WKEB Obituaries Blog Archives for 2022-06

Mary V. Fleming

 

Mary Yvonne Fleming, age 65, of Withee, passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2021 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford.  Rev. Donald Bruce will officiate.  Interment to be held at the Dorchester Memorial Cemetery.  Family and friends are welcome from 11:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the funeral home.

 

Mary was born on September 20, 1956, the daughter of Glen and Karen (Blunt) Greene.  She was a graduate from Wisconsin School of Visually Handicap.  She was united in marriage to David Fleming on September 29, 1984. 

 

Mary was a crafty person; she especially loved crocheting and knitting.  She was on the Board for Indianhead for 20 years.  She will greatly be missed by everyone especially her 2 year old granddaughter, Ariel.

 

Mary is survived by her husband: David; daughter: Jamie (Brock Meyer) of Colby; son: Dustin of Withee; and two granddaughters: Destiny Fleming and Ariel Meyer.  She is further survived by her siblings: Brian (Sherry), Scott (Leoma) and Glenna Mueller.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents.

 

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

 

Thomas "Tweety" Leader

 

Thomas “Tweety” Leader, age 61 of Medford, town of Holway, passed away at home surrounded by his family on Thursday, June 16, 2022 after a courageous battle with lung cancer while under the care of Hope Hospice.

 

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 22 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville, with Fr. Jayanna Kanna officiating.  Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Little Black.

 

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

 

Tweety was born April 11, 1961 in Medford to Agnes (Kraemer) and Edward Leader Jr.  He graduated from Medford High School, class of 1980.  He resided in Medford and worked for Jochimsen Inc., then Weather Shield and finally for Peterson Construction for many years until he retired in 2017.  He then worked for a short time at Meyer Mfg. until his illness no longer allowed him to work.  Tweety was also a volunteer fireman for Stetsonville for many years.

 

He loved spending time outdoors and was a member of the Pine Creek Riders Snowmobile Club; and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping.  His favorite place to hunt was Minong, WI.

 

He will be dearly missed by his wife Jean; daughter, Mariah, both of Medford; father, Edward (step-mother, Connie) Leader of Birchwood; siblings, Kathy (Wally) Thom of Birchwood, Deb (Jim) Fleischmann of Steuben, Cindy (William “Pip”) Gilgenbach of Mission, TX, Tim (Jessie) Leader of Grand Meadow, MN; step-siblings, Colleen (Mike) Wenzel, Las Vegas, NV and Al (Vi) Helland, Denmark, WI; and many nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his mother, Agnes.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family and will be designated at a later date.

 

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

Gertrude B. 'Gertie" Pinkert

 

Gertrude Berniece “Gertie” Pinkert (nee Dunkel), age 97, a former Medford Area resident, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at Pleasant View Nursing Home where she was a resident for the past seven years.

 

Gertie was born on August 6, 1924, in Perkinstown, Wisconsin, to Richard and Louise (nee Dunkel) Hensel. Because her mother died during her birth, she was adopted and raised by her maternal uncle and aunt, Ernest and Emma Dunkel. She graduated from Hannibal High School where she met her future husband, Oliver Pinkert.  Gertie and Oliver were married on May 20, 1944, in Medford, a few weeks before he shipped off for basic training at Camp Blanding, FL.

 

Gertie was part of the Greatest Generation. She endured the hardness of the Great Depression and became a wartime bride, having to wait until her husband returned after WWII from Europe to start a life together.  She was a strong, hardworking woman who worked alongside her husband on the family farm, first in the Township of Grover and then in the Township of Browning.  She was not afraid to work outside the home as well to make ends meet for her family.

 

Gertie worked for a time processing mink pelts in Hamburg and then took a job at Phillips Plastics in Medford, where she worked until retirement.  She was a friend to many and a lover of life. She enjoyed playing cards, traveling, and working Sudoku puzzles.

 

Gertie was preceded in death by her husband, Oliver; her sisters, Erna (Lyle) Wedin and Edith (Patrick) Clough; and her brother, Richard Hensel.

