Obituaries

Wed
07
Nov

Lulabelle J. Drath

Lulabelle Jane (Braun) Drath, 80, of Gillett, who loved Jesus, went to be with our Lord on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

She was born in Shawano on June 29, 1938, a daughter of the late Walter and Nora (Dumke) Braun. Lulabelle attended local schools and was a graduate of Gillett High School. She married Leon James Drath on Feb. 10, 1962, and together they raised two daughters. The family made their home in Brookfield before retiring to Gillett in a home that Lulabelle herself designed.

Wed
07
Nov

Richard A. Baumann

Richard A. Baumann, 90, of Watertown, passed away on Nov. 3, 2018, at his home.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with the Rev. Jeffrey Meyer of Christ United Methodist Church in Watertown officiating. Relatives and friends may gather at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia. Memorials would be appreciated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.

Tue
23
Oct

Gary R. Effenberger

Gary R. Effenberger, 60, of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday evening, Oct. 16, 2018, at St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston.

Wed
17
Oct

June C. Braun

June C. Braun, 97, Oconto Falls, went to be with Jesus early Sunday morning, Oct. 14, 2018, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls with her family present. The youngest of 10 children of Charles and Mary (Nelson) Gilbertson was born Jan. 7, 1921 in the Town of Gillett and grew up there on the family farm and was confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church. She moved with her parents to Oconto Falls in the eighth grade.

On Sept. 10, 1938, she married Herbert Braun at St. Jacobs Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls. The couple made their home in Oconto Falls, where they raised three daughters. June was always supportive and dedicated to both her children and grandchildren’s education and activities. As one of the most continuous and active members of Grace Lutheran Church, she stayed involved in numerous ways as her Christian faith was very important to her. She was also very involved on the election board. June enjoyed flower gardening, music and writing prose and poetry.

Wed
17
Oct

Monica T. Hodkiewicz

Monica Theodora Hodkiewicz (Styczynski), 87, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. Monica was born April 4, 1931, in Pulaski to the late Albert and Theodora (Domkowski) Styczynski. The youngest of nine children, Monica graduated from Pulaski High School in 1949 and was a member of St. Anne Catholic Parish in Lena.

Wed
17
Oct

Marsha M. Burgess

Marsha Mina Malueg Burgess, 75, died Saturday evening, Sept. 29, 2018, at her home in Nashville, Tennessee. Born in Shawano, Marsha grew up on a dairy farm in Suring with her parents and 10 brothers and sisters. She brought the ethos of working on a farm to Machesney Park, Illinois, where she independently and successfully raised two daughters Liz and Gina with immense love, passing on her strong work ethic. Marsha worked most of her life in the field of mental health care and focused her efforts on the care of many people in need in her community. She lived in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for 27 years, where she had many friends who she cherished and who adored her. She was a strong, kind woman who loved to comfort and support those around her who were in need. She was a wonderful woman.

Wed
17
Oct

Louis J. Kobylarczyk

Louis J. Kobylarczyk, 95, Sobieski, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. The son of Joseph and Mary (Trabka) Kobylarczyk was born July 17, 1923, in Sobieski, where he lived his entire life on the family farm. On June 25, 1949, he married his sweetheart, Helen Mae Pioro, at St. John Cantius Church in Sobieski.

He was an avid hunter, fisherman and trapper, and he raised canaries. Up until the day he died, Louis maintained three thriving gardens, his last being his most bountiful. He was an active and dedicated member of his local parish, St. Maximilian Kolbe in Sobieski, where he had served on the parish council and was a longtime usher. Louis was recognized for his outstanding commitment to farmers through the Farm Service Agency.

Wed
17
Oct

William C. Wilke

William C. Wilke, 88, a resident of the Village of Mishicot, entered into eternal rest Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at the Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay surrounded by his loving family. Bill was born Dec. 27, 1929, in Shawano to the late William and Edna Zieroph Wilke. He was a graduate of the Gillett High School. Bill served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. He was a commercial artist his entire life, and he also owned and operated Ad Innovations, which was an advertising agency. He was a professional baseball player for the New York Yankees. Bill was an avid Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs fan. He enjoyed going fishing, polka music and doing water colors. Bill also enjoyed being with people and making them feel happy and comfortable.

Wed
17
Oct

Kathryn A. Firgens

Kathryn A. Firgens, 96, of Shawano, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Kathryn was born on July 11, 1922, in the Town of Underhill to the late Paul and Helena (Wilke) Dicke. She was baptized and confirmed at Christ (Christus) Lutheran Church, Hintz.

After graduating from high school, she moved to Milwaukee and was employed by the telephone company. She married Clarence Firgens in Milwaukee on Oct. 9, 1948. They continued to live and work in Milwaukee, while making frequent trips to visit family and friends in the Gillett and Suring areas. Kathryn started working for Briggs and Stratton engines in the 1950s and retired from there in 1984. She enjoyed playing the piano, cooking, gardening, entertaining guests, “Get good home,” and reading her daily devotions.

Wed
17
Oct

Erma E. Schroeder

Erma Elaine (Braunsdorf) Schroeder passed away on Oct. 11, 2018, at home. Erma was born Jan. 3, 1932, on a farm on the shores of Lake Michigan, just south of Sturgeon Bay, to Adeline and Ernest Braunsdorf. The oldest of three children, Erma was both a caretaker and very independent.

At age 13, Erma moved alone to Sturgeon Bay to attend high school, as there was no bus service to where she lived. After high school, Erma worked in Green Bay at Cohen’s Department Store and, later, at Naph-Sol Refining – a period in her life which provided many fond memories. It was during this time she met her future husband, James Schroeder. After Jim was drafted, he and Erma moved to El Paso, Texas, and were married in April 1954. They were married for 61 years. Jim and Erma planned on making their home in El Paso, but plans changed when Jim was called to Korea. Erma returned to Green Bay and continued her career at Standard Oil.

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