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Grace Schoen , 86, died November 12th, 2018
Grace Darlene (Winter) Schoen, age 86, passed away peacefully on November 12, 2018 at Riverside Assisted Living in Neillsville, Wisconsin.

Grace was youngest of 8 children born to Julius and Jenny Winter in Columbia, WI on December 29, 1931. Grace grew up in difficult conditions in a rural area during the great depression but was able to work for her room and board in Neillsville to graduate high school. As a young woman she assisted several of her sisters in a midwife type role that took her from West Virginia to Washington State until she was united in marriage with Edward Schoen on November 22, 1951.
Grace and Edward operated a farm in Levis Township, Neillsville from 1951 to 1979. Besides working side by side her husband building a successful dairy farm and raising a family of six children, Grace was active in the PCCW at St Mary’s Catholic Church and the Levis community. Grace opened her home to family as well as neighbors which made for many cherished memories. She also hosted large summer gatherings of her siblings and their children who came from all over the United States for many years. Her interests included family history, puzzles and she was an excellent wine maker. Grace and Edward were able to travel extensively, visiting nearly every region of the United States, Mexico and took frequent fishing trips to Canada. After stepping back from the farm, Grace & Edward spent her winters in Mission, Texas where she made numerous friends at the Circle T retirement community.

Grace is preceded in death by her husband Edward, sisters Edith Ottens, Vivian Flaherty, Florence Marty, Clarice Lockman, Alice Lisko, and brothers Clifford and Arthur Winter, a grandson Randell Miller, a granddaughter Bethany Opelt and daughter-in-law Rise’ Schoen.

She is survived by children Linda (Gary) Miller, Edward Schoen, Patti (Tom) Drangstveit, Connie (Wayne) Opelt, Larry (Kris) Schoen, Kevin (Sheena) Schoen. Grace is also survived by 19 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Special thanks is given to Riverside Assisted Living for the comfort provided to Grace in her last days.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be Held at 11:00 am Wednesday November 14, 2018 at St Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. The celebrant will be Rev. Varkey V. Joseph.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00, Wednesday November 14, 2018 at St Mary’s Catholic Church. Honorary Casket Bearers: Austin Schoen and Robert Schoen.
Casket Bearers are: Ethan Schoen, John Schoen, Jeffrey Opelt, Matthew Miller, Brandon Bertz, Daniel Schoen.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Grace’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Virginia Reis, 83, died November 12th, 2018
VIRGINIA P. L. REIS, age 83, of Loyal, peacefully passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Monday, November 12, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 1pm on Monday, November 19, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Loyal. Rev. Canon Aaron B. Huberfeld will officiate the Latin Mass, and burial will follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be ?

Visitation will be held at the church on Sunday, November 18, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm, and again, on Monday, from 12pm until time of service.

Virginia Pauline Lenore Deck was born on June 8, 1935 in South Bend, IN, to Ferdinand A. and Gladys E. (Nulf) Deck. As a young girl, her family moved to Pittsburgh, PA where she was raised and received her education. While in Pittsburgh, she sang weekly on KDKA Radio with her siblings, a group they called the Deck Five. Virginia graduated from Divine Providence Academy in 1953. She then attended St. Joseph's Nursing School in Pittsburgh, becoming a Registered Nurse in 1956. While working as a nurse, she met and cared for a patient that she eventually fell in love with. Virginia was united in marriage to Richard H. Reis on January 14, 1956 at St. Joseph's Mt. Oliver Catholic Church in Pittsburgh. They began farming in the Pittsburgh area and raising a family. In 1972, they sold their farm in Pennsylvania, and moved to a farm that they purchased near Unity, WI. Virginia resided on the farm until she and her husband divorced in 2016.
She had many interests, but especially loved spending time with her family and friends, her dogs, horses, gardening, spinning wool, and crocheting.
Virginia attended St. Mary's Roman Catholic Oratory in Wausau, was a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Colby, where she sang in the choir for several years, and was a 4-H Leader for the Horse Haven 4-H Club in Unity, for many years.

