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James F. Miller

  James F. Miller, 65 of Thorp, formerly of Jump River died on

Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at Marshfield Medical Center. He
was born on February 2, 1953 in Stanley to the late James
and Rita (Couillard) Miller. He grew up in Jump River and
graduated from Gilman High in 1971. On July 29, 1972 he was
united in marriage to Karen Hodowanic at Saints Peter and
Paul Catholic Church-Gilman. The couple moved to Jump
River and farmed there for 43 years on the family farm. The
couple sold the farm in 2016 and retired to Thorp. In
“retirement” Jim worked for Wayne Raether, Bob’s Corner
Garage and Hank’s Furniture.
Jim was an active volunteer his whole life. He was in the Jump
River Fire Dept for 40 years; 12 as Assistant Chief and 18
years as Fire Chief, a member of the Lions Club, a Community
Center Board Member, was town Chairman for Jump River, a
member the Gilman School Board and a board member for
ASCS. He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, bowling and playing
softball. Jim also loved to watch the Packers, Brewers and
Badgers. Most of all he loved his family and enjoyed his time
spent with them.
  He is survived by his wife, Karen of Thorp, 3 children, Andrea
(Brent) Trott of Sheldon, Tricia (Gary) Thompson of
Henderson, NV and Kimberly (Willie) Anderson of Gilman, 3
grandchildren, Brock and Jaden Trott and Kali Anderson, his
siblings, Patty (Mike Schmitz) Miller of Carlton, MN, Paul
(Diane) Miller, Bill (Antoinette) Miller, Chris (Kathy) Miller and
Ruth (Jim) Shaw all of Sheldon, a sister in law, Debbie Miller of
Medford and many nieces and nephews. Jim is preceded in
death by his parents, brothers, Russell and Bob and his sister
  A funeral service will be held at 1PM on Monday, July 23,
2018 at the Jump River Community Center. Visitation from 4-8
PM on Sunday at the Gilman Funeral Home and from 11AM
until time of services Monday at the Community Center.


Estelle L. Bohte


  Estelle L. Bohte, 98, of the Town of Greenwood, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018 under hospice care at Rennes Health Center in Weston, surrounded by her family.

  Estelle was born on May 17, 1920, to the late Jacob and Christine Schaff in the town of Stetsonville. She graduated from Medford High School on 1937, followed by a teaching certificate in 1939 from Medford Normal School. She began her teaching career in one room country schools in the rural Medford area.

  On July 31, 1943 she married Edward A. Bohte and moved to the Bohte Family Farm in the Town of Greenwood, where she resided the past 75 years.

  In 1955 Estelle resumed her teaching career in the kindergarten classrooms of Rib Lake, Westboro, and Greenwood schools. She also continued working towards her college Bachelor’s Degree, which she received in 1963 from UW-Stevens Point.

  Estelle was passionate about farming, keeping up on current events, liked to play cards, and enjoyed all her friends and neighbors.

  Estelle is survived by her children, Anna (Kevin) Taylor of Henderson, NV, Beverly VanderKoy of Kronenwetter, Edward (Candy) Bohte of Merrill, and John (Beverly) Bohte of Wausau; 9 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, Dorothy Wiegel, and many nieces and nephews in 3 generations.

  In addition to her husband and parents, Estelle is preceded in death by one grandson, Scott VanderKoy; brothers, Aloysius “Red” and Nicholas Schaff; sisters, Jeannette Nelson, and twins Marie Wilson and Margaret Schaff.

  A Funeral Mass for Estelle will take place at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 20, 2018 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake, with Father Otto Bucher officiating. Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Hemer Funeral Home – Medford Chapel from 4:00 PM until the time of a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

  In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Estelle’s name may be given to the family for use a later designation.

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


Jerene "Tootie" R. Loeffler




AGE: 84


ADDRESS: Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford; A former Whittlesey area resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 7:28 AM Sunday, July 15 at Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford where she had resided for the past 2 ½ years most recently under the care of Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Thursday, July 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey


OFFICIATING: Rev. Randal Jeppesen


INTERMENT: Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Whittlesey


VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, July 18 and also at church from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Thursday, July 19


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 6, 1933 at Medford


EDUCATION: Whittlesey Grade School and was a 1951 graduate of Medford High School


MARRIAGE: October 13, 1951 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey to Marvin H. Loeffler and he preceded her in death July 12, 1980


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Together they farmed for many years, then went on to own and operate the Chapperal in Whittlesey for 3 years. She worked for Armbrust Meats in Medford for 30 years. After retirement, she went to work for Copps IGA and County Market. Her biggest enjoyment was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to process venison for all her family and friends. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and baking. She was a hunter’s safety instructor for over 25 years.


