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Lorraine A. Schulte, age 91, of Abbotsford, passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at the Colonial Center in Colby. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford. Burial will be held in the Christ Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Holton. A visitation will be held on Friday, August 28 from 9:30 AM until the time of services at the church.

  Lorraine was born May 16, 1924 in Medford, the daughter of John and Anna (Rehbein) Dassow. She attended Pleasant Heights School in Medford until the eighth grade and then Lorraine went to work as a housekeeper. She worked at Weather Shield in Medford from 1959 until her retirement in 1986.         Lorraine was united in marriage to Reuben Schulte on September 7, 1963 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Medford. The couple resided in Abbotsford .

  She was an avid gardener and loved her gladiolas, Lorraine also enjoyed going to casinos and traveling with her husband, Rueben. Lorraine was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church, and the Ladies Guild for many years.

  Lorraine is survived by her daughter, Joyce Graffunder of Abbotsford, two grandchildren, Kevin (Shari) Graffunder of Prairie Du Sac and Kent (significant other Tammy) Graffunder of Abbotsford.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; Reuben on December 31, 2000, a sister and six brothers.
In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established at a later date.




AGE: 61


ADDRESS: W4884 County Highway A Stetsonville; Township of Deer Creek Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:12 P.M. Sunday, August 23 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield


INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date in Stetsonville Public Cemetery


VISITATION: 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, August 27 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford where there will be a 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service led by Deacon Joseph Stefancin


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 24, 1954 in Medford


EDUCATION: Attend Stetsonville Elementary Grade School and Medford High School


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: In his younger years he worked on his neighbor’s dairy farm. Ronnie then started at Stetson Hardwoods where he worked until the time of his death. He enjoyed making maple syrup, model aviation, hunting and long leisure drives.


MEMBER OF: Hobbyland Flyers


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: 3 Brothers: Randy of Stetsonville, Brian of Medford and Rick of Stetsonville
3 Sisters: Lennethe Adams of Medford, Kathryn (Jeff) Klinger of Medford and Theresa (Samuel) Zagorski of Gilman


DECEASED FATHER: Clarence C. Sackmann


DECEASED MOTHER: Elizabeth F. Sackmann (Maiden Name: Baumer)


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Ronnie’s family to be designated at a later date
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FRANK PETRUSCZAK, age 89, of Lublin, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2015 at his nephew's (William H. Petrusczak) home. Funeral services will be held at 11:30am on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at Holy Assumption Orthodox Church in Lublin. Rev. Thaddeus Wojcik will officiate and burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers will be: William H. Petrusczak, William S. Petrusczak, Steve Petrusczak, Paul Petrusczak, Mike Prelewicz and Matt O'Mura. Visitation will be held at the church, on Wednesday, from 10:30am until time of service.

  Frank Petrusczak was born on June 15, 1926 in Lublin, WI, to Paul and Eva (Hryn) Petrusczak. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at Forest Lake State Graded School (Diamond Lake School). Frank farmed his entire life on the family farm until his retirement in 1972. While farming, Frank also did carpentry projects for his friends and neighbors.
  He had many interests, but especially enjoyed playing pinochle, playing pool, fishing and deer hunting in his younger years, and his favorite past time was playing Yahtzee.
  He was a member of Holy Assumption Orthodox Church.
  Frank is survived by six nephews: James Petrusczak, Andy Petrusczak, Bill (Donna) Petrusczak, Steve Petrusczak, Mike Prelewicz and Ken Petrusczak; two nieces: Liz O'Mura and Carolyn Novak; and one sister-in-law: Gloria Hubbard; other relatives and many friends.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; eight brothers: John, Mike, William, Matt, Peter, Steve, George and Nick Petrusczak; and one sister: Ann Petrusczak.





AGE: 89


ADDRESS: 617 Cedar Street Apt. 3 Medford; City of Medford Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:15 P.M. Friday, August 21 at the Aspirus Medford Hospital where she had been a patient for the past 1 day


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Per Audrey’s request no services will be held at this time


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 18, 1926 in Goodrich


EDUCATION: Attended rural grade schools and a graduate of Medford High School


MARRIAGE: January 17, 1949 to Lester Dahl and he preceded her in death on August 23, 2001


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Audrey worked at Marathon Cheese and Hurd Millwork for a number of years until her retirement in 1988. She enjoyed camping, fishing and square dancing in Medford and Florida.


MEMBER OF: Abiding Hope Lutheran Church in Florida


SURVIVING BROTHER: Adrian Kriplean of West Allis

Also survived by Nieces, Nephews, Other Relatives and Friends


BROTHER/SISTER DECEASED: Brother: Alfred Kriplean
Sister: Sylvia Hamm


DECEASED FATHER: August Kriplean


DECEASED MOTHER: Lena Kriplean (Maiden Name: Cornwell)


OTHER INFORMATION: Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
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AGE: 81


ADDRESS: 135 S. Gibson Street Medford; City of Medford Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:28 A.M. Friday, August 21 at the Aspirus Care and Rehab Medford where she had resided for the past 7 years.


