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Loretta Szpek

Wed, 04/29/2015 - 7:38am

Loretta Szpek, 78, of Shawano, passed on to be with her Lord on April 15, 2015. She was born in Chicago to the late Martin and Anna (Klein) Szpek.

In 1977, Loretta and her sister, Barbara, moved to Wisconsin. Loretta was a teacher in Chicago and also taught at St. Joseph’s School in Keshena. She and her sister, Barbara, previously owned the Village Lantern in Cecil. After retiring, Loretta became a licensed minister of the Ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and taught Bible studies at their home and other meeting places.

She was the dear sister of Rose (late Rudy) Serva, the late Joseph (Jean) Szpek, the late Paul (Norma) Szpek, the late Anthony (late Stella) Szpek, the late Martin (late Angie) Szpek, of Chicago, the late Theresa (late Rudy) Strunc, of Cecil, and Barbara Dominiak, of Shawano.

In addition to these, there are many dear nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews, along with dear friends, and the precious family of God, the Body of Christ here on earth.

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Edith A. Flessert

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 11:17pm

Edith A. Flessert, 86, of Shawano, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015, and joined her loved ones in heaven.

Edith was born on Aug. 29, 1928, in Madison, the daughter of the late Alfred and Dorothy (Neu) Denton. She was united in marriage to Fred Flessert on Sept. 13, 1946. Fred preceded her in death on July 10, 2003.

Edith was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano. She was a very kind and sweet woman who will be missed by all who knew her.

Edith is survived by her children, Dan (Diane) Flessert, of Shawano, Rose Flessert, of Shawano, and Gary Flessert, of California; six grandchildren, Sara Flessert, Elizabeth (Nick Brady) Flessert, Diane Flessert, Kristie (Robert) Voechting, Kevin (Kristi) Flessert and Nicole (fiance Louis Moses) Flessert; many great-grandchildren; one brother, John Barden, of Waunakee; one sister, Marilyn Rowin, of Westfield; and one brother-in-law, Ron (Deidra) Butz, of Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two children, Rueben and Diane; two sisters, Dolores and Carol; one brother, Alfred; a special sister-in-law, Stella; and her husband, Fred Flessert.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano with the Rev. Giselle Berninghaus officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

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Evelyn M. Karstedt

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:11am

Evelyn M. Karstedt, 97, formerly of Cecil, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2015, in Shawano.

Evelyn was born on Dec. 26, 1918, to the late Leonard F. and Minnie (Krueger) Sederstrom in the township of Wabeno. She married Theodore “Ted” Karstedt. He preceded her in death on Aug. 28, 1983. Evelyn was a member of St. John’s United Church of Christ in Cecil. She was a member of the St. John’s Ladies Guild and served many years on the Church Consistory.

She is survived by her son, Fred (Anna) Karstedt Sr., of Clintonville; two grandsons, Fred (Linda) Karstedt Jr. ,of Des Moines, Iowa, and Robert Karstedt, of Richfield, Minnesota; two great-granddaughters, Brittney (Jerry) Therriault and Hannah Karstedt; a sister-in-law, Betty Sederstrom, Shawano.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore “Ted” Karstedt, four brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 27, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s United Church of Christ in Cecil with the Rev. Moira Finley officiating. Family and friends may call on Monday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano.

Zastrow Funeral Home in Cecil is assisting the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family would like memorials to be given to St. John’s United Church of Christ.

www.zastrowfuneralhome.com

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Allen L. Matz

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:10am

Allen L. Matz, 67, Mattoon, died unexpectedly on Thursday, April 23, 2015, at Langlade Hospital, Antigo. He was born on Sept. 12, 1947, in Eland, the son of the late Eddie and Violet (Wickman) Matz Sr.

On. Feb. 12, 1972, Allen was united in marriage to Ethel Bierman at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bowler. She survives. Allen was a graduate of Bowler High School. He was employed at Wisconsin Veneer and Plywood, Mattoon, for 41 years until his retirement in 2014.

Allen loved to garden, cut and haul wood and fishing. He was an avid Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan and especially enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Ethel; two daughters, Karla (Bill) Parmenter, Tigerton, Kerri (special friend, Dan Dallman) Matz, Hatley; two grandchildren, Billy Parmenter and Brittany Wistrom; two great-grandchildren, Hannah Hartleben and Gracie Rae Wistrom; four brothers, Art (Rhoda) Matz, Elroy (Julane) Matz, Eddie Matz and Dennis (Donna) Matz; five sisters, Arletta Kaufmann, Reka (Bill) Reynolds, Rose Serrano, June (Phil) Jasurda and Evelyn (Curtis) Low; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Matz; and many nieces and nephews.

