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Norman H. Vanderhoof


  Norman Harold Vanderhoof, 91, of Ogema, passed away on June 20, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family and under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.

  Norman was born February 28, 1927 in Chili, Wisconsin to Harold and Gertrude (Stoneberg) Vanderhoof. He married Elaine Lundberg on December 28, 1949. Elaine preceded him in death in 2007.
  He is survived by his Children: John Vanderhoof of Ogema, Joyce (Richard) Hildebrand of Iowa, Louise Lukes of Ogema, Larry (Roni) Vanderhoof of Prentice, Susan (Dennis) Ochodnicky, of Ogema, Nancy (Frank) Lukes of Ogema, fourteen Grandchildren, twenty eight Great Grandchildren and one Great Great Grandchild, and Siblings: Grace Payne of Florida, Myrtle Payne of Sheboygan, Ruby Berkholz of Ogema, Delores Eisner of Rib Lake, Yvonne Presswood of Illinois.
  He is preceded in death by his Parents, Wife Elaine, daughter Lynn Moriarty, and two Grandsons.
  Norman served in World War II, from April 1945 to November 1946 and attended the Honor Flight in 2017. Norman was a very talented carpenter, building many houses in the surrounding counties. He enjoyed outdoor activities, travel, and visiting with his family.  He also loved working in his workshop after retirement.
  A Celebration of Life followed by lunch at the Spirit Baptist Church, will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 1:30. Pastor Duane Harper will officiate. A Graveside service will take place at Garden of Memory Cemetery where military honors will be held.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at


Clara Schopfer


  Clara Schopfer, age 91, of Owen, passed away on Thursday,  June 7, 2018 at Ascension St. Clare's Hospital in Weston.

  A Memorial Gathering will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen. 

  Clara was born on November 24, 1926, the daughter of William and Wilhelmina "Minnie" (Ploog) Pape in Owen.  She graduated from Owen High School.  Clara was united in marriage to Harold Schopfer in 1944.  He preceded her in death on April 2, 2005.

  Clara worked side by side with her husband, Harold, driving heavy equipment for building roads.  They also had a herd of beef cattle.  She was well-known for her cake decorating skills working for Ken's Bakery in Owen.  Clara made character cakes for her family and others.  She worked as an election officer in the Town of Hixon for many years.  Clara was a 4-H cooking leader, enjoyed making barbie doll clothes and was a seamstress.  She was an excellent cook and baker and was proud of her flower bed and large garden.  Most importantly, she cherished her family.

  Clara is survived by her daughter, Ginger (Camby) Berry of Wausau; seven grandchildren: Jini (Dean) Ruplinger, Patti Bloch, Steven Marcott, Kelly Marcott (Jason Smith), Julie (Brian) Hastings, Michael (Regan) Jacks and Melissa (Eric) Vance; 11 great-grandchildren: Matthew Dassow, Krista Dassow, Nikki Marcott, Hailey Bloch, Onalee Marcott, Shyley Marcott, Madelyn "Maddie" Marcott, John Jacks, Joe Jacks, Ethan Hastings and Ben Hastings; one great-great-granddaughter, Ariana Reeves; a son-in-law, Paul Jacks of Cyprus, TX; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her daughter, Judie Jacks; a brother, Edward Pape; two sisters, Irma Miller and Cleo Dearth and two siblings in infancy.


Ann E. Olah


  Ann E. Olah, 91, of Westboro passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Rib Lake Health Services, Rib Lake, where she had resided for the past 7 months.

  A graveside service will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 30 at Mount Olive Cemetery, Westboro.  Immediately following that gathering will be a celebration of life time at the Rib Lake Ice Age Pavilion that all are invited.

