived by his wife of 62 years, Donna; three children: Christine Zugier of Kennan, Daniel (Vicki) Bueschel of Chandler, AZ and Carl (Jackie) Bueschel of Mokena, IL; twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by his brother: Ralph (Pat) Bueschel of Custer, SD, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister; Dorothy Pierson and a son-in-law; Alvin Zugier.

  Friends may send online condolences  to www.maurinaschilling.com          

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Les T. Hirt


 

LES T. HIRT

 

AGE: 88

 

ADDRESS: 321 E. Allman, Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:56 PM Thursday, April 27 at his residence in the City of Medford under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Monday, May 1 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza & Deacon Joe Stefancin

 

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

 

VISITATION: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Monday, May 1

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 28, 1928 at Medford

 

EDUCATION: Holy Rosary Catholic School, Medford and was a 1946 graduate of Medford High School

 

MARRIAGE: February 18, 1950 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to Mary Lou Brecke and she preceded him in death August 14, 1998

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: During high school, he worked for Peter Bootzin Feed Mill. After his education, he worked as a supervisor at Rib Lake Cheese and as a cheese grader at Wagner Cheese in Weyauwega. He and Gene Gebert owned & operated Wisconsin House of Cheese, a cheese mail order business for a period of time. In 1958, he began a career in insurance, retiring in 1990 from Les Hirt American Family Insurance Agency. Les was instrumental in building Memorial Hospital of Taylor County & recruited new doctors to come work in Medford. He also was a founding board member of the former Medford National Bank. He served as a Taylor County deputy coroner for a period of years. In 1974, he received the Medford Chamber “Man of the Year Award”.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford where he ushered for 65 years; 25 year member of the Medford Volunteer Fire Department; Medford Catholic Knights of Columbus

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Mary Lynn (Marc) Kleist, Jeannie (Ed) Hemmer, Carol (Pat) Chariton & Dan (Randi) Hirt all of Medford & Debbie (Jim) Gutknecht of Marinette

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 10 – Marcus (Kelly) Kleist, Shawna (Mike) Rau, Sarah (Rusty) Herman, Megan (Jason) Hemmer, Nicole (Dave) Holtz, Eric Gutknecht, Chelsey (Brandon) Simon, Ashley Borman, Erin & Kelli Hirt

 

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 13

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Joan Ness of Medford, Rita Jakel of Barron
Sister-in-law: La Nae Werner of Medford

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Patty George

 

DECEASED FATHER: Louis Hirt

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Clara Josephine (Gruny) Hirt

 

PALLBEARERS: Grandsons – Marcus Kleist & Eric Gutknecht; Great Grandsons – Josh & Jake Rau, Riley & Carson Kleist

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Hope Hospice of Medford
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Meaghan Rae Braun


 

  Meagan Rae Braun died in her home on April 24, 2017 in Weston, WI after a long and difficult battle with chronic illness. She was 29 years old.

  Meagan was born on December 12, 1987 in Marshfield, WI to her parents Jolaine and Duane Braun. She graduated from Medford Area Senior High in 2006. She was engaged to John Beach in 2013. Meagan enjoyed taking care of her family and was an amazing, caring stay-at-home mother to their two children, Brennan and Bella Beach. She enjoyed going for walks with them and helping them grow into the children they are today. She was a loving and caring daughter, sister, partner and friend.

  Meagan is survived by her son and daughter, Brennan and Bella Beach; her fiancé John Beach; her parents Jolaine Braun and Duane (Betty) Braun; her siblings Angela Braun (Mike Rudell), Ashley (Hubble) Brede, Jeremy (Kia) Braun; step-siblings Cheryl Ming, Ken (Melissa) Turba, Daniel Turba; grandparents Joyce and Tomm Lehnigk. She is also survived by her fiancés parents Ron (Patty) Yungerman. She is further survived by nephews Alexander McElroy, Silas Rudell, Tanner Brede, Christopher Turba and Seth Ming and nieces Tealey Brede, Liliana Turba, Scarlett Turba and Kaylee Turba.

  Meagan was preceded in death by her grandparents Lloyd and Lucille Moberg and Ray and Marlene Braun.

  A Memorial Service will take place on Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 11:30 am at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 6205 Alderson Street, Weston, WI. Rev. Lance Hoelscher will officiate. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Meagan’s life with open visitation starting at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Wausau.

  In lieu of flowers, please donate to Mount Olive Lutheran Church and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at www.afsp.org

  Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Virgil H. Bublitz


 

  Virgil H. Bublitz, age 94, of Owen passed away on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at home under the tender care of Ministry Hospice with family by his side.  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at Owen First United Church of Christ.  Pastor Asafa will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome at 10:00 AM until the time of service Wednesday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen is entrusted with the arrangements.

  Virgil was born on December 29, 1922, in­­­ Curtiss, the son of Otto and Laura (Neitzel) Bublitz. On March 4, 1946, Virgil was united in marriage to Edna Laube at the home of her parents in the township of Green Grove.  

  Virgil is survived by his four children: Perry of Tigerton, Glen (Becky) of Withee, Kurt (Barb) of Stevens Point, and Tim (Nancy) of Owen; 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by a sister; Marg (Fred) Panzenhagen of Florida and many other family and friends.  

  He was preceded in death by his wife: Edna; grandson-in-law, Ben Armitage, and his sister: Lorraine (Harold) House.

  100 years from now, his descendants will still be talking about the Grandpa who milked cows until age 80.  Who retired at age 90.  Who at age 93, was still mowing 4.5 acres of lawn each week.  The Grandpa, who on the day he died, he spent the morning listening to Polka music, cleaning his own house, cooking his own meals and washing his trademark overalls and flannel shirts.  May his life be a humble example for generations yet to come.

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Hilda L. Dums


 

HILDA L. DUMS

 

AGE: 85

 

ADDRESS: N6642 Sugarbush Road, Rib Lake; A Township of Greenwood resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 4:25 AM Thursday, April 20 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield where she had been a patient for the past 3 weeks

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 26 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake

 

OFFICIATING: Father Otto Bucher

 

INTERMENT: St. Ann’s Cemetery, Township of Greenwood

 

VISITATION: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake from 4 – 7 PM on Tuesday, April 25 where there will be a 7 PM Catholic rosary service held that evening; and also from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Wednesday, April 26

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 19, 1931 at the Township of Hammel

 

EDUCATION: Town of Hammel elementary grade school

 

MARRIAGE: June 14, 1958 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Town of Greenwood to Bernard H. Dums and he preceded her in death December 19, 2008

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Hilda grew up on the family farm in the Town of Hammel for 15 years and then moved to another farm in the Town of Molitor where she worked as janitor of the Pine Tree School for 10 years. She then met the love of her life, Bernard Dums. They operated a dairy farm in the Town of Greenwood and raised Christmas trees in the Rib Lake area for a period of years. She loved gardening, cooking, making wreaths, polka music and just staying at home with her family.

 

MEMBER OF: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake, Chelsea Conservation Club and Historic St. Ann’s

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: George Dums of Rib Lake & Judy (Daniel) Akin of Marshfield

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 2 – Jacob & Chelsea Akin both of Marshfield

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sisters – Louise Ogle of Ladysmith & Loretta (Robert) Schoechert of Wisconsin Rapids; Brother-in-law: John (Mary) Dums of Rib Lake; Sisters-in-law: Helen & Marcella Dums both of Medford

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sisters – Irene Royce & Carol Kreuscher; Brother – Junior Kreuscher

 

DECEASED FATHER: Herman Kreuscher

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Lena (Homann) Kreuscher

 

PALLBEARERS: Michael Czerniak, Andrew Dums, David Dums, Robert Judnic, Karl Kreuscher, and David Roder

 

OTHER INFORMATION: Further survived by many Nieces, Nephews and friends
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Bill W. Grunseth


 

  Bill W. Grunseth, 70, of Gilman, passed away on Wednesday, April 19,

2017. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Zion
Lutheran Church-Gilman with Rev. Dr. Gary Paul officiating. Burial will
follow at Meadowbrook Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Gilman Funeral Home and
Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at church.

  Bill was born on July 22, 1946 in Ladysmith, Wisconsin to Glen and
Dorothy (Gilbertson) Grunseth. He grew up on the family farm just outside
of the city and attended area schools. He graduated from Ladysmith High
School in 1964. Following high school Bill attended the Taylor County
Teacher's College in Medford. While there he learned the skills of
teaching and was a star on the men's basketball team. He also met a
fellow student named Eileen Siemek; who would become the love of his
life. The two married on August 12, 1967 and were blessed with three
children in the following years. Bill graduated from UW-Stevens Point with
his bachelor's degree in 1972.

  Bill taught for 35 years in the Gilman School District until his retirement in
2001. He taught grades 5 and 6 in Lublin for the first three years before
becoming a middle school teacher of math, science, and reading in
Gilman. In addition to teaching, Bill was a coach of the Gilman High
School football and boys junior high basketball teams. He inspired the
lives of many generations during his career.

  Bill was also an active volunteer in the community, serving as a trustee on
the Gilman Village Board for many years.  He was a 40+ year member of
the Gilman Lions Club, well known for working the food stand for the
annual Gilman Fall Festival. He also supported the activities and
organizations of his children, including the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts,
athletics, and music events.

  Bill was a master angler.  In the summer, he enjoyed fishing on the upper
part of the Dairyland Reservoir, landing walleyes and an occasional
catfish. In the winter, he was a frequent visitor to the Miller Dam Flowage,
pulling up bluegills and crappies. Near and after retirement, Bill pursued
his passion for restoration of classic cars.  He kept active working on
many old Chevys, Fords, and other models. Above all he loved spending
time with his family, especially his grandchildren, who always made him
laugh and smile.

  Bill is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Eileen; two daughters,
Rebecca (Chris) Pritzl of Kenosha and Jennifer (Doug) Thompson of
Chippewa Falls; a son, Nick (Britny) of Eau Claire; four grandchildren,
Jacob and Elizabeth Thompson, and Emmett and Lara Grunseth; two
brothers, Bob (Pat) of Tony and Tim (Josie) of National City, CA; three
sisters, Glenda Finstad of Gordon, Sandy (Sherman) Martell of New
Berlin, and Patti (Neal) Grunseth-Petersen of Watertown; mother-in-law
Charlotte Siemek of Gilman, many nieces and nephews, cousins, and
dear friends.

  He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Mike Grunseth, and
father-in-law Max Siemek.

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Eleanor M. Maki


 

  Eleanor Marie Maki, 83, Prentice, died at her home on Thursday, April 20, 2017, while under the care of her family and Flambeau Home Health and Hospice. She was born in Crawford County, Wisconsin, on June 3, 1933, the daughter of Edward and Dottie (Lightfoot) Dilley. She was married to Lawrence Plude and they later divorced. She was married to Sidney Roger Dean Maki on September 27, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois, and he preceded her in death on December 19, 2008. She and Lawrence operated the Pick-A-Dilley resort on Stone Lake for a number of years. She was a great fan of Elvis Pressley. As a younger woman she enjoyed dancing and bowling. In recent years she enjoyed cooking for her family, spending time in her home, doing puzzles and word search, and was a fan of NASCAR and the Atlanta Braves.

  She is survived by four daughters, Debby (Dennis) Lind, Rib Lake, WI, Diana DeBoth, Prentice, Dawn (Hal) Swenson, Rib Lake, WI, and Darcy (Mark Listle) Johnson, Tripoli, WI; by three step-daughters, Debbie (Delbert) Gustafson, Ogema, Tammie (Steve) Reynolds, Prentice, and Lori (Donald) Maki-Erickson, Schofield, WI; by one brother-in-law, Kenneth (Patricia) Maki, Pineville, OR; by one sister-in-law, Linda Cook, Phillips, WI; by 22 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Roger Dean Maki; by three infant children, Sonya, twin boys Dennis, and Danny; by one great grandson, Maddox Scheithauer; by her parents, Dottie and Ed Dilley; by one daughter, Denise Harubin; and by two son-in-laws, Luke Harubin and Greg DeBoth.
  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 25, at the Heindl Funeral Home in Prentice with Pastor Richard Hall officiating. Internment will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in the Town of Hill. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9:30 A.M. until the time of services.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.heindlfuneralhome.com
The Heindl Funeral Home in Prentice is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

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Gladys E. Kramer


 

  Gladys Ellen Kramer, 96, widow of Arvin F. Kramer, died Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Emerald Gardens Assisted Living, Greenwood, SC.

  Born in Mason City, Iowa, she was a daughter of the late Otto and Bertha (Krabbenhoft) Kath. In 1951, she and her husband purchased Abby Café, which they operated for 16 years. Following the sale of the café, they built The Flame Supper Club and later they owned and operated the Home Motel for 11 years.     She was a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church, Abbotsford, WI.

