Obituaries

Wed
30
Jan

Robert L. Hicks

Robert “Bob” Lee Hicks, 88, Gillett, died Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, of natural causes at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls. He was born Feb. 7, 1930, in Oconto Falls to the late William and Muriel (Coopman) Hicks. On April 15, 1951, he married his high school sweetheart, Mae Joann Olson, in Crown Point, Indiana.

Robert enlisted and was called into active duty in the Army of the United States on Nov. 10, 1952. He served in the Korean War, in field artillery as an E5 Sergeant, until 1954 when he was Honorably Discharged and then was on active reserves until 1964. He graduated from Lincoln Chiropractic College in Indianapolis with a degree of Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), working in that capacity in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He later moved back to his hometown in Gillett and started Oconto Company Inc., Abstract and Title business, with his wife and later his son, John, until retirement.

Wed
23
Jan

Delores H. Burrack

Delores H. Burrack, 86, of Suring, passed away at home on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, surrounded by her family. Delores was born on April 18, 1932, to the late LeRoy and Herta (Koelber) Waskow in Arlington, Iowa. She was baptized on May 30, 1932, and confirmed in the Lutheran faith on June 16, 1946, at Zion Lutheran Church in Oelwein, Iowa. Delores graduated from Arlington High School in 1949. In her younger years, she worked as a waitress and bookkeeper in Oelwein, Iowa. On Aug. 24, 1950, Delores married Harold Burrack at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. After their marriage, Delores and Harold lived in Iowa before moving to rural Suring in November 1957 with their sons. Together, they ran a dairy farm in the Town of How where Delores was a mother, homemaker and farmer.

Wed
23
Jan

Arlene B. Wolfe

Arlene B. Wolfe, 97, Oconto Falls, died Monday evening, Jan. 14, 2019, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Oconto Falls. She was born June 16, 1921, in Oconto Falls to Louis and Agnes (Simpson) Szweda. Arlene grew up in Oconto Falls where she attended public schools, graduating from Oconto Falls High School with the class of 1938. Following graduation, she moved to Milwaukee where she worked as a waitress.

On Jan. 30, 1943, she married Harold K. Wolfe, and the couple made their home in Oconto Falls. Arlene was employed at Jefferson Elementary School as an aide for 20 years. She was a member of the Oconto Falls United Methodist Church and had been active in the Ladies Aide. Arlene volunteered for the local nursing home, hospital auxiliary and NEWCAP. She enjoyed gardening, feeding the birds and taking care of her home.

Wed
23
Jan

Melvin G. Raatz

Melvin “Mel” G. Raatz, 71, Gillett, died suddenly Friday morning, Jan. 18, 2019, of natural causes in St. Clare Memorial Hospital ER. He was born Aug. 6, 1947, in Milwaukee to Gustave and Tillie (Schultz) Raatz. At the age of 3 years old, he moved with his family to a farm in rural Gillett. Mel grew up in Gillett where he attended public schools, graduating from Gillett High School with the class of 1965. Following graduation, he attended Wartburg College in Iowa.

Wed
23
Jan

Dora Van Dreel

Dora Van Dreel, 100, Oconto Falls, died Saturday afternoon, Jan. 19, 2019, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls surrounded by many of her family members. She was born Dec. 17, 1918, in Dyckesville to Louis and Mayme (Barrette) Borlee.

On Oct. 15, 1934, she married Lester Van Dreel at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Green Bay. The couple lived in Green Bay until moving to Oconto Falls in 1953 where Dora worked at the local Ben Franklin Store for 36 years, retiring in 1992. She was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls.

Survivors are her four children, Jean (Donald) Graef, Oconto Falls; Nancy (Charles) Yost, Green Bay; Barbara (Eugene) Duffy, Howard; Lester (Marilyn) Van Dreel Jr., Krakow; 23 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren, 57 great-great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, Michael Blasczyk, Green Bay; many nieces and nephews.

