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AGE: 88


ADDRESS: Aspirus Care and Rehab Center, Medford, WI; A former Town of Little Black resident.


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:10 AM, Wednesday October 7, 2015 at Aspirus Care and Rehab, Medford where he resided at for the past three years.


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stetsonville, WI.


OFFICIATING: Rev. James Babler


INTERMENT: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Stetsonville, WI


VISITATION: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Friday October 9, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford, and also from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stetsonville, WI.


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: May 11, 1927 in the Town of Deer Creek, WI.


EDUCATION: He attended Stetsonville Elementary School, and graduated from Medford High School in 1945.


MARRIAGE: Married to Ilaine P. Brink on June 9, 1951 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stetsonville.


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he worked at Peterson Construction. Then he farmed in the Town of Little Black for many years, until retiring in 2008. While farming he worked at Eggert Lime Company for a period of time. He enjoyed farm auctions, playing cards, traveling, and farming.


MEMBER OF: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served on the Church Council for a period of time.


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Ilaine P. Blasel of Medford.


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Susan (James) Stahl of Winneconne, David (Betty) Blasel of Stetsonville, Jeanne (David) Tlusty of Deerbrook, Peggy Blasel of Stetsonville, and Dennis (Amy) Blasel of Medford.




SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sisters - Edna Porter of Plover, Florence Jarvis of Menomonee Falls, Arlene (Harvey) Dassow of Wauwatosa; Half-Sisters: Alice (Don) Nelson of Stevens Point, Doris (Bruce) Dietze of Medford; Half-Brother: Allen (Sue) Blasel of Plymouth.


SIBLINGS DECEASED: Infant Brother, Chester Blasel.& Sister, Norma Lake


SURVIVING PARENTS: Step-Mother: Leona Blasel of Stetsonville.






PALLBEARERS: Grandsons: Matthew Stahl, Jayson Blasel, Peter Blasel, Michael Tlusty, Jeremy Blasel, Nicholas Blasel


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family for a future designation
-For online condolences, please visit 



Janet B. Barnett, age 85, Dorchester, passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, WI. Memorial service will be held Monday, October 12, at 11:00 am at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home, 203 North Fourth Street, Abbotsford, WI. Visitation will be held 10:00 am until time of service at funeral home.

  Janet was born June 6, 1930 in Eagle River, WI to Bruno and Jenny (Johnson) Ewald. Janet attended Eagle River schools and Randolph High School. She was united in marriage to August Barnett on March 31, 1948 in Randolph, WI. Janet resided in Beaver Dam, Eau Claire, Abbotsford, Eagle River for 2 years and then back to Abbotsford. She worked various jobs the most recent being a library assistant for the Abbotsford Public Library.
  She loved to garden and watch the Milwaukee Brewers.
  Janet is survived by her four children; Michael (Sue) Barnett of Madison, Lynn Gabriel of Wausau, Mark (Nancy) Barnett of Appleton, and Ellie (Dave) Block of Dorchester, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is further survived by a sister; Eileen Brower of Beaver Dam.
Janet is preceded in death by her parents, her husband; August Barnett on May 4, 2006, daughter; Vicki Barnett and siblings; Hiram Carl Ewald and Helen Ewald Peters.
  Family and friends can make online condolences to





AGE:  77

ADDRESS:  1129 Landall Avenue, Rib Lake, WI  54470


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  5:25 AM, Monday, October 5 at Golden Living-Rib Lake where he had been residing for the past 2 months

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 10:00 AM Thursday, October 8 at Woodland Community Church, Westboro where there will also be military rites performed by the Westboro VFW military honors team

OFFICIATING:  Pastor Len Robinson


INTERMENT:  Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake 

VISITATION:  Woodland Community Church, Westboro from 9 AM until the time of services at 10 AM on Thursday, October 8

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 22, 1938 at San Antonio, Texas

EDUCATION: graduate of Artesia High School, Artesia, New Mexico; Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas; Master’s degree from Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas

MARRIAGE: November 17, 1968 in North Bend, Washington to Jane Steinke and she survives


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: US Navy veteran of the Vietnam War having served from 1961-1968.  After his education, he worked as an inspector of nuclear plants for American Nuclear Insurers while residing in Windsor Locks, CT until retirement in 2006.  In 2008, they moved to Rib Lake, WI to be near family.  He did foster care of children for 25 years.  He served as chairman of the board of the National Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a period of time.  He enjoyed his family, tools, reading, his personal library & bible study groups.

