WKEB Obituaries Blog

Zach B. Smola

 

Zach B. Smola   A Funeral Service for Zach will take place at 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at First Baptist Church, Medford, with Reverend David Clements officiating. A visitation for Zach will take place on Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue at First Baptist Church on Thursday, November 14, 2019 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.  Pallbearers will be Derek Anderson, Jeremy Anderson, Mikel Delzer, Ben Nelson, Drew Smola, and Jason Smola.   

 

Zach was born on July 1, 1997 in Medford to Brian and Brenda (Shotliff) Smola. He attended Medford Area Schools and worked at Black River Golf Course, Smola Transit and Aspirus Medford Hospital kitchen during his high school years and in the summers. He attended Medford Elementary & Middle Schools, & was a 2015 graduate of Medford Sr. High School. Following high school, Zach went to UW Stevens Point, Marshfield Campus, and graduated with his Associates Degree. Following graduation, Zach took a year off and worked at Sierra Pacific in Medford. Zach was currently residing in Stevens Point and working at Menards with plans to enroll in the spring semester at UW Stevens Point. In his free time, Zach enjoyed hunting, fishing, softball, baseball, golfing, anything outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.


Left to cherish in Zach’s memory are his parents, Brian and Brenda (Shotliff) Smola of Medford, Paternal Grandparents, George and Janet Smola of Athens, Maternal Grandparents, William and Judith Shotliff of Dorchester. He is further survived by numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, Friends, and his cats.
 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Zach’s memory can be made out to Taylor County Humane Society.  In hoping to help others in need, Zach’s wishes were to be an organ, tissue & eye donor.

 

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

Mark J. Czerniak

Mark James Czerniak age 55 died Nov.5th 2019 at Aspirus Hospital Wausau. Mark was born in Waukesha Wi  on August 20, 1964 to the late Jerome and Sarah Czerniak who survives. Welby as he was known by many was a woodworker and made beautiful arbors.  He is survived by a son Kyle Czerniak and a grandaughter  Brooklyn, mother Sarah Czerniak, brothers- Brad (Jean ) Czerniak of Athens, Ted (Kathy Lekie) of Medford,  Jeff Czerniak of Withee, one sister Sally (Rodney Luhmann) Czerniak of Owen.   No services will be held per Marks wishes.  Cremation Society of Wisconsin is assisting family.                                                                                                                                                                           

 

Craig R. Smith

 

Craig R. Smith, 50, formerly of Jump River, died Wednesday, November
6, 2019 at his home in New Richmond from complications of Multiple
Sclerosis. He was born on December 12, 1968 in Ladysmith to Richard
and Patricia (Hink) Smith. Craig grew up in Jump River and helped with
the family farm, sawmill and logging business. He graduated from Gilman
High in 1987 and then attended Chippewa Valley Technical College-Eau
Claire for Automotive Technician and the Fire Academy-Madison.

Craig worked for Toycen of Ladysmith as a Master Technician until ill
health forced his retirement in 2005. He received numerous awards in
the automotive industry from GM and Pontiac. Craig loved to hunt, fish,
Nascar Racing and to spend time with family; especially his sons.

He is survived by his mother, Patti Smith and Sister, Karen (Ed)
Cummings both of Jump River, his sons, Derrick, Tyler and Morgan
Smith, his nephew Ryan (Katie) Cummings, grandniece, Natalie and a
grandnephew Nathan Cummings plus many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Craig is preceded in death by his father, Richard.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11AM on Saturday, November 16,
2019 at the Jump River Community Center. Inurnment will follow in Mount
Nebo Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour before service. Plombon
Funeral Service-Gilman assisted the family.

