Friday, June 24, 2016


Louisa "Lou" M. Howsden, age 78, a long-time resident of Medford, Wis., died peacefully on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, with her family present at Jefferson Memory Care in Jefferson, Wis.

Louisa was preceded in death by infant twin sons, her brothers, Archie and Harvey and sisters, Annabelle, Alma and Gertrude. Louisa is survived by her children, Darrel Howsden, Bill Howsden, Sindie Ferguson and Terrie Matthews; brother Earl Hoeck; and sisters Lorraine Hinson, Mary Rudolf, Grace Brehm, Pauline Brehm and Joan Brehm. Louisa has 13 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

Louisa was born September 26, 1937, to Charles and Verna (Ehlert) Hoeck in Hewett Township, Clark County, Wis. Louisa grew up in the Medford area yet maintained strong ties and spent most summers with her extended family in the Thorp area. Louisa was a 1956 graduate of Medford Senior High School.

During her life, Louisa was a mother, a farmer, an art student, a factory worker, an operator of a painting and whitewashing business, a bus driver – and all of the other trades involved in keeping a farm running.

Louisa enjoyed the outdoors, nature and wildlife. Never one to be caught indoors if there was work to be done outside, she was well suited to the farming life. Louisa was still raising animals and splitting firewood in her mid 70s.

Louisa was an independent, fiercely proud and sometimes stubborn woman with deeply held convictions. Those who knew her would say the same thing.

The visitation / memorial service will be held Saturday, July 9th, 2016, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at HEMER FUNERAL HOME in Medford, Wis. In keeping with her wishes, there will be a private time for the family to spread her ashes.



Lester E. Carlson, 91, currently of Marshfield, formerly of Medford, passed away Friday June 24, 2016 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. Lester was born February 9, 1925 in the Township of Holway, Wisconsin to David and Ruth (Larson) Carlson.  He married Laura H. Lang on August 5, 1949 in Iowa City, IA. Laura preceded Lester in death December 19, 2009.
     Lester is also survived by his daughters; Amy Ike of Marshfield, Audrey (John) Aviles of Stanley, NC, Betty Nickerson of Salem, OR, Bonnie (Jay) Still of Independence, MO, Carol (Ken) Schulz of Marshfield, Coralee (Jeffry) Schultz of Unity, Danette (Don) Irvin of Arlington, TX, and Deanne (Cleve) Madlock of Bolingbrook, IL, 21 Grandchildren, 28 Great Grandchildren, 3 Great Great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his sibglings; Mabel Notagiacomo, Florence Tytor, Jerry Carlson, Marlin Carlson, Roy Carlson, Ethel Miller, Gladys Pawelko and Infant Sister Lois Carlson, and further survived by his Granddaughter Tracy Collins and Son In Law Jim Nickerson.
      Lester joined the US Army in March of 1943, and served a 3 year enlistment. He was stationed in Italy, and was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division, and was a Ski Instructor, and also a gun serviceman. In 1947, upon his return from the war he joined the Carpenters Union in Illinois and Wisconsin and was a member for over 65 years. In 1955, they built a house for the family in Arlington Heights, and Elgin. In 1972, the family returned to Central Wisconsin. Through the carpenters union he worked for many different contractors as a residential carpenter. He also owned a dairy farm in Unity. Lester enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was an avid Cubs, Brewers, and Packers fan. He was very proud of his family, especially his eight daughters.
     He was a Lifelong Member of the Medford VFW Post 5729, a Colby VFW Post 2227, where he served as Post Commander for both, Chequamegon Bird Club, Taylor County Historical Society, The United Church of Christ, Medford.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday June 28, 2016 at The United Church of Christ in Medford. Pastor Mary Jo Laabs will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 AM until the time of service at 11 AM. Burial and military honors will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II.

The family would like to thank Stoney River Assisted Living in Marshfield and St. Joseph Palliative Care, especially Sara and Jessica, for their loving care and compassion they showed their Father.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Lester E. Carlson may be given to
The Highground Veterans Memorial Park, W7031 Ridge Road, Neillsville, WI, 54456 or
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016



Born to Edgar and Helen Ruge, January 24, 1915


On June 22, 2016, our Helyn passed away of natural causes. Survivors include seven children, 5 boys and 2 girls; sons David (Darlene Tomczyk) Heier, Gregory (Maureen Ackeret) Heier, Tracy (Kathy Wilcox) Heier, Neal “Bud” Heier, Stuart ”Bomber”(Laura Potaczak) Heier all of Medford; daughters Camille  (Willard) Anderson of Wausau, Edith (Robert)  Hoock of Abbotsford; Twenty-two grandchildren and twenty-three great grandchildren.

