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Derek T. Stempa

Thu, 05/28/2015 - 6:46am

Derek T. Stempa, 30, of Shawano, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in a construction accident.

Derek was born on June 16, 1984. in Shawano, the son of James F. and Kathy (Bonack) Stempa. Derek lived in Shawano most of his life. He is a graduate of Shawano High School and attended Fox Valley Tech and MATC.

Derek served our country in the Army National Guard as a cannon crew member in Kuwait and was honorably discharged in 2006. On Sept. 5, 2009, in Kendallville, Indiana, he was united in marriage to Heather Mishler. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano. Derek enjoyed playing cards, shooting guns, hunting, playing softball, bean bag tossing and being in the outdoors, and was an avid Packers fan. Most of all, Derek loved spending time with his family.

Derek is survived by his wife, Heather; their children, River and Brynlee; his parents, James and Kathy Stempa; his brothers, Brett (Darcy) Stempa, of Shawano, Chris (Denise) Stempa, of Appleton, and Jim (Sherri) Stempa, of Rudolph; father-in-law, Randy (Deb) Mishler, of White Pigeon, Michigan; mother-in-law, Marcy (John) Yuska, of Kendallville, Indiana; grandmother-in-law, Darlene Geyer, of Howe, Indiana; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Jane Stempa, William and Pat Bonack.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano with the Rev. Luke Ferris officiating. Military rites will be conducted at the church by the Shawano American Legion. Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Monday, June 1, 2015, at Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano and again on Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

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Georgianna M. Delabrue

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:44pm

Georgianna M. Delabrue, 43, of Neopit, passed away unexpectedly on May 25, 2015, at her home.

Georgianna was born in Milwaukee on Aug. 21, 1971, to Clyde Delabrue and the late Janet (Caldwell) Delabrue. Georgianna was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. She enjoyed going to the casino and playing bingo, rummaging, crafts, especially making jewelry, and watching the Brewers and Packers.

Georgianna is survived by her son, Adam Delabrue; her father, Clyde Delabrue, of Neopit; two brothers, Joe (Corree) Delabrue, of Alaska, and Mike (fiancée Danae Heath) Delabrue, of Shawano; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Janet, and grandparents, Joseph and Myrtle Caldwell and Charles and MaryJane Delabrue.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Neopit with the Rev. David McElroy, O.Praem, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held at the Neopit Community Center from Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 4 p.m. until the time of the service.

Swedberg Funeral Home of Shawano is assisting the family with the arrangements.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

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Roland R. Bloedorn

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:43pm

Roland Robert “Rollie” Bloedorn, 88, of Cecil, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2015, in Shawano.

Rollie was born on Aug. 9, 1926, in Chilton, the son of the late Robert and Esther (Bartelt) Bloedorn. He was inducted into the Army in 1950 and served during the Korean conflict. On Dec. 26, 1970, Rollie was married to Ida (Hoppe) Wudtke in Shawano. She preceded him in death in 2013. He worked at Asplundh Tree Service for 40 years until his retirement, was a member of St. John United Church of Christ in Cecil, the VFW and a lifelong member of the American Legion, and enjoyed gardening.

Rollie is survived by his stepchildren, Delano “Pat” (Marilyn) Wudtke, Nancy (Jim) Mitchell, Gary “Butch” (Barb) Wudtke, all of Bonduel, stepdaughter-in-law, Eva Wudtke, of Cecil, and nine stepgrandchildren. He is further survived by several great-stepgrandchildren, great-great-stepgrandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one stepson, Donald Wudtke; a stepdaughter in infancy, Shirley Wudtke; and four brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at St. John United Church of Christ in Cecil with the Rev. Moira Finley officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites conducted by Shawano AMVETS Post 10. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

A memorial fund has been established.

Swedberg-Wendt Funeral Home in Bonduel is assisting the family with the arrangements.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to ThedaCare at Home Hospice and Shawano Medical Center for their wonderful care.

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Keesha J. Madosh

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:42pm

Keesha “Kenëkiew” Jade Madosh, 20, of Keshena, began her journey to the Spirit World on Sunday morning, May 24, 2015, in Appleton, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Keesha was born Aug. 23, 1994, in Shawano. She attended Menominee Indian High School, graduating in 2012. She then attended the College of Menominee Nation, graduating with a degree in office technology in 2013. She was currently employed at the Menominee Tribal Court.

