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Malone G. Ellis


 

Malone G Ellis, 72 of rural Gilman, died Monday, July 29, 2013 at
St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. H
e was born on August 11,
1940 in Cornell to the late Gene and Marsella “Micke” (Killoy)
Ellis. He grew up in the Pershing area and went to Gilman High
school. Malone married Jean Ruse on March 25, 1961. The
couple started farming in the Donald area. They moved after the
DNR bought that farm and then they moved to their current farm
east of Hannibal. The couple farmed there until Malone started
driving over the road trucking 18 years ago.


Malone was a member of the 32nd Division of the National Guard
51 years ago last spring. He also served on the Gilman
Ambulance from ’80-89. Malone enjoyed horseback riding in the
early years and was an avid bowler, deer hunter, and fisherman
and enjoyed woodworking.


He is survived by his beloved wife of 52 years, Jean of Gilman, his
son David (Andie) Ellis, a daughter, Nadine (Scott) Capelle both
of Gilman, his granddaughter, Mandee Herring, grandsons, Eric
Ellis and Colton Capelle, great granddaughter, Dylan Herring and
his dog Goober. Malone is preceded in death by his parents and
his in-laws, Elgen and Gladys Ruse.


A memorial service will be at 1PM on Thursday, August 1, 2013 at
the Gilman Funeral Home. Rev. Aric Fenske officiating. Inurnment
will take place later in the Donald Cemetery. Fellowship will follow
the service at Dot and Jerry’s.

 

Henry J. Kraemer Jr


 

HENRY J. KRAEMER JR.

AGE: 88

ADDRESS: W4979 Dassow Ave, Medford; Town of Medford Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:10 P.M. Monday, July 29 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 10:30 A.M. Friday, August 2 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Whittlesey

OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger and Deacon Joseph Stefancin

INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen II Cemetery, Medford where full military honors will be performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team

VISITATION: 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M Thursday, August 1 at Our Lady Perpetual Help, Whittlesey where there will be a 6:45 P.M. Rosary Service and also from 9:00 A.M. until 10:15 A.M. Friday, August 2 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Whittlesey

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 31, 1924 in the Town of Medford

EDUCATION: Attended Frey Grade School in the Town of Browning

MARRIAGE: Henry married Loretta E. Dassow on February 7, 1948. After 65 years of marriage, Loretta went to heaven on May 7, 2013

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Henry served in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947, where he served with the occupation forces in Japan. Henry owned and operated his own logging business for all of his adult life. They owned and operated a dairy farm in the Town of Medford until 1971. He also worked for the Taylor County Highway Department for a short time. Henry enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, watching birds, camping, digging ponds, and tinkering in his shop. He enjoyed polka music, especially Big Joe and Molly B.

MEMBER OF: Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Whittlesey and the Klossner-Dietzler VFW Post #5729, Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Bonnie Lindow of Medford, Roman (Joyce) Kraemer of Medford, Shirley (Roger) Weiler of Unity, William (Beverley) Kraemer of Medford, Beverly (Marvin) Krautkramer of Edgar, Larry (Kathy) Kraemer of Medford, Thomas Kraemer of Rhinelander and Gary (Lisa) Kraemer of Medford

CHILDREN DECEASED: Marcella in infancy and Grandson Scott Lindow

16 Grandchildren; 11 Great-Grandchildren and 4 Step-Great-Grandchildren

SURVIVING SISTERS: Catherine Poehnelt of Marshfield, Mary Ann (Harold) Dassow of Medford and Eileen (James) Rogers of Marshfield
Brother: Edward (Dorothy) Kraemer of Medford
Step-Brother: Tony (JoAnn) Fleischmann of Medford
Brother-In-Law: Edward (Connie) Leader of Birchwood

SISTER DECEASED: Agnes Leader

DECEASED FATHER: Henry J. Kraemer Sr.

DECEASED MOTHER: Mary Kraemer (Maiden Name: Foremski)

PALLBEARERS: Honorary: Granddaughters: Lisa Marsh, Laurie Brost, Amy Kostner, Susie Doberstein, Nina Kraemer, Sarah Jakel and Jennifer Freeman
Active: Grandsons: Robert Lindow, Daniel Lindow, Jason Lindow, Joey Kraemer, Jimmy Kraemer, Phillip Kraemer, Travis Krautkramer, Craig Krautkramer, and Jeff Kraemer


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Henry’s family to be designated at a later date
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Carol J. Querin


 

CAROL J. QUERIN

 

AGE: 75

ADDRESS: N3010 Crane Drive, Medford; A Township of Medford resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced at 7:10 AM on Sunday, July 28 at her residence in the Town of Medford

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Thursday, August 1 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Rev. Nancy Amacher & Rev. Kelly Taylor-Schaus

INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery II

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, July 31 and also at church from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Thursday, August 1

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 11, 1938 at Loyal, WI

EDUCATION: Loyal Elementary Schools and was a 1955 graduate of Loyal High school; Attended business collage in Eau Claire

MARRIAGE: October 18, 1974 at Loyal to Eugene “Gene” Querin and he survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After her education she did secretary work for Colby Packaging in Colby for a period of time. Then she moved to Medford and worked at Taylor Credit Union from 1963 until her retirement in 2008. She enjoyed golfing, shooting pool, bowling, fishing, gardening, bird watching, reading and knitting.

