WKEB Obituaries Blog

Russell (Russ) L. Zimmerman

 

  Russell (Russ) Lewis Zimmerman, age 71, passed away July 10, 2019, at Aspirus Palliative Care in Wausau, WI, with his loving family by his side. 

  He was born January 20, 1948, in Medford, to Lewis Robert Zimmerman and Rosemarie (Rollins) Zimmerman. He attended and graduated from Westboro High School. He worked in the woods logging; was a semi driver for Mueller Brothers for a short time; bus driver for 4 years; worked for the Town of Westboro as grader operator/maintenance for 19 years and retired from the Town of Worchester, Phillips, after 7 years. He also served on the Westboro Volunteer Fire Department for 28 years. 

  He married Marlene (Kaehne) Goodrich on September 10, 1982, and she survives along with his sons, Ted Goodrich, Rib Lake, Randy (Becky) Goodrich, Tomahawk and Rodney (Ann) Goodrich, Stetsonville. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren, two brothers, Larry (Sandy) Zimmerman, Westboro, Sherman (Mary) Zimmerman, Brantwood, and one sister, Jane Zimmerman, Milwaukee. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Conrad Goodrich. 

  He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, co-worker and friend. He was a hard-working man who always had a smile on his face. He will be sadly missed by his family and all that knew him. 

  Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family. A memorial will be held at a later date. For online condolences, please visit www.HonorOne.com.

Nancy S. Wycliffe

Nancy S. Wycliffe, 66, of Medford, passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 in Lancing, MI.

She was born on October, 16, 1952 to Elmer and Goldie (Moore) Nuernberger in Medford. She graduated from Medford High School in 1970. She worked for Reckenthaler Electric, Timberline Transport, and most recently Weather Shield. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, birdwatching, and gardening.

Nancy is survived by her children Jennifer and Brian Wycliffe, both of Medford; siblings, Neal (Jean) Nuernberger, Paul (Linda) Nuernberger, Mary (Thomas) Brost, and Sara Nuernberger, all of Medford. She is further survived by brothers-in-law, Roger Paul and Paul Metz; sister-in-law Doris Nuernberger, and many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

In addition to her parents, Nancy is preceded in death by 3 siblings, Ellyn Paul, David Nuernberger, and Marjorie Metz, and 2 nephews, Eric and Daniel Nuernberger.

Funeral Services for Nancy will take place at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church with Pastor Steve Rutter Officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Ev. Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Thursday, July 18 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Nancy’s name may be given to the Frances L. Simek Memorial Library
 

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

Edna L. Koplitz

 

  Edna L. Koplitz, age 97, formerly of Withee, passed away Friday, July 5, 2019 at the Colby Retirement Community with her family by her side under the tender care of the staff and hospice.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at the United Church of Christ (107 S. Oak Street 54460) in Owen.   Rev. Asafa Rajaofera will officiate.  Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until time of service at the church.

  Edna was born July 28, 1921, the daughter of Jay and Olive Bogue in Withee. She graduated from Withee High School in 1939.  Edna was united in marriage to Harold Koplitz on August 29, 1940 at “The Little Brown Church in the Vale” in Nashua, Iowa.  They lived in Stanley for one year and then moved to the Owen area and farmed. The family was forced to relocate to the Curtiss farm, due to Highway 29 new construction.  She also worked at Central Livestock in Owen and was financial secretary for Packaging Corporation in America in Colby.  Edna moved to Abbotsford in 1973 after her husband’s death.  The past three years she has lived at the Colby Retirement Community.

  Edna enjoyed gardening and had a green thumb.  She loved to travel and took many bus tours with friends and her daughter, Sheila.  Edna also loved to go shopping with her son, Marvin, and her daughter.  She was a member of the United Church of Christ and sang in the choir for many years.  Edna was a member of Homemakers.  She loved to crochet and put puzzles together.  Edna also was fond of her cats.

  Edna is survived by her daughter, Sheila Koplitz of Green Bay; two grandchildren: Terry (Shannon) Koplitz of Appleton and Linda Koplitz of Schofield; three great-grandchildren: Taylor, Lauren and Brady. She is further survived by her daughter-in-law, Judy (Dick) Bunkelman of Wausau; a sister-in-law, Peggy Koplitz of Greeley, CO; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harold; her son, Marvin; her grandson, Scott; her brother, Harold Bogue and two sisters, Leota Gerber and Cecil Hodd.

