WKEB Obituaries Blog Archives for 2021-01

Gerald "Paddy" J. Schneider

 

Gerald “Paddy” J. Schneider, 85, of Rib Lake, passed away on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at his home under the care of Hope Hospice.

 

A memorial service for Gerald will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, with Father Raj officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Saturday, January 16, 2021 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM

 

Gerald was born on December 17, 1935 to Michael and Rosa (Judd) Schneider in Rib Lake. He graduated from Rib Lake High School. He married Adrianne Schirmer on June 6, 1959; she survives. He farmed his entire life. He took over the family farm at 17 after his father passed away until retirement. He loved picking rocks in the fields. Gerald sold farm equipment, logged, owned a saw mill, and worked for Magnuson Mink Ranch. He also served on the Taylor County Board of Supervisors. His favorite place was the sugar bush, where he could collect and process maple syrup. He was a leader and driving force for neighborhood projects.

 

Gerald enjoyed fishing in Canada. He was a mighty deer hunter. In his spare time, he enjoyed dancing, playing cards, especially, cribbage and sheepshead. He was also a lifelong contributor to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. He was known for saying “I’m not just a pretty face; I know stuff too”.

 

Gerald is survived by his wife Adrianne; children, Jane Schneider of Westboro, Jacky (Tim) Peterson of Westboro, Tony (Karen) Schneider of Rib Lake, Linda (Tony) Kochan of Ogema, and Jeannie Logan of Weston; grandchildren, Alex, Jared, Carl, Nikki, Tyler, Derek, Kyle, Zach, Adam, Ashley, Cain, and Cody; 13 great-grandchildren. Gerald is further survived by other family and friends.

 

Gerald is preceded in death by his parents; son, Joseph, and 13 siblings.

 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Gerald’s name may be given to Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

 

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

Gail A. Kestler

 

Gail A. Kestler, 70, Medford, a Town of Medford resident, died on Monday, January 11 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where she had been a patient for the past 5 days. 

 

Due to COVID concerns, funeral services for Gail will be private family only at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford with Father Patrick McConnell officiating.  Burial of her cremated remains will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery at a later date.

 

Gail was born on March 13, 1950 in Medford, the daughter of Earl and Helen (Pohle) Hoffman.  She attended Holy Rosary Elementary School and was a graduate of Medford High School.  On May 23, 1970, she married Richard “Dick” A. Kestler at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford. 

Gail worked most of her life as a housewife and also worked for many years at her family’s business, Hoffman’s Ben Franklin Store in downtown Medford.  She enjoyed fishing, riding in her horse carriage and her dogs and cats.  Her faith was very important to her and her passion was her family.  She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford. 

 

Surviving Gail is her husband, Richard “Dick” Kestler of Medford; siblings, Joan (Al) Clark of Prescott, Jim (Linda) Hoffman of Medford and Carrie (Kevin Parsons) Perini of Columbus, OH; along with several brothers/sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, Marge Rothmeier, Dick & Wayne Hoffman, and many brothers/sisters-in-law. 

 

Any memorial contributions may be given in Gail’s name to Holy Rosary Church and School, Medford.  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Barbara "Chee Chee" J. Hasseldick

 

Barbara “Chee Chee” J. Hasseldick, 84, Stetsonville, a Town of Deer Creek resident, died on Thursday, January 7 at Aspirus Country Gardens, Medford where she had resided for the past 3 weeks most recently under the care of Hope Hospice. 

 

Funeral services will take place at 11 AM on Tuesday, January 12 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville with Rev. Richard Russow officiating.  Visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Tuesday at the church.  Due to COVID concerns, masks will be required for the visitation and funeral services.  Burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Stetsonville. 

 

Barbara was born on February 27, 1936 at Medford, the daughter of Melvin and Dorothy (Riemer) Nelson.  She attended Green Acres Elementary School, Town of Deer Creek and Medford High School.  Her marriage took place on August 11, 1956 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville to Wayne H. Hasseldick and he preceded her in death on October 30, 2003.

 

After marriage, they farmed in the Town of Deer Creek for many years until retirement in 1992.  While farming she worked as a cook at the Stetsonville Centennial Hall.  She enjoyed trips to the casino, reading, puzzles, mowing lawn, making pies and making her famous potato salad.  She was a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville. 

 

Surviving are her daughter, Vicki Jacobsen of Stetsonville; grandchildren, Justin Jacobsen of Phoenix, AZ and Brooke (Brandon) Grube of Colfax; siblings, Betty Luick of Oregon, Doris Savage of Nekoosa and Don (Shirley) Nelson of Abbotsford. 