MEMBER OF: Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey and the Chelsea Conservation Club


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – RaNaye Loeffler & Rochelle Mallien both of Medford, Roxanne (Jeff) Stibbe of Rib Lake


CHILDREN DECEASED: Son – Douglas in infancy


# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 5 – Jason (Rocky) Mallien of Medford, Brandi (Brent) Fuchs of Merrill, Wyatt Mallien of Medford, Samantha (Brad) Hartwig of Medford, Travis Stibbe of Rib Lake


GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 5 – Kyanna & Kierra Mallien, Elliana Mallien, Emerie & Liddie Hartwig all of Medford


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother - Claire “Butch” (Jan) Frischman of Medford
Sisters-in-law: Jean Frischman of Medford & Josephine Loeffler of Oshkosh


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Dennis, Carol & Linda Frischman; Brother-in-law: Vernon Loeffler


DECEASED FATHER: Erwin Frischman


DECEASED MOTHER: Lorraine (Fischer) Frischman


PALLBEARERS: Jason & Wyatt Mallien, Travis Stibbe, Brent Fuchs, Brad Hartwig, Mitch Miller


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


Charlotte Louise Buchanan Andreasen


  Charlotte Louise Buchanan Andreasen, 90, long time resident of Withee, Wisconsin, but currently of Appleton, Wisconsin passed away on Monday, July 9.

  A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 19th at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Withee.      Visitation will be begin at 1:00 p.m. with the service at 2:00 p.m.  Burial will be at the Nazareth cemetery. 

  Charlotte was born on May 12, 1928, in rural Curtiss, to Glenn and Doris (Clifton) Buchanan.  The eldest of three children, she grew up on dairy farms near Curtiss and Withee.  She attended Frenchtown School, and belonged to the Methodist Church in Withee.

  After graduating from Withee High School in 1946, she began a two-year rural education program at Eau Claire State Teachers College.  When she completed the program in 1948, she was the envy of her classmates, because she had already been offered a teaching job with a salary of $225 per month, the highest salary of anyone in her class.  Charlotte taught grades 1-8 in rural schools for seven years, including White School, Elmwood School, Eaton Center School, and Frenchtown School.

  Charlotte and Norman Andreasen were united in marriage on June 12, 1949 at the Methodist Church in Withee.  A few years after they married, he surprised her by deciding to become a farmer.  They purchased a dairy farm in Hixon Township, where they farmed until 1980, raising four children.        Charlotte was an active member of Nazareth Lutheran Church, teaching in Vacation Bible School, singing in the choir, and participating in the church women’s organization.

  Charlotte and Norman enjoyed traveling, especially in their later years.  They spent several winters in Apache Junction, Arizona, and took the time to see not only the sights of Arizona, but also other locations along the routes that they traveled both to and from that location.  They also took trips to visit their children in Colorado, North Dakota, and Texas.  Charlotte appreciated the fact that one of their children spent time living in the northeastern part of the United States, so that one of the couple’s trips would be to that part of the country.  She celebrated her 80th birthday with a cruise to destinations in New England and northeastern Canada.

  Charlotte was devoted to her family, and especially enjoyed being a grandparent.  She is survived by four children:  Rodney Andreasen of Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Bethany Andreasen of Minot, North Dakota; Bradley Andreasen of Colorado, and Cara (Gary) Brzezinski of Oneida, Wisconsin; four grandchildren:  Tyra (Gregory) Wennesheimer of Green Bay, Wisconsin; Krista (Christopher) Kuba of Green Bay, Wisconsin; Nathan Stock Andreasen; and Joshua Andreasen; three great-grandchildren:  Aubrey and Charlotte Kuba of Green Bay, Wisconsin; and Ella Stock Andreasen; and two brothers:  Leonard Buchanan of Thorp, Wisconsin; and James Buchanan of Cadott, Wisconsin. 