Matthew "Matt" A. Timmers

 

MATTHEW “MATT” A. TIMMERS

 

AGE: 83

ADDRESS: Jackson Street, Medford; A former Price County resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Wednesday, November 6 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past 4 days

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM on Monday, November 11 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford where there will also be military rites performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team

OFFICIATING: Father Patrick McConnell

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM on Sunday, November 10 where there will be a 7 PM Catholic rosary service held that evening; also at church from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Monday, November 11

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 29, 1936 at Kennan, WI

EDUCATION: Four Corners Elementary School, Catawba and was a 1954 graduate of Phillips High School

MARRIAGE: May 28, 1960 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Catawba to Diana Rose Makovsky and she survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he was a veteran of the US Army serving from 1955-1957 in Korea. After the military, he worked in Milwaukee for a period of time & worked for John Mauer Roofing of Marshfield. In 1959, he moved to Kennan and farmed. While farming, he worked at Norco Windows in Hawkins and for 31 years at Blount, Inc. in Prentice until retirement. In 1997 they moved to Medford where he worked at Circle of Faith & built utility sheds. He enjoyed raising beef & spending time with his family was his life.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford and the Catholic Knights of Columbus

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Diana Timmers of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Deborah (Dan) Robinson of Spread Eagle, WI; Todd (Lori) Timmers of Phillips; Deanna (Scott) Hilgart of Park Falls; Donald (Heather) Timmers of Medford

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 14 & 2 step GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 20 & 5 step

CHILDREN DECEASED: Daughter – Tamara Nelson in 2012

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Clifford Timmers of Kennan; Patricia (Ed) Dowden of Owen; Marion (Tony) Groothousen of Tony; Mildred Kennedy of Delafield; Janet (Bill) Griglak of Ladysmith; Lorraine (David) Baratka of Phillips
Brother-in-law: Ron Runnheim of Kennan

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sister – Florence Runnheim; Sister-in-law: Rosalie Timmers; Brother-in-law: Adrian Kennedy

DECEASED FATHER: Mathias Timmers

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Florence (Jansen) Timmers

PALLBEARERS: Grandsons – Dan Jr. & Dustin Robinson, Jesse Hilgart, Jared & Tyler Nelson, Justin, Ryan, Jacob & Blake Timmers

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu or flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Holy Rosary School, Medford
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

Margaret "Marge" E. Thums

 

Margaret “Marge” E. Thums passed away November 7, 2019 at Aspirus Care and Rehab, Medford, where she had resided for the past 4 years, surrounded by her loving family.

A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake with Father Hrudaya Raju Sunkara officiating. Visitation will be held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Monday, November 11, 2019 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. with a Rosary Service at 7:00 P.M. Visitation will continue Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at 11:00 A.M. Interment will follow the service at Lakeview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be; Nick, and Chris Hebda, Stephanie Isakson, Hilary Thums, Curtis Dassow, Brock Emmerich, Nicole Peterson, and Carly Dassow. Honorary Pallbearers will be; Jessica Gosse, Megan Thums, Amanda Jones, Morgan Thums, Casey Borchardt, and Jena Faber.

Margaret was born on March 23, 1926 in Medford to Nicholas and Margaret (Hedler) Gengler.

Margaret married George Thums on October 1, 1947. Margaret worked part time as a receptionist for Klinner Insurance, Rib Lake Office, she was also a Matron for Taylor County Sherriff Department and was a Charter Member Tops #1013 Rib Lake. In her free time, Margaret enjoyed embroidery, making quilts, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Left to cherish in her loving memory is her children; Judi (Stan) Hebda, Jeff (Julia), Gary (Rose), all of Rib Lake, Jan (Arnie) Dassow of Medford, Jayne (Jeff) Beechey, of Winter. 14 Grandchildren and 20 Great-Grandchildren.

Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, George, in January 2003, her parents, brothers; Jerome, Harold, Arnold, and Donald and sisters: Josephine Wudi, and Joyce Fisher.

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

Eugene "Gene" D. Polzin

 

 Eugene “Gene” D Polzin, 91, Medford, passed away November 3, 2019 at UW Hospital in Madison.  He was born on April 4, 1928 in Big Falls, WI the son of Harvey and Hattie (Rambo) Polzin.  He grew up in Plainfield, WI, confirmed at the United Methodist Church and continued his education at UW Stevens Point and received his master’s degree at UW Madison.  He was an All-State basketball player and State Champ in the pole vault. Gene taught High School math in Shawano and Janesville.  He met his loving wife, Bonnie Kalepp, while teaching together at Shawano.  He would say that their first date was at Rib Mountain Ski Hill where he fell head over heels for her.  They married on June 15, 1956 at St. Peters Lutheran Church in Dorchester, WI.   After retiring from teaching in Janesville, they moved to Medford, WI to be near Bonnie’s family.  There he also worked for the City of Medford as a home inspector and did home and electrical work for many friends, church and family.
 

