WKEB Obituaries Blog Archives for 2020-09

Charles J. Bube


Charles J. Bube, age 85, of the Town of Greenwood, WI, passed away on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, at Clark County Rehab & Living Center in Owen, WI, under the care of Hope Hospice & Palliative Care, Inc. He was born in Marshfield, WI, on May 12, 1935, to the late William and Emma (Shalk) Bube.

Charles was raised in Stratford, WI, with his family eventually moving to Rib Lake, WI. He was united in marriage to Theresa L. Thums on July 18, 1964, at St. Ann’s Catholic Church.  Together, they owned and operated a dairy farm for 48 years. Over the years, he was employed at the Rib Lake Cheese Factory, Hurd Windows, and later retired from Weather Shield. Charles was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake. In his free time, he enjoyed driving around the neighborhood in his car taking in the scenery. He also enjoyed fishing. 

Charles will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Theresa; his children, Jon Bube, of Rib Lake, Lori (Ray) Orth, of Abbotsford, WI, Roger Bube, of Medford, WI, Terri Pinter, of Abbotsford, Kurt (Chris) Bube, of Medford, Toni (Allen) Handel, of Medford, Shawn Bube, of Rib Lake, and Casey Bube, of Wausau, WI; 16 grandchildren, Joshua Bube, Travis Bube, Lee Orth, Ryan Orth, Shari Loiselle, Samantha Orth, Ashley Engen, Cory Pinter, Nicole Werner, Kelsey Schaefer, Haley Junker, Tia Bube, Cole Bube, Clayton Bube, Maxx Handel, and Chase Handel; 4 great-grandchildren, Kolt Bube, Isaac Schaefer, Levi Schaefer, and Jacob Junker; his sister, Evelyn Bieniek, of Kewaskum, WI; and 1 brother-in-law, John Hebert, of Rib Lake.

Charles was preceded in death by his parents, William and Emma; 2 brothers, Tom Bube and William Bube; 3 sisters, Betty Monty, Delores Matyka, and Shirley Hebert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake at 11:00 AM adhering to social distancing guidelines. Fr. Hrudaya Raj Sunkara will officiate. The family will receive friends for visitation from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM. Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Catholic Cemetery.


For online condolences, visit generationsfuneral.com

Charlie Thompson


Charlie Thompson was welcomed to his Heavenly home on Friday morning, August 21, 2020 at the age of 87. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Delores (nee Wagner) Thompson, daughters Cheryl (Charles) Herriges, Ruth (David) Seer, and Christine (Jon) Mengert.  He was the proud grandfather of 7 grandchildren, and soon to be 8 great grandchildren.  Proceeded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, 1 sister and his son-in-law Charles Herriges.


Charlie was born on January 7, 1933 in Medford WI to Howard and Dagmar Thompson. He graduated from Medford High School in 1951.  He met his wife Delores of Menomonee Falls WI. They fell in love, married on January 11, 1958 and were blessed with 3 daughters.


Charlie was called upon to serve his country in the National Guard. Upon his return from service he began work at Butler Structural Steel in Butler, Wisconsin until 1983 and then later Associated Erecting in Waukesha, WI.


Visitation Saturday, August 29 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church 20851 W. Main St. Lannon from 9 AM until time of Funeral Service at 11 AM.  Private entombment Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield.

Keith M. Gorichs


Keith M. Gorichs, 85, Medford died on Sunday, September 13 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he had been a patient for the past 2 weeks.


Funeral services for Keith will be at 11 AM on Wednesday, September 16 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford with Rev. Rodger Prois officiating.  Visitation time will be from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM that day.  Military rites will be performed by the Medford Areal Military Honors Team.  Burial will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II.  Pallbearers will family members, Jacob & David  Eckmann, Nicholas Gorichs, Willis Ziemer, Alex & James Imbach.


Keith was born on February 13, 1935 in Whittlesey to August and Florence (Fruzen) Gorichs.  He attended Chelsea Grade School and was a 1954 graduate of Medford High School.   His first marriage took place on May 23, 1964 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford to Patricia A. Ziemer and she preceded him in death November 14, 1991.  His second marriage took place on July 10, 1993, also at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford to Kathleen A. Heier and she survives.


