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Mary Lou Meredith, 81, died March 17th, 2019
Mary Lou Meredith, age 81, of Neillsville, WI died Sunday, March 17, 2019 in the Palliative Care Unit of the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, WI.

She was born March 4, 1938 to Ed and Amelia (Carderelle) Hagie in Granton, WI, and raised in Shortville until the 8th grade. Her family then moved to Neillsville, where she finished school, graduating in 1956. During the 1960’s she stayed home and raised her family. In the 1970’s she helped her brother-in-law and sister-in-law at Jenni Floral by filling in occasionally. She then wento for for the Clark County Press, where she wrote a column called “This, That & T’other”. In the 1980’s she worked for Luedtke Floral and later, at the Clark County Insurance Agency while moonlighting as a cook, first at the Riveria and later at the Hacienda. In 1984, she bought a restaurant on Division Street and named it “Mary Lou’s Restaurant”. She owned and operated the restaurant, successfully, until 1999 when she sold it and, shortly after, moved to Eau Claire, where she worked part-time as a cook and baker at Oakleaf Surgical Hospital. After retiring from the hospital, she moved back to Neillsville in 2010, where she resided until her death.
Mary Lou was a member of the United Church of Christ and sang in their choir for many years. She also directed the junior choir, served on the music committee and belonged to the Circle of Friends, serving as secretary and treasurer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Tracey Rueth, three brothers, Douglas, Gordon and John “Jack” Hagie and one sister-in-law, Lillian Hagie.

She is survived by four daughters, Shelley (Dan Nelson) Meredith of Eau Claire, WI, Valerie (Tom Ringstad) Eiden of Arbor Vitae, WI, Marjorie (Kevin Krumenauer) Volbrecht of Eau Claire, WI and Janet (Mike Marshall) of Neillsville, WI, nine grandchildren, Clarice Hughs, Elice Seebandt, Blair (Don) Finstad, Amanda (Tom) Starks, Brittany Opelt, Amelia Eckes, Sydney Volbrecht, Micaela Volbrecht and Brooks Hoenisch, six great grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Rose Hagie of Prairie du Sac, WI and Phyllis Hagie of San Antonio, TX and a son-in-law, Andy Rueth of Neillsville, WI.

A Memorial Service for Mary Lou will be held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, March 25, 2019 at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville, WI. Pastor Jacoba Koppert will officiate.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., Monday at the United Church of Christ. A private burial will be held at a later date.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Mary Lou’s family with funeral arrangements.
Eleanor Mazourek, 84, died March 11th, 2019
Eleanor Jane (Kolda) Mazourek, 84, died peacefully early Monday morning, March 11th at Neillsville Care and Rehab with family by her side.

Eleanor was born March 30, 1934, in Tabor, South Dakota, to Harry and Margaret (Koupal) Kolda. Her father died when she was 3-years-old. Eleanor and her mother moved in with her grandparents Joseph and Mary Koupal. They resided there until her mother married Francis Shaw, who was also a widower. The two families joined and became a blended family of seven and eventually a family of eleven.
She attended school in Tabor, South Dakota. She met her future husband at a school play that she was in. After graduation she worked as a nanny/housekeeper. She was united in marriage on August 20, 1951 to Adolph Mazourek. After Adolph was discharged from the Army, they started farming near Tabor. In the spring of 1958 they moved to Clark County, where they had purchased a farm in Shortville.
Adolph and Eleanor raised their five children on their dairy farm. While the kids were growing up, Eleanor helped out on the farm and ran the household. She also worked at the Neillsville nursing home as an aide.
She was an avid seamstress and quilter, enjoyed collecting fabric, watching birds, gardening, listening to polka music, spending time with family and friends. She often went back to South Dakota to visit many relatives and to see her childhood home, which had been the first school house in Tabor and is now a museum. She was a wonderful cook, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She belonged to: Washburn Homemakers, TOPS club, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and often helped on election days in the township of Washburn.

She will be missed by her five children, Linda (Robert) Canfield, Marshfield; Deborah (Richard) Vine, Granton; Tammy (Paul Sanders) Karlen, St. Francis, MN; Donna (Mike) Kuester, Neillsville; and Mark (Julie) Mazourek, Rice Lake. Sixteen grandchildren Steven (Loretta) Canfield, Ann Krummel, Becky Canfield, Sarah (John) Truetel, Amy (Marty) Gerhardt, Donald Vine, Travis (Ashley) Vine, Andrew (Melissa) Vine, Nikki Karlen, Kaila (Jerry) Hlava, Jon Kuester, David Kuester, Ryan Kuester, Adam Mazourek, Jacob Mazourek, Rachel Mazourek and 23 great grandchildren. Brothers Duane (Lillian) Shaw, San Antonio TX; Donald Shaw, Las Cruces, NM; Bonnie Shaw, Neillsville; Leonard (Myrna) Shaw, Vesper; Kenneth (Ramona) Shaw, Eagle; Dan (Jean) Shaw, Gilbert, AZ; Dave (Linda) Shaw, Mukwonago; brothers-in-law Ben Mazourek, Martin (Joan) Mazourek, sisters-in-law Leona Cwach, Priscilla Mazourek and Mary Tielke all in Yankton, SD; Peggy Mazourek Cottonwood, CA.

She was preceded in death by her husband Adolph Mazourek, her parents Harry Kolda, Margret Shaw and step-father Francis Shaw, mother-in-law Tonie Mazourek, sister Delores Vitek, sister-in-law Shirley Shaw, brother Richard Shaw, brothers-in-law Frank Mazourek, Theodore Mazourek, Luvern Cwach, Vincent Tielke and Arnold Vitek.

Sincere and heartfelt thanks are extended to the wonderful staff at Neillsville Care and Rehab and Ministry Hospice team. Eleanor's family will be forever indebted to them for all the loving care with which they blessed her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 13, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Neillsville. The Celebrant will be Rev. Varkey V. Joseph.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 13th at St. Mary's Catholic Church.

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



Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Eleanor’s family with funeral arrangements.
Ed Christensen, 89, died March 8th, 2019
Alfred Edwin “Ed” Christensen of Neillsville passed away on March 8, 2019 to the great sadness of his family and friends.

Ed and Judy Christensen raised three children: RIck (Chris) Christensen Neillsville, Pam (Doug Oudekerk) Saint Paul and Sandi (James) Nemitz of Bloomer. Ed and Judy's grandchildren are Sarah Kranz, Erin Pascarella, Ricky Oudekerk, Joann Oudekerk, Lorna (Glenn) Hall, Nycki Nemitz Wallsch and Jim Nemitz. Ed and Judy's great-grandchildren children are Addisyn Kranz, Ayden and Antonio Pascarella, Dezariah and Coletin Wallsch, and Louie and Lilly Nemitz.

