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Leffel
Orval Irvin Leffel, 84, formerly of Springstead, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1998.
Pastor Joel T. Schlachtenhaufen of St. Mark's Evangelical Church in Neenah, where Orval was a long-time member, was celebrant at the funeral. Burial was in Oak Hill Cemetery, Neenah.
He was born Sept. 17, 1914, in March, WI; his parents were Frederick and Irma (Schroeder) Leffel.
He married Bernice Ilene Bidwell April 24, 1936.
He worked in various locations, including Neenah and Niagara and in Memphis, TN, for Kimberly-Clark Corp. from 1929 to 1975.
He retired to Springstead, where he lived for seven years before returning to Neenah. In later years, he lived near his youngest daughter in Hayward.
He is survived by his wife; four daughters, Kay (William) Ellis and Carol (Larry) Waitrovich, both of Neenah, Mary (John) Carrel of Dunnellon, FL, and Judy (Rich) Titus of Hayward; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; eight nephews, four nieces and by special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Russell and Arthur Leffel; and four brothers, Otto, Arthur, Delbert and Walter Leffel.

Meyer
Dorothy A. Meyer, 93, died Sunday, Dec. 20, 1998, at Fort Atkinson Health and Rehabilitation Center.
Services were held Thursday, Dec. 24, at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Whitewater.
Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Whitewater.
She was born March 13, 1905, in the town of Koshkonong. Her parents were Christ and Ottilie (Wittlief) Schmidt.
She married Walter Meyer Feb. 18, 1927, in Whitewater.
She was a member of St. John's Evangelical Church and a member of the Ladies Aid.
She and her husband farmed in the Clover Valley area in the rural Whitewater Lake area. In 1945, they moved to a farm near Millard. They retired from farming in 1957 and moved to Whitewater, where she worked in a local care facility and he worked at Moskness Manufacturing Co. They retired in 1967.
She is survived by two daughters, Darlene (Robert) Trickey of Lake Geneva and Adell (Glen) Starczynski of Butternut; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Hattie Schmidt and Frieda Piepenberg, both of Jefferson.
She was preceded in death by her husband and by six brothers and five sisters.

Schoppe
William Schoppe, 54, of Butternut, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1998, at his home.
Services were held Jan. 3 at Countryside Funeral Home, Bartlett, IL.
A memorial service will be held in Park Falls at a later date.
He was born March 19, 1944, in Illinois. His parents were Elmer and Wilma (Willie) Schoppe.
He grew up and attended school in Illinois.
He retired to Butternut.
He is survived by his mother; two brothers, John (Monica) of Kingston, IL, and Mark (Rita) of Bartlett, IL; and a nephew.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Thomas
Shirley Ann Thomas, 55, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1998, at Eagle River Memorial Hospital.
At her request, a celebration of new life will be held at a later date.
She was born Dec. 9, 1943. Her parents were James and Sylvia (Chatterson) Lawver.
She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary in Chicago, IL, for over 25 years. She enjoyed crafts, baking and gardening, and her grandchildren were her favorite hobby.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Thomas of Three Lakes; two daughters, Liza Jean Thomas and Sylvia Thomas, both of Three Lakes; a son, Christopher (Roberta) Thomas of Eagle River; five grandchildren; two brothers, John and Lou; and six sisters, Aggie, Linda, Darlene, Dora, Edna and Eleanor; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother and sister.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or Eagle River Memorial Hospital.

Prohaska-Watson
Jannette F. Prohaska-Watson, 32, of Fifield, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 1999, at Flambeau Hospital, Park Falls, after a 25-year battle with diabetes.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at Family Worship Center, Fifield; Rev. Terry Wilson officiating.
A gathering of family and friends will be held at the church on Saturday, Jan. 9, from 1 p.m. until the hour of service.
She was born Aug. 4, 1966, in Milwaukee. Her parents are Annette (LeDuc) and the late Gerald Prohaska.
She attended St. John's Elementary School in South Milwaukee and graduated high school from St. Mary's Academy in Milwaukee.
She moved to Fifield in 1997.
She is survived by her mother; two brothers, Joseph Prohaska of Phillips and Mark (Joan) Prohaska of Park Falls; a sister, Karen Prohaska of Park Falls; a special friend, Phyllis Fusak of Phillips; her former husband, Rocky Watson of Cherokee, OK, and by nieces, nepehws, aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father in July of 1998.
Memorials may be made to Northwoods Christian Mission.

