Friday, July 21, 2017


Shirle Rose Rothamer, 80, of Medford, town of Little Black resident died Friday, July 21, 2017 at Hospice House in Wausau, Wisconsin surrounded by all six of her children and other loving family members.

Shirle was born June 19, 1937 in Kennan, Wisconsin to Leo and Cleo Smrstick.  She was the oldest of 6 children, 4 brothers and 1 sister.   She lived in Kennan until 1947, when she moved to Vesper, and attended grade school, and middle school.   In 1950, at the age of 13, she moved to Westboro, where she finished high school and graduated in 1955.  She very much enjoyed school, especially history.

Shirle met her husband Eugene “Gene” Rothamer, at a dance in Dorchester.  They were married on October 8, 1955 at Assumption of our Lady Church in Chelsea.  They lived in an apt. on Clark Street, in Medford until 1957 when they moved to Reisch’s Farm, in Dorchester where they resided for two years.  In 1959, they moved to Holy Rosary Parish where Gene served as a custodian until 1963, when they bought their first home, a dairy farm in Little Black.  They farmed for 37 years until they sold their dairy herd on July 1, 2000. In addition to dairy farming, Shirle worked at the Ideal CafĂ© for many years.  
Shirle was a long time member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and belonged to a homemakers club for years.   She took pride in keeping a beautiful home for her family.  She was very creative and artistic. Her talents included sewing, cake decorating, Artex paints, wall murals and a beautiful plaster wall sculpture of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler from her favorite movie, “Gone with the Wind”.  She loved square dancing with Gene and rummage sales. She also had a passion for reading and M&M’s. 
Their children surprised them with a 25th anniversary celebration at the VFW in Medford in 1980, and a 50th anniversary celebration in 2005 at Molitor’s Steak House where they arrived “in style” in a limo and were greeted by family and friends.  In June, 2017 Shirle celebrated her 80th birthday with a small gathering at the family farm.
Shirle and Gene enjoyed traveling with their kids. Their vacation travels included:  Washington DC, South Dakota, Canada, Colorado, and Florida (Disney World).
After nearly 60 years together, Shirle lost her loving husband on September 18, 2015. She was a devoted wife and mother, whose dedication to her family was her greatest purpose in life. She will forever be missed and treasured dearly.
Shirle is survived by her six children, Judith (the late Russell) Hosler of Owen,  Victoria (Richard) Schaetzl of Athens, Pamela Philipp of Wausau,  Randall (Donna ) Rothamer   of Glen Burnie MD, Ryan (Pam Nelson) Rothamer  of  Medford, Melissa (Terry) Pensteiner of Champlin MN,  15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren , 3 brothers, Leon (Elaine) Smrstick of Arpin,  Gary (Ida)  Smrstick of Arpin,  Gale Smrstick of Arpin, and 1 sister,  Sharon Lieble of Marshfield.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Shirle is preceded in death by   1 grandchild, Chad Rothamer, 1 brother, Kim Smrstick, and 1 son-in-law, Russell Hosler.
Funeral services for Shirle R Rothamer will be at 11:00 AM, Tuesday July 25th, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford with Father Michael Hayden officiating.  Burial will take place in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford.  Visitation will be held at Hemer Funeral Home on Monday July 24, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 PM with a Rosary Service at 7:00 PM.  Visitation will continue on Tuesday July 25 at 10 AM until the time of service 11 AM at the church.
Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers:  Nicholas and Jacob Pernsteiner, Jacquelyn Schaetzl, Teneille Savka, Matthew Philipp, Amanda Rothamer, Chelsea Rothamer, and Chrystal Schoenborn.  Honorary pallbearers: Jennifer Tagg, Shauna Rothamer, Samantha Pernsteiner, and Shalaya Rothamer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Shirle’s family to be designated at a later date.
The family of Shirle would like to thank the staff at St Clairs Hospital and Hospice House for their compassion and caring support.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


