WKEB Obituaries Blog Archives for 2021-05

Arlene R. Rankl


Arlene R. Rankl, age 86, of Dorchester, passed away surrounded by her loving family at the Waterford on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.


A Public visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at Peace United Church of Christ in Dorchester. A Private Family Service will follow and 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. at the Dorchester Memorial Cemetery North. A Celebration of Arlene and Jerry’s life will be held starting at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Holton Town Hall. We encourage those in attendance to abide by the Covid-19 guidelines by sanitizing, wearing a mask (if able) and social distancing. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Dorchester is entrusted with the arrangements.


Arlene was born on June 1, 1934, in the Town of Mayville, Clark County, WI the daughter of Lloyd and Ruth (Broeske) Carlson. She graduated from Abbotsford High School and received a Teaching Degree at UW-Eau Claire. On December 21, 1954, Arlene was united in marriage to Jerome Rankl at Peace United Church of Christ in Dorchester. He preceded her in death on January 4, 2021.
Arlene worked many years as a substitute teacher and gave the gift of music through playing organ at her church for 60 years plus teaching piano and organ to many. She was active in her church including helping with Sunday School, serving on the church council, women’s circle and singing in the choir. Arlene was active in 4-H, Holton Homemakers and the Wausau and Marshfield Music Teachers Association.


She was a great homemaker demonstrated by her love of sewing, cooking, and canning vegetables from her huge garden. Arlene also loved antique furniture and refinishing them. She had a huge love for animals. Arlene and Jerry would visit shut-ins and nursing homes every Sunday. Arlene was most empathetic, strongly determined, was non-judgmental and held true to her values. Most importantly, she loved her church, she loved Jerry and she loved her family.


Arlene is survived by her 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. She is further survived by a sister: Carole (Joe) Herman of Holcome and a brother: Lyle (Sylvia) Carlson of Colby; two brothers-in-law: James (Cindy) Rankl and Guy Rankl; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jerry; and an infant grandson, Logan Kissner.

The family requests memorials be designated to Peace United Church of Christ.
Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com

Marie C. Nikolai


Marie C. Nikolai, age 90, of Colby, passed away on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 at the Colonial Center in Colby surrounded by her loving family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 12:00 p.m. on Monday, May 17, 2021 at St. Mary Help of Christians Parish in Colby. Father Joseph Redfern will officiate. A visitation will be held from 10:30 am until the time of services at the church on Monday. Family and friends can watch the service live on the Maurina Schilling Funeral Home Facebook page or after the service anytime on Facebook or the website.The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home of Colby is entrusted with the arrangements.

Marie was born on February 19, 1931, the daughter of Albert and Elsie (Becker) Schuh in Marshfield. She grew up on the family farm. On May 26, 1948, Marie was united in marriage to Richard Nikolai at St. Mary Catholic Church in Colby. She worked at Miller’s Bakery until 1996. Marie then worked at Hardees in Abbotsford and in Colby as a custodian at her faith community school enjoying the youngsters. Marie cared about her faith, church, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved playing card games, especially sheepshead. Marie loved flower gardening both inside and outside her home smelling the many blossoms or showing their colors to the world around her. She collected antique water pitchers and matching basins and coins. Marie cheered for the Packers and enjoyed reading the local newspaper. Most of all, she enjoyed her cats (Muffin, Sparkie, Goldie and Spitzer) along with the many birds and wildlife inhabiting her yard throughout the year.

Marie is survived by her husband of 73 years, Richard of Colby; three children: Richard A. (Linda) Nikolai of Appleton, Mark Nikolai and Todd (Junitta) Nikolai both of Loyal; 12 grandchildren: Scott Miller of Kent, WA, Renee (Jason) Nest of Plover, Pamela Nikolai of Marshfield, Tracy Nikolai of Menasha, Bryan (Jung-Sun) Nikolai of Rosharon, TX, Angela (Jason) Hodkiewicz of Sherwood, Alison Nikolai (Tyler Mueller) of Stratford, Emily Nikolai (Shayne Schoelzel), Gabrielle Nikolai, Zachary Nikolai, David Nikolai, and Louis Nikolai all of Loyal; nine great-grandchildren: Kaylan and Adaleah Nest of Plover, Zach Miller of Kent, WA, Jocelyn Miller of Arlington, WA, Jacquie and Jordan Hodkiewicz of Sherwood, Borris, Grant and Leo Nikolai of Rosharon, TX. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Mary E. (Steve) Miller; a brother, Raymond Schuh and a sister, Alice (Dale) Reis.

