Obituaries - Vilas County News-Review
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  • Margaret Bernadette ‘Peggy’ Gaszak
    It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Peggy Gas­zak, 78, our loving and devoted mother, grandmother and friend to all whose lives she touched, on Dec. 16, 2020. 
    She was born on
  • William “Willie” Jackl, age 72, a resident of Conover, Wis., died on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.
    He was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on June 28, 1948, to William and Doris Jackl.
    Bill was a co-owner of
  • Merton James Jensen, a resident of Eagle River, died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhine­lander. He was 91. 

    He was born Nov. 5, 1929, in Escanaba, Mich., to Merton and Mildred Jen­sen.

    Mr. Jensen served in the U.S. Army during
  • Philip John Mietus, a lifelong resident of Eagle River, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at Aurora-Bay Care Medical Center in Green Bay. He was 58.

    He was born Jan. 2, 1963, in Rhinelander, to John and Cecile Mietus.

    He grew up on a farm in
  • Leslie Edwin ‘Les’ Price


    Leslie Edwin (Les) Price, 92, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, in Jennersville Hospital due to complications from

  • Kimberley Sue Rhodes-White
    Kimberley Sue Rhodes-White of Eagle River, Wis., entered her eternal life Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at Marshfield Hospital.
    She was born Oct. 13, 1970, to Jimmie and Donna Rhodes.
    Kim attended
  • Marcy Sredl, a longtime resident of Eagle River, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield. She was 84.
    She was born Feb. 14, 1936, in Chicago, Ill., to Al and Josephine Paluch.
    Mrs. Sredl was preceded in death by
  • Dwight F. Sandman
    Dwight F. Sandman passed into eternal life on Jan. 13, 2021, at his home, after a brief illness.
    Dwight was born March 26, 1931, to Herman and Liela (Miller) Sandman.
    He graduated from
  • Ralph William Schessler
    Ralph Wil­liam Schessler passed away on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, at Rennes Nursing Home in Rhine­lander, Wis., at the age of 90.
    He was born on Jan. 8, 1931, to William and Louise (Hauser) Schessler in Waukesha, Wis.
    Ralph served in the National Guard and
  • Robert ‘Bob’ Cole
    Robert “Bob” Cole, age 89, a resident of Sugar Camp, Wis., and Darien, Ill., died Mon­day, Jan. 4, 2021, at Ascension Eagle River Hospital.
    He was born in Hammond, Ind., on Sept. 24, 1931, to Thomas and Loleta Cole.
    Bob worked as an Industrial Engineer at
  • William E. Meihack
    William E. Meihack entered this world Dec. 23, 1928. December 31, 2020, Bill passed to eternal life to join his creator, his wife, Jean, and his son, William.
    He is survived by his son, David and his son, Steven (Janeen); and his grandchildren, Jessica, Nicholas and Benjamin (Wei); and great-grandchildren, Mars and
  • Chris Alan Thomson

    Jan. 3, 1938 - Jan. 8, 2021

    Our Lord called Chris Thomson to his eternal home on Jan. 8, 2021, after fighting infection due to COVID-pneu­monia.
    Chris was born on the family farm Jan. 3, 1938, to

  • Gregg Donald Darton
    Gregg Donald Darton, age 72, passed away after a lengthy illness on Jan. 1, 2021.

    He was born on June 7, 1948, in Phelps, Wis., to LaVerne (née Fiedler) and Gordon Darton.

    Gregg graduated from
  • John C. Pastori
    John C. Pastori, age 59, of Wisconsin Rap­ids, Wis., passed away Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, at his residence.

    Private family services were held at Ritchay Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids. A Celebration of Life will be held outdoors this summer. 

    John was born
  • Gerald “Jerry” Niemisto Sr., a lifelong resident of Phelps, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at Marshfield Medical Center. He was 71.

    He was born May 8, 1949, in Phelps, to Jacob and Caroline Niemisto.

