Obituaries

Wed
05
Dec

Loretta M. Shehow

Loretta M. Shehow, 87, of Pound, passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Loretta was born on June 20, 1931, to the late Robert and Viola (Lemke) Robenhorst. On Jan. 7, 1950, Loretta married John Shehow at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Breed. For many years, Loretta worked with John at the Flying Goose Game Farm. While at the game farm, Loretta also worked as a factory worker at Coleman Products in Coleman. Loretta enjoyed fishing, gardening, quilting, cutting wood with her grandson, and spending time with grandchildren. She also greatly enjoyed donating her time to cut out the blocks for quilts at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Loretta was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Breed.

Wed
05
Dec

Melvin D. Haffeman

Melvin Dale Haffeman, 84, of Lena, passed away suddenly Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay. He was born to the late George and Anna (Mleziva) Haffeman on Nov. 22, 1934, in Hawkins. Melvin served in the United States Army; upon completing his service duties he married Janet Ann Valenta Nov. 30, 1957, in the Town of Brazeau.

Melvin enjoyed woodworking, fishing with his children at Kelly Lake, attending his kids sporting events and sharing stories about his youth. He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Parish.

Melvin worked hard to provide for his large family of eight children.

Surviving are Linda (Terry) Hinds, Lena, Debbie (Paul) Stello, Peshtigo, Annette (Bryan) Behringer, Oconto Falls, Craig Haffeman, Colorado, Curt Haffeman, Abrams, Kay Johnson, Colorado, Cheryl (Kevin) Jagiello, Lena, and Donna Haffeman, Green Bay; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one brother, George (Bernice) Haffeman, De Pere.

Tue
27
Nov

Beth A. Birr

Beth A. Birr, 52, of Pound, passed away peacefully Nov. 21, 2018, at home with her loving family by her side. She was born to the late Ron and Charlotte (Dryja) Salnik on Oct. 5, 1966. She married Gary Birr on Aug. 18, 1983. The couple owned and operated Birr’s Concrete and Masonry until they were forced to retire due to health. They also enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening together, as well as their involvement with their children’s sporting events, especially wrestling. Gary preceded Beth in death Oct. 25, 2017, after 34 loving years of marriage.

Beth is survived by four sons, Chad (Karleen), Chris, Chase (Samantha) and Chett (Danielle); six grandchildren, Dakota, Tailor, Alexus, Skylynn, Cayden and Remington; one brother, Ken Salnik; and a nephew, Billy. Beth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her grandparents, Irene and Henry Dryja and Frank and Pearl Salnik.

Tue
27
Nov

Wayne Trudell

Wayne Trudell, 75, Mountain, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 21, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital with his family by his side. Born July 6, 1943, in Oconto Falls, to David and Emma Trudell. He grew up in Oconto Falls and attended Oconto Falls public schools, graduating with the Class of 1961. Wayne served faithfully in the U.S. Navy from 1963-1967. On April 20, 1968, he married Sandra Baldwin in Oconto Falls. The couple has lived most of their married life in the Mountain area where Wayne had been employed at Even-flo in Suring for 24 years.

Wayne is survived by two daughters, Robin Womble and Kari Trudell; four grandchildren, Marquise, Bryson and Justin (Dana) Womble, and Amber Trudell; one great-grandson, Kaysin Womble; sister, Doreen Senn; brother, Gerald Trudell; many brothers and sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra; parents; Father and mother-in-law, Michael and Helen Baldwin; two brothers, David Trudell Jr. and Patrick Trudell.

Tue
20
Nov

Jack K. Bailey

Jack Keenan Bailey, 64, of Lakewood, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Jack was born in Laona on Nov. 16, 1953, to Janet M. (Challoner) and Ralph S. Bailey. He graduated from Wabeno High School. Jack served our country in the U.S. Air Force and was discharged in 1977 as a Vietnam-era veteran. He was also a member of the Paul Bunyan Trail Snowmobile Club.

Jack is survived by two sisters, Susan (LeRoy) Ostrowski of Tennessee and Beth (Russell) Cammelot of Tennessee; brother, David Bailey of Denver. He is further survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Michael (Patricia), James A. (Kerry), Steve (Jean) and Daniel (Jennifer).

