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Frances B. Schmidt, 100, died December 12th, 2017
FRANCES B. SCHMIDT, age 100, of Neillsville, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at Riverside Assisted Living, in Neillsville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Friday, December 15, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Neillsville. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

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

Gesche Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Robert Bodamer, 88, died December 10th, 2017
ROBERT L. “BO” BODAMER, age 88, of Chippewa Falls, formerly of Thorp, passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, December 10, 2017.

There will be a time to gather and celebrate Robert's life on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Thorp Funeral Home, in Thorp, from 2pm to 5pm.

Robert Lawrence Bodamer was born on August 29, 1929 in Hobart, IN, to Ralph and Florence (Wyant) Bodamer. He was raised and received his education in Merrillville, IN, where he graduated from high school in 1947. After completing high school, Robert enlisted into the U.S. Air Force. While stationed at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls, MT, he met and married Joan E. Brown on June 6, 1952. He was honorably discharged on January 15, 1956. Robert then enrolled at Bradley University, in Peoria, IL, where he took a course to learn how to be a watch maker. They moved to Grand Forks, ND and finally settled in Thorp in 1959, where he purchased the jewelry store. In 1974, he sold the jewelry store and worked for the City of Thorp until retiring in 1995. They moved to a home on Lake Wissota, where he resided until his death.
He was a member of the Thorp American Legion Post #118, a former member of the Thorp Lions Club, a former member of the Thorp Moose Lodge, a former member of the Mason's, and was a EMT on the Thorp Ambulance and a volunteer fireman on the Thorp Fire Department, where had served as Fire Chief. Robert had many interests, but especially loved camping, deer hunting, fishing, bowling, collecting trains, golfing and flying planes.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Joan, of Chippewa Falls; 4 children: Philip (Tami) Bodamer of Gearhart, OR, Jennifer (Robert) Evans of Zephyr Cove, NV, Paul Bodamer of Thorp, Jessica (Dewey) Gilchrist of De Forest, WI; 5 grandchildren: Nikki, Christopher, Stephanie, Chelsea and Trisha; 9 great-grandchildren; 2 sisters: Shirley Fraley and Carol Avino, both of Hobart, IN; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends and his faithful companion Milo.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Howard, and one sister: Doris Janke.

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

Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Louis Albrecht, 72, died December 9th, 2017
Louis Albrecht, age 72, of Neillsville, WI died suddenly Saturday, December 9, 2017 at the Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville.

Louis Paul Albrecht was born on July 6, 1945 in Neillsville, WI the son of Paul and Martha Albrecht. He attended school in Neillsville and during his high school years worked at Van Gorden’s Feed Mill. Louis graduated from Neillsville High School in 1963 and then went to work at the Research Farm. Shortly after he enlisted into the United States Army and served during the Vietnam era. On November 8, 1969 he was united in marriage to Jean Bloczynski at Bakerville, WI. After his honorable discharge, he returned to this area and began working as a police officer in Marshfield, WI. He worked there for four years before coming to Clark County and working as a traffic deputy. Louis eventually climbed the ranks to detective and lastly, detective sergeant before retiring in the late 90’s.

In his leisure time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting and he had a love of guns. He was a member of the Haugen-Richmond American Legion Post 73 in Neillsville, the 40 & 8, a very active member of the Winx Club and Ducks Unlimited. Louis also devoted many years volunteering for the American Legion and the HighGround.

He is survived by his wife Jean, three children, Paul Albrecht of Neillsville, Rose Albrecht of Severn, MD and Kara (Charles) Gail of Cottage Grove, MN. Two grandchildren, Dayne Albrecht of Eau Claire, WI and Sophie Gail of Cottage Grove, MN. He is also survived by several cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Services for Louis will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 12, 2017 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Pastor Terry Marg will officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery with Military Honors performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

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

Casket Bearers are his family members: Paul Albrecht, Kara Gail, Rose Albrecht, Charles Gail, Dayne Albrecht and Caleb Domeyer.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Louis’ family with Funeral arrangements.
Kay V. Buettner, 78, died December 2nd, 2017
Kay Venetta Buettner, 78, of Granton, passed away December 2, 2017 at Neillsville Care and Rehab.

She was born September 26, 1939 in Viroqua, the youngest child of William Harley and Theo (Gower) Crume. The family relocated to Neillsville, where Kay attended Neillsville Public School and met the love of her life, Jim Buettner. They were married June 30, 1956 in Winona, MN. They moved to their home in the township of Lynn in 1965. Kay continued to live there until November 2016 when she moved to Neillsville Care and Rehab.