MEMBER OF: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Eugene “Gene” Querin of Medford

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Gordon (Marlene) Haslow of Loyal, Marliss (John) Paradies of Cornell, Veryl (Clif) Sackett of Fergus Falls, MN

DECEASED FATHER: Alfred Haslow DECEASED MOTHER: Violet Gretzke

PALLBEARERS: Justin Olson, John, Ronald & Tyler Brost

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Taylor County Humane Society, PO Box 1, Medford, WI
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Carl A. Nelson


 

CARL A. NELSON

AGE: 80

ADDRESS: W1575 Adams Road, Brantwood; Town of Spirit Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:00 A.M. Sunday, July 28 at the Golden Living Center-Golden Age Nursing Home in Tomahawk where he had resided for the past 3 ½ years and under the care of Aseracare Hospice.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Thursday, August 1 at the Spirit Methodist Church, Spirit

OFFICIATING: Rev. Deborah Hastings

INTERMENT: Spirit Hillcrest, Spirit where full military honors will be performed by the Spirit American Legion Post #452

VISITATION: 10:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, August 1 at the Spirit Methodist Church, Spirit

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 29, 1933 in Spirit

EDUCATION: Attended Spirit Center Grade School and received his GED while serving in the U.S. Army

MARRIAGE: August 17, 1957 at St. Matthews Lutheran Church in Brantwood to Diane R. Larson

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: He served in the U.S. Army; during the Korean Conflict 1954-1955. After working a short time at Owens, Illinois and doing building construction, Carl started dairy farming on his father’s homestead. They then later purchased his Mother’s Homestead and moved the operation to his uncle’s barn for over 40 years until his retirement in 1999. During this time Carl also cut pulpwood.
He loved nature and working outdoors. He enjoyed 4-wheeling, snowmobiling, watching the Packers, his good sense of humor and being a family man, especially spending time with his grandchildren.

MEMBER OF: Spirit Methodist Church, Spirit

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Diane R. Nelson of Spirit

SURVIVING CHILDREN: 2 Sons: Randy and Michael (Angela) both of Spirit.
2 Daughters: Terri (Bruce) Roberts of Tomahawk and Lori (Larry) Wiitala of Ogema

3 GRANDCHILDREN: Brooklyn, Lindsey and Niklas

2 STEP-GRANDCHILDREN

2 STEP-GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN

Also survived by Nieces, Nephews, other Relatives and Friends

SISTER DECEASED: Alice Bebault

DECEASED FATHER: Albin Nelson

DECEASED MOTHER: Ruth C. Nelson (Maiden Name: Ahl)

PALLBEARERS: Michael Nelson, Bruce Roberts, Larry Wiitala, Bruce and Dennis Bebault and Raymond Borg

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Carl’s family to be designated at a later date.
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Adeline E. Neitzel


 

ADELINE E. NEITZEL AGE: 97

ADDRESS: Clark Co. Health Care Center, Owen, WI

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:50 AM Thursday, July 25 at Clark County Health Care Center, Owen where she had resided for the past 7 years

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Tuesday, July 30 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Curtiss

OFFICIATING: Pastor Kris Bjerke-Ulliman

INTERMENT: Pine Hill Cemetery, Curtiss, WI

VISITATION: 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, July 30 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Curtiss

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 22, 1915 at the Township of Hoard, Clark County

EDUCATION: Park grade school, Town of Hoard

MARRIAGE: September 23, 1936 at Dorchester to Ernest Neitzel and he preceded her in death on October 16, 2008 after 72 years of marriage

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After her education she did housework in Hurley, WI and Ironwood, MI. She returned home and worked on the family farm. After her marriage, they farmed in the Town of Hoard for many years until her retirement in 1972. She continued to reside on the farm until entering Clark Co. Health Care Center, Owen in 2006. She enjoyed gardening, crafts and her family

MEMBER OF: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Curtiss

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughter – Vera (Bruce) Jensen of Dorchester
Grandchildren – Marie (Steve) Thomas, Delano, MN, Mark (Tammy) Jensen of Medford & Dane (Lorean) Jensen of Dorchester; Great Grandchildren – Ernest, Jessica, Kimberly, Troy Jensen, Ashley Pinkert, Alyssa Soyk, Amber Capodanno, Joseph & Samuel Thomas; Great Great Grandchildren – Kennedy Capodanno, Breanna, Josh & Analise Jensen, Oliver Dane Pinkert, Anna Marie Soyk

CHILDREN DECEASED: Grandson – Dale Jensen in 2010

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sisters-in-law: Mildred Hamm of Curtiss, Annabell Neitzel of Holway, and Ruth Neitzel of Abbotsford

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sisters – Hannah Rahn, Amelia Neitzel; Brothers – William “Bill”, Frank “Boots”, Henry & Edward Hamm

DECEASED FATHER: Frank Hamm DECEASED MOTHER: Hattie Perlburg

PALLBEARERS: Pallbearers – Marie & Steve Thomas, Mark, Tammy, Dane, Loreann & Ernest Jensen

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

Audrey (Gries) Stieber


 

Audrey (Gries) Stieber, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI with her family by her side. Audrey was 82. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 am Saturday, July 27, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby. Father Dan Hackel will officiate. A visitation will be held from 4 to 7 PM with a Rosary at 4 PM on Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Maurina Schilling Funeral Home in Colby and visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00 am until the time of services at the church in Colby. Private burial will be in Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Colby.
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Audrey was born August 3, 1930 to Alphons and Ramona (Eder) Gries, Audrey spent the majority of her lifetime as a resident of Colby, WI. Audrey attended Saint Mary’s school and was a 1948 graduate of Colby High School.

