WKEB Obituaries Blog

Julee A. Klemm

Julee Ann Klemm, 62, of Medford, town of Browning, died Thursday, July 15, 2021 at her home surrounded by her family and under the care of Hope Hospice.  

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 23, 2021 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford with Fr. Patrick McConnell officiating.  Interment will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery in Chelsea. 

Visitation will be from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, July 22 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with a prayer service at 7 p.m. to conclude the visitation, and on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. 

Julee was born May 27, 1959 in Marshfield to Joan (Jensen) and James Zuleger.  She grew up in Medford and graduated from Medford High School, class of 1977.  She attended UW-Stevens Point, earning a B.S. in Education.  

On June 28, 1980, Julee married Kevin Klemm. They resided in Medford where the first seven years of her teaching career were in Colby at St. Mary’s School. She then taught 4th grade for 30 years in the Medford Public Schools, retiring in 2018. 

Julee had many interests, including gardening, canning, making sauerkraut, ice fishing, snowmobiling, camping, Brewers baseball, and traveling.  Quiet times were spent curled up with a good book. Her love of music was carried throughout her life. 

Her passion for travel took Julee and her travel buddies to wonderful places.  They have cherished memories of many trips together, but her favorite place they visited was Zermatt, Switzerland. 

She is survived by her husband, Kevin of Medford; son, Cole (Jenny) of Medford; daughter, Anne (Aaron) Rogers of St. Paul; father, Jim Zuleger of Medford; mother-in-law, Nelda Klemm of Medford, a sister, Jill (Bruce) Dassow of Medford; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lynn (Steve) Cihasky of Eau Claire, Brenda (Lee) Jones, Joleen (John) Ziembo, Lisa (Mike) Frombach, Kim Klemm, Brad (Paula) Klemm, Jay (Karen) Klemm, Doug (Patti) Klemm; grandchildren, Finley and Josephine Klemm, and Frances Rogers; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Joan Zuleger; father-in-law, Bernard “Bunny” Klemm; brother-in-law, Dean Klemm; and grandson, Erik James Klemm.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. In lieu of flowers, donations to the family will be given to cancer research and preservation of The School Forest. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Lucille Szemraj

 

Lucille Agnes (nee Piwoni) Szemraj, age 94, formerly of Gilman, died July 14, 2021 at the Clark County Rehabilitation & Living Center in Owen.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 17 at St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church in Lublin with Fr. Marion Talaga officiating.  Interment will follow at the Polish National Cemetery, also in Lublin.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Lublin.

Lucille was born September 11, 1926 in the town of Withee to Katherine (Strzok) and Peter Piwoni.  She attended the Yaeger School in the town of Thorp.

On August 1, 1946, Lucille married Joseph Szemraj at St. Mary’s Polish National Catholic Church in Lublin.  They farmed in the town of Roosevelt from 1946-1977.  Then they moved to the village of Gilman where she had resided until moving into the assisted living center in Owen.

Lucille enjoyed cooking, baking, trips to the casino, cheering on the Milwaukee Brewers, and following her grandchildren’s sports.  She was very proud of each of her grandchildren and their accomplishments.

She is survived by her children, Joseph (Judy) Szemraj of Lublin, Charles (Deana) Szemraj of Thorp, Susan (David) Ertl of Medford; sisters, Annette Tauscher of Florida, Julia Kendel of Minocqua; 13 grandchildren, Faye (Ken), Wayne (Marcia), Jolene (Keith), Jeremy (Connie), Josh, Jed (Melinda), Jon (Katie), Jamison (Stephanie), Steven, Stephany, Chloe, Wyatt and Ryan; and 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joseph in 1984; a son, James in 2018; daughter, Annette Kostick in 2020; son-in-law, Doman Kostick; grandson, Eric Tyznik; sisters, Ida, Mary, Frances, Helen and Josephine; brothers, John, Louis, Thomas, Leon, Clarence and Aloise “Rusty”.

Arlene M. Ellingson

Arlene M. Ellingson, age 76, beloved daughter of the late Clifford and Mildred (Heidtke) Ellingson and sister of the late Ken Ellingson , passed away July 12th 2021 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Arlene was born June 21, 1945 and grew up on her family's farm in Stetsonville. She graduated from Medford High School in 1963. She worked as a supply clerk at Aspirus Wausau Hospital for 42 years. Some of her Arlene’s favorite times were spent traveling to country western concerts with her best friend Cheryl and others, and spending time at the casino with her brother Kenny and cousin Diane. She enjoyed socializing with her caregivers at Acorn Hills Senior Living while watching game shows and listing to country music.

