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Bernelda Liebzeit, 98, died September 14th, 2019
BERNELDA B. “BERNIE” LIEBZEIT, age 98, of Greenwood, WI, entered on her next journey the morning of September 14, 2019 at Oakbrook Health & Rehab in Thorp, WI.

There will be a graveside ceremony held at 11am on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Immanuel United Church of Christ Cemetery, in the Town of Warner, rural Greenwood, with Rev. Asafa Rajaofera officiating.

Following the ceremony, there will be a gathering of friends and family to celebrate the life of Bernie at Munson Bridge Winery, in Withee, WI.

Bernelda Bernice Humke was born on March 9, 1921 in the Town of Warner, rural Greenwood, to Laura L. (Noah) Humke and Arthur T. Humke. She was raised on the family farm, attended Decker Grade School, and graduated from Greenwood High School in 1938. After high school, Bernie attended Central State Teachers College, in Stevens Point, WI, graduating in 1942 with a degree in Education. From there, she went on to teach in the Greenwood School System. Upon returning to her hometown, she met the love of her life, Norman “Nubby” Liebzeit. They were united in marriage on January 20, 1945 at St. Peter’s Evangelical & Reformed Church in New Albin, Iowa. They celebrated the arrival of their first child, Barbra Jean Liebzeit on October 31, 1949. Galen Lee Liebzeit followed on January 7, 1952. Bernie and Nubby took over the Liebzeit Family Farm in a joint venture with his brother and his family. In 1946, after the death Nubby’s father, Albert, they operated Warner Mutual Insurance, with his brother, Arvin, until retirement.
Bernie had many interests, but especially enjoyed life and loved to travel, including out West and abroad. Her special passion was the moments spent with their grandchildren Dustin, Kendal, and Blake.

She will be dearly missed by her son: Galen (Linda) Liebzeit of Thorp; 3 grandchildren: Dustin (Nancy) Liebzeit of Lublin, Kendal (Tyler) Patrie of Phillips, and Blake (Katie) Liebzeit of Greenwood; 6 great-grandchildren: Dakotah Patrie, Cooper Liebzeit, Kaleb Liebzeit, Landon Patrie, Karter Liebzeit, and Kaci Liebzeit; one brother: Eldore (Alice) Humke of Loyal; one sister-in-law: Ann Liebzeit of Marshfield; one son-in-law: Les Cohoon of Franklin TN; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bernie was preceded in death by her parents, Laura and Arthur Humke; her husband, Norman, on October 1, 2003; her daughter, Barbara Cohoon, on August 6, 2012; one sister, Loriena Lindner, and one brother, Elmer Humke.

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Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Doris M. Struble, 96, died September 13th, 2019
Doris Struble, age 96, of Neillsville, WI died Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Doris M. Struble was born on October 5, 1922 in Neillsville, WI the daughter of Arthur and Selma (Kuenkel) Wegner. She attended Neillsville schools and then worked at Sniteman Pharmacy for 40 plus years. She was a life-time member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Globe. Doris was an avid bowler and on May 120, 2001 she was inducted into the Neillsville Women’s Bowling Association’s Hall of Fame for her 51 years of unfailing support of the sport of bowling. She belonged to Bridge Clubs and enjoyed dancing and her extensive travels throughout the world with her good friend, Evelyn Walk. She also enjoyed going up north fishing, where she caught several northerns.

She is survived by her nephew, Wayne (Kathy) Wegner of Neillsville, WI, great nephew, Bryan Wegner of Neillsville and his children, Brianna Wegner of Florida, Allison Wegner of Colorado and Brady Wegner of Madison, WI and great niece, Carrie Ann (Chris) Manos and their children, Chase and Carter all of Green Bay, WI.

She was prececed in death by her parents, Arthur and Selma Wegner a brother, Clarence Wegner, a sister, Gladys Wegner, a sister-in-law, Alice Wegner and a great nephew, Bradley Wegner.

Funeral Services for Doris will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at the Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Globe, WI. Pastor Nathan Wilke will officiate. Music will be provided by Karen Hoppa, organist. Interment will be in the Immanuel Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at the church.

