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Joan "JoAnn" E. Simek


 

JOAN “JoAnn” E. SIMEK

 

AGE: 83

 

ADDRESS: Country Gardens Assisted Living, Medford

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:20 AM Sunday, January 29 at Aspirus Country Gardens, Medford where she had resided for the past 4 years

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 1:30 PM on Saturday, February 4 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. James Krueger

 

INTERMENT: Zion Ev. Lutheran Cemetery, Stetsonville

 

VISITATION: 5-8 PM on Friday, February 3 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford where there will be a 6:00 PM VFW Auxiliary service held that evening; visitation will also be held from 12:30 PM until the time of services at 1:30 PM at the church on Saturday, February 4

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 16, 1933 at Medford

 

EDUCATION: Medford area elementary schools, graduate of Medford High School and Taylor County Normal School, Medford

 

MARRIAGE: In March of 1955 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford to Ronald “Ron” L. Simek and they were later divorced

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: They farmed in the Town of Ogema for a period of time. Moved to Medford where they co-owned/co-operated Tombstone Tap Tavern. From 1962-1986 she was active as a co-owner & treasurer of Tombstone Pizza Corp. in Medford. She served for periods of time on the Medford City Council, Memorial Hospital Board, Medford Library Board, Marshfield Hospital & Clinic Board, Medford VFW Auxiliary where she was past treasurer, president & historian. She was also a past president & treasurer of the Wisconsin VFW Auxiliary.

 

MEMBER OF: Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Rhonda (Robert) Cummings, Jeffrey (Lisa) Simek & Wendy (Brian) Cummings all of Ogema, Tony (Sandra) Simek of Cody, WY

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 12 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 15

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brothers – William (Evie) Matheus of West Bend, WI & Robert (Venita) Matheus of Beaver Dam, WI

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brother – Donald Matheus

 

DECEASED FATHER: William A. Matheus

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Anne N.(Feggestad) Matheus

 

PALLBEARERS: Grandsons – Jeremy Wolfe, Brandon, Jasen & Garrett Cummings, Ben & Josef Simek

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the Medford VFW Auxiliary
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Doris E. Griesbach


 

  Doris E. Griesbach, 81, of Westboro, died on Sunday, January 29th, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau.

  Doris is survived by 3 sons; Alvin & Jayne of Stanley, Rick & Renee and Tim & Pam of Westboro, 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren, 2 sisters and 1 brother: Viola Zlinski of Medford, Nonie & Richard Zugier of Boyd,and Vaughn & Amy Smith of Owen.

  A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 4th, 2017 at the Jump River Community Center with Rev.Jeremy Allard officiating. Doris’ family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until service time on Saturday at the Community Center.

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Marcella "Marcy" A. Budrus


 

 

  MARCELLA A. "MARCY" BUDRUS, age 93, of Thorp, WI, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Miller Alternative Care, in Thorp.  A prayer service will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Thorp Funeral Home, conducted by Fr. Madanu Lourdu Raju.  Visitation will be held at Thorp Funeral Home, on Saturday, from 9:30am until time of service.  Burial will follow at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, in Lublin, WI.

     Marcella Angela Budrus was born on April 4, 1923 in Lublin, WI, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Grajek) Budrus.  She was raised in the Lublin area, where she went to grade school, graduated from Owen High School in 1940, and earned her teaching degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus. Marcy taught English at Gilman High School until she retired. She was known to be a tough and caring teacher to all her students.
    Marcy had many interests, but especially loved quilting, gardening (flowers and vegetables), reading books, and watching Western movies. She always had a beautiful garden filled with unique plants. She appreciated beautiful collectables and filled her house with them.
     She loved spending time with all her family and taught many of her nieces how to sew and do other crafts. Marcy enjoyed traveling, in particular her trip to Germany and her many visits to Minneapolis to go shopping at the Oval Room at Dayton's for her yearly wardrobe update, including lunch at the Nankin.
     She was also an avid sports fan, including the local Lublin baseball team, Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers, and she loved her dogs Aisha and Spike, and is now feeding them treats once again.
     Survived by her best friend and lifetime companion: Frank Sweda of Lublin;  two brothers:  George (Bernice) Budrus of Mosinee, and Edward Budrus of Appleton; many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.
     Marcy was preceded in death by her parents;  two sisters: Agnes Gryczkowski and Margaret (Edwin) Klewicki; and one sister-in-law: Wanda Budrus.
     Marcy's family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the staff at Miller Alternative, in Thorp, for filling her last years with love, care and comfort.

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Ira Lamar Martin


 Ira Lamar Martin, age 54, of the town of Brighton, Stratford, WI, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at his residence. A Funeral Service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 30, 2017 at Marathon Mennonite Church in the town of Frankfort. Virgil Martin, Leroy Martin, Jerry Brubaker, Steven Hoover, and Abner Oberholtzer will officiate. Interment will be held in Marathon Mennonite Cemetery. Pallbearers will be John Michael Horning, Phillip Weaver, Linford Weaver, Vernon Martin, James Lamar Hoover, and Matthew Martin. Family and friends are welcome from 2:00 pm until 4:00 pm and from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Ira's residence, B4651 Lincoln Ave in the town of Brighton. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Colby is entrusted with the arrangements.
  Ira was born on November 22, 1962, the son of Ira and Anna Mary (Huber) Martin in East Earl Township, Lancaster County, PA. He married Gladys Weaver on January 7, 1984 at the home of the bride in Newville, PA. Together they farmed in the Township of Brighton until the time of his death.
  Ira is survived by his wife: Gladys Martin; mother: Anna Mary Martin; sister-in-law: Martha (married to Lester O.) Martin Jr., 12 children: Enos (married to Karen Kurtz) Martin, Rhoda (married to Jeffrey Burkholder), Irene Martin, Harold (married to Regina Martin) Martin, Mervin Martin, Ira Ray Martin, Abram Martin, Aaron Martin, Lois Martin, Gladys Martin, Eli Martin, and Thelma Martin; and 12 grandchildren. He is further survived by five siblings: Leroy (married to Rose Hoover) Martin, Ruth (married to James Hoover), Lester (married to Mary Kurtz) Martin, Marvin (married to Rosanna Brubacker) Martin, and Alvin (married to Sarah Kurtz) Martin.
  Ira was preceded in death by his father: Ira and brother: Paul Martin

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Linda S. Krause


  Linda S. Krause, age 62, of Abbotsford, passed away on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.  A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate.  Interment to follow at Pine Hill Cemetery, Town of Mayville.  Family and friends are welcome from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Sunday at the funeral home.

 

  Linda was born on July 24, 1954, the daughter of Calvin and Louise (Dellis) Krause, Sr. in Stanley.  She graduated from Abbotsford High School in 1972.  Attended college in Medford and graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a degree in Business.  Linda worked at Prange's and then for Sears for 35 years, 25 of those years she lived in Chicago.  She retired in July of 2016 and moved back to Abbotsford.

 

  Linda liked reading, gardening, going to fairs and traveling.

 

  Linda is survived by her mother, Louise Krause of Abbotsford; seven siblings: Calvin Krause (Lesly) of Daytona Beach, FL, Darryl Krause of Dorchester, Elaine Krause of Curtiss, Bryan (Ann) Krause of Medford, Coleen Krause of Abbotsford, Brad Krause of Abbotsford and Les Krause of Abbotsford.  She is further survived by four nephews:  Aaron, Adam, Eric and Jason Olson; seven great-nieces and other relatives and friends.

 

  She was preceded in death by her father, Calvin Krause, Sr. 

