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WKEB Obituaries Blog Archives for 2013-12

Leo T. Hawkey


 

Leo T. Hawkey, age 79, of Curtiss, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013 at his home in the Town of Mayville. Funeral Services will be held 12:00 Noon Friday, December 27, 2013 at the Maurina Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford. The Rev. Kenneth A. Dix will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 10:00 AM Friday until the time of services at the funeral home in Abbotsford. Burial will follow the service at Pine Hill Cemetery in the Town of Mayville.

 

Leo was born January 5, 1934 to Joseph and Josephine (Winters) Hawkey in Winamac, IN. He attended Saint Mary’s Catholic School in South Bend, IN until 8th grade. Leo graduated from Winamac High School in 1952. Leo was united in marriage to Carol Ann Timm on June 27, 1953 in Winamac, IN. He worked in Winamac for 4 years as a butcher, he then had his own butcher shop in Breman, IN. In 1969 Leo and Carol moved to Curtiss, WI where he had a hobby farm and started working for Nolechek’s Meats in Thorp, WI until the time of his death.

 

Leo loved to fish and enjoyed hunting and gardening, he was an avid sausage maker for over 60 years.

 

Leo is lovingly survived by his wife: Carol Ann Hawkey of Wausau, children; Daniel (Deb) Hawkey of Elkhart, IN, Linda (Ken) Lobacz of Thorp, Sherry (DuWayne) Dahlke of Curtiss, Laura (Roger) Frane of Curtiss, John (Diane Arndt) Hawkey of Abbotsford, Tina Hawkey of Colby, Dean Hawkey of Dorchester, Melody (Todd) Swatzina of Colby, Todd (Tammy) Hawkey of Abbotsford.18 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his sisters; Rosemary (Bill) Watts of Winamac, IN and Patricia Hill of Depoe Bay, OR.

 

Leo is preceded in death by his parents, his son; Joe Hawkey in 1993, his daughter; Theresa Hawkey in 1972 and his brother; Harold Hawkey.

Online condolences can be made to www.maurinaschilling.com 

Betty L. Decker


 

Betty L. Decker, 80, of Abbotsford, passed away Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, December 28, 2013 at Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford. Father Daniel Hackel will officiate. A visitation will be held on Friday, December 27 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM with a prayer service at 4:00 PM at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and on Saturday from 10:00 AM until time of service at the church. Burial will follow the service at Abbotsford Public Cemetery.

 

Betty was born October 7, 1933 to Dr. Laverne and Florence (Patock) Olson in St Croix Falls. She attended school in St Croix Falls and went on to the University of Wisconsin in Madison to become a music and english teacher. She taught many years in elementary education in the Colby School District until her retirement at the age of 65.

 

She was a member of Saint Bernard’s Catholic Church in which she played organ, piano and was the head of the choir for over 50 years.

 

Betty enjoyed playing bridge, music, reading, playing scrabble, puzzles and watching the Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin Badgers.

 

Betty is lovingly survived by her children; Tom Decker of Abbotsford and Susan (Jay) Westberg of Wausau, grandson; Joseph (Nicole) Westberg of Fenwood. She is further survived by 2 brothers; Donald (Doris) Olson of St Croix Falls and Gerald (Loa) Olson of Cocoa, FL and 2 sisters; Eileen Maki of New Brighton, MN and Patricia Crea of Saint Paul, MN and many nieces and nephews.

Betty is preceded in death by her parents.

Online condolences can be made to www.maurinaschillingfuneralhome.com 

Eleanor Elizabeth DeMoss


 

Eleanor Elizabeth DeMoss, 94, of Withee, passed away Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the Clark County Health Care Center in Owen, Wisconsin. Her funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 26, 2013 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Withee. Rev. Bonnie Cain will officiate. A visitation will be held Thursday from 1:00 pm until the time of service at the church in Withee. Burial will follow the service in the Sylvan Cemetery in the Town of Reseburg.

 

Eleanor was born January 21, 1919, at home in southern Wisconsin to Gilbert and Anna (Pingle) Hardy. She attended Poppe School in the country and graduated from Withee High School in 1937. She took a course in nurses training in Marshfield, Wisconsin where she met and married Spencer DeMoss on August 21, 1942. They lived in the Chicago area for a few years before moving back to the Withee area.

 

Eleanor was a long time member of Nazareth Lutheran Church in Withee.
She enjoyed gardening, visiting, making jellies and jam and sewing. She made many quilts, from queen size to crib size, many of her own design. Eleanor especially enjoyed spending time with her family.

