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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.
Rev. Joseph Follmar, 87, died March 25th, 2020
Reverend A. Joseph Follmar, 87, of Manhattan, IL passed away on Wednesday March 25, 2020 while he was sleeping at his sister Rosie’s home.

Born in Long Island, NY, he was the son of the late Ambrose and Dorothy (Heinrichs) Follmar. He was educated at Holy Cross Seminary High School and one of the original members of the first Holy Cross Seminary High School class in 1947. Father Joe undertook his high school, collegiate, and philosophical courses at Holy Cross Seminary and did his theological training at St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, WI. Father Joe did further studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Later while on sabbatical, he studied at Oxford and traveled his beloved Scotland.
Fr. Joe served as a parish priest for over 50 years in the Diocese of La Crosse, WI before retiring from St. Mary’s Church in Greenwood, WI and Holy Family Church in Willard, WI and moving to Manhattan, IL to be near his sister and family. He continued to serve as a priest in the Diocese of Joliet, IL until his death.
For Fr. Joe a walk with one of his beloved collies on an abandoned railroad in southwestern Wisconsin began a lifetime of interest in railroad history. He went on to help establish the Chicago & Northwestern Historical Society and authored numerous articles and books. While serving at St. James Parish in La Crosse, Fr. Joe spent a number of years at the Church Tribunal Office helping men and women obtain annulments. He was pastoral at heart and advocated for orphans and children in poor home environments. This compassion extended to the abused and those of humble circumstances.

Rev. Joseph Follmar was predeceased in death by his sister, Sister MaryAnn Follmar of Pawtucket, RI and is survived by his youngest sister, Rose Jurgens of New Lenox, IL, nephew Kurt Jurgens of New Lenox and his wife Laura and their children Moriah, Kiah, Nadia, Olivia, Aiden, and Luci, nephew Erik of New Lenox Jurgens and his wife Amy and their children Alexandra, Molly, Theodore, and Elizabeth, and niece Kari Ropers of Cedar Rapids, IA and her husband Mike.

Visitation will be held on Saturday March 28 from 2-4PM at Forsythe Gould Funeral Home. A private Mass of Christian Burial will be held in La Crosse, WI. Interment will be in Catholic Cemetery of La Crosse in La Crosse, WI.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rev. Joseph’s name to:
Mid-Continent Railway Museum,
P.O. Box 358, E8948 Museum Road,
North Freedom, WI 53951,
608-522-4261.

All other condolences or Masses please send to the funeral home.

Arrangements entrusted to:
Forsythe Gould Funeral Home
507 S. State St. (Rt 52)
Manhattan, IL 60442 (815) 478-3321
https://www.forsythegouldfh.com
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.
Lorraine R. (Engum) Ives, 88, died March 22nd, 2020
Lorraine Ruth (Engum) Ives, 88, Passed away peacefully at her home on March 22nd 2020 with family at her side, a Golden heart stopped beating.

Lorraine was born on a small farm in Independence, Wisconsin on August 21st, 1931 during the depression years period she was the eldest of three siblings to Reynold and Louise Engum. Lorraine graduated from independence high school in 1950 and went on to teaching school in alma, Wisconsin and graduated from there in 1952. She taught in the country schools in Galesville, Wisconsin 1st through 8th grade and Humbird, Wisconsin in 1955 to 1956. She took great pride in teaching the children she had and loved them dearly. She met Calvin Ives and they were married in Price, Wisconsin on June 18, 1955.
Lorraine and Calvin Began their family shortly thereafter and had four daughters, Debbie (Tom) Drescher, Neillsville, Linda (Marvin) Mashin, Neillsville, Bonnie (Jim) Mayenschein, Neillsville, and Chari (Mitch) Conner, Chili, WI. Lorraine and Calvin Lived in Humbird, WI and moved to Neillsville in 1963. Lorraine became a homemaker and helped Calvin with “Ives Auto Salvage” in the 70’s through 2005. In the 70’s she also worked several years at the Historic Clark County Jail as one of two cooks. Lorraine always saw good in everyone and never said a bad word about anybody. She said the inmates were decent to her and they loved her cooking. Lorraine and Calvin took several trips out west with their children and created many great family memories.
Throughout the years Lorraine spent her past-time embroidering and she loved to go shopping to buy her embroidery squares, and thread…Each of the daughters received a quilt 20 embroidered squares to each quilt, that was made by Lorraine’s niece Cindy Maug of Osseo, WI. Lorraine was so happy to see her squares take shape into beautiful quilts.
Lorraine treasured her dear friend of 50 years, Sue (Bill) Zank of Neillsville, WI Who visited her weekly for years and years period Lorraine will be dearly missed and is considered by family and friends to have the best heart of anyone they've ever known heaven will gain an Angel indeed. Lorraine's grandchildren and great grandchildren were the sunshine in her day. She enjoyed spending time with all her family and friends for Holidays and special occasions.

Grandchildren: Liza (Jason) Bourget, (Neillsville), Nick and Christine Drescher (Neillsville), Greg (Tara Hale) Mashin (Neillsville), Ryan (Tiffany Doll) Mashin (La Crosse, WI)
Great Grandchildren: Hadley, Hayden and Harrison Bourget (Neillsville, WI), Cody Drescher (Neillsville), Melodie & Monica Mashin (Neillsville) and Lydia Mashin (La Crosse, WI).

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents, Reynold and Louise Engum (Fairchild, WI) her husband, Calvin Ives of 63 years, brother, Allen (Mary) Engum (Fairchild, WI) and her sister, Elaine Card (Osseo, WI).

