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  • Charlotte Federspiel, age 84, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at Diane’s Home in the Northwoods.
    Charlotte was born on Sept. 22, 1933, in Eagle River, to Albert and Florence Fields.
    Charlotte ran a children’s daycare for many years in Eagle River.
    She was a member of the Pioneer Lake Lutheran Church in Conover, Wis.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis “Louie” Federspiel; her parents; sisters, Lorraine Carie and Edith Buckley; and brother, LeRoy Fields.
    She is survived by
  • Rita Ann Garton, an Eagle River resident, died Monday, April 16, 2018, at Marshfield Medical Center. She was 68. 
    She moved to Eagle River in 2013 and enjoyed hiking woodsy trails with her dog, Daisy.
    Ms. Garton was preceded in death by her parents; and one daughter, Genevieve M. Lurz.
    She is survived by one daughter, Jessica Lurz-Brown; one sister, Margie Trumbull; three grandchildren; two nieces; and two nephews. 
    A private memorial gathering will be held by her family at a later time.
  • Darlene F. Mursett of St. Germain died Thursday, March 8, 2018. She was 80. 
    Memorial services will be held Saturday, May 26, at Shepherd of the Lakes Lutheran Church in Sayner.  
    Visitation will start at 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.  
    Generations Funeral Home in Tomahawk is serving the family.  
  • Michael C. Zinecker
    Michael C. Zinecker, age 79, passed away at home on Saturday, May 19, 2018.
    He was born to Raymond and Loraine Zinecker on Nov. 8, 1938.
    Mike graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1956, and served in the U.S. Air Force for four years.
    On April 29, 1961, he married the love of his life, Mary Ellen (Lord) Zinecker, at Zion Lutheran Church in Oshkosh, Wis. 
    Mike was employed by Oshkosh Manufacturing Co. and Mercury Marine prior to owning and operating The Odd Jobs People, LLC.
    He was an
  • Tonia Ann Belke, a lifelong resident of St. Germain, died Friday, May 11, 2018, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. She was 52. 

    Mrs. Belke was born Sept. 14, 1965, in La Grange, Ill., to Michael and Geri Gapa. 

    She was a graduate of Northland Pines High School in 1983. 

    Mrs. Belke loved her dog and enjoyed fishing. 

    She was preceded in death by her father, Michael; one brother, Timothy; one neph­ew, Michael Larson; and one brother-in-law, Dennis Larson. 

    Mrs. Belke is survived by
  • Dr. Gary Dixon
    On May 10, 2018, while vacationing in Branson, Mo., with his wife, Cheryl, Dr. Gary Dix­on suffered a fatal heart attack.
    Today, he is rejoicing in heaven and receiving his glorious, eternal reward with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    Pastor Gary was born in Waukesha, Wis., on Sept. 17, 1954, to Richard (Digger) and Ione (Mini) Dixon.
    After graduating from Wau­kesha South Campus High School, he continued his education, graduating in ministerial studies from Central Bible College in Springfield, Mo. It was there that Pastor Gary met his wife, Cheryl, the love of his life and best friend.
    He later received a
  • Jeanne Marie Kunes, of Eagle River, Wis., died Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family. She was 89.

    Jeanne was born in Chicago, Ill., on Jan. 17, 1929, to Elizabeth (née Keene) and Joseph Peschel.

    She graduated from Morgan Park High School in 1947.

    She married Bill Kunes in September 1950. They lived in Midlothian, Ill., until 1985, when they retired and moved to Eagle River.

    Jeanne loved watching the deer and other Northwoods creatures. She is remembered by her friends and family as kind and loving with more than a dash of
  • Isaac “Ike” Pete was called home to his eternal home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, May 8, 2018.
    He was 87 years old, the son of the late Joe and Josephine (née Antoine) Pete and the father of seven children.
    Isaac was a longtime resident of Phelps, Wis., where he was born and grew up in a family of 17 siblings. 
    Ike was a welder by trade, spending his younger years in Cleveland, Ohio, and Milwaukee, Wis. He also resided in Two Rivers, Wis., Laona, Wis., and Florence, Wis., before returning to his beloved Phelps, near many of his family.
    There he enjoyed life with
  • Dulsie Eleanor Ryan
    Dulsie Eleanor (née Ihm) Ryan of St. Germain died Friday, May 11, 2018, at her residence with her family by her side. She was 75.

