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Betty Lou Hinz


Betty Lou Hinz, 53 of Black River Falls, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014 at Black River Memorial Hospital in Black River Falls. A memorial service will be held at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford, on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:00 AM. Visitation will be held on
Saturday at the Funeral Home from 10:00 AM till the time of service.

Betty was born on July 16, 1960 to Clarence and Lillian (Sundermeyer) Hinz in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She received her early education in Luverne, Iowa, before moving to Abbotsford, where she was a 1979 graduate of Abbotsford High School. After high school she worked at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield in the kitchen and the laundry departments.


Betty married Peter Newmann and they were blessed with four children, they later divorced. She loved to be a homemaker and helping at various restaurants. Betty enjoyed karaoke, horse riding, gardening, tending her flowers and jigsaw puzzles.


Betty is lovingly survived by her four children; Tammy (David) Mendoza of Neillsville, Heather (Joseph Brummeyer) Newmann of Willard, Scott Newmann of Greenwood and Julie Newmann of Sparta, 8 grandchildren; Caleb Hebert, Izryel Saul Mendoza, Effrain Martin Mendoza, Diego Julian Mendoza, Moyseis Ivan Mendoza, Jacob Brummeyer, Benjamin Brummeyer and Giovani Leonardo Mendoza, sister; Louise (Tom) Bobbe of Dorchester, brothers; Leonard Hinz of Colby and David Hinz of Unity.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Clarence and Lillian Hinz.


The Maurina Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Friends may send online condolences to
www.maurinaschilling funeral

Richard "Dick" G. Kilty




AGE: 75


ADDRESS: N1010 County Road M, Ogema, WI 54459; A Township of Ogema resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:12 AM Tuesday, April 15 at Pine Ridge Assisted Living, Colby where he had resided for the past 5 weeks


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Saturday, April 19 at First Lutheran Church, Ogema


OFFICIATING: Rev. Dr. Robert Giese


INTERMENT: Colby Memorial Cemetery, Colby, WI


VISITATION: First Lutheran Church, Ogema from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, April 19


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 15, 1938 at Unity, WI


EDUCATION: Unity Grade School, and was a 1956 graduate of Colby High School


MARRIAGE: October 22, 1960 at Zion Lutheran Church, Colby to Patricia A. Johnson and she survives


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: US Army veteran having served from 1956 to 1959. After the service, he hauled milk, worked construction for various companies and was a self-employed concrete contractor while residing in Colby. He also worked part time for Harmony Co-op for a period of time. He retired in 1999 and moved to the Town of Ogema. He enjoyed reading, gardening, watching sports, especially the Brewers, Packers, St. Louis Cardinals and local High School teams, visiting with family and friends.


MEMBER OF: First Lutheran Church, Ogema


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Patricia “Pat” Kilty of Ogema


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Roger (Judy) Kilty of Marshfield, Ronald “Whitey” (Maggie) Kilty of Wisconsin Rapids, Randall “Corky” (Jean) Kilty of Ogema, Kay (DuWayne) Sheets of Colby

Brother-in-law: Lyle Johnson of Muskego; Sisters-in-law: Janet Abbott of Wisconsin Rapids & Donna Johnson of New Berlin


DECEASED FATHER: Glen William Kilty DECEASED MOTHER: Lorraine (Zulke) Kilty


PALLBEARERS: Honorary – Mike McCarron, Jason Evert, Ryan Bernt, Dave Henthorn, Rick Dering, Chuck Lukes, Bill & Bob Jeske; Active – Ken Nelson, Brian Kilty, Jacob Evert, Greg Barr, Scott Raab, Don Kraus


OTHER INFORMATION: Further survived by several nieces & nephews
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation

-For online condolences, please visit 

Sigfrid E. "Sig" Borgeson


SIGFRID E. "SIG" BORGESON, age 90, of Withee, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, April 13, 2014. A graveside service will be held at 12:30pm on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Riverside Cemetery in Withee, with Rev. Tom Myhre officiating. There will be a visitation held at Thorp Funeral Home, on Thursday, from 10am until noon.


  Sigfrid Eskil Borgeson was born on June 24, 1923 in the Town of Hixon, rural Withee, WI, the son on Rudolph and Jenny (Borgeson) Borgeson. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in the Withee area, graduating from Withee High School in 1941. After completing his education, Sig purchased a milk route in 1945, which he operated for 40 years, and in 1946, took over the operation of his family farm. After selling his milk route, he continued to drive for the new owner for several years. After retiring from driving completely, he held various jobs, but mainly worked as a janitor for the Midelfort Clinic in Chippewa Falls for 20 years. He was never an idle man, always working and puttering with something. In his later years, Sig was an avid reader.

