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  • William “Bill” Bull died Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at Howard Young Medical Center. He was 84.

    Mr. Bull was born Jan. 3, 1935, in Chicago, Ill., to William and Theresa Bull.

    He served in
  • Gordon C. ‘Gordy’ Kollauf
    Gordon C. “Gordy” Kollauf of Menomonee Falls, Wis., was called home and answered the Lord’s calling on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, age 82. He was born Nov. 8, 1936.
    Beloved and devoted husband of
  • Judith Lou Nigbur of St. Germain died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. She was 86.
    She was born July 16, 1933, in Horicon to Armond and Adeline (née Nungessor) Genzmer. 
    She married
  • Randolph J. “Randy” Schepp Sr. of St. Germain and formerly of Oregon, Wis., died unexpectedly Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, at his residence. He was 70.
    Funeral arrangements are pending and a complete obituary will appear in a later edition.
    Gunderson Funeral and Cremation Care of Oregon is serving the family.
  • Constance Patricia “Connie” Spafford, age 81, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away on Oct. 9, 2019.
    She was born July 4, 1938, in Eagle River, to Robert and Caroline (Mattek) Croker.
    Connie graduated from the
  • Vern “Frenchie” St. Pierre, a resident of Phelps, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019. He was 64. 

    A full obituary will appear in next week’s edition.  Funeral services are pending.

    Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River is serving the family.
  • Jerome E. “Jerry” Schumacher of Three Lakes died at his home Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. He was 78.

    He was a Milwaukee Police officer before moving to Eagle River to follow his dream of living up north. He later took on the role of motel proprietor for
  • Richard ‘Rick’ Whitehead
    Richard “Rick” Whitehead, age 66, a lifelong resident of Phelps, Wis., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, at Seasons of Life.
    He was born in Phelps on May 19, 1953, to Robert and Joyce Whitehead.
    Rick worked as a
  • Kathleen Ann Faber of Eagle River and formerly of Wheeling, Ill., died Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield. She was 69.

    Ms. Faber was born Sept. 1, 1950, in Chicago, Ill.

    She was preceded in death by
  • Larry L. Mueller
    Larry L. Mueller Jr., age 47, of Edgar, Wis., passed away on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at Ascension Saint Clare’s Hospital in Weston, Wis. 
    His memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, at Saint John’s Lutheran Church, 120500 County Road N, Edgar, with the Rev. Josh
  • Gloria J. Olson
    Gloria J. Olson, a 33-year resident of Phelps, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, at her home. She was 62.
    She was born Aug. 23, 1957, in Stanley to Nick and Marjorie Peleschak. 
    Mrs. Olson worked at
  • Randall B. Roeske
    Randall B. Roeske, age 77, of Gladstone, Mich., passed away Sunday eve­ning, Sept. 29, 2019, at his residence.
    Randy was born Sept. 4, 1942, in Eagle River, Wis., the son of Harold and Helen (Benson) Roeske.
    He was raised in
  • Arnold H. ‘Arnie’ Gink
    Arnold H. “Arnie” Gink, 84, of Madison, Wis., passed away on Sept. 24, 2019, at Aurora Medical Center Hospital in Ke­no­sha, Wis.
    Arnie was born on April 18, 1935, to Harry and Elsie (Schwartz) Gink in Madison.
    He was a graduate of
  • Bonnie Lou Gravedoni
    Bonnie Lou Gravedoni of Eagle River, and formerly of Ishpeming, Mich., died Friday, Sept. 20, at Aspirus Wau­sau Hospital in Wausau. She was 70.

    Mrs. Gravedoni was born May 30, 1949, in Munising, Mich., to the late Corinne (née Johnson) Baldini and Matthew Isotalo.

    She and her late husband, James, owned
  • Dolores “Dolly” Harrington, born April 2, 1925, entered eternal life on Jan. 9, 2019.

    Dolly resided in St. Germain, Wis., Eagle River, Wis., and the past years at Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Rhinelander, Wis.

