Obituaries - Vilas County News-Review
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  • Richard H. Compere
    Richard H. Compere, age 82, a resident of North Land O’ Lakes, Mich., died on Monday, April 12, 2021, at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhine­lander, Wis., after a 12-year battle with Parkinson’s disease with Lewy bodies. 
    He was born in Highland Park, Ill., on Nov. 19, 1938, to 
  • Karl C. McDonald, a resident of Plum Lake, died Monday, April 12, 2021 at the Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield. He was 81. 

    Mr. McDonald was born Nov. 3, 1939, in Hamilton, Ohio.  

    A complete obituary will appear in
  • Rosella June Ong-Kazda
    Rosella June Ong-Kazda passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at the age of 96, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, Wis.
    She was born on June 18, 1924, to Fredrick J. and Catherine G. (Cameron) Longer in Washington, Iowa.
    She married Francis Luke Ong Dec. 1, 1943, father of her two children, and
  • Beth Ann Patterson
    Beth Ann Patterson, a resident of Sugar Camp, Wis. passed away at home on Saturday, March 10, 2021, after a long struggle with pain and periods of mental distress. Beth Ann was born on March 12, 1963, in DeKalb, Ill., to Jack Morrison and Pat Pennebaker Morrison in the middle of
  • Richard Crawford Turner
    Richard Crawford Turner passed away in his sleep at home in Eagle River, Wis., on March 27, 2021, at age 90.
    He was born in Bronx­ville, N.Y., on May 16, 1930, to Richard D. Turner and Winifred (Merriam) Turner. The eldest of three children, Dick, as he became known, grew up in
  • Luke W. Verseman
    Luke W. Verseman of Stevens Point Wis., formerly of Crystal Lake, Ill., passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021.
    Luke is survived by his parents; his wife, Lynne (née Terrill); his son, Dylan; brother, Matthew (Nikki); nephew, Milton; and mother-in-law, Mary Ellen Terrill; along with
  • Jerry E. Hasenberg
    Jerry E. Hasenberg Jr., of Suring and formerly of Eagle River, died unexpectedly Thursday, April 1, 2021. He was 47. 
    Mr. Hasenberg was born July 17, 1973, to Gerald Sr. and Patricia (Kulig) Hasenberg.  
    He received a degree in
  • Gordon W. Johnson
    Gordon Johnson, age 77, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., died on Monday, April 5, 2021, at Aspirus Wau­sau Hospital.

    He was born in Conover, Wis., on June 12, 1943, to Alfred and Lydia Johnson. 

    He worked at 
  • Raymond Kaczmarek, a resident of St. Germain, died Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Marshfield Medical Center. He was 69. 
    He was born March 30, 1952, in Chicago, Ill., to Raymond and Dolores Kaczmarek. 
    Mr. Kaczmarek worked at
  • John A. Mayack
    John A. Mayack, age 74, of Iron River, Mich., passed away on Wednesday, March 31, 2021.  
    He was born in Rhine­lander, Wis., on Aug. 12, 1945, to parents, Andrew and Estelle Mayack.
    He grew up in
  • Ronald “Ron” Miller, age 83, a resident of Waters­meet, Mich., died suddenly on April 6, 2021, at his residence with his wife by his side.
    He was born in Antioch, Ill., in September of 1937, to the late Clarence and Louise (Zeien) Miller.  
    He worked for
  • Mary Burchby Niebuhr
    Mary Burchby Nie­buhr died suddenly and unexpectedly on March 29, 2021, at the age of 76, near her home in Punta Gorda, Fla.

    Mary is survived by her husband, John; her children, Eileen Burchby, Frank Burchby Jr., Jennifer Nie­buhr and Rebecca Niebuhr; as well as
  • George N. Schofield
    George N. Schofield, age 87, of Phelps, Wis., died Tuesday, April 6, 2021, while surrounded by family after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.
    He was born on July 16, 1933, in Staten Island, N.Y., son of James and Katherine Schofield. 
    He attended school in
  • Roger F. Siegmeier
    Roger F. Siegmeier of Eagle River died Tuesday,  April 6, 2021, in Melbourne, Fla. He was 81. 

    He was born April 1, 1940, in Elgin, Ill., to George and Irene Siegmeier. 