Arlene is survived by friend and caregiver Calista and her daughter Missy, dear friend Cheryl, special cousin Diane, as well as many other loving friends and relatives.

A 2:00 p.m. funeral service will be held at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Dorchester on July 18, 2021. Pastor Shawn Andersen will officiate. Family and friends are welcome for visitation starting at 1:00 p.m. at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.


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

Shirley A. Krueger

 

Shirley A. Krueger, 84, of Rib Lake, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Rib Lake Health Services, under the care of Hope Hospice.

 

A funeral service for Shirley will take place at 12:00 PM on Thursday, July 15, 2021 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Father Patrick McConnell officiating. Burail will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Visitation will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Thursday, July 15 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 12:00 PM.

 

Shirley was born on August 10, 1936 to Walter and Anna (Ziegler) Schaefer in the Township of Bern. She married Robert Krueger in 1953; they were later divorced and he precedes her in death. She worked most of her life as a homemaker. She also worked for a period of time as a cashier for IGA. She was also a volunteer for the Indianhead Community Action Agency for over 20 years.

 

Shirley is survived by her children, Joe Krueger of Medford, Sue (Phil) Tom of Westboro, Lori Krueger, and Kenneth Krueger of Medford; grandchildren, Heather (Logan) Dums, Stacy Rudolph, and Joseph Verdone; great-grandchildren, Rose and Violet Dums; siblings, Rosemary Dassow of Neshkoro, Margaret Cypher of Stetsonville, and John Schaefer of Medford. Shirley is further survived by many other family and friends.

 

Shirley is preceded in death by her parents and brothers, James and Paul Schaefer.

 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Shirley’s name may be given to the family for use at a later designation.

 

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Kenneth "Ken" E. Nowak

 

Kenneth “Ken” E. Nowak, 94, of Rib Lake, passed away on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Aspirus Medford Hospital.

 

A Service of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 16, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor James Langebartels officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Friday, from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

 

Ken was born on August 21, 1926 to Harold and Martha (Brautigan) Nowak in the Township of Hoard, Clark County. He attended Park School in Owen, Flat Meadow School in Deer Creek, and Medford High School. He served in the National Guard and in the Army during the Korean Conflict. He married Darlene Busse on June 4, 1954. He worked most of his life as a dairy farmer and a carpenter until his retirement.

 

Ken is survived by his wife, Darlene; daughter, Dianne Nichols; grandchildren, Susan (Eric) Natal, Bill Nichols, Rebecca (Alex) Athanason; 4 grandchildren; brother, Roland (Mary Ann) Nowak. Ken is further survived by other family and friends.

 

Ken is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold, Lance, Robert, Joseph, and Donald; sisters, Laura Voigtlander and Dorothy Knapp.

 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Ken’s name may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

 

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

 

Steven H. O'Konski

 

On June 28, 2021, Steven Harry O’Konski, loving husband and father of two, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by family at the age of 63.

Steven was born on July 26, 1957 in Stanley, Wisconsin, to Edmund and Jeanette (Busch) O’Konski. Steve grew up in Waukegan, Illinois. He spent his summers in Owen, WI from the age of eight, helping his grandparents and later Uncle Donald on the dairy farm. He eventually took this farm over and worked it until it was sold in 2019. Owen is where he met the love of his life Renae (Frost) O’Konski. They married on August 22, 1981 in Withee, Wisconsin. Steve and Renae were blessed with two children, a son, Jay and daughter, Devon.

A lifelong dairy farmer, Steven enjoyed playing softball, bowling, and taking family vacations. In the later years he cheered on his children as they participated in high school sports and took to the softball field in the summer. Most recently, his grandchildren brought him the most joy. He also enjoyed attending Wisconsin Farm Technology Days. Steve was a fan of the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers.

Steven is survived by his loving wife of 39 years Renae O’Konski. He is fondly remembered by his two children Jay (Patricia) O’Konski of De Pere, WI, and Devon O’Konski of Owen, WI; three young grandchildren: Callan O’Konski, Ryan O’Konski, and Grayson Stargardt; three sisters: Sandra (Deb) O’Konski, Sharon (William) McKee, and Sue O’Konski. He is further survived by his mother in-law: Joan Frost, brother in- law Mark (Cherrie) Frost; and many nieces and nephews.

Steven is preceded in death by his father Edmund, mother Jeanette, his uncle Donald O’Konski and father in-law Thorvald Frost.

