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Kathryn E. Schlinsog, 89, died January 24th, 2015
Kathryn Schlinsog, age 89, of Granton, WI died Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Kathryn Elizabeth Neitzer was born on October 31, 1925 in Crivitz, WI the daughter of Joseph and Veronkia (Kiesler) Neitzer. She grew up in township of Silver Cliff in Marinette County. As a young girl, she first worked for her sister taking care of two young children and keeping house. Later, she moved to Milwaukee and lived with her sister and brother-in-law, Frank and Theresa Johnson. She got a job in a defense plant during WWII, where she made parts for the turret on tanks. In 1945, she moved with her sister and brother-in-law, to Black River Falls, later they moved to a farm near Granton, where she worked until her marriage to Robert Schlinsog in 1947.

She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Joan Schlinsog of Granton, WI, five nephews and seven nieces, 12 Grandchildren, several great grandchildren, and two sisters-in-law, Arlyne Teuteberg of Hartland, WI and Donna Lau of Potter, WI.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bob”, a son, Kip Schlinsog, a daughter, Betty Scheel, five sisters, four brothers, and two sisters-in-law.

Funeral Services for Kathryn will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Granton.
Pastor Daniel Schoessow will officiate. Music will be provided by Caroline Helm, organist. Interment will be in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.

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

Casket Bearers are: Michael Schlinsog, Clint Schlinsog, Robert Scheel Jr., Jordon Schlinsog, Robert Neitzer and Richard Neitzer.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Kathryn’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Burton L. Olson, 67, died January 21st, 2015
Burton L. Olson, 67, of Humbird, WI, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2015, at Pine View Care Center, Black River Falls, WI.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, February 1, 2015, 2:00 p.m., at Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton, WI.
Reverend Terry Marg will be officiating. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Pole Grove Cemetery, Hixton.

Family and friends are invited for visitation Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home, Hixton.

Family and friends are also invited for visitation Sunday, February 1, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

Jensen-Modjeski Funeral Home of Hixton is assisting the family with arrangements.

Online condolences are available www.jensenmodjeskifuneralhome.com.
William C. Anderson Jr., 75, died January 21st, 2015
William “Billy” Charles Anderson Jr, age 75, went to play his music for the angels on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in Neillsville, WI.

William Charles Anderson Jr. was born in Waterloo, Iowa on March 19, 1939. From a very young age Billy knew he loved music and began playing the organ at a bar where his dad cleaned. As he grew up he took private music lessons and eventually studied classical music at the University of Northern Iowa. Billy was drafted into the United States Army on January 2, 1962 during the Cuban Missile Crisis but even that did not stop him from playing his music. After his honorable discharge, on December 4, 1963, he performed in many states across the Midwest and was currently a regular in Wisconsin Dells, WI and was well known for playing at Fannies Supper Club in Neillsville, WI. He also recorded and released 2 CD’s.

Billy also enjoyed bird watching and bicycling and took part in the Ragbrai, a bicycle trip across Iowa.

Billy will be greatly missed by his significant other, Sarah Poertner of Neillsville, WI and many friend and family members from Waterloo, Iowa.

The Gesche Funeral Home of Neillsville, WI is assisting Billy’s family.
John H. Ringstad, 89, died January 20th, 2015
John Ringstad, age 89, of Neillsville, WI died Tuesday, January 20, 2015 surrounded by his loving family, at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI.

