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  • A funeral service is planned Saturday, Feb. 4, for Lorrayne J.M. Maki (née Jefferson).

    Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. at Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. A luncheon will follow in the fellowship hall.

    Mrs. Maki was a lifelong resident
  • Charles “Charlie” McConaghy of Watersmeet, Mich., died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023. He was 83.

    A complete obituary
  • Chester Stanley Lynn
    Sept. 21, 1923 – Jan. 15, 2023

    Chester Stanley Lynn, 99, of Phelps, Wis., (formerly of Winamac, Ind.) passed on to better things Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023. His mind was sharp until the end; but his
  • Feb. 13, 1933 – Jan. 27, 2023

    Peter D. Samuelson, 89, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, Jan. 27, 2023.

    Peter was born on Feb. 13, 1933, in Clearwater, Wis., to Emil and Esther Samuelson.

    After serving in the U.S. Army, Peter worked

  • John Leslie Corser, of Ontonagon, Mich., passed away at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium, Mich., on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, at the age of 90. 

    John was born April 2, 1932, in Marquette, Mich., to Leslie and Myrtis Bourgeois.

    His parents preceded him 
  • Gloria Ann Klinter
    Gloria Ann Klinter (Wallk) passed away with family by her side on Jan. 14, 2023, at the age of 90. 

    Gloria was born in Bay View, Wis., on Dec. 29, 1932, to Gertrude and Cornelius Wallk. 

    She was preceded in eternal
  • Lorrayne Joyce Marie Maki
    Lorrayne Joyce Marie Maki (née Jefferson), 94, a lifelong resident of Conover, Wis., peacefully passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, at her son’s and daughter-in-law’s home in Columbia, Tenn.

    She was born to the
  • Kathryn Coventry
    Kathryn Coventry of Phelps died Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, after a battle with cancer. She was 71.

    She was born July 31, 1951, in Homewood-Flossmoor, Ill., and spent her career dedicated to helping others through her acupuncture clinic and as a
  • Helen Joyce (Jo) Ashton
    Helen Joyce (Jo) Ashton passed away peacefully in her sleep on Jan. 18, 2023, with her daughters by her side.

    Jo was born April 10, 1927, to Thomas John and Marguerite Helen (Mugs) (née Hazen) Liston in Escanaba, Mich.

    When she was
  • Joyce F. Rawlins, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., since 1984, passed away on Jan. 9, 2023.

    She was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on April 12, 1946, to Herman and Lorna Rawlins.

    Joyce was an employee of Vilas
  • Jeffery Michael Kuntz passed away peacefully at Aspirus Eagle River Hospital on January 10, 2023.

    Jeff was born on January 18, 1944, in Milwaukee, Wis.

    After graduating from high school, Jeffery served
  • Jason Paquet, age 36, left this world on Dec. 25, 2022.

    He was born in Phelps, Wis., on Nov. 11, 1986.

    Jason proudly served in the
  • Thomas F. Foerster
    Thomas F. Foerster, 77, of Blue Eye, Mo., passed away peacefully on Jan. 3, 2023.

    He was born in Chicago, Ill., on Nov. 18, 1945, to George and Rose Foerster.

    Thomas is survived by his wife Marian; his children, Thomas
  • Pete Lawonn
    The Lord took Pete Lawonn, 70, of Three Lakes, Wis., to heaven on Dec. 30, 2022, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, Wis., with his family at his side.

    Pete was born on Sept. 19, 1952, to Warren (Bud) and Lois Lawonn (Dekker) of Three Lakes, who predeceased him.

    He is survived by his wife, Debbie Lawonn, and
  • Dorothy A. Lee
    Dorothy A. Lee (née May), age 92, was called by Jesus to be with Him in her eternal home on Dec. 19, 2022. 

    Dorothy was born to Walter and Gertrude (Henke) May on May 18, 1930, in Milwaukee, Wis.

    She experienced three major life events
  • Raymond J. ‘Buzz’ Chitko
    Raymond J. “Buzz” Chitko, 80, a resident of Phelps, Wis., died Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, following an eight-month battle with brain cancer.

    He was born Aug. 19, 1942, in Armstrong Creek, Wis., to the late Benjamin Chitko and the late Anna (Klescewski Chitko) Noha.

