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Sherry Rogstad, 63, died August 6th, 2017
SHERRY A. ROGSTAD, age 63, of Breckenridge, CO, formerly of Granton, WI, passed away at the House of the Dove, in Marshfield, on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, August 11, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Loyal, with Rev. Steve Brice and Rev. James Logan concelebrating. Burial will follow in Windfall Cemetery in Granton. Pallbearers will be: Michael Rogstad, Sean Rogstad, Denny Rollins, Kevin Schultz, Justin Lavey and Chuck Darrow. Honorary pallbearers will be: Jeff Lavey, Mark Lavey, Ryan Bruvold, Terry Rogstad and Larry Schultz.

Visitation will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Thursday, August 10, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm, and again at the church, on Friday, from 10am until time of service.

Sherry Ann Lavey was born on May 23, 1954 in Neillsville, WI, to David and Beverly (Rollins) Lavey. She was raised and received her education in Granton, graduating from Granton High School in 1972. After high school, Sherry worked at the Marshfield Clinic until her marriage on August 17, 1974 to Dennis L. Rogstad at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, in Loyal. They moved to Beaver Dam, WI where she worked at Medical Associates as an administrative assistant. They later moved to Marshfield in 1976, where Sherry worked for Dr. Robert Kay DDS, and then for LeMoine Shoes as a sales clerk. They moved to Loyal in 1978 and then to Wausau in 1986 where she worked at Wausau Insurance. In 1992, they relocated to Macomb, MI where Sherry worked at Information Resource Group as an executive assistant until 2003, at which time they moved to Grafton, WI where she worked at Ozaukee Bank as administrative assistant to the president. In 2008, they moved to Breckenridge, CO where she was employed as the administrative assistant to the CEO of Northwest Colorado Council of Governments until retiring in June 2016.

She was a former member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal, St. Anne's Catholic Church in Wausau, St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Shelby Township, MI, St. Francis Borgia in Cedarburg, and most recently a member of St. Mary's Catholics Church in Breckenridge, CO.

Sherry has been active and involved in many activities throughout her life, including, a cheerleader and played the clarinet in high school, was a former Granton Fall Festival Queen, was Miss Congeniality for the Clark County Fairest of the Fair as a sophomore, and was a class officer all four years in high school. She taught catechism to local high school students and was involved as a volunteer with her church. Sherry also actively embraced her role as a wife and mother with her constant presence as a supportive figure in all their endeavors. She attended every basketball and softball game, where her cheerleading (and sometimes referee criticizing) skills were used without reservation. She promoted events at her daughter's school through her involvement with the athletic booster club, and she was a charter member of the Cool Moms Club. After her cancer diagnosis, she counseled other breast cancer survivors. She was also active in Relay for Life and breast cancer walks.

Sherry had many interests, but especially loved spending time with family and friends. Supporting her husband and daughter was a treasured pastime, and she did so unfailingly. She loved to travel and spend time at the beach, particularly if she had a good book and a Malibu and Coke in her hands. She loved reading and music, and she encouraged others' passion for these activities. She also enjoyed movies and playing cards with her family and friends. She was a favorite shopping buddy of her daughter, and a fervid supporter of the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers. She also loved her pets, including her dog Sophie and two cats, Maverick and Goose.

Sherry will be dearly missed by her husband: Denny, of Breckenridge, CO; her daughter: Jill Rogstad Bruvold (Ryan) of Eden Prairie, MN; her mother: Beverly Lavey of Granton; her sister: Shelly (Larry) Schultz of Spencer; two brothers: Jeff (Peggy) Lavey of Mesquite, TX, Mark (Cheryl) Lavey of Franklin, TN; her mother-in-law: Hazel Rogstad of Loyal; her brother-in-law: Terry (Marilyn) Rogstad of Gainesville, VA; her sister-in-law: Nancy Aschenbrenner of Marshfield; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved father; her father-in-law: Vernon Rogstad; and her brother-in-law: Steven Rogstad.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be given to the House of the Dove, in Marshfield, or the American Cancer Society.
Alice L. Gearing, 93, died August 2nd, 2017
Alice L. Gearing, 93, of Sunset Gardens Assisted Living in Neillsville, formerly of Humbird and Fairchild, passed away Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Neillsville Memorial Medical Center.

A visitation will be held Tuesday, August 8, 2017 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta, and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Living Hope Evangelical Free Church in Neillsville.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the church, with burial in the Mentor Cemetery in Humbird.
Gene Kolbo, 70, died July 31st, 2017
GENE L. KOLBO, age 70, of Greenwood, WI, passed away at Marshfield Medical Center on Monday, July 31, 2017.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2017 from 11am to 3pm at Parkway Pines, N10005 State Hwy. 73 in Greenwood. Military rites will be conducted by the Greenwood American Legion Post #238.

