WKEB Obituaries Blog

Tomm R. Lehnigk

  On September 24, 2019, we sadly said goodbye to Tomm R. Lehnigk. With family by his side, he passed away from a short but intense battle with cancer. He was a Beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, Friend and Extraordinary Musician. Born on June 4, 1941, in Oshkosh, WI to the late Ralph Lehnigk and Mildred (Cavanaugh) Lehnigk. He was the second eldest son of four boys: Jack (Robin), Gene (Gayle) and Glenn Lehnigk. The family later moved to Pewaukee, WI


Tomm graduated from Waukesha South High in 1959. He started singing with the band the Sultans, playing in Oshkosh and Fond du Lac areas. He then joined the Air Force in 1961 and was stationed in Turkey. After 4 years in service he rejoined the band with a new name, the Tumbleweeds and played the Jolly Fisherman, Nick’s Nickabob, White Oaks and many other clubs. In the early 1970's he started his successful solo career playing at Pap’s Saddle & Sirloin/Chappies, the Lakeaire, El Dorado, Blue Heron, Gasthaus, the Mandarin and 23 years at Tally’s Tap formally Tallinger’s Restaurant in Waukesha, WI and numerous establishments. He loved playing 50's, 60's & Contemporary Rock covering Artists such as the Everly Bros, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond, Roy Orbison, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, CCR and many more.


In 1967, while playing at the White Oaks, he met the love of his life Joyce Hoffman Braun. Tomm is survived by his wife Joyce of 51 years, Son Tomm Jr. Lehnigk, Daughter Joy (Clayton) Feight of Waukesha, WI, Duane (Betty) Braun, Daniel Braun, Gary Braun, Shelly (Fred) Rohweder of Medford, WI. Also survived by his seven grandchildren, Angie Braun, Ashley Braun, Jeremy (Kia) Braun, Erin Rohweder (Christopher), Amy Rohweder, Elijah Blair, Casey Braun and 13 Great Grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his Parents, Daughter-inlaw Jeri Braun and Granddaughter Meagan Braun.


We would like to thank the staff at Waukesha Memorial ProHealth Care Hospice Fairhaven Society and Schramka Cremation Services. A Celebration of Life will be held at Tally’s Tap & Eatery - S31W24661 W. Sunset Dr., Waukesha, WI 53189 on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, at 5 p.m

Randy L. Sackmann


Randy L. Sackmann, age 63, a Town of Deer Creek Resident, passed away Monday, October 14, 2019 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he had been a patient for the past two days.

Per his request, cremation rites have been accorded and a Memorial Visitation will take place on Friday, October 18, 2019 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Interment of his cremated remains will be at Stetsonville Public Cemetery.

Randy was born March 2, 1956 in Medford to the late Elizabeth F. (Baumer) and Clarence C. Sackmann. He attended Stetsonville elementary schools and Medford High School. Randy resided in Phillips and worked at Marquip for a period of time. Presently, he was employed by Freudenthal Manufacturing in Medford. In his free time, Randy enjoyed being a private pilot who flew out of the Medford airport, fishing, remote controlled boats, hunting, and hobby farming. Randy was a member of Hobbyland Flyers.

Randy is survived by his siblings, Rick of Stetsonville, Lennethe Adams and Kathryn (Jeff) Klinger, both of Medford, and Theresa (Samuel) Zagorski of Gilman and six nieces/nephews.

In addition to his parents, Randy is preceded in death by his brothers: Ronald, in 2015, and Brian, in 2017.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to Randy’s family for a future designation.

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

Bruce D. Paul


Bruce D. Paul, 69, of Stetsonville, passed away on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau.


Bruce was born on November 3, 1949 to Vernon and Grace (Wegerer) Paul in Medford. He was educated at Medford schools and graduated from Medford High School in 1967. He then went to NTC and earned his associate degree. He went to work for Jarp Manufacturing for a few years, before starting Paul’s Upholstery in Stetsonville. He then went to work for Parrett Manufacturing until his retirement. He married Patricia Fobes on August 17, 1968, they were later divorced. He married Susan Glamann on July 21, 1993, she survives.


Bruce was also assistant fire chief of the Stetsonville Fire Department for many years. In his spare time he enjoyed shooting guns, hunting, woodworking, and reloading ammo.


