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Jerene "Tootie" R. Loeffler




AGE: 84


ADDRESS: Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford; A former Whittlesey area resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 7:28 AM Sunday, July 15 at Care Partners Assisted Living, 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 Thursday, July 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey


OFFICIATING: Rev. Randal Jeppesen


INTERMENT: Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Whittlesey


VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, July 18 and also at church from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Thursday, July 19


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 6, 1933 at Medford


EDUCATION: Whittlesey Grade School and was a 1951 graduate of Medford High School


MARRIAGE: October 13, 1951 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey to Marvin H. Loeffler and he preceded her in death July 12, 1980


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Together they farmed for many years, then went on to own and operate the Chapperal in Whittlesey for 3 years. She worked for Armbrust Meats in Medford for 30 years. After retirement, she went to work for Copps IGA and County Market. Her biggest enjoyment was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to process venison for all her family and friends. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and baking. She was a hunter’s safety instructor for over 25 years.


MEMBER OF: Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey and the Chelsea Conservation Club


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – RaNaye Loeffler & Rochelle Mallien both of Medford, Roxanne (Jeff) Stibbe of Rib Lake


CHILDREN DECEASED: Son – Douglas in infancy


# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 5 – Jason (Rocky) Mallien of Medford, Brandi (Brent) Fuchs of Merrill, Wyatt Mallien of Medford, Samantha (Brad) Hartwig of Medford, Travis Stibbe of Rib Lake


GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 5 – Kyanna & Kierra Mallien, Elliana Mallien, Emerie & Liddie Hartwig all of Medford


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother - Claire “Butch” (Jan) Frischman of Medford
Sisters-in-law: Jean Frischman of Medford & Josephine Loeffler of Oshkosh


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Dennis, Carol & Linda Frischman; Brother-in-law: Vernon Loeffler


DECEASED FATHER: Erwin Frischman


DECEASED MOTHER: Lorraine (Fischer) Frischman


PALLBEARERS: Jason & Wyatt Mallien, Travis Stibbe, Brent Fuchs, Brad Hartwig, Mitch Miller


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


  Charlotte Louise Buchanan Andreasen, 90, long time resident of Withee, Wisconsin, but currently of Appleton, Wisconsin passed away on Monday, July 9.

  A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 19th at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Withee.      Visitation will be begin at 1:00 p.m. with the service at 2:00 p.m.  Burial will be at the Nazareth cemetery. 

  Charlotte was born on May 12, 1928, in rural Curtiss, to Glenn and Doris (Clifton) Buchanan.  The eldest of three children, she grew up on dairy farms near Curtiss and Withee.  She attended Frenchtown School, and belonged to the Methodist Church in Withee.

  After graduating from Withee High School in 1946, she began a two-year rural education program at Eau Claire State Teachers College.  When she completed the program in 1948, she was the envy of her classmates, because she had already been offered a teaching job with a salary of $225 per month, the highest salary of anyone in her class.  Charlotte taught grades 1-8 in rural schools for seven years, including White School, Elmwood School, Eaton Center School, and Frenchtown School.

  Charlotte and Norman Andreasen were united in marriage on June 12, 1949 at the Methodist Church in Withee.  A few years after they married, he surprised her by deciding to become a farmer.  They purchased a dairy farm in Hixon Township, where they farmed until 1980, raising four children.        Charlotte was an active member of Nazareth Lutheran Church, teaching in Vacation Bible School, singing in the choir, and participating in the church women’s organization.

  Charlotte and Norman enjoyed traveling, especially in their later years.  They spent several winters in Apache Junction, Arizona, and took the time to see not only the sights of Arizona, but also other locations along the routes that they traveled both to and from that location.  They also took trips to visit their children in Colorado, North Dakota, and Texas.  Charlotte appreciated the fact that one of their children spent time living in the northeastern part of the United States, so that one of the couple’s trips would be to that part of the country.  She celebrated her 80th birthday with a cruise to destinations in New England and northeastern Canada.

  Charlotte was devoted to her family, and especially enjoyed being a grandparent.  She is survived by four children:  Rodney Andreasen of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Bethany Andreasen of Minot, North Dakota; Bradley Andreasen of Colorado, and Cara (Gary) Brzezinski of Oneida, Wisconsin; four grandchildren:  Tyra (Gregory) Wennesheimer of Green Bay, Wisconsin; Krista (Christopher) Kuba of Green Bay, Wisconsin; Nathan Stock Andreasen; and Joshua Andreasen; three great-grandchildren:  Aubrey and Charlotte Kuba of Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Ella Stock Andreasen; and two brothers:  Leonard Buchanan of Thorp, Wisconsin; and James Buchanan of Cadott, Wisconsin. 

