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Donna McFarlane, 84, died April 16th, 2015
DONNA F. MCFARLANE, age 84, of Willard, passed away at her home on Thursday, April 16, 2015.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 4pm on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Willard, with Rev. Steve Brice officiating. Interment will take place at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, in Spooner, WI, at a later date.

Donna Faye Duffy was born on May 11, 1930 in Riceville, Iowa, to Charles and Dorothy (Wells) Duffy. She was raised and received her education in Riceville, graduating from Riceville High School in 1947. Donna was united in marriage to Donald A. McFarlane on December 3, 1947. They farmed in Riceville for 10 years, and then in 1957, they purchased a dairy farm in Willard. Raising eight children, Donna went on from farming to Neillsville Memorial Hospital, where she worked for 20 years as an aide. She later worked at the Greenwood Elementary School until her retirement.

She was a very active member of Holy Family Catholic Church, and its CCW, and helped make relief quilts with the ladies at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, in Greenwood.

She had many interests, but especially loved playing sports and games with family, and was an avid quilter and crocheter whose work went out to many.

Donna was blessed with many friends over the years and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by 4 daughters: Carol (William) Franz of Colby, WI, Barbara (Rodger) Ashbeck of Greenwood, Kathy (Jeff) Potocnik of Trego, WI, Donna Jaramillo of Neillsville; 3 sons: Allen McFarlane of Neillsville, David (Pam) McFarlane of Greenwood, Larry (Bev) McFarlane of Willard; a daughter-in-law: Deb McFarlane of Glen Flora, WI; one sister-in-law: Lorraine Duffy of Charles City, IA; one brother-in-law: Fred Sanchez of CA; 26 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Don, on November 30, 2000; one son, Patrick, on March 7, 2015; one granddaughter; 3 brothers and 2 sisters.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Leroy Schmitz, 83, died April 15th, 2015
LEROY C. SCHMITZ, age 83, of Greenwood, formerly of Rib Lake, passed away at his home after a short and courageous battle with cancer, on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 surrounded by his family.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, in Loyal, with Rev. Steve Brice officiating. Burial will take place in St. Stephen's Catholic Cemetery, in Chili, at a later date.

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

Leroy Clarence Schmitz was born on September 10, 1931 in the Town of Fremont, Clark County, WI, to William and Adelia (Kopf) Schmitz. He was raised on the family farm, received his education at Heathville Country School and graduated from Loyal High School in 1949. After high school, Leroy worked at Barr Minkery before joining the Wisconsin National Guards, where he served for 2 years. He was united in marriage to Audrey Mae Bauer on August 30, 1954 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Stratford. He took over the family farm in 1954 and farmed until selling the farm in 1980. They moved to the Stone Lake/Spirit area where they owned and operated L&A Resort until retiring in 1986 and moving to Rib Lake. After the death of his wife Audrey, on August 10, 1995, he continued to live in Rib Lake until moving to Greenwood in 2012.

He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, the Lion's Club, Chili Sportsman's Club, and the National Farmer's Organization, in which he was very active and held various offices.

Leroy had many interests, but especially loved spending time with his family and friends, fishing, hunting, his trips to Canada, gardening, playing cards and cribbage, and watching most all sports.

He will be dearly missed by his 8 children: Janet Meacham of Greenwood, Randall (Kathy) Schmitz of Loyal, Rodney Schmitz of Loyal, Julie (Allan) Trachte of Rhinelander, Rick Schmitz of Rib Lake, and the triplets: Peter Schmitz of Rib Lake, Paul (Bonnie) Schmitz of Ayton, Ontario, Canada, and Bonnie Schmitz (Carri Gorton) of Tomahawk. He is further survived by 12 grandchildren: Jenny Lee, Chanda, Kristie, Rory, Shena, Joe, Kelly, Heather, Kelsi, Taylor, Tyler, Cody; 4 step-grandchildren: Ryan, Brock, Dustin, Kailey; 11 great grandchildren; 2 brothers: Marlin "Coon" (Virginia) Schmitz of Granton, Gary Schmitz of Spencer; his special nephew: Steve Schmitz; other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Audrey; one sister: Shirley Tesmer; and one brother: Russell "Bud" Schmitz.