 

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Marlene Joan Dettmering


 

MARLENE JOAN DETTMERING

 

AGE: 82

 

ADDRESS: Our House Assisted Living, Medford

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 7:30 AM, Tuesday, January 24 at Our House Assisted Living, Medford where she had resided for the past 4years most recently under the care of Hope Hospice, surrounded by her family

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Saturday, February 4 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza, Father Frederick Brost & Deacon Joe Stefancin

 

INTERMENT: Interment of her cremated remains will take place at Molitor Catholic Cemetery, Township of Molitor at a later date

 

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM on Friday, February 3 where there will be a 7 PM Rosary Service held that evening; also from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, February 4 at the church

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 15, 1934 at Medford

 

EDUCATION: Holy Rosary Catholic School, Medford; 1952 graduate of Medford High School

 

MARRIAGE: April 11, 1959 at Medford to former Medford Mayor Robert Dettmering and he preceded her in death on November 11, 1987

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Prior to her marriage, she worked at a Milwaukee Catholic Orphanage for a period of time. She returned to Medford & worked at Bob’s Drive Inn. She was a drum major in the former Medford City Band. She was the manager of the Journal & Sentinel paper route for a period of time. They owned & operated Hull’s Lake Resort in the Town of Molitor from 1973-1994. She worked at Stonecroft Manor following her husband’s death from 1991-2001. She enjoyed baking, socializing with her friends at Hull’s Lake, dancing, sewing & spending time with her family.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford where she was active with several church activities including Our Ladies of Holy Rosary; National Guard Auxiliary; Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; Curling/Bowling Leagues & Medford PTA

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Lorin (Colleen) Dettmering, Laura (Gene) Holmes, Jan (Gary) Laher, Carol (Mike) Couillard, Joan Dettmering, all of Medford, Karla (Scott) Dettmering-Sveum of De Forest, WI

 

LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 13 – Haley (Cody), Holly & Kyle Dettmering, Brett & Clayton (Katie) Holmes, Jesse (Megan), Derek (Dana) & Trevor (Heather) Laher, Hannah & Noah Machon, Jewelia, Kayla & Grant Couillard

 

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 4 – Dylan Laher, Olivia Rodriguez, Elise Couillard & Baby Zimmer SURVIVING

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS: LeRoy, Vernon & Allen (Joanne) Brost all of Medford Arlyle Mayer of Green Bay

Brother-in-law: Karl (Barb) Dettmering of Pewaukee; Sisters-in-law: Esther (Gordon) Heier of Winter Haven, FL, Barb Dettmering of Onalaska, Joan Dettmering of Port Byron, IL

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Rita Werner, Margaret “Peg” Tuma, Tom & Lambert “Red” Brost

 

DECEASED FATHER: Anton J. Brost

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Margaret Catherine Enders

 

URNBEARER: Jesse Laher

 

HONORARY URNBEARERS: All the other Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren

 

OTHER INFORMATION: The family requests memorial contributions be given in her name to either Holy Rosary School or Hope Hospice both of Medford or the Alzheimer’s Association
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

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Kathleen "Kathy" A. Danen


 

KATHLEEN “KATHY” A. DANEN

 

AGE: 60

 

ADDRESS: N1389 Highway 13, Stetsonville, WI 54480; A Township of Little Black resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 2:00 AM Sunday, January 22 at her residence under the loving care of her family and Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM on Friday, January 27 at Community United Church of Christ, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Pastor Mary Jo Laabs

 

INTERMENT: Interment of her cremated remains will take place at a later date

 

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 5 – 7 PM on Thursday, January 26 and also at church from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Friday, January 27

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 24, 1956 at Milwaukee, WI

 

EDUCATION: Milwaukee area elementary schools; 1974 graduate of Medford Area High School; Attended Northcentral Technical College in Wausau

 

MARRIAGE: To Michael Dassow at Whittlesey in 1983 and they were later divorced in 1989; To Daryl Johnson at Medford in 1992 and he preceded her in death in 1997; To Michael “Minnows” Danen at Medford in 2000 & he survives

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Moved to Medford in 1970 with her family. After her education, she worked at Krug Westside Bus & Truck from 1983-1999, Northwest Wisconsin CEP from 1999-2012, Indianhead from 2012-2014. Then she did part time work for H & R Block, Stetsonville Oil, Aramark & most recently as a secretary for Community United Church of Christ, Medford. She helped start the Stetsonville First Responder program in 2004 and was a member until 2014 & she was a Taylor County Aspirus Hospital EMT from 2005-2014. She was a Red Cross volunteer from 2005-2014. She enjoyed quilting, reading and her grandsons.

 

MEMBER OF: Stetsonville Lions, Medford Morning Rotary, Taylor County Reality Fair, Junior Achievement, Board of Centennial Community Center, and a graduate of the Leadership Medford program

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Michael “Minnows” Danen of Stetsonville

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughter – Megan (Jason Lindeman) Dassow of Colby
2 Grandsons – Landon Graap & Ayden Lindeman both of Colby

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister – Karen (Don) Schmidt of Colby
Brother – Patrick (Theresa) Brunetto of Eau Claire

 

DECEASED FATHER: Frank J. Brunetto

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Janice Elizabeth (Gebert) Brunetto

 

OTHER INFORMATION: She is further survived by many other family and friends

 

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

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Richard "Dick" L. Brandl


   Richard "Dick" L. Brandl, age 77 of Colby, WI passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 as a result of an automobile accident.

  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby.  The Rev. Mark Neumann will officiate.  Military Honors will be provided by the Unity American Legion Post #358.  Family and friends are welcome from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 26 and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Friday all at the church. 

  Dick was born January 26, 1939 to the late Ervin and Florence (Bormann) Brandl in Medford, WI. He attended Holy Rosary Catholic Grade School and graduated from Medford High School in 1957. Shortly after high school Dick joined the National Guard. He was called to active duty during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1961 and also traveled with his unit to Germany for REFORGER exercises during the Cold War. Dick was honorably discharged in 1962 with the rank of Sergeant E-5 .

  In 1961, Dick married Phyllis Moore and began farming in the Stetsonville area until 1965. Together, they had 4 children: Sharon, Scott, Joyce, and Tanya. Dick and Phyllis later divorced.

  In 1996, Dick married Beverly Leffel and gained 2 step-sons: Jeremy and Michael. 

  From farming to welding to bartending to loom-knitting and so much more; there wasn’t much Dick didn’t know about!  He began his welding career at Pautsenbach Machine Shop and continued later at Melvin Fischer Mfg, Weather Shield Mfg, and Creative Automation where he worked until he retired in 2010.  Beginning in 1967, Dick tended bar as a second job in Spencer, The House of David in Abbotsford, Duke’s Bowling Alley, and then also the Casa Grande.

  He was someone who seemed to know everyone and would often introduce himself as “The Middle Guy”…’Like any Tom, Dick, or Harry…I’m Dick, the Middle Guy!’ One of the other things Dick was known for was his amazing memory! He never forgot a face or a name; and would also remember your drink of choice if you were someone who met him in his bartending days. Dick spent many hours volunteering his time, especially at his church, the Zion Lutheran Church in Colby. Dick was also a member of the North Central WI Antique Steam & Gas Engine Club and volunteered for their annual event every year. He loved to listen to Polka music and loom-knit gifts for friends and family.

  Dick is survived by his wife Beverly, his children Sharon (Dean) Hommel of Medford; Scott Brandl of Thorp; Joyce (John Levens) Brandl of Watertown; Tanya Brandl of Gilman; Jeremy (Rebecca) Schmelzer of Colby; and Michael (Deanna) Schmelzer of Stevens Point. He is also survived by his sisters Sandra Brennan of Merrill; Barbara Miklautsch of Antioch, IL; and his brothers Alan (Lenore) Brandl of Medford; Larry Brandl of Medford; and his Aunt Joyce (Bormann) Bartman.

  Dick was also blessed with several grandchildren: Morgan, Mathew (Enita), Tyler (Brittney), Carla, Harley, Halie, Xander, Alana, and Wyatt; as well as 3 great grandchildren: Nathan, Sean, and Andrea. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers-in-law: James Brennan and Peter Miklautsch, and a daughter-in-law: Kathy Brandl.