  She was preceded in death in 2005 by her husband, Norman.


Rev. Robert L. Everhard

   Reverend Robert Louis Everhard of Abbotsford, age 90, was called home into the arms of his Lord and Savior on Saturday, June 23rd, 2018.

  Robert was born on November 25th, 1927 to Louis and Cora (Eimerman) in Milwaukee.  In 1945, he graduated from Solomon Juneau High School in Milwaukee.  He was then drafted into the Army and was a veteran of WWII.  After serving in the Army, Robert entered a management program at JC Penney for a short time before attending and graduating from Carroll College, Waukesha, in 1954.  Bob was a church youth director during his college years which led him to the ministry.  He graduated from the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa in 1957.  He served as a student pastor in Hebron, Illinois while in seminary.

  Bob married Lori Carle in 1957 at the Calvary Presbyterian Church in Milwaukee and was also ordained there.  Reverend Everhard served his first church, the First Presbyterian Church in Lodi for 7 years with his dedicated and loving wife by his side.  Bob and Lori started their family in Lodi and had 3 children.  Reverend Everhard then moved to the Berkeley Hillside Presbyterian Church in Hillside, Illinois for 13 years.  His final full time pastoral calling was to First Presbyterian Church in Abbotsford where he ministered for 15 years.  Following his retirement, Reverend Everhard served as part time pastor in Lakewood, Wabeno, Laona, Dorchester, Owen and Medford until the age of 80.  In 2007, he was awarded the honorary title of Pastor Emeritus, which recognized his long time relationship with the Abbotsford community.  He was a devoted servant of God having served 50 years in the ministry.

  Reverend Robert L. Everhard touched many lives during his ministry.  His optimistic outlook on life and unique perspective on things gave him the ability to relate to people of all ages.  Bob's great sense of humor and gentle loving nature made him loved by many.  He ejoyed life and making peolpe laugh.  He will long be remembered for his beautiful smile and hearty laugh.  He always joked, "The best preachers have short sermons and long offerings."

  Bob enjoyed a variety of hobbies which included ping pong, pool, bowling, horseshoes, hunting and flying model airplanes.  Spending time with friends and family is what he valued most.

  Bob is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Lori, and his children, Darlene (Stephen) La Fave, Dexter Everhard and Donald (Gloria) Everhard.  His grandchildren: Julie Rose La Fave (Lucas Sook), Michael La Fave, Penny Lou (Keith) Gattis, Robert Louis Everhard II, Carolyn Everhard (Logan Wright) and Dalton Everhard.  His great grandchildren include McKenzie Rose Gattis and Joseph DeLaney Gattis.

  Bob is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Vernell (John) Fishleigh.

  Interment is at Abbotsford City Cemetery, Abbotsford, Wisconsin.

  Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, July 14th, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church in Abbotsford.   Visitation will be at 10:00 A.M. followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 A.M.  A Veteran Memorial Tribute will be held at the Abbotsford City Cemetery at 12:30 P.M.  There will be a lunch & time of fellowship following the Veteran Memorial Tribute at First Presbyterain Church.


Marilyn A. Schwartz


  Marilyn A. Schwartz, 79, of Medford, passed away Saturday July 7, 2018 at Aspirus Medford Hospital.

Marilyn was born April 25, 1939 in Medford to Theodore and Ruth (Johnson) Boeckler. She is a 1957 graduate of Medford Sr. High. She married Harlowe A. Schwartz on February 28, 1959 in McMinnville, TN. Harlowe survives.

  She is further survived by her children: Laura (Keith) Deschler of Racine, Stuart of Wausau, Harlan (Tammy) of Medford, Grandchildren: Jordan and Jarrell Klimeck, Nate and Brendan Schwartz, Great Grandchild Gatlin Schwartz, Brother John (Karen) Boeckler of Texas , Sister in Law JoAnne Gebert of Tennessee, many cousins and numerous nieces and nephews.

  She is preceded in death by her Parents, and infant brother Russell.

