Saturday, December 26, 2015

DENNIS J. FUCHS

Dennis “Foxy” John Fuchs, 63, after a courageous fight, passed away at his home, Friday December 25, 2015, surrounded by his wife Jill and loving family, and under the care of Hope Hospice.
Dennis was born December 7, 1952 to Francis and Bonita (Brandner) Fuchs in Marshfield, WI. He attended Greenwood School, Rib Lake Jr High School, and graduated from Rib Lake High School in 1971. He married Sue (Yanko) Peterson in 1976 and had three children together, Abigail, Nicholas and Ann. They divorced in 1985.
On December 12, 1987, Dennis married Jill (Haider) and together they raised two son, Jake and Andy.
Throughout his life, Dennis worked many different jobs including milking cows, construction work, logging, factory work and sales. He worked for local companies such as Weathershield, Zeneth Tech, Droval and Smola Logging, and Home Supply Co-Op. He farmed with his father, Francis and brother Richard until a fire destroyed the family farm.
Dennis bought the Cat Tail Tap in 1981, left in 1993 and repurchased it in 2006. He owned and operated Foxys Cattail Tap for many years until illness forced him to sell the business.
Dennis served his community by being Greenwood Town Chairman, Rib Lake School Board, and Taylor County Board Member for many years. He also belonged to the Taylor County Tavern League, Rib Lake Jaycees, Lions Club and Interwald Wanderers Snowmobile Club.
He was of the Catholic Faith, and was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.
Dennis was the Team Manager for Rib Lake Dairyland and was the umpire at many baseball games. He liked to spend time with grandchildren and always looks forward to seeing them with their parents. He also enjoyed hunting, improving his property by planting trees and building roads, reading and socializing with friends and family.
He is survived by his wife Jill and five children: Abigail (Paul) Rozeski of Madison, Nicholas (Emily) Fuchs of New Richmond, Ann Fuchs of Lake Mills, Jake Fuchs and Andy Fuchs, both of Medford. Grandchildren: Lily, Claire, Mara, Simon and Daniel Rozeski, and Cara and Christian Fuchs.
He is further survived by his Mother Bonita Fuchs, of Medford, Sisters: Beverly (Michael) Patrick of Rib Lake, Barbara (Myron) Peche of Medford, Cindy (Terry) Albrecht of Pueblo, Colorado, Nancy (Douglas) Gee of Iowa, and Peggy Close of Rib Lake. Brothers: Richard (Donna) Fuchs of Medford, Bruce Fuchs of Medford and Mark Fuchs of Madison. Father in Law: Verlyn (Eileen Biermann) of Rib Lake. Sister in law: Pam (Craig) Luethi of Bloomer, and Brother in law: Steve (Sara) Haider of Stanley, and many other family members and friends.
Services for Dennis will held at 11 AM Saturday January 2, 2016 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Whittlesey. Deacon Joe Stefancin will officiate. Cremainal Inurnment will follow at St. Anns Cemetery, Greenwood. Visitation will be held Friday January 1, 2016 from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, and also Saturday January 2, 2016 from 9:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Dennis “Foxy” Fuchs may be made to his family, for designation at a later date.
Online condolences may be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

JAMES R. HAYNES

NAME OF DECEASED: JAMES RAYMOND HAYNES, SR. AGE: 79

ADDRESS: W 5316 Finch Avenue, Stetsonville, WI 54480

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: His residence, Thursday December 24, 2015, at 2:20 PM, surrounded by his family, and under the care of Hope Hospice.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: No Services will held.

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 28, 1936 in Mt. Vernon, Illinois

EDUCATION: High School graduate from Mt. Vernon High School

MARRIAGE: Married to Catherine Frances Elizabeth (Yust) Haynes on September 5, 1959 in Racine, Wisconsin.

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: He worked as a Welder and Mechanic for several different including Conseo and Black River Industries. He was also a carpenter by trade. James loved his dog Pep. He had several hobbies including; woodworking / crafting, enjoyed the outdoors, reading his Bible, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Catherine Frances Elizabeth (Yust) Haynes

SURVIVING CHILDREN: James (Rebecca) Haynes of Medford, Bradley Haynes of Stetsonville, Wade Sr. (Valerie) Haynes of Medford, William (Ann) Haynes of Medford, and Randy (Dodie) Haynes of Stetsonville.

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 13 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 23

PRECEDED IN DEATH BY: His parents, and one grandson Jame Haynes III.

DECEASED FATHER: Gail Haynes DECEASED MOTHER: Dorothy Miller


OTHER INFORMATION: Memorial donations in honor of James may be made to his family, for designation at a later date.


No services will be held. Cremation rites have been accorded.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Lillian E. Hull

Lillian E. Hull, 102, passed away at the Brookdale - Clairbridge Memory Car Center in La Crosse, WI on December 19, 2015.
Lillian was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Hull.
She is survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends and a special family friend, Richard Cornell of Florida.
Per her request, no services will be held.
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements.
Any follow up information, please contact Cheryl Clough Baehr at 715-514-2179

Friday, December 18, 2015

EDNA M. MAATTA


NAME OF DECEASED: EDNA M. MAATTA AGE: 85

ADDRESS: 389 Soumi Road, Ogema, WI; A Township of Hill, Price County resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 4:32 PM Thursday, December 17 at River Falls Area Hospital, River Falls, WI where she had been a patient for the past 1 day

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM on Tuesday, December 22 at the Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church, 4914 Holmes Street, Ogema, WI

OFFICIATING: Rev. Ray Kovala

INTERMENT: Leavitt Creek Cemetery – Township of Hill, Price County

VISITATION: 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Tuesday, December 22 at the Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church, Ogema

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 4, 1930 at Ogema

EDUCATION: Leavitt Creek School, Town of Hill

MARRIAGE: May 28, 1955 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Unity, WI to John Matthew Maatta & he preceded her in death December 1, 2003

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After her marriage, she worked as a homemaker & mother. They dairy farmed in the Town of Hill for many years until retirement in 1986. Throughout her life she was a caregiver for many family members. She enjoyed fishing, puzzles, crocheting, shopping and baking.

MEMBER OF: Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church, Ogema

SURVIVING CHILDREN: 2 sons – Mark Maatta of Ogema & Robert (Julie) Maatta of Woodbury, MN; Daughter – Mary Maatta of Rhinelander

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 2 – Elizabeth & Kayla Maatta of Woodbury, MN

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: 2 brothers – Robert Bergman of Ogema & Ralph (Joyce) Bergman of Grand Rapids, MN
1 sister-in-law: Gladys Bergman of Ogema

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Verna Kyllonen, Melvin & Russell Bergman; Half-Brothers/Sisters: Elma Frankki, Frans & Eino Leino, Arthur, Adolph & Bernice Bergman, Viola & Adeline D’Amico, Eleanor Nuutinen, Miriam Bush

DECEASED FATHER: Albert Bergman DECEASED MOTHER: Haydee Marie Newfors

PALLBEARERS: Randy, Scott & Dan Bergman, Paul Frankki, Curtis & Cory Kyllonen

OTHER INFORMATION: Further survived by several nieces/nephews, other friends & a host of brothers/sisters in faith
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DAGMAR C. KLINNER

NAME OF DECEASED: DAGMAR C. KLINNER AGE: 93

ADDRESS: 1014 W. Broadway, Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 7:50 PM Thursday, December 17 at Our House Assisted Living, Medford where she had resided for the past 10 ½ years, most recently under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: private family only memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 23 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

OFFICIATING: Rev. David Clements

INTERMENT: Interment of her cremated remains will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 10:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, December 23

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 23, 1922 at Chippewa Falls, WI, the proud daughter of Norwegian immigrants

EDUCATION: Chippewa Falls elementary schools, 1940 graduate of Chippewa Falls High School, and was a 1944 graduate of UW-Madison with degrees in Education and Foreign language

MARRIAGE: June 9, 1945 at Chippewa Falls, WI to Robert “Bob” W. Klinner and he preceded her in death October 7, 2004

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After her education, she taught school in Chippewa Falls and Shawano schools for periods of time. After her marriage, she was a homemaker & mother. She was active and volunteered in the following organizations throughout her life: Confederated Woman's Club, Local Art Society, Mental Health Society, PTA, League of Women Voters, New Visions Art Gallery, UW Board of Higher Education for Women, Health Board of Taylor County, Sons of Norway & Memorial Hospital of Taylor County. She enjoyed music, art, antiques and travel.