  She was preceded in death in 2005 by her husband, Norman.


Rev. Robert L. Everhard

   Reverend Robert Louis Everhard of Abbotsford, age 90, was called home into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018.

  Robert was born on November 25th, 1927 to Louis and Cora (Eimerman) in Milwaukee.  In 1945, he graduated from Solomon Juneau High School in Milwaukee.  He was then drafted into the Army and was a veteran of WWII.  After serving in the Army, Robert entered a management program at JC Penney for a short time before attending and graduating from Carroll College, Waukesha, in 1954.  Bob was a church youth director during his college years which led him to the ministry.  He graduated from the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa in 1957.  He served as a student pastor in Hebron, Illinois while in seminary.

  Bob married Lori Carle in 1957 at the Calvary Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee and was also ordained there.  Reverend Everhard served his first church, the First Presbyterian Church in Lodi for 7 years with his dedicated and loving wife by his side.  Bob and Lori started their family in Lodi and had 3 children.  Reverend Everhard then moved to the Berkeley Hillside Presbyterian Church in Hillside, Illinois for 13 years.  His final full time pastoral calling was to First Presbyterian Church in Abbotsford where he ministered for 15 years.  Following his retirement, Reverend Everhard served as part time pastor in Lakewood, Wabeno, Laona, Dorchester, Owen and Medford until the age of 80.  In 2007, he was awarded the honorary title of Pastor Emeritus, which recognized his long time relationship with the Abbotsford community.  He was a devoted servant of God having served 50 years in the ministry.

  Reverend Robert L. Everhard touched many lives during his ministry.  His optimistic outlook on life and unique perspective on things gave him the ability to relate to people of all ages.  Bob's great sense of humor and gentle loving nature made him loved by many.  He ejoyed life and making peolpe laugh.  He will long be remembered for his beautiful smile and hearty laugh.  He always joked, "The best preachers have short sermons and long offerings."

  Bob enjoyed a variety of hobbies which included ping pong, pool, bowling, horseshoes, hunting and flying model airplanes.  Spending time with friends and family is what he valued most.

  Bob is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Lori, and his children, Darlene (Stephen) La Fave, Dexter Everhard and Donald (Gloria) Everhard.  His grandchildren: Julie Rose La Fave (Lucas Sook), Michael La Fave, Penny Lou (Keith) Gattis, Robert Louis Everhard II, Carolyn Everhard (Logan Wright) and Dalton Everhard.  His great grandchildren include McKenzie Rose Gattis and Joseph DeLaney Gattis.

  Bob is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Vernell (John) Fishleigh.

  Interment is at Abbotsford City Cemetery, Abbotsford, Wisconsin.

  Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, July 14th, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church in Abbotsford.   Visitation will be at 10:00 A.M. followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 A.M.  A Veteran Memorial Tribute will be held at the Abbotsford City Cemetery at 12:30 P.M.  There will be a lunch & time of fellowship following the Veteran Memorial Tribute at First Presbyterain Church.


Marilyn A. Schwartz


  Marilyn A. Schwartz, 79, of Medford, passed away Saturday July 7, 2018 at Aspirus Medford Hospital.

Marilyn was born April 25, 1939 in Medford to Theodore and Ruth (Johnson) Boeckler. She is a 1957 graduate of Medford Sr. High. She married Harlowe A. Schwartz on February 28, 1959 in McMinnville, TN. Harlowe survives.

  She is further survived by her children: Laura (Keith) Deschler of Racine, Stuart of Wausau, Harlan (Tammy) of Medford, Grandchildren: Jordan and Jarrell Klimeck, Nate and Brendan Schwartz, Great Grandchild Gatlin Schwartz, Brother John (Karen) Boeckler of Texas , Sister in Law JoAnne Gebert of Tennessee, many cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.

  She is preceded in death by her Parents, and infant brother Russell.

  Marilyn worked for 30 years at Midway Telephone Company. She and Harlowe lived in Stetsonville until 2008, when they moved to Medford. When her children were young the family enjoyed camping in the Northwoods.  In 1985 they purchased a cabin in Lake Tomahawk where she enjoyed watching the “critters” and taking relaxing pontoon boat rides on Hasbrook Lake.   Marilyn loved having friends and family over for Christmas Eve.  She enjoyed her gardens and feeding and watching animals of all kinds.
She most enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and always looked forward to her monthly classmates and cousins breakfasts.

  Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will take place at 11:00 AM, Friday July 13, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Medford. Pastor Tim Becker will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 until the time of services. Burial will follow in Medford Evergreen Cemetery I.

