Obituaries

Mon
15
Jul

Christina Strebe-Francis

Christina Strebe-Francis, 88, of Sun Prairie, formerly of Oconto Falls and Green Bay, died of heart failure July 4, 2019. Born to the late Hans Christensen and Inez Reid in Oxford. Practiced nursing for over 20 years. Loved the arts and reading. Enjoyed volunteering at the Agrace Thrift Store, knitting, and playing Mahjong with friends at the Colonial Club. She’ll be remembered for her thoughtfulness towards others, love of puns and wordplay, and dry sense of humor.

Preceded in death by brother, Glen; and husbands, Kenneth Strebe and Ely Francis.

Survived by sisters, Helen, Marie and Elaine; children, Peter, of Fort Collins, Colorado, Sara (Jamie Gurley), of Manitou Springs, Colorado, Paul (Jacquie Dutton), of Minneapolis, and Laura, of Madison; grandchildren, Olivia, Isabel and Michaela; and many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Tue
09
Jul

Arlene A. Mitchell

Arlene A. Mitchell, 86, Oconto Falls, formerly Gillett, died Saturday evening, July 6, 2019, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Oconto Falls with family present. She was born July 3, 1933, in Gillett to Reinhold and Anita (Wittenberg) Zarling and grew up on the family farm.

She married Joseph Mitchell and the couple lived in Illinois before moving back to rural Gillett to start farming on the family farm. Arlene once worked at the glove factory in Gillett and the shoe factory in Pulaski for many years. She was a longtime member of Faith United Lutheran Church in Gillett.

Survivors are one brother, Lony (Norma) Zarling, Brillion; two sisters, Dorothy (Melvin) Francois, Pembine, and Caroline Wians, Gillett; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Joe; two sisters, Grace Sutrick and Viola (Anthony) Szymanski; one brother-in-law, Lowell Wians; and special friend, Dave.

Tue
02
Jul

Robert M. Fischer

Robert M. Fischer, 90 of Gillett, entered into eternal rest on Friday, June 28, 2019. Robert was born in the Town of Underhill on Feb. 24, 1929, to the late Hugo Fischer and Paula (Runge) Weber. He graduated from Gillett High School with the Class of 1946. On Oct. 25, 1950, Robert was drafted into the United States Army. He served honorably with the 40th Infantry Division, 625th Field Artillery Battalion, and Battery C. Robert was shipped to Japan and then on to Korea where he was in the Fire Direction Center until he was discharged on Oct. 15, 1952. While serving, he met many comrades whom he stayed close to all his life.

Wed
26
Jun

Arnold L. Olson

Arnold L. Olson, 80, Gillett, died Saturday morning, June 22, 2019, with his family present, at St. Mary’s Hospital ICU following a short respiratory illness. He was born March 13, 1939, in Shawano to Albert and Laura (Larson) Olson. Arnie grew up on the family farm and attended Gillett schools.

On Jan. 14, 1961, he married Mavis Peterman at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in rural Gillett. The couple lived on the family farm all their lives which they owned and operated. Following his retirement from farming in 1997, Arnie worked at Morgan Wood Products. He was a longtime member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Green Valley. As an avid dartball player, he played for his church and the Oconto River dartball league. Arnie very much loved family gatherings, especially with his grandchildren present and enjoyed talking to all people in attendance.

Thu
20
Jun

Ann M. Renel

Ann M. Renel, 82, Oconto Falls, died Tuesday evening, June 18, 2019, at a Green Bay area hospital. She was born Feb. 25, 1937, in Oconto Falls to Clarence and Anne (Young) Beaumia. Ann grew up in Oconto Falls where she attended school, graduating from Oconto Falls High School with the class of 1953.

On July 3, 1954, she married James Renel at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls. Ann lived all of her life in Oconto Falls where she worked as a nurse’s aide at the local nursing home. Through Children International, she sponsored two children in the Philippines.