  Dick was loved much and will be missed by many.

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Dorthaleen Hardrath


  Dorthaleen Hardrath, age 92, of Green Grove, passed away on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center in Owen.  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen.  Rev. Donald Bruce will officiate.  Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery, Town of Hixon.  Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.

  Dorthaleen was born on December 5, 1924, the daughter of Elmer and Lulu (Gulso) Edwards in the Town of Green Grove.  She was united in marriage to Harold Hardrath on August 31, 1949.  He preceded her in death on October 3, 2009.  Together they farmed in the Town of Green Grove.

  Dorthaleen lived most of her life in Green Grove and was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Green Grove.  She liked to play cards and enjoyed dancing.

  Dorthaleen is survived by her two children:  Luanne Schwarze of Unity and Glen Hardrath of Owen; seven grandchildren: Penny Cloud, Eric Schwarze (Tania Grisham), Joy (Cory) Heeg, Travis (Pam) Hardrath, Troy (Luci) Hardrath, Tyler Hardrath and Heather (Cory) Brockel; 10 great-grandchildren:  Ethan, Bridget and Brooke Cloud, Sookie and Aurora Heeg, Bryher Schwarze, Cadyn, Kyler, Ryan and Zoreyna Hardrath.  She is further survived by her sister-in-law, Jean Romang of Medford; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents;  her husband, Harold; five brothers and sisters and a son-in-law, Vern Schwarze.

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Eugene "Gene" W. Arnett


 

  Eugene “Gene” W. Arnett, 84, of Medford, passed away on January 21, 2017 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford. Gene was born on December 9, 1932 in Marshfield to Leonard and Erna Arnett, they precede him in death. He was a 1951 graduate of Marshfield High School, 1955 graduate of Central State Teachers College, and 1961 graduate of the University of Iowa with a Masters in Hospital Administration.     He married Carol E. Smith on September 3, 1955, she survives.

  Gene was the president of Memorial Hospital of Taylor Count from 1962 until his retirement in 1997.         Gene was also the Chairman of the Wisconsin Hospital Association, Chairman of the Tri State Association in 1973, the recipient of the Harold Coombs Award in 1975, recipient of Medford Man of the Year in 1975, board member of the American Hospital Association from 1984 to 1988, where he also served at the Chairman in 1988. He proudly served his country in the Wisconsin National Guard for 23 years where he earned the rank of major.

  In his spare time Gene was a member of Kiwanis, the Historical Society, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce, American Legion, Tee High Golf Course, and former member and President of the Medford Curling Club. He was also a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where he served as a past Congregational President and longtime choir member.

  In addition to his wife Gene is survived by his five children, Denise (David) Thiede, E. Stuart (Kristin) Arnett, Lisa (Gerry) Jiskra, Jon (Amy) Arnett, James (Missy) Arnett; nine grandchildren, John (Kevin Graham) Thiede, Alyssa Thiede, Lindsey (Ryan) Mitchell, Emily (Jesse) Sams, Christian Arnett, Zakary Arnett, Katherine Arnett, Alex Arnett, Matthew Jiskra; four step-grandchildren, Megan (Eric) Clapp, Paul Koepnick, Seth Koepnick, Annaka (Marcos Quiles) Koepnick; three great- grandchildren Lillian, Beau, and Avery. He is further survived by many other friends and family.

  In addition to his parents Gene is preceded in death by his brother Leonard Arnett in 2000.

  Funeral services for Gene will be held on Thursday, January 26 at 11:00 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey with Rev Randal Jeppesen. Burial will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Visitation will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey on Thursday January 26 from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at 11:00 A.M. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

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Jane "Punkie" L. Laffan


 

JANE “PUNKIE” L. LAFFAN

 

AGE: 78

 

ADDRESS: Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford; A former Townships of Deer Creek & Little Black resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:14 AM Thursday, January 19 at Care Partner’s Assisted Living, Medford where she had resided for the past 2 ½ years, most recently under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Monday, January 23 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. R.J. Schuenke

 

INTERMENT: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Stetsonville

 

VISITATION: 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Monday, January 23 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 20, 1938 at Medford

 

EDUCATION: Town of Deer Creek Elementary school and was a 1956 graduate of Medford High School

 

MARRIAGE: November 11, 1961 at Chicago, IL to Dennis J. Laffan, Sr. and he preceded her in death on October 31, 1990

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After her education, she resided & worked in Chicago for a period of time. After their marriage, they moved to the Town of Deer Creek in 1976. She later resided in the Town of Little Black and with her daughter for a period of time prior to entering Care Partners in Medford. She worked at Tombstone Pizza Corp. in Medford for 25 years until her retirement. She enjoyed bowling, gardening, camping, reading & spending time with her grandchildren.

 

MEMBER OF: Red Hatters; Was a past member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Dennis (Sandy) Laffan of Eau Claire, Charmaine (Todd) Baker of Medford & Christine (Richard) Gustafson of Clayton, NY

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Granddaughter – Cassidy Laffan in 1996

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 8 – Rachel (Eric) Vach, Taylor (Coyle Weissmiller) Laffan, Megan Nicks, Melissa Baker, Delaney Laffan, Mathew Gustafson, Margaret Baker, AJ Gustafson GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 2 – Ellie & Jace Vach

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: David (Leona) Piller of the Town of Deer Creek, Donald Piller of Rib Lake, Lana (Jack) Raiche of Mound, MN, Connie (Jack) Behrendt of Maple Plain, MN, Sandy (Dale) Jochimsen of the Town of Little Black, Jeff (Sharon) Piller of Granton

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sisters – Kathy Hauser & Margaret Piller; Brother-in-law: Judd Hauser

 

DECEASED FATHER: Theodore “Ted” Piller

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Opal (Clarkson) Piller

 

PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren

 

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

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Herman C. Dohrwardt, Jr.


 

  Herman C. Dohrwardt, Jr., 85, of Medford, passed away Wednesday January 18, 2017 at his home. Herman was born March 18, 1931 in Medford to Herman and Anna (Haney) Dohrwardt. They precede him in death. He married Ardella Dassow at Trinity Lutheran Church on October 5, 1963. Ardella survives. He is further survived by Children: Ricky (Nancy) Dohrwardt of Rib Lake, Randy (Katrina) Dohrwardt of Medford, Ryan (Bobbie) Dohrwardt of Pulaski, Renee (David) Jacobsen of Medford and Rod (Muzzy) Dohrwardt of Medford, Grandchildren: Mikey, Taran, Brett, Wyatt, Amanda and Zach Dohrwardt, and Nicole Jacobsen.         Herman worked as a carpenter for several companies in the Medford area, and owned his own dairy farm. He worked for Weathershield on the production line, and also volunteered at the Sr. Citizen center. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, carpentry work and watching Nascar. Per Hermans request, cremation rites have been accorded, and no services will be held. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemefuneralservice.com

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Eugene Blair


 

  Eugene Blair, age ­­­­­94, of Abbotsford passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Dycora Nursing Home in Abbotsford. Funeral services will be held 11:00AM Saturday, January 21, 2017 at First Presbyterian Church in Abbotsford. Friends and family are welcome 9:30 am on Saturday, January 21, 2017 until the time of the service. Pastor Marcia Thomas will officiate. Burial will be at the Abbotsford Public Cemetery.


  Eugene was born November 4, 1922 in the township of Unity, the son of Herman and Eunice (Holmes) Blair. Eugene was united in marriage to Verna Herrmann on October 13, 1945.  Together they operated a dairy farm near Riplinger until 1952. A few years later, they bought a farm east of Abbotsford in 1954.  Eugene was a farmer all of his working days.

  Eugene worked as a technician for Tri Breeders for many years. He also served on the Abbotsford School Board, director on the Board of Tri State Breeders, and served a term and was treasurer for First Presbyterian Church.