Ed, married his life’s love, Judy (Joann Ruth Gritzmacher, d. 2013) on Sept 1, 1950, and they started their family in Belvidere, Il. Ed and Judy and their three young children moved to Minneapolis in 1962 where Ed continued his life’s career in construction. His commitment to excellence contributed to his mastery in plastering skills. Notable Minneapolis projects include interior construction on the first skyscraper in Minnesota, the IDS Center in downtown Minneapolis. His creative drive and unique skills were utilized to restore elements of historical buildings including the State Theater in Minneapolis and the Minnesota State Capitol building. Ed loved football and basketball. He was a passionate fan of professional teams as well as his son's teams and later his grandchildren's. Ed enjoyed season tickets to Vikings football and U of M men’s basketball.
Ed and Judy moved to Neillsville in 1973. Ed and his son, Rick, built a successful drywall and plastering construction company. They earned a strong reputation in medical facilities throughout the Midwest.
Ed discovered a passion for golf and gardening in Neillsville. Ed and Judy enjoyed hosting frequent family gatherings at their house near the HighGround. Their love of family was limitless. Ed’s breakfast potatoes were as legendary as his epic gardens.
Ed loved people. Until his last hours, Ed met life and the people in it with a big smile and a sparkle in his bright blue eyes.

Per Ed's wishes, a private family gathering will be held at a future date.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Ed’s family with funeral arrangements.
Tyler Meier, 46, died March 2nd, 2019
Tyler Joseph Meier was abruptly killed Saturday, March 2, 2019 near Augusta, WI.

Tyler was a father and Grandfather and loved his family immensely. Tyler lead his life by embracing wholeheartedly GODS beautiful creations of woods, rivers, lakes and all the majesty of the LORDS amazing order and complexities. This is where he felt most at home. He began to fish at three years of age and became an exemplary fisherman. Loving the sport with much passion, he also was a skilled taxidermist displaying many Northern and Muskellunge in exacting detail. He always said: “There are angels in the woods because they do not desire to dwell in manmade surroundings.” We believe this was a truly inspired revelation. Tyler owned seven different Holy Bibles from various denominations in which he wrote prolific thoughts, prayers and glued inspirational art. He dealt with some extremely difficult personal burdens in his life which brought him to GOD for reparation, glory and the eternal hope. Tyler was a loving human being at heart with an infectious sense of humor. He was born July 3, 1972 in Opelousas, LA, the first several years living amongst the exuberant Cajuns. Always enjoying the wonderful Cajun food, he developed a great flair for preparing such excellent and authentic meals. Ultimately he grew up in Neillsville, WI and graduated here as well. He went forward to pursue a career in the United States Marine Corps. Unfortunately, to his disappointment, he developed foot metatarsal fractures and was given a medical honorable discharge. He went on to various other employments: offshore oil drilling, contract construction, cabinet making and developed a professional hardwood flooring business currently in Alma, WI, overlooking the beautiful view of the Mississippi River.

Tyler was married to Claudia Nicole Beard in Louisiana and had two great sons. Tyler is survived by his mother, Mary Jo Meier, his former wife, son, Travis John Meier, son, Tristen Matthew Meier, step-daughter, Jazmine Angelle Marino and granddaughter, Aiyanna Meier, also his two brothers, Seth Ayers Meier and Samuel Joel Meier.

Tyler’s intelligence and verve for life is so very grievously missed by his mother and family and those who knew his unique blend of character. God had so much more for him to accomplish and experience! Because of the way Tyler left this earth we sincerely & lovingly believe he was taken into the all-abiding healing arms of his Merciful Savior – JESUS CHRIST! Go softly, perfectly my son, I Love You! Our Dad, we love you! Our grandpa, we love you! Into eternal kingdom of the LORD GOD Most High where we trust & hope of rejoining again in completeness and glorious, perpetual joy, Tyler Joe we love you so much, await us our Dear One!

A Memorial Service for Tyler will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Rev. Varkey V. Joseph will officiate. Military honors will be performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m., to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 6th at the Gesche Funeral Home.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Tyler’s family with funeral arrangements.
Dorothy Bushman, 97, died February 28th, 2019
DOROTHY V. BUSHMAN, age 97, of Greenwood, WI, passed away at Marshfield Medical Center on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30am on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood. Rev. Leo Johnson will officiate, and burial will follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

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

Dorothy Violet Stowe was born on February 18, 1922 in the Town of Beaver, rural Unity, the daughter of John B. and Marian (Geisler) Stowe. She was raised on the family farm and received her education at Oak Grove School. After completing her education, Dorothy was a caretaker for a neighboring family, doing domestic work and caring for the children. She was united in marriage to Aloysius N. Bushman on November 17, 1945 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood. Dorothy farmed with her husband, Al, and raised their family on a farm south of Greenwood until retiring in 1979, at which time they moved into Greenwood. During their retirement, they enjoyed traveling with friends and camping.
She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Ann's Society, and the Clark County Homemakers.
Dorothy had many interests, but especially loved being with her grandchildren and family, playing cards, going to dances, her flower gardens, and cooking for her family.

She will be dearly missed by her children: Pat (Pete) Bogdonovich of Greenwood, Terri (Brad) Bauschek of Port Washington, Joan (Hugh) Christie of Greenwood, Marcia (Kevin) Duell of Loyal, Ed (Sharon) Bushman of Hayward, Sue (Bill) Kurasz of Dubois, WY; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; her daughter-in-law: Connie Bushman of Eau Claire; one sister: Carol Bitter of Pembroke Pines, FL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Al, on December 3, 1988; her son, Steven, on September 20, 2013; one grandson, Adam Christie, on August 6, 2006; and one sister, Marjorie Delo, on March 8, 2013.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Jason Meyering, 38, died February 26th, 2019
Quote: “What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us.”

Jason Lee Meyering, age 38, passed away on February 26, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Jason was born on June 19, 1980 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Marlene Meyering.
A couple years after he was born, Jason and his mother moved to Iowa for about ten years. Then, around Jason's teenage years, he and his mother moved once more, this time to Neillsville, Wisconsin - where Jason considered “home”. In 2003, Jason decided to move to Madison, where he resided for the remainder of his life. While there, he worked in sales - he was a natural! He spent most of his sales career in the printer industry, working for Parts Now and Liberty Parts. Most recently, though, Jason was working for Pomp's Tire. Jason enjoyed spending time with his friends. His passions were music and the Minnesota Vikings. He would love finding new music and going to live shows whenever he could. Jason was blessed with the birth of his son, Ethan Meyering, on July 21, 2006. He and Ethan loved watching the Vikings and playing video games together. They were best buds! Ten years ago, Jason met his fiancé, Michelle Blada. After three years of dating, they became engaged. On October 4, 2018, they were blessed with their miracle baby, Brielle Meyering. Jason adored his two girls.

