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Frances "Fran" M. Clendenning




AGE: 94


ADDRESS: 650 Pearl Street, Rib Lake; Village of Rib Lake Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:15 P.M. Tuesday, November 25 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield where she had been a patient for the past 9 days.


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 1:30 P.M. Saturday, November 29 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Rib Lake


OFFICIATING: Rev. James Heffner


INTERMENT: Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake


VISITATION: 11:30 A.M. until the time of services at 1:30 P.M. Saturday, November 29 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Rib Lake


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 13, 1920 in Rib Lake, Wisconsin


EDUCATION: Attended Fawn Valley Grade School and was a 1938 graduate of Rib Lake High School


MARRIAGE: May 20, 1943 in Chicago, IL to Charles P. Clendenning and he preceded her in death on December 29, 1970


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After high school, Fran moved to Chicago where she was employed by Western Electric during WWII. She and her husband moved back to Rib Lake in 1945, where she was employed at Gem products in Rib Lake as a sewing machine operator for 30 years until her retirement. In her later years she enjoyed playing cards and also traveling to Europe, Greece, and Hawaii.


MEMBER OF: St. John Ev. Lutheran Church, Rib Lake and their Ladies Aid; Rib Lake Community Club and a member of the Lehman-Clendenning American Legion Auxiliary in Rib Lake. Past member of the Tuesday Morning Bowling League in Medford and Thursday Evening Ladies Bowling League in Rib Lake at the Little Bohemia Bowling Lanes.


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Son: Lee Clendenning of Rib Lake
Daughter: Gale Clendenning of Marshfield






Also survived by Nieces, Nephews, other Relatives and Friends


BROTHERS DECEASED: Charles, Harvey, John, Harry and Robert Knop




DECEASED MOTHER: Bertha Knop (Maiden Name: Kalk)


PALLBEARERS: Mel, Jake and Peter Clendenning, Jonathan Mealey, Mike Coleman and John Hein


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Fran’s family to be designated at a later date.


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

Marian L. (Handel) Hansen


Marian L. Hansen, (Nee Handel) Of New Berlin, formerly from Medford. Reunited with her husband, Robert, on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at the age of 85. Dear mother of Jay (Mary), Curtis, Jeffrey (Louise) and Robert. Grandmother of Ryan, Rachel (Scott), Kevin, Jessica, Cody (Jasmine), Haley and Hunter. Great-grandma of Connor, Beau, and Cooper. She is also survived by other relatives and friends. Preceded in death by her brothers Gerald and Roger. Marian was a long-time active member of Gethsemane Lutheran Church.


Visitation Tuesday, December 2, at GETHSEMANE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 13200 W. Greenfield Ave., Brookfield, from 5:00-6:45 PM. Memorial Service 7:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Gethsemane Lutheran Church. 

Delores A. Draeger




AGE: 84


ADDRESS: W7140 Wester Ave., Medford; A Township of Medford resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Tuesday, November 25 at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield where she had been a patient for the past 12 days


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Monday, December 1 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford


OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger & Deacon Joe Stefancin


INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford


VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home 4-8 PM Sunday, November 30 where there will be a 7:45 PM Rosary Service; also from 9 AM to 10:45 AM on Monday, December 1


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 22, 1930 in the Township of Johnson, Marathon County


EDUCATION: Beaver Creek Elementary School, Gad


MARRIAGE: June 14, 1949 at Medford to Robert “Bob” R. Draeger and he preceded her in death Dec. 8, 2013


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Prior to her marriage, she worked in Milwaukee & worked as a nanny & cleaned houses in the Abbotsford area. They farmed in the Town of Medford for a period of years. While farming she worked as a housewife & mother. She was involved and worked as a secretary for the Medford Farmers Union. In retirement, she worked in area ginseng gardens for 15 years. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, baking, cooking, playing cards, board games, crocheting, dancing, polka music, darts & spending time with family and friends.


MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Janet (Ned) Fischer of Chippewa Falls, Allen Draeger, Duane (Sue) Draeger, Leroy (Marge) Draeger, and Marlene Gajda, all of Medford, Donald (Carol) Draeger of Eau Claire, Carol (Gary) Kurth of Ogema, Sharon Ruback of Merrimack, NH, Eugene Draeger of Kronenwetter, Laura (Kerry) Holm of Mantorville, MN, Cynthia “Cindy” (Jim) Annala of Westboro & Brian Draeger of Fairfield, ME


CHILDREN DECEASED: Son – Ervin Draeger; 2 Grandchildren – Anthony Fischer & Jason Draeger; Great-Granddaughter – Tori Czarnezki




SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Adeline Stoiber of Dorchester, Henry (Marcella) Brushaber of Medford, Norine Bahr of Milwaukee, Roceda Neumann of Medford, Arlene Brandner of Medford, Eugene (Helen) Brushaber of Medford, Loretta (Dale) Krug of Spencer, Melvin Brushaber of Beaver Dam, WI, Donna (Don) Brey of Stoughton, WI, Alvin (Jane) Gilbertson of Portage, WI


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sandra Warzecha & Elmer Brushaber


DECEASED FATHER: Elmer Hugo Brushaber DECEASED MOTHER:Rose Marie Weiler


PALLBEARERS: Honorary – Kevin Fischer, Steven Ruback, Jason Draeger; Active – Aaron Fischer, Michael Kurth, Kyle Annala, Teddy, Devin & Dustin Draeger


OTHER INFORMATION: -For online condolences, please visit

Barbara Jean Redszus


Barbara Jean Redszus, 72, died 23rd of November 2014 in Lake Forest, Illinois.


Barbara was born to Michael and Geneva Guziak (Maiden Name: Furland) on 3rd of January 1942. She was the beloved elder sibling to sisters Patricia (Lyman) Bucki of Medford and Judith (Paul) Nelson of Wisconsin Rapids and brother Michael (Margie) Guziak of Medford. Barbara graduated from Medford High School (Class of 1959) before moving to Chicago, Illinois, to pursue a career and start her own family.


Barbara enjoyed a successful career in real estate sales, setting unprecedented standards of professionalism and dedication while also demonstrating a true passion for making friends of both colleagues and clients. Above all, Barbara loved being a wonderful mother.


Barbara is survived by her three children: Dr. David of Chicago, IL, Daniel (Caroline) of London, UK, and Diane (Scott) Zimmer of La Grange, IL.  She is also survived by her mother, siblings, close friend Warren Lang of Northbrook, IL, and four loving grandchildren: Alexander, Maximilian, Agatha, and Dagny.


Visitation will be held from 12:00 until 2:00 pm and funeral services at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of The Holy Rosary Church in Medford, Wisconsin with Father Gerard Willger officiating on Sunday 30th November.  Burial will immediately follow in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford.


In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made for a future memorial.

Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements. For online condolences please visit

Helen F. Lissner



AGE:  84

ADDRESS: 135 S. Gibson Street, Medford; City of Medford Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  2:03 A.M. Sunday, November 23 at the Aspirus Care and Rehab, Medford where she had resided for the past 5 years.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, November 29 at the Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford


OFFICIATING:  Rev. James Krueger

INTERMENT:   Cremainal Inurnment will take place in Medford Evergreen II Cemetery


VISITATION: 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Friday, November 28 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford and also from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, November 29 at the Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 25, 1930 in Goodrich


EDUCATION: Attended Goodrich Area Schools


MARRIAGE: March 30, 1948 in Medford to Norman A. Lissner and he preceded her in death on October 7, 1993


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Helen worked for the Memorial Hospital and Memorial Nursing Home for 50 years and owned and operated an Antique Store in Medford all while raising her family. After retiring from Memorial Nursing Home she was an in home caregiver. Helen enjoyed homemaking, antiquing, family and caring for others.


