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Anthony "Tony" E. Miller


 

  Anthony “Tony” E. Miller, 46, of Whittlesey, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Mayo Hospital in Eau Claire. He was born on October 23, 1971 to Wayne and Patricia (Henderson) Miller in Medford. He graduated from Medford High School and went on to attend Green Bay Technical School. He married Tina M. Singleton on May 18, 1996. He worked for the Carpenters Local 310 Union.

  In his spare time Tony enjoyed hunting, fishing, grilling out, and spending time with his family and friends.
  Tony is survived by his wife, Tina; children, Jed and Brecca Miller, both of Whittlesey; brothers, Jeff (Julie) Miller of Goodrich and Matt Miller of Minnesota; parents, Wayne (Sue) Miller of Medford and Patricia (Joe) Spinler of Spencer; parents-in-law, Wes and Jean Singleton; brother-in-law Scott Singleton of Wausau; nieces and nephews, Samantha, Victoria, Matt Jr., and Gina Miller. Tony is further survived by many other family and friends.
  Tony is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Wayne and Norma Miller and maternal grandparents, Jim and Ginny Henderson.
  A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Father David Neuschwander officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, from 1:00 PM until the time of a prayer service at 4:00 PM. Visitation will continue at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Monday, April 23 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.
  In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Tony’s name may be given to the family for use a later designation.Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements.   Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

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Reubin A. Schmidt


 

  Reubin A. Schmidt passed away at his home while under the care of his

family and Flambeau Home Health and Hospice on April 13, 2018, at the age of
92.

  Reubin was born on July 14, 1925, in Thorp, WI, to parents Fredrick and
Frances (Verkielen) Schmidt. Reubin grew up in the Thorp area, working on
the family farm and attending St. Bernard's School. He entered the U.S.
Army in 1945 and served through 1947, serving in Germany. Upon his return
he married Margaret "Mugs" Baker on June 3, 1947. They farmed in Dorchester
for 10 years and moved to Abbotsford, and raised 3 daughters. Reubin
started working at L.C. Christensen and Son. He became a partner in
Christensen, Gambort, Schmidt Livestock, buying and selling both dairy and
beef cattle in the area, in other states, Mexico and Puerto Rico. They
bought a camper and enjoyed traveling the United States with family. Upon
retirement Reubin and Mugs moved to Soo Lake, Phillips. For several
years they spent winter months in Davenport, FL. Reubin took up carpentry
and spent many hours in his workshop. He was always working on a new project
and made raffle items for the Soo Lake Association. Reubin also became
"caretaker" for various cottage owners. Reubin was ready to lend a helping hand to one and

all whenever needed.

  He enjoyed having family and friends spending time with them at the lake.

Reubin road in the 4th of July Parade Veteran's float for many years.
  He went on the WWII Honor Flight in April 2012 accompanied by his
grandson, Andy. He also received a Quilt of Valor in March of 2016. Reubin
was a member of Saint Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church, of the Frank and
Michael Baran V.F.W. Post No. 5778, and of the Soo Lake Association, A
legacy stone was placed at the Highground in Neillsville, WI, in August of 2015.
  He is survived by Mugs, his wife of 70 years; by his three daughters,
Mavis (Ernest) Dyson, Wauwatosa, WI, Arlyne (Thomas) Frane, Phillips, WI,
and Bobbi (Rocky) Schmidt, Colby, WI; by four grandchildren, Kevin (Kris)
Frane, Kelly (Joseph) Gribowski, Andrew (Mandi Patrie) Schmidt, and Erin
(Jamie) Hinker; by 7 great grandchildren, Kandra, Daejo, Madison, Edynn,
Archer, Cash, and Lariah; and by many nieces and nephews and friends. He is
preceded in death by his parents; by four brothers, Edwin, Arthur, Melvin,
and Hermis; and by sisters Rose, Cecilia, Eleanor, and two infant sisters.
  Memorial services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, April 21, at
Saint Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church with Father Gerald Hagen
celebrating the Funeral Mass. Military Honors will be conducted by the
Frank and Michael Baran V.F.W. Post No. 5778 and the Lane Kreiling American
Legion Post No. 122. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:30
A.M. until the time of services. Interment will be in the Abbotsford Public
Cemetery in Abbotsford, Wisconsin.
  Online condolences may be expressed at www.heindlfuneralhome.com
The Heindl Funeral Home in Phillips is assisting the family with funeral
arrangements.

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Walter "Wally" L. Ertl


 

 

WALTER “WALLY” L. ERTL

 

AGE: 84

 

ADDRESS: Medford

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 5:35 AM Monday, April 16 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he had been a patient for the past 2 weeks

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Friday, April 20 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford where there will also be military rites performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team

 

OFFICIATING: Father David Neuschwander

 

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

 

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4 -7 PM on Thursday, April 19 where there will also be a 7:00 PM Catholic prayer service held that evening; also from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Friday, April 20 at the church

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: May 17, 1933 in the Township of Medford

 

EDUCATION: Town of Medford elementary school and was a 1951 graduate of Medford High School

 

MARRIAGE: 1st: November 28, 1953 at Camp Gordon, GA to JoAnne A. See and she preceded him in death July 10, 1965;
2nd: in November of 1968 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to Dorothy Schmidt and they were later divorced

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he worked in Kenosha for a period of time. Then he entered the US Army and was a Korean War veteran serving as a combat photographer. After the service he went to barbering school in Eau Claire. He returned to Medford and worked as a barber and in 1961 he established Wally’s Barber Shop which he owned/operated for over 50 years. While barbering, he also was a volunteer fireman for 29 years, worked 17 years as a mail carrier for the US Postal Service & co-owned/operated Double E Car Wash along with his brother, Don. Wally enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing & cribbage, but his faith and family were most important in his life.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford; Medford Knights of Columbus; Medford American Legion

