Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Estelle L. Bohte, 98, of the Town of Greenwood, passed away on Monday, July 16, 2018 under hospice care at Rennes Health Center in Weston, surrounded by her family.

Estelle was born on May 17, 1920, to the late Jacob and Christine Schaff in the town of Stetsonville. She graduated from Medford High School on 1937, followed by a teaching certificate in 1939 from Medford Normal School. She began her teaching career in one room country schools in the rural Medford area.

On July 31, 1943 she married Edward A. Bohte and moved to the Bohte Family Farm in the Town of Greenwood, where she resided the past 75 years.

In 1955 Estelle resumed her teaching career in the kindergarten classrooms of Rib Lake, Westboro, and Greenwood schools. She also continued working towards her college Bachelor’s Degree, which she received in 1963 from UW-Stevens Point.

Estelle was passionate about farming, keeping up on current events, liked to play cards, and enjoyed all her friends and neighbors.

Estelle is survived by her children, Anna (Kevin) Taylor of Henderson, NV, Beverly VanderKoy of Kronenwetter, Edward (Candy) Bohte of Merrill, and John (Beverly) Bohte of Wausau; 9 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, sister-in-law, Dorothy Wiegel, and many nieces and nephews in 3 generations.

In addition to her husband and parents, Estelle is preceded in death by one grandson, Scott VanderKoy; brothers, Aloysius “Red” and Nicholas Schaff; sisters, Jeannette Nelson, and twins Marie Wilson and Margaret Schaff.

A Funeral Mass for Estelle will take place at 11:00 AM on Friday, July 20, 2018 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake, with Father Otto Bucher officiating. Burial will follow at St. Ann’s Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at Hemer Funeral Home – Medford Chapel from 4:00 PM until the time of a prayer service at 7:00 PM. Visitation will continue at Good Shepherd Catholic Church on Friday, July 20, 2018 from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Estelle’s name may be given to the family for use a later designation.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

Monday, July 16, 2018



ADDRESS: Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford; A former Whittlesey area resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 7:28 AM Sunday, July 15 at Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford where she had resided for the past 2 ½ years most recently under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Thursday, July 19 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey

OFFICIATING: Rev. Randal Jeppesen

INTERMENT: Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Whittlesey

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM on Wednesday, July 18 and also at church from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Thursday, July 19

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 6, 1933 at Medford

EDUCATION: Whittlesey Grade School and was a 1951 graduate of Medford High School

MARRIAGE: October 13, 1951 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey to Marvin H. Loeffler and he preceded her in death July 12, 1980

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Together they farmed for many years, then went on to own and operate the Chapperal in Whittlesey for 3 years. She worked for Armbrust Meats in Medford for 30 years. After retirement, she went to work for Copps IGA and County Market. Her biggest enjoyment was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved to process venison for all her family and friends. She enjoyed hunting, fishing, cooking and baking. She was a hunter’s safety instructor for over 25 years.

MEMBER OF: Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey and the Chelsea Conservation Club

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – RaNaye Loeffler & Rochelle Mallien both of Medford, Roxanne (Jeff) Stibbe of Rib Lake

CHILDREN DECEASED: Son – Douglas in infancy

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 5 – Jason (Rocky) Mallien of Medford, Brandi (Brent) Fuchs of Merrill, Wyatt Mallien of Medford, Samantha (Brad) Hartwig of Medford, Travis Stibbe of Rib Lake GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 5 – Kyanna & Kierra Mallien, Elliana Mallien, Emerie & Liddie Hartwig all of Medford

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother - Claire “Butch” (Jan) Frischman of Medford
Sisters-in-law: Jean Frischman of Medford & Josephine Loeffler of Oshkosh

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Dennis, Carol & Linda Frischman; Brother-in-law: Vernon Loeffler

DECEASED FATHER: Erwin Frischman DECEASED MOTHER: Lorraine (Fischer) Frischman

PALLBEARERS: Jason & Wyatt Mallien, Travis Stibbe, Brent Fuchs, Brad Hartwig, Mitch Miller

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

Monday, July 9, 2018


Marilyn A. Schwartz, 79, of Medford, passed away Saturday July 7, 2018 at Aspirus Medford Hospital.

Marilyn was born April 25, 1939 in Medford to Theodore and Ruth (Johnson) Boeckler. She is a 1957 graduate of Medford Sr. High. She married Harlowe A. Schwartz on February 28, 1959 in McMinnville, TN. Harlowe survives.

She is preceded in death by her Parents, and infant brother Russell.

Marilyn worked for 30 years at Midway Telephone Company. She and Harlowe lived in Stetsonville until 2008, when they moved to Medford. When her children were young the family enjoyed camping in the Northwoods.  In 1985 they purchased a cabin in Lake Tomahawk where she enjoyed watching the “critters” and taking relaxing pontoon boat rides on Hasbrook Lake.   Marilyn loved having friends and family over for Christmas Eve.  She enjoyed her gardens and feeding and watching animals of all kinds.

She most enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and always looked forward to her monthly classmates and cousins breakfasts.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service will take place at 11:00 AM, Friday July 13, 2018 at First Baptist Church in Medford. Pastor Tim Becker will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 until the time of services. Burial will follow in Medford Evergreen Cemetery I.

