WKEB Obituaries Blog Archives for 2021-04

Henry "Hank" C. Behling

 

Henry “Hank” C. Behling, 86, Medford, a Township of Browning resident, died on Thursday, April 8 at his residence under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice. 

 

Memorial services for Hank will be at 11 AM on Tuesday, April 13 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford with Father Patrick McConnell officiating.  Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 AM until the time of services.  Military rites will be performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team, of which Hank served with for many years.  Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford.  Due to COVID concerns, masking will be required while at the church.

 

Hank was born on April 14, 1934 at the Town of Browning, the son of Henry William and Evelyn (Lewandowski) Behling.  He attended the Town of Browning elementary school and Medford High School.  His marriage took place on June 23, 1962 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to Birdine May Hart. 

 

After his education, he served in the US Army.  After the military, he returned to the area and served with the Medford National Guard for 7 years.  He worked at Mondeaux Millwork, 41 years at Weather Shield Mfg. and 10 years at Medford Motors as a janitor.  He loved to spend time with his family, hunt, fish, dancing to polka music, motorcycle riding and climbing with friends in his earlier years.  He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford and the Medford American Legion Post. 

 

Surviving are his wife, Birdine Behling of Medford; son, Duane (Christine) Behling of Medford; grandchildren, Kristie (Benjamin) Petznick and Travis Behling; and a great grandson, Jacoby Petznick.  Also surviving are his sisters, Bernadine (Robert) Schmeiser of Medford and Shirley (Thomas) Kurtzweil of Mosinee. 

 

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Richard William Behling in 1977. 

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the Medford VFW Post in his name.  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Elizabeth "Liddy" A. Pinsch

 

Elizabeth “Liddy” A. Pinsch, 97, Medford, a former Town of Chelsea resident, died on Monday, April 5 at Country Gardens Senior Care, Medford where she had resided for the past 2 ½ years most recently under the care of Hope Hospice.

 

Funeral services for Elizabeth will be at 11 AM on Saturday, April 10 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford with Pastor Rodger Prois officiating.  Visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday.  Due to COVID concerns, masks will be required at the church.  Interment will be at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II.  Pallbearers will be Chris & Trevor Shore, Ron Gebert, Dan, Dylan and Ryan Nelson. 

 

Elizabeth was born on April 4, 1924 at the Town of Medford, the daughter of Charles and Della (Piller) Freeck.  She attended Anderson School in the Town of Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School.  Her marriage took place on August 17, 1942 at Tomahawk to Ernest A. Pinsch and he preceded her in death on January 18, 2002.  

 

They raised mink for a short period of time and farmed in the Town of Chelsea until 1979.  They also ran a saw mill, made and canned maple syrup.  She enjoyed ceramics, puzzles, gardening, cooking,  baking, playing cards, dancing, bingo, spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford. 

 

Surviving are her children, Albert (Ann) Pinsch of Chicago Ridge, IL, Roger Pinsch of Medford, Gail (David) Nelson of Medford, Betty (Wayne) Blumenstein of Westboro, Robert (Peggy) Pinsch of Medford and Judy (Mike) Thompson of Medford.  Also surviving are 10 grandchildren, Randy & Richard (Kim) Pinsch, Dan (Stacy) Nelson, Kate (Adam) Alexander, Richard (Rebecca) Blumenstein, Christine (Rodney Schunk) Weis, Alise (Chris) Shore, Jennifer (Chad) McCallum, Susan (Kris) Davis, Lori (Ned) Wernham; 14 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild; a sister-in-law, Rosie Freeck of Billings, MT.  She is further survived by many nieces and nephews. 

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, 2 step-great grandchildren, siblings, Harold, Ronald (Mildred)  & Ervin (Doloris) Freeck, Gladys (John) Curnow, Florence (Ray) Allar. 

 

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

Donna B. Rohrick

 

Donna B. Rohrick, 88, of Medford, passed away on Sunday, April 4, 2021 at her residence, under the care of Aspirus Hospice, surrounded by family, after a short battle with cancer.

 

A memorial service for Donna will take place at 12:00 PM on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, with Pastor John Hazen Officiating. Burial will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II at a later date. Visitation will take place at the funeral home on Thursday, April 8 from 11:00 AM until the time of service at 12:00 PM. Due to COVID concerns, masking will be required at the funeral home.

 

Donna was born on March 22, 1933 in Marshfield to Jens and Pearl (Francois) Nelsen. She graduated from Medford High School. She married Bob J. Rohrick on February 7, 1953; together they had three children. He preceded her in death in 2001.

 

Donna enjoyed crafting, sewing, dancing, and playing cards. She loved her family and friends and spending time with them was very important to her.

 

Donna is survived by her children, Debra (Brian) Harder of Centreville, MI, Bruce (Madelyn) Rohrick of Houston, TX, and Thomas (Nadine) Rohrick of Anchorage, AK; brother, Carl (Lorraine) Nelsen of Wausau; devoted partner, Valerian Troyanowski of Medford; 6 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, and other family and friends.

 

Donna is preceded in death by parents and husband. 

 

Memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s Children's Hospital in Donna’s honor.

 

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

Ruth L. Harris

 

Ruth L. Harris, age 90, of Dorchester passed away at her home on Saturday, April 3, 2021.

A Funeral will be Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 11:00 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford. A visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends can watch the service live on the Maurina Schilling Funeral Home Facebook page at 11:00am or after the service anytime on Facebook or the website. We encourage those in attendance to abide by the Covid-19 guidelines by sanitizing, wearing a mask (if able) and social distancing.