Helyn was preceded in death by her husband Alfred “Fritz” Heier in December 1976, her daughter-in-law Nora (Zerngible) Heier in April 2001, brother Ernie and two sisters Elaine and Dorothy.


Services for Helyn will take place at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford with Father Phil Juza and Deacon Joseph Stefancin officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00 A.M. until time of services Saturday, June 25, 2016 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Interment will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford. Pallbearers will be Willard & Eric Anderson, Robert Hoock, Shizue Teal, Wyatt & Rachael Heier.


Helyn was born in the Town of Little Black. She married Fritz Heier on August 20, 1939. Helyn and Fritz purchased a farm in the Town of Little Black on a Land Contract, starting from scratch having to purchase a dairy herd, machinery and remodel a farmhouse with no running water, electricity or insulation.


Helyn attended Holy Rosary Catholic School in Medford and graduated from Medford High School. Helyn then attended the Green Bay State Vocational School earning a degree in accounting and business.

Helyn’s career began as a receptionist/stenographer for the State Civil Service-Wefare Department later being appointed State Assistant Court Reporter and a court reporter for the various courts for Taylor County.

After thirty years, Helyn retired and became a free-lance court reporter for several Attorneys in Taylor County. She also did free-lance tax accounting. 

Helyn did all this while raising seven children; her motto being “Family First”. Helyn did find time for enjoyment. She liked the challenge of a good game of bridge, playing bridge in several clubs and the bridge marathon over the years. Knitting and sewing were a necessity as well as a craft and hobby. Roses were Helyn’ favorite flower and she always had rose bushes blooming in the yard all summer.  Two special places Helyn had traveled to were to the Vatican in Rome and  LasVegas to see the Liberachi show. She never missed the Liberachi or the Lawrence Welk weekly show on TV.

After Fritz died in 1976, Helyn embarked on her second thirty-year career as Administrative Assistant and Accountant at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford, retiring in 2008. Since then, she had been busy hosting family get-togethers, playing cards and hunting down bargains at garage and estate sales.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Helyn’s name to Holy Rosary Catholic School in Medford.

Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements. For online condolences, please visit 


AGE: 54


ADDRESS:  Rib Lake, WI


PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Aspirus Medford Hospital


TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 27, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake


OFFICIATING:  Father Otto Bucher


VISITATION:  3:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Sunday June 26, 2016 at Hannah’s Hen House Bar & Grill in Rib Lake

Also from 9:00 A.M. until time of services on Monday, June 27, 2016 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake


DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 12, 1961 in Sumner, Iowa


EDUCATION: Sylvia attended Sumner Area Grade School and was a 1980 graduate of Sumner Area High School in Sumner, Iowa


MARRIAGE: On October 8, 1983, Sylvia married David Anderson and they were later divorced; On August 18, 2007 she married Thomas L. Schuh and he survives.


PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After high school, Sylvia worked for several small cafes in Iowa. She then moved to Stratford, WI where she worked as a manager for Family Dollar in Colby. In 2001, Sylvia owned and operated Hannah’s Hen House in Edgar. Sylvia and Tom then farmed for a short period of time before opening Hannah’s Hen House in Rib Lake in August of 2014. She loved to collect chicken memorabilia and key chains, attend auctions and her children’s events and concerts. Sylvia was a die-hard Iowa Hawk Eye fan, she liked to bake, cook, watch the sunset and she loved spending time with her family and friends.


MEMBER OF:  Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Taylor County Tavern League and Fenwood Lions Club


SURVIVING SPOUSE: Thomas L. Schuh of Rib Lake


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Benjamin Anderson of Stratford, Hannah Schuh of Rib Lake
Step-Children: Danielle Schuh of Kansas City,  Missouri, Brittney (Pat) Schuh of Flint, Michigan,  Ashley (Dan) Schuh of Stevens Point, Chelsea (Chris) Schuh of Madison and Tommy Schuh of Rib Lake


# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Kobe & Eli         


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Mark (Lisa) Miller, Sue (Phil) Niedert, Karla (Dave) Blume, Kim (Dan) Ellis, James (Sara) Miller all of Sumner, Iowa and Dan (Liz) Miller of Purcellville Virginia.


3 Brothers & 4 Sisters-in-Law and their families that loved her.


Sylvia is further survived by many nieces and nephews from both sides of her family. 


DECEASED FATHER: Cletus Anton Miller


DECEASED MOTHER: Darlene Mae (Niemeyer) Miller




OTHER INFORMATION:  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to her family to be designated at a later date.

Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford & Rib Lake are assisting the family with arrangements.