 

She will be greatly missed by her surviving children: Tonda (Tim) Werner of Phillips, Edwin Pinkert of Medford, Talora (Steve) Zank of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin, and Roger (Diane) Pinkert of Mansfield, Texas; 10 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, 3 step great grandchildren and 4 step great-great grandchildren.

 

A memorial service will be held at Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services in Medford on Saturday, June 18, 2022, at 11 am.  The Rev. David Elleman will officiate.  Visitation will take place at Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services from 9 am until the time of the service on Saturday, June 18, 2022.  A meal will be served at the Grover Town Hall in Perkinstown following the service.  After the meal, interment of her cremated remains will take place at the Hannibal Cemetery, Township of Cleveland, Taylor County.

 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions go to Pleasant View Nursing Home in Gertie’s honor.

 

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

Jane E. Clausnitzer

 

Jane Ellen Clausnitzer, age 91, of Medford was taken to her Heavenly home on June 12, 2022 at Aspirus Hospital in Medford.

 

A funeral service will be held on Friday, June 17 at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford with Pastor Daniel Iwinski officiating.  Family and friends are welcome to a visitation from 8:30 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at 11:00 AM at church.  Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetary II.

 

Jane was born June 17, 1930 in Milwaukee to Helmuth and Myrtle (Berndt) Tacke.  She was baptized and confirmed at Zebaoth Lutheran Church in Milwaukee.  She graduated from Lutheran High School in Milwaukee and worked at First Wisconsin National Bank in Milwaukee until her marriage to David Clausnitzer on October 10, 1953.  She then moved to Medford and was a wonderful homemaker and mother. 

 

Jane’s love for flowers and birds was evident by her numerous bird feeders and her abundant flower gardens.   She was always on the lookout for a bargain at rummage sales.  She enjoyed playing Yahtzee, bowling up until recent years, and could play a “mean” Sack Waltz on the piano.  She also enjoyed her grandchildren and hearing of all their adventures.  Her love for her Lord carried her through life, reflected by her involvement in the church’s activities and her passion for mission work.

 

Survivors include two daughters, Jerri (Steve) Suchomel of Medford and Kris (Brian) Miller of Oakfield.  Grandchildren - Brian (Amanda), Shelby (Ken), Nicky (Matt), Clint (Lisa) and Jenny (Josh).  She was Great Grandma Jane to eight loving kiddos…Taylor, Maira, Otto, Landon, Mathew, Carli, Leah and Caleb.

She is further survived by a sister, Faith Bischof of Indiana, sisters-in-law Joyce Tacke of West Bend and Donna Clausnitzer of Medford, and many nieces and nephews.

 

Jane was preceded in death by her husband David (2003), sons Mark (2006) and Tom (2011), siblings Doris Allan, Lester Tacke and Robert Tacke.

 

Memorial donations in Jane’s name may be given to the family for designation at a later date.

 

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

Michael A. Goen-Penney

 

Michael A. Goen-Penney, 57, of Dorchester, passed away at home on June 6, 2022.

 

A memorial service for Michael will take place at 12:00 PM on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at Community United Church of Christ, with a luncheon to follow. Visitation will take place at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 12:00 PM.

 

Mike was born to Jerry Goen and Betty Justice on March 17, 1965. When he was younger his favorite thing to do was camping with his parents. They traveled to many beautiful parks out west. He attended school in Las Vegas. After school he moved to Oceanside, California and lived with his father and pursues a career in computer technology.

 

In 1986, Mike met his spouse, Jerry, a match truly made in heaven. Mike and Jerry were loyal servants to God, first and foremost. Mike loved the church and loved sharing the love and warmth of our savior, Jesus Christ, with as many people as possible. He was proud to serve the church. He attended 3 years at Lay Academy. He was presently United Church of Christ Northwest Association Treasurer. He initiated the process for Community United Church of Christ to become an open and affirming church.

 

Mike joins his mother, Betty, and father, Jerry, in heaven. He is survived by loving family members, including his husband, Jerry; brother, Greg; and two nieces, Taylor and Hayley.

