Obituaries

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19
Apr

Emma A. Mueller

Emma Anna Muller, 93, of Gillett, went to her heavenly home on Saturday, April 15, 2017.

Emma was born to Carl and Hulda Mueller in the town of Gillett, along with her twin sister, Esther Anna Mueller, on May 26, 1923. They were raised on a farm that the family operated until 1938, when Emma and Esther began working at a grocery store. They went on to run Mueller’s Supermarket, which they owned and managed for 34 years. Emma continued to work in a store until her retirement.

Emma and Esther (never one without the other!) were always seen wearing identical clothes and always ate the same food. They enjoyed spending time at the cottage on Shawano Lake with relatives and friends and always had a good time no matter what they did. They took many bus trips over the years, visited the Bahamas and Hawaii twice, and also went to Venezuela. They loved playing bingo, eating out with friends and playing cards.

Wed
19
Apr

Marian Milheiser

Marian Milheiser, age 100, died peacefully at Chamomile Assisted Living in Madison, her home for the past two years, on Thursday, April 13, 2017. She was born on a farm near Oconto Falls on Feb. 26, 1917.

She was the youngest of five children born to Wilton and Elizabeth Johnson. She married Harold Milheiser in December 1934. They raised their three children in Milwaukee. Marian worked as a pants presser at Adelman Laundry for several years. She also worked in the handicraft department at Gimbels. Most of all, she enjoyed keeping house; she was quick and efficient with everything she did, especially enjoying any sort of outdoor activity.

Upon retirement, Marian and Harold returned to Oconto Falls and had beautiful vegetable and flower gardens. She was active in the Oconto Falls Methodist Church for many years. She enjoyed playing the organ, piano, and singing in the choir.

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19
Apr

Mary E. Stiever

Mary Emma Stiever, 70, of Gillett, passed away in her home on April 4, 2017. She was born on May 31, 1946, to Leo and Katherine Brill.

Mary grew up in Menomonee Falls and worked many years in retail management. Homemaker and working mother, Mary loved family camping trips, music, gardening, bowling, cribbage and crosswords.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Julie; her son, Patrick; her sister, Joan; her sister, Jean; her sister, Dewey; her brother, Neil; her sister, Kay; her brother, Gary; along with many nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Katherine; her brother, Butch; and her brother, Joel.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring from noon until the memorial service at 1 p.m. with Pastor Kuhn officiating.

Gruetzmacher Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Wed
19
Apr

Otto A. Delzer

Otto A. Delzer, 90, Oconto Falls, died peacefully Wednesday evening, April 12, 2017, at Aurora Bay Care Medical Center surrounded by his family. He was born on Oct. 31, 1926, in the town of Morgan to Hugo and Ella (Retzlaff) Delzer.

Otto grew up on the family farm and attended North Morgan School. As a young man, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in Japan. Following his honorable discharge from the military, he returned to the Morgan area to farm. On June 16, 1951, he married Delores Gaertig at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Morgan. The couple owned and operated a family farm in the town of Stiles for all their married lives.

Otto was also employed at the Scott Paper Co. for many years until retiring in 1989 at which time he continued to farm. He was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Morgan. As an avid deer hunter, he continued his annual hunts until the age of 88.

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19
Apr

Evelyn LaDuke

Evelyn “Evy” LaDuke, 54, Pulaski, died Easter Sunday afternoon, April 16, 2017, at home, surrounded by her family. She was born May 12, 1962, in Milwaukee to George Kinney and Mary Rose Weiss.

Survivors are her fiancé, Joel Goffard, Pulaski; two sons, Thomas (Samantha) Porte, Lena, and Eric Porte, Pulaski; three siblings, David (Cindy) Weiss, South Milwaukee, Gerald (Sandy) Weiss, Oak Creek, and Janice (Thomas) Ignaszak, Milwaukee; special friend, Dale Hazeirigg; many nieces and nephews, two special chihuahuas, Precious and Buddy.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held after 11 a.m. Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls until the time of service. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Cemetery, Oconto Falls.

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06
Apr

Westphal, Allan A.

Allan A. Westphal, 71, Morgan, died peacefully following a short illness on Friday, March 31, 2017, with his family at his side. The son of the late Adolph and Hildegarde (Krause) Westphal was born June 8, 1945, in Green Bay and was a 1963 graduate of Oconto Falls High School. Al was a U.S. Army veteran (Sp. 5) of the Vietnam War, and served in Germany. After his discharge he worked at the Morgan Co-op Dairy and began his dream of farming. On Dec. 12, 1970, he married Janice Stoll in Oconto Falls. The couple raised their family and farmed in the town of Morgan. After retiring from the farm in 2007, he worked at the Pulaski Chase Co-op, Vern’s Hardware in Pulaski, and the Morgan Recycling Center.

Wed
05
Apr

Dolores M. Spaulding

Dolores M. Spaulding, 87, Oconto, died peacefully Friday afternoon at the Woodlands of Oconto with family present. She was born April 25, 1929, in Milwaukee to Joseph and Marie (Momburg) Huhnstock.

On Nov. 16, 1948, she married Wayne A. Spaulding in Menomonee Falls. Shortly after their marriage, the couple moved to the Oconto Falls area to start a family carpet and tile business. Dolores enjoyed tending her large flower and vegetable gardens, canning and raising dachshund dogs. She attended the Oconto Gospel Chapel.

Survivors are three children, Vaughn (Linda) Spaulding, Oconto Falls; Darlene Spaulding, Mountain; Curt Spaulding, Green Bay; nine grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, an infant son, Carlyle, and her husband, Wayne, in 2004.

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05
Apr

Florence L. Winkler

Florence L. (Rusch) Winkler, 92, of Underhill, passed away in the evening hours of Thursday, March 30, 2017, at Woodlands of Suring.

She was born at home in the town of Maple Valley on June 13, 1924, a daughter of the late Otto and Lizzie (Luebke) Rusch, and attended the Four-Town Schoolhouse. She was married to Art Winkler on Dec. 4, 1943, and together they raised a daughter and two sons. Florence worked at Friday Canning Company for several years before retiring.

Florence was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Gillett and enjoyed taking bus tours with Art in earlier years.

Wed
05
Apr

Rosalie Babicky

Rosalie Babicky, 79, of Suring, passed away on Thursday, March 30, 2017. She was born on Dec. 5, 1937, to the late Emerald and Leona (Buschena) Reed in Brookfield.

Rosalie graduated from Hartford High School with the Class of 1955. Rosalie Reed married Walter Babicky on May 11, 1957. The couple traveled while Walter served in the military.

Rosalie started a band called Midnight Special, and she loved playing music with her friends and family over the years. She owned and operated the Long Branch Saloon in Hintz, bartended at several other local bars and worked at Memline. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, playing guitar and her chickens.

Wed
05
Apr

Bill Krahn

In the early morning hours of March 26, 2017, Bill (George William) Krahn died peacefully at his home on Kelly Lake. He was 93 years old.

Bill was born and raised in Oconto Falls, the son of Dr. George Washington Krahn and Polly (Clara Rohn) Krahn. The Krahn family had a summer home at Kelly Lake long before Bill was born, and he spent his childhood summers there. It feels like coming full circle that he lived his last years and passed away where he fished and swam and sailed as a boy.

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