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Holly J. Strickland, 68, died July 18th, 2019
Holly Strickland, age 68, of Sparta, WI, formerly of Owen, WI died Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Gunderson Health System in La Crosse, WI.

Holly Joy Clapper was born on December 25, 1950 in Oconto, WI the 7th child of Ivandene Franis Pearson and Leslie William Clapper. Her father died in 1954 of a heart attack leaving his wife and 9 children. Holly entered 1st grade in 1956 at Abrams, WI. Circumstances came together in 1960 when Holly’s mother and step-father, Louis Techmeier were married. Mr. Techmeier was a dairy farmer from Lena and the family moved to Lena, WI, where Holly enjoyed milking cows and riding horses with her siblings. She attended a 2-room country school (Sunnybrook) from 1960 – 1964 (That’s where she was when President Kennedy was killed). From 1964 – 1967 she attended Lena High School. For her senior year she lived with her aunt, Kate in Indianpolis, IN and graduated in 1969. She moved back to Lena, WI and married Lloyd Anderson in 1969. A daughter, LaVonne was born in 1970. They divorced in 1972, and in 1974, she married Lynn Strickland. Three children were born to them.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Shiela Jarsonbeck and Maureen Bornhardt, one brother, Chris Clapper, brothers-in-law, Jerry and Jack Strickland and a niece, Wendy Eland.

She is survived by three daughters, LaVonne (Tom) Griffin of New Brighton, MN, Nicole (Bryant) Moritz of Slinger, WI and Michelle (Mike) Larsen of Sparta, WI, a son, William Strickland of Madison, WI, 9 grandchildren, and further survived by sisters, Sherry (Dave) Perlott, Leslie Van Hulle, Linda Powell, Lana (Terry) Porter and Heather (Tom) Shannon and brothers, Bryan and Barry Clapper.

Funeral Services for Holly will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at the Bible Baptist Church in Neillsville. Pastor Joseph L. Matthews will officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery.

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

Casket Bearers are family members: Will Strickland, Bryant Moritz, Mike Larsen, Tom Griffin, Jake Griffin and Jordan Griffin.

In lieu of flowers, feel free to donate to Mom’s favorite charities: Pro-Life Wisconsin (text donation to 262-217-0229); Wisconsin Family Council, PO Box 14440 Madison WI 53708; Wisconsin Christian News, 4404 Rib Mtn Dr. #229 Wausau, WI 54401; or Liberty Counsel, PO Box 540774 Orlando, FL 32854.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Holly’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Luella Guilluame, 96, died July 16th, 2019
LUELLA C. (MILZ) GUILLAUME, age 96, of Loyal, WI, passed away at Country Terrace Assisted Living, in Abbotsford, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal. Rev. Varkey V. Joseph will officiate and inurnment will follow in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery.

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

Luella Clara Albertson was born on January 31, 1923 in Cresco, IA, the daughter of Alfred and Emma (Balk) Albertson. She was raised on the family farm and received her education in the Cresco area. Luella was united in marriage to Edward L. Milz on February 24, 1941 in Cresco, IA. They farmed in Iowa until moving to a farm in the Town of Beaver, rural Loyal, in 1959. Her husband, Edward, died on May 18, 1964. She continued farming until 1973. Luella married Paul A. Guillaume on November 17, 1973 in Elgin, IL. They resided in the Town of Beaver where she was a homemaker and worked in home health care.
She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, the Beaver Center Homemakers, and had many interests, but especially loved spending time with her family and grandchildren, reading and crocheting.

Luella is survived by her husband, Paul, of Loyal; her children: Sharon (Paul) Jirak of Decorah, IA, Pat (Larry) Lang of Marshfield, WI, Duane (Karen) Milz of Medford, WI, Raymond (Connie) Milz of Milladore, WI, Nancy (David) Wucherpfennig of Loyal, Beverly (Brian) Johnson of Holmen, WI, Dean (Julie) Milz of Loyal, Kenneth (Cynthia) Milz of Colby, WI, Timothy (Donna) Milz of Loyal, Susan (Floyd) Cochran of Fallon, NV; 35 grandchildren; 58 great grandchildren; 23 great-great grandchildren; 2 brothers: Ervin Albertson of Tama, IA, Bud Albertson of Iowa City, IA; one sister: Emma Jean Pfiffner of Dewar, IA; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edward; one son: James Milz; one daughter: Mary Milz; one great-grandson: David Vesel; one son-in-law: Steven Steines; one sister: Angie Hiemerman; and one brother: Clifford Albertson.

