Wednesday, August 31, 2016



ADDRESS: W6844 County Road A, Medford; A Township of Little Black resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 12:37 AM Tuesday, August 30 at the VA Hospital, Madison where he had been a patient for the past 3 weeks

TIME & PLACE OF VISITATION: a memorial gathering will take place from 1 - 4 PM on Saturday, September 3 at the Medford VFW Clubhouse

INTERMENT: Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Spooner, WI

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 21, 1946 at Medford

EDUCATION: Town of Little Black elementary school & attended Medford High School. He later received his GED

MARRIAGE: Previously married and divorced

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: US Army Veteran of the Vietnam War where he re. After the military he worked road construction for James Peterson & Sons and Jochimsen Trucking for periods of time until his retirement in 2008. He enjoyed gardening, yard work and auto body work.

MEMBER OF: Medford VFW Club

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Angel Wild of Medford, Johnny Wild of Rib Lake and 3 other children


SURVIVING PARENTS: Mother – Esther (Kaemmerer) Wild of Medford


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Marjorie F. Knippel, 92, currently of Medford, formerly of Yuma, AZ passed away at Deerview Meadows in Medford, August 31, 2016.
Marjorie was born March 16, 1924 to Adolph and Laura (Kiel) Kreie. She was a graduate of Medford Sr. High School. She married Clyde Knippel on May 2, 1945. Clyde preceded her in death August 4, 2005.
While living in Richmond, Illinois, Marjorie and Clyde owned and operated a jewelry store, she later worked at Admiral Factory where they made television sets. After retiring, they moved back to Medford for a number of years. They loved to travel the United States in their motor home. Marjorie and Clyde took root in Yuma, AZ for over twenty years, where they both enjoyed the warm, dry weather. Upon Clyde’s death, Marjorie moved back to Wisconsin.
Marjorie also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, embroidery, reading and birdwatching.
Marjorie is survived by three sisters in law, and several nieces and nephews. She is further preceded in death by her Parents, one Brother, three Sisters, and an infant son.
Cremation rites have been accorded, and a private memorial service will take place at a later date. Interment will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery I.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at


Name of Deceased: Earl L. Hoeck
Age: 88

Address: 185 N 4th Street, Dorchester WI

Place, Date and Time of Death: 9:05PM Tuesday August 30, 2016 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau where he had resided for the past week, surrounded by his family.

Time and Place of Service: 11:00AM Tuesday September 6, 2016 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Holway.

Officiating: Pastor Lowell Bolstad and Pastor Ron Schuenke

Visitation: 4:00pm to 7:00pm Monday, September 5th at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford and also 10:00am until the time of services at 11:00am Tuesday September 6th, 2016 at Our Saviour's Lutheran church in Holway.

Date and Place of Birth: June 28, 1928 in Medford, WI

Education: Earl attended Medford Area Schools

Marriage: December 7, 1957 in Medford to Karen E. Rickaby, who precedes him in death.

Principal Events in Life: Earl was a WWII Veteran having joined the military at the age of 17.  Following the war, he was stationed in Japan and Maine where he worked as a jet mechanic. He then served as a staff sergeant and tank commander for the Medford and Merrill Units of the National Guard.  Earl worked for over 40 years in window manufacturing in Medford and Wausau, and even did a stint at the Medford Brewery. Earl enjoyed trout fishing, traveling, hunting, camping, airplanes, polka, catching squirrels, and playing the concertina.  Most of all, Earl loved spending time with his family and was a great story teller.

Member of: New Life Apostolic Church in Medford, past member of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church in Holway.

Surviving Children: Ed Hoeck, Kathy (Tom) Henke, Jim (Michele) Hoeck, Becky (Brent) Clarkson all of Medford

Living Grandchildren: Raegan Hoeck, Joey Webb (Teri), Andy (Tori) Hoeck, Jacob and Mathew Hoeck, Tyler Clarkson, Rachael Hoeck (Joshua), and Kayleigh Hoeck.

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: Lindsey Kauffman, Addison and Talon Judnic, and two more on the way.

Surviving Siblings: Lorraine Hinson of Mundelein, IL., and MaryAnn Rudolph, Joan Brehm both of Medford, Grace Brehm of Rib Lake and Pauline Brehm of Schofield. Sisters-in-Law: Nancy Cox of Abbotsford, and Edna Rickaby of Texas. Further survived by many nieces and nephews.

Brothers/Sisters Deceased: Harvey Hoeck, Archie Hoeck, Annabelle Corl, and Louisa Howsden.
Deceased Father: Louis Hoeck                  

Deceased Mother: Grace (McKee) Hoeck

Pallbearers: Joey Webb, Andy, Jacob and Matthew Hoeck, Tyler Clarkson and Josh Judnic

Other Information: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family to be designated at a later date.