 

Eleanor is survived by her two daughters; Gloria Schaefer of Cypress, Texas and Linda (Sam) Lockhart of Wausau, Wisconsin, three brothers; Keith Hardy of Ely, NV, Henry Hardy of Menomonie,WI and Martin (Dawn) Hardy of Rochester, MN. She is further survived by 8 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Eleanor is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, one daughter; Patricia, one son; Ray and one brother; Lester.

 

The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home of Owen is assisting the family with arrangements. Friends may send online condolences to www.maurinaschilling.com 

Brian "Weasel" L. Metz


BRIAN “WEASEL” L. METZ

 

AGE: 47

 

ADDRESS: N4669 Mall Lane Medford, Township of Medford Resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 2:45 P.M. Wednesday, December 18, 2013

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 2:30 P.M. Monday, December 23 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger, Father Dennis Meulemans, and Deacon Joseph Stefancin

 

INTERMENT: Cremainal inurnment will take place at a later date in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

 

VISITATION: 10:30 A.M. until 2:20 P.M. Monday, December 23 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

PLACE & PLACE OF BIRTH: January 9, 1966 in Marshfield

 

EDUCATION: Graduate of Medford High School

 

MARRIAGE: October 4, 2003 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to Andrea M. Hartman

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: During High School Brian worked at Van’s Equipment in Medford for a number of years. He then worked at Geiger Repair as a diesel mechanic in Dorchester for a couple of years. Brian then worked at the Farmacy in Medford as a diesel technician for 12 years. He was currently working as a patrolman/ grader operator for the Taylor County Highway Department at the time of his death. He enjoyed racing and riding snowmobiles, hunting with his dogs, fixing stuff in the shop and playing Bass in Ain’t Got Jack, 10 Steps Down and the Vegtable Spit bands.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, President of the Westside Trailwinders Snowmobile Club, and the Lost Riders. Brian helped out with the youth hunt as a mentor and a guide.

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Andrea M. Metz of Medford

 

SURVIVING DOGS: Windsor, Coco, Harper, Saber and Rusty

 

SURVIVING PARENTS: Father: Loren “Jim” (Bev) Metz of Medford
Mother: Barb Metz (Maiden Name: Johnson) (Significant Other: Ken Nehls) of Medford
Brother and Sister: Todd (Significant Other: Carmen Merrell) Metz of Medford and Suzy (Scott) Jensen of Medford
Paternal Grandmother: Beulah Metz of Medford
Father and Mother-In-Law: William (Deanna) Hartman of Medford
Brothers-In-Law: Jess (Misty) Hartman of Medford and Brad Klabunde of Medford
Also survived by Nieces, Nephews, Other Relatives and Many Friends

 

URNBEARERS: Honorary: Jess Hartman, Brad Klabunde, Ty “Duker” Du Bois, Kevin Meyer and Keith Purdy

Active: Chas Metz, Blaine, Brianne and Bailey Klabunde

 

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

Warren M. Bottlemy


 

Warren M. Bottlemy, 88 of Owen, died Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at Ministry Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, December 21, 2013 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen. Officiating will be Reverend Tom Myhre. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Withee. Pallbearers will be Warren’s grandsons, Matthew Bottlemy, Kevin Bottlemy, Craig Bottlemy, Jason Bottlemy, Erik Bottlemy, Ryan Bottlemy and Logan Bottlemy. Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Friday, December 20, 2013 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen and from 10:00 AM until the time of services at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen on Saturday.

 

Warren was born December 5, 1925 in Alden, Illinois to Elmer and Olive (Fink) Bottlemy. He went all 12 years and graduated from Alden High School. Warren married Joanne Rice at the Methodist Church in Hebron, Illinois on February 18, 1950. The Bottlemy’s owned and operated a milk route for four years and purchased his grandfather’s farm and ran it for seven years in northern Illinois before purchasing their farm in Clark County in 1959. Warren retired in 1991 and built a new home one mile north of his farm. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in February 2000 and their 60th in 2010.

 

Warren was active in all farm organizations, ADA, AMPI and the Farm Bureau. He served on the State Dairy Action Committee for the Farm Bureau and on the Clark County Board of Directors. He was a member of the Wisconsin Forage Council serving as president and vice president and was on several committees. In 1988, Warren was given the award of distinction by the College of Agriculture Life Science at Madison, the highest honor the College of Agriculture can confer.

