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Daryl P. Halopka


 

  Daryl Paul Halopka, age 65, of Dorchester, passed away on Sunday, January 14, 2018 at the Marshfield Medical Center.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Milan.  Father George Graham will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 18 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Friday at the Church. 

Daryl was born on January 9, 1953, the son of Eugene and Marge (Sperl) Halopka in Wausau. He graduated from Colby High School in 1972.   Daryl worked for Phillips Plastics in Medford for 22 1/2 years. 

  Daryl was united in marriage to Karen Wehrman on October 3, 1979.  They later divorced.  He was united in marriage to Bonnie Blume on January 20, 1998.  He enjoyed hunting, playing cards, going to the casino and drawing.  He was most passionate about teaching hunters education, which he taught for 20 years, and Same Difference Disabled Hunt which he helped for 5 years.  Most importantly, Daryl cherished his family.

  Daryl is survived by his wife, Bonnie of Dorchester; his daughter, Sara (William) Wolf; three step-children: Allen (Jan Sapinski) Blume, Amanda (Brian) Pupp and Andrea (Michael) Gray; three grandchildren: Alexis Steger, Zoey Wolf and Scott Wolf; eight step-grandchildren:  Zachary Blume, Benjamin Blume, Elijah Blume, Keirra Pupp, Kailani Gray, Korina Gray, Kendall Pupp and Kaeda Gallistel.    He is further survived by 11 brothers and sisters:  Gary (Sue) Halopka of Dorchester, Darla (Chuck)  Stuttgen of Milan, Gene (Nona ) Halopka of Medford, Jim (Marlene) Halopka of Medford, Linda (Edward) Beyerl of Medford, Brian (Amy) Halopka of Dorchester, Todd Halopka of Dorchester, Kurt (Mary Hoffman) Halopka of Dorchester, Pam (Brad) Wolf of Dorchester, Steve (Beverly) Halopka of Colby and Terry (Colleen) Halopka of Milan; three Aunts and one Uncle, Shirley Kleist, Anne Gebauer, Donna Seidel and Ken Sperl; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Aunts, Uncles, nephews and a sister-in-law.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to his two favorite causes:  North Central Wisconsin Hunter Education Association or Same Difference Disabled Hunt.

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Eileen Anne (Kress) Westcott


 

  Eileen Anne (Kress) Westcott passed away in Salem, Oregon on Friday, January 12, 2018 at the home of her granddaughter, Karen Tutmark, under the loving care of her family and Hospice.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.  Father Philip Juza will officiate.  Interment to be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the Church. 

  She was born to Joseph and Philomena “Minnie” Kress on May 7, 1932, in Medford, Wisconsin.  Her siblings are Rosemary (Vince) Wojcik; Mavis (Lueddecke) Wood; Conrad (deceased); Liz (Larry) Emmerich; and Judith (Arthur) Paul.

  She attended Holy Rosary Grade School and Medford High School, where she graduated as Valedictorian in 1950.  She attended St. Joseph’s School of Medicine in Marshfield, Wisconsin, where she became a lab technician. She worked as a Certified Nuclear Medical Technologist at the V.A. Medical Center in Portland, Oregon from 1971-1995. Some of her duties included training students and traveling the country giving seminars. Eileen married Conrad Keith “Wes” Westcott on June 19, 1954.  They had seven children: Connie Kaye, Laura Anne, Jon Michael, Glen David, Daniel Joseph (deceased), Barbara Joan, and Robert Wayne. She raised her family in the Willamette Valley, Oregon since 1967. Eileen was a life-long learner and loved music, baking, gardening, flowers, animals and especially babies. She was a loving grandmother to 15 and great-grandmother to 8. 

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Ruth E. Armbrust


 

  Ruth E. Armbrust, 92, of Medford passed into eternal life on Sunday, January 14 at Aspirus Country Gardens in Medford where she had resided for the past 1½ years; most recently under the care of Hope Hospice. Memorial services for Ruth will be at 11 am on Friday, January 19, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, with Father Phil Juza officiating. Burial of her cremated remains will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford. Her grandson, Ben Knopp will serve as urn bearer. Visitation will be from 9:30 am until the time of services at 11 am at the church.

  Ruth was born on November 13, 1925 in Stetsonville to the late John and Mary (Rudolph) Docter. She went to Stetsonville elementary schools and was a 1942 graduate of Medford High School. Her marriage to Robert F. Armbrust took place on May 30, 1945 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville. He preceded her in death August 2, 2014.
  Prior to her marriage, Ruth worked at Farmers State Bank in Stetsonville. After her marriage and the return of her husband from WWII, she devoted herself to being a wife and mother. While her children were young, she helped with the family business, Armbrust Meats, by doing the bookkeeping. In later years, she spent many hours working beside Bob at “the shop”. She enjoyed camping, boating on Lake Superior, fishing, reading, doing crossword puzzles, sewing, curling, golfing, bowling, swimming, watching any Wisconsin sports team, traveling, spending winter months in Arizona, playing cards, and being a ‘Reading Grandma’. Ruth always treated others with kindness and had a delightful sense of humor. Her family was her pride and joy. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church of Medford and the Ladies of Holy Rosary.

