WKEB Obituaries Blog

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.

Elinora H. Brandner


Elinora H. Brandner, 104, of Medford, WI, died on Tuesday, July 21 at Country Gardens Assisted Living, Medford where she had resided for the past 11 years, most recently under the care of Hope Hospice.

Memorial services for Elinora will take place at 1 PM on Friday, July 24 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford with Rev. James Krueger officiating. Interment of her cremated remains will be in Medford Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church from 12 PM until the time of services at 1 PM.

Elinora was born on May 10, 1916, the daughter of the late John Jakob and Alma Marie (Schoenfeldt) Frey. She attended Frey School in the Town of Browning, was a graduate of Medford High School and a 1935 graduate of Taylor County Normal School, Medford. Her marriage to Herbert Julius Brandner took place on February 22, 1941 in Independence, WI & Herbert preceded her in death November 12, 2015.

Elinora’s husband Herb, was called into service in 1943, and for the next three years they lived in California, Kansas, and Texas. They returned to Wisconsin in 1946 and their son Dale was born in 1951. In 1953 the family moved west to Bellingham, Washington. In 1957 moved north to Ketchikan, Alaska – and in 1959 they settled in Sitka, Alaska. Elinora worked at the National Bank of Alaska and First National Bank Alaska for 14 years, retiring in 1974. They moved to Bellingham, Washington in 1979 and spent the next 20 years traveling all over the U.S., Canada, and Mexico with friends and family. They would often return to Medford during the summers. They moved to Phoenix, Arizona in 1999 and finally returned to Medford in 2009, settling into Country Gardens shortly after that. Elinora loved to travel in her motorhome with her husband, Herb. She was always very active in local clubs and volunteering. Elinora loved going into the Medford area schools to spend time with children. She was a member of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church of Medford.

She is survived by grandchildren, Tara (Col. William) Gibson of Fairfax, VA & Jared (Douglas Williams) Brandner of Anchorage, AK and 3 great-grandchildren, Taylor, Ty & Lucy Gibson. Elinora was extremely lucky to have more nieces and nephews than could count, who always made the time to be involved in her life. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Dale Gordon Brandner in 2018, siblings, Viola Clausnitzer, Oscar, Hilbert, John & Ralph Frey.

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

Verna J. Jochimsen


Verna J. Jochimsen, 93, of the township of Little Black, passed away on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at her residence, surrounded by family, under the care of Hope Hospice.


Verna was born on November 9, 1926 to Edward Sr. and Anna (Steen) Leader in the township of Browning. She attended Frey School in the township of Browning. She married Leland Jochimsen on January 4, 1945 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville; he preceded her in death on September 9, 1997.


Verna worked at Hurds for 25 and was a housewife; she retired in 1992. In her spare time she enjoyed gardening, camping, and spending time with family.


Verna is survived by her children, Ruth Messman of Dorchester, Allen (Jackie) Jochimsen of Monroe, and Dale (Sandy) Jochimsen of Medford; 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Verna is further survived by her brother, Edward (Connie) Leader Jr. of Birchwood and sister, Carol (Harold) Henrichs of Medford.


In addition to her husband and parents, Verna is preceded in death by her son Jerry Jochimsen; son-in-law David Messman; brother, Marvin (Mary Ann) Leader and sister, Marlene (Lester) O’Brien.


Cremation rites have been accorded and a private family service will be held at a later date.


In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Verna’s name may be made to Hope Hospice.


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

Shirley A. Larson


Shirley A. Larson, 81, of the Township of Deer Creek, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2020 at Deerview Meadow, under the care of Hope Hospice.


Shirley was born on September, 21, 1938 to Walter and Esther (Zastrow) Pagel in Stetsonville. She attended grade school in the Town of Deer Creek and graduated from Medford High School.


Shirley married Nels R. Larson on May 24, 1958 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stetsonville. She worked part time for a few years at Anthony’s of Medford and later on at Betty White’s Fabrics in Stetsonville. She and her husband owned and operated a dairy farm until they retired in 2005.


Shirley’s hobbies include sewing, quilting crocheting and knitting. She enjoyed making quilts as graduation and wedding gifts for each of her grandchildren. Shirley was a member of homemaker’s with many of her friends and Immanuel Lutheran Church. She also had the opportunity to serve as the national secretary of the LWMS for 3 ½ years.


