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Iris K. Schiszik


  Iris K. Schiszik, age 92 of Curtiss passed away on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at The Waterford Assisted Living in Colby under the tender care of hospice.A Funeral Service will be on Tuesday, July 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Curtiss. Reverend Ken Schmidt will officiate.  Interment to follow at St. Paul's Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery, rural Curtiss. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until time of service on Tuesday for visitation. The honor of pallbearers belongs to her grandsons: Mike Schiszik, Ryan Schiszik, Kris Schiszik, Ryan Griepentrog, Ben Nikolay and Craig Kallenbach.

  Iris was born on February 6, 1926 the daughter of Jacob and Lucy (Green) Johnson in Curtiss.  She graduated from Abbotsford High School in 1944 and worked in Chicago in the weapons development plant during WWII.  On June 24, 1950, she was united in marriage to Earl Schiszik at Evangelical Lutheran Church in Curtiss. For many years, Iris worked for the U. S. Postal Service. 

  Iris was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church.  She liked camping, gardening, canning, especially pickles and preparing Sunday dinners. Iris was known for her cakes and pies.  Most importantly, she was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother.

  Iris is survived by her husband of 68 years, Earl; three children:  Victor (Jane) Schiszik of Medford, James (Sharon) Schiszik of Spencer and Janine Schiszik of Stratford; seven grandchildren: Kris (Marsha) Schiszik, Kayda (Travis) Hawker, Kelly (Craig) Kallenbach, Michael (Heidi) Schiszik, Ryan (Gayle) Schiszik, Ryan (DeAnn) Griepentrog, Amber Nikolay (Marc Pope) and Ben (Tina) Nikolay; and 11 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her sister, Sharon Brecke of Owen; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers and two sisters: LaVern Johnson, Lyle Johnson, Carol Bochnia and Ramona Schaus; one grandson, Corey and one great-grandson, Jacob.

Memorials are preferred to St. Paul's Lutheran Church.


Rose C. Engel


  Rose C. Engel, 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday June 23, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

  Rose was born June 24, 1926 in Gilman, WI to Joseph and Cecilia (Fitzpatrick) Noonan. She is a graduate of Gilman High School. On September 11, 1948 she married Russell L. Engel. Russell preceded her in death on February 23, 2015.
  She is survived by her Children: Randy (Lori) Engel of Pueblo, CO, Rita (Rick) Kuehn of Champlin, MN, Ruth Engel of Colorado City, CO, Roxann (Mark) Dunst of Gleason, WI, Roger Engel of Greenwood, WI, Robin Engel Ashe of Medford, 10 Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren and 3 Great Great Grandchildren.
  She is further preceded in death by her Parents, 2 brothers and 4 sisters.
  Following high school Rose attended Normal School and then went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree from UW Stevens Point. She then taught grades 2-4 at Rib Lake Elementary School. She retired in 1981 and then traveled with her Husband Russell to all 50 states, and was very proud to have accomplished that. When she was 64 years old, she began substitute teaching until she was 81.
  She loved  crafts, embroidering, gardening, reading, completing puzzles and playing different card games. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Rose loved her family and will be remembered for her strong, funny, fashionable and compassionate look on life.
  Cremation rites have been accorded, and a memorial service will take place at 11:00 on Tuesday July 3, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford. Rev. Daniel Iwinski presiding.  Burial will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Visitation will be held that morning at the church from 9:30 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.
  Memorial donations in honor of Rose 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


Richard "Old Man" A. Jacobsen





AGE: 86


ADDRESS: Medford, WI; A Township of Medford resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:20 PM, Wednesday, June 20 at his residence in the Town of Medford under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: There will be a military rites ceremony performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team at 4 PM to be followed by a memorial open house gathering from 4-8 PM on Friday, June 29 at the Medford VFW Clubhouse, Medford.


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 8, 1931 at Ayer, Massachusetts


EDUCATION: Town of Hammel, Taylor County elementary schools


MARRIAGE: May 12, 1956 at Minneapolis, MN to Shirley Marie Hamm and she survives


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he entered the US Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. After their marriage, they resided in Minneapolis, MN where he worked for Production Corporation of America. They moved back to the Medford area where he managed Strama’s Restaurant, worked for Neil Spreen Construction and the City of Medford until his retirement. In retirement, he worked part-time at the Farmacy. He enjoyed golf, gardening, bowling & playing cribbage.


MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford and the Medford VFW Club


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Shirley M. Jacobsen of Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: David (Renee) Jacobsen and Paul (Carol) Jacobsen both of Medford


# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 3 – Justin & Nicole Jacobsen, Jeff Lavin


GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 1 – Hailey Lavin


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Half-Siblings: Linda (Ernest) Amidon of Massachusetts & Bruce (Sheila) Jacobsen of Blacksburg, South Carolina
His surviving adopted family – Tom (Sabina) Strama, Joe Strama, Bruce (Jane) Strama, all of Medford, Mary Ann (John) Van der Hagen of Leander, Texas, Cheryl Eden of Eau Claire, Jim Olson of Kerrville, Texas and Arlene Strama of Medford


Deceased adopted family: Stan & Josephine Strama, Jim Strama, Janet Jordan & Louise Olson




DECEASED MOTHER: Bernice Julia Louise Welsh


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Dale G. Brandner




AGE: 67


ADDRESS: Whitmore Lake, Michigan


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Wednesday, June 6 at Spokane, WA while on a vacation trip


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be a 2 PM on Friday, June 29 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford


OFFICIATING: Rev. James H. Babler


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 2, 1951 at Eau Claire, WI


EDUCATION: Sitka, Alaska elementary & high schools, aviation school in Moses Lake, WA, & mortuary school in San Francisco, CA


MARRIAGE: 1st: at Moses Lake, WA and was later divorced; 2nd: February 2, 1990 at Seattle, WA to Charmaine Kowalski and she survives


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: He worked as a funeral director in the states of WA and AZ for periods of time. Moved to Michigan where they owned/operated a restaurant until his retirement. He enjoyed camping, traveling and his grandchildren.


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Charmaine Brandner of Whitmore Lake, MI


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Tara (Col. Todd) Gibson of Fairfax, VA & Jared (Douglas) Brandner of Anchorage, AK
Step-Children: Amber Mcinerney of Michigan & Brandon (Sabrina) Kowalski of Moses Lake, WA




SURVIVING PARENTS: Mother – Elinora H. (Frey) Brandner of Medford, WI


DECEASED FATHER: Herbert J. Brandner in 2015


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Immanuel Ev. Lutheran School, Medford
-For online condolences, please visit 


Charles "Chuck" B. Pearson




AGE: 85


ADDRESS: N2502 Crane Drive, Medford; A Township of Medford resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Friday, June 22 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford where he had resided for the past 2 ½ months


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 26 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford


OFFICIATING: Perry Pearson


INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II


VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Tuesday, June 26


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 12, 1932 at Evanston, IL


EDUCATION: Evanston, IL schools


MARRIAGE: March 25, 1955 at Dubuque, Iowa to Irene M. Sauer


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: US Army veteran. After his service to his country, he dairy farmed and mink ranched in the Town of Browning for a period of time. After farming, he drove truck for Neuendorf Transportation & worked at Weather Shield in Medford. They moved to Wausau in 1976 and he did janitorial services while residing there. In October of 2017, they moved to the Town of Medford. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, golf, reading, yard work, bird watching and spending time with his grandchildren.


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Irene M. Pearson of Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – Linda (Jeff) Paul of Curtiss & Diane (Doug) Solberg of Abbotsford


# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 6 – Jason (Sarah) Paul, Tracy (Alan) Hanlin, Andrew (Courtney) Paul, Jessica (Jamie) Minton, Brianna (Justin) Michlig, Jordan (Ashley) Solberg GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 16


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Richard Pearson of Black Creek, WI
Sister-in-law: Carol Pearson of Mellon, WI


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brother - Allen Pearson; Sister-in-law: Lynda Pearson


DECEASED FATHER: Bertram I. Pearson


DECEASED MOTHER: Rose Josephine (Neuendorf) Pearson

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 


Jacqueline "Jacqie" J. Jablonowski


  Jacqueline “Jacqie” J. Jablonowski, 63, of Rib Lake, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2018 surrounded by her family in her dream home. She was born in Oakland, CA to Raymond and Gloria (Bednarski) Petri on July 2, 1954. She is survived by her husband, Gerald Jablonowski, whom she married on September 6, 1985. She worked at Northwestern Mutual until her retirement.