On Nov. 6, 2011, she met her soul mate, Ronald Wescott Jr., and they became engaged on Sept. 6, 2014. Keesha’s hobbies included spending time with her “pack of children” and family. She also enjoyed playing volleyball and was an avid sports fan.

Keesha is survived by her fiancé, Ronald Wescott Jr., and their “pack of children,” Roxy, Tonka, Rufus, Capone, Awaesaeh and Girly; her mother, Kara Madosh (Jesse Tucker); her birth father, Leland LaMotte, and her “Dad,” Lawrence “Joe” Summers; her grandmas, Melody (Madosh) Summers and Cecilia “Esaw” Madosh; her “Nekiah and Dad,” Louella Waubanascum and Ronald Wescott Sr.; her grandmothers, Betsy Gauthier and Bernice Shawano; her siblings, Monae Waukau, Mark Waukau III, NaKadin Boyd, and dear sisters Leslie Corn and Shawn Marie Summers, as well as special sisters, Mariah, Andrea, Rosalie, DrewAlaya, Chaunee and Heather. She is further survived by her nieces, RaeAnne, Avianna, Camille, Carmella and Chloe; her nephews, Joseph, John, Chris Jr., Jeremy Jr. and Liam; her brothers-in- law and sisters-in-law, Craig (Kristi) Wescott, Jeremy (Kyra) Wescott Sr. and Chris (Chenoa) Wescott Sr.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Keesha was preceded in death by her beloved dogs, Champ and Roscoe; her grandfather, Leon “Sal” Penass; her great-grandparents, Clifford and Ella Madosh Sr.; her grandparents-in-law, Earl and Rosene Wescott Sr.; and a cousin-in-law, Kyle Richmond.

A Funeral Mass for Keesha will be celebrated on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Neopit. The Rev. David McElroy, O. Praem, will be the celebrant. Burial will be in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery, Neopit. Relatives and friends may call at the Wilfred Madosh residence, N3664 Second Ave., Neopit, after 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, until 1 p.m. Saturday when the procession leaves for church. A spiritual prayer service will be conducted by the family on Friday at 7 p.m. at the Madosh residence.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mickelsonfs.com.

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Philip Graham

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:41pm

Philip “Phil” Graham, 78, of Tigerton, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015, at the Shawano Medical Center.

Philip Lester Graham was born on March 21, 1937, in the town of Morris, Shawano County, to Robert and Bertha (Jensen) Graham. He was raised and attended school in the Tigerton area. Phil was united in marriage on Oct. 17, 1959, to Norene L. Meyer in Wausau. The couple lived for a short time in the Bowler and Iola areas until returning home to Tigerton.

In Phil’s early years, the couple dairy farmed for several years, and he started working at FWD Corporation in Clintonville. He was employed at FWD as an electrician wiring trucks for over 35 years. For eight years he also owned and operated Phil’s Auto Repair out of his home garage. In 2008 the couple started the Main Street Diner, and later on he built the bar and began Graham’s Hideaway, both in the Tigerton mini-mall building. Even though he only “supervised” at the diner or the tavern, he was always busy fixing or doing something; he just couldn’t sit still for too long.

Phil was a former member of St. John Lutheran Church, Tigerton. He enjoyed playing on a local pool league, working on old cars and going to the Iola Car Show as often as he could.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Norene; and four children, Randy (Julia) Graham, of Tigerton, Julie (friend Brian) Graham, of Marion, Debbie (Mark) Dedolph, of Tigerton, and Rick (Andrea) Graham, of Tigerton. There are nine grandchildren, Josh (friend Jen) Graham, Jake (fiancée Terri) Graham, Jenny (Jason) Wesolowski, Stephanie (friend Jason) Dedolph, Matt (fiancée Nikki) Dedolph, Donte Graham, Robert Graham, Ryder Graham and Deryck Graham. There are two great-grandchildren, Ezra Wesolowski and Mackenzie Ratliff. There are three siblings, Edward Graham, of Wittenberg, Dorothy (Butch) Wedde, of Gresham, and Lillian “Ann” Bessette, of Clintonville. He is further survived by a brother-in-law, Gary (Donna) Meyer, of Ringle, and two sisters-in-law, Pam Meyer, of Hatley, and Patti Meyer, of Schofield; and many other relatives and friends.

