Saturday, December 16, 2017


Pauline Ann Noziska, 85, Medford, passed away Friday, December 15 at Hope Hospice & Palliative Care in Medford surrounded by her family.

Pauline was born on August 2, 1932 in Milwaukee, WI to the late John and Anna (Slimak) Ochodnicky.
On August 12, 1952 in Stillwater, MN she united in marriage with Richard (Dick) Noziska. She owned and operated several bars in the Northern part of Taylor County for 40 plus years. She also worked at the nursing home in Rib Lake for 5 years. In her free time she enjoyed working outside in her garden, helping her children with various activities, playing with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, socializing with everyone, dancing and the occasional beverage.
She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary in Medford.  
Pauline is survived by 4 children: Debbie (Jim) Cee of Medford, Randy Noziska of Washington, Mary Ann (Dale) Pieper of Medford, Richard (Wadad) Noziska of Marshfield; Grandchildren: Jamie, Jessie, Christopher, Ryan, Richard Allen, Alex, Isabella, Ashley, Anna Marie; Great Grandchildren: Jeffery, Tyler, Emma, Trevor John; Sister: Vicky (Larry) Andreae of Marshfield and many other relatives and friends.    
In addition to her husband Richard and parents, she was preceded in death by Brothers: John Ochodnicky, Paul (Helen) Ochodnicky, Joe (Dorthy) Ochodnicky, Chuck (Mary Ann) Ochodnicky; Sister: Nicky (Don) Everson; Grandson: Justin Noziska.
A Prayer Service will be held at 7:00 PM Monday, December 18 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford with Pastor Randal Jeppesen officiating. Visitation will be held at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford on Monday, December 18 from 4:00 PM until the time of service at 7:00 PM. Burial will be private for the family at a later date.
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

Wednesday, December 13, 2017


Winter Daniel Etter Sr. was born September 30, 1958, at Imperial Saskatchewan, Canada, the son of Winter H. Jr. and Fay (Skiles) Etter. They lived east of Stalwart until his parents moved to Modesto, California in 1967. In May of 1975 Winter accepted Jesus into his life and was baptized in to the body of our Lord and Savior. He was received into the Old German Baptist Brethren church in Modesto, California at that time.

On August 5, 1978 he was united in marriage with Reta Louise Balsbaugh from Flora, Indiana and to this union seven children were born. Winter and Reta lived in CA, WA, IN, and the remaining 19 years of Winters life in WI.

In 2007 he battled cancer which went into remission. He continued to battle other sickness which had him in and out of hospitals many times until he found out his cancer had returned in August of 2017. He was then anointed September 11 and started his first chemo treatment September 12 of 2017. After 3 months of chemo, Winter was admitted to St. Claire Memorial hospital on November 27 and passed away peacefully 2 weeks later on December 11 of 2017 in answer to his Lord calling him to his heavenly home, at the age of 59 years, 2 months and 11 days. In his last two weeks here on earth, though in pain, he encouraged people when asked “how are you?” by answering “fantastic” and added that “Jesus is where my strength comes from.”

He is survived by his loving companion, Reta L. Etter, with whom he shared the joys and sorrows of life together for over 39 years; 7 children: Winter Jr. and wife Anna, Yolanda and husband Alvin Buckingham, Eric and wife Rachel, Justin, Curtis, Issac and wife Ellen, Levi and 22 grandchildren. Two brothers: John, Ohmer and wife Janice. Three sisters: Mary Ann, Ruth and Amy. Cousins, nieces and nephews who will treasure special memories of him.

He was preceded in death by his parents Winter and Fay, brother Charles, 2 grandchildren Quentin Etter and Jeneva Buckingham.

A visitation will be held Thursday December 14, at the White Pines District, Old German Baptist Brethren, Athens, from 10 AM – 12 Noon, 1:00 – 5:00 PM, 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Funeral Services will be held on Friday December 15, at the White Pines District, Old German Baptist Brethren at 10:00 AM. Burial will follow at the White Pines Cemetery in Athens.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. But we must sorrow not, for believing God, he accepted the Lord and knew that Jesus Christ was born and lived and died, that he might live with Him.

