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Clayton E. Kohlnhofer, 88, died May 22nd, 2016
CLAYTON E. KOHLNHOFER, age 88, of Loyal, passed away on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Gold Horizons Assisted Living in Marshfield.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Loyal. Burial will follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Loyal American Legion Post #175.

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

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ellen S. Farris, 76, died May 22nd, 2016
Ellen S. Farris, 76, of Neillsville, WI died on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI.

Ellen Farris was born on July 22, 1939 in Sheboygan, WI the daughter of Walter and Ada (Brehm) Damrow. Ellen was raised in Sheboygan Falls, WI. She attended the 9th and 10th grades at St. Mary’s Convent in St. Francis, WI. After she graduated she attended Spencerian College where she earned an Associates Degree in Business. She then went to work for the Milwaukee Chamber of Commerce. On May 27, 1961 she was united in marriage to David L. Farris at St. Mary’s Church in Sheboygan Falls. Together they raised their family while living in Grafton, WI. Ellen spent 15 years as the office manager for the Town Club in Fox Point, WI. After she and David retired, they moved to Lake Arbutus near in Hatfield, WI. She loved the lake and enjoyed many boat rides with her family and sitting by the water on their swing. She also loved traveling to many states with her husband, reading, crocheting and gatherings with the Purple Passion Patooties Red Hat Society to which she belonged. Ellen was also a member of the Hatfield Homemakers.

She is survived by her husband, David, four children; Jill (Joel) Schowalter of Grafton, WI, Diane (Jeff Kreutzuer) Tompkins of Grafton, WI, Julie (James Matzat) Farris of Wauwautosa, WI and Jeff Farris of Boston, MA, four grandchildren, Mitchell, Kristen, Sarah and Cassandra.

Ellen was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Claire (Bud) Anderson.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI. Pastor Douglas Bjerke will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. prior to the service Tuesday.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Ellen’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Bruce “Tom” Tibbett, 81, died May 21st, 2016
Bruce “Tom” Tibbett, age 81, of Neillsville, WI died Saturday, May 21, 2016 at his residence following a courageous battle against cancer.

Bruce Thomas Tibbett was born on March 30, 1935 in Neillsville, WI the son of George and Louise (Leland) Tibbett. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School and Neillsville High School. He then enlisted into the United States Army, serving as a paratrooper in the Airborne division. After his honorable discharge in December of 1956, he moved to West Allis, WI and began working for Allis Chalmers. On August 31, 1957 he was united in marriage to Shirley A. Zabler at St. Rita’s Catholic Church in West Allis. They moved back to Neillsville in 1964, and Tom took over his father’s business, Tibbett Ice and Fuel. After running that business Tom successfully operated Tibbett Transfer and Storage delivering freight for many local businesses and feed to veal farmers. He also did a little farming on the side.

Tom was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville where he attended mass daily. He also served on the pastoral council, the building and grounds committee, and as a weekly money counter. He was a 4th degree Knights of Columbus member.

Tom loved bowling. He was a member of the Neillsville Bowling Association for many years and this spring he was inducted into the Neillsville Bowling Hall of Fame. He had three 300 games in his life and he was the first to roll a 300 game in the new Strike Time Lanes. Tom also enjoyed the outdoors where, for 50 years, he cut firewood to heat his home. His other hobbies included cooking maple syrup, riding his bike, and walking through his woods, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and attending his grandchildren’s school activities and ball games.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley, six children, Patti (Tim) Schmidt of Altoona, WI, Bruce (Nancy) Tibbett Jr. of Marshfield, WI, Bev (Bill) Poeschel of Neillsville, WI, Michelle (Tony) Witte of Fort Atkinson, WI, Jenny (Brandon) Grady of Aurora, CO and Aimee (Steve) Kelchen of Summit, WI, eighteen grandchildren, Ben, Mike (Kristin), Andy (Mandy) and Timmy (Tracy) Schrader, Jenny (Erik) Helland, Max and Roman Tibbett, Chris (Jamie), Justin, Courtney and Sarah Poeschel, Jessica and Jacob Witte, Ethan, Quinton and Mireille Grady and Emmet and Graham Kelchen, five great grandchildren, Matthew Schneider, Recelyn Schrader, Easton Schrader, Everett Schrader, and Hayden Poeschel, a sister, Pat Mrotek of Neillsville, a sister-in-law, Joanne Tibbett of Neillsville and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Dick Tibbett, and a son-in-law, Tim Schrader.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 28, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. The Celebrant will be Rev. Varkey V. Joseph. Music will be provided by Vicente Cortez, organist and St. Mary’s Choir. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery with Military Honors performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m., Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. A Knights of Columbus Rosary Service will be held at 10:45 a.m., Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Tom’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Heron “Pink” Ardell Van Gorden, 89, died May 19th, 2016
Heron “Pink” Ardell Van Gorden, 89 of Neillsville, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 19, 2016 at the Clark County Health Care Center in Owen, Wisconsin.

