Friday, July 21, 2017

SHIRLE R. ROTHAMER

Shirle Rose Rothamer, 80, of Medford, town of Little Black resident died Friday, July 21, 2017 at Hospice House in Wausau, Wisconsin surrounded by all six of her children and other loving family members.

Shirle was born June 19, 1937 in Kennan, Wisconsin to Leo and Cleo Smrstick.  She was the oldest of 6 children, 4 brothers and 1 sister.   She lived in Kennan until 1947, when she moved to Vesper, and attended grade school, and middle school.   In 1950, at the age of 13, she moved to Westboro, where she finished high school and graduated in 1955.  She very much enjoyed school, especially history.

Shirle met her husband Eugene “Gene” Rothamer, at a dance in Dorchester.  They were married on October 8, 1955 at Assumption of our Lady Church in Chelsea.  They lived in an apt. on Clark Street, in Medford until 1957 when they moved to Reisch’s Farm, in Dorchester where they resided for two years.  In 1959, they moved to Holy Rosary Parish where Gene served as a custodian until 1963, when they bought their first home, a dairy farm in Little Black.  They farmed for 37 years until they sold their dairy herd on July 1, 2000. In addition to dairy farming, Shirle worked at the Ideal CafĂ© for many years.  

Shirle was a long time member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, and belonged to a homemakers club for years.   She took pride in keeping a beautiful home for her family.  She was very creative and artistic. Her talents included sewing, cake decorating, Artex paints, wall murals and a beautiful plaster wall sculpture of Scarlett O’Hara and Rhett Butler from her favorite movie, “Gone with the Wind”.  She loved square dancing with Gene and rummage sales. She also had a passion for reading and M&M’s. 

Their children surprised them with a 25th anniversary celebration at the VFW in Medford in 1980, and a 50th anniversary celebration in 2005 at Molitor’s Steak House where they arrived “in style” in a limo and were greeted by family and friends.  In June, 2017 Shirle celebrated her 80th birthday with a small gathering at the family farm.
Shirle and Gene enjoyed traveling with their kids. Their vacation travels included:  Washington DC, South Dakota, Canada, Colorado, and Florida (Disney World).
After nearly 60 years together, Shirle lost her loving husband on September 18, 2015. She was a devoted wife and mother, whose dedication to her family was her greatest purpose in life. She will forever be missed and treasured dearly.
Shirle is survived by her six children, Judith (the late Russell) Hosler of Owen,  Victoria (Richard) Schaetzl of Athens, Pamela Philipp of Wausau,  Randall (Donna ) Rothamer   of Glen Burnie MD, Ryan (Pam Nelson) Rothamer  of  Medford, Melissa (Terry) Pernsteiner of Champlin MN,  15 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren , 3 brothers, Leon (Elaine) Smrstick of Arpin,  Gary (Ida)  Smrstick of Arpin,  Gale Smrstick of Arpin, and 1 sister,  Sharon Lieble of Marshfield.  She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Shirle is preceded in death by   1 grandchild, Chad Rothamer, 1 brother, Kim Smrstick, and 1 son-in-law, Russell Hosler.
Funeral services for Shirle R Rothamer will be at 11:00 AM, Tuesday July 25th, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford with Father Michael Hayden officiating.  Burial will take place in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford.  Visitation will be held at Hemer Funeral Home on Monday July 24, 2017 from 4:00-7:00 PM with a Rosary Service at 7:00 PM.  Visitation will continue on Tuesday July 25 at 10:00 AM until the time of service 11:00 AM at the church.
Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers:  Nicholas and Jacob Pernsteiner, Jacquelyn Schaetzl, Teneille Savka, Matthew Philipp, Amanda Rothamer, Chelsea Rothamer, and Chrystal Schoenborn.  Honorary pallbearers: Jennifer Tagg, Shauna Rothamer, Samantha Pernsteiner, and Shalaya Rothamer.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Shirle’s family to be designated at a later date.
The family of Shirle would like to thank the staff at St Clairs Hospital and Hospice House for their compassion and caring support.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

BERNICE "BABE" M. STELLICK

Bernice “Babe” M. Stellick, 89, of Rib Lake, passed away on Tuesday July 18, 2017 at her residence.
Bernice Stellick was born in Medford, Wisconsin on August 26, 1927 to the late Charles and Lena (Gehrig) Stellick. She attended Medford Elementary School and was a 1945 graduate of Medford High School. She furthered her education at U.W. Superior and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1949. She moved to Rib Lake and began her teaching career in 1949 where she stayed until her retirement in 1990. She went back to school in 1971 and received her masters of Science and Teaching.
Bernice enjoyed being very involved in the Rib Lake community. She was a member of the Rib Lake Lions since 1988 and has been the secretary since joining Rib Lake Community Club, WEA and the NEA, Thursday Evening Women’s Bowling League at Little Bohemia, and Tuesday Evening Women’s Curling Club. She also enjoyed hunting and fishing and staying at her cabin on Stone Lake.
Bernice is survived by a special nephew Gary Hosking of Slinger, WI, and other nieces and nephews and many special friends.
Bernice is preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Elmer Stellick; one sister, Evelyn Francis and niece Barbara Hosking.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday July 22, 2017 at Rib Lake United Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Jo Laabs officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery I in Medford at 2:00 PM. Visitation will be held Saturday morning at Rib Lake United Methodist Church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in honor of Bernice can be given to the Taylor County Humane Society.
 Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

ALFONS “ALEX” D. BUTKUS

NAME OF DECEASED: ALFONS “ALEX” D. BUTKUS AGE: 89

ADDRESS: W6372 County Road O, Medford; A Township of Medford resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 1:18 PM Tuesday, July 18 at Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford where he had resided for the past 5 days under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, July 22 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza & Father Dennis Meulemans

INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

VISITATION: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford from 10 AM until the time of services at 12 noon on Saturday, July 22

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 25, 1928 in the Township of Holway

EDUCATION: Town of Holway elementary schools and was a graduate of Medford High School

MARRIAGE: August 25, 1951 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford to June Ann Freudenthal

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he hauled milk, did logging work, farmed in the Town of Holway and worked at the Taylor County Highway Department for 30 years until his retirement in 1990. He enjoyed fishing, ball games, hunting, dancing, his faith, family and friends. He played baseball for the Holway Baseball Team for a number of years.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford, Medford Knights of Columbus, and was a past member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville

SURVIVING SPOUSE: June A. Butkus of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Dale (Donna) Butkus of Owen, Dave “Crocket” (Penny) Butkus of Owen, Lynn Butkus of Medford, Kris (Robert) Ruf of Elkhorn, Scott (Anne) Butkus of Medford

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 11 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 12

SURVIVING SISTER: Helen Strassburger of Curtiss

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Florence Phillips, John, Walter & Joseph Maldonis

DECEASED FATHER: Dominic Butkus DECEASED MOTHER: Helen Sophia (Veselefsky) Butkus

URNBEARER: Dennis McCarthy

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Holy Rosary Church and School, Medford
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Monday, July 17, 2017