In addition to his wife, Bruce is survived by his son, Mike (RaShel) Paul of Medford, step-daughter Sara (Cody) Dickrell of Milladore, grandchildren, Megan and Emma Paul, step-grandchildren Charlie and Blaze Dickrell, and siblings, Roger Paul of Hubertus, Lee (Karen) Paul and Tammy (Denny) Frey both of Medford. Bruce is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.


Bruce is preceded in death by his parents.


Cremation rites have been accorded and a celebration of life will be held at the Centennial hall in Stetsonville on November 9, 2019 from 12:00 pm until 3:00 PM.


Memorial donations may be given to the family for use at a later date.


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

Norman C. Skabroud


Norman C. Skabroud, 83, of Sheldon formally of Jump River,
passed away October 14, 2019 at Ladysmith Care Community.
Norman was born on June 29, 1936 in Ladysmith to the late Frank
and Katherine (Federspiel) Skabroud. Norman grew up above the
Pioneer Cheese Factory in Jump River. He attended local schools
and graduated from Hannibal High School in 1955. Norman married
Marlene Ogle on August 18, 1956 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in


Norman worked in Milwaukee for a few years and on May 1, 1959
the couple purchased his parents grocery store in Jump River. The
family owned/operated that store for the next 52 years. Norman
built a grocery store in Sheldon in 1985 after tearing down the old
Brown’s Store. This store and the meat processing plant that he
started both continue to be owned and operated by family members.


Norman loved to play baseball as a young man and later
sponsored the “Norms” Softball team for 43 years. He also drove
school bus for 23 years, was a founder of the Jump River Fire
Department, a member of the restoration committee of the Jump
River Community Center, a Gilman school board member and a 4-H
leader. He enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, and spending time with
family especially the little ones.


Norman is survived by his wife of 63 years, Marlene of Sheldon, his
children, Julie (Lindy) Siemek, Doug (Diane) Skabroud, and Dean
(Shelley) Skabroud all of Jump River, Chris (Lynn) Skabroud of
Hannibal and Jody (Brian) Oelkers of Sheldon, a daughter in law,
Brenda Skabroud of Jump River, 24 grandchildren and 20 great
grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, his son
Thomas (2012), his brother, Victor and his sisters, Lorraine
Mengel, Edna Borseth and Arlene Jiskra.


A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Thursday, October 17,
2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church-Sheldon with Pastor Dean
Herberts officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Nebo Cemetery-Jump
River. Visitation will be from 4-8 PM on Wednesday at the Gilman
Funeral Home and on Thursday one hour prior to services at the
church in Sheldon.

Kathleen (Williams) Delvis


Kathleen Hazel Delvis (née Williams) departed on the next step of her
journey on Thursday, October 10, 2019. She leaves behind her
husband Dennis, daughter Denise Delvis of Kingman, AZ, siblings
Patricia Meyer of Ladysmith and Archie (Candy) Williams of Hannibal,
sister in law Cindy Williams of Gilman, and too many nieces, nephews,
and cousins to track, and countless friends.

Kathy was born on May 19, 1944 to Franklin and Hazel Williams in
Hannibal, Wisconsin. She spent her early years on her family farm in
Hannibal before moving to Waukesha with her parents in her teen
years. She met a young man named Denny while they were both
working at Waukesha’s legendary Marty’s Pizza. Their jobs each lasted
for exactly one day. Their marriage lasted just over 57 years.

Kathy worked in a variety of different jobs in the Waukesha area,
including Carroll College and the State of Wisconsin. Most of her
career was spent with the Social Security Administration, first in
Waukesha, then Milwaukee, and finally in the Eau Claire area.

Kathy and Denny lived in a little house on Pewaukee Lake for many
years. Their annual Fourth of July party was the stuff of legend.
Boating was one of their favorite activities, and after they moved to
Northern Wisconsin, they spent many happy summers with their
friends at the marina in Alma, Wisconsin. Kathy and Denny also took
many road trips around the United States, snowmobiled in the winters,
and once followed various rivers and waterways all the way to Fulton,
Mississippi for the winter. Kathy’s one trip on an airplane was when
she took her daughter Denise and mother Hazel to Disney World. She
hated the flight.

