Obituaries

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07
Jun

Clara Druckrey

Clara (Wasmund) Druckrey, 100, of Oconto Falls, passed away on Thursday, May 31, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls with her family by her side. Clara was born on Jan. 28, 1918, to the late William and Wilhemina Wasmund in the town of Washington. On Aug. 31, 1935, Clara married Wilbert Druckrey. Clara greatly enjoyed playing cards, watching the birds and playing the organ.

Clara is survived by her six children, Clyde Druckrey, Randy (Karen) Druckrey, Keith (Sherry) Druckrey, Karen (Steve Schmidt) Page, Karla (Jeff) Miller and Kandice (Jeff) Bero; two daughters-in-law, Donna Druckrey and Ruth (Francis) Theys; 35 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; 25 great-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert, in 1983; two sons, James Druckrey and Rod Druckrey; a daughter, Sandra; a daughter-in-law, MaryAnn.

Thu
07
Jun

Donald D. Kroening

Donald D. Kroening, 84, of Gillett, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Donald was born on Nov. 17, 1933, to the late Hilbert and Ellsie Kraning. Donald married Barbara Krause on June 3, 1960. He served his country honorably in the United States Army. Donald worked on his parents’ farm for a few years before working at Seneca Foods in Gillett and the Gillett Feed Mill for many years. He was a member of Whitetails Unlimited, the Northern Gardener’s Club and Faith United Lutheran Church in Gillett. Donald greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening, and was also an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs.

Wed
30
May

Paul R. Berntson

Paul R. Berntson, 73, of Grindle Lake, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Paul was born on March 18, 1945, in Milwaukee to the late Burnett and Thelma (Fenney) Berntson. He served his country in the United States Army for three years, from 1965 to 1968. Paul married Darleen Wilson on March 18, 1967. For many years, Paul and Darleen lived in West Allis before retiring to Grindle Lake. Paul was a talented wood carver. He greatly enjoyed camping, traveling, playing dominoes and cards, spending time with his grandchildren, and watching birds. Paul was a member of Tabor Lutheran Church, the Crooked Lake-Mountain Lions Club for 15 years, and the GLALA.

Wed
30
May

Norman Buhrandt

Norman (Stormin) Buhrandt, 68, of Suring, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital. Norman was born on Nov. 20, 1949, in Oconto Falls to Ernst and Lydia (Pfeiffer) Buhrandt. He graduated from Suring High School in 1968. On Aug. 30, 1975, he married Paula Frank. After high school, he stayed right on the farm where he lived his whole life. He farmed until March 1996 when the cows were sold. After selling the cows, he was employed at Suring Milling Co. until his retirement. He enjoyed shaking dice with the grandkids, watering Hoss’s steers, bowling, yelling at the TV when the Brewers lost, socializing and making people laugh with his inappropriate jokes and his witty one-liner comebacks.

Wed
30
May

Charmaine Stewart

Charmaine (Braun) Stewart, Sun Prairie, passed away on May 22, 2018, at the age of 72. Daughter of Walter and Nora Braun; graduated from Gillett High School.

Charmaine will be sadly missed by her daughter, Jody Kleven; grandson, Casey Kleven; and sisters, Lulabelle Drath, Muriel Wilke (Jim) and Charitee McKenna (Joe). Charmaine will also be forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

She was predeceased by parents, Walter and Nora Braun; brothers, Harold Braun, Llewellyn Braun, and Walter Braun Jr.; sisters Virginia Patzer, Arbutus Braun and Norvellus Braun; brothers-in-law Leon Drath and Ed Patzer; and sister-in-law Eleanor Braun.

A memorial service will be held in memory of Charmaine on Saturday, June 2, with visitation 1-2 p.m., service at 2 p.m. and luncheon to follow. Memorial service to be held at Hillside Assembly of God, 5890 State Highway 22 W, Gillett, by Pastor Paul Carlson.

Wed
30
May

Glenn G. Harris

Glenn George Harris, “Jack,” 88, a wonderful husband and father, passed away peacefully at Serenity Gardens in Gillett on Monday, May 21, 2018, surrounded by loving family, caregivers and friends.

Jack was born in Kohler on Feb. 4, 1930, and was a middle child in a large family of 10 children. They later moved to LaFarge, where Jack graduated from LaFarge High School. He then went on to serve his country building airstrips as a Civil Engineer, stationed in Suwan, South Korea, during the Korean War.

After returning from the war, he married his first love, Colleen Emogene (Stoikes) Harris, and they farmed in Reedstown, later moving to Hales Corners where they raised their two daughters. Jack worked for Milwaukee Tallow for 20 years as their Maintenance Supervisor and Boiler Engineer.

Wed
23
May

David R. Anderson

David R. Anderson, 71, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Son of the late Walter and Virginia (Dederich) Anderson was born July 3, 1946, in Racine.

Dave graduated from Marquette University in 1968. Dave and Mary Rypel were married June 22, 1968, at St. Gerard Church in Milwaukee.

He was a tax accountant for many years.

Dave is survived by his loving wife Mary, children: David P. (Michelle) and their son, James; Erik (Connie) Anderson and their children: Molly, Grant and Phoebe.

To honor Dave’s wishes, no funeral services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the National Kidney Foundation (Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016) or Restoring Hope Transplant house (7457 Terrance Ave., Middleton, WI 53562).

Wed
23
May

Karen and Dennis Fry

Karen and Dennis Fry of Lena died Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Karen is the daughter of the late Joseph and Betty Beschta of Lena. Dennis is the son of Karen Breed-Fry and the late Antone J. Fry of Oconto Falls. Karen and Dennis were married on Aug. 12, 1995, at the former St. Charles Catholic Church in Lena. They loved each other every day of their married life. Karen and Dennis truly enjoyed spending time with their nieces and nephews.

They were loved and will be missed by all their family – Joe (Mary Pat), Oshkosh, Jim (Mary), Oconto Falls, Bill (Kathie), Lena, Kathy (Mike), Green Bay, John (Dianna), Manitowoc, Mary Jane (Paul), Wrightstown, Betty, Lena, Bob (Pam), Lena, Susie, Lena, Rose (Jason), Oconto Falls, Toby (Anna), Kelly Lake; and all their nieces and nephews. They were preceded in death by their parents Joseph and Betty Beschta and Antone J. Fry, and their sister Patricia.

Wed
23
May

Harry W. Kasten

Harry Walter Kasten, 90, a longtime resident of Cecil, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on May 15, 2018. Harry was born in Gillett on Aug. 13, 1927, to Harris and Evelyn Brown Kasten. After his mother’s passing shortly after his birth, Harry was raised for his first six years by his aunt Nora Kasten Larsen and her husband, Warner, of Gillett, before returning home to work the family farm in the Town of Gillett. He graduated from Gillett High School in 1946 and married Ora Fuller of Oconto Falls in 1950, having four sons. In 1978, he married Nancy Strassburg Rogge, of Gillett, and enjoyed an adventurous, loving 40-year marriage.

Wed
16
May

Thomas J. Elbe

Thomas J. Elbe, 91, of Mountain, passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Thomas was born on June 22, 1926, in Gillett to the late Gustav and Rozina (Fuchs) Elbe. The family moved to Mountain in 1933 where he went to Holt Spur School until the eighth grade, when he left school to help his folks on the farm. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in LST Group 6, making landings from the tip of New Guinea all along the North Coast up until August 1945 at the north end of the Philippines.

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