WKEB Obituaries Blog Archives for 2021-11

Fredric "Fred" F. Hatina

 

Fredric “Fred” F. Hatina, age 85, of Tomahawk, WI, passed away at Riverview Health Services due to health complications and contracting COVID-19. 

 

Fred was born in the Town of Emery, in Price County, WI, on February 12, 1936, to the late Frank and Bozena (Muller) Hatina.  He was married to Sally Mae Jones-Sapp on July 31, 1965; she survives. 

Fred enjoyed hunting.  He was employed by the Wadsworth Company, the Town of Emery, and worked for the Town of King for over 35 years.  He also was employed for Arnott Trucking for some time and was self-employed for 20 years as a logger and excavator.  Fred was a people person and will be greatly missed. 

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Sally Hatina, of Tomahawk; his daughter, Pamela Hatina, of Tomahawk; his nieces, Rose Marie Thomas, Deloris (Robert) Danakas, Helen Melesko, Barb (Duane) Imel, and Mary Jean (Rex) Hoeft, all of Illinois, Marijane (William) Koupy, of Phillips, WI, Suzanne Sonnentag, of Chippewa Falls, WI, and Marilyn (Terry) Moquin, of Ladysmith, WI, and other great-nieces and nephews.  He is further survived by his close friends, Rudy Vyskocil, of Phillips, Gordon Vyskocil, of Ashland, WI, and Ron Makovsky, of Kennan, WI.    

He was preceded by his parents, Frank and Bozena; his brothers, Carl, Tony, and Alois; his sisters, Georgia Hatina, Olga Myers, and Bessie Thomas; and his sister-in-law, Edith Hatina. 

Funeral services for Fred Hatina will be held on Friday, December 17, 2021, at 3:30 PM, at Generations Funeral Home.  Rev. Larry Mathein will officiate.  The family will receive friends for visitation from 12:30 PM until the time of services at 3:30 PM.  Burial will be held at Greenwood Cemetery in the spring.  Generations Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family.

Douglas B. Apfelbeck

 

Douglas Brian Apfelbeck, at the age of 56, died unexpectedly of natural causes on November 25, 2021 in his home.

 

He was born on June 6, 1965 in Mauston, WI, the son of Dale B. and Imogene M. (Hackel) Apfelbeck. As a teenager, Doug worked on area dairy farms and graduated from Colby High School in 1983.

 

After high school, he worked for his Uncle Jim and Aunt Marilyn Whalen in Virginia spraying textured material on ceilings in commercial buildings. Doug moved to Lublin to drive school bus and repair vehicles at his parents’ business. He returned to Virginia and worked in construction for a short time then worked for a rental company in McLean, VA primarily repairing skid loaders. In Virginia, Doug met Jennifer Edge, were married and resided in Withee. They were later divorced.

 

He later started his own roofing and construction business. Doug worked for Hutman Heating in Abbotsford which helped lead him to work for Withee Oil Co. gas and service station. He installed heating and air conditioning units and responded to service calls at all hours. When he wasn’t working, Doug enjoyed being with his friends and family, deer hunting, snowmobiling, playing darts and horseshoes and camping near Ladysmith.

 

Doug is survived by his mother, Imogene “Jean” of Lublin; his brothers, Jeff (Angela) of Medford, Steve of Lublin, Father Kurt of LaCrosse and Keith (Sarah) of Cedar Grove; his sister, Dena (Gary) Brantner of Wheeler; his nieces, Andrea and Erika Brantner, Avery and Anya Apfelbeck; many other relatives and close friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his father, Dale.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen. Father Kurt Apfelbeck will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until time of the service Friday at the church. Because his body will be cremated after the funeral, burial will take place at a later time at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Colby. 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.

 

Constance "Connie" E. Schmitt

 

Constance E. “Connie” Schmitt, 87, of Stetsonville, died peacefully surrounded by her family on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2021 at Wells Nature Nursing Home in Marshfield, while under the care of Heartland Hospice.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford with Fr. Patrick McConnell officiating.  Interment will follow at Holy Rosary Cemetery.

Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.

 

She was born January 9, 1934 in Dorchester to Alice (Lueddecke) and Ray Johnston.  She grew up in Dorchester and attended area schools.

