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  • 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’
Caroselli
    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’ 
Blanchard
    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 
Ray
    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
  • Wesley John Kiley, age 95, passed away in his home in Land O’ Lakes, Wis., Friday Jan. 11, 2019.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Ruth Alexander Kiley, in 1997.

    Wes was born in
  • Dorothy Jennie Grems, age 89, a 42-year resident of Land O’ Lakes, Wis., passed away on Dec. 29, 2018, at Seasons of Life in Woodruff, Wis.
    She was born June 21, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., to her parents, Charles and Jennie Pavlack.
    Dorothy relocated from
  • Lucille Hegge of Eagle River died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019, at Rennes Health & Rehab Center in Rhine­lander. She was 95. 

    Funeral arrangements are pending with Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River. A complete obituary will appear in next week’s paper.
  • Marion Joyce Kircher
    Marion Joyce Kir­cher of Butler, Pa., suddenly passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, while at Butler Memorial Hospital.  
    She was born June 19, 1932, in Milwaukee, Wis., as the youngest child of Harvey Lecher and Lillian (Kemp).
    She attended and graduated from
  • Perry A. Kuntz, age 91, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. 
    He was born on April 14, 1927, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Anton and Margaret Kuntz.
    He graduated from
  • Arlene Lynch
    Arlene Lynch was born on Nov. 29, 1934, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Marie and Christian Mad­sen.  She left our earth­ly world to be with our Savior, Jesus Christ, on Dec. 29, 2018.
    Arlene went to
  • Arnold R. Tabbert, born Feb. 26, 1924, in Norrie, Wis., formerly of Sheboygan, Milwaukee and Franksville, departed this life at age 94 on Jan. 2, 2019.
    He was a proud military veteran of World War II, as a member of Gen. Patton’s 3rd Army in the Rhineland Central Europe campaign.
    Arnold became a frequent visitor to
  • Darlene Jean Tomlanovich
    Darlene Jean Tom­lan­­o­vich, a lifelong resident of Eagle River, died Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, at Friendly Village in Rhinelander.  She was 72.
    Mrs. Tomlanovich was born Sept. 7, 1946, to Al and Lucy Tijan.
    She graduated from
  • Larry Van Bussum
    Larry Van Bussum, 76, a lifelong resident of Eagle River, Wis., passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, surrounded by his family.

    He was born Oct. 2, 1942, the son of Lawrence “Punk” and Blanche (née LaHa) Van Bussum.

    Larry graduated from
  • Sandra Ann Gehrke
    Sandra Ann Gehrke passed away Dec. 25, 2018, in Libertyville, Ill.
    She was born Oct. 22, 1964, to James and Mary Kaye Sergent.
    She was raised in
  • Russel H. Larson was born on Oct. 31, 1921, in LaCrosse, Wis. He was the eldest son of Elmer and Frieda Larson. 

    He was raised on his parents’ dairy farm in LaCrosse, and graduated from Logan High School. Russ attended college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He was a member of
  • Robert ‘Bert’ Rehberg
    Robert “Bert” Rehberg, age 72, of Conover, Wis., passed away on Dec. 26, 2018, at Ascension Eagle River Hospital.  

    He was born on Feb. 7, 1946, in Nuremberg, Germany.

    Bert served in
  • Marilyn Schwanke, a resident of Land O’ Lakes since 1996 and formerly of Milwaukee, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, at Avanti Health and Rehabilitation Center in Minocqua. She was 86.
    Mrs. Schwanke was born
  • Jeanette (née Szatkiewicz) Janick Zielesch, age 94, passed away on Dec. 24, 2018, at Ascension Eagle River Hospital.

    She was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Feb. 17, 1924, to her parents, Frank and Cecilia Szatkiewicz.

    Jeanette was a resident of
  • David G. ‘Dave’ Bastian
    David  G. “Dave” Bastian, 87, of West Bend, Wis., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at his home.

    He was born on April 24, 1931, to the late Elmer and Linda (née Binder) Bastian in West Bend.

