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Leonard John Jantsch


 

Leonard John Jantsch, age 93, of Abbotsford, formerly of Athens, passed away on Friday, September 19, 2014 at Pine Ridge Assisted Living in Colby surrounded by his loving family under the tender care of hospice. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Christ United Church in Athens. Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate. Interment will be held in the Athens Public Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Athens American Legion Chapman-Belter Post #4. Family and friends are welcome from 5:00 until 7:30 PM on Monday, September 22 at Christ United Church in Athens and from 10:00 AM until time of services Tuesday at the church.

 

Leonard was born on April 8, 1921, the son of Henry and Francis (Kuzinski) Jantsch in the Township of Holton, Marathon County. He attended school in Dorchester. Leonard then went to work for Parsons Cloverdale Cheese Factory, becoming a licensed cheese maker at age 19. He was inducted into the US Navy and served during WWII. Leonard returned to the cheese factory and then managed the Bloomville Co-op Cheese Plant in Merrill until 1950. He married the love of his life, Elvera Krueger, on May 15, 1948 at Christ United Church in Athens. Together they bought a farm in Frankfort Township in 1950 and retired in 1997.

 

Leonard was a member of Christ United Church in Athens and was proud to be involved with the planning and construction on the new building. He also served as Supervisor on the Board of the Town of Frankfort for many years. Leonard was a founding member of the Freedom Riders Snowmobile Club and a member for many years. He also was fantastic at building and fabricating.

 

Leonard was a member of the Athens American Legion Post #4. He was also proud of his Austrian Heritage and loved to speak German. Together with his wife, Elvera, they enjoyed polka dancing and hosting numerous family get-togethers at the home place on the farm. Leonard especially loved his family and was proud of his sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Leonard is survived by his two sons, Charles (Cindy) Jantsch of Athens and John (Karen) Jantsch of Wausau; two grandchildren, Hilary (Jordan) Clark of Lake Geneva and Garrett (Chelsy) Jantsch of St. Paul, MN; and two great-grandchildren, Harrison and Zöe Clark.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elvera on July 1, 2007; two brothers, Louis and George Jantsch.

 

The family would like to extend a special and sincere thank you to the staff at Pine Ridge Assisted Living for the wonderful care and support during Leonard's stay and also to his physician, Milton Viergutz.
 

Donna C. Grittner


DONNA C. GRITTNER

 

AGE: 82

 

ADDRESS: 159 Riverside Terrace Medford, City of Medford Resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 4:53 P.M. Thursday, September 18 at her residence surrounded by her loving family

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 22 at The United Methodist Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Pastor Kyochul Shin

 

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date in Mount Olive Cemetery, Westboro

 

VISITATION: 9:30 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 22 at The United

Methodist Church, Medford

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 8, 1932 in Westboro

 

EDUCATION: Donna attended Westboro Grade School and Westboro High School

 

MARRIAGE: May 30, 1953 in Westboro to Jack Koch

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After her marriage, Donna owned and operated a wedding cake business. She was also an instructor in the art of cake decorating through local community education. She enjoyed baking, decorating her home, bird watching and having coffee with her friends.

 

MEMBER OF: The United Methodist Church, Medford

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Lifetime Friend and Husband: Jack Koch of Medford

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: 2 Daughters: Gayle (David) Kittleson of White Bear Township, Minnesota and Peggy Koch of Curtiss

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: A twin daughter in infancy

 

4 GRANDCHILDREN; 1 GREAT-GRANDCHILD

 

SURVIVING SISTERS: Mary Ann Schultz of Prentice, Jean (Leo) Bagley of Prentice and Sally Kinner of Rhinelander

 

DECEASED FATHER: Clarence Grittner

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Alice Grittner (Maiden Name: Braun)

 

HONORARY URNBEARERS: Grandchildren: Paul Dieltz, Erika Dieltz, Kelsey Koch and Logan Wichlacz
Great-Grandson: Jaidon Richardson

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family to be designated at a later date
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Ruth L. Neitzel


 

Ruth L. Neitzel, age 93, Unity died on, Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the Golden Living Certer-Continental Manor in Abbotsford. A funeral service will be held 12:00 Noon Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity. Reverend Al Houts will officiate. Burial will be in Saint Paul’s Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Hoard. Family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, from 11:00 AM until the time of services at the church in Unity.

 

Ruth was born March 2, 1921 in Couderay, Wisconsin, the daughter of Melvin and Anne (Peterson) Gilbertson. She attended school until the eighth grade. Ruth married Charles Neitzel on December 9, 1939 in Dorchester, Wisconsin, after her marriage she raised her children, helped with her husband’s business and worked as a cook at Norwood Health Care in Marshfield, retiring at the age of 62.

 

She enjoyed eating out at restaurants, traveling, gardening, canning, baking and cooking.