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Paula (Bryan) Arndt of Medford, Tom (Denise) Ertl of Wausau, Jim Ertl of Rosemount, MN, David “Gabby” (Susan) Ertl of Medford, Patti (Brian) Klimek of Ringle, WI, Phillip (Kirsten) Ertl of Wauwatosa, WI & Marc (Julie) Ertl of Blaine, MN, and daughter-in-law: Diane Ertl of Eagan, MN

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Grandsons – Jason & Christopher Balla

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 15 & 9 step     GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 6

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Marcella Thums and Donald Ertl

 

DECEASED FATHER: Andrew Ertl

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Hedwig “Hattie” (Frenzel) Ertl

 

PALLBEARERS: Grandsons – Joe, Wyatt, Austin, Logan, Eric, Alex, Jack & Ian Ertl, Mason & Sam Klimek

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Holy Rosary Catholic School, Medford in Wally’s name
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Stella M. Schauer


 

  Stella M. Schauer, age 81, of Abbotsford, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018 at The Waterford in Colby.

  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018 at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby.  The Rev. Mark Neumann will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the church. 

  Stella was born on July 15, 1936, the daughter of Emil and Lydia (Jurgemeyer) Venzke in the Town of Johnson.  She graduated from Abbotsford High School.  Stella was united in marriage to Donald Schauer on October 23, 1954 in Milan.  He preceded her in death on February 18, 2017.  She worked at Hawkeye Dairy for several years.

  Stella was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Colby.  She loved fishing, bird watching, needle point, camping, going to the casino, picking berries and making jam.  Stella also taught her children how to squirrel hunt.  Most importantly, she cherished her family and never missed any of her grandchildren's sporting events.

  Stella is survived by four children: Burt (Theresa) Schauer of Spencer, Gary (Patty) Schauer of Holcombe, Nancy Schauer of Tomahawk and Todd (Peggy) Schauer of Tomahawk; nine grandchildren: Stephanie Schauer, Joshua Schauer, Travis (Trisha) Schauer, Kelly (Corey) Demulling, Dustin (Ashley) Schauer, Jacob (Katie) Luther, Isaac Luther, Tiffany Schauer and Mitchell Schauer; nine great-grandchildren: Cal, Max, Dane, Reed, Samantha, Brooklynn, Aiden, Gavin and Teigen.  She is further survived by her brother Ed (Evelyn) Venzke of Hubertus; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and eight brothers and sisters.

  The family requests Memorials to Zion Lutheran Church.

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Francis A. Martin


 

  Francis A. Martin, 89, of Gilman, died Saturday, April 14, 2018 at

Miller Alternative Care-Thorp under the care of Hope Hospice. He
was born on January 12, 1929 in the Eastman area (Crawford
County), Wisconsin the son of the late Rhodelle and Laura
(Spalla) Martin. His family moved to the Donald area when he
was 8 and he graduated from Hannibal High in 1946.

  On October 7, 1950 he was united in marriage to Helen Powers
in Gilman. The couple farmed North of Gilman and upon retiring,
moved to their house in the woods. He was a member of St. John’s

Catholic Church-Sheldon and the Sheldon American Legion.
Francis served in the army and was stationed in Korea.
  Along with farming, Francis worked at the Stanley Corporation,
was a janitor at the Donald School, served on local and county
boards, and helped with neighboring field work and machinery
maintenance. He enjoyed fishing, making maple syrup and was
dedicated to heading the township recycling program.
  He is survived by his children, Sherry (John) Neubauer of
Random Lake, Connie (Dave) Gulcynski of Thorp, Nancy (Bruce)
Liazuk of Medford and Vickie Martin of Kaukauna, 11
grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and his brother, Paul
(Frances) Martin of Concord, California. Francis is preceded in
death by his parents, his wife, Helen (2015), son Ronald, his
sisters, Evelyn Potter and Viola Westphal, his brother Edward
and two brothers in infancy.
  A memorial service will be held at 11AM on Friday, April 27, 2018
at St. John’s Catholic Church-Sheldon with Father Madanu
Lourdu officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Donald Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 9:30 AM until time of service Friday at the
Church. Plombon Funeral Service-Gilman assisted the family.
  The family would like to thank Miller Alternative Care for their
compassionate care and support. The staff truly made him call it
“home”.

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Jerry P. Doyle


 

  Jerry P. Doyle, 76, of Medford, passed away Saturday April 14, 2018 at Aspirus Hospital in Medford.

  He was born June 15, 1941 in Medford to Conan and Marie (Beyer) Doyle. He is a 1959 graduate of Medford Sr. High. Jerry married Sandra P. McGuire on February 22, 1969 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford. Sandra survives.
  Jerry is further survived by his children: Colleen (Cully) White of Pewaukee, Kathy (Kurt) Alexander of Medford, Grandchildren: McKenna, Drew, Macy, Carly, Cade, Ryan and Carmyn, Sister: Glenna (Richard) Johnson of Red Wing, MN, Sister in Law Shirley Brink of Medford, and several nieces and nephews.
  He is preceded in death by his Parents, Son in law Dan Nagy, Father and Mother in Law Harold & Evelyn McGuire, Brother in Law Ronald Brink.
  Jerry served in the US Navy during the Vietnam Era, and earned the rank of E-4. He graduated from the Winona School of Photography and went on to take over his fathers photography business in Medford for over 40 years, retiring in 2000. He enjoyed golfing, competitive shooting sports, tinkering and cruising Easy Street in Orange Beach, AL.
  He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Tee Hi Golf Course, Medford Rifle Club Clays and Trap, Esadore Area Lake Association, Stetsonville American Legion, Medford VFW, and was a charter member of the Medford JC’s.
  Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday April 18, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford. Rev. James Krueger will officiate. Burial will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Visitation will be held from 4-7:00 PM at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, Tuesday April 17, and Wednesday morning at church from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Closing words will be said on Tuesday night at 7:00 PM by Jerry’s daughters.