Gene Lehman Kolbo was born on February 23, 1947 in Sparta, WI, to Palmer and Elizabeth "Betty" (Larson) Kolbo. He was raised and received his education in Sparta, graduating from Sparta High School in 1966. Gene was drafted into the U.S. Army and fought in Vietnam until his honorable discharge. He returned to Greenwood and worked at Trierweiler Construction and Berg Equipment in Marshfield. He was united in marriage to Karey Dee (Plummer) Fay on August 14, 1983 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Neillsville, Gene began farming his mother's family farm northeast of Greenwood, which he farmed until 2015.

He had many interests, but especially enjoyed collecting guns and big trucks.

Gene is survived by one sister: Marganne Lemmar of West Allis; one brother: Jesse (Katrina) Kolbo of Weyauwega; four step-children: Laura Fay of Chicago, Lily (John) Prezekes of TN, Floyd (Mary) Fay of Chicago, Byron Fay of Chicago; twelve step grandchildren; two step great-grandchildren; his dear friend and companion: Shirley Goode of Willard; his mother-in-law: Deveda Plummer of Colby; one brother-in-law: Boyd (Sandee) Plummer of Owen; one sister-in-law: Sandy (Ronald) Post of Marshfield; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Karey, on May 21, 2014; one step-son: Jimmie Fay; one step-grandson: Gabriel Prekezes; and two brothers-in-law: Harry Lemmar and Charles Plummer.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Myrna Richmond, 79, died July 31st, 2017
MYRNA R. RICHMOND, age 79, of Greenwood, passed away at Marshfield Medical Center, in Marshfield, on Monday, July 31, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Immanuel United Church of Christ, rural Greenwood. Rev. Asafa Rajaofera will officiate and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be ?

Visitation will be held at the church, on Friday, from 9:30am until time of service.

Myrna Marie Meinholdt was born on January 28, 1938 in the Town of Eaton, rural Greenwood, to Otto and Dorothea (Nindorf) Meinholdt. She was raised on the family farm and received her education in the Greenwood area, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1955. After high school, Myrna worked at Farmer's and Merchant's Bank in Greenwood. She was united in marriage to Jerald A. Richmond on September 20, 1958 at Immanuel United Church of Christ, in the Town of Warner. Myrna continued to work at the bank until starting their family, at which time she became a stay at home mother and a homemaker. She was a 4-H leader for the Braun 4-H Club from 1972 until 1985, served as the Town of Mead treasurer for 20 years, and was on the Town of Warner Election Board.
Myrna was a lifelong member of Immanuel United Church of Christ and was active in the Ladies Guild. She had many interests, but especially loved attending her grandchildren's events, garage sales, crocheting and plastic canvas, reading, watching movies and baking.

She is survived by her husband, Jerald, of Greenwood; three children: Wayne (Mary) Richmond of Eau Claire, Susan (Joseph) Stiemann of Greenwood, Ellen Richmond of Altoona; seven grandchildren: Beth, Matthew, Rebecca, Daniel, Nathan, Rachel and Nicolas; one sister: Marcia Gregorich of Greenwood; one brother-in-law: Clark Olson of Woodbridge, VA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Myrna was preceded in death by her parents; twin daughters: Janet Lee and Joan Marie Richmond; and one sister: Donna Olson.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Floyd R. Murphy, 81, died July 29th, 2017
Floyd R. Murphy, age 81, of Greenwood, WI died on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, WI.

Floyd R. Murphy was born on September 7, 1935 in Christie, WI the son of Fred and Leota (Howard) Murphy. He graduated from Greenwood High School in 1954. On Nov 13, 1954 he was united in marriage to Caroline Cram. He worked as a Millwright for Square D Electrical Co in Milwaukee for 25 years. Floyd then owned and operated the General Store and Feed Mill in Willard, WI. He also built a hog operation on their farm and then worked for Grassland Dairy ordering parts. When he finally retired he loved working around home, visiting family and friends and a little playing at the Casino.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Caroline, children; Dennis (Sue) Murphy of Thorp, WI, Debbie (Larry) Foster of Eau Claire, WI, Greg (Sherry) Murphy of Thorp, WI Brian (Lori) Murphy of Greenwood, WI and Lori Murphy of Neillsville, 10 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Betty (Baylor) Johnston of New Mexico, a brother, Wayne (Meta) Murphy of Ely, MN and a Sister-in-law, Esther Murphy of Marshfield, WI.

Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Robert Murphy.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 12, 2017 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning prior to the service.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Murphy family with funeral arrangements.
Mae I. Hemp, 89, died July 28th, 2017
Mae Hemp, age 89, passed away peacefully July 28, 2017 at her home in the Town of Pine Valley where she has resided for the last several years with her son Merlin and his wife Christine.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Pastor Douglas Bjerke will conduct the service. Family and friends may gather from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to the service at the Gesche Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Neillsville Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

Mae Isabelle Bender was born May 25, 1928, in Washburn Township, Clark County, Wisconsin, the second child of David Emanuel Bender and Mabel Isabelle (Broihier) Bender. She was raised on the family’s farm, and attended grade school at the Cunningham School. She graduated from Neillsville High School in 1946. On September 10, 1949 she married Marvin Hemp in Dubuque, IA. They resided at their Court St. home in Neillsville raising their boys, and spent summers at their cottage on Lake Arbutus. Mae was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved nature and could identify the wildflowers and birds that were abundant in Hatfield and at the Buck Hill property in Sherwood that her parents proudly left to the Bender descendants. She enjoyed the changing seasons of Wisconsin, its forests, lakes and wildlife and liked to go fishing, hunting, and tending to her large vegetable and flower gardens. After moving to the country in her later years, she could enjoy seeing the farm animals and the peacocks and had feeders for many varieties of birds. She always read the daily newspaper and would ride ten miles each day on her stationary bike. Her kind and generous spirit will be lovingly remembered.

Surviving are her four sons, Michael (Gitta) Hemp, of Townsend, WI; Mark (Linda) Hemp, Matthew Hemp and Merlin (Christine) Hemp all of Neillsville; her grandchildren, Stefanie (Kevin) Bramwell, Joshua (Melissa) Hemp, Andrew (Abby) Hemp, Shawn Hemp, Jonathan (fiancé, Jenna) Hemp, Lucas (Brittney) Hemp; and Max Hemp; step-grandchildren, Jacob Sutton, Sarah (Ben) Nackers and Adam Sutton. She is further survived by seven great-grandchildren and her sisters, June Dudei of Plainfield, WI, and Lorraine Meddaugh of Granton, and her brother David (Beverly) Bender of Arpin, brother-in-law Ralph Dorow of Marshfield, along with many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, Marv, her sister Elaine (Johnny) Dorow, brothers-in-law Hilmer (Bud) Dudei and Gordon Meddaugh; her granddaughter, Kailey Jade Hemp, and great-granddaughter, Haddie Alyn Hemp.

Memorials may be designated in Mae’s name to the Neillsville Food Pantry.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Mae’s family with funeral arrangements.
Rose Marie Bangart, 86, died July 21st, 2017
Rose Marie Bangart, age 86, of Chili, WI, died on Friday, July 21, 2017 at Miller Alternative Care in Marshfield, WI.

Funeral Services for Rose Marie will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at the Gesche Funeral Home and at 10:00 AM Wednesday morning prior to the service at the funeral home.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Bangart family with Funeral arrangements.
Burnell "Barney" Yaeger , 87, died July 20th, 2017
BURNELL W. "BARNEY" YAEGER, age 87, of Greenwood, WI, passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017 at the House of the Dove, in Marshfield.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, July 28, 2017 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in Greenwood. Rev. Charles Hiebl will officiate and burial will follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeremy Weyer, Jason Weyer, Mike Hargesheimer, Denny Heidtke, Don Sykora and Leon Zwiefelhoffer.

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

Burnell Walter Yaeger was born on September 14, 1929 in Marshfield, WI, the son of Walter J. and Esther E. (Haslow) Yaeger. He was raised and received his education in Marshfield, graduating from Marshfield Senior High School in 1947. Barney then attended Fond du Lac Business School and studied accounting/bookkeeping. He was drafted into the U.S. Army on ? and served until his honorable discharge on ? After returning from the service, Barney went to work for Grassland Dairy, in Greenwood, as a bookkeeper. He was united in marriage to Carol J. Schmitz on April 20, 1954 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood. They lived in Loyal for 2 years and then built a house in Greenwood. He retired from Grassland in April 1995 after 40 years of employment. During his retirement, Barney enjoyed spending time at their cabin in Birchwood.

