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FRANK A. LINDNER, 95, died September 22nd, 2016
FRANK A. LINDNER, age 95, of Loyal, passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016 peacefully at home.

Funeral services will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Loyal, on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 10:00am. Rev. Steve Brice will officiate and inurnment will follow in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers will be his sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Saturday, from 9:00am until time of the service.

Frank Andrew Lindner was born on December 11, 1920 in the Town of Eaton, rural Loyal, to Mathias and Gertrude (Scherer) Lindner. He was raised on the family farm and received his education at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Greenwood. He was united in marriage to Helen M. Kaiser on July 30, 1952 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stratford, WI. They farmed on Owen Avenue, west of Loyal, until retiring in 1989 and moving to Loyal.

He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus.
Frank loved to spend time with his family, play cards, bowling, fishing and working with his John Deere tractors.

Along with his wife Helen, Frank is survived by his children: Paul (Kathy) Lindner of Rochester, MN, Susan Durst of Mosinee, Gerald (Cindy) Lindner of Lino Lakes, MN, Therese (Jerome) Meyer of Chanhassen, MN, and Robert (Anne) Lindner of Rochester, MN; eleven grandchildren: Darren (Liz) Lindner, Deanna (Derek) Petersen, Anna Durst, Jared, Steven and Kendra Lindner, Jonathon and Tommy Meyer, and Ryann, Morganne and Sarrah Lindner; two great-grandchildren: Jonah and Lily Lindner; three siblings: James Lindner of Loyal, Helen (Richard) Esselman of Loyal, and Loretta Lindner of Greenwood; a sister-in-law: Josie Lindner of Loyal; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents: one son-in-law: John Durst; his siblings and in-laws: Bernard (Bernadine) Lindner, Edward Lindner, Eleanor Lindner, Genevieve (Fred) Budzisz, Arlene Lindner, Joseph, Lawrence and William Lindner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the family.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Leona O. Anderson, 96, died September 21st, 2016
With a joyful heart, Mom completed her earthly journey and went into the open arms of her Lord. On September 21, 2016, Leona O. (Lange) Anderson died peacefully at her home with family at her bedside.

Leona was born July 14, 1920 on a simple little farm in Auburndale Wisconsin to Adelia (Kreklow) and Julius Lange.

She married David Anderson on September 20, 1945 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Auburndale. Together they farmed in the Town of York, north of Granton, where they raised their family.

During Leona’s life she wore many hats. She was involved in church, and supported her children and grandchildren’s activities. Cooking and baking were her specialties. Give Leona a garden and she could can, jam, jelly or preserve them all. And these treasures were shared and enjoyed by children, grandchildren, and friends. The treasures were often found in her Christmas boxes, along with homemade caramels and caramel rolls. She supported her children and grandchildren in so many ways, most importantly instilling in them the Christian values that she lived.

David and Leona raised four daughters. Sarah (Vic) Elmhorst of Granton; Adel (Garry) Thiede of Appleton, Elaine (Dale) Emberson of Eau Claire and Donna (Dennis) Austad of Eau Claire. In addition she had seven grandchildren - Tim Thiede, Rod (Katie) Elmhorst, Brian (Lori) Elmhorst, Jeff (Jamie) Elmhorst, Mark (Kelli) Elmhorst, Katie (Ben) Walker and Kaaren Austad and eleven great-grandchildren, with two more on the way. In addition she had ten step-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister-in-law Shirley Anderson and her brother-in-law George Anderson.

Leona was preceded in death by her husband David in 1978; brothers Norman and Harvey and sister Louisa, sisters-in-law Bernice Lange and Cindy Lange, brother-in-law Charles Anderson and sister-in-law Marilyn Anderson.

Services will be held at Zion Lutheran Church (LCMS) on Wednesday, September 28, at 11:30 with visitation an hour and a half prior to services. In lieu of flowers, Leona requested memorials be given to Zion Lutheran Church, Granton. Gesche Funeral Home assisted the family.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Leona’s family with funeral arrangements.
Lucy Steinhilber, 105, died September 20th, 2016
Lucy Steinhilber, age 105, of Neillsville, WI passed away on September 20, 2016 at the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center, where she had been a resident for the past five years.

