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Robert "Bob" J. Sholes



AGE:  63

ADDRESS:  City of Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  pronounced at 2:06 PM on Wednesday, August 8 at his residence in the City of Medford

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: A memorial celebration of Bob’s life will take place at Black River Golf Club, Medford on Saturday, September 1, 2018 from 4 pm until 8 pm.

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


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 11, 1955 at Janesville, WI

EDUCATION: Janesville, WI elementary schools and he was a 1973 graduate of Marshfield High School

MARRIAGE: July 6, 1973 at Marshfield, WI to Cheryl Schalow and they were later divorced

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he worked as an accountant for R.W. Klinner, CPA in Marshfield and later moving to Medford in 1977, their office in Medford.  In 1983 he and Tim Hansen established Northcentral Accounting which he presently owned/operated.  He enjoyed golfing, softball, bowling, curling, attending professional baseball games, and spending time with his family and many friends.


MEMBER OF:  Elk’s Club of Marshfield

SURVIVING CHILDREN:  Daughters – Heather (John) Simpson of Saint Paul, MN and Becky Sholes of Roberts, WI

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN:   1 Granddaughter – Kristine Simpson of St. Paul, MN        

CHILDREN DECEASED:  Grandson – Zachary E. Sholes in 1994

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister - Sandy (Mike) Sobzack of Sarasota, FL
Sister-in-law:  Sue Sholes of Owen


SURVIVING PARENTS:  Mother – Donna Schluter-Parker of Owen

DECEASED FATHER:   Kenneth Lawrence Sholes


OTHER INFORMATION: Further survived by nephews:  Brad (Anne) Sholes of Rockford, IL and Brian (Nicole) Sholes of St. Paul, MN


- In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the American Heart Association in Bob’s name, Wisconsin Affiliate, 795 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee, WI 53202

-For online condolences, please visit 


Melva Jean Keefe


  Melva Jean (Strebig) Keefe, 92, of Medford was born March 5, 1926 in Medford to Gilbert and Viola (Miller) Strebig. She died on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Care Partners under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

  Whether you knew her as Mrs. Keefe, Mom, Aunt Babe, Grandma, Felfa, Mima, my dear, or Melva, you understood she was a special lady. She graduated from Medford High School as valedictorian in 1943 and from UW-Eau Claire in 1946 with a degree in elementary education. Her marriage to Thomas F. Keefe took place in Wausau, WI, on June 12, 1947 and he preceded her in death on February 20, 2008. Together they enjoyed life in the U.S. Navy until they returned to Medford in 1952, where Tom joined Strebig Auto Co. and later co-founded Northland Furniture with Ray Lange. Melva taught elementary education in Wausau in her earlier years and also worked as a bookkeeper for Keefe’s Northland Furniture while raising their family.
  Melva was active in the community as a member of the Medford City Park Outdoor Pool Committee, Medford Curling Club, Tee-Hi Golf Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, Taylor County Homemakers, the Black River Golf Club, several bridge and sheepshead clubs, the Red Hats, and the Birthday Club.
  Survivors include her children - Judith Kuse of Baraboo, Kate Clanton of Marshfield, Susan (Dean) Emmerich of Medford, Patrick (Michelle) Keefe of Apple Valley, MN, and Robert (Laurie) Keefe of Medford, sixteen grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren.
  Melva wore life well, even into her stay at Care Partners, where her kind and caring personality survived, and her world was largely a happy one for which she was grateful.
  Melva was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, and visitation will be held there from 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 13, 2018 with the funeral service beginning at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. James Krueger officiating. Luncheon will be provided by the Ladies of Immanuel immediately following the service. Interment of her cremated remains will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II at a later date. Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons – Ben & Ted Kuse, Jason Salter, Jake Emmerich, Max Clanton, Tom, John & Connor Keefe.