 

On November 14, 1953, Connie married Lester Hartman.  Together, they had five children and they resided in Medford where Connie worked as a waitress for Phil and Eleanor’s for many years.  Lester preceded her in death in 1975.

 

On October 21, 1977, she married Michael Schmitt.  They resided in Stetsonville, and Connie worked for Northern Auto until her retirement.  She also worked as an “Avon Lady” for many years.  She enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, playing pinochle, and traveling.  She and Mike traveled to many National Parks in their RV.  They also planned their trips to include visiting family along the way.  They were longtime members of the Black River Ramblers Camping Club and met many friends through the association.

 

Connie was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford and the local Red Hat Society. 

 

She is survived by her husband, Mike of Stetsonville; children, Mark Hartman of McFarland, Audrey Peterson of St. Charles, MO, Judy (Pat) Vetterkind of Stetsonville, James Hartman of Florissant, MO, Dean (Heidi) Hartman of Wisconsin Rapids; grandchildren, Jenny (Steve) Rowlett of O’Fallon, MO, Joshua (fiancée Catherine Africano) Peterson of St. Peters, MO, Lisa (Clint) Suchomel of Wisconsin Rapids, Christopher Matthias of Wausau, John Hartman, and Joshua (Jessi) Hartman, all of Lima, OH; great-grandchildren, Jordan Rowlett, Grace Peterson, Mia and Westly Africano.  She is further survived by her in-laws, Lester’s siblings, Dottie Clark of Baraboo, Betty (Everett) Huebner of Colorado Springs, CO; Mike’s siblings, Thomas (Barbara) Schmitt of Eau Claire, Dan Schmitt of Cadott, Patrick (Linda) Schmitt of Eau Claire, Jonas (Glenda) Schmitt of Janesville, and Kathleen (Lyle) Bourget of Two Rivers.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Lester; and son-in-law, Mark Peterson.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

 

Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Theodore C. Kellnhofer

 

Theodore C. Kellnhofer, 79, of Medford, passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2021, on his 59th wedding anniversary, at home under the care of his loving wife and Hope Hospice.

 

A memorial mass for Theodore will take place at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Father Patrick McConnell officiating. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Little Black at a later date. Visitation will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

 

Theodore was born on January 6, 1942 to Charles and Noreen (Harper) Kellnhofer in Medford. He attended Holy Rosary Catholic School and was a 1960 graduate of Medford High School. He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Deml, on November 24, 1962. They moved to Illinois where he worked road construction for 15 years. They moved back to Medford and he worked for the Taylor County Highway Department for 17 years until his retirement in 2004.

 

He enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren at the hunting shack called “Ketchumsomrest” with a campfire, a beer, and his pipe, while telling his stories.

 

He is survived by his wife, Shirley; children, Laura (Bill) Hayden of Stetsonville, Jody (Peggy) Kellnhofer of Medford, and Jeff (Lainie) Kellnhofer of Dorchester; grandchildren, Mandy, Michelle, Morgan, AJ, Joey, Reggie, and Reece; great-grandchildren, Jonathon and Julia; sisters, Pat, LuAnn, and Bonnie. Theodore is further survived by many other family and friends.

 

In addition to his parents, Theodore is preceded in death by sister, Lea and brothers, Bill Vern, and Don.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Theodore’s name may be given to Hope Hospice.

 

Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Walter H. "Mike" Kummer

 

Walter H. “Mike” Kummer, 89, of Medford, town of Browning, died Sunday, November 21, 2021 at Our House Assisted Living in Medford.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 27, 2021 at the Community United Church of Christ in Medford with Rev. Doris Ruben officiating.  Military honors given by the Medford Area Military Honors Team will follow the service at the church.  Interment will be at Medford Evergreen II Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Saturday at the church.

 

Mike was born May 9, 1932 in Medford to Anton and Pauline (Rudolph) Kummer.  He grew up in Medford and attended area schools.  Mike entered the military and served honorably in the U.S. Army from 1952-54.

 

On November 7, 1970, Mike married Sandy Daubert at the Community UCC in Medford.  They resided in the town of Browning where Mike farmed.  He also worked at Metzler Monuments which later became Halls Monuments.  Following his retirement, Mike bartended at several local restaurants and taverns, which he enjoyed because he loved talking to people.  He also like to ride in his golf cart and putz in the yard.  He took great pride in his yard and “everything in its place” in his shed.

