Obituaries - 2014

Paul R. Meier

8/25/2014

Paul R. Meier, age 52, died on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, at his home after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Paul was born June 18, 1962, the son of Diane (Herzog) Meier and the late Patrick Meier.  He attended St. Mary Catholic Grade School and was a 1980 graduate of Chilton High School.  Paul was a 1984 graduate of St. Norbert College and then married Laura Kampfer, daughter of Don & Lila Kampfer, Chilton, in June of 1984.  Paul’s great passion to teach and work with youth was demonstrated by his many years of organizing youth sporting activities and spent countless hours as a volunteer coach of grade school sports teams.  He later moved into assistant coaching positions with both the boys and girls CHS varsity basketball teams.  Most importantly was Paul’s passion for all people and his love of Christ.  Serving and giving of his time and talents came to him naturally.  He humbly went about his day-by-day business trying to be an example of Christ’s love, grace and mercy to those he encountered.  He worked for a time at the family’s Northland Turkey Farm operation west of Chilton before embarking on a career in the field of banking.  His first job was that of manager at National Exchange Bank in Marytown.  Then came M&I Bank, State Bank of Chilton, CIT Financial, and finally Calumet County Bank where he was Vice President of lending, working out of the firm’s Brillion office.  Paul’s record of community service is formidable.  He served 15 years on the Chilton Public School District board of education.  Beginning as a member, then moved to the position of secretary and ended as board president, a post from which he resigned because of health issues.  Paul was an active member of the Chilton Chamber of Commerce, served on its board of directors, and moved to the levels of vice presidency before becoming president in 2002.  Crafty Apple Fest was initiated by the Chamber under his watch.  He also served on a number of key Chamber committees.  He was an active member of Faith Alliance Church.  Paul served as treasurer, and Elder, and was working on the finance committee for the Church’s expansion project when his health failed him.  Survivors include his wife; Laura; children: Derrick (Amanda) Meier, Maria Meier and her fiancé Isaiah Joseph; mother: Diane Meier; sisters: Cheryl (Mike) Hicks, Audrey (Dan) Criter; brothers: Steve (Judy) Meier, Bruce (Lisa) Meier; brother-in-law: Steve (Kathy) Kampfer; and 2 sisters-in-law:  Kay (Scott) Poth, Traci (Terry) Ecker.  Paul is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.  He was preceded in death by his father: Patrick Meier.  Funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Friday, August 29, 2014 at Faith Alliance Church (468 N. State St.) in Chilton with the Rev. Jim Jensen officiating.  Burial will be in the Hillside Cemetery.  Friends may call at Faith Alliance Church from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Thursday, August 28, 2014 and on Friday at the church from 9:00 am until 10:30 am.  The family would especially like to thank our families, friends, our Calumet County Bank family, Pastor Jim and the entire Faith Alliance Church family who came along side of us with countless prayers and support these past 3 years.  A very special thank to our friend & Paul’s hospice nurse, Karen Doerr, who so lovingly helped care for him in his final days.  We have been blessed. 

 

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Lorie A. Madden (nee Seidl)

8/29/2014

Lorie A. Madden (nee Seidl), age 52 died peacefully at home Aug. 29, 2014 following a courageous battle with cancer. Lorie was born July 10, 1962 to Leonard & Charlene Seidl. Lorie married Jeff Mattson Oct. 16, 1982. Jeff preceded her in death Nov. 24, 1999. Lorie later married Loren Madden Apr. 25, 2000. Lorie worked at Piggly Wiggly in Brillion, later at Piggly Wiggly in Kaukauna until her illness in Dec. 2013. Lorie enjoyed making cakes for family and friends; she also loved spending time with her horses & dogs. Lorie is survived by her husband Loren, her sons Jason & Keith, her daughters Nikki (James) & Jenna (Jeff), grandchildren McKenna, Kailyn, Jameson & Antwon. Brothers Dennis (Karen) Seidl, Ken (Jean) Seidl. Sisters Barb (Jim) Reinke, Debbie (Kevin) Marg. Brother in laws Larry (Sue) Madden, Les Madden. Sister in laws Linda (Glen) Lewitzke, Laurie (Kevin) Coursin, LouAnne (Jon) Schirpke & Mother in law Shirley Madden, many nieces, nephews, Aunts & Uncles. Lorie was also preceded in death by her parents Leonard & Charlene Seidl, grandmother Gladys Meis & father in law Earl Madden.We would like to mention Lorie’s special friends Missy Eis, Sheli Radtke, Jamie Monday, Kasey Chambers, Ryan Oney & Jimmy Zarling & many other close friends, too many to mention who include her special customers & friends from Piggly Wiggly. Family would like to thank all the staff at Fox Valley Hemotology & Oncology at St. Elizabeth Hospital, especially Dr. Goggins, Sara Meiers, & Jen Greiner. Also, thank you to Hospice Advantage of Sheboygan, who took special care of Lorie while at home.Services will be held Saturday, Sept. 6 with visitation from 1-3, services to follow at Christ the Rock Community Church, W6254 US Hwy 10 114 Menasha with Pastor Peter Leschke officiating.  After the service family & friends are invited to Lorie’s sister & brother in law Debbie & Kevin’s for a luncheon. In lieu of flowers donations will be given to Life Promotions & Christ the Rock Community Church.  Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting family at this time.  On line condolences can be made at www.JJBFH.com

Reinhard “Reinie” “Junior” Grimm

8/29/2014

Reinhard “Reinie” “Junior” Grimm, age 87, of Reedsville, passed away on Friday, August 29, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his family.Reinie was born on the home farm on November 3, 1926 in the town of Maple Grove, son of the late Reinhard and Ella (Pautz) Grimm.   He was a graduate of Reedsville High School, class of 1945.  Reinie served our country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.  On July 10, 1954, he married Joan Torrison at St. Mary Catholic Church in Reedsville.  This year, the couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  Reinie and Joan bought the farm after his dad passed away, and operated it for 48 years.  He also worked at the Brillion Iron Works for over 40 years.  Reinie was a member of the American Legion Post 199 of Reedsville, a lifetime member of the AmVets Post 1032 of Reedsville, the West Maple Grove Hunting Club, was retired from the Reedsville Fire Department, and was a member of St. John St. James Lutheran Church.  He bowled and played sheephead, tended bar, watched the Packers and the Brewers, and loved his family.  He always had a sparkle in his brown eyes and a smile on his face for anyone, and loved to give his grandchildren and great-grandchildren treats.Reinie is survived by his wife of 60 years, Joan of Reedsville; their children and spouses: son, the late Perry Grimm, his wife: Cindy and their children: Travis (Becky) and  Alicia Grimm and Kelly (Kyle) Baukneht; daughter: Candy “Trucker” (Dan) Rathsack of Kellnersville and their children: Christopher, Robin, and Kody (special friend Jen) Rathsack; daughter: Penny (John) Ourada of Merrill and their children: Ryan (Katie) Ourada and Ashley (JJ) Dippel; son: Curt (Julie) Grimm of Reedsville and their children: Courtney (special friend Colin), Marissa (special friend Ryan), and Riley Grimm; daughter: Stacey and Larry Stelzer of Francis Creek and her children: Cordell and Belinda Stelzer; and daughter: Shelley (Mark) Reinemann of Hortonville and their children: Andrew, Mitchell and Ross Reinemann; three sisters: Fern Wolf, Doris Polzin, Karen (special friend Dennis) Blish, one brother and four sisters-in-law: Ronnie (Lynn) Grimm, Verona Grimm, Helen Grimm, and Jean (Jim) Rathke; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.He was preceded in death by a son, Perry; two sisters and four brothers-in-law: Rose (Elmer) Kroenig, Ethel (Lester) Pautz, Albert Wolf, and Jim Torrison; three brothers: Vic, Fritz, and Lloyd Grimm; and other relatives.Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at St. John St. James Lutheran Church in Reedsville.  Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Timothy Nommensen with entombment at Knollwood Mausoleum, town of Kossuth.  Military rite will be accorded by the American Legion Post 199 of Reedsville.Friends may call Tuesday evening, September 2, 2014 at the Wieting Funeral Home in Reedsville, 15 7th Street from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  The visitation will continue on Wednesday morning at the church from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.The family would like to extend a special thank you to Holy Family Hospice and the Cancer Care Unit at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center.Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Helen G. Bladow

8/30/2014

Helen G. Bladow, age 94, of Chilton, died on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at Century Ridge in Chilton.She was born June 10, 1920 in Clear Lake, WI, daughter of the late Perl J. & Clara H. (Scott) Olmstead. Helen married Alvin G.W. Bladow on August 23, 1939 in Ladysmith, WI; he preceded her in death on August 26, 1987. Helen was a member of St. Martin Lutheran Church in Chilton and devoted her life to her family as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.Survivors include her children: Roger A. (Carolyn) Bladow of Brillion, Alvin D. (Kathy) Bladow of Crown Point, IN; a son-in-law: Bob Mershon; 5 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren; a brother: Walt (Ellen) Olmstead; and a sister: Mary LaMere. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband: Alvin; her daughter: Carol Mershon; a brother: George Olmstead; and her brother-in-law: Doug LaMere.Funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at St. Martin Lutheran Church (717 Memorial Dr.) in Chilton with the Rev. Jon Christensen officiating. Friends may call at the church from 9:30 am until 10:45 am on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Online Condolences  www.wietingfuneralhome.com

Joseph Francis Nies

8/30/2014

Joseph Francis Nies, 89, De Pere, WI died Saturday, August 30, 2014 after a long illness. Joe was born July 28, 1925 to the late Antone and Anastasia (Kane) Nies in the town of Holland.A proud WWII veteran having served the USA in WWII in Europe. On May 4, 1948 Joe was married to Rosella Kabat at St. Mary Church, East Wrightstown. Joe and Rosella lived in the Greenleaf area the majority of their married life, moving to De Pere in 1987.Joe was a builder in the area for decades, owning Nies Construction. He built and remodeled many homes in Northeast Wisconsin, always proudly pointing them out to his family as he travelled the area. Dad was an avid golfer, in 2 leagues at Hilly Haven.Joe is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Rosella, and their 5 children Larry (Judy) Nies, Brillion, Jim (June) Nies, De Pere, Jane (Alan) Symbal, Negaunee, MI, Steve (Janet) Nies, De Pere, Tim (Karen) Nies De Pere. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Siblings Florence (Nies) Kabat, Jerry Nies, Ellen (Glen) Farrell, and sister-in-law Ruth Kabat.Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brothers William (Lucy) Nies, Robert (Dorothy) Nies, and Bernard, sister Marie (Clarence) Diny, and Margaret Ellen Nies (at age 3). Also, his brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Frank and Leona (Kabat) Foytik, Ellsworth and Ludmilla (Kabat) De Cleene, Walter and Cecelia (Kabat) Krautkramer, Reverend Cyril Kabat, Landelin Kabat, Stanley Kabat, Bernadine (Kabat) Nies.Family and friends may visit at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 220 S. Michigan Street, De Pere, on Thursday, September 4, from 9:00-10:45am. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00am on Thursday, with the Rev. Richard Getchel officiating. Interment in St. Mary Cemetery, Greenleaf. Cotter Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences at www.cotterfuneralhome.comSpecial thanks to the loving care given by the staff at Woodside Nursing Home, St. Vincent Hospital and Unity Hospice.

Phyllis L. Lindner

10/12/2014

Phyllis L. Lindner, age 98, of Brillion, died on October 12, 2014. She was born on December 5, 1915 in Brillion, daughter of the late Wm. G. and Bianca (Schuler) Kraus. Phyllis was a graduate of Brillion High School, class of 1934. She married Percy J. Lindner, on October 1, 1938. He preceded her in death on February 12, 2013. After high school, Phyllis attended the Appleton Business College, and then she worked at the Fox River Knitting Mills until her marriage in 1938. Later she assumed the role of bookkeeper for the Brillion Dairy. Phyllis was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Brillion where she was also a member of the Ladies’ Aide. She volunteered for American Red Cross blood drives. She enjoyed golfing and was a regular bridge player for many years.Survivors include her sons: Richard (Jane) and John (Pamela), four grandchildren: David (Cheryl) Lindner, Anne Lindner, Jason Lindner, and Abby (Matthew) Lewek, and seven great-grandchildren: Sarah, Natalie, Jack, Andrew, Mackenzie, Anika and Aiden. She was preceded in death by her husband, Percy, three sisters: Mildred Kraus, Eleanor (Michael) Sakalaris and Ethelyn Kraus, and one brother: Melvin (Annette) Kraus.Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brillion. Officiating will be Rev. Ross Henzi. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Brillion.Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Adelaide Louise McVicker

10/13/2014

Adelaide Louise McVicker, entered eternal life at the age of 93 on October 13th, 2014 in Brillion, Wisconsin. McVicker, AdelaideAdelaide was born August 13, 1921 in Arona, Pennsylvania, daughter of George Jacob Garlow and Sarah Mildred (Shupe) Garlow. She spent early years helping with animals and vegetables on her parents’ farm. She graduated as Salutatorian from Greensburg Penna High School in 1939, and then worked in the Payroll Accounting Dept. at the Westinghouse Corporation in Pittsburg. She met her husband, Howard McVicker on the commuter train to work and they were married on June 30, 1945 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. They celebrated almost 66 happy years together until Howard’s death on February 12, 2011. They made homes in Pennsylvania, Upstate New York, Illinois and Wisconsin. They moved to Brillion in 1978, where Adelaide was an active member at St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church, serving in the Alter Guild. She enjoyed local and world travel, gardening, reading, cooking, and was an excellent baker for her family and for others. She enjoyed the many friendships formed in Brillion, especially those of her neighbors on Sunrise Circle. She participated in golf, bowling, and bridge leagues for many years. She was also an avid Packers fan. Kind, gentle and generous, she will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Adelaide is survived by her daughter, Laurie (Charles) Norris of Union, IL, grandson Justin (Lyeanda) Norris, and great-grandchildren Harvey Edward and Sicily Jean Norris, all of Ringstead, England. She is predeceased by her parents, her husband Howard, her brother Dean Garlow, and her beloved son, Paul McVicker. The Funeral Service for Adelaide will be held 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church, Brillion. Officiating at the service will be Rev. Mark Krueger with interment to follow at Brillion Community Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to gather for a visitation at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested a memorial to the American Lung Association. The Wieting Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com. A special thank you to Brillion West Haven for giving Adelaide a warm, comfortable home with a gentle, caring staff, and to Heartland Hospice nurses Corey and Julie for their personal touch and support.

Janet Mae Rappel

10/20/2014

Janet Mae Rappel, age 72, of Brillion, passed away at Garrow Villa in Brillion. rappeljanetJanet was born on February 26, 1942, in the town of Newton, daughter of the late Alfred and Florence (Lorenz) Brandl.  She was a graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln High School, class of 1960.  On January 5, 1963, she married Robert “Bob” J. Rappel at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Alverno.  He preceded her in death on December 15, 1989.  Janet was “jack of many trades.”  She worked as a beautician, was a cook at Silver Lake College and  St. Mary’s Catholic School in Brillion, was a librarian and janitor at St. Mary’s Catholic School, cleaned houses, baby sat, and was a cake decorator at the old T&C Market.  Janet enjoyed playing cards, crafts, reading, plants, flowers, gardening, crocheting, bird watching, baking for others, and spending time with her family.  She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Parish and the Bloedorn, Becker, Jensen American Legion Auxiliary #126. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law: Lynette and Roger Baroun of Taus; two grandsons: Kyle (special friend Dawn) of Taus and Kory Baroun of Brillion; siblings and in-laws: Ron (Ruth Ann) Brandl of Maryland, Mary Jane Lukes of Manitowoc, Yvonne Babb of Florida, and Steve (Lisa) Brandl of Reedsville; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bob, and in-laws: Lucille Pozorski, Marion Rappel, Agnes Shimek, Eddie Rappel, and Joseph Rappel. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion.  Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Timothy Brandt, with burial to follow in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery in Brillion. Friends may call at the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion at Wednesday evening, October 22, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  A prayer service will conclude the evening visitation.  The visitation will continue at church on Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Garrow Villa staff and residents, the Chilton Care Center and Unity Hospice for all of the care, compassion, and friendship shown to Mom and to our family.

Ronald D. Zenke

10/23/2014

Ronald D. Zenke, age 84 of Brillion died October 23, 2014 at his residence following a brief illness.  Ron zenkeHe was born September 16, 1930 on the family farm in Fountain City, WI to the late Art and Stella Zenke.  Ron graduated from Galesville High School in 1948.  In 1949 he joined the Army, serving 23 months in Okinawa.  He returned home and married his high school sweetheart, MaryLou Kopp, on December 28, 1952.  She preceded him in death on May 23, 2001. In 1962 Ron returned to college earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Winona State and in 1973 he earned his Master’s Degree.  He took a teacher’s position in Spooner, WI and later in Valders WI.  Ron achieved the position of Principal of Reedsville High School from 1974-1979.  Ron was also Associate Dean of Apprenticeship for Trade and Industry at Fox Valley Technical College until his retirement in 1993. Ron married Dorothy Borchardt December 12, 2003 at Wayside, WI.  He had many hobbies, one of which was owning over 60 vehicles.  He loved taking his grandchildren to the car shows, loved reading, traveling and going to the (Barn).  The Barn is where he would meet his friends and work on wood projects and reminisce about old times.  One of the projects Ron took great pride in was building his own casket. Ron was a Mission Builder and helped coordinate and build over 15 churches across the United States.  After retiring as a Mission Builder his desire to help others led him to volunteering at Peter’s Pantry and Holy Family Memorial Hospital.  He was also a member of the Reedsville Lion’s Club, VFW and served on numerous church boards and taught Sunday School.  He also enjoyed a weekly Bible study. Ron is survived by his wife, Dorothy, Brillion; one son and daughter-in-law, Brian (Bean) Zenke, Manitowoc; one daughter and son-in-law, Ronda (Kevin) Bastian, Manitowoc; two step-sons and daughters-in-law. Rick (Jeanne) Borchardt of Greenleaf, Jeff (Noreen) Borchardt of Wayside; one step daughter and son-in-law, Pat (Dale) Rosin of Greenleaf; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, Larry and JoAnne Zenke, Jacksonville, Florida; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Wayne and Kathy Auer, Florida; Dick and Louise Kopp, Galesville; Barb (Henry-deceased) Kopp, Ettrick, WI; Dorothy (Bill-deceased) DuVal, Arizona; Lyle and Bonnie Trocinski, LaCrosse, further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Ron was preceded in death by his parents; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Byron and Isabelle Kopp, two sisters and brother-in-law, Betty and Jake Melzna and Bonnie Trocinski. Special thanks to Calumet County Hospice and Dr. Sipple, his “Barn buddies”, Bob, Carl, Ron, Elmer, Don and Jerry; also special thanks to Steve for the beautiful engraved wood carving. The family will greet relatives and friends on Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church, 8378 County Road W, Wayside, WI from 9 to 11:30 am.  Funeral service 12:00 noon with Rev. Vernon Heim officiating.  Military honors will be accorded.  Burial in Valders West Cemetery. Nickel Funeral Home, Morrison, assisting the family.