    Mr. Niemisto graduated from
  • Esther Mayo (née Bloom), a lifelong resident of Eagle River, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2021, at Rennes Health & Rehab in Rhinelander. She was 101.
    She was born Dec. 14, 1919, in Eagle River, to Anton and Sinna Bloom.
    Mrs. Mayo worked as a registered nurse in
  • Carol L. McCosker
    “This wine has gone bad!” we heard her say. So naturally she started christening the snow-covered driveway up and down with it yelling, “Yippy!” Grandma had a way of doing things her own way (cue Frank Sinatra’s classic, “My Way”). She lived her life to the fullest — as a strong, determined, fiercely independent, incredibly generous woman with
  • Mary Patricia Camarda
    Mary Patricia Camarda, age 88, a resident of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away Dec. 24, 2020.
    She was born and raised in Racine, Wis., where she and her husband, George, owned a successful interior design studio.
    They retired to
  • Thomas A. ‘Tom’ Gelb
    Thomas A. “Tom” Gelb of Con­over, Wis., died on Christmas Day morning, Dec. 25, 2020. 
    Tom was born in Chicago, Ill., on May 24, 1935. (He always said he had no control over that!) 
    Tom is survived by
  • Karen E. Lang
    Karen E. Lang of St. Germain, formerly of Kenosha, died Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, at home after a two-year battle with leukemia. She was 79.
    She was born Aug. 1, 1941, in Cologne, Germany, to George and Nada Dimitrijevich. 
    Mrs. Lang worked various jobs, retiring from
  • Carl H. Liebig
    In his infinite wisdom the Lord called to his eternal home the soul of our depart­ed Christian brother, Carl H. Liebig, on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, at his home in Eagle River, Wis., at the age of 80.
    Carl was born to
  • Virginia Ann Anderson, age 95, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away on Dec. 11, 2020, in Rockwall, Texas.
    A private service for immediate family only will be scheduled at a later date at the Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River.
    Virginia was born on
  • Eileen Birchbauer, a resident of St. Germain, died Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at Avanti Health & Rehab. She was 95. 
    She was born June 19, 1925, in Milwaukee, to Otto and Helen Zillges.
    Mrs. Birchbauer was preceded in death by
  • Judy Braaten  (née Croker) of Eagle River died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. She was 59.
    She was born Dec. 19, 1961, to Jim and Helen Croker.
    She enjoyed
  • Robert Elko
    Robert Elko, a lifelong resident of the Eagle River area, died Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at his home. He was 69.
    He was born Aug. 17, 1951, in Phelps to Peter and Joyce (née Morgan) Elko.
    Mr. Elko graduated from
  • Gerald ‘Jerry’ Jakubowski
    Gerald “Jerry” Jakubow­ski died Thursday, Dec 3, 2020. He was 83.
    Mr. Jakubowski was born Feb. 25, 1937, in southern Wisconsin and spent his youth in that area. 
    He served in the U.S. Army for
  • Gregory John Schiek Sr.

    A Life Well Lived

    Gregory John Schiek Sr., formerly of Conover, Wis., passed away Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020.
    Born on

  • Eugene ‘Gene’ Adamovich
    Eugene “Gene” Ada­movich, age 72, a lifelong resident of Eagle River, Wis., died on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at Aspirus Hos­pital in Wausau.
    He was born Dec. 26, 1947, in Rhinelander, Wis., to parents, Frank and Gladys Adamovich.
    Frank and Gladys owned and operated
  • Anne Fraser Baer
    Anne Fraser Baer, 92, died on Oct. 22, 2020, in Punta Gorda, Fla. 

    Anne was born to Effie and Samuel Fraser in Manila, Philippines in 1928, where her father worked for
  • Vicki Lynn Froemming
    Vickie Lynn Froemming died Monday, Dec. 7, 2020. She was 53.

    She was born Jan. 3, 1967, in Coon Rapids, Minn., to Don and Betty Forcier.

    She was known for
  • Alice Mae Stoll
    Alice Mae (née Petzold) Stoll entered her eternal life on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020, at Sha­ron S. Richardson Community Hospice in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.
    She was born on New Year’s Day, 1930, in Wausau, Wis., and was the youngest of seven children born to William and Minnie Heidemann Petzold.
    Alice attended
  • Kathryn ‘Kathy’ Hamann
    It is with profound sadness, we announce the passing of Kathryn (Kathy) Anne Hamann, our loving and devoted mother and friend to all whose lives she touched, on Dec. 10, 2020, at the age of 76 years.