She is survived by her 5 daughters: Deborah (John) Baird of Colby, Emma (Allen) Zettler of Colby, Mary Ann (Rob) Rinehart of Willard, Junitta (Todd) Nikolai of Loyal, Elizabeth (Roger) Nikolai of Loyal; her 4 sons: Andrew (Colleen) of Unity, Daniel (Carmen) of Marshfield, Patrick (Kulani) of Unity, Anthony (Jody) of Unity; 51 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Dolores Deck of Manhattan Beach, CA, Sr. Rosemonde Deck of Kingston, MA; 4 nieces: Gina, Linne, Karen, Barbara; one nephew: Greg; her former husband: Richard Reis of Unity; other relatives and friends.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sons: David and Richard Reis, Jr.; one sister: Sr. Rosalie Deck; and one brother: Fr. Marion Deck T.O.R. Franciscan.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Donna R. Kuehn, 84, died November 10th, 2018
Donna Rae Kuehn joined her Heavenly Father on November 10, 2018, passing peacefully at home surrounded by family.

Donna was born September 6, 1934 the daughter of Fredrick and Almira (Burt) Christensen of Carry Bluff, WI. She grew up on a large farm near Arpin, where she attended North Hansen Country School and graduated from Pittsville High School in 1952. She continued her education at Wood County Normal School in Wisconsin Rapids earning an Associates Degree in Teaching. She then taught at Dairy Belt Country School near Arpin and at Far View School in Marshfield. While growing up, Donna was an avid 4-H member winning many awards, achieving state level Clothing Review. She later became an inspiring 4-H club leader.
She married the love of her life Gerald Kuehn on June 23, 1956 at United Brethren Church, Marshfield. They were united for 57 years and had 2 boys, Dennis and Dale. The Cunningham Country School (Clark County) became their loving home. During this time, Donna was a stay-at-home-mother and substitute teacher. When Gerald started Kuehn Sawmill and Forest Products, she became the secretary for 47 years. Furthermore, she took a full time teaching position at Granton School and simultaneously earned her Bachelor of Arts at UW-Stevens Point. She was a dedicated teacher in the Granton Area School District for 37 years until her retirement in 2000.
Donna was an active part of the community and church was an important part of her life. She was a member of Zion American Lutheran Church of Granton where she taught Sunday school, Confirmation and Bible School and participated in Ladies Aid and BOFT. Outside of church she was a part of the HighGround volunteers, Ladies Auxiliary of Neillsville, Granton Antique Tractor Club, Couples bowling leagues, and was honored citizens of the Granton Fall Festival. Donna loved flowers, gardening, canning, sewing, crocheting, playing the organ, watching her husband and sons snowmobile race, and camping on family owned land at Carry Bluff. She cherished her time spent with friends and family especially being actively involved with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
As a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, teacher and friend, with a beautiful heart, she touched and influenced many individuals throughout her life.

Donna is survived by a son, Dennis (Londa) Kuehn of Neillsville, a special daughter, Bev (Bobbi) Raudenbush of Illinois, grandchildren Troy (Chanarat) Kuehn of Neillsville, Craig Kuehn of San Antonio, TX, Liana (Jessup) Weichelt of Ontonagon, MI, Kendall (Heather) Kuehn of Pittsville, WI. Great-Grandchildren Colin and Seth Kuehn, Lluvy Weichelt, Lovella Kuehn, Novalee Weichelt, Kaven Kuehn, J.C. Weichelt, Brylar Kuehn, and Taywa Kuehn. Her Sister Lorrayne Voight, Arpin, many nieces and nephews and her beloved dog, Scooter.

She is preceded in death by her husband Gerald, son Dale, her parents, her siblings Grace (Elmer) Schultz and Shirley (Keith) St. Claire, Vearl Christensen and Ronald (Chun) Christensen, brother-in-law Roy Voight, nieces Susan Voight and Barb McGuire, and nephew Vance Voight.

Visitation will take place Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 5 to 8pm at Gesche Funeral Home, Neillsville, WI. On Friday, visitations will be at Zion American Lutheran Church, Granton, WI from 10 to 11am with the funeral to follow with Pastor Dan Zimmerman officiating. Interment will be in the Zion American Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Troy Kuehn, Craig Kuehn, Kendall Kuehn, Jessup Weichelt, Joe Galetka and Eric Voight.

The family gives our heartfelt thanks to all of the wonderful people who helped with the care of our sweet Donna: Camille Genteman, Bethany VerKilen, Sandy Piskow and Hospice Homecare Staff.

Memorials may be given in Donna’s honor to Granton School District Foundation, Inc.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Donna’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Felix Kotcon, 93, died November 9th, 2018
Felix Kotcon, age 93, of Neillsville, WI died Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neillsville.