 

1 Corinthians 13-13

And now three remain: Faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

 

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

Lucille Greschner

 

Lucille Greschner, age 94, of Owen, left this earth on June 7, 2022 in her home with her loving children by her side. 

 

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen.  Father Leo Johnson will officiate.   Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of service on Saturday at the church.  Interment will follow at Riverside Cemetery.

 

Lucille was born in Wisconsin on March 16, 1928 the daughter of Edward and Josephine (Ignoski) Sluzewski.  Lucille and John Greschner were one of the first weddings held at Holy Rosary Church in Owen on August 28, 1951. Together they farmed in Owen.  

 

Lucille is survived by three children: Thomas (Cheri) Greschner of Owen, Mary Greschner of Marshfield and Judy Knuth of Mosinee; two grandchildren: Kelly Johnson, and Laura (Kyle) VanTassel; and one great-grandson: Liam Johnson. She will be missed dearly by her siblings: Edward (DeEtta) Sluzewski, Robert Sluzewski, Joan Cantwell and Dorothy Gehrke; and her sister-in-law: Yvonne Sluzewski. 

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, John; a granddaughter: Hailey Greschner; a brother: Lenard Sluzewski; and two brothers-in-law: David Cantwell and Thomas Gehrke.

 

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

 

Helen F. Bahr

 

Helen F. Bahr, 91, of Colby, formerly of Medford, died peacefully on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at The Waterford Assisted Living in Colby.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 9 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford with the Rev. Daniel Iwinski officiating.  Burial will follow at Evergreen I Cemetery, Medford.

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

 

Helen was born June 18, 1930 in Medford to Helen (Simek) and Frank Bucki. 

 

On October 9, 1948, she married Emil Bahr.  Once married, Helen and Emil took over her parent’s farm in the town of Browning and farmed there for many years.  Helen then worked at Eddie’s Bake Shop from 1978-1993, and then at the Sandbox Daycare until she retired at the age of 79.

 

Helen enjoyed polka music, playing poker and having Tuesday night card parties, going to the casino, and taking trips with family.

 

Survivors include five children, Lorna (Wallace) Walters of Athens, Duane “Duce” (Lynette) Bahr of Goodrich, Sandra “Sandy” (Duane) Zugier of Abbotsford, Myron Bahr of Medford, Rhonda Bahr of Medford; a sister, Stella Bucki of Downers Grove, IL; 13 grandchildren, Scott (Michelle) Walters, Tim Walters, Kristi (Joe Westfall) Walters, Randy (Suzanne) Walters, Dave (Tracy) Hraby, Jason (Trisha) Hraby, Ryan (Jackie) Bahr, Julie (Bob) Rollins, April (Darrell) Weiler, Jerry (Amy) Zugier, Lisa (Jason) Kunze, Seth Bahr, and special granddaughter and caregiver, Courtney (Dave Tischendorf) Bahr; 26 great grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren and two on the way!  She is furthers survived by many nieces and nephews.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Emil; siblings, Walter, John, Theodore, Emil, Edward, Frances and a brother in infancy.

 

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

Kathleen S. Margraf

 

Kathleen Suzanne (Blake) Margraf of Stratford/Madison/Deerfield, so dearly loved by her family, peacefully left this world with her family by her side and woke up as an angel in Heaven on Sunday, June 5, 2022. 

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 9:00 am at Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford, WI. Father Timothy Oudenhoven will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 8:00 am until the time of service on Thursday. Burial will take place on Thursday, June 9th at 1:30 pm at Highland Memory Gardens in Cottage Grove, WI. A gathering will follow at the VFW on Cottage Grove Road in Madison.

 

She was born on February 7, 1926, in Madison, Wisconsin the daughter of Henry Robert Blake and Mary Irene (O'Connor) Blake Pirkl.  Kathleen married John Margraf on June 15, 1946 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. In Madison, she worked at FW Means Company for several years. She then spent several years working at Central Wisconsin Center, bringing joy to many residents. After retirement, Kathleen moved to Colby, Wisconsin to be near her children.  While living in Colby she volunteered at Colby Elementary School. In total she was a foster grandma for over 28 years and was known to all the children as Grandma Kathy.  Kathleen enjoyed many adventures with her daughter Mary and granddaughter Jenny. She was a member of the Cottage Grove VFW Post and the Moose Lodge #291.