Leroy's family would like to thank the staff at Ministry Home Care Hospice for their generous compassion, concern and care during this difficult time.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Leona M. Smith, 82, died April 14th, 2015
Funeral Service 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 18, 2015 Gesche Funeral Home Neillsville, Wisconsin

Interment Neillsville City Cemetery
ROBERT D. "BUCK" SCHULTZE, 86, died April 13th, 2015
ROBERT D. "BUCK" SCHULTZE, age 86, of Thorp, WI, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, April 13, 2015 with his family by his side.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at St Paul’s Lutheran Church in Thorp. Rev. Raymond Bell will officiate and burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, in Withee, with Buck's grandchildren serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held at Thorp Funeral Home on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm, and again at the church, on Saturday, from 9:30am until time of service.

Robert Daniel Schultze was born on December 21, 1928 to Daniel and Susan (Fitzl) Schultze in the Township of Worden, rural Stanley, WI. He attended Thorp High School for three years and then joined the US Army. After serving 18 months in the South Pacific, Buck returned home and continued his education, graduating from Withee High School. He then attended the Milwaukee School of Engineering for one year. Over the years, Robert lived and worked in Milwaukee, North Dakota, Chicago, Los Angeles and locally for the Clark County Highway Department, in addition to farming. In 1977, Robert married Dorothy O’Brien at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, in Thorp.

Buck enjoyed spending his time farming, working on tractors, making wood and maple syrup, and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Robert was a member of the Thorp VFW Post #9057.

Robert is survived by his wife, Dorothy Schultze; daughters: Hilde Schultze and Roberta Bradley; sons: Darrell (Laura) Schultze and Daniel (Tracy) Schultze; step-daughters: Peggy (Tom) Makovec and Connie Bergman (Dave “Beaner” Lemke); fourteen grandchildren: Courtney, Dawn, David, Jason, Amanda, Dana, Megan, Sarah, Douglas, Linsie, Bradley, Jacob, Braden, and Ryan; nine great grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Darrell Schultze; and one sister, Frances Herriges.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Curt C. Fleischmann, 42, died April 5th, 2015
Curt Fleischmann, age 42, of Neillsville, WI died Sunday, April 5, 2015 at the Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville.

Curt Casper Fleischmann was born on June 29, 1972 in Neillsville the son of Dennis and Emilie (Schoen) Fleischmann. He graduated from Granton High School in 1991 and then attended Chippewa Valley Technical College and studied their Police Science program for a year. On September 12, 1992 he was united in marriage to Karen Sischo at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Granton. Curt served in the National Guard for three years and in the National Guard Inactive Ready Reserve for eleven years. He worked at several farms in the area and drove truck for Plautz and Gardner Trucking. Curt also worked at Tesmer Construction and, for a short time, at Wisconsin Homes.

He was a member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Granton. He loved hunting and fishing and was always ready with a joke. Curt was a hard working young man and he was always willing to lend a hand when someone was in need.

He is survived by his wife, Karen, two sons, Devon (Ashley Davis) Fleischmann of Neillsville and Garbiel Fleischmann of Neillsville, his parents, Dennis and Emilie Fleischmann of Granton, WI, a brother, Wayne (Lynn Dupey) of Greenwood, WI, a sister, Renee (Troy) Babbitts of Neenah, WI, his grandmother’s Delores Hoeft of Neillsville and Helen Schoen of Neillsville and his mother-in-law, Lillie Sischo of Neillsville.

He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Walter Schoen and Wilhelm Fleischmann, his father-in-law, Richard Sischo and a cousin, Rollin Schoen.

Funeral Services for Curt will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Granton. Pastor Daniel Schoessow will officiate. Music will be provided by Caroline Helm, organist.
Military Honors conducted by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

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

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Curt’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Mildred L. Todd, 89, died April 3rd, 2015
Mildred Todd, age 89, of Granton, WI died Friday, April 3, 2015, surrounded by her loving family, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI.

