Gwendolyn "Gwen" M. Peterson, age 91, of Owen, passed away on Monday, August 25, 2014 at her home surrounded by her family under the tender care of hospice. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Curtiss. Ken Schmidt will officiate. There will also be a American Legion Women's Auxiliary Service at 10:45 AM. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 AM until time of services Saturday at the church. Interment will be held in St. Paul's Lutheran Norwegian Cemetery, Town of Hoard.
Gwen was born on November 16, 1922, the daughter of Grant and Myrtle (Crawford) Herrick in Curtiss. She attended school in Curtiss and graduated from Owen-Withee High School. Gwen received a degree in teaching from Stevens Point Teachers College and her Masters in Library Science from UW-Madison in 1972. She student taught in Owen and then taught French and English and was the Librarian in Abbotsford for over 30 years. After retirement, Gwen continued to teach English as a second language.
Gwen was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Ralph Peterson on June 10, 1944. He preceded her in death on June 5, 2010.
She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid, American Legion Women's Auxiliary, Homemakers of Curtiss, Curtiss Card Club, and Delta Kappa Gamma. Gwen also was a 4-H leader for 26 years. She enjoyed cheering for the Packers, Brewers and Badgers, crocheting, quilting, and playing cards with children of all ages. Gwen also traveled to all 50 states and other countries. She especially loved welcoming family and friends into her home.
Gwendolyn is survived by her four children: Dick Peterson of Owen, Jim (Deb) Peterson of Chippewa Falls, Carol (Tim) Devine of Owen and Nancy (Dan) McAleese of Addison, IL; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Linda Peterson of Owen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Ralph; her two sons, Gary in 2000 and Tom in 2013; and two brothers, Kenneth and Grant Herrick.
The Peterson family would like to thank Ministry Home Care Hospice for their support and compassion in taking care of their mother.
GLENDON “GLEN” W. WESLE
ADDRESS: 737 Ogden St. Medford, WI former resident of the Town of Deer Creek
PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 5:55 P.M. Monday August 25, at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford, where he had been a resident for the past 2 months and most recently under the care of Hope Hospice
TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 29, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford followed by Military Honors which will be performed by Boxrucker-Berry American Legion Post #519 of Stetsonville
OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger, Father Dennis Meulemans and Deacon Joseph Stefancin
INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford
VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. to 10:45 A.M. Friday August 29, at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford
DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 17, 1925 in the Town of Molitor
EDUCATION: Attended Pine Tree Grade School in the Town of Molitor and Graduated from Medford Area High School
MARRIAGE: December 27, 1947 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford to Dorothy Ann Czarnezki
PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After high school Glen joined the Navy and served from 1944 to 1945. He then went into farming for 30 years in the Town of Deer Creek until his retirement. He also worked for Ivan Bootzin Feedmill in Stetsonville while farming. Glen enjoyed remodeling homes, spending time with his family, fishing and was known for his woodworking skills of Intarsia.
MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Boxrucker-Berry American Legion Post #519 of Stetsonville and the Knights of Columbus
SURVIVING SPOUSE: Dorothy A. Wesle of Medford
SURVIVING CHILDREN: Dick (Barb) Wesle of Stetsonville, Patricia “Patty” Wesle of Medford, Tom (Cheryl) Wesle of Turtle Lake, Bob (Barb) Wesle of Spencer and Jean (Paul) Jakel of Abbotsford
# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN 13 GR-GRANDCHILDREN 17
SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Joan (Harold) Bizer of Medford and Harriet Meyer of Medford
BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Audrey (Reiny) Klingbeil and Brother-in-Law: Raymond Meyer
DECEASED FATHER: Walter A. Wesle
DECEASED MOTHER: Anna M. Kramer
OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made in Glens name to Holy Rosary Catholic School or Black River Industries.
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Delores E. Higgins, age 85, of Medford, passed away Monday, August 25, 2014, at her home with her family by her side. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, August 28, 2014 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford. Father Gerard Willger will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 am until time of services on Thursday at the church.
Delores was born July 29, 1929 in the Marathon City, the daughter of Peter and Agnes (Lemmer) Fischer. She attended Medford High School and was united in marriage to Glenn Higgins on May 8, 1947 in Waukesha, WI. They returned to Medford and farmed in the Town of Molitor until their retirement. Glenn preceded her in death on February 17, 2014.
Delores loved fishing, gardening, flowers, gambling, playing cards, shaking dice, dancing and watching the birds. She especially loved and enjoyed her family.
