Ervin L. Thorstenson, 75, Medford, died Wednesday, April 26 at Continental
Manor Nursing Home in Abbotsford.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 29 at Holy Rosary Catholic
Church in Medford, with Rev. Dennis Meulemans officiating. Burial took
place at Medford Catholic Cemetery with graveside veteran rites. Pallbearers
were his five sons.
Hemer Funeral Home of Medford assisted the family with arrangements.
Ervin Thorstenson was born on August 8, 1924 at Rhinelander to the
late Lawrence and Catherine (Gorichs) Thorstenson. He attended Battle Lake,
Minn. schools and graduated in 1942 from Rhinelander High School. He also
attended Forestry School in Rhinelander. He moved from Rhinelander to Battle
Lake as a youngster, and later returned to Rhinelander. He served with
the US Army from 1943-46 in Africa, Italy, and Okinawa. After his discharge
and forestry school, he served as a conservation aid with the Wisconsin
His marriage to Doris R. Stroik, who survives, took place on June 15,
1946 at Rhinelander. In 1956 they moved to Medford and he was promoted
to district forest ranger. He dressed as Smokey the Bear for many school
programs. He and his family also owned and operated the Jolly Time popcorn
wagon on Friday nights in downtown Medford. He retired in 1980.
He was a charter member of the Early Morning Splashers; charter member
of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees; member
of Holy Rosary Catholic Church; former member of Knights of Columbus and
Medford Lions Club; and former board member of the Pine Line Rail Trail.
He enjoyed swimming, bicycling, walking, and the outdoors.
In addition to his wife, survivors include five sons, Michael (Lisa),
Brookfield, Joseph, Anchorage, Alaska, Eric (Mary), Okauchee, Tom (Diane),
Niagara, and Victor (Cynthia), Minneapolis, Minn.; 16 grandchildren; and
one great- grandson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter,
Maria in 1979, one brother and three sisters.
Frank Lammar, 66, Stetsonville, died Tuesday, May 2 at St. Joseph's
Hospital in Marshfield. Arrangements are pending with Hemer Funeral Home
in Medford. A complete obituary will be published next week.
Joseph S. Kay, 83, Town of Medford, died Saturday, April 29 at Memorial
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, May 3 at Hemer Funeral Home
in Medford with Deacon Joe Stefancin officiating. Burial took place at
Medford Catholic Cemetery with graveside military rites. Pallbearers were
Clark and Josh Kay, Geoffrey Hutchinson, Derek Lentz, Carlo Petersen, and
Joseph S. Kay was born on June 5, 1916 at Milwaukee to the late Joseph
and Helen (Modrejewski) Kowaleski. He attended Milwaukee area schools.
He married Mary D. Dryzweicki, who died on September 17, 1994.
He entered the military in the 1930s. After his tour, he began employment
with Central Wisconsin Trucking. He again joined the military and served
as company clergy of the 184th Division in Milwaukee. He was a veteran
of the US Army having served in WWII and the Korean War. In 1955, he retired
from active duty and worked as a sheriff's deputy for the Waukesha County
Sheriff's Department for two years. In 1957, he began employment as a security
guard with AC General Motors in Oak Creek until retiring in 1978 and moving
to Medford. He and his wife owned and operated the OK Bar on Main St. for
one year, and he also wrote a fishing column for The Star News called "Drop
a Line" until 1995.
He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church and Medford Kiwanis
Club; a former member of Klossner-Dietzler VFW and a former Golden Gloves
boxer; and former city alderman and county board supervisor. He enjoyed
Survivors include four daughters, Jill (Dennis) Fyksen, West Allis,
Jan Gust and Joan Sinisi, both of Medford, and Jeryle (David) Lentz, Wisconsin
Rapids; two sons, Jack (Kris), Medford, and Jay (Monica), Wauwatosa; two
sisters, Gennie Nash, Milwaukee, and Marcie Chamteau, Seal Beach, Calif.;
two brothers, Ray (Jeannie) Koval, Milwaukee, and Louis Kowaleski, Sullivan;
12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by 17
brothers and sisters, and one granddaughter, Jennifer Peterson.
Ellyn S. Moeller, 88, died Wednesday, April 26 in Tulsa, Okla.
A private memorial service is planned. Cremainal interment will take
place at Evergreen Cemetery in Medford in July.
