WKEB Obituaries Blog

Norman "Norm" C. Dassow

 

Norman “”Norm” C. Dassow, 75, Medford, died on Tuesday, December 1 at Rib Lake Health Services, Rib Lake where he had resided for the past 2 years.

 

Private family only services will be held in the future at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford with Father Patrick McConnell officiating.  Military rites will be performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team. 

 

Norm was born on July 1, 1945 at Medford, the son of Elmer and Lorain (Olson) Dassow.  He attended the Town of Greenwood elementary school and was a 1963 graduate of Rib Lake High School.  His marriage took place on May 9, 1970 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to Judy A. Frey.

 

After his education, Norm was a US Navy veteran having served from 1963-1966.  After the military, he returned to the Medford area and worked for Steel Structures Construction.  Then he worked as a police officer for the City of Medford and later the Taylor County Sherriff’s Dept. as an investigator until 2000.  In retirement he operated Norm’s Pruning Service until ill health.  He enjoyed playing cribbage, attending Brewers and Packers games, trips to Florida, coffee clutch at Rocky’s, ice cream at Moosies, and spending time with his family.  He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford.

 

Surviving are his wife, Judy of Medford; daughters, Gina (Josh) Thorson and Katie (Billy Mundt) Dassow both of Medford; grandchildren, Brynn, Blake & Ty Thorson, Will Mundt; and his sister, Ruth Dassow of Colby. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Betty Hart.

 

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Bernard A. Anderson

 

Bernard A. Anderson, age 93, of Withee, passed away Thursday, November 12, 2020 at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. He was surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren. In keeping with Bernard’s wishes of cremation, a memorial service will be held December 5 at 11 a.m. at the Community Alliance Church in Withee. Paster Andy will officiate and the grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers. A visitation will proceed the service at 10 a.m. Burial service will follow the service at the Riverside Cemetery, Withee with full military honors provided by the Owen American Legion Post #123, Lublin Legion Post #547 and the Owen-Withee Vets Club. Please respect the family’s wishes to wear a mask during visitation, memorial and burial service.Coffee and refreshments will follow the burial service at the church.

Bernard was born August 6, 1927 to Lennea and Alfred Anderson in Loyal, Wisconsin. He grew up on the family farm with his sister, Lois, until he joined the army in 1950. Bernard served a year in Germany during the Korean war as a mechanic. He met his wife, Wanda Redd, while stationed in the states in Joplin, Missouri in 1951. They were married October 13, 1952 in Eureka Springs, Arkansa after his return from Germany. Together they bought a farm in Owen, Wisconsin in 1952 and raised 7 children. Bernard farmed and worked for the Township of Beaver for over 50 years. In 1981, they purchased his current residence. Together they enjoyed over 60 years of marriage and spending time with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren until Wanda’s passing in 2013.

 

Bernard was proud to have served his country and was honored during a dedication ceremony with a stone on the Korean War Memorial at Highground Veterans Memorial Park in Neilsville Wisconsin on June 12th, 2010. On October 7, 2017, Bernard and his oldest grandson, Jason Mitchell, were guests on the Honor Flight hosted by The American Legion of Wisconsin to Washington D.C. and received the Freedom Team Salute Commendation.

Bernard is survived by his children Darrel (Susan) Anderson, Ben (Sue) Anderson, Patricia (Patrick) Hughes, Gloria (Mitch) Mitchell, Roger (Karan) Anderson, Linda Anderson and Marvin (fiancee Noreen) Anderson. Grandchildren: Jason (Rhonda) Mitchell, Shana Anderson, Sheldon (friend Michelle) Anderson, Jalayne (Mark) Goessl, Morgan (Geoff) Mueller, Jackie (Fred) Schuknecht, Janell Hughes, Amber Hughes, Jennifer (Chel) Boettcher, Stephanie (David) Hansen, Matthew Anderson, 15 great-grand children and 8 step-great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister Lois (Ron) Richardson.

Bernard is preceded in death by his wife, Wanda, a son John, and his parents.

 

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Highground Veterans Memorial Park at www.thehighground.us/about-us/donate. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home of Owen is assisting the family with arrangements. Friends may send online condolences to www.maurinaschilling.com.

