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Hilda L. Dums


 

HILDA L. DUMS

 

AGE: 85

 

ADDRESS: N6642 Sugarbush Road, Rib Lake; A Township of Greenwood resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 4:25 AM Thursday, April 20 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield where she had been a patient for the past 3 weeks

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM on Wednesday, April 26 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake

 

OFFICIATING: Father Otto Bucher

 

INTERMENT: St. Ann’s Cemetery, Township of Greenwood

 

VISITATION: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake from 4 – 7 PM on Tuesday, April 25 where there will be a 7 PM Catholic rosary service held that evening; and also from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Wednesday, April 26

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 19, 1931 at the Township of Hammel

 

EDUCATION: Town of Hammel elementary grade school

 

MARRIAGE: June 14, 1958 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Town of Greenwood to Bernard H. Dums and he preceded her in death December 19, 2008

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Hilda grew up on the family farm in the Town of Hammel for 15 years and then moved to another farm in the Town of Molitor where she worked as janitor of the Pine Tree School for 10 years. She then met the love of her life, Bernard Dums. They operated a dairy farm in the Town of Greenwood and raised Christmas trees in the Rib Lake area for a period of years. She loved gardening, cooking, making wreaths, polka music and just staying at home with her family.

 

MEMBER OF: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake, Chelsea Conservation Club and Historic St. Ann’s

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: George Dums of Rib Lake & Judy (Daniel) Akin of Marshfield

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 2 – Jacob & Chelsea Akin both of Marshfield

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sisters – Louise Ogle of Ladysmith & Loretta (Robert) Schoechert of Wisconsin Rapids; Brother-in-law: John (Mary) Dums of Rib Lake; Sisters-in-law: Helen & Marcella Dums both of Medford

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sisters – Irene Royce & Carol Kreuscher; Brother – Junior Kreuscher

 

DECEASED FATHER: Herman Kreuscher

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Lena (Homann) Kreuscher

 

PALLBEARERS: Michael Czerniak, Andrew Dums, David Dums, Robert Judnic, Karl Kreuscher, and David Roder

 

OTHER INFORMATION: Further survived by many Nieces, Nephews and friends
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Bill W. Grunseth


 

  Bill W. Grunseth, 70, of Gilman, passed away on Wednesday, April 19,

2017. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Zion
Lutheran Church-Gilman with Rev. Dr. Gary Paul officiating. Burial will
follow at Meadowbrook Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to
8:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Gilman Funeral Home and
Thursday from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at church.

  Bill was born on July 22, 1946 in Ladysmith, Wisconsin to Glen and
Dorothy (Gilbertson) Grunseth. He grew up on the family farm just outside
of the city and attended area schools. He graduated from Ladysmith High
School in 1964. Following high school Bill attended the Taylor County
Teacher's College in Medford. While there he learned the skills of
teaching and was a star on the men's basketball team. He also met a
fellow student named Eileen Siemek; who would become the love of his
life. The two married on August 12, 1967 and were blessed with three
children in the following years. Bill graduated from UW-Stevens Point with
his bachelor's degree in 1972.

  Bill taught for 35 years in the Gilman School District until his retirement in
2001. He taught grades 5 and 6 in Lublin for the first three years before
becoming a middle school teacher of math, science, and reading in
Gilman. In addition to teaching, Bill was a coach of the Gilman High
School football and boys junior high basketball teams. He inspired the
lives of many generations during his career.

  Bill was also an active volunteer in the community, serving as a trustee on
the Gilman Village Board for many years.  He was a 40+ year member of
the Gilman Lions Club, well known for working the food stand for the
annual Gilman Fall Festival. He also supported the activities and
organizations of his children, including the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts,
athletics, and music events.

  Bill was a master angler.  In the summer, he enjoyed fishing on the upper
part of the Dairyland Reservoir, landing walleyes and an occasional
catfish. In the winter, he was a frequent visitor to the Miller Dam Flowage,
pulling up bluegills and crappies. Near and after retirement, Bill pursued
his passion for restoration of classic cars.  He kept active working on
many old Chevys, Fords, and other models. Above all he loved spending
time with his family, especially his grandchildren, who always made him
laugh and smile.

  Bill is survived by his wife of nearly 50 years, Eileen; two daughters,
Rebecca (Chris) Pritzl of Kenosha and Jennifer (Doug) Thompson of
Chippewa Falls; a son, Nick (Britny) of Eau Claire; four grandchildren,
Jacob and Elizabeth Thompson, and Emmett and Lara Grunseth; two
brothers, Bob (Pat) of Tony and Tim (Josie) of National City, CA; three
sisters, Glenda Finstad of Gordon, Sandy (Sherman) Martell of New
Berlin, and Patti (Neal) Grunseth-Petersen of Watertown; mother-in-law
Charlotte Siemek of Gilman, many nieces and nephews, cousins, and
dear friends.

  He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Mike Grunseth, and
father-in-law Max Siemek.

