Obituaries

Wed
10
Jan

Jeffery G. Lust

Jeffery G. Lust, 63, Oconto Falls, formerly of Burlington, passed away on Jan. 6 surrounded by family, after a long battle with cancer. Jeff was born Nov. 24, 1954, in Appleton to the late Arthur and Cathrine Lust. He was raised in Burlington and attended Burlington High School. Jeff loved anything outdoors, especially fishing with his sons.

He is survived by his children, Jared (Jolene) Lust and Justin (Kim) Lust; their mother, Cheri (Baumeister) Hoffman; two grandchildren, Carter and Azalyn Lust; stepdaughter, Jamie Trudell; siblings, Lana Kay Garza, Connie (David) Crema, Dan (Pam) Lust, Ann (Dan) O’Neill, Mike Lust; many nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog, Echo.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 20 years, Jill Lust, and his brothers, Thomas and Timothy Lust.

Special thanks to Jeff’s best friends, Denny and Brenda Hurning, and Dawn Coppens, for all the help they provided.

Wed
10
Jan

Jeffrey C. Valley

Jeffrey C. Valley, 56, of Suring, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 4, 2018. Jeffrey was born Nov. 2, 1961, to the late Elmer and Tressa (Robinson) Valley. For 14 years, Jeffrey lived in South Carolina before recently moving back to the area to be closer to his family. He was able to spend the holidays with his family and meet some of his grandchildren for the first time. Jeffrey loved his four dogs like they were his own children. He greatly enjoyed collecting guns and was looking forward to snowmobiling this winter.

Jeffrey is survived by his four sons, Jeffrey (Crystal) Valley of Gillett, James Valley of Laona, Josh Valley of Gillett, and Jacob (Stacy) Valley of Gillett; a daughter, Sunshine Collums of Wellford, South Carolina; nine grandchildren, Braxton, Alex, Maverick, Nolan, Gavin, Eyan, Grayson, Royce, and Kasey; two sisters, Kay (Thomas) Bitters of Lena and Cynthia Brown of Little Chute.

Jeffrey was preceded in death by his wife and soul mate, Ronni.

Wed
10
Jan

Mary L. Olson

Mary Lee (Cox) Olson, 89, of the Town of Green Valley passed away Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. Mary was born on Feb. 5, 1928, in Springfield, Missouri, to the late Glen and Edith (Gallagher) Cox. On Feb. 14, 1946, Mary was united in marriage to Lloyd M. Olson in Springfield, Missouri. In May 1947, the couple moved to the Town of Green Valley to farm and raise their family. Lloyd preceded Mary in death on April 14, 1980. Mary was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in the Town of Green Valley, where she directed the choir for 30 years and was active with the church women and the Sunday school. She also worked as the Town Clerk for 24 years.

Wed
10
Jan

Rosalyn Gilles

Rosalyn “Roz” Gilles, 71, Oconto, passed away peacefully at home with family Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, after a courageous battle with heart disease. She was born July 19, 1946, in Oconto Falls to John and Veteline Fabry. Rosalyn graduated from Oconto Falls High School, Class of 1964. She attended beauty school and owned/operated salons in Green Bay and Lena. On April 27, 1968, Rosalyn married the love of her life, Leo Gilles. Leo and Rosalyn will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this year together with family. Rosalyn and Leo were dairy farmers most of their lives, owning farms in both Lena and Little River. After the sale of the Oconto homestead in 1994, Rosalyn pursued a career as a Certified Nursing Assistant and spent the rest of her days caring for others. Rosalyn was active in the local Catholic community. She supported the Little River Volunteer Fire Department and 4-H club.

Wed
03
Jan

Betty A. Rice

Betty A. Rice, 93, Oconto Falls, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 27, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care. She was born Sept. 19, 1924, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Charles and Corella (La Fortune) Forncrook. Betty moved to Oconto Falls with her parents as a baby where she grew up, attending public schools and graduated high school with the class of 1942.

On March 9, 1943, she married Merle Rice in San Diego, where he was stationed while serving in the military. Betty lived most of her life in Oconto Falls where she once worked at Helstad Drug store for 17 years. She was a longtime member of the Oconto Falls United Methodist Church. Betty enjoyed reading, doing crafts and playing cards.

