WKEB Obituaries Blog

Mary Ellen Wirz


  Mary Ellen Wirz, 62, of Wausau, Wisconsin, peacefully passed to her Spirit World on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at the Aspirus Hospice House in Wausau.  A Celebration of Life for her will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at the High Point Village Resort, adjacent to Timm’s Hill County Park in Ogema, Wisconsin.


  Mary was born on July 26, 1956 to Eugene and Irene Wirz in Medford, Wisconsin and attended Medford Public Schools—graduating from Medford High School with the class of 1974.  From there she began a diverse path of life adventures which included:  computer programming- the never ending winds of Wyoming-a stint in South Dakota—semis, furniture and truck stops—diapers, 2 marriages and 2 divorces—cut outs – kitchen cupboards, wallpaper and paint—the writing and self publishing of a book—bees- and an active participant for the preservation of the Earth and its resources and creatures.  Mary was very conscientious and passionate about everything she undertook – and that passion also carried over to all the people, animals, and causes she held dear to her.  She was never one who could turn down helping any animal in need, and her lifelong love of them and concern for the environment played a large role in the writing of her book “When The Animals Vanished”.  The other baby and pride and joy in her life was her 1966 Chevelle SS 396, which was with her through many of her adventures and which she looked darned good cruising around in.  It will live on to continue cruising the highways in her memory.


  Mary was preceded in death by her baby brother Jim “Phred” Wirz; by her mother, Irene Wirz; and by all the dogs and horses she had in her life.  Survivors include father Eugene Wirz and brother Rich (Christie) Wirz, both of Medford; sister Rita (Dave) Strebig of Wausau; her partner Robert Lindow of Wausau; nieces Tessa (Nick) Schoenfuss of Omaha, NE, Kayla Wirz of Milwaukee; Brittany Strebig of Farmington, CT; and Devan Strebig of Arlington, VA; great-nephews Colin Schoenfuss, TJ Klein, and Ressick Klein; and all her friends who got to know and love her and are now left without her.


  Please join us July 27th for a day for Mary.  There will be an informal ceremony beginning at 11am, but we will be there all day so feel free to drop by whenever you can.  Copies of her book will be available should anybody be interested, and as per her instructions, will be “given to anyone who wants one”.  Any and all memorial donations will be given in her name to Best Friends Animal Society and various other animal organizations.

E. Arlie Hutchins

  E. Arlie Hutchins, age 101, of Colby, formerly of Owen passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at the Marshfield Medical Center.

  A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:30 Saturday, March 23, 2019 at Curtiss Alliance  Church.  Pastor Carl Swarr will officiate.  Inurnment will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Withee.  The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen is entrusted with the arrangements.

  Arlie was born on August 27, 1917, the only child of Claude and Catherine (O’Malley) Hutchins in Ingram, Rusk County, WI.  The family moved to North Dakota during  her younger years and returned to Owen where she graduated from Owen High School and attended one year additional schooling.  Arlie worked in Wausau as Corporate Office Manager and for the City of Owen as City Clerk.

  She loved to travel (including all over the world), socializing with her card club, playing cards and eating out especially for Friday fish fries.

  Arlie is survived by many cousins, friends and her church family.

  She was preceded in death by her parents.

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

Gerald J. "Whitey" Reinhardt Sr


  Gerald J. “Whitey” Reinhardt Sr., 94 of Rib Lake, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Rib Lake Health Services.

  Jerry was born in Rib Lake on Tuesday, September 23, 1924, the son of John and Caroline (Preske) Reinhardt. He was a 1942 graduate of Rib Lake High School. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during WWII as a frontline Medic where he received a purple heart. Whitey was employed as a delivery man for thirty-five years with the Tlusty Beverage Company. He co-owned Jerry and Reta’s Drive-In and Reinhardt Live Bait Shop from 1966 until 1975. He later was employed with the Chequamegon National Forest until his retirement.

Jerry was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Medford and the Lehman-Clendenning American Legion Post 274 Rib Lake.

