WKEB Obituaries Blog

Arvella L. Mildbrand


Arvella L. Mildbrand, 92, of Medford, passed away March 21, 2020 at Country Gardens in Medford, under the care of Hope Hospice.

Arvella was born on March 19, 1928 to Walter and Emma (Rickert) Kraschnewski in Medford. She attended Medford area schools. She married Melvin W. Mildbrand on September 17, 1949; he preceded her in death on August 2, 2015. After their marriage she helped Melvin on the mink ranch which they ran for 40 years. During that time she was also a housewife and mother. She was well known for her artwork. She established Arvella’s Summer Shop and Art Gallery in 1972 through 2016, where she sold her oil painting, wood working, and antiques. She started an Arts and Crafts fair in Medford in 1973. She entered numerous art fairs around the state where she won awards for her artistry.

After her retirement and until her death, she made and donated rag dolls and stuffed animals for the children at the Marshfield Hospital. She also enjoyed planting flowers, mowing lawn, and traveling.

Arvella is survived by her children, Michael (Cindy) Mildbrand of Soldotna, AK, Scott (Gail) Mildbrand and Amy (Dennis) Blasel, both of Medford; grandchildren, Thomas (Rachel) Mildbrand, Benjamin Blasel, both of Medford, Johnathan (Jessalyn) Mildbrand of Chicago, IL, and Nicholas Blasel of Centuria, WI; great-grandchildren, Carly and Graham Mildbrand of Medford and Kynslee Mildbrand of Chicago, IL. Arvella is further survived by her sister, Marilyn Cain and brother, Dwight (David) Kraschnewski.

Arvella is preceded in death by her husband and parents.

A memorial service will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Arvella’s name may be made to LLAM building project at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Jeanette E. Robida

Jeannette Elizabeth Robida

Dorchester – Jeannette E. Robida, 97, of Dorchester, passed away, March 16, 2020.


Jeannette was born August 5, 1922 to Esther and Henry Gebert in the town of Deer Creek in Taylor County. She graduated Dorchester High School in 1939.


Jeannette married John Robida on September 1, 1941 at St. Louis Church, Dorchester. Together they welcomed five children into the world: Karen, Ronald, Gwendolyn, Reginald (deceased soon after birth) and Trude. Her family and her faith were both equally important to Jeannette, as well as her quick wit and her unbelievable ability to recount memories of days gone by. She cherished her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her great-great- grandchildren. She was always there with a lending hand, listening ear or a sweet treat. Listening to country music, traveling, playing cards and snow birding in both Texas and Florida were among her favorite hobbies.


She and her husband lovingly welcomed five foreign exchange students into their home over the years.


Her career saw her farming, cooking at St. Louis Catholic School, selling Stanley Home Products, pelting mink and even stocking shelves in a grocery store when she was 70+ years old.


Jeannette is survived by her children: Karen (Terry Lamoreux) Apfelbeck, Colby, Ronald (Carol Duvall) Robida, Dorchester, Gwendolyn Harris, Scandinavia, Trude (Tomi) Garguilo, Orlando, FL and 16 grandchildren, Jackie (Wayne)Thorson, Jill (Randy) Younker, Jay (Brenda) Apfelbeck, Jody Apfelbeck, Lainie (Jeff) Kellnhofer, Craig (Teri) Robida, Cuyler (Jenny) Robida, Chad (Kim) Robida, Cara( Chris) Boyd, Heather Harris, Heidi (Kurt) Fischer, Erin Harris, Dani Harris (Luke Phillips), Jon (Kealy) Harris, Matthew Flores and Ian Flores, 24 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren. Jeannette is further survived by her sister, Greta Ross, Neillsville, sister-in-law Agnes Robida, Stetsonville and brother-in-law Peter Wanke, Medford.


She was proceeded in death by her parents, in-laws Anton and Mary Robida, her son Reginald, her husband John, sons-in-law Andrew Apfelbeck and Rusty Harris, daughter-in-law Judy Robida, and great granddaughter Maeve Robida, as well as her sisters, Lucille Sebold and LuAnne Wanke and brothers, Ray and Clarence Gebert, and many additional brothers- and sisters-in law. 


A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at a later date.


Mrs. Robida’s arrangements are under the care of Life Tributes Funeral Home-Spencer. Please visit www.lifetributesfuneralhome.com to share thoughts and condolences.

Andrea L. Trott


Andrea L Trott, 47 of Sheldon, died unexpectedly of a brain
aneurism on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at UW Hospital-Madison.


