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Laura Riedel, 87, died October 19th, 2020
Laura Riedel, age 87, of Granton, WI died Monday, October 19, 2020 at the Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neillsville, WI.

Laura Emma Nowack was born on October 8, 1933 in Granton, WI the daughter of Raymond and Ardina (Helm) Nowack. She graduated from Granton High School. On July 11, 1953 she was united in marriage to Ralph Riedel in Portsmouth, VA. They lived in Virginia for a short time after they were married and then moved to Granton where she worked as a homemaker raising their family and farming with her husband. Laura loved being a mother and always put her children before herself. In addition to being a full-time mother, she also worked as a teacher’s aide at Granton School and part-time at Harry’s Hardware in Granton.
Laura was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Granton. In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting and sewing, and she cherished the time spent with her family. Her greatest joy in life was being near her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by three children, Linda (Larry) Pasciak of Granton, WI, Ron (Rhonda) Riedel of Granton, WI and Rocky (Elaine) Riedel of Fond Du Lac, WI, 6 grandchildren, Jim (Sara) Riedel, Jeremy (Becky) Riedel, Kyle (Lydia) Riedel, Emily Pasciak, Elise Riedel and Ryan Riedel, 6 great grandchildren and a sister, Shirley Barth of Granton, WI.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph in 1990, a son, Ricky in 1977, her parents, Raymond and Ardina Nowack and a brother-in-law, Raymond Barth.

A private family funeral will be held at a later date.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Laura’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Dennis Baumgartner, 80, died October 12th, 2020
DENNIS H. "DENNIE" BAUMGARTNER, age 80, of Loyal, WI, passed away at Marshfield Medical Center, in Marshfield, WI, on Monday, October 12, 2020.

A visitation will be held at Cuddie Funeral Home, in Loyal, on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 2pm to 4pm.

Dennis Harold Baumgartner was born on June 15, 1940 in Waukesha, WI, to Earl J. and Florence (Drydyke) Baumgartner. He was raised and received his education in Waukesha, graduating from Waukesha High School in 1958. Dennie was united in marriage to Elaine A. Pickhardt on October 8, 1960 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waukesha. He was employed at Wisconsin Electric Power Company, now WE Energies, until moving to Loyal in 1984. Dennie then worked at Northside Elevator, in Loyal, until retiring in 2002.
He had many interests, but especially enjoyed hunting, woodworking, making toys for his grandchildren, and the Green Bay Packers.

Dennie will be dearly missed by his wife of 60 years, Elaine, of Loyal; 2 sons: Jeff (Dawn) of Hartland, and Tim (Lisa) of Loyal; 7 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers: Dean (Pat) of Brookfield, and Marty (Glenice) of Waukesha; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his infant son, Daniel Lee Baumgartner, on March 31, 1964; and 4 brothers: Glenn, Ralph, Jerry and Neil Baumgartner.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Craig Dietrich, 41, died October 4th, 2020
Craig “Bubba” or “Bubbles” Dietrich, age 41, passed away suddenly Sunday, October 4, 2020 after enjoying a traditional Sunday breakfast with immediate family that was filled with laughter. We were forced to say, “We will miss you always,” too soon and will forever remember him as a wonderful husband, father, grandson, son, brother, nephew and friend to all. He was a man that was always willing to lend a hand and help whomever he could and was accepting of everyone he met.

Craig was Born on July 1, 1979 son of Karen Dietrich and welcomed with open arms by his beloved Grandma “D”, Lucille Dietrich. Craig always made it a point to call and stop in to check up on her and always would squeeze out one of her famous egg sandwiches. “Don’t forget the second egg Grandma”, he would say.
Craig met the love of his life Valerie Dietrich in September of 1998 and they were united in marriage November 6, 1999. They have three children Dakota, Levi and Carly, whom Craig adored and was so proud of.
Craig was a well-rounded man and known as a “Jack of all Trades” he started on his career path at Wisconsin Tele-cable “WTC”, where he learned a range of skills as a heavy machine operator. From there Craig went on to own and operate Dietrich’s Welding, Craig’s Snowplowing and his last adventure and beloved hobby was working with maple syrup. This undertaking with his longtime friend turned into the very successful Craig’s Pure Maple Syrup business. Craig carried many other side jobs along the way sharpening his skills and learning as he went. He enjoyed the outdoors and learned to love planting and harvesting fields, some novice construction work, and apprenticed as a mechanic. He loved to learn new things and enjoyed keeping busy.
Aside from his work Craig enjoyed time outdoors either on the lake fishing or out hunting. He enjoyed building derby cars, camping with his sons, and participating in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. His most recent favorite thing to do was watch football with his son Dakota and just spend time with his family in general. Craig can be best known for always making any experience fun, having a good time wherever he went, and accepting whomever came along for the ride. He could make friends and share laughter with anyone, had a contagious love for dancing (busting a move whenever he was given the chance), and could make anyone smile.

Craig is Survived by: His loving and devoted wife, Valerie Dietrich of 21 years and three children: two sons Dakota and Levi and daughter Carly all of Neillsville, WI formerly Thorp, WI. Craig is also Survived by Lucille Dietrich “Grandma D”, Mother: Karen Neumueller, brothers; Mark and Cory Neumueller; sister-in-laws; Michelle Parkhurst and Jami (John) Lesniak; nephews; Myles, Everett , Ryker, Carver and Niece Sydney; Aunt and Uncles Kathy, Mike (deceased & Chris), Julie (Jim), Janet (Wayne), Matt (Nancy), Denny (Stacey) and Dawn., Parent-in-Laws Scott (Lyn) Ford, and Ernest Lodahl, many cousins, extended family and friends.

He was predeceased in death by Uncle Mike Dietrich, Grandpa Carl (Tucker) Dietrich and great grandparents.

A Celebration of Life will be held at: 302 W. Franklin Street Thorp, WI 54771 Saturday, October 10, 2020 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Pat’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Arlene Schnabel, 88, died October 1st, 2020
It is with great sorrow that we say goodbye to our loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother Arlene M. (Kupke) Schnabel. Arlene left this world October 1, 2020 in Marshfield, WI.

Arlene Mae Schnabel was born to Charles August and Margaret (Lecher) Kupke, in Neillsville, WI on May 21, 1932. She was raised on a small farm on Highway C. Her father was a blacksmith on the farm, and her mother tended to the family and farm. Her halfsiblings were John, Clarence, Harold, Eleanor and Virginia Becker. She attended and graduated from Neillsville High School in 1950.
Arlene was wedded to Russell Schnabel, January 23, 1954. Arlene and Russell were accompanied to Iowa for their marriage by good friends, Kathy and Jesse Marty. They were married for 34 years and had 2 children, Daniel Schnabel of Neillsville, WI and Joan (Tony) Stibor of Chippewa Falls, WI. Arlene was blessed to have 2 grandchildren that she thought the world of, Cole Schnabel of Wisconsin Rapids, WI and Dana (Scott) Gudgeon of Portage, WI along with 2 beautiful great grandchildren, Ervin and Hazel Gudgeon also of Portage, WI.
Arlene worked at Nelson Filter in Neillsville for 31 years, and she was always proud of those times and the dear friends she made. After retirement, Arlene would travel to places with those friends. One of those places was Branson, MO to listen to the music there. These trips were always highlighted in her stories and she remembered them fondly. In later years, Arlene liked watching and feeding birds. She loved to bake, and the holidays will never be the same without her cookies and treats.

Arlene is preceded in death by her parents, Charles A. Kupke who died on September 29, 1979, her mother, Margaret, her stepsiblings and her husband, Russell who died on February 10, 1988.

Funeral services for Arlene will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville. Pastor Timothy Biebert will officiate. Music will be provided by Judy Trunkel. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery.

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

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Arlene’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Virgene Dahlby, 89, died September 30th, 2020
VIRGENE C. "JENE" DAHLBY, age 89, of Loyal, WI, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at Stoney River Assisted Living, in Marshfield, WI.

