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Wilbert "Bill" Adams , 84, died March 24th, 2017
WILBERT W. "BILL" ADAMS, age 84, of Greenwood, WI, passed away on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Three Oaks, in Marshfield, WI.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Greenwood. Rev. Brian Campbell will officiate and burial will follow in the Greenwood City Cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Greenwood American Legion Post #238.

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

Wilbert William Adams was born on September 13, 1932 in Christie, WI, the son of Elmer C. and Hazel M. (Brown) Adams. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in the Town of Pine Valley, rural Neillsville, WI. As a young man, Bill hauled milk for his father and worked in the harvest fields out west. He was inducted in to the U.S. Army on January 23, 1953 and served in Korea until his honorable discharge on December 2, 1954. After Bill returned home from the service, he worked in Marshfield as a carpet/flooring installer. He was united in marriage on August 25, 1956 to Ruby A. Stabnow at Grace United Methodist Church in Greenwood. They lived in Marshfield for a short time and then moved back to Greenwood. Bill worked at the Farmer's Store in Greenwood, for a several years, worked for Bunny Bread, having his own route in Clark County for 10 years, and was a carpet/flooring installer for Greenwood Homes for a few years. In the late 1970's, he started his own business, Greenwood Carpet Service, installing all types of flooring throughout the area until retiring in the late 1990's. Throughout the years, Bill enjoyed hunting, trout fishing, woodworking, playing marbles, cards and cribbage, and traveling.

He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. Bill was a very active member of the Greenwood American Legion for more than 50 years, where you could find him cooking at the fish fry's, pancake suppers, and steak feeds, or marching and driving in local parades. He was also a member of the VFW Post 2241 and Post 6220, and the 40/8 Group #821.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Ruby, of Greenwood; three daughters: Carol (Floyd) Struensee of Neillsville, Janice (Robert) Clark of Willard, Diane (Wayne) Genteman of Greenwood; six grandchildren: Jeff (Heather) Struensee, Phil (Tanya) Struensee, Brian (Monique) Struensee, Lindsey Genteman, Tyler Genteman, and Dakota Clark; five great-grandchildren: Lorlie, Fletcher, Violet, Whitaker and Cam; four sisters: Rhoena Marg of Granton, Nancy Versecki of Marshfield, Bonnie (Denis) Kuechenmeister of Granton, Barb Olson of Neillsville; one sister-in-law: Lana Adams-Ormond of Neillsville; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Larry Adams and David Adams in infancy; his father and mother-in-law: Carl F. and Lila M. Stabnow; and one brother-in-law: Bill Stabnow.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Dennis Fravert, 70, died March 21st, 2017
DENNIS L. FRAVERT, age 70, of Loyal, WI, passed away at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital, in Marshfield, WI, on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

A Celebration of Dennis' life will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the Loyal American Legion from 11am until 4pm.

Dennis Lee Fravert was born on September 28, 1946 in Greenwood, WI, the son of Alvin J. and Eveline E. (Stange) Fravert. He was raised and received his education in Loyal, graduating from Loyal High School in 1964. After high school, Dennis was a sanitation worker for Lloyd Brothers, in Wausau, WI. Dennis was united in marriage to Suzanne C. Braun on October 2, 1965 in Greenwood, WI. He became employed with the Clark County Highway Department, where he worked as a patrolman for Clark County for 38 years, retiring in 2008.

He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, in Loyal, and was a member of the church's Dartball team.
Dennis had many interests, but especially loved spending time with his family hunting, fishing and camping. He also loved bowling, which he did for 52 years. For 35 years he enjoyed traveling with his wife, Sue, out west to Wyoming. Dennis spent the majority of his hunting season in Burgess Junction, WY, hunting with his friends, Doc and Praze, who are now hunting with Dennis in the Big Sky. During these years, he has also hunted with his dear friends, Keith and Cyndi Johnson, and got to hunt with them one last time, in a hunt of a lifetime in Montana, with his son, Timothy, beside him.
He was a man who helped many in his community, offering a helping hand when needed. Dennis enjoyed plowing snow for neighbors and friends with his 4-wheeler, (like a kid with a new toy).

Dennis will be dearly missed by his wife, Sue, of Loyal; three children: Annette (Dave) Mavis of Greenwood, WI, Timothy Fravert of Loyal, Donald (Lisa) Fravert of Withee, WI; ten grandchildren: Cordaro (Lena) Mavis, Ashley (Dustin) Charneski, Nick (Brooke) Mavis, Christopher Fravert, Tyler (Mikala) Fravert, Tressa Braun-Fravert, David Payne, Sabrina (Jamie) Post, Rebecca (Josh) Fravert, Kaden Martens; seven great-grandchildren: Grayson and Declan Mavis, Keegan, Preston and Ava Charneski, Lucas and Adilynn Fravert; two brothers: Dale (Angie) Fravert of Loyal, Marlin (Barb) Fravert of Fort Worth, TX; one sister: Karen (Kenneth) Boehnen of Spencer, WI; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
David Vesel, 18, died March 19th, 2017
DAVID R. VESEL, age 18, of Greenwood, WI, died on Sunday, March 19, 2017 as the result of a car accident.

