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  • Geraldine Arlt
    Geraldine Arlt of Phelps, Wis., passed away peacefully at Milestone Senior Living in Eagle River, Wis., on Jan. 23, 2022, after her battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease. 

    Gerri was preceded in death by
  • Sandra Bredeson
    Sandra Bredeson of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away peacefully on Dec. 16, 2021, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital.

    She was born on Dec. 27, 1934 in Milwaukee, Wis. She was the daughter of Gilbert and Gertrude Ehlert.  

    She was married to
  • Donald J. Leifer, Jr. died unexpectedly at his home in Eagle River Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. He was 41.

    He was born July 21, 1980.

    Mr. Leifer spent his time
  • Josephine G. Crise Bodie
    Josephine G. Crise Bodie, passed into our savior’s arms on Jan. 8, 2022.  

    She was born July 8, 1942, and was 79 at the time of her passing.  

    She was born in
  • Jeffrey Joseph ‘Jeff’ Eberhart
    Jeffrey Joseph “Jeff” Eberhart of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully while holding his wife’s hand on Jan. 15, 2022, at the age of 61. 

    Jeff was preceded in death by his grandparents, Bernard and Henrietta Miller of Morton Grove, Ill. and Aloysius and Amalia Eberhard of Chicago, Ill.; and parents, Joseph Eberhart and
  • It is with profound sadness that the family of Barbara J. Mudgett announce her peaceful passing on Jan. 15, 2022, at the age of 66 years.  

    Barbara battled Covid, but it never stopped her from caring about others and making sure everyone always felt loved.  

    Barbara was born in
  • Herman F. Freymiller
    Herman F. Freymiller, 94, died peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022.

    Herman was born May 26, 1927, to Eugene and Emma Freymiller in Woodman, Wis., where he resided until he entered high school. 

    His senior year, he participated in
  • Robert I. Johnson
    Robert I. Johnson died at his home in Oregon, Ill. Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. He was 87. 

    Mr. Johnson was born Dec. 13, 1934, in Dixon, Ill. to Harold and Helen (nee Rippberger) Johnson. 

    He graduated from
  • John Leland ‘Jack’ Platner
    Peacefully entered God’s loving arms on Jan. 3, 2022, at the age of 89, surrounded by his wife and family in Milwaukee, Wis. 

    Loving husband of Mary, (née Singer), for 68 years. 

    Devoted father of
  • Kathleen “Kathy” Renkes died Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, in Marshfield. She was 69.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. at the St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Eagle River. Visitation will be
  • Romer Albert Whipple died Friday, Jan. 21, 2022, at his home in Three Lakes. He was 96. 

    Mr. Whipple is survived by his wife of 70 years, Mary Lou; two daughters, Marta Schultz of Madison, and Kim (Jim) Fell of Three Lakes; three grandchildren; and
  • Gerald L. ‘Jerry’ Zeller
    Gerald L. “Jerry” Zeller, 86, passed away on Jan. 15, 2022.  

    Born on Oct. 7, 1935, in Cissna Park, Ill., to Leroy and Verna (Swanson) Zeller. 

    Jerry spent three years in
  • Frances Jeanne (née Ong) Rockafellow
    Frances Jeanne (née Ong) Rockafellow passed away on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022 at the age of 75 in Aspirus Eagle River Hospital. 

    She was born on June 28, 1946, in Watseka, Ill., at 10:43 a.m. to Francis Luke Ong and Rosella June Longer Ong. 

    Jeanne was baptized Aug. 11, 1946, in
  • Edward Rustem Soroosh
    Edward Rustem Soroosh 93, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away Oct. 6, 2021, surrounded by loved ones.

    Ed is survived by his wife, Nona of 73 years; sister, Joan Peterson; sons, Kurt, Mark, Gregg and Brett; grandchildren, Stephanie, Brendon, Kendall, Perin, Dawn, Michael, Heather and Tim; and
  • Charles Edward Rusch Sr.
    Charles E. Rusch, Sr. age 91, of Shawano, Wis., formerly of Land O’ Lakes, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022.  

    Charles was born in Shawano on Oct. 12, 1930, to the late Carl and Lila (Olson) Rusch. 

    Charles graduated from
  • Barbara Winifred (Hansen) Zimmerman, age 85, passed away peacefully on Jan. 20, 2022. 

    She was born on Oct. 26, 1936, in Waukesha, Wis., to Edward and Gladys Hansen. 

    She married
  • Richard ‘Rick’ Anderson
    Richard “Rick” E. Anderson, age 67, died Dec. 19, 2021, at his home in Aurora, Ill., surrounded by his wife and son. 