Private family services will be held at 1pm on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Trinity Lutheran Church, in Loyal, with Rev. Daniel Zimmerman officiating.
The service will be live-streamed for the public on the church's Facebook page, tlcloyal. Burial will follow in the Loyal Lutheran Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons: Brian O’Shaughnessy, Christopher Dahlby, Benjamin Dahlby, Justin Dahlby, Jared Dahlby, Joel Dahlby, Grayson Dahlby, Patrick Schieb, Jack Braunschweig and William Braunschweig.

Virgene Carol Olsen was born on Valentine's Day in 1931 to Frieda (Rohloff) and John Olsen in Loyal, WI. She was raised on the family farm north of Loyal and graduated from Loyal High School in 1948. Following high school she worked for the telephone company in Eau Claire and married the love of her life, E. LaVern "Vern" Dahlby, on June 2, 1951. She was an amazing homemaker throughout her life and worked as a legal secretary in Loyal. Later in life she received her CNA certificate and ended her career working at the Adult Day Center in Owen, WI. She was the ultimate caregiver in all aspects of her life.
She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, in Loyal, and over the years was very active in the TLCW, Adult Fellowship, taught Sunday School, sang in the choir and served on the Altar Committee. Jene was a member of the Circle 8 Square Dance Club, Live & Learn Homemakers Club, and the Loyal American Legion Auxiliary.
Her family was her pride and joy, and her most precious moments were time spent with her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her favorite activities were gardening, crafting, canning and baking. She made the best pies and sweet rolls! She was the lover of the outdoors and could be found sitting on the deck watching birds and nature. She and Vern enjoyed travelling with friends and family in their retirement.

She will be dearly missed by her 6 children: Rhen Adamson of Hood River, OR, Steve (Julie) of River Falls, WI, Tom (Elizabeth) of Marshfield, WI, Jane (John) Schieb of Pittsburgh, PA, Blake (Kari) of Medford, WI, Cindy (Joel) Braunschweig of Pewaukee, WI; 17 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 2 sisters: Bonnie (Marvin) Marg of Marshfield, WI, Oral Gilbertson of Spring Green, WI; one brother-in-law: Glen Bloom of Loyal, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Jene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Vern; one granddaughter, Heather O'Shaughnessy; two daughters-in-law: Diane Dahlby and Peggy Dahlby; and one sister, Agnes Bloom.

The family would like to sincerely thank Stoney River Assisted Living staff for lovingly caring for Mom the last five years and to Heartland Hospice for their support in her final days.

In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting a donation to the Alzhemiers Association or your local food pantry.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Charlie Fay Elmhorst, 0, died September 29th, 2020
Charlie Fay Elmhorst the infant child of Dana and Jessica Elmhorst was born to eternal life on September 29, 2020 at the Black River Memorial Hospital in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

Along with parents Dana and Jessica, Charlie, is further survived by a brother, Barrett Janicki, sisters, Della and Evelyn Elmhorst, grandparents, Scott and Connie Elmhorst and William and Debra Finck, great grandparents, Mildred Humphrey and Donald and Phyllis Finck

Charlie Fay was preceded in death by a brother, Vincent Pettibone and great grandparents, Gerald Humphrey, Evelyn and Fay Tande, Janet and Charles Pearson and Wendell and Bonnie Elmhorst.

A graveside service for Charlie Fay will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, October 3, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Neillsville. Fr. Greg Machaud will officiate.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Charlie Fay’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Joyce Johnson, 93, died September 26th, 2020
Joyce Johnson, age 93, of Granton, WI died Saturday, September 26, 2020 in the Emergency Room of the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, WI.

Joyce Lillian Porath was born on December 4, 1926 at home in the Town of Lynn, Clark County, Wisconsin the daughter of Ernest and Lillie (Yankee) Porath. She attended Mayflower Grade School in the Town of Lynn and then helped on the family farm. On April 15, 1950, Joyce was united in marriage to Harvey Johnson. They had three children, Linda, Clifford and Duane and farmed on County Road W in the Town of Lynn. Eventually, they sold the farm to their son, Duane. Harvey died in 1993, and for the past few years Joyce has been living in an assisted living facility in Marshfield.
Joyce was a member of the United Church of Christ in Neillsville. During her days on the farm, she enjoyed running her retail shop; selling canning material and other small items to local area residents. She also enjoyed her special kitty, “Jimmy”, tending to her flowers, watching and feeding the birds and taking care of her farm animals. When her grandchildren were younger, Joyce, would make sure they got off the school bus safe and sound and care for them while their parents were at work.

She is survived by two sons, Clifford (Christine) Johnson of Ishpeming, MI and Duane (Charlotte) Johnson of Granton, WI, a son-in-law, Ken Hughes of Sarasota, FL, five grandchildren, Heather Hughes, Christopher (Heidi) Hughes, Daniel Johnson (fiancé Chelsea Swinford), Kevin Johnson, Kayla Johnson and four great grandchildren, Shaun Hughes, Savannah Shea, Mason Hughes and Halle Hughes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey on March 20, 1993, a daughter, Linda Hughes on April 27, 2009, two brothers, Victor (Gloria) Porath and Loren Porath and a sister, Gladys (Oscar) Sternitzky.

Private family funeral services for Joyce will be held at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville, WI. Pastor Jacoba Koppert will officiate. Karen Mohr will provide music. Interment will be next to her husband and daughter in the Town of Lynn Cemetery.

Casket bearers are: Kayla Johnson, Kevin Johnson, Don Quicker, Harlan Sternitzky and Pat Sternitzky.

The family would like to thank the staff at Wells Nature View assisted living facility for the wonderful care that Joyce received during her stay there the past few years.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Joyce’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Stephanie Covert, 25, died September 25th, 2020
STEPHANIE A. COVERT, age 25, of Milladore/Vesper, WI, passed away on Friday, September 25, 2020 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Stephanie Anne Way-Mockridge was born on February 17, 1995 in Watertown, WI. She was raised on a farm in Milladore, WI and attended school in Auburndale. Her family moved to Neillsville where she graduated from Neillsville High School in 2013. Stephanie was united in marriage to Kane A. Covert on February 4, 2013 in Neillsville. She grew up and worked on her family farm but also held other various jobs as well.
She had many interests; she had an incredible love for music and art. The only thing she loved more was her children. She was so special and anyone that got the chance to have even one conversation with her was forever changed because of it. She had a smile that lit up a room and a voice of an angel.

Stephanie will be dearly missed by her husband, Kane, and their two sons: Silas A. and Kaliq A. Covert; her mother: Rebecca Leu of Phoenix, AZ; two sisters: Elizabeth Portman of Glendale, AZ and Erica Portman of Surprise, AZ; her grandmother: Lori Mockridge of Surprise, AZ; other relatives and friends.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Pat Hubing, 75, died September 21st, 2020
Patricia J. Hubing, age 75, of Neillsville, WI died on Monday, September 21, 2020, in the Palliative Care Unit at the Marshfield Medical Center, Marshfield, WI.

Patricia Jeanne Marek was born on January 7, 1945 in LaCrosse, WI the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth (Prochaska) Marek-Sheda. She graduated from Black River Falls High School in 1963 and went to work for General Electric in Dekalb, IL. Pat was united in marriage to John Hubing on December 9, 1967 in Neillsville, WI where they lived. Pat worked for 5 years as a bank teller for the Neillsville Bank, 14 years for M&I Bank and several years as a bookkeeper with Cenex. After retiring Pat worked at Pamida for 7 years in customer service and managing the Garden Center during the spring. Pat was a Master Gardener and everyone enjoyed her abundant produce, flowers and pumpkins. She was currently serving as treasurer for the Clark County Chapter of the Master Gardener’s Club. Pat showed many of her gardening projects at the Clark County Fair in Open Class for numerous years. Pat also worked with the 4-H program helping kids with different projects but mainly leather crafting for over 30 years. Pat loved spending time with her family especially her grandkids. She loved cooking, camping with her husband, John and many friends. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and St. Jude’s Circle of the PCCW. Pat also enjoyed being a part of the decorating committee at St. Mary’s and sewed several banners and alter cloths for them. She was an excellent seamstress making many wedding and bridesmaid dresses over the years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, September 25, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, September 24, 2020 with a 7:00 p.m. Rosary service at the Gesche Funeral Home, and from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Friday morning at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Serving as casket bearers are Kayla Ratsch, Vicki Ratsch, Brian Demars, Robert Marek, Amy Marek and Josh Pekol.

