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Arnold "Shrimp" R. Schaefer


Arnold " Shrimp" R. Schaefer, age 85, of Milan, passed away on Sunday, January 25, 2015 , under the tender care of hospice at the Colonial Center in Colby with his family by his side. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Milan, WI. Father Paul Hoffman will officiate. Visitation for family and friends are welcome from 4:00 - 8:00 PM on Friday, January 30, 2015 at the church, and 10:00 AM until the time of the service on Saturday. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements.


  Arnold was born on July 23, 1929 the son of Werner C. and Louise (Vesley) Schaefer, on his home farm in Milan, WI. He is a 1948 graduate of Abbotsford High School. Arnold was united in marriage to Virginia " Ginny" H. Gall on August, 6 1952 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester, WI. They just recently celebrated their 62 wedding anniversary.


  Arnold was a dairy farmer. He took over the family farm in 1952, and farmed until retirement age in 1996. Together Shrimp and Ginny had 12 beautiful children.


  Arnold held much pride in taking the Abbotsford Baseball team to state in 1948. He also was known as a very good dart ball player. When called on, to take that one shot, he was the guy. But most importantly he loved to attend his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. He loved his family and enjoyed family get togethers and celebrations.


  Arnold is survived by his wife, Ginny; 12 children: Kathleen (Randall) Kuck, Athens, Michael (Debra) Schaefer, Gilman, Steven (Julie) Schaefer, Edgar, Julie (Frank) Sterzinger, Minocqua, Daniel (Jane) Schaefer, Milan, Mary Jo (Douglas) Bruesewitz, Milan, Joseph (Jill) Schaefer, Colby, Diane (Blain) Rodman, Wausau, Terri (Mark) Peissig, Dorchester, Jean (Tony) Ludwig, Medford, Jolyn (Chris) Krohn, Wausau, and James (Nancy) Schaefer; 35 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two sisters: Joyce (Florian) Ahles, Marathon, and Blanche Krizek, Chicago, IL.


  He was preceded in death by his parents; four siblings; Lorraine Bousse, Werner S. Schaefer, Bernice Burger, and Leslie Schaefer, and a grandson; Kristopher Kuck.

Philip "Fuzz" G. Metz




AGE: 64


ADDRESS: 300 E. Allman St. Medford


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 7:40 P.M. Friday, January 23, 2015 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Ministry Home Care & Hospice.


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 11:30 A.M. Friday, January 30, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford where there will also be military rites performed by the Stetsonville American Legion Club


OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger and Deacon Joseph Stefancin


VISITATION: 9:30 A.M. until time of services at 11:30 A.M. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 6, 1950 in Medford


EDUCATION: Attended Little Black Grade School and was a 1968 graduate of Medford Area High School


MARRIAGE: August 18, 1984 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford to Debra J. Scheithauer and she survives.


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Fuzz was a U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran. He worked for Melvin’s Ready Mix Concrete Company for a number of years. Fuzz then drove truck for Tombstone Pizza for 25 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and spending time at the family cabin.


MEMBER OF: Boxrucker-Berry American Legion Post #519 in Stetsonville and the National Rifle Association


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Deb J. Metz of Medford


SURVIVING PET: loving dog Blazer


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Mona “Monie” (Kayo) Pope of Stetsonville, Jim (Bev) Metz, Paul Metz, Mark (Dee Habeck) Metz, Steve (Kate) Metz all of Medford, Dan (Jeneane) Metz of Stetsonville and Sister-in-Law: Linda Metz of Medford


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Chuck Metz and Sister-in-Law: Marge Metz


SURVIVING PARENT: Mother: Beulah D. Metz of Medford






OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to his family to be designated at a later date or in Fuzz’s name to Ministry Home Care & Hospice.
-For online condolences, please visit 

Floyd L. Neibacher




AGE: 85


ADDRESS: 849 S. Park Ave. Medford City of Medford Resident; Former Township of Little Black Resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:23 A.M. Friday, January 23 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 30 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Holway


OFFICIATING: Rev. Kris Bjerke-Ulliman


INTERMENT: Our Saviour’s Cemetery, Holway with full military honors performed by the Boxrucker-Berry American Legion Post #519, Stetsonville


VISITATION: 4:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday, January 29 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford and also from 9:30 A.M. until the time of services at 10:30 A.M. Friday, January 30 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Holway


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 6, 1929 in the Township of Holway


EDUCATION: Attended Forest Grove Elementary School in the Township of Holway and a 1947 graduate of Owen High School


MARRIAGE: June 14, 1958 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Holway to Lois C. Berry


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Floyd served in the U.S. Army from July 7, 1954 until May 31, 1956. After his time in the service, he drove truck for Paul Brothers in Owen. Floyd then was a manager at Sauter Brothers in Dorchester from 1957 until 1987. He was also a manager at the C-Store in Dorchester until his retirement in 1991. In his retirement, Floyd enjoyed working out in the woods. He also enjoyed hunting, playing baseball, watching the Cubs and the Bears and reading western books.