  Surviving are her children, Dwight Kramer (Nancy) of Abbotsford, WI and Cheryl Readett (Glen) of Greenwood, SC; sisters, Loraine Schiltz (Fred) of Westlake Village, CA and June Lilke of Grandforks, ND; brothers, Otis Kath of Loyal, WI and Walda Kath of Rudolph, WI; two grandsons, Nathan Backus of Statesboro, GA and Ryan Backus (Heather) of Evans, GA; one granddaughter, Rachel Kramer of Appleton, WI; one great granddaughter, Sutton Backus of Evans, GA; and one great grandson, Bennett Backus of Evans, GA.

  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Esther Quast and Caroline Sornson; sister-in-law, Arlyle Kath; and brother-in-laws, Olin Sornson, Vernon Lilke, and Herbert Quast.

  Visitation with the family will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 followed by a memorial service beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Abbotsford, WI with Pastor Don Bruce officiating. Inurnment will follow in Abbotsford Public Cemetery.

  The family would like to thank Hospice Care of South Carolina for their caring support. A special thank you is extended to the staff of Emerald Gardens for their loving care provided to Gladys in the Memory Care Unit over the past three years.

  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 326 Montague Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29649.

Both Harley Funeral Home and Crematory, Greenwood, SC and Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home, Abbotsford, WI are assisting the family.

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Ronald A. Schmidt


 

  Ronald A. Schmidt, age 85, of rural Colby, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at his home under the tender care of hospice surrounded by his loving family.

  A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at First United Church of Christ in Colby.  Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21 and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services Saturday all at the church.

  Ronnie was born on January 23, 1932, the son of Arthur and Edna (Hendrickson) Schmidt in Marshfield.     He graduated from Colby High School in 1950.  On April 16, 1955, Ronald was united in marriage to Lillian "Jeanne" Schnabel in Colby.  She preceded him in death on July 19, 2010.  Together they farmed in the Town of Hull. 

  Ronnie grew up on the family farm and after high school, he worked for Marathon Electric.  He also drove truck for Streckert Doors, Lamont Trucking and Packaging Corporation of America.  

  Ronnie was proud to have worked with his dad at Cherokee Park, including building the shelter and laying the stones for the fireplace.  He especially loved his family cookouts during holidays and Sundays where brats and cheese were always plentiful.

  Ronnie is survived by his four children:  Connie J. (Ken) Ven Rooy, David N. Schmidt, Daniel A. (Bethanie) Schmidt and Ron E. Schmidt all of Colby; ten grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren:  Jennifer (Brad) Schumacher of Baldwin and their children, Hailey and Rylan, Jeremy (Jess) Kilty of Hatley and their children, Cadence, Cameron and Chael, Jayme (Travis) Owens of Knoxville, TN and their children, Makenna and Talan, Valerie (Craig) Manecke of Edgar and their children, Skylee and Mason, Gena (Dom) Esqueda of Madison and their children, Ben and Dylan, David A. Schmidt of Colby, Nicole Meserole (fiance', John Cooper) of Colby and their children, JD, Kayla and Logan, Ally Meserole (Steven Haenel) of Medford, Jordan Schmidt and Rachel Schmidt both of Colby.  He is further survived by his brother, Neal (Alice) Schmidt of Maine; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Schnabel of Unity; two brothers-in-law, Donald (Rita) Schnabel of Stetsonville and Marvin (Dixie) Schnabel of Elk Grove Village, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and his best friend and companion, King.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeanne and his son, Donny.

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Donald Charles Buchanan


 

  Donald Charles Buchanan of Curtiss, Wisconsin went home to be with his Lord on Monday, April 10, 2017 at his residence.  He was born on June 8, 1936 to Floyd and Clara (Wendt) Buchanan.


  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Abbotsford Evangelical Free Church in Abbotsford. Reverend Bruce Jahnke will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.


  Donald (or Donny, as he was known by family and friends) was a gentle, caring person, who loved to be with people and attend Bible study. Despite the crippling effects of polio when he was 13, he led a relatively independent life and always without complaint.


  Donny is survived by his brother and his sister, Ken (wife Lois) Buchanan and Joyce (husband Eldon) Stanton, both of Olympia, WA, 18 nieces and nephews, and 66 grandnieces and grandnephews.


  He is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Clara (Wendt) Buchanan, and his brothers Robert Buchanan and Vern Buchanan.

  Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com

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Marjorie C. Frane


 

  Marjorie C. Frane, age 89, of Colby, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Colonial Center in Colby.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Parish in Colby.  Father Peter Manickam will officiate.  Interment to follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Colby and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church.  The Colby VFW Auxiliary will hold a service at 4:00 p.m. on Friday to be followed by the Rosary.

  Marjorie was born on March 27, 1928 in Marshfield, the daughter of William and Evelyn (Carpenter) Young.  She graduated from Colby High School.  On September 12, 1950, Marjorie was united in marriage to John Frane at St. Mary Catholic Church.  He preceded her in death on October 22, 1991.

  Marjorie owned the "Like New" Shop in Colby for many years.  She also was an active member of St. Mary's, including the Christian Mothers and helping with many events such as the Christmas Fair and Fall Festival.  Marjorie was also a lifetime member of the Colby VFW Auxiliary.

  Marjorie treasured her times spent with family and friends at the family cottage that she and her husband built on the Eau Plaine Flowage.  She especially liked the many pontoon boat rides, campfires and of course preparing the meals.  Marjorie was creative and had many craft hobbies, including make homemade Christmas ornaments.  She was very caring as she looked out for her friends and neighbors including running errands and taking them to doctor appointments. Marjorie was a great cook, canner and baker and was always wanting to feed her family and friends.  Most importantly, her children and grandchildren will remember her independence, spunkiness, her special laughter, as well as being a very loving mother and grandmother.

  Marjorie is survived by her five children: Phillip (Lynne) of Unity, Marie (Dan) Auner of Bryant, Gregory (Charlotte) of Spencer, Larry (Ronda) of Edgar and Patty (Bill) Schultz of Colby; 11 grandchildren:  Matthew (Kirsten) Frane of Unity, Sarah (Brian) Hanson of Spencer, Kyle (Meghan) Auner of Denver, CO, Kelly Auner of Chula Vista, CA, Kristi (Tim) Elvester of Antigo, Cory Frane of Marshfield, Lisa (Mike) English of Orlando, FL, Katlyn (David) Frahm of Edgar, Jacob Frane of Edgar, Wendy (Josiah) Zimmermann of Marshfield and Nicole Halopka of Las Cruces, NM; 10 great-grandchildren: Nolan and Myah Frane, Brevyn, Landyn and Ashlyn Hanson, Emri and Baby Frahm, Jackson, Jorie and Scout Zimmermann.  She is further survived by four siblings:  Dorothy (Vernon) Baumgartner, Shirley Kops and Louis (Joan) Young all of Colby and Carol (Roger) Luzinski of Tomahawk; three sisters-in-law, Jackie Young of Colby, Judi Andrew of Colby and Mary (Lew) Hildebrand of St. Paul, MN; a brother-in-law, Art Fredricks of Fon du Lac; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John and two brothers, William and Richard.

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James "Jim" Frank Decker


 

  James "Jim" Frank Decker, age 69, of Dorchester, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 16 , 2017 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield with his family by his side.  A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday April 20, 2017 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester.  Father Tim Oudenhoven will officiate.  Inurnment to follow at Dorchester Memorial South Cemetery.  Friends and family are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at the church.  

  Jim was born August 2, 1947, the son of Cyril and Adeline (Stoiber) Decker in Marshfield.  He is a 1966 graduate from Colby High School.  On February 4, 1967 Jim was united with Sandra Schuster at St. Louis Church in Dorchester.     
  Jim was a retired dairy farmer and was on the FHA Board of Taylor County and the Taylor County Holstein Breeders.  He loved being at the cabin, enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, feeding the birds and relaxing.  Jim especially enjoyed teasing his grandchildren and paying them for collecting frogs.  Most importantly, he cherished his family.
  Jim is survived by his wife: Sandra; his mother: Adeline; six children: Elizabeth (Matthew Otting) Decker of San Antonio, TX, Jennifer (Alex) Felde of Waukesha, Cynthia (Dustin) Riddle of Hartford,  Suzanne (Scott) Bruneau of Plover, Stephanie (Zach) Larson of Hastings, MN, and Melissa (Joel) Cieslinski of Spencer; 13 grandchildren: Madeline and Nathan Otting, Kaitlyn, Zander and Grace Felde, Skye, Jax, and Hudson Riddle, and Kaylee, Alayna, and Jayden Bruneau, and Isabella and Gabriella Larson.  He is further survived by nine siblings: Ronald (Carolyn) Decker, Pat (Ronald) Gebert, Dan (Mary) Decker, Bill (Diane) Decker, Joanne (Cliff) Garczynski, Doreen (John) Johnson, Mary Ellen (David) Erl, Gary (Kim) Decker and Chuck (Dawn) Decker; and many many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
  He was preceded in death by his father: Cyril Decker.
  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. 

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Violet L. Engel


 

  Violet  L Engel, 94, passed way on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Ministry St Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield WI.  Her funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the St Paul’s Lutheran Church in  the Town of Colby with Pastor Donald J Bruce officiating.  Burial following the service at Riverside Cemetery, Withee.  Family and friends are welcome from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.

  Violet was born on September 28,1922 in Newton, Wisconsin, to the late Hugo and Viola (Dehne) Stock.   The family moved to the Owen and Curtiss area.  She later attended the Normal School in Wausau.  She married Otto on December 25, 1943 at St John’s Lutheran Church in Withee.  

  She taught school at Eaton Center, Hixon Heights and substituted at Frenchtown schools for 7 years.           She was also a housewife and helped with the television business that Otto ran at the farm.  

  Violet is survived by Connie (Jim) Starr of Colorado, Ronald (Pam) of Arizona, Rita (Randy Budrus) Engel of Withee, Jacquelyn (Wes) Engel-Melander of Colorado; grandchildren Dan (fiancee Ruthie Granger) Starr, Jon Starr, Blake (Jessica) Engel, Travis (friend Annie) Engel, Audrey Nordlof, Kristopher Nordlof, Tim (Tabatha) Melander, Emily Barany.  Great-grandchildren Morgan, Kylia, Hailee, Lilly Nordlof, Alaura and Haylie Melander.

  Violet is proceeded in death her parents, sisters Edna, Loraine and Gertrude.  Sister-in-law Anna Lange, brother-in-laws Bill and Ed Engel. And Nephew Delbert.

  The family would like to thank Community Care Connections of Wisconsin, St Joseph’s Hospital staff, the Marshfield Clinic and the Owen-Withee Ambulance service for their care.

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Delores A. Kaudy


 

  Delores A. Kaudy, 90, of Stetsonville passed away on Thursday, April 13 at the Clark County Health Care Center. She was born on March 20, 1927 to Frank and Marie (Mary) Orlikowski in Bevent, WI. She attended grade school in Bevent, WI where she also completed high school. She married Jack Kaudy on May 17, 1948 in Baraboo, WI. Delores was a housewife for many years. Along with her husband, she managed the family mink ranch until 1972. She later went on to work at Marathon Cheese until her retirement.

  In her spare time Delores enjoyed spending time with her family at home and at their cabin on Hulls Lake, embroidery, bowling, her flower gardens, reading, refinishing furniture, and shopping. Delores loved her dogs Abby & Sadie. She was a member of Ladies Aid at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Delores also loved celebrating her birthdays with her daughters at Phil and Eleanor’s Steakhouse.

  Delores is survived by her husband, Jack; children, Mary Wojtowicz of Roseville, MN, Diane Dittrich of Westboro, Jeanette Kaudy of Marshfield, Jim (Sue) Kaudy of Hewitt, and Susie Hubbard of Medford; 11 grandchildren, Jessica, Amy, Kelly, Lindsey, Lisa, Wendy, Angie, Shelby, JD (Bud), Carly, & Maxwell; 7 great-grandchildren, Grace, Tommy, Jack, Keegan, Lily, Spencer & Ava.

  Delores is preceded in death by her parents; daughter Jane Kaudy Marx in 2010; brother, Robert Orlikowski; sisters Alma & MaryJane Orlikowski.

  A memorial mass for Delores will take place at 11:00 AM on Friday April 21 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Phil Juza & Deacon Bryan Hilts officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. A Rosary Service will take place on Friday, April 21 at Holy Rosary at 9:30 AM, and visitation will follow until the time of services at 11:00 AM.

  The family would like to send a special thank you to the 2 east staff of Clark County Health Care Center and staff of Hope Hospice Palliative Care for the care and compassion shown towards Delores.

  Memorial donations may be made to the family for a future designation.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

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Sharon L. Beyer


  Sharon L. Beyer, age 75, of Dorchester, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017 at Dycora Transitional Health in Abbotsford.

  A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Dorchester Village Hall (Village Shop), 188 S. 2nd St.  Pastor Bruce Jahnke will officiate.  A Memorial Gathering to follow until 6:00 p.m. 