  Memorial donations in honor of Marilyn 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


Donald E. Kieser


  Donald E. Kieser, age 88, of Abbotsford, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Marshfield Medical Center.  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford.  The Rev. Donald Bruce will officiate. Inurnment with Military Honors provided by the Unity American Legion Post #352 will follow at the Abbotsford Public Cemetery.  A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 10 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and from 10:00 AM until the time of service Wednesday at the church. 

  Donald was born in Athens on September 2, 1929, the son of Gottlieb and Stella (Habeck) Kieser. In 1948 he graduated from Abbotsford High School.  Donald was united in marriage to Joann Voigt on July 17, 1954 in Wauwatosa. As newlyweds they moved to Athens, and eventually settled in Abbotsford.  The love of his life, Joann preceded him in death on June 20, 2015.

  Donald spent the majority of his working years as an employee of the city of Abbotsford, and retired as the Director of Public Works in 1996.  A true public servant, he briefly served as the village police officer and for many years was a volunteer fireman.  He was extremely proud of his service to his country as a 34-year member of the Army National Guard, which included a year of active military service at Fort Lewis, Washington during the Berlin Crisis. 

  Donald was an active and faithful member of Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford, serving many years as a church elder, and participating in the church choir. Donald loved music, and amassed an extensive collection of records, tapes, and CDs. He also enjoyed trout fishing, telling jokes, and bartending.          Donald was a selfless man.  Of utmost importance to him were his family, faith, community and country.

  Donald is survived by five children:  Geoffrey (Ann) of Fayetteville, NC, Coralee (Patrick) Ellenbecker of Owen, Lori Leichtman of Abbotsford, Don (Paula) of Unity and Michael (Amy) of West Bend; 16 grandchildren:  Robin, Angie, Geoff, Tristan, Leslie, Nita, Doug, Lora, Jenny, Brian, Seth, Molly, Maggie, Alex, Ethan and Maddie; ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  He is further survived by five brothers and sisters: 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; a sister-in-law, Lois Stockey of Victoria Island, British Columbia, Canada, a brother-in-law, Burton Erenz of Greenfield; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his older brother Frederick; and sisters Dorothy Quade and Doris Hodd.


Wayne M. Habermeyer


  Wayne M. Habermeyer, age 46, of Owen, passed away on Monday, July 2, 2018 at Marshfield Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

  A Celebration Gathering will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

  Wayne was born on April 11, 1972, the son of William and Phyllis (Rock) Habermeyer in Medford.  He worked various jobs, including doing carpentry, landscaping and mostly helping anyone who needed him.  Wayne loved his family, especially his two daughters.  He enjoyed NASCAR, nature and was an animal lover.  Wayne always made friends wherever he went and was loved by many.

  Wayne is survived by his two daughters: Amber McBride of Plover and Kelly Bangart of Marshfield; five brothers and sisters: Ronald (Jenny) of Curtiss, Gary (Sandra) of Marshfield, Rae Jean (Mark) Aron of Plover, Jane (David) Smith of Withee and Karen (Todd) Thoreson of Owen; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, William on July 24, 1984 and Phyllis on December 21, 2012.


Earl Robert Hartwig


  Earl Robert Hartwig, 96, from the Town of Spirit, was called home to Heaven on June 30, 2018, at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford, where he had resided for the past 18 months. Services to celebrate his life will be at 11 AM on Friday, July 6 at Zion Lutheran Church in the Town of Spirit with Pastor James Langebartels officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Town of Spirit. Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 PM on Thursday, July 5 at Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake and from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM at the church in Spirit on Friday, July 6. Pallbearers will be – Ron, Steve & Scott Komarek, Randy Weinke, Robert Olwell & Mark Blasel. A lunch will follow at the Church.

