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KENNETH M. LARSON

 

AGE: 70

 

ADDRESS: N3756 County Road C, Medford; A township of Goodrich resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:35 PM Sunday, August 30 at the residence of his brother in the Town of Goodrich

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: No Services will be held

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 30, 1944 at Medford

 

EDUCATION: Meadowbrook Elementary School, Town of Hammel, Farm View Elementary School, Town of Medford and was a graduate of Medford High School; he received a BS degree from UW-Madison

 

MARRIAGE: Never married

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: He was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War having served from 1956-1958. After the war he worked maintenance at the State of Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison. Then he returned to the Medford area where he did logging work. He resided in Plover and worked at Del Monte for a period of time. Then he traveled for a period of years. Most recently he had been residing with his brother in the Town of Goodrich.

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brothers – Howard (Carol) Larson of Lake in the Hills, IL, Frank (Dawn) Larson of Goodrich, Leonard (Kay) Larson of Black River Falls, WI

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Greg Larson in 2012

 

DECEASED FATHER: Frank Wheelock Larson

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Hilda Louise Johnson

OTHER INFORMATION: -For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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IRENE MARY OPELT

 

AGE: 95

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Aspirus Care and Rehab, Wednesday September 2, 2015 at 5:00 PM, under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Saturday September 5, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.

 

OFFICIATING: Deacon Joe Stefancin

 

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford, WI.

 

VISITATION: 10:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 16, 1920, in Medford, WI.

 

MARRIAGE: Paul Lukewich, Sr., August 1, 1942, whom preceded her in death in 1980. She then married Art Piller, on January 25, 1981, whom preceded her in death in 1986. She then married Max Opelt on May 1, 1991, whom preceded her in death on October 5, 2005.

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE:Irene and Paul owned a dairy farm in the Town of Hammel. While owning and operating the farm, she also worked as a cook for the Black Bear Inn in Medford. She then owned “Sisters Restaurant” on “Miracle Mile” in Medford. Irene also worked at Chapperal in Whittlesey. Irene also drove school bus for Wayside School in the Town of Hammel.
Irene loved to ice fish, playing cards, and Bingo. She loved to complete different crafts, especially projects in which she could knit different items. Irene's family never went hungry, and she will always be remembered by being an excellent cook, especially her desserts. She loved spending time with her family, especially all of her Grandchildren.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, VFW POST# 5729 Ladies Auxiliary, Goodrich Farmers Union, Chelsea Conservation Club

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Shirley Lukewich of Medford, Paul (Sandy) Lukewich of Medford, George (Beth) Lukewich of Medford.

 

GRANDCHILDREN: Don Unrau, Jr., Carolyn (Bruce) Clarkson, Lisa (Carl) Tyznik, Kathy (Troy Jay) Brecht, Rose Unrau, Valerie (Shawn) Lekie, Stacie (Justin) Mallo, Jesse (Nikki) Lukewich,
Anne (Mark) Weiler, Heidi (Reece) Neumueller.

 

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 10 GR. GR. GRANDCHILDREN: 5

 

SURVIVING SISTER: Pearl Grenda of Texas.

 

SPECIAL FRIENDS: Richard “Richie” and Alice Lewandowski of Chicago, IL

AND NUMEROUS NIECES AND NEPHEWS.

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers: Matthew, George, John, Richard, Sylvester Lewandowski.
Sisters: Alice Jari, Evelyn Behling.

 

ALSO PRECEDED BY: 2 children in infancy.

 

DECEASED FATHER: Walter Lewandowski

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Mary (Jocefiak) Lewandowski

 

PALLBEARERS: Jesse Lukewich, Mark Weiler, Reece Neumueller, Don Unrau, Jr., Shawn Lekie, Bruce Lewandowski, Kelsey Tyznik, Lisa Tyznik

 

HONORARY PALLBEARERS: Valerie Lekie, Carolyn Clarkson, Stacie Mallo, Anne Weiler, Heidi Neumueller, Kathy Brecht, Rose Unrau


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and Rib Lake Golden Living Center; Activites.
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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TERRY J. WUDI

 

AGE: 64

 

ADDRESS: 4163 Frey Lane Medford Township of Browning resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:30 P.M. Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at St. Rita Adult Family Home in Mosinee where he had resided for the past 6 weeks

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial Services will take place at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, September 12, 2015 at OLPH Catholic Church in Whittlesey

 

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza

 

INTERMENT: Internment of his cremated remains will take place at St. Ann’s Cemetery in the Township of Greenwood

 

VISITATION: 12:00 P.M. until time of services at 1:00 P.M. Saturday, September 12, 2015 at OLPH Catholic Church in Whittlesey

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 18, 1950 in Medford

 

EDUCATION: Terry attended Frey Elementary School in the Township of Browning, Rolling Acres Elementary School in the Township of Medford and graduated from Medford Area High School

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, Terry farmed on the family farm in the Town of Browning until ill health forced his retirement. He enjoyed hunting.