  Eugene is survived by his wife: Verna; his five children: Christine (Mike) Gust of Knoxville, TN, Carrol Stano of Oconto,WI, Randolph (Cindy) Blair of Tomahawk, Dudley Blair of Abbotsford, and Douglas (Sara) Blair of Abbotsford. He has been blessed with 13 grandchildren, and 13 great grandchildren.  He is further survived by a brother-in-law: Glen Herrmann of Minocqua.

  He is preceded in death his parents and by a brother: Lyle Blair. 

  Eugene's family wants to thank the Colby Retirement Community and Dycora Nursing Home for the great care they gave their dad.

  Online condolences can be made at maurinaschilling.com

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Robert "Bob" Lamberty


 

  Robert “Bob” Lamberty, a Whittlesey resident, passed away on January 16, 2016 at his home under the care of his wife, family, and Hope Hospice. Bob was born on August 3, 1937 in Medford to Oliver and Catherine (Brandner) Lamberty. They precede him in death.

  Bob was a brother to Donna (Mike) Roiger of Whittlesey, Roy (Midge) who precedes him in death, and Roman (Lois) Lamberty of Texas.

  Bob went to school in Whittlesey and graduated from Medford High School in 1955. After school Bob went west with a few friends working various jobs from California to South Dakota. After a short courtship he married Mary Roiger on July 25, 1959. They lived in Milwaukee a few years until they purchased the family farm in 1966. Bob farmed, logged, and was a part time mail carrier. He became a full time mail carrier in 1989 and sold the farm to his son Luke. Bob retired in 2000.

  In addition to his wife Bob is survived by his 3 children, Dawn, Rob (Joy), and Luke (Donna Grossel) ; 4 grandchildren, Michael, Barbara (Clayton) Denzine, Katie (Curt Quednow), and Dustin (Chandel) ; 7 great-grandchildren, Austin, Kameron, Sophia, Amelia, Kiana, Gavin, and Adeline all of Whittlesey. He is further survived by many other family and friends.

  Bob was a member of OLPH Catholic Church in Whittlesey, President of Whittlesey Baseball Association for 52 years, active member and past president of the Rib Lake Lions, and charter member of The We Whittlesey Whizzers Snowmobile Club.Bob enjoyed bowling in Rib Lake for many years and bowling in Medford. Bob and Mary also enjoyed traveling all over the U.S., making Italian sausage, and taking care of the great-grandchildren. The great-grandkids are going to miss their Rocking Chair.

  Bob was hard working, fun loving man. Never a man to shy away from a party or to sit in the corner and watch. He always had a joke or a quick comment.


  A memorial mass for Bob will take place on Wednesday, January 25 at 11:00 AM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Whittlesey with Father Phil Juza and Deacon Joe Stefancin officiating; burial will follow at OLPH Catholic Cemetery, Whittlesey. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, January 24 at OLPH Catholic Church in Whittlesey from 4:00 PM until the time of a prayer service at 7:00PM. Visitation will continue at the church on Wednesday, January 25 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

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

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Emily M. Kofler


 

  Emily M. Kofler, 90, of Rib Lake, passed away on Sunday January 15, 2017 at Country Gardens in Medford.

  Emily was born November 2, 1926 in Rib Lake to Joseph and Frances (Borovay) Szczurek. She is a graduate of Rib Lake High School.
  Emily married Leonard J. Kofler at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Rib Lake on Nov. 29, 1947. Leonard survives.
  She is further survived by her children: Marie (Dale) Lindwall of Wausau, Michael (Kathy) Kofler of Prentice, Peter Kofler of Marshfield, 8 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren.
  She is preceded in death by her Parents, Daughter Vickie Ann Wudi, and all of her Brothers and Sisters.
Emily was employed by Gem Products and worked on the production line and Rib Lake Health Care Center where she worked in housekeeping. She also ran the family dairy farm in Rib Lake, and enjoyed horseshoes and polka music.
  She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church Catholic Order of Foresters and Christian Mothers.
  A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM Wednesday January 18, 2017 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake. Father Otto Bucher will officiate. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Rosary will be said Wednesday morning at Good Shepherd Church beginning at 9:30 and  visitation will follow from 10:00  AM until the time of service at 11 AM.
  Memorial donations in honor of Emily can be given to Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

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John "Jack" Wudi


 

  John J. “Jack” Wudi, 75, a Town of Greenwood resident, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 at his home.

  Jack was born July 9, 1941 in Medford to Bernard and Ida (Born) Wudi. They precede him in death.
He is survived by his siblings: Sally (Ken) Asselin of St. Francis, Kathleen (late Ron) Frahmann of Racine, Kenneth (late Vickie) Wudi of Medford and Carol Vlasis of Schofield, 8 Nieces, 1 Nephew and many friends and neighbors.
  Jack graduated from Rib Lake High School.  He then went on to be a lifetime farmer, and ran his own farm in the Town of Greenwood. He loved to spend time outside cutting firewood, gardening, picking berries and taking care of his animals, especially his dog, and watching deer. Jack will always be remembered for lending a helping hand to anyone who needed it.
  He was of the Catholic faith, and was a member of St. Anne’s Catholic Church and Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
  A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM, Friday January 13, 2017 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake. Father Otto Bucher will officiate. Visitation will be held at Good Shepherd Church from 9:30 until the time of Mass at 11. Cremation rites will follow services; burial of cremated remains will take place at St. Anne’s Cemetery at a later date.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Jack can be given to the St. Anne’s Historical Society.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

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Isabella "Billie" Annala


 

ISABELLA “BILLIE” ANNALA   

 

AGE:  97


ADDRESS:  Golden Living Center, Rib Lake

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  3:52 PM Monday, January 9 at Golden Living Center, Rib Lake where she had resided for the past 1 year

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Thursday, January 12 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rib Lake

OFFICIATING:  Pastor James Langebartels

 

INTERMENT:  Leavitt Creek Cemetery, Township of Hill, Price Co.

 

VISITATION:  St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rib Lake from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Thursday, January 12

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 15, 1919 at Westboro, WI

 

EDUCATION:  Westboro/Rib Lake elementary schools

MARRIAGE:  June 30, 1951 at Detroit, MI to Toivo Annala and he preceded her in death in 1982

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE:  After their marriage, they lived in Detroit where she cooked at Stauffer’s Restaurant for a period of time.  They moved to the Westboro area in 1953 where they farmed.  In 1957 they moved to the Rib Lake area where they farmed and she worked at Glovette Shoe Factory for a period of time.  She enjoyed horseback riding, rosemalling, traveling to craft/rosemalling shows & landscape painting.

 

MEMBER OF:  St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rib Lake since 1957 and its Ladies Aid of which she was president for many years

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN:  Son – Gary (Annis) Annala of Glendale Heights, IL

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN:     Eric (Carrie) & Adam (Hina) Annala     

 

GR-GRANDSON:    Alex Paul-Annala    

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED:  Sisters - Hanna Wayrynen, Mary Bergeron, Geraldine Kalander, Miriam Annala
Brothers - Henry, Joseph, & David Manninen

 

DECEASED FATHER:   Heikki “Henry” Manninen   

 

DECEASED MOTHER:  Maria Watanen

PALLBEARERS:  Fred Ebert, Gary, Eric, Adam, David & Jim Annala

OTHER INFORMATION:  The family requests memorial contributions be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rib Lake in her name
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Robert G. Kieslich


 

  Robert Gary Kieslich, 76, of Shawano, passed away January 7th.  Bob was born March 21st, 1940 in Elcho Wisconsin.  He graduated from Elcho High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor’s of Education Degree from the University of Stevens Point.  He then continued his education and received a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from The University of Wisconsin Superior.  Bob joined the US Army serving as a Military Policeman in Stuttgart Germany after which he became a Police Officer in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.  Bob was married to Arlene Diadul on February 19th, 1966.  They were married for 37 years. He married Yvonne Fairchild on April 28, 2007.  She preceded him in death on October 25, 2014.  Bob’s career focus was in school administration in various districts throughout the state of Wisconsin. His interests included fishing, hunting, bird watching, collecting coins, stamps, and Native American artifacts.  He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.


