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Arnold J. Opelt, 93, died November 16th, 2019
Arnold Opelt, age 93, of Granton, WI died Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Aster Assisted Living Center of Marshfield, WI.

Arnold James Opelt was born on October 10,1926 in Neillsville, WI the son of Carl and Permilla (Mack) Opelt. He attended Neillsville area schools and then, at the age of 15, hitchhiked to South Dakota, where he worked with horses in the wheat fields thrashing the wheat, and sleeping in the hay mound. Arnie served in the United States Army from 1945 until 1947. He then returned home and worked on the family farm. He was united in marriage to Delores Bush on January 17, 1948 and had just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary before Delores died on April 1, 2013. They lived in the town of Levis and farmed with his parents, Carl and Millie Opelt for a couple of years and then moved to Wisconsin Rapids where Arnie worked at the Paper Mill and Delores was a homemaker caring for their first two children. Then in 1952 they moved back closer to family and bought a farm in Granton and farmed for 15 years. They retired from farming and both took jobs working for Wick Builders in Marshfield, WI. Delores retired in 1983 from Wick, and Arnie, along with his CB handle of “Unconscious”, retired after 25 years of trucking mobile homes.
Arnie enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling out west to hunt and playing sheephead. In 2016, on his 90th birthday he had the privilege to travel on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

He will be deeply missed by his children, Roger (Jeanie) Opelt of Chili, Carol (Rick Kerby) Gurney of Watertown, WI, Brad (Darlene) Opelt of Granton, Dean (Lori) Opelt of Hudson, Terry (Diane) Opelt and Pam (Keith) Eibergen both of Granton. Arnie is further survived by 16 Grandchildren and spouses, 27 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandchild. He will also be missed by his surviving siblings, Robert Opelt of Neillsville, WI, Bernard (Hannah) Opelt of Green Bay, WI, Evelyn (Donald) Schutte of Neillsville, WI, Donald (Sue) Opelt of Greenwood, WI, Dale (Betty) Opelt of Neillsville, WI, Jennie (Ben) Urlaub of Neillsville, WI and Dorothy Gutenberger of Granton, WI.

Arnie was preceded in death by his parents, a son-in-law, Jerome Gurney, a grandchild, Derek Opelt, one great grandchild, Tyler Tessman, a granddaughter-in-law, Nicole Hanuszczak and four brothers, Bill, Rudy, Butch and Kenny Opelt.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., Friday, December 27, 2019 at the Granton Community Center in Granton, WI.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Arnie's family with Funeral arrangements.
June A. Schnabel, 94, died November 14th, 2019
June Schnabel, age 94 of Neillsville, WI died Thursday, November 14, 2019 at the Clark County Care and Living Center in Owen, WI.

June Aurelia Seelow was born on March 1, 1925 in Neillsville, the daughter of William A. and Sarah R. (Pedder) Seelow. She attended Happy Hollow Elementary School and Neillsville High School. On January 1, 1943 she was united in marriage to Leon Carl Schnabel in Neillsville. For the next several years, she raised her family, helped her husband on the farm and sold Avon for 40 years. In 1959, she went to school for six weeks to become a nursing assistant. She then worked at Memorial Hospital in Neillsville for 22 years. After retiring from the hospital, June also worked for seven years in the kitchen of the Neillsville High School.
She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville, a member of the Happy Hollow Homemaker’s Club and she enjoyed working on ceramics.

She is survived by, two daughters, Sharon (Ken) Kirn of Willard, WI and Diane (Dennis) Meyer of Cudahy, WI, a daughter-in-law, Lois Schnabel of Marshfield, WI, nine grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. June is further survived by four sisters, Berdella Carl, Cleone Zink, Janet Harrington, Beverly Snyder, a brother, William (Karen) Seelow, two sisters-in-law, Ardis Seelow and Donna Seelow and many nieces and nephews.

June was preceded in death by her husband Leon, a son, Donald, three brothers, Kenneth, Russell “Rusty” and Frederick “Fritz” Seelow, two sisters, Lilah Burr and Donna Seelow and four brothers-in-law, Larry Zink, Herman “Butch” Carl, Richard Harrington and Terry Snyder.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville. Pastor Timothy Biebert will officiate. Music will be provided by Judy Trunkel, organist.

