WKEB Obituaries Blog

Kathleen A. Kennedy

 

It is with a very heavy heart that Kreg White and the Kennedy Family announces the passing of Kathleen Ann Kennedy (sister #2) on December 4th, 2022 at her home.  Kathleen's life story can best be shared with laughter, passion and  rohkeutta (Finnish for BOLDNESS). 

 

On July 9, 1961, Kathleen's older sister Tammy got knocked out of first place (only in dad's eyes) when Kathleen was born to the late Wallace and Audrey Kennedy…followed by Bryan, Mike, Mary, Patty and Billy.

 

As a child, Kathleen had a few learning obstacles and needed extra help (In reality, it was a performance of a lifetime).  Ma sought assistance from Elva Niemi, a grade-school teacher in Westboro.  It was also at Rib Lake School where teachers Babe Stellick and Carol Kobielush reinforced that seed. Babe accompanied Kathleen (and Barb Niemi) to compete in the internationally televised High Quiz Bowl.  While they didn't win, it was on that trip that Kathleen (and Barb Niemi)  decided to become a teacher…because Babe Stellick was cool (she tolerated their shenanigans!)  Kathleen graduated from Rib Lake High School in 1979 and in 1984, Kathleen earned her Bachelors Degree in Education with a minor in bull****.

 

Kathleen proudly started her teaching career at Suring, WI where she taught for a few years.  She moved on to a little bigger district when she began teaching in Necedah from 1989 -  1999.  At this time, she finally moved back to where she belonged and began teaching at her Alma Mater, Rib Lake High School.  Her favorite teaching gig was teaching the "hoodlums" that needed extra help in the summer/after school.  Many a student were able to graduate from high school due to her ability to make learning fun and to make students learn and to feel supported in a non-teachy kind of way. She retired from teaching in 2021.

 

Kathleen was all about the theatrics of life.  She was a deep thinker and had insights people sought out.  Even if you didn't ask, she would tell you her opinion anyway.  She was a great storyteller…(like her dad!) often stretching the truth for the theatrics of it. She passed that gift on to hundreds of students over the 25+ years she was the  Forensics Coach in Necedah and Rib Lake.  Her ability to connect with students made them want to excel, usually earning perfect 25 scores for the whole Forensics Team.

 

Kathleen was a fiercely independent woman, not marrying until she met and married her better half, Kreg White on New Years Eve, 2011. She loved going boating with Kreg and playing outside with that damn brown dog.  She also loved mowing lawn.  Just kidding—she hated those things.  What she did love was going for rides with Kreg, road-tripping with her family, bloody mary's and snuggling with Bernice.

 

Kathleen hated going in the barn, picking rocks, milking cows…and would lie through her teeth to get out of work.  She wasn't good at barn work anyway.  Here is what she was good at and loved:

•             Being the "Crazy Auntie" to all of her nieces and nephews.  You could always count on her for a crazy story, Don King hair, or crazy ideas to get into trouble.

•             Cleaning ma and dad's house when she came home from college.

•             Putting Christmas lights everywhere.  Year-round.  

•             Shopping on QVC-she always said she dressed for her "kids" (students).

•             Her "kids"…she loved helping students feel better about themselves.

•             Putting extensions in her hair.  Sara will need 10 clients to make up for Kathleen's loss. 

•             Reading endless magazines and books and inspiring others to do the same.

•             Teaching her family about history on road trips.  What she didn't know, she made up.

•             Calling her nieces and nephews to "come take a sleepover".

•             The only person who could chug a pounder at Oxbow Saloon.

 

Kathleen was a member of the First Lutheran Church in Ogema.  Visitation will be on Monday, December 12 from 4-7 pm at the First Lutheran Church in Ogema.  Visitation will again be held on Tuesday, December 13th from 10-11 am with Service beginning at 11 am followed by her burial at Levitt Creek Cemetery in the Town of Hill and a meal at the Church.

 

Kathleen is survived by the love of her life, Kreg White, Tammy (Charles)  Johnson, Bryan (Pam Kennedy), Mike (Jolene) Kennedy, Mary (Brian) Quante, Patty (Nick Lampone) Noland, and Billy (Rebecca) Kennedy.  Pallbearers are Kathleen's nieces and nephews: Mike Dunlop, Matt Dunlop, Tim Dunlop, Mitch Delasky and Harley Delasky, Emily, Eliina and Hannah Quante, Katey Fowle, Elizabeth Noland and Jacob Noland and Kyla, Kaden and Kara Kennedy. Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, Wallace and Audrey Kennedy, her grandparents Arvid and Elsie Arkola and her brother-in-law Tom Noland. 