 

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents and siblings, Marjorie Purgett & Melva Hanson.

 

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

Bruce A. Kohn

 

Bruce Kohn, 58, passed away at the Wausau Hospital on January 1, 2021. A funeral mass will be Saturday, Jan. 16 at 11 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford. There will be a visitation one hour prior to the funeral mass.

 

Bruce was born to Rae and Florette (Hutman) Kohn of Medford on an.7, 1962. Bruce is a graduate of Medford High School and owned his own logging business until ill health. He married Josephine Becera on Sept. 8, 2001.

 

He is survived by his wife, Josephine; his children, Jedrae and Lea; his father, Rae; siblings, Michael,

Donna, Linda, Mark, David (Jamie), Lori, Gary (Lisa), Mary and Neal; sister-in-law, Ester (Larry); and 

many aunts; uncles; nieces; and nephews; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Florette.

 

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

Jerome "Jerry" C. Rankl

 

Jerome “Jerry” C. Rankl, age 88, of Dorchester, passed away surrounded by his loving family at Marshfield Medical Center on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

 

A Private Family Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Peace United Church of Christ in Dorchester. The Funeral will be live streamed on the funeral home’s Facebook page or after service anytime on Facebook or the website. Rev. Doris Ruben will officiate. A Public Interment to follow at 11:45 a.m. with Military Honors provided by the Dorchester American Legion Post #517 at the Dorchester Memorial Cemetery North. A Celebration of his life will be held at a later date. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Dorchester is entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Jerry was born on March 7, 1932, the son of Clarence and Ethel (Scheibe) Rankl in the Town of Holton. He graduated from Abbotsford High School and attended one year at UW-River Falls. Jerry was drafted into the U. S. Army Air Corps served during the Korean War as a paratrooper from 1952-54. On December 21, 1954, he was united in marriage to Arlene Carlson at Peace United Church of Christ in Dorchester.

 

Jerry was a proud dairy farmer who loved working the soil. He retired from milking cattle in 2001 and crop farmed until 2018. Jerry enjoyed working with animals and loved his pet dogs and cats. He loved hunting, fishing, and time at the cabin. Most importantly, Jerry loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

 

Jerry was a lifetime member of Peace United Church of Christ. For many years he was a council member, president of the council and custodian. Jerry was a member and chaplain of the Dorchester American Legion Post #517. He especially enjoyed the Honor Flight to Washington DC and has a plaque in the Korean Memorial at the Highground Memorial Park in Neillsville.

 

Jerry is survived by his wife of 66 years, Arlene; four children: Kurt (Linda) of Abbotsford, Kathy (Brad) Runge of Ladysmith, Kraig (Beth) of Stacy, MN and Gail (Scott) Kissner of Rockford, MN; eight grandchildren: Chad Runge, Krysta Wahl, Erica Rankl, Randi Rankl, Kasey Rankl, Kevin Rankl, Drew Kissner, and Olivia Kissner; seven great-grandchildren: Ariel Runge, Karter Eckstrom, Samuel and Caleb Rankl and Madalyn Runge, Avery and Morgan Wahl. He is further survived by two brothers: James (Cindy) and Guy; a brother-in-law, Lyle (Sylvia) Carlson and a sister-in-law, Carole (Joe) Herman; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant grandson, Logan Kissner.

 

Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com

Dustin "Dusty" M. Jensen

 

Dustin “Dusty” Michael Jensen of Medford passed away unexpectedly Thursday, December 31st, 2020.  He was just 28 years old.

 

Dustin was born on September 25th, 1992 in Marshfield, WI to Kevin and Pamela (Axtman) Jensen. He attended Medford elementary schools & graduated from Medford Area Senior High School in 2011.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design in 2017 from the University of Minnesota, Duluth.  Upon graduating, Dustin began his career as a Project Engineer/Cost Estimator for WADAL Plastics, Inc.  Most recently, he was promoted to Project Manager, taking on an additional leadership responsibility for the organization.

 

During his childhood, Dustin enjoyed go-kart racing, concerts and music festivals, and gaming with his friends.  He was incredibly creative, bright, and a talented artist.  Dustin was gregarious and outgoing, and spending time with his friends and family was his passion.  Dustin was the heart of family holidays and vacations.  He loved music, singing and dancing, and eating a home cooked meal.  He also had a knack for impressions, and if you spent any time with him, you’d inevitably spent a lot of time laughing.  Dustin will always be remembered by his vibrant personality, contagious smile, infectious laugh, and most importantly, his kindness.