Felix Donald Kotcon was born on February 4, 1925 in Willard, WI the son of Michael and Mary (Dyha) Kotcon. He attended North Mound School and then left school to help on the family farm. In 1951, Felix purchased their current farm in the Town of York. On August 12, 1952 he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Roselyn D. Stiemke. They spent 62 wonderful years together farming and raising their family in the Town of York. Roselyn died on January 2, 2015, but Felix continued to farm until an illness forced him to retire at the age of 91 in September of 2016.

He was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Neillsville. He was a 3rd degree member of the Neillsville, Loyal and Greenwood Knights of Columbus, and he was a former school board member of the Happy Hollow School. When he wasn’t working on the farm, Felix enjoyed square dancing, especially at the Silver Dome Ballroom, and doing a little travelling with his wife, Roselyn.

He is survived by four children, Donald Kotcon of Neillsville, James (Candice) Kotcon of Morgantown, WV, Susan (Michael) Poziombke of Neillsville and Dennis Kotcon of Hayward, WI, five grandchildren, Sarah (Eli) Melnick-Rogers, Rebekah Kotcon, Courtney (Adam) Ewoldt, Caleb (Jenna) Poziombke and Cana (Travis) Leffert, four great grandchildren, Kailey Ewoldt, Allyson Ewoldt, Charlee Poziombke and Lily Poziombke, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Roselyn and eight siblings, Bernice Boh, Frances Copack, Mary Farenzena, Helen Gregorich, Victor Kotcon, Vincent Kotcon, Wanda Kotcon and Walter Kotcon.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Felix will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, November 15, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Neillsville. The Celebrant will be Rev. Varkey V. Joseph. Interment will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Neillsville.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., with a 6:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus Rosary service, Wednesday at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Thursday at St. Mary Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family for research towards the cure of macular degeneration.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Felix’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Shawn M. Dale, 58, died November 3rd, 2018
Shawn Dale, age 58, of Marshfield, WI was called home to the Lord after complications with his ongoing fight with brain aneurysms on November 3, 2018.

Shawn Michael Dale was born on October 12, 1960 in Napa, CA the son of Stanley and Patria (Saunders) Dale. Shawn lived for a time in Florida, and operated his own tattoo shop for 14 years, where he cultivated long-time friendships. He was an exceptional tattoo artist. Shawn had a deep fondness for Veterans; whenever they would come to his shop their tattoos always had deep discounts. He would love to sit with them and hear their stories.
Shawn loved children and loved to teach them to draw, and he made the best kid-friendly grilled cheese, toasted bread with a slice of cheese. Who needs a frying pan?

He is survived by his mother, Patria, his son, Jesse, 2 sisters, Elaine and Nina (Jim) and one brother, Stan as well as nieces and nephews.

Shawn will have cremation at Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you give thanks to those who give the gift of life through organ and tissue donations.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Shawn’s family.
Donald Bugar, 87, died November 2nd, 2018
DONALD J. BUGAR, age 87, of Loyal, passed away at Marshfield Medical Center on Friday, November 2, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal, on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 1pm. Rev. Leo Stanislaus will officiate, and burial will follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be nephews.

Visitation will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Friday, November 9, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm, with a 7:45pm rosary service, and again on Saturday, at the church, from 12pm until time of service.

Donald Joseph Bugar was born on August 27, 1931 in Marshfield, WI, the son of Ignatius and Gisela (Fitzel) Bugar. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in the Loyal area, graduating from Loyal High School in 1949. After high school, Don farmed east of Loyal until 1972. He also operated his brother, Paul's, trucking business, Paul Bugar Trucking, from October 1952 until September 1954, while Paul served overseas in the U.S. Army. After he discontinued farming, Don started his own business, Don Bugar Bulldozing, which he operated until retiring in 2011.
He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and had been on the parish council board for several years.
Don had many interests, but especially enjoyed spending time at his cabin, hunting with his hounds, playing baseball and softball, and bowling. He served on the Town of Sherman board. Over the years, Don was a special part of the lives of his nieces and nephews, whether it was spending time on the farm, hunting, taking care of them, going on an adventure or just for a good visit. He was known as Uncle Donnie to not only his nieces and nephews but to many friends and neighbors.