Lorna J. Larsen

 

Lorna J. Larsen, 80, Medford, a former Town of Holway resident, died on Saturday, November 21 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where she had been a patient for the past 4 days.

 

Graveside services for Lorna were held on Monday, November 30 at Our Saviours Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Holway with Kenneth Burisak officiating.  Grandchildren served as pallbearers.

 

Lorna was born on June 22, 1940 at Dorchester, the daughter of Clifford and Bernice (Bunke) Hoffmann.  She attended Dorchester elementary and high schools.  Her marriage took place on May 30, 1959 to Kenneth M. Larsen and he preceded her in death on December 8, 1997.

 

After marriage, they farmed in the Town of Holway until selling the herd in 1988.  She also worked at Post Company in Owen, cooked at area restaurants, drove school bus for Krug’s and transported the Amish.  She enjoyed sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, baking, cooking and other crafts.  She was a member of Our Saviours Lutheran Church, Holway.  Presently, she had been attending The Ole’ Country Church in the Town of Deer Creek.

 

Surviving are her children, Wanda (Ken) Kallenbach of Medford, Marvin “John” Larsen of West Hollywood, CA, Maurice (Lisa Leach) Larsen of Gilman and Melvin (Kelly) Larsen of Holway; 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and 1 great great-grandchild; siblings, Gary (Joy) Hoffmann of Strum, WI and Wilma Neuenfeldt of Dorchester. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, siblings, Lincoln Hoffmann and Stella Grube.

 

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

James "Jim" H. Reynolds

 

James “Jim” H. Reynolds, age 95, of Dorchester, passed away in Medford surrounded by his loving family under the tender care of Hope Hospice at his daughter, Maggie Gebauer’s, home on Sunday, November 29, 2020.

A Mass of Christian Burial, officiated by Father Timothy Oudenhoven, will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 4, 2020 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester for immediate family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Family and friends can watch the service live on the funeral home’s Facebook page or after the service anytime on Facebook or the website. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Dorchester is entrusted with the arrangements.

Jim was born on September 28, 1925, the son of Fred and Mary (Stetzel) Reynolds in Marshfield. He attended St. Louis Sister School until the 8th grade, then went to work at his father’s cheese factory. On July 1, 1950, Jim was united in marriage to Leora Oehler at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester.

Jim worked 20 years at his father’s cheese factory before taking over. He then sold to his brother, Jerry, and farmed for the next 30 years. After his retirement, he started a tool sharpening business. Jim enjoyed fishing, model steam engines, traveling with Leora, playing the piano, and especially enjoyed being with his family.

Jim is survived by his wife of 70 years, Leora; five children: Nancy (Bill) Leichtnam of Nekoosa, Maggie Gebauer (Steve Budzinski), John (Lori Janko) Reynolds, and James (Diann) Reynolds all of Medford and Joseph (Christine) Reynolds of Colby; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his sister, Mary Ann Meyer and a brother, Thomas Reynolds; many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers: Alvin, Frederick, Jerome and Theodore Reynolds; three sisters: Violet Rajewski, Grace Wetterau, and Gladys Zettler; and a son-in-law, Lex Gebauer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given either to St. Louis Catholic Church or Hope Hospice.

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

Lloyd E. Westphal, Sr

 

Lloyd E. Westphal, Sr., age 76, of Rib Lake, WI, passed away on Friday, November 27, 2020, at his home under the care of his family and Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. Lloyd was born in Shawano, WI, on January 12, 1944, to the late Robert and Madeline (Popelka) Westphal. He was married to Jo Ann Martin on May 6, 1967; she survives.

Lloyd was a graduate of South Division High School in Milwaukee, WI, and was later drafted into the U.S. Army. After serving in the military, he returned to Milwaukee working at Inland Steel and Schwerman Trucking, Inc., before retiring from Advance Transportation Company after 30 years. Lloyd retired in 1997 and moved to Rib Lake in 2005. In his younger years, he enjoyed bowling with his family. He also enjoyed fishing and boating and had a strong passion for 4-wheeling. Lloyd loved sitting in his garage listening to music.  Even in his last couple of days, he found the music relaxing.  Above all, Lloyd cherished time with his children and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, JoAnn Westphal, of Rib Lake; his son, Lloyd Westphal, Jr., of Rib Lake; his daughter, MaryJo (Todd) Monty, of Rib Lake; 3 brothers, Phillip Westphal, of Hayward, WI, Jerome Westphal, of Milwaukee, and Robert Westphal, of the State of Washington; 3 sisters, Jenny Beckette, of Reno, NV, Carol Olson, of Racine, WI, and Rosie Laabs, of Cudahy, WI.

