Friday, April 24, 2015

JOAN G. McCLUSKEY


Joan G. (Roiger) McCluskey

age 83

of Rib Lake, formerly of Rochelle, IL, passed away on April 23, 2015 at Aspirus Care & Rehab in Medford surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice.
Joan was born on January 28, 1932 in Chicago, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents Mike and Genevieve Roiger. Joan was united in marriage to Daniel McCluskey on June 25, 1953 at St. Ann’s Church in the Township of Greenwood. She is survived by her husband and their loving children: Daniel (Pam) McCluskey, Jr. of Sturgeon Bay, Dennis McCluskey of South Bend, IN, Jeffrey (Cindy) McCluskey of Rochelle, IL, Susan (Edward) Worley of Chana, IL and JoAnn (Danny) Martinez of Schaumburg, IL; along with 14 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild.
Joan graduated from Rib Lake High school in 1950. After graduation she moved to Chicago where she was employed as a loan officer at Tallman Federal Bank. Joan and Dan lived in Chicago until moving to Oak Lawn, IL in 1959. After the family moved to Rochelle, IL in 1971, she worked as a secretary for the Ogle County State’s Attorney and later became a real estate agent for Nink Realty until retiring to Rib Lake in 2001. Joan enjoyed crocheting, gardening, golfing, canning, playing Bridge, fishing, cooking and traveling with her family. Her greatest accomplishment was raising her five children. Joan will be deeply missed by her family and many fond memories will continue to be shared by her husband, children and grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, Whittlesey, WI on May 2, 2015 from 8:00 A.M. until time of services. Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 A.M. with Father Gerard Willger and Deacon Joseph Stefancin officiating. Burial will take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Cemetery in Whittlesey, WI
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake assisted the family with the funeral arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to her family to be designated at a later date to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Joan’s name.
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The family would like to thank the compassionate staff of unit #3 at Aspirus Medford Hospital for their loving care during her illness.
For those traveling from out of town, Joan’s family would like to recommend lodging at Camp 28 in Rib Lake 720 State Highway 102, Rib Lake, WI 54470
or Borders Inn & Suites in Medford 435 S 8th St., Medford, WI 54451
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Address: 424 Cedar St, Medford, WI 54451 Phone: (715) 748-3336

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

RICHARD T. "DICK" MALSTROM


Richard T. "Dick" Malstrom, 75, Medford, died at Aspirus Medford Hospital on April 21, 2015 at 2:10 a.m. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford, with Father Joseph and Father Dennis Meulemans officiating.
A private burial will take place at the Molitor Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Jacob Knippel, Neill Nettesheim, William Wells, Lukas Nettesheim, James Nettesheim, Don Tomczak and Joe Tomczak.
Visitation will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., and also on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11 a.m.
Richard Malstrom was born on June 26, 1939 in Chicago, Ill. to the late Richard A. and Bernice A. (Szydlowski) Malstrom. He attended Carl Schurz High School in Chicago, where he was a member of the swimming and soccer teams, and graduated in 1957. While there, he played violin and was the concert master of a 100 piece orchestra. He earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees of Science in Education from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
He met Lynn Marie Farrell while he was a lifeguard at Lake Michigan's North Avenue Beach, and later married her on January 30, 1960 in McHenry, Ill. He began his teaching career in 1965 at Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse. He then went on to teach at Medford Area School District starting in 1968, where he taught Physical Education and Drivers Education. He was the head of the Physical Education Department at the high school, where his goal was to teach "Lifetime Sports" such as archery, curling, cross country skiing, and bowling. During his tenure, he also coached many sports including Freshman and Varsity Basketball, Freshman Football, he was the founding coach of the Cross Country team, and took great pleasure in coaching Track and Golf for many years. His efforts were recognized when he was inducted into the Medford High School Wall of Fame following his retirement in 1999.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and sang in the Monks and Folk Choirs. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, traveling and spending time at "The Shack." The family camping trips to Ely, Minnesota, which have taken place annually for 52 years, were a highlight of every summer. In his retirement, he looked forward to taking his grandchildren on the "Grammy and Papa" trips to different destinations throughout the United States.
Throughout their life, Dick and Lynn took in 25 foster children. Each child they took in, no matter the time spent with them, became a part of their family.
Survivors include his wife, Lynn Marie (Farrell) Malstrom; children, Jenn (Gerald) Knippel of Medford, Leza (Kevin) Wells of Medford, Cary Natoli (fiancé Mike Stege) of Rosemount, MN, Juli (Darryl) Volk of Jordan, MN, Kristi (John) Murphy of Gunnison, CO, Don Tomczak of Medford and Joe Tomczak of Medford; grandchildren, Jaisie (Mike) Kleist, Kathrhyn (Ryan) Krueger, Jacob Knippel, Neill (Natalie) Nettesheim, William (Olivia Main) Wells, Lukas Nettesheim, James Nettesheim, Abygail Natoli, Erin Natoli, Emma Natoli, Alyssa Volk, Maggie Murphy, Jack Murphy and Shannon Murphy; and great-grandchildren, Sophia and Westin Kleist, Sadie Krueger, Remington Nettesheim and Morgan Wells.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Madelyn Ritzmann, in 1995.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Dick may be made to All Sports Booster Club C/O New Sports Complex or to Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

