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Ken Severson, 67, died February 18th, 2017
KENNETH L. "KEN" SEVERSON, age 67, of Greenwood, WI, passed away at his home on Saturday, February 18, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 4pm on Friday, February 24, 2017 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in Greenwood, with Rev. Steve Brice officiating.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Friday, from 2pm until time of service.

Kenneth Lester Severson was born on June 15, 1949 in Greenwood, WI, to Lester and Helen (Thomas) Severson. He was raised on the family farm in the Town of Beaver and graduated from Loyal High School in 1968. While in high school, Ken worked at Roth Manufacturing in Loyal. Ken entered the U.S. Army on ? and served until his honorable discharge on ? He was united in marriage to Joan I. Rakovec on April 22, 1972 at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Willard, WI. They lived in Stratford and Ken worked for Schull Manufacturing, in Mosinee, WI, as a welder. They moved to the Unity/Riplinger area where he worked as a carpenter and went to North Central Technical Institute, in Wausau. In 1979, Ken started his own construction business, K&J Severson Construction, which he operated until the time of his death.

He had many interests, but especially loved spending time with his family and friends, bear and deer hunting, his dogs, trapping, fishing, and being outdoors.
Ken was a member of the Wisconsin Bear Hunter's Association.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Joan, of Greenwood; two daughters: Glynda (Jeremy) Gosse of Colby, WI, Tara (Bill) Mitt of Greenwood; five grandchildren: Damon (Kelly) Severson, Cassie and Katrina Gosse, Parker and Tiffany Mitt; one sister: Kathy (Richard) Much of Greenwood; two brothers: Dale (Kathy) Severson of Curtiss, Richard Severson of Loyal; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Ken was preceded in death by one brother: Bob Severson; and two sisters-in-law: Lisa Severson and June Severson.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, WI, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Robert Kurz, 34, died February 12th, 2017
ROBERT N. "BOBBY" KURZ, age 34, of Loyal, WI, passed away at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital, in Marshfield, WI, on Sunday, February 12, 2017.

Visitation will be held at Cuddie Funeral Home, in Loyal, on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 6pm to 8pm, and again at the funeral home, in Loyal, on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 11am to 1pm.

There will be no services held.

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Bradley W. Oldham, 60, died February 11th, 2017
Bradley Oldham, age 60, of Greenwood, WI died Saturday, February 11, 2017 at his residence

Bradley Wane Oldham was born on May 20, 1956 in Neillsville, WI the son of Gordon and Shirley (Minsaas) Oldham. He graduated from Greenwood High School in 1974 and then attended the farming short course in Madison, WI. Brad then worked at the foundry in Neillsville, the Thomas salvage yard in Loyal, WI, farm work for Benny Heck, at Grassland Dairy in Greenwood and most recently doing farm work for Art Luedeke farms in Greenwood.

He was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Neillsville. In his spare time, Brad enjoyed fixing anything from water pipes to small engines. He also enjoyed mowing his lawn.

He is survived by his mother, Shirley, nine siblings, Carrie (Thomas) Johnson of Neillsville, WI, Keith (Patty) Oldham of Greenwood, WI, Lori (David) Schuette of Reedsville, WI, Coleen (Scott) Oestreich of Colby, WI, Cheryl (Paul) Plechacek of Willard, WI, Janene (Kurt) Hanson of New Auburn, WI, Steve (Sandy) Oldham of Neillsville, WI, Lance Oldham of Loyal, WI and Jason (Kim) Oldham of Spring Valley, CA. Brad is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gordon Oldham on January 22, 2013.

No Funeral Services are planned.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Bradley's family with Funeral arrangements.
Vernon Miller, 63, died February 9th, 2017
VERNON C. MILLER, age 63, of Greenwood, WI, passed away at his home on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Loyal American Legion on Saturday, February 18, 2017 from 1pm to 5pm.

Vernon Carl Miller was born on June 9, 1953 in Marshfield, WI, to Elmer and Iris (Gorsinger) Miller. He was raised and received his education in the Greenwood area, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1971. After high school, Vern worked for Ray Gardner Construction, Plautz Brothers running the rock crusher, and Trierweiler Ready Mix in Marshfield. He was united in marriage to Barbara A. Goodbrand on August 20, 1976 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Greenwood. Vern went to work for Grassland Dairy Products, in Greenwood, where he held various positions, including, truck washer, butter maker, plant and transportation manager, and dry storage manager. He retired in 2015.
He had many interests, but especially loved spending time with his family and grandchildren, fishing, hunting, gardening, and being outdoors.