  Sharon was born on August 15, 1941 the daughter of Arthur and Ruby (Braatz) Beyer in Milwaukee.  She graduated from Pulaski High School in Milwaukee and worked at Golden Gurnsey Dairy and Robert A. Johnson Company both in Milwaukee.  Sharon moved to Dorchester and owned Sharon's Cozy Corners in Dorchester for many years.  She enjoyed fishing and putting together jigsaw puzzles.

  Sharon is survived by her sister, Virginia Bruder of Dorchester; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Dennis.

 

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Rolland E. Knecht


  Rolland E. Knecht, age 92, of Unity, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Ministry Saint Josephs Hospital in Marshfield. 
  A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in the Town of Green Grove.  Rev. Donald Bruce will officiate.  Interment to follow at the church cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church.
  Rolland was born on May 4, 1924, the son of Edward and Selma (Tessmer) Knecht in Winona, MN.  They moved to Unity after he was six months old and Rolland took over the farm.  He sold the farm in 2015. 
Rolland was united in marriage to Vernetta Laabs on May 17, 1947 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Green Grove.  She preceded him in death on November 23, 1987. 
  Rolland is survived by his two sons:  Kenneth (Sandra) of Wausau and Robert of Spencer; six grandchildren:  Michele, Joshua, Justin, David, Bradley and Andy; 16 great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by his sister, Ardina "Babe" Alexander of Spencer; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vernetta; his brothers, Herb and Carl; his sister Bernadine Witte and a daughter-in-law, Joan.

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Gary E. Berg


 

  Gary Evar Berg, 66, of Ogema died Wednesday April 12, 2017, at the home he built, surrounded by his family, and under the care of Flambeau Health Hospice.

  Gary was born in Medford on February 10, 1951 to Eugene and Estelle (Cummings) Berg. He served his country in the United States Army as an 82nd Airborne Ranger,  on active duty from 1971-1973, and was in the Reserves until 1977. On June 17, 1988 Gary married Lois Gunderman at First Lutheran Church in Ogema.
  Gary worked in Prentice for more than 40 years as a Production Welder for Omark, Blount and finally Caterprillar, where he retired from in 2015. He also served on the Ogema Volunteer Fire Department for 48 years, joining at the age of 18. Gary was an active member of the department up until the time of his passing. One of his favorite sayings was “You don’t retire from being a volunteer.” Gary was driven to serve his community. He was treasurer of the Ogema Fire Protection District for more than 20 years. He was also a member of the First Lutheran Church of Ogema.
  Gary loved to be outdoors, and passed that love down to his sons. He enjoyed hunting deer and small game and loved to musky fish on the Jump River. He also enjoyed watching and feeding birds with his wife Lois, as they maintained multiple blue bird houses throughout their property.

  Gary is survived by in life by his Wife: Lois of Ogema, two sons: Daniel (Ashley) and Jason, both of Ogema; two Granddaughters: Ahnalie and Lena; Mother: Estelle Cummings of  Medford, two Sisters: Karen (Gary) Westberg, and Pat Bahr, both of Ogema.

  He is preceded in death by his Father Eugene, and Brother Michael.

  Memorial Services for Gary will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday April 22, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Ogema. Rev. Dr. Bob Giese will officiate. Burial of cremated remains will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Ogema. Visitation will be held at First Lutheran Church, Saturday April 22, 2017 from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Gary can be given to the Ogema Volunteer Fire Company or First Lutheran Church of Ogema.

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

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Peter Matyka


 

PETER MATYKA

 

AGE: 86

 

ADDRESS: W3462 Trout Avenue, Rib Lake, WI; A Township of Greenwood resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:58 PM, Saturday, April 15 at Our House Assisted Living, Medford where he had resided for the past 10 weeks most recently under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Wednesday, April 19 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake

 

OFFICIATING: Father Otto Bucher

 

INTERMENT: St. Ann’s Cemetery, Township of Greenwood where there will also be graveside military rites performed by the Rib Lake American Legion military honors team

 

VISITATION: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake from 4-7:30 PM on Tuesday, April 18 where there will be a 7:30 PM Catholic rosary service held that evening, and also at church from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Wednesday, April 19

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 29, 1930 in the Township of Greenwood

 

EDUCATION: Highland Elementary School, Town of Greenwood & was a 1948 graduate of Rib Lake High School

 

MARRIAGE: September 12, 1959 at Fussville, WI to Bernice M. Claas

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he entered the US Army and served from 1951-1953 during the Korean War. After the military, he moved to Milwaukee and worked at Allis Chalmers, Hillcrest Garage, International Harvester & American Motors for periods of time. In 1962, they moved to the Town of Greenwood to work the family farm with his brother. He farmed there until his retirement in 2004. In retirement, he continued to help with work on the family farm. He enjoyed driving tractor, tinkering on tractors, fishing and hunting.

 

MEMBER OF: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake & the Rib Lake American Legion

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Bernice Matyka of Rib Lake

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Christine (David) Wille of Chelsea, Cheryl (Dan) Graumann of Rib Lake, Donna (Leon) Long of Rib Lake, Gerald (Joan) Matyka of Rib Lake, Mark (Sara) Matyka of Rib Lake, Melissa (Allen) Thums of Weston

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Grandson – Timothy Long

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 15 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 7

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Charlie Matyka of Rib Lake, Lucy (Marvin) Liske of Medford, Paul Matyka of Rib Lake

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – Joseph, Jim, John, Frank Matyka; Sisters – Agnes Maager, Elizabeth Gauger, Sister Catherine Matyka, Annie Erl & baby Mary in infancy

 

DECEASED FATHER: Joseph Matyka

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Agnes Matyka

 

PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren – Jason Wille, Nathan Long, Patrick & Kyle Matyka, Katie Switlick, Justin Thums

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Roseann M. Wagner


 

ROSEANN M. WAGNER

 

AGE: 89

 

ADDRESS: W12445 State Hwy 64, Withee, WI 54498; A Township of Roosevelt resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:40 AM on Wednesday, April 12 at Aspirus Riverview Hospital, Wisconsin Rapids where she had been a patient for 1 day

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 18 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Lublin

 

OFFICIATING: Father Madanu Lourdu Raju

 

INTERMENT: St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, Lublin

 

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM on Monday, April 17 where there will be a 7:00 PM Catholic prayer service held that evening and also from 9 AM until the time of services at 10 AM on Tuesday, April 18 at the church in Lublin

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 8, 1928 at Hammond, Indiana

 

EDUCATION: Clark Elementary School and was a graduate of Clark High School, Whiting, IN

 

MARRIAGE: 1st: In 1945 at Chicago, IL to Eugene Kaminski and they were later divorced; 2nd: in 1967 at Mishawaka, IN to Wayne Wagner and they were later divorced

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: She worked at Eastman Kodak Co. for 30 years in Chicago. Moved to the Town of Roosevelt in 1973 where they farmed for a period of years. She worked for Indianhead Action Agency in Medford and also at McDonald’s in Medford for periods of time until ill health. She enjoyed flower gardening and taking pictures.
Roseann was a devoted mother and grandmother. She loved fiercely and would do anything for her family. She loved to have her family, children, grandchildren & friends gather at the farm to grill out or camp out back by Diamond Lake.

 

MEMBER OF: St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Lublin

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Paul Kaminski of Chippewa Falls, Richard (Staci Sparks) Wagner of Chippewa Falls, Bill Wagner of Nekoosa, Vicky (Brent) Stewart of Thorp, Laurie (Kevin) Danen of Eau Claire

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 10 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 2

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Donald (Jeanne) Zelen of Portland, OR

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sister - Lola Bardozi

 

DECEASED FATHER: John Zeleznik

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Rose (Oguzeli) Zeleznik

 

PALLBEARERS: Paul Kaminski, Richard & Bill Wagner, Kevin Danen, Brent Stewart, Jimmy MillikinOTHER

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

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Elizabeth R. Schilling


 

  Elizabeth R. Schilling, 94, of Medford, passed away Tuesday April 11, 2017 at Aspirus Medford Hospital.

  Elizabeth was born February 22, 1923 in Prentice, WI to John and Mary (Deutsch) Weinzatl. She is a graduate of Prentice High School. She married Edward Schilling on May 20, 1948 in Nashua, IA. Edward precedes her in death.
  She is survived by 5 Daughters: Mary (Edwin) Laher, Jean (Wesley) Singleton both of Medford, Kathy (Edward) Graff of Stetsonville, Grace (Pat) Tischendorf of Dorchester, Elizabeth (Doug) Acker of Marathon, 6 Sons: Jim, Dan both of Stetsonville, Paul (Cindy), Steve (Lori) both of Medford, Ken (Brenda) of Rib Lake, Tom (Linda) of Medford, 23 Grandchildren, 33, Great Grandchildren, Sister in Law Dorothy Rosenlof of Prentice and many nieces and nephews.
  She is further preceded by her Parents, Son John Schilling, and 12 Brothers and Sisters.
  Elizabeth and Edward farmed in Westboro, while she raised her children. She then went on to work at Gem Products in Rib Lake, and retired from there in 1985. She enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting, completing word searchs and reading. She also loved to make quilts, and made one for every one of her grandchildren. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and never let them leave a visit without a treat.
  Elizabeth was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and was active in the Women’s Circle.
  A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday April 17, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Father Phil Juza will officiate. A Rosary Service will take place at Holy Rosary at 9:30 AM, and visitation will follow until the time of services. Burial will be held in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.

  Memorial donations in honor of Elizabeth Schilling can be given to her family, with designation 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

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Stella Knotek


 

  Stella Knotek, 91, of Rib Lake passed away on Tuesday, April 11 at the Rib Lake Healthcare Center. Stella was born on June 14, 1925 to Peter and Anna Cudo in Columbia Heights, MN. After her education she worked at Brooks Upholstery in Minneapolis. On December 9, 1950 she married Louis J. Knotek. After her marriage Stella and Louis relocated to Rib Lake, where they farmed for many years. She also worked at Gem Products for many years.

  Stella was a past member of St. Johns the Baptist Catholic Church Christian Mothers. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, farming, and visiting with her nieces and nephews.

  Stella is survived by many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

  Stella is preceded in death by her parents, husband Louis on March 11, 1974, two sisters, and four brothers.

  Private graveside services for Stella will be held 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

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Cora Marie Netzel


 

CORA MARIE NETZEL

 

AGE: 73

 

ADDRESS: W2395 Stone Lake Drive, Ogema, WI 54459; A Township of Spirit resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced at 11:55 PM on Monday, April 3 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire where she had been a patient for the past 2 months

 

VISITATION: A Memorial Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 8 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel

 

INTERMENT: Interment of her cremated remains will take place at Guardian Angel Cemetery, Stevens Point, WI at a later time

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 15, 1943 at Juneau, Alaska

 

EDUCATION: Juneau, AK Graded Schools and attended Haines House Native School, Haines, Alaska

 

MARRIAGE: March 21, 1962 at Shawneetown, IL to Robert “Bob” C. Netzel

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Most of her life was spent as a housewife & mother while they resided in Wisconsin Rapids, Warrens & Stone Lake, WI. For the past 17 years, they have been residing in the Ogema area. For a period of time she worked in the deli at County Market in Medford. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, baking & entertaining. She also had a great love for birds and nature.

 

MEMBER OF: Tlingit Tribe of Alaska

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Robert “Bob” C. Netzel of Ogema

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Jan (Brian Jackson) Landowski of Sauk City, WI, Chester J. Netzel, II of Marshfield, Sharon M. (Lawrence) Van Asten of Waupaca, Kirt (Brenda Krause) Netzel of Wisconsin Rapids

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 6 - Justin, Dallas, Aubrey & Noah Borski, Autumn (Scott) Stachura & Ashley (Kyle) Bestul

 

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 3 - Gabriel, Anden & Whitney Stachura

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sisters – Sally (Valentino) Brattin of Haines, AK & Jeanette (Barton) Delfay of Yelm, Washington; Brothers – Edward Baker of Haines, AK & Jerry Baker of North Carolina

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – Jay Baker, Joe Baker & Carl Baker, Jr. in infancy

 

DECEASED FATHER: Carl Baker

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Mary Jackson

 

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

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Daniel Nuernberger


 

  Daniel P. Nuernberger, 31, of Medford, passed away Tuesday April 4, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Palliative Care Unit.

  Daniel was born June 6, 1985 in Marshfield to Paul and Linda (Dailey) Nuernberger.

  He is survived by his Parents: Paul and Linda Nuernberger of Medford, Siblings: Jason and (Kimberlee) Nuernberger, Heather (Jeremy) Albers, and Elizabeth (Dan) Lavin, all of Medford, Grandmother June Walls of Medford, Nieces and Nephews: Kyle & Kasee (Brandon Mallo) Nicks, Cayden Nuernberger, Justin Nuernberger, Kala & Talan Albers, Morgan & Jordan Lavin, Great Nephew Grayson Mallo, Sponsors: Nancy Wycliffe, Sandy & Dave Maurer, and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

  He is preceded in death by his Grandparents: Robert Dailey, Elmer & Goldie Nuernberger, Brother Eric Nuernberger, Aunts and Uncles: Kathy Meyers, Jan Dailey, Ellyn Paul, David Nuernberger and Marge Metz.

