OBITUARIES - Vilas County News-Review
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  • William K. ‘Bill’ Green
    William K. “Bill” Green, loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle, passed away at Howard Young Medical Center on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, with his family at his side. 
    He will
  • Claudette Muetlein
    Claudette Muetlein, age 86, a resident of Three Lakes, Wis., and formerly of Beaver Dam, Wis., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, at Rennes Health and Rehab in Rhinelander, Wis. 
    She was born in
  • Bob Kelly
    Bob Kelly died suddenly Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021, at his cabin on Big Sand Lake in Phelps. He was 85. 

    After a career as a Navy pilot and 32 years as a commercial airline pilot, Mr. Kelly spent his
  • Nola Sue Richards
    Nola Sue Richards, age 81 of St. Germain, Wis. God Our Savior has called Nola, on Oct. 5, 2021, home to be with him and her beloved husband, Don, who preceded her to heaven on Feb. 3, 2021.
    Nola was born in
  • Harold ‘Pete’ Petersen
    Harold “Pete” Petersen died Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, at his home in St. Germain after a long battle with cancer. He was 86.

    Mr. Petersen served in the U.S. Army where he met his wife, Ayako, while stationed in Japan.  

    He joined
  • Christine L. Bell
    Christine L. Bell, Age 77, of Anoka, Minn., passed away Thursday, Sept. ­30, 2021.  
    Christine was born May 20, 1944, to Clarence “Butch” and Mildred Sell and grew up in Eagle River, Wis.
    In young adulthood, she
  • Glen ‘Frosty’ Faust
    Glen “Frosty” Faust of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at the age of 65. 
    He graduated Eagle River High School in 1973.  Following graduation, he served his country in the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Plymouth Rock as a boiler technician from
  • Carol Taylor
    Carol Taylor, a resident of Sayner and Florida, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, in Tavares, Fla. She was 79. 

    She was born in Milwaukee and graduated from Notre Dame High School, and then attended Milwaukee Area Technical College, Layton School of Art and
  • Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Johnson
    Kenneth “Kenny” Johnson, age 78, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away on Sept. 29, 2021. 
    Kenny was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Nov. 18, 1942. 
    He was predeceased by
  • Robert ‘Bob’ Splinter
    Robert “Bob” Splinter passed away surrounded by his family on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, at the age of 88.

    Beloved husband of 53 years to the late Joanne (née Albrecht). Loving dad of Daniel (Lynne Cobb) Splinter, Terri (Eric) Frank, the late Robbie Splinter and the late
  • Brent Thorgren, age 70, a resident of Phelps, Wis., since 2009 and formerly of Rockland, Mich., passed away at his home on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021.
    Brent was born on March 5, 1951, to William and Betty Thorgren in Hobart, Ind.  
    He loved
  • Jason Andrew Tomlanovich
    With deepest sorrow, we announce that Jason Andrew Tomlanovich, born Sept. 30, 1971, our beloved son, brother, family member and friend passed suddenly on Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021.
    Those who knew Jason, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives. Jason graduated from
  • Janice M. Giese
    Janice M. Giese, age 81, passed away Feb. 4, 2021, at Heritage Senior Living in Middleton, Wis.  
    She was born May 14, 1939, in Conover, Wis., to Leonard and Pearl (Thresher) Johnson.
    Janice graduated from
  • William Samuel Jones
    William Samuel Jones passed away at Whispering Pines in Plover, Wis., on Sept. 21, 2021, at the age of 82. 
    He was born in Racine, Wis., on May 17, 1939, the son of William Samuel Sr. and Elizabeth (Daniel) Jones, both of whom preceded him in death. 
    William grew up on
  • Beverley Rose Klemp
    Beverley Rose Klemp, age 77, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away Sept. 22, 2021, at Friendly Village in Rhinelander, Wis.
    Beverley was born on Jan. 13, 1944, in Green Bay, Wis., to Lewis and Margaret (Welch) Price.  
    Beverley (Price) married
  • Gerald ‘Jerry’ Struck
    Gerald “Jerry” Struck, 48, of Campbellsport, Wis., found peace on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.
    He was born on Dec. 6, 1972, to Glenn and Mary “Betty” (née Kopanski) Struck in Phelps, Wis.
    Jerry grew up in
  • Gerald Walter Kehl
    Gerald Walter Kehl of Sayner died Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021. He was 79.

    He was born May 8, 1942, and raised in Racine.

