WKEB Obituaries Blog

Lester "Orville" E. Frenzel



AGE:  84


ADDRESS:  Sunset Road, Medford; A Township of Medford resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  Tuesday, May 14 at Cedar Springs Health & Rehab, Cedarburg where he had resided for the past 6 months


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 21 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

with military rites performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team


OFFICIATING:  Pastor David Clements


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

VISITATION:  Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 12 noon until the time of services at 1 PM on Tuesday, May 21


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: May 23, 1934 at Medford


EDUCATION: Thielke elementary school, Town of Medford and attended Medford High School


MARRIAGE: Never Married


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: He served in the US Army from 1957-1959.  After the military, he farmed in the Town of Medford for his whole life until his retirement from farming.  He enjoyed gardening.


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Gordon Frenzel in 2000 and Verna Huebner in 2011


DECEASED FATHER:  Edward Peter Frenzel     


DECEASED MOTHER:  Rosalie Ruth (Hoffmann) Frenzel


OTHER INFORMATION:  survived by Nieces and Nephews, 4 Great Nieces and 7 Great Great Nieces


-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Virgie Mattson-Clark


  Virgie Mattson-Clark, age 89, of Curtiss, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at The Waterford in Colby under the tender care of hospice.


  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, May 17th at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Curtiss. The Rev. Ken Schmidt will officiate.  Interment to follow at St. Paul’s Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 am until time of the service on Friday.  The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.


  Virgie was born on February 16, 1930, the daughter of Milo and Milla (Borgemoen) Lott in Curtiss. She moved with her parents and twin sister, Verla, to Chicago, IL, where she attended grade school and just starting high school when her parents moved again to Eau Claire.  There Virgie attended Memorial High School for two years before the family moved back to Curtiss.  She finished her last two years of high school at Owen-Withee, where she met the love of her life, Robert Mattson.  They married in 1949 and raised two children, Rhonda Buss and William (Toni) Mattson.


  Bob and Virgie owned several businesses including the Spot Bar in Owen and the Welcome Inn Motel in Medford, where Bob passed away in 1979. She married Frank Clark in 1995 and they were later divorced.


  Virgie is survived by her children, Rhonda and Bill; her sister, Verla Stange; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.


  Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; her brother-in-law, Harold Stange and her granddaughter, Alexi Mattson.


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


Wayne W. Engel


  Wayne W. Engel, 84, of Medford, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019 at Thedacare Regional Hospital in Appleton.


  Wayne was born in Cochrane, WI to Wallace and Luella (Heuer) Engel on November 30, 1934. He attended Medford Area Senior High. Following graduating, Wayne enlisted in the Army National Guard . After his service, Wayne obtained his teacher’s license and taught grade school for nine years. On December 30, 1955 Wayne married Carol, she survives.


  Wayne owned and operated Medford Millwork before retiring at 65. He was a member of Medford Curling Club and enjoyed hunting and fishing.


  In addition to his wife, Carol,  Wayne is survived by his children, Jayne Engel, Mark (Milissa) Engel, and Jill Storch; grandchildren, Robert Stieber, Sara (Craig) Stieber-Amundson, Mike, Carolyn, and Julia Storch, and Jason and Larissa Engel.


  Wayne is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Russell, Don, and Monion.


  A Funeral Service for Wayne will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, with Pastor Richard Russow officiating. Burial will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Visitation will take place at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

  In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Wayne’s name may be given to the church.


  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Marlene A. Gerstberger


  Marlene A. “Crick” Gerstberger, 84, of Rib Lake, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

  Marlene was born May 4, 1934 in Milwaukee, WI to Eric and Alice (Delikat) Milde. She is a graduate of Girls Tech in Milwaukee. She married Arthur Gerstberger on August 18, 1962. He preceded her death on April 9, 2013.

  Marlene is survived by her children: Nancy (Rick) Dohrwardt and Ronald (Kris) Gerstberger both of Rib Lake, four grandsons: Michael (Vanessa) and Taran Dohrwardt and Ryne and Nicholas Gerstberger, and her sister Donna Taylor of Colby and numerous nieces and nephews.

  She is further preceded in death by her parents: step-mother Martha Milde, her sister Dorothy and brother Bobby.

  Following high school, Marlene went to Las Vegas. She worked in a flower shop in the Dunes Hotel and specialized in floral arrangements. She put together arrangements for several celebrities, one being Sandy Duncan. She came back to Milwaukee and worked at Victor Johnson’s flower shop. She also played on a fastpitch softball team coached by Shirley Martin. They traveled all over the country to play in tournaments. In 1971, her and Arthur moved back to Rib Lake. In 1973, Marlene started a flower shop out of her home and in 1978, built her own shop that she called Gerstberger Rib Lake Florist. It is still up and running in the same location on McComb Avenue 46 years later. She and her daughter Nancy have been working together since the start of their family business.