The family would like to thank the caregivers at Miller House in Thorp, Country Terrace in Abbotsford, and St. Croix Hospice for their kindness, compassion, and loving care they gave her the past few years.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Jane Wangen, 99, died July 12th, 2019
JANE P. WANGEN, age 99, of Loyal, WI, passed away on Friday, July 12, 2019 at Marshfield Medical Center, in Marshfield, WI.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Loyal, with Rev. Daniel Zimmerman officiating. Burial will follow in North Coon Prairie Lutheran Cemetery in Newry, WI. Pallbearers will be: Bob Fellenz, Vaughn Loos, Arnold Becker, George Stumpner, Cliff Thorson and Gordon Haselow.

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

Jane Petrina Mitby was born on June 9, 1920 in Cashton, WI, to Chester and Margaret (Murray) Mitby. She was raised in Cashton, baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, and graduated from Cashton High School in 1938. After completing high school, Jane continued on to business school at La Crosse Technical College. She was united in marriage to James Kermit Wangen on July 1, 1945 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cashton. They moved to Loyal to a farm they purchased, and farmed for the rest of their lives. Jim and Jane were a great team with many friends so dear to them. She was always interested in others' lives more than her own. Horses were her passion, as well as bowling, golfing, bridge, snowmobiling, square dancing, and following all sporting events. Jane lived her life in a “hurry up” fashion with an incredible work ethic. Her quick wit, infectious smile, and kind heart was there for everyone she met. Jane’s faith and church guided her actions.

She is survived by three nephews: John (Julie) Mitby of Madison, David (Deb) Mills and John Mills, both of La Crosse; and two nieces: Peggy Huskey of Minneapolis and Margaret Mills (Rick Onsrud) of La Crosse.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim, on April 3, 2012; one brother: Norman Mitby; one sister: Joan (Mitby) Mills; and nephew: Roger Erickson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be given to Trinity Lutheran Church, Loyal, WI.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, Loyal, assisted the family with arrangements.
Audrey C. Meyer, 83, died July 10th, 2019
Audrey Carol Meyer died on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Neillsville Care and Rehab Center.

Audrey was born on April 7, 1936 to Lawrence and Edna (Grimm) Damert. She graduated from Neillsville High School in 1954 and received her teaching degree from Eau Claire College. She worked as a teacher before raising her family and later worked at local grocery stores. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Neillsville.

Audrey loved spending time with her family: sons Mark (Mary) Meyer, Owen; Matt (Dawn Ormond) Meyer, Neillsville; daughter Jane (Bryan) Robeson, Marshfield; and granddaughters Megan Robeson, Marshfield; and Emma Robeson, Sheboygan. Audrey was well known for making wedding and birthday cakes and decorating holiday cookies for family and friends.

Audrey is survived by her children and grandchildren, a sister Marjorie Lau of Stratford, a brother David (Joy) Damert of Lake Oswego, OR., nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother Leonard DeMert, sister-in-law Carol DeMert and brother-in-law Arthur Lau.

No public funeral service will be held.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Audrey’s family with Funeral arrangements.
William R. "Bill" Hribar, 89, died July 4th, 2019
WILLIAM R. "BILL" HRIBAR, age 89, of Greenwood, WI, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 4, 2019 at Atrium Post Acute Care, in Marshfield.

There will be no services held. Burial will be held at a later date at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery in Willard, WI.

William Richard Hribar was born on September 5, 1929 in Willard, WI, to Frank and Mary (Matjazic) Hribar. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in area schools, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1948. After high school, Bill worked on the family farm until his marriage to Mary M. Damgaard at the Little Brown Church in the Vale, in Nashua, IA, in August 1958. He farmed until selling his cows in 1977, and then went to work as a carpenter for Stanley Volovsek and later for Bill Snedic. Bill retired in 2000.
He had many interests, but especially enjoyed hunting, fishing, mowing lawn, building bird houses and cutting firewood. Bill was a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association.

