WKEB Obituaries Blog

James (Jim) H. Blazel


James “Jim” Henry Blazel, 77 years of age, of Athens, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on March 1, 2021 at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford, Wisconsin.

Jim was born on January 19, 1944, in Dorchester, Wisconsin, to Alvin Sr. (Pete) and Elizabeth (Betty) (Koenig) Blazel. He attended school at St. Louis Catholic School in Dorchester, Wisconsin where he loved to play basketball and won awards for his playing skills.

Jim married Kathy Weix and they bought a home in Athens, Wisconsin where they lived and raised their children. Jim and Kathy divorced in 1985 and Jim continued to reside at his home in Athens, Wisconsin. He worked in various positions throughout the years always lending a hand where it was needed the most. He took much pride in helping his Amish neighbors.

Jim is survived by his four children, Henry Blazel of Abbotsford, Wisconsin, Brenda Duvall and Jim Kimball of Medford, Wisconsin, Bonnie Cherwinka of Wausau, Wisconsin, Rhonda Grambort and her husband Fred of Merrill, Wisconsin. Jim is also survived by his sister Louise Brill of Colby, Wisconsin, Helen (Ronald) Busse of Dorchester, Wisconsin, Dennis (Judy) Blazel of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and 9 grandchildren, Colton Duvall (Lexy Belter), Nicole (Brandon) Homeyer and family, Jonathon (Megan)Hein and family, Christopher Hein (Erika Goldbach), Derek Hein (Laura Teske) and family, Danielle Hein (Greg Haring) and family, Casey Cherwinka, Justin Schotz, and Miranda Schotz, many nieces and nephews and their families, and a number of faithful, life-long friends.

In addition to his parents, James was predeceased by his brother, Alvin Blazel Jr. and his nephew, Bruce Blazel whom he was very close to.

Jim loved to give you a 'hard time' but loved it even more when you gave it right back. He would “bullshit” with everyone he met. Music was one of his favorite past times as he loved to attend live bands and dance. He was also very proud of his music box collection with over 2000 of them.

The family is being assisted by Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford, Wisconsin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at St. Louis Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 12:30 pm until the time of service at the church. Interment will follow at Dorchester Memorial Cemetery in Dorchester. Family and friends can watch the service live on the Maurina Schilling Funeral Home Facebook page or after the service anytime on Facebook or the website. We encourage those in attendance to abide by the Covid-19 guidelines by sanitizing, wearing a mask (if able) and social distancing.

The family extends their sincerest thanks to the staff at Aspirus Care and Rehab for their loving care during the last two years.

Tom "Krazy" E. Krebsbach


Tom “Krazy” E. Krebsbach, 66, Medford was pronounced dead on Thursday, February 25 at his residence in the City of Medford.


A memorial mass for Tom will be held at 11 AM on Friday, March 5 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford with Father Patrick McConnell officiating.  Burial of his cremated remains will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II.  Visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Friday.  Due to COVID concerns, masks will be required at the church. 


Tom was born on May 9, 1954 at Marshfield, the son of Edmund and Marie (Dahlke) Krebsbach.  He attended St. John’s Catholic School, Edgar and was a 1972 graduate of Edgar High School.  His marriage took place on June 16, 1979 at Divine Savior Church in Shawano to Karen K. Kroll and she preceded him in death on August 2, 2010. 


After his education he worked at the Badger Basket Factory in Edgar.  He moved to Medford in 1973 and worked at Weather Shield, Mfg. and Zuleger’s Standard Station, along with driving bus for Krug’s for over 20 years.  He enjoyed polka dancing, bowling, auctions, all Wisconsin & Edgar sports.  Tom was the life of the party on the dance floor especially when the songs “Wipeout” & “Proud Mary” were played.  He was a member of the Chelsea Conservation Club & the Taylor County Humane Society. 


