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Ernest C. "Ernie" Gay, age 85, of Waupaca, formally of Owen,  passed away on February 2, 2016 at the Bethany Home in Waupaca.

  A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen.  Father Janusz Kowalski will officiate.   Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Saturday at the church. 
  Ernest was born in Withee, WI on May 28, 1930 to Thaddeus and Helen (Kargol) Gay. Ernest married Marilyn Peterson on June 13, 1953 at St. Francis Catholic Church in Ellsworth, WI.  Together they had four children: one daughter, Rosalyn Fatheree of Alpharetta, GA; and three sons: David (Laurie) Gay of Hayward, Steven (Jean) Gay of Altoona, and Robert (Jayne) Gay of Waupaca.

  Ernest attended Owen-Withee High School, UW River Falls, and obtained a law degree from UW Madison in 1956.  He opened a law office in Owen in 1956 and practiced law there until his retirement in 1997.  After retirement, he and Marilyn moved to Tomahawk, where Ernest was a part time realtor at Town and Country Realty.

  Ernest served for 15 years on the Owen-Withee School Board and served on the Holy Rosary  School board.  He was elected to the Wisconsin Association of School Boards as a director and president.  Ernest liked being part of many organizations and enjoyed visiting with people.  He also enjoyed golfing, bowling, and hunting.  His greatest asset was his sense of humor.    

  Ernest is survived by his wife of 62 years: Marilyn; 4 children: Rosalyn, David, Steven, and Robert; 12 grandchildren: Jack Schneider, Adam(Jessica) Schneider, Katherine Fatheree, Keith (Kristi) Gay, Kraig (Elizabeth) Gay, Kristin (Jesse) Cain, Ryan (Natasha) Gay, Jenny Gay, Jestin Gay, Aaron (Sarah) Gay, Erik Gay, and Brandon Gay (fiancee', Devin); and 12 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by two brothers: Ervin (Judy) Gay of Madison, and Ted Gay, Jr. of New Sharon, Maine; and two sisters: Darlene Braun of Palm Desert, CA and Shirley Gay of Hartland, WI.   





AGE: 55


ADDRESS: 525 S. 2nd Street, Medford


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced at 8:11 PM Saturday, January 30 at Flambeau Hospital emergency room, Park Falls where she had been taken earlier by ambulance following a snowmobile accident


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Friday, February 5 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford


OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza and Deacon Joseph Stefancin


VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4 PM to 7 PM on Thursday, February 4 where there will also be a 7:00 PM Catholic prayer service held that evening; also from 9:45 AM until 10:45 AM at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford on Friday, February 5


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 18, 1960 in Milwaukee, WI


EDUCATION: Dover Elementary School, Northwarren, Pennsylvania, 1979 graduate of Libertyville, IL High School, 1984 graduate of UW-La Crosse with a BS degree in elementary education


MARRIAGE: June 26, 1988 at Park Falls, WI to Jan M. Huml and he survives


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After her attending the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse, she taught elementary education in the Park Falls School District, in Stratford at the Stratford Catholic School, and in Milwaukee at St. Adalbert Catholic School. She moved to Medford in 1992 where she owned/operated The Rubber Room stamping business out of her home, taught jail inmates to get their GED for Taylor County and then was the gifted & talented teacher at Medford Elementary School. At the time of her death, she was a 1st grade teacher at Stetsonville Elementary School. She was the wonderful and loving mother of three daughters and the most incredible wife. She lived every day overflowing with vitality and life and encouraged those around her to do the same. She was certainly a lover of all things fun and enjoyed outdoor activities especially ice fishing, snowmobiling, boating, snowshoeing, biking, camping and spending time at the cabin on Lake Solberg with family and friends. She also enjoyed rooting for the Green Bay Packers, Jimmy Buffet music, being a parrothead, and her husband’s cooking because she never did quite master the expertise of cooking herself.


MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, where she taught CCD classes; Solberg Lake Association; Tee-Hi Ladies Golf


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Jan M. Huml of Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: 3 daughters – Alexandra Huml of San Francisco, CA, Savannah Huml attending the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN & Francesca Huml attending UW-La Crosse


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: 4 sisters – Wendy (Ron) Rebne of Park Falls, Kerry Karshna of Vero Beach, FL, Kate Karshna of the Twin Cities, MN, Kristiana Karshna of Park Falls
2 sisters-in-law: Peggy (Bob) Greenway of Hemet, CA & Jenny (Bill) Califf of River Falls, WI


SURVIVING PARENTS: Jerome “Skip” & Judi (Livermore) Karshna of Park Falls & Mother-in-law: Sally Huml of Phillips


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future Jeanne A. Huml scholastic scholarship fund






Age: 101


Veronica Waegerle Schaack Carle was born on Easter Sunday, April 19, 1914 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada and peacefully crossed into eternal life on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at Sylvan Crossing Assisted Living in Wausau with her loving family at her side and under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. She devoted her life to raising and loving her big family and practiced her Christian faith by her gentleness, generosity and acceptance to all she met.