She was born on January 23, 1973 to James and Karen
(Hodowanic) Miller at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. She grew
up on the family farm in Jump River and graduated as Valedictorian
from Gilman High in 1991. Andrea went on to study at UW
Platteville and UW River Falls in Animal Studies.

She then moved home and married Brent Trott on June 10, 2000.
Andrea worked for Weathershield in Ladysmith for many years and
then recently at Jeld Wen in Hawkins. Andrea loved watching
sports, bartending and socializing with family and friends.

Andrea is survived by, her husband Brent, two children Brock and
Jaden Trott all of Sheldon, her mother, Karen Miller of Thorp, her
sisters, Tricia (Gary) Thompson of Henderson, Nevada and
Kimberly (Willie) Anderson of Gilman, her Maternal Grandmother,
Jeanine Hodowanic of Gilman and many aunts, uncles, cousins and
friends. She is preceded in death by her father, James, her
Paternal Grandparents, James and Rita Miller and Maternal
Grandfather, Steve Hodowanic.

A funeral service will be held at Noon on Saturday, March 21, 2020
at the Jump River Community Center. Visitation will be from 4-8PM
on Friday at the Gilman Funeral Home and one hour prior to
services at the Community Center on Saturday. Inurnment will take
place at a later date in Mount Nebo Cemetery-Jump River.

Although Andrea died suddenly and tragically her last
selfless act was to be an organ donor. Because of her kind
donation many recipients will live on.

Angela B. Hutchinson


Angela B. Hutchinson, 93, of Medford died on Wednesday, March 11 at her residence in the City of Medford most recently under the care of Hope Hospice.

Angela was born on May 21, 1926 at Marinette, WI, the daughter of Clarence and Bertha (Ahrens) Hjelte. She attended elementary school in Oshkosh and was a graduate of Farragut High School in Chicago, IL. Her marriage to Donald G. Hutchinson took place on June 26, 1948 at Chicago, IL and he preceded her in death on November 23, 1999.

Prior to her marriage, she worked as a librarian in Chicago. After their marriage, she worked as a housewife & mother. In 1949 they moved to the Township of Browning and in 1955 moved to the City of Medford. She enjoyed traveling, reading, oil painting, quilting, knitting, music and was very devoted to her religion. She was a member of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford and its Ladies of Immanuel. At one time she served as president of the Medford Homemakers Club.

Survivors include her children, David Hutchinson of Hemet, CA, Camille (Stephen) Bovee of Edgerton, Jonathan (Audrey) Hutchinson of Forest Lake, MN and Rebecca Jacobsen of Medford. She is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, a son-in-law, Paul Jacobsen in 2009 and a sister, Carol Kohoutek.

Memorial services for Angela will take place at 11 AM on Friday, April 3 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford with Rev. Danial Iwinski officiating. Burial of her cremated remains will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given either to Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford or Hope Hospice of Medford. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

The Reverend Donald B. King


The Reverend Donald Bruce King, 82, of Medford died peacefully at his home on Lake Martin on Tuesday, March 10.

Rev. King was born on May 19, 1937 in Detroit, MI to Margaret (Wallenmaier) and Frederick King. Don earned a B.A. degree in anthropology and agriculture from Michigan State University, where he also ran hurdles for track & field. Attending seminaries representing the Reformed, Methodist, and American Baptist traditions, Rev. King received his M.Div. from Central Baptist Theological Seminary in 1964. He was ordained the same year and began his ministry at First Baptist Church of Kansas City. Upon receiving standing in the United Church of Christ in 1974 and the Presbyterian Church-USA in 2003, his 56 years of ordained ministry would include serving grateful congregations in Milwaukee, Kiel, Humbird, Fall Creek, Fountain City, Marshfield, the Ho-Chunk Nation, Phillips, and Merrill.

Don’s faith permeated every aspect of his life. A Barthian scholar and preacher, he saw God in all things, and perhaps most importantly in those whom Jesus called “the least of these,”—the vulnerable, the suffering, the oppressed. Many will remember his tireless work for social justice and civil rights, his respect and nurturing for the earth, and his recognition of our common humanity. To Don, sharing good music and good food was a divinely ordained act of worship.

It might be said that Don was as at home in the saddle or the seat of a tractor as he was in the pulpit. His love of horses and farming began as a boy on his Grandpa Wallenmaier’s farm and came to fruition as a founding member of the Wisconsin Foundation Quarter Horse Association. Through the appreciation of and generous care for his horses, he was able to share his ever-expanding embrace of life’s simple pleasures and lessons only animals can teach us.

