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AGE: 79


ADDRESS: 617 W. Cedar St. Cedar Court Apartments Apt. 1 Medford


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:20 P.M. Monday, February 23, 2015 at Aspirus Care & Rehab where she had resided for the past day, surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 1:00 P.M. Sunday, March 1, 2015 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Sheldon


OFFICIATING: Father Sleeva Raju Madanu


INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sheldon


VISITATION: Friday, February 27, 2015 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford also 12:00 P.M. until time of services at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Sheldon


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 30, 1935 in the Township of Cleveland


EDUCATION: Pat attended school in the Ladysmith School District


MARRIAGE: 1st: in October 1955 to James “Ace” Wiemer and he preceded her in death in January 1978;
2nd: in July 1999 to Russell West and he preceded her in death in April 2013


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Pat took care of raising her three children and providing a loving home for her family. She enjoyed family campfires, taking walks through the fall leaves, celebrating Halloween and spending time with her family and her special friends Karen Staples and Barb Orheim.


MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford


SURVIVING CHILD: Debbie Miller of Medford


SURVIVING STEP-CHILDREN: Viola (Allen) Helland and Virginia (Bob) Luedtke all of the Green Bay Area, Jan (Jerry) Magliano and Brenda West all of Tennesse, Larry (Marilyn) West of Illinois and Pat (Robin) West of the Wausau Area


CHILDREN DECEASED: David and Jim Wiemer, Son-in-Law: Bob Miller, Daughter-in-Law: April Wiemer





SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Shirley Dietrich of Madison and Deedee
Brother-in-Law: George Wiemer of Sheldon and Sister-in-Law: Marlene Ludescher of Sheldon


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers: Orville & Elmer; Sister: Beverly Shackleton






OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Pat’s family to be designated at a later date.
-For online condolences, please visit 

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AGE: 82


ADDRESS: 516 Grahl Street, Medford; City of Medford Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:05 A.M. Tuesday, February 24 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 7 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey where full military honors will be performed by the Colby Area Military Honors Team.


OFFICIATING: Rev. Randal Jeppesen


INTERMENT: Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Whittlesey


VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 7 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 8, 1932 in Colby


MARRIAGE: November 12, 1955 at St. John’s Church in Cudahy to Carol M. Hayes


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Dale served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1953 in the 187th Rakasan Airborne where his rank was Sergeant. He saw active duty in Korea. Dale also served in the Air Force Reserves at the General Mitchell Field in Milwaukee. He was a loadmaster on C-119 Cargo Planes. He started at Ladish Corporation in Cudahy working in the inventory control department. Dale then transferred to Houston where he was a purchasing agent. In 1972, they moved to the Medford area where he worked at Weathershield Mfg. as the Purchasing Director until his retirement in 1995. Dale was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and bowler. He had 2 Holes In One on the third hole at the Merrill Golf Club. Dale was an avid Winchester Rifle Historian and at one time amassed an extensive Winchester collection.


MEMBER OF: Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey, VFW in Colby and NRA. He also served on the Medford City Planning Commission Board.


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Carol M. Steinke of Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: 4 Sons: Steven (Debra) Of Medford, Darrell (Connie) of North Fond du Lac, John of Eagle River and David (Peggy) Steinke of Rothschild


6 LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Jared, Rebecca, Megan, Mitchell, Michael and Angela Steinke


DECEASED FATHER: Arthur R. Steinke


DECEASED MOTHER: Marion Steinke (Maiden Name: Dunow)


URNBEARER: Active: Denis Heise
Honorary: Tom O’ Brien, Pat O’Brien and Harold Stange


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Dale’s family to be designated at a later date.
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements

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Theresa Marguerite Trawicki, 99 of Gilman, died Monday,
February 23, 2015 at the Cornell Care Center under the care
of St. Joseph’s Hospice.


She was born on January 20, 1916 in Gilman to the late Martin

and Josephine (Ratajczyk) Gonia.


Theresa grew up in Gilman and married Edwin Trawicki on July
1, 1939 at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church. The couple
farmed in the town of Aurora and raised their family there.
Theresa was a member of the church choir and rosary society
and was an avid gardener. She also enjoyed cooking, canning,
picking berries but loved spending time with her grandchildren.