Vern will be dearly missed his wife, Barbara, of Greenwood; one son: William (Nichole) Miller of Loyal, WI, and their children: Brody and Brook Miller; one brother: Raymond (Mary) Miller of Greenwood; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dorothy T. Gregorich, 98, died February 7th, 2017
DOROTHY T. GREGORICH, age 98, of Willard, WI, passed away at Neillsville Care & Rehab, in Neillsville, WI, on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Willard. Rev. Steve Brice will officiate and burial will follow in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery. Her grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

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

Dorothy Theresa Petkovsek was born on August 30, 1918 in Willard, WI, the youngest of 10 children to John and Mary (Germosek) Petkovsek. She was raised on the family farm and received her education at North Willard School. After completing her education, Dorothy stayed at home to help on the farm. In 1941, she moved to Chicago, where she worked as a plant operations inspector for Western Electric for 5 years. Dorothy returned to Willard in December 1946. She was united in marriage to Leo F. Gregorich on May 17, 1947 at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Willard. Dorothy worked on the farm alongside her husband, Leo, and raised their 4 sons. They retired from farming in 1977, and their son, Fred, took over the farm.

She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and its PCCW, and was a member of K.S.K.J. Lodge #136.

Dorothy had many interests, but especially loved spending time with her family, cooking, baking, and watching the Green Bay Packers.

She is survived by 3 sons: Roger "Bear" (Rhonda) Gregorich, Roy (Charlotte) Gregorich, Fred (Jill) Gregorich, all of Willard; 7 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; 2 step-great grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo, on April 28, 2003; one son, George, on June 16, 1997; 6 brothers: John, Joseph, Tony, Frank, Martin and William Petkovsek; and 3 sisters: Mary Beton, Anna Lasses and Frances Bruske.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Barbara J. Cattanach, 65, died January 27th, 2017
Barbara Cattanach, age 65, of Neillsville, WI died Friday, January 27, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI.

Barbara Jane Stelter was born on March 7, 1951 in Neillsville the daughter of Frederick and Elizabeth (Embke) Stelter. She attended St. John’s Lutheran Grade School and graduated from Neillsville High School in 1969. She then went to work in the Extension Office at the courthouse before transferring to the Sherriff’s department, where she worked as a dispatcher and secretary. Barb then moved to the District Attorney’s office and worked as a legal secretary. She was also the Victim/Witness coordinator before moving to the Child Support Agency, and working her way up to the Director of Child Support. She was united in marriage to Mark Cattanach on February 10, 1990 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Neillsville. She retired from the courthouse in 2013.

Barb was a member of the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Globe, WI. She loved her animals, especially her dogs, and would travel throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota and South Dakota taking them to agility trials, and for many years visiting hospitals with her therapy dogs. In her spare time, she enjoyed tending to her flowers and gardening. She was very good at doing crafts and was a talented artist. Most important to her, though, was being able to spend time with her precious grandsons.

She is survived by her husband, Mark, two children, Heather (Todd Jensen) Klein of Neillsville and Ryan (Tanya) Pagenkopf of Loyal, WI, three grandsons, Ashtin, Karston and Kolton Pagenkopf, five siblings, Diane (Stanley) Blaskowski of Stratford, WI, Frederick Stelter of Neillsville, WI, Sandra (Richard) Kren of Watertown, WI, Linda (Daniel) Krehmeyer of Neillsville, WI and Yevonne (David) Herron of Marshfield, WI, a brother-in-law, Donald Walker of Neillsville, many nieces and nephews and her beloved dogs, Reba, Libby, Buzzy, Charlee and Kenny and cats, Cedar and Boo-Boo.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Gail Walker.

A Memorial Service for Barb will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville. Pastor John Warmuth will officiate.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Wednesday at the church.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Barb’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Richard “Dick” A. Harrington, 84, died January 26th, 2017
Richard Harrington, age 84, of Neillsville, WI died Thursday, January 26, 2017 at the Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center in Owen, WI.

Richard Arlyen Harrington was born on March 15, 1933 in Butler, WI the son of Ellsworth and Lucy (Butler) Harrington. He graduated from Neillsville High School in 1952 and then joined the United States Army in 1953. He was honorably discharged in 1955 and was united in marriage to Janet C. Seelow on October 7, 1955 in Neillsville. They moved to Milwaukee and Dick worked for the Ladish Company, where he made airplane parts. He then went to work for the Pelton Casteel Company as a foreman in the Core Department for 20 years. When he left the foundry he went to work in maintenance at the Mount Carmel Nursing Home in Milwaukee. In 1995, he and Janet retired to Neillsville, where Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing, plowing snow and volunteering at the American Legion.

