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Constance L. "Connie" Agen

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Constance L. “Connie” Agen, 72 of Gilman, died on Monday, May 9, 2022 at Oakbrook Health and Rehab in Thorp under the care of St. Croix Hospice.


She was born on June 11, 1949 in Spooner the daughter of the late Mathew and Evelyn (Gagner) Reiter. Connie grew up in the Shell Lake area and graduated from Shell Lake High. She went on to Barron County Technical College for a year. On June 20, 1970 she married John Agen in Cumberland.


Connie worked a variety of jobs including, being the Gilman Librarian, a cook/waitress at Kountry Kettle Kafe, a cashier at McDonalds, a cook for Indianhead Head Start, helping at Kiddie Korner and was a manager for Lublin Seniors Nutrient Site. Connie also was a Girl/Boy scout leader, a Sunday School Teacher, was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Swinging Bridge Quilt Club.


She enjoyed quilting, crafting, fishing, playing cards and games and most of all spending time with family; especially her grandchildren.


She is survived by her husband of 51 years, John, her children, Kristine Agen of Fort Wayne, IN, John Agen, JR of Eau Claire and Kayla (Dustin) Hayes of Eau Claire, 9 grandchildren, Zane, Korrigan, Addison, Ty, Mya, Lucy, Colton, Lincoln and Porter, her siblings, JoAnn Jordan of Spooner, Pat Reiter of Rosemount, MN, Mathew (Donna) Teiter of Grand Rapids, MN, Ken (Marion) Reiter of Shell Lake and Bob (Ellen) of Spooner.


Connie is preceded in death by her parents, sister Marilyn Chizek and 3 siblings in infancy.


A memorial service will be held at 3 PM on Sunday, May 22, 2022 at the Gilman Funeral Home with Rev. Kenneth Schmidt officiating. Inurnment will follow in Meadowbrook Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:30 PM until time of service Sunday.

Joann Fleischman


Joann (Penk) Fleischman, age 84, passed away on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at the Home Place of Dorchester.


Joann was born on August 17, 1937 to Mary and John Penk of Bellinger, WI. She attended Gilman schools and worked as a telephone operator, medical clerk, and cosmetologist. She spent most of her career owning and operating her own beauty salon, The Hair Bender, out of her home, and then in downtown Thorp, WI.


Joann had three children: Brian Kudasik, who died in 1987, Kim (Kudasik) Bernklau, married to Robert Bernklau of Medford, and Kandie (Syryczuk) Alter, married to Joe Alter of Chicago, Illinois. Joann felt most passionately and carried an immense pride for her grandchildren Maxwell Bernklau of Medford; Paige (Bernklau) Werling, married to Brandon Werling, of Anchorage, Alaska; and Jerry Alter of Chicago, Illinois.


Joann was an active member of the Thorp community, where she raised her family, operated her business, and worked to make Thorp a thriving business community. She was an avid crafter, golfer, and a frequent ringleader for parade floats and fund-raising activities. She spent her later years in the Medford area. She was devoted to her children and grandchildren, spending every season cheering from the sidelines for volleyball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, baseball, and tennis matches.


Joann is preceded in death by her son Brian; her mother and father; her brother Jerry Penk; her husband Tony Fleischman.


She is survived by her former husband, Irving Syrczuk; daughters, Kim and Kandie; sons-in-law, Bob and Joe; and grandchildren, Max, Paige, and Jerry. 


Joann’s family plans to honor her through gifts to benefit causes in the community near and dear to Joann’s heart, as well as those who helped her live her final years and moments with dignity. In lieu of flowers, any donation will be used for that purpose in Joann’s name.


A memorial celebration of Joann’s life will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford  on Saturday, May 14, with visitation from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM and a service to follow at 11:00 AM, followed by lunch.


Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Agnes "Aggie" Clara Pernsteiner


Agnes “Aggie” Clara Pernsteiner, 91, of Medford, passed away Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Our House Assisted Living in Medford.


A funeral mass will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Fr. Patrick McConnell officiating.  Interment will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at 12 p.m., Saturday at the church.


Aggie was born August 3, 1930 in the town of Deer Creek to Bernadine (Danen) and William Cypher.  She attended Spruce Grove Grade School and graduated from Medford High School, class of 1948.


Aggie worked at Taylor County Electric Cooperative until her marriage to Lawrence Pernsteiner on August 13, 1949 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville.  They lived on a small farm in the town of Little Black.  Once their children started school, Aggie went to work alongside her husband at Industrial Credit Union which later became Peoples Choice Credit Union.  After retiring from the credit union, she worked part time at the Taylor County Register of Deeds office in the courthouse. 


Aggie and Lawrence enjoyed spending free time at their summer home on Pier Lake along with curling, snowmobiling, fishing and playing cards.  Aggie enjoyed many crafts including crocheting, embroidery, cross stitch, making yarn covered hangers and stained glass.  Taking photos and creating albums of her family was one of her favorite pastimes.


Aggie was a devoted member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and their women’s group.  She was also a member of the Women’s Catholic Order of Foresters.  She also volunteered her time working at elections, and at Taylor County Memorial Hospital, now Aspirus Hospital in Medford.


