WKEB Obituaries Blog

Robert H. Schuh

 

Robert Henry Schuh, age 76, of Curtiss, passed away on August 19, 2019 at his residence under the tender care of St. Croix Hospice with his family by his side.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at Saint Mary Help of Christian Parish in Colby. Father Baskaran Sandhiyagu will officiate.   Interment to follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.

 

Robert was born on January 3, 1943, the son of Henry and Vernice (Sommers) in Eau Claire, WI. He attended Woodland School in the Town of Green Grove and graduated from Colby High School. On June 9, 1973, Robert was united  in marriage to Judy Dassow.  Together they farmed until he became sick. Robert’s favorite job was driving for meals on wheels for 14 years, this is where he enjoyed helping and visiting with participants.

 

Robert created Whispering Pines Amusement Park, he was a kid at heart. He loved anything science, particularly physics.  He was self taught and continued learning throughout his life. He was a collector of many novelties including: The Three Stooges, toy cars, miniature tractors (especially Allis Chalmers), M&M’s, LP Albums, antiques and tools.  He was a member of the Colby Historical Society and the Curtiss Lion’s Club.   Every year Robert looked forward to our annual 4th of July Party, it was the event of the year for him. He also loved making sno cones, cotton candy and other food on food truck which he brought to area events.  Robert had an infectious smile and had a joke for everyone.  Most importantly, he cherished his family.

 

Robert is survived by his wife of 46 years: Judy; four children: Scott (Sheri), Shelley (Dan) Johnson, Sandi (Brad) Weber, and Sarah (Matt) Drabek; five grandchildren: Mike Gustum, Chris Gustum, Haylea Drabek, Sadie Drabek, and Mattie Drabek; a sister, Mary Negrete, and a brother: Keith Wooley, along with many nieces, nephews, and friends.

 

Robert is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Phyllis Schmidt.

George H. Eckstrom

 

George H. Eckstrom, 88, of Jump River, passed away on August 
17, 2019 at home. He was born on December 8, 1930 in Jump 
River, to the late Fritz and Alida (Johnson) Eckstrom. George was 
raised by his Dad and step mother: Gladys on the family farm and 
graduated from Hannibal High in 1948.

George served his country in the Army and then returned home. He 
married Joyce Thompson on April 14, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa. The 
couple farmed for many years until retirement when they moved to 
Jump River. George also got to know many area farmers as a crop 
adjuster. He enjoyed pitching horseshoe, farming, traveling with 
friends and family, playing cards and watching the Packers. George 
was a member of the Sheldon American Legion and many 
Horseshoe leagues.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Joyce, his six children, Cindy 
Eckstrom of Eau Claire, Sherry (Scott) Ogle of Perkinstown, Andy 
(Sandy) Eckstrom of Toledo, WA, Tina (Tom) Walker of 
Minneapolis, MN, Candace (Martin) Weidensee of Oregon, WI and 
George Eckstrom  of Carlisle, Iowa, 12 grandchildren, 7 great 
grandchildren and one brother, Hilmer (Bonnie) of Gilman. He is 
preceded in death by his parents, step mother, one sister Arleen 
and his brothers, Carl, Kenneth and Donald.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, August 24, 
2019 at Christ Community Church-Jump River with Pastor Joey 
Olsen officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Nebo Cemetery with 
Military rites by the Sheldon American Legion. Visitation will be from 
4-8 PM on Friday, August 23rd at the Gilman Funeral Home and 
Saturday morning one hour prior to services at the church.

David J. Krug

 

David J. Krug, 80, of Owen, Township of Holway, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2019 at Dycora Transitional Living Center in Abbotsford where he had resided for the past year and a half.

 

A Funeral Service for David will take place at 11 AM on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Township of Holway, with Pastor Amy Heinz officiating. Military rites will be conducted following the service performed by the Stetsonville American Legion Post 519. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Township of Holway. Pallbearers will be Cameron Gitzlaff, Jake Kapellen, Adam Fairchild, Nick Stilwell, Nate Neerhof, James Kittel and Brian Hanson. Visitation will take place from 4-7 PM on Tuesday August 20, 2019 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford. Visitation will continue Wednesday, August 21 at the church from 10 AM until the time of service at 11 AM.