He had many interests, but especially loved spending time with family and friends, traveling, fishing, camping, bowling, and playing cards.
Barney was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Carol, of Greenwood; five children: D-Ann Weyer of Marshfield, Jim (Sue) of Eau Claire, Joan (Tim) Bayuk of Wautoma, Mike of Greenwood, Pat (Jason) Lamovec of Willard; five grandchildren: Jen (Mike) Hargesheimer of McKinney, TX, Jeremy Weyer of Marshfield, Jill (Scott) Esser of Christ Church, New Zealand, Jason (Becky) Weyer of Verona, Logan Bayuk of Stevens Point; seven great-grandchildren: Reese, Ryan and Jace Hargesheimer, Aubrey and Ainsley Esser, and Alexis and Isaac Weyer; one sister: Audrey Boushon of McFarland, WI; one sister-in-law: Kitty Yaeger of Sun Prairie; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Barney was preceded in death by his parents; two grandsons: Chris Yaeger and Austin Bayuk; and one brother: Orval Yaeger.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Inez L. Meier, 100, died July 19th, 2017
Inez L. Meier, age 100, of Neillsville, WI died on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Care and Rehabilitation Center-Neillsville.

Inez Louise Jenni was born on December 5, 1919 in Loyal, WI the daughter of Ernest and Emilie (Schoengrund) Jenni. She graduated from Loyal High School and on October 5, 1941 she was united in marriage to Louis A. Meier at the Trinity Lutheran Church in Loyal. Together they farmed and raised their family. Inez was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Neillsville.

She is survived by a daughter, Marilyn (Kenneth) Krause of Neillsville, WI, sons; David (Donna) Meier of Eau Claire, WI and James (Rose) Meier of Gresham, WI, 15 grandchildren and many great grandchildren.

Inez was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a son, Kenneth, brothers, Frederick and Walter and a sister, Esther.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, August 7, 2017 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Monday morning prior to the service. Pastor Timothy Biebert will officiate. Judy Trunkel, granddaughter, will provide the music. Inurnment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may designated to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 711 W. 5th St., Neillsville, WI 54456.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Inez’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Rosella A. Martin, 94, died July 19th, 2017
Rosella Martin, age 94, of Neillsville, WI died Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville.

Rosella Martin was born in Raeville, NE on September 5, 1922 to Nicholas and Katherine Henn. She married Robert John Martin December 27, 1945. They continued both families traditions by going into farming, both in Nebraska and when moving to Wisconsin in 1958.

Rose is preceded in death by both parents, 9 siblings, husband, Robert, twins Mark and Paul and grandson Jesse.

Survived by children, Linda (James) Dalebroux of Brookfield, WI, Robert (Wendy) Martin of Chili, WI, , John (Joan) Martin of Chili, WI, Gerald (Patricia) Martin of Marshfield, WI, Diane (Jeff Cartier) Martin of Milwaukee, WI and Ronald (Katie) Martin of Hudson, WI. Also survived by 13 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

A Memorial Service for Rose will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 24, 2017 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the Memorial Medical Center Foundation, 216 Sunset Place, Neillsville, WI 54456.

Many thanks to her caregivers at Neillsville Retirement Center and at Memorial Medical Center.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Rose’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Elizabeth Fraid, 84, died July 14th, 2017
ELIZABETH M. "BETTY" FRAID, age 84, of West Allis, WI, formerly of Willard, WI, passed away at Matthew's Senior Living, in Saint Francis, WI, on Friday, July 14, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Willard. Rev. Steve Brice will officiate and burial will follow in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery.

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

Elizabeth Marie Volovsek was born on November 21, 1932 on a farm 4 miles west of Greenwood, WI, the daughter of Frank Sr. and Anna (Flis) Volovsek. She was raised on the family farm and received her education in the Willard area, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1950. After completing her education, Betty moved to West Allis and went to work for Allis Chalmers as a secretary. It was there that she met her future husband, Joseph W. Fraid, Jr. They were united in marriage on September 25, 1954 at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Willard. They spent many weekends at her husband's home farm in Daggett, MI, at her parent's home farm in Willard, and at the Volovsek cabin on Mead Lake helping her aging parents. She continued to work for Allis Chalmers, which later became the Siemens Corp. until retiring in 1982. After retiring, Betty used her secretarial skills and spent many months authoring and organizing a comprehensive booklet of the Volovsek family genealogy for her large, extended family. Betty also loved her flowers, and every year her backyard was the envy of the neighborhood. She continued to live in her beloved West Allis home until medical issues forced her to move into assisted living.