The former Ellyn Stephenson was born on July 16, 1911 at Medford to
the late George and Hattie (Hein) Stephenson. She was a graduate of Madison
General Hospital School of Nursing in Madison, and worked for several years
as a registered nurse.
Her marriage to Therald Moeller, who preceded her in death, took place
on May 17, 1935. They lived briefly in East Lansing, Mich. before moving
to Champaign, Ill. in 1940, where they lived for 29 years. In 1969 they
moved to Phoenix, Ariz., and then to Broken Arrow, Okla. in 1992.
She enjoyed gardening, oil painting, and sewing.
Survivors include her children, Karlyn Wagner, Roseburg, Ore., Kathryn
(James) Krause, Tempe, Ariz., and Stephen (Cheryl), Broken Arrow; six grandchildren;
and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by
one brother, Ronald.
Memorials may be made to the Therald Moeller Chemistry Endowment Fund.
Bernard "Ben" Eric Krans, 96, Medford, died Wednesday, April 26 at
Memorial Nursing Home in Medford.
Funeral services were held on Friday, April 28 at First Baptist Church
in Prentice, with Rev. Randy Feola and Rev. Bruce Anderson officiating.
Interment took place at Hackett Cemetery in the Town of Hackett. Pallbearers
were Paul Bergeson, Dan Swan, Dennis Upson, Duane Lind, and Randy and Loren
Heindl Funeral Home of Prentice assisted the family with arrangements.
Bernard Krans was born on October 27, 1903 at the Town of Hackett to
the late Bernard and Inga Christine (Erickson) Krans, who were Swedish
immigrants. He attended Hackett Graded School. He then went to work on
the family farm before taking a job at his brother's logging camps in the
Glidden area. In 1939 he returned to the family farm which he operated
with his sister, Mary, until his retirement. After retirement, he lived
in Innver Grove Heights, Minn. for a period of time before returning to
Prentice until ill health required him to move to Memorial Nursing Home.
He was actively involved in singing at churches and community affairs.
He is survived by nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by nine brothers
Theodore "Teddy" Foster Zondlo, 27, Marshfield, died Tuesday, May 2
at his home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 5 at St.
John's Catholic Church in Marshfield, with Rev. Charles D. Stoetzel officiating.
Committal services will be held at Lake View Cemetery in Rib Lake.
Visitation will be held from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, and on Friday
until the time of service, at Rembs/Kudinger Funeral Home in Marshfield.
Theodore Zondlo was born on October 26, 1972 at Marshfield to Jeffery
and Candace (Kieffer) Zondlo. He attended St. John's Parochial School and
was a 1991 graduate of Columbus High School, both in Marshfield. He graduated
in 1995 from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a bachelor
of science degree. In 1996 he joined the Peace Corps and served in Poland
His marriage to Izabela "Iza" Polomski, who survives, took place on
September 2, 1998. He returned to Marshfield in 1999 and worked at Weyerhaeuser
as a sales assistant until the time of his death.
He was a long distance runner and the Marshfield News Herald Scholar-Athlete
in 1991. He also coached track at Stratford High School.
In addition to his parents and wife, survivors include one daughter,
Victoria, Marshfield; one step-daughter, Kasia, Poland; maternal grandparents,
William J. and Carol Kieffer, Appleton; and many aunts and uncles.
Former Medford resident Lloyd Schubert died Tuesday, May 2 at West
Allis Care Center. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May
5 at Hemer Funeral Home in Medford, with Rev. Warren Behling officiating.
Burial will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be
held from noon until the time of service on Friday. A complete obituary
will be published next week.
Edward F. Scheuerell, 82, Mesa, Ariz., died Saturday, April 22.
Edward Scheuerell was born on September 12, 1917 at Sun Prairie. He
attended Sun Prairie Grade School and High School, and the University of
His marriage to Florence Fleischmann, who survives, took place in 1941.
He taught industrial arts at Medford and coached basketball, football,
and baseball. He served in the Navy as an Executive Officer on LST No.
697 in the Pacific Theater. In 1952 he started the National Guard in Medford
and went to work at the Harvey Company, a window and door manufacturing
company. He started 4-S Glass Company which later became Weather Shield
Glass Division. Since retirement, he has spent winters in Mesa and summers
In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, Robert (Judy),
Sartell, Minn., William (Ginny), Madison, and James (Maggie), Hartford;
two daughters, Ann (Rob) Huggins, Palo Alto, Calif., and Mary Scheuerell,
Minneapolis, Minn.; one brother, Leo, El Monte, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.
