Saturday, May 30, 2015

LEONA ESTHER MEYER


NAME OF DECEASED: LEONA ESTHER MEYER AGE: 83

ADDRESS: 135 South Gibson St., Medford, WI 54451

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Aspris Care and Rehab, May 30, 2015, 7:30 AM.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Wednesday June 3, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford.

OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger, Deacon Joe Stefancin

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery

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

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 21, 1931, Rib Lake, WI.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Medford High School.

MARRIAGE: Married Leon C. Meyer, June 16, 1973 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Leona worked for Gruener Bakery on Main Street in Medford. She enjoyed completing jigsaw and crossword puzzles, reading, and had a passion for pets; especially her cats and dogs. Leona and Leon enjoyed traveling and visiting different casinos. She always enjoyed watching the squirrels in her backyard, make their way up her birdfeeders to eat the food out of them.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church

DECEASED SPOUSE: Leon C. Meyer, preceded her in death on February 26, 2008.

SURVIVING FAMILY: Brothers in law: Ray Meyer, and Joe (Mary) Meyer, both of Medford & Sister in law: Carol Meyer of Rib Lake

She is also survived by several cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends.

SISTER DECEASED: Lorraine Stimm

DECEASED FATHER: Elwood Stimm DECEASED MOTHER: Cora Hoeck

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Leona’s family.
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

Friday, May 29, 2015

JAMES A. CYPHER

NAME OF DECEASED: JAMES A. CYPHER AGE: 83

ADDRESS: N1557 Robin Drive, Medford; A Township of Deer Creek resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:10 AM Friday, May 29 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield where he had been a patient for the past 4 days

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Friday, June 5 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford where there will also be military rites performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team

OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger    

VISITATION: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Friday, June 5

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 2, 1931 in the Township of Deer Creek

EDUCATION: Town of Deer Creek and Stetsonville Elementary schools

MARRIAGE: February 12, 1958 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville to Marilyn C. Kauer and she survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education he served in the Medford National Guard until later enlisting in the US Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War. Upon separation, he worked at Allis Chalmers in Milwaukee.  After moving back to the local area, he worked as a mechanic for Stetsonville Oil Co. and as a sheet metal and furnace repairman at Stetsonville Hardware.  Finally, he joined his son & daughter at Cypher Electric & Heating until retirement in April of 2003.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford; Landua-Jensen American Legion, Medford; Catholic Order of Foresters; Past member of the Boxrucker-Berry American Legion, Stetsonville

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Marilyn C. Cypher of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Dennis (JoAnn) Cypher of Medford, Dawn (Kenneth) Frankovich of Larkspur, CO, Debra (Dennis) Lichtl of Medford, Duane (April Thums) Cypher of Medford
Foster Daughter – Rhonda (Jerome) Roguski of Milford, NE

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 6 – Jane (Sam) Swenson, Jesse Cypher, K. Tyler Frankovich, James Frankovich, Alex Lichtl & Andrea (Jason) Hartwig; 3 foster Grandchildren – Jed (Andrea) Roguski, Debbie (Bill) Ocken & Jolean (Brian) Piitz

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Agnes Pernsteiner of Medford & Jeanette (Jerry) Adams of Woodruff

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – Edward, Jerome, Raymond, Kenneth, Norbert & David Cypher

DECEASED FATHER: William J. Cypher DECEASED MOTHER: Bernadine M. Danen

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to either the Medford Flag Field, Never Forgotten Honor Flight, or any local veterans organization
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PHYLLIS MARLENE BRUNNER


NAME OF DECEASED:   Phyllis Marlene Brunner     AGE:  78

ADDRESS:  233 South 7th Street, Medford, WI 54451

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Passed away at her home, surrounded by her family, Thursday May 28, 2015 at 12:53 PM, under the care of Hope Hospice.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Monday June 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Medford.

OFFICIATING:  Pastor Joshua Krieger

INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery II

VISITATION: Monday June 1, 2015 from  9:00  - 10:45 AM at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Medford.

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 17, 1936, Township of Greenwood, Medford, WI.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Medford Sr. High School.

MARRIAGE: Married Donald Dean Brunner, Sr.,  November 25, 1954 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Phyllis worked as a welder at Milwaukee Chair Company in the late 1950s, She then went on to work for Briggs & Stratton in Milwaukee. She returned home to Medford and began working for Tombstone Pizza, and retired from Tombstone after 24 years in 1999.  Phyllis enjoyed  painting ceramics, reading, and going camping with her family. She was an avid Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers fan. She also bowled in several different leagues in Milwaukee and Medford. Phyllis also took pleasure in hosting friends and family at her home.

MEMBER OF:  Immanuel Lutheran Church, Medford.

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Donald Dean Brunner, Sr.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Donald (Patricia) Brunner, JR. of Howell, MI, Gregory (Denise) Brunner of Stetsonville, WI, Brian (Tim Kahanak)  Brunner of Clinton Township, MI, and Kimberly (Keith) May of Mocksville, NC.

GRANDCHILDREN: Matthew Brunner, Zachary Brunner, Melissa (Chris) Zuleger, Erin (Hutch) Ruggles        

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: Abigail Brunner, Hudsen Ruggles, Berkley Ruggles

SURVIVING BROTHER: Roger (Barbara) Steen of Westboro, WI.
 
BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Ray Steen, Galen Steen, Shelby Zimmerlee, Bonnie Leach

DECEASED FATHER: Henry Steen       DECEASED MOTHER: Amanda Dassow

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Phyllis may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church or Hope Hospice.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

KATHERINE “KATHY” E. BRANDL

NAME OF DECEASED: 
KATHERINE “KATHY” E. BRANDL
 
AGE:  45

ADDRESS:  N10929 Dickerson Avenue, Thorp; Township of Butler    Former Stetsonville Area Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  10:38 P.M. Tuesday, May 26 at Our Lady of Victory Hospital, Stanley where she was taken earlier by ambulance

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: A Celebration of Kathy’s Life will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 1 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

OFFICIATING: Pastor David Clements    

VISITATION:  9:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 1 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: April 16, 1970 in Norwich, New York

EDUCATION: Graduate of Boiling Springs High School in Boiling Springs, South Carolina

MARRIAGE: April 9, 2010 in Woodstock, Illinois to Scott J. Brandl

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: In her younger years, Kathy worked in a Cotton Mill in South Carolina for a period of time. She was also a floral designer for a flower shop in South Carolina for a number of years. During this time she also drove ambulance, worked at a butcher shop and the Waffle House. In 2006 the family moved to the Abbotsford area and then in 2007 moved to the Stetsonville Area. Kathy also homeschooled her daughter Morgan thru the Rural Virtual Academy. She was an avid hunter and fisherwoman. Kathy enjoyed baking, gardening, flowers, raising chickens and rabbits.

SURVIVING SPOUSE:  Scott J. Brandl of Thorp

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughter: Morgan of Thorp

2 STEP-SONS: Matt (Enita) Brandl of Westboro and Tyler (Brittney Rudolph) of Medford
3 STEP-GRANDCHILDREN: Nathan Brandl of Medford, Sean and Andrea Schreiner of Westboro

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: 2 Brothers: Dave and Steve Sutton of South Carolina
Sister: Tina Parris of South Carolina

BROTHER DECEASED: Donny Sutton

DECEASED FATHER: Harl D. Sutton

DECEASED MOTHER:  Elizabeth M. Sutton (Maiden Name: Holgerson)

OTHER INFORMATION:  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Kathy’s family to be designated at a later date
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

MYRTLE “MYRT” M. CZESHINSKI

NAME OF DECEASED: MYRTLE “MYRT” M. CZESHINSKI AGE: 100

ADDRESS: 629 S. Gibson, Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:18 PM Monday, May 25 at Country Gardens Assisted Living, Medford where she had resided for the past 3 months most recently under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Friday, May 29 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Rev. Brian Mundt

INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery

VISITATION: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Friday, May 25

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 29, 1914 in the Township of Medford

EDUCATION: Babcock, WI Elementary Schools & was a graduate of Spencer High School; Attended Taylor County Normal School, Medford

MARRIAGE: June 28, 1933 in Waukegan, IL to Andrew Czeshinski and he preceded her in death October 26, 1998

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After her marriage, she clerked at Kostners Grocery Store in Medford. She worked in the office at the Star News Newspaper, Medford for many years until retirement. She enjoyed family gatherings, fishing, playing cards, reading, gardening & an occasional trip to a casino – once winning a motorcycle (which she didn’t keep).

MEMBER OF: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford and a past member of its Ladies Aid

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Sons – Gerald (Marlene) Czeshinski of Wausau, John (Kathleen) Czeshinski of New Berlin, WI, Alan Czeshinski of Phillips

CHILDREN DECEASED: Son – James Leo Czeshinski

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 5 – Mark, Michael, Marla, Brian & Bradley
GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 13

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sister - Evelyn Goerg

DECEASED FATHER: Eugene Long DECEASED MOTHER: Ida Stolp

PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren & Nephew – Pat Goerg

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to either Hope Hospice of Medford, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford or to the family for a future designation
-Our special thanks to all at Country Gardens & Hope Hospice…she enjoyed the support and love she had shown to her.
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Saturday, May 23, 2015

MSGT. RICHARD GUSTAFSON


Msgt Richard “Rick” “Gus” Gustafson, passed away May 14, 2015 at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska.

He was born September 2, 1971 in Rockford, IL to Leon and Wanda Gustafson. He married Christine Lois Laffan on April 27, 1999 in Las Vegas, NV.

Msgt Gustafson is survived by his Wife Christine Gustafson, Children: Megan Nicks of Eielson Air Force Base, Nate Gustafson of Medford, WI, Mathew and Andrew Gustafson both Eielson Air Force Base, Parents: Leon and Wanda Gustafson of Medford, WI, Brothers: Doug (Mary) Gustafson of Tomahawk, WI and Cory Gustafson of Greenwood, WI.