    He graduated from
  • Frederick R. Moore of Phelps died Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.  
    He was born Oct. 17, 1937, in Antigo, to Dr. George and Jessie Moore. 
    Mr. Moore graduated from
  • Memorial set for Roberts
    A celebration of life for Judith Roberts will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m. at O’Brien’s Pub in Eagle River. 
    The public is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served.
    Ms. Roberts was born Jan. 9, 1945. She died Sept. 21, 2021, at Seasons of Life in Woodruff. She was 76.
  • Walter Frederick Marty
    Whether rescuing a fawn from a newly poured foundation, welcoming a starving stray cat into his arms on a cold spring day or the affection he showed for all family and neighborhood pets, Walter Marty will be remembered as a lover of all creatures great and small. 
    Walter Frederick Marty was born
  • Ernest ‘John’ Swenson
    Ernest “John” Swenson of Casselberry, Fla., died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021, at his home. He was 79.
    Mr. Swenson was born Feb. 15, 1942, in Waverly, Iowa, to Edna (née Schrader) and Ernest Swenson.
    He served in
  • Terry Knitt, age 66, a resident of St. Germain, Wis., since 1979 passed away on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, Wis.
    Terry was born on
  • Thomas James Atchison Sr.
    Thomas James Atchison Sr.,  born March 14, 1928, to the late Helen Elizabeth (née Machler) and Edward John Atchison in Evanston, Ill. 
    Tom met the love of his life Patricia A. Lechner, and they married on Feb. 8, 1949.  
    For 75 years, Tom and Pat enjoyed spending summers in
  • Dedra ‘Dee Dee’ Hartman
    Dedra “Dee Dee” Hartman, age 58, passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, at Marshfield Hospital from complications caused by blood clots.
    Dee Dee was born
  • Kathryn ‘Trink’ Hansen
    Kathryn “Trink” Hansen, age 74, a resident of Watersmeet, Mich., and formerly of Phelps and Land O’ Lakes, Wis., passed away on Sept. 11, 2021, at her home.  
    She was born in
  • Terry Knitt of St. Germain died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at Howard Young Medical Center in Wood­ruff. She was 66.
    A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. at St. Germain United Church of Christ. Visitation will be
  • George ‘Sonny’ Peacock
    George “Sonny” Peacock of Watersmeet, Mich., died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021, at his home. He was 83.
    He was born Aug. 16, 1938, in Watersmeet to George “Valda” and Hazel (née Orsborn) Peacock.
    He graduated from high school in
  • A memorial service for Gary L. “Gooch” Pockat will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Sayner. 

    A gathering will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. A luncheon at the church will follow the service.

    Mr. Pockat died Aug. 26, 2021. He was 60.
  • A memorial service for James “Jim” Van Haverbeke of Eagle River will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, at 10:30 a.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Eagle River.

    Visitation will be
  • Gordon Ernest Johnson
    Gordon Ernest Johnson of Land O’ Lakes died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. He was 88. 

    He was born April 29, 1933, in Ironwood, Mich., to Ernest and Gertrude (née Lee) Johnson. 

    He graduated from
  • Gary L. ‘Gooch’ Pockat
    Gary L. “Gooch” Pockat of St. Germain died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2021, at Wau­sau Aspirus Hospital. He was 60. 

    He was born April 14, 1961, at Holy Family Hospital in Manitowoc to Patsy and Donald Pockat of Say­ner.  

    Mr. Pockat grew up on
  • Jack Robert Reed
    Jack Robert Reed of Rice Lake died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021, at his home. He was 74.

    He was born April 14, 1947, in Antigo to John and Kathryn Reed of Eagle River.  

    He graduated from
  • Donald J. Stevens
    Donald J. Stevens, of Watersmeet, Mich., died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, at Marquette Hospital in Marquette, Mich. He was 77.
    He was born Oct. 14, 1943, in Watersmeet to Ray and Eleanor Stevens.
    He graduated from Watersmeet High School, then enlisted in the U.S. Army. He
  • Monica Katherine Hewitt
    Monica Katherine Hewitt of Minocqua died Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, in Minneapolis, Minn. She was 85.
    She was born Nov. 10, 1935, in Joliet, Ill., to Jack and Viola (née Girard) Spotofora.
    She married Clyde Hewitt May 22, 1955.
    She enjoyed gardening, watching classic
  • Roger Paul Klinter
    Roger Paul Klinter, age 88, passed away Aug. 26, 2021, with family at his side.
    Roger was born in Bay View, Wis., on March 21, 1933. 
    He graduated from Bay View High School and shortly after joined the U.S. Army. He served two years during the Korean War. He was a proud veteran.
     Around this time, he met Gloria Wallk. After about a week of romance,
  • Muriel Reller
    Muriel Reller (Dotson) passed away on Aug. 24, 2021, of natural causes.
    Muriel was born on May 1, 1933, in Eagle River, Wis.
    In the 1950s, Muriel moved to Montana and began working in the banking industry, and was married to Kenneth Weidman.
    After Kenneth’s untimely death, Muriel married her husband, Gerald “Jerry,”
  • Nancy R. Schmid
    ancy R. Schmid, a resident of Cambridge, Wis., and a summer resident of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away on Aug. 28, 2021, at Columbia Health Care Center at age 88. 
    She was born on May 16, 1933, in Pratt, Kan., to Orrin and Ruth Russell.
    Nancy graduated from St. John High School in Kansas and then earned a degree in business and Spanish from the University of Kansas (KU). 
    She married Alvin “Al” Schmid of Milwaukee,
  • Donald J. Stevens of Watersmeet, Mich., died Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. He was 77.

