WKEB Obituaries Blog Archives for 2022-09

Shirley R. Denzin

 

Shirley R. Denzin, age 92, of Milan, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at Athenian Living in Athens under the tender care of Compassus Hospice.

 

Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Athens. Rev. Donn Radde will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 12:00 p.m. until time of service Sunday at the church. 

 

Shirley was born on January 25, 1930, the daughter of Albert and Caroline (Wellman) Fasse in Milan. She graduated Salutatorian from Abbotsford High School in 1948. On August 29, 1953, Shirley was united in marriage to William Denzin at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Milan. He preceded her in death on March 17, 2013.

 

Shirley worked at Laabs Cheese Factory, the Dairy Bar, Figi’s and was a cook at the nursing home in Colby. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Athens and a member of the Ladies Aid and sang in the church choir. Shirley enjoyed music, including playing the concertina and kittens. Most importantly, she loved and cherished her family.

 

Shirley is survived by her three daughters: Janine Hupe of Madison, Maureen (Gary) Belanger of Athens and Corrine (Duane) Bauer of Marshfield; 15 grandchildren: Nate Hupe, Miranda (Doug) Johnson, Rochelle (Kelly) Blosl, Todd (Verica) Hupe, Sarah (Clayton) Venzke, Mindy (Nick) Young, Becca (Brian) Simpson, Elaine (Stephen Hicks) Brubaker, Becca (Randy) Ayer, Liara (Matthew) Bramm, Cody (Samantha) Bauer, Robin (fiancé, Jordon Miller) Bauer, Holly Bauer (Andrew Reseburg) and Tony Bauer; 16 great-grandchildren: Sydney Venzke, Callie Davis, Owen and Zooey Simpson, Jacob and Lily Young, Juliette and Danny Hupe, Derek Johnson, Derek Willman, Brittany Barritt, Kristen (Dustin) Schecklman, Taylor Hupe, Wyatt Bauer and twins on the way. She is further survived by a sister-in-law, Udell Fasse; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son-in-law, Daniel Hupe; five brothers: Norman (Viola) Fasse, Howard Fasse, Elwood (Merle) Fasse, Kenneth (Margaret) Fasse and Arno Fasse.

Cecelia Frank

 

Cecelia Frank, 90, Athens, passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on Sunday, September 18, 2022 at Abbotsford Health Care Center.

 

She was born November 6, 1931 in Edgar, WI, daughter of the late Martin and Mary (Halkowitz) Schmidt.  On August 17, 1954, she married Carlton “Pat” Frank at St. Mary Catholic Church, Marathon.  He survives.

 

Following her marriage to Pat, she farmed alongside him in the town of Halsey where they raised their family.  Among her favorite pastimes, Cecelia enjoyed playing cards, reading, visiting casinos, cooking, canning and traveling.  She will forever be remembered for making the best pickles and potato salad, among other things.

 

Most of all, she loved to spend time with her family and friends and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

 

Survivors include her husband, Pat; four children, Mary Lou (Lee) Boehm, Athens, Keenan (Elaine) Frank, Naples, FL, Julie (Chuck) Prihoda, Medford and Dale Frank, Athens; 13 grandchildren, Jennifer (Ryan) Podeweltz, Daniel Boehm, Melissa (David) Millwood, Melonie Frank, Andy Frank, Alex Bredehoft, Michelle Bredehoft, Patty Prihoda, Katie Prihoda, Steven (Aimee Cunningham) Prihoda, Michael (Jenna) Prihoda, Hannah (Justin) Frank-Thomas and Noah Frank; eight great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Delana, Dayton, Kayson, Ameilee, Olive, Wyatt and Sierra; one sister-in-law, Betty (Cal) Patterson, Hamburg; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two infant children, Patricia and David; three sisters, Josephine Schmidt, Frances Schilling and Mildred Wiese; an infant brother, Peter; and her granddaughter-in-law, Stephanie Yonke.

 

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 24, 2022 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens.  Rev. George Graham will preside.  Visitation will be on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.

