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Kenneth "Ken" E. McRoberts


 

Kenneth “Ken” E. McRoberts, age 92, City of Medford resident passed away on September 24, 2015 at the Aspirus Care and Rehab, Medford and under the care of Hope Hospice.

  Kenneth was born on August 29, 1923 in Chemung, Illinois to the late George and Florence (Maiden Name: Jeffrey) McRoberts. The family then moved to Janesville in 1929. Ken attended Dillenbeck School in Janesville and graduated from Janesville High School in 1941. He was employed by Gilman Engineering until entering the U.S. Navy on October 12, 1943. He served aboard the destroyer, USS Phelps in 4 battle zones, the Pacific, Atlantic and the Mediterranean for 15 months and aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Randolph for 15 months in Atlantic and Mediterranean. After his discharge from the U.S. Navy, Ken returned to Janesville and was employed by Gilman Engineering and Parker Pen. He was united in marriage on August 14, 1948 to Valerie C. Nelson at the Methodist Church in Johnson Creek.     He then enrolled at Milton College and received his Bachelor’s Degree cum Laude in 1953 and then received his Master’s Degree from U-W Madison in 1959. Ken contracted with Janesville Public Schools to teach handicapped children at a high school level where he developed a work study program. After 10 years, he became a demonstration teacher at UW-Eau Claire. In addition he served as a psychologist for the Eau Claire County Youth Study. He was also Director of Christian Education at Lake Street United Methodist Church in Eau Claire. After 2 years he contracted with CESA 6 (Cooperative Education Service Agency) that was comprised of 19 school districts) as school psychologist and Special Education Director.   He left that position to accept Director of Dane County program for handicapped children. He moved from that program after 7 years to take the Director of Special Education with the Medford Public Schools. Ken retired from that position after 8 years in 1986. He enjoyed woodworking, motorhome traveling, camping and was an avid reader. He was a former member of the Medford Public Library Board, school board election canvas, Chequamegon Bird Club, Boxrucker-Berry American Legion Post #519, Stetsonville, the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, American Association of Mental Disabilities, The Boy Scouts of America in Janesville and Eau Claire and Northernlights WITS (Motorhome Club).

  Survivors Include: Wife: Valerie McRoberts of 67 years, of Medford; 6 Children: Jeffrey ( Brenda Germain) of New Richmond, Julie of Madison, Kenton Scott of Madison, Quentin (Lori) of Lodi, Ellyn Bartelt of Chippewa Falls and Sarah Buehler of Elk Mound and Winter. He is also survived by 12 Grandchildren and 15 Great-Grandchildren, Sister: Florence Schmidt of Rhinelander. Kenneth is preceded in death by his parents, Son: Martin Ross Mc Roberts in 1994, 3 Brothers: George, Wallace and Harold Mc Roberts and 2 Sisters: Elizabeth Keith and Lorraine McRoberts.
  A Celebration of Kenneth’s Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, October 1 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford with full military honors performed by the Boxrucker-Berry American Legion Post #519, Stetsonville. Pastor David Clements will be officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until 10:50 A.M. Thursday, October 1 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Kenneth’s family that will be made to the Medford Public Library. For online condolences please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

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June E. Spieles


 

JUNE E. SPIELES

 

AGE: 97

 

ADDRESS: W10728 Spieles Lanes, Westboro, Township of Westboro Resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 5:00 P.M. Wednesday, September 23 at Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford where she had resided for the past 3 years and under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 28 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake

 

OFFICIATING: Father Otto Bucher

 

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date in Mt. Olive Cemetery, Westboro

 

VISITATION: 9:30 A.M. until 10:50 A.M. Monday, September 28 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 20, 1918 on the family homestead in Westboro

 

EDUCATION: Attended grade school in Westboro and Rib Lake High School

 

MARRIAGE: August 22, 1938 in Pine City, Minnesota to Roy J. Spieles and he preceded her in death on March 19, 1991

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: They homesteaded on the John Spieles old farm and celebrated their 50th Anniversary there. June spent 34 years selling Christmas trees in Fort Atkinson. She was a songwriter and story teller. June was an avid garage seller and loved nature and the outdoors.

 

MEMBER OF: North American Hunting Club, National Trappers Association, Taylor County Historical Society and St. Theresa N.C.C.W. Society and Choir. She also traveled to Alaska four times and was a member of the Alaska Geographic Society. June also served as Secretary for the Westboro Centennial in 1974-1975.

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Son: Leroy ‘Spike” (Mary) Spieles of Westboro

 

6 GRANDCHILDREN

 

15 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN

 

SEVERAL GREAT-GREAT GRANDCHILDREN

 

DECEASED DAUGHTER: Kathy Geckler

 

SURVIVING SISTER: Mary (Lawrence) Salzman of Medford
Also survived by Nieces, Nephews, Other Relatives and Friends

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: 2 Sisters: Edith Archibald and Elynora Ripley

3 Brothers: Bill, Vernon, Edward and Orrie Bundick

 

DECEASED FATHER: Ray L. Bundick

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Apprilla E. Bundick (Maiden Name: Pendelton)

 

PALLBEARERS: Dave Nordgren, Jim Krizan, Ed Hink, David Salzman, Eldred and James Tlusty

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in June’s name to Good Shepherd

Catholic Church 513 State Highway 102 Rib Lake, WI 54470 Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements

-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Mary "Donna" D.L. Taylor


 

MARY “DONNA” D.L. TAYLOR

 

AGE: 81

 

ADDRESS: W 5986 Old 8 Road, Prentice, WI 54556

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 4:20 PM, Wednesday September 23, 2015 at surrounded by her family at Aspirus Nursing and Rehab, where she had been a resident for the past 26 days.

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Monday September 28, 2015 at Word of Life Family Church in Phillips, WI.

 

OFFICIATING: Pastor Terry Sellers

 

INTERMENT: Kennan Cemetery in Kennan, WI

 

VISITATION: 9:00 until the time of services at 11:00 AM Monday September 28, 2015, at Word of Life Family Church in Phillips, WI.

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: May 22, 1934 in Nebraska.

 

EDUCATION: She attended Hawkins Elementary, was a 1953 graduate of Hawkins High School.

 

MARRIAGE: She married William Wayne Taylor, in November of 1953. He preceded her in death on May 1, 1992.

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Donna was a home maker. After high school, she married the love of her life, William W. Taylor. They moved to Minnesota for a period of time before settling in Prentice. She enjoyed being outdoors, listening to music, especially Polka, cooking, baking, and spending time with her family and caring for her children and grandchildren.

 

MEMBER OF: World of Life Family Church of Phillips, and past member of Kennan Methodist Church.

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Raymond (Rose) Taylor of Rib Lake, Kathleen (Tom) Dupin of Longmont, CO, Robert Taylor of Prentice, Roy Taylor of Wausau, Sandra Teeters of Prentice, and Phillip Taylor of Stetsonville.

