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Donald J. Ortlieb, age 86, of Dorchester, passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at Golden Living Center - Continental Manor in Abbotsford.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday June 27, 2016 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester. Interment to follow at Dorchester Memorial South Cemetery.  Friends and family are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service Monday at the church.   The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Dorchester is entrusted with the arrangements.

  Donald was born December 22, 1929, the son of Rudolph and Theresa (Hastreiter ) Ortlieb in Dorchester.  He graduated from Dorchester High School.  Donald served in the Army National Guard, then enlisted in the U. S. Army and served for three years and returned to the National Guard serving for a total of 31 years.  He worked for All Metal Stamping in Abbotsford for 30 plus years, retiring at age 70.

  Donald is survived by five siblings:  Jerome (Margaret) of Ohio; James (Nancy) of Dorchester, Joann Heintz of Milwaukee, John (Judy) of Michigan and Shirley (Dennis) Lieber of Milwaukee. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Kathleen Johnson and Barbara Jean Ortlieb and a brother, Eugene Ortlieb.



Louisa "Lou" M. Howsden, age 78, a long-time resident of Medford, Wis., died peacefully on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, with her family present at Jefferson Memory Care in Jefferson, Wis.

  Louisa was preceded in death by infant twin sons, her brothers, Archie and Harvey and sisters, Annabelle, Alma and Gertrude. Louisa is survived by her children, Darrel Howsden, Bill Howsden, Sindie Ferguson and Terrie Matthews; brother Earl Hoeck; and sisters Lorraine Hinson, Mary Rudolf, Grace Brehm, Pauline Brehm and Joan Brehm. Louisa has 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

  Louisa was born September 26, 1937, to Charles and Verna (Ehlert) Hoeck in Hewett Township, Clark County, Wis. Louisa grew up in the Medford area yet maintained strong ties and spent most summers with her extended family in the Thorp area. Louisa was a 1956 graduate of Medford Senior High School.

  During her life, Louisa was a mother, a farmer, an art student, a factory worker, an operator of a painting and whitewashing business, a bus driver – and all of the other trades involved in keeping a farm running.

  Louisa enjoyed the outdoors, nature and wildlife. Never one to be caught indoors if there was work to be done outside, she was well suited to the farming life. Louisa was still raising animals and splitting firewood in her mid 70s.

  Louisa was an independent, fiercely proud and sometimes stubborn woman with deeply held   convictions. Those who knew her would say the same thing.

  The visitation / memorial service will be held Saturday, July 9th, 2016, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at HEMER FUNERAL HOME in Medford, Wis. In keeping with her wishes, there will be a private time for the family to spread her ashes.



  Lester E. Carlson, 91, currently of Marshfield, formerly of Medford, passed away Friday June 24, 2016 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Lester was born February 9, 1925 in the Township of Holway, Wisconsin to David and Ruth (Larson) Carlson.  He married Laura H. Lang on August 5, 1949 in Iowa City, IA. Laura preceded Lester in death December 19, 2009.

     Lester is also survived by his daughters;
Amy Ike of Marshfield, Audrey (John) Aviles of Stanley, NC, Betty Nickerson of Salem, OR, Bonnie (Jay) Still of Independence, MO, Carol (Ken) Schulz of Marshfield, Coralee (Jeffry) Schultz of Unity, Danette (Don) Irvin of Arlington, TX, and Deanne (Cleve) Madlock of Bolingbrook, IL, 21 Grandchildren, 28 Great Grandchildren, 3 Great Great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his
He is preceded in death by his siblings; Mabel Notagiacomo, Florence Tytor, Jerry Carlson, Marlin Carlson, Roy Carlson, Ethel Miller, Gladys Pawelko, Infant sister, Lois Carlson; his Granddaughter, Tracy Collins; Son In Law Jim Nickerson.
       Lester joined the US Army in March of 1943, and served a 3 year enlistment. He was stationed in Italy, and was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, and was a Ski Instructor, and also a gun serviceman. In 1947, upon his return from the war he joined the Carpenters Union in Illinois and Wisconsin and was a member for over 65 years. In 1955, they built a house for the family in Arlington Heights, and Elgin. In 1972, the family returned to Central Wisconsin. Through the carpenters union he worked for many different contractors as a residential carpenter. He also owned a dairy farm in Unity. Lester enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid Cubs, Brewers, and Packers fan. He was very proud of his family, especially his eight daughters.
     He was a Lifelong Member of the Medford VFW Post 5729, a Colby VFW Post 2227, where he served as Post Commander for both, Chequamegon Bird Club, Taylor County Historical Society, The United Church of Christ, Medford.