Phil was preceded in death by his parents; an infant baby boy; a teenage son, Robbie; a brother-in-law, Leo Bessette; and a nephew, Tom Wedde.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 28, at noon at the Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Tigerton, with the Rev. Clifford Kessen officiating. Friends may call on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Honorary pallbearers are Josh Graham, Jake Graham, Matt Dedolph, Donte Graham, Robert Graham and Dave Johnson.

Online condolences may be sent via www.beil-didier.com.

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Bernard Lee Paulson

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:40pm

Bernard Lee Paulson, 98, of Shawano, died on Friday, May 22, 2015. Born on Jan. 19, 1917, in the town of Waukechon, he was the son of the late Melvin and Stella (Olson) Paulson.

Bernard was inducted in the United States Army in 1941, taking him to Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe before being discharged in 1945. On June 11, 1949, Bernard was united in marriage to Dolores G. Lund in Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Lunds. Being a carpenter, he had worked for Ben Theis of Shawano, Schoenrock and Sons of Oshkosh, Hoffman and Boldt both of Appleton. He was a longtime member of the Jerusalem Cemetery Association and Lunds Snowbirds Snowmobile Club, and became a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano in 1983.

Bernard is survived by his loving wife of nearly 66 years, Dolores, of Shawano; his daughter, Gail Paulson; a granddaughter, Stacy Lutz; two great-grandsons, Isaiah and Ezra; a great- granddaughter, Michaela; and numerous special nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Stella; brothers and sisters, Helen Holtz, Earl Paulson, and Viola and Kenneth in infancy.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 20, 2015, at the Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Lunds. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the church on Saturday from noon until the time of the service. Military rites will be conducted by the Shawano American Legion Post 117. Inurnment will be in the church cemetery.

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

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Eldor Erdmann

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:39pm

Eldor Erdmann, 96, of the town of Richmond, passed on to his heavenly father on Saturday, May 23, 2015. He was born on Oct. 24, 1918, in the town of Richmond, to the late August and Zelma (Kroenke) Erdmann.

Eldor and Patricia Kelm were united in marriage on Feb. 22, 2005. Eldor served honorably in the United States Army in World War II from Feb. 5, 1942, to Oct. 23, 1945, in the 42nd General Hospital Unit as a medic tech 3 in the Asiatic-Southwest Pacific Theater. Eldor was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 2723 and the American Legion Post 117 in Shawano. He farmed most of his life in the town of Richmond on the family farm, which he purchased after his discharge from the service. Eldor retired from the Shawano Paper Mill after nearly 37 years of employment.

Eldor is survived by his wife of 10 years, Pat; his sister, Ruth (Norman) Wright, of Neenah; his brothers, Franklin (Shirley) Erdmann, of Menasha, Jim (Sharon) Erdmann, of Neenah, Jan Erdmann; and his stepdaughter, Sandra Jones, of Shawano. Eldor will also be missed by beloved nieces, nephews, stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Eldor is preceded in death by his first wife of 37 years, Gertrude (Butts) Erdmann; his parents; brothers and sisters, Arleen (Reinhardt) Teetzen, Roy (Elaine) Erdmann, Lestor (Della) Erdmann, Samuel (Kathy) Erdmann, Anita (Oscar) Hammer, Orvis (Joyce) Erdmann, Marlin Erdmann, Verna (Mervin) Dallman and Ila (William) Boyson, Joanne (Mike) Meisner, Sonja (Bob) Stewart, William Jones, as well as a sister in infancy.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano with the Rev. Luke Ferris officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 4-8 p.m. at the Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano and again on Thursday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Post 117 and the VFW Post 2723. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery in Tigerton. A parish wake service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

Eldor and Pat wish to extend a special thank you to the family and friends whom we loved so much and who loved us in return.

“Auf Wiedersehen” – “Until we see each other again.”

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Patricia L. Koszarek

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:38pm

Patricia Lynn “Chee-Chee” “Patsy” Koszarek, 58, of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 24, 2015. She was born on Jan. 8, 1957, in Keshena, daughter of the late Michael and Delores (Waupoose) Koszarek Jr.