John Hunter Ringstad was born on January 11, 1926 in Mount Pleasant, MI the son of Alfred and Margaret (Anderson) Ringstad. When John was about six years old, he and his family moved to his grandfather’s farm near Eland, WI. He attended grade school in Norrie, WI and graduated from Wittenberg High School in 1944. He enlisted into the United States Marine Corps on June 28, 1944 and served in the South Pacific, Pearl Harbor, during World War II. He was discharged from the USMC on August 6, 1946. He attended River Falls State Teacher’s College School of Agriculture, where he met his wife-to-be, Marilyn Jones. John and Marilyn united in marriage on December 28, 1949 at the Cylon Methodist Church. John was a member of the Marine Corps Reserve and was called to active duty during the Korean Conflict. In 1951, he graduated from River Falls with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Education and Science. He took his first job out of college in August of 1952 as the Veterans on Farm Trainer in Oconto Falls, WI. In December of 1952 received an appointment as the Assistant Co. Supervisor with Farmer’s Home Administration, USDA in Viroqua, WI. They lived there until July 15, 1956, when he accepted the position as County Supervisor in Neillsville. In August of 1963 he was appointed to the 3rd Ward Alderman in the City of Neillsville. John was promoted to Rural Housing Specialist headquartered in Stevens Point, WI and assumed duties as the Multi-Family Housing Coordinator. On January 28, 1985, he was reassigned to the district offices in Eau Claire as the acting District Director and later that year as the District Director at Black River Falls, WI. On December 28, 1989, John, retired from Government Services after 40 years of service. In retirement, he formed his own business, Key Consulting as a housing specialist. He worked with communities to provide affordable housing to low income individuals and two apartment buildings were named in his honor in Marshfield, WI and Madison, WI.

John was a member of the United Church of Christ in Neillsville and was a member of the Wilson-Heintz VFW Post 2241 in Neillsville and served on the Military Honors. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and ice fishing, woodworking, reading and golfing. He was a social person who enjoyed people and enjoyed life. He always said ”I’m a lucky man!”

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn, three children, Paula (Bernie) Levitt of Houston, TX, Jill Comte of Oakland, CA and Tom Ringstad of Stoughton, WI, seven grandchildren, Jason Comte, Lauren (Nick) Floyd, Nicole (Matt) Thibodaux, John Ringstad, Jeremy Comte, Adam Ringstad and Michael Ringstad.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, James.

Funeral Services for John will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville.
Pastor Jacoba Koppert will officiate. Interment will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery in Norrie, WI with Military Honors conducted by the Wittenberg Bloecher-Johnson American Legion Post #502.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday at the Church.

Casket Bearers are: Jason Comte, Jeremy Comte, John Ringstad, Adam Ringstad and Michael Ringstad.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting John’s family with Funeral arrangements.
WESLEY A. RITTENHOUSE, 91, died January 20th, 2015
WESLEY A. RITTENHOUSE, age 91, of Willard, passed away on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at St. Joseph's Hospital, in Marshfield.

There will be no services held.
Burial will take place in Riverside Cemetery, rural Withee, at a later date.

Wesley Albert Rittenhouse was born in the Town of Hixon, rural Withee, WI on March 9, 1923, to William Edson and May Elizabeth (Heebner) Rittenhouse. He was raised in the Withee area and received his education at area schools, graduating from Withee High School in 1941. While in high school, Wes worked at the Withee Theater and as a cook, during his summers, on the ore ships on the Great Lakes. He was drafted into the U.S. Army on January 25, 1943 and served until he was discharged on December 9, 1945. After his discharge from the U.S. Army, Wes went to Pittsburgh to meet his pen pal, LaVerne Miller, during his time in the service. They were united in marriage on January 26, 1946 in Pittsburgh. They moved to Salem, OR where he worked in the family business building homes. Wes began working at J.B. Sod & Seed in the late 1950's and continued working there until retiring in 1992. His wife, LaVerne, died in July of 1988. Wes married Edna M. (Haire) Rogers on December 22, 1988 in Salem, OR. In May of 1998, they moved to Willard, WI and built a home. Edna died on December 13, 2003. Wes was united in marriage to Erma V. (Nimbar) Brown on April 7, 2006. They resided in Willard until the time of his death.

He had many interests, but especially loved spending time with his family and friends, hunting, fishing, and carpentry work. Wes was an avid sports fan and loved following the Chicago Cubs, Green Bay Packers and the Oregon State Beavers.

Wes is survived by his wife, Erma, of Willard; his daughter: Linda (Jack) Sullivan of Turner, OR, his son: Bruce Rittenhouse of Denver, CO; 4 grandchildren: Mary Middlebrooks, Jon (Nicole) Sullivan, Emily Rittenhouse, Wesley Rittenhouse; 2 great-grandchildren: Camryn Middlebrooks and Cecelia Sullivan; 5 step daughters: Tami (Brian) Johnson of Marshfield, WI, Leah (John) Harding of Minneapolis, MN, Linda (Bob) Schroder of Apple Valley, MN, Laurie Magers of Maple Grove, MN, Lois Rogers of Minnesota; 2 step sons: Darrel (Ardis) Brown of Madison, WI, Bill (Judy) Rogers of Lake Elmo, MN; several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, LaVerne and Edna; 5 sisters: Fanny Guadnola, Bea Berchem, Frieda Columbus, Vera Gilman, Audrey Orlando; and 3 brothers: Maurice, Duane and Earl Rittenhouse.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Gene A. Gurney, 74, died January 18th, 2015
Gene Gurney, age 74, of Neillsville, WI died Sunday, January 18, 2015 in the Palliative Care Unit of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI.