    She was a member of
  • Dan Ingraham died Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at Marshfield Medical Center. He was 69.
    Mr. Ingraham was born May 23, 1950, in Joliet, Ill., to Lyle and Elizabeth Ingraham.
    He graduated from
  • James A. Rux of St. Germain died Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at his home. He was 56.
    Mr. Rux was born April 5, 1963, in Woodruff, to Judith (née Schilling) and Eugene Rux Sr. 
    He loved his
  • Norma G. Spurgeon
    Norma G. Spurgeon, age 79, a 40-year resident of Phelps, Wis., passed away at Aspirus Wau­sau Hospital in Wausau, Wis., on Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019.
    Norma was born on
  • Louise Waterman Bailey
    “Cissie” made Eagle River, Wis., home for 40 of her 82 years.
    She host­ed family and friends at Sycamore Cot­tage on Catfish Lake.
    She loved the
  • Cecelia Bittenbender, age 76, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, at her home surrounded by family.
    She was born in Laona, Wis., on Jan. 9, 1943, to parents Budd and Audrey Greenman.
    Ceil was preceded in death by
  • Roy DeFreece Jr.
    Roy DeFreece Jr., a resident of Phelps since 1995 and formerly of Oak Brook Terrace, Ill., died Wednesday Sept. 18, 2019, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. He was 88.
    He was born
  • Ruth Frauenfelder
    Ruth Frau­enfelder was born to eternal life surrounded by her devoted daughters at Ascen­sion Eagle River Hospital on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, age 90.
    She is survived by
  • Fred D. Kauzlaric
    Fred D. Kauzlaric, a lifelong resident of Eagle River, died at his home Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. He was 84.

    He was born Dec. 4, 1934, in Eagle River to David and Anna Kauzlaric.

    He was a
  • Mark Donald Hiller
    Mark Don­ald Hiller, age 57, passed away on Sept. 17, 2019, at Aspirus Wau­sau Hospital. He was surrounded by his loving family as he returned to heaven. He was a resident of St. Germain, Wis.
    Mark was born
  • Ralph Meunier died Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at Seasons of Life in Woodruff. He was 83. 

    Mr. Meunier was born Dec. 20, 1935, in the town of Richfield, to Arthur and Helen Meunier.

    He married
  • Benjamin P. Ryskiewicz of St. Germain died Monday, Sept. 16, at his residence with his family by his side. He was 79.

    Mr. Ryskiewicz was born Jan. 18, 1940, in Mosinee to Benjamin and Mary (née Pryga) Ryskiewicz.

    He married
  • Edward R. Seiter Jr., 71, a longtime resident of Conover, Wis., and Sayner, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, at Friendly Village in Rhinelander, Wis.
    Edward was born in
  • Sharon A. Franz
    Sharon A. Franz (née Sparks) of Land O’ Lakes, Wis., passed with her husband at her side on Sept. 13, 2019.
    Sharon was born on July 2, 1948, in Rhinelander, Wis., to Jerry and Ruth Sparks. 
    Sharon graduated from
  • Edward S. Mayack
    After a brave courageous fight with cancer, Edward S. Mayack passed away on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at Marshfield Medical Center at the age of 69.
    Edward was born in Rhine­lander, Wis., on June 30, 1950, to parents Andrew and Estelle Mayack.
    He grew up in
  • Jeanette Ann Pederson of Three Lakes died Monday, Sept. 9, 2019, at her home. She was 88.

    Mrs. Pederson was born Sept. 6, 1931, in Three Lakes to Edward and Etta Stanzil.

    She married
  • Walter “Wally” “Papa” Avery, age 85, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., and formerly of Brookfield, Wis., passed away on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019.

    He was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on June 18, 1934, to Claude and Adeline Avery.

    Wally worked at
  • Louise Waterman Bailey
    “Cissie” made Eagle River, Wis., home for 40 of her 82 years.

    She host­ed family and friends at Sycamore Cot­tage on Catfish Lake.

    She loved 
  • Dolores Ann Flores of Miami, Fla., and Eagle River, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019. She was 91.

    Mrs. Flores was born March 5, 1928, in Chicago, Ill., to Tony and Anna Schultz.  

    Upon moving to Miami, she met
  • Carl Benjamin Grochowski
    Carl Benjamin Grochowski, 92, of Merrill, Wis., passed away on Sept. 2, 2019, surrounded by his family at Pinecrest Nursing home in Merrill.
    He was born on Aug. 18, 1927, to Anton and Mary (Wrecza) Grochowski in Milwaukee, Wis.
    He married
  • Stanley W. “Bud” Holt, age 91, of Phelps, Wis., and formerly from Naperville, Ill., entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.
    He was born in
  • Leonard N. Nysted
    Leonard N. Nysted, 92, passed away as he lived, peacefully and quietly, in his home in Eagle River, Wis. His daughter, Lynn­Ann Thomas and son-in- law, David Thomas, of Sugar Camp, Wis., were with him.  His son, Lee A. Nysted of Lake Bluff, Ill., had been there for a visit days before.
    Len was born in
  • Sharon F. Pabst
    Sharon F. Pabst (née Szlaius), 76, of St. Germain, Wis., formerly of Oak Forest, Ill., passed peacefully at home with her family by her side on Aug. 30, 2019.
    Sharon was born
  • Ione Louise Stanzil
    Ione Lou­ise Stanzil, age 91, was called home to be with the Lord on Sept. 1, 2019.
    Ione was born on Wheel­er Island in Three Lakes, Wis., on Oct. 2, 1927, to Herbert and Nettie Louise Otto. Her family eventually moved to Onalaska, Wis., where Ione was raised as eldest daughter among
  • Ronald E. Roggeman
    Ronald E. Roggeman of Phelps died Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019, at his home. He was 84.
    Mr. Rog­ge­man was born July 8, 1935, in Norway, Mich., to Herman and Julia Roggeman. 
    He served in the U.S. Army during
  • Genevieve C. Scott
    Genevieve C. Scott, 90, of Conover, Wis., was called home by the Lord on Sept. 5, 2019, to join her loving husband of 63 years, Wilson “Scotty” Scott, who passed away Aug. 15, 2019.
    Genevieve was born
  • Sean Holtslander of Eagle River and formerly of Janes­ville, died Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, in Sugar Camp. He was 23.

