Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Dell F. Peissig, 65, of Curtiss, passed away Wednesday November 25, 2015.

Cremation rites will be accorded, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

A full obituary will soon be posted.



ADDRESS: W3222 State Hwy 64, Medford; A Township of Browning resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:45 AM Wednesday, November 25 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield where she had been a patient for the past 6 days

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Saturday, November 28 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Michael Hayden

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

VISITATION: 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, November 28 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 10, 1933 at Medford

EDUCATION: Holy Rosary Elementary School, Medford and attended Medford High School

MARRIAGE: February 11, 1953 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to Kenneth “Ken” C. Gilles and he survives

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: In her early years she worked at Milwaukee Master Lock Co. After her marriage, they farmed in the Town of Browning for many years. While farming, she also worked at Medford Laundry, Marathon Cheese and in the laundry dept. at Memorial Hospital, Medford until retirement. She dedicated her life to loving the Lord, her husband and her children. She had unending patience, unwavering kindness & vast amounts of love for her family. Nobody ever went without a kiss, a hug or an “I love you” either in person or over the phone, She was always there as our rock no matter how turbulent the storm or how hilarious the situation. She was the best cook with the ability to take hardly anything and make it into the best meal. She made homemade bread, baked dozens of raised donuts, cookies, fruit cakes & candy. Christmas was her favorite time of the year. She had a wonderful sense of humor and always a smile on her face. She enjoyed music, playing piano, cooking, baking, playing cards, going for rides, spending time with her children & grand-children.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Kenneth “Ken” C. Gilles of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Deb May of Wausau, Ken (Rose) of Medford, Peggy (Ken) Lichtl of Medford, Kelly (Mark) Schmitz of Spencer, Patrick (Darla) of Medford, Susan (Mark) Staab of Marshfield, Tamara Bansemer of Wausau, Todd of Medford, Amy Jo (La Vern) Hahn of Medford & Lee of Medford

CHILDREN DECEASED: Son - Timothy in 1977; Grandsons – Jeremy Lichtl in 1982, Joshua Schmitz in 2006, Abe Gilles in 2011

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 17 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 14 with one more due in March of 2016

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister – Jenine Cullen of Sheboygan; Brothers – John (Betty) Heier of Medford & Galen (Joann) Heier of Waupaca



PALLBEARERS: Grandsons – Rob May, Kyle Czerniak, Eric Staab, Nicholas Schmitz, Ryan & Travis Gilles

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You can be a rich person but you are the poorest in the land if you don't have your beloved mother to clasp your hand.

Her smile is gone forever, her hands will bake no more, still we have such sweet memories of the one we loved so much.

These memories are in our keeping so we'll never be apart.

God has her in His kingdom, but we have her in our hearts.

So you, who have a mother, cherish her with care, for you will never know the heartache until she is no longer there.

Monday, November 23, 2015


Richard Lee Peche
Richard L. Peche, 73, died Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Wellbrooke of Westfield, Westfield IN, after a courageous yearlong battle with cancer. He was born May 29, 1942, to Edwin and Margaret (Johnson) Peche in Marshfield, WI. While his father was off at war in the South Pacific, he and his mother lived with his grandparents on their farms, which sparked his lifelong interest in farming.
Upon his father’s return from WWII, his family moved to Medford, WI, where he attended Immanuel Lutheran School and Medford High School. During high school, he worked on a mink ranch and also for his uncle’s construction business. After graduation, Richard joined the Air Force and was stationed in Texas and Germany. He travelled throughout Europe during the 3 years he was there and always talked of those days fondly. It was in Germany that he bought his first VW Beetle, and brought it home with him to the States. He continued to drive Volkswagens for decades.
After being discharged from the Air Force, Richard worked at the Chrysler Motors plant in Belvidere, IL. He married Karen Ulczycki of Rib Lake in 1967, and in 1970 they moved back to the Medford area and bought a farm in Goodrich. He attended agri-business classes thru NCTI, and continued farming most of his life. After he quit farming, he moved to the Withee area and drove for the Amish community.
Richard is survived by his daughter Julaine (Rick) Santiago of Westfield IN, and one brother, William, of Hartland, WI. He is also survived by 2 grandsons, Justin and Joshua Santiago. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be held from 1:30pm until the time of services on Friday, November 27 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford. The funeral will begin at 3:00pm with Pastor Dan Esterline, Sr., officiating. The Medford Area Military Honors Team will perform military rites and interment will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Nephew Scott Hill, Minong, WI, will serve as urn bearer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to his family to be designated at a later date.
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements.