Ruth was born on October 25, 1930, the daughter of Henry O. and Bessie (Lingel) Dunaway in South Beloit, IL. She attended South Beloit, IL school. Ruth was united in marriage to Russell Harris on August 2, 1947 in Beloit, WI. She worked for Artcraft Homes for 18 years and was a waitress for 20 years for Mr. B’s, Severt’s Fine Foods, and Dairyland Café.

Ruth enjoyed reading, watching the game show channel, going to the casino, doing word search puzzles and was known as the scratch off queen. Ruth was the Green Bay Packers number one fan.

Ruth was a member of TOPS and the Peace United Church of Christ in Dorchester where she served on the Ladies Circle.

Ruth is survived by her children: Jim (Kathy) Harris of Bear Valley, Bob (Kathy) Harris of Medford, Peggy Goeltz of Florida, Jane (Bob) Stoiber of Curtiss and Jack (Kathy) Harris of Spring Green; 18 grandchildren: 25 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law: Linda Harris and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; Russell (2001); son: Rusty (2018); son-in-law: Glen (2016); Grandson: Jason Strupp (2004); and 8 brothers and five sisters.

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

Kenneth R. Strohkirch

 

Kenneth R. Strohkirch, age 87, of Colby, passed away on Friday, April 2, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family under the tender care of hospice.

All are welcome for a Memorial Service to be held on Friday, April 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford. Rev. Donald Bruce will officiate. Inurnment will follow the service at Abbotsford Public Cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until time of funeral Friday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.
Family and friends can watch the service live on the funeral home’s Facebook page or after the service anytime on Facebook or the funeral home website.

Kenneth was born on March 18, 1934, the son of Russell G. and Lois J. (Capes) Strohkirch in Owen, WI. He attended Owen Schools and was a 1952 graduate of Owen High School. After high school he enlisted in the US Navy and was honorably discharged.

Ken was united in marriage to Vera A. Mueller on November 12, 1960 at Saint Peter Lutheran Church Parsonage in Dorchester. He was employed at Packaging Corporation of America in Colby, Liberty Homes in Dorchester, Wausau Homes in Wausau and K-Mart in Marshfield.

Ken was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, cutting firewood, yard work and helping others in need.

Kenneth is survived by his wife, Vera; his two children: Mary Voelker of Colby and Danial Strohkirch of Colby, three grandchildren: Krystal Strohkirch of Altoona, Heather (Casey) Dockry of Menomonie and Dylan Voelker of Colby and five great-grandchildren. He is further survived by one brother: Scott (Cheryl) Strohkirch of Owen, three sisters: Joan Rau of Dorchester, Judy Frelka of Milwaukee and Elaine (Jerry) Fisher of Hartford and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother: Jerry Strohkirch .

We encourage those in attendance to abide by the Covid-19 guidelines by sanitizing, wearing a mask (if able) and social distancing.
Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com.

The family would like Ascension Hospice and Brooke, Mariah, Chaplain Wes and Mariah for the wonderful care Ken received.

Donald "Don" G. Albers

 

Donald “Don” G. Albers, 85, of Medford, passed away on Sunday, March 28, 2021 at Clark County Rehab and Living Center.

 

A memorial service for Don will take place at 11:00 AM on Thursday, April 8, 2021 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Rodger Prois officiating. Burial will take place at Zion Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will take place on Thursday, April 8, 2021 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM. Due to COVID concerns, masking will be required at the church. Granddaughters, Madi and Anabelle Albers will be serving as urnbearers.

 

Don was born on April 8, 1935 to Edwin and Anna (Grabo) Albers in Burr Oak, IA. He married Donna L. Meschefske on November 2, 1957 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Dorchester. 

 

Sergeant First Class Albers enlisted in Company A, 724th Engineer Battalion, Medford National Guard Unit on September 28, 1953 and served continuously in the unit for 41 years, 7 months, and 3 days, until his discharge on April 30, 1995. In March 1960 he accepted employment as the full time Administrative Technician. During October 15, 1961 to August 10, 1962 he served with the unit on active duty during the Berlin Crisis at Fort Lewis, Washington. During his Guard Service he had served in assignments as Squad Leader, Tank Commander, Supply Sergeant, and Food Service Sergeant. He is a graduate of many Active Duty and Reserve courses including the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge Course at the National Guard Professional Education Center, and the Senior NCO Course. He has received many ribbons and awards including the Army Commendation Medal. He attended “REFORGER 86” and “REFORGER 88”, Annual Training at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA in 1990 and in Panama in 1992. Over his years of service he was offered several opportunities to transfer to other assignments, but he chose to remain in Medford.

 

One of the accomplishments he was proud of was the construction of the Medford National Guard Armory. He was very involved with this project from the very beginning to the dedication on June 10, 1984. The Albers family have been a dedicated “National Guard Family”. His five children considered the Armory their second home as the spent many hours there after school and evenings when Don was working. In March 1992 Don retired from his full time Unit Administration position with over 32 years of service. At that time he accepted a position as Deputy Emergency Government Director for Taylor County.

 

Don is survived by his wife, Donna of Medford; children, Debra (Nan Binkerd) Krug of Salt Lake City, UT, Jeff Albers of Medford, Scott (Tonya) Albers of Hewitt, Barb (Jim) Erickson of Edgerton, and Craig (Michele) Albers of DeForest; grandchildren, Jamie, Adria, Casey, Hayley, Brett, Raye, Caden, Nora, Jonah, Madi, Anabelle, Calysta, and Keelan; great-grandchildren, Easton, Bailey, Elyse, and another one on the way. Don is further survived by other family and friends.

 

Don is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Clara Schaefer; brother, Richard Albers, and grandchild, Courtney.

 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Don’s name may be given to the family for use at a later date.

 

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

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