A Graveside Ceremony, for Immediate family only, will be held on Friday, March 27, 2020 at the Neillsville City Cemetery.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Lorraine’s family.
Tennille M. Thomas, 43, died March 17th, 2020
Tennille Maria Thomas, age 43, of Granton, WI died Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 at the Marshfield Medical Center.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 24th at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. Rev. Varkey will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 4 pm to 7 pm Monday, March 23 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and also from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Tuesday morning at the church.

Pallbearers will be Lance Thomas, Jared Thomas, Glen Thomas, Steve Thomas, Clint Langreck and Steve Canfield.

Tennille Maria Davel was born on August 11th, 1976 in Neillsville, WI to Robert (Heidi) Davel and Mary Lee (Mike) Leonard. She graduated from Neillsville High School in 1994. Throughout high school, Tennille was known for being an excellent distance runner in Cross Country and Track and Field as well as for her love of horticulture. Tennille was united in marriage to Wayne Thomas on March 18th, 1995 and they made their home in Granton, WI. In the following 25 years together Wayne and Tennille had 12 children. Tennille was a wonderful mother and devoted herself to taking care of her family. Tennille and Wayne welcomed their 12th child, Mark, on March 17th. In the efforts of delivery, Tennille passed away due to complications.
Tennille was a faithful and devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville. She loved to pray and sing church hymns. Tennille was very devoted to praying the rosary and to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She was a gifted gardener and seamstress. Tennille was her children’s most enthusiastic cheerleader at all of their athletic and extracurricular activities.

She is survived by her husband, Wayne, ten children, Lance, Cheyenne, Jared, Dolorosa, Faustina, Perpetua, Angeline, Gibeon, Rocky and Mark all of Granton, WI, her parents, Robert (Heidi) Davel of Willard, WI and Mary Lee (Mike) Leonard of Spencer, WI and a sister, Heather (Clint) Langreck of Mineral Point, WI.

Tennille was preceded by her grandfathers, Jerome Davel and Lee Miller, and two sons, Ethan, who died at birth, and Simeon due to miscarriage.

In lieu of flowers, please consider assisting the family by contributing to the Thomas Family through the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Neillsville, WI.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Tennille’s family with funeral arrangements.
Terry Zuehlke, 55, died March 12th, 2020
Terry L. Zuehlke, age 55, of Chili, WI was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, WI.

Terry Lee Zuehlke was born on January 8, 1965 in Marshfield, WI the son of Leon and Colleen (Copet) Zuehlke. He graduated from Granton High School. Terry spent most of his time with his mom and loved being with his family, his dog, Daisy and cat, Mippy. He loved listening to music, especially his favorite song “Elvira”. He also loved watching television, always watching his beloved Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears. Terry was also a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Marshfield, WI.

He is survived by his mother, Colleen, sisters; Sherry (Steven) Shapiro of Bakersfield, CA and Sarah (Jeff) Komis of Chili, WI, nieces and nephews; Nicholas (Phoebe) Shapiro of Los Angeles, CA, Emma (fiancé, Mike) Shapiro of New Jersey and Warren (Brandy) Komis of Gilbert, AZ. He is also survived by 1 great niece, Madilyn, 1 great nephew, Waylon and his Godparents; James and Margie Barth of Chili, WI.

Terry was preceded in death by his father, Leon and grandparents; Fred and Abbie Zuehlke and Loren and Agnes Copet.

Funeral services for Terry will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at the Good Shepard Lutheran Church in Marshfield, WI. Pastor Peter Ruggles will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning prior to the service at the church.< Interment will be in the Town of Lynn Cemetery.

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

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

No matter how Terry has touched our lives – son, brother, uncle, friend or client – he will always be remembered as one “very special little man” – our own “Terry Bear.”
Evelyn Cram, 78, died March 11th, 2020
Evelyn Cram, age 78, of Neillsville, WI died Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at the Neillsville Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neillsville.

Evelyn Kippenhan was born on January 29, 1942 the daughter of Alvin and Emma (Williams) Kippenhan. Following her schooling, she was united in marriage to Arthur A. Cram Sr. Evelyn then worked at Nefco, now known as Cummins Filtration, in Neillsville for a short time before staying home to raise their two children. In her spare time, she enjoyed fishing with her husband and gambling. Art Sr. died in 1983 at the age of 44.

She is survived by one son, Art (Sandy) Cram Jr. of Neillsville, three grandchildren, Michael, Jamie and Heather, three sisters, Dorothy (Wendell) Ott of Neillsville, WI, Ethel (Jr.) Zink of Berlin, WI and Kip Kippenhan of the island of Guam. She is further survived by a sister-in-law, Caroline Murphy of Greenwood, WI.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Cram Sr. and a daughter, Marilyn.

There will be no services per her wishes.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Evelyn’s family.
Kenneth Van Dam, 88, died March 9th, 2020
Kenneth Van Dam, age 88, of Neillsville, WI died Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Cornell Health Services Nursing Home in Cornell, WI.

Kenneth William Van Dam was born on April 3, 1931 in Chicago, IL the son of Lawrence and Dorothy (Laird) Van Dam. His family moved to Milwaukee, WI when Ken was in middle school and he graduated from West Milwaukee High School in 1949. He then attended UW-Madison for a year before leaving and going to work for the Inland Steel Corporation. After a year, he joined the United States Army and served in Korea for 14 months as Company Clerk, working for the General of the 45th Division. When he returned from the service, he was united in marriage to Marlys Samstad on January 16, 1954 in Minneapolis, MN, and he went back to college because he wanted to coach. Ken earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, then returned in the summers to earn a Master’s degree in P.E. from UW-Madison. Later a 2nd Master’s Degree in guidance was earned in 1979. He taught at Gays Mills for 2 years and Edgerton for 3 years before moving to Neillsville in August of 1962. While at NHS he taught P.E. and Driver’s Ed. From 1962-1979, was the middle school guidance and assistant principal from 1980-1982 and the middle school principal from 1982-1993. During these times, he also served as the head boys’ basketball coach for 25 years and a golf coach for many years. Ken retired in 1993, but continued as a substitute teacher and bus driver, eventually retiring from driving bus in 2011. Marlys died in 2012.
Ken was a member of the Calvary Lutheran Church and a member of the Neillsville Kiwanis Club for many years. He enjoyed traveling, golfing and spending time with his family.

