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Dennis Skalitzky

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

Dennis “Skip” Skalitzky, 73, Pulaski, passed away on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at his home with his family and friends at his side. The son of Alice (Blish) and the late Ben Skalitzky was born March 15, 1942, in Shawano.

On March 3, 1962, Skip was united in marriage to Karen Schutt in Shawano. The couple made their home in Shawano and eventually moved to Pulaski, where they have resided for over 40 years. Dennis worked for several years at Carver Yachts, and then was employed as a trucker for Schneider trucking until retiring in 2009.

Dennis was an active firefighter with the Pulaski Tri-County Fire Department for over 30 years. He enjoyed spending time at the fire station, repairing equipment and being actively involved with the department. “Hi old man, how’re you doing today!” Some of the hobbies Skip enjoyed were hunting, fishing and building hunting stands.

Survivors include his wife, Karen; two children, Denise (Ron) Smurawa, Krakow, and Dennis “Buck” (Amy) Skalitzky, Oconto Falls; two grandchildren, Jacklyn (Dustin) Adams and Michael Smurawa, all of Green Bay. He is further survived by his mother, Alice Koeller, Shawano, and two brothers, Eugene (Eileen) Skalitzky and Richard (Debbie) Skalitzky, all of Shawano.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ben Skalitzky, and his sister, Barbara Skalitzky.

Friends may call at St. John Lutheran Church, 910 S. St. Augustine St., Pulaski, from 4-7 p.m. Friday. Visitation continues after 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. The funeral service will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, with Pastor Larry Yaw officiating. Burial will take place in Elm Grove Cemetery, Laney, followed by the “Firefighter’s Last Call.”

Marnocha Funeral Home is serving the Skalitzky family.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.marnochafuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be set up for the Pulaski Tri-County Firefighters in Skip’s name.

The family wishes to thank the members of the Pulaski Tri-County Fire Department, Unity Hospice Care and the Bellin Cancer Center for their support during this difficult time.

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Irene Brady

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 9:18pm

God called Irene Martha Louise (Dieck) Brady, 103, of Oshkosh, and formerly of Tigerton, home on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at her home at the Waterford at Oshkosh.

Irene was born on Jan. 10, 1912, in the town of Dupont to William and Mary (Fuhrman) Dieck. She was united in marriage on Nov. 9, 1933, to Patrick James Brady at St. Anthony’s Church in Tigerton, and they were married for 74 years. In 1940, they moved into the farm home they built on County Road J outside of Tigerton where Irene lived for 69 years. In September 2009, she moved to the Camelot Apartments in Marion, where she celebrated her 100th birthday and took care of herself until moving into assisted living to be near her family.

Irene grew up on her parents’ farm, located just outside of Marion on County Road G. Her mother, Mary, also lived to be 100 years old. Her grandparents were August and Louise (Schumann) Dieck, who lived in Marion, and Gustav and Bertha (Wetzel) Fuhrman, who built their farm west of Tigerton. All of Irene’s grandparents were early immigrants to the Marion and Tigerton area.

Irene and her husband, Pat, farmed on 80 acres and grew a large variety of vegetables and fruits. They had cows, pigs, chickens and a team of horses. In her younger years, she enjoyed farming, gardening, baking, canning, embroidering, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Her husband preceded her in death on Jan. 7, 2008.

Irene is survived by a daughter, Yvonne Hoffman, of Oshkosh, and a son-in-law, James (Cathy) Tratz, of Oshkosh. There are eight grandchildren: Mary (Charles) Eichinger, Mark (Debbie Lux) Hoffman, Patrick (Jennie) Tratz, Tamara (Lee) Meidl, Michael (Laura) Hoffman, Cheryl (Dave) Schiavone, Brian (Crystal) Tratz and Matthew (Bev) Hoffman. There are 15 great-grandchildren: Carla Eichinger, Eric Noll, Kevin Eichinger, Lauren (Meidl) Bushman, Dominic Schiavone, Lindsay Tratz, Brooke (Meidl) Neubauer, Marissa Tratz, Brady Hoffman, Alex Hoffman, Andrew Hoffman, Erin Hoffman, Danielle Tratz, Jacob Hoffman and Shawn Hoffman.

Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick; two daughters, Sharon Tratz and infant Ruth; three siblings, Harold (Jean) Dieck, Clarence (Pearl) Dieck and Nettie (Emory) Brandenburg; and a son-in-law, Frank L. Hoffman.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, May 22, at 11 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Tigerton. The Rev. Patrick Lloyd will officiate, and burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Tigerton. Friends may call on Friday from 9 a.m. until time of Mass at the church.

The Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Tigerton, is assisting the family.

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Paul W. Pierce

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:54pm

Paul W. Pierce, 73, of Hollister, Florida, and formerly of Shawano, passed away at home on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

Paul was born on Sept. 12, 1941, in Columbus, Ohio, to the late William H. and Virginia C. Pierce.

Paul is survived by his wife of 40 years, Angela Pierce; son, Cole Pierce; brothers, John Pahrump, Nevada, Al (Leona) Camdenton, Missouri, Nick (Betty) Cecil; and sister, Sue Livingston, Texas. He is also survived by his nephews, Michael Pierce, Las Vegas, Nevada, Nicholas (Josh) Pierce (Crissy), New London, Al Pierce, Tinley Park, Illinois, Jason Jones, Plover; nieces, Tiffiny Pierce Kuntz (Bob), Abbotsford, Gina Pierce, Scottsdale, Arizona, Nicole Pierce Jackel (David), Abbotsford, and Nikki Somers, Lake Delton; and his Great Dane, Diesel.

He was preceded in death by his brother Patrick.

For much of his life, Paul was involved in various aspects of the trucking industry, most recently as an owner/operator until he retired to his homestead in Florida, where he and Ange enjoyed days of sunny skies and snowless winters.

Paul and Ange enjoyed traveling with Diesel in their motor home, often visiting their son Cole in Las Vegas when Cole was not serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. An avid Packers fan married to a diehard Bears fan resulted in years of playful rivalries and much fun. Paul will be missed by all of his friends and family.

A memorial will be held in Hollister at the conclusion of cancer research testing by Science Care (Hope).

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Allan L. Loney

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:53pm

Allan L. Loney, 69, of Navarino, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2015. He was born on Sept. 28, 1945, son of the late Melvin and Elleanore (Measner) Loney. On Aug. 6, 2004, he was united in marriage to Mary Schommer.

Allan was an Army Vietnam veteran and farmed in Polk County until his retirement. Allan was a member of the 2nd Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, Company E, The Iron Brigade Civil War re-enactment group, and was a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Howard.

He enjoyed fishing, camping and traveling with his wife, but his real passion was farming. He was a good storyteller and enjoyed belonging to his veteran group.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; son, Drew; brother, Myron (Karen) Loney; sister, Barb (Paul) Anderson, sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Kurt) Andrews.

Allan was preceded in death by his sister, Diane Van Cleave.

Friends may call at Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home, Seymour, on Thursday, May 21, 2015, from 4-7 p.m. Visitation will continue on Friday, May 22, 2015, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Howard from 10 a.m. until the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. with the Rev. John Bergstadt officiating. Burial will take place in Oak Grove Cemetery, town of Farmington.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.muehlboettcher.com.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established.

A special thank you to the staff of Manor Care Nursing Home and to George Kamps.

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Russell Oscar Clauss

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:52pm

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, Jesus called the soul of Russell Oscar Clauss into heaven at the age of 79. Russell died peacefully at his home in Mayer, Arizona, after fighting a courageous battle with cancer.

“Bud” was born on Nov. 26, 1935, in Mattoon to Wilbert and Gena (Polluck) Clauss. He attended Shady Nook, a one-room schoolhouse and Mattoon High School. He married Shirley A. Maus at St. John Lutheran Church, Mattoon, on Dec. 5, 1953. Russell worked as a logger and farmer. He also worked at the Vulcan and Wausau Homes prior to moving to Arizona in 1985. While in Arizona, he worked as a maintenance person in Sun City and had his own construction business, building rooms in many retirement communities.

