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  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

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