Wed
23
Jan

Curtis R. Strehlow

Curtis R. Strehlow, 78, of Suring, passed away suddenly at home on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. Curtis was born on the Strehlow Farm on June 8, 1940, to the late William and Clara (Guelker) Strehlow. He graduated from Suring High School with the Class of 1958. Curtis played fullback on the Suring High School football team. On Oct. 28, 1961, he married Audrey Schneider at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gillett. In his early years, he worked as a pin setter at the Suring Bowling Alley, hauled milk for various cheese factories, and also worked for Muehl Ehlinger Lumber Company. Curtis worked for and retired from the Oconto County Highway Department.

As a longtime member of the Suring United Methodist Church, he served in various church offices and as the Sexton of the church cemetery.

Wed
16
Jan

Agnes C. Bridger-Bast

Agnes C. Bridger-Bast, 89, Oconto Falls, died suddenly Monday morning, Jan. 14, 2019, at St. Clare Memorial Hospital. She was born March 5, 1929, in Oconto Falls to Andrew and Jane (Berton) Konitzer. She attended St. Anthony Catholic grade school and graduated from Oconto Falls High School with the class of 1948.

On Aug. 13, 1949, she married Donald J. Bridger. The couple lived in Milwaukee for 30 years until moving to Sarasota, Florida, in 1979. Agnes had a heart to care for the elderly and did so by working in hospitals and nursing homes while living in Wisconsin and private residences in Florida. On Oct. 10, 1999, Donald preceded her in death.

On Dec. 13, 2003, she married Victor E. Bast in Florida. While living in Florida, she was a member of the Church of the Incarnation in Sarasota and St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls while in Wisconsin. She was a member of PCCW at church and the American Legion Auxiliary.

Wed
16
Jan

Jay Daul

John “Jay” Daul, 66, Oconto Falls, died suddenly Sunday morning, Jan. 13, 2019, at St. Vincent Hospital Cardio-Vascular-Intensive-Care-Unit (CVICU), following complications from open heart surgery Jan. 4. The second-oldest of nine children was born Feb. 6, 1952, in Oconto to Francis and Joyce (Makos) Daul Sr. Jay or “J.J.” as he was known by those close to him, grew up in the Cream City area, Gillett and Oconto and attended school, graduating from Oconto High School with the class of 1970. Following graduation, he attended Mercy Medical Center School of Nursing in Oshkosh, graduating with his BSN degree. Jay furthered his education by attending Mercy Medical Center School of Anesthesia, graduating with his CRNA degree in 1979.

Tue
08
Jan

Gordon E. McMahon

Gordon “Gordy” E. McMahon, 87, Gillett, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay in the evening hours of Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, following a period of declining health. He was surrounded by family.

He was born in Gillett on Dec. 27, 1931, a son of the late Ross and Mildred (Hodgins) McMahon. Gordon was a 1950 graduate of Gillett High School and was an enthusiastic student of history. He joined the U.S. Air Force soon after and proudly served as a staff sergeant with the 941st Forward Observers during the Korean Conflict. He married Mavis J. (Gilbertson) McMahon on June 4, 1960, and together they raised five children.

Tue
08
Jan

Elaine E. Kohls

Elaine E. (Barkhaus) Kohls, 94, Fond du Lac and formerly of Gillett, was born Dec. 4, 1924, in Bonduel to Albert and Adela (Graf) Barkhaus. She passed on to the Lord on Jan. 3, 2019.

Elaine attended St. Paul Lutheran School and graduated salutatorian from Bonduel High School. She attended business college in Green Bay and worked at a bank and Dehn’s Ice Cream in Bonduel. She met Oscar Kohls at a wedding dance and swept him off his feet. They were married for 59 years before his passing. They had three children as they worked one of the largest dairy farms in Oconto County in the 1950s and ’60s. Elaine was Gillett Town clerk for 10 years. She was devoted to her faith in the Lord and was privileged to be the first woman member of the church council at Immanuel Lutheran Church. She was active in LWML and Ladies Aid, as well as Homemakers and other volunteer activities.

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