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Eleanor M. Maki


 

  Eleanor Marie Maki, 83, Prentice, died at her home on Thursday, April 20, 2017, while under the care of her family and Flambeau Home Health and Hospice. She was born in Crawford County, Wisconsin, on June 3, 1933, the daughter of Edward and Dottie (Lightfoot) Dilley. She was married to Lawrence Plude and they later divorced. She was married to Sidney Roger Dean Maki on September 27, 1977 in Chicago, Illinois, and he preceded her in death on December 19, 2008. She and Lawrence operated the Pick-A-Dilley resort on Stone Lake for a number of years. She was a great fan of Elvis Pressley. As a younger woman she enjoyed dancing and bowling. In recent years she enjoyed cooking for her family, spending time in her home, doing puzzles and word search, and was a fan of NASCAR and the Atlanta Braves.

  She is survived by four daughters, Debby (Dennis) Lind, Rib Lake, WI, Diana DeBoth, Prentice, Dawn (Hal) Swenson, Rib Lake, WI, and Darcy (Mark Listle) Johnson, Tripoli, WI; by three step-daughters, Debbie (Delbert) Gustafson, Ogema, Tammie (Steve) Reynolds, Prentice, and Lori (Donald) Maki-Erickson, Schofield, WI; by one brother-in-law, Kenneth (Patricia) Maki, Pineville, OR; by one sister-in-law, Linda Cook, Phillips, WI; by 22 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Sidney Roger Dean Maki; by three infant children, Sonya, twin boys Dennis, and Danny; by one great grandson, Maddox Scheithauer; by her parents, Dottie and Ed Dilley; by one daughter, Denise Harubin; and by two son-in-laws, Luke Harubin and Greg DeBoth.
  Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 25, at the Heindl Funeral Home in Prentice with Pastor Richard Hall officiating. Internment will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in the Town of Hill. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9:30 A.M. until the time of services.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.heindlfuneralhome.com
The Heindl Funeral Home in Prentice is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

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Gladys E. Kramer


 

  Gladys Ellen Kramer, 96, widow of Arvin F. Kramer, died Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Emerald Gardens Assisted Living, Greenwood, SC.

  Born in Mason City, Iowa, she was a daughter of the late Otto and Bertha (Krabbenhoft) Kath. In 1951, she and her husband purchased Abby Café, which they operated for 16 years. Following the sale of the café, they built The Flame Supper Club and later they owned and operated the Home Motel for 11 years.     She was a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church, Abbotsford, WI.

  Surviving are her children, Dwight Kramer (Nancy) of Abbotsford, WI and Cheryl Readett (Glen) of Greenwood, SC; sisters, Loraine Schiltz (Fred) of Westlake Village, CA and June Lilke of Grandforks, ND; brothers, Otis Kath of Loyal, WI and Walda Kath of Rudolph, WI; two grandsons, Nathan Backus of Statesboro, GA and Ryan Backus (Heather) of Evans, GA; one granddaughter, Rachel Kramer of Appleton, WI; one great granddaughter, Sutton Backus of Evans, GA; and one great grandson, Bennett Backus of Evans, GA.

  In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Esther Quast and Caroline Sornson; sister-in-law, Arlyle Kath; and brother-in-laws, Olin Sornson, Vernon Lilke, and Herbert Quast.

  Visitation with the family will be held from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017 followed by a memorial service beginning at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, Abbotsford, WI with Pastor Don Bruce officiating. Inurnment will follow in Abbotsford Public Cemetery.

  The family would like to thank Hospice Care of South Carolina for their caring support. A special thank you is extended to the staff of Emerald Gardens for their loving care provided to Gladys in the Memory Care Unit over the past three years.

  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 326 Montague Avenue, Greenwood, SC 29649.

Both Harley Funeral Home and Crematory, Greenwood, SC and Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home, Abbotsford, WI are assisting the family.

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Ronald A. Schmidt


 

  Ronald A. Schmidt, age 85, of rural Colby, passed away on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at his home under the tender care of hospice surrounded by his loving family.

  A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at First United Church of Christ in Colby.  Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21 and from 10:00 a.m. until time of services Saturday all at the church.

  Ronnie was born on January 23, 1932, the son of Arthur and Edna (Hendrickson) Schmidt in Marshfield.     He graduated from Colby High School in 1950.  On April 16, 1955, Ronald was united in marriage to Lillian "Jeanne" Schnabel in Colby.  She preceded him in death on July 19, 2010.  Together they farmed in the Town of Hull. 

  Ronnie grew up on the family farm and after high school, he worked for Marathon Electric.  He also drove truck for Streckert Doors, Lamont Trucking and Packaging Corporation of America.  

  Ronnie was proud to have worked with his dad at Cherokee Park, including building the shelter and laying the stones for the fireplace.  He especially loved his family cookouts during holidays and Sundays where brats and cheese were always plentiful.

