|Ezra Elijah Sprotte
Ezra Elijah (Bedroske) Sprotte, 11 years old, Abbotsford, died on Sept.
23, 1999, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield, due to a sudden illness.
Funeral services were held Sept. 27 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in
Dorchester, with Rev. Jerome Freimuth presiding. Burial was in the Dorchester
Ezra was born on April 27, 1988, in Marshfield. He was currently a
sixth grade student at the Colby Middle School. Ezra enjoyed being involved
in sports and was a member of the CUDA Pop Warner football team and wrestling
team and the Milan Little League softball team. He also played the tuba
in the Colby Middle School band and was an active member in the Holton
4-H Club. Ezra loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He especially enjoyed
helping his dad on the farm. Ezra was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church
where he attended sunday school and the TGIF youth group.
He is survived by his parents, Steve and Colleen Sprotte of Abbotsford;
one brother, Paul Sprotte, and one sister Cassandra Sprotte, both at home;
grandparents: Wallace and Dorothy Sprotte of Abbotsford, Howard and Myrtle
Bedroske of Dorchester and Arlene Dennis of Bloomer; great grandmother
Alma Lineaweaver of Abbotsford; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and school
Pallbearers were David, Russell, Loren, Kevin and Gary Bedroske and
Nathan Sprotte. Honorary pallbearers were Ben Bedroske, Eric Brusky, Vincent
Mohan, Christopher Shotliff, Tyler Brandl and Logan Becker.
A memorial in Ezra's name will be designated at a later date.
Maurina Funeral Home of Dorchester assisted the family with arrangements.
Adam Fitzel, 83, Colby, died Sept. 21, 1999 at Colonial Center, Colby.
Funeral services were held Sept. 25 at First United Church of Christ, Colby.
Burial was in Colby Memorial Cemetery. Pallbearers were Lorne Gustafson,
Gene Voda, Ben Fitzel, Tyler Fitzel, Larry Duvall, and Kevin Duvall. Rev.
Kenneth A. Dix presided.
Adam was born Sept. 23, 1915, in Chicago, Ill., to Paul and Eleanor
(Greschner) Fitzel. He attended school at March Rapids. Adam and Ione Witte
were married June 19, 1937.
Before he was married Adam worked for Roddis Company in Marshfield.
After their marriage they farmed for 17 years in the Town of Hull, Marathon
County. They moved to Colby in 1955 and he did construction work until
1971. He then worked on his own as a carpenter until he retired. He took
up saw filing as a pastime and did small odd jobs. He enjoyed hunting and
fishing and all types of woodworking, especially crafts. Adam was a member
of First United Church of Christ, where he served as a past council member.
Surviving are his wife Ione of Colby; his children, Marilyn (Mannon)
Gustafson of Colby and Galen (Diane) Fitzel of St. Paul, Minn.; six grandchildren,
four great-grandchildren and two sisters Rosie (Ralph) Andrew of Colby
and Mary (Bill) Volland of Auburndale. He was preceded in death by his
parents and one brother, Ben Fitzel.
Jacob L. Drager
Jacob L. Drager, 52, of Stetsonville died Sept. 23, 1999, at his home
in the Town of Deer Creek.
Services were held Sept. 25 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford. Kenneth
M. Solberg, pastor of United Pentecostal Church in Medford, presided. After
cremation, remains were buried in the Stetsonville Public Cemetery.
Mr. Drager was born Jan. 28, 1947, in Medford. He was a 1965 graduate
of Medford High School. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was wounded
in action in Vietnam.
He and Sandra V. Block were married July 25, 1970, in Dorchester. After
his discharge from the Marines in 1969 Mr. Drager worked at Weathershield
Mfg. They then moved to Belvidere, Ill., and worked for Belvidere Products
for eight years. In 1980 they returned to Medford and he worked for Mathews
Implement. He later drove semi truck for Prochnow Farms for 13 years. For
the past three years he was employed by Roehl Transport in Marshfield,
until ill health forced him off the road this past June.