He is survived by two children, Steven (Shirley) Van Dam of Cornell, WI and Sally Van Dam of Marshfield, WI, son-in-law, Steven Carlson of White Bear Lake, MN, 7 grandchildren, Jennifer (AJ Powell-fiancé) Van Dam, Jason (Kelly) Van Dam, Jared Van Dam, Sara (Ryan) Plath, Erik Carlson, Andrew (Ali) Carlson and Emily Van Dam, 6 great grandchildren, Aubrey Van Dam, Macy Van Dam, Finley Van Dam, Tristan Powell, Quintin Powell and Daisy Plath. Ken is further survived by a brother, William Van Dam of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, a sister-in-law, Darlene Van Dam of Arkansas and many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Marlys, a daughter, Susan Carlson, his parents, two brothers, Jack Van Dam and Lawrence Van Dam and two sisters-in-law, Jeanette Van Dam and Patricia Van Dam.

A Memorial Service for Ken will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 16, 2020 at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Neillsville. Pastor Chad Anderson will officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery with Military Honors performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

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

Ken’s family would like to thank the staff at Cornell Health Services and St. Croix Hospice for the care they provided to Ken.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Ken’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Phyllis B. Embke, 89, died March 9th, 2020
Phyllis B. Embke, died peacefully on Monday, March 9, 2020 at the age of 89, at the Neillsville Retirement Community.

Phyllis was born on February 4, 1931, in Gillett (Oconto County) Wisconsin, where she received her early education. Later, she attended high school in Milwaukee. After graduating, Phyllis was employed for six years at Hesco, Inc. in Milwaukee as a bookkeeper.
On June 4, 1955, she married Norbert Embke of Neillsville. Along with her husband she was a volunteer weather observer for the Neillsville area for over 30 years. During this time, she was also employed at the Winnebago Indian School which later became Sunburst Youth Homes. It was here that she discovered the joy of gardening and was known for her dill pickles.
She had many hobbies, coin and stamp collecting, looking for arrowheads in the garden and along the Black River. She was an outdoor person loving hunting, fishing and making maple syrup. She was also a Packer and Wisconsin Badger fan. Her favorite past time was sitting on the deck feeding wildlife and listening to the birds sing especially the wrens. She was a very caring and generous person and enjoyed helping her neighbors and those in need. She was a member of the United Church of Christ, Neillsville, and served as a church trustee and assistant treasurer.

She is survived by her three daughters, Susan (Jim) Popple of Eau Claire, Karen Embke of Minnetonka, MN, Linda (Scott) Fox of Greenwood, one grandson, Dylan (Mackenzie) Jolivette of Eau Claire and one great granddaughter, Tenley Taylor Jolivette. Phyllis is also survived by a sister, Delores Nagozruk of TX, a brother, Gene (Mary) Gibson of Hartford, WI a brother-in-law, Walter (Betty) Embke of Marshfield, WI and many nieces and nephews.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her parents: her husband and one brother, Jerry Gibson.

A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville, WI. Pastor Jacoba Koppert will officiate.

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

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Phyllis’s family with funeral arrangements.
Anita E. Lulloff, 95, died March 7th, 2020
Anita Emma (Marden) Lulloff was born November 21, 1924, in a log cabin with no electricity or running water on the Ratsch acreage northeast of Neillsville to Emma (Nowek) and Herman Ratsch. She passed on March 7, 2020, at age 95 under the compassionate care of the Riverside Assisted Living staff and Ascension Home Care.

Anita was a kind, caring, serving, conversive, humble, farm-raised, hardworking, witty and loving person who was raised on farming acreage during the bottom of the depression years. After attending the Reed School for eight years, she graduated with excellent grades. Although wanting to attend “high school”, it was the norm at that time for eighth grade graduates to stay on the farm to work or enter the work force.
Anita married Glenn Marden in Neillsville in 1942. After his passing in 1953, she worked at Quicker’s Dairy Bar for 9 years while raising her three sons Jerry, Ronnie & Randy.
In 1960, she married Robert (Bob) Lulloff who brought his three children Mike, Tom and Kathy to the marriage. They were married for 51 years before his passing. In addition to raising their 6 children, she worked alongside Bob in the Neillsville community in his many capacities. Most notably, Bob & Anita owned and operated the Sears Catalog Store for 25 years, serving the greater Clark County Area until their retirement in 1992.
Anita had many interests including golf, bowling, camping, growing her little gardens, canning, Ginger & Julie May, flying in their small plane, playing her guitar, dancing, love of family, and of course, “her” Green Bay Packers and “her” Aron Rodgers. She also was very involved in the United Church of Christ and volunteered at Neillsville Care and Rehab until she was 90ish.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two husbands (Glenn and Robert) as well as her seven siblings of Robert (Marie) Ratsch, Harold (Irene) Ratsch, Clarence (Dorothy) Ratsch; Edna (Carl) Steffen, Luella (Fredrick Daniels) / (David Bragg) Bragg, Mary (Iris) Ratsch, baby Walter Ratsch and stepson Tom Lulloff.