  Ann was born on July 2, 1926 to Archie Donald and Mildred Avery (Streeter) Hebert in Longview, Washington. She attended elementary schools in both Washington and Westboro, WI; was a 1943 graduate of Westboro High School; attended Santa Monica Community College. On February 16, 1946 in Medford she married Steve Olah and he preceded her in death August 20, 1994. After her marriage, they farmed in the Town of Rib Lake for many years until her retirement in 1999. She also cooked at the Westboro School for some time. She enjoyed reading, playing cribbage, gardening, cooking, baking, her pets, feeding the birds, bowling and her family was very important to her. Ann was also a charter member of the Premeau-Schauss VFW Auxiliary, Westboro.

  Ann is survived by her children, Stephen (Gail) Olah of Rice Lake, Robert “Bob” (Kristie) Olah of Sunnyvale, Calif., Richard (Peggy) Olah of Westboro; grandchildren, Stephenie (John) Grefe, Renee (Jack) Stein, Ryan, Andrea & Erik (Heather) Olah, Lisa (Jason) Rashid; great-grandchildren Eli and Ava Grefe, Megan Stein, Brandon, Nathan, Matthew and Luke Olah, Jadeyn Olah, Jordan and Levi Rashid; and brother, John Hebert of Rib Lake.

  In addition to her husband and parents, Ann is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Shannon Olah in 2007; siblings, Lois Sherfield, Nancy McCrellias, Linda Fritsch, Donald and Joe Hebert.

  The family would like to acknowledge and give thanks to the Rib Lake Health Services for their care and compassion while Ann was a resident. The family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation. For online condolences, please visit


Janet H. LiVigni


  Janet H. LiVigni, 73, of Rib Lake passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at her residence. She was born in Blue Island, IL on November 11, 1944 to Forest and Janet (Kleifoth) Kurtzweil. She graduated from Oak Lawn Community High School. She married Steven LiVigni on August 10, 1968, he survives.

  Janet worked in the steel industry. She was a hard worker and strong woman with a great sense of humor. She will be deeply missed by all.

  In addition to her husband Janet is survived by her son, Joseph (Kelly) LiVigni; grandchildren, Rebecca, Jessica, and Joseph “Fitzy”. She is also survived by her sister, Peggy Machnikowski of Ogema and brother, Thomas Kurtzweil of Maricopa, AZ. Janet is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

  Janet is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Forest and Quentin Kurtzweil; sister in law, Merilyn Kurtzweil and brother in law, Julius Machnikowski.

  Cremation rites have been accord and a celebration of life will take place at a later date.

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


Leo James "Jim" Hirsch


  Leo James "Jim" Hirsch, age 94, formerly of Medford, passed away on Thursday,  June 7, 2018 at his son Gerald's home in Barrington Hills, IL under the tender care of hospice.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.  Interment to be held at Riverside Cemetery in Withee.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Monday at the Church. 

  Leo was born on May 18, 1924, the son of  Leo and Theresa (Brost) Hirsch in Medford, Wisconsin.  He attended Holy Rosary Grade School and Medford High School. He was an operator for the Greyhound bus company for 42 years.

  Leo was united in marriage to Lorraine Milewski on June 28, 1952 in Chicago.  She preceded him in death on May 16, 2005.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 60 years and enjoyed gardening.

  Leo is survived by five children: Connie (Mike) Schubert, James (Polly) Hirsch, Gerald Hirsch, Thomas (Amy) Hirsch, and Debra (Herb) LaMee; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by two siblings:  Marguerite (Ray) Klingbeil of Medford and Patrick Hirsch of Lake Bluff, IL; two sisters-in-law: Bernice Hirsch of Sparta, and Joan Hirsch of Pensacola, FL; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife and five siblings: Marilyn (Ray) Strassman, Peter Hirsch, Mark Hirsch, Eileen (Gerald) Handel and John Hirsch; and a sister-in-law, Geraldine Hirsch.

  In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be made to Orphanage of Casa Hogar, 1 Pablo 2, Lima, Peru in care of Diocese of La Crosse Mission Office, PO Box 4004, La Crosse, WI  54602.