    Ray attended Pembine High School, graduating
  • Daniel J. Mueller, 90, of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away peacefully on Dec. 31, 2022, of natural causes, with Deidre (Manney), his loving wife of 65 years, by his side.

    Dan was born on Feb. 5, 1932, in Milwaukee
  • Joseph Martin Hallman
    It is with sadness and great love that the family of Joseph Martin Hallman announces his sudden passing on Jan. 1, 2023, at the age of 83.

    Joseph was preceded in death by his parents, Anthony Francis Hallman and Anne Elizabeth Hallman.

    He is survived by his wife, Janice Ray Hallman; his children
  • Audrey Mraz
    Audrey Mraz, age 91, of Eagle River, Wis., and formerly of Chicago, Ill., died on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023.

    She was born in Chicago on Nov. 17, 1931, to Imbro and Frances Kuzmic.

    Audrey is survived by her children, Frank A. Mraz
  • Benjamin Frymark
    Benjamin Frymark of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully on Jan. 6, 2023.

    Born Aug. 15, 1942, he was the son of Raymond and Josephine Frymark, and to the many who knew him, he was “Grandpa Ben”, a jokester until the very end. He spent many afternoons telling dirty jokes
  • Mabel Augusta Heikkinen
    Mabel Augusta Heikkinen died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022. She was 98.

    She was born Oct. 19, 1924, in Phelps, to Dyle and Anna Frizzell.

    After graduating from Phelps High
  • Yvonne Larsen
    Yvonne Larsen (née Strehmel), age 85, died Dec. 30, 2022. The Lord answered the family’s prayers by taking her gently home, surrounded with love and family.

    “Vonnie” was a caregiver, golfer and gardener. She loved life. Her family cabin in Eagle River, Wis., was her special place.

    Vonnie was preceded in death by
  • Joan Lillias Tepoorten Jennrich
    Joan Lillias Tepoorten Jennrich, age 88, passed away Dec. 29, 2022, at Aspirus Hospital in Eagle River, Wis., following complications from pneumonia. 

    Joan was born in Superior, Wis., on April 6, 1934, to Joseph and Lillias (Johnson) Tepoorten and she graduated from Superior Central High School. Throughout her life, Joan’s personality was
  • Paul Andrew Gieschen
    Paul Andrew Gieschen, 57, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, surrounded by his family at St. Agnes Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer.

    He was born March 2, 1965, to the late Rev. Norbert A. and Caroline M. (Lehrke) Gieschen.

    Paul met the love of his life, Sarah Kempf, at
  • Dennis Lee Champnoise Sr.
    Dennis Lee Champnoise Sr., 70, of Richland Center, Wis., formerly of the Land O’ Lakes, Conover and Eagle River, Wisconsin area, passed away on Dec. 23, 2022, at home in the arms of his wife, Peggy, with his protector, Gunner, his lab, by his side. 

    Denny was preceded in death by his father, Donald
  • Marlys L. Lee
    Marlys L. Lee, 88, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away Dec. 28, 2022, at Legacy of the Northwoods in Eagle River.

    Marlys was born Jan. 14, 1934, in Iowa Falls, Iowa, to Sylvester and Gladys (Perry) Swart. She attended school in Iowa Falls and graduated with the Class of
  • Dr. Thomas J. ‘Doc’ Doyle
    Dr. Thomas J. “Doc” Doyle, 93, of Eagle River, Wis., went to his heavenly home on Dec. 19, 2022.

    A memorial service and celebration of his life will be held in May, 2023, with details to be released closer to that time.

    Tom was born in Mineral Point, Wis., and grew up
  • James R. ‘Jim’ Errington
    ames R. “Jim” Errington passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, at the age of 91.

    He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Lois Errington; seven children (or as he would say, “One and a half-dozen”), Debbie Tennies, Gary (Anne) Errington, Lou Ann (Dale) Counihan, Diane Wissing, Linda 
  • Mark Anthony Goebel
    Mark Anthony Goebel, of St. Germain, Wis., passed away peacefully at his home on Dec. 27, 2022, with his wife Jacki by his side.

    Mark was born July 20, 1956, to Eugene Robert and Mary Ann (née Hermanns) Goebel in Dotyville, Wis.

