Wednesday, February 25, 2015


AGE: 82

ADDRESS: 516 Grahl Street, Medford; City of Medford Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:05 A.M. Tuesday, February 24 at his residence surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 7 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey where full military honors will be performed by the Colby Area Military Honors Team.

OFFICIATING: Rev. Randal Jeppesen

INTERMENT: Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Whittlesey

VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, March 7 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: September 8, 1932 in Colby

EDUCATION: Graduate of Colby High School

MARRIAGE: November 12, 1955 at St. John’s Church in Cudahy to Carol M. Hayes

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Dale served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1953 in the 187th Rakasan Airborne where his rank was Sergeant. He saw active duty in Korea. Dale also served in the Air Force Reserves at the General Mitchell Field in Milwaukee. He was a loadmaster on C-119 Cargo Planes. He started at Ladish Corporation in Cudahy working in the inventory control department. Dale then transferred to Houston where he was a purchasing agent. In 1972, they moved to the Medford area where he worked at Weathershield Mfg. as the Purchasing Director until his retirement in 1995. Dale was an avid hunter, fisherman, golfer and bowler. He had 2 Holes In One on the third hole at the Merrill Golf Club. Dale was an avid Winchester Rifle Historian and at one time amassed an extensive Winchester collection.

MEMBER OF: Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey, VFW in Colby and NRA. He also served on the Medford City Planning Commission Board.

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Carol M. Steinke of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: 4 Sons: Steven (Debra) Of Medford, Darrell (Connie) of North Fond du Lac, John of Eagle River and David (Peggy) Steinke of Rothschild

6 LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: Jared, Rebecca, Megan, Mitchell, Michael and Angela Steinke

DECEASED FATHER: Arthur R. Steinke

DECEASED MOTHER: Marion Steinke (Maiden Name: Dunow)

URNBEARER: Active: Denis Heise
Honorary: Tom O’ Brien, Pat O’Brien and Harold Stange

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Dale’s family to be designated at a later date.
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake is assisting the family with arrangements



AGE: 79

ADDRESS: 617 W. Cedar St. Cedar Court Apartments Apt. 1 Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:20 P.M. Monday, February 23, 2015 at Aspirus Care & Rehab where she had resided for the past day, surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 1:00 P.M. Sunday, March 1, 2015 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Sheldon

OFFICIATING: Father Sleeva Raju Madanu

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery in Sheldon

VISITATION: Friday, February 27, 2015 from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford also 12:00 P.M. until time of services at 1:00 P.M. on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at St. John’s Catholic Church in Sheldon

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 30, 1935 in the Township of Cleveland

EDUCATION: Pat attended school in the Ladysmith School District

MARRIAGE: 1st: in October 1955 to James “Ace” Wiemer and he preceded her in death in January 1978;
2nd: in July 1999 to Russell West and he preceded her in death in April 2013

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Pat took care of raising her three children and providing a loving home for her family. She enjoyed family campfires, taking walks through the fall leaves, celebrating Halloween and spending time with her family and her special friends Karen Staples and Barb Orheim.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford

SURVIVING CHILD: Debbie Miller of Medford

SURVIVING STEP-CHILDREN: Viola (Allen) Helland and Virginia (Bob) Luedtke all of the Green Bay Area, Jan (Jerry) Magliano and Brenda West all of Tennesse, Larry (Marilyn) West of Illinois and Pat (Robin) West of the Wausau Area

CHILDREN DECEASED: David and Jim Wiemer, Son-in-Law: Bob Miller, Daughter-in-Law: April Wiemer



SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Shirley Dietrich of Madison and Deedee
Brother-in-Law: George Wiemer of Sheldon and Sister-in-Law: Marlene Ludescher of Sheldon

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers: Orville & Elmer; Sister: Beverly Shackleton



OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Pat’s family to be designated at a later date.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015



ADDRESS: MCT #46, Medford, WI

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 6:30 PM Monday, February 23 at Clark County Health Care Center, Owen surrounded by family, where he had resided for the past 2 ½ years