Visitation will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday morning at the church. Interment will be in Neillsville City Cemetery.

Honorary Casket Bearer is Bryce Grimm.

Casket Bearers are: Keith Meyer, Mark Harrington, Eugene Carl, Roger Carl, Kent Kirn, and DeWayne Seelow.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting June’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Leonard Ritzert, 65, died November 13th, 2019
Leonard Ritzert, age 65, of Granton, WI died, after a long and courageous battle with multiple health challenges, Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, WI.

Leonard Eugene Ritzert was born to Howard and Evelyn (Kraft) Ritzert at home on November 24, 1953 in Solon Mills, IL. He attended school in Richmond, IL. Len drove truck cross country and locally throughout his career. On May 10, 1986 he married the love of his life, Kathy Kleckner. Len liked watching westerns and John Wayne movies. He loved playing cards and sharing his truck driving stories. For many years, Len enjoyed helping the Naedler family with field work.
He loved spending time with his family and extended family when truck driving and later in life when his health allowed.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kathy Ritzert, three children, Andy (Tora) Ritzert, Amy Beach and Jen (Alex) Dworak, six grandchildren, Jelani, Aiden and Daniel Ritzert, Nicholas (Andrea) and Joshua Beach and Harper Dworak. He is further survived by four sisters and three brothers, a former son-in-law, Joe Beach, Mother and Father-in-law, Wayne and Annette Kleckner, brothers and sister-in-law, Kevin (Cathi) Kleckner, Paul Schnulle, Phil (Charlene) Schnulle and Julie (Jeff) Luetschwager, several nieces and nephews and special family friends, Travis, Debi, Nathan, Preston and Brady Berg.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two infant brothers, a sister, a grandson and mother and father-in-law, Larry & Sharon Schnulle.

Funeral Services for Len will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Neillsville. Pastor Ken Kayhart will officiate.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday at the Gesche Funeral Home.

Honorary Casket Bearers will be: Andy Ritzert, Gary Knapp, Rodney Naedler, Ray Leggate, Kevin Kleckner, Wayne Kleckner and Nicholas Beach.

Memorials may be directed to Leonard’s family, P.O. Box 116, Granton, WI 54436.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Leonard’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Margaret M. Zasacki , 103, died October 29th, 2019
MARGARET M. ZASACKI, age 103, of Thorp, WI, passed away on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at New Horizon Community Care in Thorp.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig's Catholic Church in Thorp. Rev. Baskaran Sandhiyagu will officiate and burial will follow in Old St. Hedwig's Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Don Pawlak, Matt Dietrich, Isaac Monson, Luke Monson, Tori Stueck, and Tanner Stueck.

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

Margaret Martha Burzynski was born on June 6, 1916 in the Town of Thorp, rural Clark County, WI. She was the 6th child of 16 born to Frank and Frances (Wypyszynski) Burzynski. She received her education at Eidsvold and Pineland grade schools. Margie moved to Detroit when she was 17 years old and was employed as a housekeeper and nanny. She moved to Chicago 6 years later, where she was employed in the same occupation. Margie was united in marriage to Felix Frank "Phil" Zasacki at St. John Berchman Catholic Church in Chicago, IL on April 26, 1941. Their marriage was blessed with one child, Barbara Ann, on December 6, 1942. Phil and Margie moved to Phil's family farm in April of 1947, in the Town of Withee, rural Thorp, and farmed until February of 1962. They then worked on Rod Misfeldt's turkey farms outside of Withee and Thorp until 1970, when they retired and moved into the City of Thorp. During these early years of retirement, Margie enjoyed looking after her granddaughters when they returned home from school. She enjoyed watching All-Star Wrestling, listening to Polka music; along with gardening and helping Phil make his rugs and baskets. Phil passed away on October 11, 1989. Margie sold her house in 1997, and resided at Morgan Plaza until 2014. She then moved into New Horizons where she was attentively cared for until her death.
She was a member of St. Bernard-St. Hedwig's Catholic Church and PCCW St. Bernadette (Patricia) Circle.

