Obituaries

Tue
19
Mar

Dennis G. Schroeder

Dennis Glynn Schroeder, 84, Rockford, Illinois, formerly Gillett, died unexpectedly Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Dennis was born in Underhill on July 22, 1934, a son of the late Glynn W. and Ruth (Vorpahl) Schroeder. He attended area schools and moved to Rockford as a young man before being drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. Dennis proudly served for two years before receiving an honorable discharge.

After his military service, Dennis returned to Rockford where he enjoyed a long and rewarding career as an operating engineer for Sjostrom and Sons Construction. Dennis was very gifted when it came to fixing things and understanding how they worked. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 150 union for over 50 years.

Following his father’s passing, Dennis took over his family’s homestead in Underhill. He was an avid collector of cars, tractors and other farm equipment and made regular trips and visits back home throughout his lifetime.

Tue
19
Mar

Magdalene Tisch

Magdalene “Mag” Tisch, 99, Oconto Falls, died early Sunday morning, March 17, 2019, at home with family present. She was the 11th child of 16 born to Andrew and Jane (Berton) Konitzer on May 24, 1919, on the family farm in rural Oconto Falls. Following the sudden death of her father, “Mag” as she was affectionately known, quit school to help out at home and help raise her younger siblings.

Fri
15
Mar

Robert S. Ondik

Robert “Bobby” S. Ondik, 76, of Gillett, passed away peacefully at his home with family on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Bob was born on March 21, 1942, to the late Joseph Ondik Sr. and Rose (Servinak) Ondik.
He attended Gillett Schools and eventually married his high school sweetheart, Judy Krause on Sept. 12, 1964, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Suring.
Bob and Judy raised a family of one daughter and three sons while Bob drove truck professionally for over 45 years. Judy was a stay-at-home mother until later in life. Bob was an avid outdoorsman teaching his kids hunting, fishing and athletics. Later on, he enjoyed his four grandchildren who in turn loved every moment they had with him. Family was always important to Bob and he gave his family whatever he was able. When Judy fell ill with cancer, Bob became her caregiver for two years providing selflessly until her passing in February 2018.

Fri
15
Mar

Ilene I. Koebach

Ilene I. Koebach, 80, Oconto Falls, died suddenly Tuesday afternoon, March 12, 2019, at home of natural causes. She was born Oct. 9, 1938, in the U.P. to Alfred and Myra (Lehman) Bozile.

Ilene was married to Donald Johnson and they had three children together, Lloyd, Keith and Carol. After being widowed at a young age, she eventually married Richard Koebach and they had three children together, Calvin, Leah and Kyrsten. Ilene lived in Stiles for most of her life and worked at the Oconto Falls Library and tended bar at the former Mercier’s Hotel. She also enjoyed making crafts, especially jewelry. Ilene will be lovingly remembered as a great wife, mother and “granny” to her many grandchildren.

Fri
15
Mar

Sandra A. Finegan

Sandra Ann Finegan (Steffens), 58, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Born on April 26, 1960, to Gary and Judith (Rosenberg) Steffens in Oconto Falls.

Sandy was a friend to many and was known for her kind, caring spirit and easy smile. Her voice was unmistakable, and her laugh often entered the room before she did. Some of her happiest moments were spent chatting with friends and family over a cup of coffee. The pride she felt for her family was evident, and she dedicated her time to making new memories with her children and grandchildren. Sandy was a jack-of-all-trades. She was well known for her artistic abilities, primitive crafts, and also spent time building and remodeling homes. Sandy loved nature. Gardening, camping, and canoeing were just some of her favorite outdoor hobbies. Her determination and strong spirit will continue to be an inspiration to those who knew her.

Tue
12
Mar

Ron Dembroski

Ron “Brushy” Dembroski, 77, Lena, passed away Friday, March 8, 2019. He was born on March 6, 1942, to the late Joseph and Anna (Cook) Dembroski. A graduate of Lena High School, he married his grade school sweetheart Judy Carriveau on Dec. 30, 1961, at St. Charles Church, Lena. Ron worked as an electrician and refrigeration specialist. He proudly served with the 32nd Red Arrow division of the Army National Guard.

Wed
06
Mar

Sharon M. Ankerson

It is our sadness that we announce the passing of our mom, sister and friend, Sharon Mae Ankerson, 73, of Oconto Falls.

Sharon Mae Ankerson was born to George and Lila Diedrich of Oconto. She graduated from Gillett High School and was proud to be the first female employee at McDonald’s in Neenah. She also worked as a CNA, spending a lot of time helping and caring for people. She loved to color and Taz, her dog.

She is survived by Laura Ankerson and her son, Larry Ankerson; two sisters, Rosella Greetan and Linda DeHut; and a brother, George Diedrich Jr.; grandchildren Tyler and Leo Ankerson, Victoria Jarvey-Beaumia; great-grandchildren Jada, Caleb, Nevaeh and Catlyin.

She is preceded in death by her mom and dad, George and Lila Diedrich; a sister, Gloria Nellis; three brothers, Elmer Diedrich, Gordon Diedrich and Elroy Diedrich; cousins, Elva Philippi and Orville Wilke.

Sun
03
Mar

Verona M. 'Ronnie' Carlson

Verona Mae “Ronnie” (Brazeau) Carlson, 89, Gillett, was reunited with her husband Fritz on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. She was surrounded by family.

Ronnie was born in Kelly Lake on Dec. 19, 1929, a daughter of the late Sam and Mary (Miller) Brazeau. She was a graduate of Gillett High School and a lifetime resident of the area. Ronnie married Frederick “Fritz” Carlson at Christ Lutheran Church-Hintz on April 10, 1948, and together they raised four children.

Wed
27
Feb

James D. Wilke

James David Wilke, 84, of Gillett, passed away on Feb. 22, 2019.

Jim was born in Gillett, Wisconsin, to William and Edna Wilke on Jan. 25, 1935. He married Muriel Braun on May 6, 1967, in Shawano. He was a third generation dairy farmer on the original family homestead. For 20 years, Jim hauled milk for Boerst’s Washington Cheese Factor when milk was still hauled in cans. He was a volunteer fireman in the Underhill Fire Department for over 30 years and was actively involved at Christ Lutheran Church, including as an usher and member of the finance committee.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, William and Edna, as well as his older brother, Billy.

Jim is survived by his wife, Muriel; his sons, Kevin (Mary), Jeff (Trinitie) and Troy (Sharon); siblings, Allan (Delores and Sandy) and Marilyn (Lyle); grandchildren, Melissa, James, Stephanie, Jarren, Tressa. He is further survived by many other relatives and friends.

Wed
27
Feb

Eugene R. Bellow

Eugene R. Bellow, 61, of Stiles, passed away at his home Feb. 22, 2019. He was born to the late Alvin and Helen (Kushava) Bellow on Nov. 20, 1957, in Oconto Falls.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and snowmobiling.

Surviving are two brothers, Melvin (Pat) Bellow, Kenosha; Gerry (Wanda) Bellow, Covington, Tennessee; three sisters, Darlene Williams, Minnesota; Diane (Jerry) Pusich, Conover; LouAnn (Peter Sr.) Herlache, Lena; brother-in-law Ray Sittner, Illinois; two aunts, Lillian Bellow, Hazelhurst; Leona Belongia, Oconto: special friend Sandy, and many nieces and nephews.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Alfred and Sylvester, a sister Helen Jane Sittner and brother-in-law Pastor Ron Williams.

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