WKEB Obituaries Blog Archives for 2020-10

Arlan R. Hamm

 

Arlan R. Hamm was called home to be with his Lord October 14, 2020 at Oakbrook Nursing Home in Thorp, WI.

 

Arlan was born December 13, 1938 in the township of Mayville, Clark, Co. to Frank and Mildred (Neitzel) Hamm. He attended Brady Grade School and Dorchester High School. He went to heavy equipment school in Pennsylvania. He also attended Lay School of Ministry of northwest Synod of WI.

 

Arlan was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran in Curtiss, he served as the council President, Sunday School Teacher, and Confirmation Leader for many years. He also served as the village President, and the town of Hoard Treasurer. Arlan worked as a carpenter at Pathfinder Spencer and Liberty Homes of Dorchester. Then he farmed west of Curtiss on Romadka Ave. until 1993. He also drove delivery truck for Curtiss Metal Connection and Marge’s Flowers.

 

His passion was growing flowers, cooking and helping everyone out. He enjoyed playing dartball with friends, playing cards with Aunt Hannah, and watching WWF wrestling with his nephews Kris and Kenny. He loved eating popcorn and laughing.

 

Arlan is survived by a brother: Gary (June) Hamm of Curtiss, a sister: Donna (Duane) Schmidt of Stanley, and many nieces and Nephews: Sherry Looker and family of Rochester, MN, Julie Fink and family Rochester, MN, Jeff (Lois) Fischer and family of Colby, David (Reshell) Fischer of Jim Falls, Kristin Schmidt and family of Abbotsford, Janet (Tony) Schmidt and family of Chippewa Falls, and Rev. Kenneth (Sarah) Schmidt and family of Stanley; and 16 great nieces and nephews and many cousins.

 

Arlan is preceded in death by his parents and his sister: Judy Klemke and husband Larry.

 

A private Service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran in Curtiss on October 24, at 11:00 a.m.. Family and friends can watch the service live on the funeral home’s Facebook page or after service anytime on Facebook or the website.

 

A Celebration of Life will be at a later date because of covid.

 

Heartfelt thanks to the staff at Oakbrook Home for their care and love for Arlan these past four years. Dementia is a tough disease to deal with.

Pauline K. Kelly

 

Pauline K. Kelly, 103, of Rib Lake, passed away on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 in Medford at Aspirus Care and Rehab.

 

Pauline was born on August 5, 1917 to Edward and Mary (Tirpeck) Miller in Westboro. She attended Rindt Grade School. She married Frank Kelly on May 29, 1937 in Chelsea Assumption of The Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church; he precedes her in death.

 

Pauline worked along with her husband taking care of their dairy farm. She also worked at the Rib Lake nursing home for 6 years, working in the kitchen. She was a past member of the Westboro Homemaker Club, leader of the Skyline 4H Club, and a member of the Westboro Library Board.

 

In her spare time, Pauline enjoyed spending hours sewing for many individuals and organizations, traveling up north and out west, and berry picking.

 

Pauline is survived by her children, Pat (Roy) Vessley of Medford, Daniel Kelly of The Yaak Valley, Montana, Jeanene Kelly of Westboro, and Jason Jackson of Wisconsin Rapids; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by other family and friends.

 

Pauline is preceded in death by her husband, parents, daughter Kathleen Miller, brothers, and sisters.

 

Private family services will be held at a later date.

 

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

Cecilia L. Schmidt

 

Cecilia L. Schmidt, age 97, of Colby, passed away on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at the Waterford under the tender care of St. Croix Hospice.

 

A private family Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2020 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Abbotsford. Father Timothy Oudenhoven will officiate. Interment to follow at Dorchester Memorial Cemetery South. Family and friends can watch the service live on the funeral home’s Facebook page or after service anytime on Facebook or the website. Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home of Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Cecilia was born on January 29, 1923, the daughter of Anton and Pauline (Gass) Helfert in the Town of Holton. She was united in marriage to Theodore Schmidt on June 3, 1941 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester. He preceded her in death on March 5, 2001.

 

Cecilia played the accordion and keyboard and entertained many in nursing homes, at weddings, showers, birthday parties and during Dorchester Days. She also was a housekeeper, enjoyed gardening and canning. Cecilia was a member of St. Bernard PCCW and the Holton Homemakers. The first Saturday in June will always be known as Cecilia Schmidt Day in the Town of Holton. Most importantly, she cherished her family.

 

Cecilia is survived by five children: Daniel (Dorothy) of Mosinee, Alan (Kathy) of Windsor, Colleen Wegner of Alexandria, MN, William (Jeri) of Abbotsford and Aaron (Ellen) of Thorp; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is further survived by a sister-in-law, Beatrice Helfert of Colby; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; five brothers: Joseph, Carl, Anthony, Paul and Nick; two sisters: Agnes Bartnik and Marie Kugel.