  She is survived by her children – Mike (Sally) Armbrust of Madison, Tom (Mary) Armbrust, Jeff (Michele) Armbrust & Susan (Rick) Knopp, all of Medford, JoAnne (Don) Faust of Black Earth and Becky (Doug) Leclair of La Crosse; 18 grandchildren; and 20 great grandchildren—21st on the way.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Mary Agnes Armbrust in infancy, a grand- daughter, Kristina Knopp, and her siblings, Mary Ann Schiller, Art Docter, Mildred McNamar, and Mabel Newton.
  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

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Jamie Travis Steen


 

  Jamie Travis Steen, age 41, of rural Curtiss, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 near Houghton, MI.

  A Funeral Service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby.  Rev. Mark Neumann will officiate.  Interment to follow at Dorchester Memorial Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17 and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Thursday all at the Zion Lutheran Church. 

  Jamie was born on November 28, 1976, the son of Darrell Steen and Terri Engen in Marshfield.  He graduated from Colby High School in 1995.  Jamie worked for his father at Steen Construction Inc., then Haas Construction before starting his own business, SJS Excavating. 

  Jamie was united in marriage to Sara Loertscher on June 29, 2002 at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby. Jamie chose Sara, his one true love, and together they built a beautiful life. Their four daughters were the light of his life. Jamie's whole family was always so important to him, and he cherished the time they spent together. All who knew Jamie knew he loved fishing, hunting and the Green Bay Packers. Many have fond memories of his days as a drummer in the band Soda Jerk. Above all else, Jamie is known as a true friend who never hesitated to lend a hand and always put his family first.

  Jamie is survived by his wife Sara; four daughters:  Emily, Kylie, Mackenzie and Natalie; his father, Darrell (Cindy) Steen; his mother Terri Engen (Tim Braun); nine siblings:  Corey (Lisa) Steen, Chad (Kim) Steen, Shane (Sarah) Steen, Chase Bruger, Kayla Leonhard, Dillon Buss, Derrian Braun, Justin Duranceau (Nikki Kops) and Neil Duranceau.  He is further survived by his paternal grandmother, Dorothy Steen; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ronald and Ailene Loertscher; two brothers-in-law, Patrick Loertscher and Dylan (Emily) Loertscher; other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his daughter, Madelyn; his paternal grandfather, Galen Steen; his maternal grandparents: Richard and Betty Engen and his cousin, Shawn Steen.

  Jamie will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

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Melvin D. Brink


 

  Melvin D. Brink, 93, of Medford, passed away on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at Country Gardens in Medford. He was born on August 22, 1924 to Daniel and Goldie (Jensen) Brink. He married Leona Metz on November 13, 1948, she survives. Melvin was a graduate of Medford High School. He worked as a dairy farmer and logger in the Town of Browning his whole life.

  In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, ice fishing, Polka music, dancing, and he was a lifelong member of Community United Church of Christ.
  In addition to his wife, Melvin is survived by his children, Barbara (George) Tuma, Jerry (Dawn) Brink, both of Medford, and Sandra Peterson of Oregon, WI; 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his sisters, Ilaine Blasel and Virginia Harder, both of Medford, brother Donald (Clarice) Brink of Medford, and sister in law Virginia Brink of Lake Mills, WI.
  Melvin is preceded in death by his parents, daughter Connie Brink, sister Fern Munson, and brother Charles Brink.
  A memorial service for Melvin will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Community United Church of Christ at 12:00 PM, with Pastor Mary Jo Laabs officiating; burial will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Visitation will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Community United Church of Christ from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 12:00 PM.
  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to Melvin’s family for use at a later designation.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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Amanda R. Geissler


 

  Amanda Rae Geissler, 33, of Chippewa Falls died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Costa Rica.

  She was born in Chippewa Falls June 11, 1984, the daughter of Jeffrey and Cheryl (Gabrovic) Geissler.   She graduated from Thorp High School and University of Wisconsin-Stout and later earned her MBA at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

  Amanda was currently working for Backroads, a travel company that specialized in unique, outdoor activities. She had the opportunity to share adventures with families by sailing from island to island in the Adriatic Sea, walking El Camino de Santiago through Portugal and Spain, and hiking, biking, and white-water rafting in Costa Rica.

  Amanda, along with her sister, Lindsey, played basketball from an early age and ended her basketball career playing for the University of Wisconsin-Stout. She had a competitive spirit, outstanding leadership ability, and had a gift for bringing people together. Amanda’s mental toughness was evident when she completed The Great Wall of China Marathon, competed in Ironman Wisconsin, and led UW-Stout to three WIAC Conference Championships.

  Amanda’s kindness, love, and judgment-free acceptance was clear to her family, friends, and everyone she met.

  Amanda is survived by her parents, Jeffrey and Cheryl Geissler; her sister and brother-in-law, Lindsey and Derek Carlyle; her grandmother, Elaine Gabrovic; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Bernard and Shirley (Yohnk) Geissler; and her uncles, Charles, Bernard J., and Dennis Geissler.

