Sunday, March 24, 2019

GERALDINE M. ZENNER

Geraldine Marian Zenner, 91, Town of Hammel resident, passed away Saturday, March 24, 2019 at her home surrounded by her loving grandsons, under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.
Cremation rites have been accorded, and a memorial mass will take place at 11:00 AM, Friday, March 29, 2019 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford with Father Phil Juza officiating.  Burial will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held that morning at church from 9:30 AM until the time of mass at 11:00. Urnbearers will be MJ, Alex and Ben Zenner.

Geraldine was born March 18, 1928 in South Milwaukee to Andrew and Alma (Peissig) Kalmon. On August 16, 1949, Geraldine married Melvin J. Zenner, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.  They enjoyed 69 years of life together. Melvin preceded her in death on October 7, 2018.

Geraldine greatly valued her own education.  She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and taught in country schools in the surrounding Medford area. Geraldine later continued her education and obtained a Master’s Degree in Communicative Disorders from UW-Stevens Point.  She finished her career in Gilman as a speech clinician and retired in 1975. Geraldine and Melvin owned and operated a dairy and crop farm in the Town of Hammel. She enjoyed reading, watching birds and spending time with her family. Recently, Geraldine spent a great deal of time with her grandsons and great-grandsons.  She could not have been more proud of her boys.

Geraldine was the mother of Joseph (Renee) Zenner of Medford.  She was a loving and supportive grandmother to Melvin “MJ” (Brittany) Zenner, Alex (Katie) Zenner both of Medford, Benjamin Zenner of Wausau, and granddaughter Joelle Zenner of Medford.  She loved and adored her great-grandsons, Mason and Garrett Zenner. Geraldine was the sister of Joyce (Jerry) Egle, Ron Kalmon, Ann Fischer, Nancy (Stash) Zagorski, and Ruth Heindl.

She is preceded in death by her husband, parents, brother Claire Kalmon, brother-in-laws Don Fischer and David Heindl and sister-in-law Leona Hadderman.

Geraldine was of the Catholic faith, and a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Memorial donations in honor of Geraldine can be given to Hope Hospice of Medford or can be given to the family for future designation.

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

Saturday, March 23, 2019

TERI L. KRAEGENBRINK

Teri Lynn (Fochs) Kraegenbrink 51, Medford, formally of Mosinee, passed away on Wednesday March 20, 2019 at Aspirus Hospital Palliative Care, Wausau surrounded by her family. She fought a very courageous battle with cancer.

Teri’s story began on September 19, 1967. Born to Edward and Helen (Stepan) Fochs, Mosinee. Teri met the love of her life, Steven Kraegenbrink and they were married on August 12. 1994. They raised 2 beautiful daughters, Jessica (Greg) Fecteau, Alaska, and Brandi (Kolton) Klemm, Medford. Teri also has 3 grandchildren that she adored and cherished. Peyton Lucht, Alexis Fecteau and Sawyer Klemm. Also left behind was Teri’s precious dog, Rascal. Teri’s family was everything to her. Teri and Steve were happiest when the grandchildren were around.

Teri was the youngest of 6 children leaving behind many siblings who love and will miss her deeply.
Debra (Tim) Krzanowski, Mosinee, Sharon (Kevin) Zirbel, Mosinee, Mari Jo Fochs, Schofield, Tim (Robin) Fochs, Mosinee. She is also leaving behind many brother and sister-in laws. John (Barb) Kraegenbrink, Gleason, Kath (Steve) Tietz, Wausau, Pam (George) Welbes, Athens, Deb (Carl) Langston, Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Tim (Kathy) Kraegenbrink, Stetsonville, Dan (Brenda) Kraegenbrink, Medford, Tom (Patti) Kraegenbrink, Medford, Don (Connie) Kraegenbrink, Ogema, and sister-in-law Nancy Kraegenbrink, Medford. Former son-in-law, Mathew Lucht. Also, many nieces and nephews.

Proceeding her in death are her parents, an infant son, Shay Steven, sister, Sandy Gorski, father and mother-in-law, Merlin and Ruth Kraegenbrink and brother-in-law Dale Kraegenbrink

We would like to thank the U.W.Madison Hospital and Aspirus Palliative Care for everything they did for Teri. Also a special thank you to Pastor Gail Ray, Mosinee Methodist Church and Pastor Adam Jones, Grace Reformed Church, Wausau.

A memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate Teri’s life.