 

Kreg, Kathleen's  brothers, sisters and her outlaws-in-law, nephews, nieces, neighbors, family and friends loved and will deeply miss her.  Please remember the funny, bright, generous, over-confident, boisterous woman who is about to shake-up heaven forever far away from home.  Your pain is gone, go rest in peace with grandpa, grandma, mom, dad and Tom and tell them hello from all of us. 

 

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

For those of you interested, a scholarship in Kathleen's name will be established at a later date.

Lee M. Zenner

 

Lee M. Zenner, age 61, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2022 at St. John's Hospital in Maplewood, Minnesota after complications from a recent surgery.

 

Lee was born August 13, 1961 in Medford, WI to Clifford and Elaine Zenner. He grew up on a dairy farm with his three siblings. He graduated High School from River Falls, WI with the class of 1979. Lee met the love of his life; Joyce in River Falls in 1990 and later moved to Hastings, Minnesota in 1991. They were married on September 17, 1994 and raised two beautiful children together, Clayton and Caelee.

 

Lee had a larger than life personality with his sense of humor and huge heart. He had a gift for meeting and connecting with people instantly, and he would do anything for anyone.

 

He worked various warehouse jobs throughout the years at Grist Mill, Conagra, Burmeister, Stuart C Irby, and the last one being Rienchem; while also working part time for Smart Ride on the weekends. Lee and Joyce purchased the Smart Ride company in 2016 and have owned and operated it ever since.

 

His passions were playing pull tabs, watching the Green Bay Packers, Badgers, and any football games to follow his football boards. He enjoyed travelling to different campgrounds with the children when they were young along with family and friends and continued to do so in the last few years with his wife, Joyce at the Cannon Falls Campground. Lee loved spending time and hanging out with his friends and family, and any extra time he had with his three spoiled grand-dogs; Zeus, Tuck, & Ada.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clifford and Elaine; sister, Sandy; brother-in-law, Dave; and his parents-in-law Eldon and Arlene Klecker.

 

Lee is survived by his loving wife, Joyce of 28 years; their children, Clayton and Caelee (Mitch Sandstrom); brother, Kurt (Lori) Zenner; sister, Mary Mertes; brother-in-law, Gordan Bach; Sister-in-laws, Brenda (Christian) Bertram, Betty (Bobby) Neuville, Jean (Jim) Good; brother-in-law, Jerry (Julie) Baggenstoss; many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, along with his Smart Ride family.

 

A visitation will be held on December 9, 2022 at 9:30 A.M. until 12:00 P.M. at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel, 3075 Vermillion St. Hastings, Minnesota. A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 P.M with a reception to follow at Starkson Family Life Celebration Chapel.

Delores B. Kenney

 

Delores B. Kenney left us peacefully on November 29, 2022, at age 89, just two weeks shy of her 90th birthday.

 

Delores was born on December 10, 1932, in Rib Lake, Wisconsin to William and Rose (Roiger) Tilch and attended Rib Lake High School. Following graduation, she moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she later met Eugene Kenney and married him on April 28, 1956. They adored each other to Gene’s last breath.

 

After living in Milwaukee and Colgate, Wisconsin for many years (followed by two years in North Carolina), Delores and Gene settled in West Bend, Wisconsin, where Delores lived for 48 years. She spent much of her career as an employment specialist at West Bend’s Job Service Center where she delighted in helping people match their skills to the right opportunities.

 

In retirement, Delores reveled in adventurous travel, including long road trips with Gene, girls’ trips with her sister Margie, and travel to Japan and the Philippines. She was also kind and giving. She dedicated many hours to volunteer activities that reflected her commitment to helping those in need and preserving natural spaces, including volunteer work at the Salvation Army of Washington County (not the least as a bell-ringer in frigid temperatures); Full Shelf Food Pantry; Interfaith Caregivers, where she provided transportation, house and yard work, and companionship; and the Lac Lawrann Conservancy, where she made many friends, giving her physical labor to preserve the land and raise money through the Conservancy’s annual flower sale; among other volunteer activities.

