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WKEB Obituaries Blog Archives for 2018-10

Franz "Frank" K. Quednow


  Franz “Frank” K. Quednow, age 85, of Rib Lake, WI, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Frank was born on September 25, 1933, in Rib Lake to the late Adalbert and Anna (Witz) Quednow. He was married to Betty Heiser on September 28, 1957; she survives.

  Frank was raised in Rib Lake where he attended the former Fawn Valley School. He later served in the United States Army. Frank worked on the dairy farm and was formerly employed at the Gem Product Shoe Factory and Magnuson’s Mink Ranch. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed gardening, hunting, and bowling. He spent many hours playing cards with family and friends.

  Survivors include his Wife, Betty Quednow;

  2 Sons, Greg (Dawn Krueger) Quednow, and Paul Quednow;

  3 Daughters, Brenda (David Figge) Ball, Bonnie (Jim) Linzmeyer, and Barbara (Jim) West;

Frank is further survived by 12 Grandchildren, Justin, Nicholas, Nathan, David, Karl, Monica, Elizabeth, Michael, James, Armand, Erin, and Dominic; 9 Great-Grandchildren; and 6 Step-Grandchildren. 

  He was preceded in death by his Parents, Adalbert and Anna; 6 Brothers, John, Edward, Joseph, Albert, Anton, and Aloysius; and 4 Sisters, Mary Fuchs, Anna Finch, Katherine Stams, and Hattie Rohr.

  Funeral Services for Franz Quednow will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018, at 11:00 AM at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake. Rev. Otto Bucher will officiate. The family will receive friends for Visitation on Friday, October 19, at the church, from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM and again on Saturday, from 10:00 AM until the time of Services at 11:00 AM. 

 In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Frank’s family for a designation at a later date.

  For online condolences please visit



Donald Gene Voelker


  Donald Gene Voelker, age 59, of Abbotsford, passed away on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at his residence under the tender care of hospice, surrounded by his family.
  A Celebration of Life will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  
  Don was born on December 28, 1958, the son of Stanley and Lois (Morrison) Voelker in Marshfield. He graduated from Abbotsford High School in 1977.   Donald did farm work for many area farmers, then in 1980, he started working for Harmony Co-op as a feed truck driver.  In 1989, he started working at Phillips Plastics in Medford, as a molding operator.  He held many titles there: paint mixer and paint 1PT, and eventually worked up to a certified paint technician.  This is where he met his wife.  On September 10, 2016, Donald married Tammy Steen.  On March 2017, he started working for Wadal Plastics in Medford until his health declined to force him to resign in November of 2017.     
Don was an avid sports fan: Packers, Badgers, Brewers, and Bucks.  He played slow pitch softball, pitched horseshoes, shot pool, golfed, and played cards with friends.  He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, gardening, feeding and watching birds in the yard.  Most importantly, Don cherished his family and friends.  You would rarely find him at home on the weekends, he was always out helping friends and enjoying life.  
  Don is survived by his wife: Tammy; three children: Michael (Bonnie) Voelker of Minneapolis, Keith Voelker of Chippewa Falls, and Carly (Chad Fischer) Frombach; two grandchildren: Aeris and Amara Vivian Voelker; and his parents-in-law: Barbara and Roger Steen of Westboro.  He is further survived by four brothers: Ronald of Unity, David of Unity, Steven (Debbie) of Abbotsford, and Jamie (Jessica) of Abbotsford; five sisters: Tammy (Michael) Sheets of Medford, Lori (Donald) Drinka of Withee, Nancy (Robin) Weiss of Colby, Ann Patz of Milwaukee and Amy Voelker of Eau Claire; and brother-in-law: Tommy Steen (Kristy Heier) of Medford, along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Also his beloved Basset Hound, Spike, who never left his side. 
  He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister: Sarah and his brother: Kevin.
  Don's family would like to thank Dr. Mercier, the nursing staff on 8North at Marshfield Medical Center and Ministry Home Care Hospice.
  amily and friends may express condolences online at



