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  • Robert Jensen
    Robert John Jensen, formerly of Three Lakes, Wis., died Sept. 20, 2022, at Care Partners under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care. He was 89 years old. 

    Robert was born in Chicago, Ill., on Sept. 29, 1932 to the late John and Dagmar (Jorgensen) Jensen.  

    Bob married
  • Thomas D. Tellier
    Thomas D. Tellier, age 86, a resident of Land O’ Lakes, Wis., and formerly of Grafton, Wis., passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022, at his home.  

    Mr. Tellier was born
  • Cynthia “Cindy” Geib (née Osgood), 73, of Land O’ Lakes, Wis., passed away suddenly on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. 

    Cindy was born on June 12, 1949, to Seth and Anne Osgood in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Mundelein High School in Illinois, then earned her teaching degree in
  • Robert Matthews
    Robert “Bob” Cole Matthews, age 57, born September 9, 1965, passed peacefully on September 13, 2022, receiving his crown of life which God has promised to those who love Him. 

    Bob was
  • Vicki Ann Wille
    Vicki Ann Wille, of Three Lakes, died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in her home following surgery. She was 66. 

    She enjoyed spending time with her loved ones camping, fishing, and spending time outdoors.

    Mrs. Wille was preceded in death by
  • Patricia M. Bridenbaugh
    Patricia M. Bridenbaugh, 85, of North Fond du Lac, Wis., went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.

    She was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Feb. 5, 1937.

    Patricia was united in marriage to
  • Raymond “Ray” Grabowski of Eagle River died Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2022. He was 85.

    He worked in research and development in electronics and batteries.

    His hobbies included
  • Joan M. Hendrickson
    Joan M. Hendrickson died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. She was 86.

    She was born April 24, 1936, in Milwaukee, to Edward and Rose Stadler.

    She married
  • Leatrice Joy Katzer
    Leatrice Joy Lillian Katzer, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away on Sunday, June 5, 2022, in Milford, Ind., at the age of 87.

    Joy was born in Wauwatosa, Wis., on Dec. 23, 1934, to Clair and Gertrude Lodes. She was the third child of four children.

    She married
  • Keith Kohls
    Keith Kohls, age 84, a 20-year resident of Conover, Wis., and formerly of West Bend, Wis., and Sheboygan, Wis., passed away on Saturday, Sept. 10, 2022, at his home.

    Keith was born
  • Dana Denise Modjewski
    Dana Denise Modjewski, 49, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully on Aug. 31, 2022, after a courageous battle with cancer. 

    Dana was born Feb. 7, 1973, in Rhinelander, Wis., to Charles and JoRene (Pitlik) Youngman.

    Dana was educated at
  • Charlotte Marie (Kivisto) Stoltzfus
    Charlotte Marie (née Kivisto) Stoltzfus, formerly of Eagle River, died Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, at the Bird House hospice facility in Iowa City, Iowa. She was 82.

    She was born Jan. 18, 1940, in Chicago, Ill., and grew up in Eagle River raised by her great uncle and aunt, Frederick and Josefina Kivisto.

    She worked at
  • A celebration of life for Genevieve “Jean” Smith will be held Saturday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m.

    The celebration will be held at her home at 3283 Highway 70 E. in Eagle River.

    Mrs. Smith died
  • Patricia M. Bridenbaugh, 85, of North Fond du Lac and formerly St. Germain, died Thursday, Sept. 1, 2022.

    She was 85.

    Visitation is
  • William Louis Meyer
    William Louis Meyer died Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, after a long battle with dementia. He was 86.

    He was born May 18, 1936, and grew up in West Allis.

    Mr. Meyer joined
  • Matthew Ryan Richter

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    On Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, Matthew Ryan Richter lost his hard-fought battle of over 10 years to Huntington’s disease.

    Matt was

  • Michael Saucke
    Michael Eugene “Mike” Saucke, 72, of Watertown, Wis., passed away on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, at Froedtert Hospital of Milwaukee, Wis.

    Mike was born Oct. 22, 1949, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of Eugene and Miriam (Marlenee) Saucke.

    In 1997, he
  • Michael Wiess
    Michael “Weasel” Wiess passed away peacefully at his Conover, Wis., home on Sept. 1, 2022, after his battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was 69. 

    Michael was born in Racine, Wis., on May 14, 1953, to John and Betty (Whyte) Wiess.

    He grew up in
  • Genevieve “Jean” Smith, a resident of Eagle River, died Friday, Aug. 26, 2022. She was 79.

    She was born Jan. 19, 1943, in Lafayette, to Albert and Mary Vugrinec. 

    Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by
  • A celebration of life will be held for Susan “Sue” Hannam Saturday, Sept. 10 at the Reiter Center, located at 1858 S. Michigan St. in Three Lakes.

    Guests will be greeted starting at 11 a.m. A memorial service will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon.

    Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (Susan Hannam Memorial) at alz.org.
  • Joyce A. Ludtke
    Joyce A. (Hegemann) Ludtke passed away on Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. She was 82.

    Joyce was born May 19, 1940, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Elmer and Rose (Bralick) Hegemann. 

    Joyce graduated from
  • Michael Patrick McFarland
    Michael Patrick McFarland passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, on August 8, 2022. He was 72 years old.

    Michael was born in Ossining, N.Y., in 1949. The family moved to the Chicago area in 1954, where he gained his younger siblings and finished growing up. In 1981, he moved his own family to
  • Thomas ‘Tom’ Hoeft
    Thomas “Tom” Hoeft of St. Germain died Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. He was 63.

    He was born Dec. 9, 1959, to Paul Hoeft and Betty (née Kitzke) Rauch, in Milwaukee, where he grew up.

    He graduated from
  • Virginia “Ginny” Leigh Mathews, 74, of Eagle River, Wis., died on Aug. 12, 2022, after fighting a long battle with dementia.

    Ginny was born on Oct. 26, 1947, in Wausau, Wis., to Paul and Freda Schultz. Ginny graduated from Wausau High School in 1966.

    She loved
  • Roberta ‘Bertie’ May
    Roberta “Bertie” May, a long-time resident of Watersmeet, Mich., joined her loved ones in eternal life on Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. Bertie passed peacefully at home.

    Born in
  • Alice Vonau
    Alice Vonau of Woodruff, Wis., died on Aug. 11, 2022. She had reached 90 years of age at the time of her death.

    She was born in Pittsfield, Ill., on Nov. 29, 1931.

    She is preceded in death by
  • Leo Joseph Horant III
    On Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, Leo Joseph Horant III, age 46, loving dad, son, brother, uncle, and friend died peacefully at home in Conover, Wis. 

    Leo was born on May 8, 1976, in Davenport, Iowa, to Leo and Mary Kay (O’Neill) Horant.

    He graduated from
  • Mary Lucile “Mary Lou” Lenz
    Mary Lucile “Mary Lou” Lenz (née Pohlman) of Mokena, Ill., died Sunday, Aug. 7, 2022. She was 84.

    She enjoyed gardening at her home and spending time sitting on the shoreline and feeding ducks at her family cottage near Conover.

    Mrs. Lenz was preceded in death by
  • Robert Gene Ginnow
    Robert Gene Ginnow, age 86, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., passed away at the Aspirus Eagle River Hospital on Friday, Aug. 12, 2022, surrounded by his family.

    Robert was born
  • David J. “Dave” McMaster
    David J. “Dave,” “DJ,” “Rocket,” “KC9ZJO” McMaster died Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022, in Eagle River after a six-year battle with cancer.

    He was 79.  

    He was born
  • Roberta F. Burton died Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022. She was 87.

    She was born May 30, 1935, in Chicago, Ill. to Max and Frances Fischer. Mrs. Burton was born with an identical twin sister, Barbara. Her father, Max, raised the twins in
  • Scott W. Kviz Jr.
    Scott W. Kviz Jr., a resident of Eagle River, died Sunday Aug. 7, 2022. He was 36.

    He was born April 28, 1986, in Oak Park, Ill., to Scott and Robin Kviz. 

    Mr. Kviz served in
  • Jerome ‘Jerry’ Snider
    Jerome “Jerry” Snider, age 69, of Sugar Camp, Wis., died unexpectedly on July 30, 2022, as the result of an accident.

    He was born on Oct. 9, 1952, the son of Wilson and Virginia Snider.

    Jerry graduated from
  • Joyce Ludtke died Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022. She was 82.

    A full obituary will appear in a future edition. 

    Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River is serving the family.
  • Alfred ‘Big Al’ Mattke
    On Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, Alfred “Big Al” Mattke, passed peacefully and was reunited with his love, Judy. 

    On Jan. 20, 1938, Al was born to Royal and Mary Mattke in Milwaukee, Wis.

    His dream of living in the North Woods was
  • Suzanne Marie Tyndall
    Suzanne Marie Tyndall (Mirwald), age 75, formerly of Ashland, Wis., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, on Saturday, July 9, 2022, at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Green Bay, Wis.

    She was born
  • Dr. Robert ‘Bob’ Sookochoff
    Dr. Robert “Bob” Sookochoff passed away on July 28, 2022, at the age of 67 after a long battle with cancer.

    He was a beloved spouse, son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, friend, and caring physician.