He is survived by one son: Richard "Rick" (Carol) Hribar of Marshfield; two granddaughters: Trista Hribar of Hartford, WI and Charity Hribar of Neillsville, WI; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Mary, on June 22, 2013; seven brothers: Louis, Ludwig, Anton, John, Joe, Walter and Frank Hribar; and four sisters: Bernice Bruksch, Mary Volovsek, Olga Hedemark and Anna Marincic.

Bill's family would like to thank the staff at Ascension Home Care Hospice for their compassion, comfort, and care given to him during his final weeks.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Harold Wilson, 70, died July 2nd, 2019
Harold Wilson, age 70, of Neillsville, WI died Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at the Marshfield Medical Center in Neillsville surrounded by his loving family.

Harold Frank Wilson was born on November 7, 1948 in Neillsville, WI the son of Frank John and Emma Mae (Holt) Wilson. He attended Neillsville High School and worked at Weyerhauser/Marshfield Door Systems from 1967 until health issues forced him to retire in 2005.

Harold enjoyed living on the family farm, walking the land and watching the wildlife animals on his land.

He never married but is survived by seven siblings, Mary (Richard) Schmitz of Greenwood, WI, Michael Wilson of Granton, WI, Beverly (Allan) Boon of Neillsville, WI, Dolores (James) Horn of Greenwood, WI, Diane (Thomas) Kren of Neillsville, WI, Karen (Alan) Litke of Pierz, MN and Robert (DeOna) Wilson of Neillsville, WI, 22 nieces and nephews and numerous great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Emma, a brother, Frank Clarence and his grandparents.

Funeral services for Harold will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 8, 2019 at Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Neillsville. Pastor Douglas Bjerke will officiate. Interment will be in the Christie Cemetery in Christie, WI.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Monday at Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Harold’s family with funeral arrangements
Marlene Elmer, 83, died July 2nd, 2019
MARLENE A. ELMER, age 83, of Greenwood, WI, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, July 5, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Loyal, WI. Rev. Daniel Zimmerman will officiate and burial will follow in the Greenwood City Cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Brandon Elmer, Justin Eskildsen, John Wendland, Sam Wendland, Luke Schiferl and Aaron Schiferl.

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

Marlene Ann Kramer was born on October 8, 1935 in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, to Charles B. and Edna M. (Severt) Kramer. She was raised on the family farm, rural Loyal, and received her education in the Loyal area, graduating from Loyal High School in 1953. After completing high school, Marlene moved to Milwaukee and went to work as a secretary for Northwestern Mutual Insurance Company. She was united in marriage to Thomas F. Elmer on October 22, 1955 at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Greenwood. They took over Tom's family farm in the Town of Warner, where they farmed and raised their family. In 1985, they sold the farm to their son Bruce. Besides farming, Marlene also worked at the Greenwood Co-Op, Greenwood Milk Products in the cheese store, Mid-Am Dairy, ADS, and in the deli at Mayville's Market.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Loyal, and its TLCW, where she was active in the quilt-making group, was a former member of the Loyal Circle 8 Square Dancers, and the Come-n-Know and Lone Pine Homemakers Clubs.
Marlene had many interests, but especially loved spending time with her family and friends, camping, fishing, playing cards, gardening, traveling, snowmobiling, being outdoors, farming, and loved animals.

She will be dearly missed by her children: Barbara (Tim) Wendland of Green Bay, Bruce (Jo) Elmer of Greenwood, Rhonda (Arlen) Eskildsen of Loyal, Darla (Randy Schiferl of Hewitt; 15 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; one brother: Charles Jr. (Janet) Kramer of Canton, SD; 2 sisters: Carolyn (Doug) Larson of Willard, WI, Delores Martin of Marshfield; one brother-in-law: Wayne Winter of Watertown, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Jane Winter.

