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Marie F. Durst, 96, died September 1st, 2015
She first poked her tiny newborn face into this life on the sunny morning of November 22nd, 1918, in her grandmother's house in Blackwell, Oklahoma. She was the second of three daughters of Charles and Margaret Farnum. Marie Virginia Farnum was raised over the border in South Eastern Kansas, where Charlie worked as an oil wildcatter and Margaret kept the home fires burning. After graduating high school in Eureka, Marie studied nursing at Baylor University. When World War II broke out and soon preoccupied the country, she joined the Army Air Corps as a registered nurse and served as a Lieutenant and surgical nurse until just before war's end, stationed in Fort Worth, Texas.

It was there, on October 31st, 1944, she met the handsome pilot instructor, Wisconsin born and raised Lieutenant LaVern Durst, who was visiting one of her patients. She agreed to join him that evening at the Halloween party in the Officers' Mess. Wasting little time in the tenuous atmosphere of wartime, they fell in love and were married by the Base chaplain just nine weeks later on January 7th,1945. Marie would accompany LaVern throughout his corporate career with Kraft Foods, beginning postwar in west central Indiana (1946-'50), followed by stints in Illinois (1950-'60), then California (1960-'70) and back to Illinois until they retired to Palmdale in the high desert of Antelope Valley, Southern California in 1987. Along the way they parented two children, James in November of 1945 and Judith in June of 1948. As LaVern's job would evolve to take him away from home and around the world, it was Marie, the devoted mother, who faithfully attended James' Little League and high school basketball games and both kids' choir concerts. On January 7th, 1995, their children surprised the couple with a 50th Anniversary celebration that featured a 16 piece swing orchestra and a renewal of vows attended by numerous family members and friends from around the country, including several who had attended the original ceremony. Marie and LaVern remained virtually inseparable until November 8th, 2000, when LaVern passed away from complications of prostate cancer. To those who attended Palmdale's First Lutheran Church hers was the first friendly face to greet them each Sunday morning. Marie and Judith moved to Neillsville, Wisconsin in 2009 to be closer to LaVern's roots and his resting place.

Marie graduated peacefully from this life at Neillsville Care and Rehab at 12:35pm on September 1st at the age of 96 & 3/4. She is survived by Judith, James and his wife Madhumita Chakrabartti, as well as 2 affectionate 'granddogters,' Holly and Ivy. In accordance with her wishes, Marie was cremated and the ashes interred alongside those of the love of her life, LaVern, in the family plot in the country cemetery in Pine Valley, outside Neillsville. Marie touched so many lives during her earthly experience, was deeply loved by all who knew her, and will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in the name of Marie Virginia Farnum Durst to Clark County Humane Society in Neillsville, Wisconsin.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Granton, WI. Pastor Daniel Schoessow will officiate. Military Rites will be accorded by the Neillsville Veteranís Council at 4:00 p.m., Saturday, September 5, 2015 at North Pine Valley Cemetery. Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Marieís family with Funeral arrangements.
Annabelle Louise Anding , 90, died August 31st, 2015
ANNABELLE LOUISE ANDING: December 12, 1924 to August 31, 2015

Annabelle Louise Anding (Garbusch) was born December 12, 1924, to Gladys Garbusch (Genett) and Alfred Garbusch in Neillsville, Wisconsin. Her parents purchased a farmstead in the country where she resided most of her life. She attended St. Johnís Lutheran School, a country school, and also the Neillsville High School.

She married George Henry Anding on November 22, 1942, at Fort McCoy, where he was stationed. Upon his discharge from the Army they returned to Neillsville to the home in which she grew up in. As Mom was an only child, she desired a big family so we would not be lonely growing up like she was. She raised 15 children, 12 of them on her own once her husband left the family. This was a challenging and tough job but the most rewarding task in her life. Mom was an amazing woman, and she did a great job.