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Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Doris’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Robert Domine, 77, died September 13th, 2019
ROBERT E. DOMINE, age 77, of Loyal, WI, died at his home on Friday, September 13, 2019.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Loyal, WI. Father Leo Johnson will officiate, and burial will follow the service at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Jason Dux, Nathan Hanson, Brian VanderKooy, Randy Domine, Kevin Domine and Gary Shefchik. Honorary pallbearer will be Dennis Shefchik. Military rites will be conducted by the Loyal American Legion Post #175.

Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday, September 18th from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and again on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Robert Edward Domine was born May 20, 1942, in West Allis, WI to Manuial and Helen (Strey) Domine. He was raised in Loyal, WI and attended St. Anthony’s Catholic School and Loyal High School. He joined the Navy in January of 1960 and was honorably discharged in May of 1963. During the Vietnam War, he served on the USS Independence (CVA 62) overseas. He moved to Oak Creek and worked at Edgerton Construction as a Heavy Equipment Mechanic until his retirement when he moved back to Loyal.
Robert enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his nieces and nephews, as well as his great nieces and nephews. He was very loving and kind, and always willing to give his undivided attention to the children. Whether that time was spent reading and re-reading books, playing cards or board games, doing outdoor activities or something else together, he always had a smile and good memories were made.

Robert will be missed by his two sisters: Shirley Shefchik (Allen Fredrickson) of Greenfield, and Barbara Dux of Marshfield; one brother: Ronald (Shirley) Domine of Marshfield; 13 nieces and nephews: Dennis (Jean) Shefchik of Lander, WY, Kay (Patrick) Dobson of Brown Deer, Carol Seibert of Trevor, Gary (Katie) Shefchik of Mukwonago, Randy (Shelley) Domine of Loyal, Mike (Dawn) Domine of Avondale, AZ, Kevin (Lisa) Domine of Wausau, Shelby (Todd) Schoonover of Kronenwetter, Brian (Karrie) Domine of Phoenix, AZ, Steve (Angie) Domine of Hewitt, Lisa (Nathan) Hanson of Oak Grove, MN, Denise (Brian) VanderKooy of Hatley, Jason (Tiffany) Dux of Onalaska. He is further survived by numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; niece, Debbie Shefchik; nephew, Dale Shefchik; great-nephew, Dustin Domine; and great-niece, Holly Domine.

Schizophrenia is a very serious mental disorder that affects how a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia interpret reality abnormally and require lifelong treatment. Once the prescription for his medication was discontinued and would not be reinstated, Robert’s symptoms returned. He will always be remembered by his loved ones as the kind-hearted and loving brother and uncle, who was more than willing to help those in need, even though he was trapped in bondage with a horrible mental illness. Thankfully, God intervened with open arms and His tender mercy and spared Bob from the pain that he did not deserve. He’s now enjoying the Blessed Life with many other Loved Ones.

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Cuddie Funeral Home of Loyal is assisting the family with arrangements.
Jeffrey J. McNeely, 68, died September 11th, 2019
Jeffrey J. McNeely, 68 of Neillsville, Wisconsin, passed away on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield surrounded by his family.

Jeffrey John McNeely was born July 31, 1951 in Marshfield, Wisconsin to Raymond and Erna McNeely. Jeff graduated with the Class of 1969 from Loyal High School, then went on to earn an Associate Degree in Industrial Services Technology in 1971, then studied at the University of Wisconsin Stout and graduated with a BS in Technology Education in 1974. Following his studies, he assistant taught as Wausau West High School.
Jeff was united in marriage to Carla Jean Kottke on September 18, 1976 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Athens, Wisconsin. In January of 1977 Jeff started his own business, Pine Valley Home Sales Inc. in Loyal, Wisconsin. In 1981 he moved his business to the Neillsville area where they raised their family of four children. In addition to running his business, Jeff enjoyed staying active by playing softball, basketball, and tennis. Jeff loved the mountains and was an avid downhill skier. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren, boating and gardening. Jeff was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville where he served as a Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (CCD) instructor, a member with the Knights of Columbus, and a choir member. Jeff also traveled as a member with the Clark County Male Chorus and was a local advocate for the Republican Party.

