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2014 OBITUARY ARCHIVES

IMAGE DONNA M. WOLLER
Donna M. Woller, age 75, of Merrill, died Sunday, July 13, 2014, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Donna was born October 29, 1938, in Wausau, daughter of the late Roman and Julianne (Krajewski) Beste. She married Laverne Woller on Jun 22, 1957. He survives. Donna had been employed at Church Mutual Insurance Company, Merrill. She enjoyed flower gardening, the Green Bay Packers, NASCAR, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband Laverne Woller, Merrill; one daughter, Penny Zoellner of Gleason; six sons, Phil (Nancy) Woller, Stevens Point, Kim (Debra) Woller, Wausau, Tom (Linda) Woller, Rothschild, Scott (Carrie) Woller, Hatley, Mark (Sally) Woller, Merrill, and Lyle Woller, Hatley; nine grandchildren; two step grandchildren;
four step great grandchildren; seven siblings, David (Jane) Beste, Wausau, Raeburn (Ambrose) Ferguson, Peru, Indiana, Susan (Richard) Schimelfenyg, Cape Corral, Florida, Lynne Sparks of Tennessee, Renee (Gary) Flaminio, Schofield, Cheryl (James) Staffeil, Medford, and Sally Christian of Wausau; and her sister in law, Lorna Woller of Woodruff. Besides her parents, Donna is preceded in death by two children, Brian and Leigh Ann Woller; a son in law, Lee Zoellner; her brother, Jon Beste; and three brothers in law, Steve Sparks, Robert Christian, and Lilas Woller.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Friday, July 18, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. The Rev. Michael McLain is presiding. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Thursday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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KATHLEEN M. HOFFMAN
Kathleen M. Hoffman, age 73, peacefully entered heaven while surrounded by her family after a brave battle with cancer. The youngest of four children, she was born on November 25, 1940, to Merrill and Luella Murphy in Antigo, Wisconsin. She graduated from Antigo High School. Kathy met Charles Hoffman on a blind date and the two of them were married on August 17, 1973. The two have resided in Merrill ever since.
She worked at Eastview Medical and Rehab Center (formerly Superior Nursing Home) in Antigo, Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill, and retired from Semco in Merrill after more than 25 years of employment. During her retirement, she happily spent a lot of quality time with her grandchildren.
Kathy enjoyed spending time up north in the summer and watching her children and grandchildren play sports. In her free time, Kathy enjoyed doing word finds, keeping current with news, going to garage sales, and reading magazines. She was also an avid Brewers, Packers, and Badgers fan. Kathy’s wish was that everyone will remember her by wearing clothing from one of these teams to her funeral.
She will be fondly remembered by her husband, Charles; daughters, Ann (Rick) Pinnow of Merrill, Lisa (Scott) Wojcik of Mankato, MN, Mary (Greg) Kinsey of Madison; brothers John (Jeanne) Murphy of Reedsburg, WI and Dick Murphy of Edwardsburg, MI; grandchildren Emily, Konnor, Riston, Braxton, Keaton, and Tyson; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Merrill and Luella Murphy; sister Mary Ann Cornelius; and nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Christ United Methodist Church, Merrill. The Rev. Angie Steinhauer will officiate. Burial will follow in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM Friday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and after 10:00 AM Saturday at the church. There will be a luncheon at Christ United Methodist Church following the burial.
Kathy has requested that in lieu of flowers, donations be given in her memory to Autism Speaks.
The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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DELORES REICHERT
Delores Reichert, 90, of Merrill, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, July 12, 2014.
Delores was born on March 3, 1924 in Merrill to the late Paul and Alice (Dahm) Raasch . She married Robert Reichert on April 27, 1945 in Merrill. He preceded her in death.
Delores was a homemaker all of her life. She enjoyed reading, polka and country western music. Delores liked both the Packers and the Badgers. She was a gifted quilter and was a member of the quilters at Bell Tower. Delores loved spending time with her family.
Delores is survived by five daughters; Beverly Reichert, Fargo, ND, Carol Reichert, Merrill, Sherry (Richard) Kort, Schofield, Diane (Patrick) Hanson, Christine (John)
Reich, all of Merrill; grandchildren, Laura, Lisa, Steve, Jeff, Chad, Amy, Beth, John; ten great grandchildren; six great great grandchildren, many other nieces, nephews, cousins, and her friends at Bell Tower.
Preceded in death by; brother, Hilbert Raasch, half sister; June Raasch , step brothers; Paul and Kenneth Mielke.
Funeral service was held at Waid Funeral Home on Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Rev. Joel Hoelter officiated. Burial will be in Emmanuel Cemetery, Schley.
Family would like to thank the staff of Bell Tower and the Ministry Home Care & Hospice.
Online condolences may be made at www.Waid
Funeral.com

IMAGE JEANNAL DIAGOSTINE
Jeannal Diagostine, 84, passed away peacefully Sunday, July 6, 2014, at Artisan Assisted Living in Merrill, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services.
She was born in Antigo, Wisconsin on November 18, 1929, daughter of the late Alfred and Jeanette (Holup) Kloss. Jeannal married George H. Diagostine on May 9, 1950. He preceded her in death on October 5, 2012. Jeannal was a devout Catholic and was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. She was an avid Bridge player, and also enjoyed sewing and knitting. Jeannal was a homemaker and had also worked in the Lincoln County Clerk’s office as a recorder.
She is survived by four children, Linda (Bob) Nook, of Sarasota, FL, Scott (Marcia) Diagostine, of Tucson, AZ, Dean (Ginger) Diagostine, of Merrill, and Jenny (Jeff)
Beyer, of Merrill. She leaves behind nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, George, an infant son, Jeff, and her parents.
The Funeral Liturgy was held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Burial will take place at a later date at Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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WILLIAM A. MARTENS
The Lord’s good and humble servant, William A. Martens, ended his earthly journey and entered the Lord’s Kingdom on Thursday, July 3, 2014. Bill was born on September 19, 1918, in Milwaukee, to the late Frederick and Meta (Wilke) Martens. Bill graduated from Bay View High School, Milwaukee, in 1936. He then attended Milwaukee Vocational Engineering School. Bill also took management courses at UW-Madison and UW-Oshkosh. Bill married Loretta Helen Barbian on June 14, 1941, in Milwaukee. Bill and Loretta began their life together in Milwaukee and later moved to Clintonville, a place where they spent many happy years. While in Clintonville, Bill managed Hanson Glove Corporation. In 1971, Bill was transferred to the Merrill Hanson Glove Corporation which later became Midwest Outerwear/Fox Point. Bill retired in 1980.
Upon retirement, following his life-long interest in beekeeping, Bill and Loretta ran Martens Honey Producers for more than 30 years. Bill had many life-long hobbies
including fishing, making trips to Canada and the Wolf River, golfing, hunting with friends and family, rose growing and gardening, reading, music, football, and hockey. He enjoyed spending time with his family and loved sharing these hobbies with them. Bill was a life-long learner who instilled the value of education in his children. Bill was a very patriotic individual.
Survivors include his children, Judith Martens, of Merrill, William (Joann) Martens, of Green Bay, Kathleen (Donald) Risch, of Manitowoc, Michael (Gini) Martens, of Waunakee, Elaine (Donald) Rappel, of Chetek, Mary Ellen (Ronald) Sielski, of Two Rivers, and Mark (Carol) Martens, of St. Paul, MN; twelve grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Joan Mackey, of Antigo; and one sister-in-law, Shirley Martens, of Racine. Bill was preceded in death by his dear wife of 65 years, Loretta Martens; his parents, Frederick and Meta Martens; one sister, Doris (Eugene) Ross; three brothers, Vernon (Violet) Martens, Thomas (Dorothy) Martens, and Roy Martens; one brother-in-law, Charles Mackey; and Loretta’s siblings, Cecelia (Edwin) Lentz, and Alois Barbian.
Bill’s family would like to thank Woodland Court Elder Services, Merrill, where Bill resided for the last two years, and Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill, for the loving care given to Bill.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Monday, July 7, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. Father Joseph Kleinheinz presided.. Burial took place at St. Rose Cemetery, Clintonville.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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JUDITY "JUDY" FRICK
Judith “Judy” Frick, age 74, went to her heavenly home on July 4, 2014.  She passed away unexpectedly at her home.  Judy was born on October 16, 1939 to the late Arthur and Ida (Gehrt) Hoffman in Merrill, WI.  Judy was the youngest child of 14 children.  She married LeRoy Frick on August 19, 1961 at St. Stephens United Church of Christ in Merrill, WI.  He survives.
Judy enjoyed spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She would go out of her way to do anything for anybody.  Judy enjoyed
tending to her gardens at home with her faithful dog, Ginger, by her side.  She was also very talented at crafting and would volunteer to help others.  Judy was well-known for her cooking, especially around holidays and special occasions.  She made dozens upon dozens of wonderful angel food candy, cookies and other treats at Christmas time and would share her delicious treats with everyone.  Judy would volunteer at the food pantry as well as St. Stephens Church.  She worked as a CNA for many years at Holy Cross Hospital, Pine Crest and was a supervisor at Woodland Court.  She enjoyed the healthcare field very much.  Judy also worked as a janitor at MAPS. She loved her dog, Ginger, who was a gift to her from her best friend, Julie Young.  Judy always put others first and cared deeply for her family and friends.  She told stories of her childhood to everyone and was well-respected for her wisdom. Judy was a member of St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ.  She will be deeply missed.
Judy is survived by her husband of 53 years, LeRoy Frick; children, Pam (Dave) Wangerin, Darryl (Beth) Frick, Dale Frick and Clayton Frick, all of Merrill; 8 grandchildren, Michael, Devin, Tanya, Jessica, Brooke, Karen, Cianna and  Matthew; 4 great- grandchildren; sisters, Marie Miske and Millie Daubert; brothers, Roger (Rose) Hoffman and Kenney (Ethel) Hoffman and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Ida; 9 siblings, Herman, Alice, Adeline, Harry, Marvin, Arthur Jr., Florine, Betty and John; 1 granddaughter, Heather Frick.
A Funeral Service was held on July 9, 2014. Pastor Missy Holdorf officiated.  Burial was at the Snow Hill Cemetery.
Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be given in Judy’s name to St. Stephens United Church of Christ in Merrill and the Lincoln Co. Humane Society.

MARY ANN ZELLMER BLAIR
Mary Ann Zellmer Blair was 79 when she passed away on May 18, 2014 at Nathan Addelson Hospice in Las Vegas.  She was a longtime residentof Las Vegas, NV.
She was the daughter of Herman and Minnie Zellmer who preceded her in death.  Her loving husband Herbert Blair, sister Phyllis Zellmer Wallace, and brother Warren Zellmer also preceded her.  She is survived by her daughters, Therese Blair of Las Vegas, Margaret Blair Blouin (Arthur)of Las Vegas; and brothers James Zellmer of Merrill and Cyril (Zeke) Zellmer in Roswell, NM.
Funeral was in Las Vegas,NV on May30,2014.
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STEPHEN GENE HENRICHS
Stephen Gene Henrichs won the race to his Creator’s arms on Saturday, July 5, 2014.
Steve was born on February 18, 1954 and raised in Merrill, WI. During his recent baptism, he high fived the pastor, and his zeal for the Lord began there and continued throughout his life on Earth. He was a graduate of Merrill High School and studied at North Central Technical Institute. Steve was a devout husband and doting grandfather. He was loved greatly by all of his family and was affectionately known as “Skippy Gene” by his nieces. Steve always held tight to his Wisconsin roots, especially during football season, as an avid fan of the Wisconsin Badgers and the Green Bay Packers. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing and boating. He shared a passion for capturing God’s beauty in nature, as a gifted photographer. He was also a self described “domestic engineer and baby talk translator”, as well as a cook, known for his sublime homemade cheesecakes. Facebook was his window to the world, where he shared his photography and connected with his numerous friends. Steve lived in Hampton VA., with his wife, step children, and grand-daughters. He was a member and employee of Liberty Baptist Church (Hampton, VA.)
Steve is survived by his wife-Jill Kennedy Henrichs, his step children-Blair Tripp, Brent Watson, and Katie Watson, and his granddaughters-Adyson & Emilynne Watson and Berkeley & Savannah Tripp, as well as his brother Ron Henrichs, his wife Kathy, and their children Alex, Andy, and Chris, and his brother Dave Henrichs, his wife Laurie, and their children Jenny & Sarah, and grandchildren. He considered his in-laws, Gordon and Jean Kennedy of Albany, Georgia, members of his extended family.
Steve was preceded in death by his father, Eugene E. “Smokey” Henrichs and his mother, Anna Mae Henrichs, from Merrill, WI.
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 6 o’clock in the evening at Liberty Baptist Church in Hampton, VA. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
Please leave online condolences at www.wjsmithandsonfh.com.
Arrangements by W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home, Newport News, VA.

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JESSICA 'JESSI' A. ALFT
Jessica “Jessi” A. Alft, age 39, of Merrill, passed away July 7, 2014 at her home after a long courageous battle with cancer.  She was born December 16, 1974 in Merrill to James and Mary (Koch) Alft.
Jessi  graduated from Merrill Senior High School, class of 1993. She worked at Church Mutual for 18 years. Jessi loved her son, Riley. He was the love of her life. “We may not have had it a lot, but together we had it all”. Jessi enjoyed time spent with family and friends, especially Family Fun Nights where she loved playing board games.  She enjoyed the annual kayak trips, Bluegrass concerts and cooking. Jessi was like a mother to all of Riley’s friends and she loved taking care of them. She wanted to be known
and remembered as being an inspiration to everyone that is battling cancer.
Survivors include her son: Riley Bienfang, Merrill; parents: Jim (Jan) Alft and Mary (Rick) Laabs, all of Merrill; siblings: Becky (Jeff) Roberts, David (Johnille) Alft, all of Merrill, Liza (Rob) Atkinson, Minneapolis, MN, Josh Laabs and Greg Laabs, both of Marathon City; four nieces: Mallory Roberts, Mikayla Alft, Sydney Roberts and Louise Atkinson; and two nephews: Elliot and Miles Atkinson. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, July 11 at Waid Funeral Home. Pastor Missy Holdorf will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-8 PM Thursday, July 10 and again from 10 AM until the time of service, all at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date in Merrill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers donations may be given in Jessi’s name to Marshfield Clinic Wausau Cancer Center. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

image MARGARET "MARGE" M. HILL
Margaret “Marge” M. Hill, 93, of Merrill, went to be with her Lord on June 28, 2014.
Marge was born on November 25, 1920 in Merrill to the late Joseph and Rose (Falmayer) Kollmer .  She married Cecil Hill at St. Francis Catholic Church on June 14, 1944.  He preceded her in death.
Marge was a homemaker most of her life.  She enjoyed playing bingo, baking, and listening to music.  Marge loved spending time with family and friends, especially her grandchildren.
Marge is survived by son; Phil (Judy) Hill, daughter; Barbara (Gary) Cator, all of Merrill, and son; William (Cindy) Hill, Green Bay, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brother in law; Elroy Lemke, sister in laws; Mildred Kollmer, Evelyn Hill and MaryLou Hill, also many nieces and nephews.
Preceded in death by; Parents, husband, and other relatives.
Celebration of her Life was held on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at Bell Tower, Merrill.  Chaplain Don Dinsmore officiated.   Burial took place in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Merrill.
Family would like to thank the staff at Bell Tower.  She enjoyed living there and loved the staff.  We would also like to thank all the staff of Aspirus Hospice Care for their help & care of Mom.
In lieu of flowers memorials preferred to Bell Tower or Huss Fund.
Online condolences may be made at www.WaidFuneral.com

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ROWE O. KLADE
Rowe O. Klade, 75, of Merrill, died Friday, June 27, 2014,  at Pine Crest Nursing Home, surrounded by family and friends, following a brief, courageous battle with lung cancer.
Rowe was born March 27, 1939, in Tomahawk, the son of the late Fred and Mildred (Plautz) Klade. He graduated from Merrill High School in 1957.  Rowe married Annette (Karau) at St. Stephen’s Church in Merrill on May 6, 1961. She survives.
After high school Rowe enlisted in the National Guard. He worked for Curtain Wall and Page Milk Company. In 1961 he was called to active duty as a SP5 with the 32nd Infantry, Red Arrow Division, Co. A 1/105th Armor Division as a tank driver in Fort Lewis, Washington, during the Berlin Crisis. He was honorably discharged in1963.
After returning from the service, he was employed at Marathon Electric for 20 years. He then went on to work for WCA Industries and SGS Environmental Services until his retirement in 2001.  
Rowe was an avid Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packer fan. He enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing year round, deer and turkey hunting, golfing, camping at Solberg Lake County Park, and raising beef on his farm for the past 47 years. He spent 16 winters in Kearny, Arizona, where he enjoyed golfing and had many good friends. He also enjoyed daily coffee and conversation with “the boys”.
Rowe is survived by his wife, Annette; four children, Calvin (Angela), Barry (Mary Jo), Stacy (Scott) Pettit, all of Merrill, Robin (Melissa), Wausau. Eleven grandchildren, Adam (Courtney), Austin, Lora, Jacob, Lucas, Katie, Tanner, Morgan, Kendyl, Trevor, and Travis; four sisters, Mary Ann (Ernest) Weisskopf, Helen (Everett) Lange, Sandy Euler, and Ida Schult.
He is preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers, Roger, Fred Jr., Richard, Dennis, Tom, Bill, and Doyle; and two sisters, Donna Brown, and infant Faye. 
Service was held on Wednesday, July 2nd at Bible Presbyterian Church, Merrill. Pastor Robert Smallman officiated.  Burial took place in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery following the service.
Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Rowe’s name to the Wounded Warrior Project or Never Forgotten Honor Flight.

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TAYLOR MARION OSNESS
Our little angel, Taylor Marion Osness, was called to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 21, 2014, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Taylor is survived by her parents, Aaron and Ginger (Simon) Osness, of Merrill; her brother, Devon Waldburger; her grandparents, Larry and Phyllis Simon, Rick and Lynay Osness, Diane Osness, and Gwen Podeweltz; her great-grandparents, Otto and Alice Peterson, Carol Osness, and Richard and Marion Simon; and many other relatives and friends.
Private graveside services were held. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, assisted the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

IMAGE BRADLEY A. 'BRAD' KIMMINS
Bradley A. ‘Brad’ Kimmins, age 56, of Merrill, died Saturday, June 21, 2014.
Brad was born December 23, 1957, in Merrill, son of the late James E. and Marion J. ‘Mim” (Streich) Kimmins. Brad had been employed at Merrill Memorial Park. He enjoyed playing cribbage and watching old western movies.
Survivors include three children, Nicole Kimmins, Brandon (Elizabeth) Kimmins, and Greg Kimmins, all of Merrill; two grandchildren, Dominique and Gage; and
two siblings, Susan (Andy) Norris of Brighton, MI, and Dennis (Christine) Kimmins, Merrill; as well as other relatives and friends.
A Memorial Gathering will be held from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com.

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RUTH E. GAEDEKE
Ruth E.Gaedeke, 95, of Wausau, formerly of the Town of Texas, died Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at the Hospice House in Wausau.
Ruth was born on October 19, 1918, in Merrill, the daughter of the late John and Alma (Rusch) Franz. She married Walter W. Gaedeke on March 16, 1946, in the Town of Pine River. He preceded her in death on December 3, 1993. Ruth had worked at the former Hanson Glove Factory, Merrill, and also Weinbrenner Shoe Company, Merrill. She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Town of Pine River. Ruth enjoyed spending time with her extended family.
Survivors include two sisters, Nathalie (Walter) Muschinske, of Weston, WI, and Audrey (David) Steffen, of Land O’Lakes, WI; a brother-in-law, Earl Plautz, of Wausau;
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, June 23, 2014, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Town of Pine River. The Rev. Greg Laska will officiate. Burial will take place in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:30 A.M. Monday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com.

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ROBERT 'BOB' WILKE
Robert “Bob” Wilke, age 88, of Merrill, passed away Thursday, June 19, 2014 at Pine Crest Nursing Home. He was born September 1, 1925 in Merrill to the late Robert and Esther (Holl) Wilke. He and Mardene Berlin were united in marriage October 14, 1953 in Neenah, WI, a union lasting over 60 years.
Bob attended Wausau High School then went on to vocational school for accounting. He worked a combined 42 years at Wisconsin Window Unit and Hurd as a mill worker.
Bob enjoyed hunting deer, bird and small game and fishing for trout in the Prairie River. In his younger years Bob was a member of the Lincoln County Sports Club. He was an avid Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Braves fan.  Bob loved garage saling with his wife, Mardene, which gave him the opportunity to socialize. He loved to talk to everyone – he was a very friendly, social person. Bob enjoyed having company over but especially enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his wife: Mardene of Merrill; son: Jim (Joann Gilles) Wilke, also of Merrill; daughter: Jill (Cary) Alft: four grandchildren: Melissa (Adam) Scheffler, Eric Wilke, Ashley (Aaron) Konopacki and Nathan Alft; two great-grandchildren: Isabella Scheffler and Owen Scheffler; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father-in-law, many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Funeral Services were held on Monday, June 23, 2014 at Waid Funeral Home. The Rev. Scott Gustafson officiated. Burial followed in Merrill Memorial Park. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Donations can be sent to the Trinity Lutheran church and school in Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

JOHN Z. GILDEIN
John Z. Gildein, age 80, of Irma, WI, died on June 14, 2014 at his home in Irma under the care of Ministry Home Care and Hospice. John was born on September 3, 1933 to Jan and Katarzyna (Szczurek) Gildein in Pinsk, Poland. He served in the army after high school. John worked at LTV Steel Mill in Chicago, IL for 40 years. He met and fell in love with Donna Woodmanse, and they were married on December 9, 1977 in the town of Crown Point, IN. Together, John and Donna moved to Irma 18 years ago and have been here ever since. John loved the landscape and nature in this area of the country. He enjoyed just being out in the fresh air, working in his yard or tinkering with his projects in the garage. John loved his family, they were very important to him. He was an avid bowler and would get in a game when he was able. He will be sadly missed.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Gildein of Irma; daughter, Janet (Jim) Tracy of Chesterton, IN; son, John (Patricia) Gildein of Kouts, IN; grandchildren, John, Kevin, Michael, Erin and Renee’; great- grandchildren, Blake, John, Samuel and Camryn; brother, Marion (Chris) Gildein of Crown Point, IN; sister, Irene (Thomas) Bolek of Portage, IN. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Alex (Jane) Gildein.
A funeral mass was held on June 18, 2014 at 2PM at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Merrill. Father Michael McLain officiated. Inurnment will be at a later date at St. Francis Xavier Catholic cemetery. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John’s name to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Merrill.

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ROBERT "BOB" SUMNICHT
Robert “Bob” Sumnicht, age 91, of Merrill, passed away on June 11, 2014 at the Artisan Assisted Living facility under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice.  Bob was born on May 1, 1923 to Frank and Augusta (Dittman) Sumnicht in the town of Shawano, WI. Bob attended and graduated from UW-Madison in 1952. He was in the military and served 3 years in occupied Japan. He would eventually meet the love of his life, Joyce Glasbrenner, and they were united in marriage on June 27, 1953 in Eau Claire, WI. They moved to Merrill in 1953, and Bob worked in the UW Extension office as a Lincoln County Agricultural Agent.  He retired in 1981.  Bob had been a member of St.
John’s Lutheran Church since 1953 and served on various committees throughout the years.  He was a proud member of the Merrill Lions Club, even receiving the Melvin Jones Fellowship award.  Bob was also a chairman and member of the Merrill Parks and Recreation Department.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Association of County Fairs for 7 years, also serving 35 years on the Lincoln County Fair Board.  He served as the chairman of the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors. Bob was active in the Merrill Chamber of Commerce and received the Ambassador Award.
In his younger years, Bob farmed in Shawano County on the home farm.  Bob eventually started his own Christmas tree plantation business, receiving the Wisconsin Tree Farmer of the Year award in 1988.  He liked nothing better than spending time outdoors in his Christmas tree plantations and making maple syrup in the Spring.  He took many hunting trips to Wyoming and many fishing trips to Canada. He’ll be remembered by many for grilling chicken at many local events. .  He will be sadly missed.
Bob is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joyce Sumnicht of Merrill; 3 children, Sarah (Gary) Stroyny of Mosinee, George (Sandie) Sumnicht of Madison and Carol (Bill) Strand of Kronenwetter; 3 grandsons, Steve, Robert and Scott; step-grandsons, Nathan and Jason; step great-grandson, Evan; numerous nieces and nephews and last but not least, his best buddy, “Oreo”.  He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Gladys, Mabel and Grace; brothers, Kenneth and Lenard.
Funeral services for Bob was held on Monday, June 16, 2014 at 11am at St Johns Lutheran Church in Merrill.  Rev. Joel Hoelter officiated.  Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Bobs’ name to the St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill and the Lincoln Co. Humane Society.

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LOIS F. RANKER
Lois F. Ranker, age 85, of Merrill, died Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Pine Crest Nursing Home.
Lois was born March 14, 1929, in Merrill, daughter of the late John and Leona (Radke) Siesennop. She married Arnold Ranker on April 11, 1953, in Merrill. He preceded her in death on February 7, 1996. Lois had been a cashier at both Dave’s Red Owl and Dave’s County Market, both located in Merrill. In her younger years, Lois, along with
Arnie, enjoyed snowmobiling.
Lois is survived by one sister, Jean (Augie) Riebe, of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; her nephew and caregiver, Brett (Joyce) Siesen of Merrill; her special cousin, Norma Hanson of Merrill; Norma’s son, Pat (Diane) Hanson of Merrill; and other relatives and friends. Besides her parents and husband, Lois is preceded in death by four siblings, Jack and James Siesennop, and Richard and Robert Siesens.
It was Lois’ wish that no services be held. Inurnment of her remains will take place at a later date in Merrill Memorial Park Columbarium. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting with family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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V. JAMES SHROCK, JR.
V. James Shrock, Jr., age 67, of Merrill, died Friday, June 13, 2014 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital under the Hospice program.
James was born May 22, 1947, in Dixon, Illinois, son of the late Virgil James and Agnes (McKunne) Shrock. He married Judith Radlinger Purcell on October 7, 1978 at her parent’s home by Judge Ronald Keberle.
Jim attended school in Three Lakes where he excelled in hockey and football. After high school graduation, Jim attended Northcentral Technical College in Wausau where he attained several degrees.
Jim worked in housing where he was a supervisor of building construction. He then took his expertise on the road with P.F.S. Corporation out of Madison, WI. He worked for the company out of his home office in Merrill for 38 years.
Jim loved bowling, hunting, working and his family. Jim really enjoyed living in Minocqua on Cranberry Lake where his family had moved from Dixon, Illinois. They built “Shrock’s Resort” on their lakefront property.
Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Judith Shrock, of Merrill; three daughters, Paula Shrock-Metallo, Angie (Joel Braun) Shrock-Braun, and Sara Shrock-Castro; two sons, James (Maci) Shrock and John (Jen) Purcell; twelve grandchildren, Matthew, Zachary, Robert, Megan, McKayla, Jayden, Peyton, McKenna, Brittany, Heather, Holly, and McKayla; two great-grandchildren, Austin and Hudson; two siblings, Debbie and Brian; and his mother-in-law, Ruth Radlinger. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Agnes Shrock; and his father-in-law, Roman Radlinger.
The funeral liturgy was held Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Father Michael McLain presided. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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GLENN D. HANRAHAN
Glenn D. Hanrahan of Gleason, WI, lost his long battle with cancer on June 8, 2014. Glenn, the oldest of six children, was the son of Glenn and Lorraine (nee Ivio) Hanrahan born January 2, 1945 in Ironwood, MI.
His family moved to the farm in Gleason in 1950. Here he began his lifelong love of working outdoors and operating all types of farm and construction equipment. In the gravel pit on the farm, Glenn built roads with big CAT equipment. Actually, the CAT equipment was only a wooden block but the love of the CAT brand heavy equipment stayed with him throughout his life.
After graduating from Merrill High School in 1963, Glenn started working for Kraemer Construction Co. He spent all his working years operating heavy equipment and
machinery in various states. He even was a mechanic in a salt mine.
Very dear to Glenn were his best buddies Roger, Ivan, Dennis and George. Sharing the memories of times spent with his friends brought tears as he would recall the hours and hours they spent together in every situation imaginable.
Glenn also operated the Township of Russell road grader and snow plow for more than 20 years. His expertise and pride was a perfectly graded road. Each lane of travel had to be sloped just so; no water should puddle. In winter, any hour of the night, Glenn was out checking the condition of the roads. If warranted, without a second thought, out came the plow. He did his job always mindful of safety for drivers.
Like a mother hen, Glenn magically drew children to him. Not a kid that ever met him hasn’t come under his wing. Saturday, was load the kids into the pickup and off to Fleet in Antigo. Each kid hoping it was their turn to be the lucky one to land the best toy. As the kids grew, he did his best to say in touch. He never forgot a birthday.
Glenn married his high school sweetheart, Fern Plamann. Their marriage ended while they lived in Michigan. He is survived by their daughter, Ranay Nicklaus, of Merrill; and her sons, Danny, Brett, and Josh. He is further survived by son, Jacob ‘Jake’; and Jake’s mother, Mary Kay Lapsenburg; his special friend, Diane Back, of Merrill; one brother, Duane Hanrahan, of Tomahawk; and three sisters, Lavonne (Larry) Gustavson, of Merrill, Phyllis (Donald) Moen, of Hannibal, Missouri, and Darleen (Walter) Woiten, of Tomahawk.
“What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose; all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller
Visitation will be from 12:00P.M. (Noon) until 2:00 P.M. on Friday, June 13, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Burial will follow in the Gleason Cemetery, Town of Russell.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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CARLYNN ANN ZANDER
Carlynn Ann Zander, 80, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill.
Carlynn Ann Zander was born on September 24, 1933, in Merrill, the daughter of the late Ervin and Erna (Saeger) Zander. She was baptized on October 26, 1933 and confirmed on March 30, 1947. Carlynn had worked at M & I Citizens American Bank for 42 years, retiring in 1994 as the Assistant Vice President. She was a member of Valparaiso University Guild, and a former member of the National Association of Bank Women and the Business and Professional Women. Carlynn was a life-long member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill, where she was involved with the Choir, Altar Guild, and Board of Finance.
Survivors include her brother, Bruce (Lucille) Zander; one niece, Cherie (Doug) Shusta; and two nephews, Ritchie (Trisha) Zander and Scott Zander, all of Neenah. Carlynn is further survived by five great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Erna Zander; and an aunt, Eva Saeger.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Friday, June 13, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. R. Brian Stolarczyk will officiate. Burial will take place in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M. Friday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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THAYES "RUSS" JOHNSON
Thayes ‘Russ’ Johnson, 79, of the Town of Maine, Marathon County, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital, Weston.
Russ was born March 24, 1935, in Milwaukee, as the only child of the late Dr. N.C. and Edna Johnson.
Russ went to schools in Milwaukee, Iowa, and Georgia. He served in the Naval Reserves for two years. Russ received his apprentice and journeyman certification at Kearney and Trecker, West Allis, in the 1960’s. Russ started his own sales representative business in 1964, in West Allis, and covered a six state territory for the commercial industries that used knives and blades.
In August 1965, Russ married Jacqueline Fritsch of Withee, WI. They lived near Woodruff for eight years then moved to a farm near Merrill in 1974 where the couple farmed organically, raising beef, pork, lamb, and poultry for private sales until 1998. Russ also worked in maintenance at the original Mount View Manor, then Fiskars. He went on to get his teaching degree and taught in the Machine Tool Department at NTC, Wausau, until he retired in 1990 to care for his ailing father.
During the years of 1972-1986, Russ and Jackie ran a Foster Care group home and cared for troubled teens.
Russ was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Wausau, and was a 3rd degree Master Mason in the West Allis Lodge in the 1960’s.
His love was farming – working the early years with a team of Belgians, raising hogs and beef, hunting, camping, and enjoying his time out in the countryside, which he did for 40 years.
Russ was a good friend, devoted husband, and will be remembered for his intelligence, strength, patience, dry sense of humor, generosity, and love.
Survivors include his wife, Jackie Johnson, of Merrill; two sisters-in-law, Ms. Sandra Linn, of Sheboygan, and Ms. Barbara Stansberry, of Milwaukee; and many cousins and good friends. Besides his parents, Russ was preceded in death by a favorite aunt, Leila Johnson, of Milwaukee; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Evelyn and Myron Fritsch; and other relatives.
Memorial services will be held at 7:00 P.M., Monday, June 16, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church, Wausau. The Rev. Joy Nelson-Jeffers will preside. A time of fellowship and refreshments will follow the service. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent in Russ’ name to First Presbyterian Church: 406 Grant St., Wausau, WI 54403.
Jackie would like to thank the staff at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital, Weston, his primary doctor and friend, Dr. R. Polireddy, Merrill, and Paula McIntyre, advisor, and staff at Marshfield Clinic - Merrill, for their dedication, support and compassion during the short yet difficult time. Also, thanks to his special friends the Rev. Joy Nelson-Jeffers, Ted and Mary Sperduto, Al and Pam Spatz and many friends and neighbors.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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DON J. MILLER
Don J. Miller, age 74, died unexpectedly on June 4, 2014 at his home in Merrill, in the township of Harding.  He was born on March 5, 1940 in Cato, WI to Lenard and Frieda (Wollersheim) Miller.  Don attended the Manitowoc high school.  He fell in love and married Marlene (Schultz) Miller on March 16, 1991 in the town of Ringle, WI.  She survives.
When Don and Marlene moved to a different location, Don did the majority of the landscaping and building.  He loved being outdoors, but only when nice weather came around.  He enjoyed landscaping so much that his lawn was always nicely manicured, resembling a park.  Don enjoyed spending time at home, enjoying the peaceful
surroundings and watching nature.  He and his wife would enjoy going deer hunting together.  He was known to be very particular and organized.  He cherished the time that he spent with his family, who meant a lot to him.  Don was also a woodworker.  He would often make beautiful planters and he even made wooden shelving for all the kids this past Christmas.  He also made lawn ornaments, following in his fathers’ footsteps.  You could always find Don working on a project or perfecting a craft.
Don was a territory manager for Acosta Sales and Services, based out of Florida.  He was even recognized as the “Man of the Year” for his excellent work with Acosta.  He retired from Acosta 12 years ago.
Don and Marlene are members of Christ Lutheran Church in Merrill.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene Miller of Merrill ; son, Terry (April) Miller of Holmen, son, Bill (Kathy) Miller of Manitowoc, daughter, Debbie (Steve) Krumpos of Bellvue, daughter, Janet (Randy) Miller of Denmark, daughter, Julie (Jeff) DeZeeuw of Manitowoc, son, Mike (Amy) Miller of Green Bay, son, Chris Kielman of Ringle, daughter, Cheri Kielman of Manasha, son, Paul Kielman of Wausau, son, Mark Kielman of Weston; brother, Ken (Maureen) Miller of Sun Prairie; sister, Darlene Markusen of Manitowoc; 26 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.  He is preceded in death by his parents and son-in-law, Paul Nohr.
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 9 at Christ Lutheran Church in Merrill.  Rev. James Weiland officiated.  Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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BETTY J. WANGEN
Betty J. Wangen, age 69, of Merrill, passed away June 8, 2014 at home surrounded by her family under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. Betty was born on June 26, 1944 to Robert and Delores (Pyke) Lewis in Wausau, WI. She attended high school in Minocqua, and went on to further her education at Northcentral Technical College studying information processing systems, and eventually teaching a CDL class. Betty was married to Bruce English in 1975, until his death in 2003. She then married Ralph Wangen on August 8, 2008 at St. Stephens United Church of Christ in Merrill. He survives.
Betty loved working on computers both for herself and for others. She enjoyed making cards at her creation station for her family and friends. She was very active and influential in the political world. This was very important to her and she took pride in each interaction she had with a political figure.
Betty loved to go camping with her husband, Ralph. They would enjoy traveling to Sturgeon Bay in Door County to go camping, watch the eagles and visit as many lighthouses as they could.
She was a life member of the Women’s Auxiliary Post #1638 in Merrill. Music was an enormous part of her life. Not only was she an accomplished musician, she was also a song writer and author. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She will be sadly missed.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph Wangen of Merrill; daughters, Lori (Tracy) Bruner of Virginia and Lisa Rose of Weston; grandchildren, Travis Bruner, Angel Rose, Andrew Rose, Selah Alft, Nina Alft and Vivian Alft; step-daughters, Brenda (Dan) Savic of Milwaukee and Dawn (John) Alft of Appleton; sisters, Judy (Pete) Helms of Merrill, Lois (John) Bittner of Appleton, Janice (Larry) Hintz of Rosholt and Terry (Gene) Edict of Weston; uncle, Teddy Pyke Jr. of Weston.
She was preceded in death by her son, Richard Chamberlain, her parents; brothers Jeff and Robert Jr; sister, JoAnn Lewis; husband, Bruce English.
Funeral services for Betty was on Thursday, June 12, 2014. Services were held at Waid Funeral Home. Rev. John Eldred officiated. Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s name to Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. 520 N. 32nd Ave., Wausau, WI 54401

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MARION P. STREETER
Marion P. Streeter, 64, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at her home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. She was born December 29, 1949 in Merrill to Clarence O. and Rose J. (Kottman) Polasek.
Marion attended Merrill Senior High School. She worked many years as a welder at Merrill Manufacturing. Marion found much enjoyment tending to her flower gardens and growing vegetables. She was a student of the Bible being very strong in her faith. Marion enjoyed spending time in her home. Some of her favorite past times include knitting,
sewing putting together puzzles and fishing but most of all she enjoyed spending time with her family.
Survivors include her five children: Milton (Kim) Giese, Eau Claire, Charlotte (Garrett) Schumacher, Rothschild, Adrian Giese, Wausau, Ryan (Cory) Giese, Wausau, and Jessica Streeter, Merrill; six grandchildren and three siblings: Clarence Polasek, Linda Paulsen and Janice (James) Schneider, all of Merrill. She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Polasek.
Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Waid Funeral Home. Pastor Robert Smallman will officiate. Visitation will be held 4-7 PM Friday, June 13, 2014 and again from 10-11 Saturday before the service, all at the funeral home. Entombment will follow in Merrill Memorial Park. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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EVELYN CHRISTINA (SMITH) EVENSON
Evelyn Christina (Smith) Evenson, an exuberant member of the nation’s greatest generation, passed away on May 30, 2014 at the age of 88 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s. Evelyn was born on July 7, 1925 in Irma, Wisconsin to the late Theodore and Christina (Fehr) Smith. She wed Franklin “Hank” Anton Evenson, the love of her life, on October 11, 1941, and the two raised three daughters – Patricia Deanna Shadoan, RaMona Crystal Sheppard, and Debra Kaye Cumberland. Hank preceded her in death on December 22, 1976.
“You’ve come a long way, baby,” she said, having raised herself up by her bootstraps from a depression-era tar paper shack in Wisconsin. Though a modest childhood, she never felt without, working on the family farm and spending quiet afternoons on their hill reading and looking out at their land. In 1939, she saw Hank Evenson at a dance and decided right then that she was going to marry him. And she did.
Evelyn enjoyed an adventurous life with Hank, travelling where jobs took them – from Wisconsin to California and across the border to Canada. She worked as a waitress and short order cook, racing stock cars and winning the Powder Puff Derby. They later owned and managed the Pi Yi, a restaurant and cocktail lounge in Wisconsin, settling in El Monte, California in the 1960s.
After Hank passed, she continued to raise their youngest as a single mother and, years later, built a handicap-accessible home for her oldest daughter, who became wheelchair-bound. Evelyn was a fiery red head with a natural ability to make anyone feel like a lifelong friend, whether they met an hour or a decade ago. She will be dearly missed.
In addition to her husband and parents, Evelyn was preceded in death by her eldest daughter, Patricia Shadoan. She is survived by her daughters RaMona (John) Sheppard of Essex, Vermont and Debra (Brian) Cumberland of Yucaipa, California along with her brother Eugene (Lola) Smith of Ranier, Washington. She is also survived by three granddaughters (Elizabeth, Nicole, and Christina) and two great granddaughters (Tera and Araseli), several cousins in Wisconsin, and nieces and nephews in Washington and Wisconsin.
Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

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GAYLE I. KULAWINSKI
Gayle I. Kulawinski, 92, of Merrill, passed away Thursday, May 29, 2014, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Gayle was born August 29, 1921, in Merrill, daughter of the late John and Ida (Hartwig) Severt. She married Chester Kulawinski on April 12, 1947, in Merrill. He preceded her in death on November 20, 1989.
Gayle will be remembered by those who loved her (and continue to love her) as one who enjoyed her home in the country. It was there that she and husband, Chet, started a life together, including a family- one girl and four boys.
Gayle put family and home ahead of herself. She didn’t gad. She rarely bought items for herself. She would sacrifice to make sure her family was well cared for. In Gayle’s
heart, family and home were most important…as well as her pets.
Over the decades, a number of pooches were welcomed into the household by Gayle, including Peppi (the Pug-nosed Pekingese), Paco (Chet’s truck buddy), and two Pomeranians, Zha Zha and Sheba. When Gayle, then in her 70’s, would take her daily walk(s) to the back forty, Paco and Sheba would be right with her – enjoying the walk, the scenery, and each other’s company.
As Gayle approached her ninth decade in life, a fall at home resulted in a move to Pine Crest Nursing Home. Even though she received wonderful care and attention, she want oh so much to go home…and her wish was fulfilled. On May 29, 2014, Gayle was welcomed back home – to the Home of our Father. There to greet her were Chet, daughter Kristine, grandson Erik, and many other loved ones. She made it! Welcome Home, Gayle, Welcome Home!!
Survivors include her four sons, Michael (Cheryl) Kulawinski, Patrick Kulawinski, and Tony Kulawinski, all of Merrill, and Scott (Denise) Kulawinski, of Birnamwood; five grandchildren, Brad (Tonya) Kulawinski, Michelle Anderson, Nicole (Jesse Lusher) Gruett, Kimberly (Mike Brewer) Kulawinski, and Kristin Kulawinski; six great-grandchildren, Tyler, Hailey, Dalton, Alyssa, Jersey, and Zachary; one sister, Dorothy Rahlf, of Merrill; one son-in-law, Edward Gruett, of Merrill; two sisters-in-law, Lois Severt and Helen Severt, both of Merrill; and numerous nieces and nephews. Gayle was preceded in death by her husband, Chet Kulawinski; her parents, John and Ida Severt; one daughter, Kristine Gruett; one grandson, Erik Gruett; one sister, Helen Jaeger; two brothers, John ‘Jack’ Severt and Donald ‘Bud’ Severt; and two brothers-in-law, Wesley Rahlf and Alfred Jaeger.
A private service will be held. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

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ELLIS RAYMOND (RAY) DETJENS
Rose Thomason
Ms. Rose Johnson Thomason, 88, passed away Friday May 16, 2014.
Rose was born on July 22, 1925 to the John Edward and Theresa Allgaier Johnson. Rose worked in banking and real estate and most recently was the owner of Bresler’s Ice Cream Shop in the Monroe Mall, she was also a faithful member of Our Lady of The Lourdes Catholic Church. Rose is survived by her daughter Lisa T. Spence (Robert) of
Monroe; grandson Alan P. Spence; brother Floyd Johnson (Dolly) of Wausau, WI; niece Sally J. Young (Mike) of Woodruff, WI.; nephew Ron Johnson.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 in the Gordon Funeral Chapel, Monroe, NC. Burial followed the funeral ta Lakeland Memorial Park.
Gordon Funeral Service & Crematory is caring for the Thomason family. Online condolences may be made at www.gordonfuneralservice.com

JOANNE M. SCHLAG
Joanne M. Schlag, age 78, of Merrill, died Friday, May 23, 2014, at her home.
Joanne was born April 2, 1936, in Lincoln County, daughter of the late Walter and Florence (Combs) Rusch. She married Roger D. Schlag on September 20, 1958, and he preceded her in death June 13, 1984. Joanne was a homemaker, and most recently she was a volunteer Foster Grandparent at Lincoln Hills School. Joanne enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Joanne is survived by two daughters, Linda (Terry) Seidler, and Beth (Kevin) Krueger, both of Merrill; four grandchildren, Benjamin, Peggy, Brenda, and Lisa; and two brothers, Walter (Greta) Rusch, and Harold (Joyce) Rusch, both of Merrill. Besides her parents and husband, Joanne is preceded in death by her son, Brian Schlag, this past April.
The funeral was held Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Timothy Coppersmith officiated. Burial followed in Faith Lutheran Church Cemetery South, Town of Maine.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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HERMAN R. KRUEGER
Herman R. Krueger, age 81, died from injuries as a result from a car accident on May 24, 2014 at Aspirus Hospital in Wausau.  Herman was born on March 2, 1933 in Merrill, WI.  He was the son of Herman and Ida (Prentice) Krueger.  He attended and graduated from Merrill high school.  Herman fell in love and married Alice Zoellner Hepp on December 7, 1957, in Pine City, MN.  She preceded him in death in 2011.  He enlisted in the United States Navy during the Korean conflict and served from 1952-1956, he was also in the Naval Reserve.  Herman had a very musical gene, he played many instruments, including the bagpipes.  He was always humming along with the tunes and had a dance in his steps.  He was a proud co-organizer of the Merrill Glengarry Highlanders and bagpiped in parades in Wisconsin and nearby states.  Herman
enjoyed dartball, participating in pool leagues and bowling.  He was a member of the State Historical Society.  Herman was active in the National Wildlife Federation where he received numerous recognitions. Herman was  a life member of the local VFW. He enjoyed being outside watching wildlife, traveling around the countryside and birdwatching.  Herman would enjoy taking hikes in the Council Grounds State Park.  He was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Merrill.
Herman was a dedicated employee for almost 40 years at the Merrill Ace Hardware store.  He retired in 1995. 
In his later years, his favorite past time was traveling to casinos with his wife and playing slot machines.  Herman loved his family and enjoyed spending precious time with them.  He will be sadly missed.
Survivors include his son; Harry Hepp, Merrill, his daughters; Stacy (Ron) Gilson, Weston and Tammy (Timothy) Woller, Merrill, grandchildren; Natasha (Pete) Becker, White Lake, WI, Tanya (Nathan) Fox, Bucyrus, OH, Brandon Woller, Merrill and Alec Hepp, Merrill; two great-grandchildren; sister; Elaine Mittelsteadt, Merrill and many nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Alice, daughter; Kristie Krueger, brothers; Wilfred Krueger, Richard Krueger, Edgar Krueger and Jack Krueger, sister; Dorothy Degner.
A Memorial Service was held at Waid Funeral Home on Thursday, May 29. Pastor Maurice Schaus officiated.  Donations may be given in Herman’s name to the local VFW or the Disabled Veterans National Foundation.  Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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ELLIS RAYMOND (RAY) DETJENS
Ellis Raymond Detjens, 79, of Merrill, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 9, 2014 at his home in Yucaipa, California surrounded by his family and pastor. Born the youngest of 8 children in Irma, Wisconsin to August and Lillian Detjens, Ray showed the love of God to all and was a blessing to those he met.
Ray was preceded in death by his parents, 3 sisters Dorothy DeBuhr, Lillian Norton, Irene Wells and 3 brothers Hank, Gerald and David Detjens, his first wife Carol Rae Detjens, one son Phillip Ray Detjens and one grandson Jacob Ray Detjens.
Ray is survived by his wife Phyllis of 42 years, sons Gerald Ray Detjens, Leonard Ray Detjens, daughters Eileen Rae (Ricky) Smith, Rena Rae (Fred) MacDonell, sister
Donna Drewitz, granddaughters Amber Rae Detjens, Melanie Rose Gilbertson, grandsons Frederick Cook MacDonell, Alexander Ray MacDonell, Ian Patrick MacDonell, Justin M Smith and Michael J Smith, great grandsons Jacob J Smith and RJ Smith; as well as many loving, nieces, nephews, cousins and other friends. Ray was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all.
Ray loved to serve others. He served our country for 21 years in the Air Force and did a tour in Vietnam with the 303rd ARS. He went on from there to his second career with Picker International repairing and installing x-ray machines while living in Santa Barbara, California. Everywhere he lived he became involved in a local church and served the families in those ministries. When he retired he and his wife worked with MAPS RVers traveling around the country working at different churches, camps and schools. Ray was a skilled electrician and builder. He loved building things. You can see much of his handiwork at Spencer Lake Christian Center in Wisconsin where he worked for many summers in his later years. As Ray always said, “See you here, there, or up there!”
A special thank you to the Redlands Community Hospital Hospice in Yucaipa, California for their loving care and support. Also thank you to Yucaipa First Assembly for all of their loving support and assistance with arrangements in Ray’s last days.
Funeral services for Ray will be at the Yucaipa First Assembly, 12226 Second Street, Yucaipa, CA on June 2, 2014. Visitation will be from 9 AM until 10 AM with the memorial service beginning at 10 AM. Ray will be laid to rest in a private ceremony for family at the Riverside Cemetery in Riverside, California. In lieu of flowers Ray requested memorial donations be made in his name to Spencer Lake Christian Center, N1385 Cnty Hwy E, Waupaca, WI 54981 or online at www.spencer-lake.org under Get Involved/Foundational Partners.

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DONNA MAHN
Donna Mahn, age 78, of Merrill, died Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Donna was born March 14, 1936, in Merrill, daughter of the late Harold and Alma (Krause) Hoff. She married Roger A. Mahn on August 13, 1955. He preceded her in death on January 7, 1978. Donna enjoyed spending time with her grandkids and family. She also enjoyed shopping, cooking and baking. Donna was a member of St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, Merrill.
Survivors include one daughter, Linda, of Wausau; one son, Steven (Robin) Mahn, of Merrill; seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Sarah, Bradley, Jacob, Jessica, Jamie and Jordan; eight great-grandchildren, Alexis, Austin, Aubree, Brayden, Carson, Zellah, Rivers and Hunter; one sister, Shirley (Frank) Ziemke, of Merrill; and one brother, Earl
(Joannie) Volz, of Merrill. Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Mahn; her parents; and one brother, Ralph Volz.
The funeral service was held at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Rev. Kyle Carnes officiated. Burial took place in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

VIVIAN M. ERICKSON
Vivian M. Erickson, age 94, of Merrill, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. She was born January 25, 1920 in Merrill to the late Christian and Jennie (Pedersen) Erickson.
Vivian worked as a telephone operator for Bell when she was younger. She later worked as a secretary for Weinbrenner Shoe Company where she eventually retired. Vivian enjoyed rummage saling and finding good deals. She loved listening to Christian music and read her Bible daily. Vivian was 1 of 12 children and enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Merrill. 
Survivors include her many loving and caring nieces and nephews, family members and friends.
A Memorial Service for Vivian was held Thursday, May 22 with Rev. Joel Danner officiating. Memorials may be given in Vivian’s name to the St. Stephen’s Radio Ministry. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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ALICE LABORDE
Alice LaBorde, age 86, of Merrill, passed away Monday, May12, 2014 at Bell Tower Residence.  She was born June 23, 1927 in Beloit to Hazel (Caldwell) and Nick Feuerstein.  Alice and Wayne “Pete” LaBorde were married in Beloit on August 26, 1950. He preceded her in death April 20, 2004.
Alice graduated from Beloit High School followed by St. Agnes School of Nursing in Fond du Lac.  She then entered The Franciscan School of Anethesia in LaCrosse, graduating in 1949 to begin her 40-year career as a Registered Nurse Anesthetist. 
After they were married, Pete & Alice lived in Fond du Lac from 1960 -1991 before retiring to the northwoods in Presque Isle for 12 years. Alice loved the seasons of
Wisconsin, noting on every calendar when the ice went out on the Fond du Lac River by their house as well as Little Hurst Lake in Presque Isle.  She and Pete spent many of their winters in San Benito, Texas & created a much-loved extended family including Father Patrick Seitz.
Alice enjoyed baking and quilting and looked for any excuse to share her passions. Her Catholic faith and love for church and it’s communities ran deep, and she loved being an active member everywhere she lived. She was also involved in local organizations including Campfire Girls, Town & Gown, Lions, Red Hats and DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution.)
 Alice loved being the Kindergarten Grandmother, “Gramma L”, at Pine River and Washington Elementary schools for 10 years, which enriched both her and hundreds of her “kids” lives.
Things that people may not know about Alice: she was a great softball pitcher at age 12, best marksman at 43, an avid jitter bug dancer, and an award winning hickory nut pie baker.
Survivors include her son: Peter (Janeen) LaBorde, Stratford; her two daughters: Sara (Pam Ore) LaBorde and Anne LaBorde, all of Portland, OR; four grandchildren: Aaron (Shannon) Glade, Arielle (Travis) Weedman, Taylor LaBorde & Sarah LaBorde; three great-grandchildren: John, Harry & Hazel; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Pete, sisters: Florence & Virginia and brothers: Charles, Paul & Fritz.
A Memorial Service will be held on June 16th at 10 am at the Bell Tower Chapel, 1500 O’Day Street, Merrill. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com

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VIOLA D. PLAMANN
Viola D. Plamann, age 90, passed away May 12, 2014 at Woodland Court Assisted Living, Merrill, WI. Viola was born in the Town of Russell, Lincoln County, on March 4th, 1923. She was the fourth of five children -Alexander, Donald, Gertrude, Viola & Larry- born to the late Gottlieb and Mary (Beil) Tesky, Gleason, WI.
Viola married Harold Plamann at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Gleason, WI, on March 29th, 1941. Harold & Viola raised five children on a small farm in the Town of Schley, Lincoln County. Besides her work as homemaker, she also helped on the farm and did the bookkeeping for her husband’s oil distributing business. From 1977 until her retirement in 1984, Viola was employed at Pine Crest Nursing Home. She was a past member of Dutch Corners Lutheran Church, Gleason Lutheran Church and was
presently a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Merrill.
Viola enjoyed farming, crafting, vacationing at their cottage on Long Lake, traveling with her husband and children, camping with her friends at Shawano County Park, spending time with her grandchildren, going to rummage sales and playing sheep head. She would often tell stories of her childhood during the Great Depression. Viola told about her father cutting swamp grass-by hand- for cattle feed and her father taking her to school with a horse and sleigh. She told about her great-grandfather living in a sod house in Nebraska and her Dad being raised in South Dakota, serving in WWI and working on the Alaska Highway.
Viola is survived by her son: David (Gloria) Plamann, Kewaunee, WI; daughter: Mary Sue (Greg) Olson, Hot Springs, AR; daughter-in-law: Maxine Plamann, Merrill; brother: Larry (Charlene) Tesky; Waukesha, WI; three sisters-in-law: Dorothy Plamann, Maria Plamann, and Bernice Tesky, all of Merrill; two brothers-in-law: Walter Laak, Florida, and Dale (Cathy) Plamann, Baraboo, WI; nine grandchildren: Adam, Appleton, Vicky Parsley, La Porte, IN, Matt Olson, Little Rock, AR, Bethany MacKenzie, Conway, AR, Ranay Nicklaus, Merrill, Brenda Wendt, Merrill, Jeff Rydell, Wausau, Jill Rydell, Merrill, July Uriarte, Sandy, UT; 15 great-grandchildren: Hazel, Veronica and Merideth Plamann, Josh, Danny and Brett Nicklaus, Christopher and Amanda Rydell, Kayleigh Schaefer, Cohrtney Bond, Zoey and Merek MacKenzie, Isaac Olson and Elijah and Anthony Uriarte: one great-great-grandchild: Easton Rydell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Plamann, son: Phillip, two daughters: Fern Wheaton and Delores Rydell, and three siblings: infant Alexander Tesky, Donald Tesky and Gertrude (Tesky) Laak.
Funeral Services for Viola will be held 2 PM Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Rev. Maurice Schaus will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4-8 PM Friday, May 16 at Waid Funeral Home and again from 1-2 PM Saturday before the service at the church. A luncheon will follow the service at the church. Burial will be 11 AM Monday at Restlawn Memorial Park. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com. Special thanks to Woodland Court staff and Aspirus Hospice for all their care & love for our mom.

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LINDA K. LANGHOFF
Linda K. Langhoff, age 63, of Schofield, passed away Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Hospice House in Wausau. She was born March 23, 1951 in Merrill to the late Nathan and Margaret (Godleski) Cornish. She and August Langhoff were united in marriage April 24, 1982 in Hamburg. He preceded her in death in December of 2007.
Linda was a graduate of Merrill Senior High School. She worked many years at the Merrill Bean Cannery in the cleaning line. Linda loved camping and enjoyed trips to the Eau Claire Dells and Council Grounds where she enjoyed taking in the scenery and the wildlife that went with it, birds and fish were her favorites to watch. Linda also enjoyed drawing and painting. She was an avid coffee drinker and enjoyed a fresh cup every morning. Linda loved playing cards and dice with her friends and family whom
she so enjoyed spending time with.  She also liked the occasional trip to the casino. Linda belonged to Royal Neighbors in Wausau.
Survivors include her five children: Rochelle Benes, Texas, August Langhoff, Schofield, Sarah Samson, Oklahoma, Carla (Travis) Muenchow, Schofield and Edwin Langhoff, Texas; three grandchildren: Timothy Benes, Danielle Benes and Zacharia Samson; significant other: Robert “Bob” Scheinoha, Schofield; siblings: Lyn (Harvey) Leighton, Illinois, Les Cornish, Schofield, and Loretta (Don) Schultz, New Mexico; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, infant brother LeRoy Cornish, ex-husband August, nephew Andy Cornish and grandson Austin Muenchow.
Funeral services were held at Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Waid Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Smallman officiated. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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DARLEEN M. FICK
Darleen M. Fick, age 80, passed away surrounded by family on May 10, 2014 at the Artisan Assisted Living facility in Merrill, under the care of Ministry Hospice.  She was born on December 12, 1933 to John and Florence (Watson) Petrus in the city of Milwaukee, WI. She attended and graduated from school in Milwaukee.  Darleen met and married the love of her life, Irvin Fick and they were married on December 23, 1950 in Wauwatosa, WI. Irv and Dar were blessed with 47 years of marriage before Irvin passed away in March, 1997.
Darleen was an excellent cook and enjoyed baking bread and canning vegetables.  She was well known for her wonderful onion pie.  She was a homemaker early in life, raising seven children with love and care.  Darleen was often thought of by her family as being the heart of the home.
From 1977-1997, Darleen and Irvin owned and operated “Hour Place” bar in Merrill, where they put in many long days, but truly loved their work.  They were also long time members of the Tavern League of Wisconsin.  Before Irvin’s death in 1997, they would enjoy taking trips to Las Vegas together.  Darleen loved to gamble, and she especially loved that one-armed bandit!  She enjoyed going to casinos and loved playing cards, cribbage and pinochle.  Darleen was most passionate about bowling.  She was an excellent bowler and even joined some bowling leagues.  She will be sadly missed.
Darleen in survived by her daughters; Christine (Walter) Alaconis of Kennewick, WA, Janet (Michael) Kuehn of Hot Springs Village, AR, Debra Fick (Eric Souza) of Antigo, WI, Sherri (Tom) Searing of Port Washington, WI, Charleen (John) Giese of Merrill, WI, her sons; Irvin Michael Fick (fiancé Cheryl Hanson) of Merrill, WI, Dennis (Traci) Fick of Merrill, WI, her brother; Larry (Sharon) Petrus of Florida, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, together with many nieces and nephews.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Irvin, sisters; Dorene Petrus, JoAnn Watson, Jeannette Elgeti and Juanita Mittelsteadt, and grandchildren; Shawn Fick, Kristi Smith and Cindy McGee.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 15, at Waid Funeral Home. Rev. Missy Holdorf officiated. Burial will follow in Merrill Memorial Park.  Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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DONNA J. GENRICH
Donna J. Genrich, 74, Wausau, died Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital, Weston.
She was born on April 6, 1940 in Wausau, the daughter of the late Robert Genrich and Leona (Wege) Genrich, Norrie.
Donna had a lifelong career working at Employers Insurance, Wausau Insurance and Church Mutual Insurance, retiring at age 65.  She was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Birnamwood.  Donna enjoyed gardening, berry picking, fishing, and in her younger years, bowling.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her family.
Survivors include her mother, Leona Genrich, Norrie; one brother, Donald (Anita) Genrich, Berlin, WI; two nieces, Kimberly (Mark) Zaccagnino, De Forest and Michelle
(Shawn) Boettcher, La Crescent, MN; two nephews, Thomas (Melissa) Van Beek, Oshkosh and Matthew Genrich, Berlin; her great-nieces and nephews, David Zaccagnino, Payton and Taylor Van Beek and Nathan and Katelyn Boettcher; one uncle, Ervin Wege, Norrie and one aunt, Evelyn Jacobson, Elderon.  She is also survived by other relatives and friends.
The Funeral Service was held on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Birnamwood.  Rev. Lisa Ubbelohde officiated.  Interment was in Forest Cemetery, Birnamwood.  Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood is assisting the family with arrangements.  The family guestbook and condolences are available at schmidtschulta.com
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FLORANCE ZASTROW
Florence Zastrow, age 78, of Merrill, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, May 3, 2014 at her home. She was born on October 19, 1935 in Merrill, the daughter of the late James P. and Mary E. (Collins) Duginski. Florence was married to William R. Zastrow from 1954-1964. He preceded her in death on February 8, 2014 in Montana.  She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church. Florence attended school in Merrill.
Florence enjoyed many past times including reading, finding treasures at rummage sales, playing Bingo and Friday night Fish Fries. She was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. Florence loved visiting Council Grounds and enjoyed gardening and fishing in the summertime. She truly enjoyed meeting new people and was known for looking for the
good in everyone. Most of all, Florence enjoyed spending time with her family who she loved and cherished.
Survivors include three daughters, Vicki Zastrow and Teresa Zastrow, Kalispell, MT; Katie (Dave) Morrison Merrill; two sons, Glen Zastrow, Palmer, AK and David Zastrow (Shannon) Wausau, WI;  eleven grandchildren, Nathaniel, Amanda, Sophia, Kristin, Alan, Lisa, David Jr, Justin, Troy, Madeline and Max; nine great-grandchildren Tyla, Orion, D’Angelo, Tayvia, Ava, Jayden, Julian, Ava, and Adriana; three brothers, Andrew Duginski, Merrill, Eugene Duginski, Belgium, WI, and Vince Duginski, Merrill; and two sisters, Esther Wendorf, Schofield, and Rosie Hoffman, Merrill. She was preceded in death by her parents, infant twin sisters, Alice & Helen Duginski, daughter, Gail Marie Zastrow, grandson, Benjamin Zastrow, two brothers, Matthew Duginski and Leonard Duginski, and two sisters, Irene Kulawinski and Lorraine Trantow.
Funeral Liturgy will be held 5PM Saturday, May 10 at Waid Funeral Home Chapel. Sister John Marie will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3-5PM also at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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ROGER NELSON
Roger D. Nelson, 67, of Merrill, passed into Eternal Life on May 6, 2014 at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston.
He was born on September 28, 1946 in Merrill, the son of the late Melvin Roy Nelson and June (Severt) Nelson-Downing. 
Roger grew up on a farm.  From a very early age, he loved driving tractors and eventually, became the proud owner of a John Deere.   Following graduation from Merrill Senior High School in 1964, his love of agriculture took him to the University of Wisconsin – River Falls where he obtained a degree in Agriculture Management and Accounting.  Roger was a US Army Veteran, serving his country during the Viet Nam War at Fort Hood, Texas and at JusMag/MacThai, in Bangkok, Thailand.  Following
his military duty, Roger worked in the agriculture community first as a manager of a co-operative and then for Midwest Credit, where he helped co-operatives in the Midwest and Western United States establish credit procedures and policies.  After years of moving around, he and his family eventually returned to Merrill, to live in the home his grandparents had built and lived in and also his parents.
The return to Merrill also brought about a career change for Roger.  In 1988, he went to work for
Sentry Insurance and retired in 2007.  After retirement, and not being one to sit idle, Roger found a part-time job driving school bus for Peterson Bussing.  A job he truly loved.  With his gentle, compassionate nature, Roger was well suited to driving and being responsible for special needs students. 
Roger enjoyed “puttering” in his yard, driving his John Deere hauling rocks for his wife to build flower beds with, maintaining a manicured lawn, and preparing the soil every spring in anticipation of planting a vegetable garden or just giving his grandchildren innumerable rides around the yard.  Roger was a Master Gardener and volunteered as a “gardener” for Park City Gardens.  He also enjoyed taking his boat out on the Wisconsin River where he spent many hours as a boy.  Every summer, he looked forward to having a special pontoon weekend with his family and letting his grandchildren sit on his lap to help him steer the boat.  He was a Rotarian and was a past president of the Merrill Rotary Club.  He was a member of the Eagles Fraternal Organization and served as a trustee.  He was an alumni of Theta Chi Fraternity.  He was a member of St. Stephen’s Church in Merrill, where he had served as an usher and had helped with confirmation classes and youth retreats.  Roger was respected for his thoughtfulness and integrity.
Roger is survived by his beloved wife Mari (Haas) whom he married on June 10, 1967, and his children:  Doni (Eric) Cornett, Minneapolis, MN and Michael Roy Nelson, Merrill.  A loving grandpa, Roger was “Papa” to Wesley, Collin and Sheridan Cornett, Braiden and Izabella Nelson. 
 Roger is further survived by his dad Arthur Downing, Sr., his sister Nancy (Nelson) Priebe, his brothers,
Arthur “Bud” (Karen) Downing, Jr., Ted (Marian) Downing, and Chris Downing, his aunt, Virginia Severt, and brother-in-law, Michael Haas as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  
He was proceeded in death by his parents M. Roy Nelson and June Nelson-Downing, his in-laws Otto and Doris (Schenk) Haas, his sister Nancy Beth (Downing) Laabs, brother-in-laws Myron Laabs and Patrick Priebe, sister-in-laws Sheryl Downing and Barbara Haas, uncles Arlo Nelson and Matt Severt, and aunt Dorothy Nelson.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014 at St. Stephen’s Church in Merrill.  Visitation at the church will begin at 10 o’clock AM, followed by the service at 11 o’clock AM.  Rev. Kyle Carnes will officiate.  Interment will be in the Gleason Cemetery, Gleason, Wisconsin.
Memorials may be given in Roger’s name to the Merrill Rotary Club, St. Stephen’s Church, or to Park City Gardens.  Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Marshfield Clinics in Merrill, Weston and Wausau and the staff at St. Clare’s Hospital for the care Roger received.  They would also like to express special  appreciation for the compassion shown by Dr. Donald Evans, Dr. Rezwan Islam, and Dr. David Polomis,  their nurses, Ministry Home Healthcare, specifically Deb DuFrame and his special friends, Jim and Denise Severt for their unwavering support and help during the past two years.

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DOROTHY M. GREFE
Dorothy M. Grefe, age 82, of Merrill, passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Dr. Kate Hospice. She was born June 27, 1931 in Merrill to the late Joseph and Gertrude (Becker) Stockowitz. She and George Grefe were united in marriage on March 8, 1952 in Merrill. He preceded her in death on March 13, 2007.
Dorothy received her education from the Sisters at Holy Cross School. In her younger years, she worked at Weinbrenner. Dorothy then became a CNA and dedicated over 30 years to Holy Cross Hospital, now Good Samaritan Health Center. She was an avid reader, her favorites being romance novels and Amish books. Dorothy enjoyed playing dominos, Bingo and Bunco. She loved traveling, enjoying a trip to Branson and a cruise with her husband. She also went on a River Cruise on the Mississippi with some
family members. Dorothy was a music lover, Country Music and Polkas were her preferences. She also kept entertained watching the Packers – “Go Pack Go!” - Wisconsin Badger football, Brewer Games and NASCAR. When she became a resident of Pine Crest, Dorothy enjoyed spending her time doing activities with the other residents. She was a member of St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ.
Survivors include her daughter: Susan (Joan Schiller) Grefe, Merrill; son: Jim (Char) Grefe, Merrill; In-laws: Dennis (LuAnn) Grefe, William (Judy) Grefe and Mary Grefe, all of Merrill; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; and many good friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of 55 years, George Grefe, and four brothers, Kenneth (Donna) Stockowitz, William (Janice) Stockowitz, James Stockowitz and Eugene “Gene’ Stockowitz.
A Funeral Service will be held at 7 PM on Thursday, May 1, 2014 at Waid Funeral Home. Pastor Missy Holdorf will officiate. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-7, also at the funeral home. Inurnment will be at a later date. Memorials may be made in Dorothy’s name to Pine Crest-Activities Department or to St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ.
Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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WILLIAM N. LECHELT
William N. Lechelt, age 89, of Merrill, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Artisan Assisted Living Center, Merrill.
Bill was born June 14, 1924, in Lincoln County, son of the late August and Emily (Rusch) Lechelt. He married Florence L. Torzewski on June 9, 1945. She preceded him in death on August 11, 2007. Bill had been a Postal Carrier, in Merrill, for the United States Postal Service. Many years ago he owned and operated ‘Lechelt’s Bar’ on Merrill’s Westside. From 1957 until 1967, Bill tended bar at Club Modern in Merrill, for then owner, Herb Schulz. He continued to tend bar at Club Modern until 1994 for owners Steve and Linda Blake. Bill enjoyed fishing, picking mushrooms and spending time in the woods, and baseball, especially the Milwaukee Brewers. Bill also enjoyed bowling
and was inducted into the Merrill Bowling Hall of Fame in 1989. Bill served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was stationed in Germany.
Survivors include his son, Robert ‘Mitch’ (Ann) Lechelt, Waunakee; his granddaughter, Molly Lechelt, Waunakee; son-in-law, Scott Rucinski, Merrill; and several nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Rucinski, in December of 2002; and two sisters, Frieda Lee and Olga Hohenfeldt.
The funeral service was held Saturday, April 26, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Chaplain Scott Gustafson of the Wisconsin National Guard officiated. Burial followed in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery, Merrill, with graveside military rites conducted by the Merrill V.F.W. Post 1638 Honor Guard.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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RUTH BARBARA STRASMAN
Ruth B. Strasman, age 95, of Merrill, died Friday, April 25, 2014, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Ruth was born December 29, 1918, in Merrill, daughter of the late Victoria and Charles Ament. She married Bert Strasman on June 21, 1947, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Merrill. He preceded her in death on December 21, 2007.
Ruth attended St. Francis Grade School, graduated from Merrill High School, and Merrill Commercial College. She worked for Wisconsin Telephone Company, Ament and
Sons Distributing, and Strand’s Department Store. Among her favorite pastimes were sewing, needlework, cooking, and watching the Packers and Brewers. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include one son, Steve (Lana) Strasman, Merrill; two grandsons, Steven J. (Karen) Strasman, Stevens Point, and Jon T. (Jeranna) Strasman , Coos Bay, OR; five great-grandchildren, Annika, Nate, Elias, Loren, and Ezra; and beloved niece Mary Jo, and nephews, Andy, Charlie, and Greg. Ruth is preceded in death by her son, James (Jim) Strasman, her husband, Bert Strasmann, two brothers and their spouses, Bud (Shirley) and Shorty (Peg) Ament, and one sister, Jo Rostal, and her husband, Gordy.
The Stasman Family would like to thank Pine Crest Nursing Home for their faithful care to Ruth during her stay there.
Memorials may be given on Ruth’s behalf to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Parish, Lincoln County Humane Society, or Lincoln Industries.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. Father Michael McLain presided. Burial followed in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com.