    Bob grew up in
  • Helen Stormer
    Our Grammy died early Thursday afternoon, July 28, 2022, surrounded by my sisters, mother and I at Legacy of the Northwoods.  We sang and kissed her head and held her hand and she laughed. It was beautiful.  She was beautiful. 

    She was
  • Kenneth Dean Wilcox
    Kenneth Dean “Ken” Wilcox died Monday, July 25, 2022, from end-stage heart failure at the age of 78 in his home on Catfish Lake in Eagle River, Wis.

    Ken is survived by his wife of 45 years, Gayle Ann Punke Wilcox; his daughter, Jane (Erik Lindberg); son, Mark (Sarah); brother, Richard; sister, Kay; grandchildren, Erikson Grey (Lindberg), Annika (Lindberg), Bo (Wilcox), Greta (Wilcox), and
  • Ann C. Hanke died Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. She was 94.

    She was born April 17, 1928, in Eagle River, to John and Kazimera “Kate” Sarkauskas. 

    Mrs. Hanke had a
  • Donna E. Heidenreich of Eagle River, Wis., died surrounded by her family on Friday, July 29, 2022.

    Donna was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend. She was an avid writer of poetry and loved sharing her work.

    Donna is survived by
  • William Lang
    At the age of 75, William Lang was called by God to his eternal home in heaven on July 29, 2022.

    William, the wonderful son of Harold and Dorothy Lang (Kogelmann) entered the world Aug. 17, 1946.

    William lived his
  • Joseph John Casey Jr.
    Joseph John Casey Jr. of Eagle River, Wis., passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022, at the age of 64 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

    Joe was born October 11, 1957, to Joseph John Casey Sr and Marguerite Palmer Casey in Phoenix, Ariz. 

    Shortly thereafter they moved to
  • Dale Henning died Tuesday, July 26, 2022, at Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield. He was 87.

    He was born June 10, 1935, in Antigo, to Raymond and Esther Henning.

    He later resided in
  • Charles A. Larsen Jr.
    Charles “Charlie” A. Larsen Jr., 68, passed away July 27, 2022, at home.

    Charlie was born December 4, 1954, in Janesville, Wis., to Charles Albert Larsen Sr. and Marie Tillie (Schumacher) Larsen.

    Charlie was raised in and around
  • Edmund H. Drager
    Edmund H. Drager, 87, passed away on June 20, 2022, at his home in Tucson, Ariz. 

    Ed was born in Eagle River, Wis., to Ed and Kay Drager on July 1, 1934.

    After graduating from
  • Robert D. Nelson
    Robert “Bob” D. Nelson of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away on July 29, 2022, at the age of 85 following a hard-fought battle with melanoma.

    Bob and his wife Lois were married for 49 years and they enjoyed many adventures together including running a successful RV business, exploring Wisconsin, jeeping in
  • Robert M. Sookochoff, M.D., a resident of Eagle River, died Thursday, July 28, 2022, at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was 67.

    A memorial service will be held at a later date. A complete obituary will appear in a future edition.

    Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River is serving the family.
  • James Stephen O’Toole
    James Stephen O’Toole, of Burlington, Wis., passed away on July 30, 2022, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

    Jim was born on December 30, 1938, in Chicago, Ill., to Francis and Sadie O’Toole.

    After being raised in
  • Don John Wagner
    Don John Wagner, age 86, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully at his home on July 27, 2022.

    Don was born on September 22, 1935, in Evanston, Ill., to Edward C. Sr. and Edna Wagner.

    Don was married to
  • Ellen ‘Ellie’ Allen
    Ellen “Ellie” M. (nee Ginther) Allen of Menomonee Falls, Wis., passed away July 19, 2022, at the age of 99.

    Beloved wife of the late Duane F.; dear mother of Barbara (Randy) Riley, David M. Allen and the late Richard P. Allen; grandmother of Tamra (Orlando) Moreno, Megan (Tony) Leitheiser, Jacob Allen, Robyn Riley, Anthony Allen and
  • Joseph “Joe” Casey died at Aspirus Wausau Hospital Sunday, July 24, 2022. He was 64.

    A complete obituary will appear in a future edition.

    Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River is serving the family.
  • Carole Jean Hogan
    Carole Jean Hogan passed away peacefully in her home in Eagle River, Wis., on Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

    Carole was born May 5, 1944, to Earl and Vivian Clay and grew up on the family farm in Tomah, Wis., until 1956, when her family moved to Clinton, Wis. 

    Carole graduated from
  • Marjorie A. Houg
    Marjorie A. Houg, 96, of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Riverview Health Services in Tomahawk, Wis., under the care of Compassus Hospice.