MEMBER OF: Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford & the Medford Performing Arts

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – Barbara Perala of Green Bay & Ann (Jon) Anderson of Duluth, MN
Sons – Bill (Martha) Klinner & Dave (Donna) Klinner both of Medford

CHILDREN DECEASED: Son-in-law: Elmer Perala in 2014

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 8 – Rachel (Thomas) Mildbrand of Medford, Peter (Jackie) Klinner of McFarland, WI, Sam (Ashley) Klinner of Colby, Jenna Klinner of Madison, Molly Klinner of Medford, Ben Anderson of San Francisco, CA, Jason (Nicole) Anderson of Austin, TX, David Anderson of Duluth, MN
GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 2 – Carly & Graham Mildbrand

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister-in-law: Shirley Klinner of Medford

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Morgan Stenseth & Irene Stenseth

DECEASED FATHER: Peder Magnuson Stenseth DECEASED MOTHER: Christina (Helseth) Stenseth

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given either to the Salvation Army of Taylor County, Immanuel Lutheran Church Music Department, Medford, or Medford Performing Arts
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Thursday, December 17, 2015

DONNA M. SCHREINER

Donna M. Schriener, age 65, passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital surrounded by her loving family. Donna was born on August 24, 1950 in Merrill to Gilbert and Muriel (Hopperdietzel) Berghammer. She attended Athens Grade School and graduated from Athens Area High School. On June 6, 1970 at St. Anthony Church in Athens Donna married Ronald H. Schreiner and he survives. Donna worked at Edgar Basket Factory in Edgar for a period of time before opening a day care facility in Medford. She enjoyed playing the piano and singing, board games and spending time with her family especially her grandchildren. She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford and former member of St. Anthony’s Church in Athens. In addition to her husband, Donna is further survived by her children, Audra Schreiner, Bill Schreiner both of Medford and Crystal (Duane) Rudolph of Weyerhaeuser, grandchildren, Joshua and Tierra Rudolph of Weyerhaeuser, brothers & sisters, Lola (Lester) Lendrum of Weston, Margo Simpson of Madison, Gayle (Joe) Brewer of Henagar, AL, Ryen (Brenda) Berghammer of Henagar, AL, Sue (Dale) Wisnewski of Rib Mountain, and Amy (Kim) Christians of Wautoma, brothers & sisters in law, Shirley (John) Daniels of Athens, Clyde (Ann) Schreiner of Largo, FL, Mike (Joyce) Schreiner of Branson, MI and Norbert Daniels of Athens. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ed & Ester Schreiner, and sister in law Jeanette Daniels. Services for Donna will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home of Medford with Deacon Joseph Stefancin officiating. Visitation will take place from 9:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford. Cremainal Inurnment will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford.

Monday, December 7, 2015

DOROTHY “DODIE” J. SMART RUSSELL HODGE

NAME OF DECEASED: DOROTHY “DODIE” J. SMART RUSSELL HODGE AGE: 87

ADDRESS: 635 W. Cedar Street, Medford; City of Medford Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:00 A.M. Monday, December 7 at County Gardens, Medford under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Friday, December 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey

OFFICIATING: Rev. Randal Jeppesen

INTERMENT: Committal Services will be held at 2:30 P.M. Friday, December 11 at Union Cemetery in Butternut, WI with Rev. John Deitz officiating

VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, December 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 10, 1928 in Butternut, WI

EDUCATION: Butternut Area Schools

MARRIAGE: 1st: February 10, 1948 at Butternut to James H. Russell and he preceded her in death on May 26, 1976
2nd: November 26, 1985 in Whittlesey to Woodrow W. Hodge and he preceded her in death on November 4, 1995

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Dodie was a secretary at the Taylor County Teachers College for 8 years. She was also a store clerk at a number of retail outlets in the Medford area until her retirement. Dodie spent most of her free time volunteering at the Taylor County Memorial Hospital and Medford Curling Club.

MEMBER OF: American Legion Auxiliary in Butternut, VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Medford and Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Judy (Dan) Liske of Stanley, Don (Paulette) Russell of North Pole, AK and Bette (Dave) Hager of Healy, AK
Step-Daughter: Marilyn “Mimi” Swankee of Phoenix

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Troy (Susan Callendar) Liske of Craig, AK, Craig (Karen Walne) Liske of Eden Prairie, MN, Shawna (Ryan) Ragan of Eagle River, AK, Ryan (Molly) Russell of Sun Prairie, WI, Rebecca (Togi Letuligasenoa) Russell of Fairbanks, AK, Kiana (Kristian) Swearingen of Seattle, WA, Kendel (Ray Zimmer) Bormann of Fairbanks, AK and Kane Bormann of Albuquerque, NM
Step-Grandchildren: Davida (Lucas) Stumpf of Kodiak, AK, Mark Hager of Whittier, AK, Debbie Swankee and Jackie Swankee both of Phoenix, AZ

GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: Luke Liske of Craig, AK, Jack and Henry Liske of Eden Prairie, MN, Cylin and Cohen Ragan of Eagle River, AK, Hank Russell of Sun Prairie, WI, Denali Swearingen of Seattle, WA and Irma Lee Zimmer of Fairbanks, AK
5 Step-Great-Grandchildren: Hannah, Emma, Elin, Johan Bohman of Craig, AK and Jason Swankee of Phoenix, AZ

SURVIVING SISTER: Nina (Raleigh “Lee”) Smart Fox of Iron River, WI
Brothers-In-Law: Norm Haegarl of Glidden, WI and John Linsmeyer of Butternut, WI
Sister-In-Law: Marion Russell of Butternut, WI

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Evelyn (Arnold) Steiner, Carolyn (Edward) Klein, Myra Setterman Haegarl, Ray (Betty) Smart, Joseph (Cecilia) Smart, James (Bertha) Smart, Elaine (William) Peterson, Marion Kiley Linsmeyer, Betty (William -Jeanie) Timm, Howard “Jack” Russell

DECEASED FATHER: Joseph E. Smart

DECEASED MOTHER: Ida A. Smart (Maiden Name: Wartgow)

PALLBEARERS: Troy and Craig Liske, Ryan and John Russell, Kane Bormann and Mark Hager

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Dodie’s family to be designated at a later date
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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

DAVID “DAVE” L. POPE

NAME OF DECEASED: DAVID “DAVE” L. POPE AGE: 56

ADDRESS: 506 E. Allman, Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 2:40 AM Saturday, November 28 at his residence in the City of Medford under the loving care of his family & Hope Hospice following a battle with the skin disease - erythroderma

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Community United Church of Christ, Medford

OFFICIATING: Pastor Mary Jo Laabs and Rev. Dr. Jenny Mushel Wilson, David’s cousin

INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II at a later date

VISITATION: 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Community United Church of Christ, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 31, 1959 at Marshfield, WI

EDUCATION: Washington Elementary School, Medford, 1977 graduate of Medford Sr. High School, Associates degree from NTC in Wausau, Bachelor’s degree & Master’s degree in computer technology from UW-Stout, Menomonie

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: David was an Eagle Scout in his youth. While attending UW-Stout and following he worked in the information technology department at UW-Stout. He was a partner in D & D Tech, while residing in Menomonie & later Medford until ill health forced his retirement. He enjoyed computers, fishing, cooking, deer hunting, dogs, reading history & spending time at their cabin on Sackett’s Lake.