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 11:00 AM Saturday, March 7 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

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

VISITATION: Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, March 7

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 10, 1928 at Cochrane, WI

EDUCATION: Medford area elementary schools, and was a 1946 graduate of Medford High School

MARRIAGE: September 11, 1948 at Medford to Rose C. Noonan and they were married for 66 years

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education he served in the US Navy, WW II veteran having served from 1946 to 1947. After the service, he returned to Medford and worked as a bookkeeper for Neuendorf Transportation. Then he worked in sales with Wear Ever Cookware. He also worked other sales positions & business ventures. He owned/operated Builders Cove in Medford, Barron Lumber Co. & Engel’s Lighting Company for periods of time. He enjoyed collecting model classic cars, producing cookbooks & how-to-guides, making clocks & was always looking for something new to create.

MEMBER OF: Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Rose C. Engel of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Randy (Lori) Engel of Colorado City, CO, Rita (Rick) Kuehn of Champlin, MN, Ruth Engel of Colorado City, CO, Roxanne (Mark) Dunst of Gleason, WI, Roger (Chasity Kerr) Engel of Greenwood, WI, Robin (Mark Homer) Ashe of Medford




DECEASED FATHER: Wallace Waldo Engel DECEASED MOTHER: Luella Heuer

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
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Saturday, February 21, 2015


Arthur “Art” Allen Crass, Jr., 76, Medford, died at home on Saturday, February 21, 2015. A visitation will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford and also from 9:30 A.M. until the time of Memorial Service at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 25 with Pastor Kris Bjerke-Ulliman officiating.
Art Crass was born on July 11, 1938 in Tomahawk to the late Arthur Crass Sr. and Veronica Crass (Maiden Name: Young). He married Marjorie J. DuPlayee, his high school sweetheart on November 10, 1956 in Tomahawk.
Art was a graduate of Tomahawk High School and after school he served in the Wisconsin National Guard and owned dairy farms in Tomahawk and Rural Medford.
Art enjoyed woodworking, fishing and working at the Crass Sawmill after he retired from dairy farming. He also worked as a rural mail carrier for nearly 15 years. His dog Scoobie was his co-pilot on truck rides. Art was an avid Badger and Brewer fan. He also enjoyed attending games with his family and friends at Camp Randall and Miller Park.
Arthur is survived by his wife, Marjorie “Marge”, his dog Scoobie, and his five children: Linda (Mike) Brandner, Allen (Cindy) Crass, Karen (Mike) Bennett, Daniel (Stacey) Crass and David Crass, 12 Grandchildren: Damon (Sherry) Brandner, Doug (Kristi) Brandner, Kyle (Alysa) Brandner, Jeff (Tonya) Crass, Jackie Crass, Madelyn and Katelyn Bennett, Jake (Callie) Crass, Jordan (Jenn) Crass, Josh (Brenda) Crass, Sam and Theo Crass and 17 Great-Grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings: Sherry Thompson, Ron (Jean) Crass, Carol Jarvi and many Nieces and Nephews. In addition to his parents, Art is preceded in death by siblings Barry Young, Sandra (Clifford) Steiber and Ken (Georgeanne) Crass.
Art will be greatly missed by all his family and friends.
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Friday, February 20, 2015


AGE: 81

ADDRESS: N2722 County Highway C, Medford; Township of Browning Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 5:30 P.M. Thursday, February 19 at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he had been a patient for the past 10 days.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Family will hold a Memorial Service for Artie at a later date

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place in Medford Evergreen II

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 23, 1933 in Medford

EDUCATION: Attended Medford Area Schools

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Artie helped on his families’ dairy farm and then owned and operated it until his retirement during this time he also drove truck and did logging work for his brother Victor for several years. He enjoyed hunting, making maple syrup, his animals and gardening. He was an avid bird watcher.


