Obituaries

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David R. Watermolen Sr.

David R. Watermolen Sr., 87, of Suring (formerly of Green Bay), passed away on Jan. 22, 2018. David was born on May 7, 1930, to the late John and Flora Watermolen in Green Bay. He married Phyllis Hendricks in December 1958. David worked as maintenance staff for HC Prange Company and Parkview Manor Nursing Home for many years. He greatly enjoyed splitting wood and working in his orchard.

David is survived by his wife, Phyllis; three sons, Kevin (Jane) Watermolen of Bonduel, David (Donna) Watermolen Jr. of Krakow, and Dreux Watermolen of Madison; a daughter, Judee (Ken) Bjorn of Park Rapids, Minn.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and six sisters.

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24
Jan

Aaron Y. Nienstedt

Aaron Young Nienstedt passed away Sunday morning at his home, surrounded by his mother and sister. He was 30.

He was born in Oshkosh on Feb. 17, 1987, the second child and only son of Randall and Christine Nienstedt. Despite a diagnosis at the age of 2 with the terminal disease Battens, Aaron lived his life to the very fullest. He was an active Boy Scout, and also a talented artist. His work won awards when he was only 10 years old, and he was honored in Madison by then-Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and his wife.

He graduated high school in 2005 with the help of aides and his family. He continued to engage in the community with ongoing educational programs and social groups, regardless of his physical limitations. They were limitations only in others’ eyes, never his own.

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24
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Ida Mae Messenger

Ida Mae Messenger, 93, Lena, died Sunday morning, Jan. 21, 2018, with family present. She was born Jan. 23, 1924, in Oconto to Christopher and Grace (Baldwin) Follett. She grew up in Oconto where she attended school, graduating from Oconto High School with the class of 1942. On June 24, 1944, she married Harry J. Messenger at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Oconto. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Little Suamico for 29 years before moving to the Town of Morgan. Ida Mae moved to Lena in 2003 to live with family. She was member of St. Casimir Catholic Church in Krakow. Ida Mae has always been known as a very devoted wife, mother and grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother and loved her family dearly. She enjoyed traveling, camping, reading and all kinds of flowers.

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24
Jan

Peter M. Fiedler Jr.

Peter M. Fiedler Jr., 34, Abrams, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, due to an accident at work. Born Dec. 8, 1983, in Milwaukee, Peter was the son of Pete M. Fiedler Sr. (Dawn M. Fiedler) of Oconto Falls, and Mary K. Fiedler (Neal Nampel) of Franklin. He spent part of his childhood in Milwaukee and in 1994 moved to Oconto Falls, where he graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 2002. Pete had been employed at Carver/Marquis Yachts for many years. On April 14, 2007, he married his high school sweetheart, Michelle Wesoloski. Peter loved hunting, fishing, and being outdoors, and his dogs, Jersey, Zoe and Bailey.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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