He enjoyed camping with family and friends and riding his UTV to explore the Arizona desert. He also enjoyed making unique handcrafted scrollsaw crafts.

Russell is survived by Shirley, his wife of 61 years, and eight children, Rodney (Teresa) Clauss, Ricky (Lori) Clauss, Gerald (Phyliss) Clauss, Sharlene (Jim) Meverden, all of Birnamwood, Timothy Clauss, Bowler, Thomas (Tammy) Clauss, Wittenberg, Marilyn (Gary) Begrow, Marion, and Peggy (Pete) Lesiewicz, Pikeville, Tennessee. He is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by one sister, Joyce Kielman, of King, and three brothers-in-law and five sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four sisters, one granddaughter, one stepgrandson and several brother- and sisters-in-law.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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James R. Heinz

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:50pm

James R. Heinz, 89, of Shawano, passed away on Monday, May 18, 2015.

Arrangements are pending with Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano.

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Robert Harold Breitenbach

Fri, 05/15/2015 - 7:13am

“Be faithful unto death and I will give thee the crown of life." Rev. 2:10

On Wednesday, May 6, 2015, Jesus called the soul of Bob Breitenbach to be with Him for eternity. Bob died at Bellin Hospital after losing a battle with a staph infection.

Bob was born on June 12, 1936, in Merrill to Russell and Shirley (King) Breitenbach. After attending Merrill schools and graduating from Merrill High School, he enlisted in the USAF, where he served honorably from 1954-1958. After returning from service, he met and married Judith M. Schave on July 30, 1958 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill and raised two daughters. One of his lifelong interests was flying, and in his younger years, he not only held a pilot’s license, but enjoyed parachuting as well. Bob was a proud member of the Heat and Frost Union Local No. 127. Above all, Bob loved his family and always strived to be a good example of a Christian husband and father. Everything he had, he shared with anyone who needed it.

Bob is survived by his wife of 56 years, Judith; two daughters, Susan (John) Flauger, of Shawano, and Denise (Harold) Marks, of De Soto; two grandchildren, Harold T. Marks and Hannah Marks (fiancé, James Walecki); six great-grandchildren, Elliot and Natalie, children of Harold T. Marks, Kyla and Alexis, children of Robert Marks, and Trinity and Uriah, children of Hannah Marks. He is further survived by two brothers, Russell, of Suamico, and Richard, of Oshkosh.

He was preceded in death by one grandson, Robert Marks, and his parents.

Memorial services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015, at Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Shawano with the Rev. Paul Kuehn officiating. Burial was in St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in Pella Opening. Military honors were conducted by American Legion Post 117. There was no visitation prior to the service.

Swedberg Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

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Richard D. Davis

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:15pm

Richard D. Davis, 73, of Mountain, and formerly of Navarino, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015.

Richard was born in Oconto Falls on Sept. 26, 1941, to the late Millard and Melicia “Toots” (Lambrecht) Davis. He enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Richard is survived by his four children, Rick (Linda) Davis, Scott (Tracy) Davis, Audie (Linda) Davis and Kyle Davis; a brother, Bill Davis; a sister, Ioline Nitzske; six grandchildren and one great-grandson. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Richard was preceded in death by a brother, Robert Davis.

Visitation will be held at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring on Sunday, May 17, 2015, from 11 a.m. until the memorial service at 1 p.m. with Pastor Paul Scheunemann officiating.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com.

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Harley E. Kroening

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 10:14pm

Harley E. Kroening, 93, of Shawano, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Shawano.

Harley was born on Dec. 29, 1921, the son of the late William and Ella (Dirks) Kroening. On April 20, 1946, at Stony Hill, Harley was united in marriage to Rose Blank. He worked at Shawano Paper Mill from July 17, 1946, until his retirement in January 1983. He and Rose enjoyed travelling and visited all 50 states and visited the Great Wall of China, Ireland, Australia, a salt mine in Poland, the pyramids in Egypt, the Dead Sea and cruised through the Panama Canal. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church Stony Hill and served on its finance committee. He enjoyed creating beautiful tables and complete bedroom sets out of both oak and cherry.