Aure "Ray" Liebl

  Aure A. “Ray” Liebl, 88, of Rib Lake, passed away Saturday May 26, 2018 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

  He was the beloved partner of Catherine Kriehn and ex Husband Karen Liebl (O’Keane). He was a wonderful Father to Suzanne (Perry) Boneck, Tamara (Jeff) Jackopin and Karen (Kari) Liebl, loving Grandfather of Matthew (Krystle) Jackopin, Shannon (Kyle) Trimble, Ryan (Leah) Boneck, Jeffery Jackopin and Erin Boneck. Proud Great-Grandfather of Kylie Jackopin, Sebastian Jackopin, Haylee Jackopin, Connor Trimble and Lauren Trimble, and one brother Leo Liebl.
  He is preceded in death by his Parents William and Theresa Liebl and sister Lila Liebl Kalin.

  Ray was an honored Korean veteran, Sergeant in the US Army, and traveled in the special service Road Show Tour in 1951-1952 as a backup musician for Bob Hope. He was a proud member of the American Legion. Through his lifetime Ray graduated from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. A musician, composer, orchestra and band leader that went on to form many bands including Ray Liebl and the Sophisticates. Ray was an accomplished entrepreneur owning several businesses and music stores including the current Rib Lake Music Center for over 25 years. He was an exceptional carpenter and a True Artist. His one true passion in life was teaching students the love of music.

  Cremation rites have been accorded, and a memorial service will take place a 4:00 PM, Monday June 11, 2018 at Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake Chapel. Father Dennis Meulemans will officiate. Burial and military honors will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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


Myrtle May Blomberg


  Myrtle May Blomberg, 93, Town of Hill, Ogema, died Saturday 2, at Aspirus Care and Rehab Center in Medofrd, WI. She was born on February 17, 1925, in Boston, Massachusetts, to the late Rev. George and Myrtle Brooks. She graduated from the El Paso High School in El Paso, Texas Her marriage to the late Ivar H. Blomberg took place on June 8, 1947, at El Paso, Texas. She was a member of the Ogema Baptist Church, and of the Liberty Belles Homemakers.

  Survivors include one son, Tim, Ogema; two daughters, Judy (Rev. James) LeMaster, Ogema, and Debby (Wayne) Berfeldt, St. Paul, MN; grandchildren Larisa (George) Klein, James I. LeMaster, Alex (Heather) LeMaster, Aaron (Katie) Berfeldt, Samantha (Sean) Hallowell, Devon Berfeldt, and Tara Berfeldt; seven great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she is preceded in death by one son, James, and by six brothers, Milton, Larry, Harry, Alfred, Charlie, and Leslie Brooks, and by many sisters and brothers in law.
  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 9, at the Ogema Baptist Church in Ogema with Rev. Rodney Price officiating. Interment will take place in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in the Town of Hill. Friends may call at the Ogema Baptist Church in Ogema on Friday after 5:00 P.M. and on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until the time of services.
  Online condolences may be expressed at
The Heindl Funeral Home in Prentice is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.


Tucker W. Westfall


  Tucker William Westfall, age 15, was born on May 16, 2003, and died on June 2, 2018, after a UTV accident. Tucker was born in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He resided in Stevens Point. In 2007, the Westfall family moved to Athens so the children could grow up near family and his Dad could coach and teach for the Athens School District.

  Tucker loved hunting and fishing and was always trying to up Dad and his brother on bagging the biggest buck or catching the largest fish. Tucker had a passion for sports playing high school football, wrestling and baseball. At his eighth grade graduation, he said his goals in life were to get married and play for the NFL. He loved watching movies over and over again and would recite the script before the actor would say them. Tucker was a very kind, gentle young man that loved spending time with his friends attending fire pit parties, prom parties, or just hanging out. He always looked forward to the Kayak fishing trips with his Uncle Tom. He will be remembered by many as a very caring person. Tucker loved life and will be so missed by his family and friends.

  Tucker is survived by his parents, Dale and Tracy Westfall, his 16 year old brother, Tanner, his grandparents, Donald and Marlene Westfall and Dennis and Zenia Bohl, his great grandmother, Helen Zumann, his aunts and uncles (David and Donna Houlihan, Jim and Wanda Norge, Thomas and Lorene Mueller, Steve and Jessica Bohl and Gary and Georgine Albrecht), his godfather, Corey Westfall, great aunts and uncles and cousins.