 

She is survived by daughter Mary Peterson and her grandchildren; Jenny and Eric Totzke (Kailey, Liberty,Brinley, special member; Promyse) and Chad and Kerri Peterson (Hannah and Carter), brother, Richard (Marian) Pirkl, daughter-in-law Shirley Margraf and family; grandchildren Michael (Laura) Lund, Laura (William) Wenniger, Deejay Lund, Jason (Emily) Lund and Kristina Margraf, sisters-in-law, Sarah Pirkl and Mary Ann Blake, and many great grandchildren and nieces and nephews. Plus many extended family members and good friends.

 

Kathleen was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John, son, Joseph, step-father Gus Pirkl, brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert (Mildred) Blake, John (Roxanne) Blake, James Blake, Daniel Pirkl, sisters and brothers-in law, Mary (Gilbert) Grieger, and Jean (Maurice) Olsen, son-in-law, Wayne Peterson and many other extended family members.   

 

Kathleen was an amazing, loving, Godly woman, who showed her family and friends love and kindness and laughter. Her strength and faith were the cornerstones of her life. Kathy was a friend to many and loved by all. She is rejoicing in Heaven now, with her loved ones. She will be missed forever, but the legacy she leaves will never be forgotten. 

 

Kathy’s family would like to give special thanks to St. Croix Hospice and Vita Care Assisted Living for their wonderful care.

 

Buddy David Wayne Krueger

 

Buddy David Wayne Krueger, “Wayne” age 71, of Prentice, died Monday, May 30, 2022 at his home while under the care of his caregivers, Rose and Greg Hartman and Hope Hospice.

 

Wayne was born April 27, 1951 in Medford to Martha (Sachse) and William Krueger. 

 

He worked at Black River Industries.  Wayne enjoyed his calm, peaceful surroundings at his home in Prentice. 

 

He is survived by a sister, Lillian; nieces and nephews; friend and guardian, Julie McGuire of Rhinelander; and his caregivers.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Billy, Leonard, Leona, Caroline, and Darlene.

 

Wayne will be laid to rest next to his parents at Evergreen I Cemetery in Medford.

 

Special thanks to Wayne’s second family, the Hartman’s, who Wayne lived with for the past 20 years.  Wayne was happy in his home and well cared for by Rose and Greg.

 

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

Gregory "Greg" E. Roraff

 

Gregory “Greg” E. Roraff, 73, of Medford, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2022, at his home surrounded by family, under the care of Hope Hospice.

 

A Funeral Mass for Greg will take place at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, with Father Patrick McConnell officiating. A private family burial will take place. Visitation will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 from 9:00 AM until the time of Mass at 11:00 AM.

 

Greg was born on September 3, 1948 in La Crosse to Edwin and Dorothy (Caven) Roraff. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from UW-Madison. He married Marci Lewis on June 16, 1984 in Galesville, WI. He had a very successful career in Hospital Administration.

 

Greg loved traveling with his wife, annual family trips to Florida, and spending time with his 7 grandchildren. You couldn’t keep him off the golf course. He also loved going to Brewers, Badgers, and Packer games.

 

Greg is survived by his wife, Marci Roraff of Medford; daughters, Melissa (Jimmy) Kraemer, Meghan (Michael) Weiland, and Mallori (Marc) Strama, all of Medford; grandchildren, Bristal Kraemer, Carter, Chase, Harrison, and Oliver Weiland, and Christian and Edwin Strama; brother, Mike (Sue) Roraff. Greg is further survived by other family and friends.

 

Greg is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Patrick Roraff

 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Greg’s name may be made to Holy Rosary Catholic School, Aquinas High School Foundation, and Northern Lights in Ellsworth, Maine.

 

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

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