She is survived by her husband, John, sons, Paul (Missy) Hubing of Neillsville and Scott (Becky) Hubing of Middleton, WI., 5 grandchildren, Tyler & Ben Hubing, Kayla & Vicki Ratsch and Brian Demars, 1 great granddaughter, step-mother, Virginia Marek of Eau Claire, siblings, Carol (Ken) Hill of Chili, Lee (Nancy) Marek of Eau Claire, Tim Marek of Merrillan, Pamela Sheda of Marshfield and Earl (friend Chris) Sheda of Merrillan. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding Pat in death are her parents, her step-father, John Sheda, a brother, David Marek, grandparents, John and Agnus Prochaska, Charles and Mary Marek, her mother and father-in-law, Anton & Ethel Hubing, sisters-in-law, Marilyn Gregorich and Patricia (Larry) Anger and brother-in-law, Adrian Hubing.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Pat’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Andrew Becker , 51, died September 19th, 2020
ANDREW J. "ANDY" BECKER, age 51, of Black River Falls, WI, passed away unexpectedly, at his home, on Saturday, September 19, 2020.

A memorial service will be held at 11am on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal, WI, with Rev. Leo Johnson officiating.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Saturday, from 10am until time of service.
A Celebration of Andy's Life will be held at a later date in Black River Falls.

Andrew Joseph Becker was born on May 29, 1969 in Neillsville, WI, the son of Arnold J. and Avis L. (Moberg) Becker. He was raised and received his education in Loyal, graduating from Loyal High School in 1987. After completing high school, Andy attended UW-Stout where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Manufacturing Engineering. He married the love of his life, Cathy Lynn Irvin, on January 26, 2002, in Merrillan, WI, making their home in Black River Falls. Andy worked for 20 years as an engineer for Regal Beloit, in Black River Falls. Most recently, he was employed as Growth Manager at Freudenberg in Necedah, WI.
Andy had many interests, but especially loved spending time with his family and friends, was an avid dart player, and enjoyed camping and NASCAR.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Cathy, of Black River Falls; his sons: Chuck of Black River Falls, WI and Brandon of Alma Center, WI; 3 grandchildren: Murphy, Rory and Kennedy; his parents: Avis and Arnold Becker of Loyal; his father-in-law: Stephen Irvin of Benton, IL; one brother-in-law: Steven Irvin of West Frankfort, IL; 2 sisters-in-law: Tammy (Mark) Overlien of Black River Falls, and Tracy (Mike) King of Sessor, IL; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Andy was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents: Elery and Ruth Moberg; his paternal grandparents: Delbert and Florence Becker; and his mother-in-law: Sue Irvin.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given to the American Heart Association.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, WI, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Leo Wiesner Jr., 85, died September 17th, 2020
Leo Wiesner Jr., age 85, of Neillsville, WI died Thursday, September 17, 2020 at his residence east of Neillsville.

Leo Leroy Wiesner was born, at home in the Town of Seif, on April 3, 1935, the son of Leo and Neva (Robb) Wiesner. He attended Wild Rose Grade School in the Town of Seif, and then worked on the family farm. On May 9, 1959 Leo was united in marriage to Florence Wetzel at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Leo was self-employed for 30 years as a mechanic and semi-truck driver. During this time, however, he was a member of the United States Army – National Guard for 9 years, he was employed at the Nelson Muffler Factory for 12 years, the Neillsville Police Department for 10 years and for 39 years he was a member of the Clark County Sherriff’s Department, retiring in 2018.
When he was not working, Leo enjoyed fishing. He and Florence went fishing every Sunday for 15 years even during the winter. He also enjoyed cutting wood, hunting and mechanic work.

He is survived by his wife, of 61 years, Florence, five children, Tammy (Gary) Primeau of Neillsville, WI, Annette (Pete) Edwardson of Plover, WI, Carol (Donald) Mashin of Neillsville, WI, John Wiesner of Neillsville, WI and Donald “Bugsie” (Shana Berry) Wiesner of Neillsville, WI, seven grandchildren, Rollin Mashin, Caleb Wiesner, Sierra Handke and Aaron Wiesner all of Neillsville, WI, Morgan Edwardson of Plover, WI, Graham Edwardson of Orlando, FL and Jen (Adam) Stanton of Marshfield, WI, two great grandchildren, Azaylee Janicki and Taevyn Stanton of Marshfield, WI and a brother, Mike Wiesner of Neillsville, WI.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Neva Wiesner, siblings, Dale, Jerry and Marjorie Wiesner, and two grandchildren, Brenda Lee Primeau and Steven Raine.

A Memorial Service for Leo will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 26, 2020 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI. Pastor Terry Marg will officiate. Interment will be in the Town of Seif Cemetery with military honors performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

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

Pallbearers will be Caleb Wiesner, Rollin Mashin, Adam Stanton, Rex Roehl, Rodney Roehl and James Wetzel.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Leo’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Ronald Klinke , 59, died September 10th, 2020
RONALD J. KLINKE, age 59, of Willard, WI, passed away unexpectedly, surrounded by family, on Thursday, September 10, 2020.

A private memorial service will be held for Ron’s family at noon on Saturday, September 19, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenwood. Rev. Leo Johnson will officiate, and burial will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.
There will be a Celebration of Life for all to attend, following the service, beginning at 4:00 pm at the Rock Dam Rod and Gun Club. Ron loved Christmas and being Santa’s helper, so feel free to wear appropriate holiday attire.

Ron was born on January 3, 1961 in Marshfield, WI to Alvin J. and Florence M. (Bayuk) Klinke. He was raised and received his education in Greenwood. Ron was an excellent driver and turned his love for driving into a 35-year career doing OTR trucking, retiring in 2016 due to health problems.
Ron had many interests including scuba diving in his healthier years, along with racing, fixing things, cooking, but he especially loved bringing joy to families and the elderly at Christmas while playing Santa. He was very proud of his son Jonathon, who recently became a paramedic. Ron had a big heart and truly enjoyed helping people. To the chagrin of his sisters, literally, his lights were always on and his door was always open in case someone needed to borrow something.

Ron will be dearly missed by his son: Jonathon Klinke of Altoona; his siblings: Dolores (Richard) Hastreiter of Hudson, Patricia Klinke of Greenwood, Kathleen (John) Sytkowski of Kenosha, Robert (Lonna) Klinke of Greenwood, Joan (Jeff) Hoeper of Greenwood, MaryLou (Tom) Behrens of Willard, Sandy Klinke of Willard, Peg (Craig) Smith of Willard; his sister-in-law: Carole Klinke of Bloomer; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and his dog Ruger.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ed and Mike; and one niece, Mica.

We are thankful for the whole heaven of guardian angels Ron had watching out for him, including his doctors, the staff and other clients of Davita, who made going to dialysis a more enjoyable experience, and also for the awesome Rock Dam community where he lived.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Margaret Artz, 99, died September 9th, 2020
MARGARET M. ARTZ, age 99, of La Crosse, WI, formerly of Loyal, WI, died on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 25, 2020, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Loyal. Rev. Leo Johnson will officiate, and a private family burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers will be her grandchildren. Military rites will be performed by the Loyal American Legion Post #175.

Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until time of service.