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

Richard A. "Dick" Kestler


Richard A. “Dick” Kestler, 72, of Medford, died Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at UW-Madison Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 21, 2021 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford with Fr. Patrick McConnell officiating.  Burial will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery following the service.  Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Friday, May 21 at the church.


Dick was born December 3, 1948 in Medford to Mildred (Scott) and Frank Kestler.  He graduated from Westboro High School, class of 1967.


Dick married the love of his life, Gail Hoffman on May 23, 1970 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.  They resided in Medford where Dick worked for Ben Franklin, then Coast to Coast until opening his own store, Circle of Faith in Medford, where Ben Franklin was located, and where he made numerous friends and loved his coworkers.


Dick loved dancing with Gail, fishing, hunting, attending car shows and swap meets, and fixing up old cars.  He enjoyed family gatherings and celebrating his nieces and nephews birthdays. 


He is survived by seven siblings, David (Naomi) of Westboro, Darrell (Lisa) of Brantwood, Javelle (Marvin) Schrader of Tripoli, Kayleen Kestler of Medford, Bruce (Laurie) of Clearwater, FL, Wendall (Peggy) of Medford, and Starla (Bob) Meyer of Westboro; his God-children, Jennifer Heil, Shanna Kestler, Jon Rothmeier, Kelly Hoffman-Shaw, and Andrew Hoffman; and many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Gail on January 11, 2021; and two sisters, Deanna and Lori Kestler.


Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Louise A, Komanec


Louise Ann Komanec, 67, of Woodbury, MN, died on Wednesday, December 30, 2020.


She was born on April 19, 1953 at the Victory Memorial Hospital in Stanley, WI to the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Prasnicky) Komanec. Louise grew up in the Gilman area and graduated from Gilman High School in 1971. Louise went on to attend the District One Technical Institute in Eau Claire, WI where she studied and completed the General Clerical 1-year diploma program. She then moved to St. Paul, MN where she was employed by the University of Minnesota as a Data Entry Clerk. She was later promoted as their buyer for the Medial Book Store and finally promoted as the Manager of their Health Science Bookstore of where she retired after 40 years of service.


She loved coming back to Gilman to visit her parents along with her siblings and her many loved nieces and nephews who she so enjoyed. Some of her hobbies were traveling, cooking, sewing, and listening to music. One of her most memorable trips abroad was her second trip to Czechoslovakia with her Father in 1994. She and her Father would reminisce about their travels through the country and of all the distant family members they were able to meet.


Louise is survived by her siblings, Joe (Lynne), Komanec, John Komanec, Rose Komanec and Tina (Roger) Nichols all of Gilman and George (Roxanne) Komanec of Bloomer, a Brother-in-Law, Jeff Ahlers of Chippewa Falls and many nieces and nephews.


She was preceded in death by her parents, her Sister Joanne Ahlers, Sister-in-Law Donna Komanec, a Nephew Brent and a Niece Krystal. Louise was a loving and caring Daughter, Sister, and Aunt who will be deeply missed.


A memorial mass will be held at 11AM on Saturday, May 22nd at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church-Gilman along with inurnment in Meadowbrook Catholic Cemetery with Father Vijay Kumar Madani officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior at the church. Plombon Funeral Service assisted the family with arrangements. 

Mark M. "Eme" Emmerich


Mark Melvin “Eme” Emmerich, age 59, of Medford, died Saturday, May 8, 2021 at his home. 


A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, May 14 2021 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford with Rev. Dave Clements officiating.  Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral home.  Following the service, a lunch reception will be held at Mark and Krissy’s home, N3189 Castle Road, Medford.  All are welcome and invited to join the family in telling stories, singing karaoke and sharing memories of Eme.


Eme was born November 9. 1961 in Medford to Myrtle (Hurtienne) and Melvin Emmerich.  He graduated from Medford High School in 1981.  In 1980, Mark joined the Wisconsin National Guard and was enrolled in the Heavy Equipment Operators School where he graduated with highest honors. Mark was enlisted for 9-1/2 years.  He loved to recite some of his marching chants.  


In 2005 Eme proposed to Kristen "Krissy" Olkives in Foxy's parking lot on Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.  Took forever, but they finally married on October 20, 2012.  They resided in Medford where Eme was retired. He formally worked at Phillips Plastics, Wadal Plastics and also at Black River Body & Custom.  