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CAROL DAHL (GUERIN) STORM
Carol Dahl (Guerin) Storm, 76 of Onalaska, died on Sunday December 15, 2013 at the Gundersen-Lutheran Medical Center. She was born in Merrill, WI on February 28, 1937, the daughter of Bernard and Clara (Dahl) Guerin. Carol was raised in the country in Rock Falls Township by the beautiful Wisconsin River. On December 26, 1959 she married Gerald Lloyd Storm in Merrill.
Carol enjoyed being home and taking care of her family. She liked the outdoors and taking long walks wherever she and Gerald lived. She was a member of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Onalaska.
In addition to her husband of 54 years, she is survived by two sons, Thomas G. and Timothy T. Storm; two grandsons, Ryan M. and Addison G. Storm; a sister, Kathleen (Edwin) Swan; brother-in-law, Vernon Storm; and sisters-in-law Marilyn Storm and Eunice Guerin. She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Dale and
Duane Guerin.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, May 10th at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church, 1315 Redwood Street, Onalaska, WI with Rev. Donald Stein officiating. A private family burial will be held at the family’s convenience . In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church or an organization of the donor’s choice. Schumacher-Kish Funeral and Cremation Services, 907 Sand Lake Road, Onalaska, WI 54650 is assisting the family. Online condolences may be sent to www.schumacher-kish.com.

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VIRGINIA HARDING REYNOLDS
Virginia Harding Reynolds died peacefully Friday, April 25, 2014, at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston, Wisconsin. Virginia was approaching her 97th birthday. She was born in Merrill, Wisconsin on June 18, 1917, the daughter of Mae and Emil Semling.
Virginia graduated from Merrill High School in 1935 and then attended the University of Wisconsin – Madison where she studied journalism. She was employed at Weinbrenner Shoe Company in the accounting department and in the office at Semling-Menke Company before marrying her high school sweetheart, James S. Harding in 1944. They lived in Big Springs, Texas until Jim’s commitment to the U.S. military was completed at the end of World War II.
Jim and Ginny moved back to Merrill and raised three children; Jay (Barb) Harding, Merrill, Patty (Dennis) Flanigan, Stevens Point and Micki (Ed) Koth, Wausau. Her beloved husband, Jim, died suddenly in the autumn of 1975. Virginia then returned to work in the office of Northern Specialty Company for several years. In 1982, she was re-introduced to high school classmate, John ‘Red’ Reynolds of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin at a Merrill “Silver M Club” football reunion. They married in 1983 and Virginia shared 22 wonderful years with Red and her “Milwaukee family.” After Red’s death in 2006, she returned to her home in Merrill.
Virginia had a deep appreciation for the out-of-doors, and enjoyed traveling, especially to Fort Myers Beach, Florida. As a girl, she played tennis, basketball and field hockey. She was also a high school cheerleader, and continued to support the Merrill Bluejays throughout her life. Virginia loved all of God’s creatures and was particularly fond of dogs and horses. She often reminisced about horseback riding through Council Grounds State Park west of Merrill. Reading, playing the violin and socializing with her bridge club also brought much joy to her life.
Virginia was a devoted mother and cared about all children. She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader and frequent hostess to ice skating parties and other activities at Normal
Park near her home in Merrill. She cherished time spent at the family cottage on Tug Lake and looked forward to family reunions where she would catch up on the activities of her 27 nieces and nephews. Virginia was a member of St. Robert’s Altar Society in Merrill and was an active member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem.
Survivors include her three children and their spouses; sister, Marie (Alan) Malm, Merrill; step-daughters, Kathe Cavallo, Wauwatosa, Patti Behrens, East Troy and Jane Harris, Wauwatosa; sister-in-law, Faye Semling, Merrill; step-sons, Mike Reynolds, Wauwatosa and Chuck (Karen) Reynolds, Mequon; grandchildren, Beth (Todd) Pehlke, Lake Orion, Michigan, Kyle Harding, Merrill, Kevin (Jessica) Harding, Merrill, Patti Koth, Edina, Minnesota and Jim Koth, Minneapolis, Minnesota; step-grandchildren, Ashley and Aaron Reynolds, Missoula, Montana, and Jeff and Kevin Reynolds, Milwaukee; and great-grandchildren, Brenden and McKenna Pehlke, and Brooklyn and Langdon Harding.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, James Harding and Red Reynolds; brothers, Don Semling and Jack Semling; sister, Marion Lillicrist; brother-in-law, Noke Lillicrist; sister-in-law, June Semling; step-daughter, Marsha Reynolds; step-grandson, Joshua Denfield Cavallo; and step-son-in-law, Doug Behrens.
The family would like to thank Dr. Grace Laynes, Dr. Stephen Blonksy and Dr. Pablo Abrego of Marshfield Clinic and Dr. Kevin Flaherty and Dr. Tad Krolicki from the Eye Clinic of Wisconsin for their compassionate and professional care. We also thank the physicians and staff of Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital - Weston, and Aspirus Wausau Hospital Kidney Care for their outstanding services which allowed our mother to enjoy the final years of her life. Lastly, we would like to express our appreciation for the daily devotion and dedication of Ginny’s primary caregivers at Bell Tower Residence in Merrill, Primrose in Wausau and for the last three years, Lily Assisted Living in Schofield, Wisconsin.
Memorial donations may be sent to the Holy Cross Sisters – 1600 O’Day St., Merrill, WI 54452 or the Lincoln County Humane Society – 200 N. Memorial Dr., Merrill, WI 54452.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 12:00 p.m., Noon, at Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill, Wisconsin. Father James Schaefer will be the celebrant. Burial will follow at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery, Merrill. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at the Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com
Say not in grief ‘she is no more’ but live in thankfulness that she was. ~ Hebrew Proverb

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LILY RAEANN BELGRAM
Our little angel, Lily RaeAnn Belgram was called to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Lily is survived by her parents, Eric and Ginger (Geiss) Belgram, of Merrill; her grandparents, John and Sherry Geiss and Tom and Roxy Betchwars, all of Merrill; her great
grandparents, Elaine Mittelsteadt and Marcella Geiss, both of Merrill, and John and Jean Slominski, of Wausau; her aunts and uncles, Andy (Michelle) Geiss, Lindsay (Landon) Malzahn, Jaime Belgram and John (Casey) Belgram; and her cousins, Josie and Madie Geiss, Aidan Malzahn, Amber and Darian Woller, and Christian Belgram. Lily was preceded in death by her great-grandfathers, Henry Mittelsteadt and Edwin Geiss.
The memorial service for Lily was held on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. R. Brian Stolarczyk officiated. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

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HUBERT A. CLOCHEREZ
Hubert A. Clocherez, age 95, of Merrill, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. He was born February 3, 1919 in Mount Olive, IL to the late Arthur and Grace (Thompson) Clocherez. Hubert and “Edna” Freitag were united in marriage in June of 1950. She preceded him in death in March of 2005.
Hubert was a dairy farmer for most of his life. He always kept himself busy, logging and making firewood in the wintertime. Hubert enjoyed square dancing with Edna for many years. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in the town of Corning.
Survivors include his son: Neal Clocherez, Merrill; son-in-law: Mark Golomski; two grandchildren: Scott (Brooke) Golomski, Hales Corners, WI, and David Golomski, LaCrosse, WI; one great-grandson: Blake Golomski. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife; Edna, daughter; Gail G. Golomski and a sister; Janet Kudick.
Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Friday, April 25, 2014 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Pastor Joel Danner will officiate. Visitation will be held Thursday from 4-7 PM at Waid Funeral Home and again Friday morning from 9-10, at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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FLORENCE LEVERNIER
Florence Levernier, 86, of Merrill, formerly of Illinois, passed away unexpectedly at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. She was born July 8, 1927 in Glencoe, IL to the late Virginio and Carlotta  Ferraro. On September 4, 1948 Florence and Art Levernier were united in marriage in Hubbard Woods, Illinois. He survives.
Florence was a graduate of New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL. She waitressed for many years at Lakeshore Country Club in Glencoe, IL. Florence enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially in the summer, fishing and taking care of her yard. She also enjoyed golfing and bowling. Florence enjoyed all animals and dogs and loved visiting pet shops.  Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her husband of over 65 years: Art Levernier, Merrill; daughter: Dorothy Malm, Merrill; son: James ‘Jim” Levernier, Little Rock, AK; grandchildren: Andrew (Angie) Malm, Raleigh, NC, Adam (Melanie) Malm, Oshkosh, WI, and Kathryn Malm, Los Angeles, CA; great-grandchildren: Taylor Malm and Madison Malm; sister: Norma Rogan, Bristol, RD; nephew: Bob (Sue) Rogan, Bristol, RD, and their daughters, Samantha and Stephanie; and many friends through golfing and bowling leagues. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandson, Christopher Malm and two beloved dogs, Barney and Katrina.
A private family service will be held at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in Florence’s name to the Lincoln County Humane Society. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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MABEL R. JOHNSON
Mabel R. Johnson, 96, of Merrill, died Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, under the care of her family and the nursing home staff.
Mabel was born November 15, 1917, in the Town of Birch, Lincoln County, daughter of the late George and Florence (Winchester) Benson. She married Otto Waldburger on July 12, 1936, and he preceded her in death in 1971. She then married Adolph Johnson in 1973, and he also preceded her in death. Mabel had been a homemaker. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill, and was also a member the church’s Ladies Aid and Dorcas Society. Mabel enjoyed gardening, traveling, reading and singing. Mabel was a Red Cross Volunteer years ago.
Survivors include five daughters, Gayle (David) Oberg, Merrill, Mary Hilgendorf, Marathon, Karen (Stanley) Torkelson, Tomahawk, Linda (David) Brown, Merrill and
Barbara (Donald) Mikeal-McDowell, Manitowoc; one son, Allan (Kate) Waldburger, Merrill; 25 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Edith (Rev. Jack) Shook, Irma. Besides her parents and husbands, Mabel was preceded in death by one daughter, Janice Stockowitz; three son-in-laws, Bill Stockowitz, Robert Hilgendorf and Gary Mikeal; one great-grandson, Cody Waldburger; three sisters, Margaret Wilson, Nellie Collins and Ethel Jeske-Griffin; and seven brothers, John, George, Harold, Norman, Clarence, David and Leonard Benson.
The funeral was held on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Joel Hoelter officiated. Burial followed in Chat Cemetery, Town of Birch.
The family wishes to thank the entire staff at Pine Crest Nursing Home for the wonderful care given to their mother and grandmother.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

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LULA M. VONLOH
Lula M. VonLoh, age 95, of Merrill, passed away Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Lula was born on March 28, 1919, in Milwaukee, daughter of the late Arthur and Louisa (Nelson) Goff. She married Henry VonLoh on October 27, 1945, in Irma. He preceded her in death on July 16, 1985. Lula was a homemaker and helped her husband on their farm. She enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Wegner and Kaye (Jim) Roberts, both of Merrill; two sons, Robert VonLoh and James (Rose) VonLoh, both of Merrill; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one great-great- grandchild; and many nieces and nephews. Lula was preceded in death by her husband, Henry VonLoh; her father,
Arthur Goff; her mother, Louisa (Nelson) Goff Winkleman; her step father, Harry Winkleman; her brother, Arthur Goff; and her son-in-law, Jim Wegner.
The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Pine Crest Nursing Home Chapel, Merrill. Burial will take place in Chat Cemetery, Town of Birch, Lincoln County. Visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M. Friday at the Pine Crest Nursing Home Chapel. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

JAMES D. HODGSON
James D. Hodgson, age 56, of Merrill, passed away suddenly on Monday, April 21, 2014.
Jim was born March 10, 1958, in Merrill, son of the late Lee and Lila (Krueger) Hodgson. He married Marilyn J. Kufahl on June 17, 1978, in Merrill. She survives. Jim had previously worked with Reindl Printing, Merrill, and Endeavor Airlines, Mosinee. He was currently parts manager for Service Motors Company, Inc. of Wausau. Jim enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and gardening. He enjoyed sharing these pastimes and gifts with family and friends. Jim was a member of Bible Presbyterian Church, Merrill.
Survivors include his wife Marilyn Hodgson, Merrill; four children, Amanda Hodgson of Madison, Jeremy (Sarah) Hodgson of Hermantown, MN, Bethany Hodgson of Duluth, MN, and Justin Hodgson of Oak Park, MI; and his siblings, Jerry (Dixie) Karau of Green Bay, Mary (Cliff) Gorman of Kronenwetter, Ruth (Rowe) Zentner of Minocqua, Dan (Karen) Hodgson of Merrill, and Kay (Jon) Schulz of Edgar. Jim is preceded in death by his parents, Lee and Lila Hodgson, and two brothers, Larry Karau and Bill Hodgson.
A Memorial Service for James D. Hodgson will begin at 3:00 P.M. Friday, April 25, 2014, at Bible Presbyterian Church, Merrill. The Rev. Robert Smallman will officiate. A time of fellowship for family and friends will held after the service is concluded, and will take place in the church lounge. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

ALICE F. TEWES
Alice F. Tewes, age 68, of Merrill, died Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital, Weston.
Alice was born October 18, 1945, in Wausau, daughter of the late Albert and Alice (Weber) Krause, Sr. She married Maurice ‘Rudy’ Tewes on November 29, 1988. He survives. Alice had been a homemaker and a beautician. She had worked for Ruth Semling and had also worked at Estelle’s Beauty Salon, both located in Merrill. For many years Alice also worked at the ‘Hodag’ Music Festival in Rhinelander. She enjoyed volunteering her time with ‘Haven’ in Merrill, playing bingo, and casino trips. Alice was a ‘foster mother’ for several years. She was proud to be a ‘Jefferson Award’ winner.
Survivors include her husband, Maurice ‘Rudy’ Tewes, of Merrill; two daughters, Michele (Tim) Seiwert and Rhonda (Todd) Knoblock, both of Merrill; two sons, Henry (Tammy) Puphal, of Abbotsford, and James Tewes, of Merrill; ten grandchildren, Steven, Dakota, Dustin, Ashley, Jake, Danyssa, Alyssa, Dallas, Eli and Kyle; two great grandchildren, Akiralexia and Zayne; two sisters, Lois Wold, of Merrill, and Judith (Jerry) Schmidt, of Tomahawk; two sisters-in-law, Joan Krause, of Wausau and Carol Krause, of Merrill; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Alice was preceded in death by a granddaughter; and three brothers, Albert Krause, Jr., Roger Krause and Warren Dale Krause.
The Funeral Liturgy will be at 1:30 P.M. Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Father Michael McLain will preside. Burial will follow in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Thursday and after 12:00 P.M., Noon, Friday, all at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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Adeline Brandt, age 94, of Merrill, passed away Friday, April 11, 2014 at Artisan Assisted Living in Merrill.  She was born July 9, 1919 in the town of Berlin, daughter of the late Paul and Ruth (Schuster) Mueller. Adeline married George Brandt on May 25, 1946 at St. Peters Lutheran Church in the town of Hamburg. He preceded her in death December 13, 1993.
George and Adeline farmed in the town of Stettin until 1976 at which time they retired. They then moved to Wausau in 1991. Adeline then moved to Merrill in 2008. She was a lifetime member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in the town of Rib Falls, where she was a Sunday school teacher and member of the ladies aid. Adeline was an
extremely great baker and cook and enjoyed baking for her neighbors. She most especially had a strong faith and would read her Bible every day. God was very good to her. At a young age, Adeline had polio but that did not stop her from living a good, full life. She also enjoyed playing cards and sewing but most especially spending time with family and many dear friends. Adeline will be sadly missed.
Survivors include twin nieces: Carol (Mike) Mueller-Galganski, Gleason, and Cheryl (Russ) Mueller-Butalla, Marathon City; three nephews: Thomas (Judy) Mueller, Merrill, William (Rita) Mueller, Wausau, and Daniel (Nancy) Mueller, Marshfield; one sister-in-law: Dorothy Mueller-Jaeger; one niece-in-law: Char Mueller, Madison; 12 great nieces and nephews; and 8 great-great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband of over 45 years, George Brandt, one brother, Algart Mueller, and one nephew, Ray Mueller.
Funeral Services were held on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, town of Rib Falls.  Rev. Terry Reich officiated. Burial followed in Friedenheim Cemetery, town of Berlin. The family would like to extend a very special Thank You to Artisan Assisted Living, Memory Care staff and Ministry Health Care. Memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Sunday School. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.
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ELROY D. PFINGSTEN
Elroy D. Pfingsten ,age 85, of Merrill, died Friday, April 11, 2014, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Elroy was born March 20, 1929, in Merrill, son of the late Albert and Margaret (Clausen) Pfingsten. He married Emily Oknewski on June 26, 1954, in Merrill. She survives. Elroy had worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Company, T.B. Scott Library, and the Lincoln County Courthouse. Elroy retired as a firefighter with the Merrill Fire Department. Elroy enjoyed fishing, woodworking, walking and going for bike rides, watching western movies, and bus trips. Elroy also enjoyed going to church with his wife, Emily.
Survivors include his wife Emily Pfingsten, Merrill; two daughters, Marianne (Larry) Vonderheid, and Louise (Brian) Fox, both of Merrill; one son, Kevin (Dawn)
Pfingsten, Merrill; his grandchildren, Melissa Pfingsten, Rosalie and Zachary Fox, and Amanda and Cody Vonderheid; one step granddaughter, Heidi (Joe) Schreiber; two step great grandchildren, Theodore and Anika Schreiber; and two sisters, Ruth Olson of Utah, and Phyllis Tewes of Menasha.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. The Rev. Michael McLain presided. Burial followed in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery, with graveside military rites conducted by the Merrill V.F.W. Post 1638 Honor Guard.
The family wishes to thank the Special Care Unit at Pine Crest Nursing Home and Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services for the excellent care they provided Elroy.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

MERLIN L. 'MERTZ' KRIEWALD
Merlin L. ‘Mertz’ Kriewald, age 84, of Merrill, died Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Mertz was born April 24, 1929, in Merrill, son of the late Herbert and Leona (Stubbe) Kriewald. Mertz was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. He enjoyed listening to polka music, and he also enjoyed talking and visiting with both his church family and friends at Pine Crest.
Survivors include his brother, LeRoy ‘Jim’ (wife, Lu) Kriewald, Stevens Point; his niece, JoAnn Greco of Vancouver, Washington; his nephew, David (wife, Valerie) Kriewald, Manitowoc; and five great nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will begin at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Scott Gustafson will officiate. Burial will follow in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 12 Noon on Thursday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

THOMAS W. RADLOFF
Thomas W. Radloff, 64, of Merrill, died Saturday, April 12, 2014, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Tom was born April 3, 1950, in Merrill, son of Eleanor (Braatz-Radloff) Krause and the late Wilbert Radloff. He married Patricia Schaupp on May 13, 1989. She survives. Tom was currently Plant Manager with Lincoln Wood Products, Inc., Merrill. He enjoyed playing golf, and was proud of his ‘hole in one’. Tom also enjoyed hunting and fishing, spending time at the ‘cottage’ and pontoon boat rides on Lake Alexander, and the company of his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia Radloff, Merrill; his mother, Eleanor Krause, Merrill; his daughter, Leah (Shane) Hanson, Merrill; his son, Andy Radloff (with, Cathy Mueller) of Merrill; his step son, Corey (Julie) Maschke, Merrill; his grandchildren, Lydia, Sylvia, and Mia Hanson, and Allie Maschke; two step grandchildren, Patrick Kleinschmidt and Blake Mueller; and three sisters, Sharon Tewes of Tomahawk, Sue (Tim) Lawrence, Hastings, Minnesota, and Laurie (Lloyd, Jr.) Buck of Merrill. Besides his father, Tom is preceded in death by his stepfather, Renatus ‘Knute’ Krause.
A visitation for family and friends was held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

LLOYD A. DURANCEAM
Lloyd A. Duranceau, age 78, of Owen, passed away on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield surrounded by his family.  A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Nazareth Lutheran Church in Withee.  The Rev. Bonnie Cain will officiate.  Burial will be held in Riverside Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Owen-Withee American Legion Post #123.  Family and friends are welcome on Monday, April 7 from 4:00 until 8:00 PM at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Owen and on Tuesday from 10:00 AM until time of service at the church. 
Lloyd was born September 6, 1935, the son of Ralph and Elsa (Hassle) Duranceau in Merrill.  He attended school in Merrill and enlisted in the Navy in June of 1955.  Lloyd served at the end of the Korean War, also stationed in Alaska, Australia and the Marshall Islands as a flight mechanic.  He was honorably discharged (due to a hardship in the family) in August of 1957 to help out on the family farm in Merrill putting his boxing days behind him while in the Navy.  On April 28, 1958, Lloyd was united in marriage to Carol Fry in Center City, MN.  Then continued out west to Cutbank, MT where he worked as a foreman on John Quist ranch.  In 1959, the couple moved back to the farm in Merrill.  He also worked at Rock of Ages quarry in Wausau, taught welding and was a supervisor at Conseco in Medford, worked at Wrightway Mfg. in Owen.  Lloyd started his own company, “Duranceau and Sons Trucking” where he retired due to medical reasons.  He then became a driver for the Amish and Mennonites.
 Lloyd was an avid sportsmen and outdoorsmen and enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and helping the family with making maple syrup and his famous wine.  He also loved to watch sports, attend flea markets, played cards, including sheep head and cribbage and shooting pool.  Lloyd especially loved giving rides to his great-grandchildren on his motorized wheelchair.
 Lloyd is survived by his wife of 55 years, Carol; seven children:  Andy (Earlene) Duranceau of MN, Cindy (Greg) Bartnik of New London, Jeff (Bernice) Duranceau of Fon du Lac, Annette (Doug) Blunt of Colby, Brian Duranceau (Paula Huber) of Necedah, Lynne (Joseph) Larson of Wausau and Tori (Aaron) Knutson-Granec of San Angelo, TX; 25 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by five siblings:  Marilyn Kufahl of Merrill, Fern Clausen of Merrill, Eloise Schultz of Montello, Goldie (Jack) Browen of Merrill and Loren (Aracely) Duranceau of Merrill; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 He was preceded in death by his parents; his siblings:  Alfred Duranceau, Vivian Duranceau, Darryl Duranceau, Ellen Schultz, Arlene Kunke, Iris Claussen and Jean Duranceau; two granddaughters:  Miranda Sue and Ariel Marie.
 Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com.

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MARILYN A. FLETCHER
Marilyn A. Fletcher, age 78, of Merrill, passed away Monday, April 7, 2014 at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. She was born September 22, 1935 in Mosinee to the late Wesley and Ethel (Klatt) Fletcher. She and Walter Sczygelski Sr. were united in marriage on April 23, 1955 in Wausau. He preceded her in death May 16, 1997.
Marilyn worked in farming in her early years. She had also worked at House of Merrill, Stokley, Weinbrenner and retired from Northern Wire in 1997. Marilyn enjoyed spending time with her family- children, brothers and sisters- playing cribbage and sheep head. She taught many people how to crochet and knit and was very patient. Marilyn enjoyed her grandchildren and children and loved spending time with them. She also enjoyed playing pool and socializing. Marilyn was a people person and enjoyed getting to know anyone and everyone.
Survivors include her five sons: Walter (Joanne) Sczygelski, Merrill, Wesley (Kyra) Sczygelski, Sandy, OR, Howard (Michelle) Sczygelski, William Sczygelski and Monty
(Joanne) Sczygelski, all of Merrill; three daughters: Linda Works, Merrill, Twyla Sczygelski, Wausau, and Chansa (Mark) Frederick, Merrill; sister, Linda Fletcher, Mosinee, brother, William (Gail) Fletcher, Mosinee; 25 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley & Ethel Fletcher, brother, Howard Fletcher, sisters, Mona (Paul) Sitko and Virginia (Barney) King and one son, Leon Sczygelski.
A Memorial Liturgy will be held at 7 PM Friday, April 11, 2014 at Waid Funeral Home. Father Joseph Kleinheinz will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4 PM – 7 PM also at Waid Funeral Home. Many thanks to all the staff at Good Samaritan and Pine Crest Nursing Home. Pine Crest – you will be forever in her heart and ours. Many thanks to all the friends at Pine Crest that she spent time with every day. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

JEROME M. BROSOWSKY
Jerome M. Brosowsky, 65, Merrill, died unexpectedly Friday evening, April 4, 2014 at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill.
Jerome was born on December 7, 1948 in Merrill to the late Herbert and Shirley (Lohff) Brosowsky.
Jerome graduated from Merrill Senior High School in 1967 and then enlisted during the Vietnam War and served in the Navy prior to being honorably discharged.
Jerome later worked for the Bonnell Family; first at Red Owl and then at Dave’s County Market. He enjoyed traveling and just spending time in area coffee shops.
In the early 1980’s Jerome became like an “adopted brother” to Michael “Loopy” Caylor as he took over Jerome’s guardianship until Michael’s passing in 2009.  At that time Michael’s wife and family took over responsibility for Jerome’s care.  Jerome always appreciated the extra time and attention that the many people in the community gave to him over the many years.
Survivors include the Michael J. Caylor, Sr. family; his loving caregivers at Artisan Assisted Living in Merrill where he has lived for many years; and his faith community at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday April 11, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill. The Rev. R. Brian Stolarczyk will officiate. Burial will take place in Merrill Memorial Park with graveside military rites conducted by V.F.W. Post 1638, Merrill. The visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M. Friday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting with arrangements.

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JAY MICHAEL SODINI
On the morning of March 31st, 2014 Jay Michael Sodini passed away after a hard fought battle with Diabetes. Jay was 54 years old.
Jay was born in Merrill, WI on March 19th, 1958 to Donald Lawrence (deceased) and Joan Lola Sodini. Jay leaves behind many brothers and sisters who loved him dearly. Vicky (Bill) Davis Merrill; Renee ( Marty) Greenhill, Dover TN; twin brother John (Natalie)Edwardsville, Il; Michelle Matteson, Il.; Michael (Laura) Chicago, Il. Jay is survived by his wife Leandrea (Edwardsville, Il), daughter Nicole and his grandson Nathan. (Maryville, Il) son Geno (Arnold, MO) and stepson Robert (Orlando, Fla), stepdaughter Ashley (Kalispell Montana)
After attending grade school in the Merrill area, Jay relocated with his family to Louisville KY in 1972. Jay attended Bishop David High School and achieved many awards for basketball, including the all-time leading scorer in Bishop David History. After graduating High School, he accepted a scholarship to Mckendrie College and finished his career with NAIA First Team All-America honors. Jay then transitioned into his second love, becoming a Police Officer. He joined the Sauget Police Department ( Sauget, Il.) and was a dedicated public servant for 20 years. Jay was a member of the Greater St. Louis Major Case Squad, Member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Defensive Tactics and Firearms Instructor and a member of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club. Jay spent most of his career partnered with his best friend Vito Parisi. Working side by side with a friend he trusted and respected. In the many dangerous situations Jay encountered throughout his career, he lived by the words in Psalm: 27
The Lord is my light and my salvation- so why should I be afraid?
Jay retired from the Police Department in 2001 and spent 10 years as a sales rep in the medical device industry, selling to radiologists and neurologists. On occasion Jay would get together with his friends Vito and Frank and enjoy a cigar on the patio of Frank’s restaurant. Finally, with his health declining, Jay entered Barnes Jewish Hospital in 2013 and was in intensive care for 14 days. Doctors were able to restart Jay’s heart on two separate occasions. After a month in the Hospital Jay was released and was working on getting accepted for a kidney transplant at St. Louis University Hospital. His daily dialysis treatments, medications and overall medical needs were taken care of by the loving care of Leandrea. Unfortunately, that day never came. As a family we watched Jay battle (and suffer) with all the diabetes related issues. We are grateful God gave Jay another year with his family, time for Jay to continue to strengthen his relationship with God. A year for his family and loved ones to hear Jay say…. I love you!
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Diabetes Foundation in Jay’s name. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Loretta M. Krueger
Loretta M. Krueger, age 81, of Merrill, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Loretta was born August 3, 1932, in Merrill, daughter of the late Raymond and Marie (Zimmerman) Gilson. She married Herman F. Krueger on February 12, 1955, in Merrill. He survives. Loretta worked for 25 years as a Nursing Assistant at Pine Crest Nursing Home. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. Loretta enjoyed ice skating, roller skating, knitting and going to garage sales. She also enjoyed camping and gardening. Loretta loved spending time with her five grandchildren.
Loretta is survived by her husband, Herman F. Krueger, of Merrill; two daughters, Sue Ann (Brian) Hansen and Dawn Krueger, of Merrill; one son, Mark (Lora) Krueger, of Tennessee; five grandchildren, Scott, Jennifer, Eric, Mara and Adam; and one brother, Raymond (Phyllis) Gilson, of Merrill. Loretta was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Betty Jane Fehrman; and three brothers, Roger, Robert and Sherwood Gilson.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Mr. Robert Schneider, Lay Minister at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill officiated. Burial took place in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery the following morning.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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Helen F. Lau
Helen F. Lau, 96, formerly of Merrill, died peacefully on March 24, 2014, at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire, with her daughters at her side.
Helen was born on November 29, 1917, in the Town of Pine River, Lincoln County, daughter of the late Karl and Helena (Boettcher) Karau. Helen was baptized and confirmed at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, Merrill. On November 2, 1940, Helen married John P. Lau, at Stephen’s United Church of Christ. He preceded her in death on January 13, 2006. Prior to her marriage, Helen had worked as a housekeeper in Milwaukee. After their marriage, Helen and John owned and operated a farm in the Town of Schley, Lincoln County. Later, Helen worked as the head cook at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill, and had also cooked at Skipper’s Restaurant, Merrill. Helen then enjoyed working for the David Smith, Sr. Family, who she loved and respected. Helen enjoyed sewing, crafting, working on puzzles, baking, and cooking. After she
retired, Helen enjoyed volunteering her time with the Ladies Aid at St. Stephens Church. Helen was also a ‘Grey Lady’ with the Red Cross Volunteers at Pine Crest Nursing Home, serving in that capacity through the age of 85. After leaving Merrill, Helen resided with her daughters for several years. While in Eau Claire, Helen enjoyed the Senior Bible Study at Peace Lutheran Church, and attending activities at the L.E. Phillips Senior Center. Her final home was made at Grace Edgewood Assisted Living and Grace Edgewood Memory Care in Altoona, where she was provided with loving care givers. While at Grace Edgewood, Helen enjoyed visits with family and friends from the Merrill and Eau Claire areas.
Helen is survived by her twin daughters, Marjorie Burns of Fond du Lac, and Kathleen (William) Briggs of Eau Claire; one granddaughter, Jacquelyn (Brian) Mann of Scottsdale, Arizona; and one great grandson, Weston Mann. Helen was looking forward to being blessed with a great granddaughter in May. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents, Helen was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Thomas Burns; and eleven siblings.
The funeral service will be at 4:30 P.M. on Friday, April 4, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Visitation will begin at 3:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will take place Saturday morning, April 5, at Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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Geraldine McNulty MacSwain Butkiewicz
Geraldine McNulty MacSwain Butkiewicz, age 84, of Merrill, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill.
Geraldine was born August 25, 1929, to Edward and Anne (Phillips) McNulty in Superior Wisconsin, the youngest of four children. She graduated June 1947 from Cathedral High School. Gerry was proud to have been baptized, made her First Communion, her confirmation, her graduation and was married at her home parish—Cathedral of Christ the King. During her teen years, Gerry was involved as a cheerleader, club leader, CCD instructor and worked at Woolworth’s.
After high school graduation, Gerry enrolled at Superior State College but fate intervened. A doctor was looking for an office assistant who could take shorthand. Her brother recommended his sister and she was hired for the summer. However, she liked her job so much she dropped her plans for college. It turned out that is where she met her
future husband, Bob. Robert Walker MacSwain from Merrill WI, was an army recruiter who twice a week brought men in for their physicals. Their first date was in October and Bob proposed the day after Thanksgiving. They were married in July 1949.
Their first child, Mary Olivia was born June 1950, but died shortly after birth. Later that year, they moved to Merrill and started farming. Gerry began working at Len Schmidt’s law office until starting her family. She then became a stay-at-home Mom to raise their five boys and 1 girl. She was busy with school activities including PTO and room mother. She was also Nutrition Leader for the Pine River Peppers 4-H Club. Gerry enjoyed the wonderful summers when the Chicago relatives came to visit.
After 25 years Gerry returned to work as a receptionist at Anson-Gilkey and was promoted to Executive Secretary to the President. She stayed there until the company closed.
In May 1981, Bob died suddenly. Gerry returned to the work force, finding a job in the office at Northern Wire, where she worked until her retirement in 1993.
Gerry was lucky to have found love again when she met Arnold Butkiewicz from Tomahawk, WI. They married in 1987 and he passed away in 1997. She felt very honored that both her husbands proposed within a month of meeting her.
Gerry’s favorite activities included reading, dancing, shopping, board games, playing cards, going to the casinos and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was an active member of Handy Hannah’s Homemakers Club, Heller Club, Happy Couples, Tuesday Girls Card Club, and St. Roberts/St. Francis Church.
Gerry is survived by her son, Steve, Marshfield WI., daughter, MaryJo (Bill Colwell) Park Ridge IL, and sons Rob (Julie), Stillwater MN, Donald, Merrill WI and Jim (Ellen), Hudson WI; her grandchildren, Dan, Raquel, Walker, Chandler, Sloane and Adaire MacSwain; stepchildren Rita (Larry) Wilson, Newnan GA, Mary Jane Howe, Sue Butkiewicz and Arnie Butkiewicz, Jr., all of Tomahawk WI. She is also survived by her sister-in-laws Elizabeth McNulty, Emily McNulty and Joan Bloechl.
Gerry was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers Truman, Edward and Wayne McNulty, her husbands Robert MacSwain and Arnold Butkiewicz, her daughter, Mary Olivia, and her son, Jack MacSwain.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Rezazadeh and Renee of the Oncology Department, and the Radiology Department of Aspirus Hospital, Dr Dahm and Dr. Thompson of Marshfield Clinic of Merrill for their care and compassion through her decade of fighting cancer. Special thanks to the wonderful care at Bell Tower and Ministry Hospice.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 Noon Saturday, April 5, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. Father Michael McLain is presiding. Interment will follow in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery, Merrill. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Friday at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill, with a brief prayer service and eulogies starting at 6:30 P.M. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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SISTER JEANNE D' ARC
Sister Jeanne d’ Arc, 96, Sister of Mercy of the Holy Cross, died March 20 under the care of Aspirus Hospice and the staff at Bell Tower Residence in Merrill, WI. 
Sister Jeanne d’ Arc was born September 10, 1917, in Sheffield, North Dakota, daughter of the late Anthony and Marianna (Reiter) Kilwein and given the name Celestine.  She entered Holy Cross Convent in Merrill, WI, on September 10, 1933, and celebrated her First Profession on August 22, 1937. 
Sister received her education at Model High School, Dickinson, North Dakota; Athenaeum of Ohio, Cincinnati; College of St. Catherine, St. Paul; College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, and St. Louis University, St. Louis. 
During her 77 years of ministry as a Holy Cross Sister she was present in classrooms and libraries.  Sister ministered in Haymarsh, North Dakota; Cincinnati, OH; and teacher, librarian and principal at Our Lady of the Holy Cross High School, Merrill, WI, from 1948-1967.  She was an instructor and librarian at Menard Junior College in Merrill, WI, from 1967-1974.  She worked as the Good Samaritan Health Center librarian in Merrill, WI, from 1974-2001.  Sister retired to Bell Tower Residence in 2001 but continued to work in the provincial library on Holy Cross Campus up until her death.  Sister volunteered at Bell Tower Residence where she welcomed visitors on weekends in the lobby and also took the library cart to residents.  In an earlier interview Sister Jeanne d’ Arc said she enjoyed all the ministries she worked in, but one that stood out was her contact with the mentally handicapped in Lincoln County, Wisconsin.  This came about while serving on the Lincoln County Commission on Aging.  She felt a closeness to these individuals while giving them loving support.
Sister is survived by her family of Holy Cross Sisters and associates, sister-in-law Dorothy Kilwein of Rancho Santa Fe, California, along with nieces and nephews.
Sister enjoyed arts and crafts, crocheting, knitting, quilting, reading and listening to the Milwaukee Brewers baseball games on the radio.
Mass of Resurrection was held March 25 in Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill, WI, with Father Jim Baraniak, O. Praem, officiating.  Burial will take place in St. Francis Cemetery, Merrill, WI. 
Memorials can be made to Bell Tower Residence, 1500 O’Day Street, Merrill, WI 54452.  The Waid Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.

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ADELL (DELLIE) MAE CLARK
Adell (Dellie) Mae Clark, age 58 of Two Rivers, died peacefully Sunday, March 23, 2014 in the ICU at Aurora Bay Care Hospital in Green Bay.
Adell was born January 16, 1956 in Merrill, to the late Marion and Delphia (Perkins) Clark. She was quite relatable and extremely lovable. Throughout her lifetime, her honesty, humor, love of people and life drove her to be a tavern owner/operator for various years. Adell enjoyed making others laugh and hoped she made a difference in the lives of those she encountered. As a point of pride, she was widely known for that infamous cackle you could hear three blocks away. Being the resilient force of nature that she was, her laughter was infectious and the witty remarks were never in short supply. Adell enjoyed shooting pool, watching movies, playing bingo, and spending time with
her grandchildren and family.
Adell is survived by her daughters, Michelle (Chris) LeClair of Two Rivers; Tonia Gauthier with grandson Gavin & granddaughter Haile of Two Rivers; son Allan (Elizabeth) Gauthier with grandsons Allan Richard III, Austin, and Collin of Two Rivers; step-daughter Rebecca (Aaron) Rathsack with grandson Robert and granddaughter Bryana of Two Rivers; her brothers, Floran “Tuffy” (Harriet) Pfuhl of Merrill; Marion (Patti) Clark of Merrill; Marvin (Gloria) Clark of Merrill; and sister Sherry (Bill) Merrill; and a number of other relatives and close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents the late Marion and Delphia Clark, her son Nathaniel, a late husband Allan Gauthier Sr., and her sister Ferrol Schumacher.
 A Memorial Gathering for visitation will be from 1-3 PM Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Jens Family Funeral Home & Crematory, 1122 S. 8th Street, Manitowoc. Adell will be placed to rest in the Garden of Memories at Knollwood Memorial Gardens during a private burial. We are sure she would love for you to come by later and have a cackle with her - literally.  Online condolences may be expressed at www.jensreinboldandpfeffer.com
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Dr. Mark Riedy and his staff of the ICU at Bay Care for their dedicated support and passionate care in her final days.

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DANIEL R. ISAKSON
Dec. 25, 1951 – Feb. 16, 2014
Daniel R. Isakson, 62 a resident of South Entry, Chassell, MI, passed away Sunday February 16, 2014 at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, where he had been a patient for the previous four weeks.
He was born on December 25, 1951, in Pontiac, MI, a son of Raymond and Patricia (Driscoll) Isakson. He was raised in Merrill, WI and Detroit, MI where he attended Cooley High School.
Mr. Isakson was a decorated veteran of the US Army having served during the Vietnam War where he received two Purple Hearts, two bronze Stars one with V Device and two Army Accommodations to name some.
Following his service to the United States, Dan began a career as a fire fighter for the City of Detroit, a job he truly enjoyed until he was forced into retirement due to injuries received in a chemical fire. Locally, Dan relied on his strong faith to work as a Christian Counselor for New Creation Ministry.
In retirement Mr. Isakson moved to make his home in the Upper Peninsula, first in Curtis then Iron River and since 1998 he has made his home in South Entry.
On March 7, 1996, he was united in marriage to the former Paula Koski. Mr. Isakson was a member of the Order of the Purple Heart Chapter #789 of Chassell and the V.F.W. Post # 6507 of Chassell. He enjoyed painting, remodeling, antiquing, hunting and fishing.
Preceding him in death was his sister Christine Firestone. Surviving include his wife Paula Isakson of South Entry, his parents Raymond and Patricia Isakson of South Entry, his step-sons: Brandon Huuki, Justin Huuki, and Clinton Huuki, his three sons: Christian Isakson, Daniel Isakson and Andreas Hub, brothers James (Dawn) of Ann Arbor, MI, Timothy (Julie) Isakson of Schaumburg, IL, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
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DAVE CALVIN STICKLER
Born August 1, 1942 in Merrill, Wisconsin to Louis and Irene Stickler. He went home March 16, 2014, he was 71 years old. Dave served in the US Army from 1959-1964. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing, camping, and hunting. His favorite sport was NASCAR racing. He enjoyed working jigsaw puzzles, particularly the challenging ones, 1000+ pieces; anything John Deere was his favorite. Dave enjoyed fellowship every Monday morning at Meadowood Clubhouse. He loved reminiscing about the “good ole days” with friends and neighbors over coffee and pastries. His favorite stories, of course, involved Shane who rules the mobile home court. Dave also enjoyed cooking, once
he donned his John Deere apron, the kitchen belonged to him.
Dave loved his family one and all, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and most especially his boys. He was so proud of them. Dave is survived by his wife Mercy Stickler of Littleton, CO; son Mitch Stickler of Colorado Springs, CO; grandson Bobbie Raymond Stickler and Brenna of Englewood, CO; great grandsons Bobbie Jamison and Gunner Ray Stickler of Englewood, CO; brothers Gary (Patti) and Ray (Doris) Stickler of Wisconsin; sisters Edith Noggle, Susan Woller, Delores Stickler and Christine Sticker all of Wisconsin.
Dave is preceded in death by his son, Bobbie Stickler; Father, Louis Stickler; Mother, Irene Stickler; brother, Louie Stickler and sister, Alice Hiderbrandt.
A Memorial service will be held in Merrill at a later date.

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FLOYD D. LEMON
Floyd D. Lemon, age 85, of Merrill, died Sunday, March 23, 2014, at his home under the care of his family and Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services.
Floyd was born October 23, 1928, in Houston, Texas, son of the late Guy and Mary Helen (Syma) Lemon. He married Sylvia Turner on June 15, 1948 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. She survives. Floyd enlisted in the United States Navy on November 6, 1945 in Houston, Texas. He was honorably discharged as a Radio Man Third Class (RM3) on November 8, 1947 in San Francisco, California. Floyd worked in a number of different sales positions, including insuring dairy plants and farmers with health and life insurance. He had a passion for serving his clients. He was also known around the area for tuning pianos. Floyd was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. He was a life-member of V.F.W. Post 1638, Merrill. Floyd was also a member of the National Rifle Association, the Knights of Columbus, and he
was a Senior Member of the Commission on Aging. He taught Hunter’s Safety for thirty years and served two terms on the Lincoln County Board. Floyd greatly enjoyed the opening seasons of fishing and hunting, and going to the ranch in Wyoming. Floyd and Sylvia traveled extensively and made many trips around the states to visit family members.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Sylvia Lemon of Merrill; four daughters, Sue (Scott) Williams of Cave Creek, Arizona, Marilyn Lemon of Wausau, Jean (Lonnie) Balthazor of Kaukauna, and Amy (Mike) Stiver of Merrill; three sons, Dale Lemon of Tomahawk, David Lemon of Merrill and Dan (Debi Fehr) Lemon of Merrill; fourteen grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; six step great-grandchildren; one great-granddaughter on-the-way; one sister, Lorraine (Arthur Lee) Slott of New Waverly, Texas; and one brother, Lloyd ‘Randy’ Lemon of Houston, Texas. Floyd was preceded in death by a grandson, Mitchell Lemon; three sisters, Margaret Lemon Hodge, Mary Lou Lemon Smith and Loretta Hagan; and one brother, Charles Lemon.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, March 29, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. Father Michael McLain will preside. Burial will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau, with graveside military rites conducted by V.F.W. Post 1638, Merrill. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Friday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, with a Time of Remembrance at 6:45 P.M. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
The family would like to thank the staff at Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services for the wonderful care they gave Floyd.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Smile Train - PO Box 96231, Washington, D.C. 20090-6231
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

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EVELYN SCHLEIF
Evelyn Schleif, age 93, passed away on March 21st 2014 at Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill.  She was born on March 14th 1921 to Arthur and Edna Nienow in the Town of Pine River.  Evelyn attended school in the Town of Pine River.  She fell in love and married Hugo Schleif on October 25th 1941 in Merrill.  In her younger years, she was a member of the Harmony Homemakers.  Evelyn worked as an edge stitcher at the Weinbrenner Shoe Factory in Merrill for about 25 years.  She would often wash, starch and iron clothes for others and would do some sewing for her family.  Evelyn was especially interested in Genealogy.  She would make binder after binder of newspaper clippings from events, birthdays and anniversaries.  She would very carefully and neatly type descriptions of pictures that she placed in her binders.  Over her many years, she made many of these for friends and family.  Evelyn took pride in caring for herself and staying healthy and active.  She had a very special “angel” at Pine
Crest that always watched over her and made her day a little brighter.  Evelyn loved playing bingo most anywhere, but especially when she went to visit her brother in Green Bay.  The two of them would go and play bingo at the local casino.  In the recent days, Evelyn had been able to spend some precious time with her family while celebrating her birthday.  She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her daughters: Phyllis Rhyner of Merrill, Kathleen Graap of Merrill, Margie Lange of Merrill and Dawn Schleif of Merrill ; grandchildren: Amy (Ed) Wayda of Merrill, Tammy (Ernie) Stender of Merrill, Jody (Troy) Ament of Merrill, Lori (Ed) Studinski and Tracy (Brian) Manock of Gleason ; great- grandchildren: Cody Woellner, Casie Woellner, Megan Wayda, Molly Wayda, Alexis Manock and Connor Stender ; sister: Helen Berndt of Merrill ; brothers: Elmer (Polly) Nienow of Green Bay and Roger Nienow of Wausau and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, her husband Hugo and son-in-law Dennis Graap.
Funeral services was held on Monday, March 24th at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill.  Pastor Brian Stolarczyk officiated.   Burial will be at a later date at Merrill Memorial Park.
Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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DELWAINE D. BAUMANN
Delwaine D. Baumann, age 77, of Wausau, died Friday, March 21, 2014, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Delwaine was born March 30, 1936, in Wausau, son of the late Wilbur and Frances (Walters) Baumann. He married Shirley Kufahl on October 3, 1959, in the Town of Pine River, Lincoln County. She preceded him in death on June 18, 1998. Delwaine was a veteran and served with the Army National Guard. He worked for the United States Postal Service. Delwaine enjoyed fishing and hunting. He was one of the original members of the Kufahl Deer Hunting Clan. He was a member of several pool and bowling leagues in the Wausau area. Delwaine enjoyed logging and cutting firewood, and spending time at his cottage in Tomahawk. Delwaine was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wausau.
Survivors include his daughter, Shauna (Ryan Hable) Baumann, of Whiting; his son, Aaron (Barb) Baumann, of Wausau; two step grandchildren, Nathan (Amanda Gebert)
Toschner and Holly Mecikalski; five step great-grandchildren, Taylor, Alex, Jada, Jarvis and Keyshon; and two brothers, Wilbur ‘Sonny’ (Marilyn) Baumann, Jr. and Gerald (Betsy) Baumann, of Wausau. Delwaine was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Baumann; his parents, Wilbur and Frances Baumann; his brother, Alan Baumann; and his brothers-in-law, Reuben (Louise) Kufahl and Wayne Kufahl.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wausau. The Rev. Kemp Jones and The Rev. Nancy Johnson-Russell co-officiated. Burial will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau, at a later date. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com.

JAMES H. HAMLIN
James H. Hamlin 83 of Merrill, WI, died Monday, March 24, 2014 at Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill. He was born March 30, 1930 in Merrill, WI, son of James Harvey and Margaret Running Hamlin.  James began working as a farm hand for local farmers and later worked as a carnival worker where he managed Kiddy Land rides for Belle City Amusements and then James E. Straits Show. He was preceded in death by his parents, half-brother Edmund Hamlin, half-sister Lorraine Liberty, sister Esther Wittkop, brothers-in-law James O’Day,  Thomas Schultz, Vernon Wittkop,  Jack LanghLois and Anthony Robl and a sister-in-law Lucille Krause Hamlin. He is survived by his sisters, Alice O’day of Merrill, Elaine Schultz of Eau Claire, WI, Eunice Langlois of Colorado Springs, CO,  Margaret Robl of Merrill and Claudia (James) Roberts of Merrill brothers, Reid (Lois) Hamlin of Oshkosh, WI,  Joseph Hamlin of Sturgis, MI, William (Mary Lou) Hamlin of Eudora, KS, Donald (Liz) Hamlin of Belmont, NH and Wayne Hamlin of Rhinelander, WI and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and half nieces and nephews. The celebration of life for James will be held later to accommodate absent family members.  Waid Funeral Home in Merrill is caring for James family and online condolences may be left at www.waidfuneral.com


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MYRON DALLMAN
Myron Dallman, age 87, of Merrill, entered into his heavenly home Tuesday, March 11th. He was born June 19, 1926 to Ervin & Martha (Grassberger) Dallman. Baptized and confirmed in his faith, he stayed active in his church. He married Deloris (Bergman) Dallman on August 9th, 1946 in Turtle Lake, WI. She preceded him in death on February 2, 2003.
 Myron worked in maintenance at Ward Paper for many years. Myron enjoyed wildlife, hunting and fishing. He was also an accomplished carpenter and a Veteran of WWII serving as an MP.
Myron is survived by two children: Brian (Kathy) Dallman, Rock, MI and Diane (Darryl) Jaeger, Appleton, WI; grandchildren: Roxanne (Brent) Johnson, Bruce Dallman, Eric Jaeger and Stephanie Kuhn; nine great-grandchildren, and a brother Earl (Andrea) Dallman. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Deloris and brother, Lloyd Dallman.
Dad was a good conversationalist and enjoyed people. His favorite saying was “Don’t say goodbye, say Auf Wiedersehen (Till we meet again)” Love ya, Dad.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, town of Berlin. Rev. Jeffrey Schmidt will officiate. Burial will follow in Trinity Evangelical Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the time of service at the church on Saturday. Per Myron’s wishes, in lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Town of Berlin. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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RUTH N. KOBLITZ
Ruth N. Koblitz, age 79, of Merrill, died Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Woodland Court Elder Services, Merrill, under the care of her family, hospice, and the Woodland Court staff.
Ruth was born February 11, 1935, in Stanley, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Harry and Lillian (Lein) Manley. She married James A. Koblitz on December 21, 1963. He preceded her in death on August 5, 2011. Ruth graduated from high school in Eau Claire and later graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She spent a total of 38 years as an elementary school teacher. From 1992 until 2007, she was a substitute teacher with the Merrill Area Public Schools. After retirement, Ruth enjoyed traveling with her husband, and doing ‘crafts’. Volunteering her time was very important to Ruth. She was a member of the ‘Red Hat Club’, served as a docent at the Merrill Historical
Museum and also helped coordinate their annual Ice Cream Social. Ruth would assist the Salvation Army as a bell ringer during the Christmas season. She was a former Girl Scout leader. For five years Ruth taught church summer school. She worked at the Merrill Food Pantry, and assisted with the Merrill Flower Beds project. Ruth would read for the Merrill Head Start Project. She was a member of both the Retired Teacher Association, and the Merrill Artist Association.
Survivors include three sons, Tom (Kay) Koblitz, and Peter (Renae) Koblitz, both of Merrill, and Daniel Koblitz, Virginia Beach, Virginia, currently attending Regent University; one grandson, Alex; five step grandchildren, Bryan, Kyle, Hayley, Missi, and Tony; and a sister in law, Gloria Manley, Oswego, Illinois. Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Jim Koblitz, and also by her brother, John Manley.
The Funeral Service was held on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at St. Stephens United Church of Christ, Merrill. Pastor Missy Holdorf officiated. Burial will take place later this spring in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery. The Koblitz Family suggests that memorials be directed to Retired Teachers Association Scholarship Fund, the Merrill Historical Society, or St. Stephens United Church of Christ.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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JAMES STANLEY JANOWIAK
James Stanley Janowiak MD 82 of Merrill, WI died Monday, March 10, 2014 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau. He was born April 14, 1931 in Manistee, MI, son of Stanley F. and Monica C. (Gorley) Janowiak.  He attended school in Manistee and graduated from high school in 1949. He continued his education at Michigan State for 1 year and enlisted in the United States Navy and served his country during the Korean War. On June 27, 1959 he was united in marriage to Barbara Berke in Gary, IN.  After his discharge he attended Marquette University where he furthered his education to complete his medical degree graduating in 1961. He served his internship in Duluth, MN and in 1962 they moved to Waterville, WA where he served as a family practice physician. They then moved to Merrill, WI where he joined Ole Ravn in the Family Medical
Clinic until his retirement in 1996. Dr. Janowiak enjoyed spending time with his family, woodworking, baking, road trips, reading and teaching future doctors and EMT’s medicine. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, the Merrill American Legion and VFW. He served 14 years as Lincoln County Coroner and served on the HAVEN Board of Directors. He was preceded in death by his parents and is survived by his wife Barbara of Merrill, six sons, Dr. Luke (Lisa) Janowiak of Odenton, Maryland, Mark (Suzi) Janowiak of New Glarus, WI, Matthew (Madeleine) Janowiak of Durango, CO, Stanley (Dr. Gabi) Janowiak of Merrill, WI, Tom Janowiak of Pulaski, WI and Steve (Cheryl) Janowiak of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, one daughter Dr. Mary (Mike) Wendel of Boise, ID, four sisters, Sister Mary Lou Janowiak of Grand Rapids, MI, Julie (Don) VeCasey of St. Johns, MI, Linda (Fred) Gauthier and Kathie (Bob) Reidy both of Traverse City, MI, 15 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Memorial mass will be held 11:00AM Saturday, July 12, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Merrill with burial in the Merrill Memorial Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to HAVEN (Household Abuse Victim’s Emergency Network) PO Box 32 Merrill, WI 54452 St. Francis Xavier Catholic School or another local charity. Online condolences may be left at www.waidfuneral.com

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DOROTHY ANN O'BRIEN
Dorothy Ann O’ Brien, age 83, passed away on March 11, 2014 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She was born in Kenosha, WI to the late John & Jessie (nee Rice) Derwae. In 1978 she married Duane O’Brien. She was employed by American Motors/Chrysler for 30 years. She and Duane moved to Merrill in 2000.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, father-in-law, Herbert O’Brien, brother-in-law, Dwight O’Brien, and step-son, Perry O’Brien. She is survived by her husband, Duane, of Merrill: a daughter, Penny (Kenneth) Wenzlick, of Merrill; WI; two step-children, Glen O’Brien, Racine, WI and Susan O’Brien, Spring Hill, FL; 2 grandchildren, Kevin (Becky) Wenzlick, Wausau, and Jamie Lyn (Tony) (Nee Wenzlick) Amelse, Merrill; three step-grandchildren, Sean, Nicole and Adam O’Brien; two great-grandsons,
Austin and Nicholas Wenzlick, Wausau; one great-granddaughter, Emily Ann Mae Amelse, Merrill; three step-great-granddaughters, Alana Klyce, Racine, and Valerie and Caylie Amelse, Merrill; one step-great-grandson, Cole O’Brien, Racine; one beloved sister, Margaret “Peggy” Eucalano, Kenosha; three precious nieces, Sheila, Peggy Ann and Andrea; several cousins; and most of all beloved mother-in-law Frances O’Brien (Mom), of Racine, whom she always loved as a mother, four brother in laws, Danny (Tyke) O’Brien, Dick (Alice) O’Brien, David O’Brien, Dennis (Pricilla) O’Brien Delano and a sister in law Darlene Tanner.
Memorial Visitation was held on Thursday, March 20th at Waid Funeral Home. Visitation and Celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held from 12-6 PM Sunday, March 23rd at Buckets in Racine. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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NINA WINKER
Nina Winker, age 69, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice. She was born January 15, 1945 in Sacramento, CA to the late Theodore and Nine (Gorell) Tanski.
Nina graduated in 1963 from South Milwaukee High School. She settled in Tomahawk where she worked at the Harley Plant and later as a waitress. Nina enjoyed visiting with friends and going for car rides. When she was able, she loved gardening and enjoyed passing the time by reading. Nina spent a lot of her time with grandkids and loved to babysit for friends whenever she had a chance.  She was a member of TOPS in Tomahawk and in later years was a home maker.
Survivors include her two daughters: Lynn Voigt, Shawano, and Leanne Winker, Tripoli; son: Jeff Winker, Marion; four grandchildren: Brittine Winker, Devin Reif, Kyle
Winker and Andromeda Brown; one great-grandchild: Liam Maas; sister: Susie Milewski, Oak Creek; and ex-husband: Raymond Winker. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A private memorial visitation was held on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Waid Funeral Home. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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MARY ELLEN JACOBY
Mary Ellen Jacoby, age 72, died Friday, March 7, 2014, at House of the Dove in Marshfield, Wisconsin.
Mary Ellen was born August 31, 1941. She was a daughter of the late Genevieve and Perry Hahm of Lindsey, WI, and graduated from Marshfield High School. She married Jim Jacoby on September 16th, 1961 and together they owned and operated several businesses including a restaurant and a hardware store. For the past 25 years they have made their home by the lake near Irma, WI.
Mary Ellen enjoyed gardening and reading and loved all things horses. She adored spending time with her family and especially treasured her time making memories with her beloved granddaughters, Stella, Mariah and Scarlett, who brought her great joy.
Mary Ellen is survived by her husband, Jim; her sons, Jim
(Maradee) and Kevin (Laurie); her granddaughters, Stella,
Mariah and Scarlett; brother, Eugene (Darlene) Janes; and sister, Patricia Johnson.
A Memorial Service for Mary Ellen will be held at 5:00 P.M. Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Taylor and Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, WI. Visitation will begin at 3:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home. A meal at Les and Jim’s will follow the Memorial Service. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to T.B. Scott Library in Merrill, WI.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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imageWILLIAM J. NOVOTNY
William J Novotny, of Deerbrook, died Monday, March 10, 2014 at his home. He was 69 years old. He was born on January 26, 1945 in Neva, a son of Frank and Antonia (Bernasek) Novotny. He married Terry Drew on September 21, 1968 at St. John Catholic Church, in Bloomville. She survives.
He was raised in Neva and graduated from Antigo High School with the class of 1963. After several years working in a tire shop in Racine he was drafted into the United States Army. He served from 1965-1967 having been stationed in the Dominican Republic and Ft. Stewart, Georgia.
Mr. Novotny lived in Gleason for ten years and worked as a mechanic in Antigo and Merrill. He worked as a carpenter for many years, most recently for McNeil-West
Construction having retired in 2013.
He was a member of St. Wencel Catholic Church in Neva where he served as sexton of the church cemetery and for the town of Neva cemeteries. He also served the township as treasurer for many years.
He coached the Deerbrook baseball Little League team for many years, was a volunteer for Neva Days and enjoyed restoring the Old Neva School and was member of the Northwoods Tractor club
His hobbies included restoring a 1961 Dodge Dart, golfing with family and friends, yearly ski trips to upper Michigan, hunting and fishing. He generously shared his time with his children and grandchildren as they were his pride and joy.
Survivors including his wife are two daughters Tracie (John) Olson, York, Penn, Melissa (Peter) Schlegel, Gleason; two sons Neil Novotny, Weston, Keith (Kathryn) Novotny, Durham, North Carolina; eight grandchildren Peyton Novotny, Andi, Benjamin and Jared Olson, Gabrielle, Will, Allison and Anna Schlegel; three step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren; two sisters Elizabeth (Herbert) Bork, Columbus, Ohio, Mary Kasperski, Berwyn, Illinois; two sisters-in-law Rita (David) Nicholson, Deerbrook, Jacquelene (Kenneth) Shaurette, Chetek; a brother-in-law Randy Drew, Las Vegas, Nevada; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Thomas Novotny and a brother-in-law, Richard Kasperski.
A funeral Mass will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at St. Wencel Catholic Church with Rev Alvan Amadi officiating. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be 3:30 - 8 p.m. on Thursday at the Bradley Funeral Home and 9 - 10:15 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home. A parish wake service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday also at the funeral home.
Online condolences at www.bradleyfh.com.

VICTOR E. HEIDEMANN
Victor E. Heidemann, age 87, of Merrill, died Thursday, March 6, 2014, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services, the staff at Pine Crest Nursing Home, and his family.
Victor was born July 20, 1926, in the Town of Pine River, Lincoln County, son of the late Frederick and Ella (Laak) Heidemann. He married Marjorie Turbin on September 13, 1947, in the Town of Pine River. She survives. Victor dairy farmed on Range Line Road in the Town of Pine River, and retired in 1988. During his years on the farm, Victor was also the Town of Pine River Town Supervisor and worked at Northwood’s Evergreen. Victor was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church, Town of Pine River, where he was involved with the church council. He also served on the Calvary Cemetery Committee. Victor enjoyed fishing and hunting, working in the woods, and making maple syrup and sausage. Victor was a kind-hearted man who was willing to help anyone.
Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Heidemann, of Merrill; two sons, Tim (Kelley) Heidemann and Scott (Laurie) Heidemann, both of Merrill; four grandchildren, Heath (Danielle) Heidemann, Heather (Jason) Wolff, Ross (Debra) Heidemann and Dirk (Jessica) Heidemann; eight great-grandchildren, Cade, Jack, Aaron, Allison, Alexis, Christian, Tavin and Brynlee; one sister, Mildred Kautz, of Merrill; and other relatives, nieces and nephews. Victor was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael Heidemann; one grandson, Justin Ames; one sister Dorothy Hojan; and two brothers-in-law, Arnold Kautz and Paul Hojan.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Town of Pine River. The Rev. Susan Christian will officiate. Burial will take place at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Town of Pine River. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Monday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and after 10:00 A.M. Tuesday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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MYRON DALLMAN
Myron Dallman, age 87, of Merrill, entered into his heavenly home Tuesday, March 11th. He was born June 19, 1926 to Ervin & Martha (Grassberger) Dallman. Baptized and confirmed in his faith, he stayed active in his church. He married Deloris (Bergman) Dallman on August 9th, 1946 in Turtle Lake, WI. She preceded him in death on February 2, 2003.
 Myron worked in maintenance at Ward Paper for many years. Myron enjoyed wildlife, hunting and fishing. He was also an accomplished carpenter and a Veteran of WWII serving as an MP.
Myron is survived by two children: Brian (Kathy) Dallman, Rock, MI and Diane (Darryl) Jaeger, Appleton, WI; grandchildren: Roxanne (Brent) Johnson, Bruce Dallman, Eric Jaeger and Stephanie Kuhn; nine great-grandchildren, and a brother Earl (Andrea) Dallman. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Deloris and brother, Lloyd Dallman.
Dad was a good conversationalist and enjoyed people. His favorite saying was “Don’t say goodbye, say Auf Wiedersehen (Till we meet again)” Love ya, Dad.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, town of Berlin. Rev. Jeffrey Schmidt will officiate. Burial will follow in Trinity Evangelical Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the time of service at the church on Saturday. Per Myron’s wishes, in lieu of flowers please send memorial contributions to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Town of Berlin. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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LOIS BARBARA GORDON
Lois Barbara Gordon 80 of Merrill, WI died Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Merrill. She was born February 4, 1934 in El Paso, TX, the daughter of Thomas J. and Evelyn Garrer Evans. Barbara obtained her Registered Nursing degree and began her career at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. She continued her career at Kingsville Hospital in Texas, Children’s Hospital and General Dynamics both in Fort Worth, TX, and Ketttering Memorial in Dayton, OH. She also spent time in Jeddie, Saudi Arabia doing substitute nursing for vacationing nurses for various companies. She was united in marriage to Max Edwin Gordon on December 19, 1955 in Birmingham, AL. Barbara was very active in the Bible Presbyterian Church in Merrill. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Max, one daughter Debra
Robles and one son Kris Gordon. She is survived by two daughters, Denise Stafford of Loveland, OH and Sheri Vargas of Merrill, WI and a brother Gary Evans of Houghton, MI, 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorial may be directed to the charity of their choice or the Alzheimer’s Association. Memorial Services and burial will be held at a later date at the Bible Presbyterian Church. Waid Funeral Home in Merrill is assisting the family and condolences may be left at www.waidfuneral.comf

THOMAS H. COLLINS
Thomas H. Collins, age 63, of Merrill, formerly of Tomahawk, died Thursday, March 6, 2014, at his home.
Tom was born on February 23, 1951, in Tomahawk, son of the late Richard H. and Rowena (Adams) Collins. He married Grace Fry on May 16, 1998, in Tomahawk. She survives. Tom enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on March 1, 1972 and was honorably discharged on November 4, 1973.
Survivors include his wife, Grace Collins, of Merrill; one brother, Richard E. Collins, of Tomahawk; one sister-in-law, Cindy Collins, of Tomahawk; and many nieces and nephews. Tom was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Leah Schreiner and Nancy Collins; four brothers, David, Neilen, Russell and Robert Collins; and a sister-in-law, Doris Collins.
A Memorial Mass for Tom was held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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JAMES DAVID BARRONE
James David Barrone 80 of Merrill, WI died Monday, March 3, 2014 at the Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca, WI. He was born June 15, 1933 in Merrill the son of Emil and Mabel Bull Barrone.  Jim received his education in Merrill graduating in 1951. He entered the United States Marines and served his country during the Korean War, and was a recipient of the Purple Heart and Silver Star. He entered the Wisconsin State Patrol be and reenlisted in the United States Air Force where he served in Vietnam. On May 29, 1967 he was united in marriage to Mary Barrone at Hickam Field in Honolulu, HI. After his discharge they returned to Merrill where he worked in fire control for the DNR where he retired. After his retirement he decided to return to work and was employed at the Stokley Cannery.  For the past year and half he has made his home at the Veterans Home in King, WI. In free time Jim enjoyed being outdoors fishing, hunting, trapping and watching the Green Bay Packers. He was preceded in death by his
died on June 19, 2012.
Elvera is survived by her siblings, Dorothy Jaeger, Bonnie (David) Radtke, Phyllis (Allen) Buch and DuWayne (Carol) Nass; sister-in-law, Lucille (Edward) Pophal; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Marvin, Rueben and Robert (LoRayne) Nass; brothers-in-law, Martha Brandonburg and Linda Buzza.
Funeral services were held on February 23 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Wausau. Reverend Tim Vanden Langenburg officiated. Burial will take place at maple Grove Cemetery at a later time. You may sign the family guestbook at www.helke.com.

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LOUANN DARLENE HOFF
LouAnn Darlene Hoff, age 66, of Wausau, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She was born on October 23, 1947, in the town of Rib Falls, to the late Leonhard and Doris (Graveen) Seehafer. She was united in marriage with Robert R. Hoff at St. John’s Lutheran Church, in the town of Rib Falls, on July 3, 1965.
LouAnn had a life-long interest in genealogy and tracking family stories. She was very active in various genealogical societies through the years, and her interest even took her back to Pomerania to see her ancestral home. She loved to travel and thoroughly enjoyed a cruise the extended family and friends took to Alaska, and looked forward to more road trips out to Arizona with her husband, brother-in-law, Peter Hoff, and sister-in-law, Jean Hoff. She also enjoyed day trips to the casino with different friends and family.
LouAnn was well known for spoiling her grandchildren and loved nothing more than getting to spend time with them, even to the point of retiring so she could take over child care “duties.” She was a member of St John Lutheran Church, town of Maine. She was still an active member of the Rib Falls HCE. LouAnn was well known for her love of speaking low-German (Plat Deutch) and was a charter member of the Pommerscher Verein, Central Wisconsin.
LouAnn is survived by her husband, Robert; children, Lynda (Victor) Smith of Yelm, WA, Robin (Deb) Hoff of Marathon, and Renea (Zachary) Kania of Marathon; four grandchildren, Eric Smith, Kytaira Smith, Robert A. Hoff, and Joseph Kania; three step-grandchildren, Thomas (Nicole) Cimino, Jr., Don (Vanessa) Cimino, and Amanda (Tim) Schmidt; four step-great-grandchildren, Amelia Cimino, Layla and Carter Schmidt, and Connor Cimino; and brother, Dale (Laurie) Seehafer.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Doris; and brother, Lester Seehafer.
A funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Church, 5304 N. 44th Ave., town of Maine, with Rev. Dan Sire officiating. Family and friends may call beginning at 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 6, at Helke Funeral Home, Wausau, and again at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service on Friday. Burial will be in Friedenshain Cemetery, town of Berlin.
You may sign the family guestbook at www.helke.com.
The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the Aspirus Cancer Center and Aspirus Wausau Hospital for the great care LouAnn received.