Jeff is survived by his partner Rose Marie LaBarbera, four children, Adam (Andrea) McNeely of Lyle, Minnesota, Kristen (Ryan) Schoen of Spooner, Lorin (Matt) Kuester of Menomonie, and Brandon McNeely of Chicago, Illinois, Rose’s children Robert, Paul and Charlie LaBarbera, former wife Carla McNeely, grandchildren: Asher, Emmett, Jameson, and Journey McNeely, Kinsley, Ariya, Evelyn, and Emry Schoen; and seventeen siblings, Steve (Dixie) McNeely, Mike (Diane) McNeely, Mary Slagoski, Pat (Ruth) McNeely, Lana Ertl, Theresa (Lynn) Smith, Dan (Deb) McNeely, Kathy (Mark) Meshnick, Ann (Murley) Wheeler, John (Jane) McNeely), Mark (JoAnne) McNeely, Lori (Dave) Girgenti, Luke (Darilyn) McNeely, Mara (Jeff) Folz, Sarah (David) Kunferman, Lisa (Scott) Enerson, Joan (Steve) Frericks and many nieces and nephews.

Jeff was proceeded in death by his parents Raymond and Erna McNeely, grandchild Remy Sawyer Schoen, niece, Erin McNeely, a nephew, Sam McNeely and a great niece, Isabelle McNeely.

The Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:30a.m. on Monday, September 16th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville, Wisconsin with the Father Varkey V. Joseph celebrating. Interment will be in St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery in Loyal, WI.

Visitation will be at the Gesche Funeral Home Sunday, September 15th from 4 to 7 p.m., with a prayer service and Knights of Columbus rosary to follow. Visitation will also be held on Monday for one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be directed to St. Mary’s Parish, 1813 Black River Road, Neillsville, WI 54456.

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Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Jeff’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Sally G. Meier, 74, died September 6th, 2019
Sally Meier, age 74, of of Marshfield, WI, formerly of Neillsville, WI passed away on September 6, 2019 at Stoney River Assisted Living in Marshfield.

Sally was born in Neillsville, WI, July 10, 1945. She attended Neillsville Public Schools, graduating in 1963. Sally worked at the Neillsville Theatre, which was managed by her parents, during her high school and college years. She graduated from UW-Stevens Point in 1967 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She taught for 33 years in the Marshfield Public School System at the Lincoln Elementary School, retiring in June 2000. Sally enjoyed spending time in her flower gardens, bowling, baking, taking day bus trips, her kitty, playing cards, going to the casino and visiting with friends. She often made computer cards for shut-ins and visited them, taking them flowers from her garden and baked goodies.
Sally was a member of Neillsville United Methodist Church from 1957 to 2013, and in March 2014 joined the Zion United Methodist Church in Marshfield.

She was preceded in death by her parents, W.G. “Bill” Meier and Dorothy Meier.

Sally is survived by her two brothers, Tom (Nancy) Meier of Solon Springs, WI and David (Miriam) Meier of Reedsville, WI as well as her nieces and nephews and friends.

Funeral Services for Sally will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 13, 2019 at the Zion United Methodist Church in Marshfield, WI. Pastor Hyeokwon Kwon will officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Friday at the Church.

Memorials may be designated to the American Heart Association or Parkinson’s Disease Fund.

The family would like to thank the staff of Stoney River, the Marshfield Medical Center and St. Croix Hospice for their wonderful care of Sally.

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Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Sally’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Donald A. Wright, 71, died September 5th, 2019
Donald Alan Wright, Age 71, of Granton, WI, died on Thursday, September 5, 2019, in Neillsville, WI.

In honor of his wishes, no visitation or funeral services will be held; however; a private family celebration of his life will take place throughout the next few days.

Donald Alan Wright was born in Aurora, IL, to Donald Chester Wright of Norwood, IA and Evelyn May Myers of Chariton, IA, on a beautiful day, April 14, 1948.

Donald graduated from Fort Atkinson High School, WI, in 1966, and then began his career in the United States Army. He served in the Army from 1967 to 1972, where he spent a large amount of his time overseas in Korea. His time was spent on working as a heavy equipment mechanic and furthering his martial arts training where he obtained his 1st Dan Black Belt from Instructor Choi Wha Sung in Korea.

When he returned from Korea, he married Linda Faye Reynolds on February 9, 1976, at the Unitarian Church in Geneva, IL, and started a family. His drive to further his career took him on a path to Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, where he became a diesel mechanic and later an EMT. He worked as a Maintenance Supervisor/EMT for Memorial Medical Center, Neillsville, WI, for 25 years and enjoyed retirement since April 2010.