After a whirlwind 9 month romance Audrey married Michael Stieber on July 9, 1952 at Saint Mary’s Church in Colby. They were married for 60 years before Michael’s death in 2012. Together they had four children: Chris, Jeff, Carol and Cathy. Audrey was a caring and supportive mom-she was a chauffeur extraordinaire, taking all four kids to orthodontic & optometrist appointments, attending almost all of their extracurricular events and was their biggest fan. She was a fun-loving individual who loved to bowl, dance, play cards, laugh and enjoyed the company of others.

Audrey received a bartender’s license at the age of 16 and worked tending bar at her parent’s business (Cherokee Store and Tavern). She also worked as a telephone operator on Colby’s switchboard. After her marriage she did some seasonal work packing gifts at Figi’s Cheese in Marshfield. She loved her time at Figi’s and had many fond memories of the friends she made while working there.

Audrey’s roots in the Colby community and Saint Mary’s church ran deep-they spanned four generations, beginning with her great-grandmother who was one of the earliest members of the newly founded church. She had a ferocious loyalty to her hometown. Always eager to help her community, she was a member of many service organizations: active member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Parish, VFW Ladies Auxiliary President, Saint Mary’s Home and School Association, Catholic Foresters, Girl Scout Leader, Red Cross Volunteer, and Election Poll worker.

Audrey was a living contradiction. She was just as willing to offer help to someone in need as she was unwilling to accept help for herself. She lived much of her life with a vitality rivaled only by the frailty with which it ended. She was nurturing and supportive; she was obstinate and stubborn. Audrey was loved by many people who were touched by her generosity, smile, laughter and light.

Audrey is preceded in death by her husband; Michael and her parents. She is survived by her brother; Adrian, her children; Christine (Ronald) Cross, Jeffrey (Barbe) Stieber, Carol (Leonard) Widra, Catherine (David) Simpson and six grandchildren; Quincy, McKenzie and Colby Stieber, Rachel and Joshua Widra and Renee Gibson.

There is nothing Audrey enjoyed more than playing cards with her family and friends. We know she is in a better place, playing cards and laughing up a storm with the friends and family that made their way before her. We’ll miss that laughter very much.

Maurina Schilling Funeral Home of Colby is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences can be made to www.maurinaschilling.com

 

Clarence J. Stoiber


 

Clarence J. Stoiber, age 92, of Dorchester, passed away on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at the Memorial Health Center in Medford under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice. He was born February 14, 1921 in the Town of Mayville, Clark County to the late Frank and Anna (Gabriel) Stoiber. He attended St. Louis Catholic School. On April 26, 1950, he and Charlene Lapp were united in marriage at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester.

The couple resided in Dorchester where they farmed and raised their family. Clarence was a member of the St. Louis Catholic Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He worked at the Dorchester Co-op, retiring in 1985.

He enjoyed fishing and playing cards with his grandchildren, bowling, and working in his shop. Clarence loved socializing with people, story-telling, and the occasional puzzle or practical joke.

Survivors include his wife, Charlene, six children, Greg (Debbie) Stoiber of Green Bay, Gloria (Bill) Becker of Foristell, MO, Pauline (Jon) Zweck of Wausau, Carol (friend Bill Foreman) Kadonsky of Lebanon, IL, Julene (Don) Erl of Medford, and Steven (Rosario) Stoiber of Maricopa, AZ; grandchildren, Stacey (Jeff) Alioto, Cori (Chris) Jurgensmeyer, Troy (Jenn) Gangwisch, Jordan (Colin Gillis) Zweck, Justin Zweck, Michelle, Chris (fiancé Samantha Moeller), and Nick Kadonsky, Olivia Erl, and Madeline (Mike) Huffstutler; great-grandchildren, Evan and Camden Alioto, and Katie, Karly and Caleb Gangwisch; sister, Adeline Decker, Dorchester, and other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Alvin Stoiber, and grandson, Ethan Erl.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Saint Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester. Father Gerard Willger will officiate. A visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be in the Dorchester Memorial Cemetery. Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Dorchester is assisting the family with arrangements.
 

John James (Jim) "Nik" Nikolay


 

John James (Jim) “Nik” Nikolay age 62, of Owen, died peacefully in his home on Saturday, July 20, 2013. A memorial service will be held 2:00 pm Friday, July 26, 2013 at the Maurina Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford. Pat Kelley will officiate. A visitation will be held from 12:30 pm Friday until the time of services at the funeral home in Abbotsford. A reception will follow the service at Red Arrow Park, Abbotsford.

John was born June 29, 1951 in Medford to John J. and Helen (Dravis) Nikolay of Abbotsford. Jim graduated from Abbotsford High School in 1969. He spent a good portion of his life as a bar-owner and enjoyed spending winters in Florida. He had a knack for buying and selling, always searching particularly for unique items. Jim loved motorcycles, dogs and his cat “Mouse.”

Family and friends will miss his entertaining personality and sense of humor the most. He kept them laughing with his story-telling, jokes and impersonations. He met people easily wherever he went and you’d know whenever he walked into a room, you were going to have a good time. Jim was a singer and dancer and a women romancer. He loved to fish for muskie and shared his favorite spot on the Black River with family.