Herbert George Geiger

10/27/2014

Herbert George Geiger (age 95), passed away on Monday, October 27, 2014, at Bethesda, MD. geigerBeloved father of David G. Geiger (Francis), Donald R. Geiger (Mary) and Joan Geiger Wood (Brad); grandfather of Donna Reinhardt (Brian), Teresa, Christine, Donnie, Timmy, Margaret and Grace Geiger; great-grandfather of Cierra, Ryan and Mia; brother of Helen Budnik (Al). Relatives and friends may call at Collins Funeral Home, 500 University Boulevard West, Silver Spring, Md., (Valet Parking), on Thursday, from 7 to 9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Bernadette’s Church, 72 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring, Md., on Friday at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Georgia Chapter, 3715 Northside Parkway Building 400, Atlanta, GA 30327 or www.lls.org/ga. www.COLLINSFUNERALHOME.com

Dennis Conrad Ott

10/29/2014

Ott, Dennis PapersOn August 9th, 1940, Oscar and Bernice Ott became proud parents of a son they named Dennis Conrad Ott.  Dennis grew up on the farm in Forest Junction.  As a young 5 year old, he tells the story of walking on the roofs of the farm buildings and driving the tractor in the fields.  As a student he attended Long Fellow School and Brillion High School, where he was a three sport athlete.  He lettered all four years in football, wrestling, and pole vaulting in track. During his youth he attended Zion United Methodist Church, where he was also confirmed.  During his senior year of high school he met the love of his life, Judy Wolfmeyer.  Five years later they married.  After high school he went to work at the Brillion Iron Works, where he worked for 47 years, retiring in 2006.   During his employment he completed an apprentice program, winning the First Place Robert G. Kennedy Memorial Award. Dennis and Judy had four children: Dan Ott (spouse Kathie Brock), Broken Arrow, OK; Keith Ott (spouse Pam Miller), Plymouth, WI; Lynda Ott, Brillion, WI; Kristine Ott, Brillion WI.  In 1985 they added to their family an AFS daughter Cristina Seabra of Portugual.  As a family we traveled to many states, camping in the north woods, and spending time at Long Lake.  If you wanted to find Dennis you had to look for the boat out on the water, where he’d be pulling the kids and their friends water skiing from morning to night.  His love for children always showed no matter where he went.  Small children that he didn’t even know would come up to him, take his hand, and walk with him. Our family grew with the birth of three grandchildren for him to love and spoil: Nathan Ott (spouse Christin), Sheboygan, WI; Christie Ott, Boston, MA; Tyler Ott (special friend Ashley), Boston, MA; step-grandchildren Daniel Brock, Tulsa, OK; and Stacy (spouse Robert) Hirschman, Edmond, OK.  Lastly, a great-grandson was born: Hunter Ott, Sheboygan, WI, who for the past year and a half Dennis and Judy enjoyed babysitting for. Dennis also worked at his father’s gas station in Forest Junction during the early years, and then moved on to bus driving for Horn Ford, now Sonnabend Busses, for a total of 34 years. Give Dennis and Judy a car and the open road and they were in their glory.  In their 53 years of marriage, they visited all 50 states—many states more than once.  They also enjoyed visits to the Eastern and Western Caribbean, Canada, Portugal, and numerous European countries.  In 2011, the entire family went on a cruise to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Dennis’s other passion was football.  He would watch no matter who was playing, but of course, the Packers were number one. Most recently, he became a shareholder.   Dennis never missed watching his children and grandchildren participate in their school and sporting activities.  Other activities Dennis enjoyed were bowling league, cards with friends, woodworking, and making special items for family keepsakes. In 1995, The Lord thought Dennis was a good candidate to take home.  A serious heart attack and bypass surgery had challenged him.  Dennis fought back and The Lord changed his mind.  With the help of Dr Ackell, Dr Aristigueta, and Dr Anderson, Dennis lived another 19 years.  On October 29th The Lord said, “Enough, no more struggles, no more pain, no more shortness of breath, come home.” While at home, with his family at his side, The Lord took him.  On November 7th family and friends will celebrate Dennis’s life at Faith United Methodist Church in Brillion.  Visitation will be from 1:30-4:30, followed by a 4:30 service. Preceding Dennis in death, are his parents Oscar and Bernice Ott, In-laws Lloyd and Esther Wolfmeyer, his grandparents, and many aunts and uncles.  Dennis is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Yvonne and John Calnin, brother Dean Ott, brother-in-law and sister-in-law John and Loni Wolfmeyer, a niece, nephews, and two special friends Kris Logan and Tom Schroeder.  In Lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established.

Donald J. Steinfest

10/31/2014

Donald J. Steinfest, age 83, of Brillion, died on Friday, October 31, 2014 at Brillion Westhaven. Steinfest, DonaldHe was born on September 24, 1931 in the Town of Maple Grove, son of the late William & Eleanor (Moser) Steinfest. He married Marlene Rabe on October 14, 1961. She preceded him in death on December 13, 1992. On April 12, 1997, he married Gloria Schuh.  She preceded him in death on March 27, 2014. Don served our country in the U.S. Army.  After his military service, he worked at Kohler Co, and in 1961 he took over the family farm in the Town of Maple Grove. Don was a member of Holy Family Parish in Brillion, the Becker, Bloedorn, Jensen American Legion Post #126 of Brillion and the West Maple Grove Hunting Club. Survivors include his children, Lori (Brian) Horn, Dale Steinfest, Dean (Sharon) Steinfest and Darrel (Heather) Steinfest all of Brillion, his grandchildren, Amber (Kevin) Leiterman, Michael (Brittney) Horn, Thomas (Elizabeth) Horn, Sierra Steinfest, Kaylah, Josie, and Justin McDaniel, great grandchildren Grant, Trent, Mason and Kaiden, his step children Ellen Bays, Steve (Ann) Schuh and Sue (Brian) Jensen, step grandchildren Rhonda, Carrie, Jacquelyn, Matthew, Kevin, Zach and Josh, his siblings James (Rae Marie) Steinfest of Brillion, Lois (Kenneth) Wenzel of New Holstein, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law Cheryl (Rick) Reitveld of Sherwood and Gerald (Theresa) Rabe of Howards Grove, and many other relatives and friends. Don was preceded in death by his wives, Marlene and Gloria, an infant son Brian, a brother Thomas Steinfest, sister-in-law Sallie Steinfest and brother-in-law Glenn Rabe. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday November 3, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion. The Rev. Timothy Brandt will officiate. Burial will be in The Brillion Community Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Sunday from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. and then again at the church on Monday from 9:00-10:30 a.m. with mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. A parish prayer service will be held at 8:00 p.m. Sunday evening. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Lois L. Eichhorst

11/2/2014

Lois L. Eichhorst, 82 lifelong resident of Wayside died peacefully with her family at her side Sunday November 2, 2014. Lois EichhorstShe was born March 26, 1932 in the Town of Franklin to the late Harold and Laura Natzke Brandt.  She was educated at Wayside Zion Lutheran School and a graduate of East De Pere High School.  Lois married Eldor Eichhorst on February 10, 1951 at Zion Lutheran Church, Wayside.  She was a member of the Brown County Homemakers, member of Zion Wayside Ladies Aid.  Lois enjoyed playing cards with her card club for over 50 years, also having coffee get-togethers with her lady friends.  She was formerly employed by Brandt Transportation for 23 years driving bus for special needs children. Survivors include her husband, Eldor, of 63 years; two sons and one daughter-in-law:  Dale (Judy) Eichhorst, Dennis Eichhorst; a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl (Bill) Grassell; two brothers and sisters-in-law:  Jay (Sharon) Stradel, Joel (Cheryl) Stradel, Germaine Taves; 11 grandchildren:  Jessica (Craig) Dellemann, Denmark; Pete (Tanya) Eichhorst, Woodbury, MN; Dave Eichhorst, Omaha, NE; Erica Rehman, Appleton; Tricia (Justin) Krenke, Kaukauna; Kristy (Andy) Cordier, Green Bay; Lisa Grassell, Darboy; Charlotte (Jason) Gillis, Green Bay; Amanda (Chris) Liebzeit, Reedsville; Christopher Dreves, Reedsville; Matt Dreves, Bellevue; 15 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her step father, J. J. Stradel, mother-in-law and father-in-law Alma and Arthur Eichhorst, brother and sister-in-law Howard and Clarice Brandt, daughter-in-law Jackie Eichhorst and granddaughter Lori Ann Eichhorst. Friends may call on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 9:00 am to 11:30 am at Zion Lutheran Church, 8378 County Road W, Wayside, WI.  Funeral service 11:30 am at the church with Pastor Vernon Heim officiating.  Burial in the church cemetery. Nickel Funeral Home, Morrison, assisting the family. Words cannot express our gratitude to the caring staff at Brillion West Haven for all the loving care extended to Lois and our family. Grandma loved spending time with her grandchildren/great-grandchildren.  Her soft hands and warm heart touched the lives of all she knew.

Todd R. Cavanaugh

11/2/2014

Todd R. Cavanaugh, age 43, of Reedsville, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, November 2, 2014.Todd was born on June 23, 1971 in New London, son of Mary Derenne Cavanaugh and Robert Cavanaugh.  He was a graduate of Reedsville High School, class of 1990.  He went on to further his education attending a UW Madison short course and graduating from UW River Falls with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture.  On June 16, 2001, Todd married Theresa Hobbs in Jefferson, WI.  He was employed at Sire Power, East Central Select Sires, Accelerated Genetics, Aspen Dairy Selective, Riesterer and Schnell, and most recently, Gruett’s Manufacturing in Potter.  Todd was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church  He also was currently serving on the Reedsville School Board,  past president of the Manitowoc County Holstein Association,  on the Agriculture Alumni Board Manitowoc County,  in the Wisconsin and National Holstein Associations, was a FFA Agriculture Alumni,  on the Manitowoc County Farm Bureau,  a member of the Friends of St. Patrick’s Preservation Society, a founding member of the Manitowoc County Futurity, member of the Alpha Gamma Rho of Rivers Falls, and was a past Dairy Judging Coach.He is survived by his wife: Theresa of Reedsville; their children: Robert (Carolann) Workentine of New London, Brittney Workentine of Brillion, Bryanna Cavanaugh of Reedsville; two grandchildren: Lily and Jennifer Workentine of New London; his parents: Mary Cavanaugh of Green Bay and Robert (Betty) Cavanaugh of Reedsville; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Michael and Patricia Anderson of Brillion; maternal grandmother: Teresa Derenne of Green Bay; siblings: Paula (Jim) Zdziarski of Manitowoc, Brad Cavanaugh of Houston, TX, Brenda (Erik) Gilbertson of Hollendale; step-brothers and step-sisters-in-law: James (Connie) Stanzel of Green Bay, Craig (Brenda) Stanzel of Manitowoc, Scott Stanzel of Green Bay and Tim Stanzel of Fond du Lac; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Martin (Amber) Hobbs of Watertown, Charles Hobbs of Pine Valley, CA, Catherine (Jeff) Moyers of Fayetteville, TN, godfather: Dale Cenefeldt, godmother: Janice Mansfield, godson: Zachary Zdziarski, many other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents: Victor and Mary Cavanaugh, maternal grandfather: Clem Derenne,  uncle: Charles Derenne, and  cousin Craig Derenne.Funeral Mass will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion.  Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Timothy Brandt.  Burial will be in St. Patrick Cemetery, Maple Grove.Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Harvey L. Hafeman

11/3/2014

Harvey L. Hafeman, 93, Greenleaf, a decorated WW II Navy veteran, died Oct. 9, 2014, at a Green Bay hospital as a result of injuries suffered in an accident. Hafeman, HarveyBorn June 9, 1921, he was the son of the late Walter and Bertha (Raduechel) Hafeman.  Harvey entered the U.S. Navy in 1942 where he piloted landing craft in two amphibious operations in the Mediterranean (N. Africa, Sicily) and six in the Pacific (Marshall Islands, Kwajalein Atoll; Marianas, Saipan, Guam; Philippines, Leyte, Luzon; and Iwo Jima).  At the end of the Pacific war he landed supplies at Nagoya, Japan. He was the proud recipient of the Purple Heart (from enemy fire while operating anti-aircraft batteries at sea) and Good Conduct medals.  After his discharge, he returned to the Hafeman Homestead, a Century Farm, where he farmed until 1995.  During the war he married Florence Kluender and together they set about raising their five children, mainly on the farm. Harvey’s second passion after farming was backhoe excavation, which he enjoyed until his death.  Harvey was honored as an Outstanding Young Farmer of Brown County and was a member of several cooperatives and clubs including Lake to Lake Dairy (charter member), Progressive Farmers, Equity Livestock, Wisconsin Feeder Pig, Greenleaf Lions, and the American Legion in Wrightstown. He had the distinction of participating in a Badger Honor Flight to Washington, DC in 2011.  He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Green Bay and attended Mt. Zion Lutheran Church in Sun City, Ariz., where he and his long-time companion, Connie, wintered for many years. Harvey is survived by Connie Reynolds; his children: Cheryl (Willard) Knoespel, Patsy (Richard) Drews, Dean (Evelyn) Hafeman, Wayne (Kathy) Hafeman, Don Hafeman; his former spouse, Florence Hafeman; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; his brother, Norman (Ruth) Hafeman; his sister, Mabel Wagner; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Irene; brother-in-law, Gerhardt Kiekhaefer; and brother-in-law, Don Wagner. Visitation will be at Faith Lutheran Church, 2335 S. Webster Ave., Sunday, Nov. 9 from 1 p.m. until the time of the memorial service at 2 p.m. with Pastor Joshua Errer officiating. Following the service, military honors will be conducted by Wrightstown American Legion Urban Klister Post #436 at the church.  Internment, later, in the Shrine of the Good Shepherd Mausoleum. Malcore (East) Funeral Home, Green Bay is serving the family. Visit www.malcorefuneralhome.com to share a condolence with the family. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, a memorial fund has been established in Harvey’s name at Faith Lutheran Church.

Bryan Joseph Zipperer

11/6/2014

Bryan Joseph Zipperer, age 31, of Brillion passed away at his residence on Thursday, November 6, 2014. Zipperer, BryanBryan was born on April 17, 1983 in Manitowoc, son of Michael and Joan (Ourada) Zipperer.  He was a graduate of Reedsville High School, class of 2001.  Bryan also was a graduate of Milwaukee School of Engineering, class of 2005 in Mechanical Engineering and earned his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, class of 2007.  On August 26, 2006, he married Koren L. Schmidt at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion.  Bryan could make or repair anything.  Even as a child, Bryan loved to take things apart to see how they worked and put them back together.  When it didn’t work, he would use band-aides and tape.  He loved going for walks and spending time with “the boys.” Bryan is survived by his wife Koren; their children: Bruce and Bram; his parents: Mike and Joan; siblings and their spouses: Michael P. (Biljana) of Port Washington, Melissa (Scott) Jansky of Two Rivers, Suzi (Steve) Bratz of Reedsville, and Joey (fiance’ Sarah Schuh) of Cooperstown; his mother-in-law: Monica Schmidt of Brillion; sister-in-law: Wendy (Kevin) Grelson of Appleton; grandmother: Cecilia Ourada of Reedsville; nieces and nephews: Marko, Eva, Alexander , Madison, Logan, Sawyer, and Syler; uncles, aunts, other relatives, and friends survive.  He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents: Lester and Sylvia (Shimek) Zipperer, maternal grandfather: Rudy Ourada, a sister-in-law: Melissa Zipperer, an aunt: Darlene Ourada, and uncle at birth: Jack Ourada, and grandmother-in-law: Eunice Mella. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion.  Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Timothy Brandt and Koren’s cousin: Rev. Bill Brunner.  Burial will follow in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Monday night, November 10, 2014 from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m.  A prayer service will conclude the visitation, led by Sister Ruth.  The visitation will continue on Tuesday morning at church from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established for “the boys.” The Zipperer family would like to say, “Some families marry and have a wonderful daughter-in-law like Koren, but others marry and also have a wonderful mother-in-law like Monica.  Thank you Monica for everything you have done and how supportive you have been, not only to Bryan but to us as well.”

Robert “Rob” Michael Suess

11/12/2014

Robert “Rob” Michael Suess, age 43, of Brillion, passed away at his home as a result of a heart attack on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Suess, RobertRob was born on April 17, 1971 in Manitowoc, son of Jean Suess and Gary (Nancy) Suess.  On July 12, 1997, he married his soul mate Karen Clark at Calumet County Park.  He was a graduate of Bay Shore High School in New York, class of 1989.  He went on to complete his Associates Degree at Fox Valley Technical College.  Rob most recently worked at Northern Labs as the Maintenance Manager, but he previously worked at Worthington Industries in Chilton and the Brillion Iron Works.  His kids were his world and he would do anything for them. He loved spending time with his family, trips to Jamaica and Missouri, camping, cooking, hunting, fishing, bowling, throwing darts and milk bottles.  Rob was very social and always the life of the party. He was always willing to stay up to visit and the last one to go home.  He was always willing to talk to anyone and always had a story to tell.  He showed his love with lots of teasing.  Rob was a very hard worker, whether it was at his day job or at home. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Karen; their boys: Tyler, 15 and Derek, 14; his parents: Jean Suess of Bay Shore, NY and Gary “Doc” (Nancy) Suess of Brillion; his siblings: Rick (Holly) Suess of Loveland, CO and Shelly (Terry) Lau of Brillion; in-laws: David (Kathy) Clark of Westby, Scott (Stephani) Clark of Combined Locks, and Tom (Kimberly) Pokrandt of Rochester, MN.  The best uncle to: Jenna Rae, Paige, Jenna Marie, Avery, Max, Kyle, Ryan, Hayden, Lilly, Lauren, Andrew and Ava; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Ron (Joyce) Clark of Westby;  his grandmother: Josie Theyerl of Francis Creek; grandmother-in-law: Ann Pierce of Westby; his cats: PD and Ace; aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and friends.  He was preceded in death by paternal grandparents: Leo and Julia Suess and maternal grandfather: Vernon Theyerl. Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com Rob was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend.  He truly is loved and will be missed.

