Obituaries - Vilas County News-Review
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  • Ervin “Erv” Buell of Phelps died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at his home. He was 79.
    He was born Nov. 9, 1939, to Harold and Mildred Buell.
    Mr. Buell served in the U.S. Army and then worked as a carpenter. He loved to collect things, especially
  • Jan Huppert of St. Germain died Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at her home. She was 63.
    A full obituary will appear in a later edition.
    Bolger Cremation and Funeral Services in Minocqua is serving the family.
  • R. Riley Obenchain, resident of Twin Lakes, Wis., and formerly of Woodstock and Wilmette, Ill., was felled by cancer on Dec. 5, 2018, at the way too young age of 60, with his sister Edith, his brother Sam and nephew Eli, by his side.

    He was an honorable and true son of the late Ralph and Elaine Obenchain, big-heart­ed brother to Abigail, devoted and cherished brother to Edith, fellow
  • Dorothy ‘Dottie’ M. Schwalbe
    Dorothy “Dottie” M. Schwalbe, age 89, of the town of Sugar Camp, Wis., died at home with her family at her side, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018.
    She was born on Aug. 19, 1929, in Highland Park, Il., the daughter of Willis and Lillian Dever Sr.
    Dottie was a 1947 graduate of
  • Linda Bender, a resident of Conover, died Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, at her home. She was 69.

    Ms. Bender was born April 18, 1949, to Gilbert and Eunice Radke in Montana.

    She was employed by Hilgy’s LP Gas for 15 years in the
  • John ‘J.B.’ Bishop
    John “J.B.” Bishop, age 59, a resident of the Eagle River area since 1981, passed away on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at Ascension Eagle River Hospital.
    John was born in Grand Rapids, Minn., on Aug. 5, 1959, to Joe and Dolly Bishop.
    He was very active in the Eagle River hockey program, Whitetails Inc. and
  • Crystal Borchardt
    Crystal Borchardt, a resident of Eagle River, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at her home. She was 55. 

    Mrs. Borchardt was born Dec. 6, 1962, in Black River Falls to Edward and Marie Meacham.  

    She loved family gatherings, gardening and her
  • Ruth V. Dambeck, a resident of North Land O’ Lakes, Mich., since 1972 and formerly of Milwaukee, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, at Aspirus Iron River Hospital in Iron River, Mich. She was 89.
    Mrs. Dambeck was born
  • Gina Molgaard, age 87, passed away Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at Bolton Lake Cottage in Lac du Flambeau, Wis.
    Gina was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Feb. 1, 1931, to Alex and Agnes Gabardi.
    She graduated from North Division High School and attended
  • Terry Olson, age 69, a lifelong resident of Phelps, Wis., and Eagle River, Wis., passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at his home.
    He was born on May 17, 1949, in Phelps, to Sylvan and Ellen Olson.
    He was a 1967 graduate of
  • Fritz Schwartz
    Fritz Schwartz, a longtime resident of Three Lakes and formerly of Waukesha, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, after a short stay at Friendly Village in Rhinelander. He was 83. 
    Mr. Schwartz was born
  • Fern Erickson, a resident of Eagle River and Mesa, Ariz., died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. She was 89. 
    Mrs. Erickson was born April 9, 1929, in Eagle River to Edward and Lillian Bruns­wick. 
    She was a volunteer for
  • William “Bill” Morris, a five year resident of Arbor Vitae and Florida, died at his home Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. He was 58. 
    Mr. Morris was born Sept. 13, 1960, in Milwaukee to David and Lucille Morris. 
    He worked for many years as a
  • Sophie Petreikis
    Sophie Petreikis, age 99, of Peotone, Ill., passed away on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, at home.
    She was born on Oct. 16, 1919, in Kamajai, Lithuania.
    She married the late Joseph M. Petreikis Sr. in
  • Dec. 14, 1957 - Nov. 24, 2018

    Steven Joseph Slizewski, age 60, of Wausau, Wis., died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at home with his family by his side, after a brief struggle with cancer.
    Steve was born on

  • Mark Schneider, a resident of Phelps, died Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. He was 61.

    Mr. Schneider was born June 2, 1957, to William and Lillian Schneider.

    He enjoyed
  • Weston 'Walleye Wes' Zilis
    Weston “Walleye Wes” Zilis, age 79, a resident of Land O’ Lakes, Wis., since 1994, and formerly of Chicago, Ill., passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, at his home.
    Wes was born on
  • Sandra Diane Findlay
    Sandra Diane Findlay of Three Lakes died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at her home. She was 75. 

    She was born Jan. 29, 1943, to Lawrence and Gloria (née Temen) Majewski.

    Ms. Findlay was formerly from
  • Joline S. Flack
    Joline S. (Hastings) Flack, 51, Tilden Township resident, passed away peacefully Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at the Marquette County Medical Care Facility with her loving family by her side, following a two-month struggle with a brain aneurysm.