Marlene's family would like to thank her care-givers, Dawn Jacobson, Velora Roehl, and the Ascension Home Care Hospice staff for the kindness, compassion and loving care that they gave to her these last few months.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Carrie L. Knoff, 62, died June 17th, 2019
Carrie Knoff, age 62, of Chili, WI died unexpectedly Monday, June 17, 2019 at her home.

Carrie Lee Bannach was born on January 3, 1957 in Milwaukee, WI the daughter of Donald and Ione (Schmechel) Bannach. She was united in marriage to Christopher J. Knoff on March 12, 1976 in Marshfield. They had two children, Paul and Don. As they grew older, Chris and Carrie helped start the Granton Little League. Carrie primarily focused on raising her children, but also worked as a realtor at Shong Realty in Marshfield and as a designer at Figi’s. She was a passionate and gifted artist. Carrie and Chris made and sold prim and Victorian-inspired crafts at stores and shows around Wisconsin and the United States. They also owned their own craft store, Ivy Anna’s, in Marshfield. In 2010, her paintings and digital artwork were discovered by a major publisher and have since been enjoyed by thousands of people throughout the world.
Carrie loved the natural world and was a friend to all creatures big and small. She loved to garden and designed and maintained beautiful vegetable and flower gardens. She was a lover of music; especially Celtic, Irish and chorale music. But, most of all, she loved being a wife, mother and grandmother and loved spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband, Christopher J. Knoff, a son, Paul (Michelle) Knoff and their children, Andrew and Collin and a son, Don (Krista Mullen) Knoff and their son Cashton and Krista’s sons, Ben and Hunter.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A Memorial Service for Carrie will be held at Calvary Bible Church, 300 S. Walnut, Marshfield, WI on Friday, June 21, 2019 beginning at 5:00 p.m.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Carrie’s family with funeral arrangements
Mary Sue Kyle, 72, died June 15th, 2019
Mary Sue Kyle, age 72, of Neillsville, WI died Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, WI.

Mary Sue Hoffmann was born on April 29, 1947 in Neillsville, WI the daughter of Carl F. and Nelda A. (Hagedorn) Hoffmann. She graduated from Neillsville High School in 1965 and then was united in marriage Ted Kopp Jr. in February of 1966. While raising their family, Mary Sue also worked outside of the home at Bohmer’s Café, the Moonlite Inn and the School District of Neillsville, where she worked, over the years, as a janitor, bus driver and cook. She and Ted divorced in 1990, and later that year she graduated with a Medical Lab Technician degree from CVTC. Mary Sue moved to the Madison area with her daughter, Jennifer and worked as a Medical Lab. Tech. On April 27, 2002 she was united in marriage to Lawrence J. Kyle, her best friend and rock in life, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Neillsville. In January of 2003 she retired from the Marshfield Clinic Health System, where she had been working since moving back to this area.
She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Neillsville. She enjoyed crafting, was a highly skilled seamstress and cake decorator, often doing both for weddings. She enjoyed fishing, gardening and quilting and she loved to help anyone and everyone. Her biggest pride and joy in life was her grandchildren and great grandchildren and she loved spending time with them.

She is survived by her husband, Lawrence, four children, Angela (James) Linneman of Eau Claire, WI, Brad Kopp of Wausau, WI, Melissa Homan of Waupun, WI and Jennifer “Pooh Bear” Kopp of Madison, WI, two step-children, Scott (Jill) Kyle of Neillsville, WI and Becky (Bruce) Hynes of Ettrick, WI, four grandchildren, Rachel (Joe) Zimmer, Amanda Kopp, Madi and Hope Homan, two step-grandchildren, Andrew and Michelle Kyle, three great grandchildren, Landon and Aria Zimmer and Ayden Roberts, a sister, Dianne Thompson of Rockford, IL, special sisters-in-law, Marilyn and Sister Marie, numerous nieces and nephews and her beloved Yorkie Terrier, Wesley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Arlene, brothers, Rick and Lewis Hoffmann and a brother-in-law, Phillip.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Mary Sue will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, June 22, 2019 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Neillsville. The Celebrant will be Rev. Varkey V. Joseph. Interment will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Neillsville.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday at the Gesche Funeral Home and from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday at St. Mary’s.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Mary Sue’s family with funeral arrangements.


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