Margaret Mary Welter was born April 28, 1921, in Hopkinton, IA, to Herman J. and Elizabeth (Knapp) Welter. She was raised on the family farm in Sand Springs, IA, and received her education in area schools, graduating from Monticello High School in 1938. After high school, Margaret attended the American Institute of Business in Des Moines, IA. After completing her studies there, she worked in offices in Cedar Rapids, IA, until enlisting into the U.S. Marine Corps on January 8, 1944. She received her basic training at Camp LeJeune, NC, and then was stationed in Arlington, VA, at the Marine Corps Headquarters. Margaret worked as a File Clerk in the Quartermaster Signal Supply and then transferred to the War Plans and Statistics where she worked as a secretary. After she was honorably discharged as a sergeant on February 7, 1946, she moved to Kingsley, IA, where she worked as a secretary.
On April 25, 1949, Margaret was united in marriage to Gene Artz at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Kingsley. They farmed near Kingsley until 1959 and then moved to Loyal, WI, where they purchased a farm. They enjoyed a long and happy life in Loyal raising their family. After retiring from the farm in 1990, they moved into Loyal. They spent several winters in Mesa, AZ. After her husband's death on March 17, 2007, she remained in Loyal until moving to La Crosse Hillview Terrace Assisted Living in 2017.
Margaret kept busy with her involvement in several organizations contributing to the community including St. Anthony's Catholic Church, its PCCW, the Loyal American Legion Auxiliary, Clark County Homemakers, and the Loyal FFA Alumni. She was a 4-H and Cub Scout Leader, taught CCD, and in 2008 she flew on the Freedom Honor Flight.
She had many interests but especially treasured spending time with her children and grandchildren at Christmas, on camping trips and in Loyal during Cornfest. Margaret had many talents that she shared with others including sewing, knitting, crocheting, canning, baking, gardening, and she loved her flowers. She also enjoyed a good glass of wine and being with her dear friends.

Margaret is survived by her children: William (Elis) Artz of Champaign, IL, Roman (Laure) Artz of La Crosse, Michael (Linda) Artz of Windermere, FL, Mary Artz of Baileys Harbor, WI, Gerald (Lori) Artz of Chippewa Falls, and Suzanne (Terry) Stika of La Crosse; 12 grandchildren: Mary Artz, Michael (Janelle) Artz, Ana Artz, Alanna Artz, Caitlin Artz, Laura (Brad) Schaefer, David (Gwen) Schaefer, Garrick (Molly) Artz, Mitchell Artz, Hannah Artz, Dylan Stika, and Alexis Stika; 6 great-grandchildren: Tabitha and Matilda McKone, Maximilian Artz, Eleanor Carman, Sloane Schaefer, and Landon Stika; one brother: Roman Welter of Monticello, IA; one sister: Bonnie Sonksen of Carroll, IA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her stepmother: Milly A. (Crim) Welter; two brothers: Herman Jr. (Veronica) and William (Monica) Welter; one sister: Helen (John) Green; and one sister-in-law: Rosemary Welter.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home of Loyal is assisting the family with arrangements.
Corinne E. Janicki, 69, died September 7th, 2020
Corinne Janicki, age 69, of Neillsville, WI died Monday, September 7, 2020 in the Intensive Care Unit of the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield.

Corinne Evelyn Hill was born on September 18, 1950 in Prairie du Chien, WI the daughter of Virgil and Lavinia (Jaynes) Hill. She received her GED. She was united in marriage to Ted “Butch” Janicki Jr. on May 17, 1985 in Alma Center.
Corinne was the treasurer for the Town of Dewhurst for many years. She was a great cook and always had the coffee on and treats at the ready. She had a passion for traveling and seeing new places, but her family and friends were always the most important part of her life. She loved her grandchildren and enjoyed teaching them how to bake cookies and make pie crust.

She is survived by her husband, Ted “Butch” Janicki Jr., children, Amy (John Mayer) Janicki of Neillsville, WI and Cheryl (Jay Gallagher) Slaughter of Sebring, FL, a daughter-in-law, Kayleen (Dave) Rosman of Fairchild, WI, grandchildren, Danielle Slaughter of Racine, WI, Jacob (Arielle) Slaughter of Portland, OR Jenna (Emmi Monka) Slaughter of Portland, OR, Kora and McKenzie Eastlick of Neillsville, WI and Temprince Mayer of Neillsville, WI, six great grandchildren and siblings, Penny (Clayton) Moen of Janesville, WI, Peter (Fran) Dohse of Praire du Chien, WI and Dennis (Joyce) Hill of Boyceville, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Virgil and Lavinia Hill, a son, Chris Slaughter Jr. and a nephew, David Hill.

Corinne was loved and will be dearly missed by many.

A Memorial Service for Corinne will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, September 19, 2020 at the Riviera Pub and Grille in Hatfield, WI. Fr. Eric Awortwe-Dadson will officiate the service.

A Celebration of Life will be from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, September 19th at the Riviera. Interment will be in the Dells Dam Cemetery at a later date.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Corinne’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Dennis Eugene Palms, 75, died September 6th, 2020
Dennis E. Palms passed away peacefully on September 6, 2020 at Maple Ridge Assisted Living in Plover, WI.

A celebration of Dennis’s life will be held Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11:00 at Gesche Funeral Home, Neillsville, WI.

Dennis was born August 20, 1945 in Neillsville, WI., the son of Roy and Phyllis (Vetter) Palms. He married Faye (Stank) Schattner and they had three children, Craig, Lisa and Brenda. This marriage ended in divorce. He later married Sharon (Dutze) Sims and raised children Scott, Randy and Shay.
Dennis devoted his life to working at Klements Sausage, Fiat Allis, Culligan, Rank Video and Iner-Tractor. He loved to fish, deer hunt, and cheer on the Green Bay Packers. Dennis was tender hearted and had a gentle soul, with a great sense of humor. After his wife Sharon passed away in 2010, he moved from Lake Geneva to Marshfield, WI to be closer to family. He was loved so much and will be missed by family and friends.

Dennis is survived by his children: Craig Palms (Hustiford, WI), Tom (Lisa) Seager (Racine, WI) and Brenda Davis (Madison, WI) Step-children: Scott Sims (Linda )(Fox Lake, IL), Randy (Julie) Sims (San Diego, CA), and Chris (Shay) Cooper (Elmhurst, IL). Dennis had 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Brothers: Barry Palms, Keith (Susan) Palms and Jeff (Laura)Palms. Brother-in-laws: John (Nancie) Dutze, David (Anne) Dutze. Sister-in-law: Carol Lawson (Rich), Aunts: Wilma Erickson, Iva Palms, Pat Iello, Special Friend: Doris Mc Glenn and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Pre-deceased by wife Sharon, parents, brothers Craig and Skip, and numerous Uncles, Aunts and cousins.

Thank you all at Maple Ridge for the care you gave Dennis and a special thank-you to Jamie Palms for the care in his transition. Thank-you to Gesche Funeral Home for your care and support during this difficult time.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Dennis’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Louis G. Strangfeld, 72, died September 5th, 2020
Louis Strangfeld, 72, of Neillsville, died unexpectedly at home on September 5, 2020.

Louis George Strangfeld was born on December 8th, 1947 at home in the Town of Weston (rural Neillsville) to Peter and Pauline (Tomlinson) Strangfeld, one of four sons. He attended Fairview School in rural Neillsville and graduated from Neillsville Highschool in 1965.
He worked several years for Nelson Muffler in Neillsville, WI. Later he worked for Lynn Dairy, Granton, WI for a number of years.
Louis enjoyed spending time with his brothers, their families and many nieces and nephews. He had many hobbies over the years, including raising exotic birds, tropical fish and locksmithing. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Globe, WI.

Louis was a caring and giving brother and uncle. He is survived by one brother, Arnold (Patti) Strangfeld of Nekoosa; sister-in-law, Louise Strangfeld of Neillsville; nieces and nephews, Michaela (Mike) Wilsmann of Marshfield; Matthew (Jennifer) Strangfeld of Kronenwetter; Tammy (Scott) Oberbeck of Tomah; Susan (Ivan) Pagel of Stevens Point; Roxanne (Scott) Schultz of Wisconsin Rapids, David (Michelle) Strangfeld, Tim (Lisa) Strangfeld, Peter (Angie) Strangfeld, and Sarah (Jason) Tompkins all of Nekoosa; and several great nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert and Byrl and sister-in-law, Gloria; nieces and nephews, Belinda, Lynette, Karen and Mark.

