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Jane "Punkie" L. Laffan




AGE: 78


ADDRESS: Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford; A former Townships of Deer Creek & Little Black resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:14 AM Thursday, January 19 at Care Partner’s 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 Monday, January 23 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford


OFFICIATING: Rev. R.J. Schuenke


INTERMENT: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Stetsonville


VISITATION: 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Monday, January 23 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 20, 1938 at Medford


EDUCATION: Town of Deer Creek Elementary school and was a 1956 graduate of Medford High School


MARRIAGE: November 11, 1961 at Chicago, IL to Dennis J. Laffan, Sr. and he preceded her in death on October 31, 1990


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After her education, she resided & worked in Chicago for a period of time. After their marriage, they moved to the Town of Deer Creek in 1976. She later resided in the Town of Little Black and with her daughter for a period of time prior to entering Care Partners in Medford. She worked at Tombstone Pizza Corp. in Medford for 25 years until her retirement. She enjoyed bowling, gardening, camping, reading & spending time with her grandchildren.


MEMBER OF: Red Hatters; Was a past member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Dennis (Sandy) Laffan of Eau Claire, Charmaine (Todd) Baker of Medford & Christine (Richard) Gustafson of Clayton, NY


CHILDREN DECEASED: Granddaughter – Cassidy Laffan in 1996


# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 8 – Rachel (Eric) Vach, Taylor (Coyle Weissmiller) Laffan, Megan Nicks, Melissa Baker, Delaney Laffan, Mathew Gustafson, Margaret Baker, AJ Gustafson GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 2 – Ellie & Jace Vach


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: David (Leona) Piller of the Town of Deer Creek, Donald Piller of Rib Lake, Lana (Jack) Raiche of Mound, MN, Connie (Jack) Behrendt of Maple Plain, MN, Sandy (Dale) Jochimsen of the Town of Little Black, Jeff (Sharon) Piller of Granton


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sisters – Kathy Hauser & Margaret Piller; Brother-in-law: Judd Hauser


DECEASED FATHER: Theodore “Ted” Piller


DECEASED MOTHER: Opal (Clarkson) Piller


PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren


OTHER INFORMATION: -For online condolences, please visit 


Herman C. Dohrwardt, Jr.


  Herman C. Dohrwardt, Jr., 85, of Medford, passed away Wednesday January 18, 2017 at his home. Herman was born March 18, 1931 in Medford to Herman and Anna (Haney) Dohrwardt. They precede him in death. He married Ardella Dassow at Trinity Lutheran Church on October 5, 1963. Ardella survives. He is further survived by Children: Ricky (Nancy) Dohrwardt of Rib Lake, Randy (Katrina) Dohrwardt of Medford, Ryan (Bobbie) Dohrwardt of Pulaski, Renee (David) Jacobsen of Medford and Rod (Muzzy) Dohrwardt of Medford, Grandchildren: Mikey, Taran, Brett, Wyatt, Amanda and Zach Dohrwardt, and Nicole Jacobsen.         Herman worked as a carpenter for several companies in the Medford area, and owned his own dairy farm. He worked for Weathershield on the production line, and also volunteered at the Sr. Citizen center. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, carpentry work and watching Nascar. Per Hermans request, cremation rites have been accorded, and no services will be held. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at


Eugene Blair


  Eugene Blair, age ­­­­­94, of Abbotsford passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Dycora Nursing Home in Abbotsford. Funeral services will be held 11:00AM Saturday, January 21, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in Abbotsford. Friends and family are welcome 9:30 am on Saturday, January 21, 2017 until the time of the service. Pastor Marcia Thomas will officiate. Burial will be at the Abbotsford Public Cemetery.

  Eugene was born November 4, 1922 in the township of Unity, the son of Herman and Eunice (Holmes) Blair. Eugene was united in marriage to Verna Herrmann on October 13, 1945.  Together they operated a dairy farm near Riplinger until 1952. A few years later, they bought a farm east of Abbotsford in 1954.  Eugene was a farmer all of his working days.

  Eugene worked as a technician for Tri Breeders for many years. He also served on the Abbotsford School Board, director on the Board of Tri State Breeders, and served a term and was treasurer for First Presbyterian Church.