  Marlene enjoyed playing softball. She was a member of the Tuesday and Thursday night bowling leagues, where she sponsored several bowling teams. She loved fishing, baking, listening to polka music, and was an avid Milwaukee Brewers fan. She loved listening to Bob Uecker announce games on the radio. Marlene loved animals, especially her kitties and grand-dogs. She cherished her time spent with her grandsons, Mikey and Taran, who gave her the nickname “Crick.” She loved to crack jokes with them and attend their baseball games.

  Cremation rites have been accorded and a celebration of Marlene’s life will take place from 1pm-5pm on May 19, 2019 at the Rib Lake Ice Age Pavilion. Due to Marlene’s huge love for the Brewers, if you have any Brewers apparel, please feel free to wear it to Marlene’s celebration of life. Burial will take place on a later date at the Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake. 

  Heaven must have needed a great florist! 

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

David G. "Butch" Hargraves


  David G. “Butch” Hargraves, age 69 of Abbotsford passed away at his home in Abbotsford on Thursday, April 25, 2019.

  A visitation will be held on Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford from 4:00 until 7:00 pm. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Dorchester Memorial Cemetery, North. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.

  Butch was born on May 5, 1949 in Wausau, WI, the son of George and Fern (Tischendorf) Hargraves. David worked for the Abbotsford Lumber Company, Reitbrock Concrete and Marge’s Flowers. He also was in the Army National Guard’s and a member of the Abbotsford Volunteer Fire Department.

  He is survived by a sister, Paulette (John) Tryba of Mosinee, three nephews, Dennis Tryba of Mosinee, Robert (Vicki) Tryba of Mosinee and Keith Tryba of Merrill. One great nephew; Ben Tryba and one great niece; Amanda Tryba all of Mosinee.

  Butch was preceded in death by his parents, also by a sister, Sharon Bedora, a nephew, Louis Bedora, and two infant brothers.

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

Bonnie J. Fischer


Bonnie J. Fischer, 73,  passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford under the care of Hope Hospice & Palliative Care.


Bonnie was born to Helen Orva Fischer 7 Jul 1945 in Perkinstown, Grover, Taylor, Wisconsin. Her step-father was John Henry Winslow. 

She was raised in the Town of Westboro, Wisconsin by her grandparents Hank and Carrie (Weihrouch) Fischer. She attend Westboro High School graduating 24 May 1963.

She always loved seeing family at the tavern her grandparent’s ran on highway D. There was a dance hall at the tavern in which she and her cousins could all roller skate and play. She loved putting puzzles together and that was her favorite pastime. She spent the past few years at the Memorial Nursing home.

She is survived by step brother’s Edward and Sharon Winslow of Kenosha, step-brother Larry Winslow of Kenosha; her aunt Ella Fischer of Sheboygan, Wisconsin and cousins, Nancy (Fischer) and Bill Sarring of Port Washington, Wisconsin; Ned and Janet Fischer of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin; Ted and Dawn Fischer of Port Washington, Wisconsin, Alan and Bonnie Fischer of Loretta, Wisconsin; Valerie (Fischer)Ecklund- Eisner of Roberts, Montana; Mike and Beverly (Fischer) Clough of Medford, Wisconsin and all of the Fischer, Sarring, Ecklund, Eisner families. 

She was preceded in death by her mother Helen, step-brother Lyle Winslow, step-father John Winslow; grandparent’s Hank and Carrie Fischer, Uncle Kenneth and Kay Fischer and Uncle Theodore Fischer.

A Memorial Visitation for Bonnie will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at Hemer Funeral Home - Medford Chapel from 9:00 AM until 10:00 AM. Following the visitation a graveside service will take place at Perkinstown Cemetery with Pastor David Clements officiating.

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

Doris M. Wolf


  Doris M. Wolf, age 70, of Owen, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield surrounded by her loving family.

  A Funeral Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.  Interment on Wednesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Town of Fox Lake, Dodge County.

  Doris was born on January 28, 1949, the daughter of Carl and Mary (Schlesner) Wegener in Hartford.  She graduated from Hartford High School in 1968.  Doris was united in marriage to James Wolf on August 23, 1969 at St. Kilian Catholic Church in Hartford.  He preceded her in death on September 11, 1997.  Together they farmed in the Randolph area for several years.