A graveside service will be held at Neillsville City Cemetary on Saturday, September 19th at 1 PM. Pastor Nathan Wilke will be officiating.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Bob’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Dennis Bennett, 59, died September 4th, 2020
Dennis Bennett, age 59, of Neillsville, WI died Friday, September 4, 2020 in the Emergency Room of the Marshfield Medical Center in Neillsville.

Dennis Harold Bennett was born on October 12, 1960 in Wisconsin Rapids, WI the son of Harold and Theresa (Gall) Bennett. He worked at the IGA and Marty’s Foods in Neillsville and most recently at Lynn Dairy in Granton, WI. Dennis enjoyed being outside and working in their yard.

He is survived by his mother, Theresa Bennett of Neillsville, WI and a brother, Rick Bennett of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, nieces and nephews and aunts and uncles.

He is preceded in death by his father, Harold Bennett.

There will be no services per his wishes.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Dennis’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Barbara Siebert, 100, died September 3rd, 2020
The family of Barbara E. Siebert is saddened to report her death on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at age 100.

Barbara was born on February 4, 1920 to Walby and Carl Gerdes at Spokeville, Clark County, Wisconsin. She attended Spokeville School and St. Anthony Grade School in Loyal, WI, graduating from Loyal High School in 1937. She then attended Central Teacher’s College in Stevens Point, Wisconsin and achieved a Bachelor of Science degree in 1941. While in college, she was elected to Alpha Psi Omega, Sigma Zeta and was a member of Omega Mc Chi Society. Barbara taught high school math and science in Bowler, Wisconsin, Berlin Wisconsin and Greenwood, Wisconsin. She married Earle Siebert, whom she met while at college at Stevens Point, on May 23, 1942 when he was stationed in the army at San Antonio, Texas. After WWII, Barb and Earle returned to Wisconsin and moved to Neillsville in 1950. She was a long-time member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and playing bridge.

Barbara is survived by her five children, Michael (Linda) SueAnn (Jim) Sandy, Steve and Jon (Charlene) and is also survived by fourteen grandchildren, twenty great grandchildren and three great great grandchildren with one on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Earle and brother, John “Bucky” Gerdes.

She was loved and admired by all who knew her and will be greatly missed by family and friends. Her family would like to thank the staff at Riverside Assisted Living for the wonderful care they gave their mother while there.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 12, 2020 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. The Celebrant will be Fr. Eric Awortwe-Dadson. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

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

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Barbara’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Ralph Schmitt, Sr., 94, died August 27th, 2020
RALPH F. SCHMITT, SR., age 94, of Loyal, WI, passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, August 27, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.

A mass will be held at 12pm on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at St. Anthony’s Church, in Loyal. Rev. Leo Johnson will officiate, and burial will follow in the parish cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the church, on Saturday, from 11am until time of service. The mass will be live-streamed on the church website at www.stanthonyloyal.org.

Ralph Frank Schmitt was born November 24, 1925 in Virgil, IL, the son of John J. and Margaret M. (Loerzel) Schmitt. He grew up on the family farm, was the sixth of twelve children, and received his education at St. Peter & Paul Catholic School. On September 14, 1946, Ralph and Mary M. Eder were united in marriage at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Maple Park, IL, and made their home in Burlington, IL. He worked for an elevator for a few years where they shelled corn in summer and delivered wood and coal in winter.  Ralph then worked with his oldest brother, Louis “Chuck” Schmitt, at L.T.L. trucking. They hauled insulation and steel springs, traveling over 100,000 miles a year, and were home almost every night. In 1951, they moved to Aurora, IL, and in 1953, Ralph bought his own milk route and started hauling cans of milk to Modern Dairy in Elgin, IL.  It was at this point that he studied diesel mechanics to deal with repairs on his own vehicles.  The family moved to Maple Park, IL, where he added another truck and continued his milk route until 1967. They bought a farm in Loyal, WI in 1967 and moved there in 1968.
In July 1957, a patron on Ralph’s milk route gave him his first airplane ride. He fell in love with flying.  By September, he began lessons and made his first solo flight on his birthday in November.  Ralph had several planes over the years, his last one being his Cessna 170.  He had a landing strip on the farm in Maple Park, and flew his family and friends many places.
When he retired from farming, his son, Ralph Jr., purchased the farm in Loyal. Ralph, never wanting to be idle, worked for Wisconsin Dairy, drove school bus, and later worked Sunburst Youth Home.
He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Loyal Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Senior Citizens, and served as an Alderman for the City of Loyal for 13 years. He looked forward each week to playing sheepshead with friends.  

Ralph will be dearly missed by his 6 children: Constance (Raymond) Milz of Milladore, WI, Patricia Sauber (friend Paul Skinner) of Caro MI, Pamela (Randy) Meyer of Loyal, WI, Ralph Schmitt, Jr. of Willard, WI, Nancy Locknane of Maple Grove, MN, and Albert Schmitt of Marshfield WI; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one brother: John (Diana) Schmitt of Sycamore, IL; one brother-in-law: Vern Warber of Sycamore, IL; 2 sisters-in-law: Clara Schmitt of Maple Park, IL, and Janice Schmitt of Hampshire, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mary Schmitt, on March 5, 2008; 7 sisters; 3 brothers; and one great-grandson, Carson Milz.

"God saw him getting weary, and did what He knew was best. He came and stood beside him whispering, “Come to Me and rest.” 

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Willie Decorah, 0, died August 18th, 2020
Willie Leland Decorah was born to eternal life on August 18, 2020.

He is survived by his parents, Kris and Jennifer (Knoff) Decorah of Granton, WI, his sisters, Cecelia, Rosetta and Eleanora Decorah all of Granton, WI, his paternal grandpa, Kelly Decorah and his maternal grandma, Sandy Knoff.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Shelby Decorah, a sister, Nevaeh Decorah, his paternal grandma, Cecelia Manthe, and an uncle, Bucky Decorah.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Willie’s family.
Harry Emil Burkhalter, 59, died July 31st, 2020
Harry Emil Burkhalter, 59, entered eternal life on Friday, July 31, 2020.

He was born the oldest child of Marvin and Beverly (Blasing) Burkhalter on October 7, 1960 in Kenosha, WI. He attended Granton High School. In his younger years he worked on the Kuhl farms. He married Sue Clintsman. They later divorced. He worked construction in the cities area for years while he was married to Kathy Mudderman. They later divorced, but Harry always continued to be a stepfather to Tabitha and Tim. He was also married to Michelle Holub for a number of years. And for a guy who could hardly keep a driver's license in his younger years, he became a professional truck driver, winning safe driver and million-mile accident free awards. He never lacked for a story of his life on the road.
His motto in life was "I ain't gonna do it, if I don't gotta have to", and pretty much stuck to that. Over the years he helped a lot of people with his kindness and generosity.

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

Harry is survived by his stepchildren: Tabitha Jendro and Tim Mudderman of MN. He is also survived by his siblings: Mavis (Basil Tollefson) of Humbird, WI; Leslie of Withee, WI; Sarah Vollmer of Black River Falls, WI; Jacqueline Schoenherr, and her daughters Adeline (Jose' Chavez) and Rose Schoenherr, all of Neillsville WI; and Gene (Kelli Meyer-Lyon) of Onalaska, WI. Harry is also survived by a sister in law, Helen Burkhalter of Marshfield, and her children Scott and Julie.

A celebration of life will be held October 10, 2020 at the Granton Community Center from 1-4 pm. Stories and pictures greatly appreciated. Bring your own mask.
Isabelle Bauernfeind , 98, died June 12th, 2020
ISABELLE F. BAUERNFEIND, a faithful servant of our savior Jesus Christ passed from this world to her new home in heaven on Friday, June 12, 2020 at the age of 98.