She had various jobs, working for Sunburst Youth Home, Nelson Muffler briefly, Neillsville Public School, First Financial Bank, and Memorial Medical Center, in which she retired from in June 1991, after 12 years of service. But her biggest and proudest job of all was taking care of and raising her children. She also did childcare for her grandchildren. Mom also was a wonderful cook. Mom enjoyed making big holiday meals for the family and the family always looked forward to these days.

For the last three years she resided at the Neillsville Retirement Community and was thankful for the care she received.

Preceding Annabelle in death were her parents Gladys Irene Garbusch (Genett), Alfred Paul Garbusch; George Henry Anding, and a stillborn child. Surviving children include Georgiann (William) Howard, Granton; Daryl Anding, Milwaukee; Marilyn (Mike) Durand, Burnsville, MN; Doug (Renee) Anding, Marshfield; David (Donna) Anding, Greenwood; Linda (Greg) Foster, Neillsville; Curtis (Chris) Anding, Granton; Craig Anding (Jennie), Crystal Lake, IL; Gordon (Barb) Anding, Granton; Gail (Rollin) Opelt, Neillsville; Gary (Christy) Anding, Neillsville; Blaine (Maricris) Anding, New Berlin, WI; Brian Anding, Neillsville; Brenda Anding (Aaron), University Place, WA; Bradley (Stacy) Anding, Eau Claire. She is also survived by 42 grandchildren and 39 great-grandchildren.

Serving as Pallbearers will be: Leonard Howard, Russell Howard, Matt Anding, Dennis Anding, Bernie Joe Anding, Aaron Anding, Jonathon Anding, Drew Anding, Phillip Opelt, Hillary Anding, Brandon Anding, Derek Anding, and Brigitta Coleman. Pianist will be Stephanie Opelt.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, September 4, 2015, at Gesche Funeral Home. Service will be held at 11 a.m. and will be officiated by Pastor Doug Bjerke. She will be laid to rest in the Neillsville Cemetery. A private family reception will be held at the American Legion Hall in Neillsville at 12:30 p.m.

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Annabelleís family with Funeral arrangements.
James A. Drost, 56, died August 30th, 2015
JAMES A. DROST, age 56, of Thorp, passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, September 4, 2015 at Cindy's Banquet Hall in Thorp from 11:30am until 5:00pm.

Thorp Funeral Home, Thorp, WI is assisting the family with arrangements.
Patsy R. Sutherland , 76, died August 21st, 2015
PATSY R. "PAT" SUTHERLAND, age 76, of Mead Lake, rural Greenwood, WI, passed away at her home on Friday, August 21, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. There will be no services held.

Patsy Rae Boughner was born on September 9, 1938 in Milwaukee, WI, the daughter of Joseph and Myrtle (Carlson) Boughner. She was raised and received her education in Milwaukee and attended Riverside High School, where she met her husband, Gil, at a sock hop. After graduating from Riverside High School in 1956, Pat was united in marriage to Gilbert W. Sutherland on August 27, 1960 at the Divine Charity Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. They raised their family in Stevens Point and Neenah, WI, where Pat was employed for twenty years as the office manager for a local machine shop. Pat served as a book keeper and dispatcher at Ashland Chemical in Menasha, WI and eventually retired from an office position at JJ Keller.

Pat loved travelling to Mexico, spending time with her family, and camping. Time spent with Gil at Boydís Mason Lake Lodge in Fifield, WI was always the highlight of the year. Pat was an avid reader and an unstoppable knitter. She gifted many cherished afghans, sweaters, mittens, to friends and family, and hundreds of baby hats for local hospitals.