Cathy (Spurgin) Warner




  Cathy (Spurgin) Warner, 65, of Rib Lake, passed away peacefully on Oct. 3, 2018 at her home, surrounded by her family. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 at 10 a.m. at the Rib Lake United Methodist Church with a reception to follow. Friends may call at Rib Lake United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Tricia Holley will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Cathy’s life.
  Cathy is survived by her husband, Don; siblings, Virginia (Bob) Petermann of Spirit, Tom (Mary) Spurgin of Louisville, Ky. and Pat (Larry) Goetzinger of Taylorsville, Ky.
Cathy was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas E. and Margaret H. Spurgin; brother, Paul F. Spurgin, nephew, Tommy Goetzinger; and nieces, Kimberly and Karen Spurgin.
  Cathy married her love, Don Warner on Aug. 12, 1989. After moving to Rib Lake, she began working for Ed’s IGA and filled a multitude of positions over the years there. Over the years, Cathy welcomed family and new friends into her home. Cathy encouraged other to pursue their goals and always offered a listening ear. She supported Don in many ways and enjoyed cooking for and visiting with children and people who would come to Don’s train shows. She loved her family and friends and spending time with them.
  Cathy enjoyed her hobbies of going to the casino, baking Christmas cookies and crocheting. She often made blankets for family members and sent friends home with baked goods. She was a generous and dedicated individual to her community and who was passionate about making a difference. She was an active and dedicated member of the Rib Lake United Methodist Church, American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 274 and bowling team in Rib Lake and often volunteered at many functions and provided baked goods when needed.
  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests sending donations in Cathy’s name to the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 274 in Rib Lake. The family would like to thank all Cathy’s friends for their support.


Rose Alice Madlon


  Rose Alice Madlon, 82 of Jump River, died Monday, October 8, 2018 in Eau Claire. 

  She is survived by her 7 children: Duane & Beverly of Jump River, Corrine Madlon of Jump River, Sandy Sundene of Jump River, Jerry & Sue of Green Bay, Cathy & Chuck Reichert of North Carolina, Connie & James Meyer of Ladysmith, Bernie & Billie Jo of Jump River, 17 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers: John Lorence of Milwaukee and Joe Lorence of Sheldon.

  A funeral mass will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John's Catholic  Church in Sheldon with Fr. Lourdu Raju officiating. Burial will be in the Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Jump River. Friends may call on Friday, October 12th after 4:00 P.M. at the Nash - Jackan Funeral Home in Ladysmith where there will be a scripture service at 7:00 P.M. and again on Saturday morning at the church for an hour prior to the service.


Edwin "Eddie" E. Emstrom, Jr


  Edwin “Eddie” E. Emstrom, Jr., 83, of Perkinstown, passed away on October 8, 2018 at Aspirus Hospital Medford.

  Eddie was born on March 14, 1935 to Edwin Sr. and Pearl (Andrews) Emstrom in Perkinstown . He attended Hannibal and Perkinstown schools. He farmed on the family homestead throughout his childhood. After high school he joined the Army and served in Korea from 1958 – 1960 as a tank driver. He then joined the reserves for 6 years. After his military service he worked at the American Motors Company in Milwaukee for 1 year. He then moved back to the homestead, where he took care of his parents and started working at Hurd Windows and Doors. He worked at Hurd for 3 years before joining the Taylor County Highway Department in 1970. He worked at the Highway department for 26 years until his retirement in 1996.

  In his spare time he enjoyed farming, especially chickens, playing bingo, attending community events, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends.