Lloyd is further survived by 6 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, along with many other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Madeline; his brother, David Westphal; and his brothers-in-law, Richard Laabs and Leroy Olson.

In accordance with Lloyd’s wishes, no formal services will be held.

Donald H. Graffunder

 

Donald H. Graffunder, 82, of Medford passed away on Friday, November 27, 2020 at his residence under the care of Hope Hospice.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded and private family services will take place at a later date.

 

Donald was born on February 21, 1938 to Henry and Clara (Soefker) Graffunder in Marshfield. He graduated from Medford High School. He enlisted in the National Guard and was called to duty during the Berlin Crisis. He married Donna Mae Schrader on June 13, 1964 at St. Peter’s church in Dorchester; she survives.

 

He owned and operated the Broadway Store for 23 years. He then worked in retail until his retirement.

 

He loved antique cars and enjoyed watching his grandchildren’s sporting events.

 

In addition to his wife, Donald is survived by his son, Alan (Michelle) Graffunder of Chippewa Falls; grandchildren, Trey, Chelsea, and Noah Graffunder, all of Chippewa Falls; sisters, Donna Gebert and Bonnie (Victor) Schupp, both of Sheboygan. He is further survived by many other family and friends.

 

Donald is preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in-law, Elliot Gebert and Marvin Schrader, and stepmother, Lottie Graffunder.

 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Donald’s name may be given to either Hope Hospice or Immanuel Lutheran Church.

 

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Joseph "Joe" G. Retterath

 

Joseph “Joe” G. Retterath, 83, a Township of Deer Creek resident, died on Saturday, November 28 at The Homeplace of Dorchester, WI where he had resided for the past 1 ½ years.

 

Memorial services for Joe will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 5 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville with Father Michael Hayden officiating.  The Stetsonville American Legion Post # 519 will perform military rites.  Interment of his cremated remains will be at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Stetsonville.  Visitation times will be from 9 a.m. until the time of services at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the church.  Due to COVID concerns, masks will be required at the visitation and funeral services.  A celebration of life will be held in the summer of 2021.

 

Joe was born on the family homestead on March 19, 1937 in the Town of Deer Creek, the son of Ambrose and Helen (Schneider) Retterath.  He attended Stetsonville Elementary schools and was a 1955 graduate of Medford High School.  He was married on September 8, 1962 at OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey to Kathy Marie Boeck.

 

Joe was a US Army veteran having served from 1955-1957.  After the military, he managed his family -farm in the Town of Deer Creek for many years.  He and his wife owned and operated the Retterath Cattle Leasing as well.  Most recently, he had a portable log sawing business until his Alzheimer’s disease progressed and he retired his sawmill.  He served on many boards including:  Taylor Credit Union where he was a past Chairman, Centennial Community Center & Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  Joe was so passionate about helping others that he received the 10-gallon blood donor award from Memorial Hospital Blood Bank Drive.  He was an avid hunter and fisherman having enjoyed many travels with his family and friends out west and to Canada to enjoy the outdoors.  He also spent time making maple syrup, cutting firewood, sawing logs and a good game of sheepshead.

 

Joe lived by the motto of, “Too much fun is barely enough.”  He lived this to the fullest no matter if it was work or play.  This is evident by the stacks of lumber on the farm, the reserve of beer in the shop and the piles of deer horns from all the hunts.  Some of this required him to use another motto; “It’s easier to get forgiveness than permission.”  Now Joe has moved onto a better place and can start having fun with all the old friends and family.

