Obituaries

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20
Sep

Mavis J. McMahon

Mavis Jeanette (Gilbertson) McMahon, age 84, Gillett, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

She was born in Oconto Falls on March 19, 1934, a daughter of the late Oren and Helen (McEwen) Gilbertson. Mavis attended area schools and was a graduate of Gillett High School. She married Gordon E. McMahon on June 4, 1960 and together they raised five children.

For many years, Mavis and Gordon owned and operated McMahon’s Foods before selling the store in 1976. Mavis was an avid reader, particularly when it came to medicine. She was a devoted mother, caring for her son Mike as well as her other children and grandchildren. She will be sadly missed.

Wed
19
Sep

William M. Janssen

William “Bill” M. Janssen, 76, of Greenville, passed away on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. He was born on July 19, 1942, in Green Bay, Wisconsin to the late William C. and Hazel (Klein) Janssen. He married his high school sweetheart, Janice Lambrecht, on April 24, 1964, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton.

Bill graduated from Gillett High School in 1961. He then furthered his education at N.W.T.I. and earned his degree in accounting. Bill retired from Miller Electric at the age of 55.

Bill and Janice opened their hearts and their home and grew their family by becoming adoptive/foster parents in the late ’80s and forever changing lives.

Bill’s fondest memories were those spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. He always looked forward to traveling with family and road trips. Bill was also an avid Packers fan and was able to attend many games.

Wed
19
Sep

Clifford C. Duffeck

Clifford Charles Duffeck, 83 of Lena, passed away at the Oconto Falls Atrium on Sept. 14, 2018. He was born to the late Slavey and Francis Duffeck on March 12, 1935. He graduated from Lena High School in 1953. After high school, Clifford earned his degree in teaching. He taught at the Little Red School House in Spruce and in Tomahawk. Clifford married the love of his life, Eileen (FitzGerald) Duffeck, on Aug. 17, 1957. He was a dairy farmer for over 45 years until he retired. He enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Eileen; two daughters, Dona (Rodney) Maynard and Jeanne (Klaus) Ohrnberger; and one son-in-law, Patrick McCarthy; five grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Carol) and Jerome Duffeck, sister Delores Schlies, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter Cheryl McCarthy; three brothers, Donald, Clarence and Frank; and one sister, Jane Behnke.

Wed
19
Sep

H. Isabelle Johnson

H. Isabelle Johnson, 95, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. She was born June 19, 1923, to Andrew and Mary Johnson and was preceded in death by her parents.

Isabelle was an executive secretary at Allis Chalmers for many years. She was a longtime member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, in Milwaukee. She resided at Luther Manor, in Wauwatosa, for going on 20 years.

Visitation at Krause Funeral Home, 9000 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, from 10-11 a.m. Service at 11 a.m. Private burial at Hillside Cemetery in Chilton.

“Isabelle was a truly kind person and dear friend. She will be greatly missed.”

Wed
12
Sep

Emil ‘Butch’ Mittag

Emil “Butch” Mittag, 91, Oconto Falls, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at The Cottages at The Meadowlands. He was born on Sept. 23, 1926, in Marinette to Emil and Ida (Behnke) Mittag. Butch grew up in Marinette and graduated from Marinette High School with the class of 1945.

On April 10, 1948, he married Inez P. Caylor at St. James Lutheran Church in Marinette. The couple lived most of their married lives in Marinette where Butch worked as a papermaker at Scott Paper Co. in Marinette for 43 years. Butch and Inez moved to Oconto Falls in 1986 where he worked part time for his daughter and son-in-law at Sharpe Care Nursing & Rehab until 2001. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls.

Wed
12
Sep

Hazel M. Janssen

Hazel Mae Janssen passed peacefully into her new life on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, at The Cottages in West Bend. Hazel and her husband, William, formerly operated general stores in Underhill and Hintz.

Wed
12
Sep

Maxine R. Schmoeckel

Maxine Rose Schmoeckel, 79, of Suring, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Maxine was born on March 17, 1939, to the late Orville and Emma Hatfield in Mountain. On Sept. 29, 1984, Maxine married Robert Schmoeckel in Merrill. Maxine’s passion was to sew, making many wedding and bridal party dresses over the years. She enjoyed cooking, fishing, camping and spending time with her grandchildren.

Wed
12
Sep

Myrtle M. Van Laarhoven

Myrtle M. Van Laarhoven, 98, Oconto Falls, died Tuesday evening, Sept. 4, 2018, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Oconto Falls with family present. She was born Oct. 17, 1919, in North Dakota to George and Mable (Runk) Keith.

On Sept. 21, 1939, she married Adrian Van Laarhoven in Coleman. Myrtle lived in rural Lena for most of her life and was once employed at Frigo Cheese. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Lena. Myrtle will be fondly remembered as a fabulous cook who loved to prepare meals for her family.

Survivors are her four children, Linda Urbaniak, Peshtigo; Dean (Judy) Van Laarhoven, Greenville; Ann (Terry) Hegeman, Suamico; Don (Grace) Van Laarhoven, Lena; two daughters-in-law, Donna Van Laarhoven, Billings, Montana; Mary Martin, Marion; 18 grandchildren, many great- and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Wed
05
Sep

Margaret M. Schmidt

Margaret M. Schmidt, 85, of Green Bay, formerly of Kelly Lake and Oconto Falls, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 29, 2018, at Tender Hearts Assisted Living in Howard. She was born Oct. 27, 1932, in a log cabin to Maurice and Malvina (Monigal) Closser. Margaret attended Gillett Public Schools, graduating from high school with the class of 1950.

On Sept. 13, 1952, she married Allan “Al” Schmidt at Grace Lutheran Church in Green Bay. The couple lived in Gillett and Kewaunee before moving to Oconto Falls in 1960. Margaret worked in the office of Dr. Clyde Siefert for 30 years until retirement. The couple retired to their home at Kelly Lake in 1999 and just moved to Green Bay in 2014. She had been a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls and was currently a member of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Suring.

Wed
05
Sep

Rolyn ‘Lee’ Gilligan

Rolyn “Lee” Gilligan, 85, of Suring, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. Lee was born on July 6, 1933, to the late Bernard “Bun” and Lois (Wood) Gilligan. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, from 1952 to 1954. Lee received his GED in the Army and went on to graduate from NWTC as a journeyman machinist. On July 7, 1962, Lee married Audrey Deisinger at St. Michael Catholic Church in Suring. Lee worked at Machine Service Company in Green Bay for over 30 years. Upon retirement, Lee and Audrey moved to Hickory Corners from Green Bay. After retiring, Lee began doing carpentry work for the area. He would make furniture for family and friends and help fix houses. Lee greatly enjoyed woodworking, metalworking, hunting, fishing, camping, traveling the world with Audrey, and spending time with his family.

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