She is survived by one brother, Tony Volovsek, of Kamiah, ID, and many, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe, on October 2, 2001; six brothers: Frank Jr., William, Joe, Al, Stanley and John Volovsek; and four sisters: Elizabeth, in infancy, Anna Lohrman, Mary Staut and Margaret Jeras.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Anthony “Tony” R. Phipps, 47, died July 10th, 2017
Tony Phipps, age 47, of Granton, WI died Monday, July 10, 2017 in an vehicular accident east of Granton.

Anthony Russell Phipps was born on December 13, 1969 in Neillsville, WI the son of Tommy Phispps and Wendy Anderson. He graduated from Loyal High School in 1988 and then attended Mid-State Technical College in Wisconsin Rapids for auto-body repair. After finishing school, he worked on auto-bodies for a while, a then went into logging and running a sawmill with his father. Later, he worked for Mark Schmitz for about 8 years at Country Builders making kitchen cabinets. Then, for 9 years, he worked at the John Bauer Pallet Co. During that time, in 1997, Tony formed his own company, O’Neill Creek Sawmill and Pallet Works, which he was currently operating.
In his little spare time, he enjoyed tinkering with anything that had a motor.

He is survived by his significant other of 18 years, Enya Patterson, his father, Tom (Robin Schmitt) Phipps of Granton, WI, his mother, Wendy (Larry) Markow of Janesville, WI, a brother, Jason (Jennifer) Phipps of San Diego, CA, 3 aunts, Letha, Chris and Amy, 1 uncle, Frankie and many cousins.

He was preceded in death by 4 aunts, Margie, Nancy, Colleen and Lola.

A Memorial Service for Tony will be held at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Pastor Terry Marg will officiate.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m., to 1:00 p.m., Tuesday at the Gesche Funeral Home.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Tony’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Benjamin Gosar , 24, died July 8th, 2017
BENJAMIN R. GOSAR, age 24, of Rib Lake, WI, passed away at University Hospital, in Madison, WI, on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, July 14, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Willard, WI. Rev. Steve Brice will officiate and burial will follow in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Gregory Gosar, Tony Gosar, Joshua Gosar, Greg Schieber, Brian Schieber and Joseph Maxwell.

Visitation will be held from 5pm to 8pm on Thursday, July 13, 2017 at the church, and again on Friday, from 10am until time of service.

Benjamin Roy Gosar was born on July 24, 1992 in Marshfield, WI, to Valentine R. and Carol L. (Miller) Gosar. For most of his chilldhood he was raised and received his education in the Chili area. In 2007, he moved to Greenwood, where he graduated from Greenwood High School in 2010. After high school, Ben enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was discharged after a short time due to a knee injury. He then worked as a welder, mechanic and in construction building homes. Ben had many interests, but especially loved playing basketball, hunting, fishing, and tinkering on cars.

He will be dearly missed by his father, Val Gosar of Chili; one brother: Gregory Gosar of Little Chute, WI; two sisters: Briahna Miller of Medford, WI, Chayla Dobson of Black River Falls, WI; his paternal grandmother: Donna Handke of Greenwood, WI; many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Ben was preceded in death by his mother, Carol, on January 30, 2013.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Ben's name.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Victor J. Kingswan “mn HAia n din”, 40, died July 7th, 2017
Victor Kingswan, age 40, of Holman, WI died Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Gunderson Health Center in La Crosse, WI.

Victor James Kingswan was born on December 16, 1976 in St. Paul, MN the son of Stewart Neaudau and Gale (Kingswan) Downey. He worked as a cook and loved to travel the United States.
His hobbies included fishing, making dreamcatchers and doing arts and crafts.

He is survived by his siblings, Gus, Cody, Gabe, Forrest, Sylvia, Roger Jr. and Kaydon. Along with his mom, Carla Kingswan, Uncle, Fred Kingswan, little mom, Rita Kingswan and Uncle, Courage Kingswan.

She was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, his mom, Georgia, his uncle Chuck and an infant sister, Crystal.

Funeral Services for Victor will be held at 12:00 p.m., Monday, July 10, 2017 at the Ho-Chunk Community Center. Burial will be in the Dewey Mike Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday and from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday both at the Ho-Chunk Community Center.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Victor’s family with Funeral arrangements.
George Rizner, 94, died July 5th, 2017
Loving husband and father, George Rizner, age 94, of Neillsville passed away Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at the Neillsville Retirement Community.

George was born June 22, 1923, in the town of Washburn, to Mike and Rose (Kalas) Rizner. He was raised on a dairy farm along with his two sisters and five brothers. He was called to military service in 1943 where he served in the Army Medical Corp and Military Police while stationed in France during World War II. After he was discharged in 1946, he went to Milwaukee where he found work at Allis Chalmers as a welder. After working there 34 years he retired and returned to Neillsville in 1983. He was united in marriage to Nancy Mueller January 1, 1988. George enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, traveling and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, nieces and nephews.