The family wishes to thank all private caregivers who assisted Edna in her home and the loving staff at the Colby Retirement Community for their exceptional care.

 

Kristin M. Brunner

 

  Kristin M. Brunner, 71, of Marshfield, a former Medford area resident, passed away peacefully, surrounded by a loving family, on Monday, July 1 at her home in the Town of Richfield, Wood County. 
  Kristin was born on July 5, 1947 at Medford, WI to the late Arthur & Harriet (Berry) Vircks. She attended Stetsonville elementary schools, was a graduate of Medford High School and attended nurses college. Her marriage to John “Jack” Brunner took place on June 28, 1969 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Stetsonville and they were later divorced.
  Kristin worked in neuropsychology at the Marshfield Clinic for 9 years and later North Central Health Care in Wausau for 35 years until her retirement. She was a gifted singer and enjoyed music throughout her life. She also enjoyed cooking, puzzles, cards, quilting, crafts, word games, spending time with family and friends.
  Survivors include her children – Amy (Gregory, Jr.) Gronski of Marshfield and Matthew (Kim) Brunner of Wausau, grand children – Nathan, Evan, Matthew, Ashton & Logan. Also survived by her siblings – Karleen Langer of Barrington, IL, Brian (Marti) Vircks of Colby, Kaye (Michael) Geber of Sun Prairie, Boyd (Diane) Vircks of Colfax, Kari Draeger of Medford & Berle (Sylvia) Vircks of Cortland, OH.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother – Barton Vircks, brothers in law – Michael Langer & Harvey Draeger, Jr.
  Memorial services for Kristin will take place at 11 AM on Saturday, July 20 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel with Rev. Wes Jedras officiating. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM at the funeral home. Interment of her cremated remains will take place at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Stetsonville following services.
  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake serving the family. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Alojz "Butch" Kowal

 

  Alojz “Butch” Kowal, 76, formerly of Gilman, died Monday, July 1, 
2019 at Hammond Health Services. He was born on January 23, 
1943 to the late Joseph and Louise (Mravik) Kowal. He grew up in 
the Gilman/ Lublin area and later moved to Chicago, Illinois. Butch 
worked many jobs there until returning in the early 70’s and farmed 
south of Gilman for many years.

  He is survived by his daughter, Brenda Boe of River Falls, 2 
grandchildren, Brandon (Madeline) Boe and Kaitlyn Boe, 11 sisters: 
Josephine Pizzi of Abbotsford, WI; Bernadine Kowal of New London, 
WI; Margaret (Don) Shere of Lena, IL; Veronica (Roger) Nichols of 
Mount Pleasant, WI; Theresa (Jim) Plastina of McHenry, IL; Mary 
Ann (Gordon) Dietzler of Gilman, WI; Virginia (Bill) Bishop of 
Fremont, WI; Angeline (Earl) Feltner of Tampa, FL; Rosella (Steve) 
Strnad of Lake Elsinore, California; and Alberta Kowal of Elk Grove 
Village, IL; 1 brother: Joseph Jr. (Kathy) Kowal of Franklin Park, IL; 
several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his twin brother, John 
and youngest sister, Charlotte Schab.

  A memorial service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, July 6, 2019 
at the Gilman Funeral Home with Father Madanu Lourdu officiating. 
Visitation will be one hour earlier on Saturday morning. Inurnment 
will take place in the Roosevelt Cemetery-Lublin.

Raymond M. Olejnichak

 

  Raymond M. Olejnichak, 84 of Gilman, passed away on Saturday, June 
29, 2019 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born on April 27, 1935 in 
McHenry, IL the son of the late Michael and Cecilia Olejnichak 
(Schaefer). His family moved to the Gilman area in 1945 and Ray went 
on to graduate from High School in 1953. Ray entered the Army and 
served three years while stationed in Mannheim, Germany. He 
returned from overseas and married his high school sweetheart: Sylvia 
Barnett on August 3, 1957 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in 
Gilman.

