Obituaries

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17
Jan

Donald J. Bahrke

Donald J. Bahrke, 78, of Green Bay, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at home with his family by his side. He was born on Sept. 30, 1939, in Gillett, to the late John and Arlyle (Rusch) Bahrke. Don graduated from Gillett High School in 1957. He served his country in the United States Army from 1958 to 1961, spending most of his time on the northernmost border of Maine. On Sept. 7, 1963, he married Naomi Schuettpelz, and they spent 54 years together. Don was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church for over 50 years and served as an elder and on numerous committees throughout the years. He was employed at Response Graphics for over 35 years before retiring in 1996. Don enjoyed traveling, and he and Naomi loved their time spent with friends visiting Alaska, Hawaii, the Canadian Rockies and many other places. He enjoyed spending time at their cabin near Lakewood and their tree farm near Mountain. Don was always ready to help out and treasured his time with family and friends.

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17
Jan

Helen Bremer

Helen Brehmer, 90, Abrams, passed away Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, at Unity Hospice, De Pere. Helen was born Sept. 1, 1927, in Abrams to the late Herman and Emma (Fach) Steber. She married Clinton Brehmer on June 11, 1949. He preceded her in death on Feb. 10, 1995. Helen was the Brookside 4-H leader for many years. She enjoyed playing cards with her card club. She truly loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran, Little Suamico, and American Legion Auxiliary Post 523.

Helen is survived by a daughter, Cheryl (Phillip) Konitzer; two sons, Cal (Carolyn) Brehmer; Wayne (Helen) Brehmer; daughter-in-law, Kay Brehmer; sister, Ruth Bain; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Keith Brehmer.

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17
Jan

Leslie A. Suring

Leslie Ann (Jossie) Suring, 74, Kelly Lake, died Monday evening, Jan. 8, 2018, at home. The only daughter of Clifford and Gladys (Anderson) Suring was born Jan. 12, 1943, in Shawano. Leslie graduated salutatorian of the class of 1961 from Suring High School. Following graduation, she attended Lawrence College Conservatory of Music and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from UW-Madison while living at Kappa Delta sorority house. She also earned her MSE from UW-Whitewater. Leslie was a certified reading teacher, remedial reading teacher and reading specialist who taught at Blair School in Waukesha and Jefferson School in Janesville before returning to Suring. She worked as editor of education materials for the Migrant Families Title I at CESA 8 before teaching in the Suring School District for 20 years, retiring in 2008.

Wed
10
Jan

Mona J. Cournoyer

Mona Jean “Boots” Cournoyer, 90, of Gillett, entered eternal life with her family by her side on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.

Mona was born in Abrams to Edward and Alvina (Schultz) Bohl on Jan. 12, 1927. She was a 1945 graduate of Oconto Falls High School.

Mona lived an exemplary life of service, sacrifice and perseverance. She is the “best mom in the whole world” who steadfastly dedicated her time and energy to raising seven children. Even as her children entered and progressed through adulthood, her persistent prayers provided comfort and hope to her entire family.

Her generous spirit was noticeable in her life’s work where she served the elderly for many years as an employee at the Gillett nursing home. She also provided in-home care and companionship for the homebound.

Wed
10
Jan

Jeffery G. Lust

Jeffery G. Lust, 63, Oconto Falls, formerly of Burlington, passed away on Jan. 6 surrounded by family, after a long battle with cancer. Jeff was born Nov. 24, 1954, in Appleton to the late Arthur and Cathrine Lust. He was raised in Burlington and attended Burlington High School. Jeff loved anything outdoors, especially fishing with his sons.

He is survived by his children, Jared (Jolene) Lust and Justin (Kim) Lust; their mother, Cheri (Baumeister) Hoffman; two grandchildren, Carter and Azalyn Lust; stepdaughter, Jamie Trudell; siblings, Lana Kay Garza, Connie (David) Crema, Dan (Pam) Lust, Ann (Dan) O’Neill, Mike Lust; many nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog, Echo.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years, Jill Lust, and his brothers, Thomas and Timothy Lust.

Special thanks to Jeff’s best friends, Denny and Brenda Hurning, and Dawn Coppens, for all the help they provided.