Marion E. Ridpath

 

Marion E. Ridpath, age 86, of Owen, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2020 at Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 16 at St. Katherine’s Episcopal Church in Owen. The Rev. Tony Ring will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church. We encourage those in attendance to abide by the Covid-19 guidelines by sanitizing, wearing a mask and social distancing. Family and friends can watch the service live on the funeral home’s Facebook page or after service anytime on Facebook or the website.

Marion was born on September 23, 1933, the daughter of Sherman and Anna (Newman) Long in Curtiss. She graduated from Owen High School. Marion was united in marriage to William Ridpath on March 3, 1951 at St. Katherine’s Episcopal Church. He preceded her in death in 1980. Marion worked at Owen Manufacturing, Amacher’s Trading Post and the IGA in Owen.

Marion loved St. Katherine’s and her church friends meant a lot to her. She was always making cookies for the cookie walk at Christmas. Marion also made pillows for the homeless Vets until her family told her to stop as there was a stockpile. She also baked cookies for the fire department. Marion enjoyed her pets but most importantly, she cherished her family.

Marion is survived by her four children: Rodney (Chris) Ridpath, Debra (John) Mayenschein, Jeffrey (Jan) Ridpath and Dawn Ridpath; six grandchildren: Eric (Heidi) Venet, Brandon Ridpath, Kaleb Ridpath, Jesse Wolk, Ashley (Dustin) Zilmer and Adam Wolk; three step-grandchildren: Curtiss (Elise) Mayenschein, Ashleigh Gayenschein and Jessica (Russell) Throckmorton; eight great-grandchildren: Bailey, Kayla and Rayden Venet, Megan, McKenzie and Aubrey Wolk, Mackenna and Alaric Zilmer; two step-great-grandchildren: Lily and Sam Throckmorton. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her son, Bradley James; a great-granddaughter, Morgan; four siblings: Betty Meyer, Dorothy Rohland, Joyce Malm and Sherman Long and a brother-in-law, Charles Ridpath.

In lieu of flowers all memorials can be made to St. Katherine’s or Clark Co. Rehab and Living Center.

Clarice J, Heier

 

Clarice J. Heier, 82, of Medford, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at Aspirus Medford Hospital.

 

Clarice was born on March 7, 1938 to Fred and Julia (Redwine) Dorava in Perkinstown. She attended Roosevelt Elementary, Hannibal and Gilman High School, and graduated from UW-Eau Claire with her Bachelor’s Degree in Teaching. She married Richard Heier on June 2, 1962 at Holy Rosary Church, he precedes her in death.

 

Clarice taught school in Park Falls for 5 years. She was also a substitute teacher for schools in the Medford area.  She then went on to work for Tombstone until her retirement in 2000.

In her spare time she enjoyed gambling, fishing, bowling, and family cookouts.

 

Clarice is survived by her children, Tina (Keith) Kozey of Medford, Tanya (Philip) Pagel of Wausau, and Todd (Andrea) Heier of Medford; grandchildren, Terra (Luke) Peche, Kelly (Megan) Kozey, Erik (Heather) Kozey, Hailey (Albert Ponton) Kozey, Ashlee (Jeremy) Krause, Dustin (Mel) Heier, and Colton and Reece Pagel; 10 great-grandchildren. Clarice is further survived by her siblings Fred and Nancy Dorava, nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

 

Clarice is preceded in death by her husband; parents; brothers, Elmer, James, and Robert; sister, Deloris Larson; great-granddaughter, Emmersyn Kozey.

 

Funeral services for Clarice will take place at 12:00PM on Monday, October 12, 2020 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford with Father Patrick McConnell officiating. Visitation will take place at Hemer Funeral Home on Monday, October 12, 2020 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 12:00 PM.

 

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

Jerry J. Prepeluh

 

Jerry J. Prepeluh, age 77, of Owen, passed away on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at the Homeplace in Stanley under the tender care of Hope Hospice.

 

A Celebration Gathering will be held from 12:00 until 2 p.m. on Friday, October 9 at the United Church of Christ in Owen. A private family service will follow. The Rev. Asafa Rajaofera will officiate. Interment to be held in Riverside Cemetery in Withee. We encourage those in attendance to abide by the Covid-19 guidelines by sanitizing, wearing a mask and social distancing. Family and friends can watch the service live on the funeral home’s Facebook page or after service anytime on Facebook or the website.