    Marg was born
  • Meg E. George
    Meg E. George, a resident Eagle River and formerly of Merrill and Madison, died Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Dianne’s Home In The Northwoods in Eagle River. She was 77.

    She was born
  • Alice Turner
    Alice Turner, a resident of Eagle River since 1988, died Thursday, July 21, 2022, at her home. She was 69.

    She was born Nov. 9, 1952, in Berwyn, Ill. to John and Alice Rulec. 

    Mrs. Turner worked for many years in
  • Patricia Alice VanAcker
    Patricia Alice VanAcker (née Recob) of St. Germain died Saturday, July 9, 2022, at Marshfield Medical Center in Minocqua. She was 78.

    She was born Sept. 2, 1943, in Elkhorn to Ronald and Opal Recob.

    She attended
  • Connie Wroblewski
    Connie Wroblewski, age 89, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., and formerly of Stevens Point, Wis., passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2022, at Country Terrace in Rhinelander, Wis.

    Connie was born on
  • Sammy L. Blakley
    Sammy ‘Sam’ L. Blakley of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 7, 2022, at the age of 83. 

    Sam was born on August 13, 1938, in Danville, Ill., to Leland and Ivy Blakley. 

    As a young man, he
  • Kathleen Mae ‘Kay’ Patricelli
    Kathleen Mae “Kay” Patricelli, 92, of Fairview, N.C., passed away from pancreatic cancer on Feb. 11, 2020, in Asheville, N.C.

    She was born in Bessemer, Mich., to Helen and Isaac Turner on May 28, 1927.

    She married
  • Meg E. George, a resident of Eagle River and formerly of Merrill and Madison, died Saturday, July 16, 2022, at Dianne’s Home In The Northwoods in Eagle River. She was 77.

    Funeral services will be held at
  • Scott Bradley Anderson
    On Tuesday, July 5, 2022, Scott Bradley Anderson, loving husband, father, and grandfather passed away at the age of 66 after a long battle with a degenerative lung condition.

    Scott was born
  • William R. Doerr died Monday, June 20, 2022. He was 76.

    He was born Aug. 29, 1945.

    Mr. Doerr was preceded in death by
  • Burial for Roger Godleske will be held Friday, July 15, at 3 p.m. at the Three Lakes Cemetery.

    The service will include a military salute as Mr. Godleske was an Army veteran.

    Mr. Godleske died Feb. 5, 2022, at age 89.
  • Lloyd Fisher
    Lloyd “Kim” Fisher passed away peacefully on Christmas morning 2021 at the age of 89.

    Born in Milwaukee, Wis., Lloyd Fisher served in the army during the Korean War, and spent most of his adult life in the Janesville, Wis., area before retiring to the great
  • Linda Jo Jensen
    Linda Jo Jensen, 70, of St. Germain, Wis., passed away at her home on July 5, 2022.

    Linda was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She treasured the time she spent with her family, and enjoyed over 51 years with the love of her life.

    She welcomed
  • Anthony Stachura
    Anthony Stachura of Conover died July 4, 2022.

    He was 45.

    He was born
  • Nancy Jane Moses
    Nancy Jane Moses, loving wife, stepmom, sister, aunt, great aunt and friend, passed peacefully in the Lord on July 6, 2022, in Eagle River, Wis., at the age of 83. 

    Nancy was born
  • Kerry Beth Vermoch
    Kerry Beth Vermoch of St. Germain died Thursday, June 30, at her residence with her family by her side.

    She was 57.

    Mrs. Vermoch was born
  • Eugene Walter Ziegler Jr.
    Eugene Walter Ziegler Jr. passed away unexpectedly on July 3, 2022, at the young age of 51. Gene was in a happy place in life and went peacefully surrounded by loved ones at home, his favorite place. 

    Gene enjoyed
  • Mary Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Baker
    Mary Elizabeth “Beth” (née Brand) Baker, of Three Lakes and formerly of Oshkosh, died Thursday, July 7, 2022 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander. She was 94.

    Mrs. Baker was preceded in death by
  • Sam Blakley died Thursday, July 7, 2022. He was 83.

    A funeral mass will be held Tuesday, July 26, at 11 a.m. at St. Peters Catholic Church in Eagle River. Visitation will be held two hours prior to the service. 

    A
  • Eva Hall
    Eva Hall, a resident of Conover, died Thursday, July 7, 2022. She was 51.

    She was born Sept. 25, 1970, in Phelps to Hayden and Judith Hall. 

    She graduated from
  • Grace Tienhaara died Thursday, July 7, 2022. She was 18.

    A funeral mass will be held Friday, July 15, at noon at St. Peters Catholic Church in Eagle River. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. 

    Memorials can be sent to