SURVIVING SISTER: Marion Ihlenfeld of West Bend
Sister-In-Law: Lucille Jari of Medford
Brother-In-Law: John Piater of Medford
Also survived by 14 Nieces and Nephews

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Victor, Ralph and Grace Jari and Ruby Piater


DECEASED MOTHER: Anne Jari (Maiden Name: Paur)

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015


Jerry Ray Brandner, 82, of Medford, died on Wednesday February 18, at his home, surrounded by his children and under the care of Hope Hospice. Funeral services and Military Rites for Jerry will be held Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 10:00 AM, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford. Burial will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford. Visitation will be held at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, Friday, February 20, 2015, from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Pallbearers will be Brandon & Jaeden Brandner, Logan Wright, Alec & Austin Waldhart, Parker Alsteens, Lucas & Matthew Lekie.
Jerry was born February 16, 1933 in the Town of Chelsea, to the late Carl and Lena (Born) Brandner. He attended Whittlesey Elementary Schools, and was a 1951 Graduate of Medford Senior High School. He then enlisted in the United States Air Force where he attended Radio Operator School and served as an International Morse Code Operator on both the B29 and B36 Bomber Aircraft during the Korean War from 1952-1956. He remained on inactive duty for the following four years.
After his military career, he married Shelby Jean Vlach on September 14, 1957, in Rib Lake. Shelby preceded him in death in 2008. He is also preceded by his Parents, and one Daughter, Sharron Marie Brandner, in 2000. In 1961 he built Brandner Deep Rock Gas Station in Medford which from 1961 to 1998 he owned/operated along with Brandner Oil Company.
He was a proud charter member of the Medford Jaycees, Whittlesey Lions Club, and the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He also was a Life Member of the Medford VFW Post 5729 and The Stetsonville American Legion Post 519. He enjoyed Nascar races, Green Bay Packer games, deer hunting activities and stopping by many social establishments in the Whittlesey and Medford area to spread his humor and good cheer.
Jerry is survived his six children: Cheryl Wright, Cindy (Roger) Dray, Dave (Kris) Brandner, Colleen (Todd) Waldhart, Todd (Marlene) Brandner, all of Medford, and Susette (Bill) Alsteens of Belleville, WI, 11 Grandchildren and 3 Great Grandchildren. His siblings include: Bonnie (late Francis) Fuchs, Ardath (Richard) Dums, Phyllis (late John) Fuchs, Gary (Eileen Mundt) Graham all of Medford, and several nieces and nephews.

Monday, February 16, 2015



ADDRESS:  W 9401 Cottage Road, Town of Molitor, Medford WI 54451

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Aspirus Medford Hospital, Sunday February 15, 2015 at 3:35 PM.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE:  2:00 PM, Thursday February 19, 2015, at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel.


OFFICIATING:  Rev. Kyochul Shin 

VISITATION:  Thursday February 19, 2015, Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, from 12:00 Noon until the time of services at 2:00 PM.                       

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 11, 1937 in Michigan.

EDUCATION: Earned two Bachelor’s degrees in 1959 from The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Music Education and Biology.

MARRIAGE: Married Dolores Clara Regelin on December 26, 1964 in Hustler, WI.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: David worked for New Lisbon School District in the Music Education Department, teaching grades K-12. He then went on to work as a truck driver, and retired in 2003. David enjoyed fishing, hunting and traveling to Florida. He was a veracious reader. He loved spending time with family and friends and also playing with his Golden Retriever, Jewel. David also served in the US Army National Guard.           

MEMBER OF:  Regular Attended Medford United Methodist Church.

SURVIVING SPOUSE:  Dolores Clara (Regelin) Segerstrom of Medford, WI.

SURVIVING CHILDREN:  LaDene Edwards of Moscow, Idaho, Georgene Revels of Baraboo, WI.

SURVIVING BROTHER:  Robert (Bonnie) Segerstrom of Sterling, CO.

                                              ALSO MANY NIECES AND NEPHEWS.