    Mr. Siegmeier graduated from
  • Francis R. ‘Frankie’ Varro
    Francis R. “Frankie” Varro passed away April 2, 2021, at 94.
    Frank was the youngest child born to Joseph and Ethel (Papoi) Oct. 14, 1926, in South Bend, Ind.
    He served in the U.S. Navy during
  • Margaret May ‘Skook’ Casey Bacic
    Marge Bacic of Eagle River, Wis., died peacefully Monday, March 29, 2021, at Dianne’s Home in the Northwoods. She was 93.
    The lines on her face tell of a long-lived adventure that she has shared with many and enlightened them.
    Marge was born
  • Jerry E. Hasenberg Jr. of Suring and formerly of Eagle River died unexpectedly Thursday, April 1, 2021. He was 47.
    Visitation will be held Friday, April 9, from noon until the funeral service at 4 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church in Hayes. The
  • Patrick Lawrence Coogan
    Patrick Lawrence Coogan, 69, of Bettendorf, Iowa, passed away March 25, 2021, at his home.

    A Celebration of Life was held Monday, March 29, 2021, at Halligan McCabe DeVries Funeral Home in Davenport. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Memorials may be made to
  • John Eliason Sr.
    John Eliason Sr., owner and operator of Eliason Lum­ber and Hardware in Sayner, Wis., passed away in Marshfield at the Marshfield Medical Center on March 19, 2021, with his daughter, Jona, at his side. He was 88 years old. 
    John Sr. was born in
  • Clinton Randall ‘Randy’ Cox
    On Saturday, March 20, 2021, Clinton Ran­dall “Randy” Cox,  loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend passed away at the age of 84. 

    Randy was born in
  • Amanda Petrovic
    Amanda Petrovic  of Three Lakes Wis., passed March 21, 2021, at the age of 80.

    She and her husband, Paul, operated Three Lakes Laundromat for the past 44 years.

    Mandy, as she was known by all, was 
  • Richard John ‘Dick’ Parker
    Richard John “Dick” Parker, 65, passed away unexpected­ly March 8, 2021, at his home in Haines City, Fla.
    He was born Nov. 18, 1955, in DeKalb, Ill., to Jim and MaryLou Parker.
    He was preceded in death by
  • Kathryn Dolores Eickhoff Reed

    April 7, 1917 - March 22, 2021

    Kathryn Dolores Eick­hoff Reed was born April 7, 1917, in Wittenberg, Wis.
    She was the daughter of

  • Mark John Schwanke of Skandia, Mich., and formerly of Eagle River, died Friday, March 26, 2021, under the care of his family at his home. He was 67.
    Services will be held at a later date. 
    Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services of Marquette, Mich,. is serving the family.
  • John E. Eliason Sr. of Sayner died Friday, March 19, 2021, in Marshfield. He was 88.
    A memorial service will be held in April.
    A complete obituary will appear in
  • Cynthia Hunter of Rhine­lander died Thursday, March 18, 2021. She was 88.

    She was born in Racine to Harry and Frieda Dudek. 

    In her youth, the family visited the North Woods area for vacations often and
  • Betty Ann Lutzka
    Betty Ann Lutzka, formerly of Eagle River and Three Lakes, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2020, after a long journey with Alzheimer’s, at Care Partners Assisted Living Center in Spooner. She was 86.
    She was born
  • David A. Nelson
    David A. Nelson of Eagle River died Thursday, March 18, 2021, in Wausau. He was 77. 
    He was born April 28, 1943, in Joliet, Ill., to John and Anna Nelson. 
    He enjoyed attending
  • Deanna Mary Zietlow
    Deanna Mary Zietlow died Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Seasons of Life Hospice in Woodruff. She was 82. 
    Mrs. Zietlow was born Jan. 5, 1939, in Alban, to Francis and Henrietta Kos­o­bucki. 
    She grew up in
  • Sandra K. “Sandy” Carlson
    Sandra K. “Sandy” Carlson, 81, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, after a brave and courageous battle with the corona­virus. 
    She was born
  • Merry Lee LaChance
    Merry Lee LaChance entered into eternal life on Feb. 9, 2021. She went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Her daughter, Jeana, and son-in-law, Brett, were by her side.  
    Merry was born on
  • Cindy Staerk
    Cindy Staerk, a resident of Eagle River, died Friday, March 5, 2021, at Friendly Village Nursing and Rehabilitation in Rhinelander. She was 72.

    Mrs. Staerk was born Feb. 8, 1949, in Reno, Nev., to Lloyd and Emma Hittle. 