 

Delores was a talented gardener, reflected in her beautiful yard, bountiful with flowers, and her conservancy work. She was a ruthless Rummy 500 player, sometimes slyly using her diminutive stature to excuse her practice of holding her cards under the table. Delores had both an unforgettable laugh (referred to by some as “the silent scream”) and a wicked sense of humor that was with her to the end. She was also humble and would no doubt cringe at these words we write in her memory.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Gene, brothers Frances, Bernard, Irvin, and Melvin Tilch, sisters Lillian Klemm and MaryAnne Klemm, and son-in-law Larry Brown.

 

She is survived by her five children, Colleen Price (Roger), Laurel Kenney-Schellinger (Tim Schellinger), John Kenney, Karen Kenney-Lassiter (Wade Anderson Lassiter), and Jeannine Kenney (John Zim); four sisters Rosella Neddo, Marcella Hraby, Cecilia Szomi, and Margie Tilch; two brothers John and Harvey Tilch; eleven grandchildren Vicki Evans, Megan Brown, Brandon Price, Sarah Schellinger, Matthew Schellinger, Eli Schellinger, Sam Lassiter, Madeline Johnson, Luke Lassiter, Morgan Kenney, and Caitlyn Kenney; and six great grandchildren Haley and Hannah Evans, Clara McGrane, Eugene Schellinger, and twins Annie and Charlotte Lassiter.

 

Visitation will take place from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. on December 10, 2022, at Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, 215 S. Washington Avenue, Medford, Wisconsin, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m., interment of ashes at Medford Evergreen Cemetery, and luncheon at BS Bar on State Highway 64, three miles east of Medford.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family invites memorial donations in Delores’s name to the Friends of Lac Lawrann Conservancy in Barton, Wisconsin, or the Salvation Army of Washington County

Audrey Mae Kautzer

 

Audrey Mae Kautzer, 82, of Medford, died Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Aspirus Hospital in Medford.

 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday at Hemer-Pickerign Funeral Home in Medford with the Rev. Richard Russow of Zion Lutheran Church, Stetsonville, officiating.  Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery II, Medford.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Wednesday at the funeral home.

 

Audrey was born May 24, 1940 in Athens to John and Minnie Maier.  She was raised in Athens and graduated from Athens High School.

 

On August 17, 1963 she married Dennis Kautzer.  They resided in Medford where Audrey was a homemaker.  She was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Stetsonville.  She enjoyed fishing, crocheting and cheering on the Brewers and Packers.  She was a pistol shooting scorer for her husband, and had a love for cats and dogs.

 

Audrey is survived by her husband of 59 years, Dennis of Medford; a sister, Jean Kawaleski; sisters-in-law, Jeanette Roesler, Helen Kautzer, Sherry (Lanny) Peissig; brother-in-law, Dean Kautzer; and special niece and caregiver, Brenda (Timothy) Sperl of Medford.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father and mother-in-law, Louis and Irene Kautzer; siblings, Dorothy Cornwell, Delores Bradow, Shirley Lepak, Carol Hart, Lawrence Maier, Merlin Maier; and brother-in-law, Wayne (June) Kautzer.

 

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

Katherine Piwoni

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Katherine Piwoni, age 95 years, passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 29, 2022 at Orchard Hills Assisted Living Center in Eau Claire, WI.

 

She was born February 12, 1927 in Lublin, WI to Ambrose and Julia Peleschak; the youngest of 12 children. Katherine graduated from Withee High School in 1945. On July 3, 1941 she met Marvin Piwoni, the love of her life. They dated for 5 years and were married on June 9, 1946; a marriage that lasted nearly 71 years.

 

In the Spring of 1952 Marvin and Katherine purchased a farm near Gilman, WI, where they raised registered Holstein dairy cattle and 5 children. The farm was sold in 1976 and they began driving school busses for the School District of Gilman. For many years Katherine drove the “short bus” shuttle for athletes, disabled students and co-op classes at Gilman, Cornell, and Holcomb, WI.

