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Joyce M. (nee Fischer) Rinehart


  Joyce M. (nee Fischer) Rinehart, age 88, of Owen, passed away on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford where she had been a resident for 2 1/2 years.  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Withee.  The Rev. Thomas Myhre will officiate.  Interment to follow in Riverside Cemetery, Town of Hixon.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services Saturday at the church.  Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons Nick and Neal Thieme, Glen Turner, Jr., Warren Rinehart, Jr., and great-grandsons, Joshua and Jared Krueger.

  Joyce Mildred Fischer was born on January 25, 1928, the daughter of William A. and Anna P. (Damm) Fischer in Medford, the youngest of five children.  She grew up on the family farm on Castle Road and attended Thielke Grade School on Hwy. 64.  In her freshmen year, Joyce walked four miles to Medford to attend high school.  Her last three years, she roomed with three other girls above Hoffman's Store and worked lunch hours at a restaurant to earn her room and board.  She graduated in 1946.  Joyce worked at Bert Alm Realty and William Hoppe CPA doing bookkeeping and income taxes starting one week after graduation.  When Mr. Hoppe retired, she went to work for Karl Miller doing bookwork for Lindow Auto Sales in Medford and Sebold Chevrolet in Abbotsford. 

  Joyce was united in marriage to Donald C. Rinehart on June 21, 1947 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford and resided just west of Medford on Hw. 64 until April of 1951 when they bought Hilts Jewelry Store in Owen.  She continued being a housewife and mother but also helped in the jewelry store and did bookkeeping for Auberg Chevrolet-Pontiac in Owen and also preparing tax returns.

  Joyce was very active in her community, being a member of the Owen Businessmen's Club, American Legion Auxiliary (where she held many offices in local county units), O-W Fire Department Auxiliary, Chairman of 50th Celebration of the City of Owen Jubilee and Friends of the Old School.  She also was instrumental in getting a branch of Time Federal Savings Bank to locate to Owen.  She continued this involvement until 2014.

  Joyce is survived by her five children:  Patricia Thieme of Withee, Delores (Glen) Turner, New Glarus, Warren (Wanda) Rinehart of Terra Alta WV, Douglas (Diane) Rinehart of Spring Lake Park, MN and Dennis (Renee) Rinehart of Anoka, MN; 16 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; seven step-grandchildren; one great-great- grandson and one due in the spring.  She is also survived by sisters-in-law:  Doris (Ken) Bartelt, Nellie Reed, Joyce Mae Rinehart, Loretta McClain, Linda Fischer; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Donald in 2005; her brothers:  Herbert (Lenora) Fischer, Melvin (Beulah) Fischer and Clifford Fischer; her sister:  Myrtle (Norbert) Faber and one granddaughter, Brandy Sue.


Wallace J. Hamann


  Wallace J. Hamann, age 85, of rural Colby, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Golden Living Center at Continental Manor in Abbotsford. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at Saint John High Steeple Church in the town of Wien, Marathon County. The Reverend Jeffrey A. Lambrecht will officate. Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 am until time of services on Wednesday at the church. Inurnment will be held in the church cemetery. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.

  Wallace was born on January 5, 1931 the son of Martin and Erna (Buttke) Hamann in the Town of Frankfort, Marathon County. He attended Hillcrest country school and graduated from Colby High School. Wally worked at Weyerhauser in Marshfield for 41 years, where he received numerous awards for service. He was a lifelong member of Saint John “High Steeple” church in the town of Wien.

  Wally enjoyed hunting, fishing, bow hunting, bowling, gardening, watching baseball and making firewood.

  Wallace is survived by his sister: Arabella Syring of Edgar, sister-in-law: Mary A. Hamann of Colby and 5 nieces and nephews.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; brother: Ralph Hamann, infant brother: Glen and brother-in-law: Rueben Syring.