Harley is survived by his wife of 68 years, Rose; one son, Roy (Darlane) Kroening, of Shawano; one grandson, Paul (Nichole) Kroening, of Hudson; and great-granddaughters, Lucy Rose and Lily Jane. He is further survived by his brother, Raymond Kroening, of Krakow, and his sister, Alice (Larry) Veeser, of Neenah.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 18, 2015, at St. Paul Lutheran Church Stony Hill with the Rev. John C. Eyer officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano and again at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

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Elnora L. Herm

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 7:40am

Elnora Laura (Retzlaff) Herm, 92, of Shawano, died on Friday, May 8, 2015. Elnora was born on July 24, 1922, in the town of Belle Plaine to the late David and Amanda (Stubbs) Retzlaff Sr. On June 2, 1945, Elnora was united in marriage to Harry W. Herm at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. Harry preceded her in death on Aug. 29, 2012. The couple raised two children, Sharon and Ken, while owning and operating their own dairy farm. Elnora also worked at Eagle Knit for many years. In her spare time she enjoyed sewing, reading, flower gardening and working on word-search puzzles. Elnora was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Shawano.

Elnora is survived by her daughter, Sharon (Reuben) Langhoff, of Shawano; her son, Ken (Mary) Herm, of Shawano; seven grandchildren, Brian (Rebecca) Langhoff, Elsa Kay Langhoff, Dana (Jennifer) Langhoff, Darci (John) Beatty, Kelly (Jennifer) Herm, Keith (Jennifer) Herm, Chris Herm; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister, Delilah Seehafer, of Shawano; and a sister-in-law, Edna Mueller.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry; an infant son, Karl; her parents; four brothers and three sisters.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano with the Rev. Ronald Raddatz officiating. Visitation will be held at the Swedberg Funeral Home on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Inurnment will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

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Janice M. Wallin

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 7:39am

Janice “Jan” M. Wallin, 82, of Shawano, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, in Shawano.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery in Webster. A full obituary will be printed at a later date.

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Ronald A. Kupper

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 7:37am

Ronald A. “Ron” Kupper, 73, of Shawano, passed away Friday, May 8, 2015, at his home surrounded by his loving family after fighting a long battle with cancer.

Ron was born on Feb. 8, 1942, in Appleton, a son of the late Adrian and Dorothy (Kehl) Kupper. Ron spent his childhood years in Antigo, attending Peace Lutheran School. The family moved to Shawano in 1956. He attended Shawano High School, graduating in 1960. Following high school, Ron attended Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, earning his master barber and shop manager license. He barbered in Green Bay and Shawano. In the late 1960s he went to work for Wright Broiler as a salesman, retiring in 1999 after 30 years of service.

Ron missed his career, so following his retirement he went to work for Fisher Meat Products of Deerbrook. Ron continued to be active in sales for several years until retiring due to declining health. Ron was active in his community, serving on the city of Shawano Tree Advisory Board and the Shawano County Board of Supervisors. He attended meetings until a few months before his death.

He was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. In the past he served on the St. James School Board and as a Cubmaster. He and his wife, Karen, chaperoned several national youth gatherings for St. James. Ron was a family man. He lived his life for his Lord and family, instilling values he felt were important.

Ron was very proud of his cabin in the woods that he built with the help of family and friends. Ron’s idea of relaxing was playing cribbage, camping, golfing, gardening, making wood or working on cabin projects. He also enjoyed spending time with his family either at home or at the cabin. He was the pillar of the family and will be sadly missed.

Ron is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 52 years, Karen (Gould) Kupper, who was his high school sweetheart. They were united in marriage on Feb. 16, 1963, at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Clintonville. He is also survived by his two loving children, Kellie (Dean) Hartmann and Kip Kupper (special friend, Ruth), both of Shawano; three grandchildren, Sarah (David) Puma, Emily Hartmann (fiancé Carmine Linea) and Jacob Hartmann (special friend Ashley), all of Shawano; four great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Marribelle Puma, Sophia Hartmann and Violet Linea. Ron is also survived by one brother, Curt (Jean) Kupper, of Shawano.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services for Ron will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. James Lutheran Church of Shawano. Pastor Ted Andrada will officiate. Interment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetery following the service. Relatives and friends may call at Mickelson Funeral Service on Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 4-7 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.