She is survived by three children, Sandra Halada of Ladysmith, Mary (Rick) Smith of Tomah, Nancy (Al) Higgins of Medford; eight grandchildren, Carrie Hruby, Katie (Leif) Tolokken, Thomas (Amber) Halada, Becky (Joel) Rech, Travis (Sarah) Smith, Heather (Kevin) Ristow, Megan (Shawn) Zimmerlee, and Jessie (Mike) Tomasko-Nintzel; seven great-grandchildren, Elsie and Aspen Hruby, Therin and Kya Smith, Max Tomasko, Evan and Hank Ristow; sister, Jeanette Adams; in-laws, Marcella Cypher, Marilyn Cypher, Carol Cypher, Kathy Pernsteiner, Darla Pernsteiner, Kathy (Frank) Luterbach, Gerald (Lynette) Pernsteiner, Alice Pernsteiner, Bob (Jill) Pernsteiner; and many nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lawrence on March 1, 2013; son, Norbert; son-in-law, Mark Halada; brothers, Edward (Joyce), Jerome (Helen), Raymond, Kenneth, James, Norbert and David Cypher; brothers-in-law, Jerry Adams, and Sy, Ralph, and Willard Pernsteiner.


Memorials are appreciated and may go to Hope Hospice, or Holy Rosary Catholic Church and School.


Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Mary C. Gallick

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MARY C. GALLICK (98), Gilman, peacefully entered the gates of Heaven on January 2, 2022, in her home with her family and Hospice at her side.


Mary Mesiar was born September 16, 1923, and married Peter Gallick on September 28, 1944. Peter preceded her in death in 2019, at the age of 99. For many years they owned and operated a dairy farm near Gilman and together raised their six children. She truly loved her family and friends and will be sorely missed. She was very involved with the church and community, enjoying the simple pleasures in life.


She is survived by their four daughters, Dianne (Chuck), Carol, Peggy (Ray), Bonnie (Lonnie), and two sons, Joe (Marlene) and Jerry Gallick. Further she is survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, in addition to many nieces and nephews.


A memorial mass will be held at 11AM on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church-Gilman with Father Vijay Kumar Madani officiating. A Celebration of Life reception will follow the mass. Inurnment took place privately in Meadowbrook Catholic Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers or donations of money, her family requests that you give to your favorite charity or organization that helps people or animals in need.


Plombon Funeral Service assisted the family.

Judy R. Koffarnus


Judy R. Koffarnus, age 72, of Colby, passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.


A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 2, 2022 at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church in Abbotsford.  Don Everhard will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 am until the time of service on Monday at the church. Burial will be in the Dorchester Memorial North Cemetery. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.


Judy was born in Colby on August 1, 1949 the daughter of Oscar and Ruth (Scheibe) Koffarnus.  She graduated from Colby High School.  Judy never married.  She worked at the Colonial Center in Colby as a CNA until retirement.


Judy was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Abbotsford of which she was a shepherd.  She was involved with many community organizations in Colby and also did a lot of fundraising for different organizations.  Judy enjoyed reading, listening to country music and spending time with family and friends.


Judy is survived by her sister, Cindy (Nels) Anderson of Abbotsford; one nephew and seven nieces; great nephews and great nieces; great-great-nephews and great-great-nieces, other relatives and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Virginia and three brothers, Kenneth, Roger and Oscar, Jr.


In lieu of flowers and plants, the family requests memorials to First Presbyterian Church.


Edward "Lee" Schield


Edward “Lee” Schield peacefully went home to the Lord on Friday April 22 with his loving wife Clarice at his side.


A native of Medford, Wisconsin, Lee was born December 17, 1933 to Oscar and Lydia Schield. As a young boy he was a local celebrity because he sang Safety Songs every Saturday morning on the local radio station. He attended Immanuel Lutheran Elementary School and was a graduate of Medford High School Class of 1952 and Duluth Business School.


On August 8,1953, Lee and Clarice Mae Kellner were united in marriage. This summer they would have celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary.


With $300, Lee started Weather Shield Windows and Doors from his apartment in Medford in 1955. For nearly 70 years, the company was Lee’s passion. Lee operated the business with the help of many family members. Employees became life-long friends. Lee enjoyed walking through the company facilities and striking conversations with employees. His annual fall vendor hunts at his cherished Jump River cabin were a highlight for many years. Lee loved hard negotiations with suppliers and customers, followed by food, drinks and friendly banter.


When their family was young, Lee and Clarice spent summer weekends at their cottage in Phillips where Lee taught their sons Brian, Kevin and Mark the life-long skill of fishing. The family spent many autumns traveling to Nebraska to pheasant hunt and Butternut, Wisconsin to deer hunt. There is not a stream, lake or grouse trail in Northern Wisconsin that Lee did not know.


Lee would tell you that he was a blessed man. Not only did he have a strong Christian faith, a loving family and good health, but his success afforded him annual fishing trips to Great Slave Lake and fall hunting trips to Colorado. He and Clarice cherished summer days on Big Crawling Stone Lake in Minocqua and many winters in Arizona.


