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Robert C. Henchen, 85, died November 24th, 2014
Robert Henchen, age 85, of Neillsville, WI died Monday, November 24, 2014 at the Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville.

Robert Clarence Henchen was born at home in Globe, Wisconsin the son of Clarence and Agnes (Minsass) Henchen. He was united in marriage to Evelyn Swiech on June 9, 1955. He retired from the Nelson Muffler Factory in the mid-‘90’s and then worked as a skilled laborer doing electrical and plumbing work in the area.

Robert was active in the VFW Legion Post 6220. He enjoyed hunting, being out in the woods and helping out his neighbors. He was a very hard worker and always looked for ways to improve himself taking college classes into his 70’s. He was very loved and enjoyed spending time with his family.

He will be missed dearly by his wife, Evelyn, daughter, Rita (Terry) Sternitzky of Neillsville, WI, granddaughter, Bobbi Jo (Dan Moore) Delo of Neillsville, WI, brothers and sisters, Clarabel “Lefty” Djubinski of Greenwood, WI, Clarence “Snuffy” (Ethel) Henchen of Marshfield, WI and Ronald (Joane) Henchen of Eau Claire, WI, many nieces and nephews, friends and his cat, Mischief.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Doris (Victor) Dierks, brothers, Art Henchen and Delmon “Butch” Henchen and a brother-in-law, Andrew Djubinski.

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Friday, November 28, 2014 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Military Honors will be accorded by the Wallis Hinker Greenwood American Legion Post 238. Graveside Services in City Point, WI will be private.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Robert’s family with funeral arrangements.
Dennis L. Butler, 78, died November 22nd, 2014
Dennis Butler, age 78, of Neillsville, WI died Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neillsville.

Dennis Lane Butler was born on December 17, 1937 in Eau Claire, WI. He served in the United States Navy and worked as a Pipefitter. He loved being a pilot and was “into” anything mechanical. He liked telling jokes and he was a very meticulous man, making sure his grass was just the right height and picture frames were perfectly level. He always loved to learn and enjoyed books that would increase his knowledge. He even read the dictionary. On August 5, 2009 he was united in marriage to Susan Hakey in Neillsville.

He is survived by his wife, Susan, two children, Dennis Jr. and Debra and a step-son, Richard (Nicole) Hakey of Fairchild, WI.

Dennis was preceded in death by his Parents.

As per Dennis’s wishes there will not be any funeral services.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Dennis’s family.
Marvin R. Wagner, 78, died November 21st, 2014
Marvin R. Wagner, age 78, of Menomonie, WI died on November 21, 2014 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI.

Marvin Ralph Wagner was born on October 1, 1936 in Neillsville, WI the son of Walter and Elizabeth (Apazellar) Wagner. He served in the United States Navy for 4 years. On October 10, 1959 he was united in marriage to Patricia Cutts at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville. Marvin worked for Apex (Airport Express) delivering freight. He loved to feed the birds in his yard, he loved spending time at his cabin in Hatfield and he enjoyed his casino trips to Laughlin, NV.

Marvin was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie.

He is survived by a son, Gerald Wagner of Knapp, WI a daughter, Cheryl (Kevin Lindsey) Wagner of Menomonie, WI a granddaughter, Jessica (David Klemke) Smith of Menomonie, WI, a grandson, Brandon Heifner of IL and one great granddaughter, Dani Lynn Klemke of Menomonie, WI.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Patricia, a brother and a sister.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, November 28, 2014 at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, WI. Pastor Geoff Scott will officiate. Providing music will be Mike and Mary Kolstad. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery at a later date.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Marvin’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Hazel M. Roehl, 78, died November 17th, 2014
Hazel Marie Roehl (nee Wetzel), age 78, of Neillsville, WI died Monday, November 17, 2014 at the Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville.

Funeral Services for Hazel will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 20, 2014 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville. Pastor Timothy Biebert will officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery on her birthday, December 15, 2014.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at the Gesche Funeral Home, and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday at the church.

Hazel Marie Wetzel was born on December 15, 1935 in Neillsville, WI the daughter of Emil W. and Meta M. (Reetz) Wetzel. She graduated grade school from St. John’s Lutheran School in Neillsville and graduated from Neillsville High School in 1954. She was united in marriage to Clifford W. Roehl on January 9, 1960 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church by Reverend Norman Lindloff. Hazel worked for many years as a homemaker, farmer, bartender and kitchen worker at the Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville. They sold the farm in 1982, Clifford died in 1986 and Hazel retired from the Hospital in 2000.