  Memorial donations in honor of Jerry can be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church or to the Melanoma Research Foundation, 1411 K Street, NW Suite 800, Washington D.C., 20005.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

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Susan "Sue" W. Rantanen


 

SUSAN “SUE” W. RANTANEN

 

AGE: 71

 

ADDRESS: W4535 State Highway 102, Westboro, WI 54490; A Township of Westboro resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced at 3:45 PM on Friday, April 6 at her residence in the Town of Westboro

 

OFFICIATING: Father David Neuschwander

 

INTERMENT: Graveside services will take place at Mount Olive Cemetery, Westboro at 1:30 PM on Saturday, May 19, 2018

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 17, 1946 at Milwaukee

 

EDUCATION: Milwaukee area elementary schools and was a graduate of a Kenosha, WI High School

 

MARRIAGE: June 17, 1967 at Milwaukee to Michael E. Rantanen and he survives

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Prior to her marriage, she worked at Johnson Wax in Racine. After their marriage, she worked various jobs in the Milwaukee area. They moved to Saukville where she worked at an Electric Company. They moved to the Town of Westboro in 1995 and she worked at Black River Industries until her retirement. She enjoyed playing cards and her computer.

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Husband – Michael E. Rantanen of the Town of Westboro

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Michael Rantanen, Jr. of the Town of Westboro and Joseph Rantanen of West Bend

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 2 – Nathan Rantanen & Elizabeth (Lucas) Schult

 

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 2 – Ashton & Colton Schult

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother – Richard Anderson of Arizona

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: 2 sisters – Carol Howard & Patricia Tiedke; 1 brother- Art Anderson

 

DECEASED FATHER: Evan Anderson

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Clara June (Boettcher) Anderson

 

OTHER INFORMATION: -For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Lorraine J. Paul


 

LORRAINE J. PAUL

 

AGE: 87

 

ADDRESS: W7339 Elm Ave., Dorchester, WI; A Town of Little Black resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:15 AM Thursday, April 12 at Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford where she had resided for the past 14 months most recently under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Monday, April 16 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Town of Holway

 

OFFICIATING: Pastor Amy Heinz

 

INTERMENT: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Town of Holway

 

VISITATION: 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Monday, April 16 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Holway

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: January 4, 1931 at Milwaukee

 

EDUCATION: Milwaukee elementary schools and attended Milwaukee Custer High School

 

MARRIAGE: June 19, 1950 at Milwaukee to James H. Paul and he preceded her in death October 4, 2003

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Prior to her marriage, she worked in Milwaukee. After marriage, they farmed in the Town of Little Black for many years until retirement. She was a past 4-H leader. She enjoyed sewing, square dancing, knitting, quilting for the church, crocheting, traveling, gardening, feeding the birds and playing cards with her girlfriends.

 

MEMBER OF: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Town of Holway and its Woman’s Group

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Jim (Marti) Paul, Jr. of Las Vegas, NV, Jeff (Linda) Paul of Curtiss & Jenny (Rick) Nehls of Medford; Son-in-law: John McCurdy of West Linn, Oregon

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Daughter - Jill McCurdy

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 8 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 16

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Ronnie (Kelly) Herkowski of Eau Claire & Ione Wheeler of Adell, WI

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Evelyn, Leonard, Richard, Marian, Eddie, Joanne & Elenor

 

DECEASED FATHER: Edward Herkowski

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Jennie Johana (Zblewski) Herkowski

 

PALLBEARERS: Steve, Ryan, Jason & Andy Paul, Tracy Hanlin, Jim & Jesse Nehls & Chris McCurdy

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given either to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, W7809 Apple, Medford, WI 54451 or Hope Hospice, 537 W. Broadway, Medford, WI 54451

 

-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Raymond G. Copeland


 

  Raymond G. Copeland, age 79, of Curtiss, died at his country home which he dearly loved on Monday, April 9, 2018.

  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  Interment to follow at Colby Memorial Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Friday at funeral home.

  Ray was born on June 30, 1938 in Dorchester.  He served in the United States Air Force.  Later he moved to Milwaukee and worked at American Motors Company.  Ray married Karen Kademan on February 23, 1963 and moved to Curtiss until his death.  

  Ray is survived by his wife 55 years, Karen; his two sons, Curt of Curtiss and Scott (Michelle) of Yuma, AZ; two grandsons, Levi and Austin of Yuma, AZ.  He is further survived by three siblings: Larry (Marge), William and Doris (Dave) and brother-in-law, Wayne Kayhart; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents and 14 siblings.

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Marlene M. Mootz


 

  Marlene M. Mootz, age 73, of Abbotsford, passed away surrounded by her loving family on Monday, April 9, 2018 at the Colonial Center in Colby.

  A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  Rev. Donald Bruce will officiate.  Interment to follow at Abbotsford Public Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Thursday at funeral home.

  Marlene was born on October 16, 1944, the daughter of Lester and Pearl (Kenyon) Morrison in Marshfield.  She was united in marriage to Ralph Wolf in 1962.  They later divorced.  On September 3, 1983, Marlene was united in marriage to Bennie Mootz at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby. 