  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday June 28, 2016 at The United Church of Christ in Medford. Pastor Mary Jo Laabs will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 AM until the time of service at 11 AM. Burial and military honors will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II.

  The family would like to thank Stoney River Assisted Living in Marshfield and St. Joseph Palliative Care, especially Sara and Jessica, for their loving care and compassion they showed their Father.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Lester E. Carlson may be given to
The Highground Veterans Memorial Park, W7031 Ridge Road, Neillsville, WI, 54456 or
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  Annabelle M. Pawlowski, 94, Wausau, formerly of Athens, died Tuesday June 21, 2016 at Benedictine Living Community, Wausau, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

  Annabelle was born at home in Oconto, WI on November 4, 1921 as the first of four children to Austin and Agnes (Speller) Donlevy. She attended grade school at a one room country school for grades 1st through 8th. Annabelle walked to school every day, and during the winter, she would stop by neighbors to warm up. When she went to high school, she would stay with relation in town and walk from there.     She would go home on the weekends. Annabelle would milk cows with her mother during threshing times as well as the neighbor's cows. She graduated from Oconto High School in 1940.

  After graduating, Annabelle had taken a babysitting job for some friends of the family in West Allis where she would meet the love of her life, Florian Pawlowski. Florian's mother knew the family and told him there was a nice girl there. He came back home and told his mother that he was going to marry that pretty girl. They had their first date at the State Fair and on June 3, 1947 Annabelle married Florian at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Oconto with a reception and dance that followed. They later held a reception and dance near Athens as well. He preceded her in death September 14, 2005.

  Florian took over his parent's farm 5 miles east of Athens. Together, they raised four children: David, Kathy, Sharon, and Linda. Annabelle belonged to the St. Anthony's Church in Athens as a member of the PCCW Catholic Order of Foresters. She chaired many card parties and also belonged to a Homemakers club. Florian was in the Catholic Order of Foresters and also the Marathon County Board. This allowed them to travel to many places including Niagara Falls, Disney, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, and Florida.

  Summers kept Annabelle very busy with a large garden and canning in the fall. She made the best garlic dill pickles as well as the best Pfeffernüsse cookies and kiddie cocktails. She also helped with barn chores and during haying season she drove the baler tractor. Holidays were also busy. They were spent at the farm with all the children and grandchildren coming over to celebrate. This included anywhere from 20-30 people. The holiday tradition is still carried on by her youngest daughter Linda along with her husband Mike. With 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren, family gatherings now include anywhere from 40-50 people.

  Annabelle loved to be able to spend time with her family. She enjoyed putting puzzles together with her grandchildren and had quite the collection of puzzles that they would work on together. She also enjoyed watching the Packer games and doing word searches along with the various Benedictine activities. Though one of her favorite activities included her many visits from her daughter Kathy and husband Dale where she would frequently beat them at King's in the Corner.

  Annabelle is survived by her son, David Pawlowski, Athens, daughters, Katherine (Dale) Rauen, Edgar, Sharon (Daniel) Westfall, Athens, Linda (Michael) Kloth, Medford, brother, Bernard (Mildred) Donlevy, Oconto, sister, Donna (Frank) Esser, Waukesha, brother-in-law, Lawrence Koehler, Hartford, grandchildren, Suzette (David) Zillmer, Michael (Tina) Pawlowski, Sandra (Leon) Gundrum, Tracy (Jason) Lepak, Kristina (James) Knott, Sara (William) Schmidt, Jennifer (Shain) Gowey, Ember (Michael) Ackerman, Nicole (fiance' Kyle Kutzke) Madison, Enita (Matthew) Brandl, Crystal Kloth, 26 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

  Besides her parents and husband, Annabelle was preceded in death by her sister, Caroline Koehler, grandson, Travis Westfall, granddaughter, Kelly Ann Westfall, daughter-in-law, Phyllis Pawlowski, brother-in-law, Frank Pawlowski and foster sister-in-law, Virginia Heldt.

  The Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Saturday June 25, 2016, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens. Rev. George Graham will preside. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

  The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to Benedictine Living Community and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for the compassionate care given to Annabelle during her time with them. 