Jim is preceded in death by his sister; Kate and his dad; Jack.

Jim is survived by his mom; Helen, brothers; Dave and friend Nancy, Paul and wife Karen, all of Abbotsford, sisters; Sharol (Bill) Lehnertz of Eden Prairie, MN, Mary (John) Kelley of Green Bay, Kitty of LaCrosse and extended family. Love and Prayers and Thank You for being in Jim’s life.

Maurina Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences can be made to www.maurinaschilling.com

Chester S. Luzinski


Chester S. Luzinski, age 89, of rural Thorp, passed away on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at his home. A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 11:00am, at the Riverside Cemetery, about one mile west of Withee, WI on County Rd X.


Chester Sylvester Luzinski was born on December 18, 1923, on the family farm near Lublin, WI to Teofil and Ella (Kostick) Luzinski. He was raised on the farm, attending rural school, and passed away on the farm. Chet was a dairy farmer most of his life, and worked his land for crops to feed "his girls" (the cows.) During his early life, he had a few side jobs, but spent most of his time working the farm. He cared for his mother until her passing in 1982. Chet was a master of one liners, always providing an "interesting" analogy with colorful language for any situation.


Chet was an avid hunter, always wondering if "the big one" was around. He enjoyed the challenges of jigsaw puzzles, especially those with outdoor animal scenes.


Chet is survived by nephews Michael and Ronald Luzinski, nieces Kathy Serold and Darlene Hogan, his valued social workers and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Steve, Mike and Louie Luzinski and one sister Ann Krzyzanski.


In lieu of flowers, memorials in Chester's honor, may be given to Taylor County Human Services, Taylor County Commission on Aging, or your favorite charity.               

Patricia "Pat" A. Faude


 

PATRICIA “PAT” A. FAUDE

AGE: 80

ADDRESS: N2261 County Road DD, Withee; Township of Maplehurst Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:10 P.M. Tuesday, July 16 at her residence surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 20 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

OFFICIATING: Rev. Cathy Burbury

INTERMENT: Maplehurst Cemetery in the Town of Maplehurst, Taylor County

VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 20 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 18, 1933 in Ladysmith

EDUCATION: 1951 graduate of Medford High School

MARRIAGE: July 14, 1951 in Loyal to Alvin R. Faude

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After their marriage, Alvin and Pat owned and operated a dairy farm in the Township of Maplehurst, where she was also a homemaker and caretaker. In 1995 she worked in the kitchen at Memorial Health Center and then Country Gardens until her retirement in 2007. She enjoyed gardening, watching hummingbirds, canning, sewing and crocheting. In her younger years Pat enjoyed snowmobiling.

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Alvin R. Faude of Withee

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Kathleen (David) Trader of Los Angeles, California, Barbara Madison of Medford, Allan (Karen) Faude of Withee, Marvin (Rebecca) Faude of Withee, Kenneth Faude of Owen and Jill (Scott) Kramer of Gold Canyon, Arizona

11 GRANDCHILDREN

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Reeta Sandsnes of Madison, Clayton Smith of West Bend, Lance (Maxine) Smith of North Fond du lac, Bruce (Janice) Smith of Germantown, Sandy (Dawson) Usack of Rhinelander and Mark (Ann) Smith of Fitchburg

BROTHER DECEASED: Lloyd Smith Jr.

DECEASED FATHER: Lloyd G. Smith Sr.

DECEASED MOTHER: Iris F. Smith (Maiden Name: Phillippi)

PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren: Angela Madison, Matthew, Benjamin, Jesse, Jacob and Shane Faude

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Pat’s family to be designated at a later date
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Gerald "Jerry" W. Frey


 

Gerald “Jerry” W. Frey, 91, Town of Little Black resident, former Town of Deer Creek resident, was pronounced dead at 12:18 P.M. Sunday, July 14 at his residence under the care of his family with the assistance of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. Funeral Services will be held at 4:00 P.M. Friday, July 19 at the First Baptist Church, Medford with Rev Grant Brown, Hospice Chaplain, officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. until the time of services at 4:00 P.M. Friday, July 19 at First Baptist Church, Medford with burial to follow at Medford Evergreen II Cemetery, Medford. Pallbearers will be Jerry and Jesse Frey, Sean Bryant, Chris Dearth, Jody and Raymond Davis.

Gerald W. Frey was born on May 11, 1922 in the Town of Browning to William and Wanda (Schmoldt) Frey. He was a 1940 graduate of Medford High School and also attended North Central Technical College, Medford.

On October 28, 1944 at Dorchester he married Delores Tischendorf and she preceded him in death on December 31, 1979. 2nd marriage was on December 2, 1983 at Athens to Patricia Blake and she preceded him in death on December 18, 2002. 3rd marriage to Annabel Seidl was on October 20, 2003 and she preceded him in death on February 18, 2004 and 4th marriage was on March 19, 2005 at Vancleave, Mississippi to Doris Schloss and she preceded him in death in 2008. He was a lifelong dairy farmer in Stetsonville. Jerry also worked for the U.S. Forest Service and a grader patrolman for the Town of Little Black. He enjoyed square and polka dancing. Jerry was an avid reader. Former member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville and served on the Pleasant View Cheese Factory board.

