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Laurie A. Strey


 

 

  LAURIE A. STREY, age 53, of Loyal, WI, passed away at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital, in Marshfield, WI, on Sunday, February 26, 2017.  A memorial service will be held at 11am on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at the Loyal United Methodist Church, in Loyal, with Rev. Patsy Roe officiating.  Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday from 10am until time of service.

     Laurie Ann Ingersoll was born on February 28, 1963 in Marshfield, WI, to Harold and Kathryn (Klimeck) Ingersoll.  She was raised and received her education in the Abbotsford area until her family moved to Stetsonville, WI, in 1980 and graduated from Medford High School in 1981.  After high school, she worked as a waitress in Marshfield.  She was united in marriage on January 14, 1984 to Charles R. Strey in Las Vegas, NV.  They moved to Barstow, CA where her husband was stationed at Ft. Irwin in the U.S. Army.  After his discharge from the service in 1985, they moved to Loyal and she resumed working as a waitress until becoming an employee at Weather Shield Mfg. in Greenwood.  After health conditions forced her to leave Weather Shield, Laurie continued to work in the Loyal/Greenwood area waitressing, cooking, and bartending.  Currently she was working at the Kickin' Kow Kafe, in Greenwood, and at the House of Spirits, in Loyal.
     She had the type of laugh that was infectious and a loving sense of humor.
     She had many interests, but especially loved spending time with family and friends.  She was an avid swimmer in her youth and enjoyed fishing till sunset.  She took pleasure in playing cards and volleyball.  She was an especially enthusiastic and passionate Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan.
     She will be dearly missed by her husband, Chuck, of Loyal;  her children:  Travis (Elaine) Strey of Eagan, MN,  Stacy Strey of Loyal,  Christopher Strey of Marshfield,  Kyle Strey of Loyal;  five grandchildren:  Kathryn Boardman, Sylas Strey, Asher White-Bergey, Grayson Strey, Chael Strey;  her mother:  Kathryn Ingersoll of Abbotsford,  her father:  Harold Ingersoll of Owen, WI;  one sister:  Karen (Wayne) Tischendorf of Ogema, WI;  four brothers:  Ronald Ingersoll of Abbotsford,  Daniel Ingersoll of Medford, WI,  Bradley (Kathy) Ingersoll of Stanley, WI,  Brian (Samantha) Ingersoll of Medford, WI;  one sister-in-law:  Sandra Ingersoll of Dorchester, WI;  nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
     She was preceded in death by one brother, Galen Ingersoll.

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Gerald J. Magsam


 

  Gerald J. Magsam, 80, of Medford, passed away Sunday February 26, 2017 at Aspirus Care and Rehab Center in Medford.

  Gerald was born November 19, 1936 in Euclid, MN to Ray and Edna Magsam. He attended elementary school at District 293 in Euclid and was a 1954 graduate of the Northwest School of Agriculture in Crookston, MN. In 1955 Gerald married Bonita Bratten.
  After his education, Gerald was a grain farmer in Euclid, MN, and then went on to dairy farm in Birnamwood, Marion, and Pulaski, WI areas until his retirement in 1984. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.
  In 1946 Gerald heard the Gospel of Christ, and followed it throughout the rest of his life.
  He is survived by his children: Gary (Debbie) Magsam of Wisconsin Rapids, Gene(Linda) Magsam of VanCovver, WA, Gwen (Jim Willkomm)Rabe- Dombowsky of Medford, Greg Magsam of Shawano, and Gerry Magsam of Cecil, 11 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. Gerald is further survived by his siblings: Bertha Magsam of Arkansas, Elmer (Marilyn) Magsam of Baldwin, WI, Marlys (Bill) Martin of Oklahoma City, OK, Larry (Carol) Magsam of Emporia, KS, Dean (Kathy) Magsam of Sulphur, OK, Sylvia (Bill) Nueske of Wittenberg, Rodney (Donna) Magsam of Northfield, MN, Mark (Pam) Magsam of Palm Desert, California, and William Magsam of Phoenix, AZ.
  He is preceded in death by: his Parents, and brothers Gilbert, Danny and Marvin Magsam.

  Funeral services will be held at 12:30 PM, Friday March 3, 2017 at the Stetsonville Centennial Center, 412 E Centennial Avenue, Stetsonville, WI, 54480. Perry Pearson and Robert Eberhart will officiate. Visitation will be held prior to the service, Friday morning at the Stetsonville Centennial Center from 10:00 AM until 12:15 PM. Burial will follow in the Baldwin Cemetery, Baldwin, WI.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Gerald can be given to his family, for designation at 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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Merlin Kilty


 

  Merlin Kilty, age 81, passed away on Friday, February 24, 2017 at Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center in Owen, Wisconsin.

  A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at First United Church of Christ in Colby.  Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate.  Inurnment will follow at Colby Memorial Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.

  Merlin was born July 4, 1935, the son of Melvin and Mayme (Bandow) Kilty, in Marshfield.  He farmed in the Colby area until 1985.  He became an adjuster for McMillan-Warner Mutual Insurance and worked there until his retirement.  He married Donna Mae Treankler April 8, 1954.  They later divorced.