  Whitey enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, watching baseball and shooting pool. But most of all, Jerry enjoyed spending time with his family.

  He will be dearly missed by his wife; Reta, eight children; Donald Radtke of Rib Lake, Cheryl Semrau of Ft. Myers, Florida, Charles (Lisa) Radtke of Perkinstown, Kevin Radtke of Rib Lake, Anthony (Marion) Reinhardt of Chelsea, Carmen (Tom) Quednow of Ogema, Gerald Reinhardt Jr. of Rhinelander and Misty (Wyatt) Krug of Medford. Also surviving are twenty-five grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, two sisters; Irene Vlach of Waukesha, Wisconsin and Dorothy Koch of Wisconsin Rapids. Jerry is further survived by nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother; John Reinhardt and by two sisters; Marcie Durand and Marie Belanger.

  The visitation for Jerry will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at St. John Lutheran Church located at 859 Fayette Avenue, Rib Lake from 1:00 p.m. until the 2:00 p.m. Memorial Service. Rev. James Krueger will be officiating.

  Immediately following the Memorial Service, Military Honors will be conducted by the Lehman-Clendenning American Legion Post 274, Rib Lake and by two representatives from the United States Army. 

Harold A. "Bud" Monson

  Harold A, “Bud” Monson, 92, of Jump River passed away on March 
11, 2019, at Ladysmith Care and Rehab. Harold was born on 
October 6, 1926 in the Town of McKinley to Edward and Elizabeth 
(Vrba) Monson. He attended Sunnyside School until the 8th grade. 
Harold married Dorothy Manglos on November 8th, 1958. Harold 
was a farmer all of his life he milked cows from the time he was four 
until he went into the nursing home in 2015.

  Harold was an active member of Jump River Presbyterian Church 
where he served on the parish council. He was the secretary for the 
Mt. Nebo Cemetery for many years and also dug graves at the 
  Harold is survived by his four children, daughter Teresa (Scott) 
Day, three sons Dennis (Eileen) Monson and Lawrence (Carol) 
Monson all of Jump River and Ronald (Kara) Monson of Alameda, 
California, 8 grandchildren, Sarah, Nathan, Amanda, Chelsea, 
Samantha, Stephanie, Cayce and Katelynn, seven 
greatgrandchildren, Connor, Cora, Brycen, Aurora-Jean, Logan, 
Maya and Naomi and one on the way. He is preceded in death by 
his parents, his wife Dorothy and his sister Alvina.

  Funeral services will be at 11AM on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 
the Christ Community Church in Jump River with Rev. Joey Olsen 
officiating with burial to follow in Mount Nebo Cemetery. Visitation 
will be from 4-8 PM on Friday at the Gilman Funeral Home and

Saturday morning one hour prior to services at the Church.

Richard "Rich" Seaman

  Richard “Rich” Seaman, age 65, of Marshfield, passed away on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at his residence.

  A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 11 a.m. until ? at the Lion’s Shelter in Colby.   Lunch will be serve at 12:30.

  Rich was born on November 3, 1953  in Milwaukee, WI, the son of Milton and Bertha (Nisula) Seaman.  Rich grew up on a farm in Clark County and spent his early school years, grades 1st- 5th, in a two room country school in the Longwood area.  He would enjoy snowball fights and playing baseball.  He then continued his education through the Owen School District .

  Rich enjoyed reading Western novels.  His favorite authors were: Zane Gray and Louis L’Amour.  Rich also had a passion for movies.  He was blessed with three nieces, three nephews and many great nieces and nephews, which he cherished deeply.

  Rich is survived by his sister: Carolyn (Allen) Frane of Colby, and brother: John (Mithzie) Seaman of Riverton, WY.  He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Thomas D. Hoffman Sr


  Thomas D. Hoffman Sr., age 87, of Abbotsford, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at his home under the tender care of Hope Hospice.