  Eddie is survived by his sisters, Elin Sanders of Abbotsford, Ella Fischer of Medford; nephews, Fred (Kelly) Emstrom of Medford, Teddy (Dawn) Fischer of Port Washington, and Ned (Janet) Fischer of Chippewa Falls; niece, Nancy (Bill) Sarring of Port Washington; step-niece Connie (Ray) Griesbach of Rhinelander,; step-nephew Jan (Barb) Armstrong of Medford. Eddie is further survived by many other family and friends.Eddie is preceded in death by his parents; brother, Fred (Clara) Emstrom; brothers-in-law Ted Fischer and Robert Sanders; nephews, Robbie Sanders, Andy Fischer, and Jeff Armstrong.

  Funeral Services for Eddie will take place at 1:00 PM on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Hemer Funeral Home – Medford Chapel, with Pastor Nancy Amacher officiating. Burial will follow at Perkinstown Community Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Hemer Funeral Home from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 1:00 PM.

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

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


Melvin J. Zenner


  Melvin J. Zenner, 90, of Medford, Town of Hammel resident, passed away Sunday October 7, 2018 at the Aspirus Medford Hospital.  Cremation rites have been accorded, and a memorial mass will take place at 11:00 AM, Thursday October 11, 2018 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford with Father Phil Juza officiating.  Burial will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held that morning at church from 9:30 AM until the time of mass at 11:00.  Urnbearers will be MJ, Alex and Ben Zenner.

  Melvin was born March 11, 1928 at his family farmstead home in the Town of Hammel to Joseph and Laura (Federspeil) Zenner.  He attended the Town of Cleveland Schools.  On August 16, 1949, Melvin married Geraldine M. Kalmon, who survives, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.  They enjoyed 69 years of life together.
  Melvin owned and operated his dairy farm in the Town of Hammel for his entire life.  He had a passion for mechanics and machinery and was a collector of John Deere 2 cylinder tractors.  He enjoyed traveling to Montana to visit family and helping with their wheat farms.  He liked running their farm machinery, as it was bigger than his equipment.  He loved listening to polka music, and socializing, especially over a game of cards.  Melvin spent a lot of time with his grandsons and enjoyed watching them grow up.  He was passionate about teaching his boys about farming, and instilling in them traits like perseverance, hard work and the love of family.  Most recently, you could find him sitting on a stool in the garage, or riding in a car with his boys, all while giving them words of wisdom as they began their own custom agriculture adventures.
  Melvin was the father of Joseph (Renee) Zenner of Medford.  He was the proud and loving grandfather to Melvin “MJ” (Brittany) Zenner, Alex (Katie) Zenner both of Medford, Benjamin Zenner of Wausau, and granddaughter Joelle Zenner of Medford.  Melvin loved his great-grandsons, Mason and Garrett Zenner and looked forward to their visits at the farm.  Melvin was very close to his niece, JoAnne (Delmar) Smith of Medford.
  He is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Leona Hadderman.

  Melvin was of the Catholic faith, and a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Memorial donations in honor of Melvin can be given to the Holy Rosary Catholic School or can be given to the family for future designation.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at


LeRoy E. Tlusty



LeRoy E. Tlusty


AGE: 83

ADDRESS: 718 Jupiter Dr., Madison; A former Town of Chelsea resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:58 PM Sunday, October 7 at St. Mary’s Hospital, Madison where he had been a patient for the past 1 week surrounded by his children

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Friday, October 12 at OLPH Catholic Church, W5409 Whittlesey Ave., Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza

INTERMENT: OLPH Catholic Cemetery, Township of Chelsea

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-9 PM on Thursday, October 11 where there will be a 7 PM Catholic rosary service held that evening; also at the church in Whittlesey from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Friday, October 12

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 11, 1935 in Rib Lake, WI

EDUCATION: Town of Chelsea elementary schools and was a graduate of Medford High School

MARRIAGE: 1st: at Chelsea to Katherine J. Spieles and they were later divorced; 2nd: to Barbara Helmbrecht and they were later divorced