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

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

MOLLIE J. ANDERSON

Mollie June Anderson, 89 years old, passed away in Castle Rock, CO on March 14, 2019. She was born October 26, 1929 in Decaturville, Missouri to Harrison and Eula Mae Miller. The youngest of 6 siblings, Mollie was known for her devotion to her family and her incredible ability to serve others; she loved the Lord and was a faithful prayer warrior for friends and family. Throughout her life, Mollie maintained a humble and salt of the earth demeanor. Born and raised on a farm in Missouri, her love of gardening continued the rest of her life.
In the early 50’s Mollie moved to Hinsdale, IL in search of work. She became a member of Hinsdale Baptist Church where she met Gerald Anderson. They married in 1953 and raised 2 children in Clarendon Hills, IL. After Gerald retired they moved to Ogema, WI, Gerald’s home town where Mollie was active in the community through the Lions Club and at the Christmas Tree Festival as well as giving a helping hand to anyone by providing a meal, being a loving, listening ear or even scrubbing a floor. After Gerald passed away in 1993, Mollie continued being a long-time active member of Ogema Baptist Church until 2008 when she moved to live by her daughter in Castle Rock, CO.
The last of her generation, Mollie is preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 40 years (Gerald Anderson), brothers Eldon Miller, Edward Miller, and Edwin Miller, Sammy Miller and sister Eva Testerman, father-in-law Erick Anderson, mother-in-law Gerta Anderson and step mother-in-law Elsie Anderson, brother-in-law Tom Harrellson, and sister-in-law Gertrude Harrellson.
She is survived by son, Paul Anderson (Sally) of Houston, TX and daughter, Linda Noe (Kevin) of Castle Rock, CO as well as 5 grandchildren: Karin, Ben, Kim, Jenny and Kristin and 16 great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the caregivers at Cantril House, Brookside Inn and Sky Ridge Medical Center.
A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday May 4, 2019 at Ogema Baptist Church burial of cremated remains will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Ogema. Memorial Donations in honor of Mollie can be given to Ogema Baptist Church, Ogema, Wisconsin.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

Sunday, March 17, 2019

SHIRLEY A. RODMAN

Shirley A. Rodman, 81, of Medford, passed away Sunday March 17, 2019, surrounded by her loving family at the Aspirus Medford Hospital.
Shirley was born January 22, 1938 in Athens, WI to Edmund and Rose (Romang) Lehman. She attended Athens High School. She married Floyd Rodman on June 16, 1956 in Pine City, MN. Floyd survives.
Shirley is further survived by her Children: Deb (George) Harder, Jim (Kelly) Rodman, Ken (Sue) Rodman, Brian (Julie) Rodman, Shelby (Kevin) Meyer, all of Medford, 14 Grandchildren, 27 Great Grandchildren and 5 Great Great Grandchildren, Sister Diann (Ron) Apfelbeck of Medford, Brother Gary (Mary Lou) Lehman of Edgar, and Sister in Law Kitty Lehman of Edgar, further survived by numerous Nieces and Nephews.
She is preceded in death by her Parents Edmund and Rose Lehman and Brother Eddie Lehman.
Shirley worked as a waitress for several restaurants in the Medford and Athens area. Later in life she became a self taught seamstress. She hemmed wedding dresses, fixed zippers and clothing and made small stuffed animals. There wasn't anything she could not do with that machine. She enjoyed flowers and gardening, crossword puzzles, trout fishing, and loved birds especially cardinals. She loved to bake cookies for family - her most favorite being Butterscotch Chocolate Chip.
Per Shirley's request, cremation rites have been accorded and a private celebration of life will be held at a later date. For those who wish to donate in honor of Shirley, memorial contributions can be given to St. Jude's Children Hospital.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

Sunday, March 10, 2019

HENRY “HANK” J. MERTENS

NAME OF DECEASED: HENRY “HANK” J. MERTENS AGE: 88

ADDRESS: Conrad Drive, City of Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: pronounced on Saturday, March 9 at his residence in the City of Medford

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM on Friday, March 15 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Phil Juza

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

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4-7 PM on Thursday, March 14 where there will be a 7 PM Catholic prayer service held; also at church from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Friday, March 15

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: June 8, 1930 at Milwaukee, WI

EDUCATION: St. John De Nepoumic Elementary School, Milwaukee; St. Louis Catholic School, Dorchester & was a 1948 graduate of Dorchester High School

MARRIAGE: October 19, 1957 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Marshfield, WI to Patricia Margaret Lauer and she survives

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he drove cattle truck for Mertens Trucking. After his marriage, he worked as a dispatcher for Rollo Homes in Marshfield. In 1968 they moved to Medford where he joined the family business (Mertens Chrysler) until his retirement in 1996. He enjoyed curling, golfing, traveling, water activities, dancing and spending time with his family. He served for 6 years in the Medford National Guard.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford; Medford Knights of Columbus; Former member of the Medford Planning Commission, Medford Area Chamber of Commerce, Medford Lion’s Club; Past President of the Medford Curling Club