Delores is survived by her children; Constance (Wayne) Wagner of Withee, Dan (Kathy) Higgins of Medford, Darrell (Val)Higgins of Medford, Bruce (Pam) Higgins of Medford, Kathy (Dale Euclid) Higgins of Medford, Robin (Paul) Schmidt of Medford, Julie (Mark) Tyznik of Colby, Marty Higgins (Tanya) of Medford and Steve Fischer and family of Medford, 33 grandchildren and 46 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by three sisters: Angeline Patton of Medford, Elaine Piller of Medford and Mary Ann (Lloyd) Kearly of Markison; a brother, David Fischer of San Antonio, TX; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; her brother, Marvin and sister, Alice Fischer; sisters-in-law, Genevieve Gengler, Caroline Butler and Marie Nelson; brothers-in-law, Eugene Gengler, Wilfred Butler, Conrad Nelson, Matthew Gengler, Calvin Hein, Rick Patton and Harold Piller.
The Higgins family would like to thank her sister, Angeline Patton and Hope Hospice for their support and compassion in taking care of their mother.
Arthur D. Jankee, age 95, of Owen passed away on Friday, August 22, 2014 at the Clark County Health Care Center.
A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Dorchester. Reverend Jerome Freimuth will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 9:00 AM until the time of service Tuesday at the church. Military Honors provided by the Lublin American Legion Post #547, Owen American Legion Post #123 and the Owen-Withee Vets Club.
Arthur was born on March 21, 1919, the son of Adolph and Wanda (Drefs) Jankee in Chicago, IL. He graduated from high school and was drafted into the US Army, serving in Italy and Africa during WWII.
Arthur was united in marriage to Ruth Petke on July 19, 1947 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Withee. Together they farmed in the Township of Hoard for 30 years.
Arthur is survived by his wife of 67 years, Ruth of Owen; his sons, Daniel (Patricia) Jankee of Cadott, David Jankee of Owen, Emil Jankee of Owen and his daughter, Marlene (Tyler) Turner of Owen; 20 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Dorothy (Aaron) Thorne, grandchildren, Amanda, Andrea and Tyler Turner.
Edward R. Gosse, age 90, of Owen, passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at the Clark County Health Care Center. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen. Father Janusz Kowalski will officiate. Burial will be held in Riverside Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Owen American Legion Post #123. Please join us for visitation from 9:30 AM until time of service Saturday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen is entrusted with the arrangements.
He was born on January 6, 1924 in the Township of Warner,WI, the son of Earnest and Mary (Henschel) Gosse. Ed attended Longwood Grade School and was a 1943 graduate of Owen High School. He was drafted into the US Army as a Private in March of 1943. His mother accepted his diploma from Owen High School that May in his absence. Like so many families he was one of 4 brothers who were serving their country during WW II. Edward began basic training at Camp Butner, North Carolina with the 78th Infantry Lightning Division, where he became a medic with the 310th Infantry Medical Detachment. When Germany invaded France, the 78th Division was stripped, leaving behind enough men to form another division. Edward was part of the later group which shipped out of Camp Kilmer, New Jersey in October of 1944. Edward was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant on February 3, 1946. In addition to the Purple Heart medal received at the Battle of the Bulge, he received the Victory Medal, the American Theater Ribbon, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Ribbon along with 3 Bronze Battle Stars and 2 Overseas Service Bars and the Good Conduct Medal.
Upon his return to the states he helped out on his parent’s farm. Edward married Frances Suda on May 8, 1948 and they raised 9 children on a dairy farm south of Longwood. He retired from farming in 1997. In addition to running a successful dairy operation, he served as the chairman for the Township of Longwood for 10 years and as a Clark County Supervisor for 8 years. He was a member of the American Legion Post #238 in Greenwood and the Owen American Legion Post #123.
Edward enjoyed farming and gardening.
Ed will be sadly missed by his children; David (Vita) Gosse of Owen, Eddie (Connie) Gosse of Kenosha, Ronnie (Anne) Gosse of Marathon City, Judith (George) Mynatt of Green Valley, AZ, Cathy (Jay) Schaefer of Manchaca, TX, Nancy Gosse of Withee, Lisa Strathmann of Owen and Michael (Sara) Gosse of Merrill, grandchildren; Ryan Gosse, Alex’ Gosse, Zachary Schaefer, Brianna Schaefer, Amanda Martz, Devon Gosse, Erica Frey and Anthony Frey, great-grandchildren; Garrin Gosse, Raya Rose Gosse, Caleb Peterson and Cari Martz, son-in-law; Troy Frey, and brother; Lavern Gosse.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter; Cindy Frey, three brothers; Gerhardt Gosse, Harold Gosse and Sherman Gosse and three sisters; Margaret Wells, Adeline Niemi and Gertrude Kolpanen.