    He grew up in “The Holyland”. He was
  • Mark C. Goldsworthy
    Mark C. Goldsworthy was received into heaven on Dec. 25, 2022, due to cancer.

    Mark was born to Charles and Elizabeth (Bette) Goldsworthy in July, 1960.

    He was raised in Eagle River, Wis., and raised all of
  • Daniel E. O’Neil III
    Dan O’Neil died peacefully at his home in Stuart, Fla., on Dec. 20, 2022, surrounded by his beloved family.

    He was born July 6, 1935, in Pontiac, Mich., and grew up in Wilmette, Ill.

    The experience that most shaped and influenced
  • Karen Annette Smith, 70, of Havana, Ill., originally of Eagle River, Wis., passed away at Graham Hospital at 8:12 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022.

    She was born on Oct. 18, 1952, in Rhinelander, Wis., to Harold and Joan (Thieme) Novack.

    She married Craig A. Smith in 1979 in 
  • Bruce Alan Thomas
    It is with sad, heavy hearts that we share the passing of our father, Bruce Alan Thomas, who died unexpectedly in his home on Dec. 17, 2022, at the age of 69. 

    Bruce is survived by his daughters, Vanessa (Chris) Krebs, Kerri Thomas and Ellie (Zac) Campbell. He also leaves behind siblings Jean (Greg) Leiser, Patty (Andy) Warfield, Todd (Lori) Thomas and
  • James J. ‘Jim’ Rechlitz
    James J. “Jim” Rechlitz of Milwaukee, Wis., and Eagle River, Wis., was born to eternal life on Dec. 12, 2022, in New Berlin, Wis.

    Jim was born July 27, 1937, to John and Sophie (née Dolata) Rechlitz.

    Jim is survived by his beloved children, John (Joy) of
  • Tom Doyle, D.D.S, a resident of Eagle River, died Monday, Dec. 19, 2022 at the Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Rhinelander. He was 93.

    Funeral arrangement are currently pending. A complete notice will
  • Joseph Angus Mayo
    Joseph Angus Mayo passed away Dec. 8, 2022, at the Aspirus Eagle River Hospital. He was 96 years old.

    Joe was born on Feb. 14, 1926, to Angus and Norma (Oxley) Mayo. He was born on the family farm and attended the Mayo School and Eagle River Union School. He served in the Army
  • Kenneth Harris Holleman
    Kenneth Harris Holleman, age 94, a resident of St. Germain, Wis., passed away on Dec. 3, 2022, at the Seasons of Life Hospice House in Woodruff, Wis.

    Kenneth was born on Aug. 29, 1928, in Harvey, Ill., to Tunis and Florence Holleman.

    He was a graduate of Calvin
  • Virginia Evelyn ‘Sally’ Karr
    Virginia Evelyn “Sally” Karr died Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. She was 94.

    She was born May 12, 1928, to Martha McKeehan and A. Franklin Broman. She attended North Park High School and Wheaton College in Illinois.

    She married her first husband
  • Duane M. Heikkinen Jr.
    Duane M. Heikkinen Jr. of Antigo died unexpectedly of a heart attack Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, at Aspirus Langlade Hospital. He was 54.

    He was born Feb. 25, 1968, in Beloit, to Duane and Judy (née Solimon) Heikkinen.

    Mr. Heikkinen graduated from
  • Marlene Shirley Mills
    Marlene Shirley Mills passed away peacefully on Nov. 28, 2022, with her family by her side.

    Marlene was born Dec. 4, 1935, to Christ and Evelyn Kind in Pittsville, Wis.

    She was raised a farmer’s daughter in
  • Jeannette “Jan” Sheeran, 91, of St. Germain, Wis., passed away on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, at Aspirus Seasons of Life hospice facility.

    Jan was born July 18, 1931, in Milwaukee, Wis., to parents Robert and Eleanor Johnson. 

    Jan was preceded in death by
  • Joseph Michael Petreikis Jr.
    Joseph Michael Petreikis Jr., a resident of Three Lakes, Wis., and Key West, Fla., died on Nov. 30, 2022, after several health issues and a short illness at Aspirus Eagle River Hospital. He was 84 years old.