In lieu of flowers and plants, the family prefers memorials in Ron’s name for St. James Lutheran Church and School.

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

Online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

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Richard D. Amel

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 7:36am

Richard Dean “Dick” Amel, 95, Green Bay, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2015. He was born on April 7, 1920, in Shawano to Marvin and Evelyn (Kuester) Amel.

Dick survived a childhood as the only boy in a house with four sisters and one bathroom. He graduated from Shawano High School in 1938, attended the Marinette Vocational School for a year and then enrolled in the Wisconsin Mining School at Platteville, where he received a diploma in mining engineering in 1942. He met his future wife, Mary Katherine “Kate” Cox, while working for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation during the summer of 1942 in Minong.

Dick served four years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during World War II on Canton Island in the South Pacific and on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. He was honorably discharged in 1946, having achieved the rank of first lieutenant. Upon his return to Wisconsin, he and Kate were married in Eau Claire in 1946. They were happily married for more than 68 years and raised four children.

Soon after their wedding, Dick and Kate moved to Rolla, Missouri, where Dick finished his education at the Missouri School of Mines, receiving his degree in mining engineering later that year. In 1947, he worked for Magnolia Oil Company of Dallas, doing oil exploration in Texas, Oklahoma and Wyoming. In 1948, the couple returned to Wisconsin, where Dick was employed as a highway engineer for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation’s Green Bay office. He worked for the Wisconsin DOT for 36 years, retiring in 1983.

After retirement, Dick enjoyed many years of hunting, fishing and planting trees “up north.” He and Kate owned and operated a 160-acre tree farm in Oconto County that was his pride and joy. Dick was a member of the American Tree Farm Association and even sponsored a bill in the state Legislature promoting tree farming. It became a tradition for him to spend the opening days of hunting season and fishing season with friends and family at the cabin in the woods.

Dick was a member of Christ Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry and taught Sunday School, and later became an active member of Blessed Sacrament Episcopal Church.

Dick is survived by his wife, Kate, Green Bay; his daughters and sons, Susan Kellicut, Orlando, Florida, Cynthia May, Madison, Gary (Jill Gmack), Green Bay, and Dean (Terry Savela), Arlington, Virginia; his sister, Jeanne Hintz, Clintonville; grandchildren, Corrinna (Dana Fleischmann), Velissa (Chad Jewell), Jonathan, Jennifer (Mark Ronsman), Allison and Alex; great-grandchildren, Josslyn, Vanden, Jayna, Dax and Zoey; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Rachel Williamson, Mary Slichter and Jewell Hainey, and his son-in-law, John Kellicut.

Dick was a man of great integrity, with an impressive work ethic and a wonderful sense of humor. He has left behind a legacy of clever sayings and rejoinders for any and all occasions. Dick’s unique brand of wisdom, and his love for all those close to him, will survive in the fond memories of his family and friends.

The family will be greeting friends and relatives at Blessed Sacrament Episcopal Church, 825 N. Webster Ave., Green Bay, from 9-11 a.m. Friday. The Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Shawano City Cemetery.

Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family.

To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to be made to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, College of Engineering, Mathematics and Sciences.

The family expresses their sincere gratitude to the staff of Marla Vista for their compassionate care.

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Hilton A. Blankenburg

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 7:35am

Hilton “Buddy” A. Blankenburg, 91, of Embarrass, passed away peacefully Monday morning, May 11, 2015, at the Pine Manor Health Care Center in Embarrass.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory of Clintonville is assisting his family with the arrangements.

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Dale E. Braun

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 7:35am

Dale E. Braun, 75, of Marion, passed away Monday, May 11, 2015, at his residence.