    She was married to
  • Betty Ann Lutzka
    Betty Ann (née Sawyer) Lutzka, formerly of Eagle River and Three Lakes, died Friday, Dec. 23, 2020, after a long journey with Alzheimer’s, at Care Partners Assisted Living Center in Spooner. She was 86.
    She was born
  • Richard Patek
    Richard Patek, age 94, a longtime resident of Eagle River, Wis., died Sunday, March 7, 2021, at Rennes Health and Rehab.
    He was born in Chicago, Ill., on June 24, 1926, to Frank and Isabel Patek. 
    Richard served in the U.S. Navy during
  • John A. Resch
    John A. Resch, 96, passed away peacefully, Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Cle­ment J. Za­bloc­ki VA Medical Center.
    He was born on Jan. 19, 1925, to the late Jacob and Anna Resch in Chicago, Ill.  
    John earned his 96 years of life. At a young age, too little to harvest, his job was to
  • James F. Arvey
    James F. Arvey, 84, passed away unexpected­ly Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at his home.
    Born April 13, 1936, in Green Bay, Wis., to Walter and Eva Arvey.
    Jim was
  • Gwen Daly
    Gwen Daly of Eagle River died unexpectedly at Ascension Eagle River Hospital Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021, with her family by her side. She was 68.
    Mrs. Daly was born Feb. 18, 1953, to Charles and Rosemary (née LaFrania) Dav­ies in Racine.
    She married
  • Lois J. Kasmarek
    Lois J. Kasmarek, age 90, of Rhine­lander, Wis., passed away on Feb. 26, 2021, after courageous­ly battling an illness.
    Lois was born on July 8, 1930, in Dubuque, Iowa to the late John and Louise (Kronfeldt) Fanslow. When Lois was 11, her family relocated to
  • James “Jim” Millard, a 12-year resident of Eagle River and formerly of Milwaukee, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Rhine­lander. He was 82. 
    He was born
  • Brad Noble, age 60, a resident of St. Germain, Wis., died on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. 
    He was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Aug. 5, 1960, to John and Donalyn Noble. 
    Brad worked as an 
  • Jerry Numrich
    Jerry Num­rich, age 61, of Aurora, Colo., formerly of Eagle River, Wis., passed away unexpectedly at his home.

    He was born to Herbert and Jane Numrich in Rhine­lander, Wis., on March 16, 1959.

    Jerry’s most important job to him was
  • Carol Olson
    Carol Olson, a resident of Eagle River since 1995, died Monday, March 1, 2021, at Milestone Senior Living in Woodruff. She was 92.

    She was born May 15, 1928, to Leon and Viola Johnson. 

    She married
  • Susan Kay Sorg
    Susan Kay Sorg of Eagle River, Wis., and formerly of Three Lakes, Wis., died Thursday, March 4, 2021, at Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston. She was 70.
    She was born
  • Van Robert Bacic, of Eau Claire and formerly of Eagle River, died Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, at Meadowbrook of Chetek after a long illness. He was 69. 
    He was born Oct. 11, 1951, in Watertown, to Janice McCoy and David Block.
    Mr. Bacic was a 1969 graduate of
  • Gerald “Jerry” Fassbender of Land O’ Lakes died unexpectedly at his home Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. He was 72. 
    He was born March 3, 1948, in Appleton, to Hubert and Dolores Fassbender. 
    Mr. Fassbender married
  • Darby Lee Erdle
    On Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, Darby Lee Erdle passed away unexpectedly from a ruptured myocardial infarction. Darby passed at the age of 46 while living in Grand Marais, Minn. 
    Darby was born in
  • Deborah K. Grunfelder
    Deborah K. Grunfelder of Land O’ Lakes died Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at her home. She was 60.
    She was born July 13, 1960, in Waukesha, to Harlan and Caroline Hahn. 
    She married
  • On Jan. 29, 2021, Shirley Krause, age 85, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving husband, Kenneth Krause, and adoring sister, Wilma Walpole.