    Mrs. Ryan was born Sept. 29, 1942, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Charles and Dulsie (née Hendricks) Ihm. 

    She attended St. Joseph Academy, Wahlert High School and Dubuque Beauty Academy, all in Dubuque. 

    She married Thomas Ryan Aug. 5, 1961.

    Mrs. Ryan worked as a beautician and was the owner of Country Fashion Beauty Salon and also owner and operator of Ryan’s Last Resort. She also worked as office staff at
  • Richard Arthur Drall­meier of Eagle River died Friday, May 4, 2018, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. He was 77.
    Mr. Drallmeier was born April 2, 1941, in Hinsdale, Ill., to Ervin and Lillian (née Frese) Drallmeier. 
    He married Alice Palecek Oct. 7, 1967. 
    Mr. Drallmeier owned and operated Tamarack Timbers Resort on Pickerel Lake and helped with the boat launch for “Clean Boats, Clean Waters.” He loved fishing and spending time with family and friends.
    He was preceded in death by
  • James J. Faragher, formerly of Three Lakes, died April 22, 2018, in Phoenix, Ariz. He was 81. 

    Mr. Faragher was the son of Joseph and Verna Fara­gher.

    He graduated from Three Lakes High School in 1955 before serving in the U.S. Army.

    Mr. Faragher was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lois (née Boerger); one daughter, Tracy Austin; and one sister, Betty Jane Thielen.

    He is survived by three daughters, Carrie, Kimberly and Pamela; seven grandchildren; one brother, Ronald of Arizona; one sister, Carolyn (Robert) Keeley of Pewaukee; and
  • Alma Mackevicius, a resident of Land O’ Lakes and formerly of Chicago, Ill., died Thursday, May 3, 2018, at Phelps Care in Phelps. She was 85.
    Mrs. Mackevicius was born May 17, 1932, in Lithuania to Juozas and Gancvaite Atkociunas.
    She was an avid reader.
    Mrs. Mackevicius was preceded in death by her husband, Romas; and her parents.
    She is survived by one brother, Mo of Oak Lawn, Ill; one sister, Grace Noreika of Alberta, Canada; and nieces and nephews.
    A graveside service will be held
  • Irma Brandner, a resident of Eagle River, died Thursday, April 26, 2018, at Milestone Senior Living in Eagle River. She was 98.

    Mrs. Brandner was born Feb. 9, 1920, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Robert and Ruth Sterling.

    She and her husband owned and operated Brandner’s Market on Railroad Street in Eagle River for many years.

    She was a member of the Eagle River Doll Club as well as the Daughters of the American Revolution.

    Mrs. Brandner was preceded in death by her husband, Phil; and her parents.

    She is survived by
  • Gladys Ann Cole
    Gladys Ann Cole of Ken­osha, and formerly of Eagle River, died Monday, April 16, 2018, at her home. She was 85.
    Mrs. Cole was born May 1, 1932, to John and Katheryne (née Lukas) Kauzlaric in Eagle River.
    She graduated from Eagle River High School in 1950, then moved to Kenosha where she worked as a stenographer for Simmons Bedding Co.
    She married John Chesack May 29, 1954, at St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Pleasant Prairie. 
    She remained a parishioner at St. Therese Church until her death.
    Mrs. Cole retired from
  • Dorothy E. Janssen, 92, passed away peacefully at Seasons of Life Hospice in Woodruff, Wis., April 19, 2018.
    She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett “Jan”; and brother, Edward Nist of Port Charlotte, Fla.
    She belonged to the Fox Lake (Illinois) American Legion, moved to Eagle River, Wis., in 1959, was 20 years in the Vilas Civil Air Patrol as a captain and bookkeeper, and a steadfast member of Grace Foursquare Church, Rhine­lander, Wis.
    She is survived by her daughter, Jo Ann Stevens of Eagle River; sons, James Janssen of Stanley, Wis. and Tom (Kris) Janssen of Phelps, Wis.; brother, Frank (Diane) Nist of
  • Klint Kody Mitchell
    Klint Kody Mit­chell, 30, of Watersmeet, Mich.
    Born on Christmas Eve 1987, he was youngest of five children of Joe and Kathi (Gordert) Mitchell.
    He lived in Luzerne until he finished nursing school, and moved to the Upper Peninsula. He worked as a flight nurse, and was taken from this world on April 26, 2018, in a helicopter crash in Wisconsin. 
    Klint was an avid houndsman and breeder of Foley Swamp Plott Hounds. He was active in the American Plott Hound Association, Upper Peninsula Bear Houndsman Association, a member of
  • Kimberly Mary Rhett
    Kimberly Mary Rhett, 58, of Pilla­ger, Minn., passed away at home on April 23, 2018, after a 25-year battle with cancer.
    Kim was born to Gary and Mae Busko in Ephrata, Wash., on Feb. 23, 1960.
    Growing up, she lived in many places: Washington, Texas, California, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, before finally settling in Wisconsin, where she graduated from Rhinelander High School in 1978.
    After graduation, she joined the U.S. Navy and shortly thereafter was stationed in Misawa, Japan, where she met her future husband, Elbert (Tom) Rhett.
    They were married
  • Thomas Zuege, a 25-year resident of Eagle River, died Sunday, April 29, 2018, at his home on Anvil Lake. He was 85. 