SHEILA R. HANSON

NAME OF DECEASED: SHEILA R. HANSON AGE: 80

ADDRESS: 366 Leila Street, Medford; City of Medford Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 7:12 P.M. Monday, April 20 at the Aspirus Medford Hospital., Medford where she was taken earlier by ambulance

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Friday, April 24 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Rev. Brian Mundt

INTERMENT: 2:00 P.M. Friday, April 24 in Hillside Cemetery, Ogema

VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, April 24 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 17, 1934 in Ogema

EDUCATION: Ogema Elementary School and a graduate of Westboro High School

MARRIAGE: April 11, 1953 at First Lutheran Church, Ogema to Lester J. Hanson and he survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Prior to her marriage she clerked in the Ogema grocery store and worked at a cheese factory. After her marriage she worked as a housewife and mother. They moved to Medford in 1967. Sheila enjoyed her grandchildren, knitting, quilting, fishing, baking, visiting with family and friends, watching the Packers, Badgers and Brewers. She also enjoyed going to the Lake of the Pines.

MEMBER OF: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Lester ‘Les” Hanson of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Son: Steve (Marianne) of Medford
Daughter: Susan (Tom) Fritsche of Antigo

GRANDCHILDREN: Christopher Hanson, Caren (Jason) Van DeWalle, Luke (Alyssa Matzek)Fritsche, Josh (Ashley) Fritsche, Sandy Poehnelt

GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Ella and Alex Van DeWalle

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Chet (Marcy) Hause of Phillips
Sister-In-Law: Aggie Hause of Ogema
Brother-In-Law: George (Pat) Hanson of Westboro

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Rodney Hause and Virginia Hause in infancy

DECEASED FATHER: Chester W. Hause

DECEASED MOTHER: Matilda “Tillie” Hause (Maiden Name: Fry)

OTHER INFORMATION: Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

ELAINE E. ZENNER

NAME OF DECEASED:
ELAINE E. ZENNER

AGE: 89

ADDRESS: N2678 County Road E, Medford; A Township of Medford resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 5:30 PM Tuesday, April 14 at Aspirus Medford Hospital where she had been a patient for the past 2 days, surrounded by her loving family.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Saturday, April 18 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Joseph Pasala & Father Dennis Meulemans

INTERMENT: Interment of her cremated remains will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery in the Town of Little Black

VISITATION: 4-7 PM Friday, April 17 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford where there will be a 6:45 PM Catholic prayer service held; also at church from 10 AM until 10:45 AM on Saturday, April 18

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 11, 1926 in the Township of Little Black

EDUCATION: Spruce Grove Grade School, in the Town of Little Black & was a graduate of Medford High School