Alice Hedvig Stam, 91, Medford, died Friday, April 28 at the home of
her niece in the Town of Goodrich, where she was currently residing.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 6 at Immanuel
Lutheran Church in Mellen, with Rev. Martin Eden officiating. Cremainal
interment will be at High Bridge Cemetery in High Bridge, Ashland County.
The family will be receiving friends at the church on Saturday from
10 a.m. until the time of service.
Dallmann-Kniewel Funeral Home of Rib Lake and Medford assisted the
family with arrangements.
Alice Stam was born on January 3, 1909 in Sweden to the late Andreas
and Hedwig (Anderson) Stam. Her family came to the US in 1910 and settled
in Morehead, Minn. She attended Morehead area schools and college in Minneapolis.
In 1931 she moved again with her family to Mellen. She owned and operated
a variety store for many years there. She then served for many years as
City Clerk of Mellen. In March she came to live with her niece, Becky Jaeger,
in the Town of Goodrich.
She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Survivors include two brothers, Harold (Helen), Mellen, and Thor, Olympia,
Wash.; one sister, Carrie Jaeger, Town of Goodrich; and nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers
and three sisters.
Chief Petty Officer Terry Lee Cederholm, 35, stationed at the Naval
Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla., died Sunday, April 23.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 29 at Eller-Brady Funeral
Home in Cedar Lake, Ind., with Rev. Scott Wilbur officiating. Interment
took place at German Methodist Cemetery in Cedar Lake.
Terry Cederholm was born on October 19, 1964 at Gary, Ind. to David
and Carol Cederholm. He was a 1983 graduate of Griffith High School and
entered the US Navy in 1984. He served in the Persian Gulf and Libya.
He enjoyed Chicago sports teams.
He is survived by his mother Carol, Medford; his father David (Maryann),
Peoria, Ariz.; his wife Jacqueline, Jacksonville, Carl; one daughter, Terica;
maternal grandmother Freida Johnson, Medford; three brothers, David (Catherine),
Indianapolis, Ind., Robert, Krum, Texas, and Daniel (Tina), Medford; one
sister, Berthyne Bakkestuen, Medford; and several aunts, uncles, nieces,
Chelsea native Emelia "Millie" H. Wilhelmi, 94, Abbotsford, died Tuesday,
May 2, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield under hospice care.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 5 at Christ
Lutheran Church in Abbotsford, with Rev. Paul Hunsicker officiating. Burial
will take place at Abbotsford Public Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mark
Wilhelmi, Eric Wilhelmi, Jay Tlusty, Dwayne Kalepp, Derek Hanson, and Ramsey
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 4 at Maurina
Funeral Home in Abbotsford.
The former Emelia Lindstedt was born on November 15, 1905 at Chelsea
to the late John and Marie Lindstedt.
Her marriage to Fred Henry Wilhelmi, who died on March 22, 1980, took
place on June 4, 1924 at Abbotsford. They farmed in the Town of Mayville,
Clark County, then moved to Abbotsford in 1948. She was employed with Abbotsford
Produce and later with Spinhernie Meat Processing, both in Abbotsford.
She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and very active in the Ladies
Aid, and a member of the Homemakers Club. She enjoyed gardening, crocheting,
Survivors include three sons, Walter (Joyce), Florence, Earl (Carol),
Colby, and Kenneth, Abbotsford; two daughters, Arlene (Lloyd) Sternhagen,
Neenah, and Shirley (Wayne) Luehrs, Plover; nine grandchildren; and eight
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by
three brothers and two sisters.
Former Lublin area resident Josephine Plucinski, 85, Tomahawk, died
Monday, June 12 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Tomahawk.
Funeral services were held Thursday morning at St. Stanislaus Catholic
Church in Lublin, with Rev. Philip Juza officiating. Burial took place
in St. Stanislaus Cemetery.
Thorp Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
The former Josephine Popowski was born July 10, 1914 to the late John
and Pauline (Sluszarsz) Popowski in Chicago, Ill. She lived in Chicago
for a number of years, and then in the Lublin area and Tomahawk area.
Survivors include one daughter, Diana (Bob) Smith of Tomahawk; two
grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first
husband, Richard Michno; her second husband, Dan Plucinski; one son; five
brothers and two sisters.
Charles W. Buehler
Medford native Charles W. Buehler, 75, Oconomowoc, died at his home
on Wednesday, June 7.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 12 at St. Jerome Catholic Church
in Oconomowoc with Revs. John Yockey and Thomas Langer officiating. Burial
took place in St. Jerome Catholic Cemetery.