  Merlin served on many boards, often holding an officer position.  He strongly believed in the value of education.  He served on the Hillcrest Grade School Board, Colby School Board, Clark County Area School Board Association, CESA No. 6 Board of Control, Wisconsin School Board Association, Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control and the National School Board Association.  He also served on the Board of Directors for Farm Business Association, Trinity Lutheran Church Council, McMillan-Warner Mutual Board of Directors and Abbotsford City Council.

  Merlin is survived by his children:  Debbie (Ron) Johnson of Batesville, IN, Mike (Cheryl) Kilty of Abbotsford, Patrick (Debbie) Kilty of Colby and Mark (Bev) Kilty of Colby; ten grandchildren:  Amanda (Justin Irwin) Johnson, Jake Johnson, Jen (Brad) Schumacher, Jeremy (Jess) Kilty, Sabrina Bruehling, Miranda (Bryan) Miranda, Jonathan Kilty, Benjamin Kilty, Krystale (Brandon) Bruesewitz, and Kirsten Miller; and thirteen great grandchildren:  Landon, Hailey, Rylan, Cadence, Cameron, Chael, Hayden, Lamea, Carter, Braedan, Savana, Breckin and Boston.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister and brother-in-law Miriam and Harley Johnson and his former wife.

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Clarence P. Decker


 

  Clarence P. Decker, age 96, of Colby, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Dycora Transitional Health in Abbotsford.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Parish in Colby.  Father Peter Manickam and Father Tim Oudenhoven will officiate.  Interment to follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors will be provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the church.

  Clarence was born on May 12, 1920 in Dorchester, the son of Peter and Kryzence (Heigl) Decker.  He attended Dorchester schools.  Clarence enlisted in the US Army in 1941 and was part of the 1st Armored Division, 81st Reconnaissance Division, Company B.   He was in Morocco and eventually Sicily where he was injured.  Clarence was sent stateside and was discharged from Ft. Smith in Arkansas, where he met his wife, Wanda Gregory.  They were united in marriage on July 6, 1945 at Fort Smith.  They moved back to Colby in 1955 and he worked at Kreoplin Buick Garage in Colby.  Clarence retired from Schjoneman Truck and Trailer in 1983.

  Clarence was a member of St. Mary Parish and past commander of the VFW Post #2227.  He was an avid gardener, enjoyed camping, cooking over an open fire and even took up deer hunting at the age of 80.  His favorite passions were fly fishing and telling stories about WWII.  Clarence was even honored to have been chosen for the Honor Flight in 2011.

  Clarence is survived by his son, James (Dana) Decker of Colby; grandchildren: Lukas and Emma Decker and Timothy Schmidt; great-granddaughter, Alivia Schmidt.  

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wanda on May 17, 2008; nine brothers and sisters:  George, James, Frank, Olivia, Charlotte, Tillie, Rose and twins born stillborn.  

  The Decker family would like to thank the Dycora Transitional Health staff for the care that went above and beyond their expectations of Clarence.

 

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Timothy "Tim" J. Lemke, Jr


 

TIMOTHY “TIM” J. LEMKE, JR.

 

AGE: 39

 

ADDRESS: Thorp, WI; A former Medford area resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced at 10:16 PM Thursday, February 23 at Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Stanley where he was taken earlier by ambulance

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, February 28 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Pastor Brian Mundt

 

VISITATION: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Tuesday, February 28

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 15, 1977 at Medford

 

EDUCATION: Immanuel Lutheran Day School, Medford; 1995 graduate of Medford High School as a gifted athlete and honor student; BA degree in Sociology from UW – La Crosse

 

MARRIAGE: July of 2002 at Medford to Dawn Heintz and they were later divorced

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he worked at Foremost Foods in Milan, Abbyland in Abbotsford & worked as a teacher’s aid at Medford High School for periods of time. He enjoyed his 2 cats, music, playing guitar, watching movies, spending time with his son, girlfriend, family and friends.

 

SURVIVING FIANCE’: Taryn Blecka of Thorp

 

SURVIVING SON: Quin Lemke of Bradenton, FL

 

SURVIVING SISTERS: Kari (Jason) Rappe of Medford and Laurie Lemke of Rhinelander

 

SURVIVING PARENTS: Sally (Kraus) & Timothy Lemke, Sr. of Medford; Paternal Grandmother – Florence Lemke of Medford

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to the family for a scholarship fund for his son, Quin

-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Ethel F. Johnson


 

  Ethel F. Johnson, age 94, of Owen passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center in Owen surrounded by her loving family under the tender care of Ministry Home Care Hospice. 

  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017 at Our Father's House in Chili.  Pastor Ronald Johnson will officiate.  Interment to follow at St. Paul Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery in Curtiss.  Family and friends are welcome from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 2 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church.

