WKEB Obituaries Blog

Rae L. Kohn


Rae L Kohn, 93, of Medford, passed away on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at Aspirus Medford Hospital.  


A funeral mass for Rae will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Father Patrick McConnell officiating.  Burial will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.  Visitation will take place on Saturday, February 24, 2024 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00.  Military Rites will be performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team.


Rae was born March 28,1930, to John and Kathryn (Bauman) Kohn.  He grew up on the family farm in the town of Little Black.  


Rae joined the National Guard at the age of 17.  When the Korean War broke out he enlisted in the Army and volunteered for the infantry.  He served in the Army from Januray 1952 to January 1955.  During his service, Rae spent 13 months in Korea, where he served part of that time on Heartbreak Ridge.  


Rae married Florette Hutman of Withee WI, February 27, 1954.  After his time in the service, Rae brought his family home to Medford to take over operation of the family dairy farm. 


Rae also had a passion for beekeeping, gardening and deer hunting, harvesting his last deer at the age of 92. 


Rae proudly served on the Medford Military Honors Team.  He said it was the last thing that could be done to honor a veteran for their service.  He was involved in many other community organizations.  He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Korean War Veterans Association, Farm Bureau, Taylor County Beekeepers Association, Wisconsin Honey Producers Association, 4-H, and Manitowoc Milk Producers. He was the chairman of the committee to build the Korean War Memorial at the Highground Veterans Memorial Park, Neillsville, WI.  


Rae is survived by his children, Michael Kohn of Medford, Donna Schneider of Vancouver, Washington, Linda Sebastian of Richmond, KY, Mark Kohn of Medford, David (Jaymi) Kohn of Medford, Lorie Floyd of Medford, Gary (Lisa) Kohn of Medford, Mary (Terry Thurman) Kohn of Medford, Neal Kohn of Medford, 19 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law Josephine Kohn of Marshfield; siblings, Mary Hansen of Greenfield, Barb Pinter of Abbotsford, Donny (Elaine) Kohn of Withee, Jane Sackmann of Leesburg, FL, and John Kohn of Holcombe.  Rae is further survived by many other family and friends.


Rae was preceded in death by his parents, wife Florette, son Bruce Kohn, and sisters Marcella Writz and Judy Holtz.

Kathleen Ann Van Den Heuvel


On Sunday, February 18, 2024, Kathleen Ann Van Den Heuvel, affectionately known as Kae, died peacefully at home, surrounded with love by her devoted husband and eight loving children by her side.


Kae was born on August 14, 1940 in Donald, Wisconsin on their family farm to Earl and Lucille (Creaser) Englebretson. Kae attended Donald Elementary School and graduated from Gilman High School in 1958. On August 23, 1958, she married her high school sweetheart, Bernie Van Den Heuvel, and they were blessed with nine children. Through their 65 years of marriage together, their blessings abounded, welcoming 27 grandchildren and 34 (and counting) greatgrandchildren into the large, loving, and ever-expanding Van Den Heuvel family.


Kae was first and foremost a godly woman, and could almost always be spotted at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and its related events. She was deeply involved in the church, where she taught CCD, planned funeral dinners, and was a member of the Rosary Society. In heaven, if something needs planning, Kae might get to it before God even notices! Along with the church, Kae was a keystone of the Gilman community and was a member of numerous organizations, namely the Lionesses, CBA, Red Hat Society, Miller Dam Lake Association, Cub Scouts, Ladies Guild, the Gilman Public Library Board, Gilman Village Board, was a bus driver and an EMT for 12 years.


Kae was a passionate gardener, bird watcher, and loved to read.


Most of all, though, Kae spent time with the family she made, supporting them at every wedding, baby shower, sporting event, and birthday possible. She was the best at supporting and encouraging her many children, grandchildren, and greatgrandchildren. “Grandma Kae” was a pillar of the Gilman community and was “Grandma” to everyone in Gilman. She will be sorely missed.


Kae is survived by her husband of 65 years, Bernie, and their children Monica (Rick) Johnson, Bill (Deb) Van Den Heuvel, Sheri (Ray) Gavitt, Jim (Lonnie) Van Den Heuvel, Jenny (Dennis) Lingen, Teri (fiancé Don Klisiewicz) Rosemeyer, Kari (Jerry) Jehn, and Bernie (Traci) Van Den Heuvel. Additionally, she is survived by her 27 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren, who, if we were to list all of their names, would take up the entire paper. She is also survived by her brother Ronnie and Rocky (Kathy) Englebretson and many special nieces and nephews and countless friends.


