WKEB Obituaries Blog

Jeannette E. Robida


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 11 AM on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford with Rev. Timothy Oudenhoven officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday at the church from 9 AM until time of service. Committal services will be held in Dorchester Memorial Cemetery.


We are mindful of the on-going challenges coronavirus is presenting and are advising family and friends that FACE MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED for the visitation and funeral. Social distancing procedures will also be in place. We do not want to risk the health and safety of family and friends. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and get well.


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

David "Dave" W. Shadrick


David “Dave” W. Shadrick, 68, a Township of Medford resident, was involved in a tragic ATV accident resulting in his death on July 31. There will be a public visitation for Dave from 4-7 PM on Tuesday, August 4 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford. Due to COVID guidelines, and family health concerns, masks will be required inside the funeral home. There will be a private, family only service at a later date.


Dave was born on September 20, 1951 in Medford to the late Roy and Ruth (Jarchow) Shadrick. He attended Goodrich elementary schools, Medford High School and was a 1969 graduate of Rib Lake High School. His marriage took place on September 18, 1971 at St. Andrew Ev. Lutheran Church, Goodrich to Shiela R. Wegerer and she survives. After his education, he worked in the woods as a logger until retirement. He was a devoted husband and father who loved watching the G.B. Packers, hunting, fishing, golfing and the outdoors. He was a fix-it kind of guy who could fix anything. His latest pride and passion was building and working on his cabin in Lincoln County with his family and friends. Dave was also a 3 year cancer survivor. He was a lifetime member of the NRA.


Dave is survived by his wife, Shiela of Medford, daughters, Michelle (Marty Challenger) Shadrick of Verona and Heather Shadrick of Madison. Also surviving are his siblings, Robert (Donna) Shadrick of Phillips, Betty (Ray) Hedin of Pearl River, LA, Sharon Matson of Janesville, Barb (Randy) Manecke of Kronenwetter, Joan (Rich) Dahl of Medford, sisters-in-law, Irene (Chris) Christian of Janesville and Joan Shadrick of Granton. He is also survived by many nieces/nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Jack & Dennis Shadrick, and his in-laws, Earl & Darlene Wegerer.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Nancy K. Robertson


Nancy K. Robertson, 75, of Medford, passed away on Saturday, July 25, 2020 at Aspirus Care and Rehab, under the Care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice.

Nancy was born to Frederick and Altha (Ringer) Dorow on September 20, 1944 in Prosser, WA. She was a homemaker most of her life. She loved animals, especially dogs, which brought her great joy, and gardening.

Nancy is survived by her daughter, Diane (Tim) Restle of Medford; grandchildren, Tim (Maria) Restle Jr. and Lindsay (Ty) Julander-Restle, both of Cody, WY, Joseph (April) Volk of Portland, OR, and Maxwell Volk of Coon Valley, WI; great-grandchildren Cullen and Ahnika Volk. She is further survived by her siblings, Faye Chance and Mickey Dorow, both of Spokane, WA, Larry (Jackie) Dorow of Addy, WA, and Sue Lindelof of Florence, OR.

Nancy is preceded in death by her parent, husband, Larry Robertson, and son, James Robertson.

A memorial service for Nancy will take place at Retreat United Methodist Church in De Soto, WI E3246 County Road N on Friday July 31, 2020 at 1:00 PM, with Pastor Pam Harkema officiating. Burial will follow at Walnut Mound Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Friday, July 31, 2020 at Retreat United Methodist Church from 1:00 PM until the time of service at 2:00 PM.

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

Lloyd C. Clarkson


Lloyd C. Clarkson, 88, of Dorchester, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at the Colonial Center in Colby, where he resided for the past six weeks.


A graveside service for Lloyd will take place at 2:00 PM on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at Dorchester Memorial Park, N15888 Hi Line Ave/4th Street, with Pastor David Clements officiating. 


Lloyd was born on November 7, 1931 to Edgar and Verna (Anderson) Clarkson in Cadott. He married Lois Mengel on April 17, 1954 in Owen. They were married for 65 years before Lois’ passing in May 2019. 