Dear brethren, sisters, friends and neighbors,
Thank you for all the support, food, prayers and babysitters during the hospital stay with daddy and in the time of our loss and sorrow.
May God bless each and every one of you.
The Family

Sunday, December 10, 2017


Everett L. Faber, 98, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 9, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Everett was born on July 31, 1919 in Goodrich, WI to Peter and Leone (Marshner) Faber. He married Marie “Marion” Lapacek on November 28, 1946 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. They were married for 70 years.

Everett is survived by his: daughter Kathleen (John) Klingbeil of Goodrich; Grandchildren Lee Schmidt, Libby Schmidt (Aric Way), Joshua (Brooke Sperry), Jonathan, Garett (Rebecca) and Grant (Danielle) Klingbeil; seven Great Grandchildren; several Great-Great Grandchildren; two brothers, Gene and James; and one sister Carol (Elmer) Reimann.

He is preceded in death by his: wife Marion; Parents; Daughter, Patricia Schmidt; Great Grandson Keith Schmidt-Way; five brothers, Peter, Norbert, Harley, Willard, and Robert; one sister Bernita (Lyle) Dahl; five sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law.

He told many wonderful stories of his growing up in Goodrich, leaving home during his teenage years to ride the railroad cars to the West for seasonal labor jobs, harvesting wheat on his uncle’s farm in North Dakota, then picking potatoes in Idaho, and picking apples in Washington. He proudly served in the US Army as a surgical technician in hospitals in the China Burma India Theater in World War II.

Following his marriage he enjoyed dairy farming in Goodrich and hauling milk. Upon his retirement from farming, they moved to Medford. He was an avid sportsman and especially enjoyed deer hunting. He enjoyed spending time at the family cottage on the lake, traveling with their camper and later mobile home as a couple, and often with the children and grandchildren. They enjoyed wintering in Florida, Arizona, and Texas.
Everett was a charter member of the Medford VFW.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 AM on Friday, December 15, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Father David Nueschwander officiating. Visitation will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Church on Friday, December 15, 2017 from 9:30 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM. Burial will take place at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given to Everett’s family to be designated at a later time.

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

Thursday, December 7, 2017


Edith G. Nelson, 102, of Ogema, passed away on December 6, 2017 at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford. Edith was born on November 13, 1915 to Warren and Agnes Stevens in Ogema, WI. She graduated from Prentice High School and went to work for Ogema Phone Company. She then moved to Milwaukee and attended Normal College. She married Larry Nelson on September 6, 1947, he precedes her in death. She went on to work as a bookkeeper for many years until her retirement. Upon retirement she returned to the Ogema area.
Edith had a lifelong passion for music. She played the organ and piano in Milwaukee and Ogema for many years.
Edith is survived by her children Charles (Charlotte) Nelson of Thomaston, GA, Steven Nelson of Medford, Jill (Dennis) Martin of West Bend, Bonnie (Jeff) Quandt of Omaha, NE, Peter Nelson of Ogema, Evelyn Beck of Milwaukee, and Tina Beck of Wausau; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. She is further survived by one sister, Florence Simpson of Phillips and many other family and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Edith is preceded in death by one daughter Cheryl Beck; brothers, Eugene, George, and Quentin Stevens, and sisters Arlis Donaldson and Blanche Stevens.
Funeral Services for Edith will be held on Monday, December 11, 2017 at the Ogema Baptist Church in Ogema at 11:00 AM, with Pastor Rodney Price officiating; burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Monday December 11, 2017 at the Ogema Baptist Church in Ogema from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Edith’s name may be given to the Ogema Baptist Church.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at


Thomas Lee Gebert, 79, of Medford, passed away December 6, 2017 at the home he was born in, surrounded by his family, and under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.
Tom was born February 8, 1938 to John B. and Anna T. (Suppman) Gebert. He attended Holy Rosary Grade School, Medford High School, graduating in 1956. He graduated from NTC Wausau in 1958. He then went on to work for Pries and Ruesch Service Station, Jim Werner Bus Garage and Krug’s Bus Garage. He then became building and grounds director for the Medford Area School District.
On January 25, 1964, he and Donna were married at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford. Tom was a star football player in high school, curler at the Medford Curling Club, Assistant Chief of the Medford Volunteer Fire Department for twenty years, Medford Area School Board for twelve years, and Medford City Council. He was so pleased to have seen his goal of having the new city pool built for the children. In his retirement, he enjoyed his time working for Enerquip in Medford.
Tom enjoyed hunting, fishing and sports; he was an avid Packer and Brewers fan. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Tom is survived by his wife Donna of Medford, Daughters: Anne (Rich) Burghaus, Jane (Tom) Holmes, Susan (Wayne) Markow all of Medford, Grandchildren: Emily (Josh Laughlin) Burghaus, Ben (Sara) Burghaus, Travis Markow, Justin Markow, Rachel Markow, Jack Holmes, Grace Holmes, Lily Holmes, Great Grandchildren: Mayson Laughlin and Charlie Thomas Burghaus.
He is preceded in death by his Parents, Sister Dora Martz and Brothers John, Herbert and Robert Gebert.
Per Tom’s request, cremation rites have been accorded, and a private graveside service will be held in the Spring of 2018 at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at