Mildred Lorraine Scholtz was born on February 24, 1926 in Sherwood, WI the daughter of Ralph and Clara (Gall) Scholtz. She graduated from Neillsville High School and then worked at the Schultz Bros. Five and Dime store. She was united in marriage to Leslie R. Todd on June 24, 1956. They raised their family and farmed on highway W in Granton until 1980, when they sold the farm and moved to Romadka Avenue north of Granton. Leslie died six months later. “Ma Todd” as she was known in Pittsville or “Mrs. Todd” or “Granton Grandma” as she was known in Granton worked for many years as a janitor at the Granton High School.

Mildred was a member of the Zion American Evangelical Lutheran Church and their Ladies Aid in Granton. She was a member of the Granton Senior Citizen’s, where she loved to play cards, especially, Sheephead. She was also a member of the Granton Birthday Club. She enjoyed sitting on her porch, having a beer and watching the birds and her cat. She enjoyed billiards and darts, but most of all she loved being with her grandchildren, whether it was watching them when they were sick or attending their sporting events or horseshows.

She is survived by two children, Danielle (Gary “Moe”) Boushon of Granton, WI and Dennis L. Todd of Pittsville, WI, two grandchildren, Jen (Eric) Kummer and their children, Kylie, Caden and Kenzie and Megan (Justin) Genteman and their son, Teagan. Mildred is also survived by a sister-in-law, Mickey Scholtz of Rockford, IL.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie R. Todd, a son, Duane L. Todd and three brothers, Ralph “Duane” Scholtz, Gene Scholtz and Clement Scholtz.

Funeral Services for Mildred will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the Zion American Evangelical Lutheran Church in Granton. Pastor Jay Welshonse will officiate. Interment will be in the Zion American Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday at the Zion American Evangelical Lutheran Church in Granton.

Casket Bearers are: Eric Kummer, Justin Genteman, Dennis Scholtz, Gary Scholtz, Steve Scholtz and Ralph Scholtz

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Mildred’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Frances E. "TINY" Vetterkind, 84, died April 1st, 2015
FRANCES E. "TINY" VETTERKIND, age 84, of Greenwood, passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015 at her home.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Immanuel United Church of Christ, rural Greenwood, with Rev. Asafa Rajaofera officiating. Burial will take place at Riverside Cemetery, in Withee, at a later date.

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

Frances Elizabeth Truse was born on January 14, 1931 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of Charles Sr. and Gertrude (Osowski) Truse. As a young girl, her family moved to Thorp, WI, where she was raised and received her education at Goff School. Frances was united in marriage on April 12, 1954 to Holley E. Vetterkind at St. Hedwig's Chapel in Thorp. They resided in the town of Warner, rural Greenwood, where she worked as a cook for the Greenwood School District for 15 years.

She had many interests, but especially loved spending time with her family, was an awesome fisherwoman, loved life, enjoyed her flowers, garden, baking, birds, canning, making blankets and quilts, crocheting afghans, and her specialty was making lap robes for the Veterans and Children's Hospital.

Frances is survived by 4 sons: Michael (Carla) Vetterkind of Greenwood, Pat Vetterkind (Faye) of Stetsonville, Dave (Jane) Vetterkind of Homer, AK, Dan Vetterkind of Greenwood; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; one sister: Helen Benzschawel of Stanley; one brother: Robert Truse of Thorp; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Holley, on November 27, 2001; one daughter: Susan Armbrust on November 29, 1996; one granddaughter: Amy Vetterkind on January 1, 1979; and one brother: Charles Truse, Jr.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Deveda Plummer, 93, died March 15th, 2015
Deveda Irene Plummer, age 93, went home to our Heavenly Father on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Pine Ridge Assisted Living, Colby, WI.