  He will be dearly missed by his wife of 64 years, Yvonne, of Withee; two children: Sidney (Marilyn) Borgeson of Withee; Jacalyn (Tom) Reinke of Withee; four grandchildren: Mathew Borgeson, Corrie (Matt) Bottlemy, Eric (Jenny) Borgeson, David (Samantha) Borgeson; three great grandchildren: Darryn and Grayce Bottlemy, and Morgen Borgeson; one sister: Elsie (Bill) Johnson of Minneapolis, MN; one brother: Raymond (Fay) Borgeson of Florida; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jerome V. Grant




AGE: 101


ADDRESS: 135 S. Gibson Street Medford, City of Medford Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:00 A.M. Sunday, April 13 at the Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center, Medford where he had resided for the past 4 ½ years.


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 16 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford


OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger and Deacon Joseph Stefancin


INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford


VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until 10:45 A.M. Wednesday, April 16 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 14, 1913 in the Township of Little Black


EDUCATION: Holy Rosary Catholic School, Medford


MARRIAGE: May 6, 1939 in Medford to Irene M. Kleiber and she preceded him in death on April 15, 1984


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Jerome worked for the Heil Company in Milwaukee for a period of time until moving to Crivitz where he worked in the CCC Camps. He then moved to the Medford area where he owned and operated a dairy farm in the Township of Little Black. Jerome also worked at the Medford Co-op Feed Mill and then the Sturdy Craft Co. which then was bought out by Marathon Cheese Company until his retirement at the age of 66. He enjoyed fishing, carpentry work and traveling. Jerome also enjoyed watching the Packers, the Brewers, Lawrence Welk and westerns.


MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford
Past member: Knights of Columbus of the Holy Rosary Parish


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Michael (Ilene) Grant of Medford, Elizabeth (Gerald) Stuessy of Medford, Robert (Linda) Grant of Franklin, Bernadette (Ronald) Oberley of Westboro, John (Mary) Grant of Weston, Donald (Barbara) Grant of Medford and Rita (Peter) Fuchs of Rib Lake
Daughter-In-Law: Debra Grant of Medford








SURVIVING BROTHER: Alvin Grant of Milwaukee


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers: Joseph, Bernard, Leo, Nick and Leonard Grant
Sisters: Marie Shutton and Agnes in infancy


DECEASED FATHER: Bernard “Ben” Grant


DECEASED MOTHER: Elizabeth Grant (Maiden Name: Schaeffer


PALLBEARERS: Justin, James and Shawn Grant, Brian, Jeffrey and Stephanie Fuchs, Kristy Schesel, Scott Oberley, Alan and Todd Stuessy


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Jerome’s family to be designated at a later date
-For online condolences, please visit 

Dean N. Lindau




AGE: 58


ADDRESS: 150 S. 2nd Street Medford City of Medford Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 4:09 A.M. Friday, April 11, 2014 after a courageous battle with Huntington’s Disease at Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center, Medford where he had resided for the past 9 months under the care of Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford


OFFICIATING: Rev. Kelly Taylor-Schaus & Rev. Nancy Amacher


VISITATION: 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Monday, April 14, 2014 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford and also Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 9:30 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. at church


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 19, 1955 in Medford


EDUCATION: 1974 graduate of Medford High School and of UW-Eau Claire where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Business & Marketing


MARRIAGE: September 20, 1980 in Sand Creek to Joan M. Dietsche


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After high school Dean earned a bachelor’s degree in Business & Marketing from UW-Eau Claire. He then went on to work as a sales representative in the Twin Cities and Eau Claire area from 1979 to 1987. The family moved to the Marshfield area, where Dean worked as a sales/provider relations representative for Security Health Plan from 1987 to 1999. They moved to the Medford area where Dean worked at the Hedlund Agency from 2000 to 2007. In high school Dean enjoyed participating in football, basketball, baseball, and track. His passion for sports continued into adulthood. Dean enjoyed coaching his sons and other youth; he received the Marshfield Youth Baseball Coach of the Year Award. Dean often cheered on the Brewers, Packers, and Badgers. He enjoyed sailing at the Apostle Islands and was an avid downhill skier and outdoorsman, enjoying both hunting and fishing. He was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, and friend. Facing the challenges of Huntington’s Disease, Dean and his family worked to raise awareness in hopes of one day finding a cure.