  Ronnie is survived by his four children:  Connie J. (Ken) Ven Rooy, David N. Schmidt, Daniel A. (Bethanie) Schmidt and Ron E. Schmidt all of Colby; ten grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren:  Jennifer (Brad) Schumacher of Baldwin and their children, Hailey and Rylan, Jeremy (Jess) Kilty of Hatley and their children, Cadence, Cameron and Chael, Jayme (Travis) Owens of Knoxville, TN and their children, Makenna and Talan, Valerie (Craig) Manecke of Edgar and their children, Skylee and Mason, Gena (Dom) Esqueda of Madison and their children, Ben and Dylan, David A. Schmidt of Colby, Nicole Meserole (fiance', John Cooper) of Colby and their children, JD, Kayla and Logan, Ally Meserole (Steven Haenel) of Medford, Jordan Schmidt and Rachel Schmidt both of Colby.  He is further survived by his brother, Neal (Alice) Schmidt of Maine; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Schnabel of Unity; two brothers-in-law, Donald (Rita) Schnabel of Stetsonville and Marvin (Dixie) Schnabel of Elk Grove Village, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and his best friend and companion, King.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Jeanne and his son, Donny.

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Donald Charles Buchanan


 

  Donald Charles Buchanan of Curtiss, Wisconsin went home to be with his Lord on Monday, April 10, 2017 at his residence.  He was born on June 8, 1936 to Floyd and Clara (Wendt) Buchanan.


  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Abbotsford Evangelical Free Church in Abbotsford. Reverend Bruce Jahnke will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.


  Donald (or Donny, as he was known by family and friends) was a gentle, caring person, who loved to be with people and attend Bible study. Despite the crippling effects of polio when he was 13, he led a relatively independent life and always without complaint.


  Donny is survived by his brother and his sister, Ken (wife Lois) Buchanan and Joyce (husband Eldon) Stanton, both of Olympia, WA, 18 nieces and nephews, and 66 grandnieces and grandnephews.


  He is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Clara (Wendt) Buchanan, and his brothers Robert Buchanan and Vern Buchanan.

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

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Marjorie C. Frane


 

  Marjorie C. Frane, age 89, of Colby, passed away on Friday, April 14, 2017 at the Colonial Center in Colby.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Parish in Colby.  Father Peter Manickam will officiate.  Interment to follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 21 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Colby and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service Saturday at the church.  The Colby VFW Auxiliary will hold a service at 4:00 p.m. on Friday to be followed by the Rosary.

  Marjorie was born on March 27, 1928 in Marshfield, the daughter of William and Evelyn (Carpenter) Young.  She graduated from Colby High School.  On September 12, 1950, Marjorie was united in marriage to John Frane at St. Mary Catholic Church.  He preceded her in death on October 22, 1991.

  Marjorie owned the "Like New" Shop in Colby for many years.  She also was an active member of St. Mary's, including the Christian Mothers and helping with many events such as the Christmas Fair and Fall Festival.  Marjorie was also a lifetime member of the Colby VFW Auxiliary.

  Marjorie treasured her times spent with family and friends at the family cottage that she and her husband built on the Eau Plaine Flowage.  She especially liked the many pontoon boat rides, campfires and of course preparing the meals.  Marjorie was creative and had many craft hobbies, including make homemade Christmas ornaments.  She was very caring as she looked out for her friends and neighbors including running errands and taking them to doctor appointments. Marjorie was a great cook, canner and baker and was always wanting to feed her family and friends.  Most importantly, her children and grandchildren will remember her independence, spunkiness, her special laughter, as well as being a very loving mother and grandmother.

  Marjorie is survived by her five children: Phillip (Lynne) of Unity, Marie (Dan) Auner of Bryant, Gregory (Charlotte) of Spencer, Larry (Ronda) of Edgar and Patty (Bill) Schultz of Colby; 11 grandchildren:  Matthew (Kirsten) Frane of Unity, Sarah (Brian) Hanson of Spencer, Kyle (Meghan) Auner of Denver, CO, Kelly Auner of Chula Vista, CA, Kristi (Tim) Elvester of Antigo, Cory Frane of Marshfield, Lisa (Mike) English of Orlando, FL, Katlyn (David) Frahm of Edgar, Jacob Frane of Edgar, Wendy (Josiah) Zimmermann of Marshfield and Nicole Halopka of Las Cruces, NM; 10 great-grandchildren: Nolan and Myah Frane, Brevyn, Landyn and Ashlyn Hanson, Emri and Baby Frahm, Jackson, Jorie and Scout Zimmermann.  She is further survived by four siblings:  Dorothy (Vernon) Baumgartner, Shirley Kops and Louis (Joan) Young all of Colby and Carol (Roger) Luzinski of Tomahawk; three sisters-in-law, Jackie Young of Colby, Judi Andrew of Colby and Mary (Lew) Hildebrand of St. Paul, MN; a brother-in-law, Art Fredricks of Fon du Lac; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John and two brothers, William and Richard.

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James "Jim" Frank Decker


 

  James "Jim" Frank Decker, age 69, of Dorchester, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 16 , 2017 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield with his family by his side.  A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday April 20, 2017 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester.  Father Tim Oudenhoven will officiate.  Inurnment to follow at Dorchester Memorial South Cemetery.  Friends and family are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at the church.  