  Visitation and church services will be held at the Athens High School gymnasium on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The church service be held the last hour of this time period. No other funeral arrangements will be made. In lieu of flowers, food or gifts, please give a monetary donation. The Westfall family will be placing the funds towards the future sports programs that Tucker so loved.

  The outpouring of love and support this community has provided us is beyond compare. We thank you all so much!

  Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at


Edna A. Markow


  Edna A. Markow, 98, of Medford, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at her daughter’s house.        She was born on February 10, 1920 to Fredrick and Annelise (Ruebsamen) Nickle in Kenosha. She later moved to Rib Lake and attended Fawn Valley School. She worked at various locations in the area as a housekeeper and nanny. Edna married Kenneth Markow on February 2, 1937 in Rib Lake; he preceded her in death on January 22, 2004.

  Edna worked most of her life as a homemaker and as a babysitter for her family and neighbors. She was very active member of Community United Church of Christ and Chelsea Conservation Club Women’s Group. Edna took great pride in her lawn and was even awarded the best lawn in town.  In her spare time she enjoyed cooking and baking, sewing, reading, traveling, arts and craft, embroidery, and caring for her pets.

  Edna is survived by her five sons, Ronald of Stafford, OR., David (Peggy) of Eau Claire, LeRoy and Wayne (Sue), both of Medford, and Larry (Wendy) of Janesville; two daughters, Lynette (Ralph) Marthaler of Medford, and Marlys (Jeff) Shoup of Gainesville, Va.; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.  Edna is also survived by her daughter in law, Nina Markow; brother, Gilbert Hein and sister, Dorothy Kay. She is further survived by many other family and friends.

  In addition to her husband and parents Edna is preceded in death by her son Loren Markow, 7 sisters, and 1 brother.

  Funeral services for Edna will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Community United Church of Christ with Pastor Mary Jo Laabs officiating; burial will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Community United Church of Christ from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM.

  Memorial donations in Edna’s name may be given to her 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


Judy Savage


Judy Savage, 94. passed away on Saturday, June 2nd.  Judy was born Julia Antonette Szepieniec at the home farm on 6 June 1923 in the town of Roosevelt near Lublin, Wisconsin. Her parents were Joseph and Anna (Surman) Szepieniec. Her siblings were Hank, Casey, Stan, George, Rena, and Joe.

  Judy married Walter "Wally" Zuber in Chicago in 1944. They lived in Chicago and then moved to central Wisconsin to farm. They later started their business, All Metal Stamping, in 1954. Judy helped run the business and did the bookkeeping. In 1962 they moved to Marshfield. Their children were Dolly, Ken, Gary, Charlene, and Kim. 

  After her husband's passing, Judy remarried Bill Savage of Medford in 1971. They lived in California for a few years before returning to Wisconsin. Bill died in 1997.

Judy enjoyed spending time visiting with family and friends; gardening, thrift shopping, crocheting and knitting, beating everyone at Scrabble, and gambling. She was a member of St Mary's Catholic Church in Colby. Towards the end of her life, Judy moved into the Waterford Assisted Living in Colby. Judy died surrounded by her family on June 2, 2018, just shy of her 95th birthday.

  Judy is survived by three siblings: Rena Phillips, Stan Spence, and Joe Szepieniec; five children: Dolly (Jack) LaSee, Ken (Dawn) Zuber; Gary Zuber, Charlene (Will) Bliss; and Kim (Myrna) Zuber; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

  Services will be held at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Colby on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Visitation will be at the church beginning at 9:15 a.m. The funeral mass will begin at 11 a.m. Following a lunch, burial will be at Gate of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Marshfield, Wisconsin. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Saint Mary's Catholic Church and School, Colby. 