MEMBER OF: Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Holway, Boxrucker-Berry American Legion Post #519, Stetsonville, Served on the Board of Our Saviour’s Cemetery, Holway

Former charter member of Holway AAL and former Timberline Hare-Beagle Club


SURVIVNG SPOUSE: Lois C. Neibacher of Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Merwyn (Susan Kerr) Neibacher of Glenwood City, Echo (Chris) Buehler of Medford, Margo (Robert) Gramling of Chippewa Falls, Kurt (Theresa) Neibacher of Carthage, New York and Gary (Sally) Purgett of Owen






SURVIVING SISTERS-IN-LAW: Harriet Vircks of Abbotsford and Doris Neibacher of Owen


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Wilbert and Orville Neibacher
Sister at birth


DECEASED FATHER: Oscar E. Neibacher


DECEASED MOTHER: Dorothy Neibacher (Maiden Name: Hamm)


PALLBEARERS: Honorary: Jerry Rankl, Gary Purgett and Dewey Hamm
Active: Hunter and Slate Buehler, Michael and April Neibacher, Samuel Gramling and Travis Purgett


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, Floyd’s family requests memorials to be made to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Cemetery Association or St. Mary’s Cemetery Association of Holway
-For online condolences, please visit 

Elva Mae Kohler

Elva Mae Kohler 86 of Bruce; died on Friday; January 23rd, 2015 at The Rusk County Memorial Hospital in Ladysmith.


She is survived by 5 children: Janet & Mike Ptacek of Prescott; Nancy & Tom Schweitzer of Exeland; Jim & Ziggy Kohler of Winter; Lesley Paul of Bruce and Dave & Tammy Kohler of Medford. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and a sister Julia MacArthur of Bruce. Elva Mae was preceded in death by her husband Woody, a daughter Sharon Kramer and a brother Lyle Long.


Funeral services for Elva Mae will be held on Tuesday; January 27th, 2015 at 11:00 AM at The Ladysmith Church of Christ with Donn Schrodder officiating. Burial will be in the Bruce Cemetery.


The Kohler Family will receive friends at the Nash - Jackan Funeral Home in Bruce after 4:00 PM on Monday and also at the Church on Tuesday for an hour prior to service time.

Ronald L. Simek




AGE: 85


ADDRESS: Genoa, NV; A former Ogema & Medford areas resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Tuesday, January 20 at Renown Hospital, Reno, NV where he had been a patient for the past 9 days


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 11:00 AM Saturday, January 31 at First Lutheran Church, Ogema


OFFICIATING: Rev. Dr. Bob Giese


INTERMENT: Mount Olive Cemetery, Westboro w/military rites performed by the Westboro VFW


VISITATION: 4-7 PM Friday, January 30 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford and at First Lutheran Church, Ogema from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, January 31


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 9, 1929 at the family homestead in the Township of Ogema


EDUCATION: Ogema area elementary schools and was a 1947 graduate of Westboro High School


MARRIAGE: March of 1955 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford to the mother of his children, Joan E. Matheus & they were later divorced


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education he entered the US Army and was a veteran of the Korean Conflict serving in Germany. After the service he worked in Wausau in the timber industry & served as a Game Warden in Rusk County for periods of time. He owned/operated Green Acres Tavern in rural Medford. In 1960 he purchased Tombstone Tap which he later co-owned with his brother “Pep”. During this time he also farmed in the Town of Ogema. From 1962-1986 he co-owned/co-operated and served as President of Tombstone Pizza Corp. in Medford. In 1987 he moved to Nevada where he owned a cattle ranch until 1997 when he moved to Wyoming to ranch. His business interests included a golf course, real estate business & gun club. He was very active in the Republican Party, enjoyed hunting, farming, socializing & polka music. He was inducted into the WI Better Business Bureau, Book of Who’s Who, WI Business Hall of Fame in 2011, Rib Lake High School Hall of Fame in 2013.


LIFE MEMBER OF: Premeau-Schauss VFW Post #7817, Westboro, NRA, Wild Sheep Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Rhonda (Robert) Cummings of Ogema, Tony (Sandra) Simek of Cody, Wyoming, Jeffrey (Lisa) Simek of Ogema, Wendy (Brian) Cummings of Ogema




SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Gloria Olmstead of Medford, Vlasta “Vi” Cummings of Delta Junction, AK; 2 Half-Brothers: Bill (Mary Ann) Noziska of Casper, WY & Daniel (Judy) Noziska of Juneau, AK


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brother – Joseph “Pep” Simek in 2013




PALLBEARERS: Grandsons – Jeremy Wolfe, Brandon, Jasen & Garrett Cummings, Ben & Josef Simek


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the Premeau-Schauss VFW Post #7817, Westboro, WI;

For online condolences, please visit 

Betty M. Dohm




AGE: 93


ADDRESS: N2635 Martin Dr. Medford former Town of Deer Creek resident


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:40 P.M. Thursday, January 22, 2014 at the Continental Manor in Abbotsford where she had been a resident for the past 2 years, surrounded by her loving family


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 11:00 A.M. Monday January 26, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville


OFFICIATING: Father Simon Boyapati


INTERMENT: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Stetsonville


VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 27, 1921 in Medford


EDUCATION: Betty attended Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School and Graduated from Medford High School


MARRIAGE: June 23, 1942 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford to Robert A. Dohm and he preceded her in death in 2007


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Betty and her husband Robert farmed in the Town of Deer Creek for many years. She was a loving wife and homemaker for her family. Betty enjoyed sewing, gardening, knitting, crocheting, quilting and putting together puzzles. She loved her entire family and created something special for each new family member.