Pagenkopf Funeral Home of Oconomowoc assisted the family with arrangements.
Charles Buehler was born August 30, 1924 at Medford to the late Carl
and Catherine (Danen) Buehler. His marriage to Carol Borofka took place
in Marshfield in 1950.
He worked as a Sentry Insurance Agent in the Oconomowoc area for 26
years, retiring in 1984. He was a member of St. Jerome Catholic Church
and volunteered at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital. He was a veteran of WWII,
serving in the Navy.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; one daughter, Debra (Gary) Grotenhuis
of Deephaven, Minn.; three sons, Jeffery (Nancy) of Oxford, Mich., Patrick
(Dena) of Menomonee Falls, and James (Veronica) of Kingsville, Texas; two
sisters, Patricia (Fred) Ruos of Elm Grove and Marilyn (Harold) Lockwood
of Maine; one brother, Mark (Delores) of Medford; and 14 grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald.
The family requests memorials to your favorite charity or St. Jerome's
Building Fund in lieu of flowers.
Former Jump River resident Ellen L. Taylor, 82, Stanley, died Sunday,
June 11 at Victory Medical Center in Stanley.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 15 at Plombon Funeral
Home in Stanley, with Rev. John Puerner officiating. Burial took place
at Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Jump River.
The former Ellen McNeely was born on February 23, 1918 at Mott, N.D.,
to the late Amos "Ed" and Edna (Hehman) McNeely. When she was a young girl,
the family moved to the Jump River area where she grew up and attended
Her marriage to Bert Taylor, who died in 1987, took place on April
19, 1941 at Hannibal. They came to Stanley where they owned and operated
Taylor's Supperette Grocery Store until their retirement in 1972.
She was a longtime member of Stanley Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Judy (Duane) Van Ert, Stanley, and
Peggy Taylor, Plymouth, Minn.; three sons, Robert (Elaine), Burlington,
Scott (Colette), Maple Grove, Minn., and Larry (Deb), Champlin, Minn.;
one sister, Lillian Allman, Medford; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by
one daughter in infancy; two brothers, Ray and Keith; and one sister, Donna
Medford native Elida "Lollie" M. Langer, 71, Janesville, died Thursday,
June 8 at Mercy Hospital in Janesville. Funeral services were held Monday,
June 12 at First Baptist Church in Janesville, with Revs. Deborah and James
Harkness officiating. Burial took place in Oak Hill Cemetery at Janesville.
The Henke-Clarson-Holzhuter Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.
The former Elida Furland was born August 27, 1928 in Medford to the
late John and Martha (Zacher) Furland. She graduated from Medford High
Her marriage to Richard D. Langer, who died January 1, 1989, took place
on May 12, 1956. She has resided in Janesville since then.
She was an active member of First Baptist Church, where she was treasurer
of its women's group and was its representative to ECHO for many years.
She also served as treasurer of Church Women United. She was a member of
the Mercy Hospital Auxiliary, delivering Meals on Wheels since the program
started in Janesville. She volunteered at Castaways Thrift Shop and was
a responder for the Life-Line Program. She was well-known for her volunteer
work and received the YWCA Woman of Distinction Humanitarian Award in 1991.
Survivors include three daughters, Victoria of Mystic, Conn., Elaine
(Jay) Allen of Fitchburg, and Stacey (Jay) Guelker of Mishicot; two sisters,
Geneva Guziak of Medford and Vernice Selby of Milwaukee.
She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.
The family requests memorials made in her name to Mercy Hospital Auxiliary,
ECHO or First Baptist Church Women.
Jean C. Wittek
Lublin native Jean C. Wittek, 76, Owen, died at her home on Wednesday,
Funeral services were held Sunday, June 11 at Holy Rosary Catholic
Church in Owen, with Rev. Al Jakubowski officiating. Burial took place
in St. Stanislaus Cemetery at Lublin on Monday, June 12, with graveside
services by Sister Mary Jo Donaldson. Serving as pallbearers were Gene
Kaczmarczyk, Ron Latko, Mark Kaczmarek, Todd Kaczmarek, Joe Nowicki, Chad
Cebula and Mike Cebula.
Maurina Funeral Home of Owen assisted the family with arrangements.