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 12 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 17 GR. GR. GRANDCHILDREN: 4

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Raymond and Lyle Cronk.

 

DECEASED FATHER: Raymond H. Cronk

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Mary May Schmidt

 

PALLBEARERS: Danny Thums, Roy, Samuel, Raymond, Timothy & Robert Taylor
Honorary: William Teeters

 

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

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Anna M. Mayer


 

ANNA M. MAYER

 

AGE: 88

 

ADDRESS: W5376 Cemetery Avenue, Medford; A Township of Chelsea resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 10:08 AM Monday, September 21 at Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford where she had resided for the past 3 months most recently under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 10:30 AM Friday, September 25 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza

 

INTERMENT: Chelsea Community Cemetery, Township of Chelsea

 

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4 to 7 PM on Thursday, September 24 where there will be a 7 PM Catholic Rosary service held that evening; and also from 9 AM to 10:15 AM on Friday, September 25

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 24, 1926 at Blue Island, IL (Chicago area)

 

EDUCATION: Chicago area elementary schools, Hillcrest Grade School, Town of Chelsea, 1944 graduate of Medford High School, attended Taylor County Normal School, Medford and received a BS from UW-Stevens Point

 

MARRIAGE: October 9, 1948 at OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey to Charles “Chuck” G. Mayer and he survives

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After her education, she taught school in Medford area elementary schools for 36 years. They also farmed in the Town of Chelsea for a period of years. She enjoyed wintering in Texas, crocheting, knitting, reading books, traveling, puzzles, cooking, & spending time with her family and grandchildren.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, Westboro VFW Auxiliary; Past member of OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey & Assumption Catholic Church, Chelsea where she was an organist, taught catechism & was a member of its Ladies Sodality

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Charles “Chuck” G. Mayer of the Township of Chelsea

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Kathleen M. (Jerome) Kleutsch of Medford, Teresa A. (Doug) Kleutsch of Winter, WI, Susan J. (Dennis) Jensen of Medford, Sandra J. (Gary) Scheithauer of Medford

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Daughter – Cynthia M. Mayer in 1997

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 6 – Katelyn & Allisyn Kleutsch, Jesse (Amanda) & Brandon (Casey) Jensen, Nathan (Jenna) Scheithauer & Nicole (Dustin) Misener

 

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 4 – Sierra, Miles & Lucas Jensen, Eden Misener

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Marie Jochimsen of Medford and John (Char) Gosbee of Medford

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Margaret Jochimsen

 

DECEASED FATHER: John Gosbee

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Anna T. Steiner

 

PALLBEARERS: Jesse Jensen, Brandon Jensen, Nathan Scheithauer, Dustin Misener, Steve Mayer, Tom Jochimsen

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Edward "Eddie" Lee Potocnik


 

Edward "Eddie" Lee Potocnik, age 92, of Withee, passed away at the Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center on Sunday, September 20, 2015. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, September 26 at 1:00 PM at the United Church of Christ in Owen. Pastor Asafa Rajaofera will officiate. Family and friends are welcome on Friday, September 25 from 5:30 until 7:30 PM at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen and from 12:00 PM until time of service on Saturday at the church. Military Honors will be provided by Lublin American Legion Post #547, Owen American Legion Post #123 and the Owen-Withee Vets Club.

  Edward was born on May 8, 1923 in Taylor County, the son of Joseph and Anna (Koprivniker) Potocnik. He received a welding certificate from the tech school in Marshfield. Edward worked on ships in Superior until enlisting in the US Army-Air Force. He served during WWII in Europe and was a POW in Germany. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Owen. On June 26, 1947, Edward was united in marriage to Berniece Laube at the United Church of Christ in Owen. He then started his own business, Withee Electric, which included working on electrical, refrigeration and water systems. In the early 1950's, they started raising turkeys commercially while continuing his other work endeavors. Edward retired in 1990.

  From 1990 - 2003, Edward and Berniece traveled and lived in a 5th wheel RV, visiting grandchildren, and touring the United States, including Alaska and Mexico and Canada. They also traveled to Europe retracing Eddie's steps as a POW. He loved fishing, hunting, dancing and visiting with family and friends. Most importantly, Edward loved being with his family.

  He was a member of the United Church of Christ in Owen and was a member of the choir and a proud member of Owen American Legion Post #123, the Owen-Withee Vets Club and the EX-POW Post in Marshfield.

  Edward is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Berniece of Withee; three daughters: Eileen Potocnik of Eau Claire, Kathy (Dave) Rice of Spanish Fork, UT and Janice (Don) Homan of Salem, UT; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by a brother-in-law, Harold (Fern) Laube and Harriet Laube, both of Owen; many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers and two sisters: Joseph, Jr., Frank, Tony, Bill, Carl, Anna and Alice.

  Edward's family would like to thank the staff at Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center for the care he received the past three years where he resided.

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Eugene "Gene" K. Rothamer


 

  Eugene “Gene” K. Rothamer, 83, Medford, Township of Little Black resident, died Friday, September 18, 2015 at Medford Aspirus Care and Rehabilitation Center surrounded by his loving family.

  Gene was born June 19, 1932 in Medford to George L. and Margaret T. (Forest) Rothamer. He was the youngest of 4 brothers and 3 sisters. He was educated at Medford School Systems.

  Gene met his wife Shirle R. (Smrstick) at a dance in Dorchester. They were married on October 8, 1955 at Assumption of Our Lady Church in Chelsea, WI.
  Gene was employed as a meat processor at Brandner Meat Market, where they lived in an apt. on Clark Street, Medford. In 1957, they moved to Reisch’s Farm, in Dorchester, where he was a dairy farm employee. In 1959, they moved to Medford Parish, where he was employed as a caretaker of the Holy Rosary Church, school, and grounds, until 1963, when they bought their first home, a dairy farm in Little Black. They farmed for 37 years, until they sold their dairy herd on July 1, 2000. While farming, Gene also drove milk truck for Pleasant View Dairy, and worked as an electrician for Bach Electric, but farming was his passion.