MEMBER OF:  Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Mary (Jerry) Asleson of Janesville, Harvey Lissner of Medford, Judy Roehl of Medford, Donna (Dennis) Vesnefsky of Medford, Shirley (Ken) House of Medford, Beverly Lissner of Medford, Paul (Lynn) Lissner of Medford, Loretta (Tom) Grupstra of Washburn, Janet Lissner of Medford, Bernice (Mark) Meyer of Medford and Marlene (Todd) Brandner of Medford


CHILDREN DECEASED: Son: Leon John Lissner Son-In-Law: Curt RoehlThree Gandsons: Travis Lekie, Shannon Brayshaw and Robbie Grupstra








BROTHER/SISTERS DECEASED: Virginia Bartelt in infancy, Chet Bartelt and Florence Neuman


DECEASED FATHER: Emil ‘Shorty” Bartelt


DECEASED MOTHER: Elizabeth Bartelt (Maiden Name: Risch)


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

Glen R. Ogle


Glen Ray Ogle, age 78 of Perkinstown, Wisconsin, passed away on Friday November 21, 2014 in Marshfield.


Services will be held at Hemer Funeral Home. Visitation will be Tuesday November 25, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm and Wednesday November 26, 2014 from 10:00 - 11:00 am. Memorial service will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 with Pastor David Clements officiating also with a lunch to follow. Cremation interment services will be held at the Perkinstown Community Cemetery at a later date.

Glen was born on May 8, 1936 to Harry and Dorothy Ogle in Perkinstown, where he lived his entire life. Glen attended the one-room Lincoln School in Perkinstown. He graduated from Hannibal High School. On April 3, 1954, he married Lois Smith of Jump River, who survives. They made their home in Perkinstown where they raised their five children.

Glen is preceded in death by his parents, brothers Arnold and Gerald Ogle, and son Randy.


Glen is lovingly survived by his wife Lois of sixty years, his children Jacqueline (William) Rosa, Holly (Ron) Sromek, Chuck (Sally) Ogle, and Tammy Ogle (John Wehe). He is also survived by his ten grandchildren Tonia (Dave) Sromek-Fierke, Travis Sromek, Rebecca (Eric) Zuleger, Billie (Brian) Schilling, Aaron (Erin) Day, Emily (Aemus) Balsis, Dillon (Kendall) Immormino, Jesse Ogle, Roxanne Ogle, Mitch (Dana) Jaeger and ten great-grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his five sisters Iris Faude, Otillia (Lewis) Kohn, Marlene (Norman) Skabroud, Elva (Bob) Drier, and Susan (Jerry) Krug and two sisters-in-law, Louise Ogle and Elloise Zach.


Out of high school, Glen worked in the automotive industry for Fischer Body in Lansing, Michigan for a season. He returned to the area and spent two years at Hurds. In 1956, he began working for the DNR watching for fires in the Jump River fire tower. Then he started building them.  This was the beginning of his lifelong tower career. In the early 1970's, he founded OK Tower Service and became known for his relentless work ethic. OK Tower built everything from DNR lookout towers to one of the tallest towers in the world, a 2,000' tower in Alvin, Texas. His work and reputation took him all over the world including the Aleutian Islands, Puerto Rico, Hawaii, and Somoa, where he spent a month dismantling a tower with a crew of six Samoans. He finally retired after he climbed his last tower in 2012 at the age of 76, at which time his daughter, Tammy took over OK Tower Service.


Glen was also known for his passion for the outdoors and unforgettable guide services. For years, he kept a pack of hounds for coyote, bobcat and bear hunting. He also guided hunters who sought pheasants, ducks, geese and just about anything you could hunt. Glen also loved to take his grandkids on many fishing and hunting adventures. Not to mention, he and Lois raised trophy whitetail deer for many years.