MEMBER OF:  Woodland Community Church, Westboro; Gideon’s International & did prison ministry through the Gideon’s organization; Past member of Windsor Locks Congregation, Windsor Locks, CT;

SURVIVING SPOUSE:  Jane Forbes of Rib Lake, WI

SURVIVING CHILDREN:  Rebeccah (Dave) Hopkins of Rib Lake, Chris (Jen) Forbes of North Haven, CT, Devon (Kara) Forbes of Windsor Locks, CT


CHILDREN DECEASED:  Son – Josean R. Forbes in 2013


DECEASED FATHER:  Lynn F. Forbes    


DECEASED MOTHER:  Nellye R. Yeates

URNBEARER:  John Henry Hopkins

OTHER INFORMATION:  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to Woodland Community Church in Westboro

-For online condolences, please visit 





AGE: 87


ADDRESS: 600 E. Elm Street Abbotsford; Former City of Medford Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:54 A.M. Sunday, October 4 at the Golden Living Center, Abbotsford where she had resided for the past 3 years.


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 10 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford


OFFICIATING: Deacon Joseph Stefancin


INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery in the Township of Little Black


VISITATION: 10:00 A.M. until 10:50 A.M. Saturday, October 10 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 22, 1928 in the Township of Little Black


EDUCATION: Attended grade school at Holy Rosary, Medford graduate of Wilmette High School in Illinois and received advanced education in Bookkeeping


MARRIAGE: January 24, 1957 at Decorah, Iowa to Gerald W. Zastrow and he preceded her in death on May 22, 2007


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Wilma worked at Mondeaux Millwork for a period of time. She worked at Tombstone Pizza and then started in April 1977 at Time Federal as a teller until her retirement on April 30, 1991. She enjoyed gardening, canning, making maple syrup, camping, fishing and especially her family.


MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church


SURVIVING CHILDREN: 2 Daughters: Kelly (Randy) Temanson of Stratford and Jeanne (David) Baxter of Germantown
2 Sons: John (Jane) Zastrow of Spencer and Gary Zastrow of Madison




SURVIVING SISTERS: Lucille Drost of Minnesota, Mary (Bill) Luterbach of Merrill and Rita (Sam) Way of Medford






DECEASED MOTHER: Mary B. Schupp (Maiden Name: Kellnhofer)


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



  Rodger C. Wright, 71 of Jump River, died Thursday, October 1,

2015 at his home with his family by his side under the care of Hope
Hospice. He was born on July 4, 1944 to the late George and
Audrey (Rose) Wright. Rodger grew up in the area attending
Woodprairie and Jump River grade schools and graduated from
Hannibal High in 1962. On August 17, 1963 he was united in
marriage to Doreen Berg in Cornell.
  Rodger started out farming, logged in the winter and worked for
Jump River Electric for 38 ½ years. His passion was for the
outdoors. Hunting here in Wisconsin and out west for big game
and snowmobiling. In 2000, he built a cabin in the mountains of
Dubois, Wyoming. He also spent countless hours riding his Harley.
  He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Doreen of Jump River, his
children, Dawn (Barry) Reidner of Dorchester, Sherri (Russ
Westrich) Wright and Kevin (Chrisie) Wright both of Jump River,
one grandson, Jason Reidner, his grand dogs, Gunner, Minnie,
Trixie and Buddy, two brothers, Mike (Debbie) Wright of Jump
River and Rocky (Debbie) Wright of Minnesota and many nieces
and nephews. Rodger is preceded in death by his parents and his
sister Barbara Foster.
  A memorial service will be at 11AM on Saturday, October 10, 2015
at Christ Community Church of Jump River with Pastor Joey Olsen
officiating. Inurnment will take place later in Mt. Nebo Cemetery. A
memorial visitation will be Friday from 4 until 8 PM at the Gilman
Funeral Home and Saturday morning from 10AM until time of
service at the church in Jump River.



Harley L. Johnson, age 75, of Colby, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at Ministry Saint Josephs Hospital in Marshfield. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at First United Church of Christ in Colby. Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate. Inurnment to follow at Colby Memorial Cemetery with Military Honors provided by Colby VFW post #2227. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 AM until time of service Saturday at the church.

  Harley was born on April 16, 1940, the son of Salem and Edythe (Engblom) Johnson in Spokesville, Clark County. He graduated from Colby High School in 1958. Harley enlisted in the US Army in 1958 and was stationed in Germany until his honorable discharge in 1961. He was united in marriage to Miriam Kilty on June 27, 1964 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity. Harley worked for the manufacturing housing industry for many years.

  Harley enjoyed spending his summers at their cabin in Chetek, fishing, bowling, reading (especially Civil War history), observing birds and wildlife, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. His special pet was his cat Delilah. He was most known for his "dopey joke" of the day.

  Harley is survived by his wife of 51 years, Miriam of Colby; nieces and nephews: Debbie (Ron) Johnson of Batesville, IN, Mike (Cheryl) Kilty of Abbotsford, Patrick (Debbie) Kilty of Colby, Mark (Bev) Kilty of Colby and Connie (Ken) Ven Rooy of Colby; a brother-in-law, Merlin Kilty of Owen, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gilbert and a sister, Elaine Wheatley.

  Memorials can be given to the Clark County Humane Society.




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