    Mr. Zuege was born April 11, 1933, in Milwaukee to Clarence and Frances Zuege.

    He served in the U.S. Army National Guard.   

    After his retirement from the Wauwatosa School District, he moved to Eagle River with his wife, Catharine.   

    Mr. Zuege was an avid fisherman, and also enjoyed painting and carving. 

    He was a member of
  • Nellie H. DeRuiter

    January 15, 1929 - April 22, 2018

    Nellie Hil­da DeRuiter (née DeVries) was born to eternal life on April 22, 2018.

    Born in South Holland, Ill., on Jan. 15, 1929, Nellie was the first-born child of Nellie and Claude DeVries and a first-generation American.

    She had

  • Nancy H. Galasinski
    Nancy H. Galasinski, 72, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away on April 14, 2018, at Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital.
    Nancy was born in Rockford, Ill., on April 7, 1946, the daughter of Lorin F. Holt and Harriet L. (Morgan) Holt.
    Nancy married her devoted husband, Charles R. “Chuck” Galasinski on June 12, 1965, spending 52 wonderful years together.
    Nancy was a nurturing mother, grandmother and special friend to many who enjoyed helping others, cooking, gardening, and the wide variety of wildlife that surrounded their North Woods home.
    Nancy is survived by
  • Virginia Gruenwald (née Jung), a lifelong Cedarburg resident, died Tuesday, April 17, 2018. She was 93.
    She was a graduate of Cedar­burg High School and the Milwaukee School of Business.
    She married Harvey Gruenwald Nov. 9, 1946, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Cedar­burg.
    She worked in the family furniture business, first for her family and then with her husband when they purchased one-half interest in the business that became Jung-Gruenwald Furniture and Appliance. She continued to help out, but her priorities focused on home and family.
    Mrs. Gruenwald enjoyed spending time in
  • Charles A. “Chuck” Robin Jr. died Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Lakeshore Assisted Living in Lake Tomahawk. He was 84.

    A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m. at Nimsgern Funeral Home Chapel in Woodruff, with a memorial gathering from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in memory of Mr. Robin can be made to the St. Germain Youth Golf League.
  • Benedict ‘Jay’ Vincent Banaszynski Jr.
    Benedict “Jay” Vincent Banaszynski Jr., 60, Phelps, Wis., died Saturday morning, April 14, 2018, surrounded by family members and was received into God’s loving arms, at home following a valiant two and one-half year fight with cancer.
    Jay was born Jan. 5, 1958, to Benedict Sr. and Sandra (Krueger) Banaszynski.
    Jay grew up in the Pulaski area and attended Pulaski public schools, graduating from Pulaski High School with the class of 1976.
    On Nov. 11, 1977, Jay married his high school sweetheart, Anne (Sinclair), at Pamperin Park in Green Bay. They raised three children (two daughters, one son) and lived in
  • Joanne Elsie Bohenstengel
    Joanne Elsie Bohenstengel, formerly of Sheboygan and St. Germain, died Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Hudson, Fla., surrounded by family. She was 80. 

    Mrs. Bohenstengel was born Feb. 24, 1938, in Sheboygan to William and MaryAnn Ziegler.  

    She attended St. Peter Claver Elementary School and graduated from Central High School in 1956.  

    She married Henry M. “Hank” Bohenstengel Oct. 18, 1969, in Sheboygan. 

    Mrs. Bohenstengel was employed at St. Nicolas Hospital for many years and continued in the medical receptionist field until her retirement in 2013. 

    She enjoyed
  • Elaine Elda Liermann, 89, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at the Ascension Eagle River Hospital.