 

Ruth is lovingly survived by her children; Robert Neitzel of Spencer, Beverly Utke of Owen, Sandra (Boyd) Plummer of Owen and Rodney (Nell Heib) Neitzel of Wyoming, 14 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by a step-brother; Alvin (Jane) Gilbertson of Portage.

 

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, husband; Charles Neitzel, sons; Ronald and Michael Neitzel, brothers; Ken, Melvin and Raymond Gilbertson and a sister; Valerie Burdick.

 

The Maurina- Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the Neitzel family with funeral arrangements.
Online condolences can be made to www.maurinaschilling.com

Irvin "Sonny" A. Wellman


 

Irvin "Sonny" A. Wellman, age 94, of Milan, passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Golden Living Center-Continental Manor in Abbotsford. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Milan. Pastor Jeffrey Lambrecht will officiate. Interment will be held in the church cemetery. Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 AM until time of services Thursday at the church.

 

Irvin was born on January 19, 1920, the son of Arthur and Meta (Anders) Wellman in the Township of Holton, Marathon County. He attended school until having to support his family at the age of 13. Irvin was united in marriage to Johanna Held on August 30, 1952 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death on November 21, 2001. Together they farmed in Holton Township until retiring in 1978. He then worked at Berg Equipment in Marshfield until 1984.

 

Irvin enjoyed traveling after retiring from farming. They traveled to Germany, Canada and all over the United States. He also enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

 

Irvin is survived by his three daughters, Linda (Lawrence) Cooper, Ursula (David) Witt and Ruth (Alan) Uhlig; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his sister, Delores "Phranzi" Brehm; sister-in-law, Maria Bernt; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Johanna; two sons, Charles and Gerd; three sisters, Marion Mantor, Ellen Grauman and Jocelyn Brehm and a brother, Vernon "Pete" Wellman.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Bethlehem Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Carl F. Howard Sr


Carl F. Howard Sr. age 80 of Medford, died peacefully Friday morning September 12, 2014 at the Golden Living Center-Continental Manor Nursing Home in Abbotsford, surrounded by his family and under the tender care of Aseracare Hospice.

 

Carl was born March 3, 1934 in Charlotte, North Carolina the son Simon and Sarah (Overcash) Howard. He attended schools in Charlotte, NC and graduated from high school there. After high school Carl enlisted in the US Army and was honorably discharged in April 1963.

 

Carl married the former Catherine Cronick on September 5, 1962 and she passed away on January 3, 1973.

 

On April 4, 1987 in Capron, IL, Carl was united in marriage to Henrietta Wiedrich.

 

Carl worked for the Chrysler Corporation as an auto assembler in Belvidere, IL for over 31years.

 

Carl is lovingly survived by his wife; Henrietta Pester-Howard of Medford, son; Carl (Margaret) Howard Jr. of Machesney Park, IL, grandson; Nicholas Scott Howard of Machesney Park, IL, stepchildren; Christine Pester, Robert Pester Jr., Harold Pester, Tammy Pester-Peterson, Esther Truckey and Timothy Pester.

 

22 step-grandchildren, 26 step-great-grandchildren and numerous surviving nieces, nephews and relatives in North Carolina. Carl was also a proud and longtime friend of Bill W.

 

He was preceded in death by his first wife; Catherine, step-daughter; Linda Hoyt, brothers; Edison Howard Sr., Charles Howard and Scott Howard and sisters; Juanita Howard-Helms, Lillian Howard and Frances Howard-Shumate.

 

Please join the family at one of the memorial services being held. The Wisconsin Celebration of Life will be held at the Harold and Kathy Pester home, W2586 Highway 64 Medford, WI on Sunday September 21 from Noon to 5:00 PM. The Illinois Celebration of Life will be held at the Garden Prairie Park, U.S. Route 20 Garden Prairie, IL Sunday October 5 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Burial services will be private.

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

Velva M. White


VELVA M. WHITE

 

AGE: 86

 

ADDRESS: N2233 Hwy 13 Medford Town of Little Black resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:25 P.M. Sunday, September 14, at her residence in the Township of Little Black

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 10:00 A.M. Saturday. September 20, at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Deacon Joseph Stefancin of Holy Rosary Catholic Church

 

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford

 

VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until time of services at 10:00 A.M. at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 07, 1927 in Medford

 

EDUCATION: Velva attended Deer Creek and Little Black Schools

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Velva worked at Harvey Hamper Company of Medford until Weather Shield Millwork Division bought them out; She then continued working for Weather Shield in Medford for a combined total of 45 years. She enjoyed tavern softball leagues, curling, and shooting pool.

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Vernon, Vilas and Verland “John” White


DECEASED FATHER: Edward J. White

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Olga Helen Jochimsen

 

OTHER INFORMATION: Velva is survived by her Nieces and Nephews. 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 

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