Memorial donations in honor of Marilyn 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 www.hemerfuneralservice.com

Tuesday, July 3, 2018


Earl Robert Hartwig, 96, from the Town of Spirit, was called home to Heaven on June 30, 2018, at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford, where he had resided for the past 18 months. Services to celebrate his life will be at 11 AM on Friday, July 6 at Zion Lutheran Church in the Town of Spirit with Pastor James Langebartels officiating. Burial will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Town of Spirit. Visitation will be held from 4 – 7 PM on Thursday, July 5 at Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake and from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM at the church in Spirit on Friday, July 6. Pallbearers will be – Ron, Steve & Scott Komarek, Randy Weinke, Robert Olwell & Mark Blasel. A lunch will follow at the Church.
Earl was a lifelong resident of Spirit, WI. He was born to a WW I hero and Purple Heart recipient, Ferdinand Hartwig, and his wife, Gloria (Andreae) Hartwig on November 23, 1921. He attended Stone Lake School, Town of Spirit. On November 4, 1944, Earl married the love of his life, Vangel “Birdie” Komarek. They were virtually inseparable until her passing on March 29, 2018. They built their home, and had many adventures, on a farm in the Town of Spirit, and called it “The Silver Spur Ranch”. They raised cattle, farm animals and horses. They had one child, Karen Hartwig Campbell, and one grandchild, Jody Lee Campbell. Both were tragically lost many years ago. Earl adored them both.
Earl Hartwig was a hard working man. He worked at home breeding and masterfully training his award-winning show horses, as well as farming, restoring antiques and handcrafting items. He also worked full time for Owens Illinois from 1969 until his retirement in1986. He was a very talented man.
Earl was a member of the National Rockhound Society, Zion Lutheran Church of Spirit, Taylor County Rough Riders, Spirit Lake Snowmobile Club and the Arabian Horse Association. His zest for life included many passions. Hunting, boating fishing, traveling, snowmobiling, gardening, repairing clocks, his dogs, and water skiing were among his favorite activities.
Earl is survived by his brother-in-law, Harry Blasel, two sisters-in-law, Betty Komarek and LaVon Komarek, and many nieces/nephews. He was preceded in death by his much-loved wife, Vangel (Komarek) Hartwig, parents Ferdinand & Gloria Hartwig, beloved daughter, Karen Hartwig Campbell, grandson, Jody Lee Campbell, brothers/sisters-in-law, Arleen and Alfred Weinke, Orval and Ann Komarek, Laurel Komarek, Frank and Freda Komarek, George and Almire Olwell, Eugene Komarek and Mirella Blasel.
Earl Hartwig was a great man. His radiant smile is unforgettable and his strength balanced by his deeply humble character earned him respect and admiration. The loss of his presence on earth saddens the hearts of many, but the memories of him will forever be the fondest and most treasured. Earl is loved and is reunited in Heaven with those he missed so deeply.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford & Rib Lake serving the family. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Saturday, June 30, 2018


Edwin “Squeak” E. Motte, 62, of Medford, passed away on Saturday, June 30, 2018 at the Marshfield Medical Center. He was born on March 1, 1956 to Erick and Abbie (Downing) Motte in Medford. He attended Medford schools.

Squeak worked with his father as a logger for the Motte Pulp Company. He went on to work for Adams County Power Line.

In his spare time he enjoyed fishing and playing cards.

Squeak is survived by his sisters, Linda (Dennis Post) Bucki of Marshfield, Karen (Larry) Gyorkos of Stetsonville, and Ericka Bertsinger of Gilman and step-father, Wayne Paur of Medford. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, and many other family and friends.

Squeak is preceded in death by his parents and sister, Sandra Motte.

A memorial visitation will take place on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at Hemer Funeral Home – Medford Chapel from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


James A. Moen, 56, of Medford, passed away at his residence on Saturday June 23, 2018.

He is survived by his children: Chad (Autumn) Sapinski of Marathon, Lori Jo (Joe) Kraemer of Medford, Dustin Moen of Oneida, 6 Grandchildren, and further survived by siblings, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

Monday, June 25, 2018


Rose C. Engel, 91, passed away peacefully on Saturday June 23, 2018 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Rose was born June 24, 1926 in Gilman, WI to Joseph and Cecilia (Fitzpatrick) Noonan. She is a graduate of Gilman High School. On September 11, 1948 she married Russell L. Engel. Russell preceded her in death on February 23, 2015.
She is survived by her Children: Randy (Lori) Engel of Pueblo, CO, Rita (Rick) Kuehn of Champlin, MN, Ruth Engel of Colorado City, CO, Roxann (Mark) Dunst of Gleason, WI, Roger Engel of Greenwood, WI, Robin Engel Ashe of Medford, 10 Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren and 3 Great Great Grandchildren.
She is further preceded in death by her Parents, 2 brothers and 4 sisters.
Following high school Rose attended Normal School and then went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree from UW Stevens Point. She then taught grades 2-4 at Rib Lake Elementary School. She retired in 1981 and then traveled with her Husband Russell to all 50 states, and was very proud to have accomplished that. When she was 64 years old, she began substitute teaching until she was 81.
She loved  crafts, embroidering, gardening, reading, completing puzzles and playing different card games. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Rose loved her family and will be remembered for her strong, funny, fashionable and compassionate look on life.
Cremation rites have been accorded, and a memorial service will take place at 11:00 on Tuesday July 3, 2018 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford. Rev. Daniel Iwinski Burial will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Visitation will be held that morning at the church from 9:30 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.
Memorial donations in honor of Rose can be given to her family, with designation at a later date.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com