In 1975, Patsy married Mark Gray; together the couple had three children. In 1987 Patsy married Eugene Mueller Jr. Patsy’s family was the most important thing in her life, she was the “Mother Bear” of her family. She loved spending quality time with her grandchildren, including attending their sporting events and concerts and crocheting them all scarves and blankets. Chee-Chee was very proud of her Native American and Polish heritage.

In her free time she enjoyed drives through the Menominee Reservation and Antigo, going to the casino and campfires with her family and friends. She was also a huge Elvis Presley fan and was proud to have made her “pilgrimage” to Graceland.

Patsy is survived by three children, Daniel (Joleen) Gray, of Black Creek, Kari (Al) Caro-Rios, of Appleton, and Brian (significant other Tania) Gray, of Markesan; eight grandchildren, Ashley, Jacob, Abby, Monica, Ariana, Lola, Ellianna and Greyson; a great-granddaughter, Skyler; four siblings, Gloria (Tom) Gierach, of Gillett, Sarah Koszarek, of Shawano, Randy (significant other Sherrie) Koszarek, of Jackson, and Roberta (significant other Daniel) Koszarek, of West Allis; her former husbands, Mark Gray and Eugene Mueller Jr.; as well as numerous aunties, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her grandparents, Alexander and Sarah Waupoose Sr. and Michael and Theresa Koszarek Sr.; a brother-in-law, Eugene Mueller Sr.; Monica and Ariana’s dad, Jose Guerrero; as well as many other family members and friends.

A funeral service for Patricia will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 30, 2015, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Keshena with the Rev. David McElroy, O. Praem, officiating. Visitation will be held at the St. Michael’s Parish Hall on Thursday, May 28, 2015, from 4 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday.

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Evelyn M. Bohl

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 9:37pm

Evelyn Magdalene Hoffman Bohl, 92, passed away peacefully Monday, May 18, 2015, at the home of her daughter, Gail Robison, in Fillmore, Utah. She was born on Dec. 17, 1922, in Herman Township, Shawano County, to Alexander Stephen Hoffman and Selma Anna Heins Hoffman.

Evelyn was the oldest and only daughter in a family with five younger brothers, which earned her the nickname “Girlie” from her father. She loved reading and would often read with a light under the covers of her bed after her mother thought she was asleep. She attended Lyndhurst School until the eighth grade and graduated from Gresham High School in 1939. After high school her father supported her desire to attend Badger Business School in Green Bay, although many at the time believed that higher education would be wasted on a woman. The skills learned there proved invaluable to her however, as she worked for most of her adult life to help provide for her family.

Over the years, Evelyn worked for the Gresham Co-op, FWD in Clintonville, True’s MFG in Gresham and for over 25 years at the Gresham State Bank. She had a talent for bookkeeping and numbers and also maintained the books for Bohl Jewelers, her husband’s business in Clintonville. She grew up working on the family dairy farm and trucking company. She preferred to be out on the farm rather than inside doing housework. Evelyn could not only milk cows, but could back up a truck and trailer; a skill which was useful in getting the attention of a handsome young delivery driver named Alex Bohl, whom she later married on Dec. 1, 1945. The early years of their marriage were spent living in Milwaukee near Alex’s family. However, in 1949 they purchased their home in Lyndhurst, and worked together over the years expanding and improving it. There they raised their six children: son, Alan (Cindy) Bohl, of Gresham; daughters, Gail (Reed) Robison, of Fillmore, Utah, Gene (Stephen) Jensen, of Gresham, Donna (Kent) Crapo, of Flowell, Utah, Karen (Ernie) Meyers, of Black Creek; and son, Dean (Sharla) Bohl, of Springville, Utah.

After her retirement from Gresham Bank and after the death of her husband in October 1988, Evelyn began dividing her time between her home and family in Wisconsin and the homes of three of her children living in Utah. She enjoyed the milder Utah winters and spending time with the grandchildren who otherwise would not have known her well due to the distance between them. She was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all her life and took advantage of her time in Utah to perform many hours of temple service in the nearby temples and also was called to serve as a temple worker in Chicago in later years.