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DENNIS "DENNY" MANN
Dennis “Denny” Mann, age 73, died on March 1st 2014 at St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston, WI.  Denny was born on April 13th 1940 to the late Mason and Emily Mann in Racine, WI.  He attended high school in Racine, before joining the Navy.  In his younger years, Denny was an excellent saxophone and clarinet player and would enjoy listening to his Big Band music on the radio.  As a young man, Denny really enjoyed golf and would spend much of his time on the golf course, enjoying a good time with friends.  Denny was known to “dream big” about many things in his life.  He enjoyed shooting pool with his buddies and even joined some pool leagues and participated in some tournaments. Denny owned and operated a local bar called the “Bowery”.  He would also spend his time cutting meat for local deli’s. He was a member of the Mason’s
Lodge here in Merrill.  Denny enjoyed watching racing on TV.  He really enjoyed harassing and teasing his nurses at the Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill, they were always such good sports about it!  He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his children; son, Andy (Kristen) Mann of Merrill, daughter, Michele Mann of Madison and son, Tony (Jolene) Mann of Merrill; grandchildren, Alex and Erik; step-grandchildren, Joshua, Ryan, Eric and Andrew; brother, John (Rose) Mann of Brunswick, Ohio.  Preceded in death are his parents and brother, Tommy Mann of Racine, WI.
To honor Denny’s wishes, there will be no public services.  Family will have a gathering at a later date.
Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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HARRIET H. LANGE
Harriet H. Lange, age 87, of Merrill, died Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Harriet was born October 17, 1926, in Merrill, daughter of the late William and Ida (Schmidt) Meyer. She married Leslie T. Lange on May 3, 1947, in Gleason. He preceded her in death on May 26, 2012. Harriet had been employed at Weinbrenner Shoe Company, Merrill, for 22 years. Harriet was also a farm-wife and enjoyed assisting Les on the farm. Harriet was the church organist for 67 years at the Lutheran churches in Gleason and ‘Doering’. She also played organ at the Pine Crest church services on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Harriet enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Survivors include one daughter, Judy Lange, of Merrill; one son, Leslie L. (Sharon) Lange, of Gleason; her daughter in law, Diane Lange, Wausau; seven grandchildren,
Richard (Kristine) Shorey, Timothy (Angela) Shorey, Renee Shorey, Jody (Troy) Ament, Lori (Ed) Studinski, Tracey (Brian) Manock, and Gina Lange; eight great-grandchildren, Michael, Kristine, Cody, Cassie, Alexis, Nicole, Ashlyn, and Taylor; and two great-great-grandchildren, Braylyn and Jason. Harriet was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie T. Lange; her son, Wayne Lange; her parents, William and Ida Meyer; her sister, Elaine Helbock; and her brothers, Elmer Meyer, Ray Meyer, Arnold Meyer, and twin brother, Harold Meyer.
The funeral service was held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Scott Gustafson officiated. Burial will take place at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church Cemetery, Town of Schley. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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PATRICIA L. WENDLAND-WALDBURGER
Patricia L. Wendland-Waldburger, age 52, of Merrill, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Pat was born August 2, 1961, in Merrill, daughter of Shirley (Graap) Wendland and the late Clarence Wendland. Pat was the co-owner and co-operator of ‘Richard’s Vending’ in Beaver Dam. Pat was also a former bartender. She enjoyed playing ‘Farmville’ on Face book, collecting Golden Books and antiques, and spending time with her nieces and step grandchildren. Prior to her divorce, Pat enjoyed helping raise her step children Tammy, Robert, and Joe.
Pat is survived by her mother, Shirley Wendland, Merrill; two sisters, Laurie Wendland (with, Chuck Ramp) and Cheryl Wendland, both of Merrill; one brother, Rick Wendland, Merrill; her special nieces Kia, Krystal, and Jennifer; and her special aunt’s Juanita Arndt, Judy Nelson, and Theresa Graap, all of Merrill, and Delores Sweeney of
Cambria, Wisconsin. Besides her father, Pat is preceded in death by a sister, Susan Wagers; her grandparents, Paul and Leona Graap, and Henry and Adeline Wendland; her mother in law, Pearl Waldburger; one aunt, Janet Liebers; her uncles, Gerald Graap, Wayne Nelson, and Donald and Arthur Wendland; and her cousin, Scotty Nelson.
The funeral was held Thursday, March 6, 2014. The Rev. R. Brian Stolarczyk officiated. Burial will take place this spring in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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ELVERA ALVINA SYLVIA BEILKE
Elvera Alvina Sylvia Beilke, 92, Wausau, died Thursday, February 23, 2014 at Bell Tower Residence.
Elvera was born January 18, 1922 in the Town of Maine to the late Max and Ella (Lambrecht) Nass. She worked as a housekeeper before marrying Hugo Beilke on September 21, 1940 at Wesley UMC, Wausau. The couple spent 20 years on the road traveling from one job to the next following Hugo’s union sprinkler fitter work. Once they settled in Wausau, Elvera became an active member of Wesley UMC, often cooking and baking for the church and she was a member of Hilltoppers. She loved working on her genealogical research and playing samba with family. Later years found her taking bus trips with Hugo all over Wisconsin. Sadly, after 72 years being together Hugo
died on June 19, 2012.
Elvera is survived by her siblings, Dorothy Jaeger, Bonnie (David) Radtke, Phyllis (Allen) Buch and DuWayne (Carol) Nass; sister-in-law, Lucille (Edward) Pophal; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Marvin, Rueben and Robert (LoRayne) Nass; brothers-in-law, Martha Brandonburg and Linda Buzza.
Funeral services were held on February 23 at Wesley United Methodist Church, Wausau. Reverend Tim Vanden Langenburg officiated. Burial will take place at maple Grove Cemetery at a later time. You may sign the family guestbook at www.helke.com.

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JOHNATHAN ANDREW STEVENSON
Johnathan Andrew Stevenson, infant son of Brian and Angela Stevenson, Town of Corning, was born and passed away on Monday, February 10th, 2014.
Survivors include his parents, grandparents: Cheryl & Steve Daszkiewicz, Schaumburg, IL and Alfred & Lorraine Stevenson, Merrill; two aunts: Gina Suerth, Kansasville, WI and Michele (Mark) Yellstrom, Merrill; uncles: John Stevenson, Merrill; cousins: Tony Suerth and Melissa Suerth, Kansasville, WI and Austin Stevenson, Merrill. He was preceded in death by his grandpa, John Frank Fagiano, uncle, John Fagiano, and great grandparents, Alfred & Evelyn Stevenson, Adeline & Allen Penny, Leona & Norman Schmidt and Frank & Lavergne Fagiano.
Funeral Services will be held 1 PM Saturday, March 1, 2014 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Town of Corning. Rev. Joel Danner will officiate. Visitation will be from 11 AM until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.
We would have given you the world, but you got Heaven instead.
Love, Mom & Dad

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RUTH E. DREGER
Ruth E. Dreger, Merrill, age 95, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2014 in San Ramon, CA while visiting her sister Harriet.
Ruth was born October 24, 1918 in Manitowoc, WI, the daughter of Harold and Christena (Kasper) Pope. On the day she was baptized church bells rang to celebrate the end of World War, November 18, 1918.
She married Raymond Dreger on June 8, 1946 in Merrill. He preceded her in death November 25, 1999.
After graduating from Merrill High School in 1936 and Lincoln County Normal School in 1937, Ruth taught in one-room schoolhouses. She graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a degree in education. She also taught at St John Lutheran School, Scott School and retired from teaching special education at Washington School in Merrill in 1984. She was honored with the MAPS Teacher of the Year award and the Wisconsin Special Education Teacher of the Year.
She and Ray traveled, played golf and square danced. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, scrapbooking and interviewing interesting people to write their stories. She originally began writing with her column School Days in the Merrill Courier, writing about the history of all Merrill rural schools. Through the years she was active in the Merrill Lioness, Good Samaritan Auxiliary and Merrill Historical Society. She loved living on the Wisconsin River and enjoyed the beauty of nature.
Survivors include children William (Deirdre) Dreger, Tomahawk, Robert (Leslie) Dreger, Kalamazoo, MI and Ruth Ann (Yurgen) Markewycz, Merrill; grandchildren Claire (Alberto) Laverde, Sammamish, WA, Elizabeth (Carl) Dreger-Anderson, Tomahawk, Ian Dreger, Platteville, WI, Katelynd Dreger, Garden City, KS and Allyson Dreger, Kalamazoo, MI; great grandchildren Luca, Marco, Oriana and Eadlyn; sister Harriet Olivotti, Livermore, CA and one brother-in-law Fred Will (Phyllis Frederick), Merrill, several nieces and nephews and her favorite (and only) cat, Boots.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Raymond, and sister, Cora Will.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St John Lutheran Church in Merrill or the charity of your choice.
Visitation will be held from 4pm to 8pm Thursday, February 27 at Waid Funeral Home and from 10am to 11am Friday, February 28, 2014 at St John Lutheran Church. The funeral will be 11am Friday at St John Lutheran Church. Rev. Nathan Kramer will officiate. A luncheon in the church basement will follow the service. Entombment will be at 2pm at Restlawn Memorial Park in Wausau. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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DONALD D. HINZ
Donald D. Hinz, age 80, of Merrill, died Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill, under the care of his family, the nursing home staff, and hospice care.
Don was born September 12, 1933, in Merrill, son of the late Otto and Olga (Stoltz) Hinz. He married Marlene McCrossen on May 10, 1958, in Wausau. She survives. Don enlisted in the United States Army on July 15, 1953. He served during the Korean War and was honorably discharged on June 22, 1955. Don was an employee of the former Anson-Gilkey Company, Merrill. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. Don enjoyed playing cribbage and cards, shooting pool, hunting and fishing, camping, and watching western movies. He enjoyed sports especially watching the Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Cardinals. Don also enjoyed spending time with his
grandchildren and being involved with their various activities.
Survivors include his wife, Marlene Hinz, of Merrill; two daughters, Sandy (Bill) Steigerwaldt, of Tomahawk, and Debbie (Paul) Wagner, of Merrill; one son, Randy Hinz, of Merrill; four grandchildren, Taylor Belant, and Andy, Matt and Michael Yorde; one sister, Janice Miklas, of Tomahawk; two brothers, Lloyd Hinz, of Merrill, and Marvin (Darlene) Hinz, of DeForest, WI; and several nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by one son, David Hinz; his parents, Otto and Olga Hinz; and his siblings, Leona Burnett, Arlene Spaeth, Ruth Krueger, and Clarence, Alfred, and Harold Hinz.
The Funeral Service was held Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Scott Gustafson officiated. Burial followed in Merrill Memorial Park. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com.

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HAROLD G. NATZKE
Harold G. Natzke, 82, of Merrill, died Thursday, February 13, 2014, at Woodland Court Elder Services, Merrill.
Harold was born March 31, 1931, in the Town of Corning, Lincoln County, son of the late Henry and Ernestina (Winter) Natzke. He married Ethel Bade on June 14, 1958, in Merrill. She survives. Harold was drafted into the United States Navy on March 8, 1956 and was honorably discharged on October 16, 1957. He worked at Seeger’s Dairy in Merrill until 1966 when he began farming in the Town of Scott. Harold was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill, where he was a former member of the church choir and the Board of Elders, and served as an usher for many years. Harold was also the Town of Scott Treasurer for ten years. Harold took great pleasure in being with his family and friends and enjoyed playing cards. Harold was proud of his sons and grandson as they performed the words, “Then God made a farmer.”
Survivors include his wife, Ethel Natzke, of Merrill; two sons, Stephen Natzke and Philip (Kelly) Natzke, both of Merrill; two grandchildren, Bryant (Kristin) Natzke, of Merrill, and Danielle (Thomas) Hilbert, of Appleton; one sister, Esther Natzke, of Merrill; one sister-in-law, LuEllen Natzke, of Merrill; and his mother-in-law, Elsie Bade, of Merrill. Harold was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Edna Kudick and Frieda Natzke; three brothers, Arnold, Erwin and Martin; and his father-in-law, Clarence Bade.
The Funeral Service was held, February 17, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. Rev. Joel Hoelter officiated. Burial took place at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Town of Scott, with graveside military rites conducted by V.F.W. Post 1638, Merrill. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill, or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

RONALD L. WOLLER
Ronald L. Woller, 68, of Merrill, died Monday, February 17, 2014 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau.
Ron was born June 10, 1945, in Merrill, son of the late Fremont and Lenora (Lange) Woller. He married Shirley Jabas on August 6, 1966. She survives. Ron was the owner/operator of Woller Construction, and was a dealer for Wisconsin Homes. Ron and Shirley were the former owners of the BP Gas Station on North Center Avenue in Merrill. Ron was also a real estate broker. He was a member and past-chair of the Merrill Zoning Board of Appeals and was a former member of the Merrill Planning Commission. Ron was a former member and president of the Merrill Band Boosters. He was a long time member of St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. Ron and Shirley enjoyed spending winters at their home in Florida. Ron also enjoyed attending the many activities of his children and grandchildren, fishing, hunting, and camping in northern Wisconsin, and following the Packers and Badgers. Ron was a proud 1967 graduate of North Central Technical College, Wausau.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Woller, Merrill; two daughters, Sarah (Mark) Cooper, North Port, Florida, and Becky Schemenauer (with partner, David Hummer) of Wausau; three grandchildren, Anthony Bruno of North Port, Florida, and Carson and Savannah Schemenauer, both of Wausau; one brother, Daniel Woller, Merrill; and sister, Shirlene Tunney of Minnesota. Ron is also survived by his pet dog and best friend ‘Yogi’. Ron is preceded in death by his parents, Fremont and Lenora Woller, an infant son, Ronald L. Woller, Jr., and his father and mother in law, Dale and Norma Jabas.
The funeral was held Wednesday, February 19, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Joel Hoelter officiated. Burial was in Faith Lutheran Church Cemetery, West, Town of Scott. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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CAROL M. ZASTRO
Carol M. Zastrow, 83, of Merrill, died Monday, February 17, 2014, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Carol was born May 9, 1930, in Oak Park, Illinois, daughter of the late Raymond and Adeline (Lunell) Behn. She married George Zastrow on September 15, 1956, in Merrill. He preceded her in death on October 27, 1992. Carol enjoyed quilting, vegetable gardening and canning. She was a farmwife and a homemaker, and was a member of the Lincoln County Homemakers Club for many years. In her younger years, Carol was a 4-H leader and had helped at the Lincoln County 4-H Fair. Carol loved antiques and antiquing. She volunteered as a Gray Lady at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill. Carol also enjoyed ministering through her faith.
Survivors include her children, Ruth (Mike Erickson) Zastrow-Erickson, Rose (Roger) Echelbarger and Raymond (Marilyn) Zastrow, all of Merrill; one granddaughter, Hannah Zastrow, of Merrill; one sister, Doris Lemke, of Hawkins, WI; and two sisters-in-law, Bird Anderson and Donna Baumann. Carol was preceded in death by her
husband; her parents; three brothers, James, Glenn and Allen Behn; and two brothers-in-law, Stuart Lemke and Donald Baumann.
The Funeral Talk will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Mr. Douglas Kufahl will preside. Burial will be at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Merrill. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Friday and after 9:00 A.M. Saturday all at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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DONALD GEORGE TRANTOW
Donald George Trantow, beloved Father and Grandfather, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill.
Don was born in Merrill on July 23, 1935, to Harry and Helen (Slewitzke) Trantow.
He graduated from Merrill High School in 1954.
Out of high school he proudly served in the U.S. Marines Corp.
On August 1, 1959, he married Lorraine Mae Duginski at St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, Merrill.
Don worked his way up in the Merrill Police Dept from a patrolman in April, 1960 to Lieutenant in 1986, retiring after 30 years of service.
Working with the Safety Patrol for Merrill Schools was a project he enjoyed for many years of his career.
Don was an active member in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and the middle school as a lay minister, gym teacher, and sports coach.
He was an adult leader with his boy’s scouting activities and was proud of all four of his children attending college and earning diplomas.
Don enjoyed the outdoors and sports, playing softball on the Les & Jim’s slow-pitch team, swimming, water skiing and XC-skiing. He was an avid Wisconsin sports fan.
Other activities Don enjoyed were grouse and deer hunting, elk hunting in the Colorado Rockies, and fishing up at the cottage on South Blue Lake.
For leisure activities in his later years he played cribbage and pinochle, travelled in the US and Europe, and visited casinos with friends, especially Dottie.
He attended many Marine birthday celebrations, and in November 2013 was able to see his grandson,Scott, complete his training at the same site Don was at in the 1950s.
Don was a faithful and caring husband. He cared for his wife, Lorraine, for years as she suffered from PSP in hospice care.
His family expected Lorraine to care for Don, but in the end Don was the primary caregiver without complaint or a word of bitterness.
Don is survived by his daughter Lorrie (Mark) Shafer, son Jerry (Grace) Trantow,
son George (Dana) Trantow, and son Mike (Sherry) Trantow.
Grandchildren are Jake & Victoria (Jerry), Scott & Tristan (George), Richard & Mitchell & Ben (Mike).
His sister, Phyllis “Dodie” Kanitz, also survives him.
Don was preceded in death by his wife Lorraine, one grandson, Eric Schalow (son of,Lorrie); and one sister Jane (Hellyer).
The Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 4:00 P.M. Sunday, February 23, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. Father Michael McLain is presiding. Visitation will take place from 1:00 P.M. until 3:30 P.M. on Sunday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting memorials in Don’s name to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church or Bell Tower Residence, both in Merrill. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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ADELINE AGNES WENDT
Adeline Agnes Wendt (nee Krause), age 93, passed away at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill, on Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
Addie was born August 3, 1920, in the Town of Maine, Marathon County, daughter of the late Erich and Hulda (Voelker) Krause. She married Arthur C. Wendt on September 16, 1944. He passed away February 27, 1965. Adeline worked for Merrill Area Public Schools for 19 years until her retirement in 1985. Addie was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Town of Maine.
Addie is survived by nieces, Bonnie (Jerry) Gerkhardt, of Hubertus, WI and Margie (Roger) Kniess, of Wausau; nephews, Warren Beck, of Woodruff, George Beck, of Wausau and David (Joanne) Krause, of Merrill; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Wendt; her parents, Erich and Hulda
Krause; one sister, Elmeda Beck; and two brothers, Elmer Krause and Norman Krause.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, February 15, 2014, at the Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill. The Rev. Kevin Hoogland will officiate. Visitation will begin at 9:30 A.M. Saturday at the Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bell Tower Residence, Merrill, or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com,

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HOWARD F. PETERSEN
Howard F. Petersen, age 101, of Merrill, died Monday, February 10, 2014, at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill, under the care of his family, the resident staff, and hospice services.
Howard was born December 26, 1912, in Merrill, son of the late Hans Peter and Wilhelmina (Helbig) Petersen. He married Irene H. Fechtner on August 16, 1940. She preceded him in death on December 1, 2007. Howard retired in 1974 from Merrill Distributing Company, after 31 years of employment. Howard had been an active member of St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. He had been a member of the church’s Men’s Club, was a former Elder of the church, and volunteered his time at the church food stand located at the Lincoln County Fair Ground. Howard enjoyed fixing almost anything for family and friends.
Survivors include two daughters, Janet Petersen, Cottage Grove, and Judith (Donald) Mastaglio, Brookfield; two grandchildren, Michael (Betsey) Mastaglio, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, and Nicole (Andrew) Hoffmann, Milwaukee; and five great grandchildren, Evelyn, Penelope, and Greta Mastaglio, Noah Mastaglio, and Ronald Hoffmann. Howard is preceded in death by two sisters, Ella and Esther, and also by one brother, Walter.
The funeral will be at 11:30 A.M. Friday, February 14, 2014, in the Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill. The Rev. Joy Nelson-Jeffers will officiate. Burial will follow in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M. Friday at Holy Cross Chapel, Bell Tower Residence. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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IDA LUCY BOOTZ
Ida Lucy Bootz was born January 12, 1916 in Ironwood, MI, daughter of James and Eliza (D’Angela) Gasbarri.  She received her education at Ironwood high school.  On August 10, 1940 she was united in marriage to Gilbert Bootz.  They made their home in Merrill, WI where Ida was employed at Weinbrenner, Ben Franklin and Wire Products. After Gilbert’s death she remained in Merrill and for the past 9 years has made her home in Oregon closer to her son Terry. Ida’s death came on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Ivy Court Senior Living Center in Milwaukie, OR.  She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and Trinity Altar Guild in Merrill and Trinity Lutheran church in Oregon City, OR. Her free time was spent bowling, doing crafts, playing cards and volunteer work. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gilbert two, brothers and one sister. Survivors include two sons; Terry (Brenda) Bootz of Oregon City, OR and Jeffery (Beverly) Bootz of Sturgeon Bay, WI seven grandchildren; Sarah, Jennifer, Jason, Joshua, Matthew, and Jessie and 5 great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, February 14, 2014 at the Waid Funeral Home in Merrill with entombment at the Restlawn Cemetery in Wausau. Friends may call at the funeral home 1 hour prior to services. Online condolences may be left at www.waidfuneral.com

NORBERT B. 'NORBIE DOERING
Norbert B. ‘Norbie’ Doering, age 78, of Gleason, died Sunday, February 2, 2014.
Norbie was born June 5, 1935, in Tomahawk, son of the late Harry G. and Catherine (Bloechl) Doering. He married Judith Neumann on November 11, 2000. She survives. Norbie was a self-employed truck driver and the owner/operator of ‘Doering Xpress’. He enjoyed snowmobiling and visiting with his many friends.
Survivors include his wife, Judith Doering, Gleason; one step daughter, Brandi Neumann, Merrill; three stepsons, Paul Neumann, Gleason, Adam Neumann, Wausau, and Blake Neumann, Merrill; five grandchildren, Brad (Jamie) Emmanuel, Merrill, Jody (Lindsey) Emmanuel, Massachusetts, Greg (Tara Josiger) Emmanuel, Merrill, Stacey (Luke) DeBroux, Colorado, and Tim (Erica Schmoll) Myers, Wausau; a step son, Duane Plamann, Merrill; three step grandchildren, Lilli, Ginni, and Dino; two great grandchildren, Shaylyn and Leo; two sisters, Elaine (Lester) Sukow and Dorothy Kanitz, both of Merrill; and two brothers, Harry (Joyce) Doering, Jr., Elk Grove, Illinois, and Leroy Doering, Medford. Norbie is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Catherine Doering, Sr.; a daughter, Mary Plamann ; an infant son, Michael Doering; a sister in law, Nancy Doering; a brother in law, Marvin Kanitz; and a nephew, Russell Sukow.
A Celebration of Life will be held from 12 Noon until 3:00 P.M. Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Gleason Lions Club House, located on Bradley Street in Gleason. Burial will take place in the spring in the Doering Cemetery, Town of Schley.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family. Judy wishes all of Norbie’s friends attend the celebration and “bring a dish to pass” in his memory.
The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

ALLAN H. HANSON
Allan H. Hanson, age 91, of Merrill, died Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Allan was born May 2, 1922, in Merrill, son of the late Olaf and Margaret (Yunkherr) Hanson. He married Betty Alft on November 15, 1947 at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, Merrill. She survives. Allan had served in the United States Army during World War II. He attained the rank of Corporal and had been a tank driver. Allan served with Company A of the 44th Tank Battalion of the 12th Armored Division in the Pacific. He had been employed at Merrill Manufacturing for over 40 years. Allan’s family and home were very important to him. Allan was an active member of St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, Merrill, where he had been an usher and he served on the church council.
Survivors include his wife of over 66 years, Betty Hanson, of Merrill; two daughters, Karen (Robert) McDonald, of Stevens Point and Judy (Lucky) Anger, of Milwaukee; one son, Steve Hanson, of Merrill; one grandson, Shaun Wahlig, of Milwaukee; and one sister, June O’Connor, of Madison. Allan was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Helen (Harold) Wetzel; one brother, James (Jane) Hanson; and one brother-in-law, Russ O’Connor.
The funeral service will be at 2:00 P.M., Monday, February 10, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Kyle Carnes will officiate. Entombment will take place in Merrill Memorial Park Mausoleum. Visitation will begin at 1:00 P.M. Monday at the funeral home. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family. Judy wishes all of Norbie’s friends attend the celebration and “bring a dish to pass” in his memory.
The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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LAVINE L. KRAUSE
Lavine L. Krause, age 88, of the Town of Corning, died Saturday, February 1, 2014, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Lavine was born May 2, 1925, in the Town of Corning, Lincoln County, daughter of the late Edward and Ruth (Fellbaum) Grunenwald. She married Lorenz R. Krause on June 9, 1945, in the Town of Maine. He preceded her in death on August 2, 2005. Lavine was a homemaker and farm wife. She enjoyed gardening, raising flowers, helping on the farm, and polka music. Lavine and her late husband were charter members of the Copper River Midnight Riders Snowmobile Club. She was currently a member of St. Stephens United Church of Christ, Merrill.
Survivors include her sons, Dale Krause, and Gene (Claudia ‘Sam’) Krause, both of Merrill; one grandson, Andrew Krause, Merrill; two sisters, Phyllis (Clarence) Kostecki,
Wausau, and Jeanette (Al) Schmolze, White Bear Lake, Minnesota; and three brothers, Duane (Carol) Grunenwald and Lavern (Marilyn) Grunenwald, both of Wausau, and Lloyd Grunenwald, Chicago. Besides her parents, Lavine is preceded in death by a son, Lee Krause, in 1963; and four brothers, Floyd, Douglas, Wilbert, and Eugene.
The funeral will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, February 7, 2014, at St. Stephens United Church of Christ, Merrill. Pastor Missy Holdorf will officiate. Burial will follow in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and after 10:00 A.M. Friday at the church.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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MARK DARRELL HENNING
Mark Darrell Henning, age 71, passed away Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Good Samaritan Health Center after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born August 17, 1942 in Sheboygan, WI to the late Marvin H. and Loraine Henning. He and Darlene Ertel were united in marriage on April 7, 1978 in Sheboygan, a union lasting over 35 years.
Mark graduated from Sheboygan Central High School, Class of 1961 and then went on to serve in the United States Air Force. While doing so, he served in places such as
Hawaii, Guam, Japan and Vietnam.
Upon his return in 1965, Mark began his civilian life, which included employment at such places as Kohler Company, Clevepak Corporation and Wal-Mart, where he retired as a Department Manager.
Mark enjoyed the outdoors and was a hunter and fisherman. Mark enjoyed traveling throughout the United States but held an extra special place in his heart for the state of Alaska. He loved to tell stories and show pictures of his adventures there with anyone who would listen.
Survivors include his wife, Darlene Henning, Merrill; six sons: Todd Klueger, Carey Henning, Brad Henning, all of Sheboygan, Todd (Laura) Henning, Indianapolis, IN, Cliff Henning, Cleveland, WI, and Brett (Kori) Henning, Knoxville, TN; five grandchildren: Brandon and Connor Henning, Breann and TJ Henning and Braeton Henning; one brother: Jack (Jodel) Henning, Sheboygan Falls, WI; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Darlene Henning and Carol Henning.
A Memorial Service will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Waid Funeral Home, Merrill, WI. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM Friday February 7 and again Saturday February 8 from 10 AM until the time of service, all at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donation may be given directly to the family. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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JOY L. 'SALLY' HOLTZ
Joy L. ‘Sally’ Hotz, age 61, of Merrill, died Saturday, February 1, 2014, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, under the care of her family, the hospital staff and Comfort Care & Hospice Services.
Sally was born January 2, 1953, in Merrill, daughter of the late Douglas and Lucinda (Marnholtz) Kleinschmidt. Sally had years ago worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Company, Merrill. She was primarily a homemaker who logged her land, and enjoyed canning and baking. Sally paid special attention to her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Survivors include her partner, Arliss Munro, Merrill; daughter, Jennifer Prueser, Sheboygan; one son, Raymond Hanson, Jr., South Dakota; ten grandchildren, Melissa, Stephanie with husband Joseph, Lisa with husband Robert, Mitchell, Abigail, Ariel, Lakia, Dylan, and Skye; four great grandchildren, Eli, Emma, Phoenix, and LaDainian;
three great grandchildren on the way; four sisters, Terry Denfeld, Gleason, Diane (Rueben) Grund, Merrill, Debbie Konkol, Merrill, and Tina Beyer of Jackson, Wisconsin; three brothers, Dennis (Bea) Kleinschmidt, Merrill, Jerome Kleinschmidt, Gleason, and Robert (Anna) Kleinschmidt, Arkansas; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. Sally is preceded in death by her parents, Douglas and Lucinda Kleinschmidt; a son in law, Gary Prueser; a grandson, Matthew Prueser; and a baby brother, Bruce Kleinschmidt and a great granddaughter, Heavenlei .
The funeral was held on Thursday, February 6, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Scott Gustafson officiated. Burial followed in Springbrook Cemetery, Town of Pine River. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com.

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ROGER TRUMBLAY
Roger Trumblay, age 76, of Merrill, died Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital, Weston.
Roger was born on October 17, 1937, in Chicago, son of the late Walter and Agnes (Paschke) Trumblay. He married Elena ‘Lana’ Racevicius on January 21, 1970, in Illinois. She survives. Roger served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He enlisted on December 9, 1960 and was honorably discharged on November 13, 1962. During his service, Roger was awarded the ‘Sharpshooter’ badge. Roger had worked as a wireman for AT&T for almost thirty years. In 1983, Roger, Lana and their two children moved to the Merrill area. In 1990, Roger and Lana started working with the local farmers market selling their homegrown vegetables and flowers. At that point,
Roger also ran his business ‘Roger’s Flowers’ out of his home on Hillside Drive in Merrill. Roger and Lana also sold night crawlers. Roger enjoyed fishing, hunting and playing poker.
Survivors include his wife, Elena ‘Lana’ Trumblay, of Merrill; two sons, Sean (Stacie Wocelka) Trumblay and Dan (Diana Harder) Trumblay, both of Merrill; three grandchildren, Nicole, Ryan and Brennon; two sisters, Marietta Buzel and Delores Jatho, both of Chicago; and a sister in law, (Lana’s twin sister) Dana (Ray) Doebson, Texas. Roger was preceded in death by his parents; and five siblings, Antoinette West, Louise Mueller, Richard Trumblay, Lawrence Trumblay and Walter Trumblay.
A visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. on Friday, February 7, 2014 at the Taylor- Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, with a Memorial Talk at 7:00 P.M. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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KATHRYN ANNE NELSON
Kathryn Anne Nelson, 23, took her first breath in Heaven on Thursday, January 30th.
Kathryn was the youngest of five children, born September 14, 1990, in Waukesha, WI, to David and Dawn Nelson. The Nelson family moved to Merrill shortly after she was born, and Kathryn completed elementary and middle school at St. Francis Xavier Catholic School. After her 8th grade graduation, David, Dawn, and Kathryn moved to St. Cloud, MN, for David’s work. Kathryn graduated high school in St. Cloud and was the concert master violinist in the orchestra at school. She performed in several concerts throughout school and later played her violin for other events. Kathryn returned to Merrill with her family in 2009. Here, she met the love-of-her-life, Bobby, with
whom she had one son, Arthur. Kathryn enjoyed many fun times with her family at a cottage on Lake Alexander growing up. She loved being a mom, baking, laughing, playing her violin, fishing with Bobby, practical joking, and her cat, Rockstar. Her laugh and sense of humor could brighten a room, and she will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Her spirit will continue on with us.
Survivors include her significant other, Bobby Hoffman of Merrill and their son, Arthur; parents, David and Dawn Nelson; siblings, Kirsten (Derek), Erika (Bill), Robert (Stephanie) and Becky (Mat); nieces, Lauren, Kara, Josie, Abby, and nephew, Wesley; several aunts and uncles, cousins, grandparents, and a great-grandmother.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:30P.M., Monday, February 3, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. Father Michael McLain will preside. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Sunday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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ELAINE D. KOLL
Elaine D. Koll age 87 of Merrill, WI passed away Friday, January 24, 2014 under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice at Bell Tower Residence. She was born March 5, 1926 in Oshkosh, WI to Guy M and Eleanor (Kinderman) Smith. Eleanor passed away when Elaine was six.
Later Guy married Sylvia Schulz who was a wonderful mother to Elaine. On October 20, 1945 Elaine was united in marriage to Donald Koll in Oshkosh. Elaine was a secretary at Wisconsin National Life Insurance Company and Bell Machine Company in Oshkosh. After the family moved to Merrill in 1963, she worked as secretary / receptionist at Anson Gilkey Company. She was a charter member of Holy Cross Auxiliary (now Good Samaritan Volunteers) and was very active there and at Our Savior
Lutheran Church. Elaine was a home maker who enjoyed gardening. During her time at Bell Tower she delighted the residents and staff with her colorful patio garden. Elaine and Donald enjoyed spending their free time at their cottage in the Northwoods. Best of all, she enjoyed the time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was “Granny” to all. She is survived by her husband Donald of Merrill, one daughter Mary Jo (Jay) Schnur of Merrill, one son John (Julie) Koll of Eau Claire, WI, 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by parents, and one great granddaughter.
Memorials may be given to Bell Tower Residence, Our Saviors Lutheran Church, Celiac Sprue Association of Omaha, Nebraska or charity of their choice.
Memorial Services were held on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Bell Tower Chapel Inurnment will be at Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be left at www.waidfuneral.com

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FREDERICK JAMES STEVENS
Frederick James Stevens age 91 of Merrill died Friday, January 24, 2014 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care Hospice. Fred was born February 21, 1922 in Erie, PA son of Homer Clair and Vene Juanita (Beard) Stevens. He received his education in Ft Lauderdale, FL where he graduated from high school and then continued his education at the University of Mississippi. He served his country during WW II in the United States Coast Guard. After his discharge he joined the family bakery in Ft. Lauderdale which he operated until its closing in the 1980’s. During that time he became Port Commissioner where he served for 20 years and later moved to Ft. Myers, FL where he continued to worked for the Department of Commerce in business development for 8 additional years until his retirement. He was married
to Marguerite Maule on April 7, 1972 and they made their home in Ft Myers and then Franklin, NC before moving to Merrill. Fred enjoyed playing baseball and during his early years was the bat boy for the Cleveland Indians. He also minor league ball for a time. He is survived by his wife Marguerite of Merrill, 3 sons, James Stevens of Knoxville, TN, John Stevens of Crawfordsville, FL, and Rick Stevens of Johnson City, TN, 2 daughters Kathy Shriver of Alpharetta, GA and Alice Heath of Sunrise, FL, 2 step daughters, Donna Reitz of McFarland, WI and Carol Christensen of Alpharetta, GA, a step-son Ken Maule of Merrill, WI and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Memorial Services were held Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Waid Funeral Home in Merrill.
Private burial will be at a later date.
Online condolences may be left at www.waidfuneral.com

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IRENE H. SIESENNOP
Irene H. Siesennop, age 101, of Merrill, died Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at her home, under the care of her family and hospice services.
Irene was born September 19, 1912, in the Tomahawk area of Lincoln County, daughter of the late Nels and Clara (Krause) Bergquist. She married Carl P. Siesennop on May 30, 1935, in Bessemer, Michigan. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1982. Irene and Carl had been rural school teachers prior to moving to Chicago. They were both employed at Selastomer Chicago, Inc. Irene was the bookkeeper and Carl was Personnel Manager. Upon their retirement, the couple moved to the Merrill area in the late 1970’s and built their retirement home. Irene was a member and volunteer at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill, and was also a member of the Valparaiso Guild at the church.
Irene enjoyed volunteering at the Merrill Hospital, traveling, playing bridge, bowling, and spending time with her investment club.
Survivors include her daughter in law, Claudia Siesennop; four grandchildren, Terri Briski, Thomas (Debbie) Siesennop, Tracy (David) Wetherton, and Rebecca (David) Small; 13 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, Irene is preceded in death by a son, Thomas Siesennop; three sisters, Verna Ball, Loris Delano, and Dorothy Smith; and a brother, Henry.
A Memorial Service will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Nathan Kramer will officiate. Entombment will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Wausau. Family and friends will gather at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at Taylor and Stine Funeral Home.
The family requests that memorials be directed to St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill, or the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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MARCELLA TRACY
Marcella C Tracy age 90 of Merrill died Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. She was born March 20, 1923 in Merrill, daughter of the late Martin and Marie (Pophal) Hahn. She was united in marriage to Neil R. Tracy on March 17, 1939 and he preceded her in death on September 26, 1983. Marcella worked for many years at Henson Glove Factory and at Fox Point Company of Merrill. She was a member of the VFW ,  ladies auxiliary and  Christ United Methodist Church where she organized many funeral dinners. She also did volunteer work for Bell Towers and was a care giver for the Commission on Aging .Her greatest joy was spending time on
Nose Lake near Rhinelander with her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a daughter Pauline Schotz and two sons-in-law Kenneth Schotz and James L. Schnelle, three sisters Bernice (Jack) Anderson, Dorothy (Ed) Henrichs, and an infant sister Lorrien and one brother Carl Hahn and a great grandson Ryan Schotz. She is survived by a daughter Mary Ellen B. Schnelle of Pardeeville, WI and a son Neil M. “Mike” (Patty) Tracy of Wausau and 10 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren
As per Marcella’s request there will be no services. Waid Funeral Home in Merrill is assisting the family and online condolences may be left at the www.waidfuneral.com.
Memorials may be directed to T.B. Scott Library, Lincoln County Humane Society or individual family members in memory of “Marcy”.

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FAYE ARLENE ANDERSEN
Faye Arlene Andersen, age 66, of Melbourne, FL, formerly of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, January 15 at Viera Hospital in Melbourne. She was born July 29, 1947 in Merrill to the late Lawrence and Della (Anderson) Johnson. On November 3, 1965 she and Kenneth Andersen were united in marriage in Milburn, IL. He survives.
Faye was a 1965 graduate of Merrill Senior High School. After she and Ken were married she became a home maker. Faye enjoyed cooking and entertaining friends and relatives. She loved decorating and enjoyed the nature and wildlife around her home. Her favorite past times were reading and fishing. Faye loved her family dearly and
enjoyed special time spent with them at reunions and picnics. She was a big fan of Rusty Wallace and “The Blue Deuce”. She loved her yellow lab, Molly. Faye and Ken became “snowbirds” many years ago, spending their winters in Florida. She was a former member of Antioch Women’s Club. Faye was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Pine River.
Survivors include her husband: Kenneth Andersen, Melbourne, FL; two sons: Ken Andersen Jr, Genoa City, WI, and Jeff Andersen, Redding, CA; daughter: Heidi (John) Draper, Antioch, IL; five grandchildren: Jacob and Noah Andersen, Genoa City, Shawn Draper, Antioch, IL, and Rachel and Eric Andersen, Redding, CA; two sisters: Sharon (Ron) Pankow and Rita (Jerry) Wendt, both of Merrill; brother: Daniel (Lori) Johnson, Irma; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Lauren “Ole” Johnson.
Funeral services were held at 12PM Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Waid Funeral Home.  Pastor Sue Christian officiated.  Visitation was held from 10 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial followed at the Chat Cemetery. Waid Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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JACQUELINE BLAISDELL
Jacqueline Blaisdell, age 74, known as “Aunt Jackie” to friends and family, died on January 13, 2014 at her residence in Gleason.  She was born on September 5, 1939 to John “Jack” W. Blaisdell and Clara M. (Zimmerman) Blaisdell in the town of Minoqua.  She graduated from Merrill High School and immediately went to work for the Wausau Paper Company for 30+ years until the time she retired, doing many duties there, including driving forklift. Jacqueline enjoyed spending time on Long Lake, especially fishing.  She had a pontoon boat that she would take out on the lake, taking in the beautiful scenery and wildlife.  Jacqueline was very interested in Genealogy,
studying her family history.  She loved being outdoors with nature and would look forward to feeding her squirrels.  Jacqueline was a previous member of First Presbyterian Church in Merrill and more currently a very active member of Riverside Presbyterian Church in Gleason.  She had many responsibilities at the church and helped out wherever she could.
Jacqueline is survived by her sister, Beatrice Catherine Zastrow, Merrill; nephews, Steven (Julie) Zastrow, Merrill, Leon Dale Zastrow, Menasha, Mark (Yvonne) Alan Zastrow, Wausau and Michael L. Zastrow, Neillsville; niece, Cathy (Corey) Beatrice Dornbrack, Merrill; great nieces and nephews, Stephanie Zastrow, Brenda Zastrow, Kevin Jones, Laura Jones, Marcus Zastrow, Carl Dornbrack and Rose Dornbrack.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her niece, Cynthia Marie Zastrow Jones, Neillsville.
Funeral services was held on January 22, 2014 at Waid Funeral Home. Rev. Jess Wakefield will be officiating.  Burial followed at Merrill Memorial Park.  Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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SHIRLEY J. FICHTNER
Shirley J. Fichtner, age 88, of Merrill, died Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Shirley was born June 13, 1925, in Merrill, daughter of the late William and Frieda (Roeming) Fehrmann. Shirley had worked at Semco and Weinbrenner Shoe Company, both in Merrill. She enjoyed cooking, watching cooking shows, reading cook books, listening to classical music and big band music, and watching the Lawrence Welk Show. Shirley also took great pride in her flower gardens and loved tending to the rose bushes and peonies. Shirley was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill.
Survivors include four daughters, Barbara Gavett, of Schofield, Kathleen (Ted) Myers, of Minneapolis, Marie Williams, of Mosinee, and Helen (Buck) Hinz, of Merrill; one son, Michael D. (Judy) Fichtner, of Bismarck, North Dakota; seven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one sister, Mardell Koehler, of Merrill; and one brother,
William Fehrmann, of Merrill. Shirley was preceded in death by her parents; one sister-in-law, Betty Fehrmann; and one brother-in-law, Earl Koehler.
The Funeral Liturgy will be at 12:00 P.M., Noon, Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. Father Michael McLain will preside. Entombment will take place in Merrill Memorial Park Mausoleum, Merrill. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Tuesday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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NANCY ANN RUSSELL
Nancy Ann Russell was born July 5, 1934 in Merrill, WI, daughter of Lyndon and Ida (Johnson) Emerich. She received her education in Merrill where she graduated from Merrill High School. She continued her education at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, CA where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She returned to Merrill to begin her teaching career and taught at the elementary level.  She was united in marriage to George G Russell on July 20th 1957 at the Holy Cross Convent Chapel. They were happily married for 55 years and lived in the Merrill community all their married life. After raising her children, she taught many years as a substitute teacher in the
Merrill Area Public Schools. First and foremost, Nancy enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren and was lovingly known as “Nana”. She enjoyed spending time at their cottage in Harrison Hills, working in her flower gardens, tending to her yard and feeding the wild birds. She was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and spent many hours volunteering at the Good Samaritan Hospital. Nancy’s death came at the Pine Crest Nursing home in Merrill on Saturday, January 18, 2014 at the age of 79 years. She was preceded in death by her husband George on April 8, 2012 and one daughter-in-law Kim (Osness) Russell and one sister Lynida Walther. She is survived by five children Lyndon (Deborah) Russell of Round Lake Beach, IL, Leah (George) Hoedeman of Eden Prairie, MN, Robert Russell and Paul Russell both of Merrill and Kathryn Russell of Green Bay, 9 grandchildren and 1 sister JoAnne Hornburg of California.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Merrill, with entombment was followed at the Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial funds for Merrill organizations are being established.
Online condolences may be left at www.waidfuneral.com

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HAROLD H. GIERACH
Harold H. Gierach, 95, of Merrill, died Monday, January 20, 2014, at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill.
Harold was born May 12, 1918, in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin, son of the late Paul and Hattie (Hadler) Gierach. He married Lydia Schult on September 7, 1940. She survives. After their marriage, Harold worked for the Curtis and Yale wood plant. Harold and Lydia moved up to the Merrill area to help take care of the Schult dairy farm in the Town of Scott. During the off-season, Harold and Lydia worked at the former Merrill Candy Company. They eventually sold the farm and Harold began taking classes at Northcentral Technical College, Wausau. When he was 41, Harold graduated from N.T.C. with a double major in Accounting and Marketing. After graduation, Harold became an insurance agent for Mutual Service Insurance where he served the community and his clients until retirement in 1980. Together, Harold and Lydia built a home on
Cedar Street in Merrill. They included a beauty salon into the building plans and Lydia was able to run her business out of her home. Harold took care of the bookkeeping for the salon. Eventually, Harold and Lydia retired and they turned the salon into an apartment and had various renters through the years. Twelve years ago, they sold their home and moved into Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park in Merrill. One of Harold’s favorite pastimes was dancing check-to-cheek with the love of his life, Lydia. Harold will be remembered as a good-hearted generous man. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill.
Survivors include his wife of 73 years, Lydia Gierach, Merrill; one daughter, Darlene (John) Winter, of Greendale, WI; one son, Brian (Deanna) Gierach, of Combined Locks, WI; four grandchildren, Joe (Jeanne) Winter, Tom (Sandra) Winter, Justin (Beth) Gierach and Anne Gierach; four great-grandchildren, Amanda, Matthew, Hannah and Michael Winter; one sister, Bernice Lampe, of Madison; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Gierach, of Orland Park, IL and Dahlia Gierach, of Orlando, FL; and many nieces and nephews. Harold was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Lucille Evans; and five brothers, Clarence, Ferdinand, Elroy, Wilmer and Werner.
The family would like to thank Harold and Lydia’s neighbors in the Whispering Pines Park for their care and concern over the last few months.
The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M. Monday, January 27, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Nathan Kramer will officiate. Burial will take place in Faith Lutheran Church Cemetery – West, Town of Scott. Visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M. Monday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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SUSAN J. SABATKE
Susan J. Sabatke, age 59, passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2013 at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston. She was born October 27, 1954 in Merrill to James G. and the late Elaine G. (Baguhn) Sabatke.
Susan J. enjoyed listening to country music and singing. She loved spending time with her family and attending church.
Survivors include her father, James G. Sabatke, Merrill; two brothers: Robert Sabatke of Phoenix, AZ and Steven (Mary) Sabatke, Rothschild. She was preceded in death by her mother, Elaine G. Sabatke.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Faith Lutheran Church in Merrill.  Private family burial followed in Snow Hill Cemetery, Town of Scott. Memorials may be given to Bethesda Lutheran Communities in Watertown, WI. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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ROBERT M. BEYER
Robert M. Beyer, age 86, of Merrill, died Monday, January 13, 2014, at his home under the care of his family and Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services.
Bob was born September 2, 1927, in Merrill, son of the late Frank and Ella (Scanlin) Beyer, Jr. He married Joan Schwartzman on June 23, 1956, in Merrill. She survives. Bob had worked at Semco for 34 years. He enlisted with the United States Army in 1945 and was honorably discharged in 1947, after serving stateside with the Engineers Division. Bob enjoyed telling jokes and stories to his family and friends. Bob liked camping, cooking at the hunting shack, gardening and canning, and traveling. He was a
craftsman who enjoyed spending time in his work shop. Bob watched all his children and grandchildren’s sporting events. Bob was an avid Packers, Badgers, Brewers and Merrill Bluejay fan. Bob was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Beyer, of Merrill; two daughters, Wendy (Bob) Lass, of Stevens Point, and Julie (Tony) Hartwig, of Merrill; four sons, Rick (Sue) Beyer, Scott (Dona) Beyer, David (Mary Jo) Beyer, and Jeff (Jenifer) Beyer, all of Merrill; sixteen grandchildren, Ben, Mat, Eric, Michael, Krista, Jessica, Aaron, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Brad (Jen), Brooke, Malayna, Jayden, Paula, Mathew and Isaac; eight great-grandchildren, Areianna, Nevada, Avery, Austin, Lexee, Asa, Xandra and Alexan; one sister, Mabel Fromfeld, of Merrill; and one sister-in-law, Janet Beyer, of Merrill. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lawrence ‘Bud’ Beyer, Gordon Beyer and Milton ‘Pat’ (Ivie) Beyer; and one brother-in-law, Dennis Fromfeld.
The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Scott Gustafson will officiate. Burial will take place in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery, Merrill, with graveside military rites conducted by Merrill V.F.W. Post 1638. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Monday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and after 9:00 A.M. Tuesday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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BARBARA A. HOPP
Barbara A. Hopp, age 76, of Merrill, died Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Barbara was born July 26, 1937, in Merrill, daughter of the late Joseph and Ida (Krause) Coey. She married Harold Hopp on December 24, 1956, at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, Merrill. He survives. Barbara had worked as a Nurse’s Aide at the former Holy Cross Hospital, Merrill. She then worked at the former Best Western, the former Dave’s Red Owl, and Cozy Corner, all in Merrill. She enjoyed flower gardening, taking an occasional trip to the casino, going out for breakfast, traveling, and dogs. Barbara was a member of St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, Merrill, where she had received the Faith Award for 24 years of service to her church. Barb was one of those behind the scene unsung heroes of the church, who like so many women of the Bible, performed the support ministry for the Christian enterprise. By far, the greatest
gift she gave the church was her faithfulness in organizing servers for funeral lunches and other meals at the church. In addition to this very special ministry, she was a long time member of the Dorcas Circle of the church, and a member of the Mission Guild. She had also been active as a Vacation Church School teacher and a worker in the nursery. In her youth, she participated in both the junior choir and the youth choir.
Survivors include her husband, Harold Hopp, of Merrill; one daughter, Roxanne (Tony) Baumann, of Merrill; two sons, Bert (Darcia) Hopp and Allan (Leslie) Hopp, of Merrill; four grandchildren, Kristina Hopp, Eric Hopp, Katelyn (fiancé Ben Kollock) Baumann and Geoffrey Baumann; and one brother, Gordon (Ruth) Coey, of Anacortes, Washington. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents; and one sister, Iris Wait.
The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 17, 2014, at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, Merrill. Pastor Missy Holdorf will officiate. Burial will take place in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery, Merrill. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and after 9:30 A.M. Friday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com.

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NORMAN BRUNNER
Norman Brunner, age 80, died January 12, 2014 at his home in Merrill, WI.  Norman was born on May 3, 1933 to Harvey and Louise Brunner in Waukesha, WI. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 13, 1953.  He fell in love and married Ivy (Bluhm) Clements on May 4, 2007 in Waukegan, IL.  Norman worked at Dresser, Inc.( Waukesha Engines) assembling large generators for 36 years until the time of his retirement.  He enjoyed fishing during warm summer days at Rolling Stone Lake.  Norman and his wife Ivy enjoyed going to casinos and had a great time playing the various machines there.
Norman is survived by his wife, Ivy; daughters, Tracy (Greg) Bare and Kim Brunner (Chris); son, Keith Brunner; grandson, Matt (Jenni) Heiden; great- granddaughter,
Natalie; step-daughter, Shirley (Don) Albrent; step-sons, Lee (Pam) Clements and Ja (Jennifer) Clements; five step-grandchildren; two step-great-grandsons; one step-great granddaughter; special aunt, Leona Janesta and his special cat, “Sunshine”.  He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Harold Brunner, Kenneth (Gayle) Brunner and Dennis Brunner; his other special cat, “Baby”.
In honor of Norm’s request, there will be no services.
Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

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LORRAINE V. SCHNEIDER
Lorraine V. Schneider, age 79, of Merrill, died Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Artisan Assisted Living, Merrill.
Lorraine was born September 12, 1934, in Merrill, daughter of the late Walter and Dorothy (Peterson) Woellner. She married Harold Schneider on September 27, 1952, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. He preceded her in death on September 5, 1994. Lorraine was an active member of St. John Lutheran Church. She was the former President, Vice President, Secretary and Kitchen Chairman of the Ladies Aid. She was also very involved with the church’s fair stand during the Lincoln County 4-H Fair. Lorraine was a member of Lutherans for Life and the Scott Hustler Homemakers, and she was also a 4-H Leader for the Smiling Scotties. Lorraine enjoyed crocheting, knitting, camping, and following the Green Bay Packers and NASCAR (especially Dale Earnhardt, Jr.). She also enjoyed playing cards with her family and friends.
Survivors include four sons, Michael (Kathryn) Schneider, James (Janice) Schneider, Joel (Polly) Schneider and Daniel (Gail) Schneider, all of Merrill; nine grandchildren, April (Jeremy) Scott, Heather Schneider, Stephanie (Robert) Nelson, Amanda (DuWane) Sessions, Heidi Schneider, Dana (Eric) Woller, AJ Schneider, Adam Schneider and Matthew Schneider; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Mae Lupton, of Merrill; one brother, David Woellner, of Merrill; two sisters-in-law, Marlene Woellner and Ruth Schneider, both of Merrill; one brother-in-law, Robert (Sandra) Schneider, of Merrill; and many nieces and nephews. Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Schneider; her parents, Walter and Dorothy Woellner; her siblings, Evelyn (Robert) Bergh, Lewis (Jenny) Woellner, Hugo James Woellner and Donald Woellner; and one brother-in-law, Elmer Lupton.
The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M. Monday, January 20, 2014, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Joel Hoelter will officiate. Burial will take place in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery, Merrill. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Sunday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and after 9:00 A.M. Monday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

ARLENE D. VOIGHT
Arlene D. Voigt, age 86, of formerly of Merrill, died Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at North Central Health Care, Wausau.
Arlene was born April 22, 1927, in Hamburg, daughter of the late Leslie and Minnie (Hanke) Henrichs. She married James G. Voigt on January 7, 1950, in Hamburg. He preceded her in death on February 5, 2009. In earlier years, Arlene was employed at Fromm Brothers. She then was employed at Rondele Foods. Arlene enjoyed cooking, knitting, making maple syrup, and raising deer and bear on their family’s game farm. Arlene was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Town of Berlin.
Survivors include two sons, Gary (Michelle) Voigt and Terry Voigt, of Merrill; two granddaughters, Amber Voigt, of Beaver Dam and Ashley Voigt, of Merrill; two great-grandsons; one sister, Mavis (Eldred) Nehrbass, of Athens; and two brothers, Heron (Elvera) Henrichs and LaVern (Joyce) Henrichs, of Athens. Arlene was preceded in death by her husband, James Voigt; her parents; and four siblings, Evelyn Mullins, Emery Henrichs, Wallace Henrichs and Elton Henrichs.
The Funeral Service was held January 11, 2014, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Town of Berlin. The Rev. Nathaniel Biebert officiated. Burial took place in the church cemetery.
The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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JOYCE E. PFANTZ
Joyce E. Pfantz, 82, of Merrill, died Friday, January 3rd, 2014 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services.  She was born September 23rd, 1931 to the late Elmer & Mabel (Kleinschmidt) Rothmeyer.  On September 15th, 1951 she married Roscoe “Rusty” Pfantz in Wausau, Wisconsin.  He preceded her in death on December 31st, 1976.
Joyce attended the elementary school in Brokaw, WI.  She worked at the Weinbrenner Shoe Factory in Merrill for 20+ years, and more recently, worked as a stockperson at the local Walmart. Joyce enjoyed her family very much, especially her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  She enjoyed walking in the woods and helping cut and pile firewood.  Joyce loved her flowers and enjoyed caring for them and sharing them with others.  She enjoyed watching the goldfish that she had placed in a small decorative pond in her yard.  Joyce enjoyed watching the wildlife in her yard, especially deer and the occasional bear.  Joyce would spend much of her time crocheting and embroidering.
She did enjoy to travel, especially to Hawaii.  She enjoyed her trips to Las Vegas to visit family.  Joyce was well-known for her famous cinnamon rolls, and brought them to all of the family events.  She enjoyed listening  and dancing to polka music.  Joyce was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill.
Survivors include her children, Ronald (Sue) Pfantz, Shelby (Rodney) Smithback, Randy (Kathy) Pfantz and Gene (Sarah) Pfantz; her grandchildren, Sara (John) Willis, Molly (Gus) Velez, Kendrah (Andy) Pearson, Tiffany Winters (friend Brad Tessen), Megan (Joshua) Parsons, Erik Pfantz, Tyler Pfantz, Elizabeth Pfantz and Matthew Pfantz; great-grandchildren, Avery, Asher, Gabreil, James, Christian, David, Audrey, Drew and Shaw; brothers, Derald Rothmeyer, Rodney Rothmeyer, Roger Rothmeyer and Larry Rothmeyer; sisters, Bonnie Iwen and Carol Dancik; and many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Roscoe “Rusty”; a brother, Ardin Rothmeyer ; a sister Dona Karaba.
Funeral services will be held at 10 AM on Friday, January 10th, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill.  Visitation will be held at Waid Funeral Home on Thursday, January 9th, 2014 from 4-8 PM and also at the church an hour prior to the service.  The Rev. Brian Stolarczyk will officiate.  Burial will follow at Restlawn Cemetery in Wausau, WI.  Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. 
Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.


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2013 OBITUARY ARCHIVES

WILMA E. BENZINGER
Wilma E. Benzinger, age 91, of Parrish, died Sunday, December 29, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home, under the care of Ministry Home Care and Hospice. Wilma was born December 1, 1922, in the Township of Schley, the daughter of the late Louis and Margaret (Laktin) Drobnick. She married Leslie L. Benzinger, in Rhinelander, WI, May 11, 1946, he preceded her in death January 22, 2001. Wilma worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Factory in Merrill for 34 years retiring in 1985. Wilma enjoyed bird watching, fishing, going to casinos, listening to music and spending time with friends. Survivors include: one sister; several nieces and nephews; and Dear Friend Raymond Oldenburg and his family. She was preceded in death by her son: Jerry Benzinger, July 22, 1983, husband Leslie Benzinger, January 22, 2001, and her parents Louis and Margaret Drobnick
Bboth in Feb of 1973, and one brother.
Cremation has taken place honoring Wilma’s wishes. Burial will take place at Merrill Memorial Park in the spring. The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

DOYLE A. KLADE
Doyle A. Klade, age 87, of Merrill, formerly of Tomahawk, died Monday, December 30, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Doyle was born on August 30, 1926, in Merrill, son of the late Fred and Mildred (Plautz) Klade. He married Dorothy Erickson on December 18, 1948, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. She survives. Doyle had worked as a dairy farmer. He had also been employed at the former Anson-Gilkey and Merrill View Dairy, both of Merrill. Doyle was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Tomahawk. He enjoyed fishing, playing cards, vegetable gardening, and doing handy work.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Klade, of Merrill; three sons, Doyle (Sandi) Klade, of Menomonie, WI, Gary Klade, of Tomahawk and Allan (Tammy) Klade, of Merrill; four grandchildren, Jennifer Cahak, Andrew (Heather) Klade, Kris (fiancee’, Mandy) Klade and Jackie (John) Arrowood; three great-grandchildren, Noah,
Hayden and Allayah; four sisters, Maryann (Ernest) Weisskopf, of Merrill, Helen (Everett) Lange, of Tomahawk, Sandy Euler, of Crossville, TN, and Ida Schult, of Merrill; one brother, Rowe (Annette) Klade, of Merrill; and many nieces and nephews. Doyle was preceded in death by two sisters, Donna Brown and Faye Klade; and six brothers, William, Roger, Richard ‘Dick’, Fred Jr., Dennis and Thomas.
The Funeral Service held on January 3, 2014, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Mark Schoenherr officiated. Burial took place at Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorials are appreciated.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

PATRICIA K. TOMAJCIK
Patricia Kaye Tomajcik, 58, of Appleton, WI, passed into eternal rest on the 18th of December, 2013 at the home of her daughter in Fond du Lac, WI, surrounded by family. Pat was born Dec. 7th, 1955 in Merrill, WI. to Duane Tomajcik and Marlene Powell. After graduating from Green Bay West High School she entered the Navy and later worked for St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. In Appleton, she was employed at Valley Packaging.
Pat is preceded in death by her grandparents, Sylvester and Evelyn Tomajcik, Otto and Elizabeth Peterson, her mother, Marlene Powell, her stepmother, Donna Tomajcik, and her brother Joseph Tomajcik.
Survivors include two daughters: Amanda Tomajcik and Elizabeth Rogers, one son, Justin Tomajcik; grandchildren: Dakota, Emeyle, and Clarice, father Duane Tomajcik, siblings: Linda (Dennis) Schneider, John (Judy) Tomajcik, Cindy (Keith) DeBoth, Thomas Tomajcik, Julie (Rodney) Young, Jeff (Mary) Kleinschmidt, Steve Tomajcik, Jodie (Roger) Zerbe, Tracy (Matt) Kalenske, and Shawn Tomajcik as well as many more nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services will be arranged for spring 2014 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Merrill, WI.
Thank you to Valley Funeral Home of Appleton, WI for their services in the care of our loved one. And a special thank you to the staff of Agnesian Hospice Hope in Fond du Lac, WI for all their love and compassion, and for assisting her family in making her transition peaceful.
Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

LAURA M. KNIESS
Laura M. Kniess, age 61, of Merrill, passed away on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill.
Laura was born September 26, 1952, in Rockford, Illinois, daughter of the late Emil and Dorothy (Gordon) Pedersen. She married Gerald C. Kniess in May of 1977. He survives. Laura was a homemaker and enjoyed babysitting. She had previously worked at Menzner Lumber Company. Laura enjoyed horseback riding, camping, and spending time outdoors.
Survivors include her husband, Gerald C. Kniess of Merrill; three daughters, Margaret (husband, Mike) Sczygelski, Helen Kniess, and Emily (husband, Allen) Kuehl, all of Merrill; one step son, Paul; seven grandchildren; and two sisters, Yvonne (partner, Virginia) Pedersen, Merrill, and Dorothy ‘Dottie’ (husband, Dennis) Willis, Elko, Nevada.
Besides her parents, Laura is preceded in death by one sister, Clarice Pedersen.
A Memorial Service was held Friday, December 27, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Town of Berlin. The Rev. Jeffrey Schmidt and The Rev. James Wieland co-officiated. Burial will take place late next spring in the church cemetery. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

RICHARD G. HAGEDORN, JR.
Richard G. Hagedorn, Jr., age 58, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 at St. Mary’s Hospital. He was born on April 19, 1955, in Merrill, the son of Richard Sr. and Dolores (Wegner) Hagedorn. He married Joan Robinson on Sept. 15, 1979, in Monona. Richard loved playing cards. He loved to dance and loved music, having played in the family band. Richard and Joan were in The New College Singers at MATC and traveled to Romania with the choir. He was an avid sports fan of all Wisconsin teams. Richard retired from National Guardian Life Insurance Co. He served in the National Guard and Army Reserves for 15 years. Richard was a loving husband and father and was an inspiration to many. He is survived by his wife, Joan; one son, Richard, III. (Hannah); his father, Richard, Sr.; brothers, Mark and Daniel; one sister, Nancy (Phil) Hagedorn
Woller; special aunt and uncle, Lorraine and Gerald Muschinske; and a large extended family. He was preceded in death by, his mother, Dolores. A Funeral Service will be held, at WAID FUNERAL HOME, 301 S. Eagle Drive, Merrill, at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 with Pastor Jeff Martinson presiding. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service on Monday.
Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

ROBERT "BOB' A. GREEN
Robert “Bob” A. Green, age 65, died unexpectedly at his home on Monday, December 16, 2013. He was born July 27, 1948 in Ashland, WI to the late Philip and Mary (Adriansen) Green. He and Susan Hall were united in marriage on June 30, 1973 in Sheldon, WI.
Bob was a 1966 graduate of DiPatewau Catholic High School in Ashland. He then went on to North Central Technical College, graduating in 1970. Bob first started working in Milwaukee as a TV serviceman before he learned to install counter tops. He started at Marathon Electric in 1972 and retired after 40+ years of service. While working at Marathon Electric he also worked part-time for DC Motors in Merrill for a number of years. Bob enjoyed camping at Pelican Lake and fishing with the kids. He loved hunting in Sheldon on Sue’s parents’ farm with his children. Bob liked ‘tinkering’ on cars and always looked forward to a good Friday Fish Fry and a cold Pabst beer. He and Sue
would enjoy four-wheeling on the trails at Lincoln Hills and in the past he was an avid bowler. Bob enjoyed watching the Packers and never missed a family tradition: to make “pasties” for the kids. Bob was always there for his kids – even if that meant he did without. He was a member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Weston.
Bob is survived by his wife: Sue Green, Merrill; four children: Jason (Shelly) Green, Wausau, Clint Green, Merrill, Jonathan Green, Merrill and Kelly (Kevin) Kielpinski, Rothschild: eight grandchildren: Tyler, Brett, Skie-Ann, Brady, Blaze, Alex, Trystan and Colton; two brothers: Dan (Ann) Green and Jim (Dawn) Green, all of Ashland; one sister: Mary (Mike) Lucas, Glidden, WI; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral Services were held December 20, 2013 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 6205 Alderson Street, Weston. Rev. Ray Connor officiated. In lieu of flowers donation can be made in Bob’s name to the American Heart Association. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

HEATHER FRICK
Heather Frick, age 24, died unexpectedly at Aspirus Wausau Hospital Wednesday, December 18, 2013. She was born June 15, 1989 in Wausau to Bonnie Woller and Dale Frick.
Heather was a 2007 graduate of DC Everest High School. She worked for a short time at County Market in Merrill. Heather volunteered much of her time at the Lincoln County Humane Society where she loved helping the animals. She also enjoyed spending time with her many acquaintances at Haven. Heather enjoyed spending time making crafts and also watching Gray’s Anatomy. She enjoyed karaoke and having Bible time with daddy Mike. Heather adored her cat, Tigger. She was a member of St. Paul
Lutheran Church in Merrill. Heather was anticipating the arrival of another niece.
Survivors include her parents: Bonnie and Mike Woller, Merrill; sister: Karen (John) Klingsmith; brother: Devin (fiancé Jessica Nass) Frick; nieces: Marielle Nass and Carmon Klingsmith; maternal grandparents: Sharon and Tom Marmes; paternal grandmother: Fern Woller; maternal great-grandmother: Beulah Erickson and many other relatives and friends. Heather is the daughter of Dale Frick and also has a step-brother, Matthew. She was preceded in death by her aunt, Connie Isaacson, and her paternal grandfather, Robert Breunig.
Funeral services for Heather were held December 23 at Waid Funeral Home with Rev. Greg Laska officiating. Burial followed in Merrill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers monetary donations may be given to the family. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

JANET E. MARQUARDT
Janet E. Marquardt, age 55, of Merrill, passed away on Monday, December 23, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Janet was born January 11, 1958, in Wausau, daughter of Mary Ella Williams and Herbert Laatsch, Jr. She married Dale L. Marquardt on September 16, 1978. He survives. Janet was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening and raising house plants, making crafts, baking, doing handiwork around her newly constructed home, and spending time
with her children and grandchildren. She was a 1977 graduate of Merrill Senior High School.
Survivors include her husband, Dale L. Marquardt, Merrill; one daughter, LaShann Marquardt, Wausau; two sons, Ethan Marquardt of Salisbury, North Carolina, and Elliot (with wife, Amanda) Marquardt, Merrill; nine grandchildren, Brittney, Dorian, Logan, Charles, Taeshawn, Shamia, Denali, Bentley, and Isabella; her mother and step father, Mary Ellen and Richard Williams of Irma; her father, Herbert Laatsch, Jr. of Merrill; her mother in law, Beatrice Marquardt, Merrill; and five siblings, Daniel (wife, Michele) Laatsch, Waupaca, Jimmy Williams of Irma, Dale Williams (with Stephanie Zoellner) of Irma, Chris (husband, Craig) Pfaff of Merrill, and Joyce (with husband, Russ) Bloch of Athens; and many nieces and nephews. Janet is preceded in death by her father in law, Lyle Marquardt, and her paternal grandparents, Ella and Herbert Laatsch, Sr.
A Celebration and Janet’s life will take place from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at the Taylor – Stine Funeral Home, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

IDA MATTHES
Ida Matthes, age 99, passed away Monday, December 23, 2013 at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston. She was born December 22, 1914 in the town of McMillan, WI to the late Wilhene and Ella (Koch) Ehrike. She married Melvin L. Matthes on June 12, 1935 in the town of McMillan. He preceded her in death.
Ida was a home maker. She enjoyed reading and latch hook crafting. Ida especially loved taking care of her grandchildren who were a very important part of her life. She also liked playing cards and for many years she enjoyed Polka dancing. Ida was an avid Packer and Cub fan. She was a member of St. Stephens United Church of Christ.
Survivors include her daughter: Sally (Walter) Wendland, Merrill; grandchildren: Stephanie (Brian) Madden, Shakopee, MN, and Michael (Michele Kieke) Wendland, North
St. Paul, MN; five great grandchildren: Ian Madden, Kaitlyn Madden, Andrea Madden, Claire Wendland and Andrew Wendland; and one brother: Gordon Ehrike, Stratford, WI. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin; infant daughter; son, Gary Matthes; great-granddaughter, Ashley Wendland; three brothers, William Ehrike, Reinhold Ehrike and Frank Ehrike; and four sisters, Anne Radtke, Frances Frank, Frieda Weichelt and Caroline Weichelt.
Funeral services will be held 11:30 AM Friday, December 27, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 9:30 until the time of service also at the funeral home. Pastor Linda Kuhn will officiate. Burial will follow in Merrill Memorial Park. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

REVEREND JAMES J. KRAKER
Reverend James J. Kraker, age 77, passed away, Sunday, December 8, 2013.
Father James Kraker was born November 28, 1936, in Milwaukee, WI. Fr. Kraker was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on May 29, 1965. His first appointment was at St. Nicholas Parish, Milwaukee. Fr. Kraker was incardinated into the Diocese of Superior on March 4, 1975.
The following list is a summary of Fr. Kraker’s assignments and *appointments in the Diocese of Superior.
June 20, 1967: Our Lady of Sorrows Parish,
Ladysmith; Assistant Pastor
Fr. James Kraker was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lillian, and an older brother. He is survived by his older sister Audrey Zupan, Milwaukee and a younger sister, Connie Kraker, Clearwater, Florida and special friends Kathy Tweet and Chad Skinner.
Visitation was held on Monday, December 16, 2013, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Dobie, WI, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in the Priests’ Circle at St. Joseph Cemetery, Rice Lake.
May Father Kraker’s soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.  Amen
Funeral Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Appleyard’s Home for Funerals, 19 W. Messenger St., Rice Lake, WI.

DALE MARVIN STEVENSON
Dale Marvin Stevenson, age 82, of Miles City went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, December 9, 2013 at Saint Vincent Health Care in Billings, MT after complications from surgery with his family by his side.
Dale was born in Merrill, Wisconsin on August 15, 1931, the son of Hjalmer and Alma (Duranceau) Stevenson.  Dale attended local schools and graduated from Merrill High School.  He was very active playing football in high school for the Merrill Blue Jays and continued playing semi-pro football for the Merrill Foxes.  In January of 1952, Dale enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict.  Following his honorable discharge, he returned to the family farm and cattle business in
partnership with his father.  Dale was married to his beloved wife and best friend Marlene Joan Van Der Geest on February 23, 1957.  Following their marriage he attended School of Mortuary Science in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Following his graduation in 1958, they moved to Miles City.  In 1958, he went to work for J.E. Graves Funeral Home until 1962 when he purchased Hinther-Jensen Funeral Home and later changed the name to Stevenson Funeral Home which is now Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home.  He was very proud of the fact that his three sons and now four grandsons are in the family business. Throughout the years he expanded the business to serve throughout Montana and North Dakota. Dale truly loved the people he served in this community.  He instilled this great love for community in the next generation and generations to come to continue this great love for community.  He was always grateful to the community
Dale was a charter member of Grace Bible Church, Commander of the American Legion, Montana State Board of Morticians and a member of many community organizations.  Dales true loved was his wife and family.  His biggest hobbies were his Clydesdale horses, making trips to the Van Der Geest Dairy Farms in Wisconsin,  and working on his son Joes farm feeding and preparing horses, riding on his 4-wheeler, taking trips with Marlene and seeing his daughters in Branson and Orlando.  One of his greatest accomplishments was the joy of reading the bible with Marlene every morning.
Dale is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Marlene Stevenson of Miles City, MT; three sons:  Joseph Dale and his wife Patricia of Miles City;  Jonathan Lee and his wife Marlys of Dickinson, ND; Todd Floyd and his wife Terri of Miles City; two daughters:  Mary Ann Treat and her husband Tom of Branson, MO and Cathy Alma Hill and her husband Mark of  Orlando, FL; his sister Joan (Roger) Gutknecht of Merrill, WI; twelve grandchildren:  Jason Riley, Scott Joseph (Andrea), Mikel Dale and David Leroy (Suella) Stevenson; Nicholas Jon (Terri) and  Brandon Dale (Wendy); Tiffany Lynn (Ren) Gardner and Todd John Stevenson; Lucas Thomas William and Anna Marie Marlene Treat; and Tori Ann and Brittany Nicole Hill; eight great grandchildren:  Carson Dale, Cooper Douglas, Colton Todd Gardner and one due in January; Joseph Patrick Stevenson; Sadie Marie, Nathan Jon, Ali Ann and Patrick James Stevenson and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his two brothers: Floyd Stevenson & Lee Stevenson, two sisters: Lola Waid & Vera Sutton and three nephews:  Keith Sutton, Gary Van Der Geest and Dean Waid.
A special thanks to Pastor Jerry and Becky Coon, Saint Vincent Health Center and Dr, KayCee Gardner for being by our side with dad.
Funeral services were held on Monday, December 16, 2013 at Grace Bible Church.  Interment will follow in the Custer County Cemetery with full military honors.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting:  www.stevensonandsons.com.