  Marilyn worked for 30 years at Midway Telephone Company. She and Harlowe lived in Stetsonville until 2008, when they moved to Medford. When her children were young the family enjoyed camping in the Northwoods.  In 1985 they purchased a cabin in Lake Tomahawk where she enjoyed watching the “critters” and taking relaxing pontoon boat rides on Hasbrook Lake.   Marilyn loved having friends and family over for Christmas Eve.  She enjoyed her gardens and feeding and watching animals of all kinds.
She most enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and always looked forward to her monthly classmates and cousins breakfasts.

  Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will take place at 11:00 AM, Friday July 13, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Medford. Pastor Tim Becker will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 until the time of services. Burial will follow in Medford Evergreen Cemetery I.

  Memorial donations in honor of Marilyn can be given to her family for designation at a later date.

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


Donald E. Kieser


  Donald E. Kieser, age 88, of Abbotsford, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, July 4, 2018 at Marshfield Medical Center.  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford.  The Rev. Donald Bruce will officiate. Inurnment with Military Honors provided by the Unity American Legion Post #352 will follow at the Abbotsford Public Cemetery.  A visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 10 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and from 10:00 AM until the time of service Wednesday at the church. 

  Donald was born in Athens on September 2, 1929, the son of Gottlieb and Stella (Habeck) Kieser. In 1948 he graduated from Abbotsford High School.  Donald was united in marriage to Joann Voigt on July 17, 1954 in Wauwatosa. As newlyweds they moved to Athens, and eventually settled in Abbotsford.  The love of his life, Joann preceded him in death on June 20, 2015.

  Donald spent the majority of his working years as an employee of the city of Abbotsford, and retired as the Director of Public Works in 1996.  A true public servant, he briefly served as the village police officer and for many years was a volunteer fireman.  He was extremely proud of his service to his country as a 34-year member of the Army National Guard, which included a year of active military service at Fort Lewis, Washington during the Berlin Crisis. 

  Donald was an active and faithful member of Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford, serving many years as a church elder, and participating in the church choir. Donald loved music, and amassed an extensive collection of records, tapes, and CDs. He also enjoyed trout fishing, telling jokes, and bartending.          Donald was a selfless man.  Of utmost importance to him were his family, faith, community and country.

  Donald is survived by five children:  Geoffrey (Ann) of Fayetteville, NC, Coralee (Patrick) Ellenbecker of Owen, Lori Leichtman of Abbotsford, Don (Paula) of Unity and Michael (Amy) of West Bend; 16 grandchildren:  Robin, Angie, Geoff, Tristan, Leslie, Nita, Doug, Lora, Jenny, Brian, Seth, Molly, Maggie, Alex, Ethan and Maddie; ten great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.  He is further survived by five brothers and sisters: Marilyn Brown of Mason City, IA, Carol Bartz of Merrill, Dennis (Joan) Kieser of Thorp, Muriel (Warren) Puhl of Menomonie and Marjorie (Bill) Rohlik of Eleva; a sister-in-law, Lois Stockey of Victoria Island, British Columbia, Canada, a brother-in-law, Burton Erenz of Greenfield; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his older brother Frederick; and sisters Dorothy Quade and Doris Hodd.


Wayne M. Habermeyer


  Wayne M. Habermeyer, age 46, of Owen, passed away on Monday, July 2, 2018 at Marshfield Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

  A Celebration Gathering will be held from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  A private family inurnment will be held at a later date.

  Wayne was born on April 11, 1972, the son of William and Phyllis (Rock) Habermeyer in Medford.  He worked various jobs, including doing carpentry, landscaping and mostly helping anyone who needed him.  Wayne loved his family, especially his two daughters.  He enjoyed NASCAR, nature and was an animal lover.  Wayne always made friends wherever he went and was loved by many.

  Wayne is survived by his two daughters: Amber McBride of Plover and Kelly Bangart of Marshfield; five brothers and sisters: Ronald (Jenny) of Curtiss, Gary (Sandra) of Marshfield, Rae Jean (Mark) Aron of Plover, Jane (David) Smith of Withee and Karen (Todd) Thoreson of Owen; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents, William on July 24, 1984 and Phyllis on December 21, 2012.