Greenwood
Gary M. Greenwood, 49, of Hartford, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999, at his home.
Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 13, at Shimon Funeral Home, Hartford, Rev. David Beckstrom officiating.
He was born Sept. 30, 1949, in Milwaukee. His parents were Lloyd and Victoria (Edmonson) Greenwood.
He married Debbie McDowell May 15, 1997, in Richfield.
He graduated from Wauwatosa West High School in 1967 and attained three years of college credits at the University of Wisconsin.
He served for four years in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant.
He worked for Briggs and Stratton for over 25 years.
He loved hunting, boxing, racing and football.
He is survived by his wife; two children, Stevie Michelle and Alexandra Rose Greenwood; two step-children, Jessica and Jeffrey Cherney; a brother, Bob (Audrey) Greenwood of Fond du Lac; and by sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends, including many in the Park Falls area.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Memorials may be made to the Cancer Care Center (Tree of Life) Community Memorial Hospital, Menomonee Falls.

Pankratz
Frank C. Pankratz, 82, formerly of Glidden, died Sunday, Jan. 10, 1999, at Park Manor Nursing Home, Park Falls.
A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. today, Thursday, Jan. 14, at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, Glidden; Father Linus Evers officiating.
Burial of cremains will take place in the spring.
He was born Dec. 10, 1916, in Glidden. His parents were George and Mary (Peterhansel) Pankratz.
He grew up and attended school in Shanagolden.
He married Elizabeth Niebauer Sept. 20, 1947, in Park Falls. She preceded him in death in 1996.
He worked for South Spur in Morse and later for the Butternut Mill, until it was destroyed by fire. He then worked for Louisiana-Pacific in Mellen until his retirement.
He enjoyed gardening, fishing and hunting.
He is survived by a son, Jim (Linda) Pankratz Sr. of Glidden; a daughter, Carol (Raymond) Segel of Glidden; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Gay Pankratz of Glidden; a sister, Marie Borowski of Butternut; and by many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and by two brothers, George and Edward Pankratz.
Schoppe, William Schoppe, 54, of Butternut, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1998, at his home.
Services were held Jan. 3 at Countryside Funeral Home, Bartlett, IL.
A memorial will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Park Falls; Rev. Henry Boynton officiating.
He was born March 19, 1944, in Illinois. His parents were Elmer and Wilma (Wille) Schoppe.
He grew up and attended school in Illinois.
He retired to Butternut.
He is survived by his mother; two brothers, John (Monica) of Kingston, IL, and Mark (Rita) of Bartlett, IL; and a nephew.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.

Wilson
Gladys L. Wilson, 72, of Blaine, MN, and formerly of Park Falls, died Monday, Dec. 14, 1998, at Unity Hospital, Fridley, MN.
Services were held Friday, Dec. 18, at St. Timothy's Catholic Church, Blaine, MN.
Burial was in Sunset Memorial Park, Minneapolis, MN.
She was born April 13, 1926, in Park Falls. Her parents were Louis and Matilda (Michel) Hilgart.
She grew up and attended school in Park Falls, graduating high school in 1943.
She was employed by Western Union for a number of years.
She married Warren Wilson in Minneapolis in October 1958. They later owned and operated a resort in Luck, WI, until his death in 1982.
She is survived by a daughter, Wendy (Mark) Gustafson of Brooklyn Center, MN; three grandchildren; three sisters, Dorothy (Ed) Woody of Butternut, Carolyn (Frank) Binder of Chicago and Jane (Len) Rivers of Geneva, IL; and by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and two infant brothers.

