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WKEB Obituaries Blog Archives for 2016-08

Duane Barr


  DUANE BARR, 77, Ogema and Garden Prairie, Illinois, died at his home in Ogema on Sunday, August 28, 2016. He was born in Ogema on June 10, 1939, the son of Robert and Viola (Nelson) Barr. He was a 1957 graduate of the Prentice High School, and attended Wiscon State University in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.     He was married to Carol Lee Guzinski in Saint Theresa Catholic Church in Westboro on May 26, 1962. He was employed in the concrete construction industry his entire working career and for many of the later years operated his own concrete contracting business in Illinois. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Marengo, Illinois, and of the Bushbenders Snowmobile Club. In his free time he enjoyed snowmobiling, was an avid Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs fan, enjoyed watching auto racing and local sports..

  He is survived by his wife, Carol Lee; by five children, Brenda Barr, New York, NY, Kimberly (James), Libasci, Waukegan, Illinois, Terry (Jennifer, Wauconda, Ill, Ricky (Wendy), Sturtevant, WI, and Father Timothy, Freeport, IL; and by 9 grandchildren. He is preceded in death by one brother, Glen.
  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Thursday, September 1, at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Prentice with Father Gerald Hagen and Father Timothy Barr concelebrating the Funeral Mass. Interment will be in the Hillside Cemetery in Ogema. A Parish Wake Service will be held at the funeral home at 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday evening. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home on Wednesday after 5:00 P.M. and at the church on Thursday from 9:30 A.M. until the time of services.

  Online condolences may be expressed at

  The Heindl Funeral Home in Prentice is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.


Lita R. Poehnelt


  Lita R. Poehnelt, age 88, of Abbotsford, passed away on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at her home surrounded by her loving family.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 26, 2016  at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford.  Father Tim Oudenhoven will officiate.  Interment to follow at the Abbotsford Public Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church. 

  Lita was born on August 5, 1928, the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Mueller) Oelke in the Town of Little Black.  She graduated from Medford  High School and received a Teacher certificate from Medford Normal.  Lita taught for a few years in rural Medford.  She was united in marriage to Leo Poehnelt on November 13, 1948.  Together they farmed in Dorchester for a number of years before moving to Abbotsford.  They eventually purchased the business which became Leo's 24 hour Service where she worked as a bookkeeper.

  Lita was a woman of strong faith and devoted to her family.  She was an honorary member of St. Bernard's PCCW.  She enjoyed crafts, ceramics, knitting, baking, tending her flower garden, playing dominoes and sudoku.

  Lita is survived by her husband of 67 years, Leo of Abbotsford; six children:  Cheryl (Garrett) O'Reilly of East Troy, Karen LaPine of Abbotsford, Allen (Judy) of Medford, David (Linda) of Marshfield, Dawn (Gene) Allar of Spencer and Mark of Madison; 9 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  She is further survived by her brother, Leland (Sharon) Oelke of West Bend; two sisters-in-law, Catherine Poehnelt of Marshfield and Tina Pillar of Medford; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Alvin in infancy and Kenneth Oelke, and a son-in-law, Lawrence LaPine.


Angeline M. Gerstberger


Angeline M. Gerstberger, 96, of Rib Lake entered eternal life on Thursday, August 18, at Golden Living Center, Rib Lake where she had resided for the past 3 years.

  Angie was born on June 21, 1920 in the Town of Rib Lake to Peter & Mary (Labandz) Rezutek. She attended Mud Lake Elementary School, Town of Rib Lake. While growing up, she worked on the family farm. She married Otto Gerstberger on September 4, 1943 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Rib Lake & he preceded her in death March 3, 1990. They lived in the Town of Rib Lake and for several years & worked at the Rib Lake Cheese Factory. After the factory closed, she was employed at Gem Products Shoe Factory for 25 years until her retirement in 1986.
  Angie liked being outdoors, going for car rides and trips with her sister, Helen. She enjoyed listening to polkas and waltz music. Most of all, she enjoyed being around family members especially the young children. She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake, and a past member of its Christian Mothers and church choir.
  She is survived by two daughters, Gladys “Peggy” (Peter) Katzfey and Jean Gerstberger both of Milwaukee. Grandsons, Ryan Katzfey & fiancé Pauline Cole of Hoboken, NJ and Aaron (Leeann) Katzfey of Madison, WI. One sister, Helen Osimitz of Merrill, many nieces, nephews and other family members survive.

  Angie was preceded in death by her siblings: Gladys Gelinskey, Stephan, Julius, Benedict, Walter, Henry, Bruno, Anton & Adam Rezutek.

  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 22 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake with Father Otto Bucher officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the time of services on Monday.
  A special thank you to all Golden Living staff who extended their care, concern and friendship during her stay at the home.

