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Jerald Matthew Mantik, 74, Abbotsford, died with his wife and children by his side on Saturday, July 6 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 13 at 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Medford. Interment will be at Pilgrim Rest Cemetery near Milan.


Visitation will be held at the church on Friday, July 12 from 4 to 8 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.


Jerry Mantik was born on April 12, 1939 on Hillcrest Dairy Farm near Milan to the late Fred August and Emilie Pauline (Paulson) Mantik. He attended Dixon Country School and was a 1957 graduate of Abbotsford High School.


He married Carol Mae Heldt, who survives. Jerry and his wife farmed in the Town of Johnson, Abbotsford from 1968 until 2000, when Jerry had a motorcycle accident that left him a quadriplegic.  Prior to that time, he farmed near Athens and drove school bus for Athens schools and worked at Frankfort Cheese Factory.


Jerry thoroughly enjoyed visiting with friends and family.  He had many hobbies during his lifetime, including bowling, playing cards, softball, organizing musical events and billard parties, attending high school ball games of his grandchildren, and listening to the Brewers and Packers games.


In addition to his wife, survivors include seven children, Terrence (Delores) Mantik of Kiel, Rock Mantik and Gloria (Donald) Everhard, both of Medford, Peggy (Jerry) Stanley of Miles City, Mont., Pamala (Mark) Wildberg of Ogema, Penny (Larry) Lecheler of Abbotsford and Kimberly (Craig) Heller of Athens; four sisters, Nancy (Bruce) Armstrong of Madison, Ruby (Don) Peissig of Atlanta, Ga., Gloria (Gene) Setterman of Wausau and Sally (Mark) Arndt of Medford; friend, Robert Clark of Abbotsford;


He is further survived by 19 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and two more on the way.


In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Otto and Ida (Shidell) Paulson and Michael and Elise (Abitz) Mantik; one infant brother and two infant granddaughters.



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