  Ray had a number of professions over the years; including, farming, 
selling insurance and real estate, over the road trucking, excavating, 
driving school bus and owned several businesses in the Gilman area.

  He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sylvia, three children, Patti (Jim) 
Czahor, Larry (Linda) Olejnichak and Jeffery Olejnichak all of Gilman, 
eight grandchildren, Matt (Jana) Czahor, Joseph (Mollie) Czahor, 
Andrew (Kassi) Czahor, Vicki (Dustin) Zach, Katherine (Tyrone) 
Olejnichak, Michelle (Dennis) Matthias, Mark (Heather) Olejnichak and 
Jessalynn (Jesse) Gettler, 20 great grandchildren, Raejana, Lauren, 
Nadia, Easton, Emmie, Dorothy, Lexi, Olivia, Carter, Sawyer, Gavyn, 
Cohen, Talyn, MyKell, Mya, Brody, Cash, Cecilia, Taylorlynn and John, 
one brother, Jerry (Pat) Olejnichak of Medford and one sister, Bernice 
Krizan of Stanley. Ray is preceded in death by his parents and a sister 
in infancy-Juliana.

  A funeral mass will be held at 11 AM on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Saints 
Peter & Paul Catholic Church-Gilman with Father Madanu Lourdu 
officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Catholic Cemetery-Gilman. 
Visitation will be from 9 AM until time of service at the church. Plombon 
Funeral Service-Gilman assisted the family with arrangements.

Katherine Dassow

 

  Katherine Dassow, 93, of Medford, passed away on June 27, 2019 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

  Katherine was born on October 27, 1925 to Carl and Susan (Koketech) Hildebrand in Westboro. She married Lawrence Dassow on May 31, 1947 in Whittlesey; he proceeded her in death on February 8, 1998.

  Katherine was a homemaker and mother on the family farm, in the Town of Medford. She and Lawrence both retired in 1987. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, flowers, playing cards, fishing, traveling with her family, and baking.

  Katherine is survived by her children, Sally (Monty) Strassberger, Tommy (Kathy) Dassow, Patty Gengler, Cindy (Allen) Crass, all of Medford, and Fay (Damon) Harder of Mosinee; daughter-in-law Gail Dassow; sons-in-law, Gene Noland and Bruce Krug; sister-in-law Marjorie Jensen. She is further survived numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and many other family and friends.

  In addition to her husband and parents, Katherine is preceded in death by her children, Nancy Noland, Suzy Krug, Jerome Dassow, and Dale Dassow; son-in-law Tom Gengler; sister, Alma Rehbein, and brother, Alfred Hildebrand.

  Funeral Services for Katherine will be at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Whittlesey, with Pastor Gary Lodholtz officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. Visitation will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

Lucille K. Jari

 

LUCILLE K. JARI

 

AGE: 91

ADDRESS: Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford; A former Town of Browning resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Wednesday, June 26 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford where she had resided for the past 2 ½ years most recently under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Monday, July 1 at Community United Church of Christ, Medford and also there will be a VFW Auxiliary service held at 9 AM that morning

OFFICIATING: Pastor Mary Jo Laabs

INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery 

VISITATION: Community United Church of Christ, Medford from 9 AM until 11 AM on Monday, July 1

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 6, 1927 at the family home in the Town of Little Black

EDUCATION: Stetsonville elementary schools and was a graduate of Medford High School

MARRIAGE: October 17, 1947 at Dubuque, Iowa to Victor Jari and he preceded her in death on June 26, 1994

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: She was one of the original workers at Tombstone Pizza Corp. when they made pizzas in the kitchen on tables. She continued to work there for a period of years until retirement. She was the kitchen chairman for the Medford VFW Club. Was active with the Sunny Hills Homemakers and made soup for the kids during the early years of the Medford Area Youth Hockey Association. She enjoyed basket weaving, rosemaling, camping, fishing, crafting and cooking. 