  Bob is survived by his three daughters, Kara Logan, Koren Bergeron, Holly Sanger, his granddaughter Parker Bergeron and his sister, Jodi Hanson. His step children Keith, Sarah, and Scott Fairchild and step grandchildren Nick, Travis, and Tyler Fairchild.

  His parents, Virgil and Joyce Kieslich, his younger brother Terry Kieslich, and his wife, Yvonne Kieslich preceded him in death.

  Memorial services will be held at 6:00 pm on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 141 S. Smalley Street in Shawano. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 5:00 pm until the time of the service. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post #117.

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Curtis D. Benrud


 

  Curtis D. Benrud, age 61, of Owen, passed away at home on Monday, January 2, 2017. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen.  Rev. Roger Benrud will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

  Curtis was born in Black River Falls, WI on July 21, 1955, the son of James and Sophie (Groenwoldt) Benrud.  He grew up in Melrose.  His youth was spent working on local farms, instilling a love for farm life, the care of animals and raising the best Angus cattle.  During his high school years, as a Melrose-Mindoro Mustang, he was a football standout as a tackle and his jersey number of “73” was retired.  Curt went to state in wresting and had a lifelong love for the sport and supporting any family or friend that wrestled. 

  He received a certification in Wood Techniques from WWTC in La Crosse and worked for Lunda Construction, where he seriously injured his back.  Curt earned a B.S. degree in Occupational Therapy from UW-Milwaukee.  He worked for Marshfield Home Health as an Occupational Therapist for many years and cared deeply for his clients, especially the children.  Curt was a bus driver for Owen-Withee schools, enjoying getting to know the students on his route.  He was united in marriage to Diane Sixberry on October 1, 1988 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Withee.

  Curt and Diane shared a passion for deer and turkey hunting.  He was so proud that Diane could shoot a turkey with her bow.  He loved being in the woods with Diane for hunting and sharing in their success.  Curt was proud to be an instructor for hunter safety.

  Curt had a passion for the history of his Norwegian ancestors and their immigration to the Westby - Coon Valley area in Western Wisconsin.  He was on the Benrud Family Board of Directors and was instrumental in planning many reunions throughout the years.  He organized the family’s donation of the Benrud Little White Chapel to Norskedalen, a Norwegian heritage center in Coon Valley.  The chapel is part of his legacy to the family and history that he loved.

  Even though health issues got in the way of his daily life he could always find the positive strength to help and support family and friends.  He was always there for the people that he cared for.

  Curt served on the Owen-Withee Fire and Ambulance Department for a number of years.

  He cared deeply for his nieces and nephews.  Curt would stop whatever he was doing to assist, anyone at any time, to do anything, without giving a second thought to his own best interests.  He was always a mentor and respected for his strong personal character. His smile was infectious and you couldn’t help but smile back.

  Curtis is survived by his wife, Diane of Owen; his parents, James and Sophie Benrud of Melrose; his sister, Peggy (Robert) McMahon of Ladysmith and his brother, Allen (Amy Gilliland) Benrud of Madison.  He is further survived and touched the lives of his nieces and nephews, and their partners:  Kameo Maynard, Jason Benrud, Annie Benrud, Seth Benrud, Heath Benrud, Amy Benrud Bodin, Brian Benrud, Tim McMahon, Kenneth McMahon, Megan McMahon O'Connor, Kathryn McMahon, Courtney Frohling, Matthew and Michael Kasmirek; Father-in-law, Del Lussenden; Brother-in-law, Matthew (Robin) Sixberry; many other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his brother and Sister-in-law, Bruce and Ruth Benrud and Mother-in-law, Dee Lussenden.

  Memorials can be given to Norskedalen (for maintenance of the Little White Benrud Chapel), Owen-Withee Hunter’s Safety, Owen-Withee-Curtiss Fire Department, Owen-Withee Ambulance service or Wisconsin Public Television, all organizations that were especially important to Curt.

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Robert J. Plamann, Jr.


 

  Robert J. Plamann Jr. age 71 of the Town of Jackson died Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at his residence after a valiant 2 year battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was born May 21, 1945 in Milwaukee to Robert and Shirley (nee Landfried) Plamann and married Karen M. Warner on October 11, 1969 in Rib Lake, WI.

  Bob proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy for 6 years, being discharged in 1968. Following their marriage, Bob and Karen resided in West Allis until moving to the Town of Jackson in 1986. Bob worked for Briggs & Stratton for 31 years, retiring in 2000. He then worked for Willard Tool in Jackson for 4 years before working for Med Speed for 6 years, retiring in 2010.

  Bob enjoyed spending time at their cabin in Rib Lake where he would hunt, fish and go 4-wheeling. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandson, Patrick. Bob also enjoyed taking many vacations with his family and friends.

  Bob is survived by his wife of 47 years, Karen, his son Corey Joseph of Jackson and his grandson Patrick.   He is further survived by his father Robert Joseph Plamann Sr. of Port Washington, 2 sisters: Karen (Bob) Gantner of Port Washington and Joanne Kannapinn of Palmetto, FL, 2 sisters-in-law: Merry Liberty (Mike Burress) of Amhurst, WI and Joyce Warner of Baileys Harbor, WI and nieces, nephews and other relatives and many friends.

  He is preceded in death by his mother, Shirley, his mother and father-in-law: Duane and Helen Warner and his brother-in-law Patrick Warner.

  A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 12 noon at Still Waters Community United Methodist Church, 3617 Scenic Road, Jackson. The family will greet visitors on Saturday, at the church only from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m.

  The Schmidt Funeral Home in Jackson is serving the family.
  Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com

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Helen J. Westermeier


 

HELEN J. WESTERMEIER

 

AGE: 96

 

ADDRESS: Golden Living – Three Oaks, Marshfield; A former Stetsonville resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:30 AM Monday, January 2 at Golden Living – Three Oaks, Marshfield where she had resided for the past 8 months

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: A memorial mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 6 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville

 

OFFICIATING: Father Michael Hayden

 

INTERMENT: Interment of her cremated remains will take place at a later date

 

VISITATION: 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Friday, January 6 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 19, 1920 at Marshfield, WI

 

EDUCATION: Stetsonville Elementary School and was a 1939 graduate of Medford High School

 

MARRIAGE: July 8, 1947 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville to Edward J. Westermeier and he preceded her in death December 30, 1989

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After her education, she went to work for her father who owned Midway Telephone Company in Medford. She worked as the office manager until 1967. From 1986 – 2006, she worked as an office secretary for Stetsonville Hardware until her retirement. She enjoyed playing the piano/organ, traveling, needlepoint, quilting & her grandchildren.

 

MEMBER OF: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville where she enjoyed serving as a church organist for 60+ years

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Josephine Westermeier of Stetsonville & David (Judy) Westermeier of Abbotsford
Grandchildren – Adam (Lauren) Westermeier, Katrina & Maia Rollins
Step Grandchildren: Amanda & Mathew (Autena) Raster, Megan (Bryan) Gusman
Step Great-Grandchildren: Bryan Jr. and Chandler Gusman

 

DECEASED FATHER: David Emanuel Petersen

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Josephine Helen (Jakel) Petersen

 

OTHER INFORMATION: Memorials given to the family will be designated at a later date
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Delores "Dee" M. Lussenden


 

  Delores "Dee" M. Lussenden, age 84, of Withee, passed away on Monday, January 2, 2017 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 9, 2017 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen.  Rev. Brian Campbell will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service Monday at the funeral home.