  He had many other talents and hobbies; woodworking, hunting, golfing, softball.  Gene and Bonnie loved to travel, dance, downhill ski and spent many winters together in South Texas during their 63 years of marriage.  He was very active in his church, Trinity Lutheran of Medford.  He was often found singing bass in the choir, helping with the building projects, and enjoying every minute by working with and getting to know his fellow parishioners.  His faith was as strong as his firm handshake.  But his most treasured moments were spending time with his family.  

 

  Survivors include his wife, Bonnie; three children, Eric (Marcy) Polzin of Janesville, Greg Polzin of Fitchburg and Lisa (Sean) Whinnery of Middleton; one brother Doug (Anita) Polzin of Plover; four grandchildren Joshua, Gera, Aidan (Rosie) and Declan; two great grandchildren, Noah and Alana, and many nieces, nephews and friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters Ruth, Rosemary, Carol and one brother John.


  Funeral services will be at 11 AM on Friday, November 8 at Trinity Lutheran Church, W5334 Dassow Ave, Medford WI with Rev. Gary Ludholz officiating.  Visitation will be from 9 AM until the time of services at the church that same day.  Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery.
 

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

Mary Firnstahl

 

  Mary Firnstahl, age 80, of Colby, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 3, 2019 at her home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8, 2019 at Saint Mary Help of Christian Parish in Colby. Father Joseph Redfern will officiate.  Interment to follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery. A visitation for family and friends will be held on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service all at the church.

  Mary was born on April 8, 1939, the daughter of Ervin and Frances (Ebben) Primeau, in Colby, WI. Mary grew up in rural Colby on a farm. She was united in marriage to Manny Firnstahl on September 5, 1959 at Saint Mary Help of Christian Parish in Colby.   He preceded her in death on October 25, 2013.    Mary enjoyed camping and loved taking care of children.

  Mary is lovingly survived by her five children:  Connie (Jim) Schoeneck-Churchill of Rhinelander, Mary Chris (Mike) Mikula of Wausau, Butch (Joanne) Firnstahl of Medford, Tom (Diane) Firnstahl of Colby and Rich (Michelle) Firnstahl of Eau Claire; nine grandchildren: Travis (Liz) Mikula of Three Lakes, Derek (Angie) Mikula of Appleton, Tonia (Ryan) Dobbe of Elm Grove, Tara (Jesse) Gruny of Medford, Jamie (Kevin) Churchill of San Diego, CA, Eric Firnstahl of Colby, Amy Firnstahl of Shawano, Rayna and Bianca Firnstahl of Eau Claire; five great-grandchildren:  Kenadie Mikula, Lydia and Charlotte Gruny,  Brynna, Jack,  and Nicholas Dobbe .   She is further survived by three brothers: Don (Mary Jane) of VA, Gary (Tammy) of Neillsville, and Erv (Kathy) of Curtiss; three sisters-in-law: Margy Firnstahl of Arpin, Dolores Hedler of Colby, and Margaret Hasenohrl of Colby; and a brother-in-law:  Dan (Karen) Firnstahl of Medford, along with many nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

  She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Manny; a son-in-law; Range Schoeneck, brother: Devere (Gladys) and sister: Evelyn (Jim).

  In lieu of flowers a memorial can be made to:  Saint Mary Help of Christian Parish.

Ralph V. Pernsteiner

 

 

