Miscellaneous Taylor County, Wisconsin Obituaries


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Marion Ballerstein
Marion Elizabeth Ballerstein, 77, of Norway, Mich., died April 19 at Dickenson County Memorial Hospital in Iron Mountain, Mich. A memorial service was held April 24 at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Kingsford, Mich., where she had been a member. 
The former Marion E. Zahorek was born June 6, 1921, in Wausau to the late John and Elizabeth (Hoertsch) Zahorek. She lived in Prescott, Ariz., for a period of time prior to moving to Norway three and one-half years ago. 
Survivors include a son, Tom (Shirley) Ballerstein of Dorchester; three daughters, JoAnn (Sheldon) Ellison of Vulcan, Mich., Linda (Frank) Anemone and Lois (Anthony) DeLaHuarte, both of Phoenix, Ariz.; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. 

Harriet M. Berfield
Medford native Harriet Marie Berfield, 85, of Appleton, died Friday, April 30, at LindenGrove Health Care Center in Waukesha. A private memorial services was held at Larson Brothers Funeral Home in New Berlin. 
The former Harriet Pleus was born October 2, 1913, in Medford to William and Mary Pleus. She was a graduate of Taylor County Normal School. Her marriage to William Berfield took place on June 27, 1936, in Stillwater, Minn. He died in December 1997. 
She had been employed in library work at Rib Lake and the Appleton Public Library. She enjoyed spending time at the family cottage on Solberg Lake and traveling with her husband in the United States and many foreign countries. 
She was a member of the Beja Shrine women's Auxiliary. 
Survivors include two daughters, Sybil (John) Woodruff of Waterford and Suzanne (Charles) Engbretson of Canyon Lake, Calif.; a sister, Marge (Lyle) Hoff of Stevens Point; two sisters-in-law, Helen Basile of Munster, Ill., and Inez Pleus of Sun Prairie; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. 

Viola B. Gehrig
Former Medford resident Viola B. Gehrig, 95, of Milwaukee, died Thursday, April 29, at Bradley Beverly Health Care Center in Milwaukee where she had resided for more than six years. Funeral services were held Monday, May 3, at Community United Church of Christ in Medford with Rev. Robert L. Everhard officiating. 
Burial was held in Medford Evergreen Cemetery. Her grandchildren served as pallbearers. 
Hemer Funeral Home in Medford handled the arrangements. 
The former Viola B. Strub was born January 25, 1904, in Merrill, Iowa, to the late Maximillion and Louise (Ross) Strub. She moved with her parents to South Dakota and attended schools in Big Stone City there. In 1917, they moved to the Whittlesey area and she attended Whittlesey schools. Her marriage to Ben C. Gehrig took place on September 26, 1923, in Medford. He preceded her in death on November 9, 1978. 
She was employed as a clerk in various downtown businesses in Medford. She had also been a cook at the Northside Tavern. She moved to Milwaukee in 1990. 
She was a member of Community United Church of Christ and the Womans Guild. She was also a member of the Klossner-Dietzler Ladies Auxiliary, a former GUG member and a charter member of the Chelsea Conservation Club. 
Survivors include one daughter, Jeanette (Tony) Pascale of Brown Deer; one son, Mike (Marie) Gehrig of Rhinelander; a sister, Margaret Gehrig of Medford; a half sister, Genevieve Hollenbach of Tennessee; a half brother, John Willner of Indiana; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. 
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Germaine in 1927, and one son, Galen "Bud" Gehrig in 1992. 