Anita was loved and survived by children Jerry (Sharon Lloyd) Marden, Spencer, WI; Ron (Teri) Marden, Kansas City, MO; Randy Marden, Neillsville, WI; Kathy (Lulloff) Albers, Jacksonville, FL; and Michael R. Lulloff, Odessa, TX. In addition, she is survived by sister-in-law, Donna (Lulloff) Seltrecht, several nephews & nieces, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Anita lived with a great resiliency and spiritual strength.

Visitation will be from 10:00AM – 11:00AM on Friday, March 13, 2020, at the United Church of Christ followed by the service, interment at the Neillsville Cemetery, ending with lunch at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Anita’s Annual Christmas Fund (C/O United Church of Christ, 515 W 2nd St, Neillsville, WI 54456). This fund was established in 2011 in honor of Anita with its purpose to help those in need during each Christmas season. It has served a specific and unique purpose every year since.
Leroy Collinson, 92, died March 4th, 2020
LEROY A. COLLINSON, age 92, of Neillsville, WI, formerly of Spencer, WI, went to his eternal rest on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at the Comfort and Recovery Suites in Marshfield, WI.

Leroy Arthur Collinson, the son of George and Edith (Gruber) Collinson, was born on October 15, 1927, in Jacksonville, IL. In 1948, the family moved to Spencer, WI, to operate a family farm. Leroy helped his father farm before eventually taking over ownership. He was drafted into the United States Army on October 26, 1950, and served overseas in Germany during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on October 13, 1952. On September 22, 1956, he was united in marriage to his first love, Arlene Peterson, at the United Methodist Church in Loyal. She passed away on December 26, 1972. Leroy was later remarried to Elna R. Haldeman, his second love, on May 31, 1975, also at the United Methodist Church in Loyal. They farmed together for many years, and during this time, Leroy also worked for Land-O-Lakes in Spencer. Eventually, they retired, sold the farm, and moved to Neillsville.
He had many interests but especially loved spending time with family and friends. They were members of the York Center/Loyal United Methodist Church. Leroy loved to travel and enjoyed spending time outdoors, camping, or making maple syrup with his family.

Leroy will be dearly missed by his four children: Kathleen Nieman of Nekoosa, WI, Michael Collinson of Neillsville, WI, Steven (Rebecca) Collinson of Steelville, MO and Linda (Ed) Esselman of Chili, WI; 14 grandchildren; one brother: Harold (Marliss) Collinson of Curtiss, WI; two sisters-in-law: Doris Vieth of Sauk City, WI and Leora (Edwin) Walker of Spencer, WI; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Arlene in 1972; his second wife, Elna in 2017; his parents; two sons-in-law: Don Zimmerman and Jerry Nieman; two brothers: George Collinson and Lloyd Collinson; three sisters: Florence Stage, Reva Streich and Vada Falconer; his sisters-in-law: Doris Collinson, Lois Collinson, Marian Benedict; and his brothers-in-law: Edward Streich, Merle Stage, Earl Falconer, Robert Vieth, and Morvin Benedict;.one niece, Mary Streich and five nephews: Gary Stage, Tommy Collinson, Larry Falconer, David Benedict, and Kenneth Benedict.

Leroy was loved and will be dearly missed by many.

A Memorial Service will be held this summer at the York Center-United Methodist Church in Granton, WI. Interment, with Military Honors, will be held at the York Center Cemetery.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting Leroy’s family with arrangements.
Bernard Kaiser, 92, died February 25th, 2020
BERNARD F. KAISER, age 92, of Loyal, WI, went to his eternal rest on February 25, 2020 peacefully at his home.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Loyal, on Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 10:30 am. Rev. Leo Johnson will officiate and burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Pat Kaiser, John Kaiser, Ben Mixis, Eric Kaiser, Joseph Mixis, Michael Kaiser, Collin Brown and Connor Clark.

Visitation will be held at the church on Friday, February 28, 2020 from 5pm to 8pm, and again on Saturday, from 9:30am until time of service.

Bernard, son of Frank and Maude (Maxwell) Kaiser, was born on December 26, 1927 in Cadott, WI. On November 7, 1956, Bernard married the love of his life, Marie K. Mayer, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, in Fairview, WI. God blessed them with eight children, seventeen grandchildren, five great grandchildren and 63 years of faith filled love. Bernard was a loving husband, dedicated farmer and gentle father.

Bernard was driven to work hard and serve others his entire life. In 1945, he graduated from Cadott High School, then worked at Presto in Eau Claire. He later took a job welding at J.I. Case in Racine, WI. He built silos and farmed with his Dad before moving to Loyal, where he started farming on his own in 1952. He spent 35 years on the Beaver Town Board, 6 of those years as chairman. A constant member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Bernard was on parish council, ushered and was a lector. Bernard traveled to Germany visiting relatives, camped with family, square danced and cherished the time spent with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He milked cows until he was 75 years old. While retired he worked closely with his son, Pat, and grandsons, Eric and Michael on Kaiser Farms.