MEMBER OF: Community United Church of Christ, Medford;
Past member of Medford Curling Club & Order of the Arrow Scout Troop

SURVIVING PARENTS: Mother – Phyllis Pope of Medford

DECEASED FATHER: Leon A. Pope

OTHER INFORMATION: The family requests memorial contributions be given in honor of David to Hope Hospice of Medford
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Monday, November 30, 2015

ELVIGIA “ELVIE” G. MOSCOSO

NAME OF DECEASED: ELVIGIA “ELVIE” G. MOSCOSO AGE: 79

ADDRESS: 1543 N. Killebrew Pt., Hernando, FL; Elvie was also a part time Medford resident residing here during the summer months

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Unexpectedly, Friday, November 27 at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO while there for the Holiday, visiting family

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Saturday, December 5 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza, Father Dennis Meulemans, Deacon Joe Stefancin

INTERMENT: Interment of her cremated remains will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford at a later date

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM Friday, December 4 where there will be a 7 PM Catholic Rosary service held and also from 9 AM to 10:30 AM on Saturday, December 5

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 9, 1936 at Sarrat, Ilocos Norte, Philippines

EDUCATION: Holy Spirit Academy, Laoag City, Philippines; BS in nursing from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines; Post graduate training at DePaul University, Chicago, IL

MARRIAGE: January 7, 1962 at Manila, Philippines to Romulo “Rom” Moscoso and he survives

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After her education she taught infectious disease at Ortanez General Hospital in Manila for 2 years. She then worked as a registered nurse in Welch, West Virginia for a period of time. They resided in Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and Welch, West Virginia for periods of time prior to moving to Medford in 1971. While raising her family, she worked as a housewife & mother. She enjoyed cooking, golf, fishing, traveling, gardening, crossword puzzles, trips to the casino, watching Jeopardy & spending time with her family. She did volunteer work at Holy Rosary, Medford putting together the church bulletins. She enjoyed singing in the church choirs at Holy Rosary & St. Scholastica Catholic Churches . She was proud to become a US citizen in 1979.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford; St. Scholastica Catholic Church, Lecanto, FL

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Romulo “Rom” Moscoso of Hernando, FL & Medford, WI

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Rick (Tami) Moscoso of Mission Viejo, CA, Valerie (Scott) Gorichs of Weston, Lisa (Tom Wagner) Moscoso of St. Louis, MO, Marla (Ray) Reimann of Merrill, Natalie (Daniel) Winkler of Idaho Springs, CO

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 15 – Jordyn, Erica & Dylan Moscoso, Nicholas & Benjamin Gorichs, Annalise, John Harry & Lizzie Wagner, Elizabeth “Lindsey” Moscoso, McKenzie, Lily, Henry, Samuel & Grace Reimann, Atticus Winkler

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sister – Charito Cabacungan

DECEASED FATHER: Isidoro Ganotisi DECEASED MOTHER: Mercedes Balatian

PALLBEARERS: Sons-in-law: Scott Gorichs, Tom Wagner, Ray Reimann & Daniel Winkler; Grandsons: Nicholas & Benjamin Gorichs

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to Holy Rosary Parish, Medford in Elvie’s memory
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SHARON M. McNAMAR


NAME OF DECEASED: SHARON M. McNAMAR

AGE: 77

ADDRESS: N6398 Bunker Rd. Medford, WI

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:16 A.M. Sunday, November 29, 2015 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Per Sharon’s request there will be a private celebration of life service held at a later date.

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at Chelsea Community Cemetery at a later date.

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 23, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan

EDUCATION: Graduated from Westboro High School in 1956

MARRIAGE: On November 17, 1956 in Rib Lake, Sharon married Jerry McNamar and he survives

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: In 1954 Sharon’s family moved to the township of Westboro. After her marriage, Sharon and Jerry bought and managed a farm for 33 years; she then worked for Copps IGA in Medford for 3 years. Sharon then worked for B & B Engineering in Medford for 9 years. She enjoyed going for long walks, gardening, reading, playing cards and spending time with her family and friends.

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Jerry McNamar of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Bob (Renee) McNamar of Tomahawk, Allen (Ann) McNamar, Barb (Significant Other: John Sterr) Denzine, and Dale (Fiancée: Keva Schult) McNamar all of Medford

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 6 Grandsons and 1 Granddaughter
GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 7 Great-Grandsons

SURVIVING SISTER: Janet (Frank) Pawlowski of Weslaco, TX

BROTHER DECEASED: James Hollister

DECEASED FATHER: Frank B. Hollister

DECEASED MOTHER: Hazel M. Mallory

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Sharon’s family to be designated at a later date.
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake assisted the family with arrangements.
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Sunday, November 29, 2015

IONE J. DAHLVIG

NAME OF DECEASED: IONE JOYCE DAHLVIG AGE: 87

ADDRESS: Care Partners Assisted Living, 955 East Allman St, Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Care Partners Assisted Living, Sunday November 29, 2015 at 3:20 AM.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 Thursday December 3, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza and Deacon Joe Stefancin

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford.

VISITATION: Thursday, December 3, 2015, 10:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford.

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 14, 1928 in Holcombe, WI.

EDUCATION: Graduate of The Teachers College.

MARRIAGE: Joseph F. Dahlvig, June 10, 1950 in Flambeau, WI. He precedes her in death, February 10, 2014.

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Ione taught at several one room school houses in the Flambeau area until starting a family. Ione and Joseph enjoyed traveling, visiting each of the 48 continental states. She loved time spent with her family, especially family gatherings.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Ladies of Holy Rosary, Medford Homemakers.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Gem (Tim) Kaiser of Auburndale, Craig (Donna) Dahlvig of Hatley, Joel (Helen) Dahlvig of Lewisville, TX, Bradley “Brad” (Karen) Dahlvig of Medford, and Brian (Brian Woods) Dahlvig, of Minneapolis, MN.