Margaret is survived by her daughter, Barbara A. Mortensen, of Shawano; 2 grandchildren: Bonnie (Michael) Monson of Appleton, and Tami Mortensen of Antigo; 4 great-grandchildren: Isaac Monson, Tori Stueck, Luke Monson, and Tanner Stueck; her brother: Leonard (Theresa) Burzynski of Westmont, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Felix "Phil"; 8 brothers; Edward, John, Bernard "Ben", Peter, Harry, Richard, George, and Frank in infancy; 6 sisters: Helen Romag, Louise Bonczyk, Frances Pawlak, Dolores Szczygiel, and Irene and Marie in infancy; and her son-in-law: Lon Mortensen.

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

Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Ralph Pernsteiner, 85, died October 27th, 2019
RALPH V. PERNSTEINER, age 85, of Spencer, WI, formerly of Greenwood, WI, passed away at Marshfield Medical Center on Sunday, October 27, 2019.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Friday, November 8, 2019 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Spencer, with Rev. Barry Saylor officiating. A private burial will be held in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford, WI at a later date.

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

Ralph Vincent Pernsteiner was born on July 27, 1934 in Medford, WI, to Casper and Alice (Annen) Pernsteiner. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in the Medford area, graduating from Medford High School in 1952. After completing high school, Ralph moved to Kenosha where he worked in a furniture store for a short time, and then returned to Medford and worked for the phone company. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on July 5, 1957 and served until his honorable discharge on April 24, 1959. After returning from the service, Ralph took over the operation of his family farm. He was united in marriage to Darla J. Siikarla on February 27, 1960 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville, WI. In 1970, they sold their farm and moved to Greenwood where they purchased another farm, which they operated until 1997. They sold the farm in Greenwood and moved to Spencer. Ralph worked for Roth Manufacturing, in Loyal, until retiring in 2008.
In retirement, he had many interests, but especially loved fishing with his grandchildren, his chainsaw, John Deere tractors, and woodworking.
He was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church, and a former member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Darla, of Spencer; 3 children: Jean (Paul) Chromey of Marshfield, Vincent Pernsteiner of Chippewa Falls, and Karie (Brian) Schmidt of Loyal; 3 grandchildren: Ric Englebretson, Layne Schmidt and Blain Schmidt; 2 sisters: Alice Pernsteiner of Medford, Kathleen (Frank) Luterbach of Franklin, WI; 2 brothers: Robert (Jill) Pernsteiner of Aiken, SC, Gerald (Lynette) Pernsteiner of Medford; sisters-in-law: Agnes Pernsteiner and Kathleen Pernsteiner, both of Medford; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and 3 brothers: Willard, Lawrence and Sylvester Pernsteiner.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, WI, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Joseph Melzer , 78, died October 23rd, 2019
Joseph Melzer, age 78, of Neillsville, WI died Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield, WI.

Joseph Frank Melzer was born on September 4, 1941 in West Bend, WI the son of Herman and Elizabeth (Batzler) Melzer. He grew up in St. Kilian, WI and graduated from Kewaskum High School in 1960. After high school, he attended a technical college and earned a degree in Tool and Die manufacturing. He then began a long and distinguished career at Regal Ware Inc. in Kewaskum. On June 29, 1968 he was united in marriage to Theresa Doll in St. Lawrence, WI. After they were married, they built a home near St. Kilian, WI. They adopted two children and Theresa stayed at home to raise her family. Joe retired from Regal in 1997 and in 2006, they moved to Loyal, WI while Lon Knoll was building their new home in Neillsville. They moved into their new home in May of 2007. Theresa died November 22, 2013.

Joe and Theresa were members of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Neillsville. He enjoyed being outdoors on his land and hunting in his younger years.

He is survived by two children, Jason (Dana) Melzer of Allenton, WI and Nadine (Fred) Tetzlaff of La Crosse, WI, three grandchildren, Emma and Jake Melzer and Fredrick Tetzlaff, and one brother, Robert (Janet) Melzer of St. Kilian, WI.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Theresa, his parents, and a grandson, Fredrick.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Joseph will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, November 2, 2019 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Neillsville. The Celebrant will be 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 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday at the Catholic Church.

A special thank you to the hospice nurses at the House of the Dove for the wonderful care and compassion given to Joe during his time there.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Joseph’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Alice Gross, 99, died October 15th, 2019
It is with great sadness that the family of Alice M. Gross shares the news of her passing on October 15, 2019 at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, JoAnn and Craig Blum.