Kathy loved to read, and instilled her love of the written word in her
daughter Denise. (She did not instill her love of knitting, sewing, or
needlepoint.) She and Denise loved going to concerts and musicals
and went to more movies together than either could count. Their
weekly movie night, and later, their weekend movie marathons were
one of their favorite traditions. They also loved playing cards, and
Kathy took great delight in kicking Denise’s butt whenever she got
lucky enough to do so.

After Denise moved to Arizona, Kathy and Denny began to snowbird
there and made many friends at Black Meadow Landing on Lake
Havasu. They continued to spend their summers at their tiny house in
the woods near Chetek, Wisconsin.

Kathy’s long illness over the last two years was difficult, and she
survived many crises. After one of the last ones, she said, “They
thought I was a goner. But I’m tough!”
She was tough, and tiny, and feisty, and wonderful. And she will be

A funeral service will be held on Monday October 14, 2019 at 11 a.m.
at New Hope Presbyterian Church-Hannibal with Beverly Thompson
officiating. Visitation will be from 2-5 on Sunday at the Gilman Funeral
Home and Monday morning one hour prior to services at the church.
Kathy will be laid to rest in the Hannibal Cemetery, alongside her
parents Hazel and Franklin and her sister Karen.

Memorials in Kathy’s name can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s
Research Hospital (stjude.org) or the Wounded Warrior Project

Laura A. Krueger-Pecher

Laura A. Krueger-Pecher, age 56, of Eau Claire, formerly of Abbotsford, passed away Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at Clearwater Care Center in Eau Claire.


A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  Family and friends are welcome from 12:00 p.m. until time of service on Monday at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at the Abbotsford Public Cemetery.


Laura was born on August 4, 1963, the daughter of Ronald and Carol (Smazal) Krueger in Marshfield.  She graduated from DC Everest High School in Weston in 1981 and received a BS degree in Print Journalism from UW-Eau Claire in 1985.  Laura was united in marriage to James Pecher on September 3, 1988.  They later divorced.  She worked as a CNA at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau.


Laura enjoyed crocheting, scrapbooking, listening to 80’s music, playing scrabble, watching movies and birds.  Her passion was writing.  Most importantly, she cherished her family.


Laura is lovingly survived by her two children:  Brandon Pecher (Molly Berg) of Eau Claire and Kayla (fiance’ Zane Nelson) Pecher of Bremerton, WA; her father, Ronald of Abbotsford; six siblings:  Kevin Krueger, Mary Pohlman, Dale Krueger, Rhonda Grabko, Sharon Miller, and Kasey Krueger.  She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


She is preceded in death by her mother  and her sister, Nancy Mast.


In lieu of flowers, Memorials are preferred to the family.



Marlowe M Gaede


Marlowe M. Gaede, age 83, of Withee, passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2019, at Wausau Aspirus Hospital.


A Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Withee.  The Reverend Daniel Vang will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the church.


Marlowe was born on April 30, 1936, the son of Lester and Vollie (Schwerin) Gaede in Bremer County, Iowa.  On July 11, 1954, Marlowe was united to Ruth Zabel in marriage.  He worked as a carpenter, mechanic, truck driver, farmer, and at Tombstone Pizza, where he retired from after ten years.


Marlowe was a big NASCAR fan.  He also enjoyed watching boxing, the Packers, and the Vikings.  Marlowe cherished his family and will greatly be missed.


Marlowe is survived by his wife, Ruth; seven children:  Dean (Diane) Gaede of Neillsville, Verlaine (Scott) Wozniak of Withee, Vernon (Linda) Gaede of Chippewa Falls, Teresa Gaede (Rick Edblom) of Withee, Karen (Brian) Murphy of Portage, Brian Gaede of Owen, and Valitha Gaede (Dewey Plamann) of Merrill; 22 grandchildren; 7 step-grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren (one on the way); 24 step-great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and 9 step-great-great-grandchildren.  

He is further survived by two brothers: Milton (Margie), and Perry (Stacey); five sisters: Marcella Zabel, Maxine Brocka, Phyllis Rodgers, Patricia Stangle and Paula Wehling (Daniel Love); one sister-in-law: Lois Gaede, numerous nieces, nephews, friends and family.


He is preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Melvin and Phillip; one sister: Marlys;  three children: Pamela (in infancy), Darrell and Jeffrey Gaede; four brothers-in-law, and one grandson; Ryc.