Isabelle Frances Schmidt was born in Dixon, IL on March 12, 1922, the daughter of William and Frances (Levan) Schmidt. She was raised on a farm and attended a one-room schoolhouse until high school. At age 17, she graduated as valedictorian from her class at Dixon High School. She continued her education at Clark College in Dubuque, IA, and University of St. Francis, Chicago, IL, graduating with a degree in nursing. She later earned her Nursing Education Certification from Loyola University in Evanston, IL. Isabelle married Joe Bauernfeind on May 31, 1945 in Dixon, IL. They made their home in Marshfield, WI where they started Bauernfeind Office Equipment and raised a family of six and fostered many children. Isabelle taught at St. Joseph’s School of Nursing for 35 years and was the bookkeeper for the family business. At retirement, Isabelle and Joe moved to their lake cottage at Rock Dam, WI. She made Rock Dam her home for 39 years. She had many wonderful friends, was very active in the Holy Family Church in nearby Willard, enjoyed traveling the U.S. and internationally, was an avid gardener, reader, and loved the serenity and beauty of Clark County. In 2014, she moved to Tomahawk to live with Mary and Gordy. She loved being a Christian, attending St. Mary’s Church, doing crossword puzzles, cheering on the Packers, watching The Young and the Restless and hearing from and seeing her kids, grandkids and great-grandchildren. She had a special devotion to the Virgin Mary, and was always accepting of others and wanted a more peaceful and caring world.

Isabelle was the beloved mother of Joseph (Pam) Bauernfeind of Vienna, VA; Bonnie Scott of Eau Claire, WI; Mary (Gordy) Thorold of Tomahawk, WI; Janis (Tim) Leadholm of Eau Claire WI; Clare (Scott) Knodle of Neillsville, WI; and Tom (Kim) Bauernfeind of Marshfield, WI. She was always very proud of her 12 grandchildren and adored her 4 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe, on November 12, 1981; her son, Joseph, on November 15, 2019; one son-in-law: Lloyd Scott; one brother, Glenn Schmidt and his wife, Grace; and one nephew, Bill Schmidt.

Isabelle’s love, guidance and support will be dearly missed but live on forever in our hearts.

A memorial service will be held at a later date due to COVID-19. Interment of her ashes will take place in Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford, WI.

Condolences can be sent to the Bauernfeind Family, 109 E. Wisconsin Avenue, Tomahawk, WI 54487.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Holy Family Church, Willard; St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Tomahawk; St. Vincent de Paul Society, Marshfield; The House of Mercy, Loyal or vote democrat in the November 2020 election.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, WI, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Shirley Oldham , 85, died May 27th, 2020
Shirley Oldham, age 85, of Greenwood, WI died Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at her home.

Shirley Marie Minsaas was born on July 8, 1934 in Niles, Michigan the daughter of Paul A. and Norma M. (Warnke) Minsaas. After graduating from high school, she worked in Chicago, IL for a short time as a housekeeper. She also worked at the Roddis Lumber and Veneer company in Marshfield, WI. On June 19, 1954, Shirley was united in marriage to Gordon C. Oldham in Greenwood. They lived in Kentucky while Gordon finished his military service and in 1955, they moved back to the Greenwood area and purchased a farm in the town of Eaton. Along with farming, Shirley also worked as a homemaker raising ten children.
She was a member of the Greenwood Lutheran Missouri Synod Church, and when that church closed, she became a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Christie, WI. Shirley loved animals, especially her dogs and cows. When she wasn’t working, she enjoyed gardening, cooking and baking, sewing.

She is survived by nine children, Carrie (Thomas) Johnson of Neillsville, WI, Keith (Patty) Oldham of Greenwood, WI, Lori (David) Schuette of Reedsville, WI, Coleen (Scott) Oestreich of Colby, WI, Cheryl (Paul) Plechacek of Willard, WI, Janene (Kurt) Hanson of Chetek, WI, Steve (Sandy) Oldham of Neillsville, WI, Lance Oldham of Loyal, WI and Jason (Kim) Oldham of Valley Springs, CA, 21 Grandchildren, 17 Great Grandchildren and 4 siblings, Gale (Lois) Minsaas of Casper, WY, Jim (Shirley) Minsaas of Curtiss, WI, Ronnie Minsaas of Greenwood, WI and Dennis (Susan) Minsaas of Sussex, WI.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Gordon in 2013 and her son, Bradley in 2017.

A private family memorial service will take place at a later date.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Shirley’s family with funeral arrangements.
William Ehlers , 83, died May 25th, 2020
WILLIAM J. "BILL" EHLERS, age 83, of Greenwood, WI, passed away at Marshfield Medical Center, in Marshfield, WI, on Monday, May 25, 2020 with his family at his side.

A Celebration of Life for Bill will be held at a later date.

William James Ehlers was born on May 14, 1937 in the Town of Eaton, rural Greenwood, to Alvin and Mary (Morgal) Ehlers. He was raised on the family farm, attended St. Mary's Parochial School, and graduated from Greenwood High School in 1955. After completing high school, Bill joined the family in farming. He was inducted into the U.S. Army on October 15, 1961 and was sent to Fort Dix, in New Jersey, for his basic training. Bill was then stationed at Fort Lewis, near Tacoma, WA, and this is where he was united in marriage to Linda B. Miller on December 9, 1961 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Tacoma. Bill served in the Army National Guard 32nd Red Arrow Infantry Division during the Berlin Crisis, until August 1962. He then served in the Wisconsin National Guard 128th Infantry Regiment until 1965. After his honorable discharge, he returned to Greenwood and bought the family farm. In his 20's and 30's, Bill would milk cows and do chores in the morning, and then head to the woods with his chain saw and cut logs the old-fashioned way. He would then return home to milk cows and do chores in the evening. After retiring from farming and selling the farm to his son, Roger, Bill bought a camper and spent time camping and fishing at Birch Point Resort near Bloomer, WI.
He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church. Bill served as a past president of Greenwood Dairy Days, served as a supervisor on the board for the Town of Eaton from 1988-1993, was a Greenwood FFA Alumni member, and, while farming, received the Mid-Am Quality Milk Award.
Bill had many interests. but especially loved spending time with his family, going to all of his grandchildren's sporting events, playing cards, elk hunting in Colorado, and always had time to go deer hunting.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Linda, of Greenwood; his sons: Roger (Kimberly) of Greenwood, and Michael, of Neillsville; 4 grandchildren: Erika (Chris) Burns, Taylor, Jordan and Ryan Ehlers; 2 great grandsons: Raylan and Briggs Burns; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Alvin “Happy” Ehlers, Jr.; one sister, Amy (Stanley) Olson; and his in-laws: Ray Miller, James (Mary) Miller, and John Krupka.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Robert Briski, 94, died May 13th, 2020
ROBERT BRISKI, age 94, of Greenwood, WI, died on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at his home, surrounded by his family.

A Celebration of Life for Robert will be held at a later date.

Robert Briski was born on April 11, 1926 in the Town of Mead, rural Greenwood, the son of Matt and Katarina (Zagar) Briski. He was raised on the family farm and received his education in area schools. After completing his education, Bob remained on the farm and worked with his father. He was united in marriage to Taimi O. Salo on November 16, 1949 at the Lutheran parsonage in Greenwood. They eventually took over the operation of his parent's farm. Bob and Taimi farmed until 2004, at which time they retired, sold the farm and moved into Greenwood.
He had many interests, but especially enjoyed hunting, 4-wheeling and pitching horseshoes.

Bob will be dearly missed by his wife, Taimi, of Greenwood; his children: Joyce Alger of Thorp, Richard (Donna) Briski of Pine City, MN, Harold (Sheila) Briski of Withee, Robert Briski of Thorp, Jim (Patty) Briski of Greenwood, Ronald (Chris) Briski of Greenwood, and Betsy Briski of Greenwood; 25 grandchildren; 46 great grandchildren; one sister: Dolores Lendosky of Greenwood; sisters-in-law: Della Briski of Altoona, Vivian Briski of Greenwood; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his son: Patrick Mark Briski; one daughter-in-law: Anne Briski; one son-in-law: Allen Alger; 6 brothers: Matt Jr., Tony, Frank, Ted, Albert, and John; and 6 sisters: Mary Malnar, Elizabeth Stimac, Julia Vivoda, Rose Malaszuk, Angeline and Kay Gulczinski.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Carol Nezworski , 81, died May 1st, 2020
Carol Nezworski, age 81, of Neillsville, WI died Friday, May 1, 2020 at the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, WI.

