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Lita R. Poehnelt


  Lita R. Poehnelt, age 88, of Abbotsford, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016  at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford.  Father Tim Oudenhoven will officiate.  Interment to follow at the Abbotsford Public Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church. 

  Lita was born on August 5, 1928, the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Mueller) Oelke in the Town of Little Black.  She graduated from Medford  High School and received a Teacher certificate from Medford Normal.  Lita taught for a few years in rural Medford.  She was united in marriage to Leo Poehnelt on November 13, 1948.  Together they farmed in Dorchester for a number of years before moving to Abbotsford.  They eventually purchased the business which became Leo's 24 hour Service where she worked as a bookkeeper.

  Lita was a woman of strong faith and devoted to her family.  She was an honorary member of St. Bernard's PCCW.  She enjoyed crafts, ceramics, knitting, baking, tending her flower garden, playing dominoes and sudoku.

  Lita is survived by her husband of 67 years, Leo of Abbotsford; six children:  Cheryl (Garrett) O'Reilly of East Troy, Karen LaPine of Abbotsford, Allen (Judy) of Medford, David (Linda) of Marshfield, Dawn (Gene) Allar of Spencer and Mark of Madison; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  She is further survived by her brother, Leland (Sharon) Oelke of West Bend; two sisters-in-law, Catherine Poehnelt of Marshfield and Tina Pillar of Medford; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Alvin in infancy and Kenneth Oelke, and a son-in-law, Lawrence LaPine.


Angeline M. Gerstberger


Angeline M. Gerstberger, 96, of Rib Lake entered eternal life on Thursday, August 18, at Golden Living Center, Rib Lake where she had resided for the past 3 years.

  Angie was born on June 21, 1920 in the Town of Rib Lake to Peter & Mary (Labandz) Rezutek. She attended Mud Lake Elementary School, Town of Rib Lake. While growing up, she worked on the family farm. She married Otto Gerstberger on September 4, 1943 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Rib Lake & he preceded her in death March 3, 1990. They lived in the Town of Rib Lake and for several years & worked at the Rib Lake Cheese Factory. After the factory closed, she was employed at Gem Products Shoe Factory for 25 years until her retirement in 1986.
  Angie liked being outdoors, going for car rides and trips with her sister, Helen. She enjoyed listening to polkas and waltz music. Most of all, she enjoyed being around family members especially the young children. She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake, and a past member of its Christian Mothers and church choir.
  She is survived by two daughters, Gladys “Peggy” (Peter) Katzfey and Jean Gerstberger both of Milwaukee. Grandsons, Ryan Katzfey & fiancé Pauline Cole of Hoboken, NJ and Aaron (Leeann) Katzfey of Madison, WI. One sister, Helen Osimitz of Merrill, many nieces, nephews and other family members survive.

  Angie was preceded in death by her siblings: Gladys Gelinskey, Stephan, Julius, Benedict, Walter, Henry, Bruno, Anton & Adam Rezutek.

  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 22 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake with Father Otto Bucher officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the time of services on Monday.
  A special thank you to all Golden Living staff who extended their care, concern and friendship during her stay at the home.

  Memorial contributions in Angie’s honor may be given to Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake. For online condolences, please visit 


Larry Otto John Dassow



  April 23, 1932 – August 16, 2016

   Larry Otto John Dassow, 84, was born on April 23, 1932, to Bernard and Elaine (Fischer) Dassow in their home in Perkinstown, Wisconsin. The oldest son in a family of seven boys, Larry and his brothers grew up on the family farm in Medford. After graduating from high school, he went to the University of Wisconsin in Madison and studied Agricultural Education. There he met Annamae Kohn, who had grown up in Rib Lake, Wis. They married directly after graduation and Larry joined the Air Force and became a pilot. After his service, he continued to go to school and earned a degree in Electrical Engineering, as well as a Masters in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. Larry and Ann had three children, Mary, Kay and Paul. They lived in Red Bank, New Jersey, for five years where Larry worked for Bell Labs. In 1965 they moved to Sunnyvale, CA, and Larry worked for Hewlett-Packard. In 1976, he took a transfer to the HP location in Ft. Collins, CO, where he finished over 30 years with HP; the family resided in Loveland. Larry was a city councilman in Loveland from 1996-2000. In lieu of running for another term, he chose to step down in order to care for Ann during the last ten years of her life as she suffered from a variety of health issues. Ann passed away in December of 2006 after over 50 years of marriage. His servant heart was then put to use driving for SAINT and most recently, also delivering Meals on Wheels.