Bernard is survived by his wife: Marie; 8 children: Dianne (Mark) Brown of Chippewa Falls, John (Beth) Kaiser of Unity, Rita (Kurt) Potts of Marshfield, Judy (Randy) Mixis of Rhinelander, Pat (Annette) Kaiser of Loyal, Monica (Roger) Collinson of Hudson, Joann (Rob) Roehl of Marshfield, Cindy (Cory) Clark of Spencer; 17 grandchildren: Ben (Jenny), Michael (Ashley), Kelly (Mark), Ashley (Kasey), Molly, Collin, Laura, Shannon, Joseph, Eric, Elizabeth, Matthew, Ella, Anna, Seth, Connor, and Caitlin, 5 great-grandchildren: Jaxon, Jayla, Nolan, Archer, and Rylie; one sister: Ginny Perone; 4 sisters-in-law: Ty Kaiser, Donna Mayer, Louise Genteman and Lorraine (Jeff) Rayhorn; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Bernard was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers: Edward, who passed in infancy, Harold and Jack; his brothers-in-law: Jay Perone, Bill Genteman, Anthony and Norman Mayer, Bernard Laufenberg; and sisters-in-law: Elaine Kaiser and Dorothy Laufenberg.

The family wishes to thank Father Leo for his visits, the staff at Marshfield Clinic and Marshfield Medical Center Hospital as well as our home care givers, Joan, Dawn, Camille, Jill, Marsha, Sandy, Bethany, and Pete.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to St. Anthony’s Parish and School.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Harold Mayer, 88, died February 25th, 2020
Harold Mayer, age 88, of Neillsville, WI died Tuesday, February 25, 2020 in the Palliative Care Unit of Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, WI.

Harold Anthony Mayer was born on January 28, 1932 in Mentor Township, Clark County, WI the son of Theodore and Beatrice (Brandsteter) Mayer. He moved with his parents to the Town of Cleveland, Jackson County, WI at the age of 4. Harold attended Sunnybrook School and graduated from Fairchild High School in 1950. Following graduation, he worked various jobs until entering the United States Marines in February of 1952. He served until his honorable discharge in February of 1954. Many years later, on September 11, 2016 he was proud to be honored for his service by flying on the honor flight to Washington D.C. After returning home from the service, he worked for the Marlin Schmidt Cheese Factory for 3 ½ years both hauling milk and factory work. In June 1957, he purchased his first can milk route in Neillsville. In 1959, he purchased another can route which he operated until 1966, hauling to the former Neillsville Milk Products. He also operated a partnership bulk milk route until 1970. He made three trips per week (1959-1976) from Black River Falls for the late Norb Schlegelmilch hauling bottled milk from the former Thomas Brothers Dairy. During this time, he also hauled pop and beer for a local distributor. Harold also used his truck for moving families and hauling wood. In addition to hauling milk, he drove school bus for 3 ½ years. In May 1970, he began employment with the city of Neillsville Street Department and retired from that in January 1996.
Harold has been a member of the Fairchild Legion Post #463 for 57 years, the Haugen-Richmond American Legion Post #73 in Neillsville for 7 years and a member of the Neillsville Men’s Club for many years.
On November 4, 1961, after meeting at the Silver Dome Ballroom, Harold was united in marriage to Janice B. Greeler at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville. After retirement Harold and Janice did lawn care and snow removal for various businesses and individuals for 20+ years. He was also a part-time driver for Gross Motors, for numerous years. He enjoyed his grandchildren, great grandchildren, playing cards, visiting casinos, traveling and gardening.

He is survived by his wife, Janice, three children, Susan (William Jr.) Schultz of Greenwood, WI, Cheryl (David) Larsen of Neillsville, WI and Mark (Kari) Mayer of Neillsville, WI, 7 grandchildren, Melissa (Josh) Hemp, Nicholas Schultz, Becky (Jess) Bauer, Daniel (Bailey) Larsen, Sara (Alex Price) Larsen, Luke Mayer and Kati Mayer, 8 great grandchildren, Jackson and Jett Hemp, Bria and Mazie Bauer, Zoey, Harper and Decker Larsen, and Evelyn Larsen Price, siblings, Bernadine Petersen of Merrillan, WI, Robert (Sandra) Mayer of Fairchild, WI, John Mayer of Fairchild, WI and Edward (Sue) Mayer of Fall Creek, WI, a sister-in-law, Judy Mayer of Augusta, WI, Brothers and Sisters-in-law, Erland and Velda Greeler of Neillsville, WI, Roger and Lucille Tyler of Granton, WI and Delores Zipfel of Neillsville, WI and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis and Jonas Boettcher, James and Yvonne Mayer and Francis and Paul Damberg, brother, Larry Mayer, Sister-in-law, Dorothy Mayer, Brothers-in-law, Larry Petersen and Raymond Zipfel and great granddaughter, Haddie Hemp.

Funeral Services for Harold will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 7, 2020 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI. Pastor Terry Marg will officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery with Military Honors performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council and the Wisconsin Honors Program.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Friday March 6th and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Saturday the 7th at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville.

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

Memorials may be directed to Harold’s family for designation at a later date.

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Harold’s family with funeral 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.
Ricky R. Kuehn, 66, died February 19th, 2020
Ricky R. Kuehn, age 66, of Granton, Wisconsin, died Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield WI.

Ricky Robert Kuehn was born on October 25, 1953 in Marshfield, Wisconsin the son of Lester H. And Arlene G. (Welch) Kuehn Sr. He graduated from Granton High School and then worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Factory in Marshfield before beginning a career as a truck driver. Rick drove semi for the Prince Corporation for over 10 years, and then finished his career driving for Kuehn’s Forest Products.
Rick loved shooting pool and over the years worked hard on his game to become one of the best billiards players in the area.

He is survived by five siblings, Deb Dankemeyer of Granton, WI, Bonnie (Jerome) Jordan of Granton, WI, Jeanette Kuehn of Granton, WI, Lester (Theresa) Kuehn, Jr. of Granton, WI and Karen Ress of Loyal, WI

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lester in 1992 and Arlene in 2008, two infant brothers, Kenny and Harvey and a brother-in-law, William Ress.

