Obituaries

Wed
12
Jul

Lois J. Caflisch

Lois J. Caflisch, 85, died June 30, 2017. She was a resident of Atrium Health Care of Oconto Falls.

Her children, Barbara Nimz, Ricky, Gary and Chris Caflisch, Deanna Franklin and Jeannie Fiedler, wish to extend a special thank you to Dr. Genadi Maltinski and the nursing staff and employees for Mom’s care during these past 15 years. We also appreciate the assistance provided by Unity Hospice during her last day.

Wed
12
Jul

Tennis G. Kostrova

Tennis G. Kostrova, 85, Oconto Falls, was called home to the Lord on Monday, July 3, 2017. He was born on Sept. 18, 1931, in Oconto County to Gust and Olga (Sampson) Kostrova. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Coleman High School. On Nov. 25, 1950, he married Alfie Braun in Oconto Falls.

Tennis lived most of his life in Oconto Falls where he was employed by the Scott Paper Co. He was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls. Tennis enjoyed hunting, fishing, car races and playing slots with his friends at the casino. He will also be remembered as an avid Packers, Brewers and Daytona 500 fan.

Wed
05
Jul

Elaine A. Pfaff

Elaine A. Pfaff, 97, of Mountain, passed away on March 8, 2017.

Elaine was born on April 4, 1919, to the late Walter and Anna (Coleman) Saffran in Wisconsin. She married Edwin Pfaff on June 11, 1937.

Elaine greatly enjoyed sewing and making ceramic crafts.

Elaine is survived by her nine children, Janice Frederickson, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Rosa (Robert) Schenkenberger, of Aurora, Colorado, Ruth Schomer, of Mesa, Arizona, Susan Donaldson, of Belton, Texas, Bruce (Pat) Pfaff, of Downers Grove, Illinois, Steven (Linda) Pfaff, of Pueblo, Colorado, Deborah (Don) Snider, of Bolingbrook, Illinois, Richard (Debi) Pfaff, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Valerie (Dan) Fingal, of Mountain; three siblings, Walter (Lorna) Saffran, of Oconto Falls, Elizabeth Patula, of Westmont, Illinois, and Carol Dunn ,of Denver, Colorado; 28 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by many great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Wed
05
Jul

Ray G. Carlson

Ray G. Carlson, 88, Gillett, died suddenly of natural causes on Wednesday evening, June 28, 2017, at home. He was born on April 25, 1929, in the town of Underhill to Godfrey and Martha (Koske) Carlson.

Ray attended public school, graduating from Gillett High School with the Class of 1946. As a young man, he entered the U.S. Army and honorably served during the Korean War.

On Oct. 8, 1955, he married Lenea Marquardt at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the town of Peshtigo. Ray lived most of his life in the Gillett area, where he once was employed at Linwood Plywood and Ansorge Distributing before going to work for Proctor & Gamble Paper in Green Bay, retiring in 1993. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Gillett and Gillett American Legion Post 300.

Wed
05
Jul

William G. Weed

William “Bill” G. Weed, 93, Milwaukee, died on Wednesday afternoon, June 28, 2017, at the VA Center in Milwaukee following a short illness. He was born on Dec. 22, 1923, in Grant County to Paul and Ella (Everson) Weed.

Bill graduated from Bagley High School with the Class of 1941. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II before returning to Milwaukee.

On May 20, 1947, he married Josephine Delveaux in Milwaukee. The couple lived most of their married lives in Milwaukee where he was employed by Molded Rubber & Plastic Corp. in Butler for 56 years. He was a member of H.A. Todd American Legion Post 537 in Milwaukee.

Wed
05
Jul

Louise M. Fifield

This Sunday, July 2, 2017, Mom rose up early and went to worship Jesus in person.

Louise May Hilsabeck Fifield was born June 1, 1928, to Floyd and Jessie (Smiley) Hilsabeck at Amberg. Her family moved to Sturgeon Bay when she was young. On Feb. 9, 1946, she married Ora A. Fifield, of Gillett, where they raised six sons: Timothy (Joyce), Harvey (Marilyn), Richard (Dee), Steven (Laura), Daniel (Joan) and Curtis (Julie).