 

He is survived by his wife, Sandy of Medford; three children, Wally (Marsha) Kummer, Lisa (Brian) Noland, Mark (Lori) Willner, all of Medford; grandchildren, Amber (Matt) Neumueller, Tim ( Kristine Dassow) Noland, Heidi (Eric) Stark, Alyssa and Hailey Willner, Matthew (Shanae) Henaman, Elizabeth Henaman, Sarah (Ben) Hamele, Gabrielle (Michael Dohrwardt) Kummer, Branden, Seth, Isaac and Braxten Kummer; great-grandchildren, Livia, Harper, Kylie, Adriian, Karsynn, Tessa, Keaton, Mara, and Jade; and nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Joe, Anton Jr. and John Kummer; mother and father-in-law, Marcella and Sam Daubert; and a brother-in-law, George Daubert.

 

Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Gerald A. Kallenbach

 

Gerald A. Kallenbach, 92, of Medford, passed away on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at Abbotsford Health Care Center. 

 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, November 26, 2021 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Medford, with Rev. Daniel Iwinski officiating.  Burial will follow at Medford Evergreen II Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

 

Gerald was born April 23, 1929 in Price County to August and Selma (Foss) Kallenbach.  At the age of 8, the family moved to Taylor County where Gerald attended grade school.

 

On September 11, 1954, Gerald married Evelyn Zuleger at Immanuel Lutheran Church.  Gerald worked on his parent’s dairy farm until purchasing his own in the town of Browning in 1954 which he operated for 45 years before he retired.  He also worked off farm as a laborer at Medford Co-op and Farmers Elevator Feed Mill, drove lime truck and bulk milk truck.  He was active in the National Farmers Organization serving as county chapter president for several terms.  He was also a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and enjoyed spending time with his family, reading history and playing cards.

 

He is survived by his six children, William Kallenbach of Algoma, Carol (Don) Krumm of Schofield, Martin (Janice) Kallenbach, David (Debbie) Kallenbach, Terry (Barbara) Kallenbach, all of Medford, Wendy Thompson of Oak Creek; grandchildren, Jay (Becky) Kallenbach, Craig (Kelly) Kallenbach, Travis (Jessica) Kallenbach, Tanya (Samuel) Kleutsch; great-grandchildren, Renly Kallenbach, Carter and Annalise Kallenbach, Easton and Lydia Kleutsch; brother, Robert (Jarda) Kallenbach of Medford; brother-in-law, Chester (Chris) Zuleger of Horicon; sister-in-law, Betty Zuleger of Medford; nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Evelyn on June 9, 2021; son-in-law, Robert Thompson; sisters, Ruth Seefeld and Gertrude Soine; brother, Lee Kallenbach; brothers-in-law, James Seefeld, Ben Soine, Robert Zuleger, Don Widmer; sisters-in-law, Rita Kallenbach and Ruth Widmer.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Time of Grace.

 

Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Yvonne F. Brunner

 

Yvonne F. Brunner, 72, of Perkinstown, died Sunday, November 21, 2021 at Aspirus Hospital, Medford.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, November 26, 2021 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford with Rev. Amy Heinz officiating.  Interment will follow at Molitor Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Friday at the church.

 

Yvonne was born March 24, 1949 in Rice Lake to Cyril and Opal (Murray) Mancel.  She graduated from Altoona High School, then earned an Associate’s Degree in accounting from the University of Minnesota.

 

On March 26, 1977, Yvonne married Bruce Brunner in Withee.  They resided in Perkinstown for most of their marriage.  Yvonne worked as a realtor in the Medford area and owned and operated Northwoods Realty for many years.  She also worked for Catholic Charities, helping with bookkeeping and other areas of management.

 

In her leisure, Yvonne liked to fish, hunt, take photos and was always helping people.  Her most precious time was that spent with her family. Her family meant the world to her and she always put everyone ahead of herself.