  Funeral services for Veronica will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 5, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake with Father Otto Bucher officiating. Friends may visit with her family from 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 5, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake. Cremainal inurnment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake at a later date.

  Veronica was the only daughter of George and Veronica Waegerle; she had one brother George Jr. and a half-brother John. She grew up in Lomira, Wisconsin where she graduated as valedictorian from Lomira High School and went on to beauty school. Upon completion of beautician school, she worked in Fond du Lac. When her father, who was a professional brewmeister moved to Medford, Wisconsin, she went with her parents and it was there that she met a young baseball player named Francis Schaack.     They were married on August 26, 1935 in Holy Rosary Church in Medford. The Great Depression was still ravaging the country and their simple wedding reception was held in her parents’ home, where the furniture was moved and pushed back against the walls to accommodate the guests. In 1938, the young couple and their first child moved to Rib Lake, Wisconsin where a new branch of the State Bank of Medford had opened and a new job as assistant cashier awaited her husband, Francis.

  Veronica and Francis lived in Rib Lake for many years where they raised their 6 children. Veronica was a full-time housewife and mother. She was also a frequent volunteer at the school, the public library and the Golden Age Nursing Home. She was active in Christian Mothers at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and active in Rib Lake’s Commercial Club. Veronica was affectionately known as Roni to her many friends, whom she loved to have over to visit; and her home was frequently overflowing with out-of-town relatives. She was part of that bygone era where no guest ever left without a good home-cooked meal first. Somehow she managed to always have enough time to care for her big family and still made anyone else who came to her door feel welcomed. In 1974, Francis passed away; and in 1987 Veronica moved to the Wausau area to be closer to her children and their families.

  She became a volunteer at Evergreen Elementary School in Kronenwetter and the Aspirus Hospital Gift Shop. She also became active in a seniors bowling league. It was there that she met Richard Carle and shortly after they married on April 22, 1989 at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Weston, Wisconsin. She and her husband Richard spent 22 happy years together - bowling, traveling, playing cribbage and visiting with their families. Her husband Richard passed away in January, 2012.

  Her entire life, Veronica was always so happy to be with her family and to have visitors. She loved people for who they were and didn’t believe in judging others. She held a firm unshakeable trust in Our Blessed Mother and our Lord. She was a wonderful mother, role model and best friend. She will be sadly missed by us all.

  Veronica’s sons and daughters are Carole Blomberg of Estero, Florida; James & Kathy Schaack of Lincoln, California; Gale & James Gilge of Schofield, Wisconsin; Mark & Katie Schaack of Dammeron Valley, Utah; and Mary & Gary Barnett of Schofield, Wisconsin. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. A son, Edward Schaack, and four loving granddaughters preceded her in death.

  Veronica’s family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Sylvan Crossing Assisted Living for their compassionate care and special devotion given to Veronica for the past several years. We very much appreciate it.

  Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake are assisting the family with arrangements.

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Bruce Amacher, age 75, of Owen, passed away on Friday, January 29, 2016 at his home.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 7, 2016 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen.  Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate.  Inurnment will be held at Riverside Cemetery in the Town of Hixon.  Family and friends are welcome from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.

  Bruce was born on October 31, 1940 in Stetsonville on the family farm to Fred and Grace (Bockin) Amacher.  They moved in 1944 to the town of Longwood to farm and raise their family.  He graduated from Owen-Withee High School in 1956.  Bruce met the love of his life, Elizabeth "Betty" Mech from Stanley and they married on  June 25, 1966 and moved to Owen.  Bruce and Betty were married for 47 years. Betty preceded him in death in 2013.

  Bruce and Betty raised two sons, Brian and Scott.  He worked as an auto-mechanic for Town and Country garage in Owen, WI for 45 years.  Bruce loved to bowl, snowmobile, camp, going to casinos, looking at classic cars and of course, watching the Packers.  He loved to have a good time with friends and family and was always known for his witty and humorous personality.

  Bruce is survived by his two sons:  Brian (Kari) of Faribault, MN and Scott (Heidi) of Hawthorne; four grandchildren:  Marisa, Joshua, Grace and Jacob.  He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Grace, his wife, Betty; two brothers, Russell and Ronald.




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