 

A private family only service for Dustin will be held, with a celebration of life planned for a future date post COVID.

 

He is survived by his mother Pamela Jensen of Rib Lake, his father Kevin Jensen (Renee Kauffman, and children Jake Kauth, and Jaedyn, Lexi, and Luke and Ossmann) of Rib Lake, his brother Eric Jensen of Wausau, his sister Heather Axtman (Dwayne Toatley and children Zara, Tahlia, Kai, and Shadi Toatley) of Minneapolis, his sister Tasha Jensen (Alex Nelson, and children Ariana Jensen and Theo Nelson) of Fergus Falls, MN, his maternal grandmother Rose Heisler of Breckenridge, MN, his best friend Marcus Ludwig of Medford, and his many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who all loved Dustin profoundly.  He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, James Axtman, paternal grandparents, George and Audrey Jensen, uncle, Jeff Jensen and cousin Amanda Sem.

 

The family has designated the Medford Area Senior High School Music Department for memorial contributions.  Dustin spent many years performing and traveling with the Music Department in high school.  His parents are creating a scholarship in his name.  Donations can be made out to Pam or Kevin Jensen, and mailed to 9303 N Long Lake Road, Rib Lake, WI 54470.  They will compile them into a memorial fund in honor of Dustin’s memory. 

 

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

 

“Because life is short but sweet for certain”
-- Dave Matthews

Delores J. Eisner

 

Delores J, Eisner, 84, of Rib Lake, passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at Rib Lake Health Services.

 

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

 

Delores was born on July 13, 1936 to Harold and Mae (Stoneberg) Vanderhoof in Chili. She married William “Bill” Eisner, Sr. on January 22, 1955; he survives.

 

Delores worked at Gem Products shoe factory in Rib Lake. She later worked at Cops IGA in Medford. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, playing cards, spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

 

Delores is survived by her husband, William Eisner, Sr.; children, William (Deb) Eisner, Jr. of Rib Lake, Mark (Valarie) Eisner of Roberts, MT, Carol (Krist) Punzel of Rib Lake, and Joseph (Heather) Eisner of Rib Lake; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; sisters, Ruby Birkholz of Ogema and Yvonne Presswood of Illinois. Delores is further survived by other friends and family.

 

Delores is preceded in death by her parents; siblings, Grace Payne, Calvin Vanderhoof, Norman Vanderhoof, Vera Ladner, and Mertle Payne.

 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the family for use at a later designation.

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

Margaret H. Ziehlke-Lodholz

Margaret H. Ziehlke-Lodholz, 95, passed away peacefully at her home in Wausau on January 4, 2021, under the loving care of her daughters, caregivers, and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

 

Maggie was born July 5, 1925, on the Joseph and Helen Schrauth family farm in the Town of Little Black, the middle child of 13 children.  She loved growing up on the farm and had many fond memories to share.  She attended the local two-room schoolhouse until the 8th grade, freely admitting that recess was her favorite time spent there.  She enjoyed sewing, making clothes for her appreciative siblings on her mother’s treadle sewing machine.  She worked in a defense plant in Milwaukee during WWII, and then in the Wausau and Merrill area until her marriage to Roy Ziehlke on October 3, 1953, in Medford.  On May 25, 2008, she married Marvin Lodholz, at which time she moved back to Wausau.

 

Maggie is survived by her children Randy (Donna), Brenda (Roger), Kurt, Yvonne, and Sheryl (Jody).  She is further survived by her husband Marvin, step daughter-in-law Laurie, 8 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, 3 step granddaughters, her two remaining sisters, Josephine and Kathryn (John), and many loving nieces and nephews.  Maggie is preceded in death by Roy, daughter Kelly Ann, her parents Joseph and Helen (Fleischmann) Schrauth, and her siblings Marcella, Alvin, Aloysius, Bernard, Leona, Mary Florence, Joey, Lucille, Sister Helen, and Danny, and stepson James. 

 

She babysat for many children through the years who got to enjoy her homemade french fries and applesauce. Maggie enjoyed working at the Chelsea Conservation Club for weddings and her years of seasonal work at local mink ranches.  She always had a big vegetable garden and many flowers.   She found enjoyment and comfort in strumming a guitar, playing the piano, and singing old country and western songs, especially for the “old people” at the Medford Nursing Home. She was a regular participant in the Perkinstown Snowshoe Race, being honored as the oldest racer for a few years. Maggie was known for her annual garage sales and selling her ‘happy worms’ to anxious fishermen.  Her patchwork quilts are still enjoyed by many. Her positive outlook and sense of humor enabled Maggie to live a long and happy life; qualities that were admired by all who knew her. In her younger days she loved going to the Saturday night polka dances. Maggie spent her last remaining months listening to the music of her beloved Carter Family.  A visit to the Carter Family Homestead in Virginia with her sisters was a highlight of her many travels.