He was born October 9, 1926 in Alma Center Wisconsin to Archie H. “Red” and Hazel Madeline (Fremstad). He had an older brother Richard “Dick” Humphrey and later a younger sister Cyrena Mae (Dierauer). He graduated from Neillsville High School in 1944 without having attended an entire day of class due to his employment at his father’s mill. After graduation, Pink enlisted and entered Army Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Georgia. He went on to graduate and be commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant four days after his 17th birthday. He was the youngest ever to have achieved that rank. He was stationed in Germany and France where he served as the Commander of the 15th Calvary Reconnaissance Squadron. He received orders to return home when he was 19 due to his father’s illness to take over the family feed business. In December, 1947 he joined the National Guard as a 2nd Lieutenant where he served and later became the company commander and rose to the rank of Major before retiring in 1965.

He was joined in marriage to Ruth Elisabeth (Heagle) on August 9th, 1947 in Stanley, Wisconsin. Their daughter Marcia Beth Van Gorden was born February 12, 1951 and their son Scot Humphrey Van Gorden was born October 25th, 1954 and passed away at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota on November 7th, 1954. The family resided in Neillsville, Wisconsin where Pink and his brother Richard Humphrey Van Gorden continued to run the feed mill and later fertilizer plant in downtown Neillsville. In 1981 Pink decided to run for the 69th State Assembly District seat opening which he won and served from 1981-1991. He served on various committees such as Highways, Transportation Projects, Small Business, Education or Training for Employment, Agriculture, Health, and Veterans and Military Affairs committees. Pink also served on the Department of Natural Resources Disabled Advisory Council, the Legislative Council on Nursing Home Reimbursement, the Legislative Council Commission on Surface Water Resources, the Select Commission on Work Incentives and the Governor’s Special Task Force on Ft. McCoy. In 1992 he chose not to seek re-election because he believed that politics should not be a profession but rather a chance to do something useful for one’s constituents and community. One of his most joyous accomplishments was the founding of the Half Moon Ski Club and development of the Bruce Mound ski hill in the late 1940’s with Jim Hauge, Cal Swenson, attorney John Peterson, Dr. M.C. Rosekrans and his brother Dick. He also started the Mt. Moldy Ski Hill in Neillsville.

He was a member of a number of organizations including but not limited to the Masons Knights Templar, Chamber of Commerce, United Church of Christ, Winx Club, Ducks Unlimited, National Rifle Association, National Muzzle Loading Association, was the secretary-treasurer, director and member of the Wisconsin Feed, Seed and Supply Association, director of an industrial development group, and also served as Commander of the American Legion and Commander of the VFW. One of the projects closest to his heart was the purchase and development of The HighGround Veterans Memorial Park in Neillsville, Wisconsin.

He leaves his beloved wife Ruth; daughter Marcia (Carroll Kelley) of Minneapolis. He also leaves his brother Richard and his wife Janet of Neillsville, WI and grandchildren Ian Kelley, Sean Kelley, Colin Kelley and his wife Sor and children Cynthia, Cyrus and Ethan and granddaughter Meghan (Anderson) and husband Troy and children Konrad and Adeline.