LEONA M. DOERING
Leona M. Doering, age 91 of Merrill, died unexpectedly Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Merrill.
Leona was born March 24, 1922 in the Town of Schley, the daughter of the late William and Lena (Beyer) Mosser. She and Chester Doering were united in marriage January 15, 1941.
Leona was a member of St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Bloomville, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister.
She attended Heller Grade School in the Town of Schley. She worked for Semling & Menke Company from 1968-1985. She was a member of the local 2344 Union. She enjoyed baking cookies for her grandchildren, knitting, crocheting and reading. Leona loved traveling and spending time with her family. She worked many jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles over the years. Leona was a member of AARP and had also served as the local treasurer of the organization for 2 years. She worked at the nutrition site for Park Place and Gleason for 20 years.
Survivors include 7 sons: Ronald (Ramona) Doering, Merrill, Francis (Sandra) Doering, Payson, Arizona, Kermit (Joyce) Doering, Gleason, Norman (Mary) Doering, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Calvin Doering, Gleason, Philip (Sherry) Doering, Colorado Springs, Co., Melvin (Lynn) Doering, Merrill, 3 daughters: Gayle Doering, Freedom, WI, Suzette (Jeffery) Kawatski, Mosinee, WI, Vicky Doering, Milwaukee, W; 4 sisters: Mildred Roman, Joanne Myska, Sharon (John) Madden, Patty Mosser, Sister-in-law: Ada Doering, all of Merrill; 22 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester on September 13, 1985, son: Gregory and grandson: Chase Doering, 2 sisters: Alvina Folta and Dorothy Boquist and 2 brothers: Walter and William Mosser.
Funeral Mass will be 11 am, Monday, December 9, at St. John The Baptist Catholic Church in Bloomville. Fr. Don Kania will officiate, burial will follow at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery in Merrill. Visitation will be from 4-8 PM Sunday, December 8 at Waid Funeral Home and again from 10 am until the time of service at the church. The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com

ELIZABETH S. BEILKE
Elizabeth S. Beilke, age 45, died unexpectedly at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She was born May 18, 1968 in Chicago to the late Joseph F. and Charmaine G. (Dillion) Ziemba. She married Matt Beilke in May of 1989 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill. They later divorced.
Elizabeth was a 1986 graduate of Merrill Senior High School. She most recently worked as a sales person at West Business Services in Wausau. Elizabeth had previously worked at Plaza Banquet as Manager, Lincoln Wood as an assembler and she had also bartended. She was a member of Mount Calvary Church in Schofield and was a member of the Jaycees in multiple areas. Elizabeth loved spending time with her daughter, Hannah “Banana”. They would ride bikes together and go for walks with the
neighbors. They truly enjoyed family outings. Elizabeth also enjoyed spending time with friends and had the opportunity to go to Hawaii with one of them. She volunteered regularly at Hannah’s school, Thomas Jefferson, in Wausau. She will be greatly missed.
Survivors include her daughter, Hannah, Wausau; sister: Lisa Turner, Merrill; brothers: Tim (Michele) Seiwert, Merrill, and Paul (Jewels) Schoener, Schofield; fiance: Jeff Reed, Wausau, and his children: Samantha & Victoria; ex-husband: Matt Beilke, Merrill; seven nephews: Joseph, Andrew and Steven Turner, Dakota, Dustin, and Dallas Seiwert, and Joseph (Sammi) Schoener; and four nieces: Danyssa Seiwert, Jennifer (Scott) Hagen, Amber and Jamie Schoener; sister-in-law: Rosann Jennrich. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
Memorial Visitation for Elizabeth was held Monday, December 9th at Waid Funeral Home. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

LOUIS JOSEPH (LOUIE) SCHROEDER
Louis Joseph (Louie) Schroeder
Louis Joseph (Louie) Schroeder, age 83, passed away peacefully in the presence of family and under hospice care at Kindred Hospital in Northlake, IL and was welcomed to heaven on Sunday, December 1, 2013.  He was born May 18, 1930 to the late George and Armeline (Proulx) Schroeder.  On June 20, 1953 he and Joan Pischel were united in marriage in West Chicago, IL.
Louie was a 1950 graduate of Merrill Senior High School where he was MVP of the Merrill Bluejay football team in 1948, was a cheerleader, played saxophone in the band
and also played for the 1949 Merrill Foxes Football Club.  During high school he held jobs as a taxi driver and bell hop at the Badger Hotel.  After graduation, Louie began studying and playing football at Marquette University.  In 1951 he joined the Air National Guard where he spent the majority of his time as a Military Police Officer with the 128th Refueling Wing in Milwaukee, WI.  In 1953, he joined the Milwaukee Police Force where he spent 11 years before joining the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Department in Chicago IL.  Along the way, Louie and Joan raised seven children together.
Louie retired in 1984 as a Senior Master Sergent after 33 years in the Air National Guard and after 20 years as a Criminal Investigator with the IRS.  In 1985, he returned home to Merrill after residing in Park Forest, IL, for nearly 20 years.  Never one to sit still, he quickly filled his schedule in retirement with employment as a bus driver and monitor for the Peterson Bus Company, leading groups for Weight Watchers, singing Barbershop music, participating in Silver M activities, and bowling for the Jesus Pinbusters.  He was an active member of St. Francis Catholic Church and never let an opportunity to go fishing pass him by, splitting his time between musky and walleye.  He was an avid Packer, Badger and Bluejay fan.  Any spare time was spent travelling and visiting with family and friends.
Surviving Louie are sons Joseph (Carol), Mesa, AZ; John (Yamile), San Diego, CA; Edward (Kathryn), Loveland, CO; Michael (Bonnie), New Lenox, IL; Stephen (Kathy), Mt Pleasant, WI; and David (Rebecca), Wheat Ridge, CO; Daughter Mary (Dean) Ritzmann, Peotone IL and grandchildren Karen, Lisa, Christopher, Jeffrey, Willow, Katie, Megan, Christina, Stephanie, Kathryn, Claire, Collin, Morley and Estelle.  Also surviving are his sister Jeannine Beaulier and brother-in-law Ronnie Beaulier, Kenosha, WI, sister-in-law Mary Paulos, Chicago, IL, sister-in-law Joyce Pischel, Charlotte, NC, many nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends.  He was preceded in death by his loving wife Joan after 50 years of marriage, an infant son Christopher Peter and his brother Georgie Schroeder.
Funeral Mass will be held at 5:00pm, Friday January 10, 2014 at St. Francis Catholic Church 1708 East Tenth Street followed by a supper at the Church Hall.  Visitation will be from 3:00pm – 4:30pm at Waid Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials for Louie may be donated to St. Francis Catholic Church.  Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

DONALD LAWRENCE SODINI
Donald Lawrence Sodini, age 80, passed away on December 4th at the Veterans Administration home in King, WI, surrounded by his loving family. Don was born on May 21, 1933 in Chicago, IL to John Charles and Gretta Mabel Sodini. Don was the oldest of 5 children, Marion Joyce Caroline (Deceased), Joan Marilyn (Claremont, CA), Beverly Jean (Deceased) and John Charles Jr. (Deceased).
He attended Leo High School (Chicago, IL) and graduated from Athens High School (Athens, WI) in 1951. Upon graduating, Don joined the Marine Corps and served courageously during the Korean War until his Honorable Discharge in 1953. Don returned to Merrill and on Juyl 3rd, 1954 married the only love of his life, Joan Bloomquist.
He and Joan would have celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in a few short months. Together they raised 6 children; Vicky (Bill) Davis (Merrill, WI), Renee (Marty) Greenhill (Dover, TN), John (Natalie) Sodini (St. Louis, MO), Jay (Leandria) Sodini (St. Louis, MO), Michelle Sodini (Chicago, IL) and Michael (Laura) Sodini (Chicago, IL). He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.  After completing his apprenticeship, Don worked for many years as a steamfitter. In 1970, he accepted a construction manager’s position with Zimpro, Inc. (Rothschild, WI), overseeing installation of many multi-million dollar wastewater treatment facilities located throughout the US and Internationally. Britain, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Key West FL, St. Louis MO and Anchorage AK are only a few of the many stops Don and Joan shared together throughout his career. On extended trips Don would bring their 17-foot boat the “Joanie Girl” with them. Don Patterson (VP Operations-Zimpro) said, “There were three strong tenets to Don’s success. First, very experienced with Zimpro (and other companies) technology. Second, he would execute a job well done and at the lowest cost without sacrificing quality. Third, a strong commitment to the customers.” After 30 years of service Don retired in 1999 and spent much of his time with Joan, family and friends enjoying “life on the lake”. It was the simple things that he never took for granted, commenting daily on “how fortunate and thankful he was”. Don was absolutely devoted to his wife Joan, who he supported, respected and loved unconditionally. Don was a man of strong faith, believing in the power and strength of Jesus Christ’s love that beauty and peace would await him after his passing. Don lived his life under the Marine Corp mantra, once a marine…always a marine!
On behalf of the entire Sodini Family we would like to thank the entire staff at the VA-King, WI. Not only was the medical care tremendous, the compassionate care was more than we could have hoped for. A Memorial Service celebrating Don’s life will be held at a later date. The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com

HARRIET A. WOLLER
Harriet A. Woller, age 80, of Merrill, passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, under the care of her family, the nursing home staff, and hospice.
Harriet was born December 10, 1932, in Merrill, daughter of the late Walter and Elsie (Zuelke) Harbath. She married Daniel F. Woller on August 7, 1954, in Merrill. He survives. Harriet had been a homemaker and did day care in her home. She had also been employed at the former Best Western Hotel in Merrill. Harriet enjoyed camping, golfing, playing cards and spending time with her “Jenny Towers” friends, and the company of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Harriet had been a member of the Merrill Eagle’s Club, and was a former member of the Mother’s Club and Ladies Aid of the church. Harriet was a devoted and active member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Merrill V.F.W. Post 1638.
Harriet is survived by her husband, Daniel F. Woller, Merrill; two daughters, Debra (Tim) DuFrame, Merrill, and Theresa (Mark) Williams, Brentwood, Tennessee; two sons, Jeffery Woller of Athens, and Patrick (Kathy) Woller, Merrill; twelve grandchildren, Chad, Stephanie, Katie, Molly, Jean, Beth, Kristine, Michael, Amanda, John Baily, Leah, and Michelle; twenty great grandchildren; and one sister, Bernice Knospe, Merrill. Besides her parents, Harriet is preceded in death by her brother, Jerome ‘Bud’ Harbath, and four sisters, Jeanette Michalski, Margaret Ricci, Dorothy Banaszak, and Alice Hinkley.
A Memorial Service was held December 7, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Nathan Kramer officiated. Inurnment will take place in the spring of 2014 in the Veterans Memorial Section of St. Francis Cemetery, Merrill. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

KATHRYN J. ZIMMERMAN
Kathryn J. Zimmerman, age 76, of Merrill, passed away Thursday, December 5 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice. She was born July 26, 1937 in Merrill to the late Phillip and Cecelia (Willett) Bushar. On September 25, 1954, Kathryn and Edgar A. Zimmerman were united in marriage, a union lasting over 40 years. He preceded her in death January 6, 1996.
Kathryn was a home maker who also ran an in-home daycare for many years. She enjoyed children and loved spending time with them. Kathryn loved crafting, crocheting and sewing. She enjoyed cardinals and liked spending time tending to her garden. She also liked working word searches. Kathryn especially enjoyed decorating her home for the
holidays. She was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Merrill.
Survivors include her three children: Terri (Terry) Sukow, Dale Zimmerman and Judy (Greg) Heath, all of Merrill; five grandchildren: Amy (Todd), Sara (Josh), Allen (Jessie), Ryan and Douglas; two great grandchildren: Mikala and Emma; two brothers: Phillip Bushar, Merrill, and David “Pete” (Karen) Bushar, Merrill; three sisters: Betty Jane Kleinfeldt, Merrill, Audrey Haring, Tomahawk, and Phyllis (Raymond) Gilson, Merrill; and a sister –in-law: Alice (Norm) Ziemke. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Edgar, daughter, JoLynn, three sisters, Evangeline Monti, Rosella Bushar and Louise Haring, three brothers, Arnold Bushar, Freeman Bushar and Louis Bushar, five half-brothers, Joseph, Thomas, Edward, Vernice and Otis Bushar, and one half-sister, Marion.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 AM Friday, December 13 at Waid Funeral Home Chapel. Fr. Mike McLain will perform the funeral liturgy. Visitation will be from 4-8 PM Thursday, December 12, 2013 and again from 10-11:30 AM Friday before the service all at Waid Funeral Home. Burial will follow Mass in St. Francis Cemetery. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

FAYE E. MITTLESTEADT
Faye E. Mittlesteadt, age 83, of Merrill, died Sunday, November 24, 2013, at Mount View Care Center, Wausau.
Faye was born March 11, 1930, in Merrill, daughter of the late Edmund and Ruth (Driver) Shepard. She married Norman Mittlesteadt on November 18, 1949, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. He preceded her in death on March 22, 1998. Faye graduated from Merrill High School in 1947. She went on to work as a bookkeeper at Associated Co-op and Weinbrenner Shoe Company, both in Merrill, and Janke Book Store, in Wausau. In later years, Faye owned and operated ‘Faye’s Art Studio.’ Faye was a member and officer of Trinity P.T.L. and Ladies Aid, and the Valpo Guild. She was a charter member and officer of Merrill Area Artists and Wisconsin Valley Art Association. Faye had won many local, state and national art awards.
Survivors include her daughter, Chris O’Hare, of Manchester, MO; three sons, Bruce (Sally) Mittlesteadt, of Hartford, WI, Breck (Bonnie) Mittlesteadt, of Kronenwetter, and Mark (Dawn) Mittlesteadt, of Rothschild; seven grandchildren, Casey (Jeremy) Miller, James (Amanda) Mittlesteadt, Toby (Leah) Frisch, Abbie (Tyler) Belliston, Becky (Jordan) Hensel, Seth Mittlesteadt and Michelle Mittlesteadt; three step grandchildren, Sam, Alex and Lauren; four great-grandchildren, Julian Mittlesteadt, Olivia Christine Frisch, Vera Belle Frisch and Coltrane Belliston; two step great-grandchildren, Tori and Elias; and one sister-in-law, Elaine Mittelsteadt, of Merrill. Faye was preceded in death by her husband, Norman; her parents; two grandchildren, Katie and Brady Frisch; and two sisters, Wilma Forster and Mary Shepard.
The memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, December 6, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Mr. Rod Zimmerman will preside. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, and after 10:00 a.m. Friday, all at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

BENJAMIN "BEN" J. ROBINSON
Benjamin “Ben” J. Robinson, age 75, passed away Monday, November 25, 2013 at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital after a prolonged struggle with lymphoma. He was born June 5, 1938 in Elton, WI to the late Woodford and Harriet (Bricco) Robinson.  On January 28, 1984 Ben and Paulette (Wetterau) Czech were united in marriage in Merrill. She survives.
Ben graduated from White Lake High School in 1956 then attended UW Stevens Point for 2 years. He then joined the US Navy where he served as an electronics technician on PC3 Orion flight crew during the Cold War. Ben served his country proudly for 21 years until he retired in 1978 with the rank of Chief Petty Officer. After his service he
worked as Office Manager for Merrill Gravel then as a salesman for Davies Water Products. Ben enjoyed woodworking and built furniture for his grandchildren. Another favorite past time was listening to Rush Limbaugh daily. He liked to spend his time hunting grouse and deer, gardening, reading, working in the woods or working on his house. Ben especially enjoyed time spent with his family and grandchildren. Ben was very generous of spirit. He extended kindness to everyone he met. He was particularly fond of his family, extended family and grandchildren who were very important to him.
Survivors include his wife: Paulette Robinson, Merrill; son: Joseph Robinson, Seattle, WA; daughter: Dana (Doug) Peterson, St. Cloud, MN, and her children: Bethany, Allie, Benjamin and Tabetha; step-son: Christopher (Lisa) Czech, Athens, and their children: Emily & Derek; step-son: Michael (Lynn) Czech, Edgar and their children: Valerie and Vanessa Czech; eight siblings: Dale (Charlotte) Robinson, Lionel Robinson, Richard (Hisae) Robinson, RoseMary Robinson, Douglas Robinson, Jim (Barb) Robinson, Mike (Beverly) Robinson ad Susan (Dale) Vaughn; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services were held November 30, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. Burial followed at Merrill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials for Ben may be donated to the Honor Flight. Ben’s family would like to extend a special thank you to all the doctors, nursing and care staff at Ministry St. Clare’s including the Marshfield Cancer Clinic staff who were so wonderful to Ben during his illness. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

ELLEN L. FINCH
Ellen L. Finch, age 77 of St Germain, WI passed away on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 28, 2013. She was under the care of her loving husband and five children with assistance from Hospice. Ellen was born in Merrill, WI to Marjorie and Ernest Sparks on January 2nd 1936. 5 children survive her: Julie (John) Olson, West Bend WI; Lori Schwartz, Gastonia, NC; Bruce Finch, Schofield, WI; Robin (Brian) Bloczynski, Wauwatosa, WI; and Brook Finch (Christi Malone), Naperville, IL.; and 10 grandchildren: John (Tracy) Olson; Eric Olson (Fiancée, Sara Steger); Brian Olson (Fiancée, Tutka); Jenny (Tom) Thrash; Heather (Bob) Hare; Jody (Kyron) Williams; Jim and Emily Bloczynski; Fin Malone and Khora Finch; and 11 great grandchildren. Ellen is also survived by two brothers: Jim Sparks, Sebring, FL and Ernest Sparks, Spring
Hill, FL, along with many nieces and nephews, friends and loving neighbors, and her loving husband Jim. Ellen was preceded in death by four sisters: Claire (Howard) Faultersack; Marjorie (Gaylord) Howard; Phyllis (Myles) Weber; and her twin sister Eva (Dale) Jensen.
Ellen will be remembered for her big, beautiful smile and her loving hugs. She was a member of the Plum Lake Woman’s Club and Friends of the Plum Lake Library.
She volunteered extensively in her local community, was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary Post 388 in Wausau, and was a lifetime member of Sayner’s Wildlife Club. Ellen enjoyed working on various newsletters during her life in the Northwoods and working/ volunteering at the library, museum, and a number of other locations. Her craftwork was well known by many.
The family would like to thank the kind care given by the Marshfield Clinic in Minocqua and by Hospice. A special thank you to all the many wonderful neighbors and friends for their love and support. Ellen’s remains will be cremated by Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home. Services was held on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 11:00 am at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5030 Highway 70 West, Eagle River, WI, 54521.
Condolences may be expressed at gaffney-busha.com

HELEN B. SWOPE
Helen B. Swope, age 95, of Merrill, died November 30, 2013 in Aspirus Hospice Care at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Helen was born March 25, 1918, in Merrill, daughter of the late Ella (Seehafer) Uttech and Herman Uttech. On August 17, 1937 she married John W. Swope in Merrill. He preceded her in death on November 2, 1983.
Helen worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Company, Merrill, where after 29 years she retired. Among her favorite pastimes were sewing, growing flowers, crafts and reading. She enjoyed spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.
Survivors include one daughter, Judith Wissen, Phoenix, AZ; two sons, Jack (Katey Hull) Swope, Merrill, and James (Denise) Swope, Palm Bay, FL; 11 grandchildren; 17
great-grandchildren; and 8 great-great-grandchildren. Besides her parents, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, John; and two sisters, Elaine Ruples and Lois Shearer.
The family would like to thank the staff at Pine Crest Nursing Home and Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services for the wonderful care given to Helen during her stay there.
Memorials may be directed to T.B. Scott Library, Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services, or the Alzheimer Association.
Private services will be held at a later date. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

GORDON P. KRAUSE
Gordon P. Krause, age 78, of Merrill, passed away, Thursday, November 28, 2013 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Merrill. Gordon was born December 24, 1934 in Merrill the son of the late Harry and Leona (Maluege) Krause. Gordon and Virginia ( Borchardt ) were united in marriage December 12, 1953 in Merrill a union that lasted 59 years.
Gordon had been a truck driver hauling cars for G.M. for 30 years until his retirement. Gordon enjoyed logging, hunting, fishing, pontoon boat rides, and watching his children and grandchildren playing sports.  He was also a member of St. Stephens United Church of Christ.
Survivors: include his wife: Virginia; Merrill, Children: Angela Steinke; Janesville, Geoff (Karen); Wausau, Mark; Janesville, Grandchildren: Erik (Beth) Steinke, Matthew Steinke, Scott Steinke, Nicholas (Laura) Krause, Zachary (Amanda) Krause, and Sarah Krause. 6 great grandchildren and one on the way.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, 1 brother and 2 sisters. If desired memorial contributions may be made to St. Stephens United Church of Christ.
A private graveside service will be held at a later date, honoring Gordon’s wishes.
The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. On line condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com

STANLEY R. SMITH
Stanley R. Smith, age 82, of Merrill, died Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Artisan Assisted Living, Merrill.
Stan was born February 25, 1931, in the Town of Scott, son of the late Leslie W. and Clara M. (Voigt) Smith. He married Doris ‘Dorrie’ Rostal on February 27, 1960. She survives. After graduating from Merrill Senior School, Stan attended the University of Wisconsin – Steven Point. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 until his honorable discharge in 1954 and was stationed in Korea where he was a tank operator. Thereafter Stan completed his education at UWSP. Stan was an agent with State Farm Insurance for over 40 years prior to retirement. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. Stan was a charter member with the Merrill Kiwanis Club. He was a member of the Merrill Silver M Club and was a Gold M recipient. Stan and his brother Les were the honorary captains at this year’s homecoming football game. Stan enjoyed camping, hunting, and gardening.
Survivors include his wife Dorrie Smith, Merrill; four daughters, Kaye Smith, Woodbury, Minnesota, Anne (Mrs. Mark) Simon, Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, Judy Smith of Marshfield, and Sandy (Mrs. Ricardo) Giorgis of Circle Pines, Minnesota; five grandchildren, Abigail, Jonathan, Mackenzie, Camryn, and Shailee; two sisters, Valencia Grunenwald, Merrill, and Verdelma Guest, Park Forest, Illinois; and one brother, Lester (Sharon) Smith, Racine. Stan is preceded in death by an infant brother, Bobby Ray Smith; and two brothers in law, Floyd Grunenwald and Jack Guest.
A Private Family Memorial Service was held at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Burial will take place in the Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King, Wisconsin.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

ARTHUR DUERR
Arthur Duerr, 85 of Merrill, passed into the arms of Jesus on November 21, 2013 at Bell Tower Residence as a result of Parkinson’s Disease.
Arthur was born June 30, 1928 in Athens, WI son of the late Arnold and Eleanor (Strege) Duerr.
In 1948 he married Gertrude, together they raised five children; Mark (Kathleen), Almond, WI, Jerre (Gloria), Oxford, WI, Rochelle (John Windorski), Thomas, (Ann), Merrill, and Dawn (Dave Meise).
After managing several meat markets, he changed his profession and sold Life Insurance for Aid Association for Lutherans (AAL) in Lake Mills, WI territory and later in
Wausau. He completed 28 years of service for AAL and received National Sales Achievement Award, National Quality Achievement Award, Fraternal Quality Service Award. He was in the Top 10 for Wisconsin Fraternal Life Underwriters of AAL and was chosen “Man of The Year” by Wisconsin Association of Life Underwriters (WALU) in 1985. He attended 45 Conference Honors and in 1988 he received “Distinguished Service Award from WALU.
All his life he was very active in his church. He served on many boards in St. Paul, Lake Mills, and then at Christ Lutheran in Merrill. While in Merrill, he was a member of the Church Council, and as President and Charter Member, played an integral part in the planning and building of a Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS) in Merrill.
He was also known for his one-liner jokes.
He has 16 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Art is preceded in death by his wife, Gert, his parents and one grandchild, Olivia Sue Peterson.
A Christian Funeral for Arthur will be held at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1204 N. Sales St., Merrill was held November 26, 2013. The Rev. James Weiland officiated.
Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

ELSIE M. (WOLLER) JAEGER
Elsie M. (Woller) Jaeger, 96, of Merrill passed away November 19 at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill.  Elsie was born Aug. 27, 1917 in the town of Maine, Marathon County, to Sigmund and Adela (Kasten) Woller.  As the oldest of their 13 children, she shouldered great responsibility in helping to raise her younger siblings.  She was united in marriage to Herman C. Jaeger on June 27, 1942 at Zion Lutheran Church, Town of Maine.
During the war, Elsie accompanied Herman to many U.S. Army bases, forming friendships with families that lasted a lifetime. After WWII, Elsie and Herman moved to Mercer, Wis. where Herman worked for the Standard Oil Company from 1951-1973, and Elsie was his helpmate in the business. They returned to live in Merrill after Herman fully retired in 1977, enjoying the winter months in Weslaco, Texas for many years. In Merrill for the rest of the year they renewed old acquaintances and made many new
friends dancing in local ballrooms.   Herman preceded her in death on June 20, 1992, one week short of their 50th wedding anniversary.
Elsie was an active volunteer throughout her years in Mercer and in Merrill, working with Zion Lutheran and then Faith Lutheran Church in Mercer, with the American Legion Auxiliary in Mercer and with her church in Merrill (St. John Lutheran) and at Pine Crest Nursing Home where as a Grey Lady she called bingo and helped the “old people” until late into her 80s.   She enjoyed baking, knitting and watching the Packers, the Brewers, and the Badgers on TV while making hundreds of pairs of mittens, many pairs of slippers, and scores of afghans until a couple of years ago.  After Herman’s death she traveled several times to Europe (Norway and twice to Germany) as well as to Hawaii and cruises through the Panama Canal and to Alaska as well as bus trips to Canada and various U.S. locations.
Survivors include her daughter Lorraine (Bill) Buehler, Whitefish Bay; sons Roger (Kate Anderson) Oshkosh; Ron (Teri Luebbering), Menomonee Falls; and Keith (Danette Weber), Wausau;  grandchildren Elyse Jaeger, Chelsea Jaeger, Danielle Jaeger, Alexandra Jaeger, and Samuel Jaeger, sisters Adeline Fandrey, Wausau; Eunice (Arlo) Berndt, Merrill; brothers, Amos (Vivian) Woller, Wausau; Bob (Gloria) Woller, Wausau; Clifford (Delores) Woller, Sugar Camp; David (Donna) Woller, Merrill; and in-laws Frances Woller, Wausau, Dorothy Woller, Wausau, Dorothea Woller, Wausau, and Pete Barttelt, Wausau.  She is further survived by many nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband Herman, by her parents, brothers, Raymond, Reuben, Elmer, Harvey, and Loyd, sister, Lorna Barttelt, and brother-in-law Grover Fandrey.
Thanks to the staff of Bell Tower Residence for their conscientious and loving care of Elsie for the last 5+ years and to Ministry Hospice for their care in Elsie’s last days.
Funeral services for Elsie will be on Saturday, November 23 at 10am at Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower in Merrill with Pastor Greg Schmidt officiating.  A visitation will be held at the Waid Funeral Home on Friday, November 22 from 4-7pm and again on Saturday at 9am at Bell Tower until the time of the service.  Burial will take place at St. James Cemetery in the Town of Pine River.
In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated in Elsie’s name to Bell Tower Residence, 1500 O’Day Street, Merrill, 54452.

KAREN MUELLER
Karen Mueller was called to her heavenly home on November 13th, 2013, at the age of 55.  She was born on March 19th,1958 in Merrill, Wisconsin.  She was adopted as a baby and spent most of her life mainly in Appleton and Milwaukee.  During her life, she organized drives to collect food, blankets, etc. for various organizations wherever she lived.  She believed in God and living a Christian lifestyle.  She had a love for nature, especially birds of both the indoor and outdoor type.  Her home was never without a parakeet or two.  Her best friend, Jesse, a gray cockatiel, later found a mission as a best friend to an autistic young man.  Other interests that Karen had were writing poetry (especially Christian-based), painting ceramics for herself and friends.  She also treasured antique items, especially a collection of books that dated back to 1899.  Karen would like to extend a thank you to all of her family and friends in Merrill (known and unknown) and to Peace Lutheran Church in Neenah, WI for all of their love and support.  She also gives a kudos and “well done” to the Pine Crest Nursing Home for their outstanding care and unconditional love, and to Nicole for making all days Happy, Happy, Happy! God bless all of you!  The burial will take place at Merrill Memorial Park on Monday, November 18th at 12pm.  A memorial service will be held at Peace Lutheran Church in Neenah on Friday, November 22nd at 11am with Pastor Schroeder officiating.  Waid Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

GORDON GLEN LANGENKAMP
Gordon Glen Langenkamp, 98, Sturgeon Bay, died Sunday, November 3, 2013. Gordon was born April 7, 1915, in Manitowoc to Joseph and Alma (Halberg) Langenkamp.
While attending Manitowoc Lincoln High School Gordon was active in football, basketball and track. In four high school years he earned 12 varsity letters.
After graduating from the University of Wisconsin in 1939 Gordon taught at Gibraltar High School and coached three sports. Under his leadership, Gibraltar won several Peninsula conference championships.
During WW II Gordon served as a lieutenant (jg) in the US Navy. He served in Atlantic and Pacific theatres as a Navy Gunnery Officer on Merchant Marine ships.
On November 2, 1942, Gordon married Elizabeth Stumpf in Fish Creek, Wisconsin.
After the war, Gordon spent the next 34 years teaching High School students and coaching various sports. He had a strong interest in teaching young people. He spent the last 22 years of his career in Merrill, WI, where he once went undefeated seven consecutive seasons as Freshman Football coach. After moving back to Door County in retirement, Gordon was a member of the Sister Bay Moravian Church and the Sister Bay Lions Club. He was active in volunteer activities. He was an avid golfer and golfed until he was 83 years old. In the winter Gordon enjoyed cross-country skiing. Gordon and Beth are survived by three children: Don(Mary), Green Bay; James(Vida), Milwaukee; Elizabeth Ann(Mark), EauClaire. Grandchildren: Lisa (Scott Kositzki) Langenkamp, Kristina Langenkamp, Jeff (fiancée Robin Bona) Langenkamp, Brian (Dawn) Langenkamp, Amy (William Jackson) Langenkamp, Christopher Langenkamp, Rhea Smith, Kristen(Nate) Shill and Erin (fiancée Tim LaCoursiere) Smith. Great Grandchildren: Isabel and Lauren Langenkamp and Elliott and Lucinda Jackson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Beth, his brother Gurth and his sister-in-law Peggy.
A memorial service was held at the Sister Bay Moravian Church on Thursday, November 7. Burial was at the Moravian cemetery.
Casperson Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
The family would like to thank the staff at Pine Crest Village for the love and care given to Gordon. A special thank you to Chris Parent. Gordon was fortunate to have Chris as his confidant.
Memorials can be sent in Gordon’s name to the Sister Bay Moravian Church.
Online registration at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com

WALTER "WALLY" J. LATZIG
Walter ‘Wally’ J. Latzig 84, of Merrill, died Sunday, November 17, 2013, at his home in Merrill.
Wally was born September 3, 1929, in Merrill, son of the late Walter and Elly (Krajewski) Latzig. He married Betty Ann Osness on September 27, 1952, at our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in the City of Merrill.
Wally grew up on the family farm in the Town of Pine River. He attended Goettchel School, completing 8th grade. He then completed 2 years of vocational school on Merrill’s West side. He began work for Pine River Cheese Company and subsequently he worked on John Deere equipment for Ed and Otto Lueck. For a brief period, he was employed at a hotel in Milwaukee and returned to Merrill to work for Knispel and Krueger John Deere Dealership. He was a popular mechanic and salesman often traveling the greater Upper Michigan and Wisconsin region. In 1977, the company name changed to Knispel and Latzig, as Wally became co-owner. Wally enjoyed fixing
mechanical items and visiting with customers.
After he wed Betty, they lived in Merrill where they resided until 1963. They then purchased a farm on Highway G in the Town of Pine River and raised beef, chickens and pigs. In 1978, they left the farm and moved to their present home on the Prairie River in the Town of Merrill.
Wally was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and served as an usher for many years. He was nominated and accepted in the Who’s Who in America.
Prior to getting married Wally enjoyed flying his own plane. Later, he also enjoyed snowmobiling and making wood with his friend Milt and others. He enjoyed traveling which included Alaska, Australia, Hawaii, Europe and Russia. In more recent years, Wally spent several months a year in Avon Park, Florida with his brother, Warren and other Merrill residents. At home in Merrill, he loved to sit in front of his house and visit with many friends, family and neighbors and also give Gator rides to all the children. He enjoyed the company of his cat Buzz for 20 years.
Wally is survived by his wife, Betty of Merrill; daughters, Cynthia Latzig of Merrill and Megan (Sauro) Tugnoli of Charlotte, NC; sons, Gregory (Susan) of Arlington, WI, Brian (Diana) of Gleason, WI, Mark of Merrill, and Kent (Tammy) of Merrill; 12 grandchildren, Jeremy, Shandra (Timothy) Tremain, Anthony (Melissa), Jonathon, Kimberly, Veronica, Justice (Ashley), Michael, Nicholas (Holly), Joshua (Holly), Karissa and Naoko; and 6 great-grandchildren, Alexis, Damon, Isabele, Isaac, Chad and Austin. Also surviving are sister, Joyce Peterson of Merrill; brother, Warren (Lois) of Merrill; brother-in-law, Ray (Darlene) Osness; and sisters-in-law, Virginia Severt, Elayne (Richard) Ollmann, Phyllis (Ralph) Buch, Janet Beyer-Thums, Carol Osness, Carol Osness, Faye Jean Osness. He will be further mourned by his many, nieces, nephews and friends his life has touched.
Wally was preceded in death by his cat, Buzz; his parents, Walter and Elly Latzig; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Oscar and Lucinda Osness; brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Millie Latzig; brother-in-law, George Peterson; and brothers-in-law and sisters- in-laws, Matt Severt, Harry and Betty Osness, Ervin ‘Jack’ Osness, Oscar and Merrill Osness, Allen Osness, Sr., Dale Osness, David Osness, and Linda Osness.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die: a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.”
Funeral services we at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, November 20, 2013, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Merrill. Rev. Maurice Schaus officiated. Burial will be in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery, Merrill. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and after 9:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, the Latzig family has requested memorials to Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Lincoln County Humane Society, or charity of your choice.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for Walter’s compassionate care.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

EMMA PLAUTZ
Emma Plautz, age 85, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston. She was born November 2, 1928 in the Town of Corning to the late Henry and Marie (Constance) Mohrland. On December 15, 1951 she and William E. Plautz were united in marriage at Trinity Lutheran Church, Town of Berlin. He preceded her in death May 28, 2003.
Emma worked in food service at the Eagle’s Club, American Legion and South of the Border throughout the years. After her retirement from the kitchen, she enjoyed spending her time having fun. Whether it was listening to Polka music, figuring word puzzles or just sitting down and having a good laugh or joking around, you could find
Emma in the middle of it all. She liked reading the newspaper and had many favorite T.V. show including Wheel of Fortune, Price is Right, Matlock, In the Heat of the Night and NCIS. Emma was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Survivors include her eight children: Nancy Simon, Fort Collins, CO, Walter (Nancy) Plautz, Karen Plautz, all of Merrill, Jean (Wayne) Altenburg, Iola, James Plautz, John (Kara Tesky) Plautz, Darlene (Ronald) Ohlmann and William “Bumpy” Plautz, all of Merrill; two grandchildren: Aaron Plautz and William (Michele) Altenburg; five great grandchildren; Brianna, Tyler, Oscheanna, Zachary and Sara; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband William, and 10 brothers and sisters: Mary (Henry) Weigel, Katherine (George) Krass, Helen (Sidney) Kline, Elsie Saeger, Lydia (Norman) Salefske, Ida Mohrland, Ruth (Harold) Hintz, Henry (Verna) Mohrland, Herman (Viola) (Joann) Mohrland and George (Beatrice) Mohrland.
Funeral services were held at 2PM Friday, November 8, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Scott Gustafson officiated. Visitation was held from 10 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial followed in Merrill Memorial Park. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.
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EDWARD F. SIMON
After serving his Lord in home, church and community, our Lord called Edward Frank Simon to His Eternal Home on Friday, November 15, 2013. He was born September 5, 1927, to Frank Simon and Lena (Steger) Simon in the Town of Summit, Langlade County. Ed was baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Town of Summit, by F.W. Droegmueller on September 22, 1927. His sponsors were Leonard and June Simon. He confirmed his faith July 14, 1940 at the same church by Pastor B.P. Wallschlaeger.
In 1945, Ed entered the United States Army, Paratroopers Division, and was deployed to Japan to serve with occupational troops. When he came home, he worked for his cousin, Eugene Simon, hauling milk. With his cousin, he played baseball as a catcher for Kluball’s Bar in Langlade County.
On May 22, 1954, he married Elaine F. Hoeft at St. Matthews Lutheran Church of Deerbrook, WI, with Pastor Paul G. Mueller presiding. Ed and Elaine lived in the Town of Vilas for sixteen years and worked for Ormsby Potato Farms. From there, the family moved to Eagle River to work for Cranberry Products Inc. After a year in Spring Green,
they came back to the Gleason area and Ed worked for his cousin, Paul Simon, at Carl’s Food Lane. After which, he worked at Dave’s Red Owl. Ed retired from Lincoln Wood in 1994.
Ed served as an Elder, and as a member of the Evangelism Committees and Men’s Club in various congregations. He also was President of the North Wisconsin District Walther League for several years. He volunteered loading trucks for the Orphan Grain Train and co-chaired the St. John Food Stand Committee for the Lincoln County Fair and annual Polka Fest.
Ed is survived by his wife, Elaine Simon, of Merrill; three sons, Dean and wife Joanne (Tate) of Appleton, Dale and wife Michelle (Hoffman) of Owatonna, MN, and Daniel of Merrill; one daughter, Diane of Menasha; one grandson, Ian; four granddaughters, Lena and Emma, and Grace and Audrey; two brothers, Herb (Mardell) Simon and Dick (Marion) Simon, both of Merrill; one sister, Louise Zahn, of Shawano; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Zima, of Eldorado, WI, and Patricia Hoeft, of Marion, WI; one brother-in-law, Vinol Bergman, of Gleason; and several nieces and nephews. Ed was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Stephen; two sisters, Margaret (Joe) Wildman and Rosalie Bergman; four brothers-in-law, Clyde Zahn, Don Zima, Harold Hoeft, and Dick Hoeft; and one sister-in-law, Evelyn Simon. Ed will be missed by many who knew and loved him.
The Funeral Service was November 19, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Nathan Kramer officiated. Burial took take place at the Town of Summit Cemetery, Langlade County.
The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran Church and School, Orphan Grain Train, or Missouri Synod Missions.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

SUZANN JOY PICKARD\
Suzann Joy Pickard, age, 54, of Merrill, passed away on Monday, November 18, 2013.
She was born March 31, 1959, in Merrill, daughter of the late David “Tinker” and Joyce (Seehafer) Knospe. She married Michael Pickard on May 7, 1999. He survives. Suzann attended Merrill Senior High School. For the past 35 years she was employed with Lincoln Wood Products of Merrill. Suzann enjoyed spending time with her husband watching their favorite television programs, especially the Green Bay Packers. She also enjoyed visiting with family, reading novels, and playing with her pet dogs and birds. Suzann was a proud mother of her children, Melissa and Robert Espeseth. She was looking forward to becoming a grandmother with her daughter Melissa expecting a child in a few months. Suzann was also very proud of her son Robert who is serving his country with the U.S. Army stationed in Afghanistan.
Suzann will be deeply missed by her husband Mike; children Melissa Espeseth (with Mark Peterson) of Wausau, and Robert Espeseth, U.S. Army in Afghanistan; two step
children Aaron Pickard and Monica Pickard (with Patrick Literski), both of Wausau; three sisters Roxann (Mrs. Richard) Schmidt, Wausau, and Lynann (Mrs. Michael) Isaacson and Diann (Mrs. Robert) Williams, both of Merrill; her mother in law, Kathy Pickard of Merrill; her in laws, Brenda, Debbie, Matt, and Joe; three step grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents, Suzann is preceded in death by her father in law, Edgar Pickard.
A private family gathering will be held at a later date. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

JEAN GRAAP
Jean Graap, age 81, of Merrill, died Sunday, November 10, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Jean was born on February 18, 1932, in Antigo, daughter of Clarence and Helen (Hurning) McElhaney. She was married to Charles L. Graap who preceded her in death in 2006. Jean owned and operated Jean’s Beauty Salon, Jean’s Ceramics, and Jean’s Craft Corner. Jean was a member of Hillside Fellowship Church, Merrill. She drove for Eldershare for many years. Jean loved to cook and bake, camping, stopping at rummage sales, and sewing and making things for her family and friends at Pine Crest Nursing Home. She loved animals. Her favorite television show was ‘Animal Planet’. She always said that was the only show worth watching. If anyone needed any help with anything, Jean was always there to help anyone who needed it. After moving to Pine Crest, the things most important to her were visits from family and friends or just a
phone call. Jean wants to thank everyone for their visits, calls, and gifts.
Survivors include one daughter, Sandy (David) Sherfinski, of Merrill; six sons, Kim Graap, Tod Graap, and Jay Graap, all of Merrill, Guy (JoAnn) McElhaney, of Wausau, Keith (Ruth) McElhaney, of Wausau, and Vern (Kathy) McElhaney, of Weston; 13 grandchildren, Jody (Tammy) Sherfinski, Heidi (Randy) Noland, Billie Joe (Scott) Smith, Charlie Graap (Samantha Korhnhorst), Thomas Graap, all of Merrill, Amy Jo Graap, of Milwaukee, and Ashley Graap (Joey Sabatke), of Merrill, Curtis, Hollie, Angela, Keri, Sarah, and Emily; 15 great-grandchildren, Mitch and Austin Sherfinski, Nick Noland, Dylon and Payton Smith, Landon, Charles and Adalyn Jean Graap, Zoey Sabatke, Claire, Brynn, Isla, Colin, Declan, and Gavin; one brother, Marvin (Virginia) McElhaney, of Wausau; and several nieces and nephews. Jean was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Charles.
The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, November 15, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Allen J. Worlin will officiate. Private burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M. Friday at the funeral home. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

PATRICIA A. KANITZ
Patricia A. Kanitz, age 75, died on Saturday, November 9th, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.  She resided in Merrill.  She was born on October 26th, 1938 to Herman Garatman Jr. and Lena Schulz. On April 26th, 1961, she married Lavern Kanitz at St. Stephens Church in Merrill. Patricia worked at the Oconomowoc Canning Company.  When she wasn’t working, Patricia loved to sit outside when the weather was nice and watch birds.  She also enjoyed going fishing.  When she wasn’t outside, she would watch old movies and listen to country music, especially Conway Twitty.  Patricia enjoyed watching the Brewers and Packers with her children.  She looked forward to going out to eat on Friday nights.  She enjoyed going to Mackinaw Island, Mount Rushmore and Yellowstone Park.  Patricia also visited the Grand Ol Opry.
Survivors include 3 sons; Vern Kanitz, Merrill, Jeff Kanitz, Merrill and Jim Kanitz, Wausau; daughter Lori (William) Koepke of Merrill; 8 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild; sisters Rose Ludtke of Merrill and Bertha Kanitz of Merrill.  Patricia was preceded in death by her parents; husband Lavern; sister Viola Fredrick of Merrill; brother Herman Garatman III of Merrill.
A Memorial Service will be held at the Waid Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 12th at 2pm with Pastor Linda Kuhn officiating.  A visitation will start at 1pm and go until the time of the service.  Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com
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REBECCA LYNN (MOHR) DORGAN
Rebecca Lynn (Mohr) Dorgan, affectionately known as “Becki”, age 40, of Merrill passed away peacefully into the arms of our Lord on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at Aspirus Hospital after a brave battle against synovial sarcoma. 
Becki was born in Merrill to Gerald Mohr and Cheryl Kloss, on February 4, 1973. She graduated from Merrill High School. Becki was a hard worker. Her most recent employment was Merrill Distributing. She had previously worked at Dave’s County Market, JW Perry and Carl’s Food Lane. The job she loved most was being a Mom to her four children.
Becki had a contagious laugh and smile that would light up a room. She loved holidays and birthdays and always embraced time spent with family. She loved playing bingo. Becki was especially lucky at winning. She was a talented artist and took great pride in her crafts; perfecting every last detail.
Becki is survived by her children, Chelsey Dorgan, Braden, Jacob and Damien Roberts. Her parents, Jerry Mohr (Jean Ballmer), Merrill and Cheryl (Kelly) Kloss, River
Falls; grandmothers Phyllis Schlueter and Alice Mohr; siblings Todd (Sherri) Mohr, Eagle River, Amy (Chad) Brown, Gleason; Molly Kloss, River Falls; Alycin (Chad) Charbarneau, Merrill; Lindsay Kloss (Greg Schultz), Woodruff and Jeremy Mohr (Sarah Kleinschmidt), Merrill. She has eleven nieces, five nephews, several aunts, uncles, cousins and an extended-family of relatives.  Becki was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Ray Schlueter, and Donald Mohr, uncles Gary Schlueter,  and Dave Bornfleth,  her aunts  Debbie Bornfleth,  Carol Schlueter, and Pam Mohr.  Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at St. Stephens United Church of Christ. Pastor Linda Kuhn will officiate with burial to follow at Snow Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4pm-7pm Thursday, November 7 at Waid Funeral Home and again Friday 10 am until the time of service at the church.  If desired memorial contributions may be made to the family.
The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences maybe at www.waidfuneral.com

LENA LOKA
Lena Loka, age 104, died Monday, November 4, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home. She was born May 15, 1909 to the late Martin & Mary (Mixes) Rudolph. On October 1, 1955 she and John Loka were united in marriage in Merrill. He preceded her in death in 1973.
Lena worked at Associated Co-Op as a clerk. She was a very hard worker. Lena loved an array of flowers and truly enjoyed gardening and crocheting. She was an excellent baker and loved to share the food she made with others. Lena liked visiting with whoever might stop by but most especially enjoyed being around children. She took great pride in maintaining her home and was very proud her yard, flower and vegetable gardens. Lena was the last of the 6th generation of the Dagis family and 5 generations
remain.
Survivors include three nieces, Lorraine Simon, Gleason, WI, Cara (Steve) Carter, Shelby Dagis, IL and Linda (Rich) Phillip, NC; three great nieces, Sherry Simon, Green Bay, Jan (Marty) Krebs, Junction City, and Nichole Astre; three great nephews, Paul (Patty) Simon, Gleason, Chris (Bridget) Peters and Scott Peters; two great-great nieces, Kayla and Jessica Moses; and one great-great nephew, Eric Bowen. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, John, four brothers, John Dagis, Adolf Dagis, Albert Dagis and Willy Dagis and two nephews, Randy Dagis and Delmar Dagis.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Waid Funeral Home. Pastor Greg Laska officiated. Burial took place in Merrill Memorial Park. The family would like to thank the administration and staff at Pine Crest Nursing Home for their care and love that was shared with Lena. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

MARK WILLIAM BENSON
Mark William Benson, 55, of Merrill, died November 3, 2013, under the care of his family and hospice at his home.
Mark was born on April 3, 1958, in Merrill, son of the late Norman Benson and Reta (Gano) Benson-Silas. He attended Merrill Senior High. Mark married Christine Bohman on July 28, 1979. She survives.
Mark enjoyed riding motorcycles and his snowmobile. He especially loved camping with his family. He enjoyed rummage sales and would often buy an item and refurbish it to sell it to someone else.
Survivors include his wife, Christine Benson, of Merrill; his daughter, Cindy (James) Cook, of Westville, FL; his son, Norman Benson, of Merrill; three grandchildren, Kristin, Jock, and Priscilla, all of Westville, FL; two sisters, Sherry (Daniel) Hodkiewicz and Shirley (Earl) Hinz, both of Merrill; his mother-in-law, Kathleen Swope, of Merrill; three sisters-in-law, Geri (John) Moore, of Tomahawk, Rhonda (Willie) Brietzke, of Merrill, and Mary Bohman, of Irma; and one brother-in-law, Jeff Swope, of Tomahawk. Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Norman Benson and Reta Benson-Silas; and a brother, Larry Benson.
A celebration of Mark’s life will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at the Pine River Town Hall, N1647 Deer Run Ave., from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The Taylor & Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com


DAVID C. NEUMANN
David C. Neumann, Age 72, of the Town of Hamburg, died Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at St. Clares Hospital in Weston. David was born May 9, 1941 in Merrill, the son of William and Clara (Mills) Neumann. He attended school in Merrill. He married Barbara Henrichs February 12, 1972 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill.
David had been a machine operator at Lincoln Wood Products for many years. He was a Santa in Merrill to many area children; he truly enjoyed spending time with the kids. He loved to go out with the guys, having lunch, coffee, and conversation. He enjoyed visiting with people and made friends everywhere he went.
Survivors include: wife: Barbara (Henrichs) Neumann, Town of Hamburg, Son: Edward (Christie) Neumann, Evansville, Daughter: Christa (Patrick) Pasterski, Merrill, Grandson: Chase Neumann, Evansville, Nephew: William Neumann, Chesapeake, Virginia, Dog: Sammy, Cousins: Janice Hurlbutt, Rhinelander, Carolyn Neumann,

Wausau.
He was preceded in death by: his parents: William and Clara Neumann, brother: Jack (Alina) Neumann, and son: Carey Neumann.
Funeral Service November 2, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. Pastor Brian Stolarczyk officiated. Visitation will be Saturday at the funeral home from 10 am until the time of service.
The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com

LEONA AUGUSTA CLARA NAEF
Leona Augusta Clara Naef, age 102, of Merrill, died Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. She was born August 5, 1911 in Merrill to the late Otto and Helen (Sodke) Oldenburg. On September 30, 1933 Leona and Herman Naef were united in marriage. He preceded her in death June 27, 1962.
Leona was a 1929 graduate of Merrill Senior High School. She went on to attend Normal School where she received her teaching degree. After her marriage, Leona was a home maker and also helped on their dairy farm. After Herman died in 1962, she continued farming with her sons until her retirement. She spent much of her time helping
others, from sewing quilts in the Ladies Aid at Calvary Lutheran Church to making mattresses during WWII at the Town of Hewitt town hall. She was always there when help was needed. Leona had cleaned the one room Trappe River School for many years. Leona made treks into the woods for raspberries and kept her vegetable garden blooming and beautiful. Leona was confirmed at St. John Lutheran on March 17, 1925 and was a past member of Trinity Lutheran, Town of Hewitt, and a devoted member of Calvary Lutheran Church. She was also a member of the Calvary Church Choir. Leona was known as an excellent seamstress and bread baker. She was a wonderful cook too and her grandkids couldn’t get enough of her chocolate chip cookies. Leona never drove a car-she rode around on a three wheeler bike.
Survivors include her daughter; Geraldine Koenig, Wausau; sons; Robert (Rosalie) Naef and Herbert (Sheri) Naef, all of Merrill; son-in-law: John Toth, Merrill; eight grandchildren; Glen (Renee) Toth, Merrill, Grace (Greg) Pfingsten, Wausau, Pamela Toth, Merrill, Todd (Laura) Koenig, Athens, William Naef, Merrill, Kelly (John) Kraegenbrink, Merrill, Nathan (Andrea) Naef, Hopkins, MN, and Clinton Naef, Wisconsin Dells; nine great-grandchildren; Sam (Clarissa) Toth, Emily Toth, Kaisha & Kiana Pfingsten, Kristi Oertel, Brooklyn & Korina Kraegenbrink and Alexander & Zachary Naef; and three great-great-grandchildren; Abby Oertel, Autumn Oertel and Bentley Toth. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Naef, daughter, Darlene Toth, three sisters, Olgo Woller, Mildred Schleif and one sister in infancy, and two brothers, Richard and Ralph Oldenburg.
Funeral Services were held Monday, October 28, 2013 at Calvary Lutheran Church, Pine River. Pastor Karen Tews officiated. The burial followed in Merrill Memorial Park, following the luncheon at the church. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

TERESA KLIMIC
Theresa Klimek, 94, of Merrill, passed away Friday, October 25, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Dr. Kate Hospice. She was born August 12, 1919 in Milwaukee to the late Leo and Rose (Pieczynska) Oknewski. She and Harry Klimek were united in marriage at St. Francis Church in Merrill on October 25, 1941. He preceded her in death February 4, 2001.
Theresa attended school in the Town of Pine River. She was a home maker and belonged to the Homemakers Club in Pine River. She also helped on the family dairy farm. Theresa loved to participate in the Lincoln County 4-H fair where she brought many antiques and quilting and cross stitch items to display. She loved working in her outdoor flower and vegetable gardens and working with quilting, cross stitching and sewing. Theresa loved going to rummage sales and enjoyed helping with the church rummage sales. She was a devote Catholic and member of St. Francis Church. Theresa enjoyed going on short trips for fish boils or quilting and had been on countless retreats.
Laughter was very prevalent in her home.
Survivors include her eight children: Sister (Barbara) Mary Zita, Merrill, Harry Klimek Jr, Merrill, Jerome Klimek, Antigo, Kathleen Czajkowski, Racine, Michael (Jean) Klimek, Merrill, Kristine (Andrew) Ellis, Katy, TX, John (Sandra) Klimek, Waukesha, and Debra (Randy) McMahon, Wind Lake, WI; brother: Bernard
Oknewski, Glenmont, NY; sister: Emily (Elroy) Pfingston, Merrill; 9 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Harry Klimek, grandson, Casey Klimek, sisters, Irene Shorey and Dorothy Kanitz, and two brothers, Louis Oknewski and Andrew Oknewski.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at St. Francis Catholic Church. Father Mike McLain performed the funeral liturgy. Burial followed the service in St. Francis Cemetery. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

GEORGIE BAUMANN
Georgie Baumann, age 83, died Saturday, October 26, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. She was born September 4, 1930 in Lackawanna, New York to the late William and Lillian (Wiepert) Moritz. On September 3, 1948 she and Ardell Baumann were united in marriage. He preceded her in death in February of 2007.
Georgie was a 1948 graduate of Merrill Senior High School. After her marriage, she became a home maker, later working many years at the Oconomowoc Cannery. Georgie loved reading, gardening and going to the casino. She was a volunteer at the Library delivering to shut-ins which she enjoyed very much. Georgie enjoyed having company and visiting – especially when it was her grandchildren. She liked her jigsaw puzzles and enjoyed taking car rides out in the country to various places. Georgie was a life member of the DAV Auxiliary.
Survivors include her four children: Laurel Cooper, Amy (James) Kressel, Carrie Baumann and Ted (Tammy) Baumann; eight grandchildren: Robert (Tanya Otto) Bell, Jason Kressel, Adam Kressel, Nathan Baumann, Alex Baumann, Josh Cortright and Jessica Cortright; great-grandchildren: Kayden Cortright, Anthony Cortright and Blake Cortright; three sisters: Rose, Mabel and Frieda; brother: Harold; sisters-in-law: Mary and Phyllis; many nieces and nephews and her baby-the cat Goofy. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Ardell, four brothers-in-law, Lylas, Raymond, Bud and Wimp.
A private family service will be held at a later date. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.


MELVIN H. "MEL" 'MICK" MARSCHALL
Marschall of Waukesha, WI entered immortality on October 26, 2013. He was born in Wausau, WI August 20, 1927 to the late Rudolph and Selma (Seehafer) Marschall. On August 21, 1954 he married Alice Johnson of Irma, WI at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Alice preceded Mick in death in 2002. He was in the class of 1945 at Wausau Senior High School and also a graduate of Chicago Linotype School. He served in combat in the Korean War as an Infantry Platoon Sergeant. A draftee, Mick attained the

rank of Master Sergeant in 22 months and then proudly served as Company 1st Sergeant for the U.S. Army. Mick worked as a railway clerk for the Milwaukee Road for 12 years, sold and leased railroad cars with GATX for 30 years, then joined Pittsburg Tank & Tower as Regional Sales Manager until he entered full retirement.
Mick was a lifetime member of the VFW 40th Infantry Division Korean War Veteran’s Association, a former member of the Milwaukee Traffic Club and MTC bowling league. He attended services at Ascension Lutheran Church, Waukesha. Mel enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially the Wisconsin Badgers and the Green Bay Packers and was a former Boy Scout Leader.
Mick is survived by his sons, Randy (Sandy) Marschall of Ingleside, IL, Dr. Jon (Catherine) Marschall of Waukesha, WI; brother, Clarence (Helen) Marschall of Rib Mountain, WI; sister, Virginia Roche of Wausau, WI; and loving best friend, Marge Petaja of Tomahawk, WI. Grandchildren include: Sheila, James and twins, Hannah and Ben of Ingleside, IL, and Justin and Caitlin of Waukesha, WI. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Alice; his infant daughter, Lynne Renee Marschall; and his brother, Earl “Pat” Marschall of Berwyn, IL.
The visitation for Mick will be held from 4:30 pm. until the 6:30 pm. funeral service on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at the Cesarz, Charapata, and Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd. Waukesha, WI. A second visitation will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 1, 2013 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 300 Logan Street, Merrill. The funeral service will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the church. Entombment will take place in Merrill Memorial Park Mausoleum, Merrill, with military honors conducted by the Merrill VFW Post #1638 honor guard. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the Marschall family with local arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Mel may be given to the American Cancer Society.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

JACK REICHELT
Jack Reichelt, 86, of Merrill died on October 27, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Hospice. Jack was born August 20, 1927 to William and Anna (Euler) Reichelt. He married Rose Frick on March 8, 1968, who survives.
After serving in the Navy, Jack worked at Wausau Papers until his retirement in 1989. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to do wood carvings which he shared with family and friends. After retiring, Jack and Rose travelled to many areas of the United States including Alaska. In his earlier years, he enjoyed racing stock cars, boats, sailing and scuba diving.
Besides his wife, Jack is further survived by one son, David Sr. (Lora) Reichelt; two daughters, Sharon (John) Uttech and Daniete Daley; one brother, Robert Reichelt;

grandchildren, David Jr. (Nicole Goetsch), Jason (Samantha), Kevin, Eric (Kim Walker), Chris (April), Shannon (Cody), Shawn, Matt (Andrea), Tim and Jenny; great grandchildren, Jackson, Wyatt, Makayla, Breonah, Owen, Mike, Jaimie, Bayley and Chloe.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Steve Bowen; two brothers, Wilbur and Arthur; and two sisters, Ethel Nickel and Pauline Dietrich-Teschner.
A celebration of his life was held on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at the Pine River Town Hall. The family would like to thank Pine Crest Nursing Home and Ministry Home Care Hospice. The Taylor & Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.

ERVIN PAUL UERLING
Ervin Paul Uerling, age 71, of Gleason, went to be with Jesus, October  22, 2013. He was born September 5, 1942 to Clarence and Alveria (Mengel) Uerling at Colby, WI. After graduation from Colby High School he joined the U.S. Army, serving in Texas and Germany between 1960-1963. He then served from 1976-1980 in the Wisconsin National Guard.
On October 15, 1966 he married Caroline Hardt at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Athens, WI. She Died in June of 1999. He lived in Stratford Wisconsin from 1966-2002. Ervin was a member of Stratford Recycling Center, Stratford Historical Society and a lifetime member of the Stratford VFW Post 6352     where he served one term as president and several years as Quartermaster. He also was chosen as Stratford’s Finest Citizen for his acts of volunteerism at nursing homes and his church.
On October 26, 2002 he married Nancy Stevens at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stratford. They lived in Gleason. Ervin was a member of Gleason’s Lions Club and a member of the Knights of Columbus. Nancy and Ervin enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and also took a trip to Europe. He also served with the American Red Cross and was deployed twice to New Jersey for Hurricane Sandy relief and for the floods in Illinois. Ervin and Nancy also responded to fire response assistance to displaced families.  He also went on mission trips to Mexico with members of St. John Baptist Catholic Church of Bloomville. Ervin was awarded by the Blood Center of Central Wisconsin for donating over 100 pints of blood. Ervin was an avid reader from a young age. His siblings gave him the nickname, “Prof” for professor as he was always seeking new information.  In his younger years, Ervin liked to deer hunt with his son-in-laws, David and Roger, brothers, Peter and Don and nephews, Mike, Dennis and Mark Uerling at the family cottage, he also hunted with his step son, Brad in Gleason. In later years, Ervin enjoyed fishing with his brother, Don. He enjoyed spending time with his children and especially his grandchildren whom he constantly taught how to build things.
Ervin is survived by his wife, Nancy of Gleason; daughters, Elaine (David) Dellvon of Wausau, and Gloria (Roger) Manicke, of Stratford; step daughter, Barbara (Michael) Ritchie of Merrill; stepson, Brad (fiancé Katie Lee) Stevens of Merrill;  seven grandchildren, Joy, Joanna, Jamie, Brandon, Joshua, Derek and Austin; five brothers; Donald (Maryann) Uerling, Colby, Peter (Theresa) Uerling of Arpin, James Uerling of Princeton, Tom (Karen) Uerling of Tacoma, Washington, and Russell (Christine) Uerling of Olympia, Washington; five sisters; Mae (Leroy) Mattison of Phillips, Pat (Bill) Meyers of Curtiss, Janet Lawniczak of Green Bay, Rose Uerling of Scotsville, Michigan and Jenny (Brian) Shannon of Independence, Iowa. In addition to his parents and his wife, Caroline, Ervin is preceded in death by his brothers, Raymond and John, and sister, June.
Mass of Christian Burial was held October 26 at St. John Baptist Catholic Church in Bloomville. Father Don Kania officiated. Burial followed in St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Stratford. Donations may be made in Ervin’s memory to the American Red Cross. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will live even though they die.” John 11:25. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

VERNON E. HODGSON
Vernon E. Hodgson, age 95, of Merrill, died Sunday, October 20, 2013, at Woodland Court, Merrill.
Vernon was born March 12, 1918, in Antigo, son of the late Richard and Amanda (Bessy) Hodgson. He married Harriet Krahn on July 20, 1945, in Wildwood Chapel, Town of Schley. She survives. Vernon served with the 3rd Medical Battalion, Third Army Division under General Patton in World War II, from 1940 until his honorable discharge in 1945. He attained the rank of staff sergeant, and was stationed throughout North Africa, Sicily, Italy, and Rome. After the war Vernon worked as a foreman with Owens – Illinois in Tomahawk and Milwaukee. Vernon was also a carpenter and enjoyed doing handiwork for family and friends. Hunting, fishing, polka music, gardening, and church work were hobbies that Vernon also enjoyed doing throughout his life.
Survivors include his wife, Harriet Hodgson, Merrill; one daughter, Sally (Steven) Storm, Merrill; five grandchildren, Brenda (Bill) Hartl, Merrill, Brad Hodgson, Merrill, Keith (Amalia) Wegner, New London, Wisconsin, Tammy (Scott) Haig, Merrill, and Steven Storm, Milwaukee; seven great grandchildren, Braylon, Addilyn, Asher, Alayna, Rachel, Scottie, and Justin; and three brothers, Glenn (Elaine) Hodgson, Summerset, Illinois, Wayne Hodgson, Wisconsin Rapids, and Gerald (Audrey) Hodgson, Palmer, Alaska. Vernon is preceded in death by two sons, Leonard Hodgson and the other in infancy; one sister and her husband, Clarice (Gilbert) Johnson; one brother and his wife, Irwin (Mary Jane) Hodgson; and sister in law, Ada Hodgson.
The Funeral was held on Thursday, October 24, 2013, at Wildwood Chapel, Town of Schley, Lincoln County. Pastor Angie Steinhauer officiated. Burial followed in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery with graveside military rites conducted by the Merrill V.F.W. Post 1638 Honor Guard. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

SUSAN STEFFEN
Susan Steffen, age 71, of Merrill, died Thursday, October 17, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Susan was born on December 5, 1941, in Merrill, daughter of the late Jake and Jeanette (Harbath) Michalski. She was a loan officer at Park City Credit Union, Merrill, for 32 Years. She retired in July of 2011. Susan also worked part-time at Dave’s County Market in Merrill. She was a long-standing member of the Merrill Optimist Club and really looked forward to the meetings and various events hosted by the club. She also volunteered for the Park City Credit Union Relay for Life Team. Susan enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and lending a helping hand when she could. She also enjoyed taking trips to casinos.
Survivors include one daughter, Lori (Brian) Baumgart, of Merton, WI; one son, Todd (Deniale) Steffen, of Merrill; three grandchildren, Amanda (Jonathon) Washa, Oshkosh, Bradley Baumgart, of Waunakee, and Matthew Steffen, of Merrill; four sisters, Mary Ann Mares, of Weston, Janet Plautz, of Merrill, Faye Nelson, of Merrill, and JoAnn (Rodney) Rothmeyer, of Weston; two brothers, Tommy (Bev) Michalski, of Merrill, and Jimmy (Jaye) Michalski, of Rhinelander; and several other relatives and close friends. Susan was preceded in death by her former husband and special friend, Robert Steffen; one brother, Larry Michalski; one sister-in-law, Karen Michalski; and two brothers-in-law, James Plautz and Donald ‘Nels’ Nelson.
The memorial service will be held at 11:30 A.M., Friday, October, 25, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Ray Connor will officiate. The family will receive friends beginning at 9:00 A.M. Friday at the funeral home.
The family wishes to thank Susan’s hematologist, Dr. Hamied Rezazadeh, and the Aspirus O.C.U. staff.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

BERNARD W. DRAXLER
Bernard W. Draxler, age 77, of Merrill, died Monday, October 21, 2013, at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital, Weston.
Bernard was born April 3, 1936, in Wakefield, Michigan, son on Mary Draxler, and the late Casper Draxler. Bernard served with the U.S. Army as a radio operator in South Korea. He was a retired employee of the S.N.E. Corporation of Wausau and Mosinee. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, cooking maple syrup, making sausage, and visiting with his friends.
Bernard is survived by his son, Jeff (Jolene) Draxler, Athens; three grandchildren, Brittany (Phil) Draxler-Suckow, Brooke Draxler, and Bradley Draxler; his mother, Mary Draxler of Marshfield; four brothers, Leon Draxler of Leon Lakes, Washington, Richard Draxler of San Francisco, California, Daniel (Alla) Dexter of Baxter Springs,

Kansas, and James (Amy) Draxler of Seattle, Washington; and two sisters, Audrey (Munir) Orgun of Bellevue, Washington, and Sally Blackberg of Columbus, Ohio. Dexter is preceded in death by his father, Casper; a son, Thomas; and one sister, Nancy Draxler.
A private family service will be held at a later date. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

OLGA ZIPP
Olga Zipp, age 99, of Tomahawk, WI, formerly of Merrill, WI, passed away on Wednesday, October 16th, at Golden Living Center – Riverview in Tomahawk, WI.  She was born on June 19th, 1914, one of eleven children born to Matthew and Lena (Boettcher) Jirovec.  On April 26th, 1932, she married Fred Zipp.  He preceded her in death on July 25th, 1993.
Olga was raised on a Town of Pine River dairy farm and a very proud graduate of the one room Brick Yard school, now on display at the Lincoln Co. fairgrounds.  At age 12, she started cutting her father’s hair and that of many other men that worked as loggers in the winter months.  She also cut her brother’s hair, along with her son’s hair and

many of their friends.  This was something that she continued to do well into her 80’s.  She was a former member of St. Francis Catholic Church in Merrill, where she was head cook for the hot lunch program until she retired.  After Fred’s retirement, they moved to their Lake Alice home in Tomahawk, where they enjoyed watching wildlife, fishing, raising honey bees and making maple syrup.  In her younger years, you could find her working in their large garden.  Their homes were always a gathering place for relatives and friends.  Olga was an excellent cook and all of their friends and relatives liked to stay and eat.  Fred and Olga were in a bowling league for many years and were very active in the Eagles Club in Merrill, Olga twice being president of the Ladies Auxillary.
Olga is survived by her seven children; Robert (Bob) Zipp, Tomahawk; Phil (Caroline) Zipp, Tomahawk; Glenn (Julie) Zipp, Peoria, IL; Marge (Phillip) Kamke, Merrill; Larry (Mary) Zipp, Niagara, WI; Patrick (Linda) Zipp, Green Bay, WI; Debby (Tim) Symonds, Tomahawk; nineteen grandchildren; thirty-five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by one sister, Venita (Carlen) Stevens, Merrill; one sister-in-law, Erma Neumann, Wausau and many nieces and nephews.  Olga was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; one grandchild; one great-grandchild and nine of her brothers and sisters.
The family of Olga Zipp would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Riverview Nursing Home for the wonderful care that they extended to her.  Olga considered them to be part of her family.  We would also like to thank Father John Anderson and his staff for taking care of her spiritual needs with such caring compassion.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Olga will be celebrated on Saturday, October 26th at 11am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tomahawk, with Father John Anderson officiating.  The family will receive friends from 9:30am until the time of Mass. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Legacy Fund.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.