    Born in Manitowoc, Wis., to Reynold and Adelia Groelle, she married Orville Liermann in 1949, and enjoyed 43 years of adventure including trips to Hawaii, California and Arizona.

    She loved time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

    An avid organic gardener before organic was mainstream, it was not unusual for the mailman to deliver preying mantis egg cases, balls of lady bugs or five-pound boxes of live honeybees. She
  • Elizabeth Mary Gilmore
    Elizabeth Mary Gil­more (Adkins), aka Jeanie, born April 13, 1934, and passed at the age of 83 on April 7, 2018.
    Survivors are her sister, Margaret Glatter (Rodrick); children, Roxanna Gensler, Roberta Wendl (Daniel) and Gary Petts (Kaye); along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 
    From the day God brought Mom (Jeanie) to this earth, she was a force to be reckoned with.
    Mom was an immaculate housekeeper and an excellent cook. She was able to come up with a meal out of just about nothing. A person would feel welcomed as though she had
  • Delores “Dori” Mendyk of Sugar Camp and formerly of New Berlin, died Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Rennes Health & Rehab Center in Rhinelander. She was 96.

    Mrs. Mendyk was born April 24, 1921, in Fond du Lac to Albert and Millie Honzelka.

    She enjoyed reading, gardening and spending time with family and friends.

    Mrs. Mendyk was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Stanley; and two sons, Jeffrey and David.

    She is survived by
  • Joyce Laree Niemietz
    Joyce Laree Niemietz of Land O’ Lakes, died Tuesday, April 10, 2018, at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander. She was 86.
    Mrs. Niemietz was born July 13, 1931, in Wilson, Okla. 
    She married Henry J. Niemietz Dec. 5, 1964.
    She was an artist who loved to draw and paint. She enjoyed dancing and working in her outdoor flower garden.  
    Mrs. Niemietz was preceded in death by her parents, Fannie Lee (née Adams) and William Guy Carlton; her husband, Henry Joseph Niemietz; two sons, Terry Alan Henriksen, and
  • Edward R. Jaeger
    A memorial service to celebrate the life of Edward R. Jae­ger has been scheduled for 11 a.m., Sat­urday, April 14, at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Eagle River, Wis.

    Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. and a luncheon will follow the service at the church.

    Jaeger passed away on Jan. 6, 2018, at the age of 92, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. He donated his body to the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine’s Department of Anatomy, for research and education.

    He was born in
  • Elaine Elda Liermann of Eagle River died Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at the Eagle River Memorial Hospital. She was 89.
    A complete obituary will be published in next week’s edition. 
    Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River is serving the family. 
  • Phil Phillips passed away peacefully at his home Feb. 1, 2018.
    A Celebration of Life will be held at Bonnie’s Lakeside, 1426 Highway 32, Three Lakes, Wis., on Sunday, April 15, from 3 to 5:30 p.m.
    Food and drink will be available.
  • Charles A.‘Chuck’ Robin Jr.
    Charles A. “Chuck” Robin Jr. died Thursday, March 29, at Lakeshore Assisted Living in Lake Tomahawk. He was 84. 

    Mr. Robin was born Nov. 1, 1933, in Chicago, Ill., to Charles A. and Erna (née Newman) Robin Sr. 

    He married Marion Hays June 23, 1956. 

    Mr. Robin worked for Illinois-Bell for 30 years before retiring to the North Woods. He was a member of the Bo-Boen Snowmobile Club, an avid golfer, bowler and Chicago Bears fan.

    Mr. Robin is survived by
  • Lisa M. Becker
    Lisa M. Becker of Eagle River, Wis., went to her eternal resting place, on Friday, March 30, 2018, with her family and dear friends at her side, following a courageous battle with cancer. 
    She was born June 28, 1951, in Athelstane, Wis., to Aron and Ester Kaatz.
    Lisa married Curtis Becker on Oct. 22, 1982.
    Lisa earned a master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
    She was employed at
  • Mary Louise Bohnen
    Mary Lou­ise Boh­nen, age 76, a resident of St. Germain, Wis., passed away on Sunday, April 1, 2018, at the Ascension Eagle River Hospital.

    Mary was born in Green Bay, Wis., on Nov. 21, 1941, to Douglas and Verna (née Spofford) Andersen.

    She was married to John James “Jack” Bohnen on July 8, 1961, in Green Bay. From there they moved to Des Plaines, Ill., until 1976, when they moved to St. Germain.

