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Doris M. Karabatsos


DORIS M. KARABATSOS

 

AGE: 77

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:35 A.M. Monday, October 26, 2015 at Aspirus Nursing and Rehab where she was under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Per her request, private committal services were held.

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. Mary Jo Laabs

 

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment took place at Medford Evergreen II Cemetery in Medford

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 24, 1938 in Chicago, IL

 

EDUCATION: Doris attended Chicago Area Schools

 

MARRIAGE: On September 21, 1955 in Norwalk, California Doris married George G. Karabatsos and he preceded her in death on November 13, 1999

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Doris was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening and baking.

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Elizabeth (Charles) Braha of Florida, Nancy Ann (Steven) Goll of Bainbridge Island, Washington and Sandra Ann (Gregory) Scott of Chicago, Illinois

 

LIVING GRANDSON: Graham George Goll of Washington

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Everett England of Texas, Darrel (Diana) Yearman of Illinois and Charles Eugene (Cynthia) Yearman of Illinois

 

SISTER DECEASED: Carol Mallernee

 

DECEASED FATHER: Everett I. England

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Locadia “Elsie” Pretzel

 

OTHER INFORMATION: Memorials can be made in Doris’ name to Hope Hospice Palliative Care of Medford
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Joseph "Joe" P. Sauer


 

JOSEPH “JOE” P. SAUER

 

AGE: 95

 

ADDRESS: 1013 W. Cedar Street, Medford, WI; A Township of Medford resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced at 11:20 AM, Monday, October 26 at his residence in the Town of Medford

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Monday, November 2 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza and Father Dennis Meulemans

 

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

 

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM on Sunday, November 1 where there will be a 7:00 PM Catholic prayer service held that evening; also from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Monday morning

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 11, 1919 at Medford

 

EDUCATION: Holy Rosary Catholic School, Medford; 1937 graduate of Medford High School; received a degree from Wausau Technical School

 

MARRIAGE: November 20, 1943 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to Edna M. Wulf and she preceded him in death May 29, 1993

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he did factory work in Milwaukee. In 1941 he was drafted into the Army Air Force and served during WW II until 1946. After the military, he resided in Evanston, IL and did painting work for Northwestern University. Moved to Medford in 1951 and owned/operated The Service Bar Tavern until 1955. Then they farmed in the Town of Medford for many years until 1978. While farming, he worked as a painter and decorator in the area. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, making firewood & maple syrup, spending time with his family and at the cabin in the Town of Molitor.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford; Medford V.F.W. Club; Medford Knights of Columbus

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – Judy (Robert) Oestreich of Green Valley, AZ & Jayne (John) Mayer of Medford
Son – Jim (Jayne) Sauer of Medford

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 6 – Kim (Gene) Mengel, Jason (Traci) Couillard, Erich (Katrina) Mayer, Anne (Michael) Wolf, Tara Sauer & Tori Sauer GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 9 GR. GR. GRANDCHILDREN: many

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister Jeanette (Richard) Miller of Medford
Sister-in-law: Donna Sauer of Rib Lake

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – Leo, Felix, Alvin & Herbert Sauer; Sisters – Margaret Pernsteiner, Dolores Dzik, Regina Werner, Frances Guth

 

DECEASED FATHER: Michael Sauer

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Catherine Henrichs

 

PALLBEARERS: Ryan Zicco, Steven Voss, Vern Pernsteiner, Ray Metz, Gary Thomas, Phil Werner, Lloyd Guth, Leon Sauer

 

OTHER INFORMATION: Further survived by a special friend – Carol Strebig

 

-In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to either Holy Rosary Parish, Medford in his name or to the family for a future designation
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Wayne A. Johnson


 

WAYNE ALBERT JOHNSON

 

AGE: 70

 

ADDRESS: W 224 County Road YY, Ogema, WI 54459

 

DATE OF DEATH: Sunday October 25, 2015 at 6:15 PM.

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 3:00 PM, Sunday November 1, 2015 at Spirit Methodist Church

 

OFFICIATING: Pastor Deb Hastings

 

INTERMENT OF CREMATED REMAINS: Hillcrest, Cemetery, Spirit, WI

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: 10/21/1945 in Tomahawk, WI

 

EDUCATION: High School Graduate from Rib Lake, High School.

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Wayne owned and operated his own dairy farm. He had a love for all animals, and really enjoyed watching and feeding deer on his farm. He also enjoyed bowling, and playing softball and baseball and earned the nickname “Home Run Johnson” by many.

 

MEMBER OF: Wayne attended Spirit Methodist Church.

