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Arden E. Hinkelmann, 91, died July 4th, 2016
Arden Hinkelmann, age 91, of Neillsville, WI died, peacefully, Monday, July 4, 2016 at the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center, with his family at his side.

Arden Erwin Hinkelmann was born on September 5, 1924 in Loyal, WI the son of Herman and Elsie (Schmidt) Hinkelmann. He graduated from Loyal High School and then farmed before going to work for the Rychnovsky brothers as a mechanic in Neillsville. On May 24, 1947 he was united in marriage to Alice E. Garbisch at the Zion American Evangelical Lutheran Church in Granton. For 38 years they owned and operated Hinkelmann’s Mobil Service Station in Neillsville. Along with the service station, Arden, also operated a fuel oil delivery service for many years, and he owned a Christmas tree farm between Neillsville and Augusta. After they sold the service station in the late 80’s, he began carrying out groceries and tending to the garden center, for his daughter and son-in-law, at Marty’s Foods. In retirement, they would spend their winters in Alamo, TX. They enjoyed 10 warm winters there. Alice died on July 10, 2004.

Arden was a member of Calvary Lutheran Church in Neillsville. He served on the city council and county board for many years and was a long-time member of the Neillsville Lion’s Club. During his spare time, he enjoyed gardening and watching Packers, Brewers and Bucks games on television.

He is survived by two children, Dean (Marcia) Hinkelmann of Neillsville, WI and Annette (Terry) Marty of Neillsville, WI, four grandchildren, Heather Hinkelmann, April Marty, Amy (Michael) Koprek and Aaron Hinkelmann, six great grandchildren, Katherine, Dalaney, Morgan, Mady, Dominic and Olivia, two sisters, Anita and Leona and a brother, Jerry.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice, a granddaughter, Elizabeth, five brothers, Herbert, Ewald, Edmund, Walter and Alfred and a sister, Greta.

A Memorial Service for Arden will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Neillsville. Pastor Chad Anderson will officiate. Music will be provided by Jodi Rueth, organist and the Calvary Choir. Interment will be in the Zion American Evangelical Lutheran Church at a later date.

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

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Arden’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Arvid D. Dopp, 82, died July 3rd, 2016
Arvid Dopp, age 82, of Neillsville, WI died Sunday, July 3, 2016 in the Emergency Room of the Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville.

Arvid Dale Dopp was born on April 7, 1934 in Rhinelander, WI the son of Karl and Esther (Lowe) Dopp. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville with a Bachelor of Science degree and from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with a Master of Science degree. In 1955, Arv was united in marriage to Carol White. They moved to Neillsville in the 1960’s. Carol taught elementary education for 23 years and for more than 30 years, Arv was employed by the University of Wisconsin Extension Service.

They were members of the United Methodist Church in Neillsville and Arvid’s hobbies included skiing, hunting and playing many rounds of golf.

He is survived by his son, Mark Dopp, a daughter-in-law, Sherry Edwards Dopp of McLean, VA and a granddaughter, Kerrigan Dopp of Chicago, IL.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol in 2005, a son, Scott in 1996 and his parents.

A Memorial Service for Arvid will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Arvid’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Helen S. Miller, 81, died July 1st, 2016
Helen Miller, age 81, of Neillsville, WI died Friday, July 1, 2016 at home surrounded by her loving family.

Helen Sonia Anderson was born 1 lb. 9 oz. on April 27, 1935 in Minneapolis, MN the daughter of Harris “Red” and Elvina (Hagman) Anderson. She married her first love, Harley Miller, on October 21, 1950. They lived south of Neillsville in a house on a hill that they bought from Otto Miller for $1.00.

Helen was proud of her Norwegian heritage and she was proud to be a veteran’s wife. She had a big heart and a great sense of humor and loved to crochet while watching TV. She leaves behind her beautiful family and friends which were always dearest in her heart.

Helen was a member of the Happy Time Trail Blazer’s Snowmobile Club, the Santa Shop and the Happy Homemakers Knitting Club.