  Memorial contributions in Angie’s honor may be given to Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake. For online condolences, please visit 


Larry Otto John Dassow



  April 23, 1932 – August 16, 2016

   Larry Otto John Dassow, 84, was born on April 23, 1932, to Bernard and Elaine (Fischer) Dassow in their home in Perkinstown, Wisconsin. The oldest son in a family of seven boys, Larry and his brothers grew up on the family farm in Medford. After graduating from high school, he went to the University of Wisconsin in Madison and studied Agricultural Education. There he met Annamae Kohn, who had grown up in Rib Lake, Wis. They married directly after graduation and Larry joined the Air Force and became a pilot. After his service, he continued to go to school and earned a degree in Electrical Engineering, as well as a Masters in Electrical Engineering and an MBA. Larry and Ann had three children, Mary, Kay and Paul. They lived in Red Bank, New Jersey, for five years where Larry worked for Bell Labs. In 1965 they moved to Sunnyvale, CA, and Larry worked for Hewlett-Packard. In 1976, he took a transfer to the HP location in Ft. Collins, CO, where he finished over 30 years with HP; the family resided in Loveland. Larry was a city councilman in Loveland from 1996-2000. In lieu of running for another term, he chose to step down in order to care for Ann during the last ten years of her life as she suffered from a variety of health issues. Ann passed away in December of 2006 after over 50 years of marriage. His servant heart was then put to use driving for SAINT and most recently, also delivering Meals on Wheels.

     Larry loved the Lord Jesus Christ and he and his family were always very involved in their church life. He even helped start the Loveland congregation, Prince of Peace Lutheran. Larry was a hard-worker, always offering to help anyone in need. He had a ready smile and was interested in others more than himself. Those who knew him could see the presence of the Lord in him; he epitomized the fruits of the Spirit: ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’I  n 2006 Larry met Claudette Cherniss, and in 2010 they were married at Prince of Peace. They have since transitioned to Mt. Olive Lutheran, where his service will be held.

      Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Claudette of Loveland, CO his three children, Mary Mitchell of Tucson, AZ, Kay King of Seaside, OR, and Paul Dassow of Chattanooga, TN. Also his brothers Harvey (Arlene) of Wauwatosa, Duane (Peggy) of Burlington, Everett of Milwaukee, Delmar (Helen) of Stetsonville, and Garry of Hoisington, KS. In addition, he had eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Preceding him in death are his first wife, Annamae, and his brother Eugene Dassow.
  Funeral services for Larry will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 27 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey with Rev. Randall Jeppesen officiating. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake following the funeral luncheon.
     Larry was deeply loved by many and will be greatly missed.
      In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.
For online condolences, please visit


Douglas A. Thums


  Douglas A. Thums, 72, of Westboro, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family on Sunday August 21, 2016.

  Doug was born March 7, 1944 to Leonard and Lorraine (Griffin) Thums, in Rib Lake, WI. He is a graduate of Rib Lake High School. Doug had been previously married three times.
  He is survived by his significant other of twenty three years: Diane Dittrich of Westboro, Children: Lanny (Deanna) Thums of Westboro, Scott (Shelly) Thums of Rib Lake, Cameron (Page) Thums of Rib Lake. Stephchildren: Kelly, Lindsey, Kristen, Danny, Ricky, Seven grandchildren, and his best companion, Bear.       He is further survived by two Brothers: Richard Thums, Robert (Sandra) Thums both of Rib Lake, Sisters: Arlene Fallos of Rib Lake, Alice Corbisier of Cudahy, Phyllis (Michael) Kolecheck of Rib Lake.
  Doug is preceded in death by his Parents, and Brothers in Law: Claude Fallos and Francis Corbisier.
  Doug worked with the 139 Operating Union at Merrill Sand and Gravel. Doug was proud of his community and enjoyed constructing and restoring buildings. In 1974 he built Little Rib and Pebble Valley Mobile Home Parks. He also owned Rustic Trail and The Other Corner Restaurants in Westboro. He also was a logger throughout his entire life, and enjoyed working in the woods. Doug will always be remembered as being a hard worker.

  He was a member of 139 Operating Union and Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

  A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday August 25, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake, With Father Otto Bucher. Interment will follow St. Ann’s Cemetery, Town of Greenwood, Wisconsin. Scott Thums, Jr., Brock Thums, Dakota Thums, Mark Fallos, Jeremy Dassow, Andy Thums will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 PM, Wednesday August 24, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake, a prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM, and visitation will resume Thursday morning at Good Shepherd at 9:00 – 10:45 AM.

  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements.
  Memorial donations in honor of Douglas A. Thums can be given to his family, for designation at a later date. Online condolences can be left at


Beverly P. Christianson




AGE: 85


ADDRESS: 316 South 3rd Street, Medford, WI


PLACE, DATE OF DEATH: Her residence, Sunday August 21, 2016.


IME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Wednesday August 24, 2016 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville.


OFFICIATING: Rev. James Babler


INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery II


VISITATION: 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Wednesday August 24, 2016 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville.


