WKEB Obituaries Blog Archives for 2019-01

Clara Belle Foster

 

  Clara Belle Foster, 105 of Jump River passed away at Cornell Area 
Care Center on January 16, 2019. She was born on November 21, 
1913 in Eidsvold, WI the daughter of the late Vedell and Nell (Clark) 
Boardman. She grew up in the Eidsvold area. Clara was united in 
marriage to Joe Foster on November 15, 1934. They moved to the 
Jump River area in 1934 farmed and raised their family.
Clara enjoyed the outdoors, gardening and growing flowers.

  She is survived by her children, Tom (Jan) Foster of Isabella, MN, 
Mary (Mickey) Burton of Jump River, Dick (Dotty) Foster of St. Paul, 
MN, Lois (Bob) Pelto of Two Harbors, MN, a daughter in law, Phyllis 
Foster of Isabella, MN, 25 grandchilren, and several great and 
great great grandchildren. Clara is preceded in death by her 
husband, Joseph (1970), her sons Joe and Jule, 3 grandchildren, 
her brothers, Marcus and Bernard Boardman and her sisters, Lou 
Anderson, Betty Smasal and Williamine Paul.

  A funeral service will be held at Noon on Saturday, January 19, 
2019 at the Jump River Community Center. Burial will follow in Mt. 
Nebo Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11AM until time of service. 
Plombon Funeral Service-Gilman assisted the family.

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Deborah Sager

 

  Deborah Sager, 63 of Gilman, went to her new home in Heaven on 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at her home under the care of Hope 
Hospice. In the comfort of her Lord Jesus Christ, Her Sweetheart 
(Carl)and her friends and family. She was born on May 30, 1955 in 
Manchester, Iowa the daughter of Merlyn and Shirley (Rossow) 
Curtiss. Her family moved to Boscobel, WI and she graduated from 
High School there. On June 8, 1973 she married the love of her life, 
Carl Sager in Madison, WI.
The couple moved to Gilman in 1980 and Debbie operated Gilman 
Beauty Salon since 1986.

She is survived by her husband, Carl of Gilman, her mother, Shirley 
Curtiss in Manchester, Iowa, her brothers, Elwyn (Linda) Curtiss 
and Delwyn (Joyce) Curtiss both of Manchester and one sister 
Vicky Curtiss (Tom Boshers), McFarland,WI and many nieces and 
nephews. She is also survived by her adopted children Misty 
(Christopher) Lawson, Truette (Jim) Thompson, Michael (Chad) 
Konsella, Amanda (David) Oberle. And 16 adopted grandchildren. 
Debbie is preceded in death by her father, Merlyn, Grandparents 
William and Blanche Curtiss and Howard and Veronica Rossow.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30PM on Saturday, January 19, 
2019, with visitation beginning at 10:30 at Christ Community 
Church-Jump River with Rev. Tyler Ewer officiating. Plombon 
Funeral Service-Gilman assisted the family.

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Grace "Irene" Lueck

 

  Grace M. “Irene” Lueck, 94, of Rib Lake, passed away Sunday January 13, 2019 at Rib Lake Health Services, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice.
 

  A funeral service will held at 11:30, Saturday January 19, 2019 at Rib Lake United Methodist Church. Pastor Angel Rosario will officiate. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Rib Lake United Methodist Church from 4:00 – 8:00 PM, Friday January 18, 2019 and also Saturday morning from 10:30 AM until the time of service.

 

  Irene was born September 6, 1924 in Granton, WI to Anton and Rose (Schultz) Glenzer. She is a graduate of Granton High School. Irene married Marvin W. Lueck on February 26, 1944 in Medford. Marvin preceded her in death February 27, 2010.

 

  She is survived by her Children: Kim (Roger) Gebauer, Robert Lueck, Carl (Kristin) Lueck all of Rib Lake, Carol (Jim) Bunkelman of Athens, Grandchildren: Amy  (Jayson) Peterson, Neal (Amy) Gebauer, Damon, Kelli and Joshua Lueck, Jason Homer, Danielle (Eric) Bunkelman-Willhite, Alyssa Bunkelman (Fiance Brad Martyn), Jesse Bunkelman, Great Grandchildren: Emerson and Ryan Gebauer, Cole Peterson, Gage Bunkelman, Sisters in Law: Marion Glenzer of Colby, Rose Marie (Ray) Norlin of Tomahawk, Elaine (Howard) Heup of Appleton, Brother in Law Tom Slipka, Namesake Great Great Niece Grace Irene Johnson, and many other nieces and nephews.

 

  She is further preceded in death by her Parents, Siblings: Vernon (Charlotte) Glenzer, Adeline (Lex) Leonard, Bud Glenzer, Rae Jean (Jerry) Doubek, Kenneth Glenzer and Lois Slipka.