Alice had been lovingly cared for by her family for the past year. Even at 99.5 years of age, dying wasn’t Alice’s idea – she still had a great love of life and was not ready to leave her earthly family.

Alice was born on March 7, 1920 in a log cabin on a farm near Lastrup, Minnesota to John Adam and Kathryn Virnig. On October 28, 1941, she married Clifford Gross at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in Lastrup. During WWII, she followed the love of her life, Cliff, with their infant daughter to Colorado and Florida where he was stationed with the US Army. Alice & Cliff moved to Neillsville on October 29, 1950 because of his job and embraced Neillsville as their home. After being a sales representative for Foxbilt Feeds, in 1952, Cliff started Grassland Feeder Pigs which he later sold and bought the Chevrolet-Oldsmobile dealership in 1956. After Cliff died on September 20, 1976, Alice became an owner and officer of Gross Motors. She was proud to be involved in the family business until the day she died.
Anyone who knew Alice, knew how much she loved to play cards and dance or listen to old time music. Being proud of her German heritage, she always enjoyed a polka and, in her later years, looked forward to watching Mollie B’s Polka Party on TV. For years, she went on bus trips and made some good memories as well as good friends. She had a contagious laugh and sharp wit which she kept up to her last days. She enjoyed the summer weekends with her growing family at her cabin on Lake Arbutus and especially looked forward to the pontoon rides. She loved working and being outdoors and tending to her flowers. Her house always had a warmth and was decorated for every season of the year. She always found a way to keep busy and cleanliness was one of her virtues. Some of her other best virtues were that she was not critical or judgmental. Her family was lucky to benefit from her love of cooking and baking – especially her cranberry steam pudding, chocolate chip cookies and best-ever turkey dressing at Thanksgiving.
She had a great memory and would remind us of things and details we long forgot. She sent birthday cards to all of her children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren which always included a gift. She was thankful for the wonderful friends she had over the years, especially her close-knit group of girlfriends that she treasured and looked forward to playing cards with on Mondays. Alice was a member of St. Mary’s Church and still an active member of their PCCW. For many years, she helped serve funeral luncheons. She was proud to be a member of the American Legion Post 73 Women’s Auxiliary and peeled many potatoes for potato salad for their Friday night fish fries.

Alice is survived by her children, JoAnn (Craig) Blum, Wayne (Peggy) Gross, Karen Kuchenbecker, and Jerry (Marcia) Gross all of Neillsville who are grateful for her motherly love, generosity and gentle spirit. She will also be lovingly missed by her 12 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren and also a brother, Gerald Virnig and his wife Pat, and sister-in-law, Rosemary Welinski all of Little Falls, Minnesota.

Alice was preceded in death by her husband Clifford, her parents, two brothers, two sisters and son-in-law, Mike Kuchenbecker.

Services to honor her death and celebrate her life will be held at Gesche Funeral Home on Friday, October 18, with visitation from 4:00-7:00 and then on Saturday, October 19, from 10:00-11:00 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Neillsville prior to her funeral service at 11:00. Music will be provided by organist, Vicente Cortez, and the St. Mary’s Choir.

Her pallbearers will be all of her grandsons, Steve Blum. Michael Gross, Adam Kuchenbecker, Jared Kuchenbecker, Dylan Gross and Roman Gross. Honorary pallbearers will be all of her granddaughters, Christine Geffers, Renee Husman, Emily Kreiner, Jasmine Gross, Megan Brooks and Jade Gross.

At the family’s request, memorials may be given to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Neillsville American Legion Post 73 or any charity of your choice.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Alice’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Mary Nysted , 87, died October 15th, 2019
MARY A. NYSTED, age 87, of Birchwood, WI, soared On Eagle’s Wings (a favorite hymn) to heaven on Tuesday, October 15, 2019.

Funeral services will be held at 12pm on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Loyal, WI. Rev. Kristi Ursin will officiate, and burial will follow in the Loyal City Cemetery.