After his education, Keith served from 1955 to 1959 in the US Army 10th Mountain Division.  He also served for 2 years with the National Guard prior.  He worked for 43 years at Weather Shield Manufacturing in Medford until his retirement in 2000.  He enjoyed cards, fishing, traveling & serving as an honor guard with the Medford Area Military Honors Team.   He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford and the Medford VFW Club.


Surviving are his wife, Kathleen “Kathy” Gorichs of Medford, children, Pamela (David) Eckmann and Scott (Valerie) Gorichs, both of Wausau, and Sarah (James) Imbach of Whittlesey.  Also surviving are his grandchildren, Samantha & Jacob Eckmann, Nicholas & Benjamin Gorichs, Alex Imbach along with his great grandchildren, Ashton & Easton Imbach, siblings, Gerald (Barb) Gorichs of Norwell, MA, John “Jack” (Joan) Gorichs of Medford and Shirley Floryance of New Berlin, WI.  He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, and sisters, Donna Glamann, Sandy Anderson and Betty Gorichs in infancy.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, 225780 Rib Mountain Drive #234, Wausau, WI 54401 in Keith’s name.  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Vincent "Vince" M. Blume


Vincent “Vince” M. Blume, 66, a Township of Holway resident died on Tuesday, September 8 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he had been a patient for the past 2 days.

Per his request, there will be no services.  The family plans to have a celebration of life gathering at a later date.  Interment of his cremated remains will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Township of Holway.


Vincent was born on February 24, 1954 at Medford, the son of Henry and Inez (Hamm) Blume.  He attended Holway elementary schools and was a 1972 graduate of Medford High School.  His marriage took place on May 3, 1980 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford to Lynne M. Johnson and she survives.


After his education, he served in the US Navy from 1972 – 1976 aboard the USS Kitty Hawk.  After the military, he returned to the Medford area and worked for Marathon Cheese, Parrett Mfg., Nestle and retired from Abbyland in 2016.  In retirement, he worked in organic farming.  He enjoyed the outdoors, grilling, playing with his grandchildren, woodworking, gardening, reading, hunting, fishing and John Deere tractors.


He is survived by his wife Lynne Blume of the Town of Holway, children, Michael (Dr. Antonio Gutierrez de Blume) Blume of Las Vegas, NV, Victoria (Carl) Peterson of Westboro and Aaron Blume of Medford.  Also surviving are his grandchildren, Clinton and Vanessa Peterson of Westboro and a brother, Dennis (Joann) Blume of Vail, AZ.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, JoAnne Rose in 2007.


The family requests any donations be given in his name to Taylor County Libraries or Fire Departments.


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

Orville "Kent" Benjegerdes


After a long and faithful life on this earth, Orville "Kent" Benjegerdes, 91, passed on Friday, September 4 at Colonial Center in Colby under the care of their staff and St. Croix hospice.


Kent was born on May 15, 1929 in Des Moines, IA to Elsie Irene Benjegerdes. He attended Danville Township primary school and Manly High School. A severe case of the measles forced him to drop out of high school. Later, he proudly earned his GED.


Orville met his future wife and love of his life, Marlene Sutton. Soon after their initial acquaintance and beginning of their courtship, he enlisted in the United States Navy and served as a Seabee during the Korean War. Regular correspondence blossomed into an engagement and then a wedding on December 20, 1952, at the United Methodist Church, Plymouth, IA. Orville and Marlene would celebrate 68 years of marriage this year.


In 1965 Orville and Marlene purchased a farm in Hull township. They continued on the same farm until his retirement in 1995. Then Orville went to work for the dairy he had sold milk to all his Wisconsin farming years; Welcome Dairy. He drove a milk truck and worked in the factory.


Orville belonged to the VFW and held several positions in the Colby United Methodist Church. He enjoyed Sunday drives in the country, trap shooting, arrowhead and rock collecting, and nature.
He was no stranger to working hard his whole life.....most days from sunup to sundown. Whether it was milking cows, plowing snow, making hay, repairing machinery, caring for a sick animal, mowing lawn or planting crops and garden, he made sure it all got done...........taking care of himself last.