Dick was a member of the United Church of Christ in Neillsville, a member of the Granton Antique Tractor Club and a member of the American Legion. He served on the committee for the building of the new Legion, was Commander for three years and was a member of the Legion’s color guard.

He is survived by his wife, Janet, a son, Mark (Kathleen) Harrington of Cudahy, WI, a daughter-in-law, Mary Harrington of Franklin, WI, six grandchildren, Elliot, Adam, Ashley, Erika, Andrew and Benjamin Harrington, two great granddaughters, a great grandson and one sister, Karen (Bill) Seelow of Tucson, AZ.

He was preceded in death by a son, Steve, a sister, Jean Johnson, a brother-in-law, Morris Johnson, and his parents.

Funeral Services for Dick will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 30, 2017 at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville. Pastor Jacoba Koppert will officiate. Music will be provided by Eileen Zank, organist. Interment will be in the North Pine Valley Cemetery in Neillsville with military honors performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Sunday at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday at the church.

Casket Bearers are: Kent Kirn Mark Dunco, Elliot Harrington, Andy Harrington, Adam Harrington and Ben Harrington.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Neillsville American Legion Post #73 Building Fund.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Dick’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Nellie Robinson, 88, died January 20th, 2017
Nellie Robinson, 88, of Humbird, died Friday, January 20, 2017 at her home.

Memorial services will be 4:00 p.m., Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Schiefelbein Funeral Home in Osseo.

Burial will be in Mentor Cemetery, Town of Mentor, Jackson County, WI.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday.
VERNA E. ROEHL, 88, died January 19th, 2017
VERNA E. ROEHL, age 88, of Chili, WI, passed away on Thursday, January 19, 2017 at Neillsville Care & Rehab in Neillsville, WI.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, January 27, 2017 at Christ Lutheran Church, in Chili, WI. Rev. Dan Schoessow will officiate and burial will take place at Windfall Cemetery in Granton, WI.

Visitation will be held at Cuddie Funeral Home, in Loyal, WI, on Thursday, January 26, 2017 from 5pm to 8pm, and again on Friday, at the church, from 10am until time of service.

Verna Elnora Grobe was born on February 5, 1928 in Chilii, WI, the daughter of Edwin and Adelia (Lustig) Grobe. She was raised on the family and received her education at Purdy School and Marshfield High School. As a young girl, Verna would visit her grandmother, Annie, while going to school. She was united in marriage to Leo C. Roehl on April 19, 1947 at Christ Lutheran Church, in Chili, WI. Verna was a homemaker, raising three children, and helping her husband on the farm for 40 years. She also worked at Farmers Coop.

She was a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the Ladies Aide and a Sunday School and VBS teacher. Verna was also a member of the Clark County Homemakers for many years.
Verna loved spending time with her family, playing cards and fishing, where they always planned an annual fishing trip somewhere. She also enjoyed sewing, knitting, quilting, cooking, and baking, especially her cream puffs. Verna collected bells from places she traveled to, and later on, her children and grandchildren brought her bells from places they had traveled to.

She is survived by her loving husband of almost 70 years, Leo, of Chili; three children: Elroy of Chili, Darrell of Neillsville, Cheryl (John) Fields of Loyal; four grandchildren: Angel Serenity, Jeremy (Cassandra) Menke-Fields, Jessica (Tony) Weber, Travis (Heidi) Roehl; five great-grandchildren: Hayden and Gavin Weber, Kyler and Alygaeja Menke-Fields, and Jill Roehl; two brothers: Louis (Diane) Grobe of Marenisco, MI, Edward (Loretta) Grobe of Rapid City, MI; one sister: Carol (Ronald) Koepke of Marshfield, WI; one sister-in-law: Janice Grobe of Congress, AZ; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Verna was preceded in death by her parents; one brother: Elmer "Butch" Grobe, and one sister: Florence Grobe.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given in Verna's name to Christ Lutheran Church.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Leander F. Jacoby, 90, died January 13th, 2017
Leander F. Jacoby, age 90 of Neillsville, died Friday, January 13th, 3017 at Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 28th at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Neillsville.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin is handling the arrangements.
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