George was preceded in death by his son, Michael, who died in an auto accident at age 24. He was also preceded in death by his parents, five brothers; Anton, Emil, Edward, Frank and Bill and two sisters, Albie and Bessie.

A private memorial service for George will be held at the Neillsville City Cemetery. Pastor Jacoa Koppert will preside.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting George’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Iyron Handke, Sr., 83, died July 4th, 2017
IYRON E. HANDKE, SR. age 83, of Greenwood, passed away at the House of the Dove, in Marshfield, on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Monday, July 10, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Willard.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Sunday, from 5pm until 8pm, and again on Monday, from 9:30am until time of service.

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Evelyn Zager, 87, died July 4th, 2017
Evelyn Zager, age 87, of Neillsville died on July 4, 2017 at the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center with her son and daughter at her side.

She was born July 6, 1929 to John Sr. and Beulah Ormond in the town of Weston. On January 19, 1946 she married Peter Zager Jr. who preceded in her death in March of 2008. She lived in the same northside neighborhood of Neillsville for 65 years. She enjoyed trips to Las Vegas, Reno, Alaska and the Western United States.

She is survived by her son, Bernard (Thyra) Zager (Capt. USAF Ret.) of Las Vegas, NV and her daughter, Patricia Zager who has resided with her for the past 7 years. She is further survived by grandchildren; Andrew Zager of Las Vegas, Felice (Jason) Dunphy and twin sons Nathan and Noah of Reno, NV and Matthew (Anna) Zager and son, Henry Theodore of Gallatin, MO. She is further survived by a brother Ted (Susan) Ormond and his family of Stoughton, WI.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brother, John Ormond Jr. and sisters; Beatrice Bayuk, Charlotte Praq and Ethel Zager.

Funeral services for Evelyn will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville with visitation beginning at 2:00 p.m. Rev. Dr. Dwayne Winterberg, Chaplain of St. Croix Hospice will conduct the service with burial in the Neillsville City Cemetery.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Evelyn’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Gordon Ernest Vine, 93, died July 3rd, 2017
Gordon Ernest Vine, 93, of Neillsville, WI passed away Monday, July 3, 2017 at home in the care of family, hospice and aides while battling cancer.

Gordon was born Nov. 15, 1923 to Ernest and Margaret Vine. He was raised in the Town of Grant and in May, 1941, graduated from Neillsville High School where he made his mark in football, basketball and baseball. In the fall of 1941 he enrolled in River Falls State College until his enlistment in the United States Army Air Corp in 1943. He was deployed to Italy where he was a veteran as a top turret gunner on a B-24 Bomber. On the 12th mission their bomber experienced mechanical problems and crash landed in Yugoslavia. After the war Gordon returned home to finish his degree at River Falls. There he met his future wife, Faith Griffith. Gordon graduated in 1947 and started his career teaching WWII veterans agriculture basics in Melrose, WI. He and Faith were married in 1948 and they moved back to a neighboring farm to his birthplace, in the Town of Grant. Here he again taught AG to WWII veterans and he and Faith settled down to raise their family. In 1952, Gordon accepted a sales position with the American Dairy Association. He worked with area cheese factories and cooperatives, in promoting dairy products. In addition, he continued to farm with his father and mother. In the early 1960’s he converted the dairy farm to a beef operation. He also raised various other animals to enhance his children’s farm experience, while continuing his career with the American Dairy Association. In 1969, he accepted a position as AG loan officer at the Neillsville Bank, where he worked until his retirement in 1986.

As a longtime resident he was active in Kiwanis and Rotary where he served in leadership positions in both organizations. He was also an active member of the United Church of Christ. He spent many hours at the Neillsville Country Club, where he enjoyed time golfing as well as many nights of poker. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He enjoyed deer hunting and grouse hunting in WI, many fishing trips to Canada, mule deer hunting in Wyoming, and pheasant hunting in South Dakota. In latter years he spent many hours fishing crappies and bluegills, in area lakes and ponds. After retirement he began a career as an author, writing books about his family heritage, WWII experiences, a book on his hunting exploits, another on his about his children. His final book written in 2010 was on the geological history of Wisconsin, titled, “The Land We Live On”.