Sherry Lynn Klepps

11/13/2014

Sherry Lynn “Mom” Klepps, age 50, of Brillion died on Thursday November 13, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton following a lengthy illness. KLEPPS,SHERRYShe was born on May 28, 1964 in Milwaukee, daughter of Phyllis (Deall) Galoff and the late Thomas Galoff. Sherry and her family moved from Milwaukee to Phillips, WI where she attended grade school and high school. On July 12, 1984 she married Alan Klepps in Milwaukee. They recently celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. Sherry had a degree in Food Service Management and worked as a manager for Taco Bell, Hardees and KFC.  She later worked as a nursing assistant at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. Sherry loved to do cross stitch, word search and collect porcelain bears. She was a member of St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church in Brillion, the Ladies Aid and the Friends of the Library. Survivors include her husband Alan, her children, Nikolas, Krystal and Amber all of Brillion, 3 grandchildren, Owen, Phillip and James, 3 brothers, Thomas Jr. (Brenda) Galoff of Minneapolis, MN, Kevin (Amy) Galoff of Darboy and Dale (Tina) Galoff of Brillion as well as many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father Thomas Galoff, Sr. an infant child Angel and maternal grandparents Michael (Josephine) Deall. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday November 18th at NOON at St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church in Brillion. The Rev. Mark Krueger will officiate. Burial will be at Riverside Cemetery in Appleton. Friends may call at the church on Tuesday from 10:00 am – 11:30 am. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Gaylord “Gay” Unbehaun

11/16/2014

Gaylord “Gay” Unbehaun, age 85, of Brillion, formerly of Avoca, Madison, Sturgeon Bay and  Richland Center, passed away on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at his residence surrounded by his family. Unbehaun, GaylordGay was born on December 10, 1928 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, son of the late Keith and Helen (Weeden) Unbehaun. He began school in a rural one room school in the fall of 1935 just a few miles north of Richland Center. In March of 1936 his folks moved to a farm just west of Avoca, Wisconsin and he finished his elementary and high school years in the Avoca School system.  In the summer of 1946 he dropped out of high school after completing his junior year to join the U.S. Army in order to become eligible for the G.I. Bill of Rights college training benefits. He spent 34 out of 37 months in Gorizia and Trieste, Italy.  Upon his return from service in 1949 he enrolled in the Farm Short Course at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and later earned his Bachelors in 1954 and his Masters Degrees in Agricultural Education and Public School Administration in 1956.  He married Dorothy Bock on September 9, 1951. Three children were born to this union; DuWayne, Kristie and Nordehl.   His first post college employment was as the vocational agricultural instructor in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin in 1954. In 1958, he accepted his first school administrator position at the Ithaca Union High School near Richland Center. In 1961, he and his family moved to Brillion, Wisconsin where he served for 18 years as the Superintendent of Schools.   During that time, he also served on the Fox Valley Technical College Board of Directors for six years.  In 1979, he took employment at the Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he supervised the Community Outreach program in seven counties as well as the on campus Agricultural Programs, Natural Resources, Home and Consumer Sciences, Interior Design, all of the Culinary Arts Programs, the college cafeteria, evening school supervisor, and the Pulp and Paper Technology Program. He retired after 13 years at Fox Valley Technical College.  He retired in 1992 and expanded his efforts to many civic and volunteer projects to which he devoted many hours of time.  He served on the Fox Valley Technical College Foundation Board for nine years. He was a member of the Brillion Community Development Committee for 22 years, a member of the Brillion City Community Drive, Board of Directors for 20 years, a member of the Brillion City Council for 15 years, a charter member of the Brillion Optimist Club since 1968 and served as their Newsletter Editor for 14 years. In 1992-1993 he was named OPTIMIST OF THE YEAR. In 2001 he was appointed to the Brillion Housing Authority which operates three public housing facilities for the elderly on behalf of the Brillion City Council. In 2003 he was elected chairman of that board and served until 2014.  He served 44 “Committee Years” at his church, sometimes serving on two to three committees at a time.  He was active in the Wisconsin Retired Educators Association (WREA) and local affiliates in Calumet and Manitowoc Counties, having served on the board of directors of both county organizations and editor of the newsletter for the Calumet County Retired Educators (CCREA) for many years. With the WREA he also served on the state wide Legislative Committee and as a member of the Nominating Committee for District II.  In addition he served on a large variety of committees and boards at the local city, county, regional, state and national levels and was named the “Brillion Citizen of the Year in 2001. In 1995 he served a short term assignment, as an Agricultural Education Advisor to two agricultural colleges in the Ukraine.  He and his family traveled extensively in their travel trailer while the children were growing up. They visited all the continental states except Washington and Oregon. Gay and Dottie also traveled to Australia, Hawaii and Alaska and many foreign countries in their retirement. The most precious time was spent with family and friends. He loved spending time at the family cottage; unfortunately, it never seemed to get the full priority it deserved. He is survived by his wife, Dottie of Brillion; their children: DuWayne (Tina) Unbehaun of Oshkosh, Kristie (Dick) Jelinski of Stevens Point, and Nordehl (Susan) Unbehaun of Knoxville, Tenn.;  grandchildren: Emily (Dan) Wieland, Hillary (Nic) Hansen, Derek and Alyssa Jelinski, and Gabrielle, Grace, and Ciarra Unbehaun; one great-grandson, Abe; and another one on the way; his two sisters and one brother-in-law: Fern Nelson and Mary (Bud) Fillner.  He was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Duke and Dorothy (Jones) Bock and two brothers-in-law. Services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at the Faith United Methodist Church in Brillion.  Military Rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 126 of Brillion.  Entombment at Appleton Highland Mausoleum.   Friends may call at the church from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Dixie M. Rank

11/23/2014

On November 23, 2014, Dixie M. Rank (97) passed away peacefully in her apartment in Mosinee, WI. Dixie and her husband, Louis F. Rank, were long-time residents of Brillion, WI. dixi rank obitphotoDixie Marie Haley was born to Rose and Bert Haley on September 8, 1917, in Duck Creek, WI. Since her parents  travelled extensively due to her father’s career as a chef, Dixie spent a great deal of time with her grandmother Mary Burnette, who Dixie held in the highest esteem and heralded her as her maternal role model. Dixie graduated from West High School in Green Bay, WI in 1935 and then went on to graduate from the Green Bay School of Cosmetology. Dixie practiced as a beautician in Green Bay until marrying Louis F. Rank in 1942 and moving to Brillion where they operated a dairy farm. Together Louis and Dixie gave life to six children, raised five of them to adulthood and lost one baby daughter, Barbara Ann, at age two. They were active members of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. In addition to raising her children and caring for many extended family members, Dixie volunteered with the Brillion Red Cross Blood Bank for 39 years; serving as chairperson from 1971 to 1982. During that time, the blood drive productivity more than tripled. Dixie was also very involved with the Christian Mothers, 4-H, and Scouting activities.  She was a faithful letter writer and never missed sending birthday cards to her friends and family members. Dixie was Wisconsin’s first licensed female school bus driver.  She drove a multitude of scouts, sports teams, church groups and students to a variety of events. She also assumed Louis’ routine bus routes when he was busy with crop harvests. In 1971, when finding herself with just their youngest child, Mary, at home, Dixie was offered a job at O’Connor’s Pharmacy.  She accepted the job, seeing it as an opportunity to meet more people, learn something new, and help support the college educations of their two daughters. In 1976, Dixie and Louis proudly celebrated 100 years of Rank Generations on the family farm. Dixie also enjoyed gardening, growing orchids, making wool quilts, and cooking for her large family. She and Louis also enjoyed traveling, entertaining, competing in marathon bridge club, and spending time with their large family and many friends. In 1995, Dixie and Louis moved to Wausau to be closer to their daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Ken Hess. There, they joined St. Anne’s Catholic Church and found a whole new group of friends and bridge partners. Dixie is survived by two sons and two daughters; William (Sharon) Rank of Brillion, WI; Patrick (Markie) Rank of Dana Point, CA; Chris (Ken) Hess of Wausau, WI; and Mary (John) Slade of St. Charles, IL. Dixie is also survived by 10 grandchildren; Karen Rank, Eric Rank, Nick Rank, Christopher Rank, Barbara Rank, Peter Rank, William Hess, Elizabeth Hess McCadie, Andrew Slade and Christine Slade; 19 great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and many loving nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Louis F. Rank in 2010; son Raymond Joseph in 1992 and daughter Barbara Ann in 1948. The family would like to thank the staff at Acorn Hill Senior Living Community for their loving care of Dixie during these last 2 years. A memorial Catholic Mass and burial service will be scheduled as well as a celebration of life gathering after the service to honor the faithful, joyous and incredibly full 97 years lived by Dixie Rank.  A subsequent notice will be published to notify friends of the timing of the memorial Catholic service and celebration. Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family at this time. Online condolences can be made at www.jjbfh.com

Katherine A. Knox

11/24/2014

Katherine A. Knox, age 95, a resident at Brillion West Haven, Brillion, WI, formerly of Manitowoc, entered eternal life on Monday, November 24, 2014 at West Haven Assisted Living in  Brillion. K. KnoxKatherine was born on May 6, 1919 in Cleveland, WI daughter of the late Henry J. and Anna (Neilitz) Schmitt. She attended St. Wendel Parochial School in Cleveland. On June 16, 1943 she married Ralph T. Knox at St. Wendel Catholic Church, Cleveland. The couple lived in Osman for seven years and moved to Manitowoc in 1950. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1999. Katherine held various part time jobs while raising their four children. She was employed as an electric shop tool clerk during World War II. She was also employed as a school lunch cook at St. Paul Catholic School for 10 years and retired from Schuette’s Outlet as a sales clerk. Katherine was a former member of St. Paul’s Adoration Society, Christian Mother’s Society, the Martha Choir of St. Paul’s and the Daughters of Isabella. She loved her family, gardening, and playing bridge and sheepshead. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law: Rosemary & Jerome Hillman, Brillion and their children Jason and his wife Kelli, and their children, Gabrielle, Sam, and Layla, Heidi Wellner and her husband Nic and their son Zachary; three sons and daughters-in-law: John & Mary Jean Knox, Appleton, and their children, Kurt Knox and his wife Terri, and their children, Kenzie and Kylee, Kelly Bean and her husband Tim, and their children Marcus and Macie, Kerrie Fuller and her husband Dave and their children Malia and Maile, Kammye Matz and her husband Greg and their children Riley, Jackson, and Murphy, and Kregg Knox and his wife Danielle, and their children Irie and Braxton; Daniel and Deborah Knox, Manitowoc, and their children, Justin and his wife, Jenny, and Tyler; Donald and Sarah Knox, Neenah; and one brother: Edmund and his wife Joan Schmitt, Cleveland. Nieces and nephews also survive. Katherine was preceded in death by four brothers: Peter, Andrew, Aloysius and Wilfred and five sisters: Margaret, Anna, Agnes, Josephine and Esther. Funeral Services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 29, 2014 at St. Francis of Assisi on Grand (1416 Grand Avenue) Manitowoc. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial was the Rev. William Brunner with burial at Calvary Cemetery, Manitowoc. The family greeted relatives and friends at St. Francis of Assisi on Grand (1416 Grand Avenue) Manitowoc, from 9:00 a.m. Saturday, November 29, 2014 until 10:45 a.m. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Brillion West Haven, Heartland Hospice, and to all of the volunteers that helped our mother, Katherine, over the past year and a half.  Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.pfefferfuneralhome.com The Pfeffer Funeral Home, Manitowoc, assisted the family with funeral arrangements.

Russell Roger Schroeder

11/29/2014

Russell Roger Schroeder, 77 of Brillion, passed into his Heavenly Home on November 29, 2014 at his home, as he wished with family at his side. Russell was born to Earl and Martha (Willis) Schroeder on February 24, 1937 in Menominee, Michigan. Russell grew up in Loomis, Wisconsin, graduated from Crivitz High School, class of 1955. He served his country in the U.S. Army from 1955-1958 and was honorably discharged. He married Corrine Schmidt in 1960 and together they raised their three children. In 1964 he joined the Milwaukee Fire Department and worked for 30 years, retiring as a captain in 1994. In 1995 he and his wife moved to the Brillion area, the best decision they ever made. Russell loved life itself, his family, his friends and the Lord. He filled his time with hunting and working on projects. Russell was a member of the Milwaukee Firefighters Local 215, Retired Fire and Police Association, the Amvets, American Legion, the Elks and Moose Lodges, the Rochea Hunting Club, Holy Family Parish, the Esto Men’s Group of the parish. Russell was also a member of the Potter Community Association which gave him much joy among wonderful friends. Russell is survived by his wife of 54 years, Corrine (Schmidt) Schroeder; children, Nadine (Rick) Duncan, Anita Materi, and Dale (Wendy Walker) Schroeder; grandchildren, Matthew Materi, Amanda (John) Ninebuck, Jacob Materi, Ryan Materi, Nathan Schroeder, Joshua Schroeder, Katie Schroeder; great grandchildren, Taylor, Ariah, Rayleigh; sister and brother-in-law, Beverly and Guy Enockson; nieces, Naomi (Guy) Miller, Penny (Arvy) Rasmussen, Lauri (Ross) Hunkins; brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Roger (Regina) Schmidt; niece, Leisha Schmidt; nephews, Roger Schmidt, Peter Schmidt; cousins, Fred and Nancy Refling, Marilyn Kamps, Jean Swick, Maryann Swick, Dick and Marge Swick, Jacci and Dave VandeHey, Judy and Jim Gavaert, Jill and Tom Haufe, Jack Schroeder, Sr. and many more family and friends. Russell was sadly preceded in death by his son-in-law, Alex Materi on May 14, 2014; his parents Earl and Martha Schroeder; in-laws, Walter and Alma Schmidt; and cousins, Patricia and Adrian Vandeburgt, Earl Swick, Glen Swick, Roy Swick and John Kamps. Funeral Mass is at 12:00 p.m. (NOON) on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Parish in Brillion.  Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Timothy Brandt.   Burial in the Holy Family Cemetery, Brillion. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. View a complete obituary on our website at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Raymond Edwin Winarski

12/3/2014

Raymond Edwin Winarski, age 93, of Potter, passed away on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. Winarski, RaymondRay was born on June 21, 1921 in Stevens Point, son of the late Stanley and Gertrude (Lutz) Winarski.  Faith and family were Ray’s guiding influences.  He was a graduate of P.J. Jacobs High School, class of 1940 and enrolled for one semester at Stevens Point Teachers College before enlisting on his 21 birthday in the United States Army.  He served our country in the Air Corp during WWII, in England, from 1942-1945.  Then, through support from the GI Bill, he graduated from Whitewater Teachers College in 1952 with a degree in Business Education.  While attending Whitewater, he met Beverley Wendorf.  On August 15, 1950, he married Beverley at Zion Lutheran Church in Sharon, WI.  Upon college graduation, the couple moved to Bruce, Wisconsin where he was a teacher, then principal for four years, later serving as school board clerk. While in Bruce, he left teaching and started a 30 year career in banking.  Before retirement, he was the Executive Vice President of Farmers State Bank in Potter, F & M Bank in Hilbert, and earlier a director at the Bank of Jackson. Ray was active in church activities and community affairs throughout his life.  Most recently, he was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Rantoul, serving for a time as the treasurer.  In previous years he had served as a Boy Scout leader in Stevens Point and Bruce, WI, and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Auburndale, serving as treasurer.  He also served as chairman of the school board in Auburndale, was a charter member of the Auburndale Lion’s Club, and a founding member and one of the first Fire Chief’s of the Auburndale Volunteer Fire Department. In his later years, Ray suffered from Meniere’s Disease and his ability to hear was substantially impaired. Ray is survived by his wife of 64 years, Beverley of Potter; their children and spouses: Stan and Mary Kay (DeGroot) of Germantown, Nancy and Duane Beszhak of Madison; four grandchildren: Dr. Becca and Peter Winarski, and Alexander and Andrew Beszhak; in laws: Anita Zabel, Doris (George) Ferger, and Jesse Wendorf; one brother: Norbert Winarski; one sister and brother-in-law: Sylvia (Laban) Miller; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, in-laws: Elmer (Evelyn) Wendorf, Willard (Marjorie) Wendorf, Ken Wendorf, Arnold Zabel; siblings: Jeanette (Dr. Sidney) Nelson, Grace (Dr. Max) Ward, Margaret (Stan) Witkowski, and George (Patricia) Winarski; and other relatives. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 8, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rantoul.  Officiating at the service will be the Rev. John Kelling.  The Auburndale Fire Department will provide the Honor Guard.  Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Rantoul.  Friends may call at the church on Monday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial appreciated to ThedaCare at Home or Trinity Lutheran Church in Rantoul in Ray’s name.  Ray’s family would like to extend a special thank you to the ThedaCare at Home staff.  Without them, Ray would not have been able to be at home for his final days.  Also, the family would like to thank all of the family, friends, and neighbors for their loving act of care and generosity not only shown to Ray, but to Bev and the rest of the family as well.

Marvin E. Remiker

12/7/2014

Marvin E. Remiker, age 86, formerly of Sunny Slope Road, Reedsville, passed away peacefully Sunday,  December 7, 2014, at Garrow Villa Assisted Living, Brillion. Photo239Marvin was born June 30, 1928, the son of Elmer J. and Marie (Seidl) Remiker, Sr., on the family farm where Marvin lived and worked his entire life before moving to Garrow Villa. Marvin attended Maple Grove School.  He dairy farmed his entire life, farming with his younger brother Elmer.  They worked together to get their cropping done as a team.  Marvin’s passion was his love of the land, and the view from his Hilltop Dairy.  He was always there to help his other farm relatives and neighbors, as they would do the same for him.  Marvin prided himself on having one of the cleanest cow barns around.  His pride was also shown in how he took care of his equipment, whether Allis Chalmers and White tractors in his earlier years, to the latest John Deere equipment he updated, Marvin always kept them in perfect shape. Marvin enjoyed ushering at St. Patrick’s in Maple Grove, weekly bowling and a good beer with friends and relatives.  Many summer family parties were held at his home, a good time was had by all! He was a loving and caring brother and uncle.  Elmer’s 6 children and their families were his family.  Many Christmas Eves were spent at his home as he enjoyed spending as much time as he could with them.  There were always adventures to be had on his farm.  As time moved on and he moved to Brillion but he never lost his ability to have a good laugh and talk farming. Marvin is survived by his brother, his best friend, Elmer. Nephew Randy (Barb) Remiker; niece’s Vicki (Bruce) Behnke; Julie (Shep Sheehy) Glasow; Colleen (Francis) Lux: Chrissy (Dave) Volpe; and Lisa (Pat) DeWall-Remiker, 11 great nephews and nieces and their families. He is further survived by his Uncles Victor and Joseph Remiker and Aunt Mary Hastreiter.  Many cousins whom Marvin always enjoyed getting together with also survive. Over the years Marvin had several employees on the farm, and he always thought of them as family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Marie, sister-in-law Virginia, nephew Tim Glasow, his grandparents Elmer J. and Mary Remiker, Edward and Agnes Seidl, and other  relatives. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Brillion. Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be Rev. Timothy Brandt, with burial to follow in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Maple Grove. The family will greet relatives and friends at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion, Friday morning from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m. There will be no Thursday evening visitation. Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels, 1506 18th St. Two Rivers is assisting the Remiker family with funeral arrangements. Marvin had been blessed to have his special niece Julie take care and watch over him for many, many years.  She always held a special place in his heart, and he appreciated all the kindness and care she had given to him.  His angel on earth. Marvin’s family would like to thank neighbors and friends for their visits and help they gave to Marvin over the years, especially Shep Sheehy & the  members of Waack's Family Farms.  We would also like to thank Father Timothy Brandt and staff at Holy Family Parish, and the staff at St. Joseph's Parish in Kellnersville.  We also thank Dr. Thayer, and Unity Hospice for all the care and compassion shown to Marvin in recent weeks.  Above all, we would like to thank the staff at Garrow Villa, they were not only his caregivers and friends, but his family, they made Marvin always feel at home, and he is now watching over all of you!