GRANDCHILDREN: Chris (Tracy) Kaiser, Heather (Kori) Krueger, Lucas (Keycia) Dahlvig, Sarah (Jason) Rominski, Jared Dahlvig, Ember (Dan) Shmitt, Katie (Jason) Lindemann, Eric Dahlvig, Joe (Helen) Dahlvig, John (Melissa) Dahlvig

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 12 STEP GR. GRANDCHILDREN: 2


SISTER DECEASED: Carol Dean Johnson


DECEASED FATHER: Victor Gourdoux DECEASED MOTHER: Minnie (Driesen) Gourdoux

PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren

JAMES A. PETERSON


James A. Peterson 60, of Medford WI formerly of Chippewa Falls, passed away November 27th at Aspirus Hospital, Wausau WI.
Jimmy was born in Eau Claire WI. March 15 1955, to Robert and Olive(Sime)Peterson.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents and sister JoAnn VanCamp.
Jimmy loved to fish and was an accomplished “Picker”. Most of all he was a huge Green Bay Packer fan and an organ donor. He made friends easily, and was a gentle and loving spirit.
Jim leaves behind his fiancé and companion of 33 years Donna Kukielka, her daughter Angi(Jorge)Meza Columbia Heights Mn, His son, Jared(Nicole Cardinal) Burger, granddaughters Kendal, and Carly Rae, Rosemount Mn. Brother Bob(Pamela)Peterson, Kronenwetter, WI. and sister Judy Holm, Chippewa Falls.
Per Jim’s wishes a private family service will be held.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

DELL F. PEISSIG

Dell F. Peissig, 65, passed away Wednesday, November 25th, 2015 at his residence in Curtiss, WI.
Dell was born on July 8th, 1950 to Clifford and Ramona Peissig. He married Mary Josephine Schreiner in Stetsonville, WI on July 3rd, 1971. She survives.
Dell is survived by his children: Jessie (Nigel Gomez) Peissig of Fullerton, CA, Erik (Lovey Walker) Peissig of St. Paul. MN, and Ryan (Laura) Peissig of Oshkosh, WI.
Dell is also survived by his grandchildren: Rio and Iva Peissig Gomez, Emmalynne Peissig, and River Peissig.
Dell graduated from Medford High School in 1968. He was drafted into the US Army in 1970 and served during the Vietnam War until 1971. During his service he was a chauffeur for the Pentagon. After he was discharged from the military, he returned to Dorchester, WI and worked at Marathon Cheese in Medford, WI until 1980. Dell and Mary then farmed outside of Curtiss until 1991. He then worked at All Metal Stamping until he retired in 2012.
Dell was a highly skilled carpenter and builder. He also enjoyed traveling, making trips to the western United States numerous times, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago. Dell was also an avid hunter and appreciated being out in nature. Most of all he loved spending time with his friends and family. He was a kind and loving person who lived life to the fullest, and he will be dearly missed.
Hemer Funeral Service was entrusted with arrangements. Cremation rites have been accorded.

BONITA “BONNIE” L. HEIER GILLES

NAME OF DECEASED: BONITA “BONNIE” L. HEIER GILLES AGE: 82

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

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sister – Carol Armbrust

DECEASED FATHER: John Heier, Jr. DECEASED MOTHER: Eunice Winchell

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

OTHER INFORMATION: -For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

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 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

MARLENE J. WITKOWSKI


NAME OF DECEASED: MARLENE J. WITKOWSKI

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
MARLENE J. WITKOWSKI

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

DECEASED FATHER: Peter Stake

DECEASED MOTHER: Mary Kups

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Marlene's name to woundedwarriorsfund.org
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

GENE D. EHLERT

NAME OF DECEASED: GENE D. EHLERT AGE: 67

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

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 14

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: 3 Sisters

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

DECEASED FATHER: George Ehlert

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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LEROY H. THIEME

NAME OF DECEASED
LEROY H. THIEME
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

8 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN

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

SISTER DECEASED: Gloriette Peche

DECEASED FATHER: Arthur W. Thieme

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

HERBERT “HERB” J. BRANDNER


NAME OF DECEASED: HERBERT “HERB” J. BRANDNER

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 FATHER: Carl Brandner

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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Sunday, November 8, 2015

HARRIET A. KETELHUT


NAME OF DECEASED: HARRIET A. KETELHUT

AGE: 91

ADDRESS: Cedar Lane Apartments in Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:40 P.M. Saturday, November 7, 2015 at Aspirus Nursing and Rehab in Medford surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at Community United Church of Christ in Medford

OFFICIATING: Pastor Mary Jo Laabs

VISITATION: 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford with a 7:00 P.M. Order of the Eastern Star Service. Also from 10:00 A.M. until time of services on Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at Community United Church of Christ in Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 22, 1924 in Chatfield, Minnesota

EDUCATION: Harriet attended Westboro Area Elementary and graduated from Medford Area High School

MARRIAGE: On December 5, 1942 in Medford, Harriet married the love of her life, Leslie R. Ketelhut and he preceded her in death on April 17, 1987

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Harriet was a waitress at the Black Bear Inn in Medford where she met her husband. After her marriage, she was a loving mother to 5 children. Harriet worked as a clerk for various businesses in the Medford area before settling as a clerk for Hoffman Ben Franklin for 30 years until ill health forced her retirement. Harriet enjoyed spending time with her family at the cottage on Lake Esadore where she loved to bake and cook for her family and friends and where she taught herself, along with her children and grandchildren to swim. She enjoyed various crafts, scrap booking, traveling with family and friends and participating in her grandchildren's activities. Harriet loved popcorn and was also an avid Green Bay Packer fan.

MEMBER OF: Community United Church of Christ in Medford since 1942, Order of the Eastern Star, Esadore Area Lake Association, Community United Church of Christ Women's Guild and Candle Light Circle and the Royal Neighbors

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Bev (Jim) Weister of Marshfield, Larry (Diann) Ketelhut of Commerce City, CO, Jack (Sally) Ketelhut of Medford, Cheryl Ketelhut of Medford and Scott C. Ketelhut of Fond du Lac

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 12 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 18

DECEASED FATHER: Marvin Bolles

DECEASED MOTHER: Maud Peckham

PALLBEARERS: Grandsons

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be given to Harriet’s family to be designated at a later date to United Church of Christ of Medford, Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice and Esadore Lake Association.
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Friday, November 6, 2015

ELDON W. HALL

Eldon Hall, 88, left this earth for his heavenly home on Thursday, November 5, 2015.
Born January 21, 1927, in Medford, the youngest child of William Emory and Lucy Pearl (Buchanan) Hall, he was preceded in death by his parents and siblings Mildred Bartelt, Orville Hall, and Doris Mikul.
After graduating from Medford High School, Eldon spent several years traveling out West working on farms. Returning to Medford, he owned and operated a dairy farm and repaired small engines. He married Mildred Alice DeBoer in 1951. After the birth of his first two daughters, he stopped farming and came to Medford and worked at a service station. He quickly left that to become an entrepreneur, owning and operating his own businesses including: Hall Distributing Company, Hall of Frames, Aimm Ad Agency, Mil-Don Manufacturing Company, Hall Sales & Service, Hall's Monument Co., Hall Made Manufacturing Company, and Manufacturer's Supply.
He not only took pride in his business and family, he enjoyed the friends he made and was an active lifelong member of the Medford community. He was involved in the initial assessment of land that would later become Camp Forest Springs. Eldon served on the Medford School Board and was a charter member of First Baptist Church, Medford, serving in numerous capacities.
Eldon loved his surviving wife Mildred of 64 years, his seven children Cheryl (Ron) Cathey, Susan Hall, who preceded him in death, Bill (Sandy) Hall, Sandra (Leon) Youngblood, Kurt (Barb) Hall, Cindy (Joseph) Harrison, Dan Hall, two foster children, Cindy (Mike) Gibson, Craig (Mary) Hillegas, his 22 grandchildren and his 14 great-grandchildren. He enjoyed traveling, reading, gardening, bird-watching and meeting people. He had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and wanted everyone he met to know his Lord.

Visitation will be held at First Baptist Church, Medford, 670 West Broadway, Monday, November 9, 6:00 – 8:00 PM and November 10, 9:00 AM until time of service. The funeral service will held Tuesday, November 10, 2015, 10:30 AM also at First Baptist Church, with Pastor Brian Wipf officiating. Interment will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Lunch will be served after the service at the church. Grandchildren will be serving as pallbearers.