  In her spare time Jacqie enjoyed Yahtzee, cribbage, being out in nature, reading, volunteering in the Rib Lake area, traveling, knitting, and fishing.

  In addition to her husband, Jacqie is survived by her children, Brian Jablonowski of Rib Lake, Gregg Jablonowski of Pell Lake, Dawn (James) Shepherd of Muskego, Nikki (Wes) Decker of Port Washington, Chris (Jenny) Machlan of Muskego, and Jeffrey (Jaclyn) Jablonowski of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren, Josh, Conor, Oliver, Tyler, Gavin, Gianna, Sarah, Aiden, and Kaiya. She is further survived by her mother, Gloria and brothers, Bill and Keith Petri.

  Jacqie is preceded in death by her father, Raymond.

  A memorial service for Jacqie will take place at 2:00 PM on Wednesday June, 27, 2018 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Rib Lake, with Rev. Kenneth Bittorf officiating. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church from 12:00 PM until the time of service at 2:00 PM.

  Memorial donations in Jacqie’s name may be given to the family for use at a later designation.

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


Norman H. Vanderhoof


  Norman Harold Vanderhoof, 91, of Ogema, passed away on June 20, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family and under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.

  Norman was born February 28, 1927 in Chili, Wisconsin to Harold and Gertrude (Stoneberg) Vanderhoof. He married Elaine Lundberg on December 28, 1949. Elaine preceded him in death in 2007.
  He is survived by his Children: John Vanderhoof of Ogema, Joyce (Richard) Hildebrand of Iowa, Louise Lukes of Ogema, Larry (Roni) Vanderhoof of Prentice, Susan (Dennis) Ochodnicky, of Ogema, Nancy (Frank) Lukes of Ogema, fourteen Grandchildren, twenty eight Great Grandchildren and one Great Great Grandchild, and Siblings: Grace Payne of Florida, Myrtle Payne of Sheboygan, Ruby Berkholz of Ogema, Delores Eisner of Rib Lake, Yvonne Presswood of Illinois.
  He is preceded in death by his Parents, Wife Elaine, daughter Lynn Moriarty, and two Grandsons.
  Norman served in World War II, from April 1945 to November 1946 and attended the Honor Flight in 2017. Norman was a very talented carpenter, building many houses in the surrounding counties. He enjoyed outdoor activities, travel, and visiting with his family.  He also loved working in his workshop after retirement.
  A Celebration of Life followed by lunch at the Spirit Baptist Church, will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 1:30. Pastor Duane Harper will officiate. A Graveside service will take place at Garden of Memory Cemetery where military honors will be held.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at


Clara Schopfer


  Clara Schopfer, age 91, of Owen, passed away on Thursday,  June 7, 2018 at Ascension St. Clare's Hospital in Weston.

  A Memorial Gathering will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen. 

  Clara was born on November 24, 1926, the daughter of William and Wilhelmina "Minnie" (Ploog) Pape in Owen.  She graduated from Owen High School.  Clara was united in marriage to Harold Schopfer in 1944.  He preceded her in death on April 2, 2005.

  Clara worked side by side with her husband, Harold, driving heavy equipment for building roads.  They also had a herd of beef cattle.  She was well-known for her cake decorating skills working for Ken's Bakery in Owen.  Clara made character cakes for her family and others.  She worked as an election officer in the Town of Hixon for many years.  Clara was a 4-H cooking leader, enjoyed making barbie doll clothes and was a seamstress.  She was an excellent cook and baker and was proud of her flower bed and large garden.  Most importantly, she cherished her family.