FOSTER J. " HUP" KALK

Foster J. “Hup” Kalk, 86, of Rib Lake, passed away Thursday July 13, 2017 at Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk.
Foster was born November 11, 1930 in Rib Lake to Charles and Anna (Knop) Kalk. He attended Fawn Valley Grade School and is a 1948 graduate of Rib Lake High School.
He is survived by 8 Nieces and Nephews. His Parents and siblings precede him in death.
Foster entered the US Army, and served in the Korean War, and achieved the rank of Corporal. He was honorably discharged in 1953. He then went on to work in Milwaukee for a period of time before returning to Rib Lake to work on the family farm, and also Weather Shield Windows. He retired in 1985.
Cremation rites have been accorded. A memorial visitation will be held from 3-5 PM on Tuesday July 25, 2017 at Hemer Funeral Home, Rib Lake Chapel.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

DORIS A. HOFFMAN


Doris A. Hoffman, 84, Medford, died Tuesday, July 11 at Dycora Transitional Health, Abbotsford, under the care of Asera Care Hospice.
Doris Hoffman was born on September 4, 1932 in Medford to the late William and Agnes (Strachota) Armbrust. She attended elementary school at Holy Rosary Catholic School of Medford and high school at St. Mary’s Springs High School of Fond du Lac.
On November 13, 1952 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford, she married Everett Hoffman, who preceded her in death on February 6, 2013. In her free time Doris loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed driving school bus for 30 years and meeting all the young people and working at Kwik Trip.
She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church of Medford.
Doris is survived by ten children: Charles Hoffman of Stanley, Paula (Gene) Varney of Goodyear, AZ., Steve (Cora) Hoffman of Quad Cities, IL., Barb (Tim) Ady of Marshfield, D.J. Hoffman of Rib Lake, William (Kate) Hoffman of Medford, Ray (Holly) Hoffman of Wake Forest, N.C., Mary (Harvey) Rudolph of Medford, Beverly (Mike) Endreas of Spencer and Andrew (Tara) Hoffman of Monks Corner, S.C.; brother: David (Joanne) Armbrust of Medford; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.    
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Joseph, in 1956; two grandsons, Joseph 1973 and Joseph in 1990; brothers; William Jr., Walter, Jim Robert and John Armbrust.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 AM Friday, July 14 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Father Phil Juza officiating. Visitation will be held at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford on Thursday, July 13 from 5 to 7 PM. Visitation will continue on Friday July 14 at 10 AM until the time of service 11AM at the church.  
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to her family to be designated at a later date.

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

Monday, July 10, 2017

DONNA J. GLAMANN

Donna J. Glamann, 86, of Medford joined her sweetie, on their 68th wedding anniversary, on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at home, surrounded by her family, under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care. She was born on September 17, 1930 to August and Florence (Fruzen) Gorichs. She went to schools in the Westboro and Rib Lake area. On July 9, 1949 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Whittlesey she married Clarence Glamann; he preceded her in death in 2008. She worked as a babysitter until 1975. She then went on to work at Thomas Florist until her retirement.

In her retirement she enjoyed bingo with her lady friends, camping, gardening, and spending time with her family, especially her great-grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and held many offices, including superintendent of Sunday school. She was also a lifelong member of Klossner - Dietzler VFW Auxiliary 5729 and a homemakers association in Medford.

She is survived by three sons, Clarence Jr. (Barb) of Chippewa Falls, Bradley (Jan) of Minneapolis, and Craig (Lynn) of Medford; daughter, Susan (Don) Paul of Neenah; 10 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her siblings, Shirley Floryance of Milwaukee, Gerald (Barbara) Gorichs of Norwell, Massachusetts, Keith (Kathy) Gorichs of Medford, Jack (Joan) Gorichs of Medford, and Sandy Anderson of Lincoln City, OR.

In addition to her parents and husband, Donna is preceded in death by two sons, Bruce in 2007 and David in 2003, granddaughter Amy in 2010, and infant sister Betty.

A memorial service for Donna will take place on Saturday, July 15 at 11:00 AM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford, with Rev. Brian Mundt officiating; burial will follow at Medford Evergreen II. Visitation will take place on Saturday, July 15 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial in Donna’s name may be given to the family for use a later designation.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

THOMAS "TOM" L. DROST

Thomas “Tom” L. Drost, 82 of Stetsonville, WI died Sunday, July 9 at his residence under the loving care of his family and Hope Hospice. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, July 13 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville with Rev. Richard Russow officiating. Visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM that day at the church. Burial of his cremated remains will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery at a later date.
Thomas was born October 5, 1934 at Medford, WI, to Jesse & Eleanor (Shultz) Drost. He attended Medford elementary and high schools. He married Joyce Yvonne Handel on October 11, 1952 in Marathon, WI.
Tom was employed by Weather Shield Mfg., Inc. while residing in Beloit, WI until his retirement in 1997. He was one of their first sales representatives. His territory included southern WI and northern IL. He was successful in his field; earning awards for making and exceeding sales quotas.
Tom and family lived in Beloit for 52 years. He was an avid sportsman and had a real passion for the outdoors. He could be found most weekends with his family and friends. He enjoyed being at his cabin, the “Timberdoodle”, and was an active member of the NRA, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Grouse Society, and Turkey Federation.
Tom & Joyce moved back to Stetsonville where they became active members of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church. There he confirmed his faith in the Lord at his adult confirmation. Tom will be remembered by his family and friends for being a hard worker, for his honesty, his dedication to his family, and his love for his dogs.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; children – Debbie Dorzok, Tomah, WI, James Drost, Bozeman, MT, Lori (Bill) Peters, West Salem, WI, Jeff (Cindy) Drost, Beloit, WI, Dan (Jodi) Drost, Medford, WI; 13 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and his sister Jessie Meek of Venice, FL.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jim Drost and an infant brother who died at birth.
Thank you to Hope Hospice for their quality care and support. Thank you also to Pastors James Babler & Richard Russow for their many visits.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for memorial contributions be given to either Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville, or Hope Hospice of Medford. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.


Friday, July 7, 2017

LEONARD J. KOFLER

Leonard J. Kofler, 93, of Rib Lake, passed away Thursday July 6, 2017 at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford.
Leonard was born March 17, 1924 in Rib Lake to Virgil and Mary (Hartman) Kofler. He is a graduate of Rib Lake High School. Leonard married Emily M. Szczurek on November 29, 1947 at St. John the Baptist Church in Rib Lake. Emily preceded Leonard in death on January 15, 2017.
He is survived by his Children: Marie (Dale) Lindwall of Wausau, Michael (Kathy) Kofler of Prentice, Peter Kofler of Marshfield, 8 Grandchildren and 8 Great Great Grandchildren, and Sisters: Leona Kellerman and Monica Kofler.
Leonard is further preceded in death by his Parents, Daughter Vickie Wudi, and Siblings: Augustine, Ervin, Lawrence, Caroline and Cecelia.
Leonard worked for Hurd Manufacturing and Gem Products on the production lines. He also owned a dairy farm in Rib Lake with his wife Emily. He enjoyed listening to polka music and playing horseshoes, and was active in several horse shoe leagues in Rib Lake.
He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church and the Catholic Order of Foresters.
A private Funeral Mass will be held Monday July 10, 2017 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church. Father Otto Bucher will officiate. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

BRIAN C. SACKMANN

NAME OF DECEASED: BRIAN C. SACKMANN AGE: 59

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

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced on Tuesday, July 4 at his residence in the Town of Deer Creek

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: per his request, there will be no services but there will be a visitation

INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Stetsonville Public Cemetery at a later date

VISITATION: A Memorial Visitation will take place from 4 – 7 PM on Monday, July 10 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 9, 1957 at Medford

EDUCATION: Stetsonville elementary schools and attended Medford High School

MARRIAGE: Never married

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he worked as a farm hand in the Stetsonville area. He also worked at George Mathews & Sons for a period of time. He has worked with Cypher Electric in Medford for 25 plus years until the time of his death. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hobby farming and socializing.