Msgt Gustafson began his military career in May 1989, when he enlisted in the Navy as an undesignated seaman, attending boot camp at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. After graduation, his first assignment was to the U.S.S. San Diego ported in Norfolk, Virginia, where he became Quartermaster in the ships navigation department. His experiences provided the basis for one of Gus's future catch phrases: “Before there was GPS there was GUS.” During his time aboard the U.S.S. San Diego, he deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force 63, compromised of US Navy, US Marine Corps and NATO Forces throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. In 1990 he deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield, and was reassigned to the US Navy Beach Masters during Operation Desert Storm, placing him in tactical control of coordinating the flow of amphibious landing craft and assets during the first Gulf War. Rather than returning home after Iraq's surrender, he was rerouted to Northern Iraq for Operation Provide Comfort. Prior to his honorable discharge from the Navy in December 1993, he received the coveted Enlisted Surface Warfare Pin. After leaving active duty, Msgt Gustafson spent nearly a decade working for Badger State Western hauling cargo from Wisconsin to California. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, Msgt Gustafson chose to return to active duty, joining the Air Force. He enlisted as a Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) member in July 2002. Msgt Gustafson received intense training in special tactics, weapon systems, communications, survival, and two man team operations as a Forward Air Controller. Msgt Gustafson spent his career embedded with the US Army Special Forces, US Army Rangers, 10th Mountain Division, 82nd Airborne Division, 101st Airborne Division, 25th Infantry Division, and 3rd Infantry Division. Msgt Gustafsons primary duties were to recon, mark and destroy enemy forces, and direct aircraft and artillery fire while operating from austere locations.

Combat injuries ended his ability to continue TACP duties and he was reassigned to the 354th Fighter Wing Inspector Generals Office as the Chief of Wing Inspections. During this time he qualified for the Air Force Wounded Warrior Team. In January 2015, he was teamed with his service dog Dooley, named in honor of 1LT Mark H. Dooley (KIA, Iraq, 19 SEP 05). His close friend and founder of the Shepherds for Lost Sheep Program brought Dooley out of retirement, pairing him with Msgt Gustafson, where they bonded instantly. Among numerous awards and decorations, Msgt Gustafson received the Bronze Star, US Air Force and US Army Commendations, US Air Force, US Army, and US Navy Achievements. He also received citations of Valor from the US Air Force and US Army.

Funeral Services for Msgt Gustafson will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday May 27, 2015 at The Simek Recreation Center, 1037 W. Broadway Avenue, Medford, WI, with Chaplin Mark

McGregor officiating. Burial will follow in Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 PM Tuesday May 26, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home, 555 W. Cedar Street, Medford, WI. A prayer service will be held prior to the visitation beginning at 3:30 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Msgt Gustafson may be made to Shepherds for Lost Sheep, TACP Association, and Air Force Wounded Warriors. Online condolences may be left at www.hemerfuneralservices.com

Friday, May 22, 2015

JENNY “PATRICIA” SCHWARZ





NAME OF DECEASED:    JENNY “PATRICIA” SCHWARZ (MAIDEN NAME: DAMORE)  

 

  AGE:  87

ADDRESS:  281 S. 2nd St. Dorchester, WI

 
 
PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  7:00 P.M. Thursday, May 21, 2015 at her home.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11: 00 A.M. Thursday, May 28, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford

OFFICIATING:  Father Gerard Willger & Deacon Joseph Stefancin

INTERMENT:  Molitor Catholic Cemetery in Molitor

VISITATION:  9:00 until 10:45 A.M. at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 22, 1928 in Omaha, Nebraska

EDUCATION: Patricia graduated from Evanston High School in Evanston, IL

MARRIAGE: 1st: St. Nicholas Church in Evanston, IL to Philip J. Knepper Sr. and he preceded her in death in 1979  2nd: Leon Schwarz in Clark County and he preceded her in death in 2002

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Patricia met her first husband Philip in Evanston IL. They then moved to Morton Grove IL. After her marriage to Leon, they settled in Dorchester, WI where they owned their house and also a cabin on a lake. Patricia enjoyed painting, antique jewelry and artifacts, cooking Italian dishes and planting her flowers. She loved nature and reading.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Steve (Lori) Knepper of Skokie, IL, Eugene (Sharon) Knepper of Titusville, FL, Robert “Bob” Knepper of Dorchester, Joseph (Kate) Knepper of Glenview, IL and Mary (Rodney) Anderson of  Township of Hammel; Step-Children: Bruce Schwarz of Curtiss, Cynthia (Ray) Johnson of Medford and Brian Schwarz of Withee

CHILDREN DECEASED: Philip J. “Corky” Knepper, Jr.

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Veto Damore of Florida and Ronnie (Pat) Damore of Illinois                      
 
BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Stella Zegers, Joan (Bob) Billon and Jack Damore

DECEASED FATHER: Joseph Damore     DECEASED MOTHER: Mary Manquso

PALLBEARERS: Joey, Steve, Bob & Brian Knepper

OTHER INFORMATION:  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Patricia’s family to be designated at a later date

-Patricia is further survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other family and friends

-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 
 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

LINDA L. KENYON

NAME OF DECEASED: 
LINDA L. KENYON 
 
AGE: 78  

ADDRESS:  617 Cedar Street, Medford; City of Medford Resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  9:35 P.M. Tuesday, May 19 at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital where she had been a patient for the past 6 days.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 2:00 P.M. Saturday, May 23 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger and Deacon Joseph Stefancin

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

VISITATION:  11:00 A.M. until 1:40 P.M. Saturday, May 23 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 29, 1936 in Whittlesey

EDUCATION: Linda attended Holy Rosary Catholic School and graduated from Medford High School

MARRIAGE: August 18, 1956 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford to Ronald H. Kenyon and he preceded her in death on December 27, 1999

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After high school, Linda worked at a factory in Milwaukee for 2 years. After her marriage, they moved to a couple different communities until settling in Medford in 1971. At this time, Linda worked at Phillips Plastics for a couple of years and then she worked at the Taylor County Memorial Hospital as a nurse’s aide in the O.B. department until her retirement because of health reasons in 1994. Linda enjoyed sewing, knitting, baking, reading and traveling.