  Clara is survived by her daughter, Ginger (Camby) Berry of Wausau; seven grandchildren: Jini (Dean) Ruplinger, Patti Bloch, Steven Marcott, Kelly Marcott (Jason Smith), Julie (Brian) Hastings, Michael (Regan) Jacks and Melissa (Eric) Vance; 11 great-grandchildren: Matthew Dassow, Krista Dassow, Nikki Marcott, Hailey Bloch, Onalee Marcott, Shyley Marcott, Madelyn "Maddie" Marcott, John Jacks, Joe Jacks, Ethan Hastings and Ben Hastings; one great-great-granddaughter, Ariana Reeves; a son-in-law, Paul Jacks of Cyprus, TX; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her daughter, Judie Jacks; a brother, Edward Pape; two sisters, Irma Miller and Cleo Dearth and two siblings in infancy.


Ann E. Olah


  Ann E. Olah, 91, of Westboro passed away on Sunday, February 4, 2018 at Rib Lake Health Services, Rib Lake, where she had resided for the past 7 months.

  A graveside service will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 30 at Mount Olive Cemetery, Westboro.  Immediately following that gathering will be a celebration of life time at the Rib Lake Ice Age Pavilion that all are invited.

  Ann was born on July 2, 1926 to Archie Donald and Mildred Avery (Streeter) Hebert in Longview, Washington. She attended elementary schools in both Washington and Westboro, WI; was a 1943 graduate of Westboro High School; attended Santa Monica Community College. On February 16, 1946 in Medford she married Steve Olah and he preceded her in death August 20, 1994. After her marriage, they farmed in the Town of Rib Lake for many years until her retirement in 1999. She also cooked at the Westboro School for some time. She enjoyed reading, playing cribbage, gardening, cooking, baking, her pets, feeding the birds, bowling and her family was very important to her. Ann was also a charter member of the Premeau-Schauss VFW Auxiliary, Westboro.

  Ann is survived by her children, Stephen (Gail) Olah of Rice Lake, Robert “Bob” (Kristie) Olah of Sunnyvale, Calif., Richard (Peggy) Olah of Westboro; grandchildren, Stephenie (John) Grefe, Renee (Jack) Stein, Ryan, Andrea & Erik (Heather) Olah, Lisa (Jason) Rashid; great-grandchildren Eli and Ava Grefe, Megan Stein, Brandon, Nathan, Matthew and Luke Olah, Jadeyn Olah, Jordan and Levi Rashid; and brother, John Hebert of Rib Lake.

  In addition to her husband and parents, Ann is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Shannon Olah in 2007; siblings, Lois Sherfield, Nancy McCrellias, Linda Fritsch, Donald and Joe Hebert.

  The family would like to acknowledge and give thanks to the Rib Lake Health Services for their care and compassion while Ann was a resident. The family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation. For online condolences, please visit


Janet H. LiVigni


  Janet H. LiVigni, 73, of Rib Lake passed away on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at her residence. She was born in Blue Island, IL on November 11, 1944 to Forest and Janet (Kleifoth) Kurtzweil. She graduated from Oak Lawn Community High School. She married Steven LiVigni on August 10, 1968, he survives.

  Janet worked in the steel industry. She was a hard worker and strong woman with a great sense of humor. She will be deeply missed by all.

  In addition to her husband Janet is survived by her son, Joseph (Kelly) LiVigni; grandchildren, Rebecca, Jessica, and Joseph “Fitzy”. She is also survived by her sister, Peggy Machnikowski of Ogema and brother, Thomas Kurtzweil of Maricopa, AZ. Janet is further survived by many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

  Janet is preceded in death by her parents, brothers, Forest and Quentin Kurtzweil; sister in law, Merilyn Kurtzweil and brother in law, Julius Machnikowski.

  Cremation rites have been accord and a celebration of life will take place at a later date.

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


Leo James "Jim" Hirsch


  Leo James "Jim" Hirsch, age 94, formerly of Medford, passed away on Thursday,  June 7, 2018 at his son Gerald's home in Barrington Hills, IL under the tender care of hospice.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 11, 2018 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.  Interment to be held at Riverside Cemetery in Withee.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Monday at the Church. 

  Leo was born on May 18, 1924, the son of  Leo and Theresa (Brost) Hirsch in Medford, Wisconsin.  He attended Holy Rosary Grade School and Medford High School. He was an operator for the Greyhound bus company for 42 years.