  Marlene worked at Continental Manor in Abbotsford, St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield and farmed for Christensen & Sons.  She enjoyed fishing, baking with the grandchildren and playing cards.  Most importantly, Marlene cherished her family.

  Marlene is survived by her husband of 37 years, Bennie; her daughter, Pamela (John) Davis of Abbotsford; four step-children: Todd (Deann) Mootz of MN, Terry (Sandy) Mootz of Stratford, Lisa (Gary) Simonson of MN and Lynn (Julie) Schueler of Menasha; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.  She is further survived by two sisters and two brothers:  Kathy Kotas, Ray (Donna) Morrison, Jimmie (Karlyn) Morrison and Linda Elmhorst; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Lois (Stanley) Voelker and a brother-in-law, Wayne Kotas.

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Vern W. Wittlinger, Jr


 

  Vern W. Wittlinger, Jr., age 73, of Colby, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield.

  A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Milan.  Rev. Jeffrey Lambrecht will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 13 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church.

  Vern was born on June 4, 1944, the son of Vern and Delores (Denzin) in Marshfield.  He graduated from Dor-Abby High School in 1962.  On November 27, 1965, Vern was united in marriage to Darlene Matson in Scandinavia.  Together they farmed in the Town of Hull until his retirement and moved to Colby.

  Vern was baptized and confirmed at Bethlehem Lutheran Church and held many offices.  He liked bowling, ice fishing, hunting, the outdoors and especially the Packers.  Vern loved going to Rib Mountain for family picnics and getting together with his family for Sunday dinners.

  Vern is survived by his wife of 52 years, Darlene of Colby; three daughters: Renee Wittlinger of Colby, Nicole (Brian) Quarne of Marshfield and Michelle (Lucas) Passehl of Arcadia and seven grandchildren.  He is further survived by his brother, Verlyn (Judy) Wittlinger of Abbotsford; two sisters: Charlotte Wittlinger of Abbotsford and Barbara (David) Ven Rooy of Owen; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents.

  Memorials can be designated to Bethlehem Lutheran Church Building Fund.

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Lester L. Mann


 

  God welcomed home Lester Leo Lawrence Mann on April 6th, 2018. He was born on February 17,1947 to Andrew J. Mann and Florence (Thums) Mann. He grew up in the township of Greenwood. He attended Rib Lake schools and was the first person to receive his diploma from the new high school in 1965, a fact he was very proud of.

  Lester was a man of many talents. He played Dairyland baseball and softball for many years and he coached Little League in Whittlesey, Interwald and Rib Lake for many teams. On June 23rd, 1973 he married Velma Kasparek at St. John the Baptist Church. Together they raised three boys; Mark of Rib Lake, Todd (Jennilee), Roger (Carrie) all of Medford. He owned and operated Mann Construction for 10 years, then worked at Weathershield manufacturing before opening Mann’s Southside Auto and working alongside his son for 16 years until his retirement.

  He was very involved in his family and community. He served on the Rib Lake school board and was a member of the Knights of Columbus- 4th degree and a District Deputy. He enjoyed the outdoors- hunting, fishing and pontooning. He loved big family weekends of camping and relaxing by a fire and was always up for a good card game. He was a wonderful neighbor who could always be counted on the help out no matter what, a trait which he passed on to his boys.

  Lester was the oldest of five children; Harvey (Sandy), Clifford (Tammy), Wayne (Nancy) all of Rib Lake and Donna (Dave) Lind of Phillips. Lester is also survived by his wife Velma of 44 years and his pride and joy of eleven grandchildren- Jordan (Lacrosse), Cole, Kailee, Kenya, Indya, and Josiah (all of Rib Lake), Andrew, Nicholas, Annilee, Roger and Colletta (all of Medford)

  A Funeral Mass for Lester will take place at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake, with Father Otto Bucher officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 4:00 PM until the time of a Rosary service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 AM until the time of Mass at 11:00 AM.

  In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Lester's name may be given to the family for use at a later designation.

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

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Hilda C. Boxrucker


 

  Hilda C. Boxrucker, age 90, of Dorchester, died surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at the Colby Retirement Center under the tender care of hospice. 

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at Saint Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester.  Father Tim Oudenhoven will officiate.   Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until time of service at the church. Interment will be held in Dorchester Memorial Cemetery. 

  Hilda was born February 20, 1928, the daughter of Max and Vernetta (Winchell) Wilke in her home in Dorchester, WI.  She graduated from Dorchester High in 1947.   On November 24, 1948, Hilda was united in Holy Matrimony to Louis Boxrucker at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford. 

  Hilda and Louie farmed outside of Dorchester for 30 years.  While farming Hilda enjoyed buying purebred heifer calves.  She was a fantastic seamstress, made lots of quilts for her family.  After retirement from farming, Hilda and Louie traveled extensively throughout the United States. She enjoyed gardening, canning, and flowers. 

  Hilda will greatly be missed by her family.  She taught her grandchildren how to play cards (Poker and Sheephead).   She enjoyed cooking meals, baking lots of cookies, and cakes.  She also enjoyed fishing and bowling.  Hilda was a member of The Busy Homemakers Club.