 

HE IS SURVIVED BY: Siblings: Pearl (Ben) Kauer of Rib Lake, WI and Joseph (Dorene) Johnson of Spirit, WI

Nieces and Nephews: Jack Kauer, Neil Kauer, Marijane (Jason) Viergutz, Dean Johnson,
Jolene (Craig) Berger, Jason (Jenny) Johnson

 

AND MANY GREAT NIECES AND NEPHEWS, AND COUSINS

 

DECEASED FATHER: Albert Victor Johnson

 

DECEASED MOTHER: W. Jane Fickel


OTHER INFORMATION: Memorial donations in honor of Wayne may be given to his family, for future designation.

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Frank J. Roberts


 

FRANK J. ROBERTS

 

AGE: 89

 

ADDRESS: 703 Del Rae Court, Medford

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:59 AM Thursday, October 22 at his residence in the City of Medford under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 31 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford where there will also be military rites performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. James Krueger

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 27, 1926 at Jump River, WI

 

EDUCATION: Jump River elementary schools

 

MARRIAGE: 1st: in 1947 at Medford to Joanne O'Brien and they were later divorced; 2nd: August 17, 1968 at Medford to Alice Ann Dassow and she survives

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he entered the US Navy, veteran of WW II serving from 1944 -1948.
After the service, he returned to Medford and worked for the railroad for a period of time. Then he moved to Kansas City, MO, worked and resided there for a period of time. In 1957 he moved to the Town of Browning where he farmed for many years. While farming he worked at Hurd Millwork in Medford for a period of years. He later owned & operated his own trucking company transporting for Weather Shield Manufacturing of Medford until his retirement in 1988. In retirement, he operated the Mondeaux Dam concession area for 6 years. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, wood working & spending time with his family and grandchildren.

 

MEMBER OF: Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford; Medford V.F.W. Club

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Alice A. Roberts of Medford

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Michael (Susie) Roberts of Georgetown, Texas, Linda Kenny of Chisago City, MN, Judy Roberts of Madison, Debra (Robert) Yeager of Medford, Joan Groves of Medford, Trudy (Tom) Hobl of Medford, Cindy Messman of Medford, Judy (Rick) Swisher of Blaine, MN, Lori (James) Zak of Stetsonville

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Grandson – Craig Seymour; Great-Granddaughter: Cassie Kuker

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 25 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 38 GR. GR. GRANDCHILDREN:1

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister – Dorothy Knipshield of Florida

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sisters – Jennie Zenker Langteau, Pearl O'Brien, Verna Smith, Eleanor Smith, Edna Perrine; Brothers – George & Thomas Roberts

 

DECEASED FATHER: Charles Roberts

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Mary Domer

 

OTHER INFORMATION: Further survived by 2 special friends – Jean Heier & Kim Probst
-In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Hope Hospice of Medford-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Susan Lee Tlusty


 

SUSAN LEE TLUSTY

 

AGE: 69

 

ADDRESS: 375 Lake Shore Drive, Rib Lake, WI 54470

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Friday, October 23, 2015 at her residence under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake

 

OFFICIATING: Father Otto Bucher & Father Dennis Meulemans

 

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake at a later date

 

VISITATION: 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home in Rib Lake and also 10:00 A.M. until time of services Wednesday October 28, 2015 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 24, 1946 in Westboro

 

EDUCATION: She received her education in Westboro Public Schools. Susan knew in 1st grade that she wanted to be a teacher. She had wonderful teachers and loved recess where she played with friends on swings, monkey bars and teeter totters. Sue graduated high school in 1964 and went on to graduate from UW Stevens Point in 1968.

 

MARRIAGE: On July 18, 1970 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Sue married the love of her life and best friend Wayne Tlusty.

