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Betty Lou Schneider, 87, passed away Monday May 30, 2016 at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford.

  Betty was born June 8, 1928 in Spirit, Wisconsin to George and Sadie (Salvesen) Meier. She attended Liberty Grade School in Spirit. She married Walter J. Schneider on February 8, 1947 in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. Walter preceded her in death on July 3, 1996.
  Betty is survived by her children Sharyn (Robert) Thompson of Medford, Michael Schneider of Bruce, LuAnn (David) Heidmann of Wausau, Daniel (Sheila) Schneider of Rib Lake, Matthew Schneider of Rib Lake. Grandchildren Tara (Brad) Carstensen, Tim (Laura) Thompson, Jason (Angela) Schneider, Michael (Nicole) Schneider, JR., Cassandra Schneider, Liberty Heidmann, Ryan Heidmann, Derrick Schneider, Dustin Schneider, Dilan Schneider, Sister Gardia Arredondo of Milwaukee.
Betty is also preceded in death by her Parents, and siblings Dorothy Vlach, Ardis Koepsel, Norma Miller, Bunetta Drew, Lora Thums, Glen, George, Owen and Jack Meier.
  Following her education, Betty moved to Milwaukee where she watched over four children as a mother’s helper. She then moved back to Spirit where she met Walter shortly after his return from World War II. Betty and Walter owned a dairy farm in Rib Lake, and worked on the farm until 2006. Betty enjoyed to travel with friends. She traveled to Switzerland with friends and family, and also throughout the United States. She enjoyed the outdoors farming and gardening. She cherished her time with family, especially her grandchildren.
  Betty was of the Catholic faith, and was a member at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake.
  Funeral Services for Betty will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday June 3, 2016 at Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake Chapel. Visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until the time of service, at the funeral home. Pastor Michael Meier will officiate. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery.Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake have been entrusted with arrangements.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Betty Lou Schneider may be given to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care. Online condolences can be left at



Clarence O. Ramm, 93, of Medford, died Thursday, May 26, 2016.  A memorial gathering will be held from 11:00 AM - 4 PM at Ray Ramm's house ( N3672 Shattuck Ave, Medford WI ) on Saturday, June 18, 2016. Inurnment will be held at the Evergreen Cemetery in Taylor County. 

  Clarence was born February 21, 1923 at home in Medford to Willham and Gertrude (Zastrow) Ramm.    He attended Pleasant Heights and Immanuel Lutheran School.  Clarence married Jessie Porter on July 11, 1945 in Medford. 
  Clarence was a dairy farmer, until retirement in 1985.  He also worked at various  places including: Hurd Millwork, Metzler Monuments, logging, and enjoyed driving for the Amish.   
  Clarence is survived by his seven children: Gerald of Stanley, Alvin (Marie), Jean, Donald, Lola, Ray (Ester Truckey) and Lucy Hanish all of Medford, nine grandchildren, and 17 great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by three sisters: Ella Hommel, Betty Zuleger, and Joyce Ramm.  
  He was preceded in death by his wife: Jessie (December 2003), two children: David Ramm and Joan Keuffer, two sisters: Emma and Ruth and a brother: Ferdinand.
  Family and friends may express condolences online at





AGE: 60


ADDRESS: 564 Pine Street, Medford


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:52 AM Tuesday, May 24 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past 6 weeks


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Friday, May 27 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford


OFFICIATING: Rev. Nancy Amacher


INTERMENT: 1:30 PM Friday, May 27 at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Lublin where there will be graveside military rites performed by the Lublin American Legion Post #547


VISITATION: 4-7 PM Thursday, May 26 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford and also from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Friday, May 27


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 28, 1956 at Medford


EDUCATION: St. Louis Parochial School, Dorchester & was a 1974 graduate of Colby High School


MARRIAGE: October 28, 1990 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Unity to Denise L. Jablonicky and she survives


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: US Army Veteran having served from 1974-1977. After the military, he moved to Dorchester and ran the family gas station, Yaron Shell for a period of time. After their marriage, they moved to Medford & he worked at Tombstone Pizza for 28 years until ill health forced his retirement. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, mechanic work, fishing trips to Canada & Lake Erie, spending time at the family cabin in Taylor County.