Mary Ann Nysted was born on February 1, 1932 in Marshfield, WI, the ninth of ten children of Peter E. and Tilla J. (Holt) Nysted. Mary graduated from Loyal High School, and attended one year at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, before moving to St. Louis where she worked and lived for a couple of years. An adventurer, Mary found her way to Phoenix in 1953 and worked at TWA. She married Jayson R. Brentlinger on January 23, 1955 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Loyal, WI, and raised her two children, Mark and Jayleen, in a Paradise Valley, AZ home she helped design.
As a gifted artist, Mary mastered stain glass, oil painting, water color, weaving, bonsai gardening, wood carving and lathe wood turning. She owned and operated Cabin Fever weaving studio in Eagle River, WI, where she taught weaving, sold looms, yarns and handwoven clothing. She moved back to Wisconsin in 1988 and split her time between Wisconsin and Arizona, skillfully driving her 40’ RV across the country.
Mary loved her many dogs, the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin, the desert of Arizona, and all of nature. She was a master gardener and was entertained watching birds at her well stocked feeder (sometimes a gray squirrel, too).

Mary is survived by her grandchildren: Melissa (Nick) Reese of Phoenix, AZ, and James (Kaleen) Brentlinger of Firestone, CO; one sister: Jeanne (Ken) Dahlby of Birchwood; one daughter-in-law: LuAnn Brentlinger of Phoenix, AZ; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her son: Mark Brentlinger; her daughter: Jayleen Brentlinger; 4 brothers: Leonard Nysted, Orville Nysted, Julius Nysted, Lyle Nysted; and 4 sisters: Wanda Auth, Violet Finet, Pearl Ursin and Margaret Noeldner.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, WI, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Robert Ulesich , 72, died October 9th, 2019
ROBERT F. ULESICH, age 72, of Loyal, WI, passed away at Marshfield Medical Center, in Marshfield, WI, on Wednesday, October 9, 2019.

A prayer service will be held at 11am on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Loyal, with Rev. Leo Johnson officiating.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Saturday, from 10am until time of service. Following the prayer service, a Celebration of Bob's life will be held at the Red Door Saloon in Loyal.

Robert Frank Ulesich was born on October 16, 1946 in Chicago, IL, the son of Joe and Ann (Lunka) Ulesich. When he was a young boy, his family moved to a farm in the Town of Eaton, rural Greenwood, WI, where he was raised and received his education. Bob graduated from Greenwood High School in 1964, and then went to work at Pathfinder Homes, in Spencer. He moved to Milwaukee in 1966 and worked for Briggs & Stratton until 1998, when he retired and moved to Loyal. Later Bob worked for Jon Bauer at his pallet factory until retiring in 2009.
He had many interests, but especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends, shooting pool, throwing darts, playing cards, and his weekly drawing at the local bars.

Bob is survived by his dear companion, Barbara Horn, of Loyal; his step daughters: Carrie Horn of Marshfield, Kristy (Rod) Steines of Arpin, and Liza (Rob) Godard of Arpin; 7 step grandchildren; one step great-grandchild; 2 sisters-in-law: Jan Ulesich of Lanark, IL, and Rita Ulesich of Menomonie, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and 2 brothers: Ronald and James Ulesich.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Rose M. Gregorich, 84, died October 4th, 2019
ROSE M. "ROSIE" GREGORICH, age 84, of Marshfield, WI, peacefully passed away at Three Oaks Health Center on Friday, October 4, 2019, cared for by her 5 children (her Favorites) and their families, surrounding her with love during her final weeks.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal, WI, with Rev. Leo Johnson officiating. Pallbearers will be: Brett Gregorich, Zach Molle, Storm Harmon, Cody Stumpner, Cal Mischler, Caden Mischler, and Hayden Bauman. Burial will be held in the parish cemetery at 12:30pm on Thursday, October 10, 2019.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 4pm to 8pm, and again on Wednesday, from 10am until time of service.

Rose Marie Degenhardt was born on October 3, 1935 in Loyal, WI, to Leo and Mary (Binder) Degenhardt. She was raised on the family farm, attended St. Anthony's Parochial School and graduated from Loyal High School in 1954. After high school, Rosie went to work at Weinbrenner's Shoe Factory in Marshfield. She was united in marriage to Robert Peter Gregorich on April 18, 1959 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Loyal. She left Weinbrenner Shoe Factory in 1961 and worked on their farm in Greenwood with her husband. In 1968, they purchased a farm in Loyal, where they worked and they raised their family. After retiring, they built their retirement home in the Town of Lincoln, rural Marshfield, and moved there in 2001.
She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and its PCCW.
Rosie had many interests, but especially loved spending time with her family, bowling, dancing, crocheting, cake decorating and gardening.