  Hilda is survived by her daughters: Kitty (Dave) Rau of Dorchester, Karen (Dave) Heiman of Orlando, Diane (Bill) Freiboth of Eau Claire, and Mary (Blaine) Kuehmichel of Wausau; seven grandchildren: Carl (Steph) Blumenthal, Louis Solberg, Liz (Scot) Baumgartner, Mike (Tammy) Solberg, Andy (Anne) Rau, Brandon Kuehmichel, and Jaelah Kuehmichel: and 9 great-grandchildren: Kya, Brody, Stella, Marisa, Koan, Helen, Elsie, Miles, and Louella.   She is further survived by two sisters: Bernice Beck and Darlene Dassow; a brother, Norman Wilke and a brother-in-law, Gene Faber; along with many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis (2009); son, Thomas (1973); a sister, Betty Faber; a sister-in-law, Ruth Wilke and two brothers-in-law: Jim Back and Raymond Dassow.  

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James "Jim" R. Kalepp


 

  James "Jim" R. Kalepp, age 81, of Owen, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, April 2, 2018 at the Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center.A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Withee.  Rev. Donald Bruce will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.  Military Honors provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227. 

  James was born on September 14, 1936, the son of Otto and Irene (Kaage) Kalepp in the Town of Bern, Marathon County.  After his mother passed away, his father remarried Florence Frane.  He attended Athens schools and enlisted in the U. S. Navy stationed in California.  On September 12, 1959,  James was united in marriage on to Karen Krueger in Milan.  Together they raised four wonderful children.  He was a farmer, truck driver and white washing barns.  James also worked on the Branson showboat in Branson, MO as a cook.

  James was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church.  He enjoyed snowmobiling, horse riding, tractor pulls, fishing and hunting.  Most importantly, James cherished his family.

  James is survived by his wife, Karen of 58 wonderful years; three children: Gloria (Rich) Blum, Jamie (Keith) Hack and Daniel (Audra) Kalepp; 11 grandchildren:  Doug (Susie) Kalepp, Chad (Manilath) Schillinger, Chris Schillinger, Rich (Emily) Blum, Jr., Joe Blum, David (Maranda) Blum, Jessica (Aaron) Mull, Julie (Tim) Nelson, Justin (Adria) Pagel, Dana Kalepp and Sheena Kalepp; 18 great-grandchildren: Austin, Walker, Jeffery, Nari, Mali, Emi, MaKenna, Ellie, Mikaela, Payton, Gracie, Gabriella, Vivian, Clara, Henry, Evelyn, William and Dayne.  He is further survived by three sisters:  Elvera (Dave) Kulas, Betty (Kenny Schaffler) Bunkleman and Janice Bunkleman Houts; a step-brother, Howard (Gerri) Frane; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother; his son, Jimmy; his sister, Nancy Bunkleman; four brothers-in-law:  Chuck, Russell, Al and Harold. 

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Mary F. Guenther


 

  Mary F. Guenther, 90, of Medford passed away on Thursday March 29, 2018 at Aspirus in Medford.   She was born on May 23, 1927 to Glen and Orla Gowey. She attended Medford Schools. She married Otto Guenther on October 10, 1945; he preceded her in death in 2003.

  She worked as a homemaker and on the family farm until her children were grown; she then when on to work at Weather Shield for 20 years until her retirement.

  In her spare time she enjoyed bingo, traveling, sewing, quilting, listening to country music, and watching the Packers.

  Mary is survived by her children, Galen (Lorraine) Guenther of Ladysmith, Harvey Guenther of Medford, Jim (Diane Frokjer) Guenther of Forrest Lake, MN, Kevin (Martha) Guenther of Hudson, and Pam (John) Jacoy of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren, Ann (Tim) Nolan, April Guenther, Tracy Wojcik, Kristy (Jasper) Johnson, Erika Guenther and Kierstin Guenther.

  In addition to her parents and husband Mary is preceded in death by her daughter Judith Guenther, great-grandson Taylor Nolan, all of her siblings, and daughter in law, Rose Guenther.

  A memorial service will take place at Our Saviour’s Lutheran church in Holway on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 12:00 PM. Visitation will take place on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church from 11:00 AM until the time of service at 12:00 PM.Memorial donations in Mary’s name may be given to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.

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

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Vangel D. "Birdie" Hartwig


 

  Vangel Delores “Birdie” Hartwig, 91, from the Town of Spirit, passed to eternal salvation March 29, 2018 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford where she had resided for the past 15 months.

  Services to celebrate her life will be at 11 AM on Thursday, April 5 at Zion Lutheran Church, Town of Spirit with Pastor James Langebartels officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Town of Spirit.      Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, April 4 at Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake and from 10 AM until the time of services at the church in Spirit. Pallbearers will be: Ron, Steve & Scott Komarek, Randy Weinke, Robert Olwell and Mark Blasel.
  Vangel was born August 25, 1926 in the Town of Johnson, Marathon County. She attended Silverleaf Elementary School in the Town of Johnson. She was a hard-working woman, who traveled to Milwaukee to work in her earlier years. She was also a long term dedicated employee at the shoe factory in Rib Lake.
  Birdie, as she is known by her loved ones, married Earl Hartwig on November 4, 1944 at Zion Lutheran Church, Spirit. They built their home and family on a farmstead they called the “Silver Spur Ranch.”   They, with their only child Karen, bred, raised and trained some of the finest of horses, acquiring many honors, awards and worldwide attention.
  Birdie had many passions and talents. She was trained in lapidary skills and was a member of the National Rockhound Society and Zion Lutheran Church, Spirit. She attended Lawrence University in Appleton and acquired a certificate in China mending. Birdie painted, traveled, created professional costumes and stained glass. She loved to ride her horses in parades, at shows, and at fairs. She was a past member of the Taylor County Rough Riders Club. She found great joy in entertaining/cooking for relatives and had a heart filled with love for her family and friends.

