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Mayona L. Lewis, 84, died July 24th, 2020
Mayona Lewis, age 84, of Neillsville, WI died Friday, July 24, 2020, under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice, surrounded by her loving family, at her daughter’s residence in Weston, WI.

Mayona Laurene Johnson was born on September 17, 1935 in Blanchardville, WI the daughter of Hans and Goldie (Kammerud) Johnson. She attended Bainbridge Country Grade School and graduated from Blanchardville High School. Then she worked in the kitchen at the Monroe Hospital before moving to Neillsville, where she waitressed at The Hotel. On July 17, 1954 Mayona was united in marriage to Theodore Lewis at the Old Congregational Church in Neillsville. Shortly after they were married, she began working at the nursing home in Neillsville and in 1968 they started farming in the town of Pine Valley. Mayona worked at the nursing home for over 20 years. Ted died in 1988 and in 1989 she moved into Neillsville, where she resided for the past 30 years.
She was a member of the Pine Valley Zion Lutheran Church and the Hilltop Homemakers in Neillsville. She loved waterfalls, and was collecting rocks, gemstones and jewelry. She liked to play cards and listen to country western music and she was an avid reader. Most of all, though, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by four children, Phoebe (Paul) Bertz of King George, VA, Tammy (Duane) Marty of Neillsville, WI, Lisa (Alex) Dahlke of Weston, WI and Dennis (Jane) Lewis of Belleville, MI, 9 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, three sisters, Vernalee Dorsey of Argyle, WI, Nancy Caldwell of Argyle, WI and Connie (Dennis) Relihan of San Tan Valley, AZ, a sister-in-law, Liz Johnson of Verona, WI and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband Ted, her parents, three brothers, Malcolm, Bernard and Dick, two brothers-in-law, Ed Dorsey and Doug Caldwell and 2 sister-in-laws, Sarah Johnson and Atha Johnson.

Funeral Services for Mayona will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at the Pine Valley Zion Lutheran Church in Neillsville. Pastor Chad Anderson will officiate. Music will be provided by Sharon Bjerke, organist and Lori Wirtz, soloist. Interment will be in the North Pine Valley Cemetery.

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

Honorary Casket Bearers are: Melissa Gurney, Bonnie Tutor, Jeremy Bertz and Nathan Bertz.

Casket Bearers are: Shawn Bertz, Mathew Marty, Michael Marty, Theodore “TJ” Dahlke, Lucas Dahlke and Cole Gurney.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Mayona’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Very Reverend Varkey V. Joseph, 69, died July 21st, 2020
Father Varkey Velickakathu Joseph, at the age of 69 and a priest for 40 years, died July 21, 2020 in Neillsville.

Varkey V. Joseph was born May 4, 1951, in Elappally, Kerala, India, the son of Joseph Velickakathu Kuruvila and Rosa Velickakathu Joseph. His public grade school and high school education was in Elappally, Kerala and Moolamattom, Kerala. He joined the Society of Catholic Apostolate (Pallotine Fathers and Brothers) and took the religious name of George. He studied philosophy for two years at St. Xavier’s College in Kerala, then theology at St. Charles Borromeo Mission Seminary in Nagpur, Maharashtra. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Sebastian Vayalil on October 13, 1979 at the Church of St. George in Moolamattom, Kerala, India. He was bi-ritual with faculties to celebrate the Syro-Malabar rite.
In the early days of Father Varkey’s priesthood he obtained a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Law Certificate from Banglore University, taught philosophy and basic economy. He was the Pastor of two parishes in the State of Kerala and worked as a missionary for one year. He also worked with disadvantaged children for a year. In 1997, he contacted Bishop Raymond L. Burke seeking to learn about different customs and styles of pastoral approaches in the United States. With the help of Father John Parr arrangements were made and he arrived in Chicago on January 10, 1998 and in La Crosse two days later. Father Varkey stayed with Father Edward Shuttleworth at St. Mary’s Assumption Parish in Durand and also served at Holy Rosary Parish in Lima.
On October 3, 1998, Father Varkey was assigned as the Pastor of Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Spring Valley and Sacred Heart in Elmwood. He received an indult to leave the Society of Catholic Apostolate and was incardinated as a priest of the Diocese of La Crosse on April 12, 2001. On February 15, 2011, Father Varkey became the Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Neillsville. On March 1, 2012, he also became the Pastor of St. John Cantius Parish in Fairchild and St. Joseph Parish in Fairview. He was released from his responsibilities in Fairchild and Fairview on July 1, 2014 and continued to serve the faithful in Neillsville until the time of his death. On August 1, 2018, he became the dean of the Thorp Deanery.

Father Varkey was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Treessiamma Augustine, and one brother Michael Joseph Velickakathu.

He is survived by two sisters Achamma Mathew and Rose Joseph Velickakathu, two brothers Joseph Velickakathu and Devasia Joseph Velickakathu, and many nieces and nephews.

On Sunday, July 26, 2020, the Rosary will be prayed at 4:30 p.m. Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church in Neillsville, followed by Evening Prayer from the Office of the Dead at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will also be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday until the time of the Mass.

On Monday, July 27, Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Catholic Church in Neillsville at 11:00 a.m. Bishop William Patrick Callahan will be the main celebrant and Father Georgekutty Thayilkuzhithottu, MSFS will be the homilist. A graveside visitation will be held at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Elmwood from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. followed by the Burial.

Due to Covid 19 restrictions, please call 715-743-3840 to register to attend any of the services. For those unable to attend, the Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed. Please go to the website of Gresche Funeral Home at https://www.geschefh.com/ , click on the link below Father Varkey’s obituary for the link.

Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville is assisting with arrangements.
Bernice M. Kalsow, 94, died July 11th, 2020
Bernice Kalsow, age 94, of Neillsville, WI died Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the Care and Rehabilitation Center in Neillsville.

Bernice Mae Kalsow was born February 14, 1926 in the town of Weston, the daughter of Peter and Christina (Janecek) Boon. She received her education at Mound School and Neillsville High School and was confirmed at St John's Lutheran as a young lady. Bernice married Franklin Zickert, and they farmed for 43 years before Franklin passed away suddenly in 1986. They sold the farm in 1989, and Bernice moved to town, but continued to work at the hospital. She worked for Memorial Medical Center for 27 years. She was united in marriage to Donald Kalsow in 1990 and retired from the hospital in 1991. They both enjoyed camping and traveling and spent winters in Apache Junction, AZ. They have many friends there as well as in other states. She was a member of St John's Evangelical Church, the American Legion auxiliary, the Lutheran Ladies Aid, the Good Sam's Camping Club, and president of the Senior Center. Bernice enjoyed playing cards and visiting with friends and family.

She is survived by her children, Dennis Zickert of Lyndon, IL, Linda Scharenbrock of Willard, WI, Cindy Zickert of Greenwood, WI, Beverly (Dale) Reinart of Neillsville, WI, Barbara Johnson of Augusta, WI and Wayne Kalsow of Neillsville, WI, many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. She is also survived by a very dear friend, Joan Zickert.

She is preceded in death by Don Kalsow and three very dear sons, Frank age 67, Terry age 32, and Rick age 37, her parents, one brother, Merrill Boon, one sister, Gladys Boon and a very dear daughter-in-law, Sue Zickert.

Funeral Services for Bernice will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 17, 2020 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville. Pastor Nathan Wilke will officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Friday at St. John’s,. Casket bearers will be Troy Zickert, Isaac Zickert, Joe Zickert, Joshua Thorson, Nathan Wortman, Kelly Reinart, Richard Reinart.

Bernice will be sadly missed by her children and friends.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Bernice’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Scott Tews, 65, died July 10th, 2020
Scott C. Tews, age 65, of Neillsville, WI passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family on July 10 after a courageous battle with cancer. His spirit during his long fight against cancer is an inspiration to all who knew him.