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Monday, June 20, 2016



ADDRESS: 858 Lakeshore Drive, Rib Lake, WI

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 10:30 AM Monday, June 20 at his residence in the Village of Rib Lake under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Private family only graveside services will be held at 10 AM on Saturday, June 25 at Garden of Memory Cemetery, Township of Hill along with military rites performed by the Rib Lake American Legion

OFFICIATING: Pastor David Clements

INTERMENT: Garden of Hill Cemetery, Township of Hill

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 19, 1938 in the Township of Rib Lake

EDUCATION: Rib Lake area elementary schools and was a graduate of Rib Lake High School

MARRIAGE: July 10, 1964 at Elgin, IL to Karen Mae Nelson and she survives

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: US Army Veteran having served from 1958 to 1960. After the service he worked at Hurd Millwork in Medford for a period of time. He worked as a welder for Franklin Sales & Service in Prentice for a period of time until retirement. He enjoyed, NASCAR, woodworking & camping, hunting, fishing, gardening, racing & racing cars.

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Karen M. Ziembo of Rib Lake

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – Debbie (Mike) Quednow of Ogema & Julie (Don) Yankura of Cleveland, OH

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 2 – Jeffrey & Gina Quednow GR-GRANDDAUGHTER: Danika Quednow

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother – Larry Ziembo of Rib Lake

DECEASED FATHER: Phillip Ziembo DECEASED MOTHER: Emma Ruth (Gerstberger) Ziembo

OTHER INFORMATION: Any memorial contributions may be given to the family for a future designation

Saturday, June 18, 2016



ADDRESS: Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford; A former Township of Chelsea resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 4:55 AM Saturday, June 18 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford where he had resided for the past 3 years

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Thursday, June 23 at Community United Church of Christ, Medford

OFFICIATING: Pastor Mary Jo Laabs

INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery II where there will be graveside military rites performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, June 22 and also at church from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Thursday

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 7, 1938 in the Township of Chelsea on the family farm

EDUCATION: Ron attended Hillcrest ‘a one room’ Elementary School, Town of Chelsea and was a 1956 graduate of Medford High School

MARRIAGE: October 21, 1967 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey to Bonnie Kraemer and they were later divorced

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Ron proudly served in the US Army from 1961-1963, 101st Airborne Division. After the military he worked at Spreen & Meyer Saw Mill, Harvey Company, Weather Shield Mfg., and Brandner Timber Corp. for periods of time. Throughout most of his life, he worked as a self-employed logger. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, auctions, spending time visiting with family and many close friends, always leaving them with a smile.

MEMBER OF: Community United Church of Christ, Medford

SURVIVING BEST FRIEND: Linda Good of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Lisa Marsh (Tom Dobberthein) of Edgar, Robert Lindow of Wausau, Dan Lindow of the Town of Chelsea, Jason Lindow of Bovina Center, NY

CHILDREN DECEASED: Son – Scott A. Lindow in 1988

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 3 – Logan, Trevor & Jaron Marsh all of Edgar

SURVIVING COUSINS: Lois (Bob) Mueller of Medford, Laura (Rick) Cox of Osseo, Audrey (John) Johnson of Gleason, Donald Bischoff of Milwaukee

DECEASED FATHER: Carl W. Lindow DECEASED MOTHER: Esther E. (Knauth) Lindow

PALLBEARERS: Honorary – Ron Rehbein, Logan, Trevor & Jaron Marsh
Active - Robert, Dan & Jason Lindow, Randy Anderson, Bob Mueller, John Stolp

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
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NAME OF DECEASED: Mary Katherine Anderson       AGE:  60

ADDRESS:  N7976 Zuege Road Rib Lake, WI

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  June 18, 2016 Golden Living Center in Rib Lake

INTERMENT: Inurnment will take place at Lake View Cemetery at a later date      

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 14, 1955 in Wheeling, Illinois

EDUCATION: 1973 Graduate of Wheeling High       

MARRIAGE: Married to Everett “Andy” Anderson on September 12, 1986

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Mary worked as a homemaker for most of her life. She enjoyed collecting antiques, crocheting, and fishing trips to Canada. She was a Chicago Bears fan. She loved her dog, a pointer mix, Hester.

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Everett “Andy” Anderson of Rib Lake

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Jessica Anderson of Rib Lake

 SURVIVING SISTER: Joan (Randy) Shannon of Medford

SURVIVING NEPHEW: Christopher (Erin) Norbut of Medford
DECEASED FATHER: Thomas Anton Norbut       DECEASED MOTHER: Dolores Margaret (Andersen) Norbut

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