Obituaries

Wed
10
May

LeRoy H. Otto

LeRoy H. Otto, 72, of Shawano, and formerly of Suring, passed away on May 7, 2017.

LeRoy was born on April 9, 1945, to the late Harry and Leona (Hanson) Otto. He graduated from Suring High School with the Class of 1963. LeRoy served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963-1967. In November 1971, he married Sandra Sell.

LeRoy was well-known for his work at Ehlinger’s Garage and Zahn’s Garage, retiring as a mechanic. He was a member of the Suring Sportsman’s Club and American Legion Post 283 for 47 years. He loved to hunt and fish, and watch birds. He was an avid coin collector.

Leroy is survived by his son, Robert Otto, of Madison; his daughter, Susan Otto, of Marinette; two sisters, Shirley Shore, of Green Bay, and Gloria Janskovitch, of Billings, Montana; brother, Jeff Otto, of Suring. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Otto, and sister, Marilyn Gadbois.

Wed
26
Apr

Ruth A. Leeftink

Ruth A. Leeftink, 86, of Mountain, died Friday at Aspirus Langlade Hospital.

Ruth was born on Aug. 31, 1930, in Wabeno to the late Herman and Dorothy (Tribon) Leeftink.

Ruth was a graduate of Racine High School and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She was a swimming instructor in Lakewood and surrounding areas.

She went on to teach high school history and economics in Salem. She enjoyed coaching volleyball and basketball. She also worked at Burr Oaks Camp in Mukwonago.

Survivors include two sisters, Vallie (Eugene) McMahon and Janna Green; sister-in-law, Claire Leeftink; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Gerrit Leeftink.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

Strasser-Roller Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends may visit online at www.strasserrollerfh.com.

Wed
26
Apr

Wayne R. Funk

Wayne R. “Babe” Funk, 61, Gillett, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.

Wayne was born in Oconto on Sept. 5, 1955, a son of the late Wayne Sr. and Rosemary (Courchaine) Funk. He was a true “Gillett” outdoorsman, loved riding motorcycles and hunting, and was a well-known grill master to his family and friends. Wayne was a great entertainer and loved telling jokes. He had a playful nature when it came to his grandchildren. He will be sadly missed.

Wed
26
Apr

Claudine L. Conrad

Claudine LaVerne (Lawler) Conrad, 90, Lena, passed away at home on April 22, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Dec. 9, 1926, to the late Robert and Hazel (Renier) Lawler in Oconto. She married Richard Conrad on Sept. 3, 1956, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Lena.

Claudine attended Couillardville and Sunnybrook Grade Schools and graduated from Lena High School in 1944. She worked for auctioneer Col. J.A. Sasman, the Coleman Canning Factory, Allen’s Red Owl, Baumgart’s Variety store, the Lena High School kitchen, and Mathey and Sons (for 26 years).

Richard and Claudine operated a farm in the Lena area where she resided until the time of her death. She was a devoted mother to her three children, Kathy, Bob and Tina.

Claudine enjoyed the Christmas season, crafting, mowing the lawn, theme parties, writing poems, spending time with her children and long conversations.

Wed
26
Apr

Janet C. Christian

Janet C. (Rathbun) Christian, 76, of Mountain, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Janet was born on June 16, 1940, to the late Robert and Catharine (Kniep) Rathbun in Milwaukee. Janet married Jack Christian on Nov. 16, 1963, in Milwaukee. For 10 years, Janet worked as a CNA in Milwaukee, before relocating to Mountain and working at Woodland Village Nursing Home in Suring for five years. She loved watching the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers, as well as traveling and spending time with family.

Wed
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.

Wed
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.

Wed
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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