    Joline was born
  • Yvonne A. Kilps (née Bray) of Eagle River, Wis., born July 6, 1936, passed away on Nov. 14, 2018, at the age of 82 years.

    Funeral service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, at Molthen-Bell Funeral Home in South Milwaukee, Wis., at 11 a.m., with visitation at the funeral home from
  • Wilford ‘Bill’ Lund
    Wilford “Bill” Lund, age 85, a 27-year resident of Eagle River, Wis., and formerly of De Pere, Wis., passed away on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, at Ascension Eagle River Hospital surrounded by his wife and children.
    Bill was born on
  • Michael Majewski
    Michael Majewski of Three Lakes died Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at his home. He was 71.

    He was born Aug. 25, 1947, to Lawrence and Gloria (née Temen) Majewski.

    Mr. Majewski served in the U.S. Army during
  • William “Bill” S. Moore
    William “Bill” S. Moore of Phelps, Wis., and Appleton, Wis., passed away at his home in Appleton on Nov. 14, 2018. When asked his age he told people he was 25 years old with 50 years of experience.

    He was born on
  • Tim O’Brien
    Tim O’Brien of Eagle River died Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at his home. He was 54.
    Mr. O’Brien attended St. Peter’s Catholic School, Northland Pines High School, UW-Eau Claire and Arizona State University. 
    He spent most of his adult life working in
  • Dorothy “Dottie” Rose Eckel, age 92, of Hermantown, Minn., and formerly of Brookfield, Wis., Three Lakes, Wis., and Eagle River, Wis., was welcomed into her heavenly home on Nov. 10, 2018.

    Dorothy was born
  • Gary Jay Fisher, a resident of Watersmeet, Mich., and formerly of Barrington, Ill., died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at his home. He was 77.  
    Mr. Fisher was born April 30, 1941, in Berwyn, Ill., to Joseph and Mildred Fisher.  
    He was a graduate of
  • Darlene ‘Dolly’ Hedberg
    Darlene Mary “Dolly” Hedberg, a resident of Con­over, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Rhinelander. She was 78. 
    Darlene was born Aug. 22, 1940, in Phelps, to Eric and Marge Hedberg. 
    She worked for many years at
  • Dale E. Hitchcock
    Dale E. Hitchcock of De Pere died Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, at Angel’s Touch Assisted Living Facility in De Pere. He was 75.
    Mr. Hitchcock was born May 7, 1943, in Racine, to Donald and Marjorie (née Waehler) Hitchcock. 
    He attended
  • Pauline “Polly” McCor­mick, 84, of Sayner, Wis., passed away with family by her side at the Milwaukee Catholic Home, Milwaukee, Wis., on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018.
    She was born
  • Betty Jane Peterson
    Betty Jane Peterson (née Peschek) peacefully went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 10 p.m. Betty was 90 years old.
    She suffered an extensive stroke on March 10, 2018, and moved from
  • Agnes Hendrickson Anderson
    Agnes Hendrickson Anderson died Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. She was 100.
    Mrs. Anderson was born Jan. 21, 1918, to Fin­nish immigrant parents, Selma and August Hendrickson.
    She attended the one-room schoolhouse on Chicago Avenue in
  • Matthew James Arndt of Eagle River died unexpectedly at his home Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. He was 37.

    Mr. Arndt was born Nov. 24, 1980.

    A memorial will be held
  • Glenn Bennett Jr.
    Glenn Bennett Jr. of Three Lakes died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, at home surrounded by family. He was 67. 
    Mr. Bennett was born Aug. 25, 1951, in Evanston, Ill. 
    He was a fireman for a total of 37 years between
  • Donald ‘Bill’ Beseler
    Donald “Bill” Beseler of Woodruff, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at his home. He was 95.

    He was born April 22, 1923, in Marsh­field, to William and Cora (neé Brickheimer) Beseler. 

    He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during
  • Dale John Borowski
    Dale John Borowski, 75, of Mountain Home, Ark., passed away late Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018.
    He was born to Walter (Wally) and Edith (Beachtel) Borowski in Milwaukee, Wis., on March 30, 1943.
    After graduating high school, he worked for
  • Virgil R. ‘Bud’ Coulthurst
    Virgil R. “Bud” “Papa” Coulthurst, age 91, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. Thanks to the loving care of his children, he was able to remain in his home until his passing.

    He was born in
  • Dr. Louis J. Gorz, O.D., F.A.A.O.
    Louis was born Oct. 18, 1926, in Eagle River, Wis., and passed away Oct. 25, 2018, at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander, Wis.
    He  was the youngest of 10 children born to Louis and Katharine (Bartoli) Gorz, immigrants from Austria. 
    Raised on the family homestead, he attended
  • Nancy L. Hadler
    Nancy L. Hadler, (née Engels) of Conover, formerly of Elk Grove Village, Ill., died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, at Alexian Brothers Hospice Residence in Elk Grove Village. ?She was 77.
    She was born in
  • Lorraine Senter
    Lorraine (née Nelson) Senter, 86, of Kenosha, Wis.,  went home to Heaven on Oct. 28, 2018.