Allen was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Kenneth, and one great-grandchild, Lilly Grace Wistrom.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Bowler. The Rev. Michael Schram will officiate. Interment will be in St. Paul Riverside Cemetery, town of Almon. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

Memories and condolences may be shared at schmidtschulta.com.

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James D. Johnson

Fri, 04/24/2015 - 7:09am

James Duane Johnson, 79, of Navarino, passed away early Thursday morning, April 23, 2015, at Shawano Medical Center. He was born in the town of Maine on Jan. 2, 1936, son of the late Robert Johnson and Edna (Olson-Johnson) Grandy.

James attended Leeman Grade School and graduated from Bonduel High School. He excelled in sports: track, basketball and football. On June 11, 1955, he was united in marriage to Joanne Horvath.

James was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Navarino. He owned a dairy farm near Nichols and also worked at Appleton Coated. Jim and Joanne became part owners in J & H Game Farm in 1964. He also drove semi for several years. Jim was a member and officer of the Wisconsin Sporting Clays Association, the Wisconsin Game Association and has his name on the Range Protection Act for Wisconsin.

Jim is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joanne; children and grandchildren, Mike Johnson (special friend Lene), Michigan, and his children, Jessica Cook (fiancé Steve), Jodie and Jeffrey; Diane (Steve) Redmann, Shawano, and their children, Amanda (Nikk) Brei, and their children, Ava Brei and Dominick Thorson, Erica (Mike) Ensrud, Michael Redmann (fiancée Lindsey Jones); Gail (Tim) Giese, Hortonville, and their children, Matt and Josh Giese; Jayne Schweiger (special friend Bob), Fort Atkinson, and her children, Jacob, Alec and Eli Schweiger; siblings, Donald (Judy) Johnson, Clintonville, Joan Wichman, Seymour, Mary (Jim) Tyner, Barrington, Illinois, Arla (Jim) Horvath, Nichols, Harland (Joanne) Grandy, Greenville.

Friends may call at Ascension Lutheran Church, Navarino, on Sunday, April 26, 2015, from 12:30 p.m., with services at 4 p.m. with Pastor John Paquette officiating.

Muehl-Boettcher Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

A special thank you to ThedaCare At Home and Hospice for all your care and concern.

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Nancy L. Miller

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:26am

Nancy Lee Miller, 77, of Shawano, passed away on April 21, 2015, in Shawano.

Nancy was born on May 8, 1937, in Milwaukee to the late Henry and Ethel (Hoppe) Lohrentz. She graduated from Shawano High School in 1955. On May 5, 1962, Nancy was united in marriage to James O. Miller at Zion Lutheran Church in Gresham. James preceded her in death on May 17, 2000.

Nancy was a hard worker and farmed for many years until her retirement. She was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church. In her free time, she loved gardening, doing puzzles and crafts, especially knitting, and in her younger years she enjoyed fishing. Nancy loved her family, but especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Nancy is survived by her son, Tim (Jodi) Miller, of Shawano; her daughter-in-law, Beth Miller, of Shawano; and four grandchildren, Kyle, Kenton and Zachary Miller and Jason Eggert.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James; two sons, Robert and Donald Miller; her parents; and one sister, Janice Lohrentz.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Pella with the Rev. Tim Lofgren officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will be at Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano on Friday, April 24, 2015, from 4-7 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs at Birch Hill and Kindred Hearts for the loving care they gave to Nancy.

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Donna Andrews

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:23am

Donna Andrews, 80, of Minocqua, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Saturday afternoon, April 18, 2015, at the Seasons of Life Hospice Home in Woodruff.

Donna was born May 17, 1934, in Shawano, daughter of the late Frank “Butch” and Ottilie “Tillie” Krueger. On Dec. 15, 1956, she was united in marriage to Lloyd “Duke” Andrews at St. James Lutheran Church of Shawano. Donna and Duke made their home in Minocqua in 1959.

Donna was a homemaker, and she worked at several area establishments, including Popov’s, Cross Trails and Minocqua Furniture. She was a loving mother to three daughters. She was a good and faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church of Minocqua. She was an avid gardener.

