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John A. Arndt, age 43, of Withee, passed away on Thursday, July 7, 2016.  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Withee.  Rev. Tom Myhre will officiate.  Inurnment to be held at Longwood Township Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 AM until time of service Saturday at the church.

  John was born on March 5, 1973, the son of Allen and Janice (Anderson) Arndt in Stanley.  He graduated from Owen-Withee High School in 1991.  John worked for various restaurants.

  John enjoyed playing on the computer, especially facebook, watching movies and was a devoted Dallas Cowboys fan.

  John is survived by his parents, Allen and Janice of Withee; his sister, Sonia (Damian) Lewis and his two nieces, Jayden and Danica of South Dakota; maternal grandparents, Harvey and Velda Anderson of Withee.  He is further survived by aunts and uncles:  Billy (April) Anderson, Diane Anderson, Donald Arndt, Robert Arndt, Terry (Cathy) Arndt, Larry (Jan) Arndt, David (Terri) Arndt, Judy (Jack) Oliver and Linda Arndt; many cousins, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents: Alfred and Bertha Arndt; two uncles, Ronald Anderson and Carl Arndt.



  Delbert Bruce Wells, husband, father, grandfather, carpenter, farmer, trapper, hunter, and fisherman died peacefully at home on July 21, 2016 surrounded by his family under the care of Hope Hospice.           Delbert was born to Harry David Wells and Bonnie Louise (Alexander) Wells in Kincaid, IL. He attended various elementary schools in Michigan, Meadowbrook School in the Town of Hammel and Medford High School.

  Delbert joined the Navy in 1943 and served as a gunner on merchant and Navy troop and supply ships in the European, Mediterranean and Pacific Theaters. In 1946 he married the love of his life, Genevieve Mae Diels, and the family settled initially in the Town of Hammel where he farmed and engaged in logging. In 1950 the family moved to West Plains, MO where Delbert honed his skills in carpentry, constructing 9 new homes. In 1963 the family moved back to the Town Hammel, where Delbert was a dairy farmer and carpenter, constructing 24 new homes and renovating many other homes and barns.
  Delbert was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, where he served on the Building Committee, and the Boxrucker-Barry American Legion Post 519 of Stetsonville, WI.
  Delbert is survived by his sister, Lyndoll Wells of Medford, WI, and children: Dale of Allen, TX; Bruce and his wife Sharon (Emmerich) of Mount Vernon, IL; Dawn of Medford, WI; Pamela and her husband Bruce Emmerich of Phillips, WI; David and his wife Mary (Kretschmer) of Melissa, TX; Kevin and his wife Leza (Malstrom) of Medford, WI; Susan and her husband Joseph Belzer of St. Louis Park, MN; Deirdre of Marshfield, WI; Ethan (deceased) and his wife, Tina (Boelk) of Medford, WI; James and significant other Sandi Kuenne of Medford, WI; and Melody and her husband Tim Mueller of Mosinee, WI; 28 grandchildren and 26 great grandchildren.
  Delbert is preceded in death by his wife Genevieve; parents, Harry David Wells and Bonnie Louise (Alexander) Wells; a brother, James; and a son, Ethan John.

  Funeral services for Delbert will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, July 28, 2015 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in the town of Holway, with Pastor Lowell Bolstad officiating. Burial will follow in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.
  Visitation will be held Wednesday, July 27, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, and also on Thursday from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM at the church.
Honorary Pallbearers are the former military members of the family Lyndoll Wells, Bruce Wells, Dawn Wells, Bruce Emmerich, David Wells and Kevin Wells. His grandchildren Scott Wells, Lynda (Wells) Brock, Jarrod Wells, Kyle Wells, Nicholas Wells, Cody Wells, Ashley (Wells) Vasquez, Lucas Wells, Tonya (Emmerich) Brost, Kara (Emmerich) Sperl, Travis Wells, Nathaniel Wells, Joshua Wells, Benjamin Wells, Kimberly Wells, Lauren Wells, Neill Nettesheim, William Wells, Lucas Nettesheim, James Nettesheim, Aaron Belzer, Brian Belzer, Adam Belzer, Megan (Novinska) Harris, Justin Novinska, Brittany Wells, Samantha (Wells) Brackmann and Bonnie (Wells) Fischer will serve as pallbearers.
Full Military Honors will be performed by the Stetsonville American Legion Military Honors Team
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Delbert’s name to Hope Hospice, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, or Aspirus Medford Hospital Foundation.
  Hemer Funeral Service has been entrusted with arrangements. Onlincondolences may be left at