Bernice “Babe” M. Stellick, 89, of Rib Lake, passed away on Tuesday July 18, 2017 at her residence.
Bernice Stellick was born in Medford, Wisconsin on August 26, 1927 to the late Charles and Lena (Gehrig) Stellick. She attended Medford Elementary School and was a 1945 graduate of Medford High School. She furthered her education at U.W. Superior and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1949. She moved to Rib Lake and began her teaching career in 1949 where she stayed until her retirement in 1990. She went back to school in 1971 and received her masters of Science and Teaching.
Bernice enjoyed being very involved in the Rib Lake community. She was a member of the Rib Lake Lions since 1988 and has been the secretary since joining Rib Lake Community Club, WEA and the NEA, Thursday Evening Women’s Bowling League at Little Bohemia, and Tuesday Evening Women’s Curling Club. She also enjoyed hunting and fishing and staying at her cabin on Stone Lake.
Bernice is survived by a special nephew Gary Hosking of Slinger, WI, and other nieces and nephews and many special friends.
Bernice is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Elmer Stellick; one sister, Evelyn Francis and niece Barbara Hosking.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday July 22, 2017 at Rib Lake United Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Jo Laabs officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery I in Medford at 2:00 PM. Visitation will be held Saturday morning at Rib Lake United Methodist Church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in honor of Bernice can be given to the Taylor County Humane Society.
 Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at



ADDRESS: W6372 County Road O, Medford; A Township of Medford resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:18 PM Tuesday, July 18 at Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford where he had resided for the past 5 days under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, July 22 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza & Father Dennis Meulemans

INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

VISITATION: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford from 10 AM until the time of services at 12 noon on Saturday, July 22

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 25, 1928 in the Township of Holway

EDUCATION: Town of Holway elementary schools and was a graduate of Medford High School

MARRIAGE: August 25, 1951 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to June Ann Freudenthal

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he hauled milk, did logging work, farmed in the Town of Holway and worked at the Taylor County Highway Department for 30 years until his retirement in 1990. He enjoyed fishing, ball games, hunting, dancing, his faith, family and friends. He played baseball for the Holway Baseball Team for a number of years.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, Medford Knights of Columbus, and was a past member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville

SURVIVING SPOUSE: June A. Butkus of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Dale (Donna) Butkus of Owen, Dave “Crocket” (Penny) Butkus of Owen, Lynn Butkus of Medford, Kris (Robert) Ruf of Elkhorn, Scott (Anne) Butkus of Medford


SURVIVING SISTER: Helen Strassburger of Curtiss

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Florence Phillips, John, Walter & Joseph Maldonis

DECEASED FATHER: Dominic Butkus DECEASED MOTHER: Helen Sophia (Veselefsky) Butkus

URNBEARER: Dennis McCarthy

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Holy Rosary Church and School, Medford
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Monday, July 17, 2017


Foster J. “Hup” Kalk, 86, of Rib Lake, passed away Thursday July 13, 2017 at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk.
Foster was born November 11, 1930 in Rib Lake to Charles and Anna (Knop) Kalk. He attended Fawn Valley Grade School and is a 1948 graduate of Rib Lake High School.
He is survived by 8 Nieces and Nephews. His Parents and siblings precede him in death.
Foster entered the US Army, and served in the Korean War, and achieved the rank of Corporal. He was honorably discharged in 1953. He then went on to work in Milwaukee for a period of time before returning to Rib Lake to work on the family farm, and also Weather Shield Windows. He retired in 1985.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial visitation will be held from 3-5 PM on Tuesday July 25, 2017 at Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake Chapel.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Doris A. Hoffman, 84, Medford, died Tuesday, July 11 at Dycora Transitional Health, Abbotsford, under the care of Asera Care Hospice.
Doris Hoffman was born on September 4, 1932 in Medford to the late William and Agnes (Strachota) Armbrust. She attended elementary school at Holy Rosary Catholic School of Medford and high school at St. Mary’s Springs High School of Fond du Lac.
On November 13, 1952 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford, she married Everett Hoffman, who preceded her in death on February 6, 2013. In her free time Doris loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed driving school bus for 30 years and meeting all the young people and working at Kwik Trip.
She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church of Medford.
Doris is survived by ten children: Charles Hoffman of Stanley, Paula (Gene) Varney of Goodyear, AZ., Steve (Cora) Hoffman of Quad Cities, IL., Barb (Tim) Ady of Marshfield, D.J. Hoffman of Rib Lake, William (Kate) Hoffman of Medford, Ray (Holly) Hoffman of Wake Forest, N.C., Mary (Harvey) Rudolph of Medford, Beverly (Mike) Endreas of Spencer and Andrew (Tara) Hoffman of Monks Corner, S.C.; brother: David (Joanne) Armbrust of Medford; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.    
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Joseph, in 1956; two grandsons, Joseph 1973 and Joseph in 1990; brothers; William Jr., Walter, Jim Robert and John Armbrust.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM Friday, July 14 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Phil Juza officiating. Visitation will be held at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford on Thursday, July 13 from 5 to 7 PM. Visitation will continue on Friday July 14 at 10 AM until the time of service 11AM at the church.  
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to her family to be designated at a later date.