Kluesch
Bernadette F. Kleusch, 75, of Park Falls, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 1999, at Flambeau Hospital, Park Falls.
Services were held Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Holy Ghost Church, Chippewa Falls, Rev. Edmund Doerre officiating, with military rites under the auspices of the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council.
Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Chippewa Falls.
She was born Jan. 5, 1924, in Chippewa Falls. Her parents were Peter and Theresa (Bohnert) Kleusch.
A World War II veteran, she served in the U.S. Coast Guard from April 5, 1944 to May 18, 1946. She was a charter member of Women in Military Service.
She worked at Mason Shoe Company in Chippewa Falls for many years.
She was an avid bird watcher.
She was a member of St. Anthony's parish in Park Falls, had many friends in the area and enjoyed living in Park Falls.
She is survived by four sisters, Genevieve Ackley and Iola (Joseph) Price of Chippewa Falls, Agnes Graham of Spearfish, SD, and Florence Boyle of Eau Claire; by many nieces and nephews, and by special friends, Helen Sjolander and Father Al Ebach, both of Park Falls.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and by a brother, Roman Kleusch.

Stempinski
Chester J. "Chet" Stempinski, 74, of Madison, and formerly of Butternut, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 1999, in Madison after a long illness.
Services were held Wednesday, Jan. 20, at St. Dennis Catholic Church, Madison; Father Kent Schmitt officiating.
Burial was in Highland Memory Gardens, Cottage Grove.
He was born Sept. 17, 1924, in Butternut. His parents were Stanley and Jennie (Romanwicz) Stempinski.
He married Shirley Volzka Oct. 23, 1948, in Park Falls.
He was employed for 36 years as a machine operator at Boman Dairy in Madison and was owner/operator of Chet's Custom Upholstery for 34 years.
He enjoyed the outdoors and fishing in northern Wisconsin.
He is survived by his wife; three sons, Jerry (Beth) of Caledonia, MN, and Ron (Dodie) and Dan (Patti), both of Madison; a grandchild; his mother; a brother, John (Bokee) of Illinois; and a sister, Alvina (Joseph) Figlewicz of Illinois.
He was preceded in death by his father.

Tabor
Genevieve S. Tabor, 75, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999.
Entombment was Jan. 9 in St. Adelberts Mausoleum in Chicago.
She was born May 2, 1923. Her parents were Joseph and Helen Smoczynski.
She married Raymond J. Tabor Oct. 26, 1953.
She is survived by a brother, Dominic, and a sister, Estelle.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Anthony and Walter; and by nieces and nephews.

Steben-Lange
Lula Mae Steben-Lange, 89, formerly of Butternut, died Sunday, Jan. 17, 1999, at Flambeau Hospital, Park Falls.
Services were held Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Novitzke Funeral Home, Park Falls; Rev. Kevin Ferreira officiating.
Burial will be held this spring at Butternut Union Cemetery.
She was born Jan. 13, 1910, in Nacogdoches, TX. Her parents were Crit and Rilla (Scarborough) Cravey.
She grew up and attended school in Texas.
She married Arthur Steben in 1931. He preceded her in death in 1970.
She married Lionel Lange in 1973. He preceded her in death in 1992.
She was a homemaker and was employed by St. Croix Rod Co. in Park Falls.
She is survived by four children, Lorraine (Arthur) Dane and Dorothy (Mert) Hanish, both of Park Falls, Marvin (Marilyn) Steben of Butternut and Robert (Dee) Steben of Boone, IA; five step-children, Bernice (Bill) Lee of Maitland, FL, Carol (Dan) Morris of Spartanberg, SC, Lionel (Bev) Lange of Kiel, Sharlene (Les) Karnitz of Plymouth and Robert (Barbara) Lange of Mendota Heights, MN; three sisters, Pat Ghelfi of Arizona, Ruby Ethridge of Texas and Luceal Dula of Louisiana; three brothers, Lester Cravey of Oregon, John Cravey of California and Joe Cravey of Conecticut; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; many step-grandchildren; and by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; two brothers, Homer and Roy; and three sisters, Ellen, Gertrude and Willie.