  Born to Edgar and Helen Ruge, January 24, 1915

  On June 22, 2016, our Helyn passed away of natural causes. Survivors include seven children, 5 boys and 2 girls; sons David (Darlene Tomczyk) Heier, Gregory (Maureen Ackeret) Heier, Tracy (Kathy Wilcox) Heier, Neal “Bud” Heier, Stuart ”Bomber”(Laura Potaczak) Heier all of Medford; daughters Camille  (Willard) Anderson of Wausau, Edith (Robert)  Hoock of Abbotsford; Twenty-two grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren.

  Helyn was preceded in death by her husband Alfred “Fritz” Heier in December 1976, her daughter-in-law Nora (Zerngible) Heier in April 2001, brother Ernie and two sisters Elaine and Dorothy.

  Services for Helyn will take place at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford with Father Phil Juza and Deacon Joseph Stefancin officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until time of services Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Interment will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford. Pallbearers will be Willard & Eric Anderson, Robert Hoock, Shizue Teal, Wyatt & Rachael Heier.

  Helyn was born in the Town of Little Black. She married Fritz Heier on August 20, 1939. Helyn and Fritz purchased a farm in the Town of Little Black on a Land Contract, starting from scratch having to purchase a dairy herd, machinery and remodel a farmhouse with no running water, electricity or insulation.

  Helyn attended Holy Rosary Catholic School in Medford and graduated from Medford High School. Helyn then attended the Green Bay State Vocational School earning a degree in accounting and business.

  Helyn’s career began as a receptionist/stenographer for the State Civil Service-Wefare Department later being appointed State Assistant Court Reporter and a court reporter for the various courts for Taylor County.

  After thirty years, Helyn retired and became a free-lance court reporter for several Attorneys in Taylor County. She also did free-lance tax accounting.

  Helyn did all this while raising seven children; her motto being “Family First”. Helyn did find time for enjoyment. She liked the challenge of a good game of bridge, playing bridge in several clubs and the bridge marathon over the years. Knitting and sewing were a necessity as well as a craft and hobby. Roses were Helyn’ favorite flower and she always had rose bushes blooming in the yard all summer.  Two special places Helyn had traveled to were to the Vatican in Rome and  LasV egas to see the Liberace show. She never missed the Liberace or the Lawrence Welk weekly show on TV.  

  After Fritz died in 1976, Helyn embarked on her second thirty-year career as Administrative Assistant and Accountant at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford, retiring in 2008. Since then, she had been busy hosting family get-togethers, playing cards and hunting down bargains at garage and estate sales. 

  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Helyn’s name to Holy Rosary Catholic School in Medford.

Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements. For online condolences, please visit 




AGE: 54


ADDRESS:  Rib Lake, WI


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Aspirus Medford Hospital


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 27, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake


OFFICIATING:  Father Otto Bucher


VISITATION:  3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Sunday June 26, 2016 at Hannah’s Hen House Bar & Grill in Rib Lake

Also from 9:00 A.M. until time of services on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 12, 1961 in Sumner, Iowa


EDUCATION: Sylvia attended Sumner Area Grade School and was a 1980 graduate of Sumner Area High School in Sumner, Iowa


MARRIAGE: On October 8, 1983, Sylvia married David Anderson and they were later divorced; On August 18, 2007 she married Thomas L. Schuh and he survives.


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After high school, Sylvia worked for several small cafes in Iowa. She then moved to Stratford, WI where she worked as a manager for Family Dollar in Colby. In 2001, Sylvia owned and operated Hannah’s Hen House in Edgar. Sylvia and Tom then farmed for a short period of time before opening Hannah’s Hen House in Rib Lake in August of 2014. She loved to collect chicken memorabilia and key chains, attend auctions and her children’s events and concerts. Sylvia was a die-hard Iowa Hawk Eye fan, she liked to bake, cook, watch the sunset and she loved spending time with her family and friends.


MEMBER OF:  Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Taylor County Tavern League and Fenwood Lions Club


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Thomas L. Schuh of Rib Lake


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Benjamin Anderson of Stratford, Hannah Schuh of Rib LakeStep-Children: Danielle Schuh of Kansas City,  Missouri, Brittney (Pat) Schuh of Flint, Michigan,  Ashley (Dan) Schuh of Stevens Point, Chelsea (Chris) Schuh of Madison and Tommy Schuh of Rib Lake




SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Mark (Lisa) Miller, Sue (Phil) Nidert, Karla (Dave) Blume, Kim (Dan) Ellis, James (Sara) Miller all of Sumner, Iowa and Dan (Liz) Miller of Purcellville Virginia.