  Gene was a loving and loyal husband and father. He was hard working, with a carefree spirit. His spontaneous laughter was infectious. He loved people and never passed up an opportunity for a good conversation.
  Gene enjoyed spending any free time with family, especially his grandchildren. He also enjoyed square dancing with his wife, and playing sheepshead with friends.
  Their children surprised them with a 25th anniversary celebration in 1980, and a 50th anniversary celebration in 2005, at Molitor’s Steak House, where they arrived “in style” in a limo and were greeted by family and many friends.
  Travel included Washington D.C., South Dakota, Canada, Colorado, MN, and Florida (Disney World).
  Gene is survived by his wife, Shirle of Medford. Also survived by his six children: Judith (Russell) Hosler of Owen, Victoria (Richard) Schaetzl of Athens, Pamela Philipp of Wausau, Randall (Donna) of Glen Bernie, MD, Ryan (Pam Nelson) of Medford, Melissa (Terry) Pernsteiner of Champlin, MN
15 Grandchildren and 12 Great-Grandchildren
1 Brother: Theodore (Sharon) Rothamer of Newport Richey, FL

Sister-In-Law: Mildred Rothamer of Janesville
Also survived by many Nieces, Nephews, Other Relatives and Friends
  He was preceded in death by his parents, 1 grandchild, Chad Rothamer, 2 brothers: Raymond and Melvin Rothamer and 3 sisters: Marcella Noland, Dorothy and Harriet Laher
  Funeral services for Eugene K. Rothamer will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford with Father Philip Juza officiating. Burial will take place in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Monday, September 21, 2015 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford with a 7:00 P.M. Rosary Service and also from 9:30 A.M. until 10: 45 A.M. Tuesday, September 22 at the Hemer Funeral Home. Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Nicholas, Jacob and Samantha Pernsteiner, Chelsea and Shauna Rothamer, Matthew Philipp, Brandon Tagg and Jacquelyn Schaetzl.
  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Gene’s family to be designated at a later date
The family of Eugene would like to thank the Aspirus Care and Rehabilitation Center staff for their care and compassion they have given to Gene and his family for the past 5 years. 

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John "Bud" Lindberg


 

John Lindberg, 83, passed away at the Golden Living Center - Continental Manor under the tender care of the staff after a brief battle with cancer.

  John “Bud” is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean Lindberg who was “His Honey”; his children, Susan (Jeff) Viegut, Kerry (Jeannie) Lindberg, Jenny (Chuck) Runnoe, Amy (Jake) Adams, and Emily (Don) Lasee; Grandchildren, Lori, Jeremy (Heather), Adam (Marya), Nick, Christopher (Heidi), Melissa (Tim), Joshua (Jacqueline), Amanda, Seth (Amanda), Lucas, Jacob, Mel (Kevin), Angie, Bill (Keisha), Makala, and Sawyer, 18 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

  John was born to John and Esther Lindberg on August 29, 1932 in Abbotsford, Wisconsin where he lived all of his life. He married Jean Klinkhammer on July 3, 1954. During his life he worked construction and raised a loving family. John was a Boy Scout leader, a passionate lover of fishing, hunting, roses, a constructor of model ships and fishing lures. He provided a loving home to many; his family, his foster children, his many dogs, especially his faithful companion, Scootch.

  He is preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, Darrell and Wayne, 5 sisters, Doris, Ruby, Phyllis, Sandy and Muriel, and 2 grandchildren, Andrew and John. He is survived by his sister, Lenore (Gary) Gebert and 1 brother, Robert (Donna) Lindberg.

  A visitation will be held on September 25, 2015 at St. Bernard’s Church, 400 N. 2nd Ave., Abbotsford, Wi, where he was a long time member. His celebration of life will begin at 9:00am. with a service that begins at 11:00am. Father Peter Manickam and Father Eric Nielsen (nephew) will be officiating. The       Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.

  Please join his family and share your memories with them at a meal following the service.
 

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Nina E. Underwood


 

NINA E. UNDERWOOD

 

AGE: 91

 

ADDRESS: W435 State Hwy 64 Athens, WI

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:15 A.M. Monday, September 14, 2015 at Aspirus Nursing & Rehab in Medford under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 18, 2015 at St. Andrew Ev. Lutheran Church in Goodrich

 

OFFICIATING: Pastor Joseph Dietrich

 

INTERMENT: St. Andrew Ev. Lutheran Cemetery in Goodrich

 

VISITATION: 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 18, 2015 at St. Andrew Ev. Lutheran Church in Goodrich

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 20, 1923 in the Town of Johnson

 

EDUCATION: Nina attended Ladd School in the Town of Johnson. She attended Goodrich Grade School and then attended Athens High School for three years. She graduated from Medford Area High School. Nina attended Medford Normal School where she attained her teaching certificate.

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After high school, Nina attended Medford Normal School where she attained her teaching certificate. She then went on to teach in Mud Lake for 3 years. Nina then worked at Cloverdale School for 3 years. She then worked as a caregiver for different families in the area. Nina taught Sunday school at St. Andrew Ev. Lutheran Church for over 50 years and was an active member of the Church’s Ladies Aid.

 

MEMBER OF: St. Andrew Ev. Lutheran Church & Ladies Aid

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Laura DuMont of Yorkville, IL & Charles Underwood Jr. of Athens

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Howard, Lyle & Andrew Underwood and Gladys Nickels

 

DECEASED FATHER: Charles C. Underwood Sr.

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Johanna A. Bucholz

 

PALLBEARERS: Henry Nickels, James DuMont, Ed Smola, Ed Parks, John Lemke, Robert Capelle

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Nina’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 

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Rex Lee Mengel


 

Rex Lee Mengel, 59, of Medford, passed away Saturday, September 12, 2015. His memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen. Visitation will be held from 1:30 PM until the time of the service Sunday at the funeral home.

  Rex was born on May 21, 1956 to Richard and Pearl (Thieme) Mengel in Medford, WI. He is a 1974 graduate of Owen-Withee High School. Rex was married to Ruth Osolkowski on September 25, 1982 at Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford and later were divorced. Rex loved to drive semi truck. When he was younger, he worked for Liberty Homes out of Dorchester, and then drove truck for Weather Shield out of Medford. He later became an independent truck driver.

  Rex had a love for animals, and had a hobby farm on Jolly Avenue in Medford, WI. He also enjoyed making wine, buying old cars, and playing softball.

  Rex is survived by his mother; Pearl of Augusta, GA; four children; Jason Mengel of Eau Claire, Julia (William) Klimeck of Eau Claire, Zachary Mengel of North East Minneapolis, MN, and Dylan Mengel of Medford; four grandchildren; Maxwell, Ellanore, Joseph, and Benjamin; and four siblings; Pat Mengel of Colby, Chuck Mengel of Dorchester, Jeff Mengel of Withee, and Catherina (Ted) Brand of Augusta, GA.       He is also survived by many nieces and nephews, other family, and friends.

  Rex was preceded in death by his father; Richard; and his grandparents; Rudolph and Agnes Mengel.