MEMBER OF:  Holy Rosary Catholic Church

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Cindie (Mike) Fish of Wausau, David (Kathy) Kenyon of Medford and Jean (Scott) Robinson of Lino Lakes, MN

CHILDREN DECEASED: Richard L. Kenyon on June 25, 1957

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN:  Joshua (Kristen) Robinson, Shanna (Logan) Buhr and Dakota Kenyon  

STEP-GRANDCHILDREN: Alex and Terrance Fish  

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: Caleb Robinson and Sloane Robinson            

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: John “Jack” (Barb) Dassow of Hartland

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Joan Kowalefski, Wanita Bader and Karon Grube

DECEASED FATHER: William J. Dassow 

DECEASED MOTHER: Amelia M. Dassow (Maiden Name: Gebauer)

PALLBEARERS: Grandchildren: Joshua Robinson, Shanna Buhr and Dakota Kenyon

OTHER INFORMATION:  In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Linda’s family to be designated at a later date.
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

RONALD L. MUSHEL

 

NAME OF DECEASED:    RONALD LEON MUSHEL, SR.    AGE:  70

ADDRESS:  N 4617 Castle Drive, Medford, WI 54451

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: His residence, May 18, 2015 at 7:37 P.M.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM, Tuesday May 26, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel.

OFFICIATING:  Rev. Kris Bjerke-Ulliman

INTERMENT:  Medford Evergreen Cemetery II

VISITATION:  Monday, May 25, 2015 4:00 – 7:00 P.M. at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, and also Tuesday May, 26, 2015 beginning at 9:30 until the time of services at 11:00 AM.

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 15, 1944, Medford, WI.

EDUCATION: High School Graduate from Medford Area Sr. High

MARRIAGE: Formerly Married to Lynette Peterson, of Medford.

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Ron worked as an auctioneer and livestock purchaser for numerous livestock companies in the Central Wisconsin Area. He enjoyed playing cards and watching sports, especially The Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. His true passion was working with live-stock and horses, and volunteered much of his time at the Rodeo Grounds in Medford. Ron made friends easily. Ed Brecke and his family made a considerable impact in his life and will always be remembered as members of Ron's extended family.

 
SURVIVING CHILDREN: Jennifer Ann (William) Wilson of Oswego, IL, and Ronald Leon Mushel, Jr. of Marshfield, WI

GRANDCHILDREN: Hope (Eric) Jannusch of Geneva, IL and Alexis Mushel of Marshfield, WI          

GR-GRANDCHILDREN: Kayla Jannusch           

SURVIVING BROTHERS: Gene (Sandy) Mushel Marshfield, WI

DECEASED FATHER:  Leon Mushel     DECEASED MOTHER: Delores Schoenfeldt

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Ron may be given to his family, for designation at a later date.

 




Monday, May 18, 2015

MARGARET M. BALCIAR


MARGARET M. (Maiden Name: ROBIDA) BALCIAR   AGE: 87

ADDRESS:  955 E. Allman Ave Care Partners Assisted Living in Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Margaret passed away at 9:49 P.M. Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Care Partners Assisted Living in Medford surrounded by her loving family and under the care of Aspirus Hospice.

 
TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 22, at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Medford

OFFICIATING:  Rev. Brian Mundt

 
INTERMENT:     Cremainal Inurnment will take place at 1:15 P.M. at Medford Evergreen II Cemetery in Medford

 
VISITATION:  10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 22, 2015 at St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Medford

 
DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: July 21, 1927 in Stetsonville

 
EDUCATION: Margaret attended Pleasant Valley Grade School, Dorchester High School and was a 1944 Graduate of Medford High School

 
MARRIAGE: On September 6, 1947 she married Walter Balciar at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford and he survives

 
PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After high school, Margaret started work for the Medford Creamery office where she met her husband of 67 years. She stayed with the company through the various new owners and retired in 1992. Margaret enjoyed camping, gardening, sewing, bowling, dancing and playing cards.

 
MEMBER OF:  She was a member of St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church and an active member of the Church’s Ladies Aid

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Walter Balciar of Medford

SURVIVING DAUGHTER:  Marsha (Lee) Fritz of DeForest

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 2: Major Jesse (Jacqui) Fritz of Westhampton Beach, NY and Captain Jason (Laura) Fritz of Tomah. Both Grandsons currently in the U.S. Air Force          GR-GRANDSON:  Winston Fritz of Tomah         

SURVIVING BROTHER: Donald (Jo) Robida of Stratford

 
BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Ann (Ed) Denzin, John (Jeanette) Robida, William (Agnes) Robida and Roy (Bernice) Robida 

DECEASED FATHER: Anton Robida      DECEASED MOTHER:  Mary Murn

OTHER INFORMATION: Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake assisted the family with arrangements. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Margaret’s family to be designated at a later date to Alzheimers.Org, Aspirus Hospice and St. Paul’s Ev. Lutheran Church

-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CLAIRE F. OBENHOFFER

NAME OF DECEASED: CLAIRE F. OBENHOFFER AGE: 89

ADDRESS: 510 E. Taylor Street, Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 4:17 PM Monday, May 11 at Our House Assisted Living, Medford where he had resided for the past 8 months

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Saturday, May 23 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger & Deacon Joe Stefancin

INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at St. Ann’s Cemetery, Township of Greenwood at a later date

VISITATION: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Saturday, May 23

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 4, 1925 in the Township of Chelsea

EDUCATION: Chelsea Grade School, Town of Chelsea & attended Westboro High School

MARRIAGE: June 19, 1948 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Town of Greenwood to Dorothy M. Thums and she survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: He was a US Army veteran of WW II having served from 1943-1946. After the military he returned to Medford and worked at Hurd Millwork from 1946 until his retirement in January of 1991. He enjoyed dancing, square dancing, wood working, garage sales, fishing, hunting & he will be remembered for his joke telling.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford; Rib Lake American Legion;
Lifetime member of the Carpenter & Joiners Union

SURVIVING SPOUSE: of 66 years Dorothy M. Obenhoffer of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Kathy (Walt) Burcaw of Elk Mound, WI, Don (Vicky) Obenhoffer of Medford, Joe (Judy) Obenhoffer of Rib Lake

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 6 – Ryan (Cassie) and Paul (Becky) Burcaw, Lance, Kim, Nathan (Tiffany) & Dustin (Amanda) Obenhoffer GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 9 – Ann, Payton, Brooks, Bronson, Sierra, Emy, Gavin, Liam, August

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Donald Obenhoffer & Marcella Krueger

DECEASED FATHER: Joseph Obenhoffer DECEASED MOTHER: Ludmila Ann (maiden name – Paitl) Obenhoffer

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

KENNETH A. ELLENBECKER


Kenneth A. Ellenbecker, 79
 joined his son in heaven on May 11, 2015.

Memorial Services for Ken will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 16, 2015 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester with Father Charles Heibl officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. until the time of services at 11:00A.M. Saturday, May 16, 2015 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester.
A private Cremainal Inurnment will take place at Dorchester Memorial South Cemetery
Ken was born in Dorchester, WI on October 22, 1935 to Catherine F. Ellenbecker (Maiden Name: Heindl) and Arthur P. Ellenbecker. He attended Dorchester Elementary through 8th grade and then quit school to work on the family dairy farm with his parents.
In 1956, Ken married Sharon L. Pope and they had two children: Cindy and Kurt Ellenbecker and he predeceased Ken in 1972.
Ken worked on the family farm for 24 years and then he bought his own farm in 1973. He farmed until 1985 and then he sold the farm and moved to town where he worked for Meyers’ Manufacturing for 10 years. Ken then “retired” to working for the Dorchester Park for another 10 years. Ken was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester, Dorchester Lions’ Club and served on the Dorchester Park Board.
Ken was a “great inventor”; he always had a project that he was making: a camper, a boat, a pair of skis, a rocking horse, or a piece of furniture for his wife or daughter. He even constructed a rickshaw but Sharon wouldn’t ride in it. Ken was known as the local “fix it” man in Dorchester. Many a widowed woman referred to him as St. Kenny because he spent a lot of time helping others. Ken also enjoyed fishing, camping, woodworking, yard work, model railroading, decorating for Christmas, and antique cars, particularly his 1931 Ford Model A.
Ken is survived by his wife of 59 years, Sharon L. Ellenbecker of Dorchester, his daughter Cindy Ellenbecker of New Holstein, a sister Bernette (Mel) Gruber of Rotunda West, FL, 2 brothers Galen (Patti) Ellenbecker of Dorchester and Gary (Carol) Ellenbecker of Medford.
Ken will be remembered as a hardworking man with a simple lifestyle by choice, a quiet man of great conviction and fun-loving wit.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Dorchester Park.
Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake assisted the family with arrangements.
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WARREN P. KLEIBER

NAME OF DECEASED: 
WARREN P. KLEIBER 
 
AGE:  62

ADDRESS: W5899 Gravel Road  Medford; Town of Little Black Resident  

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH:  6:49 P.M. Sunday, May 10 at the UW Madison Hospital where he had been a patient for the last 7 days surrounded by his loving family.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 16 at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING:  Father Gerard Willger and Deacon Joseph Stefancin

INTERMENT:  Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

VISITATION:  4:00 to 7:00 P.M. Friday, May 15 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford where there will be a 6:45 P.M. Prayer Service and also from 9:00 A.M. until 10: 45 A.M. Saturday, May 16 at the Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: January 21, 1953 in Medford

EDUCATION: Attended Holy Rosary Catholic School and a graduate of Medford High School

MARRIAGE: December 28, 1973 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville to Jeanette A. Kaudy and they later divorced

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After high school, Warren began his career at Weathershield in Medford where he worked in a variety of positions for 42 years until his retirement in 2013. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed gardening, woodworking and restoring snowmobiles. Warren was a dedicated Packer fan and enjoyed being surrounded by his family, grandchildren and his dog Foster.