A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Withee at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the service. 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.

Helen M. Ziembo

 

Helen M. Ziembo, 97, of Rib Lake passed away on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Rib Lake Health Services, surrounded by family, under the care of Hope Hospice.

A funeral mass will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 11:00 AM, with Father Patrick McConnell officiating. Burial will take place at a later date. Visitation will take place at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Monday, July 12, 2021 from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM. Helen’s grandchildren will be serving as pallbearers.

Helen was born on July 9, 1923 to Joseph and Mary (Zondlo) Maslonka on the family farmstead in Rib Lake. She attended Ward grade school and Rib Lake Junior High. She married Raymond Ziembo on June 14, 1944 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, he preceded her in death. She worked at Rib Lake Dairy for 10 years as a cheese wrapper and at Gem Products for 20 years as a liner installer. She was also a dairy farmer and a housewife.

In her spare time she enjoyed babysitting, polka music and dancing, playing cards, especially rummy and solitaire, and spending time with family and friends. She and Ray also enjoyed gardening and were featured in a nationwide country living magazine. 

Helen is survived by 3 sons, John (Joleen) Ziembo of Rib Lake, Robert Ziembo and Michael (Linda) Ziembo, both of Medford; 6 daughters, MaryEllen (Mike) Thums of Rib Lake, Patricia Strebig of Medford, Susan (Phillip) Marthaler of Athens, Barbara (Richard) Berger of Rib Lake, Joann (Jim) Wilke of Merrill, and Judy Ziembo of Rib Lake; 26 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. She is further survived by daughter-in-law Rhonda Ziembo, many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, Helen is preceded in death by her son, Joseph Ziembo; grandson, Paul Thums; great-granddaughter, Marcella Zuleger; brother, John Maslonka; sister, Kathryn Lucia; daughter-in-law, Sandy Ziembo; son-in-law, Jerry Strebig.

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 is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Emma Kasparek

 

Emma L. Kasparek, 96, of Medford , died Sunday, July 4, 2021 at Care Partners Assisted Living in Medford.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 8 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford with the Rev. Rodger Prois officiating.  Burial will follow at Medford Evergreen I Cemetery, Medford. 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Thursday, July 8 at the church. 

 

Emma was born May 15, 1925 at home in the town of Molitor to Freda (Clausnitzer) and Henry Luethy. 

 

During WWII, Emma worked in Chicago assembling parachutes to aid in the war effort.

On June 22, 1946, she married Louis “Louie” Kasparek.  They had a dairy farm in the town of Browning, where Emma worked alongside her husband every day.   They farmed their entire married life until retirement. Emma enjoyed dancing, gardening, knitting, puzzles, word searches, polka music, needlepoint, and cooking.  She was a wonderful cook and will be remembered for many delicious meals. 

 

She is survived by her children, Velma Mann of Rib lake, Allen (Diane) Kasparek of Medford, Donna (fiancé Paul Jensen) Kasparek of Marshfield; grandchildren, Mark (Stefanie) Mann of Rib Lake, Todd (Jennilee) Mann, Roger (Carrie) Mann, Amanda (fiancé, James Kurth) Kasparek, all of Medford, Krista Fennell of Idaho; great-grandchildren, Andrew, Nicholas and Annilee Mann, Roger Paul and Colletta Mann, Jordan (fiancée Mari) Mann, Cole (girlfriend, Sydney) Mann, Kailee, Kenya, India, and Josiah Mann, Annika Drake and Dominic Fennell; and one great-great-granddaughter, Brooklyn Mann. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louie in 1995; siblings, Frank, Paul, Emil, Herman, Otto, Fred, William and Carl Schmeiser, Lydia Kleutsch, Elsie Pask, Walter Luethy and Clara Emstrom; son-in-law, Lester Mann; and a son, Ronald Kasparek. 

 

Emma’s family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff at Care Partners for the wonderful and loving care they gave Mom over the last six years. 

 

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Sandra "Sandy" Bach

 

Sandra Ann Bach, 72, of Medford, town of Little Black, peacefully passed away on Friday, July 2, 2021 at her home with her husband by her side and her rosary in her hand while under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 16 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.  Interment will be at a later date at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Little Black.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Friday, July 16 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford. 

 

Sandy was born September 7, 1948 in Medford to Elaine (Gebert) and Clifford Zenner.  She attended local schools and graduated from Medford High School in 1966. 