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he worked the pipeline while residing in various locations across the country. For 20 years, he worked maintenance at JC Penney’s, followed by similar roles at Harlan Sprague Dawley and the UW Hospital his retirement. After retirement, he resided in both the Portage & Madison areas. He enjoyed flower gardening, feeding the birds, fishing, hunting, bingo and puzzles.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Sandy (Sean) Heiser of Edgerton, Shirley (Paul Talboom) Oliver of Watertown, Jeff Tlusty of Madison & Sherry (Brad) Douglas of Portage

CHILDREN DECEASED: Daughter-in-law: Annette Tlusty; Grandchildren: Trevor & Lucas (in infancy)

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 10-Joshua, Kymm, Myles, Heather, Jasmine, Cameron, Tristan, Robert, LeRoy, Brandy GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 13

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sister – Elizabeth Tlusty in infancy



DECEASED MOTHER: Elizabeth M. (Pinsch) Tlusty



PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren – Tristan Douglas, LeRoy Tlusty, Joshua & Myles Oliver, Heather & Cameron Heiser

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Anthony "Tony" E. Darling


  Anthony "Tony" Erwin Darling, age 70, of Abbotsford, passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at Marshfield Medical Center.

  A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  Friends and family are welcome from 12:00pm until the time of the service at the funeral home.  

  Tony was born on September 3, 1948, the son of Erwin and Josephine (Giuliani) Darling, in Milwaukee, WI.  He was a graduate of Rhinelander High School, and attended Nicolet Technical College.  He served in the United States Army as a Sergeant during Vietnam in Laos and Thailand. 

  Tony had various of jobs, they include: driving semi truck, working for a cable company in Rhinelander as a linemen, and a ham radio operator.  Tony had a special place in his heart for his pets, and his faithful dog, "Sheba".

  Tony is survived by his significant other: Janice Brandner, and two sisters: Penelope Fortier of Rhinelander, and Elizabeth (John) Meyer of Green Bay, and several nieces, nephews, friends, and family.  


Mercedes L. Kapfhamer


  Mercedes Lucille (Goessl) Kapfhamer left this world on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018 with her loving family by her side. She was born on August 26th, 1924, in Curtiss WI to Theresa (Decker) and Irving Goessl at home. As infants, she and her twin sister, Marcella, were kept warm in shoeboxes placed on the open oven door. Mercedes attended St. Louis Catholic School in Dorchester. She was united in marriage to John Kapfhamer on September 5, 1945, at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Abbotsford, with the reception taking place in the same home she was born in.  She and John farmed for many years—first on a farm west of Medford, and then in 1948 they moved to a farm east of Stetsonville where they resided until they moved into the village of Stetsonville in 1987. John passed away in 2011, after 65 wonderful years of marriage. She continued residing in Stetsonville until earlier this year, when she moved to Abbotsford. In addition to farming with her husband, John, she pelted minks, worked at the Church and the Centennial Hall, cared for children, belonged to the Catholic Order of Foresters, sewed many beautiful quilts which she gave as wedding gifts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.        She also knitted hats for newborns, made bibs and small quilts for her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren as they were born. Mercedes’s love for sewing and knitting was strong, and she put it to great use making hats and small quilts for the preemies and newborns born at the St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. She also helped many friends get to and from their appointments. In her free time, she enjoyed the Sr. Citizen lunches with her friends at the Centennial Hall, playing cards, especially Phase 10 (but without the SKIP cards), along with many other card games, and puzzles.

  She is survived by her children; Carol Cypher of Fairborn, OH, Jean (Alan) Bushman of Greenwood, Linda Holland of Madison, Kevin (Karla) Kapfhamer of Sun City, AZ, Tim (Yvonne) Kapfhamer of Colby, Brenda (Jim) Duhaime of Schofield, 21 Grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren with another one on the way, and 2 great-great-grandchildren, her sister, Sister Celine Goessl of De Pere, and sister-in-laws; Peggy Goessl of Abbotsford, Roberta Kapfhamer of Medford, and Leona (Jack) Steinmetz of Slinger.

