Obituaries

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Nov

Geraldine Lauersdorf

Geraldine “Gerri’ (Kohn) Lauersdorf, age 85, of Gillett, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017.

She was born Dec. 6, 1931, in the Town of Cecil to the late Eldon and Lucille (Schmidt) Kohn. She was a graduate of Bonduel High School. Gerri married Melvin “Mel” Lauersdorf on Dec. 13, 1952, at White Clay Lake Lutheran Church in the Town of Washington. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Gillett.

Gerri and her husband, Mel, farmed in the Town of Gillett until their retirement. She also worked some summers at Country Gardens of Gillett. Gerri loved bowling with the women’s team at the Gillett American Legion. She loved gardening and her flower beds and always loved having her cats and kittens outdoors. Gerri especially loved her large family gatherings.

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01
Nov

Gary F. Birr

Gary Francis Birr, 58, of Pound, passed away at home on Oct. 25, 2017. He was born to Otis and Betty Birr on Dec. 19, 1958. He attended Oconomowoc High School. After high school, he worked for his father until taking over the family business, Birr’s Concrete and Masonry.

On Aug. 18, 1983, Gary married Beth Salnik. The couple were married for 34 years. She helped with the family business. He had a passion for hunting, fishing and gardening, especially with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed watching his sons play sports.

He is survived by his loving wife, Beth; four sons, Chad (Karleen), Chris (Brittany), Chase (Samantha) and Chett; six grandchildren, Dakota, Tailor, Alexus, Skylynn, Cayden and Remington; his mother, Betty; four brothers, Al (Paula), Larry (Joan), Tom (Karen) and Donnie (Tina); one sister, Shirley (Joey); a brother-in-law, Ken Salnik; and many nieces and nephews.

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01
Nov

Dorothy J. Tisch

Our beloved mother, Dorothy Jane (Konitzer) Tisch, 96, Oconto Falls, died on Oct. 29, 2017. She is now in heaven with Dad, Roger, Wayne, Jodi and her many other loved ones who have gone before her.

Wed
25
Oct

Julius G. Ondik

Julius George Ondik, 77, of Gillett, passed away at home on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. Julius was born on Nov. 22, 1939, in East Chicago, Indiana, to the late Joseph Sr. and Rose (Cservenyak) Ondik. He attended a one-room schoolhouse on Claywood Road up to eighth grade, later graduating from Gillett High with the Class of 1957. For many years, Julius played basketball for 4-H. Julius married the love of his life, Elizabeth DeBauch, in 1966. Since 1947, Julius farmed with his family in the same place. He enjoyed trap shooting, playing pool and bowling. Julius enjoyed pulling his John Deere tractors the most, having pulled for 50 years.

Wed
25
Oct

Ted A. Martin

Ted A. Martin left us too soon at the age of 51 on Oct. 8, 2017. He was the beloved son of Alvin R. and Rose Ann Martin.

Ted is survived by his mother, Rose Ann Martin; his brother, Todd Martin; and many uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives and friends.

He was predeceased by his father, Alvin R. Martin, and grandparents, Alvin and Evelyn Martin and Joseph and Delia Waschbisch.

Ted was raised in Brookfield and graduated from Brookfield Central High School. He was proud to have spent his life as a dedicated, hardworking Mason.

Services were held Oct. 21, 2017, at Pinelawn Memorial Park, 10700 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee. A private commitment will be at a later date.

The family is being assisted by Cremation Society of Milwaukee.

Wed
18
Oct

Eileen C. Williams

Eileen C. (Tracey) Williams, 86, of West Allis, died peacefully at Kathy’s Hospice on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017, surrounded by her loving daughters and sons-in-law. The daughter of the late Harold and Edith (Wolfe) Tracey was born April 8, 1931, and graduated from Oconto Falls High School.

Eileen attended Milwaukee School of Cosmetology and met her future husband, James F. Williams, a sailor stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Academy.

Eileen was known for her tenacity in her lengthy battle with metastatic breast cancer, as well as her quick wit, and fun-loving and generous spirit.

Surviving her are two daughters, Stephanie (Bill) Sanders, Milwaukee, and Leslie (Tom) Mohr, Englewood, Florida; four grandchildren, Nichole (Ken), Billy, Rachel and Alec; three great-grandchildren, Joshua, Caleb and Raina; one sister-in-law, Maryjane Tracey; many good friends, neighbors, beloved nieces and nephews.

Wed
18
Oct

Lloyd C. Hatfield

Lloyd C. Hatfield, 77, of Suring, passed away on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017.

Lloyd was born on May 25, 1940. He was very proud of his 22-year service in the United States Navy. Lloyd loved his Harley-Davidson trike and also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Lloyd is survived by his five sons, Jon, Robert, Christopher, Joseph and Butch; his daughter, Victoria; nine brothers and sisters. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orville and Emma; his son, William; and a sister.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. A private funeral service with full military honors and Pastor Paul Scheunemann officiating will be held.

Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements.

Wed
18
Oct

Audrey A. Corriveau

Audrey A. Carriveau, 79, of Stiles, died on Friday evening, Oct. 13, 2017, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay. She was born on Dec. 11, 1937, in rural Lena to Ernest and Mayme (Kafka) Frye Sr. As a child she moved with her family out of state because of her father’s sawmill occupation.

The family returned to the Lena area where she attended country school, and eventually Audrey graduated from Lena High School with the Class of 1954 and was always proud of her perfect school attendance. Following graduation, she attended the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse for a time.

On Jan. 21, 1956, she married her high school sweetheart, Roger Carriveau, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Lena.

Audrey lived in the Stiles area for most of her life. She was employed as a cook for Oconto Falls Public Schools for 15 years. She was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Stiles.

Wed
18
Oct

John C. Patterson

John “Jack” C. Patterson, 93, of Oconto Falls, died Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 11, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Oconto Falls. The second of five sons of Walter and Ethel (Borst) Patterson was born April 26, 1924, in Oconto Falls.

Jack grew up in Oconto Falls where he attended public schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1942. Following graduation, he entered the military where he served as a gunner commander on an M18 Hellcat tank destroyer, 671st Army Battalion of Pacific Theater Operations during World War II.

Wed
18
Oct

Jane I. Stromer

Jane I. (Horsens) Stromer, 96, of Oconto Falls, formerly of Pulcifer, passed away on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at the Cottages of Oconto Falls with her children by her side.

Jane was born in the town of Green Valley on Nov. 16, 1920, a daughter of the late John and Frieda (Krueger) Horsens. She attended local schools and was a proud graduate of Gillett High School, Class of 1943.

Jane married Norman “Bud” N. Stromer on May 31, 1947, and together they raised a son and daughter.

In earlier years, she, along with her brother Mert, owned and operated Jane & Mert’s Restaurant. She later ran Jane’s Grocery in Pulcifer for 23 years and eventually went to work for Mirro Aluminum from which she retired.

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