JAMES MARX CORROO
James Marx Corroo, 70, of Merrill, passed away unexpectedly Thursday Oct 10th, 2013 as a result of an unfortunate car accident.
He was born on September 18th, 1943 in Milwaukee Wisconsin to the late Joseph and Leona (Gleesing) Corroo. Jim graduated in January of 1962 from Bay View High School, Milwaukee, and soon after attended UW Whitewater.
Jim moved to the Merrill area along with his first wife Kathy in 1969 and always considered Merrill his “home”. Jim owned and operated many businesses in the Merrill / Wausau area where he met and made life-long friends.
On August 27th, 1988 he married Daria Krause, they were married for 25 years, and she survives.
Jim truly enjoyed life and had many past times which included bowling (evident by his 197 lifetime average over 40 years), golfing, gardening, playing cards and spending
time with his friends and family. He often spoke of the great times spent at Gaedtke’s shack, where he was considered family.
In the 1970’s he was involved in the Merrill Area Jaycees as well as Merrill’s Community Theater in which he played the lead role in “Room Service”. Jim had a zest for life and could tell a story like no other. He will be deeply missed by his family and many friends.
Survivors include his wife Daria (Krause) Corroo, Merrill; Kathleen (Mike) Slavin, Stevens Point, (mother to his children); children CarrieJo (Jim) Nelson, Kristen (Andy) Mann, Jason (Sheila) Corroo, and Jessica Matteson all of Merrill; grandchildren, Matthew (Amy), Jared, Katelyn, Joshua, Ryan, Eric, Andrew, Peyton, Hilory, and Lydia; siblings William (Becky) Corroo, California, and Joanne (Bill) Wyss, Racine, Wisconsin; Father-in-law Fred Krause, Irma; Mother-in-law Ardeth Krause, Merrill; Sister-in law Debbie (Dragos) Zeicu, Florida; Brothers- in- law Kevin (Sherry Bees) Krause and Kallen (Lisa) Krause, both of Wausau; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one daughter Heidi Corroo; grandson Mitchell Lemon; and his parents Joseph and Leona Corroo.
The funeral was held October 15, 2013, at St. Stephens United Church of Christ, Merrill. The Rev. Linda Kuhn officiated. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

PEARL H. WALDBURGER
Pearl H. Waldburger, age 80, of Tomahawk, died Sunday, October 13, 2013, at Golden Living Center – Golden Age, Tomahawk.
Pearl was born December 29, 1932, in Merrill, daughter of the late Arnold and Lucy Wyland. She married Fred Waldburger, Jr. in April of 1950. They later divorced. Pearl was a clerk at the former McClellan’s in Merrill. Pearl enjoyed antiquing, gardening, baking, and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include seven sons, Fred (Janet) Waldburger, of Stoughton, WI, Michael Waldburger, of Tomahawk, Jimmy (Cindy) Waldburger, of Merrill, Richard (Sue) Waldburger, of Green Lake, WI, Ronald (Christine) Waldburger, of Solon, IA, Larry (Vicki) Waldburger, of Merrill, and Kirby (Renee) Waldburger, of Belton, TX; 27 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and seven siblings, Patty (Scott) Stevenson, of Tomahawk, Loretta ‘Pudge’ (Ron) Hulke, of The Villages, FL, Verdaine Mattson, of Merrill, Delores ‘Toppy’ Smith, of Medford, Sandra (Fran) Doering, of Payson, AZ, Allan (Doris) Wyland, of Hamilton, MT, and Arnold (Carol) Wyland, of Merrill. Pearl was preceded in death by one son, Bruce Waldburger; and two sisters, Emily Streich and Glorian Sukow.
The funeral service will be at 10:30 A.M. Friday, October 18, 2013, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Maurice Schaus will officiate. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Town of Rock Falls, Lincoln County. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Thursday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and after 9:30 A.M. Friday at the church.
The Waldburger Family wishes to thank the staff at Golden Living Center – Golden Age for the care given to Pearl.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com


THEODORE W. "TED" LEMANSKI
Theodore W. “Ted” Lemanski, Jr., age 69, of Merrill, died Monday, October 14, 2013, at Golden Living Center – Riverview, Tomahawk.
Ted was born October 16, 1943, in Merrill, son of the late Theodore W. and Ann C. (Ody) Lemanski, Sr. He married Diane C. Lambrecht on September 26, 1964, in Merrill. She survives. Ted worked at Crestline in Wausau for 30 years, retiring in 1999. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from March 1966 until his honorable discharge in March of 1969. From 1966 until 1968, Ted was stationed in Augsburg, Germany. His son Richard was born in Germany during this time.
Survivors include his wife Diane C. Lemanski; two sons, Richard “Rick” (wife, Julianna) Lemanski, and Todd (wife, Tiffany) Lemanski; one granddaughter, Brianna Diane Lemanski; and his best friends, Dave Woellner and Tina Kluckman.

Services for Ted will be private. Inurnment will take place at a later date in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery Veterans Memorial Section. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

ELAINE B. GRULING
Elaine B. Gruling, age 87, of Merrill, died Sunday, October 13, 2013, at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill.
Elaine was born on March 13, 1926, in Merrill, daughter of the late Edwin and Adelia (Sabatke) Kleinschmidt. She married Gerhart A. Gruling on June 30, 1945, in Merrill. He preceded her in death on December 8, 1996. Elaine had worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Company in Merrill, and had also worked as a receptionist at Dr. Rajek’s Dental Office in Merrill. Elaine was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. She enjoyed embroidery, cooking and baking.
Survivors include two sisters, Jeannie (Harlan) Storm and Helen Frederick, both of Merrill; a dear friend, Mary Ann Zastrow, of Merrill; two sisters-in-law, Betty Tierney, of Wausau, and Lee Gruling, of Montello; one brother-in-law, Robert (Eppie) Gruling, of Merrill; and many nieces and nephews. Elaine was preceded in death by her husband, Gerhart Gruling; her parents; her grandparents; and one brother, James Kleinschmidt.
The funeral service was held on October 17, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Scott Gustafson officiated. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com


EVELYN BERGH
Evelyn Bergh, age 87, passed away on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Artisan Assisted Living in Merrill.
Evelyn was born on April 5, 1926. She was the daughter of Walter and Dorothy (Peterson) Woellner. Evelyn married Robert Bergh on May 24, 1947. He preceded her in death on January 24, 1987. They lived in many places due to Robert’s role in the U.S. Air Force including Illinois, Michigan, California, Alaska, Texas, Montana and England.
Evelyn graduated from Merrill High School in 1944. Evelyn was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, where she volunteered frequently and was a past member of .
the Church Council. Evelyn also volunteered at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center.
Evelyn most enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be sadly missed by them. Evelyn also enjoyed traveling, needlework and playing cards.
Evelyn is survived by her three children, Jean Meyer of Merrill, Mary Peters of Merrill and Paul (Sue) Bergh of Plover; six grandchildren, Jesse (Meg) Peters of Sun Prairie, Lucas Meyer (Carrissa Mutz) of Wausau, Amy Meyer of Wauwatosa, Leah (Terry) Zastrow of Merrill and Andy Bergh and Olivia Bergh of Plover; and four great grandchildren, Sara Zastrow, Taylor Zastrow, Mason Meyer and Ben Zastrow. Evelyn is also survived by two sisters; Mae Lupton and Lorraine Schneider; one brother, David Woellner; two sisters-in-law, Marlene Woellner and Dorothy Bergh, all of Merrill; and many nieces and nephews. Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three brothers, Hugo, Louis (Jenny) and Donald Woellner; and two brothers-in-law, Elmer Lupton and Harold Schneider.
The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 11, 2013, at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Maurice Schaus will officiate. Burial will take place at Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and after 10:00 A.M. Friday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

ARTHUR E. 'ART' VOELZ
Arthur E. “Art” Voelz, age 91, of Merrill, died Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Art was born July 23, 1922, in the Town of Scott, Lincoln County, son of the late August and Nathalie (Freitag) Voelz. He married Betty Ann Sense on May 31, 1947, in St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. She survives. Art and Betty owned and operated a dairy farm in the Town of Scott for 40 years. Art drove a milk truck from 1936 until 1960, and he owned the first forage harvester in Lincoln County and did custom work with it in surrounding townships filling 20-30 silos every year. Art delivered both the Wausau Daily Herald for 23 years and the Merrill Foto News for 30 years. He delivered Meals on Wheels and enjoyed doing many other volunteer tasks. Art was a former usher at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill, and had also served on the Board of Finance. He was a former director at the North Central Water Shed, Consumers Co-op in Merrill, and the Pine River Farmers Dairy Co-op. Art was also a former member of the Lincoln County Holstein Association. In his leisure time, Art enjoyed playing cards and listening to and dancing to polka music.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Ann Voelz, Merrill; one daughter, Tia Hein, Shawano; three sons, Tom Voelz and Tim Voelz, both of Merrill, and Tod Voelz, California; five grandchildren, Jasmin, Craig, Travis, Hannah, and Gunnar; one sister in law, Mavis Voelz, Merrill; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, Art is preceded in death by six siblings, Ellen Erickson, Mabel Hanson, Viola Dengel, Edna Baguhn, Alfred Voelz, and Wilbert Voelz.
The funeral will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, October 12, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Nathan Kramer will officiate. Burial will follow in Faith Church Cemetery North, Town of Maine, Marathon County. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Friday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and after 9:30 A.M. Saturday at the church.
The Voelz Family wishes to thank the staff at Pine Crest for the care given to Art.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

GILBERT 'GIB" C. SCHNEIDER
Gilbert “Gib” C. Schneider age 81, of Merrill died Sunday, October 6, 2013, at St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston. Gilbert was born August 14, 1932 in the Town of Scott, to the late Christian and Erna (Sense) Schneider.
Gilbert had spent most of his life dairy farming, he also worked at Semco for some time and with the Green Thumbers at the Council Grounds.  He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, flowers, gardening, cooking and canning. Gib was very social, he loved to visit at the local farmers market.
Survivors include: 2 sisters: Phyllis  Bauman, Merrill,
Lorraine Swift, Kenosha; nephews and  nieces: Dave (Nancy) Bauman, Little Canada, MN, Sara (John) Nordling, Fort Wayne, IN, Ruth Bauman, Milwaukee, Mary (Thomas) Schmitt, Omaha, NE, Paul (Katrina) Swift, Kirkland, WA, and Allen (Linda) Swift, Kenosha.  Gib was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Margaret Schneider, 2 brothers Warren and David, and 2 brothers-in-law: Lyle Bauman and Philip Swift.
Funeral service was held Thursday at St. John Lutheran Church. The Rev. Nathan Kramer and Bob Schneider Officiated, burial will followed at Merrill Memorial Park.  If desired donations may be made to St. John Lutheran Church or School.
The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com


CHARLES 'CHARLIE' S. FAGERLIN
Charles “Charlie” S. Fagerlin, 92, of Merrill, died Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital after a short illness.
Charles was born August 9, 1921 in Superior, Wisconsin to Charles & Nora (Jacobson) Fagerlin. He married Clara Hessler April 5, 1946 in Superior, WI. She died December 7, 2000.
Charles was a 1939 graduate of Superior Central High School. He served in the United States Army Signal Corps as a radar operator in India and Burma during WWII. Following his discharge after the war, Charlie completed his Bachelor of Education degree at Superior State Teachers College June 5, 1947. He began his music teaching career in Nekoosa, WI in 1947 with stops in Clintonville, Stevens Point and Monona before retiring in 1977 after 31 years. Charlie and his wife, Clara, then moved to Merrill in 1978. He worked part time as a janitor for Park City Credit Union for several years. Charlie was an avid woodworker and a member, and eventually president, of the Merrill Area Artist’s Association. He was also a member of the Lincoln County Commission on Aging Board for a number of years and wrote the “Charlie Sez” column for the group. Charlie was very involved with the Alzheimer’s Association, from which he received the Caregiver of the Year award.

Along with woodworking he enjoyed traveling, especially to Lake Superior where he loved to see the ships sailing on the clear blue water. Charlie was a gifted writer and enjoyed writing for the Foto News regarding being a caregiver for the Alzheimer’s Association. He had volunteered many years for Eldershare where he made woodworking kits for the older gentlemen.
Charlie is survived by his son, Stan Fagerlin, of Merrill; daughter, Diane (Michael) Everson, Merrill; granddaughter, Kristine (Adam) Baker, Cudahy, WI; brother, Warren (Dorothy) Fagerlin, Barron, WI; two nephews, Steve (Cathy) Fagerlin and Roger (Ann) Fagerlin; niece, Marie (Dan)Hastings; grandnephews and nieces and great-grand nephews and nieces.
A Funeral Service for Charlie was held October 7, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Smallman officiated. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association or to Bell Tower Residence. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

DIANA L. ALSTEEN
Diana L. Alsteen, age 48, of Merrill, died Thursday, September 26, 2013, at her home.
Diana was born July 19, 1965, in Merrill, daughter of the Gerald Lemke and the late Charlene (Ziemer) Lemke. She married Jerome Alsteen, Jr., on May 12, 1986. Diana was a homemaker and enjoyed taking care of her grandchildren. She also enjoyed her pets, watching movies, listening to music, gardening, and cooking and baking.
Survivors include her husband, Jerome Alsteen, Jr., of Merrill; her father, Gerald Lemke, of Merrill; one daughter, Angel Roggenbuck, of Wausau; one son, Jerome Alsteen III, of Merrill; three grandchildren, Zander, Aria and Armani; one sister, Susan Spatz, of Mosinee; four brothers, Gary Lemke, Daniel (Jamie) Lemke, Allan (Dawn) Lemke and John Lemke, all of Merrill; one godson/nephew, Rick Roggenbuck, of Merrill; and many aunts, uncle, cousins, nieces, and nephews. Diana was preceded in death by her mother, Charlene Lemke; and one niece, Melissa Sue Lemke.
There will be a family gathering and celebration of Diana’s life on Saturday, October 5, 2013, beginning at 1:00 P.M., at the Town of Pine River Town Hall. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com


LEE EDWARD 'PAPA' DEATES
Lee Edward “Papa” Deates, age 74, of Merrill, passed away at his home Tuesday, September 24, 2013 under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. He was born March 18, 1939 in Merrill to the late Clarence and Irma (Wiedenhoeft) Deates. On August 12, 1961 he and Kathleen Kettleson were united in marriage in Manawa, WI, a union lasting over 52 years. She survives.
Lee served in the U.S. Army after high school. He was an insulator and was a member of the Local #127 Union. Lee was a very talented woodworker who loved to make things for his family and friends. Some of Lee’s specialty furniture pieces were beds and among other items, he enjoyed making bird feeders. He was an avid deer, bear and turkey hunter and enjoyed many pheasant hunting trips with his sons in South Dakota. He loved going to the family shack in Price County. Lee also enjoyed spending time in the woods, harvesting wood for his home. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren very much and was known as “Papa Deates” to many, including the children at Gramma Deates Childcare where he enjoyed helping his wife. Lee was an usher at St. Francis Catholic Church where he had
been a member for over 50 years. He was also a member of the DAV and the NRA.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Kathleen Deates, Merrill; children, Kevin (Maria)Deates, Stevens Point, Steven Deates, Merrill, Kelli (friend, Mike Strenke)Deates, Merrill, Peter (Jennifer) Deates, Kenosha, and Dameon Deates, Merrill; grandchildren, Michelle Deates, Matthew Deates, Erin Lassa, Jourdyn Deates, Allison Wilde, Marissa Wilde, Morgan Wilde, Jessica Narlock, Jacob Deates and Josie Deates; great-grandchildren, Allysa, Alliya, David, Gage, Avery, Kanin and Maddyn; many nieces and nephews and his dog, Myley. He was preceded in death by his parents and two sisters, Margie Benzinger and Phyllis Kretschmer.
A Memorial Service was held Monday, September 30, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. Father Joe Kleinheinz conducted the funeral liturgy. The family would like to thank the staff at Marshfield Clinic Cancer Care, Aspirus Hospice and Good Samaritan Health Center for their wonderful care and compassion. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

ELEANOR GRABOWSKI
Eleanor Grabowski, age 95, passed away on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. Eleanor was born April 14th, 1918 in Hartford, the daughter of George and Matilda (Hefter) Paff. She was full of life, a very accomplished seamstress and loved her family. Eleanor is survived by her nieces, Andrea (Dana Plew) Paff, Robin (Paul) Holte, and Jocelyn (Anthony) Schreier; nephews, Mark (Carol) Paff, and Jay (Stephanie) Paff; great nieces and nephew, Jessica (Dan) Polcyn, Karianna Holte, Serena Holte, and Jeremy Schreier. She was preceded in death by her husband; son, Edward Jr.; parents; sister, Catherine Paff; and brother, John Paff. Per Eleanor’s wishes, no services will be held. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.


WILLIAM 'BILL' ROBERT KLADE
William “Bill” Robert Klade, age 76, passed away on September 28th 2013 at the Aspirus Hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin.  Bill was born on September 16th 1937 to Fred and Mildred(Plautz) Klade in Tomahawk.  Bill graduated from the Merrill high school in 1956 and joined the Army from 1956-1959. Bill met Barbara Euler and they were joined in marriage on November 12th 1960.  He had worked on the family farm for the first 30 years of his life. Bill then went to work for Mohawk Contracting Company doing concrete construction for 28 years.  When Bill was not working, he loved spending time with his family, and especially his beloved grandkids and great grandkids.  He enjoyed woodworking and helping his grandkids make all sorts of things.  Bill loved to hunt deer and enjoyed the sport of fishing.  Bill even had a stand in the backyard of his son-in-laws home, Tim.  He also enjoyed his coffee time with the boys.  Bill was a member of The Bible Presbyterian Church in Merrill.
Bill is survived by his wife, Barbara June Euler Klade; his sons, Bill Jr. Klade, Merrill and Justin (JoAnn) Klade, Genoa City; daughters, Liane (Mark) Katzenberg,

Genoa City and Deena (Tim) Rathbun, Merrill; his grandkids, Michael (Tiama) Rathbun, Merrill, Tiffany “Angel” (Kenny) Tupa, Merrill, Daniel (Jackie) Katzenberg, Genoa City, Lindsey “Princess” (Ken Roth) Katzenberg, Genoa City, RJ (Samantha Sojka) Klade, Genoa City and Christi “Precious” (Steven Mullens Jr.) Klade, Genoa City; his great grandkids, Eliza “beautiful blue-eyed girl”, Abel and Mickey; brothers, Doyle Klade, Tomahawk and Rowe Klade, Merrill; sisters, MaryAnn Weisskopf, Merrill, Helen Lange, Tomahawk, Sandy Euler, Crossville, TN and Ida Schulz, Merrill.  He was preceded in death by his parents; 4 brothers, Dick, Roger, Junior, Tom and Dennis; 2 sisters, Donna  and Faye. 
Funeral services were held on Thursday, October 3rd at The Bible Presbyterian Church in Merrill.  Pastor Robert Smallman officiated.  Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

LARRY E. SCHULZ
Larry E. Schulz, 67, Tomahawk, formerly of Merrill, passed away on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk.
Larry was born May 30, 1946, in Merrill, son of the late Ervin and Lydia (Saeger) Schulz. Larry enjoyed working with Lincoln Industries, Tomahawk, and prior to that working with Our Way, Inc. in Merrill. His favorite pastimes were bowling, working on puzzles, watching the Green Bay Packers, knitting, and activities at the Vineyard Church.
Survivors include three sisters, Phyllis Weihert, West Bend, Lynette Krause, Wausau, and Carol (Mrs. Bob) Roets, Lake Windsor; uncles, aunts, cousins and friends. Larry is preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Darlene Ingersoll; and two brothers in law, Jerry Weihert and Lavern Krause.
The Funeral Service was on Monday, September 30, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Joel Hoelter officiated. Burial will take place at a later date in Faith Lutheran Church Cemetery, Town of Maine. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com


GILBERT J. KRAUSE
Gilbert J. Krause, age 83, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born November 25, 1929 in Merrill to the late John and Anna (Koehler) Krause. Gilbert and Phyllis Kottke were united in marriage June 25, 1955 in Merrill, a union lasting over 52 years. She preceded him in death July 5, 2007.
Gilbert graduated from Merrill High School, class of 1947. He was a farmer his whole life. Gilbert was also a logger and enjoyed making firewood. He liked to busy himself picking rocks on the farm. Among other hobbies, Gilbert enjoyed listening to Polka music and playing cards. He enjoyed deer hunting in the Merrill area for many years. Gilbert was a long time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill.
Survivors include his son, John (Bonnie) Krause, Merrill; two grandchildren, Joshua Krause and Adam Krause; three great-grandchildren, Mackenah Krause, Johnny Krause and Ace Krause; sister Phyllis (LJ) Kottke; brother, Eddie (Emogene) Krause; eight sisters-in-law, Carol (Phil) Krause, Joanne (Roger) Ruehs, Marlene (Don) Johnson, Betty Kottke, Kathy Kottke, Ginny Kottke, Marion Kottke, Lavine Krause; and three brothers-in-law, Wallace (Judy) Kottke, Wayne (Ev) Kottke and Delmar Zocher. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Phyllis; brother, Lawrence; two sisters, Sylvia (Snoddie) Sturm and LaVila (Elroy) Schmidt, two brothers-in-law, Lloyd Kottke and Donnie Kottke and sister-in-law, Margie Zocher.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 1st at Trinity Lutheran Church with Rev. Scott Gustafson officiating. Entombment will follow in Merrill memorial Park Mausoleum. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

BETTY LOU MYERS LAPHEN ASHWELL
Betty Lou Myers Laphen Ashwell went home to Jesus on September 23, 2013. At age 86, she passed after a courageous battle with cancer, at the home of her daughter in Merrill with her children at her side.
Survivors include her children, Morris (Marge) Laphen, of Illinois, Antonia Wilson, of Idaho, Patsy (George) Keller, of Connecticut, Ellen (Barry) Ott, of Idaho, Freida (Garth) Swanson, of Merrill, Wisconsin, and Nick (Kathy) Laphen, of Illinois; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her husbands, Kelly Laphen and Charles Ashwell; a son, Kelly Laphen; a daughter-in-law, Janice Laphen; and a stepdaughter, Carmella Lipinski.
A memorial service was held Wednesday, September 25, 2013, in Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill. Sister John Marie officiated. Burial will take place at a later date in Chat Cemetery, Town of Birch, Lincoln County, Wisconsin. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
The family would like to thank Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services for the care of their mother.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com


JAMES E. "JIM" MICKELSON
James E. “Jim” Mickelson, age 68, of Merrill, died Friday, September 20, at Colonial Manor in Wausau.
Jim was born October 10, 1944 in Merrill the son of Palmer and Ruth (Thompson) Mickelson. He was educated locally at Merrill High School later he attended college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and  Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. Jim served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.  Jim worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Company as a systems and programming manager for several years.  His father Palmer Mickelson was a football coach and athletic director at Merrill High School for many years. Each year the Mickelson outstanding athlete award is given in honor of Jim’s father. The award is based upon sportsmanship, scholarship and participation. He enjoyed following the Green Bay Packers, he was also a shareholder. Jim enjoyed hunting at the Cree Jan hunting shack in the Newood area for many seasons. He had a wonderful sense of humor which he freely shared with everyone he met.
Survivors include: 3 cousins; Craig, Cindy and Candace Neddersen and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents. Donations may be directed to the

Friends of the Evjue School Forest of Merrill, Inc.
Memorial Liturgy was held Thursday at Waid Funeral Home. The Rev. Fr. Joe Kleinheinz officiated. The Waid Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com

BENJAMIN JOEL GUITE SR. (BENJI)
Benjamin Joel Guite Sr. 50, Merrill, WI, passed away on Wednesday September 18th at Wausau Aspirus Hospital. He was born January 14th 1963 in Eau Claire WI.
He served in the U.S. Army and was an over the road truck driver for Elite Carriers, his brother and sister-in-laws company. He also worked for Wisco Security as a security officer.  He loved to travel and spend time with his family. Benji was also an avid Broncos fan.
He is preceded in death by his sons David and Tyler.
Survivors include his wife Peggy, his father Ben, his mother Muriel, his brothers Greg, Richard, and Kenny, his sisters Kathy, Christine, Victoria, Patty and Debbie. His Sons Quincy, Chase, Benji Jr., Colby, Chris, and Ashley. His Daughters Crystal, Nyleen, Kayleen, Shayleen, and Seleen. And his Grandchildren Hunter, Kimberley, DaCoda, Courtney, Madilyn, Ethan, Dawson, and Loreli and Makayla.
The funeral will be held Saturday September 28th at St John Lutheran Church in Merrill starting at 11:00 Service beginning at noon. The viewing will be held on Friday September 27th from 4 to 8 pm at the Waid Funeral home in Merrill. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

WILLIAM L. LEOPOLD
William L. Leopold, age 91, of Merrill, died Thursday, September 19, 2013, at his home, under the care of his family and hospice.
Bill was born August 4, 1922, in Merrill, son of the late August and Anna (Hanson) Leopold. He married Marie A. Strasser on September 16, 1944, in Merrill. She survives. Bill had worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Company, Merrill, and retired after 48 years of employment. Bill enjoyed spending time at the family cottage in the Boulder Junction area, fishing, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include his wife, Marie Leopold, Merrill; his son, Jerry Leopold, Merrill; one grandson, Jeremy Leopold, Merrill; two great grandchildren, Peyton and Chloe; one sister, Shirley Pfingsten of Merrill; and one brother, Albert Leopold, Merrill. Bill is preceded in death by seven siblings, Elsie Janisch, Mae Wenzlick, Carl, George, Ray, and Fillmore Leopold, and Paul Leopold, Sr.
The Funeral Service was held on Monday, September 23, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. R. Brian Stolarczyk officiated. Inurnment will take place at a later date. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com


ELIZABETH "BETTIE" SWAN
Elizabeth “Bettie” Swan, age 73 of Merrill, died Friday, September 20, 2013 at Aspirus Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 29, 1940 in Lapeer, Michigan the daughter of Sylvester and Pearl (McConnell) Houck. She attended Lapeer High School. Bettie and John Swan were united in marriage in Harrison, May 28, 1960 a union that lasted 53 years. She and her husband farmed for 35 years in the town of Corning.  Bettie held many jobs over the years she was a homemaker, she also worked at Fox Point, the Cranberry Marsh, The Clothes Line, and as a home health aide. She had her own exercise salon in the 80’s. Bettie had been a foster parent for over 30 children over the years, she also was a counselor at Lincoln Hills School.
Bettie was very creative and crafty, she enjoyed painting, ceramics and spending time in her patio garden. She liked  camping and vacationing in Florida. Bettie was very family oriented, Bettie always made every event a family event.  She was an active  member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. She had a deep faith, that was evident in her everyday life.  Survivors include; her husband: John; children: Gary (Lynda) Swan of Merrill, Rick (Wendy) Swan of Olin, Iowa, Don (Dawn) Swan, Marty (Sandy) Swan, Randy Swan, and Debbie (Mark) Weix all of Merrill; Grandchildren: Chris (Erin), Adam (Emily) Swan, Jill (Garret) Carlson, Ben, Jake, Josh,

Stephanie, Shayla, Tyler, Kyle, Brett, Tim, Nick and Katrina Swan, Beth, Erin, Elyse and Molly Weix; 4 great grandchildren; and her brother: Gene Houck of Lapeer, MI. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers and sisters: Marge Hudson, Chuck Houck, Al Houck, Mary Ludwig, Rita Smith, Ruth Barney and Bud Houck.
Funeral Mass will be 11 am Friday September 27, 2013 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. The Rev. Fr. Mike McLain and The Rev. Ed Powell  will co-officiate. Burial will take place at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday 4pm-8pm at Waid Funeral Home, with a prayer service at 7:30 pm, and visitation again Friday 9:30  am at the funeral home until the time of prayers.
The Waid Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com

WILBUR B. DREWITZ
Wilbur Bernard Drewitz went to be with the Lord on September 20, 2013. He was born in Milwaukee, WI on July 27, 1925 to Ernest and Ernestine (Siewert) Drewitz and lived in Gleason, WI until he joined the Navy in 1943. He served on board the USS Washington during World War II as a Seaman First Class. The Washington was actively engaged in 15 major combat missions of whom Wilbur was a participant in 9 throughout the Pacific area, including Guam, Saipan, and Tinian in the Marianas, Leyte Gulf in the Philippines, Iwo Jima, Okinawa and others in between.
Wilbur (Wibs) was a letter carrier for the Redlands, California Post Office and enjoyed bowling on the Pure Gold team with other letter carriers.
Fishing for trout was one of his enjoyments. Wibs and Donna trolled for the wary fish and caught many limits. They also had good times traveling in their RV’s, playing golf in many states and also Canada as well as sightseeing in all 50 states.
Wilbur leaves his wife Donna of 67 years, 7 children: Carol (Tim) Rochford, Sandra (Steve) Owens, Ronald Drewitz (Terri), Ralph Drewitz, Judith (Dennis) Sechrist, Sherry Jones and Larry Drewitz; 22 grandchildren, 27 great grandchildren, 1 great, great grandchild and 3 sisters; Ruth Grohman, Elaine (Charles) Rahlf and Marilyn (Jim) Zyskowski. His parents and brother Howard preceded him in death.

Pallbearers are grandsons Stephen Owens, Todd Rochford, Brandon Drewitz, Christopher Sechrist, Adam Polly and Tyler Drewitz. Honorary pallbearers are grandsons Scott Owens, David Sechrist, Chad Owens, Bradley Drewitz, Aaron Polly, Timothy Drewitz and Daniel Drewitz.
Memorial services were held on Wednesday, September 25, located at the Bryant Street Baptist Church on 13456 Bryant Street, Yucaipa, CA
A military graveside service will take place at Riverside National Cemetery on Monday, September 30 at 12:15.

KENNETH D. WILDT
Kenneth D. Wildt, age 74, died Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at his home. He was born October 29, 1938 in Pewaukee. He and Bonnie Pearson were united in marriage in December 1977. She preceded him in death April 1, 2011.
After school, Kenneth served 4 years in the U.S. Army from February 7, 1956 through February 6, 1962. He worked as a truck driver for all of his adult life. Kenneth enjoyed hanging out at Champs and going to the weekly races in Tomahawk. He was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed feeding the deer that wandered into his yard.  Kenneth enjoyed the radio and listened daily.
Survivors include his children: Kieth (Jennifer) Wildt, Merrill, Andrew Wildt, Waupaca, Gary WIldt, Wild Rose, Steve Wildt, Wild Rose, Penelope Weidenbeck and step-daughter, Amanda Ruiz, Beloit; two grandchildren: Alisia Ruiz and Jonathan Goforth; two sisters: Violet Glad and Ruth Rucks; and one brother: Jack Wildt. He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Bonnie, two brothers, Frank Jr. and Willard, and one sister, Judy.
A Memorial Service will be held on September 28th, 2013 at 3pm at First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Jess Wakefield officiating.  There will be a visitation at the church starting at 1pm and will continue until the time of the service. There will be a lunch held at the church following the service.  Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

GLADYS (SCHULZ) ASCHBRENNER
Gladys Aschbrenner, age 94, of Sterling, IL died Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at Sterling Pavilion Nursing Home.
Gladys was born September 9, 1918 in Merrill, WI the daughter of Fred and Louise (Kienbaum) Schulz. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church in Scott Township, Lincoln County, WI. On November 19, 1938, she was united in marriage with Edward Aschbrenner from the town of Scott. He preceded her in death on February 3, 2005. The Lord blessed their marriage with two children, and over 66 years of love and faithfulness. She was a faithful member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Rock Falls, IL, participating in Women’s Society and Lutheran Women’s Missionary League. Gladys was also a past member of Christ Lutheran School Boosters and the Whiteside County Association of Home and Community Education. She owned and operated “Glads Boutique and Interiors,” and worked as a seamstress making draperies and window coverings.
Survivors include one daughter- Ann Meyer of Milwaukee, WI, one son – Roger (Pam) Aschbrenner of Sterling, IL, one sister – Eppie Gruling of Merrill, WI, six grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, four brothers, three sisters, and one son-in-law – Rev. Donald Meyer.
Funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M., Saturday at the church with the Reverend Daniel Behmlander officiating.
A graveside service was held at Snow Hill Cemetery in Town of Scott, Lincoln County, WI on Monday, September 2nd, with lay pastor, Bob Schneider officiating.

EDWARD "ED" MILLER
Edward “Ed” Miller, age 67, passed away on September 12th, 2013 in the town of Pine River, WI.  He was born on August 29th, 1946 to Dorothy( Zowada) Miller and Edward Chester Miller  in the city of Chicago, IL. He decided to serve his country and joined the United States Army on January 24th, 1966 and was stationed in Germany. After serving his country, Ed started making his own fishing lures, and started a business selling those lures, called Miller Tackle Co.  Ed married Judy Miller in Palatine, IL on May 10th, 1984.  Ed started his own carpet company, which he continued with for over 40 years.  He laid carpet and made custom rugs.  Ed was also an avid fisherman and enjoyed fishing the Council Grounds area in Merrill.  He had even won a fishing boat.  Ed loved trains and spent a lot of time building elaborate railroad train sets in the basement of his home.  He was very detailed with his train setups, every one getting bigger and better  than the last.  Ed enjoyed
spending time with his cat named “Kitty” and even put in a little door for her to go outside.  He loved to cook and was a wonderful gourmet cook.  Ed is survived by his sisters, Judy Kendall of Tulsa, Ok and Kathi Miller of Streamwood, IL; nephews , Michael (Paula) Kendall and Christopher (Kelly)Zapfe; nieces, Melissa Kendall and Rebecca Utley; grandnieces, Kari, Megan, Micaela, Emily and Karli; grandnephews, Dillon,Keagan, Gavin and Gage; stepchildren, Brian and  Kim; step grandchildren, David, O.J, Valarie and Vinnie.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Judy and his step granddaughter, Samantha. A funeral liturgy was held on September 17th at the Waid Funeral Home, Father Kleinheinz officiated.A private burial will be at the St. Francis Cemetery in Merrill at a later time.  Arrangements are being handled by Waid Funeral Home.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

ELINORE OWEN PYLE
Elinore Owen Pyle, age 90, of Merrill, Wisconsin, peacefully passed away on Thursday September 12th, 2013.  She was born on December 13th, 1922 to Carolyn and Wooster “Beach” Owen in McAlester, Oklahoma. Her husband William Pyle preceded her in death on January 9th, 2006. Elinore was also preceded in death by two sisters Dorothy (Glenn) Blood and Margaret Estelle Owen, who died in infancy. The Pyles’ daughters, Judi Liebers and Barbara Philleo, live in Merrill and Wausau, respectively. Elinore is also survived by her seven grandchildren: Angela (Art) Lersch, Merrill; Robert (Olga) Ricci, Milwaukee; Paul Philleo, CA; Peter (Erin) Philleo, FL; Matthew (Leah) Philleo, Eau Claire; Rebecca (Jason) Sparks, Wisconsin Rapids; and Michael (Randi) Philleo, ND. Elinore is also survived by seven great-grandchildren.
As a young girl growing up in Oklahoma, Elinore attended the State Fair and was swept away by an aviatrix who performed aerobatics. She decided right then and there that she, too, would master the art of flying. Little did she know that this would take her to new heights – that of serving her country.
After high school she had the opportunity to attend a local college, but that wasn’t for Elinore. Much to her parents’ dismay, Elinore had her heart set on flying school, so her father told her that she could, but that she’d have to pay her own way. That suited Elinore just fine and she went on to become the first female checker for the Safeway supermarket in Kansas City, Missouri, then went to flight control school with the money she earned. She applied for WASP, the Women’s Auxiliary Service Pilots. She was now a member of a group called the Flygirls.
Elinore logged hundreds of hours while testing planes brought in for repairs as well as breaking in engines on planes. Although her duties were non-combat in nature, there was always an element of danger in flying.
Elinore met the love of her life, a P38 pilot by the name of William Pyle, during her service in WASP. They shared a mutual love of flying and even in recent years involved themselves in talking technical jargon about engines, torque and other aspects of flying. Elinore’s flying career ended with the advent of her marriage and, later, children. She had achieved her coveted goal of being a pilot and now it was time to move on to other things.
In 1957, Elinore and her husband and two daughters moved from New Jersey to Merrill, WI. Ellie and Bill, as they came to be known by friends and neighbors, started an archery business, Staghorn Archery. She later became an insurance claims representative for Wausau Insurance for about 10 years. After retirement, Elinore spent her time gardening and pursuing an interest in studying health. She also loved making sourdough bread and enjoyed experimenting with recipes. An excellent seamstress, Elinore also made clothing for loved ones.  Elinore attended The Living Church of God in Merrill, WI. A funeral service was held Monday, September 16th at Waid Funeral Home in Merrill, with Deacon Stevens officiating.  The burial will be at The Snow Hill Cemetery following the luncheon.  Arrangements are being handled by Waid Funeral Home.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

JAMES E. KIMMINS
James E. Kimmins, age 82, of Merrill, died Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Jim was born September 8, 1930, in Chicago, son of the late James A. and Eda O. (Thorsdahl) Kimmons. He married Marion J. Streich on June 4, 1955, in Merrill. She preceded him in death on February 9, 2012. After 38 ½ years of working at Wausau Paper Mill – Brokaw, Jim retired in 1993. Jim enlisted in the United States Army in 1951. He served during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged as a Sergeant in 1954. Jim was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Merrill. He enjoyed walking, cribbage, occasional casino trips, and baking Christmas cookies.
Survivors include one daughter, Susan (Andy) Norris, of Brighton, MI; two sons, Dennis (Christine) Kimmins and Brad Kimmins, both of Merrill; eight grandchildren, Amanda (Derek) Janssen, Lynsey Kimmins, Quinn, Brenna and Ian Norris, and Brandon, Greg and Nicole Kimmins; two great-grandchildren, Gage and Dominic; two sisters, Dolly (Dale) Peterson, of Irma, and Shirley Jean (James) Martin, of Bakersfield, CA; one brother, Robert Kimmons, of Fond du Lac; two sisters-in-law, Judy Kimmons, of Irma, and Harriet Kimmons, of Medford; and many nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Marion; his parents, James and Eda Kimmons; and four siblings, Delores, Dale, Donald, and Leonard Kimmons.
The funeral service will be at 11:00am, Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. James Weiland will officiate. Burial will take place in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery, with graveside military rites conducted by V.F.W. Post 1638, Merrill. The visitation will be from 4:00pm to 8:00pm Tuesday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill and after 10:00am Wednesday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

GLADY'S (PETTA) MORRISON
Gladys (Petta) Morrison of Davenport, WA passed away on September 5, 2013 at the age of 94. She was the daughter of Frank and Rose Petta of Tomahawk, Wisconsin and the wife of 52 years of James Morrison formerly of Merrill, Wisconsin.
Gladys is survived by her daughter Ruth Van Buren and son-in-law Gran Van Buren of Davenport, WA, son Ron Morrison of Mt. Angel, OR, daughter in law Audrey Morrison of Molalla, OR. Grandsons Chris Van Buren of Davenport, WA and Brian Van Buren of Seattle, WA. Three sisters Dorothy Wickman, Evelyn Worney and Mary Rhewinkle all of Wisconsin and several nieces and nephews.
Gladys is preceded in death by her husband James and their son Gary and Brothers Alfred Petta and Joseph Petta. As per her request there will be no services. Gladys will be laid to rest at Vineland Cemetery, Clarkston, WA next to her husband James and their son Gary.
Please sign the online guest book at www.stratefuneralhome.com. STRATE FUNERAL HOME, DAVENPORT, WA is caring for the family.

FERROL ANNETTE SCHUMACHER
Ferrol Annette Schumacher age 74 of Merrill, died Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the Home Place of Dorchester surrounded by her family. Ferrol was born February 28, 1939 in Wilton Township,  the daughter of Ralph and Delphia (Perkins) Pfuhl.
Ferrol was a cook for many years. She truly enjoyed knitting spending time with her grandchildren, and driving around the woods in Harrison Hills area.
Survivors include: daughter: Cheryl (Bill) Gronke, Merrill; 3 sons: Gerald (Monika) Schumacher, Merrill; Emil (Norma) Schumacher, Merrill; and Ronald (special friend Margie) Schumacher, Red Wing, MN; 9 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren; brother: Floran “Tuffy” (Harriet) Pfuhl, Gleason; Half-brothers: Marvin Clark and Marion Clark;Half-sister: Adell Clark; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter, and 3 brothers. A  Memorial Service was held Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

DWAYNE E. SPENCER
Dwayne E. Spencer, age 55, died unexpectedly at his home Sunday, September 8, 2013. He was born December 22, 1957 in East Chicago to the late Jesse & Geneva (Gray) Spencer. He and Debbie Kanitz were united in marriage July 28, 1979.
Dwayne graduated from Whiting High School in 1975. He worked as an Ironworker in US Reduction Mills in East Chicago for 30 years. He was a member of the Whiting Moose Lodge and the AMVETS. Dwayne loved spending time with his grandkids and enjoyed watching old movies. He loved his cat, Sammy and his tropical fish.
Survivors include his ex-wife, Debbie Spencer; daughter, Melissa (Dan Catlin) Butler; son, Michael (Nicole Pikus) Spencer; nephew, Joey Spencer (Ge), all of Whiting, IN; four grandkids, Tyler Butler, Jacob Butler, Alyssa Catlin and Jaxon Catlin; three brothers; one sister; numerous nieces and nephews; and many family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Funeral services will be held in his hometown of Whiting, IN. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Any donations for the family may be
sent to Owens Funeral Home, 816 119th Street, Whiting, IN 46394.

ELROY V. N. BUTT
Elroy V.N.  Butt, 86, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at his home, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice services.
Elroy was born July 16, 1927, in Merrill the son of Martin and Dela (Krueger) Butt.
On August 21, 1948 he married Delores Henneman in the Town of Hamburg. She preceded him in death. Growing up Elroy worked on his family farm. Elroy was a log trucker prior to working as a crane operator for over 30 years until his retirement. Elroy enjoyed spending time with his family around a good campfire, and going for long drives with his wife. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, working on his machinery and making maple syrup.
He is survived by his son: Bradley (Patti) Butt, Merrill; two daughters: Brenda (Michael Masgay) Felber of Schofield; and Kay  Southard, of Merrill; 10 grandchildren: Jody, Alan, Mike, Cory, Melissa, Amanda, William, Charlotte, Jerod and Megan; 14 great grandchildren;  sister: Frances Woller; and sister in law: Phyllis Henneman.
He was preceded in death by his wife: Delores in 2009, a daughter: Pam Schuster, a son: Ross Butt, and three sons-in-law: William Schuster, William Felber, and Jim Southard; brothers-in-law: Elmer Woller, Roger Henneman, Harley Westfall; and sister-in-law: Doris Westfall.  Donations may be made to Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. Visitation will be Sunday, September 15, from 12pm until the time of his memorial service at 2pm at Waid Funeral Home. Waid Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

JOAN D. ROSTAL
Joan D. Rostal, age 89, passed into eternal Life on Monday, September 2, 2013. She was born on July 29, 1924 to Charles and Victoria (Walters) Ament. On September 13, 1947 she married Gordon Rostal. Joan was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill.
 Survivors include her daughter, Mary Jo Laabs (Eric Erickson), Marenisco, MI; her sister, Ruth Strasman, Merrill, WI; three grandsons, Christopher Knospe (Teiva Campbell), Oostburg, WI, Nathan Knospe, Merrill, WI and Benjamin (Trina) Knospe, Merrill, WI; three great-grandsons, Daenen Knospe, Finnegan Knospe and Willett Knospe; two step-grandchildren, Ted Laabs (Raquel Albrecht), Wausau, WI and Kristin (Dan) Wadzinski, Wausau, WI; one step-great grandchild, Noah Bolling, Merrill, WI; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Phil and Phyllis Sheil; nephews, Scott (Jan) Sheil, Mike (Sue) Sheil; nephews, Greg (Mary) Ament, Andy (Jan) Ament, Charlie Ament and Steve (Lana) Strasman; and cousins, nephews and nieces.
Joan was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Gordon; grandson, Michael Knospe;
two brothers, Lawrence “Bud” Ament and Charles “Shorty” Ament; and two sisters-in-law, Shirley Ament and Peg Ament.
The mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11:30am on Friday, September 6, 2013 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. Father Michael McLain will preside. Burial will take place in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Merrill. The visitation will be from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday and again from 9:30am to 10:30am Friday all at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill, WI.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

THOMAS A. DETTMERING
Thomas A. Dettmering
Thomas A. Dettmering, age 59, formerly of Merrill, died Friday, August 30, 2013, in Tennessee.
Tom was born September 10, 1953, in Merrill, son of the late Lester and Mildred (Wendland) Dettmering. Tom was a 1971 graduate of Merrill Senior High School. He has been employed as a machine operator at the former Wausau Paper Company, Brokaw.
Survivors include his children, Bobbie Dettmering, Plover, and Nick Dettmering, Merrill; four grandsons, Kamron, Russell, Arin, and Andy; three sisters, Linda (Mrs. Scott) Doerr and Mary Wilke, both of Merrill, and Betty (Mrs. Paul) VanDerWeerd, Irma; and one brother, Phillip (Virginia) Dettmering, Hartford, Wisconsin.
There will be no services at the current time. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

PHYLLIS J. MORRISON
Phyllis J. Morrison, 90, of Merrill, died Monday, September 2, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home . She was born May 19, 1923 in Merrill to the late Louis and Lynne (Tholl) Schuman. On July 25, 1942 Phyllis and Emery Morrison were united in marriage in Merrill. He preceded her in death in June of 1976.
Phyllis graduated from Merrill Senior High School. After she and Emery were married, she became a dedicated wife and mother. Phyllis was an avid cardinal collector and enjoyed gardening and flowers, especially Lilly of the Valley and lilacs. Phyllis also enjoyed spending time playing cards and knitting . Her favorite event was going out to eat with friends and family. Phyllis loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchild. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
Survivors include her five children, Phyllis (Herman) Meyer, Michael (Dianne Belling) Morrison, Patricia (Harold) Schulz, all of Merrill, Mary (Tom) Jodarski, Mauston,WI, and Julia (Steven) Vigue, Center, ND; 13 grandchildren, Robert Meyer, Jody Meyer, Jack Morrison, Nicole Mitchell, Jill Hilber, Barbara Schulz, Jamie Marmes, Bonnie Tiry, Mark Schulz, Katie Bauer, Kari Due, Caleb Vigue and Aria Spano; 17 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; and two brothers, Earl
Schuman and Richard Schuman. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 34 years, Emery, son, Peter Morrison, two brothers and two great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Thursday, September 5, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. Father Mike McLain officiated. Burial followed the service in St. Francis Cemetery. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

GLENN J. SAMUELSON
Glenn J. Samuelson, age 75, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013 under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services at Artesian Living Center, Merrill. He was born September 1, 1937 in Merrill to the late Clarence B. and Margaret E. (Schultz) Samuelson. Glenn and Karen Woller were united in marriage July 18, 1970 in Merrill. They owned and operated a black angus beef farm for 10 years.
Glenn grew up on a farm and soon learned that he loved farming. At a young age, he started taking things apart and putting them back together. As he got older, Glenn figured out how to put tractor engines together which turned into a love of restoring and repairing old tractors. Glenn graduated from Merrill Senior High School. He attended UW River Falls, graduating with a BA Degree in Agriculture Education. Glenn worked over 28 years as a parts man at Knispel & Latzig. He then worked at Customer One Co-Op for 4years before retirement. He spent his time rebuilding and repairing tractors at his home. Another thing he invested a lot of time in was the North Central Steam & Gas Engine Show where he showed off his restored Farmall tractors. He was a Boy Scout helper for many years. Glenn was also a long time member of the Lincoln County Farm Bureau where he served as president for 10+ years and when not serving as president, he was involved as a delegate. He was a faithful member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. Glenn enjoyed mowing his lawn with his John Deere lawn mower, fishing, camping, spending time with his dog,
watching Packer games and Brewer games and going to Woodchuck games. He loved his pets, especially his dogs, Spike, Smokey and Jake and his cat that picked him, Princess. Glenn most enjoyed spending time with his family, whether it was going out to eat or sitting down together to play sheep head, those times were, by far, the best. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his loving wife of 43 years, Karen Samuelson, Merrill: son, Nathan (Julie, Fiancé) Samuelson, Franklin, WI; daughter, Amanda Samuelson, Merrill: grandchildren, Jennifer Stillings, Milwaukee, Casey Samuelson, Rockhill, SC, and Paige Samuelson, Rockhill, SC; brother, Leon (Kathryn) Samuelson, Rhinelander: sister, Janet (Duane) Olson, Antigo; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Stephen.
Funeral services will be held 11 AM Friday, September 6, 2013 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Town of Corning. Rev. Joel Danner will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-8 PM Thursday, September 5 at Waid Funeral Home and again from 10 AM until the time of service at the church Friday. Burial will follow the service in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials for Glenn may be directed to his family. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.-

MELISSA SUE LEMKE
Melissa Sue Lemke, age 28, of the Town of Pine River, died Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill.
Melissa was born March 15, 1985, in Merrill, daughter of Gary Lemke and Betsy Moritz. She was a homemaker. Melissa enjoyed scrapbooking, reading, snowmobiling, swimming, taking care of her pets, and spending time with her children.
Survivors include her fiancée, Jon Podgorski, Merrill; father, Gary Lemke, Merrill; her mother, Betsy (Mrs. Paul) Yates, Cudahy, Wisconsin; her three children, Addyson, Jacob, and Allison Podgorski, all of Merrill; three brothers, Timothy Lemke, Merrill, Steven Lemke, Cudahy, and Erick Boquist, Mercer, Wisconsin; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many friends.
The funeral will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, September 3, 2013, at Calvary Lutheran Church, Town of Pine River. Pastor Susan E. Christian will officiate. Burial will follow in Calvary Church Cemetery, Town of Pine River. Visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M. Tuesday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

ARLENE TESKE
Arlene Teske, age 91, of Hamburg, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Benedictine Living Center, Wausau. She was born March 16, 1922 in Wausau to the late Reinhart and Elsie (Zahn) Oelke. She and Lavern Teske were united in marriage September 8, 1945 in Wausau. He preceded her in death February 17, 2005.
Arlene attended UW Stevens Point, earning her degree in teaching. She taught in rural, one room all grades, schools in Marathon and Lincoln Counties. Arlene also taught for 34 years at Maple Grove School in Hamburg where she started the pancake breakfast event. Arlene was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Town of Berlin where she started the Sunday school program in which she taught for 48 years. She was also a member of the Ladies Aid at Trinity Lutheran, Town of Berlin, the German Club and a member of the WREA. Arlene enjoyed knitting, working word searches, and reading Amish books as well as Danielle Steele and John Grisham novels. She loved birds and had raised peacocks and pheasants for a number of years. Arlene also enjoyed flower gardening.
Survivors include her son: Randal Teske, Hamburg; daughter: Joy (Rod)Haehlke, Wausau; brother: Glenn (Elaine) Oelke; sister: Shirley (Martin) Hannemann, four grandchildren: Andy Porath, Nathan (Angie) Porath, Wendy Teske and Travis Teske; two step-grandchildren: Rod (Carolyn) Haehlke and Teresa Williford; two great-
grandchildren: Kaitlyn Porath and Callon Porath; five step-great-grandchildren: two step-great-great-grandchildren and Princess, her beloved cat. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Lavern, and a brother, Lyndon Oelke.
Funeral services were held August 24, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. Rev. Jeffrey Schmidt officiated. Burial followed in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, town of Berlin. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

RUTH ANN VANDERKAM
Ruth Ann Vanderkam, 72, of the Town of Pine River, Lincoln County, died Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at her home.
Ruth Ann was born October 16, 1940, in Virginia, daughter of the late George and Kathrine (Dueterman) Megee. She married Arden ‘Van’ Vanderkam on July 11, 1959, in Arlington, Virginia. He preceded her in death on April 17, 2013. Ruth Ann had worked at K-Mart in Wausau and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly in Merrill. She enjoyed feeding the birds and bird watching. She also enjoyed reading, crocheting, knitting, and trips to the casino.
Survivors include two daughters, Ramona Vanderkam and Jacqueline (Philip) Marheine, both of Merrill; three grandchildren, Leon, Jacob and Thomas; one sister, Judy Ann, of Pennsylvania; and one brother, Doug, of Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband, Van Vanderkam; her parents, George and Kathrine Megee; and two brothers, George and Jack Megee.
A memorial service was held Monday, August 26, 2013 at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Wayne Drueck officiated. Burial will take place at a later date at Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

EARL E. KOEHLER
Earl E. Koehler, age 90, of Merrill, died Monday, August 26, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home.
Earl was born September 28, 1922, in Merrill, son of the late Arthur and Hazel (Dereg) Koehler. He married Mardell Fehrmann on April 4, 1945, in Laredo, Texas. She survives. Earl enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in WWII, flying 34 missions over Europe during his deployment. He was a Purple Heart recipient. Earl was a former employee at Livingston’s Department Store, Merrill as a carpet salesman, and then worked at Morley-Murphy as a flooring wholesaler for 25 years. Earl enjoyed bowling in his early years, golfing, and spending 25 winters in Florida with his wife.
Survivors include his wife, Mardell Koehler, of Merrill; one daughter, Earlene (Gary) Lipowski, Gainesville, Florida; one son, Jon (Susan) Koehler, of Stevens Point, Wisconsin; four grandchildren, Scott (Lori) Koehler, of Houston, Texas, Brian (Sarah) Koehler, of Seattle, Washington, Cathy (Don) Bernard, of Monona, Wisconsin, and Steve (Nicole) Lipowski, of Wausau; ten great-grandchildren, Luke, Annie, Jane, Katie, Courtney, Lauren, Kendall, Braeden, Andrew, and Natalie; and one sister, Monica Graebel, of Wausau. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Hazel; and one sister, Phyllis Kunde.
The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, August 30, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Nathan Kramer will officiate. Entombment will take place in Merrill Memorial Park Mausoleum, with graveside military rites conducted by the Merrill V.F.W. Post 1638 Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Thursday and after 10:00 A.M. Friday all at the funeral home. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

ANTHONY "TONY" FRANCIS SCZGELSKI
Anthony “Tony” Francis Sczygelski, age 68, of Merrill, died Monday, August 19, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home. Tony was born December 10, 1944 in Merrill the son of Adam and Anna (Kordus ) Sczygelski.  Tony worked at Consumers Co Op and farmed most of his life. He and Corrine Kluckman were united in marriage June 20, 1985. He enjoyed hunting, making his own sausage and  his own maple syrup. Tony also enjoyed driving his tractor, working on cars and tractors and shooting pool. Tony was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church.
Survivors include his wife : Corrine Sczygelski, Merrill;
Children: Ann (Matthew) Brice, Connie (Stephen) Brown all of Wausau, James Sczygelski, and Michael (Margaret) Sczygelski all of Merrill, grandchildren: Amanda Sczygelski, Marshfield, Nicole Brice, Katinna Brice, Travis Brown, Thomas and Samantha Brown, Dakota Witz, all of Wausau, Sabastian Sczygelski, Plover, Jared Kniess, Jacob and Hannah Sczygelski all of Merrill, two great grandchildren: Magiq and Skyla. He is also survived by two brothers: Lawrence (Vivian), and John
(Helen) Sczygelski, and three sisters: Rosemary (Robert) Eckardt, Genevieve Hollenback, and Esther Ament.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother: Charlie Sczygelski and sister: Regina Roets.
Funeral Service was held August 22, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. The Rev. Fr. Mike McLain officiated. If desired memorial contributions may be made to the family to assist with expenses. The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family.
On line condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral .com

DAWN M. WILLIAMS
Dawn M. Williams, age 51 of Merrill, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield surrounded by family, friends and wonderful nursing staff.  Dawn was born October 12, 1961 in Milwaukee, the daughter of Rolland and Marjorie (Hassel) Williams. She had attended Tomahawk High School. She and Keith Gerke were united in marriage a union that lasted for 13 years. Dawn had worked at Pine Crest as a C.N.A. for a number of years. Dawn had received three gold medals during downhill slalom tryouts, landing her a spot on the U.S. Para-Olympics team in 1984, where she competed in Innsbruk, Austria. Many of her hobbies included beading, making jewelry, kayaking, skiing, camping, bon fires. She had such a zest for life, she enjoyed being with people, spending time with her cat “Magic”  and her trip out west to Mt. Rushmore. Dawn was a member of St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ.
Survivors include: her mother: Marjorie Williams, Tomahawk; Siblings: Bruce (Melody) Williams, DePere;Keith (Tammara) Williams, Fox Point; Clifford (Renee) Williams, Merrill;Marjorie (Raymond “Buzz”) Fehrmann, Merrill; Michael (Janet) Williams, Larson;Eugene (Susan) Williams, Merrill; Dorothy (Tammy) Williams, Green Bay;Soul Mate: Keith Gerke; numerous nieces and nephews; She was preceded in death by her father: Rolland, and her Paternal and Maternal grandparents.
Funeral Services will be 2 P.M. Saturday, August 17 at St. Stephens United Church of Christ, with Pastor Linda Kuhn officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Town of Rock Falls. Visitation will be 4-8 PM Friday at the funeral home and again Saturday 1pm until the time of service at the church. The family expresses a special thank you to Dr. Meyer and the nursing staff 7 North at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com

COLTYN THOMAS SOWINSKI-MCCOY
Precious little baby, Coltyn Thomas Sowinski-McCoy, grew his angel wings and entered into heaven on August 15th 2013.  Coltyn was born on August 15th 2013 to Amy Sowinski at the St. Claires Hospital in Weston, WI.  Coltyn will be sadly missed by his family, which includes his mother Amy Sowinski of Merrill and his father Tye McCoy of Merrill; his three sisters, all from Merrill, Santana Strand, ToriLynn Strand and Savannah McCoy; his aunts, Kati Russell of Arkansas, Rebecca (Steve) Born of Merrill and Ashley (Robert) Millard of Wausau; his uncle, Michael Sowinski of Merrill; his grandparents, Jim and Dorianne Sowinski of Merrill and
James and Charlotte McCoy of Missouri and his nine cousins.  A visitation for Coltyn will be on Friday, August 23rd 2013 at Waid Funeral Home in Merrill; from 10am until 12pm. Burial at The Bethany Cemetery in Irma will follow the visitation.  Rev. Maurice Schaus will be officiating at the burial.  Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences can be made at www.waidfuneral.com

AL KOHLER
Al Kohler (Papa), dedicated father, proud grandfather, loyal friend and carefree companion left his “good life” on Sunday, August 11th, 2013.  His presence will be forever felt on a warm summer day at the cottage, on a Thursday afternoon at the golf course or at a Friday night fish fry at The Relocation Pub. 
His life cannot be measured with events or dates, but rather moments he inspired all of us throughout his 82 years of life.  Without knowing, he taught us about loyalty, through his dedication to the 101st Airborne Division during the Korean War.  Without knowing, he showed us what hard work looked like while building his company, Taylor Insulation, from the ground up.  Without trying, he showed us true love in its purest form while married to Shirley (Karvenon) Kohler for fifty one years.  Without knowing, he taught us how to create a warm, loving family that would take care of each other through sickness, heartache and death.  Without really trying, he taught his children Paula (Bruce Kanitz), Steve (Delores Kohler), Mary (Chuck Fritz) and Nina (Mark Skic) to be kind and loving parents.  Without speaking, he delivered strong messages to his fourteen grandchildren, Missy (John Cayley), Megan (Jared Anderson), Becca, Matt (Khayla Kanitz), Alex, Allison (Judd Eastman), Teddy, Mitchell, Andy, Abby, Stephanie (John Jewell), Sophie (Brian Waldvogel), Luke and Sam. He reminded all of us to never lose sight of what
is important in life. Without trying, he taught his great-grandchildren Ben, Jack, Charlie, Everett, Beckett, Francie, Lyla, Bodie, Lou, Ella, Ty, A.J., Maggie and Carter the importance of a sense of humor. Without trying, he taught all of us to value friendship and companionship through every stage of life.   And, in the end, without even trying, he showed us tremendous strength and courage while enjoying his last days at his home, surrounded by the family that he created.
We will continue to celebrate your “good life” and live like you have taught us.…without even trying.
“Good Night Citizens”
Funeral Services will be 11:30 am Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Waid Funeral Home. Rev. Fr. Mike McLain will officiate. Visitation will be 9 am until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Merrill Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers the family will be establishing a memorial in Al’s name. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice for their services and compassionate care during Al’s final journey. The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com

CECIL JAY "GINGER" STAPLETON
Cecil Jay “Ginger” Stapleton, age 91 of Merrill,WI passed away on August 3rd 2013 at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Merrill.  Cecil was born on September 27th 1921 to Arthur and Marion (Miller) Stapleton in Ladysmith, WI.  Cecil married Dolly Finley in Ladysmith, WI. She preceded him in death June 30, 1994.
Cecil finished high school and went on to do a year of college at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College in Rice Lake, WI. Cecil was a bus driver for the Ladysmith area schools for 33 years.  He was also a section foreman for Soo Line Railroad for many years.  Cecil was an avid cribbage player and enjoyed long drives in the country admiring all of the animals.  Cecil also enjoyed fishing in the Thornapple River. Cecil loved walking and did so as much as possible. He served in New Guinea for the U.S. Army and was a lifelong member of the VFW in Ladysmith and Merrill.  Cecil was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill, and taught Sunday school at Nathaniel Lutheran Church in Bruce, WI. 
Cecil is survived by Jay (Donna) Stapleton, Merrill; Jean Stapleton, Ladysmith; John Stapleton, Medford; Susan (Tom) Stapleton, Ladysmith; Laura Stapleton, Ladysmith; Doug (Eva) Stapleton, Tomahawk; Mary (Mark) Krombholz, Merrill, Stepchildren; Laurette (Tina) Jennerman; Laurence Hazolton; John Holm Jr. 11
grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; siblings, Richard (Marian) Stapleton and Garnet Stapleton; Katie and Marty.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dolly Finley; siblings Carol, Virginia and Charles. 
Funeral services for Cecil will be at the Riverside Cemetery in Ladysmith,WI on August 10th at 1pm. Rev. Darnell Curran will officiate. Visitation will be from 12 pm until the time of service at Riverside Cemetery.  A pot luck will follow the service at the Abundant Life Assembly of God church in Ladysmith.  Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

LAVILA A. SCHMIDT
Lavila A. Schmidt, 87, formerly of Farmingdale Rd., in the Town of Corning, was called by our Lord for her eternal reward with Him on Monday, August 5, 2013, with her family by her side to start her heavenly journey.
Lavila was born April 11, 1926, in the Town of Corning, daughter of the late John and Anna (Koehler) Krause. On October 13, 1945, she married her loving husband Elroy Schmidt. He preceded her in death on February 2, 2011. Together, they operated the family farm. Lavila ran her own housekeeping business in her earlier years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Town of Berlin, and was the leader of the “Jumping Jacks 4H Club” for 19 years. She greatly enjoyed gardening in her flower beds and vegetable garden. She was well known for being an excellent cook and baker, able to make meals out of anything. She would bake up the best peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies and many, many other “goodies” that she always shared with others. She never let anyone leave her house without being stuffed full. She also enjoyed listening to polka music and dancing. She enjoyed traveling with her husband and doing many day trips with the Kottke’s and other family members. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her four children, daughter, Karen (Darrell) Krohn, their children Kim (John) Rick and Chad (Elise) Krohn; son, John Schmidt and Kris Olson,
their children John (Diana) Schmidt and Andria Schmidt; daughter, Cindy (Jerry) Pike, their daughter Stacy (Shawn) Hagenbucher; and son, Richard ‘Ric’ Schmidt; great-grandchildren, Cassandra and Zachary Rick, Kylie and Kolton Krohn, Erin and Andrew Schmidt, Caiden Orosco, and Peyton and Lucas Hagenbucher; one sister, Phyllis (LaVern) Kottke; two brothers Edgar (Emogene) Krause and Gilbert Krause; one sister-in-law, Lavine Krause; and several nieces, nephews, and friends. Lavila was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Elroy; sister, Sylvia Sturm; brother, Lorenz Krause; and one sister-in-law, Phyllis Krause.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Town of Berlin. Rev. Jeffrey Schmidt will officiate. Burial will take place in the church cemetery. The visitation will be from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, August 9, 2013 at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and after 9:30am Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Town of Berlin, or Northland Lutheran High School.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

ALFRED W. SCHENK
Alfred W. Schenk, age 90, of Merrill, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home.
Al was born April 17, 1914, in Lincoln County, son of the late Albert and Dorothy (Rakow) Schenk. He married Clara A. Schiller on May 2, 1942, in Merrill. She preceded him in death on January 10, 2011. Al was a retired employee of the City of Merrill Street Department. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill, as well as the Men’s Club of the church. After retiring, Al and Clara enjoyed traveling throughout the continental United States, visiting each state with their motor home. He also enjoyed playing cards.
Survivors include his daughter, Carol Butts, Marietta, Georgia; two grandchildren, Kelli (Mrs. Gary) Jarocha, and Debra (Mrs. Steven) Willard; four great grandchildren, Savannah and Madison Hustedt, and Kayla and Brandon Willard.
The funeral will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Scott Gustafson will officiate. Burial will follow in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 12 Noon on Saturday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

HELEN MINNIE LAURA BOLLEREY
Helen Minnie Laura Bollerey, age 79, of Merrill, passed away peacefully in her sleep Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice. She was born June 21, 1934 in the Town of Scott to the late William & Meta (Mau) Bollerey. Helen attended St. John’s Elementary School and was confirmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Merrill. Helen did seasonal work at the Merrill Cannery and enjoyed making and selling Christmas wreaths. She devoted her time to the family farm and gardening. Helen liked shopping and going out to eat. She looked forward to the Edgar Steam Engine Show every year. On Saturdays, Helen loved listening to the Polka Hour Radio show and requesting songs for people’s birthdays. She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Merrill.
Survivors include her sister: Marion Martell, of Merrill; brother: Edwin Bollerey, of Merrill; childhood friend: Donna Mielke, of Merrill; and nieces: Cheryl (Michael) DeGyurky, of Hartford, Gwen, Wendie, (Brian) Martell-Williams, of Merrill, and Patricia (Patty) Martell, of Merrill.
She was preceded in death by her parents, special friend Lylas Utecht, three brothers: Emil (Aurelia) Bollerey, Albert Bollerey and Bernard Bollerey; sister, Edna (Fred) Friman two brothers-in-law, Edward Martell and Fred Friman and sister-in-law, Aurelia Bollerey.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 29, 2013 at Faith Lutheran Church, Merrill. Rev. Dave Dahlke officiated.
Entombment followed at Merrill Memorial Park. The family would like to thank the staff at Pine Crest Extended Care Unit and Ministry Hospice for the wonderful care and kindness they expressed to Helen. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com

ALFRED W. SCHENK
Alfred W. Schenk, age 90, of Merrill, died Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home.
Al was born April 17, 1914, in Lincoln County, son of the late Albert and Dorothy (Rakow) Schenk. He married Clara A. Schiller on May 2, 1942, in Merrill. She preceded him in death on January 10, 2011. Al was a retired employee of the City of Merrill Street Department. He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill, as well as the Men’s Club of the church. After retiring, Al and Clara enjoyed traveling throughout the continental United States, visiting each state with their motor home. He also enjoyed playing cards.
Survivors include his daughter, Carol Butts, Marietta, Georgia; two grandchildren, Kelli (Mrs. Gary) Jarocha, and Debra (Mrs. Steven) Willard; four great grandchildren, Savannah and Madison Hustedt, and Kayla and Brandon Willard.
The funeral will be at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Scott Gustafson will officiate. Burial will follow in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 12 Noon on Saturday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

AMMIE PATTON
Ammie Patton, age 77, of Merrill, died Friday, July 26, 2013 at Benedictine Nursing Home, Wausau. She was born April 8, 1936 in Aldrich, AL to the late Ocie and Lois (Brazzell) Bradford. She married Eddie Patton in Birmingham, AL on August 5, 1951. He preceded her in death November 23, 1973.
Ammie worked as a rehab specialist at a nursing home. She loved to sit and play with her grandkids and great-grandkids. Ammie was an avid bowler and was a member of the Tuesday night [UTF-8?]women’s league in Merrill. She enjoyed cooking and baking cakes and pies and loved to sing. Ammie was very active in the Merrill Area Community Enrichment Center where she played cards and crocheted. She was a member of Calvary Christian Church and participated in many church activities including pot luck Sundays, rummage sales and a cookie exchange. Ammie loved to share her faith by sending people the Living Water Daily
Reflections Scriptures.
Survivors include her two daughters: Celestia Wilkins, Chicago, IL, and Gwendolyn Foster, Merrill; four sons: Terry Patton, Merrill, Eddie Patton, Chicago, IL, Charles Patton, Chicago, IL, and James (Rachael) Patton, Blue Island, IL; 22 grandchildren; Chandra Wilkins, Chauna Wilkins, Chaniece Wilkins, Katie Patton, Terrell Sands, Diamond Slue, Annetta Patton, Marcus Patton, Shaurice Patton, Monique Patton, Alex Blair, Erickson Blair, Pete Blair, Anthony Blair, Adam Blair, Christine Patton, Jonathan Patton, Ajua  Patton, James Patton Jr. (Brandy), Malik Patton, Raqkeha Walker and  Marquis Walker, 24 great-grandchildren; two brothers: Andrew (Lovie) Davis, Shererville, IN and Joseph (Diane) David, Chicago, IL; and one sister: Kay (John) Harris, Chicago, IL. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Eddie, two sisters, Edna Carol and Ocie Butler, her daughter, Lois Elaine Patton, and two grandsons, Xavier Patton and Charles Patton, Jr.
A Memorial Service will be held at noon on Friday, August 2, 2013 at Calvary Christian Church, Merrill. Pastor Randy Julson will officiate. Visitation will be from 11AM Friday, until the time of service at the church. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuenral.com.