Scott Charles Tews was born September 30, 1954 in Neillsville, WI, to Edgar and Alice (Beyer) Tews. Scott made many life-long friends in school and stayed close to them until his death. He attended St. John’s Lutheran School and graduated from Neillsville High School. After high school, he earned an Associate Degree in Civil Structural Technology from Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire. Upon graduation he joined his father in the family construction business and eventually he took over Tews Carpentry. For over 40 years, he designed, built and remodeled residential homes and commercial properties. He was united in marriage to Carol Zank on July 20, 1985. Together they had two children, Ryan and Kelley. Scott was a devoted husband and father. He cherished his time with his family and friends whether it was watching a Packer game together, fishing, hiking or taking a road trip. Scott appreciated nature and being outdoors. He was an avid deer hunter and fisherman and enjoyed motorcycle riding. He took many fishing trips to Canada with friends and his son, Ryan. Scott and his daughter, Kelley, enjoyed fishing on the Black River. He liked playing softball and bowling; for many years, he was a member of Grosses team in league bowling. Scott was active in the Neillsville community. He was a long-time member of the Neillsville Men’s Club and the WINX Club. He was a member of the Pine Valley Lutheran Church where he had served on the church council. He took great pride that Tews Carpentry along with the Neillsville High School capstone building class built the new Pine Valley Lutheran Church.

Scott is survived by his wife, Carol, his son, Ryan Tews and his daughter, Kelley Baum and her husband Sam, and step-grandson Vincent, all of Neillsville, his siblings include Linda (Norm) Dodge of Eleva, WI, Mark (Raymond Griffis) Tews of Fort Lauderdale, FL and Paul (Cindy) Tews of Naples, FL. Other survivors include nephews, Alex (Sadie) Dodge of Eleva, WI and Adam (Nicole) Dodge of Mondovi, WI, mother-in-law, Ardis Zank, Neillsville, father-in-law, Bill (Sue) Zank of Neillsville, and sisters-in-law, Gail Zank (Bob Davis) of San Marcos, TX and Ann Zank of Milwaukee WI.

Scott was predeceased by his parents, Edgar C. and Alice M. (Beyer) Tews.

A visitation will be held Friday, July 24 at Gesche Funeral Home from 4:00PM – 7:00PM and a funeral service for family will be held at 11:00AM on Saturday, July 25 at the Pine Valley Lutheran Church. The funeral service will be streamed online at Geschefh.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to your favorite charity.

A celebration of life is planned for July 10, 2021.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Scott’s family with funeral arrangements.
Kevin John Schmitt , 52, died July 8th, 2020
Kevin Schmitt age 52 of Chili, WI died unexpectedly Wednesday July 8, 2020 at Marshfield Medical Center

Kevin was born December 12, 1967 in Chippewa Falls, WI to Sylvester and Jeanette (Meyer) Schmitt. He attended Stanley-Boyd High School. After leaving Stanley, Kevin settled into his forever residence in Chili, WI.
Kevin was a skilled craftsman in multiple trades. He took pride in his work, some would say he was meticulous in everything he did. Whether for himself or for others. Kevin will always be remembered for the man who would drop everything to help a neighbor in need. Kevin took pride in mentoring the younger generation of his many skills: from small engine repair, to vehicle repair/maintenance to carpentry. He especially prided himself in mentoring his grandchildren.
In his younger years Kevin was an avid outdoorsman enjoying hunting, fishing and camping. You could find Kevin enjoying the outdoors year-round, even if he complained of the weather at times. Kevin enjoyed cheering on the Packers either at the game or watching it with friends and family.

Kevin is survived by his longtime companion Brenda Van Ert. His mother Jeanette Geist of Boyd. Brothers Dave of Granton, Dan (Pam) Chippewa Falls, Steve (Tammy) Cadott, Jamie (Tina) Chippewa Falls. Daughter Melissa (Sam) Wampole of Thorp. Grandchildren Quintin, Preston, Khloe and Liam of Thorp. And a future great-granddaughter. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. And his furry little buddy Trigger (kitty-kitty). Extended family Brad, Ricky, Tracy, Amy and their families. Brenda’s parents Duane and Judy Van Ert.

He was preceded in death by his father Sylvester, step-father Tony Geist. Sister-in-Law AnnMarie Schmitt and nephew Jeremy Schmitt. Also preceded by Grandparents Andrew and Katie Schmitt and Victor and Irma Meyer, Grandma Ellen Taylor. Aunts and Uncles. And special Aunt Peggy.

A memorial service for Kevin will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday July 15, 2020 at Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI.

Visitation will be from 9:00 am - 11:00 am at Gesche Funeral Home. A light lunch will be served at the Neillsville American Legion following the service.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Kevin’s family with Funeral arrangements.
Devon M. Fleischmann, 24, died July 6th, 2020
Devon Fleischmann, age 24, of Loyal, WI formerly of Neillsville, WI died Monday, July 6, 2020 as a result of a car accident near Loyal.

Devon Michael Fleischmann was born on November 7, 1995 in Neillsville, WI the son of Curt Casper and Karen Sue (Sischo) Fleischmann. He graduated from Neillsville High School in 2014 and then joined the Army National Guard. On May 15, 2016 he was united in marriage to Ashley Davis at Big Eau Pleine County Park in Mosinee, WI. Along with driving tractor, Devon, also worked at Top Form in Marshfield, was the tarp shed manager at Roehl Transport in Marshfield, Worked at Grassland Diary Products in Greenwood, WI and most recently at the Packaging Corp. of America (PCA) in Marshfield.
Devon loved being outdoors, hunting and fishing, 4-wheeling and “Muddin’”. He enjoyed working on anything with an engine. He had an obsession with guns and he loved to shoot them constantly.

He is survived by his wife, Ashley, three children, Luke, Brayden and Liam Casper Fleischmann, his mother, Karen (Paul Simm) Fleischmann of Marshfield, WI, a brother, Gabriel Fleischmann of Marshfield, WI, his grandparents, Emily and Dennis Fleischmann of Neillsville, WI and Lilly Sischo of Neillsville, WI, Great Grandmothers, Helen Schoen of Neillsville, and Delores Hoeft of Neillsville, Father- in-Law, Craig and Ashley Davis of Marshfield, WI, his Mother-in-Law, Connie and Quint Denzine of Stratford, WI, a Sister-in-Law, Mariah Davis of Marshfield, WI, Brothers-in-Law, Brandon Davis and Garth Egner of Loyal, WI and Grandparents-in-Law, Clarence and Betty Davis of Marshfield, WI and Tex and Maryann Kaiser of Stratford, WI.

He was preceded in death by his Father, Curt C. Fleischmann and two uncles, Clarence Castner and Buck Sischo.

A Memorial Service for Devon will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 16, 2020 at Geshe Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Neillsville. Pastor Terry Marg will officiate.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursday at Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Military Honors will be performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council immediately following the memorial service.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Devon’s family with funeral arrangements.
Randy L. Garbisch, 55, died July 4th, 2020
Randy Garbisch, age 55, of Granton, WI died Saturday, July 4, 2020 at his home on Pelsdorf Avenue.

Randy Lee Garbisch was born on June 13, 1965 in Neillsville, WI the son of Frederick “Fritz” and Kathleen “Kathy” (Jones) Garbisch. He was raised on the family farm and attended Granton High School, where he was a two-time state qualifier in wrestling. While in high school he worked at Cenex in Granton. He graduated in 1983, and then attended farming short course in Madison, WI. On Valentine’s Day in 1993 he was united in marriage to Bobbi Jo Dahlke. They had a daughter, Randi Jo. They later divorced. Randy worked at Tesmer’s Construction and co-owned and co-operated R&R Roofing in Granton for over twenty years and then worked on the family farm.
He loved being outdoors especially the trips out west to Colorado with his Dad and friends.He also enjoyed making maple syrup with his family. Most of all though, he loved his granddaughters. He loved walking with them to Roger’s Grocery and referred to them as Little Pal Pal and Baby Pal Pal.