 

She is survived by her husband, Bruce of Perkinstown; three children, Catherine (Jake) Beilfuss of Medford, Carol (Lonnie) Nelson of Colby, Jeremy (Jennifer) Brunner of Medford; two brothers, Arliegh Leach of Medford, Leroy (Carin) Leach of Mauston; grandchildren, Kyle Firnstahl, Amanda ( Jim) Newby, Jessica (Travis) Augustine, Tyler ( Amanda) Firnstahl, Veronica (Colton) Belding, Brittney (Patrick) Radlinger, Bobbi Jo (Shawn Peterson) Nelson, Nathan Levenhagen, Megan Brunner, Matthew Brunner, Brandon Brunner; nine great-grandchildren, Khloie, Carter, Addison, Kya, Ava, Remi, Claira, Kentley, Harper; and many nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her father, Cyril Mancel; mother and stepfather, Opal and Lawrence Cardinal; and two brothers, Earl and Jerry Leach.

 

Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Michael "Mike" J. Hince

 

Michael “Mike” J. Hince, 60, of Medford, peacefully passed away on Monday, November 22, 2021 at Aspirus Hospital in Medford with his loving wife Lisa by his side.

 

A funeral mass will take place at 4:00 PM on Sunday, November 28, 2021 at OLPH in Whittlesey, with Father Patrick McConnell officiating. Burial will take place at 9:00 AM on Monday, November 29 at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Stetsonville. Visitation will take place on Sunday, November 28, 2021 at OLPH from 2:00 PM until the time of service at 4:00 PM.

 

Mike was born on July 25, 1961 to James and Judith (Lusher) Hince in Milwaukee. Mike was a 1979 graduate from Medford Senior High School. He then graduated from A & P Mechanic National Aviation Academy in Clearwater, FL in 1981. He returned to Medford and worked for Strebig Auto and Gelhaus and Brost Auto as a Car Mechanic. He then procured his degree in airplane mechanics. He worked for Basler in Oshkosh, Allied Airlines in Marshfield, Midwest Airlines which then became Republic Airlines in Milwaukee, WI.  After leaving General Mitchell International Airport as an A & P mechanic, he procured employment as a maintenance mechanic at Premold Corp. in Oconomowoc. He returned to Medford to work as a maintenance mechanic for ATS/Caterpillar in Prentice and Marathon Cheese in Medford. He lastly worked for Kuyoth’s Klassics in Stratford as a restoration mechanic.

 

Mike truly enjoyed auto racing and was always number 32H, deer hunting, snowmobile racing, truck pulls, and airplanes. He obtained his pilot’s license. Mike looked forward to attending the annual EAA Airshow in Oshkosh. He will be remembered for being a great companion and friend to many. He was a wonderful caregiver to his mother. He was always willing to help out his family and friends in their times of need, and fixings things when things needed fixing.

 

Mike is survived by his wife, Lisa of Medford; stepsons, Lonnie Leu Jr. and Leslie (Hailee) Leu of Medford; one step-grandson, Landyn Leu; one sister, Beth (Richard) Karweick of Crestwood, KY; nieces, Lauren Perry and Emily Karweick of Crestwood, KY, and Sarah (Kyle Thompson) Hince of Madison, WI; and a nephew, Christopher Karweick of Crestwood, KY.

 

Mike is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Scott Hince.

 

Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Alice L. Banks

 

Alice L. Banks, 73, of Dorchester, formerly of Medford, died Monday, November 22, 2021 at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau.

 

No services will be held.

 

Alice was born October 1, 1948 in Medford to Lorraine (Higgins) and Matthew Gengler Sr.  She graduated from Medford High School, class of 1968.

 

On October 14, 1973, Alice married Ronald Banks. They resided in Medford where Alice worked as a CNA in home health care, and she also babysat many children in her home.  Once retired, she and Ronald moved to Dorchester where they currently resided.

 

Alice enjoyed cooking, baking, flower gardening and collecting dolls.  At one time, she had over 1500 dolls!

 

She is survived by her husband, Ronald of Dorchester, son, Christopher (Maria) Banks of Medford; siblings, Peggy Obernberger of Stratford, Terry (Cindy) Gengler of Chippewa Falls, Matt (Sue) Gengler of Perkinstown, Vicki Gengler of Bloomer; sister-in-law, Patty Gengler of Perkinstown; grandchildren, Erica and Janel Banks; her best friend, Mary; and many nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Thomas Gengler; and a brother-in-law, Dale Obernberger.

 

Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Archives:

2021-12 | 2021-11

Weather

Medford Weather

Quick Pick

Facebook

CALENDAR

BIRTHDAYS

OBITUARIES

CLOSINGS

NEWS

107.1 FM

CONTACT US

Menards

Request a Song