Oscar C. Hedrich

12/10/2014

Oscar C. Hedrich, age 92 of Brillion, passed away on Wednesday December 10, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. Hedrich, OscarHe was born on November 7, 1922 in the Town of Rantoul, son of the late Oscar & Ida (Schaefer) Hedrich. He married Malinda Bergelin on June 1, 1946 at St. Luke Lutheran Church in the Town of Chilton. Oscar farmed in the Town of Rantoul his entire life. He loved his family and his church. He and Malinda loved to travel, he loved the Packers, Brewers and sports in general. He was a faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Rantoul, where he served as Elder for 12 years, sang in both the Mens Choir and the Mixed Choir, he served as treasurer, was a member of the building committee as well as other committees in the church. Survivors include his wife Malinda, his children, Wesley (Kathy) Hedrich of Brillion, Kenneth (Gail) Hedrich of Brillion, Marlene (Steve) Anderson of Germantown, Connie (Chuck) Simonson of Maricopa AZ, 15 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 great grandsons, Mitchell Konczal and Ethan Roehrig, and a sister Janet Schnell. Funeral service will be held on Monday December 15 at 11:00 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rantoul. The Rev. Darrel Bergelin will officiate. Burial will be in the Brillion Community Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 9:00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m. with the service to follow at 11:00 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

James A. Kirby

12/14/2014

James A. Kirby, 78, De Pere, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday December 14, 2014. Kirby, JamesJim was born September 7, 1936 to the late Lynton and Vivian (Richter) Kirby. On April 17, 1981 Jim was united in marriage to Alicia Meetz. He graduated from Brillion High School as the class valedictorian, and then attended UW Oshkosh prior to joining the USAF for 22 years, and serving as an Air Traffic Controller while in the service. After retiring, Jim moved back to his hometown of Brillion, and worked at Brillion Iron Works for 20 years before retiring in 1998. He enjoyed caring for his grandchildren, and loved a houseful of family to be with.  Jim also enjoyed coaching his kids, and later on watching his grandchildren in their activities. He is survived by his wife Alicia, children; Teresa (Mark) Behm, Chris (Beth) Kirby, Bob (Caitlin) Kirby, Kelly (Rebecca) Vogel, Heather (Mike) Geiger, as well as 10 grandchildren, Ryan, Krysta, Natasha, Mason, Zack, Landon, Nico, Brennan, Julian, Madison, and his great granddaughter Marley. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and one sister. Friends may call at the RYAN FUNERAL HOME 305 N. Tenth Street in De Pere after 3pm Wednesday December 17, 2014. A funeral service for Jim will be held at 5pm with Fr. Judah Pigon MF officiating. Full military honors will follow. Please go to www.ryanfh.com to send online condolences to the family. Jim’s family wishes to thank Aurora VNA Hospice, as well as daughter Heather for all her care.

Judith “Judy” Korstad

12/14/2014

Judith “Judy” Korstad, age 69, of Reedsville, passed away on Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Shady Lane Health and Rehabilitation Center, Manitowoc, after a courageous battle with cancer. Korstad, JudithJudy was born on August 18, 1945 in Manitowoc, daughter of the late Arthur and Loretta (Behnke) Krepline.  She was a graduate of Reedsville High School, class of 1963.  On November 25, 1967, Judy married Alfred “Al” Korstad in a double wedding with her sister Bonnie and his brother Glen at St. Peter‘s Lutheran Church in Collins.  She worked at Leverenz Shoe Factory in Valders and most recently, Lakeside Foods in Manitowoc.  Judy enjoyed bowling, camping with family, sheepshead, quilting, traveling, baking, cooking, and especially loved their grandchildren.  She was a life time member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, and was a member of St. Peter’s Ladies Aide, and the Reedsville Senior Citizens. Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Al; their children: Dawn (Ronald) Zastrow of Cleveland, Jeff (Mindy) Korstad, Kevin (Holli) Korstad, all of Menasha, and Becky (Brad) Busse of Reedsville; grandchildren: Tyler and Ryan Zastrow, Brandon and Caitlyn Korstad, and Jade and Paige Busse; step-grandchildren: Tevin and Tyler; siblings and in-laws: Jim (Carol) Krepline, Eunice (Dennis) Schroeder, Kenny (Betty) Krepline, Vic (Barb) Krepline, Verna (Dave) Mathiebe, Vern (Marcia) Krepline, Joy (Mike) Buboltz, Kim (Steve) Denor, Dorothy Peterman, Janice Waier, Glen Korstad, Marlene Korstad , Judy (Terry) Brandenberg, Marion Korstad, and Barbara Korstad; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister: Bonnie Korstad; one brother and sister-in-law: Jerry and Linda Krepline, father-in-law and mother-in-law: Otis and Ruth Korstad, nephew: Chad Krepline, and in-laws: Shirley Korstad, Melvin Korstad, JoAnn Korstad, Dale Korstad, Dennis Korstad, and Francis Peterman. Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014 at St. Peter’s  Lutheran Church in Collins.  Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Robert Weiss, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Online condolences may be made. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nursing staff at Shady Lane and the Reedsville First Responders for their care and compassion.

Raymond “Randy” Hoffman

12/15/2014

Raymond “Randy” Hoffman, age 43 of Brillion, died on Sunday December 15, 2014 at his home. He was born on May 22, 1971 in Maryland, son of Lana Hoffman Loose. Randy married Karen Quinzer on August 22, 1992 in Brillion. Survivors include his wife Karen Quinzer Hoffman of Brillion, his mother Lana (Leroy) Loose of Brillion, his sons Raymond, Robert and Richard and his grandfather Florian Stocker of Brillion. He was preceded in death by his grandmother Pearl Stocker and a sister Melissa Hoffman. A memorial service will be held on Saturday December 20, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Evelyn F. “Evie” Wieting

12/20/2014

Evelyn F. “Evie” Wieting, age 86, of Brillion, died on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at Brillion West Haven in Brillion. Wieting, EvelynShe was born June 16, 1928 in Almond, WI, daughter of the late Henry & Tressie (Martin) Walter. Evie graduated from UW Oshkosh with a degree in education; an education put to great use in a one room school house northwest of Brillion. It was here that she met her husband, Merlin A. Wieting, Sr., who had filled in as Santa Claus one year and visited this school house. They were married on May 15, 1948 at the Baptist Church of Almond and worked side by side throughout life. Although Evie stopped educating children in the classroom, she continued to teach everyone with whom she had contact about life and love. She was a member of Peace Evangelical & Reformed Church in Potter where she also taught Sunday School and worked as the Sunday School Superintendent for 22 years, volunteered with the Women’s Guild and graciously served as the Prayer Chain Coordinator. She had also belonged to the Calumet County Business and Professional Women’s Association and served on the New Hope Board of Directors. Evie was known well for her expansive plate collection, and her mastery in the kitchen cooking and baking the most delicious homemade meals and pies. In her free time, she put together jigsaw puzzles, and dug deep into the Scriptures. Evie was also a rummage sale aficionado who traveled throughout the countryside with her close women friends looking for treasures which she could bestow upon those she loved. Of the many gifts and talents that Evie received from God, her gift of hospitality was foremost in her life. She especially loved Christmas Eve, when friends and family would gather in her home to sing Christmas carols and enjoy her delicious Christmas treats. She lived her life as a Proverbs 31 Woman, always caring for those around her and working as the hands and feet of Christ with just a touch of attitude. She is survived by her children: Wanda (Rodger) Mello of Savannah, TN, Bud (Barb) Wieting of Chilton, Fuzzy (Kathy) Wieting of Brillion, Marla (Ron) Michaelis of Jefferson, WI; an AFS daughter: Silena (Jorge) Alvarado Barahona of Costa Rica; 18 grandchildren: Holly (James) Howard, Sierra Mello, Chad (Samantha) Mello, Brent Mello, Deb (Mark) Gehrke, Denise Dietz & Special Friend Mike Hynek, Deann (Josh) Kelley, Daniel (Jamie) Wieting, Karissa Wieting, Matthew Wieting, Joshua (Kayla) Wieting, Sarah Miller, Alex Schneider, Ellyse (Charlie) Jacobs, Christine (Tim) Nobling, David (Carmen) Michaelis, Ariel Barahona, and Raquel Barahona; 21 great grandchildren; a brother: Henry “Joe” (Mary) Walter of Kaukauna; a sister: Avaniel “Abbie” (Fritz) Jannette of Chilton; and a special niece: Holly (Felix) Martinez of Florida and her entire family. She is further survived by her church family, other relatives, and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; an infant child; 4 sisters: Eva, Marie, Melva & Henrietta; and a brother: Gordon Walter. Funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Peace Evangelical & Reformed Church in Potter with the Rev. Dr. Marc Axelrod officiating. Burial will be in the Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 and on Wednesday at the church from 9:00 am until 10:30 am. A memorial fund in the name of Evelyn F. Wieting has been established for the Calumet Medical Center and the New Hope Center in Chilton. Funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Peace Evangelical & Reformed Church in Potter with the Rev. Dr. Marc Axelrod officiating.  Burial will be in the Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion from 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 and on Wednesday at the church from 9:00 am until 10:30 am.  A memorial fund in the name of Evelyn F. Wieting has been established for the Calumet Medical Center and the New Hope Center in Chilton.

Lewis A. Pfeffer

12/30/2014

Lewis A. Pfeffer, age 86, of Brillion, passed away on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at Brillion Westhaven. Pfeffer, LewisLewie was born on September 28, 1928 in Chilton, son of the late Lloyd and Matilda (Weininger) Pfeffer.  He was a graduate of Brillion High School, class of 1947.  Lewie served our country in the United States Army.  He married Jeanette Radloff on November 27, 1954 in Brillion.  Lewie worked at the Brillion Iron Works until retirement.  He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and the American Legion Post 126 of Brillion.  Lewie and Jeanette enjoyed playing sheephead, bowling, and traveling.  The couple also enjoyed fishing and spending time at their cabin on Lake Winnebago.  Their family was also very important to them. He is survived by loving wife of 60 years, Jeanette of Brillion; nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, and friends.  Lewie was preceded in death by two brothers: Florian (Kathleen) Pfeffer and an infant brother, John Pfeffer; one sister-in-law: Florence (John) Draheim; and two brothers-in-law: Vic (Rita) Radloff and Kenneth (Virginia) Radloff; and other relatives. Funeral Mass will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 3, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion.  Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial is the Rev. Timothy Brandt.  Burial in Brillion Town Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staffs at Brillion Westhaven and Heartland Hospice for their care and compassion shown to both Lewie and the rest of his family.  Online condolences may be made.

Ralph F. Kalies Sr.

1/8/2014

Ralph F. Kalies Sr., age 85 of Omro, passed away on Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at Mercy Medical Center, Oshkosh.  Kalies, Ralph picHe was born in Brillion to the late Carl Sr. and Emma (Maertz) Kalies on August 28, 1928.  On February 19th, 1951 he married Elaine Kollath, she preceded him in death on February 15, 2008.  Ralph was a veteran, having served in the United States Army.  He was a member of the American Legion. He loved traveling and making new friends around the country and around the world.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He also enjoyed to polka.  He was close with his family and spent time with them at every family event and more.  He encouraged his children to be all they could be, assisting them when necessary but made sure they were self-reliant.  He is survived by his children; Dr. Ralph Jr. (Gretchen Leach) Kalies, Dr. Sandra (Dr. Jeffery) Wierichs and Dr. Terry Kalies, grandchildren; Elizabeth Morrell (Jeffrey) and Peter Leach, Zachary Wierichs and Jennifer Rooyackers, brothers and sisters; Elroy (Marlene) Kalies, Betty (Pete) Zaroth, Shirley Jandrey, Virginia (Alfred) Zeimer, Nancy (Norman) Raatz, Carl Jr. (Beverly) Kalies, sisters and brothers in law; Janet Kalies, Donald Olp, Allen See, Dorothy (John) Peters, Donald (Monica) Kollath and Phyllis Bruex.  Ralph is further survived by other nieces, nephews, other relatives, close neighbor Elaine and friends. Ralph is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Elaine, daughter in law, Barbara Kalies, sisters Doris Olp and Bonnie See, brother, Lloyd Kalies, brothers and sisters in law; Eugene Jandrey, Marlow Kollath and Victor Bruex. A celebration of life for Ralph will be held at 1:00PM, on Friday, January 24, 2014 at Valley Funeral Home, 2211 N. Richmond St, Appleton.  Friends and family may call at the funeral home from 11:00AM until the time of service.  Full military honors will follow.

Maynard F. Brault

1/9/2014

Maynard F. Brault, age 73, of Brillion, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, January 9, 2014. Brault, MaynardMaynard was born on July 17, 1940, in Coleman, son of the late Oney and Mary (Hendrichs) Brault.  On April 4, 1964, he married Sally Koller in Brillion.  Maynard was employed with the Brillion Iron Works for 43 years, retiring in 2003.  He enjoyed watching all Brillion sporting events and his pigeons. Surivors include his wife, Sally; their children and spouses: David (Becky) Brault of Brillion, Diane (Steve) Eichhorst of Neenah, and Dan (Karla) Brault of Potter; nine grandchildren, Justin, Katie, Emily, Olivia, Josh, Carson, Ashlynn, Abby, and Ethan; one sister, Virginia Ronsman of Green Bay; two brothers and one sister-in-law: Alex Brault and Myron (Joan) Brault, all of Brillion; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  He was preceded in death by one sister-in-law, Jane Brault; and brother-in-law, Cletus Ronsman. A Memorial Service will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2014 at the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion.  Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Timothy Benninghoff.  Entombment will be in Knollwood Mausoleum, Manitowoc. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday evening from 4:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be set up in Maynard’s name.

Arnold “Arnie” Miller

1/16/2014

Arnold “Arnie” Miller, age 74, of Reedsville, died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 16, 2014. Miller, ArnoldArnie was born on April 10, 1939 in Brillion, son of the late Lawrence and Anna (Manlick) Miller.  He was a graduate of Brillion High School, class of 1957.  Arnie went on to serve our county in the United States Army.  He married Janet Reis on April 30, 1960 in Whitelaw.  Arnie worked at the Brillion Iron Works, retiring in 2001, and he recently was employed at the Reedsville Equity.  He was a former member of the Reedsville Fire Department, serving for over 25 years.  Arnie was an Assistant Chief with the department and was the proud chairman of the Annual picnic for several years.  He was also a member of the AMVETS Post 1032 of Reedsville, holding various local positions as well as serving as the Wisconsin State Commander and the 4th District National Commander.  Arnie was also a member of the Reedsville American Legion Post, Knights of Columbus, was an honorary life member of the West Maple Grove Hunting Club, was Reedsville Citizen of the Year, and was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church.  He served on a number of committees for church, but he was also a truly inspired member of the Holy Family Mens’ Saturday Morning Prayer Group.  Arnie enjoyed hunting in the Miller woods, bowling, playing cards, dancing a few polkas, watching the Packers, and he especially loved spending time with his family. He is survived by his loving wife Janet of Reedsville; their four daughters and two sons: Laurie (Glen) Wagner of Reedsville, Michael (Barb) Miller of Appleton, Susan Miller of Reedsville, Rosanne (John) Porter of Reedsville, Paul (Chris) Miller of Brillion, and Mary Miller of Menomonie; grandchildren: Andrew Miller, Bryan Miller, Nick Porter, Carissa Miller, Jacob Miller, Angela Mangin, Anthony Mangin, and Sheila Mangin; two sisters and brothers-in-law: Marge (Don) Cardinahl and Joanne (Roger) Fischer; other in-laws: Ronald (Emily) Reis, Janice (Willie) Rahn, Claire (Leo) Dietrich, Helen (Lenny) Fox, and Jerome (Judy) Reis; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  Arnie was preceded in death by his parents, his father-in-law and mother-in-law: George and Clara (Grall) Reis, one brother: Eugene Miller, and brothers-in-law: Robert Wilheim, Raymond Sheahan, and Richard Reis. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 20, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion.  Officiating at the Mass will be Rev. Timothy Brandt.  Military Rites will be accorded by the Reedsville AMVETS Post 1032.  Entombment will be in Knollwood Mausoleum, town of Kossuth. Friends may call at the church on Sunday evening, January 19, 2014 from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m.  The visitation will conclude with a parish prayer service at 7:00 p.m.  The visitation will continue on Monday morning at the church from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com The family wishes to thank the Reedsville First Responders and all who helped them in their time of need.  

Howard L. “Howie” Brux

1/17/2014

Howard L. “Howie” Brux, age 87 of Brillion, died on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at St. Paul Home in Kaukauna. Brux, HowardHe was born on April 30, 1927, in Appleton, son of the late Henry and Mary (Wolf) Brux. Howie served in the U.S. Army from 1945-1947. On July 3, 1948, he married Bertha Vande Burgt. He worked for the Menasha Corp. for 41 years and also owned and operated Howie’s Bar in St. John. He loved to golf, bowl and work out doors. He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion. Survivors include his wife, Bertha; two daughters: Evelyn (Jim) Johnson and Schila (Dale) De Coursin; a son, Gregory Brux and special friend Gail; grandchildren: Mike (Holly) Johnson, Dave Johnson, Rich (Amy) Reinke, Derrick Reinke and special friend Michelle; six great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Helen Ahern; two brothers: Harvey and Eugene; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Marie Miller, Theresa Eiting, Betty Schroeder, Barb (LaVerne) Steinberg, Martin, Jr. (Mary) Vande Burgt; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers and a sister-in-law: Leon Brux and Merlin (Marge) Brux; in-laws: Adrian (Pat) Vande Burgt, Regina Louison, Jerry Miller, Harvey Schroeder and Margaret Vande Burgt. A memorial mass will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion. The Rev. Timothy Brandt will officiate. Friends may call at the church on Thursday from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. with the mass to follow at 1 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the doctors and entire staff at St. Elizabeth Hospital ICU, especially Jennifer M. who was like family to Dad. Dad, you found your happiness….and you grabbed it!

Donald “Don” Alt

1/22/2014

Donald “Don” Alt, age 78, of Brillion passed away on January 22, 2014 at Garrow Villa in Brillion. Don was born on June 11, 1935 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, son of the late William Sr. and Bernice (Roser) Alt.  He was a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington with an Accounting degree.  He worked as an accountant, traveling the country.  Don lived in Ocean Springs, Mississippi until moving to Wisconsin in 2011 to live with his family.  He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed watching the New York Yankees, the Indiana Hoosiers basketball, and Notre Dame Football. Don is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: Michael (Elizabeth)Alt of Brillion; two daughters: Debra Raddatz of Bloomington, IN and Andrea Owens of Venice, FL; one granddaughter: Allison Alt of Green Bay; one brother: Tom Alt of Ocean Springs, MS; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  He was preceded in death by one brother: William Alt, Jr. and one sister-in-law: Marilyn Alt. Friends may call at the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion on Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m.  A service will take place at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Southern Care Hospice or Garrow Villa. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com He was a loving Father and proud Grandfather when it mattered the most.  

