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Lorraine E. Wenck, 93, died March 22nd, 2015
Lorraine Wenck, age 93, of Marshfield, WI formerly of Granton, WI died Sunday, March 22, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield.

Lorraine Evelyn Garbisch was born on August 25, 1921 in Granton, WI the daughter of Arnold and Gertrude (Helm) Garbisch. She attended Romadka rural school and graduated from Granton High School. She then attended Wood County Normal College in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. She was united in marriage to Marvin E. Wenck on August 1, 1943 in Lidderdale, IA. Lorraine taught for 23 years. Marvin died on July 7, 1999.

She was baptized and confirmed at the Zion Lutheran Church in Granton. She enjoyed gardening, krafts, baking, emailing and traveling.

She is survived by four children, Judith (Gerald) Urey of Marshfield, WI, Stanley (Patricia) Wenck of Douglasville, GA, Ralph Wenck of Phoenix, AZ and Willard (Susan) Wenck of Kenosha, WI, 10 grandchildren, 3 step-grandchildren, numerous great grandchildren and step-great grandchildren, a brother, Erlin Garbisch of Slinger, WI and a sister, Joyce Opelt of Marshfield, WI.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin E. Wenck, a son, Llew Wenck, her parents, Arnold and Gertrude Garbisch.

Funeral Services for Lorraine will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 27, 2015 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Granton, WI. Pastor Daniel Schoessow will officiate. Music will be provided by Caroline Helm, organist.

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

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Lorraine’s family with Funeral arrangements.
SYLVIA I. PICKETT, 84, died March 22nd, 2015
SYLVIA I. PICKETT, age 84, of Spencer, passed away on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Christ the King Catholic Church, in Spencer. Rev. Samuel Martin will officiate and burial will follow in West Spencer Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm, and again on Wednesday, from 10am until time of service.

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
MARY J. DOLLE, 81, died March 19th, 2015
MARY J. DOLLE, age 81, of Greenwood, died at her home on Thursday, March 19, 2015 surrounded by her family.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, in Greenwood. Rev. Steve Brice will officiate and burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Henry “Hank” J. Lukes, 93, died March 19th, 2015
Henry (Hank) John Lukes, longtime resident of Neillsville, WI passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2015 while residing in the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation center.