  Daniel was a 2006 graduate of Medford Area Senior High. He worked with Black River Industries, Day Services. He enjoyed all things outdoors, especially birdwatching, watching wildlife, and going to parks and zoos. He loved to watch gameshows especially The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune.

  He was a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, and was active in Sunday School.

  Daniel loved his family, and enjoyed spending time with them.

  Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday April 8, 2017 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stetsonville. Pastor Richard Russow will officiate. Burial of cremated remains will follow at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held at church Saturday morning from 9 AM until the time of service.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given to Daniel’s family, for designation at a later date.

  The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff of St. Rita’s Home in Mosinee, and to the Doctors and Nurses and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Palliative Care Unit for the excellent care and compassion shown for Daniel.

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

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Marvin O. Busse


 

  Marvin O. Busse, age 85, of Colby, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield surrounded by his loving family.

  A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford.  Rev. Don Bruce will officiate.  Inurnment will follow at Abbotsford Public Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the Church. 

  Marvin was born August 21, 1931 the son of Otto and Lorentina (Scheelk) Busse in the Town of Holton.   He graduated from Dorchester High School in 1949.  On September 23, 1950, Marvin was united in marriage to Carol Miller at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Green Grove.  Together they farmed in the Town of Mayville for over 50 years.

  Marvin was a member of Christ Lutheran Church for many years and served as the council president.  He also served on the Abbotsford School Board for 30 years, including serving as president for 27 years.    Marvin also served on the CESA 10 Board for many years.  Through his volunteerism, he touched countless lives.

  Marvin was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Packers, Badgers and Brewers.  He especially enjoyed playing sheepshead and pinochle with family and friends.  Most importantly, Marvin cherished his family.

  Marvin is survived by his wife of 66 years, Carol of Colby; eight children:  Susan (Steven) Buchholz of New Franken, Rev. Robert (Carol) of Princeton, Wayne (Laura) of Amery, Brian (Julie) of Suamico, Barry (Marge) of Rib Mountain, Steven (Kelly) of Prescott, Sharri (TJ) Stroinski of Abbotsford and Kristi (Chuck) Tlusty of Medford; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by his brother Ronald (Helen) Busse of Dorchester; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Lorentina; his sister, Carol Palchik and his grandson, Shawn Buchholz.

  In lieu of flowers and plants, the family requests memorials to Christ Lutheran Church.

  The family wishes to thank the staff at Saint Joseph's Hospital, especially the staff in Palliative Care for their wonderful care and compassion bestowed upon Marvin.

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Olga Behrens


 

  Olga Behrens, age 92, of Colby, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Colonial Center in Colby.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby.  The Rev. Mark Neumann will officiate.  Interment to follow at Colby Memorial Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church. 

  Olga was born on August 5, 1924, the daughter of Ewald and Emma (Hass) Wiersig in the Town of Hull, Marathon County.  She attended Colby Public Schools.  Olga was united in marriage to Richard Behrens on June 16, 1948 at the Zion Lutheran Parsonage in Colby.  He preceded her in death on November 3, 2002.   Together they farmed near Cherokee until retiring in 1978.

  Olga was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was active in the Ladies Aid.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, flower gardening and bowling.  Most importantly, she cherished her family.

  Olga is survived by two sons:  Stanley Behrens of Spencer and Phillip Behrens of Marshfield; five grandchildren:  Ashley Behrens, Brett (Beth) Behrens, Kyle Behrens, Adam (Amanda) Phillippi and Derek Behrens; four great-grandchildren:  Jim Behrens, Lincoln Behrens, Lily Phillippi and Macie Behrens.  She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard "Chick"; her son, Ralph in 2003 a granddaughter, Jodie Behrens; five siblings: Reinhardt Wiersig, Harold Wiersig, Frieda Wiersig, Ella Wellman and Hilda Dommer.

  The Behrens family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff at the Colonial Center for the care and compassion their mother received.

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Celine E. Boxrucker


  Celine E. Boxrucker age 88 of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, IA.  She was born September 10, 1928 in Wood County, WI the daughter of Nicholas and Hattie (Ludwig) Schumacher. Celine attended Taylor County Normal School in Medford and taught in a country school for nine years.  She married Joseph Zirngibl on June 21, 1950. They raised their family in Stetsonville, WI where she worked at Bootzin’s IGA for 25 years.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville and enjoyed bowling, fishing, golf, playing cards and crocheting.           Joseph preceded her in death in 1996.  She married Arthur Boxrucker on March 1, 2003 and moved to Prairie du Chien where she became an active member of the Holy Family Parish, Faith In Action, water aerobics and a hospice volunteer.  She is survived by her children, Joyce (Dan) Shannon, Joseph Zirngibl, Joan (Arthur) Marschke and Gail Zirngibl, a son in law Tracy Heier, her sister Janet (John) Pinter, sisters in law, Carol Schumacher and Hilda Boxrucker, stepchildren, Gail (Andy) Howard, Bruce (Jeanette) Boxrucker, Monica (Dan) Schneider, Kent, Paul (Jody), John (Laurie) and Scott Boxrucker, daughter in law Lucy Morrissey.  She was preceded in death by a daughter Nora Heier, two grandchildren John Zirngibl and James J. Kraemer, three brothers Kenneth, Donald and Norbert Schumacher, a sister Lorraine Underwood and an infant sister Angela.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 11:30 AM at St. John’s Church of the Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien with Rev. James Weighner officiating. A private family interment will be later in the Sacred Heart Church Cemetery in Stetsonville, WI.  Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 10:30 AM until the time of services. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Sacred Heart Church in Stetsonville, WI where friends may call at church one hour prior to services. 

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Taylor J. Nolan


 

TAYLOR J. NOLAN

 

AGE: 18

 

ADDRESS: Castle Road, Medford

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced at 12:24 PM on Tuesday, March 28 in Waushara County, WI, the results of an auto accident

 

VISITATION: A Memorial Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 PM on Friday, March 31 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

 

SERVICES: There are no services scheduled at this time

 

INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Our Saviour’s Church Cemetery in the Town of Holway at a later date

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 31, 1998 at Medford

 

EDUCATION: Medford Area Elementary & Middle School, 2016 graduate of Medford Sr. High School

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he worked at Mc Donald’s and Nicolet Bank in Medford. He was presently working as a manager at Briq’s Soft Serve in Wausau and was also a student at UW-Marathon County. He enjoyed animals, travel, spending time with family and friends.

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother – Jesse Nolan of Eau Claire

 

SURVIVING PARENTS: Timothy & Ann (Gunther) Nolan of Medford

 

Paternal Grandfather – Don (Sue Scott) Nolan of Port Edwards

 

Maternal Great Grandmother – Mary Gunther of Medford

 

God Parents – Leon & Sheila Westphal of Little Chicago, WI

 

Further survived by Aunt, Pat Nolan of Wisconsin Rapids, Great Aunts/Uncles

 

OTHER INFORMATION: 

- In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Mary K. Bohmbach


 

  Mary K. Bohmbach, 46, of Medford passed away on Saturday, March 25 at home. She was born on October 6, 1970 to John and Candy Bohmbach in Chicago, IL. She graduated from Rib Lake High School in 1989. She worked for Maple Island, Wal-Mart, and most recently Weather Shield until her passing.

  Mary enjoyed life. She would spend her time gardening and planting flowers, tending bar, and spending time with her grandchildren.

  Mary is survived by her mother Candy (Fred Sherman) Bohmbach of Doniphan, MO; sister, Jackie (Nol) Thums of Westboro; brother, Larry (Jackie) Bohmbach of Rib Lake; nieces, Ashley (Lon), Makayla, and Tailor; nephews, Scott Jr. and Evan. She is further survived by her significant other Tony Szalkus, his daughter Samantha (Chris) Shotliff, and their children Arawyn and Amaya; stepmother Louise McBaine; special friend Tessa Hoffman and many other family and friends.

  Mary is preceded in death by her father, John Bohmbach and her grandparents.

  A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be given to the family for a future designation.
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Walter P. Nowicki


  WALTER P. NOWICKI, age 90, of Lublin, passed away at his home on Sunday, March 5, 2017. A memorial service will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Thorp Funeral Home, in Thorp, WI. Richard Pulcher will officiate and burial will follow in St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, in Lublin. Military rites will be conducted by the Abramowicz-Kacmarczyk-Cwikla American Legion Post #547. Visitation will be held at Thorp Funeral Home, on Saturday, from 9:30am until time of service.

  Walter Peter Nowicki was born on September 22, 1926 in the Town of Reseburg, rural Thorp, to Thomas and Stella (Wittek) Nowicki. He was raised on the family farm until his family moved to Chicago, IL, where he completed his education, graduating from Englewood High School. He entered the United States Army on February 9, 1945 and served until his honorable discharge on December 2, 1946. Walter returned to Illinois and attended Photography School and later held various jobs in the Chicago area. It was there that he met his future wife, Dolores Bak, and they were later married on October 1, 1949 at St. Hedwig's Catholic Church, in Thorp, WI. Dolores died on August 2, 1988. Walter continued to live in Chicago until moving to Lublin in 2001 to live with his son, Joe. He resided in Lublin until the time of his death.
Walter had many interests, but especially enjoyed fishing, woodworking and photography. He was a member of the Lublin American Legion Post #547.
  He is survived by his son: Joseph T. Nowicki of Lublin; one granddaughter: Vanessa Matuszewski of Chicago; one great-granddaughter: Madison Walowski of Chicago; one sister: Lillian Nisbet of California; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
  Walter was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Dolores; one brother: Joseph Nowicki; and one sister: Florence Krol.

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Francis "Frank" A. Pries


 

  Francis "Frank" A. Pries, age 71, of Owen passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 23, 2017 in Palliative Care at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield surrounded by his loving family. 

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen.  Father Janusz Kowalski will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 26 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen where the Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m. and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Monday at the church.

  A Celebration of Life will also be held from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Byron, MN.

  Frank was born on May 3, 1945 the son of Wilbur and Lorraine (Nigon) Pries in Rochester, MN.  He graduated from Byron High School in 1963.  Frank was united in marriage to Susan Halloran on April 26, 1969 in Chatfield, MN. 
  Frank worked as a carpenter for Pries Brothers Construction from 1970-81.  He moved to Owen and bought a dairy farm.  Frank also worked as a livestock field representative for National Farmers Organization for 32 years, retiring in 2016. 

  He served on many boards and committees including NAFCOR, National Farmers Organization and the Byron Fire Department.  Frank had a strong faith and was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.  He was a avid hunter and especially enjoyed fishing with his children and grandchildren.  Frank most importantly cherished his family and loved attending their sporting events.

  Frank is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sue; four children:  Mark (Terry) of Withee, Becky (Jim) Albrecht of WI Rapids, Pam of Albertville, MN and Jill (Gene) Derfus of Greenwood; six grandchildren: Cody Albrecht, Nick, Zack, Brandon, Brady and Christa Derfus; five step-grandchildren: Justin, Hayley, Jim, Sara and Lindsay (Andrew); three step-great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by five brothers and one sister:  Jerry (Sharon), Jim (Sue), Joe (Shari), Dan (Becky) all of Byron, MN, Tom (Jeanette) of Eyota, MN and Mary (Bruce) Clement of Rochester, MN; two sisters-in-law: Teresa (Dean) Narveson of Chatfield, MN and Mary Halloran of Peoria, IL; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents.

  The Pries family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center, DaVita Dialysis of Marshfield and Palliative care at St. Joseph's Hospital.

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Betty F. Imbach


 

BETTY F. IMBACH

 

AGE: 87

 

ADDRESS: N5064 Ben’s Lane, Medford; Town of Chelsea resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 2:46 AM Thursday, March 23 at Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford where she had resided for the past 1 ½ months

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Monday, March 27 at OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey

 

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza & Deacon Joe Stefancin

 

INTERMENT: OLPH Catholic Cemetery, Whittlesey

 

VISITATION: OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey from 4-7 PM on Sunday, March 26 where there will be a 7:00 PM Catholic prayer service held that evening; also from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Monday, March 27

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: January 23, 1930 at Rib Lake, WI

 

EDUCATION: Buddy Elementary School, Township of Greenwood and was a graduate of Rib Lake High School

 

MARRIAGE: November 25, 1950 at OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey to Joseph Imbach and he preceded her in death December 9, 2012

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Most of her life was spent as a housewife & mother while raising her family. They resided in the Townships of Chelsea and Browning for periods of time. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching & crossword puzzles.