  She is survived by her beloved husband, Earl Hartwig of Spirit and in-laws: Betty Komarek of Shawano, LaVon Komarek of Spirit and Harry Blasel of Spirit. Birdie had endured the pain and loss of her beautiful daughter, Karen, and precious grandson, Jody Campbell. She was the last survivor of the 8 children of Frank and Lucia (Veitenhans) Komarek. Her siblings and deceased in-laws were Arleen (Alfred) Weinke, Orval (Ann) Komarek, Laurel Komarek, Almira (George) Olwell, Franklin (Freda) Komarek, Eugene Komarek and Mirella Blasel.
  Birdie will be missed greatly by those who loved her. Her energy for life has been inspirational and her life has left the world a better place.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Rib Lake and Medford serving the family. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

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Alfred L. Unick


 

  Alfred L. “Al” Unick, 71, of Rib Lake, passed away Friday March 30, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice & Palliative Care.

  Al was born June 6, 1946 in Medford, WI to Elmer and Mary (Heindl) Unick. He is a graduate of Rib Lake High School. He married Darlene Larsen on April 23, 1966 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rib Lake. Darlene survives.
  He is further survived by his Daughters: Sue (Randy) Nehls of Dorchester, Mary Scott of Rib Lake, Grandchildren: Nick, Emily and Donnie Nehls, Tarek Scott, Siblings: Norman Kutzke, Mary “Lena” Kutzke, Laurie (Bill) Schreiner, Randy Kutzke, Carol Nefstead, Frank Kutzke all of Rib Lake, Sister in Law Kathy (John) Stelling of Port Washington, and many nieces and nephews.
  Al is preceded in death by his Parents, Step Father Norman Kutzke, Sister Rhonda Unick, Brother Gary Kutzke, and Nephew Kent Kutzke.
  Al served in the US Army and was stationed in Ft. Hood, Texas. He worked in maintenance on tanks and vehicles, and also trained mechanics.
  He attended tech school and earned his Journeyman for tool and die. He worked for Northwest Tool and then Conseco in Rib Lake. He then went on to work for Ernie and Sylvia Strickert, and then Weather Shield Window Company, where he retired from in 2008. Al taught night school at NTC in Medford in the tool and die program.
  Al proudly built his own log cabin in the town of Corning, Lincoln County in 1981, and was very proud of it. He collected antique fishing lures, hunting traps, and fishing reels and poles. Al enjoyed going to garage sales and flea markets to find items to add to his collection. He loved to travel, visiting every state in the continental US, and taking his kids to Canada fishing every year. Al also enjoyed reading.

  He was of the Lutheran faith and was baptized and confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rib Lake.
  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at the Ice Age Pavilion in Rib Lake. Pastor David Clements will officiate. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Nick and Donnie Nehls, Tarek Scott, Kyle Kutzke, Mark Schriener, Jason Nefstead, and Honorary   Pallbearers will be Emily Nehls and  Fletcher Frombach. Visitation will be held at the Ice Age Pavilion from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 12:00 Noon.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Al can be given to his family, for designation at a later date.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

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Ann M. Pabich


 

  Ann M Pabich age 52 of Owen, passed away on Monday March 26, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Eau Claire.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen with Father Janusz Kowalski officiating. Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Withee. Family and friends are welcome for the visitation on Tuesday April 3, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen with a rosary service at 7:00 pm and again on Wednesday from 10:00 am until the time of mass at the church.
  Ann was born on December 18, 1965 in Marshfield the daughter of Norbert and Jean (Mahoney) Pabich. She attended Holy Rosary Grade School and was a 1985 graduate of Owen-Withee High School.   After graduation she worked at Master Package in Owen and Menomonie as an assistant manager of production, holding the same title until ill health forced her to retire.
  Ann is survived by her father: Norbert of Menomonie, siblings: Lynn Verdieck of Menomonie, Paul (Karen) Pabich of Peyton, CO and Mark (Jody) Pabich of Menomonie. She is further survived by her nieces and nephews: Ben Pabich, Hayley (Justin) Cochard, Kaitlyn (Chris) Garrison, Tyler Pabich, Allison Pabich, Connor Pabich and Christopher Pabich.
  Ann enjoyed traveling the world with her mother and cheering for the Packers and Badgers. Ann will be remembered for her smile and her courage in facing adversity.
  She was preceded in death by her mother.
  Family and friends may express condolences online to www.maurinaschilling.com

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Lester G. Reiter


 

  Lester G. Reiter, age 87, of Stetsonville, passed away on Monday, March 26, 2018 at his home.

 

  Lester was born on February 9, 1931 in Stetsonville the son of George and Bertha (Blasel) Reiter. He received his education at Medford Senior High. His marriage to Phyllis Phaneuf was on July 22, 1950 in Stetsonville. Lester drove truck for Neuendorf Transportation in Medford for 35 years. 


  Lester was a member of Teamsters.  He and Phyllis love to dance, especially the foxtrot.


  Lester is survived by his wife: Phyllis; five children: Dean (Cheryl) of Stetsonville, Kerry Bleck of Phillips, Connie (Don) Tom of Phillips, Bryan (Barb) of Stetsonville, and Terri (Mike) Archambeault of Stetsonville; 11 grandchildren: Jason (Missy) Reiter, Brad (Tara) Reiter, Shane  (Sara) Reiter, Kelly (Jill) Bleck, Kimberly(Lance) Heizler, Kayley (Dennis) Bleck, Aaron (Tara) Tom, Travis (Sarah) Reiter, Trina Duellman, Dave Archambeault, and Ryan (Sara) Archambeault; 22 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

  Lester is preceded in death by his grandson: Heath Reiter, and his son-in-law: Ronald Bleck.


  Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements of Lester Reiter.  

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Adeline L. Stoiber


 

Adeline L. Stoiber, age 87, of Dorchester, passed away surrounded by her family at the Colonial Center in Colby on Sunday, March 25, 2018 under the care of St. Croix Hospice.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11AM, Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester. Rev. Timothy L. Oudenhoven will officiate. Burial will follow at Dorchester Memorial Cemetery. Her family will receive relatives and friends from 9:00AM until the time of service at the church. The honor of pallbearer belongs to Jonathon Stoiber, Courtney Faude, Rudy Zoellick, Zach Zoellick, Deonte Gajewski and Reggie Vanlue. The honorary pallbearers are Dale Danen and David Danen.

 

Adeline was born on February 13, 1931, in Athens the daughter of Elmer and Rose (Weiler) Brushaber. She was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Stoiber on September 26, 1951, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford. After their marriage, Bob and Adeline farmed for a period of time.  Sadly, Bob passed away on May 19, 2012.

 

She worked at Kruegers Supermarket in Dorchester for many years, as a janitor at St. Louis School in Dorchester and alongside her husband and family cheesemaking at Pleasant View Coop Dairy in Medford. She enjoyed cleaning, baking, stopping at garage sales and taking care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. In her children’s eyes she was a saint among Mothers. Adeline will be remembered as always putting everyone before herself with a smile and a twinkle in her eye.

 

Adeline is survived by her two sons: John Stoiber of Dorchester and Robert Jr. (Jane) Stoiber of Curtiss; her four daughters: Marjean Zoellick, Cheryl (Jerry) Vanlue, Mary (Larry) Cook and Theresa (Terry) Faude all of Dorchester; her six grandchildren: Kristi (Andy) Busscher of Marshfield, Rudy Zoellick of Abbotsford, Zachary (Megan) Zoellick of Dorchester, Courtney (Rory Brecke) Faude of Suamico, Reggie Vanlue of Dorchester and Jonathon (Shawna) Stoiber of Spencer. She is further survived by her nine great-grandchildren; her brothers: Alvin Gilbertson, Melvin Brushaber, Eugene (Helen) Brushaber, and Henry (Marcella) Brushaber; her sisters: Donna Brey, Roceda Neumann and Norine Bahr along with other relatives and friends.

 

Adeline was preceded in death by her parents Elmer Brushaber and Rose Gilbertson; her step father Melvin Gilbertson; her husband Bob; her son-in-law Richard Londre; her sisters: Arlene Brandner, Delores Draeger, Loretta Krug and Sandy Warzecha and her brother Elmer Brushaber.

 

Her arrangements are under the care of Life Tributes Funeral Home–Spencer. Please visit www.lifetributesfuneralhome.com to share thoughts and condolences.

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Eileen M. Balczewski


 

  Eileen M. Balczewski, 98, of Ogema, formerly of Madison, passed away on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Rib Lake Health Services, where she had resided for the past 2 years. She was born on December 24, 1919 to Michael and Bessy Sheehan in Chicago, IL. She married John Balczewski in 1941 in Chicago.

  In her spare time Eileen enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with family, and babysitting her great-grandchildren.

  Eileen is survived by 3 grandchildren Janet (Timothy Bosley) VanderWaal of Mosinee, Michael (Lisa) Murphy and Robert “Bob” (Gail) Murphy both of Sun Prairie; six great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and many other family and friends.

  Eileen is preceded in death by her parents, husband, John Balczewski; son, John “Jack” Murphy; daughter-in-law, Monica Murphy, and sister, Beatrice.

  A prayer service will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake at 3:00 PM, with Father Otto Bucher officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church from 1:00 PM until the time of service at 3:00 PM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Eileen’s name may be given to the family for use a later designation.

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

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Fern J. Wirtala


 

 

  Fern J. Wirtala, age 78 of Longwood passed away on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at the Marshfield Medical Center.Funeral services for Fern will be 10:30 am on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Withee with Reverend Tom Myhre officiating.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Friday March 23, 2018, at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen and 9:30 am until the time of services at the church on Saturday.  Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery.

  Fern was born on October 19, 1939 in the Town of Green Grove, the daughter of Marvin "Jim" and Edith (Stafford) Churkey.  She attended Owen schools and graduated from the class of 1958 at Owen-Withee High School.  She was united in marriage to William Wirtala on May 23, 1959 at the old St. John's Lutheran Church of Withee.
  During Fern's younger years, she was a bookkeeper for ITT in Thorp, Foremost Foods of Owen and Master Package of Owen.  In her late thirties, she went to beauty school in Eau Claire, after school she worked for Irene Lehnen in the beauty shop for one year and received her managerial certificate and then opened her own beauty shop in her house. Fern also served the Town of Longwood as treasurer for 20 years. In 2005 she retired and enjoyed traveling the U.S. with her husband, Bill.  Fern enjoyed playing softball when she was younger, bowling, horseshoes, cards, especially bridge, and canning.
  Fern is survived by her husband: William; her three sons: Jim (Cheryl) of Wind Lake WI, Russ (Tami) of Reno, NV, and Dan (Liz) of Chandler, AZ; five grandchildren: Rachel, Joshua (Heidi), Micaela (Cody) Clark, Jessika (Ryan) Branch and Emily; and two great-grandchildren: James Wirtala and Deacan Branch.  She is further survived by a sister:  Mae Wickerham of Cameron, WI and many nieces and nephews.
  She is preceded in death by her parents.
  Online condolences can be made to www.maurinaschilling.com

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Evelyn A. Marcott


 

  Evelyn A. Marcott, 93, of Dorchester, died March 18, 2018 at Dycora Nursing Home in Abbotsford under the care of Ministry St. Joseph Hospice.