  Jim was born August 2, 1947, the son of Cyril and Adeline (Stoiber) Decker in Marshfield.  He is a 1966 graduate from Colby High School.  On February 4, 1967 Jim was united with Sandra Schuster at St. Louis Church in Dorchester.     
  Jim was a retired dairy farmer and was on the FHA Board of Taylor County and the Taylor County Holstein Breeders.  He loved being at the cabin, enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, feeding the birds and relaxing.  Jim especially enjoyed teasing his grandchildren and paying them for collecting frogs.  Most importantly, he cherished his family.
  Jim is survived by his wife: Sandra; his mother: Adeline; six children: Elizabeth (Matthew Otting) Decker of San Antonio, TX, Jennifer (Alex) Felde of Waukesha, Cynthia (Dustin) Riddle of Hartford,  Suzanne (Scott) Bruneau of Plover, Stephanie (Zach) Larson of Hastings, MN, and Melissa (Joel) Cieslinski of Spencer; 13 grandchildren: Madeline and Nathan Otting, Kaitlyn, Zander and Grace Felde, Skye, Jax, and Hudson Riddle, and Kaylee, Alayna, and Jayden Bruneau, and Isabella and Gabriella Larson.  He is further survived by nine siblings: Ronald (Carolyn) Decker, Pat (Ronald) Gebert, Dan (Mary) Decker, Bill (Diane) Decker, Joanne (Cliff) Garczynski, Doreen (John) Johnson, Mary Ellen (David) Erl, Gary (Kim) Decker and Chuck (Dawn) Decker; and many many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
  He was preceded in death by his father: Cyril Decker.
  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. 

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Violet L. Engel


 

  Violet  L Engel, 94, passed way on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at Ministry St Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield WI.  Her funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at the St Paul’s Lutheran Church in  the Town of Colby with Pastor Donald J Bruce officiating.  Burial following the service at Riverside Cemetery, Withee.  Family and friends are welcome from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church.

  Violet was born on September 28,1922 in Newton, Wisconsin, to the late Hugo and Viola (Dehne) Stock.   The family moved to the Owen and Curtiss area.  She later attended the Normal School in Wausau.  She married Otto on December 25, 1943 at St John’s Lutheran Church in Withee.  

  She taught school at Eaton Center, Hixon Heights and substituted at Frenchtown schools for 7 years.           She was also a housewife and helped with the television business that Otto ran at the farm.  

  Violet is survived by Connie (Jim) Starr of Colorado, Ronald (Pam) of Arizona, Rita (Randy Budrus) Engel of Withee, Jacquelyn (Wes) Engel-Melander of Colorado; grandchildren Dan (fiancee Ruthie Granger) Starr, Jon Starr, Blake (Jessica) Engel, Travis (friend Annie) Engel, Audrey Nordlof, Kristopher Nordlof, Tim (Tabatha) Melander, Emily Barany.  Great-grandchildren Morgan, Kylia, Hailee, Lilly Nordlof, Alaura and Haylie Melander.

  Violet is proceeded in death her parents, sisters Edna, Loraine and Gertrude.  Sister-in-law Anna Lange, brother-in-laws Bill and Ed Engel. And Nephew Delbert.

  The family would like to thank Community Care Connections of Wisconsin, St Joseph’s Hospital staff, the Marshfield Clinic and the Owen-Withee Ambulance service for their care.

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Delores A. Kaudy


 

  Delores A. Kaudy, 90, of Stetsonville passed away on Thursday, April 13 at the Clark County Health Care Center. She was born on March 20, 1927 to Frank and Marie (Mary) Orlikowski in Bevent, WI. She attended grade school in Bevent, WI where she also completed high school. She married Jack Kaudy on May 17, 1948 in Baraboo, WI. Delores was a housewife for many years. Along with her husband, she managed the family mink ranch until 1972. She later went on to work at Marathon Cheese until her retirement.

  In her spare time Delores enjoyed spending time with her family at home and at their cabin on Hulls Lake, embroidery, bowling, her flower gardens, reading, refinishing furniture, and shopping. Delores loved her dogs Abby & Sadie. She was a member of Ladies Aid at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Delores also loved celebrating her birthdays with her daughters at Phil and Eleanor’s Steakhouse.

  Delores is survived by her husband, Jack; children, Mary Wojtowicz of Roseville, MN, Diane Dittrich of Westboro, Jeanette Kaudy of Marshfield, Jim (Sue) Kaudy of Hewitt, and Susie Hubbard of Medford; 11 grandchildren, Jessica, Amy, Kelly, Lindsey, Lisa, Wendy, Angie, Shelby, JD (Bud), Carly, & Maxwell; 7 great-grandchildren, Grace, Tommy, Jack, Keegan, Lily, Spencer & Ava.

  Delores is preceded in death by her parents; daughter Jane Kaudy Marx in 2010; brother, Robert Orlikowski; sisters Alma & MaryJane Orlikowski.

  A memorial mass for Delores will take place at 11:00 AM on Friday April 21 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Phil Juza & Deacon Bryan Hilts officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. A Rosary Service will take place on Friday, April 21 at Holy Rosary at 9:30 AM, and visitation will follow until the time of services at 11:00 AM.