DECEASED FATHER: Roy O. Segerstrom   DECEASED MOTHER:  Helen Marie Dawson

OTHER INFORMATION:  Memorial Donations in honor of David may be made to The Colonial Center or Aspirus Nursing and Rehab, Medford.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015


AGE: 88  

ADDRESS:  N4728 Pine Lane Gilman        
 Former Resident of the Townships of Hamel and Grover

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:25 A.M. Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Aspirus Nursing and Rehab in Medford where he had resided for the past month surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice.

INTERMENT:     Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. in the Medford Evergreen II Cemetery

VISITATION: 2:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Monday, February 16, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford            

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH:  October 1, 1926 in Medford

EDUCATION: Ervin attended Grover School in Medford

MARRIAGE: November 13, 1948 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in Medford to Dorothy “Dot” D. Doberstein and she preceded him in death on June 20, 2009

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE:       Between the ages of 17 and 22 Ervin worked throughout the western states doing various labor activities. After his marriage, he worked most of his life as a local logger. Ervin enjoyed deer hunting, sports, softball, horse shoe, shooting pool, wood working, craft making and spending time with his family.

SURVIVING CHILDREN:  Peggy (Peter) Dietsche of Eland, Bill Clarkson of Stevens Point, Doreen (Mike) Garten of Albuquerque, NM and Robin (Michael Jeske) Duellman of Gilman  

CHILDREN DECEASED:  Sons: Jeffrey in 2007 and Randy in 1969, Daughter-in-Law: Sue Clarkson in 2008, Grandson: Nathan Clarkson in 1998


SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Roy (Elsie) Clarkson of Withee & Donald (Evelyn) Clarkson of Medford & Sister-in-Law: Ardis Clarkson of Stetsonville

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Lester Clarkson in 2014

DECEASED FATHER:  Clarence “Dick” B. Clarkson   DECEASED MOTHER:  Minnie Paugel

PALLBEARERS:  Shawn & Jeremy Duellman, Chad Dietsche, Joshua Clarkson, Mike Garten & Brent Clarkson

OTHER INFORMATION:  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to his family to be designated at a later date.

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Monday, February 9, 2015



ADDRESS:  Riverview Apts., Medford; A former Township of Goodrich resident
PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:27 PM Saturday, February 7 at his residence in the City of Medford
TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE:  Per his request, there will be no services                     
DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 4, 1945 at Medford

EDUCATION: Town of Goodrich elementary schools
MARRIAGE: Never married

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE:   After his education, he farmed on the family farm in the Town of Goodrich for many years.  He also did logging work while farming.  After selling the family farm in Goodrich, he worked as a farm hand for Bach Farms for many years.  He moved to the City of Medford in 2012.

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS:  2 sisters:  Donna (Bob) Homer-Shadrick of Medford & Diane (Mike Mikkelson) Boehlen of Rhinelander

DECEASED FATHER:  Reinhold Albert Strebe   

DECEASED MOTHER:  Evelyn Frances Schlais

OTHER INFORMATION:  Further survived by nieces and nephews

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ADDRESS: N 9351 Spirit Lake Road, Rib Lake, WI 54470

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Country Gardens Assisted Living, February 7, 2015 at 1:10 PM, where she had been a resident for the past 4 years.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: June 6, 2015 at 1:00 PM, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, WI

INTERMENT: Saturday June 6, 2015, Lakeview Cemetery, Rib Lake, WI

VISITATION: Saturday June 6, 2015, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 11:00 AM until the time of services at 1:00 PM.

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 25, 1925 in Highland Park, Michigan.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Farmington High School, Michigan, 1942.

MARRIAGE: Married Frank Yost in 1949, whom preceded her in death in 1978. She then married Donald Taylor in 1995, he preceded her in death in 2008.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Mary Jane worked for The Rib Lake Health Care Center as a Certified Nurses Assistant for over 17 years. Prior to that, she worked as a cosmetologist in Detroit, Michigan for 12 years. She enjoyed traveling, and loved to spend her winters in Texas. While in Texas, she volunteered for several in home Hospice Providers and helped patients at their home with daily needs. She enjoyed fishing, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, WI.