 

David was born on the Krug Homestead, on July 1, 1939 in the Town of Holway to Frederick and Myrtle (Larson) Krug. He attended Holway Public School and was a 1957 graduate of Medford High School. David married Juanita Wiese of Abbotsford on July 15, 1961 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Township of Holway; she survives.  He served in the US Army during the Berlin Crisis. David was a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard 32nd Co E, 105th Armor Division and a member of the American Legion Post 519 of Stetsonville.

 

His education included UW Wisconsin Madison, American Technical Agriculture Institute of Illinois and NTC of Wausau. David farmed for 39 years, worked for Berry Farms and Foremost Farms Cheese Plant. David was a board of director and officer on many local, district, state, national and international dairy boards, including Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Taylor Electric, Wisconsin Electric, Medford Area Schools, Memorial Hospital, Taylor County and State Farmers Union, County, District & State Family Dairy’s, County & State Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Dairy Council of Wisconsin, Dairy Management Inc., US Dairy Export Council, World Dairy Trade Organization, ADRC of Northern Wisconsin, Taylor County Farmers Union, State Farmers Union Milk Market, Production Credit Association Advisory, County Snowmobile Clubs and State NonPoint Source Pollution Coordinating Committee.

 

He was also Farmers Union Youth Leader, received the Tri-County 1972 Outstanding Farm Award for Taylor County, 1973 FHA Farm Family of the Year, 1976 T.C. Outstanding Soil, Water & Conservationist Cooperator, 1980 National Farmers Union Farm Family Living Award, 1984 Taylor County Farm Family of the Year, 1993 T.C. Person of the Year, 1996 T.C. Centennial Farm of the Year (Krug) Homestead and 1999 T.C. Dairy Promoter of the Year.

 

David enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, hunting, gardening, traveling and camping, but most of all, being with his family and grandchildren. He loved playing his harmonica. He also enjoyed restoring his 1957 WD Allice Chalmers Tractor and sharing family history with others.

 

In addition to his wife, Juanita, David is survived by his daughters Sarah (Charles) Ratzlaff of Sheboygan and Deanna (Daniel) Gitzlaff of West Allis; six grandchildren: April (Nate) Neerhof, Bethany (Jake) Kapellen, Grace (James) Kittel, Samantha (Adam) Fairchild, Emily (Nick) Stilwell and Cameron Gitzlaff;  eight great-grandchildren: Norah, Natalie and Mason Neerhof, Joel & Eva Kappellen, Jordyn & Madelyn Fairchild and David Kittel. David is further survived by his siblings Marian (Ken) Nernberger of Medford, Judy (Galen) Nowak of Holcombe and Lavonne (Bernard) Dums of Medford ; his brother-in-law James Prell (Virg Theil) of Medford and numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

David is preceded in death by his parents and siblings Keith Krug and Charlotte Prell.

 

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

Danny J. Bormann

 

Danny J. Bormann, 72, of Medford, died Thursday, August 15, 2019 at UW Health University Hospital in Madison.

 

Cremation Rites have been accorded and a Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 23, 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford, with Pastor Nancy Amacher officiating. Visitation will be held that morning from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11. Following the Service, military rites will be performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team.

 

Dan was born on January 6, 1947, in Piedmont, California to Melvin “Mac” and Elaine (Krueger) Bormann. He attended Medford Area Elementary Schools and was a 1965 graduate of Medford High School. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served as an intelligence analyst within the US Air Force Security Service stationed in Okinawa, Japan reviewing and interpreting North Vietnamese military communications. The USAFSS was a secretive and tight-knit branch composed of airmen selected from the top ½ of 1 percent of the Air Force’s enlisted recruits. In 1969, following his military service, he worked as an intelligence analyst with the National Security Agency in Washington D.C. These jobs, which required top secret security clearance, were considered essential to the US Cold War efforts. In 1976, Dan returned to Wisconsin and owned and operated Lefty’s Sport Shop on Main Street. For many years, he was co-owner of the Medford Farm-Home Center (Hardware Hank’s).