Donna is survived by her husband, Lloyd “Duke”; her loving children, Tami (Mark) Lobermeier, of Wyoming, Minnesota, and Kim (Russ) Vasilovich, of Schofield; four grandchildren, Jennifer (Noah) Persson, Jamie Lobermeier, Kristen Lobermeier and Kelsey Lobermeier. She is further survived by her brothers, William “Willie” (Sharon) Krueger and Arch (Carol) Krueger, both of Shawano.

She was preceded in death by one daughter, Dawn Marie Andrews, and one brother, Frank Krueger Jr.

Funeral services for Donna will be on Friday, April 24, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Minocqua. Pastor James Hoogervorst will officiate. Private interment will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery of Shawano. Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 10-10:50 a.m.

In lieu of flowers and plants, the family requested memorials in Donna’s name to Dr. Kate’s - Seasons of Life Hospice House (Ministry Home Care) in Woodruff, Trinity Lutheran Church and School in Minocqua, or the Wisconsin Parkinson Association.

Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services of Minocqua is assisting the family with service arrangements.

Visit www.bolgerfuneral.com to share condolences, memories and pictures.

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Michelle Syndergaard Buettner

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:22am

Michelle Syndergaard Buettner, of Shawano, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2015, in Madison.

A time to remember and celebrate the life of Michelle will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. with a memorial service to follow at 11 a.m. Pastor Keith Swanson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials will be established in Michelle’s name.

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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Joy Lee Beilke

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:22am

Joy Lee “Tinker” Beilke, 72, of Bowler, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2015, in Shawano.

Tinker was born on Feb. 11, 1943, in Missouri, the daughter of the late Alfred and Cecelia (Goodwin) Beck. She moved to the Bowler area at age 16, enjoyed cake decorating and crocheting.

Tinker is survived by her children, Debbi (Scott) Parmer, Perry (Deb) Parmer, Carl Parmer and Beth (Bud) Grosskopf; seven grandchildren, C.J., Joel, Sammi, Dylan, Trey, Jazmin and Bailey; one great-grandchild, Briella; as well as one brother, Dick (Wilda) Beck.

She was preceded in death by her son, Orrin “Corky” Parmer Jr., her parents and one sister.

A funeral service was held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at the Swedberg Funeral Home in Gresham with the Rev. Michael Schram officiating, with burial following the service. Visitation was held at the funeral home from noon until the time of the service.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

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George D. Ovans

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:21am

George D. Ovans, 92, of Gresham, passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Shawano.

George was born on Dec. 13, 1922, in Dorchester, to the late James and Lucille (Boyle) Ovans. He enlisted in the United States Army and served as a paratrooper during World War II. George was united in marriage to Bernadine Hoffman on May 23, 1951, in Gresham. She preceded him in death in 1995.

George lived in the Gresham area most of his life. He owned and operated a mink farm and worked in construction for many years before his retirement. George was a member of St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church, a former Lions member and a member of the Gresham American Legion Post 390. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and going to Canada with his brother. George loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

George is survived by his children, Kevin (Laura) Ovans, of Clintonville, Julaine Bera, of Kaukauna, and Jeanine (William) Hebert, of Gresham; seven grandchildren, Loni (Jesse) Glatz, Matthew (Vana) Ovans, Cindy (Tony) Hoier, Leslie (Luke) Bowers, Bill (Andrea) Hebert, Ashley Hebert and Daniel Hebert; as well as eight great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his sisters, Mary Ewan, of Rhinelander, and Lucille (Lloyd) Ward, of Gresham, and a sister-in-law, Phyllis Ovans, of Spencer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernadine, one son, Lynn, his parents, as well as four brothers and one sister.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 24, 2015, at St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church in Gresham with Rev. David McElroy, O. Praem, officiating, with burial in the church cemetery. Military rites will be conducted at the cemetery by Gresham American Legion Post 390. Visitation will be held on Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

The family wishes to thank present and past caregivers at Evergreen Nursing Home and ThedaCare at Home Hospice for the wonderful care of our dad.

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Gregory L. Mack

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:20am

Gregory “Greg” L. Mack, 68, of King, formerly of rural Clintonville, passed away Sunday afternoon April 19, 2015, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.

Greg was born on Nov. 27, 1946, in Milwaukee as the son of the late Howard and Marjorie (Lindsay) Mack. As a boy, he moved with his family to the area in 1957. He graduated from Shawano High School in 1966. Greg honorably served his country in the United States Navy in 1967. He was united in marriage to Lynnaa Zillmer on Aug. 10, 1985, at Grace Lutheran Church in Bear Creek. The couple raised two children, Karen and Tony, and later divorced.