  On Amanda’s Blog, www.thischickiknow.wordpress.com, on June 26, 2017, she wrote, “I want those I love to understand why I choose experiences. It’s what makes me feel alive. I would challenge anyone that their best memories were part of some type of adventure. Whether they intended to adventure or not.”

  Amanda’s encouragement to all was: “Write it down. Whatever it is. And make it happen.”

  A memorial Mass will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 810 Pearl St., Chippewa Falls. A celebration of Amanda’s life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at Leinie’s Lodge, 124 E. Elm St., Chippewa Falls.

  Any donations can be made to the “Amanda Geissler Memorial Fund.” All donations will be used to start a foundation in honor of Amanda, and flower arrangements can be sent to St. Charles Church.

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

  Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls is in charge of arrangements.

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Dorothy M. Nagel


 

  Dorothy M. Nagel, 95, formerly of Jump River, died

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Country Terrace of
Ladysmith under the care of Hope Hospice.

  She was a twin girl born on December 19, 1922 in Alton, Illinois

the daughter of the late Theodore and Laura (Mitchler) Heim. Dorothy

was the youngest of 5 children and she grew up during the depression

in Alton. She married John Nagel on February 15, 1948. They
couple moved to the Nagel family farm in the Jump River area.

  A funeral will be held at 10:30AM on Saturday, January 20,
2018 at New Hope Presbyterian Church-Hannibal with Pastor
Beverly Thompson officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Nebo
Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM on Friday at the
Gilman Funeral Home and Saturday one hour prior to services
at the church.

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Rev. Albert "Al" E. Houts


  Rev. Albert "Al" E. Houts, age 79, of Abbotsford, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at his residence under the tender care of hospice.  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford.  Rev. Donald Bruce will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church. 

  Al was born on February 7, 1938 in Rice Lake, the son of Robert and Nadine (Frasier) Houts.  He graduated from Rice Lake High School and St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.  Al taught English in Gaylord, MI and Brainerd, MN.  He then graduated from Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa and served parishes in Decorah, Iowa, Black River Falls and Iola.  Al then was called to be an interim pastor in Edgar and Neillsville before retiring from Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity in 2017.

  On August 24, 1958, Al was united in marriage to Ruth Molter.  She preceded him in death on May 27, 2013.  On January 12, 2014, he was united in marriage to Janice Bunkelman (Kalepp) at Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity.
  Al enjoyed taking canoe trips to the Boundary Waters in MN and volunteering at the High Ground in Neillsville.  He also was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan, former member of the Lions Club and a voracious reader.  Al, most importantly, cherished his family.

  Al is survived by his wife, Janice Bunkelman-Houts of Abbotsford; four children:  Rachael (Dave) Drew, Birchwood, MN, Bob (Jackie) Houts of Owen, Scott (Debby) Houts of Omro and Becky (Steve) Markee of Black River Falls; two additional step-children: Russell (Sheri) Bunkelman and Cindy (Randy) Wiskerchen of Stratford; nine grandchildren: Aubrey (Mike) Schroeder, Ashley (Ben) Heiser, Laura Drew, Evan Drew, Aaron Drew, Taylor (Derek) Joswiak, Hayden Houts, Savannah Markee and Madison Markee; six step-grandchildren: Brandon (Amanda) Bunkelman, Garett (Katie) Bunkelman, Macey Bunkelman, Tony (Aneesa) Balz, Tanner Balz and Cole Hoffman; two great-grandchildren: Grace and Jolene Heiser; three step-great-grandchildren: Aubrey Bunkelman, Taven and Piper Balz.  He is further survived by his sister, Barbara Stern of Rock Falls, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents,

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Chester G. Buss


 

  Chester G. Buss, age 97, of Abbotsford, passed away Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at Marshfield Medical Center.

  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 8, 2018 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Milan.  Rev. Dr. Gary Paul will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service Monday at the church. His great-grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers: Zackary Brusky, Isaac Hammel, Olivia Hammel and Ashton Hammel.

  Chester was born on August 11, 1920, the son of George and Elizabeth (Miller) Buss in the Town of Holton. As a youth, he attended Bruckerville Grade School.  On August 28, 1943, Chester was united in marriage to Lillian Venzke at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Milan.  They were married for 68 years and had one son, Russell.  She preceded him in death on December 15, 2011.  He bought the family farm in 1946 and farmed it for 40 years when he sold it his grandson, Warren.

  Chester was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Milan where he served as financial secretary for many years.  He also served on the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery Board for 50 years.  Chester served on the Bruckerville School Board and was also constable and assessor for the Town of Holton.

  He enjoyed playing sheepshead, hunting, fishing and just being in the woods.  Chester was also a member of the Bethlehem dartball team for many years.

  Chester is survived by his son, Russell (Shirley) Buss of Athens; two grandchildren; Warren Buss of Abbotsford and Patricia (Shane) Hammel of Abbotsford; grandson-in-law, John Baeten of DePere.  He is further survived by four great-grandchildren: Zackary Brusky, Isaac, Olivia and Ashton Hammel; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Elizabeth; his wife, Lillian; three brothers: Jim Buss, Raymond Olson and Edward Olson; three sisters: Adeline Yost, Beatrice Opitz and Marie Fritsch; a granddaughter; Cheryl Baeten, a grandson; Gary Buss and two great-grandchildren, Jack Baeten and Anthony Hammel.