 

Warren is lovingly survived by his wife; Joanne Bottlemy of Owen, 4 sons; Douglas (Carol) Bottlemy of Owen, Greg (Kari) Bottlemy of Cameron, WI, Mark Bottlemy of Withee and Kurt Bottlemy of Rockford, IL, 15 grandchildren, 4 step-grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 1 step great-grandchild, 5 great-great grandchildren. He is further survived by his sisters; Lois Norgard of Hebron, IL, Frances Behrens of Hebron, IL and Grace Wissell of Arizona.
He is preceded in death by his parents, son; Ronald in 1980, infant daughter; Karen Sue in 1954 and 2 brothers; Harold Bottlemy and Elmer Bottlemy Jr. 

Elsie C. Gerstberger


 

ELSIE C. GERSTBERGER

 

AGE: 90

 

ADDRESS: Golden Living Center, Rib Lake; A former Township of Rib Lake resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 7:38 PM Monday, December 16 at Golden Living Center, Rib Lake where she had resided for the past 1 year

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Thursday, December 19 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rib Lake

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. James Heffner

 

INTERMENT: Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake

 

VISITATION: 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Thursday, December 19 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rib Lake

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 8, 1923 at the Township of Goodrich

 

EDUCATION: Town of Goodrich elementary schools

 

MARRIAGE: June 27, 1942 at Rib Lake to Elmer J. Gerstberger and he survives

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: They farmed in the Town of Rib Lake for many years. While farming she worked at Gem Products Shoe Factory in Rib Lake for many years until retirement. She enjoyed baking, gardening and her family.

 

MEMBER OF: St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rib Lake

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Elmer J. Gerstberger of Golden Living Center, Rib Lake

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: John (Patricia) Gerstberger of Rib Lake & Janice Olson of Waukesha, WI
Grandchildren: Mary & Julie Gerstberger of Rib Lake & Connie (Warren) Wisniewski of Waukesha
Great Granddaughter: Caitlin Wisniewski of Waukesha

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister - Rose

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Carl Kretschmer & Adeline Fehrman

 

DECEASED FATHER: William Kretschmer DECEASED MOTHER: Bertha (Unknown maiden name)

 

PALLBEARERS: Bob Anderson, Rick Cardey, Larry Ziembo, Rick, Taran & Michael Dohrwardt

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

Dorothy S. May


 

DOROTHY S. MAY

 

AGE: 92

 

ADDRESS: City of Medford Resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:30 P.M. Wednesday, December 11 at the Memorial Health Center, Medford where she had been a patient for the past week.

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 17 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger and Deacon Joseph Stefancin

 

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

 

VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until 10:50 A.M. Tuesday, December 17 in the Fireplace Lounge at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: January 18, 1921 in Stratford

 

EDUCATION: Graduate of Stratford High School

 

MARRIAGE: May 1, 1947 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to Robert ‘Doc” J. May and he preceded her in death on June 6, 1999.

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Dorothy was a homemaker. She was well-known in the region for her artwork and for giving many art demonstrations within the community. Dorothy was a charter member of the Black River Art Society and the Taylor County Arts Council. Mrs. May was recognized by the Wisconsin Rural Artists Association and was awarded the John Stewart Curry Medal for her outstanding job of promoting the arts in her community. Dorothy loved music, especially jazz. She also played many musical instruments.

 

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, where she volunteered in many capacities in the church and school.

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughter: Maureen May of Sarasota, Florida
Son: Mark “Farley” (Rosemarie) May of Edgewater, Florida

 

LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Dr. Nathan (Dr. Lianne Pino-Etten) Etten of Miami, Florida, Erin (Rick Gutierrez) Etten of Atlanta, Georgia and Robert May of Delafield.

 

GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Georgia and Ryan Etten

 

SURVIVING SISTERS: Ruth Perkins of Van Nuys, California, Elizabeth Specht of Marshfield and Joann (Paul) Kleinheinz of Naples, Florida

 

BROTHER DECEASED: John Aldrich

 

DECEASED FATHER: Frank Aldrich

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Marie Aldrich (Maiden Name: Martin)

 

URNBEARER: Grandson: Dr. Nathan Etten

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, Dorothy’s family requests memorials to be made to Holy Rosary Catholic School 215 S. Washington Avenue Medford, Wisconsin 54451
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements.
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Paul "Butch" R. Cwikla, Sr


Paul "Butch" R. Cwikla, Sr., age 72, of Lublin, went to be with the Lord on December 10, 2013. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lublin. Father Madanu Sleeva Raju will officiate. Burial will be held in the church cemetery. Family and friends are welcome from 9:30 until time of services Saturday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen is serving the family.