Jennifer E. Hecker


  Jennifer Ellen Hecker, 46 of Jump River, entered into heaven on

Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at home with her family by her side. She was
born on July 7, 1971 in Chippewa Falls to William and Ellen (Pahl)
Carrell of Cornell. Jennifer grew up on a farm near Cornell and
graduated from Cornell High. She met her future husband at a softball
game and later married Robert “Bobby” Hecker of Hawkins on July 7,

  Jennifer was known for her love for the Lord and for her desire for
others to have a personal relationship with Him. She loved her family
and gave birth to twelve children-six boys and six girls. She helped teach
them how to garden, farm, and take care of the home. Jennifer
homeschooled each one as well. She loved her friends and church
family and actively sought to encourage them to live for the Lord.
  Jennifer also loved her community-from 4-H, homeschool group, little
league, basketball and any time she had the opportunity to be with
others. Jennifer enjoyed crocheting, canning, decorating cakes and
spending time with her husband and children.

  She is survived by her husband of 27 years, Bob, her children, Daniel
(Ginger) of Thorp, MaryEllen of Green River, WY, Ruth, David, Joseph,
Hannah, Andrew, Peter, Esther, Abigail, Rebekah and Timothy of Jump
River, 3 grandchildren, her parents, William “Bill” and Ellen Carrell of
Cornell, and her siblings, Sheila (Jeremy) Shackleton and Barbara
(Shane) Stumo both of Cornell and William “Billy” (Michelle) Carrell of
Eleva. Jennifer is preceded in death by her brother in law, John Hecker.

  A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at
Northland Baptist Church in Hannibal with Rev. Dick Chromy and Rev.
Greg Stine Co-officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Nebo Cemetery.
  Visitation will be from 5-8 PM on Monday at Northland Baptist Church,
W14530 County Road M, Hannibal and one hour prior to services
Tuesday all at the Church. Plombon Funeral Service-Gilman assisted
the family.  


Jorge "Lucky" Molina, Sr


  Jorge Molina Sr. a.k.a Lucky aged 59, passed away from stage 4 cancer on Tuesday May 29,

2018 at his resident in Abbotsford, WI under the care of hospice. Jorge Molina resided with his
wife Alice Molina and his 3 grandsons Daniel, Joel, and Jovani.

  He was born on May 7, 1959 in Manhattan, NY and was the youngest of 3 children from his
maternal parents Gerado Molina and Vilma Devalle. Jorge has 7 siblings from father side and 2
siblings from mother. Jorge has 3 children of his own Jolie (Prentice) Sprewell, Johanna Molina,
and Jorge Jr Molina. Jorge was a proud devoted grandfather to his 10 grandchildren Prentice II,
Liyzette, Joliscia, Milanio, Daniel, Joel, Jovani, Jaz’lyn, Jo’leah, and Jace.

  Jorge was hard
working man, who supported his family financially. Jorge manage a hotel in Milwaukee,
and was the “jack of all trades”. Jorge was very determined, motivated, strong, and a fighter
which he has proven that till his last breath. Jorge would continue to have the title “fighter of all
time”. He was loved and respected by many and will be missed dearly.

  He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Priscilla.

  A funeral service is scheduled for 3pm on Sunday June 3, 2018 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral
Home 203 N. 4th St, Abbotsford, WI 54405. Family and friends are welcome from 1pm till the
time of service at the funeral home. Flowers, donations, and condolences may be offer at 318 N.
5th Street, Abbotsford, WI 54405. 