Throughout her life she served in her church in many capacities, including as a missionary in 1944 in the Central States Mission. She was later a Gospel doctrine instructor in her congregations’ Sunday school organization. Here her love of reading served her well as she spent many hours studying the scriptures as well as writings of the prophets and apostles of the church. She was also the choir director for many years and encouraged all her children to sing and develop a love of good music. She was an example of hard work and dedication. She had a deep faith in God and her Savior Jesus Christ and made sure that her children were brought up with that strong foundation of faith in their lives. Her family members have been the recipients of many blessings because of her prayers on their behalf whether they were aware of them or not.

She is survived by her six children and their spouses; 23 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren with two more expected later this year; a great-great-grandchild; three brothers, Clyde “Ike” (Carol) Hoffman, Delbert (Kathy) Hoffman, Dan (Sue) Hoffman and sister-in-law Shirley Hoffman, wife of Glenn, all of the Gresham area; brother-in-law, Walter Bohl, of Milwaukee; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alexander Bohl; her parents; an infant brother in 1921, Omar Alexander Hoffman; two younger brothers, Glen Hoffman and Sanford “Butch” Hoffman; as well as Butch’s wife, Carol (Otto) Hoffman. She was also preceded in death by Alex’s parents and 14 of his siblings and their spouses.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at the Gresham LDS Chapel, 1230 Schabow St., in Gresham with Bishop Newell Haffner officiating. Visitation will be at the chapel on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will follow at the Roosevelt Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Olpin Stevens Funeral Home in Fillmore, Utah, for their care, as well as Swedberg Funeral Home in Gresham for handling the arrangements.

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Dean E. Lieg

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 1:18am

Dean E. Lieg, 78, of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, May

21, 2015, at the Appleton Medical Center in Appleton.

Dean was born June 15, 1936, in Milwaukee, a son of the late Edmund and Floy

(Owens) Lieg. He attended St. Rose Catholic School in Milwaukee. He later entered

the United States Army and served his country from 1952-1955. He was stationed

in Korea.

Upon returning from service, he was employed at the E.R. Wagner Manufacturing

Company as a punch press machine operator and in the tool and die department. Dean

retired after 32 years of service. In 1998, following his retirement, he moved to

Shawano.

Dean was of the Catholic faith. He was a member of the Shawano AMVETS Post 10.

He loved to fish and take an occasional trip to the casino.

Survivors include his soul mate for the past 36 years, Faye Borchert, of Shawano; her

children, Pat Steidl, Neal Borchert, Michael Borchert and Steven Borchert, all of

Kaukauna; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and one brother, Mitchell

Lieg.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Barbara.

A graveside service with full military honors for Dean is pending and will be announced

at a later date.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with

arrangements.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mickelsonfs.com.

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Kim M. Van Boxtel

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:47pm

Kim M. Van Boxtel, 48, of Shawano, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Oak Haven in Shawano.

Kim was born in Appleton on Jan. 17, 1967, to William and Sandra (Niemuth) Springstroh. She attended Seymour High School, graduating in 1985. She then went on to further her education, studying business, marketing and communications at Fox Valley Tech and Concordia University. Kim worked at Secura Insurance, Thrivent Financial and Met Life. She was a Million Dollar Round Table producer. Kim was involved in many fundraising activities for ambulance, fire and police services, as well as her church.

Kim is survived by her parents, William and Sandra Springstroh; her sisters, Vicki (Lance) Olson and Brenda (Todd) Bartel; and a special niece and nephew, Alexandra and Remington Brandt; all of Bonduel.

Funeral services for Kim will be held on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at 6 p.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, N2740 French Road, Appleton. Pastor Tim Glende will officiate. Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. until the hour of service. Committal will take place at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church for the benefit of the children attending St. Peter Lutheran School.

Mickelson Funeral and Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with services.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mickelsonfs.com.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all of Kim’s friends and family members that cared for her so deeply.

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James R. Heinz

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 7:43pm

James R. Heinz, 89, of Shawano, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2015 in Shawano. Jim was born on June 25, 1925 in Shawano, the son of the late Gus and Esther (Ludolph) Heinz.

Jim loved Shawano and lived here for most of his 89 years. The Heinz family has strong foundations in the Shawano community. Jim’s father was the pharmacist that owned the Heinz Drug Store on Main Street for many years. In 1942, while Jim was in high school, he played on the Shawano High championship football team. When his triplet grandsons Mike, Todd and Scott Heinz helped lead the Shawano football team to a conference championship in 2010, Jim was able to see the Heinz name be part of a successful football program 68 years later.