He had a love for the outdoors, where he found great happiness spending time at his cabin, and preparing for the hunting season. A day well spent, included sitting on his front step at the cabin and taking in the quiet, while enjoying the natural beauty that the outdoors has to offer.

Donald Alan Wright is preceded in death by his parents Donald Chester Wright, Evelyn May (Myers) Wright, and his grandson Gage Alan Wright.

Donald Alan Wright is survived by his wife Linda Faye Wright of Granton, WI, Step-Daughter-Stephanie Shreve of Altoona, WI, Son-Alan Wright of Eau Claire, WI, Daughter-Melissa Heck of Marshfield, WI, and his nine beautiful grandchildren.

We will forever love and miss you.

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Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Donald’s family.
Samuel Lee Strangfeld, 0, died September 5th, 2019
Our little angel, Samuel Lee Strangfeld, was born Thursday, September 5, 2019 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield. The son of Lee J. and Sierra L. (Coulthard) Strangfeld.

Samuel Lee joined God’s family through Holy Baptism by Rev. Doug Westerberg of Marshfield.

Samuel Lee went home with our Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday, September 5, 2019.

Samuel Lee is survived by his parents, Lee and Sierra Strangfeld and sister, Porter, grandparents, Michael and Melissa Coulthard and Jeffrey and Jeanne Strangfeld, great grandparents, Rex and Susan Roehl, Joseph “Norm” and Dale Combs, Jackie and Herman Strangfeld and Pat Eisentraut, great great grandparents, Shirley Hendricks, Robert Opelt and Doris Braatz and aunts, uncles and familes, James and Aubree Reis and their children, Quinn and Malia, Brady Coulthard, Matt and Melissa Strangfeld and their children, Morgan and Lucas and Jim and Liz Shehl and their children, Charlie and Kate.

Samuel was preceded in death by great grandparents, David Eisentraut and great great grandparents, Clifford and Hazel Roehl, Robert Hendricks, Dorothy Opelt and Carl Eisentraut.

A private family funeral service will be held.

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Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Samuel’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Sheri L. Malloch, 73, died September 2nd, 2019
Sheri Malloch, age 73, of Neillsville, WI died Monday, September 2, 2019 in the Emergency Room of the Marshfield Medical Center – Neillsville.

Sheri Lea Drescher was born on August 31, 1946 in Rochester, MN the daughter of Arthur F. and Adelaide J. (Farrand) Drescher. She graduated from Neillsville High School in 1964 and then attended UW-Madison. Sheri then worked for AT&T in Madison, WI as a telephone operator for the next 28 years before they closed the Madison location. She then transferred to the AT&T office in Kansas City where she worked until retiring in 2003. She then moved back to Neillsville and enjoyed being with her family and playing the piano and organ for the United Methodist Church where she was a member.

She is survived by a daughter, Heather (Dennis) Malloch-Eisenbarth of Kansas City, MO, four siblings, Linda (Terry) Cash of Camp Douglas, WI, Margaret (Steve) Knoop of Neillsville, WI, Martha Beyer of Neillsville, WI and Marla (Joel) Raine of Neillsville, WI. Sheri is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Art and Addy Drescher and a brother, William Trent.

A private Graveside Service for Sheri will be held at the Neillsville City Cemetery.

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Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Sheri’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Luke Yurkovich, 58, died August 30th, 2019
Luke Michael Yurkovich passed away on Friday, August 30 in a tragic farming accident.

A Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, September 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Yurkovich farm in Willard, WI.

