Tuesday, September 22, 2020

JOAN M. PAUL


Joan M. Paul, 89, a former Township of Little Black resident, died on Monday, September 21 at Colonial Center Nursing Home, Colby where she had resided for the past 7 years.

 Memorial services for Joan will take place at 11 AM on Saturday, September 26 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville with Father Patrick McConnell officiating.  Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 PM on Friday, September 25 at Hemer Funeral Home, Medford with a 7 PM Catholic prayer service.  Visitation will continue on Saturday at the church from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM.  Interment of her cremated remains will take place following at Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Stetsonville.  Due to COVID concerns, masking will be required for both the visitations and services held.

Joan was born on February 10, 1931 in the Township of Little Black, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Danen) Habermeyer.  She attended Liberty Elementary School, Town of Little Black and was a 1949 graduate of Medford High School.  Her marriage took place on June 20, 1951 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville to Kenneth Albert Paul and he preceded her in death on March 20, 1995.

 After her marriage, they farmed in the Town of Little Black for many years until retirement.  She also worked as a secretary for the Pleasant View Cheese Factory from 1964-1994.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville and its choir, Taylor Co. Fair Board, Taylor Co. Holstein Breeders Assn. where they were named Farm Family of the Year in 1980 and was a Taylor Co. 4-H Leader (Liberty 4-H Club).  She enjoyed traveling, ceramics, sewing, quilting and spending time with her family.

 Surviving are her children - Linda (Steven) Sackmann of Maple Grove, MN, Mary (Dave) Peissig of Medford, Rebecca (Tom) Tlusty of Medford, Judy (Joe) Obenhoffer of Rib Lake, Kathy (Merl) Schoenherr of DeForest, Tim Paul of Dorchester, Sally (Rick) Jensen of Savage, MN and Wendy (Tim) Congdon of Hudson.  Also surviving are her grandchildren – Trisha Williams, Craig & Cory Tlusty, Carissa Sobeck, Nathan & Dustin Obenhoffer, Andrew & Austin Schoenherr, Megan Bennett, Emily, Kendra, Matthew & Katie Jensen, Max, Madeline & Wade Congdon, along with 16 great grandchildren and 4 step-great grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sister, Mae Fetzer of Waunakee, and her in-laws, Marion Paul of Abbotsford, Dorothy Grinker of Dorchester and Galen Bergmann of Medford.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant daughter, Anne, sisters, Betty White Beck and Anita Johnson, and brother, Eugene Habermeyer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given in her name to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Stetsonville.  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com. 

JAMES "JIM" L. KOHLS


James “Jim” L. Kohls, 69, of Westboro, passed away on Monday, September 21, 2020 at his residence, surrounded by family, under the care of Hope Hospice.

Jim was born on December 27, 1950 to Walter and Dorothy (Shearer) Kohls in Watertown. He graduated from Watertown High School. He married Karen M. Krause on July 13, 1974 in Ixonia; she survives.

Jim worked for Brandt Inc. in Watertown as a Systems Specialist for 25 years, where he was able to travel the United States and the world. He then went on to work for Waste Management, before moving to Westboro. Once in Westboro he worked for Feddick Ford in Abbotsford, until his retirement.

In his spare time he enjoyed watching the Packers and Badgers, camping, and his trips to Menards.

Jim is survived by his wife, Karen; sons, Darrin (Lisa) Kohls of Westboro, Brandon (Amber) Kohls of Stevens Point; grandchildren, Morgan (Cory) Dums, Ethan (Kyia Rueth) Kohls, Hannah (Tyler) Bunders, Cassidy (Dustin Roiger) Kohls, Quintin Kohls, and Kailan Kohls; great-grandchildren, Kip, Korbin, and Kallen Dums, and Cameron Bunders; sisters, Sharyn (Robert) Maxwell of Watertown and Deborah (William) Rahn of DeForest ; dear friends, Edward (Debra) Laymon of Baraboo. James is further survived by many other family and friends.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service for Jim will take place at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church with Pastor Daniel Iwinski officiating. Visitation will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 11:00 AM until the time of service at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Jim's name may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Hope Hospice or Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills, WI.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Monday, September 21, 2020

LARRY L. GENGLER

 

Larry L. Gengler, 70, of Stetsonville, died on Sunday, September 20 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he had been a patient for the past 2 weeks.