A Celebration of David’s life will be held at 11am on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenwood, with Fr. Steve Brice officiating.

Visitation will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 4pm to 8pm, and again on Saturday, from 10am until time of service.

David Robert Vesel was born on August 4, 1998 in Marshfield, WI, the son of Randy and Sheila (Wucherpfennig) Vesel. In high school, he was involved in band and the Drama club. He was also a member of the Cross Country and Baseball teams. David graduated from Greenwood High School in May of 2016 and was currently attending Chippewa Valley Technical College and studying welding. While attending college, he was also working at Pizza Hut in Eau Claire.
In his spare time David enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and hanging out with his family and friends.

He is survived by his parents: Randy and Sheila Vesel of Greenwood, WI; one sister: Danielle Vesel of Greenwood, WI; his grandparents: David and Nancy Wucherpfennig of Medford, WI and Robert and Vivian Vesel of Greenwood, WI; aunts and uncles: Keith and Barb Wucherpfennig of Granton, WI, Nicole and Scott Mohr of Edgar, WI, Mike and Julie Vesel of Schofield, WI, Ken and Nicole Vesel of Hayward, WI and Jerry Vesel of Willard, WI, and many cousins.

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

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Greenwood High School Drama, Band, or Baseball departments.

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting David’s family with arrangements.
Eugene M. Embke, 75, died March 17th, 2017
Eugene Embke, age 75, of Humbird, WI died Friday, March 17, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI.

Eugene Melvin Embke was born on July 23, 1941 in Black River Falls, WI the son of Herman and Nina (Gates) Embke. He attended Neillsville High School and served in the Army National Guard 32nd Division for many years and was called to active duty during the Berlin Crisis from October 15, 1961 to August 10, 1962. On January 12, 1963 he was united in marriage to Anita D. Thompson in Neillsville. Gene was a truck driver for Mathy Construction for many years. When he left Mathy, he went to work for Fort McCoy. He retired in 2003.

Gene enjoyed dancing, bird watching and his cats. First and foremost, though, he loved going on road trips with his daughter.

He is survived by his wife, Anita, a daughter, Genita Embke of Humbird, two brothers, Ron (Nancy) Embke of Neillsville and Delbert (Judith) Embke of Merrillan, WI. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Ernest and Darrell.

Funeral Services for Eugene will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Pastor Barbara Knutson will officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery with military honors performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday at the Gesche Funeral Home.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Eugene’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Marjorie Rose, 77, died March 12th, 2017
MARJORIE J. ROSE, age 77, of Greenwood, WI, died peacefully at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital, in Marshfield, WI, on Sunday, March 12, 2017.

Burial of cremains will take place in the Greenwood City Cemetery at a later date. Per her request, no funeral services will be held.

Marjorie Joan Fitzl was born on May 26, 1939 in Stanley, WI, the daughter of John and Margaret (Johnson) Fitzl. She worked in housekeeping at the Marshfield Clinic for 25 years.

She will be dearly missed by her son: Dale O'Dell of Loyal, WI; one granddaughter: Kendra (Austin) McQuiston and their two children, A.J. and Malia McQuiston of Loyal; two sisters: Beverly (Edward) Lloyd of Granton, WI, Donna (William) Hammond of Loyal; three brothers: Milton (Fern) Fitzl of Loyal, Richard Fitzl of Loyal, Dennis (Joyce) Fitzl of Willard; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Terry Rose, on August 17, 1991, and one sister-in-law, Kathleen Fitzl, on August 24, 2016.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Earl “Shorty” Erickson, 95, died March 11th, 2017
Earl “Shorty” Erickson, age 95, passed away on March 11, 2017 at Ministry St Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield.

Earl was born February 9, 1922 to Elmer and Olga (Jackson) Erickson at Knapp, Wisconsin. His mother died shortly after his birth and he lived with his Aunt Emma.

Earl moved to Neillsville in his teens and worked for Eisentraut Farm. He hauled milk and worked on farms and the CCC until he joined the Army where he served in Japan and the South Pacific during WWII.

After his discharge, he moved to Racine where he worked for Massey Harris, then at LG Arnold Construction. He moved back to Neillsville where he was a logger and farmed. He laid cable for Michael’s Pipeline.

He continued to farm until his retirement. He sold Christmas trees for Eisentraut Tree Farms and later enjoyed being a campground host at Mead Lake.