Hazel was a life-time member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, having been baptized, confirmed and married there. She always enjoyed a game of cribbage and a bottle of Coke.

She is survived by seven children, Rex R. (Susan) Roehl of Neillsville, Randy Roehl of Neillsville, Roger (Beverly) Roehl of Neillsville, Rodney (Suzanne) Roehl of Neillsville, Rhonda (Ronald) Lafferty of Black River Falls, WI, Ross Roehl of Neillsville and Rita (Donald) Crothers of Neillsville. Fourteen grandchildren, Nancy Curtin of Neillsville, Michael (Melissa) Coulthard of Neillsville, Matthew Coulthard of Neillsville, Brandi Waltemate of Wausau, WI, Brett Roehl of Colby, WI, Dillin (Deb) Lafferty of Tomah, WI, Ryan Roehl of Neillsville, Adam (Ashley) Watton of Marshfield, WI, Aaron Watton of Neillsville, Brittanee Roehl of Neillsville, Dakota Watton of Neillsville, Brianna Roehl of Neillsville, Nolan Watton of Neillsville and Garrett Watton of Neillsville. Seven great grandchildren, Chase Curtin, Aubree Polzin, Sierra Coulthard and Brady Coulthard, Marcus Waltemate and Aden Watton and Vanessa Watton. One great great granddaughter, Quinn Reis Polzin. Four siblings, Walter (Joyce) Wetzel, Florence (Leo) Wiesner, Raymond (Sharon) Wetzel and Karen (Kenneth) Mohr all of Neillsville, and many nieces and nephews.

Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford W. Roehl on September 8, 1986, her father, Emil W. Wetzel on January 1, 1973, her mother, Meta M. Wetzel on January 14, 1990, her father-in-law, William C. Roehl on January 2, 1977 and her mother-in-law, Hattie B. Roehl on June 1, 1978

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Hazel’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Betty J. Finder, 79, died November 14th, 2014
Betty Finder, age 79, of Neillsville, WI died Friday, November 14, 2014 at the Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville.

Betty Jane Finder was born on February 13, 1935 in Neillsville, WI the daughter of George and Pearl (Osborn) Ebbe. She attended school in Neillsville and united in marriage to Walter Finder on June 22, 1957 in Neillsville. She worked for over 30 years in the housekeeping department of the Memorial Medical Center. Walter died on December 29, 1972.

Betty loved spending time with family and friends and was always ready to spend time visiting with a good cup of coffee. Her greatest blessing was her great grandson, Nolan, who was always ready with a hug and an “I Love You”. Children were her passion; she enjoyed spending time with Abbi and Macy Elmhorst her “little helpers”. In her later years she enjoyed bird watching, Cardinals being her favorite. She collected glassware of any kind. Over the years she collected many special pieces and, no, her kids did not break any!

She is survived by three children, Barbara Finder of Neillsville, WI, Mary (Curt) Fellenz of Marshfield, WI and Steve Finder of Neillsville. One granddaughter, Randee (Adam) Fellenz-Genett, two great grandchildren, Nolan and Lydia Genett and many nieces and nephews, her favorite Margaret Michalak always held a special place in her heart!

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, a sister-in-law, Mable Kozlowski, her parents and her siblings.

A Graveside Service for Betty will be held at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at the Neillsville City Cemetery. Pastor Joe Weiers will officiate. After the service, a luncheon will be held in the fellowship hall of the United Church of Christ in Neillsville.

Honorary Casket Bearers are: Gary Meihak, Tim Kren, Jim Reichenbach, Kip Beck and Adam Genett
Casket Bearers are: Bill Riddle, Larry Keller, Tim Hagen, Curt Fellenz, Randy Elmhorst and Jeff Fitzmaurice.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Betty’s family with Funeral arrangements
DONNA A. SEEFELD, 80, died November 11th, 2014
DONNA A. SEEFELD, age 80, of Loyal, WI, passed away at her home on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Cuddie Funeral Home, in Loyal. Rev. Daniel Zimmerman will officiate and burial will follow in the Neillsville City Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

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

Donna Ann Bardell was born in Town of York, Clark County, WI on June 3, 1934, to Sadie C. (Garbisch) and Clinton W. Bardell. She was raised on the family farm and received her education at PleasantView school and graduated from Spencer High School in 1952. Donna was united in marriage to Neil W. Seefeld on July 3, 1954 at the Methodist church in Spencer. They later divorced. She worked all of her life on the family farm, and also worked at Land O' Lakes in Spencer for 30 years. After retiring from Land O' Lakes in 1995, Donna continued to work on the farm with her son, Richard, until the time of her death. She had many interests, but especially loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, puzzles, crocheting and reading.