Monday, August 29, 2016



Mildred was born on March 22, 1921 in the town of Greenwood in Taylor County, Wisconsin to Frieda Theresa Peche and Robert Martin Frischmann. A brother, Arnold Gottlieb Frischmann, was born on July 4, 1922 and a sister, Verna Marcella was born on June 22, 1924. All have preceded her in her death on June 28, 2016 in Medford Memorial & Rehab Center where she had resided for 7 years.

Memorial services will take place at 11:00 A.M. Friday, September 16, 2016 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford with visitation to take place from 10:30 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, September 16, 2016 also at the church. Cremainal inurnment will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford.

Her father was a logger and her mother worked as the logging camp cook. The family lived in the logging camps near Rib Lake, Wisconsin until 1930 when they moved to an 80 acre farm in Goodrich finally purchasing it in 1937. She attended elementary school in Rib Lake and Medford High School from 1936 to 1939. While living on the farm just off County Road C she remembers walking through the woods to her uncle Gottlieb Peche’s farm to help slaughter his pigs and take the blood home to make blood sausage. Peche Road did not exist in those days so through the woods was the fastest way to get there. After graduating there wasn’t much work around Medford so she went to work for a family named Trecker in Milwaukee as housekeeper and nanny which gave her the experience for doing the same thing in later years.

Mildred met Wilmer Charles Kenney from Medford at a dancehall in Chelsea, Wisconsin and continued to see him while he worked as a movie usher in Milwaukee. They were married in June 1941 and moved into an upstairs apartment across the street from Holy Rosary Church in Medford. Wilmer found work at the Medford Creamery and on October 2, 1942 a daughter Kathleen Marie was born in the front bedroom of his parent’s farmhouse on Highway 13. Mildred remembered her husband “Bill” playing the piano in the next room and singing the song “I’ll Take You Back Home Again, Kathleen” incessantly. Not long afterwards he was drafted and had to leave for the service. After basic training he was stationed at Fort White near Medford, Oregon and Mildred took their 10 month old on the train to be closer to him. She remembered the soldiers on the “troop train” being so happy to help her take care of the baby even sharing their milk rations for her. Then Bill was sent to Fort Adair near Portland, Oregon and she went back to Medford, Wisconsin to live in their house on Park Ave. that they had purchased and fixed up before he had left. He came home for a short visit before he shipped out to Africa. She wrote letters to him every day and waited for their baby to be born. Sometimes there was a long time between receiving his letters but then they would come in a bunch. Her letter announcing his son was born on September 22, 1944 came back unopened. Bill was killed in Italy on October 9, 1944 and is buried in the Florence American National Cemetery. Mildred named their son Wilmer in his honor.

Mildred lived in Medford raising her two children and working as housekeeper for many different families over the years. Eventually both children went off to school and started their own families. One day she decided to drive herself west on an adventure. She ended up staying 2 years in Idaho near her daughter and family who had settled in Idaho. When they moved to California she returned to Medford and married Archie Nelson on June 25, 1972. They lived with his daughter Dawn in a house on Gibson Street in Medford. After Dawn married William Gumz, Archie and Mildred moved to an apartment on Broadway Avenue. Archie died on January 5, 1994 and once again Mildred was a widow. She kept herself busy driving her friends to church, visiting the many dogs she befriended because she couldn’t have her own pets, growing flowers in pots outside her apartment, picking wild berries, and canning. She also fed the ducks on the millpond and grew especially attached to “Goosey”, a white goose that somehow survived the winter. She traveled to Milwaukee to visit her son and family and out west see her daughter and family, but never made the trip to Italy to see her first husband’s grave like she always intended.

Mildred finally decided to move to the Cedar Lane Apartments and enjoyed all the social activities like bingo, keeping up on the Star News, attending church services, visiting with her friends, reading her dog books, and sitting outside when the weather was nice. She is survived by her children, nine grandchildren, and twelve great-grandchildren. She had 95 candles on her last birthday cake and a twinkle in her eyes when she blew them out.

