WKEB Obituaries Blog Archives for 2022-11

Betty E. Bork


Betty E. Bork, 99, of Medford, formerly of Decatur, IL, died Friday, November 25, 2022 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.


She was born September 3, 1923 in Decatur to Edward and Lydia (Frahlman) Donaldson.  She graduated from Decatur High School in 1941. 


Betty had met young Paul Bork, who went to serve his country in the military during WWII.  During the war, Betty worked at the local war plant, awaiting Paul’s safe return.


After the war, Paul returned to Decatur and the two were married on June 5, 1946.  They resided in Decatur where Betty made their home and raised their three children.  Once the oldest child started college, Betty went back to work as secretary for the Boy Scouts of America.  After retirement, she worked part-time for the Girl Scouts of America.  Paul preceded her in death in 1983.


In 1996, Betty’s daughter, Lynette lost her husband suddenly.  Without hesitation, Betty moved to Medford to help her daughter with her young children.  In Decatur, Betty was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  She was devoted to her faith and enjoyed attending church and bible study classes.  While in Medford, she attended Trinity Lutheran Church. Her most cherished moments were time spent with her grandchildren.


Betty is survived by her three children, Charlie Bork, Lynette Binns, both of Medford, Paul Bork    of Colorado Springs, CO; a sister, Eloise Neuendorf of Cleveland, TN; four beloved grandchildren, Nathaniel Bork of Ft. Collins, CO, Stephanie (Matt) Jacobs of Woodland Park, CO, Elizabeth Binns (Ollie Wilson Jr.) of Appleton, Ralph Binns Jr. (Jay Feldmeier) of Madison; great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Bork, Orrin and Annaliese Jacobs.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul Bork; son-in-law, Ralph Binns Sr., and brother-in-law, Roy Neuendorf.


A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, December 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Medford with the Rev. Ralph Shorey officiating.  Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday morning at Macon County Memorial Park in Decatur, IL.

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


Memorials are appreciated and may go to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.


Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Joyce C. Ruggles


Joyce C. Ruggles 87, of the Town of Longwood passed away at the Marshfield Medical Center-Eau Claire on Thursday, November 24, 2022.


A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen. The Rev. Elizabeth Bier will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 a.m. until time of service Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at the Riverside Cemetery in Withee. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen is entrusted with the arrangements.


Joyce was born on December 31, 1934, the daughter of Webster and Martha (Nevala) Hodnett in the Town of Longwood. She attended Withee schools. Joyce was united in marriage to James W. Ruggles on August 4, 1951. He preceded her in death on July 14, 1995.

Joyce was a farm wife and a home maker most of her life. She enjoyed going out to eat at Paula’s and the Mobil Mart and spending time with her friends and family.


Joyce is survived by her children: Patricia (Curt Reetz) Ruggles of Fall Creek and David "Bucky" (Deborah) Ruggles of Chili; three grandchildren: Jeremy (Michele) Ruggles of Loyal, Larissa (Ryan) Dillenbeck of Greenwood and Kelsey Ruggles of Marshfield; six great-grandchldren: Skylar, Jayden and Treyton Ruggles and Teagen, Colter and Camden Dillenbeck; a brother: Floyd Hodnett of Plymouth, MN and a brother-in-law: Jerry (Ethel) Ruggles, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Hodnett.


Online condolences may be made at www.maurinaschillingfuneralhome.com.


Weston C. Rogers


Weston Charles Rogers, 16, of Medford, town of Browning, died Saturday, November 19, 2022.


He was born May 30, 2006 in Spooner to Daniel and Diana (Rudolph) Rogers.  They lived in Stone Lake until Weston was in first grade, then the family moved to his mother’s hometown of Medford, where Weston was currently a junior at Medford High School.


When he was younger, Weston was active in 4H, and also ran cross country.  Once he was in high  school, he worked as an attendant at the pool, worked in the greenhouse at Fourmens, and was currently working at Walmart.  He shared an interest in computers with his large group of friends, and was planning on building a gaming computer from scratch. He also loved cats… especially his buddy, Smokey the cat.  Smokey got to know the sound of Weston’s car and would wait anxiously for him to come in the door.  He will be remembered by his family as always helping others, whether it was answering a call from Grandma Mary to fix her computer, cutting firewood, helping with the farmer’s market, or cooking, Weston was willing to help. He had a quiet nature and was always listening, so when he would throw out his witty and often humorous one-liners, they were always on point.


Weston was a true blessing and his family is thankful for his 16 years of life. He will be forever in the hearts of his mother, Diana Rogers of Medford; father, Dan Rogers of Eau Claire; brother, Wheeler Rogers; maternal grandma, Mary Rudolph, both of Medford; aunts and uncles, George (Pam) Rudoph of Stetsonville, Paul (Tammie) Rudolph of Norfolk, VA, Dawn Rudolph of Medford, Charlotte (Tony) Hughes of Macon, GA, Angie (Vern) Metcalf of Menomonie, Andy (Amy) Rudolph of Medford, Kathy (Dave) Moe of Hayward, Robin (Leo) O’Connor of Stanberry; cousins, Kyle, Brittney, Dusty, Krissalan, Shiloh, Shauna, Ben, Brandon, Sarah, Jesse, Dani, Kaelee, Zach, Danielle, Karielle, and Madeline.


He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Ben Rudolph; paternal grandparents, Bob and Mary Rogers; and an aunt, Susy Rogers.