While still a senior at Shawano High School, Jim was drafted into World War II. He joined the Navy and travelled throughout the South Pacific. After the war, Jim attended the University of Washington where he earned a degree in forestry. His love for the outdoors brought him back to Wisconsin. He became the head forester for Tigerton Lumber Company. In 1957, Jim met and married his wife of 57 years, Pauline Zander, who worked as a medical technician at the Clintonville Hospital. Sadly, Pauline passed away six months ago.

In 1965, Jim took a new position with the Menominee Tribal Enterprises as the chief forester. The opportunity to manage one of the most pristine forests in the country offered huge rewards and many challenges. Jim loved the forest and working with the Menominee people. He had great respect for both and considered himself a member of the community, and was proud to work side by side with them.

In 1975, after the seizure of the Alexian Brothers Novitiate, Jim and Pauline made the decision to leave Wisconsin and moved to Calumet, Michigan. Jim worked for Universal Oil Products as the forest manager. As luck would have it, Jim reconnected with former Menominee leaders and returned to MTE as president in 1976. He then finished out his career with MTE, retiring in 1986. Jim took much pride in managing the well-respected forests of the Menominee. He still enjoyed taking drives through the reservation and visited the mill as recently as this May.

While in his retirement Jim began his own consulting business, Heinz Forestry. It allowed for him, to once again, be in the woods appreciating the forests and appraising the timber.

Jim was also active as a member of the Shawano County Board of Commissioners for many years. He very much enjoyed contributing to the community and voicing his opinions. Mostly, Jim was a kind, outspoken, storyteller that was beloved by his family and many friends. He will be greatly missed.

Jim is survived by his children, James (Deb) Heinz Jr., of Shawano, Paula (Mike) Motzko, of Minnesota, Mike (Joni) Heinz, of Neenah, and Linda (George) Adams, of Wausau; 12 grandchildren, Jimmy (Lindsey) Heinz, Andy Heinz, Eric (Kylie) Heinz, Mike Heinz, Scott Heinz, Todd Heinz, Anne Rae Motzko, Sam Motzko, Wil Heinz, Bethany Heinz, Emily Adams and Ben Adams. He is further survived by four great-grandchildren.

Jim was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Pauline, his parents, one brother and three sisters.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano with the Rev. Luke Ferris officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post 117.

Memorials can be directed to St. Anthony Food Pantry in Neopit or Shawano Pathways for the Olga Brener Woods Project.

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

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William A. Grab Jr.

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:53pm

William A. Grab Jr., of Antigo, died Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Eastview Medical and Rehabilitation Center in Antigo. He was 78 years old. He was born on Oct. 15, 1936, in Shawano, a son of William and Magdalen (Alft) Grab.

He married Shirley Carter on May 7, 1955, in Shawano. She survives.

As a young man, he participated in Boy Scouts, where he earned the Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow awards. He was a graduate of Shawano High School with the Class of 1954.

After marriage, Mr. Grab moved to Minneapolis, where he worked for North Malliable Iron as an office clerk, followed by Hartmotor Express as a payroll clerk. He returned to Shawano in 1966 where Bill began a career in life insurance. He worked as an agent and manager for Rural Insurance in Shawano. In 1972 he moved to Antigo and continued in insurance sales until retirement.

As an avid sports fan, he followed the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers and Milwaukee Brewers. He enjoyed fishing and playing cribbage.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Deborah Knapkavage (Jim Kapusta), of Antigo, and Theresa (David) Raith, Summit Lake; three sons, William A (Patricia Burr) Grab III, Shawano, Joseph Grab (fiancee Pam Matuszewski), Antigo, Richard Grab (Shelly DeBauche), Appleton; 12 grandchildren, Chris (Stephanie) Knapkavage, Scott (Michelle) Knapkavage, Danielle (Adam) Brand, William (Rosey) Grab IV, MaryJo (Steve) Greil, Nic Grab, Holly Grab, Kayla (Nick) Roush, Allison (Ricky) Lutz, Brandy Grab, Jordan Raith, Cassie Raith; one stepgrandchild, Scott (Nichole) Kosnicki; 13 great-grandchildren and three great-stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son-in-law, Donald Knapkavage.