Lucy was born in Oshkosh, WI, to Anton and Marie (Fehr) Raab on August 28, 1911. She married Lester Steinhilber on May 25, 1937 in Neillsville, WI. Lucy and Lester “Steinie” started Club 10 in 1937 and operated it until they bought Steinie’s Bar, which is now the Glass House, in downtown Neillsville in 1944. They sold the bar in the mid 50’s and bought Steinie’s Club 10 (now Fannies) which they operated until Lester’s death in 1965. Lucy then moved back to town and kept busy doing volunteer work at the Hospital Nursing Home, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Red Cross Bloodmobile and especially the Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop. She never drove a car and walked everywhere or relied on good friends and neighbors for a ride. She was a great cook, she did all of the cooking at Club 10, and was an excellent seamstress. She enjoyed life, a glass of wine, a good meal and wearing something red.

She is survived by two children, Lee (Janis) Steinhilber of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Susie (Lois) Steinhilber of Oshkosh, WI. She is survived by grandchildren, Jean (Douglas) Dubbink of Eagan, MN, David (Lori) Steinhilber, Mark (Suzanne) Steinhilber both of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Julie (Cory) Boettcher of Plover, WI, Cathy Cummings, Terri Cummings both of Oshkosh, WI and Donna Cummings Chase of Houston, TX. Two special friends are Pat Mrotek and Tootie Gerhardt of Neillsville. She is also survived by great grandchildren, Bradley and Rachel Dubbink of Eagan, MN, Kari (Brian) Pagel, Lewis, Joe, Corrisa, Brandon, Logan, Erick Steinhilber of Wisconsin Rapids, and Aidan, Ava and Ella Boettcher all of Plover, WI, Adam and Tyler Chapin both of Minneapolis, MN, Stephanie Frederickson and Kelly (Joe) DeWitt of Oshkosh. Lucy also has two great great grandchildren, Ian and Jax Pagel both of Wisconsin Rapids.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lester on October 9, 1965, brothers, Fred and Tony Raab, sisters, Martha Jake, Tressie Beyer, Mary Hanson and Elsie Potter.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful and caring staff at the Neillsville Care and Rehab who cared for Lucy for the past five years. They would also like to thank Ministry Home Care Hospice of Marshfield for their compassionate care the past few weeks.

A Memorial Service for Lucy will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 8, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville, WI. The Celebrant will be Rev. Varkey V. Joseph. Music will be provided by Vicente Cortez, organist and Beth Erickson, soloist.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the church. Interment will be in the Lakeview Memorial Park in Oshkosh, WI in the family plot at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be designated to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Uganda Mission Project, 1813 Black River Road, Neillsville, WI 54456.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Lucy’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Thomas C. Jelinek, 76, died September 19th, 2016
Thomas Jelinek, age 76, of Neillsville, WI formerly of South Milwaukee, WI peacefully joined the Lord our Savior on Monday, September 19, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield, WI surrounded by friends and family members.

Thomas Charles Jelinek was born on December 21, 1939 in Milwaukee, WI. The son of Edward and Lorraine (Redlin) Jelinek. He graduated from Bayview High School and went on to achieve his apprenticeship through the Steamfitters Local 601. Tom proudly served in the United States Air National Guard. He was united in marriage to Joyce Ann Voves on February 22, 1958 in Illinois. Tom worked 36 years as a Steamfitter. He worked for many local contractors in the Milwaukee area, many times leading significant projects. Tom and Joyce retired in 1995 and shortly after moved to Neillsville, WI. They traveled 1000’s of miles together before and after retirement.

He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. He enjoyed traveling, hunting, fishing, trap shooting and loved to test out an unfamiliar county highway. Tom was known to tell a good joke or two; often when he started a sentence, there would be a “punch-line” at the end. He was a huge Green Bay Packers fan looking forward to every Sunday’s game.

He is survived by two children, James (Debbie) Jelinek of Burlington, WI and Julie (Ron) Ertman of South Milwaukee, WI, five grandchildren, Nicole, Shawn, Ryan, Chloe and Nick, and a brother, Gene (Diane) Jelinek of Winchester, WI, his companion Maxine Lund (Waterford) as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Joyce in 2006, his son John in 1993 and his parents.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Tom will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 1, 2016 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. Military Honors will be performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council. Interment will be in Milwaukee, WI.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Saturday, October 1st at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Tom’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Doris C. Braun, 88, died September 18th, 2016
DORIS C. BRAUN, age 88, of Marshfield, WI, formerly of Loyal, WI, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at House of the Dove, in Marshfield.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Thursday, September 22, 2016 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Loyal. Rev. Steve Brice will officiate and burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Darwin A. Brasier, 79, died September 16th, 2016
DARWIN A. BRASIER, age 79, of Loyal, WI, died peacefully at his home on Friday, September 16, 2016, under the care of his family after a long battle with cancer.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Loyal. Rev. Steve Brice will officiate and burial of cremains will follow in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be held at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 4pm to 7pm, with a 6:45pm rosary service, and again on Wednesday, from 10am until time of service.