In addition to her husband, John, she was predeceased by her sisters Marcella Deeter, Ethel Gutenberger, Patricia Kuranda and her brothers Clarence, Orlando, Herbert, Theodore, and Peter Goessl, her son-in-law David Cypher along with many other family and friends.
  A memorial mass will take place at 12:00 Noon on Sunday October 7, 2018 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville. Father Michael Hayden will officiate. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the Mass at church from  10:30 AM until the time of Mass at 12:00 PM. Kraig Kapfhamer will serve as Urnbearer. 
  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 322 W County Road A, Stetsonville, WI 54480 or to Hope Hospice, 537 West Broadway Ave, Medford 54451.

  The family would like to thank those who helped by taking her to appointments, senior citizen center, picking up her medicine, groceries, visiting and helping her at home, or just taking her for a ride. We would like to especially thank Netty and Father Mike for the tender-loving care they showed Mom in her last months, along with all who helped Mom in any way. They would also like to thank Dycora and Hope Hospice for the loving care she received. And all of those who helped and visited her while still at home, and while at Dycora.

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


Debora A. "Debbie" Beyerl


  Debora A. “Debbie” Beyerl, age 61, of Colby, joined her heavenly father on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, with her family by her side after a courageous battle with cancer.

  She was born on August 21, 1957, to Robert and Elisabeth (Cook) DeBaets in Milwaukee.  She attended Custer High School and graduated in 1975. Debbie attended the University of Wisconsin River Falls where she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture in 1979.  

  Debbie was united in marriage with John Beyerl on June 24, 1978, in Lyndon Station.  In 1979, they returned to the Beyerl family farm where they raised a family and farmed for nearly 40-years.

  Debbie loved and adored her children and was proud of their accomplishments. She enjoyed the companionship of her pets, GiGi, Sasha, and CoCo.  She had a passion for her vegetable garden, beautiful flower beds, cooking, baking, horseback riding, live music and dancing.  Debbie could light up any room with her smile and infectious personality. She would always offer a helping hand with a big heart and a generous soul.

  Debbie is survived by her loving husband, John; five children: Jennifer (Nathan) Thums of Wausau, Julie Beyerl of Stevens Point, John (Neshe) Beyerl of Madison, Jared Beyerl of Dubuque, IA, and James Beyerl of Oconto; two granddaughters: Harper Thums and Raina Beyerl; her mother, Elisabeth DeBaets, and brother, Dean DeBaets of Oregon, OH; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, nieces, and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father Robert DeBaets.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Saint Mary Help of Christian Parish in Colby, Father Timothy Oudenhoven will officiate.  Inurnment will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 10 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service Thursday at the church.

  The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff at Dycora Transitional Living and Ministry Hospice.

Family and friends may express condolences online at


Joyce Balciar


  Joyce Balciar, 75, of Medford, passed away on Monday, October 1, 2018 at Colonial Care Center in Colby.

  She was born on February 24, 1943 to Josie and Dora (Greer) Rochester. She attended Gilman area school. She married Carl Balciar on June 24, 1967; he preceded her in death in 2003. She worked most of her life as a homemaker, but spent a few years as a CNA at the Taylor County Memorial Healthcare Center.

  In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, cats and dogs, nature, watching birds, and spending time with her grandchildren.

  She was a long time member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

  Joyce is survived by her sons, Steve (Maranda) Balciar and Joe (Sheryl) Balciar, both of Medford, and Josh (Morgan) Balciar of Hudson; grandchildren, Cassidy, Brayden, Jackson, Kaelynn, and Samantha Balciar; sister, Joleen Boss. She is further survived by many other family and friends.

  Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will take place at 11:00 AM on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Hemer Funeral Home – Medford Chapel with Pastor Nancy Amacher officiating. Visitation will take place on Friday, October 5, 2018 at Hemer Funeral Home from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Joyce’s name may be giving to the Taylor County Humane Society.

