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WKEB Obituaries Blog Archives for 2018-11

George J. Zondlo, Jr


  George J. Zondlo Jr., age 70 of the Township of Rib Lake, passed away Saturday, November 17, 2018 at his residence with his family at his side and under the care of Hope Hospice.

  George was born in Marshfield, Wisconsin on Monday, June 14, 1948, the son of George J. and Victoria A. (Padula) Zondlo Sr.. The family lived in Rib Lake and in 1966, George graduated from Rib Lake High School. Upon graduation, George entered Barber School in Eau Claire where he graduated in 1967. He accepted a job at Frank’s Barbershop in South Milwaukee where he was employed from 1967 until 1986. He met his future wife Kristine C. Kollatz in Milwaukee and the couple was united in marriage on September 27, 1975 at St. Leonard’s Catholic Church in Muskego, Wisconsin. They lived in Muskego on Little Muskego Lake until 1986 when the family moved to Rib Lake. George purchased the local barbershop changing the name to George’s Barbershop. He has been the owner since 1986 and has been a Barber for over fifty years. George would cut hair at the Rib Lake Health Care Center and if someone needed their hair cut at home, he would go to them. He received his Realtor license in 1988 and had been employed currently with Dixon Greiner Realty. George was a devout Catholic and was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and had been on the Finance Committee for many years. He was a past member of the Rib Lake School Board, a current member of the National Realtors Association. George loved to hunt! This included bow, muzzle loading and rifle. He enjoyed fishing, going for a ride, family trips out west, playing cribbage, purchasing lottery tickets or trying to win the powerball.  But most of all, George loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them.

  He will be dearly missed by his loving wife; Kris, daughters; Tracy Beckstrand of Rib Lake, Shelly Zondlo of Naples, Florida and Lisa Zondlo of Lakewood, Colorado, four grandchildren; Ryan, Derek, Brandon and Kaylee, seven brothers; Joseph (Barb) of Green Bay, James (Dolores) Zondlo Sr. of Minneapolis, Minnesota, John (JoAnn) Zondlo Sr. of Peoria, Arizona, Jerry (Jean) of Lino Lakes, Minnesota, Jeff (Candy) of Marshfield, Eugene of San Diamas, California and Dennis (Debbie) Zondlo of Rib Lake, one sister; Mary Rose (Bob) Gumz of Dorchester, Wisconsin. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great nieces and other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; George J. and Victoria A. Zondlo Sr.

  The visitation for George will be held on Tuesday evening, November 20, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church located at 513 State Road 102, Rib Lake, Wisconsin. A second visitation will be held on Wednesday morning, November 21, 2018 at the church from 9:00 a.m. until the 11:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial. Fr. Otto Bucher will be officiating. Interment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of George may be given to the family.   

  Pallbearers will be Bob Zondlo, Mark Zondlo, Jeff Gumz, John Zondlo Jr., Aaron Zondlo, Michael Zondlo, Neal Zondlo and James Zondlo Jr.. Honorary pallbearers will be Aric Zondlo, Carl Zondlo, Todd Zondlo and James Kotke. Hildebrand Funeral Home & Cremation Specialists, 24 E. Davenport Street, Rhinelander, Wisconsin 54501, 715-365-4343. You may light a candle, sign the guestbook, leave a photo or an online condolence at   


Janet Brill Dusheck


  Janet Brill Dusheck, age 87, of Colby, passed away November 14, 2018 at the House of the Dove with family by her side, and previously was at home under the loving care of Ministry Home Hospice and her family.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at Saint Mary Help of Christian Parish in Colby at 11:00 A.M. Father Joseph Redfern will officiate. A visitation will be held Wednesday, November 21, 2018, at church from 9:30-10:45.  Inurnment to be held at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery next summer. 

  Janet was born March 21, 1931 to Marcella Murray and later adopted by Paul and Mary(Shenk) Sazama of Colby. Janet was united in marriage to John Brill on June 6, 1951 in Colby, WI. Together they raised nine children; Diane (Gene) Orth of Colby, Steve Brill of Billings, MT, David (Kathy) of Colby, Pat (Sue) Brill, Spencer, WI, Brian (Kalynn) Brill, Mike (April) Brill, Phillips, WI, Kim (Scott) Meier, Chadron, NE, Jim Brill, Colby, and Jayme (Meesun) Brill, Las Vegas, NV. Janet later married Dwain Dusheck of Cresco IA, on 10/26/96. 

