OBITUARIES - Vilas County News-Review
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  • George A. Hockers
    George A. Hockers of Phelps died Tuesday, July 20, 2021, surrounded by family. He was 76.

    He was born Feb. 1, 1945, in De Pere to the late Francis and Marion (née Cavil) Hockers.

    He graduated from
  • Joseph Louis ‘Joe’ Lakota
    Joseph Louis “Joe” Lakota of Sayner,  Wis., died Monday, March 15, 2021, in Diamondhead, Miss., from mesotheli­oma. He was 80.

    Mr. Lakota was born Aug. 31, 1940, in Milwaukee, to John and Marianne (née Gyorke) Lakota.

    He graduated from
  • John ‘Wiggs’ Wigand
    John “Wiggs” Wigand, a resident of Land O’ Lakes and formerly of Akron, Ohio, died Tuesday, July 20, 2021, at Iron Mountain Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Mich. He was 71.
    He was born
  • Kenneth “Ken” Mackie of De Pere, died Friday, July 9, 2021. He was 78.
    He was born June 5, 1943, in Eagle River.
    He worked at one time for  
  • Richard L. Wiessinger
    Richard L. Wies­singer, age 81, of Merrill, Wis., passed away on Saturday, July 17, 2021, at his home. 
    Richard was born May 12, 1940, in Madison, Wis., son of the late Robert and Dorothy (Dennis) Wiessinger.
    Richard and his family moved up to Eagle River, Wis., when he was
  • Gerald Koslowski
    Gerald Gene “Jerry” “Coach” Koslowski, age 81, a resident of Three Lakes, died Friday, July 23, 2021, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.
    A complete obituary will appear in a future edition.
    Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River is
  • Betty Ann Gussick
    Betty Ann (née Houge) Gussick passed away on June 17, 2021, just shy of her 90th birthday, at Lakewood Assisted Living and Memory Care in Brookfield, Wis. 
    She was born in
  • Barbara Ann Harvey
    Barbara Ann Harvey died Friday, July 9, 2021, at Lakeshore Assisted Living in Lac du Flambeau. She was 84.
    She was born Dec. 11, 1936, in Milwaukee, to Ervin and Tora Johnson.
    She married
  • Kath­a­leen Ivaska, age 87, passed away July 11, 2021, with her daughter by her side holding her hand.
    Kathy was born and raised in Eagle River, Wis., to John Sr. and Katheryne Kauzlaric on Aug. 14, 1933. 
    Her passion was
  • William Colin “Bill” Mayo, a resident of Eagle River, died Tuesday, July 6, 2021, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was 65.

    He was born Nov. 9, 1955, in Piedmont, Mo.

    Mr. Mayo
  • William L. Kuehn
    William L. Kuehn, a resident of Waukesha and Eagle River, died Sunday, July 11, 2021. He was 82.

    He was born May 12, 1939, in Milwaukee to Phillip W. and Dorothy E. (née Schertl) Kuehn.

    He worked for
  • Joseph Louie ‘Joe’ Lakota
    Joseph Louie “Joe” Lakota of Sayner died Monday, March 15, 2021, in Diamondhead, Miss., from mesothelioma. He was 80.

    Mr. Lakota was born Aug. 31, 1940, in Milwaukee to John and Marianne (née Gyorke) Lakota.

    He graduated from
  • Larry Carl Merritt
    Larry Carl Merritt passed away Saturday, July 10, 2021 at his home in St. Germain, Wis.  
    He was 78 years old. He was born Dec. 6, 1942 to Carl and Emma (Miles) Merritt in Harvey, Ill.  
    Larry is survived by
  • Daniel R. Ward
    Daniel R. Ward, age 84, a resident of Three Lakes,
    Wis., passed away peacefully on Friday, July 9, 2021, at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander, Wis. 
    He was born in
  • Judith J. Murphy
    Judith J. Murphy, age 79, was called home to the Lord on Sunday, July 11, 2021. 
    Judy was born on July 25, 1941, daughter of the late Clarence and Valgene Olson. 
    She had a passion for
  • Rob Thomas ‘Buck’ Michalski
    Rob Thomas “Buck” Michalski, age 60, of Park Falls, Wis., formerly of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully July 12, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer. 
    He was born on
  • Frederick “Fred” G. Carlson (Moose), 85, of Rockford, Ill., passed away peacefully surrounded by family on July 16, 2021. 
    He was born Aug. 1, 1935, to George R. and Martha (Oberg) Carlson. 
    A lifelong resident of
  • Brian T. Wasilewski
    Brian T. Wasilewski, age 31, a resident of Three Lakes, Wis. and formerly of Menomo-nee Falls, Wis. Died on July 14, 2021 at his home.
    Brian was born on July 15, 1989 to Thomas A. and Donna M. Wasilewski.
    Brian is survived by
  • Joan V. Belliveau
    Joan V. Belliveau, died Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander. She was 91.
    She was born Jan. 10, 1930, in Woodruff, to Arthur and Adeline Perkins.  
    She graduated from
  • Robert E. ‘Bob’ Dutz
    Robert E. “Bob” Dutz, a resident of Three Lakes,  died Friday, July 2, 2021, at Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Rhinelander. He was 90.