She is survived by her children, Jim (Peggy) Trawicki of Jump
River, Alvin (Jackie) Trawicki of Evansville, WI, Sylvia (Leland)
Webster of Gilman, Gloria (Myron) Brooks of Jump River, and
Danny (Kim) Trawicki of Gilman, 21 grandchildren, 38 great
grandchildren and many great great grandchildren. She is
preceded in death by her parents, her husband, (1987), three
brothers and two sisters.


A funeral mass will be at 11AM on Saturday, February 28, 2015
at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church-Gilman with Father
Madanu Sleeva officiating. Burial will follow in the Parish
Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until time of service
Saturday at the church. Plombon Funeral Service-Gilman
assisted the family with arrangements.

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AGE: 87


ADDRESS: MCT #46, Medford, WI


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:30 PM Monday, February 23 at Clark County Health Care Center, Owen surrounded by family, where he had resided for the past 2 ½ years


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 11:00 AM Saturday, March 7 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford where there will also be military rites performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team


OFFICIATING: Rev. James Krueger


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


VISITATION: Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, March 7


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 10, 1928 at Cochrane, WI


EDUCATION: Medford area elementary schools, and was a 1946 graduate of Medford High School


MARRIAGE: September 11, 1948 at Medford to Rose C. Noonan and they were married for 66 years


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education he served in the US Navy, WW II veteran having served from 1946 to 1947. After the service, he returned to Medford and worked as a bookkeeper for Neuendorf Transportation. Then he worked in sales with Wear Ever Cookware. He also worked other sales positions & business ventures. He owned/operated Builders Cove in Medford, Barron Lumber Co. & Engel’s Lighting Company for periods of time. He enjoyed collecting model classic cars, producing cookbooks & how-to-guides, making clocks & was always looking for something new to create.


MEMBER OF: Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Rose C. Engel of Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Randy (Lori) Engel of Colorado City, CO, Rita (Rick) Kuehn of Champlin, MN, Ruth Engel of Colorado City, CO, Roxanne (Mark) Dunst of Gleason, WI, Roger (Chasity Kerr) Engel of Greenwood, WI, Robin (Mark Homer) Ashe of Medford










DECEASED FATHER: Wallace Waldo Engel




OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
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Phyllis Elaine Jones, age 79, of Abbotsford, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2015 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford. A visitation will be from 1:00 PM until the time of service at the funeral home.


  Phyllis was born February 17, 1935 to Alfred and Emma (Reid) Koehler in Pierce, Nebraska. She received her education in Pierce Nebraska and was united in marriage to James B. Jones on January 9, 1955 in Pierce, Nebraska.


  Phyllis and James owned and operated the Unity Auto Matt in Unity, WI from 1988 to 2011.
She enjoyed gardening, gambling and sewing.


  Phyllis is survived by her children; Gordon (Lynn) Jones of Medford, Susan (John) Harpke of Thorp, Alice (Jack) Baxter of Dorchester, Kenneth (Norine) Jones of Sparta, WI, and Cynthia (David) Page of Athens, TX; 14 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren. She is further survived by 3 brothers; Ervin Koehler, Herman Koehler, and Dennis Koehler, and 3 sisters; Darlene Zautke, Irene Neitzke, and Norma Kollmar.


  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband; James Jones and sisters; Delores Crow, Elsie Acklie and brother; Clarence Koehler.


  The Maurina Schilling Funeral Home of Abbotsford is assisting the family with arrangements.

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AGE: 81


ADDRESS: N2722 County Highway C, Medford; Township of Browning Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 5:30 P.M. Thursday, February 19 at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he had been a patient for the past 10 days.


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Family will hold a Memorial Service for Artie at a later date


INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place in Medford Evergreen II


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 23, 1933 in Medford


EDUCATION: Attended Medford Area Schools


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Artie helped on his families’ dairy farm and then owned and operated it until his retirement during this time he also drove truck and did logging work for his brother Victor for several years. He enjoyed hunting, making maple syrup, his animals and gardening. He was an avid bird watcher.