  She was born May 29, 1924 in Medford, Wisconsin to Fred and Mary (Ackeret) Goerg. She attended Holy Rosary Catholic Grade School and graduated from Medford High School.
  Evelyn married Kenneth Marcott on May 29, 1948 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford. He precedes her in death. They moved to Dorchester in 1949.
  Evelyn is survived by three sons: Gary of Bonduell, David (Nancy) of Athens, Tom (Rhonda) of Spencer, 7 Grandchildren, 10 Great Grandchildren and one sister Marie Brecke of Florida.
  She is further preceded in death by her Parents, one son: Mark, two Brothers: Clarence and Ray Goerg, and two brothers and one sister in infancy.
  Evelyn worked at the Star News in Medford, and then worked as the secretary for Dorchester Elementary School for 31 years. She loved sewing, quilt making, reading and spending time with her family and friends.
  She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester, and the Quilting Club.
  Cremation rites have been accorded and a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday March 23, 2018 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester. Father Tim Oudenhoven and Father Schaefer will officiate. Burial will take place in the Spring of 2018 at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford.      Visitation will be held Friday morning at the church from 10:00 until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Evelyn can be given to a charity of the donor’s choice.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

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Eileen J. Handel


 

  Eileen Joan Handel, 88, of Medford passed away on March 17, 2018 surrounded by loved ones. A funeral mass will take place on Friday, March 23 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford at 12 noon with Father Phil Juza officiating. Visitation will take place Friday from 10:30 AM until time of services at the church. Urnbearers will be Brittany Zenner and Julian and Margaret Handel.

  Eileen was born on August 10, 1929 to Leo J. and Theresa M. (Brost) Hirsch in Medford. She attended Holy Rosary School and graduated from Medford High School in 1947. Eileen was also a graduate of Taylor County Normal School. After her education, she taught elementary school in Abbotsford and at the Mathey School in rural Medford for three years.

  On June 15, 1953, Eileen married Gerald “Jerry” Handel at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. They enjoyed 51 years of life together. He preceded her in death on February 25, 2005.

  After marriage, Eileen worked as a homemaker and mother. She was also a substitute teacher at Holy Rosary Catholic School. Eileen actively enjoyed boating, golfing, curling, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, walking and biking. In her younger years, she drove stock car with Jerry. Her competitive spirit earned her the nickname “Mean Eileen.” Eileen took pride in her grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them. In later years, Eileen was an active member of a caregiver support group and was instrumental in creating a support group for people with visual impairments.

  Eileen was a devoted Catholic and member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford. She was a past member of the Medford Curling Club, Homemaker’s Club and Birthday Club.

  Eileen was the proud mother of Kathleen “Kate” (Steve) Metz, Mike (Rhonda) Handel, both of Medford, and Gary (Jane) Handel of Austin, MN and a loving grandmother to Christian, Julian (Dana) and Margaret Handel, Jared Metz and Brittany (M.J.) Zenner. Her great-grandson, Mason Zenner, brought her great joy, and she was anxiously awaiting the arrival of another great-grandbaby in July.

  Eileen is survived by two brothers, Leo James Hirsch of Barrington Hills, IL and Patrick Hirsch of Lake Bluff, IL, one sister, Marguerite (Ray) Klingbeil of Medford, three sister-in-laws: Bernice Hirsch of Sparta, Joan Hirsch of Pensacola, FL and Arlene Handel of Medford and numerous nieces and nephews.

  Eileen was preceded in death by brothers, Peter, Mark and John “Jacky” Hirsch; sister, Marilyn Strassman; sister-in-laws, Geraldine, Edna and Lorraine Hirsch, Marian Hansen and brother-in-laws, Ray Strassman, Robert Hansen, and Roger Handel.

  In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Eileen’s name may be given to the family for use at a later designation. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

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William E. "Bill" Wald


 

  William E. Wald, 74 of Gilman, died Wednesday, March 14, 2018

at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born on September 21, 1943
to the late Ben and Elda (Wachsmuth) Wald. Bill grew up in the
Gilman area and graduated from Gilman High in 1961. After high
school he served his country in the Air Force. On September 23,
1967 he was united in marriage to Frances Weigel in Hewitt, WI.

  Bill was a Union Bricklayer for many years.  He was also a member
of the Gilman American Legion.  He enjoyed hunting, gardening,
making maple syrup, and spending time in the woods.  Bill donated
blood for many years and believed strongly in donating blood.  He
adored his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Frances of Gilman, five
children, Dan (Myra West) Wald of Marshfield, Melissa (Michael)
Wojcik and Gina (Will) Hodowanic both of Gilman and Stacy (Tim
Hoppock) Warner and Tammy (Eric) Caelwaerts both of Pulaski,
13 grandchildren (Kayla, Ashley, Emily, Casey, James, Dylan,
Cody, Elizabeth, Tyler, Joey, Justin, Robert, and Miranda), 4 great
grandchildren (Sydney, Jaxon, Lincoln, and Abby) and his siblings,
Fran Delisi of Illinois, Dennis (Gayle) Wald of Wausau and Martha
Morris of Gilman.

  A memorial visitation will take place from 11AM until 2 PM on
Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the New Hope Presbyterian
Church-Hall in Hannibal. Gilman Funeral Home assisted the family.

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