  Ethel was born on June 6, 1922, the daughter of Fred and Elizabeth (Taylor) Hodd in Stanley.  After her high school graduation, she attended cosmetology school.  On June 12, 1942, Ethel was united in marriage to Harris A. Johnson in Withee.  He preceded her in death in 2004.

  Ethel worked for six years as a Certified Nursing Assistant at the Stanley Hospital.  She was also a beautician in Medford, and worked at a beauty shop that was in the Woodland Hotel in Owen.  Leading up to her retirement, Ethel was employed as the beautician at the Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center for 17 1/2 years.

  Ethel loved camping in the family school bus and later enjoyed their cottage on Mead Lake.  She was a member of the Clark County Choraliers and played the organ for over 20 years at the United Methodist Church in Withee.  Ethel also was a Sunday School Teacher, Superintendent and the song leader.  She was a member of Our Father's House for 14 years.  Ethel loved to spend time with her family, enjoyed roller skating, swimming, water skiing, riding horse, building snowmen, and was very fond of cats, dogs and horses.

  Ethel is survived by her three children:  Pastor Ronald (Deborah) Johnson of Chili, Marlene (Steven) Booher of Marshfield and Diane (Timothy) Stock, Sr. of Withee; 12 grandchildren:  Jonathan (Carri) Johnson, Michelle (Hal) Vage, Dawn (Preston) Wolf, Jim (Timna) Roney, Maranatha (Vince) Elmhorst, Joanna Johnson, Teresa Maynard, Steve N. (Cindy) Booher, Rebecca (Dan) Kempenich, Amy (Ross) Kaz, Autumn Collar and Timothy John Stock, Jr. (Angela) and 26 great-grandchildren.  She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Harris and eight brothers and sisters:  Etta Johnson, Myrtle Johnson, Fred Hodd, Roy Hodd, Floyd Hodd, Dorothy Bogue, Robert Hodd and Ervine Hodd.

  The Johnson Family would like to thank the staff at Clark County Rehab and Living Center for taking wonderful care of our Mother for the last two years!

  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to the Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center.

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Patrick Dean Rose


 

  Patrick Dean Rose, age 66, of Owen, passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017.  He was born on November 6, 1950, to Lester and Antoinette Rose in Grand Haven, Michigan, later moving to Redville, Wisconsin with his mother and siblings Jeffrey, Steven, and Gloria.  He graduated from Owen-Withee High School in 1968.  He married Joanne Blume in 1972 and had one child, Kathryn. 

  Patrick had a colorful life of adventures.  He apprenticed at the Star News newspaper as a printer, dairy farmed, drove semi throughout the forty eight contiguous states, managed a bison ranch, and drove school bus for over a decade, among other adventures.  He joined the Lublin Volunteer Fire Department in 1992 and served as Chief from 1997-2011, when he retired due to health reasons. He assisted in starting the Lublin Area First Responders in 1994 and served as a medical first responder.  He was an ambulance driver for the Gilman Ambulance from 1999-2011.

  He is preceded in death by his parents, a brother-Steven and wife-Joanne.  He is survived by his brother Jeffrey (Lublin), sister Gloria, daughter Kathryn (Allan) Larson (Wisconsin Rapids), and three grandchildren.

Patrick’s hobbies in retirement included fishing as much as possible with Ed and Wally, and being a proud grandparent to Anastasia, Gabriel, and Jordan (Larson).  He enjoyed baking, collecting stamps and coins, and eating out with friends. 

  There will be a visitation from 9am-11am, followed by a service at 11am on Friday February 24, 2017 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen, Wisconsin.  A fellowship will follow at The Hayloft in Withee at Noon.  An inurnment will occur at a later date.

  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to your local fire department or ambulance station.

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Dorothy Ann (Zuther) Shumacher


 

  After dealing courageously with ovarian cancer, Dorothy Ann (Zuther) Schumacher, 83, entered eternal rest on February 20, 2017. She was born on September 27, 1933 in Athens, Wisconsin to Arnold and Olga (Vircks) Zuther.  Dorothy grew up on a small farm outside of Dorchester and from an early age she developed a love of animals and gardening.

