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Keith W. Krug


     Keith W. Krug, 80, Medford died on Monday, October 27 at his home. Funeral services will be held on Friday, October 31 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Medford with Pastor Kris Bjerke-Ulliman officiating. Visitation will be at Our Saviour’s on Thursday evening from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and from 9:00 – 11 a.m. on Friday. Atkins Northland Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
     Keith was born on March 11, 1934 in Holway to Fred and Myrtle (Larson) Krug. He attended Pine Creek Elementary School and graduated from Medford High School in 1952. After high school he moved to Milwaukee where he worked at Standard Oil for two years before returning to Medford. On October 2, 1954 he married Joan Baumgarter, who preceded him in death on March 26, 1998. He worked at Medford Motors before opening his own mechanic’s garage. He owned two milk trucks with routes in the area and three school buses, contracted by the Medford School District. In 1964, Keith and Joan purchased land on Billings Avenue where they built their home and garage. Keith worked as a mechanic and continued operating school buses before obtaining the entire contract with the Medford School District, which his family continues to operate. He started Krug’s Towing, which he later sold to his son. He also operated Krug Tours and enjoyed traveling with groups around the United States. Keith and Joan were foster parents for Taylor County. Keith was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, American Bus Association, United Motorcoach Association, Wisconsin School Bus Association, Wisconsin Motor Coach Association, Wisconsin Towing Association and Good Sam RV Club. Keith was a member of the National Guard for four years.
     Survivors include his children, Jim (Diane), Brian (Jeanne), Barb (Ed), Bob (Karen),and Bruce (Michele); siblings, David (Juanita), Judy (Galen) Nowak, Marian (Ken) Nernberger, Lavonne (Bernard) Dums; brother-in-law, Jim Prell; ten grandchildren, Josh, Craig (Tara), Adam (Chelsey), Mandy, Austin, Sarah, Kenny and Dalton Krug, Emily (Aemus) Balsis, and Kaci (Nick) Klemm. Special foster grandchild, Justin Spanjer; ten step grandchildren, Billie (Brian) Schilling, Aaron (Erin) Day, Ashley Valentine, Brittany Black, Jennifer and David Ridler, Austin and Morgan Salzgeber, and Matt (Chrissy) and Kyle (Ashlee) Rowe; 16 great grandchildren with three on the way.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joan; sister, Charlotte Prell; and daughter-in-law, Susy.
     The family would like to thank Wendy Geiger and his sister Marian for their faithful and devoted care given to Keith over the past several years.

Lennice S. Gehrke


Lennice S. Gehrke, 100, Colby died Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Colonial Center, Colby.

She was born September 28, 1914 in Hancock, daughter of the late Otis and Mary (Reid) Gray. On April 15, 1937 she married Paul Gehrke at Potter Memorial Church, Hancock. He preceded her in death.


Lennie was a homemaker and also farmed with her husband Paul. She enjoyed doing the daily tasks around the farm and loved being outdoors. Some of her interests included fishing, raising her many cats and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.


Survivors include one son, Dan (Sue) Gehrke, Dorchester, six grandchildren, Bobbie (Brian) Reamer, Shaun Gehrke, Jody (Dawn) Gehrke, Bradley Gehrke, Kathryn Gehrke and Michael Gehrke, nine great grandchildren, Nick, Brittany, Brandon, Cassandra, Ryan, Emily, Cora, Gabe and Sam, and one great grandchild, Zane Gehrke.


Besides her parents and husband she was preceded in death by one grandson, Jamie Gehrke.


Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Colburn-Leola Cemetery, Hancock. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com - See more at: http://www.petersonkraemer.com/obituary/Lennice-S.-Gehrke/Colby-WI/1445802#sthash.kVeUMPoE.dpuf

Clifford "Cliff" J. Edelburg




AGE: 85


ADDRESS: 630 State Highway 102 Rib Lake Village of Rib Lake Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:20 P.M. Friday, October 24 at the Golden Living Center, Rib Lake where he had resided for the past 5 hours.


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial Services will be 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, October 29 at St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Church, Rib Lake


OFFICIATING: Rev. Joseph Dittrich


INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place in Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake


VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, October 29 at St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Church, Rib Lake


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 10, 1929 in Milwaukee


EDUCATION: Attended McDill Area Schools


MARRIAGE: July 16, 1955 in Medford to Patricia A. Smith and they later divorced


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Clifford served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1952. Clifford and Patricia then owned and operated a dairy farm in the Town of Greenwood for a number of years also during this time he hauled pulpwood. He then worked for the Taylor County Highway Department for a number of years. Clifford drove truck for various companies until his retirement. Clifford was an avid hunter and fisherman, enjoyed woodworking craft work, playing cards, going for drives and spending time with his family.


MEMBER OF: St. Peter's Ev. Lutheran Church, Rib Lake and Lifetime Member of VFW Post #15051.


SURVIVING CHILDREN: 2 Daughters: Dawn King of Yadkinville, North Carolina and Cindy (Bryan) Meyer of Rib Lake


GRANDSON DECEASED: Jeremy Edelburg on December 5, 1992


5 GRANDCHILDREN: Tasha (Chris) Wicks of Westboro, Tabitha (Troy) Block of Dorchester, Butch “BJ” (Shannon) Wiegel of Medford, Jamie Meyer of Medford and Nick Meyer of Medford






SURVIVING SISTER: Valerie Mezich of Plover


BROTHER DECEASED: Robert Edelburg on October 31, 2013


DECEASED FATHER: Arthur C. Edelburg


DECEASED MOTHER: Clara C. Edelburg (Maiden Name: Schultz)




OTHER INFORMATION: Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Albert Louis Haertle Jr

Albert Louis Haertle, Jr.