Kae is preceded in death by son Jeffrey (at birth), her sister Connie Clark, her brother Ricky, mother Lucille and father Earl Englebretson, and her parents-in-law Aloys and Gertrude Van Den Heuvel.


A Funeral Mass will take place at 11AM on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church-Gilman with Father Vijay Kumar Madani officiating. Burial will follow in Meadowbrook Catholic Cemetery-Gilman. Visitation will be from 9AM until time of service Thursday at the Church.


The Van Den Heuvel family would like to thank Hope Hospice, and all friends and family that supported them and provided care during this time. 

Dale J. Storch, Sr


Dale J. Storch Sr., 81, of Stetsonville, passed surrounded by family at his daughter Carol’s home.

A celebration of life will take place at a later date.


Dale was born August 15, 1942 in Klamath Falls, OR while his father was stationed in the Navy. He later moved to the family home in Stetsonville where he was currently residing.


He enjoyed spending his time stock car and snowmobile racing. In his later years pit crewing for friends, restoring classic cars, woodworking, supporting his great grandkids sporting events, and let’s not forget sharing his colorful political views


He married Evelyn Bates in Iowa and together they had 3 children and they later divorced.  He married Debbie Lavin Dec 23, 1988. Together they ran a furniture restoration and cabinetry business.


Dale is survived by his wife Debbie Storch; daughters, Carol (Jeff) Meyer and Cathy (Dan) Brehm; son, Dale “Butch” (Debbie) Storch; step-son Eric Lavin; grandchildren, Codi, Haley, Abby, Jacki, Kyle, and Kelsey; great-grandchildren, Gage, Paige, Evan, Madix, Jake, Kason, Preston, Quinn, Daniel, Reagan, Calvin, and Evan.; mother-in-law, Joanne Lavin. Dale is further survived by other family and friends.


Dale was preceded in death by his father, mother, brother Duane, 2 infant sons, and father-in-law, Richard Lavin.


Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford is serving the family. Please visit www.hemerfuneralservice.com to share condolences online.

Marie F. Hein

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Marie F. Hein, 97, Athens passed away Tuesday, February 13, 2024, while under the care of Interim Hospice Care at Pinecrest Nursing Home, Merrill.


Marie was born December 31, 1926, in Athens, daughter of Rudolph and Helen (Weiler) Schreiner. On October 14, 1947, she married Edward R. Hein at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens.  He preceded her in death August 5, 1991.


After Marie finished school, she worked as a midwife helping deliver babies until she went to work at Marathon Electric Corporation in Wausau.  After her marriage to Edward, she worked with him on the family farm. 


For many years she was a CCD teacher at St. John’s Catholic Church in Wuertzberg. Marie made wedding and church banners. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and quilting. Marie enjoyed being a Red Hat Angel member and going to the different events and interesting places.


Survivors include her children, Karen Hein, Gresham, Ore., Gayle (John) Humpal, Merrill, Mary (Larry) Guralski, Wausau, Roger (Kris) Hein, Mike Hein, Tim (Renee’) Hein, Allen (Jane) Hein and Brian (Stacey) Hein, daughter-in-law Colleen Hein all of Athens; 26 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren, siblings, Gloria Brodjeski, Cecelia Bartelt, Andrew (Lolly) Schreiner and her sister-in-law, Dolly Schreiner.


Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Richard Hein, a grandson, Eric Hein, a granddaughter, Daphne Hein, a great grandson, Dylan Auner, sister, Katie Westfall, brother, Frank Schreiner, brother Clarence Schreiner, brother-in-law, Gordy Westfall, brother-in-law, Steve Brodjeski, brother-in-law, Warren Bartelt and sisters-in-law, Joyce Hein and Iris Schreiner.


The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Noon, (12:00 P.M.) February 19, 2024, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens.  The Rev. George Graham will preside.   Burial in St. John Cemetery, Wuertzberg.  Visitation will be held on Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services all at the church.  P


eterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Marie’s family would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the staff at Interim Hospice, Athenian in Athens and also Pinecrest Nursing Home for the outstanding care and devotion they all shared with Marie during her time with them.  God Bless you all!!