    He was born Aug. 22, 1996, in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., to Ernest and Dorothy Holtslander.

    Mr. Holtslander was a graduate of
  • Gary Mark LeMoine
    Gary Mark Le­Moine, 63, passed away peacefully at his home in the town of Pine Lake, Wis., on Aug. 26, 2019. 
    Gary was born on May 30, 1956, in Madison, Wis., to Ken and Patsy Ruth (Schoenmann) LeMoine.
    He grew up in
  • Larry T. McCaughn
    Larry T. McCaughn of Sayner died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at his home with his family by his side. He was 68. 

    Mr. McCaughn was born Jan. 22, 1951, in Tomahawk to Robert and Gladys (née Olson) McCaughn. 

    He graduated from
  • Ione L. Stanzil of Three Lakes died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2019, at Rennes Health & Rehab Center. She was 91. 
    Visitation will be held Saturday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. at the Hildebrand Funeral Home, followed by the service at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at
  • Judith Marie Braeger (Goetzke), born Jan. 29, 1943, passed Aug. 20, 2019, peacefully at home in Eagle River, Wis., at the age of 76, with her family at her side. 

    She was preceded in death by
  • Trudy Carlton
    Trudy Carlton died Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. She was 70.
    Trudy was born Dec. 4, 1948, in Cook County, Ill.
    She worked many years as a secretary at
  • William G. Davies
    William G. Davies, age 74, of Columbus, Wis., passed away on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019, at Randolph Health Services in Randolph, Wis. 
    He was born on March 22, 1945, in Chicago, Ill., the son of the late William and Ella (Mustonen) Davies.
    William attended the
  • George Michael Schellgell
    George Michael Schell­gell, born April 24, 1930, in Passaic, N.J., passed away peacefully on Aug. 24, 2019, at the age of 89.
    He graduated from Michigan State and spent the majority of his life in Milwaukee, Wis., where he owned Schellgell Food Service and several restaurants.
    He was a member and past president of
  • Diane K. Wirth
    Diane K. Wirth, 74, of St. Germain, Wis., passed away at Aspirus Wau­sau Hospital on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.
    She is survived by her husband, John; three children, Jeffery (Noelle) Wirth of Woodstock, Ill., Lance (Suzanne) Wirth of St. Germain and Susan (Kenneth) Bralich of
  • Jacob ‘Jake’ Woodward
    Jacob “Jake” Woodward, a lifelong resident of Eagle River, died Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. He was 33. 
    Mr. Woodward was born Aug. 31, 1985, in Eagle River to Scott and Karen (neé Eftemoff) Woodward. 
    He attended
  • Nick Amschlinger
    Nick Amschlinger, age 84, a resident of Conover, Wis., and formerly of Chicago, Ill., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019.
    He was born in Yugoslavia on Sept. 7, 1934, to Nickolaus and Anna Amschlinger.
    Nick was the owner and operator of
  • Jack Charles Burnett
    Jack Char­les Burnett was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Dec. 17, l932, and died in Seattle, Wash., on July 21, 2019.

    He graduated from Eagle River High School and continued his education at the University of Wisconsin, where he graduated as a distinguished military student with a Bachelor of Science degree in
  • Dean Culver
    Dean Culver of Eagle River, Wis., passed away Friday morning, Aug. 9, 2019, at the age of 82 years young.
    Dean’s par­ents were Edward and Eda Culver of Nelma, Wis. That is where he grew up with his brothers, Dwayne, Roger, Alton and his sister, Altamae; along with
  • William F. ‘Bill’ Kroll
    William F. “Bill” Kroll of Eagle River, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. He passed peace­fully in Hospice at Pride TLC in Weston, Wis. Bill was 77.
    Bill was born to
  • Thomas J. Drought
    Thomas J. Drought, born Dec. 4, 1932, passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on Aug. 9, 2019, in Milwaukee, Wis.
    Loving husband of Elizabeth Ann “Bette” Mayer Drought.
    Loving father of Ellen, Amy, Thomas James Jr. (TJ), James (Jim) and
  • Maurice D. Mann, a resident of Three Lakes, died Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, at Avanti Health Care. He was 93.
    Mr. Mann was born March 24, 1926, in Garwin, Iowa, to Roscoe and Nelle Mann.
    He served as an ensign in
  • Lucille Morris, a resident of St. Germain, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at Seasons of Life in Woodruff.  She was 97.