  Earl was a lifelong resident of Spirit, WI. He was born to a WW I hero and Purple Heart recipient, Ferdinand Hartwig, and his wife, Gloria (Andreae) Hartwig on November 23, 1921. He attended Stone Lake School, Town of Spirit. On November 4, 1944, Earl married the love of his life, Vangel “Birdie” Komarek. They were virtually inseparable until her passing on March 29, 2018. They built their home, and had many adventures, on a farm in the Town of Spirit, and called it “The Silver Spur Ranch”. They raised cattle, farm animals and horses. They had one child, Karen Hartwig Campbell, and one grandchild, Jody Lee Campbell. Both were tragically lost many years ago. Earl adored them both.
  Earl Hartwig was a hard working man. He worked at home breeding and masterfully training his award-winning show horses, as well as farming, restoring antiques and handcrafting items. He also worked full time for Owens Illinois from 1969 until his retirement in1986. He was a very talented man.
  Earl was a member of the National Rockhound Society, Zion Lutheran Church of Spirit, Taylor County Rough Riders, Spirit Lake Snowmobile Club and the Arabian Horse Association. His zest for life included many passions. Hunting, boating fishing, traveling, snowmobiling, gardening, repairing clocks, his dogs, and water skiing were among his favorite activities.
  Earl is survived by his brother-in-law, Harry Blasel, two sisters-in-law, Betty Komarek and LaVon Komarek, and many nieces/nephews. He was preceded in death by his much-loved wife, Vangel (Komarek) Hartwig, parents Ferdinand & Gloria Hartwig, beloved daughter, Karen Hartwig Campbell, grandson, Jody Lee Campbell, brothers/sisters-in-law, Arleen and Alfred Weinke, Orval and Ann Komarek, Laurel Komarek, Frank and Freda Komarek, George and Almire Olwell, Eugene Komarek and Mirella Blasel.
  Earl Hartwig was a great man. His radiant smile is unforgettable and his strength balanced by his deeply humble character earned him respect and admiration. The loss of his presence on earth saddens the hearts of many, but the memories of him will forever be the fondest and most treasured. Earl is loved and is reunited in Heaven with those he missed so deeply.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford & Rib Lake serving the family. For online condolences, please visit


Jane M. Brylski


  Jane M. Brylski, 49, of Platteville, died on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at home surrounded by her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in her home town, Medford, Wisconsin. The Melby Funeral Home & Crematory of Platteville, is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

  Jane was born on June 8, 1969 in Medford, WI, the daughter of Bernard and Anita (Ertl) Pernsteiner.      Jane graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1987. She attended IBA City College of Cosmetology and graduated in 1988. Jane was united in marriage to David Brylski on February 27, 1999 at the Third Presbyterian Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Jane worked as a cosmetologist from 1988 until 2015. She continued her education at Southwest Technical College in Fennimore, with a degree in Medical Transcription and Medical Coding 2011-2013. In 2016, Jane enrolled in Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, she had future aspirations of becoming an Oriental Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist, she would have graduated in April 2019.

  Jane is survived by her husband, David, of Platteville; daughter, Jada Brylski; step-daughters, Kasey (Justin) Olson of Baron; Amber (Greg) Plautz of Rhinelander; step-son, Kevin Brylski of Eau Claire; parents, Anita and Bernard Pernsteiner of Holcombe; brothers, Jeff (Tracy) Pernsteiner of Medford; Ed (Sue) Pernsteiner of Merrill; sisters, Susan (Paul) Malovrh; Lori Pernsteiner; Julie (Kurt) Radtke; Becky (Brian) Bucki, all of Medford; Renee (Tom) Henrichs; Heidi (Jerome) Kowalski, both of Stetsonville; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Emil and Elsie Pernsteiner and Edward and Emma Ertl.


Iris K. Schiszik


  Iris K. Schiszik, age 92 of Curtiss passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at The Waterford Assisted Living in Colby under the tender care of hospice.A Funeral Service will be on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Curtiss. Reverend Ken Schmidt will officiate.  Interment to follow at St. Paul's Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery, rural Curtiss. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday for visitation. The honor of pallbearers belongs to her grandsons: Mike Schiszik, Ryan Schiszik, Kris Schiszik, Ryan Griepentrog, Ben Nikolay and Craig Kallenbach.

  Iris was born on February 6, 1926 the daughter of Jacob and Lucy (Green) Johnson in Curtiss.  She graduated from Abbotsford High School in 1944 and worked in Chicago in the weapons development plant during WWII.  On June 24, 1950, she was united in marriage to Earl Schiszik at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Curtiss. For many years, Iris worked for the U. S. Postal Service. 

  Iris was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.  She liked camping, gardening, canning, especially pickles and preparing Sunday dinners. Iris was known for her cakes and pies.  Most importantly, she was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother.

  Iris is survived by her husband of 68 years, Earl; three children:  Victor (Jane) Schiszik of Medford, James (Sharon) Schiszik of Spencer and Janine Schiszik of Stratford; seven grandchildren: Kris (Marsha) Schiszik, Kayda (Travis) Hawker, Kelly (Craig) Kallenbach, Michael (Heidi) Schiszik, Ryan (Gayle) Schiszik, Ryan (DeAnn) Griepentrog, Amber Nikolay (Marc Pope) and Ben (Tina) Nikolay; and 11 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her sister, Sharon Brecke of Owen; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and two sisters: LaVern Johnson, Lyle Johnson, Carol Bochnia and Ramona Schaus; one grandson, Corey and one great-grandson, Jacob.

