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Anita B. Johnson


  Anita B. Johnson, age 88, of Curtiss, passed away on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at the Colonial Center in Colby. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 24, 2016 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Abbotsford.  Father Tim Oudenhoven will officiate.  Inurnment to follow at the Pine Hill Cemetery in the Town of Mayville.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church.

  Anita was born on March 5, 1928, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Danen) Habermeyer in Stetsonville. She graduated from Medford High School and attended Normal Teachers School.  On October 29, 1947, Anita was united in marriage to Lyle Johnson in Stetsonville.  He preceded her in death on March 22, 1993.

  Anita was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and the PCCW. She was an avid reader, especially about history.  Anita enjoyed tending her flower garden, traveling and putting together  jigsaw puzzles.  She also liked playing cards and was part of the Curtiss card club.  Anita also placed flags in Pine Hill and Norwegian Lutheran Cemeteries in Curtiss and North Green Grove Cemetery for Memorial Day for many years.

  Anita is survived by her four children: Dennis (Sherry) of Abbotsford, Larry (LuAnn) of Dorchester, Cheryl (Greg) Sterzinger of Colby and Bryan (Rose) of Marshfield; eight grandchildren:  Mike (Jenny) of Kronenwetter, Steve (Jennifer) of Rib Mountain, Christy (David) Burg of Altoona, Matt (Tami) of Spencer, Sarah (Mike) Jelski of Valparaiso, IN, Stacey Sterzinger of Colby, Jason (Lindsey) of Marshfield and Aaron (Heather) of Marshfield; eight great-grandchildren:  Olivia, Garrett, Madisen, Austyn, Zayla, Wyatt, Vivianna and Gemma.  She is further survived by two sisters and one brother:  Joan Paul of Colby, Mae Fetzer of Waunakee and Eugene (Mary) Habermeyer of Normal, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lyle and a sister, Betty Beck.

  Family and friends may express condolences online at


Regina M. Czerniak


  Regina M. Czerniak, 93, of Westboro passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Our House Senior Living, Medford, surrounded by her family. She was born on March 27, 1923 to John and Margaret Dums in the Town of Greenwood. She graduated from Highland Grade School, Rib Lake High School and Antigo Vocational School for Bookkeeping. After schooling Regina worked as a housekeeper in Chicago and at the Rosemont Powder Plant in Minneapolis. She married Louis H. Czerniak on September 10,1949 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in the Town of Greenwood, he precedes her in death. After marriage she went on to become a dairy, maple syrup, and Christmas tree farmer.

   In her spare time she was very involved with Assumption Catholic Church in Chelsea, where she was a religious education coordinator and teacher for 45 years. She was also the recipient of the 1989 Pax Christi Award at the Superior Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. Outside of church she enjoyed gardening, caring for her chickens, sewing, cooking, canning, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

  Regina is survived by her children: Daniel Czerniak of Westboro, Mike (Peggy) Czerniak of Medford, Gail (Ron) Behm of Gleason, Mary Lou Czerniak of Westboro, Richard (Kathy) Czerniak of Medford, Tony Czerniak of Westboro, Marlene (Shane) Klemm of Westboro, and Joan (Gerald) Matyka of Rib Lake, 10 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by two sisters Helen and Marcella Dums, both of Medford, a brother John (Mary) Dums of Rib Lake, and a sister-in-law Hilda Dums of Rib Lake.

  In addition to her husband Regina is preceded in death by her siblings Joseph Dums, Bernard Dums, Donald Dums, and Margaret Vickers.

  Funeral Services for Regina will take place on Tuesday, October 18 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church at 11:00 AM with Father Phil Juza and Deacon Joe Stefancin officiating. Burial will follow at Chelsea Community Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Monday, October 17 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM, a rosary service will be held at 7:00PM Visitation will continue on Tuesday, October 18 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

  In honor of Regina, memorials may be made to Good Shepard Catholic Church or Holy Rosary Catholic Church religious education programs.
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Opal C. Cardinal


  Opal Catherine Cardinal, 86, of Medford, passed away Saturday October 15, 2016, two days before her 87th birthday, at Aspirus Care and Rehab of Medford, under the loving care of her family, friends, and Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.

  Funeral services for Opal will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday October 19, 2016 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford, with Pastor Brian Mundt officiating. Burial will take place at 4:00 PM, Wednesday October 19 in Mt. Repose Cemetery in Friendship, WI, where she will be laid to rest next to her sons, Earl and Jerry Leach. Visitation will be held Tuesday October 18, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, and also Wednesday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church from 9:00 until the time of service at 11:00.

  Opal was born October 17, 1929 in Big Flats, WI, one of 12 children, to the late Earl and Iva Murray.

  Opal was a full time housewife and mother. Her world revolved around her children and grandchildren. A lot of her time was spent caring for two sons born with Muscular Dystrophy who were wheelchair bound their entire lives. A determined woman, she made many trips to the Children’s Hospital in Madison, and also participated in many Jerry Lewis telethons. Opal loved country music, especially the oldies but goodies. She will be remembered for making the best cinnamon rolls in all of Taylor County. She loved to go to garage sales, she loved buying clothes for her family, although they may have been the wrong size or the wrong color, if the price was right, it was purchased. She lived in many different places throughout Wisconsin. She moved from the farm near Marshfield to Altoona to be close to a school for her handicapped sons. She later moved to the Withee Area on County Highway T, and then moved to Medford.

  After several failed marriages, she met the love of her life Lawrence Cardinal. They were married December 4, 1976.

  Opal is survived by her children; Bonnie (Bruce) Brunner of Medford, Arliegh Leach of Eau Claire, and LeRoy (Carin) Leach of Mauston, and seven step children, Grandchildren; Cathy (Jake) Beilfuss, of Medford, Carol (Lonnie) Nelson of Colby, Jeremy (Jennifer) Brunner of Owen, Bryan Leach of Eau Claire, Katie Spencer of Wytheville, VA, Josh and Nicole Leach of Mauston, Great Grandchildren; Kyle, Tyler, Brittney, Amanda, Jessica, Bobbi, Veronica, Nathan, Megan, Matthew, Brandon, Zoie, Lillian, Great Great Grandchildren; Addison, Khloie, Carter, Kya, Kentley, and Harper. She is further survived by two brothers; Arleigh (Ann) Murray of Eden, and Donald Murray of Berlin, and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

  Opal was preceded in death by her Parents, all of her sisters and brothers, except two, two children, and her husband.

  In lieu of flowers, Opals family requests Memorial Donations be given to the family for designation at later date.

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




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