KERMIT IWEN
Kermit Iwen, age 82, of Merrill, passed away Monday, July 29, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. He was born December 14, 1930 in Merrill to the late Charles and Lillian (Graap) Iwen. He and Audrey Plautz were united in marriage in Pine City, MN on June 14, 1958. She preceded him in death February 25, 1994.
Kermit attended Plamann School in Merrill. He worked at Marathon Electric for 30 years building motors. Kermit loved his cars and took pride in washing them regularly. He enjoyed gardening and was great at it. In fact, Kermit needed bigger machinery to pull out his carrots! He also enjoyed fishing, snowmobiling and ice fishing on Roach Lake. Kermit was a member of the Centuring Marathon Electric.
Survivors include two daughters: Sue (Donald) Baker, Wausau, and Linda Stone, Janesville; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two brothers: Donald (Barb) Iwen, Merrill and Arnold (Pat) Iwen, Wausau; two sisters: Nina Schmidt, Wausau and May Woller, Merrill; and a sister-in-law: Delores Iwen, Merrill. He was
preceded in death by his parents, wife, Audrey, and a brother, Charles “Jim” Iwen.
Services were held Thursday, August 1, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. Pastor Missy Holdorf officiated. Burial followed at Merrill Memorial Park.
Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

SHIRLEY E. WEGNER
Shirley E. Wegner, 90, of the Town of Corning, died Friday, July 26, 2013 at her home.
Shirley was born May 12, 1923, in Cedarburg, WI, daughter of the late Hugo and Ella Groth. She married William Wegner on August 27, 1955, in Cedarburg. He survives. Prior to their marriage, Shirley was employed at Kiekaefer Marine in Cedarburg. Shirley and Bill eventually moved to the Town of Corning, Lincoln County and purchased the family farm. Shirley was a homemaker and raised her twin children. She also helped with the farm by raising calves and working in the fields. Shirley also did seasonal work at the cranberry marsh and made Christmas wreaths. Shirley was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Town of Berlin. She enjoyed bird watching, flower and vegetable gardening, canning, baking, and needlepoint. In her younger days, she enjoyed fishing and traveling. Shirley loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her husband, William ‘Bill’ Wegner, of the Town of Corning; one daughter, Sheila (Jeff) Brummond, of Wausau; one son, Scott (Laurie) Wegner, of the Town of Corning; two grandchildren, Melissa (Scott) Baumann, of the Town of Pine River, and Jordan Brummond, of Wausau; two great-grandchildren, Olivia and Gabriella Baumann; and one sister, Mabel Schreiber, of West Bend.
The funeral service was held Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Town of Berlin, Marathon County. The Rev. Jeffrey Schmidt officiated. Burial took place in the church cemetery.
The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

ELNORA C. MOSER
Elnora C. Moser, age 88, of Merrill, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 26, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital following a brief illness. She was born April 8, 1925, in Tomahawk, WI, the daughter of David and Regina (Weber) Shidler. She married Warren Moser on June 28, 1947. He preceded her in death on September 17, 2000.
Elnora graduated from Tomahawk High School. She worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Company for many years. Elnora enjoyed reading, knitting and an avid game and card player. She was an avid Packer and Brewer’s fan. Elnora was a member of the St. John’s Ladies Aide and a member of a card club as well.
She is survived by daughter, Sandra (Gary) Severt of Marathon and son, Timothy (Sandra) Moser of Merrill. Five grandchildren: Matthew and Amy Severt, Troy (Nicole) Johnson, Andrew Moser and Angela (Kyle) Smrecek. Four great-grandchildren: Dylan Johnson, Spencer Johnson, Abigail Johnson and Noah Smrecek. Elnora is further survived by a brother, Robert (Marilyn) Shidler and a sister, MaryEllen (Richard) Wingo. She is preceded in death by her husband, Warren, daughter
Christine Johnson, son-in-law, Arthur Johnson and grandson, Timothy Johnson.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 29, 2013, at the Waid Funeral Home. Pastor Nathan Kramer officiated. Burial took place in Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau on Tuesday, July 30, 2013.
The Waid Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com

MARION R. AMENT
Marion R. Ament, 92, of Merrill, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, under the care of her family, the nursing home staff, and hospice care.
Marion was born January 29, 1921, in Merrill, daughter of the late Frank and Hattie (Groskoph) Cotey. She married David Ament on May 31, 1941, in Merrill. He preceded her in death on January 10, 2003. Marion had worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Company, Merrill, from 1939 until 1976. She had also worked for the Lincoln County Nursing Services as a home health aide. Marion was a member of the ‘Mad Hatters’ Red Hat Club. She enjoyed traveling, crocheting, putting puzzles together, taking care of her grandchildren, reading western novels, and watching western movies. Marion had been a union representative while at Weinbrenner’s. She was a member of the former Sweet Adeline’s of Merrill, and had been a Red Cross Volunteer at Pine Crest Nursing Home.
Survivors include three daughters, Joanne (Mrs. Michael) Lentz, Merrill, Kathleen (Mrs. Clifton) Plisch, Athens, and Marilyn Ament (with friend, Ed Conn) of
Merrill; one son, David Ament, Jr. of Kenosha; six grandchildren, Nathan (wife, Heather) Hinz, Brandon Hinz (with fiancée, Danyel Logan), Edwin (wife, Laurie) Plisch, Karrie (husband, Steve) Reid, Hailey DeVoy, and Michael (with wife, Robin) Lentz; five great grandchildren, Marissa, Macy, and Matthew Lentz, and Mykenzie and Lexi Hinz; and four step great grandchildren, Morgan, Meghan, Marissa, and Ryan. Besides her parents and husband, Marion is preceded in death by six siblings, Helen (Mrs. William) Haeger, Dorothy (Mrs. James) McCarthy, Louise (Mrs. Bud) Lokemoen, Betty (Mrs. Melvin) Harkness, Frank (wife, Helen) Cotey, Jr., and an infant sister.
The funeral was held on Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. R. Brian Stolarczyk officiated. Burial took place in St. Francis Cemetery, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

GRAYCE M. RADLOFF
Grayce M. Radloff, age 93, died July 18, 2013 at Bell Tower Residence under the care of Interim Hospice. She was born January 25, 1920 in Merrill to the late Christian & Jenny (Peterson) Erickson. Grayce and Leslie “Lolly” Radloff were united in marriage on June 25, 1945 in Merrill. He survives.
Grayce worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Factory for many years. She enjoyed spending time in her garden tending to her beautiful flowers. Grayce also loved fishing and did so every time she and Lolly went to their cottage in Flambeau. She was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed knitting and reading and was a great Packer fan.
Survivors include her husband: Les “Lolly” Radloff, Merrill; sister: Vivian Erickson, Merrill; sister-in-law: Vera (Phil) Erickson; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, ten brothers and sisters and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Service will be held for Grayce at 10 AM Monday, July 22, 2013 at Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence.  Chaplain Donald Dinsmore will officiate. Visitation will be from 9-10 AM Monday, July 22 at Bell Tower. The family has requested memorials given to St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

ALFRED A. BEILKE
Alfred A. Beilke, age 102, of Merrill, died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Bell Tower Residence under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice. He was born October 5, 1910 in the Town of Maine to the late Albert & Marie (Tesch) Beilke. On April 6, 1940 he and Leona Maaser were united in marriage at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Irma. She preceded him in death August 1, 1964.
Alfred was a farmer and construction worker before working as a custodian for the Wausau School District. He worked as a night watchman at Weinbrenner Shoe Company after his retirement. Alfred was very good at many things and was able to fix anything – whether it needed it or not! He liked to “tinker” and enjoyed being busy with mechanical work.  He was a lifelong member of the Lutheran Church.
Survivors include his children: James (Phyllis) Beilke, Merrill, Allan (Hulda) Beilke, Merrill, and  Karen (Frieder) Schoepfer, Neuenbuerg, Germany; nine grandchildren: Lisa Beilke, Michael Beilke, Dan Beilke, Paul Beilke, Bradley Beilke, Andrew Beilke, Heidi Schoepfer, Timm Schoepfer and Johannes Schoepfer; nine great-grandchildren: Mitchell, Kaitlyn, Marissa, Logan, Natasha, Benjamin, Alyson, Paula and Niklas; and sister-in-law: Elvera Beilke, Merrill. He was preceded in
death by his wife, Leona in 1964; son, David Beilke in 1984; two brothers, Walter Beilke and Hugo Beilke; and two sisters, Martha Brandenburg and Linda Buzza.
Services will be held 2 PM on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at Faith Lutheran Church, 15425 Hwy K, Merrill. The Rev. Kevin Hoogland will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4-8 PM Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home and again from 1 PM Sunday until the time of service at the church. Burial will be 9 AM Monday, July 22, 2013 at Maple Grove Cemetery. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

JUDITY A. ROWE
Judith A. Rowe, age 67, of Merrill, died Saturday, July 13, 2013, at her home under the care of her family and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
Judith was born February 13, 1946, daughter of the late William and Gertrude (Mueller) Schwartz. She married Eugene Rowe on December 2, 1967 at St. Stephens United Church of Christ, Merrill. He survives. Judith was a retired employee of Merrill Millwork. She greatly enjoyed gardening, baking, and casino trips. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. Judith was a member of St. Stephens United Church of Christ, Merrill.
She is survived by her husband Eugene Rowe, of Merrill; one daughter, Jane Rowe, of Merrill; one son, Timothy (Brenda) Rowe, of Merrill; one grandson, Brian Rowe, of Merrill; two brothers, Roger Schwartz, of King, and David Schwartz, of Watts, Oklahoma; and two half-brothers, Ervin Mueller, of St. Petersburg, FL, and Ray (Verna) Schwartz, of Merrill. Judith was preceded in death by her parents, William and Gertrude Schwartz; two half-brothers, William (Ruth) Schwartz and Richard (Betty) Schwartz; and one sister-in-law, Ruth Schwartz.
A memorial visitation will be held from 5:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. on Monday, July 22, 2013, at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, Merrill. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

PETER W. 'PETE' BLAKE
Peter W. ‘Pete’ Blake, age 62, of Merrill, died Friday, July 12, 2013 at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, Madison.
Pete was born September 20, 1950, son of Phyllis (Christensen) Blake and the late Warren ‘Keith’ Blake. He married Kathleen Kampmeyer on August 27, 1977, in Merrill. She survives. Pete enlisted in the United States Army in 1970. He served in Vietnam as part of the 1st Cavalry. He was honorably discharged in 1973. Pete graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He was the office manager at American Asphalt for over 25 years.
Pete enjoyed hunting in his earlier years, fishing, camping, gardening, cooking, and reading. He loved cars, especially his Shelby Mustang. He also enjoyed the company of his pooch, Shelby. Pete really loved music. Pete was interested in American Indian culture and the history of the West. He was also interested in philosophy and was very open and accepting to the spiritual beliefs of others. Pete and his wife, Kathy, volunteered much of their time to helping veterans. They delivered many different things to the King Veteran’s Home and to homeless veterans. Pete had very good friends from the VA in Wausau. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church, Merrill.
Survivors include his wife, Kathy Blake, of Merrill; one daughter, Sarah Blake, of Madison; one son, Samuel (Tabitha Bennish) Blake, of Dodgeville; his mother,
Phyllis Blake, of Merrill; his dog, Shelby; one sister, Julie (Louis) Glassman, of West Bend, WI; one brother, Richard Blake, of Merrill; three sisters-in-law, Donna Kampmeyer, of Merrill, Joanne (Mike) Madigan, of Plover, and Karen (John) Larson, of West Bend, WI; one brother-in-law, David Kampmeyer, of Merrill; two nieces, Gail Glassman, of Milwaukee, and Kristen Larson, of Seattle, WA; four nephews, Andrew (Amanda) Glassman, of Elm Grove, WI, Michael Madigan, of St. Paul, MN, Daniel (Heidi) Madigan, of Indianapolis, IN, and Timothy Larson, of Madison; and his long-time friends, Marlo Schmidt and Peter Rehwinkle. Pete was preceded in death by his father, Warren ‘Keith’ Blake; and one infant brother, Christopher Blake.
The Funeral Service was on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at Christ United Methodist Church, Merrill. Pastor Angie Steinhauer officiated. Burial took place in Merrill Memorial Park, Merrill, with graveside military rites conducted by V.F.W. Post 1638, Merrill.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to King Veteran’s Home.
The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill assissted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

BRODY LEE WESBROCK
Brody Lee Wesbrock, age 6, of Merrill, died Monday, July 15, 2013 at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center.
Brody was born July 29, 2006, in Merrill, to Jamie Taylor and Chad Wesbrock. Brody enjoyed the company of his twin sister, Macy, and his brother, Caleb. He enjoyed laughing and was a happy young boy. Brody attended Washington Elementary School.
He is survived by his mother, Jamie Taylor (fiancé, Keith Boyce), Merrill; his father, Chad Wesbrock, Merrill; his twin sister, Macy Wesbrock, Merrill; his brother, Caleb Taylor, Merrill; grandparents John and Barbara Taylor, Merrill, Linda Haynes, Merrill, and Gary Wesbrock, Illinois; and many other relatives and friends.
The funeral will be at 1:00 P.M. Friday, July 19, 2013, at Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Pastor Missy Holdorf will officiate. Burial will be in Merrill Memorial Park. Visitation will begin at 11:00 A.M. Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

STEVEN K. KRAUSE
Steven K. Krause, age 63, of Merrill, passed away in the company of beloved family early in the morning of Sunday, July 7, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
He was born July 17, 1949 in Merrill to the late David and Shirley (Fletcher) Krause. Steve was a graduate of Merrill Senior High School, then proudly served overseas in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1971, during which time on March 7, 1970, he was united in marriage to Marj Braatz. He later served as a Firefighter/EMT in Merrill for 27 years, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant.
When not engaged in the honorable protection of his country or local community, Steve was an avid outdoorsman who loved to take trips out west in pursuit of deer, and over the years could be found angling in his home state of Wisconsin as well as Minnesota, Canada and most recently, Michigan. He was an accomplished league bowler (member of the 700 club), and optimistic golfer. He enjoyed camping and traveling to the beaches of the Caribbean with friends and family, and was known to “occasionally” spoil his grandchildren with tootsie rolls, M&M’s or ice cream.
Survivors include his wife Marj Krause, Merrill; daughter Sara (Jeff Rodenberg) Elsmore, Kalamzoo, MI; son Paul (Alissa) Krause, Wausau; four grandchildren: Marley, Delaney, Asher, and Bennett; sister Nancy (Gary) Krause; and brother Craig (Geri) Krause.
A Memorial service was held on Thursday, July 11 at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ with Pastor Missy Holdorf officiating. A post-service reception was held at Three’s Company.
Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com
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LEE J. WINTERFELDT
Lee J. Winterfeldt passed away at the age of 77 on July 2, 2013. He was born July 25, 1935 to Orvall & Ruth (Last) Winterfeldt on a farm in Shioctin, WI. He worked hard his whole life, from the farm as a child, to his mother’s baker shop (The Model Bakery) in high school. He graduated from Merrill High School in 1952. Enlisted into Airforce after graduation, and then became licensed as a Commercial Pilot, Flight instructor, Ground instructor, and Plane Mechanic after exiting the Armed forces. He also was certified in educational psychology in 1963 and pursued a career in teaching. He was Author and Illustrator of the first ground school manual utilized by Aviation Training Enterprises, Inc.; and Chief ground and flight instructor for Philko Aviation in Chicago, IL. He retired and started a family in 1977 with Suzette Hanson in Merrill, WI. He worked locally at Lincoln Wood Inc for over 20yrs. He retired after extensive surgery in 2004. Even in retirement he enjoyed learning continuously; whether it was a new electronic or the news, he pondered it for hours. He was a member of the FAA and DAV. He also enjoyed nature, fishing, camping, animals, biking, hiking, boating… but most of all his family. He is survived by his wife Suzette (Hanson) Winterfeldt; daughters, Charmain, Melissa, & April; son-in-law Andy (April) Sobiesczyk; and Granddaughter Nora Sobiesczyk. He always said the greatest gift is family; he truly lived for his family.
There is no greater man. He was always strong and selfless. We never doubted his love and adoration of us. He was a great teacher and listener. He was a great healer and comforter. We may have taken for granted our time together on earth, but will cherish him for eternity in our hearts. Funeral was held at Christ United Methodist Church in Merrill on Thursday, July 11, followed by a military salute in the church parking lot and dinner afterwards. Pastor Angie Steinhauer officiated. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

VERNA CONLEY SCHUMACHER
Verna Conley Schumacher of Glendale, AZ, passed away on June 26, 2013 at Life Care, a resident for 20 days, previously a resident of Desert Springs Care Home for two years.
Verna was born in Cashton, WI on May 10, 1922, to Conrad E. Larson and Adelia (Juston) Larson. She graduated from Cashton High School and graduated from Wisconsin University-LaCrosse with a degree in Elementary Teaching. Later, Verna attended Stevens Point University and received her Master’s Degree.
Verna was married at Trinity Lutheran Church, Cashton, WI on September 28, 1946 to Lyle Schumacher of Merrill, WI. They lived in Merrill, where Verna taught first grade for 36 years at Lincoln Elementary School and one year at Franklin Elementary. She was deeply saddened when the Lincoln School was razed. Verna enjoyed teaching and watching her students grow up, get married and have families. She enjoyed fishing, cooking and sleeping on their pontoon boat in the summer. Daisies and smiley faces were her favorite items. She always celebrated her birthday the entire month of May. She was a 50 year member of a small group of knitters, known as the knit-wits, knitting items for charity. Verna was a volunteer at Good Samaritan Hospital. She lived most of her life in Merrill, WI. In 2007, her niece moved her to Glendale, AZ, where she lived until going to a Care Home.
Verna is survived by her two nieces, Dorothy (Richard) Pautot, Glendale, AZ and Candace Krneta, Aurora, CO, along with many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother Orvis, sister Jeanette (Larson) Sloane, brother-in-law, Lester Sloane and her husband.
Cremation services were held on Saturday, July 6, 2013 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Phoenix, AZ, with Pastor Steven Massey officiated. Burial will be at Moen Cemetery, Cashton, WI.
Advantage Maryvale Funeral Home in Phoenix, AZ assisted with the arrangements; also Torkelson Funeral Home in Cashton, WI, assisted the Family.

EVELYN "EVIE" WOODWARD-ARNDT
Evelyn “Evie” Woodward-Arndt, of Merrill, passed away on July 9, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in the Palliative Care Unit after a courageous battle with ALS at the age of 79. She was born January 6, 1934 in Colby, WI to the late Edward G. & Marie (Snieder) Rucks who were originally from Curtis, WI. Evie was the beloved wife of Eugene Arndt. They were united in marriage on August 27, 2012 in Merrill, WI.
Evie was married to Harvey A. Woodward on November 15, 1952. During their marriage, they ran a successful chicken and egg business in the ‘60’s, followed by Woodward Auction and she continued to run their apartment rental business until her death.
Evie most recently enjoyed traveling, and loved to tour in the 1941 Ford Coupe with Gene. She was an active member in the Wausau Antique Auto Club and enjoyed touring and spending time with all of her new found friends. Evie also attended the Old Tractor Shows and enjoyed helping Gene with the restoration of their multitude of tractors. She also enjoyed the many family events over the last few years battling her disease.
Evie and Harvey raised five children: Harlyn “Rocky” (Debbie) Woodward, Hatley, Marlyn “Corky” (Danette) Woodward, Merrill, Brian (Sue) Woodward, DePere, Reed (Sue) Woodward, Pulaski and Harvey Woodward III (Diane Woodward, daughter –in-law, survives) who passed in 2011. They loved to spent time with their 9
grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.
After finding love the second time, she gained a large second family which includes: Francis (Beverly) Arndt, Oakdale, MN, Geraldine (William) Batten, Stratford, WI, Susan (Thomas) Duginske, Wausau, Ronald (Debra) Arndt, Rosholt, WI, and Paulet (Fiance Bradley Jarocki) Arndt, Wausau. Evie became a second grand and great-grand mother to Gene’s 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Evie is survived by her siblings; Margaret Firnstahl, Arpin, WI, Dorothy Voge, Abbotsford, WI, Joann Johnson, Stanley, WI,  John (Paulette) Rucks, Mosinee,WI and Ruby Lueth, Medford, WI; brother-in-law: Albert Lueth, Dorchester, WI; sister-in-law: Lorraine Rucks, Highland, CA. She is also survived by a special daughter-in-law: Joy Kelley and a special niece: Gloria Nixdorf and a very special friend, Vicky Bosley.
She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Harvey, on April 23, 2007, son, Harvey Woodward III, brother, Ralph Rucks, brothers-in-law, James Firnstahl, Edward Voge, Norman “Bud” Johnson, Dexter Woodward, and Quentin “Honey” Woodward; and sister-in-law: Christine “Tina” Woodward.
Evie loved deeply by all of her family and friends and will be missed greatly. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Palliative Care staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital for their loving care.
Services will be 10 AM Saturday, July 13, 2013 at our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Merrill, WI.  Pastor Sue Christian will officiate. Visitation will be from 8 AM until the time of service at the church. Burial will be 11 AM Monday, July 15 in Merrill Memorial Park. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

LYNN ANNETTE CORDOVA (BOGENHAGEN)
Lynn Annette Cordova (Bogenhagen), born in Clintonville, WI May 1955 won her 12 year battle with cancer on June, 25, 2013. Lynn’s adult life began by graduating near the top of her Merrill High School class of 1973. Passing on college scholarship opportunities to begin her family, Lynn married Joseph Cordova on July 21, 1973. Six children were born as a result of their blessed union. Jeremy (Carrie) Cordova, Tomahawk, Joshua (Marcella) Cordova, Pequot Lakes MN, Jacob (Andrea) Cordova, Merrill, Jennifer Cordova, Merrill, Joseph (Hilary) Cordova, Tomahawk, Jamie (Sarah) Cordova, Port Alexander, AK. Lynn positively doted over all of her 11 grandchildren and they will all miss their Nama profoundly. A full time Mother in addition to operating the family farm, Lynn was pivotal in founding the Rock Falls Rascals 4-H Club and served on the Lincoln County Fair Board during the 1980’s. Life’s journey took Lynn from Tomahawk to Port Edwards, Wisconsin in
1997, then on to Clatskanie, Oregon in 2006, followed by a stop in Brainerd, Minnesota before coming full circle and returning to Tomahawk and to the family she loved unconditionally. The many friends made during her travels are all better and richer for having the privilege to be a part of her life. A master gardener and inventive chef, Lynn enjoyed beautifying her home with her unique floral arrangements and whipping up mouth watering meals for her family. Though a devastating disease took her from us too soon, all who had the good fortune of knowing Lynn will carry the love she shared and use that love along with the memories made to help fill the void left by her passing. While our hearts and minds struggle with the agonizing loss of our Wife, Mother, Nama, and Friend, we are truly grateful for the life she shared with us and for the lessons she taught us. The amazingly strong, courageous, battle she fought to her last breath will continue to serve as inspiration and motivation to us all. We love you and look forward to the day we can be reunited.
Visitation for Lynn Cordova was held on Friday, June 28, 2013 from at the Krueger Family Funeral Home in Tomahawk. In accordance with Lynn’s wishes, a Private Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.
Memorials are appreciated to: GIST Foundation. For more information visit www.GISTsupport.org
You may view the obituary and send online condolences at: www.kruegerfamilyfuneral.com.

PHYLLIS J. BRUNOW
Phyllis J. Brunow, age 89, of Merrill, died Sunday, December 30, 2012, at Artisan Assisted Living, Merrill.
Phyllis was born January 18, 1923, in Spirit, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Frederick “Thomas” and Helen (Paradise) Moore. She married Tedman Brunow on August 28, 1944. He preceded her in death on November 12, 2012. After graduating from Merrill High School, Phyllis attended the LaCrosse State Teacher’s College for two years. She then worked as an inspector for defense plants during World War II. During the Korean Conflict, Phyllis worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Company, Merrill. Later on, Phyllis and Ted owned and operated the Bon-Ton Café in Wausau, where Phyllis was the business manager. Phyllis enjoyed bowling, golfing, swimming, and was a member of two local card clubs. Phyllis was a fervent Catholic and was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill, for most of her life.
Survivors include one daughter, Helen (Pat) Timbers, of University, Place, WA; two grandsons, Peter (Debbie) Timbers, of Casper, WY, and Sam (Kendra) Timbers, of Lakewood, WA; six great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Titus, Caleb, Elijah, Levi, and Audrey; and several nieces and nephews. Phyllis was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.
The Funeral Liturgy will be held at 10:00 A.M. Friday, July 5, 2013, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. Burial will be in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Merrill. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.

IRENE E. GRYSKIEWICZ
Irene E. Gryskiewicz, 87, formerly of rural Gleason, died Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Elizabeth Residence, Racine.
Irene was born July 7, 1925, in Thorp, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Joseph and Clara (Hodorowski) Czernicki. She married Kostic Gryskiewicz on August 2, 1945, in Thorp. He preceded her in death on August 29, 1992. Irene was a homemaker. She enjoyed gardening, reading, doing volunteer work, walking, tending to her pets, and visiting with people.
Survivors include two daughters, Diane Gryskiewicz, West Allis, and Sandra (Arthur Tyson) Gryskiewicz, Richmond, Virginia; a daughter in law, Sherry Pelgrin, Milwaukee; two grandchildren, Greg Gryskiewicz, Milwaukee, and Amy Gryskiewicz, Chicago; two step great granddaughters, Rebekah and Elizabeth; one brother, Joseph (Bernice) Czernicki, Franksville, Wisconsin; one sister, Marie Tranel, Galena, Illinois; and one sister in law, Norma Czernicki, Weslaco, Texas. Besides her parents and husband, Irene is preceded in death by her son, James Gryskiewicz in October of 2011, one brother Edward Czernicki, and one sister, Alice Laski.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Bloomville. Father Ronald Serrao presided. Burial was in St. John the Baptist Catholic Church Cemetery, Town of Schley. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

SISTER BARBARA MISNER
Sister Barbara Misner, 82, Sister of Mercy of the Holy Cross, died June 28, 2013, at Bell Tower Residence in Merrill, Wisconsin, under the care of the staff at Bell Tower Residence and Ministry Home Care Hospice Service.
Sister Barbara was born April 13, 1931, in Jackson, Michigan, daughter of the late Francis de Sales Misner and Madge (Mee) Misner. Sister entered Holy Cross Convent in Merrill on August 2, 1948, and celebrated her First Profession on August 24, 1950.
Sister Barbara received her education at St. Francis Academy, Pittsburg, PA; Our Lady of the Holy Cross High School, Merrill, WI; Catholic University, Washington D.C.; Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI; Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH; and American University at the National Archives.
Her 62 years of ministry included elementary school teaching in Antigo and Mercer, Wisconsin; Deer Park, OH; and Haymarsh, ND. She also taught at the Menard Junior College in Merrill, WI. One of Sister’s main loves was that of an archivist. She worked for the archdiocese of Cincinnati, OH; the diocese of La Crosse and
Madison, WI; Great Falls, Montana; School Sisters of St. Francis, Milwaukee, WI; St. Norbert Abby, De Pere, WI; and for the Holy Cross Sisters USA Province in Merrill, WI. She wrote the history of the Holy Cross Sisters, completing the first two volumes.
Her special interests were in European and USA history, particularly the history of women religious. She helped organize the Conference on the History of Women Religious in 1988. Sister retired in 2006 and resided at St. Joseph’s Convent in Campbellsport, WI, prior to moving back to Bell Tower Residence in Merrill.
Sister Barbara was preceded in death by her parents and aunt Sister Lucy Mee who was a former provincial of the Holy Cross Sisters. She is survived by her family of Holy Cross Sisters and Associates; four brothers, Charles (Susanne), Chevy Chase, MD, Dr. Paul (Constance), Brookfield, WI, John (Patricia), San Diego, CA, Joseph, Windsor, CT. Sister is also survived by nieces Benedicte Misner and Danielle (Adrian) Ruddock, nephews Francis Misner, Timothy (Maya) Misner, and Christopher (Crystal) Misner; and four great nephews; and three great nieces.
Memorial Mass was held on July 1, 2013, in Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill, with Father James Baraniak, O.Praem, officiating. Burial will take place in St. Francis Cemetery, Merrill, at a later date. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting with the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com
Memorials can be made to Bell Tower Residence and sent to: Holy Cross Sisters, 1400 O’Day Street, Merrill, WI 54452

MARTIN ALBERT ELMER NATZKE
Elmer Natzke Martin Albert Elmer Natzke, age 84, of The Town of Corning, died Friday, June 28, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home, under the care of his family, the staff of the Special Care Unit and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice.  Martin was born in the Town of Corning, February 7, 1929 son of the late Henry J. and Ernestine F. (Winter) Natzke.
Martin and LuEllen (Pohmeier) were united in marriage at Immanuel Lutheran Church in the Town of Corning on July 20, 1963, a union that lasted 49 years.  He and LuEllen worked side by side on the Natzke Family Dairy Farm. Martin was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill, where he served as an elder, usher and sang in the church choir for many years. Martin enjoyed playing Sheephead, visiting with family and friends, and attending his grandsons sporting events. 
Survivors include, his wife: LuEllen Natzke, Merrill; Son: Michael (Kelley) Natzke, Merrill; Daughter: Debra (Daniel) Seidl, Fond du Lac, WI; 2 grandsons: Benjamin and Matthew Natzke, Sister: Esther Natzke, and Brother: Harold (Ethel) Natzke, all of Merrill, many cousins, nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Erwin and Arnold, two sisters, Edna Kudick and Frieda Natzke, and his father and mother in law: Fred and Erna Pohmeier.
Funeral service will be 10:30 am Monday, July 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Rev. Pastor R. Brian Stolarczyk will officiate. Burial will follow at Immanuel
Lutheran Cemetery, Town of Corning. Visitation will be at Waid Funeral Home Sunday July 7,  3-7pm, and again Monday 9 am until the time of service at the church. Memorial donations may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or School, or charity of choice. The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com

LILAS F. WOLLER
Lilas F. Woller, age 86, of Minocqua, died Thursday, June 27, 2013, at Avanti Health and Rehabilitation, Minocqua.
Lilas was born September 24, 1926, in the Town of Berlin, Marathon County, son of the late Edwin and Agnes (Kleinschmidt) Woller. He was confirmed into Christian faith in 1940. Lilas was united in marriage to Lorna Steidtman on May 5, 1951, at the former Zion Lutheran Church, Town of Maine, Marathon County. She survives. Lilas was a carpenter and had worked in residential and commercial construction. He was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minocqua. Lilas was an avid hunter.
Survivors include his wife, Lorna Woller, of Arbor Vitae; one son, Wayne (Holly) Woller, of Talkeetna, AK; two granddaughters, Denell Woller, of Lomira, WI, and Virginia Woller, of Seattle, WA; one brother, Laverne (Donna) Woller, of Merrill; and several nieces and nephews. Lilas was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin and Agnes Woller; one nephew, Brian Woller; and one niece, Leigh Ann Woller.
The funeral was held on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minocqua. The Rev. Jim Hoogervorst officiated. Burial took place at Maple Grove Cemetery, Town of Maine.
The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
The family would like to thank the Family of Todd and Tracy Berg and Diane Rust for their service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be directed to Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Minocqua, building fund.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

SISTER MARY CHARLES RYDZEWSKI
Sister Mary Charles Rydzewski, 88, Sister of Mercy of the Holy Cross, died June 22, 2013, at Bell Tower Residence in Merrill, WI, under the care of the staff at Bell Tower Residence and Aspirus Comfort Care.
Sister Mary Charles was born January 12, 1925, in Three Lakes, WI, daughter of the late Charles and Felicia (Mroczkowski) Rydzewski, and given the name Henrietta. Sister entered Holy Cross Convent in Merrill on November 9, 1954, and celebrated her First Profession on August 22, 1956.  She was in her 56th year of ministry as a Holy Cross Sister.
Sister Mary Charles received her education at Three Lakes High School, Marquette University, Saint Louis University and Gonzaga University.
She spent the majority of her ministry in hospital administration.  Her assignments took her to St. Joseph’s Hospital, Breese, IL, where she was instrumental in planning for the new hospital and moving to the new facility.  She also ministered at St. Mary’s Hospital, Cairo, IL and Holy Cross Hospital, Merrill, WI,
where she laid the foundation for an orderly transfer to another sponsor.  Sister also ministered as vice-president of Health Ministry for the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System in Baton Rouge, LA. She served 5 years on the Wisconsin Health Facilities Board, a Governor appointed position. She also served as vice-president and president of the Merrill Chamber of Commerce and was named citizen of the year in Breese, IL. 
Sister retired to Bell Tower Residence in 2006 where she continued her prayer ministry and also served as president of the Residents’ Council.  Sister was an avid reader, enjoyed nature and visits to the lake with family and friends.
She is survived by her family of Holy Cross Sisters and Associates, nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers, Harry, George, Adolph and Edmund Rydzewski.
Mass of Resurrection was took place in St. Francis Cemetery, Merrill. 
The Waid Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting with funeral arrangements.
Memorials can be made to Bell Tower Residence and sent to: Holy Cross Sisters, 1400 O’Day Street, Merrill, WI 54452


EDNA M. 'GRANDMA' PODEWELTZ
Edna M. ‘Grandma’ Podeweltz, age 92, of Merrill, died Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home.
Edna was born August 23, 1920, in the Town of Schley, daughter of the late Frank and Hattie (Ahlert) Plamann. She married Leo W. Podeweltz on April 11, 1942 at Trinity Lutheran Church in the Town of Schley. He preceded her in death on January 24, 1995. She was a retired employee of the former Lincoln Cleaners, Merrill. Edna was currently a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, and making dolls for family and friends.
She is survived by two sons, Wayne (Dana) Podeweltz, Merrill, and Lowell Podeweltz, Schofield; a daughter-in-law Candace (Otto) Lee, of rural Merrill; seventeen grandchildren, Jeff (Susan) Podeweltz, Todd Podeweltz, and Tyler (Dave) Prentice, all of Merrill, Phyllis (Larry) Simon, Merrill, Philip (Crystal) Podeweltz, Tomahawk, Steve Podeweltz, Merrill, Kim Johnson, Merrill, Kelly (Kristen) Podeweltz, Mosinee, Shelby (Syrina) Podeweltz, Merrill, Nathan Podeweltz, Brantwood, Aaron (Katrina) Podeweltz, Tripoli, Amanda Podeweltz, Marathon and Jesse Podeweltz, Merrill, Tammy (Ron) Block, Wittenberg, Lisa (Randy) Braun, Weston, Kevin Podeweltz, Kronenwetter, Ashley Podeweltz, Weston; 37 great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Lorraine Plamann,
Merrill. Besides her parents and husband, Edna is preceded in death by her son Earl, two grandsons, Rodney and Jason Podeweltz, one great grandson, Kaleb Podeweltz, two great-great grandsons Kelson Fisher and Evan Podeweltz, and her brother, Edgar Plamann.
The funeral service was held on Thursday June, 27, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Scott Gustafson officiated. Burial followed in Trinity Church Cemetery, Town of Schley, Lincoln County.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

CHRISTINE HANSON
Christine Hanson, age 52, of Merrill, died Monday, June 17, 2013 at Bell Tower Residence under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. She was born November 29, 1960 in Merrill to Ole J. & Barbara A. (Travis) Hanson.
Christine attended Merrill Schools and graduated in 1982 in Special Education. She had worked at Lincoln Industries for 33 years. Christine enjoyed bowling, swimming and going south to Alabama for the winter. Christine had a special place in her heart for her dogs and cats. She participated in Special Olympics and also belonged to the ARC.  Christine was a member of St. Francis Catholic Church.
Survivors include her mother: Barbara Hanson, Merrill; one brother: Brian (Kathy) Hanson, Harrison; three sisters: Jane (Patrick) Severt, Cathy (Jim) Wendt and Polly (Scott) Hoffmann, all of Merrill; six nephews: Adam Annis, Farmington, MN,  Jeremiah (Katie) Wendt, Chippewa Falls, WI, Daniel Hoffmann and Jared Hoffmann (Godson), both of Merrill, Ole Hanson, Harrison, and Nicholas Hoffmann, Merrill; two nieces: Hannah (Chris) Hanson, Merrill and Katie Hanson,
Harrison; four great nieces: Isabel, Josie, Evie and Dottie; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, Ole James Hanson, and a brother and sister in infancy.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at Holy Cross Chapel, Bell Tower Residence. Sister John Marie officiated. Burial followed in St. Francis Cemetery. The family requests donations to be given to Bell Tower Residence, Lincoln County Humane Society or to Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice. Christine’s family appreciates all the good care she received at Bell Tower and would like to thank all the Merrill area and Lincoln County residents for offering educational and vocational opportunities for the disabled. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.


BERTHA A. MALINOWSKI
Bertha A. Malinowski, age 97, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Bertha was born December 1, 1915, in Joliet, IL, daughter of the late Joseph and Bertha (Ditton) Scheidt. She married Edward J. Malinowski, Sr. on November 21, 1940, in St. Louis, MO during his military service. He preceded her in death in 1976. Bertha worked as a clerk in a Woolworth store in Illinois. Upon moving to Merrill, she worked as a store manager at Paramount Studios and as a volunteer coordinator at Lincoln Hills School. She then worked at Good Samaritan Health Center as a receptionist. Bertha enjoyed all of her jobs working with people. She also enjoyed knitting, watching tennis and golf on television, following Tiger Woods’ career, and organizing parties and family gatherings.
Survivors include one daughter, Sara (Leonard) Majetic, of Wausau; three sons, Edward (Ellen) Malinowski, Jr., of Wausau, Robert Malinowski, of Markel, TX, and David (Roberta) Malinowski, of Merrill; one daughter-in-law, Mary Malinowski, of Merrill; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren;
two sisters-in-law, Norma Scheidt and Joyce Scheidt, both of Joliet, IL; and several nieces and nephews. Bertha was preceded in death by her husband, Edward J. Malinowski, Sr.; her parents, Joseph and Bertha Scheidt; her son, Joseph Malinowski; two sisters, Cecilia (Harold ‘Bud’) McDonald and Elanor (John) Handel; and two brothers, Harold Scheidt and Joseph Scheidt.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. Bertha’s cremated remains will be interred at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

ROBERT (BOB) NORMAN CZECH
Robert (Bob) Norman Czech was born on August 21, 1933 in Merrill, WI. He passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013 at his home in the Town of Hamburg surrounded by his family. He graduated from Athens High School with the class of 1951. He attended North Central Technical College and worked at Fromm Brothers, Inc. in Hamburg, WI while awaiting the draft. Bob served for two years in the U.S. army, stationed in Korea. When he returned, he promptly married the love of his life, Beth Louise Winter, on September 14, 1957. Bob and Beth owned and operated RC Mink Ranch in Hamburg for over 40 years. The ranch was a thriving family business.
Bob embodied Jesus’ example of service and leadership throughout his life. He was a leader in the ranching industry and served on the Board of Directors for several organizations including the Wisconsin Fur Breeder’s Association, The Great Lakes Mink Association, The Seattle Fur Exchange/American Legend, and the National Board of Fur Farm Organizations.  Bob also served as an advisor on the mink advisory council for the WI Department of Agriculture. For 23 years, Bob served as Director at Fidelity National Bank, in Medford, WI. Bob was a founding member of the Hamburg-Berlin Lions Club. He has served as a summer volunteer with
TeenServe missions since 2000. Bob enjoyed traveling with his family, and had been a member of the Family Motor Coach Association for over 20 years. This included four chapters in FMCA, namely Wisconsin Voyagers, Newmar International, Spartan International and Coaches for Christ.
Bob was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hamburg, WI where he had served as congregational president, secretary, elder, and trustee throughout the years. His rich life was marked by his strong faith in Jesus Christ which is clearly evidenced in those he left behind.
He is survived by his wife, Beth, his three children and their spouses, The Rev. Daniel (Diana) Czech (Greenfield, WI), Mark (Dawn) Czech (Hamburg, WI), and Lori (Jeffery) LaBelle (Holcombe, WI); his eight grandchildren and their spouses; Matthew (Tabitha) LaBelle, Jaclyn (Christopher) Uttecht, Adam (Tameka) Czech, Daniel Czech, Erik Czech, Stephan (Amberleigh) Czech, Timothy Czech, and Andrew Czech; his seven great-grandchildren; Isaiah, Jeremiah, Natalie, and Nathanael LaBelle, and Anna, Jaden, and Micah Uttecht; his brothers and sister and their spouses, Richard (Ellen) Czech, David (Barbara) Czech, Marjorie (Lawrence) Radenz, and sister-in-law Frances Czech. He is celebrating in heaven with his father and mother, Henry and Katharine (Dorn) Czech, his father and mother-in-law, The Rev. Louis and Frances Winter, brother Gerald Czech, sister and brother-in-law Lloyd and Marlene Hamann, and great-grandson, Zechariah LaBelle.
“Praise the Lord, O my soul, all my inmost being, praise His holy name...who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  Psalm 103: 1-5
Funeral services were held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hamburg. The Rev. Jim Klug officiated. Burial followed in St. John’s Cemetery, Hamburg.  The family would like to thank Aspirus Comfort Care Hospice for their kind care and Waid Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com. Memorials may be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hamburg.

JEFFREY F. ANNIS
Jeffrey F. Annis, age 63, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born September 23, 1949 in Merrill to the late Robert & Dena (Suwyn) Annis. On August 27, 1994, he and Linda Prentice were united in marriage in Merrill. She survives.
Jeff was a 1967 graduate of Merrill Senior High School. He had worked at Acme Tree and Davey Tree Service. Jeff was most recently a soil sampler for Geiss Soil & Sample where he enjoyed working with the whole Geiss group.-they were like family to him. He served six years in the Army National Guard from 1969-1975. Jeff enjoyed music and had played in several bands over the years including Marshmallow Tugboat, Easy Street, Poor Boys and Silverado. He was a left handed bass player and, being very talented, was able to play it backwards and upside down. Jeff loved spending time with his grandkids – and his best canine buddy Jake, aka “Doogie”. He enjoyed karaoke with his family and watching football and NASCAR. Jeff also liked hunting, fishing, camping and traveling with his wife Linda.
Survivors include his wife: Linda, Merrill; step-daughters: Jessica (Tracey) Sawczuk; Cristy (Rich) Seefeldt and Amy Pehlke, all of Merrill; seven grandchildren:
Devon, Derek and Jenna Sawczuk, Tori Clayton, Sommer and Lucas Seefeldt & Vinnie Keenan; sister: Cindy (Steve) Latzig, Merrill; three nieces: Brenda (Robert) Strozewski, McKinney, TX, Sarah (Johnny) Tomajcik and Stephanie (Toby) Goetz, Kellner; two nephews that were special to him: Robert (Beth) Latzig, Plover, and Darrin Prentice; and five great nieces and nephews: Corban, Trinity, Dena, Quinten and Ava. He was preceded in death by his parents and his son, Jesse Annis.
A Memorial service was held Monday, June 17, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. Rev. Scott Gustafson officiated. Waid Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

ELROY BLOCK
Elroy Block, age 85, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home. He was born in the town of Maine on July 1, 1927 to the late William F. & Augusta (Heyne) Block. He and Gloria Diels were married August 19, 1950 in Medford. She preceded him in death February 6, 2001.
Aside from his first job, being a milk carrier when he owned his own milk route with Page Company, Elroy was in sales all his life. He had worked at associated Co-Op as a salesman and had owned a sport and snowmobile dealership in Merrill. Elroy was manager of a body shop in Merrill for a short time before becoming the used car manager at Gateway Volkswagen in Wausau. From there, Elroy opened his own used car dealership in Merrill called Block’s Auto, which he owned with his son, Jeff. He loved to hunt, fish and had played slow pitch ball for many years. Some fond memories of Elroy were when he was a pitcher and played with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Elroy was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Merrill.
Survivors include his two sons: Jeff (Gwen) Block, Merrill and Jay (Maria) Block, Irma; two daughters: Peggy (Carl) Torkelson and Linda (Kurt) Eckes, all of
Merrill; 12 grandchildren: Erin (Ryan) Olszewski, Ryan Malone, Amber (Steve) Athanasiou, Ashley (friend Craig) Block, Mitchell (Jenny) Block, Justin Block, Matt Torkelson, Chad Eckes, Kevin Eckes, Katie Erickson and Christopher Eckes; eight great-grandchildren: Macy, Bryce, Owen, Carson, McKenna, Peyton, Dylan and Drew; one brother: Gene (Donna) Block, Merrill; many nieces and nephews and his favorite dog “Luke”. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Gloria, brother, Clarence, and sister, Betty.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, June 21, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. The Rev. Maurice Schaus will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-8 PM Thursday, June 20 and again from 10-11 before the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service in Merrill Memorial Park. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

EVELYN HECKENDORF
Evelyn Heckendorf, 94, of Hot Springs Village passed away Friday, October 26, 2012 at Fountain Lake Rehab and Health Center. She was born February 8, 1918 in Bushnell, Illinois, moving with her family at the age of six months to Merrill, Wisconsin where she lived for 88 years before moving to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas to live with her only daughter, Marlyn.
 She attended school in Merrill and graduated from Lincoln County Normal (a teacher’s college) in 1937. She taught one year and then married her childhood sweetheart, Marvin Heckendorf in 1938 who preceded her in death November 7, 1993. Both were employed at the Weinbrenner Shoe Factory in Merrill until they retired in 1980.
 She was the daughter of the late James and Catherine Early and was also preceded in death by her two brothers, Arthur and Elmer and two sisters, Carol and Lillian.
 Evelyn is survived by her daughter, Marlyn Ruch of Hot Springs Village; two granddaughters, Robin Smith of Seneca, Illinois and Rhonda Urh of Stallings, North
Carolina; great granddaughter, April Fosen (of Seneca, IL); great grandson, Scott Ericson, Jr. (of Seneca, IL);  three great great granddaughters, Cassidy, Sophia and Ella Fosen (of Seneca, IL); two great granddaughters, Nicole Urh (of Stallings, North Carolina) and Julia Urh (of Stallings, North Carolina); great grandson, Samuel Urh (of Stallings, North Carolina); one brother-in-law, Norman Heckendorf (of Merrill); one sister-in-law, Margie (Secard) Heckendorf (of Merrill); many nieces and nephews, and lastly, her best and dearest friend, Charlotte Peters, of Merrill.
Evelyn loved to sing and in her youth sang with other girls on the local radio program. She also sang in a number of local talent shows. She was an expert swimmer and tennis player. After marrying Marvin, she became an expert fisherman and deer hunter, which they always did together. They also traveled with a small RV, visiting 49 of the 50 states, first with Marvin and then with her daughter, Marlyn.
Evelyn loved reading everything and especially poetry. Frequently, she wrote her own poems. She was a Red Cross Volunteer at Pine Crest Retirement Center and received an award for her faithful service.
Evelyn was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, usually wearing her Packers sweater whenever she watched them play and rooted, loudly, from the living room. She was a good sport and a good friend and she will be truly missed by many.
Evelyn was a long-time member of St. Stephen’s Church in Merrill, teaching Sunday school for many years.  After moving to Arkansas to live with her daughter, Marlyn, she regularly attended Village Bible Church.  A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 22nd, at the Waid Funeral Home located at 301 Eagle Drive in Merrill.  Visitation will begin at 1:00 o’clock, with the Memorial service starting at 2:15. The Rev. Linda Kuhn will officiate.  Following the Memorial service, a grave-site ceremony will be held at Merrill Memorial Park, after which a Celebration of Evelyn’s Life will be held at Eagle’s Club in Merrill.  Relatives and friends are all invited to attend. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

WAYNE D. KLEINSCHMIDT
Wayne D. Kleinschmidt, age 67, of Merrill, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at his home.
Wayne was born on March 27, 1946, in Merrill, son of the late Rudolph and Florinda (Sabatke) Kleinschmidt. He married Judith R. Jaeger on June 21, 1969, at Calvary Lutheran Church. Wayne worked for Northern Door Corp. for 20 years and Fox Point Sportswear for 20+ years. He had also worked at Northern Wire for three years, and retired in 2008.
Wayne enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Wayne also loved his cat, Tommey. Wayne enjoyed the outdoors. He liked to hunt in his younger years, fish, watch the birds, and talk to them. Wayne also liked to camp; and after 30 years of camping, he took his last camping trip in 2012. Wayne had a lot of pride and joys; building things, welding, his shop, his yard, and his toys (tractor and 4-wheeler). Wayne’s dream was to own a convertible. He and his wife purchased a hard-top convertible in recent years, and enjoyed a road trip to Florida. Wayne was a very hard worker. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill.
Survivors include his wife, Judith R. Kleinschmidt, of Merrill; two daughters, Sandra (Mike) Loucks, of Medford, and Julie (Corey) Maschke, of Merrill; four
grandchildren, Patrick Kleinschmidt, Eric Kottke, Andrew Loucks, and Allie Maschke; one sister, Darlene (Orville) Schult, of Merrill; one brother, Gene (D’Etta) Kleinschmidt, of Merrill; his mother-in-law, Lois Jaeger, of Merrill; one sister-in-law, Joyce ‘Totsy’ Kleinschmidt, of Merrill; three brothers-in-law, Arthur Schmidt, of Merrill, Randal (Sharon) Jaeger, of Merrill, and Lyle Jaeger, of Savage, MN. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Rudolph and Florinda Kleinschmidt; three sisters, Phyllis Schmidt, Joyce (Leslie) Weber, and infant Dorothy; two brothers, Vernon Kleinschmidt and Elroy ‘Bud’ (Velma ‘Diddy’) Kleinschmidt; two nieces, Lois Kleinschmidt and Connie Weber; two nephews, Jesse Roman and Brian Weber; and his father-in-law, Norman Jaeger.
The funeral was held on Monday, June 10, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Scott Gustafson officiated. Burial took place at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Town of Scott, Lincoln County.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

BERNADINE A. MICHNO
Bernadine A. Michno, age 77, of Merrill, died Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital, Weston.
Bernadine was born December 17, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois, daughter of the late Elmer and Elsie (Batista) Ludwig. She married Richard E. Michno on August 7, 1954 in Downers Grove, Illinois. He preceded her in death on December 3, 1999, in Merrill. In her earlier years, Bernadine worked as a Policy Services Representative for the home office of Prudential Insurance in Chicago, IL. Upon moving to Merrill in 1969, Bernadine became a homemaker and raised her two sons while helping with duties on the farm. She enjoyed the weekly grocery shopping trips to town in helping to provide and maintain a stable home environment for her family.
As her children grew up, Bernadine worked for several cleaning services in the Merrill area, then owned and operated her own cleaning service. Bernadine cleaned many churches and offices throughout Merrill and made many friends whom she worked with and cleaned for throughout her career until she retired in 2012.
Bernadine was a former organist and 5th grade catechism teacher where she was a member at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. She enjoyed playing church hymns on her organ and piano at home. Her love for music extended to going to polka dances and co-chairing a ballroom dance club with her husband.
Bernadine also enjoyed walks in the country with her dog, knitting and sewing while she watched television and enjoyed taking bus rides to visit her family. She especially enjoyed country living by planting and tending to her vegetable garden and painting the gnomes that overlooked her various flower beds around her home. Growing up on the north side of Chicago, Bernadine was also an avid baseball fan and enjoyed talking about her favorite team, the Chicago Cubs. Like Grandma Bondi, she could no longer wait until next year and had to go Home.
Bernadine is survived by her two sons, Richard (Lisa) Michno, Merrill and Robert Michno (with Amanda Altan), Oshkosh; two brothers, Glenn (Linda) Ludwig and Anthony (Nancy) Bondi, all of Downers Grove, Illinois; two step grandchildren, Ian and Ayla; and nieces and nephews.
The Funeral Liturgy/Memorial Service will be held at 1:30pm, Saturday June 15, 2013, at Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Father Michael McLain is presiding. Burial will take place at a later date in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com


ANGIE GRAMBORT
8-30-1974 to 6-7-2013
Angie Grambort’s journey in this world ended Friday, June 7, 2013 when her long battle with cancer ended and she entered Heaven.
Angie enjoyed many things, but most of all spending time with her family and friends. Whether she was pontooning, riding her motorcycle, out on her snowmobile or just sitting around the fire pit, she was always surrounded by people who loved her. No matter how difficult her fight with cancer became, she always had a big smile. Angie had a heart full of faith in her Savior Jesus Christ whom she loved. She enjoyed sharing her faith with her Journey Church family and anyone who would listen.
Devoted wife to Fred Grambort, loving mother to Lillian Hanneman and Katrina Grambort, daughter to Amy Teske, sister to Paula Gray and Marni (Keith) Harmon, aunt, niece, cousin, friend and inspiration to many, Angie will be forever remembered, loved and missed.
A celebration of life was held Thursday, June 13th at Bible Presbyterian Church, Merrill. Waid Funeral Home handled the arrangements. Online tributes may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

ROMAN L. RADLINGER
Roman L. Radlinger, age 92, of Merrill, died Saturday, June 08, 2013, at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill.
Roman was born July 31, 1920, in Park Falls, Wisconsin, son of the late Wolfgang and Theresa (Kundinger) Radlinger. He married Ruth Oesterreich on January 3, 1940, in St. Anthony’s Rectory, Park Falls. For 65 years Roman was in the oil business. The first 50 years he worked with Mobil Oil, and later he owned and operated Radlinger’s Mobil Oil. Roman was an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill, where he sang with the choir and was involved with the prayer group. In his younger years, Roman played the banjo in the Radlinger Brothers Polka Band in Park Falls. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Merrill Eagles Club, the Merrill Historical Society, and the Merrill Evening Lions Club. Roman lived along the Prairie River north of Merrill and enjoyed spending time near the river. After retirement he enjoyed traveling around the country with his wife. Roman also enjoyed reading and learning throughout his life. His family will remember him as a generous man who enjoyed being a ‘people person’. Roman served with the U.S. Army during World War II and was medically and honorably discharged.
Survivors include his wife Ruth Radlinger, Merrill; three daughters, Judith (James) Shrock, Mary Matz, and Leah (Tom) Juhlke, all of Merrill; seven grandchildren,
John (Jennifer) Purcell, Linda Purcell, DuWayne Matz, Daniel Matz, Sarah Shrock-Castro, Lisa Juhlke, and Lindsey Juhlke; three step grandchildren, Paula Mettalo, Angela (Joel) Braun, and James (Maci) Shrock; six great grandchildren, Heather (Andrew) Skutak, Holly Purcell, Cole Matz, Evan Matz, Jayden Castro, and Peyton Castro; eight step great grandchildren, Makayla Mosca-Schmidt, Brittany, Robert, and McKenna Shrock, Matt, Zack, and Megan Metallo, and Mckayla Braun; one great great grandchild, Austin Skutak; one sister, Philomene Johnston, Plover; three brothers, Joseph (Valva) Radlinger, Park Falls, Richard Radlinger, King, Wisconsin, and John (Carol) Radlinger, Vulcan, Michigan; many nieces and nephews; and many close friends. Along with his parents, Roman is preceded in death by five siblings, Alvin, Marie, Mike, June, and Jeanette.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. Father Michael McLain presided.
The family suggests that memorials be directed to the Merrill Food Pantry, St. Francis Church, the Lincoln County Humane Society, or the Merrill Historical Society.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

HAROLD PLAMANN
Harold Plamann, age 91, of Merrill, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Woodland Court Elder Service. Harold was born October 26, 1921, in the town of Schley, Lincoln County, WI.
Harold was the third of six children born to the late Arthur and Rose (Ahlert) Plamann. Harold was preceded in death by his infant sister, Mildred, and three brothers, Alfred, Ervin and Arthur. He was also preceded in death by his son, Philip, and two daughters, Fern and Delores.
Harold married Viola Tesky on March 29, 1941, and they raised five children: Philip, Delores, Fern, David and Mary Sue. Harold’s early working career included logging and working at Ward Paper. Harold then went into farming until 1947 and often told of hauling stones with horses to build the foundation for the barn he built. From 1947-1952, Harold distributed petroleum products for the Mobil Oil Company. In 1952, he bought his own gas truck and distributed products for Cities Service
Oil Company until 1972. While in the petroleum business, Harold continued to run a small farm in the town of Schley, sold snowmobiles and operated a bakery delivery service in Antigo for several years. From 1977 to 1984, both Harold and Viola worked at Pine Crest Nursing Home.
Harold enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their cottage on Long Lake, Harrison Hills. Harold also enjoyed snowmobiling, deer hunting with his sons and brothers, farming and cutting firewood, making maple syrup with Joe, planting trees, traveling with his children, camping with his friends at Shawano County Park and spending time with his grandchildren. Harold was a member of Dutch Corners Lutheran Church, Gleason Lutheran Church, and Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Merrill. Harold always said he lived a full life and had seen it all. He was very proud of his career with Cities Service and enjoyed serving his customers while in the oil business. During his retirement Harold enjoyed making Christmas wreaths.
Harold is survived by his wife, Viola; son, David (Gloria), Kewaunee; daughter, Mary (Greg) Olson, Hot Springs, AR; daughter-in-law, Maxine Plamann, Merrill; nine grandchildren: Adam Plamann, Appleton; Vicky Parsley, LaPorte, IN; Matt Olson, Little Rock, AR; Bethany MacKenzie, Conway, AR; Ranay Nicklaus, Merrill; Brenda Wendt, Merrill; Jeff Rydell, Wausau; Jill Rydell, Merrill and Julie Uriarte, Sandy, UT; 15 great-grandchildren: Hazel, Veronica and Meredith Plamann, Josh, Danny and Brett Nicklaus, Christopher and Amanda Rydell, Kaleigh Schaefer, Cohrtney Bond, Zoey and Merek MacKenzie, Isaac Olson, Elijah and Anthony Uriarte; one brother, Dale (Kathy) Plamann, Baraboo; and two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Plamann, and Maria Plamann both of Merrill.
Funeral services will be held at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, June 8 at 10 AM. Visitation will be held at Waid Funeral Home, Merrill, on Friday, June 7, 2013 from 4-8 PM and again from 9-10 AM Saturday, June 8 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Entombment will be at Memorial Chapel Mausoleum, Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

RUTH E. PETZKA
Ruth E. Petzka, age 95, of Merrill, died Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Woodland Court Elder Services, Merrill.
Ruth was born March 14, 1918, in Sturgeon Bay, WI, daughter of the late Rudolph and Ella (Polkow) Berg. She married Rudolph Petzka on June 10, 1944, in Merrill. He preceded her in death on April 14, 1985. Ruth was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill, where she was involved with the Altar Guild. Ruth belonged to various local clubs. She enjoyed gardening, canning, sewing, and playing cards with her friends.
Survivors include her two daughters, Sharon (Robert) Bergantino, of Butte, Montana, and Joyce Petzka, of Raleigh, North Carolina; one grandson, Antony Bergantino, of Laramie, Wyoming; one brother, Ralph (Dorothy) Berg, of Sturgeon Bay; and her caregiver, Beth Pergolski, of Merrill. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph Petzka; her parents, Rudolph and Ella Berg; and an infant sister, Dorothy Berg.
The Funeral Service was held Wednesday, June 5, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Nathan Kramer officiated. Burial took place St. Francis Cemetery, Merrill. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

OSCAR JOHN FALK JR.
Oscar John Falk Jr., age 83 of Merrill, died Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. Oscar was born May 28, 1930 in Iron Ridge, WI the son of the late Oscar and Anna  (Stortz) Falk Sr. On June 25, 1960 Oscar and Mary Ann Osmanski were united in marriage in Crivitz, Wisconsin, she preceded him in death in 2011.
Oscar served with the United States Army during the Korean War from 1951-1953, and later worked for Semling Menke for 25 years retiring in 1982.  Oscar enjoyed spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren. He enjoyed being outdoors, watching birds, deer hunting, fishing, camping or driving through the Council Grounds. Oscar was a very patient man, he also like animals, and cooking. He was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church and volunteered countless hours to the Head Start Early Childhood program.
Survivors include daughter: Karen (Chris) Streich, Gleason,
Son: Andy (Briana) Falk, Waconia, MN, three grandchildren: Amanda Becker, Melissa Becker and Michael Streich.
Graveside services will take place 12 pm Friday, June 7, 2013 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Crivitz, WI. Memorial donations may be made to the Lincoln County Humane Society. The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

LEONARD W. BENSON
Leonard W. Benson, age 86 of Merrill, died Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital following a motorcycle accident.  Leonard was born April 1, 1927 in Hubbard, Oregon the son of the late George and Florence (Winchester) Benson. Leonard had been married to Beverly Swanson, they were married May 16, 1946, in Baraboo, WI.
Leonard had worked for Oscar Mayer Foods from 1946-1980. He served with the Merchant Marine from 1944-1946 and served with the Wisconsin Air National Guard 1953-1959.  He truly enjoyed spending time with his special friend Gisele Miller. His hobbies included motorcycling, feeding and watching birds, gardening, going for walks, flying airplanes and he was able to fix anything he was a true handyman.
Survivors include: his friend of many years: Gisele Miller, and 5 children: Gary Benson, Pardeville, WI; Joni (Jerry) Kiser, Brenda (Scott) Evans, Marilyn Bendtsen
and Rhonda (Polo) Trevino, all of Chattanooga, 7 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren,
2 sisters: Mabel Johnson, of Merrill, Edith Shook, of Irma and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by 6 brothers: John, George, Harold, Norman, Clarence and David and 3 sisters: Margaret Wilson, Nellie Collins, Ethel Griffen and his loving poodle Susie. Honoring Leonard’s wishes, there will be no services. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

DALE ALBERT JENSEN
Dale Albert Jensen, 78, 1101 Harrison Street, Merrill, died Saturday, June 1, 2013, under the care of Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Pine Crest nursing home.
Dale was born Aug. 14, 1934, in the town of Ackley, the son of Clarence and Vera (Bellin) Jensen.
A graduate of Merrill High School, he served in the United States Navy from 1954 to 1958.  While serving aboard the USS Edisto (agb-2) he was part of operation “Deep Freeze”, an exploration of the Antarctic. Dale married Eva “Evie” Lynn Sparks on September 16, 1961, in Merrill.  The two lived in Milwaukee while Dale completed his Mechanical Engineering degree at the Milwaukee School of Engineering. Dale and Evie moved from Milwaukee to Green Bay in 1967 and spent the next 31 years there.  Dale was employed at Wisconsin Public Service Corporation – Pulliam Power Plant.  They moved to Wausau in 1998 to be closer to family.
Survivors include his sons Russ (Keely) Jensen, De Pere, and Chris (Sue) Jensen, Mosinee; grandson Nate Jensen, Mosinee; sister Joan Hansen, Tomah; brothers Layne (Judy) Jensen, Merrill, Jon (Pin) Jensen, Raleigh NC, Brian (Linda) Jensen, West Bend, and Barry (Jane) Jensen, Wausau; special friend Nancy Hayes,
Merrill.
Dale was preceded in death by his mother, father, and wife Evie.
Memorial services will be held on Wednesday June 12th at Waid Funeral Home, Merrill.  Pastor Missy Holdorf will officiate. Visitation will be from 2:30pm until the service at 4:00pm.  A dinner and gathering will be held following the service.
Dales’ family deeply thanks the Pine Crest Nursing Home staff for their personal care during his final days.


DONALD W. ANDERSON
Donald W. Anderson, age 82, of Merrill, died Sunday, June 2, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Don was born December 5, 1930, in Merrill, son of the late Nailus and Martha (Genz) Anderson. He married Shirley Zimmermann on July 12, 1952, and she survives. Don was a retired employee of Merrill Manufacturing. He was an active member of St. Stephens United Church of Christ, Merrill, and was a recipient of their ‘Faith Award’. Don enjoyed polka dancing with his wife, and riding his Harley motorcycle years ago. Don served in the U.S. Marine Corp in the early 1950’s and was stationed in California.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Anderson, Merrill; two daughters, Linda Taylor (with Dave Miller) of Merrill, and Debi Fehr (with Dan Lemon) also of Merrill; four sons, Jeff (wife, Sheila) Anderson, Bruce (wife, Lorie) Anderson, Steven Anderson (with Cathy Gantner), and Jerry (wife, Barb) Anderson, all of Merrill; twelve grandchildren, Matt Taylor, Alex Fehr, Kyle and Rachel Ames, Brittney, Brad, and Ben Anderson, Samantha (husband, Dustin) Brown, Nick, Courtney, Jennifer, and Mitchell Anderson; one great grandchild, Jaxson; one sister, Emogene (Leroy) Rhyner, Wausau; and one brother, Eugene (Delores) Anderson, Wausau.
Don was preceded in death by one son, Dale “Beatle” Anderson; and one grandson, Lucas Anderson.
The funeral took place on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at St. Stephens United Church of Christ, Merrill. Pastor Missy Holdorf officiated. Burial was in Snow Hill Cemetery, Town of Scott. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

VALERIAN M. STORM
Valerian M. Storm, age 95, of Wausau, formerly of Merrill, died Thursday, May 23, 2013 at North Central Health Center. She was born July 2, 1917 in the town of Berlin to the late Paul & Della (Klebenow) Utech. On June 30, 1937, she and Elmer Storm were united in marriage at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Naugart. He preceded her in death December 7, 1963.
Valerian was very active in the Merrill Community. Over the years she had worked as a cheese maker, farmer, school bus driver, waitress at several Merrill Supper Clubs and clerk at Dime & Dollar. Valerian loved horses and was a member of the Merrill Riders Club and the Prairie River Riders Club. One of her pride and joys was riding her show horses in the Merrill Labor Day Parade. Valerian enjoyed volunteering her time to serve others, especially at Trinity Lutheran Church, town of Berlin where she was a member, Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher and a member of the ladies aid and choir. Additionally, she was a member of several other church societies.
Survivors include her brother: Violas Utech, Merrill; daughter-in-law: Nancy Storm (Paul) Spano, MN; nephew: Russell Utech, Merrill, and his children, Gustin &
Abigail; niece: Jennifer (Kevin) Anklam, Wausau; nephew: Karlos Hackbarth, Schofield; and niece: Julia Seim, Schofield. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Elmer, son Valroy, granddaughter Lisa, sisters-in-law Arlyle Utech and Mildred Hackbarth, and special uncle Edgar Klebenow.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, town of Berlin. The Rev. Jeffrey Schmidt officiated. Burial followed at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, town of Berlin. The family would like to extend a special Thank You to all the staff who became her family at North Central Health Care/Mount View Care Center for the exceptional loving care they provided her with for the last several years. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

STEVEN M. SEVERT
Steven M. Severt, 62, of Merrill, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Good Samaritan Health Center. He was born July 25, 1950 in Merrill to Matt & Virginia (Osness) Severt. On September 19, 1970, he and Karen Davis were united in marriage in Tomahawk.
Most importantly, Steve was a great role model for his children which was portrayed through his actions and his great love for his wife. He had a quiet, gentle strength about him showing great leadership. Steve was slow to speak ~ he was a leader without even saying a word.
Steve graduated from Merrill Senior High School. After high school, he took a short course for dairy farming at U.W. Madison. Steve owned and operated his own dairy farm for 27 years while working for Brokaw Paper Mill for 10 of those years. He had most recently worked at Lincoln Hills Boys School as a youth counselor and patrolman for 17 years. He enjoyed bear & deer hunting, making trails, riding his 4 wheeler, trout fishing and feeding wildlife. Steve enjoyed time outdoors. He loved technology and watching wrestling. Steve was a 4-H youth leader and was involved with teaching and dairy judging.
Survivors include his beloved wife and best friend of 42 years: Karen, Merrill; five children: Jennifer (Derry) Thorson, Merrill; Jess (Karli) Severt, Merrill; Corie (Troy) Madden, Hawaii; Holly Hooyman, Appleton; and Luke (Trish) Severt, Merrill; eight grandchildren: Brandon, Brielle, Jalie, Jazlin, Jillian, Mikayla, Porter and Jossyln; mother: Virginia Severt, Merrill; sister: Sheryl (Tom) Knospe, Merrill; three brothers: Gary (Sandra) Severt, Marathon City; Bruce (Carol) Severt, Merrill; and James (Denise) Severt, Merrill; and many other family members. He was preceded in death by his father, Matt Severt and father and mother-in-law, Jennings & Meta Davis.
There was a private family service. Waid Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.Survivors include his beloved wife and best friend of 42 years: Karen, Merrill; five children: Jennifer (Derry) Thorson, Merrill; Jess (Karli) Severt, Merrill; Corie (Troy) Madden, Hawaii; Holly Hooyman, Appleton; and Luke (Trish) Severt, Merrill; eight grandchildren: Brandon, Brielle, Jalie, Jazlin, Jillian, Mikayla, Porter and Jossyln; mother: Virginia Severt, Merrill; sister: Sheryl (Tom) Knospe, Merrill; three brothers: Gary (Sandra) Severt, Marathon City; Bruce (Carol) Severt, Merrill; and James (Denise) Severt, Merrill; and many other family members. He was preceded in death by his father, Matt Severt and father and mother-in-law, Jennings & Meta Davis.
There was a private family service. Waid Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

FRED R. “ROSS” SCHRODER
Fred R. “Ross” Schroder, age 70, of Merrill, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born March 8, 1943 in Rockford, IL to the late Fred H. & Bernice (Glawe) Schroder. On April 4, 1970 he and Norma Kretschmer were united in marriage in Chicago, a union lasting over 43 years. She survives.
Ross was a graduate of Winnebago High School in Illinois. He had served in the Army Reserves. Ross had worked over 25 years at Semling-Menke Company where he made steel doors and worked as a saw operator. He also farmed dairy and beef cattle over 20 years. Although Ross kept himself busy with work, his family was his life and he enjoyed helping them whenever they needed. He was obsessed with hunting, enjoyed taking care of his lawn, gardening, and was an animal lover. Ross liked doing carpentry work which showed in the many houses and garages he built. He was a member of Christ United Methodist Church and the Local Carpenters Union. He loved to watch Wheel of Fortune.
Survivors include his wife: Norma, of Merrill; five children: Jodi Sutherland, Rockford, IL; Jeffrey (Colleen Kruse) Schroder, Rockford, IL; Brian (Tracey) Schroder,
Merrill; Dawn (Gonzalo Sanchez Silvela) Schroder-Silvela, Merrill; and Paulette Doering, Merrill; six grandchildren: Jenny, Jessy, Stephanie, Megan, Beatriz, Cristina, Chrissy and Nicole; three great-grandchildren: Timothy, Eleanor and Cordelia; one brother: Roger (Pat) Schroder, Winnebago, IL; one sister: Evelyn Thompson, AR; and his best buddy, Lucky. He was preceded in death by his parents and his mother and father-in-law, Oren & Elthera Kretschmer.
Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Friday, May 31, 2013 at Christ United Methodist Church. The Rev. Don Entenman will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-7 PM Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home and again from 10-11 AM Friday before the service at the church. Burial will follow in Snow Hill Cemetery. Donations may be given in Ross’ name to the Lincoln County Humane Society.
Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.