Greg started working at Rexnord in Clintonville in the 1960s and later retired due to health reasons. He loved racing of all kinds, and as a teenager became an excellent go-kart racer. He enjoyed riding his motorcycles, hunting and being outdoors. Greg was renowned by his family for his cookouts and grilling, even if the seasoning was a little on the heavy side. He loved his children very much and enjoyed spending time with them over the years.

Survivors include his children, Karen (Gene Lohse) Mack, Menasha, and Tony Mack, Clintonville; sister, Candy (Dick) Golen, Clintonville; niece, Stephanie (Corey) Riley, Clintonville; great-niece, Rhiannon Riley, Clintonville; former wife, Lynnaa Mack, Clintonville.

Greg was preceded in death by his parents.

Greg’s memorial service will be held Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory in Clintonville with the Rev. Vilas Mazemke officiating. Inurnment will follow at Riverbank Cemetery in the Township of Pella, Shawano County, with military honor rites conducted by members of the VFW Post 664 and American Legion Post 63 of Clintonville. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

An online guestbook for Greg can be found at www.eberhardtstevenson.com.

Greg’s family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King as well as ThedaCare Hospice for the wonderful care given to Greg, and also a very special thanks to his former wife, Lynnaa, for being there every step of the way.

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Irving P. Sehres

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:19am

Irving P. “Buddy” Sehres, 66, of Gresham, formerly of Miami, Florida, died on Sunday, April 19, 2015, in Appleton.

Buddy was born on Oct. 9, 1948, in Miami Beach to the late Harold N. and Elaine V. (Kuhn) Sehres. Buddy is a graduate of Miami Beach High School. He was united in marriage to Barbara Daly in Fort Lauderdale. Buddy worked in commercial real estate for 35 years and loved his job. He enjoyed the sun, swimming and going to the casino. Buddy also loved spending time with his family and his beloved dog, Baby Buddy.

Buddy is survived by his wife, Barbara; two sons, Harrison Sehres and Thad Stoelb, both of Gresham; two nieces, a nephew and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Stewart.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, at the Lutheran Church of the Wilderness with the Rev. Melinda Shriner officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

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Carl L. Beauprey

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:18am

Carl L. Beauprey, 94, of Shawano, passed away Tuesday morning, April 21, 2015, in Shawano.

Funeral service arrangements are pending and will be announced on Thursday.

Mickelson Funeral and Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting with the service arrangements.

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Carole J. Staerkel (Sigl) Elbe

Wed, 04/22/2015 - 7:18am

Carole Jean Staerkel, 76, born to eternal life on April 18, 2015.

Carole was born in the town of Osborne, Outagamie County, to Ferdinand and Catherine (Ehlinger) Sigl, on Oct. 26, 1938. Upon the death of her father in January 1939, her mother moved the family to Oconto Falls. On Oct. 29, 1955, Carole married Emory Lloyd Elbe. Together, they had six wonderful children they loved very much, including Emory J., Donna J., Thomas E., Joseph R. and Paul D. One son, Richard “Ricky” H., died at the age of 6 on Nov. 1, 1967. Her husband, Emory L., died at the age of 67 on June 5, 1999.

Carole met Gerald E. Staerkel while doing what she enjoyed, serving God’s children in need at Fr. Carr’s Place 2B in Oshkosh. Carole and Gerald married on May 18, 2002.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 27, 2015, at St. Gabriel Catholic Church, Neenah, with the Rev. Larry Seidl officiating. Family and friends may visit her showing in the Chapel at St. Gabriel’s from 9 a.m. until the hour of service. Burial will be in St. Margaret Cemetery in Neenah.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to St. Gabriel Parish or Father Carr’s Place 2B in Oshkosh.

A full obituary will appear on Thursday and Friday.

Westgor Funeral Home, 205 W. Doty Ave., Neenah, is assisting the family.

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

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Pamela A. Loveland

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 7:26am

Pamela “Pam” Ann Loveland, 67, of Stratford, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2015, in Marshfield.

Pam was born on June 28, 1947, in Wausau, the daughter of the late Harland and Betty (Voigt) Walters. On Dec. 31, 1969, Pam was united in marriage to Terry Loveland in Waukegan, Illinois. She enjoyed quilting and sewing, road trips with her friends to fabric shops and quilt shows around the state and was a member of Piecemakers Quilt Guild.