She will be dearly missed by her children: Mark (Lori) of Spencer, and their children: Brett (Caitlin) and Melanie (fiancé Tjaden Brostowitz); Steve (Julie Ladwig) of Marshfield, and their children: Zach Molle and Megan Gregorich; Chuck (Lori) of Altoona, and their children: Jenny (Storm) Harmon, Tiffany (Jordan) Petersen, and Brittany (Jake) Faanes; Sheri Stumpner (Scott Bauman) of Spencer, and their children: Cody Stumpner, Carly Stumpner, and Hayden Bauman; Peg (Bryan) Mischler of Greenville, WI, and their children: Julia, Cal and Caden Mischler; three great-grandchildren: Raiden, Berklee and Marlee Harmon; one brother: Paul Degenhardt of Marshfield; two sisters: Dorothy Rottscheit of Marshfield, Barbara (John) Lynskey of Maple Grove, MN; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Rosie was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob, on January 7, 2019; two brothers: Norbert and Lawrence Degenhardt; and two sisters: Alberta Kohl and Madeline Bell.

The family would like to thank the staff at Three Oaks Health Center and Ministry Home Care Hospice for their care and compassion helping them through Rosie's final journey.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Carole Bower, 76, died October 1st, 2019
CAROLE E. BOWER, age 76, of Willard, WI, passed away on October 1, 2019 at Marshfield Medical Center, in Neillsville, WI.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30am on Monday, October 7, 2019 at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig's Catholic Church in Thorp, WI. Rev. Baskaran Sandhiyagu will officiate, and burial will be held in Butler Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be held at Thorp Funeral Home on Sunday, October 6, 2019 from 4pm to 8pm, and again at the church, on Monday, from 9:30am until time of service.

Carole Elizabeth Fisher was born on April 24, 1943 in St. Paul, MN, the daughter of Clarence G. and Elisabeth M. (Pagel) Fisher. She was raised and educated in Thorp, graduating from Thorp High School in 1961. After high school, Carole attended Madison Business College in Madison, WI. She was united in marriage to Allen W. Bower on February 2, 1963 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, in Thorp, WI. They lived in Big Bend, WI, where Carole worked for the Edgewood Golf Course for more than 20 years. After retiring in 2001, they moved to Rock Dam where she resided until her death.
She had many interests, but especially enjoyed playing golf, going to casinos, sewing, quilting, and attending her grandchildren's events.
Carole was a member of St. Bernard-St. Hedwig's Catholic Church and its PCCW, Rock Dam Rod & Gun Club, Hay Creek Rocker's, Clark County Homemakers, Rock Dam Lake Association, and was a volunteer for the Thorp Blood Bank.

She will be dearly missed by her husband, Allen, of Willard; her 3children: David (Jackie) of Owen, Daniel (Deb Teubert) of Edgerton, Christyne (Grant) Schultz of Marinette; her 6 grandchildren: Luke Bower, Kyla (Zachary) Wussow, Katelyn Bower, Riley Schultz, Anya Bower, Madeline, Schultz; her 2 great-grandchildren: Taylor and Mariah; her 6 siblings: Nancy (Duke) Haslow of Thorp, Mary Beth (Gene) Menden of Pewaukee, Bill (Donna) Fisher of Waterford, Susan (Rol) DeBauche of Thorp, Laurie Jo (John) Sass of Chisago City, MN, Karla (Joe) Stafford of Sun Prairie; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Carole was preceded in death by her parents; her step-father: Karl Hutter; her sister: Kathleen Fisher-Hatfield; and her great-granddaughter: Bailey Bower.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Shriners Hospital for Children - Twin Cities, 2025 E. River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55414, or online at (www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org)

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

Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Elaine B. Free, 93, died September 20th, 2019
Elaine Bertha Marg (Nystrom Vincent Minge) Free of Neillsville, Wis., died on Friday, September 20, 2019, at Riverside Assisted Living.