Surviving to cherish his memory are sons: Dennis (Linda) of Lucedale, Mississippi and David ( Mary) of Stetsonville; daughters: Dianne (Raymond) Davis of Lucedale, Mississippi, Darla (Ken) Carrio of Saraland, Alabama and Doreen (Jim) Fierke of Stetsonville; 15 Grandchildren and 26 Great-Grandchildren.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his wives; sister Evelyn McGuire; brothers Victor and Vernon; Son-In-Law Johnnie Bryant.

Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements. For online condolences please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

Norene A. Rinehart


 

Norene A. Rinehart, age 82, of Colby, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at her home under the tender care of Ministry Home Care Hospice. A Funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, July 18 at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby. The Reverend Mark Neumann will officiate. Burial will be held in the Colby Memorial Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until time of service Thursday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Colby is serving the family.

Norene was born July 15, 1931 in Marathon County, the daughter of August and Alma (Juedes) Thurs. She graduated from Unity High School. Norene was united in marriage to Clifford Rinehart on May 6, 1950 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Spencer. Together they farmed in Marathon County. He preceded her in death in 1987.

She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Colby and enjoyed bowling, fishing and traveling.

Norene is survived by her three sons: Michael Rinehart of Colby, Brian (Janien) Rinehart of Colby and Rick (Denise) Rinehart of Curtiss; two grandchildren: Corey Rinehart and Josh Rinehart; a step-granddaughter, Serena Meyer; four great-grandchildren: Kya, Ian and Jayden Rinehart and Gage Rinehart; two step-great-granchildren: Railey Podevels and Trinity Olson. She is further survived by two brothers, Kenneth Thurs of Janesville and Roger (Sandy) Thurs of Sheboygan; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a brother, Eugene and a daughter-in-law, Denise.

Gerald "Jerry" J. Duesing


 

Gerald “Jerry” J. Duesing, 88, City of Medford resident, died on Saturday, July 13 at the Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center, Medford where he had resided for the past 5 years and under the care of Hope Hospice and the loving care of the staff at Memorial Health Center. A celebration of life will be held at 12:00 P.M. Friday, July 26 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford with Pastor Nancy Amacher officiating. Visitation will be from 10:30 A.M. until the time of services at 12:00 Noon at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford. The family invites you to continue a celebration of Jerry’s life with music and stories to be shared at the Medford VFW; after the funeral luncheon at the church.


Gerald Duesing was born on December 7, 1924 in Medford to Ervin and Mary (Loeffler) Duesing. He attended elementary schools in Medford and attended Westboro High School where he graduated in 1942.


He served in the U.S. Army for two years and on February 17, 1946 he married Betty Dodge and she preceded him in death on March 29, 2002. They lived in the Medford area on various farms while Jerry worked at a factory, as well as running the farm with his wife. He also worked various jobs throughout the years of raising his children. Jerry worked at the Medford Creamery, Kress Dairy, Hurd and Weathershield Window factories. He also operated a corn delivery business to various farms throughout the state for a few years. He then began working in the woods for many years until his retirement.


He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford. Jerry was an avid baseball player in his younger years, he never went anywhere without his baseball glove and shoes in case someone needed him to fill in on a team. He eventually switched to slow pitch softball, but not until he was 45 years old and continued playing until he was 70. He was still a great pitcher and hitter.


Of course music has always been a part of Jerry’s life since he was very young. On the farm there were many jam sessions with all kinds of talented relatives; singing along with the guitars and piano were always a part of family gatherings no matter where the parties took place. Jerry and Betty had a band called Betty, Jerry and the Ranch Hands and they played for many wedding receptions, reunions, private parties and in taverns throughout the area. Throughout Jerry’s life, he never went without his guitar in case someone needed him to entertain them. His guitar was his #1 love throughout his life.


Jerry was an avid fisherman and hunter; he always had many great stories to tell someone about some of those adventures.


Survivors include his children: Lance (Mary) of Franklin, Nancy (Joe) Wojcik of Medford, Beverly Duesing of Colfax, Rick (Bev) of Medford, Jim (Lynn) of Hastings, Minnesota, Sherry (Jim) Slocum of St. Paul, Minnesota and Sheila (Significant Other: Phil Lewandowski) of Medford; a sister: Norma (Walter) Anderson of Little Black; 15 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Also survived by Nieces, Nephews, Other Relatives and Many Friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers: Melvin and Leslie and Harvey, who died at age 3; sisters: Eldora Lissner and Marion Duesing


In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Jerry’s name to Hope Hospice 537 W. Broadway Avenue Medford, Wisconsin 54451. Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements. For online condolences please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Vincent "Vince" J. Sackmann


 

VINCENT “VINCE” J. SACKMANN

AGE: 91

ADDRESS: 231 Sunrise Court Stetsonville, Former Rib Lake Area Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 7:25 A.M. Thursday, July 11 at Our House Assisted Living, Medford where he had resided for the past 4 days and under the care of Hope Hospice.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Per Vince’s request no services will be held

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: May 20, 1922 in Medford

EDUCATION: 1940 graduate of Medford High School

MARRIAGE: June 10, 1943, Medford, where they celebrated their 70th Wedding Anniversary this year,to Pearl V. Lekies