AGE: 90


ADDRESS: 654 Maple Court, APT # 104, Rib Lake, WI 54470


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Aspirus Medford Hospital, Friday October 24, 2014 at 11:16 PM.


SERVICES: Will be held at a later date.


INTERMENT: Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: January 8, 1924, Milwaukee, WI


EDUCATION: High School Graduate


MARRIAGE: Thelma Rose Stroschine, April 24, 1976


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: US Army Veteran, Truck driver in Motor pool and was deployed to Guam. He then went on to work for Aukley Business Interiors where he retired from after 29 years. Albert also loved to travel.


MEMBER OF: Veterans of Foreign Wars, Good Shepherd Catholic Church Rib Lake, WI


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Thelma Rose Haertle, Rib Lake, WI


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Stepson; Dale (Ginny) Stroschine of Victor, Montana, Stepdaughter; Lynn (Richard) Bradner of Ogama, WI, Stepson; Kevin (Debra) Stroschine of Winchendon, Massachusetts.


CHILDREN DECEASED: Stepdaughter; 2009- Carla Ludin, Step son-in-law; 1992- Jon Ludin


9 Granchildren


14 Great Grandchildren


2 Great Great Grandchildren


DECEASED FATHER: Albert Louis Haertle, Sr.


DECEASED MOTHER: Margaret Elizabeth Haertle, maiden name Burinske

Maria M. Bondaruk




AGE: 97


ADDRESS: W6508 County Highway A. Medford Township of Little Black resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:00 A.M. Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Aspirus Medford Hospital where she had been a resident for the past 1 day


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 12:00 P.M. Monday, October 27, 2014 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford


OFFICIATING: Mr. Robert Eberhardt & Mr. Stanley March


INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will be at Medford Evergreen II Cemetery at a later date


VISITATION: 11:00 A.M. until time of services at 12:00 P.M. at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 20, 1917 in White, Russia


EDUCATION: Maria received her education in White, Russia


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Maria spent the first 50 years of her life in White, Russia. She then immigrated to the family dairy farm in Little Black WI in 1967 where she became an integral part of her family farm. For the past 20 years, Maria and her nephew George worked as a team to maintain the farm and care for one another. She enjoyed cooking and reading the bible and the Polish Paper from Stevens Point.


MEMBER OF: She began to walk in the truth with God in the early 1970’s with her home bible group


SURVIVING NEPHEW/NIECE: George Bondaruk of Little Black and Fran (Norm) Pierce of Poplar Grove, IL


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Paul Bondaruk on February 17, 1968 and Sister-in-Law: Anna K. Bondaruk on August 19, 1994 as well as 2 other Brothers and 1 Sister


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

James P. "Jim" Gumz




James P. "Jim" Gumz, age 57, of rural Abbotsford, passed away on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Milan. Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday from 4:00 until 8:00 PM at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until time of service at the church.


Jim was born on May 18, 1957, the son of Harold and Mary (Swobada) Gumz in Wausau. He graduated from Abbotsford High School in 1976. Jim was united in marriage to Grace Marie Fochs on October 22, 1976 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Halder, WI.


Jim has been a self-employed farmer since 1981 when he entered a partnership with his brother, Michael. In 2011, he began farming on his own.


Jim loved life. He loved working the land, taking care of his cattle and family. Jim liked riding motorcycles and working on them. He enjoyed hunting with his children and neighbors. Jim also liked to play cards and UNO and an occasional game of foosball. Most of all, he was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.


Jim is survived by his wife; Grace Gumz of Athens; his three sons: Jacob Robert, Nicholas Charles and Alex James; two grandchildren: Aiden James and Riais Varela; his mother, Mary Gumz. He is further survived by his five siblings: Delmar (JoAnn) Gumz of Wausau, Roger Gumz of Milwaukee, Michael (Sue) Gumz of Athens, Suzie Frane of San Antonio, TX and Patty Monroe of Grand Prairie, TX; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. He is loved and will truly be missed.


He was preceded in death by his father, Harold.


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

Ronald W. "Stub" Grambort


Ronald W. “Stub” Grambort age 82, of Abbotsford, passed away on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Pine Ridge Assisted Living Center in Colby. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 27, 2014 at Saint Bernard's Catholic Church in Abbotsford. Father Daniel Hackel will officiate. Interment will be held in the Abbotsford Public Cemetery in Abbotsford. Family and friends are welcome on Monday from 9:00 AM until time of service at the church.


Ronald was born on May 16, 1932, the son of Walter and Norma (Ryder) Grambort in Marshfield. He attended Abbotsford Public Schools and was a 1950 graduate of Abbotsford High School. On December 13, 1952 Stub was united in marriage to Catherine “Kitty” Froeba at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church in Loyal.


After he graduated from high school Stub worked as a livestock dealer for Christensen- Grambort Livestock and eventually became a partner in the business. Ronald retired in 1992 and moved to Lake Tomahawk and then moved back to Abbotsford in 2013.


Stub was a former director for Security State Bank and Mid-Wisconsin Bank.


Ronald is survived by his wife; Catherine Grambort of Abbotsford, sons; Gary (Tammy) Grambort of Colorado, Randy (Kathy) Grambort of Abbotsford, Dennis (Lori) Grambort of Minocqua and Jeff Grambort of Abbotsford, sister; Darlene Lamont of Abbotsford, grandchildren; Lindsey (Matt) Ried, Jen (Adam) Sutton, Abby (Travis) Frischman, Jessie Grambort, Clint (Lynn) Grambort, Jason Grambort and Josh Grambort, great-grandchildren; Hunter, Haylee, Peyton, Paisley, Parker, Devon, Trevor, Kaden, Kenzie and Connor.


He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers; Gerald and James Grambort.


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


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