SURVIVING DAUGHTERS: Judy (Dale) Lyons of Cassopolis, MI, Pat (Joe) Schmidtfranz of Rib Lake, WI, Nancy (Gary) Gebauer of Rib Lake, WI.

CHILDREN DECEASED: Stepson Danny Taylor.



SURVIVING SISTERS IN LAW: Sally Sellers of Howell, MI, Laura Sellers of Traverse City, MI

BROTHERS DECEASED: Robert and Daniel Sellers

DECEASED FATHER: Lambert Francis Sellers DECEASED MOTHER: Anna Louise Sellers

OTHER INFORMATION: Memorial Donations in honor of Mary Jane Taylor may be made to Hope Hospice.
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Friday, February 6, 2015



AGE: 77

ADDRESS: N916 State Highway 102 Ogema Township of Spirit resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 2:55 A.M. Friday, February 06, 2015 at his family home surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 11:30 A.M. Friday, February 13, 2015 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in the Township of Spirit with Military Honors being performed by the Spirit American Legion Post #452

OFFICIATING: Pastor James Heffner

INTERMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at Hillcrest Cemetery in the Township of Spirit at a later date

VISITATION: 10:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:30 A.M. Friday, February 13, 2015 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in the Township of Spirit

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 20, 1937 at the family home in the Township of Spirit

EDUCATION: Arthur attended Liberty School in the Township of Spirit

MARRIAGE: April 18, 1959 in Rib Lake to Shirley A. Heiser and she survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Arthur joined the U.S. Army Reserves Infantry on February 16, 1956 and served as a sharp shooter with light machine gun, pistol and mortar expertise in Germany until February 4, 1958.
He then worked for Michel’s Pipeline for 25 years until his retirement. Arthur enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, spending time with his friends and family, watching NASCAR and Western movies. He was well known for his sense of humor and stock car racing.

MEMBER OF: Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in the Township of Spirit and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Shirley A. Andreae of the Township of Spirit

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Debra (Leonard) Sommer of Ogema, Diana (James) Marshall of Rib Lake and Donna Crapeau of Park Falls


BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: 2 Brothers and 3 Sisters

DECEASED FATHER: Clarence E. Andreae

DECEASED MOTHER: Clara M. Schliepp

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to his family to be designated at a later date.
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Judy A. (Winters) Robida, 68, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter-in-law, aunt and friend passed away peacefully on February 5, 2015, surrounded by her family.

She married the love of her life, Ron Robida, on June 14, 1969 at Notre Dame Catholic Church in Chippewa Falls. They spent 45-1/2 years together, traveling, enjoying music and dancing, and spending time with their children and grandchildren. The center of Judy's universe was her family, and Judy was the heart of her family. She loved being a mom and a grandma, and she always had homemade goodies ready when her family came home to visit. Judy shared much laughter and many adventures with her sisters. Her favorite traveling companion was her husband, Ron, and together they saw much of the United States and visited 11 different countries. Judy enjoyed reading, baking, doing word searches, volunteering in her community, going out to lunch with friends and attending the annual Hodag Country Music Festival in Rhinelander.

Judy was born September 1, 1946 in Chippewa Falls to John and Cecilia (Crowell) Winters. She attended Notre Dame Grade School and graduated in 1964 from McDonnell Catholic High School in Chippewa Falls. She worked at Mason Shoe Company in the office after graduating from high school. Judy was the Village Clerk-Treasurer for the Village of Dorchester from February 1971 to July 2011. She was a charter member of the Dorchester Lioness Club starting in March 1989, serving as president and treasurer. After retiring, she found great joy in working part time with grade school children at Colby Elementary School, where they all knew her as Grandma Judy. She was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester and was a member of the Our Lady of Peace Circle within the church.