 

  Irene and Marvin moved back to Rib Lake in 1944 after Marvin completed his military service. She became a homemaker. She enjoyed sewing, canning vegetables and baking, especially cookies, breads and buns. Irene enjoyed time spent with her husband fishing and traveling to visit family and friends. Irene loved her grandchildren, and always enjoyed babysitting them.

 

  She was a member of the Rib Lake United Methodist Church where she served as Sunday school teacher for many years, and the Women’s Society where she often helped with church luncheons.

 

  Memorial Donations in honor of Irene 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 www.hemerfuneralservice.com

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Margaret S. Nelson

 

  Margaret S. Nelson, 91, of Medford, passed away on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Care Partners, surrounded by family, under the care of Hope Hospice.

 

  Margaret was born on February 17, 1927 to Nichilos and Helen (Stasek) Stock in Chicago, IL. She married Lynn Nelson on August 31, 1946 in Chicago. Lynn preceded Margret in death on December 25, 2006.

 

  Margaret worked at a CNA at Memorial Hospital for 22 years. She was also a long time member of Community United Church of Christ.

 

  In her spare time Margaret enjoyed walking on the treadmill, eating healthy, staying physically fit, and spending time with family and friends.

 

  Margaret is survived by her children, Paul (Judith) Nelson of Watersmeet, MI, Linda Deml of Wisconsin, Bruce Nelson of Milwaukee, Craig (Cathy) Nelson of Westminster, CA, David (Barbara) Nelson of London, KY, James (Karen) Nelson of Medford, and Brian (Shelley) Nelson of Abbotsford; 17 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; sister, June Loertscher of Janesville and brother Nicholas Stock of California. Margaret is further survived by many other family and friends.

 

  In addition to her parents and husband, Margaret is preceded in death by her sister, Jeanette Lange.

 

  A memorial service for Margaret will take place at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Hemer Funeral Home – Medford Chapel, with Pastor Mary Jo Laabs officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at Hemer Funeral Home – Medford Chapel from 11:00 AM until the time of service at 12:00 PM.

 

  Memorial donation is Margaret’s name may be given to either Hope Hospice or Community United Church of Christ.

 

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

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Frank Lencz

 

  Frank Lencz, 99 formerly of Gilman, died Saturday, January 12, 
2019 at the WI Veteran’s Home-Chippewa Falls. He was born on 
October 27, 1919 in Lublin to the late Steve and Mary (Paraczak) 
Lencz. Frank grew up in the Lublin area and graduated from 
Gilman High in 1938. He then moved to Chicago to work in a 
slaughter house. Frank married Mary Kowalczyk on November 27, 
1941in Chicago.
  Frank then entered the Army and served in the Army during WWII. 
He was wounded in battle in the Philippines. After the war he and 
Mary had a farm for 4 years before moving to Gilman where Frank 
worked for the post office as a rural letter carrier for 63 years.
  Frank was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, the Gilman 
American Legion, the Gilman Lions Club, the Community 
Betterment Association and was a Boy Scout leader for over 50 
years.
  He survived by his wife of 77 years, Mary of Chippewa Falls, his 
children, Steven (Eileen) Lencz of Maplewood, MO, Alexis (David) 
Goebel of Gilman, Jennifer (Jerry) Mallo of Waukesha and Peggy 
(Earl) Hinkel of Stanley, 16 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren, 
2 great great grandchildren, 3 step great great grandchildren, his 
brother John (Toni) Lencz of Stanley and his sister, Ella Welgos of 
Thorp. Frank is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, 
Michael, Harry and Daniel, his sister Theodosia “Teddy” Burzynski, 
a grandson, Michael Goebel and 2 great grandchildren, 
Cassaundra Hinkel and Jackson Komanec.
  A funeral mass will be held at 11AM on Friday, January 18, 2019 at 
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church-Gilman with Father Philip Juza 
officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Catholic Cemetery. 
  Visitation will be from 4 until 8 PM on Thursday at the Gilman 
Funeral Home with a 7:30 PM Rosary and also Friday morning from 
9:30 AM until time of service at the church.

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Villy "Will" Pedersen

 

  Villy “Will” Pedersen, age 68, of Prentice, WI, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019, at Aspirus Medford Hospital. Will was born in Holsted, Denmark, on September 13, 1950, to the late Aage and Ingeborg Pedersen. He was married to Shelly Protivinsky on April 1, 2004, in Jelling, Denmark; she survives.

  Will worked at Marquip Ward United in Phillips, WI, for many years. His hobbies included being Shelly’s “guinea pig” who willingly tasted all of her baked goods, pontooning, putzing around with outboard motors, watching CNN, beekeeping, and shooting guns. He was an avid Packer fan and loved spending time with his family. 