  Friends may send online condolences to www.maurinaschillingfuneralhome.com
 

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Arlene A. Brandner


 

ARLENE A. BRANDNER

 

AGE: 77

 

ADDRESS: Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford; A former Township of Medford resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:00 AM Monday, September 14 at Care Partners, Medford where she had resided for the past 1 year most recently under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 16 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Whittlesey

 

OFFICIATING: Father Frederick Brost & Deacon Joe Stefancin

 

INTERMENT: OLPH Catholic Cemetery, Whittlesey

 

VISITATION: 4 to 8 PM Tuesday, September 15 at OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey where there will be a 7 PM Rosary Service held that evening; and also from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Wednesday September 16

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 8, 1937 at The Town of Johnson, Marathon County

 

EDUCATION: Birchwood Elementary School, Town of Browning and attended Medford High School

 

MARRIAGE: June 23, 1954 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to Harvey L. Brandner and he preceded her in death March 16, 2013

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: They farmed in the Town of Medford for a period of years. Most of her life, she worked as a housewife and mother. She worked for a period of time as a CNA for Home Healthcare. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, playing games and spending time with her grandchildren

 

MEMBER OF: OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: 10 – Henry (Lois), Mike (Linda), Mary (fiance-George Niggemann) Schmeiser, Kathy (Harold) Pester, Judy (Mark) Decker & Ryan (Stacey), all of Medford, Debbie (Jerry) Ahrens of Luxemburg, Pat (Arlis) of Chippewa Falls, Andrew (Thu) of Osseo, MN, & Renee (fiance-Steve Knight) Brandner of Unity

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 24 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 25

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: 9 – Adeline Stoiber of Dorchester, Henry (Marcella) Brushaber, Roceda Neumann, and Eugene (Helen) Brushaber, all of Medford, Norine Bahr of Milwaukee, Loretta (Dale) Krug of Spencer, Melvin Brushaber of Beaver Dan, Donna (Don) Brey of Stoughton & Alvin (Jane) Gilbertson of Portage

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sandra Warzecha, Delores Draeger, Elmer Brushaber

 

DECEASED FATHER: Elmer Hugo Brushaber

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Rose Marie Weiler

 

PALLBEARERS: Active – Grandchildren: Jason, Jori & Doug Brandner, John Meyer, Wayne Schmeiser, Kayanna Knight, Nicole Bartelt, Joe Ahrens; Honorary – all the other Grandchildren

 

OTHER INFORMATION: Memorial contributions may be given to the family for future designation
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Delila Hamel


Delila H. Hamel, age 90, of Withee, passed away on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Aspirus Care and Rehabilitation in Medford. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 19, 2015 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen. Rev. Tom Myhre will officiate. Inurnment will be held in Riverside Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 AM until time of services Saturday at the funeral home.

  Delila was born on July 29, 1925, the daughter of Henry and Doris (Lindau) Gosse. She was united in marriage to Loyd Hamel in June of 1947. He preceded her in death in 1993. Together they farmed for 20+ years in Taylor County. They also ran a fleet of school buses for many years. Upon retirement, they built a new retirement home in Withee. The past five years, Delila has lived in Medford at Aspirus Care and Rehabilitation.

  Delila enjoyed gardening, card playing and camping with friends. She also enjoyed snowmobiling and was a member of the Rock Dodgers Snowmobile Club.

  Delila is survived by her daughter, Darlene (Ed) Prince of NC; two grandchildren, Emily and Tyler; great-grandchildren; a brother, Sam Gosse of Abbotsford; other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Loyd and her son, Clinton; one brother and one sister.

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Gertrude H. Buss


 

Gertrude H. (Stock) Buss, age 98, of Owen, passed away peacefully at the Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center on Friday, September 11, 2015. A Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, September 17 at 11:00 AM at the United Church of Christ in Owen. Pastor Asafa Rajaofera will officiate. Interment will follow at Pine Hill Cemetery in the Town of Mayville. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 AM until time of service on Thursday at the church.

  Gertrude was born on March 14, 1917, the daughter of Hugo and Viola (Dehne) Stock in Little Black Township, Taylor County. She was baptized and confirmed in the Reformed Faith in Newton in 1931.       Her family moved to Clark County and she graduated from Colby High School in 1935. Gertrude was united in marriage to Henry Buss on June 15, 1940 in Decorah, Iowa. He preceded her in death on October 24, 1997. Together they farmed in Green Grove Township. She was a member of Curtiss Reformed Church and later Owen United Church of Christ and its Women's Fellowship.

  Gertrude is survived by her three sons, Albert Buss of Owen, Myron (Ruth) Buss of Curtiss and Delhart Buss of Park Falls; three grandchildren, Lynn (Nicole) Shattuck, Michael (Shelly) Buss and Michelle (Ryan) Cook; seven great-grandchildren: Holly, Britney, Morgan, Kiefer, Henry, Dharma and Eli. She is further survived by her sister Violet Engel of Withee; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Henry; her great-granddaughter, McKenzie Buss and two sisters: Lorraine Janda and Edna Rueden.

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Genevieve Mae Wells


 

  Genevieve Mae (Diels) Wells, wife, mother, and caregiver died peacefully at home on September 10, 2015 surrounded by her family under the care of Hope Hospice. Genevieve was born July 19, 1925 to William John Diels and Ida Leon (Taylor) Diels in Medford, WI. She attended Meadowbrook School in the town of Hammel and graduated from Medford High School in 1943. During World War II she worked in Janesville, WI. At the end of the war she married the love of her life Delbert Bruce Wells, who survives.

  Genevieve and her friend Lynn Malstrom opened the original Sandbox in Medford on 1976. She also worked as nursing aid at Memorial Hospital primarily in obstetrics until her retirement in 1987.
Genevieve was a musician and a wedding singer. She played the organ at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey for many years. She was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and Boxrucker Barry American Legion Auxiliary.
  Genevieve is survived by her husband, Delbert and her children, Dale of Allen, Texas; Bruce and his wife Sharon (Emmerich) of Mount Vernon, Illinois; Dawn of Medford, WI; Pamela and her husband Bruce Emmerich of Phillips, WI; David and his wife Mary (Kretschmer) of Melissa, Texas; Kevin and his wife Leza (Malstrom) of Medford, WI; Susan and her husband, Joseph Belzer of St. Louis Park, MN; Deirdre of Marshfield, WI; Ethan (deceased) and his wife, Tina (Boelk); and James and significant other Sandi Kuenne of Medford, WI and Melody and Tim Mueller of Mosinee, WI; 26 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, and 5 step great grandchildren and a stepsister Joyce Wilcox of Neillsville, WI.

  Genevieve is preceded in death by her parents, William John Diels and Ida Leon (Taylor) Diels, an infant brother, a son, Ethan John, her stepmother Hilda (Heideman) Knutson Diels, and a stepsister, Delores Balciar.
  Funeral services for Genevieve will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in the town of Holway, with Pastor Kris Bjerke-Ulliman officiating. Burial will follow in the Our Savior’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, and also on Thursday from 9:00 AM to 10:45 AM at church.
  Her grandchildren Scott Wells, Jarrod Wells, Tonya Brost, Travis Wells, Kimberly Wells, Aaron Belzer, Megan Harris, Brittany Wells and Samantha Brackmann will serve as pallbearers.

