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Ruth E. Boyer, 93, died July 26th, 2015
Ruth E. Boyer, age 93, Neillsville, Wisconsin, died on, July 26, 2015 at her home after being lovingly cared for by her family in her last month of life. Dying was not Ruth’s idea; she still had books to read and wanted to see her grand and great grandchildren grow up.

Ruth was born January 7, 1922 to Harry and Elsbeth (Schaller) Beilke on a farm in Granton, Wisconsin. She graduated from Granton High School in 1940. She was proud to have graduated from Wood County Normal School, Wisconsin Rapids in 1942 with a teaching degree, furthering her education at Stevens Point College. Ruth taught in one room schools in Clark County from 1942-1951 and was always proud of her students.

She was united in marriage to Lyle J. Humboldt on August 21, 1948 and had 4 children. Ruth retired from teaching when her first child was born. She later worked at Wedges Creek Research Farm from 1967- 1979, making many good friends there. Lyle died unexpectedly January 19, 1968.

Ruth married Marvin Boyer on October 18, 1975 at Globe Lutheran Church and they have lived on Marvin’s family farm in Town of Seif to the present date.

Ruth loved reading. She would rate the books on how much she liked them, “Very, very, very good” was a book you better read, “Fair” meant that you might as well not bother. Recipe collecting was one of her hobbies, she was still collecting them a week before she died. Her grandchildren loved her colloquialisms such as “you’se guys”, “oh, my land” and “my garsh”. She had a contagious laugh and sharp wit. Her mind was as sharp as a tack right up to the end. Ruth loved and was so proud of her family. She kept track of what was happening in their lives and never missed a birthday. She was always fair to each of them, never giving more to one than the other.

Ruth is survived by her loving husband, Marvin, Daughters: Judy (Bernie) Spiegel, Oregon, WI and Joyce (Ron) Hennig, Eau Claire, WI and Son: Gary (Brenda Gilbert) Humboldt, Neillsville, WI. Grandchildren: Jay (Jennifer) Spiegel, Tyler Spiegel, Justin (Ashley) Hennig, Kristopher (fiancé Andrea Brandon) Hennig, Katie Humboldt, Lucas Humboldt, Brandon Humboldt, Dylan Humboldt. Great-Grandchildren: Brock and Bjorn Spiegel, Henry Hennig, and Shyelle and Maurice Humboldt, sister-in-law, Betty Beilke and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, sister, Vera Balkey, brother, Harold Beilke, husband, Lyle Humboldt and son, Dale Humboldt.

A Memorial Service for Ruth will be held on Friday, July 31 at 1 p.m. at the Gesche Funeral Home, 4 S. Grand, Neillsville. Pastor Warmuth, Immanuel Lutheran Church will officiate.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. before the service.

A special thank you to Ministry Home Hospice Services, Marshfield Hospital, 6th floor and Dr. Timothy Meyer and Jane from Memorial Medical Center. To my children: “Be not sorrowful that I am gone And my earthly life is done. Be not sad I passed away For in you, my children, I live each day. There is a little of me in all of you. In each new one I live anew, As long as there are children to carry on. I’ve had my share of love, sorrow and strife. I have lived a full and fruitful life. So do not mourn, and do not weep, For I have earned this peaceful sleep.” Mother

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Ruth’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Anita A. Miller, 98, died July 25th, 2015
Anita A. Miller, 98, of Neillsville, died peacefully on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Neillsville Retirement Community where she lived for the past four years.

Anita Augusta Irene (Wedekind) was the oldest child of seven born to Richard & Ida (Luck) Wedekind on January 31, 1917 in the township of Grant in Neillsville, WI. She attended the Washington Grade School and graduated from Neillsville High School in 1935. She remained on the home farm helping with her younger siblings and working out at homes doing various jobs. She moved to Eau Claire to work at an ammunition plant during WWII. Upon returning to Neillsville she worked at Weidenhoff’s.

She married her husband, Clarence F. Miller on June 19, 1948 in Neillsville. He died on June 3, 1986. She was a loving mother of eight children, Gary (Linda) Miller, Linette (Wendell) Kuhn, Steven (Barb) Miller, Janice Greene, Daniel (Emile) Miller, Jeffrey (Debbie) Miller all of Neillsville, Glen (Karen DeRenzo) Miller of Merrill, WI and Wendell (Donna) Miller of Midland, NC.

Anita was a homemaker who was a wonderful cook and seamstress. She loved songbirds, flowers and trees. She also spent much of her time keeping up with the news. She enjoyed and took pride in making cards and doing handiwork for her church. She enjoyed time with family and friends and taking trips across the U.S. and a trip to Europe. She was a member of the Neillsville United Church of Christ, the UCC Circle of Friends and Ladies of the Bazaar workshop.