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brothers – Randy & Rick both of Stetsonville
Sisters – Lennethe Adams & Kathryn (Jeff) Klinger both of Medford, Theresa (Samuel) Zagorski of Gilman
He is further survived by 6 nieces & nephews

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brother – Ronald in 2015

DECEASED FATHER: Clarence C. Sackmann DECEASED MOTHER: Elizabeth F. Baumer

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be given to Brian’s family for a future designation
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Saturday, July 1, 2017

DONALD C. RODMAN, SR.




Donald Charles Rodman, Sr., 81, of Rib Lake, died Friday June 30, 2017 at Colonial House Nursing Home in Colby.
Donald was born October 12, 1935 in Athens, WI to Raymond and Matilda (Pecher) Rodman. He married Patricia E. Welch on May 29, 1965 in Pine City, IL. Patricia precedes him in death.
He is survived by his sons: Donald “Corky” (Kari) Rodman of Rib Lake, Ray Rodman of Westboro, Grandchildren: Colton “Brutus” Tibbets, Samantha and Emily Rodman, Sister: Darlene (Jim) Sodoma of Athens, Nephew: Jimmy (Tiffany Schreiner) of Athens and Niece: Lisa (Jim Judnic) Sodoma of Rib Lake. He is further survived by many cousins.

Donald served his country in the US Army. He drove in the motor pool and was also a rifleman. He was stationed in Germany.
Donald drove semi-truck over the road for Weather Shield, and then drove for Timberline Trucking. He loved his family, especially his grandchildren. He retired in 1985 due to health complications. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling on bus trips to casinos, and chatting with friends at Jim and Gloria’s Drive In.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM, Saturday July 8, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Westboro. Rev. Dr. Bob Giese will officiate. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 12 Noon until the time of service at 2:00 PM. Cremation rites will be accorded following the service, burial of cremated remains will take place at Lakeview Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Donald can be given to First Lutheran Church of Westboro.
 
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com





STELLA PENDERGAST


Stella Pendergast, 89, of Goodyear, AZ, formerly of Rib Lake, passed away Friday June 30, 2017 in Goodyear, AZ.
Stella (Bieniek) Pendergast was born in Rib Lake, Wisconsin on June 11, 1928 to Adam and Susan (Kuna) Bieniek. She married William "Bill" Pendergast on November 30, 1946.  Bill and Stella lived in many cities in Wisconsin during their marriage including Rib Lake, Medford, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Knowles. Minocqua, Lilly, and Shawano.  During their retirement years they traveled to Texas to avoid the Wisconsin winters. They spent 63 loving and happy years together until Bill's death in October 2009.  Following the death of Bill, Stella lived in Eagle River and in Goodyear, Arizona.

Stella was devoted to raising her family of four boys and four girls. Her children include, Dan Pendergast, Judy Pendergast, Kathy Klein, John Pendergast, Mark Pendergast, Carol Nelson, Dave Pendergast  and Kris VanNatta. She also leaves behind a legacy of twenty-four grandchildren, twenty-eight great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.

Stella is survived by three sisters: Mary DeBruin, Eva Matheus (William), and Katherine Chase. She is preceded in death by one sister: Helen Surek and four brothers: Anton, Adam, John and Frank Bieniek.

Although she is gone from this world, she will always be in our hearts.


A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday July 7, 2017 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Rib Lake with Father Otto Bucher officiating. Burial will follow in Lakeview Cemetery. Visitation will be held Friday morning at Good Shepherd Catholic Church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM

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

NORMAN D. KLEINSTICK


Norman D. Kleinstick, 94, of Goodrich passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017 at home.
Per Norman’s request, cremation rites have been accorded, and no services will be held. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemefuneralservice.com

Friday, June 30, 2017

ALVIN J. RAMM



Alvin “Al” J. Ramm, of Medford, passed away Friday June 30, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Al was born July 18, 1947 in Medford to Clarence and Jesse (Porter) Ramm. He is a graduate of Medford Sr. High School. He married Marie Ellen Baumann of August 8, 1970 at Zion Lutheran Church in Stetsonville.

He is survived by his Wife Marie, Children: Steve Ramm of Medford, and Laura Ramm of Milwaukee, Grandchildren Dylan and Trevor Ramm of DePere, Siblings: Jerry, Jean Don, Lola, Ray Ramm, and Lucy Hanish, all of Medford, Sister in Law Becky Ramm, and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his Parents, Siblings: Joan Koeffer and David Ramm.

After high school, Al joined the United States Marine Corps and was an electrician on the A-6 and F-4 Aircraft. He served two tours in Vietnam, and also one year in Japan. Al also served as an electrical instructor on the aircraft. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1974.
Al returned to Medford and drove milk truck, worked for Radio Shack, and also worked in the maintenance departments at Hurd and Weather Shield Window Companies. He retired in 2010.

Al was a member of VFW Post 5729 in Medford, and was a longtime member at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Wednesday July 5, 2017 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church in Stetsonville. Rev. Richard Russow will officiate. Burial will follow at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be held at Zion Lutheran Church from 9:30 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM. Military honors will be rendered by the Medford Area Military Rites Team.

In lieu of flowers, per Al’s request, memorial donations may be given to his family, which will then be given to homeless veterans.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

LEANNE I. PETERSON


NAME OF DECEASED: Leanne Irene Peterson AGE: 81

RESIDENCE: Country Gardens in Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Country Gardens, Medford, on June 24, 2017 under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Thursday June 29 at11:00 AM at Holy Rosary Catholic Church Medford

OFFICIATING: Fr. Phil Juza and Deacon Joe Stefancin

INTERMENT: St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Little Black

VISITATION: Thursday, June 29 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM at Holy Rosary Catholic Church

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 3, 1935 in Little Black

EDUCATION: Stetsonville Elementary, Medford High School, St. Joseph’s Nursing School, Marshfield

MARRIAGE: October 6, 1959 in Madison to James Peterson, they were later divorced.