She is survived by six children, Kathleen (Waymond) Lee of Jacksonville, FL, Karen “Joe” (Rosemary) Bleecker of Anniston, AL, Koreen Williams of Neillsville, WI, Karla (John) Koplien of Milladore, WI, Kimberly (Christopher) Laufenberg of Neillsville, WI and Rick (Kay) Buchsteiner of Neillsville, WI, 17 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren. Helen is also survived by a son-in-law, Christopher Gruber and a daughter-in-law, Rhonda Miller.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harley, a daughter, Kay Gruber, two sons, Kenny and Charles Miller, a grandson, Kurt Graves, her parents and two brothers, Clifford and Thomas Anderson.

A Memorial Service for Helen will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 8, 2016 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Pastor Terry Marg will officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery.

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

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Helen’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Joan M. Counsell, 80, died June 30th, 2016
Joan M. Counsell, 80, of Neillsville, died on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Joan Marie Counsell was born on June 21, 1936 in Chicago, IL the daughter of John and Catherine Blaskowski. On Augst 11, 1956 she eloped with Jack Counsell and together they farmed for many years on their farm in Pine Valley. Joan loved farming, taking care of Jack and especially gardening. Flowers were her passion.

She is survived by a daughter, Laura Chubb of Neillsville, a grandson, Jerry James (Shelly Juers) Chubb of Wausau, WI and a great granddaughter, Kisa. She is further survived by sisters; Theresa Long of Pocahontas, IL and Jenny Ratulowski of Chicago, IL, brothers, Stanley Blaskowski of Stratford, WI and Theodore Blaskowski of West Bend, WI.

Joan was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and brothers, John, Raymond, Eddy and Freddy.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI. Pastor Douglas Bjerke will officiate. Providing music will be Eileen Zank, organist.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 5, 2016 at the Gesche Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery.

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Joan’s family with Funeral arrangements.
E. LaVern "Vern" Dahlby, 92, died June 28th, 2016
E. LaVern "Vern" Dahlby, age 92, of Loyal, passed away at Stoney River Assisted Living, in Marshfield, WI, on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.
,br> Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Loyal, WI.

Visitation will be held at Cuddie Funeral Home, in Loyal, on Friday, July 1, 2016 from 4pm to 8pm, and again at the church, on Saturday, from 10am until time of service.
Clara Louise (Sternitzky) Lewis, 98, died June 28th, 2016
Clara Louise (Sternitzky) Lewis was born November 30, 1917 in the Town of Lynn, near Granton, Wisconsin to the late Louis and Martha (Burdick) Sternitzky. Clara lived her life “one day at a time” and cautioned everyone to “wait until you are 98 and see what you do”.

Clara’s dad was so happy when she was born because he had four brothers but no sisters. Then he had four sons before she was born, including Melvin, Elmer (stillborn), Clarence, and Luverne (who lived only a month). After Clara, three more sons were born (David, George and Thearn). Needless to say she was the apple of her Dad’s eye as she grew up on the family farm near Lynn.

She was baptized, attended grades 7 & 8 at the Christian Day School, was confirmed and married at Zion Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) in Granton, where she has remained a life-long member. Clara was active in the Ladies Aid and LWML and often played the piano as members sang hymns. She was an expert cook and baker, always sharing her talent and food at church events such as the annual potato pancake dinners, rummage sales, potlucks, wedding and funeral meals.

After attending Poplar Grove Elementary School and Granton High School, Clara married Leslie Lewis on June 26, 1934. They lived on a farm for a few years when their only child Ronald died in 1937, and then the “Bangs Disease” (Brucellosis of cattle, also known as contagious abortion) infected their herd of cattle. Left with no means of earning a living, in 1943, they moved with their two small daughters to Detroit Michigan to work in the automobile factories which were booming because of World War II. Clara began working days as a “ROSIE THE RIVETER” at the Chrysler Corporation, buildings tanks for the U.S. Army, while Leslie worked at the Packard Automotive Plant. In addition, Clara worked part-time as a cook for Ann’s Galley restaurant. An 18-foot trailer house was their first home in the Detroit area. A while later they personally constructed a house in Warren Michigan. In those days, there were few motels, so Clara and Leslie offered the extra rooms in their home to construction workers and Clara cooked meals for them.

