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  • Dennis Dale Berdal
    Dennis Dale Berdal, age 62, a six-year resident of Eagle River, Wis., and formally of Wausau, Wis., passed away Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
    Dennis was born on Sept. 17, 1956, in Stanley Wis., to Edward and June (Johnson) Berdal.
    Dennis married
  • Steve “Hum” Dinger, a resident of Conover since 2003 and formerly of Osh­kosh, died Thursday, April 11, 2019, at his home. He was 69. 

    Mr. Dinger was born Feb. 19, 1950, in Oshkosh to Carl and Florence Dinger.  

    He worked for many years as a
  • Rosemary Kridelbaugh
    Rosemary (Utterback) Kridelbaugh (aka Rosie), 84, passed away on Tues­day, April 9, 2019.

    She was born on Feb. 24, 1935, in Martinsburg, Iowa, to her parents, Oliver and Vera (Seba) Utterback.

    She grew up in
  • Gilbert “Gil” Wegner, a resident of Conover for 54 years and formerly of New London, died Friday, April 12, 2019, at Tomahawk Health Services. He was 92. 

    Mr. Wegner was born
  • David R. ‘Whitey’ Nowak
    David R. “Whitey” No­wak, age 88, of Land O’ Lakes, Wis., died on Thurs­day, April 4, 2019, at Seasons of Life Hospice House in Woodruff, Wis.

    Whitey was born on Sept. 13, 1930, in Milwaukee, Wis., the son of Ollie and Mary (née Czaplewski) Nowak.

    He graduated from
  • James H. Zdroik
    It is with sadness that the family of James H. Zdroik announces his passing on April 2, 2019.  James spent his final days surrounded by family. 
    James was born on June 12, 1935, a son of the late Albin and Elizabeth Zdroik.
    He graduated from
  • Jerome ‘Jerry’ Ahlswede
    Jerome “Jerry” Ahl­swede, age 60, passed away on Friday, March 22, 2019, at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Ap­ple­ton, Wis.
    Jerry was a Navy veteran and learned to fly at the age of 14. This continued to be the love of his life, taking off from either land or water. He was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association and also the
  • Norman Joseph Keso
    Norman Joseph Keso passed away on March 30, 2019, at his residence with his loving family at his side.

    Norm was born on Tues­day, Dec. 15, 1936, the son of Samuel Keso and Helen (Van Norman) Keso.

    Norman was adventurous with a passion for
  • Marion A. Richards passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Rennes Health & Rehab Center in Rhinelander, Wis.
    She was born July 23, 1932, in Eagle River, Wis., married the love of her life, Dwight Richards, in May 1951. She co-owned and operated Richards Resort in St. Germain, Wis., until she retired and
  • Jerome “Jerry” Ahlswede, a resident of Three Lakes, died Friday, March 22, 2019, in Appleton. He was 60.
    Funeral services will be held Friday, April 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Theresa Catholic Church in 
  • Thomas ‘Mr. T’ Brunstad
    Thomas “Mr. T” Brunstad died peacefully on March 20, 2019, at his home with his loving family.
    Thomas was born on Sept. 16, 2008, in Cary, N.C.
    While he battled
  • Mary Ann Schroeder
    Mary Ann Schroeder, age 97, passed away on Saturday, March 16, 2019, on Hospice at Dianne’s Home in the Northwoods.
    She was born on Aug. 26, 1921, in Chicago, Ill.
    Mary was
  • Frances L. Steffen of Conover died Monday, March 18, 2019, at her home. She was 76.
    Mrs. Steffen was born March 1, 1943, in Wilma, Fla., to Clayton and Dora (née Evans) Moore.
    She is survived by
  • Douglas J. Weyers of St. Germain died Wednesday, March 20, 2019. He was 62.

    Mr. Weyers was born Oct. 17, 1956, in Green Bay to Richard and Mary (née Weber) Weyers.

    He graduated from
  • Michael Bennett died Friday, March 15, 2019, in Eagle River. He was 63.

    Mr. Bennett was born Dec. 16, 1955, in Ludington, Mich., to Bruce and Carol Bennett.

    He worked as a bus driver for 25 years for
  • Robert Kubinek
    Robert Kubinek, a resident of Three Lakes since the 1970s, died Thursday, March 14, 2019. He was 74. 
    Mr. Kubinek was born March 20, 1944, in Milwaukee to Robert and Fern (née Olkowski) Kubinek.
    He served in the U.S. Army during
  • Retired Major Thomas Joseph Brah was welcomed into the Kingdom of Heaven on the morning of Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019.
    Born on June 20, 1929, to Clarence and Loretta Brah in Milwaukee, Wis., he had two brothers and one sister, Jack Brah, Gene Brah and
  • Walter M. Dunnett
    Walter M. Dunnett, a resident of Wheaton, Ill., died Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at his home. He was 94.