  Survivors include his Wife, Shelly Pedersen; 

  His Children, Shane Pedersen, Hans and Mette Tosti, Jordan and Sara Janak, Kyle and Nicole Kochan, Cody and Ashley Kochan, Derek Kochan, and Austin Kochan and Amanda French;

  Will is further survived by 9 Grandchildren, Leah, Signe, Remington, Lily, Jacob, Bradley, Natalie, Camellia, and Oaklynn.

  He was preceded in death by his Parents, Aage and Ingeborg; and his Mother and Father-in-Law, Ernie and Maryann.

  Memorial Services for Villy "Will" Pedersen will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2019, at 4 PM at the First Baptist Church in Prentice. 
  Visitation will take place at the church on Wednesday from 2 PM until the time of services at 4 PM.

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Gerhart "Gay" S. Christopherson

 

  Gerhart "Gay" S. Christophersen, age 93, of Withee, passed away on Thursday, January 10, 2019 at Marshfield Medical Center.

  A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Withee.  Pastor Nancy Amacher will officiate.  Inurment to be held at Riverside Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 14 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Tuesday at the church. 

  Gay was born on January 25, 1925, the son of Chris and Nora (Smith) Christophersen in Withee.  He graduated from Withee High School.  On December 4, 1947, Gerhart was united in marriage to Leona Blunck.  He worked at the Ford garage in Withee, drove truck for O & N Lumber Company in Withee and worked in food service at the Clark County Health Care Center.  

  Gay was a member of Nazareth Lutheran Church.  He enjoyed woodworking, four-wheeling, camping and traveling.  He also was a collector of John Deere tractors.  Most importantly, Gay cherished his family.

  Gay is survived by his wife of 71 years, Leona; four children: Dale (Judith) Christophersen of Wausau, Shirley (Bruce) Brecht of Withee, Douglas (Amy) Christophersen of Wausau and Susan (Steve) Verhasselt of Mosinee; seven grandchildren: Bruce (Dena) Christophersen, Chris (Diane) Lulloff, Meranda Gehrke, Kevin (Kirsty) Christophersen, Kelly (Ryan) Christophersen, Tyler Verhasselt and Trent (Destiny) Verhasselt; 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by his brother, Allan (Virginia) Christophersen of Withee; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Scott and Jerome and a sister, Deborah.

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Helen E. Christianson

 

  Helen E. Christianson, 82, of Rib Lake, passed away on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at Dycora Transitional Health and Living.

  She was born on September 15, 1936 to Frank and Winafred (Wehrmann) Erdman in Rib Lake. She attended Fawn Valley and Rib Lake area schools. She married DuWayne E. Christianson on June 4, 1960; he preceded her in death on March 15, 1989.

  Helen worked at Gem Products before she farmed on the Family Dairy Farm. She continued farming until DuWayne passed away. She then worked at Rib Lake Health Services as a CNA, laundry aid, and in housekeeping until retirement. In retirement she volunteered at Rib Lake Health Services helping with bingo and sing-a-longs. She entered Rib Lake Health Services in October of 2013 as a patient until failing health required her to move to Dycora in July of 2018.

  In her spare time Helen enjoyed making homemade baked goods, gardening, canning, driving tractor for bailing hay, caring for animals, and spending time with family and friends.

  Helen is survived by her children, Allen Christianson of Rib Lake, Tammy (Paul) Bergeson of Wausau, and Randy Christianson of Rib Lake; grandchildren, Tyler (Danielle) Bergeson, Travis Bergeson, and Ted Davis, all of Wausau; great-grandchildren, Madisyn and Raelyn Bergeson, both of Wausau. She is also survived by her brother, James Erdman or Rib Lake and sister, Bernice (Bernard) Bartelt of New Berlin and 6 nieces and nephews.

   Helen is further survived by many other family and friends.

   Helen is preceded in death by her husband and parents.

  A funeral service for Helen will take place at 12:00 PM on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, with Rev. Kenneth Bittorf officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 12:00 PM.

    Memorial donations in Helen’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 www.hemerfuneralservice.com

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Jeanette "Jean" M. Resech-Miller

 

  Jeanette "Jean" M. Resech-Miller, age 94, of Medford, passed away on Sunday, January 6, 2019 at her home under the tender care of hospice.
 

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.  Father Philip Juza will officiate.  Inurment to be held at Evergreen Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 18 and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday all at the Church.  

 

  Jean was born on June 20, 1924, the daughter of Michael and Katherine (Henrichs) Sauer in Medford.  She attended Holy Rosary Catholic School and graduated from Medford High School.  Jean worked for Heimerl's Variety Store, retired from Taylor Electric after 39 years and worked at Figi's. 