His passion was to rebuild and customize cars and motorcycles.   Didn't matter where Mark was, you could hear the famous "Woody Woodpecker Laugh!"  He loved karaoke, especially Nickelback and Hooked on a Feeling.. Otherwise known to him as Ooga Chaka!  He loved to work on bikes and cars.  He worked very hard after they moved onto Castle Rd to fix his shop just the way he wanted.   Anyone who knew him understood if you wanted Eme to paint something, it would be done perfectly and he would still ask over and over if it was good. 


Mark loved riding motorcycles with all his buddies especially Greg and Steve Lugo, Kenny and Peggy Lichtl, Jeff and Dawn Schupp and many others.   Going to Tomahawk Fall Ride was his favorite way to end the summer.  In 2013 the "Eme ride" was started and grew til 2019.  It was great to see all of his friends on bikes.


Mark's other favorite thing to do was eat.. Especially Ice Cream and share it with all of his furry friends!!  


Mark was a true survivor of many medical issues.  He had a bad facial burn and took his 1st helicopter ride to UW-Madison Burn Center. Eme always laughed and said that was the end of his modeling career.  In 2011 Mark was diagnosed with a brain tumor and had a 23 hour long surgery and a long stay, but came back and started laughing again.  In 2017, he then had major neck surgery and in 2018, back surgery.  He also always had a bandage from something he did in the shop.  


He will be dearly missed by his wife, Krissy; children, Jena (Cory) Faber of Stetsonville, Curtis (fiancée, Aleda) Vaughan of Lake Hallie, Mersadies Vaughan of Oshkosh, Amanda (Scott) Jones and Brock of Medford; sisters, Lola Kay (Dale) Lekies of Peoria, IL, Darla (Edward) Dittrich of Medford; mother and father-in-law,  Isabel and Neal Olkives of Medford; in-laws, Belinda Emmerich of Spooner, Deb (Bill) Olkives of Lake Geneva, SuAnn Johnson of Rib Lake, Iva Jean (Wayne) Troiber of Medford, Jerome (Sue) Olkives of Silver Lake, Julia (Jeff) Thums of Rib Lake; grandchildren, Austin, Emma, Charlie, Eddie, Cullen, Ethan, Jett and Ava; many nieces and nephews; Favorite  Bestie Girl Joyce Blyton, Spencer and his best friend/canine companion, Scooby Doo.


He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jay; brother-in-law, Donald Olkives; and his best friend, Curt Scholl.


In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family. 


Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.


Ronald Siewert


Ronald Siewert, 86, of Merrill, WI passed away Tuesday April 20, 2021. He was born October 1934 to Ervin & Esther Siewert in Gleason, WI.  

Ron grew up in Milwaukee but spent the summers with his grandparents in the Gleason area. After graduation he moved back up north to pursue his dream of being a dairy farmer!

Ron and Belva Nuehring were married in Merrill, WI in June 1954.
He served in the US Army from 1954-1956 stationed in Germany.
When they returned, Ron and Belva bought her parents dairy farm and continued farming for the next 30 years.  They then raised beef and Ron became a self-taught sawyer when they owned and operated Prairie River Enterprise Custom Sawmilling and Kiln Drying for the next 30 years.

Ron and Belva welcomed everyone to their farm home whether it was to work or play. Ron and Belva were friends to all who knew them.

Ron also had many skills. He was a great problem solver, fabricator, and was able to fix or repair most anything. He enjoyed visiting with others on a wide variety of topics. He gained much of his knowledge about agriculture, forestry and woodworking through reading. He was also a great fan of afternoon power naps!

He said one of the most meaningful things in his life was learning that the answers to why there is sickness and death, why there are pandemics and social injustice – were found when he studied the Bible.  And for this reason, he was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and spent the next 50 years sharing the wonderful promises from the Bible with others. He also found much joy in being able to serve as an elder in the local congregation for many years.

One of the promises from the Bible that Ron looked forward to the fulfillment of - right here on earth, is the promise found at Revelation 21:4 “…and he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

While his health was declining and during the pandemic Ron was still able to join in his Congregation Zoom meetings as well as connecting over Zoom with his family and friends. He also enjoyed inviting his healthcare workers to see for themselves his hope for the near future at JW.org.


Ron was preceded in death by his wife Belva of 59 years on May 2013; his parents Ervin and Esther Siewert of Milwaukee, WI and his grandparents Gus and Minnie Klingfus of Gleason, WI.