    He was born July 5, 1924, in Tayport, Scotland.

    Mr. Dunnett received his Master of Divinity from
  • Mary B. Jackowski
    Mary B. Jackowski of Algonquin, Ill., died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at her home. She was 76.

    She was born April 5, 1942, in Chicago, Ill., to Stuart and Susan Whitfield, and was raised by her stepfather, Charles Bregi, after Stuart’s death.

    She married
  • Edward Theodore Leising, a resident of Conover since 1990 and formerly of Wau­watosa, died Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Ascension Eagle River Hospital in Eagle River. He was
  • Pauline W. Ostrum, 85, of Rockford, Ill., passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019.

    Born June 8, 1933, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Eleanor Carlson.

    Graduate of
  • George Musil Kveck, formerly of Berwyn, Ill., and Winfield, Ill., died March 7, 2019.  He was 95 years old, born Aug. 28, 1923.
    He was the son of George and Anna (Musil) Kveck.
    He attended schools in
  • James Richard “Jim” Slagle, formerly of Eagle River, died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. He was 88. 

    Mr. Slagle was born Feb. 18, 1931, in Mount Carmel, Ill., to Earl  and Cecil Slagle.

    He graduated from high school in
  • Richard John “Dick” Tijan of Decatur, Ill., died Monday, March 4, 2019, at Aperion Care in Bloomington, Ill. He was 72. 
    Mr. Tijan was born April 8, 1946, in Eagle River to John and Mary Adamovich Tijan.
    He worked for
  • Hollen Edwin ‘Jack’ Valkenaar
    Hollen Edwin “Jack” Valk­enaar died Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at Milestone Senior Living in Eagle River. He was 95.  

    Mr. Valkenaar was born March 10, 1923, in Chicago, Ill., and his family moved to Eagle River when he was 6 years old.

    He attended the one-room school on
  • David Borgwardt
    David Borgwardt of Nee­nah died Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Brewster Village Nursing Home in Appleton. He was 81.

    Mr. Borgwardt was born Dec. 13, 1937, in Mondovi to Merle and Margaret (née Neukom) Borgwardt. 

    After high school, he served in the
  • Edward Czapek, 89, of Homewood, Ill., passed away peacefully on Feb. 17, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

    Ed was a longtime summer resident of Eagle River, Wis., where he spent many happy hours fishing and working with wood in his small boathouse on
  • Matthew Ralph Graczyk
    Matthew Ralph Gra­czyk, age 99, passed away Sunday afternoon, Feb. 24, 2019.
    He was born in Peru, Ill., on Sept. 15, 1919, and grew up in Milwaukee, Wis.
    Matt joined the
  • Edward D. Kolar, age 74, a longtime resident of Land O’ Lakes, Wis., and formerly of Crown Point, Ind., and Groton, Conn., passed away on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at his home.
    Edward was born on
  • Arthur R. Leu, 94, of Charleston, Ill., passed away at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, at Villas of Holly Brook in Charleston. 

    Arthur was born Jan. 6, 1925, in Chicago, Ill., the son of Arthur and Georgia (Steinhelfer) Leu.

    He served in the 
  • Walter J. Lyons, a resident of St. Germain since 1977, died Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at Tomahawk Health Services in Tomahawk. He was 91. 

    Mr. Lyons was born Oct. 15, 1927, in Chicago, Ill., to John and Martha Lyons.

    He served in the
  • Richard A. Peterson passed away on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. He was 79 years old.

    Richard was born on April 27, 1939, in Rhinelander, Wis., the son of Edward and Mabel (née Kurtzweil) Peterson. 

    Richard was a veteran of the
  • Virginia E. ‘Ginny’ Posto
    Virginia Eleanora Pos­to, age 85, of Conover Wis., passed away on Saturday, March 2, 2019, at Dianne’s Home in the Northwoods.

    She was born Aug. 11, 1933, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Waldemar and Helen (née Effertz) Obermann. Ginny was the oldest of four children.

    She married Leonard F. Posto on
  • Carol M. Plourd
    Carol M. Plourd (Dahm), age 67, of Arbor Vitae, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, while enjoying the sun in Casa Grande, Ariz.

    Carol was born on Feb. 25, 1951, in Wausau, Wis., the daughter of Murill and Eleanor (Wesolowski) Dahm.