He is survived by 9 nieces: Mary (Dean) Hoesly, Susann (Wayne) Scheel, Diane Machtan, Jane VanCleave, Julie (Mike) Steinberg, Sandra (Emmo) Smid, Vickie Schmidt (Bill Mitch), Mary Rubin, Carol (Bob) Bluma; 7 nephews: Paul J. Bugar, Gerald (Lois) Bugar, David Bugar, Tom Bugar, Scott (Karen) Bugar, Edward (Leone) McGuire, Dick (MaryLou) McGuire; 6 step-nieces: Barbara (Christopher) Kluck, Joanne (Bill) LaBarge, Roxanne Miller, Suzanne (Dennis) Ebert, Diane Brussow, PollyAnn Thomas; 5 step-nephews: Lawrence (Lois) Brostowitz, Peter (Denise) Brostowitz, Leonard (Vicki) Brostowitz, Mark (Suzan) Brostowitz, Paul Brostowitz; other relatives and many friends.

Don was preceded in death by his parents; one sister: Helen McGuire; 7 brothers: Raymond, Ignatius, Joseph, Leo, Robert, Paul and Alvin Bugar; and one nephew: Melvin Bugar.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dorothy Sturtz, 88, died October 26th, 2018
Dorothy Sturtz, our precious mom, passed away peacefully at The Classic at Hillcrest Greens in Altoona, WI, on Oct. 26, 2018.

Born July 6, 1930, in the town of York, WI, Dorothy grew up on the family farm with six brothers and sisters. She attended Loyal High School and met the love of her life, Howard Sturtz II. They married in September 1950 and lovingly raised six children. Dorothy supported and made possible Howie’s many business endeavors while patiently and unselfishly caring for their children.

Dorothy had little time to worry about herself. Providing meals, attending to the needs of the household, and developing a strong work ethic and responsible character in her children were her priorities. She spent many years working as a laboratory technician for the Neillsville Memorial Hospital, a job she loved and took great pride in. Volunteering for Red Cross Bloodmobiles was one of her favorite ways to give back to her community. Her caring never ended; it extended to her parents Margaret and Ray Hannan as they aged, to her adult children, and, joyfully, to the end, to her many grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was active in several community organizations, a member of PEO, an avid bridge player, and a ready traveler on numerous excursions that she and Howie organized for an enthusiastic public.

Mother, teacher, counselor and professional -- Dorothy wore all these hats. All of the children learned and shared in cleaning house, preparing meals and other family duties. Dorothy was selfless in countless ways; for example, staying up until the wee hours of the morning sewing her daughters’ dresses for the next school day. Finished dresses would “magically” appear, pressed and hanging, ready to wear. A familiar scene was Dorothy standing at the ironing board pressing Howie's white shirts or making freshly baked cinnamon rolls on Saturday mornings. Her love for her family manifested itself in all she did. She was often told what a pretty smile she had.

Dorothy and Howie lived their later years in assisted living at The Classic at Hillcrest Greens in Altoona, WI, where they were both much loved.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her beloved husband Howard of 67 years, parents Ray and Margaret (Garbisch) Hannan, brothers Jim Hannan, Bob Hannan, and sisters Terry (Chuck) Vesel, and Marcelene (Russell) Lyons.

Survivors include sisters Annette (Dick) deLorimier and Rita (Bill) Meyer, sisters-in-law Caroline Hannan and Rita Hannan; her six children, Rick (Toni) Sturtz, Sherri (John Larson) Kliczak, Susan (Steve) Reusser, Candy Karlen, Judi (Sia) Kusha and Howard “Skip” (Tammy) Sturtz. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.

Sincere and heartfelt thanks are extended to the wonderful staff at The Classic at Hillcrest Greens in Altoona and to Heartland Hospice of Eau Claire, WI. Dorothy's family will be forever indebted to them for all the loving care with which they blessed her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 17, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Neillsville. The Celebrant will be Rev. Varkey V. Joseph.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 17th at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Dorothy’s family with funeral arrangements.

Memorials in Dorothy’s memory may go to the following:
Neillsville Food Pantry 140 W 5th St Neillsville, WI 54456

Loyal Food Pantry 228 N. Main St P.O. Box 50 Loyal, WI 54446
Joe Zupanc, 69, died October 26th, 2018
JOSEPH A. "JOE" ZUPANC, JR., age 69, of Loyal, passed away at home, on Friday, October 26, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Loyal. Rev. Leo Stanislaus will officiate, and burial will follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Tom Smith, Brian Timm, Derek Miller, Clyde Schultz, Joe Meachum and Brandon Miller.

Visitation will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church, on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm, and again at the church, on Wednesday, from 10am until time of service.