 

He was born on November 6, 1941, the son of Chester and Mary Cwikla in Milwaukee. Butch left the farm at age 17 to go to Chicago for several years. He met and married his wife, Jill on May 10, 1963.

They returned to Lublin/Owen are in 1967.

 

Butch loved fishing, deer hunting and watching Owen-Withee High School Football. His children, grandchildren and great-granddaughter were his great love. His little beagle, Opi, brought great pleasure to him. He could be seen going for walks several times every day.

 

Butch is survived by his wife of 50 years, Jill; daughter, Robin (Carl) Thomsen and son, Paul "Bubby" (Vanessa) Cwikla, Jr.; his grandchildren: Angela Thomsen, Amy Thomsen, Kaitlyn, Jesse, Erin Gretchen, Ransom and Avalon Cwikla; one great-granddaughter, Kamiya Anne Carter. He is further survived by two brothers: Donald (Barb) Cwikla and Richard (Faye) Cwikla; two sisters: Judy (Mike) Kawa and Shirley (Dell) Jordan and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Daniel; sister, Marjorie Haynes; nephew, Troy Cwikla and niece, Missy Kawa. 

Frances "Lena" A. Bartelt


 

FRANCES “LENA” A. BARTELT

 

AGE: 86

 

ADDRESS: W2737 County Road M, Medford; Township of Greenwood Resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:45 P.M. Tuesday, December 10 at the Golden living Center, Rib Lake where she had resided for the past 2 ½ years surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Aseracare Hospice.

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 21 at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Rib Lake

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. Joseph Dietrich

 

INTERMENT: St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Cemetery, Rib Lake

 

VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, December 21 at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Rib Lake

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 23, 1927 in Perkinstown

 

EDUCATION: 1945 Graduate of Medford High School

 

MARRIAGE: May 22, 1948 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford to Harold Bartelt, where they celebrated 65 years.

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After school Frances worked at the Creamery in Medford, met Harold and was married. She then was a homemaker and helped on the farm. In 1959, they then moved to the Milwaukee area where she worked at the Amron Corp. In June of 1973 they moved back to the Medford area where she was a housewife, worked at the Rib Lake shoe factory and Weathershield in the Millwork Dept. until her retirement in 1987. Frances was also the bookkeeper for her husband’s business. She loved to fish from morning to evening, baking cookies, especially for Christmas and reading the Bible.

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Harold Bartelt of Medford

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Terry (Barbara) Bartelt of Oak Creek, Harold (Jayne) Bartelt of Longview, Washington, Edward (Laura) Bartelt of Cape Coral, Florida, Ronald (Sue) Bartelt of Muskego, Karen (Andy) Prado of West Allis and Jeffrey Bartelt of Medford

 

LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 5; GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: 9

 

SURVIVING SISTER: Marcella Saltis of Longview, Washington

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: 7 Brothers: William, Ernest, Edwin, Leo, Harold, Herbert and John
4 Sisters: Marie, Elsie, Hulda and Louise

 

DECEASED FATHER: Amandus Kauss

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Olga Kauss (Maiden name: Srietlow)

 

URNBEARERS: Honorary: Grandchildren: Tami, Shawn, Greg and Leslie
Active: Kevin

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made in Frances’s name to St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church N5868 County Road C Rib Lake, WI 54470 Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Esther A Resech


 

ESTHER A. RESECH

 

AGE: 93

 

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

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 12:30 A.M. Tuesday, December 10 at the Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center, Medford where she had resided for the past 6 ½ years.

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 2:00 P.M. Friday, December 13 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. Kelly Taylor-Schaus

 

INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery, Medford

 

VISITATION: 1:00 P.M. until the time of services at 2:00 P.M. Friday, December 13 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 15, 1920 in Medford

 

EDUCATION: Attended Medford Area Schools

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Esther was a very devoted daughter, who took care of her father and also helped care for family members in need. She was an avid reader, enjoyed floral and vegetable gardening and crocheting.

 

MEMBER OF: Esther was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford. She was very active in the St. Paul’s Ladies Circle where she served as past Secretary.