He is survived by his 6 children: Ken (Mina) Siewert of Merrill, WI, Rebecca (Claude) Raasch of Merrill, WI, Jennifer (Donald “Sonny”) Mack of East Grand Forks, MN, Sally (Lee) Wesley of Las Vegas, NV, Elizabeth (Derek) Bickford of Hartford, WI; Ted (Nancy) Siewert of Abbotsford, WI.
Also 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren and 2 great-great granddaughters.

He is further survived by his brother Tom Siewert of Mercer, WI and his family.  

 A Zoom Memorial Service will be given by Ken Siewert and will be held on Saturday May 15, 2021 at 1:00pm. After the Memorial Service there will be Breakout Rooms for others to talk with the family if they wish.

Please go to the Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society’s website at www.honorone.com for information on how to join by Zoom Video Conferencing or to call in and listen by phone. 

Thank you to the Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services, Aspirus Hospice House as well as Interim HealthCare of Wausau for their help in caring for Ron.

In lieu of flowers, please plant a tree or donate a book to your local library in Ron’s name.

Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family.

Emily Niggemann


Emily Niggemann, age 93, left this world but not our hearts on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Care Partners in Medford, where she had resided for the past six months.


A funeral mass will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake with Father Patrick McConnell officiating. Visitation will take place at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Friday May 7, 2021 from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00. Due to COVID concerns, social distancing and masks will be required while in the church.


Emily, the daughter of Ben and Tekla Gasek, was born in 1927 in Rib Lake where she resided for 65 years. She was active in both church and school with the class of 1945. Emily married William Niggemann at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Rib Lake. Some years later, they purchased the Rib Lake Dairy which was then known as “Bill’s Fine Cheese”. Emily worked in the office until Bill’s death in 1963. The dairy was sold to Badger Consolidated where she continued to work until the new owners relocated to Medford. Other places of employment were the Rib Lake School District, Holiday Village in Medford, Lakewood Credit Union in Rib Lake and the Golden Age Nursing Home in Rib Lake where she opened a convenience store known as Emily’s Treats and Treasures.


In 1990 Emily moved to Marathon City and opened her shop in a senior retirement complex in Wausau, WI where she continued to do personal shopping for the tenants. After 10 years, Emily closed her shop and began working at the Wausau YMCA until her retirement in 2006.

Emily enjoyed both interior and exterior home painting and decorating, flower gardening, walking and word and jigsaw puzzles. She cherished baking and decorating cookies every holiday for her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed music, keyboarding and dancing, especially polka. Emily took various trips during the winter months, highlighted by traveling to Poland where she visited the area where her father grew up. In late years, Emily and her sister planned shorter, more local trips, each spring. She loved to travel by airplane.


Emily is survived by her seven children, Kathleen (Ray) Synol, Medford, WI, Marlene (Jerry) Holtz Rib Lake, WI, Karen (Ken) Steinman, Germantown, WI, Joanie (Jim) Gebauer, Rib Lake, WI, Sandra Klimeck (Rod Sackman) Marathon, WI, Bill (Mary) Niggemann, Marshfield, Teri Zimmerman Medford, WI and one sister, Gladys Matyka, Rib Lake, WI. Emily is further survived by 17 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren and 7 great great grandchildren.


Emily is preceded in death by her parents, husband, 3 brothers, 5 sisters, and 1 great grandson.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial donations be given to the family for future designation. Hemer Funeral Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Jean M. Hendricks


Jean M. Hendricks, 78 of Stanley, formerly of Gilman, died on Sunday, May 2, 2021 under the care of Hope Hospice.


She was born on May 29, 1942 at the family home in Hannibal to the late Vernon and Lucille (Evonson) Madison. Jean grew up there and graduated from Gilman High School. On November 28, 1959 she married Ray Hendricks at the Cornell Presbyterian Church. Jean worked for Lewan’s Grocery for 27 years, Gamble Hardware for 10 years and worked on the family farm for 31 years along with her husband. She enjoyed fishing, working on her flowers, and spending time with her family.


She is survived by her son, Rodney (Sandy) Hendricks of Gilman, four grandchildren, Matt Hendricks, Joshua Hendricks, Eric (Debbie) Pogodzinski and Sarah (Nick) Diny; four great grandchildren, Makinley, Brighton, Kensley and Ryan; her brother, Wayne (Patricia) Madison of Stanley; her “special sister” Diane (Roy) Rooks, 3 nephews and one niece.