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Susan enjoyed a wonderful childhood. She spent many hours playing outside in all seasons, going on picnics in the yard, along the creek, under the big pine tree and fishing on Twin Lake. Her mom and dad were her best friends. Time with her mom was spent cooking, baking, canning, making jelly, washing clothes with a wringer washer, hanging them out to dry in the sun and wind; planting a garden, caring for it, and harvesting the produce. Time with dad was spent working on projects in the garage like straightening nails, going to the swamp to cut a tamarack for a gate pole. Also, digging worms and going fishing with both mom and dad. After graduating from UW Stevens Point, Sue began her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher at Maine Elementary in the Wausau Public Schools in Wausau for two years. In March of 1970, Sue bought a Jeep with dreams of moving to and teaching in Alaska. Her plans changed and after her marriage to Wayne, they moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. Sue taught children from immigrant families in a multicultural school and also taught in an upper-class British neighborhood. She found that living near an ocean, in a large city and learning new customs was both challenging and exciting! After a year in Canada, Sue and Wayne arrived in Ketchikan, Alaska and their Jeep arrived by ship. They lived in a home on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. Sue and Wayne hiked in the mountains, fished for salmon & halibut, picked huge salmonberries and blueberries in the magnificent rain forest and traveled by ferry to areas along the Inland Passage. A great trip was one on the Narrow Gauge Railroad and on to Dawson City, exploring the route of the Gold Rush. Sue taught in a team teaching classroom, ages 5-8 until she was transferred to a newly built open classroom with ages 5-10. Each teacher on the staff was from a different state and Sue treasured this experience. She continued her education with classes from UW Alaska. The next move was to the “Big Sky Country” of Libby, Montana where they bought a beautiful home in the mountains. Sue and Wayne spent weekends and summers hiking in the wilderness, visiting Glacier National Park, traveling to the Oregon Coast and going north to Banff or Jasper Parks in Canada. Sue also enjoyed gardening, canning, biking, cross-country skiing and playing volleyball. Sue helped to develop the curriculum for Libby’s first Public Kindergarten School. She taught kindergarten for 4 years of which she loved every minute of it where she was able to meet and learn with teachers from various states. She also continued her education with classes taken at University of Washington. Sue returned to Wisconsin in 1978, where she moved to Middleton. She taught 2nd grade in Middleton for 12 years and continued her education at UW- Madison. She was an active member of the Universities Women’s Club. For the first time, Sue experienced suburban life and it resulted in many friendships which she always treasured. Sue and Wayne travels took them to San Francisco, Yosemite, Vancouver, BC, Isle Royal, Boundary Waters, Zion & Bryse, Santo Fe, Prince Edward Island, New Foundland, New Zealand and a canoe trip down the Missouri. In 1999, Sue had to retire due to Multiple Sclerosis that was progressing.

Plans for a retirement of travel changed and in 2000, Sue and Wayne bought a lake lot in Rib Lake. Wayne designed a beautiful wheelchair accessible home and built in the 2001. She enjoyed watching birds, visiting friends, reading, learning, working at the computer, and taking day trips to nearby areas. Sue loved teaching & learning, traveling & spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Sue believed to “Find Joy & Wonder in each day and Always, always…remember to smile”

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Beloved Husband and Best Friend: Wayne Tlusty

 

SURVIVING NIECES/NEPHEWS: Terrie (Ed) Anderson, Peg Stone, Mindy (Dan) Krieg, Cindy (Mark) Meyering, Jackie (Mark) Peterson and Dave (Cheryl) HansonFurther survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Gerry Hanson, Eddie Premeau

 

SISTERS-IN-LAW DECEASED: Ailene Premeau

 

DECEASED FATHER: Ed Premeau

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Viola Poff

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Sue may be made to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care, Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, and Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Rita M. Kawa


 

RITA M. KAWA

 

AGE: 85

 

ADDRESS: 135 S. Gibson St. Medford

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 4:40 A.M. Monday, October 19, 2015 at Aspirus Nursing and Rehab under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 23, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Deacon Joseph Stefancin

 

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford

 

VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 23, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 20, 1930 in Milwaukee

 

EDUCATION: Rita attended Milwaukee Area Schools

 

MARRIAGE: On November 9, 1946 in Milwaukee, Rita married the love of her life, Walter Henry Kawa and he preceded her in death on October 27, 1990

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After their marriage, they moved to the Medford Area in 1957 where she worked as a nurse’s assistant at the Medford Memorial Hospital until her retirement. Rita enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, crocheting, watching black and white movies and she was an avid Packer fan.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Paralyzed Veterans of America and ASPCA.

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Michael (Judy) Kawa of Gilbert, Arizona, Vicky (Jim) Olson of Altoona, Judy Johnson of Medford, Jim (Shelly) Kawa of Withee, Nancy (Steve) Gosse of Withee, Wendy (Angela) Scharrschmidt of Rib Lake and Gail (Scott) Oleson of Curtiss

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 16 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 18

 

SURVIVING SISTER: Pat Kresha of Brighton, Colorado
Brother-in-law: Richard Kirkpatrick

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Audrey (Kenneth) Thompson and Maryann Kirkpatrick

 

DECEASED FATHER: Andrew J. Hoffman

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Gladys O. Halverson

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Rita’s name to Hope Hospice Palliative Care in Medford.
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Jeffery "Jeff" A. Armstrong


 

JEFFREY “JEFF” A. ARMSTRONG

 

AGE: 54

 