He enjoyed fishing, craft woodworking and making firewood. He was a
lifetime member of Klossner-Dietzler VFW Post 5729 in Medford.
Surviving are his wife, Sandra Drager of Stetsonville; a daughter,
Renee Drager of Stetsonville; two sons, Daniel Drager of Dorchester and
Jonathon (Liz) Drager of Medford; two grandchildren, and two step-grandchildren;
his father, Louis Drager of Medford; six sisters, Clarice (Ray) Pashalien
of Milwaukee, Naomi (Dave) Kestler of Westboro, Loretta (Wayne) Salzgeber
of Medford, Sue (Tom) Blasel of Medford, Barbara Schafer of Eau Claire
and Debbie (Bill) Liddle of Green Bay, and two brothers, Larry Drager of
Medford and Allen Drager of Superior.
He was preceded in death by his mother in 1971.
Carl R. Thorson
Carl R. Thorson, 63, of Medford died Sept. 24, 1999, at his home in
the Town of Medford.
Funeral services were held Sept. 28 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford.
Pastor Charlie Butt presided, and burial was at Evergreen Cemetery I in
He was born June 23, 1936, in Longwood to Abraham and Delia (Schoenwetter)
Thorson. He received his education in Owen-Withee schools. He and Marianna
Kopitzke were married Sept. 10, 1955, in Milwaukee, and they later divorced.
After his education Mr. Thorson was employed in Milwaukee for American
Motors. In 1958 he returned to this area and worked at the Medford Creamery,
and later at The Post in Owen. In 1964 he began employment with Weathershield
Mfg., where he worked for 15 years. For the past 15 years he was employed
as a mechanic at the Farmacy between Medford and Stetsonville. Also for
the past 12 years he and Gen Thomas owned and operated TNT Antiques in
He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and a former
National Guard member for several years in the late 1950's.
Surviving are two daughters, Laurie (Harry) Fox of Abbotsford and Corrine
"Corky" (special friend Tom) Thorson of Florida; two sons, Joseph (Ann)
Thorson of Anniston, Ala., and Jeffrey (Theresa) Thorson of Curtiss; six
grandchildren, three sisters, Thelma (Don) Euclide of Medford, Alice Mae
Raether of Stanley and Violet (Herbert) Taylor of the state of Oregon;
and a brother, Don (Vera) Thorson of Withee. He is further survived by
special friends Deril Sr. and Gen Thomas of Medford, with whom he made
his home the past 15 years, and their children.
Violet H. Kersten
Violet H. Kersten, Phillips, died in the Pleasant View Nursing Home
in Phillips on Sept. 26, 1999, at the age of 88. Funeral services were
held on Sept. 29 in Our Lady of the North Catholic Church, Phillips, with
Father Gerald Hagen celebrating the Funeral Mass. Interment was in the
St. Patrick's Cemetery.
She was born Violet Jens, the daughter of Harry and Bertha Jens, on
May 1, 1911, in Green Grove. She was a 1921 graduate of the Unity High
School in Unity, Wisconsin. She was married to Paul H. Kersten in Milwaukee
on May 29, 1935. They lived in Colby, then moved to Illinois and Delaware
before retiring in Phillips. She was a member of Our Lady of the North
Catholic Church since 1969, and a member of the Merry Homemakers Club.
In her free time she enjoyed sewing and crafts.
She is survived by one daughter, Polly Anderson of Phillips; one son,
Philip (Gail) of Phillips; two grandchildren and two great-granddaughters,
Natasha and Sheila, and one brother, Lester (Wanda) Jens of Phillips. She
was preceded in death by her husband Paul on April 22, 1970; and by two
sisters, Esther and Pearl.
The Heindl Funeral Home in Phillips was in charge of the arrangements.