She is survived by her husband Ron of Dorchester; children, Craig (Teri) Robida of Madison, Cuyler (Jenny) Robida of Loyal, Chad (Kim) Robida of Woodbury, MN, Cara (Chris) Boyd of Hudson; grandchildren Brady, Aubre, Ellie, Chloe, Gavin, Wyatt, Ciana, Croyden, and Celia; sisters Diana Winters of Lakeland, MN and Lonnie (Larry) Burger of Chippewa Falls; mother-in-law Jeannette Robida of Dorchester; sisters-in-law Karen Apfelbeck of Colby, Gwen Harris of Waupaca and Trude (Tomi) Garguilo of Orlando, FL as well as many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Cecilia Winters, sisters Lola Jean and Sue Ellen, granddaughter Maeve Lucelia Robida, father-in-law, John Robida, and brother-in-law Andrew Apfelbeck.

A funeral mass will be held on Wednesday, February 11 at 11:00 am at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 400 North 2nd Avenue in Abbotsford, WI with a visitation 90 minutes prior. Fr. James Schaefer and Fr. Daniel Hackel will be officiating. A wake will be held on Tuesday, February 10 at the church from 4:30-7:00 pm with a rosary starting at 4:00 pm.

Memorials made in Judy's honor will be donated to the Dorchester Lioness club and "Judy's class" at Colby Elementary School. To express online condolences, please visit

Wednesday, February 4, 2015



ADDRESS: 212 North 32nd Avenue, Wausau, WI 54401

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Hospice House, Wausau, WI, Wednesday February 4, 2015 at 6:06 AM.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 1:00 PM, Saturday February 7, 2015, Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, WI.

OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger, Deacon Joe Stefancin

INURNMENT: Cremainal Inurnment will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery at a later date.

VISITATION: 11:00 AM until the time of services at 1:00 PM, Saturday February 7, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, WI.

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 3, 1926 in Hawkins, WI.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Cameron High School.

MARRIAGE: Married Eugene Wirz, August 5, 1950 in Cameron, WI.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Irene worked at Tee-Hi Golf Course in Medford as the Pro-Shop manager. Prior to her marriage to Eugene, she worked for Chippewa Valley Sporting Goods. She enjoyed going to garage sales and collecting antiques, especially antique glassware. She loved music and Community Theater. Most of all, she had a huge heart for animals, and supported Gentle Hearts. She also supported Stepping Stones in Medford. She thoroughly enjoyed helping anyone out that was in need. One of her proudest moments in her life was when she made a hole-in-one, on the seventh hole at Tee-Hi Golf Course.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church for 64 years.


SURVIVING CHILDREN: Rich (Christie) Wirz of Medford, Rita (Dave) Strebig of Wausau, Mary Wirz of Wausau.


GRANDCHILDREN: Tessa Schoenfuss, Kayla Wirz, Brittany & Devan Strebig

GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN: TJ Klein, Colin Schoenfuss

SURVIVING BROTHER: Robert (Lorraine) Wilson of Menominee, WI.


DECEASED FATHER: Chester Ernest Wilson DECEASED MOTHER: Verna (Bisson) Wilson

OTHER INFORMATION: Memorial Donations in honor of Irene may be made to her family, for designation at a later date.



ADDRESS: Palos Heights, IL; A former Westboro resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Tuesday, February 3 at her home in Palos Heights, IL

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICE: 2:00 PM Saturday, February 7 at the Rib Lake United Methodist Church

OFFICIATING: Rev. Kyochul Shin

INTERMENT: Mount Olive Cemetery, Westboro, WI

VISITATION: Rib Lake United Methodist Church from 1:00 PM until the time of services at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 7

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 31, 1928 at Rib Lake, WI

EDUCATION: Westboro Elementary and she was a 1946 graduate of Westboro High School

MARRIAGE: August 23, 1947 at Medford to Elmer A. Hough and he preceded her in death November 2, 1999

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After her marriage, they resided in the Chicago area where she worked as a secretary for Johnson & Johnson, Co. for 40 years. Then she worked as a secretary for an appraising company until her retirement. She enjoyed her dogs and traveling to dog shows.