Kay loved to sew, knit, and do many other crafts. For the most part, she taught herself to do all these things. She lived by the creed “if there’s a will, there’s a way.” She didn't wait for someone else to do something if she could figure out how to do it herself. The size of the task or the difficulty in accomplishing it didn’t stop her. In addition to sewing clothes and quilts, knitting, crocheting, and embroidery, she learned to do reupholstery, wallpapering, and floor refinishing. Kay used her sewing and knitting skills to make clothes, quilts, and home decor for her family and others. She had a home sewing business for many years and ran a quilt shop out of her home. She enjoyed teaching others to sew and make quilts as well. More recently, she spent her days knitting sweater wraps which she freely gave to the recipients as her contribution to the Warm Up America campaign.

Kay was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jim (James) Buettner, her parents, her husband’s parents, sisters Catherine (Richard) Dennison, Lois (Ray) DeLap, Joyce (Gene) Steinkrauss, Carol (Ed) Campbell, Joan (Charles) Alexander, brother Harlan Crume, and her youngest child, Jim Allen Buetter.

She is survived by her children Cindy (Tim) Keller of Lublin, Mike (Sharon) Buettner of Granton, Annette (Paul) Drescher of Neillsville; grandchildren Venetta (Brent) Mathison of Thorp, Lois (Shannon) Walters of Stanley, Holly (Levi) Sprinkle of Stanley, Megan (Jordon) Vizer of Cadott, Thea (Larry) Sorensen of Sturgeon Bay, Isaac Scheel of Medford, Julie (Justin) Soost of Mankato, MN, Andy (Amanda) Buettner of West Fargo, ND, Everett (Rachelle) Buettner of Neillsville, and step-granddaughter Paige (Bradley) Bianca of Florence, MS; and great-grandchildren Kyler, Alana, Easton, Kaylina, and Avaya Walters, Samuel and Rose Sprinkle, Derick and Samantha Vizer, Ryan and Larry Sorensen Jr, Alan Scheel, Jayda Bottlemy, Gage Buettner, and step-great grandchildren McKayden, Connor, Malachi, and Olivia Bianca. She is also survived by sister-in-laws Jacqueline (Herman) Strangfeld and Dianne (Bill) Buettner of Neillsville.

As per Kay’s wishes no services are planned.

Thanks to Gesche Funeral Home for handling all of Kay’s arrangements.

Duane J. Poehnelt, 66, died December 1st, 2017
DUANE J. POEHNELT, age 66, of Loyal, peacefully passed away at home on Friday, December 1, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 12pm on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal, with Father Steve Brice officiating. Interment will take place in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery at a later date.

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

Duane John Poehnelt was born on February 23, 1951 in Medford, WI, the son of Joseph and Irene (née Wiersgalla) Poehnelt. Duane moved with his family to Loyal, WI at the age of three. He attended St. Anthony Catholic School and Loyal Public School, graduating from Loyal High School in 1969. Duane started working for Loyal Oil Company at the age of 18, which his father started in 1954. He was united in marriage to Julie A. Weisheipl on June 23, 1984 at St. Olaf's Catholic Church in Eau Claire, WI. Duane and Julie purchased Loyal Oil from his parents in 1987. They sold the business to their daughter, Kaila, and son-in-law, Kyle, on June 1, 2016 after 29 years of ownership.

Duane had many interests, but especially loved downhill skiing, going on several ski trips with his buddies, snowmobiling, deer hunting, going to his woods, loved all of his dogs over the years, but German Shepherds were his favorite, NASCAR racing, going to the coffee shop every morning for over 30 years, and most of all spending time with family and his two granddaughters, Kessa and Kindyn. He also enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers, the Wisconsin Badgers and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Duane will be dearly missed by his wife of 33 years, Julie; his daughter: Kaila (Kyle) Fitzl of Loyal and their two daughters, Kessa and Kindyn; his siblings: Sharon (Vern) Volovsek of Rice Lake, WI, Sandy Nestler of Cordova, TN, Renee Lebkicker of Severn, MD, Jerry (Joan) Poehnelt of Eagle, WI, Dean (Shirley) Poehnelt of Chester Gap, VA, Pat (Ted) Zvolena of Loyal, Mike (Tiki) Poehnelt of DeForest, WI, Bonnie Duda of Phoenix, AZ, Terri (Tony) Inhof of Hartland, WI, Darla (Alan) Helvig of Glendale, AZ; his mother-in-law: Joanne Weisheipl of Sun City West, AZ; in-laws: Greg (Sandy) Weisheipl of The Villages, FL, Lisa (Dan) Brantmeyer of Mint Hill, NC, Tim Weisheipl of Braselton, GA, Tom Weisheipl of Scottsdale, AZ; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother: Darrel Poehnelt, in infancy; niece and goddaughter: Dawn Lebkicker; brothers-in-law: Russ Lebkicker and Byron Nestler; sister-in-law: Linda Poehnelt; and father-in-law: Tony Weisheipl.