Luke was born on June 18, 1961 in Marshfield to Valentine and Sylvia (Jelercic) Yurkovich. He was a graduate of the class of 1979 from Greenwood High School. He was so proud to be the only senior that was never once caught drinking, and thus, was the “only” attendant from Greenwood High School, that year, at the National FFA Convention. He was also a graduate of the Farm Short Course through the University of Wisconsin.
Luke was honored to serve on the North Hendren Dairy Cooperative Board. His grandfather was elected as the first board of director in 1929, his father served in the 60s, and Luke was elected as board of director in 2011, proudly following in their footsteps. In 2014, he was elected as Vice President and was still serving to this day as North Hendren was in the process of dissolving. Luke sadly had to close the doors of a dream that his grandfather started so many years ago. Along with all of his other responsibilities, he added Town of Mead Supervisor to his list back in 2011 and continued to this day.
Luke met Judith Ksandr in May 1983 at Dales North Mound Tavern. It was love at first sight, Judy visiting from Chicago and Luke after a Dales ball tournament. After a three-year long-distance relationship, they married on October 18, 1986. He and Judy began their life together farming alongside his parents and older sister, Bonnie, until they took over operations in 2009. They had the honor of hosting a Century Farm Celebration in 2011 and were proud to have hosted the Greenwood Dairy Breakfast last summer, with the largest attendance ever recorded.
Luke devoted his life to his farm, proudly carrying on his family’s heritage. He was a devoted husband to Judy and father to Brenden. They formed a strong bond only a father and son could have despite the struggles of autism all the while managing a busy life on the farm. From sun up to sun down, he put his blood, sweat, and tears into his land. Somewhere in between all of the hours spent milking, feeding, tending the heifer barn, and working the fields, he still managed to make time creating everlasting memories with his loved ones. He turned this living, into a beautiful and unforgettable legacy.
Luke deeply loved his basketball league. He was also very passionate about playing softball for Dale’s North Mound Tavern for many years. He was an outstanding shortstop, and made many lifelong friendships along the way. He was most passionate, though, about deer and bear hunting at the family’s hunting shack alongside his family and nearest and dearest of friends. He loved to ice fish, too, when he wasn’t hiding somewhere in a tree. He was the life of the party, constantly spreading laughter, cheer, and bottles of Crown and Slivovitz. He was also well known for his talent with a tambourine. Luke was selfless, always eager to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He opened his home, heart, and farm as a mentor to many children and young adults throughout the years. He loved to joke around and lovingly razz his nieces and nephews and truly was, the Uncle of all Uncles.
Luke is survived by his wife, Judy for almost 33 years and son, Brenden 23 years old. He is further survived by his siblings, Richard (Gabe) Yurkovich, Mary Jo (Dennis) Sischo, Ed (Peggy) Yurkovich, and Kitty (Dale) Wolf. He is further survived by his mother-in-law Mary Ann Ksandr (91) and sisters-in-law Janeen (Alan) Wagner and Marcia (Doug) Morris as well as nieces & nephews, Aaron (Autumn Hendricks) Sischo, Lacey (Stephen) Sischo, Amy Yurkovich, Kim (Mike) Anderson, Mitchell (Charissa) Yurkovich, Phil Yurkovich, Mike (Anne) Wolf, Nate (Liz Breu) Wolf, Caroline (Tyler Paquin) Wolf, Michelle (Roger) Bates, Melinda (Ben) Chamberlain, Joshua Taugner, Brad & Kayleigh Morris, Madison & Nathaniel Wagner, Michelle (Roger) Bates, great nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Valentine & Sylvia Yurkovich and sister, Bonnie Yurkovich, father-in-law Joseph Ksandr and brother-in-law Jim Taugner and Leonard Ksandr and sister-in-laws JoAnne Morris and Pam Weber.

Luke was the greatest husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend. His sarcastic wit, kind and compassionate soul, and zest for life will forever be missed.

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Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Violet Roth, 95, died August 18th, 2019
VIOLET M. ROTH, 95, of Loyal, entered into the fullness of eternal life on Sunday, August 18, 2019, at the House of Dove, in Marshfield.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal. Fr. Leo Johnson will officiate, and burial will follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren: Matthew Newman, Michael Newman, Justin Lundstrom, MacKenzie Lundstrom, Joseph Roth and Jessica Case.

Visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 from 5pm to 7pm, and again on Thursday, from 10am until time of service.

The daughter of Frank Gingras and Barbara (Scheidler) Gingras, Violet was born in 1924 in Chippewa Falls, and grew up on a dairy farm in Lafayette. Tasks on the farm included helping her older brother, Harold, operate a horse-drawn cultivator. After graduating from Notre Dame McDonell High School, she was employed in the office at St Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, before attending Eau Claire State Teachers College. She taught at various schools in Chippewa and Clark counties. Her last teaching assignment was second grade at St Anthony Catholic School in Loyal, where her students included her daughter, Mary Jo. She then assisted her husband, Norman, start Roth Mfg. Co., a farm-equipment manufacturing business in Loyal. Violet was the office manager until she retired in her late seventies.
In 1946, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Norman Roth, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cadott, WI. He had earlier met Violet at St. Rose on a Sunday… after noticing Violet walking up for communion… wearing a fur jacket and an elegant, red hat.
Violet was a high-energy, joyful soul with an infectious smile… who easily made friends. She was a member of St Anthony Church and its PCCW. She served on the Loyal Library Board for many years and was a member of the Lone Pine Homemakers Club for over 50-years.

