Tuesday, January 14, 2020

JAMES R. KOCH

James R. Koch, 86, of Westboro, passed away on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at Rib Lake Health Services.

James was born on August 1, 1933 in Unity to Milton and Beatrice (Safemaster) Koch. He served in the Navy from 1951 – 1954. After his service he married Bernice Leischer on March 23, 1957 at the First Lutheran Church in Westboro.

James worked road construction for 10 years. He then went on to work for Tombstone pizza for 25 years until his retirement. In his retirement he enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, woodworking projects, and gardening.

James was a member of the Westboro VFW, Westboro First Lutheran Church and served on their council, and the Westboro Conservation Club.

James is survived by his wife, Bernice, children, Jim (Kim) Koch of Rib Lake, Lori (Fran) Dums of Westboro, and Jeff (Amy) Koch of Hatley; grandchildren, James and Kurt Koch, Ben Dums, and Rebecca Rohland; great-grandchildren, James and Wesley Koch and Bentley Dums. James is further survived by his siblings, Jerry (Betsy) Koch, Bonnie Fischer, Dennis (Carol) Koch, and Janice VanDuser. He is also survived by many other family and friends.

James is preceded in death by his parents, brother, Jack Koch, and great-grandson Gavin Dums

A memorial service for James will take place at 11:00 AM on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at First Lutheran Church in Westboro, with Pastor Steve Weston officiating. Burial will take place at a later date at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Visitation will take place at First Lutheran Church on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 9:30 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM. Military honors will be performed following the service by the Westboro VFW Post 7817.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations in James’ name may be given to either the Westboro VFW of the First Lutheran Church.

Monday, January 13, 2020

LORETTA S. KUSE

Loretta S. Kuse, age 80, of Medford passed away peacefully at Aspirus Hospital, Medford, on Saturday, January 11, 2020, where she had been admitted the previous day.

A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, January 18, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, North Park Avenue, Medford, with Pastor Rodger Prois officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service. Burial will be at Evergreen Cemetery I in Medford.

Loretta was born on July 5, 1939, in Medford, to the late Walter and Amanda (Janke) Kuse. She attended Medford Public Schools and graduated from Medford High School in 1957. Loretta received her bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of Iowa-Iowa City, and a master of divinity degree from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa. She was ordained as a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1987.

Loretta taught grade school in Merrill and Wausau, Wisconsin; served as a short-term mission teacher for two years at Deinzer Hill, in Papua New Guinea; worked as a demonstration teacher at the University of Iowa Elementary School; and taught mathematics and social studies methods at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. She taught general methods classes, curriculum, storytelling, and science and social studies methods at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Loretta also worked as part-time visitation pastor at St. John American Lutheran Church, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She also conducted services at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford and the Perkinstown Community Church. She wrote curriculum materials for the Lutheran Church and co-authored books on puppetry, teaching materials and thematic units with her sister. Her artwork includes church murals, sign and scene painting, wood carving, photography, and puppetry.

In retirement, she and her sister Hildegard lived on the family century farm in Medford, where they developed the Kuse Farm Museum and Nature Preserve. Here they have worked to help students and the public appreciate Taylor County history, their father’s artwork, and the way in which individuals can explore and care for the ordinary in extraordinary ways in God’s creation. See the website: http://www.kusemuseum-naturepreserve.org/main/index.html

In addition to her church and clergy activities, Loretta was a member of the Taylor County Historical Society, the Taylor County Genealogical Society, the Chequamegon Bird Club, and the Friends of Downtown. In 2017, the Taylor County Literacy Council honored Loretta and Hildegard Kuse with the first HL Kuse Award, an award established in their honor, to recognize the efforts of individuals or groups who, like the Kuses, have developed materials to preserve the rich history of Taylor County.

Loretta is survived by one sister, Hildegard; cousins Sylvia and Merlin Gerner, Verna Shallock, and Darlene July of Ozaukee County, WI; second and third cousins in the Medford area and in California, Georgia, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Washington; members of the Kuse Farm and Nature Preserve Museum board and museum volunteers and many dedicated friends.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be set up in her name at a later date or contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, the Kuse Farm Museum and Nature Preserve, or a charity of your choice. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.

Pallbearers:
Dick Czerniak
Steve Eisch
Dave Hraby
Clem Johnson
Al Leonard
Gary Neustadter

Sunday, January 5, 2020

DELMER OTTO TOLTZMAN

NAME OF DECEASED: DELMER OTTO TOLTZMAN AGE: 94

ADDRESS: 600 E. Elm Street, Abbotsford, WI 54405; A Former Spencer area resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 11:15 AM on Saturday, January 4 at Abbotsford Health Care where he had resided for the past 7 ½ years.