RALPH V. PERNSTEINER, age 85, of Spencer, WI, formerly of Greenwood, WI, passed away at Marshfield Medical Center on Sunday, October 27, 2019.  Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, November 8, 2019 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Spencer, with Rev. Barry Saylor officiating.  A private burial will be held in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford, WI at a later date.  Visitation will be held at the church, on Friday, from 10am until time of service.
     Ralph Vincent Pernsteiner was born on July 27, 1934 in Medford, WI, to Casper and Alice (Annen) Pernsteiner.  He was raised on the family farm and received his education in the Medford area, graduating from Medford High School in 1952.  After completing high school, Ralph moved to Kenosha where he worked in a furniture store for a short time, and then returned to Medford and worked for the phone company.  He was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 5, 1957 and served until his honorable discharge on April 24, 1959.  After returning from the service, Ralph took over the operation of his family farm.  He was united in marriage to Darla J. Siikarla on February 27, 1960 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville, WI.  In 1970, they sold their farm and moved to Greenwood where they purchased another farm, which they operated until 1997.  They sold the farm in Greenwood and moved to Spencer.  Ralph worked for Roth Manufacturing, in Loyal, until retiring in 2008.
     In retirement, he had many interests, but especially loved fishing with his grandchildren, his chainsaw, John Deere tractors, and woodworking.
     He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, and a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood.
     Ralph is survived by his wife, Darla, of Spencer; 3 children: Jean (Paul) Chromey of Marshfield, Vincent Pernsteiner of Chippewa Falls, and Karie (Brian) Schmidt of Loyal; 3 grandchildren: Ric Englebretson, Layne Schmidt and Blain Schmidt; 2 sisters: Alice Pernsteiner of Medford, Kathleen (Frank) Luterbach of Franklin, WI; 2 brothers: Robert (Jill) Pernsteiner of Aiken, SC, Gerald (Lynette) Pernsteiner of Medford; sisters-in-law: Agnes Pernsteiner and Kathleen Pernsteiner, both of Medford; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
     He was preceded in death by his parents, and 3 brothers: Willard, Lawrence and Sylvester Pernsteiner.

David P. Brehm

 

David Paul Brehm, 74 of Rib Lake, a former Medford area resident, died on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Rib Lake Health Services, Rib Lake where he had resided for the past 5 years.

A funeral mass for David will take place at 11 AM on Saturday, November 9 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford with Father Patrick McConnell officiating. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the time of services at the church on the same day. Interment will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford. Pallbearers will be grandsons - Jake Brehm, Adam, Isaac, Blake & Brock Thums.

David was born on April 14, 1945 in Medford to George & Mabel (Lekies) Brehm. He attended Holy Rosary Grade School and Medford High School. His marriage to Grace Hoeck took place on June 5, 1965 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford.

From 1963-1966, he was enlisted in the National Guard. After working as a machinist and truck driver, in the 1970’s, he began producing and hauling pulpwood and logs as Brehm Forest Products. This led to becoming a veneer buyer for a Belgium market. Dave Eventually turned to his greatest passion as a hunting guide, which also included selling bear bait and dog food. His creative, adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit led to many hunting and fishing expeditions in multiple states and Canada. He loved his family and although he was not someone to sit on the sidelines, he enthusiastically attended school events to support his grandchildren.

Dave was a member of Holy Rosary Parish, Medford most of his life, and Good Shepherd Parish in Rib Lake in his later years.

Survivors include his wife, Grace of Rib Lake, children – Lana (Tim) Thums of Rib Lake, Lisa (Susanne Adams) Brehm of South Milwaukee & Scott (Michelle) Brehm of Westboro, 8 grandchildren & 7 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his mother, Mabel Brehm of Medford, siblings – Lyle (Pauline) Brehm of Schofield, Bruce (Joan) Brehm of Medford, Rebecca (Charles) Gerschefske of Lincoln, NB, Daniel (Cathy) Brehm of Ramsey, MN, numerous nieces & nephews. Dave was preceded in death by his father, George and infant son, Martin.

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

David P. Brehm

 

David Paul Brehm, 74 of Rib Lake, a former Medford area resident, died on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Rib Lake Health Services, Rib Lake where he had resided for the past 5 years.

A funeral mass for David will take place at 11 AM on Saturday, November 9 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford with Father Patrick McConnell officiating. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the time of services at the church on the same day. Interment will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford. Pallbearers will be grandsons - Jake Brehm, Adam, Isaac, Blake & Brock Thums.

David was born on April 14, 1945 in Medford to George & Mabel (Lekies) Brehm. He attended Holy Rosary Grade School and Medford High School. His marriage to Grace Hoeck took place on June 5, 1965 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford.