Joseph Adam Zupanc, Jr. was born on January 4, 1949 in Willard, WI, to Joseph A. Sr. and Mary B. (Richards) Zupanc. He was raised in Willard until 1954, at which time his parents bought a farm and moved to Loyal. After graduating from Loyal High School in 1967, Joe moved to Milwaukee and worked at West Allis Concrete. He was united in marriage to Beverly G. Nelson on June 20, 1970 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Loyal. In 1973, Joe and Bev moved back to Loyal and took over his family's home farm. Joe farmed and expanded the 80-acre farm to 247 acres. In addition to farming, Joe also started his own trucking, bulldozing and construction business.
Joe was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. When he wasn't working, which he loved to do, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly, of Loyal; 2 sons: Travis (Christine) and Troy (Shannon), both of Marshfield; 8 grandchildren: Tjaden, Austin, Dymond, Ashley, Ember, Exton, Evers and Justice; one brother: Timothy Zupanc; 2 nephews: Josh and Timmy Zupanc; aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and many friends.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; one brother: David Michael Zupanc; and his father and mother-in-law: Walter and Vernell Nelson.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Glenn Thompson, 77, died October 22nd, 2018
Glenn H. Thompson, of Neillsville, died on October 22, 2018 in the Palliative Care Unit of Marshfield Medical Center.

Glenn was born November 15, 1941 in Neillsville, WI the son of Forest and Isabelle (Skar) Thompson. He was baptized in the Neillsville United Methodist Church and attended Neillsville Public Schools. On September 22, 1969 he married Janice (Dwyer) Bollom. She passed away on June 25, 1993. Glenn was a hard worker. He worked at H.H. Van Gorden’s Feed Mill, Henry Marquardt Excavating, North Central Dairy and retired from Nelson Filter. After his retirement, he cleaned at the Old American Legion Hall until his health prevented him from working there any longer. Glenn loved all animals, especially his cats. He enjoyed watching the many birds on his lawn, riding his electric scooter all over town, sitting on his front porch listening to his music and visiting with people who walked by, fishing whenever possible, and playing cards and games.

Glenn is survived by 2 sisters, Dorothy Jacoby and Marie Henning both of Neillsville, 3 sisters-in-law, Ann Thompson of Marshfield, Mary Thompson of Eau Claire and Dianne Thompson of Rockford, IL, step-son, Mike Bollom of Florida, special friend, Carla Strozewski, many nieces and nephews, friends and relatives, and his cats, Pretty Girl and Blackie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a sister, Carol Ayers, brothers-in-law, David Bertz, Ron Henning, Don Ayers and Lee Jacoby.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday, October 29, 2018 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.

A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at the Gesche Funeral Home. Pastor Douglas Bjerke will officiate. Providing music will be Sharon Bjerke. Interment will be in Columbia Cemetery in the Town of Hewett.

Online condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Glenn’s family with funeral arrangements.
Elaine Herdrich , 88, died October 20th, 2018
ELAINE M. "SIS" HERDRICH, age 88, of Greenwood, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Clark County Living & Rehab Center, in Owen, WI.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in Greenwood. Rev. Leo Stanislaus will officiate, and burial will follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: ?

Visitation will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 4pm to 8pm, with a 7:30pm rosary service, and again on Thursday, from 10am until time of service.

Elaine Marie Lindner was born on December 22, 1929 in Loyal, WI, to Casper and Marie (Keller) Lindner. She was raised on the family farm and received her education at St. Mary's Catholic School and graduated from Greenwood High School in 1948. Elaine was united in marriage to Wayne Herdrich on April 8, 1951 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood. They farmed in the Town of Eaton and she also worked as a bookkeeper and teller at Farmer's and Merchant's Bank, in Greenwood, for 17 years. After moving off the farm, she owned and operated the Greenwood Cafe from 1986 to 1996. Elaine then became involved with the Greenwood American Legion, cooking many meals for all kinds of events, including, weddings, birthdays and funerals. She also was a substitute cook for the Greenwood High School, volunteered at St. Mary's School, and cooked for many local events.
She was a very active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and St. Anne's Society, a member of the Greenwood American Legion Auxiliary, and served as treasurer for the Town of Eaton and on the town election board for many years.
Elaine had many interests, but especially loved cooking and baking, it was the love of her life, spending time with her family and friends, and cooking at the family cabin up north during deer hunting in November.