 

Dan always enjoyed fishing and grouse hunting. In later years, he enjoyed varying hobbies including building and repairing computers and collecting baseball cards and die-cast cars. Dan was previously married and later divorced. Dan was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford.

 

Dan is survived by his Children: Kimberly (John) Freestone of Centerville, VA., Tyler (Amy) Bormann of Rhinelander, and Danille (Jason) Langreck of Marshfield and Granchildren: Samantha “Samy” and Emily “Millie” Freestone, and Garrett and Greyson Bormann. He is further survived by his siblings: Patsy (Lee) Paustenbach, of Medford, Mary Lynn (Michael “Mick”) Premeau, of Norwalk WI, Becky Petersen, Sue (John) Winter, and Julie (Sam) Scott, all of Medford.

 

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Brother-In-Law: Jerry Petersen, and Nephew: Joey Paustenbach.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made out to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation at:

 

 National Multiple Sclerosis Society

Wisconsin Chapter

W223 N608 Saratoga Drive

Suite 110

Waukesha, WI 53186-0401

 

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

Donald "Don" C. Uerling

 

Donald “Don” C. Uerling, age 78, of Colby, passed away on August 15, 2019 at the Marshfield Medical Center.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2019 at Saint Mary Help of Christian Parish in Colby. Father Joseph Redfern will officiate.   Interment to follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. Military honors provided by the Colby VFW post #2227.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.

 

Don was born on May 27, 1941, the son of Clarence and Alveria (Mengel) Uerling in Colby. He graduated from Colby High School.  Don joined the United States Army, and served in Korea. Don was united  in marriage to Mary Ann Sterzinger on June 24, 1972 at St. Mary Catholic Church.  He worked for PCA for 35 years.

 

Don loved the outdoors.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, and hiking with his brothers, nephews and lifelong friend Jimmy Baumgartner.  Don also looked forward to his trips to Alaska to fish. Later in life he enjoyed reading, and trap shooting.

 

Don is survived by his wife of 47 years: Mary Ann of Colby; siblings:  Peter (Theresa) of Arpin, James of Princeton, Mae (Leroy) Mattison of Phillips, Patricia (Willard) Meyers of Curtiss, Janet Lawniczak of Green Bay, Rose Uerling of Ludington, MI, Jenny (Brian) Shannon of Independence, IA, and Russell (Christine) of Olympia, WA; two sisters-in-law: Nancy Uerling of Gleason, and Karen Uerling of Bradenton, FL, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

 

Don is preceded in death by his parents;  four brothers: Raymond, Ervin, John, and Thomas; a sister: June; two sisters-in-law: Caroline and Judy; and a niece: Paula Uerling.

 

Mark H. Patterson

 

Mark H. Patterson, 60, of Wausau, a former Medford resident, died Friday, August 9 at Aspirus Hospice House, Wausau where he had resided for the past 3 weeks following a brief & courageous battle with cancer.

 

Memorial services for Mark will take place at 11 AM on Saturday, August 31 at Rib Mountain Lutheran Church, Wausau with Pastor Tim Swanson officiating. Visitation times will be from 9 AM until the time of services at the church on that day. Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford at a later date.

 

Mark was born on February 10, 1959 in Medford, WI to the late Keith “Beaner” and Mary Jane (Apple) Patterson. He attended Lincoln Elementary School in Medford prior to attending the Wisconsin School for the Deaf in Delevan, WI of which he was a 1978 graduate. Mark also attended North Central Technical College in Wausau and received a certificate in auto mechanics.

 

A single man, Mark resided in Wausau for the past 38 years. He was a member of the Rib Mountain Deaf Lutheran Church and their Deaf Lutheran Church choir. Mark was a compassionate man, was quite social, generous and had the ability to make people smile with his good natured sense of humor. A Christmas tradition… Mark would teach family members “The Twelve Days of Christmas” in sign language so everyone could sing along. He loved NASCAR! He was a “regular” at the State Park Speedway on Thursday nights. Mark also enjoyed swimming, snowmobiling, canoeing and spending time with family and friends. Mark’s four legged companion, Sparky, was not far behind. Whether it was on a snowmobile, jet ski or in his car. Mark was inducted into the Wisconsin School for the Deaf Athletic Hall of Fame in 2012 for football and in 2013 for wrestling.

