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Donna C. Grittner


DONNA C. GRITTNER

 

AGE: 82

 

ADDRESS: 159 Riverside Terrace Medford, City of Medford Resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 4:53 P.M. Thursday, September 18 at her residence surrounded by her loving family

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Celebration of Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 22 at The United Methodist Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Pastor Kyochul Shin

 

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date in Mount Olive Cemetery, Westboro

 

VISITATION: 9:30 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Monday, September 22 at The United

Methodist Church, Medford

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 8, 1932 in Westboro

 

EDUCATION: Donna attended Westboro Grade School and Westboro High School

 

MARRIAGE: May 30, 1953 in Westboro to Jack Koch

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After her marriage, Donna owned and operated a wedding cake business. She was also an instructor in the art of cake decorating through local community education. She enjoyed baking, decorating her home, bird watching and having coffee with her friends.

 

MEMBER OF: The United Methodist Church, Medford

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Lifetime Friend and Husband: Jack Koch of Medford

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: 2 Daughters: Gayle (David) Kittleson of White Bear Township, Minnesota and Peggy Koch of Curtiss

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: A twin daughter in infancy

 

4 GRANDCHILDREN; 1 GREAT-GRANDCHILD

 

SURVIVING SISTERS: Mary Ann Schultz of Prentice, Jean (Leo) Bagley of Prentice and Sally Kinner of Rhinelander

 

DECEASED FATHER: Clarence Grittner

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Alice Grittner (Maiden Name: Braun)

 

HONORARY URNBEARERS: Grandchildren: Paul Dieltz, Erika Dieltz, Kelsey Koch and Logan Wichlacz
Great-Grandson: Jaidon Richardson

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the 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 hemerfuneralservice.com 

Ruth L. Neitzel


 

Ruth L. Neitzel, age 93, Unity died on, Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the Golden Living Certer-Continental Manor in Abbotsford. A funeral service will be held 12:00 Noon Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Unity. Reverend Al Houts will officiate. Burial will be in Saint Paul’s Norwegian Lutheran Cemetery in the Town of Hoard. Family will receive relatives and friends on Thursday, from 11:00 AM until the time of services at the church in Unity.

 

Ruth was born March 2, 1921 in Couderay, Wisconsin, the daughter of Melvin and Anne (Peterson) Gilbertson. She attended school until the eighth grade. Ruth married Charles Neitzel on December 9, 1939 in Dorchester, Wisconsin, after her marriage she raised her children, helped with her husband’s business and worked as a cook at Norwood Health Care in Marshfield, retiring at the age of 62.

 

She enjoyed eating out at restaurants, traveling, gardening, canning, baking and cooking.

 

Ruth is lovingly survived by her children; Robert Neitzel of Spencer, Beverly Utke of Owen, Sandra (Boyd) Plummer of Owen and Rodney (Nell Heib) Neitzel of Wyoming, 14 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by a step-brother; Alvin (Jane) Gilbertson of Portage.

 

Ruth is preceded in death by her parents, husband; Charles Neitzel, sons; Ronald and Michael Neitzel, brothers; Ken, Melvin and Raymond Gilbertson and a sister; Valerie Burdick.

 

The Maurina- Schilling Funeral Home is assisting the Neitzel family with funeral arrangements.
Online condolences can be made to www.maurinaschilling.com

Irvin "Sonny" A. Wellman


 

Irvin "Sonny" A. Wellman, age 94, of Milan, passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Golden Living Center-Continental Manor in Abbotsford. A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Milan. Pastor Jeffrey Lambrecht will officiate. Interment will be held in the church cemetery. Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 AM until time of services Thursday at the church.

 

Irvin was born on January 19, 1920, the son of Arthur and Meta (Anders) Wellman in the Township of Holton, Marathon County. He attended school until having to support his family at the age of 13. Irvin was united in marriage to Johanna Held on August 30, 1952 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She preceded him in death on November 21, 2001. Together they farmed in Holton Township until retiring in 1978. He then worked at Berg Equipment in Marshfield until 1984.

 

Irvin enjoyed traveling after retiring from farming. They traveled to Germany, Canada and all over the United States. He also enjoyed visiting with family and friends.

 

Irvin is survived by his three daughters, Linda (Lawrence) Cooper, Ursula (David) Witt and Ruth (Alan) Uhlig; nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his sister, Delores "Phranzi" Brehm; sister-in-law, Maria Bernt; nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Johanna; two sons, Charles and Gerd; three sisters, Marion Mantor, Ellen Grauman and Jocelyn Brehm and a brother, Vernon "Pete" Wellman.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Bethlehem Lutheran Church Building Fund.

Carl F. Howard Sr


Carl F. Howard Sr. age 80 of Medford, died peacefully Friday morning September 12, 2014 at the Golden Living Center-Continental Manor Nursing Home in Abbotsford, surrounded by his family and under the tender care of Aseracare Hospice.