 

Summer evenings were spent in her large gardens raising vegetables and an amazing array of beautiful flowers. The garden bounty was shared with friends and neighbors or later preserved for delicious meals during the off season. Katherine had a beautiful soprano voice and sang in her church choir, and the Gilman Community Choir. Neighbors would compliment her on the sweet sounds emanating from the fields as she happily sang while cutting or raking hay. She was an accomplished seamstress making clothes for herself and her daughters, celebration dresses for folks in the area and dressing dolls for local competitions. With Marvin, she loved attending auctions and collecting antiques. Though she never mastered preparing venison, we will all miss her cheese pie, holiday turkey stuffing, canned dill pickles, and those incredibly tasty pierogies.

 

For over 60 years Marvin and Katherine made many new friends while attending and dancing to Old Time music at many Polka Fests and dances throughout Wisconsin. We will always remember Mom for her undying love for Dad, her profound love for her family, her great sense of humor (she always had a joke to tell), her generosity, kindness, and her deep faith in God. She lived her life to the fullest—may we all live our lives in her example.

 

Katherine is survived by 1 sister, Ella, of Elgin, IL; five children: Marvin(Kelly) Piwoni of Champaign, IL; James(Kathy Olson) Piwoni of Whitefish Bay, WI; Richard Piwoni of Antigo, WI; Marilyn(Tom) Day of Eau Claire, WI; and Karilyn (Brian) Lippa of Webster, NY; nine grandchildren: Michael(Kari) Piwoni, James(Abby) Day, Richard(Megan) Day, Brian Day (best friend, Danielle), Betsy(Tyson) Ester, Sarah(Samir Lakhani)Piwoni, Alexandra, Seraphina, and Maribella Lippa,; 11 great grandchildren: Keason, Will, Brady, Ellie, Arya, Evelyn, Thomas, Juliet, Austen, Elena, and Ainsley; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

 

She is preceded in death by: husband Marvin, brothers: Matt, Nick, Mike; sisters: Helen, Ann, Irene, Mary and three siblings that died at childbirth.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at Holy Assumption Orthodox Church-Lublin with Father John Schroedel officiating. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 PM on Friday at the Gilman Funeral Home and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church in Lublin. 

Betty E. Bork

 

Betty E. Bork, 99, of Medford, formerly of Decatur, IL, died Friday, November 25, 2022 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

 

She was born September 3, 1923 in Decatur to Edward and Lydia (Frahlman) Donaldson.  She graduated from Decatur High School in 1941. 

 

Betty had met young Paul Bork, who went to serve his country in the military during WWII.  During the war, Betty worked at the local war plant, awaiting Paul’s safe return.

 

After the war, Paul returned to Decatur and the two were married on June 5, 1946.  They resided in Decatur where Betty made their home and raised their three children.  Once the oldest child started college, Betty went back to work as secretary for the Boy Scouts of America.  After retirement, she worked part-time for the Girl Scouts of America.  Paul preceded her in death in 1983.

 

In 1996, Betty’s daughter, Lynette lost her husband suddenly.  Without hesitation, Betty moved to Medford to help her daughter with her young children.  In Decatur, Betty was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  She was devoted to her faith and enjoyed attending church and bible study classes.  While in Medford, she attended Trinity Lutheran Church. Her most cherished moments were time spent with her grandchildren.

 

Betty is survived by her three children, Charlie Bork, Lynette Binns, both of Medford, Paul Bork    of Colorado Springs, CO; a sister, Eloise Neuendorf of Cleveland, TN; four beloved grandchildren, Nathaniel Bork of Ft. Collins, CO, Stephanie (Matt) Jacobs of Woodland Park, CO, Elizabeth Binns (Ollie Wilson Jr.) of Appleton, Ralph Binns Jr. (Jay Feldmeier) of Madison; great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Bork, Orrin and Annaliese Jacobs.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul Bork; son-in-law, Ralph Binns Sr., and brother-in-law, Roy Neuendorf.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Medford with the Rev. Ralph Shorey officiating.  Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday morning at Macon County Memorial Park in Decatur, IL.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Thursday at the church.

 

Memorials are appreciated and may go to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.

 

Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Joyce C. Ruggles

 

Joyce C. Ruggles 87, of the Town of Longwood passed away at the Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire on Thursday, November 24, 2022.