He is survived by a daughter, Randi Jo (Jameson Anderson) Garbisch of Granton, WI, step-daughter, Amanda (Craig) Genteman of Neillsville, two granddaughters, Natalee and Lexi, a step-granddaughter, Dakota, his parents, Fritz and Kathy Garbisch of Granton and three sisters, Brenda (Jim) Bredlau of Granton, WI, Shelly (Nathan) Larson of Lakeville, MN and Angela (Matt) Bigaouette of Carver, MN, nieces and nephews, Joshua Bredlau, Brent (Allison) Bredlau, Ashley (Brandon) Jensen, Brianna Larson, Cody Larson, Vanessa Rosales, Olivia Bigaouette, Isabelle Bigaouette and Brayden Bigaouette. Randy is further survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents.

A Memorial Service for Randy will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 11, 2020 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Granton. Pastor Daniel Schoessow will officiate. Music will be provided by Caroline Helm, organist.

Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday at the Zion Lutheran Church.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Randy’s family with funeral arrangements.
Arthur “Art” F. Hosking Jr., 72, died June 29th, 2020
Arthur “Art” F. Hosking Jr., age 72, of Neillsville, WI died Monday June 29, 2020 at his home.

Arthur Fred Hosking Jr., was born on Aug 10, 1947 in the Bronx, New York, son of Arthur Fred Hosking Sr. and Domenica Mary (Angelastro) Hosking. He attended school in the Bronx, New York. He served in the United States Navy from March 18, 1965 till March 17, 1971. He is a Veteran of Foreign wars having served our country in Vietnam. Art took a steamfitter apprenticeship Local 638 UA, after serving in the Navy. He was a New York City firefighter. He completed his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1977. He worked for IBM as a water chemist from 1977 to 1984 before he moved to Wisconsin. He relied on his steamfitter skills from 1984 for the Veteran’s Administration and Local 601 UA until his retirement in 2007. Art was united in marriage on July 30, 1991 to Nancy (Gurney) Stelter in Milwaukee, WI. Art enjoyed spending time with his family, blacksmithing, camping, cooking, fishing and conversation.

He survived by his wife, Nancy of Neillsville, 2 step-children, Frederick (Cherie) Stelter II of Milwaukee and Jeffrey (fiancé Cheryl Meihak) Stelter of Neillsville, 4 grandchildren, April Lisiak of CA, Rhiannon Stelter of Milwaukee, Scott Stelter of Neillsville and Donovan Stelter of Plover, WI. He is also survived by 3 siblings, Kim (Gerard) Duiker of CA, Victor Hosking of AZ and David (Marian) Hosking of New York and many nieces and nephews.

Art was preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Service for Art will be held at 11:30 a.m., Monday, August 10, 2020 at the Neillsville American Legion.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., also at the American Legion. Military Rites will be accorded by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Art’s family with funeral arrangements.
Larry W. Goode, 67, died June 27th, 2020
Larry Goode, age 67, of Neillsville, WI died Saturday, June 27, 2020 at his home on River Avenue.

Larry Wayne Goode was born on May 21, 1953 in Jefferson County, West Virginia the son of Merle and Dorothy (Jones) Goode. He was enlisted in the United States Army from December 31, 1970 to December 18, 1973, serving in Vietnam. He was a paratrooper with the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC and received four separate letters of commendation from superior officers for his “unusually high scoring” as the unit’s lead vehicle inspector. He was also certified as a Jungle Warfare Expert at Fort Sherman Training Center in the Panama Canal in 1972 and stood security for President Nixon’s second inauguration in 1973. After separation from the service, he continued his exceptional career as a mechanic for the remainder of his life and did everything from tow truck driving to body repair and painting. He worked at Urban’s Sales & Service for over a decade as a mechanic until he purchased Becker’s Auto and Repair in Granton and ran his own business until his final years.
Larry will be remembered as a hard-working man. He prided himself on being self-taught, honest, and rarely missed a day of work in his entire life. While running his repair shop, he often “mysteriously lost” repair bills for people he knew were struggling financially.
In his younger years, Larry enjoyed hunting and fishing. After his retirement, he enjoyed riding his Harley with his biker veteran friends and watching Nascar and westerns on TV. He loved his grandchildren dearly and fully embraced everything that went along with being a Grandpa, including pulling pranks, feeding them too much candy, and buying them more toys than they needed.

He is survived by a son, Jason Goode of Marshfield, WI, a daughter, Skye Goode of Neillsville, WI, three grandchildren, Austin, Jackson and Rene, a sister, Joyce Markem of Shepardstown, WV and his beloved dog, Tucker.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert.

Larry’s family will greet friends and relatives from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Friday, July 17, 2020 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Interment will be in the Columbia Cemetery in the town of Hewett. Military Honors will be performed by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Larry’s family with funeral arrangements.
Dan Elmhorst, 78, died June 26th, 2020
Daniel Elmhorst, age 78, of Neillsville, WI died Friday, June 26, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Daniel Gene Elmhorst was born on Easter Sunday, April 5, 1942 on the home farm in Chili, WI the son of Henry Paul Carl and Dorothy Alice (Daniels) Elmhorst. Dan had several talents and spent most of his life self-employed. His primary occupations were farming and logging, but he was best known in this area as a school bus driver. He worked with the Neillsville School District for over 30 years. In retirement, he became a transporter for the Amish community and became well known and respected in their communities. Dan began maple syruping with his father in 1947 and was handed down the operation for him to oversee beginning in 2000, which continued until this past year.
He was united in marriage to Joel Neuman on July 27, 1963 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Riplinger, WI. Early in their marriage they had moved to the Fox Valley and Waukesha areas, where they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1970. As a devote member he was an Elder, a High Priest and served in multiple Branch Presidencies and Ward Bishoprics among other church callings.
In 1973, Dan moved his family back to the family farm, “Peaceful Pines” where he built a home that was always open and welcoming to anyone in need. Dan was a very caring and loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was very devoted to taking care of his wife and eleven children and was a father figure to many others.
He was an inventor of many things such as logging equipment, loaders on tractors, and was proud of his perpetual motion machine, light bulb furnace, and other “Dr. Seuss-like” inventions. He loved storytelling and was very musically talented. He had a beautiful voice, played guitar and harmonica and was a member of the musical group “Neillsville Entertainers”. He had a great sense of humor and loved to tease little children with silly songs.
His retirement hobbies included participating in the Granton Tractor Club and making ropes for the Mormon Loggers group at Neillsville Heritage Days with his own custom designed rope-making machine, as well as tinkering with his “toys”, which included tractors, trucks, vans, etc., and his scraping and salvage.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joel Marie, eleven children, Daniel J. “DJ” (Patty Fowler) Elmhorst of Granton, WI, Ladd (Deanna) Elmhorst of Neillsville, WI, Tawnya (Robert) Featherston of Granton, WI, Nona (Mitch) Crowe of Ashland, WI, Naomi (Richette) Elmhorst of Neillsville, WI, Mya (Hazen Hawkes) Elmhorst of Neillsville, WI, Thomas (Lisa) Elmhorst of Marshfield, WI, Cherie (Richard) Atkins of Jacksonville, IL, Jacob (Ali) Elmhorst of North Ridgeville, OH, Elizabeth (Nathan Warczytowa) James of Westfield, WI and Peter (Cheryl) Elmhorst of Spring, TX, 34 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren with 1 on the way, 9 siblings, Henry “Dick” (Joan) Elmhorst of Rudolph, WI, Roy (Sue) Elmhorst of Iola, WI, William (Virginia) Elmhorst of Neillsville, WI, Rosemary McBride of Neillsville, WI, Michael (Evangeline) Elmhorst of Paynesville, MN, Andrew Elmhorst of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Judith Hineline of Loyal, WI, Paul Elmhorst of Whitehall, WI and James Elmhorst of Neillsville, WI and many nieces and nephews.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Dorothy, brothers, Eldred and Timothy and sister-in-law, Shirley (Paul) Elmhorst.