 Private family only services held with Rev. Richard Russow officiating.  There will be a public celebration of life gathering held at a later date.

 Larry was born of July 25, 1950 in Medford, the son of Harold and Melva (Dassow) Gengler.  He attended Brookside Elementary School, town of Medford and was a 1968 graduate of Medford High School.  His marriage to Louise Mary Schilling took place on May 18, 1974 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey.

After his education, Larry farmed on the family farm in the town of Medford and traveled the western states for periods of time.  After their marriage, he worked 25 years at Bootzin’s Feed Mill in Stetsonville and at Weather Shield Mfg. in Medford until his retirement in 2009.  He and his wife Louise also owned and operated Gengler’s Bar in Stetsonville for 44 years until recently.  For 20 years he was a volunteer fire fighter with the Stetsonville Fire Dept.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting, the Green Bay Packers and spending time outdoors.  His greatest joy was deer hunting with his daughter, Krista.  He was a member of Zion Ev. Lutheran Church, Stetsonville and the Turkey Federation.

He is survived by his wife, Louise Gengler of Stetsonville, daughter, Krista (Shane) Elliott of Black Creek, WI, brothers-in-law, Howard (Pat) Schilling of Medford & Russell (Ruth) Schilling of the town of Greenwood and his mother-in-law, Carolyn Schilling of Medford.  Also surviving are many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Ronald Gengler, sister-in-law, Cindy Piller Gengler, niece, Lori Bokath, and his father-in-law, William Schilling.

The family requests that any memorial contributions be made in Larry’s name to the Stetsonville Volunteer Fire Department.  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Saturday, September 19, 2020

CAROL E. ARNETT

Carol E. Arnett, 86, of Medford, passed away on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at Aspirus Medford Hospital. 

Carol was born on August 9, 1934 to William and Myrtle (Craft) Smith in Washburn, WI. She graduated from St. Joseph’s School of Nursing. She married Eugene “Gene” W. Arnett on September, 3, 1955; he preceded her in death on January 21, 2017. 

Carol worked at Memorial Hospital of Taylor County as nurse for many years and later as the ER supervisor until her retirement. She and Gene enjoyed a shared passion for healthcare and both held leadership positions at the hospital. 

In her spare time she enjoyed curling, in which she was a Senior Women’s National Curling Champion. She also enjoyed bridge and her book club. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and The Red Hat Society. 

Carol is survived by her five children, Denise (David) Thiede, E. Stuart (Kristin) Arnett, Lisa (Gerry) Jiskra, Jon (Amy) Arnett, James (Missy) Arnett; grandchildren, John David, Alyssa, Megan, Paul, Lindsey, Emily, Seth, Annaka, Matthew, Katie, Alex, Christian, and Zak; great-grandchildren, Marshall, Walter, Avery, Beau, Lily, and Milo. She is further survived by nieces and nephews, Bill, Cindy, Charla, Becky, and David and many other family and friends. 

Carol is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Eugene, parents, sister, Lois (Charles) Radtke, and brother, Richard (Karin) Smith. 

A memorial service for Carol will take place at 1:00 PM on Friday, September 25, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Whittlesey with Pastor Ralph Shorey Officiating. Burial will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Visitation will take place on Friday, September 25, 2020 from 12:00 PM until the time of service at 1:00 PM. 

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in Carol’s name may be given to Aspirus Medford Foundation. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake serving the family. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Monday, September 14, 2020

KEITH M. GORICHS

 



Keith M. Gorichs, 85, Medford died on Sunday, September 13 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he had been a patient for the past 2 weeks.

 Funeral services for Keith will be at 11 AM on Wednesday, September 16 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford with Rev. Rodger Prois officiating.  Visitation time will be from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM that day.  Military rites will be performed by the Medford Areal Military Honors Team.  Burial will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II.  Pallbearers will family members, Jacob & David  Eckmann, Nicholas Gorichs, Willis Ziemer, Alex & James Imbach.

Keith was born on February 13, 1935 in Whittlesey to August and Florence (Fruzen) Gorichs.  He attended Chelsea Grade School and was a 1954 graduate of Medford High School.   His first marriage took place on May 23, 1964 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford to Patricia A. Ziemer and she preceded him in death November 14, 1991.  His second marriage took place on July 10, 1993, also at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford to Kathleen A. Heier and she survives.