From 1963-1966, he was enlisted in the National Guard. After working as a machinist and truck driver, in the 1970’s, he began producing and hauling pulpwood and logs as Brehm Forest Products. This led to becoming a veneer buyer for a Belgium market. Dave Eventually turned to his greatest passion as a hunting guide, which also included selling bear bait and dog food. His creative, adventurous and entrepreneurial spirit led to many hunting and fishing expeditions in multiple states and Canada. He loved his family and although he was not someone to sit on the sidelines, he enthusiastically attended school events to support his grandchildren.

Dave was a member of Holy Rosary Parish, Medford most of his life, and Good Shepherd Parish in Rib Lake in his later years.

Survivors include his wife, Grace of Rib Lake, children – Lana (Tim) Thums of Rib Lake, Lisa (Susanne Adams) Brehm of South Milwaukee & Scott (Michelle) Brehm of Westboro, 8 grandchildren & 7 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his mother, Mabel Brehm of Medford, siblings – Lyle (Pauline) Brehm of Schofield, Bruce (Joan) Brehm of Medford, Rebecca (Charles) Gerschefske of Lincoln, NB, Daniel (Cathy) Brehm of Ramsey, MN, numerous nieces & nephews. Dave was preceded in death by his father, George and infant son, Martin.

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

Martha A. Damm

 

Martha A. Damm, 100, of Medford, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Country Gardens surrounded by family under the care of Hope Hospice.

 

Martha was born on December 16, 1918 in Medford. She married Ray Ludwig in June of 1938; he preceded her in death in June of 1982. She married Edwin Damm in November of 1985; he preceded her in death in of August 2008.

 

Martha lived a full life; whether it was working on their farm as a young girl, being a housewife & Mom, or slinging pizzas at Tombstone pizza.

 

They had six children,  Jan (Paul) Hirsch, Pat (Dick) Baumer, Terry (Elaine), Gary (Gabby), Deb Marvin and Doug (Connie), 11 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren.

 

In addition to her husbands, Martha is preceded in death by her son Terry and sons in law Bill Marvin and Paul Hirsch; also her grandson Kurt Hirsch.

 

A memorial service for Martha will take place at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 8, 2019 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Father Patrick McConnell officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

 

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

 

Martha’s family would like to thank Country Gardens and Hope Hospice for the wonderful care.

Janet M. Niemuth

 

Janet Marcella Niemuth passed away on October 26, 2019 at the age of 81. Her body was cremated, and the cremains were interred in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Stetsonville. Hemer Funeral Home of Medford assisted the family with the arrangements.

 

Mrs. Niemuth, daughter of the late Martin Williams and Selma (Ludwig) Williams, was born in the Township of Hoard in Clark County. She received her education in the Medford Area Schools.

 

Her marriage to the late Vernon Niemuth took place on May 29, 1958 in Stetsonville, at which time they farmed in the town of Deer Creek before moving to the Medford area in 1968.

 

Mrs. Niemuth is survived by her children, Cindy Brost (Larry), Dan Niemuth (Susan), Linda Neumueller (Dennis), Amy Halopka (Brian), Rodney Niemuth (Brenda), 13 grandchildren, and 19 great-grandchildren.

Other survivors include two sisters, Norma Kraemer and Sharon Kraemer, and two brothers, David Williams (Shirley) and Dale Williams (Kimberly – friend).

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, one brother, two brothers-in-law, and one sister-in-law.

 

The family would like to thank Hemer Funeral Home for their assistance. The family would also like to thank the staff of Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford for their compassionate care, as well as the supporting staff of Aspirus Hospice Care.

 

A celebration of life for Janet will be held 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at BS Bar in Medford.

Alice L. Gengler

ALICE LORRAINE GENGLER        

 

AGE:  95

 

ADDRESS:  Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford; A former Township of Molitor resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Friday, October 25 at Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford where she had resided for the past 18 months, most recently under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: a memorial mass will take place at 11 AM on Wednesday, October 30 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING:  Father Patrick McConnell

 

INTERMENT:   Interment of her cremated remains will take place at Molitor Catholic Cemetery, Town of Molitor 


VISITATION:  Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Wednesday, October 30
 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 19, 1924 at the Township of Molitor

 

EDUCATION: Town of Molitor elementary schools

 

MARRIAGE: November 25, 1943 in San Diego, CA to Matthew P. Gengler and he preceded her in death January 20, 2004

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: They farmed in the Town of Molitor for a period of time.  She drove school bus, worked as a housewife & mother, and worked at Weather Shield Mfg. in Medford for many years until her retirement.  She enjoyed playing cards, birds, flowers, baking and was known to her grandchildren as the “Jellybean Grandma.”