The family wishes memorials or gifts in honor of Eldon Hall and in lieu of flowers be designated to Forest Springs, Inc., N8890 Forest Lane, Westboro, WI 54490 or First Baptist Church Building Fund, 670 West Broadway, Medford, WI 54451.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

EMIL C. PAUR

Emil C. Paur, 88, died Thursday, November 5, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice, according to his wishes of dying on the farm where he was born. Emil was born July 22, 1927, to John Jr. & Anna (Widmer) Paur in the farmhouse in the Town of Browning, near Gad, in Medford, WI. Emil attended Cloverdale Grade School & graduated from Medford High School class of 1944.
He was a life-long farmer, and even drove milk can truck route before having his driver’s license. He also worked for Widmer and Sons Construction for a number of years. He was a life-long resident of the Town of Browning except for a brief time when he worked for his brother-in-law on a farm in Illinois. He returned to Medford to assist his father John Paur with the family dairy farm, eventually taking over the farm completely and adding to it through the years. On June 12, 1948, Emil married Gladys E. Brecke and together they raised 6 children. He was an active member of the Farmers Union, Medford Cooperative, Taylor County Credit Union, and Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Stetsonville. He enjoyed playing baseball with the Gad team, watching the Green Bay Packers and baseball, and snowmobiling. He was known for his knowledge of trees, and in his retirement, enjoyed cutting and selling firewood.
Emil is survived by his wife of 67 years, Gladys, children Starla (Jerry) Siegmann of Milwaukee, Bryan (Carol) Paur of Menomonie, WI, Mitchell Paur of Medford, Jill (David) Smith of Medford, Leslie (Carol) Paur of Delavan, and Cynthia (Mark) Wierschke of West Salem, WI. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, and one sister Helen Hirsch of Delavan, WI. He was preceded in death by his sisters Margaret Loertscher and Lydia Loertscher.
Visitation will be held from 4:30 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Sunday, November 8 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford and also 10:00 A.M. until 10:50 A.M. Monday, November 9 at the Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville. Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, November 9 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville with Rev. James Babler officiating with burial to take place in Medford Evergreen Cemetery, Medford. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers; Tyler and Brayden Paur, Adam Smith, Josh, Connor and Zach Wierschke.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Emil’s family to be designated at a later date
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

JOHN E. REINHARDT

NAME OF DECEASED: JOHN EDWARD REINHARDT AGE: 97

ADDRESS: 509 Lemke Avenue, Medford, WI 54451

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Deerview Assisted Living, Monday November 2, 2015 at 5:15 AM.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Friday November 6, 2015 at Woodland Community Church in Westboro.

OFFICIATING: Rev. Len Robinson

INTERMENT OF CREMATED REMAINS: Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake, WI at a later date.

VISITATION: 10:00 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM, Friday November 6, 2015 at Woodland Baptist Church in Westboro.

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 24, 1918 in Rib Lake, WI.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Rib Lake High School.

MARRIAGE: Married to Mae Anderson, whom preceded him death, and married to Inez Vanucha, whom also preceded him in death.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: John served in the United States Air Force as an engine mechanic and flight line crew chief on bomber aircraft during World War II, serving in the Europe and African theaters. Following his military career, he then worked for Weather Shield in their Specialty department. John attended Woodland Baptist Church in Westboro. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He will be remembered by his practicality in all situations, giving him the nick name “Practical John.”


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Step Son; Marvin ( Milca) Anderson of Ayacucho, Peru.

SIBLINGS: Gerald (Rita) Reinhardt of Rib Lake, Dorothy Koch of Wisconsin Rapids, and Irene Vlach of Marshfield.

AND SEVERAL GRANDCHIDLREN, NIECES AND NEPHEWS

SISTERS DECEASED: Marie Hall and Marcie Durand

AND SEVERAL GRANDCHIDLREN, NIECES AND NEPHEWS

DECEASED FATHER: John Reinhardt DECEASED MOTHER: Caroline Pahorski


OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of John may be made to Woodland Community Church.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

DORIS M. KARABATSOS

NAME OF DECEASED: DORIS M. KARABATSOS AGE: 77

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:35 A.M. Monday, October 26, 2015 at Aspirus Nursing and Rehab where she was under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Per her request, private committal services were held.

OFFICIATING: Rev. Mary Jo Laabs

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment took place at Medford Evergreen II Cemetery in Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 24, 1938 in Chicago, IL

EDUCATION: Doris attended Chicago Area Schools

MARRIAGE: On September 21, 1955 in Norwalk, California Doris married George G. Karabatsos and he preceded her in death on November 13, 1999

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Doris was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening and baking.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Elizabeth (Charles) Braha of Florida, Nancy Ann (Steven) Goll of Bainbridge Island, Washington and Sandra Ann (Gregory) Scott of Chicago, Illinois

LIVING GRANDSON: Graham George Goll of Washington

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Everett England of Texas, Darrel (Diana) Yearman of Illinois and Charles Eugene (Cynthia) Yearman of Illinois

SISTER DECEASED: Carol Mallernee

DECEASED FATHER: Everett I. England DECEASED MOTHER: Locadia “Elsie” Pretzel

OTHER INFORMATION: Memorials can be made in Doris’ name to Hope Hospice Palliative Care of Medford
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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

JOSEPH “JOE” P. SAUER

NAME OF DECEASED: JOSEPH “JOE” P. SAUER AGE: 95

ADDRESS: 1013 W. Cedar Street, Medford, WI; A Township of Medford resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced at 11:20 AM, Monday, October 26 at his residence in the Town of Medford

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Monday, November 2 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza and Father Dennis Meulemans

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM on Sunday, November 1 where there will be a 7:00 PM Catholic prayer service held that evening; also from 9:30 AM until 10:30 AM on Monday morning

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 11, 1919 at Medford

EDUCATION: Holy Rosary Catholic School, Medford; 1937 graduate of Medford High School; received a degree from Wausau Technical School

MARRIAGE: November 20, 1943 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to Edna M. Wulf and she preceded him in death May 29, 1993

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he did factory work in Milwaukee. In 1941 he was drafted into the Army Air Force and served during WW II until 1946. After the military, he resided in Evanston, IL and did painting work for Northwestern University. Moved to Medford in 1951 and owned/operated The Service Bar Tavern until 1955. Then they farmed in the Town of Medford for many years until 1978. While farming, he worked as a painter and decorator in the area. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, making firewood & maple syrup, spending time with his family and at the cabin in the Town of Molitor.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford; Medford V.F.W. Club; Medford Knights of Columbus

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – Judy (Robert) Oestreich of Green Valley, AZ & Jayne (John) Mayer of Medford
Son – Jim (Jayne) Sauer of Medford

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 6 – Kim (Gene) Mengel, Jason (Traci) Couillard, Erich (Katrina) Mayer, Anne (Michael) Wolf, Tara Sauer & Tori Sauer GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 9 GR. GR. GRANDCHILDREN: many

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister - Jeanette (Richard) Miller of Medford
Sister-in-law: Donna Sauer of Rib Lake

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – Leo, Felix, Alvin & Herbert Sauer; Sisters – Margaret Pernsteiner, Dolores Dzik, Regina Werner, Frances Guth

DECEASED FATHER: Michael Sauer DECEASED MOTHER: Catherine Henrichs

PALLBEARERS: Ryan Zicco, Steven Voss, Vern Pernsteiner, Ray Metz, Gary Thomas, Phil Werner, Lloyd Guth, Leon Sauer

OTHER INFORMATION: Further survived by a special friend – Carol Strebig
-In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to either Holy Rosary Parish, Medford in his name or to the family for a future designation
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Monday, October 26, 2015

WAYNE A. JOHNSON

NAME OF DECEASED: WAYNE ALBERT JOHNSON AGE: 70

ADDRESS: W 224 County Road YY, Ogema, WI 54459

DATE OF DEATH: Sunday October 25, 2015 at 6:15 PM.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 3:00 PM, Sunday November 1, 2015 at Spirit Methodist Church

OFFICIATING: Pastor Deb Hastings

INTERMENT OF CREMATED REMAINS: Hillcrest, Cemetery, Spirit, WI

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: 10/21/1945 in Tomahawk, WI

EDUCATION: High School Graduate from Rib Lake, High School.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Wayne owned and operated his own dairy farm. He had a love for all animals, and really enjoyed watching and feeding deer on his farm. He also enjoyed bowling, and playing softball and baseball and earned the nickname “Home Run Johnson” by many.