 

Mark is survived by his siblings: Ann (Greg) Werth of Wausau, Terry Acker of Chandler, AZ, Beth (Larry) Kind of Plover, Sara (Roger) Haizel of Williston, ND, twins-Jane (Steve) Paulson of Dayton, WY, and Joan (Tom) Forenz of Georgetown, CO and Tom (Melissa) Patterson of Roanoke, VA. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins & other relatives and friends.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in Mark’s name be given to Aspirus Hospice House, 530 32nd St., Wausau, WI, 54401. The family would like to thank all the staff at Aspirus Palliative Care and Hospice House for the outstanding care of their brother Mark. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. For online condolences to the family, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Anton "Skinner" W. Molitor

 

Anton “Skinner” W. Molitor, 85, of Medford, passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at Aspirus Care and Rehab surrounded by family.

 

Skinner was born on October 9, 1933 to Anton and Kunda (Schupp) Molitor in Medford. He married Eva Marthaler on May 8, 1992; she survives. He served in the Air Force and was stationed in the Philippians for 4 years during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge he drove truck for Peterson Construction for 40 years, until his retirement.

 

In his retirement he enjoyed gardening, tinkering in the garage with his tractor and his 1989 Chevy pickup. He was known as a guy who would do anything for anybody.

 

In addition to his wife, Skinner is survived by his children, Lori (Dale) Erdman of Rib Lake, Dawn (Jim) Goodknight of Amery, Ramona (Brad) Dahl of Medford, Jane Peterson of Stetsonville, and   Mark (Darla) Weber of Medford; 11 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. He is further survived by 1 sister Elaine Dowden of Medford and many other family and friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, 3 brothers, Raymond, James, and Mark Molitor, 1 sister Catherine Kramer, and 2 sons-in-law, Doug Peterson and Allen Wille.

 

A Funeral Mass for Anton will take place at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 16, 2019 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Patrick McConnell officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Friday, August 16, 2019 from 9:30 AM until the time of Mass at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Anton’s name may be given to Aspirus Kidney Care Center.

 

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

Mary Ann Borgemoen

 

Mary Ann Borgemoen, age 88, of Abbotsford, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, August 4, 2019 at The Waterford under the tender care of hospice.

 

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Colby.  Father Joseph Redfern will officiate. Inurnment will follow the service at the Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery in Curtiss. Visitation will occur at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, until time of service. Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with arrangements.

 

Mary Ann was born on February 5, 1931, the daughter of Fredrick and Anna (Hierlmeier) Prohaska in Medford.  On October 18, 1952, Mary Ann was united in marriage to Victor Borgemoen, Sr. in Medford.  He preceded her in death in March of 1993.

 

Mary Ann received a Nursing Degree and worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield for many years.  She also was the health coordinator and worked for the Village of Curtiss.  Mary Ann belonged to a card club and a breakfast group both which she thoroughly enjoyed.  MaryAnn was known for her chocolate chip cookies and brownies, which she loved to share with everyone.

 

Mary Ann is survived by her five sons: John (Diane Marzinske) of Holcombe, David (Susan) of Weston, Victor (Deborah), Jr. of Colby, Steven (Karen) of Hewitt and Dale (Angela Hansen) of Abbotsford; six grandchildren: Tyler, Brent, Ryan (Miranda), Ryanna, Bryan and Megan; two great-grandchildren: Ellie and Caden.  She is further survived by a sister Norma Prohaska of Medford; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Fredrick Prohaska  and a sister, Kathryn Jakel.

 

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

Judith L. Hince

 

Judith Lorraine (Lusher) Hince, age 81, passed away on July 4, 2019 due to complications from a stroke with her family and friends by her side.  She was born on November 16, 1937 in Deer Creek, Wisconsin to Lester and Lorraine (Brunner) Lusher. She married James Hince on May 24,1958.

 

Judy was a daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She loved cooking, sewing, quilting, fishing, traveling, reading, basket weaving, crafting/needlework, playing cards, and gardening.