Steinacker
Ann Steinacker, 93, of Sister Bay, and formerly of Park Falls, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999, at Scandia Village Care Center, Sister Bay.
Services were held Monday, Jan. 25, 1999, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Park Falls; Father Al Ebach officiating.
A parish prayer vigil was held Sunday, Jan. 24, at the Novitzke Funeral Home, Park Falls.
Burial was in Nola Cemetery, Park Falls.
She was born July 18, 1905, in Chicago, IL. Her parents were John and Theresa Oswald.
She grew up and attended school in Park Falls.
She married Clarence Steinacker Sept. 7, 1929. He preceded her in death in 1988.
The couple lived in Milwaukee until moving to Park Falls in 1967.
A homemaker, she was a member of the St. Anthony's Christian Women.
She is survived by a son, Clarence (Carol) Steinacker of Milwaukee; a daughter, Bernice (Dean) Shumway of Sister Bay; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Louise Haasl of Washington; and by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two sisters, Mary Steinacker and Sister Rose Oswald; and three brothers, Joe Oswald, Frank Oswald and Edward Oswald.

Cobb
Cameron James Cobb, 19 months, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Jan. 26, 1999, at his home in Lakewood, WA.
Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 2, at First Congregational United Church of Christ, Park Falls; Rev. Henry Boynton officiating.
Burial was in Nola Cemetery, Park Falls.
He was born July 2, 1997, in Germany. His parents are Randall and Tara (Smetak) Cobb.
He is survived by his parents; his maternal grandmother, Darlene (James) Johnson of Park Falls; his paternal grandmother, Nancy Cobb of Sutherlin, OR; his paternal grandfather, Dall Cobb of Sutherlin, OR; great-grandparents Ruth Brenner of Portland, OR, Ray (Jesse) Cobb of California, and Leon (Opal) Smetak, Larry (Marge) Johnson and Helen (Gary) Bader, all of Park Falls; his great-grandmother, Marion Stenehjem of Park Falls; and an aunt and two uncles.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Randy Smetak.

Gundersgaard
Lloyd E. Gundersgaard, 64, formerly of Park Falls, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 1999.
Services were held Monday, Jan 18, at Luther Memorial Church, South St. Paul, MN.
He is survived by his father, Earl of Park Falls; two stepsons, George Strandmark and Thomas (Judy) Strandmark; a brother, Dale (Donna); two sisters, Judy Larson and Jean (David) Meyer; and by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgette; his mother, Viola; and two stepsons, Robert and Richard Standmark.

Larsen
Edith M. Larsen, 86, died Saturday, Jan. 30, 1999, at Willow Bay Elder Service, Plover.
Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 2, at St. Bronislaus Catholic Church; Rev. Patrick Umberger officiating.
Burial was in the parish cemetery.
She was born Oct. 10, 1912, in Park Falls. Her parents were Joseph and Rosamond (Schienebeck) Corrigan.
She graduated from Park Falls High School.
She married Arnold Larsen Oct. 10, 1933, in Park Falls. He preceded her in death Dec. 14, 1995.
He was a high school teacher and coach.
They lived in Mellen, Mason and Fifield until moving to Owen in 1944.
They owned and operated the IGA store in Owen from 1948 to 1957.
They moved to Birnamwood, where they lived until 1995 when they moved to Plover.
She is survived by a son, John "Jack" (Ann) Larsen of Plover; two daughters, Rosemary (John) Young of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, and Patricia (David) Wolter of Gilman; 16 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a twin sister; and four brothers.

Ratkowski
Henry J. "Hank" Ratkowski, 60, of Montreal, died Sunday, Jan. 31, 1999, at his home.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Ironwood, MI; Rev. Darryl J. Pepin officiating.
The body will be cremated. Cremains will be buried in the spring at St. Patrick's Cemetery, Phillips.
He was born Feb. 17, 1938, in Hawkins. His parents were Walter and Florence (Pietrzhak) Ratkowski.
He attended school in Chicago, IL, and served in the U.S. Army.
He married Elizabeth Lacina July 10, 1957, in Phillips.
He was employed for 14 years as a sales manager at St. Corix Corp. in Park Falls. He then moved to Saxon, where he worked as a sales manager at Kodiak Corp. in Bessemer for several years. He then sold insurance for various companies for several years.
He was custodian at Salem Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church and Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ironwood until the time of his death.
He was a member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church of Ironwood.
He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and especially enjoyed his grandchidren.
He is survived by his wife; four sons, Roger (Toni) of Saxon, Douglas (Carolyn) of Saxon, Russell Sr. (Joy) of Gurney and Gary (Stephanie) of Colorado; a daughter, Penny Ratkowski of Saxon; 13 grandchildren; his mother, Florence Ratkowski of Park Falls; a brother, Robert Ratkowski of Park Falls; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father; a son, Henry J. Jr. in 1957; a granddaughter, Alyssa Ratkowski in 1993; and by two brothers, Richard and Raymond Ratkowski.