MEMBER OF: Wayne attended Spirit Methodist Church.

HE IS SURVIVED BY: Siblings: Pearl (Ben) Kauer of Rib Lake, WI and Joseph (Dorene) Johnson of Spirit, WI

Nieces and Nephews: Jack Kauer, Neil Kauer, Marijane (Jason) Viergutz, Dean Johnson,
Jolene (Craig) Berger, Jason (Jenny) Johnson

AND MANY GREAT NIECES AND NEPHEWS, AND COUSINS


DECEASED FATHER: Albert Victor Johnson DECEASED MOTHER: W. Jane Fickel


OTHER INFORMATION: Memorial donations in honor of Wayne may be given to his family, for future designation.

Friday, October 23, 2015

SUSAN L. TLUSTY

NAME OF DECEASED: SUSAN LEE TLUSTY AGE: 69

ADDRESS: 375 Lake Shore Drive, Rib Lake, WI 54470

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Friday, October 23, 2015 at her residence under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake

OFFICIATING: Father Otto Bucher & Father Dennis Meulemans

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake at a later date

VISITATION: 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home in Rib Lake and also 10:00 A.M. until time of services Wednesday October 28, 2015 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 24, 1946 in Westboro

EDUCATION: She received her education in Westboro Public Schools. Susan knew in 1st grade that she wanted to be a teacher. She had wonderful teachers and loved recess where she played with friends on swings, monkey bars and teeter totters. Sue graduated high school in 1964 and went on to graduate from UW Stevens Point in 1968.

MARRIAGE: On July 18, 1970 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Sue married the love of her life and best friend Wayne Tlusty.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Susan enjoyed a wonderful childhood. She spent many hours playing outside in all seasons, going on picnics in the yard, along the creek, under the big pine tree and fishing on Twin Lake. Her mom and dad were her best friends. Time with her mom was spent cooking, baking, canning, making jelly, washing clothes with a wringer washer, hanging them out to dry in the sun and wind; planting a garden, caring for it, and harvesting the produce. Time with dad was spent working on projects in the garage like straightening nails, going to the swamp to cut a tamarack for a gate pole. Also, digging worms and going fishing with both mom and dad. After graduating from UW Stevens Point, Sue began her teaching career as a kindergarten teacher at Maine Elementary in the Wausau Public Schools in Wausau for two years. In March of 1970, Sue bought a Jeep with dreams of moving to and teaching in Alaska. Her plans changed and after her marriage to Wayne, they moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. Sue taught children from immigrant families in a multicultural school and also taught in an upper-class British neighborhood. She found that living near an ocean, in a large city and learning new customs was both challenging and exciting! After a year in Canada, Sue and Wayne arrived in Ketchikan, Alaska and their Jeep arrived by ship. They lived in a home on the shore of the Pacific Ocean. Sue and Wayne hiked in the mountains, fished for salmon & halibut, picked huge salmonberries and blueberries in the magnificent rain forest and traveled by ferry to areas along the Inland Passage. A great trip was one on the Narrow Gauge Railroad and on to Dawson City, exploring the route of the Gold Rush. Sue taught in a team teaching classroom, ages 5-8 until she was transferred to a newly built open classroom with ages 5-10. Each teacher on the staff was from a different state and Sue treasured this experience. She continued her education with classes from UW Alaska. The next move was to the “Big Sky Country” of Libby, Montana where they bought a beautiful home in the mountains. Sue and Wayne spent weekends and summers hiking in the wilderness, visiting Glacier National Park, traveling to the Oregon Coast and going north to Banff or Jasper Parks in Canada. Sue also enjoyed gardening, canning, biking, cross-country skiing and playing volleyball. Sue helped to develop the curriculum for Libby’s first Public Kindergarten School. She taught kindergarten for 4 years of which she loved every minute of it where she was able to meet and learn with teachers from various states. She also continued her education with classes taken at University of Washington. Sue returned to Wisconsin in 1978, where she moved to Middleton. She taught 2nd grade in Middleton for 12 years and continued her education at UW- Madison. She was an active member of the Universities Women’s Club. For the first time, Sue experienced suburban life and it resulted in many friendships which she always treasured. Sue and Wayne travels took them to San Francisco, Yosemite, Vancouver, BC, Isle Royal, Boundary Waters, Zion & Bryse, Santo Fe, Prince Edward Island, New Foundland, New Zealand and a canoe trip down the Missouri. In 1999, Sue had to retire due to Multiple sclerosis that was progressing
Plans for a retirement of travel changed and in 2000, Sue and Wayne bought a lake lot in Rib Lake. Wayne designed a beautiful wheelchair accessible home built in 2001. She enjoyed watching birds, visiting friends, reading, learning, working at the computer, and taking day trips to nearby areas. Sue loved teaching & learning, traveling & spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Sue believed to “Find Joy & Wonder in each day and Always, always…remember to smile”

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Beloved Husband and Best Friend: Wayne Tlusty

SURVIVING NIECES/NEPHEWS: Terrie (Ed) Anderson, Peg Stone, Mindy (Dan) Krieg, Cindy (Mark) Meyering, Jackie (Mark) Peterson and Dave (Cheryl) Hanson

Further survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Gerry Hanson, Eddie Premeau

SISTERS-IN-LAW DECEASED: Ailene Premeau

DECEASED FATHER: Ed Premeau DECEASED MOTHER: Viola Poff

OTHER INFORMATION: In Lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Sue may be made to Hope Hospice and Palliative Care, Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, and Good Shepherd Catholic Church.
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FRANK J. ROBERTS

NAME OF DECEASED: FRANK J. ROBERTS AGE: 89

ADDRESS: 703 Del Rae Court, Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:59 AM Thursday, October 22 at his residence in the City of Medford under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 31 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford where there will also be military rites performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team

OFFICIATING: Rev. James Krueger

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 27, 1926 at Jump River, WI

EDUCATION: Jump River elementary schools

MARRIAGE: 1st: in 1947 at Medford to Joanne O'Brien and they were later divorced; 2nd: August 17, 1968 at Medford to Alice Ann Dassow and she survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he entered the US Navy, veteran of WW II serving from 1944 -1948.
After the service, he returned to Medford and worked for the railroad for a period of time. Then he moved to Kansas City, MO, worked and resided there for a period of time. In 1957 he moved to the Town of Browning where he farmed for many years. While farming he worked at Hurd Millwork in Medford for a period of years. He later owned & operated his own trucking company transporting for Weather Shield Manufacturing of Medford until his retirement in 1988. In retirement, he operated the Mondeaux Dam concession area for 6 years. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, wood working & spending time with his family and grandchildren.