 

Her working career took her in many directions.  She was a key-punch operator for the Wisconsin Cheese Guild in Milwaukee, and then did office work for Peter Schwabe construction in Milwaukee.  After moving to Medford, Wisconsin Judy drove school bus, made pizzas at Tombstone Pizza.  She also worked in the office at Weather Shield and Hurd Millwork and retired in November 2007.

 

She was also involved in various volunteer activities.  She was very active in her church Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Whittlesey, the Medford Performing Arts, Home Hospice Care, a hospital/nursing home volunteer. Judy was the driving force behind everything that has been donated from the Medford area to The Hands Foundation. For nearly 10 years quilts and backpacks have been made for homeless veterans. 

 

Judy is survived by her sister Kathleen Lyon (California), her daughter Beth (Richard) Karweick of Kentucky, her son Michael (Lisa Leu) Hince of Medford, WI, daughter-in-law Donna Hince of Florida, and grandchildren:  Lauren Perry, Sara (Kyle Thompson) Hince, Christopher Karweick, and Emily Karweick.

 

 Judy was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters who died in infancy, her husband James in October 2008, son Scott in February 2019 and her beloved dog Chuck.

 

Visitation for Judy will be held on Friday, August 23 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Whittlesey from 5pm-8pm.  The funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 24 at 11am at Our Lady of Perpetual Help with interment immediately following at Our Lady of Perpetual Help cemetery.

 

In lieu of flowers, donations to handsfoundation.com would be appreciated.

 

Darlene R. Prien

 

Darlene R. Prien, age 91, of Colby, passed away surrounded by her loving family at Aspirus Care and Rehab Center in Medford on Sunday, August 11, 2019 under the tender care of Hope Hospice.

 

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby. Rev. Mark Neumann will officiate.  Interment will be at St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery in Riplinger. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Colby is entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Darlene was born on July 30, 1928, the daughter of Herman and Lela (Hoops) Molle in Marshfield. She attended Sunshine Grade School in rural Unity and graduated from Unity High School in 1946. Darlene was united in marriage to Eugene Prien on April 20, 1949 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Riplinger. She worked as a beautician in Spencer before her marriage and part time as a beautician in Loyal after her marriage until 1972 when they bought the Gambles Store in Colby. Darlene liked to work, garden and spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

Darlene is survived by her husband; Eugene of Colby, daughter; Peggy (Daniel) Kraschnewski of Medford, three grandsons; Ryan (Robin) Kraschnewski of Medford, Lucas (Rebecca) Kraschnewski of Green Bay and Jeffery (Kimberly) Kraschnewski of Medford, great-grandchildren; Ryder, Restyn, Rylan, Shaelyn and Daxton, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, and two sisters; Juanita Boyer and Berdine Zimmerman.

 

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

Milford "Mick" A. Keepers

 

Milford “Mick” A. Keepers, 98, of Gilman, passed away at home on 
August 9, 2019. He was born on July 26, 1921 in Jump River to the 
late George and Elizabeth (Beaty) Keepers. He attended Hannibal 
High School through 10th grade. Mick married Helen Kalous on 
October 7, 1950 at the South Lawrence Mennonite Church in Jump 
River.  Mick was born and raised in Jump River on his parent’s 
dairy farm where Mick and Helen went on to raise their six children. 
After retiring from farming in 1972 they moved to Gilman, Wisconsin 
where he took a custodial job at the Gilman Public School District 
for about a year.

Mick enjoyed gardening vegetables and his flower gardens that he 
grew for Helen to enjoy. Mick was an active member in his church. 
He was also involved in his community by volunteering on the 
Gilman Fire Department along with maintaining the flowers on the 
Main Street.

Mick is survived by his six children, Cal (Lena) Keepers of Jump 
River, Lee Keepers of Ellsworth, Jeannie (Gary) Boss of Crandon, 
Cliff (Shelly) Keepers of Gilman, Beckie (Keith) Hines of Hudson 
and Del Keepers of Jump River, 16 grandchildren, 13 great 
grandchildren and the Kalous and Keepers nieces and nephews to 
whom he is called Uncle Micky. He was preceded in death by his 
parents, his wife Helen, his brothers Jess, Les and Bufford 
Keepers, his sisters, Ada Kingston, Florence Meiners, Dorothy Van 
Loo, and Beulah Wolf, his grandchild Justin Keepers and two great 
grandchildren Alayah and Gideon Keepers.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Monday, August 12, 2019 
at Christ Community Church in Jump River with Pastor Joey Olsen 
officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Nebo Cemetery in Jump River. 
Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. on Sunday at Gilman Funeral home 
and one hour prior to service at the church on Monday.    