After the war, they returned to their Wisconsin home and resumed dairy farming and cleared several acres of land. They supplemented their income by making and selling maple syrup each spring, growing green beans and pickles for the canneries and picking wild blackberries to sell in Marshfield. Clara canned lots of fruits and vegetables as well as chicken, venison and beef. She had a “green thumb” and grew lots of beautiful house plants, annuals and perennials, strawberries, raspberries and miscellaneous garden vegetables. Another way that Clara added income to the family was her heavy-duty semi-annual cleaning of the local one-room school, Maple Grove. The family farm (near Lindsey) had an annual hill-climb on “Burdock Mound” sponsored by the Lauby Riders/Harley Davidson Motorcycle Club of Marshfield. Clara always cooked and baked lots of good food for friends and relatives who attended the event. Clara was known so well for her good meals that the annual oats threshing crew timed their jobs to be at the Lewis farm for the noon meal which always included tasty chicken, roast beef & mashed potatoes, lots of vegetables and wonderful breads and apple, peach & berry pies. Clara was also known for her ability to dress and cut up the deer that Leslie harvested every year. While living on the farm, Clara was active in the neighborhood “Happy Hour Sewing Club”. Over the years, she made several quilts, beginning in 1936.

Clara worked a few years for Weinbrenner’s Shoe Factory in Marshfield. Next she worked 13 years before retiring in 1980 from Weyerhauser Corporation in Marshfield. There she made many lasting friends. While working days at Weyerhauser, she also worked nights as a cook for Bali Hai Supper Club near Neillsville and baked all their dinner rolls and pies which were a sought after by regular diners.

In 1993 Clara and Leslie moved from the farm to a house in Loyal. In 1998, he became a resident at Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville and she drove the 17 miles from Loyal nearly every day to visit him. Leslie died in 2002, after 67 years of marriage. A year later, Clara moved to Home Town Village in Loyal and then moved to Sunset Gardens in Neillsville in 2012. While in Loyal, she was extremely active in the Loyal, Granton, and Chili Senior Citizen Clubs as well as the Zion Ladies Aid, The Loyal Garden Club, the Home Town Village Canasta club, Sheepshead & miscellaneous other card groups. She was almost 95 before she stopped shuttling friends to those events. Clara’s 90th birthday was celebrated in 2007 by nearly 400 people at the Loyal Legion Hall.

Clara loved her far-flung family and until recently, frequently visited, and corresponded with them and wrote every day in her diary. She especially enjoyed lengthy motor home trips with Lois and Tom, and fishing experiences with Loretta and Edward (She even won a Master Angler Award from the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources for a rock bass that she caught). In 2014, she was able to travel to Michigan to attend Loretta and Edward’s 50th wedding anniversary celebration, where she visited with her entire immediate family as they reminisced about her wonderful homemade angel-food cake, noodles, prune-filled doughnuts, potato pancakes, sea-foam candy, fudge and more! She even danced with grandsons at the event!

Clara is survived by her two daughters: Lois (Tom) Ziegler-O’Donnell, California, and Loretta, PhD (Edward) Grobe of Florida and Michigan; and six grandchildren: Shelly (Rev. Dr. William) Lewis, Florida; Dean (Kathy) Ziegler, Tennessee; Laurie (Steve) Horton, California; Bryon (Julie) Ziegler, Washington; Kevin (Andrea) Grobe, Ohio; and Justin, PhD (Connie PhD) Grobe, Iowa. She is also survived by 11 great grandchildren: Elijah and Taylor Lewis, Sam and Lilah Horton, Mackenzie and Isabel Ziegler, and Madeline, Garett, Haley, Oliver and Edison Grobe. Also surviving is one brother, Thearn (Linnie) Sternitzky, Arizona.