The funeral Mass will be held in Antigo on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Hoffmann officiating. Entombment will take place in Queen of Peace Mausoleum.

Visitation will be from 3:30-7 p.m. Friday and 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the Bradley Funeral Home, 1550 Neva Road, U.S. Highway 45, Antigo. A parish wake service will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be shared at www.bradleyfh.com.

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Dean E. Lieg

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:53pm

Dean E. Lieg, 78, of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at the Appleton Medical Center in Appleton.

Funeral service arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service, Inc. of Shawano is assisting the family with the service arrangements.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mickelsonfs.com.

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James D. Werth

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:52pm

James “Jim” D. Werth, 69, of Clintonville, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton, following a brief illness.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Clintonville, is assisting the family.

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Kim M. Vanboxtel

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:52pm

Kim Marie Vanboxtel, 48, of Shawano, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Oak Haven in Shawano.

Funeral service arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service Inc. of Shawano is assisting the family with the service arrangements.

Online condolences may be shared at www.mickelsonfs.com.

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Seth M. Henry

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:51pm

Seth Mark Henry, 22, of Bowler, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Seth was born in Wausau on March 23, 1993, the son of Josh Henry and Jolene (Maas) Szucs. After graduating from Bowler High School, Seth attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Seth had the ability to brighten anyone’s day with his smile, sense of humor and his own creation of fun. He enjoyed racing go-karts, ice racing, snowmobiling, hunting, working with his dad as a carpenter, and his special time spent with his mom, brother and sisters.

Seth is survived by his father, Josh (Rachal) Henry, of Bowler; mother, Jolene (Maas) Szucs, of Menasha; siblings, Kayla, Tristan and Jodessa; paternal grandparents, Steven and Diane Henry, of Birnamwood; maternal grandparents, Robert and Gail Maas Sr., of Monico; other grandparents, Lyn Mortensen, of Marion, Doug Mortensen, of Marion, and Jim and Betty Szucs, of Shawano; paternal great-grandmother, Vera Slater, of Bowler; aunts and uncles, Jason Henry, of Birnamwood, Robbie Maas, of Tilleda, Christine and Jim Meinert, of Deerbrook, Laurie and Jamie Schmidt, of Wittenberg, Marty and Michelle Maas, of Tigerton, Ryan and Melissia Mortensen, of Marion, and Kay and Brian Knight, of Marion; former stepfather, Tony Szucs; as well as, numerous cousins, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Peace Lutheran Church in Tilleda with the Rev. Janice Kuder officiating. Visitation will be held at Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, from 4-8 p.m. and again on Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the services.

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Nancy Buss

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:50pm

Nancy Buss, 79, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Madison, surrounded by her three children.

Nancy Nickles was born July 29, 1935, in Madison, daughter of the late Robert J. and Dorcas (Branson) Nickles. She was a graduate of Madison West High School, attended Lawrence University in Appleton and graduated in 1957 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in social work. She was a member of Pi Beta Phi Sorority. She was united in marriage to Stanley “Stub” Buss on Aug. 23, 1958, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Madison.

Nancy was employed as a social worker at Pine Manor Healthcare Center, Embarrass, for more than 20 years. She was a member of Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Sun Prairie. She was a dedicated volunteer throughout her life, devoting her time and expertise to founding the Marion United Fund, and holding various leadership roles in numerous organizations across the Marion, Caroline and Oakwood communities. Nancy was also a strong advocate for programs for the elderly and their families, including Alzheimer’s support groups and in-home hospice.

Nancy was a devoted wife, a caring mother and grandmother, and a compassionate member of the communities in which she lived. Nancy loved crocheting beautiful afghans and needlepointing pictures that are treasured by her family. Nancy also enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, listening to music and experiencing various cultural events.

