Obituaries

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15
Nov

Robert L. Von Haden Sr.

Robert “Bob” Louis Von Haden Sr., 97, passed away on Nov. 10, 2017, in Wisconsin Rapids.

Bob was born Feb. 20, 1920, to Charles and Minnie (Schultz) Von Haden in Madison. He graduated from Suring High School and got a business degree from the Wausau Business College in 1940. He then married his high school sweetheart, Florence Virginia Lartz (“Ginni”) on Aug. 2, 1941, in Hickory Corners, in Ginni’s parents’ yard.

After Naval service in Washington, D.C., and New York during World War II, Bob and Ginni returned to Wisconsin to raise their four children in Green Bay, where Bob was self-employed, owning many businesses — the most recent of which was Von Haden Supply Company Inc., distributors of home improvement products. Bob took his role of provider very seriously, and he conducted his business dealings uprightly. Among his favorite sayings was, “Plan your work, work your plan, and your plan will work for you.”

Wed
15
Nov

Phyllis Turner

Phyllis “Tween” Turner, nee Goldberg, 92, longtime Kelly Lake resident, died Thursday evening, Nov. 9, 2017, at home, surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 8, 1925, in Chicago to Samuel and Dorothy (Smith) Goldberg, the youngest of three daughters. In 1943, she graduated from South Shore High School.

Sun
12
Nov

Phyllis Turner

Phyllis “Tween” Turner, nee Goldberg, 92, longtime Kelly Lake resident, died Thursday evening, Nov. 9, 2017, at home, surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 8, 1925, in Chicago to Samuel and Dorothy (Smith) Goldberg, the youngest of three daughters. In 1943, she graduated from South Shore High School.

Sun
12
Nov

Robert L. Von Haden Sr.

Robert “Bob” Louis Von Haden Sr., 97, passed away on Nov. 10, 2017, in Wisconsin Rapids.

Bob was born Feb. 20, 1920, to Charles and Minnie (Schultz) Von Haden in Madison. He graduated from Suring High School and got a business degree from the Wausau Business College in 1940. He then married his high school sweetheart, Florence Virginia Lartz (“Ginni”) on Aug. 2, 1941, in Hickory Corners, in Ginni’s parents’ yard.

After Naval service in Washington, D.C., and New York, during World War II, Bob and Ginni returned to Wisconsin to raise their four children in Green Bay, where Bob was self-employed, owning many businesses, the most recent of which was Von Haden Supply Company Inc., distributors of home improvement products. Bob took his role of provider very seriously, and he conducted his business dealings uprightly. Among his favorite sayings was, “Plan your work, work your plan, and your plan will work for you.”

Wed
08
Nov

Mavis Lemke

Mavis Lemke (nee Ratz), 83, passed quietly from this life to eternal life with Jesus on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Mavis was born in Oconto County to Emil Ratz and Olga (Kossman/Mittag). She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Roy. They had been married 58 years when he died in 2011.

She will be deeply missed by her three daughters, Susan (Eugene) Gilbertson, Joy (Greg) Ladzinski and Cathy (Scott) Golden; her grandchildren, Kelly (Manolo) Ramirez, Adam Golden, Mary (Grant) Hultman, Jessica Golden and Diana Dawson; and her great-grandchildren, Lucas and Adelia Hultman, A.J. and Thomas Wray, and Esmeralda Mavis Ramirez. She is also survived by her sister Caroline Curtis and brother Melvin Ratz (Rose), sister-in-law, Audrey Ratz and brother-in law, Richard (Betty) Lemke, and many nieces and nephews.

Mavis and Roy were both younger children in very large families, and most of their siblings are now deceased.

Wed
08
Nov

Beverly J. Arneson

Beverly J. Arneson, 85, Oconto Falls, died early Wednesday morning, Nov. 1, 2017, at the home she shared with her sister, Neva, for 12 years, with family present. Bev valiantly fought cancer for over 30 years. She was born Sept. 8, 1932, in the Town of Spruce to Lars and Angeline (Reed) Johnson. Bev grew up on the family farm in Spruce and attended school, graduating from Oconto Falls High School with the class of 1949. Following graduation, she attended Marinette Normal Teachers College and earned her teaching degree in elementary education.

Wed
01
Nov

Armin F. Kuehl

Armin F. Kuehl, age 87, of Green Bay and formerly of Gillett, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017.

Armin was born in Gillett on Sept. 9, 1930, a son of the late Frank and Norma (Larsen) Kuehl. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Gillett High School. Armin attended the University of Wisconsin at Ripon prior to joining the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. During his service he, along with the 95th Bombardment Group, flew a combat tour as a B-26 gunner out of Pusan, Korea. Armin was married to Jerry (Sparks) and together they made their home in Gillett and welcomed two children.

Wed
01
Nov

Geraldine Lauersdorf

Geraldine “Gerri’ (Kohn) Lauersdorf, age 85, of Gillett, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017.

She was born Dec. 6, 1931, in the Town of Cecil to the late Eldon and Lucille (Schmidt) Kohn. She was a graduate of Bonduel High School. Gerri married Melvin “Mel” Lauersdorf on Dec. 13, 1952, at White Clay Lake Lutheran Church in the Town of Washington. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Gillett.

Gerri and her husband, Mel, farmed in the Town of Gillett until their retirement. She also worked some summers at Country Gardens of Gillett. Gerri loved bowling with the women’s team at the Gillett American Legion. She loved gardening and her flower beds and always loved having her cats and kittens outdoors. Gerri especially loved her large family gatherings.

Wed
01
Nov

Gary F. Birr

Gary Francis Birr, 58, of Pound, passed away at home on Oct. 25, 2017. He was born to Otis and Betty Birr on Dec. 19, 1958. He attended Oconomowoc High School. After high school, he worked for his father until taking over the family business, Birr’s Concrete and Masonry.

On Aug. 18, 1983, Gary married Beth Salnik. The couple were married for 34 years. She helped with the family business. He had a passion for hunting, fishing and gardening, especially with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed watching his sons play sports.

He is survived by his loving wife, Beth; four sons, Chad (Karleen), Chris (Brittany), Chase (Samantha) and Chett; six grandchildren, Dakota, Tailor, Alexus, Skylynn, Cayden and Remington; his mother, Betty; four brothers, Al (Paula), Larry (Joan), Tom (Karen) and Donnie (Tina); one sister, Shirley (Joey); a brother-in-law, Ken Salnik; and many nieces and nephews.

Wed
01
Nov

Dorothy J. Tisch

Our beloved mother, Dorothy Jane (Konitzer) Tisch, 96, Oconto Falls, died on Oct. 29, 2017. She is now in heaven with Dad, Roger, Wayne, Jodi and her many other loved ones who have gone before her.

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