Rita Joan Fuchs     


AGE:  64


ADDRESS:  W1217 Wood Lake Ave., Rib Lake, Town of Rib Lake Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  5:10 AM Sunday, July 17, at her residence in the Town of Rib Lake under the loving care of her family and Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Thursday July 21 at Good Shepard Catholic Church, Rib Lake


OFFICIATING:  Father Otto Bucher


INTERMENT:    Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake


VISITATION:  Good Shepard Catholic Church, Rib Lake from 4:00 – 7:00 PM Wednesday, July 20 where there will be a 7:00 PM Catholic Rosary service held and also from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Thursday, July 21


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 14, 1952 in Medford, WI


EDUCATION: Graduate of Holy Rosary Catholic School in Medford and a 1970 graduate of Medford High School


MARRIAGE: June 16, 1972 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to Peter Bernard Fuchs and he survives.


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE:  She worked as a stay at home mom for many years. She also worked at Gem Products, Rib Lake, Micros Inc., Rib Lake, Custom Sewing Inc., Rib Lake, and Great Northern Cabinetry, Rib Lake until ill health forced her retirement. She enjoyed gardening, decorating, shopping, watching the Green Bay Packers, garage sales, traveling and spending time with her family.   


MEMBER OF:  Good Shepard Catholic Church, Rib Lake


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Peter “Pete” B. Fuchs of Rib Lake


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Brian (Connie) Fuchs of Dorchester, Stephanie Fuchs of Medford, Trisha (Jesse) Kittl of Abbotsford, Kristy (Todd) Schesel of Spencer, Jeff (Brooke Moberg) Fuchs of Medford, Carrie (Chad Leichtman) Fuchs of Colby


LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Taylor Reinhardt, Gavin, Ethan, Camryn, & Evan Fuchs, Cortney & Hunter Kittl, Emily & Kellie Schesel, Jamisyn Leichtman, and one great-grandchild on the way         SURVIVING


BROTHERS/SISTERS: Bernie (Ron) Oberley of Chelsea, John (Mary) Grant of Weston, Donnie (Barb) Grant of Medford, Mike (Ilene) Grant of Medford, Betty (Jerry) Stuessy of Medford, Bob (Linda) Grant of Franklin, WI




DECEASED BROTHER: Ed Grant in 2007


DECEASED FATHER: Jerome Valentine Grant     


DECEASED MOTHER: Irene Marie Kleiber


PALLBEARERS:  Ryan & Peter Fuchs, Justin & Jim Grant, Todd Stuessy, Taylor Reinhardt, Neil Kauer


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 



Pauline E. Thums, 96, of Rib Lake, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Rib Lake.

  Pauline was born December 6, 1919 in the town of Chelsea to Andrew and Emma (Strobach) Mann.

Pauline attended grade school in Whittlesey. While growing up she worked on the family farm. She married Benedict Thums on February 28, 1938 at St. John’s the Baptist Church in Rib Lake, and then settled on the farm. Pauline then went on to work for Gem Products for twenty seven years until retirement. She then cared for her brother John for eight years until his death.

  Pauline loved to farm, crochet, sew, playing cards, listening to music and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Most of all she loved to be surrounded by her family and friends.