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Vince worked on a mink ranch since the age of 14, after school, weekends and during the summer. Vince worked in Laona for about 9 months in a flooring factoring in the spring of 1942 until being drafted in November 1942. He served in the Army Air Force during WWII from November 1942 till February 1946. In November 1942 he did his basic training in Utah, he then spent six weeks at Fort Sheridan, IL. To be a meat and dairy inspector. Vince then was at South Carolina Columbia Air Base for two in a half years in Veterinary Detachment; a branch of the Medical Department. It involved inspecting meat and dairy. He also vaccinated guard dogs and all pilots had dogs. Vince and Pearl were married and lived in South Carolina; transferred to Nebraska for 3 months; transferred to Kansas until he was honorably discharged. From 1946-1951 he managed Ben Ruesch Mink Ranch. He then worked for Ed Dittrich mink ranch 2 summers before going into the service and after his return he worked full time from 1952-1955. Vince then built, owned and operated a mink ranch in Rib Lake from 1955 until his retirement in 1987. In 1987, they moved to the Stetsonville area.
Enjoyed working with his mink, playing cards, watching sports and reading.

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Pearl V. Sackmann of Stetsonville

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Sandra (Gene) Rizzi of Rib Lake, Sherryl (Edward) Scheller of Tomahawk, Randall (Linda) Sackmann of Westboro and Lori (David Winter) Sackmann of Snohomish, Washington

9 GRANDCHILDREN; 14 GR-GRANDCHILDREN

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Florence Mayer of Chelsea, George (Joan) Sackmann of Holcombe, Edward Sackmann of Westboro and Ethel Kuzenski of Medford
Survived by Sister-In-Law: Rachael Sackmann of Stevens Point

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Margaret Schlais, Richard, Rose “Dolly” Martin, Donald and Herman

DECEASED FATHER: Louis Sackmann

DECEASED MOTHER: Elsie Sackmann (Maiden Name: Widmer)

OTHER INFORMATION: Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Victoria "Vickie" H. Barna


 

VICTORIA “VICKIE” H. BARNA

AGE: 70

ADDRESS: 1147 S. 8th St. Apt A. Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:15 P.M. Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital, where she had been a patient for the past one week.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Monday July 15, 2013 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

OFFICIATING: Deacon Joseph Stefancin

VISITATION: 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Sunday, July 14, 2013 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford and also from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the services at 11:00 A.M. Monday, July 15 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: January 13, 1943 in Monongahela, Pennsylvania

EDUCATION: Attended schools in Pennsylvania

MARRIAGE: Victoria married Edward P. Wintermyer and they were later divorced. She then married Denny Barna and they later divorced.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Victoria worked at Shoney’s in Pensacola, Florida and then worked at Wal-Mart until ill health forced her retirement. She enjoyed cooking, cleaning, cats and watching the Lifetime Channel

SURVIVING SONS: Edward Wintermyer of Medford, Tom (Rhonda) Wintermyer of Pennsylvania and Mark Wintermyer of Medford.

4 GRANDCHILDREN; 2 GR-GRANDCHILDREN

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Ruth Williams, Harry, Kenneth, Donald, Joseph, Jimmy, and Bernadette Anderson, Donna Bedatista and Rose Barna

SISTER DECEASED: Maryanne Kisner

DECEASED FATHER: Clyde Anderson

DECEASED MOTHER: Emma Anderson (Maiden Name: Richards)

PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren: Heather, Amanda, Tom, and Micah Wintermyer

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Victoria’s family to be designated at a later date.
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Jean A. Thomas


 

JEANNE “JEAN” A. THOMAS

 

AGE: 89

ADDRESS: 509 Lemke Ave., Medford, WI

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 5:00 PM Monday, July 8 at Deerview Meadows Assisted Living, Medford where she had resided for the past 8 years most recently under the care of Hope Hospice of Medford

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 2:30 PM Friday, July 12 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Dennis Meulemans & Deacon Joe Stefancin

INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery

VISITATION: 12:30 PM until the time of services at 2:30 PM on Friday, July 12 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 24, 1924 at Chippewa Falls, WI

EDUCATION: Attended St. Bernard’s Catholic school in Thorp before attending & graduating from McDonnell Memorial High School in Chippewa Falls, WI in 1942

MARRIAGE: August 28, 1948 at Dorchester to William “Bill” Thomas and he preceded her in death 11-6-11

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After her education she worked at Thorp Finance in Medford for a period of time. For most of her life, she worked as a housewife & mother. She also helped operate Thomas Floral in Medford, with her husband until it was sold in 1980. She enjoyed knitting, reading, traveling, her owls and listening to Milwaukee Brewers baseball.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford; Charter member of VFW Auxiliary 5729, Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: David (Sharon) Thomas of Medford, Bruce (Donna) Thomas of Salt Lake City, UT, Mary (Duane) Arndt of Hayward, Brian (Sally) Thomas of Westboro

GRANDCHILDREN: Kate (Elvis) Bauman, Keseniya, Dan & Bill (Scarlet) Thomas, Anna, Megan, Travis (Karragh) & Brandon Arndt; STEP GRANDCHILDREN: Christine Pemble, Carmen (Dennis) Abramczak & Caroline (Roger) Mann GR-GRANDCHILDREN: Grace Bauman, Desmond Thomas, Kolbjorn & Kallum Arndt; STEP GR. GRANDCHILDREN: James Pemble, Chet & Sam Abramczak, Roger & Colletta Mann; STEP GR. GR. GRANDDAUGHTER: Vanessa Pemble

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister – Natalie Gisvold of Marshfield; Sisters-in-law: Toots Thomas & Hilda Bullington both of Medford, Ruth Childress of Moorseville, NC, Gayle Thomas of Dorchester