  Memorials can be designated to Bethlehem Lutheran Church Building Fund.

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Genrose F. Buettner


 

  Genrose Frances Buettner, 78, died Friday, December 29,

2017. She was born on April 26, 1939 in Spencer the daughter
of the late James S and Della E (Reiser) Weisfeld. Genny’s
family moved to Hannibal area and attended Hannibal school.
  On May 4, 1957 she was united in marriage to Anton Czech at
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church-Gilman. The couple
farmed and raised their three children and Genny also worked
at Drangle’s Cheese.
  Tony died in 1988 and after her retirement 1996 she moved to
the Sheboygan area. She married Thomas J. Buettner on May
18, 1996 at SS Peter and Paul. The couple lived together in
Sheboygan and were active with Meals on Wheels and were
active at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic church in Sheboygan.
  They loved their dogs! Thomas died on December 7, 2007.
Genny moved to Chippewa Falls to be closer to her children in
2014.
  She is survived by three children, Tim (Tricia) Czech of Elk
Mound, Donna Gustavson of Medford and Darlene (Roger)
Marquardt of Marion, WI, 11 grandchildren, 9 great
grandchildren with one on the way, four brothers, Donald,
Warren, James and Frank Weisfeld and two sisters, Agnes
Dassow and Theresa Wiedemann. Genny is preceded in death
by her parents, 1st husband Anton Czech, 2nd husband,
Thomas Buettner, and her brothers Augustine and Valentine.
  A funeral mass will be held at 11AM on Friday, January 5, 2018
at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church-Gilman with Father
Madanu Lourdu officiating. Burial will follow in the Parish
Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10AM until time of service
Friday at the Church. Plombon Funeral Service-Gilman
assisted the family.

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Lea A. Smart


 

  Lea A. Smart, age 92, of Colby, passed away on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Bethany Pines Assisted Living in Waupaca under the tender care of Heartland Hospice.

  A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate.  Interment will follow at the  Abbotsford Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Sunday at the funeral home. 

  Lea was born on July 7, 1925, the son of Benjamin and Anna (Schulz). He attended Rusk School.  On October 13, 1945, Lea was united in marriage in Merceda Riehle at St. Bernard's Catholic Church.  She proceeds him in death on March 1, 2016.

  Lea was a hard-working farmer.  He farmed in the Colby, Curtis, and Dorchester areas.  He  worked for Christensen Sales, and the Feed Store in Abbotsford.  For 19 years Lea was  the head groundskeeper for the Abbotsford Cemetery.  He also enjoyed playing cards, baseball, horseshoes, and playing pool.  

  Lea is survived by his seven children: Calvin (Susan) of Crossville, TN; Larry of St. Petersburg, FL;  Janice (Terry) Ludwig of West Bend; Diane Zier (Don Madson) of Amherst; Carol (James) Stauner of Marshfield; Bernice Grajek of Las Vegas, NV; and Russell of West Allis; 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, friends, and other family members.

  Lea was preceded in death by his wife, two sons-in-law: Daniel Zier and Jeff Grajek,  a daughter-in-law, Marilyn (Thompson) Smart, and two sisters: Erma (Mielke) Shremp and Norma Schillinger. 

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Winston A. "Jake" Jochimsen


 

  Winston A. “Jake” Jochimsen, 87, of the Town of Holway, passed away at his home on January 2, 2018.

  Jake was born March 7, 1930 in the Town of Little Black to Awald and Clara (White) Jochimsen. He is a graduate of Medford Senior High School. He married Janet M. Fleischmann on May 10, 1974 in Whittlesey. Janet passed July 28, 1994.

  He is survived by his daughter:  Jayne Kleinschmidt of Wausau, Grandson: Kolby Kleinschmidt of Wausau, Brother Willard “Hank” (Patricia) Jochimsen of Eau Claire, Sister in Law Florina Jochimsen of Medford, many Nieces and Nephews, In Laws: Mary Lou Sauer of Mauston, Bernice Tlusty of Medford, Ethel (Gene) Kalmon of Grand Junction, CO, Marilyn Fleischmann of Colorado Springs, CO, Elizabeth (Jerald) Koch of Westboro, and Philip Becher of Winona, MN.

Jake is further preceded in death by his Parents, Brothers: Wyllis “Buster” and Wayne “Shorty” Jochimsen.

  Jake worked for Hurd Window Company for a short period of time. He then went on to serve in the United States Air Force. He served in the Supply Division, and earned the rank of Staff Sergeant.  Upon his discharge from the Air Force, he came back to Medford and again worked for Hurd Windows. He then worked with his family on their dairy farm in the Town of Little Black. After his marriage to Janet he worked for Weather Shield Window Company until his retirement in 1994. In retirement Jake worked for the Federal Forestry Department, where he mowed lawns and helped maintain campgrounds.  He was very active and supported many groups and sports teams in town. He could often be found at local sporting events, church socials and fundraiser events. He enjoyed playing horseshoes, bowling, baseball and softball. He was an avid Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan. He was an honoree of the October 2015 Veterans Honor Flight to Washington D.C. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville, and the American Legion Post 147 and VFW Post 5729.