Pat will be dearly missed by her husband of 55 years, Gil, of Greenwood, WI; two daughters: Andrea (Almus) Kenter of Kingston, NH, Chantelle (Thomas) Stocco of Shorewood, WI; four grandchildren: Linas, Daris, Magdalena, and Maxwell; one brother-in-law: Dennis Blanke of Grafton, WI; one niece, 3 nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded by her parents; one brother: James Boughner; and one sister: Judy Blanke

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Patís name to the Greenwood, WI public library is welcomed.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, WI, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Anton D. Perushek, 91, died August 20th, 2015
Tony Perushek, age 91, of Neillsville, WI died Thursday, August 20, 2015 at the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Anton Donald Perushek was born on January 18, 1924 in Willard, WI the son of Ludwig and Pauline (Stupica) Perushek. Tony was raised and educated in Willard and then enlisted into the United States Army in 1942. He attended basic training at Camp Robinson in Arkansas and then served twenty-six months at the Aleutian Islands in Alaska and some time at Camp Callen, CA before being sent to Europe to participate in the Battle of the Bulge. When the war ended he was stationed in Germany until he was sent to Fort Sheridan, IL. After his Honorable Discharge he moved back to Willard and worked at Laabs Dairy. On June 22, 1950 Tony was united in marriage to Jeanette Carl in Willard. They moved to Neillsville where Tony worked for the Neillsville Milk Products for sixteen years and then as a custodian at the Clark County Court House for twenty-two years and then the Neillsville Public Library until he retired in 2013. Tony was a member of the Neillsville VFW, the KSKJ Lodge in Willard and St. Maryís Catholic Church in Neillsville where he also served as a money counter.

Tony loved to garden, play cards, go deer hunting and reminisce about his days growing up in Willard.

He is survived by a daughter; Patricia Perushek of Eau Claire, WI and a son; John (Tammy) Perushek of Neillsville, three grandchildren, Jessica (Joe) Placek of Kaukana, WI, Ashley Perushek of South Milwaukee, WI and Benjamin Perushek of Eau Claire, WI and two great grandchildren; Easton and Emmalyn.

Tony was preceded in death by his wife; Jeanette on May 8, 2015 and a son, Michael in 2002, sisters; Pauline Volk, Angeline Schultz, Ann Perushek, Mary Shumate and brothers; Frank, Joe, Charles and Ludwig Perushek.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 28, 2015 at St. Maryís Catholic Church in Neillsville, WI. Rev. Varkey V. Joseph will officiate. Interment will be in St. Maryís Catholic Cemetery, with Military Honors performed by the Neillsville Veteranís Council.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Friday at St. Maryís Catholic Church.

Online Condolences may be made at

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Tonyís family with Funeral arrangements.
Lavern N. Spuhler, 85, died August 14th, 2015
LAVERN N. SPUHLER, age 85, of Loyal, passed away at Ministry St. Joseph's Hospital, in Marshfield, on Friday, August 14, 2015.

No services will be held. Interment will take place in the Loyal Cemetery at a later date.

LaVern Norton Spuhler was born on August 7, 1930, in the Town of Lincoln, Wood County, rural Marshfield, the only child of Norton and Ethel (Laufenberg) Spuhler. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at the Catholic school in Marshfield. LaVern was united in marriage to Inez E. Free on December 31, 1949. They farmed for a short time in the Neillsville area, then Marshfield, and in 1954, purchased a farm in the Town of Loyal. In addition to farming, LaVern also did custom field work for 25 years and drove school bus for 35 years.

LaVern had many interests, but especially enjoyed spending time with his family, woodworking and traveling with his wife, Inez.

He is survived by his children: Michael (Sharon) Spuhler of Loyal, Jack (Barb) Spuhler of Thorp, Cathi (Dale) Goodwin of Loyal; 5 grandchildren: Thomas (Jenny) Spuhler of Loyal, Tracy Fischer of Stratford, Kenneth (Tammy) Spuhler of Elk Mound, Kevin (Kimber) Spuhler of Hastings, MN, Damon (Tracy) Goodwin of Loyal; 6 great grandchildren: Cheyanne and Alexis Spuhler, Sara and Rachel Fischer, Samantha and Devon Goodwin; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Inez, on December 28, 2013.

Online condolences may be expressed at

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