 After his education, Keith served from 1955 to 1959 in the US Army 10th Mountain Division.  He also served for 2 years with the National Guard prior.  He worked for 43 years at Weather Shield Manufacturing in Medford until his retirement in 2000.  He enjoyed cards, fishing, traveling & serving as an honor guard with the Medford Area Military Honors Team.   He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford and the Medford VFW Club.

Surviving are his wife, Kathleen “Kathy” Gorichs of Medford, children, Pamela (David) Eckmann and Scott (Valerie) Gorichs, both of Wausau, and Sarah (James) Imbach of Whittlesey.  Also surviving are his grandchildren, Samantha & Jacob Eckmann, Nicholas & Benjamin Gorichs, Alex Imbach along with his great grandchildren, Ashton & Easton Imbach, siblings, Gerald (Barb) Gorichs of Norwell, MA, John “Jack” (Joan) Gorichs of Medford and Shirley Floryance of New Berlin, WI.  He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, and sisters, Donna Glamann, Sandy Anderson and Betty Gorichs in infancy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be given to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, 225780 Rib Mountain Drive #234, Wausau, WI 54401 in Keith’s name.  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

EUNICE M. SMITH


Eunice M. Smith, 87, recently of Medford, WI (formerly of Kansasville) passed away on Thursday, September 3 with her family by her side.

Eunice was born on September 14, 1932 in Shawano County, the daughter of Charlie and Edna Whittaker (nee: Koeppen).  She was married to the late Victor C. Smith and went on to have seven children. 

She is survived by all of her children, Charlene Doyle of Medford, Charlie Smith (Sharon McNamara) of Kansasville, Victor Smith (Denise Skarzynski) of Kansasville, Randy (Doreen) Smith of Kingsford, MI, Scott (Faye) Smith of Yorkville, Tracy (Richard) Torres of Union Grove, Jeff Smith (Laura Reimer) of Kansasville, and her dog Little Bit. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and another great-grandchild on the way.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, siblings, son-in-law Pat Doyle, and other extended family.

Eunice was immensely proud of her family.  She always provided support and love, most notably crying with you whether it was tears of joy or tears of sadness.  Despite her large family she made time for everyone.  During periods of Eunice’s life when she wasn’t being a caring and loving homemaker to her family, she worked at Nestles in Burlington and Western Publishing/Printing in Racine as well as other odd jobs.

In her retirement, she kept her mind sharp by playing Scrabble, doing crossword and jigsaw puzzles, card playing, and being an avid reader.  Her other passions included cooking, watching her favorite game show “Wheel of Fortune”, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

A special thanks to the staff at Ascension-Union Grove and Medford’s Aspirus emergency room and hospital.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake are serving the family.  To sign an online guest book, please visit https://hemerfuneralservice.com.  Tributes may be made in her honor to the American Lung Association or Wisconsin Humane Society.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

VINCENT "VINCE" M. BLUME


Vincent “Vince” M. Blume, 66, a Township of Holway resident died on Tuesday, September 8 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he had been a patient for the past 2 days.

Per his request, there will be no services.  The family plans to have a celebration of life gathering at a later date.  Interment of his cremated remains will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Township of Holway.

Vincent was born on February 24, 1954 at Medford, the son of Henry and Inez (Hamm) Blume.  He attended Holway elementary schools and was a 1972 graduate of Medford High School.  His marriage took place on May 3, 1980 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Medford to Lynne M. Johnson and she survives.

 After his education, he served in the US Navy from 1972 – 1976 aboard the USS Kitty Hawk.  After the military, he returned to the Medford area and worked for Marathon Cheese, Parrett Mfg., Nestle and retired from Abbyland in 2016.  In retirement, he worked in organic farming.  He enjoyed the outdoors, grilling, playing with his grandchildren, woodworking, gardening, reading, hunting, fishing and John Deere tractors.

 He is survived by his wife Lynne Blume of the Town of Holway, children, Michael (Dr. Antonio Gutierrez de Blume) Blume of Las Vegas, NV, Victoria (Carl) Peterson of Westboro and Aaron Blume of Medford.  Also surviving are his grandchildren, Clinton and Vanessa Peterson of Westboro and a brother, Dennis (Joann) Blume of Vail, AZ.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, JoAnne Rose in 2007.

The family requests any donations be given in his name to Taylor County Libraries or Fire Departments.

Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.