  Janet was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Parish in Colby and a member of St Mary’s Christian Mothers. Janet loved working on the farm, gardening, canning, baking, traveling, and most of all enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. 

  Janet is survived by her children: Diane, Steve, David, Pat, Brian, Mike, Kim, Jim and Jayme; 21 grandchildren: Benji (Heather) Orth, Craig (Terra) Orth, Chara (Adam) Stange, Jana (Brian) Strasburg, Jason (Megan) Orth, Lindsey Brill, Alexis (Andrew) Matney, McKenzie Brill, Ross Brill, Kelly Brill, Sheyla, Amberly, Jonny, Keira, and Eric Brill, Arianna, Alliesha, and Emmett Brill, Hanna, Amelia, and Maxwell Meier; 13 great-grandchildren: Jaylyn and Wyatt Orth, Kylie, Colton, Kierslyn, and Cashton Orth, Nola Stange, Elle Strasburg, Layden, Brynn, and Corbin Orth, and Bradon Allen. Brother, Donald (Margaret) McCormick, brother in law Raymond Kiefer and nieces, nephews and cousins. 

 Janet is preceded in death by her husband John Brill and husband Duane Dusheck, her parents, her sisters in law: Leona Brill, Betty (Whyman) Hassel, Mary Ann (Bill) Stacke, and Delores Kiefer.

  The family of Janet want to extend a special thank you to Ministry Hospice and House of the Dove caregivers.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Mary’s Parish or school, Marshfield Medical Research Foundation, Marshfield Ministry Home Hospice or Marshfield House of the Dove.


Vernon G. Baumgartner


  Vernon Gerhardt Baumgartner, age 91, of Colby, passed away November 13, 2018, at home with his family by his side under the tender care of Ministry hospice and his caregivers. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on November 20, 2018, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby at 11:00 A.M. Father Joseph Redfern will officiate. A visitation will be held Monday, November 19, 2018, at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford from 4:00 P.M. - 7 P.M. and Tuesday, November 20th at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service. Burial will take place at Saint Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Colby.

  Vernon was born on November 26, 1926, to Walter and Ella (Neuhaus) Baumgartner in Colby. Vern was united in marriage to Dorothy Young on June 25, 1949, in Colby, WI. Together they raised three children; Diane (Donald) Jacquart of Delafield, David (Wanda) of Elk River, MN, and Dennis (Mary Baker) of Colby.  Vern worked for PCA in Colby, for 39 years.    

  Vern was a member of St. Mary’s Parish in Colby. Every weekend Vern and Dorothy would head up to their cabin on Pier Lake near Tripoli.  That's where they enjoyed fishing and hunting.  He loved to play a mean hand of cribbage with his kids and grandkids.  Vern enjoyed spending time at the sugar shack making syrup.  

  Vern is survived by his wife; Dorothy, his children: Diane, Dave, and Dennis; 5 grandchildren: Leslie (Fiancé; Matt Young) Meyers of Waterford, Lori (Travis) Deters of Otsego, MN, Scot (Liz) Baumgartner of Colby, Mike (Brenna) Baumgartner of Monticello, MN, and Jessica (Brent) Haas of Unity; 14 great-grandchildren: Luke, Caleb, Ezra, and Levi Haas, Dominic and Savannah Meyers, Ava, Noah, and Jonas Deters, Kya and Brody Viegut, Stella and Ruby Baumgartner, and Reid Baumgartner. He is further survived by his sister: Lucille (Ron) Nelsen of Dekalb, IL; his brothers: Harold of Cook, MN,  and James (Pat) of Colby; sister-in-law: Irene Baumgartner; and many nieces, nephews, friends, and family. 

  Vernon is preceded in death by the infant twin sons of David and Wanda Baumgartner, his parents,  his brother: Donald of Cook, MN; and sister-in-law: Myrtle Baumgartner, Cook, MN. 

