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Dirrigle
Joseph M. Dirrigle, 52, of Park Falls, died Tuesday, July 11, 2000, in Montana as the result of a motorcycle accident while traveling.
Services were held Friday, July 21, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Park Falls; Father James Jackson officiating.
He was born Jan. 11, 1948, in Park Falls. His parents are Bill and the late Lila (Wells) Dirrigle.
He graduated from Park Falls High School in 1966, and joined the Army.
He married Mary Koshak in 1968.
He was honorably discharged from the Army in 1970, after serving two tours in Vietnam.
He received an associates degree in police science from Madison Area Technical College in 1972, and was employed as a deputy sheriff in Waukesha County.
After returning to Park Falls, he was employed for 21 years at the Fraser Papers Park Falls’ mill.
He was a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church and served on the parish financial committee.
He was a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
He is survived by his wife; two daughters, Jolie and Kate; a son, Cody; his father; his step-mother, Virginia; a brother, Bill (Pat) Dirrigl; a sister, Judy Nessman; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother.

Franke
Laura Marie Franke, 82, of Park Falls, died Thursday, July 20, 2000, at Flambeau Hospital, Park Falls.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
She was born Oct. 4, 1917, in Watertown. Her parents were Ferdinand and Auralia (Kulke) Schroeder.
She moved to Park Falls in the early 1970s.
A homemaker, she made quilts and pillows for the Sunburst Homes for Children.
She is survived by two children, Robert (Pat) Heger of San Diego, CA, and Shirley (Frank) Revi of Jefferson; 14 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lydia Raabe of Watertown; a brother, Adolph (Josephine) Schroeder of New Berlin; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Maynard Heger in 1967; her second husband, Louis Franke in 1990; and by five children, Frank, Walter, Marie, Kenneth and Earl. 

Camp
John Anderson Camp, 65, of Park Falls, died Saturday, July 29, 2000, at the Veterans Hospital in Iron Mountain, MI.
Services were held Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Novitzke Funeral Home Chapel, Park Falls; Rev. Henry Boynton officiating.
Burial was in the Loretta-Draper Cemetery, with military rites under the auspices of the Loretta-Draper American Legion Post.
He was born Dec. 21, 1934, in Draper. His parents were Louis and Lillian (Gould) Camp.
He attended school in Draper until the family moved to Maynard, AR.
He entered the U.S. Navy, serving for 21 years until his retirement in 1972.
He married Jeanette Stutzman. They later divorced.
He moved to Park Falls, and in 1977, married Agnes (Hovanecz ) Rose. They spent summers in Park Falls and winters in Bracketville, TX.
He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, the Loretta-Draper American Legion Post and the Fleet Reserve.
He is survived by his wife; four children, Cynthia (Charles) Spain of Hillsboro, OR, Jeffrey Camp of Orlando, FL, Brenda (Dan) Price of Kingsland, GA, and Teresa Hood of Orlando, FL; a step-daughter, Lisa (LeRoy) Hegwood of Silverdale, WA; nine grandchildren; a great-grandson; a sister, LaVetta Beal of Linden, MI; a brother, Carroll Camp of Rockledge, FL; and by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers.

Kronberger
Darlene Fay Kronberger, 54, of Park Falls, died Thursday, July 27, 2000, at Flambeau Hospital, Park Falls, following a courageous battle with cancer.
Services were held Monday, July 31, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Park Falls; Father James Jackson officiating.
A parish prayer vigil was held Sunday, July 30, at the Novitzke Funeral Home, Park Falls.
Burial was in St. Cecelia Cemetery, Butternut.
She was born July 21, 1946, in Mauston. Her parents were William and Viola (Bader) Fields.
She was a graduate of Anoka High School in Anoka, MN.
After vacationing in Park Falls throughout her life, she moved to the area in 1964, working at Hicks’ Landing in Fifield.
She married Frank Kronberger Nov. 14, 1964.
She was a sales representative for many years at Suburban Furniture and Carpet in Park Falls.
She enjoyed gardening and nature. Her greatest joys were her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by four children, Timothy (Lori) Kronberger of Fond du Lac, Paul (Jean) Kronberger of Park Falls, Debra (John) Kronberger-Oswald of Fifield and Sara (Donnie) Kronberger-Wallow of Glidden; five grandchildren, Matthew, Joshua, Rachel, Maggie and Emma; her former husband, Frank, of Clam Lake; four brothers, Bernard (Beverly) Fields of Janesville, Morton (Mary Kay) Fields of Cedar, MN; Eugene (Joyce) Fields of Hamilton, MT, and William (Susan) Fields of Houlton; two sisters, Shirley Walsh of Mauston and Calla Betthauser of West Salem; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and an infant brother, Larry Fields.
Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church or Flambeau Home Health and Hospice. 