 

He is survived by his wife, Kathy of Stetsonville; children, Deb (Larry) Fierke of Stetsonville, Vicki (Lee) Waldhart of Stetsonville, Jane (Dale) Oldenhoff of Almond  & Tim (Stacy) Retterath of Stetsonville; grandchildren, Connie (SO - Lani) Fierke, Kristi (Pat) Dixon, Kelsey Fierke, Ellen (James) DesJarlais, Casey (Tater) Waldhart, Marki (SO – Jeff) Waldhart, Nick & Nathan Retterath; great-grandchildren, Dray Vermaat, Billy & Joey Dixon.  Also surviving is his sister, Lila Czarnezki of Medford. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Leonard Retterath, in-laws, Milan Czarnezki, Ron and Jeanne Ching.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be given to the family for a future donation to Alzheimer’s care support.  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.  

Charles J. Eisner, Sr

 

Charles J. Eisner Sr., 79, of Rib Lake, passed away on Friday, November 27, 2020 at Rib Lake Health Services.

 

Cremation rites have been accorded and private family services will take place at a later date.

 

Charles was born on March 18, 1941 to John Sr. and Marybelle (Dennee) Eisner in Park Falls. The family moved to Rib Lake in 1949. Charles attended Park Falls and Rib Lake schools. He married Rita M. Olson on April 28, 1962 in Chelsea. She preceded him in death on September 2, 2017.

 

Charles worked his entire career at Hurd until his retirement in 2004. He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

 

In his spare time Charles enjoyed fishing, hunting, and watching the Packers, Brewers, and NASCAR.

 

Charles is survived by his children, Allan (Lisa) Eisner of Rib Lake, Jeff (Lisa) Eisner of Merrill, Brenda (Peter) Jones of Phillips, Connie (Jeff) Mauch of Ogema, and Linda (Paul) Newman of Rib Lake; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; siblings, Robert (Joan) Eisner of Rib Lake, Roberta (Don) Engel of Fort Atkinson, William (Delores) Eisner of Rib Lake, David (Mary) Eisner of Ogema; brother-in-law, LeRoy “Butch” (Doredda) Olson of Chelsea; and Aunt, Jenny (Schnelle) Maszk of Merrill. Charles is further survived by many other family and friends.

 

In addition to his wife and parents, Charles is preceded in death by stepfather, Martin Radovich; son, Charles “Fritz” P. Eisner Jr., sisters Mary Ann Yanko and Helen Ochodnicky; brothers, John Eisner Jr., Lloyd Eisner, and Edward Eisner. He is also preceded in death by several brothers and sisters-in-law.

 

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

June I. Long

 

June I. Long, 89, of Medford, passed away at home on Friday, November 27, 2020, surrounded by family, under the care of Hope Hospice.

 

Funeral Services for June will take place at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 4, 2020 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Rodger Prois officiating. Burial will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Visitation will take place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Friday, December 4, 2020 from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

 

June was born on June 15, 1931 to Paul and Minnie (Scott) Steinbach in Stevens Point. She was a Medford High School graduate, where she met her high school sweetheart, Howard R. Long. She married Howard on June 13, 1953 at St. Paul’s Church in Medford. He preceded her in death on July 3, 1994.

 

June was a teacher in the Medford area for 42 years, where she taught multiple generations. June's final career journey was being a kindergarten teacher at Stetsonville Elementary when it was built until the time of her retirement.

 

June has touched many hearts and will be greatly missed by her family, friends and students.

 

In her spare time June enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and traveling with her friends.

 

June is survived by her daughter, Delene Wieler of Medford; grandchildren, Michelle (Troy) Hoffman of Dorchester, Monica Weiler of Weston, Mindy Weiler of Medford, Michael (Tara) Weiler of Medford, and Miranda Weiler of Medford; great-granchildren, Peyton, Lexi, Aminah, Hailey, Kyley, Zoey, Avrey, Layla, Brooklyn, Raeden, Liselle, and Chevelle.

 

June is preceded in death by her husband and parents.

 

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

 

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.  

James B. Lulloff

 

James B. Lulloff, age 83, of Owen, passed away on Tuesday, November 25, 2020 at Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center in Owen under the tender care of Aspirus Comfort Care Hospice.

 

A public visitation will be held on Saturday, December 5, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Town of Colby (Green Grove). A private service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at the church cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227. We encourage those in attendance to abide by the Covid-19 guidelines by sanitizing, wearing a mask (if able) and social distancing. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.