Donna will be dearly missed by her children: Richard N. (Joyce) Seefeld of Loyal, WI, Debra (Craig) Hamilton of Baraboo, WI, and Diana L. Lynn of Eau Claire, WI; 9 grandchildren: Chad (Carissa) Schmidt, Corey Schmidt, Daniel Hamilton, Aaron Hamilton, Mara Seefeld, Brittany Seefeld, Richard Seefeld, Maggie Seefeld and Kendra Seefeld; 2 great grandchildren: Rylie Schmidt and Carson Schmidt; her niece, Linda and her nephew, Daniel; other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers: Eugene Bardell and 2 in infancy; and her grandson: Clinton R. Hamilton.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Patricia D. Sass, 72, died November 10th, 2014
Pat Sass, age 72, of Neillsville, WI formerly of Chicago, IL died Monday, November 10, 2014 at the Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville.

Patricia Diane Sass was born on July 21, 1942 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Edward and Mary (Zokoych) Sass. She graduated from Lakeview High School in Chicago in 1960. In 1961, Pat began her career at the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago by landing a non-paying job at the Children’s Zoo. In 1962, she talked with the, then, zoo director, R. Marlin Perkins and was named to the post of zoo leader, meaning she was now a paid member of the Lincoln Park Zoo family. Over the years, Pat moved up the zoo hierarchy, becoming an animal keeper and senior keeper. She retired in 1998, after 37 years and moved, with her mother, to Neillsville to be closer to her loving and supportive family.

Pat was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville and a former member of St. Bonaventure Catholic Church in Chicago. She had a deep and passionate love of all animals, but especially loved the great apes. She also loved Disney, especially the Seven Dwarfs character “Grumpy”, and she was a big fan of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. Pat was a sweet, kind, generous person who would do anything for anyone at a moment’s notice. She will be sadly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by a sister, Phyllis Carney of Neillsville, two nieces, Linda (Wally) Pietrzen of Eau Claire, WI and Patricia (Mark Michels) of Colfax, WI, a nephew, James (Kris Baumach) of Hatfield, WI, a great nephew, Cole Lightfoot of Bloomer, WI and a great niece, Allyssa Carney of Hatfield, WI.

She was preceded in death by her Parents and a great niece, Amanda Carney.

The Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Pat will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, November 15, 2014 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. The Celebrant will be Rev. Varkey V. Joseph. Music will be provided by Ronald Resong, organist and St. Mary’s Choir. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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

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

Judith K. Schmidt of Marshfield formerly of Neillsville, 64, died November 5th, 2014
Judy Schmidt, age 64, of Marshfield, WI formerly of Neillsville, WI died Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI.

Judith Kay Schmidt was born on July 20, 1950 in Marshfield, WI the daughter of Raymond and Betty (Wundrow) Grancorvitz. She graduated from Marshfield High School and was united in marriage to Brian F. Schmidt on June 21, 1974. Judy and Brian owned and operated The White Horse restaurant in Neillsville from 1978 to 1995. Brian died in 1996. Judy then worked, for eleven years, at the Ho-Chunk Casino in Black River Falls, WI as the supervisor of Food/Beverage Services. Her health forced her to retire. She is survived by her mother, Betty Grancorvitz of Marshfield, WI, two sisters, Ellen (Jeff) Gall of Marshfield, WI and Diane (Randy) Eilers of Colby, WI, three nieces and seven nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Brian, a son, Jason Lee who passed away in infancy, and her father, Raymond Grancorvitz. The Funeral Service for Judy will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, November 10, 2014 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Fr. Varkey V. Joseph will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Monday at the Gesche Funeral Home. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery at a later date.

The family would like to extend a thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff of 7N at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, and to the staff at Golden Living Center – Three Oaks and the doctors and staff at DaVita Dialysis for the excellent and compassionate care that Judy received.

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

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