Funeral Services for Daniel will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 6, 2020 at Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Neillsville. Interment will be in the Peaceful Pines Cemetery in Neillsville. A luncheon at Schuster’s Park in Neillsville, with opportunities to share stories of Dan, will follow the interment.

Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Sunday, July 5th and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 6th at Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Honorary Casket Bearers are: Caleb Atkins, Mason Elmhorst, Sam McBride and Trevor James
Casket Bearers are: Daniel Featherston, Shawn Featherston, Nicky Featherston, Robby Featherston, Ashton Featherson, Gunnar Crowe and Brian Franzen.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Daniel’s family with funeral arrangements.
Keith A. Durham, 85, died June 26th, 2020
Keith Durham, age 85, of Neillsville, WI died Friday, June 26, 2020 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield, WI.

Keith Alvin Durham was born on June 14, 1935 in Humbird, WI the son of Alvin and Charlotte (Walker) Durham. He graduated from Neillsville High School and eventually joined the United States Navy. On June 20, 1959 he was united in marriage to Betty J. Seelow. Keith worked for Hank Marquart moving buildings and running a bulldozer for a few years. He then started a long career working for Nelson Muffler which gave him the opportunity to travel and work in England on and off for 7 years. He also raised feeder pigs, beef cattle, chickens and numerous other animals. Keith loved fishing and hunting for deer, bear and coons and going sightseeing. Keith was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville.

Keith is survived by his wife, Betty, 5 children, Reita (Jim) Gelander of Willard, WI, Richard Durham, Kendall Durham and Korry (Gail) Durham all of Neillsville and Kent (Dawn) Durham of Marshfield, WI, 5 grandchildren, Tasha Gelander, Toni (Matt) Erickson, Alissa Durham, Logan Durham and Sara Durham and 2 great grandchildren, Makenna and Bentley Erickson. He is also survived by 3 sisters, Laura Kutcher of Hixton, Norrine Steinke of Milwaukee, Joan Waltemate of Neillsville, 2 sister-in-laws, Mary Durham of Wau and Dorothy Pierce of Gleason and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, infant twin grandsons, Charles and Keith Gelander, an infant brother, Wendell, a brother, Darrel, a sister, Nadine Durham, 4 brother-in-laws, Glen Kutcher, John Steinke, Earl Waltemate and Don Pierce and 1 niece.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Neillsville. Pastor Timothy Biebert will conduct the service.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the Gesche Funeral Home and again Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m., at the church prior to the service. Interment will be in the North Pine Valley Cemetery. Military Honors will be provided by the Neillsville Veteran’s Council.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Keith’s family with funeral arrangements.
Dean Milz, 63, died June 24th, 2020
DEAN F. MILZ, age 63, of Loyal, WI, died on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at his home under the care of his family and St. Croix Hospice. He had survived stage IV Leiomyosarcoma for 10 1/2 years.

Dean Francis Milz was born in Cresco, Iowa on July 25, 1956 to Edward and Luella (Albertson) Milz. He attended St Anthony Catholic School and graduated from Loyal High School in 1974. Dean was united in marriage to Julie K. Rowley on February 8, 1975 at St Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal.
Dean was a self-employed dairy farmer his whole life. He was a member of St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Loyal, and the Loyal FFA Alumni. He enjoyed traveling, bowling, deer hunting and visiting with friends and family.

He was survived by his wife, Julie, of Loyal; 2 sons: Robert (Amanda Stephens) and Thomas (Natalie Brown), both of Loyal; one daughter: Melissa Milz of Madison; special little friend: Emilee; his step-father: Paul Guillaume of Loyal; 4 brothers: Duane (Karen) of Medford, Raymond (Connie) of Milladore, Kenneth (Cindy) of Colby and Timothy (Donna) of Loyal; 5 sisters: Sharon (Paul) Jirak of Decorah, IA, Patricia (Larry) Lang of Marshfield, Nancy (David)Wucherpfennig of Loyal, Beverly (Brian) Johnson of Holmen and Susan (Floyd) Cochran of Fallon, NV; one sister-in-law Nancy Locknane of Minnesota; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother: James, and one sister: Mary Milz

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held at 11am on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Loyal. The service will be live-streamed for the public on the church website at www.stanthonyloyal.org.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Gerald "Jerry" Mrotek , 78, died June 24th, 2020
GERALD R. MROTEK, age 78, of Marshfield, formerly of Loyal, passed away at Marshfield Medical Center, in Marshfield, on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 surrounded by his family.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a private family service will be held at 11am on Wednesday, July 1, 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 take place at Hillside Cemetery, in Marshfield, following the service.

Gerald Richard Mrotek was born on November 9, 1941 in Marshfield, WI, to Roman S. and Lavonne S. (Beer) Mrotek. He was raised and received his education in Marshfield. While in high school, Jerry enrolled in the Navy ROTC program on September 14, 1959 and was discharged on May 31, 1960, after graduating from Marshfield High School. He then enrolled in the U.S. Navy Reserve on June 1, 1960 and served until his honorable discharge on September 13, 1965. Jerry attended UW-Madison and UW-Platteville, graduating in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science degree in music. He was united in marriage to Betty J. E. Quam on August 13, 1965 in Madison. Jerry first taught music in the Cochrane/Fountain City school district in 1965, and then taught at Ithaca Public Schools from 1966 to 1970. They then moved to Loyal, where he led the high school band from 1970 to 2002. He then taught at Abbotsford Elementary School from 2002 to 2004, and at Auburndale Elementary School from 2004 to 2014 until retiring. During retirement, Jerry was a substitute teacher until Covid-19 shut down the schools.
He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the Wisconsin School Music Association, the Wisconsin Education Association, and the National Education Association.
Jerry had many interests, but especially loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, attending musicals and concerts, playing in bands, fishing, hunting, woodworking, old radio shows, collecting coins, playing, coaching and watching softball, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs.

He will be dearly missed by his children: Erik (Vickie) Mrotek of Wausau, Lori (Tom) Rentmeester of Marshfield; 4 grandchildren: Olivia, Elena, Elizabeth and Christina, 2 brothers: James (Karen) Mrotek of Wisconsin Rapids, Daniel (Ginger) Mrotek of Arpin; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Betty, on August 2, 2015; and one brother: David Mrotek.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be given in Jerry’s name for a memorial to be established at a later date.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Jesse Richmond, 89, died June 21st, 2020
Jesse Richmond, age 89, of Granton, WI went to his heavenly home on Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Jesse was born on February 19, 1931 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield the son of Jesse William and Agnes (Schwieger) Richmond. His mother passed away one day later and he was raised by his step mother Edna Cassidy Richmond Akins. He attended school in Greenwood and graduated from Neillsville High School in 1950. After graduating, Jesse took the farming short course in Madison, WI. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Virginia Vandeberg on June 23, 1951 at the United Methodist Church in Christie, WI. They farmed in Christie for four years before moving to Fairchild, where they farmed for a year. They then moved to Granton and farmed for many years in the town of Grant. While farming, Jesse also sold silos and farm equipment. After their children where raised, Jesse and Virginia retired from farming, sold the farm and moved to their new house on five acres nearby. Jesse did not totally retire though; he became a field rep. for Arpin Dairy for a few more years before retiring for good.
Jesse is a long-time member of the United Methodist Church in Granton. He loved sports of all kinds and especially enjoyed watching the Milwaukee Braves/Brewers and the Green Bay Packers of which he was a co-owner. He also had a passion for Oliver tractors and steam trains. Jesse’s family always came first, though. He loved his family very much and adored all the children in his life including the 16 foster children of which three they adopted. In 2018, they were honored at the Granton Fall Festival as the Honored Grandparents by the Granton FFA Alumni.