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Worked as a nurse in Madison, Marshfield, and Medford until marriage. After marriage she worked as a nurse at Memorial Hospital in Medford. She finished her career as a traveling nurse in Oceanside, CA

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, the Medford Curling Club, Tee Hi Golf Course, and Past President of the Lochettes

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Timothy Peterson of Medford, and Thomas (Becky) Peterson of Des Moines, IA

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 5   STEP-GRANDCHILDREN: 2   
GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 6         

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: brothers: Peter and Sam Paulson, sisters: Margret Kyes, Judy Peck, Joan McElligott, Kris (Ron) Zuleger, Jane Paulson, and Cindy Paulson

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Kevin “Whitey” Paulson

DECEASED FATHER: Raymond Paulson     DECEASED MOTHER: Ann White

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorial in Leanne’s name may be made to Hope Hospice
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ARDELLA M. DOHRWARDT


Ardella M. Dohrwardt, 73, of Medford, passed away Friday June 23, 2017 at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford. She was born on September 2, 1943 to Henry and Bertha (Barkow) Dassow, they precede her in death. She married Herman C. Dohrwardt, Jr. at Trinity Lutheran Church on October 5, 1963. Herman precedes her in death.
Ardella worked most of her life as a homemaker. In her spare time she enjoyed shooting pool, going to the casino, and playing cards and bingo.
She is survived by Children: Ricky (Nancy) Dohrwardt of Rib Lake, Randy (Katrina) Dohrwardt of Medford, Ryan (Bobbie) Dohrwardt of Pulaski, Renee (David) Jacobsen of Medford and Rod (Muzzy) Dohrwardt of Medford, Grandchildren: Mikey, Taran, Brett, Wyatt, Amanda and Zach Dohrwardt, and Nicole Jacobsen. She is also survived by her siblings, Harold (Mary Ann) Dassow Sr., Arnold Dassow, Darlene Drager all of Medford and sister-in-law Janice Dassow of Medford
In addition to her parents and husband, Ardella is preceded in death by her siblings, Ralph, Donald, Hilbert Sr., Henry, Clarence, Robert and Alvin Sr. Dassow, and Elaine Gumz.
Per Ardella’s request, cremation rites have been accorded, and no services will be held. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemefuneralservice.com

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

NORMA E. GAAB-MOLITOR

Norma E. Gaab-Molitor, 87, of Medford, passed away peacefully Tuesday, June 20th at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford, WI.
Norma was born in Medford, WI on June 18, 1930 to Henry and Catherine (Stauner) Brost. She married James J. Gaab on June 15th, 1949 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford and they celebrated 56 years of marriage before his passing in 2007.
Norma and family moved to Wausau, WI in 1956, where she was a bookkeeper for her husband at Mobil Oil Co. She also worked part time as a telephone secretary and printers assistant for the Business Service Center and part time at Dr. George Andrews medical office.
In 1984, she founded the consignment store Nice As New. She spent her winters in Sun City, AZ where she was employed at Sun City Youngtown Printers and Valley Medical Answering Service. She moved back to Wausau full time in 1998 where she continued to work as a telephone secretary for Presto Call until her retirement in 2007.
Norma was a fervent reader and enjoyed writing short stories for her family, remodeling their houses and traveling the USA and Europe. Norma was very active at the church, school and community organizations. She was a long-term poll worker and volunteer at Wausau Hospital and a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford. She enjoyed every type of animal, especially her cats and Bob’s dog, Tiffi.
Norma moved to Medford, WI in 2008 where she married her childhood friend Robert “Bob” Molitor in June of 2008 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford.
She is survived by her husband Robert “Bob” Molitor of Medford; Children: Mary Gaab of Wausau and Daniel (Lori) Gaab of Galena, IL; Grandchildren: Michael Hoffman, Mike and Dan Fuller, Nick, Tiffany, Brad and Kendra Gaab; Several Great-grandchildren; Brothers: Barney Brost of Denver, CO and S. Ray (Meta) Brost of Clarksville, IL; Sister: Marilyn (Arthur) Fliss of West Bend; Stepchildren: Mike and Micky Molitor both of Medford and 2 step-greatgrandchildren.
In addition to her first husband and parents Norma was preceded in death by her Children: Kathy Gaab Hoffman and Joseph Gaab; Daughter In-Law: Nellie Gaab; Sisters: Anita Gassen, Virginia Mary Brost and Lenore Palmer-Marks; Brother: JP Brost.
A funeral mass will be held at 12 noon, Monday June 26th, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church of Medford with Father Phil Juza and Deacon Joe Stefancin officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 11 AM until the time of mass at 12 noon. Future burial of her cremated remains will be at the Cremation Garden of Rest, Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Norma’s name can be given to Holy Rosary Catholic Church and School, Medford or the Taylor County Humane Society, Medford.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at hemerfuneralservice.com

Monday, June 19, 2017

DENNIS C. PETERSON


Dennis C. Peterson, 78, of Antigo, passed away Sunday June 18, 2017 at Aspirus Langlade Hospital Emergency Room.
Dennis was born June 21, 1938 in Medford, WI to Claude and Mildred (Wyss) Peterson. He was a graduate of Medford Sr. High School. Dennis married Betty Sue Peterson on November 26, 1979 in Menomonie, MI.
He is survived by his Wife, Children: Joe (Barb) Peterson of Mosinee, Denise (Dave) Haley of Georgia, Jeff Peterson of Antigo, John (Barbara) Peterson Seguin, TX, Steve (Ron) Farrar of Chicago, IL, Keith (Bonnie) Farrar of Mississippi, Brother Lee Peterson of DeForest, 11 Grandchildren, 4 Great Grandchildren, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Dennis is preceded in death by his Parents, Son Paul Peterson, Brother Kent Peterson and Infant Sister Donna Peterson.
Dennis served his country with the U.S. Army Guard.
Dennis drove semi over the road, starting his career with his father under C.C. Peterson Trucking. He then went onto drive for Mortson Brothers Trucking, Mach Farms, Krieger Metal and last drove as an Owner / Operator for Packerland Trucking. He retired in 2010. Dennis was an avid sports fan and loved to watch football, baseball and golf. He enjoyed socializing over cocktails and traveling to the casino.
Cremation rites have been accorded, a graveside service and military honors will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday June 24, 2017 at Medford Evergreen Cemetery I in Medford.
Memorial donations in honor of Dennis can be given to his family, for designation at a later date.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left www.hemerfuneralservice.com

DAMIEN M. SWEET

Damien Mack Sweet, 2 months, of Medford passed away Saturday June 17, 2017 at his home.
Damien was born on April 10, 2017 in Marshfield, WI to Jesse Sweet and Susan Lemke.
He is survived by his Parents, Siblings: Rodney Bruce of Wisconsin Rapids, Madison and Cayman Sweet of Nekoosa and Jesse Sweet of Medford, Taylor Lemke of Vancouver, WA and Corbin Lemke of Stanley, Grandparents: Rick and Debbie Sweet of Wisconsin Rapids, Kelly Sherman Strangefelt of Medford, Scott and Chris Lemke of Herbster, Great Grandmother: Julia Westrich of Medford, Aunts and Uncles: Amber and Troy Hamm, Brett, Maddox and Jeremiah, Julian Pester, Julia and Jennifer Pester, all of Medford, T.J. Rodgers of Herbster, Steven and Jennah Prior of Marshfield, Joe and Jill Sweet of Tony, Jake Sweet of Minneapolis, MN, Honored Aunt Danielle Stiel of Medford, and many other cousins.
Damien was a blessing and joy to his family and friends. He touched the lives of many and will be truly missed by everyone.
Damien is preceded in death by several Grandparents.
A Celebration of life will be held from 1:00 - 3:00 PM, on Thursday June 22, 2017 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford Chapel.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