 

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com

Janice E. Dassow

 

Janice E. Dassow 
A longtime Medford resident, passed away in the early morning hours on Friday, September
16, 2022, at Rib Lake Health Services. She was 83 years old.
Funeral Services will be held at 11AM on Saturday, September 24, 2022, at Trinity Lutheran
Church in Medford with Rev. Ralph C. Shorey III officiating. She will be laid to rest in Trinity
Lutheran Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to gather on Saturday at the church from
9AM until time of services. The honor of pallbearer belongs to: Don and Ashton Behling,
Chase Reichert, James and Deacon Carlson and Nathaniel Swenson. Honorary pallbearers
are her granddaughters and great-grandchildren.
Janice was born on October 6, 1938, in rural Curtiss, Wisconsin; the daughter of Alex and
Clara (Theilig) Winkel. She attended Woodland Grade School in Curtiss and graduated from
Owen-Withee High School. She went on to attend Medford Teacher’s College and worked
for Medford Schools for 13 years. She was also employed at Phillips Plastic in Medford for
27 years.
She was united in marriage to Henry Dassow on July 12, 1958, at Zion Lutheran Church in
Colby. Sadly, Henry passed away on January 16, 2012.
Janice was a previous member of Green Grove Lutheran Church in rural Colby as well as
Zion Lutheran Church in Colby before becoming a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in
Medford.
With gifted and patient hands, Janice sewed and needlepointed beautiful pieces for her
family and friends. Other hobbies included reading, playing cards and spending time with her
family and friends.
Those who will cherish her memory include her daughter, Darla Dassow of Robbinsdale, MN
and her son, Lorin (Florene) Dassow of Medford; her grandchildren, Nathaniel (Anne)
Swenson, Rebecca Swenson, Elizabeth Swenson, Jodi (Don) Behling and Kristy (James)
Carlson and her great-grandchildren, Kiarah Behling, Ashton Behling, Chase Reichert,
Deacon Carlson, Caden Carlson, Evan Swenson and Sophie Swenson. She is further
survived by her siblings, Mardell (Dick) Longsdorf and Darrell Winkel along with many other
relatives and friends.
Janice was proceeded in death by her husband, Henry Dassow; her parents, Alex and Clara
Winkel; her sister, Carol Winkel, a sister-in-law, Marie Winkle and her parents-in-law.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are being accepted in Janice’s name to be directed to Trinity
Lutheran Church in Medford.

Janice’s arrangements are under the care of Life Tributes Funeral Home-Spencer. To share
a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.lifetributesfuneralhome.com.

James R. Laru

 

James R. Laru, age 87, of Owen, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at the Clark County Rehab and Living Center in Owen under the tender care of Compassus Hospice and Palliative Care.

 

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford. Inurnment will be at a later date in the Mountain View Cemetery in South Range, MI. Pastor Don Bruce will officiate. A Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home. Full military rites will conducted by Colby VFW Post # 2227.

 

Jim was born on September 8, 1935, the son of Andrew A. and Fannie S. (Niemi) Laru in Painesdale, MI. He was a 1953 graduate from Jeffers High School in Painesdale, MI. Jim was a miner for Copper Range in Painesdale, MI before enlisting in the US Marine Corp in 1956 and he was honorably discharged in 1958 at Camp Pendleton, CA. He was united in marriage to the former Sharon Steffes on July 30, 1960 in Cudahy, WI. Jim then worked for Wisconsin Power Company in Milwaukee before moving back to Painesdale to mine. They moved to Toivola, MI where they bought a grocery store and ran it until 1988, when they moved to Owen, that’s when Jim worked for Land O Lakes in Spencer until he retired in 1999.

 

Jim was a member of the South Range Eagles Club and the Toivola Volunteer Fire Department. He was proud that he designed and built two homes one in Torch Lake, MI and the other in Owen. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood working, gardening, watching sports especially the Detroit Lions and the Detroit Tigers. He liked spending time at the lake and getting together with family and friends most importantly spending time with the grandchildren.

 

Jim is survived by his wife: Sharon of Owen, children: Wanda (David) Sommer of Owen, Jacquiline (Gary) Guisfredi of Lake Linden, MI, Jim Laru Jr. of Owen, and Carol Laru of Marshfield; grandchildren: Corey Sommer , Aaron Sommer , Crystal Marten, Jessica Bessner, Ricky James, Angela Van Wagner, Jim Laru III , Derek Laru, Damon Laru and Brenna Laru . He is further survived by a sister: Joyce Swan, sister-in-law: Marilyn Laru; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents; brother: Richard Laru and brother-in-law: Bill Swan.