MEMBER OF: Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford; Medford V.F.W. Club

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Alice A. Roberts of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Michael (Susie) Roberts of Georgetown, Texas, Linda Kenny of Chisago City, MN, Judy Roberts of Madison, Debra (Robert) Yeager of Medford, Joan Groves of Medford, Trudy (Tom) Hobl of Medford, Cindy Messman of Medford, Judy (Rick) Swisher of Blaine, MN, Lori (James) Zak of Stetsonville

CHILDREN DECEASED: Grandson – Craig Seymour; Great-Granddaughter: Cassie Kuker

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 25 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 38 GR. GR. GRANDCHILDREN:1

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister – Dorothy Knipshield of Florida

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sisters – Jennie Zenker Langteau, Pearl O'Brien, Verna Smith, Eleanor Smith, Edna Perrine; Brothers – George & Thomas Roberts

DECEASED FATHER: Charles Roberts DECEASED MOTHER: Mary Domer

OTHER INFORMATION: Further survived by 2 special friends – Jean Heier & Kim Probst
-In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Hope Hospice of Medford
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Monday, October 19, 2015

RITA M. KAWA


NAME OF DECEASED: RITA M. KAWA

AGE: 85

ADDRESS: 135 S. Gibson St. Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 4:40 A.M. Monday, October 19, 2015 at Aspirus Nursing and Rehab under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 23, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford

OFFICIATING: Deacon Joseph Stefancin

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford

VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 23, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 20, 1930 in Milwaukee

EDUCATION: Rita attended Milwaukee Area Schools

MARRIAGE: On November 9, 1946 in Milwaukee, Rita married the love of her life, Walter Henry Kawa and he preceded her in death on October 27, 1990

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After their marriage, they moved to the Medford Area in 1957 where she worked as a nurse’s assistant at the Medford Memorial Hospital until her retirement. Rita enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, crocheting, watching black and white movies and she was an avid Packer fan.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Paralyzed Veterans of America and ASPCA.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Michael (Judy) Kawa of Gilbert, Arizona, Vicky (Jim) Olson of Altoona, Judy Johnson of Medford, Jim (Shelly) Kawa of Withee, Nancy (Steve) Gosse of Withee, Wendy (Angela) Scharrschmidt of Rib Lake and Gail (Scott) Oleson of Curtiss

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 16 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 18

SURVIVING SISTER: Pat Kresha of Brighton, Colorado
Brother-in-law: Richard Kirkpatrick

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Audrey (Kenneth) Thompson and Maryann Kirkpatrick

DECEASED FATHER: Andrew J. Hoffman

DECEASED MOTHER: Gladys O. Halverson

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Rita’s name to Hope Hospice Palliative Care in Medford.
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Thursday, October 15, 2015

JEFFREY “JEFF” A. ARMSTRONG

NAME OF DECEASED: JEFFREY “JEFF” A. ARMSTRONG AGE: 54

ADDRESS: S77 W25250 National Ave., Waukesha, WI 53189

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Wednesday, October 14 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau where he had been a patient for the past 3 weeks

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, October 21 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

OFFICIATING: Rev. David Clements

INTERMENT: Perkinstown Community Cemetery, Township of Grover

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4 – 7 PM on Tuesday, October 20 and also from 10 AM until the time of services at 12 Noon on Wednesday, October 21

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 25, 1961 at Medford

EDUCATION: Hannibal Elementary schools and was a 1979 graduate of Gilman High School, Gilman, WI where he was class valedictorian

MARRIAGE: to Lori Gavinski on March 19, 1988 at All Saints Church in Oak Creek, WI. They were later divorced after 17 years of marriage.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he moved to Milwaukee where he worked for Routh Construction as a rough carpenter. He then went on to work at Harland Check Printing in Waukesha for 10 years. He then worked as a Union Carpenter and built homes in the Waukesha area until an accident forced an early retirement in 2004. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, bow leagues, riding ATV and anything outdoors.

MEMBER OF: Golden Arrow Bow Club of Waukesha

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – Nicole Armstrong of Mukwonago, WI, Jamie Armstrong and Jacolyn “Jackie” Armstrong both of Greenfield, WI

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sisters – Peggy (Duane) Dassow of Burlington, Connie (Ray) Griesbach of Rhinelander; Twin Brother – Jan (Barb) Armstrong of Medford & Fred E. (Kelly) Emstrom of Medford

DECEASED FATHER: Jolly L. Armstrong

DECEASED MOTHER: Clara Frieda Leuthy

DECEASED STEP FATHER: Fred G. Emstrom

PALLBEARERS: Derek Bice,

OTHER INFORMATION: Further survived by nieces and nephews
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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

ALVIN W. SOVA

NAME OF DECEASED:
ALVIN W. SOVA
AGE: 95

ADDRESS: W6163 Buehler Lane Medford; Township of Medford Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 12:09 P.M. Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 6:00 P.M. Friday, October 16 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza and Deacon Joseph Stefancin

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date in St. Mary’s Cemetery in the Township of Holway

VISITATION: 1:00 P.M. until 5:30 P.M. where there will be a 5:30 P.M. Rosary Service and then funeral mass to follow

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 11, 1920 in Stanbaugh, Michigan

EDUCATION: Alvin attended Milwaukee Area Schools starting at the age of 4, and graduated from Custer High School in Milwaukee at the age of 16.

MARRIAGE: On April 26, 1943 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to Dolores R. Roberts

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After high school, Alvin moved to Holway with his family at the age of 17. After his marriage they lived in Holway until moving to Medford in 1980. Alvin was a dairy farmer as well as working at various other jobs in the area. He worked at the Post Company in Owen, The Creamery in Medford, The Medford Brewery, drove bus, sold insurance, processed meat at Brunners Store, did painting jobs with his brother Arnold and was Taylor County Treasurer for 18 years. He enjoyed playing softball, where he played for the 55 and older team and was State Champs when he was 72 years old and hitting a home run, coaching both men and women’s various sports teams, bowling, card playing, golfing (where he had 2 hole in 1’s), woodworking, enjoyed dancing the waltz and polka music, sang with the Holy Rosary Monks, and he liked going to the casinos and playing bingo. Alvin loved going to his children’s, grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s events and spending time with his family.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Alvin was Grand Knight for several years. The Farmer’s Union and a Director on the Taylor County Electric Cooperative.

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Dolores R. Sova of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: 12 Children: James “Jim” (Janet) Sova of Medford, Carol (John) Willman of Stetsonville, David (Penny) Sova of Medford, Shirley (Marshal) Kleist of Medford, William “Bill” (Mary) Sova of Somerset, Daniel (Nancy) Sova of Hewitt, Ronald (Nancy Heib) Sova of Anoka, MN, Kevin (Laura) Sova of Curtiss, Laura (Dan) Leary of Medford, Mary (Brian Strobach) Henrichs of Westboro, Joe (Val) Sova of Medford and Kent (Heidi Hennes) Sova of Neenah

CHILDREN DECEASED: Twin Sons: Dale and Duane Sova on December 23, 1946

LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 25, 13 Step GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: 25, 23 Step
GREAT- GREAT- GRANDCHILD: 1, 3 Step

SURVIVING BROTHER: Atlen (Shirley) Sova of Eagan, MN

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brother: Arnold Sova Sr., Sisters: Eldridge Sova and Geraldine Hamm
Also preceded in death by a Step-Grandchild: Levi Pisors

DECEASED FATHER: Leo G. Sova

DECEASED MOTHER: Lillian Sova (Maiden Name: Crepeau)

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Alvin’s family to be designated at a later date.
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake assisted his family with arrangements.
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Monday, October 12, 2015

GARY L. SCHAFER

Gary L. Schafer, 70, husband of Jill Rees Kintigh, died Saturday, October 3, 2015 in Greenville, South Carolina.

Born in Pittsfield, IL, he was the son of Aleene Schafer.