  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Melva’s name to Huey’s Hideaway Children’s Museum in Medford, WI.
  The family is grateful to all who helped care for Melva at Care Partners, and to Immanuel Lutheran Church Pastors Krueger and Iwinski and the team from Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services who provided support to Melva and her family during the final days of our long good-bye.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at


William "Bill" A. Koncel


  William "Bill" A. Koncel, age 94, of Dorchester, passed away on August 11, 2018 at the Home Place in Dorchester.

  A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Dorchester.  Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate.  Interment to follow at Dorchester Memorial Cemetery.  Friends and family are welcome from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home.

  Bill was born May 24, 1924, the son of Anton and Eleanor (Vlacia) Koncel in Berwyn, IL.  He graduated from Colby High School in 1942. 
  In September of 1946,  Bill was united in marriage to Leila Case in Medford.  She preceded him in death on Feb. 4, 2007.  Together they farmed east of Dorchester for many years.

  Bill loved to ride his Harley motorcycle , and enjoyed pulling with his Allis-Chalmers in antique tractor pulls, where he won many awards.  He also enjoyed fishing, and snowmobiling.

  Bill is survived by his daughter: Mary Ann (Richard) Bunkelman of Colby; a daughter-in-law: Debra Koncel of Dorchester; six grandchildren: Cathy (Lee) Hansen of Two Rivers, Kenneth Koncel of Colby, Amanda Koncel of Medford, Michael Koncel of Dorchester, Kevin (Denise) Bunkelman of Colby, and Alan Bunkelman of Colby and five great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his sister-in-law, Janet Case of Almond; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Leila; his son, Anthony: and two brothers-in-law: Kenneth (Teresa) and Melvin (Lorraine) Case.


Betty Fleming


  Betty Fleming, age 88, of Dorchester, passed away on Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Marshfield Medical Center.  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 13, 2018 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Dorchester.    The Rev. Thomas Myhre will officiate.  Friends and family are welcome 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at Monday at the funeral home in Dorchester.  Interment to follow at the Dorchester Memorial Cemetery.

  Betty was born on April 1, 1930, the daughter of John and Margaret (Jackson) Lettner in Gibson City, IL.  On June 6, 1948, she was united in marriage to Elvin Fleming in Bloomington, IL.  He preceded her in death on February 23, 1993.

  Betty moved to CA after marriage and then moved to the Town of Hammel in 1966.   Betty enjoyed sewing and quilting. 

  Betty is survived by her four children: Cheryl Underwood of Dorchester, David (Mary) of Withee, Donald of Palm Bay, FL, and Terry of Medford; two step-sons: Stewart of Aurora, SD and Harvey of Waterloo, IA; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by many friends, nieces, nephews and other family members.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a granddaughter: Kristy Underwood; a sister: Margie; and two brothers: Richard and Raymond.


Linda Sue Jari


  Linda Sue Jari, 60, of Medford, passed away Sunday, August 5, 2018 at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital, surrounded by her loving family.

  A Funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 Noon on Thursday August 9, 2018 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford. Father Phil Juza will officiate. Visitation will be held that morning at Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 9:30 AM until the time of Mass. Cremation rites will be accorded following the service.
  Linda was born April 7, 1958 in Medford, WI to Frank and Florence (Emmerich) Lemke. She is a 1976 Graduate of Medford Sr. High School. On September 17, 1977, Linda married Michael Jari at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford. Michael survives.
  She is further survived by her two sons: Daniel and Ben (Nicole) Jari of Medford, Step Granddaughter Lily, Mother Florence Lemke of Medford, Siblings: Tim (Sally) Lemke of Medford, Tom Lemke of Plymouth, MN, John (Ann), Jim Lemke, Sandi (Paul) Lukewich, all of Medford, Donna (Craig) Dahlvig of Hatley, Sisters in Law: Margo (Dave) Zuleger of Medford, Joan (Jon) Kleist of Wausau, and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
  She is preceded in death by her Father Frank Lemke, Sister Patty Lemke, Nephew Tim Lemke, Jr., and Mother in Law Marie Jari.
  Linda worked in the Mill Work division for Weather Shield Windows for 42 years. She also helped Mike with accounting and bookwork for the family business, Mike Jari Bulldozing and Excavating.
  She enjoyed going on motorcycle rides with friends, doing yard work, lawn mowing, tending to her flower gardens, feeding and watching birds and decorating her home. Linda will be remembered for her excellent cooking skills. Her hash brown casserole, beans and brownies were always looked for at family gatherings.
  She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and the Stump Jumpers Snowmobile Club where she served as secretary for many years.