Emily Nate

1/22/2014

Emily Nate, age 88, of Brillion, passed away on Wednesday January 22, 2014 at Chilton Care Center. Emily was born on March 31, 1925 in the town of Brillion, daughter of the late William and Caroline (Spatchek) Pritzl.  On October 26, 1949, she married Wilbert John Nate at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brillion.  He preceded her in death on June 9, 1960.  Emily was a homemaker and worked the family farm with her husband in Maple Grove until their children went to school.  She then seasonally worked at Larson’s Canning Co, worked in the kitchen Michiel’s Brillion Inn, and worked full time for 17 years at Arien’s Company, retiring in 1991.  Emily enjoyed canning, painting rooms, doing odd jobs on the farm, bingo, cards, embroidery, quilting, canning, cooking and going on bus trips.  She was a fabulous baker, and she was known for making the best desserts.  She was able to go to Hawaii with good friends, a trip that had been on her bucket list for a long time.  Emily was a member of the former St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brillion, Holy Family Catholic Church, and the Christian Mothers for over 50 years.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her family. Emily is survived by her six daughter and four sons-in-law: Beverly (Ted) McGee, Marlene (Gene) Kuchenbecker, Joan Nate, Patty Nate, Judy (Todd) Aplin, and Karen (Dale) Behnke; one daughter-in-law: Joan Nate; grandchildren: Michael McGee, Jeremy (Janet) McGee, Nicholas McGee (fiancé Christine), and Elizabeth McGee, Bill Nate, Kelly (Jeff) Elhke, Travis Graverson, Tara (Jason) Smits, Katie (Phil) Micksch, Nicole (Jon) Muska, Nathan (Kristi) Behnke, Jamie Behnke, and Danielle “Dani” Behnke; 13 great-grandchildren; her twin sister: Elaine Brennen; one brother-in-law: Wally Hallfrisch; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  She is preceded in death by her son: Gary Nate; four siblings: Leo (Jeanette) Pritzl, Lenore (Bernard) Benzschawel, Jerome Pritzl, and Irene (Urban) Wildenberg; and other in-laws. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion.  Officiating will be the Rev. Timothy Brandt with burial at a later date in the St. Patrick Cemetery, Maple Grove. Friends may call at the church on Saturday morning from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Caroline Mae Lorrigan

1/26/2014

Caroline Mae Lorrigan, age 82, of Hartford passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014, surrounded by her loving family at the Aurora Medical Center in Hartford. She was born July 3, 1931, in Reedsville, Wisconsin to Ehfried and Olga (nee Mack) Schwahn.  She was united in marriage to James Lorrigan on November 12, 1951, in Chicago, IL. She enjoyed flowers and Gardening as well as feeding the birds. She was a longtime member of Peace Lutheran Church. She is survived by her loving children, James (Karen) and Randy (Christine); grandchildren, Scott (Kristen), Brian (Erin), Bradley, Rebecca (Brian) Breuer, Shawna (Joe) Menzel, Dan (Sara), and Jennifer; great-grandchildren, Ava, Nolan, Jillian Easton, Adrianne, Alayna, and Brooks; brothers and sisters, Dorothy Peterson, Raymond Schwahn, Edward (Gail) Schwan, Linda (Harold) Schachel, Milton (Jeanne) Schwahn, and Betty (Bob) Havlovitz. She is further survived by nieces nephews other dear relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, James and other relatives. Funeral Services for Caroline will be held Friday, January 31, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Shimon Funeral Home with Pastor Aaron Steinbrenner officiating. The family will greet relatives and friends on Friday at the funeral home from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Peace Lutheran Church are appreciated. Caroline’s family would like to give special thanks to the staff at Emerald Ridge Assisted Living and Hartford- Aurora Medical Center. The Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. (262) 673-9500     www.shimonfuneralhome.com

Cherie A. Baeten

1/28/2014

Cherie A. Baeten, age 62, of Brillion, died Tuesday, January 28, 2014.  Baeten, Cherie0001She was born on September 24, 1951 in West Allis, the daughter of Robert and Anna (Jazdzewski) Mineau.  On May 24, 1986 she married Ronald Baeten in Juneau.  Cherie had a deep love of all animals, and together her and Ron raised horses for many years and were involved with many horse showing circuits.  They hosted Camp for Kids at their horse farm every year and loved her grandchildren and all children to come hang out on their farm.   Survivors include her husband Ron of Brillion; one son, Scott (Nicole) Rauch of Fond du Lac; two grandchildren, Brayden and Alec; her sister, Kim (Keith) Skadahl of Milwaukee; her father in law, John Baeten of Redgranite; and numerous brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, and one brother, Ron. Visitation will be Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. until 12 noon at Uecker-Witt Funeral Home, 524 N. Park Ave, Fond du Lac, WI.  Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 12 noon at the funeral home.  Cremation has taken place. Additional information and guestbook can be found at www.ueckerwitt.com

Michael Kermit Cmejla

1/29/2014

Michael Kermit Cmejla, age 74, of Brillion, died unexpectedly on Wednesday January 29, 2014 at Appleton Medical Center. He was born October 14, 1939 in Algoma, son of the late Kermit and Mabel (Schumacher) Cmejla. On October 2, 1970 he married Lois Eickert in Brillion. Michael served in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years. He later worked for Hughes Aircraft Co. in Tuscan until his retirement. He loved to hunt, fish, play cards and golf. Michael was a member of St. Bartholomew Lutheran Church in Brillion. Survivors include his wife Lois, a son Michael Jr. of Brillion, a daughter, Becky (Jody) Needham of Little Chute, a sister Rita (Lee) Sienkowski of Florida, a brother Frank (Karen) Cmejla of Fond du Lac, and many other relatives and friends. Keeping with Michael’s wishes, there will be no formal services. We Love you and will miss you! Lois, Michael Jr. and Becky. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Jeanette Isabelle Ott

2/2/2014

Jeanette Isabelle Ott, age 82, of the town of Brillion, passed away comfortably on Sunday, February 2, 2014, at her home with her children by her side. Otto, JeanetteJeanette was born on January 16, 1932, daughter of the late Ray and Mary (Marx) Halbach of Sherwood. She married Leo M. Ott on February 5, 1963. He preceded her in death on January 2, 2002.  She enjoyed life with Leo, especially their entire married life on the family farm until he retired. Jeanette worked at Van Abel’s Supper Club as the pastry baker for many years and enjoyed that time until she retired at the age of 78. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and was anxiously awaiting the birth of her first great grandson that is due in May. Jeanette was always known for her kind heart and generosity. She would help anyone who needed it, often with her wonderful cooking and kind words. Survivors include her children; Robert (Michelle) Coisman, Cathy (Bill) Knifke, Chris (Ken) Kelch, her grandchildren; Robert (girlfriend Krystal) Coisman, Justin (girlfriend Brittany) and Derek Knifke, Nathan Wickerscheim, Chad and Troy Coisman; her siblings; Al “Crash” Halbach, Rosie Propson, Annie Olson, Sr. Margaret Mary Halbach, Ray (Marilyn) Halbach; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Mary Halbach, her husband, Leo, her children Don Coisman, JoAnn Coisman, Mary Theresa Coisman, and Susan Coisman, her siblings, William (Joyce) Halbach, Donald (Ethel) Halbach, Lucille (Adrian) Mader, Eugene “Smokey” (Joan) Halbach, Jerry Halbach, and James “Butch” Halbach, in-laws, Norb Propson, Neil Olson, and Mert Halbach and other in-laws. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 6 at Sacred Heart Parish in Sherwood. The Rev. Mike Betley will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call at the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion on Wednesday from 4:00 until 7:30 p.m.   A prayer service will conclude the visitation on Wednesday evening.  The visitation will continue at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com. The family wishes to thank St. Elizabeth Hospital 2nd floor nurses, med techs, Dr. Cherian, Dr. Baum  and Dr. Connors for their wonderful care of Mom and her family, the Calumet County Hospice and all the family and friends who sent their prayers. Mom will remain in the hearts of her family and friends forever.

Myron L. Herzog

2/7/2014

Myron L. Herzog, age 85, of Reedsville, died Friday, February 7, 2014 at Holy Family Memorial Medical Center, Manitowoc surrounded by his family. Herzog, MyronMyron was born on June 11, 1928 in the town of Maple Grove, son of the late Walter and Laura (Wordell) Herzog.   He married Vivian C. Madson on January 15, 1949.  They farmed for 25 years, Myron worked at Ariens Company for 14 years, was in the artificially inseminating business for 17 years, worked part time at The Equity Livestock, and was the Constable for the town of Maple Grove for 20 years.  He was a member of St. John St. James Lutheran Church, Reedsville where he was an usher and past member of their school board.  Myron was also an honorary member of the Reedsville Sportsman’s Club, member of the West Maple Grove Hunting Club, and was a former member of the Rockea Hunting Club.  He was also a Manitowoc County Deputy Sheriff for 25 years.  Myron enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing sheephead, dancing the polka with his wife, watching the Packers and the Brewers, and especially loved to spend time with his family. Myron is survived by his wife of 65 years: Vivian; their children: one son and daughter-in-law: M. Jeffery (Barb) Herzog of Reedville; two daughters and two sons-in-law: Judy (Mel) Mangin of Cato and Jenny (Roger) Janke of Reedsville; eleven grandchildren: Wendy (Eric) Diel  of Brillion, Kristin (Rick) Korstad of Reedsville, Vicky (John) Solis of Gladstone, MI, Dennis (Leah) Herzog of Reedsville, Tim (Stacey) Mangin of Whitelaw, Todd (Katy) Mangin of Cato, Jamie Mangin of Cato, Jason (fiancé Kelley McBryde) Mangin of Kimberly, Katie Mangin of Oak Creek, Lisa (Chris) Shroat of Kaukauna, and Ryan (special friend Tabitha Benter) Janke of Brillion; twelve great-grandchildren: Amanda and Josh Diel, Dakota, Taylor, Levi and Blake Korstad, Hunter and Austin Solis, Seth, Caleb and Isaac Mangin, and Gunner Shroat; one sister and two brothers-in-law: Carol (Dennis) Chouinard of Stockbridge and Larry (Joy) Madson of Manitowoc; two sisters-in-law: Jeannie Madson of Valders and Ramona Madson of Manitowoc; nieces nephews, cousins, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, step-mother: Lina Herzog, father-in-law and mother-in-law: Palmer and Christine (Griffen) Madson; one sister and three brothers-in-law: Betty (Cyril) Serwe, James Madson, and Gordon Madson; two sisters-in-law: Betty (Ken) Petri and infant Grace Eva Madson; one nephew: James Serwe, and one niece: Kari Reinertson. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at St. John St. James Lutheran Church, Reedsville.  Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Timothy Nommensen.  Burial will take place at a later date at Westside Cemetery, Reedsville. Friends may call at the church on Monday evening, February 10 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  The visitation will continue on Tuesday morning, February 11 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established. The family would like to thank the Reedsville First Responders and the Valders Ambulance for their care and compassion.

Jacob Michael Van Schyndel

2/10/2014

Jacob Michael Van Schyndel, 18, Kaukauna, passed away peacefully following a lifelong, inspirational battle with cancer on Monday, February 10, 2014, at home, surrounded by his loving family. biker-jacobHe was born August 20, 1995 in Green Bay, son to Ronald and Brenda (Just) Van Schyndel. Jacob was a senior at Wrightstown High School, where he managed the football and wrestling teams. He enjoyed fishing and recently became interested in hunting, getting his first bear last year and going on his first pheasant hunt. Jacob also liked going up north to the family cabin. He loved socializing with people and was a very caring young man. Throughout his battle with his illness he wanted everyone to know if he could fight cancer this big thing then they could fight minor things. He didn't believe in giving up or taking the easy way out. He had a great work ethic, never afraid to do anything even with his limitations. He worked at the Out-O-Town Club and enjoyed cutting lawns with his Mom, Dad, and brothers. He liked being involved with people no matter what the circumstances. He loved animals, especially his dogs Scruffy and Herbie. He had great faith and was a member of St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Wrightstown. Jacob will be deeply missed by his parents, Ron “Butch” and Brenda Van Schyndel; three brothers: Nick, Appleton, Matt and Jon, at home; maternal grandmother, Carol Just, De Pere; great-grandmother, Evelyn Van Schyndel, Kaukauna; aunts and uncles: Sue and Greg Verhagen, Wrightstown, Chris and Tim Trudell, Jeff and Kathie Just, Rod and Tami Just, Tim and Missy Just, all of De Pere; Becky and David Pytak, Hollandale, Brian and Amy Van Schyndel, Kaukauna, Kristy Van Schyndel (Godmother), Kaukauna, Kevin (fiancé-Anna) Van Schyndel (Godfather),Wrightstown; Godparents, Ken (Char) Lemke, Wrightstown; and many cousins and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Tiffany Van Schyndel; maternal grandfather, Roger Just; paternal grandparents, Ron and Mary Van Schyndel; great-grandparents: Ray and Helen Meulemans, Martin Van Schyndel, Helen and Ernest Treichel, and Sadie and Harold Just. To Jacob: I will always remember your laugh no matter how dark the times were. You've always been helpful and insightful. I will never forget the things you've said to lift my spirits with genuine care and love, but not only to me, to anyone you met. Your personality was very warm and welcoming. We are very proud of you. I hope you were half as proud of me. You have changed my life and I owe you a lot. You have never let me down and were always there for me. I love you and will miss you every day. I wouldn't change a thing. Nick  You were our little brother. We should have been the one teaching you about life, but instead you taught us so many more invaluable lessons we will never forget. You showed me what I should strive to be as a brother, son, friend, and person in general. I will always love you. Until I see you again. Matt You were young, selfless and a great brother. You always put others ahead of yourself just to make them happy. You loved sports and were always on the sideline cheering everyone on. You were always in my corner for wrestling and always helping me through my struggles. I will always miss you but will never forget you. Jon I love you so much. Every time I cast a pole, clean a fish, look at your bear in your room, I will miss you but will know you are there with me remembering the times we had together. I will miss you and love you always. Dad I have watched you go through so much throughout your life with all your doctor appointments, treatments, and surgeries, but also I watched with great pride you accomplish things that no one ever thought you could. You taught me so much. Somehow you gave me the strength to help you through everything. When I would say I wished I could go through this instead of you, you would tell me you wouldn't want me to go through it and you could handle it and you did. You never felt sorry for yourself. I always worried there would come a day that God would take you to heaven, but prayed that day would never come. Now you have no limitations. I will miss your daily hugs and “Love You Mom.” Thank you for being such an amazing son. I am so proud to be your mom. My heart is breaking knowing I have to let you go, but I know you are at peace now. You are my special angel! Love Mom. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Wrightstown, with the Rev. Matthew Vik officiating. Interment is in the church cemetery. Cotter Funeral Home, Wrightstown, assisted the family. Online condolences may be expressed at www.cotterfuneralhome.com. Our family extends a special thank you to all the doctors, nurses, and caregivers who through their amazing care and determination were able to give us 18 wonderful and memorable years with Jacob and to Pastor Vik for always listening, encouraging and strengthening Jacob's faith. We would also like to thank all our friends and family for their love and support who made it possible for us to focus on helping Jacob throughout his lifelong fight with cancer 

Geraldine Flora Wogsland

2/11/2014

Geraldine Flora Wogsland, ‘Geri’, 85, Appleton, passed away peacefully Tues. Feb. 11, 2014, at Brewster Village. wogsland, geriShe was born April 16, 1928 in Brillion, WI to the late Robert and Flora (Wolfmeyer) Persohn. After graduating from Brillion High School in 1946, she and her best friend Lois went on many trips together.  She married Robert Wogsland on Oct. 17, 1953 and he preceded her in death in 2000. Geri worked as an Accounts Receivable clerk for Tuttle Press and Chesapeake Consumer Products where she made many lifelong friends. She retired in 1993 after 46 years of working. She was an active member of St. James Methodist Church in Appleton. She had a love for music and was in the church choir for over 50 years. Geri was an avid bowler into her 70’s, was a volunteer for the Salvation Army and enjoyed going to the PAC Performances with her friends. She and her nephew, Gene enjoyed many trips up to the North Woods in Crivitz. She will be missed by numerous nieces and nephews and many dear friends. Geri was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob; 3 brothers: Lester (Alice Rose) Persohn; Lawrence (Sarah) Persohn and Robert Persohn. Memorial Services will be held at 2 pm, on Feb. 20, 2014 at the Star of Hope Chapel in Highland Memorial Park, Appleton with Rev. Tim Albrecht officiating. Friends and family may visit from 1 pm until the time of services also at the chapel. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established. The family wishes to thank the staff of Lawrence Hall in Brewster Village for their wonderful and compassionate care shown to Geri. The family also extends its sincere gratitude to Jim and Lorna Dorn and family for their lifelong friendship and care of Geri. 

Allen “Max” Wittmann

2/12/2014

Allen “Max” Wittmann, age 82, of Brillion, passed away peacefully after a long journey with Alzheimer’s on February 12, 2014 at Westhaven in Brillion. Wittmann, AllenAllen was born in Green Bay on January 3, 1932, son of the late Alfred and Anna (Wenzel) Wittmann.  He was a graduate of Brillion High School.  Allen married his high school sweetheart and homecoming queen, Rita Geiger, on June 7, 1950 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brillion.  Allen farmed near Brillion and worked at the Brillion Iron Works for several years.  However, most of his life was spent affiliated with the Appleton Garot Christman Agency, where he worked as an independent agent for almost 50 years.  Allen was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Parish in Brillion where he served on the school council.  More recently, he was a member of Holy Family Catholic Parish in Brillion.  Allen was very proud to be a regular blood donor to the American Red Cross.  He was also a very active member of the Brillion Lions Club and the Conservation Club.  Allen was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.  He especially enjoyed the time he spent at his cottage on Shawano Lake with family and friends.  He was an avid fisherman, hunter, golfer and gardener.  Allen enjoyed woodworking projects, playing cards with family and friends, and was always grateful for the opportunities he had to travel within the United States as well as to Mexico, Europe and Africa. He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Rita; their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren: son, Gerald (Mary) Wittmann of Menasha and their family: Jeremy Wittmann and children: Tyler and Mariah of Neenah, Jason Wittmann and children Joseph and Milo of Rhinelander,  Joelle (Dale) Knauer of Grand Chute and children: Francesca, Abigail and Cassandra, daughter, Jane (Robert) Holl and family: Natasha (Bryan) Hanneman of Wausau and children: Anthony and Samuel and Ashley (Paul) Michlig of Rothschild with children: Parker and Jackson; son, Dr. Thomas (Dr. Beth Erickson) Wittmann of Oconomowoc with family: David and Jacquelyn; and daughter, Julie (Dale) Luedtke of New Berlin with family: Gabriel (Luciana) Luedtke of Madison with children Calista and Lucio, Andrew (Hannah) Luedtke of Oshkosh with children: Kenan, Maverick and Hawkins; one sister and brother-in-law: Faye (Steve) Dragosh of Haslet, MI; two brothers and sisters-in-law: Don (Barb) Wittmann of Brillion and Lee (Lin) Wittmann of Athelstane; other in-laws: Natalie Prahl of Brillion, Katherine Geiger of Brillion, Joseph Juckem of Chilton, Dolores Diny of De Pere, and Albert Brick of De Pere; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Anna Wittmann, a son David Allen Wittmann, father-in-law and mother-in-law: Daniel and Ida (Vogel) Geiger, one brother: Wayne Wittmann, and other in-laws: Edward (Hilaria) Dvorachek, Norbert (Monica) Geiger, Bernard Geiger, Daniel (Beverly) Geiger, Ida Juckem, Elmer (Bernice) Geiger, Michael Diny, Germaine Brick, and other nieces and nephews. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion.  Officiating at the Mass will be the Rev. Timothy Brandt.  Burial will take place in Holy Family Cemetery, Brillion.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:00 am until 12:30 p.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Allen’s name to the American Cancer Society, Alzheimer’s Association, Holy Family Parish or a local charity of your choosing. The family wishes to thank the staff at Westhaven for their loving and compassionate care, Unity Hospice, Dr. Christopher Sipple and his staff, Bellin Health in Brillion and Dr. Scott Dougherty of Bay Care Clinic in Green Bay.  