Mary Jane Dodge


Mary Jane Dodge, 90, formerly of Gilman, was called home on Friday, February 9, 2024 at Hospice House in Wausau, surrounded by family, under the care of Aspirus Hospice and her daughter, Virginia.


A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 19, 2024, at Christ’s Community Church of Jump River with Pastor Joey Olsen officiating. Burial will follow in the Hannibal Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.


She was born on August 19, 1933 to the late Charles and Georgia (Heiser) Close. Mary Jane grew up in Waukesha, WI and attended area schools. She was united in marriage to Zane Dodge on May 3, 1952, on the family farm in Hannibal in a double ceremony with his brother, Charles, and his bride, Phyllis Kraehnke.


Mary Jane was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was always there for her family, without hesitation. Her family was her world. Mary Jane’s days were spent raising their six children, helping Zane on the farm, and planting the large garden in the spring and harvesting it in the fall, freezing or canning the bounty to carry them through the winter.


Mary Jane loved family gatherings, especially the annual camping trip. She enjoyed travelling, and at the age of 75, finally flew for the first time. Another special trip was the family road trip to Williamsburg, Virginia.


For many years, Mary Jane enjoyed participating in the Gilman Community Chorus, performing in their concerts and visiting area nursing homes to share her love of music. Mary Jane freely gave of her time. She was active in her church’s ladies’ group, the Hannibal Area Ladies Aide, and the Hannibal Area Work Basket. She also assisted at the Cleveland Town Hall during elections. She could always be found helping in the kitchen, whether it was at church, the Gilman Senior Center, or the home of one of her children. When the children became older,


Mary Jane worked outside of the home as a cafeteria cook/server at the Hannibal Elementary School and also at the school in Gilman.


She is survived by her children, Wayne Dodge of Chippewa Falls, Warren (Cheryl) Dodge of Gilman, Barbara Dodge of New Brighton, Minn., Susan Elphick (Randy Spivey) of Marshall and Virginia (Glen) Dawson of Marathon; 7 grandchildren, Denise, Renee, Jeremy, Joshua, Shauna, Ryan, and Victoria; and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister-in-law, Beatrice Kohn, numerous nieces and nephews, and many dear friends, all whom she loved and cherished.


Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Zane (2021); her son, Elwin (2019); three brothers; seven sisters; and one great-grandchild, Nathaniel.

Carol Ann Kress


Carol Ann Kress, 73, of Stetsonville, passed away on Saturday, February 10, 2024.


A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, February 19 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville with Fr. Patrick McConnell officiating.  Interment will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford.

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

Memorials are appreciated and may be given in Carol’s honor to the Humane Society of Taylor County or to the Stetsonville Volunteer Fire Dept.


Carol was born on December 9, 1950 in St. Paul, MN to Anthony and Alice (Hauwiller) Menke.  She was a 1968 graduate of Highland Park, MN Senior High.


On October 5, 1974, she married the love of her life Leon Kress at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in St. Paul by Monsignor Alphonse Kress.


After her education, she worked for a short time at Mutual Service Insurance Co., then was employed for seven years at 3M, all in St. Paul.  In 1976, she and Leon purchased a dairy farm in the town of Deer Creek, where they farmed for 25 years.


She enjoyed travelling, especially to historic sites in our great country.  She also enjoyed camping, reading and nature.   She volunteered at their church and was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville.


Carol is survived by her beloved husband, Leon; brother, Anthony (Sandy) Menke of Roseville, MN; brother-in-law, Andrew Hybben of MN; sisters-in-law, Barbara (Roger) Olson of New Brighton, MN, Valeria Piburn of Denton, TX, Mary Jo Kress of Green Bay; and nieces, nephews and cousins.


She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Mary Alice Hybben; brothers-in-law, William “Bill” Kress and John Piburn.


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

Please visit www.hemerfuneralservice.com to share condolences online.

Christopher Gene Ladwig


Christopher Gene Ladwig, 30, of Park Falls, formerly of Medford, died Friday, February 2, 2024. He is now at home in the arms of his Savior.


A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, February 17, 2024 at First Baptist Church in Medford with Rev. Tim Becker officiating.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m., Friday, February 16 at First Baptist Church, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated and may go to the Youth Scholarship Fund at Forest Springs Camp & Conference Center (FSCCC) in Westboro, WI.