Ernfred Kroon
Ernfred Laverne Kroon, 84, of Rice Lake, died Saturday, May 1, at the Rice Lake Convalescent Center. A memorial mass was held Wednesday, May 5, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rice Lake with Rev. Kevin Gordon officiating. 
Cremainal interment was held in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery in Shawano. 
Jarocki Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Rice Lake was in charge of arrangements. 
Ernfred Kroon was born January 14, 1915, in Paxton, Ill., to John and Anna (Anderson) Kroon. His marriage to Elizabeth Samson took place on September 27, 1941, in Chicago, Ill., and she preceded him in death. He later married Crystal Crooks on February 1, 1964, in Shawano. She died in June 1997. 
He and his wife farmed in Ogema until 1947. They then moved to Shawano where he worked as a technician for Badger Breeders. He retired in 1975 and moved to Rice Lake in 1979. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. 
He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. 
Survivors include one daughter, Kathleen (Warren) Kraus of Shreveport, La.; a stepdaughter, Lucille (Gary) Below of Rice Lake; one sister, Esther DeYoung of Shreveport; four grandchildren; four step grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and 12 step great-grandchildren. 
He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Phyllis, and by brothers and sisters. 

Eldred L. Krueger
Eldred L. Krueger, 75, Dorchester, died Monday, May 3, at St. Joseph's Hospice Unit in Marshfield. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 6, at Our Saviours Lutheran Church in the Town of Holway with Rev. Lauren R. Ley officiating. 
Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jessica Krueger, Lisa, Lyle Jr. and Lee Cardinal, Dave Korallus, Tony Olah, and Arnie and Mike Sova. 
Visitation at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford will be from 4-9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 5, and at the church from 9 a.m. until time of services on Thursday. 
Eldred L. Krueger was born July 24, 1923, in the Town of Holway to Albert and Elsie (Raasch) Krueger. He received his education in the Town of Holway. 
He worked at the Hillside Dairy in Cadott for 11 years, at Damms Saw Mill in Stetsonville for 11 years, and then hauled milk for Schmeiser Brothers for 10 years. After retiring in 1985, he did woods work and other jobs. 
Survivors include one sister, Margie Sova of Medford; and three brothers, Benny of Medford, Arden of Dorchester and Louis (Edna) Krueger of Sullivan. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Douglas Krueger in 1937; and one sister, Ruth Seaborn in 1985. 

Alfred J. Pohle
Alfred J. Pohle, 87, of Park Falls, died Thursday, April 29, at Park Manor Nursing Home in Park Falls. Funeral services were held Monday, May 3, at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Park Falls with Rev. Al Ebach officiating. 
Burial took place in Nola Cemetery in Park Falls. 
Novitzke Funeral Home in Park Falls handled the arrangements. 
Alfred J. Pohle was born March 14, 1912, in Medford to Ollie and Katrina (Domine) Pohle. He attended schools in Medford. His marriage to Lucille White took place on February 17, 1934, in Park Falls. 
He was employed in the shipyard in Superior, Hines Lumber in Park Falls and then worked for the Flambeau Mill in Park Falls until retiring in 1975. 
Survivors include one son, Donald Pohle of Phillips; a daughter, Judy (Fred) Lenzen of Park Falls; three sisters, Helen Hoffman of Medford, Matilda (Howard) Jawson of Milwaukee and Lillian Menos of Appleton; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and other relatives. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lucille in 1976; one son, Thomas; a daughter-in-law, Jean; a brother, Clarence; and one sister, Ann.

Leonard Urquhart
Former Medford resident Leonard "Buck" Urquhart, 85, died Sunday, Oct. 3 at Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls. 
A Masonic Memorial Service was held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at Novitzke Funeral Home in Park Falls. 
Leonard Urquhart was born June 8, 1914 at Medford to the late Norman Anthony and Blanche (Seek) Urquhart. He attended school in Medford. 
His marriage to Eleanor Dolan, who died in 1981, took place at Iowa on June 12, 1943. In 1950 they moved to Park Falls. 
He was a game warden until his retirement in 1960. During his retirement he was a sales manager at St. Croix Rod Company in Park Falls. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. 
He is survived by five children, Jim (Nina), Stone Lake, Mary (Charles) Mickel, Golden, Colo., Elizabeth Urquhart, Madison, Kenneth (Kay), Forest Lake, Minn., and Stephen, Chisago City, Minn.; two sisters, Jean Perrin, Wolfe Island, Ontario, and Nona Thomas, Dallas, Texas; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. 
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Cathleen, and a brother, Donald. 