Delores R. Riemer

2/18/2014

Delores R. Riemer, age 76, of N6554 Hilbert Road, passed away on February 18, 2014 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay, surrounded by her family. Riemer, DeloresDelores, or “Blonde”, was born on March 29, 1937 in Freedom, daughter of the late Peter and Minnie (Hermsen) Vosters.  On January 28, 1959, she married Roger F. Riemer at St. John Catholic Church in Little Chute.  The couple just celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary.  Delores worked at a number of places throughout her life.  She was the head dietician at St. Elizabeth Hospital, worked at Thiel’s, Foley’s, Sargento, Precision Paper, and helped on their family farm where they raised 12 children.  Delores loved to play cards, enjoyed dancing, gardening, cooking, baking and always making sure there was a dessert with dinner, trips to the casino, being outside, was very political, and was always stayed current on events.  She also was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Hilbert, was a strong believer in God and enjoyed trips to Robinsonville.  Delores especially loved spending time with Roger and their family. She is survived by her husband Roger; their 12 children: Mary Kay (Bob) Rosin, Connie (Tom) Klotz, Sandy (Norb) Mangin, Sheri (Robert) Davidovich, Lynn (Troy) Stiefvater, Kelly (Sam) Schmitz, Tom (Kelly) Riemer, Mark (Michelle) Riemer, Kim (special friend Darrell Buss) Baer, Keith (Laura) Riemer, Joe Riemer, Mike (Rachel) Riemer; grandchildren: Nicole Rosin, Colette (fiance’ Mark Gage) Rosin, Amber and Jason Rosin, Amanda (Brad) Bartosz, Brittany (fiance’ Kevin Skogg) Klotz, Nicholas (Amber) Klotz, Maverick and Jordan Klotz, Brandon (Jenny) Mangin, Justin (Samantha) Mangin and Lauren Mangin, Ryan (fiancée Kenzie Gaines) Davidovich, Jared, Kaleb, Gavin and Josie Stiefvater, Trevor and Shania Schmitz, Savanah, Jaiden, Kylie and Nevaeh Riemer, Dakotah, Hunter and Kenley Riemer, Riley Baer, Kaitlyn Riemer, Ashlie (fiance’ William Cummings) Riemer, Tyler and Alexandria Riemer, Austin, Joshua, Andrew, Brooklyn and Jacob Riemer; two great-grandchildren: Cathrine Mangin and Blake Mangin; two sisters and three brothers-in-law: Lillian (Robert) Tennessen, Joanie (Jerry) Ambrosius and Douglas Riemer; one sister-in-law: Geraldine (Glen) Behnke; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents: late Peter and Minnie (Hermsen) Vosters; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Martin and Margaret Riemer; siblings: Jerome, Richard (Ruth), baby twins: Urban and Evelyn, baby twins: Rita and Margaret, Dorothy, Ursula (Edward) Welhouse, Gordan, and Urban Vosters; another brother-in-law: Byron Meulemans; nephews: David Meulemans and Robert Vosters; and a niece: Bev Havel. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00 p.m. NOON on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at St. Mary Catholic Church in Hilbert.  Officiating is the Rev. Mike Betley.  Burial will take place in the church cemetery at a later date. Friends may call at the church on Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Dorothy Lora Deffke

2/23/2014

Dorothy Lora Deffke, age 90, of Chilton, formerly of Brillion, died on Sunday, February 23, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. Deffke, DorothyShe was born September 8, 1923 in the Town of Schleswig, daughter of the late Arthur & Anida (Rosenbauer) Jochmann. Dorothy married Donald Deffke on May 23, 1942, in New Holstein. She assisted her husband in cheese making at the School Grove Dairy in Forest Junction, making award winning cheddar cheese and cheese curds. She was a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Brillion where she also belonged to the Women's Guild. For over 50 years, she was a member of the Bloedern-Becker-Jensen American Legion Post #126 Auxiliary in Brillion. Dorothy enjoyed playing Sheepshead, polka dancing, bowling, and spending time with her family. Survivors include her husband of 71 years, Donald; her children: Carole Mae of Long Boat Key, FL, Barbara (Dennis) Kesler of Chilton, and Thomas (Kathleen) Deffke of Shorewood, WI; 7 grandchildren: Tammy (Todd) Barrows, Lisa (David) Redwine, Kristin (Randy) Bushman, Lora Klenke, Kirk (Katie) Deffke, Kari (Jesse) Monte, and Julie (John) Flor; 15 great grandchildren; and a sister, Audrey Steenport. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister: Mildred Kotsch; and a brother: Gordon Jochmann. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 7 at Peace United Church of Christ in Brillion. Rev. Kris Borns  officiated. Burial was in the Brillion Community Cemetery. Memorials given in the name of Dorothy Lora Deffke are greatly appreciated.  Dorothy's family would like to thank county nurse, Carol Pritzl and the entire staff of Century Ridge for all of the wonderful care that was given to Dorothy. They would also like to thank Rev. Kris Borns for the prayers and visits as well as Dorothy & Donald's grandchild, Kristin Bushman for lovingly watching over her grandparents during the past several weeks.

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Robert “Bob” J. Abts

2/24/2014

Robert “Bob” J. Abts, age 65, of Brillion, passed away on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Wisconsin Home for Veterans in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin. Abts, RobertBob was born on February 5, 1949 in Luxemburg, son of the late Robert T. and Florence (Thiry) Abts.  He served our country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1968-1969.  On May 11, 1968, he married Joan E. Pilgrim at St Mary's Church in Algoma.  She preceded him in death on December 20, 1986.  Bob was the owner and operator of his transportation company.  He truly loved what he did.  In his spare time, he enjoyed bowling, volunteering with Meals on Wheels, and was a very proud Grandpa, enjoying his grandchildren and their sporting events. He is survived by his children and their spouses: Shawn (Michelle) Abts of Pulaski, Shelly (Steve) Tenor of Krakow and Steve (Robin) Abts of Brillion; grandchildren: Nathan, Caleb and Jadin Abts, Crystal, Kyle and Cassidy Tenor, and Alexandria, Aydin and Abigail Abts; his siblings: David (Marvel) Abts of Two Rivers, Myron Abts of Casco, Mary Ann (Kermit) Bourain of Green Bay, Shirley (Frank) Bradley of Denmark, Michael Abts of Nevada, Nancy (Jeff) Vandermeuse of Green Bay, Dale (special friend Donna Daly) Abts of Michigan and Anthony (Cheryl) Abts of Manitowoc; one godson: Scott (Kate) Bradley; other in-laws, nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.  Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Joan, their son: Troy, one brother: Danny Abts, and other in-laws. Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion.  Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Timothy Brandt with burial to follow at St. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery in Francis Creek.  Military Rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 126 of Brillion. Friends may call at the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion from 5:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 26, 2014.  The visitation will conclude with a prayer service.  It will continue on Thursday morning at the church from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project or Holy Family Catholic Church in Bob’s name. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Appleton and the staff at the Wisconsin Home for Veterans in Chippewa Falls for their compassion and care.

Walter “Wally” A. Rosenthal Jr.

2/24/2014

Walter “Wally” A. Rosenthal Jr., 53, of Brillion, passed away at his home on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014. He was born in Kaukauna on July 4, 1960, son of the late Walter and Theresa (Arnoldussen) Rosenthal Sr.  Wally graduated from Brillion High School in 1979 and worked at Brillion Iron Works for 20 years.  Wally was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying: hunting, fishing and creating many memories at the family cabin in Athelsteen.  He also enjoyed playing cards with his friends at the K & J Tavern in Brillion and the occasional trip to the Casinos. He will be greatly missed by his sisters: Marylynn Harper of West Bend, and Marcia (Alvin) Beyer of Greenleaf; brothers: Edward (Annette) of Appleton and Paul (Anita) of Greenville; nieces and nephews: Matthew, Lisa, Christopher, Jessica, Kristina, Curtus, Stephanie, Madison and Joshua. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Joseph; brother-in-law, Tom Harper; and niece, Charleen Dvorak. A Funeral Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Brettschneider-Trettin-Nickel Funeral Chapel, 606 N. Oneida St., Appleton.  Friends may visit at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of service.  In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.

Dorothy T. (Pritzl) Kubale

3/5/2014

Dorothy T. (Pritzl) Kubale, 89, longtime resident of Green Bay, recently of Madison, WI, died Wednesday, March 5, 2014.   Kubale, DorothyShe was born July 4, 1924, in Brillion to Louis J. and Anna (Eigenberger) Pritzl, Sr. On October 25, 1945, Dorothy married Lawrence W. Kubale, Sr. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Brillion.  He preceded her in death on November 16, 2012.   Dorothy started her nursing education with the Cadet Nursing Corps and graduated as a Registered Nurse from the St. Agnes Hospital School of Nursing in 1945.  She had a long career at Bellin Memorial Hospital as a nurse and later as a p.m. Supervisor until retiring in 1989.  Dorothy was a member of the Catholic Knights, St. Jude Parish, and St. Thomas Aquinas in Madison. Survivors include her five children and their spouses, Victoria Ann and John Kassner III, Elizabeth Jane and Jack Gaywont, Lawrence William Jr. and Pamela Kubale, Joseph John Kubale, Peter Anthony and Rebecca Kubale; her grandchildren, Matthew and Jesse Kassner, Melissa and Shawn Gaywont, Scott, Nikki, Andrea and Aaron Kremer-Kubale, Katie Josephine and Christopher Kubale; great-grandchildren; a brother-in law, Bernard Kubale; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Reinke. Dorothy was preceded in death by Lawrence, her husband of 67 years; son, John Joseph; daughter, Mary Kay Kubale; three brothers, Art, Louis, and Elmer Pritzl; and two sisters, Mary Lashua and Veronica Voss. Visitation was held on Monday, followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Jude Catholic Church, Green Bay.  Blaney Funeral Home is assisting the family.  To send online condolences, please go to www.BlaneyFuneralHome.com. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Dorothy’s name.

Edgar O. Voss

3/20/2014

Edgar O. Voss, age 98, of Brillion, died on Thursday March 20, 2014. He was born Sept. 10, 1915 in the town of Rantoul, son of the late George and Marie (Stecker) Voss. He graduated from Brillion High School in 1933. He then attended Milwaukee School of Engineering until he was drafted. He served during WW II in the U.S. Army Air Force for four years and eight months. He was stationed in England for more than two years, serving as a Technical Sergeant. On May 29, 1948, Edgar married Eunice Hillmann at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in the town of Chilton. God blessed them with two sons and 62 years of marriage. He and Eunice farmed in the town of Rantoul for 35 years, and in 1980 they retired and moved to Brillion. Edgar and Eunice won the WBAY Outstanding Farmer Award for Calumet County in 1957. He most recently resided at West Haven in Brillion. Edgar was a member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Brillion and sang in the church choir for many years.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 126 of Brillion, the Brillion Senior Citizens, the Brillion Historical Society, and several card clubs. In 2012, he was blessed to be part of an Old Glory Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law: Dan and Debby Voss of Potter and Kevin and Kaye Voss of Port Washington; five grandchildren: Traci Voss Braun of Minn., Tony Voss of Minn., Rachel Voss of Calif., Ryan Voss of Hawaii, and Marshall Rathburn of Ga.; two great-grandchildren: Eliza and Sam Braun, Minn., and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his wife on Nov. 1, 2010; his parents; three brothers and two sisters-in-law: Leroy, Earl (Veronica), Elmer (Peggy); and a sister and brother-in-law: Verna (Lester) Krueger. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brillion. The Rev. Ross Henzi will officiate. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com. The Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion assisted the family with arrangements.

Gloria Schuh Steinfest

3/27/2014

Gloria Schuh Steinfest, age 79 of Brillion, died on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay. Steinfest, GloriaShe was born on June 25, 1934 in Askeaton, daughter of the late Steven & Cora (Vanderloop) Wittmann. On May 30, 1955, she married Harland Schuh.  He preceded her in death on December 20, 1987. On April 12, 1997, Gloria married Don Steinfest. She was a teacher’s aid at Brillion Elementary School for several years and then worked as a book keeper for Brooks Oil Company in Hollandtown. She loved playing cards, doing puzzles, spending time with her family and following her grandchildren’s activities. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion, the Christian Mothers and the Red Hatters. Survivors include her husband Don, her children, Ellen Bays of Orlando, FL, Steven (Ann) Schuh of Milton, Sue (Brian) Jensen of Reedsville, her step children, Lori (Brian) Horn of Brillion, Dale Steinfest of Forest Junction, Dean (Sharon) Steinfest and Darrell (Heather) Steinfest all of Brillion, her grandchildren, Rhonda (Kevin) Bryant, Carrie Bays, Jacquelyn Schuh, Matt Schuh, Kevin Schuh, Zach Jensen and Josh Jensen, step grandchildren, Amber (Kevin) Leiterman, Michael (Brittney) Horn, Tom Horn and fiancé Elizabeth, Kayla McDaniel, Josie McDaniel, Justin McDaniel and Sierra Steinfest, 11 great grandchildren,3 sisters, Arlene Fink of Kaukauna, LaVern Meyer of Kiel and Dorothy (Al) Zahn of Brillion, a brother Marvin Wittmann of Little Chute and many other relatives and friends. Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Harland, a daughter Ann Marie, son-in-law Ron Bays, and a sister Rita Lau. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion. The Rev. Timothy Brandt will officiate. Burial will be in Holy Family Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and then again on Tuesday from 9:00-10:30 a.m. There will be a parish prayer service at 8:00 p.m. Monday evening. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Joyce M. Jandrey

3/30/2014

Joyce M. Jandrey, age 82 of Collins, died on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Appleton Medical Center. She was born on August 20, 1931, in Brillion, daughter of the late Bill & Mary (Scharenbroch) Toomey. She married Harold Jandrey on May 1, 1951, at St. Mary’s in Brillion. She farmed with her husband in the Collins area. Joyce loved to take mini trips with her daughter Sandy. Survivors include her daughter Sandy, a sister Patricia Granata, sisters-in-law Geri Alan Edwards, Alice Jandrey, Luella Steinbach and Rosemary Jandrey, aunts Louise Mertens, Rosie (Wilmer) Geary, and Rita Scharenbroch, a dear niece Susie Jandrey and her family, Terry (Becky) Jandrey and their sons Trevor & Blake, Jeff Jandrey, Carrie (Peter) Kulibert and son Carson, close friends Grace School and Judy Dworak along with many nieces and nephews. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband Harold in 1990, her parents, a sister Dorothy Toomey, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Elvira Koerth, Elroy Jandrey, Bernice (Harold) Schultz, Arline (Eugene) Keller, Harold Steinbach, Victor (Vivian) Jandrey and a dear nephew Jerry Jandrey. Funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion. The Rev. Timothy Brandt will officiate. Burial will be in the Brillion Community Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion on Tuesday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. and then at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of mass. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Rosema V. Svatek

4/3/2014

Rosema V. Svatek, age 94, was born May 2, 1919, and died on April 1, 2014 in Champlin, MN.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Adolph Svatek; parents, William and Aurella Ebert; brothers William Jr, Carvel, and Gerald Ebert.  Survivors include her son, Adolph Jr (Suzan) of Aledo, Texas, daughter Rebecca (John Latterell) of Andover, MN, grandsons Boe (Marie) of Cedar Rapids, IA, Brett (Liz) of Sherman Oaks, CA, and Adam (Rachel Klimke) of Los Angeles, CA, three great-grand daughters, Rose, Caroline, and Ingrid, and two great grand-sons, Gabriel and Landon.  Per her wishes, a graveside celebration will be held later this year at Knollwood Gardens Cemetery, Manitowoc, WI where Rosema will be buried alongside her husband.

Gloria Elsie Duchow

4/6/2014

Gloria Elsie Duchow, age 91, of Brillion, died on Sunday April 6, 2014 at Brillion WestHaven. S he was born on April 10, 1922, daughter of the late Arthur and Erma (Wolters) Sohn. Gloria married Armin Duchow on September 14, 1946 at St. James in Spring Valley. She was organist for 4 different churches, St James in Spring Valley, St. Johns in Kohlsville, Grace in Kohler and Grace in Wausau. She also played the organ at Army Camp Haven in Sheboygan, performed with the Sheboygan Symphony, and was a crossing guard in Wausau. Gloria was a member of Peace Evangelical & Reformed Church in Potter. Survivors include her children, Faith (James) Thompson of Fort Wayne IN. Debra Preuhs of Land O Lakes WI. and John Duchow of Seneca SC. Her grandchildren, Keenan (Diane Noyes) Thompson, Tauren (Amber) Thompson, Jeremy Duchow, Jennifer (Mark) Hendricks, a step grandson Rob Preuhs, 6 great grandchildren, Maximus, Brice, Riley, Alex, Mara and Wil, a sister-in-law Gundula Duchow of Potter and a brother-in-law Ed Masak of Appleton. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband Armin in 1987, and a son-in-law Dick Preuhs. Funeral service will be held on Saturday April 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Peace Evangelical & Reformed Church in Potter. The Rev. Dr. Marc Axelrod will officiate. Burial will be in the Brillion Community Cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. A memorial fund has been established in Gloria’s name. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Lee Richard Radtke

4/6/2014

Lee Richard Radtke, age 47, of Wisconsin Dells, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 6, 2014. Radtke, LeeLee was born on February 18, 1967 in Green Bay, son of Fred and Bette (Weber) Radtke.  He was raised in Reedsville; attending St. Mary’s Catholic Grade School and graduated from Reedsville High School, class of 1985.  Lee also attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for his undergraduate degree in Physical Education and later for his Masters Degree.   He was a teacher by profession.  Lee was also a track coach, previously taught religious education classes in La Crosse, and enjoyed hunting, fishing, running, and bicycling.  He cycled his way all over Wisconsin and all the way to Maine.  Lee especially loved nature.  He authored the book “Rock Mount Farm,” a book on hunting and friendships, as well as other articles on hunting, bicycling, and nature.  Lee also enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his parents: Fred and Bette of Chilton; three siblings and their spouses: Jeffrey (Carolyn) of New Berlin, Tod (Diane) of Wrightstown, and Jane (Jeff) Redlin of Pulaski; nieces and nephews: Elizabeth, Martha, Anne, and Claire Radtke, Nick and Ben Redlin, Abby and Amber Radtke; special family friend: Fr. Kucharski; godparents: Mary Kuhl and Richard Stiefvater; aunts, uncles, other relatives, and friends.  Lee was preceded in death by his grandparents: Elmer and Alma Radtke and Clem and Margaret Weber, and other relatives. Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion.  Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Fr. Timothy Brandt, Fr. John Becker, and Fr. Kucharski with burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Reedsville. Friends may call at the church on Thursday morning from 9:00 a.m. until  11:45 a.m. with a noon service. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com Memorials appreciated for a memorial bench to be placed in Lee’s name.