 

Carl was born March 3, 1934 in Charlotte, North Carolina the son Simon and Sarah (Overcash) Howard. He attended schools in Charlotte, NC and graduated from high school there. After high school Carl enlisted in the US Army and was honorably discharged in April 1963.

 

Carl married the former Catherine Cronick on September 5, 1962 and she passed away on January 3, 1973.

 

On April 4, 1987 in Capron, IL, Carl was united in marriage to Henrietta Wiedrich.

 

Carl worked for the Chrysler Corporation as an auto assembler in Belvidere, IL for over 31years.

 

Carl is lovingly survived by his wife; Henrietta Pester-Howard of Medford, son; Carl (Margaret) Howard Jr. of Machesney Park, IL, grandson; Nicholas Scott Howard of Machesney Park, IL, stepchildren; Christine Pester, Robert Pester Jr., Harold Pester, Tammy Pester-Peterson, Esther Truckey and Timothy Pester.

 

22 step-grandchildren, 26 step-great-grandchildren and numerous surviving nieces, nephews and relatives in North Carolina. Carl was also a proud and longtime friend of Bill W.

 

He was preceded in death by his first wife; Catherine, step-daughter; Linda Hoyt, brothers; Edison Howard Sr., Charles Howard and Scott Howard and sisters; Juanita Howard-Helms, Lillian Howard and Frances Howard-Shumate.

 

Please join the family at one of the memorial services being held. The Wisconsin Celebration of Life will be held at the Harold and Kathy Pester home, W2586 Highway 64 Medford, WI on Sunday September 21 from Noon to 5:00 PM. The Illinois Celebration of Life will be held at the Garden Prairie Park, U.S. Route 20 Garden Prairie, IL Sunday October 5 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM. Burial services will be private.

The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is assisting the family with arrangements.
 

Velva M. White


VELVA M. WHITE

 

AGE: 86

 

ADDRESS: N2233 Hwy 13 Medford Town of Little Black resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:25 P.M. Sunday, September 14, at her residence in the Township of Little Black

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 10:00 A.M. Saturday. September 20, at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Deacon Joseph Stefancin of Holy Rosary Catholic Church

 

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford

 

VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until time of services at 10:00 A.M. at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 07, 1927 in Medford

 

EDUCATION: Velva attended Deer Creek and Little Black Schools

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Velva worked at Harvey Hamper Company of Medford until Weather Shield Millwork Division bought them out; She then continued working for Weather Shield in Medford for a combined total of 45 years. She enjoyed tavern softball leagues, curling, and shooting pool.

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Vernon, Vilas and Verland “John” White


DECEASED FATHER: Edward J. White

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Olga Helen Jochimsen

 

OTHER INFORMATION: Velva is survived by her Nieces and Nephews. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to her family to be designated at a later date.
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Bernice A. Malstrom


 

BERNICE A. MALSTROM

 

AGE: 95

 

ADDRESS: Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:35 AM Sunday, September 14 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford where she had resided for the past 5 years

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Thursday, September 18 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger

 

INTERMENT: Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey, FL

 

VISITATION: 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Thursday, September 18 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 21, 1919 at Chicago, IL

 

EDUCATION: St. Hyacinth Elementary School, Chicago, IL; graduate of Lucy Flower High School, Chicago, IL; Attended the Chicago School of Cosmetology

 

MARRIAGE: January 1, 1938 at Chicago, IL to Richard A. Malstrom and he preceded her in death in May of 2001

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: She worked as a beautician in the Chicago area for a period of time until retirement. In retirement she resided in Mesa, AZ and Holiday, FL. She enjoyed silversmithing, lapidary, macramé and stained glass work. Bernice and her husband enjoyed dancing to waltzes and polkas. She moved to Medford in December 0f 2001 and resided at Country Gardens & Our House Assister Living for periods of time.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Son – Richard “Dick” T. (Lynn) Malstrom of Medford

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Daughter – Madelynn Ritzmann in 1995

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 6 – Jenn (Gerald) Knippel of Medford, Leza (Kevin) Wells of Medford, Cary Natoli of Rosemount, MN, Juli (Darryl) Volk of Jordan, MN, Kristi (John) Murphy of Gunnison, CO, Brittany Ritzmann of Phoenix, AZ

 

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 14 GR. GR. GRANDCHILDREN: 4

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister – Helen (Frank) Mindak of Oak Park, IL

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sister – Irene Treve

 

DECEASED FATHER: Walter Szydlowski

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Jennie Gorczewski

 

PALLBEARERS: Granddaughters

 

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

Kim-Marie Long


 

KIM-MARIE LONG

 

AGE: 58

 

ADDRESS: N3246 Martin Drive Medford Town of Goodrich resident; A former Waukesha area resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:28 A.M. Friday, September 12, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital Palliative Care Unit where she had been a patient for the past 2 weeks.