    Mary and her husband managed Deer Run Resort in St. Germain.

    She continued to work with her daughter and son-in-law at
  • Peter E. Knobel, born Jan. 7, 1943, in Milwaukee, Wis., died suddenly at his home in Conover, Wis., on Friday, March 30, 2018.

    Pete received his diploma from Washington High School, his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and his MBA from Rockhurst University.

    Pete pursued a successful career in printing in various locations around the United States, reaching a pinnacle as the Vice President of Publications at Banta, overseeing the planning, building and operations of the Liberty, Mo., facility.

    Pete was received
  • David C. Rietz, a resident of Wausau, Wis., passed away on March 23, 2018. He was 57 years old.
    He loved to water ski, snow ski and drive cars.
    He was a devoted Chicago Bulls fan and had a great sense of humor.
    Twenty-nine years ago he was rendered a paraplegic in an auto accident on Highway A outside of Three Lakes, Wis.  Since that time he struggled intermittently with medical complications as a consequence of that injury.
  • Charles “Chuck” Robin Jr. died Thursday, March 29, 2018, at LakeShore Assisted Living in Lake Tomahawk. He was 84.
    A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 28, at 10:30 a.m. at Nimsgern Funeral Home Chapel in Woodruff, with a memorial gathering from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.
    A complete obituary will appear in next week’s paper.
    Nimsgern Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family.
  • William R. ‘Bill’ Brunswick
    William R. “Bill” Bruns­wick, 98, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully Thursday morning, March 22, 2018, at Friend­ly Village in Rhine­lander, Wis.
    Bill was born Feb. 1, 1920, in Eagle River, a son of Edward and Lillian Brunswick.
    He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Edward J. Brunswick; and his sisters, Adele Ewing, Carol Swanson, and Gloria Dobbins.
    Survivors include sisters, Doris Close and Fern Erickson of Eagle River.
    Bill also was preceded in death by his wife, Doris May; and their daughter, Dian Carol Brunswick.
    Survivors also include
  • Mitchell S. Gapa
    Mitchell S. Gapa, age 67, of St. Germain, Wis., formerly of Mokena, Ill., passed away suddenly, March 17, 2018, at Marsh­field Medical Center, Marshfield, Wis.
    He was born in Germany, and graduated from SS. Cyril & Methodius School and Lemont High School in 1968.
    He was employed as a shop foreman, service manager and general service manager of MI-Jack Products CE Division, and later as a Service Coordinator at Walter Payton Power and Equipment, retiring in 2012.
    He fulfilled his lifelong dream by
  • Michael J. Lucas
    Michael J. Lucas went to be with his Lord and Savior on March 22, 2018, at his home in Grafton, Wis.

    Michael of Eagle River, Wis., was 82 years of age, being born in Ironwood, Mich., on Aug. 3, 1935, to parents Istvanne Lucas and Julianna Tokai. His parents had traveled to the United States as immigrants from Mucsony, Hungary, during the early 1930s, making a life for themselves in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

    Michael is survived by his beautiful wife, Marlene Ann Lucas of Okauchee, Wis., who was the love of his life. They were united in marriage on Dec. 3, 1955, and spent
  • Daughter of Joseph and Catherine (Kits) Dewyer, who ran the Dewyer Boatworks on Hwy. 70 East.
    Survived by husband, Thomas Maney; sons, Joseph (Kimberly) and John (Bonnie) Maney; daughter, Michelle Morrow; and four grandchildren.
    Most of you know her as “The little old lady who ran the antique store in Eagle River for 18 years.”
    We’ve known her as the hands and feet of Christ on Earth. She is home with her Savior and we rejoice in that.
    At her request, there will be no services.
    Arrangements are being handled by
  • Marshall J. Meistad, of the town of Cadott, died Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at his home. He was 36.

    He was born Dec. 27, 1981, to Robert and Jo-an (Garrison) Meistad in Phelps.

    Mr. Meistad married Nicole Christie March 6, 2015.

    He was employed at Advanced Laser Machining as a welder.

    He enjoyed being with family, fishing, gardening, working on cars and being outdoors.

    Mr. Meistad was preceded in death by
  • James ‘Jim’ Grzywacz

    James “Jim” Grzywacz, a resident of Eagle River and formerly of Stevens Point, died Friday, March 16, 2018, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. He was 80. 

    Mr. Grzywacz was born Sept. 18, 1937, in Cust