Funeral Services for Rick will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 24, 2020 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI. Pastor Joe Weiers of the Hillside Community Church will conduct the service. Interment will be in the Zion American Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday at the Gesche Funeral Home.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Rick’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Robert Vesel, 91, died February 18th, 2020
ROBERT J. "BOB" VESEL, age 91, of Greenwood, WI, passed away Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at Wells Nature View in Marshfield, WI.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 am on Monday, February 24, 2020 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Greenwood. Rev. Leo Johnson will officiate, and burial will follow in the parish cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ben Vesel, Tom Sowieja, Dave Sowieja, Duane Podrovitz, Shawn Standiford and Jimmy Thompson. Military rites will be conducted by the Wallis-Hinker-Brux American Legion Post #238.

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

Robert James Vesel was born on August 25, 1928 in Greenwood, WI, to John F. and Margaret I. (Schuette) Vesel. Bob was raised and received his education in Greenwood, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1946. After high school he worked at People's Market in Greenwood until entering the U.S. Army on November 29, 1950, and served in Germany until his honorable discharge on October 31, 1952. Bob returned to Greenwood and began working for Grassland Butter, where he remained until 1976. In 1976, he went to work for Clark Electric and finished his working career there, retiring in 1991.
On August 19, 1953, Bob married the love of his life, E. Vivian Vesel, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, where he was an active member. He sang in the choir, served on the parish council, and was active in the Holy Name Society.
Bob also served as a volunteer fireman for the City of Greenwood, was a member of the Greenwood American Legion Post #238 and traveled to Washington D.C. on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight in 2016.
In his spare time Bob had many interests, but especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. He loved fishing, hunting, spending time at the cottage on Lake Holcombe, and attending sporting events, especially those of his sons and grandchildren. He played softball for more than 40 years, bowled for nearly 70 years, and made an annual fishing trip to Lake Superior with his boys for almost 50 years. For over 50 years on fall Friday nights you would see Bob working the chains at the high school home football games. After every game he would sprint across the field and up the hill on his way home.

He will be dearly missed by his wife of 66 years, E. Vivian Vesel of Spencer; his 4 sons: Mike (Julie) of Weston, Gerald of Willard, Randy (Sheila) of Greenwood, and Ken (Nicole) of Hayward; 6 grandchildren: Megan, Melissa, Ben, Sara, and Danielle Vesel, and Jimmy (Brittany) Thompson; 2 great-grandchildren: Grayden and Harper Thompson; one sister-in-law: Delores Vesel of Sterling, IL; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; grandson, David Vesel; 4 brothers: John, Bernie, Raymond and Charles Vesel; and 2 sisters: Margaret Brown and Josie Sowieja.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be given in Bob's name to the Greenwood American Legion or St. Mary's Catholic Church.

The family extends its sincere thanks to all the staff of Wells Nature View and St. Croix Hospice for their compassionate and loving care for Bob during his last days.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Craig McKevitt, 60, died February 12th, 2020
Craig Mckevitt, age 60, of Neillsville, Wisconsin, formerly of Washington D.C., died Wednesday February 12, 2020 at his residence.

Craig Eugene Mckevitt was born in Thoma, Wisconsin to Larry and Mona Mckevitt the 5th of 5 boys on June 10, 1959. Craig moved to Neillsville with his family from Fremont, Wisconsin in 1970. He graduated from Neillsville High School in 1977, then attended UW-Eau Claire. He graduated with a degree in drama. After graduating from college Craig moved to California, to pursue acting, as well as writing, which was his first love. Craig left California in 1982 and took a job with Wells Fargo Bank in Minneapolis and lived and worked there until he moved to Washington DC. He returned to Neillsville in 2019 to retire.

Craig was preceded in death by his parents, Larry and Mona Mckevitt, his three brothers Ron, Randy and Reggie. He is survived by his brother Brian (Becky) McKevitt of Neillsville, WI, a Nice, Katie Mckevitt of Neillsville and a nephew, Jacob Mckevitt of Baraboo, Wisconsin.

No Services are planned. A private family burial will be held at a later date.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Craig’s family.
Catherine “Trink” Jenkins, 91, died February 8th, 2020
Catherine “Trink” (Merrill) Jenkins passed away on February 8, 2020.

She was born April 9, 1928 to Clara (Thoren) Merrill and Giles Andrew Merrill in Avon, Fulton County, Illinois. She graduated from Avon high school in 1946 and attended Knox College where she met and married Donald Howard Jenkins in June of 1948.
Following their marriage, they moved to Richland WA and worked for General Electric on the Hanford Project. In 1953, a move was made to Pullman, WA and Washington University so Donald could pursue a degree in veterinary medicine. After his graduation in 1958, the family moved back to Illinois and established an animal clinic in North Aurora.
In 1969, a move was made to Neillsville, WI. Here Catherine became involved in the community serving on the Planning Commission, Election Board, and Tufts Mansion Board. She was also active in her church - singing in the choir, providing altar flowers each Sunday and working on projects for the holiday fair. Her home and garden were her passion and she enjoyed golfing, playing cards and being with dear friends. But mostly, her love of family was intense.

Catherine's parents, her husband, Don and her daughter-in-law, Cathleen preceded her in death.

Catherine is survived by her daughter Merrill (Mark) Brunette of Neillsville and son, David (Caroline) of Ventura, CA, grandchildren, Jacob, Molly, Crista and Steven, great grandchildren, Emersyn, Everly, Ellawyn, Archer, Hank, Vera, Lily, Adree, Dallin, Presley, and Kennedy.