    Reunited in heaven with
  • Harold A. DeRuiter
    On Dec. 9, 2020, Harold A. DeRuiter was welcomed into eternal life with the Lord after 97 years of adventures as a loving family man, loyal friend, honored veteran and master carpenter. 
    Born on
  • Kristine “Kris” Gerhart passed away on Nov. 24, 2020, and went into the arms of Jesus.
    She was born on Jan. 14, 1970.
    Her joy in life was
  • Beverly A. Reynolds
    Beverly A. Reynolds (née Hedberg), 87, formerly of Eagle River, Wis., and Arlington Heights, Ill., passed away Friday, Dec. 11, 2020, at Sunrise of Crystal Lake, Ill.
    She was born
  • Kurt Allen Savaglio
    Kurt Allen Savaglio, of Kernersville, N.C., and Eagle River, died Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. He was 60.
    He was born Dec. 8, 1960, in Kenosha, to Alfred and Erika Savaglio.
    Mr. Savaglio worked for many years at
  • Richard L. Dixon
    Richard L. Dixon passed from life to eternal life on Dec. 2, 2020.
    Rich was born in Wau­kesha, Wis., on Sept. 11, 1950, to Richard (Digger) and Ione (Mini) Dixon.
    After graduating from high school Rich
  • Sara Benson Helke
    Sara Benson Helke, 56, passed away peacefully at her home in Eagle River, Wis., on Nov. 26, 2020.
    Sara was born in Wausau, Wis., on May 15, 1964, to the late Richard and Linda (Voelker) Helke.
    Sara graduated from
  • Marilyn Frances Topp
    Marilyn Frances (Rich­ard­son) Topp, age 94, of Delavan, Wis., died peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020.
    Daughter of the late Frank and Marie (Miller) Richardson, Marilyn was born in Chicago, Ill., on the Fourth of July 1926.
    She was united in marriage to
  • Charlotte Jacobson
    Charlotte Jacobson passed away peacefully into the glory of heaven on Dec. 1, 2020, while residing at Milestone Senior Living in Eagle River, Wis.
    She will be overwhelmingly missed by a large circle of family and friends who have been abundantly blessed to have known this extraordinary lady.
    She was a mother who
  • Gerald Francis Osiecki
    Gerald Francis Osiecki, age 93, a resident of Conover, Wis., since 1958, passed away unexpectedly at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, Wis., on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020.
    Gerald was born on
  • Nora Lydia Krueger
    Nora Lyd­ia Kru-eger, a resident of Marion, Wis., and Mission, Texas, for most of her life, was called home by her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Nov. 30, 2020, at the age of 87.

    Nora was born
  • Eleanor ‘Ellie’ Lapp
    Eleanor “Ellie” Lapp, age 84, a resident of Phelps, Wis., died on Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at the Iron River Care Center.
    She was born Jan. 7, 1936, in Wausau, Wis., to parents, Gustav and Bertha Schram.
    She married the love of her life, Dick Lapp, on
  • Doris Goldsworthy
    Doris Goldsworthy, 95, passed away peacefully at the Stevens Point Care Center on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020.
    She was born on Nov. 13, 1925, in Three Lakes, Wis., where she lived until 2016. Her parents, Oscar and Dena Lawonn, owned and managed Twin Oaks Resort on Crooked Lake, where
  • James F. ‘Yukon Jack’ Mecikalski
    Yukon Jack, aka James F. Mecikalski, of Eagle River, Wis., formerly of Jefferson, Wis., died on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff, Wis.
    Yukon, as he was known to his friends, was born on
  • Norman E. Winterhoff
    Norman E. Winterhoff passed away on Nov. 30, 2020, after an extended illness at Co­lonial Manor in Wausau, Wis., of COVID-19. 
    Norm was born in Ashville, Ohio, in 1922, to the late Rev. E.H.E Winterhoff and his wife, Stella (Rasmussen). He was the second born of four children.
    Norm was a graduate of
  • Stephen C. ‘Steve’ Utzinger
    Stephen “Steve” C. Utzinger, 76, passed away unexpected­ly at the Marshfield Medical Cen­ter on Thursday, Nov. 26, 2020, after a courageous battle with lymphoma cancer.  
    He was born to
  • Charlene J. Pete of St. Germain, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 2020, at Marshfield Medical Center in Marshfield. She was 76. 
    She was born Dec. 18, 1943, to Joseph and Josephine Pete. 
    Ms. Pete was preceded in death
  • Robert ‘Bob’ John Vandewalker
    Robert “Bob” John Vandewalk-er, summer resident of Star Lake, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at his winter home in Fort Myers, Fla. He was 98. 
    He was born Aug. 15, 1922, in Medford, to John and Ellen (née Carlson) Vandewalker.  
    Mr. Vandewalker married
  • Robert J. “Bob” Beyerfound peace on Nov.  23, 2020, at the age of 70.
    Beloved husband of Bev (née Connors) for 48 years;  loving dad of Bo (Erin), Becca (Sal) Corrao and Brett; proud Bobpa of Brody, Emma and Vince; devoted son of
  • Susan Greenman
    Susan (née Thom­as) Greenman, 70 years old, passed away Nov. 22, 2020.