 

MEMBER OF: OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey, Medford VFW Auxiliary & the Whittlesey Homemakers Club

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – Betty Jane Roberts of New London, Joan (John) Pfaff of Stetsonville & Nancy Imbach of Phillips; Sons – Jerry (Peggy), Jack (Mary), James (Sarah) & Mike (Sharon) Imbach, all of Medford

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Grandchildren – Nikki & Billy Pfaff

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 10 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 11

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brothers - Lester (Marylin) Judnic of Merrill & Harvey (Arlene) Judnic of Rib Lake
Sisters – Angeline Strebig of Medford & Rose Schilling of Mt. Prospect, IL
Sisters-in-law: Margaret Fleegel & Marcella Judnic both of Medford, Maggie Gumz of Westboro & Mary Ann Leffel of Colby

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Joseph, Carl & Clarence Judnic, Mary Nezval

 

DECEASED FATHER: Joseph Judnic

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Mary (Mauser) Judnic

 

PALLBEARERS: Honorary – Tripp Reamer, Tessa Brandner, Carli & Autumn Higgins

Active – Grandchildren, Ryan & Alex Imbach, Mike & Maggie Pfaff, Jeremy & Chris Roberts, Danny & Bobby Malchow, Dillon “Monk” Brandner

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to either OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey or the Medford VFW Auxiliary
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June A. Stiel


 

  June A. Stiel, 84, of Rib Lake, passed away at her home on March 20, 2017 surrounded by her family and under the loving care of Hope Hospice.

  June was born June 18, 1932 in Rib Lake to Ralph and Alice (Johnson) St. Clair. She married Leo C. Stiel on December 13, 1952 at St. John’s Catholic Church. Leo passed away May 31, 1994.
  She is survived by her Children: Sandy (Damian) Jones of Westboro, Matthew (Louise) Stiel of Rib Lake, Mary Stiel of Chicago, Therese (James) Walters of Rib Lake, 11 Grandchildren, 4 Step Grandchildren, 7 Great Grandchildren and numerous cousins.
  June is further preceded in death by her Parents and Infant brother Kenneth.
  June worked for Gem Products Shoe Factory in Rib Lake, and met her Husband Leo there. She then became a homemaker and raised her children. June went back to work for Brothers Two and was a wood worker in the factory. She enjoyed needlework, artist, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and baking cookies for her grandchildren. She loved adventures, especially spending Sunday afternoons on a drive with her husband and children, not knowing exactly where the road would lead them.
  She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and Good Shepherd Knitters.
  A memorial mass will be held at 11 AM, Friday March 24, 2017 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake. Father Otto Bucher will officiate. Burial of cremated remains will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake. A Rosary service will be held at 9 AM Friday, visitation will follow from 9:30 until the time of Mass at 11 AM.
  In honor of June, the family has requested memorial donations be given to Hope Hospice or Good Shepherd Catholic Church.Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements, online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

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Helen T. Krizan


 

  Helen T. Krizan, 92, formerly of Cornell and Sheldon, died Tuesday, March

21, 2017 at Country Terrace-Bloomer under the care of Heartland Hospice.
  She was born on August 12, 1924 in Elroy, WI area to the late Knut and
Hilda (Halverson) Knutson. She grew up there and married Andrew Krizan
on June 11, 1949 in Fountain Lutheran Church, Elroy. The couple farmed
and raised their family south of Sheldon.
  She is survived by her children, Sharon (Herman) Viegas of Bloomington,
MN, Sandy (Neil) Marthaler of Athens, Ken (Terri) Krizan of Portage, Dennis
(Beverly) Krizan of Cottage Grove, Mark (Lynn) Krizan of Oregon, WI,
Diane Krizan of Chicago, IL and Judy (Dennis) Ewer of Eau Claire, 15
grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, a sister, Cora Preuss of Sparta and
a brother, Robert Knutson of Florida. Helen is preceded in death by her
husband, Andrew (9-11-16), her parents, a granddaughter, Marissa Ewer,
a great grandson, Maddox Krizan and 3 sisters, Katherine Schultz, Mildred
Schultz and Eva Kozuszek.
A funeral will be at 11AM on Friday, March 24th at Trinity Lutheran
  Church-Sheldon, Rusk County, WI with Reverend Doctor Gary Paul
officiating. Burial will follow in the Donald Cemetery. Visitation will be from
9:30AM until time of service Friday at the Church. Plombon Funeral
Service-Gilman assisted the family with arrangements.

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Deuane "Pops" R. Bock


 

DEUANE “POPS” R. BOCK

 

AGE: 78

 

ADDRESS: Township of Holway resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 12:35 AM Saturday, March 18 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford where he had resided for the past 2 ½ months

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will take place at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 25 at the Holway Town Hall, Township of Holway

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. James Krueger

 

VISITATION: 1:00 PM until the time of services at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 25 at the Holway Town Hall, Township of Holway

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: May 9, 1938 at Chili, WI

 

EDUCATION: Chili, WI area elementary schools

 

MARRIAGE: October 7, 2016 at Medford to Shirley Ann Nelson-Kreuscher and she survives

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: He farmed in the Chili area for a period of time. Resided in the Perkinstown & Holway areas while working as a milk hauler, logging truck driver and Bauer Trucking of Medford for periods of time until retirement. He enjoyed hobby farming, horse sales, model trains, gun shows, hunting, fishing and traveling.

 

MEMBER OF: Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: His partner since 1984 and present wife, Shirley A. Kreuscher of the Town of Holway

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: 3 daughters along with others residing in the Chili area
Step-Children: Karl (Linda) Kreuscher of Medford and Patty (Mike) Webster of Gilman
Step-Grandchildren: Ashley Zettler, CJ Kreuscher and Amber Webster, along with one on the way
Step-Great Grandchildren: Kaylee & Memphis Zettler, Chloe Bucki

 

DECEASED FATHER: Robert Bock

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Daisy Heisler

 

OTHER INFORMATION: Sadly missed by our cat-Custer
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Marie I. Kulesa


  Marie I. Kulesa, 89, formerly of the Town of Taft, died
Sunday, March 19, 2017 at Oakbrook Nursing and Rehab
Center-Thorp. She was born on December 25th, 1927 in
Neillsville the daughter of the late Arthur and Gertrude
(Galiff) Ehlert. Marie grew up in Neillsville until 1937 when her
family purchased a farm in the Town of Taft; South of
Gilman. Marie to the Taft Red Brick Schoolhouse.
  She married Joseph Kulesa on October 26th, 1946 at St.
John’s Lutheran Church-Yellow River. The couple farmed in
the Town of Taft for many years.
  Marie is survived by her children, Ron Kulesa of Thorp,
Darrell (Diane) Kulesa of Chippewa Falls, Regina (Don)
Beauchene of San Pablo, California, Doreen Shatwell of
Lublin, Chris (Leon) Peetz of Gilman and Naomi (Bob)
Warner of Westboro, many grandchildren, great
grandchildren, great great grandchildren and nieces and
nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, her
husband, Joseph, 3 brothers, George, Howard and Robert
Ehlert and 5 sisters, Verna Hoeck, Velma Hart, Lorraine
Kelling, Arline Piater and Elleanor Kulesa.
  A funeral service will be at 11AM on Saturday, March 25th at
the Gilman Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook
Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9AM Saturday until time of
service.

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Harold L. Ingersoll


 

  Harold L. Ingersoll, age 83, of Curtiss, passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center in Owen.

  A Memorial Gathering will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.

  Harry was born on August 22, 1933, the son of Kenneth and Edith (Dombrove) Ingersoll, Sr. in Clark County.  He attended Abbotsford Schools.  Harry was united in marriage to Kathryn "Sue" Klimeck on January 17, 1959 in Stetsonville.  They later divorced. 

  Harry's passion was to fix things.  He farmed, worked at Abby Wrecking for many years, Johnson Garage and later at Weathershield in Medford.  Harry also had a couple of salvage yards.  He was well known around the entire area and also for his unique laugh.  Harry was a singer, prankster, comedian and one-of-a-kind B.S.er. 

  Harry is survived by four sons:  Ronald Ingersoll of Abbotsford, Daniel Ingersoll of Medford, Bradley (Kathy) Ingersoll of Stanley and Brian (Samantha) Ingersoll of Medford; a daughter, Karen (Wayne) Tischendorf of Ogema; daughter-in-law, Sandra Ingersoll of Colby; son-in-law, Chuck Strey of Loyal; 19 grandchildren:  Nicole, Jeremy, Justin, Tyler, Travis, Stacey, Chris, Kyle, Jade, Cameron, Kara, Brandon, Dominique, Zak, Haley, Brady, Gage, Carsen and Gracie; 11 great-grandchildren and a very close nephew, Kelly Ingersoll.  He is further survived by three brothers:  Kenneth Ingersoll, Jr. of Colby, Marv Ingersoll of Adams-Friendship and Neil Ingersoll of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; two children, Galen Ingersoll, a daughter,  Laurie Strey; a grandson, Jesse Ingersoll; five siblings: Gladys (Orville) Tichy, Donald "Butch" (Zora) Ingersoll, Jannette Johnson, Arlene (Byron) Leichtman and Robert "Pookie" (Mutzie) Ingersoll.

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Charles W. Bablick


 

Charles W. Bablick, age 92, of Park Falls, died on Tuesday March 14, 2017 at Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls. He was born on January 11, 1925 in Butternut, the son of George and Anna (Palecek) Bablick. He was a graduate of the Butternut High School. Charlie moved to Menomonie and worked for the Firestone Tire Store. On August 27, 1946 he married his wife of fifty-three years, Genevieve Koran. The couple then moved to Stanley where he worked for the Firestone Tire Store. They moved back to Butternut in 1949 and Charlie then worked for Vincent & Vincent Ford in Park Falls and then the Flambeau Paper Mill as a production manager until he retired in 1988. He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, baseball, softball, wood working, gardening, playing cards, and carpentry. Charlie loved spending time with family & friends and traveling. He also enjoyed watching his children and grandchildren in sporting events. He served as a Mass Server, Eucharistic Minister, was a member of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Knight. He donated his time for decades decorating St. Anthony’s Catholic Church for the Christmas season. On September 1, 2001 he marred Arlene Zimpel at Pier Willow Catholic Church

He is survived by:

his wife Arlene of Park Falls

(3)children:

Deacon David (Ginny) Bablick of Tomahawk

Dennis (Luann) Bablick of Butternut

Mary (Jerry) Sarver of Medford

(8)grandchildren, (21)great-grandchildren, (1)great-great-grandson

(3)step-children:

Sharon (Mike) Ferge of Fond du Lac

Diana (Bill) Hede of Tacoma, WA

Debra (Joe) Cali of Waukesha

(7)step-grandchildren, (13)step-great-grandchildren

numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Genny in 2000, (2)great-granddaughters, (1)step-grandson, and (2)brothers: George and John Bablick.

 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday March 18, 2017 at 11:00am from St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Park Falls. Fr. Shaji Pazhukkathara, Dea. David Bablick, and Dea. Chet Ball will co-officiate.

 

Burial will follow at Nola Cemetery in Park Falls.

 

A visitation will be held on Friday March 17, 2017 at the Novitzke Funeral Home in Park Falls from 4:00pm until 7:00pm with a Parish Prayer Vigil at 7:00pm and on Saturday at the church from 10:00am until the hour of the service.

 

The Novitzke Funeral Home is assisting the the family.

www.novitzkefuneralhome.com

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Raymond "Ray" F. Meyer


 

RAYMOND “RAY” F. MEYER

 

AGE: 90

 

ADDRESS: W6503 County Road O, Medford; A Township of Little Black resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:10 PM Wednesday, March 15 at his residence in the Town of Little Black under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM on Monday, March 20 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford where there will also be military rites performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team

 

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza

 

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

 

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM Sunday, March 19 where there will be a 7 PM Catholic prayer service held; also from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Monday, March 20 at the church

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 18, 1927 at Medford

 

EDUCATION: Holy Rosary School, Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School

 

MARRIAGE: September 16, 1952 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville to Rosalie M. Baumer and she preceded him in death January 21, 2013

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Entered US Army in 1946 and served on Guam & Iwo Jima. Discharged in 1947 with the rank of Sargent. Worked for Taylor Co. Highway Dept. as a truck driver from May 1947 until Oct. 1950. In Nov. of 1950 he was called back into the Army and served in Korea from Dec. of 1950 until Oct. of 1951, discharged with the Korean Service Medal with 3 Battle Stars. From 1952 to 1956 he worked for the Medford Co-op & the Medford Electric Utility. From 1956 to 1965 he worked as a milk delivery man for Parkin’s Ice Cream Co. in Medford. In June of 1965, he started working for the Taylor Co. Sheriff’s Dept. as a jailer-dispatcher and was later promoted to Sheriff’s deputy & patrolman in 1966. In 1969 he was promoted to the rank of Chief Deputy & held that position until retirement in 1988. Their family has lived on a hobby farm in the Town of Little Black since May of 1956.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, Life member of the Medford VFW, Retired member of the WI Sheriffs & Deputy Sheriffs Association

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Dale (Tammy) Meyer, Diane (Al) Kasparek, Sue (Matt) Gengler & Virginia (Russell) Jari, all of Medford, Barb (Steve) Kauss of Green Bay

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 11 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 12

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – Joe, John, Edward “Scotty”, Fr. Bernard, twins - Lawrence & Leon Meyer; Sisters – Margaret Danen, Marie Hayden & Regina Querin

 

DECEASED FATHER: John Meyer

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Agnes (Pritzl) Meyer

 

PALLBEARERS: Steve & Mike Kauss, Al Kasparek, Matt Gengler, Russ Jari, Chad Sebold

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
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Harlin D. Anderson


 

Harlin D. Anderson

 

AGE: 71

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: His residence on March 12, 2017 at 1:13 AM

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 2:00 PM Saturday March 18, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. Randal Jeppesen

 

INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery II

 

VISITATION: 1:00 PM until the time of service at 2:00 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: May 10, 1945 in Medford, WI

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Harlin worked for 40 plus years at Black River Industries, Medford. He enjoyed Special Olympics Bowling, fishing, working at Black River Industries, and spending time with his family and friends

 

MEMBER OF: Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey and he was also a part of the Special Olympics

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: 4 sisters: Virginia Kitchen of Abbotsford, Jeanette Reed of Rhinelander, Sherrie (Mike) Ertl of Menomonee Falls and Sandra (Richard) Salzwedel of La Crosse; 1 brother: Gerald (Sandra) Anderson. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: 2 sisters: Sheryl and Darlene; 3 brothers-in-law: Henry, Ollie and John.