    She was born Nov. 20, 1931, in Morton, Minn.

    Lorraine grew up in
  • Nancy L. Hadler
    Nancy L. Hadler, (née Engels) of Conover, formerly of Elk Grove Village, Ill., died Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, at Alexian Brothers Hospice Residence in Elk Grove Village. She was 77.
    She was born in Chicago.
    Mrs. Hadler was
  • Dennis G. Hall, a lifelong resident of Arbor Vitae, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at the Avanti Health and Rehabilitation Center in Minocqua. He was 78.

    Mr. Hall was born Oct. 3, 1940, to Kenneth and Pearl (née Carlson) Hall.

    He worked for
  • Florence “Floie” Holewin­ski, a resident of Sugar Camp for most of her life, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at her home. She was 84.

    Ms. Holewinski was born Sept. 6, 1934, in Chicago, Ill., to Harold and Florence Boettcher. 

    She was a retired postal carrier in Rhinelander as well as a member of
  • Joseph D. Keenan Jr.
    Joseph D. Keenan Jr., 97, of Eagle River, Wis., died Saturday, Oct. 27 at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Wisconsin, of sudden cardiac arrest. 
    “Big Joe,” as he was affectionately known to his legions of friends and family, was born Sept. 20, 1921, in Chicago, Ill. He was the son of Chicago labor leader Joseph Keenan, who was
  • Robert Kiser ‘Bob’ Rosenak
    Robert Kiser “Bob” Rosenak, age 78, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah, Wis.
    He was born Oct. 5, 1940, in Indianapolis, Ind., son of the late Dr. Bernard D. and Fannie (Kiser) Rosenak.  
    Bob attended
  • William James Wehrmeyer
    William James Wehrmeyer of Conover died Tuesday, May 15, 2018. He was 87.
    Mr. Wehrmeyer was born Oct. 11, 1930.
    He served in the U.S. Marines during the Korean War and was
  • Roxanne Burkum, a resident of Three Lakes, formerly of Rolling Meadows, Ill., Elk Grove Village, Ill., and Arlington Heights, Ill., died unexpectedly Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau. She was 64.  
    A memorial service will be held
  • Alice M. Drallmeier
    Alice M. Drallmeier, of Eagle River, died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. She was 74.
    Mrs. Drallmeier was born July 3, 1944, in Chicago, Ill., to George and Alice (née Smid) Palacek.
    She married
  • Robin W. Jones
    Robin W. Jones (née Wiessinger) of Kaukau­na, Wis., age 55, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at home.
    She was born on Jan. 22, 1963, in Eagle River, Wis., to Richard and Phyllis (Pifke) Wies­singer.
    Robin was a UW-Whitewater graduate, achieving a Bachelor of Science in
  • Richard Henry Wohlleber, born Oct. 5, 1931, to Margaret and Henry Wohlleber, died on Oct. 14, 2018.
    He married the love of his life, Nancy Shirza, on Feb. 14, 1955.
    Together they raised and were the loving parents of
  • Ruth Hessen, a longtime resident of St. Germain and recently of Schofield, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, in Schofield. She was 94. 
    Mrs. Hessen was born March 6, 1924, in Chicago, Ill., to Herman and Margaret Hansen. 
    She and her husband owned and operated
  • Walter ‘Terry’ Lutz Jr.
    Walter “Terry” Lutz Jr., age 78, of Hartford, Wis., passed away peacefully at home Friday, Oct. 12, 2018.
    Terry was born Oct. 13, 1940, in Haddonfield, N.J., to Walter and Ann (Wingert) Lutz Sr.
    Terry was a dedicated husband of 51 years to
  • Robert J. Williams

    Oct. 17, 1939 - Sept. 28, 2018

    Robert J Williams, age 78, of Gary, Ind., Three Lakes, Wis., and currently, New Carlisle, Ind., passed away peacefully at Miller’s Mer­r­y Manor.
    He was born

  • Richard Henry Wohlleber died Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. He was 87. 
    Mr. Wohlleber was born
  • William C. ‘Bill’ Landwehr
    William C. “Bill” Landwehr, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., passed away on Oct. 3, 2018. He was 77 years old.  
    Bill was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Sept. 19, 1941, to Frank and LaVerna Landwehr.
    He graduated from
  • Gertrude ‘Trudy’ A. Reed
    Gertrude “Trudy” A. Reed, age 74, of Phelps, Wis., passed away on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at Phelps Care in Phelps.
    She was born on Oct. 11, 1943, in Phelps, the daughter of the late Archie and Anna (Hall) Lincoln.
    Trudy married
  • Peter Groth of Three Lakes died Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at his home. He was 75.  

    Mr. Groth was born Feb. 6, 1943, in Milwaukee. 

    He was a resident of