Memorials are preferred to St. Paul's Lutheran Church.


Rose C. Engel


  Rose C. Engel, 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday June 23, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

  Rose was born June 24, 1926 in Gilman, WI to Joseph and Cecilia (Fitzpatrick) Noonan. She is a graduate of Gilman High School. On September 11, 1948 she married Russell L. Engel. Russell preceded her in death on February 23, 2015.
  She is survived by her Children: Randy (Lori) Engel of Pueblo, CO, Rita (Rick) Kuehn of Champlin, MN, Ruth Engel of Colorado City, CO, Roxann (Mark) Dunst of Gleason, WI, Roger Engel of Greenwood, WI, Robin Engel Ashe of Medford, 10 Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren and 3 Great Great Grandchildren.
  She is further preceded in death by her Parents, 2 brothers and 4 sisters.
  Following high school Rose attended Normal School and then went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree from UW Stevens Point. She then taught grades 2-4 at Rib Lake Elementary School. She retired in 1981 and then traveled with her Husband Russell to all 50 states, and was very proud to have accomplished that. When she was 64 years old, she began substitute teaching until she was 81.
  She loved  crafts, embroidering, gardening, reading, completing puzzles and playing different card games. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Rose loved her family and will be remembered for her strong, funny, fashionable and compassionate look on life.
  Cremation rites have been accorded, and a memorial service will take place at 11:00 on Tuesday July 3, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford. Rev. Daniel Iwinski presiding.  Burial will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Visitation will be held that morning at the church from 9:30 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.
  Memorial donations in honor of Rose can be given to her family, with designation at a later date.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at


Richard "Old Man" A. Jacobsen





AGE: 86


ADDRESS: Medford, WI; A Township of Medford resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:20 PM, Wednesday, June 20 at his residence in the Town of Medford under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: There will be a military rites ceremony performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team at 4 PM to be followed by a memorial open house gathering from 4-8 PM on Friday, June 29 at the Medford VFW Clubhouse, Medford.


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 8, 1931 at Ayer, Massachusetts


EDUCATION: Town of Hammel, Taylor County elementary schools


MARRIAGE: May 12, 1956 at Minneapolis, MN to Shirley Marie Hamm and she survives


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he entered the US Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. After their marriage, they resided in Minneapolis, MN where he worked for Production Corporation of America. They moved back to the Medford area where he managed Strama’s Restaurant, worked for Neil Spreen Construction and the City of Medford until his retirement. In retirement, he worked part-time at the Farmacy. He enjoyed golf, gardening, bowling & playing cribbage.


MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford and the Medford VFW Club


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Shirley M. Jacobsen of Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: David (Renee) Jacobsen and Paul (Carol) Jacobsen both of Medford


# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 3 – Justin & Nicole Jacobsen, Jeff Lavin


GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 1 – Hailey Lavin


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Half-Siblings: Linda (Ernest) Amidon of Massachusetts & Bruce (Sheila) Jacobsen of Blacksburg, South Carolina
His surviving adopted family – Tom (Sabina) Strama, Joe Strama, Bruce (Jane) Strama, all of Medford, Mary Ann (John) Van der Hagen of Leander, Texas, Cheryl Eden of Eau Claire, Jim Olson of Kerrville, Texas and Arlene Strama of Medford


Deceased adopted family: Stan & Josephine Strama, Jim Strama, Janet Jordan & Louise Olson




DECEASED MOTHER: Bernice Julia Louise Welsh


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Dale G. Brandner




AGE: 67


ADDRESS: Whitmore Lake, Michigan


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Wednesday, June 6 at Spokane, WA while on a vacation trip


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be a 2 PM on Friday, June 29 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford


OFFICIATING: Rev. James H. Babler


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 2, 1951 at Eau Claire, WI


EDUCATION: Sitka, Alaska elementary & high schools, aviation school in Moses Lake, WA, & mortuary school in San Francisco, CA


MARRIAGE: 1st: at Moses Lake, WA and was later divorced; 2nd: February 2, 1990 at Seattle, WA to Charmaine Kowalski and she survives


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: He worked as a funeral director in the states of WA and AZ for periods of time. Moved to Michigan where they owned/operated a restaurant until his retirement. He enjoyed camping, traveling and his grandchildren.