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


Alice J. Wrzosek

 ALICE J. WRZOSEK, age 82, of Prairie du Sac, WI (formerly of Gilman, WI), passed away at St. Clare Meadows Care Center, in Baraboo, WI, on Saturday, September 29, 2018. A graveside service will be held at 11am on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery, in Lublin, WI, with Rev. Madanu Lourdu Raju officiating. There will be visitation held at Thorp Funeral Home, in Thorp, on Thursday, October 4, 2018 from 9:30am until 10:30am.
     Alice Jane Wrzosek was born on December 23, 1935 in Gilman, WI, to Stanley F. and Josephine (Swolek) Wrzosek. She was raised and received her education in the Gilman area, graduating from Gilman High School. Alice then attended Wisconsin State College at Eau Claire, where she earned a bachelors degree in education. She was a high school teacher in southern Wisconsin for many years, mainly teaching accounting and typing.  Alice taught in Black Earth, WI for several years before retiring.
     In her retirement, she enjoyed searching her family genealogy.
     She is survived by one sister: Dolores Wrzosek of St. Paul, MN; one brother: Stanley (Johna) Wrzosek of Catlin, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
     Alice was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Harry Wrzosek.


Rodney J. Strobach




AGE: 57


ADDRESS: W2582 Bear Avenue, Rib Lake; A Township of Rib Lake resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 2:26 AM Sunday, September 30 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he had been a patient for the past 1 ½ day


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Friday, October 5 at Woodland Community Church, Westboro


OFFICIATING: Pastor Bryan Reigier


INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake at a later date


VISITATION: 4-7 PM on Thursday, October 4 at Zondlo’s Ball Room, Rib Lake and also at Woodland Community Church, Westboro from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Friday, October 5


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 5, 1960 in Medford, Wisconsin


EDUCATION: Ogema Elementary School and was a 1978 graduate of Prentice High School


MARRIAGE: 1st: November 15, 1980 at Ogema to Bobbi Marsh and they were later divorced; 2nd: February 29, 2004 at Woodland Community Church, Westboro to Kristin K. Rusch and she survives


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he worked as a manager at Hause Lumber Co. in Ogema. He also worked as a machinist at Conseco in Medford. Rodney drove truck for several area trucking companies before purchasing and operating Brantwood Auto Salvage. He then became the lead mechanic at Hank’s Truck & Trailer Repair in Tomahawk.
  During his earlier working years he always did side jobs as a mechanic or painter to help people out.        For the past 11 years, he fulfilled his dream being a full-time self employed mechanic/truck driver for Rodney Strobach Trucking in Rib Lake. He enjoyed helping people, dirt, mud, grease, problem solving, snowmobiling, boating, car racing, hunting & riding his motorcycle. He considered rules recommendations of what people shouldn’t do. Many considered Rodney to be a father figure, brother, mentor & best friend.


MEMBER OF: Interwald Wanderers Snowmobile Club and attended Woodland Community Church, Westboro


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Kristin K. Strobach of Rib Lake


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Jodi (Don) Behling of Medford, Kristy (James) Carlson of Prentice, Airman Katherine Strobach of Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, MS, Ryan Strobach of Rib Lake, Bekah Strobach of Rib Lake
Step-Daughter: Mary Drum of Centreville, VA


GRANDCHILDREN: Kiarah & Ashton Behling, Chase Reichert; 2 Step-Grandchildren: Deacon & Caden Carlson


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Bryan (Mary Henrichs) Strobach of Westboro, Gary (Kim Schroeder) Strobach of
Athens/Oconomowoc, & Jari Lynn (Jerry Kurth) Sackman of Ogema.