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 20, at Goodrich Community Church in the Township of Goodrich

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. David Elleman

 

VISITATION: 12 noon until time of services at 2:00 PM on Saturday, September 20 at Goodrich Community Church in the Township of Goodrich

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 12, 1956 in Waukesha

 

EDUCATION: Kim attended Waukesha Elementary School and was a 1975 graduate of Waukesha High School. She then attended Waukesha Community Technical College

 

MARRIAGE: April 7, 1985 in Waukesha to Steven Coralline and they were later divorced.

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After her education, Kim worked at various places in the Waukesha area. In 1999 Kim and her husband moved to the Town of Goodrich where they had a dairy farm for a period of time until ill health forced her retirement. Kim enjoyed horseback riding and raising animals.
She had a special love for her Red Queensland Heeler dogs

 

SURVIVING SIGNIFICANT OTHER: Steve Coralline of the Town of Goodrich

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Michael (Mary) Long of Menomonie, WI, Mary Ballard of Tomahawk, Cindy (Louis) Zak of Gleason and Linda Long of Fort Atkinson

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brother-in-Law: Dan Ballard

 

SURVIVING PARENTS: Iris M. (Maiden Name: Savatski) Long of Woodruff

 

DECEASED FATHER: Anthony John Long; AKA – Jack Long

 

OTHER INFORMATION: She is further survived by nieces & nephews
-For online condolences, please visit 

Rita A. Goerg


 

RITA A. GOERG

 

AGE: 86

 

ADDRESS: 635 W. Cedar #206, Medford

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:46 PM Saturday, September 13 at Country Gardens Assisted Living, Medford where she had resided for the past 3 ½ years

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Tuesday, September 16 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger & Deacon Joe Stefancin

 

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

 

VISITATION: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford from 10:30 AM until the time of funeral mass at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, September 16

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 22, 1928 in the Township of Medford

 

EDUCATION: Town of Medford elementary schools, graduate of Medford High School

 

MARRIAGE: June 19, 1948 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to Herbert “Herb” F. Goerg and he preceded her in death February 8, 2013

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After her education, she worked in Eau Claire for a period of time. After her marriage she worked as a reporter at the Star News in Medford for a period of time. She did volunteer work and fund raising work in the Medford community throughout her years. She enjoyed genealogy, traveling with her husband, crossword and jigsaw puzzles & playing cards.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Kathryn (Richard) Webb of Irvine, CA, Charles (Janice) Goerg of Georgetown, TX, Kristin (Michael) Wood of Sherwood, WI

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 5 – Matthew & Andrew Webb, Sarah (Jacob) Borshard, Christopher Goerg & Nathaniel Wood

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: 5 – Marvin Gall, Lorraine Williams, Doris Dable, Eunice Gall, Franklin Gall

 

DECEASED FATHER: Frank X. Gall

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Hulda Hug

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Arthur Edwin Gaddis


Arthur Edwin Gaddis, 84 passed away August 18, 2014 at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.

 

Arthur was born June 4, 1930 to Frank and Lovina (Lenig) Gaddis at Pleasantville, Iowa. He graduated from Curlew High School in 1948. Arthur was united in marriage to Muriel M. Johnson on March 4, 1951. She preceded him in death on March 27, 2014.

 

Arthur and Muriel farmed in Iowa with his brother Frank until 1958 when they moved near Thorp, WI. They continued to dairy farm until Frank moved to Illinois five years later. Around 1963, they purchased a farm south of Withee, and continued to milk purebred Ayrshire cows there until their retirement in 1999. During this time, Arthur also worked as a DHIA fieldman for 11 years. He was very active in the Ayrshire breed organizations and served as a director and officer for many years on both the state and national levels. A highlight for Arthur and Muriel was attending a World Ayrshire Conference in Sweden. He and his family traveled around the Midwest showing cattle at the local, state, and national ranks in Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio, and Kentucky. The Valu-Ayr prefix was well known throughout the country. After the farm was sold in 1999, he and his wife spent several winters in Texas, site seeing, square dancing, and enjoying the warm weather. During the summers in Wisconsin, until the past few years, Arthur continued to cash crop, helped his brother Larry and son David with their crops, and helped his son Kevin on his farm near Neillsville with crops and the Ayrshire cattle. The Valu-Ayr prefix still is seen around the show circuit throughout the summer.

 

Arthur and Muriel were both very involved in the county 4-H program for many years. They also enjoyed square dancing around the area and met many good friends that way. Arthur took volunteering seriously and at one time served on 9 different agricultural boards. Spending time with his grandsons and great-grandson was always a treat for him as well. He and Muriel were members of the United Methodist Church in Withee.

 

Arthur is survived by two sons, David Gaddis of Withee, and Kevin (Melani) Gaddis of Neillsville; two grandsons, Ryan Gaddis of Neillsville, and Dustin Gaddis of Eau Claire, and one great-grandson, Erich Gaddis. He is further survived by his brothers, Frank (Betty) Gaddis, Illinois, Larry (Helen) Gaddis, Withee and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Muriel, and parents, Frank and Lovina.

 

A memorial service will be held on September 20 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.

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