    Mr. Dutz was born July 1, 1931, in Hammond, Ind., to Henry and Lucille Dutz.

    He owned and operated
  • Phyllis D. Juiris
    Phyllis D. Juiris, née Drisch, age 95, of Park Ridge, Ill., and Three Lakes, Wis. 
    Beloved wife of the late Ervin; dear mother of Daniel (Sally), Jennifer (Kim) Hildebrand, Annette (the late Michael) Numrich and William; loving grandmother of
  • James D. Wright
    James D. Wright, 73, of Three Lakes, Wis., and formally from the town of Sobieski, Wis., passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, June 29, 2021, after a courageous yearlong battle with cancer. 

    He was born on
  • Michael ‘Mike’ Horst
    Mike Horst, age 62, passed away on July 5, 2021, at Bellin Hospital, following a long history of illness. 
    He was born on Dec. 18, 1958, to parents, Agnes and Clarence “Pony” Horst.
    Mike attended and graduated from
  • Rita Ann Odegaard
    Rita Ann (née Wickham) Odegaard died Sunday, July 4, 2021. She was 83.

    She was born Jan. 23, 1938, in Rhinelander to Eugene and Helen Wickham. 

    She married
  • Kenneth Edwin Musial
    Kenneth Edwin Musial, age 81, a resident of Watersmeet, Mich. died on Wednesday, July 7, 2021, at home.  
    He was born in Chicago, Ill., on March 10, 1940, to Walter and Mary Musial. 
    Kenneth worked for many years at
  • James Owen Greene
    James Owen Greene, 86, of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away Thursday, July 1, 2021, at Milestone Senior Living in Eagle River, Wis. He was born on Feb. 14, 1935, in a log cabin in Monico, Wis., the first son of Owen and Lillian Greene. 
    He attended
  • A memorial service for Wendy Lee Sporleder will be held Saturday, July 24, at 11 a.m. at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River. 
    Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.
    Ms. Sporleder died
  • Joan Cerra

    July 28, 1934 - June 24, 2021

    Joan Cer­ra, 80-year resident of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully on June 24, 2021.

    Preceded in death by

  • James “Bupp” Greene of Three Lakes died Thursday, July 1, 2021, at Milestone Senior Living in Eagle River. He was 86.

    A complete obituary will appear in a future edition. 

    A memorial service will be held
  • Glenwood Duane ‘Glenn’ Larson
    Glenwood Duane “Glenn” Larson, age 76, of Conover, , Wis., passed away on Thursday, June 24, 2021, peacefully with his daughters by his side, at the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital.
    He was born on
  • David L. Lederhaus

    1942 ~ 2021

    David L. Lederhaus, age 79, of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away at home under the care of family and hospice on Monday, June 28, 2021, after a battle with

  • Annette Mayer (née Heilman) of Woodruff died Wednesday, June 23, 2021. She was 90.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Brannon E. Mayer, in 2015.
    A memorial service will be held
  • Robert J. Mitchell
    Robert J. Mitchell, age 93, passed away on May 3, 2021, at the Elizabeth Residence in New Berlin, Wis.  He was a longtime resident of Conover, Wis.
    Robert was born in Brookfield, Wis., to Peter and Emily (Winzenreid).
    He was a 1945 graduate of
  • Donald L. Zerfas

    Oct. 26, 1940 - July 1, 2021

    Donald L. Zerfas, 80, of West Bend, Wis., was born to eternal life on the morning of July 1, 2021. 
    He was born to his earthly life on