Jason is preceded in death by his mother, Marlene Meyering; his grandmother, Marilyn Meyering; and his uncle, Randy Olson.

He is survived by his son, Ethan (Samantha Mueller); his daughter, Brielle; his fiancé, Michelle; and his three sisters, Michelle, Nicole, and Sierra. Jason will be remembered by his sense of humor and outgoing personality, but more importantly, for the way he always loved with all of his heart no matter what and for being a great father.

Services will be held at Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, which will include a visitation from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. with a funeral service held right afterwards. After the funeral, there will be a casual get-together at Strike Time Lanes, a local bar/bowling alley.

Pallbearers: Luis De La Cruz (Friend), Greg Vanderhoof (Friend), Travis Olson (Cousin), Mark Rawson (Friend), Dustan Farmer (Friend), Zak Shubert (Friend)

Honorary pallbearers: Ethan Meyering (Son)

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Jason’s family with funeral arrangments.
Francis Kohlnhofer, 89, died February 24th, 2019
FRANCIS A. "FRANNY" KOHLNHOFER, age 89, of Greenwood, WI passed away on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield, WI.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood. Rev. Leo Johnson will officiate, and burial of cremains will follow in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Greenwood American Legion Post #238.

Visitation will be held at the church on Friday, March 1, 2019 from 4pm to 8pm, and again on Saturday from 9:30am until time of service

Francis Anton Kohlnhofer was born on November 24, 1929 in the Town of Warner, rural Greenwood, to Joseph and Margaret (Shober) Kohlnhofer. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in the Greenwood Public Schools. After completing his education, Franny farmed and worked out West following the harvest crews. He was inducted in to the U.S. Army in February 1951 and served until his honorable discharge in February 1953. He was united in marriage to Carolyn J. Koci on June 7, 1958 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood. They farmed 3 miles north of Greenwood until retiring in 1993. During his retirement, Franny enjoyed driving the Mennonites, making maple syrup and growing pumpkins.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society, and the Greenwood American Legion Post #238.
Franny had many interests, but especially enjoyed his Canada fishing trips with the boys; traveling; raising deer, sheep, ducks, geese and guinea hens; incubating eggs, going for rides, and he loved to visit.

He is survived by 3 children: Gary (Carol) of New Berlin, Renee (Dan) Slowiak of Thorp, Scott of Greenwood; 3 grandchildren: Brandon (Samantha) Slowiak of Wausau, Dustin Slowiak (fiancé Jenny Goodwin) of Minneapolis, Laura Kohlnhofer of New Berlin; one great-granddaughter: Brinley Linae Slowiak; one sister: Barbara DeMar of McHenry, IL; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Carolyn, on June 8, 2012; one sister: Mag Kettner; and 4 brothers: John, Victor, Clayton and Joseph Kohlnhofer.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given for a memorial to be established at a later date.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Earl Vanderhoof , 62, died February 23rd, 2019
Earl Vanderhoof, age 62, of Greenwood, WI died Saturday, February 23, 2019 at his home.

Earl Marvin Vanderhoof was born on March 31, 1957 in Racine County, Wisconsin the son of Earl M. and Joan V. (Beels) Vanderhoof Sr. Earl never married nor had any children. He was a quiet man who lived a simple life, but his heart was larger than life. He never hesitated to help out his family or any one in need, and he had a deep affection for all of his cats. He enjoyed woodworking and watching old western movies and will be dearly missed by his loving family.

He is survived by four siblings, Beverly (Dave) Williams, Halbert (Coni) Vanderhoof, Richard (Brenda) Vanderhoof and Brenda Vanderhoof, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Joan Vanderhoof Sr.

A private Memorial Service will be held at Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Neillsville.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Earl’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Arlene Hasz, 99, died February 18th, 2019
Arlene Gladys (Lindow) Hasz, 99, Marshfield (formerly of Granton), died early Monday morning, February 18th at the House of the Dove, in Marshfield.

She was born June 14, 1919, on a farm in the Town of Freemont, Clark County, one of four children of Arthur and Esther (Schilling) Lindow.

Arlene attended the Cozy Corners School in the Town of Fremont. After graduating from Granton High School in 1936, she continued to live with her parents until she married Otto Hasz of the town of Lynn, Granton, on May 18, 1941.
Otto and Arlene started farming north of Granton on Romadka Road after their marriage. In 1947, they moved to their farm east of Granton on U.S. Hwy. 10. She made her home here until 2015 when she moved to Cedar Rail Apartments in Marshfield.
Arlene was a member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Granton. She helped Otto with the lawn care for the church cemetery during the eight years that he served as church cemetery sexton.
She was also very active for many years and served in numerous offices of the Zion Lutheran Ladies Aid. She helped cook and serve many weddings, funerals, and other special occasions hosted by the Ladies Aid. But for many years was known as the “card lady” who ordered the many greeting cards and Christmas cards for the Ladies Aid. In addition to the Ladies Aid, she was active in the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League and helped with many of the Pancake Suppers.
Throughout her life, she also was a leader of the Lynn Busy Beaver 4-H Club, and assisted Otto with roll of secretary/treasurer for the Lynn Telephone Company.
One of Arlene’s greatest loves was sewing quilts for the many charities through the church… Orphan Grain Train, World Relief, and more recently for the Food Pantry in Granton. When asked how many she had made, she responded, “Too many to count.” But those close to her knew it was in the hundreds.

Survivors include two of her children, Donna (James) Zwicke and Vickie (Donald) Schnitzler, both of Marshfield; seven grandchildren...Brian Zwicke, Elysian, MN; Roxane Nordbeck, Wisconsin Rapids; Michael Zwicke, Fond du Lac; Jason Hasz, Granton, Nicholas Hasz, Eau Claire; Andrew Schnitzler, Marshfield; and Holly Schnitzler, Rochester, MN; great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Esther Lindow; her husband, Otto Hasz; an infant brother, Elmer Lindow; two sisters, Ethelyn Draheim and Geneva Elliot; and a son, James Hasz.