 

On April 15, 1967, she married Gordon Bach at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.  They resided in Medford/Little Black where Sandy worked as secretary, bookkeeper, business partner, manager, etc. at their company, Bach Electric Inc. 

 

Sandy enjoyed the outdoors, camping, nature walks, bird watching and flowers. She always longed to be at her cabin in the woods in Minocqua which she enjoyed going to for many years. Her most cherished moments were those she spent with her grandsons.

 

She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the American Legion Aux Post 519.  She also helped with the school lunch program for the Medford area public schools and worked as a volunteer at Aspirus Memorial Health Center. 

 

She is survived by her husband Gordon of Little Black; daughter, Michele (fiancé Steve Lukes) Ellenbecker of Abbottsford; son, Marc Bach of Eau Claire; siblings, Mary Mertes of Kaukauna, Kurt (Lori) Zenner of Medford, Lee (Joyce) Zenner of Hastings, MN; grandsons, Riley Bach of Medford, Alex Ellenbecker of Wausau, Trevor Ellenbecker of Abbottsford; in laws, Joe (Betty) Bach of Little Black, Mary (Roy) Smock of Milwaukee, Delores Bohn of Wausau, Cheryl Bach of Wausau, Larry Cypher of Little Black; and many nieces and nephews. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers-in-law, Dave Mertes, John Bach, and Bill Bohn; and a sister-in-law, Linda Cypher. 

 

Memorials in Sandy’s honor are appreciated and may go to Holy Rosary Catholic School. 

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Robert M. "Bob" Eisner

 

Robert M. "Bob" Eisner went to be with the Lord at his home in Rib Lake on Wednesday, June 30, 2021 at age 89.99, with loved ones at his side. 

 

Bob was born in Park Falls, WI to John and MaryBelle (Dennee) Eisner on July 1, 1931. He was one of 10 children. He was living in Rib Lake in 1952 when he was drafted into the Army. While in Korea with Company C, 31st Infantry Regiment, he was hit in the neck with shrapnel and later awarded a Purple Heart. In 1954, he was honorably discharged and returned to Rib Lake and married Joan Probst on June 19, 1954. 

 

Bob was employed at Hurd Millwork in Medford for 46 years. In his free time he enjoyed woodworking, fishing, gardening, watching sports on TV and helping other people. In his later years, he enjoyed birdwatching. 

 

Bob is survived by his wife Joan and his children: Michael (Marlene) Eisner of Stetsonville, Betty (James) Barnes of Sacramento, CA; Susan (Darrell) Freiboth of Ogema, Rose Olson (Allen Rinehart) of Phillips, Richard Eisner of Prentice, Joseph Eisner of Medford, Maria (Chris) Banks of Little Black, and 15 grandchildren: Bradley (Aom) Eisner, Brian (Autumn) Eisner; Christopher Allison, Michael (Jessica) Allison, Meghan (Ethan) Hanson; Robert (Stephanie) Freiboth, Sally (Eric) Fawley, Teri (James) Byrd; Sarah (Jim) Schreiner, Benjamin (Summer) Poncek, Janessa Gumz; Riley Eisner; Mia Eisner; and Erica Banks, Janelle Banks. Bob is further survived by 16 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews and his siblings: William Eisner of Rib Lake, Roberta (Donald) Engel of Fort Atkinson, and David (Mary) Eisner of Spirit. 

 

Hope Hospice assisted the family.

 

A memorial service will be held at the Ice Age Pavilion in Rib Lake starting at 11 AM on Saturday, July 10.

 

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Doreen Jo Shatwell

 

Doreen Jo Shatwell, 72, of Lublin Wisconsin, passed away July 3, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield WI.

 

Born on November 25 of 1948 in the Town of Taft to Joseph and Marie (Ehlert) Kulesa. She grew up in the area and attended Gilman High School. She then moved to Chicago, where she worked and later moved to California, and then Arkansas, where she was then united in marriage to Mac Shatwell. They lived in Arkansas for 7 years before moving back to the Gilman area in 1982, where they resided since.

 

Doreen worked at various jobs, and retired from Tombstone in the Accounts Payable department. She had a great love for her family, especially her grandchildren and her cats. She also enjoyed going to the movies, computer games and crossword puzzles, and spending time with the family. Doreen was always there for anyone in her family that needed her, and those that weren't family were treated like they were. She will truly be missed.