SURVIVING SISTER: Marion Ihlenfeld of West Bend


Sister-In-Law: Lucille Jari of Medford


Brother-In-Law: John Piater of Medford


Also survived by 14 Nieces and Nephews


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Victor, Ralph and Grace Jari and Ruby Piater




DECEASED MOTHER: Anne Jari (Maiden Name: Paur)


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Arthur “Art” Allen Crass, Jr., 76, Medford, died at home on Saturday, February 21, 2015. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford and also from 9:30 A.M. until the time of Memorial Service at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 25 with Pastor Kris Bjerke-Ulliman officiating.


  Art Crass was born on July 11, 1938 in Tomahawk to the late Arthur Crass Sr. and Veronica Crass (Maiden Name: Young). He married Marjorie J. DuPlayee, his high school sweetheart on November 10, 1956 in Tomahawk.


  Art was a graduate of Tomahawk High School and after school he served in the Wisconsin National Guard and owned dairy farms in Tomahawk and Rural Medford.

  Art enjoyed woodworking, fishing and working at the Crass Sawmill after he retired from dairy farming. He also worked as a rural mail carrier for nearly 15 years. His dog Scoobie was his co-pilot on truck rides. Art was an avid Badger and Brewer fan. He also enjoyed attending games with his family and friends at Camp Randall and Miller Park.


  Arthur is survived by his wife, Marjorie “Marge”, his dog Scoobie, and his five children: Linda (Mike) Brandner, Allen (Cindy) Crass, Karen (Mike) Bennett, Daniel (Stacey) Crass and David Crass, 12 Grandchildren: Damon (Sherry) Brandner, Doug (Kristi) Brandner, Kyle (Alysa) Brandner, Jeff (Tonya) Crass, Jackie Crass, Madelyn and Katelyn Bennett, Jake (Callie) Crass, Jordan (Jenn) Crass, Josh (Brenda) Crass, Sam and Theo Crass and 17 Great-Grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings: Sherry Thompson, Ron (Jean) Crass, Carol Jarvi and many Nieces and Nephews. In addition to his parents, Art is preceded in death by siblings Barry Young, Sandra (Clifford) Steiber and Ken (Georgeanne) Crass.


Art will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
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Jerry Ray Brandner, 82, of Medford, died on Wednesday February 18, at his home, surrounded by his children and under the care of Hope Hospice. Funeral services and Military Rites for Jerry will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford. Burial will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford. Visitation will be held at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, Friday, February 20, 2015, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Pallbearers will be Brandon & Jaeden Brandner, Logan Wright, Alec & Austin Waldhart, Parker Alsteens, Lucas & Matthew Lekie.


  Jerry was born February 16, 1933 in the Town of Chelsea, to the late Carl and Lena (Born) Brandner. He attended Whittlesey Elementary Schools, and was a 1951 Graduate of Medford Senior High School. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force where he attended Radio Operator School and served as an International Morse Code Operator on both the B29 and B36 Bomber Aircraft during the Korean War from 1952-1956. He remained on inactive duty for the following four years.After his military career, he married Shelby Jean Vlach on September 14, 1957, in Rib Lake. Shelby preceded him in death in 2008.


  He is also preceded by his Parents, and one Daughter, Sharron Marie Brandner, in 2000. In 1961 he built Brandner Deep Rock Gas Station in Medford which from 1961 to 1998 he owned/operated along with Brandner Oil Company.


  He was a proud charter member of the Medford Jaycees, Whittlesey Lions Club, and the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He also was a Life Member of the Medford VFW Post 5729 and The Stetsonville American Legion Post 519. He enjoyed Nascar races, Green Bay Packer games, deer hunting activities and stopping by many social establishments in the Whittlesey and Medford area to spread his humor and good cheer.


  Jerry is survived his six children: Cheryl Wright, Cindy (Roger) Dray, Dave (Kris) Brandner, Colleen (Todd) Waldhart, Todd (Marlene) Brandner, all of Medford, and Susette (Bill) Alsteens of Belleville, WI, 11 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren. His siblings include: Bonnie (late Francis) Fuchs, Ardath (Richard) Dums, Phyllis (late John) Fuchs, Gary (Eileen Mundt) Graham all of Medford, and several nieces and nephews.

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