Saturday, June 10, 2017

LUCY J. LISKE

NAME OF DECEASED: LUCY J. LISKE AGE: 89

ADDRESS: 618 E. Conrad Drive, Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 3:35 PM Friday, June 9 at Aspirus Medford hospital, emergency room, where she was taken earlier

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 14 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza & Deacon Joe Stefancin

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 5-8 PM Tuesday, June 13 where there will be a 8 PM Catholic prayer service held that evening; and also from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Wednesday, June 14 at the church

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: May 22, 1928 in the Township of Greenwood

EDUCATION: Town of Greenwood elementary schools and was a graduate of Rib Lake High School & Taylor County Teachers College

MARRIAGE: June 13, 1953 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, Town of Greenwood to Marvin H. Liske

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After her education, she taught in Rib Lake schools for 5 years. She was a housewife/mother for many years and worked beside her husband at Liske Marine from 1964 until her retirement. She enjoyed traveling, snowmobiling, spending time at the lake and being with family & friends.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Marvin Liske of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Sons – George, John & Peter (Corinne) all of Medford
Daughter – Lisa (Todd Campfield) Raab of Wausau
Son-in-law: Dan Deneen of Pewaukee

CHILDREN DECEASED: Daughter – Mary Deneen in 2003

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 9 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 7

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Charlie & Paul Matyka both of Rib Lake

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – Peter, Joseph, Jim, John & Frank Matyka
Sisters – Agnes Maager, Elizabeth Gauger, Sister Catherine Matyka, Annie Erl & baby Mary in infancy

DECEASED FATHER: Joseph Matyka DECEASED MOTHER: Agnes (Matyka) Matyka

PALLBEARERS: Sam, Lucas, Christopher & Chad Liske, Casey & Kyle Deneen, Tyler Raab

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MARTHA RUSS SEIDL

NAME OF DECEASED: MARTHA RUSS SEIDL AGE: 87

ADDRESS: City of Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 7:56 PM Friday, June 9 at Country Gardens Assisted Living, Medford where she had resided for the past 1 day under the care of Hope Hospice

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Thursday, June 15 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza & Deacon Joe Stefancin

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

VISITATION: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Thursday, June 15

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: December 11, 1929 at Laupheim, Germany

EDUCATION: Germany schools

MARRIAGE: May 27, 1959 at Neu-Ulm Germany to James G. Seidl and he preceded her in death April 24, 2011

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: Moved to the US with her husband in July of 1961. She was a devoted housewife. She enjoyed gardening, fishing gourmet cooking, loved kids and dogs.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Heinz (Anita) Russ & Alfons (Roswitha) Russ all of Neu-Ulm, Germany
Brothers/Sisters-in-law: Inge Russ, Tom, Richard & Betty Seidl

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – Willy, Wilhelm, Herbert, Josef, Peter Russ;
Sister – Inge Fueglister

DECEASED FATHER: Georg Russ DECEASED MOTHER: Josefine (Netzer) Russ

PALLBEARERS: Honorary – Chuck Zenner; Active – Marc Kleist, Ed Hemmer, Dave & Sam Klinner, Steve & Ryan Brost

OTHER INFORMATION: Further survived by many nieces & nephews
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to Hope Hospice of Medford
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Friday, June 9, 2017

JENNY ELAINE MAYER

Jenny Elaine Mayer, 94, of Westboro passed away on Thursday, June 8 at Care Partners in Medford, and under the care of Hope Hospice.
Jenny was born on July 30, 1922 to Angus and Jennie Peterson in Westboro, WI. She graduated from Westboro High School. She married Fred George Mayer on May 1, 1943. She worked on the family farm until the passing of her husband. She then went on to work for UW Madison, Chelsea School, and Weather Shield until retirement. In retirement she babysat her grandchildren and worked for the Forestry Service.
Jenny would spend her spare time sewing, making homemade quilts, cooking and feeding anyone that stopped in. She enjoyed tending to her flowers and lawn, and bird watching.
She was of the Catholic Faith, and was a former member of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church of Chelsea.
Jenny is survived by her children Sharon Ennis of Madison, Kevin (Nancy) Mayer of Westboro; 10 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; sisters: Dorothy Hoveland of Madison, Delores “Fenno” (Neil) Reimann of Westboro; brother: James (Mary Ann) Peterson of Medford; brother-in-law: Ray Dums of Hayward; son-in-law: Don Kellner of Schofield and many close family and friends.
Jenny is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, and Children: Gary Mayer and Shirley Kellner; Siblings Arvid, Lester, Alden, Alvin “Bud” and John Peterson, Marie Betz, Kay Adams and Lael Dums.
A funeral mass will be held at 11 AM, Monday June 12, 2017 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Whittlesey. Father Phil Juza will officiate. Burial will follow at Mt. Olive Cemetery in Westboro. Visitation will be held at the church Monday morning from 9 AM until the time of Mass at 11 AM.
Pallbearers: Jeff and Jonathan Ennis, Danny and David Kellner, Logan and Gary Mayer
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

SHARON A. POUND

Sharon A. Pound, 73, of Medford, passed away Tuesday May 30, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Sharon was born November 5, 1943 to Donald and Ruby (Miller) Hosley in Washington D.C. Donald passed away during his military service when Sharon was an infant. Ruby later married Robert Usack and they lovingly raised her. She is a graduate of Gilman High School. Sharon married Art Pound on December 18, 1971, he preceded her in death May 8, 2003.
Sharon was very involved at Community United Church of Christ in Medford. She served on the Church Council, and had been the church secretary and bookkeeper. She was also a member of the Candelight Guild and Prayer Shawl Group.
Sharon had a true green thumb, and was passionate about gardening. She was very proud of her perennial beds. She also enjoyed birdwatching.
Sharon is survived by her beloved significant other: Denny Moe of Medford, Children: Michelle (Blake) Bucki and Bill (Bobbi Jo Dassow) Pound of Medford, Grandchildren: Christopher Retterath of Eagen, MN, Michael (Victoria Krzykowski) Retterath of Milladore, Logan Bucki of Medford, Lindsey Bucki of Lacrosse, and Wyatt Juneau of Medford, Great Grandchildren: Emmee Juneau, Lilian Bucki and Sage Retterath, Brother Larry Usack of Bonduel, Uncle Ken Miller of Barron, Nephew Nikolai Usack and Great Niece Helena Usack of Milwaukee and numerous cousins.
She is preceded in death by her Parents, Husband, Daughter Laurie Retterath, and most recently her Sister in Law Lovely Usack.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday June 2, 2017 at Community United Church of Christ in Medford. Pastor Mary Jo Laabs will officiate. Visitation will be held at church from 9:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00.
Memorial gifts in honor of Sharon can be given to her family for designation at a later date.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

Monday, May 29, 2017

KRISTINE J. KUMMER

NAME OF DECEASED: KRISTINE J. KUMMER AGE: 46

ADDRESS: Howard Road, Medford; A Township of Hammel resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced dead on Saturday, May 27 in Chippewa County the results of an automobile accident

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 10:30 AM Thursday, June 1 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville

OFFICIATING: Rev. Richard Russow

INTERMENT: Medford Evergreen Cemetery II

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-8 PM on Wednesday, May 31 and also at church from 9:30 AM until the time of services at 10:30 AM on Thursday, June 1

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 19, 1970 at Chippewa Falls, WI

EDUCATION: Gilman Elementary school and was a 1988 graduate of Gilman High School where she was active in track and cross country sports

MARRIAGE: October 11, 1997 at Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville to David “Butch” J. Kummer, Jr.