MEMBER OF: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Joan “Joanie” Lindau of Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Michael (Lynn) Lindau of Medford and Kyle (Britney) Lindau of Eau Claire


SURVIVING SISTER: Lori Denzine of Menomonie


SURVIVING MOTHER: Marleen A. Lindau (Maiden Name: Gruny) of Medford




OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Dean’s family which will be designated at a later date to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, Hope Hospice of Medford, and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Medford. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements.

-For online condolences, please visit 

Earl J. Thums




AGE: 84


ADDRESS: N7301 Fischer Creek Road Westboro; Township of Westboro Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:43 P.M. Friday, April 11 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, April 16 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake


OFFICIATING: Father Otto Bucher


INTERMENT: Mt. Olive Cemetery, Westboro


VISITATION: 5:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 15 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake where there will be a 8:00 P.M. Prayer Service and also from 9:00 A.M. until 10:45 A.M. Wednesday, April 16 at the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib LakeDATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 24, 1929 in the Township of Greenwood


EDUCATION: Attended grade school in the Township of Greenwood


MARRIAGE: October 8, 1949 at St. Ann’s Church to Violet “Vi” F. Franck


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Earl worked for Joe Brandner Logging for a number of years. He then owned and operated Earl Thums Forest products for 30+ years until his son Rock took over the business. He also owned and operated a dairy farm and sawmill until his retirement. In his retirement he continued to work at the sawmill and in the woods. In his younger years, Earl and Vi raised and showed Appaloosa horses. He enjoyed deer hunting and visiting with folks. Earl helped family and friends build several homes and garages.


MEMBER OF: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake
Served as past Chairman for the Town of Westboro for many years
Past Member of the Royal Rough Riders Horse Club of Medford


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Violet “Vi” F. Thums of Westboro


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Sons: Michael Thums of Westboro, Steve (Wendy) Thums of Westboro and Rock (Donna) Thums of Medford
Daughters: Deborah Waskowiak of Purcell, Oklahoma, Merri (Larry) Faber of Medford and Jodi (Kevin) Weiss of Medford


CHILDREN DECEASED: Daughter: Jini Strobach
Son: Joel Thums
Granddaughter: Tori Czarnezki






SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Armella Berger of Medford, William (Diane) Thums Jr. of Rib Lake, Henry (Donna) Thums of Rib Lake, Virginia Birch of Medford, Dennis (Cheryl) Thums of Tomahawk, Rosella (Jerry) Dvorak of Tomahawk, Vicky (Roger) Oates of Rib Lake and Bruce (Donna) Thums of Dorchester


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sisters: Lucille Olson, Caroline Martinez and Clara Thums
Brother: Edward Thums
Lorraine, Dale and Kathleen in infancy




DECEASED MOTHER: Clara M. Thums (Maiden Name: Haider)


PALLBEARERS: Grandsons: Chad and Corey Thums, Jason Schuppel, Dalton Kays-Hutchinson, Allan and Eric Koffler, Travis Strobach and Nick Weiss


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Earl’s family to be designated at a later date
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
-For online condolences, please visit 

Barbara "Barb" J. Balk



AGE: 56


ADDRESS: N3856 Crane Drive Medford, Township of Medford Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:43 A.M. Thursday, April 10 at her residence


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Private memorial services were held for her immediate family.


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 17, 1957 in Des Moines, Iowa


EDUCATION: Attended elementary schools in Des Moines, Iowa and Harding High School in St. Paul, Minnesota


MARRIAGE: May 1, 1997 in Irma to Lee A. Balk


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Barb was a cook and manager at the Center City Inn in St. Paul, Minnesota for a period of time. She was a truck driver for Bud Meyer Truck Service in Lake City, Minnesota for 16 years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, cooking, the outdoors and traveling.


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Lee A. Balk of Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Stacie (Dan) Krieg of Stratford, Christine Tomasino of St. Paul, Minnesota, Michael Balk of Tucson, Arizona and Grace Balk of Medford


4 LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Lance, Alexa and Cole Krieg and Elizabeth “Lizzie” Balk




DECEASED MOTHER: Mary R. Antomori (Maiden Name: Patterson)


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Barb’s family to be designated at a later date
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements -For online condolences, please visit 


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