  The family of Vern Baumgartner wants to send a special thank you to his caregivers:  Mary Pohlman, Judy Venzke, Bonnie Malotky, Viki Luzinski and his special nurses at Ministry Hospice for the amazing job they did caring for him.


Ludwig M. Macik

  Ludwig M. Macik, 85, of Medford, passed away Saturday November 10, 2018 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
  A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday November 15, 2018 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel. Burial will follow in Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 12 Noon until the time of services at 2:00.
  Ludwig was born May 16, 1933 in Goodrich, WI to Jerry and Agnes (Cech) Macik. He is a 1951 graduate of Medford High School.
  He is survived by Niece Joan (Bill) Krohn of Mukwanago, Nephews Jon Macik of Medford and Kenneth (Jennifer) Burisek of the Town of Deer Creek, further survived by several Great and Great Great Nieces and Nephews.
  Ludwig is preceded in death by his Parents, Sisters Marth Macik, Ruth Burisek and Brother George Macik.
  Ludwig owned and operated his own dairy farm in the Town of Goodrich. In the winters he enjoyed being out doing woods work. He also had a strong passion for hunting and trapping.
  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Ludwig can be given to the National Kidney Foundation.
  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at


George J. Troiber


  George J. Troiber, 94, of Rib Lake, passed away on November 9, 2018 at his residence, surrounded by his family, under the care of Hope Hospice & Palliative Care.

  George was born on June, 20 1924 to Michael and Cecilia (Trumm) Troiber in Birnamwood. He attended St. Dominic’s grade school and later Forest Grove grade school in the Town of Holway. He married Jeanette “Nettie” Fritsche on October 3, 1953 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville. She preceded him in death on January 26, 2014. His family owned the Ace of Clubs in the Town of Holway. George worked various manufacturing jobs including, Franklin’s Service and Sales in Prentice, Harvey Company, and National Presto Company in Eau Claire.

  In his spare time George enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with his family, and was a past member of the Olkives Horseshoe Team.

  George is survived by five sons, Phillip Troiber of Edgar, Matthew (Robin) Troiber of Hannibal, Wayne (Iva Jean) Troiber and James (Noreen) Troiber, both of Medford, and Bradley (Gail) Troiber of Owen; three daughters, Ann (John) Lemke of Medford, Karen Troiber, and Jenny Troiber, both of Casper, WY; 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by many other family and friends.

  In addition to his wife and parents George is preceded in death by his great-grandson, Jonathan Jones, brother, Vernon Troiber, and sister-in-law Ruth Troiber.A memorial Mass for George will take place at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, with Father Otto Bucher officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at St. Mary’s Cemetery in the Town of Holway. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

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


Joretta G. Blum


  Joretta G. Blum, age 87, of Withee, passed away on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center under the tender care of Hope Hospice.  

  A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen.  Family and friends are welcome from 11:00 a.m. until time of service.  Interment to follow at Riverside Cemetery.

  Joretta was born on August 31, 1931, the daughter of Alfred and Hazel (Smith) Whitish in Fennimore.  She was united in marriage to Glen Blum on October 22, 1949, in Platteville.  He preceded her in death on May 3, 2008.  Together they farmed in Longwood.

  Joretta enjoyed fishing, reading, crafts, sewing, crocheting, cake decorating, gardening, bird watching and collecting teddy bears.  She also could bake anything from scratch.  Most importantly, Joretta cherished her family.

  Joretta is survived by her seven children: Dennis (Sherry) Blum of Ashville, AL, Kathleen Blum-King of Lafayette, GA, Allan (Virginia) Blum of Hustler, Eugene Blum of Neillsville, Richard (Gloria) Blum of Withee, Joretta Ann (Michael) Wimmer of Sun Prairie and Steven (Carla) Blum of Abbotsford; 22 grandchildren; 55 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.  She is further survived by her brother, Howard Whitish of Utah; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Glen; her infant son, David; her brothers, Alvin, Walter and Richard and her sister, Mary.