    Joseph was born on March 25, 1938, to
  • Charles “Charlie” “Chuck” W. Elverson, age 76, lived most of his life in Phelps, Wis., passed away Nov. 28, 2022, on his mother’s birthday, at the Oscar G. Johnson V.A. Medical Center in Iron Mountain, Mich., after a long bout with cancer and a heart illness.

    He was born on Jan. 31, 1946, to Carl S. and 
  • Michael ‘Mike’ Thompson
    Michael “Mike” Thompson was born Aug. 6, 1949, and died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones Dec. 2, 2022, at the age of 73. 

    Mike spent his life loving his wife of 52 years, Lenore. He built a beautiful life with her and for his two children, Lisa and Tommy.

    Mike was a decorated Vietnam veteran, who
  • Cheri Marie Shields
    Cheri Marie Shields, age 68, went to be with her Savior, Jesus, on Nov. 27, 2022. Cheri lived in the North Woods of Wisconsin for more than 40 years with her loving family.

    She was born in 1954 in Paducah, Ky., and spent
  • Keith Brummond Olson
    Keith Brummund Olson, 81, of Hixton, Wis., passed away Nov. 25, 2022, at the Black River Memorial Hospital in Black River Falls, Wis.

    Keith was born Nov. 24, 1941, to Richard Olson and Dorothy (Wright) Olson in Stoughton, Wis., where he also attended high school.

    On April 12, 1986, he married Linda Kay Mellum in
  • Mark William ‘White’ Zdroik
    Mark William “White” Zdroik died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. He was 64.

    He was born Feb. 1, 1958, in the Milwaukee area, to Harold and Jean Zdroik.

    He lived in Franklin until 1972 when his 
  • Dani Rude-Spiess
    Dani Rude-Spiess, a resident of Eagle River, died Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022, at her home. She was 33.

    Mrs. Rude-Spiess was born March 28, 1989, in Rhinelander, to James and Virginia Rude.

    She was a 2007 graduate of 
  • Fern Frederick
    Fern Frederick, a resident of Watersmeet, Mich., died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. She was 94.

    She was born Feb. 7, 1928, in Merrill, to Fred and Elsie Sabatke.

    Mrs. Frederick graduated from 
  • Joanne M. Cook
    Joanne M. Cook (née Vogt), age 90, a longtime Hinsdale, Ill., resident passed away Nov. 13, 2022.

    Joanne is survived by sons, Clark (Holly) Cook and Greggory Cook; grandsons, Colin (Amy) Cook and Garrett Cook.

    She was preceded in death by her ex-husband, John “Jack” Cook; her companion of 
  • Victoria L.‘Tory’ Kolb
    Victoria L. “Tory” Kolb, age 97, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022.

    She was born Feb. 14, 1925 in Glen Ellen, Ill., to Ferdinand and Lucile Larson.

    She moved to Denver, Colo., at age four, where she grew up climbing mountains, skiing and sleeping under the stars. She loved the Rockies and was forever a press agent for the state of Colorado.

    Victoria graduated from 
  • Eleanor T. Hosey
    Eleanor T. Hosey, a resident of Watersmeet, Mich., died Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022. She was 102.

    She was born Jan. 17, 1920, in Chicago, Ill., to George and Eleanor Vanderheyden.

    Mrs. Hosey worked as a 
  • Jo-Dell “Jodie” Loeffler died Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at her home in Conover with her fiancé Steven Vogel by her side after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 66.

    She was born June 16, 1956, in Milwaukee, to 
  • Mark Zdroik, a resident of Eagle River, died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. He was 64.

    A full obituary will appear in 
  • Kay Kathleen Brown TeKampe died at her home Monday, Nov. 7, 2022. She was 80.

    She was born Dec. 7, 1941, to Harold and Emma Farrell Brown.

    Ms. TeKampe was preceded in death by
  • Joelen L. “Jo” Obermann died Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. She was 79.

    Joelen led a simple life and was always very cheerful, happy, and very sociable with her friends.

    She was born Sept, 27, 1943, in Milwaukee, to
  • Ralph ‘Papa’ Milton Tingley
    Ralph “Papa” Milton Tingley, 75, long-time resident of Green Bay, Wis., passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, in Moriarty, N.M., en route to his Arizona residence.