Carol L. Evanchak was born on March 13, 1939 in Coalport, PA the daughter of George and Helen (Klepek) Evanchak. She attended Sacred Heart and Silver Crest Grade Schools and Neillsville High School. She was united in marriage to George Nezworski. Carol worked direct sales for many years and retired as Area VP from Jewels by Park Lane. She then continued sales and apartment management in Appleton, WI before fully retiring to Neillsville, WI.
Carol enjoyed traveling and visiting casinos and playing the slots. She also enjoyed the performing arts, cooking, sewing, interior decorating, the outdoors and wildlife.

She is survived by her husband, George, three children, Rick (Kendra Jennings) Thomas of Byron, IL, Loren (Nancy) Foemmel of Waterloo, IA and Stacy Hutchinson of Eau Claire, WI, eight grandchildren, Jessica (Russell) Throckmorton of Wasilla, AK, Travis Jennings of Oregon, IL, Eric Jennings of Rockford, IL, Ashley (Nick Polley) Foemmel, Paige Foemmel, Jordan (Markie) Foemmel and Adam Foemmel all of Waterloo, IA and Reanna Hutchinson of Eau Claire, WI, four great grandchildren, Morgan Jennings of Oregon, IL, Lillian Throckmorton of Wasilla, AK, Samuel Throckmorton of Wasilla, AK and Connor Rasmussen of Waterloo, IA. Carol is further survived by a sister, Sonia Doboy of Neillsville, WI.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Evans.

Due to the COVID-19 virus no Funeral Service will be held at this time. However, a Celebration of Carol’s Life will take place at a later date when gatherings are once again allowed.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family for designation at a later date.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Carol’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Geraldine “Jeri” M. Bethea, 85, died April 25th, 2020
Geraldine “Jeri” Bethea, age 85, of Neillsville, WI died Saturday, April 25, 2020 at the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neillsville surrounded by her loving family.

Geraldine Mildred Harwick was born on September 27, 1934 in town of Dewhurst, Clark County, Wisconsin, the daughter of Ray and Josephine (Bohac) Harwick. She attended Dells Dam Grade School and graduated from Neillsville High School in 1952. Her class was the last to graduate from the old Neillsville High School. After graduating, she moved to Minneapolis and worked in banking. On October 24, 1955 she entered the United States Air Force, serving in Paris, France. While serving in the Air Force, she married Robert Bethea; they later divorced. Jeri served four years in the military, being honorably discharged on June 4, 1959. She then worked at Sealtest Dairy in Asheville, NC before moving back to Neillsville in 1970 after the death of her father. In 1971, she began a career with the Social Services department of the Clark County Courthouse. She joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard in 1972 and served for 17 years with the 32nd Infantry Brigade. During this time, Jeri also cooked at the Wildcat and Riviera restaurants and worked at the Hatfield Roller-skating Rink. She retired from the courthouse in 1995 but continued to work her cooking jobs for a few more years.
Jeri was a member of the United Methodist Church and most recently was attending the Calvary Lutheran Church in Neillsville. She was a former member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed playing bingo, decorating her house for the seasons, attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and volunteering at the Hospital Auxiliary.

She is survived by two children, Robert Bethea Jr. and Joseph (Janine) Bethea both of Neillsville, WI, five grandchildren, Michelle, Nicole (Anthony) Erickson, Sierra Bethea, Morgan Bethea and Tucker Bethea, a sister, Helen (Virgil) Bohac of Hatfield, WI and Charles (Marlene) Harwick of Neillsville, WI, nieces and nephews and her beloved dog, Riley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter-in-law, Marlene Meyering, a grandson, Jason Meyering, two stepbrothers, Harry and Ray Harwick and a nephew, Paul Harwick.

Due to the COVID-19 virus a Memorial Service for Jeri will take place at a later date when gatherings are once again allowed.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Jeri’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Shirley Williams, 72, died April 25th, 2020
SHIRLEY A. WILLIAMS, age 72, of Thorp, WI, passed away on Saturday, April 25th, 2020.

A celebration of life will be held in Thorp at a later date.

Shirley Ann Williams was born on November 9, 1947 in Stanley, WI, the daughter of Dewey J. and Clara (Fillipek) Williams. She was raised on the family farm in the Town of Reseburg and received her education at Moddy School. At a young age, she was involved in a car accident that physically set her back for the rest of her life. Shirley lived with her parents and worked at ADS, in Greenwood, for many years.
She had many interests, but especially loved spending time with her family and friends, watching games shows and soap operas, playing cards, and playing solitaire on her computer. Shirley was always a very happy and positive person with a huge smile, a big heart and kind words for other.

Shirley will be dearly missed by 2 brothers: Rollie (Kathy) Williams of New Berlin, WI, and James (Diane) Williams of Willard; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, and 2 brothers: Richard “Dick” and Darrel “Dewey” Williams.

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

Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Cyrus Gloff, 83, died April 15th, 2020
Cyrus Gloff, age 83, of Tomah, WI formerly of Neillsville, WI died Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at the Tomah VA Medical Center.

Cyrus Philip Gloff was born on March 7, 1937 in Albion, MI the youngest of six children to Karl and Clara (Rumm) Gloff. The family moved to Milwaukee, WI in 1943. He attended schools there and in Wauwatosa, WI, when he entered the United States Army in his senior year at the age of 17. He finished his high school education by graduating from the U.S. Armed Forces Institute. During his 4 ½ years of service, he served in Guam and Korea before being medically retired with a disabled honorable discharge on September 30, 1958. Cyrus then moved to a farm, where he did chores and assisted his neighbors, driving tractor, lifting hay, feeding cows and doing field work. He then moved to Neillsville with his parents and one brother. He moved to the Tomah VA in 2003.
He liked doing crossword puzzles and play bingo. He was an avid bowler, even scoring a 300 game in a wheelchair. Cyrus was also a member of the Haugen-Richmond American Legion Post #73 in Neillsville.

He is survived by Nieces and nephews, Kathleen, Frances, Mark and Michael and special friend, Joyce Hahn.

He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Paul and Mark, three sisters, Agnes, Vivian and Rachel and an infant brother.

Cyrus was dearly loved and will be missed by many.

A Graveside Service at the Neillsville City Cemetery will be held at a later date with military honors performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Cyrus’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Virginia "Gina" M. Schmitz , 85, died April 1st, 2020
VIRGINIA "GINA" M. SCHMITZ, age 85, of Granton, WI, passed away at Stoney River Memory Care, in Marshfield, WI, on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at a later date.

Virginia Mae Wolf was born on August 15, 1934 on the home farm in the Town of Sherman, Clark County, WI, the daughter of Frank J. and Mildred I. (Foat) Wolf. She was raised on the family farm, and delivered bottled milk for the family business, Wolf Guernsey Dairy. She received her education at Griffith Country School, St. Anthony Catholic School, and graduated from Loyal High School in 1952. She was united in marriage to Marlin R. "Coon" Schmitz on May 30, 1959 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal, WI. Virginia worked at St. Joseph's Hospital in the Histology and Pathology Department. She started a family, was a wonderful stay at home mom, and helped her husband on their dairy farm. They farmed near Granton until retiring in 1997. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, and a former member of St. Stephen Catholic Church in Chili. She loved singing in the choir and being involved in the PCCW.
Virginia had many interests, but especially loved spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends, playing cards, gardening, traveling, and ice skating when she was younger.