  Doris was a devout Catholic and read the Bible daily.  She also cherished her family; especially her grandchildren.

  Doris is survived by her two children: Denise (Howard) Waide of Medford and Erik (Christine) Wolf of Marshfield; four grandchildren: Dalton, Gracie, Emma and Logan.

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

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

Donna M. Ploeckelman


  Donna M. Ploeckelman, age 81, of Dorchester, passed away on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at Aspirus Care and Rehabilitation in Medford under the tender care of hospice.

  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 9 2019 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  The Rev. Donald Bruce will officiate.  Interment to follow at Dorchester Memorial Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the funeral home.

  Donna was born on March 22, 1938, the daughter of Herbert and Bernice (Snyder) Luebke, Sr. in Waupaca.  On August 19, 1961, Donna was united in marriage to Kenneth “Tippy” Ploeckelman.  He preceded her in death on December 14, 2018.

  Donna loved being a wife, mother and grandmother.  She was a skilled cake decorater.  Donna also enjoyed riding with her husband in his semi-truck.

  Donna is survived by her two sons, Jim (Deb) of Athens and John (Dawn) of Medford; seven grandchildren: Danielle (Darren) Bornbach, Mandi (Mike) Troiber, Joey, Jesse, Lewis, Jason and Derek; six great-grandchildren: George, Graci, Jack, Ella, Libby and Rhiley.  She is further survived by her sister, Betty McKown of Portland, OR; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her daughter, Marie; her grandson, Duwayne; her sister, Kathryn Raedke and her two brothers, Herbert Luebke, Jr. and her twin brother, Donald Luebke.

Edmund A. Abramowicz, Sr.


    EDMUND A. ABRAMOWICZ, SR., age 92, of Lublin, died peacefully on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family.  Funeral services will be held at 11a.m. on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, in Lublin, WI, with Father Madanu Lourdu Raju officiating the mass.  Burial will follow at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery.  Rosary will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the church and visitation to follow until the time of service.
     Edmund Alexander Abramowicz was born on April 17, 1927 on the family farm in the Town of Taft, the son of Alexander and Mary (Klaceck) Abramowicz.  He was raised on the home farm and graduated from Gilman High School in 1945.  He was united in marriage to Rosemary F. Gostomski on October 20, 1953 at St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Thorp, WI.  They spent their 63 years together raising a family of seven sons and seven daughters as farmers on his family's home farm in Bellinger, WI.
     Edmund believed in a full day of hard work, and despite his hard-shell demeanor at times, he believed in good old-fashioned fun.  He was the instigator of many water fights, practical jokes, and family ball games, inviting anyone who wished to join in.  Edmund thoroughly enjoyed fishing, hunting, telling jokes with a twinkle in his eye, and playing cards.  He truly loved playing harmonica, having big parties, dancing and listening to Polka music.
     Edmund was proud of and committed to family.  He loved the large gatherings, the noise, and craziness. Although the family was large, he believed there was always room for “one more” at the table and in his heart. He taught the family integrity, respect, trust and most of all, taught us all that being together was the greatest place to be!
     Edmund was a member of St. Stanislaus Catholic Parish, the Thorp Moose Lodge, the Knights of Columbus Queen of Peace Council 4634, and was a honorary member of the Lublin American Legion Post 547.
     He is survived by sons: Edmund Jr. (Barb),  Paul (JoAnna),  Wayne (Tammie),  David (Karen),  Mark (Lori),  John (Rachel),  Keith (Jessica); and daughters:  Linda (John),  Debbie (Jeff),  Judy,  Jane,  Susie (Richard),  Betty Jo (Bryan), Mary (Jay); 50+ grandchildren and great-grandchildren;  many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
     He was preceded in death by his parents: Alexander and Mary; his wife: Rosemary; granddaughter: Cassandra McIntire;  one son-in-law:  John McIntire;  eight brothers: Paul, Mike, John, George, Andrew, Walter, Sylvester and Alex;  four sisters: Mary, Ann, Gustavia and Amelia.
     To all, as Ed would say, “Tootle-le-do!” or “Na tym czasu (for the time being)”

Mark D. Brost




AGE: 57 

ADDRESS: N3223 Mokry Road, Medford; A Township of Medford resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Monday, April 29 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Rochester, MN

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM on Saturday, May 4 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM on Friday, May 3; also at church from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, May 4

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 9, 1962 at Medford

EDUCATION: Holy Rosary Catholic School, Medford and was a 1980 graduate of Medford Sr. High School; Attended Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Phoenix, AZ