She will be dearly missed but fondly remembered by her children: Daniel, Loyal; Mark (Lucille), Marshfield; Mary Jo Roth, Plymouth, MN; Ann Newman, Deerfield, IL; Thomas (Christine), Loyal; Anthony (Joy), Neillsville; and Kathleen (James) Lundstrom, Brooklyn Park, MN; along with 13-treasured grandchildren; 3-precious great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law: Jean Roth of Lakewood, WA; two brothers: Harold Gingras, Chippewa Falls and Robert (Sachiko) Gingras, Cadott; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband Norman; her beloved son Joseph, her two sisters: Audrey Mcllquham and Eloise Burfisher Hoffman; and her son-in-law Bill Newman.

Violet asked that any memorials be directed to St. Anthony Catholic School, PO Box 69, Loyal, WI 54446.

Violet kept the attached poem pinned above her desk:
“The Value of a Smile” It costs nothing but creates much. It enriches those who receive it… and increases the wealth of those who give it. It is of no value until it is given away. It happens in a flash… and the memory can last a lifetime. -Anonymous-

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Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Jerry Johnson, 91, died August 17th, 2019
Jerry Johnson, age 91, of Neillsville, WI died Saturday, August 17, 2019 in his residence at the Neillsville Retirement Community.

Gerald R. Johnson was born on August 6, 1928 in Modena, WI the son of Elroy and Laura (Kezar) Johnson. He attended Happy Hollow Grade School in Neillsville and graduated from Neillsville High School in 1946. He entered the United States Army in 1951, serving during the Korean War. On March 29, 1952 Jerry was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Holt in Neillsville. He was honorably discharged from the military in 1953 and returned to Neillsville, where he worked at American Stores Dairy from’54 to ‘63. He then went to work for Neillsville Milk Products from ’63 to ’65 and then for Foremost Foods, where he retired in 1990 after 25 years. In retirement, Jerry and his wife, Mary Ellen, worked for the Clark County Forestry and Parks Department as a part-time caretakers of Russell Memorial Park.
He is a member of the United Church of Christ in Neillsville and a retiree of the Teamster’s Union.

He is survived by two children, Steven (Donna) Johnson of Eau Claire, WI and Leeann (LeRoy) Krall of West Salem, WI, three grandchildren, Ryan (April) Krall of Eau Claire, WI and Nate (Jenna) Krall of Onalaska, WI and Christie (James) Gassen of O’Fallon, IL, seven great-grandchildren, Mathias and Adria Gassen, Brooklyn, twins Jackson and Mason Krall and Elsie and Violet Krall and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen and his parents.

Funeral Services for Jerry will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 24, 2019 at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville. Pastor Jacoba Koppert and Pastor Douglas Bjerke will co-officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery, with Military Honors performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday at the Gesche Funeral Home and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday at the United Church of Christ.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Clark County Humane Society, W3926 State Hwy 73, Neillsville, WI 54456 or the Neillsville Library, 409 Hewett St., Neillsville, WI 54456 or the Birchwood United Church 103 E. Balsalm Ave., Birchwood, WI 54817.

Casket bearers will be: Tom Behrens, Jim Smagacz, Tim Tresemer, Rich Beck, Don Murphy, Dennis Buchholz, Glen Luchterhand, Russell Karl, Walter Spencer and Tom Firnstahl.

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Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Jerry’s family with funeral arrangements.
Jean A. Lincoln , 72, died August 14th, 2019
Jean Lincoln, age 72, of Minneapolis, MN died Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at The Estates of St. Louis Park Nursing Home.