Beechler
Edward W. Beechler, 83, of Butternut, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999, at Flambeau Hospital, Park Falls.
Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Immaculate Conception Church, Butternut; Father Linus Evers officiating.
A parish prayer vigil was held Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Novitzke Funeral Home, Park Falls.
Burial was in St. Cecelia Cemetery, Butternut.
He was born Nov. 27, 1915, in Butternut. His parents were Donald and Mary (Combs) Beechler.
He grew up and attended school in Butternut and was a graduate of Butternut High School.
After high school, he worked in area Civilian Conservation Corps camps.
He moved to Chicago in 1933, where he was a tour bus driver and delivery truck driver.
He married Virginia Schreier Nov. 22, 1960, in Dubuque, IA.
The couple moved to Butternut. They were owners and operators of the Midway Bar and Restaurant. He operated a fishing guide service on the Flambeau River, semi-retiring in 1977, at which time he continued to guide and also worked at Hardee's restaurant in Park Falls.
He was a 4th degree knight and member of the Butternut Knights of Columbus. He was a member of the Butternut Lions Club, where he served as president and as zone chairman.
He was very active in volunteer work with his church and in the community.
He is survived by his wife; a son, Kenneth (Linda) Beechler of Chicago, IL, from his first marriage; two daughters, Teresa (Rudy) Obsnuk of Chicago, and Ann Beechler of Onalaska; a son, Edward D. (Susan) Beechler of Kansas City, KS; six grandchildren; a brother, Earl Beechler of California; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister; and two brothers.

Fill
Edna (Morgan) Fill, 83, of Park Falls, died Monday, Feb. 15, 1999, at Flambeau Hospital, Park Falls.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, Feb. 18, at Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, Park Falls; Rev. Loren Barker officiating.
Visitation is at the church today from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of service.
Burial will be in Nola Cemetery, Park Falls.
She was born Feb. 25, 1915, in Phillips. Her parents were Walter and Minnie (Westphal) Schleife.
She grew up and attended school in Phillips.
She married Oliver "Skin" Morgan April 28, 1934. They owned and operated Morgan's Super Market, the Tots 'N' Teen Store and Morgan's Sportland in Park Falls. He preceded her in death Nov. 18, 1969.
She married Harold Fill Oct. 1, 1970. He preceded her in death in 1986.
She is survived by a son, David (Patrice) Morgan of Walker, IA; two step-sons, Gaylord (Sue) Fill of Lincolnshire, IL, and Robert (Aida) Fill of Racine; a step-daughter, Connie (Thomas) Jones of Waukesha; two sisters, Gladys Lutzke of Milwaukee and Laura Schleife of Phillips; a brother, Robert (Jean) Schleife of Eleva; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; three sisters, Ruth, Edith and Elizabeth; and a brother, Gerald.