He is preceded in death by his sister Cyrena (Dierauer), husband Robert Dierauer, and his parents Archie and Hazel Van Gorden.

Funeral Services for Pink will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville. Pastor Jacoba Koppert will officiate. Music will be provided by Eileen Zank, Deon Spangler and Karen Mohr. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at the Gesche Funeral Home and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday at the church. Military Honors will be performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council and the Wisconsin Military Honors Program.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Church of Christ 515 W. 2nd St., Neillsville, Wisconsin, 54456 or The HighGround, W7031 Ridge Rd., Neillsville, WI 54456 or a charity of the donor’s choice.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Pink’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Wallace E. Erickson, 86, died May 12th, 2016
Wally Erickson, age 86, of Neillsville, WI died Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Wallace Elmer Erickson was born on August 30, 1929 in Knapp, Wisconsin the son of Elmer and Frances (Wilm) Erickson. He moved to Neillsville at the age of 9. He was baptized and confirmed in March, 1951. He graduated from Granton High School in 1949. He coached the freshman basketball team as a junior and senior.

Wally purchased a milk route in 1950, which he operated until 1956. He was united in marriage to Norma Lueck on April 7, 1951. He purchased a farm in 1951 and the home farm in 1960. He continued farming until 2002.

He served as director of the Neillsville Coop Transport and director and president of the Neillsville Farmer’s Union Coop. He and his wife built Strike Time Lanes in Neillsville in 1983 and operated it until April of 1995.

He enjoyed football, basketball, and all other sports and traveled in all the states.

Wally is survived by a son, Roger (June) Erickson of Neillsville, WI, a daughter, Cheryl (Terry) Holub of Neillsville, three grandchildren, Travis (Jodi) Erickson, Tony (Beth) Erickson and Tyler (Amanda) Erickson, three step-grandchildren, Edward (Carrie) Holub, Katie Damon and Sarah (Mike) Bergman, five great grandchildren, Kyle Erickson, Brielle Erickson, Harlynn Erickson, Ella Erickson, Alle Erickson and Brock Erickson, eight step great grandchildren, Hudzon Sebesta-Opelt, Kimberly Holub, Stephanie Holub, Ashley Holub, Zackery Holub, Terry James Holub, Jaxson Bergman, Willow Bergman and Jordan Spencer and one great great grandson, Zayden Brophy. He is also survived by one sister, Mildred True of Clintonville, WI and one half brother, Earl (Wilma) Erickson of Neillsville, WI and one half sister, Doris Braatz of Neillsville, WI, along with several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Norma, his parents, one brother, two half brothers and one half sister.

Funeral Services for Wally will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Pastor Timothy Biebert will officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 at Gesche Funeral Home and then again an hour before services at the church.

Casket bearers are: Ernest Erickson, Donald Erickson, Mike True, Arnie Eisentraut, Alan Dahlke, Larry Erickson and Jim Erickson.

Memorials may be given to Wally’s family for designation at a later date.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Wally’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Larry W. Sowle, 68, died May 8th, 2016
LARRY W. SOWLE, age 68, of Greenwood, WI, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, May 8, 2016.

A memorial mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Willard, WI, on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 2pm, with Rev. Steve Brice officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Greenwood American Legion Post #238.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Friday, from 1pm until time of service.

Larry William Sowle was born on May 21, 1947 in Milwaukee, WI, to Gerald M. and Jeanette A. (Tralmer) Sowle. He was raised in Milwaukee, and attended St. Albert's Catholic School, Edison Junior High School and Custer High School. After completing his education, Larry enlisted in the U.S. Army on December 31, 1964 and served until his honorable discharge on March 3, 1966. He was united in marriage to Patricia Ann Carl on October 20, 1984 at Florist Avenue Lutheran Church, in Milwaukee, WI. Larry was a truck driver for Yellow Freight until retiring in 2003 after 27 years with the company.

He was a member of the Greenwood American Legion Post #238, and had many interests, but especially enjoyed: hunting, playing cards, watching Westerns on TV, having a beer or two, and golfing.