Ronald "Ron" J. Lubahn

 

Ronald “Ron” J Lubahn, 78, of Gilman, WI, passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2019, at Aspirus Medford Hospital.

 

Ron was born on April 25, 1941, to Arnold and Emilie (Marks) Lubahn in Sheboygan, WI. He married Patricia A. Searvogel on April 15, 1961. Together they raised seven children; Deborah Yeager of Gilman, Jeffrey (Tammy) Lubahn of Marathon, WI, James (Rosa) Lubahn of Inver Grove Heights, MN, Jeremiah (Patty) Lubahn of Medford, WI, Jonathan (Rhiannon) Lubahn of Viroqua, WI, Rebekah Lubahn of Medford, WI and Susanne Conner of Medford, WI.

 

In addition to his wife and children, Ron also survived by his 18 Grandchildren; Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Ezekiel, Miranda, Alexander, Timothy, Scarlett, Ariella, Samuel, Jacob, Kylie, Ethan, Collin, Olivia, Josiah, Junior, Justin, Braidyn and two Great Grandchildren Alayna and Bradley. He is further survived by one sister Barbara (Randy) Hagedorn of Mayville, WI and Hope Dalzin of West Bend, WI.

 

Ron worked as a milk hauler in his early years and farmed in various places in Missouri and Wisconsin. He also worked as a CNA at Cedar Lake House in West Bend and managed Mink Capital Terrace in Medford for 15 years.  Ron enjoyed attending auctions, hobby farming and spending time with his family. He was a man of faith and was active in various church activities throughout his life.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers Richard and Robert Lubahn and infant daughter Christine.

 

Funeral services will take place at 2:00 PM on Monday, August 12, 2019, at New Life Apostolic Church with Pastor James Rider officiating. Burial will follow. Visitation will take place on Monday, August 12, 2019, at New life Apostolic Church from noon until the time of service at 2:00 pm.

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

Eugene Wirz

 

Eugene Wirz, 94, of Medford, WI, peacefully passed to join his departed loved ones at 1:47AM on July 21, 2019, at Aspirus palliative care in Wausau WI.. Services will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford on August 10, 2019 with visitation beginning at 9:00 AM and church service at 11:00 AM.

 

Gene was born on August 11, 1924 to Swiss immigrants Eugene and Lena (Kirchweier) Wirz in Darlington, Wisconsin. Being born into a family of cheese makers, Gene started life at a young age working at making cheese in his father's factory in Rice Lake, Wisconsin where he graduated with the class of 1943. He then attended UW-River Falls and graduated in 1947 with a degree in chemistry and math, and while there received 4 year varsity letters in football, and 2 year letters in basketball, baseball, and tennis. After graduating college he played semi-pro baseball for 5 years, and started his teaching/coaching career at Stanley High School in 1948 through 1950. His marriage to Irene Wilson took place on August 5, 1950, and from there he started a 36 year career of teaching, counseling and coaching at Medford Senior High School. While there he taught math for 10 years, chemistry for 16 years, and was named Chemistry Teacher Of The Year in 1974 and 1975 by the American Chemical Society. In 1968 he received a Masters Degree from UW-Stout in counseling and in 1976 moved solely into guidance counseling and serving as athletic director which he continued to do until his retirement in 1986.

 

Along with his passion for teaching, Gene's whole life was spent participating in and always tied to athletics. While at Medford his varsity coaching consisted of 10 years football, 1 year basketball, 5 years baseball, 5 years tennis, and 3 years volleyball. After coaching ended he was a WIAA and college official in football, basketball, baseball and track and always had a fond memory of getting a police escort out of Gilman after a hotly contested basketball game. Gene was also Lumberjack Conference commissioner for 25 years, and managed Tee-Hi golf course for 27 years where he was instrumental in developing a strong junior golf program - and always had the kindness, patience, and teaching ability that was needed for such a task. His only regret in his golfing career was that his wife got a hole-in-one and he never did - and one can only imagine the mileage she got out of that! In later years he was always an active spectator at Medford athletic events, and could be found with his good friend and former player Jim Zuleger in tow or just rolling up on his scooter to watch - he never lost his love for watching something that he held dear to him all his life. A plaque on the wall at the high school will attest to this as on January 27, 1996 he was a second round inductee into the Medford Athletic Hall Of Fame - a recognition well deserved.