 

DECEASED FATHER: David Alfred Anderson

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Alberta Clara Krickenberg

 

PALLBEARERS: Tammy & Kris Salzwedel, Brian Kitchen, Tim Ertl, Dawn Amen, and Lisa Wiber

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials in Harlin’s name may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or to The Special Olympics
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Delbert R. Sloniker


 

DELBERT ROSS SLONIKER

 

AGE: 91

 

ADDRESS: 544 Shattuck Street, Medford

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 5:45 AM Thursday, March 9 at his residence in the City of Medford under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, March 18 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. Richard Russow

 

INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will be at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II

 

VISITATION: Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, March 18

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 24, 1925 at Greenwood, WI

 

EDUCATION: Greenwood elementary schools and was a 1943 graduate of Greenwood High School

 

MARRIAGE: June 24, 1949 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Loyal to Shirley Ann Schaefer and she survives

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: He worked as a cheesemaker for a period of time while residing in Greenwood & Willard. In 1956 he moved to Stetsonville and managed Farmers Pride Cheese Factory from 1956-1968. Moved to Medford in 1968 and he worked as a federal inspector inspecting cheese & butter for the USDA until retirement in 1986. He enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, deer hunting, playing cards, 4 wheeling and playing checkers with his great grandchildren.

 

MEMBER OF: Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Shirley A. Sloniker of Medford

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Susan L. Sloniker of Hazelhurst, WI & Gary (Cynthia) Sloniker of Spooner, WI
2 Grandchildren – Sara (Tom) Kiral of Lewiston, MN & Michelle (Housni) Kabdi of Spooner
4 Great-Grandchildren – Emma & Maddie Kiral, Zak & Eli Kabdi

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Son – Mark Sloniker in 2000

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother – Edward (Florence) Sloniker of Abbotsford

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – Verlyn & Kenneth Sloniker

 

DECEASED FATHER: Ross Sherman Sloniker

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Mildred M. (Schneider) Sloniker

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Douglas A. Rohland


 

  Douglas A. Rohland, age 56, of Withee passed away on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital surrounded by his loving family. 

  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen.  Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate.  Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10 and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

  Doug was born on October 15, 1960, the son of Rhinehart and Audrey (Rossow) Rohland in Stanley.  He graduated from Owen-Withee High School.  Doug was united in marriage on May 31, 1980 to Laurie Jorgensen in Neillsville.  He worked at Sierra Pacific Windows and Doors (formerly Hurd) in Medford for 27 years.

  Doug enjoyed life, was a jokester, had a wonderful heart and would help out anyone in any way he could.  He was an avid Packers fan and loved hunting and fishing, especially with his boys.  Most importantly, Doug was devoted husband and father and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

  Doug is survived by his wife, Laurie; six children:  Tyrel Erickson of Chippewa Falls, Misty (Shawn) Susa of Green Bay, Alicia (Chad) Martin of Madison, Jeremy Rohland of Medford, Amanda (Eric) Rodriguez of Spencer and Joshua Rohland (Amy Gagnon) of Kewaunee; six grandchildren:  Sierra, Jacob, Kyler, Mason, Kayleigh and Olivia.  He is further survived by eight siblings:  Cheryl Schoening, Mike Rohland, Greg Rohland, Tom (Sheri) Rohland, Cindy Rohland, Dave Rohland, Donna Rohland and Tim Rohland; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jody.

  The family requests memorials to gofundme Doug Rohland

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Violet S. Nikkila


 

  Violet S. Nikkila, 87, Town of Ogema, died on Monday, March 6, 2017, at her home under the care of Hope Hospice and surrounded by her family.

  She was born on January 27, 1930, in Ogema, the daughter of Victor J. and Signe (Juni) Linden.
  She was a lifelong resident of the Ogema area. She attended the Levitt Creek Grade School and was a graduate of the Westboro High School, Class of 1948.
  She was married to Melvin Nikkila on March 27, 1948, in Ogema. She remained at her home and raised her 6 children. In her free time she enjoyed the outdoors, feeding and watching her birds and spending time with her family and friends.
  She was a member of the First Lutheran Church, Westboro.
  She is survived by her children: Marlene (Roscoe Skomaroske) Bleck, Phillips, Judy Arkola, Westboro, Diane (Terry) Foster, and Dan (Tammy) Nikkila, all of Ogema, by 15 grandchildren, 34 Great Grandchildren, and 2 Great-Great Grandchildren.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, by her husband Melvin Oct. 7, 2000, by 2 brothers Alvin and Reynold, by 1 infant brother Carl, by 2 sons: Ronnie and Larry, by 1 grandson Lonnie Bleck, and 2 Sons-In-Law Marvin Arkola and Gene Bleck.
  The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the First Lutheran Church, Ogema, with Pastor Robert Giese officiating .Interment will be in the Levitt Creek Cemetery, Town of Hill. Pallbearers are to be her grandsons: Cory and Joey Bleck, Ron Arkola, Troy, Todd, Derek, and Travis Foster, and Tyler and Brent Nikkila.Friends may call after 9:00 A.M. at the church until the time of the service.
  The Heindl Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
  Online condolences may be expressed at www.heindlfuneralhome.com

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Florence O. Pawlik


 

  Florence O Pawlik, 91 of Gilman, died Tuesday, March 7, 2017

at Ascension Our Lady of Victory Hospital-Stanley. She was born
on January 9, 1926 in Chicago, IL the daughter of the late Peter
and Anna (Nesterick) Filipiak. The family moved to the Gilman
area when she was a little girl. Florence went on to graduate
from Gilman High.
  On June 19, 1948 she was united in marriage to Joseph Pawlik at
Holy Assumption Orthodox Church-Lublin. The couple raised
their three children, Joseph Jr. “Joey” (1950), Darlene (1954)
and Dorothy (1956) while operating and expanding the family
dairy farm south of Gilman.
  She is survived by two daughters, Darlene (Gary) Pawlik Plank of
Stratford and Dorothy (Stanley) Halida of Lublin, seven
grandchildren who will serve as pallbearers and 18 great
grandchildren: Jacqueline (Zach) Hennemann and their children
Isaac and Jacob; Carey (Mark) Pawlik Paulson and their children
Dylan and Kole; Jennifer (Jeramie) Duellman and their children
Tychelle, Troy, and Trevin; Jodi (Paul) Weisenbeck and their
children Karlie, Bailey and Hallie; Cory (Sarah) Halida and their
children Logan, Lucas, Bradley and Grace; Kristen (David)
Koontz Haider and their daughter Marley; and Karyn (Zack) Nitz
and their children Alaina, Ella, and Samuel. She is also survived
by her daughter-in-law Sharon Hughes of Gilman, brothers,
Peter (Patricia) Filipiak of Hawkins and Richard Filipiak of
Chippewa Falls and two sisters, Eleanor Almos of Minneapolis,
MN and Alice (Herb) Deuel of Sheldon and sister in law, Jan
Filipiak of Hudson. Florence is preceded in death by her parents,
her husband, Joseph Sr. (2013), son, Joseph Jr., son in law,
Richard Hughes, brother, William Filipiak, sister, Dorothy Filipiak
and brother in law, Kurt Almos.
  Funeral services will be at 11AM on Saturday, March 11th at Holy
Assumption Orthodox Church-Lublin with Father Hermann Klarr
officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will
be from 4-8 PM on Friday at the Gilman Funeral Home with a 7:
30PM Panikhida service. Visitation will continue Saturday
morning at the funeral home from 9:30-10:30 AM.

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Melvin W. Spath


 

  Melvin William Spath, 67, of Eau Claire, passed away peacefully at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, surrounded by his family, after a courageous battle against Leukemia.

  Melvin was born November 23, 1949 in Fremont, Nebraska to Warren and Arlene (Buckendahl) Spath.
He is survived by his siblings: Shirley (Leon) Gonnering of Marshfield, twin brother Merlin Spath of Mt. Vernon, IL, Lynn (Glenda Wiese) Spath of Medford, his Children: Jason, Jody and Daniel, 4 Grandchildren, Special Friends Barb and David Kleist of Eau Claire.
 Melvin is preceded in death by his Parents, and Grandparents: Clarence and Lorena Spath, William and Mary Buckendahl.
  Melvin attended Lawndale and Liberty Elementary Schools, and was a 1968 graduate from Medford Area Sr. High. After graduation Melvin moved to Eau Claire, and made it his home. His career included driving semi-truck over the road for various companies. Throughout his career, he drove all 48 states of the continental US. He retired from Menards Distribution due to ill health.
  Melvin had many passions in his life. In his younger years, he enjoyed riding horses and camping. He loved building and designing unique birdhouses, and was a talented wood-craftsman. He enjoyed giving the birdhouses he built as gifts to family and friends. He also has a green thumb for growing beautiful flowers and vegetables from seeds. He took great pride in his beautiful floral beds. He also was an avid fan of the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers.
  Funeral services for Melvin will be held at 1 PM, Thursday, March 9, 2017 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel. Rev. Richard Russow will officiate. Burial will follow in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Stetsonville. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 12 noon until the time of service at 1 PM.

Melvin’s family would like to give a special thank you to the wonderful caregivers, nurses and doctors, especially Nurses Julie Ann and Jill, and Dr. Muslim at Sacred Heart Hospital and Syversen Lutheran Home, both of Eau Claire.
  Melvin will be truly missed by his family, and his beloved cat Papa, who was his best friend and closest companion.
  In honor of Melvin’s love for his cat Papa, memorial donations can be given to any animal shelter of the donor’s choice.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservices.com

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Karen M. Hinke


 

  Karen Mae Hinke (Pollard), 65, passed away on March 4, 2017 in Marshfield. She was born March 30, 1951 in Indiana to the late William and Juanita (Schickinger) Pollard. She received her education in Kentucky, where the family later moved. After many years down south she moved to Wisconsin and eventually met and married her loving husband Ken Hinke.

  Karen worked various jobs throughout her life. She was also involved in many community organizations. She enjoyed meeting new people, making you laugh, and spending time with family. She spent many years bowling on the Classy Lady League. She took pride in her grand and great-grandchildren.

  Karen is survived by her husband Ken of Medford; her children Rebecca Sanders of Kentucky, Annette (Alvin) Dassow of Medford, Richard (Marilyn) Smith of South Carolina, Randy (Ginny) Hinke of Ashland, Mike (Margo) Hinke of Stetsonville, and Matt Hinke of Minnesota. She is further survived by 5 brothers, Wayne (Sug) Pollard of Kansas, Dennis Pollard of Ohio, Greg, Steve, Danny (Carolyn) Pollard all of Kentucky, and 3 sisters, Diane (Larry) Redemann, Stella Easley, and Sara (Antonio) Pires. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren with one on the way, and 7 great-grandchildren, many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and many other family and friends.

  In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her sister, Pamela Neff of Kansas.

  A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 8, at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, with Pastor David Clements officiating. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, March 8 at the funeral home from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

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Celand "Mel" Melbinger


 

  Celand Lawrence “Mel” Melbinger, 102, of Owen, passed away Saturday March 4, 2017 at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford.

  Mel was born November 26, 1914 in the Town of Reedsburg, to Joseph and Anna (Erben) Melbinger. He was a graduate of Withee High School. Mel married Lois E. Matthewson on September 14, 1935 at the Congregational Church in Owen. Lois preceded Mel in death in 2002.
  He is survived by his children: Jerome (Irene) Melbinger of Madison, and Lonnie (Mary) of Medford, Grandchildren Holly (Lance) Tonkinson of Reedsburg, Kimberly Melbinger-Cerutti of El Dorado Hills, CA, Christopher (Brenda) Melbinger of Ft. Myers, FL, Dr. Julie (Dr. Peter) Melbinger-Wagner of Mequon, Deborah Melbinger of Shorewood, Great Great Grandchildren: Connor, Ella, Claire, and Andrew. He is further survived by his very significant caregiver and friend of 15 years, Canice Parnewicz of Owen, and many nieces and nephews.