  Dee was born on October 10, 1932, the daughter of Peter and Marion (Burgard) Thompson.  She received her Nursing degree in Minot, ND.  Dee was united in marriage to Robert Sixberry on June 22, 1957.  He preceded her in death in 1967.  She was united in marriage to Delbert Lussenden on July 3, 1970.

  Dee worked as a Register Nurse for various hospitals and nursing homes, retiring from the Clark County Health Care Center.  She enjoyed camping, tending to her flower garden, sewing, crocheting, knitting and quilting.  Most importantly, she cherished her family.

  Dee is survived by her husband, Delbert of Withee; two children: Matthew (Robin) Sixberry of Owen and Diane (Curtis) Benrud of Owen; three grandchildren:  Matthew Kaczmarek of Thorp, Michael Kaczmarek of Marshfield and Courtney Frohling of Abbotsford; five great-grandchildren:  Jacob, Gavin, Morgan, Ayden and Piper.  She is further survived by two brothers:  Donald (Ronnie) Thompson of WA and Tom (Alice) Thompson of MN; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She is preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Robert.

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Lydia E. Weideman


 

  Lydia E. Weideman , age ­­­­­96, of Abbotsford passed away Monday, January 2, 2017 at the House of Dove in Marshfield.­­ Funeral services will be held 11:00AM Saturday January 7, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford. Friends and family are welcome 9:30 am on Saturday January 7, 2017 until the time of the service. The Pastor Don Bruce will officiate. Burial will be at the Abbotsford Public Cemetery.


  Lydia was born August 31, 1920 in the Town of Frankfort, Colby, to Harvey Sr. and Anna Barts. She graduated from Colby High School in 1938.  Lydia was united in marriage to Arthur Weideman on August 31, 1940.  The couple operated a dairy farm near Abbotsford for 37 years.

  Lydia was a member of Christ Lutheran Church. She belonged to many clubs which included; Homemakers, Library Club, Pinochle Marathon, Ladies Aid, and Christ Lutheran Priscilla Guild. 

  Lydia enjoyed gardening, baking, dancing, playing cards, sewing, embroidery, knitting, crocheting, fixing puzzles, and board games. Lydia and Arthur traveled extensively, giving them a chance to see the world.

  Lydia is lovingly survived by her six children; a son, Gerald (Carol) Weideman; five daughters: Janice (James) Mullarkey, Darlene (Warren) Talcott, Nancy (Richard C.) Goldschmidt,  Jenny (Phil) Ward,  and Wendy (Alan) Grewe. She has been blessed with 23 grandchildren, 36 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren..

  She is preceded in death by her husband Arthur of 71 years; a daughter, Carol, and a great grandson Mason Grewe.

  The family wishes to thank the staff of Colby Retirement Community, and the Marshfield House of the Dove for the loving care given to their mother. They also want to thank Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home for assisting them with the arrangements.
 

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Arlene A. Sperling


 

  Arlene A. Sperling, age 84, formerly of Withee, passed away on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Country Terrace Assisted Living in Abbotsford under the tender care of hospice. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 6, 2017 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen.  Rev. Brian Campbell will officiate.  Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery, town of Hixon.  Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service Friday at the funeral home.

  Arlene was born December 22, 1932, the daughter of Carl and Meta Mae (Steen) Mueller in Medford.    Arlene was united in marriage to Ronald Sperling on April 22, 1967 in Withee. He preceded her in death on October 18, 2012.

  Arlene worked as a cook for the 11th Frame and the Lunchbox Café.  She enjoyed playing pool, drinking Bud Light, watching the Packers, camping and spending time at the lake.  Most importantly, Arlene cherished her family.

  Arlene is lovingly survived by her daughters: Denise (Paul) Todd of Withee, Darla Schrock of Loyal, and Cindy Gruhlke of Loyal; her grandchildren: Tasha L, Jesse Knoll of Withee, Jakota Todd of Withee, Kimberly (Jamie) Marten of  Dorchester, Ryan Schrock of Milwaukee, Christopher Schrock of MN, Shania Schrock of Loyal, Allen Gruhlke of Loyal, Jonathon (Laneah) Gruhlke of Loyal, and Brett Gruhlke of Loyal; her great grandchildren: Shawn Schrock, Kylia Nordlof, Haylee Marten, Brianna Marten, Bryher Churkey, Mackenzie Marten, and Damion Gruhlke.  She is further survived by her sisters, Shelby Jean (Ed) Seis and Barb (Jerry) Lukes; two brothers, Ronnie (Jan) Mueller and Dennis Mueller; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  Arlene is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ronald; her sister Sharon and brothers, Dick, Harry, Alvin and Jerry.

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Dorothy M. Thielke


 

  Dorothy M. Thielke, 99, of Medford passed away on December 30, 2016 at Country Gardens in Medford. She was born on September 23, 1917 to Peter and Mary Werner in Medford. She attended Holy Rosary Elementary School and graduated from Medford High School in 1935. She married Stanley P. Thielke on September 21, 1940 in Medford, he preceded her in death on February 8, 1976. Dorothy worked for Bootzin’s Mercantile, Federal Land Bank, Taylor County Welfare Department, and as a secretary at Medford Senior High School for 22 years until her retirement in 1985.

  In her spare time Dorothy enjoyed reading, traveling, crossword puzzles, playing bridge and cribbage, making quilts, hiking, and spending time with family and loved ones.

  Dorothy is survived by her son, Tom (Linda) Thielke of Westboro; grandchildren Anne (Scott) DeFoe of Andover, MN, Erinn (Phil) Tubbs of Amhurst, Trigg (Linda Lopez) Thielke of Ogema, and Trent (Terri) Thielke of Hudson; great-grandchildren Alysse, Beth, Trekk, Jett, Olivia, Roxane, Waylon, Audrey, and Violet; brother, Dick (Shirley) Werner of Medford. She is further survived by many other friends and family.

  In addition to her husband Dorothy is preceded in death by 5 brothers and 2 sisters.

  A memorial mass for Dorothy will be held on Thursday, January 12 at 11:00 AM at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford with Father Phil Juza officiating, followed by a private family burial. Visitation will take place on Thursday, January 12 from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Holy Rosary Catholic School and Medford Public Library.

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

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Esta Mae Vlach


 

  Esta Mae Vlach, 92, of Rib Lake, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 at Golden Living Center, Rib Lake.   Esta was born September 14, 1924 in Harold, KY to James and Margaret (White) Keathley. She attended Pikesville High School in Pikesville, KY. She married Emil Vlach on December 26, 1945 in Dallas, TX. Emil preceded her in death on February 21, 2007.        

  She is survived by her Daughters: Joan(Mick) Klein of Grafton, Linda (Jerry) Stellbrink and LaNah (Jerry) Brahmer, both of Medford, Grandchildren: Joyce (Dan) Pond of Cameron, Susan Klein of Milwaukee, Michele (Kas Raymer) Klein of Manhattan, KS, Amber (Nick) Stroud of Wauwatosa, Renea (Monty) Henke of Medford, Todd (Katie) Brahmer of Medford, Great Grandchildren: Tyler Henke, Brevin Brahmer, Mark and Matthew Pond, Abram,  Grant, and Iris Stroud, Sister in law: Donna Sipla of Coloma, MI and many nieces and nephews.
  Esta is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Brothers: James and Howard Keathley and Sister: Mavis Goodman.           
  Upon completion of high school, Esta moved to Columbus, Ohio  and was recruited by the Women’s Army Corps and went on to Basic Training in Presque Isla, Maine and was trained as a Medic. She was transferred to Dallas, where she met Emil. Upon Emil’s completion of his military enlistment, they returned to Rib Lake. Esta worked for Glovette Shoe Company and Gem Products for over 20 years, and retired due to health concerns. She moved to the Golden Living Center in Rib Lake in 2008 where she enjoyed playing music and participating in games of Bingo. Esta was very proud of her military service, and remained patriotic her entire life. She loved the American Flag, and always enjoyed singing Patriotic songs and hymns.         