Survivors are his siblings, Cathy Anderson of Medford, Cindy (Dale) Lapacz of Green Bay, Charles (Deb) Krebsbach of Edgar, Michael (Cindy) Krebsbach of Edgar and Ed (Donna) Krebsbach of Suamico.  Also surviving are his brother-in-law, Len Strasser of Marshfield; sisters-in-law, Jeanette Krebsbach of Wausau, Krista (Tim) Ludwig of Mayville & Karla (Arthur) Klimpke of Medford; along with many nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his siblings, Terry Krebsbach & Margie Strasser and his brother-in-law, Jerry Anderson.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given either to the Chelsea Conservation Club or Taylor County Humane Society in Tom’s name.  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Mabel M. Brehm


Mabel M. Brehm, 95, of Medford, passed away at home on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, under the care of Hope Hospice, surrounded by family.


Cremation rites have been accorded and a private family service will be held at a later date.


Mabel was born on October 15, 1925 to Emil and Julia (Janko) Lekies in the township of Browning, Taylor County. She attended Cloverdale elementary school. She worked as a nanny in the Medford area until her marriage to George M. Brehm on May 17, 1944. Together they owned and operated a dairy farm in the town of Little Black until the late 1960’s, while raising 5 children.


Her family brought her great enjoyment. She loved sewing and on a nice day, she could be found working in her flower garden. She also enjoyed traveling, camping, and fishing.


Mabel would accompany her husband and other family members on several hunting trips out west; setting up camps, trout fishing, and just enjoying the beauty of October in the Colorado Rockies. Later in life, she would remark that those trips and other trips with family were really special time. (Yes mom, they were)


She was a volunteer for many years with Commission on Aging Senior Meals at Stetsonville.


Mabel is survived by her children, Lyle (Pauline) Brehm of Schofield, Bruce (Joan) Brehm of Medford, Rebecca (Charles) Gerschefske of Lincoln, NE and Daniel (Cathy) Brehm of Ramsey, MN; 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and 10 great great-grandchildren and one daughter-in-law Grace Brehm of Rib Lake.


Mabel is preceded in death by her husband, George; son; David Brehm; one grandson; two brothers, Walter (Beatrice) Lekies and Roy (Mabel) Lekies and one sister Pearl (Vince) Sackmann.


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

Mary T. Emmerich-Molitor


Mary T. Emmerich-Molitor, 85, Medford, a former Town of Hammel resident, died on Tuesday, February 23 at Abbotsford Health Care Center, where she had resided for the past 4 days. 

Memorial services for Mary will be at 11 AM on Wednesday, March 3 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford with Father Patrick McConnell officiating.  Visitation will be at the church from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM.  Due to COVID concerns, masks will be required at the church.  Interment of her cremated remains will take place at Molitor Catholic Cemetery at a later date. 


Mary was born on January 11, 1936 at Medford, the daughter of John and Mary (Ertl) Deml.  She attended Medford area elementary schools and was a graduate of Medford High School.  Her first marriage was to Floyd W. Emmerich and he preceded her in death on May 19, 2013.  Her second marriage was to Robert “Bob” Molitor and he survives. 


While residing on Clear Lake in the Town of Hammel, she worked in registration/admissions at Memorial Hospital for many years.  She also volunteered at Holy Rosary School in Medford.  She enjoyed rummage sales, reading and collecting.  She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford.


Surviving are her husband Bob Molitor of Medford.  Children, Mike (Shirley) Emmerich and Dave (Melissa) Emmerich both of Medford.  Grandchildren, Heide, Samuel & Lucas (Kayla) Emmerich and Alissa (Andy) Hofer, along with great grandchildren, Julia & William Hofer.  Her surviving siblings are Agnes Robida of Stetsonville, Ray (Janet) Deml and Hank (Pat) Deml both of Medford. 


She was preceded in death by her son, Patrick in 2020, grandson, Andy Emmerich, and siblings, Andy, Joe, Rommie Deml and Madlin Kulig.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Holy Rosary Church and School, Medford.  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Virginia L. Sacho


Virginia L. Sacho entered the fullness of Eternal Life on February 12, 2021, at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital in Milwaukee, WI at the age of 92. She had recently moved to Grafton, WI, from her home in Medford, WI.


Virginia was born on October 2, 1928, in Northville, MI, the daughter of Lawrence E. and Lucy L. (nee Petrowski) Witter.  She was raised in Wausau, WI and was the eldest of seven siblings.  