Nieratka
Emil J. Nieratka, 81, of Butternut, died Tuesday, Feb. 9, 1999, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield.
Services were held Monday, Feb. 15, 1999, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Butternut; Father Linus Evers officiating.
A parish prayer vigil was held Sunday, Feb. 14, at the Novitzke Funeral Home, Park Falls.
Burial was in St. Cecelia Cemetery, Butternut, with military rites under the auspices of Dirrigl-Sawales American Legion Post No. 182 of Park Falls.
He was born Aug. 8, 1917, in Passaic, NJ. His parents were Walter and Gertrude (Blawat) Nieratka.
He grew up in Kentucky and later in Butternut, where he attended school.
He attended technical school in Ashland and earned a degree in machine tool operation.
He was a mink rancher and worked for Johnson Plumbing and Heating and later at the Flambeau Paper Mill, both in Park Falls.
He married Helen Wenzl Dec. 16, 1942, in Salisbury, MD.
He was a veteran of World War II, a member of the Butternut Knights of Columbus, a member of Dirrigl-Sawales American Legion Post No. 182 of Park Falls and member and past president of the Flambeau Area Sportsman's Club.
He is survived by his wife; a daughter, Diane Nester of Oviedo, FL; a son, Dennis Nieratka of Butternut; a granddaughter; two brothers, Alex Nieratka and Albin (Jane) Nieratka, both of Milwaukee; two sisters, Helen Zimmerman of Santa Rosa, CA, and Lucille Turasik of Ft. Meyers, FL; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Pohl
Verna J. Pohl, 73, of Glidden, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 1999, at Flambeau Hospital, Park Falls, as the result of an automobile accident.
Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, Glidden; Father Ed Hussli officiating.
A parish prayer vigil was held Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the church.
She was born May 6, 1925, in Park Falls. Her parents were Carl and Calista (Loehner) Fischer.
She grew up and attended school in Park Falls.
She married John "Junior" Pohl May 24, 1947, in Park Falls.
A homemaker, she worked at Louisiana Pacific Corp. in Mellen until her retirement in 1988.
She and her husband were hosts at Lake Namekagon Campground in Cable since 1989.
She was a member of St. Anne's Sodality and of the Catholic Foresters, where she was recently honored for her many years of service.
She is survived by her husband; a son, Randy (Marion) Pohl of Glidden; three daughters, Teri (Robert) BeBeau and Carla (Jerry) Crom, both of Glidden, and Janis (Nicholas) Straetz of Presque Isle, ME; nine grandchildren; four sisters, Marge Weik, Lois Michalski, Beth (Andy) Michalski and Celine (Frank) Hoft, all of Park Falls; a brother, Francis "Bill" (Dorothy) Fischer of Park Falls; and by numerous nieces and nephews. 

Crafton
Nancy Crafton, 58, of Fairbanks, AK, died Friday, Jan. 29, 1999, at her home.
Services were held Tuesday, Feb. 9, at Immaculate Conception Church, Fairbanks.
She was born Nancy Carol Ocker Feb. 25, 1940, on the family farm of her parents, Ernest and Olga Ocker, in Fifield. She was the youngest of seven children.
She moved to Alaska in 1970 with her former husband, Jim LeTorneau, and their three children.
She moved to Fairbanks, where she married Wayne Crafton in 1974.
She worked as a waitress and in 1980, opened her own restaurant, the Elf's Den, in North Pole, AK, with a partner, Tom Sakolas, and spent the next 18 years as owner/operator of the supper club.
She is survived by her first husband, Jim LeTorneau, of Eagle, AK; a son, James Ernest LeTorneau; a daughter, Patricia Jean (Walt) Plant of Fairbanks, AK; a granddaughter; two sisters, Harriet (Conrad) House of North Pole, AK, and Gladys (Donald) Borman of Glidden; three brothers, Donald (Arlene) Ocker, Ronald (Carol) Ocker and Gary (Janice) Ocker, all of Fifield; a sister-in-law, Heidi Ocker of Arizona; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Wayne Crafton; a daughter, Kathleen Ann LeTourneau; and a brother, Ernest Ocker.

Hartman
Annabelle P. Hartman, 66, of Plymouth, MI, died Saturday, Feb. 6, 1999, at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Plymouth, MI.
Services were held Wednesday, Feb. 10, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Plymouth.
She was born March 31, 1932. Her parents were Jake and Helen Leick.
She grew up and attended school in Butternut.
She is survived by her husband, Edmund; three daughters, Jeanne Sullivan of Argos, MI, Annette Ray of Bourbon, MI, and Paula Kinney of Poland, Ohio; a son, Edmund Jr. of Plymouth, MI; and three sisters, Norma Artusi of Mishawaka, MI, Charlotte Ganther of Mauston and Betty Snouwaert of Niles, MI.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and by a brother, Jacob Leick.