Deveda began life during a blizzard at 1:00am January 12, 1922, on the family farm in the Town of Lucas, Dunn County, WI, the only child of the late Henry and Leona (Styer) Galgusch. She married Byron Frank “Barney” Plummer July 26, 1941 in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Menomonie, WI. Barney and Deveda made their home in Menomonie until Barney’s induction into the U.S. Army on January 7, 1943 during WWII. While her husband fought the war in Burma, Deveda did her part on the home front and worked at the Signal Battery war plant in Milwaukee making batteries for military 2-way radios. Barney and Deveda bought a farm at rural Granton, WI after Barney returned home after the war, raised a family, and shared their life together on the farm until Barney’s passing on January 16, 1997.

Deveda loved spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed dancing, gardening, animals, the nature God created, and most of all horses her entire life – still being in the saddle at age 89 despite her failing eyesight. She often spoke of her grandfather who was a trooper in the 1st Wisconsin Cavalry during the Civil War, his escapades, and wounds he received.

Deveda’s mind stayed sharp as a tack until the end and she possessed a quick wit, a good sense of humor, and an unshakable faith. Her failed eyesight in later years was a difficult condition to endure, but with strength of mind and faith in God, courageously endure she did. Deveda did her best to greet all who called upon her with a lighthearted smile and was loved by all.

Deveda leaves behind two children, Boyd (Sandee) Plummer, rural Owen, and Sandy (Ronald) Post, rural Marshfield, nine grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, six great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends.

She was preceded in death, but is now reunited with her parents, her husband Barney, son Charles Plummer, daughter Karey Kolbo, grandson Jimmie Fay, and two great- grandsons Derek Post, Sr. and Gabriel Prekezes.

Ride on cowgirl, happy trails. Bye, bye for now.
Mildred Elanore Faber , 89, died February 9th, 2015
Mildred Elanore (Milly) Faber died on Monday, February 9, 2015 at the home of her daughter, Bonnie Faber, in Rice Lake, WI.

Visitation will be at Living Hope Church in Neillsville, WI on Saturday, May 2nd at 10:00.
Following the visitation, a service will be held, at 11:00 a.m., at the church with Pastor Steve Wentz officiating.

Milly was born on May 6, 1925 in Chili, WI. She was the daughter of Ernest and Emma (Franke) Sanger. She attended Big Four and Cozy Corner Elementary Schools, Marshfield High School, and Central State Teacher’s College in Stevens Point. She taught at Maple Center School in Greenwood.

Milly was confirmed at Fremont Lutheran Church (Chili Corners) and attended Grace Lutheran Church in Nasonville and Christ Lutheran Church (Chili).

She married Norman Faber September 15, 1945 and began 40 years of farming with Norman. They had big gardens, raspberry patches, and enjoyed maple syrup making in the spring. They had three children: Donald and twins, Connie and Bonnie. She was a member of the West Fremont Homemakers Club, Christ Lutheran Ladies Aid, and Ralph Schram’s Bible Study.

After her husband’s death, she moved to Neillsville in February 1987. Milly attended Living Hope Church. She enjoyed singing and was a member of the Young at Heart Hymn Singers. Her love of music was expressed through substitute organ playing and 20 years of membership in the Sunshine Girls. She would accompany the group playing guitar, piano, and autoharp. With her friend, Helen Dix, she sang songs at churches, Gilbertson Funeral Home, Owen Health Care Center, and Marshfield & Bethel Convalescent Centers. She enjoyed singing duets with Elaine Peroshek, Carol Ayers, and Marie Ratsch.

Throughout her life, she enjoyed writing songs and poems. She filled 79 notebooks with her musical poetry. Milly wrote songs in recognition of people’s birthdays, graduations, and anniversaries. She also made greeting cards and sympathy cards. She wrote poems for special events and occasions (some appeared in the Clark County Press).

Milly was preceded in death by her parents (Ernest and Emma Sanger), brothers (Elmer and Lawrence Sanger), sister (Evelyn Roehl), father & mother-in-law (Ludwig and Emma Faber), son (Donald), husband (Norman) in September 1986, and daughter (Connie Halverson) in December 1999.

She is survived by a daughter, Bonnie Faber (Rice Lake, WI) and a granddaughter, Faith Halverson-Ramos (Longmont, CO), son-in-law, Richard Halverson (Onalaska, WI), and a few remaining Sunshine Sisters.
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