  He loved his daughter Jayne and grandson Kolby dearly, and treasured his time spent with them.

  A funeral mass will be held at 11:00, Saturday January 6, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville.  Father Michael Hayden will officiate. Military rites will be rendered at church. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Little Black. Pallbearers will be his nephews: Lynn, Kurt, Roy, Bryan, Jay, Mike, and Gregg Jochimsen. Visitation will be held Friday January 5, 2017 from 4 – 7:00 PM at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue Saturday at the church beginning at 10:00 AM until the time of mass.

  Memorial donations in honor of Jake can be given to his family for designation at later date.

  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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Glen E. Hardrath


 

  Glen E. Hardrath, age 62, of Green Grove, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2017 at his residence. 

  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen.  Rev. Nancy Amacher will officiate.  Interment to follow at St. Luke's Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Beaver.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

  Glen was born on March 20, 1955, the son of Harold and Dorthaleen (Edwards) Hardrath in Marshfield.    He graduated from Loyal High School and farmed in the Town of Green Grove. 

  Glen served for many years as a director on the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, The Clark County Farm Bureau and was the President of the Clark County Dairy Promotion Committee for a few years.  He was a dedicated member of St. Luke's Lutheran congregation and joined Nazareth Lutheran in Withee as well.  Glen enjoyed hunting and many years on bowling, pool and horseshoe leagues.

  Glen is survived by four children:  Travis (Pam) Hardrath of Spencer, Troy (Lucinda) Hardrath Spencer, Tyler Hardrath of Colby and Heather (Cory) Brockel of Eau Claire; five grandchildren:  Kyler, Cadyn, Ryan and Zoreyna Hardrath and Jordan Bonnar and a great-granddaughter, Bailey Chamberlain.  He is further survived by his sister, Luanne Schwarze of Unity; other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Trent and a brother-in-law, Vern Schwarze.

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Doris K. Hodd


 

  Doris K. Hodd, age 85, of Abbotsford, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Dycora Transisitional Health.

  A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  Inurnment to follow at Abbotsford Public Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

  Doris was born on April 26, 1932 the daughter of Gottlieb and Stella (Habeck) Kieser in Athens.  She graduated from Abbotsford High School.  On January 12, 1961, Doris was united in marriage to Floyd Hodd.  He preceded her in death in 1982.

  Doris lived in Melrose and worked as a bank teller and bookkeeper.  She and her husband also ran a movie theater in Melrose.  Doris enjoyed bicycling, music, animanls, the outdoors and visiting with family and friends.

  Doris is survived by her son, James Hodd of Abbotsford; six brothers and sisters: Don Kieser of Abbotsford, Marilyn Brown of Mason City, IA, Carol Bartz of Merrill, Dennis (Joan) Kieser of Thorp, Muriel (Warren) Puhl of Menomonie and Marjorie (Bill) Rohlik of Eleva; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Floyd; a brother, Frederick (Lois) Kieser; a sister, Dorothy (Quintin) Quade; a brother-in-law, Kurt Bartz and a sister-in-law, Joann Kieser.

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

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Robert A. Andersen


 

  Robert A. Andersen, age 90, of Colby, passed away on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Atrium Post Acute Care in Marshfield. 

  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at First United Church of Christ in Colby. Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate.  Interment to follow at Colby Memorial Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church. 

  Bob was born on December 31, 1926, the son of Alfred and Cecelia (St. John) in Bruce, WI the third of six children.  He helped on the family farm until enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1945 and serving in Germany in the motor pool.  Bob met Joyce Finckler through a friend on a blind date while she was in nursing school in Eau Claire.  They were married in September of 1950 and they had six children:  Elaine, Bob, Sally, Mark, Paul and Chris.  They were married at the time of Joyce's death for 64 years. 

  As a young man, Bob worked at Massy Harrison in Racine, WI.  Later moving to a small
40 acre farm.  At the same time he had a field tiling business.  In 1972, wanting to farm full time, they moved to La Crosse, farming there until 1978 and moving to Colby and farmed with Elaine and Wayne.      After retiring from farming, he worked several years for Harmony CO-OP.

  Bob as a young man loved to fly and learned to do so at a small airport nearby.  He loved to hunt during deer season.  He loved growing things and always had a garden.  Bob and Joyce loved doing things with their family.  They loved to travel and one of their favorite things was to take Sunday drives.    On September 16, 2017, Bob was honored to be part of the Honor Flight and accompanied by his son, Bob.

  Bob is survived by his five children: Elaine (Wayne) Westrich of Unity, Robert M. (Marcie) Andersen of Helena, MT, Sally (Ramon) Stelloh of West Salem, WI , Mark (Sandy) Andersen of Stratford, and Paul (Cherie) Andersen of Helena, MT, 12 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by a brother, Larry (Mary Anne) Andersen of Racine and two sisters: Lillian Zimmer of Racine and Eunice Riddick of CO; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  He was loved by many.