MEMBER OF: Community United Church of Christ, Medford; Lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary #5729, Medford where she was a past president; Sunny Hills Homemakers

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Gloria (Mark) Christianson of Medford, Katherine (Peter) Pernsteiner of Medford, Bruce Jari of Medford, Marlene (Melvin) Doberstein of Medford, Russell (Virginia) Jari of Medford, Patricia (Darryl) Lenhard of Medford

CHILDREN DECEASED: Infant son – Paul in 1948; Granddaughter – Daisy Pernsteiner King in 2010

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 16 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 27 GR. GR. GRANDCHILDREN: 2

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Lorraine Schmitt of Medford, Joyce Langteau of Seymour, Wayne (Butch) Faude of Boise, Idaho

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Clarence Milliken and Frances Paff

DECEASED FATHER: Edward James Milliken

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Lois (Taylor) Milliken

PALLBEARERS: Grandsons – Jason & Jordan Christianson, Craig & Josh Pernsteiner, Rory Doberstein, Zak Lenhard

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 

Roger Allen Webster

 

  Roger Allen Webster, 88 of Sheldon, died Monday, June 24, 2019 
at Sacred Heart Hospital-Eau Claire. He was born on March 30, 
1931 in Woodman, WI the son of the late Ernest and Sylvia (Oats) 
Webster. The family moved to the Donald area in 1940 and he was 
raised there. He graduated from Gilman High and went on to serve 
his country in the Army from 1949-1955. 
  Roger then married Johanna who later died. He married Valerie 
Mosur on March 20, 1982 in Milwaukee. Roger worked for the 
Ladish Company in Cudahy as a general Forman for many years. 
The couple moved to the Sheldon area in retirement. 
  He is survived by his two step daughters, Betty Kopecky of Oak 
Creek, WI, Judy (Larry) Steppke of Mukwonago, WI, 7 
grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, 
his siblings, Rosella Mravik of South Milwaukee, Mary (Joe) 
Thorgerson of Jump River, Leland (Sylvia) Webster, Ivan Webster 
and Marvin (Theresa) Webster all of Gilman. Roger is preceded in 
death by his parents, his sister, Joan Morris and brothers, Stanley, 
Gordon and Donald Webster.
  A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Friday, June 28th, 2019 at 
Trinity Lutheran Church-Sheldon with Pastor Dean Herberts 
officiating. Burial will follow in the Donald Cemetery with full Military 
Honors. Visitation will be from 10AM until time of service Friday 
morning at the church. Plombon Funeral Service-Gilman assisted 
the family with arrangements.  

Dolores A. Baumann

 

DOLORES A. BAUMANN

 

AGE: 89

ADDRESS: N16325 State Hwy 13, Dorchester, WI 54425

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 12:10 AM, Monday, June 24 at The Waterford at Colby where she had resided for the past 3 ½ months

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM on Thursday, June 27 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church Stetsonville 

OFFICIATING: Rev. Richard Russow

INTERMENT: Private family interment of her cremated remains will take place at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Stetsonville at a later date 

VISITATION: Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Thursday, June 27

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 3, 1929 at Medford, WI

EDUCATION: Stetsonville Elementary Schools

MARRIAGE: July 12, 1947 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville to William A. Baumann and he preceded her in death on July 23, 1990

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: She worked as a press operator at Weyerhauser Manufacturing in Marshfield for a period of time until 1991. She enjoyed canning, crocheting, gardening, reading and trips to Alaska and Maine.

MEMBER OF: Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Gerald Baumann of Dorchester, Marie Ramm of Medford; JoAnn (Myron) Konkle of Pleasant Prairie; Wayne Baumann of Medford; Gloria (Gaylon) Van Hecker of Rib Lake; Linda Baumann of Dorchester; Doris (James) Lange of Janesville; Rhonda (Jay) Gorske of Wausau; Robert (Lori) Baumann of Athens; Vickie (David) Orth of Abbotsford; Dale (Anne) Baumann of Medford
Son-in-law: Bernard Simpson of DeKalb, IL

CHILDREN DECEASED: Daughter – Sharon Simpson in 2017; Grandchildren – William Baumann and Mary Beth Simpson; Son-in-law: Alvin Ramm

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 26 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 30 & 2 step 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: 7 Sisters & 5 Brothers

DECEASED FATHER: Herman Karl Drager

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Lillie Augusta Wilhelmine (Messmann) Drager

PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren – Jen Morris, Steve Ramm, Brandon Orth, Keith Konkle, Daniella Schauer, Brock Baumann, Sherri Leonhardt, David Simpson, Brett Lange

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 

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