 

Throughout his life Gene was never one to rest - although at times he could have used more than the 10 minute nap time Irene would usually allow him. He wore many hats in his 94 years - tugboat operator, pea cannery worker, horse trainer, Code 5 roadie, carpenter, Neuendorf Transportation truck driver, boy's camp counselor, diaper deliverer, Rec center owner, and turf company co-owner. After retiring he was on the Medford School Board for 18 years, Holy Rosary Education Committee for 3 years, Stepping Stones Board of Directors, and a volunteer for the Performing Arts Association and the Gentle Hearts Animal Shelter. Gene was also a charter member of the Taylor County AIDS Task Force and presented over 100 lectures on AIDS and AIDS prevention to schools, churches, hospitals and community gatherings. One of his proudest moments came in 2006 when the Medford Area Chamber of Commerce recognized and honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award - once again a recognition well deserved.

 

In addition to his parents, Gene was preceded in death by his brother Wally Wirz of Chippewa Falls WI; by his wife of 64 years Irene (Wilson) Wirz; by his son Jim "Phred" Wirz; and by his daughter Mary Ellen Wirz - and like her, by all the animals they both held so dearly in their lives.

 

Survivors include son Rich (Christie) Wirz of Medford; daughter Rita (Dave) Strebig of Wausau; granddaughters Tessa (Nick) Schoenfuss of Omaha NE; Kayla Wirz of Milwaukee WI; Brittany Strebig of Farmington CT; and Devan Strebig of Arlington VA; great- grandsons Colin Schoenfuss, TJ Klein; Ressick Klein; and numerous nieces, nephews, and all of the other friends and relatives who are now left without him in their lives. Gene's kind heart, willingness to help others, infectious grin and smile, and never ending wit and humor will truly be missed by all those who knew and loved him - and especially by his family who held him so dear to our hearts.

 

In lieu of flowers, any and all memorial donations will be given in his name to Rawhide Boys Ranch and for a one time scholarship to a Class of 2020 graduating senior scholar/athlete.

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

Shirley J. Olson

 

Shirley J. Olson, 90, of Rib Lake, passed away on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at Rib Lake Health Services.

 

She was born on April 18, 1929 in Rib Lake, daughter of the late William Sr. and Marie (Schmidt) Silbernagel. She attended schools in Marshfield, Medford, Gary, IN, and graduated in 1947 from Rib Lake High School.

 

On December 20, 1947, she married Vernon “Peanuts” Olson, in Chicago. They moved back to Rib Lake and operated the Little Bohemia Café, Harper Lake Resort, and Spirit Lake Tavern. She also worked at Gem Products until its closing.

 

After her husband’s death in 1992, she and her best friend, Robert McCluskey, traveled extensively throughout the Southern and Western States, Canada, Alaska, Mexico, and Ireland.

 

She loved camping, fishing, gardening, and being with family and friends.

 

She is survived by her daughter, Karen “Kinky” (Mike) Krzykowski; 3 granddaughters, Carrie Yanko, Mia Wollin, and Sara Decker; 6 great-grandchildren, Taylor, Emily, Tyler,Lydia, Quinn, and Evelyn. She is further survived by her sister, Darlene Mathias, and many other family and friends.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother, William Silbernagel Jr., and sister, Karen Silbernagel.

 

Cremation rites had been accorded and a private burial will take place 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.

James "Jim" P. Kenney

 

James “Jim” P. Kenney, age 84, of Medford, passed away Saturday, August 3, 2019 at his residence, surrounded by his family and under the care of Hope Hospice.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded and a Memorial Service for Jim will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM. With Father Patrick McConnell officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM. Internment of his cremated remains will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.

