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AGE: 59


ADDRESS: Medford, WI

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:47 A.M. Saturday, August 28, 2015 at his residence


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 11, 2015 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lublin


OFFICIATING: Father Mandau Raju Sleeva


INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Lublin


VISITATION: 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 11, 2015 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lublin


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 5, 1955 in Medford


EDUCATION: Gary attended Owen-Withee Area Schools and was a 1972 graduate of Owen-Withee High School


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Gary worked for Wausau Homes in Wausau for a period of time. He then worked for Weathershield in Medford for a period of time. Gary worked for Pick-N-Save in Eau Claire for a number of years before ill health forced his retirement. He enjoyed cooking, swimming, snowmobiling, hunting and spending time with his family. Gary was a caring and loving person and loved to help others


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Jesse Draeger of Kenosha


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Paul Jr., Robert (Roberta) Niznik all of Holcombe, Dan (Pam) Niznik of Medford, Ronald Niznik of Stetsonville, Jerry (Kye) Niznik of Colorado Springs, CO, Bonnie (Steve) Pawelko of Rhinelander, Marlene Niznik of Stetsonville, Pauline (Lee) Williams of Owen & Sherrie (Carl Knable) Niznik of Puyallup, WA


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sisters-in-Law: Nancy & Dawn Niznik






URNBEARERS: Pauline Williams & Dan Niznik


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to his family to be designated at a later date.
-For online condolences, please visit 




AGE: 69


ADDRESS: 132 S. 7th Street Apt. A1 Medford; City of Medford Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:41 P.M. Monday, August 31 at Deerview Meadows, Medford where she was under the care of Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Per Mary Lou's request no services will be held at this time


INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date in Perkinstown Community Cemetery, Township of Grover


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 16, 1946 in Menominee, Michigan


EDUCATION: Graduate of Medford High School and attended Architect and Interior Design School in California where she received her Bachelor's Degree


MARRIAGE: January 9, 1981 in Las Vegas, Nevada to Robert “Bob” M. Straka and he preceded her in death on August 7, 1998


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: She owned and operated her own mailing business in California for about 20 years. After Bob's death she moved to the Medford area where she worked at Tombstone Pizza until her retirement. Mary Lou was a great artist. She enjoyed painting, decorating and going to the casino.


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Henry (Debra) Brill of Janesville, Michael (Cheryl) Brill of Withee, Michelle (Charles) Markarian of Marengo, IL. Charles Brill of Withee, Nora (Tim) Wildes of Benton and Jody Brill of Schofield




DECEASED MOTHER: Della J. Brill (Maiden Name: Smith)


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


We were informed of the death of 73 year old Wayne C. Lindberg of Abbotsford.
Who died Monday, August 31st at his home.
  Survivors include his wife Dolly of Abbotsford
  Children:  Keith (Mickey) Lindberg of Weston, Brian (Cindy) Lindberg of Dorchester, Nancy (Ted) Siewert of Abbotsford, Dan Lindberg of Abbotsford, Jon (Jessica) Lindberg of Colby
  Grandchildren:  8
  Brothers & Sisters : Bud (Jeannie)Lindberg of Abbotsford, Robert (Donna) Lindberg of Texas, LeNore (Gary) Gebert of Abbotsford     
  And many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends
  Funeral Services for Wayne C. Lindberg will be held at 1pm Friday, September 4th 2015 at Centennial Community Center in Stetsonville with Adrian Knopps officiating.  Visitation will be held at the Centennial Community Center in Stetsonville Friday, September 4th 2015 from 11am til the time of service at 1pm.





AGE: 90


ADDRESS: Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home, Phillips, WI; A former Medford area resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:45 AM Sunday, August 30 at Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home, Phillips where he had resided for the past 4 months


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 5 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford where there also be military rites by the Medford Area Military Honors Team


OFFICIATING: Rev. David Elleman


INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Hannibal Cemetery, Township of Cleveland, Taylor Co.


VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, September 5


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: January 3, 1925 at Hannibal, WI


EDUCATION: Hannibal Grade school & was a graduate and class salutatorian of Hannibal High School


MARRIAGE: May 20, 1944 at Medford to Gertrude Bernice Dunkel and she survives


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he entered the US Army and was a veteran of WW II having served from 1944 to 1947. After the military, he worked for Kelvinator in Kenosha for a period of time. Moved to Perkinstown and farmed in the Town of Grover, drove school bus & served as treasurer for the Township of Grover for a period of time. In 1966 they moved to the Town of Browning and farmed there until 1978. Moved to City of Medford and worked at Weathershield Mfg. until retirement in 1990. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling, crossword puzzles and mechanical work.


MEMBER OF: Jump River VFW Club


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Gertrude Bernice (Dunkel) Pinkert of Phillips


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Tonda (Tim) Werner of Phillips, Edwin Pinkert of Medford, Talora (Steve) Zank of Lake Mills, WI & Roger (Diane) Pinkert of Red Oak, TX




SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister – Irene Brooks of Jump River
Sister-in-law: Elizabeth Pinkert of Kenosha




DECEASED FATHER: William Otto Pinkert


DECEASED MOTHER: Alvina Anna Wilhemina (Haberkorn) Pinkert


PALLBEARERS: Honorary-All Grandchildren


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation

-For online condolences, please visit 



Myrtle A. Metz, 95, of Stetsonville, passed away at her home, Sunday August 30, 2015, surrounded by her family, and under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice.

  Myrtle was born August 11, 1920 in Athens, WI to John and Emma (Dins) Kornack.
  She married Benedict Bernard Metz, September 4, 1939 in Chicago, IL. He preceded her in death on March 4, 1983.
  Myrtle is survived by her Children: Norman Metz of Sheboygan, WI, Carol (Danny) Pozanc of Winona, MN, Raymond (Marilyn) Metz of Medford, WI, Mary (William) Yessa of Edgar, WI, Barbara (Daniel) Williams of Reedsburg, WI, Karen (Jerry) Roberts of Medford, WI, and Kurt (Deb) Metz of Medford, WI. Sisters in Law: Beulah Metz of Medford, and Pauline Kornack of Edgar, WI. 29 Grandchildren, 37 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She also preceded in death by her Parents, Son: John Metz, and Daughter in Law: Jackie Metz.
  Myrtle and Ben owned a dairy farm in the Town of Deer Creek, WI from 1939-1974. She then went on to work for Breckes Mink Farm, Kage Ginseng Farm and served as a cook at the Stetsonville Centennial Hall for over 30 years. She also worked the Election Polls in the Town of Deer Creek. She enjoyed completing puzzles, playing games, gardening and going to different casinos with her friends. Myrtle loved to knit, and will be remembered by many for keeping their fingers and toes warm with the gloves, mittens and booties she made. She loved her family very much, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville and The Catholic Order of Foresters.

  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday September 4, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville, with Monsignor Joseph Diermeier and Father Michael Hayden officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Her Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Friday September 4, 2015 from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00.
  In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in honor of Myrtle may be made to the family, to be designated at a later date. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake have been entrusted with arrangements.



Victor B. Breuer, age 76, passed away Monday, August 31,2015 at the Colonial Center in Colby, WI. A memorial service will be held 7:00 PM Thursday, September 3, 2015 at the Colonial Center in Colby. Friends and family welcome.

  Victor was born February 16, 1939 to Benjamin and Agnes (Copet) Breuer.

  Victor was most happy being outdoors and his day was full of things to do. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and working on the farm. Victor was full of stories and jokes. He had a voice that would carry, and he would know Victor was in the room.

  Victor is survived by a brother and a few close friends.



Anita M. Dittrich, 93, died August 30, 2015 peacefully at Our House Senior Living in Medford where she resided for the past year.

  Anita was born February 8, 1922 to Grover & Elsa (Pechstein) Rueth. As a young girl, she waitressed at the Riverside Hotel, which was owned by her parents. On January 25, 1941 she married Vernon Dittrich. They spent nearly 50 years together before he passed away on January 21, 1991.