 

She is survived by two sons: Jeff (Kathy) of Medford and Joey (Kimberly) of Dorchester WI; Six grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren, and many cousins, nephews and nieces. Doreen is also survived by her siblings Gina (Don) Beauchene of Richmond, CA; Chris (Leon) Peetz of Gilman; Darrell Kulesa of Chippewa Falls, Naomi (Bob) Warner of Westboro WI; and Ron Kulesa of Gilman.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister in law Diane, and her husband Mac in 2008.

 

Funeral services will be held 11:00 am on Saturday, July 10th at the Gilman Funeral home in Gilman WI with Darrel Diers officiating. Burial will be following afterwards in the Meadowbrook Cemetery in Gilman. Visitation will be from 9:00am to 11:00am before the service. A luncheon will be held at the Gilman Senior Center after the burial.

Donald J. Kaiser

 

Donald J. Kaiser, age 86, of Colby, passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2021 at the Marshfield Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 8, 2021 at St. Mary Help of Christians Parish in Colby. Father Joseph Redfern will officiate. A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Thursday. 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. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home of Colby is entrusted with the arrangements.

Donald John Kaiser was born on March 21, 1935, at home in Frankfort Township in Marathon County, WI, to Amanda C. (Schemenauer) and Andrew C. Kaiser. He was welcomed by his sister: Mercedes (Howard Barr). Then he was joined by sisters Kathleen (Jack Abney), and Ruth (Robert Blume). He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School and later graduated from Colby High School, where he accumulated a collection of shutouts and no-hitters in baseball. In 1953, he attended St. Thomas University in Minnesota on basketball and baseball scholarships and played semi-pro baseball.

 

In the 1960s, Don was in business with his father at Kaiser Oil, and he founded the Colby Trailblazers Snowmobile Club. He was a member of the Marathon County Civil Defense Organization during that time as well as being instrumental in forming the Colby-Unity Area Little League Baseball Organization. In 1971, he started working for Alexandria Boat Works as a district manager for the Midwest. Then in the early 1980s, he started his own business, Designer Advertising/Scoreboard Sportswear. He was a member of the Clark County Board of Supervisors for nine years, Colby School Board, and St. Mary’s Finance Council at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby. He was a charter member of the Knights of Columbus, and was named “Fan of the Year” by Colby HS Athletics in 2012-2013. Don enjoyed playing cribbage and cheering on the New York Yankees.

 

He married Marlene Hope Schmitt on February 17, 1954, and together they made their life in Colby, creating a family of ten children:
Mark Alan of Colby; Michael Don of Medford (Dawn Newman); Margo Marie of Madison (Kim Kalepp); Melinda Ann of Medford (Hutch Brahmer); Mitchell John of Eau Claire (Sara Koch); Marty Joseph of Colby (Gwenn Rachu); Marijo Theresa of Newton, MA (Peter Danis); Marlin Andrew of Colby (Lorrie Radke); Melissa Renee of Strum (Barry Christianson); and Marshall Robert of Weston (Anna Ratai).

Don and Marlene were then blessed with 21 grandchildren:
Markie, Molly, Christopher, Courtney, Mackenzie, Griffin, Hanna, Mitchell, Elliott, Rachel, Bailey, Quinn, Samuel, Alexandra, Andrew, Amanda, Kelsey, CJ, Drew, Riley, and Jailin.
Don and Marlene were then further blessed with 19 great-grandchildren, as well as Baby Boy Kaiser arriving in August.

 

Don was predeceased by both of his parents, Andrew and Amanda; sister, Mercedes Barr; niece, Linda Barr; grandson, Elliott Kaiser; nephew, Andrew Abney; brother-in-law, Jack Abney; nephew, Casey Blume and mother-in-law, Genevieve Schmitt.

 

In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be made in Don’s name which will be determined at a later date.

Janice K. Mittenzwei

 

Janice K. Mittenzwei (nee Vlach), passed peacefully at her home in Rib Lake, on July 1, 2021. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Bob, of 33 years, in March 2018. 

 

Janice was born in Medford, Wisconsin on June 23, 1954. As a young woman she enjoyed tending bar at various local taverns. She also loved to take care of children, and always had a special connection with her goddaughter Shelly. Janice married her husband in 1985, and became a farmer's wife. She was happiest when tending to her garden and animals. After her husband died, the friendships that she cultivated became very important to her. Karen and Donnie were two special people in her life that she often spoke of. Family also meant so much to her. She especially loved to have long conversations over the phone with her sister Sherri. Janice was beloved by all who knew her.