  Dorothy attended St. Peter Lutheran Parochial School and was a 1951 graduate of Dorchester High School. While in high school she met her future husband, Robert Schumacher.
  After high school Dorothy worked at an insurance agency. She also held administrative positions in Colby and Chicago. On July 9, 1955 Dorothy and Bob were married in Marathon County.
  Together Bob and Dorothy operated a successful dairy farm in the Town of Little Black.  Dorothy had an active role in keeping farm records, accounting, and registering their purebred Holsteins. While raising a large family, Dorothy was active in many community organizations. She served as Liberty 4-H general leader for many years and was a member of the Taylor County dairy promotions committee, the Medford school board, and the Busy Bees Homemakers Club. 
  In retirement she enjoyed singing in several community choirs, being a school reading volunteer, as well as a county Interfaith volunteer providing various services to seniors. Her home was always open to young families needing emergency daycare.
  Dorothy was a lifelong active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church. She shared her talents in many ways including choir, ladies aid, altar guild and committees. Dorothy simply loved to serve the Lord and contribute wherever needed.
  It was a joy for Dorothy to attend many of her children and grandchildren’s athletic events, concerts, dance recitals, and 4-H activities.  Besides her husband Robert, Dorothy is survived by her children: Ellen (Brian), Jenifer, Sally (Rick), Catherine (Rob), Ryan (Kelly), Neal (Pamela), Ned (Tracy), and Tony (Kathy). Her 19 grandchildren include: Todd, Timothy, Andrew, Gabriel, Ariana, Benjamin, Samuel, Luke, Zachary, Karlyn, Evan, LeeAnn, Elise, Audrey, Tyler, Mara, Hallie, Douglas, and Elaine. Dorothy adored her great-grandchildren Aden, Tenley, Reid, and Otto. She is also survived by her sister Adeline (Don) O’Shoney and in-laws, Marlene and Bryce Hinke.
  Preceding her in death were two young sons, Todd and Reid, as well as her sister Doris and brother Norman.
  Visitation will be held at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Dorchester on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 3:00-6:00 pm.  The funeral service will be held on Monday, Feb. 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Dorchester with visitation one hour prior to the service.  Rev. Shawn Andersen will officiate.  She will be laid to rest in the Dorchester Cemetery next to her two young sons.
  Memorials can be designated to St. Peter Lutheran Church or Hope Hospice-Medford, Wisconsin.

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Erik James Klemm


  Erik James Klemm was born Monday, February 13th, at 3:33 AM to parents Cole and Jennifer Klemm.  He weighed 1 pound 10 ounces and was 12 inches.  Erik was able to experience his Mommy and Daddy holding and kissing him before passing away peacefully in his parent's arms at 5:10 AM.  Heaven's gain was our loss when our angel was called by our Lord.  Erik came into this world too soon and was taken too soon.  Though he was here a short time he touched many lives and will forever be loved.  He will always be his parent's precious angel and Finley's little angel brother and they will hold him again in Heaven one day.

  Erik is survived by his loving parents, Cole and Jennifer, big sister Finley, maternal grandparents, Lon and Linda Rundquist, paternal grandparents, Kevin and Julee Klemm, great grandparents, Jim Zuleger, Nelda Klemm, and Betty Rainaldo, Aunts and Uncles, Mike and Jess Sperl, Travis and Amy Gilles, Aaron and Anne Rogers, and cousins Bennett and Brady Sperl and Marshall Gilles.  
  Erik is further survived by numerous great aunts and uncles.Erik is preceded in death by great grandparents, Robert Rainaldo, Jim and Polly Rundquist, Bunny Klemm, and Joan Zuleger, and great uncle Dean Klemm.

  A private, family service will be held at Hemer Funeral Home on Saturday, February 25th.  
  How very softly you tiptoed into our world, almost silently, only a moment you stayed. But what an imprint your footsteps have left upon our hearts.
  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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Adala A. "Tootie" Konieczny


 

  Adala A. "Tootie" Konieczny, 93, of Medford, passed away Thursday February 16, 2017 at Aspirus Care and Rehab Center in Medford.

  Adala was born March 19, 1923 in Hortonville, WI to Harold and Margaret (Lippert) Collar. She married Stanley Konieczny on September 30, 1950. Stanley passed away April 2, 2016. She is survived by her children: Kathleen (Bill) Semanko  of Junction City, KS, Karen (Lee) Paul of Medford, Linda (Don) Horgen of Almena, Judy Bogdonovich of Stanley, and Daughter in Law Sally Konieczny of Owen, Brother Donald Collar of Neenah, 14 Grandchildren, 3 Step Grandchildren, 35 Great Grandchildren, and 1 Great Great Grandchild. She is further preceded in death by her son Ronnie Konieczny, siblings: Louis, Willard, Victor, Francis and Eugene, infant brother Carl and sister Marion.

  Adala loved spending time with those closest to her heart, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.    

  She enjoyed watching the Brewers, spending time in her garden and traveling to different casinos. She also enjoyed the occasional glass or two of beer and wine. She took pleasure in traveling and taking trips to visit family. She loved music and played guitar and sang with her brothers.  She spent most of her life at home raising her kids or working on the farm. She worked for a number of years at Master Package, in Owen, before retiring.

  Cremation rites have been accorded, a celebration of life will take place at a later date. Burial of cremated remains will take place at The Maplehurst Cemetery. 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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Clarence H. Richards


 

  Clarence H. Richards, age 97, of Black River Falls, formerly of Owen and Goodman passed away peacefully on February 14, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family and under the tender care of Black River Memorial Hospice.  

  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Saint Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Green Grove.  Reverend Donald Bruce will officiate.  Interment to follow at the church cemetery with Military Honors provided by Lublin American Legion Post #547, Owen American Legion Post #123 and the Owen-Withee Vets Club.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church. 