 

Jim was born on December 28, 1934 in Medford to F.J. and Alvina (Hefter) Kenney. A lifetime resident of Medford, he graduated from Medford High School and was employed by Memorial Hospital for many years.

 

Jim was united in marriage to Eileen Anderson at Holy Rosary Church on April 30, 1960.

 

Jim is survived by his children Douglas (Sherry), Daniel, and David (Mi-Rose) all of Medford, Grandchildren Brett Jones, Gwen Jones, Tanya (Kenneth) Stickney, Ho Seong Myeong and Ho jin Myeong, Great-Grandchildren Alexis, Ian, Ellie Stickney, and Tristan Webb, Sister-In-Law Delores Kenney and many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen, brothers Wilmer, Roy, and Eugene, Sister Eileen La Roche and Sister-In-Law Mildred Kenney Nelson.
 

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

Elizabeth "Betty" L. Bacha

 

Elizabeth “Betty” L. Bacha, 89, formally of Lublin, passed away on 
Thursday, August 1, 2019 at Oakbrook Nursing and Rehab in 
Thorp. She was born on July 17, 1930 in Stetsonville, WI, to the 
late William and Esther (Bay) Albrecht. Betty attended Medford 
area schools and graduated from Medford High School in 1948. 
She married Andrew Bacha in Medford on June 24, 1950.  They 
farmed in the Town of Ford until their retirement in 1993, when they 
moved to Curtiss. She also worked at Thorpedo Restaurant in 
Thorp for more than 20 years.

Betty will be remembered for her love of her family and her friends, 
her beautiful flower gardens, the wonderful meals and desserts she 
served, and her talent for sewing and quilting. Her children, 
grandchildren and great-grandchildren are now enjoying the quilts, 
pillows and needlework pieces she made throughout the years. She 
had a good sense of humor and loved Christmas, dancing, reading 
and traveling.

Betty is survived by her children Judy Bacha of Belleville, WI, Patti 
(Mike) McKenzie of Plymouth, Jayne Bacha of Bedford, New 
Hampshire, David (Sharon) Bacha of Lublin, Kelli (Ron) Karpinski of 
Oshkosh, 7 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren and one 
brother Donald Albrecht. She is preceded in death by her husband 
Andrew, her parents, her brothers, Walter, Robert, Glenn and her 
sister Florence Dewart.   

A Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 10, 
2019, at Plombon Funeral Home- Gilman with Father Vijay Kumar 
officiating. Burial will follow at Meadowbrook Cemetery-Gilman. 
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

The family would like to thank the staff at Oakbrook for the 
wonderful care they gave Betty during the past three years. She will 
be greatly missed.

Gary L. Westberg

 

  Gary L. Westberg, 74, Town Ogema, passed away at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, under the care of Hope Hospice and surrounded by his loving family.

 
  Cremation rites have been accorded and a Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 AM Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at First Lutheran Church in Ogema with Reverend Paul Oppedahl officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM. Burial of cremated remains along with military rites performed by the Prentice VFW, will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Ogema.
 

  Gary was born on December 2, 1944 to Kermit and Florence (Nelson) Westberg. He attended Ring Elementary School, Town of Hill, and was a 1963 graduate of Prentice High School. Following High School, Gary joined the military and served in the Army from 1965 to 1967.  On June 22, 1968, he was united in marriage to Karen Berg at First Lutheran Church in Ogema.

 

  After the service, Gary was employed by Prentice Hydraulics, Omark Industries, Prentice Franklin Sales and Service, V and H, Inc. of Prentice, where he retired as Forestry Parts Manager. In his free time, Gary found joy in putting together jigsaw puzzles, listening to his grandsons’ stories, caring for the lawn and house, and the occasional trip to the casino.

 

  Gary is survived by his loving wife, Karen, of Ogema, children - Kristin (David) Mabie of Kennan and Barbra Lutzke of Prentice, Grandsons - Jeffrey (Jessie Denny) Mabie, Trevor Lutzke, Nicholas Mabie, Kyle Lutzke, and Chase Mabie, siblings - Betty (John “Bill”) Saari of Prentice and Marcia (Lonnie) Carlson, of Ogema.

 

  Gary is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Stanley and Ronald Westberg.

 

  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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