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: For the past number of years, she has worked as a supervisor at the former B & B Engineering, currently, Frontline in Medford at the time of her death. She was very active in her children’s and nephew’s activities including high school sports & stock car racing. She enjoyed scrapbooking and crafting. Her family was her life. Her favorite numbers were 6, 12 & 24.

MEMBER OF: Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville

SURVIVING SPOUSE: David “Butch” J. Kummer, Jr. of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Cody (fiancé-Nicole) Kummer of Medford and Lakyn Kummer of UW-Eau Claire

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Earl (Terri) Berg, Jr. of Gilman and Bill Berg of Gilman
Sister-in-law: Cindy (Lon) Ulrich of Medford

SURVIVING PARENTS: Earl & Barbara (Beck) Berg, Sr. of Gilman
Mother/Father-in-law: Sue & David Kummer Sr. of Medford

PALLBEARERS: Honorary – Lucas Ulrich; Active – Earl, Terri & Bill Berg, Cindy, Lon, Brett, Koltin & Trey Ulrich

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


Saturday, May 27, 2017

RICHARD C. LAHER


Richard C. Laher, 78, of Medford passed away on Friday, May 26 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield under palliative care, surrounded by his family. Richard was born on January 21, 1939 to Arthur and Dorothy (Rothamer) Laher in Medford. He graduated from Medford High School in 1957. He was united in marriage to Ethel Brandner on May 23, 1959, she survives. After school in 1957, Richard worked at Weather Shield. In 1967 Richard and Ethel moved to the family homestead and farmed until 1978. He then went on to be self-employed at R&E Manufacturing until his retirement in 2000.
He lived life for his family, nothing was more important to him. He took pride in his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. In retirement he spent many hours of enjoyment doing woodworking projects such as building barns, horse stables, machine sheds, doll houses, plant stands and any other idea someone had in mind.  He enjoyed gardening, going to the casino, polka dancing, and watching the Brewers and Dodgers.

In addition to his wife, Richard is survived by his children, Rodney (Jody), Gary (Jan), Rick (Julie),  and Kent (Dawn) Laher, and Rhonda (Bryce) Kelley, all of Medford; grandchildren, Robin (Ryan) Kraschnewski, Jesse (Megan), Jeffrey (Kayla), Derek (Dana), Trevor (Heather), Marissa, Kendal, Carson, and Jon Laher, Grace and Brigham Kelley; great-grandchildren, Ryder, Restyn, and Rylan Kraschnewski, Knox and Jozlyn Laher, and Dylan Laher. He is also survived by his siblings, Lavelle (Roger) Auby of Stoughton, WI, Fred (Lucy) Laher of Pueblo, CO, and Edwin (Mary) Laher of Medford; brother-in-law, Pat Nelson of Chandler, AZ. He is further survived by many other family and friends.

Richard is preceded in death by his parents, brother Dan Laher, and sister Nancy Nelson.

A Funeral Mass for Richard will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 31 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford, with Father Phil Juza and Deacon Joe Stefancin officiating; burial will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, May 30 at Hemer Funeral Home from 4:00 P.M. until the time of a prayer service at 7:00 P.M., visitation will continue on Wednesday, May 31 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at 11:00 A.M. Robin Kraschnewski, Jesse Laher, Jeffery Laher, Derek Laher, Trevor Laher, Carson Laher, Jon Laher, and Brigham Kelley will be serving as pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations in honor of Richard can be given to his family, for designation at a later date.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

 

RONALD R. NIZNIK

Ronald R. Niznik, 66, of Stetsonville passed away on Friday, May 26 at home. Ronald was born on August 11, 1950 to Paul Sr. and Mary Niznik in Medford. He was a 1969 graduate of Owen-Withee High School. After school he joined the Air Force in 1969, where he served as a Loadmaster on aircrafts during the Vietnam War. He married Dawn Miller on June 15, 1974, she precedes him in death.

In his spare time Ronald enjoyed watching the Packers, spoiling his grandchildren, outdoor activities, tinkering with his tractors, cutting wood, traveling with family, discussing politics, snowmobiling, and spending time with his family.

Ronald is survived by his children, Craig Niznik of Stetsonville, Justin (Lindsey) Niznik of Augusta, WI, and Aaron Niznik of Providence, RI; grandchildren, Elsie, Abigail, and one on the way Margaret. He is also survived by his siblings, Paul Niznik Jr. of Medford, Robert (Roberta) Niznik of Holcombe, Dan (Pam) Niznik of Medford, Jerry (Kye) Niznik of Colorado Springs, CO, Bonnie (Steve) Pawello of Rhinelander, Marlene (Michael) Eisner of Stetsonville, Pauline (Lee) Williams of Owen, and Sherrie (Karl Knabel) Niznik of Puyallup, WA. He is further survived by many other family and friends.

In addition to his wife Ronald is preceded in death by his parents and brother, Gary Niznik.

Funeral services for Ronald will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday May 30 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford, with Rev Richard Russow officiating; burial will follow at Zion Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, May 30 at the funeral home from 10:00 A.M. until the time of service at 11:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in honor of Ronald can be given to his family, for designation at a later date.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

JOSEPH "BERNIE" PONCEK

Joseph “Bernie” Poncek Jr., 67, of Ogema passed away on May 23 at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau. He was born on December 8, 1949 to Joseph Sr. and Eleanor Poncek. Bernie grew up on the family farm. He worked various jobs throughout his life. In his spare time he was involved with the Special Olympics bowling, visiting people on his four wheeler, and spending time at the senior center. He was a people person and always willing to lend a helping hand.

Bernie is survived by his siblings, Barb Poncek, Mike (Kim) Poncek, Jim (Julie) Poncek, Bruno Poncek, Joyce (Robert) Matyka, Joann (Joe) Leader, Jerry (Jo) Poncek, Cathy (Erhart) Lemke, Willie Poncek, Nancy (Steve) Hamm, Theresa Passehl, Randy Poncek, Bonnie Poncek, Peter Poncek, Tom (Mary Jo) Poncek. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews and many other family and friends.

Bernie is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Jackie Poncek, Ed Poncek, Maggie Sacharske, and Ellen Poncek.