 

Scott A. Grube

 

Scott Alan Grube, age 56, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 in the ER of Aspirus Hospital

 

Scott was born in Des Plaines, Illinois on January 28, 1966 to Gerald and Karon (Dassow) Grube.

 

A Memorial Mass for Scott will take place at 12:00 PM on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Burial will take place at a later date. Visitation will take place at Holy Rosary on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 12:00 PM.

 

In 1972 his family moved to Medford from Illinois in which he attended Holy Rosary School and in 1984 he graduated from Medford Area Senior High School. Scott worked at Weather Shield Mfg. and Tombstone Pizza for a short time. He worked road construction in Illinois for several years. The last 20 years he was District Manager of Colby, Medford, and Neillsville Hardee’s locations and General Manager at the Colby location. He took great pride on his role at the restaurant visiting with everyone. Needless to say he had many, many regular customers who looked forward to great food and great conversation. In his past time he loved to travel with his family to area events and State Parks. He liked woodworking and refinishing old furniture. Scott was also the family mechanic (a skill he learned from his dad) because of this he liked all old and new vehicles, especially sports cars. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family.

 

Scott is survived by the love of his life, Patty Soltow; children, Brooke (Brandon Van Erp) Grube of Elk Mound, Tyler Grube of Colby, Chase Grube of Medford, Wade (Lynsie) Hebert of Greenwood, Ashton Hebert of Texas, and Samantha (Daniel) Hebert of Milwaukee; sister, Tammy (Dan) Weber of Dorchester; brother, Todd (Diane) Grube of Byron, MN and nieces and nephews, Troy (Allie) Petznick, Jamie (Morgan) Crotteau, Tia Weber, Tara Weber, Chad Grube, and Gabrina Grube and grandson, Kaleb Hebert.

 

Scott is preceded in death by his parents.

 

We loved him dearly and he will be greatly missed.

 

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

Gary A. Fox

 

Gary Allen Fox, age 60, of Ogema, died Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at his home after a recent cancer diagnosis.

 

A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m., Thursday, September 22 at Hemer-Pickerign Funeral Home in Medford.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 12 noon, Thursday at the funeral home.

 

Gary was born May 15, 1962 in Marshfield to Everett and Ruth (Bredemann) Fox.  He grew up in Wisconsin Rapids, where he also attended school.

 

After high school, Gary moved to Fifield, then to Phillips where he worked for Copp’s Grocery Store.  He then worked for a window treatment company, making woods blinds, and then for Biewer Co., where he worked as a machinist for 25 years.  He was most recently working at Sierra Pacific Mfg. but had to retire due to his illness.

 

In 2002, he met the love of his life, Yvonne (nee Smith) Johnson and they have been together since.

 

Gary was never sitting idle.  He always had projects to do and loved to putz around his property.  He was definitely a homebody, and enjoyed the peaceful woods, wildlife and flowers in his yard, from where he also loved watching the beautiful sunsets.

 

He is survived by his life partner of 20 years, Yvonne Johnson of Ogema; his parents, Everett and Ruth Fox of Wisconsin Rapids; siblings, Judy Papineau, Theresa Brock, Carla (Wayne) Lafler, Gene (Kerry) Fox, all of Wisc. Rapids, Everett Jr. (Theresa Lukes) Fox of Prentice, and Fred (Mary Hanson) Fox of Rhinelander; and many nieces and nephews.  He is further survived by Yvonne’s family who he considered his own including her children, Jeremy (Jennifer) Somers of Tomahawk, Joey Somers of Mosinee, Mikey Somers of Irma, Jennifer (Steven) Radtke of Birnamwood, Christina England of Grant’s Pass, Oregon, and Rosalie (Dustin) Baitinger; her 31 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

 

He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

 

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

 

A special message from Yvonne: Thank you Rosie and Dustin for all your help!

Edward A. Zondlo

 

Edward A. Zondlo, 77, of Rib Lake, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, September 10, 2022.  He had been under the care of his family for the past three years and for his final days, Hope Hospice assisted the family.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, September 16 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake with Fr. Jayanna Kanna officiating.  Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake, then returning to the church for lunch.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the service at 11 a.m. Friday at the church.