Services will be at 11 a.m., Friday, February 22, 2019 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Granton. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Zion Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in Granton, the Lutheran Hour or St. John’s Lutheran Church Service Broadcast at Pittsville are appreciated.

The family also wants to express sincere thanks to the Ascension Home Hospice Health Care team and the staff at the House of the Dove in Marshfield.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Arlene’s family with funeral arrangements.
Daniel D. Fitzmaurice, 61, died February 17th, 2019
Daniel Fitzmaurice, age 61, of Humbird, WI died Sunday, February 17, 2019 at the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, WI.

Daniel David Fitzmaurice was born on December 20, 1957 in Neillsville, WI the son of Phillip James “Rusty” and Edith Julieanne (Vinney) Fitzmaurice. He graduated from Alma Center High School, was united in marriage to Wendy I. Kudron on June 21, 1976 in Black River Falls, WI and a year later enlisted into the United States Air Force, serving in active duty from 1977 to 1991. In 2000, Dan enlisted into the Air Force Reserve and served a tour in Afghanistan. He returned in 2011 and in 2012 he retired from the Reserves. In retirement from the military, he formed his own company doing carpentry work in the Humbird area.
Dan loved harassing people and being an overall jokester. He had many interests, but especially enjoyed working on cars, bowling, golfing, riding his Harley-Davidson, camping and above all, spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Wendy, two children, Neil (Samantha Miller) Fitzmaurice of Alma Center, WI and Dustin Fitzmaurice of Eau Claire, WI, two grandchildren, Landon and Steven, his mother, Edith Fitzmaurice of Humbird, WI, six siblings, Phillip (Gazelle) Fitzmaurice of Janesville, WI, Vicki Dobson of Humbird, WI, Mary Rochester of Neillsville, WI, Kathy (Mark) Hoge of Humbird, WI, Tim (Becky) Fitzmaurice of Humbird, WI and Julie (Randy) Johnson of Humbird, WI, a sister-in-law, Darla Fitzmaurice of Neillsville and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Phillip “Rusty” Fitzmaurice, a brother, Gary Fitzmaurice, a niece, Heather Kinchen and two brothers-in-law, Bruce Rochester and Bob Dobson.

A gathering for family and friends will be held from 11:00 a.m., to 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI. Military honors will be performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council and the Wisconsin Military Funeral Honors Program.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Services is assisting Daniel’s family.
Michael Edward Murphy , 52, died February 16th, 2019
Mike Murphy 52, of Neillsville, WI departed from this life on Saturday February 16, 2019 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems Oak Ridge - Osseo, under the loving care of Mayo Clinic nurses and hospice staff.

The world was gifted Mike Murphy on November 29, 1966 in Neillsville to Robert Murphy and Diane (Hagedorn) Murphy. Mike & Heather (Mabie) Murphy exchanged and shared their marriage vows on July 4, 2009 at the Highground Veteran's Memorial. It was a spectacular celebration of love, life & liberty, one for the record books!
Mike was best known for his love of the outdoors and hunting. That passion grew to be a lifelong dedication to owning and operating a widely acclaimed Archery Pro/Sports Shop. In 1998 as a young and fearless entrepreneur, he began his new business, All Season Sports 'N Archery in historic downtown Neillsville. In traditional Mike Murphy style, he aspired to do more, only bigger and better, a trait that all who knew him knew all too well. As a result, in 2009 the new All Season Sports N' Archery was constructed and this time a restaurant was attached; Apple Valley Bar and Restaurant. On that venture, a partnership was forged with his mother whom without, this goal and dream could not have been fulfilled. Mikes passion was to sell the highest quality sports equipment, along with the service to go with it. The friendships made, the smiles & wit along with his charisma were complimentary! Mikes ability to help, restore and correct equipment issues was a craft and he was gifted to do it. He was attentive to our youth and truly believed the spirit of the wild should be handed down to the next generation. He took that same spirit to the great state of Nebraska. There, his enthusiasm for the sport came alive as well, and a true peace came to him. With his brother Pat whom he considered a best friend and confidant, many successful hunts were afforded to friends and family. If there was not success, everyone cut their losses and knew Mike would provide their entertainment, and without a doubt, memories to last a lifetime.
Mike was a fervent supporter of our United States Military, veterans and the Wounded Warrior Project. He held within him the heart of a lion, the bravery of a warrior, and an unabashed love for life.

Mike is survived by: wife Heather J. Murphy; mother Diane Murphy; brother Pat and Chris (Meunich) Murphy; sister Chris Murphy; father and mother in law Steve and MaryJane Mabie; brother and sister in law Jake and Tara (Mabie) Ormond; nieces and nephew: Luke, Karly, Karissa, Emily, Mason, Logan, Ethan, Emerson, and Keagan. Finally, his dogs whose love for him knew no sickness and certainly no boundaries; Ira, Ruger, Reagan and Nixon.

Mike was preceded in death by his father Robert Murphy, grandparents Louis and Elaine Hagedorn, cousin Terry Oldham and best friend Doug Barth. Mike and Heather shared a love of animals. Their boxers Mayhem and Silva also preceded him in death. They were more human than dog, and must be named for the impact and joy they brought to our lives.

In Mikes honor, there will be a tribute to his wonderful life, and gathering of family and friends at Apple Valley Bar & Restaurant (415 W USH 10 - Neillsville, WI) on Saturday April 6, 2019 with services to start at 1:00pm.

Job 14:5 "A man's days are numbered. You know the number of his months. He cannot live longer than the time You have set." God’s plans are perfect and He desires the very best for each of his beloved children...

Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona is serving the family.

Online condolences may be shared at www.cremationsociety-wi.com.
William "Bill" Horn, 80, died February 15th, 2019
WILLIAM L. "BILL" HORN, age 80, of Loyal, WI, peacefully passed away at home on Friday, February 15, 2019 surrounded by his family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Friday, February 22, 2019 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal. Rev. Leo Johnson will officiate, and burial of cremains 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 Friday, from 9:30am until time of service.

William Lee Horn was born on January 28, 1939 in Marshfield, WI, the only child of Raymond and Margaret (Schmidt) Horn. He was raised on the family farm, received his education at Pleasant View grade school, and graduated from Loyal High School in 1957. Bill served in the Army National Guard during the Berlin Crisis until he was honorably discharged. He was united in marriage to Marcia L. Wells on June 3, 1967 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal. They farmed his family farm, raising registered red & white Holsteins, until retiring in 1995. They moved into Loyal and have resided there since.
He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, the Loyal American Legion Post #175, and U.C.T.
Bill had many interests, but especially loved fishing, hunting and playing sheepshead.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia, of Loyal; one son: Kenneth (Dawn) Horn of Loyal; one daughter: Karen Horn of Loyal; 3 grandchildren: Tyler, Olivia and Kaden Horn; his mother-in-law: Kathryn Wells of Greenwood; his brother-in-law: Mike Wells of Marshfield; other relatives and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Donald Wells; and his sister-in-law: Judy Wells.