Darwin Albon Brasier was born on October 16, 1936 in Loyal, WI, to Gerald and Eva (Mattord) Brasier. He attended Loyal Elementary School and graduated from Loyal High School in 1955. Darwin served his country in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany for 3 years, after which he returned home and was united in marriage to Janet B. Brecht on October 17, 1959 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, in Loyal, WI. They lived in Loyal until 1984, when they moved to a house in the country. He resided there until his death.

Darwin was a dedicated, hard-working man, who, at the age of 10, got his first job setting pins at the Loyal Bowling Alley for 10 cents per game. After his marriage to Janet, he had several occupations, including moving houses, working at a sawmill and feedmill, until he found his passion for truck driving. He became a long haul driver for Smith Feeds of Loyal, and later signed on to drive for Roehl Trucking of Marshfield, where he was awarded for outstanding performance in fuel economy, driver safety and years of service by the time of his retirement in 2003. He then drove part-time for Figi's, in Marshfield, as well as hauling forage for area farmers.

Darwin and Janet enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, fishing, motorcycling, shooting pool and playing cards, as well as spending quality time with family.

He was a volunteer fireman for many years, helped out with many church functions and the local historical society. Darwin was a very well-liked and respected individual, who loved telling stories and watching his Green Bay Packers. His long-haul handle was "Happy Hauler", mainly because of his infectious laugh that none of us will ever forget.

He will be sadly missed by his three daughters: Kim (David) LaBarge of Loyal, Laura Brasier of Marshfield, Dana Frost (Brian Wills) of Wisconsin Rapids; five grandchildren: Shannon (Mark) Engevold, Sarah (Jason) Cornell, David Jr. (Melinda) LaBarge, Mason (Alicia) Frost, Morgan Frost; seven great-grandchildren; three step-great grandchildren; two sisters: Ardith Rossow of Eugene, OR, Shirley Brecht of De Pere, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Darwin was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Janet, on September 2, 2014; and one brother, Gerald Brasier, Jr.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Kenneth F. Opelt, 87, died September 15th, 2016
Kenny Opelt, age 87, of Neillsville, WI died Thursday, September 15, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI.

Kenneth Fred Opelt was born on July 2, 1929 in Neillsville, WI the son of Carl and Permilla “Millie” (Mack) Opelt. He was united in marriage to Ruth Burfeind on November 17, 1949 at the Zion Lutheran Church in LaValle, WI. He worked with his father, running heavy equipment, at Opelt Sand and Gravel and later owned the company, renamed to Opelt Bros. with his three brothers, Bill, Dale and Butch. Along with working at Opelt Bros. Kenny also farmed until his retirement. Ruth died in 2005 and Kenny continued living at home with his son, Alan and his dog, Herman.

He was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. In his retirement years he enjoyed farming with Jimmy Erickson, running the back hoe for D&L Excavating which his son, Doug, owned and cooking for his family. He made it to Gini’s in Granton every Friday to shake dice with relatives and friends. And he took many trips in the area in his Kaboda with his dog, Herman.

He is survived by 11 children, Steven (Pixie) Opelt, Eugene (Carol) Opelt both of Neillsville, WI, Gayle (Becky) Opelt of Grants Pass, OR, Alan Opelt, Darlene (Joel) Zschernitz, Rollin (Gail) Opelt, Dawn (Greg) Thoma, Russell (Jill) Opelt, Darla Fitzmaurice, Douglas (Lori) Opelt all of Neillsville, WI and Donna (Paul) McDonough of Plum City, WI, two daughters-in-law, Sally (Jim) Bird and Donna Opelt both of Neillsville, WI, 37 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren, 8 siblings, Robert Opelt of Neillsville, WI, Arnold Opelt of Granton, WI, Bernard (Hanna) Opelt of Green Bay, WI, Evelyn (Don) 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 Lynn, WI. Kenny is also survived by 3 sisters-in-law, Terrie Opelt, Janice Opelt and Mary Opelt all of Neillsville, WI along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth, 2 sons, Keith and Kevin, an infant son, Glen, his parents, Carl and Millie Opelt, 3 brothers, Rudy, Bill and Butch and a son-in-law, Gary Fitzmaurice.