Jean Ann Lincoln was born on October 5, 1946 in Harvard, IL the daughter of Albert and Violet (Felgenhauer) Lincoln. She graduated from Neillsville High School in 1965 and then worked at Blum’s Box factory in Marshfield, WI. Later, she would attend Dunwoody College in Minneapolis, MN and receive a certificate as a certified baker. Jean went on to work at the Uptown Oven restaurant, Marriot Food Service and she retired from Cargill Food Service all of which are in Minneapolis.
Jean was a former member of the Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, MN and a current member of the Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Her favorite past times were cooking and baking, sewing, listening to Christian music and old-time country music and later in life she enjoyed doing coloring books for adults.

She is survived by three siblings, Charles Lincoln of Moses Lake, WA, Gerald (Kathy) Lincoln of Mount Joy, PA and Norma (L.C.) Lincoln of Rockford, MN.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Vera and Loraine.

A Graveside Service for Jean will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 19, 2019 at the Neillsville City Cemetery. Pastor Ralph Schram of Alma Center, WI will officiate.

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Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Jean’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Randy C. Krehmeyer, 64, died August 10th, 2019
Randy C. Krehmeyer, age 64, of Neillsville, WI died on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Atrium in Marshfield, WI.

Randy Carl Krehmeyer was born on January 24, 1955, in Neillsville, WI the son of Merle A. and Joy M. (Dein) Krehmeyer. He attended Wildwood Country School and Neillsville Public Schools. He then went to work for Jim Doud at the Neillsville Oil Co where he learned furnace repair. He went on to work for Urban Sales and Service where he worked as a mechanic for many years. On February 3, 1973 he was united in marriage to Shirley Hanson. They later divorced. On June 18, 2005 he married Cheryl Lee Kuhn. She preceded him in death on September 15, 2015.

Randy is survived by his children; Sheila Krehmeyer, Theresa “TC” (D.J. Collum) Krehmeyer and Jason Krehmeyer, 6 Grandchildren and 1 Great Grandchild. He is also survived by 3 brothers; Gary (Delores) Krehmeyer, Dan (Linda) Krehmeyer and Jerry (Melva) Krehmeyer.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Merle and Joy Krehmeyer.

A Celebration of Life for Randy will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, August 31, 2019 at Speak Easy Saloon in Neillsville, WI.

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The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Randy’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Henry Robert “Bob” Shaw, 94, died August 9th, 2019
Henry Robert “Bob” Shaw passed away Friday, August 9, 2019

Bob was born July 21, 1925 at the family home on State Street in the City of Neillsville. He attended Neillsville Schools and in June 1944 he volunteered to serve in the U.S. Navy. During the Second World War, his tour of duty took him to both the Pacific and European Theaters, locations around the globe involved in the war effort. He was honorably discharged in May 1946 as a 3rd Class Shipfitter. While in the Navy, Bob honed unique engineering skills to be used both professionally and personally, talents he used well into his retirement years. He returned to Neillsville and worked at the Neillsville Milk Products until 1949. On August 14, 1948 he married his sweetheart, Lorraine Hagedorn, in Neillsville and they had two children, Lori and John. Bob worked for Warlum-Robinson until 1954 when he and his family moved to Fond du Lac, WI where he worked for Born Heating until 1958. They then returned to Neillsville where Bob started his own business, Shaw’s Heating & Air Conditioning and conducted this business for 30 years until his retirement in 1988.
Bob was an avid fisherman and deer hunter but enjoyed fishing the most, taking any opportunity to drop a line in the water. He embraced the outdoors, especially the gorgeously forested Shaw Family property. Bob dabbled in making maple syrup and built a sawmill on the edge of the woods. Driven by his fascination with design and a desire to create and build, projects of all shapes and sizes soon followed. With such a rich supply of both hard- and softwood lumber, the possibilities were endless. He was always willing to help anyone, anytime and could fix just about anything.
He was a member of the United Church of Christ, a member of the Masonic Lodge, a member of the American Legion Post No. 73, lifetime member of the V.F.W. Wilson Heintz Post 2241 and Honor Guard for the Post. He was very active in his Church and helped with projects.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Clara Shaw and his brothers George Jr., Louis and Clarence.

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, two children, Lori (Jerry) Kvasnicka, Rochester, MN and John Shaw, St. Louis Park, MN, grandchildren, Dylan (Ashley) Kvasnicka, Crystal, MN, and Lauren Kvasnicka, Minneapolis, MN, one sister, Edna (Richard) Lowe, Olathe, KS and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was a loving husband, father, and grandfather who enjoyed being together with his family and his many friends. He will be remembered for his kind and caring manner, wit, and generosity. He will be dearly missed by wife Lorraine, his sweetheart of 73 years, and all those who knew him.