    Visitation will be Saturday, Sept. 4, from 1-2 p.m. at Watersmeet Bible Church. A funeral service will follow at 2 p.m.

    A full obituary will appear in next week’s edition.
  • A Celebration of Life for Mary Niebuhr, of Eagle River and Punta Gorda, Fla., will be held Saturday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Eagle Harbor Community Center, located at 8276 M-26 in Eagle Harbor, Mich.

    Mrs. Niebuhr died March 29, 2021. She was 76.
  • A memorial service for husband and wife, Robert Irving Stern and Sue Ann Ruth (née Griffin) Stern, of Sayner and Green Valley, Ariz., will be held Saturday, Sept. 11, at 10 a.m. at the Sayner Park pavilion. Face masks are optional.
    Mrs. Stern died Nov. 2, 2020. She was 75.
    Mr. Stern died Nov. 14, 2019. He was 75.
  • Kaye Krueger of Three Lakes, Wis., formerly of Oak Lawn, Ill., passed away on Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. 
    Kaye was born July 30, 1937, in Chicago, Ill., to Martin and Louise Fitzpatrick.
    She married
  • John W. Lyons
    John W. Lyons, age 78, a resident of Three Lakes, Wis., and formerly of West Allis, Wis., died Monday, Aug. 16, 2021, at his home surrounded by his family.  

    John was born in
  • Robert E. ‘Bob’ Naniot
    Robert E. Naniot, known as Bob to friends and family, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021, at his home in Eagle River, Wis., surrounded by loved ones. 
    Bob was born in
  • Services slated for Adamovich
    A Celebration of Life for Eugene “Gene” Adamovich, a lifelong resident of Eagle River, will be held Saturday, Aug. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Kalmar Community Center in Eagle River.

    Mr. Adamovich died
  • Marilyn J. Campbell (née Zautke)
    Marilyn J. Campbell (née Zautke) went home to her Lord on Aug. 10, 2021. 
    Married for 51 years to her devoted and loving husband, Wayne. 
    Dear mother to 
  • Chief Master Sergeant William H. Hanson (USAF Ret.) born to Eternal Life Aug. 9, 2021, at the age of 95.
    He was born Feb. 8, 1926, in Conover, Wis., to Gustav and Blanche (Pelong) Hanson. 
    Beloved husband for 61 years of
  • Meghan Joy Kobach
    Meghan Joy Kobach, a resident of Eagle River, died unexpectedly Sunday Aug. 8, 2021. She was 40.
    She was born May 3, 1981, in Stevens Point to John and Joan Kobach. 
    Ms. Kobach graduated from
  • Kurt A. Kroll
    Kurt A. Kroll, age 76, of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away on Aug. 8, 2021, at Marshfield Medical Center, Marshfield, Wis., after a brief and complicated illness.
    Kurt was born on
  • Clyde E. ‘Scotty’ Scott
    Clyde E. “Scotty” Scott, age 81, of Land O’ Lakes (Minocqua), Wis., passed away peacefully on Aug. 13, 2021, with family by his side.
    Clyde was born in Springfield, Ill., attended Springfield High School, and received his degree from DeVry University in Chicago, Ill. 
    After receiving his degree, Clyde worked as a civilian for
  • A memorial Mass for Joan V. Belliveau will be held Saturday, Aug. 21, at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Wood­ruff. 

    Mrs. Belliveau died July 3, 2021. She was 91.

    Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services in Woodruff is serving the family.
  • Doris M. ‘Dodo’ Close
    Doris M. “Dodo” Close, a longtime resident of Eagle River and formerly of Huntington Beach, Calif., died Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, at Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Rhinelander. She was 97.