  The family would like to send a special thank you to the 2 east staff of Clark County Health Care Center and staff of Hope Hospice Palliative Care for the care and compassion shown towards Delores.

  Memorial donations may be made to the family for a future designation.
  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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Sharon L. Beyer


  Sharon L. Beyer, age 75, of Dorchester, passed away on Monday, April 3, 2017 at Dycora Transitional Health in Abbotsford.

  A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Dorchester Village Hall (Village Shop), 188 S. 2nd St.  Pastor Bruce Jahnke will officiate.  A Memorial Gathering to follow until 6:00 p.m. 

  Sharon was born on August 15, 1941 the daughter of Arthur and Ruby (Braatz) Beyer in Milwaukee.  She graduated from Pulaski High School in Milwaukee and worked at Golden Gurnsey Dairy and Robert A. Johnson Company both in Milwaukee.  Sharon moved to Dorchester and owned Sharon's Cozy Corners in Dorchester for many years.  She enjoyed fishing and putting together jigsaw puzzles.

  Sharon is survived by her sister, Virginia Bruder of Dorchester; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Dennis.

 

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Rolland E. Knecht


  Rolland E. Knecht, age 92, of Unity, passed away on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at Ministry Saint Josephs Hospital in Marshfield. 
  A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in the Town of Green Grove.  Rev. Donald Bruce will officiate.  Interment to follow at the church cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 17 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church.
  Rolland was born on May 4, 1924, the son of Edward and Selma (Tessmer) Knecht in Winona, MN.  They moved to Unity after he was six months old and Rolland took over the farm.  He sold the farm in 2015. 
Rolland was united in marriage to Vernetta Laabs on May 17, 1947 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Green Grove.  She preceded him in death on November 23, 1987. 
  Rolland is survived by his two sons:  Kenneth (Sandra) of Wausau and Robert of Spencer; six grandchildren:  Michele, Joshua, Justin, David, Bradley and Andy; 16 great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by his sister, Ardina "Babe" Alexander of Spencer; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Vernetta; his brothers, Herb and Carl; his sister Bernadine Witte and a daughter-in-law, Joan.

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Gary E. Berg


 

  Gary Evar Berg, 66, of Ogema died Wednesday April 12, 2017, at the home he built, surrounded by his family, and under the care of Flambeau Health Hospice.

  Gary was born in Medford on February 10, 1951 to Eugene and Estelle (Cummings) Berg. He served his country in the United States Army as an 82nd Airborne Ranger,  on active duty from 1971-1973, and was in the Reserves until 1977. On June 17, 1988 Gary married Lois Gunderman at First Lutheran Church in Ogema.
  Gary worked in Prentice for more than 40 years as a Production Welder for Omark, Blount and finally Caterprillar, where he retired from in 2015. He also served on the Ogema Volunteer Fire Department for 48 years, joining at the age of 18. Gary was an active member of the department up until the time of his passing. One of his favorite sayings was “You don’t retire from being a volunteer.” Gary was driven to serve his community. He was treasurer of the Ogema Fire Protection District for more than 20 years. He was also a member of the First Lutheran Church of Ogema.
  Gary loved to be outdoors, and passed that love down to his sons. He enjoyed hunting deer and small game and loved to musky fish on the Jump River. He also enjoyed watching and feeding birds with his wife Lois, as they maintained multiple blue bird houses throughout their property.

  Gary is survived by in life by his Wife: Lois of Ogema, two sons: Daniel (Ashley) and Jason, both of Ogema; two Granddaughters: Ahnalie and Lena; Mother: Estelle Cummings of  Medford, two Sisters: Karen (Gary) Westberg, and Pat Bahr, both of Ogema.

  He is preceded in death by his Father Eugene, and Brother Michael.

  Memorial Services for Gary will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday April 22, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Ogema. Rev. Dr. Bob Giese will officiate. Burial of cremated remains will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Ogema. Visitation will be held at First Lutheran Church, Saturday April 22, 2017 from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Gary can be given to the Ogema Volunteer Fire Company or First Lutheran Church of Ogema.

  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 Matyka


 

PETER MATYKA

 

AGE: 86

 

ADDRESS: W3462 Trout Avenue, Rib Lake, WI; A Township of Greenwood resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:58 PM, Saturday, April 15 at Our House Assisted Living, Medford where he had resided for the past 10 weeks most recently under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Wednesday, April 19 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake

 

OFFICIATING: Father Otto Bucher

 

INTERMENT: St. Ann’s Cemetery, Township of Greenwood where there will also be graveside military rites performed by the Rib Lake American Legion military honors team

 

VISITATION: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake from 4-7:30 PM on Tuesday, April 18 where there will be a 7:30 PM Catholic rosary service held that evening, and also at church from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Wednesday, April 19

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 29, 1930 in the Township of Greenwood

 

EDUCATION: Highland Elementary School, Town of Greenwood & was a 1948 graduate of Rib Lake High School

 

MARRIAGE: September 12, 1959 at Fussville, WI to Bernice M. Claas

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he entered the US Army and served from 1951-1953 during the Korean War. After the military, he moved to Milwaukee and worked at Allis Chalmers, Hillcrest Garage, International Harvester & American Motors for periods of time. In 1962, they moved to the Town of Greenwood to work the family farm with his brother. He farmed there until his retirement in 2004. In retirement, he continued to help with work on the family farm. He enjoyed driving tractor, tinkering on tractors, fishing and hunting.