 

MEMBER OF: OLPH Catholic Church in Whittlesey and Chelsea Conservation Club


SURVIVING NIECES/NEPHEWS: Michael (Heidi) Wudi of Appleton, Tricia (Patrick) Norby of Mt. Vernon, WI and Susan (Andy) Witzke of Plymouth, MN

8 Great Nieces/Nephews

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Tom (Carol) Wudi of Weston

 

DECEASED FATHER: Joseph W. Wudi

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Josephine Gengler

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Susan Koman Breast Cancer Foundation

Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake are assisting the family with arrangements

-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

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GARY J. NIZNIK

 

AGE: 59

 

ADDRESS: Medford, WI

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:47 A.M. Saturday, August 28, 2015 at his residence

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 11, 2015 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lublin

 

OFFICIATING: Father Mandau Raju Sleeva

 

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at St. Stanislaus Catholic Cemetery in Lublin

 

VISITATION: 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 11, 2015 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lublin

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 5, 1955 in Medford

 

EDUCATION: Gary attended Owen-Withee Area Schools and was a 1972 graduate of Owen-Withee High School

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Gary worked for Wausau Homes in Wausau for a period of time. He then worked for Weathershield in Medford for a period of time. Gary worked for Pick-N-Save in Eau Claire for a number of years before ill health forced his retirement. He enjoyed cooking, swimming, snowmobiling, hunting and spending time with his family. Gary was a caring and loving person and loved to help others

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Jesse Draeger of Kenosha

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Paul Jr., Robert (Roberta) Niznik all of Holcombe, Dan (Pam) Niznik of Medford, Ronald Niznik of Stetsonville, Jerry (Kye) Niznik of Colorado Springs, CO, Bonnie (Steve) Pawelko of Rhinelander, Marlene Niznik of Stetsonville, Pauline (Lee) Williams of Owen & Sherrie (Carl Knable) Niznik of Puyallup, WA

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sisters-in-Law: Nancy & Dawn Niznik

 

DECEASED FATHER: Paul A. Niznik

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Mary A. Mis

 

URNBEARERS: Pauline Williams & Dan Niznik

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to his family to be designated at a later date.
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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MARY LOU STRAKA

 

AGE: 69

 

ADDRESS: 132 S. 7th Street Apt. A1 Medford; City of Medford Resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:41 P.M. Monday, August 31 at Deerview Meadows, Medford where she was under the care of Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Per Mary Lou's request no services will be held at this time

 

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date in Perkinstown Community Cemetery, Township of Grover

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 16, 1946 in Menominee, Michigan

 

EDUCATION: Graduate of Medford High School and attended Architect and Interior Design School in California where she received her Bachelor's Degree

 

MARRIAGE: January 9, 1981 in Las Vegas, Nevada to Robert “Bob” M. Straka and he preceded her in death on August 7, 1998

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: She owned and operated her own mailing business in California for about 20 years. After Bob's death she moved to the Medford area where she worked at Tombstone Pizza until her retirement. Mary Lou was a great artist. She enjoyed painting, decorating and going to the casino.

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Henry (Debra) Brill of Janesville, Michael (Cheryl) Brill of Withee, Michelle (Charles) Markarian of Marengo, IL. Charles Brill of Withee, Nora (Tim) Wildes of Benton and Jody Brill of Schofield

 

DECEASED FATHER: Henry Brill

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Della J. Brill (Maiden Name: Smith)

 

OTHER INFORMATION: Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

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We were informed of the death of 73 year old Wayne C. Lindberg of Abbotsford.
Who died Monday, August 31st at his home.
  Survivors include his wife Dolly of Abbotsford
  Children:  Keith (Mickey) Lindberg of Weston, Brian (Cindy) Lindberg of Dorchester, Nancy (Ted) Siewert of Abbotsford, Dan Lindberg of Abbotsford, Jon (Jessica) Lindberg of Colby
  Grandchildren:  8
  Brothers & Sisters : Bud (Jeannie)Lindberg of Abbotsford, Robert (Donna) Lindberg of Texas, LeNore (Gary) Gebert of Abbotsford     
  And many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends
  Funeral Services for Wayne C. Lindberg will be held at 1pm Friday, September 4th 2015 at Centennial Community Center in Stetsonville with Adrian Knopps officiating.  Visitation will be held at the Centennial Community Center in Stetsonville Friday, September 4th 2015 from 11am til the time of service at 1pm.

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OLIVER R. PINKERT

 

AGE: 90

 

ADDRESS: Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home, Phillips, WI; A former Medford area resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:45 AM Sunday, August 30 at Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home, Phillips where he had resided for the past 4 months

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 5 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford where there also be military rites by the Medford Area Military Honors Team

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. David Elleman

 

INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Hannibal Cemetery, Township of Cleveland, Taylor Co.

 

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, September 5

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: January 3, 1925 at Hannibal, WI

 

EDUCATION: Hannibal Grade school & was a graduate and class salutatorian of Hannibal High School

 

MARRIAGE: May 20, 1944 at Medford to Gertrude Bernice Dunkel and she survives

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he entered the US Army and was a veteran of WW II having served from 1944 to 1947. After the military, he worked for Kelvinator in Kenosha for a period of time. Moved to Perkinstown and farmed in the Town of Grover, drove school bus & served as treasurer for the Township of Grover for a period of time. In 1966 they moved to the Town of Browning and farmed there until 1978. Moved to City of Medford and worked at Weathershield Mfg. until retirement in 1990. He enjoyed gardening, cooking, traveling, crossword puzzles and mechanical work.