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10
Jan

Jeffrey C. Valley

Jeffrey C. Valley, 56, of Suring, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 4, 2018. Jeffrey was born Nov. 2, 1961, to the late Elmer and Tressa (Robinson) Valley. For 14 years, Jeffrey lived in South Carolina before recently moving back to the area to be closer to his family. He was able to spend the holidays with his family and meet some of his grandchildren for the first time. Jeffrey loved his four dogs like they were his own children. He greatly enjoyed collecting guns and was looking forward to snowmobiling this winter.

Jeffrey is survived by his four sons, Jeffrey (Crystal) Valley of Gillett, James Valley of Laona, Josh Valley of Gillett, and Jacob (Stacy) Valley of Gillett; a daughter, Sunshine Collums of Wellford, South Carolina; nine grandchildren, Braxton, Alex, Maverick, Nolan, Gavin, Eyan, Grayson, Royce, and Kasey; two sisters, Kay (Thomas) Bitters of Lena and Cynthia Brown of Little Chute.

Jeffrey was preceded in death by his wife and soul mate, Ronni.

Wed
10
Jan

Mary L. Olson

Mary Lee (Cox) Olson, 89, of the Town of Green Valley passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. Mary was born on Feb. 5, 1928, in Springfield, Missouri, to the late Glen and Edith (Gallagher) Cox. On Feb. 14, 1946, Mary was united in marriage to Lloyd M. Olson in Springfield, Missouri. In May 1947, the couple moved to the Town of Green Valley to farm and raise their family. Lloyd preceded Mary in death on April 14, 1980. Mary was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in the Town of Green Valley, where she directed the choir for 30 years and was active with the church women and the Sunday school. She also worked as the Town Clerk for 24 years.

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10
Jan

Rosalyn Gilles

Rosalyn “Roz” Gilles, 71, Oconto, passed away peacefully at home with family Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, after a courageous battle with heart disease. She was born July 19, 1946, in Oconto Falls to John and Veteline Fabry. Rosalyn graduated from Oconto Falls High School, Class of 1964. She attended beauty school and owned/operated salons in Green Bay and Lena. On April 27, 1968, Rosalyn married the love of her life, Leo Gilles. Leo and Rosalyn will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year together with family. Rosalyn and Leo were dairy farmers most of their lives, owning farms in both Lena and Little River. After the sale of the Oconto homestead in 1994, Rosalyn pursued a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant and spent the rest of her days caring for others. Rosalyn was active in the local Catholic community. She supported the Little River Volunteer Fire Department and 4-H club.

Wed
03
Jan

Betty A. Rice

Betty A. Rice, 93, Oconto Falls, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 27, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care. She was born Sept. 19, 1924, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Charles and Corella (La Fortune) Forncrook. Betty moved to Oconto Falls with her parents as a baby where she grew up, attending public schools and graduated high school with the class of 1942.

On March 9, 1943, she married Merle Rice in San Diego, where he was stationed while serving in the military. Betty lived most of her life in Oconto Falls where she once worked at Helstad Drug store for 17 years. She was a longtime member of the Oconto Falls United Methodist Church. Betty enjoyed reading, doing crafts and playing cards.

Survivors are her two sons, Brad (Mary Beth) Rice, Oconto Falls; Craig (Marilyn) Rice, Appleton; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Faye (Chet) Anderson, Oconto Falls; nieces and nephews.

Wed
03
Jan

Karen L. Herzog

Karen Lee Herzog, 64, of the town of Brazeau, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at St. Vincent Hospital of Green Bay on Christmas Day 2017. She was born to Donald and Patricia (Frase) Keske on Jan. 15, 1953, in Milwaukee. She married Wayne Herzog on Oct. 12, 1985, at Hope Lutheran Church in Wautoma. Karen loved crafting and animals, especially dogs and birds.

Surviving are her husband, Wayne; one daughter, Emily (Scott) Schaut; two wonderful grandchildren, Josephine and Oliver; her mother, Patricia Baiers; one brother, Don Keske Jr.; one sister, Linda (Armen) Wedell; two brothers-in-law, Ronald (Sharon) Herzog and Scott (Sue) Herzog; one sister-in-law, Anita (Larry) Rowe; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Karen was preceded in death by her father.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, Coleman, is assisting the family.

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