  Clarence was born December 15, 1919, the son of Herman and Louise (Belongie) Richards in Goodman.  He graduated from Goodman High School and this year would have been his 80th class reunion.  Clarence served in the U. S. Army Air Corps in WWII, stationed in Guam and Tinian on the Mariana Islands in the 19th Bombardment Group, from 1941-45.  After his honorable discharge, he worked for Goodman Lumber Company for 40 years, retiring in 1994.

  Clarence was united in marriage to Darlene A. Lulloff on October 28, 1950 at Saint Paul Lutheran Church in the Town of Green Grove.  She preceded him in death on November 4, 2014.  Darlene and Clarence moved to Owen after their retirement and purchased a 60 acre farm. Darlene and Clarence opened a store in their home called “Crafts by the Richards,” where they would sell crafts and woodworking projects made by them.  Darlene and Clarence shared the skill of collecting maple sap. They would gather, process, and sell their maple syrup.  They also enjoyed gardening and selling the fruits of their labor. Darlene and Clarence invested in a time share and would travel around the US, but especially enjoyed Branson, the Poconos and Apple Valley, OH and many trips were made to visit family in Florida and Tennessee.  He also enjoyed reading, especially about WWII and the operations in the South Pacific, going to the casinos, but above all, he was devoted to his best four-legged friend, "Romeo."  In 2009, they moved to Black River Falls to live with his daughter, Eileen.

  Clarence was president of the Wild River Lions Club for many years and president of the Goodman Housing Authority.  He also was honored to have been chosen for the Honor Flight.

  Clarence is survived by his daughters: Betty (Fred) Dorava of Medford, Pat (Bob) Marx-Felton of Rochelle, IL, Kathy (Mike) Cooney of Plymouth and Eileen Cleaver of Black River Falls; his six grandchildren: Carol Dorava, Julie Dorava, Jenny Zawislak, Stephanie Glass, Neil (Becky) Dahmer and Kristen Terrazas; eight great-grandchildren: Casey, Cassidy, Carmen, Aadin, Mason, Soloman, Lilly and Felicia.  He is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

  He is preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Mildred, in 1949; his second wife of 64 years, Darlene; sisters: Fern Richards, Betty (Don) Jensen, Gladys (Al) Hanson and Dorothy Gilreath; a son-in-law, Frank Cleaver and his second best four-legged friend, "Dufus".

  In lieu of flowers, the family will send memorials to the Honor Flight.

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Thomas "Tom" A. Noland


 

  Thomas “Tom” Allen Noland, 50, of Rib Lake, passed away at his home on Tuesday, February 14, 2017.

  Tom was born October 30, 1966 in Marshfield, WI to Robert and Delores (Baronsky) Noland. He attended Medford Area Schools, and was a 1985 graduate of Medford Area Senior High School. Tom married Patricia “Patty” Kennedy on April 20, 1991 in Prentice.
  Tom is survived by his wife Patty,  his children: Katey (Wilson Fowle), Lizzie, and Jake Noland all at home.
  He is further survived by his Parents: Robert and Delores Noland of Medford, Siblings: Brian (Lisa) Noland, Galen Noland, Susan (Larry Peterson) Noland all of Medford, Brothers and Sisters in law: Tammy (Charles) Johnson of Westboro, Kathleen (Kreg) White of Ogema, Bryan (Pam) Kennedy of Medford, Mike (Jolene) Kennedy of Westboro, Mary (Brian) Quante of Withee, Billy (Becky) Kennedy of Westboro, and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
  Tom is preceded in death by his Grandparents Carl and Marcella Noland and Frank and Nellie Baronsky, and Father and Mother in Law Wallace and Audrey Kennedy.
  Tom loved to be outdoors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, boating, four wheeling, snowmobiling, riding his Ranger, and most recently ice fishing. He was a great hunting guide for family and friends. Tom was the Owner and Operator of Noland Logging, Inc., where he enjoyed having his son Jake work by his side. He enjoyed attending his children’s extra curricular activities especially volleyball and hockey games.
Tom loved his family and was very proud of them; especially for Katey becoming a Registered Nurse, Lizzie’s academic accomplishments, and Jake’s hunting skills.  He was a member of the Great Lakes Timber Producers of America, Forest Industry Safety and Training Alliance, Member and Sponsor of Silver Creek Sportsman’s Club, and a Lifetime Member of The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

  A Funeral Mass will be held at 12 noon, Friday February 17, 2017 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Father Phil Juza will officiate. Burial will follow at the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mike Kennedy, Bryan Kennedy, Billy Kennedy, Tim Noland, Christopher Noland, Luke Peterson, Ron Arkola, and Mike Brandner. Visitation will be held from 5-7 PM on Thursday February 16 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford chapel, and also on Friday from 11 AM until the time of Mass at 12 noon at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. 
  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given to the Noland Family, for designation at a later date for local projects and organizations.
  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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Peter "Petey" J. Keuer


 

 

PETER “PETEY” J. KEUER   

 

AGE:  55 

 

ADDRESS:    Eagle River, WI; A former Medford native

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  8:43 PM Sunday, February 12 at Saint Clare’s Hospital, Weston          

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, March 18 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

 

OFFICIATING:  Father Jim Fosdick (family clergy from Eagle River)

 

VISITATION:  10 AM until the time of services at 11:30 AM on Saturday, March 18 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 21, 1961 at Key West, FL

 

EDUCATION: Medford area elementary schools, graduate of Medford Sr. High School, and graduate of Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he worked for Yamaha music while residing in Southern California for several years.  He later moved to the Minneapolis, MN area where he worked for Boston Scientific.  He enjoyed playing the trombone, hunting, fishing & spending time with his children and friends.  Peter was a gifted musician and a dedicated hunting and fishing guide.