MEMBER OF: Palos United Methodist Church, Palos Heights, IL

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Bob (Marcella) Lucia of Westboro
Further survived by cousins, nieces & nephews

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brother – John “Jack” Lucia in 1959


PALLBEARERS: Gunner, Bob, Mike & Gene Lucia, Tom Bester

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Rib Lake United Methodist Church
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Sunday, February 1, 2015


James C Blair, 87 city of Medford passed away Friday January 30 2015 at his home. A memorial funeral will be held at the Medford United Methodist Church on February 7. Visitation will be from 10 to 11 with the funeral starting at 11 with Pastor Kyochul Shin officiating followed by full military honors performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team. Interment of Jim’s cremated remains will be at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II.
Honorary Pallbearers – Eric Vallofskey, Donald Holtman, Stephen Burkhart, Jeremy Karpinske, Jeff Foytek, Brian Zielke II, Bryan & Jonny Blair.
Jim was born on January 27, 1928 in Canoe, Alabama to Era May Parrish and Major Clifton Blair. He graduated from Greenville High School and entered the Merchant Marine for 1 year of service. Jim enlisted in the US Marine Corps serving at the end of World War II prior to enlisting in the Air Force. Jim retired from the Air Force in 1968 after serving 20 years. In the Air Force Jim was a radar technician, a MP and various jobs as a tester and bomb coordinator while serving in the Strategic Air Command. Jim also served stints in the Korean War and Vietnam War as Master Chief in charge of electronic warfare. During his time in service, Jim received many commendations for meritorious service.
Jim married the love of his life, the former Marjorie Taylor in 1954, who survives after 60 years of marriage. Jim was stationed in South Dakota, Mississippi, New Mexico, Kansas, New Hampshire, Thailand, and Eniwetok. From these close knit communities of military families many long lasting friendships formed. There were many visits to friends from across the states that offered a place to vacation during the winter months.
After retirement, Jim worked for General Electric and in Civil Service in Illinois. Jim and Marge opened Blair’s TV and Radio in 1970. Jim also dabbled in politics and served a term as a City of Medford alderman. He continued to barber on the side, a skill he picked up while in the service, along with repairing electronics.
Jim developed a passion for helping disadvantaged and disabled youth. He worked tirelessly to assist young people needing orthopedic surgeries through the Shriners organization. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge OES and ZOR Temple. He also was a member of the DAV, VFW, and American Legion military organizations.
Survivors include wife Marge, daughters Debbie (Verlan) Karpinske of Appleton, Wisconsin, Cheryl Foytek of Medford, Wisconsin, Wendy Bockin of Medford, Wisconsin, Cindy (Brian) Zielke of Waukesha, Wisconsin and Son in law James Amo of Appleton, Wisconsin. Surviving sons are James (Kathy) Blair of Waunakee, Wisconsin and Mark (Laurie) Blair of Chicago, Illinois. A sister, Lois Martin of Greenville, Alabama also survives.
Jim was preceded in death by his parents, a sister Oleta, brothers, Eugene and Marian, a son Richard and a daughter Tracy Amo.
Jim is survived by 13 grandchildren; Jeremy, Shaya, Jeffrey, Jessica, Amanda, Brian, Kaeleigh, Cambria, Cassandra, McKenna, Bryan, Jonathan, and Hailey.
The surviving 10 great grandchildren are Mady, Colin, Taylor, Teegan, Grace, Max, Ruby, Zoe, Alyssa and another to be named later.
Jim is also survived by a very special friend, Pat Schultz, Medford Wisconsin.
Jim loved to garden and play Skip Bo with the family. He was often heard playing tunes on his mandolin, banjo, and harmonica. He was self educated in many facets of technology. He took pride in repairing any and everything including TV’s, CB’s, computers, phones, cars and anything electrical. Jim took up genealogy and traced his heritage back to the Blairs of Scotland.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Methodist Church, 287 E. Allman, Medford, WI in Jim’s honor.
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