Nancy will most certainly be remembered for her warm and genuine smile that lit up the hearts of all who saw her. Nancy will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

Survivors include her children, Julie Buss, Madison, Kurt Buss, Loveland, Colorado, and Eric (Gina) Buss, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and her six grandchildren, Amanda, Conrad “CJ,” Jack, Anna, Joshua and Cole. She is further survived by her sister, Lynn Spindler, Austin, Texas; her brother, Jerry (Amy) Nickles, Madison; brother-in-law, Marshall Buss, Neenah; and various other family members.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband of more than 51 years, Stanley; her parents; brother-in-law, Frederick “Fritz” Spindler; and sister-in-law, Betty Buss.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. at Oakwood Village-Prairie Ridge-Tree of Life Chapel, 5565 Tancho Drive, Madison, with the Rev. Mike Tess officiating. The family will receive visitors prior to the services, beginning at 2:30 p.m. until the time of services. An additional visitation will be held at the Beil-Didier Funeral Home, 207 S. Main St., Marion, on Thursday, June 11, from 5-7 p.m. Graveside services will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Caroline, on Friday, June 12, at 11 a.m.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and caregivers from Agrace Hospice, the UW Hospital and Oakwood Village-Prairie Ridge for the compassionate care they provided Nancy and her family.

Condolences may be sent to www.cressfuneralervices.com or www.beil-didier.com.

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Elizabeth Ann Jahnke

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 8:49pm

Elizabeth Ann Jahnke, 70, of Johnson Creek, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at the Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Facility in Johnson Creek. Elizabeth was born in Lowes, Kentucky, on May 5, 1945, the daughter of Gilbert Moss and Annie Florence (Lamm) Toy.

She graduated from Lowes High School and received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Murray State University. Elizabeth taught elementary school in Jefferson for five years and Cambridge for 25 years.

Elizabeth married Michael Davis Markgraff, and together they had three children. Elizabeth later married Donald Anthony Jahnke, and following her retirement they resided in Bowler. Don preceded her in death on Nov. 3, 2013.

In June 2014, Elizabeth moved back to the Cambridge area to be closer to her family.

Elizabeth was a member of the 40 et 8 and served in a national office for that organization. She was an avid quilter and member of the American Quilter Society, quilting, knitting and crocheting right up until her death.

Surviving are three children, Jason (Jessica Duncan) Markgraff, Madison, Paul (Beth) Markgraff, Milton, and Sara (Kale) Strohbusch, Watertown; two grandchildren, Maci and Jackson Strohbusch; and two brothers, David (Susan) Toy, Lowes, Kentucky, and John (Sally) Toy, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her parents.

A visitation will be held from 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the Nitardy Funeral Home, 208 N. Park St., Cambridge, WI 53523, followed by a Celebration of Life at 7 p.m. at the Keystone Grill, 206 W. Main St., Cambridge.

In the autumn of 2015, there will an opportunity for family and friends to gather in Kentucky for a final celebration of Elizabeth’s life. Details will be forthcoming.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial to the 40 et 8 or to Rainbow Hospice of Jefferson.

www.nitardyfuneralhome.com

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Barbara J. Koeller

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:20pm

Barbara J. Koeller, 90, died April 20, 2015, at Greenfield Senior Living in Memphis, Tennessee, after a long illness. She was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota, on March 14, 1925, to Jeanne Wilson and August L. Dietrich.

She spent her childhood in Milwaukee and Marion. She was the widow of Roy G. Koeller, to whom she was married for 63 years. They raised four children, a daughter and three sons, as a military family. Following Mr. Koeller’s retirement from the U.S. Navy, the family moved to Memphis in 1958. They were members of Christ the King Lutheran Church and the Military Order of World Wars, Memphis Chapter.

She obtained a GED diploma and graduated from Memphis State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in library science, and used her researching skills in the pursuit of genealogy. It satisfied her keen interest in historical events. She was a member of the Chickasaw Bluff Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and assisted many prospective members with researching their ancestry for membership, and she worked as a docent for Mallory Neely House. She was a member of the East Tennessee Historical Society. She enjoyed traveling and was proud to have attended 23 Elderhostel (Rhode Scholar) seminars from coast to coast before health issues intervened.

She is survived by her children, Kay Myers, of Burke, Virginia, Dr. Royal Koeller (Greer), of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, Gary Koeller (Marilyn), of San Antonio, Texas, and Dr. Kelly Koeller (Susan), of Rochester, Minnesota. She is survived by eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews and second cousins.

Services were at Christ the King Lutheran Church on May 2, 2015.

Contributions may be made to Crossroads Hospice or Methodist Residence or charity of choice.

Memorial Park Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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