He enjoyed traveling, watching draft horse hitches, driving his Puddle Jumper Model A, polka music and dancing.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma (Palms) of 68 years. Sons, Eugene (Beatrice), Bakerville, Ernest (Peggy), Neillsville, Evan (Susan), Eau Claire, Erwin (Pete) (Karen), Neillsville. 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Sisters, Doris Braatz, Neillsville and Mildred True, Clintonville.

He was predeceased by his brothers, George, James, Wallace and his sister Clara, step brother, Philip, daughters in law, Bonnie and Luann and his wife Dorothy Burt.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Calvary Lutheran Church, Neillsville with Pastor Chad Anderson. Music will be provided by Jodi Rueth, organist. Burial will follow in the town of Grant Cemetery, with military honors performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday at the church.

Casket bearers will be: Roger Erickson, Arnie Eisentraut, Kevin Erickson, Travis Erickson, Donald Erickson and James Erickson

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Shorty’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Russel E. VandeBerg, 93, died March 10th, 2017
Russel Elton VandeBerg, 93, of Neillsville passed away March 10, 2017 at home in the care of family, Hospice, and aides while battling cancer.

He was born on September 26, 1923 to Horace and Fern VandeBerg as the youngest of 5 children, Bernice, Harold, Loyd, and Gale. He was raised in the town of York and graduated from the Neillsville High School. Russel served in the U.S. Army Air Corps from February 1946 til March of 1947. He married Erline Ziegler on December 9, 1950 and they lived in the town of York for 7 years where they began their family. In 1958, they bought a farm on Hwy 10 south of the golf course and raised 6 children: Bruce, Craig, Mark, Marcia, Robert, and Renee.
In 1978, they sold the farm and the property became annexed to the city to hold Citizens State Bank, Pamida, the American Legion, Homme Home, the Dental Clinic, and private homes along Fairgrounds Ave.

As a young man, Russel worked double time by farming up to 360 crop acres of sweet corn and sweet peas for the Loyal Cannery on land which he retained in the town of York and on the edge of town. He also raised 85 head of Hereford beef cattle and various other animals for his children’s farm experience, while continuing his postal career as a rural carrier.

Through his exemplary service to the Rotary Club. Russel was instrumental in several area community projects which included the first expansion of the Neillsville High School. Also he was head of the Tri-County Committee for Higher Education which included Clark, Wood and Marathon Counties formed to bring college education facilities closer to the people of Wisconsin in form of two-year colleges. The creation of Bruce Mound was another Rotary project that Russel played a huge role in. Russel was also chairman for the Rotary Club’s “Pig Project”. In cooperation with the High School Ag teacher, it helped Neillsville High School farm kids make money for themselves. The project resulted in tremendous favorable media publicity and Neillsville soon became known as “The feeder pig capital of the world”. Russ was active in the Neillsville Parent Teacher’s Association, the Neillsville Masonic Lodge as a Master Mason, and in The American Legion. In 1980, Russel retired from the Postal Service with 30 years of service. He was active in the National Rural Letter Carries Association, and the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association.

With a love for travel, Russ and Erline visited every state in the nation and over 15 foreign countries. Four winters were spent in the dry, warm climate of Lake Havasu, Arizona followed by fourteen years of residence in Boulder City, Nevada and the past eleven in Mesa, Arizona. They didn’t forget Neillsville though, and returned to spend each summer with family and friends. Although Russel worked a lot, he played a good share in his later years, continuing ski trips to numerous states with Erline and their ski group. He also enjoyed Canadian fishing trips with his sons and friends for years. Golfing became a way to socialize and his score was irrelevant. Dancing was his passion and many times he would say, “May I die in the center of the floor during the last dance of the evening.”

Russel VandeBerg is survived by his wife Erline, sons Bruce (Mary) of Neillsville, Craig (Linda) of Oakland, CA, Mark of Eau Claire, Robert (Amye) of Bloomington, IL, and daughters Marcia (Jerry) Gross of Neillsville and Renee (Chris) Harwell of Knoxville, TN. He is also survived by one brother, Gale of Madison, and 10 grandchildren: Clint and Casey VandeBerg, Brittany Gilmer, Jasmine, Dylan, Roman, and Jade Gross, James and Lauren VandeBerg, Devin Harwell, and 9 great-grand children.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Russel’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Gail Peterson, 64, died March 8th, 2017
Gail Peterson, age 64, of Neillsville, WI died Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at the Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville.

Gail Edwards was born on April 7, 1952 in Detroit, MI the daughter of John Wesley and Beryl (Dean) Edwards. She attended school in Higgins Lake, MI. She moved to Neillsville in 1980 and worked at Geo Sportswear and Anywear Apparel. On May 11, 1981 she was united in marriage to Wallace “Pete” Peterson in Neillsville, WI. Gail worked as a housewife before beginning her career at Abby Vans, where she first cleaned vans and later became a secretary. She retired from Abby Van’s and opened Gail’s Handmade which featured her sewing, quilts, handbags, tote bags and embroidered decorative towels among others.