ADDRESS: S77 W25250 National Ave., Waukesha, WI 53189

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Wednesday, October 14 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau where he had been a patient for the past 3 weeks

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, October 21 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. David Clements

 

INTERMENT: Perkinstown Community Cemetery, Township of Grover

 

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4 – 7 PM on Tuesday, October 20 and also from 10 AM until the time of services at 12 Noon on Wednesday, October 21

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 25, 1961 at Medford

 

EDUCATION: Hannibal Elementary schools and was a 1979 graduate of Gilman High School, Gilman, WI where he was class valedictorian

 

MARRIAGE: to Lori Gavinski on March 19, 1988 at All Saints Church in Oak Creek, WI. They were later divorced after 17 years of marriage.

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he moved to Milwaukee where he worked for Routh Construction as a rough carpenter. He then went on to work at Heartland Check Printing in Waukesha for 10 years. He then worked as a Union Carpenter and built homes in the Waukesha area until an accident forced an early retirement in 2004. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bow leagues, riding ATV and anything outdoors.

 

MEMBER OF: Golden Arrow Bow Club of Waukesha

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – Nicole Armstrong of Mukwonago, WI, Jamie Armstrong and Jacolyn “Jackie” Armstrong both of Greenfield, WI

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sisters – Peggy (Duane) Dassow of Burlington, Connie (Ray) Griesbach of Rhinelander; Twin Brother – Jan (Barb) Armstrong of Medford & Fred E. (Kelly) Emstrom of Medford

 

DECEASED FATHER: Jolly L. Armstrong

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Clara Frieda Leuthy

 

DECEASED STEP FATHER: Fred G. Emstrom

 

PALLBEARERS: Derek Bice,

 

OTHER INFORMATION: Further survived by nieces and nephews
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Elaine June (Potter) Kuehn


 

  Elaine June (Potter) Kuehn, 92, of Owen, passed away on October 9, 2015 at Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center in Owen.

  Elaine was born on June 5, 1923 in Owen, the only child of the late Marion and Agnes (Scheel) Potter.   She graduated from Owen High School in 1941. Elaine and Harold H. Kuehn were united in marriage on October 27, 1942 in Decorah, Iowa. Elaine’s first job was as a waitress at the Miru. Later, she went to work at the Master Package Corporation.

  Elaine was very an active member of St. Katherine’s Episcopal Church in Owen, serving as a Sunday School teacher and participating in many activities and events there. She was a lifetime member of the Van Huizen-Fritz Post 123 American Legion Auxiliary. Elaine was also a charter member of the Owen-Withee Veteran’s Club.

  Elaine enjoyed quilting, sewing, puzzles, reading, baking, playing cards, camping and travel. She spent many happy summer weekends camping with friends and family. Rock Dam County Park Campground was one of her favorite camp sites. Along with her husband Harold, Elaine enjoyed travelling across the United States and Canada. She also enjoyed getting together with friends for a good card game. She was an avid gardener and loved planting colorful flowers. Baking was another of her gifts and if you stopped to visit, you were sure to always have a sweet treat and a cup of coffee.

  Elaine will be dearly missed by her daughters, Sue (Stasek) O’Connell of Green Bay and Ruthann Steager of Kenosha; son-in-law Arthur Steager of Racine; grandchildren, Mark (Sarah) Stasek of Eau Claire, Cynthia (Terry) Schlais of Sullivan, Martina Olson of Austin, TX, Stephanee (Joseph) Sullivan and Brenna (David) Kone of Green Bay, and Molly (Daniel) Hixson of Antrim, NH; great-grandchildren, Steven, Paul and Emily Stasek, Alexander and Zachery Olson, Nicholas, Pauline and Jacob Schlais, Reilly, Rivers, and Reagan Sullivan, Gavin, Evan and Kaeleigh Kone, and Rio Calle; great-great grandson Hayden Stasek.

  Elaine was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Harold; her parents, one grandson, Peter Steager, and two great-granddaughters, Morghan and Robyn Kone.

  Funeral services to celebrate Elaine’s life will be on Saturday, October 24, 2015 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen; 10 am visitation, 11am service, with a luncheon at Nazareth Church Hall following the graveside service at Riverside Cemetery.

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Alvin W. Sova


 

ALVIN W. SOVA

 

AGE: 95

 

ADDRESS: W6163 Buehler Lane Medford; Township of Medford Resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 12:09 P.M. Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 6:00 P.M. Friday, October 16 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza and Deacon Joseph Stefancin

 

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery in the Township of Holway

 

VISITATION: 1:00 P.M. until 5:30 P.M. where there will be a 5:30 P.M. Rosary Service and then funeral mass to follow

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 11, 1920 in Stanbaugh, Michigan

 

EDUCATION: Alvin attended Milwaukee Area Schools starting at the age of 4, and graduated from Custer High School in Milwaukee at the age of 16.