He is survived by his wife Virginia, five children, Kathie (Robert) Sparkes of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Karen Richmond of Portland, OR, Carole (Gerri) Krueger of Green Bay, WI, Robert (Anita) Richmond of Shelby, IA and John (Lisa) Richmond of Granton, WI, a daughter-in-law, Amy (Brent) Brooks of Spencer, WI, 18 grandchildren, Justin (Melissa) Sparkes, Jennifer (Kevin) Bravener, Jaime (Emily) Sparkes, Kevin Richmond, Nicholas Krueger, Ryan (Kelly) Krueger, Joe (Jenny) Havlik, Angela (Stephen) Berend, Daniel Richmond, Jake Oldenberg, Erica Oldenberg, Ashley (Adam) Jackson, Jordan Richmond, Jesse Richmond, John (Chelsea) Richmond, Jeffrey Richmond, Jessica Richmond and Jill Richmond. Jesse is further survived by 7 step grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren and a sister-in-law, Joyce Oldham of Marshfield, WI.

He was preceded in death by two children, Marvin Eugene Richmond and Dennis James Richmond, and a brother, Donald Richmond.

Jesse’s family will greet visitors from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Neillsville, WI. The funeral service will be private, immediate family only. Interment will be in the York Center Cemetery in the Town of York.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Jesse’s family with funeral arrangements.
Jerry Lamovec, 73, died June 20th, 2020
JERRY F. LAMOVEC, age 73, of Willard, passed away at Marshfield Medical Center, in Marshfield, WI, on June 20, 2020.

A Celebration of Life will be held for Jerry on Thursday, July 2, 2020 from 3pm to 7pm at Settlers Park, in Willard.

Visitation will be from 3pm to 5pm, followed by a service at 5pm, and then visiting until 7pm.

Jerry Frank Lamovec was born on July 4, 1946 in Greenwood, WI, the son of Frank G. and Helen M. (Brezic) Lamovec. He was raised on the family farm in Willard, and received his education in area schools, graduating from Greenwood High School in 1964. After high school, Jerry moved to Milwaukee, WI and worked at West Allis Concrete, now Spancrete. He was united in marriage to Mary L. Turnquist on June 15, 1968 in Milwaukee. Jerry served in the U.S. Army Reserve from September 21, 1965 and until his honorable discharge on September 24, 1971. In 1973, they moved back to Willard and took over the operation of his family's farm. Jerry and Mary farmed together for 25 years until retiring in 1998, and then built a home just south of Willard. After retiring from farming, Jerry drove truck for many people, including, Jeff Ossman, Golden Grain Transport, Kevin Fellenz, and delivered cabinets for his son, Jason, at Kitchen Koncepts.
He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Willard, and was the sexton of the church cemetery. Jerry had many interests, but especially enjoyed going to Brewer games, spending time with his children and grandchildren and riding motorcycle.

Jerry will be dearly missed by his wife, Mary, of Willard; his children: Jason (Patty) Lamovec of Willard, Tina Lamovec of Greenwood, Melanie Kind (Jeff Dick) of Loyal, and Roscoe (April) Lamovec of Greenwood; his grandchildren: Kassidy Lamovec, Sydney and Sierra Kind, and Rhett Lamovec; 2 sisters: Mary (Larry) Hadzima of Midlothian, TX, Germaine (Rob) Levac of Hot Springs Village, AR; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Shannon, on January 1,2006; and one sister: Judy Bauer-Mayenschein on September 28, 2016.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Carol Jean Christie, 83, died June 13th, 2020
Carol Jean Vlasak Holmes Christie died June 13, 2020, at the age of 83.

She was born in 1937, in Madison, Wisconsin, the daughter of Lillian and Fred Vlasak. She lost her father when she was only an infant and her mother remarried Burl Marion Holmes, who adopted Carol as his daughter. Carol graduated from Logan High School in La Crosse, WI where she met her lifelong love, Gerald Eugene Christie. Carol and Jerry married on August 31, 1957, in a civil ceremony while Jerry was on leave from the Air Force. Carol worked at the La Crosse Hospital as a nurse’s aide.
Jerry and Carol moved to Neillsville, Wisconsin, in 1959 where they raised their three children. Carol worked at St. John’s Lutheran School as a cook’s assistant. She also cooked on occasion for weddings and fairs for many years. Carol and Jerry renewed their vows in 1991 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Neillsville with their family and friends present. In 2007, Carol moved to Eau Claire to be nearer to her children and grandchildren. Throughout her life Carol enjoyed crafts and cooking, making many things for her children and grandchildren.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather, and husband Gerald.

She is survived by her children and grandchildren: Kelly and Jim Leino of Eau Claire; Michael and Diane (Sandquist) Christie of Eau Claire, and their children Andrew of Coon Rapids, MN and Pamela of Rochester, MN; June and Tim Drake and their children Haley and Devin all of King George, VA.

The family is planning a private graveside service.

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

Online condolences may be made at www.geschefh.com
Jennifer Kopp , 46, died June 13th, 2020
Jennifer E. Kopp, 46, of Madison, WI, formerly of Neillsville, WI, died on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at the Select Specialty Hospital in Madison, WI.

Jennifer Ellen Kopp was born on September 22, 1973 in Neillsville, WI the daughter of Theodore and Mary Sue (Hoffmann) Kopp. She attended Special Education Classes at the United Church of Christ in Neillsville starting at the age of three. She then attended Neillsville Schools before moving to Princeton, WI in 1990 and later to the Madison area. Jenny graduated from Stoughton High School in 1994. After graduation, she worked at an Opportunity Development Center in Stoughton. Jennifer loved acting and worked at the Encore Studio for the Performing Arts for 20 years as an actress.
Jennifer took part in the Special Olympics and the Wisconsin Lions Camp when she lived in the Neillsville area. When she moved to Madison, she was active with Badger Camp, bowling, a volunteer for the Humane Society and Three Gaits – Therapeutic Horsemanship Center. Jenny was also an avid sports fan. She cheered on the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Bucks; She was able to go on the field several times for Wisconsin Badger football games and on several occasions, she threw out the first pitch at Madison Mallard baseball games.

She is survived by her father, Ted Kopp (Bernie Seidl), step-father, Larry Kyle, both of Neillsville, WI, siblings, Angie (Jim) Linneman, of Eau Claire, WI, Brad Kopp of Wausau, WI and Melissa Homan of Waupun, WI, nieces and nephews, Rachel (Joe) Zimmer, Amanda Kopp, Madison and Hope Homan. She is further survived by 5 stepsiblings, Scott (Jill) Kyle, Becky (Bruce) Hynes, Brenda (Dave) Nevins, Renee (Tom) Konter, and Justin (Cassie) Seidl.

Jennifer was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Sue Kyle, grandparents, Nelda and Carl Hoffmann and Ted and Doris Kopp.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 10, 2020 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville, WI. Rev. Varkey V. Joseph will officiate.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday, July 10, 2020 at the Gesche Funeral Home. Inurnment will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers of Memorials may be directed to the Encore Studio for the Preforming Arts, %Kelsy Schoenhaar, Executive/Artistic Director, 1480 Martin Street, Madison, WI 53713.

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

The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Jennifer’s family with funeral arrangements.
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.
Bernard Opelt, 92, died June 10th, 2020
Bernard “Bernie” Lee Opelt, age 92, of De Pere, WI died peacefully Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at home.