Shirley is survived by her husband, Nels; 3 children, Barbara (Bryan) Reiter of Stetsonville, Joseph (Lynne) Larson of Wausau, and Linda (David) Bartelt of Medford; 8 grandchildren, Travis (Sarah) Reiter, Trina (Jeff Beard) Duellman, Amanda Larson, Joseph Robert (ShaiAnne Dawson) Larson II, Shelby (Dan) Kaul, Heather (Matt) Biesik, Michael (Amber) Bartelt, Christine Bartelt; 11 great-grandchildren, Camryn, Carson, and Kendyl Reiter, Ethan and Julia Duellman, Madelyn and Bianca Biesik, Alec and Abigail Bartelt, Piper Kaul and Aiden Larson.


Shirley is further survived by sister, Karen (Daniel) Firnstahl of Medford, brother, Gary (Dorothy) Pagel of Abbotsford, many nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.


Shirley is preceded in death by her parents and brother, James Pagel.


A memorial service for Shirley will take place at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Immanuel Luthern Church, with Pastor Daniel Iwinski officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Thursday, July 16, 2020 from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM. Travis Reiter, Joseph Robert Larson II, and Michael Bartelt will be serving as urnbearers.


In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Shirley’s name may be given to either Hope Hospice or Immanuel Lutheran Church.

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


Frank "Chino" V. Lugo, Jr


Frank “Chino” V. Lugo, Jr., 91, a Town of Goodrich resident died on Thursday, July 9 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford where he had resided for the past 3 weeks, most recently under the care of Hope Hospice.

There will be a public visitation for Frank from 4-7 PM on Sunday, July 12 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford. Graveside committal and military rites performed by the Rib Lake American Legion will take place at 10 AM on Monday, July 13 at St. Andrew Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Goodrich. Pallbearers will be Dan Olson, Mark Lugo, Nick Roiger, Peyton Gillers, Elijah Blair and Alex Moser.

Frank was born on January 28, 1929 at Chicago, IL, the son of the late Frank and Anna (Gofran) Lugo, Sr.
He attended Chicago area schools. On September 17, 1955 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens, he married Lorraine B. Smola who survives.

After his education, he joined the Merchant Marines performing services to the Great Lakes. He then worked for American Can Company until being drafted into the US Army. He served during the Korean War as a Army Ranger until being discharged in 1953. He then worked for the Laborers International Union in Illinois and Wisconsin doing road and bridge construction until his retirement in 1991. He enjoyed ‘going to the office’, fishing, hunting, military activities, watching westerns, drawing, underhand darts, horseshoe, playing bones, spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine of Goodrich, twin sons, Steven (Pam) Lugo & Gregg (Beth) Lugo both of Goodrich and daughter, Michelle (Ed) Mohr of Medford. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Rebecca (Lucas) Kraschnewski of Green Bay, Mark (Heather Nowacki) Lugo of Goodrich, Danielle (Nick) Roiger of Medford, Daniel (Amber) Olson of Rib Lake, Dayna (Andrew) Neilson of Woodbury, MN, along with 7 great grandchildren and 6 step great grandchildren. Surviving siblings would be Richard Lugo, Norma Markowski & Dolores DiBuono all of Elk Grove Village, IL, Beatrice Peters & Renee Lugo both of Carpentersville, IL. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Michalene in infancy, daughter-in-law, Lisa (Rothmeier) Lugo, son-in-law, Gordon Olson, brother, Robert Lugo, brothers-in-law, Gene Markowski, John DiBuono & James Smola.

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

Robert R. Arndt


Robert R. Arndt, age 65, of Spencer, passed away on Monday, July 6, 2020 at his residence. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held from 11:00am- 1:00pm on Saturday, July 18, 2020 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford, WI.

Robert was born on August 17, 1954, the son of Alfred and Bertha (Oates) Arndt in Stanley. Robert worked for Land O’ Lakes for over 30 years. He was united in marriage to Diane Roytek on September 29, 1979. They were later divorced.

Robert enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed talking with people. But his greatest love was his family, especially his grandson.

Robert is survived by his son; Micheal (Mary) Arndt of Athens; his grandson: Browning his siblings: Allen (Janice) Arndt, Diane Anderson, Donald Arndt, Terry (Cathy) Arndt, Larry (Jan) Arndt, David (Terri) Arndt, Judy (Jack) Oliver and Linda Arndt (Kevin); his best friend, Ron Kromanakerand; many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson; Hunter (10/9/2003-11/18/2003); nephew: John Arndt, and brother: Carl Arndt.




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