Jerome "Jerry" E. Huber




AGE: 78


ADDRESS: N3191 Division Drive, Medford; A Township of Hammel resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:49 PM, Saturday, May 26 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital emergency room, Wausau


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 3:00 PM Saturday, June 2 at First Baptist Church, Medford


OFFICIATING: Rev. Tim Becker and Rev. Brian Wipf


VISITATION: First Baptist Church, Medford from 1 PM until the time of services at 3 PM on Saturday, June 2


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 13, 1939 at Grant County, North Dakota


EDUCATION: Schrader Grade School, Grant County, ND & was a 1957 graduate of Lemmon High School, Lemmon South Dakota


MARRIAGE: December 22, 1962 at Rockford, IL to Pearl Joanne Kouril and she survives


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he ranched in North Dakota until moving to Rockford, IL in 1961 where he worked as a machinist at Rockford Screw Products and later Chrysler. From 1968-1974 he worked as a production supervisor at Kent Feeds. In 1975 they moved to the Medford area and worked as a machinist at Wisconsin Equipment until 1979. They moved to Owen where they owned/operated the Curtiss Feed Mill from 1979-1985. Moved to Stetsonville where he sold insurance as an independent agent. Then he worked at Agri-King as a cattle nutritionist & later drove truck for Abbyland Trucking until ill health forced his retirement. He enjoyed playing guitar, gospel/country music, bowling, was a self-fabricator, family activities, his church, biking, bird watching, hunting and his Sheltie dog.


MEMBER OF: First Baptist Church, Medford where he was a former trustee


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Pearl J. Huber of Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Edward (Mary) Huber of Bloomington, MN, Philip (Karen) Huber of Colby & Curtis Huber of Mellen, WI


# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 6 – Matthew, Adam, Robert, Morgan, Hunter & Mackenzie Huber


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Leilla Moll of Fargo, ND, Allen (Patricia) Huber of Medford & Sharon Kouba of Tucson, AZ






DECEASED MOTHER: Katherine (Schlepp) Huber


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to either the City of Medford-River Walk project, or to First Baptist Church of Medford
-For online condolences, please visit 


Ruth D. Weiler


  Ruth D. Weiler, age 85, of Unity, passed away on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Colonial Center in Colby.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Saint Mary Help of Christian Parish in Colby. Father Joseph Redfern will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Molitor Cemetery.

 Ruth was born on July 15, 1932 the daughter of Plennie and Anna (Sommers) Dowden in Milwaukee.   She was raised in Milwaukee and moved to Medford in 1942 where she attended normal school and was a graduate of Medford High School. Ruth attended Stevens Point Teachers College and earned a teaching degree. She began her teaching career at Saint Anthony’s Catholic School in Athens and later at Spencer Elementary School for almost 40 years. On September 3, 1955, Ruth was united in marriage to George Weiler at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford. She was a member of Saint Mary Catholic Church in Colby.

  Ruth enjoyed antiques, flea markets, rummage sales, flowers, feeding the birds and squirrels, collecting china, plates, bowls, glass, angels, cookie jars and coffee pots.
  Ruth is survived by several family members and her special friend, Riko the dog.

  She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George, on Dec. 31, 1991, and several siblings.
  The family requests Memorials to St. Mary Parish.

  Ruth’s family would like to thank the staff at the Colonial Center in Colby for the wonderful care Ruth received.


Edmond Rohland


  Edmond Rohland, age 91, of Withee, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at his home under the tender care of St. Croix Hospice of Eau Claire.

  A Graveside Service with Military Honors provided by Lublin American Legion Post #547, Owen American Legion Post #123 and Owen-Withee Vets Club will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 2 at Riverside Cemetery in the Town of Hixon. A celebration of Edmond's life will be held following the service at Meadowview Country Club in Owen.

  Edmond was born on December 11, 1926, the son of John and Caroline (Klabon) Rohland in the Town of Hixon.  He attended school at White School in rural Withee and enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the Pacific during WWII.  On August 2, 1948, Edmond was united in marriage to Dorothy Long.  She preceded him in death on October 11, 2004.

  Edmond loved farming and was a progressive farmer always looking to improve his herd.  Before retiring, he had the 2nd best milk producing herd in Clark County.  He was member of the National Farmers Organization and the American Legion Post #123.