ALICE E. HILDEBRANDT
Alice E. Hildebrandt, age 72, of Merrill, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She was born December 11, 1940 in Merrill to the late Louis & Irene (Snow) Stickler. On January 7, 1963, she and Gerald Hildebrandt were united in marriage. He preceded her in death June 21, 2007.
Alice graduated from Merrill Senior High School. She was a home maker. Alice enjoyed knitting, playing cards, gambling and spending time with her family and friends.
Survivors include her three children: Vicki (Dennis White) Cauthen, Merrill, Robert Hildebrandt, Appleton, and Jeri Lyn Hildebrandt, Wausau; three grandchildren: Trisha Cauthen, Jimmy Vance and Jonny Anthoney; one great grandson: Kyle Kabble; and seven brothers & sisters: Edith Noggle, David Stickler, Deloris Stickler, Gary Stickler, Susan Woller, Raymond Stickler & Christine Roberts. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Gerald Hildebrandt, and a brother, Louis
Stickler Jr.
There will be no services. Memorials may be given to the family. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

ARTHUR A. PLAMANN
Arthur A. Plamann, age 87, went to his heavenly home on May 14, 2013.
He was born July 27, 1925, in the town of Schley, son of the late Arthur and Rosa (Ahlert) Plamann. In 1948 he married Maria Merkel. She survives.
Arthur worked for Don Whitburn Motors in Merrill for 12 ½ years. He was proud that he drove the first car on the Whitburn parking lot. Later, Arthur worked for Seeger’s Dairy, Merrill, as the relief man, taking any route as needed, and working in the plant bottling milk and making ice cream. Arthur then worked at Ward Paper in Merrill for 25 years. Upon retiring he enjoyed driving cars for local dealerships. He especially enjoyed driving for Fred Mueller where he felt a part of their team.
Arthur loved to travel and was proud of the many places he visited. He enjoyed fishing trips to Canada, visiting Alaska and Hawaii, which he found fascinating. Arthur’s trip to Germany was a trip of a lifetime. Arthur enjoyed fishing and was able to go ice fishing this year with his buddy Fritz. He was a great hunter in his day, loved working in the woods, and also enjoyed making maple syrup. He also enjoyed a game of Sheep Head.
Arthur had been president of Dutch Corners Trinity Lutheran Church until it closed its doors. He lived his life striving to please his Lord in all that he did. He had a
very strong faith and thanked the Lord for the many blessings he received. He loved people, especially his family, the greatest blessing of all.
Arthur is survived by his wife of 64 years, Maria Plamann; a son, Gene ( Mary) Plamann; a daughter, Marilyn (Thomas) Danz; four grandchildren, Brian (Stacy) Danz, Ryan (Angela) Plamann, Tricia (Jason) Danz, and Alan (Beth) Plamann; five great grandchildren, Natalie, Caleb, Clara, Sarah, Nathan, and another one on the way in July; two brothers, Harold (Viola) Plamann and Dale (Kathy) Plamann; and a sister in law, Dorothy Plamann. Besides his parents, Arthur is preceded in death by a sister, Mildred, and two brothers, Alfred and Ervin.
The funeral was held on Saturday, May 18, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. R. Brian Stolarczyk officiated. Entombment took place in Merrill Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

LA VERA S. LENTZ
LaVera S. Lentz, age 90, of Merrill, formerly of the Town of Corning, Lincoln County, died Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
LaVera was born August 28, 1922, in the Town of Corning, daughter of the late Hugo and Ida (Waldow) Hahn. She married Lewis Lentz on October 20, 1945, in the Town of Berlin, Marathon County. He preceded her in death on January 29, 1995. LaVera had worked as a Nurse’s Aide at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill, for 26 years. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Town of Corning. LaVera enjoyed needlework and making wool socks, quilts and afghans. She also enjoyed cooking maple syrup, polka dancing, and traveling to various polka dances.
Survivors include her son, Michael (Joanne) Lentz, of Merrill; one grandson, Michael (Robin) Lentz, Jr., of Merrill; four grandchildren, Marissa, Macy, Matthew, and Morgan; and one cousin, Arlene Fellbaum, of Athens. LaVera was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis Lentz; and her parents, Hugo and Ida Hahn.
The Funeral Service took place on May 20, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Town of Corning, Lincoln County. The Rev. Joel Danner officiated. Burial took place at Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Town of Corning. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

LUCILE A. HOLZEM
Lucille A. Holzem, age 89, of Merrill, passed away Friday, May 17, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice, surrounded by her family. Lucille was born January 11, 1924, in Merrill, the daughter of the late Henry and Sophie (Tobolski) Krahn.
She married John W. Holzem Sr on August 22, 1942 in Merrill. He passed away August 11, 1984.
Lucille worked at Wire Products Corporation and Merrill Manufacturing for many years. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Lucille loved to go fishing, snowmobiling and camping with Maggie and Red Woller, Joanne and Larry Benzinger, and her granddaughter, Johnille. Lucille enjoyed feeding the squirrels and was very attached to her dog, Charlie. She especially loved to spend time with her grandchildren. The family would like to acknowledge her longtime friend, Betty Larson.
Lucille is survived by two sons; Harry and John Holzem Jr, both of Merrill. Two daughters; Barbara (Larry) Krueger of Manitowoc and Lynnette (Edward) Isaacson
of Merrill. Three sisters; Dorothy Sanborn of Appleton, Evelyn Thompson and Jeanette Harkner, both of Merrill. 8 grandchildren; Johnille, Chad, Jason, Cari, Nawana, Thomas John, Natasha and Coty and 2 great-grandchildren; Mikayla and Adeline.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John Sr., a son, Tom and a brother, Leslie.
The Mass of Christian Burial was held at Noon, Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill.  The Rev. Fr. Mike McLain officiated. Burial was in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery.
The Waid Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements. Online tributes may be made at www.waidfuneral.com .

RUBEN "MIKE" F. GARTMANN
Rueben “Mike” F. Gartmann, age 83, of Merrill, passed away at his home on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. He was born October 25, 1929 in Merrill to the late August & Anna (Passehl) Gartmann. He and Nancy English were united in marriage on May 7, 1955 in Merrill. She survives.
Rueben attended Elm City Elementary School in the town of Harrison. As a teenager he worked at a sawmill and did excavation work for Bruno Schulz. Rueben enlisted in the U.S. Army where he served in the Korean War and was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant earning the Korean Service Medal and 2 Bronze Stars. When he returned to the states he went back to his excavation work. In 1956 Rueben went to work for the city of Merrill as a heavy equipment operator. He retired in 1989. Rueben was a member of Christ United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees. He loved woodworking, gardening, doing carpentry work and being outdoors.
Survivors include his wife: Nancy Gartmann, Merrill; three daughters: Debra (Jim) Waters, Huntley, IL, Susan (Brandon) Sternot, Merrill, and Rebecca Gartmann,
Merrill; three sons: Michael Gartmann, Gary (Kitty) Gartmann and Mark (Jan) Gartmann, all of Merrill; one sister: Stella Hawkins, FL; 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother and six sisters.
Per Rueben’s request, a private family service was held. Rev. Donald Entenman officiated. Waid Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waid funeral.com.

BUDDE M. STEINBECK
Budde was born January 23, 1956, in Madison, son of the late Norbert ‘Bud’ Steinbeck and the late Delores ‘Dee’ (Anderson) Steinbeck. Budde had been employed at C&H Packaging, Merrill. He enjoyed shooting pool, bowling, fishing, watching the Brewers, Packers, and Badgers, playing cribbage with his nieces and nephews, and spending time with his family and friends.
Survivors include his sister, Barb (Mrs. Kim) Schwartzman of Merrill; his brother, Don (wife, Kathy) Steinbeck of Merrill; his nieces and nephews, P.J. Steinbeck of Madison, Collette (Mrs. Kevin) Lane of Wausau, Carrie (Mrs. Richie) Robbins of Dalton, Wisconsin, and Donny Steinbeck of Eau Claire; and his grand nieces and nephews, McKenna, Hunter, Blake, Destiny, Ethan, Tristen, Madison, and Breanna. Budde is preceded in death by his parents, Bud and Dee Steinbeck.
A memorial gathering of family and friends was held on May 15, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Burial of Budde’s cremated remains will take place at a late date in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com.

NICK H. SCHULTZ
Nick H. Schultz, age 72, died Sunday, May 12, 2013 at his home with his loving wife and family at his side under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. He was born May 11, 1941 in Portage County, WI to the late Nick R. & Ida (Stanczak) Schultz. On December 20, 1986 Nick & Sharon Milbeck were united in marriage in Wausau.
While growing up Nick lived with various loving families, Cliff & Pat Edelburg being his favorite. He attended Keene Elementary School and graduated from Almond High School. Nick proudly served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1966 in France and the USA. He enjoyed comparing military stories with his son, Steve, who also served in the military. Nick was employed at Brinks Security part time and at Kraft Foods in Wausau for 35 years after which time he was forced to retire due to health reasons.  He always looked forward to their yearly vacation in Missouri to see his life long best friends, Jack & Hilde Webb. Nothing gave Nick more joy than to take
his grandson, Keegan, to watch his son, Mike Schutlz, drag race and smash up cars at the demolition derby. His favorite time of the year was winter when he so loved to snowmobile with LeRoy Stark, Don Herbst and Butch Nemke. Nick rarely missed the car shows and enjoyed antique autos and snowmobiles with his friend, Dave Kottman. In summer he enjoyed his son, Nicholas, taking family members out on the lakes on pontoon rides. Nick also enjoyed meeting his granddaughter, Nicole, at Hugo’s for pizza. He and Sharon would take Brianna & Keegan camping every chance they could. It was always a comical treat to have Estella & Tatum come and visit. Nick’s last days were comforted and enlightened by his step-daughter, Christine.
Nick is survived by his loving wife: Sharon Schultz, Merrill; three sons: Mike (Heather Hoffman) Schultz, Bowler, Steven (Rebecca) Schultz, IL, and Nicholas Schultz, Merrill; step-son:
Dr. Steven Schlais, CA; step-daughter: Christine (Bill) Lawrie, Merrill; seven grandchildren: Nicole, Keegan Estella & Tatum Schultz, Brianna Lawrie, Dakota & Kaitlyn Hoffman; and three sisters: Betty (Harold) Schettl, Neenah, Darlene (Gerry) Kost, Branson, MO, and Phyllis (Norman) Keltner, MI. He was also Godfather to Jim Rudolph; brother-in-law to Sandy (friend, Bob Gurzynski) Schmidt, Char & Denny Lewandoski and Tom (Pat) Milbeck; and Uncle Nick to Gary, Vicki, Chris, Laurie, Greg, Linda, Toni, Greg, Lisa, Amanda, Jason, Nancy, Jeremy, Andrea, Russ, Holly, Pam, Kevin  & Chris (the late Jenny). Nick’s passing will leave a forever emptiness in our hearts. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Ahuja and his staff at the Cancer Center.
A Memorial Service will be held 11:30 AM Friday, May 17, 2013 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Marathon. Rev. Msgnr. Joseph Diermeier will officiate. Friends may call from 9:30 AM Friday, May 17, 2013 until the time of service at the church. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

LARRY G. HESS
Larry G. Hess, 53, passed away, Thursday, May 09, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born to Leroy and Carrie (Burton) Hess on December 31, 1959. Larry enjoyed fishing, water skiing, horseback riding, and spending time outdoors. He is preceded in death by his Mother and his Daughter, Cassandra Hess. He is survived by his Father, Leroy Hess, his Daughter, Bobbi (Jason) Schulz, his son, Tyler (Trista) Hess, three Brothers, Randy (Sue) Hess, Daniel Hess, John (Gemma) Hess, two Sisters, Sherrie (Fred) Lovato, Caroline (Steve) Greil, five Grandchildren, Madison Schulz, Cassandra Schulz, Makayla Schulz, Alexandra Schulz, and McKinley Hess, and many Nieces and Nephews. Memorial services will be held at a later date. Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family.

ERMGARD A. KLEINSCHMIDT
Ermgard A. Kleinschmidt, 97, of Merrill, died Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Ermgard was born January 31, 1916, in the Town of Corning, Lincoln County, daughter of the late Henry and Helene (Kniess) Juedes. She married August Kleinschmidt, Jr., on August 22, 1936, in the Town of Corning. He preceded her in death on February 24, 1963. Ermgard was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Town of Berlin. She was employed at the former Fromm Brothers in Hamburg and the former Hinz’s Cork and Dyne in Merrill. She enjoyed sewing, vegetable gardening and canning, embroidery, and will be remembered for making the best cinnamon rolls. She took great pleasure in babysitting her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her daughter, Shirley Zocher, of Merrill; her son, Don Kleinschmidt, of Wausau; six grandchildren, Dennis Zocher, Lynette (Dan) Carpentier, Dawn (Victor) Soczka, Janelle (Jim) Fochs, Scott (Steve Kaiser) Kleinschmidt, and Gail (Todd) Racino; eleven great-grandchildren, Jesse, Kevin, Wendy, Joseph, Heather, Kimberly, Luke, Joshua, Jenah, Alex and Adam; four great-great-grandchildren, Ian, Janelle Beth, Tanner and Mason; and one sister, Ramona Burrows, of Merrill.
Ermgard was preceded in death by her husband, August Kleinschmidt, Jr.; her parents, Henry and Helene Juedes; a daughter-in-law, Nancy Kleinschmidt; a son-in-law, Erwin Zocher; two sisters, Mildred and Ivy; and five brothers, Erwin, Edwin, Ruben, Lawerance and Robert.
The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 17, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Town of Berlin, Marathon County. The Rev. Jeffrey Schmidt will officiate. Burial will take place at Trinity Church Cemetery, Town of Berlin. Visitation will begin at 9:00 A.M. Friday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

KURT J.H. BARTZ
Kurt J.H. Bartz, age 83, of Merrill, died Sunday, May 12, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Kurt was born November 26, 1929, in Kolberg, Germany, son of the late Ernst and Anna (Battige) Bartz. He married Carol Kieser on February 7, 1959, in Abbotsford. She survives. The Bartz family moved to Merrill in July of 1960. Kurt had been employed as an accountant, first at the former R.O.W. Window Unit Manufacturing, Merrill, then at North Central Technical College, Wausau. He enjoyed feeding the birds, growing flowers, and remodeling the family home. Kurt was a proud member of the Pommerscher Verein of Central Wisconsin. He served in the U.S. Army from September 15, 1953 until his honorable discharge on August 2, 1955.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Bartz, Merrill; six sons, David (Wendy) Bartz, Wautoma; Steven Bartz (with Melissa Adams), Delavan, Wisconsin, Dan (Jana) Bartz, Winder, Georgia, Larry Bartz, Menasha, Dieter Bartz, Merrill, and Gary (Rachel) Bartz, Merrill; and 10 grandchildren. Kurt is preceded in death by one grandchild, and three siblings, Heinz, Alfred, and Gertrude.
There will be no services. Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

DONNA L. HAYES
Donna L. Hayes, age 81, of Bell Tower Residence, Merrill, died Friday, April 19, 2013, at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital, Weston.
Donna was born December 24, 1931, in Ladysmith, WI, daughter of the late Ansel and Laura (Staponkus) Hayes. Donna graduated from UW-Superior with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught in Tomahawk for three years before moving to Duluth, MN. Donna taught first grade in Duluth from 1954 until 1989.
Survivors include her sister, Barbara Hull, of Merrill; two nephews, Michael (Kristine) Hull, of Oconto, WI, and Mark (Wendy) Hull, of Forest Lake, MN; one great-niece; four great-nephews; and two great-great-nieces. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Ansel and Laura Hayes; her brother-in-law, Roy Hull; and an infant brother, John.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

NONDUS "BETTY" KRUEGER
Nondus “Betty” Krueger, age 90, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. She was born October 20, 1922 in Medford to the late Marvin & Betsy (Smith) Bragg. She married Gilbert Krueger on December 8, 1945. He preceded her in death January 31, 1983.
Betty was a 1941 graduate of Athens High School. After moving to Merrill with her husband, they became involved in many local businesses including Krueger’s Kiddie Korner and Golden Arrow Bowling Lanes. Betty later worked many years for the optometrist, Dr. Luedke and later Lokemoen Optical until her retirement. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was involved in many activities. Betty had a passion for transcribing braille for the blind and teaching others that craft. She also served for many years on the Board of Directors for Jenny Towers.
Survivors include her children: Larry (Barb) Krueger, Manitowoc, WI, and Debra (Lex) McPherson, Stuttgart, AR; 11 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Gilbert, and numerous other relatives.
Funeral Services were held Monday, May 6, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Brian Stolarczyk officiated. Burial will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

EVELYN MAY BEILKE
Evelyn May Beilke (nee Faber) 87, passed away peacefully on April 7, 2013 at the Ennoble Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque, IA. Graveside services will be held 11 AM, on June 1, 2013 at Pilot Knob Cemetery, followed by a remembrance luncheon for family and friends at her home in Galena, IL immediately after the service. All of Evelyn’s friends are invited to join the family to honor her memory. The Furlong Funeral Chapel, Galena is assisting the family. She was born August 18, 1925 in Galena IL, beloved daughter of John and Margaret Faber. Evelyn was the youngest of six daughters. After graduating from the Galena High School she worked for the Northern States Power Company where she met a fun loving lineman named Otto Beilke and married in 1951. They made their home on a dairy farm near Merrill, Wisconsin. Evelyn and Otto were blessed with two children, Robert Leo and Christine Margaret. Evelyn was a true farmer’s wife helping with the chores, gardening, cooking fabulous meals and raising children. She also worked as a Policy Rater for the Wausau Insurance Company from where she retired. After Otto died in September, 1992 Evelyn moved back to her hometown of Galena, IL to be with her family and friends. Evelyn had two additional
loves, oil painting and cats. She re-painted numerous statues and murals at churches in north central Wisconsin and her home, inside and out, was a canvas used to express her artistic talent. She was very proud of the many portraits she painted of people important to her. Believing animals were a gift from God, Evelyn adopted numerous abandoned animals and when she moved to Galena she cared for the last two remaining cats from the family farm for nearly 15 years. She then opened her heart further and adopted cats from the Safe Haven Humane Society who kept her company in the later years of her life. After a fall in her home, in November 2012, Evelyn moved permanently to the Ennoble Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Dubuque, IA. Evelyn is survived by her son Robert (Vicki) of Stella, NE; her daughter Christine of Madison, WI; one sister, Leona Schweitzer of Galena, IL, and many nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded her death by her parents, her husband Otto, four sisters, Lucille Faber, Carrie Spongberg, Viola Reynolds, and Grace Havens. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name can be made to the Safe Haven Humane Society in Elizabeth, IL or the Westminster United Presbyterian Church in Galena, IL. Online condolences may be left at www.furlongfuneralchapel.com

EUGENE R. KNORR
Eugene R. “Roy” Knorr, age 82, of Merrill, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born November 3, 1930, in Crandon, WI, the son of the late William and Enid (Bowen) Knorr. He married the former Josephine Galdik on April 30, 1977 in Antigo. She survives him.
Roy was a 1949 graduate of Elcho High School. He was a sales representative for Red Dot Foods and later the Frito Lay Company. He then worked as an industrial salesman for Shadboldt and Boyd Manufacturing Company and later he owned and operated Knorr Industrial Sales Company until his retirement in 1992. Roy was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Trinity Men’s Club. He loved to travel and was proud of how many miles he could put on a vehicle. When his wife retired they spent a lot of time traveling the country visiting relatives and various sites. Roy was an avid deer hunter.
He is survived by his wife, Josephine of Merrill, a son, Mark (Laurie) Knorr of Merrill. One daughter, Karen (Raymond Jr) Lewis of Antigo. Two step-daughters; Mary (Keith) Everts of Richfield, WI and Dawn (James) Ziegel of Merrill. One sister, Bernice Legro of Antigo. 15 grandchildren; Jessica, Derek, Genna, Roy, Terry, Steve, Kennan, David, Christopher, Brian, Susan, Joshua, Sheena, Travis and Amie, 9 great-grandchildren; Joslyn, Colton, Dakota, Keegan, Michael, Jaedyn, Celina, Paige and Justin and his beloved dog, Ciara. Roy was preceded in death by his parents, a step-daughter, Cathy Graap, one brother, Glenn Knorr and one sister, Lenore
Wagner.
Funeral services were Thursday, May 9, 2013, at the Waid Funeral Home. The Rev. Scott Gustafson officiated. Burial was in Merrill Memorial Park.
The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online tributes may be made at www.waidfuneral.com .

MABLE H. WENGELER
Mable H. Wengeler, age 93, of Merrill, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Bell Tower Residence, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. Mable was born June 5, 1919, in the town of Maine, the daughter of the late Edward and Ida (Jahns) Rusch. She married Herbert E. Wengeler on November 12, 1938 in Merrill. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1983.
Mable farmed with her husband in the town of Pine River and also worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Company, Merrill. She was a member of St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ. Mable had helped at the Commission on Aging, and enjoyed playing cards, traveling and knitting.
She is survived by her son, David Wengeler of Inver Grove Heights, MN, a sister, Leona Schmidt of Merrill, 6 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. Mable was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter, Susan Wangen, 3 sisters: Hertha Weiss, Lillie Sturm and Norma Strasser and a brother, Hugo Rusch.
Funeral services for Mable were held Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ. The Rev. Linda Kuhn officiated. Burial was in Merrill Memorial Park. 
The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online tributes may be made at www.waidfuneral.com .

\HARVEY O. KLUCKMAN
Harvey O. Kluckman
Harvey O. Kluckman, age 83, of Weston, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born March 26, 1930 in Merrill to the late Albert & Mary (Daubert) Kluckman.
Harvey was a truck driver for 22 years. As a result of his good driving record he received a 6 year safe driving award. Harvey enjoyed polishing cars-especially his own. He also enjoyed playing bingo and cards, snowmobiling and fishing. Harvey was also a coin collector.
Harvey is survived by two sons: Randy (Gwen) Kluckman, Riverview, FL and Jacob (Theresa) Kluckman, Sharon, WI; and one sister: Delores (Ralph) Stub, The Villages, FL. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, LaVern Kluckman.
There will be no services. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com

DOROTHY M. READER
Dorothy M. Reader, age 83, of the Town of Schley, Lincoln County, died Monday, April 29, 2013, at her home.
Dorothy was born July 17, 1929, in Merrill, daughter of the late Ernest and Martha (Ahlert) Hulke. She married Fred M. Reader on April 14, 1956, at the former Trinity Lutheran Church, Town of Schley/Dutch Corners. He survives. Dorothy had worked as a nurse’s aide at both the former Holy Cross Hospital, Merrill, and Pine Crest Nursing Home. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill, where she was involved in the Ladies Aid, sang with the church choir, and attended Bible study every Tuesday. Dorothy had also played the piano at the former Trinity Lutheran Church, Town of Schley/Dutch Corners. She loved babysitting her grandchildren and playing cards with them, collecting angels, and tending to her flower beds and plants. Dorothy was also a member of the Red Hat Mamas and T.O.P.S.
Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Fred Reader, of Merrill; two daughters, Denise (Dan) Dengel, of Merrill, and Melody (Richard) Cisar, of Oconto, WI; one son, Tim (Sandy) Reader, of Merrill; six grandchildren, Kassi Jo (Joshua) Erickson, of Merrill, Krista (Andy) Lewandowski, of Merrill, Nikole (Kyle) Vergin, of Oshkosh, Gregory Cisar, of Oconto, WI, Megan Reader, of Merrill, and Mallory Reader, of Merrill; three great-grandchildren, Izabella Erickson, Jordan Erickson, and
Noah Lewandowski; and one great-grandchild on-the-way. Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Martha Hulke; one daughter, Kerry Reader, in 1966; one sister, Bernice Behrens; and two brothers, Walter Hulke and Franklin Hulke.
The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 3, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Nathan Kramer will officiate. Burial will take place at Trinity Church Cemetery, Town of Schley/Dutch Corners. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Thursday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and again after 10:00 A.M. Friday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

JASON ROBERT GRAAP
Jason Robert Graap, age 26, of Merrill, passed away April 24, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born June 9, 1986 in Merrill to Robert “Bob” & Sandra (Gilson) Graap. He and Aneliese Schmidt were married April 13, 2013.
Jason entered the National Guard in November of 2003 as a wheeled mechanic. He served 2 tours in Iraq and reached the rank of Sergeant. Jason was honorably discharged in 2011. He was very proud of his military service. Jason was a 2004 graduate of Merrill Senior High School. He had worked at KFC-Taco Bell for 2 years and Wal-Mart for 5 years. Jason attended U.W. Marathon and transferred to NTC in the Business Supervisory/Management program. He was a member of AM-Vets and VFW Post 1638. Jason was technologically advanced with computers and enjoyed motorcycling, snowmobiling and driving his Mustang. He also loved history, hiking, traveling, going to concerts with friends, shooting guns with his dad and going to movies with his wife.
Survivors include his wife: Aneliese Graap, Merrill; parents: Bob & Sandy Graap, Merrill; brother: Ryan Duginski, Merrill; maternal grandparents: Ray & Phyllis Gilson, Irma; mother-in-law: Cindy Schmidt, Merrill; two sisters-in-law: Nanaka Sakurai, Los Angeles, CA and Carina Schmidt, Merrill; one brother-in-law: Vaughan Schmidt, Merrill; one niece: Arianna Degner, Merrill; one nephew: Daryan Degner, Merrill; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Brandon Duginski, father-in-law, Mark Schmidt, paternal grandparents, Harold & Barb Graap, an uncle, Brian Graap and an aunt, Theresa Graap.
VFW Services will be held 5 PM Friday, May 3, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 1-5 PM before the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be given to the family to designate as Jason directed. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

ARDEN R. 'VAN' VANDERKAM
Arden R. ‘Van’ Vanderkam, age 74, of the Town of Pine River, Lincoln County, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at him home.
Van was born on September 7, 1938, in Wausau, son of the late Peter and Levina (Verpoorten) Vanderkam. He married Ruth Ann Megee on July 11, 1959, in Arlington, VA. She survives. Van served with the Military Police in the United States Army, and was stationed at Fort Myer, Virginia. He was honorably discharged. Van retired from the United States Postal Service as an Assistant Post Master, in Merrill. Van was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Wausau. He enjoyed playing poker with his weekly poker club, taking casino trips, and morning coffee klatches at Merrill area restaurants. Van was a member of the Lincoln County Fair Board and Ducks Unlimited.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Ann Vanderkam, of Merrill; two daughters, Ramona Pampuch and Jacqueline (Philip) Marheine, both of Merrill; three grandchildren, Leon, Jacob, and Thomas; and one brother, Gerald ‘Jerry’ Vanderkam, of Green Bay. Van was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Levina Vanderkam.
The Funeral Service was held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Grace United Church of Christ, Wausau. The Rev. Wayne Drueck officiated. Burial took place at Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau, with graveside military rites conducted by the Merrill V.F.W. Post 1638 Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that memorials be directed to the Lincoln County Fair Board or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

WALTER A. PETERS
AGE: 89
ADDRESS: 617 W. Cedar Street, Medford, WI 54451
PLACE, DATE & TIME OF DEATH: 2:17 PM Sunday, April 21 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where he had been a patient for the past 2 weeks
TIME & PLACE OF SERVICES: 11:00 AM Friday, April 26 at Medford United Methodist Church
OFFICIATING: Rev. Kyochul Shin
INTERMENT: Interment of his cremated remains will take place at Christ Lutheran Halverson Cemetery, Menomonie, WI at a later date
VISITATION: Hemer Funeral Home, Medford from 9 AM until 10:30 AM on Friday, April 26
DATE & PLACE OF BIRTH: February 14, 1924 at Andalusia, Alabama
EDUCATION: Alabama and Florida schools
MARRIAGE: 1st: In 1946 at Chicago to Yvonne Voight and they were later divorced; 2nd: To Juanita Mixon at Fairhope, AL and she preceded him in death in 2009
PRINCIPAL EVENTS IN LIFE: He was a US Navy veteran of WW II. After the service, he worked as a car mechanic and meat cutter for most of his life. He moved to Wisconsin in 1947 and to the Medford area in 2009. He enjoyed reading the Bible, playing on the computer, spending time with family, playing cards and games at the Cedar Court Apartments, and growing flowers.
MEMBER OF: Joy Tabernacle of Fairhope, AL; Attended Medford United Methodist Church
SURVIVING CHILDREN: Daughters – Glatha Smith of Medford & Sandra (Larry) Tank of Gleason, Grandchildren – Steve (Cathern) Piller of Owen, Scott (Kristy) Piller of Medford, Maxine (Kenneth) Kane of Gleason, Russell Tank of Gleason
CHILDREN DECEASED: Son-in-law: Terry Smith
GR-GRANDCHILDREN: 8 GR. GR. GRANDCHILDREN: 1
SURVIVING SIBLINGS: Brother – Edward Peters of Mobile, AL
BROTHERS/SISTERS DECEASED: 3 brothers & 2 sisters
DECEASED FATHER: Walter Emil Peters DECEASED MOTHER: Mary Susan Cantline
PALLBEARERS: Steve, Scott, Emily, Heather & Cordell Piller, Andy, Jesse & Kenneth Kane
OTHER INFORMATION: -For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com

GLADYS M. UEKEN
Gladys M. Uekert, age 101, of Merrill, died Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Woodland Court Elder Services, Merrill.
Gladys was born July 13, 1911, in Wausau, daughter of the late Ernest and Emma (Hanke) Beyersdorff. Gladys was baptized on March 17, 1912 and confirmed on April 5, 1925. Gladys had worked at the former Fromm Bros. in Hamburg. Gladys married Leo Uekert on July 23, 1932. He died May 20, 1983. Gladys and Leo were farmers in the Town of Rib Falls. Gladys lived there for over 50 years. Following Leo’s death, she moved to Merrill.
Gladys loved her vegetable and flower gardens. She also enjoyed picking raspberries, and canning. She was an excellent cook and baker. In her earlier years, she enjoyed playing with her grandchildren, and their visits.
Gladys was a member of St. Johns Church, Town of Rib Falls, from 1932-1983, and was a member of the Ladies Aid for over 50 years. Upon her move to Merrill in 1983, Gladys became a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she was also a member of their quilting group.
Survivors include her daughter, Arlene (Ralph) Voigt, of Merrill; her daughter-in-law, Carol Uekert, of Marathon; four grandchildren, Lori (Alan) Bernarde, of
Marathon, Patti (Mike) Athanas, of Appleton, Carmen (Todd) Kleinschmidt, of Merrill, and Ralph and (Tina) Voigt, of Galesville; and five great-grandchildren, Erin and Abbie Athanas, Jessica and Bradley Bernarde, and Molly Kleinschmidt. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Leo Uekert; her son, Donald Uekert; her parents, Ernest and Emma Beyersdorff; and her siblings, Edward Beyersdorff, Theodore Beyersdorff, Irene Schlueter, Vernice Krueger, and Anna Kennedy.
A private Funeral Service will be held.
The family would like to thank Debbie and the staff at Woodland Court for the wonderful care they provided Gladys over the years.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to: Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

HARRY R. KAISER
Harry R. Kaiser, age 88, of Merrill, died Thursday, April 18, 2013, at Woodland Court Elder Services, Merrill.
Harry was born September 16, 1924, in North Saint Paul, MN, son of the late Walter and Amanda (Wellnitz) Kaiser. He married Clara Fender on October 26, 1949, in Merrill. She survives. Harry was a dairy farmer in the Town of Vilas, Langlade County. He was a member of Merrill Seventh Day Adventist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Clara Kaiser, of Merrill; one daughter, Sally (David) Dahl, of Merrill; seven grandchildren, Scott Kaiser, of Merrill, Holly (Al) Cortright, of Merrill, Carrie (Shane) Guralski, of Athens, Tammy Kaiser, of Merrill, Amanda (Victor) Robl, of Merrill, Adam (Leah) Dahl, of Sauk Rapids, MN, and Mary (Sam) Shafarik, of Wausau; thirteen great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ruth Kaiser, of Berrien Springs, MI. Harry was preceded in death by his parents; and one son, Jim Kaiser.
A private Funeral Service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to: Merrill Seventh Day Adventist Church; Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill; or Woodland Court Elder Services, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

HELEN MARIE HARR
Helen Marie Harr, 97 of Maryville Missouri, died on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at her home in Maryville.
 Helen was born November 17, 1915 in Merrill, Wisconsin, the daughter of Percy and Ella (Zeuske) Cotey.
 She was a graduate of Merrill High School in Merrill, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin  in Stevens Point, after which Helen taught school in Junction City and Clintonville, Wisconsin.
 She married Dr John Lauren Harr on September 19, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois.
 A teacher and homemaker, Helen was a member of St Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Community, St
Gregory’s Guild, the Wisconsin State Teachers’ Organization and the Faculty Dames of Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville.
 Preceding Helen in death were her husband: Dr John Harr on September 10, 1991; her parents; a sister: Nina Krueger and Brother: Patrick Cotey.
 Survivors include her children: Bill Harr and Patrick (Teri) Harr, both of Maryville; Robert (Paula) Harr, Leawood, Kansas; Barbara (Joe) Logan, South Padre Island, Texas;  sisters: Evelyn, Wachtl, Wausau, Wisconsin and Gail Diver, San Diego, California; grandchildren: Elizabeth (Francis) Pineda, Lori (Brian) Sheehan; Nick Glasnapp, Traci (Mark) Kennedy; Tony (Laura) Logan; Lisa (Kevin) Youngblood, Audra Harr, Krista Harr and Robert Harr;  great-grandchildren: Alexander and Anderson Bricksin,  Austin Pineda, Alec Frasier, Brianna, Kyle and Jessica Sheehan, Luke and Joseph Logan, Lauren and Brooke Youngblood and Damien Tunell.
Visitation is 5-7pm. Monday, April 15, 2013 at St Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church, Maryville with a Parish. Rosary at  7pm.
 Mass of Christian Burial was April 16, 2013 at St Gregory Barbarigo Catholic Church with burial in Nodaway Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Maryville.
Memorials may be given to St Gregory’s School 315 South Davis, Maryville, Missouri 64468
Price Funeral Home (www.pricefuneralhomemaryville.com)  Maryville, Missouri.

DOROTHY M. OLSON
Dorothy M. Olson, 89, Rockford, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013 in her home.  Born January 11, 1924 in Merrill, WI, daughter of Ernest and Alice Bessey Rajek.  Employed by Walgreen’s for over 20 years as a bookkeeper and Pharmacy Assistant.  Member of  St. Edward Catholic Church where she was an active volunteer in many areas.  She belonged to the Golden Agers and enjoyed the trips with them.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed bowling, loved NASCAR, especially Dale Earnhart, Jr. and was a lifetime member of the Blackhawk Athletic Club.  Dorothy loved her family and always put them first. 
 Survivors include her brother, James (Ruth) Rajek; sisters-in-law, Marge Rajek and Beatrice Warner; children, Nita Dal Santo, Michael (Julie) Schneider, Debby Schneider, Christine (Meredith) McDonald, Kathleen Davis, James Reeverts, David Reeverts and George Reeverts; grandchildren, Jeffrey Hayes, Lisa Grubb, Kelly Adams, Candy Wiley, John Schneider, Jennifer Braunlich, Brian McDonald, Dawn Amos, Autumn Mack, Megan Flosi, Ashley Davis, Joshua Reeverts, Amanda Reeverts and Jim Reeverts;many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. 
 Predeceased by grandsons, Steven Schneider and Richie Reeverts; siblings, Ray Rajek, Marie Schmirler, Leslie Rajek, Alfred Rajek, Isabelle Benzinger, Lila Frick and Harold Rajek.  The family would like to thank the staff of Northern Illinois Hospice & Grief Center for the compassionate care that was given to Dorothy.
 A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2013 in St. Edward Catholic Church with Rev. William R. Schuessler officiating.  Visitation from 10 a.m. until time of the Mass at the church on Friday.  Burial in July at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Cemetery in Merrill, WI  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Edward Catholic Church.
The family was assisted by Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel.  Express condolences and share memories at www.fitzgeraldfh.com.

BETTY L. HARKNESS
Betty L. Harkness, age 89, of Merrill, died Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill under Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. She was born April 24, 1923 in Merrill, the daughter of the late Francis and Hattie (Grosskopf) Cotey. Betty married John Liebig on October 11, 1943 in Merrill. He died May 7, 1975. She then married Melvin Harkness on October 9, 1976, in Kenosha. He died November 5, 2003.
Betty attended Trinity Lutheran School, grades 1 through 8, and was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill. She was a 1942 graduate of Merrill Senior High School. Betty worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Company for 10 years. She moved to Kenosha in 1950 and worked for Sears and Robuck Company for 5 years and then V.R. Wesson for 31 years, retiring in 1986. She moved back to Merrill in 2011. Betty was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. In her younger years, Betty played third base for the Merrill Cadets Women’s baseball team. She enjoyed bowling, fishing and reunions with her family.
She is survived a sister, Marion Ament of Merrill and several nieces and nephews.
Along with her parents and husbands, Betty is preceded in death by her brother, Frank Cotey Jr and 3 sisters: Helen Haeger, Dorothy McCarthy and Louise Lokemoen.
Funeral Services was held Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church. The Rev. R. Brian Stolarczyk officiated. Burial was at Merrill Memorial Park.
The family requests memorials may be given to Bell Tower Residence or Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice.
Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online tributes may be made at www.waidfuneral.com .

ALBERT KRAUSE
Albert Krause, Sr., 82, of the Town of Texas, died Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital surrounded by his family.
Albert was born February 18, 1931, in Merrill, to the late Albert and Alice (Weber) Krause. On April 23, 1949, he married Joan Josiger. He was a veteran of the United States Navy, and was a jack of many trades, but retired from the Marathon County Highway Department in the spring of 1995. He enjoyed camping, fishing, polka dancing, working at the ‘Hodag’, and spending time with his big family.
Survivors include his wife, Joan Krause; 11 children, Cathy Gantner (Steve), Albert, Jr. (Diane), Ricky (Linda), Mary Hess, Tina Drake (Archie), Cindy Sickinger (Mike), Shawn (Lorrie), Brian (Lori), Kim Baumann (Todd), Lisa Schmidt (Kevin), Shad (Sarah); 38 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; 3 sisters, Lois, Alice, and Judy; 1 sister-in-law, Carol. Albert was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Vicky; and 2 brothers, Warren and Roger.
The Funeral Service was held Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Terry Kelb officiated. Burial took place in Restlawn
Memorial Park, Wausau, with graveside military rites conducted by V.F.W. Post 1638, Merrill. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Albert was beloved by all and will be missed dearly.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

FREDERICK W. "FRITZ" SCHOENWETTER
Frederick W. “Fritz” Schoenwetter, age 85, died Friday, April 5, 2013 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove.
Visitation for Fritz will be at the Murray Funeral Home, 214 S. Main Street in Reeseville, on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 10:50 AM. Funeral services will follow at the funeral home on Tuesday beginning at 11:00 AM. Rev. Donald Steinberg will officiate. Burial will be at Lowell Cemetery.
Fred was born on October 3, 1927 in Lowell, Wisconsin to the late Otto and Dorothy (Roth) Schoenwetter. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. Fritz worked throughout his life as a carpenter and enjoyed hunting and fishing in his spare time.
Survivors include nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters and two brothers, Edna Holzhueter, Loraine Stark, Geraldine Hollatz, Gloria Klug, Lloyd Schoenwetter and Marvin Schoenwetter.
The Murray Funeral Home, 214 South Main Street in Reeseville, is caring for the family. To leave condolences, for directions, or for other information, please visit our website at www.Murray FH.com.

KATHRYN A. STANGE
Kathryn A. Stange, 68,
of Sheboygan Falls, passed away on Sunday, April 7, 2013, at St. Nicholas Hospital in
Sheboygan.
Kathryn was born on March 1, 1945, in Merrill, daughter of Charles and Beverly Ann (Peck) Lambrecht. She was a 1963 graduate of Merrill High School. Kathryn was employed as a Loan Service Administrator for US Bank in Sheboygan for 30 years.
Kathryn enjoyed going up north to the family cabin, frying out, spending time with her friends, family, and grandchildren, and her cat, Sparkles.
Kathryn is survived by her daughter, Mary Stange of Appleton; her son, Christopher Stange of Milwaukee; two grandchildren, Michael Steffens and Charlie Steffens; one sister, Diane (Ted) Lemanski of Merrill; two brothers, Steve (Sue) Lambrecht and David (Cindy) Lambrecht, both of Merrill. Kathryn is also survived by Julie (Adam) Stange Rortvedt of Elm Grove.
Kathryn was preceded in death by her parents.
A memorial service to celebrate Kathryn’s life was on Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the Wenig Funeral Home in Sheboygan Falls.
A memorial fund has been established in Kathryn’s name.
For online condolences and additional information please visit www.wenigfuneralhome.com
The staff of the Wenig Funeral Home of Sheboygan Falls (920-467-3431) is assisting Kathryn’s family with arrangements.

DENNIS H. GUENTHER
Dennis H. Guenther, age 64, of Merrill, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at his home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. He was born May 6, 1948, the son of the late Harold and Erma (Kline) Guenther, in Stratford. He married the former Cynthia Whitney on August 14, 1982, in Merrill. She survives him.
Dennis attended Merrill Senior High School. He then went to NTC and served in the plumbing Apprenticeship program. Dennis worked as a Union Plumber for most of his life. He served as a business manager for Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 557 and was an organizer for Wisconsin Pipe Trades. He retired and followed his passion of logging and working in the woods. Dennis was a member and Elder of Riverside Presbyterian church in Gleason. He enjoyed snowmobile racing, hunting and fishing, golfing, watching football, camping and woodworking.
He is survived by his wife, Cynthia of Merrill, one son, Gerald (Shelly) Guenther of Edgar, one daughter, Janeen (Peter) LaBorde of Merrill, 5 grandchildren: Courtney (Eric) Hartwig, Kyley and Whitney Guenther and Taylor and Sarah LaBorde. One brother: David (Kerry) Guenther of Wausau and one sister, Patricia
(Mike) Rice of Merrill.
Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Mary Beth Guenther, a brother, Ray Guenther and a granddaughter, Jordyn Guenther.
Funeral services was held Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church, Merrill. The Rev. Don King officiated. Burial was in Merrill Memorial Park.
The family requests memorials be given to the Lincoln County Humane society, Riverside Presbyterian Church or First Presbyterian church.
Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online tributes may be made at www.waidfuneral.com .

MARYA. PERNITZKE
Mary A. Pernitzke, age 89, of Merrill, formerly of Milwaukee and Waukesha, died April 1, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Mary was born in Merrill, daughter of the late Lee and Helen (Van Rossum) Secard. She married Robert Pernitzke in July 1947 in Merrill, where their first three children were born. In 1952, the family moved to Milwaukee.
Before marrying, Mary worked as a secretary at Merrill Manufacturing. Once her children were older, she enjoyed being a secretary at AXA Equitable in Waukesha, where she introduced the beloved “pie-faced snip” appellation to co-workers. She retired in 1988.
She loved her family and was a supportive sounding board for both family and friends. She was a proud homemaker who expressed her creativity through cooking and sewing for her family, and is remembered for baking fresh bread once a week as her children were growing. Married for over 60 years, she enjoyed golfing and dancing and traveling with her husband before eventually taking care of him until he died. Mary was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill, and comforted those who were dying by saying the rosary with them.
Survivors include three daughters, Margaret Meyer of Fallbrook, CA, Teresa (Doug) Larsen of North St. Paul, MN, and Anne Gerard of New Berlin, WI; one son, Michael (Ina) Pernitzke of Los Gatos, CA; nine grandchildren, Marie Brown, William Kawatski, Andrew Pernitzke, Brie Meyer, Candice Braun, Benjamin Pernitzke, Philip Meyer, Samantha Czarnecki and Ryan Czarnecki; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Ed (Beryl) Secard of Carlsbad, CA; two sisters, Margaret Heckendorf of Merrill, and Rose (Patrick) Collier of Port Washington; and one sister-in-law, Dolores Drewsen of Minocqua. Mary was preceded in death by her son Patrick; and a sister, Helen Germain.
A prayer service was held on April 7, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Father Joseph Kleinheinz presided.
The committal service was held April 8, 2013, at the St. Joseph Cemetery Chapel, Waukesha. Entombment took place at St. Joseph Cemetery Mausoleum, Waukesha.
The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

SISTER LAURA KROPILNICKI
Sister Laura Kropilnicki, 87, Sister of Mercy of the Holy Cross, died April 3, 2013, at Bell Tower Residence in Merrill, WI, under the care of the staff at Bell Tower Residence and Interim Hospice.
Sister Laura was born January 28, 1926, in Belfield, North Dakota, daughter of the late Joseph and Helen (Koladychuk) Kropilnicki and given the name Veronica. She entered the Holy Cross Convent in Merrill on November 29, 1940, and celebrated her First Profession on June 22, 1946. She was in her 66th year of ministry as a Holy Cross Sister.
Sister Laura, also known as Sister Felicitas, received her education at Belfield High School and Our Lady of the Holy Cross High School. She received degrees in education from Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI, and Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH.
Sister spent the majority of her ministry as an elementary teacher. Her assignments took her to Haymarsh, N.D.; Fenton, Missouri; Deer Park, OH; Vacherie, LA;
Antigo, Rhinelander, Merrill, Medford and Mondovi, WI. She retired in 1996, making her home in the sisters housing on the Holy Cross Campus and recently at Bell Tower Residence.
Sister Laura is survived by her family of Holy Cross Sisters and Associates; sister-in-law, Betty Kropilnicki, Waupaca, WI; along with many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; four sisters: Mary, Ida, Amelia and Sarah; and three brothers: Henry, Frank and Victor.
Sister enjoyed reading and crafts and volunteered in the Activities Department at Bell Tower Residence in Merrill, WI, where she was known for her intricate detail to projects. She was also known for her creative nativity scenes.
The Mass of Resurrection will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 19, 2013, in Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill, with Father Tom Zelinski officiating. Visitation will begin at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, April 18, 2013, with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. in Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill. Visitation will resume on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. in Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill. Burial will take place in St. Francis Cemetery, Merrill. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting with funeral arrangements.
Memorials can be made to Bell Tower Residence and sent to: Holy Cross Sisters, 1400 O’Day St., Merrill, WI 54452.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

HARVEY H. HACKBARTH
Harvey H. Hackbarth, age 83, of the Town of Pine River, Lincoln County, went to his heavenly home on Monday, April 8, 2013.
Harvey was born March 9, 1930, in Wausau, son of the late Anton and Clara (Engebrecht) Hackbarth. He married Verdella Ossig on June 4, 1955. She survives. Harvey had farmed in the Town of Pine River, and at the time of his retirement, he was an acoustical contractor with the union, working with Sullivan Brothers Construction. Harvey enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, woodworking, and music. His greatest joy came with spending time with wife, who was his best friend, and other family members, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Harvey took great pride in all his family members. He will be greatly missed by all. Harvey was an active member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Town of Pine River. He served on several boards, and held many offices in the church, and also sang with the church choir. Harvey served with the Wisconsin National Guard from 1949 until 1956.
Survivors include his wife, Verdella Hackbarth, Merrill; three daughters, Cheryl (Steve) Roets, Merrill, Carol (Mark) Martens, St. Paul, MN, and Connie (Andy)
Schaper, Merrill; one son, Jerry Hackbarth, Merrill; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren, plus one on the way; one brother, Rev. Lloyd (Iris) Hackbarth, Wentzville, MO; and one sister in law, Lois Hackbarth, Wausau. Harvey is preceded in death by three siblings, Betty Genrich, Infant Jerry Hackbarth, and Charles Hackbarth.
The funeral will be at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, April 13, 2013, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Town of Pine River. The Rev. Greg Laska will officiate. Burial will take place in St. Paul’s Church Cemetery, Town of Pine River. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Friday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and after 9:00 A.M. Saturday at the church.
The Hackbarth Family wishes to thank the staff at Woodland Court, Merrill, and also Aspirus Hospice, Wausau, for their wonderful care and support.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

DOROTHY SAGER
Dorothy Saager, 86, of Adel, Georgia, formerly of Merrill, died Friday, March 29, 2013 at Adel Memorial Hospital. She was born in Merrill on September 7, 1926 to the late Ed & Johanna (Hoffman) Kleinschmidt. 
. She married Edward Saager at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, in the Town of Scott on June 1, 1946. He preceded her in death June 6, 2003.
Dorothy and Ed moved to Arizona after Ed’s retirement. They enjoyed traveling all over the United States through the aircraft industry. Dorothy had worked as a clerk at Sears and Kmart. She was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill. Dorothy withstood the test of time.
Survivors include her son, Alan (Sheryl) Saager, Charlotte, NC. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Edward, and daughter, Barbara Saager on January 14, 1998.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at Snow Hill Cemetery. Rev. Scott Gustafson officiated. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online tributes may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

LORAINE M. HARDER
Lorraine M. Harder, age 97, of Merrill, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill.
Lorraine was born September 14, 1915, in Gleason, daughter of the late Paul and Bertha (Borchardt) Genrich. She married Emery Harder in September of 1936 in St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. He preceded her in death on September 19, 1973. Lorraine retired in 1981 from Weinbrenner Shoe Company, Merrill, after 34 plus years of employment. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill; the Ladies Aid of the church; and Social Club. Lorraine enjoyed flowers and gardening, fishing, and providing care for other people.
Survivors include her daughter, Janis (Mrs. John) Warner, Antigo; two grandsons, Dominic Warner of Antigo, and Douglas Warner, of Pelican Lake; and her sister, Edna Tubbin, Merrill. Lorraine is preceded in death by two brothers, Vernon and Elroy Genrich.
The funeral will be at 11:00 A.M. on Monday, April 1, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Nathan Kramer will officiate. Burial will follow in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M. Monday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. John Lutheran School, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

ALVIN PAHLS
Alvin Pahls, age 85, of Merrill, died Friday, March 29, 2013 at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill.
Alvin was born April 23, 1927, in Merrill, son of the late Anton and Hattie (Weisenfeld) Pahls. He married Bernice E. Radloff on September 17, 1949, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. She survives. Alvin enlisted in the United States Army on June 14, 1945. He served his country during World War II and was stationed in Italy. He was honorably discharged on February 10, 1947. Alvin had worked at Lincoln Wood and the former Anson-Gilkey, both in Merrill. He enjoyed woodworking, being outdoors, and fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Bernice Pahls, of Merrill; one sister, Lila Pahls, of Wausau; and one brother, James (Jackie) Pahls, of Antigo. Alvin was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Hattie Pahls; and his siblings, Jeannette, Geraldine, Bonnie, Harold, and David.
The funeral will be at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at the Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill. The Rev. R. Brian Stolarczyk will officiate. Burial will be in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery with military rites conducted by V.F.W. Post 1638, Merrill. Visitation will begin at 9:30 A.M. Tuesday at the Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

ALBERT HALTINNER
Albert Haltinner, Sr., age 86, of the Town of Scott, died Monday, April 1, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill.
Albert, a courageous, quiet, good-humored, and industrious man who listened to everything and spoke with purpose. He was born November 14, 1926 in Marbach, Switzerland to Jakob and Wilhelmina Haltinner. He married Martha Gross on August 17, 1957. Albert served in the Swiss Military and was a jockey and a farmer prior to moving to Merrill with his family in March of 1968. Albert was very proud to become a citizen of the United States of America on November 22, 1973. He actively farmed with his family until just a few years ago. Albert enjoyed being with his family and loved to travel, discovering new places and spaces, and enjoyed deer hunting.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Haltinner of Merrill; three sons, Albert Haltinner, Jr. of Merrill (wife Jodie and grandchildren: Jason (Athena Strand) and their son, Henry; Kyle (Amanda) and their children, Lilee and Aaron; and Cassie), Urs Haltinner of Menomonie (wife Betsy and grandchildren, Andra and Alexa), Norbert Haltinner of Merrill (wife Heidi and grandson Jakob); two daughters, Jnge Haltinner of Las Vegas (husband Kirk Moses) and Martha Haltinner-Harman of Switzerland
(husband Kossa Harman and grandchildren Zadin and Dewran); and two sisters, Esther Leu-Haltinner and Friedy Thür-Haltinner both
of Switzerland. Albert was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings.
The memorial service was on Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Pastor Missy Holdorf officiated.
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MARIDEAN F. FECHTNER
Marldean F. Fechtner, age 78, of Merrill, died Sunday, March 31, 2013, at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill.
Marldean was born September 8, 1934, in Wausau, daughter of the late Lawrence and Laura (Jahnke) Edler. She married Robert Fechtner on June 29, 1957, in Merrill. He preceded her in death on August 7, 2003. Marldean was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. She enjoyed camping, fishing, crafting, babysitting her grandchildren, and listening to Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers games. Marldean also enjoyed going to the casino, traveling with her friends, and wintering in Florida.
Survivors include two daughters, Kim (Steve) Van Slate and Kay (Tom) Koblitz, both of Merrill; four grandchildren, Brad (Micki) Krueger, Bob (fiancée, Molly) Krueger, and Missi Ellenbecker, all of Merrill, and Tony Ellenbecker, of Oshkosh; and two great-grandchildren, Marley and Brady. Marldean was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Fechtner; one daughter, Susan Kahle; her parents, Lawrence and Laura Edler; and one sister, Elaine Lake.
The funeral will be at 2:00 P.M. Friday, April 5, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Nathan Kramer will officiate. Burial will follow in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Thursday and after 1:00 P.M. Friday, all at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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JAMES E. BELANT
James E. Belant, age 79, of Merrill, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born August 14, 1933, the son of the late Delton and Christine (Dufek) Belant. He married the former JoAnn Hornischer on August 2, 1958, in the town of Schley. She survives.
Jim served in the U.S. Army as a corporal and was stationed in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1956. When he returned to the states, he went to work as a mechanic for Hipke’s Implement in Deerbrook, then worked for Bob Johnson Chevrolet dealership in Wausau and later worked for Wisconsin Public Service Corporation in Merrill, until retiring in 1993. He was a member of Wildwood Chapel Methodist Church in the town of Schley. Jim was a lifetime member of the NRA and was a certified hunter safety instructor for many years. He loved to hunt and fish, especially trout fishing and was an avid John Deere tractor collector.
Jim is survived by his wife, JoAnn, one daughter, Jenine (DuWayne) Rice of Merrill. 4 sons; James (Wendy) Belant of Pulaski, Jerrold (Mary-Kay) Belant of Starkville, MS, Jeff (Becky Krueger) Belant and Jeremy (Julie) Belant both of Merrill. 12 grandchildren; Andrew, Alex, Amber, Devin, Luke, Josette, Claire, Taylor,
Derek, Cameron, Mackenzie and Cadence.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a granddaughter, Phyllis Jo Rice; a sister Carol and 2 brothers, Lowell and Arthur.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 30, 2013, at Wildwood Chapel Methodist Church in the town of Schley. The Rev. Don Entenman officiated. Burial was in Forest View Cemetery in the town of Vilas. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the charity of your choice. The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online tributes may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

MIRIAM 'PEG' AMENT
Miriam ‘Peg’ Ament, age 90, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill.
Peg was born October 8, 1922, in Merrill, daughter of the late Ben and Mabel (Salscheider) Carl. She married Charles J. ‘Shorty’ Ament in October of 1947, and he preceded her in death on February 17, 2012. Peg was a homemaker. She enjoyed golfing, playing cards, especially bridge, traveling, the Green Bay Packers, the Milwaukee Brewers, and an occasional casino trip. Peg was a lifelong member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill.
Peg is survived by two sisters-in-law, Ruth Strasman and Joan Rostal, both of Merrill; her nieces and nephews, Sally Baade, Greg and Mary Ament, Andy and Jan Ament, Matthew ‘Charlie’ Ament, and Steven and Lana Strasman, all of Merrill, and Mary Jo Laabs, of Michigan; and several great nieces and nephews, including Robin (Danielle) Baade, of Green Bay, and Nicole (Shawn) Henke, of Merrill. Besides her parents and husband, Peg is preceded in death by her sister and brother in law, Jane and Carl Bierman; her brother, Tom Carl; and her in-laws, Bud and Shirley Ament, Bert Strasman, and Gordon Rostal.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 A.M. Friday, April 5, 2013, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. Father Michael McLain is presiding. Entombment will follow in Merrill Memorial Park Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M. Thursday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill.
The family has suggested that memorials be directed to St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Bell Tower Residence, or the charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

PHYLLIS J. SCHMIDT
Phyllis J. Schmidt
Phyllis J. Schmidt, age 83, of Merrill, died March 20, 2013, surrounded by her family at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill.
Phyllis was born April 30, 1929, in Merrill, daughter of the late Rudolph and Florinda (Sabatke) Kleinschmidt. She married Arthur Schmidt on September 15, 1945. He survives. Phyllis was a member of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, Merrill. She enjoyed bird watching, gardening, cooking, fishing and camping trips, pontoon boat rides, making silk flower arrangements, and taking care of everyone.
Survivors include her husband of over 67 years, Arthur Schmidt, of Merrill; 4 daughters, Polly (Jody) Malik, of Capitola, CA, Patricia (Jeff) Reynolds, of Tony, WI, Brenda Lueken, of Owatonna, MN, and Michelle (Rick) Allman, of Merrill; 8 sons, Dennis (VerJean) Schmidt, of Merrill, Michael (Sue) Schmidt, of Chetek, WI, Gerald (Linda) Schmidt, of Michigan City, IN, Stephen Schmidt, of Wausau, Randy (Peggie) Schmidt, of Elk Mound, WI, Thomas (Sally) Schmidt, of Merrill, Richard (Roxann) Schmidt, of Wausau, and Kevin (Lisa) Schmidt, of Merrill; 38 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; 1 sister, Darlene (Orville) Schult, of Merrill; 2 brothers, Wayne (Judy) Kleinschmidt and Gene (DeEtta) Kleinschmidt, both of Merrill; 2 sisters-in-law, Totsy Kleinschmidt and Velma
‘Diddy’ Kleinschmidt, both of Merrill; and many nieces and nephews. Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Karen Schmidt; two grandsons, Shane Schmidt and Collin Schultz; and three siblings, Joyce (Leslie) Weber, Vernon Kleinschmidt, and Elroy ‘Bud’ Kleinschmidt.
The funeral was Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill. Rev. James Weiland officiated. Burial followed in St. Paul’s Cemetery, Town of Scott, Lincoln County. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

RAYNETTE L. RUNGE
Raynette I. Runge, age 74, of Merrill, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Raynette was born October 1, 1938, in Merrill, daughter of the late Oscar and Nellie (Bennett) Wangen. She married Charles Runge on April 13, 1957, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. He preceded her in death. Raynette was a volunteer with the Food Pantry, she was a member of the Homemakers Club, and she also was a member of several bear, sewing, and knitting clubs. Raynette was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill, where she was involved in the Ladies Aid and the former Dorcas Society.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley (Tom) Menge, of Kenosha, and Debbie (Chris) Stogbauer, of Merrill; four sons, Rod (Laurie) Runge, of Merrill, Val (Jane) Runge, of Mount Vernon, WA, Randy Runge, of Denmark, WI, and Mitch (Nicole) Runge, of Merrill; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-grandchild on-the-way; one sister, Halena (Lyle) Anderson, of Merrill; two brothers, Oscar (Jeannie) Wangen and Ralph (Betty) Wangen, both of Merrill; and one sister-in-law, Emily May, of Gleason. Raynette was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Runge; and her parents, Oscar and Nellie Wangen.
The funeral was Saturday, March 23, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. Rev. David Szeto officiated. Burial followed in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery.
The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Merrill Food Pantry or St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

VELMA A. KLEINSCHMIDT
Velma A. Kleinschmidt, age 92, of Merrill, died Saturday, March 23, 2013, at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill.
Velma was born on February 14, 1921, in Merrill, daughter of the late Arthur and Pearl (Zimmerman) Wendorf. She married Elroy Kleinschmidt on November 7, 1944. He preceded her in death in 1966. Velma was a homemaker. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. Velma loved NASCAR, playing cards, collecting ‘stuff’, using her exercise bike, and camping. Her last camping trip was during the summer of 2011. Velma also enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved playing games with them.
Survivors include five daughters, Lorraine (Harlan) LaPerriere, Linda Engman, Laurel (Robert) Henderson, LuAnn (Robert) Stevenson, and Lisa (Dave) Gervais, all of Merrill; fifteen grandchildren, Shevon (Jeff) Schmeltzer, Nicole (Don) Rohde, Joseph (Angie) Harkner, Heather (Matt) Hoock, Hope Engman, Sara (Kevin) Koss, Dennis Betro, Dustin (Jenny) Henderson, Diane Stevenson, Emily Stevenson, Desirae (Brian) Thomaschefsky, Jessica (Brian Klapper) Boyd-Gervais, Deidre (Jason Ratzlaff) Lemke, Darcy (Travis Dalsky) Lemke, and David Gervais; 23 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Darrell Wendorf, of Merrill; five sisters-in-law, Lois Wendorf, DeEtta (Gene) Kleinschmidt, Judy (Wayne) Kleinschmidt, Joyce ‘Totsy’ Kleinschmidt, and Darlene (Orville) Schult; and one
brother-in-law, Arthur Schmidt. Velma was preceded in death by her husband, Elroy; one daughter, Lois; her parents, Arthur and Pearl Wendorf; two sisters, Marion Krueger and Helen Pfeiffer; and an infant brother, Kenneth Wendorf.
The funeral was held March 27, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Scott Gustafson officiated. Burial took place at Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family would like to thank the Merrill Police Department, the EMT’s, Dr. Waskin, Dr. Anuligo, and Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center E.R. and Med. Surg. nurses for their care of Velma.
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CLARENCE "SPEEDY" HINZ
Clarence “Speedy” Hinz, age 87, of Merrill, died Wednesday, March 20, 2013, at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston.
Clarence was born July 8, 1925, in Merrill, son of the late Otto and Olga (Stoltz) Hinz. He married Eldru Hanson on June 30, 1951. She survives. Clarence was retired from Weinbrenner Shoe Company, Merrill. He enjoyed playing cards, especially cribbage. He enjoyed gardening, and collecting coins and stamps.
Clarence was a veteran of World War II. He began serving his country on September 17, 1943 in the U.S. Army Air Corp. and was honorably discharged on September 22, 1945. Clarence was a tail gunner on a B17 Flying Fortress and had flown almost 30 missions over Germany and throughout Europe and North Africa. He was a Purple Heart recipient and had attained the rank of sergeant.
Survivors include his wife Eldru Hinz, Merrill; six sons, twins Byron Hinz and Buck (Helen) Hinz, both of Merrill, Cal (Kathy) Hinz, Aaron Hinz, Kelly Hinz, and Vernon Hinz, all of Merrill; six grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; one sister, Janice Miklas, Tomahawk; and three brothers, Lloyd Hinz, Merrill, Marv
(Darlene) Hinz, Madison, and Donald (Marlene) Hinz, Merrill. Clarence is preceded in death by five siblings, Alfred, Harold, Ruth, Leona, and Arlene.
A memorial visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill.
Online condolence may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

GLORIA K. LUKES ‘MAZIE" KALBA
Gloria K. Lukes, age 52, of Merrill, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Gloria was born November 12, 1960, in Merrill, daughter of the late Victor Lukes and Joan (Koehler) Lukes, Merrill. She was currently employed at both Liberty Mutual Insurance, Wausau, and with the Lincoln County Fair Board. Gloria was an active member of St. Stephens United Church of Christ, Merrill. She was a former member of the church council and was a past recipient of the “Faith Award”. Gloria was also active in the 4-H. She was currently a member of the Merrill Busy Bee’s 4-H Club and as a youth belonged to the Corning Yankee’s 4-H Club. Gloria was proud to devote her time to “Relay for Life”. She enjoyed scrap booking, her book club, and spending time with her friends and their once a month ‘girls night out’ for dinner.
Survivors include her daughter, Bobbie Jo Monson, Merrill; her mother, Joan Lukes, Merrill; two grandchildren, Chase and Carson Jo; her sister, Laurie (husband,
Rev. John M.) Humphrey, Merrill, and her brother, Steven (wife, Jennifer) Lukes, Athens; along with many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Victor Lukes.
The funeral was Thursday, March 21, 2013, at St. Stephens United Church of Christ, Merrill. Pastor Missy Holdorf officiate

ELDRED A ZASTROW
Eldred A. Zastrow, age 87, of the Town of Hamburg, Marathon County, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at his home under the care of his family and Ministry Home Care Hospice.
Eldred was born on the family farm on April 9, 1925, in the Town of Hamburg, son of the late Paul and Elisabeth (Winter) Zastrow. He married Jean E. Borchardt on September 8, 1951, in the Town of Berlin. She survives. Eldred had been a dairy farmer in the Town of Hamburg, and farming was his passion. He enjoyed playing baseball in his younger years; dart ball; and deer hunting.
Besides his wife, Jean E. Zastrow, of the Town of Hamburg, Eldred is survived by three daughters, Kay (Mrs. Scott) Drake, Julie (Mrs. Richard) Kuck, and Jolene (Mrs. Jeff) Draxler, all of Athens; eight grandchildren, Amanda (Mrs. Trever) Ostrowski, Wausau, and Justin (wife, Shannon) Kuck, Jill (Mrs. Jonathon) Heier, Jordan Kuck, Brittany (Mrs. Phil) Draxler-Sukow, Jeremy Kuck, and Brooke and Bradley Draxler, all of Athens; four great grandchildren, Jayce and Riley Ostrowski, Hattie Heier, and Mason Kuck; and one sister, Ellen Vandre, Athens.
The funeral was held Saturday, March 16, 2013, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Town of Hamburg. The Rev. Joel Danner officiated. Burial followed in St. Paul’s Church Cemetery, Town of Hamburg. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Town of Hamburg, or Ministry Home Care Hospice.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com


BETTY A RETZLAFF
Betty A. Retzlaff, age 82, of Merrill, died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital, Weston.
Betty was born December 7, 1930, daughter of the late Alfred and Alice (Lemke) Rusch. She married Donald Retzlaff on November 13, 1971. He preceded her in death on June 21, 1990. Betty was a homemaker. She was an avid fisherwoman who loved to spend time at her cottage on Pike Lake. She loved to watch the deer, bear, chipmunks and other animals in her yard up north. Betty also liked to play cards, go on trips, spend time with her family, and play games on her computer.
Survivors include two daughters, Marilyn (Jeff) Seidlitz, and Nancy (Wally) Plautz, both of Merrill; one daughter-in-law, Mary Iwen, of Pewaukee, WI; two grandchildren, Jennifer Iwen and Don Iwen, both of Milwaukee; one great-grandchild, Conrad Iwen; and two sisters, Phyllis (Aubrey) Vickers, of San Jose, CA, and Donna (Robert) Buss, of Merrill. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Don Retzlaff; one son, Donald A. Iwen; an infant brother, Ardell; and two brothers-in-law, Harry Bell and Orville Schmidt.
The funeral was on Monday, March 18, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Nathan Kramer officiated. Burial followed in Maple Grove Cemetery, town of Maine, Marathon County.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com


ROBERT JOHN HIRNSCHALL
Robert John Hirnschall (‘Poncho’), age 79, of Merrill, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Robert was born June 12, 1933, in Merrill, son of the late Frank and Alice (Kufahl) Hirnschall. Robert loved God, family, and people. In 1954, Robert served his country in the United States Army as a Military Policeman. He received a letter of commendation from his commanding officer for being energetic, and enthusiastic in his performance of duty. The Captain acknowledged his display of integrity, soldierly bearing, attitude, and performance of duty having exerted an outstanding influence on his fellow servicemen. He served our country during the Korean War in the U.S. Army. Robert was a life member of the V.F.W.
Robert was involved in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization. He was blessed with 9 ‘little brothers’ and 3 ‘little sisters’.
Robert retired from Appleton Coated Paper. He loved cutting and selling wood. He rented tractors, trailers, and his truck.
Survivors include his sisters, Marjorie ‘Marge’ (Harold) Kapitzke, of Appleton, Marcia (John) Dalke, of Irma, Sharon (Lowell) Skeens, of Appleton, and Diane (John) Rell, of Merrill. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Alice (Kufahl) Hirnschall; and one brother, Elliot Hirnschall.
The funeral will be at 6:00 P.M. Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Mrs. Diane Rell will officiate. Visitation will begin at 4:00 P.M. Tuesday at the funeral home.
A visitation and service was held on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 in the Star of Hope Chapel at Highland Memorial Park, Appleton. Mrs. Rell also officiate this service. Burial followed in Highland Memorial Park with graveside military rites.
The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com


GLORIA K. LUKES
Gloria K. Lukes, age 52, of Merrill, died Friday, March 15, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Gloria was born November 12, 1960, in Merrill, daughter of the late Victor Lukes and Joan (Koehler) Lukes, Merrill. She was currently employed at both Liberty Mutual Insurance, Wausau, and with the Lincoln County Fair Board. Gloria was an active member of St. Stephens United Church of Christ, Merrill. She was a former member of the church council and was a past recipient of the “Faith Award”. Gloria was also active in the 4-H. She was currently a member of the Merrill Busy Bee’s 4-H Club and as a youth belonged to the Corning Yankee’s 4-H Club. Gloria was proud to devote her time to “Relay for Life”. She enjoyed scrap booking, her book club, and spending time with her friends and their once a month ‘girls night out’ for dinner.
Survivors include her daughter, Bobbie Jo Monson, Merrill; her mother, Joan Lukes, Merrill; two grandchildren, Chase and Carson Jo; her sister, Laurie (husband, Rev. John M.) Humphrey, Merrill, and her brother, Steven (wife, Jennifer) Lukes, Athens; along with many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Victor Lukes.
The funeral was Thursday, March 21, 2013, at St. Stephens United Church of Christ, Merrill. Pastor Missy Holdorf officiate

JESSE KAL VAN SLATE
Jesse Kal Van Slate, 54, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at his home.
Jesse ‘Big Kal’ was born in Merrill to Judith (Raasch) and Gerald Van Slate on May 31, 1958. He attended Trinity, St. John’s, and Merrill High School.
Kal worked for S.N.E. for 32 years. He enjoyed conversing with family, friends, and neighbors, and was a friend to everyone. As one friend put it, “He was a person who was loved by all.” Kal also enjoyed hunting; fishing; and watching all sports on TV, especially the Packers. He was a member of the Nite Riders Motorcycle Club in which he remained with many true and loyal friends.
He is survived by two daughters, Catherine Van Slate and Calli Van Slate, both of Rothschild; his mother, Jutee (Jim) Lohff, Merrill; his father Gerald ‘Big Jer’ (Barbara) Van Slate, Wausau; one brother, Jay Van Slate, La Crosse; one sister, Shari Van Slate, of Tampa, FL; two step-sisters, Alexa Flood, of Eau Claire, and Christina Lohff, of Cumberland; and three nieces, Tonia, Angel and Mayahna, of Wausau. Kal is preceded in death by one brother, Jamie Van Slate.
A private family memorial service will be held thereafter.
Memorials may be directed to the family in Jesse Kal Van Slate’s name.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com


VIOLA C. WENDT-SCHMIDT
Viola C. Wendt-Schmidt, age 88, of Merrill, passed away Monday, March 4, 2013 at Artisan Assisted Living formerly known as Walnut Grove Assisted Living. She was born November 17, 1924 in Merrill to the late Carl & Paulina (Braun) Schulz. She married Raymond Wendt in Merrill on November 16, 1946. He preceded her in death October 7, 1978. She later married Wilbert Schmidt in Wausau. He also preceded her in death.
Viola was the youngest of 12 children. She grew up on the family farm in the town of Scott. After her marriage to Raymond she moved to Merrill and became a mother and home maker. A short time after Delores was born, they farmed west of Merrill for 5 years then moved back to Merrill where she worked a short time for Hinz’s Cork & Dine. Viola was a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Wausau. She enjoyed cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, dancing on the weekends and listening to Polka music. Viola enjoyed spending time with and taking care of her grandchildren. She will be remembered for playing games and singing with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her daughter: Delores (Rob) Patrie, Wausau; two granddaughters; Jackie Patrie and Jalayne (Nicholas) Wisniewski, both of Wausau; two great-grandchildren: Blaze & Alex Green; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husbands and 11 brothers
and sisters.
Services were held Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. The Rev. Robert Smallman officiated. Buria followed at Maple Grove Cemetery. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