The family would like to give a special thank you to all of the doctors, nurses, home health & hospice nurses and aides for their wonderful care.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given in Bill's name for a memorial to be established at a later date.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Paul Humke, 92, died February 10th, 2019
PAUL H. HUMKE, age 92, of Greenwood, WI, peacefully passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at the Clark County Rehab & Living Center, in Owen, WI, with family by his side.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Immanuel United Church of Christ, rural Greenwood. Rev. Asafa Rajaofera will officiate and burial of cremains will follow in the church cemetery.

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

Paul Howard Humke was born on November 7, 1926 on the home farm near Greenwood, to George H. Sr. and Lelah P. (Sheets) Humke. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in the Greenwood area, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1944. After high school, Paul remained on the farm helping his father. He was united in marriage to Rose Caryl Richmond on November 16, 1963 at Immanuel United Church of Christ, rural Greenwood. They purchased his family homestead in 1964 and farmed until the barn burned in 1971. Paul then worked for Greenwood Homes, which later became Stratwood Homes. In 1976, they sold their Century Farm and moved into Greenwood. Paul later worked as a cheese maker for Greenwood Milk Products, Hemlock Cheese Factory and Elmdale Cheese Factory. In 1991, he began working for Clark County, delivering Meals-on-Wheels, until retiring in 1999. During his retirement, Paul enjoyed several bus tours to various states. He also spent time doing what he could to help others with assorted tasks, such as lawn care, cleaning eve troughs, painting and repairing things. When his health declined, in 2017, he moved to the Clark County Rehab & Living Center.
He was a lifelong member of Immanuel United Church of Christ, where he previously served on the Consistory Board, sang in the choir; and for 30 years, served as custodian and groundskeeper. Many Saturdays were spent, as a family, mowing the church lawn and two cemeteries.
Paul had many interests, but especially enjoyed deer hunting, family vacations, listening and dancing to waltzes and polkas, watching sports, singing, telling jokes and making people smile, putting puzzles together, and making latch hooks. His greatest love was his grandchildren and family.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Rose Caryl, of Greenwood; his children: Kurt (Amy) of Greenwood, Todd (Tracy) of Portage, Joel (Jennifer) of Rochester, MN, Dale (Cheri) of Oshkosh, Tina (Scott) Zimmer of Greenwood; 11 grandchildren: Kassandra, Aarica, Karson, Austen, Makela, Camryn, Thomas, Allison, Brody, Blaire and Leah; one brother-in-law: Jerald Richmond of Greenwood; one sister-in-law: Betty Horn of Greenwood; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Paul was preceded in death by his parents; 3 brothers: George Jr. (Valerie), Irvin (Shirley), Harvey (Betty); 3 sisters: Ruth (Delmar) Toburen, Verona (Robert) Jackson, Jeanette (Glenn) Horn; his in-laws: Guy (Laura) Richmond, Norman Horn, Herbert (Lila) Horn, and Myrna Richmond.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Michial Novak, 70, died February 8th, 2019
Michial J. Novak, Neillsville died unexpectedly at the age of 70 at the Memorial Hospital, Marshfield on 2-8-19.

He is survived by his wife Ruth (Birsa) Novak, 2 daughters- Zandra (Michael) McDonald of Neillsville and Cyndie (Eric) Slater of Wisconsin Rapids. 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren, 2 brothers and 4 sisters.

The family requests no funeral services.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Michial’s family.
Robert W. Kallian, 76, died February 8th, 2019
On February 8, 2019 Robert (Bob) Wayne Kallian (age 76) was surrounded by family, when he passed to his heavenly home.

Bob was born on December 12, 1942 to Adolph and Mary (Moravek Koci) Kallian, of the Summit Township in Juneau County. Bob farmed basically since the day he was born, with his father Adolph and Grandfather Frank Kallian on the Kallian Summit farm. He worked harder on the farm than he did on his schoolwork. With help from his mother Mary and a few girlfriends Bob got through 8 years of Darrow School (1 roomed schoolhouse), 3 years of Mauston High School and 1 year at Wonewoc High School graduating in 1960.
He wanted to join the Army, but his father needed him on the farm. At a barn raising on his Aunt and Uncle Moravek‘s farm (the same farm his mother was living on when she met Adolph) Bob met Judith (Judi) Litkea. Bob and Judi were married at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Mauston, WI on September 12, 1964. The couple farmed the Kallian farm and raised 4 children: Trina, Janice, Denise and Brian. The couple separated and later divorced in 1979. Bob and Judi remained friendly, making things easier for their 4 children.
Bob met and later married Cathy Klisch. With the help of an investor Bob started to run an ethanol still. The couple moved to Granton, WI onto the Cottonwood Lawn Farm in June of 1983. They married on September 13, 1983. Bob and Cathy farmed, ran the still and raised three children: Caitlin, Craig and Cody. After selling the dairy cows in 1997, Bob raised steers and did custom farm work.
Bob and Cathy separated and later divorced in 2002. After the separation, his first wife, Judi was there to support him. Bob continued to do custom farming and tried fish farming, but also raised soybeans and sunflowers (to make a diesel fuel), hauling logs with his Mack truck, making custom grill guards, etc. Most recently he kept himself busy driving his Amish friends around. Besides farming, Bob enjoyed driving, restoring old vehicles, fixing machinery, snowmobiling, his dogs Skipper, Augie and Monroe and spending time with family and friends.

Bob is survived by his sister Ilda Schmitt, his step-sister-in-law Earlene Koci, his children Trina Frost, Janice (Dale) Drinsinger, Denise Kallian, Caitlin (Clinton) Hannasch, Craig Kallian and Cody (Amber) Kallian and he second wife Cathy (Haines). From his seven children he has eleven grandchildren: Stephanie, Michael, Joshua, Cassondra, Katarina, Colton, Claire, Carter, Clayton Calan and Owen and 1 is on the way and 3 great-grandsons: Emmanuel, Karson, Camdyn and 1 is the way.

Bob is preceded in death by his parents Adolph and Mary Kallian, his half-brother Arnold Koci, his brother-in-law Clark Schmitt, his first wife Judith Jensen, his son Brian Kallian and 3 small Angles.