  Edmond is survived by seven children:  Terry (Marge) Rohland of Owen, Christine (Dennis) Nelson of Loyal, Teresa (Jerold) Rakovec of Withee, Elaine Rohland of Marshfield, Patricia Martin of Marshfield, Lisa (Jim) Scheunemen of Owen and Richard (Nancy) Rohland of Medford; 27 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by his sister, Emily Fijalkiewicz of Greenwood and his sister-in-law, Shirley Rohland of Wausau; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; 12 siblings: Julius, Albert, Otto, Fred, Henry, Buster, Elsie, Emil and four in infancy; and his grandson, Eric Hamm.

  In lieu of flowers, the family requests Memorials to the Owen American Legion Post #123 or the Highground.


Denis R. Woik


  Denis Ronald Woik, age 52, of Colby joined his heavenly father on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at Marshfield Medical Center.

  He was born on March 7, 1966, the son of Ralph and Elsie (Mueller) Woik in Marshfield. He attended Owen-Withee schools and was a graduate of the class of 1984. After graduation, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point where he received degrees in Computer Information Systems and Business Administration in 1989. Denis was united in marriage with Kristine Flink on October 13, 1990 in Colby. He worked for Wausau Insurance, which later became Liberty Mutual, as a Senior Software Analyst from 1992 until the time of his death. Denis was an active member of his community and his church, the First United Church of Christ in Colby. He loved spending time with his friends and family, going to music concerts and festivals, attending and announcing sporting events, and volunteering in his community. Denis was well-known in his community for his booming laugh and infectious smile. Most everyone who met Denis has warm memories of him as he has left quite an impact on all who knew him.

  Although Denis is no longer physically with us, the memories he left will be remembered forever.

  Denis is survived by his loving wife, Kris, and his two beloved daughters, Elise and Hanah, his mother, Elsie, of Colby, his sister Diane (Larry) Herington of Owen, and his brother Duane (Betsy) Woik of Portland, OR. Denis is further survived by many wonderful in-laws, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father, Ralph.  Denis has many friends he met through his work, gym, and the community activities he was involved in. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

  A visitation will be held at the First United Church of Christ in Colby on Friday, June 1 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. The funeral will be held at the Colby High School gymnasium on Saturday, June 2, at 11:00 AM. A visitation will be held from 9:00 AM until the time of the funeral. The family will be designating memorials to build the new announcer’s booth at Colby High School, a place where Denis became known as the voice of Colby athletics.

  “The loss is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind.”


John W. Gosbee, Jr


  John W. Gosbee, age 86, of Medford, WI, died May 25, 2018 at his residence in the Town of Chelsea.    John was born December 14, 1931 to Ann (Stiener) Gosbee and John W. Gosbee in Chicago, IL. He grew up in Whittlesey and graduated from Medford High School. He then attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and earned his bachelor’s degree of education. He met Charlene J. Kabat (of Stevens Point) and they married February 16, 1957. John then moved to Madison, WI and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received his master’s degree of education. He then moved to Racine, WI and taught physics at J.I. Case High School for many years. After retirement, John and Char moved home to Whittlesey. John enjoyed travelling, spending time with his family, and supporting his parish. He cultivated a love of the outdoors that included camping, mushroom hunting, bird watching, and four-wheeling. John had been a member of a barbershop chorus for many years and also enjoyed polka music.

  John is survived by his children Geralynn Gosbee, John W. Gosbee, Peter (Sue) Gosbee, David (Ann) Gosbee, Greg (Rich) Gosbee, and Alyssa (Paul) Stang, numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, in-laws, nieces, nephews, and extended family members. John was preceded in death by his wife Charlene Gosbee in 2016, parents John and Ann Gosbee, sisters Marie Jochimsen, Anna Mayer, and Marggie Jochimsen, grandson James Doyle in infancy, and daughter-in-law Laura Gosbee, as well as extended family members.

  A funeral mass will be held at 11 AM on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Whittlesey with Father Phil Juza officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until time of service at the church. A graveside burial service will be held in Chelsea Community Cemetery, Town of Chelsea, on Saturday, June 2 at 10 AM.

  Memorial donations in memory of John can be made to Alzheimer’s Association-Greater WI Chapter, 3313 S. Packerland Dr., Suite E, De Pere, WI 54115



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