In her younger years, Gail was involved in 4-H. Her hobbies include sewing, bingo, making and decorating cakes for others and fishing. Her greatest joy, however, was her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Wallace “Pete” Peterson, six children, Julie (Charlie) Cooper of Neillsville, WI and their children, Chad, Mandy, Kandice and Sean, Robin Peterson of California and her children, Robin, Devon, Amber, Glenn and Brandon, James (Dana) King of Green Bay, WI and their children, Justin, John, Sarah and Eli, Dan Peterson of Wisconsin and his son, Blake, Deb Boucher of Neillsville and her children Jared and Connor and Beryl Peterson of Neillsville. Gail is further survived by three siblings, Brian (Linda) Edwards of Falmouth, MI, John (Jo) Edwards of Mio, MI and Suzan (Paul) Lockwood of Houghton Lake, MI.

She was preceded in death by her parents and step-father, Virgil Sowles.

Gail’s family will greet relatives and friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Gail’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Mary M. Wuerzberger, 81, died March 5th, 2017
Mary Wuerzberger, age 81, of Loyal, WI died Sunday, March 5, 2017 at St. Joseph’s Hospial in Marshfield, WI.

Mary Marlene Wuerzberger was born on September 2, 1935 in Dubuque, IA. Her parents were Henry and Ruth (Kohler) Wulff. Mary graduated from Charles City High School in Charles City, Iowa in 1954. She then worked as a waitress and for 10 years as a transit driver in Iowa. In 1986, she moved to Wisconsin to assist a family friend. Mary also worked as a transit driver in Wisconsin, 5 years for Clark County and 5 years for Taylor County. In 2002, she was united in marriage to Richard Wuerzberger.

Mary had a deep love and passion for music. She began playing the piano at the age of 5 and took lessons for 9 years and lessons on the organ for 8 more years. Over the years she has played in many of the area churches and for the past several years at the nursing home every Tuesday for the residents. She also played at the Bible Baptist church in Neillsville for Sunday services.

Along with music, Mary, also enjoyed going to dances and she loved to polka. She loved crafting and she enjoyed getting together for coffee with her friends both at the Loyal restaurant and Hardees in Neillsville.

She is survived by three children, Eileen (Jim) Shephard of California, Susan (Michcal) Leslie of Neillsville, WI and Larry Shephard of Prentice, WI, 10 grandchildren, Joseph Spanjer of Boyd, WI, Fredrick Spanjer of Thorp, WI, Ruth Spanjer of Neillsville, WI, Justin Spanjer of Medford, WI, Maria Barney-Spanjer of FL, Amy Leslie, Katherine (Ken) Simons, Michcal Mech, Holly Leslie and Dakota Leslie all of Charles City, IA. She is further survived by numerous cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and a brother Charles Wulff

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Bible Baptist Church in Neillsville. The family will greet friends from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Olive Verschay, 101, died March 2nd, 2017
OLIVE VERSCHAY, 101, passed away on Thursday, March 2, 2017 peacefully at her home.

Olive (West) Verschay was born on August 4, 1915 in Tuscalossa County, Alabama, where she grew up and was educated. In 1934, she moved to Chicago, where she was employed by Marshall Field and later, Dr. Scholl Mfg. Co.
She married John Verschay, August 28, 1937 at St Clements Catholic Church. In 1948, she and her husband moved to Willard and bought the Verschay family farm, where they farmed until 1970, when they semi-retired and moved to the town of Seif. After her husband’s death in 1994, she moved to Neillsville and did volunteer work at the Memorial Nursing Home and the Veterans Memorial Highground.

She is survived by one foster son, one niece and one special great nephew, Travis West, and many friends.

A memorial mass will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Willard at a later date.

Cremation Society of Wisconsin is taking care of arrangements.
Ladimir F. Jarolimek, 0, died
Ladimir F. Jarolimek formerly of Humbird, WI and currently of Cicero, IL. Beloved husband of Beverly nee, Blecha; father of late Frank, Regina(Patrick) McGuire; grandfather of Jennifer, Kimberly, James and Kathryn; great- grandfather of Matthew, Jacob, Joshua, Grace and Sydney; fond brother late Blanche Merlo, cousin of Edward (Vione) & Michael Brauner of Black River Falls, WI. Uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Ladimir Served his Country in the US Army and was a veteran of WWII, a life member of VFW Post #2868 Brookfield, IL and a member of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association. The family enjoyed spending summers in Neillsville, WI.

Funeral Services for Ladimir will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Neillsville.

Visitation will be from 9:00 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 Ladimir’s family with Funeral arrangements.
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