 

Janice is survived by her sister Sherri Vlach and partner Melody Krapf of Taneytown, Maryland; her niece Kara Gonzalez of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; her aunt Barb Moen of Elgin, Illinois; her stepson Roger Mittenzwei of Marathon, Wisconsin; her stepdaughter Linda Pettit of Morton, Illinois; and her many cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents Victor and Doris Vlach, and her four brothers Vernon, Galen, Jerry and Ronnie. 

 

Per Janice’s wish a small and private graveside service only, for close family and friends will be held on Wednesday, July 7th at 3:00 pm, at Molitor Catholic Cemetery in Molitor. Also, per her wishes she will be cremated, and then be laid to rest with her husband. 

 

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Nicole Therese Buechel

 

Nicole Therese Buechel, 39, of Stetsonville, died Thursday, July 1, 2021 at home surrounded by her family.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 6 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford with Fr. Patrick McConnell officiating. 

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 6 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

 

Nicole was born September 30, 1981 in Medford to Laurie (Kropp) and David Lavin. She graduated from Medford High School, class of 2000.  Nicole went on to earn her B.S. degree in Elementary Education from UW-Stevens Point, and her Master’s degree in Education from Marian University.

On June 24, 2006, Nicole married Simon Buechel at OLPH in Whittelsey.  They resided in Stetsonville where Nicole taught 2nd grade at Stetsonville Elementary School. Nicole had many interests and was always up for anything.  Summer was her favorite season and she loved to be on the water and to travel (especially if a beach was involved).  While on vacation, she was often found floating on a tube soaking in the sun.  She enjoyed cheering on the Chicago Bears and the Milwaukee Brewers; watching Seinfeld (she knew every line of every episode!); playing games of all kinds; boat rides on the lake; being outdoors; and she was an avid reader.  All of these things paled in comparison to the love she had for her family, especially her two beloved children Marshall and Brooke.  Nicole cherished time with them and loved being their mom.

 

Nicole will be dearly missed by her husband, Simon of Stetsonville; children, Marshall Matthew and Brooke Therese, both at home; parents, Dave and Laurie Lavin of Stetsonville; brother, Dan Lavin of Medford; mother and father-in-law, Lorie (William) Schmitz of Lake Havasu, AZ, Merlin Buechel of Medford; maternal grandparents, Rodney and Mary Ann Kropp of Rib Lake; paternal grandmother, Joanne Lavin of Medford; brothers and sisters-in-law, Sam (Lana) Buechel, Christian (Bethany) Buechel, all of Eau Claire, Austin and Alice Schmitz of Lake Havasu; niece and nephew, Morgan and Jordan Lavin of Medford; and many wonderful coworkers, neighbors and dear friends.

 

Nicole was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Richard Lavin.

 

Memorials in Nicole’s honor are appreciated and will go towards an education fund for her children.

 

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Colton Henry Nicholas Bratland

 

Colton Henry Nicholas Bratland, age 2, of Lublin, died Tuesday, June 29, 2021. 

 

A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, July 2 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford, with Fr. Herman Klarr officiating. 

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until the time of service at 6 p.m. at Hemer Funeral Home, 555 W. Cedar St., Medford.

 

Colton was born August 16, 2018 in Marshfield to Natasha (Tyler) and Kyle Bratland.  Colton AKA Colt 45 was a little spitfire always looking for an adventure.  He loved playing with his brothers, his cousins, and aunts and uncles, and watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse which he called “Crumbhouse.”  He loved to sing, dance, run and play outside.  His smile and his big beautiful eyes with his long eyelashes melted everyone’s heart.  

 

He will be sadly missed by his parents, Kyle and Natasha Bratland of Lublin; his brothers, Jossiah and Ansen; maternal grandparents, Susan (Ricky) Jackson, Tim (Lisa) Tyler; paternal grandfather, Henry Bratland; paternal great-grandparents, Henry and Rita Bratland; aunts and uncles, Shelby Tyler, Caitlin (Zeven) Meyers, Christopher Tyler, Sydnie Tyler, Austin Zimmerman, Arianna Jackson, Cody (Whitney) Bratland, Hannah Bratland; cousins, Deandré, Braylen, Taryn, Tara, Amiah, Kaylin and Silas or as Colton called him “Baby Bean”; and numerous great aunts and uncles. 

 

He was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandparents, John and Patricia Bentz; sibling, Baby Bratland; baby cousin, also Baby Bratland; great uncles, Dana Bentz and Kelly Jackson. 

Memorials to the family are appreciated.

 

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Audrey J. Heintz

 

Audrey Klocke Heintz, age 84, died June 27, 2021 at home. Per her wishes, no services will be held. The remains will be interred at Pine Hill Cemetery near Curtiss, WI. 

