Obituaries

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Marian C. Leisner

Marian Charlotte Leisner, 89, of Pound, passed away peacefully on July 13, 2018, with her loving family by her side. She was born to the late Albert and Mary (Grosse) Kalbes on Oct. 30, 1928, in the Town of Brazeau. Marian married Walter Leisner on Sept. 18, 1947, at Section Eight Baptist Church. The couple farmed in the Town of Bagley for most of their lives. They enjoyed traveling with family and friends. Walter preceded her in death Jan. 5, 2000.

Marian served as treasurer of the town of Bagley for 30 years. In 2002, Oconto County recognized her for the Rural Urban Award, and in 2008, she received the Kay Stewart Award from the Oconto County Historical Society. She has written a book about her and Walter’s life.

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Rita M. Kuehl

Rita M. (Sidor) Kuehl, age 79, Cecil, passed away on Friday, July 13, 2018, following a courageous battle with cancer. Her husband was at her side.

Rita was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Oct. 30, 1938, a daughter of the late Peter and Helen (Domek) Sidor. In earlier years, Rita worked as a telephone operator before becoming a wife and mother. She was married to James “Jim” Kuehl in 1985, and they recently celebrated their 33rd wedding anniversary. Rita worked at the Menominee Casino and also worked in the pro shop at Golden Sands Country Club for many years.

Rita enjoyed traveling and playing cards, fishing and the occasional trip to the casino. She was a devoted Catholic and attended Mass regularly. Rita was also an avid Green Bay Packers fan. She will be sadly missed.

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Rena F. Hoffman

Rena F. Hoffman, 85, of Suring, passed away on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Rena was born on Jan. 12, 1933, to the late Harold and Martha (McMahon) Sleeter in Iron Mountain, Michigan. On Oct. 20, 1951, Rena married Elger Hoffman, and the couple lived on the farm in the Town of Bagley. She drove school bus for Lamers Bus Lines. She enjoyed farming, bowling, camping, traveling with her family, fishing, watching and attending sports, and she especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

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18
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Marjorie I. Elbe

Marjorie I. Elbe, 89, of Mountain, passed away on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Marjorie was born on April 28, 1929, in Milwaukee to the late Fred and Anna (Lambrecht) Krueger. The family lived in the Milwaukee and Oconto Falls areas until they moved to Mountain in 1946. She attended Engleburg School in Milwaukee. She worked various jobs including restaurant work, painting posts for guard rails at Sweeney Bros. and at MasterLock in Milwaukee.

On March 31, 1948, Marjorie married Thomas Elbe at Mount Lebanon Lutheran Church in Granville. They were blessed with 70 years of married life together. On April 11, 1949, the couple purchased Tom’s parents’ farm, and they farmed alongside each other until 1979, when they went into the timber industry with their sons. Marjorie worked as the secretary of the business until 2006. Marjorie enjoyed many trips with Tom to Navy reunions and fishing trips to Canada.

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10
Jul

Peggy K. Thompson

Peggy Kay Thompson, 59, finished her journey on this earth on July 8, 2018. She was born Nov. 13, 1958, to Lucille and Robert “Boots” Thompson. Peggy graduated from Gillett High School with the class of 1977. She resided in Green Bay for a number of years and was employed at Proctor & Gamble. Peggy was known for her bubbly personality. She enjoyed feeding birds and wild animals. Peggy loved spending time with family, especially her nieces and nephews whom she adored.

Peggy will be sadly missed by her siblings, Duane (Mary Jo) Thompson, Carol (Peter) Nygaard, Janet (Lorne) Thurier, Lynn Thompson and Julie (Dallas) Hoerres. She is also survived by her nieces and nephews, Matt, Carl, Tiffany, Derek, Emily and Brandon along with her great-niece and great-nephews.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents and her beloved cat, Mirage.

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10
Jul

Patricia L. Hudson

Patricia “Pat” L. Hudson, Suamico, died peacefully, with her family at her side, on Sunday, July 8, 2018. Pat was born July 25, 1936, to Roland and Rose (Murphy) Valentine. She grew up in the Abrams area and graduated from Oconto Falls High School with the class of 1954. Following high school, she earned her RN degree from Misericordia School of Nursing in Milwaukee.

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10
Jul

Leo T. Fields

Leo Thomas Fields, 75, Lena, passed away Sunday, July 8, 2018, at his home with his family by his side. Leo was born June 23, 1943, in Clintonville to the late Adin and Vera (Stilen) Fields. He married Arwyn L. Merrell on Aug. 7, 1999. Leo served his Country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. Leo ran his own forklift repair service, traveling from plant to plant doing repairs on site. He enjoyed gardening, flowers and vegetables. Leo was a member of Riverview Alliance Church, Oconto Falls, past church Elder and Gideons.

Leo is survived by his wife, Artie Fields, Lena; children, Tracey (Carol Schmidt) Fields, Green Bay; David Fields, Oconto; Scott Fields, Green Bay; Edward (Patricia) Hrabik, Pewaukee; Darryl Hrabik, Virginia; Donald Lee (Annette) Hrabik, Oconto Falls; a sister, Elaine (Lee) Weinig, Menasha; a brother, Donald (Judy) Fields, Shawano; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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10
Jul

E. John Nelson

Edward John Nelson passed away quietly on Saturday afternoon, July 7, 2018, at the age of 103. His beloved wife, Ruby, and other family members were by his side.

E. John, as he was known by most of his life, was born on June 8, 1915, on a small farm in the Town of Maple Valley. He married the love of his life on June 20, 1943, and they recently celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary. Together they raised a family of eight children. Jon (Shirley), David (Nancy), Tim and Joel, all of Watertown, and Paul (Susie) of Osseo. Four children preceded him in death, Steven, Mark (Jan), Gail and Beth, who died in infancy. He is further survived by 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.

E. John owned and operated the Mobil Oil gas station for over 25 years in Suring, their hometown. In 1969, the family moved to Watertown where he worked in the maintenance department at Bethesda Lutheran Home until his retirement.

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10
Jul

Alma L. Salesky

Alma L. Salesky, 83, of Oconto Falls, formerly of Coleman, passed away July 7, 2018, with her nieces at her side. She was born to the late to Gustaf and Elsie Johnson on July 22, 1934, in Oconto Falls. She married Sylvin Salesky on Oct. 21, 1961, at the First Baptist Church. Alma is survived by her brothers Carl, Arnold (Joyce), David (Janice), a sister Lillian (George) Friedli, special nieces Donna Spang and Bev Szymanski, and other nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her sister Ruth Nass, brothers Leonard, Raymond and Gus, and her in-laws Alice and Albert.

The family would like to thank Bev, Donna and Sun Valley Home for their love and care over the years.

According to Alma’s wishes, private services will be held. Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home is assisting the family.

A special thank you to Unity Hospice for the care they gave to Alma.

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10
Jul

J. Eva Block

Josette Eva (Conger) Block, 82, of Gillett, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018, at ThedaCare Shawano.

Eva was born May 3, 1936, in Keshena to Theodore and Julia (Wishcobey) Conger. She was a member of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. She was a graduate of Shawano High School and Spencerian Business College in Milwaukee. On Dec. 22, 1956, she married Richard Block, and they lived in Milwaukee and West Allis before retiring to Gillett.

Eva was employed as a medical transcriptionist at various hospitals and clinics in the Milwaukee area for over 30 years. She enjoyed playing the accordion, going to the casinos and traveling throughout the U.S. with her family. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Gillett.

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