 

MEMBER OF:  Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN:  Sally (Ron) Banks of Dorchester, Peggy (Dale) Obernberger of Stratford, Vicky Gengler of Chippewa Falls, Terry (Cindy) Gengler of Chippewa Falls, Matt Jr. (Sue) Gengler of Medford

 

Daughter-in-law:  Patty Gengler of Medford

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN:  15     GR-GRANDCHILDREN:    numerous

 

CHILDREN DECEASED:  Sons:  Gerald in 1944 and Tom in 2016

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Richard (Irene) Higgins of Medford Roger (Faye) Higgins of Medford, Florence Hein of Medford

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Genevieve Gengler, Caroline Butler, Glen Higgins, Marie Nelson

 

DECEASED FATHER: Sherman William Higgins 

 

 DECEASED MOTHER: Beulah Mae (Donaldson) Higgins

 

OTHER INFORMATION:  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation

Elaine E. Servais

 

Elaine E. (Valentine) Servais, age 94, passed away on October 17, 2019 at Aspirus Care and Rehab under the care of Hope Hospice, where she had been residing for the past 3 weeks.

Elaine was the fourth of nine children born at home in Detroit, MI on July 8, 1925 to Cecelia (Detloff) and Alphonse Valentine. After graduation from Annunciation Catholic High School in 1943, she was employed at Hudson Motor Company and the Veterans’ Administration. At the end of WWII, the adventurous Elaine, along with one of her sisters and two friends, traveled to Great Lakes Naval Base for the opportunity of earning $50 a week to process the large volume of naval personnel returning home from the war.

   It was while employed there that she met her future spouse, Donald Servais, from Kenosha, WI. The couple was wed on June 7, 1947 in Detroit, MI. They then moved to Madison, WI, where Donald pursued his education at the University of WI and Elaine held various clerical jobs.  After Donald completed his studies, the couple made their home in Kenosha, WI. Like many other woman of her generation, Elaine was primarily a housewife and mother until her children were raised. She was a member of two monthly Women’s Bridge Clubs, an Adoptive Mothers’ support group, Sweet Adelines  Chorus and Catholic Women’s Club. Once her daughters were older, she was employed at S.P.E.B.S.Q.A (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartets of America) in Kenosha.

  After Donald’s death in 2005, Elaine moved to Medford, WI to be closer to family and she became a much loved resident at Country Gardens, Care Partners and most recently, Our House Assisted Living. While she was able, she enjoyed participating in the Country Gardens float in the Halloween parade, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the Red Hat Ladies visits, playing cards and bingo. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

  In addition to her spouse and parents, Elaine was preceded in death by sisters: Cecilia Allor, Mary Dietz, and Jean Valentine and brothers: George Valentine and Anthony Valentine.

Elaine is survived by daughters: Terri (Mark) Hubbard of Medford, WI and Nancy Servais-Ford of Norfolk, VA; sisters: Lenore Biebel of Michigan, Margaret Ramant of Florida and Carol (Frank) Ferri of Illinois and sister-in-law: Janet Valentine of Michigan. She is further survived by four grandchildren: Vanessa (Ryan) Hillebrand, Jared (Tara) Hubbard, Noah (Kim Smith) Hubbard and Chelsea (Jeremy) Zenner and 10 great-grandchildren: Ezra, Raina, Brandon, Ethan, Isaiah, Kai, Myah, Tanner, Bryer and Willow.

  A memorial service will be held at 11 AM on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford, with Rev. David Clements officiating. Visitation will be on Friday, November 1, 2019 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 10 AM until the time of service. Interment will take place at a later date.

  In lieu of gifts or flowers, the family requests donations be made to a charity of your choice or perform a random act of kindness in Elaine’s memory.

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

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