WKEB Obituaries Blog Archives for 2022-07

Kenneth "Kenny" A. Ven Rooy


Kenneth “Kenny” A. Ven Rooy, age 73, of Colby, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 due to complications of Parkinson’s Disease at the Marshfield Medical Center.


A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, August 1, 2022 at First United Church of Christ in Colby. Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate.  Interment to follow at the Colby Memorial Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227.  Family and friends are welcome from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 31 and from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Monday all at the church. Live stream will be available for those unable to attend on the Maurina Schilling Funeral Home Facebook page or after the service anytime on Facebook or the website.  


Kenny was born on September 21, 1948, the son of Harold and Evelyn (Herrmann) Ven Rooy.  He graduated from Colby High School in 1966.  Kenny then served in the U.S. Army stationed in Germany from 1969-71.  He earned an Associate Degree in Operating Engineering Technology from Dickinson State College in North Dakota in 1979.  On February 10, 1990, Kenny was united in marriage to Connie Schmidt at First United Church of Christ in Colby.


Kenny started working at his neighbor’s farm when he was nine.  He proudly spent over 40 years as an Operating Engineer with Operating Engineers Local 139, operating heavy equipment, his favorite being bulldozers.  Kenny took pride in putting the finishing touches on the job.  He then taught at the Operating Engineers Training Center in Coloma, retiring in 2013.  In retirement, Kenny returned to farming, working with his brother-in-law, Dan Schmidt.  He was happiest working and could fix anything and make it even better.  He loved animals and loved life.  Most importantly, Kenny cherished and loved his family, especially his grandchildren.


Kenny is survived by his loving wife, Connie; two children:  Jennifer (Brad) Schumacher of Baldwin and Jeremy Kilty of Kronenwetter; six grandchildren: Hailey, Cadence, Rylan, Cameron, Chael and Charlotte.  He is further survived by four siblings: Karen (Wayne) Neuman of Colby, David (Barb) Ven Rooy of Owen, Diane (Daryl) Kulas of Colby and Kathy (Bill) Kuru of Fond du Lac; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Lyle and his nephew, Shayne Neuman.

Lee C. Mahner


Lee C. Mahner, 83, of Chelsea, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2022 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.


A Funeral Mass for Lee will take place at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at OLPH Catholic Church, with Father Jayanna Kanna officiating. Burial will follow at OLPH Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will take place at OLPH on Tuesday July 26, 2022 from 4:00 PM until the time of a Rosary Service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue at the church on Wednesday from 9:00 AM until 10:30 followed by the service at 11:00 AM.


Lee was born on June 2, 1939 to Leo and Erna (Pinsch) Mahner in Chelsea. He was a 1957 graduate of Westboro High School. He married Kathleen “Kitty” Isabell Sigmund on August 3, 1960, she precedes him in death. Lee was a dairy farmer and master mechanic and welder. He owned and operated Mahner’s Welding and Repair until his retirement.


In his spare time Lee was an avid hunter and fisherman and a professional grandpa.  He was known to everyone as Uncle Lee.


Lee is survived by his children, Robin Mahner, Wendy (Lyn) Hartl, Rodney Brenda) Mahner, and Karl (Ann) Mahner, all of Medford, Linda (Brian) Gollhardt of Westboro, Christopher (Debra) Mahner of Medford, Ryan “Buzz” Mahner of Medford, and Teresa (Jon) Rezutek of Rib Lake; 54 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren; sisters, Jane Kauer of Kansas, Jean (Roger) Olson of Colby, and Joan (Milt) Mickelson of Ashland. Lee is further survived by many other family and friends.


Lee is preceded in death by his parents, wife, brother, Lin Mahner, granddaughter, Miriam Mahner, and great-grandson, Spencer Ruesch.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the family for Memorial Masses or donated to Abiding Care in his name.

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

John J. Kassie


On July 10, just 18 days short of his 100th birthday, John J. Kassie was welcomed into the arms of the Lord to be reunited with his beloved wife Rita. He died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family. 


Survivors include his children, Barbara Magister, Carole (John) Morrison), Thomas (Jeanette Erikson) and Michael (Debbe); his grandchildren, Charise (Mick) Krstic, Lisa (George) Manesis, Laura (Chris) Daves, Tina Morrison, John (Lindsay Beaman), Kerry (Dave) Blondheim, eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. His sister Helen Welch  of Hobe Sound, Florida,  also survives him.  He was preceded in death by a grandson, Tucker Daves, and a son-in-law, Edward Magister. 


John was born, raised, married and worked in Chicago until a vacation to Wisconsin in 1951 prompted him to give up city life and purchase Shady Brook Farm west of Colby, a decision he never regretted.  John was a man of many talents, never afraid to tackle any job that was necessary, a talent that came in handy on the farm.  A devoted husband to Rita for 67 years before her death in 2012, he was a loving father, a fun-loving grandfather, a good neighbor and a role model for many.  He was deeply loved and will be greatly missed. 


John and Rita were lifelong members of St. Mary’s Parish.  He belonged to the Knights of Columbus, serving as a Grand Knight.  He was a town of Colby Supervisor during the 70’s. After retirement, they became winter Texans, living in McAllen at McAllen Mobile for over 30 years. 


A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 p.m. at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Parish in Colby on Saturday, July 23, 2022.  Father Joseph Redfern will officiate.  Family and friends are welcome on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. Live stream will be available for those unable to attend on the Maurina Schilling Funeral Home Facebook page or after the service anytime on Facebook or the website.  


Special appreciation to Dr. Carolyn Ostrander and staff as well as to the staff of Heartland Hospice for their compassionate care. 


Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic School, Colby, or Heartland Hospice, 3233 A Business Park Dr., Stevens Point.


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