MARRIAGE: September 27, 1947 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville to Clifford “Cliff” W. Zenner and he survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Prior to her marriage, she clerked at the Medford Co-op for a period of time. After marriage she worked as a homemaker & mother while farming in the Town of Hammel until her retirement in 1985. She enjoyed gardening, flowers, socializing, her chickens, going to the Tuesday soup luncheons, Saturday morning hair appointments, listening to polka music (Molly B), bird watching and church dinners.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford; Catholic order of Foresters; past member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Clifford “Cliff” W. Zenner of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Sandy (Gordon) Bach of Medford, Mary (Dave) Mertes of Eau Claire, Kurt (Lori) Zenner of Medford, Lee (Joyce) Zenner of Hastings, MN

CHILDREN DECEASED: Grandson – Joseph Hoffman in infancy

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 9 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 8

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Duane “Bud” Gebert of Murfreesboro, TN, Ardis (Bob) Spanbauer of Antigo, Clarice Ludwig of Pahrump, NV & Merlin Gebert of Medford

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: 2 siblings in infancy

DECEASED FATHER: George Gebert, Jr. DECEASED MOTHER: Elsie Ann Beilfuss

PALLBEARERS: Amanda, Derek, Stacy, Clayton and Caelee, Zenner, Michelle Ellenbecker, Jennifer Eck, Marc Bach and Chad Mertes

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
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Friday, April 10, 2015

CLAIRE CHARLES KALMON

NAME OF DECEASED: CLAIRE CHARLES KALMON AGE: 84

ADDRESS: 135 South Gibson St., Medford, WI 54451

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:58 AM, Friday April 10, 2015 at Aspirus Care and Rehab, Medford, where he had been a resident since 2007.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Tuesday April 14, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford.

OFFICIATING: Father Joseph and Deacon Joe Stefancin

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford, WI.

VISITATION: 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Monday April 13, 2015, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, in the Fireplace Lounge. Rosary will be said at 7:00 PM, and also at Holy Rosary Catholic Church Tuesday April 14, 2015 from 9:30 AM until the time of service at 11:00.

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: January 16, 1931 in Medford, WI.

EDUCATION: Completed the 10th grade at Medford Senior High.

MARRIAGE: Married to Carol Ann (Van Der Molen) Kalmon, on June 28, 1958 in Chicago. Carol preceded him in death June 11, 2003.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Claire served in the US Army, and was a Korean War Veteran. He then went on to work construction for a short period of time before returning to Medford. He then worked at Hurd Window Company as a Factory Laborer, and retired after 39 years on January 1, 2001. Claire enjoyed being outside, and had many hobbies. He had a hobby farm with a couple cows and pigs. He loved to go ice fishing in the winter, especially at Miller Dam. He enjoyed playing different games whether it was throwing Horseshoes, or playing card games such as Sheepshead. He always liked to go outside and cut firewood, garden, and watch birds. He also enjoyed watching Wheel of Fortune.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Robert (Donna) Kalmon of Medford, Kenneth (Dot) Kalmon of Hatley, WI, James Kalmon of Medford, Donald (Donna) Kalmon of Medford, and Cindy (Pat) Harmeyer of Saukville, WI,


GRANDCHILDREN: Crystal, Mindy, Mandi GR-GRANDCHILDREN: Destiny, Andrew, Rhiannan

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Geraldine (Melvin) Zenner of Medford, Joyce (Jerry) Egle of Sussex, Ann Fischer of New Berlin, Ronald Kalmon of Pewaukee, Nancy (Stash) Zagorski of Sussex, and Ruth Heindl of Saukville.

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: Wife, Parents, Granddaughter Jenny Kalmon, Great Grandchildren Chase Ried, Isabelle Kalmon-Mabie, 1 Infant Sister Mary Kalmon, and Brothers-in-Law Don Fischer, and Dave Heindl.

