WKEB Obituaries Blog Archives for 2020-06

Helen E, Weideman


Helen E. Weideman, age 95, of Abbotsford, died on April 19, 2020 at the Abbotsford Health Care Center.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Curtiss (1131 N. Meridian St.). Rev. Ken Schmidt will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.

Helen was born on November 28, 1924, to Robert and Laura (Schneider) Gierl. She attended Rosedale Grade School and Abbotsford High School. On July 10, 1943, Helen married Robert Weideman of Abbotsford. He preceded her in death on February 18, 2020.

The couple farmed together in the Town of Hoard. She was honored as farm wife of the year and Apple Woman of the year by the AMPI and Farm Bureau in Clark County because of her dedication to the farm. Helen was a great cook and baker; especially known for her German potato salad and poppy seed cake. She also canned tomatoes, apples and rhubarb. She collected dolls, teddy bears and recipe books. Helen was most proud of her Native American Heritage as a Brothertown Tribe Elder. She was the family genealogist and historian. Helen was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid. She had many lifetime friends and continually corresponded with her beautiful handwritten letters. Most importantly, Helen cherished her family.

Helen is survived by her nine children: Karen (Robert) Bakke of Abbotsford, Robert James (Janice) of Curtiss, Jane (George Borchardt) Wisnefske Borchardt of Clintonville, Rita (William) Mueller Wausau, Richard of Curtiss, Robin (Julia) of Curtiss, Lois (Larry) Lawrence of McKinney, TX, Lana (Jeff) Fitzmaurice of Neillsville and Ronald of Arlington, TX; 16 grandchildren: Danny, Lori, Dennis, and Debbie Bakke; Mary, Linda, Patty, Robert E., James, and Joan Weideman; Wade and Wyatt Wisnefske; Sarah and Matthew Mueller; Nathaniel and Emily Lawrence; 29 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents: her husband, Bob; her in-laws, Herbert and Ottilie Weideman; granddaughter, Lisa Bakke; son-in-law, Leroy Wisnefske; brother, Morris (Caroline) Gierl; sisters-in-law, Vivian (Virgil) Ramker, Arlene Weideman, Mae (Norbert) Harder and Joyce Weideman; brothers-in-law, Arthur (Lydia) Weideman, Harvey (Marianne) Weideman and James Weideman.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church handicap ramp project.

The family thanks Abbotsford Health Care Center for their excellent care of Helen and her family.

Leona R. Brink


Leona R. Brink, 91, of Country Gardens, Medford, a former Town of Browning resident, died on Saturday, June 20 at Aspirus Medford Hospital, emergency room, where she was taken earlier that day.

The public is invited to a graveside committal service to be held at 11:30 AM on Saturday, August 8 at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II, with Pastor Mary Jo Laabs officiating. A luncheon will take place following these services at BS Bar/Catering, Medford.

Leona was born on May 13, 1929 in the Town of Holton, Marathon County, to Lawrence and Florence (Spurgin) Metz. She attended the Town of Deer Creek elementary school and was a 1947 graduate of Medford High School. Her marriage took place on November 13, 1948 at Community Evangelical Church in Medford to Melvin D. Brink and he preceded her in death January 13, 2018.

They farmed in the Town of Browning for many years. Then she worked at Copps IGA, Medford in the bakery and later became manager of the deli until her retirement. She enjoyed reading, polka music, fishing, trips to the casino, cards, bingo, going for rides in the country, she loved the outdoors and a good piece of pie. She was a member of the Community United Church of Christ, Medford.

Surviving are her children, Barbara (George) Tuma & Jerry (Dawn) Brink, both of Medford and Sandra Peterson of Oregon, WI, 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her in-laws, Ilaine Blasel and Donald (Clarice) Brink all of Medford, and Virginia Brink of Lake Mills, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Connie in 1961 and a sister, Patricia Ukasick.

Memorial contributions can 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.

Luicella A. Georg


Luicella A. Goerg, 90, Medford, died on Sunday, June 21 at Aspirus Care & Rehab where she had resided for the past 7 years.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a private family only graveside burial and committal service will take place at a later date at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II with Father Patrick McConnell officiating.

Luicella was born on December 4, 1929 in Medford to John and Kunda (Heier) Goerg. She attended Medford area elementary schools and was a graduate of Medford High School. After her education, she moved to Milwaukee and worked there as a typist and policy writer for a Title Insurance Company until her retirement. She moved back to Medford in 2010. She enjoyed traveling and was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford.

She is survived by many Nieces and Nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Lawrence (Evelyn), Delmar (Dolores) & Herbert (Rita) Goerg all of Medford.

Her family would like to give thanks to the staff at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Country Gardens and her volunteer, Kathy, for their compassionate care.

Memorials in her name are preferred to Three Holy Women Parish, 1716 N. Humboldt Ave., Milwaukee, WI, 53202. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Frederick "Fred" R. Schubert


Frederick “Fred” R. Schubert, 71 of Chippewa Falls, a former Medford area resident, died on Friday, June 19 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chippewa Falls, where he had been a patient for the past 4 days.

Funeral services for Fred will be at 10 AM on Tuesday, June 23 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford with Rev. Rodger Prois officiating. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the time of services. Burial will take place following at Medford Evergreen Cemetery. Pallbearers will be family members.

Fred was born on May 26, 1949 at Medford to Herbert and Agnes (Neubauer) Schubert. He attended Brookside Elementary School, Town of Medford and was a 1967 graduate of Medford High School. He worked on the home farm in the Town of Medford, at Weather Shield Mfg., Medford and most recently at Black River Industries, Medford. He was a huge sports fan all his life. Since 2002, he has resided at Wissota Health in Chippewa Falls, WI.

He is survived by his siblings, LaVonne (Chuck) Thillen, Richard (Janice) Schubert both of Medford and Herbert (Karen) Schubert of Rib Lake. He is further survived by a sister-in-law, Georgia Schubert of Medford, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Herman Schubert.

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

Jeffrey "Jeff" M. Bartelt


Jeffrey “Jeff” M. Bartelt, 63, of the Township of Greenwood, passed away unexpectedly at Medford Aspirus Hospital on Thursday, June 18, 2020.


Jeff was born on January 24, 1957 to Harold and Frances (Kauss) Bartelt in Medford. He attended Rib Lake Schools. After high school he enlisted in the US Army. He served from 1975 – 1985 and was stationed in Germany from 1978 until 1984. After his service he settled in Milwaukee before returning to Medford. He worked as a cook for Medford High School and then went to work at Northern Kitchens in Rib Lake until his death.


In his spare time he enjoyed gardening. He was a member and president of St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church.


Jeff is survived by his siblings, Terry (Barbara) Bartelt of Oak Creek, Harold (Jayne) Bartelt of Longview, Wash., Edward Bartelt of Cape Coral, Fla., Ronald (Sue) Bartelt of Muskego,  and Karen (Andy) Prado of West Allis. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.


Jeff is preceded in death by his parents.


A public visitation for Jeff will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. A private family service will be held at  a later date and burial will follow at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Cemetery.


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

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


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