In lieu of flowers a memorial can be made to the American Legion Post #238 of Greenwood or the Owen American Legion Post #123.
Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com.
Nioma A. Miskanis, age 83, of Owen, passed away Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Clark County Health Care Center, Owen. A memorial service will be at 11:00AM Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Withee. Reverend Tom Myhre will officiate. A visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from10:00AM until the time of the service. Inurnment will take place at Riverside Cemetery in Withee following the service.
Nioma was born February 24, 1931 in Thorp, WI to Peter and Houlda (Meyer) Turrene. She attended a catholic grade school in Chicago until eighth grade. Nioma did manufacture work and was a butcher’s assistant in Chicago. The former Nioma Turrene was united in marriage to Robert Miskanis on October 12, 1951 in Chicago, IL. Together the couple moved to a farm in the Town of Longwood, Clark County, near Owen in 1976 and farmed until 1998. Nioma enjoyed animals of all kinds, cooking and canning. Her home was always open to all and served as a refuge from the city for many family members. She was a member of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Withee and its Ladies Aide.
She is lovingly survived by her five grandchildren; Robert (Beki) Miskanis of Chippewa Falls, Katy (Mike) Shoup of Marathon City, Sarah Miskanis of Marshfield, Laura (Doug) Arthur of Sheboygan and Amanda Miskanis of Stratford, her great-grandchildren; Logan, Sophia, Samuel and Brenna, daughter-in-law; Betsy (Brent) Shoup of Neillsville. She is further survived by her siblings; Glen Turrene, Bernice Turrene, Inez Haas and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Nioma is preceded in death by her parents, husband; Robert Miskanis , her three children; David, Keith and Debbie Miskanis and her siblings; Alice Gdula, Bud Turrene, Harvey Turrene, Violet Hendricks, Orma Lorbeck,Verna Grabowski, Erna Turrene, Frieda Dumalski and Louis Turrene.
The Maurina Schilling Funeral Home in Owen is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Friends may send online condolences to www.maurinaschilling.com
ALFRED “BUB” L. CLAUSNITZER
ADDRESS: W5535 Gravel Road Medford Township of Little Black
PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 2:03 A.M. Sunday, August 17, at Golden Living Center – Continental Manor in Abbotsford, where he had been a resident for the past 4 ½ years
TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, August 23, at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in Medford
OFFICIATING: Rev. James Krueger
INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will be at Medford Evergreen II Cemetery
VISITATION: 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in Medford
DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 3, 1926 in Medford
EDUCATION: Attended Medford Area Schools
MARRIAGE: July 1, 1950 to Donna J. Schoenberger in Vinton, Iowa
PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Alfred served in the Army as a Military policeman for 2 years from 1948-1949. He was then employed at Hurd’s in Medford for 40 years until his retirement in 1990.
MEMBER OF: Lifelong member of Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, served on the Finance Committee for many years and was an usher for many more years.
SURVIVING SPOUSE: Donna J. Clausnitzer of Medford
SURVIVING CHILDREN: Sandi (Joe) Clausnitzer of Parker, CO and Perry (Corinne) Clausnitzer of Medford
# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN 2 and 1 Step GR-GRANDCHILDREN 5
SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Doris Tacke and 2 Sisters-in-Law: Jane Clausnitzer and Viola Clausnitzer
GREAT-GRANDSON DECEASED: Trevor L. Williams
BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Harold Clausnitzer in infancy, Otto Jr., Robert and David Clausnitzer, Leona Murray and Alda Frey
DECEASED FATHER: Otto Clausnitzer
DECEASED MOTHER: Esther Riechardt
HONORARY URNBEARERS: Grandchildren: Heather & Ryan Mravick, Jesse & Erin Clausnitzer Step Grandson: Jordan Reuden, Great Grandchildren: Cole & Kade Williams, Tasia Mravick & Aubree Clausnitzer
HONORARY URNBEARER: Great Grandson: Trey Williams
OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Alfred’s name to Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in Medford. Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements.