Evelyn Marie Peterson
Evelyn Marie Peterson, 78, Curtiss, died on Sept. 27, 1999, at the
Memorial Health Care emergency room in Medford, due to injuries sustained
in an automobile accident.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m., at St. Paul's
Lutheran Church in Curtiss, with Rev. Lauren Ley presiding. Inurnment will
be in St. Paul's Church cemetery in North Green Grove.
Visitation with family and friends will be on Thursday, Sept. 30, at
the Maurina Funeral Home in Abbotsford from 4 - 8 p.m. and then on Friday,
at the church from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m.
The former Evelyn Marie Nerdrum was born on Sept. 3, 1921, in the Town
of Eidsvold, Stanley, the daughter of Alfred and Julia (Quamman). Evelyn
was a 1939 graduate of Stanley High School.
On Aug. 24, 1959, Evelyn and Armin Henry Peterson were united in marriage
at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Curtiss. She continued her employment
at the Laabs Cheese Factory as bookkeeper. She later worked at the Owen
NFO plant as an accountant and retired in 1986 from the Abbotsford AMPI
Evelyn and Armin were very active in the Curtiss community working
together in their endeavors for the community including the Community Center
and other organizations. For many years, Evelyn was the financial secretary
for St. Paul's Lutheran Council where both were very active. She taught
Sunday School and was a member of the Ladies Aid. She enjoyed gardening
and was known for her beautiful quilts.
She is survived by her children, Robert May of Kenosha and Joan Martin
of Weyerhaeuser; three brothers, Ronald (Marian) Nerdrum of Stanley, Robert
Nerdrum of Kenosha, Alfred (Rosalie) Nerdrum, Jr. of Lansing, Mich.; two
sisters, Leona Matott of Cadott and Bethella (Paul) Cosby of Indianapolis,
Ind.; six grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Armin Peterson, on Sept.
16, 1997; one son, Gerald May in 1984; two brothers, Harley and Lloyd Nerdrum,
and two sisters, Thelma Thompson and Marcia Beckman.
Carolyn G. Miller
Carolyn G. Miller, 56, of Owen died Sept. 24, 1999, at her residence.
There will be a private family graveside service at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
The Cremation Society of Wisconsin is serving the family.
She was born Dec. 21, 1942, in Owen to Theodore and Bernice (Dietrich)
Miller. She was employed in Milwaukee for five years, and at Master-Packaging
in Owen for 17 years.
She is survived by her sisters, Vivian (Jim) Sowieja of Owen, Evelyn
(Arn) Decker of Slinger and Ruth (Myron) Buss of Curtiss; special friend
Pearl Rivard of Owen, and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Erich Ginder Froebel, 84, of Beloit, passed away Oct. 20, 1999, in
Beloit Memorial Hospital.
He was born on Nov. 7, 1914, in Unterwirbach, Germany, to Albin and
Aurelia (Bahring) Froebel. At age nine, he moved with his family to Beloit,
where he graduated from Beloit High School in 1934.
Erich married Leola Wilson in Freeport, Ill. in 1938. After their marriage,
he worked for a time at Fairbanks Morse doing masonry work. Later he and
Leola farmed in the Dorchester area before moving back to Beloit, Erich
and his brother Fritz formed the Froebel Brothers construction business
and built many brick homes in Beloit. They also constructed and operated
the Pines Motel in Minocqua. Although officially retired, Erich kept busy
maintaining his various rental properties.
Erich is survived by his son, William (Rebecca) Froebel and daughter,
Sue (James) Faris; five grandchildren, one great-grandson, and a sister,
Margaret Chotoff, of Dorchester.
Erich was preceded in death by his wife, Leola; his parents, Albin
and Aurelia Froebel; his brothers Max, Hans, and Fritz; and sister Martha.
Funeral services were held Oct. 25, in Beloit.
Burial took place Oct. 25, in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Freeport, Ill.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Margaret "Tootie" (Grambort) Miler, 71, Abbotsford, died Friday, Aug.
11, 2000, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.