Tillie Neumueller
Word has been received of the death of Tillie Neumueller, Town of Chelsea, who died Tuesday, Oct. 5 at Minneapolis. Funeral arrangements are pending with Hemer Funeral Home in Medford. 
A complete obituary will be published next week.

Mary Smugala
Mary Smugala, 90, died Tuesday, Sept. 28 at her home in the Township of Harmony in Price County. 
Funeral services were held on Friday, Oct. 1 at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Catawba, with Revs. Dismas Kalcic and Patrick Kelley officiating. Interment was held in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Phillips. 
Heindl Funeral Home in Phillips assisted the family with arrangements. 
Mary Smugala was born August 7, 1909 at Chicago, Ill., to the late Steve and Mary (Hrpka) Walcisak. In 1913 her family moved to the Township of Harmony where she attended school. Her marriage to Joseph Smugala, who died August 28, 1997, took place in Phillips on September 29, 1937. They owned and operated a dairy farm for many years prior to their retirement. 
She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church in Catawba and the Catholic Slovak Ladies Union. She enjoyed baking, cooking and gardening. 
She is survived by one daughter, Mary Ann (Harry) Sweda, Lublin; three sisters, Julia Bushman, Kennan, and Celia Heitz and Irene Huebner, both of Chicago; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. 
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Rosemary Bauer; one son, Joseph; one brother, Steve Walcisak; one sister, Ann Lachky; one grandson; and one granddaughter. 

Theodore Swanson
Theodore Roy Swanson, 88, Ogema, died Friday, Oct. 1 at St. Joseph's Palliative Care Unit in Marshfield. 
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at First Lutheran Church in Ogema with Rev. Jerome Godson officiating. Interment was held at Hillside Cemetery in Ogema. 
Theodore Swanson was born May 22, 1911 at the Swanson Homestead in Price County to the late Swan August and Anna Walborg (Hoffner) Swanson. He attended a one-room schoolhouse called Sunnyside Grade School. He worked on the Swanson farm with his brothers and sisters during the depression. In 1938, he moved to Chicago where he was employed with the Railway Express. 
His marriage to Gladys Lodin took place on January 21, 1940 at Chicago. In 1988 they moved back to Ogema. He enjoyed hunting, being outdoors, playing guitar, woodworking and playing cards. 
He was a member of First Lutheran Church and had been a member of the Teamsters for the Chicago area railroad. 
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Fred, Ogema, Jim, Minneapolis, Minn., and David, Chicago; two sisters, Gladys Erickson, McIntosh, Minn., and Inez Hill, Ogema; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Edward, Ernest, and Alfred; and two sisters, Linnea Swanson and Edna Oberg.

Clarence Sackman
Clarence C. Sackman, 69, Stetsonville, died Tuesday, Oct. 26 under hospice care at his daughter's home in the Town of Deer Creek. 
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 29 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford with Rev. Dennis Meulemans officiating. Cremainal interment took place at Stetsonville Public Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandchildren Dale and Patrick Adams, Jeffrey Klinger, Jr., Samantha Klinger, Alex Zagorski, and James Zagorski. 
Hemer Funeral Home in Medford assisted the family with arrangements. 
Clarence C. Sackman was born January 23, 1930 at the Town of Deer Creek to the late John and Elizabeth (Massoth) Sackman. He attended Spruce Grove Elementary School and graduated from Medford Area Senior High in 1949. 
His marriage to Elizabeth F. Baumer, who survives, took place at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville on June 9, 1953. 
He worked on the Ben Ruesch mink ranch in Medford, hauled lime for Herman Eggert and then worked as a milk distributor for Parkin Dairy and later Morning Glory Distributing for 25 years until his retirement in 1995. He then worked on Ed Brecke's mink ranch in Stetsonville until the time of his death. He enjoyed hobby farming and working in the woods. 
He was a member of the Medford National Guard Reserves. 
In addition to his wife, survivors include, four sons, Ronald, Randy, Brian, and Rick, all of the Town of Deer Creek; three daughters, Lennethe Adams, Medford, Theresa (Samuel) Zagorski, Withee, and Kathryn (Jeff) Klinger, Medford; two brothers, Robert (Lillian), Medford, and Herbert (Jane), Muskego; five sisters, Annabelle (Glen) Moorhead, Ontario, Canada, Caroline (Robert) Viel, Milwaukee, Nora Hornak, Big Bend, Leona "Sue" (Harold) Hornak, New Berlin, and Sister Mary Angela, Wausau; and six grandchildren. 
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Dorothy Schriener, and four brothers, William, Joseph, Valentine, and Kenneth. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to either Hope Hospice of Rib Lake or the family.