He served in the US Army in the 101st Airborne during the Korean War from the summer of 1952 – 1954. He served as a tank driver and as an aviation mechanic. He was honorably discharged as an E6 Staff Sargent. He continued to serve in the Wisconsin Army National Guard for many years. Lloyd was able to go on the Never Forgotten Honor flight with his daughter in May 2015, a trip he truly enjoyed. 


He worked at Hurds in Medford as an electrician for many years before retiring and working for Hutt Electric driving a parts truck. He finally retired alongside Lois in 1998.


In his spare time, he enjoyed woodworking, spending time with family, and dancing with Lois.  He enjoyed candy and home baked sweets.  He also liked to receive and give out kisses and hugs.


Lloyd is survived by his children, Roxanne (Bob) Ayer of Columbus, WI, Kevin (Patty) Clarkson of Medford, Steven (Lori) Clarkson of Stetsonville; grandchildren, Ashley (Nick) Schultz, Danielle (Mike) Deprey, Crystal (Eric) Arendt, Shantell Clarkson, Chad Clarkson, Tina (Rob) Weis, Tanya Leonard, Stephanie (Ken) Mueller; 10 great grandchildren: Drake, Tristan, Owen, Olivia, Zayden, Zaybel, Carissa, Jaden, Kaylee and Kinsley; siblings, Doris Nephew of Michigan, Harvey Clarkson of Georgia, Allen Clarkson of Illinois, and Diane Abbott of California. Lloyd is further survived by brothers and sisters-in-law and other family and friends.


Lloyd is preceded in death by the love of his life, Lois; parents; infant son, Bruce; son, Michael; siblings, Janet Geldings, Marcie Matthias, Benny Clarkson, Gerald Clarkson, and Richard Clarkson.

In lieu of flower, due to graveside services, memorial donations in Lloyd’s name may be given to the family for use at a later designation.

Paul Matyka


Paul Matyka, 87, a Town of Greenwood resident, died on Wednesday, July 29 at his residence under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice.


Funeral services for Paul will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 1 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake with Father Hrudaya Raju Sunkara officiating.  Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Town of Greenwood.  Visitation will be at the church from 4 -7 PM on Friday, July 31 where there will be a 7 PM Catholic rosary service held that evening.  Also, from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday.  Pallbearers will be Gary Erl, Todd Monty, David Wille, Andy Dums, Gerald & Robert Matyka.


Paul was born on December 16, 1932 in the Town of Greenwood to the late Joseph and Agnes Matyka.  He attended Highland Graded School, Town of Greenwood and was a 1950 graduate of Rib Lake High School.  His marriage took place on March 23, 1996 at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church, Rib Lake to Deloris Bube Moriarity and she preceded him in death March 18, 2015.


As a lifelong resident of the Town of Greenwood, Paul worked the family dairy farm co-owning along with his brother, Peter until his retirement in 2003.  He enjoyed hunting, gardening, attending auctions,  yard work, planting trees, especially spruce, white & red pine trees.  He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake.


Paul is survived by a brother, Charles Matyka, Town of Greenwood and sisters-in-law, Gladys Matyka of Rib Lake & Bernice Matyka of the Town of Greenwood along with several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, siblings, Agnes Maager, Elizabeth Gauger, Sr. Catherine Matyka, Annie Erl, Lucy Liske, baby Mary in infancy, Joseph, Jim, John, Frank and Peter Matyka.


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


Frank Sweda

FRANK SWEDA, age 92, of Lublin, WI, passed away on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. Private funeral services will be held at Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, in Lublin, with Fr. Hermann Klarr officiating. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery with Frank's nephews serving as pallbearers. Visitation for the public will only be held at Thorp Funeral Home on Sunday, August 2, 2020 from 5pm to 8pm, with a 7:30pm Panikhida service.


Frank Sweda was born on January 8, 1928 in Lublin, WI, to Matt and Anna (Paraschak) Sweda. He was raised on the family farm, and received his education at Forest Lake School. After completing his education, Frank took over the family farm in the Town of Roosevelt. He farmed and drove school bus for the Gilman School District for over 50 years.


He was a lifelong member of Holy Assumption Orthodox Church and served in various capacities throughout the years.


Frank had many interests, but especially enjoyed deer hunting, playing baseball and softball in his younger years, and was a devout Chicago Cubs fan.