 

MEMBER OF: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake & the Rib Lake American Legion

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Bernice Matyka of Rib Lake

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Christine (David) Wille of Chelsea, Cheryl (Dan) Graumann of Rib Lake, Donna (Leon) Long of Rib Lake, Gerald (Joan) Matyka of Rib Lake, Mark (Sara) Matyka of Rib Lake, Melissa (Allen) Thums of Weston

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Grandson – Timothy Long

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 15 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 7

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Charlie Matyka of Rib Lake, Lucy (Marvin) Liske of Medford, Paul Matyka of Rib Lake

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – Joseph, Jim, John, Frank Matyka; Sisters – Agnes Maager, Elizabeth Gauger, Sister Catherine Matyka, Annie Erl & baby Mary in infancy

 

DECEASED FATHER: Joseph Matyka

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Agnes Matyka

 

PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren – Jason Wille, Nathan Long, Patrick & Kyle Matyka, Katie Switlick, Justin Thums

 

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

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Roseann M. Wagner


 

ROSEANN M. WAGNER

 

AGE: 89

 

ADDRESS: W12445 State Hwy 64, Withee, WI 54498; A Township of Roosevelt resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:40 AM on Wednesday, April 12 at Aspirus Riverview Hospital, Wisconsin Rapids where she had been a patient for 1 day

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 10:00 AM on Tuesday, April 18 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Lublin

 

OFFICIATING: Father Madanu Lourdu Raju

 

INTERMENT: St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, Lublin

 

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM on Monday, April 17 where there will be a 7:00 PM Catholic prayer service held that evening and also from 9 AM until the time of services at 10 AM on Tuesday, April 18 at the church in Lublin

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 8, 1928 at Hammond, Indiana

 

EDUCATION: Clark Elementary School and was a graduate of Clark High School, Whiting, IN

 

MARRIAGE: 1st: In 1945 at Chicago, IL to Eugene Kaminski and they were later divorced; 2nd: in 1967 at Mishawaka, IN to Wayne Wagner and they were later divorced

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: She worked at Eastman Kodak Co. for 30 years in Chicago. Moved to the Town of Roosevelt in 1973 where they farmed for a period of years. She worked for Indianhead Action Agency in Medford and also at McDonald’s in Medford for periods of time until ill health. She enjoyed flower gardening and taking pictures.
Roseann was a devoted mother and grandmother. She loved fiercely and would do anything for her family. She loved to have her family, children, grandchildren & friends gather at the farm to grill out or camp out back by Diamond Lake.

 

MEMBER OF: St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, Lublin

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Paul Kaminski of Chippewa Falls, Richard (Staci Sparks) Wagner of Chippewa Falls, Bill Wagner of Nekoosa, Vicky (Brent) Stewart of Thorp, Laurie (Kevin) Danen of Eau Claire

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 10 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 2

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Donald (Jeanne) Zelen of Portland, OR

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sister - Lola Bardozi

 

DECEASED FATHER: John Zeleznik

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Rose (Oguzeli) Zeleznik

 

PALLBEARERS: Paul Kaminski, Richard & Bill Wagner, Kevin Danen, Brent Stewart, Jimmy MillikinOTHER

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

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Elizabeth R. Schilling


 

  Elizabeth R. Schilling, 94, of Medford, passed away Tuesday April 11, 2017 at Aspirus Medford Hospital.

  Elizabeth was born February 22, 1923 in Prentice, WI to John and Mary (Deutsch) Weinzatl. She is a graduate of Prentice High School. She married Edward Schilling on May 20, 1948 in Nashua, IA. Edward precedes her in death.
  She is survived by 5 Daughters: Mary (Edwin) Laher, Jean (Wesley) Singleton both of Medford, Kathy (Edward) Graff of Stetsonville, Grace (Pat) Tischendorf of Dorchester, Elizabeth (Doug) Acker of Marathon, 6 Sons: Jim, Dan both of Stetsonville, Paul (Cindy), Steve (Lori) both of Medford, Ken (Brenda) of Rib Lake, Tom (Linda) of Medford, 23 Grandchildren, 33, Great Grandchildren, Sister in Law Dorothy Rosenlof of Prentice and many nieces and nephews.
  She is further preceded by her Parents, Son John Schilling, and 12 Brothers and Sisters.
  Elizabeth and Edward farmed in Westboro, while she raised her children. She then went on to work at Gem Products in Rib Lake, and retired from there in 1985. She enjoyed playing bingo, crocheting, completing word searchs and reading. She also loved to make quilts, and made one for every one of her grandchildren. She loved her grandchildren and great grandchildren, and never let them leave a visit without a treat.
  Elizabeth was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and was active in the Women’s Circle.
  A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday April 17, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Father Phil Juza will officiate. A Rosary Service will take place at Holy Rosary at 9:30 AM, and visitation will follow until the time of services. Burial will be held in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.