 

MARRIAGE: On April 26, 1943 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to Dolores R. Roberts

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After high school, Alvin moved to Holway with his family at the age of 17. After his marriage they lived in Holway until moving to Medford in 1980. Alvin was a dairy farmer as well as working at various other jobs in the area. He worked at the Post Company in Owen, The Creamery in Medford, The Medford Brewery, drove bus, sold insurance, processed meat at Brunners Store, did painting jobs with his brother Arnold and was Taylor County Treasurer for 18 years. He enjoyed playing softball, where he played for the 55 and older team and was State Champs when he was 72 years old and hitting a home run, coaching both men and women’s various sports teams, bowling, card playing, golfing (where he had 2 hole in 1’s), woodworking, enjoyed dancing the waltz and polka music, sang with the Holy Rosary Monks, and he liked going to the casinos and playing bingo. Alvin loved going to his children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s events and spending time with his family.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Alvin was Grand Knight for several years. The Farmer’s Union and a Director on the Taylor County Electric Cooperative.

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Dolores R. Sova of Medford

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: 12 Children: James “Jim” (Janet) Sova of Medford, Carol (John) Willman of Stetsonville, David (Penny) Sova of Medford, Shirley (Marshal) Kleist of Medford, William “Bill” (Mary) Sova of Somerset, Daniel (Nancy) Sova of Hewitt, Ronald (Nancy Heib) Sova of Anoka, MN, Kevin (Laura) Sova of Curtiss, Laura (Dan) Leary of Medford, Mary (Brian Strobach) Henrichs of Westboro, Joe (Val) Sova of Medford and Kent (Heidi Hennes) Sova of Neenah

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Twin Sons: Dale and Duane Sova on December 23, 1946

 

LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 25, 13 Step GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: 25, 23 Step

 

GREAT- GREAT- GRANDCHILD: 1, 3 Step

 

SURVIVING BROTHER: Atlen (Shirley) Sova of Eagan, MN

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brother: Arnold Sova Sr., Sisters: Eldridge Sova and Geraldine Hamm
Also preceded in death by a Step-Grandchild: Levi Pisors

 

DECEASED FATHER: Leo G. Sova

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Lillian Sova (Maiden Name: Crepeau)

 

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

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Gary L. Schafer


 

  Gary L. Schafer, 70, husband of Jill Rees Kintigh, died Saturday, October 3, 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina.

  Born in Pittsfield, IL, he was the son of Aleene Schafer.

  Mr. Schafer served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a dairy farmer and attended Fellowship Greenville. In Wisconsin, he was director of Taylor County Farm Bureau, Chairman of Taylor County Republican Party, was a member of the Medford Cooperative, Taylor County Electric Cooperative, and Foremost Dairy USA. He was Commander, Sr. Vice Commander, Jr. Commander and Adjutant for VFW Post 5729 Medford.

  Surviving, in addition to his wife; are children, John Christian Schafer and wife, Jennifer, of Neenah, WI, Timothy Conrad Schafer, and wife, Cassie, of New Richmond, WI, Thomas (Friend Tommy) Edmund Schafer of Chicago, IL, Ted Anthony Schafer, and fiancée Tammy Weiler of Medford, WI and Julie Ann Schafer, and special friend, Bobby Rau of Dorchester, WI; grandson, Samuel Cooperr; mother, Aleene Schafer Boucousas and husband, George, of Holliday, FL. He was a special father to Jill’s children, Cherith Kintigh Stoner of Greenwood and Christian William Kintigh and wife, Eva, of Baltimore, MD; grandchildren, Jakob Charles Rhys and Evangelina Rose; mother-in-law, Donna Yurs Rees of Elgin IL, sisters, Wendy Rees Pocock of Charlotte, NC and Penny Rees Dillehay and husband, Gale, and Terry Lynn Rees, all of Elgin, IL. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Mansell, and father-in-law, William John Rees.

  A graveside committal service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday October 16, 2015 at Pine Hill Cemetery, Curtiss, WI. Deacon Steve Schafer and Pastor Brian Wipf will officiate. Military Honors will also be presented at the cemetery.

  A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, October 17, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Medford, WI. Pastor Brian Wipf will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of services.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VFW Post # 5729, 240 S. 8th Street, Medford, WI.