Steiger
Paul Steiger, 88, formerly of Park Falls, died Wednesday, July 19.
Services were held Monday, July 24, at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, Bessemer, MI
Burial was in Hilcrest Cemetery, Bessemer.
He was born and raised on a farm in rural Phillips. His parents were Jacob and Anna (Reider) Steiger.
He married Dorothy Tomczak Oct. 22, 1936, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Park Falls. She preceded him in death Sept. 6, 1999.
He moved to Gogebic County nearly 60 years ago, establishing a sawmill and grain door business at Black River Harbor. The Steigers established a sawmill business in Bessemer in 1945 and later added a building center.
Steiger was a key player in the construction of Big Powderhorn Mountain ski resort in 1963, and the family’s involvement in the ski industry grew through the establishment of Blackjack.

Heffner
Walter Ray Heffner, 63, of Park Falls, died Friday, Aug. 4, 2000 at his home.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Heindl Funeral Home, Phillips; Rev. Charles DeMaris of the United Methodist Church officiating.
Visitation is at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. today until the hour of service.
Enurnment will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Phillips.
He was born Aug. 24, 1936. His parents were Morse and Lady Maude Heffner.
He married Catherine Smetak Sept. 6, 1955, in Mellen. She preceded him in death June 9, 1996.
After their marriage, they lived in Chicago, IL, then in Milwaukee for 34 years, until their retirement in 1995, when they moved to Park Falls.
He was employed as a sheet metal worker by Auer Heating and Air Conditioning of Milwaukee. He was a member of Sheet Metal Workers Local No. 18.
In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening, and in retirement, he enjoyed raising chickens and geese.
He is survived by seven children, Deborah (Dennis) Koller of Saukeville, Wendy (Donald) Krueger of Milwaukee, Jill (Robert) Tolson of Port Washington, Lori (David) Kolaga of Mayville, Larry (Susan) Heffner of Eden, Dale Heffner of Slinger and Steven (Jane) Heffner of South Milwaukee; 10 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a special friend, Carol Root of Ashland; two brothers, Rudy (Debbie) Heffner of Ironwood, MI and Frank (Catherine) Heffner of Saxon; four sisters, Nellie Bielke of Ashland, Lee Kersten of Grand Haven, MI, Arbutis Germain of Washington and Erma (Ted) Wiercinski of DePere; and by two half-sisters, Alice (Gerald) Steinhaus of Montello and Anna Smith of Berlin.
He was preceded in death by his wife; two brothers, Wilfred Heffner and Donald Heffner; a sister, Jane Merrill; a half-brother, Fred Heffner; and three half-sisters, Emma Peterson, Orpha Oliver and Gertude Rodencal. 

Nieratka, 88
Helen J. Nieratka, 88, of Butternut, died Friday, Oct. 6, 2000, at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Phillips.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Butternut; Father James Jackson officiating.
Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Novitzke Funeral Home, Park Falls, with a parish prayer vigil at 7 p.m.
Burial will be in St. Cecelia Cemetery, Butternut.
She was born Jan. 8, 1912, in Park Falls. Her parents were George and Caroline (Oberhoffer) Wenzl.
She grew up and attended school in Park Falls, then worked as a private cook and housekeeper.
She moved to Milwaukee, where she worked in area factories during World War II.
She married Emil J. Nieratka, Dec. 16, 1942, in Salisbury, MD. He preceded her in death in 1999.
The couple lived in Milwaukee, then moved to Butternut in 1948, where they owned and operated a family mink ranch.
She was a member of the Immaculate Conception Christian Women.
She is survived by a daughter, Diane Nester of Ovideo, FL; a son, Dennis Nieratka of Butternut; a granddaughter; and by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and by five brothers and sisters, George, William, Mary, Emma and Caroline.

Hamann, 89
Walter F. “Wally” Hamann, 89, of Butternut, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at his home.
Services were held Monday, Oct. 9, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Butternut; Rev. John A. Deitz officiating.
Burial was in Butternut Union Cemetery.
He was born Oct. 14, 1910 in Butternut, and was a life-long resident of Butternut. His parents were William and Agusta (Scherwinski) Hamann.
He married Edna Strick March 6, 1937, in Butternut.
He was a logger, carpenter and mechanic.
He enjoyed the woods, hunting and fishing, making maple syrup and telling many logging camp stores of yesteryear.
He is survived by his wife; two sons, Roger (Joanne) Hamann of Wausau and Marvin (Sharon ) Hamann of Park Falls; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, William of Illinois and Ted of Park Falls; a sister, Ida Klein of California; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Otto, Art and Carl; and four sisters, Marie, Esther, Amanda and Nora.