Bernie was born on May 4, 1928 in Neillsville the son of Carl and Millie (Mack) Opelt. He attended Neillsville schools.
At age 15 he bought his brother’s milk route and began delivering canned milk. This was the start of a long career in the dairy industry. He operated the milk route for three years. On May 22, 1946 he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Hanna Marie Hediger. Bernie and Hanna farmed together at two locations until 1966. After the sale of the farm, they bought a home delivery milk route with Bernie delivering and Hanna serving as the bookkeeper. He continued with Dolly Madison/Kemps until his retirement in 1990.
Bernie made many friends on the milk route and many still remember his sharing of a chocolate milk or an ice cream bar. Finding he missed people when he was retired, he worked for a few years at the Willie Wonder Car Wash.
He was a lover of people and enjoyed being out in the public and with friends. He was a member of several bowling teams, golf groups, and was very proud of his many years of service with the Neillsville Lions Club. He loved the outdoors, farming, gardening, snowmobiling and dancing.
Bernie and Hanna also spent many hours together and you would never see one doing something without the other whether cooking, gardening, preserving their food or any other work. They were beautiful dancers and it was a delight to watch them together; their dance rule really defined their life … You dance the first and last dance together and in between those dances you enjoy yourselves and your friends.
Throughout his life, Bernie was an active member at the Neillsville United Church of Christ. In the last years of his life, he made many new friends at the First UCC in Green Bay, Nicolet Highlands Senior Living and most recently Renaissance Assisted Living Center.

He is survived by his wife of 74 years, Hanna; his daughter, Lori (Ken) Wirtz, De Pere, WI; four grandchildren, DJ Anding, Waunakee, WI, Honneli (Matt) Godres, De Pere, WI, Bernie (Amanda) Anding, Cedarburg, WI, and Kegan Wirtz; De Pere, WI. Bernie is further survived by his great grandchildren Rowan, Archer, Nora and Maggie Anding, Eli, Bodie and Stella Godres; siblings and siblings-in-law, Robert Opelt, Jan Opelt, Dale (Betty) Opelt, Donnie (Sue) Opelt, Evelyn (Don) Schuette, Jennie (Bennie) Urlaub, Dotty Gutenberger, Mary Opelt, Meg Schroeder, Arlene Hediger, Fritz (Dixie) Hediger; as well as many other extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Millie; parents-in-law, Herman and Hanna Hediger; children, Marie Louise, Brenda Lee and three infants; grandson Nicholas Wirtz; great-granddaughter Scarlett Anding; siblings and siblings-in-law, Dorothy Opelt, Rudy Opelt, Mardy Opelt, Arnie (Delores) Opelt, Bill Opelt, Kenny (Ruth) Opelt, Butch Opelt, Fritz Gutenburger, Herman Hediger, Art Schroeder, Rose (Bob) Knoop, and Kurt Hediger.

Visitation will take place at Gesche Funeral Home, 4 S Grand Ave, Neillsville beginning at noon on Saturday, June 13, 2020. A Prayer Service will begin at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Robert Laubenstein officiating. Interment will be in the Town of Weston Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the First United Church of Christ Planned Giving Endowment in Green Bay or the Neillsville Lions Club.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Bernie’s family with local Funeral arrangements.
Julie Jackson, 93, died June 3rd, 2020
JULIE R. JACKSON, age 93, of Loyal, WI, formerly of Ocala, FL, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 surrounded by her family, at Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield, WI.

A private family Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, June 5, 2020 at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, in Loyal, with Father Leo Johnson officiating. Inurnment will take place in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date.

Julie R. Kosicek was born on February 13, 1927 at the family home in Joliet, IL to Antone F. Sr. and Josephine M. (Hocevar) Kosicek. She was raised and received her education in the Joliet area, where she graduated from high school. Julie met the love of her life, Robert G. Jackson, while she was employed at the Joliet Farm Bureau. They became engaged before he was deployed to serve in the Korean War. When he returned from the service, they were united in marriage on January 15, 1955 at St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Joliet. While Bob attended Veterinary school, Julie oversaw the boarding house where they resided. Upon Bob’s graduation, they moved to Lancaster, WI. Julie lived her life’s purpose, living her faith and raising their four sons. Upon their retirement they moved to Ocala, FL, where they made new friendships. Julie enjoyed spending her days golfing, swimming, and playing cards. Always an “independent spirit”, she remained in Florida after Bob’s death in March 7, 2010. In 2018, Julie moved to Loyal, WI to be closer to her family.
Her love for her family was abundant and her favorite times were spent with them. She was always a feisty individual and willingly participated in many adventures. She relished her time in the kitchen and loved her culinary endeavors. Julie was known by many as a fabulous cook.
She was a devout member of St. Clements Parish in Lancaster, WI and Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Ocala, FL. She joined St. Anthony’s Parish when she moved to Loyal.

Julie is survived by three sons: Dr. Gregory R. Jackson (Peggy) of Loyal, WI; David E. Jackson (Gladys) of Burlington, VT and Jeff M. Jackson (Ismenia) of East Greenwich, RI; nine grandchildren and one great grandchild. She is further survived by one sister-in-law: Doris Kosicek of Joliet, IL; one brother-in-law: Michael Jackson (Sylvia) of Virginia Beach, VA; and many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; her husband, Dr. Robert G. Jackson; one son: Dr. Mark W. Jackson; one brother: Antone Kosicek, Jr.; and two sisters: Louise (Edward) Strle and Betty (Chuck) Host.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anthony’s School in Loyal, WI.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, 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.
Beulah Matkovich, 98, died May 22nd, 2020
BEULAH E. MATKOVICH, age 98, of Willard, WI, passed away at Neillsville Care & Rehab on Friday, May 22, 2020.

A graveside service will be held at 11am on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, in Willard, with Rev. Leo Johnson officiating.

Beulah E. Dill was born on June 18, 1921 in Greenwood, WI, to Julius and Lydia (Kuester) Dill. She was raised on the family farm and received her education in the Greenwood area. Beulah was united in marriage to Louis L. Matkovich on May 4, 1939 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Willard. They moved to a farm south of Willard, where they raised their family and farmed until retiring. The farm is now owned by her grandson Kelly (Jill) Kirn. Her husband, Louis, passed away on March 6, 1987. She continued to live on the farm until moving to Neillsville Care & Rehab in October 2014.
She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Holy Family C.C.W. and the Willard Homemakers.
Beulah had many interests, but especially loved spending time with her family, cooking, baking, gardening, and going to the casino.

She is survived by one daughter: Donna (Donald) Kirn of Willard, one son: Nick (Bonnie) Matkovich of Owen; 3 grandsons: Kelly (Jill) Kirn of Willard, Kerry Kirn of Willard, Tracy (Rondi) Matkovich of Owen; 2 great-grandsons: Dillon and Dalton Matkovich; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Beulah was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Louis; 3 sisters: Alberta Thomas, Anita Abel and Julia Mitte; and 6 brothers: Gilbert, Mike, Henry, Norbert, Harvey and Leo Dill.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Irene Gatz, 91, died May 22nd, 2020
IRENE L. GATZ, age 91, of Greenwood, WI, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2020 at Riverside Assisted Living in Neillsville, WI.

A graveside service will be held at 11am on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at the Greenwood City Cemetery, with Rev. Patsy Roe officiating.