  She was an accomplished artist, painting in many mediums including oil, watercolors and acrylics.      Although she won many awards, Anita did not paint for the recognition, but rather for the pure joy it brought her. Her collection of work will continue to be enjoyed by family and friends forever.

  Besides her love of painting, she also enjoyed feeding the birds outside her home as well as at the Mill Pond in Medford. Once the birds were fed and singing happily, she could be found tending to her assortment of summer flowers. Anita was a talented woman away from her studio as well, enjoying baking, cooking and playing the piano and organ. She found it easy to spend hours at her piano, playing the many classics and holiday tunes, many of which she played by memory. Those close to her will always remember the soothing music that echoed through her house.

  It is easy to say that all of her joys in her life were a method of making the people around her feel loved.

  She will be missed by many, survived by her children, David (Barb) Dittrich, Pat Dittrich, Tom Dittrich, Ed (Darla) Dittrich, Diane (Frank) Krueger of Medford, Bob Dittrich (significant other Kathleen Olynick) of Holcombe, Debbie Dittrich of Eau Claire, 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.

  She was predeceased by her parents, husband, and sister Jewell Hoesel.

  Services will be held at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford on Wednesday September 2nd; Visitation from 4:00-7:00, Service to follow.



James Peter Piotrowski, 72 of Jump River, died Wednesday, August 26,

2015 at the Aspirus Nursing and Rehab Center in Medford. He was born on
August 31, 1942 in Jump River to the late Joseph and Phyllis (Pliszka)
Piotrowski. Jim went to area schools and graduated from Gilman High. He
went on to receive a degree in teaching from the Teacher’s College in
Medford and had some schooling at U-W Superior. Jim taught and became
principle in Couderay. He then moved to Chicago and worked for a time
before returning to the area and working at Satch and Door in Hawkins for
many years. Jim worked in the area as a carpenter for a bit before settling
at Jim and Cindy’s Tavern in Jump River.
  On July 19, 1968 he was united in marriage to Cinderella Hecker. Jim was
very active in the community with the Lions Club, the Fire Department, the
Pool league, baseball and bowling leagues. He enjoyed golfing with the
guys and was proud of his community.
  Jim is survived by his wife of 47 years, Cindy of Jump River, a daughter,
Janine (Matt) Scott of Santa Rosa, California, three grandchildren,
Michelle, Derrick and Bradley McGary and three brothers, Robert
(Barbara) Piotrowski, twin brother Michael (Darla) Piotrowski of Ladysmith
and David (Sandy) Piotrowski of Wausau. He is preceded in death by his
parents and daughter; Andrea McGary.
  Funeral services will be at 11AM on Saturday, August 29, 2015 at St.
Michael’s Catholic Church-Jump River with Father Madanu Sleeva
officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Nebo Cemetery-Jump River. Visitation will
be from 6 until 8 PM on Friday at the Gilman Funeral Home and an hour
prior to services Saturday at the Church.



Lorraine A. Schulte, age 91, of Abbotsford, passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at the Colonial Center in Colby. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford. Burial will be held in the Christ Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Holton. A visitation will be held on Friday, August 28 from 9:30 AM until the time of services at the church.

  Lorraine was born May 16, 1924 in Medford, the daughter of John and Anna (Rehbein) Dassow. She attended Pleasant Heights School in Medford until the eighth grade and then Lorraine went to work as a housekeeper. She worked at Weather Shield in Medford from 1959 until her retirement in 1986.         Lorraine was united in marriage to Reuben Schulte on September 7, 1963 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Medford. The couple resided in Abbotsford .

  She was an avid gardener and loved her gladiolas, Lorraine also enjoyed going to casinos and traveling with her husband, Rueben. Lorraine was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church, and the Ladies Guild for many years.

  Lorraine is survived by her daughter, Joyce Graffunder of Abbotsford, two grandchildren, Kevin (Shari) Graffunder of Prairie Du Sac and Kent (significant other Tammy) Graffunder of Abbotsford.

  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; Reuben on December 31, 2000, a sister and six brothers.
In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established at a later date.




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