 

Ed was born April 14, 1945 in Marshfield to Andrew and Rose (Brehm) Zondlo.  He graduated from Rib Lake High School, class of 1963.  He worked for Opie and Bud Freeck (his former mother and father-in-law) at Bud’s IGA.  He then purchased the store, renaming it Ed’s IGA, which he owned and operated for almost 40 years, until his retirement in 2010, when his son Rodger took over. He is the current owner.

 

He married Mary Freeck in 1965 and they had two children, Rodger and Suzy.  They later divorced.

 

On August 28, 2019, he married his best friend and life partner of many years, Mary Ann Schreiner at his home on Rib Lake.

 

Ed was diagnosed with a terminal illness in 2019 and was given 2-4 months to live.  Well, he surprised everyone, had excellent care from his family and the staff at Aspirus, Medford (for the many ER visits and hospital admissions) and had three bonus years to spend with his loved ones!

 

Ed looked forward to his fishing trips to Canada twice a year for over 50 years, first with good friends, and then with family.  He also enjoyed hunting with his daughter.

 

He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake; and the Rib Lake Lions Club where he recently earned his 30 year pin, the Fish and Game, Commercial Club, and he was on the Rib Lake Fire Department for over 25 years. He played in many bowling, dart and pool leagues.  He also loved his dog, Kingston.

 

He is survived by his wife, Mary of Rib Lake; children, Rodger Zondlo (Jamie) of Rib Lake, Suzy (Tim) Netzer of Medford; brother, Dave (Jane) Zondlo of Weston; sister, Nancy Schabel of Milwaukee; stepchildren, Karen (Dan) Vlach of Rib Lake, Chris Bube (Chris) of Medford, Michael (Jess) Zondlo of Rib Lake; grandchildren, AF Staff Sergeant Brett House of Anchorage, Alaska, Tylor Zondlo of Medford; step grandchildren, Austin, Devyn, Tanner, Tia, Cole, Clayton, Fletcher, Gavin, Shayna, Alayna, and Jada; great-grandchildren, Blaine, Collyn and Aliyah Zondlo; and nieces and nephews.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andy and Rose Zondlo; former in-laws, Opie and Bud Freeck; brother-in-law, Jim Schabel; niece, Mary Jo Schabel; in-laws, Jughead and Dorothy Schreiner; and his beloved dog, Kingston.

 

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

 

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

 

Duane S. Jorgensen

 

Duane S. Jorgensen, 86, of Ogema, passed away on Friday, July 29, at the Marshfield Hospital where he had been for several weeks.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m., at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake with Fr. Jayanna Kanna officiating.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17 at the church.

 

Duane was born to Cyril and Hazel (Nelson) in Ogema on July 28, 1936. Duane graduated from the Prentice High School in 1954, and married Sharon Carlson of Ogema at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Westboro on June 28, 1958 and they celebrated 64 adventurous years together.

 

Duane was a lifelong member of St. Theresa Catholic Church in Westboro and after the parish was closed became an active member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church.  He was a businessman having owned and operated a laundromat, car washes, a grocery store and meat market while specializing in potato sausage. He spent his early years as an avid fisherman and trap shooter and in more recent years always enjoyed spending time playing cribbage with his family and friends.

 

Duane is survived by his wife, Sharon; daughters, Doreen (Roy) Castro of Cape Coral, Florida, Shari (Randy) Bergman of Medford; grandchildren, Steve (Alexis) Garrou of Saukville, WI, Abbie (Christopher) Sjoblom of Saint Cloud, Minnesota, and Erin and Colby Bergman of Medford; sister-in-law, Dorothy Jorgensen, of Colgate, and many nieces and nephews.

 

Duane was preceded in death by his parents and his, brother, Richard Jorgensen, of Colgate.

 

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

Patricia "Pat" S. Schmeiser

 

Patricia “Pat” S. Schmeiser, age 81, of the Town of Molitor, WI, was greeted by God into eternal life on Monday, September 5, 2022, after a lengthy fight with cancer. 

 

Pat was born in Whittlesey, WI, on August 16, 1941, to Harold and Phyllis (Micklo) Schmoldt.  She was the oldest of six children.  Pat married Jerry Schmeiser on June 15, 1963, at the Holy Rosary Church in Medford, WI.