Don is affectionately remembered by his beloved wife of 43 years, Sue, his children and their partners (Bruce, Marcus, Tim, Sarah, David, Alison, Peter), grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brother, and countless friends and neighbors.

“Make a story; Show how love and joy, beauty and goodness shine…”

A gathering of remembrance and celebration is scheduled for May 2 at the High View Inn, W7766 Perkinstown Ave. in Medford at 11am.

Memorials may be given in his name to a cause or organization close to your heart. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Daryl D. Wendt


Daryl D. Wendt, 85, of the Township of Medford died on Wednesday, March 11 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford where he had resided for the past 45 days most recently under the care of Hope Hospice.

Daryl was born on May 20, 1934 at Oshkosh to Helmuth A. & Beatrice Mae (Pease) Wendt. He attended Oshkosh Merrill Jr. High School, Oshkosh Sr. High School and received a degree from UW-Oshkosh. His marriage to Joan M. Marhefke took place on April 14, 1956 at St. Joseph’s Church in Oshkosh and she preceded him in death January 4, 1996.

After his education, Daryl entered the US Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. In 1964 they moved to the Medford area where he worked as an insurance agent for Klinner Insurance until his retirement in 1996. He was a Boy Scout Master of Troup #333, Medford and chairman of the Muskie Trails District Samoset Council. He enjoyed boating, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling (charter president of the Stump Jumpers Snowmobile Club), enjoyed stamp collecting & enjoyed nationwide RV camping. He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, Medford VFW Club, Stetsonville American Legion Club & was the Grand Almighty Chieftain of the BA-HA-WE International. He was a past member of the Medford Lions Club, Medford Kiwanis Club and a local CB Club.

Survivors include his significant other, Angeline Gregory of Loyal, son, Gregory (Marian) Wendt of Medford, grandsons, Channing & Allan (Kayla) Wendt both of Medford, Blake Wendt of Las Vegas, NV great grandchildren, Vincent Wendt and Hailey Lavin both of Medford. Other survivors include a brother-in-law, Stanley Jr. (Mary) Marhefke, sisters-in-law Mary Ann Huebner of Oshkosh and Eleanor Francis of Maryville, TN, nieces & nephews.

A funeral mass for Daryl will take place at 11 AM on Monday, March 16 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford with Father Patrick McConnell officiating. Visitation will also be held at the church from 9:30 AM until the time of services on Monday. Military rites will be performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team. Pallbearers will be family members, Greg, Channing, Allan & Blake Wendt. Interment will be on Tuesday, March 17 at Riverside Cemetery, Oshkosh with a prayer service being held at 11 AM in the cemetery chapel. A graveside committal service will follow the prayer service.

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

Florence J. Lemke


Florence J. Lemke, 95, of Medford, passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at Aspirus Care and Rehab, surrounded by family, under the care of Hope Hospice.


Florence was born on April 20, 1924 to Joseph Sr. and Emma (Mildbrand) Emmerich in the township of Hammel. She married Franklin “Frank” J. Lemke on September 28, 1945; he preceded her in death on January 24, 2001.


Florence was a homemaker on the family hobby farm and raised 8 children. In her later years she worked at Marathon Cheese until her retirement. Florence loved gardening, flowers and birds.


She enjoyed mowing the lawn; she once said “I could do this all day”. She was a wonderful seamstress and sewed many quilts. In later years she enjoyed her Packers and Brewers and loved Animal Planet. Florence was a wonderful cook and was known for the hearty meat and potatoes meals she prepared.


Florence is survived by her children, Sandi (Paul) Lukewich of Medford, Donna (Craig) Dahlvig of Hatley, John (Ann) Lemke of Medford, James Lemke of Medford, Tom Lemke of Minnesota, and Tim (Sally) Lemke of Medford. She is further survived by numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.


In addition to her husband and parents, Florence is preceded in death by her siblings, Melvin, Artie, Alfred, Clarence, Ray, Joe Jr., Edmun, Daisy, Eleanor, Edna and daughters, Patty in March 2004 and Linda Jari in August 2018.


A memorial service for Florence will take place at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, March 17, 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 Tuesday, March 17, 2020 from 9:30 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.


In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Florence’s name may be made to St. Paul’s Ladies Quilting.


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




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