  Linda loved spending time with her family, and was especially proud of her sons.
  Memorial Donations in honor of Linda 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 J. "Boogie" Seidel


  Donald J. "Boogie" Seidel, age 86, of Dorchester, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 6, 2018 at his home. A Memorial Gathering will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 3:00 p.m. at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Dorchester.  Inurnment to follow with Military Honors provided by the Dorchester American Legion Post #517 at the Dorchester Memorial Cemetery.

  Donald was born February 29, 1932, the son of Frank and Erna (Wuest) Seidel in Colby.  He graduated from Dorchester High School in 1950.  Don enlisted in the Army National Guard and then enlisted in the U. S. Army.
  On February  26, 1958 he was united in marriage to Birthe "Bea" Pedersen in Copenhagen, Denmark.  She preceded him in death on June 30, 2014.

  Don loved the Green Bay Packers, jigsaw puzzles and woodworking.  Most importantly, he cherished his family.

  Don is lovingly survived by his five children: Anni (Mark) Bunkelman of Milan, Linda (Craig) Hayes of Marshfield, Karen (Jeff) Willingham of Columbus, IN, William (Christine) Seidel of Medford and Kristy Snow of Hixson, TN; 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his sister, Marlene (Robert) Cypher of Menomonee Falls; two sisters-in-law, Lois Seidel of Menomonee Falls and Anni Jeppesen of Denmark.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bea; his daughter, Kay; two brothers, Gordon and Nyle and a sister, Joanne.


Dale W. Wood


  Dale William Wood, age 60, passedaway Tuesday, July 24, 2018. 

He was born December 31,1957, at home in Donald, Wis., the son

of Daniel and Marcella (Morel) Wood.

  He attended school at Donald Elementary School through 6th
grade, then attended Hannibal Junior High for 7th and 8th grade,

then attended high school in Gillman. He graduated from Gillman High


  He farmed with his brother, Kurt, at the farm in Donald.  Due
to health issues, he retired from farming in 2010.  He really loved his

dogs that he had over the years.
  Dale is survived by siblings, Linda Izdepski of Conrath, Diane
(Darrel) Gago of Tony, Allen (Karen) Wood of Curtiss, Debbie
(Jay) Sands of Ojibwa, Pat (Nora) Wood of Eau Claire, and
Kurt Wood of Gilman; and 8 nephews, 11 nieces, 10
great-nephews, 12 great-nieces, and many cousins. He was
preceded in death by his father, Daniel, his mother, Marcella;
siblings, Ronald and Gregory; brother-in-law Tom Izdepski;
and great-niece Cassidy.

  A memorial mass will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday, August 11

at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church-Gilman with Father Lourdu

Raju officiating.  Inurnment will follow in the Donald Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 10 AM until time of service Saturday at the church.

  A special thank you to the Rib Lake Assisted Living for caring for Dale

and becoming extended family and to Plombon Funeral Home for assisting

with the funeral arrangements.


Virgene M. Kenner


  Virgene M. Kenner, 63 of Jump River, died Wednesday, August 1, 2018

at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. She was born on November 16,
1954 to the late Neil and Lucille (Latz) Herrick. Virgene grew up in the
Jump River area and graduated from Gilman High in 1972. She married
Rex Kenner on July 8, 1972 at St. John’s Catholic Church-Sheldon.
  Virgene worked for the Gilman IGA, EJ Dairy for 17 years and was a
homemaker. She was a member of the Jump River ATV club. She was an
author, loved to write books, picking berries and making jam, doing crafts,
such as memorial stones, bear paws etc. Also enjoyed spending time with
her grandchildren.