 

MEMBER OF: Jump River VFW Club

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Gertrude Bernice (Dunkel) Pinkert of Phillips

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Tonda (Tim) Werner of Phillips, Edwin Pinkert of Medford, Talora (Steve) Zank of Lake Mills, WI & Roger (Diane) Pinkert of Red Oak, TX

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 11 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 10 GR. GR. GRANDCHILDREN: 1 step

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister – Irene Brooks of Jump River
Sister-in-law: Elizabeth Pinkert of Kenosha

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: 7 Sisters & 5 Brothers

 

DECEASED FATHER: William Otto Pinkert

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Alvina Anna Wilhemina (Haberkorn) Pinkert

 

PALLBEARERS: Honorary-All Grandchildren

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation

-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

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Myrtle A. Metz, 95, of Stetsonville, passed away at her home, Sunday August 30, 2015, surrounded by her family, and under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice.

  Myrtle was born August 11, 1920 in Athens, WI to John and Emma (Dins) Kornack.
  She married Benedict Bernard Metz, September 4, 1939 in Chicago, IL. He preceded her in death on March 4, 1983.
  Myrtle is survived by her Children: Norman Metz of Sheboygan, WI, Carol (Danny) Pozanc of Winona, MN, Raymond (Marilyn) Metz of Medford, WI, Mary (William) Yessa of Edgar, WI, Barbara (Daniel) Williams of Reedsburg, WI, Karen (Jerry) Roberts of Medford, WI, and Kurt (Deb) Metz of Medford, WI. Sisters in Law: Beulah Metz of Medford, and Pauline Kornack of Edgar, WI. 29 Grandchildren, 37 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She also preceded in death by her Parents, Son: John Metz, and Daughter in Law: Jackie Metz.
  Myrtle and Ben owned a dairy farm in the Town of Deer Creek, WI from 1939-1974. She then went on to work for Breckes Mink Farm, Kage Ginseng Farm and served as a cook at the Stetsonville Centennial Hall for over 30 years. She also worked the Election Polls in the Town of Deer Creek. She enjoyed completing puzzles, playing games, gardening and going to different casinos with her friends. Myrtle loved to knit, and will be remembered by many for keeping their fingers and toes warm with the gloves, mittens and booties she made. She loved her family very much, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville and The Catholic Order of Foresters.

  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday September 4, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville, with Monsignor Joseph Diermeier and Father Michael Hayden officiating. Burial will follow in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Her Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Friday September 4, 2015 from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00.
  In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in honor of Myrtle may be made to the family, to be designated at a later date. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake have been entrusted with arrangements.

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Victor B. Breuer, age 76, passed away Monday, August 31,2015 at the Colonial Center in Colby, WI. A memorial service will be held 7:00 PM Thursday, September 3, 2015 at the Colonial Center in Colby. Friends and family welcome.

  Victor was born February 16, 1939 to Benjamin and Agnes (Copet) Breuer.

  Victor was most happy being outdoors and his day was full of things to do. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and working on the farm. Victor was full of stories and jokes. He had a voice that would carry, and he would know Victor was in the room.

  Victor is survived by a brother and a few close friends.
 

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Anita M. Dittrich, 93, died August 30, 2015 peacefully at Our House Senior Living in Medford where she resided for the past year.

  Anita was born February 8, 1922 to Grover & Elsa (Pechstein) Rueth. As a young girl, she waitressed at the Riverside Hotel, which was owned by her parents. On January 25, 1941 she married Vernon Dittrich. They spent nearly 50 years together before he passed away on January 21, 1991.

  She was an accomplished artist, painting in many mediums including oil, watercolors and acrylics.      Although she won many awards, Anita did not paint for the recognition, but rather for the pure joy it brought her. Her collection of work will continue to be enjoyed by family and friends forever.

  Besides her love of painting, she also enjoyed feeding the birds outside her home as well as at the Mill Pond in Medford. Once the birds were fed and singing happily, she could be found tending to her assortment of summer flowers. Anita was a talented woman away from her studio as well, enjoying baking, cooking and playing the piano and organ. She found it easy to spend hours at her piano, playing the many classics and holiday tunes, many of which she played by memory. Those close to her will always remember the soothing music that echoed through her house.

  It is easy to say that all of her joys in her life were a method of making the people around her feel loved.

  She will be missed by many, survived by her children, David (Barb) Dittrich, Pat Dittrich, Tom Dittrich, Ed (Darla) Dittrich, Diane (Frank) Krueger of Medford, Bob Dittrich (significant other Kathleen Olynick) of Holcombe, Debbie Dittrich of Eau Claire, 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, and 4 great great grandchildren.

  She was predeceased by her parents, husband, and sister Jewell Hoesel.

  Services will be held at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford on Wednesday September 2nd; Visitation from 4:00-7:00, Service to follow.

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