Elaine was born at home at (what is now)1012 Hewett Street in Neillsville on May 5, 1926 to Norma Lydia Winter Marg and Albert Ferdinand Marg. She was later joined by her three dear sisters: Betty, Deloris, and Shirley Ann. She loved her little sisters and they remember she made scrapbooks, Valentine aprons, and other presents for them.
Elaine married Joel “Bruce” Nystrom in 1948. They were blessed with three children: Shirley Jean Nystrom (Fisher) Anderson, Michael “Bruce” Nystrom, and Joel Bryan Nystrom. They lived in Oshkosh for several years, then moved to Pocatello ID in 1963, where they were divorced. Elaine married Clarence Vincent. They were divorced, and Elaine moved to Goleta CA in 1965, where she learned to use the new computer technology and successfully pursued a career with social services and the local hospital. She married Argyle Minge in 1969. They returned to the Midwest in 1973 and built their lovely Pleasant Ridge home, calling it “Hope Ranch.” Elaine worked for Sunburst Youth Homes and was involved in the Clark County Historical Society, the Clark County Humane Society, and her church. Her antique and gift shop on Highway 10 was well known in the Neillsville area. Elaine and Argyle were known for their hospitality and entertained often in their home. After Argyle’s death in 1981, she found companionship and love with Robert Free, marrying in 1984. They enjoyed traveling with their RV before Bob died in 1986. Elaine’s companion in later years was John Ford. He died in 1998.
Elaine was raised in the Wisconsin Synod Lutheran Church, but also faithfully attended the UCC church and Living Hope in Neillsville in later years, never doubting that she was God’s child, with full confidence in her salvation as promised by her dear savior, Jesus Christ.
She was an accomplished dancer, painter, seamstress, and singer. Her legacy continues in her children and grandchildren, among whom are professional dancers, musicians, artists, and clothing designers.

Elaine is survived by her daughter, Shirley (Don Campbell) Anderson, son Bruce (Velma) Nystrom, and son Joel Nystrom. Her grandchildren are Kristine Anderson of Chicago IL, Eric Anderson of Denver CO, Stella (Jordan) Rogers of Birmingham AL, Uri (Jessi) Nystrom, also of Birmingham AL, Leelya Martinez of Moab UT, and Yarley Nystrom of Portland OR,. Her great-grandchildren are Akyra McNeely of Utah, Braxton Martinez, Ty Martinez, Oscar Martinez, Charlotte Martinez of Utah, and Elliott Rogers of Birmingham AL. She is further survived by her sisters Betty Jean Plunkett Jennings and Shirley Ann Holverson, and several cousins.

Preceding her in death were her parents, one sister, Delores Stockard, four husbands, and many friends.

We cannot thank Riverside Assisted Living enough for their loving care over the past 2 years, particularly in the last month. Our family has grown through the addition of the caregivers and residents at Riverside.

A service will be held at Living Hope Evangelical Church in Neillsville at 11 a.m. on Monday morning, September 30, 2019.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the church. Lunch will be served afterward, also at the church. Interment will be in the Town of Grant Cemetery.

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

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

Memorials may be directed to the Clark County Humane Society per Elaine’s wishes. She never met an animal she didn’t love!
Allen “Otis” Weirick, 68, died September 15th, 2019
Allen “Otis” Weirick, age 68, of Granton, WI died, after a long illness, Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the VA Medical Center in Tomah, WI.

Allen Weirick was born on November 29, 1950 in Chicago, IL the son of Wilbur and Aida (Williamson) Weirick. In 1957, Otis’s family moved to the Shortville area south of Neillsville, where they had purchased a farm. Otis attended schools in the Shortville area and then graduated from Neillsville High School in 1969. Shortly after high school he was drafted in the United States Army and served two years before being honorably discharged. Otis had worked and lived in other parts of the country, but returned to Granton by the early 1980’s. He worked 20+ years at Weyerhauser before retiring. His hobbies included hunting, especially deer hunting and tending to his garden.

He is survived by his brothers, Bill (Darlene) Weirick of Gleason, WI and Bob (Eileen) Garrett of West Virginia, along with nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, a nephew, Brian and a sister, Maurine.

A Memorial Service for Otis will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Pastor Terry Marg will officiate.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, October 5th.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Otis’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Robert Keller, 80, died September 15th, 2019
Robert “Bob” Keller, age 80, of Neillsville, died Sunday, September 15, 2019.