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 23, 1930 in Janesville, Wisconsin.


EDUCATION: High School Graduate from Medford Sr. High


MARRIAGE: Married Rodney Christianson on September 16, 1948. Rodney preceded her in death October 2, 2006.


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Beverly worked for the Medford CO-OP when it was at its location downtown. She then went on to work as a secretary and book keeper for Memorial Hospital in Medford. Upon her retirement, she helped with secretarial work for her Husband’s Rodney carpentry business, and also H & R Block. She enjoyed sewing, ceramics, making scrubbies and working in her yard. Beverly loved bowling, and was a part of many leagues in town.


MEMBER OF: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Jeanette (J.D.) Harries of Medford, , Paul of Wausau, Mark (Gloria) and Dennis (Patti) both of Medford, and her beloved Rat Terrier dog, Bug.


DAUGHTER DECEASED: Daughter Gail Lindahl




SURVIVING BROTHER: Brother; Jim Anderson of Waupaca, WI.


DECEASED FATHER: Clarence Anderson




The family of Beverly would like to send a sincere thank you to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care for the care and compassion they showed to their Mother and Grandmother.


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in honor of Beverly can be given to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care or Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.
-For online condolences, please visit 


John Piater


John Piater      


AGE: 99


ADDRESS: 3102 Cranberry Lake Road, Weyerhauser, WI, formerly of Medford.


PLACE & DATE OF DEATH: His residence in Weyerhauser, Thursday August 18, 2016


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Saturday August 27, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford.


OFFICIATING: Rev. James Krueger


INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery II


VISITATION: 9:00 – 11:00 AM, Saturday August 27, 2016 at Immanuel Lutheran Church.


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: January 12, 1917 in Fort Dodge, Iowa


EDUCATION: Attended Fairfield School


MARRIAGE: Married Ruby Jari on June 25, 1941in Dubuque, Iowa


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After school John went on to work at the Civilian Conservation Corp. John then went on to work as a dairy and mink farmer. He then worked for Little Black Insurance Company where he did repair work, and then went on to work for Taylor Electric and cleared brush for the power lines. He then became the road boss for the Town of Browning. He enjoyed welding, ice fishing, hunting, going to auctions and gardening.


MEMBER OF: Immanuel Lutheran Church


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Sharon (Thomas) Fuhrmann of Weyerhaeuser


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Andy, Susanna, Johanna, Margaret






PALLBEARERS: Mitch Paur, Darryl Lenhard, Dave Bizer, Bruce Jari, Paul Wuetrich, Dale Williams


OTHER INFORMATION: Memorial Donation in honor of John can be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church.
-For online condolences, please visit 


James E. Schoelzel


James E. Schoelzel, age 77, of Colby passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2016 at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate.  Interment with Military Honors will be provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227 at Colby Memorial Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 22 and on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

  James was born on February 27, 1939, the son of Rudolph and Olivia (Gutenberger) Schoelzel in Colby.  He graduated from Colby High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marines and served from 1958-1961.  James later joined the U. S. Army in 1963, retiring in 1981.  During his 20 years of service, he was stationed in Vietnam, Korea, Germany and the U.S.

  James was united in marriage to Linda Greziak in 1967 and Martha Miller in 1976, both preceded him in death.  He was united in marriage to Bonnie Bender on December 10, 2004 in Colby.  James was an avid Packers and Brewers fan, loved sports and bowling.

  James is survived by his wife, Bonnie of Colby; two step-sons, Michael (Teri) Buhmeyer of Janesville and Douglas "Pat" Buhmeyer of Beloit; his siblings:  Darlene Wachtendonk, Jerry (Joan) Schoelzel, Darnell (Janice) Schoelzel, Emerita Phillips, Ronald Schoelzel, Sandy (George) Hudak and Connie (Duane) Stine; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law:  Alice Schoelzel, Linda Schoelzel, Edith Schoelzel, Ramona Schoelzel, Wayne Seefeld and Jim Marth.  He is further survived by many nieces and nephew, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives, Linda and Martha; brother, sisters and in-laws:  Rudolph Jr. (Kathy), DuWayne, Edward Wachtendonk, Doris (Obert) Chamberlain, Lyle, Beatrice Marth, Ione (Gene) Pipkorn, Ray Phillips, Audris (Ralph) Gaetz, Ruth Schoelzel, Glen, Patricia Seefeld, Arlyn, Dennis, Albert and Korliss (John) Uhlig and several nieces and nephews.

  Family and friends may express condolences online at


John J. Schilling


  John J. Schilling, 65, of Dorchester, passed away at his home on Tuesday August 9, 2016.