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 8 at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Rev. James Krueger

INTERMENT: Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Spencer, Town of Brighton, Marathon County

VISITATION: Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Wednesday, January 8

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: November 17, 1925 at home in the Town of Unity, Clark County

EDUCATION: Little Brooks Country School, Town of Unity & was a graduate of Spencer High School

MARRIAGE: June 10, 1950 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spencer to Irene Mary Foth and she preceded him in death March 5, 2013

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: Farmed for 80 years on the home farm in the town of Unity, Clark County starting when he was 7 years old. He was the 3rd generation of Toltzmans to farm there. He was a loving family man, and enjoyed the simple things in life. He really loved being on the farm and the animals. He served on the Farmers Co-op, Spencer board as secretary, was a past elder at Trinity Lutheran Church, Spencer and past trustee at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Spencer and served on the Spencer Fire Department as a young man. He also enjoyed spending time with family, friends and his grandchildren.

MEMBER OF: Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford, WI

SURVIVING CHILDREN: Cheryl (Gene) Knoll of Medford, Carla (Don) Dommer, David (Jean) Toltzman, Duane & Dean Toltzman all of Spencer

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 7 – Melissa (Ryan) Pilgrim, Jonathan (Molly) Knoll & Christopher (Amy) Knoll all of Medford; Stacy (Jeff) Diedrich of Marathon, Nicholas (Kayann) Dommer, of Abbotsford, Joshua & Sierra Toltzman all of Spencer
GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 10 – Madisyn, Aliyah & Treyton Pilgrim, Medford, Carleigh and Vanessa Diedrich of Marathon, Hank & Vera Knoll of Medford, Lidia Toltzman of Spencer, Brady and Kinsley Kalepp of Abbotsford

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Brother – Ronald (Doris) Toltzman of Henderson, Nevada

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brothers - Eldred Toltzman & Raymond Toltzman

DECEASED FATHER: Herman Albert Toltzman DECEASED MOTHER: Elsie (Rohloff) Toltzman

PALLBEARERS: Jonathan & Christopher Knoll, Nicholas Dommer, Joshua Toltzman, Ryan Pilgrim & Jeff Diedrich

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Delmer’s name may be made to Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church, Medford or The Lutheran Hour Ministries
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

Saturday, January 4, 2020

RAYMOND “RAY” A. BRANDNER

NAME OF DECEASED: RAYMOND “RAY” A. BRANDNER AGE: 93

ADDRESS: Malibu Dr., Medford

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Friday, January 3 at Aspirus Medford Hospital, emergency room, with his sister and niece by his side

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: A funeral mass will be held at 1:00 PM on Saturday, January 11 at OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey with military rites performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team

OFFICIATING: Father Patrick McConnell

INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at OLPH Catholic Cemetery, Whittlesey

VISITATION: OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey from 12 noon until the time of services at 1 PM on Saturday, January 11

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: May 14, 1926 in the Township of Chelsea

EDUCATION: Whittlesey Grade School, Town of Chelsea and attended Westboro High School

MARRIAGE: Never Married

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education he worked as a merchant seaman. He was drafted into the US Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. After the war, he again worked as a merchant seaman for 37 + years until retirement. In retirement he resided in Milwaukee until moving to Medford in 2002. He enjoyed fast old cars.

MEMBER OF: OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: Sister – Rosemary (Bob) Werner of Medford
Brother – Rock Brandner of Richfield, WI
Further survived by several nieces and nephews

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Carl Jr., John, Herb, Roman & Ralph Brandner, Catherine Lamberty, Thecla Oestreich, Anne Packenham, Ida Scott

DECEASED FATHER: Carl Brandner, Sr. DECEASED MOTHER: Kunigunda (Linsner) Brandner

OTHER INFORMATION: In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial contributions be given to OLPH Catholic Church, Whittlesey in Raymond’s name
-For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com


Saturday, December 28, 2019

DAVID “DAVE” J. KUMMER, SR.