Milton House
Whittlesey native Milton Earl House, 70, died October 17 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Racine. 
Maresh-Meredith Funeral Home in Racine assisted the family with arrangements. 
Milton House was born October 30, 1928 at Whittlesey to the late Earl and Gladys (Speers) House. 
He was employed at Lakeside Foundry for 19 years and retired from J. I. Case Company. 
Survivors include three children, Raymond, Tucson, Ariz., Irene (George) Billings, Racine, and Robin House, Russell, Kan.; two brothers, Edward (Evelyn), Waupaca, and Archie (Pat), Green Bay; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Harold O'Connell
Harold "Jerry" O'Connell, 91, Gilman, died October 30 at Zastrow Care Center in Gilman. 
Funeral services were held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3 at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman with Rev. Phillip Juza officiating. Visitation was held Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at Gilman Funeral Home. Burial took place at Meadowbrook Cemetery. Members of Gilman American Legion Post served as pallbearers and conducted military graveside rites. 
Harold O'Connell was born December 26, 1907 at LeSuer, Minn., to the late Henry and Mary (Doughtery) O'Connell. He grew up in Minnesota. He served in the US Army in WWII participating in the Battle of the Bulge. After his discharge, he came to Gilman, where he farmed in the Town of Ford until retirement. He then moved to the Village of Gilman where he has resided since. 
His marriage to the former Mary Flock took place at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Gilman on May 8, 1954. 
He was an active member of the Gilman American Legion. 
Survivors include three step-sons, Robert Flock, Iron River, Richard Flock, Burlington, and Leo Flock, Racine; four step-daughters, Katherine Kexel, Marshfield, Eleanor Krapp, Indianapolis, Ind., Ruth Staudinger, Racine, and Caroline Sydlo, Union Grove; and many nieces and nephews. 
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one sister, Rosella, and two step-sons, Ted and Phillip Flock.

Virginia Shadrick
Virginia V. Shadrick, 74, Town of Goodrich, died Tuesday, October 26 at Memorial Hospital in Medford. 
A memorial service was held Saturday, Oct. 30 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Dorchester with Robert Ruprich officiating. 
Hemer Funeral Home in Medford assisted the family with arrangements. 
The former Virginia V. Janko was born May 27, 1925 at Chicago to the late Frank and Mary (Kmet) Janko. She attended elementary school in the Town of Browning and graduated in 1943 from Medford Area Senior High. 
Her marriage to Roland Bergmann took place at Athens in 1944. They were later divorced. Her marriage to Roy Shadrick, who survives, took place at Medford in 1974. 
After her education she worked for Cuttler Hammer in Milwaukee. She and her first husband farmed and raised their family in the Town of Goodrich. She enjoyed gardening and music. 
She was a member of the Dorchester Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. 
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Judy (Rick) Cherington, Gilbert, Ariz.; two sons, Gary (Anita) Bergmann, Madison, and Steve (Deidre) Bergmann, Patterson, N.Y.; one brother, Rudolph Janko, Town of Browning; eight step-children; and numerous stepgrandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Donald.

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