Gesche Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Neillsville will be assisting the family with arrangements. The service for Robert W. Kallian will be officiated by Pastor Timothy Biebert at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville, WI, on Saturday March 2, 2019 at 11:00 AM.

The visitation will start at 10:00 AM. Honorary pallbearers are David Yoder, Joseph Borntrager, Jim Sternitzky, Dan Sternitzky, Clinton Hannasch and Dale Drinsinger.

Internment will be at Potter Cemetery, in the Summit Township in Juneau County, date to be determined.
Gene Jepsen, 89, died January 28th, 2019
Eugene Jepsen, age 89, of Neillsville, WI died Monday, January 28, 2019 at the Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neillsville.

Eugene Douglas Jepsen was born on July 16, 1929 in Pray, WI the son of Holger and Martha (Petersen) Jepsen. After finishing his schooling, he joined the United States Army and served in Japan during WWII. After returning from the war, he was united in marriage to Evelyn Bartz on September 17, 1949 in Neillsville. He owned and operated several stores one of which was Gene’s TV and Appliance. He was also well-known for his beautiful work restoring furniture.
Gene was a member of the United Methodist Church in Neillsville. He was also a member of Neillsville’s Masonic Lodge and the Lion’s Club of which he served as past president. Gene loved all animals especially dogs of all types.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, four children, Steve (Barb) Jepsen of Hatfield, WI, Dan Jepsen of Withee, WI, Mark Jepsen of Eau Claire, WI and Deb (Greg Filipczak) Jepsen of Neillsville, WI, five grandchildren, Erik (Vanessa), Heath (Danielle), Torben, Karsten and Britta (Dustin).

He was preceded in death by his parents and nine siblings, Agnes, Harold, Lyngaard, Holger Jr., Christine, Bernard, Bernice, Woodrow and Margaret.

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

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Eugene’s family.
Loretta Lindner , 87, died January 27th, 2019
LORETTA G. LINDNER, age 87, of Greenwood, WI, passed away at Atrium Post Acute Care, in Marshfield, on Sunday, January 27, 2019.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in Greenwood. Rev. Keith Kitzhaber will officiate, and burial will follow in the St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Pat Esselman, Bill Esselman, Dave Esselman, John Esselman, Paul Lindner and Steve Lindner.

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

Loretta Gertrude Lindner was born on June 14, 1931 in the Town of Eaton, rural Greenwood, to Matthias and Gertrude (Scherer) Lindner. She was raised on the family farm and received her education at St. Mary's Catholic School. At the age of 14, she was stricken with polio and received treatment in Madison and therapy in Eau Claire. After her recovery, Loretta lived at home and cared for her father and mother until they passed away. She moved to the Black River View Apartments and resided there until poor health caused her to move to Atrium Post Acute Care in Marshfield in 2017.
She was a lifetime member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and was a very devout Catholic.

Loretta will be dearly missed by one brother: James Lindner of Greenwood; one sister: Helen (Richard) Esselman of Loyal; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; 6 brothers: Joseph, Frank, Edward, Bernard, Lawrence and William Lindner; and two sisters: Genevieve Budzisz and Eleanor Lindner.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Bryan Acker, 58, died January 22nd, 2019
BRYAN E. ACKER, age 58, of Neillsville, WI, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Monday, February 4, 2019 at Cuddie Funeral Home in Greenwood, with Pastor Carl Bauchspiess officiating. Burial will be held in the Greenwood City Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Monday from 10am until time of service.

Bryan Eugene Acker was born on September 26, 1960 in Marshfield, WI, to Richard and Virginia (Franz) Acker. He was raised on the family farm, graduating from Loyal High School in 1978. After high school, Bryan worked at Greenwood Milk Products for a few years before working for Ron Lindgren in Withee. He later worked in Stratford before taking a job with Abby Vans in July 1990, where he worked as a mechanic until his death.
He was a member of the Neillsville Rod & Gun Club and had many interests, but especially loved playing pool, hunting, fishing, and riding motorcycles.

Bryan is survived by one son: Travis Acker of Neillsville; one brother: David (Pat) Acker of Loyal; one nephew: Jeff Acker of Greenwood, and Jeff’s children: Amber, Janelle, Blake and Montana; 5 step-daughters: Kayla Schmitt of Marshfield, Kim (Jeff) Mohr of Eau Claire, Brooke (Dale) Lawcewicz of Thorp, Shawna (Jon) Stoiber of Spencer, Heather Schmitt of Loyal; 14 step-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home of Greenwood is assisting the family with arrangements.
Carla A. Strozewski, 71, died January 22nd, 2019
Carla Strozewski, age 71, of Neillsville, formerly of Black River Falls, WI died Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at the Marshfield Medical Center in Neillsville.

Carla Ann Strozewski was born on July 14, 1947 in Jackson County, WI the daughter of Carl S. and Genevieve (Ketchum) Strozewski. She graduated from Black River Falls High School and then attended UW – Madison, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. She then taught for a brief time at the Tomah School District, before beginning a long career with the United States Postal Service. Carla had recently retired, but continued to work part-time when needed.

She is survived by a son, Matt (Nicole) Strozewski of Boulder, MT, a sister, Betty Marshall of Black River Falls, WI and a brother, Carl Gene Strozewski of NM.

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

A graveside service for Carla will be held at a later date.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Carla’s family with funeral arrangements.
Julie L. Abel, 55, died January 21st, 2019
JULIE L. ABEL, age 55, of Loyal, WI, was granted eternal rest at her home with her treasured family by her side on Monday, January 21, 2019 after her courageous 14-month battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 1pm on Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Loyal. Rev. Daniel Zimmerman will officiate, and burial will follow in the Loyal Lutheran Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: ?

Visitation will be held at the church, on Friday, January 25, 2019 from 4pm to 8pm, and again on Saturday, from 11am until time of service.

Julie Leann Bauer was born on October 13, 1963 in Marshfield, WI, to Wallace P. and Donna M. (Redig) Bauer. She was raised and received her education in Loyal, graduating from Loyal High School in 1982. After high school, she attended Mid-State Technical College and completed the Unit Clerk program. Julie married the love of her life, Perry L. Abel, on June 11, 1981. Together, they were dedicated and hard workers, purchasing their dairy farm in Loyal from Perry's parents. It was their pleasure and passion to work together along with their three children.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she taught 1st grade Sunday School for 25 years and previously served as church treasurer and on various committees. Julie also served on the Board of Directors for Citizens State Bank, hosted the 2018 Loyal Dairy Breakfast, and was named Outstanding Young Farmer.
Julie was a devoted and loving mother. She was very proud of her family and especially loved being "Grandma the farm." Julie loved holidays and family get-togethers; any chance to spend time with her family was important to her. She would spend hours cooking and preparing for her company. She also loved reading, mowing lawn, watching movies, spending time at the lake, and talking to her kids on the phone.