Irene Louise Griswold was born on May 5, 1929 in Woodstock, IL, to John W. and Florence (Briggs) Griswold. She was raised and received her education in Woodstock, IL where she graduated from high school. Irene was united in marriage to Alvin H. Schultz on May 16, 1947 in Belvidere, IL They farmed in Belvidere, IL until February 1958, and then moved to a farm southwest of Greenwood, where she farmed with her husband and did babysitting In 1970, Irene began foster parenting, which she did for many years. Her husband, Alvin, died on October 27, 1974. She remained on the farm and later married John M. Gatz on March 19, 1976 in Greenwood. He died on January 18, 2005. Irene remained in her home until 2015, and then moved to Black River View Apartments in Greenwood. In 2018 Irene moved to Riverside Assisted Living, in Neillsville, where she resided until her death.
She was a member of the former Grace United Methodist Church, in Greenwood, where she was very active and sang in the choir. After the church closed, Irene attended Loyal United Methodist Church. She was a former member of the Clark County Choraliers and had been a 4-H Leader.
Irene had many interests, but especially loved spending time with her family and many friends, and sewing.

She will be dearly missed by 3 children: Gary (Rochelle) Schultz of Almond, WI, Connie Green of Energy, IL; and Robert Gatz of Belvidere, IL; 2 step-children: Suzanne (Al) Bredlau of Neillsville, and Cheryl (Geb) Weizenegger of Fort Wayne, IN; 14 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; one brother: Tom (Alice) Griswold of Sun City, AZ; 4 sisters: Margaret Hahn of Marengo, IL, Beverly (Ken) Francis of Green Valley, AZ, Nancy (Marv) Cairns of Belvidere, IL, Rita (Bill) Rudzena of Johnsburg, IL; one sister-in-law: Diane Griswold of Springville, TN; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands, Alvin and John; 2 grandsons: David Weizenegger and Gary Schultz, Jr.; one great grandson: Tucker Bredlau; 3 brothers: Bob, Charles and John Griswold; and 4 sisters: Margery Erber, Shirley Mansfield, Dorothy Cardono, and Jeanie Kruetzer.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Kenneth Szaflarski , 59, died May 14th, 2020
Kenneth Szaflarski, age 59, of Marshfield, WI died Thursday, May 14, 2020 as the result of a car accident.

Kenneth Peter Szaflarski was born on September 26, 1960 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Chicago, IL the son of Robert and Gwendolyn (Serafinowicz) Szaflarski. They moved to Neillsville, WI in 1975 where Ken attended Neillsville High School. He then went to work as an autobody technician for Gross Motors. On October 25, 1980 he was united in marriage to Christine Smetak at the Calvary Lutheran Church in Neillsville. He went to work at his father’s autobody shop, Countryside Auto in 1985. Later, he moved to Marshfield and worked at Dick’s Auto Body. Ken and Chrissy eventually divorced but remained good friends until her death on September 28, 2018. Ken was currently working for Zoo Landscaping in Marshfield.
He enjoyed collecting model trains, disc golf, campfires, listening to music and hanging out with his grandson, Anthony or as Ken would say, “His Buster”

He is survived by a daughter, Lana (Aaron) Peterson of Marshfield, WI, a son, Kenny Szaflarski of Winnabago, WI, a grandson, Anthony Peterson of Marshfield, WI, his mother, Gwen Szaflarski of Neillsville, WI a sister, Lynn (Tim) Brekke of Neillsville, WI, a nephew, Eric (Lindsey) Brekke of Smyrna, GA, three nieces, Brooke (Cole) Finch of Lexington, SC, Anna (Nick May) Brekke of Neillsville, WI and Emily Brekke of Neillsville, WI, an aunt, Georgianna Taterka of Wood Dale, IL and his cat, Samantha.

He is preceded in death by a son, Chad, his father, Bob Szaflarski and his good friend, Christine Smetak Szaflarski.

A Memorial service for Ken will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 22, 2020 at the Gesche Funeral Home in Neillsville. Pastor Terry Marg will officiate. Interment will be in the Neillsville City Cemetery.

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

A livestream of Ken’s Memorial service will be available at www.geschefh.com starting at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 22nd.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Ken’s family with Funeral 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.
Ronald Zank, 72, died April 27th, 2020
Ronald Zank, age 72, of Neillsville, WI died Monday, April 27, 2020 at the Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids, WI of cancer.

Ronald Frank Zank was born on October 2, 1947 in Neillsville the son of Frank and Jeanette (Miller) Zank. He attended the Silver Crest Grade School and Neillsville High School. Ron began farming with his parents at the age of 15 and worked for them for 25 years. On October 10, 1970 he was united in marriage to Amber E. Hiles at the Zion American Lutheran Church of Granton..He began renting and purchasing the family farm in 1988. Ron and Amber continued building a Registered Herd together. He was proud of many accomplishments especially having a Reserve All-American Red & White Cow and having the top herd average in Clark County at one time. He always strived to continuously expand his operation.
When he wasn’t working, some of Ron’s favorite pastimes were picnics at the pond, Christmas gatherings and hunting with his only grandson, Brayden and good friend, Benny Heck at the “Cabin in the Sky” in Sherwood. Ron also enjoyed going to cattle shows and auctions, country music, the Western Channel RFD-TV, flowers planted in the yard, Brayden’s sporting events, the Neillsville Warriors and Stratford Tigers, sports radio, the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers.
We remember Ronnie as a very hard-working man and extremely kind soul. He loved the land and animals and was a very laid-back man with a huge heart. Special thanks to Riverview U.W. Cancer Center. Dr. Ronnie Kirschling & his kind, caring compassionate staff.

Besides his wife Amber, to whom which they would have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this October, he is survived by two children, Clint (Heidi) Zank of Neillsville, WI and Becky Zank of Mukwonago, WI, his only grandson, Brayden Zank of Neillsville, 6 siblings, Linda Wulf of Elkhorn, WI, Donna (Dennis) Eddy of Neillsville, WI, LuAnne (Edgar “Bud” Jr.) Eddy of Burlington, WI, Wanda (Mark) Kunze, Dale (Stacy) Zank and Lori (Brad) Schmidt all of Neillsville, WI. He is further survived by brothers/sisters-in-law, Donny & Linda Erickson, Donna Hanuszczak and Mike & Sharon Struensee all of Neillsville, WI and Mark & Julie Hiles of Granton, WI, and many nieces and nephews and their children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, father/mother-in-law, William and Josephine Hiles, a brother-in-law, Stuart Wulf, a sister-in-law, JoAnn Hiles, and great nephew, Mason Marshall.

Due to the COVID-19 virus a private family Graveside Service will be held at the Town of Grant Cemetery. Pastor Chad Anderson of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Neillsville will officiate.

Honorary Casket Bearers are Greg Eddy, Bob Marty and Bishop Kolano.

Casket Bearers are Brayden Zank, Donny Erickson, Carl Nemitz, Sam Kempf, Benny Heck, Jim Erickson, Bruce Opelt and Dale Reinart.

Special thanks to Riverview U.W. Cancer Center. Dr. Ronnie Kirschling & his kind, caring compassionate staff. We remember Ronnie as a very hard-working man and extremely kind soul. He loved the land and animals and was a very laid-back man with a huge heart. Be grateful and remember to “Thank a Farmer”.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 803 West North St., Marshfield, WI 54449-1819, the Neillsville Special Olympics Neillsville Agency, 401 Center St., Neillsville, WI or the Calvary Lutheran Church Youth Mission Trip, 213 Hill St., Neillsville, WI.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Ron’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.
Jesse Marty, 90, died April 18th, 2020
Jesse Marty, age 90, of Neillsville, WI passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, April 18, 2020 with family by his side.