  She was a devout Christian, and a member of the Rib Lake United Methodist Church, and American Legion Post 274.           
  A funeral service will be held at 11 AM, Friday January 6, 2017 at the Rib Lake United Methodist Church. Pastor Angel Rosario will officiate. Burial and Military Honors will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake. Visitation will be held Friday morning at the church from 10 AM until the time of service at 11 AM.           
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

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Eleanor Drymiller


 

  Eleanor Mae Louise Drymiller, 84, of Medford, passed away Friday, December 30, 2016 at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford.

  Eleanor was born January 10, 1932 in Lake Geneva, WI to Frank and Cora (Renner) Erckfritz. She graduated from Harvard High School in Harvard, IL. She married Gerald J. Drymiller on February 23, 1952 in Harvard. Gerald preceded her in death on June 4, 1994.
  She is survived by her children: Terrie (Montie) Ruffner of Plattsmouth, NE, Theodore Drymiller of Gilman, Lauri (George) Palmer of Sidney, MI, Patricia Drymiller of Fargo, ND, Jeffrey (Christine) Drymiller of Clarksville, TN, Kathy (Edward) Holub of Medford, Tammy (Terry) Fieselman of Medford,and Russell Drymiller of Withee, 33 Grandchildren, 32 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.
  Eleanor is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Sister Bertha Fischer, Grandson Joseph Walker, and Granddaughter Stacey Prokopiak, Great Granddaughter Zoee Williams.
  Eleanor will always be remembered as a dedicated mother and farmer’s wife. After raising her 8 children, she went on to work as the Secretary for Clark County Co-Op Extension in Neillsville. She then went on to work as a Dietary Aid at the Medford Memorial Hospital.
  She enjoyed picture puzzles, embroidery, sewing, canning, gardening, reading, crossword puzzles. She loved to clean and arrange her husband tools in his shop for him.
  Eleanor loved her family, although her children live throughout the country, she treasured her time spent with each of them.
  She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford, and the American Legion Auxiliary.  

  Funeral services for Eleanor will be held at 12 Noon, Monday, January 2, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford. Pastor Brian Mundt will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church on Monday beginning at 10:30 AM, until the time of service at 12 noon. Cremation rites will follow the service, burial of cremated remains will take place at the Lublin Cemetery at a later date.

  In honor of Eleanor, memorial donations can be made 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 www.hemerfuneralservice.com

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Kenneth J. Hasenohrl


  Kenneth J. Hasenohrl, age 82, of Colby passed away on Friday, December 30, 2016 at his home under the tender care of hospice.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at St. Mary of Help of Christian Catholic Parish in Colby.  Father Peter Manickam will officiate. Interment to follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Colby with Military Honors provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227.  Family and friends are welcome from 3:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 2 with a Prayer Service at 7:00 and on Tuesday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. all at the church. 

  Ken was born June 10, 1934, the son of Peter and Odialia (Kanter) Hasenohrl.  He attended St. Mary's and graduated from Colby High School. After graduation, Ken had a route delivering Parkin Ice Cream.  He enlisted in the US Navy in 1954 and trained as an Air Traffic Controller.  In 1958, Ken joined the Air Force as a Controller and in 1962, he was hired as a controller for the FAA.  He worked in Casper, Wyoming for 17 years before working for Army his last four years, retiring in 1988.

  Ken was united in marriage to Joanne Brotowich in 1958, but they later divorced and had four children.  In 1996, he was united in marriage to Margaret (Firnstahl) Bruesewitz.  He enjoyed bowling, golf and walking.     Ken and Margaret enjoyed traveling and bowling together in senior leagues.  As health issues came about, he always commented on the two great families he had and enjoyed his life.

  Kenneth is survived by his wife, Margaret of Colby; four children:  Rick Hasenohrl, Sam (Binh) Hasenohrl, Paul (Kelly) Hasenohrl and Stacie (Craig) Havnes all of Tucson, AZ; five step-children: Jill (Joe) Schaefer, Mary Jean (Darrell) Hornick, Scott (Tiffany) Bruesewitz, Julie (Harv) Zettler and Cindy (Chad) Pagelsdorf; one grandson, Adam Havnes; 12 step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren with two more due in March and May.  He is further survived by three sisters: Marcie Kirejczyk, Rose Fettig and Lois Retzer; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Richard and a sister, Marilyn Furtak.

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Martin A. Prasnicki


  Martin A Prasnicki, 91 of Gilman, died at home on December 28,

2016 under the care of Hope Hospice. He was born on
December 3, 1925 in Kane, Pennsylvania the son of the late
Alois and Agnes (Trulik) Prasnicki. The family moved to
Wisconsin in March of 1926 and settled in Gilman. Martin
attended Gilman public schools.
  He enlisted in the US Navy in November of 1943. Martin did his
boot camp in Idaho then gunnery school in San Diego, CA for 5
weeks. Martin was then assigned as an armed guard on the
Merchant Marine ship SS Flying Mist as a 20MM gunner which
transported cargo and ammunitions to different islands in the
Pacific Ocean (7 trips). He ended his service as a dispatcher in
the motor pool at Pearl Harbor, HI. Martin was discharged May 6,
1946 with the rank of Coxswain.
  On June 4, 1946 he came home to Gilman and bought a farm
two weeks later. Martin worked on the farm that he loved until
2013; after which time he moved to the Village of Gilman. Martin
not only farmed but also owned and operated a school bus for
37 years in the Gilman School District.
  Martin married Margie Piwoni on July 10, 1948 at Saints Peter &
Paul Catholic Church in Gilman. She preceded him in death due
to an automobile accident on December 2, 1967. Martin married
Loretta Sromek on February 7, 1976 at Corpus Christi Catholic
Church in Cleveland, OH.
  He is survived by his wife, Loretta of Gilman, his five children,
Gary Prasnicki and Susan Dailey both of Rochester, MN, Lorie
(Jimmy) Gwiazdon and Cheryl (Randy) Boone both of Eau Claire
and Mary (Steve) Davis of Richmond, Kentucky, four
grandchildren, Colin (Christa Anderson) and Caylee Boone,
Ryan (Katrina Nelson) Gwiazdon and Savannah Davis and two
brothers, Henry (Dorothy) Prasnicki of Big Stone Lake, South
Dakota and Phillip Prasnicki of Gilman. Martin is preceded in
death by his parents, 1st wife, Margie, one grandchild, baby
Alexandra Davis and nine siblings, Steve, Veronica, Mary,
Agnes, John, Michael, Barbara Perlock, Rose Gallett and Anne
Dylo.
  A funeral mass will be held at 11AM on Tuesday, January 3,
2017 at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church-Gilman with
Father Madanu Lourdu Raju officiating. Burial will follow in the
Parish Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday, January 2nd from
5-7 PM at the Gilman Funeral Home with a 7PM Parish Rosary
and on Tuesday morning at church one hour prior to services. 

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George Tom


 

  George E. Tom, 78, of Deer Creek, passed away on December 23, 2016 at home. George was born on September 3, 1938 to Edward and Ann Tom. He attended Stetsonville schools. He married Rose Hamm, who survives him, in 1960 in St. Paul, MN. George worked in roofing, carpentry, road construction and most recently as a mechanic at Peterson Construction for 13 years.

  In his spare time George enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, fishing, making firewood, playing cards, working in his garage, wood working, going to his camper, sleigh rides, and spending time with his family and friends. He was also a member of the Operating Engineers Union and Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville.