Mr. Schafer served in the US Army during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star. He was a dairy farmer and attended Fellowship Greenville. In Wisconsin, he was director of Taylor County Farm Bureau, Chairman of Taylor County Republican Party, was a member of the Medford Cooperative, Taylor County Electric Cooperative, and Foremost Dairy USA. He was Commander, Sr. Vice Commander, Jr. Commander and Adjutant for VFW Post 5729 Medford.

Surviving, in addition to his wife; are children, John Christian Schafer and wife, Jennifer, of Neenah, WI, Timothy Conrad Schafer, and wife, Cassie, of New Richmond, WI, Thomas (Friend Tommy) Edmund Schafer of Chicago, IL, Ted Anthony Schafer, and fiancée Tammy Weiler of Medford, WI and Julie Ann Schafer, and special friend, Bobby Rau of Dorchester, WI; grandson, Samuel Cooperr; mother, Aleene Schafer Boucousas and husband, George, of Holliday, FL. He was a special father to Jill’s children, Cherith Kintigh Stoner of Greenwood and Christian William Kintigh and wife, Eva, of Baltimore, MD; grandchildren, Jakob Charles Rhys and Evangelina Rose; mother-in-law, Donna Yurs Rees of Elgin IL, sisters, Wendy Rees Pocock of Charlotte, NC and Penny Rees Dillehay and husband, Gale, and Terry Lynn Rees, all of Elgin, IL. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Mansell, and father-in-law, William John Rees.

A graveside committal service will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday October 16, 2015 at Pine Hill Cemetery, Curtiss, WI. Deacon Steve Schafer and Pastor Brian Wipf will officiate. Military Honors will also be presented at the cemetery.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, October 17, 2015 at First Baptist Church in Medford, WI. Pastor Brian Wipf will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 AM until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VFW Post # 5729, 240 S. 8th Street, Medford, WI.

Friday, October 9, 2015

BETTY JANE KAAT


NAME OF DECEASED: BETTY JANE KAAT

AGE: 84

ADDRESS: 1000 Kennedy St. Lot. 108 Rib Lake, WI

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:10 P.M. Thursday, October 8, 2015 at her residence with her family and under the care of Hope Hospice

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date at Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 28, 1931 in Jefferson

EDUCATION: Betty attended school in Wisconsin and Connecticut

MARRIAGE: In August of 1985, Betty married Donald Kaat and he preceded her in death on May 1, 2013

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: At the age of 15, Betty worked in the tobacco industry in Connecticut for a period of time. She then moved to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin where she worked at various jobs for a period of time. Betty then settled in Rib Lake where she worked at various local businesses. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and cooking and she liked to dance.

MEMBER OF: past President of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary in Glastbury, Connecticut

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Bertha Goodale of Rib Lake and Mary-Ann (Fiancé: Greg Henze) Goodale of Fort Atkinson

CHILDREN DECEASED: Son: Frank E. Goodale Jr. on September 6, 2015

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: David & Steve Ingwell & Benjamin Goodale all of Fort Atkinson

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Chester (Rosemary) Fleck Jr. of Fort Atkinson & Shirley (Bill) Brandt of Janesville

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Janet Fleck in infancy

DECEASED FATHER: Chester Henry Fleck

DECEASED MOTHER: Marian Martha Bussler

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Betty’s family to be designated at a later date.
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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ELMER G. BLASEL



NAME OF DECEASED: ELMER G. BLASEL AGE: 88

ADDRESS: Aspirus Care and Rehab Center, Medford, WI; A former Town of Little Black resident.

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:10 AM, Wednesday October 7, 2015 at Aspirus Care and Rehab, Medford where he resided at for the past three years.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stetsonville, WI.

OFFICIATING: Rev. James Babler

INTERMENT: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Stetsonville, WI

VISITATION: 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Friday October 9, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford, and also from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM, Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, Stetsonville, WI.

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: May 11, 1927 in the Town of Deer Creek, WI.

EDUCATION: He attended Stetsonville Elementary School, and graduated from Medford High School in 1945.

MARRIAGE: Married to Ilaine P. Brink on June 9, 1951 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stetsonville.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he worked at Peterson Construction. Then he farmed in the Town of Little Black for many years, until retiring in 2008. While farming he worked at Eggert Lime Company for a period of time. He enjoyed farm auctions, playing cards, traveling, and farming.

MEMBER OF: Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, where he served on the Church Council for a period of time.

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Ilaine P. Blasel of Medford.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Susan (James) Stahl of Winneconne, David (Betty) Blasel of Stetsonville, Jeanne (David) Tlusty of Deerbrook, Peggy Blasel of Stetsonville, and Dennis (Amy) Blasel of Medford.

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 16 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 10

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sisters - Edna Porter of Plover, Florence Jarvis of Menomonee Falls, Arlene (Harvey) Dassow of Wauwatosa; Half-Sisters: Alice (Don) Nelson of Stevens Point, Doris (Bruce) Dietze of Medford; Half-Brother: Allen (Sue) Blasel of Plymouth.

SIBLINGS DECEASED: Infant Brother, Chester Blasel.& Sister, Norma Lake

SURVIVING PARENTS: Step-Mother: Leona Blasel of Stetsonville.

DECEASED FATHER: Edwin R. Blasel DECEASED MOTHER: Hattie Korth

PALLBEARERS: Grandsons: Matthew Stahl, Jayson Blasel, Peter Blasel, Michael Tlusty, Jeremy Blasel, Nicholas Blasel

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family for a future designation
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Monday, October 5, 2015

JERRE L. FORBES





NAME OF DECEASED:    JERRE L. FORBES    AGE:  77


 


ADDRESS:  1129 Landall Avenue, Rib Lake, WI  54470


 

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  5:25 AM, Monday, October 5 at Golden Living-Rib Lake where he had been residing for the past 2 months

 

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 10:00 AM Thursday, October 8 at Woodland Community Church, Westboro where there will also be military rites performed by the Westboro VFW military honors team

 

OFFICIATING:  Pastor Len Robinson

 

INTERMENT:  Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake  

 

VISITATION:  Woodland Community Church, Westboro from 9 AM until the time of services at 10 AM on Thursday, October 8

 

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 22, 1938 at San Antonio, Texas

 

EDUCATION: graduate of Artesia High School, Artesia, New Mexico; Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas; Master’s degree from Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas

 

MARRIAGE: November 17, 1968 in North Bend, Washington to Jane Steinke and she survives

 

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: US Navy veteran of the Vietnam War having served from 1961-1968.  After his education, he worked as an inspector of nuclear plants for American Nuclear Insurers while residing in Windsor Locks, CT until retirement in 2006.  In 2008, they moved to Rib Lake, WI to be near family.  He did foster care of children for 25 years.  He served as chairman of the board of the National Nuclear Regulatory Commission for a period of time.  He enjoyed his family, tools, reading, his personal library & bible study groups.

 

MEMBER OF:  Woodland Community Church, Westboro; Gideon’s International & did prison ministry through the Gideon’s organization; Past member of Windsor Locks Congregation, Windsor Locks, CT;

 

SURVIVING SPOUSE:  Jane Forbes of Rib Lake, WI

 

SURVIVING CHILDREN:  Rebeccah (Dave) Hopkins of Rib Lake, Chris (Jen) Forbes of North Haven, CT, Devon (Kara) Forbes of Windsor Locks, CT

 

CHILDREN DECEASED:  Son – Josean R. Forbes in 2013

 

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN:  14       

 

DECEASED FATHER:  Lynn F. Forbes     DECEASED MOTHER:  Nellye R. Yeates

 

URNBEARER:  John Henry Hopkins

 

OTHER INFORMATION:  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to Woodland Community Church in Westboro

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