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Donna M. Pabich


 

  Donna M. Pabich, age 63, passed away at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church in Abbotsford. Father Peter Manickam will officiate. Interment to be held in the Abbotsford Public Cemetery. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 AM until time of service Wednesday at the church.

  Donna was born on April 9, 1952 in Owen, the daughter Frank and Mary (Henzel) Pabich. The family moved from Owen to Milwaukee and back to Abbotsford. She was born premature or as Donna would say "miniature". Her life was a miracle and she impacted many including her caregivers beyond words.

  Donna took pride in her work at the Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center. Her faith was important to her and she was always at Mass. She also expressed her caring for others by making cards for different occasions. Donna enjoyed attending badger camp, liked to fish, and loved dogs!

  Donna is survived by her two brothers: Alex (Judy) Pablich of Loudon, TN and Edward (Faerie) Pabich of Colleyville, TX; many nieces and nephews; cousins, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by parents; her sisters: Mary Ann Hollman, and Leona Jaeger, and her brother, Frank Pabich Jr.

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Harlan Everett Prestien


 

Harlan Everett Prestien, age 87, of Unity, passed away Sunday, October 11, 2015 at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, October 13 at 6:00 PM the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford. Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 PM until the time of the service on Tuesday, at the Funeral Home in Abbotsford. Interment will be in Waterloo, IA on Wednesday.

  Harlan was born on April 17, 1928 to Everett and Hilda (Bauer) Prestien in Iowa. Harlan was united in marriage to Norma Lantz on October 23, 1949 in Tripoli, IA.

  Harlan was passionate about polka music. He enjoyed watching Mollie B. polka on Saturday night. He also enjoyed milking cows, and hated to give up farming. He loved to bowl in Abbotsford and Colby and also dance. Harlan loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren. Harlan liked to watch sports, especially the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and the Wisconsin Badgers.

  Harlan is lovingly survived by his wife; Norma, his children; John Prestien of Unity and Daniel (Marlene) Prestien of Black Creek; his grandchildren; Diedre Kolbeck, D.J., Molly, Meredith and Deven and one great-grandchild; Angela Kolbeck. He is further survived by his sisters; Delores and Judy.

  Harlan is preceded in death by his parents, one brothers and one sister.

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Betty Jane Kaat


 

BETTY JANE KAAT

 

AGE: 84

 

ADDRESS: 1000 Kennedy St. Lot. 108 Rib Lake, WI

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:10 P.M. Thursday, October 8, 2015 at her residence with her family and under the care of Hope Hospice

 

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 28, 1931 in Jefferson

 

EDUCATION: Betty attended school in Wisconsin and Connecticut

 

MARRIAGE: In August of 1985, Betty married Donald Kaat and he preceded her in death on May 1, 2013

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: At the age of 15, Betty worked in the tobacco industry in Connecticut for a period of time. She then moved to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin where she worked at various jobs for a period of time. Betty then settled in Rib Lake where she worked at various local businesses. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and cooking and she liked to dance.

 

MEMBER OF: past President of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Glastbury, Connecticut

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Bertha Goodale of Rib Lake and Mary-Ann (Fiancé: Greg Henze) Goodale of Fort Atkinson

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Son: Frank E. Goodale Jr. on September 6, 2015

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: David & Steve Ingwell & Benjamin Goodale all of Fort Atkinson

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Chester (Rosemary) Fleck Jr. of Fort Atkinson & Shirley (Bill) Brandt of Janesville

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Janet Fleck in infancy

 

DECEASED FATHER: Chester Henry Fleck

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Marian Martha Bussler

 

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

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Elmer G. Blasel


 

ELMER G. BLASEL

 

AGE: 88

 

ADDRESS: Aspirus Care and Rehab Center, Medford, WI; A former Town of Little Black resident.

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:10 AM, Wednesday October 7, 2015 at Aspirus Care and Rehab, Medford where he resided at for the past three years.

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stetsonville, WI.

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. James Babler

 

INTERMENT: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Stetsonville, WI

 

VISITATION: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Friday October 9, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford, and also from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stetsonville, WI.

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: May 11, 1927 in the Town of Deer Creek, WI.

 

EDUCATION: He attended Stetsonville Elementary School, and graduated from Medford High School in 1945.

 

MARRIAGE: Married to Ilaine P. Brink on June 9, 1951 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stetsonville.

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he worked at Peterson Construction. Then he farmed in the Town of Little Black for many years, until retiring in 2008. While farming he worked at Eggert Lime Company for a period of time. He enjoyed farm auctions, playing cards, traveling, and farming.

 

MEMBER OF: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served on the Church Council for a period of time.

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Ilaine P. Blasel of Medford.