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 25 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford


OFFICIATING: Father Philip Juza and Deacon Joseph Stefancin


INTERMENT: St. Mary’s Cemetery in the Township of Little Black


VISITATION: 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Monday, August 24 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford where there will be a 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service and also from 9:00 A.M. until 10:45 A.M. Tuesday, August 25 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 28, 1934 in Medford


EDUCATION: Attended Little White Grade School in the Township of Little Black and a graduate of Medford High School


MARRIAGE: April 21, 1955 in Medford to James C. Neuman and he preceded her in death on February 6, 1999


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Ruby was a Nurse’s Aide at the Memorial Hospital of Taylor County for a period of time. She then worked at Dorchester Furniture in production for also a period of time. Ruby then worked at C&J’s Bar as a bartender for a number of years until her retirement. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, quilting, painting, playing cards, and most of all being with her family.


MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Klossner-Dietzler VFW Ladies Auxiliary


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Jeff (Becky Becker) Neuman of Dorchester, Judy (Warren) Underwood of Dorchester, Janice (Gary) Messman of Stetsonville, Kathy (Joe) Schupp of Medford and Mike (Marnie) Neuman of Milan


CHILDREN DECEASED: 2 Sons: David J. Neuman on March 20, 1990 and James T. Neuman on December 29, 2003






SURVIVING BROTHER: John (Charlotte) Drolshagen of Medford
Sisters-In-Law: Bev Drolshagen of Abbotsford, Rosie Anderson of Medford and Roceda Neuman of Medford
Also survived by Nieces, Nephews, Other Relatives and Friends


BROTHER DECEASED: Leighton Drolshagen


DECEASED FATHER: George A. Drolshagen


DECEASED MOTHER: Elva M. Drolshagen (Maiden name: Anderson)


PALLBEARERS: Dan Ingersoll, Carl Anderson, Brad Jentzsch, Joe, Brian and Lee Drolshagen


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Ruby’s family to be designated at a later date
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Ailene Lorraine Premeau, 84, of Ogema, WI, formerly of Ripon, passed away Thursday August 20, 2015 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI.

  She was born August 31, 1930 to Victor and Laimie (Annala) Storm. She graduated from Westboro High School. Ailene married Clifford “Eddie” Premeau, September 30, 1950 in Rib Lake, WI. He survives.
  Ailene is also survived by her Children: Margaret Stone of Naperville, IL, Melinda (Dan) Krieg of DePere, WI, Jacqueline (Mark) Peterson of Ripon, WI. Grandchildren: Julie (John) McCullough of New Market, AL, Erin (Adam Vallez) Surfass of Capron, IL, Noah (Barbie) Surfass of Salt Lake City, UT, Stacy (Rick) Fischer of Neenah, WI, Sara (Mike) Williams of Neenah, WI, Daniel (Courtney) Krieg of Neenah, WI, Ryan (Emily Ramharter) Peterson of Madison, WI, Steffen (Briana Schnelle) Peterson of Alturas, CA, Great Grandchildren: Elizabeth & Bailey Curtis, Emelia Vallez, JP, Lauren & Kathryn McCullough, Max Fischer, Sapphire Krieg, Kaylee Williams, Danika Williams. Nieces and nephews: Deborah Storm, Margie (Scott) Pearson, Barb (Matt) Brager, Liz (Tony) Nehmer, Terri (Ed) Anderson, Cindy (Mark) Meyering, Dave (Cheryl) Hanson, Sisters in law: Gerry Hanson of Wausau, WI, Sue (Wayne) Tlusty of Rib Lake, WI.

  She is preceded in death by: Parents, Daughter: Kathleen Surfass, Great Grandson: Ricky Fischer, Brothers: Marvin and John Storm, Mother and Father In Law: Edmund and Viola Premeau, Brother In Law: Arthur Hanson, Sister In Law: Donna Storm.
  Ailene worked as a Manager of Market Analysis for Speed Queen in Ripon, WI, where she retired from in 1992. In 1996, Ailene and Clifford moved from Ripon to Ogema, where they had lived since 1972.       She enjoyed watching all different kinds of wildlife in the backyard of her home. She also enjoyed sewing. Most of all, she loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren, she loved to travel across the United States visiting each of them. She was a member of St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, and VFW Post# 7817 Women’s Auxiliary.
  Funeral Services for Ailene will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday August 25, 2015 at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, Prentice, WI, with Father Gerald Hagen officiating. Burial will take place at Mt. Olive Cemetery, Westboro, WI. Visitation will be held: 4:00 – 6:00 PM, Monday, August 24, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake Chapel, and also 10:00 AM until the time of Mass at 11:00 AM, Tuesday August 25, 2015 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.