Survivors include her five children, Gary (Tammie) Renel, Wausau; Randy (Anne) Renel, Oconto Falls; Jeff (Sharon) Renel, Pulaski; Chad (Luanne) Renel, Michelle (Brian) Beyer, all of Oconto Falls; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; one sister, Gloria Beaumia, Oconto Falls; many nieces and nephews.

Thu
20
Jun

Jacob W. Burish

Jacob “Jake” W. Burish, 88, of Clintonville passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 18, 2019, at the Greentree Health & Rehabilitation Center in Clintonville.

Jacob was born on April 5, 1931, in the Town of Spruce, Oconto County to the late Jacob J. and Anna (Tienor) Burish. He attended grade school in the Town of Spruce and graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1948. Jacob farmed locally until he moved to Two Rivers in 1952 where he worked for Mirro Aluminum for over six years. In April 1959 he moved back up north where he bought a farm in the Town of Underhill, Oconto County; farming there for the next 32 years. Jacob sold the farm in 1991 and shortly after moved to Clintonville where he worked for FWD Seagrave as a security guard until his retirement in 1996. If you knew Jacob, you knew he had the gift of gab. One of his favorite topics was religion. He was a member of St. Rose Catholic Church in Clintonville where he served as an usher for a period of time.

Fri
14
Jun

Norbert J. Poupore

Norbert J. Poupore died at Unity Hospice, De Pere on June 10, 2019. He was born Aug. 17, 1930, on a farm in Nadeau, Michigan, to parents Antone and Rose (Fazer) Poupore. The third of four children, he graduated high school at Stephenson, Michigan, Class of 1948. Upon returning from a brief railroad employment in Chicago, Norb developed respiratory fatigue (pleurisy) requiring a six-month disability. During this time he took various correspondence courses for the development of a brighter future.

Fri
14
Jun

Joyce L. Brown

Joyce Lorraine Brown, 92, formerly of Gillett, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2019.

Joyce was born on Sept. 8, 1926, to the late Henry and Clara (Culver) Siebert. She graduated from Gillett High School in 1944.

On Jan. 13, 1945, Joyce married William (Bill) G. Brown at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Gillett. They were married for 58 years. Together they operated the family dairy farm from 1945 to 1972.

Joyce was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Gillett, and was involved in many aspects of the church. She also enjoyed bowling, playing cards, tending to her flowers, bird watching, and cooking meals for, and visiting with, family and friends.

Joyce and Bill traveled to many places over the years and her favorites were Europe and Hawaii.

Fri
14
Jun

Donald H. Allen

Donald Heath Allen, 82, of Ludington, Michigan, died Wednesday, June 5, 2019, at Medilodge of Ludington. He was born Feb. 7, 1937, in Denver, Colorado, the son of Donald and Genevieve (Whitaker) Allen Sr.

Donald was a quiet man who liked solitude, especially out of doors. As a young man he was a beekeeper, hunted, fished and trapped. He was featured in the Field & Stream magazine for his hunting. He was well known in the Ludington area for his fishing, and led fishing expeditions to out-of-state guests on the Pere Marquette River, as well as teaching fly fishing classes.

Donald loved electronics, and eventually invented machinery that was patented and used by the Department of Interior, who invited him to join a submarine expedition in Lake Superior using his machinery.

Fri
14
Jun

Donald Blumreich

It has been over six months that you are gone, but you are missed and loved beyond words! Donald Blumreich went to be with Jesus on Nov. 16, 2018, from an asthma attack; four days before his 29th birthday. His family wanted to thank everyone for all the gifts, support, and prayers!

He left behind many friends and relatives: mom, Faye (Patzer) Blumreich; dad, William Blumreich; stepmom, Mary Blumreich; brothers, Nicholas Blumreich (Krysta) and Robert Blumreich (Mallory); nephews, Connor and Ian; and niece, Lyla and McKinlee.

Donald will be laid to rest on Saturday, June 29, at 3 p.m. with a grill out at the Patzer family pond to follow. He will be laid next to his grandpa, Edward G. Patzer.

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