    Although born in the big city of Chicago, Ill., in 1954, Rick grew up in the beautiful city of Eagle River, Wis. Yes, he was a “Cheesehead”.

    Rick is survived by
  • Dorothy Louise Meyer
    Dorothy Louise (née Holmes) Meyer died Monday, Jan. 3, due to complications with dementia and congestive heart failure after surviving non-Hodgkins lymphoma. She was 82.

    Mrs. Meyers was married to
  • Chris M. Nickolaou
    Chris M. Nickolaou of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. He was 80.

    He was born June 17, 1941 in Chicago, Ill. to Michael and Sophia Nickolaou.

    He graduated from
  • Ward Wheeler
    Ward Wheeler, a resident of Three Lakes, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. He was 85.

    He was born March 24, 1936, in Appleton, to Ward and Helen Wheeler. 

    He was in the Marines, Navy and
  • James ‘Jim’ J. Bilke
    James “Jim” J. Bilke, 86, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully on Dec. 18, 2021, at Marshfield Hospital in Marshfield, Wis. 

    Jim was born in Milwaukee, Wis., on Sept. 10, 1935, to Herbert and Mary Bilke. 

    While living in Milwaukee, Jim and
  • Connie L. Coccia of Phelps died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021 following a long battle with rheumatoid arthritis. She was 80.

    She was born Dec. 10, 1941, to Mr. and Mrs. Keith Forcum. 

    She graduated from
  • Sallie A. Ebert
    Sallie A. Ebert of St. Germain, Wis., passed away Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022.  

    Sallie was born Dec. 4, 1932, to Wallace and Leona (Palmiteer) Strohbusch in Beaver Dam, Wis. 

    Sallie graduated from
  • Troy William Livingston
    Troy William Livingston of Conover, Wis., passed away at Howard Young Medical Center on Jan. 3, 2022, at the age of 78. 

    He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Seren Livingston (née Lewis); his children, Scott (Voula) Livingston,Wheeling, Ill., Dan (Erin) Livingston, Littleton, Colo., Megan (Josh) Millman, Northbrook, Ill.; his grandchildren, Frank (Moon) Livingston, Aphrodite Athanasiadis, Will, Carter and Suzanne Livingston, and
  • Iantha Louise Pankow
    Iantha Louise Pankow, 82, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., and former longtime resident of Oconomowoc, Wis., passed away peacefully on Jan. 4, 2022. 

    Iantha was born on Aug. 31, 1939, in Herrington, Kan., to Merle and Naomi Conant. 

    Iantha grew up in
  • Thomas Thompson
    Thomas Thompson, a resident of Eagle River, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2021, at Howard Young Medical Center. He was 74.

    He was born Nov. 11, 1947, in Milwaukee, to Richard and Julia Thompson. 

    Mr. Thompson was
  • Harold Erwin Gensler
    Harold Erwin Gensler, age 94, peacefully passed away Dec. 24, 2021, at his residence in Three Lakes, Wis., where he resided for the last two years.

    Harold will be forever missed by his son, Steven (Patricia Thurmond) of Three Lakes, his granddaughters, Yana of Franklin, Wis., and Ali of Tucson, Ariz.; as well as
  • Fred ‘Butch’ Bonack
    Fred “Butch” Bonack, 90, a lifelong resident of Three Lakes, Wis., passed away Jan. 7, 2022, at Rennes Rehab Center in Rhinelander, Wis. 

    Fred was born Aug. 8, 1931, in Three Lakes to Fred and Maxine Bonack. 

    On May 15, 1954, he
  • Judith A. Rechlitz
    Judith A. Rechlitz (née Delopst). Born on Dec. 15, 1941 to Raymond and Mary (née Dubla) Delopst. 

    Born to Eternal Life on Dec. 31, 2021, in Milwaukee, Wis. 

    Judy is survived by
  • Funeral services for Kenneth R. Kuntz will be held Saturday, Jan. 15, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Eagle River.

    Visitation will be at 10 a.m. followed by a service at 11 a.m.

    Mr. Kuntz died Dec. 1, 2021, at age 80.
  • Charles Henry Battin
    Charles Henry Battin died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, at his home in Oregon, Ill., surrounded by family. He was 81.

    He was born Jan. 31, 1940, in Chicago, Ill., to Robert Davis and Harriot (née McMurry) Battin.

    He graduated from
  • John ‘Jack’ Colby
    John “Jack” Colby, 87, passed away on Dec. 20, 2021, at FHN Hospital in Freeport, Ill. 

    Jack was born in Chicago, Ill., on Nov. 9, 1934. 

    He attended
  • Charles R. Gilman
    Charles R. Gilman of Eagle River died Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021, at Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Rhinelander. He was 82. 