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Susan (James) Stahl of Winneconne, David (Betty) Blasel of Stetsonville, Jeanne (David) Tlusty of Deerbrook, Peggy Blasel of Stetsonville, and Dennis (Amy) Blasel of Medford.

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 16 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 10

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sisters - Edna Porter of Plover, Florence Jarvis of Menomonee Falls, Arlene (Harvey) Dassow of Wauwatosa; Half-Sisters: Alice (Don) Nelson of Stevens Point, Doris (Bruce) Dietze of Medford; Half-Brother: Allen (Sue) Blasel of Plymouth.

 

SIBLINGS DECEASED: Infant Brother, Chester Blasel.& Sister, Norma Lake

 

SURVIVING PARENTS: Step-Mother: Leona Blasel of Stetsonville.

 

DECEASED FATHER: Edwin R. Blasel

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Hattie Korth

 

PALLBEARERS: Grandsons: Matthew Stahl, Jayson Blasel, Peter Blasel, Michael Tlusty, Jeremy Blasel, Nicholas Blasel

 

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

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Janet B. Barnett


 

Janet B. Barnett, age 85, Dorchester, passed away Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, WI. Memorial service will be held Monday, October 12, at 11:00 am at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home, 203 North Fourth Street, Abbotsford, WI. Visitation will be held 10:00 am until time of service at funeral home.

  Janet was born June 6, 1930 in Eagle River, WI to Bruno and Jenny (Johnson) Ewald. Janet attended Eagle River schools and Randolph High School. She was united in marriage to August Barnett on March 31, 1948 in Randolph, WI. Janet resided in Beaver Dam, Eau Claire, Abbotsford, Eagle River for 2 years and then back to Abbotsford. She worked various jobs the most recent being a library assistant for the Abbotsford Public Library.
  She loved to garden and watch the Milwaukee Brewers.
  Janet is survived by her four children; Michael (Sue) Barnett of Madison, Lynn Gabriel of Wausau, Mark (Nancy) Barnett of Appleton, and Ellie (Dave) Block of Dorchester, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is further survived by a sister; Eileen Brower of Beaver Dam.
Janet is preceded in death by her parents, her husband; August Barnett on May 4, 2006, daughter; Vicki Barnett and siblings; Hiram Carl Ewald and Helen Ewald Peters.
  Family and friends can make online condolences to www.maurinaschilling.com

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Jerre L. Forbes


 

JERRE L. FORBES   

 

AGE:  77


ADDRESS:  1129 Landall Avenue, Rib Lake, WI  54470

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  5:25 AM, Monday, October 5 at Golden Living-Rib Lake where he had been residing for the past 2 months


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 10:00 AM Thursday, October 8 at Woodland Community Church, Westboro where there will also be military rites performed by the Westboro VFW military honors team

OFFICIATING:  Pastor Len Robinson

 

INTERMENT:  Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake 


VISITATION:  Woodland Community Church, Westboro from 9 AM until the time of services at 10 AM on Thursday, October 8

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 22, 1938 at San Antonio, Texas

EDUCATION: graduate of Artesia High School, Artesia, New Mexico; Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas; Master’s degree from Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas

MARRIAGE: November 17, 1968 in North Bend, Washington to Jane Steinke and she survives

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: US Navy veteran of the Vietnam War having served from 1961-1968.  After his education, he worked as an inspector of nuclear plants for American Nuclear Insurers while residing in Windsor Locks, CT until retirement in 2006.  In 2008, they moved to Rib Lake, WI to be near family.  He did foster care of children for 25 years.  He served as chairman of the board of the National Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a period of time.  He enjoyed his family, tools, reading, his personal library & bible study groups.


MEMBER OF:  Woodland Community Church, Westboro; Gideon’s International & did prison ministry through the Gideon’s organization; Past member of Windsor Locks Congregation, Windsor Locks, CT;

SURVIVING SPOUSE:  Jane Forbes of Rib Lake, WI

SURVIVING CHILDREN:  Rebeccah (Dave) Hopkins of Rib Lake, Chris (Jen) Forbes of North Haven, CT, Devon (Kara) Forbes of Windsor Locks, CT

 

CHILDREN DECEASED:  Son – Josean R. Forbes in 2013


# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN:  14      

DECEASED FATHER:  Lynn F. Forbes    

 

DECEASED MOTHER:  Nellye R. Yeates

URNBEARER:  John Henry Hopkins

OTHER INFORMATION:  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to Woodland Community Church in Westboro

-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Wilma M. Zastrow


 

WILMA M. ZASTROW

 

AGE: 87

 

ADDRESS: 600 E. Elm Street Abbotsford; Former City of Medford Resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:54 A.M. Sunday, October 4 at the Golden Living Center, Abbotsford where she had resided for the past 3 years.