MEMBER OF: Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Edward (Cheryl) Dohm of Merrill, Alan (Ann) Dohm of Eau Claire, Bill (Lynn) of Medford, Ray Dohm of Ellsworth, Marlene (Wayne) Roesler of Athens, Donna (Mark) Hrdina of Goodrich and Linda (Duane) Dassow of Medford


CHILDREN DECEASED: Lois Gustafson in 1993 and Rita Dohm in 2005




SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Leon (Yvonne) Brost, Norbert (Rosalie) Brost, and Dolores Shaw all of Medford, Mary Ann Gawin of Menominee Falls, Sisters-in-Laws: Ruth Brost of Medford, Beulah Brost of Franklin and Margaret Ruesch of Medford


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Francis and Edward Brost, Agnes Stephen and infant daughter Rosemary






PALLBEARERS: Tim Roesler, Troy and Jim Hrdina, Bob Gustafson, Dan Dassow and Alex Dohm

-For online condolences, please visit 

Jacque L. Humm


AGE: 85 


ADDRESS:  635 W. Cedar St. Apt 114 Medford, WI    former resident of Godfrey, IL


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 4:11 A.M. Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Aspirus Care and Rehab Center where he had resided for the past 6 weeks.


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE:  Private services will be held at a later date.                     


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: January 8, 1930 in Bethalto, IL


EDUCATION:  Graduated from Bethalto Area High School


MARRIAGE:  March 28, 1953 in Alton, IL to Billie J. Lafikes and she survives


PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE:  Jacque served in the U.S. Navy from 1952 until 1954. He worked as an electrician for Illinois Power Company for 9 years. After his marriage, Jacque settled in Edwardsville for a number of years. They then moved to Godfrey, IL where they resided for 40 years. They then lived in Ottawa, IL from 2009-2012. Jacque and Billie then moved to Prentice, WI for a period of time before moving to Medford. Jacque enjoyed fishing and puttering in his basement workshop and he loved spending time with his grandchildren.


MEMBER OF:  Jacque attended the Methodist Church in Godfrey, IL for many years


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Billie J. Humm of Medford


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Kathleen (Glenn) Wooten of Kingston, WA and Julia (John) Jast of Ogema






SURIVIVING BROTHER:  Robert Humm of Bethalto, IL


SISTERS DECEASED: Wilhemia Apple, Alice Hartley, Ruth Havelka and Ruby


DECEASED FATHER: Frederick Humm DECEASED MOTHER:  Julia C. Olthoff

OTHER INFORMATION:  Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake assisted the family with arrangements.

-For online condolences, please visit

Joyce C. Andersen


  Joyce C. Andersen, age 84, of Colby, passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 after a long illness at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, with her family by her side day in and day out. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at First United Church of Christ in Colby. Pastor Teri Hanson will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 - 7:00 PM on Friday, January 23, 2015 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Colby. Burial will be in the Colby Memorial Cemetery.


  Joyce was born on November 27, 1930, the daughter of Gerald and Sally (Helmakangas) Finkler in Superior. Superior is where she was raised and attended school. After graduation, she attended nursing school in Eau Claire for 3 years. Joyce then united in marriage to Robert Andersen, on September 23, 1950. They just recently celebrated their 64th wedding anniversary.


  Joyce worked as a CNA in Medford, and Preins Hardware in Colby. She was a member of many groups including; the church choir for 30 years, Clark County Choraliers for 20 years and Ladies Guild at First United Church in Colby.


  Joyce loved music, everything from playing the piano and organ to singing. She also enjoyed rosemaling, knitting, and crocheting . She also enjoyed being outside; fishing with her children and grandchildren, laying in the hammock observing the stars and moon, and gardening. But most of all, her sense of humor and spunk will be missed.


  Joyce is survived by her husband; Robert Andersen of Colby, five children: Elaine (Wayne) Westrich of Unity, Robert M. (Marcie) Andersen of Helena, MT, Sally (Raymon) Stelloh of West Salem, WI , Mark (Sandy) Andersen of Stratford, and Paul (Cherie) Andersen of Helena, MT, 12 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, and many other nieces, nephews, and friends. She was loved by many.


  She was preceded in death by her parents; her son; Chris Andersen, three brothers and one sister. 



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