  Memorial donations in honor of Elizabeth Schilling can be given to her family, with 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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Stella Knotek


 

  Stella Knotek, 91, of Rib Lake passed away on Tuesday, April 11 at the Rib Lake Healthcare Center. Stella was born on June 14, 1925 to Peter and Anna Cudo in Columbia Heights, MN. After her education she worked at Brooks Upholstery in Minneapolis. On December 9, 1950 she married Louis J. Knotek. After her marriage Stella and Louis relocated to Rib Lake, where they farmed for many years. She also worked at Gem Products for many years.

  Stella was a past member of St. Johns the Baptist Catholic Church Christian Mothers. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, farming, and visiting with her nieces and nephews.

  Stella is survived by many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

  Stella is preceded in death by her parents, husband Louis on March 11, 1974, two sisters, and four brothers.

  Private graveside services for Stella will be held 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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Cora Marie Netzel


 

CORA MARIE NETZEL

 

AGE: 73

 

ADDRESS: W2395 Stone Lake Drive, Ogema, WI 54459; A Township of Spirit resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced at 11:55 PM on Monday, April 3 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire where she had been a patient for the past 2 months

 

VISITATION: A Memorial Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, April 8 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel

 

INTERMENT: Interment of her cremated remains will take place at Guardian Angel Cemetery, Stevens Point, WI at a later time

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 15, 1943 at Juneau, Alaska

 

EDUCATION: Juneau, AK Graded Schools and attended Haines House Native School, Haines, Alaska

 

MARRIAGE: March 21, 1962 at Shawneetown, IL to Robert “Bob” C. Netzel

 

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Most of her life was spent as a housewife & mother while they resided in Wisconsin Rapids, Warrens & Stone Lake, WI. For the past 17 years, they have been residing in the Ogema area. For a period of time she worked in the deli at County Market in Medford. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, baking & entertaining. She also had a great love for birds and nature.

 

MEMBER OF: Tlingit Tribe of Alaska

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Robert “Bob” C. Netzel of Ogema

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Jan (Brian Jackson) Landowski of Sauk City, WI, Chester J. Netzel, II of Marshfield, Sharon M. (Lawrence) Van Asten of Waupaca, Kirt (Brenda Krause) Netzel of Wisconsin Rapids

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 6 - Justin, Dallas, Aubrey & Noah Borski, Autumn (Scott) Stachura & Ashley (Kyle) Bestul

 

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 3 - Gabriel, Anden & Whitney Stachura

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sisters – Sally (Valentino) Brattin of Haines, AK & Jeanette (Barton) Delfay of Yelm, Washington; Brothers – Edward Baker of Haines, AK & Jerry Baker of North Carolina

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – Jay Baker, Joe Baker & Carl Baker, Jr. in infancy

 

DECEASED FATHER: Carl Baker

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Mary Jackson

 

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

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Daniel Nuernberger


 

  Daniel P. Nuernberger, 31, of Medford, passed away Tuesday April 4, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Palliative Care Unit.

  Daniel was born June 6, 1985 in Marshfield to Paul and Linda (Dailey) Nuernberger.

  He is survived by his Parents: Paul and Linda Nuernberger of Medford, Siblings: Jason and (Kimberlee) Nuernberger, Heather (Jeremy) Albers, and Elizabeth (Dan) Lavin, all of Medford, Grandmother June Walls of Medford, Nieces and Nephews: Kyle & Kasee (Brandon Mallo) Nicks, Cayden Nuernberger, Justin Nuernberger, Kala & Talan Albers, Morgan & Jordan Lavin, Great Nephew Grayson Mallo, Sponsors: Nancy Wycliffe, Sandy & Dave Maurer, and many Aunts, Uncles and Cousins.

  He is preceded in death by his Grandparents: Robert Dailey, Elmer & Goldie Nuernberger, Brother Eric Nuernberger, Aunts and Uncles: Kathy Meyers, Jan Dailey, Ellyn Paul, David Nuernberger and Marge Metz.

  Daniel was a 2006 graduate of Medford Area Senior High. He worked with Black River Industries, Day Services. He enjoyed all things outdoors, especially birdwatching, watching wildlife, and going to parks and zoos. He loved to watch gameshows especially The Price is Right and Wheel of Fortune.

  He was a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, and was active in Sunday School.

  Daniel loved his family, and enjoyed spending time with them.

  Cremation rites have been accorded. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday April 8, 2017 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stetsonville. Pastor Richard Russow will officiate. Burial of cremated remains will follow at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held at church Saturday morning from 9 AM until the time of service.

  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given to Daniel’s family, for designation at a later date.

  The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff of St. Rita’s Home in Mosinee, and to the Doctors and Nurses and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Palliative Care Unit for the excellent care and compassion shown for Daniel.