  In addition to his wife, Rose,  George is survived by his children, Kathy Tom of Medford, Laurie (Jeff) Hartwig of Medford, and Jeff (Deb) Tom of Medford; grandchildren, Matt (Billie) Hartwig of Medford, Jason (Andrea) Hartwig of Medford, Rachel (Gary) McCully of Green Bay, Caitlin Fierke of Stetsonville, and Caleb Fierke of Medford;, great-grandchildren Tyler, Rylee, Wyatt, Clayton, and one on the way. George is further survived by his brothers Charles (Sandy) Tom of Medford, Herbert (Linda) Tom of Oklahoma, Phil (Sue) Tom of Westboro; sisters Rose (Alvin) Kloth of Medford, Bernice Cypher of Crivitz, Carolyn (Jerry) Nelson of Hales Corner.

  George is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Clarence Tom.

  A memorial service for George will be held on Friday, December 30 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville at 11:00 AM with Rev Richard Russow officiating. Visitation will take place at the church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00.

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

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Margaret M. Seidel


 

  Margaret Mary Seidel, 94, of Rib Lake, passed away Wednesday December 28, 2016 at The Golden Living Center in Rib Lake.

  Margaret was born July 11, 1922 to Michael and Rosa Schneider in the family home in which she then grew up in. She was the 6th of 14 children born to them. She attended Mud Lake School in Rib Lake and spent most of her 94 years in the Rib Lake area. It was here that she married the love of her life, Leonard (Jack) Seidel in 1942. Together they raised their three sons just outside of the village limits.
  Margaret was a working mother, employed 30 years with Gem Products in Rib Lake. In 1985 at her husband’s request, she joined him in retirement, which they enjoyed together until his death in 1990. She was a homemaker, mother and wife that relied on the skills she learned as a child in her mother’s kitchen.   The kitchen was her domain where she turned out countless pies, jars of jam and jelly, canned venison and canned vegetables. Margaret enjoyed listening to polka music while she worked in the kitchen and her radio scanner.
  Margaret enjoyed dancing, gardening, cooking, canning, bowling, travelling and visiting with her friends, family and neighbors. As a lifelong member of the Good Shepard Catholic Church she participated as a member of the Christian Mothers, helping with church dinners and donating food as needed. She also served as a den mother when her sons were in the Rib Lake Cub Scouts.
  After her husband’s death she enjoyed the companionship of her dear friend, Lyle Schmedegard, for 20 years. They filled each other’s lives with dancing, laughter and friendship until his passing in 2013. In 2012 she moved into the Village of Rib Lake after living 60 years in her home, with the last 24 being alone. Her family cherishes the memories of the simple and wholesome lifestyle she modeled, the values she taught of the benefits of hard work and of not being wasteful and the ability to take life as it comes, no matter what.

  She is survived her Sons: Richard (Terri) Seidel of Fall Creek, Dale (Patty) Seidel of Brooklyn, 7 Grandchildren: Brian Seidel, Greg Seidel, Shari (Chad) Strasburg, Kim (Steve) Goetz, Michael Seidel, Suzette (Scott) Reynolds and Tracy (Michael) Procajlo; 8 Great Grandchildren: Reid (Shari) Strasburg, Laura and Nathan Seidel (Brian), Jessica and Randy (Suzette) Reynolds, and Alexander, Ethan and Sydney (Tracey) Procajlo; and 3 Great Great Granddaughters.
  She was preceded in death by her husband Leonard Seidel, and sons Francis Seidel and infant Dennis Seidel; Brothers: Walter, Norbert and Michael; Sisters: Bernice, Bertha, Rosemary, Anne, Frieda, Rita and Emma.
  Three of the family of fourteen survive: 2 Sisters: Marie (Paul) Froebe of Ft. Collins, CO, Agnes (Ross) Petersen of Phillips, and brother Gerald (Adrian) Schneider of Rib Lake, and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial Donations in honor of Margaret may be given to the family, proceeds will be designated to the Rib Lake Fire and EMS Department.
  A funeral mass will be held at 11 AM, Friday December 30, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake. Father Otto Bucher will officiate. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Friday at Good Shepherd Church from 10 AM until the time of Mass at 11 AM.
  Memorial Donations in honor of Margaret may be given to the family, proceeds will be designated to the Rib Lake Fire and EMS Department.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www. Hemerfuneralservice.com

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Anne M. Packenham


 

ANNE M. PACKENHAM

 

AGE: 99

 

ADDRESS: Montello, WI; A former Rib Lake area resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 10:40 AM Tuesday, December 27 at Divine Savior Hospital, Portage where she had been a patient for the past 1 day

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Saturday, December 31 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake

 

OFFICIATING: Father Otto Bucher

 

INTERMENT: Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake

 

VISITATION: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, December 31

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 29, 1917 in the Township of Chelsea

 

EDUCATION: Whittlesey elementary schools, 1934 graduate of Medford High School, 1935 graduate of Taylor County Normal School, Medford & a 1967 graduate of UW-Stevens Point with a degree in education

 

MARRIAGE: June 6, 1939 at OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey to Emil Packenham & he preceded her in death November 13, 1986

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After marriage, they settled in the Rib Lake area. She taught in Taylor County schools for 40 years until retirement from the Rib Lake school district in 1982. She moved to reside with her daughter in Montello in 2013.

 

MEMBER OF: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Montello, Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake, Taylor County WREA; Past member of Christian Mothers Confraternity, the National Council of Catholic Women

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Mark (Mary) Packenham of Claire, IL, Nancy Rogers of Brookfield, WI, Barbara Packenham of Stevens Point, James Packenham of Rib Lake, Mary (Chuck) Bornhoeft of Montello, WI

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 14 & 2 step GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 18 GR. GR.
GRANDCHILDREN: 2

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Granddaughter – Lynn Carlson

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brothers – Raymond Brandner of Medford & Rock Brandner of Richfield, WISisters – Rosemary (Bob) Werner of Whittlesey

Sisters-in-law: Elinora Brandner, Barbara Brandner, & Rita Brandner all of Medford

Further survived by many nieces, nephews & other relatives

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – John, Carl Jr., Roman, Herbert & Ralph Brandner; Sisters – Catherine Lamberty, Thecla Oestreich & Ida Scott

 

DECEASED FATHER: Carl Brandner, Sr.

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Kunigunde (Linzner) Brandner

 

PALLBEARERS: Grandsons – David, Tim, Dan & Todd Packenham, Jeffrey, John & James Marthaler


-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

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Alice E. Pribbernow


 

  Alice E. Pribbernow, age 76, of Marshfield formerly of Owen, passed away on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 31, 2016 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Withee. The Rev. Thomas Myhre will officiate. Inurnment will be in the Riverside Cemetery in the Town of Hixon, at a later date. Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 pm on Friday, December 30, 2016 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Saturday.


  Alice was born on January 28, 1940, the daughter of Sylvester and Helen B. (Bauer) O’Brien in the Town of Colby. She worked as a nurse’s aide in the nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the Colby area. Alice also worked in the office for Hutt Electric Supply in Abbotsford.

  Alice was united in marriage to Alvin H. Pribbernow Jr. on September 14, 1963 at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Thorp.

  Alice was a member of Saint John’s Lutheran Church. After retirement Alice enjoyed luncheon outings with her siblings and also looked forward to volunteering at Bethesda in Wausau. She enjoyed camping and spending time with her family.

  Alice is survived by her husband; Alvin of Owen, sons; Bruce (Bonnie) Pribbernow of Marshfield and Richard (Judy) Pribbernow of Milan, grandson; Skyler Michael (Carmen) Pribbernow of Medford, step-grand-daughters; Christine (Eric) Wolf of Marshfield, and Tara (Evan) Sullivan of Green Bay, step great-grand-daughters; Gracie Wolf, Madison Sullivan, Pryia Sullivan and Emma Wolf. She is further survived by her siblings; Dorothy Schultze of Thorp, Carol Stroming of Colby and George O’Brien of Colby.

  She was preceded in death by her parents and a son; Gerald Pribbernow.

 

  Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com.
 

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