Shirley Mae Fischer

4/7/2014

Shirley Mae Fischer, age 75, of Brillion, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 7, 2014 at her home. Fischer, ShirleyShe was born on November 16, 1938 in Reedsville, daughter of the late John and Viola (Pantzlaff) Bubolz.  On July 26, 1958, Shirley married Al Fischer in Reedsville.  She worked at the Ariens Co in Brillion and Humpty Dumpty Eggs until her retirement.  She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Collins. Shirley is survived by her husband Al; their children: Joy Piepenburg and special friend Andy Schroeder of Menasha, Jean (Rick) Nicklaus of Collins, Jeff (Kay) Fischer of Brillion, Jerome (Sharon) Fischer of Brillion, and Jody (Scott) Mullard of Chilton; grandchildren: Ruben (Linda) Piepenburg, Trista (Andy) Schlies, Jordan Piepenburg and fiancé Brandon Miller, Davitt Piepenburg and special friend Sammy Jo, Dedra Piepenburg and special friend Tony, Craig Nicklaus, Kurt (Beth) Nicklaus, Kimberly (Mark) Ross, Erin (Travis) Zutz, Lauren (Todd) Resch, Elizabeth Fischer and fiancé Tom Horn, Jacob Fischer and special friend Jennifer, Benjamin Mullard and Heather Mullard; six great-grandchildren; two sisters: Lorna Bastian and Joann Fischer; one brother and four sisters-in-law: Glen (Liegh) Bubolz, Pat Bubolz, Marge Steffes, and Vernetta Zutz; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her father-in-law and mother-in-law: Robert and Helen Fischer, one brother: Ken Bubolz, and four brothers-in-law: Kermit Bastian, Orville Fischer, Dave Steffes and Gerald Zutz. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 11, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Collins.  Officiating is the Rev. Ross Henzi with burial to follow at St. Peter Lutheran Cemetery. Friends may call at the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014.  The visitation will continue at the church on Friday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Beverly “Bev” Ann Horn

4/8/2014

Beverly “Bev” Ann Horn, age 83, of Brillion, was called to her heavenly home on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Brillion WestHaven, surrounded by her family. Horn, BeverlyBev was born on June 25, 1930 in Brillion, daughter of the late Rudy and Elaine (Lewis) Bessert.  She was a graduate of Brillion High School.  She also was a graduate from Columbia Hospital School of Nursing in Milwaukee, was vice president of her class, and remained friends with many of her classmates.  On July 26, 1952, Bev married Henry Horn V at Trinity Lutheran Church, the church where they both had been confirmed and remained lifelong members.  She was an active member and past officer of the Calumet County ARC.  Along with a group of parents of children with disabilities, she helped to start the first school in Calumet County for their children.  She was very active in the building of New Hope Center, served on the New Hope Center Board of Directors, and she volunteered there for many years.  Bev was also a past Girl Scout leader and was a volunteer for Aid to Military Families and Veterans.  After becoming a paraplegic in 1985, she still was able to enjoy her family and friends, book club, her bridge group, and luncheons with former school classmates.  The best times were had with her family, overnight parties with grandchildren, and getting to know her great-grandchildren. Bev is survived by her daughter and son-in-law: Lori and Russ Hansen of Appleton; son and daughter-in-law: Henry VI “Hank” and Lori Horn of Brillion; grandchildren: Kristin (Andreas) Helmigk, Lauren (Brian) Licht, Nick (Katie) Hansen, Henry VII (Kit) Horn, and Katie Horn; great-grandchildren: Benjamin and Carsten Helmigk, Jacob and Alexander Licht, Simon and Harper Horn, and baby boy Hansen due June 1st; one brother: Don Bessert of Brillion; one sister and brother-in-law: Trudi (Matt) Lavey of Chilton; two sisters-in-law: Helen Howard and Marge Horn; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a daughter, Heidi, three brothers-in-law: Roger Rusch, Dr. William Howard, and John Horn, and a sister-in-law: Jeanette Rusch. Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brillion.  Officiating will be the Revs. Ross Henzi and Thomas Fricke with burial in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Brillion. Friends may call at the church on Friday evening, April 11, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  The visitation will continue at church on Saturday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com Memorials appreciated to Trinity Lutheran Church in Brillion or New Hope Center in Chilton in Bev’s name. Bev’s family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Brillion WestHaven assisted living for the wonderful care they gave to Bev; Dr. Doug Meyer and nurses, Katie and Dot for their many years of excellent care; Julie and Christina of Heartland Hospice; Pastor Henzi and Pastor Fricke of Trinity Lutheran Church; and her family and friends.

Gloria J. Kalies

4/12/2014

Gloria J. Kalies, age 82, of Brillion, died peacefully at home on April 12, 2014. Kallies, GloriaShe was born on June 9, 1931 in Wilburton, Oklahoma, daughter of the late Martin P. Roberts, Sr. and Elsie I. (Moffett) King.  Her family moved to Sacramento, California when Gloria was 4 years old. She met her husband of 65 years, Allan J. Kalies, on a blind date while he was in the service.  The couple returned to Brillion and got married on January 20, 1949 in Brillion.  Allan and Gloria lived and raised nine children in the Brillion area, all while owning and operating Spring Creek Landscaping in Brillion for 22 years. Survivors include her husband, Allan;  nine children: Valerie Schisel of Brillion, Kathy Koffarnus of Kaukauna, Gary (Bev) Kalies of Reedsville, David (Debbie) Kalies of Brillion, Diane Mulvihill of Appleton, Jeffrey (Linda) Kalies of Brillion, Thomas Kalies (special friend Lori Jahnke) of Askeaton, Stephen (Shelia) Kalies of Reedsville, and Robert (Amy) Kalies of Brillion; 29 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren with one on the way; 9 great- great-grandchildren with one on the way; sister: Ruby McFarland of Middleton, ID; brother & sisters-in-law: Keith (Sylvia) Roberts of Sacramento, CA, Jane Kalies of Taus, Shirley Kalies of Kaukauna, and Donna Roberts of Nevada.  Nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends further survive.  Gloria was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather: Wilbur D. King; brothers: Martin P. Roberts, Jr. and Jewel Roberts; sons-in-law: Steven Mulvihill and Steven Koffarnus; grandchildren: Donald Schisel and Amber Doughty; father-in-law and mother-in-law: Ervin Minnie (Pfluger) Kalies; and sister and brothers-in-law: Opal (Earl) Miller, John McFarland, Gerald Kalies, and Donald Kalies. Funeral Mass will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion.  Officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial will be the Rev. Timothy Brandt.  Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday evening, April 15, 2014 at the church from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  A prayer service will take place at 7:30 p.m.  The visitation will continue on Wednesday morning, also at the church, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Al Sheehy

4/15/2014

Al Sheehy, age 88, lifetime Reedsville area resident, died Tuesday morning, April 15, 2014 at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Appleton. Al was born July 11, 1925 in the town of Franklin to the late John and Frances (Kunesh) Sheehy. He attended St. Patrick’s Catholic School in Maple Grove through grade 10, and graduated from Reedsville High School with the class of 1943. He was united in marriage to Joanne Krall on June 10, 1950 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Clarks Mills. The couple was blessed with three children. Al was a long time member of St. Patrick’s Parish in Maple Grove until the merger with Holy Family Parish in Brillion. He served on St. Patrick’s Parish Council and had been a member of the Holy Name Society. He worked as a volunteer in maintaining the up keep of the St. Patrick’s Cemetery for many years. He received the St. Patrick’s Parish appreciation award in 1995. Al was a member of the Knights of Columbus; Friends of St. Patrick’s; and a life member of the Reedsville Sportsman’s Club. He retired as a senior damage appraiser with American Family Insurance in 1991. Al loved being with his family and friends; and very much enjoyed the simple things in life. Survivors include his wife, Joanne; his daughter & son-in-law, Debra and Donald Marsicek; son-in-law, Robert Denor; daughter-in-law, Cheri (Jon) Reavis; six grandchildren: Matt Sheehy, Kristen (Pat) Fay, Dana (Peter) Redfield, Shaun (Sara) Denor, Erin (RJ) Mader, Meagan (Mark) Kiesow; and four great grandchildren: Carter & Lucas Fay, and Naavah & Hans Redfield. He is further survived by a brother & sister-in-law, Robert (Alice) Sheehy; four sisters-in-law, Darlene Sheehy, Joan Sheehy, Carole (Larry) Salutz, and Jackie (Marvin) Brandl; seven god-children; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Frances Sheehy; a daughter, Judith Denor; his son, Jon Sheehy; one sister & brother-in-law, Eileen (Charles) Bernier; two brothers, Harold & Patrick Sheehy; his father-in-law & mother-in-law, Ed and Rose Krall; and sisters-in-law & brothers-in-law, Beatrice Krall, Jenny (John) Fitzgerald, Audrey (Robert) Meissner, and Eugene Krall. Funeral services were held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Brillion, with the Rev. Timothy Brandt officiating. Cremation has taken place. Burial will take place in St. Patrick’s Cemetery at a later date. Deja & Martin Funeral Chapels of Two Rivers assisted the Sheehy family with funeral arrangements.

Larry E. Ingalls

4/20/2014

Larry E. Ingalls, age 62, died in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014, after a short, but valiant fight with cancer.  The family thanks the many excellent caregivers that eased his final days. Ingalls, Larry cropped picLarry was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dorothy Kobes, Edward (Beth) Ingalls and Bev Leopold; mother, Shirley (Burmeister) Ingalls;  sister, Pamela Hammack; uncles, Phil (Carol) Burmeister, James (known as Duke) Duquette and Jim (Gerrie) Ingalls;  and aunt, Theresa (Burmeister) Boers.  He has also lost some dear cousins and other family. Larry is survived by his father, John Ingalls; wife, Sharon (Reyes) Ingalls; children,  Amy (Tony) Isajiw,  Chris (Lance) Reyes and Matthew (Brenda) Reyes, uncle, Russell Boers, aunts, Delores (Tom) Managan, Phyliss Duquette, Gerrie Ingalls;  sisters, Connie Winarski, Bonnie (Mark) Timm and Linda (John) Franke.  He will also be missed by his grandchildren, Courtney Isajiw,  Brett and Avery Isajiw, Brogan , Marcus and Brea Reyes and his nieces and nephews, including Derek Timm, and Cristine and Michael Matson.  Also grieving are his many surviving cousins, grandnieces and other close family. Larry loved life, friends and family.  He learned to eat spinach but preferred a thick steak or venison sausage.  He, more than once, had to be pulled out of the swamp when he tried to go off-trail.  After retiring from the Post Office, Larry was able to devote more time to full-time play as a Civil War Reenactor.   He was a participant in battles, parades and general fal-de-rah as a cavalry trooper with the First Alabama, Company M.  He rode his horse, Calypso, that he raised and trained and was accompanied everywhere by his dog, Bandit.  Larry bought a 66 LeMans that matched a car he had in high school.  He souped it up and fiddled with it until it roared and shook and he was the only one brave enough to drive it.  He enthusiastically participated in every reunion of the Class of 70, East High School, Appleton WI and shared reminisces and fun with friends on Facebook or over a drink while listening to rock or classical jazz.  Larry was always ready for travel and adventure, even when his tent blew away in a thunderstorm and he had to dive into a friend’s tent in the middle to the night, or he lost his finger from a little too much saber fighting. Larry was proud to honor fallen comrades, classmates, family and military veterans.  We will be proud to honor Larry during this celebration of his life where we hope to share Larry stories and pictures with friends and family on Saturday, April 26, from 10 am to 12 pm at the Valley Funeral Home, 2211 N Richmond St, Appleton, WI 54914.  A military honor guard will present at the end of this event.  Following this memorial, family will be hosting another get-together from 12:30 pm to 6 pm at Hank & Karen’s Bar, 1937 E. John St., Appleton WI. It has been a cold winter and chilly spring so far, and now we have lost Larry.  Our family will be hosting another gathering (outdoors) at the farm when the weather permits to give him a proper sendoff.  A separate announcement will be posted to notify of the date and time of this event.

Raymond Oakley

4/27/2014

Raymond Oakley, age 73, of Chilton, passed away on April 27, 2014 at Calumet Medical Center surrounded by his family. Oakley, RaymondRay was born on March 14, 1941 in the town of Woodville, son of the late Alfred and Mabel (Wettstein) Oakley.  He graduated from Chilton High School, class of 1960.  On November 24, 1962, he married Darlene Lau at Trinity Lutheran Church in Rantoul.  Ray worked for WI Aluminum Foundry in Manitowoc where he was a journeyman-core maker for many years; retiring in 2005.  He was the President of the Local 301 Union for many years as well. Ray was an avid fisherman, especially enjoying sturgeon fishing on Lake Winnebago.  He also enjoyed deer and turkey hunting.  Ray was a member of the Rockea Hunting Club, and he also was a faithful member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Collins.  Throughout the years, he served as the church secretary, a council member, was an elder, and was on the board of Christian education.  Ray especially loved to spend time with his family. Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years: Darlene of Chilton; their two children: Mark Oakley of Collins and Stephanie Oakley of Milwaukee; granddaughter: Annie Oakley of Collins; step-grandson: Evan Sorenson of Brillion; mother-in-law: Vila Lau of New Holstein; one brother and sister-in-law: David (Theresa) Oakley of Manitowoc; one sister: Sharon Virgrinovich of Manitowoc; sisters-in-law: Beverly (Carl) Daun of New Holstein, Suzanne (Bob) Griem of Fox River Grove, IL, and Janice (John) Moore of San Antonio, TX; special friends: Mike and Kathy Engler of Chilton; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law: Alfred Lau, brother: Marlin Oakley, and sister: Diane Rasmussen. Funeral Service will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 5, 2014 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Collins.  Officiating at the service will be the Rev. Ross Henzi with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call at church on Sunday, May 4, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.  The visitation will continue on Monday morning at church from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com Memorial appreciated to St. Peter Lutheran Church in Collins.  The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Shvygin, Dr. Goggins, oncology nurses Jamie and Mary Beth, and the nurses and staff at Calumet Medical Center for the wonderful care and compassion given to Ray.

Shirley E. Pilgrim

4/29/2014

Shirley E. Pilgrim, age 69, of Brillion, passed away on April 29, 2014 at Appleton Healthcare Center. Pilgrim, ShirleyShirley was born on July 27, 1944 in Kewaunee, daughter of the late Elmer and Doris (Kittell) Pilgrim.  She graduated from Kewaunee High School, class of 1962.  Shirley worked at Mirro Aluminum Foundry in Manitowoc, Algoma Hardwood (not Olsonite), was an in home healthcare provider in Sturgeon Bay, Algoma, and Santa Fe, New Mexico, and currently managed properties in Brillion for Murphy Development. Survivors include her siblings: John (Donna) Pilgrim of Luxemburg, Bev Frank of Denmark, and LuAnn (Earl) Krueger; brother-in-law: Victor Marshek of Hilbert; nieces and nephews: Kelly (Roger) Ruffing, Scott Marshek, Kim (Terry) Vande Hey, Carrie (Jeff) Behnke, Shawn (Michelle) Abts, Shelly (Steve) Tenor, Steve (Robin) Abts, Kevin Pilgrim, Kay (Michael) Jeanquart, Keith Pilgrim, Tim (Trish) Frank, Todd (Jessica) Frank, Chris (Michele) Huebner, Joe (Ginger) Kline, Chad (fiancé Casey Odegard) Kline, Jesse Kline, Aaron (Amy) Huebner, Nicole (Ryan) Zimmerman, Melissa Meekins, Mike Jalowiec, and Sheila (Dan) Rine; great nieces; great nephews; friends: Mark, Maricel, Jenna, and Jegerek Lewandowski; and other friends.   She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers-in-law: Charlotte Marshek, Joan (Bob) Abts, Lana Jalowiec, and Gary Frank; two nephews: Troy Abts and Derek Kline; and one great-nephew: Caleb Meekins. Private family services were held.  Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery in Algoma. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Allan J. Kalies

5/7/2014

Allan J. Kalies, age 86, of Brillion, died peacefully at home on May 7, 2014, with family by his side. Kalies, AllanHe was born October 29, 1927 in rural Brillion, son of the late Ervin and Minnie (Pfluger) Kalies.  He attended St Mary’s Catholic School and then graduated from Brillion High School, class of 1945. Allan served our country in the United States Navy from fall of 1945 to 1949.  He served during World War II on four different ships; the U.S.S. Anderson DD411 (which was sunk during Atom bomb testing), the U.S.S. Whiting, the U.S.S. Pusohme, and the U.S.S. Pakana.  He met his wife of 65 years, Gloria (Roberts) Kalies on a blind date while stationed in San Francisco, and they returned to Brillion and were married on January 20, 1949. She preceded him in death in April of this year.  Allan and Gloria lived and raised nine children in the Brillion area.  Allan managed Krueger Brothers Feed Mill for 5 years in Forest, Junction, then worked for the Brillion Dairy as a route man, and finally worked at the Brillion Post Office until his retirement in 1985.  He and his wife Gloria also owned and operated Spring Creek Landscaping in Brillion for 22 years.  Allan was a member of the Brillion American Legion Post 126, the Brillion Lions Club, and in the past, the Rough Riders.  He enjoyed spending time with his wife and family. Survivors include his nine children: Valerie Kalies of Brillion, Kathy Koffarnus of Kaukauna, Gary (Bev) Kalies of Reedsville, David (Debbie) Kalies of Brillion, Diane Mulvihill of Appleton, Jeffrey (Linda) Kalies of Brillion, Thomas Kalies (Special friend Lori Janke) of Askeaton, Stephen (Shelia) Kalies of Reedsville, and Robert (Amy) Kalies of Brillion; 29 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; 10 great- great-grandchildren;  brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Jane Kalies of Taus, Shirley Kalies of Kaukauna, Ruby McFarland of Middleton, ID,  Donna Roberts of Nevada,  and Keith (Sylvia) Roberts of Sacramento, CA.  Nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends further survive.   He was proceeded in death by his wife, Gloria, his parents, Ervin and Minnie Kalies, brothers, Gerald Kalies and Donald Kalies, sons-in-law, Stephen Mulvihill and Steven Koffarnus, grandchildren, Donald Schisel and Amber Doughty, mother-in-law, Elsie I. (Wilber) King, father-in-law, Martin P.  Roberts Sr., and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Martin P. Roberts Jr., John McFarland, Jewel Roberts, Opal (Earl) Miller. Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Brillion.  Mass of Christian Burial will be officiated by Rev. Timothy Brandt.  Military Rites will be accorded by the American Legion Post 126 of Brillion.  Burial will follow in Holy Family Cemetery, Brillion. Friends may call at the church on Sunday evening, May 11, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.  A prayer service will be led by Deacon Steve Letournoux to conclude the visitation.  The visitation will continue on Monday, also at church, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com The family would like to extend a special thank you to Unity Hospice for all of their care and kindness shown toward both Allan and family.  Also, they would like to thank Father Timothy and Deacon Steve for their visits and prayers.