  John was born in Prentice, WI, November 20, 1950 to Edward and Elizabeth Schilling.
  He is survived by Significant Other: Ruth Dassow of Dorchester, Sons: Jason (Lisa) Schilling of Marshfield, Travis Schilling of Medford, Grandaughters: Marisa and Kaylie Schilling of Medford, Mother: Elizabeth Schilling, Siblings: Jim Schilling of Stetsonville, Kenny (Brenda) Schilling of Rib Lake, Tommy (Linda) Schilling of Medford, Danny Schilling of Medford, Paul (Cindy) Schilling of Medford, Steve (Lori) Schilling of Medford, Jean (Wesley) Singleton of Medford, Betty (Doug) Acker of Marathon, Kathy (Ed) Graff of Dorchester, Mary (Ed) Laher of Medford, Grace (Pat) Tischendorf of Medford, and many nieces and nephews.
  He is preceded in death by his Father: Edward Schilling.
  John worked for the City of Medford on the Street Crew for 15 years, and then went on to log, helping on farms throughout the community, and then worked for Switlicks and Sons Construction and Fur Foods.
  John loved to take part in and attend tractor and truck pulls, and also demolition derbies. He also enjoyed helping his sons with their demo derby  cars. John raced Enduro Cars on dirt track for a period of time. He lived for deer hunting and fishing. He took pleasure in watching Western Movies, going for car rides, cutting firewood with his best friend Mitch Stillman and eating a Big Mac. He was a member of Whitetails Unlimited.
  John will always be remembered for his quick wit and sarcastic sense of humor.
  A Celebration of Life will take place on Friday August 12, 2016 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM, at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel. A prayer service will be Vheld at 6:00 PM, with Deacon Joe Stefancin officiating.

  Cremation rites will be accorded.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of John J. Schilling can be given to his family, for designation at a later date.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at


Lucille M. Pitzke



Lucille May Pitzke      


AGE: 91 


ADDRESS:  Aspirus Care and Rehab, Medford


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  10:00 AM Monday, August 15, at Aspirus Care and Rehab, Medford where she had resided for the past 3 years.


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Thursday, August 18 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville.

OFFICIATING:  Rev. James H. Babler


INTERMENT: Zion Ev. Lutheran Cemetery, Stetsonville


VISITATION:  Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville from 9:00 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM Thursday August 18.


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH:  February 16, 1925 in the Town of Deer Creek

EDUCATION: She was a graduate of Pleasant Valley Grade School, Medford High School, and Wausau Technical College.

MARRIAGE: June 1, 1946 at Stetsonville to Daniel W. Pitzke and he preceded her in death April 30, 1990


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After marriage they resided in Milwaukee for a period of time. In 1949 they returned to the Stetsonville area. Lucille did clerical work in Wausau, Milwaukee, and Medford. She also worked at the Farm and Home Administration until she retired in 1986. In her retirement she did volunteer work. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, sewing, quilting, cooking, and playing the harmonica.


MEMBER OF:  Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville, Zion Ladies Aid, Thrivent Financial, Stetsonville American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and Medford VFW Auxiliary


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughter: Karen (Lyle) Hansel of Murrells Inlet, SC


CHILDREN DECEASED: Daughter: Sharon S. Pitzke in 1993


SURVIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Anne Allard of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands      


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: One Sister: Geraldine Fierke, Three brothers: Jerome, Bucky, and Marvin Steevens


DECEASED FATHER: Henry R. Steevens     


DECEASED MOTHER: Emma Louisa (Carstensen) Steevens


PALLBEARERS: Her nephews


OTHER INFORMATION:  Memorials may be made to Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville


Dorwin E.McVicker


Dorwin E. McVicker, 84 of Jump River, died Sunday, August

14, 2016 at his home under the care of Hope Hospice. He was
born on July 19, 1932 in Medford to the late Earl and Leslia
(Daughenbaugh) McVicker. He was raised in the area and
married Marilyn Guite on March 29, 1956 in Minnesota.
  Dorwin started working for the Taylor County Highway Dept.
but then entered the Army and served his country during the
Korean Conflict from 1952-54. He returned to Jump River and
worked for the Taylor County Highway Dept. until 1974. Dorwin
then worked at Jack Pine Division until 1980 and he retired.
  Dorwin was a member of Hugh Warner VFW Post 2977, the
Sheldon American Legion and the Jump River Lions Club. He
enjoyed playing baseball in his early years, horseshoes,
fishing and hunting.
  He is survived by his children, Donald “Tiny” (Kathy) McVicker,
Dale McVicker, Cheryl McVicker, Lisa McVicker and April “Pee
Wee” McVicker all of Jump River, Kelly (Richard) Keller of
Crivitz, Tina (Jim) Facer of Dover, Delaware and Deanna
McVicker of Gilman, 6 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren,
1 great great grandchild and his sister, Virginia Keepers of
Springfield, MO. Dorwin is preceded in death by his wife,
Marilyn, his parents, three children, Angela, Ira and Joseph, 2
grandchildren, Francis and Johnathon and his sister Vivian.
  A funeral service take place at 11AM on Saturday, August 20,
2016 at the Jump River Community Center with Rev. Joey
Olsen officiating. Burial will follow in Mt. Nebo Cemetery.
Visitation will be Friday from 4-8 PM at the Gilman Funeral
Home and Saturday one hour prior to services at the
Community Center.


