Obituaries

Wed
19
Jul

Marie K. Jung

Marie K. Jung, 90, of Howard, formerly of Oconto Falls, went to her heavenly home on Friday evening, July 14, 2017. She was born on Oct. 19, 1926, in Green Lake to the Rev. Erdmann and Katherine (Schwartz) Pankow and was baptized as a child of God days later. She was confirmed on June 9, 1940, at Peace Ev. Lutheran Church in Green Lake and later graduated from Winnebago Lutheran Academy with the Class of 1944.

Following graduation, Marie moved with her family to Hustisford, where she was employed by the Hustisford Canning Company and then the Rein-Leitzke Company.

On Sept. 16, 1950, Marie married Armin Jung at Bethany Lutheran Church in Hustisford. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Juneau until 1959 when they moved their family of three children to Oconto Falls. They enjoyed traveling through Northern Wisconsin and the U.P., often stopping to explore rural areas.

Wed
19
Jul

Carol Rasmussen

Carol “Jeanie” Heise Rasmussen, of Oconto Falls, died Saturday, July 15, 2017, of complications from pulmonary fibrosis.

“Grandma,” as she was lovingly called by so many, was everyone’s favorite bartender and insisted on living life to the fullest. She was famous for her sage advice, “If you can’t be good, be careful,” and offered many colorful counsel via her famous “grandma talks.” She was one of a kind and will be deeply missed.

Carol is survived by one daughter, Kelly Wolske, and her favorite son-in-law, Fuzzy Rosenlund; her ex-husband and friend, Wayne Rasmussen, and his sons, Dale (Chris) Rasmussen and Don Rasmussen; sisters, Pat Heise, Mona Juedes, Doris (Art) Strebing and Ruby (David) Jonas; grandchildren, Branda (Joshua) Czechan Melton, Tom (Tristan) Czechan and Jedd (Charley) Rosenlund; great-grandchildren, Riley, Andi, and Brice.

Preceded in death by one son, Steve Wolske; parents, Charlie and Dorothy Heise; four brothers; and three sisters.

Wed
19
Jul

Sharon E. Gallagher

Sharon E. Gallagher, 76, Oconto Falls, died on Sunday morning, July 16, 2017, at home, surrounded by her family. She was born on Feb. 6, 1941, in Manitowoc to Leon Wood and Edna Ehlke.

As a little girl Sharon moved to Oconto Falls, where she attended school, graduating from high school with the Class of 1959. She continued her education and became a beautician. On July 2, 1960, she married John “Jack” Gallagher. The couple lived in Oconto Falls for all of their married lives. Sharon was self-employed.

Survivors are one daughter, Tammy M. (Allen) Gallagher-Bailey; one grandson, Michael J. Nompleggi; one granddaughter, Alicia M. Nompleggi; one great-grandson, Zander M. Bigger; one son, Timothy J.R. (Sandi) Gallagher; granddaughters, Kelsea Roskopf and Katie Gallagher; grandson, Kris Gallagher; great-grandson, Connor Brown.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters.

There will be no visitation or funeral services.

Wed
12
Jul

Linda Bell

Linda Bell, 64, Stiles, died suddenly on Sunday afternoon, July 9, 2017, of natural causes at St. Clare Memorial Hospital ER. The only child of Asa and Mary (Prater) Riley was born on Sept. 29, 1952, in Dyersburg, Tennessee.

Linda and her two young sons moved to the Oconto Falls area in 1989. She was employed at Independent Printing for many years until retiring. She lived with Fred Delzer for the past 28 years, and they’ve been active in the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club, Chapter 3, for many years.

Survivors are her only son, Dwan (special friend, Saundra) Crisp, Abrams; fiancé, Fred Delzer, Stiles; two grandsons, Dakota Younger and Mitchell Metzler-Crisp.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one son, Byron Crisp, in 1998.

There will be no visitation or funeral service.

Jones Funeral Service is serving the family.

Wed
12
Jul

Louise M. Fifield

On Sunday, July 2, 2017, Mom rose up early and went to worship Jesus in person.

Louise May Hilsabeck Fifield was born on June 1, 1928, to Floyd and Jessie (Smiley) Hilsabeck at Amberg. Her family moved to Sturgeon Bay when she was young.

On Feb. 9, 1946, she married Ora A. Fifield, of Gillett, where they raised six sons: Timothy (Joyce), Harvey (Marilyn), Richard (Dee), Steven (Laura), Daniel (Joan) and Curtis (Julie).