She will be dearly missed by her daughters: Janet (Timothy) Wojcik of Stanley, Jeanne (Peter) Opelt of Greenwood, Barbara (Edward) Genett of Auburndale; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 2 daughters-in-law: Susan Herdrich of Greenwood, Trudy Herdrich of Eau Claire; 5 sisters: Jacqueline Lindner of Greenwood, Irene Wilke of Loyal, Jeanette Sullivan of Virginia, Shirley (Henry) Janezich of Willard, Dorothy Wessell of Sheboygan; 4 brothers: Donald (MaryAnn) Lindner of Greenwood, Arthur (Shirley) Lindner of Loyal, Richard (Bonnie) Lindner of Greenwood, LaVerne (Joan) Lindner of Loyal; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Elaine was preceded in death by her parents; 2 sons: James "Jimmer" in 2009 and Kenneth in 2011; one brother: Carl Lindner in 2008; and her special friend: Lawrence "Ozzie" Jackson in 2010.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Thomas A. Wavrunek, 80, died October 19th, 2018
Thomas Wavrunek, age 80, of Neillsville, WI died Friday, October 19, 2018 at the Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neillsville.

Thomas Anthony Wavrunek was born on November 8, 1937 in Neillsville, WI the son of Joseph and Edna (Collins) Wavrunek. He graduated from Neillsville High School in 1956 and then attended UW-Stevens Point, was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in 1962. Tom then did one year of post graduate work at the University of Nebraska. After his marriage to Joan Meinholdt on September 12, 1964 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville, they moved to Milwaukee, WI. After returning to Neillsville, they owned and operated the Clothing Cupboard until 1981 when Tom joined his father at Clark County Abstract Co. Tom became owner in 1986 and, 2006, sold the business and retired.
Tom was a member of the Ruff Grouse Society. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and spent many good times at the cabin on Lake Namakagon with his best friend, Tom Meier and other good friends and family. He enjoyed canoeing and the skiing trips out west with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife, Joan, two sisters, Audrey Speier of Ripon, WI and Kathleen Pichler of Eau Claire, WI, a sister-in-law, Marion Wavrunek of Colby, WI and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Edna Wavrunek, two brothers, Bernard Wavrunek and James Wavrunek, two nephews, Tom Pichler and Mark Speier, two brothers-in-law, Norbert Speier and Arnold Pichler and his three prized labs, Prince, Clyde and Jake.

As per Tom’s wishes, no funeral services will be held

Joan would like to thank the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neillsville and the Ministry Care Hospice – Ascension for the compassionate care Tom received this past year.

Memorials may be directed to the Clark County Humane Society, CCHS, PO Box 127, Neillsville, WI 54456 or www.cchs-petshelter.org.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Tom’s family with arrangements.
Margaret "Marge" Bogdonovich , 95, died October 15th, 2018
MARGARET L. "MARGE" BOGDONOVICH, age 95, of Greenwood, passed away at the Marshfield Medical Center on Monday, October 15, 2018.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in Greenwood. Rev. Leo Stanislaus will officiate, and interment of cremains will take place in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, in Willard, at a later date.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Saturday, from 10am until time of service.

Margaret Luella Thompson was born on December 19, 1922 in Knoxville, TN, to Edd and Pearl (Lawson) Thompson. As a young girl, her family moved to California where she was raised and received her education. After graduating from high school, Marge worked in a factory building airplanes for the war. She was united in marriage to Peter P. Bogdonovich on September 27, 1942 in San Bernardino, CA. In 1947, they moved to Willard and took over the Bogdonovich family farm for Pete's father. They farmed together in Willard until her husband's death on September 20, 1981. Marge then moved into Greenwood and sold the farm. She resided in Greenwood until the time of her death.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Greenwood American Legion Auxiliary.
Marge had many interests, but especially enjoyed being with her family, playing bingo, going to the casino, going out for morning coffee, traveling and going to Nashville for Fan Fair.

She will be missed by her two sons: Mike (Patricia) of Milwaukee, and Pete (Pat) of Greenwood; seven grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; three brothers: Ron (Jean) Post of Dallas, OR, Wylie (Kathy) Post of Laguna Woods, CA, and Dan (Nancy) Post of Albany, OR; two sisters-in-law: Mona Post of Laguna Woods, CA, and Cheryl Post of Laguna Beach, CA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Pete; her son: Richard; her step-father: William Post; one sister: Barbara Underbakke; and three brothers: Lee Thompson, Carl Post and Curt Post.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ina Miller , 92, died October 13th, 2018
INA M. MILLER, age 92, of Loyal, passed away on Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the House of the Dove, in Marshfield, WI.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 19, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Loyal. Rev. Daniel Zimmerman will officiate and burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Withee, WI. Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Brandon Miller, Corey Miller, Shawn Miller, Derek Miller, Ryan Miller and Zachary Miller.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Friday, from 9:30 a.m. until time of service, with a Loyal American Legion Auxiliary service at 10:45 a.m.