 

SURVIVED BY: Cousins and Friends

 

BROTHER DECEASED: Alvin Resech

 

DECEASED FATHER: Herman L. Resech

 

DECEASED MOTHER: Ella L. Resech (Maiden Name: Schmidt)

 

PALLBEARERS:

 

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made in Esther’s name to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church; 321 N. Park Avenue Medford, Wisconsin 54451
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Burl A. Dyer


 

BURL A. DYER

 

AGE: 75

 

ADDRESS: 1000 Kennedy St., Lot 107, Rib Lake, WI 54470

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:24 AM Tuesday, December 10 at his residence in the Village of Rib Lake under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 10:30 AM Friday, December 13 at Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. David Clements

 

INTERMENT: Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake

 

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake from 4-7 PM on Thursday, December 12 and also from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 10:30 AM on Friday, December 13

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 5, 1938 at Morgan County, Tennessee

 

EDUCATION: Sumbrite, TN elementary schools

 

MARRIAGE: 1st – Feb. 6, 1954 at Morgan County, TN to Katherine Ann Chapman and she

preceded him in death May 20, 2004; 2nd – August 18, 2010 at Medford to Shirley Sawyer and she survives

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: He worked as a welder for all of his working life in Skokie, IL until his retirement. He moved to Rib Lake in 2001. He enjoyed fishing, working on cars, mowing lawns, dancing and country music.

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Shirley Dyer of Rib Lake

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Lorenda Szyka of Elk Grove, IL, Burl (Pat) Dyer, Jr. of Green Bay, Cindy (Leonard) Castro of Chicago, Mary (Russ) Ogorzalek of Medford, Roxanne (John) Ervin of Rib Lake, George (Diane) Dyer of Chicago, Dan (Diane) Dyer of Kentucky; Step-Children: Frankie (Bobbie) Kovach of Neelyville, MO, Vickie (Paul) Green of Naylor, MO, Victor Kovach, Jr. of Neelyville, MO

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Son – William Joseph Dyer in 1970; Step-Son: Billy Ray Kovach

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 15 & 12 step GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 14 & 4 step

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Albert Dyer of TN, Theodore (Josie) Dyer of FL, Madeline Daniels of MI, Troy Dyer of TN, Joe (Betty) Dyer of TN, Virginia “Tiny” (Jack) Shannon of OH

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Foy Dyer & Gwendelyn Moffitt

 

DECEASED FATHER: Albert Dyer DECEASED MOTHER: Mary Holder

 

PALLBEARERS: John Ervin, Russ Ogorzalek, Leonard Castro, John Potrzuski, Jacob Jerome, Terrance “Butchy” Zaszczurynski

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

Robert "Bob" R. Draeger


 

ROBERT “BOB” R. DRAEGER

 

AGE: 86

 

ADDRESS: W7140 Wester Ave., Medford; A Township of Medford resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 4:50 AM Sunday, December 8 at Memorial Nursing & Rehab Center, Medford where he had resided for the past 5 years

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Wednesday, December 11 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

 

OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger

 

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

 

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4 to 7:30 PM on Tuesday, December 10 and also from 9 to 11 AM on Wednesday, December 11

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 8, 1927 at the Township of Bern, Marathon County

 

EDUCATION: Township of Bern elementary school & attended Medford High School

 

MARRIAGE: June 14, 1949 at Medford to Delores Ann Brushaber and she survives

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: He farmed for most of his life in the Township of Medford. While farming, he worked at the Medford Creamery, Harvey Company & Weather Shield Mfg. until his retirement. He enjoyed puzzles, hunting, fishing, playing cards, darts, dancing and watching baseball games.

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Delores A. Draeger of Medford

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Janet (Ned) Fischer of Chippewa Falls, Allen Draeger of Medford, Duane (Sue) Draeger of Medford, Donald (Carol) Draeger of Eau Claire, Leroy (Marge) Draeger of Medford, Carol (Gary) Kurth of Ogema, Marlene Gajda of Medford, Sharon Ruback of Merrimac, NH, Eugene Draeger of Kronenwetter, WI, Laura (Kerry) Holm of Mantorville, MN, Cynthia “Cindy” (Jim) Annala of Westboro, Brian Draeger of Fairfield, Maine

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Son – Ervin Draeger; Grandchildren - Anthony Fischer & Jason Draeger;
Great Granddaughter – Tori Czarnezki

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 26 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 21

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister – Arlene (George) Collander of Camden, NJ

 

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: 2 Brothers – Harvey & Dennis Draeger; Sister - Edith Weiler

 

DECEASED FATHER: Robert Draeger, Sr. DECEASED MOTHER: Margaret Schlais

 

PALLBEARERS: Sons – Allen, Duane, Donald, Leroy, Eugene & Brian Draeger

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

Monte Mediger


 

Monte Mediger, 42, of Abbotsford, Wisconsin, formerly of Keizer, Oregon, passed away December 07, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Services will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford, Wisconsin with visitation beginning at 12:00 and services and military honors beginning at 2:00. A lunch and time for sharing will be held after the service.