  He was preceded in death by her parents; his wife, Joyce; his son; Chris Andersen, two brothers, James and Walter Andersen.

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William H. "Bill" Clark, Jr


 

  William H. "Bill" Clark, Jr., age 74, of Colby, passed away on Wednesday, December 27, 2017 at his residence. 

  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at the Abbotsford Evangelical Free Church. A Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Bruce Jahnke officiating. 

  Bill was born on May 19, 1943, the son of William H. and Alice (Still) Clark, Sr, in Newark, NJ.  He was united in marriage to Pauline Predmore on August 17, 1963 in Stone Church, PA.  She preceded him in death on October 21, 2017.  Bill served in the U. S. Marines from 1961-66.

  They dairy farmed in New Jersey until 1973 when they moved north of Curtiss and farmed until 1993.    He worked for the Dorchester Co-op and hauled milk for Bob Will for 20 years.  They loved to travel, especially in their motor home, fish and hunt.  Bill loved his church family and especially loved and cherished his family. 

  Bill is survived by four children:  Karen (Phil) Huber and their children, Morgan, Hunter and Mackenzie of Colby; Kathleen (Jon) Albert and their children, Miranda, Monte and Melodie of Flagstaff, AZ; Kimberly (Zadik Lopez) Miller and her son, Jakob of Denver, CO and Ken (Tonya) Clark and their children, Connor and Taylor of Chippewa Falls.  He is further survived by his sister, Janet Page of FL; other relatives and many friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pauline.

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Eugene J. Glenzer


 

  Eugene J. Glenzer, 84, Town of Greenwood, passed away at his residence on December 27, 2017.

  He was born on October 5, 1933 to the late Albert and Theresa (Lindner) Glenzer. He married Jeanne Scheller on October 1, 1955 at St. John the Baptist Church in Rib Lake. Eugene attended Green Grove Grade School for grades 1 through 8. He then attended Rib Lake High School where he graduated in 1953.
  Eugene worked for Taylor County Highway Department for one year before working for Harvey Company for 16 years (1954-1970). He was employed for Foremost Foods from 1970 to 1976 then started working for Weather Shield from 1976 to 1986. He then worked for SNE Enterprises from 1986 until his retirement in 1999. He also worked on his dairy farm from 1957 to 1982.
  In his free time he enjoyed woodworking, fishing, hunting, camping, snowmobiling, playing cards, gardening, cooking maple syrup, making fire wood, watching his beloved Packers and Brewers and especially spending time with his family.
  Eugene was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, mixed couples and men’s bowling leagues and was founder and president of Interwald Wanderers snowmobile club.
  Eugene is survived by his wife Jeanne P. Glenzer of Greenwood; Sons: Dean (Janet) Glenzer of Tomahawk, Gary (Gayle) Glenzer of Rib Lake; Daughters: Wendy (Dan) Sackmann of Rib Lake, Debra (Chuck) Parks of Merrill; 15 Grandchildren; 10 Great Grandchildren and 3 on the way; Sister: Marcella Lord of Marshfield and many other family and friends.

  In addition to his parents Eugene is preceded in death by Brothers: Alfred and Charlie Glenzer; Sisters: Elnora Erdman, Caroline Steen and Delores Eggert.
  Funeral Services will be on December 30, 2017 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be on December 30, 2017 at the church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Eugene’s Grandsons: Damian, Nathan, Chris, Drew, Kyle, Austin, Deano and Briar.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made out in Eugene’s family to be designated at a later date.
  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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Lavern C. Nosbisch


 

  Lavern C. Nosbisch, age 90, of Abbotsford, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 at Country Terrace in Abbotsford under the tender care of hospice. 

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at St. Mary of Help of Christian Catholic Parish in Colby. Father Charles Hiebl will officiate. Inurnment to follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Colby.  Family and friends are welcome from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the church. 

  Lavern was born on July 8, 1927, the son of Michael and Christina (Brost) Nosbisch north of Edgar.  He attended school in Edgar and Colby.  On June 15, 1963, Lavern was united in marriage to Pearl Apfelbeck at St. Mary Catholic Church in Colby.  She preceded him in death in 2010.

  Lavern farmed with his Dad, logged and cut wood for pulp (he claimed to have the first chain saw in the area)  He also worked construction including building tollways in Illinois, and building his own house and hunting cabin.  Lavern and a friend also went to Cook, MN and cut logs and helped build five cabins and the main lodge and went fishing every night.  Lavern also worked at Lulloff Funeral Home and Furniture Store in Colby, before working at Packaging Corporation of America in Colby for 26 years. 

  Lavern enjoyed fishing, hunting, and trapping.  He especially enjoyed being in the woods and cutting firewood.  Lavern also had planted 500 Christmas trees and sold and gave them away.  Most importantly, he cherished his family.

  Lavern is survived by two children:  Dan (Kris) Nosbisch of Colby and Catherine (Pete) Coppersmith of St. Paul, MN; one grandson, Mitch of Stratford; a sister, Alvera Gottschalk of Pewaukee; two sisters-in-law:  Monica Biter of New Auburn and Genevieve (Alvin) Abegglen of Stetsonville; many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Pearl; two sisters and one brother: Florentina Nosbisch, Lavona (Victor) Reigel and Vincent (Bernie) Nosbisch; and a brother-in-law, Arnie Gottschalk.