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Leon Barber, Jr, age 77, of Curtiss, passed away at home on Friday, August 15, 2014, with his family by his side.
Leon was born in Saratoga Springs, New York, on September 8, 1936, to Leon and Phyllis (Brockway) Barber, Sr. A special memory of his school years was attending a one room school house at the age of six. He later was a student at Argyle Central school where he met Rhoda Archard. They were united in marriage on October 6, 1957 in Fort Miller, New York. They ran a family farm in up state New York, then moved to Wisconsin in 1980. Leon was a jack-of-all-trades. Besides farming, he worked in manufacturing, construction and for the highway department. He had been the head herdsman for a century farm and was the first recycling director for the township of Holway.
His interests were farm animals, classic tractors ( his favorite was his 1958 Ford 641 Workmaster), radio programs, woodworking and reading. He loved spending time with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife Rhoda Barber of Curtiss, WI; his four children: Bret Barber of Spencer WI; Nancy (Anthony) Sari of Spencer, WI; Bruce Barber of Hereford, AZ; and Christine Barber of Curtiss WI; five siblings: James Barber of Argyle, NY; JoAnn (Gerald) Whitney of Granville, NY; Cathy (Robert) Chapman of Hartford, NY; David (Beth) Barber and Bradley (Susan) Barber both of Fort Edward, NY; his grandchildren: Elizabeth (Aaron) Miller of Spencer, WI; Rebecca (Benjamin) Hoffman of Oshkosh, WI; Redmond and Tallulah McKimmy of Burlington, WI; Anna, Anthony, Leah, Joseph and David Sari of Spencer, WI; and great-grandsons: Michael and Joshua Miller.
He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant sister Carol Barber and a sister-in-law Elizabeth "Betty" Barber.
A graveside funeral service for Leon's immediate family will be held in St. Mary's Cemetary in the township of Holway. A Memorial Tribute to Leon will be held at a future date.
Edward R. "Ed" Brown, age 93, of Colby, passed away Sunday, August 10, 2014 at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield surrounded by his family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Colby. Father Daniel Hackel will officiate. Interment will be held at St. Anthony's Cemetery in Loyal. Family and friends are welcome on Friday, August 15, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Maurina Schilling Funeral Home in Colby with a Rosary Service at 4:30 p.m. and again from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Friday. Military Honors provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227.
Ed was born June 19, 1921 in Loyal, the son of Bert and Frances (Hegy) Brown. He graduated from Loyal High School. Edward served in the Navy during WWII and worked on sea planes as a flight engineer.
Ed was united in marriage to Virginia Smith on June 14, 1947 at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church in Loyal. They shared more than 67 years together in marriage.
Ed worked at PCA in Colby driving semi-trucks until retiring at the age of 65 and was a member of the Million Mile Safety Club. He missed driving and continued working at Galvin International in Abbotsford shuttling trucks for the next 17 years.
Ed was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Colby, the Knights of Columbus, the Colby VFW #2227 and a lifetime member of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association). He and his son, Tom, completed construction of a Pietenpol Air Camper in 1982. Tom is still flying the plane today. He also enjoyed wood working, especially making propeller clocks, which each of his children have hanging on their walls today. In his children's eyes, there was nothing he couldn't build or fix.
Edward is survived by his wife, "Ginny" of Colby; ten children: Steven (Karen) Brown of Unity, Thomas Brown of Slinger, Larry Brown of Wausau, Donna Brown of St. Paul, MN, Patrick (Jodi) Brown of West Bend, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Brown, St. Cloud, MN, Mary (David) Erfert, Houston, TX, Carol (John) Staab, Dorchester, Barbara (Thomas) Ritzinger, Rice Lake and Rob Brown of Marshfield; 16 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandsons, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his infant son, David; his sister, Ruth Rufener, his brother, Robert Brown, a great-grandson, Zayne Brown, and a daughter-in-law, Patty Brown.
In lieu of flowers and plants, a Memorial Fund will be established in Edward's name.
Harvey E. Weideman, age 94, of Curtiss passed away on Friday, August 8, 2014 at the Clark County Health Care Center.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Curtiss Alliance Church in Curtiss. Pastor Carl Swarr will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 4:00 until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, August 12 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen and again from 1:00 until the time of service Wednesday at the church. Interment with Military Honors provided by the Colby VFW Post #2227 will be in Pine Hill Cemetery.