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sister-in-law: Jini Strobach in 2010


SURVIVING PARENTS: In Laws: Robert (Ann) Rusch of Rib Lake & Karen Rusch of Rib Lake


DECEASED FATHER: Lee Edward Strobach


DECEASED MOTHER: Beverly Jean (Komarek) Strobach


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a
future designation
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Richard "Richie" A. Riemer



AGE:  75


ADDRESS:  Harbor Haven Health & Rehabilitation, Fond du Lac, WI; A former Medford and Stetsonville area resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Tuesday, September 18 at Harbor Haven Health & Rehabilitation, Fond du Lac where he had resided for the past 15 years


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES:   Memorial Mass at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 6 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville


OFFICIATING:  Father Michael Hayden


INTERMENT:   Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Stetsonville 


VISITATION:  9:30 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, October 6 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 29, 1943 at Medford


EDUCATION: Liberty School, Stetsonville


MARRIAGE: Never married, but he had a longtime companion, Betty Graves and she preceded him in death in 1998


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Richie did lawn mowing work in the Medford and Stetsonville areas.  He also worked at Black River Industries in Medford.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, music, fishing, gardening and puzzles.


MEMBER OF:  Past member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Joyce (Eugene) Erickson of Jackson, Karen Olson and Rhonda (Mike) Handel both of Medford, Marjean Zemaitis of Phoenix, AZ, Kristyn (David) Tickler of Park Falls, Jon (Julie) Riemer of Osceola, Phyllis (Bill) Schafer of Brodhead & Larry (Pam) Riemer of River Falls


Sister-in-law:  Pauline Riemer of Stetsonville


Further survived by many nieces and nephews


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Marvin Riemer in 2011; Brothers-in-law:  Otto “Jr.” Olson in 2016 & Steven Zemaitis in 2017


DECEASED FATHER:  Norman Edgar Riemer     


DECEASED MOTHER:  Ruth Mary (Ludwig) Riemer


OTHER INFORMATION:  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation



Victor R. "Slick" Zirngible


  Victor R. “Slick” Zirngible, 92, of Medford, passed away Friday September 28, 2018 at his home, under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.

  A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday October 3, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford. Rev. Steve Rutter will officiate. Burial will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II, with military honors being rendered. Visitation will be held Tuesday October 2, from 4-7:00 PM at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel and also at Church Wednesday morning from 10 AM until the time of the service.


  Victor was born November 18, 1925 in the Town of Little Black to Alex and Theresa (Rudolph) Zirngible. He attended Holy Rosary Catholic School. He married Elsie Krueger on August 2, 1947 in Abbotsford, WI. Elsie precedes him in death.


  He is survived by two sons: Craig (Jeanne) and Dale (Ruth) Zirngible all of Medford, Grandchildren: Scott, Lynn (Mike), Steve, Eric, Chip, Katy (Scott) Alex, Emily, Ray, Great Grandchildren: Ashalyn and Kason, Siblings: Alvin “Speed” Zirngibl of Phillips, Marcella “Sally” Ziemer of Shell Lake, Sister in Law Carol (Edward “Hink”) Spencer of Laona, and numerous nieces and nephews.

  In addition to his wife and parents, Victor is preceded in death by a daughter, Jill, granddaughter, Jesse, and brothers Albert, Clarence, and Eugene.


  Victor served in the US Navy, and was the head cook on a transport ship. He is a Pacific War Veteran.      After returning from the war, he worked for O and N Lumber in Medford. In 1959, he and Elsie started Stetsonville Lumber, which was owned and operated by him until 1987.


  He enjoyed going to his cabin on Pier Lake in the Township of Lynn, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, four wheeling, bowling and playing cards. He was an avid Wisconsin sports fan and an outdoorsman. He always looked forward to and enjoyed taking trips out west to hunt, and traveling to Canada to fish.


  Victor loved his family, especially all of his grandchildren.


  He was a member of the Medford VFW, where he served as Post Commander from 1958-1959, Stetsonville American Legion, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where he was President and councilman, Taylor County Sportsman’s Club, and the Chequamegon Spur Time Club.


  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Victor can be designated to the  American Legion Post # 147 - Veterans Memorial Flag Field.


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







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