Morrical
Lynn M. Morrical, 77, of Park Falls, died Sunday, Feb. 21, 1999, at Park Manor Nursing Home, Park Falls.
A private graveside service will be held at Forest Home Cemetery, Fifield, at a later date.
He was born March 19, 1921, in Phillips. His parents were Jess and Hazel Morrical.
He grew up and attended school in Phillips.
After school, he entered the U.S. Army and served in the Army Airborne as a paratrooper. He fought behind enemy lines in Europe during World War II.
He was an automobile body man and painter for Steiger Motor Sales in Park Falls for 32 years.
He was happily married to Betty Jane (Marsh) Morrical for 48 years until her death in 1998.
He was a member of the Fifield American Legion.
He is survived by a son, Lawrence John (Pam) Morrical of Waukegan, IL; two daughters, Judith Elizabeth (John) Tucci of Ashland and Mary Ann (Kenneth) Mathis of Zion, IL; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Joanne Heinz of Phillips; by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; and by a dear friend, Dawn Slack of Fifield.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; and a sister, Cecile "Moe" Koller. 

Hoffman
Arthur P. Hoffman, 72, of Park Falls, died Tueday, Feb. 23, 1999, at his home.
Services were held Saturday, Feb. 27, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Park Falls; Father Al Ebach officiating.
A parish prayer vigil was held Friday, Feb. 26, at the Novitzke Funeral Home, Park Falls.
Burial was in Nola Cemetery, Park Falls, with military rites under the auspices of Dirrigl-Sawales American Legion Post No. 182.
He was born May 15, 1926, in Park Falls and was a life-long resident of Park Falls. His parents were Peter and Anna (Woodie) Hoffman.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Dirrigl-Sawales American Legion Post No. 182 of Park Falls.
A farmer, he loved music and played guitar in different area bands.
He is survived by two brothers, Herbert Hoffman of Camden, AR, and James (Dorothy) Hoffman of Donnellson, IA; a sister, Isabelle Sollberger of Athens; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; five brothers; and four sisters.

Maxfield
Charlene L. Maxfield, 65, of Loretta, died Sunday, Feb. 28, 1999, at her home.
Services were held Wednesday, March 3, at the Novitzke Funeral Home, Park Falls; Rev. Henry Boynton officiating.
A private committal service will be held at a later date.
She was born Jan. 20, 1934, in Lancaster, OH. Her parents were Herbert and Viola Wilkinson.
She grew up and attended school in Ohio.
She married William Maxfield July 11, 1955, in Cincinnati, OH. The couple moved to Loretta in 1987.
She was employed at the Motorola Company in Franklin Park, IL, until her retirement in 1987.
She then worked with her husband at the Glenwood School for Boys in Loretta.
She is survived by her husband; two children, James Maxfield of Lancaster, OH, and Debra (James) Radford of Boling Brook, IL; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister; and a brother.
She was preceded in death by her parents; a grandchild; and by brothers and sisters.

Wagner
Ludwig Wagner, 88, of Joshua Tree, CA, and formerly of Park Falls, died Wednesday, Feb. 10, 1999, at Crescent Nursing Home in California.
He was born Jan. 3, 1911, on the family farm of his parents, Leonard Sr. and Walburga Wagner, in Park Falls.
He grew up and attended school in Park Falls, then lived in various places, including Webster, Minneapolis, MN, and California.
He is survived by a sister, Theresa Schroeder, three sisters-in-law, Katherine (Fred) Wagner, Grace (Leonard Jr.) Wagner and Grace (George) Wagner of Park Falls; and by numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Pauline, whom he married in Webster; his second wife, June, whom he married in California; six brothers, Frank, Joseph, George, John, Leonard Jr. and Fred; and a sister, Josephine Pritzl.

Zimmerman
Helen Nieratka Zimmerman, 79, died Saturday, Feb. 20, 1999, in San Francisco, CA.
She is survived by two sons, David of San Francisco and Thomas of Marion, IA; five grandchildren; two brothers, Alex Nieratka and Albin Nieratka, both of Milwaukee; a sister, Lucille Turasik of Fort Meyers, FL; and seven nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald Zimmerman of Bemidji, MN, and a brother, Emil Nieratka of Butternut. 


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