 

Jerry was born on February 28, 1943, the son of John and Frances (Gustafson) Prepeluh in Stanley. He graduated from Owen-Withee High School in 1961. Jerry was united in marriage to Betty Nelson at the United Church of Christ in Owen on May 7, 1966. He served in the National Guard andworked for Badger Shooters Supply in Owen and retired from Sierra Pacific in Medford.
Jerry loved hunting, especially with his family, fishing at his happy place at TP campground in Holcombe, watching the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers and Milwaukee Brewers. Most importantly, he cherished his family.

 

Jerry is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty; three children: Dan (Jodie) Prepeluh, Mike Prepeluh and Stacy (Jeff) Rasmussen all of Owen; six grandchildren: Jake, Caitlyn, Nichole, Erin, Lucas and Kayla. He is further survived by his brother, Jim (Donna) Prepeluh of Hewitt; brother-in-law, Tom Nelson (Geri) of Owen; other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Helen E. Kohler

 

Helen E. Kohler, 84, Tomahawk, a former Rib Lake area resident, died on Monday, October 5 at Tomahawk Health Services where she had resided for the past 6 years.

 

Funeral services for Helen will take place at 11 AM on Saturday, October 10 at Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake with Rev. David Clements officiating.  Visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday.  Burial will follow services at Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake.  Pallbearers will be Jaymon Anderson, Bob Hanson, Michael, Jeff Sr., Jeff Jr. and Lucas Kohler.   Due to COVID concerns, masks will be required for both the visitation and services.

 

Helen was born on March 18, 1936 in Rib Lake, the daughter of William O. and Esther B. (Gerstberger) Kluckman.  She attended Merrill elementary and high schools.  Her marriage took place on February 12, 1955 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Cudahy, to Ernest “Ernie” A. Kohler and he preceded her in death September 1, 2012.

 

She worked for a period of time as a receptionist at a law firm in Milwaukee while residing in both Milwaukee and Greendale.   She later moved to Lake Tomahawk in retirement and lived there until entering the Tomahawk nursing home.  She enjoyed crafting, cooking, baking, spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

 

She is survived by her son, Jeffrey (Barbara) Kohler of Richfield, WI and daughter, Debra Kohler of New Albin, Iowa.  Also surviving are 4 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren, along with her siblings, Arlene Mandery of Brookfield, Mickey (Bob) Hanson of Rhinelander, Shirley Grund of Racine and Donald Kluckman of Kenosha.  She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and a daughter, Jill Kohler in 2001.

 

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

Duane "Biff" Runge

 

Duane “Biff” Runge, age 74, of Colby, passed away on Thursday, October 1, 2020 surrounded by his loving family at his home, under the care of Heartland Hospice.

 

A Graveside Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Colby. Rev. Amy Heinz will officiate. Military Honors will be provided by the Unity American Legion Post #358. We encourage those in attendance to abide by the Covid-19 guidelines by wearing a mask, social distancing and bringing your own chair. Family and friends can watch the service live on the funeral home’s Facebook page or after service anytime on Facebook or the website. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Colby is entrusted with the arrangements.

Biff was born on August 3, 1946, the son of Harold and Marjorie (Hudson) Runge in Unity, WI. He is a graduate of Colby High School. After High school and a summer of working at The Mandel Cheese Factory, he moved to Milwaukee and worked with Allen Bradley Co. and Marc Knauf Construction.

Biff was inducted into the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War. In 1970 he moved back to central WI and was united in marriage to JoAnn Will at St. Mary Catholic Church on June 20, 1970. They lived for 28 years in Unity, raising their family and “remodeling the oldest house in the village.” Biff retired after 32 years of employment from the Marathon County Highway Dept.

Biff was an avid sportsman and especially took pride in his “Hartford Buck!” He also enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing pool and fast/slow pitch softball. Biff was an enthusiastic sports fan; especially when it came to watching his kids and grandkids play sports. He had a knack for nick-naming, storytelling, and anecdotes. Biff enjoyed socializing with everyone. In the spring, he looked forward to his maple syrup hobby. He was past president and board member of the Village of Unity and member of the American Legion of Unity. Biff also was a member of the Taylor County Sportsmen Club.

Biff enjoyed driving his “Buggy” (UTV) around the neighborhood and countryside with his companion “FiFi”. He loved his children and grandchildren and was a believer that “Grandchildren were God’s gift for growing old.”

Biff is survived by his wife of 50 years: JoAnn; three children: Shannah (Thad) Schmitt, Tayt Runge, and Dana (Benjamin) Goff; four grandchildren: Taylor and Thayne Schmitt and Grayson and Asher Goff; four brothers: Dennis “Butch” (Diane), Ronnie (Lavone), Randy (Pam), and Bradley (Kathy); and one sister: Susan (Ron) Karsten. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, special cousins, in-laws and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Harold and Marjorie Runge; a sister: Nancy Moede; and brother-in-law: Orvis Moede.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been established in Duane’s name.

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