  Mel is further preceded in death by his Parents, and Brother Arleigh Melbinger.

  Upon completion of high school, Mel’s entrepreneurial characteristics were evident. He was an astute businessman and progressive planner. He ventured into several business opportunities and then wrote the Postal Office exam and became a clerk for the Owen Post Office. While working at the Post Office, he worked for Badger Shooters Supply in Owen. After 10 years of working both positions he then became a full time employee at Badger Shooters Supply. With great tenacity and hard work he expanded the business into an international company and was the CEO until his retirement in 1983.

  Mel was also very proud and committed to his community, and was Mayor of Owen for 14 years. During his service he was instrumental with the growth and decision making for Owen. Primarily expanding industry; ensuring and improving the cities infrastructure and creating the Owen Development Corporation, thus, building the first clinic that housed two Medical and two Dental Doctors.

  As Mayor, Mel was proud to have had a new water system built in the city. He improved the communities “brick and mortar” on his own by building a grocery store, hardware store, chiropractic office, clinic and Post office. He was a life time member of St. Katherine’s Episcopal Church, Owen. For most of his adult life he held many volunteer and community board positions: Riverside Cemetery board; housing authority implementation; National Rifle Association and a member of the Owen Masonic Lodge # 317, he was a Past Master and recently received his 70 year membership certificate. At the age of 102, Mel was the oldest living Mason in the United States.

  In his leisure time, Mel enjoyed outdoor activities including hunting, fishing, gardening, skiing and spending time at his cabin up North. He took pleasure in traveling, especially his Alaskan hunting and fishing adventures. Mel was an avid Green Bay Packer fan, and season ticket holder. He was present during the frigid 1967 “Ice Bowl” game between the Packers and Cowboys.
  Mel loved his wife and family, and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, March 11, 2017 at St. Katherine’s Episcopal Church in Owen. Rev. Tony Ring will officiate. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Withee. Pallbearers will be David Blazer, Brian Bredlau, Jack Jalling, Scott Jalling, Jeff Matthewson, and Jerry Prepeluh. Honorary Pallbearers will be Paul Schmidt, Jim Carlson, Tom Nelson and members of the Owen Masonic Lodge #317. Visitation will be held Saturday morning at St. Katherine’s Episcopal Church from 10 AM until the time of services.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Mel can be given to St. Katherine’s Episcopal Church or to the Medford Aspirus Foundation.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements, online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com
  Always remember Mel’s advice during hard times “it will pass.”

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Roberta G. Paul


 

  Roberta G. Paul, 67 of the Township of Prentice, Price County, passed away on Saturday, March 4 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford after a long struggle with Alzheimer disease. She was born on March 30, 1949 at Stafford Spring, CT, daughter of the late Clarence Y. and Jennie (Gage) Paul.

  Roberta grew up in Tolland, CT and later moved to Wisconsin in 1973 where she married John Moore & raised 5 children while residing in the Ogema area. She worked for many years in the woods as a logger.       She was a devoted mother and care giver for her parents in their final years. She was a very serious Christian, student of the Bible, was always ready to share the good news of God’s kingdom, loved tapping maple trees, making maple syrup, knew about wild foods and would scout the woods and fields for them.     She had a great sense of humor, loved to make people laugh with her jokes, was always happy and ready to lend a helping hand.
  She is survived by her children, Ronald (Rose Thiede) Theriault of Prentice, John Moore of Florida and Lisa Moore of Ingram, WI, along with a granddaughter Evelyn Koehler & 3 great-grandchildren. Further survived by her siblings – Douglas (Marion) Paul of Vermont, David (Lucille) Paul of Phillips, Daniel Paul of Florida, Timothy (Dawn) Paul of Virginia, Jonathan (Christina) Paul of Willington, CT, Marilyn (Edward) Toth and Lydia Larson both of Tolland, CT. She was predeceased by two sons, Robert & Benjamin Moore. Her siblings would like to thank Ronald & Rose for 8 years of loving and wonderful care given to her.
  A memorial service/celebration of her life will be held at 11 AM on Saturday, April 8 at First Lutheran Church, Ogema with Rev. Dr. Bob Giese officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 AM until the time of services at the church. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to First Lutheran Church, Ogema.

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Merle Eugene Stoppelmoor


 

  Merle Eugene Stoppelmoor, age 74, of Spencer, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.  A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home in Abbotsford.

Merle was born on December 22, 1942 in Butler County, IA the son of Rudolph and Grace (Busma) Stoppelmoor.  He was the youngest of 4 children.  He spent his entire childhood and early adult life on the family farm.  He attended New Hartford School and graduated in 1961.  He was united in marriage to Nancy Jo Schwennen on August 3, 1963 at Little Brown Church near Nashua, IA.  

  Merle was a farmer all of his life or as he put it "since before he was born," but he also worked off the farm at different jobs.  He worked for Clay Equipment in Cedar Falls, IA, Chamberlain Mfg and John Deere Tractor Works in Waterloo, IA, and White Farm Equipment in Charles City, IA.  He also did some road construction and was a truck driver for many years.

  In 1991, Merle and Jo sold their farm in Minnesota and  moved to a farm just west of Unity, where they lived for 18 years.  After selling the dairy cows, he continued to farm the land. He also drove a truck part time for Marshfield Scrap before retiring and moving to their present farm near Spencer. He said he needed something to do, so he continued to farm his 40 acres.  When he wasn't busy on the farm, he and Jo enjoyed traveling to visit friends and relatives and going to farm shows, and collecting farm toys.  He enjoyed time with his grandchildren, playing cards, and going to bingo at Hardees in Colby and the Marshfield Senior Center, where he made many friends.    

  Merle is survived by his wife, Nancy Jo of 53 years; two daughters:  Lisa (Brian) Albrecht and Amy (Chris) Mulyck both of Winona, MN; a son: Steven (Tami) of Fountain City, WI; four beloved grandchildren: Amber Mulyck of Spencer, and Kaleb, Landon, and Nathan Stoppelmoor all of Fountain City, WI; and great granddaughter Rayne Mulyck/Marklowitz, who was his shadow, playmate and #1 fan.  He is further survived by a sister: Sharon (George) Kozjak of Granite City, IL, and a brother: Lowell Stoppelmoor of Roberts, WI, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister: Evelyn Webber; two sisters-in-law: Darla Stoppelmoor and Eljean Dreesman and a brother-in-law: Jerry Dignan. 

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Gene A. Graumann


 

  Gene Allen Graumann, 56 of the Township of Chelsea, passed away on March 1, 2017 at Aspirus Medford Hospital surrounded by his family after a courageous battle with cancer.

  Funeral services for Gene will take place at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 4 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey, with Pastor Randal Jeppesen officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 4 – 7 PM on Friday, March 3 and also from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 4. Burial will take place at Chelsea Community Cemetery following services. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Henningfield & Greg Quednow. Active pallbearers will be Bob McNamar, Kenny Schilling, Tony & Nathan Reinhardt, Mike Siroin, Phil Graumann, Mark Hommel and Rodney Goodrich.

  Gene was born on April 29, 1960 at Medford to the late Ewald “Boobie” Graumann and Beverly (Strebig) Graumann Hagen of Medford. He attended the Town of Chelsea elementary schools and Medford High School. He married Tammy Floyd on August 18, 1979 and had two children. After 27 years of marriage, Tammy passed away from cancer in 2007. Gene later married Tara Peche at home in the Town of Chelsea on July 2, 2010.

  He began his working career at Cooper Cheese in Westboro while still in school. He worked for a period of time at Weather Shield Mfg. and then worked at Hurd Windows (Sierra Pacific) for over 30 years until ill health forced his retirement in 2015.

  In his early years, Gene enjoyed playing softball, shooting pool league and drag racing snowmobiles. He loved riding his Harley motorcycle, restoring his ’55 Ford Customline car, spending time in his shop with his many friends, family playing with the Chelsea Chokers Band, watching his grandkids race, adored his twin granddaughters, going camping, sitting around the campfire and UTVing. He was instrumental in establishing the “Tammy Graumann Fight the Cancer Ride” which he was very proud of. He was also a member of the Rib Lake Fireworks Committee and Trinity Lutheran Church of Chelsea.

  Gene is survived by his wife, Tara of Chelsea, his mother, Beverly and special friend Merlin Gebert both of Medford, two sons, Shawn (Amanda) and Jeffrey (Andrea) both of Chelsea, step daughter, Kacie Ramsey and stepson, Aaron (Morgan) Ramsey all of Medford, his grandchildren, Kyle, Ezra, Jersey, Aubree, Phoebe & Piper. Further survived by two brothers, Randy (Yong) of Olympia, WA and Danny (Cheryl) of Rib Lake, his father/mother-in-law, Myron & Barb Peche of Medford, his beloved dog, Axo, many brothers/sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his father, Ewald, step-father, Bill Hagen, wife, Tammy, mother/father-in-law, Carol & Kenny Floyd.

  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation.

  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

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Nancy L. Glebke


 

  Nancy L Glebke, 60 of Gilman, died Wednesday, March 1,

2017 at home under the care of Hope Hospice. She was born
on May 19, 1956 in Ladysmith to William and Nora Hendricks.
  Nancy was raised in Cornell until she was 5 when her family
moved north of Gilman. Nancy graduated from Gilman High in
1975.
  On April 17th, 1976 she was united in marriage to James
Glebke at Zion Lutheran Church-Gilman. Nancy was a
homemaker and helped on the family farm. She enjoyed
cooking, sewing and taking care of her family.
  She is survived by her husband, James Glebke of Gilman,
three children, Mandy Bohl of Baraboo, James Glebke and
Jeremy (Amanda) Glebke both of Gilman, four grandchildren,
Ashley Bohl, Aimery Glebke, Rachel Westaby and Kordell
Birch, her mother, Nora Hendricks of Gilman, four sisters and
four brothers. Nancy is preceded in death by her father, William
Hendricks, son in law, Glen Bohl and three sisters.
  A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, March 4th
at the Gilman Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Hannibal
Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until time of service
Saturday morning.

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Laurie A. Strey


 

 

  LAURIE A. STREY, age 53, of Loyal, WI, passed away at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital, in Marshfield, WI, on Sunday, February 26, 2017.  A memorial service will be held at 11am on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the Loyal United Methodist Church, in Loyal, with Rev. Patsy Roe officiating.  Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday from 10am until time of service.

     Laurie Ann Ingersoll was born on February 28, 1963 in Marshfield, WI, to Harold and Kathryn (Klimeck) Ingersoll.  She was raised and received her education in the Abbotsford area until her family moved to Stetsonville, WI, in 1980 and graduated from Medford High School in 1981.  After high school, she worked as a waitress in Marshfield.  She was united in marriage on January 14, 1984 to Charles R. Strey in Las Vegas, NV.  They moved to Barstow, CA where her husband was stationed at Ft. Irwin in the U.S. Army.  After his discharge from the service in 1985, they moved to Loyal and she resumed working as a waitress until becoming an employee at Weather Shield Mfg. in Greenwood.  After health conditions forced her to leave Weather Shield, Laurie continued to work in the Loyal/Greenwood area waitressing, cooking, and bartending.  Currently she was working at the Kickin' Kow Kafe, in Greenwood, and at the House of Spirits, in Loyal.
     She had the type of laugh that was infectious and a loving sense of humor.
     She had many interests, but especially loved spending time with family and friends.  She was an avid swimmer in her youth and enjoyed fishing till sunset.  She took pleasure in playing cards and volleyball.  She was an especially enthusiastic and passionate Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan.
     She will be dearly missed by her husband, Chuck, of Loyal;  her children:  Travis (Elaine) Strey of Eagan, MN,  Stacy Strey of Loyal,  Christopher Strey of Marshfield,  Kyle Strey of Loyal;  five grandchildren:  Kathryn Boardman, Sylas Strey, Asher White-Bergey, Grayson Strey, Chael Strey;  her mother:  Kathryn Ingersoll of Abbotsford,  her father:  Harold Ingersoll of Owen, WI;  one sister:  Karen (Wayne) Tischendorf of Ogema, WI;  four brothers:  Ronald Ingersoll of Abbotsford,  Daniel Ingersoll of Medford, WI,  Bradley (Kathy) Ingersoll of Stanley, WI,  Brian (Samantha) Ingersoll of Medford, WI;  one sister-in-law:  Sandra Ingersoll of Dorchester, WI;  nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
     She was preceded in death by one brother, Galen Ingersoll.

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Gerald J. Magsam


 

  Gerald J. Magsam, 80, of Medford, passed away Sunday February 26, 2017 at Aspirus Care and Rehab Center in Medford.