Orville is survived by his children, Janine (LeRoy) Johnson of Owen, and Joel (Karen), Gatesville Texas. He is further survived by 5 grandchildren: Aimee (Travis) Haakenson of Medford; Tyler (Ailea) Johnson of Batesville, AK; Julie (Brian) Benjegerdes-Collins of Gatesville; Katie (Garrett) Benjegerdes-Homan of Belton, TX; and Megan (Wesley) Benjegerdes-Wiegreffe of Fort Worth, TX. He is also survived by five great grandchildren and one great-great grandson. He was preceded in death by one great grandson, Aspen.


A Celebration of life will be held on Tuesday, September 15, at 2 PM at Marina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford. Family and friends are welcome from 1PM until the time of service Tuesday at the funeral home. Military Honors will provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227. The family respectfully asks that any one who attends follow the Covid -19 guidelines by wearing a mask and practicing good handwashing.

Timothy "Tim" "Boomer" L. Olson


Timothy “Tim” “Boomer” L. Olson, 55, of Rib Lake, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 5, 2020 at his residence.


A memorial visitation for Tim will take place on Friday, September 11, 2020 at Zondlo’s from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Prior to graveside services the Rib Lake Fire Department will perform a Last Call at 10:00 AM at Zondlo’s on September 12, 2020 followed by a procession to Lakeview Cemetery. Following the committal a luncheon will be held at Zondlo’s. Pallbearers are Shane Olson, Darrin Fritsch, Kenny Shilling, Kevin Keiser, Mike Olson, and Cavan Johnson.


Tim was born on January 20, 1965 to LeRoy and Doredda (Peterson) Olson in Medford. He attended Medford area schools. He married Lynn Polacek on October 17, 1987, they were later divorced. He worked at Hurds, Caterpillar and most recently at Jarp Industries.


In his spare time Tim enjoyed four-wheeling, hunting, watching the Packers, and working for the Fire Department.


Tim is survived by his parents, LeRoy and Doredda; significant other, Ann Wild; children, Trey (Kaitlyn Moore) and Shane (Kaleigh Herrick) Olson, both of Eau Claire; step-grandchildren Rhett, Avery, and Olivia; siblings, Mark (Melanie) Olson, David (Laurie Voda) Olson, John (Sherrie) Olson, Sue (Tim) Loucks, Wendy (Rob) VanLuven, Mike (Savannah Fuchs) Olson; brother-in-law Tim Brandner. Tim is further survived by nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

Tim is preceded in death by his sister Sandy Brandner.


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

Milton M. "Pete" Story


MILTON M. "PETE" STORY, age 74, of Eau Claire, WI, formerly of the Hannibal area, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at Care Partners Assisted Living in Eau Claire. Funeral services will be held at 11am on Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at Thorp Funeral Home. Pastor John Sindler will officiate, and burial will follow in the Hannibal Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Mason Chmielowiec, Myles Chmielowiec, Skylar Halida, Dakota Halida, Travis Warren, Cole Nelson, Todd Warren and James Millikin. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Sheldon American Legion Post #316. Visitation will be held at Thorp Funeral Home, on Tuesday, from 9am until time of service.


Milton Melcher Story was born on December 31, 1945 in Jump River, WI, the son of Leo and Lillian (Wry) Story. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in area schools, graduating from Gilman High School in 1964. After high school, Pete moved to Illinois and worked for Bell Telephone for a year and a half. He enlisted into the U.S. Army on December 12, 1965 and served until his honorable discharge on December 1, 1967. After his discharge, Pete returned to Wisconsin and worked at Peavey's Lumber Mill in Ladysmith, WI, and later at Presto Industries in Eau Claire.


Pete was united in marriage to Rosemary J. Chmielowiec at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, in Tony, WI, on June 14, 1969. They later divorced. He purchased the grocery store in Hannibal, in addition to working at the Hannibal School as a janitor. After selling the store, Pete went to work for Northeast Asphalt, (later Payne and Dolan Road Construction Company), as a heavy equipment operator.