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

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Marvin O. Busse


 

  Marvin O. Busse, age 85, of Colby, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield surrounded by his loving family.

  A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford.  Rev. Don Bruce will officiate.  Inurnment will follow at Abbotsford Public Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday at the Church. 

  Marvin was born August 21, 1931 the son of Otto and Lorentina (Scheelk) Busse in the Town of Holton.   He graduated from Dorchester High School in 1949.  On September 23, 1950, Marvin was united in marriage to Carol Miller at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Green Grove.  Together they farmed in the Town of Mayville for over 50 years.

  Marvin was a member of Christ Lutheran Church for many years and served as the council president.  He also served on the Abbotsford School Board for 30 years, including serving as president for 27 years.    Marvin also served on the CESA 10 Board for many years.  Through his volunteerism, he touched countless lives.

  Marvin was an avid sports fan and enjoyed watching the Packers, Badgers and Brewers.  He especially enjoyed playing sheepshead and pinochle with family and friends.  Most importantly, Marvin cherished his family.

  Marvin is survived by his wife of 66 years, Carol of Colby; eight children:  Susan (Steven) Buchholz of New Franken, Rev. Robert (Carol) of Princeton, Wayne (Laura) of Amery, Brian (Julie) of Suamico, Barry (Marge) of Rib Mountain, Steven (Kelly) of Prescott, Sharri (TJ) Stroinski of Abbotsford and Kristi (Chuck) Tlusty of Medford; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by his brother Ronald (Helen) Busse of Dorchester; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Lorentina; his sister, Carol Palchik and his grandson, Shawn Buchholz.

  In lieu of flowers and plants, the family requests memorials to Christ Lutheran Church.

  The family wishes to thank the staff at Saint Joseph's Hospital, especially the staff in Palliative Care for their wonderful care and compassion bestowed upon Marvin.

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Olga Behrens


 

  Olga Behrens, age 92, of Colby, passed away on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Colonial Center in Colby.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby.  The Rev. Mark Neumann will officiate.  Interment to follow at Colby Memorial Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church. 

  Olga was born on August 5, 1924, the daughter of Ewald and Emma (Hass) Wiersig in the Town of Hull, Marathon County.  She attended Colby Public Schools.  Olga was united in marriage to Richard Behrens on June 16, 1948 at the Zion Lutheran Parsonage in Colby.  He preceded her in death on November 3, 2002.   Together they farmed near Cherokee until retiring in 1978.

  Olga was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was active in the Ladies Aid.  She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, flower gardening and bowling.  Most importantly, she cherished her family.

  Olga is survived by two sons:  Stanley Behrens of Spencer and Phillip Behrens of Marshfield; five grandchildren:  Ashley Behrens, Brett (Beth) Behrens, Kyle Behrens, Adam (Amanda) Phillippi and Derek Behrens; four great-grandchildren:  Jim Behrens, Lincoln Behrens, Lily Phillippi and Macie Behrens.  She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard "Chick"; her son, Ralph in 2003 a granddaughter, Jodie Behrens; five siblings: Reinhardt Wiersig, Harold Wiersig, Frieda Wiersig, Ella Wellman and Hilda Dommer.

  The Behrens family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all the staff at the Colonial Center for the care and compassion their mother received.

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Celine E. Boxrucker


  Celine E. Boxrucker age 88 of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, March 31, 2017 at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, IA.  She was born September 10, 1928 in Wood County, WI the daughter of Nicholas and Hattie (Ludwig) Schumacher. Celine attended Taylor County Normal School in Medford and taught in a country school for nine years.  She married Joseph Zirngibl on June 21, 1950. They raised their family in Stetsonville, WI where she worked at Bootzin’s IGA for 25 years.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville and enjoyed bowling, fishing, golf, playing cards and crocheting.           Joseph preceded her in death in 1996.  She married Arthur Boxrucker on March 1, 2003 and moved to Prairie du Chien where she became an active member of the Holy Family Parish, Faith In Action, water aerobics and a hospice volunteer.  She is survived by her children, Joyce (Dan) Shannon, Joseph Zirngibl, Joan (Arthur) Marschke and Gail Zirngibl, a son in law Tracy Heier, her sister Janet (John) Pinter, sisters in law, Carol Schumacher and Hilda Boxrucker, stepchildren, Gail (Andy) Howard, Bruce (Jeanette) Boxrucker, Monica (Dan) Schneider, Kent, Paul (Jody), John (Laurie) and Scott Boxrucker, daughter in law Lucy Morrissey.  She was preceded in death by a daughter Nora Heier, two grandchildren John Zirngibl and James J. Kraemer, three brothers Kenneth, Donald and Norbert Schumacher, a sister Lorraine Underwood and an infant sister Angela.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 11:30 AM at St. John’s Church of the Holy Family Parish in Prairie du Chien with Rev. James Weighner officiating. A private family interment will be later in the Sacred Heart Church Cemetery in Stetsonville, WI.  Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 10:30 AM until the time of services. A memorial mass will be held Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11:00 AM at the Sacred Heart Church in Stetsonville, WI where friends may call at church one hour prior to services. 

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