  She is survived by her two sons; Ron Thums of Curtiss, and Mike (Mary Ellen) Thums of Rib Lake, twelve grandchildren; Dan, Julie, Terri, Ben, Christina, Dori, Phillip, Steve, Rodney, Kyle, Carrie, Bobbie, and thirteen  great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.

  Pauline is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Daughter Pat Zutavern, Infant Son Daniel, daughter in law Madelyne Thums, three sisters; Margaret, Catherine, and Theresa, and three brothers; Joe, Andy and John.

  A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 AM, Friday July 22, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake, with Father Otto Bucher officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 PM, Thursday July 21, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake, a prayer service will be held at 7 PM, visitation will resume Friday morning from 9 AM until the time of services at church. Cremation rites will be accorded following the service, and burial of cremated remains will take place at a later date at St. Ann’s Cemetery.

  Memorial Donations in honor of Pauline E. Thums can be given to her family, for designation at a later date.

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




  Heaven opened its arms to receive Mary (Probst) Becker on July 19, 2016 at the age of 84.

  She was born in the Town of Rib Lake on November 4, 1931 to Joseph and Ilene (Newcomb) Probst. She graduated from Rib Lake High School and after a short work tenure in Junction City, married Raymond Becker at Rib Lake on October 15, 1949.
  Mary was a firm believer in family, hard work and dignity of human life. She was active with Rib Lake Hope Hospice and was honored as the Wisconsin Hospice Volunteer of the Year in 1998. She was also an Emergency Medical Technician for the Rib Lake Ambulance Service and studied Nursing at Northcentral Technical College. She mentored 4-H club members and was active with ARC (formerly known as the Association of Retarded Citizens) and remained a staunch advocate for the care and education of the developmentally disabled throughout her life.
  Mary made the world a better place through a life dedicated to her large family, friends, and community. Her kindness, generosity and compassion touched many. She was passionate about ecology and the environment. She was an avid reader and valued learning and higher education. She loved the outdoors and had a special connection with nature and the earth; she enjoyed studying and recording Mother Nature’s changes. She had a Master Gardener designation and you could often find her knee deep in dirt. She led by example and taught her children to reach high, live every day to its fullest and never give up.
  The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all of her friends and family for the time, love, laughter and friendship shared with her throughout the years. She loved you all. We are especially appreciative of the staff at Medford Aspirus and University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, particularly Michelle Bucki, Jessie Sperl, Dr. Walter Kao/Laura Delp and Dr. Ann O’Rourke – you gave us the gift of additional precious time with her. And to Ron and Ilene, words can never express our gratitude for your undying devotion and commitment to insuring Mom never lacked for anything.

  She is survived by her children: Beverly (Tim) O’Meara of Chicago, Juliann (Mike) Albers of Hickory, NC, Ron Becker of Rib Lake, Marty Becker of Rio, Ilene (Mike) Coleman of Rib Lake, Bernadette (Dale) Strobach of Clear Lake, Duffy (Dennis) Johnson of Green Bay, Christine Becker of Monroe, Edward (Janine) Becker of Medford, Jill Becker of Rib Mountain, Jacqueline (Chad) Becker-Tylka of Chetek, Bonnie Becker of Wausau, Philip Becker of San Francisco, CA, and her siblings: Leo Liebl of Stevens Point, Teresa McGuire, Joan Eisner and Laverne Probst all of Rib Lake. She is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
  She is preceded in death by husband Raymond Becker in 1985, son Gregory Becker in 1972, sisters Dorothy Schrader, Geraldine Anders and brothers Oscar Probst and Fred Probst.
  The family would like to invite all to a memorial gathering to celebrate her life. It will be held from 12 noon until 3:00 PM on Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford.
  Per her wishes, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to PBS (The Public Broadcasting System) in her memory at:
Friends of Wisconsin Television
P.O. Box 7929
Madison, WI 53707


Melvin A. Cull, age 88, of Thorp, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at his home.

A Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen. Pastor Jason Snapp will officiate. Interment will be held at Riverside Cemetery in the Town of Hixon. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until time of services Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Melvin was born on May 3, 1928 in the Madison area to Michael and Anna (Wallaker) Cull. He attended Owen Schools until the eighth grade. Melvin then went to work with his parents on the family farm (between Withee and Thorp), after his parents passed away he purchased the farm and ran it for several years. Later he sold the farm and worked as a farmhand for farmers in the Owen,Withee and Curtiss area. 

Melvin enjoyed hunting and loved the outdoors. He was also an avid Green Bay Packer fan.

Family and friends may express condolences online at





AGE: 84


ADDRESS: Medford, WI


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Thursday, July 14, 2016 at the Golden Living Center/ Continental Manor in Abbotsford under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford


OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza & Deacon Joseph Stefancin


INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date in Molitor Catholic Cemetery in the Township of Molitor


VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 24, 1931 in La Farge, WI


EDUCATION: George was a graduate of Owen High School


MARRIAGE: On August 10, 1955 in Medford, George married the love of his life Elaine L. Kalmon and she survives


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: George served in the U.S. Army from 1951 to 1954. He drove truck for several trucking outfits in Wisconsin & Minnesota. George served as Town Chairman of Hammel, on the Medford Area School Board, Taylor County Board and Restorative Justice Board. He was a Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus, part of the Men’s Choir at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and he helped with CCD, RCIA, marriage classes and prayer groups. He also participated in two group mission trips.

George enjoyed snowmobiling, traveling, logging, skiing, farming, fixing his model-T and tractors. He loved serving people and helping in whatever capacity he could, but most of all he loved his family.


MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, Medford American Legion and VFW


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Elaine L. (Kalmon) Southworth of Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Mary Jo (Paul) Peplinski of Milladore, Audrey Ann (Clark) Woznicki of Eau Claire & Patrick (Janet) Southworth of Clarksville, TN


GRANDCHILDREN: Paul, Justin & Elizabeth Peplinski, William, Matthew & Phillip Southworth

George is further survived by many nieces & nephews.


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Donald (Annette) Southworth of Wausau, Charlotte Bolz of Medford, John (Betty) Southworth of Stratford, Mary Hessefort of Oshkosh, Dennis (Nancy) Southworth of Rhinelander & Daniel (Marge) Southworth of Aniwa
Brothers/Sisters-in-law: Janice Southworth of Palatine, TX, Marge Kalmon, Imy Kalmon, Steve Kalmon, Penny Kalmon, David (Laura) Kalmon, Pat (Allen) Huber, Jeff (Debra) Kalmon & George (Rita) Kalmon


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sister: Bernice Guerten & Brother: James Southworth
Brothers-in-law: Bill Guerten, Conrad Bolz, Lee Hessefort, Frank Kalmon, Allen Kalmon & Dennis Kalmon


DECEASED FATHER: Claire Albert Southworth


DECEASED MOTHER: Agnes Theresa (Klister) Southworth




DECEASED MOTHER-IN-LAW: Laura I. (Larson) Kalmon


PALLBEARERS: Patrick, Daniel, Dennis & Donald Southworth, Craig Bolz, Daniel & George Kalmon


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in George’s name to Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Holy Rosary Catholic Schools, Aspirus Hospice Services & the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.
-For online condolences, please visit 



  Anna M. Chaplinski, 97, formerly of Gilman, died Saturday, July 16, 2016

at her daughters’ home in Stevens Point. She was born on June 23, 1919
in Minneapolis, MN the daughter of the late Valentine and Katherine
(Szczepaniak) Walczyk
  A funeral mass will be held at 11AM on Wednesday July 20, 2016 at
Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church-Gilman with Father Madanu
Sleeva officiating. Burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be
from 9:30AM until time of service Wednesday at the Church. Plombon
Funeral Service-Gilman assisted the family with arrangements.




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