    She was born July 13, 1922.

    Mrs. Morris was preceded in death by
  • Wilson D. ‘Scotty’ Scott
    Wilson D. Scott, age 89, of Conover, Wis., passed away peacefully with his wife at his side at the Veterans Home in Union Grove, Wis., on Aug. 15, 2019.

    Wilson “Scotty” is survived by his wife of 63 years, Genevieve; sons, David (Jean) and John (Carrie); and many loving grandchildren; great-grandchild; sister, Carol Ann; and
  • Joey Wojtusik
    Joey Wojtusik, a poet, teacher and harmonizer, passed away at age 77 on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, surrounded by her family.
    Born in Chicago, Ill., to Carl and Vivian Muller, she was a summer vacationer who met the local athlete, Bob Wojtusik, while he was waterskiing on Townline Lake in Three Lakes, Wis. Theirs was
  • Gloria Bouck
    Gloria (née Pearson) Bouck died Wednesday, July 24, 2019. She was 81.
    Mrs. Bouck was born June 21, 1938, in Conover.
    She graduated from
  • Orlene ‘Chris’ Chrismer
    Orlene “Chris” (née Kringel) Chris­mer, 88, a native of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully at home in Syracuse, N.Y., on July 10, 2019.
    Born to Hubert and Elsie Kringel, Chris grew up learning the value of hard work, lasting friendships and helping those less fortunate.
    She attended
  • Dean Culver died Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, at Ascension St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton. He was 82.  

    Funeral services are pending. A full obituary will appear in a future edition.

    Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River is serving the family.
  • Joseph Duffek III, a resident of Eagle River, died Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at Ascension Eagle River Hospital. He was 74.
    He was born May 6, 1945, in Chicago, Ill., to Joseph and Marilyn Duffek.
    He served in the U.S. Army and worked in
  • Shawn A. Ludtke
    Shawn A. Ludtke of Conover died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, in Eagle River. He was 52.

    Mr. Ludt­ke was born Aug. 25, 1966, in Phelps to Gene and Joyce (née Hegemann) Ludtke.

    He graduated from
  • Cora L. Mollen
    Cora L. Mollen of St. Germain, Wis., passed away on Aug. 4, 2019, at her home sur­rounded by her loving family.
    She was born to Harvey and Marguerite (Prunty) Arndt, June 9, 1934, in Milwaukee, Wis.
    She graduated from
  • Paul Douglas Osterberg
    Paul Douglas Osterberg, 64, of Kaukauna, Wis., passed away on Aug. 5, 2019, following a courageous battle with cancer.

    He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Linda Osterberg; their children, Amanda Osterberg (Kenneth Brazil) of Appleton, Wis., and PV2 Ryan Osterberg, U.S. Army National Guard (Sarah Coenen) of
  • Raymond Joseph Shebesta
    Raymond Joseph Shebesta of North Ft. Myers, Fla., and formerly of Eagle River, Wis., joined our Lord and Savior on Feb. 10, 2019. He was 80 years old, born in Waukegan, Ill., on Aug. 31, 1938, and grew up in Libertyville, Ill.  

    On April 27, 1957, he
  • Geri Gapa, age 76, a resident of St. Germain, Wis., passed away on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at Marshfield Medical Center.
    She was born on Nov. 8, 1942, to Elmer and Audrey Olsen. 
    Geri enjoyed
  • Michael H. Giese
    Michael H. Giese, age 81, of Middleton, Wis., battled multiple medical issues the past year and passed away July 8, 2019.

    He was born March 27, 1938, in Rhinelander, Wis., to Harold and Marie (Reaganfus) Giese.

    Mike graduated from
  • Tex Hansen
    Tex Han­sen, age 80, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., passed away on Mon­day, July 29, 2019, at his home.

    He was born in Ra­cine, Wis., on Aug. 4, 1938, to Arnold and Pauline Hansen.

    Tex started working with his father at
  • Delores “Rosie” Hintz, a resident of Conover since 1992, died Saturday, July 27, 2019, at her home. She was 84.
    Mrs. Hintz was born March 1, 1935, in Butternut to Carl and Bertha Abraham.
    She was an avid
  • Joyce L. Lang
    Joyce L. Lang of Eagle River died Friday, July 26, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wau­sau. She was 61.

    Mrs. Lang was born Nov. 2, 1958, in San Fernando, Calif., to William and Dolores (Krause) Lang. 

    She was raised in