DECEASED FATHER: Walter Boelter DECEASED MOTHER: Vera Kass

PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren – Kate Bauman, Anna, Megan, Travis & Brandon Arndt

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to Hope Hospice of Medford
-Further survived by many nieces & nephews
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 
 

Robert "Bob" W. Anderson


 

ROBERT“BOB” W. ANDERSON

 
AGE:89


ADDRESS: 5520 North Paulina Chicago, IL; Former Spirit area resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: July 7th, 2013 at the Wesley Place Care Facility Chicago, IL


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Friday, July 12th, 2013 at Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake


OFFICIATING: Pastor David Clements


INTERMENT: Hillcrest Cemetery in Spirit where full military honors will be performed by the Spirit American Legion Post # 452


VISITATION: 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M Friday, July 12th, 2013 at Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 27, 1924 in Spirit


EDUCATION: Attended Spirit Center Grade School, 1942 Graduate of Tri-County High School in Tripoli


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After High School, Robert entered the U. S. Marines, where he served in the 1st Marine Division in the Pacific during WWII. After his service in the military, he worked for A.L Jackson Construction Co. for 23 years as a carpenter and general laborer. Bob was later employed through the Labor Union as a carpenter for 23 years until his retirement in 1988. He enjoyed bowling, reading at the library, talking about old times, taking pictures, snowmobiling, and exercising.


MEMBER OF: AFL-CIO Carpenters Union Local # 58 and AFL-CIO Labor Union Local # 3 of Chicago, IL, F & A.M. King Oscar Lodge # 855, & Swedish American Recreation Club in Chicago, IL. Former member of Zion Lutheran Church


SURVIVNG NEPHEW: Harold (Emily) Swenson of Brantwood


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: 2 Twin Brothers who died at birth, 2 Sisters Ruth Swenson & Della Anderson


DECEASED FATHER: Fred C. Anderson


DECEASED MOTHER: Lena Anderson (Maiden Name: Vierqutz)


PALLBEARERS: Loren& Paul Nelson, Clarence & Joe Johnson, George Hedstrom, & Ben Kauer


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Robert’s family to be designated at a later date. Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements.

-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 
 

Rose E. Sweet


 

 

 

Rose E. Sweet, age 85, of Gilman, passed away on
Sunday, July 7, 2013 at the Gilman Care Center.

 

Rose was born January 7, 1928 at home in Jump River, the
daughter of the late Edwin & Inga (Petersen) Russell. She
grew up in Jump River, graduating from Hannibal High
School in 1945. On June 11, 1946 she was united in
marriage to Harry Sweet at the Presbyterian Manse in
Hannibal. They resided in Hannibal for 10 years before
moving to Oconomowoc in 1956. In 1970 they moved back
to the Hannibal area and resided there since. Rose was a
member of the New Hope Presbyterian Church in Hannibal
of which she was an active member of the Ladies Aide,
and she also wrote the Town of Cleveland Column for the
Star News Paper.

 

Rose is survived by her children, Barbara (James)
Stephan of Waukesha; Susan Sweet of Medford; Colleen
Sweet of St. Paul, MN; Ronald (Sharon) Sweet of Weston;
Randy (Cindy) Sweet of Jefferson; Mike (Latifah) Sweet of
Burlington, 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren,
siblings, Helen Wachsmuth of Gilman; Ivan (Annette)
Russell of Minneapolis, MN; Betty Mae (Elmer) Dorova of
Irma, WI; Donald (Joan) Russell of Fridley, MN.
Rose is preceded in death by her parents, husband
Harry in 2001, daughters, Carol & Marilyn, one
great-grandson, and her sister Ethel.

 

Services will be held on Friday, July 12, 2013 at 11:00
a.m. at the New Hope Presbyterian Church in Hannibal
with Pastor Bradley Carloss officiating. Burial will follow in
the Mount Nebo Cemetery, Jump River. Visitation will be
from 9:30-11:00 a.m. at the church prior to service time on
Friday. Plombon Funeral Service is assisting the family
with arrangements. 

 

Jerald M. Mantik


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.

Wanda R. Anderson


 

Wanda R. Anderson, age 87, of Withee, passed away Thursday, July 4, 2013 at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, surrounded by her loving family. Her funeral service will be 12:00 Noon Monday, July 8, 2013 at Community Alliance Church in Withee. Rev. Dylan Valliere will officiate. A visitation will be held Monday from 10:00 AM until the time of service at the church in Withee. Burial will follow the service in the Riverside Cemetery, Withee. Pallbearers will be Jason Mitchell, Chel Boettcher, Dave Hansen, Mathew Anderson, Mark Goessl, Geoff Mueller and Sheldon Anderson. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jalayne Goessl, Morgan Mueller, Jennifer Boettcher, Stephanie Hansen, Rhonda Mitchell, Shana Anderson, Jackie Schuknecht, Janell Hughes and Amber Hughes.
 

Wanda was born July 4, 1926 to Clyde and Clinton (Ortner) Redd in Pitcher, Kansas, she was the oldest of three children. She attended grade school in Columbus Kansas and was a graduate of Joplin High School in Missouri. She made Army/Navy uniforms during high school and after graduation she moved to Wichita, Kansas and worked for Boeing Aircraft as a riveter. Wanda met Bernard Anderson in 1951 in Joplin, Missouri, while he was still in the Army, and married him on October 13, 1952 in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, after he returned from Germany. Together they bought a farm and moved to Owen, WI in 1952 and raised 7 children while farming.
Wanda enjoyed cross stitching, sewing and cooking. She was an active member of the Community Alliance Church in Withee.
 