Julie was the beloved wife of Perry; devoted mother of: Brandon (Kim) Abel of Fall Creek, Jessica (Ryan) Landini of Baldwin, Kyle (Brittany) Abel of Loyal; loving grandma to: Carter Isaac, Allie Jean, Kooper J. and Damion Perry. She is further survived by her mother: Donna M. Bauer, of Loyal; her siblings: Jeanne (Steve) Ward of Loyal, Jon (Roseann) Bauer of Loyal, Jeff (Connie) Bauer of Spencer, Joe Bauer of Loyal; her mother-in-law: Alice Kennedy of Loyal; her father-in-law: Ron (Jean) Abel of Marshfield; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wallace Bauer; one sister, Joanne Beyer; and her niece, Jenn Ward.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Marjorie Dahl , 66, died January 19th, 2019
Marjorie E. Dahl, 66, Granton, passed away surrounded by her family, Saturday, January 19, 2019, at Marshfield Hospital.

Visitation and funeral services will be held as Zion American Lutheran Church of Granton with Pastor Dan Zimmerman on Friday, January 25th , 9:30am for visitation and the service will begin at 11am, luncheon to follow at church.

Marjorie “Margie” Esther Schlinsog was born on March 5, 1952 to Emil A. and Lorraine (nee Lucht) Schlinsog. She was raised on the family farm and attended Roder School until the age of 10 and then attended Granton Area Schools from which she graduated in 1970. Margie then attended the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She married Gary L. Dahl of Granton on June 21, 1975 and continued to teach 3rd grade at Granton Area Schools for 5 years until she started her family and then continued substitute teaching for Granton Area Schools throughout the years. Margie, with her husband, bought and returned to the family farm in 1977 and resided there dairy farming, until the time of her passing.

Margie was very active in the community as a 4-H leader for many projects and in her church where she started playing the organ at age 12 and then continued to be the church organist for over 40 years until the time of her illness. She held various church leadership roles and was the Sunday School Supernatant for many years, teaching the children of the church in Sunday School and Vacation Bible School during the summers.
Margie also enjoyed traveling to see her family around Wisconsin as well as traveling with her family many places such as Walt Disney World, Jamaica, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and France. One of her favorite trips was to the Rocky Mountains when her children were young. She was an exceptional cookie maker and made tons of baked goodies for everyone. She also enjoyed reading lots of books, theatrical performances, Chinese food, concerts like Paul McCartney, and baby kittens but not chickens.

She is preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Margaret (Peggy) Blaskowski and brother-in-law Frederick Blaskowski.

She will be dearly missed by her husband of 44 years and her three children: Shana (Rick) Tischaefer, Muskego, Wisconsin, Lori (David) Brown, Greenfield, Wisconsin and Bryan Dahl, Granton, Wisconsin. She is well loved by her grandchildren, Alexander and Grace Tischaefer and Nathaniel Brown. She is also survived by her brother, Marvin Schlinsog, and sister-in-law Ann Marie Schlinsog of Marshfield, Wisconsin.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Marjorie’s family with funeral arrangements.
Harry J. Zaleski, 95, died January 13th, 2019
Harry Zaleski, age 95, of Granton, WI died Sunday, January 13, 2019, surrounded by his loving family, in the palliative care unit of Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, WI.

Harry James Zaleski was born on July 4, 1923, in Stratford, WI the son of Walter and Lottie (Gawlikowski) Zaleski. He attended school in Little Rose and then worked on the family farm and at Gateway Lumber Company in Chili, WI. On September 7, 1953, he was united in marriage to Mildred Hartmann at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stratford, WI. In 1954, they purchased the hardware store in Granton and operated it as Harry’s Hardware until their retirement in 1988, when it was sold. Mildred died on October 7, 1993, and Harry continued living in Granton.
Harry loved baseball and was an acclaimed baseball player. He was a natural at shortstop. He enjoyed watching the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers and golfing. Harry was a longtime member of the Neillsville Country Club, and at age 75, he recorded his first and only hole-in-one. He loved attending his family’s sporting events and he enjoyed playing cards at the Hilltop. Harry was a strong supporter of Granton area events, and in 1989, he and Mildred were named Granton Citizens of the Year.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville, WI, and was on the church board for St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in Chili. He was also a member of the board of directors for the Citizens State Bank in Loyal, WI for 22 years, a board member for the Village of Granton, a board member for American Legion Baseball, and a longtime member of the Granton Rotary.

He is survived by six children, Douglas (Linda) Zaleski of Muncie, IN, Dean (Nancy) Zaleski of Eau Claire, WI, Diane (Raymond) Jonas of Marshfield, WI, Donna Zaleski of Marshfield, WI, Darrel (Kimberly) Zaleski of Eau Claire, WI, and Darrin (Laura) Zaleski of Suwanee, GA, 12 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by his parents, brothers Casimer, Chester, John, and Benjamin and sisters Kostanta Omilean, Stella Knoll, Genevieve Mahoney, and Monica Fedak.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Harry will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 19, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. The Celebrant will be Rev. Varkey V. Joseph. Music will be provided by Vicente Cortez and St. Mary’s Choir. Interment will be in the Windfall Cemetery in Granton.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville and from 9:30 until Mass time Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Serving as pallbearers will be his grandsons Jason, Jamie, Cole and Trevor Zaleski, and Jeremy and Joshua Jonas.

Harry’s family would like to thank the physicians and staff at Marshfield Medical Center for their compassionate care during his hospital stay.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to the family who will be giving a donation, in Harry’s name, to the Granton High School Athletic Department and St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Neillsville, WI.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Harry’s family with funeral arrangements.
Tracey M. O’Connell, 53, died January 10th, 2019
Tracey O’Connell, age 53, of Neillsville, WI died Thursday, January 10, 2019 at the Marshfield Medical Center in Neillsville.

Tracey O’Connell was born on September 17, 1965 in Marshfield, WI the daughter of Frederick and Margaret “Peggy” (Schlinsog) Blaskowski. She graduated from Granton High School in 1983 and then worked in the office at Figi’s in Marshfield and later for the Ben Franklin store in Neillsville. For the past 28 years she has worked at Tricor Insurance, formerly known as Westland Insurance in Neillsville
She was a member of the Pine Valley Zion Lutheran Church in Neillsville, and she enjoyed joking with Pastor Anderson before services. Tracey enjoyed cooking, being outdoors, animals of all kinds and hunting. This past hunting season she “bagged” her first buck in 30 years of hunting. She was a kind-hearted person who enjoyed having her son’s friends over to the house and treating them as if they were her own children.