  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Genevieve’s name to Aspirus Medford Hospital Foundation, Hope Hospice or Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church.
  Hemer Funeral Service, has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

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Suzanne "Suzie" Faye (Marschner) Freimund


  Suzanne "Suzie" Faye (Marschner) Freimund, age 69, of Athens, passed away on Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield, with her family by her side. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, September 14, 2015 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Milan, officiated by Pastor Mark Schwalenberg. Family and friends are welcome from 3:30-7:30 PM at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford on Sunday, September 13, 2015, and Monday from 10:00 AM until time of service at the church.

  Suzie was born on January 31, 1946, the daughter of Lawrence and Eila Anne Marschner in the Township of Browning, Taylor County. She attended school in the Medford School District. Suzy was united in marriage to James "Jim" Freimund on February 8, 1964 in Medford, WI.

  Suzie worked for H&R Block for 29 years. She also worked for Weinbrenner Shoes, Figi's, Tombstone, Kolbe & Kolbe, and dry wall finishing. Suzy helped to start the Milan Little League and Junior League Softball Program. Suzy was known as a mother hen to many. She will greatly be missed by many.

  Suzie is survived by her husband of 51 years; James; three daughters, Jane (Dan) Becker of Edgar, Marilee (Mike) Neuman of Milan, and Vicki (LeRoy) Dassow of Wisconsin Rapids, 1 granddaughter: Megan Neuman, and three sisters; Mona (Ronald) Anderson of Westen, Unetta (fiance, Roger Gumz) of Butler, and Cheri (Mike) Plooy of Medford. She is further survived by six brothers-in-law, four sisters-in-law, an uncle, several nieces and nephews, and many pseudo grandchildren.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; a son; Bradley Freimund; 2 sisters, mother-in-law, father-in-law, a brother-in-law, and a niece.
  Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com.

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Raymond H. Scott


 

RAYMOND HARRY SCOTT

 

AGE: 94

 

ADDRESS: 421 South Vincent Street, Medford, WI 54451

 

PLACE & DATE OF DEATH: Aspirus Hospital, Medford, Sunday, August 30, 2015.

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 10:00 AM, Saturday September 12, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, WI.

 

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza & Deacon Joe Stefancin

 

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford, WI.

 

VISITATION: 9:00 AM until the time of services at 10:00 AM, Saturday, September 12, 2015, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, WI.DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 24, 1921, Corning, Iowa.

 

EDUCATION: Corning High School, Class of 1939; A.B., Creighton University; LL.B. (Bachelor of Laws), Marquette University.

 

MARRIAGE: Married Ruth Mary (Kelly) Scott, October 9, 1948 in Antigo, WI. Ruth Mary preceded Raymond in death in 2003.

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Raymond achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in 1937. He graduated from Creighton University with an A.B. Degree in 1943. He served his country as a Beachmaster in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theater from 1943 – 1946. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant (J.G.). He then attended Marquette University Law School and graduated in 1948. He began his law career in Stevens Point for Hardware Mutual (now Sentry Insurance) and left in 1951 to join the Leicht & Curran law firm in Medford, which became Leicht & Scott in 1955. Raymond also served as the District Attorney for Taylor County from 1951-1959. He was one of the founding partners of the Nikolay, Jensen & Scott Law Firm in 1956. In 1987, he donated a substantial amount of time and legal expertise in assisting the individuals who wanted to save and preserve St. Ann’s Church in the Town of Greenwood; which was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1995. He was instrumental in the development of the Medford to Prentice Pine Line Trail, in which he donated his legal services for converting the old rail line to a recreational trail. In 1998, he was recognized by the State Bar of Wisconsin for fifty years of service in the legal profession. He retired from his law practice in 2006 after 58 years. He served on the district level with Samoset Council of the Boy Scouts of America and was a member of the Holy Rosary Parish Council. In 1992, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Medford Area Chamber of Commerce. Raymond had a passion for music. In high school he played the alto saxophone and clarinet and led “The Owls” orchestra which played at venues in southwestern Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska from 1934-39. While at Creighton, he led the “Ray Scott College Rhythm Orchestra,” which played at venues in Iowa and Nebraska. After moving to Medford, he formed a jazz band that played for 8 years at the Fayette Hotel. Raymond enjoyed swimming and also loved to bike, curl, play tennis, and spend time at his cabin on Lake Holcombe. He participated in every National Senor Men’s Curling Bonspiel from its beginning in 1976 through 2006. He was an avid football fan, especially for the Green Bay Packers. He also enjoyed convertibles --especially Mustangs, and passed on his obsession for Mustang convertibles to a number of his children.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, President of the Board of Directors for Memorial Hospital from 1962-1965; Board of Directors of the State Bank of Medford (later Mid-Wisconsin Bank) from 1966-1972 and Chairman of the Board from 1972-1991; Board Member of Midway Telephone Company (later Telephone Data Systems) from 1965-1967 and Board President from 1967-2000; Knights of Columbus; Lifetime Member of the Medford Curling Club, and both the American Legion and VFW Posts of Medford.

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: James Scott of Medford; Michael Scott of Fox Point, WI; Maureen Scott of Phoenix, AZ; Patrick (Lydia) Scott of Viroqua, WI; Terry Scott of Medford; Tim Scott of Hammond, WI; Dennis (Amy) Scott of Larkspur, CA; and Kevin (Mary) Scott of Lake Elmo, MN.

 

GRANDCHILDREN: Sarah, Adam, Jonathan, Justin, Kelly, Spencer, Sydney, Mara and Sofia Scott.

 

SURVIVING BROTHER: Wayne Scott of Boulder, CO.

 

SISTERS DECEASED: Anita Akin and Bernice McCarthy

 

DECEASED FATHER: Walter Harry Scott

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Teresa (Dowling) Scott

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in honor of Raymond H. Scott may be made to:Holy Rosary Catholic School (http://school.hrmedford.org/), or

The Children’s Cancer Research Fund (http://www.childrenscancer.org/).

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Marvin D. Kilty


 

Marvin D. Kilty, age 85, of Colby, passed away Sunday, September 6, 2015 at Care Partners Assisted Living in Rice Lake. A Prayer Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford. Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 AM until time of service Thursday at the funeral home. Private interment with Military Honors provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227 in the Colby Memorial Cemetery.

  Marvin was born October 30, 1929, the son of William and Florence (Matson) Kilty in Unity. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Marvin was united in marriage to Lucille A. Monness on March 5, 1955 at Dovre Lutheran Church in New Auburn. He farmed in the Colby area and worked at Land O' Lakes in Spencer as a fork lift operator.

  Marvin was a member of the Colby VFW Post #2227.

  Marvin is survived by his loving wife, Lucille; two children: Jane Weber and Dennis Kilty, both of Birchwood; one granddaughter, Jamie (Morgan) Crotteau of Rice Lake; one great- grandson, Cameron; many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Catherine; nine siblings: Melvin, Glen, Donald, Kenneth, Lyle, Robert, Vern, Myrtle and Lorraine.