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN:  Son – Joseph “Joe” Keuer of WaterfordWI; Daughter – Courtney Keuer of Muskego, WI

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Jim (Carolann Clark) Keuer of Portland, OR; Janet (Mike) Lucchesi of Memphis, Indiana; Patty (Mike) Bates of Eagle River, WI & Carol (Pat) Gaab of Chandler, AZ

 

SURVIVING PARENTS:  Dr. Jim (Jean) Keuer of Arbor Vita, WI & Jo Keuer of Chandler, AZ

 

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

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Donald E. Schauer


 

 

  Donald E. Schauer, age 86, of Abbotsford, passed away on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Golden Living Center-Continental Manor in Abbotsford.

  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby.  The Rev. Mark Neumann will officiate.  Military Honors will be provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church.

  Don was born on December 29, 1930 the son of Oscar and Martha (Hanne) Schauer  in Green Grove.  He graduated from Abbotsford High School in 1948.  Don served in the U. S. Air Force stationed in Korea.  On October 23, 1954, Don was united in marriage to Stella Venzke in Milan.  He worked at Kraft Foods in Milan as a supervisor for 40 years.

  Don was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Colby.  He owned a 40 acre hobby farm and enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, wine making, playing cards and throwing horseshoes.  He also followed the Packers and Badgers and school sporting events.  Don especially loved being with his children and grandchildren.

  Don is survived by his wife, Stella of Colby; four children: Burt (Theresa) Schauer of Spencer, Gary (Patty) Schauer of Holcombe, Nancy Schauer of Tomahawk and Todd (Peggy) Schauer of Tomahawk; nine grandchildren: Stephanie Schauer, Joshua Schauer, Travis (Trisha) Schauer, Kelly (Corey) Demulling, Dustin (Ashley) Schauer, Jacob (Katie) Luther, Isaac Luther, Tiffany Schauer and Mitchell Schauer; seven great-grandchildren: Cal, Max, Dane, Reed, Samantha, Brooklynn and Aiden.  He is further survived by his brother, Willard (Pat) Schauer of Abbotsford and his sister, Francis (Arvin) Gosse of Abbotsford; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Ruth Bunkelman.

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Charles E. Jackson


 

  Charles E. Jackson, 77, of Medford passed away at home on February 10, 2017. He was born on June 18, 1939 to Marvin and Ella Jackson. He was a graduate of Medford public schools and went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree from Michigan State. He taught math in the Edwardsburg School District in Michigan for 35 years until his retirement in 1998. Upon his retirement he returned to Medford, where he was a board member of the People’s Choice Credit Union and worked for Wanke Builders in the summers.

  In his spare time Charles was an avid wood carver, was a member of the West Wisconsin Wood Carver’s Guild, and loved to fish.
  Charles is survived by his sister Marilyn Bauer of Beaver Dam, sister-in-law Legretha Jackson of Charleston, SC, and his long time companion Bonnie Warner of Gilman. He is further survived by 5 nieces and nephews, and many other family and friends.
  In addition to his parents Charles is preceded in death by his brothers Marvin Jackson in 2004 and Robert Jackson in 2015, and one brother-in-law Roger Bauer.
  A memorial service for Charles will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, February 18 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, with Pastor David Clements officiating. Burial of cremains will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery I. Visitation will take place at the funeral home from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at 11:00 A.M. Memorial donation in Charles’ name may be made to The Salvation Army, or The Kuse Farm and Nature Preserve in Medford WI. 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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Glen E. Morris


  Glen E Morris, 80, formerly of Hannibal, died Friday, February 10,
2017 at Oakbrook Nursing Home-Thorp. He was born on May 29, 1936
in Hannibal to the late Evert and Estel (McDaniel) Morris. Glen grew up
in the area and attended Hannibal grade school. He worked a number
of careers: Farming, was a milk hauler, logger, ran the Donald store for
a time and then settled in at the Sash and Door Company in Hawkins.
  He worked there for many years retiring from Jeld Wen Windows. On
June 24, 1967 he was united in marriage to Joan Webster.
  Glen enjoyed animals, children, deer hunting in his younger years,
making wood, was very mechanical and was always willing to help
others. He will be dearly missed.
  He is survived by his daughter, Judy Morris of Gilman, sons, Bruce
Morris of Rockford, IL, Brent (Julie) Morris of Antigo and Brian (Katrina)
Morris of Owen, six grandchildren, Zachary, Benjamin, Jessica, Ella,
Emma and Tristen and two sisters, Dora Mae Hendricks of Gilman and
Wanda Dillon of West Virginia. Glen is preceded in death by his wife
Joan (2010), his parents, grandson, Jason Morris, brothers, Robert
and Evert Jr and sisters, Betty Webster, Effie Webster, Marie Bergant,
Mary Kloss and Hazel Jean in infancy.
  Funeral services will be at 11AM on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at
the Northland Baptist Church-Hannibal. Burial will follow in the Hannibal
cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-7 PM on Wednesday at the Gilman
Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Wednesday at the
Church.