An additional service and time for celebration will be planned for a later date in Keizer, Oregon with internment at the Willamette National Cemetery.

 

Monte was born in Crescent City, California to James (Jim) and Candis (Candy) Mediger. He was a member of the 1990 Roseburg High School graduating class in Roseburg, Oregon and was a proud Indian until the end.

 

Monte served in the United States Navy from 1990 to 1994 and served on both the USS Thach and the USS Carl Vinson. He achieved the rank of E5 and received the National Defense Service Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, and the SW Asia Service Medal with the Bronze Star. He proudly helped defend our country during the first Gulf War when his ship was stationed in the Persian Gulf.

 

As an avid golfer, he enjoyed many hours at the McNary Golf Course in Keizer, Oregon where he was a member with his father and later enjoyed several years as part of the men’s league at the Meadowview Golf Course in Owen-Withee, Wisconsin. Monte also enjoyed the outdoors, specifically fishing. He relished the thrill of Salmon fishing on the Oregon Coast and on the Columbia River. He later found joy in the many lakes in Northern Wisconsin and even came to enjoy ice fishing.

 

Monte was an active member of the Abbotsford Lions Club and the Dorchester Midnight Riders Snowmobile club. He was an honorary member of the local “Hog Farmers” motorcycle group and enjoyed several cross country trips with his wife, Joanna, as well as many weekend rides on their beloved Honda Goldwing. They especially enjoyed riding the Beartooth and Chief Joseph Highways in Southern Montana and Northern Wyoming.

 

Monte’s true love, though, was football. He proudly helped coach the Regis Rams of Stayton, Oregon for several years and then later served as the Defensive Coordinator for the Abbotsford Falcons of Abbotsford, Wisconsin. As a huge fan of college football, he shared every win and loss with the Oregon Ducks, his beloved team.

 

Monte is preceded in death by his grandparents, Eugene and Mary Mediger and John and Joyce Wilson, and his aunt, Annette Crandall.

 

Monte is survived by his wife of nearly ten years, Joanna Mediger; his parents, Jim and Candy; his sister Angela (Jeff) Badgett; four neices, Shalynn and Marisa Eckley, and Molly and Madison Fish; his nephew Evan Fish; several uncles and cousins; and his beloved dog Jack. 

Rose Anne Reigert


 

Rose Anne Riegert, 97, of Medford, formerly of the Town of Deer Creek, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013, under her families care and Hope Hospice Care at Memorial Nursing and Rehab Center in Medford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, December 12, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville. Father Gerard Willger and Father Lourdumar Reddy Mandapati will officiate. A visitation will be held on Thursday from 10:00AM until the time of service at the church. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Stetsonville. Pallbearers will be Michael Riegert, Mark Riegert, Steve Hasenohrl, Joe Cypher, Jason Cypher and Don Cypher.

 

Rose was born September 27, 1916 in the Town of Deer Creek to the late Ren and Josephine (Vogt) Riegert. She attended Pleasant Valley School and graduated in 1934 from Medford High School. She was employed in Milwaukee in the 1930’s. She later worked at the Suits Drug Store and the Medford Co-op in Medford. She also kept books for the family farm, the Riegert Bros. mink ranch and Dairy Consultants.

 

Rose enjoyed playing cards and was especially good at cribbage. She gardened, put up her own produce and baked the “old country” recipes. Rose set puzzles, did cross-word puzzles, latched-hooked rugs and knit until just before her death. She cared for family members and offered hospitality to whoever stopped in. Her cookie jar was always ready for company.

Rose is survived by her sister-in-law; Norma Riegert, 2 nephews; Michael Riegert and Mark (Pam Motte) Riegert of Medford, 2 nieces; Sharon (Joe) Cypher of Medford, and Judy (Steve) Hasenhorl of Rapid City, SD. Also 2 great-nieces; Megan (Adam) Laufenberg and Abbie Hasenhorl, 2 great-nephews; Jason (Amy) Cypher and Don (Heather) Cypher, 1 great-great-nephew; Alex Cypher and a great-great niece; Emily Cypher.