NAME OF DECEASED: DAVID “DAVE” J. KUMMER, SR. AGE: 70

ADDRESS: N2789 Wren Drive, Medford; A Township of Hammel resident

PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: Friday, December 27 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he was a patient for the past 10 days

TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM on Tuesday, December 31 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

OFFICIATING: Father Patrick McConnell & Deacon Joe Stefancin

INTERMENT: Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford

VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 4 PM until the time of a rosary service at 7 PM on Monday, December 30; also at church from 10 AM until the time of services at 11 AM on Tuesday, December 31

DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: March 21, 1949 at Medford

EDUCATION: Brookside Elementary School and attended Medford High School

MARRIAGE: April 12, 1969 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Athens to Susan N. Gauerke

PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: After his education, he worked at Doberstein Saw Mill and later Weather Shield Mfg., Medford for 44 years retiring in 2015. He enjoyed fishing, campfires, grilling and spending time with his family and friends.

MEMBER OF: Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford

SURVIVING SPOUSE: Susan “Sue” Kummer of Medford

SURVIVING CHILDREN: David “Butch” Kummer, Jr. of Medford
Cindy (Lonnie) Ulrich of Medford

# OF LIVING GRANDCHILDREN: 6 – Cody (Nicole) Kummer, Brett (Serenity) Ulrich, Koltin (Mariah) Ulrich, Lakyn (John) Kummer, Trey Ulrich & Lucas Ulrich
GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 1 – Parker Ulrich

CHILDREN DECEASED: Daughter-in-law: Kristine J. Kummer in 2017

SURVIVING BROTHERS/SISTERS: JoAnn Maier of Dorchester

BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: Brother in infancy

DECEASED FATHER: Joseph Kummer DECEASED MOTHER: Florence (Anderson) Kummer

PALLBEARERS: Honorary: Nicole Kummer, Serenity Lynch, Mariah Wendland, John Maki & Parker Ulrich; Active: Grandchildren - Cody & Lakyn Kummer, Brett, Koltin, Trey & Lucas Ulrich

OTHER INFORMATION: Further survived by nieces, nephews and cousins
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

Friday, December 20, 2019

JACK A. BOARDMAN



Jack A. Boardman, 56, of the Township of Harding, Lincoln County, passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at his residence.

Jack was born on November 1, 1963 to Everette and Mary (Yotter) Boardman in Ladysmith. He worked for many years in manufacturing. He moved to the Township of Harding in July of 2019.

In his spare time Jack enjoyed bow hunting, gardening, fishing, exploring on his four-wheeler, and spending time with his nieces and nephews.

Jack is survived by his mother, Mary of Merrill; siblings, Kris (Victor Mueller) Pogodzinski, Kimberly Turner, and Lisa (Jim) Downing all of Medford, Annette Wild of Rib Lake, Ginny Boardman of Merrill, Jay (Laura) Boardman of Ocala, FL, and Jerry Turner of Medford. Jack is further survived by 10 nephews, 7 nieces, 6 great-nephews, 9 great-nieces, and best friend Wayne Kautzer of Medford

Jack is preceded in death by his father, Everette.

A memorial service for Jack will take place 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Hemer Funeral Home – Medford Chapel, with pastor Rodger Prois officiating. Visitation will take place on Saturday, December 28, 2019 at Hemer Funeral Home from 10:00 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM.

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

Monday, December 16, 2019

LORNA L. CHIPMAN

Lorna L. Chipman, 76, a Medford resident, died on Saturday, December 14 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where she had been a patient for the past 4 days.

A celebration of life visitation for Lorna will take place from 3 – 8 PM on Saturday, December 21 at Black River Golf Course, Medford. A memorial service will be held sometime in the spring of 2020.

Lorna was born on April 8, 1943 in Medford, the daughter of Lorin A. and Leona A. (Dassow) Albrecht. She attended Gad Elementary School and was a 1961 graduate of Medford High School. She also attended nursing school in Milwaukee and received a bachelor’s degree from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee. In 1965, she married Wayne Chipman at Immanuel Ev. Lutheran Church in Medford and they were later divorced.

After her education, she worked as a nurse at Northwest General Hospital in Milwaukee and later worked as the director of nursing there until 1985. She worked as a hospital administrator in Gallup, New Mexico and Ludington, MI until retiring in 2011. In 2012, she moved to Medford to be near her family. She enjoyed scrap booking, card making, playing cribbage, Willie Nelson music & doing area volunteer work.

Survivors include her children, Tracy (Pat Beilfuss) Chipman of Menomonie, WI and Craig Chipman of Medford. Also surviving are her siblings, Gary (Georgine) Albrecht & Larry (Jane) Albrecht both of Medford, Bruce (Diane) Albrecht of Gad and George (Donna) Albrecht of Niceville, FL.

Her family requests any memorial contributions be given to the Taylor County Humane Society in her name. Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com