Henry was born on September 14, 1922 to Anton and Johanna Lukes in New Lisbon, WI. He was raised in New Lisbon and attended New Lisbon High School where he made his mark in athletics. Henry was inducted into the New Lisbon Hall of Fame which he shared with his family one glorious evening in the fall of 2007 in New Lisbon, WI. He attended the LaCrosse State Teachers College until his enlistment in the United States Air Force in 1942 where he rose to the rank of Gunner-Technician Sergeant. He was deployed to Italy where he was a veteran of 48 missions as a waist gunner on a B-24 bomber. On mission 48, Henry and his crew were shot down over Yugoslavia when their bomber was crippled by enemy flak. He was separated from the rest of his crew and was taken in by a group of loyal Partisan supporters. The crew was reunited within 24 hours and then they all began the long journey back to Italy during which the crew was shuttled between barns, hay lofts, sheds and homes via ox-carts. The courageous Partisans shared all they had with the crew even though they knew that they would be shot if found helping any Americans. That was to be the last war mission flown by him as he and his crew were returned stateside after their harrowing “adventure”. Henry was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Four Oak Leaf Clusters, the Mediterranean Theater of War ribbon with three bronze stars along with a good conduct and American Theater of War ribbon. One of the Oak Leaf Clusters was awarded to him for shooting down a German Messerschmitt 109. According to Henry “I didn’t have much time to shoot, guess I was lucky to hit him.” After the war, Henry returned home to finish his degree at LaCrosse and marry his high school sweetheart, Charlotte Gibson, on June 11, 1946. Henry and Charlotte moved around to LaCrosse and Janesville before settling down to raise their family of three in Neillsville. Henry began teaching Physical Education and Economics at Neillsville High School while pulling double duty as a coach of any type of athletics which were offered at that time. He made his mark in the basketball arena where numerous teams advanced deep into the playoffs only to fall short to the larger towns in the one class system. He often lamented that if they hadn’t kept running into the Eau Claire teams, they would have made it to the “big dance” at the state tournaments. Henry spent his summers at Stout University picking up his Master’s degree in Education. He left coaching to take on the role of Guidance Counselor and then finished his career as the principal of Neillsville High School until his retirement on June 15, 1984. Henry enjoyed all things athletic throughout his life. He spent many an hour at the golf course and even scored a hole in one during one of his rounds. It is unclear whether he fulfilled his obligation of buying everyone in the clubhouse a drink afterwards. He was very adept at shooting a basketball and won many a game of HORSE in the backyard with his deadly one handed set shot. He still had a nasty curve ball throughout his later years and could still “snap one off” even in his 70’s. He found peace and quiet on the lake with his fishing pole (making numerous trips to Canada) and was known to knock down a pheasant or two. His deer hunting exploits were legendary in that for all the many years he went to deer camp he never bagged a buck or doe. There were rumors that he never shot his gun and some rumors that it never left its case, but the time spent with his hunting buddies was very precious to him. Charlotte always said he never had the heart to shoot a “Bambi” deer. Henry enjoyed playing cards with the “boys” on Monday nights after Rotary club and also Wednesday nights after golfing, although his coin bag never seemed to be overflowing with winnings. All were welcomed in Henry and Charlotte’s home and often were greeted with one of his brandy Old-Fashioned’s and visitors never left their home with an empty stomach. Hank and Char were inseparable during their retirement years and were totally devoted to each other and their family. They rarely missed an athletic event that their grandchildren were involved in and they lived and breathed in the successes and joys that their grandkids achieved. Hank and Char spent twenty plus winter years down in Florida with their transplanted Neillsville friends with their home open to any who wished to visit.

Henry was preceded in death by the love of his life, Charlotte, who passed in December of 2013. Life was never quite the same for him after the loss of his partner. Henry was the last surviving sibling of a family of six. He is survived by daughter Anne (Gary) of Cannon Falls, MN; sons Thomas (Nancy) of Reedsburg, WI and Gary (Ruth) of Spring Valley, WI; nine grandchildren, Lori, Jennifer, Autumn, Anna, Lauren, Casie Leigh, Dayn, Dylan, Drew and five great grandchildren, Nicole, Grant, Gabe, Falon and Adalynn.

A Memorial Service will be conducted at the Gesche Funeral Home on Saturday, March 29.

Visitation will be from 9 AM – 11:30 AM with service to follow at the funeral home.
Refreshments will follow at the Neillsville Country Club after a short graveside service. The family will conduct the service with music provided by Drew Lukes. Memorials can be made to an educational scholarship fund that will be set up by the family in honor of Henry and Charlotte at Neillsville High School.

Pall bearers/Honorary Pall bearers are Chuck Glassbrenner, John Tomesek, William Lukes, Greg Hepola, Craig Mara, Grant Mara, Dayn and Dylan and Drew Lukes, Dan Patey, Benny Urlaub, Joe Urban and Lowell Gesche.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Henry’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Ronald J. Resong, 75, died March 19th, 2015
Ronald Resong, age 75, of Neillsville, WI died Thursday, March 19, 2015 at his home.

Ronald John Resong was born on November 1, 1939 in Neillsville, WI the son of John Marcus and Marie Josephine (Langreck) Resong. He attended St. Mary’s Catholic Parochial School and graduated in 1958 from the Neillsville Public High School. After graduating from high school, he joined the religious order of brothers of St. Pious X in De Soto, Wisconsin. He eventually came back to Neillsville and looked for a job in his home area. He was employed at the Farmer Store for a number of years then took a job at Memorial Medical Center. After several years working there, he was then employed at Nelson Muffler, where he worked until his retirement. Ron loved music. He was talented to be able to play various instruments such as the clarinet, guitar, accordion, piano and organ. He provided organ music for Sunday services and for many weddings and funerals over the years. He also provided musical entertainment for the elderly at Memorial Medical Center.