Monday, August 22, 2016


Douglas A. Thums, 72, of Westboro, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family on Sunday August 21, 2016.
Doug was born March 7, 1944 to Leonard and Lorraine (Griffin) Thums, in Rib Lake, WI. He is a graduate of Rib Lake High School. Doug had been previously married three times.
He is survived by his significant other of twenty three years: Diane Dittrich of Westboro, Children: Lanny (Deanna) Thums of Westboro, Scott (Shelly) Thums of Rib Lake, Cameron (Page) Thums of Rib Lake. Stephchildren: Kelly, Lindsey, Kristen, Danny, Ricky, Seven grandchildren, and his best companion, Bear. He is further survived by two Brothers: Richard Thums, Robert (Sandra) Thums both of Rib Lake, Sisters: Arlene Fallos of Rib Lake, Alice Corbisier of Cudahy, Phyllis (Michael) Kolecheck of Rib Lake.
Doug is preceded in death by his Parents, and Brothers in Law: Claude Fallos and Francis Corbisier.
Doug worked with the 139 Operating Union at Merrill Sand and Gravel. Doug was proud of his community and enjoyed constructing and restoring buildings. In 1974 he built Little Rib and Pebble Valley Mobile Home Parks. He also owned Rustic Trail and The Other Corner Restaurants in Westboro. He also was a logger throughout his entire life, and enjoyed working in the woods. Doug will always be remembered as being a hard worker.

He was a member of 139 Operating Union and Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday August 25, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake, With Father Otto Bucher. Interment will follow St. Ann’s Cemetery, Town of Greenwood, Wisconsin. Scott Thums, Jr., Brock Thums, Dakota Thums, Mark Fallos, Jeremy Dassow, Andy Thums will serve as pallbearers. Visitation will be held 4:00 – 7:00 PM, Wednesday August 24, at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake, a prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM, and visitation will resume Thursday morning at Good Shepherd at 9:00 – 10:45 AM.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements.
Memorial donations in honor of Douglas A. Thums can be given to his family, for designation at a later date. Online condolences can be left at

Sunday, August 21, 2016



ADDRESS: 316 South 3rd Street, Medford, WI

PLACE, DATE OF DEATH: Her residence, Sunday August 21, 2016.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Wednesday August 24, 2016 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville.

OFFICIATING: Rev. James Babler

INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery II
VISITATION: 10:00 – 11:00 AM, Wednesday August 24, 2016 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville.

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 23, 1930 in Janesville, Wisconsin.

EDUCATION: High School Graduate from Medford Sr. High

MARRIAGE: Married Rodney Christianson on September 16, 1948. Rodney preceded her in death October 2, 2006.

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Beverly worked for the Medford CO-OP when it was at its location downtown. She then went on to work as a secretary and book keeper for Memorial Hospital in Medford. Upon her retirement, she helped with secretarial work for her Husband’s Rodney carpentry business, and also H & R Block. She enjoyed sewing, ceramics, making scrubbies and working in her yard. Beverly loved bowling, and was a part of many leagues in town.

MEMBER OF: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Jeanette (J.D.) Harries of Medford, , Paul of Wausau, Mark (Gloria) and Dennis (Patti) both of Medford, and her beloved Rat Terrier dog, Bug.

DAUGHTER DECEASED: Daughter Gail Lindahl


SURVIVING BROTHER: Brother; Jim Anderson of Waupaca, WI.

DECEASED FATHER: Clarence Anderson DECEASED MOTHER: Pearl Taylor

The family of Beverly would like to send a sincere thank you to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care for the care and compassion they showed to their Mother and Grandmother.

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donations in honor of Beverly can be given to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care or Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church.
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Friday, August 19, 2016


Angeline M. Gerstberger, 96, of Rib Lake entered eternal life on Thursday, August 18, at Golden Living Center, Rib Lake where she had resided for the past 3 years.
Angie was born on June 21, 1920 in the Town of Rib Lake to Peter & Mary (Labandz) Rezutek. She attended Mud Lake Elementary School, Town of Rib Lake. While growing up, she worked on the family farm. She married Otto Gerstberger on September 4, 1943 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Rib Lake & he preceded her in death March 3, 1990. They lived in the Town of Rib Lake and for several years & worked at the Rib Lake Cheese Factory. After the factory closed, she was employed at Gem Products Shoe Factory for 25 years until her retirement in 1986.
Angie liked being outdoors, going for car rides and trips with her sister, Helen. She enjoyed listening to polkas and waltz music. Most of all, she enjoyed being around family members especially the young children. She was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake, and a past member of its Christian Mothers and church choir.
She is survived by two daughters, Gladys “Peggy” (Peter) Katzfey and Jean Gerstberger both of Milwaukee. Grandsons, Ryan Katzfey & fiancĂ© Pauline Cole of Hoboken, NJ and Aaron (Leeann) Katzfey of Madison, WI. One sister, Helen Osimitz of Merrill, many nieces, nephews and other family members survive.
Angie was preceded in death by her siblings: Gladys Gelinskey, Stephan, Julius, Benedict, Walter, Henry, Bruno, Anton & Adam Rezutek.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, August 22 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake with Father Otto Bucher officiating. Interment will follow at Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the time of services on Monday.
A special thank you to all Golden Living staff who extended their care, concern and friendship during her stay at the home.
Memorial contributions in Angie’s honor may be given to Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Rib Lake. For online condolences, please visit