  Leo was united in marriage to Lorraine Milewski on June 28, 1952 in Chicago.  She preceded him in death on May 16, 2005.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for 60 years and enjoyed gardening.

  Leo is survived by five children: Connie (Mike) Schubert, James (Polly) Hirsch, Gerald Hirsch, Thomas (Amy) Hirsch, and Debra (Herb) LaMee; 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by two siblings:  Marguerite (Ray) Klingbeil of Medford and Patrick Hirsch of Lake Bluff, IL; two sisters-in-law: Bernice Hirsch of Sparta, and Joan Hirsch of Pensacola, FL; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife and five siblings: Marilyn (Ray) Strassman, Peter Hirsch, Mark Hirsch, Eileen (Gerald) Handel and John Hirsch; and a sister-in-law, Geraldine Hirsch.

  In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be made to Orphanage of Casa Hogar, 1 Pablo 2, Lima, Peru in care of Diocese of La Crosse Mission Office, PO Box 4004, La Crosse, WI  54602.


Aure "Ray" Liebl

  Aure A. “Ray” Liebl, 88, of Rib Lake, passed away Saturday May 26, 2018 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

  He was the beloved partner of Catherine Kriehn and ex Husband Karen Liebl (O’Keane). He was a wonderful Father to Suzanne (Perry) Boneck, Tamara (Jeff) Jackopin and Karen (Kari) Liebl, loving Grandfather of Matthew (Krystle) Jackopin, Shannon (Kyle) Trimble, Ryan (Leah) Boneck, Jeffery Jackopin and Erin Boneck. Proud Great-Grandfather of Kylie Jackopin, Sebastian Jackopin, Haylee Jackopin, Connor Trimble and Lauren Trimble, and one brother Leo Liebl.
  He is preceded in death by his Parents William and Theresa Liebl and sister Lila Liebl Kalin.

  Ray was an honored Korean veteran, Sergeant in the US Army, and traveled in the special service Road Show Tour in 1951-1952 as a backup musician for Bob Hope. He was a proud member of the American Legion. Through his lifetime Ray graduated from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. A musician, composer, orchestra and band leader that went on to form many bands including Ray Liebl and the Sophisticates. Ray was an accomplished entrepreneur owning several businesses and music stores including the current Rib Lake Music Center for over 25 years. He was an exceptional carpenter and a True Artist. His one true passion in life was teaching students the love of music.

  Cremation rites have been accorded, and a memorial service will take place a 4:00 PM, Monday June 11, 2018 at Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake Chapel. Father Dennis Meulemans will officiate. Burial and military honors will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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


Myrtle May Blomberg


  Myrtle May Blomberg, 93, Town of Hill, Ogema, died Saturday 2, at Aspirus Care and Rehab Center in Medofrd, WI. She was born on February 17, 1925, in Boston, Massachusetts, to the late Rev. George and Myrtle Brooks. She graduated from the El Paso High School in El Paso, Texas Her marriage to the late Ivar H. Blomberg took place on June 8, 1947, at El Paso, Texas. She was a member of the Ogema Baptist Church, and of the Liberty Belles Homemakers.

  Survivors include one son, Tim, Ogema; two daughters, Judy (Rev. James) LeMaster, Ogema, and Debby (Wayne) Berfeldt, St. Paul, MN; grandchildren Larisa (George) Klein, James I. LeMaster, Alex (Heather) LeMaster, Aaron (Katie) Berfeldt, Samantha (Sean) Hallowell, Devon Berfeldt, and Tara Berfeldt; seven great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she is preceded in death by one son, James, and by six brothers, Milton, Larry, Harry, Alfred, Charlie, and Leslie Brooks, and by many sisters and brothers in law.
  Funeral services will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 9, at the Ogema Baptist Church in Ogema with Rev. Rodney Price officiating. Interment will take place in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in the Town of Hill. Friends may call at the Ogema Baptist Church in Ogema on Friday after 5:00 P.M. and on Saturday from 9:00 A.M. until the time of services.
  Online condolences may be expressed at
The Heindl Funeral Home in Prentice is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.



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