 

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister; Matilda Mueller and her brothers; Herb and Ed Riegert. 

Donald L. Kraut


 

Donald L. Kraut, age 98, died on Friday, December 6, 2013 at Clark County Health Care Center in Owen. He was a life-long resident of Curtiss until his move to The Angelus in Marshfield in September 2003. In January, 2008, he became a resident of the Clark County Health Care Center in Owen.

 

Don was born October 21, 1915, to Frank and Ida (Kind) Kraut. He attended Curtiss State Graded School and graduated from Owen High School in 1935. In February, 1936, Don graduated from the Goodman College of Embalming in Milwaukee which was followed by a one-year apprenticeship in Thorp. He then opened his own funeral home in Dorchester.

 

In 1942, Don was drafted into the Army and was a member of the 3rd Battalion of the 531st Engineer Shore Regiment, 1st Special Brigade. His unit received strenuous amphibian training in beach landings and traveled from Staten Island to Ireland, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Northern France, Germany and England. Corporal Kraut and the men of the 531st Engineer Shore Regiment were the only ones to participate in seven campaigns and landed at Utah Beach before the war ended in 1945. He was a member of the Battle of Normandy Foundation and has his name inscribed on the Wall of Liberty. Don was also a Charter Member of Eisenhower's Order of the Day for D-Day date June 5, 1944. During his lifetime, he looked forward to attending the annual 531st Engineer Shore Regiment reunions which were held throughout the United States.

Following the war, Donald operated funeral homes in Dorchester, Owen and Abbotsford. He retired as a funeral director in 1980, and in May, 1988, he received a Certificate of Recognition for 50 years of service as a member of the funeral service profession in Wisconsin.

 

Don was a member of the Federal, State, and Local Funeral Directors' Associations, former Vice-President and Director of the Curtiss Bank, member of the Curtiss Lions Club, and Charter Member of the Curtiss Community Club. He was also a member of the Owen American Legion Post #123 and the Abbotsford VFW Post #865.

 

Don served as Curtiss Village President for 17 years, during which time the village celebrated its centennial in 1982. He was a Life Member of the Clark County Historical Society and served as a Director. Don was also a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Curtiss and served on the Church Council.

 

Don never married. Preceding him in death were his parents, his brother and sister-in-law, Franklin and Elsie Kraut, his sister and brother-in-law, Marie and James Cattanach, a brother-in-law, Gorton Vorland, and a niece, Pamela Bentley.

 

His survivors include two sisters: Pearl Vorland of Colby and Ethel Zulke of Hillsboro. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, and their families, and other close relatives and friends.

 

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Curtiss. The Rev. Kris Bjerke-Ulliman and Rev. Kenneth A. Dix will officiate. Interment with Military Honors provided by the Owen-Withee American Legion Post #123 and Colby VFW Post #2227 will be at the Pine Hill Cemetery in the town of Mayville. Family and friends are welcome from 3:00 until 6:00 PM Tuesday, December 10 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen and one hour prior to service time at the church on Wednesday.

 

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been established in Donald's name.

 

Donald's family would also like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Clark County Health Care Center for their compassion and excellent care these past five years.

Harold "Sonny" J. Dassow, Jr


 

HAROLD “SONNY” J. DASSOW, JR.

 

AGE: 64

 

ADDRESS: W5256 Dassow Ave., Medford; A township of Chelsea resident

 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced 12:20 PM on Friday, December 6 at his residence in the Town of Chelsea

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Tuesday, December 10 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford where there will also be military rites performed by the Medford Military Honors Team

 

OFFICIATING: Rev. Randal Jeppesen

 

INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery II

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4 to 8 PM on Monday, December 9 and also from

9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Tuesday, December 10

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 11, 1949 at Medford

 

EDUCATION: Frey elementary school, Town of Browning and was a graduate of Medford High school; he also received a degree in Advanced Production Agriculture from NTC in Wausau

 

MARRIAGE: May 5, 1972 at OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey to Elizabeth “Betty” Overman and she preceded him in death November 15, 2006

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he was a US Army veteran. After the military, he returned to the area and did woods work. Then he purchased a farm in the Town of Chelsea where he farmed until his retirement. In retirement, he continued to do woods work and did custom farm work. He enjoyed hunting, playing cards, gambling, and his grandchildren.