 

Pat attended the Whittlesey School, graduated from the Medford High School, and attended the Taylor County Teachers’ College.  She taught in Outagamie County before her marriage.  Pat and Jerry owned a dairy farm in the Town of Molitor from 1969 to 1990 when their son, Jeff, purchased it from them.  They continued to reside
at the farm and work with Jeff and his family. 

 

In addition to helping run the family farm, she worked various jobs some of which included Copps IGA and Kmart.   She enjoyed all of her many jobs, but loved teaching the most.  She returned to work as a teacher’s aide for the Holy Rosary School until her retirement at age 75.  Pat was never idle.  She enjoyed fishing, gardening, sewing,
ceramics, and other craft projects.  She volunteered as a 4H project leader for over 30 years and was active in the Taylor County Fair for many years.  Pat’s family meant everything to her and she will be dearly missed.

 

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Jerry Schmeiser;
her children, Jeff (Laura) Schmeiser, and Jack (Jackie) Schmeiser; and her mother, Phyllis Schmoldt.  Pat is further survived by her grandchildren, April, James, Angela (Ryan), Ashley, Colleen, and McKensee; her great-grandchild, Camryn; her five siblings; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her father, Harold and her mother-in-law, Rose Schmeiser.

 

The funeral mass will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at 10:30 AM, at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.  Fr. Patrick McConnell will officiate.  The family will receive friends for
visitation from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 10:30 AM.  In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the family. Generations Funeral Home & Crematory of Tomahawk is assisting the family.  

Joan T. Hunsader

 

Joan Theresa Hunsader, age 83, of Dorchester, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at her residence.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2022 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford. Family and friends are welcome on Monday from 5:00 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

 

Joan was born on July 5, 1939 in Algoma, WI the daughter of Roland and Esther (Duerst) Blahnik. She was a 1957 graduate of Algoma High School. Joan was united in marriage to Richard (Dick) Hunsader on May 9, 1959 in Algoma. Dick and Joan ran the Cloverdale Cheese Factory from 1960 until moving into the Village of Dorchester in 1972. Joan earned an accounting degree from North Central Technical College and worked at Equipment Manufacturing in Dorchester for 49 years.

 

Joan was active in the community organizations including the, Business & Professional Women’s Association (BPA), and the Holton Homemakers Club. Joan also served as a trustee for the Village of Dorchester.

 

In addition to her husband, Dick she is survived by her children, Steven (Julie) Hunsader of Wausau and Mark (Meg) Hunsader of Appleton; four grandchildren: Caskey, Jude, Erin (Ross) Witucki and Evan, two great-grandchildren: Lily Ann and Joseph. Joan is further survived by her sister: Donna.

 

Joan is preceded in death by her parents: Roland and Esther, and her brother: Doug.

In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the Dorchester Park Corporation.

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

Peter A. Schemenauer

 

Peter A. Schemenauer, age 81, of rural Athens, passed away on Monday, September 5, 2022.

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 9, 2022 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Milan. Father George Graham and Father Joseph Redfern will concelebrate. Interment to follow at St. John’s Catholic Cemetery, Town of Johnson. Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 8 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and on Friday from 1:00 p.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.

 

Peter was born on November 1, 1940, the son of Elmerd and Cecilia (Calmes) Schemenauer in Frankfort Township. He started working on the family farm at a young age. Peter met his future wife, Marian Gierl when he was 21 and they were married 5 years later in 1966. Two years later, their son, Craig, was born.

 

Peter continued working on the farm which he later purchased from his parents, Elmerd and Cecilia, until 2015 when after more than 60 years of farming, he finally entered a long awaited retirement. Peter enjoyed riding his motorcycles and Spyder with his wife, Marian on warm summer days. He also enjoyed finding reasons to use his newest toy, a mini-excavator, which he bought just last year.

 

Peter will be remembered for his shy but kind smile, his never-ending work ethic, and his (begrudging) (enthusiastic!) willingness to help his son, Craig, with farm projects right up to his unexpected and sudden passing.

 

Peter will be dearly missed by his wife of 55 years, Marian; his son, Craig (Karen) of Edgar; four grandchildren: McKenzie (Jake) Heier, Ashley (Tyler) Busko, Mackenzie (Derek) Landwehr and Jordan (Hanna) Fraser and four great-grandchildren. He is further survived by four siblings: Raymond, Elmer (Pat), Susan (Dennis) Nowacki and Kathleen (Glenn) Zettler; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: JoAnn (Bud) Redman and Mary Jane Schemenauer and a sister-in-law, Joyce Schemenauer.