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

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Lorraine M. Thom

Wed, 05/13/2015 - 7:34am

Lorraine “Lorie” (Masawn) Thom, 70, passed away May 6, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with diabetes. Lorie was born on Jan. 31, 1945, to Elaine Menore in Keshena. Lorie was a gifted jewelry enameller at Erffmeyer & Co. in Milwaukee until her retirement in 1992. She was a member of St. Michael’s Church in Keshena. Lorie was creative, fearless and a very proud member the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. Lorie loved doing beadwork, scrapbooking and other crafts, but above all else she loved being a grandma.

Lorie is survived by her beloved mother, Elaine Menore; daughters, Charlotte (Tom) Menore, Yvonne (Dean) Pyawasay, Sharon (Shelley) Fredericks and Tammy Thom; her grandchildren, Antonio, Javier, Leah, Maria, Jessica, Angelica, Rosalie, Nicole, Alex, Andrew, Orialis, Jose, CJ, Dakota, Jackson, Zander, Kenehsaeh, Gregory, Nicolas and Katalina. Lorie is further survived by 21 great-grandchildren.

Lori was preceded in death by her daughter, Dawn; one grandchild, Marisol; three great-grandchildren, Nayeli, Alexis and Adrian.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2015, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena with the Rev. David McElroy, O.Praem, officiating. Burial will be in the St. Michael’s Cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

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

The family would like to thank Paiser’s Oakhaven, where Lorie was a resident for the past six years, especially Nyla and Lynn. Special thanks to Dr. Kevin Culhane, the Menominee Tribal Clinic and the staff at St. Vincent’s CCU, especially Jessica, as well as Davita Shawano for the excellent care they provided Lorie over the years.

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Gerald E. Echtner

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 7:19pm

Gerald “Jerry” E. Echtner, 79, of Cecil, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

Jerry was born on May 3, 1936, to the late Edward and Harriet (Yeager) Echtner in Shawano. He married Beverly “Bev” Weisnicht on Oct. 21, 1961, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Town of Washington.

Jerry was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Town of Washington, served as an elder for St. Paul Lutheran Church and was a member of the church choir. He was a very gifted musician, playing the saxophone in a band. He served as president of the Wisconsin State Rabbit Breeders and was the superintendent at the Rabbit and Poultry Barn at the Shawano County Fairgrounds for over 30 years.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Beverly “Bev” Echtner, Cecil; a sister-in-law, Barbara Harr, Pulaski; a brother-in-law, Bruce (Peggy) Weisnicht, Bonduel; a special nephew, Brad Weisnicht, Bonduel; a foster son, John (Margie) Ritschke, Neshkoro; a sister, Betty (Larry) Koeller, Menasha; a niece and a nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his father and mother-in-law, and a brother-in-law, Harold Harr.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at 6 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Town of Washington, W4496 County Road E, with the Rev. Steven Pockat officiating. Family and friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service.

The family would like to thank the staff at Unity Hospice, especially Leah and Jen.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given.

Zastrow Funeral Home in Cecil is assisting the family.

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Charlotte V. Seefeldt

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 7:43am

Charlotte V. Seefeldt, 97, of Tigerton, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at Homme Home of Wittenberg.

The former Charlotte Viola Riemer was born on Oct. 3, 1917, in the town of Mackford, Green Lake County, to George and Bertha (Benz) Riemer. In the late 1930s she was united in marriage to Laurence Scarrah in Little Suamico. The couple had three children, and Mr. Scarrah preceded her in death in 1944. Charlotte married Phillip Kaminski in 1945 in Little Suamico. They had two children, and he passed away on Nov. 22, 1970. On Dec. 17, 1971, she was married to Victor Seefeldt in Caroline, and he preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 1993.

Charlotte worked as a bartender for many years at several different taverns in Tilleda, Leopolis and Thornton. She was also employed for some time at the grocery store and at the meat market, both in Pella. Charlotte always enjoyed flowers, gardening, fishing and living up north. She also created beautiful plastic canvas craft items. For many years, Charlotte was a member of St. John Lutheran Church and the American Legion Post Ladies Auxiliary, both of Tigerton. She liked watching Brewers baseball and Packers football whenever possible. Her favorite poodles were Brandy and Cherry. Charlotte will be remembered most as a devoted wife, a hard-working mom, and a proud homemaker who especially loved spending time with her family.