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters - Tammie (Lance) Helmert of Medford, Mindy (Ryan) Thomas of Medford, Karrie (Nick Klinger) Dassow of Medford & Marsha (Kris) Schiszik of Fall Creek; Son – Monte (Lori) Dassow of Medford

 

CHILDREN DECEASED: Grandsons – Jacob Schiszik in 2007

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 11

 

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Joe (Lynn) Dassow of Phillips, Mary Lou (Duane) Anderson of Medford, Judy (Gary) Weir of Medford, Leroy (Jeanette) Dassow of Medford, Ronald (Sharon) Dassow of Medford, Mark Dassow of Medford, Jane (Hoss) Ostrowski of Wausau, Carol (Tom) Judnic of Medford, Lanny (Debra) Dassow of Medford, Sara Dassow of Medford, Laura (Steve) Larson of Stratford

 

SURVIVING PARENTS: Harold & Mary Ann (Kraemer) Dassow of Medford

 

PALLBEARERS: Victor Schiszik, Gary Weir, Romie Kraemer, Roger Brandner, Rob Lamberty, Leroy Dassow

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

Opal "Carlene" Gehrke


 

Opal "Carlene” Gehrke, age 80, of Colby, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2013 at her home. A Memorial Service will be held 1:00 PM Friday, December 6, 2013 at the Maurina Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford. The Rev. Kenneth A. Dix will officiate. Family and friends are welcome on Thursday, December 5 from 3:00 until 7:00 PM with a VFW Auxiliary Sevice at 3:00 PM and from 11:30 AM Friday until the time of services at the funeral home in Abbotsford. Burial will follow the service at Riverside Cemetery, Withee.

 

Carlene was born December 28, 1932 the daughter of Carl and Lela Mae (Porter) Tuthill in Vergennes, IL. She was raised in Elkville, IL and later worked as a teletype operator for the government in North Chicago, IL. On June 28, 1951 in Kenosha, WI, Carlene was united in marriage to Julius "Bud" Gehrke. They resided in Kenosha and later farmed in Oregon, WI before moving to Dorchester in 1972 and Colby in 1976.

 

Carlene loved playing cards, crocheting, knitting, and embroidering. She was a member and past president of the VFW Auxiliary and volunteered with the SHARE program. She sold Avon for over 40 years and especially enjoyed visiting with her many friends. But most of all, Carlene was proud of her family and especially her grandchildren. She would boast about them to everyone she met.

 

Carlene is survived by her daughters: Julia Wright of Marshfield, Deborah Chandler of Madison, and Donna (Daniel) Wigstadt of Dorchester; her 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild. She is further survived by her brother, Paul (Wilma) Tuthill, IL; two brothers-in-law, Alfred Gehrke of Owen and Allen Gehrke of Fort Meyer, FL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

Carlene is preceded in death by her parents, her husband on May 3, 2013, her son, Russell Gehrke, her grandson, Matthew Wigstadt, her brother, Gary Tutill; her sister, Dorothy Gehrke and an infant sister, Alice.

Elroy V. Welier


 

Elroy V. Weiler, age 82, of Abbotsford, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital Palliative Care in Marshfield. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby. Father Daniel Hackel will officiate. Family and friends are welcome on Monday, December 2 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford from 3:00 to 7:00 PM with a Rosary at 4:00 PM and on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until time of the service at the church. Military Honors will be provided by Colby VFW Post #2227.

 

Elroy was born April 10, 1931 in Athens, the son of the late Sebastian "Buddy" and Anna (Post) Weiler. He attended school at St. Anthony in Athens. Elroy served in the US Marine Corp from 1952 - 54. He met his wife Mary A. Kunze and they were united in marriage on July 28, 1954 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Colby and resided in Abbotsford.

 

Elroy owned his own trucking company "Weiler General Trucking" for 10 years. He then drove truck for Sveberts Calf Ranch in Dorchester until he retired.

 

Elroy loved to spend time with his family. He also enjoyed fishing, camping and watching the Packers. Elroy took great pride maintaining his lawn and garden for everyone to enjoy. He also liked to feed and watch the birds at his feeders. Elroy was also a member of the Abbotsford American Legion Post #139.

 

Elroy is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary of Abbotsford; his five sons: Daniel (Rebecca) of Colby, Jim (Cindy) of Unity, Larry (Carolyn) of Abbotsford, Kim of Edmond, OK and Scott (Dawn) of Unity; 14 grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. He is further survived by six sisters and one brother; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.
 

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