Memorials may be given to Neillsville United Church of Christ and Clark County Humane Society.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Neillsville UCC on May 31st at 2:00 PM with Visitation from 1 to 2.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Trink’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Elaine Short, 100, died February 6th, 2020
Elaine Short, age 100, of DeForest, WI, formerly of Granton, WI died Thursday, February 6, 2020 at the Parkside Assisted Living Center in DeForest.

Elaine was born on December 28, 1919 in Granton, WI the daughter of Arthur and Elsie (Neitzel) Short. She graduated from Neillsville High School and then attended Central State Teacher’s College in Stevens Point, WI. She taught for a short time before moving to Milwaukee, WI, where she worked at an office job for the Allis Chalmers Company. After retiring from Allis Chalmers, she moved back to Granton to care for her elderly parents. In 2011, Elaine moved to DeForest.

She is survived by a sister, Audrey Troemner of DeForest, WI, two nephews, Greg (Lori) Troemner of Sylvania, OH and Scott Troemner of DeForest, WI and a great nephew, Matthew Troemner of Sylvania, OH.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Private family funeral services will be held.

Honorary Casket Bearer is William Ganther.

Casket Bearers are: Greg Toemner, Scott Troemner, Matthew Troemner Gary Sternitzky and Lee Ganther,.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Elaine’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Wilbur J. Buddinger, 97, died January 31st, 2020
Wilbur Buddinger, age 97, of Granton, WI died Friday, January 31, 2020 at the Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neillsville.

Wilbur Julius Buddinger was born on July 22, 1922 in Granton, WI the son of William and Katherine (Geisler) Buddinger Sr. He graduated from Granton High School and then worked 50 years as a Union Mason Tender.

He is survived by his two children, Gene (Sandy) Buddinger and Coleen Buddinger both of Sycamore, IL, 5 grandchildren, Amy, Kate, Brian, Jennifer, Jamie and Jeremy and 10 great grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by his parents a brother, William “Whitey” Buddinger and a sister-in-law, Joan Buddinger.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 3, 2020 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday at Gesche Funeral Home.

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

Casket bearers are: Gene Buddinger, Brian Buddinger, Jim Owens, John Owens, Jerry Owens Jr., Wayne Huth and Roger Huth.

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Wilbur’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Susan R. Gluch, 64, died January 30th, 2020
Susan Gluch, age 64, of Neillsville, WI died Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neillsville.

Susan Rae Matz was born on November 21, 1955 in Milwaukee, WI the daughter of Raymond and Marietta (Karth) Matz. She attended school in New Berlin, WI thru the 7th grade. They then moved to Neillsville, where she graduated from Neillsville High School in 1974. On March 11, 1976 she was united in marriage to Anthony Nathan Ray Gluch in Granton, WI. Susan worked at Sammy Ball’s Café and the Hacienda Restaurant in Neillsville. She also cooked at Memorial Medical Center, worked as a janitor at the Neillsville High School, sold Avon, worked at Sunburst Youth Homes and worked at Majestic Pines Casino from 1996 to 2001. She loved making crafts and Christmas ornaments. She enjoyed doing puzzles, gardening and caring for her mother in her elderly years.

She is survived by her husband, Anthony Gluch.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother, Robert Gary Matz and a sister, Penney Alice Siegel.

There will be no services per her wishes.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Susan’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Carolyn Kowalczyk , 84, died January 28th, 2020
CAROLYN M. "CAROLE" KOWALCZYK, age 84, of Loyal, formerly of Thorp, passed away on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at Clark County Rehab & Living Center.

Funeral services will be held at 11am on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Loyal, with Rev. Leo Johnson will officiating. Pallbearers will be: Eliot Kowalczyk. Jason Reckner, David Debold, Jay Cukla, Juan Jose Aszepetia and Kimberly Cukla Denil.

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

Carolyn Marie Cukla was born on May 1, 1935, on the family farm, rural Thorp, the daughter of Charles A. and Anna M. (nee Pancyrz) Cukla. She was raised on the family farm, and started working at a young age doing farm work for a neighbor while attending school. She received her education in the Gilman area, graduating from Gilman High School in 1952. After completing high school, she was united in marriage to Joseph S. Kowalczyk on October 11, 1952, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lublin. She was a full-time homemaker, plus she worked part-time as a cook/waitress at the Bar Cafe in Gilman. Carole was an active member of St. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in Gilman, was involved with the Gilman Boy Scouts, and a member of the Homemaker's Club.
In 1970, they moved to Loyal and bought the Loyal Hotel, which she managed until her retirement. She was a member and active in St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal. She had many interests. She enjoyed gardening, baking, playing cards, dancing polka’s although her favorite past-time was camping and fishing, followed by "shopping" at a casino. Carole was always willing to help a family member or anyone who was in need.

She will be dearly missed by her four children: Susan Kowalczyk of Marshfield, Rodney Kowalczyk of Loyal, Robin Kowalczyk of Marshfield, and Laurie Kowalczyk of Loyal; three grandchildren, Jason Reckner of Rock Springs, WI, Josianne Reckner of Marshfield, and Eliot (Amanda) Kowalczyk of Neillsville; one great-granddaughter: Charley Kowalczyk of Neillsville; seven sisters: Gertrude (Roman) Kostick of Ladysmith, Evelyn Debold of Medford, Patricia Struck of Milwaukee, Harriet Denzin of Milwaukee, Mary Barker of Phoenix, AZ, Barbara Heiting of Phillips; Delores Piekarz of Phoenix, AZ; one brother: James (Karen) Cukla of Rockport, TX; special friend: Donna Cukla; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Joe, on January 25, 2011; three brothers-in-law: Robert "Neil" Barker, Leonard Heiting and Peter Debold.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, Loyal, assisted the family with arrangements.
Jeffery J. Bryan, 60, died January 18th, 2020
Jeff Byran, age 60, of Neillsville, WI died Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Mayo Clinic Health Systems in Eau Claire, WI.