A Funeral Mass for Bernie will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, May 26 at Good Shepard Catholic Church in Rib Lake with Father Otto Bucher officiating; burial will follow at Mt. Olive cemetery in Westboro. Visitation will take place on Friday, May 26 at Good Shepard Catholic Church from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at 11:00 A.M.

Memorial donations in honor of Bernie can be given to his family, for designation at a later date.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

Sunday, May 21, 2017

RAYMOND W. MEYER

Raymond W. Meyer, 84, of Medford passed away Sunday May 21, 2017 at his home in Medford, and under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.
Ray was born May 12, 1933 in Perkinstown to William and Ruby (Redwine) Meyer. He married Linda Frischman and later divorced. He then married Janice Battles on April 26, 1968 in Anchorage, Alaska.
He is survived by his children: Gail (Mitch) Miller of Medford, Rod Meyer of Medford, Pam (Kurt) Jochimsen of Stratford, Laurie (Packer) Bryan of Athens, Tom (Christina) LaFontaine of Huntsville, AL, Kristen (Ronald) Raasch of Medford, Jim (Stacey) Meyer of Park Falls, Bethany LaFontaine of Medford, 26 Grandchildren, 41 Great Grandchildren, 1 Great Great Grandchild, Brothers: Don (Lana) Meyer, Lester (Mary) Meyer both of Holcombe, Sisters: Shirley Meyer of Colby, Irma Howsden of Owen, Esther Clarkson of Minocqua, and Mother in Law Betty Battles of Medford.
He is preceded in death by his Parents, Wife Janice, Sister Enola Westrich, Brothers in Law Steve Nosko, Red Howsden and Jerry Clarkson.
Ray graduated from Hannibal High School, and then served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard as a mechanic. He managed Eggert’s Service Station in Medford. He then went on to work as a heavy equipment operator for Miller Brothers Construction, Overguard, Kloth, Hoffmann finished his career with Petersons and retired in 1993.
Ray was the co-owner of Jan’s Bar, and Hook, Line and Sinker Bait Shop at the Miller Dam.
He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to hunt, fish, cut firewood and spend time at his cabin in Perkinstown. He loved his Chihuahua Max.
Ray was a member at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, NRA and the Operating Engineers Union 139.
A celebration of life service will be held at 11 AM, Friday May 26, 2017 at the Chelsea Conservation Club. His Daughter Kristen Raasch will officiate. Visitation will be held at the Chelsea Conservation Club from 9 AM until the time of service at 11 AM. Cremation rites have been accorded, burial of cremated remains will take place at Perkinstown Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial donations in honor of Ray can be given to his family, for designation at a later date.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

Saturday, May 20, 2017

WAYNE R. WAGNER

NAME OF DECEASED: WAYNE R. WAGNER AGE: 82

ADDRESS: W12078 State Highway 64, Withee, WI 54498; A Township of Grover resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:55 PM Friday, May 19 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he had been a patient for the past 1 week

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: Memorial services will be held at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 24 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

OFFICIATING: Rev. Andy Davis

VISITATION: 3:00 PM until the time of services at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, May 24 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 24, 1935 at Mishawaka, IN

EDUCATION: Mishawaka, IN elementary and High School

MARRIAGE: 1st: In 1967 at Mishawaka, IN to Roseann M. Zeleznik and they were later divorced; 2nd: May 12, 1979 at Medford to Constance “Connie” M. Higgins and she survives

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he entered the US Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War. After the service, he resided in Indiana and moved to the Lublin area in 1972 where he farmed for a period of time. He did some home improvement work for a period of time. Worked for Indianhead Action Agency until ill health forced his retirement. He enjoyed camping, catfish fishing, slow-grilling BBQ ribs, painting and wood carving. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. Of all these things, his greatest pride was being a Papa to his grandchildren, as he readily admitted being a grandpa was much more fun and he was better at it.

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Wife – Constance “Connie” M. Wagner of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Richard (Staci Sparks) Wagner of Chippewa Falls, Bill Wagner of Nekoosa, Vicky (Brent) Stewart of Thorp, Laurie (Kevin) Danen of Eau Claire and 2 step-sons

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 10 & 3 step GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 2 & 1 step

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Robert “Bobby” Sult and Norma Sult both of South Bend, IN

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: James Sult and Harley Sult, Sr.

DECEASED MOTHER: Marguerite A. (Wagner) Bollin

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LOUIS "LOUIE" C. SEKADLO

Louis "Louie" C. Sekadlo, 88, of Medford, passed away Saturday May 20, 2017 at The Home Place of Dorchester, under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.
Louis was born June 22, 1928 in Chicago Illinois to Louis and Katherine (Lump) Sekadlo. His family moved to Medford in August of 1940. He attended Holy Rosary Catholic School, and was a graduate of Medford Area Sr. High School.
He is survived by two nieces: Jolene Buck of North Carolina, Sandra Vischulis of Jackson, WI, long-time friend: Dick (Shirley) Werner of Medford, and other distant relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his Parents.
Louis enjoyed sports. During high school he served as the manager for the football and basketball teams for Medford. He then went on to work at Hurd Window Company for 28 years and retired in June of 1971 due to health reasons.
Louis was of the Catholic faith, and was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
A funeral mass will be held at 12:00 noon on Wednesday May 24, 2017 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Father Phil Juza will officiate. Burial will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 11:00 AM until the time of mass at noon.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Louis can be given to Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com




Monday, May 15, 2017

RICHARD D. ANDERSON

Richard D. Anderson, age 79, of Medford, passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Kindred Medical Center while wintering in Cypress, Texas.
A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford with Pastor Brian Mundt officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services on that day.
Richard was born on November 1, 1937 in Central Lake, Michigan to Walter E. and Francis E. (Dawson) Anderson.  He attend Cresswell and Elk Rapids Schools. Richard worked on J.C. Miller iron ore freighter on the Great Lakes until marriage. Richard attended a New Year’s Eve party in 1960.  Little did he know he would meet the love of his life, Marilyn.  They married six weeks later on February 21, 1961 in Central Lake, Michigan. They were blissfully married for 56 wonderful and adventurous years.  While living in Kewadin, Michigan he farmed and worked at Super Tool in Elk Rapids. His love for farming led the family to purchase a larger farm in Charlevoix while still working at Super Tool.  In 1979 the family’s farming journey continued to Medford, Wisconsin until their return to Kewadin, Michigan in 1984. Veal farming led the family back to Medford, Wisconsin in 1991 until his retirement in 2004.
Richard is survived by his loving wife, Marilyn of Medford; six children, Tim (Diane) Anderson, Medford, Todd (Ann) Anderson, Wausau, Laura (Steve) Strebig, Medford, Melissa (Gary) Gehrke, Medford, Sara (Scott) Frischmann, Medford, Tad (Saree) Anderson Cypress, Texas; twelve grandchildren (who will also be serving as honorary pallbearers), Zachary Anderson, Green Bay, Jared (Mallory) Anderson, Medford, Amy (Andy) Sondelski, Halder, Richard Anderson, Wausau, Eli and Levi Strebig, Medford, Kadia and Keagan Gehrke, Medford, Brandon, Emalee, Logan, and Grace Frischmann, Medford; three great-grandchildren, Ella and Reid Anderson, Medford, Madeline Sondelski, Halder; special sister-in-law, Sue Anderson of Rapid City, Michigan, and many nieces and nephews. Richard and Marilyn were Mom and Dad to many foster children for 25 years including Clark and Pam Carpenter, Gary and Leo Sarasin, Lisa Prescott, and their children.
In addition to his parents, Richard is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amanda Anderson, brothers, Walter and Ronald Anderson and a sister-in-law, Gloria Anderson .
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.