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Lillian Jennie White


  Lillian Jennie White, 92, of Jump River, died peacefully at her son’s home

under the care of Hope Hospice. She was born on August 26, 1924 in
Guttenberg, Iowa the daughter of the late Levi and Jennie (Bedward)
Redman. The family moved to Donald, Wisconsin and she went to Donald
grade school, Hannibal High School and went on to the Normal Teachers
College in Medford.
  Lillian married Jake Thorgerson on April 16, 1945. The couple farmed and
raised their children south of Jump River. Jake died in 1980. Lillian later
married Vernon White who died soon after.
  Lillian continued her education with a bachelor’s degree from UW-Eau Claire.
  She taught at Wood Prairie rural school-teaching all 8 grades. Lillian taught
in the Gilman School District for more than 30 years. She was a member of
the Tri-County Retired Teachers, the Jump River Ladies Aid, the Red Hats of
Gilman and the Quilting Guild.
 She is survived by her children, Ted (Marge) Thorgerson, Joe (Mary)
Thorgerson and Lois (Jerry) Shufelt all of Jump River, 8 grandchildren and
22 great grandchildren. Lillian is preceded in death by her husbands, her
parents, 4 brothers, Clifford, Larry, Marion and Cal Redman and two sisters,
Geneva Turek and Harriet in infancy.
  A celebration of life will be held at 11:30 AM on Friday, February 17, 2017 at
the Jump River Community Center. Visitation will be from 10AM until time of
service. Inurnment will take place at Mt. Nebo Cemetery in the spring.
Plombon Funeral Service-Gilman assisted the family.

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Mildred A. Erl


 

  Mildred A. Erl, 94, Medford died on February 6, 2017 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford where she had resided for the past 10 years. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, February 13 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford with Father Phil Juza officiating.

  Burial will be held in the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford. Pallbearers will be Tom Rehbein, Chris Wall, Mike Wall, Don Erl, Steve Ackeret and Jack Viergutz.
  Visitation will be held from 2-4 PM on Sunday, February 12 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford and from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Monday, February 13 at the church.
  Mildred A. Erl was born April 14, 1922 in Medford to Ferdinand and Hilda (Borman) Viergutz. She attended Holy Rosary Catholic School and was a graduate of Medford High School. Her marriage to Edward J. Erl took place on September 4th, 1943 in Medford & he preceded her in death on February 7th, 1998.
Prior to her marriage, she worked at the Medford Pea Cannery and Kostner’s Grocery store. After their marriage, she worked as a homemaker & mother while residing in the Township of Medford. She enjoyed growing flowers, taking part in TV cook-offs, entering radio contests, fishing, visiting family and friends. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford & it’s Ladies Rosary Society, the Chelsea Conversation Club and its Ladies Group.

  Survivors include one daughter, Nancy (Richard) Rehbein of Menasha, WI; a son Lee (Pauline Moulton) Erl of Holcombe, WI; one sister, Marge Hein of Ripon Wi; one brother, Richard “Slats” (Shirley) Viergutz of Medford. Grandsons, Christopher (Lisa) Wall of Sanford, MI, Michael (Angie) Wall of Chicago, IL and Tom Rehbein of Menasha, WI. Four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
  She was preceded in death by her parents, brother-Harvey Viergutz, daughter-Pat (Erl) Wall, son-in-law: Lee Wall, daughter-in-law: Laura (Kimble) Erl & granddaughter-Emily Jean Erl.
  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in her name be made for masses at Holy Rosary Catholic Church or School, Medford. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

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Dennis "Denny" H. Geiger


 

  Dennis "Denny" H. Geiger, age 62, of rural Colby, died on Saturday, February 4, 2017 as the result of a snowmobile accident.

 A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 starting at 1 pm.  Food available until 5 pm; social gathering to follow at the Dorchester Memorial Hall. 

  Denny was born on February 4, 1955, the son of Bernard and Elizabeth (Pollack) Geiger in Marshfield.       He farmed in the Town of Hull most of his life.  Denny also worked at the feed mill, rationing the feed.  He was a jack-of-all trades, including custom work on just about anything.  Denny enjoyed camping, working on tractors and participating in tractor pulls.

