Obituaries

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Darrell Jahnke

Darrell “Butch” Jahnke, 81, of Abrams, went home to his Heavenly Father on Monday, Oct. 1. Darrell was born in the family homestead at Abrams, Aug. 14, 1937, son of Myrtle (Ellner) and Edward Jahnke. Darrell ventured away from Oconto County once really, to join the U.S. Marine Corps immediately after high school. For four years, he experienced places like California and Japan before returning home. He farmed the homestead his entire life, but also had several off-farm careers. For 14 years, he worked at Fort Howard Paper in Green Bay. Next, he became the most popular U.S. rural mail carrier in Abrams — thanks in large part to the doggie biscuits he routinely carried in his truck for all his four-legged friends along his 300-mile route each day. Darrell was THE rural carrier for Abrams for 30 years. In retirement, he doted on his family and especially his grandson, Jayden Virtues.

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10
Oct

Linda Szymczak

Linda Szymczak, 73, Oconto, died peacefully Monday evening, Oct. 1, 2018, at home surrounded by her family following a five-year struggle with congestive heart failure. The only child of Sigmund and Janet (Brahmstead) Grabczyk was born April 12, 1945, in South Milwaukee. Linda grew up in South Milwaukee where she graduated high school.

In 1965, she married Edward Bornhofer and together they had three sons. Linda was employed at Lakeside Manufacturing in Milwaukee for over 30 years. She later married Robert Szymczak and they had a daughter together. While living in Milwaukee, Linda was an avid and very good bowler, even appearing on TV. Linda moved to Oconto County around 1980 and worked for Warvel Products in Gillett and owned and operated the Twin Pines Bar in the Town of Brazeau until retirement.

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10
Oct

Orlin A. Krieser

Orlin A. Krieser, 88, Oconto Falls, died peacefully Sunday evening, Oct. 7, 2018, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls with his family present. The youngest of six children of Albert and Agnes (Witneski) Krieser was born July 11, 1930, in the Town of Chase. Because Orlin’s mother died when he was 11 months old, he was raised by his sisters and had to help on the family farm as a young boy. It was during these formative years Orlin developed a passion for baseball while listening to Cubs baseball games under the covers of his bed.

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10
Oct

Marie G. Reichwald

Marie G. Reichwald, 91, of Dousman, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Marie was born on Aug. 16, 1927, to the late Arthur and Flora (Ranslam) Sack in Gillett. She graduated from Gillett High School before settling in Milwaukee. Marie married Herbert Reichwald on July 26, 1947, in Milwaukee. Over the years, Marie was primarily a homemaker, but also worked as a bookkeeper and accountant at various firms. Marie and Herbert lived in the Shawano and Cecil areas for 14 years. They were longtime members of St. John Lutheran Church in Gillett.

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10
Oct

Fred W. Edwards

Fred W. Edwards, 81, of Suring, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Fred was born on March 15, 1937, to the late Claude and Stella (Dortch) Edwards in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati and then moved to Florida to work for NASA on the Saturn rocket project. Fred married Donna McCartney on May 6, 1961, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Fred and Donna moved around the country while Fred worked on various government projects. He later retired after working at Procter & Gamble.

Fred was very involved with and proud of his work. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially spending time at Yosemite National Park. He was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge, joining numerous lodges across the country during his travel, and was also a member of the Eastern Star. Fred was currently a member of The Mason Wood Lodge in Cecil (Masonic Lodge 170).

Wed
03
Oct

Diane L. Foster

Diane L. Foster, age 68, of Little Chute, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. Diane was born on Sept. 25, 1950, to the late Claire and Mabel (Marsh) Foster.

Diane was smart and could remember the stupidest facts or things. She enjoyed reading sci-fi books and once in a while enjoyed a romantic book. Diane was a naturally talented artist and could make up the coolest crafts. Her passion was gardening — from working the soil, planting the seeds, weeding and, most of all, harvesting. She canned, cooked, baked and pickled everything she could. She loved to talk to anyone about gardening and canning, and often would get her doctors talking about that instead of her care. Because she was alone, she shared everything she made with her family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Diane is famous for her dill pickles, whose recipe we have never been able to master. There is hope that her goddaughter Amanda has been passed the baton.

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03
Oct

James F. Kuehl

James F. “Jim” Kuehl, 83, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018.

Jim was born in Gillett on April 29, 1935, a son of the late Frank and Norma (Larsen) Kuehl. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Gillett High School. Jim served briefly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, returning home to help his ailing father run the family businesses, Kuehl’s Furniture and Funeral Home. Jim would later focus on running the furniture store while his brother, Armin, ran the funeral home.

Jim was a great lover of baseball and was a left-handed pitcher. He once tried out for the Atlanta Braves. Jim also spent over 37 years as a letter carrier for the post office. In addition, he ran several taverns and other area establishments, including the Legion Arcade as well as River Island Country Club, of which he was a member.

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03
Oct

Lois Peek

Lois Peek, 89, lifelong resident of Lakewood, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. The last few years of her life were spent in the loving care of her son, James, in Oconto Falls.

Lois was born July 15, 1929, in the Township of Washington, the daughter of Louis and Helen (Heimer) Schmidt. She was united in marriage to Benny Peek on Jan. 22, 1955, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 1997. Lois was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lakewood, the Ladies Auxiliary and the Order of the Eastern Star. She proudly served as grand marshal in the Lakewood Mardi Gras parade.

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03
Oct

Donald L. Gilbertson

Donald Lee Gilbertson, 82, Gillett, entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at Evergreen Nursing Home in Shawano.

He was born at home in the Town of Green Valley on June 20, 1936, a son of the late William and Pauline (Hansen) Gilbertson. Donald attended local schools. He married Laurice F. (Madison) on June 21, 1958, and together they raised three children. For Donald, farming was his life, and he and Laurice farmed for many years in the Town of Gillett.

Donald was an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church and served in many capacities over the years, including the church council. In earlier years, he played church dart ball and had been involved with 4-H. Donald never had a harsh word for anyone and had many friends. He always wore a smile and had a great sense of humor. He will be sadly missed.

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Sep

Gerry Grosse

Ruth Germaine “Gerry” Grosse, 82, Little Suamico, died peacefully Friday morning, Sept. 21, 2018, at a Green Bay hospital. The daughter of the late Giles and Margaret (Blaser) Grosse was born Nov. 25, 1935, in Little Suamico. Gerry was a faith-filled Catholic and lifelong member of St. Pius Parish in Little Suamico. She had been employed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay for many years.

Gerry enjoyed painting watercolors, knitting and telling stories. She especially loved spending time with her nieces and nephews.

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