Jean is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Ray on November 19, 2020.


A funeral service will be held at 11am on Saturday, May 15th at the Gilman Funeral home with Randy Vandeloo officiating. Burial will follow in the Hannibal Cemetery. Pall bearers will be Eric Pogodzinski, Matt Hendricks, Josh Hendricks, Denise Madison, Dan Madison, and Mary Madison. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service on Saturday.


The family would like to thank Dan Madison for always helping Jean and Ray.

Gerald J. Metz


Gerald J. Metz, age 86, passed away of natural causes Saturday, April 10, 2021. 


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


He was born Tuesday, August 7, 1934 in Medford Wisconsin; he lived most of his life in Old Hickory, Tennessee.


Growing up on a farm Gerald had a multitude of wonderful family memories from the farm chores to the tapping of the maple trees to make syrup. He could have written a book full of all the wonderful stories he always told.


He learned at an early age to hunt with his dad, fishing by far was his favorite. Gerald worked hard all his life, his favorite topic in school was agriculture.


He loved sports, antiques, gardening, growing tomatoes, hot peppers, and flowers. He enjoyed cooking, baking and using his smoker.


He was blessed with many friends, joked a lot and always had an ear to ear smile. He had a deep love for Jesus.


Gerald is survived by four children, Jerry (Connie), Cynthia (Philip), Victoria (Larry), and Laura (Bob), nine grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews who he loved dearly.


Preceded in death by his parents Leander and Hattie (Brunner) Metz, brother Robert Metz, sisters Idella (Metz) Borman and Jeanette (Metz) Boheim, best friend and long life partner Peggy Lee (Herrin) Thompson and his ex-spouse Marian, the mother of his four children.


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

Julie A. Anderson


Julie A. Anderson, 38, of Dorchester, passed away on April 29, 2021.


Funeral services for Julie will take place at 10:30 AM on Friday, May 7, 2021 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, with Pastor Rodger Prois officiating. Burial will follow at Dorchester Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Thursday, May 6 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford, from 4:00 PM until the time of a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Friday from 9:30 AM until the time of service at 10:30 AM.


Julie was born on February 26, 1983 to William and Dawn (Nelson) Gumz in Dorchester. She grew up on her family’s dairy farm. She attended Dorchester Grade School and graduated from Colby High School. She worked as a caregiver at various places, most recently at The Homeplace in Dorchester for the past several years. She married Jeremy Anderson on April 1, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford, he survives.


Julie enjoyed spending time with her family, friends, nieces, and nephews. She also enjoyed gardening, fishing, hunting, volleyball, and softball.


Julie is survived by her husband, Jeremy; son, Keaten Gumz of Dorchester; step-son, Dakota Anderson of Eau Claire; mother, Dawn Gumz of Dorchester; brother, Bruce (Jolene) Gumz of Dorchester; sisters, Amy (Cory) Broeske and Beth (Kevin) Kosik, both of Dorchester; mother and father-in-law, Cheryl (Scot) Olson of Gilmanton; father-in-law, Brad Anderson of Medford, brother and sister-in-laws, Derek (Erica) Anderson of Medford and Tara (Nick Storck) Anderson of Medford, grandparents-in-law, Bill (Judy) Shotliff of Dorchester and Walter & Norma Anderson of Little Black. She is further survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family and friends.


Julie is preceded in death by her father, William Gumz and maternal and paternal grandparents.

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


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

Ardis B. Clarkson


Ardis B. Clarkson, 87, of Stetsonville, passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at home under the care of Hope Hospice.


A memorial service for Ardis will take place at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 6, 2020 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, with Father Michael Hayden officiating. Burial will follow at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Thursday, May 6 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.


Ardis was born in Stetsonville, the daughter of Lester and Marie (Ludwig) Beyer. After graduating from Medford High School in 1951, she moved to the Milwaukee area, where she worked as a stenographer for Allis Chalmers. It was during this time she met the love of her life, Lester Clarkson. They married June 20, 1953 in Stetsonville. She also worked as a secretary for Miller Brewing Company. In 1962, Les and Ardis moved back to the area, purchasing the former Jake’s bar in Stetsonville, renaming it Les’s Bar, with her parents Les and Marie. After Marie’s death in 1966, Les and Ardis acquired full ownership of the tavern.


Les and Ardis enjoyed 63 years of marriage. Les preceded her in death on March 21, 2014. Together, they experienced many travel adventures that usually started with a car ride to an unknown location, taking them all over the US, Canada, and Mexico. They loved working together in the bar, bowling, playing cards, and hunting. She also loved to cook, sew, and read.