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Denise L. Yaron of Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Kelsey Yaron of Burlington, WI, Justin Yaron, a student at UW River Falls, and Brent Yaron, a student at UW Stout, Menomonie, WI


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Tony (Rachel) Yaron of Medford, Jim (Diana) Yaron of Ogema, Carl (Diane) Yaron of Wausau
Brothers-in-law: Don (Julie) Jablonicky of Flower Mound, Texas, Mark (Vickie) Jablonic of Pewaukee, WI, and Lance Jablonicky of Colby


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brother – Paul Yaron in 1983


SURVIVING PARENTS: Father/Mother-in-law: Donald & Joanne Jablonicky of Colby


DECEASED FATHER: Tony Thomas Yaron


DECEASED MOTHER: Dolores Harriet (Surman) Yaron


PALLBEARERS: Keith Meyer, Mitch Surman, Rick Moser, Jason Yaron, Jeremy Yaron, Jim Brushaber


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
-For online condolences, please visit 


Lorraine M. Smith, age 98, of Owen passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Clark County Health and Rehab Center in Owen under the care of Hope Hospice.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen. Reverend Ronald Johnson will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome from 12:00 noon until the time of service Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Withee. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen is entrusted with the arrangements.

Lorraine was born on August 19, 1917, the daughter of Arthur and Agda (Anderson) Hjertstedt in Chicago,IL. Lorraine was united in marriage to Robert F. Smith Sr. on November 23, 1940 in Chicago at Saint Priscilla Catholic Church.

Lorraine graduated from high school in Chicago. She was the Director and Coordinator of the Owen Senior Center from 1978 until 1992.

Lorraine enjoyed sports, especially track and field, she was an avid Packer fan and loved to play cards. Her nick name was “Pee Wee.”     

Lorraine is survived by her children: Robert (Mary) Smith of Green Bay, Bruce (Lorraine) Smith of Hoffman Estates, IL, Kathy Nesbitt of Wausau, Thomas (Sue) Smith of Tomah and David (Mary) Smith of Boyd, 17 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren. She is further survived by her twin sisters: Millie Crawford and Margaret Buck of Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her husband: Robert; her parents, and her siblings: Dorothy, Gladys, Fred, Nancy, Bernice, Richard, Gwendolyn and Audrey and a son-in-law; Ryan Nesbitt.

Family and friends may express condolences online at



Raymond W. Hackel, age 93, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016 surrounded by his family at Golden Living Center-Continental Manor in Abbotsford.  A memorial service be held at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, May 25 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  Father Charles Hiebl will officiate.  Interment will be held at St. Thomas in Milan.  Family and friends are welcome from 2:00 PM until the time of the service on Wednesday at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.

  Raymond was born on September 8, 1922, in the Town of Holton, the son of Albert and Sadie (Speck) Hackel.  He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Irma Hoernke on April 6, 1946 at the priest's house in Wuertzberg.

  Raymond was a farmer.  He farmed until the age of 62.  Other jobs include hauling milk and driving a gravel truck. 

  Raymond enjoyed bowling, fishing, hunting, gambling and weeding ginseng. He was also a big Cub's fan and Packer fan. Most of all, he loved his family.

  Raymond is survived by his wife: Irma Hackel; eight children:  Judy (Daniel) Maroldy, CA, Mike (Cheri) Hackel of Abbotsford, Wendy King of Watertown, Julie (Roger) Thieme of Colby, Kathy (Roy) Welcher of Cameron, Ken Hackel of Abbotsford, Paula (Bruce) Erickson of Athens, and Paul (Tracy) Hackel of Medford; 18 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and a brother: Howard Hackel and a sister: Celia Venzke.  He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by a brother: Isadore Hackel and a sister: Marie Hummes.

  Family and friends may express condolences online at




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