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Patricia “Pat” M. Mertens of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Mark Allen Mertens of Marshfield, Ann Marie (Duke) Hartmann of Prentice, WI, Kathleen Lynn (Ken) Wegerer of Rib Lake, Kimberly Sue Mertens of Eau Claire

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 6 – Travis Wegerer, Teri Webb, Maggie (Erik) Westberg, Ben, Max & Sam Hartmann GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 1 – Dawson Webb

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother – Dennis (Aggie) Mertens of Medford
Sister-in-law: Linda Mertens of Colorado Springs, CO

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brother – Lloyd Mertens

DECEASED FATHER: Albert Mertens DECEASED MOTHER: Sylvia Catherine (Tennessen) Mertens

PALLBEARERS: Honorary – Grandsons: Travis Wegerer, Ben, Max & Sam Hartmann

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to either Holy Rosary School of Medford or Hope Hospice of Medford
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

GERALDINE A. KLINE

Geraldine (Gerri) Ann Kline, 86, of Owen (formerly of Rib Lake) passed away Monday, March 4, 2019 at Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center under the care of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care.
Gerri was born to John and Alice (Olson) Clark on a farm in Brook Park, MN. She lived on the farm until she was old enough to attend school and then she moved with her family to the village of Brook Park.
Gerri attended elementary school in Brook Park and high school in Pine City, MN. She graduated from Pine City High School in 1950. After high school Gerri married Leroy Stewart. They lived in Stetsonville, WI. In 1962 the couple moved to Rib Lake with their children where Leroy, owned and managed Stewart Lumber & Fuel. Gerri was a busy homemaker and mother. She raised five children. She loved taking care of her home (which was always immaculate), baking, gardening, sewing, and caring for her children. She also loved visiting and entertaining friends and family. Gerri was always willing to help anyone in need whether it would be taking them to the doctor, offering them a place to stay, or doing their shopping for them. Gerri loved the Lord and was always wanting to learn more about God and the Bible. She loved sharing her faith with others especially her children and grandchildren. Gerri and Leroy divorced in 1976. Later she married Charles (Charlie) Kline. After marrying Charlie, Gerri worked for a while as a home health aide taking care of people in their homes.
Gerri is survived by her children: Penny (Dennis) Bryn of Myrtle Beach, SC, James Stewart of Eau Claire, Thomas Stewart of Rib Lake, and Robert Stewart of Westboro. Step-children: Diane (Bill) Vaughn of Marshfield, Debbie (JC) Nelson of Oconto Falls, and Dennis (Lisa) Kline of Hamptonville, NC. She is also survived by her sister, Faye Peterson of White Bear Lake, MN and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son Richard Stewart, a step-son David Kline, her husband Charles Kline and a sister Deanne Stratte.
Services will be held at Hemer Funeral Home in Rib Lake at 12:00 PM on Friday, March 8, 2019. Visitation will be from 11:00 AM until time of service. Burial will follow at Stetsonville Public Cemetery in Stetsonville.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

PATRICIA "PATTI" K. PETERSON

Patricia “Patti” K. Peterson, 78, of Medford, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, March 1. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 20 at the Stetsonville Centennial Hall, in Stetsonville, WI from 11am to 4pm with lunch served at noon. Interment of her cremated remains will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery at a later date.
Patricia "Patti" Peterson was born on September 9, 1940 in Merrill, Wisconsin to the late Harold and Delores (Thielke) Ruesch. She attended Medford Area Public Schools and graduated from Medford Area Senior High in 1958. She went on to serve as a nurse's aide in Madison at both what is now Meriter Hospital and the VA Hospital. She also served in this capacity at the Medford clinic. She married John “Jack” M. Peterson on October 29, 1960 and became a homemaker for her family. She was a member of the Community United Church of Christ in Medford. Patti enjoyed reading, spending time with family, and escaping Wisconsin winters in Florida, where she had just spent the last month.
Along with her husband, Patti is survived by her sons: Scott (Joan) Peterson and Jeff (Pam) Peterson both of Medford, as well as five grandchildren: Samantha (Ken) Brenner of Fitchburg, WI, Eric (Suzi) Peterson of Medford, Justin Peterson of Fitchburg, WI, Haley Peterson and Adam Peterson both of Medford and three great grandchildren: Ryan, Alec, and Cassidy. She is preceded in death by one daughter-in-law, Kristin A. Peterson in 2001.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to either the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospitals at 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or the Shriners Children’s Hospitals at 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607 . For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.