    She was born
  • Michael Alan Friddle of Conover died Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, at Marshfield Medical Center-Weston. He was 63.

    He was born May 16, 1958, in Kenosha to Donald and Barbara Friddle.  

    Mr. Friddle was a welder for
  • Michael A. ‘Mike’ Pergolski
    Michael A. “Mike” Pergolski of St. Germain died Saturday, July 24, 2021, at his home. He was 71.
    Mr. Pergolski was born  April 7, 1950, in Wausau, to the late Leonard and Lorraine (née Herzog) Pergol­ski. 
    He attended
  • Lois Aleatha Pietz
    Lois Aleatha Pietz, age 100, died Aug. 7, 2021, at Rennes Health and Rehab in Weston, Wis.
    She was born on Feb. 19, 1921, in Waupaca, Wis., to the late Edward and Selma Bauer.
    She married
  • Sharon A. Tess
    Sharon A. Tess of Eagle River died Monday, Aug. 2, 2021, at Ascension Eagle River Hospital in Eagle River. She was 76. 

    Mrs. Tess was born May 8, 1945, in Milwaukee to the late Emery and Mary Ann Marr. 

    She married
  • Goldsworthy memorial set
    A memorial service for Doris Goldsworthy of Three Lakes will be held Saturday, Aug. 28, at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River. 

    Visitation will be held at 10 a.m., with a service at 11 a.m. 

    Family and friends are invited to gather at
  • A Celebration of Life service for Donna R. Hemauer of St. Germain will be held Saturday, Aug. 14, at 1:30 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Eagle River.
    Visitation will be
  • A memorial gathering for Violet “Vi” May will be held Saturday, Aug. 14, from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Germain United Church of Christ (UCC). A service will be held at 11 a.m. with burial. A luncheon will follow at the church.

    Mrs. May died
  • Sandra M. Bringman
    Sandra “Sis” Bringman of Three Lakes, died Friday July 30, 2021.  She was 77.
    She was born July 13, 1944, in Rhinelander, to Stanley and Marjorie (née Olkowski) Rychlock. 
    Mrs. Bringman spent many years living in
  • Thomas Allan Curtiss
    Thomas Allan Curtiss went to be with his Lord July 25, 2021, in Marshfield, Wis., at the age of 87.
    He was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1934 to Charles and Jess (Cameron) Curtiss.  
    He graduated from
  • Gerald ‘Jerry’ ‘Coach Koz’ Koslowski
    Gerald "Jerry" "Coach Koz" Koslowski, longtime resident of Three Lakes, Wis., died Friday, July 23, 2021, at Howard Young Medical Center. 
    He was born July 1, 1940, in Menasha, Wis. He was a 1958 graduate of Menasha High School, and a 1962 graduate of UW-Oshkosh, where he studied history and English, and
  • Ed Koberle, a resident of Phelps, died Monday, July 26, 2021, at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander. He was 82.

    He was born in Sugar Camp on March 25, 1939, to Otto and Lillian Koberle. 

    Mr. Koberle was
  • Michael ‘Mike’ A. Pergolski
    Michael “Mike” A. Pergolski of St. Germain, died at his home July 24, 2021. He was 71.
    Mr. Pergolski was born  April 7, 1950, in Wausau, the son of the late Leonard and Lorraine (Herzog) Pergolski. He attended Wausau Senior High School, graduating in
  • Helen G. Stempinski
    Helen G. Stempinski of St. Germain, died Thursday, July 29, 2021 at Minocqua Health and Rehabilitation. She was 93.
    She was born June 8, 1928, in Milwaukee, the daughter of John and Mary (née Knitter) Ziarniak. 
    She married
  • Otto Henry Scharpf
    Otto Henry Scharpf, age 84, a resident of Hiles/Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully Sunday, July 25, 2021.  
    Otto was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Oct. 12, 1936, to Otto and Paula Scharpf. 
    Otto received a master’s degree in
  • A celebration of life will be held for Kristine Ann “Kris” Gerhart on Sunday, Aug. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. at 5826 Zeman Road, Eagle River. Mrs. Gerhart died Nov. 24, 2020. 

    For directions, call Shari at (715) 479-3857 or Sue at (715) 546-3698. Memorials can be made to a local animal shelter.
  • A Celebration of Life for Frances L. Stevens of Eagle River will be held Saturday, Aug. 7, at 3 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post at 418 W. Pine St. in Eagle River.
    Mrs. Stevens died June 7, 2021, at home. She was 96.