  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford.  Father Tim Oudenhoven will officiate.  Burial to be held at Abbotsford Public Cemetery. Full military rites will be conducted at the cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 8:30 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday at the church.


  Tom was born on December 17, 1931, the son of George and Dorcia (Rusk) Hoffman in Medford. He attended Abbotsford Schools. Tom worked for Hoffman and Son’s Silo Construction Company before entering the US Army in September 1951 to June 1953, serving during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge Tom worked as a meat cutter in Green Bay and Milwaukee before working at Packaging Corporation of America in Colby for 37 plus years retiring in 1995.


  Tom was united in marriage to Joyce R. Ludwig on February 12, 1954 at Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford.


  Tom was a member of Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church and was an active member of Colby VFW Post #2227. Tom enjoyed family, fishing, hunting coon, camping, auctions and casino trips.


  Tom is survived by his wife, Joyce of Abbotsford; his children, Thomas (Mildred) Hoffman Jr. of Medford, Vicky (Don) Obenhoffer of Medford, Debra Wysocki of Wausau and Kirk (Julie) Hoffman of Marion ; 11 grandchildren: Jeremy (Kori) Hoffman of Charlotte, NC, Jessica (Jess) Haenel of Medford, Steven (Kimberly) Hoffman of Suamico, Stephanie Hoffman of Stanley, Kim Obenhoffer of Medford, Lance Obenhoffer of Medford, Anthony Wysocki of Wausau, Nicole Wysocki of Willington, NC, Crystal (Matthew) Wienert of Appleton, Heather (Joel) Bennett of Hortonville and Faith Hoffman of Appleton; 17 great-grandchildren,  Ethan, Olive and Hazel Hoffman of Charlotte, NC, William, Tara and Kylie Hoffman of Suamico, Logan Bowlin of Stanley-Boyd, Sierra Haizel of Medford, Emy Nelson of Osseo, Courtney and Matthew Jr. Weinert of Appleton, Willow, Jett and Roczen Bennett of Hortonville, Jayden Hoffman of Appleton and Syncere and Syerenity  Beatty of Appleton. Tom is further survived by 2 brothers; Ted (Pat) Hoffman and Kurt (Candy) Hoffman.


  He was preceded in death by his parents;  grandson, Matthew Wysocki,  brothers and sisters, Maxine Feind, Richard Hoffman, Bernard “Barney” Hoffman, Lynette Perry and William Hoffman and a son-in-law; Steven Wysocki.


Henry "Hank" J. Mertens




AGE: 88

ADDRESS: Conrad Drive, City of Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced on Saturday, March 9 at his residence in the City of Medford

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM on Friday, March 15 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza

INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford 

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM on Thursday, March 14 where there will be a 7 PM Catholic prayer service held; also at church from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Friday, March 15

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 8, 1930 at Milwaukee, WI

EDUCATION: St. John De Nepoumic Elementary School, Milwaukee; St. Louis Catholic School, Dorchester & was a 1948 graduate of Dorchester High School

MARRIAGE: October 19, 1957 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Marshfield, WI to Patricia Margaret Lauer and she survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he drove cattle truck for Mertens Trucking. After his marriage, he worked as a dispatcher for Rollo Homes in Marshfield. In 1968 they moved to Medford where he joined the family business (Mertens Chrysler) until his retirement in 1996. He enjoyed curling, golfing, traveling, water activities, dancing and spending time with his family. He served for 6 spending time with his family. He served for 6 years in the Medford National Guard.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford; Medford Knights of Columbus; Former member of the Medford Planning Commission, Medford Area Chamber of Commerce, Medford Lion’s Club; Past President of the Medford Curling Club 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Patricia “Pat” M. Mertens of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Mark Allen Mertens of Marshfield, Ann Marie (Duke) Hartmann of Prentice, WI, Kathleen Lynn (Ken) Wegerer of Rib Lake, Kimberly Sue Mertens of Eau Claire

