Obituaries

Tue
21
May

Dan Radke

Dan “Sac” Radke, 57, Oconto Falls, died suddenly of natural causes Saturday morning, May 18, 2019, at St. Clare ER. The middle of five children of Reuben and Lorraine (Kobs) Radke was born Dec. 1, 1961 in Oconto Falls. Dan attended Oconto Falls Public Schools, graduating from high school with the class of 1980. Following graduation, he lived with his older brother Steve for over 10 years and they enjoyed hunting and fishing together. It was also around this time that Dan starting working at Magna-Graphics in Oconto Falls and eventually became a machinist.

Sun
19
May

Connie MacKenzie

Connie MacKenzie, beloved mother, grandmother, and friend, passed away May 15, 2019, at the age of 72 after a two-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

Connie was preceded in death by her parents, Wesley and Dorothy Kruschke.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, James (Blaine) and Stacy MacKenzie; her cat, Chester; and granddaughters, Hadley MacKenzie and Caly MacKenzie.

Connie was a graduate of East High School, class of 1964. She retired from RR Donnelly and moved to Mountain. In 2017, she moved to Pulaski to be near family.

Connie had a deep faith, lived life to the fullest, and loved to laugh and have fun with family and friends. Her smile, laugh, and love will be missed dearly. Connie was the best mother a son could have.

At Connie’s request, there will be no funeral services.

Sun
19
May

Lorraine A. Blazek

Lorraine A. Blazek, 91, of Coleman, passed away Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Atrium Post Acute Care, Oconto Falls, after a seven-year battle with Alzheimer’s. She was born Oct. 3, 1927, to the late Antone and Agnes (Blazek) Kershek. Lorraine lived most of her life on the Kershek Farm in the Kelly Lake area. She married Alfred Blazek on Aug. 17, 1946, and were married for 46 years when Alfred passed away on Jan. 25, 1993. Lorraine served as treasurer of the Kelly Lake School and was a treasurer’s assistant for Springside Cheese Factory. She was a volunteer at Woodlands Nursing Home in Suring for many years. Lorraine attended the senior center in Oconto Falls where she enjoyed bean bag toss, bingo, playing cards, the meals and meeting new friends. She also enjoyed doing jigsaw puzzles, taking care of her kitties, eating sweets and crocheting afghans.

Tue
07
May

Diane Grace Meisner

Diane Grace Meisner, 77, of Cecil, passed away at her home on Friday, May 3, 2019. Diane was born at home in Hayes, Wisconsin, Town of How, Oconto County, on August 3, 1941, to the late Hugo C.R. and Elsa A.M. (Free) Moede. Diane was a graduate of St. John’s Lutheran School, Hayes and Suring High School. On June 20, 1959, she was united in marriage to Arthur A. Meisner; Art preceded her in death in August 2014. After marriage, the couple made their home in the Cecil area. Diane was one who never thought of herself first. She was always looking after her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed cooking and baking, and no one that visited ever left hungry. She truly lived by her favorite Bible verse, “In all things, give thanks.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Tue
07
May

Richard H. Trever

Richard Harold “Dick” Trever, 66, Town of Underhill, passed away unexpectedly at his home on April 30, 2019.

He was born Aug. 16, 1952, to Harold and Nellie (Christensen) Trever. Dick attended Suring schools and graduated in 1970. He received a degree in auto mechanics from NWTC and spent the rest of his life fixing everything from cars to tractors to computers to the people he loved. Dick was the parts manager at Farmers Implement in Shawano until it closed. He then opened his own repair business, Sand Rapids Equipment, in 1987 and ran that until his death.

Dick married Elizabeth Verhoven on May 27, 2000, and together they loved all their children and grandchildren. He also taught small engine repair at Gillett High School in the early 2000s. Dick enjoyed sudoku, nature walks, watching Jeopardy, stock car races, and giving his grandchildren nicknames. Richard loved his family above all else, and his faith in God was an inspiration to all who knew him.