The former Jean Charlotte Kaczmarczyk was born November 28, 1923 at
Lublin to the late Albert and Anna (Kozik) Kaczmarczyk. She graduated from
Gilman High School.
Her marriage to Peter W. Wittek took place on January 30, 1948 at the
St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Lublin. They then farmed in the Town
of Roosevelt until moving to rural Owen in 1969.
She assisted her husband with the B.R. Sawmill of Withee as vice president.
She later was part owner of Camp 28 hotel and restaurant in Rib Lake. The
couple enjoyed their winter months in Fountain Hills, Ariz. She was a bird
watcher, cared for her flower gardens and especially liked picking blueberries.
She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Owen, the Parish
Council of Catholic Women, and St. Helen's Circle.
Survivors include her husband, Peter of Owen; three daughters, Sandra
(Mike) Cebula of Montello, Dianne of Lublin, and Pamela (Gary) Ackerman
of Maple Grove, Minn.; five grandchildren and one great-grandson. Other
survivors are: three brothers, Ray (Phyllis) of Eau Claire, Victor and
Albert, both of Thorp; and a half-brother, Louis (Dorothy) Carpenter of
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister,
Irene Krylowksi; three brothers, John, Frank and Joe; and one grandson,
Former Jump River resident Inga Russell, 91, Ladysmith, died Thursday,
June 1 at Ladysmith Nursing Home.
Funeral services were held Monday, June 5 at United Methodist Church
in Ladysmith. Burial took place at Mt. Nebo Cemetery in Jump River. Pallbearers
were her grandsons, Gary Russell, Chuck Wachsmuth, Joe Dorava, and Ronald,
Randall and Mike Sweet.
The former Inga Petersen was born on November 4, 1908 at Maywood, Neb.
to the late Peter and Elise (Larsen) Petersen. They moved to the Jump River
area in 1920.
Her marriage to Edwin Russell, who died in 1970, took place on November
22, 1925. She later married Elward Russell, who also preceded her in death.
She worked several years in Wilmette and Winetka, Ill., retiring in 1970
and moving to Ladysmith.
Survivors include four daughters, Ethel Foster, Ladysmith, Rose (Harry)
Sweet and Helen (Jim) Wachsmuth, both of Gilman, and Betty Mae (Elmer)
Dorava, Irma; two sons, Ivan (Annette), Isanti, Minn., and Donald (Joan),
Fridley, Minn.; 30 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren;
and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death
by two boys in infancy, seven brothers, two sisters, two granddaughters,
two grandsons, and one great-great-grandson.
Hannibal native Pearle Sohr, 78, Albany, Minn., died at her home on
Monday, May 8. Funeral services were held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church
in Albany on May 11. Burial took place in the church cemetery.
Brenny Funeral Home of Albany assisted the family with arrangements.
The former Pearle White was born August 17, 1921 at Hannibal to Anna
(Lewis) and the late George White. Her marriage to Vernon Sohr took place
October 12, 1940 at Hannibal.
She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albany.
Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Judy Fischer of Albany;
three sons, William of South Haven, Lawrence of Andover, and Barry of St.
Paul; her mother, Anna of Albany; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Other survivors include two brothers, Clovis of Oklahoma and Raymond of
Medford native Donald Fleischman, 67, Wisconsin Rapids, died Monday,
June 12 at his home.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 15 at SS Peter and Paul
Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids, with Rev. Andrew Karoblis officiating.
Burial took place at Calvary Cemetery.
Ritchay Funeral Home of Wisconsin Rapids assisted the family with arrangements.
Donald Fleischman was born on January 10, 1933 at Medford to the late
Anton and Anna (Gruny) Fleischman. He graduated from Medford High School
in 1951 and then served in the US Army from 1951 to 1954 during the Korean
War. He worked for the Department of Transportation for 30 years. He also
owned and operated Michael's Cocktail Lounge in Wisconsin Rapids until
retiring in 1987.
His marriage to Belle Brown, who died August 7, 1998, took place on
July 29, 1988 at Wisconsin Rapids.
Survivors include seven children, Cheryl (Al) Clark, Betty Giese, Patti
(Steve) Herman, Bonnie Lewis, Sharon (Mark) Ladick, Joseph Rebischke, and
Mike (Linda) Fleischman, all of Wisconsin Rapids, and James (Jill) Rebischke,
Rothschild; one sister, Audrey Carson, Medford; 13 grandchildren; and three
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by one
daughter, Lori; two brothers, Ray and Thomas; and one grandson, Ethan.