Survivors include five children, Robert Scarrah, of Green Bay, Betty “Betsy” (Elwyn “Al”) Suehring, of Amherst Junction, Mary (Ron) Lutzewitz, of Marion, Gloria (Dennis) Resch, of Antigo, and Gary Kaminski. There are two stepsons, Ivan (Sandy) Seefeldt, of West Bend, and Victor Seefeldt Jr., of Keller, Texas. There are 18 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by a sister, Patricia “Patsy” Prill, of Markesan, many other relatives and friends.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her husbands, a sister, Marie Poor, and two brothers, Ed and Clarence Riemer.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 9, at 11 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Tigerton. The Rev. Matthew Uttenreither will officiate, and burial will follow at Union Cemetery, Tigerton. Friends may call on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church.

Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Tigerton, is assisting the family.

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Mae Louise Baxter

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 7:42am

Mae Louise Baxter, Wakawaknota (“She gets the last word”), 89, Seymour, passed away on Thursday morning, May 7, 2015. The daughter of the late Paul Mose and Lucy (Hill) Christjohn was born on May 11, 1925.

Mae enjoyed playing bingo and cards, especially 500 Rummy. She was a valued and sought-out member of the community, where she volunteered and helped out with her humor and positive attitude. Mae brought joy to many people and loved everyone. Whenever people came to see her, Mae would make sure they got fed. She was the life of the party, and even enjoyed to dance when she could. Most of all, she loved her family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.

Mae is survived by two sons, Ron “Ronnie” (Joyce) Christjohn, George “Tony” (Tina) Baxter; grandchildren, Wanda Newcomb, Sue (Rocky) Kauffman, Lee (Pam) Christjohn, Carl “Coyote” Christjohn, Lisa Hirt, Bruce Heidersdorf, Dexter Baxter; stepgrandchildren, Wanda Tucker, Tammy VonDracek, Eric “Bopper” Erickson, Leif “Peefie” (Bonnie) Erickson, Vicki (Greg) Erickson-Strebig, Brandon Joy, Taylor Joy, Skyler Joy; 10 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; special friend, Tina Tatro. She is further survived by her brother, Fox (Karen) Christjohn, as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Anna John, Maria Hinton, Rosie “Rosetta” Huntington, Eva Cornelius, Betsy Ridgeway, Francis Christjohn; brothers, Amos Christjohn, Vernon Christjohn, Johnny Christjohn; great-granddaughter, Kayona Ann Christjohn; and daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Christjohn.

Friends and family are asked to gather at Ryan Funeral Home, 305 N. 20th Street, De Pere, Saturday, May 9, 2015, beginning at 10 a.m. Visitation will continue until 1 p.m. when a funeral service will be held with Chaplain Matthew Cornelius officiating.

Please visit www.ryanfh.com to send online condolences to the family.

The family would like to extend special thanks to all the gals at Shepherd’s Inn, as well as Gina and Craig from Hospice Advantage, for all of their kind and compassionate care.

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June A. Smet

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 7:41am

June Ann Smet, 75, of Shawano, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Shawano.

June was born on Jan. 14, 1940, in Milwaukee to the late Theodore and Catherine Gumina. On Aug. 15, 1964, she was united in marriage to Lester L. Smet Sr. He preceded her in death on May 29, 1997. She lived in the Milwaukee area until moving to Shawano in 1978. She loved horses and poodles and enjoyed scrapbooking. She also enjoyed her “Birthday Club” with her friends.

June is survived by her sister, Ruth Koepp, of California; special friends, Shawn and Cody Bell and their children, Jordyn and Noah, special friends, David Schmidt and Jane Kohl and their children, Noah Schmidt, Justin (Ashley) Weishoff and their son Blake, special friend LaVern Lucht and Maggie Anderson.

She was preceded by her husband, son, Lester Jr., and her parents.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano with the Rev. Luke Ferris officiating. Inurnment will be in the Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

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