Larry will be dearly missed by his wife, Patty, of Greenwood; one son: Alex Sowle (Amy Lund) of Menomonie; 2 daughters from an earlier marriage: Tami Sowle and Amy Boehringer, both of Brookfield, WI; 3 grandchildren: Jaden, Kayla and Jonathon; 2 brothers: Dennis (Vicki) Sowle of Sussex, WI, Terry (Colleen) Sowle of Menomonee Falls, WI; one sister: Dawn (Jeff) Mallette of Monument, CO; one brother-in-law: Michael Dueno of Cedarburg, WI; lifelong friends: Lynn (Linda) Halboth of Delafield, WI; his godchild: Justin Michael Halboth; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and one sister: Sandy Dueno.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Antoinette “Toni” E. Henneman, 83, died May 8th, 2016
Toni Henneman, age 83, of Neillsville, WI died Sunday, May 08, 2016 at the Grand View Care Center in Blair, WI.

Antoinette Eleanor Goettl Was born on June 8, 1932 in Edson, Wisconsin the daughter of Martin and Eleanor (Spaeth) Goettl. She was united in marriage to Norman Earl Henneman. They owned and operated a farm two miles south of the Airport in Neillsville. Toni was a dedicated farmer's wife who was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and enjoyed fishing.

She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Neillsville

She is survived by six children, Judy Lawton of Grays Lake, IL, Wanda Henneman of Colorado Springs, CO, Kathryn Adler of Marshfield, WI, Bonnie (Doug) Mortenson of Alma Center, WI, Doris Bintz of Bancroft, WI and Jaclyn (Jon) Seybold of Eau Claire, WI, 16 grandchildren and many great grandchildren, 4 siblings, Francis (Charlene) Goettl, Lorraine Arneson, Margie Cunningham and Valeria Tiry and a beloved brother-in-law, Edgar Sagen.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Earl Henneman, a son, Norman Anthony Henneman, her parents and siblings, Adam Goettl, Julieanne Nordlund, Elsie Marcellis, Sally Macomber, Olivia Goettl and Charlene Sagen.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Toni will be held at 3:30 p.m., Friday, May 13, 2016 at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cadott, WI. The Celebrant will be Fr. William P. Felix. Interment will be in the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Cemetery in Cadott.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Friday at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.

Casket Bearers are: Jeremy Lee Butts, Mitchell Allen Butts, Brian Patrick Lawton, Jaiceph D. Welk, Robert J. Gadke and Kenneth Earl Henneman

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Toni's family with Funeral arrangements.
Rolland L. Stenulson, 78, died May 6th, 2016
Rolland Stenulson, age 78, of Neillsville, WI died Friday, May 6, 2016 at his home.

Rolland Lester Stenulson was born on July 21, 1937 in Black River Falls, WI the son of Richard and Lyda (Hubert) Stenulson. After his schooling, he farmed on the Willard Hart farm and then served in the United States Army as a Paratrooper for three years. On January 2, 1957 he was united in marriage to Janice Schutte at St. John’s in Neillsville. In their early years of marriage, they lived in several locations and Rolland worked mostly as a mechanic, but also did roofing and worked in a lumberyard. They lived in Beloit, WI for many years, and Rolland worked at Daimler Chrysler or a period and also Schoonover Salvage yard. In 1999, they moved to Neillsville. Janice died on August 17, 2005.

In his spare time Rolland enjoyed tinkering with cars.

He is survived by five children, Rick Stenulson of Granton, WI, Gene (Becky Crowley) of Granton, WI, Cliff (Candy) Stenulson of Beloit, WI, Jackie (Kenneth) White of Bowling Green, KY and Virginia (Les) Hullah of Shopiere, WI, 15 grandchildren, 5 step-grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and four siblings, Robert (Anita) Stenulson of Orville, CA, Floyd Stenulson of Black River Falls, WI, Grace Williams of Warrens, WI and Delores Newcom of Footville, WI.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice.

Funeral Services for Rolland will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday at the Gesche Funeral Home.

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

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