  Gerald was born November 19, 1936 in Euclid, MN to Ray and Edna Magsam. He attended elementary school at District 293 in Euclid and was a 1954 graduate of the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, MN. In 1955 Gerald married Bonita Bratten.
  After his education, Gerald was a grain farmer in Euclid, MN, and then went on to dairy farm in Birnamwood, Marion, and Pulaski, WI areas until his retirement in 1984. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
  In 1946 Gerald heard the Gospel of Christ, and followed it throughout the rest of his life.
  He is survived by his children: Gary (Debbie) Magsam of Wisconsin Rapids, Gene(Linda) Magsam of VanCovver, WA, Gwen (Jim Willkomm)Rabe- Dombowsky of Medford, Greg Magsam of Shawano, and Gerry Magsam of Cecil, 11 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. Gerald is further survived by his siblings: Bertha Magsam of Arkansas, Elmer (Marilyn) Magsam of Baldwin, WI, Marlys (Bill) Martin of Oklahoma City, OK, Larry (Carol) Magsam of Emporia, KS, Dean (Kathy) Magsam of Sulphur, OK, Sylvia (Bill) Nueske of Wittenberg, Rodney (Donna) Magsam of Northfield, MN, Mark (Pam) Magsam of Palm Desert, California, and William Magsam of Phoenix, AZ.
  He is preceded in death by: his Parents, and brothers Gilbert, Danny and Marvin Magsam.

  Funeral services will be held at 12:30 PM, Friday March 3, 2017 at the Stetsonville Centennial Center, 412 E Centennial Avenue, Stetsonville, WI, 54480. Perry Pearson and Robert Eberhart will officiate. Visitation will be held prior to the service, Friday morning at the Stetsonville Centennial Center from 10:00 AM until 12:15 PM. Burial will follow in the Baldwin Cemetery, Baldwin, WI.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Gerald can be given to his family, for designation at later date.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com. 

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Merlin Kilty


 

  Merlin Kilty, age 81, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center in Owen, Wisconsin.

  A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at First United Church of Christ in Colby.  Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate.  Inurnment will follow at Colby Memorial Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.

  Merlin was born July 4, 1935, the son of Melvin and Mayme (Bandow) Kilty, in Marshfield.  He farmed in the Colby area until 1985.  He became an adjuster for McMillan-Warner Mutual Insurance and worked there until his retirement.  He married Donna Mae Treankler April 8, 1954.  They later divorced.

  Merlin served on many boards, often holding an officer position.  He strongly believed in the value of education.  He served on the Hillcrest Grade School Board, Colby School Board, Clark County Area School Board Association, CESA No. 6 Board of Control, Wisconsin School Board Association, Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control and the National School Board Association.  He also served on the Board of Directors for Farm Business Association, Trinity Lutheran Church Council, McMillan-Warner Mutual Board of Directors and Abbotsford City Council.

  Merlin is survived by his children:  Debbie (Ron) Johnson of Batesville, IN, Mike (Cheryl) Kilty of Abbotsford, Patrick (Debbie) Kilty of Colby and Mark (Bev) Kilty of Colby; ten grandchildren:  Amanda (Justin Irwin) Johnson, Jake Johnson, Jen (Brad) Schumacher, Jeremy (Jess) Kilty, Sabrina Bruehling, Miranda (Bryan) Miranda, Jonathan Kilty, Benjamin Kilty, Krystale (Brandon) Bruesewitz, and Kirsten Miller; and thirteen great grandchildren:  Landon, Hailey, Rylan, Cadence, Cameron, Chael, Hayden, Lamea, Carter, Braedan, Savana, Breckin and Boston.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law Miriam and Harley Johnson and his former wife.

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Clarence P. Decker


 

  Clarence P. Decker, age 96, of Colby, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Dycora Transitional Health in Abbotsford.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Parish in Colby.  Father Peter Manickam and Father Tim Oudenhoven will officiate.  Interment to follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors will be provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the church.

  Clarence was born on May 12, 1920 in Dorchester, the son of Peter and Kryzence (Heigl) Decker.  He attended Dorchester schools.  Clarence enlisted in the US Army in 1941 and was part of the 1st Armored Division, 81st Reconnaissance Division, Company B.   He was in Morocco and eventually Sicily where he was injured.  Clarence was sent stateside and was discharged from Ft. Smith in Arkansas, where he met his wife, Wanda Gregory.  They were united in marriage on July 6, 1945 at Fort Smith.  They moved back to Colby in 1955 and he worked at Kreoplin Buick Garage in Colby.  Clarence retired from Schjoneman Truck and Trailer in 1983.

  Clarence was a member of St. Mary Parish and past commander of the VFW Post #2227.  He was an avid gardener, enjoyed camping, cooking over an open fire and even took up deer hunting at the age of 80.  His favorite passions were fly fishing and telling stories about WWII.  Clarence was even honored to have been chosen for the Honor Flight in 2011.

  Clarence is survived by his son, James (Dana) Decker of Colby; grandchildren: Lukas and Emma Decker and Timothy Schmidt; great-granddaughter, Alivia Schmidt.  

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wanda on May 17, 2008; nine brothers and sisters:  George, James, Frank, Olivia, Charlotte, Tillie, Rose and twins born stillborn.  

  The Decker family would like to thank the Dycora Transitional Health staff for the care that went above and beyond their expectations of Clarence.

 

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Timothy "Tim" J. Lemke, Jr


 

TIMOTHY “TIM” J. LEMKE, JR.

 

AGE: 39

 

ADDRESS: Thorp, WI; A former Medford area resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced at 10:16 PM Thursday, February 23 at Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Stanley where he was taken earlier by ambulance

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 28 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Pastor Brian Mundt

 

VISITATION: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Tuesday, February 28

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 15, 1977 at Medford

 

EDUCATION: Immanuel Lutheran Day School, Medford; 1995 graduate of Medford High School as a gifted athlete and honor student; BA degree in Sociology from UW – La Crosse

 

MARRIAGE: July of 2002 at Medford to Dawn Heintz and they were later divorced

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he worked at Foremost Foods in Milan, Abbyland in Abbotsford & worked as a teacher’s aid at Medford High School for periods of time. He enjoyed his 2 cats, music, playing guitar, watching movies, spending time with his son, girlfriend, family and friends.

 

SURVIVING FIANCE’: Taryn Blecka of Thorp

 

SURVIVING SON: Quin Lemke of Bradenton, FL

 

SURVIVING SISTERS: Kari (Jason) Rappe of Medford and Laurie Lemke of Rhinelander

 

SURVIVING PARENTS: Sally (Kraus) & Timothy Lemke, Sr. of Medford; Paternal Grandmother – Florence Lemke of Medford

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to the family for a scholarship fund for his son, Quin

-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Ethel F. Johnson


 

  Ethel F. Johnson, age 94, of Owen passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center in Owen surrounded by her loving family under the tender care of Ministry Home Care Hospice. 

  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Our Father's House in Chili.  Pastor Ronald Johnson will officiate.  Interment to follow at St. Paul Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery in Curtiss.  Family and friends are welcome from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church.

  Ethel was born on June 6, 1922, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth (Taylor) Hodd in Stanley.  After her high school graduation, she attended cosmetology school.  On June 12, 1942, Ethel was united in marriage to Harris A. Johnson in Withee.  He preceded her in death in 2004.

  Ethel worked for six years as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Stanley Hospital.  She was also a beautician in Medford, and worked at a beauty shop that was in the Woodland Hotel in Owen.  Leading up to her retirement, Ethel was employed as the beautician at the Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center for 17 1/2 years.

  Ethel loved camping in the family school bus and later enjoyed their cottage on Mead Lake.  She was a member of the Clark County Choraliers and played the organ for over 20 years at the United Methodist Church in Withee.  Ethel also was a Sunday School Teacher, Superintendent and the song leader.  She was a member of Our Father's House for 14 years.  Ethel loved to spend time with her family, enjoyed roller skating, swimming, water skiing, riding horse, building snowmen, and was very fond of cats, dogs and horses.

  Ethel is survived by her three children:  Pastor Ronald (Deborah) Johnson of Chili, Marlene (Steven) Booher of Marshfield and Diane (Timothy) Stock, Sr. of Withee; 12 grandchildren:  Jonathan (Carri) Johnson, Michelle (Hal) Vage, Dawn (Preston) Wolf, Jim (Timna) Roney, Maranatha (Vince) Elmhorst, Joanna Johnson, Teresa Maynard, Steve N. (Cindy) Booher, Rebecca (Dan) Kempenich, Amy (Ross) Kaz, Autumn Collar and Timothy John Stock, Jr. (Angela) and 26 great-grandchildren.  She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harris and eight brothers and sisters:  Etta Johnson, Myrtle Johnson, Fred Hodd, Roy Hodd, Floyd Hodd, Dorothy Bogue, Robert Hodd and Ervine Hodd.

  The Johnson Family would like to thank the staff at Clark County Rehab and Living Center for taking wonderful care of our Mother for the last two years!

  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center.

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Patrick Dean Rose


 

  Patrick Dean Rose, age 66, of Owen, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017.  He was born on November 6, 1950, to Lester and Antoinette Rose in Grand Haven, Michigan, later moving to Redville, Wisconsin with his mother and siblings Jeffrey, Steven, and Gloria.  He graduated from Owen-Withee High School in 1968.  He married Joanne Blume in 1972 and had one child, Kathryn. 

  Patrick had a colorful life of adventures.  He apprenticed at the Star News newspaper as a printer, dairy farmed, drove semi throughout the forty eight contiguous states, managed a bison ranch, and drove school bus for over a decade, among other adventures.  He joined the Lublin Volunteer Fire Department in 1992 and served as Chief from 1997-2011, when he retired due to health reasons. He assisted in starting the Lublin Area First Responders in 1994 and served as a medical first responder.  He was an ambulance driver for the Gilman Ambulance from 1999-2011.

  He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother-Steven and wife-Joanne.  He is survived by his brother Jeffrey (Lublin), sister Gloria, daughter Kathryn (Allan) Larson (Wisconsin Rapids), and three grandchildren.

Patrick’s hobbies in retirement included fishing as much as possible with Ed and Wally, and being a proud grandparent to Anastasia, Gabriel, and Jordan (Larson).  He enjoyed baking, collecting stamps and coins, and eating out with friends. 

  There will be a visitation from 9am-11am, followed by a service at 11am on Friday February 24, 2017 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen, Wisconsin.  A fellowship will follow at The Hayloft in Withee at Noon.  An inurnment will occur at a later date.

  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local fire department or ambulance station.

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Dorothy Ann (Zuther) Shumacher


 

  After dealing courageously with ovarian cancer, Dorothy Ann (Zuther) Schumacher, 83, entered eternal rest on February 20, 2017. She was born on September 27, 1933 in Athens, Wisconsin to Arnold and Olga (Vircks) Zuther.  Dorothy grew up on a small farm outside of Dorchester and from an early age she developed a love of animals and gardening.

  Dorothy attended St. Peter Lutheran Parochial School and was a 1951 graduate of Dorchester High School. While in high school she met her future husband, Robert Schumacher.
  After high school Dorothy worked at an insurance agency. She also held administrative positions in Colby and Chicago. On July 9, 1955 Dorothy and Bob were married in Marathon County.
  Together Bob and Dorothy operated a successful dairy farm in the Town of Little Black.  Dorothy had an active role in keeping farm records, accounting, and registering their purebred Holsteins. While raising a large family, Dorothy was active in many community organizations. She served as Liberty 4-H general leader for many years and was a member of the Taylor County dairy promotions committee, the Medford school board, and the Busy Bees Homemakers Club. 
  In retirement she enjoyed singing in several community choirs, being a school reading volunteer, as well as a county Interfaith volunteer providing various services to seniors. Her home was always open to young families needing emergency daycare.
  Dorothy was a lifelong active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church. She shared her talents in many ways including choir, ladies aid, altar guild and committees. Dorothy simply loved to serve the Lord and contribute wherever needed.
  It was a joy for Dorothy to attend many of her children and grandchildren’s athletic events, concerts, dance recitals, and 4-H activities.  Besides her husband Robert, Dorothy is survived by her children: Ellen (Brian), Jenifer, Sally (Rick), Catherine (Rob), Ryan (Kelly), Neal (Pamela), Ned (Tracy), and Tony (Kathy). Her 19 grandchildren include: Todd, Timothy, Andrew, Gabriel, Ariana, Benjamin, Samuel, Luke, Zachary, Karlyn, Evan, LeeAnn, Elise, Audrey, Tyler, Mara, Hallie, Douglas, and Elaine. Dorothy adored her great-grandchildren Aden, Tenley, Reid, and Otto. She is also survived by her sister Adeline (Don) O’Shoney and in-laws, Marlene and Bryce Hinke.
  Preceding her in death were two young sons, Todd and Reid, as well as her sister Doris and brother Norman.
  Visitation will be held at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Dorchester on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 3:00-6:00 pm.  The funeral service will be held on Monday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Dorchester with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Rev. Shawn Andersen will officiate.  She will be laid to rest in the Dorchester Cemetery next to her two young sons.
  Memorials can be designated to St. Peter Lutheran Church or Hope Hospice-Medford, Wisconsin.

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