Gordon was preceded in death, by the love of his life, Faith (Griffith) Vine, who passed away on July 3, 1986. He is survived by five children, Jane (Greg) Nelson, Lake Park, MN, Virginia (Paul) Fennema, Pleasant Prairie, WI, Paul (Kelley), Neillsville, Jeff (Betsy), Greensboro, NC, Kristine (Jon) Kirschoefer, Stillwater, MN;. He is survived by eleven grandchildren, Adam & Eric Knoff, Jason and Lauren Fennema, Sara (Vine) Johnson, Lindsay Vine, Jenna (Vine) Mayer, Jack and Jordan Vine, Brian and Kevin Bowditch, and four great-grandchildren, Liam Knoff, Landon and Audrey Fennema, and Calvin Mayer.

Following the death of Faith Vine, Gordon remarried Marlys Riedel and divorced, he also was married to Norma Normington, deceased. He is survived by his special friend Beatrice Hinke, Payson AZ.

Funeral services will be celebrated at 3:00PM Saturday, July 8, 2017 at the United Church of Christ, Neillsville. Friends may call from 1:00PM until services at the church. After a short graveside service, refreshments will follow at the Neillsville Country Club.

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorials be made to the Gordon and Faith Vine Scholarship Fund.

Online condolences can be made at www.geschefh.com

The Gesche funeral Home is assisting Gordon’s family with funeral arrangements.
James A. Turczyn, 57, died June 29th, 2017
Jim Turczyn, age 57 of Neillsville, Wisconsin, passed away Thursday, June 29, 2017.

James Andrew Turczyn was born on July 7, 1959 in Neillsville and was the only son and youngest child of Andrew and Jean (Wikary) Turczyn. He graduated from Neillsville High School in 1977 and then took over the family farm. He was united in marriage to Becky Ortwig in 1987 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Neillsville. They later divorced in 2004. Jimmy and Becky had four children who were raised on the family farm. In 2003, he decided to sell the dairy cows for beefers - Salers and Highland cattle - as well as go back to school to pursue an associates degree in nursing from Wisconsin Rapids. After earning his degree, he began working at Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center while continuing to take care of the farm and animals.

Jim was a lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. He was very proud of his Polish heritage and enjoyed cooking Polish meals for his family. He was a talented cook and exceled on the grill, using the grass fed beefers he raised as well as the deer he harvested while hunting. As hard as he worked on his career and farm, Jim also enjoyed his down time. He found happiness in motorcycle rides, car shows, and fishing & hunting, but the greatest joys in his life were his children who visited frequently for movie nights and family time.

He is survived by four children, Samantha Turczyn of Lake Villa, IL, Andrew Turczyn of Menomonie, WI, Katharine Turczyn of Neillsville, WI and Theodore Turczyn of Neillsville, WI. Four sisters, Mary Lawson of Madison, WI, Gloria Trotta of Neillsville, WI, Elizabeth (Bruce) Boyer of Neillsville, WI and Carol (Steve) Short of Neillsville, WI. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Jean Turczyn.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Jim will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 7, 2017 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.

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Friday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Jim’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Delores A. Harwick, 89, died June 27th, 2017
Delores Harwick, age 89, of Marshfield, WI died Monday, June 27, 2017 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield, WI.

Delores Alvina Egan was born on August 12, 1927 in Oconomowoc, WI the daughter of James and Alvina (Graf) Egan. When Delores was fourteen years old the family moved to Neillsville and she did babysitting and housekeeping. She then went to work at the Arbutus Café in downtown Neillsville. In 1952, she married Neil Trogner he died on September 1, 1961. She later married Harry Harwick. Delores retired from waitressing in 1966. Harry died January 10, 1994.

She was a member of the United Church of Christ in Neillsville and used to help with the funeral luncheons. She enjoyed crocheting and crafting and she loved to travel. She traveled to California, Nevada, Arizona, Missouri, Virginia, the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming.

She is survived by two children, Diane (Robert) Vine of Marshfield, WI and George (Rebecca) Trogner of Winchester, VA, several grandchildren and many great grandchildren. She is also survived by a sister, Bettyann Scott of Boulder City, NV

She was preceded in death by her husbands, a daughter, Buffy Drangstveit and Buffy’s twin, Jody Harwick, a brother, Gilbert Staffon and a sister, Joann Lynch.

A Memorial Service for immediate family will be held at a later date.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Delores’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Rick Gohde, 64, died June 23rd, 2017
GOHDE, Rick, 64, of Alma Center, died Friday, June 23, 2017 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

A celebration of Rick’s life will be held from 3-7 pm, Friday, July 21, 2017 at Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home in Hixton.
Wayne Hibbard, 76, died June 15th, 2017
WAYNE C. "DOG" HIBBARD, age 76, of Greenwood, died peacefully on June 15, 2017 at the Clark County Living and Rehabilitation Center, in Owen.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Parkway Pines Supper Club, N10005 Hwy. 73, Greenwood, WI, on Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM.