  Family and friends may express condolences online at


Clyde "Pee Wee" Schultz



  Clyde “Pee Wee” Schultz, age 88, passed away on Friday, September 23, 2016 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford. The Reverend Don Bruce will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Monday September 26, 2016 at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.
  Clyde was born on March 29, 1928 to George and Emma (Ulrich) Schultz in the Town of Holton, WI. He served in World War II and Japan from 1946 to 1947 in the 387th Glider Infantry. He married Ethel Kuenzi in 1967 and had a daughter, Cindy Lynn. He remarried again in 1974 to Chloe Nelson and had a son Clyde (C.J.) Jeremy. He spent 45 years as a professional house painter and the owner of Pee Wee Painters. Clyde was also a logger in the Northwood’s and a bar owner. In his elder years he was an author and a songwriter who accomplished many of his dreams.
  Clyde was a member of the Colby VFW Post #2227. He was honored that he was chosen for the Honor Flight last April and considered it a wonderful experience that he will never forget. Clyde enjoyed playing cards, writing books, singing, old movies, deer or elk hunting locally and out west was his biggest passion, and retelling his 88 years of life to people that were near and dear. He will be remembered for his heroism, charming smile and witty attitude.
  Clyde is survived by his two children: Clyde Jeremy (Melissa) Schultz of Greenwood and Cindy Lynn (Walter) Koshen of Milton; sister: Tudie Fisher of Abbotsford; grandchildren: John Michael Schultz, Emma Rose Koshen, James Koshen, a sister-in-law: Jean Schultz of Altoona and dearly loved nieces and nephews.
  He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers: Clarence (Sonny), Wallace (Utzy), sisters: Carmen (Hunna), Lydia (Liddy), Lorna, Lucille, Juanita (Red) and Mertyl (Merle).
  Clyde’s family would like to thank Tina Beach for being a great friend/business partner and to the staff at the House of the Dove for the wonderful care Clyde received.
  Family and friends may express condolences online at


Ronald "Ron" S. Konieczny


  Ronald “Ron” S. Konieczny, 60, of Owen passed away on September 21, 2016 in Holway.

  He was born on September 28, 1955 to Stanley and Adala (Collar) Konieczny. He was a graduate of Owen- Withee High School. He married Sally Ann Kowalewski on September 23, 1976 in Medford. After school Ron went on to work at Weather Shield for 32 years. After Weather Shield Ron then went on to work for Turenne and Nestle.

  In his spare time Ron enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, woodworking, gardening, raising llamas, caring for his lawn, drinking beer and listening to good tunes, camping, colorful campfires, watching the Packers, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

  Ron is survived by his wife Sally of Owen, children: Shannon (Patrick) Loucks of Curtis, Shawn (Sara) Konieczny of Medford, Sherri (Dustin) Dmytro of Gilman, grandchildren: Shawna, Bryant, Victoria, Clark, and Claire. Ron is further survived by his mother, Adala, sisters: Kathy (Bill) Semanko of Junction City, KS, Karen (Lee) Paul of Medford, Linda (Don) Horgen of Almena, and Judy Bogodonovich of Stanley.

He is preceded in death by his father Stanley, father-in-law Vernon “Bud” Kowalewski, and mother-in-law Marjorie “Marge” Kowalewski.

   A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at his residence at 3:00 PM.

  In lieu of flowers Memorial Donation in honor of Ron can be given to his family for designation at a later date.


Sonny J. Pepper


  Sonny J. Pepper, 13 months of Eau Claire died on Friday, September 16, 2016 at Sacred Heart Hospital.

  Sonny was born on July 30, 2015 to Jacob and Amy Pepper in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  Sonny was our perfect little baby boy, who smiled and showed his love for life and family doing the simple, silly things that boys do; sticking his fingers where they didn’t belong, making a mess of his favorite spaghetti dinners, and trying to get as much water out of the bathtub as possible. He enjoyed making towers with his blocks, which were the best gift he ever received from his loving Aunt Becky and Uncle Josh, only to destroy them and start over.  Although his time with us was short, the world was a brighter place each and every day he was in it.  We want him to be remembered for the happy, energetic, and delightful child that lifted the spirits of those around him; which was in his spider man pajamas most of the time.  He will be missed by his twin sister, Summer, in trading nooks, throwing balls at each other, and sharing the experience of growing together and having a friend to figure out life’s adventures.  Our boy was perfect, and this is the way we shall remember him forever.

  Sonny is survived by his parents, Jacob and Amy Pepper of Eau Claire; twin sister, Summer Rae of Eau Claire; and loving friends and family members.

  Sonny was preceded in death by his cousin, Izzo David.

  Funeral services will be Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 10:30 am at Immaculate Conception with Father Donald Meuret officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the church on Saturday.  Private family burial will be held at a later date.  Friends and family may leave online condolences at


Rose M. "Jump River Rose" Wawrzyniak

  Rose M. "JUMP RIVER ROSE" Wawrzyniak 89; died on Saturday; September 17th, 2016 at The Clark County Health Care Center in Owen.
  She is survived by 4 children: Peggy & James Trawicki of Gilman, Michael & Sheryl Mogensen of Delafield, Robert & Joni Mogensen of Lake Nabagamon and James & Patti Mogensen of Cottonwood, Az. Rose is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren, 3 brothers and 1 sister: Kenneth Petska of Sheldon, Tom & Darlene Petska of Tomah, Bruce Petska of Effingham, IL and Kay Smith of Spring Grove, IL.

  Funeral Services for Jump River Rose will be held on Saturday; September 24th, 2016 at 1:00 PM at The Jump River Community Center with burial in Mt. Nebo Cemetery. The family will receive friends at The Nash - Jackan Funeral Home in Ladysmith on Friday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 pM and also at the Center for 2 hours prior to service time.




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