3 Brothers & 4 Sisters-in-Law and their families that loved her.


Sylvia is further survived by many nieces and nephews from both sides of her family.


DECEASED FATHER: Cletus Anton Miller


DECEASED MOTHER: Darlene Mae Niemeyer


OTHER INFORMATION:  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to her family to be designated at a later date.

Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford & Rib Lake are assisting the family with arrangements.

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Diego D. Zuniga-Badillo, age 21, of Abbotsford, passed away as the result of an automobile accident on Saturday, June 18, 2016.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 6:30 PM on Thursday, June 23, 2016  at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford.  Father Tim Oudenhoven will officiate. A Christian Wake will be held from 12:00 noon until 6:00 PM on Thursday, June 23 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.

  Diego was born July 7, 1994, the son of Jose and Josefina (Badillo) Zuniga in Juarez, Mexico.
  Diego is survived by his parents, Jose and Josefina; his girlfriend, Kristen Lustila and their son, Ayden; three brothers and two sisters:  Cristian, Bryan, Nancy, Alma and Ricardo.  He is further survived by his maternal grandparents:  Jose and Carmen Badillo; many Aunts and Uncles, Cousins, other relatives and friends.
  He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents.
  He is loved as a brother, son, friend, lover and father. Diego was a great guy, and one of a kind with a heart of gold. He loved to go fishing, four wheeling, hanging out with friends, working on his truck, and most of all he loved his son Ayden.  We all love and miss you very much, and know you're watching over us from up above. Until we see you again.


Diego Zúñiga-Badillo, de 21 años, de Abbotsford, falleció como consecuencia de un accidente automovilístico el sábado 18 de junio de 2016.

  Diego nació el 7 de julio de 1994, hijo de José y Josefina (Badillo) Zúñiga en Ciudad Juárez, México.
Fue amado como un hermano, hijo, amigo, amante y padre. Diego era un gran tipo y con un corazón de oro. A él le gustaba ir de pesca, viajar en su cuatrimoto, salir con los amigos, y, sobre todo, amaba a su hijo, Ayden. Todos te queremos y te extrañamos mucho, y sabemos que estás velando por nosotros desde arriba, hasta que nos veamos de nuevo.

  A Diego le sobreviven sus padres, José y Josefina; su novia, Kristen Lustila y su hijo, Ayden; tres hermanos y dos hermanas, Cristian, Bryan, Nancy, Alma y Ricardo.
Le sobreviven sus abuelos maternos, José y Carmen Badillo; muchos tíos, primos, otros familiares y amigos.
  Le precedieron en la muerte sus abuelos paternos.
  Se llevará a cabo una misa, oficiada por el padre Tim, el jueves 23 de junio a las 18:30 en la iglesia católica de San Bernardo en Abbotsford. A partir de las 12 horas y hasta 6 p.m. del jueves 23 de junio,en la Maurina-Schilling funeraria, en Abbotsford.





AGE: 77


ADDRESS: 858 Lakeshore Drive, Rib Lake, WI


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 10:30 AM Monday, June 20 at his residence in the Village of Rib Lake under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Private family only graveside services will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, June 25 at Garden of Memory Cemetery, Township of Hill along with military rites performed by the Rib Lake American Legion


OFFICIATING: Pastor David Clements


INTERMENT: Garden of Hill Cemetery, Township of Hill


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 19, 1938 in the Township of Rib Lake


EDUCATION: Rib Lake area elementary schools and was a graduate of Rib Lake High School


MARRIAGE: July 10, 1964 at Elgin, IL to Karen Mae Nelson and she survives


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: US Army Veteran having served from 1958 to 1960. After the service he worked at Hurd Millwork in Medford for a period of time. He worked as a welder for Franklin Sales & Service in Prentice for a period of time until retirement. He enjoyed, NASCAR, woodworking & camping, hunting, fishing, gardening, racing & racing cars.


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Karen M. Ziembo of Rib Lake


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – Debbie (Mike) Quednow of Ogema & Julie (Don) Yankura of Cleveland, OH


# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 2 – Jeffrey & Gina Quednow GR-GRANDDAUGHTER: Danika Quednow


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother – Larry Ziembo of Rib Lake




DECEASED MOTHER: Emma Ruth (Gerstberger) Ziembo


OTHER INFORMATION: Any memorial contributions may be given to the family for a future designation




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