Allen E. Stange


Allen E. Stange, age 84, of Abbotford, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2016, at his cabin in the Town of Holway.

  Allen was born on September 19, 1931, the son of Clarence and Linda (Scheer) Stange in the Town of Green Grove. Linda later married Neil Oestrich who became an important factor in his life. He attended elementary school in Green Grove. Allen joined the US Army and served during the Korean War. He was united in marriage to Virginia Marie Treankler on December 29, 1952, at Saint Bernard’s Rectory in Abbotsford. Together they raised 7 children. Allen was a journeyman welder at Central Burner and Boiler of Marshfield for 28 years until his retirement in 1994.

  Allen was a member of Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed deer and elk hunting and trout fishing in the Sioux river. His hobbies include metal detecting, making firewood and maple syrup, picking berries, gardening, flower shopping and playing cards. But most of all, just being at the cabin and enjoying the outdoors.

  Allen is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Virginia, of Abbotsford and seven children, Rhonda Hoesly of Spencer, Jeff (Cheryl) Stange of Spencer, Scott (Donna) Stange of Unity, Randy (Mary Ann) Stange of Abbotsford, Pam (Jim) Resech of Curtiss, Michelle (Paul) Socwell of Medford and Sondra (Mark Rausch) Stange  of Abbotsford; 21 grandchildren, Matthew, Maynard, Michael, Mariah, Wayde, Gavin, Darby, Danielle, Dominique, Monica, Ryan, Beth, Adam, Codey, Elizabeth, Jasiah, Zachary, Haley, Kendra, Jarrett and Makayla and 17 great grandchildren. He is further survived by his brothers and sister, Harold (Jackie) Stange of Colby, Lyle (Alice) Stange of Milwaukee and Jean (Chuck) Montgomery of Waukesha.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Joseph Stange and a son in law, John Hoesly.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2016, at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby. Father Peter Manickam will preside. Interment will be at Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Colby with full military rites conducted by the Colby VFW Post 2227. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until time 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Serving as Allen’s pallbearers are, Codey Stange, Wayde Hoesly, Gavin Hoesly, Matthew Stange, Maynard Stange, Michael Stange, Ryan Stange, Zachary Stange and Jarrett Rausch.

  In lieu of flowers a memorial will be designated at a later date. Family and friends may express condolences online at


Galen T. Zielinski


Galen Todd  Zielinski     


AGE:  49


ADDRESS:  218 N 2nd Street Abbotsford, WI


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  Aspirus Wausau Hospital on August 7, 2016 at 2:04PM


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: A private family memorial service will take place at a later date.


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: McCleary, Washington, January 14, 1967


EDUCATION: 1985 graduate of Medford High School


MARRIAGE: Married to Melanie (Epson) Zielinski on April 10, 1987 and she survives


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After high school Galen worked as a trucker for various companies. He loved being outdoors, going to flea markets, spending time with his family and friends, and working on cars.


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Melanie (Epson) Zielinski of Abbotsford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Brandon (Kim) Zielinski of Antigo, Cassandra (Sam Hoffman) of Merrill, Galen (Blaine) Zielinski Jr. of Medford, and his two dogs Beau Beau, a teddy bear, and Daisey Mae, a dachshund.


LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Mitchell, Kylee, Grayson         


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Ken (Diane) Zielinski of Plover, Tammie Zielinski of Abbotsford, Michael (Mary Jo) Zielinski of Kronenwetter, Jeanine (Donald Jr.) Bartelt of Medford, Darla (Jeff) Piller of Medford, Leslie Marquard of Dorchester.






SURVIVING MOTHER:Viola Gertrude (Smith) Zielinski


DECEASED FATHER: Lester Robert Zielinski    


OTHER INFORMATION:  In lieu of flower, contributions may be given to the family for a future designation.

-For online condolences, please visit 


Lyndoll L. Wells


Colonel Lyndoll L. Wells died Saturday, August 6, 2016 with family by her side under the care of Aspirus Care and Rehabilitation-Medford and Hope Hospice.