Charlotte K. Siemek


Charlotte K. Siemek entered eternal peace on October 4, 2019 at
the age of 93 at Ascension Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Stanley
WI, with loving family by her side.


Charlotte was born to Herman A. and Louise J. (née Gorsenger)
Doege at home, in the township of Reseburg, Withee, WI on
October 29, 1925.  She graduated from Withee High School in


Charlotte was united in marriage to Max M. Siemek May 4, 1946 at
St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in the Town of Reseburg,
Thorp, WI. They were married for forty years until Max’s passing in
February of 1986.


Charlotte lived on the same farm since June 1948, operating it
alongside her husband. She enjoyed being a homemaker,
especially spending time with her grandchildren who filled her
house with joy and laughter.  She also enjoyed sewing in her
younger years as well as reading in her spare time.


Surviving Charlotte are her six children: Eileen Grunseth of Gilman,
Leslie of Neenah, Myron of Cadott, Sharon (Clarence) Ludwig of
Medford, Lindy (Julie) of Jump River, and Max (Dorothy) of
Knoxville, TN.


She is also survived by her sister Grace (Charles) Huberty of
Marietta, GA and sister-in law Edith Doege of Stanley, 16
grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-
granddaughter, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.


Charlotte was preceded in death by her husband; her parents;
brothers Herman K. Doege and his wife Rita, Arthur, Robert, and
Harold who died at the age of 8 days; and her son-in-law Bill


Funeral services for Charlotte will take place at 1PM on October
12, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Gilman, WI with Pastor Dean
Herberts officiation. She will be laid to rest in Meadowbrook
Cemetery following the service.  Visitation will be at the church from
11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at which time the service will begin.
Plombon Funeral Service has been entrusted with arrangements.

Eugene M. Cedzo


Eugene M. Cedzo, 84, of Rib Lake, passed away on October 2, 2019 at his residence, under the care of Hope Hospice and surrounded by his loving family.

A memorial service for Eugene will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake, with Father Michael Hayden & Father Hrudaya Raju Sunkara officiating. Burial will follow at a Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake with military rites performed by the Spirit American Legion. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake.

Eugene was born on April 6, 1935 in Rhinelander to Frank Cedzo and Alice (Gauther) Heiser. He attended Rhinelander schools. Eugene was united in marriage to Florence J. Burnett on July 9, 1955 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rhinelander.

He served in the United States Air Force from 1954 – 1957 & 1958 – 1961. He was a member of the Spirit American Legion. Eugene worked for Allied Van Lines, Magnuson Mink Ranch and Medford Fur Foods. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing, hunting, word search puzzles, tinkering in his garage and spending time with his family.

Eugene is survived by his wife of 64 years, Florence of Rib Lake; children: Cathy (Dennis) Scheithauer and Nancy (Ray) Duerr both of Rib Lake; 3 grandchildren: Justin (Laura) Peterson, Morgan Duerr and Hailey Duerr; 4 great-grandchildren: Vaeta Mae Peterson, Easton Peterson, Braxten Grajkowski, Jaisyn Peterson; 5 sisters: Peggy Priser of Hunington, IL, Betty Quednow of Rib Lake, Shirley Andrea, of Spirit, Pearl (Sam) Tackett and Edie (Bill) Sunderlin both of Fond du Lac and 2 brothers: John (Pat) Heiser of Rib Lake and Jim (Delores) Heiser of Merrill.

Eugene is preceded in death by his parents, step-father, Louis Heiser, step-mother, Alice Cedzo, brother, Bobby Heiser, sister, Catherine Tasch, son-in-law, Tom Peterson and granddaughter, April Peterson.

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

Karen M. Riemer




AGE: 82

ADDRESS: Dycora Transitional Health, Abbotsford; A Former Town of Browning resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Wednesday, October 2 at Dycora Transitional Health in Abbotsford where she had resided for the past 4 months

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Private family only graveside services will take place at a later date

INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery II

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 25, 1937 at Milwaukee

EDUCATION: Waupaca area schools

MARRIAGE: December 11, 1953 in Medford to Gerald “Jerry” “Sonny” E. Riemer and he preceded her in death in 2016