In 1969, a hunting accident nearly led to a tragic end. A stray bullet graze Ardis’ chin and pierced Les’ arm in the front seat of their car. This was quite an ordeal in her life that many locals recall.


After selling the bar in 1978, Ardis helped to raise funds to build the Centennial Hall in Stetsonville. She cooked and served as custodian there, until the time she purchased a second home in Winona, MN. She went to work at the St. Croix Knit Craft company, traveling back and forth to Stetsonville until 1999, when she officially retired and sold the Winona home. She then resided full time in Stetsonville.


She was a member of the Taylor County Tavern League, serving many years as a secretary and treasurer, the American Legion Auxiliary #519, and Catholic Order of Foresters.


Ardis is survived by her sister, Geraldine Geiger of Dorchester; sister-in-law Kathy Beyer of Medford; brother-in-law Don (Evelyn) Clarkson of Medford; many nieces and nephews, and special friends, Tom and Sharon Jochimsen of Medford.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Les; brother, Allen Beyer; sister-in-law Elsie Clarkson; brothers-in-law Roy Clarkson, Ervin (Dorothy) Clarkson, and Norbert Geiger; parents-in-law Clarence "Dick" and Minnie Clarkson.


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

Estelle M. Borg


Estelle M. Borg, 92, of the Township of Spirit, passed away on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at her home.


A memorial service for Estelle will take place on Saturday, May 8, 2021 at 12:00 PM on Good Shepherd Catholic Church, with Father Patrick McConnell officiating. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Saturday, May 8, from 11:00 AM until the time of service at 12:00 PM  . Due to COVID concerns, masking will be required while in the church.


Estelle was born on November 17, 1928 to John and Susanna (Meyer) Kriplean in Medford. Her marriage to Vernon Hanke took place on May 24, 1952 at Ellsworth Air Force Base in Rapid City, SD; he preceded her in death on December 28, 1999. Estelle’s second marriage to Andrew Borg took place July 15, 2006 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church; he survives.


Estelle enjoyed reading, embroidering kitchen towels for her family, gardening, playing pool cards, and darts. She loved being outside making maple syrup with Andy and watching nature. She cherished spending time with her family and friends.


Estelle was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers, also the Rib Lake American Legion Auxiliary.


In addition to her second husband, survivors include daughters, Jean (Daniel) Lechmaier of Longwood, FL and Susan (Barry) Anderson of Rib Lake; stepdaughters, Sue (Joel) Toeppler of Neenah, and Karen (Dan) Freeman of Anchorage, AK; daughter-in-law Cindy Hanke of Rib Lake; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Hanke of Rib Lake and Corine Kriplean of Appleton. There are seven grandchildren, Chris (Tricia) Lechmaier of Longwood, FL, Brad (Tanya) Lechmaier of West Bend, Eric Lechmaier of China, Misty (Frank) Chavez of DePere, Tracy Anderson of Green Bay, Steve (Tiffany) Hanke and Keith (fiancé Lindsey) Hanke, both of Rib Lake; 3 step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by other family and friends.


Estelle was preceded in death by her parents and first husband; son, Greg Hanke; 4 brothers, Chester, Melvin, Lester, and Russell; 3 sisters, Lucey, Delores, and Marcella; step-daughter, Diane Borg; step-son, David Borg.


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

Mary J. Valentine

Mary J. Valentine, 89, Medford, died on Sunday, May 2 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where she had been a patient for the past 1 week.


Private family only services for Mary will be held at a future date.


Mary was born on February 20, 1932 in Douglas, WY, the #2 child of 13 born to Frank and Clara Rothleutner.  She was educated in Douglas, WY, married Bob Valentine in 1952 and they were later divorced.  


She grew up in Wyoming, dairy farmed with her husband in Leola, South Dakota, and moved to Medford, WI following her divorce.  She assisted her son with his greenhouse business in the Town of Holway.  She enjoyed quilting, ceramics and working the farmers markets. 


Surviving are her children, Suzan (Galen) Sollie of Chicago, IL, John Valentine of South Dakota, Gail Valentine of North Dakota and Charles (Denyse) Valentine of Curtiss.  Also surviving are numerous grand children and great grandchildren, along with several siblings.


She was preceded in death by her parents, a son, Richard Valentine in 1991 and some of her siblings.


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




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