  Lyndoll, the third child of Bonnie (Alexander) and Harry Wells, was born on 17 September 1930 in Kincaid, IL. She spent her early years in Illinois before moving with her family to Michigan. She attended kindergarten and first grade in Michigan and then settled with her family in the Town of Hammel in Medford, WI. She attended Meadowbrook School and Medford High School. In 1946, her family moved to West Plains, MO where Lyndoll finished her last two years of high school. After high school, Lyndoll attended the Methodist Hospital School of Nursing, Memphis, Tennessee and became a registered nurse in 1951.
  Always interested in flying, Lyndoll joined the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps in 1952. During her service in the Air Force she received her Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from the University of WI, Madison and her Master's Degree in Nursing Service Administration from the University of MN. In the Air Force she attended the Air Force Flight Nurse Course and served as an aeromedical flight nurse from 1959 to 1961. While in the Air Force, Lyndoll had assignments in Cheyenne, WY; Cambridge, England; Clovis, NM; Wrightstown, NJ and Montgomery, AL. In 1966, Lyndoll resigned from the Air Force and worked in the private sector for a year. In 1967 she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and was assigned to Fort Gordon, GA where she was an instructor in the military equivalent of a Licensed Practical Nurse school. In 1971 she was assigned to the U.S. Army Surgeon General’s Office. In this assignment she was the first nurse ever assigned to the team responsible for planning and designing U.S. Army hospitals and clinics.
  Lyndoll retired from the Army in 1975 and started her own business as a consultant in hospital planning and design. For nine years she worked with the Nemours Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE supporting the construction of a modern replacement children’s hospital.

  Lyndoll was an avid historian and loved to read about the leaders of the United States and explore the estates of the Revolutionary War leaders and the Civil War battlefields. She was also a woman always on the go. During her life she visited all 50 states and all seven continents. She saw world capitals, walked with penguins, climbed high in the Andes and explored the depths of canyons.
  Lyndoll is survived by her nephews and nieces: Dale of Allen, TX; Bruce and his wife Sharon (Emmerich) of Mount Vernon, IL; Dawn of Medford, WI; Pamela and her husband Bruce Emmerich of Phillips, WI; David and his wife Mary (Kretschmer) of Melissa, TX; 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) of Medford, WI; James and significant other Sandi Kuenne of Medford, WI; and Melody and her husband Tim Mueller of Mosinee, WI; 28 grandnieces and nephews and 26 great grandnieces and nephews.
  Lyndoll was preceded in death by her parents, Harry Wells and Bonnie (Alexander) Wells; brothers, Delbert and James; and a nephew, Ethan John.
  Visitation will be held Thursday, August 11, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, from 4:00 – 5:00 PM. A memorial service will follow at 5:00 PM with Pastor Lowell Bolstad officiating.
Full Military Honors will follow the Memorial Service.
Honorary pallbearers are the members of the Military Honors Team. Active pallbearers will be members of her family.
  A private burial service will be held at a future date.
  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Lyndoll’s name to Hope Hospice, Medford or Aspirus Medford Hospital Foundation.
Hemer Funeral Service has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be left at


Jean A. Nowak


Jean A. Nowak, 57, Stetsonville, went home to be with her Lord on Saturday, August 6, 2016 after a long and courageous battle with illness.

  Jean was born on April 8, 1959 in Milwaukee and was shortly thereafter adopted by John and Hildegard (Heilman) Zindar She graduated from Sheboygan South High School and attended the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire where she earned degrees in elementary education and special education. She continued her education and later earned a Master’s Degree from University of Wisconsin LaCrosse

  On July 2, 1983, she was united in marriage to David Nowak. The couple lived in St. Nazianz, Wisconsin for three years where Jean taught 3rd and 4th Grade at St. Gregory’s.

  Jean and David moved to Stetsonville where Jean taught for many years at Dorchester Elementary and later at Colby Elementary. She loved being with children and had a special place in her heart for children with disabilities. This quiet, unassuming woman leaves behind a legacy that will stand as an inspiration to her former students, children, and family.

  Jean was very involved with not only her students at school but also with the children and teens at her church. In addition to her church activities, she loved spending time with her family and friends at their cabin where she marveled at the beauty of God’s creation and especially the loons, which she loved watching. Jean’s gentle quiet spirit and warm smile will be missed by all who knew her.

  In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons Adam and Rebecca of Eagan MN, Aaron and significant other Tera and her son Shaun, of Humbird, Wisconsin and her brother John Zindar of Jersey City, New Jersey.

  She is preceded in death by her parents John and Hildegard Zindar and infant grandson Deagan.

  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday, August 7, 2016 at Abbotsford Evangelical Free Church where the visitation will be held from 12:00 pm until service time. Rev. Bruce Jahnke will officiate. Burial will take place in Evergreen Cemetery II, Medford.

  In honor of Jean, memorials can be made to Special Olympics and Apple Crisis Pregnancy Center of Eau Claire. Rembs Funeral Homes of Marshfield has been entrusted with arrangements.

Condolences may be sent online to


Harriet A. Meyer


Harriet A. Meyer, age 94 of Medford, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 5, 2016 at Country Gardens Assisted Living in Medford. 

  Memorial services will take place at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford with Deacon Joseph Stefancin officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford. Cremainal inurnment will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford. 

  Harriet was born on September 20, 1921 in Medford, the daughter of Walter & Anna Wesle.  She attended Medford Area Schools and graduated from Medford Area High School. Harriet married Raymond F. Meyer on Nov. 8, 1941 in Medford.  Raymond passed away on April 6, 1982.