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Albin "Al" E. Anderson


Albin "Al" E. Anderson , age 92, of Colby, passed away Friday, September 4, 2015 at Ministry Saint Josephs Hospital in Marshfield. A Funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 AM until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Colby Memorial Cemetery.

  Al was born April 20, 1923, the son of Albin and Helen (Tomisek) Anderson in Chicago, IL. He was united in marriage to Violet L. Krueger on June 18, 1946 at First Congregational Church in Colby. Together they farmed in the Town of Colby for 69 years.

  Al enjoyed the farm life, wood working, and building furniture.

  Al is survived by his loving wife, Violet of Colby; a cousin, LaVerne Flink and her daughter, Carol Weinfurter both of Marshfield; and many caregivers.

  He was preceded in death by his parents.

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Mary Jo Knight


 

MARY JO KNIGHT

 

AGE: 70

 

ADDRESS: N8815 Business Highway 13, Westboro; A Township of Westboro resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:38 AM Thursday, September 3 at her residence in the Town of Westboro under the loving care of her family and 1 day with Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 1:00 PM Tuesday, September 8 at First Lutheran Church, Westboro

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. Dr. Bob Giese

 

INTERMENT: Mount Olive Cemetery, Westboro

 

VISITATION: 11:00 AM until the time of services at 1:00 PM on Tuesday, September 8 at First Lutheran Church, Westboro

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 17, 1944 at Milwaukee

 

EDUCATION: Cudahy elementary schools and was a graduate of a Cudahy High School

 

MARRIAGE: To Kenneth Willms on July 28, 1962 and they were later divorced; to Stanley “Stosh” Knight on January 7, 1989 and he preceded her in death July 6, 2001

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Moved from Raymond Center in Racine, to Westboro in 1977 where they owned Ken & Jo's Corner Bar where many of her customers called her "Ma-Jo". She worked as a cook at Harper Lake Resort, Chelsea Conservation Club, Rib Lake Nursing Home, she was a CNA & did Homecare for Price County, and later worked for Life Net.
Jan 7th 1989 she married "the love of her life" Stanley “Stosh” Knight , they enjoyed camping, fishing, gardening, Grandkids & Adventerous Travels. They raised 2 Grandsons Joshua & Zachary Willms. After retirement she moved to Westboro with her son Keith & Fur Grandbabies Sammie & Charlie. She loved spending time with her buddies Sue Schaetzl, Liz Edens, Joan, Janet Arndt. She enjoyed gambling with her friends Sharon Wojcik and Sue Schaetzl. And especially her trips to Las Vegas with her Sister in law Sharon Wojcik (preceeded in death by). She loved sharing meals with friends & family, she was a mother to many. She cared for her Great Grandchildren-Dalen & Kendall right up until 2 months before her passing.

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Dawn (Bob) Pipkorn of Westboro, Tony Willms of Racine, Bev (Mark) Carlson of Medford, Keith Willms of Westboro, Rhonda (Tracy) Sackman of Westboro and Renee Willms of Westboro

 

LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Wendy (Luke) Gebauer, Bobbi (Sheldon Rabehl) Pipkorn, Randell Pipkorn, Joshua Willms, Zachary Willms, Kayla Carlson, Nicholas Willms, Trenton Willms Makovsky

 

FUR GRANDBABIES – Sami, Charlie, Abby, Kelly & Bella

 

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: Dalen & Kendall Gebauer, Maxwell Willms

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother – John (Donna) Pelczynski of Cudahy, WI

 

DECEASED FATHER: Leonard Michael Pelczynski

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Mary Magdalene Van Beck

 

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

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Donna C. Underwood


 

DONNA C. UNDERWOOD

 

AGE: 87

 

ADDRESS: Medford, WI

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:38 P.M. Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at Golden Living Center-Three Oaks Nursing Home in Marshfield where she had resided since February 14, 2015

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza

 

INTERMENT: Evergreen I Cemetery in Medford

 

VISITATION: 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 15, 1928 in Medford

 

EDUCATION: Donna attended Holy Rosary Catholic Grade School and was a 1946 graduate of Medford Area High School

 

MARRIAGE: On May 17, 1947, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford, Donna married the love of her life, Don M. Underwood and he preceded her in death on May 7, 1997

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Donna was a life-long resident of Medford who enjoyed playing Canasta with her ladies card group and spending time with her family and friends. In her earlier years, she enjoyed bowling and was an active member of the Republican Party

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford

 

SURVIVING SPECIAL FRIEND: John McMurry of Medford

 

LOVING CAREGIVER: Jackie Rhyner of Phillips

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Dennis (Carol L.) Underwood of Medford, Coralee (Richard) Needham of Minnetonka, MN and Kelly Underwood of Exton, PA

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: David (Becky) Underwood of Butte des Morts

 

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: Aubrey Underwood and an expected Great-Grandson

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Jean Latuso of Glen Head Long Island, NY and Irving “Floyd” Wall of Prior Lake, MN

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Jack Wall

 

GRANDSON DECEASED: Mark Underwood

 

DECEASED FATHER: Erving F. Wall

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Vera Hinkel

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Donna’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake assisted the family with arrangements

-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Kenneth M. Larson


 

KENNETH M. LARSON

 

AGE: 70

 

ADDRESS: N3756 County Road C, Medford; A township of Goodrich resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:35 PM Sunday, August 30 at the residence of his brother in the Town of Goodrich

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: No Services will be held

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 30, 1944 at Medford

 

EDUCATION: Meadowbrook Elementary School, Town of Hammel, Farm View Elementary School, Town of Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School; he received a BS degree from UW-Madison

 

MARRIAGE: Never married

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: He was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War having served from 1956-1958. After the war he worked maintenance at the State of Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison. Then he returned to the Medford area where he did logging work. He resided in Plover and worked at Del Monte for a period of time. Then he traveled for a period of years. Most recently he had been residing with his brother in the Town of Goodrich.

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brothers – Howard (Carol) Larson of Lake in the Hills, IL, Frank (Dawn) Larson of Goodrich, Leonard (Kay) Larson of Black River Falls, WI

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Greg Larson in 2012

 

DECEASED FATHER: Frank Wheelock Larson

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Hilda Louise Johnson

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

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Irene Mary Opelt


 

IRENE MARY OPELT

 

AGE: 95

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Aspirus Care and Rehab, Wednesday September 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM, under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Saturday September 5, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.

 

OFFICIATING: Deacon Joe Stefancin

 

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford, WI.

 

VISITATION: 10:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 16, 1920, in Medford, WI.

 

MARRIAGE: Paul Lukewich, Sr., August 1, 1942, whom preceded her in death in 1980. She then married Art Piller, on January 25, 1981, whom preceded her in death in 1986. She then married Max Opelt on May 1, 1991, whom preceded her in death on October 5, 2005.