Christopher was born January 6, 1994 in Fergus Falls, MN to Linda (Kjos) and Daniel Ladwig.  At age 11, his mother remarried and moved with their boys to Abbotsford, WI where Christopher graduated from Abbotsford High School, class of 2012.  While in school, he was active in choir and was on the wrestling team, making it to State his senior year.  He also worked at Hardee’s, and at FSCCC for three summers, where he grew many life-long friendships.


He then attended UW, Platteville where he studied structural engineering for a year.  He moved back to Abbotsford and worked at Holiday for a few years, then Abbyland and finally Phillips Plastics. 


Christopher had a brilliant mechanical mind and from the time he was a small child, loved taking things apart to see how they worked; oftentimes having “leftover/unnecessary” pieces when he reassembled them. He also enjoyed longboarding, biking, working on cars, and singing – he had a beautiful voice. He loved spending time outdoors. Biking, fishing, and camping were some of his favorite pastimes and he often sent beautiful photos of sunrises and his latest catch to his mom long before anyone else was awake. Last year he purchased a 3D printer and was proud of the things he was able to make with it.


He will be sadly missed by his mother and stepfather, Linda and Jay Hoffman of New London; siblings, Ian Ladwig of New London, Renson Hoffman of Granton, Delaney Hoffman of San Diego, CA, Hannah and Lily Hoffman, both of New London; paternal grandparents, Charlie and Karen Ladwig of Elbow Lake, MN; maternal grandmother, Yvonne Kjos of New London; step-grandmother, Onalee Hoffman of Medford; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.


He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Ladwig in 2022; maternal grandfather, Edwin Kjos; uncle, Mark Kjos; cousin, Darren Whitby; and step-grandfather, Gerald Hoffman.


Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Please visit www.hemerfuneralservice.com to share condolences online.

David G. Rodencal


Almighty God, who foreknew him before the creation of the heavens and the earth, place David Gordon Rodencal, born of Christian parents, on this earth on the 11th day of December, 1956. He was born again by Holy Baptism on the 30th day of December, 1956, and received the forgiveness of sins and membership into God’s family. He was kept in the faith by the Word and Sacraments by faithful servants of the Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran Synod. It pleased the LORD to take David’s soul home on January 20, 2024 to wait with the souls of all the other believers, where they wait for the Day of Judgement to be reunited with their bodies and stand in the presence of God forever.


A memorial service for David will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Kenneth Bittorf officiating. Visitation will take place at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.


David is survived by his mother, Gretchen Rodencal of Fremont; siblings, Sharon (Robert) Heschke of Waupaca, Karen Rodencal of Fremont, Douglas (Lori) Rodencal of New London, Larry (Patti) Rodencal of Kaukauna, and Lori (Rob) Edelburg of Rib Lake. David is further survived by nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

David was preceded in death by his father, Gordon Rodencal; sister, Barbara Rodencal, and aunts and uncles.


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


Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford is serving the family. Please visit www.hemerfuneralservice.com to share condolences online.

Kenneth "Ken" L. Carlsen


Kenneth “Ken” L. Carlsen, 83, of Sheldon, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2024 at the Homeplace of Dorchester, under the care of Hope Hospice.
A celebration of life will take place at Hemer-Pickerign Funeral Home on Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM.
Ken was born on July 31, 1940 to Thorvald and Genevieve (Braun) Carlsen in Stanley. He attended Withee schools and graduated from Taylor County Teachers College.  He married Carole Blazer on January 16, 1965 in Withee. He was a teacher in the Flambeau School District for 40 years. He was also on the Sheldon Fire Department for 50 years and taught hunter safety for 40 years. When he wasn’t teaching he enjoyed his time in the woods hunting, walking, making firewood, and logging.
Ken is survived by his 3 sons, Mark (Beverley) Carlsen and Mike (Becky Miller) Carlsen, both of Sheldon, and Kevin (Julie) Carlsen of Medford; grandchildren, Celsey (Noah) Weiss, Cole (Rachel Turner) Carlsen, Cordel (Holly) Carlsen, Cody Schutts, Brayden Carlsen, Finley Carlsen, and Hank Carlsen and 4 great-grandchildren. Ken is further survived by his brother, Jim (Joan) Carlsen of Chippewa Falls and many other family and friends.
Ken was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Carole.

Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Please visit www.hemerfuneralservice.com to share condolences online.




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