Saturday, May 13, 2017

ELAINE E. GALLISTEL

Elaine E. Gallistel passed into eternal life May 13, 2017 at the age of 85. Elaine was born on Jun 17, 1931 to Edith (nee Nelson) and Sigurd Hagen in Ogema. Elaine was raised in Ogema and attended Ogema Elementary School and Westboro High School. She graduated from Westboro High School in 1948. Elaine married Melvin Gallistel on September 16, 1950. She went on to attend UW – Stevens Point, where she graduated with an English degree.
Elaine started her teaching career at Westboro Grade School in 1965. She taught in the Rib Lake School District for 31 years until her retirement in 1996.

Elaine was an avid reader, enjoyed cooking, and traveling with family and friends.


Elaine is survived by her children Larry (Linda) Gallistel, Mark (Melanie) Gallistel, James (Debra) Gallistel, and Donna (Joseph) Dowden; grandchildren, Sadie (Tim) Ahlers, Gene (Bethany) Gallistel, Keith Gallistel, Melissa (Adam) Pesola, Rachel (Ryan) Kiefer and 5 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her brother Terry Hagen, sister Patricia Piggins (nee Hagen) and many other family and friends. Tim Ahlers, Gene Gallistel, Keith Gallistel, Adam Pesola, Ryan Kiefer, and Ken Kauzlaric will be serving as pallbearers.

She is preceded in death by her husband Melvin, her parents, sisters Mary Patrick and Pat Jordan, and brothers John “Steve” McDonald and Robert Hagen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, May 20 at 10:00 A.M. at Good Shepard Catholic Church in Rib Lake with Father Otto Bucher officiating and Father Michael Hayden concelebrating; burial will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Ogema. Visitation will take place on Friday May 19 from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. at Good Shepard Catholic Church, visitation will continue on Saturday May 20 from 9:00 A.M. until the time of service at 10:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation.

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

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

ESTELLE L. BERG

 Estelle L. Berg, 91, of Ogema, passed away Monday May 8, 2017 at Country Gardens Assisted Living in Medford, surrounded by her family and under the care of Aspirus Hospice.
Estelle was born Feburary 17, 1926 in Ogema to M. John and L. Pearl (Vinnedge) Cummings. She was raised on the family farm in Ogema and went to Jump River Elementary School and was a 1944 graduate from Phillips High School.

Estelle married Eugene R. Berg in Frederic, WI on June 15, 1944. Eugene was drafted in WWII and went to fight in Germany. Estelle worked at the munition factory in Baraboo during the war. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on June 15, 2013. Eugene preceded her in death Sept. 2, 2013.
Estelle and Eugene stayed in Ogema, raising 4 children while Eugene drove milk truck, worked at the Lumber Mill and eventually worked for the Post Office in Ogema. Estelle stayed home and raised the children and was a cook at the old Ogema School, and then the new school, and Ogema Egg Plant.

She was called the “Blanket Lady”. She made quilts and afghans for her family, nieces, nephews and many other friends. She loved sewing, cooking, gardening, crocheting and visiting. She was famous for her crocheted doilies and sold many of them. She enjoyed going to the casino and loved shopping.
Estelle is survived by two daughters: Karen (Gary) Berg of Westberg, Pat Barr of Ogema, Daughter in Law Lois Berg of Ogema, Grandchildren: Greg (Naomi) Barr, Angie (Glenn) Ericksen, Dawn (Fernando) Becerra, Dave (Kris) Mabie, Barb Lutzke, Daniel (Ashley) Berg, Jason (Jenna) Berg, Great Grandchildren: Jeff, Nick and Chase Mabie, Michaela and Elicia Ericksen, Mycal Raleigh, and Karenna Barr, Trevor and Kyle Lutzke, and Ahnalie and Lena Berg, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She is further preceded in death by sons: Gary and Mike Berg. Estelle was the last of the Cummings and Berg side.
A memorial service for Estelle will be held at 11 AM Saturday May 27, 2017 at First Lutheran Church in Ogema. Rev. Dr. Bob Giese will officiate. Burial of cremated remains will follow at Hillside Cemetery. Her Grandson Greg Barr will serve as Urnbearer.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in honor of Estelle can be made to Ogema Volunteer Fire Company of First Lutheran Church of Ogema.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

Monday, May 8, 2017

HAROLD W. NEUMUELLER

NAME OF DECEASED: HAROLD W. NEUMUELLER AGE: 90

ADDRESS: W5273 Allman Ave., Medford; A Township of Medford resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 9:43 PM, Sunday, May 7 at Care Partners Assisted Living, Medford, surrounded by his loving famly, where he had resided for the past 2 months

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Friday, May 12 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey

OFFICIATING: Pastor Randal Jeppesen

INTERMENT: Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Whittlesey where there will be graveside military rites performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team

VISITATION: 4-7 PM, Thursday, May 11 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey and from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Friday, May 12

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: October 27, 1926 in the Town of Chelsea

EDUCATION: Whittlesey area elementary school, graduate of Medford High School

MARRIAGE: July 31, 1948 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey to Yvonne H. Bristol and she preceded him in death February 16, 2011

PRINCIPLE EVENTS IN LIFE: US Navy Veteran of WW II. After the service, he hauled milk and worked on the family farm. He moved to Rockford, IL where he worked at Woodward Governor Company for a period of years. He also worked at Wisconsin Equipment in Medford for a period of time. In 2006, he settled back in the Medford area. He enjoyed woodworking, fishing, travel and spending time with his family.

MEMBER OF: Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey & the Medford VFW Club; Past member of the Chelsea Conservation Club and the Whittlesey Lion’s Club

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Randy (Caroline) of the Town of Holway, Ron (Judy) of the Town of Medford, Brad (Robyn) of Roscoe, IL & Brenda (Bruce) Gabel of Loves Park, IL

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 14 GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 11

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brothers – Melvin of Medford & Vernon (Mary Ellen) of Garden Prairie, IL
Sisters – Dorothy (Jim) Broeren of Minocqua & Esther (Clarence) Schafman of Rockford, IL

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers – Arnold, Harvey & Ralph Neumueller
Sisters – Viola Anderson, Arlene Anderson & 1 in infancy

DECEASED FATHER: Rudolph Henry Neumueller
DECEASED MOTHER: Helen Caroline (Schwabenhausen) Neumueller

PALLBEARERS:  Reece, Hailey, Ethan & Emily Neumueller, Matt Gabel, Megan Johnson, Jamie Kochan, Noah, Collin & Christie Cartee, Kane & Travis Keller, Cory Hanson, Alexander Scott

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be given to the family for a future designation
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