Wanda is survived by her husband; Bernard of Withee, children; Darrell (Susan) Anderson, Ben (Sue) Anderson, Patricia (Patrick) Hughes, Gloria (Mitch) Mitchell, Roger (Karan) Anderson, Linda Anderson and Marv(friend; Noreen Salzman) Anderson. Grandchildren; Jason (Rhonda) Mitchell, Shana Anderson, Sheldon Anderson, Jalayne (Mark) Goessl, Jennifer (Chel) Boettcher, Stephanie (Dave) Hansen, Jackie (Fred) Schuknecht, Morgan (Geoff) Mueller, Janell Hughes and Amber Hughes, great-grandchildren; Havannah Gospodinoff, Ethan Anderson, Baby Hansen, Lauren Boettcher, Sylvia Boettcher, Emmalee Goessl, Molly Goessl, Madilyn Mueller, Clay Mueller, Mackinley Mueller and Jack Mitchell, step-great-grandchildren; Heidi Haag, Mayna Muenchow and James Muenchow. She is further survived by a brother; Gail (Sharon) Redd.
She is preceded in death by her parents and a brother; Chester Redd.
 

The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home of Owen is assisting the family with arrangements. Friends may send online condolences to www.maurinaschilling.com

Cleo Kern


 

 

Cleo Kern left her earthly home on July 3rd with family by her side at the Ladysmith Care Community in Ladysmith, WI where she had resided for the last yearand a half. Cleo Agnes

Nelson was born on February 1, 1919 in her parent’s home on the bank of the Jump River near

Jump River, WI. She was the third of eight children. As a young teenager, Cleo traveled by train to
Chicago to work as a nanny. Cleo always loved babies and children; listened to them and understood their ways.
 

Chet and Cleo Kern were married May 18, 1940 at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Cornell, WI. Over the next 18 years they welcomed six daughters. They lived southwest of Gilman all their married lives. Chet and Cleo celebrated 48 years of marriage before Chet passed away on June 13, 1988.

 

Cleo was always a hard worker. She peeled popple for several years. For atime, Cleo ran her own trap line, catching mink and muskrats. She was an excellent markswoman and made good use of the 22 shells her grandson, Eric, provided her; keeping the yard free of red squirrels, skunks, and even
an occasional opossum. Cleo was a good deer hunter, able to shoot, clean, cut-up, and cook excellent venison. For many years she worked as a child care provider for several area families and a cook’s helper at Dot & Jerry’s Supper Club in Gilman. Cleo was Treasurer for the Township of Taft in Taylor
County for eight years. She served as news correspondent for the Medford Star News for over 25 years, reporting on local news for the northwest corner of the Town of Taft. When she was in her 80’s Cleo became involved in the Foster Grandparent program in the Gilman School District.

Cleo was a wonderful cook. Her pies, gravies, potato salad, soups, and fried fish were beyond compare.
 

She provided pies for every holiday family gathering. Cleo loved nature. She taught all of her girls to
respect and enjoy all the beauties of nature that God has provided. She loved picking flowers, especially May flowers. She loved watching the land come to life again in the spring after its long winter’s nap. During a soft summer rain, she would run barefooted through the mud puddles, splashing and laughing with her young daughters and grandchildren. The grandchildren remember Grandma’s green feet after she mowed the lawn while barefooted. She loved to garden and even after she moved into senior housing, always had a tomato plant or two in a pot in the sun.
Cleo was a prolific letter writer. Relatives and friends who received a card from her always knew there would be a letter inside. Her daughters, especially, treasure those cards and letters.
Cleo loved her sweetheart, Chet. She loved her girls and the wonders of nature, but most of all, the Lord.
 

She welcomed the Lord into her heart in 1989 and never looked back, working faithfully to “get right and stay right with the Lord”. Her faith and church family sustained her through trials and tribulations.
 

Cleo is survived by her six daughters: Kaye (Wally) Lasonde, Appleton; April (Norm) Rademaker,
Exeland; Pat (Bob) Grunseth, Tony; Jeanne (Bill) Bunce, Cody, WY; Colleen Truax (Brad Huff), Hayward;
Carol Stevenson, (Jeff Glawe), North Mankato, MN, and her Brazilian daughter, Silvia Swor (Mark),
Hayward.
She is also survived by her sister, Marion Susnik, of Sheldon & Florida; 16 grandchildren, 24 great
grandchildren, 12 great great grandchildren and many nieces & nephews.
Cleo was preceded in death by: Husband, Chet, her parents, Edward and Effie (Bromley) NelsonBrothers:
Edward B. Nelson, John Nelson, Norman “Ole” Nelson, Sisters: Ella Debner, Joy Muffley, Virginia Starkey,
Grandson: Douglas Adams and Great grandson: Brice Stayer, Sons-in-law: Don Adams, Mark Stevenson,
and Vern Strasser.
Funeral services will be held at 11AM at the Gilman Funeral Home on Saturday, July 13, with visitation
from 9:00-11:00. Burial will follow at the Yellow River Cemetery, rural Gilman.

 

 

 

 

 

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