  Denny is survived by his significant other, Teresa Karl; five children: Matthew (Kris) Geiger of Athens, Stacy (Jason) Brusky of Dorchester, Randy Geiger (Alisha Kingsbury) of Colby, Jeremy (Wendy) Geiger of Stetsonville and Theresa Geiger (Clint Penney) of Curtiss; 17 grandchildren. Significant other's children and grandchildren: Jill (Andy Anderson) Ellis of Spencer, Travis (Amy Feint) Ellis of Stratford,  Nicole (Dustin Pieper) Ellis and MacGyver (Lindsey Wussow) Ellis; nine grandchildren.  He is further survived by six brothers and sisters:  Jerry Geiger of Dorchester, Shirley (Allen) Baehr of Sun Prairie, Jean (Ken) Bores of Spencer, Bob (Jane) Geiger of Abbotsford, Ron (Barb) Geiger of Atwood and Elaine (Gary) Blasel of Dorchester; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents and his brothers-in-law, Art and Les Timm.

  Family is asking only for your presence, no gifts or donations please.

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Audrey M. Vircks


 

AUDREY M. VIRCKS

 

AGE: 92

 

ADDRESS: Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford; A former Township of Little Black resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:15 PM Friday, February 3 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford where she had resided for the past 9 years

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Friday, February 10 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. Richard Russow

 

INTERMENT: Zion Ev. Lutheran Cemetery, Stetsonville

 

VISITATION: 4-7 PM on Thursday, February 9 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel and also at church from 10 AM until time of services at 11 AM on Friday, February 10

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 10, 1924 at the Township of Deer Creek

 

EDUCATION: Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Town of Deer Creek and was a graduate of Dorchester High School; She also attended business school in Wausau

 

MARRIAGE: May 5, 1945 at Stetsonville to Willard A. Vircks and he preceded her in death December 16, 1980

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: For most of her life she worked as a homemaker and housewife while farming in the Township of Little Black from 1945-1978. She also sold Fuller Brush products and worked in the deli at Copps IGA after farming. She enjoyed scrabble, baking, knitting, quilting, crossword puzzles and traveling.

 

MEMBER OF: Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville along with its Mission Circle and Church Choir; Stetsonville American Legion Auxiliary

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Sons – Warren (Judy) Vircks of Cudahy, Gerry (Marlene) Vircks of Stevens Point, Steve (Nancy) Vircks of Elsworth, Richard (Debbie) Vircks of Stanley & Clayton (Cheryl) Vircks of Wausau
Daughters – Jane Potter of Anderson, South Carolina, Suzanne (Glenn) Goessl of Medford, Phyllis Vircks of Grand Rapids, MN, & Marilyn (Dan) Shereda of Medford

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Daughter-in-law: Mary Vircks; Son-in-law: Robert Potter

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 19 & 3 step GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 28 & 1 step

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Gladys Paur of Medford, Annabelle Holme of New Berlin, Myrtle Bedroske of Colby & Elva (Norman) Larson of Waupaca

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Vernon Brecke, Myron Brecke, Stella Brecke & Mary Ann Brecke in infancy

 

DECEASED FATHER: William Brecke

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Bertha (Richwalski) Brecke

 

PALLBEARERS: Grandsons – Rory, Adam, Seth, Zackary & Joel Vircks, Jon Potter, Casey & Cody Goessl

 

OTHER INFORMATION: The family requests memorial contributions be given to Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Esther E. Zuleger


 

  Esther E. Zuleger, 100, of Medford passed away on Friday February 3, 2017 at Care Partners surrounded by her family. She was born on November 15, 1916 to Albert and Bertha Werner in Medford. She was a 1934 graduate of Medford High School. She married Alfred Zuleger on April 20, 1938 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford, he preceded her in death.

  Esther worked most of her life on the family farm. In her spare time she loved to cook, visit with her family and friends, gardening, and caring for her flowers. She was a very active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the ladies aid, church choir, and played the organ. She was a member of 4-H and the Whittlesey homemakers.
  Esther is survived by her children, Werner (Holly) Zuleger of Little Chicago, Cheryl (Dean) Reiter of Stetsonville, and Kathy (Tommy) Dassow of Medford. She was Grandma-great to grandchildren, John and Chuck Altfillsch, Tim and Kris Zuleger, Jason, Brad and Shane Reiter, and Melisa and Josh Dassow, 28 great-grandchildren, and 20 great-great-grandchildren. She further survived by her sister, Patricia Mueller of Bean Station, TN and many other family and friends.
  In addition to her parents and husband Esther is preceded in death by a sister, LaVerne Simonin, brother, Herbert, grandson Heath Leslie Reiter, granddaughters Deanna Zuleger-Scantlin and Sandy Thurs, and step-daughter Delores Emshoff.
  Funeral Services for Esther with be held on Tuesday, February 7 at 11:00 A.M. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Whittlesey with Pastor Randal Jeppesen officiating, burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey on Tuesday, February 7 from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at 11:00 A.M. Memorial donation may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church Elevator Fund. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements.       Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

  “Lead a child in the way he should go, and when he grows up, he will not depart from it.”

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