Robert "Bob" E. Lucia

 

Robert “Bob” E. Lucia, 95, of Westboro, passed away on Friday, September 2, 2022 at Care Partners, under the care of Hope Hospice.

 

A Funeral service for Bob will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at Woodland Community Church in Westboro, with Pastor Bryan Regier officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Woodland Community Church on Saturday, September 10, 2022 from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM. Military Honors will be performed by VFW - 7817 Premeau-Schauss.

 

Bob was born on January 10, 1927 to John and Anna (Pries) Lucia in Westboro. He attended Westboro schools. After school he joined the Army Air Corps and served in the Pacific Theater during WWII. He married Marcella Tallman on February 22, 1964 at the Medford United Methodist Church; she preceded him in death on February 26, 2016.

 

Bob owned and operated City Service Gas Station in Westboro. He was also a mail carrier and a logger. He loved being time in the woods, hunting, riding side-by-side, and spending time with his dog. He enjoyed traveling to Hodag Festival in Rhinelander, Apple Festival in Bayfield, and going out to eat.

 

Bob is survived by his son, Michael Lucia; grandchildren, Damian (Jeanna), Gunner (Amy), and Keesha Lucia; great-grandchildren, Olivia, Rylan, Timmy, Sawyer, Jameson, and Duke Lucia; close friend Heidi Heier.

 

In addition to his parents and wife; son Robert J. Lucia, Jr.; brother, John “Jack” Lucia.  

 

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

Geraldine R. "Gerrie" Frane

 

Geraldine R. “Gerrie” Frane, age 87, of Colby, died peacefully on Friday, September 3, 2022 at the Waterford Assisted Living in Colby under the tender care of Heartland Hospice

 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Parish in Colby on Friday September 9, 2022. Father Joseph Redfern will officiate. Interment to follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Colby. Family and friends are welcome for the visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the time of mass at church on Friday. 

 

Gerrie was born on September 6, 1934, the daughter of the late Eino and Elsie (Williams) Walkama in Owen, WI. She attended Park Side Grade School and graduated from Owen High School. On December 27, 1951, Gerrie was united in marriage to Howard M. Frane at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen, WI. Once married she helped Howie farm in Curtiss and worked at Teledyne Post in Owen for many years. Gerrie then purchased and ran a small grocery store called “Gerrie's Mini Mart” in Curtiss until 1984. She was also active in the Curtiss Homemakers Club. Howie and Gerrie then moved to Colby. She was a charter member of the Colby Lioness Club.

 

She loved fishing, bowling, polka music & dancing, camping, baking, playing cards, jigsaw puzzles and working with crafts. Most of all, Gerrie loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a great wife, mother, grandma and friend.

 

Gerrie is survived by her husband of 71 years, Howie; 3 children: Tom (Arlyne) Frane, Dave (Debbie) Frane, Barb (Barry) Orheim; 6 grandchildren: Kevin (Kris) Frane, Kelly (Joe) Gribowski, Shauna (Jason) Christopherson, Kyle (Alyssa) Frane, Savanna (Taylor) Long and Matt Orheim, 8 great grandchildren: Kandra (Tyler/Fiancee) Frane, Daejo Laurin, Madison Gribowski, Libby Christopherson, Kaiden Frane, Kooper Frane, Kinzee Frane, Oakley Orheim and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents; and two sisters: Mary and Jean.

 

Gerrie’s family would like to thank Heartland Hospice and the Waterford for their tender care of Gerrie.

 

In lieu of flowers a memorial will be established at a later date.

 

Marcella "Marcie" Bredlau

 

Marcella “Marcie” Bredlau, age 94 of Owen, went to be with the Lord on September 2, 2022 at the Stoney River Memory Care in Marshfield.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held on September 10, 2022 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home, Owen at 11:00 am. Visitation will be held from 9:00 am until the time of the service at the funeral home.