A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, November 26, 2022 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Fr. Patrick McConnell officiating.  Interment will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford.


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


In lieu of flowers, memorial are preferred 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.

Loretta D. Dray


Loretta D. Dray, 94, of Medford, passed away on Sunday, November 20, 2022 after a healthy and full life.  May she rest in peace and happiness.


She was born January 18, 1928 in Chicago, IL to Arthur and Elizabeth (Csernia) Schmidt.  She attended school in Chicago and in 1949, married Leslie “Les” Dray. 


During WWII, Loretta worked at a defense plant in Chicago making radios.  After her marriage to Les, she worked at Medford Memorial Hospital in their dietary department for 23 years until her retirement.


She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.  She enjoyed reading, word searches, shopping, traveling, camping, being with her grandchildren, and socializing with family and friends.


Survivors include her children, Russell (Carol) Dray of Medford, Patricia “Patti” Dray of medicine Hat, Canada, Roger (Cindy) Dray of Medford; a son-in-law, Kurt Staab of Medford; a sister, Delores Gowey of Medford; grandchildren, Craig (Kori) Staab, Stephanie Dray, Nicholas (Nicole) Dray, Rachel Dray, Matthew (Kim) Dray, Brandon Brandner; and six great- grandchildren.


She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Les in 2011; a sister, Josephine Comens; brothers, Robert and Joseph Frederick; and her daughter, Denise Staab.


A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, November 25, 2022 at Hemer-Pickerign Funeral Home in Medford with the Rev. Daniel Iwinski officiating.  Interment will be held at a later date at Evergreen Cemetery II, Medford.


Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral home.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to Hope Hospice, Aspirus Foundation, or to the Medford Area Senior Center.

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" M. Miller


Patricia “Pat” M. Miller, age 79, of Dorchester, passed away on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield under the loving care of her family and Compassus Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2022 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Milan. Father George Graham will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. A 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.


Pat was born on September 7, 1943 in Marshfield, the daughter of Mary (Felzkowski) and George Pecher. She attended St. Anthony in Athens before transferring to Dorchester High School where she met the love of her life, James J. Miller. After graduating in 1961, Pat married her sweetheart on January 6, 1962 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester which she created a lifetime of memories with him until his passing in 2021. Together they had five children: Renee (Tim) Hein of Athens, Chris (Steve) Zettler of Athens, Kurt Miller of Dorchester, Rhonda (Mike) Rudolph of Medford and Jeff Miller of Colby.


Pat worked over 30 years at Marathon Cheese Corp. However, her pride and joy was her family. She always remembered and shared in the celebration of birthdays, holidays and all important events many times bringing one of her tasty dishes to share. Many hours were spent on gardening but probably more designing and maintaining her beloved flower gardens. On weekends during the summer, though, you would find her in her camper up north enjoying the company of family and friends as they sat around the campfire sipping wine, sharing stories and creating lasting memories. In her later years, Pat cherished the companionship of her dogs, Toby and Sadie. She was a kind and loving person with strong determination that will be dearly missed.


She is further survived by eight grandchildren: Matthew (Jessica) Hein, Melanie Hein (Brandon) Danny Hein (Pachee), Kelsey Zettler (Dan), Hailey Zettler, Hannah Zettler (Bryton), Megan (Noah) Waldhart and Mallory Rudolph; nine great-grandchildren: Jacob, Emilie, Braxton, Kaden, Cooper, Corbyn, Landen, Greyson and Paisley; two brothers: Clem (Grace) Pecher and Duane (Pat) Pecher; a sister-in-law, Janet Pecher; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, Urban Pecher and her sister, Rosemary (Harvey) Soczka.


Charlotte E. "Chuck" Weiler


Charlotte E. “Chuck” Weiler, 95, of Antigo, formerly of Medford, died Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at Care Partner Assisted Living in Antigo while under the care of Aspirus Hospice.


A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, November 21 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Goodrich with Rev. Kenneth Bittorf officiating.  Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery II, Medford.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Monday at the church.


Chuck was born November 26, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to Emil and Elizabeth (Lekie) Jari. She grew up in Medford and graduated from Medford High School in 1944.


On February 19, 1945, she married Michael G. Weiler at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Athens.  They resided in Milwaukee and Medford where Chuck made their home and raised their four sons.


Chuck loved spending time with her family and cherished her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She enjoyed listening to music and attending Country fest and the Hodag music festivals; and cheering on the Brewers and Packers.  In her younger years, she enjoyed camping, hunting, traveling with family, and riding along with her family on their pheasant hunts.


She is survived by her four sons, Michael (Elaine) of Pinellas Park, FL, James (Carol) of Antigo, Larry of Neva, Roger (Shirley) of  Unity; sisters, Eva Dassow of Medford, Annette “Tootie” Klinger of Medford; grandchildren, Jenny (Erich) Knapp-Parce of Seattle, Matthew (Krista) Weiler of Wausau, David (Casey) Weiler of Lake Hallie, Jessica (Tad) Hackbarth of  Phlox; great-grandchildren, Solomon, Aubree, Stephanie, Tabitha, Evan, Emma, Brooklyn, Avery, Jesse, and Tony (Grace); and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.


She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Linda Weiler; brothers-in-law, Gerry Dassow and Roy Klinger; on the Weiler side of the family, numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.

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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