She will be dearly missed by her 5 children: Janeen (Rodney) Naedler of Granton, Mark (Kelly) Schmitz of Spencer, Kay (Russ) Wurm of Potter, WI, Terry (Virginia) Schmitz of Neillsville, Dean Schmitz (Lisa Delis) of Granton, WI; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; 11 siblings: Norman (Monica) Wolf of Spencer, Irene Gardner of Marshfield, Mary (Roy) Rasmussen of Greenwood, Arnold (Delores) Wolf of Chili, Laurette (Charlie) Gleisner of Spencer, Larry Wolf of Ladysmith, Rachelle (Randy) Haslow of Greenwood, Clarice (Richard) Clark of Greenwood, Dennis (Gloria) Wolf of Marshfield, Randal (Rosey) Wolf of Unity, Renee (Rodney) Schoen of Neillsville; one sister-in-law: Doris Wolf of Stratford; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Marlin, on January 8, 2017: one grandson: Joshua Schmitz; 3 sisters: Janet Metcalfe, Delores Kautzer, June Marvin; one brother: Patrick Wolf; and 6 brothers-in-law: Kenny Marvin, Merlin Gardner, Stanley Metcalfe, John Castner, Dennis Bauer, and Pete Breu.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Clarence McHone Jr., 61, died March 30th, 2020
Clarence McHone Jr. of Neillsville died peacefully at Marshfield Medical Center in Eau Claire on March 30, 2020.

He was Born September 30, 1958 to Clarence and Norene McHone in Janesville WI.

He enjoyed playing pool with friends. He enjoyed being with his nephews and nieces. He biggest enjoyment was his two sisters, Gloria and Mary.

He is survived by sisters, Gloria McCoy, Neillsville, Mary Carlson, Granton, nephews, Chuck, Chad, David, Shane and nieces, Lisa, Tina, Bobbie Jo and Linda.

He was preceded in death by parents, Clarence and Norene McHone, a son, Matthew McHone and brothers-in-law, Cliff McCoy and Kerry Carlson.

A graveside service will be held at the Windfall Cemetery in Granton at a later date.

Online Condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com.
Wayne Birkett, 91, died March 27th, 2020
WAYNE G. BIRKETT, age 91, of Greenwood, WI, passed away at Clark County Rehab & Living Center, in Owen, WI, on Friday, March 27, 2020.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting Wayne's family with arrangements.
Arnold Wirtz , 82, died March 24th, 2020
ARNOLD A. "ARNE" WIRTZ, age 82, of Loyal, WI, peacefully passed away at his home on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 surrounded by his loving family.

A Celebration of Arne's Life will be held at a later date.

Arnold Arthur Wirtz was born on June 8, 1937 in Waukegan, IL, to William C. and Alice M. (Ritta) Wirtz. He was raised on his family's farm near Volo, IL. He received his education in the Volo area, and graduated from Wauconda High School, in Wauconda, IL, in 1955. He was united in marriage to Sharon L. Hertel on June 28, 1958 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fremont Center, IL. They farmed until 1959, when Arne began working for and operating his cousin Arthur Wirtz' country estate, who was the owner of the NHL Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. His wife, Sharon, died on September 27, 1972. Arne married Ruth A. Motion on February 14, 1974 at the Ivanhoe Congregational Church in Ivanhoe, IL. He continued working for his cousin until 1979, when they purchased a farm southwest of Loyal, WI. They farmed until 2000, at which time they sold the farm and moved into Loyal. Arne resided in Loyal until the time of his death.
He was a member of the York Center United Methodist Church, the Loyal FFA Alumni, and was a past president of the Illinois Yorkshire Association.
Arne had many interests, but especially loved spending time with his family and friends, farming, bowling, pitching horseshoes, playing softball and was very involved with high school FFA and 4-H.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Ruth, of Loyal; 2 daughters: Valerie Cook of Waukegan, IL and Sharon Lee of Dorchester, WI; one son: Kenneth (Sharon) Wirtz of Kenosha, WI; his step-children: Ron (Tammi) Motion of Loyal, WI and Lenora "Lin" (Joe) Mueller of Colby, WI; one son-in-law: Charles Wolford of Albuquerque, NM; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one brother: Jack (Lilly) Wirtz of Hanover, IL; one sister-in-law: Audrey Wirtz of Lena, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arne was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Sharon; 2 daughters: Barbara Jean Wirtz, in infancy, on December 2, 1964 and Julie Wolford on February 17, 2020; one brother: Marvin Wirtz; one sister: Marion Brown; and one brother-in-law: Phil Brown.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, WI, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Marcia Duell , 68, died February 24th, 2020
MARCIA D. DUELL, age 68, of Loyal, WI, passed away on Monday, February 24, 2020 at Marshfield Medical Center in the presence of members of her family, after several years of dealing with COPD and a battle with lung cancer in her final days.

A Celebration of Life for Marcia is being planned for later this year.

Marcia Delores Duell was born on June 27, 1951 in Greenwood, WI, to Aloysius N. and Dorothy V. (Stowe) Bushman. She was raised and received her education in Greenwood, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1969. After high school, Marcia moved to Milwaukee where she lived with her sister, Terri Bauschek, and worked at Continental Can. She married Darwin K. Vollrath and they had two children together, Aaron and Josh. They later divorced and on October 20, 1978 Marcia was united in marriage to Kevin M. Duell. Marcia and Kevin made their home in Loyal, WI and Marcia lived there until her death.
On December 15, 1977, Marcia started working for the Clark County Office of Aging and Nutrition. This began a long period of time where Marcia cared for people requiring assistance. In addition to working for Clark County, in the early 1990s Marcia began working at local group homes with mentally and physically disabled clients. Her kindness, empathy, and patience were greatly appreciated by those she worked with. Marcia was appreciated by her supervisors and coworkers and was recognized as a valuable and reliable employee. After almost forty years of service, on September 1st, 2017 she retired from the County, but continued working at a group home in Greenwood until health-related issues limited her ability to continue. During the time she worked, Marcia made many great friendships with her clients and coworkers, and both her life and their lives were enriched.
In her leisure time, Marcia enjoyed reading, gardening, and spending time with her friends and family. She was also a great cook and her family has many pleasant memories of the delicious meals she would serve them.

She will be dearly missed by her children: Aaron (Bernice) Vollrath of Cupertino, CA, Josh (Amy) Vollrath of Fall Creek, WI; her 7 grandchildren: Teagan, Tatum, Gianna, Bo, Vander, Booker, and Phineas; four sisters: Pat (Pete) Bogdonovich of Greenwood, WI, Terri (Brad) Bauschek of Port Washington, WI, Joan (Hugh) Christie of Greenwood, WI, and Sue (Bill) Kurasz of Dubois, WY; one brother: Ed (Sharon) Bushman of Hayward, WI; one sister-in-law: Connie Bushman of Eau Claire; her husband: Kevin Duell of Owen, WI, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Marcia was preceded in death by her parents and 1 brother: Steve Bushman.

The family extends its sincere thanks to her friends and neighbors who assisted her during her illness.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Wayne Zoutendam, 85, died January 5th, 2020
Wayne Zoutendam, 85, went to be with his Lord on Sunday, January 5, 2020. He passed away in the presence of family after a battle with pneumonia. Despite blindness from a young age, he was a master carpenter who devoted his gifts to the service of others at home and around the world.

Wayne was born on April 10, 1934, in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. He attended a one-room school through eighth grade, then graduated as valedictorian of the Oostburg High School class of 1952. He then attended Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he met Beulah Roorda, the love of his life and his wife of 64 years. He later graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and worked as an educator for nearly two decades, first in the Neillsville public schools, and then in the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) as a counselor for the blind. He himself had received training through the DVR for his earlier work as a medical transcriber.

After retirement in 1996, Wayne served as a construction volunteer with Wycliffe Associates, a worldwide missionary organization supporting Bible translation. He worked on projects in Africa, East Asia, and Central America, and also at the International Linguistics Center near Dallas, Texas, where he and Beulah spent their winters. He applied Wycliffe’s principle of volunteer labor locally as supervisor for the construction of Living Hope Church in Neillsville. His expertise in the tools of the trade astonished just about everyone but himself; he was a constant source of surprise and inspiration on the worksite.

Wayne is survived by his wife Beulah; son David (Carol) Zoutendam of Longview, TX, and daughter Beth (Tim) Foemmel of Chili, WI; six grandchildren and fourteen great grandchildren; brother Ron Zoutendam of Sheldon, IA, and sister-in-law Audrey (Gordon) Henry of Newberry, South Carolina; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service is being planned for a later date at Living Hope, the church he helped to build.

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

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


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