  Memorial Donations in honor of Ailene may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church.
Online condolences may be left







ADDRESS: 546 South 2nd Street Medford, WI 54451


PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 24, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford


OFFICIATING: Father Philip Juza


INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford


VISITATION: 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Sunday, August 23, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford with a 7:00 P.M. Rosary Service. Also, 10:15 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 24, 1932 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota


EDUCATION: Everett attended high school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He then went on to graduate from Wisconsin Teacher’s College, Milwaukee (now University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee) and then studied Law at the University of Wisconsin, Madison where he graduated in 1961 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence.


MARRIAGE: on November 27, 1965 Everett married the love of his life, Pearl B. Wayerski in Milwaukee, Wisconsin


WORK INFORMATION/PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Everett enrolled in ROTC 1952, and served in the army infantry during the Korean War from February 1956 until June 1957 where he attained the rank of Captain. Everett worked as an Attorney for his entire career including private law practice. He served as City Attorney in Manitowoc and La Crosse, Wisconsin. In 1981, Everett began working in Taylor County where he would work until his retirement in 2006. He worked as Assistant District Attorney, Family Court Commissioner, and County Corporation Counsel. As the Family Court Commissioner, he enjoyed performing many wedding ceremonies. Everett was able to share his love of history by teaching classes at local community colleges. Everett was a member of the Knights of Columbus at Holy Rosary parish where he also enjoyed his bible study group. He was very committed to practicing his Catholic faith and passed those values on to his family. To say Everett was a military history buff would be an understatement. He enjoyed collecting military artifacts and sharing their history from a young age. One of his favorite Saturday activities was what he would call “making his rounds” and visiting with the patrons and owners of local gun shops and taking his daughters to gun shows. He was also an advocate for pro-life issues and used his retirement to defend those who cannot speak for themselves with articles and opinion pieces. Most importantly he and Pearl made a home where his family knew they were always loved and accepted no matter what.


MEMBER OF: Wisconsin Bar Association, Knights of Columbus, Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Penny Club


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Pearl B. Hale of Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Ann (Brian) Bergmann of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, Barbara (Matthew Richlen) Hale-Richlen of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, Linda (Kevin) O’Brien of Colby, Wisconsin, and Jennifer (Adam Derr) Hale of Silver Spring, Maryland


# LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Everett is the proud grandfather of Lauren and Alexander Bergmann; Pierce, Grant and Ava Richlen.

Everett is also survived by many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brother: Arlow Hale and Sister: Helen (Hale) Roth


DECEASED FATHER: Arlow Dunbar Hale




PALLBEARERS: Jim Roth, Terry Roth, Rick Roth, Bill Roth, Tom Roth, John Hale, Bill Frank and Dan Frank

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Rose Renee (Leiby) German was born to Howard and Margaret (Heisler) Leiby on March 10, 1964 in Coaldale, Pennsylvania. In her early school days she attended the Tamaqua Area Schools and lived in Lewistown Valley with a Tamaqua address. In 1973, Rose moved along with her parents and brother to a dairy farm in rural Dorchester, Wisconsin. She attended and then graduated from the Abbotsford High School in 1982.

  After high school, Rose continued helping on the family farm. She obtained a job a Suttner's Cheese Plant until they closed. She worked at Kramer's IGA in the bakery, Abbotsford Produce Plant (both in Abbotsford), and at Time Federal Savings and Loan in Owen until 1994 just prior to the birth of their son, David.

  Rose Leiby and Terrence German of Owen were joined in marriage on November 13, 1993. They farmed together at the Owen farm until her death. Their son, David was born January 6, 1995.

  Rose enjoyed the farm, gardening, canning and freezing, and taking care of the animals on the farm. As a young person, she had invited the Lord into her life to be a follower of Christ. She was baptized and was a member of the Curtiss Alliance Church. Rose suffered from cancer the last years of her life. She went into the presence of the Lord on Wednesday evening, August 19, 2015.

  Rose is lovingly survived by her family, church family and many friends. She is survived in life by her husband, Terrence German and her son, David; her brother, Lester (Sharon) Leiby of Dorchester; her sisters, Ruth Ann Kramer of Neillsville and Linda (Carl) Swarr of Curtiss; 13 nieces and nephews and 8 grand-nieces and nephews.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Margaret Leiby and her still-born son, Jonathan.

  A Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at Curtiss Alliance Church. Pastor Carl Swarr will officiate. Interment to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, Town of Mayville. Family and friends are welcome form 12:00 noon until time of service Tuesday at the church. 




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