    He graduated from
  • Richard Montezon, age 92, of Boynton Beach, Fla. (previously of Eagle River, Wis.), went to his final resting place on Dec. 13, 2018.
    Dick served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
    In 1968, Dick moved his family to Eagle River, where he opened the
  • Richard A. Schaefer
    Richard A. Schaefer, age 77, of St. Germain, Wis., formerly of West Bend, Wis., passed away Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice with his wife, Carol, by his side.
    Born March 15, 1941, in Milwaukee, Wis., to Arnold and Sylvia Schaefer, he attended local schools and graduated from
  • Eugene ‘Gene’ Step
    Eugene “Gene” Step, age 99, a lifelong resident of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away on Dec. 16, 2018.
    He was born Dec. 2, 1919, to his parents, Alex and Mary Stepezyski. 
    Gene was a World War II veteran who served in the
  • Ruth Josephine Blaisdell
    Ruth Josephine (née Wier­ichs) Blaisdell of Boulder Junction died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. She was 90. 

    She was born Dec. 17, 1927, to George Louis and Anna Mary (née Shroe­der) Wierichs in Conover.

    Mrs. Blaisdell graduated from Eagle River High School before becoming a
  • Dave Hibbard
    Dave Hibbard, age 85, a lifelong resident of Sugar Camp, Wis., passed away on Dec. 12, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family.
    Dave was born on April 13, 1933, in Sugar Camp, to Maurice and Frances Hibbard.
    He was a 1951 graduate of 
  • Harvey Lewis Hyslop Sr.
    Harvey Lewis Hyslop Sr. of Eagle River died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, at Golden Age Nursing Home in Tomahawk. He was 94.

    Mr. Hyslop was born Nov. 24, 1924, in St. Clair, Mich., to Louis and Mary Hy­slop. 

    After growing up in St. Clair, he
  • Kathleen Korth, a lifelong resident of Eagle River, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at Avanti Nursing Home in Minocqua. She was 84. 
    Mrs. Korth was born Sept. 11, 1934, in Eagle River to Nicholas and Katherine Tomlanovich.
    She worked at 
  • John Gilbert Imse

    April 3, 1929 - Dec. 6, 2018

    John Gil­bert Imse passed away peacefully on Dec. 6, 2018, at the age of 89 years.

    Son of the late Gilbert and Helen (née Nuernberg) Imse. Brother of the late Gerry (Jan). Beloved husband of the late Dorothy E. (née Dedow). Loving

  • Patricia Sue Lindberg
    Patricia Sue (Deaver) Lindberg, of Three Lakes, Wis., born on May 16, 1941, in La Crosse, Wis., to the late Richard and Pearl (Braun) Deaver, died peacefully Dec. 6, 2018.

    Pat graduated from
  • Richard A. Montezon of Boynton Beach, Fla., and formerly of Eagle River, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018. He was 92.

    A full obituary will appear in next week’s paper.

    Palm Beach Memorial in Lantana, Fla., is serving the family.
  • Merilyn Penn
    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. 

    Merilyn was a well-known pianist (and
  • Vance Piper
    Vance Piper of Star Lake died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, at his home. He was 74.
    Mr. Piper was born July 10, 1944, to Raymond and Rachael Piper in Wisconsin Rapids.
    He joined the
  • Ruth Marie Robarge
    Ruth Ma­rie Robarge, 77, passed away at Neo­sho Memorial Regional Medical Center on Dec. 11, 2018.
    She was born in Eagle River, Wis., to Gunnar and Edith Staffen on Jan. 11, 1941.
    Ruth spent most of her life there before relocating to
  • Elizabeth Ann ‘Betty’ Ryskiewicz
    Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Ryskiewicz of St. Germain died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at her residence. She was 83.  
    Mrs. Rys­kie­wicz was born Feb. 6, 1935, in Athens, to Frank and Agnes (née Fink) Adams.  
    She graduated from
  • Eugene “Gene” Step of Three Lakes died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at Howard Young Memorial Hospital in Woodruff. He was 99.
    Services are pending and a complete obituary will appear at a later date.
    Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River is serving the family.
  • Debra Lynn Wolff of Phelps died Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, at Eagle River Memorial Hospital. She was 59.
    She was born May 17, 1959, to Richard and Evelyn Wolff.
    Ms. Wolff was preceded in death by
  • 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