A Memorial Service for Margaret will be on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2000,
at 1 p.m., at the Maurina Funeral Home in Abbotsford, conducted by Sister
Mary Jo Donaldson, OSB, pastoral assistant at St. Bernard's. Inurnment
will be in the Colby Memorial Cemetery.
A visitation with family and friends will be on Saturday, Aug. 26,
2000, at the funeral home from noon until service time.
Maurina Funeral Home of Abbotsford assisted the family with arrangements.
Evelyn J. Bunkelman, 73, Medford, passed away Wednesday, August 9,
2000, at Memorial Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Medford.
Funeral services for Evelyn were held Saturday, Aug. 12 at 10:30 a.m.
at St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Dorchester, with Rev. Jerome
Cremainal interment will be in Bethlehem Lutheran Cemetery in Milan.
Visitation was held from 4-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11 at the Hemer Funeral
Home in Medford and Saturday at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church from
8:30 a.m. until the time of service.
Deborah "Deb" Lee Michlig, 50, Unity, died on Sunday, Aug. 6, 2000.
Funeral services for Deb will be held on Thursday, Aug. 10, at St.
Mary's Catholic Church in Colby, at 10:30 a.m. The Mass of Christian Burial
will be celebrated with Father John Malik, and burial will be in St. Mary's
Cemetery in Colby.
Visitation will be at the Maurina Funeral Home in Abbotsford on Wednesday,
August 9, from 4 to 8:30 p.m. There will be a prayer service at the funeral
home at 7 p.m.
Maurina Funeral Home of Abbotsford assisted the family with arrangements.
A baby born to Michael and Tyna Kleparski, Unity, died on August 8,
2000 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield.
A memorial service will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Colby,
on August 16, at 6 p.m.
Myrtle Meacham, 91, Colby, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2000. Funeral services
were Tuesday, Aug. 15 at United Methodist Church, Colby. Burial was in
West Spencer Cemetery, Town of Sherman, Clark County. Her nephew, Rev.
Virgil Holmes, and Rev. Lois Takata, pastor, presided.
Edward E. Engel, 89, Owen-Withee, died Friday, April 6, 2001 at the
Continental Manor, Abbotsford
Funeral services were held Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Withee,
with the Rev. Tom Myhre presiding. Burial was in the Riverside Cemetery.
Visitation was Sunday at the Maurina Funeral Home in Owen and again
on Monday at St. John's Lutheran Church until service time.
Orin S. Kramer
Orin S. Kramer, 84, Abbotsford, died on Monday, April 9, 2001, at the
Continental Manor, Abbotsford, where he had resided since September 1999
Funeral services were held Wednesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church,
town of Colby. The Rev. Dr. Paul C. Hunsicker presided and burial was in
Abbotsford Public Cemetery. Pall bearers were Jim Eiden, Dennis Grambort,
Rock Eiden, Clarence Barkow, John Siemering and Orville Barkow.
Visitation was Wednesday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Colby.
Maurina Funeral Home, Abbotsford, assisted the family with arrangements.
Ella I. Mildbrand, 95, Dorchester, died Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at
the Clark County Health Care Center, Owen, where she had resided since
Funeral services were held Friday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Dorchester.
The Rev. Jerome Freimuth presided. Burial was in the Abbotsford Public
Cemetery. Pall bearers were Jim Mildbrand, Jr., Tadd Pribnow, Donald Witt,
David Witt, Jason Howard, and Kenneth Smith.
Maurina Funeral Service, Dorchester, assisted the family with arrangements.
James H. Hansen, 79, Northbrook, Ill., died Tuesday, June 12, 2001.
Memorial services were held Monday at Maurina Funeral Home, Owen. Inurnment
was in Riverside Cemetery, Withee. The Rev. Brian Andersen presided. Military
rites were given by Colby VFW Post 2227.
Armella M. Wozniak, 91, Abbotsford, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at
Continental Manor Nursing Home, Abbotsford.
Funeral services were held Saturday at St. Mary's Catholic Church,
Colby. Burial was in the Athens Cemetery. The Rev. John Malik presided.