    Ralph was born on April 19, 1947. He was raised in the Green Bay area by his loving parents, Ralph Milton Tingley Sr. and Ella Mae Tingley (DeSeve).

    Ralph was preceded in death by his
  • Earl Lee Jones
    Earl Lee Jones, age 92, passed away Nov. 7, 2022.

    Earl was a resident of the North Woods for 62 years.

    Earl served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and traveled the
  • Annegretel Hofbauer
    Annegretel Hofbauer, 85, of Eagle River, Wis., formerly of Menomonee Falls, Wis., passed away on Nov. 1, 2022.

    Anne was born on Feb. 12, 1937, to Henry and Marianna Koch of Milwaukee, Wis. 

    After graduating from 
  • Gerald ‘Mac’ McNamara
    Mr. Gerald “Mac” McNamara, age 84, a resident of St. Germain, Wis., died on Monday, Oct. 31, 2022, at Marshfield Medical Center.

    He was born Feb. 8, 1938 in Milwaukee, Wis., to Francis and Ruth McNamara.

    Mac was a member of the
  • David L. Cox
    David L. Cox, 81, of Galesburg, Ill., died peacefully at home on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022.

    David was born June 23, 1941, in Frederic, Wis., the son of Paul E. and Alberta E. (Belisle) Cox.

    He married
  • Leroy ‘Dabby’ Dabringer
    Leroy N. Dabringer “Dabby”, 88, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, at Aspirus Rhinelander Hospital in Rhinelander, Wis. 

    Leroy was born on May 3, 1934, in Barton, Wis., to Robert J. Dabringer and Lillian S. (Wilger) Dabringer.

    He attended
  • Thomas “Tom” Smart, age 87, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., since 1969, passed away at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center in Green Bay, Wis., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2022.

    He was born on 
  • Walter M. Kurkerewicz, of Crystal Falls, Mich. and Eagle River, died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2022. He was 91.

    Arrangements are 
  • Roy L. Halvorsen
    Roy L. Halvorsen, age 89, passed away at his home in Arlington Heights, Ill., on Oct. 21, 2022. 

    He was a loving husband to
  • Colin ‘Cole’ P. Kincaid
    On Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, Colin (Cole) P. Kincaid, age 68, went to Heaven.

    Colin was born on Oct. 22, 1954, in Forest County to Curtis and Deloris (Bowen) Kincaid.

    On November 1, 1975, Cole married the
  • Irene Batogowski, age 97, a resident of Three Lakes, Wis., for most of her life, died Oct. 25, 2022.

    She was born on June 5, 1925, in Three Lakes and graduated from Three Lakes High School in 1942.

    She went on to earn a degree in
  • James Joseph Gall
    James Joseph Gall passed to his Lord Jesus Christ on Oct. 27, 2022 at the age of 61 at his Three Lakes home.

    James was born in Sheboygan, Wis., the son of
  • Margaret B. Hull, 96, formerly of Clearwater Lake, Wis., passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022, in Green Bay, Wis., at her son’s home while in hospice care.      

    She was preceded in death by
  • James Prescott Flanders passed away on Oct. 20, 2022, at his home in Warren County, Miss. He was 79 years old.

    He is survived by his
  • James Hendrickson

    Sept. 29, 1943 - Sept. 8, 2021

    It is with great sadness that we announce the death of James Albert Hendrickson of Wausau, Wis., on Sept. 8, 2021.

    Born in

  • Sharon Lee Jankers

    Jan. 1, 1940 - Oct. 8, 2022

    Sharon Jankers (née Pfeiffer) of Eagle River, Wis., passed away on Oct. 8, 2022, at the age of 82.

    She was born in

  • Jo Ann Keuer
    Jo Ann Keuer, age 89, died Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, at Aspirus Eagle River Hospital in Eagle River, Wis.

    She had recently moved to Eagle River to live with
  • Lucille M. ‘Lou’ Gremban
    Lucille M. “Lou” Gremban, age 80, passed away on Monday, Oct. 17, 2022, at her home in Eagle River, Wis., surrounded by family and under the care of Compassus Hospice. 

    Lucille “Lou” Dillinger was