Tue
07
May

Bruce C. Blom

Bruce C. Blom, 79, son of Carl Blom and Lorraine Gumms, died Thursday, March 21, 2019, from natural causes at the Lehigh Acres Hospital, Florida. Bruce was born Aug. 19, 1939, in Bonduel.

His one sibling, Dixie Voskuil, and godsons, Todd and Torri Voskuil, survive him and live in the Appleton area.

Mr. Blom received his B.S. degree from UW-Stevens Point and M.A.T. from Northern University. Along with his love of teaching math for 35 years at Oconto Falls High School, Bruce was an avid coach. He helped coach both winning basketball and football teams at Oconto Falls High School. His diligence and love of both sports helped guide teams to major wins.

Tue
07
May

Audrey M.S. Waldo

Audrey Mae Sylvia Waldo passed away peacefully at home on May 1, 2019, after a short illness. She was born on Sept. 11, 1928, in Wabeno to Joseph and Bertha (Sasman) Foral and spent the majority of her life in Mountain. Audrey was beloved by her entire family (best mom ever) and many friends and never met a stranger. She will be truly missed by all who knew and loved her.

She leaves behind her children, Terri Van Bladeren, Virginia/Jinny (Gary) Ussel, Murry Locke, Larry Locke, Lisa Waldo, and Joseph (Lisa) Waldo, grandchildren Heather (Ron) Green, Gina (Brian) Ussel Wernimont, Joshua (Jamie) Ussel, Andrew (Sarah) Locke, and Matthew Waldo. She is further survived by great-grandchildren Landon, Jackson, Garrett, Foster, and Braxton, her treasured friend, Larry Mirkes, and many relatives and wonderful friends.

Her husband, Richard D. Waldo, preceded her in death.

Tue
07
May

Clayton Van Rens

Clayton “Skip” Van Rens, 84, of Shawano, formerly of Gillett, passed away on Saturday, April 27, 2019, holding his wife’s hand after a courageous battle with cancer. Skip was born in Green Bay on July 3, 1934, to the late Frank and Mabel (DeKelver) Van Rens. Skip was baptized at St. Phillips Church in Green Bay. He graduated from Green Bay East High School in 1953. In 1957, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas, and later he was also stationed in Germany for one and a half years. He was honorably discharged in 1959.

Skip married Betty Heise on Aug. 29, 1959, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Breed. Skip returned to Green Bay to work at Northern Paper and then moved to Gillett and began his employment at Gillett Cement in May 1966 and then retired after 37 1/2 years.

Tue
07
May

George A. Van Buren

George A. Van Buren, 76, of Green Bay, passed away peacefully, Friday, April 26, 2019, with his sisters at his side. He was born Dec. 6, 1942, in Ladysmith, son of the late Elmer and Lucille (Reisner) Van Buren and was a graduate of Oconto Falls High School, Class of 1963.

Following graduation, George moved to Milwaukee where he worked for various companies before returning to Green Bay.

George enjoyed constructing model cars and airplanes and loved his Diet Coke. He loved to cheer on the Packers and watch “Wheel of Fortune” and “The Price is Right.” George loved people and had a knack for getting to know everyone he met by their name.

George is survived by his sisters, Ann Davis and Alice Malchow; nieces and nephews, Rebecca Davis, Jessica (Kyle) Rhoades, Rachel (Jacob) Karner, Dan (Chelsea) Malchow, Dave Malchow and Elizabeth Malchow; many great-nieces and great-nephews, other relatives and friends.

Tue
07
May

William Effenberger

William (Bill) Effenberger, 93, of Lompoc, California, passed away Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at the Lompoc Skilled Nursing & Rehab Center.

Bill was born on May 1, 1925, in Oconto Falls to Antone and Cora (Tilhnan) Effenberger.

He is survived by his sister-in-laws, Georgia Ann Effenberger. of Oconto Falls. and Jeannie Effenberger-Blume of New Ulm, Minnesota; and nine nieces and nephews.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Norbert, Robert, James, Kenneth and Ronald Effenberger; and a niece and nephew.

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