     Larry loved the Lord Jesus Christ and he and his family were always very involved in their church life. He even helped start the Loveland congregation, Prince of Peace Lutheran. Larry was a hard-worker, always offering to help anyone in need. He had a ready smile and was interested in others more than himself. Those who knew him could see the presence of the Lord in him; he epitomized the fruits of the Spirit: ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’I  n 2006 Larry met Claudette Cherniss, and in 2010 they were married at Prince of Peace. They have since transitioned to Mt. Olive Lutheran, where his service will be held.

      Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Claudette of Loveland, CO his three children, Mary Mitchell of Tucson, AZ, Kay King of Seaside, OR, and Paul Dassow of Chattanooga, TN. Also his brothers Harvey (Arlene) of Wauwatosa, Duane (Peggy) of Burlington, Everett of Milwaukee, Delmar (Helen) of Stetsonville, and Garry of Hoisington, KS. In addition, he had eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Preceding him in death are his first wife, Annamae, and his brother Eugene Dassow.
  Funeral services for Larry will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey with Rev. Randall Jeppesen officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake following the funeral luncheon.
     Larry was deeply loved by many and will be greatly missed.
      In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.
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Douglas A. Thums


  Douglas A. Thums, 72, of Westboro, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family on Sunday August 21, 2016.

  Doug was born March 7, 1944 to Leonard and Lorraine (Griffin) Thums, in Rib Lake, WI. He is a graduate of Rib Lake High School. Doug had been previously married three times.
  He is survived by his significant other of twenty three years: Diane Dittrich of Westboro, Children: Lanny (Deanna) Thums of Westboro, Scott (Shelly) Thums of Rib Lake, Cameron (Page) Thums of Rib Lake. Stephchildren: Kelly, Lindsey, Kristen, Danny, Ricky, Seven grandchildren, and his best companion, Bear.       He is further survived by two Brothers: Richard Thums, Robert (Sandra) Thums both of Rib Lake, Sisters: Arlene Fallos of Rib Lake, Alice Corbisier of Cudahy, Phyllis (Michael) Kolecheck of Rib Lake.
  Doug is preceded in death by his Parents, and Brothers in Law: Claude Fallos and Francis Corbisier.
  Doug worked with the 139 Operating Union at Merrill Sand and Gravel. Doug was proud of his community and enjoyed constructing and restoring buildings. In 1974 he built Little Rib and Pebble Valley Mobile Home Parks. He also owned Rustic Trail and The Other Corner Restaurants in Westboro. He also was a logger throughout his entire life, and enjoyed working in the woods. Doug will always be remembered as being a hard worker.

  He was a member of 139 Operating Union and Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

  A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday August 25, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake, With Father Otto Bucher. Interment will follow St. Ann’s Cemetery, Town of Greenwood, Wisconsin. Scott Thums, Jr., Brock Thums, Dakota Thums, Mark Fallos, Jeremy Dassow, Andy Thums will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 PM, Wednesday August 24, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake, a prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM, and visitation will resume Thursday morning at Good Shepherd at 9:00 – 10:45 AM.

  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements.
  Memorial donations in honor of Douglas A. Thums can be given to his family, for designation at a later date. Online condolences can be left at


Beverly P. Christianson




AGE: 85


ADDRESS: 316 South 3rd Street, Medford, WI


PLACE, DATE OF DEATH: Her residence, Sunday August 21, 2016.


IME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Wednesday August 24, 2016 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville.


OFFICIATING: Rev. James Babler


INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery II


VISITATION: 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Wednesday August 24, 2016 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville.


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 23, 1930 in Janesville, Wisconsin.


EDUCATION: High School Graduate from Medford Sr. High


MARRIAGE: Married Rodney Christianson on September 16, 1948. Rodney preceded her in death October 2, 2006.


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Beverly worked for the Medford CO-OP when it was at its location downtown. She then went on to work as a secretary and book keeper for Memorial Hospital in Medford. Upon her retirement, she helped with secretarial work for her Husband’s Rodney carpentry business, and also H & R Block. She enjoyed sewing, ceramics, making scrubbies and working in her yard. Beverly loved bowling, and was a part of many leagues in town.


MEMBER OF: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Jeanette (J.D.) Harries of Medford, , Paul of Wausau, Mark (Gloria) and Dennis (Patti) both of Medford, and her beloved Rat Terrier dog, Bug.


DAUGHTER DECEASED: Daughter Gail Lindahl




SURVIVING BROTHER: Brother; Jim Anderson of Waupaca, WI.


DECEASED FATHER: Clarence Anderson




The family of Beverly would like to send a sincere thank you to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care for the care and compassion they showed to their Mother and Grandmother.


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in honor of Beverly can be given to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care or Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.
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