Preceding her in death was her husband, Ora, in 1973, and son Richard in 2009. Also preceding her are brothers Calvin, David and Willard, and sister Lillian.

She is survived by five of her six sons, brother Delbert Hilsabeck and sister Sally Huff. She also has 20 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Wed
12
Jul

Rosemary A. Risen

Rosemary A. Risen, 87, of Gillett, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Rosemary was born on Jan. 9, 1930, to the late Julius and Emily (Holt) Miller. She married Wallace Risen Jr. in 1961. Rosemary was a member of the Eastern Star and Daughters of the Nile. Some great joys in Rosemary’s life were quilting, farming and nursing.

Rosemary is survived by her son, Wallace (Sheri) Risen III; grandson, Wallace Risen IV; granddaughters, Maria (BJ) McCarthy and Raelene Hellminger; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Makswell, Kadence, Seth, Sawyer, AJ, Terry, Taylor and Rylee. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wallace, her parents and her brother, Robert.

Wed
12
Jul

Lorin R. Mayer

Lorin R. Mayer, 80, of Iron River, Michigan, passed away on Friday, June 30, 2017, at the Aspirus Iron River Hospital.

Lorin was born on May 24, 1937, in Green Valley, the son of the late Albert and Hilda (Regal) Mayer. He was employed as a machinist at Nor Fab for over 35 years. Lorin was a United States Army veteran. He enjoyed fishing and golfing.

Lorin is survived by his stepson, Larry (Kay) Giese, of North Carolina; a grandson, Wes Willette; and brothers, Dennis (Judith) Mayer, of Abrams, and Mitchell Mayer, of Gresham.

He was preceded in death by his son, Lorin “Buddy” Randy Mayer Jr.; daughter, Cynthia Willette; and brothers, Merlin, Raymond, Ronnie and Randy.

Private family memorial services will be held July 22, 2017, and Aug. 23, 2017, in Gresham.

Wed
12
Jul

Wallace McDonald

Wallace E. (Wally) McDonald, 85, of Abrams, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. He was born on May 9, 1932, in Green Bay to the late Patrick and Viola (Souve) McDonald.

Wally served in the U.S. Navy. He was employed as a maintenance engineer at Austin Straubel Airport.

Wally was married to Delilah Vollmer, of Tigerton, who preceded him in death. He later married Marie Bartz and resided in Abrams. He enjoyed traveling, bowling and golf.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Bartz, Abrams; son, Patrick (Raylene) McDonald, Sobieski; daughter, Cindy (Mike) Gillis, Suamico; son, Kevin (Linda) McDonald, Green Bay; daughter, Lori Peters, Pulaski; daughter, Michelle (Todd) Cullen, Green Bay; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; half-brothers and half-sisters.

Wally was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Delilah (Vollmer) McDonald; daughter, Dianne (Thomas) Schaefer, of Appleton; other relatives and friends.

Wed
12
Jul

Cindy Lou Buchholz

Cindy Lou Buchholz, 54, formerly of Gillett, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer.

Cindy was born on Aug. 18, 1962, to Ruby and the late Ernest Buchholz. She graduated with the Class of 1980 from Gillett High School and went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in teaching. Cindy taught at the West Allis School District and was a director at the Boys and Girls Club in West Allis.

Cindy is survived by her mother, Ruby; brother, Larry, and his friend, Jackie; and sister, Jean Buchholz. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ernest.

Private funeral services will be held at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring. Interment will follow the service at Wanderers Rest Cemetery in Gillett.

Wed
12
Jul

Steven R. Van Haren

Steven R. Van Haren, 62, Gillett, died peacefully on Saturday evening, July 1, 2017, surrounded by his family at a Green Bay hospital following complications from a stroke he suffered in February. The sixth of 12 boys was born on Jan. 15, 1955, in Oconto Falls to Clarence and Gladys “Tiny” (VandenBush) Van Haren.

Steve attended St. Anthony Catholic Parochial School and graduated from Oconto Falls High School with the Class of 1973.

Steve lived most of his life in Oconto County, where he was employed at Carver Boat in Pulaski for 36 years and most recently Diversified Woodcraft in Suring. He will be fondly remembered for his love of racing, hunting, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Steve enjoyed being in the woods and looking for signs of deer or turkey, and when he wasn’t, you could find him working on his son Josh’s race car. In 2003 he married Laurie Gonion, and they loved just being together and making many special memories.

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