Glen and Lois kept a boat, the Circus Circus, in Valdez, Alaska for the past 14 years. They entertained hundreds of family and friends in the pursuit of halibut and salmon. A notable moment in Glen's life was performing the marriage ceremony of his granddaughter Tonia on his boat in Valdez.


He had an instinctive understanding of nature and loved of the outdoors. His memory will live on in his apple orchards where he loved to plant and graft trees. Glen will forever be known for his ability to tell a joke anywhere, anytime.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family to be designated at a later date.

Bonnie A. Aichele


Bonnie A. Aichele, 81, of Owen formerly of Colby, passed away Saturday, November 22, 2014, at her residence in the town of Green Grove. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford. Pastor Richard Kanzenbach will officiate. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, November 25 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and on Wednesday from 10:00 am until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Colby Memorial Cemetery.


Bonnie was born January 29, 1933, to John and Edith (Sharp) Benit in Pine River, MN. She attended Baudette consolidated school for 12 years and went on to two years of business school.


Bonnie married Herbert Aichele on April 8, 1951, in Baudette, MN. Together the couple owned and operated the Colby Café in Colby and a furniture store in Abbotsford.


She was a member of Morning Star Lutheran Church in Fairchild.


Bonnie enjoyed housekeeping, cooking, tending her flower gardens and was an avid reader and an excellent seamstress.


Bonnie is lovingly survived by her husband; Herbert Aichele of Owen, children; Casey (the late Dorinda) Aichele of Fairchild, Wandra Frazier of Houston, TX, Edith (Pat) McLaughlin of Ellsworth, Barbara (Rick) Miller of Lake Elmo, MN, Stephanie (Rich) Aichele-Price of Nashville, TN, Sandra (John) Fox of Eau Claire and Corey (Lori) Aichele of Willard, 26 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her siblings; Rudie Benit of Owen, Cleo (Jim) Carpenter of Alexandria, MN and Douglas Benit of Milan, MI.


Bonnie is preceded in death by her parents, son; Conrad Aichele, daughter; Jackie Hetke, grand-daughters; Heather Aichele and Cristine Frazier and a great-grand-daughter; Ocean Decise-McLaughlin.


Online condolences can be made to

Hattie M. Knop




AGE: 91

ADDRESS: 825 Kennedy St. Rib Lake, former resident of the Township of Spirit


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 7:01 P.M. Thursday, November 20, 2014 at the Continental Manor-Golden Living Center in Abbotsford where she had been a resident for the past 3 years


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Tuesday. November 25, 2014 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Rib Lake


OFFICIATING: Rev. James Heffner


INTERMENT: Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake


VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Rib LakeDATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 15, 1923 in Dorchester


EDUCATION: Hattie attended Dorchester Area Schools


MARRIAGE: 1st: Roy V. Larsen in 1940 and he preceded her in death. 2nd: Alfred “Fritz” H.-C. Knop in 1959 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Rib Lake and he preceded her in death


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After her education, Hattie moved to the Township of Spirit where she married her first husband Roy Larsen and owned and operated their dairy farm. She then moved to Rib Lake with her second husband where she worked at Gem Product Shoe Factory until her retirement. Hattie enjoyed playing cards, baking, cooking, traveling, hiking, volunteering for Hospice and the Rib Lake Senior Site and spending time with her family and friends.


MEMBER OF: St. John's Lutheran Church and St. John's Lutheran Church Ladies Aid


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Darlene (Alfred) Unick of Rib Lake and Kathy (John) Stelling of Port Washington


CHILDREN DECEASED: infant Son and Daughter: John and Rosella Larsen








BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Violet Sterzinger, Hilda Janko, Viola Shady, Elenora Strosching, Jake, Herbert and Jim Stumpf






PALLBEARERS: Great-Grandchildren: Tarek Scott, Donnie, Emily and Nicholas Nehls, Devon Stelling and Dylan Stelling-Kordash


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Hattie's family to be designated at a later date.


For online condolences, please visit


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