 

Marcie was born October 21, 1927, in Dorchester, WI to Dewey & Sophie (Jacobs) Oehler. She was raised on the family farm and received her education at the Draper School in the town of Holton, attending through 8th grade. Marcie worked various jobs before meeting the love of her life Bob Bredlau. They were married May 29, 1948 and were blessed with 72 years together. She was a loving, devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was known for her hospitality, great cooking and baking, and her sweet personality. She worked as an aid at the Clark County Rehabilitation Center for over 15 years, was a member of United Church of Christ, Church Circle and Eastern Star. She and Bob enjoyed winters in Mesa, AZ, time at their cottage at Lake Holcombe, world traveling, card playing. She treasured the many great memories she made with family and friends.

 

Marcie will be dearly missed by her children Dennis Bredlau of Owen, daughter-in-law, Gayle Bredlau of North Liberty, IA, Brian (Debbie) Bredlau of Owen, Jan (Jack) Willems of Reedsville. Eight grandchildren: Bry, Ryan (Maggie), Kent (Sam), Megan, Brittany (Chad), Brandon, Sam (Rachel), and Connor (Sara). Seven great-grandchildren: Ella, Sophie, Lilly, Ruby, Atticus, Bennett and Abram. She is further survived by her siblings: Leora Reynolds of Dorchester, Jim Oehler of Spencer, Nelrose Carpenter of Marshfield, Gary (Paula) Oehler of Des Moines, IA. Sisters/brothers in-laws: Pat (Shirley) Bredlau of Madison, John (Elaine) Bredlau of Carrollton, GA, and many nieces and nephews.

 

She is preceded in death by her husband: Bob (2020), parents, in-laws, son: Greg (2009), great-grandson: Benjamin Bredlau (2011), brother/sister-in-law: Harold (Margaret) Oehler, brothers/sisters in-laws: Emily & Gerhardt Lucht, Lucille & Tubby Wirtz, Esther & Don Fredrick, Dorothy & Joe Lauby, Gerald & Janet Bredlau, Arlene & Ed Barker, Vic Carpenter, Jim Reynolds.

 

The family would like to thank all of the staff at Stoney River Memory Care and St. Croix Hospice for helping her on her journey.

 

Memorials to be established at a later date.

 

Kevin "Husker" R. Jensen

 

Kevin "Hüsker" R. Jensen, 54, of Medford, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, August 28, 2022. 

 

A funeral service for Kevin will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 4th at Zion Lutheran Church in Stetsonville, WI, with Pastor Richard Russow officiating. Burial will take place at Zion Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will take place at Hemer-Pickerign Funeral Home on Saturday, September 3rd from 2-5 p.m. and also at Zion Lutheran Church on Sunday, September 4th from 2-3 p.m. 

 

Kevin was a life-long resident of Medford. Following graduation from Medford Senior High School in 1987, he went out west to work for Lang Exploratory Drilling for a year and a half before returning to Medford. Here, he launched his two owner-operated businesses, Jensen Transport (1992) and West Side Materials, LLC (2003), which he poured his blood, sweat, and tears into up until the time of his death. 

 

On June 7, 1997, Kevin married his high school sweetheart, Rhonda Dietze. Kevin was a passionate outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, driving his UTV, boating, and spending time at their cabin with their lab, Reo. He enjoyed watching and attending Packers and Badgers games, as well as live music performances, with his wife. What they enjoyed the most was spending time with their many friends where Kevin would always entertain them with his storytelling and infectious laughter. It was a rare occasion for Kevin to enter an establishment and not be greeted by someone he knew. He will be deeply missed by many, many people. 

 

Kevin is survived by the love of his life, Rhonda; mother, Jean Jensen of Stetsonville; sister, Kim Bunkleman of Medford; parents-in-law, Bruce and Doris Dietze of Medford; siblings-in-law, Lindy (Barry) Spencer of Wauwatosa, Brenda (Scott) McKay of Rhinelander, and Randel Dietze of Gillett; nieces and nephews, Cody Bunkleman, Kelsey Vahl, Nicole Spencer, Shawn (Jensen) Spencer, Bailey (Blaine) Welch, Sam (Shelby) McKay, Marilla McKay, Josh (Abby) Dietze, Megan (Justin) Dietze-Fiedler, and Izaiah Dietze. Kevin is further survived by many other family and friends.

 

Kevin was preceded in death by his father, Robert; paternal grandparents, Roy and Ann Jensen; maternal grandparents, Tom and Bernice Hartwig.

 

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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