Funeral Services for Kenny will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 19, 2016 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville. Pastor Timothy Biebert will officiate. Music will be provided by Sharon Nemitz, organist and St. John’s Children’s Choir. Interment will be in the Dells Dam Cemetery in Levis Township.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday at the Gesche Funeral Home and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday at St. John’s.

Honorary Casket Bearers are: Joel Raine, Bob Halvorson, Tim Harder, Jim Erickson and Ed Schoen.

Casket Bearers are Kenny’s grandsons, Jonathon Opelt, Paul Opelt, Eric Opelt, Josh Opelt, Phillip Opelt, Robert Thoma, Tony Opelt, Danny Opelt, Hunter Schoengarth and Landon McDonough.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Kenny’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Ronald V. Garbisch, 80, died
Ronald was born at home on August 30, 1936 to Frederick and Helen Amanda (Schuelke) Garbisch. He attended the Kurth School. For grades 6-8, Ronald attended Zion Lutheran Parochial School. He graduated from Granton High School in 1954.

Ronald was a member of Pleasant Ridge 4-H club until the age of 19. He was a member of the Granton FFA and its alumni. He received the State Farmer Degree in 1954. While serving as FFA president in 1953, Ronald crowned the second Granton Fall Festival Queen, Margie Paun.

Ronald was a member of the Army National Guard from 1953-1959.

Ronald attended the Military Ball with Annabelle Keuer in April 1954. This was the beginning of many dances together for Ronald and Annabelle who were married on November 26, 1955 at Grace Lutheran Church, Nasonville. They celebrated 58 years of marriage.

After marriage, Ronald and Annabelle resided in Marshfield until March 5, 1957 at which time they moved to the farm formerly owned by Richard and Amelia Hillert. This would become home for Ronald for almost 60 years.

Ronald worked at Rollohome in Marshfield until March, 1957. After moving to the farm, he hauled can milk for Walter Schmidt of South Grant Cheese Factory. Additionally, he worked for the Town of Grant taking down snow fence. He also helped build the bridge on Pray Avenue.

In 1966, while working for Gritz Builders of Wisconsin Rapids, Ronald helped build the stage in the old Granton High School gym.

Ronald also worked for Thompson Abbot Construction of Marshfield. While working for Boson Construction of Marshfield, Ronald helped build Christ Lutheran Church in Marshfield.

Ronald had a number of jobs off the farm, but his greatest joy was being a dairy farmer.

Ronald was elected to the Town of Grant Board in 1979 and served as supervisor until 1991 at which time he became Town of Grant Chairman. This was a role he served until his death. Ronald was instrumental in forming the First Responders group in the Granton area.

Ronald was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in Granton. He served on the church council and was a member of Zion Men’s Club.

Ronald enjoyed going to dances at the Silver Dome, making maple syrup and visiting with people. He looked forward to going out for fish on Friday nights and having a nice cold beer.

He is survived by two sons, Robert (Wanda) of Altoona, Terry of Marshfield, and a daughter, Tammy (Paul) Dunnigan of Green Bay. Two granddaughters survive him, Laura Garbisch of Eau Claire and Ashley (Matt) Petersen of Colfax. He is further survived by sisters, Lavon Bartsch and Elsie (Terry) Sischo and brothers Fritz (Kathy) and John (Lois).

He is preceded in death by his wife, Annabelle in April, 2014, son Bradley in June, 1971, sister Evelyn in September, 1959, brother-in-law, Donald Bartsch in April, 2016 and his parents.

We would like to extend our deep and heartfelt thanks to Betty Balch for the 24/7 nursing care she provided to Dad which allowed him to be at home during the final weeks and months of his life. The professionalism and care Betty exhibited was truly a gift for all of us to witness.

Funeral services for Ronald will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Granton, WI. Pastor Terry Schneider will officiate. Providing music will be Caroline Helm, organist.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday both at the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Granton. Military Honors will be performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council. Interment will be in the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery at a later date.

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

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