Ernst, 92
Joseph Ernst, 92, of Park Falls, died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at Park Manor Nursing Home, Park Falls.
Services were held Wednesday, Oct. 11, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Park Falls; Father James Jackson officiating.
Burial was in Nola Cemetery, Park Falls.
He was born March 22, 1908, in Butternut. His parents were John and Pauline (Treml) Ernst.
He married Anna Rose Treml June 23, 1931, in Park Falls.
He worked at various jobs until he and his brother, John, became partners in Ernst Buildings until semi-retiring in 1970. He then worked various jobs at Ron Ernst Lumber Company in Fifield until retiring in 1995.
he was a member of Father Otto Weber Council No 2639 of the Knights of Columbus of Park Falls.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Ronald (Joan) Ernst of Park Falls; a daughter, Judy (Jerry ) Krause of Rhinelander; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, John, Bill, Max and Ferdinand; and tow sisters, Bertha Kronberger and Mary Pritzl Bruch.

Bloomberg, 64
Alyce Ann Bloomberg, 64, of Centennial, WY, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2000, at Ivinson Memorial Hospital, Laramie, WY, following a battle with cancer.
Memorial services were held Aug. 18 at Colonial Church of Edina, MN and Aug. 31 at Centennial Valley Community Church, Centennial, WY.
Burial was in Dawn Valley Memorial Gardens, Bloomington, MN.
She was born Aug. 23, 1935 in Park Falls. Her parents were Jens and Bergata Danielson.
She graduated from high school in Park Falls and worked as a secretary at the high school.
She married Carl Bloomberg Dec. 21, 1957, in Park Falls.
She worked as a resource center clerk for the Bloomington (MN) School District. In 1979, she went to work at control Data Corp. as an administrative secretary, where she remained until her retirement in 1997.
Long-time residents of Minnesota, the Bloombergs traveled often to Wyoming and moved to Centennial, WY, in 1998, following retirement.
A caring wife, mother and grandmother, she enjoyed arranging flowers. She was a member of the Centennial Valley Community Church and the Centennial Social Club.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Daniel Bloomberg of Hudson; a daughter, Kristina Schreder of Lancaster, PA; a brother, Richard Danielson of Park Falls; a sister, Carol Morgan of Park Falls; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a son, Carl Jens Bloomberg in 1980.

Baker, 83
John N. Baker, 83, of Park Falls, died Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2000, at Flambeau Hospital, Park Falls.
Services were held Monday, Oct. 9, at Peace Lutheran Church, Park Falls; Rev. Gary D. Lodholz officiating.
Burial was in Nola Cemetery, Park Falls.
He was born July 26, 1917, in Osage, IA. His parents were George and Delia (Lee) Baker.
The family moved to Kennan while he was a child. He grew up and attended school in Kennan.
He worked at Civilian Conservation Camps in Drummond, and was also active in logging.
In 1938, he moved to Chicago, IL, where he worked for a construction company which worked on the elevated subway.
He married Elizabeth Rose Eysnogle May 18, 1940, in Chicago.
The couple moved to Kennan, where they owned and operated a family farm and he also worked as a mechanic.
In 1943, the family moved to Park Falls, where he was employed until 1960 as a mechanic and later as parts manager and a salesman at Vincent’s Ford.
He then went to work for Bake-Rite Baking Company of Stevens Point as a delivery man for the northern part of Wisconsin. He retired in 1977.
He enjoyed golfing and hunting, and loved to travel.
He is survived by his wife; four children, Thomas (Katherine) Baker of Sheboygan, Sandra (Roger) Roohr and Gary Baker, both of Park Falls, and Loren “Larry” (Janet) Baker of North Port, FL; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 12 brothers and sisters, Mabel, Ralph, Earl, Orin, Leo, pearl, Clifford, Bert, Homer, Willis, Kenneth and Lloyd; a half-brother, Edgar; and two half-sisters, Elva and Lydia.

Jansen, 76
Carl F. Jansen, 76, of Glidden, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2000, at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield.
Services were held Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Glidden; Rev. Michael Paholke officiating.
Burial was in Mount Hope Cemetery, Glidden, with military rites under the auspices of the Glidden American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts.
He was born May 11, 1924, in Glidden. His parents were Carl and Emma (Beilke) Jansen.
He was a graduate of Glidden High School.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He lived in Milwaukee and Waukesha and worked as a machinist for the Falk Corporation in Milwaukee.
He retired to Glidden about 20 years ago.
He was a member of the Glidden Veterans of Foreign Wars Post and of the National Rifle Association.
He is survived by three daughters, Carla (Mark) Olson of Hartland, Vicky (Tim) Hinchey of Eagle and Linda (Kevin) Firkus of North Prairie; four grandchildren; and by other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Ceceil Wisniewski.