Earl Robert Hartwig


  Earl Robert Hartwig, 96, from the Town of Spirit, was called home to Heaven on June 30, 2018, at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford, where he had resided for the past 18 months. Services to celebrate his life will be at 11 AM on Friday, July 6 at Zion Lutheran Church in the Town of Spirit with Pastor James Langebartels officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Town of Spirit. Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 PM on Thursday, July 5 at Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake and from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM at the church in Spirit on Friday, July 6. Pallbearers will be – Ron, Steve & Scott Komarek, Randy Weinke, Robert Olwell & Mark Blasel. A lunch will follow at the Church.

  Earl was a lifelong resident of Spirit, WI. He was born to a WW I hero and Purple Heart recipient, Ferdinand Hartwig, and his wife, Gloria (Andreae) Hartwig on November 23, 1921. He attended Stone Lake School, Town of Spirit. On November 4, 1944, Earl married the love of his life, Vangel “Birdie” Komarek. They were virtually inseparable until her passing on March 29, 2018. They built their home, and had many adventures, on a farm in the Town of Spirit, and called it “The Silver Spur Ranch”. They raised cattle, farm animals and horses. They had one child, Karen Hartwig Campbell, and one grandchild, Jody Lee Campbell. Both were tragically lost many years ago. Earl adored them both.
  Earl Hartwig was a hard working man. He worked at home breeding and masterfully training his award-winning show horses, as well as farming, restoring antiques and handcrafting items. He also worked full time for Owens Illinois from 1969 until his retirement in1986. He was a very talented man.
  Earl was a member of the National Rockhound Society, Zion Lutheran Church of Spirit, Taylor County Rough Riders, Spirit Lake Snowmobile Club and the Arabian Horse Association. His zest for life included many passions. Hunting, boating fishing, traveling, snowmobiling, gardening, repairing clocks, his dogs, and water skiing were among his favorite activities.
  Earl is survived by his brother-in-law, Harry Blasel, two sisters-in-law, Betty Komarek and LaVon Komarek, and many nieces/nephews. He was preceded in death by his much-loved wife, Vangel (Komarek) Hartwig, parents Ferdinand & Gloria Hartwig, beloved daughter, Karen Hartwig Campbell, grandson, Jody Lee Campbell, brothers/sisters-in-law, Arleen and Alfred Weinke, Orval and Ann Komarek, Laurel Komarek, Frank and Freda Komarek, George and Almire Olwell, Eugene Komarek and Mirella Blasel.
  Earl Hartwig was a great man. His radiant smile is unforgettable and his strength balanced by his deeply humble character earned him respect and admiration. The loss of his presence on earth saddens the hearts of many, but the memories of him will forever be the fondest and most treasured. Earl is loved and is reunited in Heaven with those he missed so deeply.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford & Rib Lake serving the family. For online condolences, please visit


Jane M. Brylski


  Jane M. Brylski, 49, of Platteville, died on Thursday, June 28, 2018, at home surrounded by her family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in her home town, Medford, Wisconsin. The Melby Funeral Home & Crematory of Platteville, is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

  Jane was born on June 8, 1969 in Medford, WI, the daughter of Bernard and Anita (Ertl) Pernsteiner.      Jane graduated from Medford Senior High School in 1987. She attended IBA City College of Cosmetology and graduated in 1988. Jane was united in marriage to David Brylski on February 27, 1999 at the Third Presbyterian Church in Dubuque, Iowa. Jane worked as a cosmetologist from 1988 until 2015. She continued her education at Southwest Technical College in Fennimore, with a degree in Medical Transcription and Medical Coding 2011-2013. In 2016, Jane enrolled in Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, she had future aspirations of becoming an Oriental Medicine Practitioner and Acupuncturist, she would have graduated in April 2019.

  Jane is survived by her husband, David, of Platteville; daughter, Jada Brylski; step-daughters, Kasey (Justin) Olson of Baron; Amber (Greg) Plautz of Rhinelander; step-son, Kevin Brylski of Eau Claire; parents, Anita and Bernard Pernsteiner of Holcombe; brothers, Jeff (Tracy) Pernsteiner of Medford; Ed (Sue) Pernsteiner of Merrill; sisters, Susan (Paul) Malovrh; Lori Pernsteiner; Julie (Kurt) Radtke; Becky (Brian) Bucki, all of Medford; Renee (Tom) Henrichs; Heidi (Jerome) Kowalski, both of Stetsonville; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Emil and Elsie Pernsteiner and Edward and Emma Ertl.



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