Jesse Ray Marty was born on July 13, 1929 in Neillsville, WI the son of Casper and Emma (Altemus) Marty. He attended school in Neillsville and then started farming with his father. Along with farming, he also filled in on milk routes as needed. On October 4, 1951 he was united in marriage to Catherine Hainzlsperger in Dubuque, IA. He went to work as a Mason Tender/Mud Mixer for L.G. Arnold Construction Company in Eau Claire, WI. While working for them, Jesse, had a hand in building the Memorial Medical Center in Neillsville and the current Neillsville High School. He also worked for the H.F. Radant Construction Co. in Eau Claire, doing sewer and water. Jesse would later work for the Nelson Muffler factory in Neillsville for many years.
When not working, Jesse, had a passion for buying and selling tractors. He would buy one, fix it up and then sell it. All told he probably owned and repaired over 300 tractors in his lifetime. He enjoyed going to auctions and flea markets and stayed active by going to the woods and making firewood of which he was still doing at 90 years old.
As much as he enjoyed his hobbies, Jesse, loved his family and friends that much more. He loved the times spent together at family functions and rarely missed a breakfast and supper “clutch” with his friends. He was a loving, hard-working husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend who will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Cathy, three children, Connie (Wayne) Steinke of Janesville, WI, Debbi (Hank) Brill of Janesville, WI and Terry (Annette) Marty of Neillsville, WI, 6 grandchildren, Trevor Steinke, Brandon (Kendra) Steinke, Marty (Amber) Brill, Dusty (Sara Montgomery) Brill, April Marty and Amy (Mike) Koprek, 18 great grandchildren, Korgan, Ally, Abigail, Emma, Jesse, Timothy, Madeline Eliana and Joel Steinke, Morgan Elmhorst, Mady, Olivia and London Koprek, Dominic Elmhorst, Marty Jr and Kaylynn Brill and Adele and Cash Montgomery. Jesse is further survived by a sister, Helen Schoen and a brother, Bob (Marilyn) Marty all of Neillsville, WI.

He is preceded in death by 3 brothers, Walter (Mildred) Marty, Fred (Flossie) Marty and Bill Marty, 2 sisters, Beth (Walter) Sternitzky and Esther and a brother-in-law, Robert Hainzlsperger.

Jesse’s wishes were that people would remember him the way he was, thus there will be no services.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Jesse’s family.
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.
Lila Oelhafen, 89, died April 12th, 2020
Lila Oelhafen, age 89, of Neillsville, WI passed away Sunday, April 12, 2020 at her home.

Lila was born on February 8, 1931 in Thorp, WI the daughter of the late Donald and Lydia (Wessel) Tieman Sr.

She is survived by her loving sons, Daniel J. (Joanne) Oelhafen of Granton, WI and Scott E. (Debra) Oelhafen of New Lenox, IL, a dear brother, Roger (Linda) Tieman of Spring Grove, IL, beloved grandchildren, Lisa Oelhafen, Lori (Pete) Nguyen, Sara (Jessie) Marsh, Stacy (Jamie) Petit, Nathan (Tiffany) Tytor, Valerie and Jeff Deegan, great grandchildren, Blake Oelhafen, Parker and Grace Nguyen and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Violet (Bill) Hoeper and brothers, Donald (Diane) Tieman and Robert (Barb) Tieman.

Lila worked as a Social Service Aide Volunteer Coordinator for Social Services in Neillsville until she retired in 1996. She participated in The HighGround’s annual bicycle tour for many years riding over 2000 miles a year. She enjoyed reading, sewing, gardening, craft projects, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
She did volunteer work and was always willing to lend a helping hand. She had a very independent spirit and loved her children and spoiled the grandchildren. She was a wonderful cook and baker. Her recipe for homemade noodles and cut-out cookies has been passed on to the family. She enjoyed visiting with family and friends. Her travels took her to many different states and countries. Her most memorable was her trip to Israel with her granddaughter, Lori. Lila had a very contagious laugh and beautiful smile. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of Flowers donations may be made in her name to The HighGround Veterans Memorial Park, P.O. Box 457, Neillsville, WI 54456.

A private family Graveside Service will be held this Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood, WI. A Celebration of Lila’s life will be held at a later date.

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

Gesche Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting Lila’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.
Harold Papenfuss, 95, died March 30th, 2020
HAROLD L. PAPENFUSS, age 95, of Loyal, WI, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020, at Marshfield Care Center, in Marshfield, WI.

A graveside service will be held at 12 noon on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at the Lutheran Cemetery, in Loyal. Rev. Daniel Zimmerman will officiate, and Military Honors will be conducted by the Loyal American Legion Post #175.

Harold Lloyd Papenfuss was born on October 12, 1924 in Abbotsford, WI, to George and Lena (nee Marks) Papenfuss. He was raised in Abbotsford, where he received his education and graduated from Abbotsford High School in 1942. After high school, Harold worked as a postal clerk, in Abbotsford, until he was inducted into the U.S. Army on May 12, 1943. He served overseas until his honorable discharge on February 6, 1946. Harold returned home and was united in marriage to Margaret C. Daellenbach on October 12, 1946 at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford. They moved to Saukville, WI and then later to Brookfield, WI. While in Brookfield, Harold worked at the Brookfield Lumberyard, and then later as a salesman for Prudential Insurance. After he and Margaret divorced, Harold moved back to Abbotsford and started his own business, AB CO Specialties, selling car wash equipment and products until retiring. He married Grace F. Johnson on October 14, 1989. Harold and Grace loved traveling and camping at O’Neil Creek campground in Chippewa Falls.
He had many interests but especially enjoyed collecting stamps and coins, which he started at a very young age.
Harold was a member of the Loyal American Legion, a former member of the VFW, and was involved with Boy Scouts as a child.

He is survived by his 3 children: Paulette (Rev. Donald) Weiss of Milwaukee, George (Carol) Papenfuss of Brookfield, and Harold (Ruth) Pappenfuss of Menomonee Falls, WI; 5 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; one step-daughter: Kay (Everett) Stone of Delafield, WI and one step-son: Keith (Cyndi) Johnson of Billings, MT, and their families; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents; his wives, Margaret and Grace; one daughter: JoAnn Kuster; one brother: Henry Papenfuss; and 2 sisters: Leona Sjoblom and Irene Krause.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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.
Evelyn Seliskar , 82, died March 23rd, 2020
EVELYN O. SELISKAR, age 82, of Greenwood, WI, passed away at the Clark County Rehab & Living Center in Owen, WI, on Monday, March 23, 2020.

A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Evelyn O'Della Vetterkind was born on April 1, 1937 in Withee, WI, to William E. and Viola G. "Vi" (Collier) Vetterkind. She was raised on the family farm northwest of Withee received her education in the Withee area, and graduated in the last class from Withee High School in 1955. Evelyn then attended Taylor County Teachers College in Medford, WI for one year. She taught at Butler School, in Clark County, before her marriage to James P. Seliskar on April 11, 1959 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Willard, WI. Besides being a homemaker and raising her family, Evelyn also worked at Weinbrenner Shoes, in Marshfield, and did domestic work for local businesses and friends for many years.
Evelyn was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Willard, where she was very active in church activities and taught Catechism, was a former member of the K.S.K.J. Lodge in Willard, in past years was involved with Greenwood Dairy Days where she was in charge of organizing the parade, was one of the founding members of the "GAB" Club (Greenwood Athletic Boosters), and was a former Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts leader.
She had many interests, but especially loved spending time with her family and friends, enjoyed wildlife, especially eagles and deer, making Christmas wreaths, loved the Packers and high school sports.

Evelyn is survived by her son: Randall (Lori) Seliskar of Loyal, WI; her daughter: Yvonne Minor of Woodbury, MN; 3 grandchildren: Chris, Katie, and Alex; 6 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Jim, on September 26, 1997; one son: Todd P. Seliskar on September 16, 2014; one grandson: Daniel Seliskar on July 15, 2014; 3 brothers: Holley, Billy and Ernest Vetterkind; and one sister: Alice Hinke.

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

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.
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.
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.
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 on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at Behind Barr's in Greenwood, from 3pm to 6pm.

Cuddie Funeral Home, of Greenwood, is assisting the family with arrangements.


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