She is survived by her husband, Duane and a son, DeRick O’Connell of Neillsville.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and her grandparents, Emil and Lorraine Schlinsog and John and Catherine Blaskowski.

Funeral Services for Tracey will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 15, 2019 at the Pine Valley – Zion Lutheran Church in Neillsville. Pastor Chad Anderson will officiate. Music will be provided by Sharon Bjerke, organist. Interment will be in the Zion American Lutheran Church Cemetery in Granton.

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

Honorary Pall Bearers are: Rikki Ratsch and Ryan Dunn. Pall Bearers are: Donald Elmhorst, Jeff Strangfeld, Dallas Thoma, Korry Durham, Kent Durham and Rick Durham.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Tracey’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Robert P. Gregorich , 84, died January 7th, 2019
ROBERT P. "BOB" GREGORICH, age 84, of Marshfield, WI, peacefully passed away at home on Monday, January 7, 2019. His wish was to die at home, cared for by his 5 children and their families, surrounding him with love during his final weeks.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, January 17, 2019 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal, WI, with Rev. Leo Stanislaus officiating. Pallbearers will be: Brett Gregorich, Zach Molle, Storm Harmon, Cody Stumpner, Cal Mischler, Caden Mischler, Hayden Bauman, Dennis Syth and John Schultz. Military rites will be conducted by the Loyal American Legion Post #175. Burial will be held in the parish cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 from 4pm to 8pm, and again on Thursday, from 10am until time of service.

Robert Peter Gregorich was born on December 18, 1934 in Greenwood, WI, to John J. and Julia (Tomac) Gregorich. He was raised on the family farm, attended St. Mary's Parochial School and graduated from Greenwood High School in 1952. Bob then attended Gale Institute, a railroad school, in Minneapolis, MN. He was inducted into the U.S. Army, where he was a Morse Code Operator with confidential clearance. Bob served from December 1, 1954 until his honorable discharge on November 15, 1956. After returning from the service, he purchased his first farm in Greenwood, in 1958. He was united in marriage to Rose Marie Degenhardt on April 18, 1959 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Loyal. In 1968, they purchased a farm in Loyal, where he worked and they raised their family. After retiring, they built their retirement home in the Town of Lincoln, rural Marshfield, and moved there in 2001. Bob continued working on the farm with his son, Mark, and grandson, Brett, until 2016.
He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Loyal American Legion.
Bob had many interests, but especially loved spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, bowling, playing baseball, pitching horseshoes, trips to Montana, and playing cards with family and friends. He showed his family what true love was by caring for his wonderful, loving wife, Rosie.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Rosie, of 59 years; five children: Mark (Lori) of Spencer, and their children: Brett (Caitlin) and Melanie (fiancé Tjaden Brostowitz); Steve (Julie Ladwig) of Marshfield, and their children: Zach Molle and Megan Gregorich; Chuck (Lori) of Altoona, and their children: Jenny (Storm) Harmon, Tiffany (Jordan) Petersen, and Brittany (fiancé Jake Faanes); Sheri Stumpner (Scott Bauman) of Spencer, and their children: Cody Stumpner, Carly Stumpner, and Hayden Bauman; Peg (Bryan) Mischler of Greenville, WI, and their children: Julia, Cal and Caden Mischler; three great-grandchildren: Raiden, Berklee and Marlee Harmon; two brothers: Joe (Karen) of Vacaville, CA, Ray (Marge) of Big Timber, MT; one sister: Nancy (Bob) Moseley of Greenwood; one sister-in-law: Audrey Gregorich of Willard, WI; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers: LaVerne and Bill Gregorich.

The family would like to thank Ministry Home Care Hospice for their care and compassion helping them through Bob's final journey.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Gage Wright, 12, died January 6th, 2019
Gage Wright, age 12, of Eau Claire, WI formerly of Neillsville, WI died Sunday, January 6, 2018 at his home in Eau Claire.

Gage Allen Wright was born on April 11, 2006 in Neillsville, WI the son of Alan Dean and Ashleigh Marie (Bergey-White) Wright. He attended school in Neillsville and Tomahawk, WI before moving to Eau Claire, where he attended Meadowview Elementary School and, currently, North Star Middle School. He was a straight “A” student in school and received the Presidential Award for Academics. He was a member of the Robotics Club and played in the school band. Recently, he was nominated for the honors band, and next month was going to play with the orchestra. When he wasn’t busy with school activities, he would help at “The Wright Place Saloon” his family’s restaurant in Black River Falls, WI.

Gage loved music and art. He loved to sing and cook especially macaroni and cheese. He loved baseball and played on the Eau Claire Nationals Team. He was a fan of the Milwaukee Brewers and the Green Bay Packers. And, he loved going for motorcycle rides with his Dad.

He is survived by his father, Alan (Lauren) Wright of Eau Claire, WI, his mother, Ashleigh Wright of Minoqua, WI, brothers, Kane Wright, Dylan Olson and Blake Olson all of Eau Claire, WI, his maternal grandmother, Laurie (Harold) Berry of Medford, WI, his paternal grandparents, Don and Linda Wright of Granton, WI and his step-grandmother, Pam McLendon of Washington D.C.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Ed Bergey.

Funeral Services for Gage will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 12, 2019 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Pastor Douglas Bjerke will officiate.

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 Gage’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Robert Armitage, 0, died January 5th, 2019
ARMITAGE Robert D. Loving husband, Father, grandfather Died peacefully on January 5, 2019 in the company of his family.

Survived by wife of 51 years, Kathy; sons, Dale (Krista) and Dan; grandchildren, Matthew, Alex, Eli, Emma; brother, Neil (Corinne) Armitage; nieces, nephews, friends.

Preceded in death by parents, Dale and Bethel; brother, Tom; nephew, Ben.

Bob enjoyed elk, deer and pheasant hunting, golfing, fishing and skiing, and gardening. He was CEO of the Board of Social Ministry. He was a man of honor, integrity and kindness, and taught others through his faithful example of a life well-lived.

Visitation was held Friday, January 11 at BRADSHAW, 2800 Curve Crest Blvd, Stillwater, and memorial service was 11AM Saturday at CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH, 150 5th Street, Marine on St. Croix.

Memorials preferred to Lakeview Hospice, Christ Lutheran, or Family Means.


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