He is survived by three sisters: Kathryn Blumel of Des Plaines, IL, Nettie (Jim) Kowalczyk of Boyd, WI, Pauline (Ray) Lewan of Lublin; two brothers: Harry of Lublin and Don of Rolling Meadows, IL; two sisters-in-law: Judy Sweda of Colby and Georgia "Tootsie" Sweda of Thorp; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


Frank was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters: Mary Terlecki, Ella Kaye, Helen Janetzke, Julie Roback; and five brothers: John, Steve, Joe, Bill and Andrew Sweda; and his best friend and lifetime companion, Marcella Budrus.

Suzanne (Bruegl) Koester


Suzanne (Bruegl) Koester, 83, of Green Bay, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at her home in the village of Suamico, under the loving watch of her family and Unity Hospice. Services for Suzanne will take place at a later date and time to be determined in Medford and a Celebration of her Life in Medford and Suamico WI.

Suzanne was born on May 25, 1937 in Medford to the late Herbert and Thelma (Colbath) Bruegl. She was one of 11 children in the family, which included Herbert (Bud), John, David, Jessilee, Roberta, Rachel, Patricia, Jeanne, Janette and Lee.

Suzanne married the love of her life Harold Edwin Koester October 15th, 1955. Harold (HJ) and Suzanne were married for 53 years when HJ was called to his final resting home.

She attended Medford schools, graduating from Medford High School. Her marriage to Harold E. (HJ) Koester, who preceded her in death, took place on October 15th, 1955. Suzanne spent much of her early married life at home devotedly raising her five children. Later she worked as a dental assistant at two clothing locations in Medford, and at Scidmore’s Jewelry. Eventually she found her true calling, ending up at the Medford Area Senior High School, where she became known (mostly) affectionately as ‘the study hall lady’. Suzanne was also proud to be a “Police Commissioner” in Medford and before moving to Suamico was the President of the Police and Fire Commission. Suzanne was nicknamed, “The Comish” by many neighbors in Suamico.

Upon retirement to Suamico, Suzanne spent her days gardening, crocheting blankets, greeting (or taunting) her neighbors from her deck and watching the Packers & Brewers. Suzanne’s favorite spot was sitting in the front of her house on her deck. This had become a favorite gathering spot for anyone that wanted to sit and talk. She fell in love with her cat Daisy given to her by her granddaughter. She would often remark on how she was “Daisy’s” human…and Daisy was her “other” baby girl.

To know Suzanne would be to know 3 important facts:
1.) She loved her friends dearly and kept in contact daily.
2.) Suzanne loved people, she loved meeting new friends and would talk to anyone anywhere. A short trip to the Dollar Store or Gas Station could end up taking an extra 45 minutes because she would find someone new to talk to.
3.) Her grandchildren…were her life. She loved spending time with them and when living in Suamico, she lived across from two of them.

Suzanne is survived by her children Patrick (Sheree) of Richardson, Texas, John (Teri) of Green Bay, David (Jeri) of Medford, Randy of Suamico and Heidi (Marc) Lemke, of Suamico. Suzanne is also survived by 10 Grand Children Kristina (Darren Rivers) Sinopoli and Katie (Tim) Gauthier of Texas, Ariel (Tyler) Tokar Of Texas, Michael (Tina) Koester of Minnesota, Amanda (Adam) Keeling of Medford, Megan Koester of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, Connor (Vikkimarie) Lemke of Neenah, WI, Alexis Lemke of Suamico, WI, Hayden Koester & Sophie Koester of Medford, and 11 Great Grandchildren, with the 12th due in December of this year.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions can be made to St. Vincents Children’s Hospital (Child Life Department). 35 S. VanBuren, Green Bay, WI 54301 or mailed to: Heidi (Koester) Lemke 2718 Summerset Circle, Suamico, WI 54173. Please indicate “Child Life” in the memo if sending a check directly to the hospital. They also have a wishlist that can be found online https://www.stvincentchildrenshospital.org/Medical-Services/Child-Life/ in honor of her granddaughter Alexis.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake, assisted by Malcore Funeral Home of Green Bay, is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.


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