    He was born Feb. 12, 1939, in Libertyville, Ill.  

    Mr. Gilman graduated from
  • David B. Hunt
    David B. Hunt, age 62, a resident of Eagle River, Wis., and formerly of Bourbonnais, Ill., passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021, at the Eau Claire Hospital in Eau Claire, Wis. 

    David was born on
  • Norbert Blaine “Norb” Kegley, a resident of Eagle River, died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. He was 80.

    He was born June 16, 1941, in Burlington, to Arlie and Echo Kegley. 

    Mr. Kegley graduated in 1959 from
  • Henry Charles Mayo
    Henry Charles Mayo of Eagle River, Wis., left for his eternal home on Dec. 24, 2021, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, Wis.

    He was born Oct. 31, 1956, in Rhinelander, Wis., to Alfred and Marjorie Mayo. 

    Hank had been a mason all of his life. He
  • John Sabal, a resident of Eagle River, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2021. He was 85.

    A full obituary will appear in a future edition.

    Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River is serving the family.
  • Clarida ‘Teri’ Morton
    Clarida “Teri” Morton, age 79, of Eagle River, Wis., passed from this life into eternal life on Dec. 30, 2021, surrounded by family at Brookdale Stonefield Memory Care Center in Middleton, Wis. 

    Her valiant battle with
  • Dorothy Jean ‘Dottie’ Wiedenbauer
    Dorothy Jean “Dottie” Wiedenbauer (née Danner) of Eagle River died unexpectedly Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, at Aspirus Eagle River Hospital. She was 83.

    She was born July 8, 1938, in Kokomo, Ind., to Cecilia and Russell Danner.

    She moved shortly after to
  • Robert  A. ‘Bob’ Rhinehart
    Robert A. “Bob” Rhinehart died unexpectedly in his sleep on Dec. 27, 2021.

    Born Sept. 1, 1942, to Alice Regozzi Rhinehart, an Italian immigrant, and Arthur Rhinehart. They lived in Caspian, Mich. 

    Bob spent most of his young life on
  • Irene Gertrude Schellinger (née Spaeth), age 93 of Hartford, Wis., passed away Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, at Serenity Villa in Slinger, Wis. 

    Irene was born Oct. 12, 1928, in Jackson, Wis., to Margaret (née Melder) and Lawrence Spaeth.

    She was united in marriage to
  • Kathryn L. O’Toole
    Kathryn L. O’Toole, age 82, a resident of Burlington, Wis., and former longtime resident of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully on Dec. 30, 2021. 

    Kathy was born on Sept. 30, 1939, in Chicago, Ill., to Dorsey and Laura Seratt.

    Kathy grew up in
  • Rebecca  Lou ‘Becky’ Siefert

    Feb. 28, 1946 - Dec. 19, 2021

    Rebecca Lou “Becky” Siefert, 75, of St. Germain, Wis., passed away at her home on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021.

    She was born on

  • Jean Frances Shafranski
    Jean Frances Shafranski, a resident of Eagle River, died Monday, Dec. 20, 2021, at Aspirus Eagle River Hospital. She was 89.

    She was born Oct. 20, 1932, in Plainfield, to Fred and Elsie (née Roeske) Dubke.

    After graduating from
  • Kenneth C. Lenz Sr.
    Kenneth C. Lenz, Sr. of Mokena, Ill. died Monday, July 26, 2021. He was 84.

    He worked at Andrew Corp. in Orland Park for more than 30 years.

    Early in life, Mr. Lenz served as
  • Chester ‘Chet’ Twardowski
    Chester “Chet” Twardowski, 83, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully at Rennes Health and Rehab Center in Rhinelander, Wis., on Dec. 21, 2021, with family by his side.  

    Chet was born
  • Donna White
    Donna (née Skoviak) White, 82, of White Pine, Mich., passed away on Dec. 26, 2021, after a battle with cancer.

    She was a fighter to the end. She was a three-time cancer surviver but those battles over 30 years had taken their toll and she couldn’t beat it this time.

    Donna was born to
  • John W. ‘Jack’ Chopin
    John W. “Jack” Chopin, age 83, died on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Aspirus Eagle River Hospital in Eagle River, Wis.  

    He was born a few minutes after his twin sister, Judy, on Jan. 7, 1938, in Appleton, Wis.  

    Jack grew up enjoying
  • Robert ‘Bob’ Fuller
    Robert N. Fuller of Eagle River, Wis., passed away on Dec. 4, 2021. 

    He was 83 years old. Robert was born March 17, 1938, in New Haven, Conn., to Norman K. Fuller and Lily (née Lunde) Fuller. 