Harvey was born on June 27, 1920, the son of Hebert and Tillie (Sauter) Weideman in Abbotsford. He was drafted into the US Army in 1942 was honorably discharged in 1945. The battles and campaigns he was part of during WWII were Sicilian, Naples, Foggia, Rome, Arno, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe.
Harvey was united in marriage to Marianne Skutak on February 28, 1950 at the Owen Gospel Tabernacle. Together they farmed in Curtiss. He was a member of the National Farmers Organization and Colby VFW Post #2227. Harvey enjoyed hunting, auctions and horses.
Harvey is survived by his wife, Marianne of Medford; his son, Terry of Curtiss and his daughter, Sandra Aschbrenner of Medford, granddaughter, Traci (Jonathan) Wass of Grand Blanc, MI and great-grandson, Ethan Wass. He is further survived by his sister Arlene Weideman of Colby, brother, Robert (Helen) Weideman of Curtiss; sister-in-law, Lydia Weideman of Colby, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his parents, his sisters: Vivian Ramker, Mae Harder, Joyce Weideman, and his brothers, James and Arthur Weideman.
MARY JEAN LIEGL
ADDRESS: 135 Gibson, Medford; A former Town of Deer Creek resident
PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 5:40 AM Friday, August 8 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford where she had resided for the past 8 years
TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Monday, August 11 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville
OFFICIATING: Father Simon Reddy Boyapati
INTERMENT: Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Stetsonville
VISITATION: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville from 9 AM until the time of funeral mass at 11 AM on Monday, August 11
DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 6, 1928 at Burke, South Dakota
EDUCATION: Burke, SD elementary schools and was a 1945 graduate of Burke, SD High School
MARRIAGE: September 9, 1946 at Burke, SD to Martin M. Liegl and he preceded her in death April 16, 2005
PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: They moved to the Town of Deer Creek from South Dakota in 1960 and farmed there from 1960 until 1982. While farming, she was an activity aide at Memorial Nursing Home and worked at Taylor County Human Services. They were foster parents to newborns awaiting adoptions and later to troubled teenagers. She was devoted to the Pro-Life movement and enjoyed many artistic endeavors such as painting, sculptures, ceramics, enjoyed baking bread, seamstress work, knitting & crocheting.
MEMBER OF: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville
SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters - Dianne (Don) Ludwig of Hortonville & Patricia (Mark) Steevens of MarshfieldSons – Martin (Mary) Liegl of Hortonville, Kevin (Jodeen) Liegl of Stetsonville, Joe (Lois) Liegl of Bowman, ND, Steve (Bonnie) Liegl of Neenah
CHILDREN DECEASED: 1 Daughter in infancy; 1 Grandson – James Liegl
# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 17 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 22
SURVIVING SISTERS: Arlene (Butch) Heine of Yankton, SD & Margaret Minkel of Rapid City, SD
BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: James Lubbers, June Steffen, Alice Birkenshaw
DECEASED FATHER: Herman William Lubbers
DECEASED MOTHER: Helen Marie Henrecy
PALLBEARERS: Honorary – All grandchildren not serving as active pallbearers; Active – Grandchildren: Dan Ludwig, Sarah Bleier, Carl Steevens, John, Jason & Melissa Liegl
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ROBERT “ROBBIE” “ROB” T. GRUPSTRA
ADDRESS: 1013 S. Cedar Ave. Apt. A. Marshfield
PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:35 A.M. Friday, August 8, at his residence
TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial Services will be at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, August 14, at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford
OFFICIATING: Pastor David Clements
VISITATION: 12:00 P.M. until time of services at 2:00 P.M. at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford
DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 9, 1980 in Medford
EDUCATION: Attended Immanuel Lutheran Elementary School in Medford and 1999 graduate of Medford Area High School
PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After graduating from high school, Robert worked for P.C. Doctors in Marshfield for a period of time. Most recently he worked for Hardee’s and Domino’s Pizza in Marshfield. Robert enjoyed working and fixing computers, riding bike, swimming, water skiing, spending time at the family cabin in Bayfield County, disc golfing and paint balling.
SURVIVING BROTHERS: Ricky and Benjamin Grupstra of Medford and Aaron Grupstra of Ashland
SURVIVING PARENTS: Tom and Loretta (Lissner) Grupstra of Washburn
SURVIVING MATERNAL GRANDMOTHER: Helen Lissner of Medford
OTHER INFORMATION: Robert is further survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to his family to be designated at a later date.