 

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen. The Rev. Elizabeth Bier will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at the Riverside Cemetery in Withee. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen is entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Joyce was born on December 31, 1934, the daughter of Webster and Martha (Nevala) Hodnett in the Town of Longwood. She attended Withee schools. Joyce was united in marriage to James W. Ruggles on August 4, 1951. He preceded her in death on July 14, 1995.

Joyce was a farm wife and a home maker most of her life. She enjoyed going out to eat at Paula’s and the Mobil Mart and spending time with her friends and family.

 

Joyce is survived by her children: Patricia (Curt Reetz) Ruggles of Fall Creek and David "Bucky" (Deborah) Ruggles of Chili; three grandchildren: Jeremy (Michele) Ruggles of Loyal, Larissa (Ryan) Dillenbeck of Greenwood and Kelsey Ruggles of Marshfield; six great-grandchldren: Skylar, Jayden and Treyton Ruggles and Teagen, Colter and Camden Dillenbeck; a brother: Floyd Hodnett of Plymouth, MN and a brother-in-law: Jerry (Ethel) Ruggles, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Hodnett.

 

Online condolences may be made at www.maurinaschillingfuneralhome.com.

 

Weston C. Rogers

 

Weston Charles Rogers, 16, of Medford, town of Browning, died Saturday, November 19, 2022.

 

He was born May 30, 2006 in Spooner to Daniel and Diana (Rudolph) Rogers.  They lived in Stone Lake until Weston was in first grade, then the family moved to his mother’s hometown of Medford, where Weston was currently a junior at Medford High School.

 

When he was younger, Weston was active in 4H, and also ran cross country.  Once he was in high  school, he worked as an attendant at the pool, worked in the greenhouse at Fourmens, and was currently working at Walmart.  He shared an interest in computers with his large group of friends, and was planning on building a gaming computer from scratch. He also loved cats… especially his buddy, Smokey the cat.  Smokey got to know the sound of Weston’s car and would wait anxiously for him to come in the door.  He will be remembered by his family as always helping others, whether it was answering a call from Grandma Mary to fix her computer, cutting firewood, helping with the farmer’s market, or cooking, Weston was willing to help. He had a quiet nature and was always listening, so when he would throw out his witty and often humorous one-liners, they were always on point.

 

Weston was a true blessing and his family is thankful for his 16 years of life. He will be forever in the hearts of his mother, Diana Rogers of Medford; father, Dan Rogers of Eau Claire; brother, Wheeler Rogers; maternal grandma, Mary Rudolph, both of Medford; aunts and uncles, George (Pam) Rudoph of Stetsonville, Paul (Tammie) Rudolph of Norfolk, VA, Dawn Rudolph of Medford, Charlotte (Tony) Hughes of Macon, GA, Angie (Vern) Metcalf of Menomonie, Andy (Amy) Rudolph of Medford, Kathy (Dave) Moe of Hayward, Robin (Leo) O’Connor of Stanberry; cousins, Kyle, Brittney, Dusty, Krissalan, Shiloh, Shauna, Ben, Brandon, Sarah, Jesse, Dani, Kaelee, Zach, Danielle, Karielle, and Madeline.

 

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Ben Rudolph; paternal grandparents, Bob and Mary Rogers; and an aunt, Susy Rogers.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Fr. Patrick McConnell officiating.  Interment will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford.

 

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Saturday at the church.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial are preferred to the family for designation at a later date.

 

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

Loretta D. Dray

 

Loretta D. Dray, 94, of Medford, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2022 after a healthy and full life.  May she rest in peace and happiness.

 

She was born January 18, 1928 in Chicago, IL to Arthur and Elizabeth (Csernia) Schmidt.  She attended school in Chicago and in 1949, married Leslie “Les” Dray. 

 

During WWII, Loretta worked at a defense plant in Chicago making radios.  After her marriage to Les, she worked at Medford Memorial Hospital in their dietary department for 23 years until her retirement.

 

She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.  She enjoyed reading, word searches, shopping, traveling, camping, being with her grandchildren, and socializing with family and friends.

 

Survivors include her children, Russell (Carol) Dray of Medford, Patricia “Patti” Dray of medicine Hat, Canada, Roger (Cindy) Dray of Medford; a son-in-law, Kurt Staab of Medford; a sister, Delores Gowey of Medford; grandchildren, Craig (Kori) Staab, Stephanie Dray, Nicholas (Nicole) Dray, Rachel Dray, Matthew (Kim) Dray, Brandon Brandner; and six great- grandchildren.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Les in 2011; a sister, Josephine Comens; brothers, Robert and Joseph Frederick; and her daughter, Denise Staab.