   Jean was united in marriage to Louis Resech on November 4, 1944.  He preceded her in death on February 2, 1989.  On March 26, 1993, she was united in marriage to Richard "Dick" Miller.  

  Jean was a member of Holy Rosary and a member of the Sunshine Ladies.  She also was a member of Lublin Legion Auxiliary Post #547.  Jean enjoyed dancing and crocheting.

  Jean is survived by her husband, Dick of Medford; her daughter, Kay (Dale) Ludwig of Medford; three grandchildren: Lynn (Joe) Ludwig-Franitza, Patrick Ludwig and Brian Ludwig.  She is further survived by a sister-in-law, Donna Sauer; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

  She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Louis; five brothers: Leo (Clara), Felix (Catherine), Alvin (Dorothy), Herb (Marcella) and Joe (Edna); four sisters: Margaret (Frank) Pernsteiner, Regina (Edward) Werner, Frances (Alvin) Guth and Delores (Tom) Zicco-Dzik.

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Fred G. Parent

 

  Fred G. Parent, 87, of Medford passed away on January 3, 2019 at Care Partners, surrounded by family, under the care of Hope Hospice.

 

  Fred was born on April 24, 1931 in St. Cloud, MN to Gustave and Margaret (Brauch) Parent. He was a graduate of Cathedral High School in St. Cloud and went to graduate from the University of Minnesota – St. Paul. He was enlisted in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. After school he worked for the US Forestry Department for 9 years in Oregon. He moved to Medford in 1967 and continued working with the Forestry Department until his retirement in 1987. He married Mary (Trutwin) Denn on September 6, 1957 in Loveland, CO; she preceded him in death on February 9, 1982. He later married Arlene “Archie” Stelzel on November 16, 1985 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester; she survives.

 

  After retirement he spent 5 years working with the VNA. He was elected to the Taylor County Board in 1992 on the Personnel and Finance Committee and continued until 2012. Fred was also the Director of Group Health Trust from 1996 until 2012. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, where he ushered for over 30 years.

 

  In his spare time he enjoyed curling, traveling, and spending time with Ron Brink.

 

  In addition to his wife, Fred is survived by his children, Fred Denn of Yorktown, VA, Debora (Jesse) Noland, of Medford, and Robert Parent of Wausau; step-children, Pat (Grace) Tischendorf of Dorchester, Micheal Tischendorf of Athens, and Jan Tischendorf of Medford. Fred is also survived by 7 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 6 step-great-grandchildren.

 

  Fred is preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Mary, and sisters, Janet Suraci and Margaret “Peggy” Schrantz.

 

  A Memorial Mass will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Father Phil Juza officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Saturday, January 12, 2019 from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

 

  In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Fred’s name may be given to Holy rosary Catholic Church.

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

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Daniel L. Fagan

 

  Daniel L. Fagan, age 77, of Longwood, passed away on Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus in Rochester, MN.

  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen.  Father Baskaran Sandhiyagu will officiate.  Interment to follow with Military Honors provided by Lublin American Legion Post #547, Owen American Legion Post #123 and the Owen-Withee Vets Club at Riverside Cemetery in Withee.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.  

  Dan was born on February 19, 1941, the son of Daniel R. and Mary (Weber) Fagan at home in the Town of Longwood.  He enlisted in the U. S. Army and served from 1962-65.  Upon his discharge, Dan worked at Briggs and Stratton in Milwaukee where he met Cynthia Parker, who changed his world forever! They were united in marriage on May 10, 1969 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen and would have celebrated 50 years of marriage this year.  He returned to Owen and started Fagan Builders with his brother, Larry.  Dan joined the Carpenters Union and then transitioned to the Millwright Union. Dan had always wanted to drive a “Big Rig” and he did so at the age of 63 years old and gained his first CDL license. He eventually retired from CFP Trucking in Withee. 

  After retirement, Dan and Cindy purchased an RV and enjoyed camping.  He also liked to hunt, snowmobile, and work outdoors.  Dan especially liked to go to the casino.  He also proudly served on a mission trip to Guatemala where he helped build houses for the underprivileged. Dan was very active in the Owen-Withee community helping wherever it was needed.  Most importantly, he was a wonderful husband, loving father, and caring grandfather.

  Dan is survived by his wife of 49 years, Cindy of Withee; three children: Dan of Stratford, Bradley (Misty) of Chippewa Falls and Tina (Justin) Goodale of Bloomington, MN; five grandchildren: Brielle, Bennett, Ryder, Ava and Kye.  He is further survived by his brother, Larry of Withee and his sister Elaine (Donnie) Kohn of Withee; (4 brothers and 2 sisters have preceded him in death); 6 brother-in-laws (two have preceded him in death) and 11 sister-in-laws and their spouses.

 He was preceded in death by his parents.

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