  Eugene is survived by his wife: Verna; his five children: Christine (Mike) Gust of Knoxville, TN, Carrol Stano of Oconto,WI, Randolph (Cindy) Blair of Tomahawk, Dudley Blair of Abbotsford, and Douglas (Sara) Blair of Abbotsford. He has been blessed with 13 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.  He is further survived by a brother-in-law: Glen Herrmann of Minocqua.

  He is preceded in death his parents and by a brother: Lyle Blair. 

  Eugene's family wants to thank the Colby Retirement Community and Dycora Nursing Home for the great care they gave their dad.

  Online condolences can be made at


Robert "Bob" Lamberty


  Robert “Bob” Lamberty, a Whittlesey resident, passed away on January 16, 2016 at his home under the care of his wife, family, and Hope Hospice. Bob was born on August 3, 1937 in Medford to Oliver and Catherine (Brandner) Lamberty. They precede him in death.

  Bob was a brother to Donna (Mike) Roiger of Whittlesey, Roy (Midge) who precedes him in death, and Roman (Lois) Lamberty of Texas.

  Bob went to school in Whittlesey and graduated from Medford High School in 1955. After school Bob went west with a few friends working various jobs from California to South Dakota. After a short courtship he married Mary Roiger on July 25, 1959. They lived in Milwaukee a few years until they purchased the family farm in 1966. Bob farmed, logged, and was a part time mail carrier. He became a full time mail carrier in 1989 and sold the farm to his son Luke. Bob retired in 2000.

  In addition to his wife Bob is survived by his 3 children, Dawn, Rob (Joy), and Luke (Donna Grossel) ; 4 grandchildren, Michael, Barbara (Clayton) Denzine, Katie (Curt Quednow), and Dustin (Chandel) ; 7 great-grandchildren, Austin, Kameron, Sophia, Amelia, Kiana, Gavin, and Adeline all of Whittlesey. He is further survived by many other family and friends.

  Bob was a member of OLPH Catholic Church in Whittlesey, President of Whittlesey Baseball Association for 52 years, active member and past president of the Rib Lake Lions, and charter member of The We Whittlesey Whizzers Snowmobile Club.Bob enjoyed bowling in Rib Lake for many years and bowling in Medford. Bob and Mary also enjoyed traveling all over the U.S., making Italian sausage, and taking care of the great-grandchildren. The great-grandkids are going to miss their Rocking Chair.

  Bob was hard working, fun loving man. Never a man to shy away from a party or to sit in the corner and watch. He always had a joke or a quick comment.

  A memorial mass for Bob will take place on Wednesday, January 25 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Whittlesey with Father Phil Juza and Deacon Joe Stefancin officiating; burial will follow at OLPH Catholic Cemetery, Whittlesey. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, January 24 at OLPH Catholic Church in Whittlesey from 4:00 PM until the time of a prayer service at 7:00PM. Visitation will continue at the church on Wednesday, January 25 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

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


Emily M. Kofler


  Emily M. Kofler, 90, of Rib Lake, passed away on Sunday January 15, 2017 at Country Gardens in Medford.

  Emily was born November 2, 1926 in Rib Lake to Joseph and Frances (Borovay) Szczurek. She is a graduate of Rib Lake High School.
  Emily married Leonard J. Kofler at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Rib Lake on Nov. 29, 1947. Leonard survives.
  She is further survived by her children: Marie (Dale) Lindwall of Wausau, Michael (Kathy) Kofler of Prentice, Peter Kofler of Marshfield, 8 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren.
  She is preceded in death by her Parents, Daughter Vickie Ann Wudi, and all of her Brothers and Sisters.
Emily was employed by Gem Products and worked on the production line and Rib Lake Health Care Center where she worked in housekeeping. She also ran the family dairy farm in Rib Lake, and enjoyed horseshoes and polka music.
  She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church Catholic Order of Foresters and Christian Mothers.
  A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM Wednesday January 18, 2017 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake. Father Otto Bucher will officiate. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Rosary will be said Wednesday morning at Good Shepherd Church beginning at 9:30 and  visitation will follow from 10:00  AM until the time of service at 11 AM.
  Memorial donations in honor of Emily can be given to Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at




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