Wayne Clair Hibbard was born October 17, 1940 in Marshfield, WI, to Harlowe and Anita (Meyer) Hibbard. He graduated from Colby High School in 1958 and then attended UW-La Crosse. Wayne served in the U.S. Army from January 23, 1961 to October 29, 1963, being stationed overseas in Africa and Europe. In 1967, he was united in marriage to Arlene Shoop in Illinois. They later divorced. Wayne spent 34 years working for Trans World Airlines, retiring in 1997. He then worked for the U.S. Postal Service and served as the Postmaster in Loyal.

Wayne had many interests, but especially loved spending his time at Mead Lake, was an avid outdoorsman, and just enjoyed being outdoors.

He is survived by two sons: Shane (Sandy) Hibbard of Glen Ellyn, IL, Damon (Amy) Hibbard of Schaumburg, IL; 5 grandchildren: Nathan, Damon, Maggie, Patrick, Sydney; one brother-in-law: Ken Schulz of Florida; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Marlene Schulz.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation @ www.diabetesresearch.org .

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
John E. Lloyd, 41, died May 31st, 2017
John Lloyd, age 41, of Neillsville, WI died Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at his home.

John Edwin Lloyd was born on August 4, 1975 in Neillsville, WI the son of Edwin and Beverly (Fitzl) Lloyd.

He is survived by a son, Tyler Fredrickson of Neillsville, his parents, Ed and Bev Lloyd of Neillsville, four siblings, Tammy (Jim) Pilsner of Granton, WI, Cindy (Josh) Stodola of Eau Claire, WI, Ed Lloyd Jr. of Merrillan, WI and Bill Lloyd of Black River Falls, WI, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Kevin, paternal grandparents, Byno and Mary Lloyd and his maternal grandparents, John and Margartet Fitzl.

There will be a celebration of Life at a later date.
Mark W. Olsen, 80, died May 26th, 2017
Mark W Olsen 80, of Neillsville, Wisconsin passed away May 26, 2017 at home following complications of heart and kidney failure. He was born September 26, 1936 to Marcus B and Audrey (Keefe) Olsen of Maple Park, Il.

He is survived by his longtime best friend and partner, Jackie Crone and his children Dan of Chicago, IL, Diane Barnhart of Rockford IL, Darlene Oberheim of Maricopa, AZ and Rocky (wife Lisa) of Lublin, WI. Also his grandchildren Tracie Barnhart-Scott, Tosha Barnhart, Andrea Oberheim, Raquel Olsen, Preston Olsen, Hailey Olsen , Clayton Olsen, and three great grandchildren, his siblings Patricia (Al Homan), Nancy (Dick Starck) Caryl (Jerry Schrader), Bill Olsen (Sue) and Mel (Fred Needham). He also leaves numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Mark was preceded by siblings A. Richard Olsen Dorothy McAdams and T Michael Olsen

Like his father before him and his son Rocky; Mark’s passion was that of a self-employed Livestock Dealer. He was well known to the local farmers and Livestock auction barns both in his younger years in Illinois and later in Wisconsin.

A memorial family gathering will be held at a later date in Illinois.

The family would like to thank Ministry St. Joseph’s Home Care Hospice. Memorials can be made to Ministry Home Care Hospice, in care of The Foundation of Saint Joseph’s Hospital. Cards may be sent to the Rocky Olsen family, N588 8 ½ Ave., Lublin, WI 54447.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Mark’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Jeffery L. DeMert, 56, died May 4th, 2017
Jeff DeMert, age 56, of Neillsville, WI died suddenly Thursday, May 4, 2017 surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his significant other, Shelley Bleecker of Neillsville and her children, Nicole (Leif) Polzin and their son, Gavin of Neillsville and Dakota Brorson of Neillsville. His mother, “George” (Jim) Raine of Neillsville, sisters, Cindy (Randy) Butts of Neillsville, Kay (Marshall) Hayes of La Crosse and Debbie Spiegel of Neillsville, a brother, Kevin (Kelly) DeMert of New York, and nephews, Adam Brorson and his children, Zoe and Gia, Dylan Spiegel, Kevin Jr and Collin DeMert and Josh (Heidi) Butts their daughter, Jaycee and a Godmother, Mary Jane Frei.

He was preceded in death by his father, “Buck” DeMert.

A Celebration of Jeff’s life will be held at a later date.

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

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