    Bob spent his early years in
  • Milne ‘Mel,’ ‘Sam’ George Harvey
    Milne “Mel,” “Sam” George Harvey died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, at Lakeshore Living Center in Lac du Flambeau. He was 86.

    Mr. Harvey was born Oct. 19, 1935 in Milwaukee, to George and Elizabeth Harvey.

    He married
  • Elaine Mary Emma Voeltner
    Elaine Mary Emma Voeltner (née Priebe), age 84 of Eagle River, Wis., passed away quietly on Dec. 5, 2021, with her family by her side.  

    She was born on March 19, 1937, in Milwaukee, Wis., to the late Gustave and Irene Priebe.

    Elaine graduated from
  • Matthew J. Cira
    Matthew J. Cira of Sugar Camp died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at Eagle River Memorial Hospital after a long illness. He was 62.

    He was born Sept. 27, 1959.

    He was a graduate of
  • Berklee Rae Adamovich
    Berklee Rae Adamovich, 10, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021.  

    She was born on March 11, 2011, to Lindsey Riedel and Jared Adamovich in Woodruff, Wis. 

    Berklee was so full of life and
  • Clarence J. ‘Jack’ Weier
    Clarence J. “Jack” Weier, age 97, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, at Cedar Lake Health and Rehabilitation in West Bend, Wis., after a two-week stay. 

    He was born in
  • Alma Grace ‘Skippy’ Burzynski
    Alma Grace ‘Skippy’ Burzyn-ski, longtime resident of Clearwater Lake, Wis. and Three Lakes, Wis., passed away peacefully on Dec.1, 2021, following a seven-year battle with Alzheimer’s and dementia. She was 86. 

    Mrs. Burzynski was born
  • Bonnie Jean Price
    Bonnie Jean Price was born July 16, 1927, in Forrest, Ill., to Elmer and Vivian (née Beagle) Virkler.

    She was the oldest daughter of the five Virkler children (Jack, Perry, Jim and Brenda). 

    She was married to
  • James Bilke of Eagle River died Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Marshfield. He was 86.

    Services are pending with Bolger Funeral Home in Woodruff.
  • Larry Mortimer
    Larry Mortimer, 79, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. 

    Larry was born April 29, 1942, in Elgin, Ill., to Richard and Thelma Mortimer. 

    After graduating from
  • Pamela “Pamme” Williams, of Eagle River, Wis., passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. 

    She was born in Eagle River on June 5, 1945, a daughter of Albert “Pete” and Anita Budde. 

    She married
  • Chris A. Wise
    KIMBERLY — Chris A. Wise, age 75, passed away surrounded by loved ones on Dec. 9, 2021. 

    He was born on Dec. 24, 1945, in Illinois. 

    He married
  • Mary Ann Kramer

    March 14, 1950 – December 14, 2021

    Mary Ann (née Miene) Kramer unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. 

    Mary was born to

  • Murray Cohen
    Murray Cohen, 92, of Delphos, Ohio, and Bloomfield Hills, Mich., passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021. 

    Murray is survived by his wife, Barbara Safran Cohen; daughters, Roberta (Alan) Cohen and Jennifer (Ami) Shneiderman; and stepson, Jared (Lauren) Safran; and
  • Nancy Joy Jordan
    Nancy Joy Jordan, a resident of Land O’ Lakes, and formerly of Wonder Lake, Ill., died Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. She was 68.

    She was born
  • Candie Ann Long died Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021 at her home in Conover after a lengthy illness. She was 60.

    She was born April 22, 1961, in Chicago, Ill. to Larry and Jane Rasmussen.

    Ms. Long spent time residing in
  • Martin J. ‘Marty’ McCauley III
    Martin J. “Marty” McCauley III of North Land O’ Lakes died Friday, Dec. 10, 2021, at his home following a lengthy illness. He was 65.

    He was born in Elmhurst, Ill., and grew up in Bensenville, Ill.

    Mr. McCauley has visited the North Woods every summer since he was a teenager and moved to
  • Berklee Adamovich of Eagle River died Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021, at home. She was 10.

    A full obituary will appear in a future edition. 

    Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home is serving the family.
  • Scott B. Dicka
    Scott B. Dicka, a resident of Sayner, died Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021, at home. He was 60.

    He was born Oct. 4, 1961, in Milwaukee, to Joseph and Phyllis Dicka. 

    Mr. Dicka worked as a landscaper in
  • June Reese Nicholson
    June Reese Nicholson, age 91, Hillsdale, Ill., passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021.  

    June was born Jan. 11, 1930, at home on a farm south of Colona, Ill., to Norman and Helen Jacobson Reese.  

    Her education was at a one-room school, Briar Bluff, and