Jim was born on January 2, 1937, the son of Bernard and Martha (Buss) Lulloff on the family farm in the Town of Hoard. He attended Midway School and graduated from Owen High School in 1954. Jim entered the U. S. Army in 1960 and was stationed at Fort Campbell, KT. He was a member of the 101st Airborne and was honorably discharded in 1962. Jim was united in marriage in 1962 to Audrey Klocke and they later divorced.

Jim worked at Packaging Corporation of America for 38 years. He also was a dairy farmer. Jim was an avid fisherman and hunter, enjoyed polka dancing, antiques and going to auctions. He also enjoyed watching high school sports.

Jim is survived by three sons: James (Nancy) Jr. of Owen, Michael (Joette) of Owen and Matthew (fiance’, Kristin Evans) of Deary, ID; two grandchildren: Jameson and Jessica; one great-grandson, Michael. He is further survived by his best friend, Donna Nicks of Medford; three sisters-in-law, Bobbie Ann Lulloff of Lakeland, TN, Arlene Lulloff of Germantown and Pearl Lulloff of Owen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers and two sisters: Robert, Vernard, Carmen, Arlyn, Helen (Fred) Walz and Darlene (Clarence) Richards.

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

Ray V. Hendricks

 

Ray V. Hendricks, 85, of Stanley passed away surrounded by family under the care of Hope Hospice.

 

He was born in Holcombe on November 19, 1935 to the late George and Esther (Kincaid) Hendricks.  He attended Gilman area schools and went on to serve his country in the United States Army after  the Korean conflict.  Ray was married to Jean Madison on November 28, 1959 at the Cornell Presbyterian Church.  Ray was an Artifical Inseminator Technician for 37 years and farmed in the Gilman area for 20 years.  He was a member of the VFW Post 359 in Gilman.  He enjoyed spending time with his family, his grandchildren and friends.

 

Ray is survived by his wife of 61 years Jean, his son Rodney (Sandy) Hendricks of Gilman, four grandchildren Matt Hendricks, Joshua Hendricks, Eric (Debbie) Pogodzinski and Sarah (Nick Diny) Hendricks, three great grandchildren, Makinley, Brighton and Kensley; and one sister Elsie Bartlet.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Ed, Bill, Richard, and Harold White and his sisters Betty, Loretta, Velma and Lucille Anders.

 

A funeral service for Ray Hendricks will be held on Saturday, December 5th, 2020 at 11:00 A.M. at the Gilman Funeral Home with Randy Vandelooo officatiing.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday.

 

Burial will follow with Military Honors in the Hannibal Cemetery.

David C. Noonan, Jr

 

David C. Noonan, JR, 72 of Gilman, died Friday, November 27, 2020. He was born on June 3, 1948 to the late Elaine (Paul) and David C. Noonan, SR. Dave grew up in the Gilman area and graduated from Gilman High. He furthered his education at Marquette University.

 

Dave started working thereafter as an Operating Engineer. He was a member of Union 139 and did many jobs for Market and Johnson. Dave enjoyed spending time in the outdoors as much as possible. He enjoyed hunting on his land as well as out west. He especially enjoyed his time with his hunting family at Little Hills Hunting Preserve. He never missed the opportunity to be with his family for special occasions and holidays, or for just a quick visit and a home cooked meal. He had a special place in his heart for his nieces and nephews, and enjoyed teasing them as much as possible.

 

He will be greatly missed. He is survived by his brothers, Jim (Colleen) of Centuria and Rick (Mary) of Gilman, his brother in law, Wayne Smith, his nieces and nephews, Tony (Amanda) Noonan, Sarah (Mike) Leiterman, Nathan (Jennifer) Noonan, Krista (Mike) Laggini, Christian Smith, Kyle (Victoria) Noonan, Joanna (Derek) Brenna and Paul (Arin) Noonan and many great nieces and nephews.

 

Dave is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sandy Smith.

 

A funeral mass will be at 10AM on Wednesday, December 2nd at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church-Gilman with burial in Meadowbrook Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to services Wednesday at the church. Plombon Funeral Service assisted the family.

Archives:

2020-12 | 2020-11

Weather

Medford Weather

Quick Pick

Facebook

CALENDAR

BIRTHDAYS

OBITUARIES

CLOSINGS

NEWS

107.1 FM

CONTACT US