Jeffery Jay Bryan was born on March 6, 1959 on the Bryan farm in Neillsville, WI the son of Wayne and Mary (Vinney) Bryan. He served in the United States Army and was united in marriage to Patricia M. Barrett on April 20, 1981 in Douglas, WY. Jeff was a Jack-of-all-trades. He held several jobs, the most recent being an over the road truck driver for the past 20 years. He loved horses, dragons, rock-n-roll music, dancing, but he especially loved his grandbabies.

He is survived by his wife, Patty, three children, Chantel (Philip) Hazeley of Ocean Side, CA, Alisa (Andy) Stalsberg of Neillsville, WI and Jeff (Heather) Bryan Jr. of Neillsville, WI, 9 grandchildren, Brett, Shaneque, Philip, Adrian, Kaitlyn, Brooklyn, Wyatt, Sawyer and Liliana, his mother, Mary Bryan of Neillsville, seven siblings, Lynette (Rod) Canfield of Colfax, WI, Wayne (Becky Bartche) Bryan Jr. of Douglas, WY, Joan Bryan of Neillsville, WI, Beverly (Mike) Bettencourt of Black River Falls, WI, Jim (Lisa) Bryan of Neillsville, WI, Brenda (Matt) Gallagher of Douglas, WY and Mike (Jessie Krietlow) Bryan of Neillsville, WI. He is further survived by many nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his father, Wayne and a sister, Jane Bryan.

Per Jeff’s wishes no services will be held. A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Wyoming.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Jeff’s family with Funeral 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.
Steve Scharenbrock, 64, died December 6th, 2019
STEVEN J. "STEVE" SCHARENBROCK, age 64, of Willard, WI, passed away at House of the Dove, in Marshfield, WI, on Friday, December 6, 2019.

A Celebration of Steve's Life will be held at a later date in the Spring of 2020.

Steven John Scharenbrock was born on September 5, 1955 in Chicago, IL, the son of John and Elizabeth "Betty" (Thiel) Scharenbrock. He was raised and received his education in Chicago, graduating in 1974 from Gordon Technical High School in Chicago. After completing high school, Steve worked for a food distribution company in Chicago until moving to Willard, WI in 1981. He worked for Fleming Foods Company, in Marshfield, for several years. After they closed, Steve worked at Heartland Co-op in Greenwood, and drove school bus for the Greenwood School District. His last employment was with Grassland Dairy, in Greenwood, until his retirement.
He was a member of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and the Willard Historical Society. Steve had many interests, but especially enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.

Steve is survived by his wife, Linda, of Willard; one step-son: Josh (Gina) Thorson of Medford; 3 step-grandchildren: Brynn, Blake and Ty Thorson; 2 sisters: Sandra Scharenbrock of Phoenix, AZ and Susan Scharenbrock of Chicago, IL; one uncle: Jim (Joan) Scharenbrock of Ocean Isle, NC; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Elmer Heiman, 86, died November 29th, 2019
ELMER J. HEIMAN, age 86, of Thorp passed away on Friday, November 29, 2019 at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Per Elmer's wishes, funeral services will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 10:30am, at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig's Catholic Church in Thorp. Rev. Baskaran Sandhiyagu will officiate and burial will follow in St. Bernard's Catholic Cemetery.

Visitation will be held, at the church, on Saturday, May 9, 2020, from 9:00am until time of service.

Elmer Joseph Heiman was born on March 13, 1933 in Thorp, WI, the son of Andrew C. and Edith (Benzschawel) Heiman. He was raised on the family farm, received his education at area schools, and graduated from Thorp High School in 1951. After graduation, Elmer worked on his father's dairy farm and also worked as a farmhand and a mechanic for various other farmers in the area. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in August of 1956 and served until his honorable discharge in August 1962. During his active duty, Elmer was awarded many service medals, but he was most proud of his sharpshooter medals for both rifle and pistol. Upon returning home, Elmer went to work as a mechanic at Farmers Co-op in Thorp until its' closing in the early 1980's. He then built his own repair shop building and operated Elmer's Repair until his retirement.
He had many interests, but especially enjoyed fishing in Canada, deer hunting out west, snowmobiling, and taking videos of parades, farms, and other scenery.
Elmer was a member of St. Bernard - St. Hedwig Catholic Church, the Catholic Order of Foresters, and the Thorp VFW Post #9057.

He is survived by 14 nieces and nephews: Bonita (Mike) Ross-Romero of Las Vegas, NV, Sandra (Ken) Engel of Owen, WI, Donna (Joe) Soborowicz of Montverde, FL, Barbara (Dale) Schulz of Edgar, WI, Jayne (Randy) Mooney of Bettendorf, IA, Robert (Carol) Hubbard of Withee, WI, Royce Hubbard of Thorp, Earl Hubbard of Owen, Neil Hubbard of Fairchild, WI, Ivan Hubbard of Medford, John Hubbard of Thorp, Jerry Heiman of Campbellsport, WI, Kenneth (Helga) Heiman of Cedarburg, WI, and Wesley (Patti) Heiman of Mukwonago, WI

Elmer was preceded in death by his parents, 2 sisters: Ella Hubbard and Lenore Giwojna; 2 brothers: Raymond and Leonard Heiman, and two nephews:Roger and William Hubbard.

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

Thorp Funeral Home is assisting Elmer's family with arrangements.


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