Thursday, November 19, 2015



AGE: 77

ADDRESS: 155 E. Davlin St. Gilman, WI

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 18, 2015 at Deerview Meadows in Medford, where she had been a resident for the past 1 week under the care of Hope Hospice.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 2:00 P.M. Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Gilman Senior Center in Gilman

OFFICIATING: Chaplain Jim Allard of Hope Hospice

INTERMENT: Internment of her cremains will take place at a later date.

VISITATION: 1:00 P.M. Until 3:00 P.M. Saturday, November 28, 2015 at the Gilman Senior Center in Gilman

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: Marlene was born on January 29, 1938 in Chicago, IL

EDUCATION: Marlene attended Bowen High School in Chicago, IL

MARRIAGE: On August 11, 1962 in Chicago, IL Marlene married the love of her life, Robert Witkowski and he preceded her in death on November 28, 2012

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After high school Marlene worked as a clerk for RR Donely & Sons in Chicago, IL for a period of time. She then moved to Glenwood IL where she worked at the Brookwood School District 167 from 1978-1981. in 1981 Marlene moved her family to Hannibal, WI where they bought the Hunter's Lodge Tavern and she managed it from 1981 until 1987 when she retired to care for her husband. She enjoyed playing cards with her best friends at the Gilman Senior Center. Marlene loved crafting, nature, landscaping and finding joy and beauty in small things, especially nature.

SURVIVING DAUGHTER: Suzanne (Timothy “TJ”) Weibel of Gilman

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 2: Mariah Weibel of Green Bay & Erik Weibel of Gilman

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Barbara Davis of Richmond, British Colombia, Canada, Ronald Stake Sr. (Diane) of Winfield, TX, Mary Stake – Hawker of St. Lois, MO and Richard (Sue) Stake of Merriville, IN



OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Marlene's name to
Marlene has donated her body to medical research through Med Cure of Portland OR
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake assisted the family with arrangements
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015



ADDRESS: N2244 Cardinal Drive, Medford; A Township of Little Black resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:45 AM Wednesday, November 18 at Aspirus Hospice House, Wausau where he had resided for the past 5 days following a courageous 6 year battle with cancer that was a result of exposure to Agent Orange during his military service in Vietnam.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Tuesday, November 24 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford where there will also be military rites performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team

OFFICIATING: Rev. James LeMaster

INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King, WI on Wednesday, November 25

VISITATION: 5-7 PM on Monday, November 23 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford and also from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Tuesday, November 24

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 18, 1947 at the Township of Taft, Taylor County

EDUCATION: Medford elementary schools and was a 1966 graduate of Medford High School. Following his service in Vietnam, he earned an Associate’s Degree in diesel mechanics from Northeast Technical College in Sturgeon Bay, WI. In 1994 he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics from UW-Stevens Point and later completed his Masters of Education in secondary education from Viterbo University in La Crosse.

MARRIAGE: June 20, 1970 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville to Jayne E. Boxrucker and she survives

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: He was a US Army veteran of the Vietnam War. After the service, he drove truck and worked as a diesel mechanic for Tombstone Pizza Corp. for periods of time. After he finished his education, he taught school at the Medford Area Middle School and Medford Area High School until June of 2010 when ill health forced his retirement. He enjoyed traveling out West, hunting, camping, spending time with his grandchildren and anything outdoors.

