Obituaries

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Gertrude Haluska

Gertrude Haluska, 94, Stiles, died peacefully on Sunday evening, March 26, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Oconto Falls surrounded by family. The oldest of 12 children was born on Nov. 8, 1922, in Milwaukee to Paul and Rose (Hopka) Moczynski.

On Nov. 11, 1943, Gertie married Walter Haluska in Milwaukee. Following their marriage, the couple owned and operated a jewelry store in Milwaukee. The family moved to Stiles in 1970, and she became a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church.

Gertie will lovingly be remembered for her great story telling, always caring for others and having an open door for anyone who needed it.

Wed
29
Mar

Margaret H. Zutz

Margaret Hildegarde (Firgens) Zutz was raised by Christ to eternal life on Thursday, March 2, 2017. She was born to John and Anna Firgens on April 30, 1927, in Breed, where she was raised with her younger sister, Lucille, and brother, Rudolph.

She graduated from Oconto Falls High School and attended Bellin Memorial Hospital’s School of Nursing as a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps to become a registered nurse. “Firgie” happily attended reunions with her classmates.

Margaret met Carl H. Zutz Jr. while working a shift at the hospital in Green Bay. They were married on Jan. 29, 1949, living first in Manitowoc, and later in Appleton and Madison as their family grew to include seven healthy kids. While raising them, Margaret worked third shifts at Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah-Menasha and University Hospital in Madison. She spent time gardening, sewing, volunteering, bowling, traveling and baking some pretty wonderful homemade bread.

Wed
29
Mar

John Konkel Jr.

John “Bud” Konkel Jr., 81, Stiles, died suddenly of natural causes at home on Monday morning, March 27, 2017. He was born on Aug. 2, 1935, in Milwaukee to John and Lorraine (Prahl) Konkel Sr.

As a young boy he moved with his family to the Stiles area where he attended school. As a young man he served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in Germany and Little Rock, Arkansas.

He married Eileen Moore and they had children together. On July 12, 1989, he married Barbara Cowie-Roberts in Oconto.

John was employed for many years at Badger Northland in Kaukauna, where he retired. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Stiles.

John enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and following all of Wisconsin’s sports teams.

Wed
22
Mar

Elaine Gaertig

Elaine Gaertig, 85, Oconto Falls, died peacefully early Sunday morning, March 19, 2017, at home surrounded by her children. She was born on Jan. 16, 1932, in Two Rivers to Henry and Felicie (Halsted) Birr.

On Dec. 16, 1950, Elaine married Gerald Gaertig at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the town of Morgan. The couple owned and operated a family farm in Morgan for many years and also enjoyed bear hunting together. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Morgan.

Elaine enjoyed gardening, listening to old country music and attending Porterfield Music Fest, and especially being a mom and grandma.

Wed
22
Mar

Melissa S. Clark

Melissa S. Clark, 40, Oconto Falls, died on Friday morning, March 17, 2017, at home, surrounded by her family following a six-year battle with breast cancer. She was born on June 26, 1976, in Green Bay to Hugo and Vicki (Gagnon) Belke.

Melissa grew up in Oconto Falls where she attended public schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1994. Following graduation, she attended Northeast Wisconsin Technical College and graduated with her nursing degree.

On May 14, 2004, she married Robert “Rob” Clark III in Oconto. The couple lived in Oconto Falls all of their married lives and attended St. Patrick Catholic Church in Stiles.

Melissa will be lovingly remembered as dedicated mother, always putting others first and the unique ability to listen to others, while having special spot in her heart for elder care. She also enjoyed and respected nature, flowers and birds.

Wed
15
Mar

Phyllis Ermis

Phyllis Deloris Ermis of Suring entered into eternal peace March 13, 2017, with her children by her side.

Phyllis was born on Sept. 26, 1930, to the late Richard and Nora Firgens, the fourth of their nine children. She married Dennis Ermis on Aug. 19, 1950. A short time later, they purchased their farm on Spruce Road. They spent much of their life together making their farm a success.

She was a loving, caring, and talented individual. There were not many things that Phyllis was unable to do. In addition to farming, some of her many talents included sewing, gardening, cooking/baking, canning, hunting/fishing, woodworking, organ/piano playing and dancing.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Dennis Ermis; daughter Judith Ann Ermis; parents Richard and Lenora Firgens; sisters Eleanor Christensen, Lois Howen, Eunice School, LaVerne School and Sandra Brenwall; brothers Harvey Firgens and Richard Firgens; and foster grandson Dylan Krueger.

Wed
15
Mar

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; 51 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by many great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Wed
15
Mar

Anton ‘Tony’ Gnand

Anton “Tony” Gnand, 83, town of Brazeau, died peacefully Tuesday, March 7, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Tony was born March 3, 1934, in Yugoslavia to Karl and Eva (Seder) Gnand. The family moved to Austria for seven years prior to immigrating to the United States in 1952. Tony served his country in the U.S. Army.

On Oct. 3, 1959, Tony was united in marriage to Eva Schmidt at Sacred Heart Croatian Church in Milwaukee and resided in Glendale for 42 years. Tony was employed by Pfister and Vogel Tannery in Milwaukee for 42 years before retiring in 1995.

The couple moved to Lee Lake permanently in 2001. Tony was a member of St. Anne Parish and also belonged to the Milwaukee Sport Club, Lee Lake Conservation Club and the Bagley and Brazeau Snowmobile Club. Tony enjoyed playing and watching soccer, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and spending time at the cottage on Lee Lake.

Wed
08
Mar

David H. Jones

David (Davy) H. Jones passed away on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, from cancer at the C.J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Born to Carl and H. Jean (Renel) Jones on May 8, 1948, he lived in the rural Oconto Falls area and attended the Elm Lawn Grade School. He graduated from the Oconto Falls High School with the Class of 1966, attending his first class reunion of 50 years in May 2016.

After graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed at Arlington, Virginia, working as a basic motor transport man, earning his National Defense Service Medal and Rifle Sharp Shooter Badge.

After service, he moved to Las Vegas to be with his family. He worked in delivery service, warehousing and body shop work. He enjoyed family, music, playing cribbage, motorcycles and cars.

Wed
01
Mar

Shirley Younger

Shirley Younger, 81, Stiles, died suddenly on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 26, 2017, at Bay Area Medical Center of an apparent heart attack. The oldest of eight children was born on Aug. 11, 1935, to Raymond and Alice (Nass) Young and attended Degantown Elementary School. On Sept. 10, 1955, she married William Younger in Oconto Falls, and the couple raised eight children.

A devoted wife and mother, Shirley enjoyed caring for her family and cooking good meals for them. She was a longtime member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Stiles. She also enjoyed doing needlepoint work and puzzles, and spending time on the swing her son Joe made for her. Shirley will be lovingly remembered for her selfless nature, humble spirit helping others.

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