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE:Irene and Paul owned a dairy farm in the Town of Hammel. While owning and operating the farm, she also worked as a cook for the Black Bear Inn in Medford. She then owned “Sisters Restaurant” on “Miracle Mile” in Medford. Irene also worked at Chapperal in Whittlesey. Irene also drove school bus for Wayside School in the Town of Hammel.
Irene loved to ice fish, playing cards, and Bingo. She loved to complete different crafts, especially projects in which she could knit different items. Irene's family never went hungry, and she will always be remembered by being an excellent cook, especially her desserts. She loved spending time with her family, especially all of her Grandchildren.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, VFW POST# 5729 Ladies Auxiliary, Goodrich Farmers Union, Chelsea Conservation Club

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Shirley Lukewich of Medford, Paul (Sandy) Lukewich of Medford, George (Beth) Lukewich of Medford.

 

GRANDCHILDREN: Don Unrau, Jr., Carolyn (Bruce) Clarkson, Lisa (Carl) Tyznik, Kathy (Troy Jay) Brecht, Rose Unrau, Valerie (Shawn) Lekie, Stacie (Justin) Mallo, Jesse (Nikki) Lukewich,
Anne (Mark) Weiler, Heidi (Reece) Neumueller.

 

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 10 GR. GR. GRANDCHILDREN: 5

 

SURVIVING SISTER: Pearl Grenda of Texas.

 

SPECIAL FRIENDS: Richard “Richie” and Alice Lewandowski of Chicago, IL

AND NUMEROUS NIECES AND NEPHEWS.

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers: Matthew, George, John, Richard, Sylvester Lewandowski.
Sisters: Alice Jari, Evelyn Behling.

 

ALSO PRECEDED BY: 2 children in infancy.

 

DECEASED FATHER: Walter Lewandowski

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Mary (Jocefiak) Lewandowski

 

PALLBEARERS: Jesse Lukewich, Mark Weiler, Reece Neumueller, Don Unrau, Jr., Shawn Lekie, Bruce Lewandowski, Kelsey Tyznik, Lisa Tyznik

 

HONORARY PALLBEARERS: Valerie Lekie, Carolyn Clarkson, Stacie Mallo, Anne Weiler, Heidi Neumueller, Kathy Brecht, Rose Unrau


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and Rib Lake Golden Living Center; Activites.
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Terry J. Wudi


 

TERRY J. WUDI

 

AGE: 64

 

ADDRESS: 4163 Frey Lane Medford Township of Browning resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:30 P.M. Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at St. Rita Adult Family Home in Mosinee where he had resided for the past 6 weeks

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial Services will take place at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, September 12, 2015 at OLPH Catholic Church in Whittlesey

 

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza

 

INTERMENT: Internment of his cremated remains will take place at St. Ann’s Cemetery in the Township of Greenwood

 

VISITATION: 12:00 P.M. until time of services at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, September 12, 2015 at OLPH Catholic Church in Whittlesey

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 18, 1950 in Medford

 

EDUCATION: Terry attended Frey Elementary School in the Township of Browning, Rolling Acres Elementary School in the Township of Medford and graduated from Medford Area High School

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, Terry farmed on the family farm in the Town of Browning until ill health forced his retirement. He enjoyed hunting.

 

MEMBER OF: OLPH Catholic Church in Whittlesey and Chelsea Conservation Club


SURVIVING NIECES/NEPHEWS: Michael (Heidi) Wudi of Appleton, Tricia (Patrick) Norby of Mt. Vernon, WI and Susan (Andy) Witzke of Plymouth, MN

8 Great Nieces/Nephews

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Tom (Carol) Wudi of Weston

 

DECEASED FATHER: Joseph W. Wudi

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Josephine Gengler

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Susan Koman Breast Cancer Foundation

Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake are assisting the family with arrangements

-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

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Gary J. Niznik


GARY J. NIZNIK

 

AGE: 59

 

ADDRESS: Medford, WI

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:47 A.M. Saturday, August 28, 2015 at his residence

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 11, 2015 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lublin

 

OFFICIATING: Father Mandau Raju Sleeva

 

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Lublin

 

VISITATION: 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 11, 2015 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lublin

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 5, 1955 in Medford

 

EDUCATION: Gary attended Owen-Withee Area Schools and was a 1972 graduate of Owen-Withee High School

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Gary worked for Wausau Homes in Wausau for a period of time. He then worked for Weathershield in Medford for a period of time. Gary worked for Pick-N-Save in Eau Claire for a number of years before ill health forced his retirement. He enjoyed cooking, swimming, snowmobiling, hunting and spending time with his family. Gary was a caring and loving person and loved to help others

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Jesse Draeger of Kenosha

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Paul Jr., Robert (Roberta) Niznik all of Holcombe, Dan (Pam) Niznik of Medford, Ronald Niznik of Stetsonville, Jerry (Kye) Niznik of Colorado Springs, CO, Bonnie (Steve) Pawelko of Rhinelander, Marlene Niznik of Stetsonville, Pauline (Lee) Williams of Owen & Sherrie (Carl Knable) Niznik of Puyallup, WA

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sisters-in-Law: Nancy & Dawn Niznik

 

DECEASED FATHER: Paul A. Niznik

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Mary A. Mis

 

URNBEARERS: Pauline Williams & Dan Niznik

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to his family to be designated at a later date.
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Mary Lou Straka


MARY LOU STRAKA

 

AGE: 69

 

ADDRESS: 132 S. 7th Street Apt. A1 Medford; City of Medford Resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:41 P.M. Monday, August 31 at Deerview Meadows, Medford where she was under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Per Mary Lou's request no services will be held at this time

 

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date in Perkinstown Community Cemetery, Township of Grover

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 16, 1946 in Menominee, Michigan

 

EDUCATION: Graduate of Medford High School and attended Architect and Interior Design School in California where she received her Bachelor's Degree

 

MARRIAGE: January 9, 1981 in Las Vegas, Nevada to Robert “Bob” M. Straka and he preceded her in death on August 7, 1998

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: She owned and operated her own mailing business in California for about 20 years. After Bob's death she moved to the Medford area where she worked at Tombstone Pizza until her retirement. Mary Lou was a great artist. She enjoyed painting, decorating and going to the casino.