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Farmed in the Town of Browning for a period of time. They also owned and operated Riemer’s Plaster Craft & Concrete for a period of years. They enjoyed wintering months in FL, AZ & Texas over the years. She was an excellent homemaker and famous for her homemade kolache’s. She enjoyed flea markets, cooking, baking and spending time with her grandchildren & great grandchildren.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Kathy (Mark) Brandner of Medford & Michael (Susan) Riemer of Owen





DECEASED MOTHER: Mary (Johnson) Redmann

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions in her name to either Dycora Transitional Health of Abbotsford or St. Croix Hospice of Eau Claire
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

James Earl Glebke, Jr


James Earl Glebke, Jr, 41 of Gilman, died unexpectedly Sunday,
September 29, 2019 of natural causes. He was born on March 28,
1978 to James E and Nancy L. (Hendricks) Glebke. Jim was raised
north of Gilman and grew up on the family farm. He graduated from
Gilman High and worked for Gilman Cheese and Weather
Jim loved the outdoors and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his Father, James E Glebke, Sr, of Gilman, his
sister Mandy Bohl of Mauston, his brother, Jeremy (Amanda)
Glebke of Gilman, his nieces and nephew, Ashley Bohl, Aimery
Glebke, Rachel Westaby and Kordell Birch. Jim in preceded in
death by his mother, Nancy, his Maternal Grandparents, William
and Nora Hendricks, his Paternal Grandparents, Earl and Frances
Glebke and a brother in law, Glen Bohl.

A visitation will be held from 4:30 until 7 PM on Friday, October 4,
2019 at the Gilman Funeral Home.

Glen Dale Schrock


Glen Dale Schrock,  age 45, passed away tragically in a car accident the early morning of September 29, 2019.


A Funeral Service will be, October 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Abbotsford Evangelical Free Church in Abbotsford with Pastor Bruce Jahnke officiating.  Family and friends are welcome from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2019 at the Abbotsford Evangelical Free Church and also 9:00 – until service on Saturday.  Burial will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery.


Glen was born on July 10, 1974, the son of Mahlon and Edna (Plank) Schrock. He enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling, collecting guns and helping people.  He is the proud father of two children; Malinda (age 9) and Jacob (age 7).


Glen is survived by his two children; Malinda and Jacob; three brothers: Elvin (Martha) Schrock of Colby, Gary (Carol) Schrock of TN, and Merle (Yulanda) Schrock of Dorchester; three sisters: Marie Mast of KS, Ruth Kilmer of Colby and Loretta (Aurelio) Hernandez of Abbotsford and other relatives and many friends.


He is preceded in death by his parents: Mahlon and Edna; one newphew, Alexander Schrock and one brother-in-law, Jesse Mast.


In Lieu of flowers, memorial gifts are appreciated.

Robert "Swede" H. Jensen


Robert “Swede” H. Jensen, 82, of Medford, passed away on September 28, 2019 at Rib Lake Health Services, under the care of Hope Hospice.


Robert was born on April 15, 1937 at home in Medford to Roy and Anna (Pautz) Jensen. He went to Lincoln school in Medford until 7th grade, when he and his brother contracted polio. He married Betty Jean Hartwig on May 4, 1963.


He served in the Army in Korea from September 1960 – August 1962. He left the military as a Sargent. He was a truck driver for over 50 years for Hartwig Trucking Inc. After retiring he drove truck and worked for his son, Kevin, at Jensen Transport.


In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and watching Westerns on TV.


Robert is survived by his wife, Jean Jensen, son, Kevin (Rhonda) and daughter, Kim Bunkleman; 2 grandchildren, Cody and Kelsey Bunkleman; 3 great-grandchildren, Trenton, Landon, and Lamea Bunkleman, sister-in-law, Patricia (Harley) Waldhart, sisters-in-law, Sharon Jensen and Sandra and Judy Hartwig, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Dick (Betty) Hartwig, and brother-in-law, Jack Hartwig.


Robert is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Lloyd and Harold Jensen, parents-in-law Tom and Bernice Hartwig, brother-in-law Jim and William Hartwig, sister-in-law Jane Hartwig, and nephew Aaron Hartwig.


Funeral services for Robert will take place at 11:00 on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, with Rev. Richard Russow officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Ev. Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Friday, October 4, 2019 at Hemer Funeral Home – Medford Chapel from 4:00 PM until the time of a prayer service at 7:00 PM, visitation will continue at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church on Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM


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




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