Friday, December 2, 2016


Hazel A. Nelson, nee Story, 68, of Medford, died Thursday December 1, 2016 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Hazel was born August 18,1948 in Hannibal, WI to Leo and Lillian (Wry) Story. She is a graduate of Gilman High School. She married Thomas Nelson on July 21, 2000 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in the Town of Holway. He survives.
Also surviving are her children: Dennis Newburry of Eau Claire, Steven Newburry of Baraboo, Stepchildren; Tammy (Mark) Jensen of Medford, Julie (Tim)Gotham of Blaine, MN, Cory (Robin) Nelson of Rosholt, and Susan Nelson of Eau Claire, 13 Grandchildren, 5 Great Grandchildren. Siblings: Ellen Hoeck of Slinger, Carol Story of Lynnwood, WA, Addie Mae (Dean) Thorkelson of Lynnwood, WA, Marie Story of Post Falls, ID, Gladys (John) Wiacek of Sheldon, Debbie (Bruce) Kujawa of Eau Claire, Jeanie Story of Altoon, Peggie (Chuck) Warner of Chippewa Falls, Dorvin (Marilyn) Story of Sheldon, Pete Story of Antigo, and further survived by many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her Parents, Daughter Tina Newburry, and Brothers Darrell and Duane Story.
Hazel loved to play Scrabble and Pogo games online. And visiting garage sales, where could always find a good deal. She loved to cook, and visit with friends at A & E Tavern. Most of all she cherished her time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in the Town of Holway.
A memorial service for Hazel will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday December 10, 2016 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church,
W7809 Apple Ave, Medford, WI. Rev. Lowell Bolstad will officiate. Visitation will be held at Ours Saviors Lutheran Church on Saturday December 10, 2016 church from 9 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM. Burial will take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Hazel can be given to her family, for designation at a later date.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

Thursday, December 1, 2016



AGE: 84

ADDRESS: Prentice, WI; A Township of Ogema resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at Azura Memory Care, Wausau surrounded by her loving family

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Saturday, December 3, 2016 at First Lutheran Church, Ogema

OFFICIATING: Rev. Dr. Bob Giese

INTERMENT: Hillside Cemetery, Ogema

VISITATION: First Lutheran Church, Ogema from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, December 3, 2016

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 2, 1932 at Prentice, WI on the family homestead

EDUCATION: Attended Ringschool and was a graduate of Prentice High School

MARRIAGE: 1st – to James B. Cummings with whom she had 5 children; 2nd – in 1989 to Vaughn F. Waldhart & he preceded her in death in 2013

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After graduating high school, Helen moved to Milwaukee and worked for Cornell Paper Company. In 1964, James and Helen moved to Ogema and purchased a dairy farm. Helen also worked for The Moulding Company in Ogema for a period of time. She loved to garden, can, making maple syrup, going to the casino, dining out, going on trips with her family and caring for her grandchildren. Helen always had coffee, cookies, a full candy dish and was always ready to visit with anyone who stopped by.

MEMBER OF: First Lutheran Church, Ogema; Homemakers Club

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Cathy, Craig (Joyce), Randal (Jeanne) & Todd (Joni) Cummings all of Ogema and Jeffrey Cummings of Phillips
Step-Children: Holly (Phillip) Wachuta and Lee (Vicki) Waldhart both of Stetsonville, Lynda Caskey of River Falls, Laurie (Thomas) Retzloff of Hartford and Sara (Robert) Fochs of Mosinee



SURVIVING BROTHER: Kenneth (Karen) Pearson of Ogema

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Florence (Ralph) Stiener & Mrytle (Raymond) Levenson

DECEASED FATHER: Benjamin K. Pearson

DECEASED MOTHER: Ella F. Flifisher

PALLBEARERS: Justin Heizler, Landon, Colten, Eric, Kyle & Ryan Cummings

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Helen’s name to the First Lutheran Church in Ogema.
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Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Thomas O. Kauer passed away on Monday, November 28.
Thomas was born in La Crosse on May 4, 2016 to Matthew and Casey (Robers) Kauer. He spent his life bringing joy to others with his contagious smile.
Thomas is survived by his parents, Matthew and Casey Kauer of Sparta; brother Dalton of Sparta; grandparents Ronald and Mary Kauer of Rib Lake; grandparents Michael and Brenda Robers of Tripoli; and numerous other uncles, aunts, and cousins.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday December 3 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake with Reverend Otto Bucher O.F.M. Cap officiating. Visitation will be held Saturday at the church from 9 AM until the time of service at 10:30 AM. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake.
Memorial Donations in honor of Thomas can be made to his family. Online condolences can be left at

Saturday, November 26, 2016


Karri J Matson, 53, of Town of Deer Creek, Stetsonville passed away on Friday November 25, 2016 at Aspirus Hospital in Medford. Services will be held at a later date.