    She was in the last class to graduate from
  • John Mathew “Jack” Zelinski, age 69, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at home.
    He was born to John E. and Marion J. (Stark) on March 12, 1949, in Antigo, Wis. He was the second eldest of 14 children. Jack moved to Watersmeet, Mich., as a
  • Beverly A. Westenberg
    Beverly A. Westenberg, age 82, a 28-year resident of St. Germain, Wis., and formerly of Rosendale, Wis., passed away on Feb. 24, 2019, in Rhinelander, Wis.
    Beverly was born on
  • Kelsey Lynae Bellman
    Kelsey Lynae Bellman, age 18, from Eagle River, Wis., passed away Feb. 18, 2019.
    She was born Aug. 17, 2000, to Donald Bellman and Gail Schwenn.
    Kelsey graduated from Northland Pines High School in
  • Betty Sheffler
    Betty Sheffler, a five-year resident of St. Germain, and formerly of Langdon, N.D., died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston. She was 76. 
    Mrs. Sheffler was born
  • Gertrude G. ‘Trudy’ Tondreau
    On Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, Ger­trude G. “Trudy” Tondreau of Racine, Wis., soared into heaven.
    She was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Jan. 30, 1926, to Joseph and Marie Kalinowski. Trudy was the oldest of their six children, Benjamin, Rose, Dorothy, Deloris and Joseph. All have preceded her in death except
  • Karl Baumann died Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, at Seasons of Life in Woodruff. He was 86. 
    Mr. Baumann was born Oct. 18, 1932, in Zupanja, Yugoslavia, to George and Elizabeth Baumann.
    In 1955, he emigrated from
  • Barbara “Bobbi” Crass, age 62, a resident of Land O’ Lakes, Wis., passed away at her home on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, after a battle with cancer.
    She was born Aug. 27, 1956, in Milwaukee, Wis., to her parents, Roy and Beria Lewandowski.
    Bobbi graduated from
  • Ronald ‘Fuzz’ Frederick
    Ronald “Fuzz” Frederick died Feb. 12, 2019.
    He was born June 9, 1927, to Walter and Adelaide (Heyer) Frederick in Milwaukee, Wis.
    Ron served in the U.S. Navy on the
  • Jane Helen Guldan
    Jane Hel­en Guldan, 67, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Marshfield Medical Center, after a long illness. 

    A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at St. John’s Catholic Church, Marshfield, with the Rev. Samuel Martin officiating. Burial will take place in
  • Eugene Charles Hoffman
    Eugene Charles Hoffman died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at his home in Edmonton, Ky. 
    Mr. Hoffman was born in Evanston, Ill., to Leonard and Myrtle (Halverson) Hoffman. 
    He grew up in
  • Susan Lea Jensen
    Susan Lea Jensen, age 81, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhine­lander, Wis.
    She was born Nov. 3, 1937, in Racine, Wis., to her parents, Walter and Vera Morse.
    Susan is formerly of
  • Susan Marie Novak
    Susan Marie Novak died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019. She was 63.
    She was born April 22, 1955, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Beverly (née Garcia) and Maurice Borlin. 
    She moved from Des Moines, to
  • Gwynith Ileen Senicka
    Gwynith Ileen Senicka (Coon), age 86, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, at Rennes Nursing Home in Rhinelander, Wis.
    She was born on Feb. 12, 1933, to Margaret Coon (Cole) and Almon Coon in Swanton, Ohio. She had nine siblings, all of whom preceded her in death.
    She was married on
  • Russell F. Steel Jr. died Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill.
    He loved living in St. Germain, the outdoors and taxidermy.
    Waid Funeral Home in Merrill is serving the family.
  • Raymond Arthur Kuka­nich, age 85, of Rhinelander, Wis., died on Feb. 8, 2019, at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander.
    Ray was born on Aug. 29, 1933, in Eagle River, Wis., to Joseph and Julia (Kauzlaric) Kukanich. He was raised in
  • Margaret Ann ‘Snooky’
    Margaret Ann “Snooky” Caroselli of Sayner died Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at the Seasons of Life Hospice House with her family by her side. She was 79.
    Mrs. Caroselli was born May 1, 1939, in
  • Joshua J. Drinkman
    Joshua J. Drinkman of Eagle River died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, due to a workplace accident. He was 30.
    Mr. Drink­man was born June 8, 1988, in Baldwin, to Bruce Drinkman and Debra Doornink.
    He graduated from Glenwood City High School and was employed with
  • Timothy ‘Timmy’ W. 
Ebert II
    Timothy “Timmy” W. Ebert II, age 21, a lifelong resident of St. Germain, Wis., passed away on Feb. 1, 2019.

    He was born April 21, 1997, to Timothy and Peggy Ebert.

    Timmy graduated from Northland Pines High School, class of 2015. He was currently attending
  • Michael “Mike” J. Hillmann of Waukesha, Wis., formerly of Eagle River, Wis., died on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, at the age of 52.

    He was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on
  • Albert V. Mondus Jr.
    Albert V. Mondus Jr., age 77, passed away at his home in Longboat Key, Fla.,  on Jan. 26, 2019, surrounded by his wife and three children, after a yearlong battle with cancer.  