She is survived by sixteen grandchildren, including, Matthew (Mary) Miller, Jolene Miller, Leah (Jason) Bernick, Tracie (Nic) Waters, Sara (Nathan) Lang, Andrew (Sarah) Miller, Jamie (Barb) Kuhn, Jason (Melody) Kuhn, Elizabeth (Brandon) Miller, Gregory (Yanette) Miller, Kevin Miller, Leslie (John) Strangfeld, Kent (Rachel) Miller, Brooke (David) Giles, Mitchell Miller, Benjamin Miller and two step-grandchildren, Erica Malles and Joshua Mannel, and twenty-four great grandchildren. She is further survived by her sister, Arlene Kernz of Neillsville, brother-in-law, Frank Zank of Neillsville, Shirley Miller of Osseo, WI and Caroline Miller of Evansville, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, her siblings Harry Wedekind, Ruby Waulters, Leona Damon, Lillian Ewert and Raymond Wedekind, a grandson, Randy Miller and great grandson, Alex Miller.

Special gratitude to Ministry Home care nurses, Amanda Struensee and Julie Hiles, Dr. Amy Schneider and Pastor Jacoba Koppert and also the Neillsville Retirement Community for their extraordinary care and compassion during her final months and days.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville. Pastor Jacoba Koppert will officiate. Provididng music will be Eileen Zank, organist and Kristin and Karen Mohr.

A Visitation for Anita will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville and again from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday morning preceding the service at the church. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery.

Serving as casket bearers will be her grandsons; Jamie Kuhn, Jason Kuhn, Matt Miller, Kent Miller, Mitchell Mill and Ben Miller. Honorary casket bearers will be Greg Miller, Kevin Miller and Andy Miller.

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The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Anita’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Gerald “Jerry” A. Kleinschmidt, 58, died July 25th, 2015
Gerald A. Kleinschmidt, 56, of Neillsville, WI, died on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at his home.

Gerald Alan Kleinschmidt was born on September 17, 1958 in Neillsville, WI the son of Silas and Evelyn (Barber) Kleinschmidt. He graduated from Marshfield Senior High in 1976 and enlisted into the United States Army. He served for 2 years. Jerry came back to the Chili area and helped on the family farm while he also worked at Weinbrenner’s in Marshfield. Eventually he moved to Neillsville and worked for Barr Animal Foods and then for Brorson Construction and Struensee Concrete. Jerry was a fan of Harley Davidson’s and loved riding. He also enjoyed fishing and socializing with his many friends. He was known as a Jack of all trades and knew how to get things done. On March 6, 2009 he was united in marriage to Annette S. Vanderhoof in Neillsville.

He is survived by his wife, Annette, a daughter, Angel (Roy Armstrong) Hiserman, a son, Greg (Jennifer Hart) Vanderhoof all of Neillsville, five grandchildren; Hailie, Rylie, Mordachi, Sebastian and Carmine. Jerry is also survived by siblings; Eddy (Joann) Kleinschmidt of Park Falls, WI, Ronnie (Tina Gerhke) Kleinschmidt of Neillsville and Joan (Gordy) Bores of Marshfield and many nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents.

A Visitation will be held for Jerry from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.

There will be no formal funeral service.

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Jerry’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Belle Elvira (Hansen) Mazola-Imig, 96, died July 10th, 2015
Belle Elvira (Hansen) Mazola-Imig, 96 and 6 months of age, peacefully entered the gates of heaven on Friday, July 10, 2015 in the comfort of her home with her family by her side.

Belle was born January 24, 1919 to Christine and Harry Hansen of Catawba, WI (Pierce Co.). She was the 7th of 13 children.

Belle had a lifelong career in education/teaching. It spanned 45 years including 15 years as a principal. She held 3 Master’s Degrees, was dearly loved by her students and was highly respected by her colleagues.

She was preceded in death by her parents, 6 sisters, 4 brothers, husbands, John Sr., Elton, and son, John Jr.

She is survived by 2 sisters, Evelyn and Lila; sons, Albert and Edward, daughter, Beverly; 2 daughters-in-law, Donna and June; 9 grandchildren, Tammy, Michael, Wendy, Michelle, Kristen, Bradley, Amber, Pattie and Peggy; 15 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. Viewing will be 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., Rosary at 10:30 a.m., Mass at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, with reception to follow in the church hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1813 Black River Road, Neillsville, WI 54456 or St. Joseph’s Fairview Catholic Church, N13740 Fairview Road, Fairchild, WI 54741
Elsie Holub, 95, died July 8th, 2015
Elsie Holub, age 95, of Neillsville, WI died Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at the Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville.

Elsie Marek was born on August 7, 1919 in Hatfield, WI the daughter of James and Josephine (Stopa) Marek. She went to the Clay School, just east of Hatfield. After finishing her education she worked in Chicago as a nanny/housekeeper. On August 12, 1940 she was united in marriage to Ervin Holub. They farmed in the Town of Levis. Elsie also worked for twenty years Winnebago Indian School in Neillsville as a houseparent, and she worked for many years at Nefco in Neillsville.

She is survived by a son, Harold (Arlene) Holub of Black River Falls, WI, many nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and two sisters, Josephine and Olga.

Private family services are being held.

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Elsie’s family with Funeral arrangements.
CLYDE R. GRAMBSCH, 97, died July 4th, 2015
CLYDE R. GRAMBSCH, age 97, of Loyal, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital, in Marshfield.

Funeral services will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at the United Methodist Church, in Loyal.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Wednesday, from 10am until 12pm, with burial to follow in the Loyal Cemetery, prior to the service at 1pm.

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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