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Henry (Debra) Brill of Janesville, Michael (Cheryl) Brill of Withee, Michelle (Charles) Markarian of Marengo, IL. Charles Brill of Withee, Nora (Tim) Wildes of Benton and Jody Brill of Schofield

 

DECEASED FATHER: Henry Brill

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Della J. Brill (Maiden Name: Smith)

 

OTHER INFORMATION: Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
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Wayne C. Lindberg


We were informed of the death of 73 year old Wayne C. Lindberg of Abbotsford.
Who died Monday, August 31st at his home.
  Survivors include his wife Dolly of Abbotsford
  Children:  Keith (Mickey) Lindberg of Weston, Brian (Cindy) Lindberg of Dorchester, Nancy (Ted) Siewert of Abbotsford, Dan Lindberg of Abbotsford, Jon (Jessica) Lindberg of Colby
  Grandchildren:  8
  Brothers & Sisters : Bud (Jeannie)Lindberg of Abbotsford, Robert (Donna) Lindberg of Texas, LeNore (Gary) Gebert of Abbotsford     
  And many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends
  Funeral Services for Wayne C. Lindberg will be held at 1pm Friday, September 4th 2015 at Centennial Community Center in Stetsonville with Adrian Knopps officiating.  Visitation will be held at the Centennial Community Center in Stetsonville Friday, September 4th 2015 from 11am til the time of service at 1pm.

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Oliver R. Pinkert


 

OLIVER R. PINKERT

 

AGE: 90

 

ADDRESS: Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home, Phillips, WI; A former Medford area resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:45 AM Sunday, August 30 at Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home, Phillips where he had resided for the past 4 months

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 5 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford where there also be military rites by the Medford Area Military Honors Team

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. David Elleman

 

INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Hannibal Cemetery, Township of Cleveland, Taylor Co.

 

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, September 5

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: January 3, 1925 at Hannibal, WI

 

EDUCATION: Hannibal Grade school & was a graduate and class salutatorian of Hannibal High School

 

MARRIAGE: May 20, 1944 at Medford to Gertrude Bernice Dunkel and she survives

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he entered the US Army and was a veteran of WW II having served from 1944 to 1947. After the military, he worked for Kelvinator in Kenosha for a period of time. Moved to Perkinstown and farmed in the Town of Grover, drove school bus & served as treasurer for the Township of Grover for a period of time. In 1966 they moved to the Town of Browning and farmed there until 1978. Moved to City of Medford and worked at Weathershield Mfg. until retirement in 1990. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling, crossword puzzles and mechanical work.

 

MEMBER OF: Jump River VFW Club

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Gertrude Bernice (Dunkel) Pinkert of Phillips

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Tonda (Tim) Werner of Phillips, Edwin Pinkert of Medford, Talora (Steve) Zank of Lake Mills, WI & Roger (Diane) Pinkert of Red Oak, TX

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 11 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 10 GR. GR. GRANDCHILDREN: 1 step

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister – Irene Brooks of Jump River
Sister-in-law: Elizabeth Pinkert of Kenosha

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: 7 Sisters & 5 Brothers

 

DECEASED FATHER: William Otto Pinkert

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Alvina Anna Wilhemina (Haberkorn) Pinkert

 

PALLBEARERS: Honorary-All Grandchildren

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation

-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Myrtle A. Metz


 

Myrtle A. Metz, 95, of Stetsonville, passed away at her home, Sunday August 30, 2015, surrounded by her family, and under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice.

  Myrtle was born August 11, 1920 in Athens, WI to John and Emma (Dins) Kornack.
  She married Benedict Bernard Metz, September 4, 1939 in Chicago, IL. He preceded her in death on March 4, 1983.
  Myrtle is survived by her Children: Norman Metz of Sheboygan, WI, Carol (Danny) Pozanc of Winona, MN, Raymond (Marilyn) Metz of Medford, WI, Mary (William) Yessa of Edgar, WI, Barbara (Daniel) Williams of Reedsburg, WI, Karen (Jerry) Roberts of Medford, WI, and Kurt (Deb) Metz of Medford, WI. Sisters in Law: Beulah Metz of Medford, and Pauline Kornack of Edgar, WI. 29 Grandchildren, 37 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She also preceded in death by her Parents, Son: John Metz, and Daughter in Law: Jackie Metz.
  Myrtle and Ben owned a dairy farm in the Town of Deer Creek, WI from 1939-1974. She then went on to work for Breckes Mink Farm, Kage Ginseng Farm and served as a cook at the Stetsonville Centennial Hall for over 30 years. She also worked the Election Polls in the Town of Deer Creek. She enjoyed completing puzzles, playing games, gardening and going to different casinos with her friends. Myrtle loved to knit, and will be remembered by many for keeping their fingers and toes warm with the gloves, mittens and booties she made. She loved her family very much, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville and The Catholic Order of Foresters.

  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday September 4, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville, with Monsignor Joseph Diermeier and Father Michael Hayden officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Her Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Friday September 4, 2015 from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00.
  In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in honor of Myrtle may be made to the family, to be designated at a later date. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake have been entrusted with arrangements.

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Victor B. Breuer


 

Victor B. Breuer, age 76, passed away Monday, August 31,2015 at the Colonial Center in Colby, WI. A memorial service will be held 7:00 PM Thursday, September 3, 2015 at the Colonial Center in Colby. Friends and family welcome.

  Victor was born February 16, 1939 to Benjamin and Agnes (Copet) Breuer.

  Victor was most happy being outdoors and his day was full of things to do. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and working on the farm. Victor was full of stories and jokes. He had a voice that would carry, and he would know Victor was in the room.

  Victor is survived by a brother and a few close friends.
 

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Anita M. Dittrich


 

Anita M. Dittrich, 93, died August 30, 2015 peacefully at Our House Senior Living in Medford where she resided for the past year.

  Anita was born February 8, 1922 to Grover & Elsa (Pechstein) Rueth. As a young girl, she waitressed at the Riverside Hotel, which was owned by her parents. On January 25, 1941 she married Vernon Dittrich. They spent nearly 50 years together before he passed away on January 21, 1991.

  She was an accomplished artist, painting in many mediums including oil, watercolors and acrylics.      Although she won many awards, Anita did not paint for the recognition, but rather for the pure joy it brought her. Her collection of work will continue to be enjoyed by family and friends forever.

  Besides her love of painting, she also enjoyed feeding the birds outside her home as well as at the Mill Pond in Medford. Once the birds were fed and singing happily, she could be found tending to her assortment of summer flowers. Anita was a talented woman away from her studio as well, enjoying baking, cooking and playing the piano and organ. She found it easy to spend hours at her piano, playing the many classics and holiday tunes, many of which she played by memory. Those close to her will always remember the soothing music that echoed through her house.

  It is easy to say that all of her joys in her life were a method of making the people around her feel loved.

  She will be missed by many, survived by her children, David (Barb) Dittrich, Pat Dittrich, Tom Dittrich, Ed (Darla) Dittrich, Diane (Frank) Krueger of Medford, Bob Dittrich (significant other Kathleen Olynick) of Holcombe, Debbie Dittrich of Eau Claire, 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.

  She was predeceased by her parents, husband, and sister Jewell Hoesel.

  Services will be held at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford on Wednesday September 2nd; Visitation from 4:00-7:00, Service to follow.

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