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SUSAN F. ROUILLER
ADDRESS: 132 S. 7th St., Medford
PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Thursday, August 7 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where she had been a patient for the past 11 days
TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 13 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford
OFFICIATING: Deacon Joe Stefancin
VISITATION: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, August 13
DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 25, 1944 at Medford
EDUCATION: Medford area elementary schools, 1962 graduate of Medford High School, and attended UW – Marathon County majoring in social work
MARRIAGE: In 1963 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to James H. Rouiller and they were later divorced
PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: She was employed at Weather Shield Mfg. in Medford for a period of years and later Opportunity, Inc. in Wausau for a period of time prior to her retirement. She enjoyed gardening and especially enjoyed spending time with her family and her 2 grandsons.
MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford; Medford Lions Club, contributing much time to the Club’s projects & events. She had just received the “2014 Lion of the Year Award” from the Medford Lions. She also volunteered many hours to the “Kiwanis Medford Reads Program” for the past 3 years.
SURVIVING CHILDREN: Sons – Jeff, Todd & Brian (Julie) Rouiller all of Medford
2 Grandsons – Kyle & Logan Rouiller both of Medford
CHILDREN DECEASED: Daughter – Lori Ann Rouiller in 1990
SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sisters – Sharon (Carl) Paetzold of Wausau, Shirley (Dave) Lemke of Medford, Gail (Dave) LaFontaine of Marshfield, Sandra Kolasa of Tomahawk, Eileen Mundt of Medford
Sisters-in-law: Mary Byron Hessefort of Rhinelander & Kathleen Toolin Hessefort of New Hampshire
BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers - Glenn & Ervin John Hessefort; Brother-in-law: Bill Kolasa
DECEASED FATHER: Ervin Hessefort
DECEASED MOTHER: Eva Larson
OTHER INFORMATION: Further survived by nieces, nephews, many other relatives & friends
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Reverend Kenneth A. Dix, 73, a former Colby resident, died unexpectedly Wednesday August 6, 2014 at his home at Lake Holcombe.
He was born October 18, 1940, in Stratford, son of the late Alvin C. and Norma (Werner) Dix. On June 22, 1974, he was united in marriage to Suzanne Ewan at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Wausau.
He attended Stratford Public Schools and graduated from Stratford High School in 1958. In 1962, he graduated from Lakeland College and in 1965, graduated from United Theological Seminary. During his summer breaks from Seminary, he ministered to congregations in Berne, Indiana as well as in Fullerton and Merricourt, North Dakota. Rev. Kenneth A. Dix ministered to the communities of Athens and Colby from August 15, 1965 until the time of his retirement on August 30, 2009.
From the time of his retirement until the present, Pastor Dix continued his ministry to those in need at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home and truly enjoyed the friendship of the people he worked with. For the past few years, he was visitation pastor at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Wausau.
Through the years, Ken was an active member in the communities he served. In Colby, he served 20 years in city government-eight of those years as mayor, served on the Fire Department, and was one of the first five EMT's serving in that capacity for over 30 years. He also was a longtime member of the Colby Lions Club, receiving the Melvin Jones Award in 2002, and was a Colby Chamber of Commerce member, having been honored as Citizen of the Year.
Ken split his time between the two counties he was associated with, serving on the Marathon County Housing Association and the Clark County Economic Development. He was an active member of the Marshfield Masonic Lodge, Zor Shriners, and Colby Rural Arts Museum, using his leadership skills to promote rural arts.
Ken will be fondly remembered as being a loving husband and father. As a true people person, he was a mentor to many, and enjoyed sharing his insights and relating the Scriptures to people's everyday lives. He lived to help those in need, and his greatest joy was being with family and friends. He remembered people, listened to their stories and connected their backgrounds weaving history from the past and connecting it to the present.
His interests were many and varied; He enjoyed flower gardening, trips to Biloxi, hunting in Montana, antiquing in Door County, enjoying the Florida warmth, and touring the covered bridges in Illinois. Ken loved spending time tinkering in the garage at Lake Holcombe, where he stored and refurbished the treasures he collected.
He will be dearly missed by his wife, Suzanne Dix, Holcombe, two daughters, Katie Dix, Chanhassen, MN, and Lindsey Dix, Ephraim, one sister, Harriet (LaVern) Wells, New Glarus, sister-in-law, Karen Schumacker-Dix, Edgar, brother-in-law Richard (Nancy) Ewan, Athens, and sister-in-law Diane Meyer (Kevin Brady) Chippewa Falls, Nieces and Nephews, along with many other relatives and friends.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jacob and Sophia (Aschebrock) Dix, maternal grandparents, Edward and Pauline (Weinkauf) Werner, and his brother, Jim Dix.