  After their marriage they lived in Marshfield for a year and then moved to Dorchester where they farmed.  After retirement they returned to the Medford area.

  Harriet was a faithful member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. She volunteered many hours in the lunch program and the reading program at the Holy Rosary Catholic School. Harriet was an accomplished seamstress. She enjoyed sewing for her grandchildren, baking, going for walks and she loved spending time with her friends and family.

  She is survived by her five children, James Meyer of Medford, Mary (Gerald) Gonnering of Dorchester, Sharon (Tom) Bychinski, of Reedsburg, Joanne (Dennis) Kroening of Edgar, and Jeffrey (Carol) Meyer of Medford.    In addition to her children she is survived by a sister Joan (Harold) Bizer and a sisters-in-law Dorothy Wesle of Medford, Marion Meyer of Holcombe, Anna Meyer of Park Falls and Lydia Meyer of Medford, 18 grandchildren, Kevin, Brad, Nate, Phillip, Debbie, Sandy, Kim, Kelly, Glen, Tina, Todd, Christopher, Scott, Clint, Codi, Abby, Haley and Jacki, and 29 Great-Grandchildren.

  In addition to her parents and husband, Harriet was preceded in death by her sister Audrey Klingbeil, brother Glen Wesle, brothers-in-law Alvin, Paul, Art, Clifford, Roy & Ralph Meyer, sisters-in-law Leona Diers & Evelyn Martin. 

  Honorary Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.

  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to her family to be designated at a later date to Country Gardens and Holy Rosary Catholic School.


Henry A Hoffmann



AGE: 99


ADDRESS:  Township of Little Black, WI


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Our House Assisted Living in Medford while in the care of Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: A graveside committal service will take place at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, August 6, 2016 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Little Black


OFFICIATING:  Pastor David Clements


INTERMENT:     St. Mary’s Cemetery in Little Black


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 14, 1917 on the homestead farm in the Township of Little Black


MARRIAGE: On February 10, 1943 Henry married Evangaline Krueger and they were later divorced. He then married Blanch Warren on July 29, 1969 and she preceded him in death on February 19, 2004


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Henry lived and farmed on the homestead in the town of Little Black his entire life until he moved to Our House Assisted Living in Medford 8 years ago. He enjoyed collecting tractors.


SURVIVING DAUGHTER: Janet (August) Steffen of Mosinee


GRANDCHILDREN DECEASED: Timothy & Jeffrey Steffen & Sandra Berger


# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN:    3: Gary Steffen of Wausau, Thomas (Michelle) Steffen of Wausau & Nicholas Steffen of Mosinee      GR-GRANDCHILDREN:   6: Terri (Nichole) Berger, Jessi Utecht & Kasse Berger all of Mosinee, Paige, Pierce, Payton & Prentis Steffen all of Wausau         GR. GR. GRANDCHILDREN:  4: Eli Utecht, Seth, Leon & Sid Burger all of Mosinee


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Lawrence & Robert Hoffmann, Louise Kostroski, Ann Byrne, Bertha Berger & Barbara Erben


DECEASED FATHER: Anton Hoffmann  

DECEASED MOTHER: Bertha Baldermann




Lorraine L. Krug


Lorraine L. Krug, 76, of Stetsonville, passed away Monday August 1, 2016 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Lorraine was born May 28, 1940 in Clark County, WI to Elmer and Amelia (Hamm) Neitzel. She graduated from Medford Sr. High School in 1958. She then married George A. Krug on August 9, 1958 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Holway. George survives.

  Lorraine is further survived by her children: Dianne (Lynn) Jochimsen of Medford, Dawn (Jerry) Brink of Medford, Gary (Sara) Krug of Exeland, seven grandchildren; Justin (Shannon) Brink of Madison, Jenna Brink of Madison, Ashley (Oleksiy) Kuprin of Chippewa Falls, Andrew (Courtney) Krug of Auburndale, Logan Jochimsen of Eau Claire, Courtney Krug of Oshkosh, Garrett (Paige Jewell) of Exeland,  five great grandchildren Corey, Amelia, Theodore, Hailey and Brysen, and her Chihuahua; Lila.

  She is preceded in death by her Parents, and Sister Thelma Buchholz.

  Following her marriage, George and Lorraine lived on her family farm for 3 years before purchasing their first home west of Stetsonville, where they lived for 25 years. She worked for Medford and Holway schools in the kitchen. She then went on to work for Weather Shield Millwork Division for 26 years, and retired from there in 2003. In her retirement she loved her home on North Twin Lake where she enjoyed rides on her pontoon and paddle boating.  She took pleasure in working on plastic canvas, listening to country music, watching the Green Bay Packers and most of all, spending time with her family and friends.
  She was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Holway, and a Charter Member of Pine Creek Snowmobile Club, and the Stetsonville American Legion Women’s Auxilliary.