 

Audrey was born October 30, 1936, the daughter of Herman and Irene (Neibacher) Klocke. She attended Brady School north of Curtiss prior to graduating from Owen High School in 1953. She worked in Los Angeles and Milwaukee until 1963, when she moved to rural Owen. Her experience working at Dr. Morgan Elliss's office gave her a start in medical transcription when she moved to Milton, Wisconsin in 1980. She continued working as a medical transcriptionist until May 2011. 

She earned certification through the American Association for Medical Transcription in 1986 and maintained certification until her first brief retirement in 2001. While a member of AAMT she wrote a book review column for their journal, was a member of the editorial review board for JAAMT, served on the committee for the certification program, and contributed to the AAMT Book of Style.

 

An award-winning photographer and author, Audrey edited the in-house newsletter when she was employed at Janesville Riverview Clinic and the newsletter for the Capital Area Chapter of AAMT. In addition to short stories and articles she wrote and published two novellas of historical fiction. 

 

Audrey is survived by her husband, Norman Dale Heintz. They were married May 4, 1985, at Hope Lutheran Church in Milton, where they lived until moving to Yuma Arizona in 1992. In 2011 they returned to Wisconsin, making their summer apartment in Medford their permanent home. She is also survived by her children, Mark Remus, Elizabeth Remus Anderson, James (Nancy) Lulloff, Jr., Michael (Joette) Lulloff, Matthew (Kristin) Lulloff, her stepdaughters Susan Lyter, Amy Schwarz Quinn, and Jennifer Quade, and their families. She is further survived by her brother Gary Klocke. 

 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson Solomon Remus on March 11, 2008, her brother Bruce Klocke on July 18, 2005, and her sister-in-law Carol Klocke on March 26, 2005.

Michael D. Hardrath

 

Michael D. Hardrath, age 65, of Abbotsford, passed away on Sunday, June 27, 2021 at the Abbotsford Health Care Center under the tender care of hospice.

A Graveside Service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at Christ Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Holton..

Michael was born on November 27, 1955 in Marshfield, the son of Carl and Luella (Leu) Hardrath, Sr. He graduated from Colby High School in 1974. Michael worked at Scidmore Fur Farms in Stratford and for Christensen Farms in Abbotsford. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, watching movies, collecting coins and bird watching. Michael also was an NRA and honorary VFW member.

Michael is survived by his mother, Luella “Audrey” Hardrath of Colby, four siblings: Leonora (Harvey) Brzezinski of Abbotsford, Carl (Linda) Jr. of Dorchester, Annette (Darrell) Voss of Unity and Albert (Diane) of Colby; seven nieces and nephews: Ashley, Miranda, Jennifer, John, Kelly, Erin and Crystal; several great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father and a nephew, Jason and a great-niece, Cierra.

Memorials in memory of Michael may be sent to P.O. Box 26, Abbotsford, WI 54405.

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

Donna Mae Lillian Klessig

 

Donna Mae Lillian Klessig, 88, of Ogema, died Friday, June 18, 2021 at Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home in Phillips. 

 

She was born September 26, 1932 in Medford to Lillian C. (Mellberg) and Irving “Pete” Peterson. 

On September 27, 1952, she married Harold “Otto” Klessig at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Institute, WI.  While residing in Door County, Donna waitressed at the Leathem Smith Lodge in Sturgeon Bay. She and her family moved to Ogema in 1974, where she and Otto owned and operated Klessig’s Kountry Kitchen for many years.  

 

In her younger years, Donna loved to ballroom dance and snowmobile.  She also enjoyed cooking, baking and sewing.  She will be remembered for her quick wit,  charm, and Lucille Ball-like goofiness…Donna was a character and easily put a smile on everyone’s face. 

 

She was a longtime member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Prentice. 

 

She is survived by her children, Linda (Brad Nelson) Weber of Ogema, Robert (Cindy) Klessig of Merrill, Sharon (Gerald) Hause of Ogema, James (Cheryl) Klessig of Maple Falls, WA; sisters, Geraldine Sargent of Sturgeon Bay, Karen (Gene) Utecht of Eau Claire, Faye Peterson of Eau Claire; sister-in-law, Jeanne Lattimer of Sturgeon Bay; seven grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Otto on August 26, 2017; Brothers-in-law, Jerry Sargent, Merton Klessig and Robert Klessig. 