    She was born Oct. 14, 1950.

    Sue was married to
  • William Gaffron Jr. of Three Lakes died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. He was 85.

    He was born March 22, 1935, in Rhinelander, to William Karl Sr. and Edna (née Bonack) Gaffron.

    Mr. Gaffron grew up on
  • Iris Hendrickson
    Iris Hendrickson (née Olejni­czak), 74, of Wausau, Wis., formerly of West Salem, Wis., unexpectedly passed away Nov. 11, 2020, at home.
    She was born Feb. 15, 1946, in Milwaukee, Wis., to the late Ervin and Regina (née Hesiak) Olejniczak. 
    Iris grew up in
  • Eleanor Lapp, a resident of Phelps, died Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, at Iron River Care Center in Iron River, Mich. She was 84.
    A complete obituary will appear in a future edition.
    Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River is serving the family.
  • Gerald “Jerry” Osiecki, a resident of Eagle River, died Sunday, Nov. 29, 2020, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. He was 93.

    A complete obituary will appear in a future edition.

    Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River is serving the family.
  • Robert “Bob” Potter, a resident of Eagle River, died Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, at Milestone Senior Living. He was 96.
    He was born July 20, 1924, in Ripon, to Raymond and Elva Potter.
    Mr. Potter served in the U.S. Army during
  • Ruth ‘Rosie’ Reid
    A legend of the North­woods, our warrior queen and woman of ut­most class, Ruth “Rosie” Reid was welcomed into the spiritual world on Nov. 21, 2020, at the age of 91, after a brief battle with COVID-19. 
    She was a
  • Ramona J. Dillman, age 90, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., and formerly of Center, Ind., died on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, at Copperleaf Memory Care in Rothschild, Wis.
    She was born in
  • Kenneth Charles ‘Ken’ Fredricks
    Kenneth Charles “Ken” Fred­ricks, age 90, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020, at St. Joseph’s Res­idence in New London, Wis.
    He was born May 19, 1930, to the late Andrew and Clara (Presteen) Fred­ricks.
    On Aug. 8, 1959, Ken married
  • William “Bill” Gaffron, a resident of Three Lakes, died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at Rennes Health and Rehab in Rhinelander. He was 85. 
    He was born  
  • Marie Edith Hawkins
    Marie Edith Hawkins of Chanute, Kan., died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at her home. She was 59. 
    Mrs. Hawkins was born Oct. 19, 1961, in Eagle River, to Don Morse and Ruth (née Stafen) Sueck.
    She married
  • Ruth “Rosie” Reid of St. Germain died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, at Marshfield Medical Center in Weston. She was 91.
    Private family graveside services will take place at St. Germain Memorial Cemetery.
    A complete obituary will appear in
  • Charlotte Jensen
    Charlotte Jensen, age 88, a resident of Three Lakes, Wis., died on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, at Friendly Village Nursing Home.
    She was born in Chicago, Ill., on April 30, 1932, to Axel and Goldie Anderson. 
    Charlotte enjoyed
  • James R. ‘Jim’ Polarski
    James R. “Jim” Polar­ski, age 76, died Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, at his home in Milton, Wis.
    Jim was born on Jan. 6, 1944, to Raymond and Ethel (McKinney) Polarski in Three Lakes, Wis.
    He graduated from
  • John R. Stepka
    John R. Stepka, an avid family man, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. He was 90 years old.
    John was born in Elk River, Minn., Oct. 24, 1930, to Joseph and Anna Stepka.
    He married
  • Charlotte Jensen, a resident of Three Lakes, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, at Friendly Village Nursing Home in Rhinelander. She was 88. 
    Ms. Jensen was born April 30, 1932, in Chicago, Ill., to Axel and Goldie Anderson. 
    She enjoyed
  • Richard Louis ‘Dick’ Selman