Ina Mae Baehr was born on March 1, 1926, in the town of Hixon, rural Withee, to Harry and Clara (Beckman) Baehr. She was raised in the Withee area, attending Oak Vale School and graduated from Owen High School in 1943. She was united in marriage to Edward W. Miller on September 16, 1944, at St. John’s Lutheran parsonage in Withee. Shortly after their marriage, her husband entered the U.S. Army and Ina went to work at Blue Moon Cheese in Thorp, WI. After his discharge, they bought Maple Grove Dairy in Milladore, which they owned and operated for 5 years. In 1951, they moved to Loyal and bought Pleasant View Dairy where he continued to make cheese. After a fire destroyed the dairy in 1991, they moved into Loyal and Ina helped her son, Wayne, on his farm for 25 years. She also worked as a part-time cook for the Loyal American Legion hall for 30 years.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church for 69 years, being very active in the ladies aide and serving many meals. Ina, along with Mavis Luber, started the annual "Meal with a Peel" Fall dinner at the church. She was also a member of the Loyal American Legion Auxiliary for 57 years, and the Clark County Homemakers Club.
Ina had many interests, but especially loved spending time with her family, making pies and soups for her kids, and pies for Art and Walt Hoffman.

She will be dearly missed by her children: Allen (Janis) Miller of Spencer, Marvin (Arlene) Miller of Loyal, Janice (Bob) Boehning of Marshfield, Leland (Debbie) Miller of Spencer, Wayne (Linda) Miller of Loyal; 11 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Ina was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward; one grandson, Luke Miller; 3 brothers: Norbert, Norman and Kenneth Baehr; and 2 sisters: Romilda Englebretson and Elaine Alger.

Ina's family wishes to extend their appreciation to the staff at House of the Dove for the wonderful care they gave her during her stay there.

In lieu of flowers, that family asks that memorials be given to Trinity Lutheran Church, in Loyal, or the House of the Dove, in Marshfield.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Irvin "Irv" Humke, 93, died October 9th, 2018
IRVIN G. HUMKE, age 93, of Greenwood, WI, passed away in his sleep in the early morning of Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Marshfield Medical Center.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Friday, October 26, 2018, at Immanuel United Church of Christ, in Greenwood. Rev. Asafa Rajaofera will officiate and burial of cremains will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Friday, from 9am until time of service.

Irvin George Humke was born on November 21, 1924, in the town of Warner, rural Greenwood, to George H. and Lelah P. (Sheets) Humke. Irvin graduated from Greenwood High School in 1942 and then attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Irvin worked on his uncle’s farm, worked alongside grandma at the beauty shop, subbed at the post office then later became a rural mail carrier where he delivered mail for over 46 years retiring in 2000. He continually went above and beyond his job description to help those along his route. Broken mailbox, he’d fix it. Too much snow to get the mail delivered, he would shovel it. He did it all with a smile on his face. Irvin married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Ann Braun, on February 5, 1944. That same year they welcomed their son, Dennis. They enjoyed time with family and friends, Wisconsin and local sports, singing in the church choir, Rural Letter convention trips, many of which they would take a grandkid or two, yearly fishing trips with friends, dinners at the lake with family, attending their grandchildren’s school events with ice cream cones after, and just being with each other.
Irvin was a loving and generous grandpa to five grandchildren: Michael (Lisa) Humke of Dodgeville, WI, Michelle (Andrew) Bussen of Waunakee, WI, the late Jennifer (Matthew) Berge of Valders, WI, Heather (Dan) Humphrey of Madison, WI and Rachel (Benjamin) Topercer of Bristol, WI. He loved sharing the company of his seven great grandchildren: Brianna Humke, Ryan Bussen, Caroline Berge, Otis Berge, Reese Humphrey, Joshua Topercer, and Avery Topercer.
Irvin was a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Memories of grandpa include, car trips to Sault Saint Marie, lunch breaks on the route checking in with what the grandkids had grandma up to, holiday gifts from people on his route that he shared with us, overnights on the pull-out couch, deer hunting season, walks to check out the creek, trips to the post office to watch him work, June Dairy Days parades in front of the beauty shop on the curb with endless tickets for rides, KFC and Wildwood Park, nothing was off limits, play with everything, taking a drive just because, road trips to Eau Claire to shop and he’d sit near Prange Way and wait, stopping along the way at one of the many apple orchards in the Fall, always encouraging the importance of higher education and college, “don’t put all your eggs in one basket”, aka diversify, lunch at Arby’s, $20 dollar bills, and so much more! We were beyond blessed to have him in our lives.