John "Jack" B. Molitor




AGE: 85

ADDRESS: Dycora Transitional Health, Abbotsford, WI 54405

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 4:30 AM Thursday, November 8 at Dycora Transitional Health, Abbotsford where he had resided for the past 7 years

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 13 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza

INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Molitor Catholic Cemetery, Town of Molitor at a later date 

VISITATION: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Tuesday, November 13

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 10, 1932 at Medford

EDUCATION: Holy Rosary elementary school and Molitor Elementary School, Town of Hammel; graduate of St Nazianz Seminary, Manitowoc County, WI

MARRIAGE: previously married and later divorced

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he moved to Milwaukee and worked as a computer tech for Bell Telephone and later ATT until his retirement. In 2012 he moved to Golden Living Nursing Home in Abbotsford. He enjoyed birds, flowers, gardening and baseball games.

MEMBER OF: Past member of St. Franciscans Catholic Church, Milwaukee

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Son – Troy (Jenny) Molitor of Dallas, Texas; Daughter – Amy and Grandson – Evan both of Milwaukee

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother – Robert “Bob” (Mary) Molitor of Medford


DECEASED FATHER: George Joseph Molitor


DECEASED MOTHER: Mary Helen (Strama) Molitor

OTHER INFORMATION: -For online condolences, please visit 
Further survived by nieces, nephews and cousins 


Robert "Bob" J. Hoffmann


  Robert J. "Bob" Hoffmann, age 76, of Abbotsford, passed away on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at Aspirus Medford Hospital.

  A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, November 12, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church in Abbotsford.  Rev. Marcia Thomas will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Monday at the church.  

  Bob was born on June 10, 1942, the son of Jerome and Elizabeth (Weber) Hoffmann in Marshfield.  He graduated from Marshfield Columbus High School.  On October 23, 1965, Bob was united in marriage to Karin Schraufnagel in Abbotsford.  

  Bob worked as a heavy equipment operator in sewer and water construction.  He also owned and operated Bob's Texaco in Abbotsford for several years.
  Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and woodworking.  He was active in civic organizations including the Jaycees.  Bob enjoyed watching his grandson participate in all his sporting events.  Most importantly, he cherished his family.

  Bob is survived by his wife of 53 years, Karin of Abbotsford; three children: Cory Hoffmann of Stratford, and twins, Rodney Hoffmann of Abbotsford and Glynis Hoffmann of Marshfield; his grandson, Cole Hoffmann and two step-grandsons, Anthony and Tanner Balz.  He is further survived by 13 brothers and sisters: James Hoffmann, Joan (Bill) Schmoll, Ann Rucker, Susan (Steve) Kromanaker, Marge (Ken) Zepplin, Russell Hoffmann, Michael Hoffmann, Ken (Kerry) Hoffmann, Karen (Alan) Krause, Richard (Kim) Hoffmann, Paul Hoffmann, Cheryl Amacher and Mary (Gordon Jr.) Wix; a sister-in-law, Pam Bardole; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Don and a sister in infancy; three sisters-in-law: Sue Hoffmann, Susan Hoffmann and Tracy Hoffmann; two brothers-in-law: Tom Rucker and Brian Amacher.


Linda Lou Bender



  Linda Lou Bender (nee Moh), 68, greeted her Lord and Savior and reunited with her parents on Sunday, October 28, 2018.

  She was born on March 20, 1950 to Lucien and Evelyn (Doehr) Moh. Linda has two surviving sisters, Sally (Tim) Wright of Petrolia, Ontario and Mitzi Moh of Marshfield.

Linda went to parochial school in Granton and graduated from Granton High School in 1968.

She leaves behind her husband of 47 years, Dale and three children Debra Bender, Patty (Jeremiah) Lubahn, and Brian (Elizabeth) Bender.

  Linda loved spending time with her 6 grandchildren, Scarlett, Ariella, Samuel, and Jacob Lubahn and Alexis and Ruby Bender. She enjoyed visiting shut-ins and singing in the church choir. It was common to find a book in her hand. Linda was known for never missing a birthday and always writing handwritten letters. She loved camping, fishing, and spending time outdoors.

  Linda was a loving wife, great mom, and a fun-loving, memory making grandmother. She will be missed by many.

  Funeral services for Linda will take place 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Steve Rutter officiating. Burial will follow at a later date. Visitation will take place on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

  Memorial donation in Linda’s name may be given to the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Choir.

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




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