Lee is survived by his wife, Clarice, who devoted her life to keeping a warm and loving home for their family.

He is also survived by his sons Brian, Kevin and Mark, nine grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, brother Merrill, nieces and nephews, and many friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Mary and Josephine, brothers David and Oscar Craig.


Private services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church.


People often asked Lee what was his secret to success. He kept it simple: “Don’t let anybody give you any wooden nickels.”

In Christ he lives.

We love you.

Yvonne A. Koerner


Yvonne A. Koerner, age 86, of Curtiss, passed away on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield.


 A Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby.   Rev. Kevin Hoogland will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 am until time of service on Saturday at the church. Private family inurnment will take place at the Abbotsford Public Cemetery. Live stream will be available for those unable to attend on the Maurina Schilling Funeral Home Facebook page or after the service anytime on Facebook or the website.  The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.


 Yvonne was born on May 11, 1935 at home in the Township of Green Valley, Marathon County, to Clarence and Florence (Wyman) Viegut. She was the 3rd oldest of 13 children. Her family moved east of Dorchester, when she was two years old.


Yvonne attended Draper Grade School and Dorchester High School.


After school she started working at the Ben Franklin Variety Store in Abbotsford, where her and her sister, Charmaine rented an apartment.


On the second Saturday night in June of 1952, Yvonne met her husband, Donald O. Koerner, at a dance in Dorchester.  Two years later they were married, September 18, 1954 at Saint Peter’s Lutheran Church.


Yvonne worked side by side with her husband on their dairy farm on Center Rd in Dorchester from 1954-1996.  After retiring from the farm, she worked at Hedlers and County Market, where she loved her coworkers and visiting with customers until she was 80 years young.


She enjoyed her country home.  Her home and yard were always kept immaculate; she loved to tend to her flower beds and garden.  


Yvonne loved to read, go for walks, embroider items for gifts, bake her family’s favorite treats (she always had baked goods in the freezer), and bowling.  Most, importantly, she loved her family and attending her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s events.


Yvonne is survived by her husband:  Donald; two sons: Dan (Jill) Koerner of Colby and Don (Marie) Koerner of Medford  and two daughters: Vicky (Mark) Fischer of Colby, and Shelley (Steve) Shaker of LaCrosse; ten grandchildren: Kelly Weiler, Kara Jeske, Kory Koerner, Mitch Shaker, Tyler Shaker, Amanda Spindler, Austin Koerner, Aaron Koerner, Jesse Koerner, and Kendra Robida; and 16 great-grandchildren: Brianna Weiler, Blake Weiler, Connor Jeske, Andrew Jeske, Brent Jeske, Derek Jeske, Jayden Koerner, Peyton Koerner, Jackson Spindler, Jevin Spindler, Jordy Spindler, Hux Koerner, Bowen Koerner, Kollyns Koerner, Coleson Koerner, and Ella Koerner.  She is further survived by nine siblings: Charmaine (Harold) Amacher, Jelaine (Jerrell) Cartensen, Judy (Verlyn) Wittlinger, Gail (Duane) Underwood, Debra (Greg) Stoiber, Jeff (Susan) Viegut, Cindy (Jeff) Sebold, Carla (Duane) Wepfer, Mark (Darla) Viegut; sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Carol (Dennis) Feind; sisters-in-law: Elaine Viegut, Sherry Viegut, and Joyce Lucas; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers: LaVern, Clarence Jr. and Jim; sister and brother-in-law: Carl and Betty Bloom; Grandson: Sam Shaker; and father and mother-in-law: Oscar and Dorothy Koerner.  


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


Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com.

Karin F. Hoffmann


Karin F. Hoffmann, age 79, of Marshfield formerly of Abbotsford, passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 24, 2022 at Three Oaks Health Services in Marshfield under the tender care of Heartland Hospice.


 A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church in Abbotsford. Don Everhard will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 am until the time of service on Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the Abbotsford Public Cemetery. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.


 Karin was born in Abbotsford on March 15, 1943 the daughter of Elmer and Margaret (Engelking) Schraufnagel. She attended Abbotsford Schools and was a member of the Abbotsford Class of 1961. Karin was united in marriage to Robert Hoffmann on October 23, 1965 in Abbotsford. She enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her children. Karin also sold Avon for many years and was a librarian at the Dorchester Weix Memorial Library.


Karin enjoyed reading, listening to older music and watching old movies, gardening, flowers, bicycling, arts and crafts, dancing, playing the piano and in her younger years she played the snare drums. She also enjoyed visiting the elderly, caring for children and had a love for animals. Karin loved spending time with family and friends and being involved with her church community.


Karin is survived by her three children; Cory Hoffmann of Stratford, and twins, Rodney Hoffmann of Cable and Glynis Hoffmann of Marshfield; her grandson, Cole Hoffmann and two step-grandsons, Anthony and Tanner Balz. She is  survived by her siblings, Al Schraufnagel, Beth Bargender, Noel Schraufnagel and Trudee Smith.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband; Robert on November 6, 2018, a brother; Owen Schraufnagel and sisters; Gayle Thomas and Lynda Graham.


Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com


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