Irvin is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Dennis (Millie) Humke of Greenwood, his brother, Paul (Rose Caryl) Humke of Greenwood, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Shirley, two brothers: George Jr., and Harvey, three sisters: Verona Jackson, Jeanette Horn, and Ruth Toburen, and his granddaughter, Jennifer Berge.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks for the care provided to Irvin (grandpa) at Stoney River Assisted Living Center in Marshfield, WI, and Marshfield Medical Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Immanuel United Church of Christ in Irvin’s name.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Edith A. Kunze, 84, died October 7th, 2018
Edith (Scholtz) Kunze, 84, passed away on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at their home in Plover, Wisconsin, with family at her side. She was born on December 16, 1933 in Neillsville, Wisconsin.

Edith will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Bob, of 66 years; three sons, Kim (Debbie) Kunze, Brad (Georgene) Kunze, Chuck Kunze (Lauren, life partner); two daughters, Cindy (Mark) Roberts and Cherie (Larry) Stuhr and one sister, Joyce (William) Hill. She will also be fondly remembered by her eleven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Edith was preceded in death by one grandchild and two brothers and two sisters.

At the young age of 13, Edith began her career as a part-time “soda jerk” at the Kerns Rexall Pharmacy in Neillsville. Along with Bob, they started Kunze Building Supplies in Neillsville. They also purchased the Fullerton Lumberyard building in Neillsville and established Kunze Decorating Center.
Edith loved spending time with her family, volunteering for their kids groups (Cub Scouts, Campfire Girls) and entertaining family and friends at their home and cabins. A pillar of strength to everyone around her, Edith was always selfless, generous and caring. After retiring, Edith and Bob split their time between summers in Wisconsin and winters in Florida.

A Memorial Service will be held for Edith at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 27, 2018 prior to the service at the Gesche Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting donations to: The American Cancer Society, 2100 Riverside Dr, Green Bay, WI 54301.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Edith’s family with arrangements.
Ronald L. Ziegler, 79, died October 7th, 2018
Ronald Ziegler, age 79, of Appleton, WI formerly of Neillsville, WI died Sunday, October 7, 2018 in Appleton.

Ronald Lee Ziegler was born on July 23, 1939 in Neillsville WI the son of Marvin and Marion (Raine) Ziegler. He graduated from Neillsville High School and then worked at the Nelson Muffler Factory. Ron worked his way up the ladder at Nelson and eventually became the plant manager. He was united in marriage to Shirley R. Schultz on August 22, 1959 in Neillsville. Later, Ron and Shirley purchased the Montgomery Ward’s store in Neillsville, which they owned and operated for several years. After selling the store, they purchased a Rice Juice distributorship, which Ron operated until his heart transplant forced him to retire.

Ron was a member of the National Guard, and was called to active duty in the early 1960’s for the Berlin Crisis. He was on active duty in the state of Washington during the crisis.

He was a charter member and a current member of the Neillsville Lion’s Club. He was a member of the Neillsville Men’s Club and the Wilson-Heintz VFW Post #2241 in Neillsville.

Ron loved baseball and especially enjoyed this Milwaukee Brewer season. He enjoyed playing softball and managing softball for the Wildcat Inn tournament team back in the day. He was an avid deer hunter and enjoyed family and friends gathering during hunting season.

He is survived by a daughter, Tracy (Brad) Ziegler-Harder of Appleton, WI, two grandchildren, Lars Harder of Appleton and Lizabeth Ziegler of Eau Claire, WI, four siblings, Wendell (Angie) Ziegler of Neillsville, WI, Sandy (Vinny) Shirley of Weyauwega, WI, Kim (Sharilyn) Ziegler of Willard, WI and Debbie (Bruce) Eskildson of Texas.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, a son, Mark and a daughter, Tammy.

A memorial service for Ron will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Pastor Douglas Bjerke will officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery with military honors performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, October 19th and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 20th at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Ronald’s family with funeral arrangements.


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