  She is survived by her husband, Rex Kenner of Jump River, 3 children,
Jennie Kleinhans and Ryan Kenner both of Phillips and Tari Kenner of
Jump River, 6 grandchildren, Dylan, Kaitlyn, Ethan, Bryonna, Alivia and
Sawyer, her siblings, Leon (Cleo) Herrick of Menomonie, Daryl (Wendy)
Herrick of Cedarburg, WI, Todd Herrick of Aurora, IL and Pam (Chuck)
Goebel of Lugerville, a sister in law, Linda Herrick of TX and many nieces,
nephews, aunts, uncles, special cousins and dear friends. Virgene is
preceded in death by her parents, her son, Craig Allen Kenner, brothers,
Michael John and Lonnie Dee Herrick, her maternal grandparents,
Charles and Eva Latz and paternal grandparents, Thomas and Jennie

  A memorial service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at
the Jump River Community Center with Father Lourdu Raju officiating.
  Visitation will be from 9AM until time of service at the center. Plombon
Funeral Service assisted the family with arrangements.


Ruth M. Gaunt


  Ruth M. Gaunt, 76, of Wausau, passed away at her home on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, under the care of her family with assistance from Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday Aug. 4 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel with Pastor David Clements officiating. Burial will follow in the Perkinstown Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Saturday morning at the funeral

home from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.
  Ruth was born on Sept. 9, 1941 in Patterson, N.J. to the late Lester and Marian Kusant.
  Ruth worked as a registered x-ray technician. In 1987, she started Ruth’s Cleaning Service, which specialized in cleaning residential homes and commercial businesses. She enjoyed puzzles, gardening, reading, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, drinking Alabama slammers and being the owner of potentially the world’s largest Christmas village! She also collected antiques, especially Bessie Pease Baby Art.
  Ruth is survived by her children, Lester (Julie) Gaunt of Pardeeville, Jodi (Joe) Spangberg and Brian Gaunt, all of Wausau, Barbara (Kevin Krueger) of Washington Island; grandchildren, James (Trina) Gaunt, Amber (Tony) Navone, Justin (Stephanie) Gaunt, Zachary and Isaac (Laura) Comfort and Ellie, Bennett and Mason Isaacson; great-grandchildren, Caleb, Olivia, Dominic, Donovan, Viola and one on the way; and brother, Thomas (Merry) Kusant of Bemidji, Minn.
  In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by an infant son, Bruce Wayne; and sister, Barbara (John) Zester Jr.
  Memorial donations in honor of Ruth 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


Alfred W. Meier



  Alfred W. Meier, aka “Gramps” or “Big Al” of Dorchester, Wisconsin, was born on July 28, 1927, he passed away peacefully at the age 90 on July 19, 2018 in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin surrounded by his three favorite girls; his wife, daughter, and granddaughter.

  Al served in the Navy from 1944 to 1948 in World War II and also was a truck driver by trade, getting to explore almost every state of this beautiful country from the front seat of a semi-truck. He was a very proud veteran and preferred his products to be “Made in America.” Al was thrilled to take the “Trip of a Lifetime” with the Honor Flight who flew him to DC to visit the World War II memorial in 2014.

  Some of Al’s hobbies included being a lifetime member of the American Legion, AMVETS, Moose Club and a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Dorchester. He enjoyed listening to polka music on Sunday mornings and watching westerns on TV. Al was the beloved husband of Norma; they were married for 46 years.

  He is survived by his daughter, Shelly Kozak, son-in-law, Joseph Kozak, granddaughter, Dani Kozak, and sister, Beverly Thomsen, along with many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and three sisters, Lola, Dorothy and Ruth.

  A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm at Peace United Church of Christ in Dorchester. Reverend Doris Ruben will officiate. Inurnment will be in Dorchester Memorial Cemetery following the service. Full military rites will be conducted by the Dorchester American Legion Post 517. Family and friends are welcome for the visitation on Saturday from 9:00 am until the time of services at the church.

  The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Dorchester is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made to



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