Funeral services will be at Noon Wednesday August 13, 2014 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Athens. Rev. Teri A. Hansen will officiate. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at First United Church of Christ, Colby, where there will be a Masonic Memorial Service at 4:00 p.m. On Wednesday, visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at Christ United Church, Athens. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com
Hollie M. Rowan, age 31, of Janesville, died on Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014, at home.
She was born in Medford on Sept. 22, 1982, the daughter of James and Deborah (Koenig) Judnic. She attended Rib Lake schools and worked at Rib Lake nursing home during high school and the Medford nursing home after graduation. She married Carl F. Rowan on July 5, 2006, in Lake Geneva and moved to Janesville in 2006. Hollie was a volunteer at Franklin Middle School PTSA, of which she was scheduled to be Vice President this coming year, and was the Reflections Coordinator. She was also active in the Cub Scouts at Washington Elementary School. She loved horses, flowers, gardening, riding motorcycles, cooking, decorating, and remodeling. Her children and family were her life.
Hollie is survived by her husband, Carl F. Rowan; 2 children, Devin and Bella both at home; parents, James and Deborah Judnic of Medford; 2 brothers, Jason (fiancé Debbra Cobb) Judnic of Chippewa Falls and Jeremy (Veronica) Judnic of Kaukauna; nephew, Justice Judnic; paternal grandmother, Marcella Judnic of Medford; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Clarence Judnic; and maternal grandparents, Richard and Ruth Koenig.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 at HOLY ROSARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, Medford, WI, with Fr. Gerard Willger officiating, where a visitation will be held on Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. until the time of Mass.
Elmer Dearth age 97, of Owen, passed away on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Clark County Health Care Center in Owen. His funeral service will be at 11AM on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Community Alliance Church in Withee. The Rev. Dylan Valliere will officiate. Visitation will be at the Maurina- Schilling Funeral Home in Owen on Tuesday, August 5 from 4-7PM and again on Wednesday one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the Riverside Cemetery in the Town of Hixon.
Elmer was born May 20, 1917 the son of Joseph A. and Charlotte (Westlake) Dearth in Owen, WI.
He received his education at Owen Public Schools until the eighth grade. He worked on the family farm, north of Owen, until his marriage which took place on April 22, 1939 to Hilda Matson in Withee, WI at the Danish Lutheran Church. Elmer then worked at the Carnation Company in Owen until 1945 when they moved to Eau Claire and he worked at Blue Moon Company. The couple then moved back to Owen in May of 1946 to take over the family farm which they ran until their retirement. They lived in the Owen area most of their life. He was faithful member at the Community Alliance Church, and especially loved family gatherings. Grandchildren and great grandchildren brought such a smile to his face, his eyes would light up when he saw a little one.
Elmer is survived by his three children: Kenneth (Deloris) Dearth of Prentice, WI; Shirley (Philip) Ely of Marshfield, WI; and David (Toni) Dearth of Kaukauna, WI. He is the loving grandpa to: Debbie (Jeff) Passini, Cheryl Robinson, Julie (Mark) Luther, Kenny (Wanda) Dearth, Mike Dearth, Shannon (Traci) Dearth, Heather (Chris) Buhler, Rex(Rhonda) Sayles, Tammy (Jeff) Anderson, Dusty (Janelle) Sayles, Robyn (Chris) Mader, Jeremy (Kristi) Ely, Nikki (John) Hoff, Derek (Kristin) Dearth and Ryan Dearth. He was the proud great-grandpa of 34 great- grandchildren and one to be born in October and two great-great grandchildren. He is further survived by a sister; Clara Tauchen of Dorchester.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter; Edna Sayles, son; Gordon Dearth, son-in-law; Loran Sayles, brothers; Ray, Russell, Frank and Harvey Dearth and sisters; Wilda Olsen and Mrytle Nielsen.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home of Owen. Online condolences may be offered at www.maurinaschilling.com.