Lavern's family would like to thank the staff at Country Terrace for the wonderful job they did helping Vern the past 2 1/2 years.

  Any Memorials in Lavern's name can be contributed to St. Mary Church or School.

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Violet C. Knapp


  Violet C. Knapp, 91, of the Town of Colburn, Chippewa County,
died at home on Tuesday, December 26, 2017. She was born
on January 9, 1926 in Guttenberg, Iowa to the late Henry and
Catherine (Eggerth) Morarend. As a young girl, her family
moved to the Gilman area and she went on to graduate from
Gilman High School. She worked at Presto in Eau Claire and
during the war helped manufacture munitions. On August 31,
1946 she was united in marriage to Bernard Knapp.
  Violet was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church-Cornell and
the Gilman American Legion Auxillary. Violet was always full of
adventure. She loved being outdoors and being close to nature.
  She was also very dedicated to her family and helping others.
Her kind-hearted soul will be missed immensely, but her
impression of the life she lived will carry on through her family.
  She is survived by her children, Gary (Karen) Knapp of Gilman,
Diane (Ronald) Wicke of Medford and Carolyn (Gary) Wilcenski
of Gilman, 8 grandchildren, Scott, Kevin and Bob Webster, Ron
Wicke, Jamie Wilcenski, Danielle Green, Tracie and Cody
Knapp, 6 great-grandchildren, Tyra, Kiarra, Shayanne, Halle,
Violet and Kilian, a sister, Kathleen Cole of Belvidere, IL and a
brother-in-law, Jerry Lang. Violet is preceded in death by
parents, her husband, Bernard (2007), a brother, Harvey
Morarend and two sisters, Janice Lang and Ilene Krupa.
  A funeral service will be at 1PM on Saturday, December 30,
2017 at the Gilman Funeral Home with Father Eric Linzmaier
officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Catholic Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 11AM until time of service Saturday at the
funeral home.

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Rosalie "Rosie" H. Brandt


 

 

ROSALIE “ROSIE” H. BRANDT

 

AGE: 80

 

ADDRESS: Medford

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Monday, December 25 at House of Dove Hospice House, Marshfield where she had resided for the past 5 days

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Friday, December 29 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Father David Neuschwander

 

INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery II

 

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM on Thursday, December 28 where there will be a 7 PM Catholic prayer service held that evening; also from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Friday at the church

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 6, 1937 at Stratford, WI

 

EDUCATION: Chili Elementary Schools, Clark County

 

MARRIAGE: January 14, 1956 in Chili, WI to Harold W. Brandt and he preceded her in death March 19, 1996

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After their marriage, they farmed in the Chili area from 1957-1969 when they moved to the Town of Hammel. They owned and operated the Highview Inn from 1969-1985. She then cooked at Florena’s, the Miracle Mile Diner and the Medford High School for periods of time. Then she owned & operated the Rose Garden in Dorchester until her retirement in 1996. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, reading, crocheting, cooking, fishing, spending time with her grandchildren and family.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Harold R. “Butch” (Lori) Brandt of Medford, Susan (Lonnie) Smith of Medford, Sandra (Robert) Schilling of Medford, Steven (Suzy) Brandt of Medford, Alan (Gina) Brandt of Medford, Patricia (Jeff) Neitzel of Curtiss, William “Bill” Brandt of Medford, Edward (Karen) Brandt of Medford, Scott (Cassandra) Brandt of Gilman & her beloved dog - Dusty

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Daughter – Maria Motte in 2011

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 16 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 13

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother – Ronald Whipple of Crowley, Texas
Brother-in-law: Elmer Steltenpohl of Marshfield
Sisters-in-law: Carol Whipple of Downers Grove, Il & Eldora Whipple of Minneapolis, MN

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: 5 Brothers & 4 Sisters

 

DECEASED FATHER: Ira Merchant Whipple

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Isabelle (Rogers) Whipple

 

PALLBEARERS: Derick Neitzel, David & Austin Brandt, Kyle Schilling, William & Nathan Bertsinger, Max Hedrington, Jake Sackmann, Carl Cynor

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu or flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Leonard F. Miller


 

  Leonard F. Miller, 73, of Dorchester passed away on December 24, 2017 at Marshfield Medical Center. 

   He was born on April 23, 1944 to Joseph and Lucille (Bartnik) Miller in Owen. He married Lucille “Lue” Pfaff on July 27, 1968, she survives. He owned and operated the family dairy farm from 1966 until 1994. He then went on to work as a custodian for the Colby School District until his retirement. In his retirement he plowed snow for the town of Holton.

  In his spare time he enjoyed spending time with family and friends and his Siberian Husky Yukatu, hunting, fishing, being outdoors, woodworking, playing dominoes, birdwatching, spending time by Lake Superior and his cabin in the woods and traveling the neighboring states.  He also provided the farm as a retreat for his many nieces and nephews.
  Leonard was a member of the Board of Directors at the Dorchester Co-op. He was also involved with the UW – Extension Small Farm Program, where he hosted famers from abroad.