ALBERTA "SUE" MONTABON
Alberta “Sue” Montabon, 82, of Gleason, died Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Woodland Court under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. She was born November 23, 1930 to the late Albert & Marie (Tejacik) Oldenburg in Antigo. On May 16, 1960 she and Kermit Montabon were united in marriage.
Sue was a 1949 graduate of Antigo High School. She later attended business school in Milwaukee where she earned a degree in accounting. Sue then worked for Consolidated Foods in Milwaukee. After her marriage to Kermit, they moved to the Chicago area and lived there for about 10 years. They then moved to Gleason where they purchased the bowling alley from Kermit’s father. Together, they owned and operated the bowling alley for 30 years until selling it in 2000. Sue was a member of Luther Memorial Lutheran Church, the Gleason Lion/Lioness club and the Merrill Eagles club. She led the fight against removing the Prairie Dells dam. Sue loved to bowl and was instrumental in getting area bowlers to go to national tournaments. She helped institute Junior league bowling programs and Special Olympic benefit bowling tournaments. Sue and Kermit enjoyed raising Great Danes and Cocker Spaniels. Most of all, she loved her family.
Survivors include her children: Suzanne Montabon, Las Vegas, and Bill Montabon, Gleason; grandson: Kevin Montabon; 3 sisters; Genevive Jankowski of Antigo, Marie (Ray) Hales of St. Louis Bay, MS, and Jane Oldenburg of Antigo, and. 2 brothers; Dale (Linda) Oldenburg of Rancho Cucamonga, CA and John Oldenburg of Montgomery, AL.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit and a grandson, Robert Montabon; 2 sisters, Myrna and Rosalind and a brother, Albert.
Services were held Monday, March 4, 2013 at Luther Memorial Lutheran Church in Gleason. Rev. Greg Laska officiated. Burial followed
at Merrill Memorial Park. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. The family requests memorials be given to the Gleason
Lions Club.
Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

JEROME B. COLE
Jerome B. Cole, age 81, of Merrill, died Friday, March 1, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Jerry was born December 14, 1932, in Merrill, son of the late Oscar and Lucille (Despins) Cole. He had been employed at the former R.O.W. Window Unit Manufacturing in Merrill. Jerry was an avid Packer and Brewer fan.
Jerry is survived by one son, Jerome D. Cole, Merrill; five grandchildren, Jamie, Ashley, Josh, R.J., and Travis; four great grandchildren, Tyler, Halie, Austin, and Ace; and one brother, Richard Cole, Merrill. He was preceded in death by six siblings.
A private gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

PATRICK J. BELL
Patrick J. Bell, age 49, of Merrill, died Friday, March 1, 2013, at his home, of natural causes.
Pat was born December 26, 1963, in Merrill, son of the late Robert Bell and Sally (Hehling) Bell, Merrill. He had been a leather cutter at Weinbrenner Shoe Company, Merrill. He enjoyed spending time along the Prairie River in Lincoln County.
Survivors include his mother, Sally Bell, Merrill; and three brothers, Thomas (Debra) Bell, Menomonie, Wisconsin, and John Bell and Michael Bell, both of Merrill; along with other relatives and friends.
Pat’s request was to have no services. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

ELAINE A. ROSKO
Elaine A. Roskos, age 78, formerly of Merrill, passed away on Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at Laurel Oaks in Glendale, Wisconsin.
Elaine was born September 4, 1934, in Milwaukee, daughter of the late John and Cecelia (Kress) Kauer. She married Frank Roskos on December 29, 1956, in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death on August 19, 1995. Elaine was a graduate of St. Joseph’s School of Nursing in Marshfield. Her nursing career began at the V.A. Hospital, Milwaukee. After marrying Frank, the family moved to Merrill and Elaine continued her nursing career at Holy Cross Hospital. She then served as a floor nurse at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill. She was promoted to In Service Director at Pine Crest, then Director of Nursing at Pine Crest, and became the Patient Service Coordinator. Elaine earned her administrators license and was promoted to administrator at Pine Crest. At the time of her retirement, Elaine was the administrator of Marywood Convalescent Center, Wausau. After retirement Elaine served as a consultant with the Dr. Kate Convalescent Center in Woodruff. Elaine served on the Pine Crest Nursing Home Board of Trustee’s, and was a former board member and president of the Wisconsin Nurses Association.
Elaine enjoyed flower gardening and volunteered her time at Pine Crest and St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, where she would tend to the gardens at both facilities. She
was a member of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, and was a volunteer and board member at Habitat for Humanity. Elaine enjoyed basket weaving, traveling the world, antiquing, her pet dogs, and spending time with family and friends at her lakeside property in Eagle River, Wisconsin. She also enjoyed embroidery, crocheting, knitting, and sewing. Elaine created two baptismal garments for her great grandchildren.
Elaine is survived by three children, Jean Curtis, Merrill, Ann Roskos (with husband, Rob Orlowski) of Grafton, and Mark (wife, Paulette) Roskos of Oakland, Maine; five grandchildren, Andrew (wife, Jennifer) Curtis, Medford, Sarah (husband, Brad) Matthias, Merrill, and Haley, Matthew, and Jackson Orlowski, all of Grafton; and one sister, Mariangela (husband, William) Pledl, New Berlin, Wisconsin. Beside her parents and husband, Elaine is preceded in death by a sister, Rita Zagar and a brother, Patrick Kauer.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 A.M. Monday, March 4, 2013, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Burial will follow in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Merrill. Visitation will be from 2:00 P.M. until 6:00 P.M. Sunday and from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. on Monday, all at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to Pine Crest Nursing Home, Habitat for Humanity, or St. Francis Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

CLIFFORD RAYMOND ROBERTS
Clifford Raymond Roberts, 68, of Merrill, died Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at home with family and friends at his side.
Clifford was born June 5, 1944, in Merrill to Clifford and Alice (Woller) Roberts. He was a lifelong resident of Merrill. Clifford served three tours in Vietnam as an Army medic. He was awarded the Bronze Star with a ‘V’ for valor, two Purple Hearts, the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Good Conduct Medal, and the Military Merit Medial with a ‘V’ for valor.
He is survived by his children, Tabatha Roberts, Ann (Robin) Smith, Mary (Christopher) Stamm, Albert Roberts, and Darlene Wenzelow, all of Merrill; grandchildren, Ashley Gremler, Raymond Roberts, and Abigail Hoffman; siblings, Sally (Don) Zimmerman, Rose (James) VonLoh, James (Kay) Roberts, all of Merrill, Dennis Roberts, of Biloxi, MS, and Donald Roberts; and his partner, Donna Lannigan.
The family will received friends from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

HELEN E. JAEGER
Helen E. Jaeger, age 93, of Merrill, died Friday, February 22, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Helen was born on January 2, 1920, in Merrill, daughter of the late John and Ida (Hartwig) Severt. She married Alfred Jaeger on October 18, 1947, in Merrill. He preceded her in death on June 2, 1990. Helen was a homemaker but had also worked as a dietary aid for ten years at Pine Crest Nursing Home. Helen was a member of Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, Merrill. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, baking, watching game shows, and volunteering as a Sunday school teacher. Helen will be remembered as someone who was always there when anyone needed her.
Survivors include four daughters, Pam (Emery Zastrow) Kufahl, Barbara (John) Pophal, Mary (David) Gryskiewicz, and Terri (Steve, Sr.) Strand, all of Merrill; four sons, Alan (Karen) Jaeger, Greg (Jean) Jaeger, Jeff (Tracey) Jaeger, and Rodney Jaeger, all of Merrill; 23 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren on-the-way; 2 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Rahlf and Gayle Kulawinski, both of Merrill; several nieces and nephews; and her “honorary daughter”, Darlene Mathis, of Merrill. Helen was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; two brothers, Donald and John Severt; one grandson, John Pophal; and two
great-grandsons, Colton Norman and Dawson David.
The funeral service was held Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Burial followed in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill, for their compassionate care.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

RICHARD "PORKER" BERNSDORF
Richard “Porker” Bernsdorf, age 63, of the Town of Schley, died Thursday, February 21, 2013. Rick was born on August 4, 1949, in Merrill, son of the late Paul and Adele Bernsdorf.
He was a lifelong plumber and electrician.
Rick is survived by two sisters, Carolyn (Ronald) Krautkramer, Mosinee, and Louise (Ronald) Lau, Gleason; two brothers, Paul Jr. (Maxine) Bernsdorf, Kewaunee, and Robert (Betty) Bernsdorf, Gleason; and several nieces and nephews.
There will be no funeral services. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

LINDA DIANE NEY
Linda Diane Ney, age 55, of Merrill, died unexpectedly Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She was born December 27, 1957 in Merrill to the late Vernon & Naomi “Ruth” (Ward) Sukow.
Linda graduated from High School in Ocala, FL in 1976. She moved back to Merrill in 1977. Throughout the years Linda worked for Wire Products Corp, Alumatech, Wausau Window and Wall, Hurd Millwork and most recently Northern Wire until she retired due to health reasons. Linda was a member of St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ. She was active in Boy Scouts when her sons were scouts. Linda enjoyed gardening and horseback riding. She will be remembered for her kindness and helping her neighbors, whatever the need. Linda enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her significant other: Leo Leiskau, Merrill; two sons: Robert Ney & Eric (Jaclyn) Ney, all of Merrill; two grandsons: Zander & Caleb Ney; two brothers: Gary (Karen) Sukow, Ocala, FL, & Ronald Sukow, Summerfield, FL; six sisters: Karen (Artie) Bankard, South Daytona Beach, FL, Katheryn Harcombe, CA, Marje (Roger) Shaw, CT, & Lorie Bushar, South Daytona Beach, FL. She is also survived by Jon (Kelly) Leiskau, Merrill, & David Leiskau, Apple Valley, MN.
She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Jane.
Funeral services were held Monday, February 18, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home.
Rev. Linda Kuhn officiated. Burial of Linda’s cremated remains will take place at a later date in Snow Hill Cemetery. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

JACK BUDREAU
Jack Budreau, age 82 of Beaver Dam, passed away peacefully after an extended illness on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Clearview Nursing Home in Juneau.
Jack was born on January 27th, 1931 in Boulder Junction, WI. He was the son of Emil and Alice (nee Atkins) Budreau. He
worked many odd jobs growing up but started in the grocery business in his teens. After he graduated from Woodruff High School, he married Gloria J. Radue in 1950. They would eventually have 5 children. Jack and
Gloria spent their years together living in the north woods area ofBoulder Junction, Merrill, and Rhinelander. Gloria passed away in 2004 of cancer.
After Jack attended Business College, he worked his way up from a stock boy in Red Owl grocery stores to management until he became owner of his own Roundy’s stores. Jack moved to Mayville WI.
with his new wife Bernadine and purchased Mayville Food Lane in 1971, and sold it in 1982. They moved back to Merrill and bought the Merrill View Motel, and later moved to Fox Lake WI, where they purchased a Mini Mart. Jack later began working for Gilmore’s Piggly-Wiggly of Beaver Dam, where it became his last employment. Jack will always be remembered as a respected business man.
He was a member of the Lions Club and a Chamber of Commerce member and would eventually become president for both organizations.
Jack was voted Business Man of the Year in Mayville in 1973 and received numerous awards and praise for his community involvement. He believed it was very important to give back to his community.
Jack is survived by his 5 loving children, Christine Budreau of Beaver Dam, WI, Michael Budreau of Rhinelander, WI, Brian Budrea of Fond du Lac, WI, Jeff Budreau of Oshkosh, WI, and Kay Budreau Schmidt of Beaver Dam, WI; 10 grandchildren; 11 greatgrandchildren; sister, Donna Grivicich of Naples, FL, and many loving nieces, nephews and friends. Jack is preceded in death by his parents; two wives; two brothers; one sister; and son, Steven Jack.
A funeral service for Jack will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 5:30 PM at Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., in Beaver Dam. Visitation will take place from 2:30 PM until the start of the service. Interment will take place on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Merrill Memorial Park, 201 Memorial Dr., in Merrill, WI. Memorials are preferred to the family.
Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family. You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guest book at www.cstonefs.com

JAMES ALLEN SCHUETER
James Allen Schlueter, 68, of Merrill, passed away Friday, February 15, 2013, at his residence in the Town of Maine. James Allen Schlueter was born July 11, 1944, to the late Earlies and Lucille Schlueter.
Following graduation from Merrill Senior High School, James enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1962, and he was honorably discharged in 1968. James then worked at Wausau Papers for 39 years, retiring in 2009. In his free time, James enjoyed hunting and fishing. As an avid Packer fan it was rare for him to miss one of their games. James also enjoyed setting puzzles and completing many word search books. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Town of Maine.
James is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Judy (Luedtke) Schlueter of Merrill; his children, Amy Henderson of Aurora, Colorado, Nicole Schlueter of Houston, Texas, and Breann Schlueter of Minneapolis, Minnesota; one brother, Dennis (Kathleen) Schlueter of Menomonie, Wisconsin; and his in laws, Russell Luedtke, Vickie (Tim) Bartelt, and Brian (Marilyn) Luedtke, all of Merrill, and Cindy Luedtke of Wausau. Besides his parents, James is preceded in death by a brother in law, Jody Luedtke.
The funeral service was held at Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Faith Lutheran Church, Town of Maine. The Rev. Scott Gustafson officiated. Burial followed in Maple Grove Cemetery, Town of Maine, with graveside military rites conducted by the Merrill V.F.W. Post 1638 Honor Guard.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

JOSHUA P. KATO
Joshua P. Kato, age 13, of Merrill, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident. He was born June 8, 1999 in Ishpeming, MI to Roy & Jenny (Erickson) Kato.
Josh was a Junior High school student in Oklahoma where he was involved in choir, soccer and boy scouts. He was quite involved in community service. Josh was very active in his church where he belonged to the youth group. As an older brother, Josh was very protective of his little sister, Brooke. He was a very good student and was even taking college courses at his young age. Josh will be remembered for his good natured “happy go lucky” attitude in life and a big smile to go with it.
Survivors include his sister: Brooke Kato, Merrill; Paternal Grandmother: Silvia Kato, Merrill; Maternal Grandparents: Joe & Sue Erickson, Skandia, MI; Paternal Great-Grandparents: Larry & Marianne Ekdahl, Merrill; Paternal Great-Great-Grandmother: Bernice Ekdahl, Manistique, MI; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, paternal Grandfather, Mike Kato, Maternal Great-Grandparents, Alfred & Bessie Erickson and Charles & Naomi West, and a Step-Great-Grandmother, Imagene West.
Services were held Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. The Rev. Freddy McMillen officiated. Burial will take place in Merrill Memorial Park in the spring. A Memorial Service will be held in Skandia, MI at a later date. Waid Funeral Home
is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

JENNY KATO
Jenny Kato, 35, of Merrill, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident. She was born August 2, 1977 in Escanaba, MI to Joseph and Susanne (West) Erickson. On May 9, 1998 she and Roy Kato were united in marriage in Eben Junction, MI.
Jenny was a 1995 graduate of Gwinn High School in Gwinn, MI. She attended college at Northern Michigan University for 2 years. After school, she married Roy. Jenny drove school bus in Wausau and in Oklahoma. She and her family had just returned to the Merrill/Wausau area. Jenny was active in church and Boy Scouts. She was a soccer mom and enjoyed doing community service work. Jenny was very active in JayCee’s and sang in the choir of her church. Jenny always had a smile on her face and never met a stranger. Her biggest joy in life was her family.
Survivors include her daughter: Brooke Kato, Merrill; parents: Joe & Sue Erickson, Skandia, MI; two brothers: Joe (Jody) Erickson Jr, Waynesville, OH and Jerry (Annette) Erickson, DeRidder, LA; and numerous aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy, son, Joshua, and her maternal and paternal grandparents.
Services were held Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. The Rev. Freddy McMillen officiated. Burial will take place in Merrill Memorial Park in the spring. A Memorial Service will be held in Skandia, MI at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to establish a trust account for her daughter, Brooke. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

ROY KATO
Roy Kato, 35, of Merrill, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident. He was born August 14, 1977 in Landsthul, Germany to Melvin & Silvia (Ekdahl) Kato. On May 9, 1998 he and Jenny Erickson were united in marriage in Eben Junction, MI.
Roy was a 1996 graduate of Superior Central High School in Eben Junction, MI. After high school, Roy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he served until being honorably discharged in 1999. When Roy returned from the Air Force he lived and worked in Marquette. He and his family moved to the Wausau area where he eventually worked for Old Castle Glass Company. They moved to Oklahoma in 2008 and just recently returned to the Merrill/Wausau area. Roy was active in church and Boy Scouts. He was very involved with the Wausau Area JayCee’s. He and Jenny were active in their children’s sporting events. Roy loved to hunt and spend time in the outdoors but he especially loved his family and spending time with them.
Survivors include his daughter: Brooke Kato, Merrill; mother: Silvia Kato, Merrill; sister: Trina (Dean) Berndt, Appleton; maternal grandparents: Larry & Marianne Ekdahl, Merrill; maternal great-grandmother: Bernice Ekdahl, Manistique, MI; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jenny Kato, son, Joshua Kato, father, Mike Kato, and paternal grandparents, Roy & Florence Kato.
Services was held Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. The Rev. Freddy McMillen officiated. Burial will take place in Merrill Memorial Park in the spring. A Memorial Service will be held in Skandia, MI at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to establish a trust account for his daughter, Brooke. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

GLADYS E. OBERG
Gladys E. Oberg, 98, of Merrill, passed away Monday, February 11, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home. She was born June 6, 1914 in Merrill to the late Scott & Blanche (Norton) Thompson. On August 27, 1932 she married Ernest Oberg in Merrill. He preceded her in death June 20, 1988.
Gladys spent her married life as a homemaker and had worked at the Merrill Pea Cannery and Merrill Woolen Mills over the years. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she helped with the church bulletins. Gladys was also a member of the 5th Ward Circle. She loved to do arts and crafts and sewing. Gladys baby-sat for all her grandchildren through the years and will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Survivors include her two daughters: Nancy (Jerry) Kunkel, Merrill and Sharon (Jim) Garski, Tomahawk; two sons: Gay (Sally) Oberg & David (Gayle) Oberg, all of Merrill; 22 grandchildren: Ruthie, Randy, Ricky, Ernestine, Scott, Lynn, Sherry, Darrell, Steve, Tammy, Dawn, Sandy, Thom, Terry, Laurie, Kim, Nicki, Heidi, Chris, Jimmy, Chad & Jamie; 36 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren; one sister: Violet Mixis, Rhinelander and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of over 55 years, Ernest, three sons: Jerry, Richard & Ronald Oberg; one infant daughter: Bonnie Oberg; one grandson:
Christopher Garski; two brothers: Charlie Thompson & Jack OÕBrion; two step-brothers: Bob OÕBrion & Richard OÕBrion; one step-sister: Joyce OÕBrion.
Services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, February 14, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Rev. Brian Stolarczyk will officiate. Visitation will be from 4-8 PM Wednesday, February 13 at Waid Funeral Home and again from 10-11 AM before the service at the church. Burial will be in Merrill Memorial Park. The family requests memorials be given to Trinity Lutheran Church. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

KENNETH A. WAGNER
Kenneth A. Wagner, 84, of Tomahawk, formerly of Merrill, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Golden Age Nursing Home, Tomahawk. He was born June 27, 1928 in Milwaukee to the late Alfred & Evelyn (Gifford) Wagner. His wife, Vera, preceded him in death in 2003. He then married Mildred (Woller) Burnett June 24, 2005 in Tomahawk. She survives.
Kenneth attended school in Milwaukee. He then joined the U.S. Air Force and served in Korea as a gunner during the Korean War. After the war Ken worked various jobs in Milwaukee where he worked in the printing industry. He had also taught electroplating to printing students. After retirement Ken became an advisor in the printing industry. While in Milwaukee he was very active in Barber Shop Quartets and sang in church. Ken moved to the Merrill/Tomahawk area in 2004. He was a former member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Tomahawk and a former member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill. Ken was a member of the Friends of the Tomahawk Airport of which he served as President. Ken was a life-time member of the Milwaukee VFW. Ken enjoyed playing the banjo, singing, drawing, woodworking, trap shooting, hunting and flying airplanes.
Survivors include his wife: Mildred Wagner, Merrill; two daughters: Kathleen Wagner, Milwaukee, and Susan (Steve) Butler, Eagle, WI; three sons: Michael Wagner, Milwaukee, David (Diane) Wagner, Illinois, and Jeffrey Wagner, Milwaukee; two step-daughters: Sandra (Scott) Harkness, Tomahawk, and Kristine (Asan) Adiloski, Merrill; three step-sons: Gerald (Shelly) Burnett, Joseph (Tammy) Burnett and James (Tamara) Burnett, all of Merrill; six grandchildren; 26 step-grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; three brothers: Glenn (Karen) Wagner, Tomahawk, Dennis (Betty) Wagner, Powell, WY, and Dale (Judy) Wagner, Tomahawk; and one sister: Marilyn Cole, Powell, WY. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Vera, brother, Darrel, one step-grandson, Daniel Adiloski, one niece, Dawn Marie Cole, and one nephew, Alfred Wagner.
A Memorial Service for Ken was held Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home Chapel. Pastor Missy Holdorf officiated. Waid Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

RICHARD J. TLUSTY
Richard J. Tlusty, age 91, of Merrill, died on February 4, 2013, at Bell Tower Residence, under the care of Bell Tower staff and Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services.
Rich was born at home on August 18, 1921, in Whittlesey, Wisconsin, the son of Ferdinand and Teckla (Reinhart) Tlusty. He attended Winding Brook Elementary School where his brother, Lawrence, was his teacher. Rich graduated from Medford High School in 1939.
On September 10, 1949, Rich married Marjorie Roal, the love of his life, of Medford, at St. John the Baptist Church in Rib Lake, Wisconsin. Marjorie preceded Rich in death on February 3, 1999.
Rich drove semi and route truck for Tlusty Beverage Company until moving to Merrill in the early 1950’s. Rich was then employed with the H. Phillips Co. in Wausau. He was a very accomplished salesman for the H. Phillips Co. for 38 years having won many local and regional awards. After his retirement in 1987, he worked part-time for several candy companies, bringing plenty of samples home to his granddaughters.
Rich was member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. He was a charter member of the Merrill Evening Lions Club and a lifetime member of the Merrill Eagles’ Club. Rich was also a longtime member of the Lincoln Stockmen’s Club and a member of Lindy Porath’s Clark Station bowling teams in the 1960’s.
He enjoyed watching the Milwaukee Brewer baseball games and Wisconsin Badger football games. His most enjoyable hobby, however, was being with his granddaughters and attending all of their piano recitals, dance shows, concerts, sporting events, confirmations, and graduations. Until it was too difficult to attend, he made great efforts to be at all their events.
In addition to his wife, he is also preceded in death by an infant son, Jerald, on September 16, 1959. He was also preceded in death by his seven brothers and one sister: George, Ernest, Lawrence, Walter, Allen, Loretta, Leon, and Franklin.
Rich is survived by his son, Jay Tlusty, of Merrill, his wife, Maxine, and their two daughters, Melanie Tlusty (Mark Lunda) and Michelle Tlusty. He is also survived by Amanda Leitzke, of Merrill; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; and three sisters-in-law, Margaret Tlusty and Bernice Tlusty, of Medford, and Betty Tlusty, of Chelsea. His entire family was very important to him and Rich enjoyed seeing and staying in contact with everyone in his family.
A special thank you to Gloria Sauer for her special care given to Rich over many years. Rich and his family greatly appreciated Gloria’s outstanding home-care abilities and loving care.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:15 P.M. Friday, February 8, 2013, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. Father Michael McLain will preside. Entombment will take place at Merrill Memorial Park Mausoleum. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 Thursday and again from 9:30 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. Friday all at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

ANNETTE SCOTT
Annette Scott, age 85, of Sheboygan passed away Monday January 21, 2013 at St. Nicholas Hospital.  Annette was born January 11, 1928 in Merrill to the late Harry and Esther (Ollhoff) Dahm.  She attended Merrill schools and graduated from Merrill High School.  Annette married George Scott on May 6, 1950 in Merrill, WI; he preceded her in death on September 3, 2002.  Annette was a bookkeeper for Scotty Smith Construction prior to working at Younkers.  She enjoyed sewing, watching Sheboygan A’s baseball and going to the senior center to play 500 Rummy and Sheepshead. 
Annette is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Sally (Tom) Orth of Sheboygan, 4 granddaughters Alexis Scott, Kasey Scott, Elizabeth Orth and Ariel Orth; daughter-in-law Kathylynn Scott of Sheboygan; brothers and sisters Harry (Dorothy) Dahm, Harriett Henrich, Carol (Dave) Finanger, LeRoy (Elaine) Dahm all of  Merrill, and Marlene (Bill) Krueger of Ohio.  Annette was preceded in death by her husband George, son Rodney, twin sons Timmy and Tommy and a brother Jimmy Dahm.
Family and friends may call at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th Street, Sheboygan on Friday from 4-6 P.M.  Funeral service will be held 6 P.M. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Mark E. Jaberg officiating.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Annette’s name.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.reinboldfh.com

BONNIE J. MOSER
Bonnie J. Moser, 77, of Merrill, died Friday, February 1, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
The Funeral Service will be at 1:00 P.M. Thursday, February 7, 2013, at the Pine Crest Nursing Home Chapel, Merrill. The Rev. R. Brian Stolarczyk will officiate. Burial will take place at Snow Hill Cemetery, Town of Scott, Lincoln County. The visitation will begin at 12:00 P.M., Noon, Thursday at the Pine Crest Nursing Home Chapel.
Online condolence may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

ANTOINETTE E. MOSER
Antoinette E. Moser, age 87, of Merrill, died Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Antoinette was born September 9, 1925, in Lincoln County, daughter of the late Alvin and Ruth (Aldrich) Pfister. She married Alfred Moser on September 15, 1956, and he preceded her in death on November 4, 2001. Antoinette worked as a Home Health Care Aid for the Lincoln County Department of Social Services for 30 years. She enjoyed baking and cooking, reading, camping, and shooting pool. Antoinette was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill.
Survivors include her three children, Vicki (Mrs. Tim) Anderson of Wausau, Lori McAllister of Tomahawk, and Anthony Moser of Merrill; eight grandchildren, Corey, Toby, Andrew, Benjamin, Alexis, Stacey, Courtney, and Joshua; twelve great grandchildren, Alyssa, Jasmine, Jordan, Cameo, Diamond, Justin, Kelsey, Damien, Bryce, Casey, Aurora, and Rhylee; five sisters, Wanda Severt, Walworth, Wisconsin, Lois (Mrs. Ed) Brandenburg, Merrill, Beatrice Lokemoen, Irma, Angie Lamb, Merrill, and Marilyn (Jack) Carstensen, Tomahawk; and a brother, Jim Pfister, of Walworth. Besides her parents and husband, Antoinette is preceded in death by a son in law, Edwin McAllister; and six brothers and sisters.
The funeral service will be at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 9, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Scott Gustafson will officiate. Burial will follow in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery, Merrill. Visitation begins at 9:00 A.M. Saturday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

BEVERLY J. HINZ
Beverly J. Hinz, age 78, of Merrill, died Friday, February 1, 2013, at her sons home in Minocqua, under the care of her family and hospice services.
Bev was born August 17, 1934, in Menominee, Michigan, daughter of the late James Edward and Francis Ruth (Danner) Pfotenhauer. She married Jack Hinz in 1954, and he preceded her in death in 1994. Bev was confirmed at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill, and graduated from Merrill Senior High School in 1952. As a young girl she played baseball for R.O.W. - Merrill, and played alto clarinet in the high school marching band. Bev and Jack were part ownership of the former famous Hinz’s Cork & Dyne, Merrill. Bev and Jack also owned The Watergate Inn Restaurant, Tomahawk. She was a waitress at Skipper’s Restaurant in Merrill for many years. Bev enjoyed living on Tug Lake in the Town of Rock Falls, and for many years was the treasurer for that township. Bev was also the bookkeeper for Duane Bushar Bus Service and Merrill Equipment. She enjoyed her flower and vegetable gardens, and loved playing bingo. Bev was bowling league secretary for many years, and was a member of the “Merrill Bowling Hall of Fame”. She enjoyed teaching bowling to children that participated in the kids bowling program at Lincoln Lanes in Merrill.
Survivors include her daughter, Holly Ann (Brad) Zastrow, Johnsburg, Illinois; two sons, Darryl Hinz, Merrill, and Jay (Linda) Hinz, Minocqua; four grandchildren, Brandon Hinz and Nathan (Heather) Hinz, both of Merrill, Nicole (Jeff) Gunther, Tomahawk, and Heidi (Terry) Flanagan, Burnsville, Minnesota; four great
grandchildren, Mykenzie, Lexi, Austin, and Abby; three sisters, Mary (Ted) Gilbert, Mountain Home, Arkansas, Carole (Dr. Joe) Anderson, Madison, and Ruth Pfotenhauer, Franklin Park, Illinois; one brother, Tom (Patti) Pfotenhauer, Freemont, Ohio; and one brother in law, Bruce Hinz, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Bev is preceded in death by her husband Jack, her parents James and Ruth Pfotenhauer, and her brother, Dennis Pfotenhauer.
A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 P.M. Friday, February 8, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Visitation will begin at 4:00 P.M. Friday at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

BERDEAN F. JULY
Berdean F. July, 88, of Merrill, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home. She was born July 24, 1924 in Merrill to the late Madeline Woller.
Berdean did home care and restaurant work most of her life. She was a member of Merrill Bible Church. Berdean enjoyed going out to eat with friends and family.
Survivors include her five sons: David Graap, James Graap, Tim Graap, all of Merrill, Ron Graap and Roger July, both of Wausau; two daughters: Mary Jane (Walter) Forster and Sandy (David) Sherfinski, both of Merrill; one sister: Florence Woller, Merrill; and one brother: Ted (Violet) Woller, Merrill. She was preceded in death by two sons: Richard and Michael Graap, and one daughter, Laurie July.
Services was held January 25, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. Pastor Todd VanRyn officiated. Burial took place in Snow Hill Cemetery. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

ELAINE H. TEWES
Elaine H. Tewes, 87, of Merrill, died Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. She was born January 14, 1926 in Merrill to the late Carl & Augusta (Wieland) Mueske. On June 14, 1947, Elaine and Arthur E. Tewes were united in marriage at St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill. He preceded her in death October 18, 1991.
Elaine worked many years as a telephone operator for Wisconsin Telephone Company. She had also worked as a clerk for Associated Co-op and later as a clerk for Livingston’s Department Store. In her younger years, Elaine enjoyed sewing, crafting, gardening and reading. More recently she enjoyed spending her time playing cards with her friends at Jenny Towers. Elaine was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and served on the Altar Guild and Finance Committee and was also a member of Good Samaritan Auxiliary.
Survivors include her son: Tom (Marilyn) Tewes, Green Bay, WI; four grandchildren: Michael (Emily) Tewes, Amy (Nick) Brunette, all of Green Bay, Tony (Katie) Tewes, Bothell, WA, and James Tewes, Streamwood, IL; one great-grandchild: Norah Tewes, Green Bay, WI; sister: Lorraine Berry, Berryville, VA; and numerous
nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Carl & Augusta Mueske, husband, Arthur Tewes, and brothers, Ralph Mueske and Carl Mueske.
Services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, February 1, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. The Rev. David Szeto will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at Merrill Memorial Park. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

ANNETTE SCOTT
Annette Scott, age 85, of Sheboygan passed away Monday January 21, 2013 at St. Nicholas Hospital.  Annette was born January 11, 1928 in Merrill to the late Harry and Esther (Ollhoff) Dahm.  She attended Merrill schools and graduated from Merrill High School.  Annette married George Scott on May 6, 1950 in Merrill, WI; he preceded her in death on September 3, 2002.  Annette was a bookkeeper for Scotty Smith Construction prior to working at Younkers.  She enjoyed sewing, watching Sheboygan A’s baseball and going to the senior center to play 500 Rummy and Sheepshead. 
Annette is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Sally (Tom) Orth of Sheboygan, 4 granddaughters Alexis Scott, Kasey Scott, Elizabeth Orth and Ariel Orth; daughter-in-law Kathylynn Scott of Sheboygan; brothers and sisters Harry (Dorothy) Dahm, Harriett Henrich, Carol (Dave) Finanger, LeRoy (Elaine) Dahm all of  Merrill, and Marlene (Bill) Krueger of Ohio.  Annette was preceded in death by her husband George, son Rodney, twin sons Timmy and Tommy and a brother Jimmy Dahm.
Family and friends may call at the Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home, 1535 S. 12th Street, Sheboygan on Friday from 4-6 P.M.  Funeral service will be held 6 P.M. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. Mark E. Jaberg officiating.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Annette’s name.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.reinboldfh.com

ROY L. LEOPOLD
Roy L. Leopold, age 51, of Merrill, died Sunday, January 27, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Roy was born June 3, 1961, son of the late Fillmore and Irene (Wadell) Leopold. He married Mary Zuelsdorff on September 27, 2003. She survives. Roy worked for Local 268 Laborers Union. He was a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers. Roy also enjoyed watching cowboy movies, especially those with John Wayne.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Leopold, of Merrill; his father-in-law, Jim Zuelsdorff, of Merrill; one sister, Ann (Kevin) Miller, of Anchorage, Alaska; two brothers, Guy (Fizz) Leopold, of Wasilla, Alaska, and Phil Leopold, of Cameron, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Suzy (Jim) Wilkinson, of Rockford, Illinois; his nieces and nephews, Brock Leopold, Connor Miller, Becky (Chris) Grunwald, Amy Ristau, Lizzie Wilkinson, and Nick Wilkinson; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Fillmore ‘Tug’ and Irene Leopold; and his mother-in-law, Shirley Zuelsdorff.
A memorial service was held at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, January 31, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. Nathan Kramer officiated. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

MARY JO LESAGE
Mary Jo LeSage, age 55, of Merrill, died unexpectedly at her home of natural causes on January 25, 2013. She was born August 24, 1957 in Merrill to the late Clarence & Dorothy (Berndt) LeSage.
Mary Jo graduated from Merrill High School, class of 1975. She then attended NTC where she received her Associates Degree in Accounting. Mary Jo had been employed at Krause Howard & Company, SC for many years until becoming the Parish Secretary at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. She served on many committees at St. Francis, including the Parish Council, Liturgy Committee, organizing the Parish Library and organist. Mary Jo also completed the Lay Ministry Program and enjoyed leading the Communion Services. In 2008, she was part of a core group of people who established The Little Flower Eucharistic Adoration Chapel. Most recently, Mary Jo served as the Parish Liturgist, helping in many areas of worship for the church and school. She enjoyed many types of music, playing the piano, playing in the hand bell choir, visiting with friends, going out to a good fish fry and traveling. Mary Jo made several trips to Rome and the Vatican, making a point to see different areas each time.
Mary Jo is survived by her cousins, close friends and her parish family. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 6:00 PM Monday, February 4, 2013 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Fr Mike McLain and Fr Joseph Kleinheinz will officiate. Friends may call from 4 – 5:30 PM Monday at Waid Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Mary Jo LeSage Memorial Fund. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

JUNE D. KRETZSCHMAR
June D. Kretzschmar, age 84, a long time Merrill resident, died Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Ministry St. Clare’s Hospital, Weston.
June was born August 10, 1928, in Sheboygan, daughter of the late Otto and Marie (Haach) Wesener. She married Oscar H. Kretzschmar, a long time teacher in Merrill, on December 17, 1950 in Sheboygan. He preceded her in death on March 25, 1997.
June was a loving mother and wife who enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, knitting, and camping with her family. She was also an avid reader. As a long time member of St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill, she participated in the choir, and as a member of the Ladies Aid she enjoyed making pies for church events. June had also been a member of the Lioness Club in Merrill. She enjoyed watching Packer and Badger games, and spending time with her children and grandchildren.
Survivors include her son, Jim (Shirley) Kretzschmar, Wausau; her daughter, Julie Kretzschmar, Stevens Point; three grandchildren, Sarah Kretzschmar, Merrill, Emily Kretzschmar, Pewaukee, and Matthew Kretzschmar, Wausau; her brother, Rev. Donald (Doris) Wesener of Wisconsin Rapids; her sister, Marge Hornes, Sheboygan; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her parents and husband, June is preceded in death by her daughter, Kerry L. Kretzschmar, in 2008.
The funeral was Thursday, January 31, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. David Szeto officiated. Burial will follow in Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

ELAINE M. ENGEL
Elaine M. Engel, age 87, of Merrill, passed away Monday, January 28, 2013, at Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill. Elaine was born July 29, 1925, the daughter of the late Harry and Bertha (Gehrt) Weber Sr. She married the love of her life, Raymond Engel on September 27, 1947 in Merrill. He preceded her in death December 9, 2007.
In her early years Elaine worked at the Hanson Glove Company. She spent most of her life as a mother and a homemaker and was the secretary for Ray Engel Construction Company. Elaine was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill. She was a member of the Neighborly Card Club. Elaine enjoyed crocheting, knitting, sewing, cooking and playing cards. She will be remembered for her wit and humor. Elaine was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be sadly missed.
She is survived by 5 daughters; Janice (Jim) Alft of Merrill, Gloria Kunkel of Tomahawk, Debra Engel-Rajek, Pamela (Gene) Mohrland and Brenda (Dan) Adamec all of Merrill. One son; Gerald (Kim) Engel of Merrill. 2 sisters; Marion (Milton) Buntrock of Merrill and Dorothy (Jake) Bauman-Blake of Birchdale, MN. 3 sisters-
in-law; Ruth Benson, Selma Weber and Honey Weber all of Merrill. 15 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond, 2 sons-in-law; Wayne Rajek and Robert Kunkel, 3 brothers; Leslie, Earl and Harry Weber Jr. and a sister, Joan.
Funeral services will be 1:30 pm, Saturday, February 2, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church. The visitation will be from 4 to 8 PM Friday, February 1, 2013 at the Waid Funeral Home and again on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at the church from 12:30 PM until the time of services. The Rev. Pastor Brian Stolarczyk will officiate. Burial will follow at Snow Hill Cemetery in the town of Scott.
The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com

SHARRI A. WIENANDT
Sharri A. Wienandt, age 51, of Merrill, died Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Sharri was born April 20, 1961, in Neenah, Wisconsin, daughter of the late William and Dorothy (DeBraal) Wienandt, Sr. Sharri had been a personal care provider at several assisted living facilities in the area. She enjoyed watching television, the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers, summer cookouts on the grill with family, and playing cards.
Survivors include her three children, Dorothy Falcon, Teana Duginski, and John Levickis, all of Merrill; three sisters, Debbie Huber, Merrill, JoAnn Proft, Tomahawk, and Tina (Bob) White, Merrill; one brother, John (Michelle) Wienandt, Irma; and several nieces and nephews. Sharri is preceded in death by a daughter, Theresa Levickis; her father, William Wienandt, Sr.; her mother and step father, Dorothy and Elliot Hirnschal; and two brothers, Willie Wienandt and Edward “Butch” Wienandt.
The funeral was held Wednesday, January 23, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Private family graveside services followed at Woodlawn Cemetery, Town of Rock Falls. Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

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RAYMOND 'SPARKY' WEGNER
Raymond “Sparky” Wegner, age 96, of Merrill, died Friday, January 18, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.
Raymond was born August 16, 1916, in Red Lake Falls, Minnesota, son of the late Henry and Sarah (Hanson) Wegner. He graduated from Janesville High School in 1933, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, and had participated in track and cross country. After graduation, Raymond worked as a machinist and later as a tool and die maker. On December 28, 1940, he married Darlene Westrick in Dubuque, Iowa. She survives. Raymond worked as a tool and die maker for the Borg Corporation in Delevan, Wisconsin for 38 years, and retired in 1983. He was a former president of the local tool and die makers union in Delevan. In 1984, he and his wife moved to Merrill. In his younger years, Raymond owned and piloted his own plane. He was a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association (E.A.A.) Air Venture Organization founded in 1953, and had attended every E.A.A. Convention from 1953 until 2010. Raymond was an avid trout fisherman. He built his own fly rods, tied his own flies, and spent many hours fishing in the Prairie River. He also loved animals. At age 85 Raymond learned how to use a computer and
became proficient in its use. He would access the internet, and through the use of e-mails, was able to correspond with relatives in Norway. Raymond loved family celebrations. He was able to live independently until his move to Pine Crest this Spring.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Darlene Wegner, Merrill; two children, daughter, Kathy (David) Wittnebert of Seneca, South Carolina, and son, Lee (Kathleen) Wegner, Merrill; four grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, Krista (Mark) McCaulley and their children Molly and Sadie, Erik (Michelle Busha) Wegner and their children Emily, Sophia, Grace, and Luke, Peter (Rebecca Prain) Wegner and their child Kaleb, and Joel Wegner and Sarah Klug-Wegner and their children Ella, Elijah, and Evelyn. Raymond is preceded in death by four siblings, Norman Wegner, Minn Wiedenhoeft, and Lucille and Richard Wegner.
Raymond was a most loved patriarch of our family and his code of honesty and clean living set the standard for all his descendants! He also lived a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating and daily exercise on his bike and with his speed bag. Deepest appreciation and thanks to all his good friends at Pine Crest for their special attention to him.
A private family celebration of Raymond’s life will take place later this year. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolence may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

RUSSELL L. SUKOW
Russell L. Sukow, 69, of Merrill, died Monday, January 21, 2013, at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill.
Russ was born May 25, 1943, in Merrill, son of Lester and Elaine (Doering) Sukow, Merrill. He married Cecilia Heuser on February 13, 1965 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. She survives. Russ had worked for Drott/J.I. Case in Schofield for 22 years. He retired as controller at Merrill Manufacturing Corp., Merrill. Russ attended elementary school at St. Francis Catholic School in Merrill. He was a 1961 graduate of Merrill Senior High School, and was a member of the last hockey team the school sponsored. Russ then attended Northcentral Technical College, and graduated with a degree in accounting. Russ was a member of the Merrill Bowling Hall of Fame, and has a 300 game to his credit. He was an avid golfer and was proud of his “hole in one”. Russ was well known throughout the area as an excellent pool shoot, and won many tournaments over the years. He excelled in baseball and fast pitch softball, and had played with the “Merrill Giants”, “Les’s Sport Shop”, and in numerous other leagues. Russ also coached both softball and hockey. Favorite pastimes for Russ included spending time at the family cabin in Gleason, riding his new 4-wheeler, yearly trips to Wyoming, casino trips, morning coffee at Willie’s Tire Center in Merrill, the Green Bay Packer, Wisconsin
Badgers, and the Milwaukee Brewers. Russ was a life member of the N.R.A., Merrill Eagle’s Club, Knights of Columbus, Lincoln County Sports Club, North American Hunting Club, the United States Bowling Congress, and had served in the National Guard for six years.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Cecilia Sukow, of Merrill; his parents, Lester and Elaine Sukow, Merrill; two daughters, Carrie (Dan) Barz, of Merrill, and Cammie (Mike) Schielke, of Gleason; five grandchildren, Abby and Austyn Barz, and Dylan, Dayne, and Dani Schielke; one sister, Michelle Sukow, of Merrill; two brothers, Sid (Eva) Sukow, and Brian ‘Mort’ (Linda) Sukow, both of Merrill; and two nieces, Lori (Tom) Munson, of Minnesota, and Amy (Russ) Kitsembel, of Wausau.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, January 26, 2013, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. Father Michael McLain will preside. Burial will take place in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery with military rites conducted by V.F.W. Post 1638, Merrill. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. Friday at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

ROGER J. 'JOE' SABATKE
Roger J. ‘Joe’ Sabatke, age 69, of Merrill, formerly of the Town of Berlin, Marathon County, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at Artisan Assisted Living, Merrill.
Joe was born June 24, 1943, in Merrill, son of the late Dorothy Krause Sabatke. Joe enlisted in the United States Marine Corp in 1964. He was honorably discharged in 1968 after serving during the Vietnam War. Joe was a ‘Purple Heart’ recipient. Joe was a dairy farmer in the Town of Berlin, Marathon County. He enjoyed hunting, making wood, and the outdoors. Joe was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Town of Berlin. He was also a member of Mar-Lin V.F.W. Post #10203 – Athens, D.A.V., and the American Legion – Athens.
Survivors include his immediate family: Greta (Walter) Rusch, and Charles Henrichs (Janet Green) and his daughter, Jacqueline Henrichs. Also surviving is his extended family: four sisters, Arlene, Claudette, Suzette, and Pat; and three brothers, John, Dale, and Mark. Joe was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Krause Sabatke; two siblings, David and Pam; and his uncle and aunt whom were his caregivers, Clarence and Dolores Henrichs.
The funeral was Saturday, January 19, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Town of Berlin. The Rev. Jeffrey Schmidt officiated. Burial took place in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Town of Berlin, with graveside military rites conducted by Mar-Lin V.F.W. Post #10203 – Athens.
The family would like to thank Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services and Community Care of Central Wisconsin for their compassionate care of Roger.
Online condolence may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com


DELORES V. RYDELL
Delores V. Rydell, age 69, of Winchester, Wisconsin, died Friday, January 18, 2013.
Delores was born July 26, 1943, in Merrill, daughter of Harold and Viola (Teske) Plamann, Merrill. She married Jack C. Rydell in 1962, and he preceded her in death in October of 1996. Delores was self-employed and was the owner/operator of “Health Ergonomics”. She enjoyed sewing, shopping, reading, socializing, traveling and exploring, and spending time at her lake side property.
Survivors include two daughters, Jill Rydell (Terry Gaeu), of Merrill, and Julie (Mark) Rydell-Uriarte, of Sandy, Utah; one son, Jeff (Lisa) Rydell, of Wausau; six grandchildren, Christopher and Amanda Rydell, Kaleigh Schaefer (Ken Christian), Cohrtney Bond, and Elihjah and Anthony Uriarte; her parents, Harold and Viola Plamann, of Merrill; one sister, Mary (Greg) Olson, of Hot Springs, Arkansas; one brother, David (Gloria) Plamann, of Kewaunee, Wisconsin; and one sister-in-law, Maxine Plamann, of Merrill. Delores was preceded in death by her husband, Jack C. Rydell; one sister, Fern Wheaton; and one brother, Philip Plamann.
The funeral was Thursday, January 24, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Pastor Paul Hohman l officiated.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

GERALD JOHN LOSKOT
Gerald John Loskot, 81, of Merrill, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. He was born September 1, 1931 in Marathon County to the late Jerome and Pauline (Meyer) Loskot. On June 26, 1964 he and Barbara Benzinger were united in marriage in Merrill. She survives.
Gerald joined the U.S. Navy in 1948 and served in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1952. Gerald worked at various companies over the years but most recently worked at [UTF-8?]O’Byrne Distribution in Milwaukee until his retirement in 1993. After retiring, he and his wife, Barbara moved back to the Merrill area. Gerald enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and the outdoors. He also loved to go to Polka Dances.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years: Barbara Loskot, Merrill; daughter: Penny (Ernie) Garza, Eagle, WI; son: David Loskot, Merrill; six grandchildren: Jolena (Jeff) Davies, Sara (Haitham) Burwag, Jeffrey Loskot, Jessica Loskot, Katie Loskot and Jacob Garza; two sisters: Elaine (Louie) Thibault, Pewaukee, WI and Diane Heitkemper, Yuba City, CA; one brother: Edward (Ceil) Loskot, Waupaca, WI; and his beloved sisters-in-law: Marlene Benzinger, Terry Frisch and Bonnie
Benzinger. He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Darren.
There will be no services. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

VIRGINIA H. PARADISE
Virginia H. Paradise, age 90, of Merrill, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013, at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill.
Virginia was born November 29, 1922, in Lincoln, Illinois, daughter of the late Wenzel and Mathilda (Daniek) Fichtner. She married Dexter Paradise on June 28, 1947, in St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. He preceded her in death on December 30, 2003. Virginia had been a Licensed Practical Nurse at the former Holy Cross Hospital, Merrill, for over 30 years. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill. Virginia enjoyed knitting and crocheting, making candles, traveling and camping with her family, and snowmobiling. From 1943 until 1946, Virginia served in the U.S. Army Hospital Corp., and was a Surgical Technician at Fitzsimmons Hospital in Denver, Colorado.
Survivors include her daughter, Christine (Joe) Roets, Marathon; her son, Anthony (Renee) Paradise, Green Bay; two grandchildren, Danielle (Mark) Shipman, Green Lake, Wisconsin, and Gregory Roets, Roseville, Minnesota; and two step granddaughters, Mina Phillos, Richmond, Virginia, and Karina Phillos, Green Bay. Besides her husband and parents, Virginia is preceded in death by two brothers, Adolph Fichtner and Father Joseph Fichtner.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 P.M., Noon, Monday, January 21, 2013, in Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill. Father Thomas Zelinski, O.F.M. Cap., will preside. Burial will take place in St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, Merrill. Visitation will begin at 10:00 A.M. Monday at Bell Tower Residence. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
The Paradise family would like to thank Bell Tower Residence and Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services for their wonderful and compassionate care of our mother and grandmother.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneral home.com

SIGNA M. LAMBBRECHT
Signa M. Lambrecht, 76, of Merrill, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013 at her home surrounded by family. She was born February 7, 1936 in Merrill to the late Sig and Marie (Wyland) Stevenson. She married Robert Lambrecht in Merrill. He preceded her in death August 21, 1998.
Signa attended and was a graduate of Merrill High School. She worked in retail and restaurant service until she and her husband purchased Skipper’s Restaurant, fulfilling her dream of owning and operating a restaurant of her own. Together they operated Skipper’s for over 20 years. Signa was well known for her home cooking, soups and desserts. After her husband passed away, she managed the deli department at Drew’s Piggly Wiggly where she carried on her tradition of home cooking and catering for special occasions. Signa was a lifelong member of our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. Besides cooking, she enjoyed time with her friends and going to the casino.
Survivors include her son: Randy (Jeanne) Lambrecht, Merrill; two daughters: Jill Lambrecht, Lake Ridge, VA, and Julie (Alan) Coss, Merrill; one sister: Elaine Drew of Merrill; five grandchildren: Kimberly, Chad, Keith, Danny and Steven: two step-grandsons: Dustin and Michael: one great-granddaughter: Delaney and two step great- grandchildren; Tegan and Corbin, and her cat: Katee Ann whom she loved and cherished. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Robert, and
two brothers, Earl and Bill.
Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 PM Saturday, January 26, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. Rev. Maurice Schaus will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Entombment will be in Merrill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be given to the Lincoln County Humane Society or Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

ROBERT 'BOB' SPRASKY
Robert ‘Bob’ Sprasky, age 80, of Merrill, died Friday, January 11, 2013, with his son by his side at Artisan Assisted Living (formerly Walnut Grove), Merrill.
Bob was born May 28, 1932, in Lincoln County, son of the late Thomas and Myrtle (Fuller) Sprasky. He married Mikelene Danczyk. They were married close to 40 years. She preceded him in death on October 1, 2010. Bob enlisted in the U.S. Air Force on July 2, 1952 and served during the Korean Era. He was honorably discharged on June 4, 1956. Bob had been employed at Merrill Manufacturing Corporation for 28 years prior to his retirement. In his earlier years, Bob enjoyed hunting and trapping. He also enjoyed working in his garage and caring for his fish and dogs. Bob loved living in the North Genesee Street neighborhood, and was a great neighbor who helped everyone. He was also an absolute people person who joked with anyone who would listen.
Survivors include two sons, Steven (Melissa) Sprasky, of Mosinee and Kenneth Sprasky, of Wausau; several grandchildren including, Brooke and Nicolas Sprasky; and many other relatives and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Mikelene Sprasky; his mother and step-father, Myrtle Smart and Kenneth Smart; and his father and step-mother, Thomas and Esther Sprasky.
A Memorial Service was held Thursday, January 17, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. The Rev. F. Jack Shook officiated. Military rites will be conducted at the funeral home on Thursday by the Merrill V.F.W. Post 1638 Honor Guard.
The Sprasky family would like to thank Dr. Jeffrey Moore, Dr. Greg Dodge, Artisan Assisted Living/Walnut Grove, and Ministry Home Care Hospice for their compassionate care.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

JOHN P. GEBERT
John P. Gebert, age 85, of Merrill, died Friday, January 11, 2013, at his home.
John was born October 19, 1927, son of the late Paul and Mildred Gebert. John married Anita Higgins on June 23, 1951, in Kankakee, IL. She preceded him in death on February 26, 1995. John was a graduate of Merrill High School. He enlisted in the United States Army and served from 1945-1948, with one year in Nuremberg, Germany. John attended and graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton. It was here that he met his future wife, Anita Higgins, while working on the school’s newspaper. Together, John and Anita attended graduate school at Stanford University. They eventually moved back to Merrill. John worked at his father’s feed mill for 15 years. He then worked at Northcentral Technical College for 20 years as the public relations director. John retired from N.T.C. at the age of 62. John’s main passion was literature. He also enjoyed the camaraderie shared at his hunting shack in Newwood.
Survivors include his son, John W. Gebert, of Merrill; one sister, Louis Gebert Pannier, of Sun City West, Arizona; and one nephew, Bill Morris, of Merrill. John was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Mildred Gebert; his wife of nearly 44 years, Anita Gebert; and his sister, June Gebert Morris.
John wanted it noted that he was an ordinary human being and lived an ordinary life. It was his wish to be cremated.
“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo vanishing in the winter air. It is the little shadow which runs across the prairie grass and loses itself in the fading sunset.” Crowfoot, a Black Foot Indian Chief and Orator, on his deathbed, 1890. John chose this quotation as his epitaph.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill.
Memorials may be directed to T.B. Scott Library, Merrill; or Christ United Methodist Church, Merrill.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

FERN M. JAHNKE
Fern M. Jahnke, 89, of Merrill, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. She was born July 17, 1923 in Merrill, to the late Rudolph & Ella (Sievert) Matthies. On May 15, 1948 she and Ronald Jahnke were united in marriage. He preceded her in death on August 21, 1987.
Fern attended Merrill High School, graduating in 1942. She joined the United States Navy in 1943 and served in Boston until she was honorably discharged in 1946. When she returned from the Navy, she worked as the office manager at the Ravn Clinic in Merrill. Fern was a very active member of Trinity Lutheran Church where she was involved in the Ladies Aid and several Bible Study groups. She was an avid reader, loved to dance and enjoyed gardening.
Survivors include her daughter-in-law: Nancy Jahnke, Lisle, IL; grandson: Steve N. Jahnke, Bolingbrook, IL; sister: Lois Ristau, Merrill; brother: Rev. Richard Matthies, Tucson, AZ; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband: Ronald, one son: Steven R. Jahnke, one grandson: Jarrod
Jahnke, two brothers: Robert & Cuban Matthies and two sisters: June Matthies and Janet Blaker.
Services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, January 11, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Richard Matthies will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Merrill Memorial Park. The family requests memorials be given to Trinity Lutheran Church. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

AGNES R. HOCKETT
Agnes R. Hockett, age 77, of Merrill, died Friday, January 11, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. She was born March 30, 1935, in Waukesha, the daughter of the late Ernest and Christine (Dahl) Pettis. She married Neil J. Hockett on June 4, 1955, in Dubuque, IA. He preceded her in death on April 26, 2000.
Agnes was born and raised in the Waukesha area. She and her husband owned and operated several businesses over the years, including the “Our Place” tavern and the “Do Drive In” restaurant. Agnes most recently worked 21 ½ years at the Merrill Walmart Store, retiring at the age of 75. Agnes loved to travel with her daughters, spending the holidays with family gathered and quilting with the Habitat for Humanity quilters. She also enjoyed sewing, growing African Violets and Christmas Cactus and eating out with her friends. Agnes will be remembered as a very sweet and kind person.
She is survived by 4 daughters; E. Rene’ (Jerome) Daley and Roxane (Dennis) Pike both of Merrill, Raeane (Lloyd) Skinner of Phoenix, AZ and Rhonda (Sandy DeWeese) Hockett of Durham, NC. One son, Ronald Hockett of Appleton, one step-daughter, Connie Green of Milwaukee. One sister, Phyllis Howlett of Oconomowoc and 2 brothers; Robert (Shirley “Daisy”) Pettis of Waukesha and Carl (Wilma) Pettis of Eagle. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, step-great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter.
Along with her parents and husband, Agnes was preceded in death by a sister, Bernice
Billings. Two brothers; LeRoy and a brother in infancy and one great-grandson who died in infancy.
Funeral services was held Thursday, January 17, 2013, at Christ United Methodist Church in Merrill. The Rev. Don Entenman officiated. Inurnment will be in Merrill Memorial Park.
The Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online tributes may be made at www.waidfuneral.com .

FLORENCE AMANDA BARNIA
Florence Amanda Barnia, 96, of Merrill, died Monday, January 14, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home. She was born in the Town of Rietbrock, Marathon County, Wisconsin on July 7, 1916 to Albert and Bertha (Riemer) Heidemann. Florence completed 8th grade at the age of 12. She married Ervin Bunge in 1932 and divorced him in 1960. Florence then married Gordon Barnia in 1963. He preceded her in death on February 10, 2001. She worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Co. from 1952 to 1964 and upholstered furniture for many years.
Florence is survived by her children: Norma Hanke (friend Jerry Sciano), Alvin (Delores) Bunge, Marianne Bunge, Betty (Phillip) Zastrow, all of Merrill; stepchildren: Linda King of White Swan, WA, James Barnia, Seattle, WA, Russell Barnia of Post Falls, ID, LaVerne Barnia of Kent, WA and Susan Riemer of Spokane, WA; 3 sisters; Irene Curtis of California, Ruth Heldt of Athens and Joyce Prose of West Bend. 17 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 37 great-great-
grandchildren. She is predeceased by both her husbands, daughter, Janet Krueger,son-in-law Mayward Krueger, stepson, Kenneth Barnia, five brothers, two sisters, three grandsons, two great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be 11:00AM Saturday, January 19, 2013, at St. John Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Nathan Kramer will officiate. Friends may call from 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM Saturday at the church. Burial will take place at Snow Hill Cemetery this spring.
The Waid Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com

ICS SHANNON P. BLAKE
ISC Shannon P. Blake, USN, age 34, of Stafford, Virginia, formerly of Merrill, died unexpectedly on January 7, 2013. He was born on December 29, 1978 in Merrill to Stephen and Linda (Hojan) Blake.
Shannon was a 1997 graduate of Merrill Senior High School where he excelled in track and cross country. He attended UW Green Bay. After attending school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January of 2000. From 2000-2001, Shannon deployed to support maritime operations in both Fifth Fleet in the Middle East and Seventh Fleet in the Pacific. From 2003-2004 he was assigned to the USS PELELIU in support of Operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom. In January 2005, Shannon was selected to join Explosive Ordinance Disposal Mobile Unit Five to provide direct intelligence support to teams deployed in support of the Global War in Terrorism in both Iraq and the Philippines. In 2008, he began an assignment with the Navy Special Warfare Development Group. In 2010, Shannon was advanced to Chief Petty Officer. In April 2012, he reported to the Naval NCIS as the Lead Chief Petty Officer. Shannon’s decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with six gold stars, as well as numerous other service and campaign
awards. Shannon enjoyed hunting, fishing, following the Green Bay Packers, riding 4-wheelers, golfing and most of all, spending time with his friends and family.
Survivors include his parents: Stephen & Linda Blake, Merrill; three brothers: Kevin (Chris) Blake, Merrill, Jason (Cindy) Blake, Madison and Darren (Jennifer Robinson) Blake, Merrill; one nephew: Kobe Blake, Merrill; two nieces: Casandra and Azalea Blake, Merrill; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, January 18, 2013 at Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church. The Rev. Maurice Schaus will officiate. Visitation will be from 2-8 PM Thursday, January 17 at Waid Funeral Home and again from 10AM Friday until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow in Merrill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given In Shannon’s name for a future memorial. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

PATRICE SMITH
Patrice Smith, 51, of Merrill, passed away unexpectedly Friday, January 4, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
Patrice was born March 25, 1961, in Merrill, daughter of Floyd and Loretta Smith. She graduated from Merrill Senior High School in 1979. Patrice worked for Aspirus Wausau Hospital for the past 15 years as a C.N.A., and was currently the Unit Clerk for the Medical Adolescent Pediatric Unit. Patrice will always be remembered as a caring person who always placed the needs of others ahead of her own. She sought out opportunity to care for children, family, neighbors, and co-workers in their time of need. She had a wonderful sense of humor that she used to bring cheer to the people around her. Patrice was always very proud of her job serving the patients, nurses, and doctors of the hospital. Working in pediatrics, she loved to rock the babies and always wished “baby rocker” could be a full time job. She enjoyed spending time with her family and the many traditions that were celebrated. She was especially in love with her grandchildren, Lily and Lucas.
As per her wishes and in the spirit of her unwavering self sacrifice, Patrice donated her organs to people in desperate need of a second chance on life. This wife, daughter, mother, sister, aunt, and friend will be deeply missed.
Survivors include her husband of 14 years, Todd Smith, Merrill; three children, Jillian (Garret) Carlson, Merrill, Benjamin Swan of Lafayette, Colorado, and Jacob
Swan, Iowa City, Iowa; two grandchildren, Lily and Lucas Carlson, Merrill; three brothers, Monte (Mary) Smith, Pete (Lori) Smith, and Jon (Michelle) Smith, all of Merrill; Ricky Smith, a nephew who she treated like a son; and also two special people in her life, Ryan Campbell and Kay Keane. Patrice was preceded in death by her grandparents, Leonard and Rose Smith, and Harold and Marion Yaatenen.
A Memorial Service for Patrice was held January 8, 2013, at the Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill. Mr. Nate Nelson of the Northwoods Vineyard Church, Tomahawk officiated.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com
The Smith Family has suggested that in lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the T.B. Scott Library, Merrill.

PAMELA L. CUPPLES
Pamela L. Cupples
Pamela L. Cupples, 60, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at her home. She was born July 8, 1952 in Merrill to the late Walter and Mabel (Severt) Sherfinski. Pam and Stephen Cupples were married on November 24, 1973. He preceded her in death May 22, 2010.
Pam was a 1971 graduate of Merrill Senior High School. She worked at Wire Products, Inc, Dick’s Riverside Club, Weinbrenner Shoe Company and Hurd Window & Door Company. Pam was a member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church where she helped in the kitchen for funeral dinners. When she was young, she was involved in the Candy Stripers at Holy Cross Hospital in Merrill. Pam was always willing to help others. She loved to do crafts, flower arranging, sewing, shopping and most recently she helped with the food for the volunteers at Grampa’s Farm. Pam enjoyed traveling including several cruises and a trip to Ireland and England with her husband, Steve. Pam loved her cat, Tawny.
Survivors include her daughter: Heather Cupples, Madison; four sisters: Pat (Keith) Wendt, Janet (John) Fechner, JoAnn (Everett) Rogers & Loretta (Jack) Borgert, all of Merrill; and one brother; David (Sandy) Sherfinski, Merrill. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Stephen, one sister, Virginia Bushar, one brother, Roger Sherfinski and one brother-in-law, Freeman Bushar Sr.
There will be a private family service only. Inurnment will take place in the spring, at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

JAMES ALLEN BOETTCHER
James Allen Boettcher, 2718 Glen Drive, Merrill, died on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital after a long struggle with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Disease. Jim was born on February 16, 1938 in Merrill, son of the late Arthur and Esther (Johr) Boettcher. He married Harriet J. Degner on August 24, 1957.
Jim is survived by his wife Harriet, his sons Gregory Allen (Joan Gilgenbach), Bay Village, Ohio and Bradley Scott (Amy Nolan), Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin and daughter Pamela (Daniel Dahm), Tualatin, Oregon. Gregg and Joan have two children; Jaclyn (Christopher) Moore of Bay Village, and Stephan (Emily) Boettcher, Canyon Country, California, and one great grandchild Madeline Marie Moore. Brad and Amy have two children, Eric and Peter. Pam and Dan have three boys, Jacob, Jeremy and Cameron. He is further survived by his brother Jerry (Carol) Boettcher of Appleton, WI and their children, Jeffrey (Nancy) Boettcher, Appleton , and Julee (Paul) McVicker, Madison, WI, and his Sister-in-Law Carol (Boettcher) Heyel and her children Laura (Boettcher) Hinz and Jenifer (Boettcher) Beyer. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and brother Bruce (Carol) Boettcher, Paternal Grandparents Gustav and Hedwig (Hagedorn) Boettcher and Maternal Grandparents Emil and Ida (Grueneberg) Johr.
Jim Graduated from Trinity Lutheran School in Merrill, Merrill High School, Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and University of Wisconsin – Superior. His career focused on education. He taught Social Studies in Elgin, Illinois and Grafton Wisconsin. He then moved into administration, working in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and Merrill – 16 years as the Junior High Principal and 12 years as the Director of Curriculum. Jim had leadership positions in Lions Clubs International serving at the club, district and state levels in leadership development. He was a member of the Merrill Evening Lions for more than 35 years. Jim also served on the Merrill Historical Society Board of Directors for more than ten years. He presently served on the city of Merrill’s Historical Preservation Committee. Every fall, Jim helped at the Brickyard School where the first graders of the Merrill area attended half days to learn what the one room schools were like. He also served on a committee that put together a trunk that traveled to each third grade class. Currently Jim was a Commissioner of the Merrill Housing Authority. At Trinity Lutheran Church, he taught bible classes, served on the Special Funds Committee and sold Scrip with his wife. He was also a member of the Board of Directors for the Merrill Concert Association. For the past 15 years, Jim had been a member of the Lincoln County and the Wisconsin Retired Educators. Jim’s favorite pastimes were spending time with the family, following the Brewers and Packers, music, reading, woodworking, photography, traveling, family camping, and volunteer work in general. For 20 years he and Harriet enjoyed going to their cottage on Pelican Lake.
Services was held Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at Trinity Lutheran Church. Rev. Brian Stolarczyk officiated. Burial followed at Merrill Memorial Park. Donations may be given to the Open Hearts Food Pantry at Trinity Lutheran Church, the Merrill Historical Society, or to the Lions Camp in Rosholt, Wisconsin. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

ROBERT G. SCHMIDT
Robert G. Schmidt, age 59, of Merrill, died Monday, January 7, 2013, at his home, of natural causes.
Robert was born February 14, 1953, in Merrill, son of the late Freddie and Fern (Voigt) Schmidt. He married Linda Beyer on September 11, 1971. She survives. Robert was employed at Wausau Paper – Brokaw for 35 years, retiring in 2006. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hot rods and antique cars, playing cards, wrestling and football, and raising horses. Robert served honorably in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1971 until 1977. He was currently a member of the Lincoln County Am-Vets.
Survivors include his wife Linda Schmidt, Merrill; two children, Karla Schmidt and Robert (wife, Sherri) Beyer, both of Merrill; three grandchildren, Angel ( John) Huckbody of Minnesota, and Ashley Beyer and Tyler Schmidt, both of Merrill; two great grandchildren, Alexa and Ellie Huckbody; one brother, William (Evelyn) Schmidt, Athens; and seven sisters, Marge Baumann, Merrill, Shirley Pysnack of Auburn, New York, Nancy (Ace) Culbert of Hooper, Nebraska, Marlene Hughes of Kenai, Alaska, Kathy Kessler of Pulaski, Wisconsin, Rita (Dennis) Kremscreiter of Merrill, and Connie Hehling of Somerset, Wisconsin. Besides his parents, Robert is preceded in death by his infant son, Timothy Schmidt in 1983, one sister, June Tesch, and two brothers, Randy Schmidt and infant Jerry Schmidt.
A Memorial Service for Robert G. Schmidt will be held at 2:00 P.M. Friday, January 11, 2013, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Merrill. The Rev. Scott Gustafson will
officiate. Military rites will be conducted at the church on Friday by the Merrill V.F.W. Post 1638 Honor Guard. Visitation will begin at 12 Noon Friday at the church. The Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, is assisting the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.taylorstinefuneralhome.com

RUTH JANE HEATH
Ruth Jane Heath, 88, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home. She was born February 17, 1924 in Merrill to the late Dorothy Boettcher. On August 21, 1943 she married Duane Clair Heath in Gulf Port, MS. He preceded her in death July 25, 2007.
Ruth was a 1942 graduate of Merrill High School. She joined her husband, Duane, in Mississippi where they were married in 1943. Ruth worked at the Bellevue Café, Hinz’s Cork & Dyne, Eddy’s Bakery, Badger Paint and the Bean Cannery. She was a member of St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. Ruth liked to do plastic canvas crafting and word search puzzles and she also enjoyed traveling and going out to eat.
Survivors include her three daughters: Patricia (Dan) Woller, Cherie (Robert) Kultgen, & Nancy (Terry) Kasper, all of Merrill; three sons: Greg (Judy) Heath, Merrill, Delbert Heath, Grand Prairie, TX, & Jeff (Sherry) Heath, Merrill; 13 grandchildren: Scott Woller, Tom Woller, Aaron Kultgen, Shelly Bruno, Lisa Viegut, Kevin Kasper, Ryan Heath, Doug Heath, Christi Miller, Stephanie Heath, Dustin Heath, Lindsay Heath and Nicholas Heath; 15 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great
grandchildren, one sister: Carol Garcia, Merrill; and two brothers: Reinhart (Sally) Peterson, Tomahawk, and Tom (Marsha) Peterson, Minnesota. She was preceded in death by her mother, her husband, Duane, two sisters and two brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 10 AM Monday, January 7, 2013 at Waid Funeral Home. The Rev. Linda Kuhn will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4-7 PM Sunday, January 6, 2013 and again from 9 AM Monday until the time of service, all at the funeral home. Entombment will follow in Merrill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given to the charity of your choice. Waid Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.

HELEN ELISABETH GATTERMAN
Helen Elisabeth Gatterman, 90, 3380 Bridlewood Dr., Plover, WI, a former Merrill resident, died December 6, 2012 at Whispering Pines Assisted Living in Plover. Helen was born January 6, 1922 in Bloomville, WI, a daughter of the late William and Nellie (Evans) Gaedeke. She was married to Clifford Gatterman in 1946. He preceded her in death on Oct. 8, 2010.
Helen was a graduate of Merrill High School and during WWII worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Factory. She later became a co-owner of Gatterman’s Poultry Farm, which she ran with her husband from 1955-1976. Her interests included: spending time with her family, reading, bowling, writing poetry, singing and traveling to visit relatives.
Survivors include one son, William (Pat) Gatterman, Waukesha; three daughters, Kathleen (Edward) Martinsen, Stevens Point; Christine (Ronald) Weseloh, Custer; and Lauri Gatterman, CA; one brother, Charles (Elaine) Rahlf, Kingman, AZ; three sisters-in-law, Alice Alberg, Merrill; Ruth Gaedeke, Wausau; and Dorothy Rahlf,
Merrill; 12 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one step-great-granddaughter. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford; one brother, Walter Gaedeke; two sisters, Margaret Tanck and Viola Schuster; one step-brother, Wesley Rahlf and one step-sister, Irene Kadlac.
Funeral Services were held Tuesday, December 11, 2012 at Waid Funeral Home Chapel. Waid Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.waidfuneral.com.