 

Maggie was a lifelong member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.  Although her memory failed her in recent years, she still remembered and recited her prayers, even surprising her family with an occasional one we could only assume she learned as a child.

 

A memorial service will be held at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Saturday, July 10, 2021 at 11:00am. Visitation will take place at the church from 10:00am until the time of service. Burial will be at the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.

 

The family wishes to thank all the loving caregivers that helped care for our mother in her last few years. The John J. Buettgen Funeral Home and Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society were entrusted with arrangements.  Share memories and condolences with Maggie’s family online at office@HonorOne.com.

 

James "Jim" J. Miller

 

James “Jim” J. Miller, age 81, of Dorchester passed away surrounded by his loving family at the Colonial Center on Monday, January 4, 2021 under the tender care of Heartland Hospice.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Milan. Father George Graham will officiate. Interment to follow at the church cemetery. Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Friday at the church. 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 Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Jim was born the sixth child out of ten on July 29, 1939, the son of Joseph and Lucille (Bartnik) Miller in the Town of Holton. He graduated from Dorchester High School in 1957. On January 6, 1962, Jim was united in marriage to Patricia Pecher at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester. He worked for his brother, Louis at Miller Drywall before starting his own construction business, Jim Miller Construction.

 

Jim liked snowmobiling, swimming, camping, fishing and hunting. He also had a hobby farm and was very creative. Most importantly, Jim cherished his family and friends.

 

Jim is survived by his wife of 59 years, Pat; five children: Renee (Tim) Hein of Athens, Christine (Steve) Zettler of Athens, Kurt Miller of Dorchester, Rhonda (Michael) Rudolph of Medford and Jeff Miller of Colby; eight grandchildren: Matthew (Jessica), Melanie, and Daniel Hein; Kelsey, Hailey, and Hannah Zettler; Megan and Mallory Rudolph; seven great-grandchildren: Jacob, Emilie, Braxton, Kaden, Cooper, Corbyn and Landen. He is further survived by six sisters: Jean Korb of San Diego, CA, Grace Gutenberger of Colby, Dorothy (Ed) Broeske of Birnamwood, Mary Ann (Larry) Paul of Glendale, Elaine (Jim) Hiebl of Colby and Loretta (Jerry) Fialkowski of Neenah; a sister-in-law, Lue Miller of Dorchester; nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and his beloved fur babies, Toby and Sadie.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents; three brothers: Louis, Joe and Leonard Miller and a nephew, Randy “Scooby” Miller.

 

We encourage those in attendance to abide by the Covid-19 guidelines by sanitizing, wearing a mask (if able) and social distancing.

Arlen L. Utke

 

Arlen L. Utke, 84, of Curtiss, passed away at the Clark County Rehab and Living Center in Owen on January 1, 2021.

 

A private graveside service will be held in the spring at Pine Hill Cemetery in Curtiss. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.

 

Arlen was born August 13, 1936 in Owen, WI to LeRoy R. and Norma S. (Jacobi) Utke . He attended Woodland and Bee Hive Grade Schools and was a 1954 graduate of Abbotsford High School. He married the former E. Jane (Peissig) Williams on July 18, 1981 at Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church in Curtiss. Arlen and his brother, Harold, started Utke Brothers Building and Supply in Curtiss in the early 1960’s, there Arlen was the architect and a carpenter. He owned and operated the business until his retirement.

 

Arlen was a charter member of the Curtiss Lions Club, in which he helped to organize. He was a member of Saint Paul’s Lutheran Church and served on the Church Council. The Church Parish Hall kitchen was designed and built by the Utke Brothers. When the church was remodeled Arlen designed and built the pulpit, baptismal font, altar railing and altar table. He designed and drew plans for the new entrance addition on the church that is presently being constructed.

 

He is survived by his wife, Jane, step daughter, Rebecca Williams Johnson, grandchildren, Tyler Johnson, Hunter Johnson and Gunnar Johnson, sister-in-law: Beverly Utke and nephews: Mark and Todd Utke.

 

Arlen is preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Harold Utke.

 

Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com

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