    Shirley was born to
  • Lawrence ‘Larry’ Oberg
    Lawrence “Larry” “Sparky” Oberg, age 72, died on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, at his home.
    He was born in Oakland, Calif., on July 5, 1948, to Harold and Alleyne Oberg. 
    Larry served in the U.S. Army during
  • Ann Reitzel
    Ann Reit­zel, 89, of Hamilton, N.J., and formerly of Hopewell, and Princeton, passed away Feb. 24, 2021, at Care One in Hamilton.
    Born in Park Ridge, Ill., she enjoyed summers in Three Lakes, Wis.
    She was a member of
  • George Eric ‘Rick’ Steinhaus
    George Eric “Rick” Steinhaus of Three Lakes died Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. He was 59.  
    He was born Nov. 26, 1961, to George and Geraldine Steinhaus of Milwaukee.  
    Mr. Steinhaus married
  • Tim Allison
    Tim Allison of Eagle River, Wis., passed away the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021, from a heart attack in the midst of an activity that gave him great joy, snowmobiling. Tim was just 45 years old. 
    Tim was born in
  • John Arthur Annin
    Former Vilas Coun­ty Board member John Annin of Land O’ Lakes, Wis., has died at 82.

    Annin served on the Vilas County Board in the mid-2000s, and was one of several outspoken board members who pushed for a full-time aquatic invasive species coordinator for
  • Virginia Culver Elsen
    Virginia Culver Elsen quietly slipped away to her eternal home in the presence of Jesus Saturday evening, Jan. 23, 2021, surrounded by her children and family at her beloved Northwoods home.
    Known as Mom to
  • James Kelly ‘Jim’ Patton Sr.
    James Kelly “Jim” Patton Sr., 76, passed away peacefully in Sulphur Springs, Texas, on Feb. 14, 2021. He was surrounded by his wife, four sons and their families.
    Jim was born in
  • Robert ‘Bob’ Fender
    Robert “Bob” Fen­der of St. Ger­main, Wis., passed away on Feb. 16, 2021. He was 60.  
    Bob was born and raised in Glenview, Ill.
    Growing up, he enjoyed
  • Kenneth Leal
    Kenneth Leal, a resident of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 15, 2021.
    He was born in Chicago, Ill., on October 17, 1926, to George and Mabel Leal. 
    Ken grew up in
  • Beverly Jane Pfeifer
    Beverly Jane Pfeifer went home to her Heavenly Father on Valentine’s Day. How fitting she passed away on a day for celebrating love because Beverly herself was an icon of love. She was rarely seen without a smile on her face, and she truly lived with a servant’s heart.
    Active in her church choir at
  • Lillian J. Cramer, a resident of Germantown, and a summer resident of Three Lakes since 1979, died Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. She was 98.

    She enjoyed visiting the Three Lakes area for more than 80 years and spent her time as a docent at the Three Lakes Historical Museum. She also was active with
  • Allen Hillmer
    Allen Hill­mer, 71, of Waters­meet Mich., and Madison, Wis., passed away at home on Feb. 10, 2021.
    He was born on Dec. 4, 1949, in Madison, to Nathan and Betty Hillmer.
    He was married to
  • Carlton E. Hoffman
    Carlton E. Hoffman, 101, was born Aug.17, 1919, in Appleton, Wis., and died Feb. 11, 2021, at Grace Lodge in Rhinelander, Wis., with his daughter, Carol, and her husband, Bob, at his side.
    He was the son of
  • Jack R. Klotz
    Jack R. Klotz of St. Germain died with his family at his side Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. He was 84.
    He was born Nov. 10, 1936, to Fred and Loretta Klotz of Hodgkins, Ill. 
    He was an avid hunter and fisherman and
  • William Robert ‘Bill’ Kuhn
    William Robert “Bill” Kuhn, age 74, of Neills­ville, Wis., passed away peacefully at his current home in Three Lakes, Wis., surrounded by loved ones on Feb. 5, 2021.

    Bill was born on
  • Dona M. Lehman
    Former Three Lakes, Wis., resident, Dona M. Lehman, age 87, was granted her angel wings on Feb. 9, 2021, with her family by her side.
    A service/celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
    Dona was born
  • Lawrence “Larry” “Sparky” Oberg, a resident of Eagle River, died Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, at his home. He was 72. 
    A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 6, at 11 a.m. at St. Germain Evangelical Free Church. Visitation will be held
  • Beverly Pfeifer died Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, at Milestone Senior Living in Tomahawk. She was 79.  
    Funeral services will be held Friday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Eagle River. Visitation will be held from 10 to
  • Edna M. Sparks
    Edna M. Sparks, age 86, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully listening to Elvis on Feb. 11, 2021, at her home.
    Edna was born Aug. 23, 1934, to Joseph and Mary Grkovic and has spent her entire life in Eagle River.  
    She was married to
  • James Arnold ‘Jim’ Agnini