DECEASED FATHER: Andrew Joseph Kalmon DECEASED MOTHER: Alma Ann Peissig

PALLBEARERS: Robert Kalmon, James Kalmon, Donald Kalmon, Kenneth Kalmon, David Kalmon

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Claire may be made to Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Monday, April 6, 2015

KARL W. BUCHHOLZ

NAME OF DECEASED: KARL W. BUCHHOLZ AGE: 81

ADDRESS: N447 Wren Drive, Curtiss, WI 54422; A Township of Holway resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 2:02 AM Monday, April 6 at Golden Living Continental Manor, Abbotsford where he had been living for the past 5 months

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Saturday, April 11 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Town of Holway

OFFICIATING: Pastor Kris Bjerke-Ulliman

INTERMENT: Our Saviour's Lutheran Cemetery – Town of Holway

VISITATION: 4-7 PM Friday, April 10 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford and also at church from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, April 11

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 8, 1933 at the Town of Holway

EDUCATION: Forest Grove Elementary School, Town of Holway & was a 1950 graduate of Owen High School

MARRIAGE: August 21, 1954 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Town of Holway, to Thelma Neitzel and she preceded him in death November 30, 2004

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: He was a lifelong resident of the Town of Holway. He drove milk truck and worked at Mildebrandt Cheese Factory in his younger years. He also worked at Frederick Post Lumber Co. in Owen for 12 years, Foremost/Maple Island, Medford for 28 years, and farmed in the Town of Holway for his entire adult life until the spring of 2013. He enjoyed gardening, deer hunting, the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, visiting with his grandchildren & eating out on occasions.

MEMBER OF: Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Holway; Former player on the Holway Baseball Team; Past member of the Pine Creek Riders Snowmobile Club;

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – Deborah (Greg) Allar of Rib Mountain & Elaine (Brian) Hallgren of Medford
Sons – David (Jeri West) Buchholz of Eau Claire & Terry Buchholz of Curtiss

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 8- Sadie (Kyran) Hamill, Kelsie (Brandon) Drake, Karlee Allar, Stephanie Buchholz, Anthony Hallgren, Jacob Allar, Michelle Buchholz & Rachel Buchholz GR-GRANDSONS: 6 – Landon Strauch, Bentley Glenz, Simon & Sebastian Hamill, Korbin & Karter Drake

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: 2 Sisters – Alvina Maldonis of Indiana & Fern “Toby” Madden of Winchester, WI

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Warren & Robert Buchholz, Bertha “Evelyn” Daniels

DECEASED FATHER: Karl Wilhelm Buchholz DECEASED MOTHER: Leona Henrietta Nichols

PALLBEARERS: Brian & Anthony Hallgren, Kyran Hamill, Brandon Drake, Greg & Jacob Allar, Dewey Schmidt, Tom Daniels

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the Our Saviour's Lutheran Church - Cemetery Association
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BARTON C. “BLACK BART” VIRCKS


NAME OF DECEASED: BARTON C. “BLACK BART” VIRCKS

AGE: 71

ADDRESS: 100 S. 4th Ave. Abbotsford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Country Terrace of Wisconsin Assisted Living, Abbotsford, WI, Monday, April 6, 2015 at 8:20 AM, where he had been a resident for the past 3 years.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Monday April 13, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford.

OFFICIATING: Pastor Kris Bjerke-Ulliman

INTERMENT: A Private Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Stetsonville, WI.

VISITATION: Monday April 13, 2015, 9:30 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM, Hemer Funeral Home, Medford.

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 30, 1943 in Medford.

EDUCATION: High School graduate from Medford Area Senior High School.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Bart was a truck driver for Schjoneman in Colby, and also Graeble Van Lines for a period of time. He was an avid hunter, Minnesota Vikings Fan, enjoyed gardening and being outdoors.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Lisa (Richard) Pongratz of Granton, WI, Lincoln (Melissa) Vircks of Kaukauna, WI, Lenise Fawley of Marathon, WI, and Jennifer (Bobby) Miller of Medford, WI.

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 11

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Karleen (Michael) Langer of Barrington, IL, Kristin Brunner of Abbotsford, WI, Brian (Mardel) Vircks of Phoenix, AZ, Kaye (Michael) Gerber of Sun Prairie, WI, Boyd (Diane) Vircks of Colfax, WI, Kari Draeger of Medford, WI and Berle (Sylvia) Vircks of Youngstown, OH.

BROTHER IN LAW DECEASED: Harvey Draeger, JR.

SURVIVING MOTHER: Harriet I. Vircks of Abbotsford, WI.

DECEASED FATHER: Arthur C. Vircks

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Barton’s family, to be designated at a later date.
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