 

Private services for Donna will be held in the fall, and she will be laid to rest next to Otto at Hillside Cemetery in Ogema.
 

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Lorraine "Sis" F. Clarke

 

Lorraine “Sis” F. Clarke, age 86, of Medford, WI, passed away on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Care Partners Assisted Living under the care of Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.  Lorraine was born in Medford, WI, on November 23, 1934, to the late Alfred and Maude (Dodge) Emmerich.  She was married to Harvey Clarke on May 28, 1955; he passed away in 1997. 

Sis lived in Perkinstown, WI, for several years after marriage and later moved to Waterford, WI.  She returned to Perkinstown in 1989 where her and Harvey purchased their retirement home in Lake Kathryn, owning and operating a craft store in Burlington, WI.  Sis was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Blue Mondays Bowling League.  She was an avid Milwaukee Brewers fan, attending many games with Harvey, and never missed watching a Green Bay Packers game.  Sis loved everything Elvis Presley and was his #1 fan. 

Survivors include her brothers, Earl (Joanne) Emmerich, of Tripoli, WI, Glenn (Eileen) Emmerich, of Medford, and Roger (Susan) Emmerich, also of Medford; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Emmerich, of Gilman, WI, and Rita Emmerich, of Medford.  She is further survived by two very special great-nieces, Amber Bartelt, of Medford, and Brianna Emmerich, of Wausau, WI.   

Sis was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Maude; her husband, Harvey; two brothers, Vernon Emmerich and Kenneth Emmerich; her sister-in-law, Leah Emmerich; and her great-nephew, Coltyn Emmerich. 

Memorial services for Lorraine “Sis”  Clarke will be held on Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Perkinstown Community Church, at 11:00 AM.  The family will receive friends for visitation from 10:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM.  Generations Funeral Home & Crematory of Tomahawk is assisting the family.

Sandra J. Dunkel

 

Sandra J. Dunkel, age 78, of Rib Lake, WI, passed away on Thursday, July 1, 2021, at Rib Lake Health Services, under the care of her family and Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc.  Sandy was born in Medford, WI, on September 13, 1942, to the late Joseph and Esther (Jarkow) Judnic.  She was married to the love of her life, Vernon Dunkel, on October 22, 1960; he survives. 

Sandy attended the Rib Lake High School and afterwards moved to Chicago, IL, for a short time.  She returned to Wisconsin where she worked at Power Products in Port Washington.  In 1971, Vern and Sandy moved to Rib Lake where she was employed at Marathon Cheese until her retirement in 2000.  Sandy was an avid bowler, softball player, and loved playing Friday night dartball.  She loved the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs, and the Spirit Twins Baseball Teams.  Sandy was her children and grandchildren’s #1 fan and cheered loud and proud for all of them.  She enjoyed gardening and cherished the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.  Sandy was a faithful member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.  She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and by all those whose lives she touched. 

Survivors include her husband, Vern Dunkel, of Rib Lake; two sons, Randy Dunkel, of Rib Lake, and Ryan (Dawn) Dunkel, also of Rib Lake; two daughters, Robin (Jeff) Dunkel, of Medford, and Renee (Scott) Zondlo, of Rib Lake; three brothers, Jerry (Ann) Judnic, of Rib Lake, Larry (Pat) Judnic, of Rib Lake, and Russell (Judy) Judnic, of Stanley, WI; two sisters, Doris Zitzer, of Rib Lake, and Lynn Judnic, of Kewauskum, WI. 

Sandy is further survived by her grandchildren, Mandi (Matt) Natzke, Randy, Jr., (Summer) Dunkel, Joe (Heather) Zocher, Tyler (Rachel) Zocher, Logan (Heather) Dums, Rachel Dunkel, Ryan, Jr., Dunkel, Dylan (Amalia) Willemssen, Dakota Willemssen, Breanne (Kelly) Polacek, and Brooke (Pete) Klingbeil; and her great-grandchildren, Rylee, Maddix, Cory, Cadence, Domanic, Blaine, Collyn, Rose, Violet, Lenora, Kearan, Waylon, and Ellis. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Esther; her grandson, Brent Zondlo; her brothers, Joe Judnic and Ronnie (Darlene) Judnic; and her sisters, Shirley Judnic and Cindy Borman.   

Funeral services for Sandra Dunkel will be held on Monday, July 5, 2021, at 11:00 AM, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Rib Lake.  Pastor Kenneth Bittorf will officiate.  The family will receive friends for visitation from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM.  Generations Funeral Home & Crematory of Tomahawk is assisting the family.

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