Duane's family would like to thank all of their family and friends for the frequent visits, taking him for drives, helping with projects around the house and all of their support during his time of illness, and all throughout his lifetime. You have all been a Blessing!

In lieu of flowers, Duane requested donations be made in his name to St. Anthony Catholic Church or Little Angels Child Care at St. Anthony Parish.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Leroy J. Moczynski, 84, died December 1st, 2017
Leroy Moczynski, age 84, of Neillsville, WI died Friday, December 01, 2017 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield, WI.

Leroy John Moczynski was born on August 25, 1933 in Milwaukee, WI the son of Martin and Celia (Jurkowski) Moczynski. He attended parochial catholic grade school and graduated from high school in Milwaukee. He then worked at a brewery and later at a foundry in Milwaukee before enlisting into the United States Army. After his honorable discharge, he began working at Allen-Bradley Company as a machine operator. He worked there for almost 30 years before moving to Neillsville. In Neillsville, he farmed for five years and then he went to work for G.O. Sportswear in Neillsville and later in Thorp, WI making jackets. He was united in marriage to Dawn Schoen on December 31, 1996. In 1997, Leroy started working for WeatherShield in Greenwood, WI. He worked there until its closing in 2008 and then reluctantly retired.

In his spare time, Leroy enjoyed making model antique cars and boats, collecting western shirts, telling jokes, fishing and watching semi-trucks and motorcycles.

He is survived by his wife, Dawn, two daughters, Christine (Jason) Bottlemy of Neillsville, WI and Kim (Jason) Dix of Loyal, WI, six grandchildren, Dakota, Kaylie and Austin Bottlemy and Madyson, Allyson and Jayna Dix. Leroy is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters and brothers.

A Memorial Service for Leroy will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, December 7, 2017 at the Living Hope Evangelical Free Church in Neillsville. Pastor Steven Wentz will officiate. Music will be provided by Mary Cournoyer, soloist.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday at the Living Hope Church. Military honors will be performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

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

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Leroy’s family with Funeral arrangements.
ROBERT "BOBBY" AUMAN, 60, died December 1st, 2017
ROBERT "BOBBY" AUMAN, age 60, of Greenwood, died on Friday, December 1, 2017 in the Town of Foster, Clark County, WI.

There will be no services held.

Robert Auman was born on March 1, 1957 in Neillsville, WI, the son of Frank Jr. and Rose (Dolenc) Auman. He was raised and received his education in the Greenwood area. After completing his education, Bobby moved to Racine, WI for a couple of years, where he worked in a factory. He moved back to Greenwood and began working in the woods as a logger. Bobby, and his brother David, logged together until the time of his death.

He had many interests, but especially loved being in the woods, mechanics, repairing tractors, riding motorcycle, fixing anything, and he enjoyed a good conversation.

Bobby is survived by ten siblings: Mary Ann Lesar of Loyal, Bernice LaMarr of Neillsville, Nancy Auman of Racine, Jerold (Marilyn) Auman of Willard, Linda Auman-Villapando (Dennis Schumacher) of Spencer, Elaine (Robert) Langreck of Spencer, Rosalie Auman (Darrel Wejner) of Spencer, Angie Auman of Waukesha, Debbie Auman of Genesee, WI, David Auman of Willard; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers-in-law: Louis Lesar and Harvey LaMarr.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.cuddiefh.com

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Elsie G. Ulrich, 87, died November 25th, 2017
Elsie Ulrich, age 87, of Neillsville, WI died Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Clark County Living and Rehabilitation Center in Owen, WI.

Elsie Georgia Ulrich was born on March 18, 1928 at home in Neillsville, WI the daughter of Ernest and Helen (Fialia) Ulrich. She attended South Washburn grade school and then farmed on the family farm her entire life. She was a member of the former Zion Lutheran Church in Washburn township.

She is survived by a brother, Georbe Ulrich of Neillsville, WI and a sister, Grace Trunkel of Theresa, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A private graveside service for Elsie will be held at the Neillsville City Cemetery on Friday, December 1, 2017.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Elsie’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Teresa J. Lindenman, 69, died November 21st, 2017
Teresa J. Lindenman, 69, of Neillsville, WI died at her home on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Teresa was born on August 22, 1948 in IL the daughter of Victor and Jean (Lang) Conkey. On June 1, 1968 she was united in marriage to Frederick Lindenman in Forreston, IL. In March of 1978, they purchased their farm on Grand Ave. in Neillsville, and moved here in September of that year. Teresa sold real estate and then worked for Sunburst Youth Homes for many years. They sold the farm to their son, Victor and Suzanne in 2012.