MEMBER OF:  Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville and the Taylor County Sportsman’s Club

SURVIVING CHILDREN: 3 Daughters: Wendy (Robert) Mateega of Plymouth, MN, Angela Kleiber of Waunakee and Shelby (Fiance Jesse Biermann) of Ogema

GRANDCHILDREN: Spencer and  Ava Mateega of Plymouth, MN

SURVIVING BROTHERS: Dave (Susie) Kleiber of Medford, Gary (Stella) Kleiber of Kronewetter and Ronnie (Significant Other: Sandy Motte) Kleiber of Medford

DECEASED FATHER: Jerome “Bud” Kleiber

DECEASED MOTHER: Lucille E. Kleiber (Maiden Name: Heinz)

PALLBEARERS: Honorary: Ronnie Kleiber

Active: Gary and Dave Kleiber, Jim Kaudy, Todd Theil, Ken Kraus, Dick Wesle and Mark Wachsmuth

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Warren’s family to be designated at a later date
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Thursday, May 7, 2015

ANOLA M. PERNSTEINER

Anola Mae (Sersch) Pernsteiner, 82 of Medford, died peacefully at Golden Living Center in Abbotsford on Wednesday, May 6 surrounded by her loving family.
Anola was born September 25, 1932 to Arnold and Dorothy (Georgas) Sersch in Spencer, Wisconsin. She was the oldest of 11. Anola was a wonderful woman, graduating valedictorian from Spencer High School. After graduation, she moved to Milwaukee where she worked various jobs to help support her family. Her marriage to Gregory Pernsteiner took place at the Church of St. John in Marshfield, Wisconsin on November 6, 1954.  They took over the family farm in Medford in 1956 – raising their 11 children there. In November 2014, they celebrated 60 years of marriage.
Anola, also known as ‘Weasie’ by many, adamantly loved reading, history, and watching Jeopardy. She also volunteered her time assisting adult learners with literacy. Personal joy came from reading – she was a mainstay at the Medford Public Library, oftentimes having new books reserved for her before they hit the shelves. She also instilled the importance of education in her children – all of them attained degrees.
Raising 11 children was not an easy task, but Anola embraced it and excelled at the challenge. She encouraged and unconditionally accepted her children for their individuality. Throughout her life, and up until her final months, she wanted to make sure her family was safe, happy and connected to each other.

Anyone who met Anola even once could tell she was a kind, giving woman who radiated love. She accepted everyone and always found the best in people. If someone needed anything, she would give it, no questions asked. And no one ever went hungry when visiting; she was a wonderful baker and cook, and there was always a pot of coffee on and the door was open.
Anola loved humor, even through adversity. One of her biggest gifts to the world was that she loved to laugh. Her smile and wonderful sense of humor was passed on to her children. She loved to make up clever words, sayings and songs, and was always whistling a tune.
Anola will be remembered for her love of peppermint candy, popcorn and O’Douls beer. She adored her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved live theater, the Medford CafĂ©, Olive Garden, and “Murder She Wrote”.
Even though Anola was challenged by serious health conditions, her long life can be attributed to her strong will to live and positive outlook.
She is survived by her loving family: husband, Gregory of Medford; children Barbara (Ed) Acker of Rib Lake, Karen (Daniel) Arrenholz of Bloomington, MN, Steven (Jennifer) Pernsteiner of Spring Valley, Mark (Gail) Pernsteiner of Medford, Christine (Jon) Olson of Medford, Kurt (Kathy) Pernsteiner of Oshkosh, Karla (Lonnie) Willaby of Hudson, Scott (Sharon) Pernsteiner of Eau Claire, Terry Pernsteiner of Fond du Lac, Michael (Aimee) Pernsteiner of Altoona, and Todd Pernsteiner of Minneapolis, MN. She also is survived by four siblings: Mary (Vince) Weber, Beverly (Bill) Welch, Judy Sersch, and Nancy Mathewson, 34 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, in-laws, five siblings and grandson (Caleb Arrenholz).
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that financial donations be made in Anola’s name to Medford Public Library, Abiding Care Pregnancy Resource Center, or the Holy Rosary School Student Tuition Assistance fund.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford. Visitation will be held from 4:00 - 8:00 PM, Monday May 11, 2015 At Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel, and also from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 11:00 AM at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
A prayer service will be held on Monday at 4:00 PM.

A luncheon will follow at the church. Cremation rites will be accorded following the service, interment will take place at a later date at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery.

 

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

GERTRUDE "TOOTS" M. THOMAS

Gertrude Marcella "Toots" Thomas, Medford, died on May 5, 2015, at the age of 86 years and 2 months. She was born in Amherst, WI on February 27, 1929.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry J. Amacher in 1966 and Anna Johanna Augusta Feustel Amacher, in 1971. Her husband Ervin Ernest Thomas also preceded Toots in death on July 24, 1998.

Toots was baptized in Amherst, WI and confirmed at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stetsonville, WI. Her Elementary School days were spent at Green Acre School on Cty. Rd. A, Stetsonville and High School Graduation from Medford, WI was in 1947. She was the oldest of 8 children born to Henry and Anna Amacher from 1929 to 1948. During Grade School years, her family hosted Bible School teachers (2) every summer for 2 weeks. They brought their tent with them; for teaching, but slept and ate, at the family farmhouse. About a dozen Elementary age neighborhood children, joined them for Bible Study. This is mentioned because Summer Bible School was an enjoyable time for Toots. She was the Teacher's Aide before there was such a thing. It was many years before Teacher's "helpers" would be called T.A.'s. A lot of respect was shown to Toots, by the summer kids, because it was an honor to work with and for the teachers. Having three younger brothers in Bible School certainly did not begin to earn her any "kudos"!!