MEMBER OF: Christian Bible Fellowship of Stetsonville

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Jayne E. Ehlert of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Trisha (Micheal) Houle, Christopher (Tiffany) Ehlert, Timothy (Christy) Ehlert, Elizabeth (Paul) Landmann & Jacob (Cathy) Ehlert



SURVIVING PARENTS: Mother – Edna Krohn of Medford; Mother/Father-in-law: Marge & Windy Boxrucker of Stetsonville


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the Military Working Dog Tribute, C/O The High Ground Veterans Memorial, 7031 Ridge Road, Neillsville, WI 54456
-Lunch to follow the Tuesday service will be at RJ Stockwell Auction, south of Stetsonville on Highway 13
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AGE: 77

ADDRESS: W2581 County Highway M, Medford; Township of Greenwood Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:24 A.M. Tuesday, November 17 at the Aspirus Medford Hospital where he was taken earlier by ambulance

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Per Leroy’s request no services will be held

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 19, 1938 in Medford

EDUCATION: Graduate of Rib Lake High School

MARRIAGE: October 8, 1960 at St. Peter Church in Stratford to Shirley A. Hahn and she preceded in death on August 5, 2013

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: He worked for Simplicity Manufacturing in Port Washington for 8 years. The Medford Feed Store for a period of time. He then worked at Merrill Manufacturing and then drove truck for various companies until his retirement. He enjoyed flying his Ultra-Light Airplane and riding his Harley for many years. He also enjoyed country music where he had his own band called the Lonesome Two with Myron Peche, playing rhythm guitar and lead singer. Leroy built a cabin for his wife, Shirley where they lived for 20 years.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: 2 Daughters: Candy (Ed) Parks of Athens and Kim (Jon) Lanius of Rib Lake

SURVIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Anna (Todd) Bowholtz of Stevens Point, Aaron (Rachel) Parks of Stetsonville, Amanda (Significant other Jeremiah Tietz) Parks of Wausau, Matthew Parks of Medford, Ashley (Jeremia) Nowak of Curtiss, Courtney (James) Cook of Rib Lake


SURVIVING BROTHER: Clarence Thieme of Abbotsford
Also survived by Nieces, Nephews, Other Relatives and Friends

SISTER DECEASED: Gloriette Peche


DECEASED MOTHER: Dorothea M. Thieme (Maiden Name: Lissner)

OTHER INFORMATION: Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements
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Friday, November 13, 2015



AGE: 102

ADDRESS: Country Gardens in Medford, WI

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:40 P.M. Thursday, November 12, 2015 at Aspirus Nursing and Rehab surrounded by his loving family

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Friday, November 20, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford with military honors performed by the Medford Klossner-Dietzler VFW Post #5729 Honors Team

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date in Medford Evergreen I Cemetery in Medford

VISITATION: 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, November 20, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: May 20, 1913 in Whittlesey

EDUCATION: Herb attended Whittlesey primary school and then attended U.W. Eau Claire and U.W. Madison

MARRIAGE: On February 22, 1941 in Wisconsin, Herb married the love of his life, Elinora H. Frey and she survives.

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: In 1954, Herb moved his family to Bellingham, WA where he started his career as an electrician. He then moved to Ketchikan, AK in 1957 until moving to Sitka, AK in 1959 where they lived for 31 years until he retired from Alaska Lumber & Pulp. After his retirement, Herb moved back to Bellingham, WA where they bought a motorhome and traveled all over the U.S., Canada and Mexico with their family and Alaskan friends and returned every summer to Medford. When they stopped traveling in 1999, they moved to Phoenix, AZ until 2009 when they returned to Medford and settled at Country Gardens. Herb was known as a jack of all trades and master of most since he was always tinkering with things in his shop and could be counted on to have one project or another going. He enjoyed reading, spending time with his family and friends and he loved to travel. When he returned to Medford, Herb would volunteer at the Medford Area Schools where he would share his stories with the kids about his travels.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Knights of Columbus, IBEW, and a lifetime member of the Elks Club

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Elinora H. Brandner of Medford

SURVIVING SON: Dale (Charmaine) Brandner of Whitmore Lake, MI

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Raymond Brandner of Medford, Rosemary (Bob) Werner of Whittlesey, Anna Packenham of Rib Lake & Rock Brandner of Milwaukee
Sisters-in-law: Barbara Brandner & Rita Brandner both of Medford

Herb is further survived by too many nieces and nephews to count.

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers: Carl, John, Roman & Ralph Brandner, Sisters: Catherine Lamberty, Thecla Oestrich & Ida Scott


DECEASED MOTHER: Kunigunde Lizner

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Herb’s name to Holy Rosary Catholic School in Medford.
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake are assisting the family with arrangements.
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