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Charmaine Brandner of Whitmore Lake, MI


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Tara (Col. Todd) Gibson of Fairfax, VA & Jared (Douglas) Brandner of Anchorage, AK
Step-Children: Amber Mcinerney of Michigan & Brandon (Sabrina) Kowalski of Moses Lake, WA




SURVIVING PARENTS: Mother – Elinora H. (Frey) Brandner of Medford, WI


DECEASED FATHER: Herbert J. Brandner in 2015


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Immanuel Ev. Lutheran School, Medford
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Charles "Chuck" B. Pearson




AGE: 85


ADDRESS: N2502 Crane Drive, Medford; A Township of Medford resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Friday, June 22 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford where he had resided for the past 2 ½ months


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 26 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford


OFFICIATING: Perry Pearson


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


VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Tuesday, June 26


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 12, 1932 at Evanston, IL


EDUCATION: Evanston, IL schools


MARRIAGE: March 25, 1955 at Dubuque, Iowa to Irene M. Sauer


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: US Army veteran. After his service to his country, he dairy farmed and mink ranched in the Town of Browning for a period of time. After farming, he drove truck for Neuendorf Transportation & worked at Weather Shield in Medford. They moved to Wausau in 1976 and he did janitorial services while residing there. In October of 2017, they moved to the Town of Medford. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, golf, reading, yard work, bird watching and spending time with his grandchildren.


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Irene M. Pearson of Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – Linda (Jeff) Paul of Curtiss & Diane (Doug) Solberg of Abbotsford


# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 6 – Jason (Sarah) Paul, Tracy (Alan) Hanlin, Andrew (Courtney) Paul, Jessica (Jamie) Minton, Brianna (Justin) Michlig, Jordan (Ashley) Solberg GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 16


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Richard Pearson of Black Creek, WI
Sister-in-law: Carol Pearson of Mellon, WI


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brother - Allen Pearson; Sister-in-law: Lynda Pearson


DECEASED FATHER: Bertram I. Pearson


DECEASED MOTHER: Rose Josephine (Neuendorf) Pearson

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
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Jacqueline "Jacqie" J. Jablonowski


  Jacqueline “Jacqie” J. Jablonowski, 63, of Rib Lake, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018 surrounded by her family in her dream home. She was born in Oakland, CA to Raymond and Gloria (Bednarski) Petri on July 2, 1954. She is survived by her husband, Gerald Jablonowski, whom she married on September 6, 1985. She worked at Northwestern Mutual until her retirement.

  In her spare time Jacqie enjoyed Yahtzee, cribbage, being out in nature, reading, volunteering in the Rib Lake area, traveling, knitting, and fishing.

  In addition to her husband, Jacqie is survived by her children, Brian Jablonowski of Rib Lake, Gregg Jablonowski of Pell Lake, Dawn (James) Shepherd of Muskego, Nikki (Wes) Decker of Port Washington, Chris (Jenny) Machlan of Muskego, and Jeffrey (Jaclyn) Jablonowski of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren, Josh, Conor, Oliver, Tyler, Gavin, Gianna, Sarah, Aiden, and Kaiya. She is further survived by her mother, Gloria and brothers, Bill and Keith Petri.

  Jacqie is preceded in death by her father, Raymond.

  A memorial service for Jacqie will take place at 2:00 PM on Wednesday June, 27, 2018 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Rib Lake, with Rev. Kenneth Bittorf officiating. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church from 12:00 PM until the time of service at 2:00 PM.

  Memorial donations in Jacqie’s name may be given to the 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


Norman H. Vanderhoof


  Norman Harold Vanderhoof, 91, of Ogema, passed away on June 20, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family and under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.

  Norman was born February 28, 1927 in Chili, Wisconsin to Harold and Gertrude (Stoneberg) Vanderhoof. He married Elaine Lundberg on December 28, 1949. Elaine preceded him in death in 2007.
  He is survived by his Children: John Vanderhoof of Ogema, Joyce (Richard) Hildebrand of Iowa, Louise Lukes of Ogema, Larry (Roni) Vanderhoof of Prentice, Susan (Dennis) Ochodnicky, of Ogema, Nancy (Frank) Lukes of Ogema, fourteen Grandchildren, twenty eight Great Grandchildren and one Great Great Grandchild, and Siblings: Grace Payne of Florida, Myrtle Payne of Sheboygan, Ruby Berkholz of Ogema, Delores Eisner of Rib Lake, Yvonne Presswood of Illinois.
  He is preceded in death by his Parents, Wife Elaine, daughter Lynn Moriarty, and two Grandsons.
  Norman served in World War II, from April 1945 to November 1946 and attended the Honor Flight in 2017. Norman was a very talented carpenter, building many houses in the surrounding counties. He enjoyed outdoor activities, travel, and visiting with his family.  He also loved working in his workshop after retirement.
  A Celebration of Life followed by lunch at the Spirit Baptist Church, will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 1:30. Pastor Duane Harper will officiate. A Graveside service will take place at Garden of Memory Cemetery where military honors will be held.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at


Clara Schopfer


  Clara Schopfer, age 91, of Owen, passed away on Thursday,  June 7, 2018 at Ascension St. Clare's Hospital in Weston.