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

Monday, July 10, 2017


Donna J. Glamann, 86, of Medford joined her sweetie, on their 68th wedding anniversary, on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at home, surrounded by her family, under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care. She was born on September 17, 1930 to August and Florence (Fruzen) Gorichs. She went to schools in the Westboro and Rib Lake area. On July 9, 1949 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Whittlesey she married Clarence Glamann; he preceded her in death in 2008. She worked as a babysitter until 1975. She then went on to work at Thomas Florist until her retirement.

In her retirement she enjoyed bingo with her lady friends, camping, gardening, and spending time with her family, especially her great-grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and held many offices, including superintendent of Sunday school. She was also a lifelong member of Klossner - Dietzler VFW Auxiliary 5729 and a homemakers association in Medford.

She is survived by three sons, Clarence Jr. (Barb) of Chippewa Falls, Bradley (Jan) of Minneapolis, and Craig (Lynn) of Medford; daughter, Susan (Don) Paul of Neenah; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Shirley Floryance of Milwaukee, Gerald (Barbara) Gorichs of Norwell, Massachusetts, Keith (Kathy) Gorichs of Medford, Jack (Joan) Gorichs of Medford, and Sandy Anderson of Lincoln City, OR.

In addition to her parents and husband, Donna is preceded in death by two sons, Bruce in 2007 and David in 2003, granddaughter Amy in 2010, and infant sister Betty.

A memorial service for Donna will take place on Saturday, July 15 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford, with Rev. Brian Mundt officiating; burial will follow at Medford Evergreen II. Visitation will take place on Saturday, July 15 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial in Donna’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

Sunday, July 9, 2017


Thomas “Tom” L. Drost, 82 of Stetsonville, WI died Sunday, July 9 at his residence under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 13 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville with Rev. Richard Russow officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM that day at the church. Burial of his cremated remains will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery at a later date.
Thomas was born October 5, 1934 at Medford, WI, to Jesse & Eleanor (Shultz) Drost. He attended Medford elementary and high schools. He married Joyce Yvonne Handel on October 11, 1952 in Marathon, WI.
Tom was employed by Weather Shield Mfg., Inc. while residing in Beloit, WI until his retirement in 1997. He was one of their first sales representatives. His territory included southern WI and northern IL. He was successful in his field; earning awards for making and exceeding sales quotas.
Tom and family lived in Beloit for 52 years. He was an avid sportsman and had a real passion for the outdoors. He could be found most weekends with his family and friends. He enjoyed being at his cabin, the “Timberdoodle”, and was an active member of the NRA, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Grouse Society, and Turkey Federation.
Tom & Joyce moved back to Stetsonville where they became active members of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church. There he confirmed his faith in the Lord at his adult confirmation. Tom will be remembered by his family and friends for being a hard worker, for his honesty, his dedication to his family, and his love for his dogs.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; children – Debbie Dorzok, Tomah, WI, James Drost, Bozeman, MT, Lori (Bill) Peters, West Salem, WI, Jeff (Cindy) Drost, Beloit, WI, Dan (Jodi) Drost, Medford, WI; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and his sister Jessie Meek of Venice, FL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jim Drost and an infant brother who died at birth.
Thank you to Hope Hospice for their quality care and support. Thank you also to Pastors James Babler & Richard Russow for their many visits.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial contributions be given to either Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville, or Hope Hospice of Medford. For online condolences, please visit