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 6 – Travis Wegerer, Teri Webb, Maggie (Erik) Westberg, Ben, Max & Sam Hartmann GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 1 – Dawson Webb 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother – Dennis (Aggie) Mertens of Medford
Sister-in-law: Linda Mertens of Colorado Springs, CO




DECEASED MOTHER: Sylvia Catherine (Tennessen) Mertens

PALLBEARERS: Honorary – Grandsons: Travis Wegerer, Ben, Max & Sam Hartmann

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

Patricia "Patti" K. Peterson


  Patricia “Patti” K. Peterson, 78, of Medford, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, March 1. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 20 at the Stetsonville Centennial Hall, in Stetsonville, WI from 11am to 4pm with lunch served at noon. Interment of her cremated remains will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery at a later date.
  Patricia "Patti" Peterson was born on September 9, 1940 in Merrill, Wisconsin to the late Harold and Delores (Thielke) Ruesch. She attended Medford Area Public Schools and graduated from Medford Area Senior High in 1958. She went on to serve as a nurse's aide in Madison at both what is now Meriter Hospital and the VA Hospital. She also served in this capacity at the Medford clinic.   She married John “Jack” M. Peterson on October 29, 1960 and became a homemaker for her family. She was a member of the Community United Church of Christ in Medford. Patti enjoyed reading, spending time with family, and escaping Wisconsin winters in Florida, where she had just spent the last month.
  Along with her husband, Patti is survived by her sons: Scott (Joan) Peterson and Jeff (Pam) Peterson both of Medford, as well as five grandchildren: Samantha (Ken) Brenner of Fitchburg, WI, Eric (Suzi) Peterson of Medford, Justin Peterson of Fitchburg, WI, Haley Peterson and Adam Peterson both of Medford and three great grandchildren: Ryan, Alec, and Cassidy. She is preceded in death by one daughter-in-law, Kristin A. Peterson in 2001.
  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to either the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals at 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or the Shriners Children’s Hospitals at 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 . For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Geraldine A. Kline


  Geraldine (Gerri) Ann Kline, 86, of Owen (formerly of Rib Lake) passed away Monday, March 4, 2019 at Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.
  Gerri was born to John and Alice (Olson) Clark on a farm in Brook Park, MN. She lived on the farm until she was old enough to attend school and then she moved with her family to the village of Brook Park. 
  Gerri attended elementary school in Brook Park and high school in Pine City, MN. She graduated from Pine City High School in 1950. After high school Gerri married Leroy Stewart. They lived in Stetsonville, WI. In 1962 the couple moved to Rib Lake with their children where Leroy, owned and managed Stewart Lumber & Fuel. Gerri was a busy homemaker and mother. She raised five children. She loved taking care of her home (which was always immaculate), baking, gardening, sewing, and caring for her children. She also loved visiting and entertaining friends and family.   Gerri was always willing to help anyone in need whether it would be taking them to the doctor, offering them a place to stay, or doing their shopping for them. Gerri loved the Lord and was always wanting to learn more about God and the Bible. She loved sharing her faith with others especially her children and grandchildren. Gerri and Leroy divorced in 1976. Later she married Charles (Charlie) Kline. After marrying Charlie, Gerri worked for a while as a home health aide taking care of people in their homes.
  Gerri is survived by her children: Penny (Dennis) Bryn of Myrtle Beach, SC, James Stewart of Eau Claire, Thomas Stewart of Rib Lake, and Robert Stewart of Westboro. Step-children: Diane (Bill) Vaughn of Marshfield, Debbie (JC) Nelson of Oconto Falls, and Dennis (Lisa) Kline of Hamptonville, NC. She is also survived by her sister, Faye Peterson of White Bear Lake, MN and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
  She was preceded in death by a son Richard Stewart, a step-son David Kline, her husband Charles Kline and a sister Deanne Stratte.
  Services will be held at Hemer Funeral Home in Rib Lake at 12:00 PM on Friday, March 8, 2019. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until time of service. Burial will follow at Stetsonville Public Cemetery in Stetsonville.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

Doris "Dorie" Eiden


  Doris “Dorie” Eiden, 87, of Medford, passed away surrounded by loving family on Monday, March 4, 2019 at Country Gardens in Medford.