During the summers of 1946 and 1947, Toots went to Faribault, MN (where her Aunt Bertha lived), stayed in a rented room and worked downtown at the Faribault Diner. Those were her first and only times of living and working anywhere outside of WI. Toots rented a room in an older lady's home while working in MN. It was a very unique house that had a REAL fresh spring water well, in the kitchen. One that had a rope, handle and bucket to get fresh water at any time. Her younger sister, Annette, was duly impressed at age 8 when she visited Toots and got to stay over for a couple days and nights. Fall of 1947 she procured a job working for Keith Ungrodt at his IGA store in Medford, after which she moved on to Hurd Millwork and worked there for the next 25 years. Toots and her husband Erv were part owners of Thomas Floral and Greenhouse. During busy floral seasons, funerals, birthdays, etc., she put in many hours helping at the "shop", which she truly enjoyed.

Gertrude Marcella" Toots" Amacher married Ervin Ernest Thomas at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford on August 15, 1953. Their marriage wasn't blessed with any children, but Toots had a plethora of Godchildren; who she, until in recent years, remembered on their special days. For years; in the winter, Toots and Erv enjoyed Curling with the Medford Curling Club. They both enjoyed playing cards with other couples, going out for dinner, especially at Florina's and in their younger years they loved going to the AVON THEATRE to see the latest movies. Golfing on Ladies Day brought a lot of enjoyment to Toots' life. B.P.W. was a local organization for Business and Professional Women that she belonged to for years. Toots participated with the Ladies Aid and was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Medford. For years she and her "cronies" would hop into Fran Simek’s limo and head out to one of several Casinos. While Fran was alive they also took the Casino Bus at times. After Fran's demise, a bus ride every week or two to a Casino was the favorite form of entertainment, until poor health brought those excursions to a halt.

Toots spent about ten years giving "special time" and care to her Aunt Dorothy E. Amacher in Medford. She was like a daughter that her Aunt Dorothy never had.

Toots is survived by three sisters: Annette R. Moore (4 sons, 1 daughter) of Waupun, Melva G. (Dennis) Saliny (1 son) of Rosemount, MN, Roberta J. (Don) Bertucci (1 son, 1 daughter) of Middleton.

Beside her Mom, Dad and Husband being deceased, her four brothers, Bud, Ronnie (in infancy) Len and Hap are also deceased.

Hemer Funeral Service is in charge of all funeral arrangements. A visitation will be at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford, from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 9. The funeral is at 3 p.m., with a lunch to follow. for online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

BETH L. JOCHIMSEN

NAME OF DECEASED: BETH L. JOCHIMSEN AGE: 50

ADDRESS: 705 E. Mill Street, Withee, WI 54498

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 8:20 AM Monday, May 4 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield where she had been a patient for the past 2 weeks after a courageous battle with kidney cancer

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Friday, May 8 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville

OFFICIATING: Father Gerard Willger & Deacon Joe Roe

INTERMENT: Interment of her cremated remains will take place at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Stetsonville at a later date

VISITATION: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville from 4-8 PM on Thursday, May 7 where there will be a 7:00 PM Catholic rosary service held that evening; also from 9 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Friday, May 8

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 1, 1965 at Medford

EDUCATION: Stetsonville Elementary School, 1983 graduate of Medford High School, received an accounting degree from Northcentral Technical College, Wausau & in 2006, a nursing degree from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire

MARRIAGE: Married to Bruce Tollin and later divorced

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: She was a DJ at K99/WIGM during her high school years. She worked at Phillips Plastics in Medford, Clark County Health care Center, and then Our Lady of Victory Hospital in Stanley until the time of her death. She enjoyed the GB Packers, Brewers, Badgers, riding motorcycle, camping, reading, traveling, bowling, fishing, softball, volleyball, going to Rock Fest & watching her many nieces/nephews in all their sporting events.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Owen; Past member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville where she taught 2nd grade, 1st Communion class for many years.

SURVIVING PARENTS: Mother – Florina J. (maiden name-Boehlin) Jochimsen of the Town of Little Black

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sisters – Karleen (Ron) Sperl, Sherry (Chuck) Anderson & Gail Jochimsen all of Stetsonville, Sara (Gary) Krug of Exeland, Penny (Guy) Olson of Medford
Brothers – Lynn (Dianne) Jochimsen, Bryan (Melinda) Jochimsen & Jay (Jen) Jochimsen all of Medford, Kurt (Pam) Jochimsen of Stratford & Roy (Kathy) Jochimsen of Withee

DECEASED FATHER: Wyllis “Buster” A. Jochimsen in 2013

PALLBEARERS: Honorary – Hunter Jochimsen & Abby Olson; Active – Logan, Derek & Jarod Jochimsen, Sean Anderson, Keaton Edblom, Andrew Krug

OTHER INFORMATION: -Also preceded in death by a Great Nephew – Deagan Jochimsen
-Further survived by 35 Nieces/Nephews & 53 Great Nieces/Nephews
-In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
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Monday, May 4, 2015

ESTHER O. SCHREINER


NAME OF DECEASED: ESTHER O. SCHREINER

AGE: 90

ADDRESS: 1712 Monroe St. New Holstein, WI 53061 former resident of Rib Lake

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:58 P.M. Friday, May 1, 2015 at the Homestead Care Center in New Holstein

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake

OFFICIATING: Father Otto Bucher

INTERMENT: Lakeview Cemetery in Rib Lake

VISITATION: 9:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 9th, 2015 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 26, 1924 in the Township of Greenwood

EDUCATION: Esther attended grade school in the Township of Greenwood

MARRIAGE: December 28, 1940 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake to Lawrence “Bud” A. Schreiner and he preceded her in death on December 14, 1998

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Esther was a proud mother of 8 children. She enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking and babysitting.