A visitation will be held on Friday, August 16, 4:00 to 7:00pm at Gesche Funeral Home and one hour prior to the 11:00am memorial service on Saturday, August 17 at the United Church of Christ. There will be Military Honors accorded by the Neillsville Veterans Council.

In lieu of flowers Memorials may be directed to the family for designation at a later date.

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The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Bob’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Dorothy Coyle, 102, died August 7th, 2019
Dorothy M. Coyle, 102, of Granton, WI died on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Wells Nature View in Marshfield, WI.

Dorothy Marie Zastrow was born on September 4, 1916 in Hillsboro, WI. When she was 6 weeks old her family moved to the Neillsville area. Dorothy was educated in the Neillsville Schools and graduated from Neillsville High School. She was united in marriage to Gilbert Coyle on January 20, 1937. Together they farmed and raised their family. Dorothy loved planting, gardening, cooking for her family, spending time with her children and grandchildren. She also found time for embroidery, traveling with her son, Ken and Linda and faithfully kept a daily journal.

She is survived by her children; Eugene (Sally Yohn) Coyle of Almond, WI, NanJean Oldham of Marshfield, WI, Ollie (Annette) Coyle of Granton, WI, Olive Foemmel of New London, MN, Barbara (Duane) Schultz of Berlin, WI, Kenneth (Linda) Coyle of Medford, WI, Patsy Beilke of Granton, WI and Nona (Richard) Tews of Marshfield, WI, 35 Grandchildren, 71 Great Grandchildren and 36 Great Great Grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son, Terry Coyle, a grandson, Brian, a great great grandson, a sister, Florence and 2 brothers, Julius and Henry.

Funeral services for Dorothy will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 10, 2019 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI. Pastor Terry Marg will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, August 9, 2019 at the Gesche Funeral Home and also from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Saturday morning prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be in Windfall Cemetery in Granton, WI.

Serving as casket bearers will be Jason Johnson, Travis Coyle, Rusty Coyle, Ollie Coyle, Tim Oldham and Shawn Coyle.

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The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Dorothy’s family with Funeral arrangements.
George Carstensen, 93, died August 3rd, 2019
George Carstensen, age 93, passed away peacefully at home with family on Saturday, August 3, 2019.

George will be remembered for his half a century of milk hauling. George loved to BS with the farmers and his neighbors, fixing machinery, hunting, bailing hay and feeding his barn cats.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Gwen (Galbreath) Carstensen and daughters, Judy Opelt, Charrolette Curley, Georgia Kostohryz, eight grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by one daughter, Cindy Suda, two grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

George was loved and will be dearly missed by many.

There will be no services per his wishes.

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Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting George’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Lorraine G. Flynn, 95, died August 3rd, 2019
Lorraine Flynn, age 95, of Neillsville, WI died Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Care and Rehabilitation Center – Neillsville.

Lorraine Grace Buchsteiner was born on November 15, 1923 in Greenwood, WI the daughter of William E. and Elizabeth J. (Zimmerman) Buchsteiner. She attended Eaton Center Grade School in Greenwood and graduated from Neillsville High School. She was united in marriage to Thomas A. Flynn on August 26, 1945 in Neillsville. She worked as a cashier at the Farmer’s Store in Neillsville and she also worked at Figi’s in Neillsville.
She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and St. John’s Ladies Aid. She was a member of the Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary and a life-time member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Lorraine enjoyed going for walks, baking, visiting shut-ins and nature. She enjoyed volunteering for the Red Cross, The HighGround, the Thrift Store, Sunshine Friends at the nursing home and running the food stand at the Clark County Fair for the Kiwanis Club. Her greatest enjoyment, however, was when she was caring for her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by a son, Tim (Bev) Flynn of Coeur d’ Alene, ID and a daughter, Lynda (Dick) Urban of Neillsville, WI, four grandchildren, Clint, Katie, Dessa and Luke and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, a daughter, Sue Bergemann, a brother, Bill Buchsteiner and a sister, Milda Drischoll.

Funeral Services for Lorraine are pending.

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Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Lorraine’s family with Funeral arrangements.

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