  Funeral Services for Dorie will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Community United Church of Christ, in Medford, WI, with Pastor Mary Jo Laabs officiating. Burial will follow at Abbotsford Public Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Community United Church of Christ from 12:00 PM until the time of service at 2:00 PM.

  Dorie was born on March 21, 1931, daughter of Carl and Ella (Fust) Sorenson in Medford. She graduated Medford High School in 1949. She attended Taylor County Teacher’s College and later graduated from UW Steven Point. Her teaching career spanned 41 years at Pleasant Heights, Athens, and Abbotsford.

  She enjoyed her involvement at the “Little Store” in Medford. One of her greatest joys was being church organist at her church.

  On June 7, 1952 Dorie married Francis Eiden, they later divorced.

  Dorie is survived by her children, Cindy (Randy) Blair of Abbotsford, Randy Eiden of Sheboygan, Lori (Dennis) Grambort of Medford, and Rock (Sandy) Eiden of Lake Wissota and Naples, FL; many happy times with her grandchildren, Nick Blair, Justin (Misty) Blair, Heidi (Todd) Richter, Lindsey (Matt) Ried, Jen (Adam) Sutton, Abbey (Travis) Frischmann, Molly (Andy) Teigen, Jack Eiden, Wyatt Eiden, Brianna Cramer, and Kayla Cramer; Her most precious memories were times with her little great-grandchildren, Peyton, Paisley, Parker, Meadow, Nevadah, Hoyt, Kenzie, Brooke, Jada, Tristian, Connor, and Caroline. She is further survived by family friend Pat Schultz.

  She was preceded in death by her parents and former husband, Francis.

  Dorie’s family would like to thank the staff of Country Gardens Assisted Living for their care and kindness shown to Dorie during her stay; also to Hope Hospice for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Dorie’s name may be given to Community United Church of Christ.

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


Gloria M. Potocnik


  Gloria M. Potocnik, 77, of Owen, passed away Saturday March 2, 2019 at Aspirus Care and Rehab, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care. 
  Gloria was born April 21, 1941 in Medford to Marvin and Antonia (Neder) Brehm. She is a 1959 Graduate of Medford Sr. High. Gloria married Jerry Potocnik on July 13, 1963 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford. Jerry survives.
  She is further survived by her Children: Sue Potocnik of Madison, Tony (Roxanne) Potocnik of Medford, Jennifer (Kit) Canino of Sherwood, Grandchildren: Allison, Samantha and Abbi Potocnik, Frank and Mira Canino, Siblings: Bob (Allie) Brehm of Antigo, Carol (Late Jim) Hummer of Medford, Mike (Peggy) Brehm of Marshfield, Cordell Brehm of Medford, Joan (Joe) Rickert of Medford and Joe (Sue) Brehm of Madison. 
  She is preceded in death by a Brother Charles Brehm and a Grandson Jacob Potocnik. 
  Following high school Gloria moved to Milwaukee. After their marriage she and Jerry remained in Milwaukee until 1967. In 1967 they purchased the family farm near Owen where Jerry grew up. She was a farmer, home maker and worked for a period of time at Tombstone Pizza.
She served as the Holway Town Clerk, and secretary of the Town of Holway St. Mary's Cemetery Association.
  Gloria enjoyed gardening, teddy bears, her fish pond, Winnie The Pooh, and old time dances. She was a blood donor and was near to her 20 gallon goal. Her philosophy was "Think of all the people you can help."
  Gloria loved her Grandchildren and enjoyed every moment spent with them.
  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM, Saturday March 9, 2019 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Father Phil Juza will officiate. Burial will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery in the Town of Holway. Visitation will be held at church that morning from 9:00 AM until the time of Mass.
Memorial donations in honor of Mom can be designated to her family, which will be used to help children in need throughout the surrounding community.
  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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