He moved to the Antigo, WI area and spent several years there, enjoying the friends he made.
Pete enjoyed playing sports and bowling in his earlier years. He also liked playing cards, watching sports, going to the casino and spending time with his family and friends.
He was a member of the Sheldon American Legion Post #316, and Wisconsin Operating Engineers Local 139.


Pete is survived by his 4 children: Mark (Gail) Chmielowiec of Rib Lake, WI, Kelly (James) Millikin of Medford, Becky (Todd) Warren of Lakeville, MN, and Trenton (Brittany) Story of Boyd, WI; 11 grandchildren: Olivia, Mason, Leah, Myles, Skylar, Dakota, Hunter, Travis, Samantha (Jacob) Ring, Tucker, and Blake; 5 great grandchildren: Eli, Brock, Ellianna, Fynlie, and Braxton; 6 siblings: Carol Story of Lynnwood, WA, Masey (Dean) Thorkelson of Lynnwood, WA, Dorvin (Marilyn) Story of Sheldon, Debbie (Bruce) Kujuwa of Eau Claire, Jeane Story of Altoona, and Peggy (Chuck) Warner of Lake Hallie; one brother-in-law: Tom Nelson of Medford; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers: Darrell and Duane Story; and 4 sisters: Ellen Hoeck, Marie Story, Gladys Wiacek, and Hazel Nelson.

Viola G. Zielinski


Viola G. Zielinski, 79, a Township of Greenwood resident, died on Tuesday, September 1 at her residence under the loving care of her family and Hope Hospice.


Funeral services for Viola will be held graveside at 10 am on Saturday, September 5 at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford with Rev. David Clements officiating.  Visitation will be from 9 am until the time of services at 10 am on Saturday at the cemetery.  Due to COVID concerns, social distancing will be appreciated.  Serving as pallbearers will be her grandsons, Kenneth & Brandon Zielinski, Dylan Brusky, Sean Schreiner, Jimmy Anderson and Jonathan Wiegel.


Viola was born on March 30, 1941 at Westboro, WI, the daughter of Merle and Gertrude (Francks) Smith.  She attended Westboro Elementary School and High School.  Her marriage took place on April 11, 1959 in Ogema to Lester “Les” R. Zielinski and he preceded her in death November 15, 2011.


After their marriage, they resided in various places.  They farmed in the Township of Molitor for a period of time, while residing in Plover, she worked at Del Monte and she also worked at Gem Products in Rib  Lake until her retirement.  She enjoyed camping, gardening, baking, fishing, crocheting, bird watching, her beloved dog – “Cutie Pie”, and spending time with her family.


She is survived by her children, Ken (Diane) Zielinski of Plover, Tammie Zielinski, Jeanine (Donald Jr. “Chip”) Bartelt and Darla (Jeff) Ewer, all of Medford, Michael (Mary Jo) Zielinski of Kronenwetter and Leslie Zielinski of Colby.  Also surviving are 21 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild on the way, along with siblings, Noni (Richard) Zugier of Boyd and Vaughn (Amy) Smith of Loyal.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, Galen Todd Zielinski, grandson, Rodney Dale Zielinski, and her siblings, Richard Smith and Doris Griesbach.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given in her name to Hope Hospice of Medford.  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Rose "Rosie" M. Anderson

Rose “Rosie” M. Anderson, 87, a Township of Molitor resident died on Saturday, August 29 under the loving care of her family and Hope Hospice.


Per her request, there will be no services for Rose.  Inurnment will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II.


Rose was born on July 27, 1933 in the Township of Greenwood, Taylor County, the daughter of James and Mary (Steen) Neuman, Sr..  Her marriage took place on February 12, 1955 at Stetsonville to Carl R. Anderson and he preceded her in death on September 20, 2009.


She was employed at Marathon Cheese in Medford for many years.  


Surviving are a son, Roger Anderson of the Township of Molitor, grandsons, Cory (Kristie Ulrich) Anderson of Medford and Eric Anderson of Dorchester, along with her great-grandchildren, Bryce, Makala, Isaac, Mason & Dominick.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and a son, Carl D. Anderson Jr. on October 2, 2016.  Also preceding her in death were her brothers, Jim, Alvin, Ernest and Elford Neuman.


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




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