She was devoted to her family at an early age and helped raise her younger siblings after the passing of her father. She graduated from Wausau High School in 1946.  She married Roland “Rolly” Sacho in 1947 and raised three children in Medford. They later divorced. Her love and support for her children and all her family was evident throughout her life.  


Virginia had a strong Christian faith and desired the same for others. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church for 70 years and often sang in the choir.  


She enjoyed traveling, music, gardening, reading, following sports teams and trips to casinos with friends.  She was a creative seamstress and often was knitting or crocheting a beautiful piece to give to others.  She especially enjoyed connecting with those she loved. She was surely blessed with wonderful, caring friends and family who were a gift to her.


Survivors include her children; Gregory (Christine Secorsky) Sacho of St Louis, MO, Bradley (Arlene) Sacho of Vancouver, BC, Canada, Maribeth Sacho of Shorewood, WI; brother, DuWayne (the late Dawn) Witter of Rhinelander, WI, step-grandchildren, their families, nieces, nephews, cousins, former sisters-in law, other relatives, and treasured friends.  


In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her siblings and their spouses; LaVern (Rose Mae) Witter, Janette and Jerome Witter (infant twins), David Dean (Barbara) Witter, and Lawrence “Buddy” (Joan) Witter II.


Family and friends will gather on Saturday, February 27th from 11:00 AM to Noon at Holy Rosary Parish in Medford, WI followed by the celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial at Noon, Fr. Patrick McConnell officiating.  Interment in Wausau, WI will take place in the spring.  


A livestream of the service can be viewed on Holy Rosary's Facebook page. Go to hrmedford.org.

Reuben J. Schafer


Reuben Julian Schafer, age 80, of rural Colby, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at Wausau Aspirus Hospital.


A Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2021 at Zion Lutheran Church in Colby. Rev. Chris Schwanz will officiate. The Funeral will be live streamed on the funeral home’s Facebook page or after the service anytime on Facebook or the website. Visitation with family and friends will be on Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at the church. 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 Colby is entrusted with the arrangements.


A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, May 30, 2021 starting at 2:00 p.m. at Cherokee Park.

Reuben was born on June 26, 1940, the son of Rudolph and Vera (Frahm) Schafer in Stratford. He was confirmed on May 29, 1955 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stratford. He attended Stratford School District. On February 6, 1960, Reuben was united in marriage to Edith Krampien at St. John’s “High Steeple” Lutheran Church, Town of Wien. Together they raised their family in the Township of Hull, Cherokee Park Area. She preceded him in death on July 15, 2002. On August 27, 2005, he was united in marriage to Loretta (Nunemaker) Schultz at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Milan.

Reuben was known by all as the musky fisherman. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, trapping and had many tales to tell. Reuben worked at Rollo Home of Marshfield and retired after 44 years at Packaging Corporation of America. He cherished his family most of all.

Reuben is survived by his second wife, Loretta Schafer of Colby; his children: Kris (Dan) Nosbisch of Colby, Cindy (Chuck) Jantsch of Colby, Jody (John) Umnus of Merrill, Jeremy (Julie) Schafer of Stratford, Jeremy (Brenda) Schultz of Neillsville, Leatha (Corey) Hopperdietzel of Colby and Krissy (Matt) Neyrinck of Kronenwetter; grandchildren: Gunnar (Jordana) Umnus of Weyauwega, Trevor (Ashley) Umnus of Summerset, SD, Mitch (Jenna Schwabe) Nosbisch of Stratford, Addison and Chloe Schafer of Stratford; Easten and Ashten Schultz of Neillsville, Seth, Rolyn and Myra Hopperdietzel of Colby and a great-grandson, Archer Umnus of Weyauwega. He is further survived by sisters: Ellen Paun of Granton, Susie (Charlie) Kramer of Stratford and Linda Kalmon of Marshfield; brothers: John (Sandee) Schafer of Edgar, David (Sophia) Schafer of Cedarburg and brother-in-law, Butch Carl of Stratford; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Edith “Patty” Schafer; his brother, Allan, his sister Nancy Carl and his brother-in-law, John Paun.


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