  A Memorial Gathering will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen. 

  Clara was born on November 24, 1926, the daughter of William and Wilhelmina "Minnie" (Ploog) Pape in Owen.  She graduated from Owen High School.  Clara was united in marriage to Harold Schopfer in 1944.  He preceded her in death on April 2, 2005.

  Clara worked side by side with her husband, Harold, driving heavy equipment for building roads.  They also had a herd of beef cattle.  She was well-known for her cake decorating skills working for Ken's Bakery in Owen.  Clara made character cakes for her family and others.  She worked as an election officer in the Town of Hixon for many years.  Clara was a 4-H cooking leader, enjoyed making barbie doll clothes and was a seamstress.  She was an excellent cook and baker and was proud of her flower bed and large garden.  Most importantly, she cherished her family.

  Clara is survived by her daughter, Ginger (Camby) Berry of Wausau; seven grandchildren: Jini (Dean) Ruplinger, Patti Bloch, Steven Marcott, Kelly Marcott (Jason Smith), Julie (Brian) Hastings, Michael (Regan) Jacks and Melissa (Eric) Vance; 11 great-grandchildren: Matthew Dassow, Krista Dassow, Nikki Marcott, Hailey Bloch, Onalee Marcott, Shyley Marcott, Madelyn "Maddie" Marcott, John Jacks, Joe Jacks, Ethan Hastings and Ben Hastings; one great-great-granddaughter, Ariana Reeves; a son-in-law, Paul Jacks of Cyprus, TX; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her daughter, Judie Jacks; a brother, Edward Pape; two sisters, Irma Miller and Cleo Dearth and two siblings in infancy.


Ann E. Olah


  Ann E. Olah, 91, of Westboro passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Rib Lake Health Services, Rib Lake, where she had resided for the past 7 months.

  A graveside service will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 30 at Mount Olive Cemetery, Westboro.  Immediately following that gathering will be a celebration of life time at the Rib Lake Ice Age Pavilion that all are invited.

  Ann was born on July 2, 1926 to Archie Donald and Mildred Avery (Streeter) Hebert in Longview, Washington. She attended elementary schools in both Washington and Westboro, WI; was a 1943 graduate of Westboro High School; attended Santa Monica Community College. On February 16, 1946 in Medford she married Steve Olah and he preceded her in death August 20, 1994. After her marriage, they farmed in the Town of Rib Lake for many years until her retirement in 1999. She also cooked at the Westboro School for some time. She enjoyed reading, playing cribbage, gardening, cooking, baking, her pets, feeding the birds, bowling and her family was very important to her. Ann was also a charter member of the Premeau-Schauss VFW Auxiliary, Westboro.

  Ann is survived by her children, Stephen (Gail) Olah of Rice Lake, Robert “Bob” (Kristie) Olah of Sunnyvale, Calif., Richard (Peggy) Olah of Westboro; grandchildren, Stephenie (John) Grefe, Renee (Jack) Stein, Ryan, Andrea & Erik (Heather) Olah, Lisa (Jason) Rashid; great-grandchildren Eli and Ava Grefe, Megan Stein, Brandon, Nathan, Matthew and Luke Olah, Jadeyn Olah, Jordan and Levi Rashid; and brother, John Hebert of Rib Lake.

  In addition to her husband and parents, Ann is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Shannon Olah in 2007; siblings, Lois Sherfield, Nancy McCrellias, Linda Fritsch, Donald and Joe Hebert.

  The family would like to acknowledge and give thanks to the Rib Lake Health Services for their care and compassion while Ann was a resident. The family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation. For online condolences, please visit


Janet H. LiVigni


  Janet H. LiVigni, 73, of Rib Lake passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at her residence. She was born in Blue Island, IL on November 11, 1944 to Forest and Janet (Kleifoth) Kurtzweil. She graduated from Oak Lawn Community High School. She married Steven LiVigni on August 10, 1968, he survives.

  Janet worked in the steel industry. She was a hard worker and strong woman with a great sense of humor. She will be deeply missed by all.

  In addition to her husband Janet is survived by her son, Joseph (Kelly) LiVigni; grandchildren, Rebecca, Jessica, and Joseph “Fitzy”. She is also survived by her sister, Peggy Machnikowski of Ogema and brother, Thomas Kurtzweil of Maricopa, AZ. Janet is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

  Janet is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Forest and Quentin Kurtzweil; sister in law, Merilyn Kurtzweil and brother in law, Julius Machnikowski.