MARRIAGE: January 28, 2016 at Medford to Patty Parrish and they have been together for the past 9 years; In 1998 at Medford to Patricia Netzer and they were later divorced; In 1982 at Medford to Kim Thieme and they were later divorced 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he worked on the family farm raising veal calves until 2001. Then he worked in the bakery at Kraft/Nestle Pizza Corp. until ill health forced his retirement. He enjoyed spending time with his family, motorcycle riding, playing cards, snowmobiling, hunting, fishing & doing field work for his best buddy, Luke Lamberty.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

SURVIVING SPOUSE: The love of his life, Patty Brost of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Ashley (Pedro Montes) Brost of Owen, Courtney (James) Cook of Rib Lake & LaTeasha Brost of Medford
Step-Children: Heather (Larry) Frelichowski of Medford, Lisa (Jon Martin) Zink of Iron River, MI, Jessica (Jason) Kopp of Minocqua, Jennifer (Vincent) Pipkorn of Argonn, WI and Brian Moberg Jr. of Medford 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Emma & Faith Nowak, Ethan & Lucas Cook; Step – grandchildren: Dominic Frelichowski, Braxton Pipkorn & Evelyn Martin 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Randy (Anne) Brost of Medford, Sharon (Jim) Grunewald of Medford & Michele (Bruce) Krug of Medford

SURVIVING PARENTS: Mother – Darlene (Denzine) Brost of Medford


Further survived by his special best friend – Luke Lamberty of Medford, many nieces, nephews & cousins



PALLBEARERS: Trenton Grunewald, Larry Frelichowski, Brian Moberg Jr., Austin Salzgeber, Jordan Brost, Mike & Justin Grunewald

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation

-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Beverly E. Slaby


  Beverly E. Slaby, 90, of Stanley, formerly of Gilman, died Tuesday, April 
30, 2019 at the Homeplace-Stanley under the care of St. Joseph’s 
Hospice. She was born on August 27, 1928 in Stanley the daughter of the 
late Lorum and Violet (Sweet) Truax. She grew up in the Hannibal area 
and later raised her five daughters on her own. Beverly was a waitress for 
the Gilman Bar Café, worked at Drangle’s Cheese factory and was a CNA 
for 14 years. She enjoyed reading, cross word puzzles, traveling and 
loved spending time with family.

  She is survived by her daughters, Sue Purkapile of Gilman and Ellen 
Ingles of Kootenai, ID and Nancy (Jeff) Burtard of Post Falls, ID, 8 
Grandchildren, 14 great Grandchildren and 2 great great Grandchildren. 
Beverly is preceded in death by her parents, two daughters, Karen 
Phelps and Linda Cole, her brother Ken Truax and two sisters, Marian 
Hubbard and Betty Morris.

  A graveside service will be held at 11:30AM at the Hannibal Cemetery on 
Saturday, May 11, 2019. Plombon Funeral Service-Gilman assisted the 

DeLyle A. Singstock


  DeLyle A. Singstock, age 84, of Abbotsford passed away on Friday, April 26, 2019 while in Hospice Care at Dycora Transitional Health in Abbotsford.


  DeLyle was born on February 14, 1935, the son of Violet Baumgart (Ted) in the Town of Colby. He attended school until the eighth grade and served his country in the US Army from 1956 through 1957. After the service he was a milk hauler and worked at Artcraft, Weyerhauser and Weathershield. Delyle was united in marriage to Darlene Krueger on September 24, 1960 at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford.


  DeLyle enjoyed fishing, camping, family vacations, cruises and playing cards, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


  DeLyle is survived by his loving wife, Darlene of Abbotsford,  two daughters, Debbra (Jeff Feranec) Schreiber of Abbotsford and Deanna (Will) Ola of Brooklyn Park, MN; three grandchildren, Tara (Andre) Poland, Brandon (Jill) Schreiber and Ashlee Ola, five great-grandchildren, Ardayne Poland, Greysen Poland, Anara Poland, Nella Schreiber and Noah Schreiber. He is further survived by two sisters, Linda (Ken) Morrow and Patsy (Larry) Schuh


  DeLyle was preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Allen Schreiber.


  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford with Reverend Donald Bruce officiating. Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Friday May 3, 2019 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Saturday. Burial will take place at the Abbotsford Public Cemetery following the church service with Military Honors conducted by Colby VFW Post # 2227. The Maurina- Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is assisting the family with arrangements.

  DeLyle’s family would like to thank the staff of Dycora Transitional Health for the wonderful care he received while he was a resident there.


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




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