Preceding her in death were her husband, Ora, in 1973, and son, Richard, in 2009. Also preceding her are her brothers, Calvin, David and Willard, and sister, Lillian.

She is survived by five of her six sons; brother, Delbert Hilsabeck; and sister, Sally Huff. She also has 20 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

Wed
28
Jun

Marion Coppens

Marion Coppens, 95, Green Bay, passed away Monday evening, June 19, 2017, at a local care facility. She was born June 2, 1922, the youngest child of John and Mary (Stepeck) Hooper in Klondike.

Marion was a graduate of Coleman High School in 1940 and graduated from vocational school in Green Bay studying bookkeeping. She was always thankful to her brother, Ed, who provided for her so she was able to obtain a professional degree. Following school, she was employed in Oconto Falls, where she met and married Phillip Coppens on Aug. 26, 1944. He preceded her in death on April 22, 2001.

The couple made their home in Oconto Falls, where they raised their two daughters and also owned Coppens Implement Sales. The family eventually moved to Green Bay. Marion continued to work as a bookkeeper and secretary until her retirement.

She will be remembered for her enjoyment of knitting, crossword puzzles and playing cards with her friends.

Wed
28
Jun

Carl O. Gaertig

Carl O. “Krazee Carl” Gaertig passed away peacefully at his home on June 16, 2017, surrounded by loved ones, following a brief illness. He was born on Nov. 16, 1951, in Oconto Falls to Otto and Gladys (Moede) Gaertig.

Carl met the love of his life, June Pearcey, in 1984. He enjoyed motorcycle riding, pool, puzzles, farming and John Deere tractor collecting, and goofing off and BSing. Carl had his sense of humor right to the end.

He is survived by his children, Shannon and Lee, Shane and Justina; stepchildren, Angela and Jeff, Paula and Luke, Daryl and Raeann, Tina and Brian; 19 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Edi (George) Callahan, Ruby (Jim) Radtke, Pearl (Al) Czechan, Crystal (Nick) Cortese; and brother, Glen (Julie) Gaertig.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Dawn Renee; stepson, Jack Pearcey; special canine friend, Bullett; and felines, Brrmeow and Squeak.

Wed
28
Jun

Clara E. Rank

Clara E. Rank, 94, Oconto Falls, formerly of Gillett, passed away on Tuesday, June 20, 2017, following a period of declining health. She was born in Oconto Falls on March 4, 1923, a daughter of the late Frank and Josephine (Novak) Chlopek.

Clara was married to Marvin E. Rank on June 21, 1952. Together they owned and operated a farm in the town of Green Valley until retiring to Gillett.

Clara was an avid gardener and loved decorating her home inside and out at Christmas time. She also loved to cook, bake and sew.

Clara is survived by nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her beloved husband, Marvin; and seven brothers and sisters, Sophie, Walter, Edward, Charles, Stanley, Caroline and Helen.

Wed
28
Jun

Reg Klawitter

Reg Klawitter, 75, was born into eternal life on June 23, 2017.

Loving husband of Jean since June 26, 1965. Father of Rick (Amy) Klawitter and Jeff (Cherie) Klawitter. Grandpa of Delaney, Abrielle and Charlie. Brother of Carol (Charles) Korn, Michael Klawitter, Jeanne David, Linda Clark, Jo Nell MacCoy and Mark (Lori) Klawitter. Brother-in-law of Donald (Kathy), Martin (Kathleen) and Paul (Sandy) Ponsegrau. Further survived by other relatives and many friends.

Reg served in the U.S. Army during the Berlin Wall crisis. He was a member of the Mountain VFW Post 2119.

Special thanks to Dr. Rubina Qamar of Aurora Cancer Care Clinic.

Visitation at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 12700 W. Howard Ave., New Berlin, from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 28. Funeral Mass at 12:30 p.m.

Hartson Funeral Home (414-425-9797) is assisting the family.

www.hartsonfuneralhome.com

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