 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, November 25, 2022 at Hemer-Pickerign Funeral Home in Medford with the Rev. Daniel Iwinski officiating.  Interment will be held at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery II, Medford.

 

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral home.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to Hope Hospice, Aspirus Foundation, or to the Medford Area Senior Center.


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

Patricia "Pat" M. Miller

 

Patricia “Pat” M. Miller, age 79, of Dorchester, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield under the loving care of her family and Compassus Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Milan. Father George Graham will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. A live stream will be available for those unable to attend on the Maurina Schilling Funeral Home Facebook page or after the service anytime on Facebook or the website.

 

Pat was born on September 7, 1943 in Marshfield, the daughter of Mary (Felzkowski) and George Pecher. She attended St. Anthony in Athens before transferring to Dorchester High School where she met the love of her life, James J. Miller. After graduating in 1961, Pat married her sweetheart on January 6, 1962 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester which she created a lifetime of memories with him until his passing in 2021. Together they had five children: Renee (Tim) Hein of Athens, Chris (Steve) Zettler of Athens, Kurt Miller of Dorchester, Rhonda (Mike) Rudolph of Medford and Jeff Miller of Colby.

 

Pat worked over 30 years at Marathon Cheese Corp. However, her pride and joy was her family. She always remembered and shared in the celebration of birthdays, holidays and all important events many times bringing one of her tasty dishes to share. Many hours were spent on gardening but probably more designing and maintaining her beloved flower gardens. On weekends during the summer, though, you would find her in her camper up north enjoying the company of family and friends as they sat around the campfire sipping wine, sharing stories and creating lasting memories. In her later years, Pat cherished the companionship of her dogs, Toby and Sadie. She was a kind and loving person with strong determination that will be dearly missed.

 

She is further survived by eight grandchildren: Matthew (Jessica) Hein, Melanie Hein (Brandon) Danny Hein (Pachee), Kelsey Zettler (Dan), Hailey Zettler, Hannah Zettler (Bryton), Megan (Noah) Waldhart and Mallory Rudolph; nine great-grandchildren: Jacob, Emilie, Braxton, Kaden, Cooper, Corbyn, Landen, Greyson and Paisley; two brothers: Clem (Grace) Pecher and Duane (Pat) Pecher; a sister-in-law, Janet Pecher; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, Urban Pecher and her sister, Rosemary (Harvey) Soczka.

 

Charlotte E. "Chuck" Weiler

 

Charlotte E. “Chuck” Weiler, 95, of Antigo, formerly of Medford, died Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at Care Partner Assisted Living in Antigo while under the care of Aspirus Hospice.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, November 21 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Goodrich with Rev. Kenneth Bittorf officiating.  Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery II, Medford.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Monday at the church.

 

Chuck was born November 26, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to Emil and Elizabeth (Lekie) Jari. She grew up in Medford and graduated from Medford High School in 1944.

 

On February 19, 1945, she married Michael G. Weiler at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Athens.  They resided in Milwaukee and Medford where Chuck made their home and raised their four sons.

 

Chuck loved spending time with her family and cherished her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She enjoyed listening to music and attending Country fest and the Hodag music festivals; and cheering on the Brewers and Packers.  In her younger years, she enjoyed camping, hunting, traveling with family, and riding along with her family on their pheasant hunts.

 

She is survived by her four sons, Michael (Elaine) of Pinellas Park, FL, James (Carol) of Antigo, Larry of Neva, Roger (Shirley) of  Unity; sisters, Eva Dassow of Medford, Annette “Tootie” Klinger of Medford; grandchildren, Jenny (Erich) Knapp-Parce of Seattle, Matthew (Krista) Weiler of Wausau, David (Casey) Weiler of Lake Hallie, Jessica (Tad) Hackbarth of  Phlox; great-grandchildren, Solomon, Aubree, Stephanie, Tabitha, Evan, Emma, Brooklyn, Avery, Jesse, and Tony (Grace); and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Linda Weiler; brothers-in-law, Gerry Dassow and Roy Klinger; on the Weiler side of the family, numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

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

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