Tuesday, December 5, 2017



ADDRESS: 621 S. Washington, Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:45 AM Monday, December 4 at Colonial Center, Colby where he had resided for the past 2 weeks

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: A memorial celebration of Ron’s life, will be held from 4-7 PM on Friday, December 22 at the VFW Clubhouse, Medford where there will be military rites performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team at 4:00 PM

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 21, 1948 at Davenport, Iowa

EDUCATION: Glasgow, Missouri schools and received a BS in Accounting from Northeast Missouri State University in Kirksville, MO

MARRIAGE: 1st: 8-31-68 at Glasgow, MO to Vickie Wilson and they were later divorced; 2nd: 6-3-83 at Urbana, IL to Dani M. Meyer and she survives

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: US Army veteran from 1967-1970 serving in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive. He served in the Army Reserves from 1970-1973. After the service, he worked as a corporate accountant while residing in Mexico, MO, Champaign, IL and Beaver Dam, WI. In 1976, he worked for Kraft Foods as a Controller while residing in Champaign, IL & Gurnee, IL, then moved to Medford, WI in 1989 working as a Controller for Tombstone Pizza Corp. & once again Kraft Foods. He also worked for TDS Datacom until his retirement. In retirement, he worked at Tee-Hi Golf Club. He enjoyed snow skiing, biking, golf, tennis, fishing, camping, time at the cottage in Phillips, WI, the Wisconsin Badgers and G.B. Packers. Being a patriotic citizen was important to Ron.

MEMBER OF: Past member of the Medford Curling Club and Tee-Hi Golf Club

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Dani M. Bellemare of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – Jennifer “Jen” (Tom) Scruggs of Sharpsburg, GA and Katie Bellemare of Villa Rica, GA

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 3 – Jordan, Riley & Kyle Scruggs

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister – Cindy (Syd) Sanders of Fayette, MO
Further survived by nieces and nephews


DECEASED FATHER: George Clifford Bellemare DECEASED MOTHER: Patricia Ann (Vohr) Bellemare

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorial contributions given to either the Highground Veterans Memorial Park, Neillsville, WI or the Salvation Army
-The family would like to give special thanks to Colonial Center, Colby and St. Croix Hospice
-For online condolences, please visit

Sunday, December 3, 2017


Frank J. Vrandack, Jr., 57 of Medford, formerly of Arlington Heights, Illinois, passed away Sunday December 3, 2017 at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford.
Frank was born September 14, 1960 in Elk Grove Village, IL to Frank and Elaine (Polony) Vrandack.
He is survived by his sisters: Marianne E. Vrandack of Longmont, CO, Laura A. (Tom) Garvin of Cary, IL, and 4 nieces: Morgan, Megan, Martha, Ellyn.
Frank is preceded in death by his Parents, Step Mother Dorothy J. Vrandack and Sister Linda Vrandack.
He graduated from Forest View High School in Arlington Heights. He then went on to serve an apprenticeship with his Father in Chicago to become a Pipefitter, and worked for Union Local 597. He was an outdoor enthusiast, and loved to hunt, fish and hike. He was fortunate enough to move to the Northwoods of Wisconsin, fulfilling his childhood dream of living in the woods.
Frank will always be remembered for his depth of compassion and caring for others. He was fortunate in life and death to have been surrounded by supportive and caring neighbors and friends of Medford, Wisconsin.
Per Franks request, cremation rites have been accorded, and no services will be held.
Donations in honor of Frank, can be given to his favorite charity, St. Jude’s Memorial Hospital.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at