Clara's last great pleasure was meeting and holding 7 month old Edison's hand. Clara had become the matriarch of the family, and many relatives, as well as former neighbors and friends, continued to correspond and/or visit with her to the end. The family wishes to thank the care givers at Sunset Gardens and Hospice for their kind attention to Clara and her needs; to Dr. Amy Schneider for Clara’s medical needs and to Rev. Dan Schoessow for spiritual and pastoral guidance.

Clara passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at Sunset Gardens Assisted Living, in Neillsville.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, July 8, 2016 at Zion Lutheran Church, in Granton, WI. Rev. Dan Schoessow will officiate and burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Dean Ziegler, Bryon Grobe, Kevin Grobe, Justin Grobe, Garett Grobe, Kevin Schmitz and Ronald Koepke.

Visitation will be held at Cuddie Funeral Home, in Loyal, WI, on Thursday, July 7, 2016 from 4pm to 7pm, and again at the church, on Friday, from 10am until time of service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion Lutheran Church in memory of Clara.

Cuddie Funeral Home of Loyal is serving the family.
Sandra Newman, 72, died June 26th, 2016
Sandra Newman (nee Kurth), 72, born in 1944 in Neillsville, WI passed away peacefully on June 26, 2016.

Sandy graduated from Granton High School and worked at Wausau Insurance where she met and married Ronald Newman on April 16, 1966.

Sandy was a wife, mother, sister, friend who was loved and will be missed by her husband, brothers, sister, three children, four grandchildren with another due soon.

Family and friends are invited to celebrate her life on July 1, 2016 at the Zion American Evangelical Lutheran Church on Hill road in Granton, WI. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. followed by a funeral service.

The family requests live plants/foliage in lieu of flowers to keep the memories alive.

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Sandy’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Orville Garbisch, 74, died June 24th, 2016
Orville R. Garbisch, 74, of Granton, died peacefully Friday, June 24, 2016 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield, Wisconsin after a courageous 17 year battle with cancer.

Orville Raymond Garbisch was born on April 13, 1942 the son of Edward and Emma (Retta) Garbisch. He attended Granton area schools and then started farming. He worked for Cenex Coop and then managed Chili Feed and Seed. In 1979 he started his own business, Orv’s Mobil. He sold the business to Drescher Oil and continued to work for them until he retired. Orv was a school bus driver for the Granton School District. He was united in marriage to Jeannie Krause. She died in 1975. In 1976 he was united in marriage to Sharon Steiner.

Orville was involved in numerous activities in the Granton community. He played many years of slowpitch softball, played in the Lynn Baseball League, bowled, served on the Granton Village Board, and the Zion American Lutheran Church Council. He was very active with the Granton Village Park, he was a lifetime member of the Granton FFA Alumni and had 30 years perfect attendance with the Granton Rotary Club. Orv also received the Paul Harris Fellowship recognition from Rotary International. He loved a good game of cribbage, Friday fish fries and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family, especially attending his grandchildren’s activities and time with his many nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his wife, Sharon, children: Crystal Garbisch of Marshfield, Darin (Annette Lamb) of Fond du lac and Carmin (Craig) Elsinger of Spencer; four grandchildren: Marissa and Angelica Maney and Morgan and Austin Elsinger: a brother, Wallace (Patricia) Garbisch of Granton; mother-in law, Jeanette Steiner of Granton and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Orville was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Jeannie; daughter-in-law, Lori; brother, Gary and father-in-law, Francis Steiner.

A Memorial Service for Orville will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the Zion American Lutheran Church in Granton. Pastor Dan Zimmerman will officiate. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. prior to the service. Interment will be in the Zion American Lutheran Church Cemetery. A gathering of family and friends will be held at the Granton Community Center Wednesday after the services.

Online Condolences may be made at

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