Pallbearers were Tom Wozniak, Dennis Wozniak, Ivo Wozniak Jr., Mike Bornheimer,
Chad Feltz, and Ken Bartnik. Visitation was held Friday at the Maurina
Funeral Home, Abbotsford, and again Saturday until time of services at
the church. A parish rosary was said Friday evening at the funeral home.
Marlyn J. Sommer, 74, Curtiss, died Thursday, June 7, 2001 at the Clark
County Health Care Center, Owen, where he had been a resident since March
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 23, at St. Paul's Evangelical
Lutheran Church, North Green Grove. The Rev. Dr. Paul Hunsicker will preside
and inurnment will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be held
at the church Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be donated to the
charity of choice or to the St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church Building
Cuddie Funeral Home, Loyal, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Frank J. Osolkowski, 90, McGregor, Iowa, formerly of Owen, died Thursday,
June 14, 2001 at Great River Care Center, McGregor, Iowa.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church,
Stetsonville. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Holway. The Rev.
Father Frederick Brost presided. Grandsons served as pallbearers.
The Maurina Funeral Home, Abbotsford, assisted the family.
Jack Pickett, 76, Spencer, died Thursday, July 26, 2001 at the House
of the Dove in Marshfield.
Funeral services were held July 30 at 11 a.m. at Community Funeral
Home, Spencer. The Rev. Charles Stoetzel presided. Burial was in West Spencer
Cemetery, town of Sherman, Clark County. Visitation was held July 29 at
the funeral home.
Lorrie M. Smith, 55, Abbotsford, formerly of the Owen-Withee area,
died on Thursday, July 26, 2001, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield.
The family received relatives and friends on July 29 at the Maurina
Funeral Home in Owen.
Caroline R. Halverson, 86, Medford, formerly of the Town of Frankfort,
rural Edgar, died on Saturday, July 28, 2001, at the Wausau Hospital in
Funeral services were held Aug. 1 at the Peace Lutheran Church, town
of Frankfort, Edgar. The Rev. Jeff Tarris presided. Burial was in the church
Pallbearers were Clayton Brugge, Byron Farner, Darrell Ankney, Al Selk,
Tony Hinde and Dan Henke.
Visitation was held Aug. 1, a the Peace Lutheran Church.
Spencer D. Graves, 73, Spencer, died Sunday, June 2, 2002, at St. Joseph's
Hospital in Marshfield.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Spencer United Methodist Church.
The Rev. Lois Takata presided. Burial was in the West Spencer Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Jerome Heckel, Harry Heckel, Tom Loughead, Jim Sautner,
Steve Heckel, Elliot Graves, Nick Graves, Ken Graupner and William Graves.
Honorary pallbearers were Jacob Weaver, Timothy Kraus, Erica Graves, Brittany
Graves, Lauren Graves and Michelle Weaver.
Community Funeral Home, Spencer, assisted the family with arrangements.
Rollin Annis, 97, Owen, died on Thursday, May 30, 2002, at the Memorial
Nursing Home in Medford, where he had resided the past two years.
Funeral services were held Monday at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church,
town of Holway, with the Reverend Lauren Ley presiding. Interment was in
the St. Mary's Cemetery, town of Holway.
Pallbearers were Duane Hamm, Joe Hamm, Billy Hamm, Cindy Hart, Drew
Loney and Mike Hart. Honorary pallbearers were Linda Hamm, Debra Loney,
Douglas Neibacher and Mike Yoder.
Maurina Funeral Home, Abbotsford, assisted the family with arrangements.
Irma Dorthea Coates 96, Abbotsford, formerly of Colby, died Tuesday,
May 28, 2002, at Continental Manor Nursing Home, Abbotsford.
Graveside services were held Thursday at Colby Memorial Cemetery. Rev.
Lois Takata presided.
Community Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
Viola Jacques (Gries), 86, Cherry Valley, Calif., died May 26, 2002.
A memorial service will be held in California at a later date.