  A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday August 6, 2016 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Holway. Rev. Lowell Bolstad will officiate. Cremainal inurnment will follow at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 – 7:00 PM, Friday August 5, at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, and also one hour prior the service at church.

  Memorial Donations in honor of Lorraine Krug can be given to her family, for designation at a later date.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at


Minnie A. Nichols


Minnie A. Nichols, age 78 of Gilman, WI was called to her heavenly home on

Sunday, July 31, 2016 after a four month courageous battle with brain
cancer.  She passed away at home surrounded by the love of her family and
under the care of Hope Hospice.
  Minnie was born July 23, 1938 in Lublin, WI to Leon and Martha (Lisieski)
Pawlicki.  She grew up in rural Lublin and graduated from Thorp High School
in 1958.  On August 27, 1960, Minnie married Leonard Nichols of Gilman at
St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lublin.  Together they lived and worked on
their dairy farm and raised six children.  Through the years, Minnie has
worked as a homemaker, for Drangle Foods, Gilman Nursing Home, SS Peter
& Paul Catholic Church and Meadowbrook Cemetery, all located in Gilman.
She had a deep passion for her family, flowers, gardening, cooking, canning
and fishing and touched the hearts of everyone that knew her.    Minnie will
be remembered for her many stylish hats, bright colors and loving heart.  A
member of the church Rosary Society, she instilled and showed her family the
importance of love, faith and so much more.
  She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Leonard; six children: Deanna
(Chad) Hoyord of Eau Claire, Randy (Karen), Dennis (Terri), Dianna (friend
Mike Seng) Nichols, Roger (Tina) and Lenny Nichols all of Gilman; 15
grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; a brother: Louis Pawlicki of Chippewa
Falls and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her
parents; a sister: Leona Wisnewski; and brothers: Adam, Vince and Casey
  The Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 11:
00 AM at SS Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Gilman.  Burial will be in the parish
cemetery.  Friends may call on Wednesday, August 3rd from 4-8 PM at the
Gilman Funeral Home with a 7:30 PM Rosary; and again, at the church on
Thursday, one hour prior to services.
  The family would like to thank the community of Gilman, family and friends,
Hope Hospice, Wausau Aspirus Hospital and Cancer Center, the doctors,
nurses and staff and Marshfield Clinic for their care and kindness through
Minnie’s illness.  


Kathryn "Kathi" A. Thielke




AGE: 70


ADDRESS: Medford


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 2:20 PM Saturday, July 30 at her residence in the City of Medford under the loving care of her family and Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Graveside committal services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 3 at Medford Evergreen Cemetery


OFFICIATING: Rev. David Clements


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 4, 1946 at Medford


EDUCATION: Medford area elementary schools, and was a 1964 graduate of Medford High School


MARRIAGE: In 1967 at Medford to Jim Mildbrand and they were later divorced


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: She worked as a housewife & mother for most of her life. She worked as a secretary at Northcentral Technical College for a period of time. She enjoyed ceramics, sewing, animals, stamping, scrapbooking & creative writing.


MEMBER OF: Community United Church of Christ, Medford; Past member of the Royal Rough Riders


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Son – James “Jim” Mildbrand, Jr. of Medford


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother – Bruce (Thressa) Thielke of Withee


DECEASED FATHER: Donovan Wilson Thielke


DECEASED MOTHER: Elvera Fern Talbot Thielke


OTHER INFORMATION: Further survived by nieces/nephews: Barb (Dennis) Lato of Withee, Dan (Diane) Thielke of New Richmond, Bill (Michele) Thielke of Chippewa Falls, Doug (Bonnie) Thielke of Curtiss
-Memorial contributions may be given to the family for a future designation
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Mattie Mae Steedley


Mattie Mae Steedley, 77, currently of Abbotsford, formerly of Menomonie, passed away Saturday July 30, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Abbotsford.

  Mattie was born March 4, 1939 in Eau Claire to Daniel and Mary Elizabeth Steedley. She married Donald V. Weber on May 16, 1961, he preceded her in death in 1999.
  Mattie is survived by her children: Donna Bauer of Onalaska, Rhonda Weber of Medford, Ernest Ransom of Mankato, MN, Dawn (Randy) Krause of Westboro, grandchildren: Ross Bauer, Ashley Weber Raddle, Tessa Krause, and Chris Krause.
  She is further preceded in death by her Parents Daniel and Mary Elizabeth Steedley, her Siblings; Robert and Joseph Jackson Steedley, and Mary (Betty) Tognoni.
Mattie was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, and friend. She enjoyed cooking, spending time with her children and grandchildren, and meeting and talking with people. She truly loved her “dog” Pumpkin.
Cremation rites have been accorded; a grave side prayer service will take place at 10:30 AM, Saturday August 13, 2016 at St. Henry’s Parish Cemetery in Eau Galle, with Father Jerome Hoeser officiating.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Mattie Steedley can be given to her family, for designation at a later date.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements, online condolences can be left at




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