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 10 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Deacon Joseph Stefancin

 

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery in the Township of Little Black

 

VISITATION: 10:00 A.M. until 10:50 A.M. Saturday, October 10 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 22, 1928 in the Township of Little Black

 

EDUCATION: Attended grade school at Holy Rosary, Medford graduate of Wilmette High School in Illinois and received advanced education in Bookkeeping

 

MARRIAGE: January 24, 1957 at Decorah, Iowa to Gerald W. Zastrow and he preceded her in death on May 22, 2007

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Wilma worked at Mondeaux Millwork for a period of time. She worked at Tombstone Pizza and then started in April 1977 at Time Federal as a teller until her retirement on April 30, 1991. She enjoyed gardening, canning, making maple syrup, camping, fishing and especially her family.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: 2 Daughters: Kelly (Randy) Temanson of Stratford and Jeanne (David) Baxter of Germantown
2 Sons: John (Jane) Zastrow of Spencer and Gary Zastrow of Madison

 

11 GRANDCHILDREN

 

SURVIVING SISTERS: Lucille Drost of Minnesota, Mary (Bill) Luterbach of Merrill and Rita (Sam) Way of Medford

 

SISTER DECEASED: Jeanne Surman

 

DECEASED FATHER: Paul Schupp

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Mary B. Schupp (Maiden Name: Kellnhofer)

 

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

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Rodger C. Wright


 

  Rodger C. Wright, 71 of Jump River, died Thursday, October 1,

2015 at his home with his family by his side under the care of Hope
Hospice. He was born on July 4, 1944 to the late George and
Audrey (Rose) Wright. Rodger grew up in the area attending
Woodprairie and Jump River grade schools and graduated from
Hannibal High in 1962. On August 17, 1963 he was united in
marriage to Doreen Berg in Cornell.
  Rodger started out farming, logged in the winter and worked for
Jump River Electric for 38 ½ years. His passion was for the
outdoors. Hunting here in Wisconsin and out west for big game
and snowmobiling. In 2000, he built a cabin in the mountains of
Dubois, Wyoming. He also spent countless hours riding his Harley.
  He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Doreen of Jump River, his
children, Dawn (Barry) Reidner of Dorchester, Sherri (Russ
Westrich) Wright and Kevin (Chrisie) Wright both of Jump River,
one grandson, Jason Reidner, his grand dogs, Gunner, Minnie,
Trixie and Buddy, two brothers, Mike (Debbie) Wright of Jump
River and Rocky (Debbie) Wright of Minnesota and many nieces
and nephews. Rodger is preceded in death by his parents and his
sister Barbara Foster.
  A memorial service will be at 11AM on Saturday, October 10, 2015
at Christ Community Church of Jump River with Pastor Joey Olsen
officiating. Inurnment will take place later in Mt. Nebo Cemetery. A
memorial visitation will be Friday from 4 until 8 PM at the Gilman
Funeral Home and Saturday morning from 10AM until time of
service at the church in Jump River.

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Harley L. Johnson


 

Harley L. Johnson, age 75, of Colby, passed away on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at Ministry Saint Josephs Hospital in Marshfield. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at First United Church of Christ in Colby. Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate. Inurnment to follow at Colby Memorial Cemetery with Military Honors provided by Colby VFW post #2227. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 AM until time of service Saturday at the church.

  Harley was born on April 16, 1940, the son of Salem and Edythe (Engblom) Johnson in Spokesville, Clark County. He graduated from Colby High School in 1958. Harley enlisted in the US Army in 1958 and was stationed in Germany until his honorable discharge in 1961. He was united in marriage to Miriam Kilty on June 27, 1964 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity. Harley worked for the manufacturing housing industry for many years.

  Harley enjoyed spending his summers at their cabin in Chetek, fishing, bowling, reading (especially Civil War history), observing birds and wildlife, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. His special pet was his cat Delilah. He was most known for his "dopey joke" of the day.

  Harley is survived by his wife of 51 years, Miriam of Colby; nieces and nephews: Debbie (Ron) Johnson of Batesville, IN, Mike (Cheryl) Kilty of Abbotsford, Patrick (Debbie) Kilty of Colby, Mark (Bev) Kilty of Colby and Connie (Ken) Ven Rooy of Colby; a brother-in-law, Merlin Kilty of Owen, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Gilbert and a sister, Elaine Wheatley.

  Memorials can be given to the Clark County Humane Society.

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