Obituaries

Wed
07
Nov

Marvel A. Elbe

Marvel Ann (Kahler, Schaal) Elbe, 97, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. She was born Jan. 30, 1921, in Gillett to the late Walter and Olanda (Piepenberg) Kahler. She was raised on the family farm where hard work ethics were instilled. She said she always enjoyed the farm life, the work and the animals.

Marvel enjoyed music her whole life and in high school played in the school band, but also played with her brother, Harold, in a band. Music was a big part of most of her life. She was musically gifted and could play any instrument by “EAR.” Marvel was stone deaf in one ear. Her big Hammond organ was her joy, and the music was amazing. We could hum a tune, and she could play it.

She married Clarence Schaal, and they had two children, Nancy and Richard.

Wed
07
Nov

Ruby D. Nelson

Ruby Dorothy Nelson, 96, of Watertown, was taken to her Savior’s side on Friday morning, Nov. 2, 2018.

She was born on Dec. 25, 1921, in the town of How, Oconto County, the youngest child of Alvin and Henrietta (Yakel) Schuettpelz. On June 20, 1943, Ruby married Edward John Nelson. The two were blessed with 75 years of marriage. E. John preceded Ruby in death on July 7, 2018.

Ruby was a loving wife, mother and homemaker, raising eight children and two foster children. She was an active member of her church and also very active with the ARC and at Bethesda. In 1991, the family was named the International Special Olympics Family of the Year. Ruby was a hard worker and always ready to help anyone in need.

Wed
07
Nov

John S. Kowalczyk Jr.

John S. Kowalczyk Jr., 68, Oconto Falls, died peacefully Thursday evening, Nov. 1, 2018, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls with his family present. He was born Aug. 17, 1950, in Milwaukee to John and Mary (Karpeck) Kowalczyk. John moved with his family to a farm in the Abrams area when he was 9 years old and attended school, graduating from Oconto Falls High School with the class of 1968. Following graduation, he went to work for Packerland Woodworking in Peshtigo as an industrial painter.

On June 23, 1969, he married Patricia Greetan in Oconto. The couple haved lived all of their married lives in Oconto Falls, where they raised two children. John was employed at Magna-Graphics in Oconto Falls before working for Robinson Metal in Green Bay, from where he retired. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. John was an avid hunter and fisherman who especially enjoyed taking vacations with his family.

Wed
07
Nov

Lulabelle J. Drath

Lulabelle Jane (Braun) Drath, 80, of Gillett, who loved Jesus, went to be with our Lord on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

She was born in Shawano on June 29, 1938, a daughter of the late Walter and Nora (Dumke) Braun. Lulabelle attended local schools and was a graduate of Gillett High School. She married Leon James Drath on Feb. 10, 1962, and together they raised two daughters. The family made their home in Brookfield before retiring to Gillett in a home that Lulabelle herself designed.

Wed
07
Nov

Richard A. Baumann

Richard A. Baumann, 90, of Watertown, passed away on Nov. 3, 2018, at his home.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with the Rev. Jeffrey Meyer of Christ United Methodist Church in Watertown officiating. Relatives and friends may gather at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia. Memorials would be appreciated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.

Tue
23
Oct

Gary R. Effenberger

Gary R. Effenberger, 60, of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday evening, Oct. 16, 2018, at St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston.

Wed
17
Oct

June C. Braun

June C. Braun, 97, Oconto Falls, went to be with Jesus early Sunday morning, Oct. 14, 2018, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls with her family present. The youngest of 10 children of Charles and Mary (Nelson) Gilbertson was born Jan. 7, 1921 in the Town of Gillett and grew up there on the family farm and was confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church. She moved with her parents to Oconto Falls in the eighth grade.

On Sept. 10, 1938, she married Herbert Braun at St. Jacobs Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls. The couple made their home in Oconto Falls, where they raised three daughters. June was always supportive and dedicated to both her children and grandchildren’s education and activities. As one of the most continuous and active members of Grace Lutheran Church, she stayed involved in numerous ways as her Christian faith was very important to her. She was also very involved on the election board. June enjoyed flower gardening, music and writing prose and poetry.

Wed
17
Oct

Monica T. Hodkiewicz

Monica Theodora Hodkiewicz (Styczynski), 87, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. Monica was born April 4, 1931, in Pulaski to the late Albert and Theodora (Domkowski) Styczynski. The youngest of nine children, Monica graduated from Pulaski High School in 1949 and was a member of St. Anne Catholic Parish in Lena.

Wed
17
Oct

Marsha M. Burgess

Marsha Mina Malueg Burgess, 75, died Saturday evening, Sept. 29, 2018, at her home in Nashville, Tennessee. Born in Shawano, Marsha grew up on a dairy farm in Suring with her parents and 10 brothers and sisters. She brought the ethos of working on a farm to Machesney Park, Illinois, where she independently and successfully raised two daughters Liz and Gina with immense love, passing on her strong work ethic. Marsha worked most of her life in the field of mental health care and focused her efforts on the care of many people in need in her community. She lived in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for 27 years, where she had many friends who she cherished and who adored her. She was a strong, kind woman who loved to comfort and support those around her who were in need. She was a wonderful woman.

Wed
17
Oct

Louis J. Kobylarczyk

Louis J. Kobylarczyk, 95, Sobieski, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. The son of Joseph and Mary (Trabka) Kobylarczyk was born July 17, 1923, in Sobieski, where he lived his entire life on the family farm. On June 25, 1949, he married his sweetheart, Helen Mae Pioro, at St. John Cantius Church in Sobieski.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper, and he raised canaries. Up until the day he died, Louis maintained three thriving gardens, his last being his most bountiful. He was an active and dedicated member of his local parish, St. Maximilian Kolbe in Sobieski, where he had served on the parish council and was a longtime usher. Louis was recognized for his outstanding commitment to farmers through the Farm Service Agency.

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