He was born in Waunakee, the son of John and Theresa Keller. He married Joyce Klubertanz and together they had two sons and a daughter. He married Christine Witham in August of 1974 and added two more sons to the family. Bob was blessed with 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandkids. He loved being Dad and Grandpa, he adored his kids and would do anything for them. His advice came freely. He was known for his dry sense of humor and his particular style of delivery. His comfort zone was at home, feeding the birds, reading and keeping up with the news.
Bob worked in the printing industry as his career—he always enjoyed telling folks he was a lithographer. He retired from Litho Productions in Madison.
Bob was a US Army veteran. He was known as “Sarge.” His reserve unit, the 826 ORD CO was activated and shipped to Viet Nam after the Tet offensive. His main job overseas was supervising loading and field operations at Long Binh. Of his service he said “I remember so clearly those days at Long Binh and my memories about the experience. At my age, my memory is just about shot, except for this experience. I would never give up the opportunity to serve with the fine men of the 826 ORD CO. If I had it to do it again, I would, no question.” Like many veterans, he carried a reverence for his fellow servicemen, especially for those that gave their last full measure.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Chris; his children, Kurt D. Keller of Cottage Grove, Steven J. Keller of Wisconsin Dells, Kimberly A. Keller (Jody Malcolm) of Sun Prairie, Brian E. (Jana) Keller of Duluth, MN and Jeffrey T.(Katrina) Keller of Milwaukee. His legacy, his grandchildren: Josh (Julia), Chris (Amy), Danielle, Stephanie, Jenifer, Oliver, Boris and Sammy. The greats: Sawyer, Finley, Colton, Ryan, Hailey and Parker. He is further survived by his sisters Shirley Panas and Evelyn (Russ) Fleming, his brother Don (Nancy) as well as many loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother Jack (Judy), brother-in-law Nick (Shirley) Panas, his granddaughter Danielle and his parents.

A huge, heartfelt thank you to all the nurses, doctors, aides and staff from SSM Health in Madison, Marshfield Medical Centers in Neillsville and Marshfield, Ascension Home Health and Hospice. Each and every one of them did their best to care for Bob and to make his final days honorable and dignified as was humanly possible. We would have been absolutely lost without the care and concern of our many dear friends who gave us invaluable support throughout his illness. We remain in your debt.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, September 28, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville, WI. Rev. Varkey V. Joseph will officiate. Providing music will be Vicente Cortez, organist and St. Mary’s Choir. Military Rites will be accorded by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday, September 27, 2019 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI and also from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Saturday morning at the church. Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery in Madison, WI at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials, in Bob’s name, may directed to the charity of your choice

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Bob’s family with arrangements.
Lorraine G. Flynn, 95, died August 3rd, 2019
Lorraine Flynn, age 95, of Neillsville, WI died Saturday, August 3, 2019 at the Care and Rehabilitation Center – Neillsville.

Lorraine Grace Buchsteiner was born on November 15, 1923 in Greenwood, WI the daughter of William E. and Elizabeth J. (Zimmerman) Buchsteiner. She attended Eaton Center Grade School in Greenwood and graduated from Neillsville High School. She was united in marriage to Thomas A. Flynn on August 26, 1945 in Neillsville. She worked as a cashier at the Farmer’s Store in Neillsville and she also worked at Figi’s in Neillsville.
She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church and St. John’s Ladies Aid. She was a member of the Memorial Medical Center Auxiliary and a life-time member of the VFW Auxiliary.
Lorraine enjoyed going for walks, baking, visiting shut-ins and nature. She enjoyed volunteering for the Red Cross, The HighGround, the Thrift Store, Sunshine Friends at the nursing home and running the food stand at the Clark County Fair for the Kiwanis Club. Her greatest enjoyment, however, was when she was caring for her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by a son, Tim (Bev) Flynn of Coeur d’ Alene, ID and a daughter, Lynda (Dick) Urban of Neillsville, WI, four grandchildren, Clint, Katie, Dessa and Luke and seven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, a daughter, Sue Bergemann, a brother, Bill Buchsteiner and a sister, Milda Drischoll.

Funeral Services for Lorraine are pending.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Lorraine’s family with Funeral arrangements.


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