She is survived by two sons, Vaughn Lindenman of Neillsville, WI and Victor (Suzanne) Lindenman of Neillsville, WI, two grandchildren, Vance and Vanessa Lindenman, a brother, Terry Conkey and a nephew, Mike Conkey.

Teresa was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.

A Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 p.m., Monday, December 4, 2017 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. prior to the service. Pastor Terry Marg will officiate.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Teresa’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Thomas Deavers, 65, died November 20th, 2017
Thomas Deavers, 65, of Neillsville, WI passed away suddenly on Monday, November 20th, 2017. He was born February 11, 1952.

Thomas loved traveling, fishing, hunting and enjoyed retired life with his wife of 41 years.

He touched the lives of everyone who knew him and he will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

Tom is survived by his wife: Sharon (Wilson) Deavers, 2 children; Steven (Melinda) Deavers and Shari (Jeff) Sirvio, 4 grandchildren Issabella and Jeffrey Sirvio, Zachary and Lela Deavers, 5 sisters; Frances Deavers, Brenda Deavers, Aritha (Allen) Erwin, Paula Deavers and Martha Deavers, He is further survived by his mother-in-law; Elizabeth Wilson, a brother-in-law; Ronald Wilson, several nieces and nephews and many, many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Francis Deavers, mother, Bette (Kane) Deavers, sister, Patricia Deavers, father-in-law, Audley Wilson, brother-in-law, David Wilson and a niece Tracy Deavers.

“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven, where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy”

No services are planned at this time.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Thomas’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Dennis Larson, 96, died November 13th, 2017
DENNIS W. LARSON, age 96, of Greenwood, formally of Loyal, passed away on Monday, November 13, 2017 as the sun set beautifully in the western sky at the House of the Dove in Marshfield, with his family at his side.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, December 16, 2017 at Missionary Baptist Church, in Greenwood. Pastor Geoff Smith and Pastor Dave Sommerfeld will officiate, and burial will follow in the Loyal Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Joshua Larson, Dennis Larson, Charlie Larson, Morgan Larson, Jim Dux, and Joe Brock.

Visitation will be held at the Cuddie Funeral Home, in Loyal, on Friday, Decemeber15, 2017 from 4pm–7pm, and at the church on Saturday, from 9:30am until time of service. A meal will be served at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Loyal, immediately after burial.

Dennis Ward Larson was born on July 23, 1921 in the Town of Beaver, rural Loyal, the son of Richard E. and Martha C. (Schultz) Larson. He was raised on his family’s farm and received his education in the Loyal area, graduating from Loyal High School in 1940. After completing his education, Dennis attended the University of Wisconsin Farm Short Course in Madison. He was united in marriage to Elsie B. Anderson on October 25, 1947 in Chicago, IL. From 1951-54, they lived in the Eau Claire and Merrill areas. Dennis & Elsie bought his parents farm and operated that until retiring in 1996. When his health declined in 2005, he moved in with Don, Millie, and their children and lived with them until August of this year, when he entered the House of the Dove. He thoroughly enjoyed watching all of the wild life that the Black River offered when they moved to their new home in Greenwood in 2015.
He served on the Clark County Community Services Board for over 30 years, was a past-president of the Clark County Dairy Herd Improvement Association, and was an active member in the Wisconsin Guernsey Breeders Association and the Clark County Interbreed Association. Dennis and his late wife, Elsie, were instrumental in starting ADS in Greenwood. Dennis had a passion for planting trees and many of trees at the Loyal Community Park came from his farm.
Dennis was a member of Missionary Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday school until his health no longer allowed him to.

He had many interests, but especially loved spending time with his family and friends, attending his grandchildren's sporting events, golfing, bird watching, and playing many board games, especially chess.

Dennis will be dearly missed by his three children: David (Sheila) Larson of John’s Island, SC, Rebecca (Dale) Warren of Greenwood, Donald (Millie) Larson of Greenwood; nine grandchildren: Chris Larson, Courtney (Paul) Egen, Jessica (Paul ) Kayhart, Allison (Ben) Kunhart, Sara Warren, Dr. Joshua (Anne) Larson, Dennis Larson, Morgan Larson, and Charles Larson; eleven great-grandchildren; one sister: Julie (Earl) Schamehorn of Redlands, CA; two brothers-in-law: Elmer Powers of Silver Creek, NE, Don (Diane) Anderson of Wheaton, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Elsie, on July 28, 2002; one brother: Richard Larson; and two sisters: Athalie Bennett and Kay Powers.

Special thanks to the nurses and staff at the House of the Dove. You clearly were angels on earth prepping Dad for the angels in heaven!

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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