James N. “Jim” Geiger

5/15/2014

James N. “Jim” Geiger, age 69, of Chilton, died on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at the Chilton Care Center in Chilton. Geiger, JimHe was born March 28, 1945 in Green Bay, WI, son of the late Norbert Sr. & Monica (Kopidlansky) Geiger. Jim married Elizabeth “Betty” Schmitz on October 12, 1968 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Jericho. Jim was an avid outdoorsman who took time to fish and hunt and enjoyed every moment he could spend with his family. Jim also felt privileged to have been a bus driver for many years. He took the greatest pride in his beloved 1937 Oliver Hart Parr tractor that he drove in many parades and presented at numerous shows. Survivors include his wife: Betty; his children: Cathy (Eric) Pagel of Chilton, Holly (Matthew) Brick of Greenleaf, James (GeriLynn) Geiger, II of Chilton, John (Laura) Geiger of Chilton; 8 grandchildren: Ashley & Alex Pagel, Mathias & Joshua Brick, Vincent & Madeline Geiger, Lindsay & Natalie Geiger; sisters and brothers: Sandra (Michael) Siehr, Norbert (Colette) Geiger, Jr., Randy (Rosie) Geiger, Michael (Karen) Geiger, Martha (Earl) Haag, Monica (Tony) Schmidt, Paul (Karen) Geiger, Albert (Kay Lynn) Geiger, Mary Ann (Steve) Piepenburg, Simon (Rhonda) Geiger; his mother-in-law: Viola Schmitz; and brothers-in-law: Dennis Schmitz and fiance Sue, Lester (Shirley) Schmitz, Bill Schmitz and his friend, Jane. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents; a sister: Barbara; an infant brother: Gerald; and his father-in-law: John Schmitz. Funeral service will be at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3:00 pm until 6:45 pm on Tuesday, May 20, 2014. - See more at: http://www.wietingfuneralhome.com/obituaries/james-n-geiger/#sthash.OHjJsRD5.dpuf

Gary Roy Cropsey

5/29/2014

Gary Roy  Cropsey Gary R. Cropsey “Hud,” 62, of Greenleaf, passed away unexpectedly May 29, 2014, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. Gary was born Jan. 22, 1952, to the late Roy and Esther (Baumgarten) Cropsey. He was the eldest of four children. Gary was an avid fan of many sports and enjoyed being outdoors, especially walking, hiking, or fishing when he got the chance. Gary is survived by three siblings: Gale (Paula) Cropsey of Freedom, Gwen (Dan) Diny of Greenleaf, and Gena (Paul) Pankratz of Green Bay; seven nieces and nephews: Nathan (Wendy) Cropsey, Nicholas (Jill) Cropsey, Benjamin (Marissa) Cropsey, Samuel (fiancée Brittany Dollevoet) Cropsey, Adam (fiancée Colleen McCullough) Diny, Deanna Diny, and Alexander Pankratz; close friends: Mary Jansen and her son Justin Van Eperen and Terry and Mary Baril; and many other friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents, as well as many aunts, uncles, and cousins. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 5-8 p.m. on June 10, at Rocky Top Bar, 1710 Hill Road, Greenleaf. The family thanks the paramedics and staff at St. Vincent Hospital for their care in Gary’s final moments. The Cotter Funeral Home of De Pere is assisting the family.

Elmer C. Carpenter

5/31/2014

Elmer C. Carpenter, age 80, passed away May 31, 2014, in Louisville, Kentucky.   Elmer was a United States Veteran serving as a Corporal Sergeant in the Korean War.  A graduate of Ohio State University, Elmer held employment at Cummins Engineering, South Bend Corporation, and Conco, Inc. While in Brillion, he was Vice President of Manufacturing at Ariens and was involved in local community organizations. Elmer’s hobbies included antiques, fishing, and watching sports. Elmer is survived by his children: Robert Carpenter (Ellen) of Lees Summit, Mo.; Mary Ann Herlitzke (Scott) of Coon Valley, Wis.; John Carpenter (Sue) of Peoria, Ill.; his former wife, Donna Nowak of Appleton; six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. He was proceeded in death by his parents and siblings. A private service was held.

Daniel J. Gilsdorf

6/2/2014

Daniel J. Gilsdorf, age 52, of Reedsville, passed away on June 1, 2014 at his residence with his family by his side. Gilsdorf, DanielDan was born on September 25, 1961 in Chilton, son of Joseph and Rose (Wall) Gilsdorf.  He was a graduate of Brillion High School, class of 1980.  He went on to further his education at Fox Valley Technical College, graduating with an Associate Degree in Computer Science.  Over the next couple of years, he completed his Bachelor of Science Degree, also in Computer Science, at Lakeland College.   On October 22, 1988, Dan married Mary Brochtrup at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Reedsville.  They celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this past year.  He was employed at Lakeside Foods in Manitowoc as the Network and Operations Manager for 19 years.  Dan was a 6 year member of the Brillion Fire Department and went on to serve the Reedsville community for 19 years on the Reedsville Fire Department.  He retired last year as a Captain.  He also was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church, enjoyed hunting deer and turkey, taking a hunting trip out west, fishing, taking fishing trips to Canada, water skiing, and playing his acoustic guitar.  Dan also enjoyed watching his children and coaching their teams for baseball, basketball, and softball as well as attending all grade school and high school sporting events. Survivors include his wife Mary; their children: Danielle Gilsdorf and special friend: Deven Krepline, Michael Gilsdorf and special friend: Carlee White, and Brock Gilsdorf and special friend: Ali Verbeten; his parents: Joe and Rose Gilsdorf; his father-in-law and mother-in-law: Ken and Bernice (Schuh) Brochtrup; siblings and in-laws: Barbara (John) Behnke of Brillion, Mary (Todd) Herman of Darboy, Stephen (Karen) Gilsdorf of Little Chute, Elaine (Mark) Brochtrup of Darboy, Linda (Robert) Beyer of Reedsville, Jeffrey (Barbara) Brochtrup of Madison, Barbara (William) Lorrigan of Reedsville, Gary (Nancy) Brochtrup of Reedsville, Kathryn (Christopher) Audino of Sheboygan Falls, Jay (Natalie) Brochtrup of Ceder Grove, Tammie (Charles) Warzecha of Portage, Scott (Geneva) Brochtrup of Sullivan, and Craig (Jessica) Brochtrup of North Aurora, IL; godchildren: Stacey Brochtrup, Jacquelyn Schuh, and Hannah Brochtrup; uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives, and many friends.  He was preceded in death by an infant son Jonathon Daniel Gilsdorf. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Whitelaw.  Officiating will be the Rev. Richard Klingeisen.  Burial will take place in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, Brillion. Friends may call at the Wieting Funeral Home in Reedsville, 15 7th Street, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday,  June 3, 2014.  A prayer service will conclude the evening visitation.  Morning visitation will occur on Wednesday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church from 9:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated in Dan’s name. Dan’s family would like to express their gratitude for all of the assistance provided by relatives, neighbors, friends, the Reedsville Fire Department and the entire Reedsville community during Dan’s battle with cancer. 

Valeria “Val” Valleskey

6/7/2014

Valeria “Val” Valleskey, age 84, formerly of Brillion, entered eternal life in Heaven on Saturday June 7, 2014. The daughter of Hugo and Almira (Behnke)Zutz was born in Manitowoc County on July 26, 1929.  She attended  Trinity Lutheran School and was a 1947 graduate of Brillion High School.  Val was employed at Henry Carstens & Sons Elevator, Brillion Cleaners, Ariens Company and Dean Foods.  She did volunteer work at Trinity Lutheran School Library for many years. Val was a member of Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church in Brillion. On April 21, 1951 she was united in marriage to Milton Valleskey.  Milton preceded her in death on May 1, 1998.  Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Traci and Bill Hoeltke of Manitowoc, a brother Hugo (Joan) Zutz of Brillion, sister Betty (David) Karr of Appleton, 2 brother-in-laws Harold Valleskey of Manitowoc, Ken (Elsie )Valleskey of Lehigh Acres, Florida, many nieces and nephews, family, and friends. Val enjoyed crafts and was a perfectionist at the ceramics she painted. She was an excellent baker and cook.  Val loved the outdoors, camping, birds, gardening, and flowers.  Elvis and Polka music were her favorites.  She traveled throughout the United States with her family in their VW Camper.  She loved the dogs and cats that shared her life. Visitation will be from 9 to 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 12, 2014 at Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, 601 E. National Avenue, Brillion, WI.  The funeral service will follow at 11:30 a.m.  The Rev. Ross Henzi and Rev. Tom Fricke will officiate. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Brillion In lieu of flowers, memorials to Trinity Ev. Lutheran Church, Brillion would be greatly appreciated. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Don A. Strauss

6/11/2014

Strauss, Donald picDon A. Strauss, age 84 of Brillion, formerly of Mesa, AZ, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2014 at his home after a short battle with cancer.  Don was born April 19, 1930 to the late Joseph and Ida (Schnabel) Strauss.  He attended school in Manfred and Fessenden North Dakota.  On May 26, 1953 he married Shirley Johnson at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Fessenden ND.  Don worked at many jobs before taking over the family farm near Manfred, ND.  He moved his family to Wisconsin in 1976 and worked as an assessor.  After retirement, he moved to Mesa AZ where he worked as a security guard part-time.  His whole life he enjoyed gardening, softball, the New York Yankees and the Green Bay Packers.  But his favorite pastime was dancing.  He was a very religious man and attended church every Sunday right up until he became too sick.  In December 2013 it was apparent that Don needed to return home so his family could help take care of him.  At that time he moved to Brillion where three of his six children live and lived with his daughter Debbie. Survivors include his ex-wife Shirley Schisel and her husband Jim of Brillion; children and grandchildren Darcie (John) Franz of Kimberly and daughter Heidi Julien and great-grandchildren Evan Goodwiler and Gabrielle Jansen of Menasha, Debbie Strauss of Brillion, Tamarra Strauss and children Samantha Schroeder of Brillion and Travis Schroeder and great-grandchildren  Marissa and Allie Schroeder of Nichols,  Mary(Jeff) Bermann and daughter Katie of Little Chute,  Brigitte(Ted) Petrie and children George and Fiance Kaitlin Medenwald, Jedediah, Silas and Cecilia all of Brillion and Rob Strauss of Wild Rose;  brothers and sisters Katie Gladheim of WA, Dick and Pat Strauss and Judy and Tommy Schaudel of NE, Audrey Larson of OR, Joe Strauss of AZ, John and Jennifer Strauss of AR and Arlene Ehni and Lucielle Wahl both of ND.   He is also survived by many other family members and his special friend Patricia. He was preceded in death by his parents: Joe and Ida (Schnabel) Strauss, his sons Randy and Ricky Strauss, grandson Cody Strauss, brother Jim Strauss, sister Elaine Weigelt,  brother in laws Ordean Gladheim, Ellery Ehni and Jim Larson and good friend Merlin. Funeral services will be on Wednesday June 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm at Holy Family Catholic Church 1100 W. Ryan Street, Brillion with Fr. Timothy Brandt officiating.  Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 3:00 – 4:30 pm.  Burial will be in Fessenden North Dakota at a later date. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com The family would like to thank Heartland Hospice, Fr. Timothy and friends and neighbors for all their love and support.

Alan G. Quinzer

6/22/2014

Alan G. Quinzer, age 69 of Brillion, died on Sunday June 22, 2014, at his home. He was born on May 7, 1945 in Newark NJ, son of the late Harry & Helen (Rackow) Quinzer. On June 29, 1991, he married Claire D. Greene in New York State. Alan worked as a truck driver for many years. Survivors include his wife, Claire, 2 daughters, Karen (Raymond) Quinzer-Hoffman of Brillion, Alanna (Raymond) McCarthy-Baum of NJ, a son David Quinzer of Brillion and a foster son Arthur Scott of NJ, 10 grandchildren, a twin sister Vickie Hauck of NJ and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Alan was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral service will be held on Thursday June 26, 2014 at the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion. Burial will be in Brillion Community Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Brianna May Hoyer

6/28/2014

Hoyer, BriannaBrianna May Hoyer, age 12 of rural Reedsville, died unexpectedly on Saturday, June 28, 2014. She was born May 1, 2002 in Green Bay, daughter of Edward & Jerri (Nikolaeff) Hoyer. Brianna was entering the 7th grade at Reedsville Elementary School. She loved her horse and spending time outside. She loved to read and was currently writing a book and attempting to have it published. She also loved writing songs and singing. Brianna was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Wayside and had just received her first communion. She was also a member of Taus Livewires 4H Club. Survivors include her parents Ed & Jerri Hoyer, paternal grandparents Bill & Germaine Hoyer of Reedsville, maternal grandparents Alex & Barbara Nikolaeff of Texas, 2 brothers Nathan and Kyle, godparents Ruth Hagenow and Willie Hoyer, and many aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her uncle David. Funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church in Wayside. Pastor Vernon Heim will officiate. Friends may call at the Wieting Funeral Home in Reedsville on Wednesday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. and then at the church on Thursday from 9:30-11:00 a.m. Online condolences may be made at www.wieting-funeralhome.com

Pearl B. Stocker

7/11/2014

Pearl B. Stocker, age 92 of Brillion, died on Friday, July 11, 2014 at her home. Stocker, Pearl NewShe was born on December 30, 1921 in Brillion, daughter of the late Robert & Stella (Krueger) Boettcher. She married Florian R. Stocker on December 25, 1944. Pearl worked in a retail clothing position for many years throughout the Midwest. While living in Maryland, Pearl belonged to the Crofton Garden Club where she helped decorate the White House and helped send out Christmas cards for them. Pearl and Florian moved from Maryland to Darboy 20 years ago. In 2012 they bought a home on Lee Ave. and moved to Brillion. Survivors include her husband, of 72 years, Florian, a daughter Lana (LeRoy) Loose of Brillion grandson Raymond A. (Karen) Hoffman of Brillion, 3 great grandchildren, Raymond Michael, Robert Allen and Richard James and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Pearl was preceded in death by her parents, a granddaughter Melissa Hoffman, her sisters and brother, Marion Boettcher, LeMeryl Wambolt, Mellon Eickert, Elaine Boettcher, Violet Seibers, Geraldine Koves, Merlin Boettcher and June Camarillo. Stocker, Pearl oldFuneral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday July 15, 2014, at the Wieting Funeral Home in Brillion. The Rev. Dr. Marc Axelrod will officiate. Burial will be in the Brillion City Cemetery

Donald R. Deffke

7/12/2014

Donald R. Deffke, 90, of Brillion died Sat. July 12, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. Deffke, Donald R.He was born in Collins on Feb. 6, 1924, the son of the late Elmer and Evelyn (Mattes) Deffke. Donald married Dorothy Jochmann on May 23, 1942 in New Holstein. She preceded him in death on Feb. 23, 2014.  The couple was married for 71 years. During World War II, Donald served in the US Navy on the LST 839 in the Pacific Theater.  He was proud of his military service and was a 60 year member of the Bloedorn-Becker-Jensen American Legion Post #126, where he served as past commander and the Voiture 40 et 8.  He and Dorothy also attended many of his ship reunions throughout the country. For many years, he was the manager and cheesemaker for the School Grove Dairy in Forest Junction.  He was well known for his award winning cheese curds and cheddar cheese. He was an active member of the Peace United Church of Christ, where he was a past church council president.  Don enjoyed playing Sheepshead, polka dancing, bowling, and feeding the birds.  For years he drove for the area Amish families.  Donald was a loving husband, and a wonderful dad and grandpa.  His sunny disposition won the hearts of many. Survivors include his children: Carol Mae of Long Boat Key, FL, Barbara (Dennis) Kesler of Chilton, and Thomas (Kathleen) Deffke of Shorewood, WI; 7 grandchildren Tammy (Todd) Barrows, Lisa (David) Redwine, Kristin (Randy) Bushman, Lora Klenke, Kirk (Katie) Deffke, Kari (Jesse) Monte, and Julie (John) Flor and 15 great grandchildren.  He also leaves his Amish friends, who have become his extended family, his nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister Elaine Krueger. Funeral service will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Peace UCC (489 S. Glenview) in Brillion with the Rev. Kris Borns officiating.  Burial will be in the Brillion Community Cemetery.  Friends may call at Peace UCC from 4:00 pm until 6:30 pm on Friday, July 18, 2014 and on Saturday at the church from 10:00 am until 10:45 am. Donald’s family would like to thank county nurse, Carol Pritzl and the entire staff of Century Ridge for all of the wonderful care that was given to Donald. They would also like to thank Rev. Kris Borns for the prayers and visits as well as Donald’s grandchild, Kristin Bushman for lovingly watching over her grandpa during the past several months. Memorials given in the name of Donald R. Deffke are appreciated.

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Elizabeth June Zorn Peterson

7/14/2014

Elizabeth June Zorn Peterson, affectionately known as Betty to all who knew her, died in Zionsville, Indiana on May 17, 2014. She was a 1942 graduate of Brillion High School. She graduated in 1945 from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois where she met and fell in love with her lifelong soul mate, Erling Winston Peterson. They were married nearly seventy years ago and moved to serve churches and colleges in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. She always enjoyed the class reunions she was able to attend. She is survived by her husband, Erling; their children, grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren: Tom & Barb Peterson, with sons Matt and Josh, his wife Nikki and daughter Alle.  Daughter Susan and Mark Barhan, and their Children, Sarah, her husband Douglas Phillips and their children Landon, Colton and Lily also their son Benjamin, his wife Jessica and their daughter Susie Barhan.  Their son Tim and their youngest son Bruce, his wife Bette and their children, Michelle, Danielle and David. There will be a Graveside service in the Brillion Village/City Cemetery at 11 A.M. on Saturday, July 19, 2014.