MEMBER OF: Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Donald (Nina) Schreiner of Arlington Heights, IL, Richard (Laura) Schreiner of Rib Lake, Thomas (Marlene) Schreiner of Medford, Stephen (Michelle) Schreiner of Rib Lake, Patricia Leider of New Holstein, Margaret (Ignacio) Martinez of Wheeling, IL and Laura (Significant Other: Jim Steenis) Walber of New Holstein

CHILDREN DECEASED: Son: David (Leah) Schreiner Son-in-Law: Harold Leider

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 22 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 35 GR. GR. GRANDCHILDREN: 4

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Estelle Laub of Athens

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Martin Pagel, Christina Wudi and Theresa Peche


DECEASED FATHER: John Fred Pagel DECEASED MOTHER: Anna Liebenow

PALLBEARERS: Donald Schreiner Jr., Richard Buksa Jr., Shanna Martinez, Allyson Walber, Daniel, Jason & Lawrence “Bud” Schreiner

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to her family to be designated at a later date to the Homestead Care Center Activity Program in Esther’s name.
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BERNARD L. STROBACH

NAME OF DECEASED: BERNARD L. STROBACH AGE: 93

ADDRESS: Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford; A former Township of Rib Lake resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 5:10 PM Sunday, May 3 at Aspirus Care & Rehab, Medford where he had resided for the past 7 years

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 5:00 PM Friday, May 8 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

OFFICIATING: Rev. David Clements

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

VISITATION: 3:00 PM until the time of services at 5:00 PM on Friday, May 8 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 10, 1922 at Medford, WI

EDUCATION: Brandl Grade School, Town of Medford

MARRIAGE: February 14, 1939 at the Holy Rosary Parsonage, Medford to Jeanette A. Poirier and she preceded him in death July 2, 2012

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After their marriage, they moved to Rochelle, IL where he worked for Baldwin Locomotive Works as a welder for a period of time. In 1948 they moved to the Rib Lake area where he managed dairy farms and later owned & operated his own dairy farm. While farming he hauled milk & cheese for the Rib Lake Creamery. In 1953 he went to work for Hurd Millwork in Medford where he worked until his retirement in 1984. They moved to Spirit Lake in 1972 & he entered the nursing home in 2008. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, traveling, spending time with his family, deer hunting, wood working, playing cards & playing pool.

MEMBER OF: Charter member of the Spirit Lake Improvement Association board; Hurd Millwork Union; Various bowling, dart & pool leagues.

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Sons – Lee (Significant Other: Rosie) Strobach of Ogema, Ray (Carol) Strobach of Rib Lake, Dale (Bernadette) Strobach of Clear Lake, WI, Ted (Sandra) Strobach of Roscoe, IL, Dean (Gayle) Strobach of Ogema
Daughters – Bernadette Marschke of Rib Lake & Judy (William) Gelhaus of Brenda, AZ

CHILDREN DECEASED: Daughter-in-law: Bev Strobach; Sons-in-law: Bob Sunderlin, Stanley Kroll & William Marschke

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 27 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 56 GR. GR. GRANDCHILDREN: 22

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother – Fred “Fritz” Strobach of Buellton, CA

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Sisters – Dora Pagel & Grace Rauman; Brothers – Armin, Edwin & Chester Strobach

DECEASED FATHER: Theodore Strobach DECEASED MOTHER: Mina Greitsch

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to either the Alzheimer's Research or St. Jude Research
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Friday, May 1, 2015

RALPH J. WILLIAMS


NAME OF DECEASED: RALPH J. WILLIAMS

AGE: 83

ADDRESS: P. O. Box 385 Farwell, MI 48622

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 5:45 P.M. at the University Of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor MI

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 8th, 2015 at Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church in Ogema, WI

OFFICIATING: Jim Frankie

INTERMENT: Riverside Cemetery in Withee, WI

VISITATION: 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford and 10:00 A.M. until time of services at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 8th, 2015 at the Independent Apostolic Lutheran Church in Ogema, WI

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: August 22, 1931 in Stambough, MI

EDUCATION: Ralph attended Iron River, MI Elementary School, and Graduated from Iron River High School. He attained an Associate’s Degree through Ford Motor Co.

MARRIAGE: January 1, 1953 in Newberry, MI to Nina Jean Stephens and she preceded him in death on August 16, 2011

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Ralph was a U.S. Army Veteran and served from 1949-1952 in the Korean Conflict. After his service he moved to Plymouth, MI where he worked in construction. In 1965, Ralph began employment with Ford Motor Co. working in the World Headquarters in Dearborn, MI as a resident construction engineer until his retirement in 1987. In 1991 he moved to Thorp, WI. Ralph then moved to Farwell, MI in 2010. He enjoyed woodworking.

MEMBER OF: Independent Apostolic Church in Ogema

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Diane (John) Combs of Covington, Louisiana and Vivian (Robert) Houchins of Farwell, MI


# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 5 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 9 GR. GR. GRANDCHILDREN:

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Merwyn (Lois) Williams of Orlando, FL and Mavis (Donald) Kovala of Owen

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Helen Marie Pangrazzi

DECEASED FATHER: James Gilbert Williams

DECEASED MOTHER: Sylvia Vivian Erickson

PALLBEARERS: Family & Church Congregation Members