Ferkovich-Burbey, 79
Norma Ferkovich-Burbey, 79, died peacefully Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2000, surrounded by her family and under the care of Flambeau Home Health and Hospice.
Services were held Saturday, Oct. 14, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, Park Falls; Father James Jackson officiating.
Burial was in Nola Cemetery, Park Falls.
She was born Feb. 12, 1921, in St. Paul, MN. Her parents were George and Bessie (Borgen) Cheesebrow.
She grew up and attended school in Rice Lake and Park Falls.
She married Frank Ferkovich Dec. 12, 1939, in Park Falls. He preceded her in death in 1977.
She married Ron Burbey Sept. 1, 1978.
She was a very special lady who loved crossword puzzles, weekly magazines, malted milks, jewelry, poetry, a big, fat ballpoint pen, long-sleeve shirts, shoes and bird watching.
She is survived by her husband; three children, Carol (Robert) Little, James (Janalee) Ferkovich and Laurie (James) Herbst, all of Park Falls; three step-children, Gretchen Burzinski of Amherst, John (Laura) Burbey of St. Paul, MN, and Brenda (Bill) Paduan of Rothschild; 13 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Memorials may be made to Flambeau Home Health and Hospice. 

Thorp, 55
Roland A. Thorp, 55, of Glidden, died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at Flambeau Hospital, Park Falls.
Services were held Saturday, Oct. 21, at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, Glidden; Father John Scheer officiating.
Burial was at Most Precious Blood Catholic Cemetery.
He was born May 4, 1945, in Glidden. His parents were Walter and Irene (Shilts) Thorp.
He grew up and attended school in Glidden.
After graduating from Glidden High School, he moved to Milwaukee and worked in sewer and water construction.
He married Karen Zach June 19, 1965, in Glidden.
The couple lived in Milwaukee until returning to Glidden in 1967.
He started his own logging business, then went to work at Flambeau Paper Mill in Park Falls.
In 1989, he began commuting to Milwaukee, where he was a foreman for American Sewer and Water Corporation.
He is survived by his wife; his daughter, Kim (Brian Mikkonen) of Iron River; a grandson; his daughter Kristie’s fiance Jeff Johnson of Burlington; brothers Phillip (Lois) Thorp of Rothschild and Roy (Helene) Thorp of Juneau; six sisters, Uneda Gonia of Ashland, June Wolf of Glidden, Bridget Gruber of Park Falls, Shirley Winkler of St. Louis, MO, Caroline (Joseph) Kovach of Ashland and Sarah Nelsone of Milwaukee; and by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his daughter, Kristie, in 1996; two brothers; and a sister.
Memorials may be made to Kristie Angela Thorp Scholarship Fund at Northern State Bank in Glidden.

Stumreiter, 86
Ludwig F. Stumreiter,86, of Fifield, died Saturday, Oct. 21, 2000, at Flambeau Hospital, Park Falls.
Services were held Monday, Oct. 23, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Fifield; Father Clement Sobr officiating.
Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery, Fifield.
He was born Jan. 10, 1914, in Fifield. His parents were Alois and Amelia (Schwartz) Stumreiter.
He grew up and attended school in Fifield.
He attended Normal School in Phillips to attain a teaching degree. He then attended Mount Senario College in Ladysmith, where he received a bachelor of science degree in elementary education.
He taught in various communities throughout Wisconsin before retiring in 1979.
He married Florence Garska in 1969 in Shawano. She preceded him in death , and in 1995, he returned to the Fifield area.
He was a life-long member of the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by two nieces, Mary Jo (John) Nickum of Denver, CO, and Elaine (William) Westphal of Park Falls; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and by 17 brothers and sisters.

Klein, 93
Helen E. Klein, 93, of Fifield, died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at Pleasant View Nursing Home, Phillips.
Services were held Friday, Oct. 20, at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel, Milwaukee; Father Marvin Lazarski officiating.
Burial was in Holy Cross Cemetery.
She was born July 18, 1907, in Beaver Dam. Her parents were John and Juliania (Drozie) Betla.
She moved with her family to Hillstown, PA, where the family owned and operated a farm.
She married Joseph Weindorfer in 1924 in Hillstown, PA. He preceded her in death in 1938.
The couple moved to Milwaukee in 1930. She worked at Briggs and Straton Co.
She married Kenneth Klein in 1944. He preceded her in death in 1983.
She moved to West Palm Beach, FL, in 1984, and to Fifield in 1990.
She was a member of a Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary unit in Milwaukee.
She is survived by two sons, John (Elizabeth) Weindorfer Sr. of Fifield and Nicholas (Patricia) Weindorfer of West Palm Beach, FL; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Conrad (Mary) Betla of Kissimmee, FL; and by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; and a daughter, Dorothy in 1934.


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