  Cremation rites have been accord and a celebration of life will take place at a later date.

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


Leo James "Jim" Hirsch


  Leo James "Jim" Hirsch, age 94, formerly of Medford, passed away on Thursday,  June 7, 2018 at his son Gerald's home in Barrington Hills, IL under the tender care of hospice.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.  Interment to be held at Riverside Cemetery in Withee.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Monday at the Church. 

  Leo was born on May 18, 1924, the son of  Leo and Theresa (Brost) Hirsch in Medford, Wisconsin.  He attended Holy Rosary Grade School and Medford High School. He was an operator for the Greyhound bus company for 42 years.

  Leo was united in marriage to Lorraine Milewski on June 28, 1952 in Chicago.  She preceded him in death on May 16, 2005.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 60 years and enjoyed gardening.

  Leo is survived by five children: Connie (Mike) Schubert, James (Polly) Hirsch, Gerald Hirsch, Thomas (Amy) Hirsch, and Debra (Herb) LaMee; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by two siblings:  Marguerite (Ray) Klingbeil of Medford and Patrick Hirsch of Lake Bluff, IL; two sisters-in-law: Bernice Hirsch of Sparta, and Joan Hirsch of Pensacola, FL; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife and five siblings: Marilyn (Ray) Strassman, Peter Hirsch, Mark Hirsch, Eileen (Gerald) Handel and John Hirsch; and a sister-in-law, Geraldine Hirsch.

  In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be made to Orphanage of Casa Hogar, 1 Pablo 2, Lima, Peru in care of Diocese of La Crosse Mission Office, PO Box 4004, La Crosse, WI  54602.


Aure "Ray" Liebl

  Aure A. “Ray” Liebl, 88, of Rib Lake, passed away Saturday May 26, 2018 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

  He was the beloved partner of Catherine Kriehn and ex Husband Karen Liebl (O’Keane). He was a wonderful Father to Suzanne (Perry) Boneck, Tamara (Jeff) Jackopin and Karen (Kari) Liebl, loving Grandfather of Matthew (Krystle) Jackopin, Shannon (Kyle) Trimble, Ryan (Leah) Boneck, Jeffery Jackopin and Erin Boneck. Proud Great-Grandfather of Kylie Jackopin, Sebastian Jackopin, Haylee Jackopin, Connor Trimble and Lauren Trimble, and one brother Leo Liebl.
  He is preceded in death by his Parents William and Theresa Liebl and sister Lila Liebl Kalin.

  Ray was an honored Korean veteran, Sergeant in the US Army, and traveled in the special service Road Show Tour in 1951-1952 as a backup musician for Bob Hope. He was a proud member of the American Legion. Through his lifetime Ray graduated from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. A musician, composer, orchestra and band leader that went on to form many bands including Ray Liebl and the Sophisticates. Ray was an accomplished entrepreneur owning several businesses and music stores including the current Rib Lake Music Center for over 25 years. He was an exceptional carpenter and a True Artist. His one true passion in life was teaching students the love of music.

  Cremation rites have been accorded, and a memorial service will take place a 4:00 PM, Monday June 11, 2018 at Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake Chapel. Father Dennis Meulemans will officiate. Burial and military honors will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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


Myrtle May Blomberg


  Myrtle May Blomberg, 93, Town of Hill, Ogema, died Saturday 2, at Aspirus Care and Rehab Center in Medofrd, WI. She was born on February 17, 1925, in Boston, Massachusetts, to the late Rev. George and Myrtle Brooks. She graduated from the El Paso High School in El Paso, Texas Her marriage to the late Ivar H. Blomberg took place on June 8, 1947, at El Paso, Texas. She was a member of the Ogema Baptist Church, and of the Liberty Belles Homemakers.

  Survivors include one son, Tim, Ogema; two daughters, Judy (Rev. James) LeMaster, Ogema, and Debby (Wayne) Berfeldt, St. Paul, MN; grandchildren Larisa (George) Klein, James I. LeMaster, Alex (Heather) LeMaster, Aaron (Katie) Berfeldt, Samantha (Sean) Hallowell, Devon Berfeldt, and Tara Berfeldt; seven great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she is preceded in death by one son, James, and by six brothers, Milton, Larry, Harry, Alfred, Charlie, and Leslie Brooks, and by many sisters and brothers in law.
  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 9, at the Ogema Baptist Church in Ogema with Rev. Rodney Price officiating. Interment will take place in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in the Town of Hill. Friends may call at the Ogema Baptist Church in Ogema on Friday after 5:00 P.M. and on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until the time of services.
  Online condolences may be expressed at
The Heindl Funeral Home in Prentice is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.



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