  • Heinz Gunter Globerger

    Dec. 26, 1943 - June 19, 2021

    It is with deep sorrow that we mourn the passing of Heinz Gun­ter Glo­ber­ger of Three Lakes, Wis., on June 19, 2021, at the age of 77 years.
    Heinz was born on

  • Dale ‘Animal’ Mueller
    Dale “Animal” Mueller, age 67, a resident of Land O’ Lakes, Wis., for more than 40 years, passed away on Saturday, June 19, 2021, at his residence. Dale was born on May 11, 1954 in Clintonville, Wis., to Louis and Geraldine Mueller. 
    He married
  • Donald Earl Seltin
    Donald Earl Seltin, age 88, a resident of Conover, Wis., passed away at his home on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20, 2021. 
    Don was married to Genevieve for 65 years. 
    He is survived by
  • Frances L. Stevens
    Frances L. Stevens of Eagle River died Monday, June 7, 2021, at home. She was 96.

    Mrs. Stevens enjoyed baking, crocheting and playing cards.

    She was preceded in death by
  • Joyce A. Wilson of Marquette, Mich., died Thursday, June 24, 2021, at Mill Creek Assisted Living in Marquette, under the care of Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice. She was 83.

    She and her husband previously owned
  • Sorg memorial planned July 3
    A memorial service and celebration of life will be held for Susan Kay Sorg of Eagle River, and formerly of Three Lakes, Saturday, July 3, at the Reiter Center in Three Lakes.

    A visitation will be held at
  • Betty Ann (née Houge) Gussick of Brookfield, formerly of Eagle River, died Wednesday, June 16, 2021. She was 89.
    Mrs. Gussick is survived by her husband, Truman; children, Mark (Kathy), Diane, Diane (Jeff), and Steve (Denise); seven grandchildren; and
  • Dale Habeck, former Phelps, Wis., resident and graduate of Phelps High School, passed away April 27, 2021, age 75, at his home in Urbana, Ill., with his wife, Connie (née Peterson), by his side.
    Dale served his country in the
  • Linda Marie Johnson
    Linda Marie Johnson of Land O’ Lakes died Sunday, June 13. She was 76. 
    Mrs. Johnson was born Aug. 8, 1944, in Denver, Colo., to Alfred and Marie Seebass. 
    She graduated from
  • Dale Mueller
    Dale Mueller of Land O’ Lakes died Saturday, June 19, 2021, at his home. He was 67.

    A full obituary will appear in a future edition.

    A memorial service will be held
  • Sue Ann Minnis
    Sue Ann Minnis, age 84, passed away on Monday, June 14, 2021, at the Waters on Mayowood in Roches-ter, Minn.
    Sue’s adventurous life began in St. Paul, Minn. In the ’40s, her parents moved the young family to Dodge Center, Minn., where Sue graduated from
  • Alvina M. Silber
    Alvina M. Silber, age 95, of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away at her home, under the care of her family and hos­pice, June 7, 2021. 
    Alvina was born July 18, 1925, in a farmhouse in Three Lakes, and grew up on the farm of her parents, John and Mary Zembinski, two miles south of
  • Alvina M. Silber
    Alvina M. Silber, age 95, of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away at her home, under the care of her family and hos­pice, June 7, 2021. 
    Alvina was born July 18, 1925, in a farmhouse in Three Lakes, and grew up on the farm of her parents, John and Mary Zembinski, two miles south of town. 
    On May 1, 1948, she married Adam Silber Jr. at St. Theresa Catholic Church, which she attended for 95 years.
    Alvina graduated from Three Lakes High School in 1945. 
    She worked mostly as a grocery store clerk
  • James Arthur Hartman
    James Arthur Hartman passed away on June 10, 2021, and will spend eternity with his Lord. 
    Jim was born in Elgin, Ill., on Nov. 2, 1933, the only child of the late Harvey and Berdena Hartman.  
    Jim was a
  • Linda Jane Jorgensen
    Linda Jane Jorgensen (née Wasson) of Eagle River, Wis., passed away at Phelps Care on May 15, 2021, at the age of 85. She was described by all who knew her as a very sweet, kind, lovely lady. 
    Linda was born and raised in
  • Charlene Marie Roberts, age 87, a resident of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. 
    She was born in Chicago, Ill. on July 15, 1933, to Charles and Marie Rohner. 
    Charlene will be remembered as
  • Allan Donald Vander Bloomen passed away in Eagle River, Wis., on June 11, 2021. 
    Allan was born on Aug. 13, 1997, in Eagle River to Mark Vander Bloomen and Carolyn Sauers. 
    Allan was serving in
  • Blanche Bartizal Babcock, age 91, of Three Lakes, Wis., died on Friday, May 21, 2021, at her beloved home on Butternut Lake, surrounded by her family and her longtime four-legged companion, Sniffy.
    Blanche was born
  • Kristine Ann ‘Kris’ Gerhart
    Kristine Ann “Kris” Gerhart, age 50, a lifelong resident of Eagle River, Wis., was granted her angel wings and released from her pain on Nov. 24, 2020, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
    Kris was born
  • Irene Nizinski
    Irene Nizinski of Eagle River died Monday, May 3, 2021, at Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Rhine­lander. She was 94.
    She was born April 4, 1927, in Detroit, Mich. 
    Mrs. Nizinski was married to
  • Jeffrey W. Langkau
    Jeffrey W. Langkau, age 70, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., passed away at his home on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.
    He was born on Dec. 21, 1950, to James and Joyce (Nelson) Langkau in Osh­kosh, Wis.
    He graduated from
  • Sandra L. Hlavka
    Sandra L. Hlavka, 74, of Rhinelan-der, Wis., died June 4, 2021.
    She was born on March 13, 1947, in Milwaukee, Wis., daughter of Walter E. and Virginia Larson Hahn. 
    She attended
  • Timothy Alan McIntosh
    Timothy Alan McIntosh, 69, of Philadelphia, Pa., passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, on June 4, 2021, in the Fox Chase Cancer Center, surrounded by his family.
    Born in
  • A celebration of life for C. Randall “Randy” Cox will be held Saturday, June 12, at the St. Germain Evangelical Free Church.
    Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m., service at 11 a.m. with luncheon to follow.  
    In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to
  • A memorial service for Lois J. Kasmarek of Rhinelander will be held Thursday, June 24. at 11 a.m. at St. Kunegunda Catholic Church in Sugar Camp.

    Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service with burial to follow. 

    Ms. Kasmarek died
  • A celebration of life for Edna Sparks is planned Friday, June 18, at noon at the Kalmar Senior Center in Eagle River. A luncheon at Chef Rene’s at the Inn will follow.
    Ms. Sparks died Feb. 11, 2021 at age 86.
  • Dale C. Koutecky
    Dale C. Koutecky of Wauwatosa, Wis., formerly of Elm Grove, Wis., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 21, 2021, age 93 years.
    Beloved husband for 68 years of the late Lorraine.
    Loving father of
  • George ‘Geo’ Carl Kiesow
    George “Geo” Carl Kiesow, 58, died on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Family were present at bed­side for his final journey.

    George was born in Neenah, Wis., on Jan. 18, 1963, the son of Ralph and Patricia Kiesow. 

    He graduated from
  • Irene Nizinski
    Irene Nizinski of Eagle River died Monday, May 3, 2021, at Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Rhine­lander. She was 94.

    She was born April 4, 1927, in Detroit, Mich. 

    Mrs. Nizinski was married to
  • Greg Carter Randall
    Greg Carter Randall of Eagle River died Saturday May 8, 2021. He was 66. 
    He was born Dec. 31, 1954, in Elkhorn to Edson Luth­er Randall III and Dorothy Ann Malsch Randall. 
    Mr. Randall graduated from
  • Daniel ‘Danny’ TeKampe Jr.
    Daniel “Danny” TeKampe Jr., a resident of Eagle River, died Sunday, May 16, 2021, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was 49.
    He was born Aug. 24, 1971, in Rhinelander to Daniel Sr. and Kay TeKampe. 
    Mr. TeKampe enjoyed 
  • Leverette Dexter Van Hoozen
    Leverette Dexter Van Hoozen, a resident of St. Germain, died Saturday, May 15, 2021, at his home. He was 94.
    He was born June 22, 1926, in Woodstock, Ill., to Lee and Lucy Van Hoozen. 
    He served in the U.S. Army during
  • A celebration of life will be held for Phyllis L. Gottman Sunday, June 6, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Land O’ Lakes pavilion.

    Ms. Gottmann died Feb. 2, 2021, at Rennes Health and Rehab.
  • A celebration of life service for Beverly (née Hedberg) Reynolds will be held Saturday, June 12, at 11 a.m. at Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church in Conover.
    After the service will be a light lunch followed by interment at Hildegard Cemetery.
    Ms. Reynolds died Dec. 11, 2020.