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com.

Mon
19
Nov

Catherine M. Cudnohoski

Catherine “Cathy” M. Cudnohoski, 86, of Coleman, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at The Woodlands of Gillett. She was born to the late Albert and Margaret (Bissell) Giese Dec. 12, 1931, in Pound. Cathy married Eugene Cudnohoski Sr. Dec. 2, 1949.

Cathy enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, country line dancing, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren, special friend Jenna and her kitty. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, Coleman.

Surviving are three children, Eugene Jr. “Butch” Cudnohoski, Green Bay; Barbara (John Stodola) Cudnohoski, Coleman; Patricia “Pattie” (Mark) Francois, Oconto Falls; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and special friend Jenna Coutley.

Cathy was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Eugene Sr., two brothers, Albert and Leonard Giese, and one sister Jessie Schwan.

Wed
14
Nov

Erwin E. Bonatz

Erwin E. Bonatz, 85, of Mountain, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, with his family by his side. Erwin was born on Oct. 9, 1933, to the late Ernest and Margaret (Martens) Bonatz. On June 27, 1983, Erwin married Erika Zimmer. Erwin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law and uncle.

Erwin is survived by his wife of 35 years, Erika; five children from Erwin’s previous marriage to Irene Ahrens Bonatz, Erwin (Su) Bonatz Jr., Fred Bonatz, Linda (Edward) Swanson, Eric (Donna) Bonatz and Ralph (Mary) Bonatz; former daughter-in-law, Karen Bonatz; nine grandchildren, Michael, Carol (Colin), David, Julia, Kyle, Stuart (Alina), Kurt, Lisa and Grant; eight great-grandchildren, Robert, Daniel, Felicity, Natalie, Alexandra, Greta, Karl and Elsa; and a sister, Eleanor Pascher. He is further survived by his in-laws in the Zimmer family and many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.

Wed
07
Nov

Marvel A. Elbe

Marvel Ann (Kahler, Schaal) Elbe, 97, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. She was born Jan. 30, 1921, in Gillett to the late Walter and Olanda (Piepenberg) Kahler. She was raised on the family farm where hard work ethics were instilled. She said she always enjoyed the farm life, the work and the animals.

Marvel enjoyed music her whole life and in high school played in the school band, but also played with her brother, Harold, in a band. Music was a big part of most of her life. She was musically gifted and could play any instrument by “EAR.” Marvel was stone deaf in one ear. Her big Hammond organ was her joy, and the music was amazing. We could hum a tune, and she could play it.

She married Clarence Schaal, and they had two children, Nancy and Richard.

Wed
07
Nov

Ruby D. Nelson

Ruby Dorothy Nelson, 96, of Watertown, was taken to her Savior’s side on Friday morning, Nov. 2, 2018.

She was born on Dec. 25, 1921, in the town of How, Oconto County, the youngest child of Alvin and Henrietta (Yakel) Schuettpelz. On June 20, 1943, Ruby married Edward John Nelson. The two were blessed with 75 years of marriage. E. John preceded Ruby in death on July 7, 2018.

Ruby was a loving wife, mother and homemaker, raising eight children and two foster children. She was an active member of her church and also very active with the ARC and at Bethesda. In 1991, the family was named the International Special Olympics Family of the Year. Ruby was a hard worker and always ready to help anyone in need.

Wed
07
Nov

John S. Kowalczyk Jr.

John S. Kowalczyk Jr., 68, Oconto Falls, died peacefully Thursday evening, Nov. 1, 2018, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls with his family present. He was born Aug. 17, 1950, in Milwaukee to John and Mary (Karpeck) Kowalczyk. John moved with his family to a farm in the Abrams area when he was 9 years old and attended school, graduating from Oconto Falls High School with the class of 1968. Following graduation, he went to work for Packerland Woodworking in Peshtigo as an industrial painter.

On June 23, 1969, he married Patricia Greetan in Oconto. The couple haved lived all of their married lives in Oconto Falls, where they raised two children. John was employed at Magna-Graphics in Oconto Falls before working for Robinson Metal in Green Bay, from where he retired. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. John was an avid hunter and fisherman who especially enjoyed taking vacations with his family.

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