ROBERT “BOB” F. ARMBRUST
ADDRESS: 611 E. South Street, Medford
PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:08 AM Saturday, August 02 at his residence in the city of Medford under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice
TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, August 5 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford where there will also be military rites performed by the Medford Military Honors Team
OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger
INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford
VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 9 AM until 10:45 AM on Tuesday, August 5DATE &
PLACE OF BIRTH: September 5, 1923 at Medford
EDUCATION: Holy Rosary Catholic School, Medford & was a 1941 graduate of Medford High School
MARRIAGE: May 30, 1945 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville to Ruth E. Docter and she survives
PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education he worked at the family business, Armbrust Meats in Medford until entering the US Navy in 1942. He was a WW II veteran having served from 1942-1945 in the submarine service, serving aboard the USS Tilefish. After the military he returned to Medford where he worked and later co-owned/operated Armbrust Meats until his retirement in 1984. He was one of the original co-founders & served on the board of directors of the Medford National Bank. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, wood working, traveling, boating on Lake Superior, curling, golfing, was an avid sports fan & enjoyed winter months in Arizona.
MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford; Medford Knights of Columbus; Medford VFW & American Legion Clubs; WW II US Sub Vets
SURVIVING SPOUSE: Ruth E. Armbrust of Medford
SURVIVING CHILDREN: Mike (Sally) Armbrust of Madison, Tom (Mary) Armbrust of Medford, JoAnne (Don) Faust of Black Earth, Jeff (Michele) Armbrust of Medford, Becky (Doug) Leclair of LaCrosse, Susan (Rick) Knopp of Medford
CHILDREN DECEASED: 1 daughter in infancy – Mary Agnes Armbrust
# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 19 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 15
SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: David (Joann) Armbrust of Medford & Doris (Everett) Hoffman of Medford
BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: William, Walter, James & John “Jack” Armbrust
DECEASED FATHER: William A. Armbrust
DECEASED MOTHER: Agnes Strachota
OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the American Cancer Society in his name
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com
Louis John Koffler Sr., 94, Ogema, died in the Aspirus Medford Hospital in Medford on Thursday, July 31, 2014.'
He was born in Illinois on September 22, 1919, the son of Frank and Frances Koffler. He served his country in the U.S. military during World War II. He was married to Laura Boushon in Chili, Wisconsin, on June 4, 1955. They lived in Oxford, Wisconsin, Tomahawk and then moved to Ogema in 1976. He operated L and J Sales and Service small engine repair in Tomahawk and was employed by Abbotsford Auto in Abbotsford. He attended the First Lutheran Church in Ogema. In his free time he enjoyed hunting, watching wildlife, playing cards and visiting with his friends.
He is survived by three children, John (Sharon) Koffler of Rhinelander, Louis Jr. (Donna) Koffler of Colby and JoAnn (Dennis) Vail of Arizona. He is further survived by 8 grandchildren and by 19 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura, on January 1, 2014. By one brother, Frank and by two sisters, Estelle Warchal and Jean.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 12 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Lutheran Church in Ogema with Pastor Robert Giese officiating. Interment will be held in Mt. Olive Cemetery in Westboro. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until time of the services.
The Heindl Funeral Home in Prentice is assisting the family with arrangements.
JAMES “Jimbo” D. WILCZEK
ADDRESS: 207B N. Hwy 13, Stetsonville
PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced at 2:45 P.M. Thursday, July 31, at his residence in the Village of Stetsonville
TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Private memorial services will be held at a later date
DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 4, 1956 in Stanley
EDUCATION: He attended Withee Elementary School and graduated in 1974 from Owen-Withee High School
PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, James worked at the Clark County Health Care Center in Owen. He then worked for Weather Shield Manufacturing in Medford for a period of time. James then worked at Stetson Hardwoods in Stetsonville for a period of time. He enjoyed fishing and four-wheeling.
SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Tony (Shirley) Wilczek of Chippewa Falls, Theresa (Ken) Salvack of Jacksonville, TN, Joe (Betty) Wilczek of Greenwood, Mary (Melvin) Lauer of Mokena, IL, Frank (Chris) Wilczek of Lublin, Rosie (Bill) Schubert of Aurora, CO, Henry Wilczek of Great Falls, MT, Virginia (John) Conzemius of Burnsville, MN and Bill Wilczek of Medford
BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Jerome and Patrick Wilczek
DECEASED FATHER: Frank J. Wilczek
DECEASED MOTHER: Rose K. Powszukiewicz
OTHER INFORMATION: James is further survived by nieces, nephews, and other family and friends. 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
John Kowal, age 71, of Lublin, passed away on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 5th beginning at 11:00 A.M. at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lublin. Burial will follow in the Town of Roosevelt Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, August 5th from 10:00 A.M. until time of service at the church. Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
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