    “Al” was known as a true aviator, spending 36 years as a commercial airline pilot, which he often said without hesitation, “It’s the
  • Margaret ‘Peg’ 
    Margaret Anne LaRock “Peg” Blanchard of Madison, Wis., and Three Lakes, Wis., passed away Jan. 6, 2019, at home after a yearlong battle with uterine cancer.
    Peg was born
  • Anna Fedor
    Anna Fedor, a 24-year resident of Sugar Camp and formerly of Crystal Lake, Ill., died Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at her home. She was 79.
    She was born Jan. 1, 1940, in Gdansk, Poland, to Edmond and Stella Hass.
    Mrs. Fedor enjoyed
  • Laura Lea Fillner, age 79, a two-year resident of Eagle River, Wis., and formerly of Madison, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at her home.

    Laura was born on
  • Elsie Gardner died Jan. 15, 2019, at Milestone Senior Living in Eagle River. She was 87.

    Due to weather and travel concerns, the memorial service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s in Phelps, rather than Jan. 30 as previously scheduled. A visitation will be held
  • John “Jack” Koch of St. Germain died Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. He was 81. 

    Mr. Koch graduated from UW-Madison where he rowed on the varsity crew team and was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. 

    He owned and operated
  • Bob Leystra, a resident of Eagle River, died Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at Ascension Eagle River Hospital. He was 69.

    Mr. Leystra was born Sept. 16, 1949, in Milwaukee, to Fred and Dorothy Lyestra.  

    He served in the U.S. Army during 
  • Isabel “Izzy” Osiecki, age 89, a resident of Conover, Wis., since 1958, passed away at her home on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019.

    Izzy was born on Nov. 14, 1929, in Cudahy, Wis., to John and Mary Otto.

    She was married to her husband of 69 years, Jerry, on 
  • Michael W. Spence
    Michael W. Spence died Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, at his home in Henderson, Nev. He was 62.

    Mr. Spence was born Sept. 23, 1956, to Ilma and Murl Spence in Wisconsin.

    He married Lynda Sept. 10, 1983, in
  • Ruth Luella Coda
    Ruth Lu­ella Coda (née Tews), a resident of St. Germain, Wis., died un­­expectedly on Jan. 19, 2019, at the age of 87.  She was surrounded by her family at the time.
    Ruth was born and raised on the family farm near
  • Elsie Gardner
    Elsie Gardner died Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Milestone Senior Living in Eagle River. She was 87.  

    Mrs. Gardner was born May 14, 1931, to Edward and Matilda Ermis.

    She was formerly of
  • John R. Giebudowski, 81, of Conover, Wis., passed away Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, at his residence with his family by his side.
    John was born in Justice, Ill., on Sunday, July 25, 1937, the son of Joseph and Victoria (Figura) Giebudowski. John lived in Justice.
    He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from
  • Jacquelyn N. Larsen
    Jacquelyn N. Larsen, age 84, passed away peacefully with her family by her side, on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.

    Jackie was born on Nov. 13, 1934, to Harold and Eleonore Nilles of Evanston, Ill.

    She was a longtime resident of
  • Merilyn Carter Penn, age 86, stepped into heaven Dec. 12, 2018.
    She was born Dec. 31, 1931, in Eagle River, Wis., to Frank and Alida Carter. 
    A memorial service will be held on
  • Harvey 
    Harvey Ray, age 85, passed away at Tomahawk Health Services with family members by his side on Jan. 15, 2019.
    He was born May 16, 1933, in Phelps, Wis., to Al and Leona (née Mc Dermott) Ray.
    He moved to
  • Kathryn ‘Kat’ Dale Fancher

    Kathryn “Kat” Dale Fan­cher (née Gay) died on Jan. 9, 2019, at home from complications related to chronic my­­leo­mo­nocytic leu­kemia; her youngest brother, Scott, was at her side.

    Kat was born in

  • Dolores “Dolly” Harrington died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Rhinelander where she resided. She was 93.
    Mrs. Harrington was born April 2, 1925, in Chicago, Ill. 
    She and her husband, Vernon, retired to the North Woods in
  • Jeffrey William Hoeppner of Eagle River died Monday, Dec. 24, 2018, at Marshfield Medical Center. He was 59.
    Mr. Hoeppner was born Aug. 25, 1959, in Milwaukee, to Ronald and Donna Hoeppner.
    He was a
  • Lucille Hegge
    Lucille Catherine Heg­ge passed away Jan. 6, 2019, at Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Rhine­lander, Wis., surrounded by her family.  She was 95.
    Lucille was born Nov. 10, 1923, at her family’s dairy farm near Verona, Wis., to Catherine and John Winkelman.
    She attended school in