Eugene Allen Gurney was born on April 11, 1940 in Curtiss, WI the son of William “George” and Elma (Kauffman) Gurney. He attended Neillsville High School and then served in the United States National Guard from August 10, 1957 to December 15, 1975. He worked construction for Gaier’s and Tesmer’s and was united in marriage to Sue Eddy on October 18, 1980 in Neillsville. They lived in Hayward, WI for a short time, where Gene owned Gurney Block and Concrete Construction. There he built the buildings surrounding the World Fishing Hall of Fame. When they returned to Neillsville, he worked at the Nelson Muffler Factory and for 15 years drove semi-truck for Roehl Transport in Marshfield. He retired in 2002.

He is a member of the United Church of Christ in Neillsville and a member of the American Cribbage Congress. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, watching the Green Bay Packers, playing cards and woodworking. He made his family cabinets, night stands and a gun cabinet. Most of all though, Gene, loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Sue, five children, Chris (Dave) Kugel of Winona, MN, Jim (significant other, Deb) Gurney of Neillsville, WI, Mary Jo (significant other, Joe) Warren of Loyal, WI, Jeff (Stephanie) Gurney of Neillsville, WI and Nickie (Bill) Miller of Loyal, WI, 12 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, six siblings, Charles (Laura) Gurney of Sarasota, FL, Louie (Diane) Gurney of Neillsville, WI, Barbara (Steve) Roberts of Neillsville, WI, William Gurney of Neillsville, WI, Galen Gurney of Marshfield, WI and Nancy (Arthur) Hosking of Sheboygan, WI. Gene is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Jerry and a sister, Lucille.

Funeral Services for Gene will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville. Pastor Jacoba Koppert will officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery with Military Honors conducted by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

Visitation will be from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday at the Gesche Funeral Home and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Thursday at the United Church of Christ.

Honorary Casket Bearers are: Joe Holman, Randy Rendmeister and Brody Miller. Casket Bearers are: Adam Rendmeister, Nicholas Rendmeister, Tony Holman, Shawn Warren Jr., Brian Eddy and Alex Slenczka.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Gene’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Elma M. Gurney, 97, died January 15th, 2015
Elma Gurney, age 97, of Neillsville, WI died Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center.

Elma Mae Gurney was born on November 5, 1917 in Withee, WI the daughter of Wesley and Hattie (nee Fosnow) Kauffman. She grew up in Abbostsford, WI and graduated from Abbotsford High School in 1935 as valedictorian. She married William “George” Gurney on April 29, 1937 in Janesville, WI. She has been a resident of Neillsville since 1950.

Her favorite hobbies were fishing, gardening, playing cards and going to the casino.

She is survived by her children, Charles (Laura) Gurney of Sarasota, FL, Louie (Diane) Gurney of Neillsville, WI, Eugene (Sue) Gurney of Neillsville, WI , Barbara (Steve) Roberts of Neillsville, WI, William Gurney of Neillsville, WI, Galen Gurney of Marshfield, WI and Nancy (Arthur) Hosking of Sheboygan, WI, Ronald (Linda) Gurney, a grandchild they raised. She is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, a daughter-in-law, Carol Gurney of Waukesha, WI, a son-in-law, Wayne “Bill” Oldham of Neillsville, WI and a grandson-in-law, Donald Finck.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William “George”, her son, Jerome Gurney, her daughter, Lucille Oldham, a granddaughter, Theresa Finck and a grandson, Adam Oldham.

Funeral Services for Elma will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 19, 2015 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.
Pastor Jacoba Koppert will officiate. Interment will be in the North Pine Valley Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday at the Gesche Funeral Home.

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

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