Friday, November 18, 2016



ADDRESS: W8680 Perkinstown Ave., Medford; A Township of Hammel resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:15 AM Thursday, November 17 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau where she had been a patient for the past 1 week

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: A Celebration of Life gathering will be held from 2 – 7 PM on Saturday, December 3 at the residence of her daughter, Jane Albrecht at W8614 Perkinstown Avenue, Medford, Town of Hammel

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 23, 1943 at Olivia, MN

EDUCATION: Olivia MN elementary & high schools

MARRIAGE: February 16, 1962 at Olivia, MN to Joseph “Joe” M. Strama and he survives

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After her marriage, she worked most of her life as a housewife & mother. She waitressed at Strama’s Restaurant, worked at Woodland Marketing & Great Northern Cabinetry for periods of time. She enjoyed fishing, painting art works, gardening, her animals, and spending time with her family.

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Joseph “Joe” M. Strama of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Jody (Lee) Scheithauer of Medford, Jane (Larry) Albrecht of Medford, Julie (Andy) Falencik of Appleton, Jennifer (Calvin) Becker of Stetsonville, & Josh (Kristi) Strama of Medford

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 6 – Jordan & Hailey Strama, Joe Lekie, Josie Falencik, Jared Zastrow, Gabriella Becker

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Kay “Tootsie” (Don) Leindecker of Olivia, MN & Gordon “Gordy” (Judy) Ellis of Minneapolis, MN



OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
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Wednesday, November 2, 2016



ADDRESS: Cedar Lane Apts. #178, Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Tuesday, November 1 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford where she had resided for the past 5 years

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Saturday, November 5 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Pastor Brian Mundt

INTERMENT: Interment of her cremated remains will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery at a later date

VISITATION: 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, November 5 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 3, 1917 at Medford

EDUCATION: Medford elementary schools, 1934 graduate of Medford High School, 1935 graduate of Taylor County Normal School, Medford

MARRIAGE: 1st: October 6, 1936 at Belvidere, IL to Arthur Schneider & he preceded her in death January 18, 1942;
2nd: August 21, 1943 at Hartland, WI to Herman Lemke and he preceded her in death December 12, 1977

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After her education, she taught at the Mathey School in the Town of Medford for a short period of time. She clerked at the Medford Co-op for a period of time. Worked as a housewife/mother for most of her life. They owned & operated a mink ranch in the Town of Medford for a period of time. She enjoyed quilting, traveling to Nicaragua where she taught sewing & has a learning center named after her, making Amish dolls, bowling and painting. She was a leader of the Thrifty Go-Getters 4-H Club.

MEMBER OF: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford; Taylor Co. Historical Society where she also worked as a volunteer;
Past G.U.G. Germania member; Charter member of the Memorial Hospital Auxilary, Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Sons – David (Shirley) Lemke of Medford & Russell (Marlene) Lemke of Mosinee; Son-in-law: Robert Bowen of Stevens Point; Step Daughter-in-law: Florence Lemke of Medford; Foster Child: Rita Warner of Mosinee

CHILDREN DECEASED: Daughter – Sherin Bowen in 2009; Step Children - Frank Lemke & Betty (Joe) Prohaska; Step Granddaughter – Patricia Lemke; Step Grandson - David Prohaska


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Myles, Lee & Claude Peterson, Hazel Bloom, Joyce Buss, Meryl Nielsen, Carol Pennington

DECEASED FATHER: Peter Thunn Peterson DECEASED MOTHER: Emma Bertha Claviter

PALLBEARERS: Bob Bowen, Jr. Bryan Bowen, David Lemke Jr., Dennis Lemke, Lorne Lemke, Lisa Lemke-Legler, John Lemke, Tom Lemke

OTHER INFORMATION: Memorial contributions may be given to either: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford, Taylor County Historical Society, or the Wisconsin/Nicaragua Partners of the Americas – 1209 Fremont St., Stevens Point, WI 54481
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Monday, October 24, 2016


Patrick J. Shereda, aged 96, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 23, 2016, in Medford.  Pat was born in Medford on March 17, 1920, the only son of John and Mayme (née Fredricks) Shereda and graduated from Medford High School in 1936.  Pat volunteered for military service in World War II, during which time he became a pilot, flying a B-24 “Liberator” out of Southern Italy until he was shot down on his 13th mission in 1944, and escaped with the help of the Italian Resistance during a harrowing two week trek across the mountains of Northern Italy into Switzerland.  He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.  Pat returned home to Medford in 1945 to care for his parents and there met his wife to be, the beautiful Betty Marti.  Betty and Pat were married in 1948 and celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on October 16.  He joined the Medford Post Office in the late 1940’s, where he became Postmaster in 1962, having been appointed by President John F. Kennedy.  He retired from the Post Office in 1976.  Pat was a lifetime resident of Medford and an active member of the community and Holy Rosary Parish.  Following his retirement he, among other things, served on the Medford City Council and worked for many years in hospice.  He loved golfing – was instrumental in the development of the Black River Golf Course – bowling, playing poker, and going out with the guys to cook a meal in the woods.  Pat is survived by his wife Betty, of Medford, six children and five grandchildren.  Services for Pat will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, October 28, 2016, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford, with visitation beginning at 9:30 AM.  Burial will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.  A reception in honor of Patrick will be held at the Black River Country Club, immediately following burial to celebrate his life and times, sense of justice and decency and his kind and generous spirit.  He will be greatly missed.