Ron liked to travel and was a big Brewers, Packers and Wisconsin Badgers fan. He enjoyed walking his dog, Taco and enjoyed the slots and buffet at the casino.

Ron is survived by a brother, James (Susan Schrank) Resong of Neillsville, WI, a sister, Mary Ann (Randy) Sands of Prescott, WI, two aunts, Sister Nina Langreck and Sister Lillia Langreck both of Milwaukee, WI, an uncle, Bob (Mary Ann) Langreck of Neillsville, WI, three nieces and two nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five uncles and four aunts.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Ron will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The Celebrant is Rev. Varkey V. Joseph. Music will be provided by Vicente Cortez, organist and St. Mary’s Choir. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., Tuesday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Casket Bearers are: Rod Sands, Gary Nauertz, Larry Nauertz, Wayne Opelt, John Langreck and Jim Langreck.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Ronald’s family with Funeral 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.
Laurence Suda, 82, died March 8th, 2015
LAURENCE SUDA, age 82, of Greenwood, died on Sunday, March 8, 2015, at Sacred Heart Hospital, in Eau Claire, WI, surrounded by his loving family.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11am on Friday, March 20, 2015, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Greenwood, WI, with Fr. Steve Brice officiating. Inurnment will follow at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery.

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

Laurence Suda was born on August 11, 1932, in the Town of Reseburg, rural Greenwood, to Vandy and Mary (Celesnik) Suda. He was raised in the Town of Reseburg where his family, along with Louie and Jenny Suda, co-owned and operated the Wildwood Cheese Factory until the time of sale. At that time, the family moved to a dairy farm in the Town of Reseburg. Laurence received his education at Reseburg State Graded School. He worked on the family farm until 1952, at which time he started his own farm. Laurence was united in marriage on June 21, 1955 to Gertrude R. Tomkowiak at St. Hedwig Catholic Church in Thorp, WI, by Fr. Francis Piekarski. Laurence entered into the service in 1956 and received an honorable discharge from the Army Reserve in 1962. Laurence and Gertie farmed near Greenwood, WI until they retired in 1997.

He loved his farm, cows, crops and must importantly, he loved his wife and his family. He enjoyed bowling, playing cards, woodworking, mowing his lawn (especially around his ponds). One of his greatest enjoyments was being able to go fishing. He would share his catches (smoked and pickled fish) with friends and neighbors. He loved gathering minnows from his ponds and making his own fishing lures, as they were his secret to catching so many fish, and using them in hopes of catching the big one. He enjoyed spending time at the house in Lake Holcombe with family and friends and sharing a toast of Leroux Blackberry Brandy with all. His love of fishing has been passed down to his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed growing his own garden and sharing the fruits of his labor with family. His grandchildren always put a smile on his face.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Gertrude, of Greenwood; 4 children: Douglas (Kim) Suda of Success, MO, Donnelle (Larry) Hodnett of Chippewa Falls, WI, Joel (Shari) Suda of Greenwood, WI, Glenn (Brandi) Suda of Flagstaff, AZ; 10 grandchildren: Jacob Bolden of Success, MO, Adam Suda of Success, MO, Aaron (Jessica) Hodnett and Heather Hodnett (Mark Olejnichak), both of Chippewa Falls, WI, Kaity Suda (Brettain Johnson) of Menomonie, WI, Cassie Suda (Mitchell Erickson) of Neillsville, WI, Derek Suda of Greenwood, WI, Taylor, Ethan and Ellie Suda of Flagstaff, AZ; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers: Jim (Joanne) Suda and George (Bridget) Suda, both of Gurnee, IL; sister-in-law Elaine Suda of Zepher Hills, FL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Ted; two sisters, Sylvia in infancy; Diane (Bob) Berndt; and one son, Loren, as well as many other relatives and friends.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to St. Mary’s Catholic Memorial Fund.

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

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