Pam was always lending a hand to various charities, and was a devoted volunteer to Children’s Miracle Network for many years. Pam was a successful real estate agent in Marshfield for many years and was also a proud Green Bay Packers season-ticket holder, which she inherited from her mom, and was famous for her Christmas cookies.

Pam is survived by her husband, Terry; two daughters, Erica Loveland, of Appleton, and Kathy (Justin) Fischer, of Clintonville; two grandchildren, Brooklyn and Aiden Fischer. She is further survived by her stepmother, Martha Walters, of Mosinee, as well as her sister, Sharman Moen, of Mount Horeb.

Pamela was preceded in death by her parents.

A funeral service is tentatively set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Leopolis with the Rev. Patrick Lloyd officiating, with burial in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015, at Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano from 4:30-8 p.m. and after 9 a.m. Tuesday until the procession leaves for the church.

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Jean M. (Nachtwey) Destiche

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 7:17am

Jean Marie Destiche, 87, Green Bay, died on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. She was born on Nov. 5, 1927, in Shawano to the late Clarence and Hulda Nachtwey. On Oct. 21, 1967, Jean married William P. “Bill” Destiche at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. He preceded her in death on July 2, 2007.

After graduating from Shawano High School, Jean relocated to Milwaukee to work as a bank clerk for M&I Bank. After several years there, she moved to Green Bay, where she worked in various civil service roles for the Internal Revenue Service and Social Security offices. In 1967, she met Bill, married, and took on the challenging task of raising her eight grateful stepchildren. She was a longtime member of St. Francis Xavier Cathedral for more than 50 years. She loved caring for house plants, Bingo, flowers and spending time with family.

Jean is survived by her eight stepchildren: Tina Mercier, Green Bay, Barb (Joe) Mangi, Arlington Heights, Illinois, Sue (Kelly) Eichinger, Littleton, Colorado, Dan Destiche, San Diego, California, Cindy Peters, Waukesha, Greg (Mary) Destiche, Alpharetta, Georgia, Vicki Destiche, Green Bay, and Mike (Jamie) Destiche, Suamico. In addition, Jean is survived by 15 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, dear friends and extended family members.

Preceding her in death are four half-brothers, one half-sister, a granddaughter, a great-granddaughter and many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Gathering time with family and friends will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015, from 4-7 p.m. at Newcomer Funeral Home, 340 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay. Visitation will continue on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral from 10 a.m. until the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Joseph Dorner officiating.

To leave an online condolence for the family, please visit www.NewcomerGreenBay.com

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials will be used for Alzheimer’s and cancer research.

A special thank you to the loving personnel at Angel’s Touch/Angel’s on Arcadian, Odd Fellows Home, and Unity Hospice, Dr. Jonathon Tammela and his staff, as well as Dr. Fred Walbrun for their compassionate care.

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Phyllis J. Kratzke

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 7:16am

Phyllis J. Kratzke, 84, of the township of Morris, Shawano County, passed away at her home on Wednesday evening, April 15, 2015.

Phyllis was born on July 22, 1930, in the township of Little Wolf, Waupaca County, as the daughter of the late Joseph and Esther (Swenson) Kolosso. She graduated from Marion High School in 1948, and remained friends with many of her classmates the rest of her life. Phyllis was united in marriage to Wilbern “Willie” Kratzke on April 7, 1951, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Big Falls. The couple lived near Chilton, where Phyllis was active with her church ladies guild and was a member of the Chilton VFW Ladies Auxiliary before moving to rural Tigerton. She was a current member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tigerton, where she enjoyed singing with the church choir and served with the LWML.

Phyllis loved her family and was an excellent wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and even great-great-grandmother. Some of her favorite times were spent just driving the countryside with Willie and her children. Phyllis also enjoyed fishing trips with Willie, flower gardening, and had a talent for remembering everyone’s birthday. She will be remembered as a servant, both to her Lord and to all of her family and friends. No one left her home hungry, as all were treated just like family. The love and patience she gave to her family will live on with them forever.

Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Wilbern “Willie” Kratzke; children, Kathy (Robert) Kleinhans, New Holstein, Steven (Kristine) Kratzke, Stevens Point, Neal (Pamela) Kratzke, Wausau, Carlene (Ken) Ditter, Fond du Lac, David (Sandy) Kratzke, Plover, Daniel (Gail) Kratzke and Paul (Natalie) Kratzke, Wittenberg; grandchildren, Kevin Kleinhans, Kari Jo (Martin) Grant, Sara Ann (Matt) Suwalski, Heidi Lou (James) Radish, Eric (Patty) Kleinhans, Brian (Danielle) Kratzke, Tom Kratzke, Andrea (Jason) Foster, Ashley (Dustin) Kratzke, Jenny (Rich) Rupp, Jill (Eric) Ploeckelman, Katie (Craig) Scheunemann, Nick Kratzke, Luke Kratzke, Elizabeth (Andy) Tweitmeyer, Nicole (Luke) Ruesch, Joshua Kratzke, and Molly, Bradley and Matthew Kratzke; great-grandchildren, Aidan, George, Brycen, Stuart, Logan, Blake, Gavin, Madison, Lincoln, Olivia, Serena, Ryan, Brooke, Harper, Brylee, Megan, Lexi, Braxton and Jane; great-great-grandson, Mason; sisters, Esther “Mae” Heling, Clintonville, Shirley Buch, Neenah, and Darlene (Harold) Schreiber, Embarrass; and sisters-in-law, Louise “Toots” Ellefsen and Maxine Kolosso, Clintonville.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Joseph “Buddy” and Anthony; a sister, Jennie Zimmer; brothers-in-law, Tom Ellefsen and Bob Buch; and a sister-in-law, Anna (Jerry) Schulz.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Tigerton with the Rev. Matthew Uttenreither officiating. Interment will follow at Big Falls Cemetery in Big Falls.

Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated for the St. John’s Lutheran Church Choir and LWML.

www.eberhardtstevenson.com.

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Denise M. Keller

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:23am

Denise M. Keller, 58, of Marion, passed away Monday morning, April 13, 2015, at her home.

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

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Beverly J. Caulfield

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:22am

Beverly Jane (Hewitt) Caulfield, 80, of Shawano, formerly of Chicago, passed away on April 11, 2015, in Shawano.

Beverly was the beloved wife of Roy Caulfield, C.F.D.; loving mother of Dave, C.P.D., (Sandy), Dan, C.F.D, (Monica), Paul (Jose), Julie (Mike, C.F.D) Nisivaco, Andy (Sally), Pat (Stephanie); proud grandmother of Robert, Steve, Pam, Kim, Matt, Jake, Jack, Laura, Colleen, Daniel, Ryan and Rachel; and great-grandmother of Abigail and Maeve. She is also survived by a sister-in-law, Sister Alice Caulfield, BVM.

Beverly was a wonderful mom and caretaker extraordinaire. She was selfless in all she did. Dedicated to helping others, Beverly loved her work with the Lionesses as well as with hospice. She lived a full and wonderful life that included raising six children. She belonged to book club and loved her New York crossword puzzles. Beverly loved following the lives of her children and grandchildren and was the chief cook and bottle washer for many family weekends by the lake.

A funeral service for Beverly will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano with the Rev. David Barrett officiating. Visitation was held at the Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. and again at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers, Beverly’s family asks that memorials be directed to any hospice organization.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

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Lois Ann Barry

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 7:22am

Lois Ann Barry, 81, of Shawano, died on Friday, April 10, 2015.

Born on July 17, 1933, in Madison, Lois was the daughter of the late Tester and Lillian (Gilbertson) Bakken.

Lois was united in marriage to Glen A. “Jack” Barry on June 23, 1955, in Madison. The couple moved to Shawano in 1962. Lois enjoyed golfing, bowling, downhill skiing, gardening and playing bridge with friends. As a member of the St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano, Lois was active with the Stephen Ministries. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, and will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved her.

Lois is survived by her husband of nearly 60 years, Jack, of Shawano; four children, Betsy (Jim) Audetat, of Shawano, Tom (Patti) Barry, of Green Bay, Michael (Crystal) Barry, of Franklin, Jack (Joanne) Barry, of New Zealand; eight grandchildren, Stephanie (fiancé Mike Marvel) Schutt, Brandon Schutt, Maxwell Barry, Brigette Barry, Amanda Barry, Brooke Barry and Cassandra Barry, J.D. Barry; two stepgrandsons, Scott Audetat and Todd (Heather) Audetat; two great-stepgrandchildren, Parker and Kylie Audetat; and her sister, Phyllis Parisi, of Colorado.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano with the Rev. Ted Andrada officiating. Visitation was held at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 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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