  In addition to his wife Leonard is survived by his children, Jayne (Kevin) Paul of Stetsonville, Debra Miller of Medford, and Bryan (Xiomara) Miller of Brookfield; grandchildren, Taylor (Shannon) Miller, Garrett Paul, and Ava Miller; great-grandchildren, Caden, Keegan, Kayliannah; brother James (Pat) Miller; sisters Jean (Duane) Korb, Grace Gutenberger, Dorothy (Ed) Broeske, Mary Ann (Larry) Paul, Elaine (Jim) Heibl, and Loretta (Jerry) Fialkowski. Leonard is further survived by many other nieces and nephews.Leonard is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Louis and Joseph Miller, and nephew Randy Miller

  A memorial service will take place on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Milan at 11:00 AM, with Father George Nelson Graham officiating. Visitation will take place on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Milan from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

  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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Vera Corene Paulin


 

  Vera Corene Paulin, 96, of Medford, passed away Saturday December 23, 2017 at Aspirus Care and Rehab, Medford, under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.

  Vera was born May 20, 1921 in Dows, Iowa to John and Alta (Root) LaRue. She completed the 8th Grade in Plain View, WI. She married Edward C. Paulin, Sr., on July 2, 1941 in Pine City, MN. Edward preceded her in death on July 2, 1989.
  Vera is survived by her Children: Charles “Chuck” (Karen) Paulin of Eau Claire, Linda (Joe) Karpinski of Freemont, MI, and Deborah Paulin of Spencer, 7 Grandchildren, 12 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild.
  She is further preceded in death by her Parents, Son Ronald Paulin, and 8 brothers and sisters.
After Vera and Edward's marriage they resided in Shell Lake and Waukesha for periods of time. They moved to Medford in 1958 where they owned and operated the Ideal Café and Big Dad’s Pad Arcade for 20 years until their retirement in 1979.
  She enjoyed painting, sewing, crafts, gardening, playing bingo and fishing. She was a member of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford.
  A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday December 29, 2017, at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel. Rev. Brian Mundt will officiate. Burial will be held at Shell Lake Cemetery in Shell Lake, WI.   Visitation will be held from 12:00 Noon until the time of service at 2:00 at the funeral home.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Vera can be given to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.

  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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Mark R. Raatz


 

  Mark R. Raatz, age 56, of Stetsonville passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. 

  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  Interment to follow at Stetsonville Public Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 29 and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday all at the funeral home.  The honor of pallbearers belongs to Chris Oleson, Kyle Raatz, Cori Oleson, Coleton Raatz, Drogun Oleson and Travis Hemmer.

  Mark was born March 12, 1961, the son of Bernard and Alice Raatz.  He graduated from Colby High School.  On July 12, 1993, Mark was united in marriage to Shelly Oleson in Medford.

  Mark worked as a supervisor at Parrett Windows in Dorchester and loved his job.  He was an avid motorcycle rider, enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping.  Most importantly, Mark cherished his family.

Mark is survived by his wife, Shelly of Stetsonville; four sons:  Chris Oleson of Medford, Kyle Raatz of Stetsonville, Cori Oleson of Dorchester and Coleton Raatz of Stetsonville; five grandsons: Dominic, Chad, Michael, Owen and Hunter.  He is further survived by three brothers and one sister: Joann Hildebrandt of New Holstein, Rick (Onie) Raatz of Colby, Dale (Carol) Raatz of Colby and Larry (Connie) Raatz of Stevens Point; his mother-in-law, Bonnie Oleson of Stetsonville; many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Dorothy Denzine and his father-in-law, John "Jack" Oleson.

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Katie Chudyk


 

  Katie Chudyk, 98, died Thursday, Dec. 21, at Atrium Post Acute Care (Marshfield Care Center), Marshfield.

  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, Abbotsford, with visitation beginning at 10 a.m.

  Katie was born Sept. 19, 1919, in Manitoba, Canada to Jack and Amanda (Durand) Hryciuk. She quit school at an early age to help care for her younger siblings when her mother fell ill, later taking them into her own home, beginning a life of welcoming children into her family.

  She married Peter Chudyk in 1937 and took over the Chudyk family farm. In 1950, the couple and their two young children moved to Detroit, Michigan to seek work in the busy auto industry. They later moved to Owen, Wisconsin, to return to farming, where the family built up a Grade A farm.

  The Chudyks were foster parents to many and welcomed numerous others into their home when they needed a place to stay.

  Katie is survived by her sons, Frank (Shirley) Chudyk of Marshfield, Jeff Bautch of Fort Meyers, FL, and Henry (Barb) Bautch of Naples, FL; her daughters, Margie (Eddy) Friedenfels of Eau Claire, Bernice Seidel (Teddy) of Neillsville, Bev Molitor of Lakeland, FL, and Geraldine (Jerry) Pflanzer of Colby; her granddaughter and companion, Cheryl Chudyk; and multiple other grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Chudyk; her sons, Bernie Chudyk, Donny Chudyk, and Pauly Chudyk; a daughter, Patricia Jagodzinski; and son-in-law, Jim Molitor.

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