Survivors are her two sons, Brad (Mary Beth) Rice, Oconto Falls; Craig (Marilyn) Rice, Appleton; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Faye (Chet) Anderson, Oconto Falls; nieces and nephews.

Wed
03
Jan

Karen L. Herzog

Karen Lee Herzog, 64, of the town of Brazeau, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at St. Vincent Hospital of Green Bay on Christmas Day 2017. She was born to Donald and Patricia (Frase) Keske on Jan. 15, 1953, in Milwaukee. She married Wayne Herzog on Oct. 12, 1985, at Hope Lutheran Church in Wautoma. Karen loved crafting and animals, especially dogs and birds.

Surviving are her husband, Wayne; one daughter, Emily (Scott) Schaut; two wonderful grandchildren, Josephine and Oliver; her mother, Patricia Baiers; one brother, Don Keske Jr.; one sister, Linda (Armen) Wedell; two brothers-in-law, Ronald (Sharon) Herzog and Scott (Sue) Herzog; one sister-in-law, Anita (Larry) Rowe; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Karen was preceded in death by her father.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, Coleman, is assisting the family.

Wed
03
Jan

Herman W. Wasmund Jr.

Herman W. Wasmund Jr., 85, of Gillett, passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in De Pere with his daughter by his side. Herman was born on Aug. 6, 1932, in the Town of Washington to the late Herman and Helen (Giese) Wasmund Sr. On Jan. 12, 1957, Herman was united in marriage to Joyce Giese in the Town of Hintz. They celebrated 52 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 2009. He enlisted in the United States Army, serving during the Korean Conflict and earning two Bronze Stars. He enjoyed bowling, deer hunting, working on the farm and was a 40-plus year card player. Herman lived in the Town of Washington for most of his life, coached and played baseball and was known as a jack of all trades and master of all. He was a member of the Gillett American Legion Post 300 and Immanuel Lutheran Church in White Clay Lake.

Wed
27
Dec

Gail A. Christensen

Gail Ann Christensen, 53, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, following a courageous battle with Huntington ’s disease. Her family was by her side.

Gail was born in Oconto Falls on Dec. 11, 1964, a daughter of Vernon and Dolores (Gilbertson) Christensen. She was a graduate of Gillett High School, and went on to work as a dental hygienist at Gillett Dental Care. Gail was the loving mother of Rachael and Nathan VanArk. She enjoyed reading, music and playing volleyball. And her patients found her to be sweet, kind and professional. She will be sadly missed.

Wed
27
Dec

Lyle E. LeTendre

Lyle E. LeTendre, 66, of Oconto Falls, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Lyle was born May 1, 1951, in Oconto to Lyle and Betty (Goodman) LeTendre. He graduated from Oconto High School in 1969. He went on to attend UW-Madison and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy. He had a long career as a pharmacist in the Oconto and Oconto Falls area. He was an avid collector of rocks, antiques, coins and Packers memorabilia. He loved the outdoors: hunting, fishing and skiing. Lyle truly enjoyed vacationing in the Hayward area for the last 30 years. He was a big contributor to the community both with his time and finances. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Oconto Falls, and the Knights of Columbus.

Wed
27
Dec

Dr. Harold B. Garner

Harold B. Garner, MD, 62, Coleman, died Thursday morning, Dec. 21, 2017, at home surrounded by his family. The oldest of three children born to Ralph and Eiko Jean (Ueki) Garner was born April 17, 1955, in Tokyo, Japan. Being the oldest child, Harold would become known to his family as Kumasama (Lord Bear), a lifelong handle he was proud to have. As a toddler, Harold moved with his family to Colorado before the family settled in Radcliff, Kentucky, where he attended public school and graduated high school. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. Upon his honorable discharge from the military, he attended college at University of Kentucky-Lexington for undergraduate, later graduating from UK-Louisville medical school. In 1981, he married Peggy McCormick, and they had two children together. The couple lived in Marshfield, where Harold completed his residency.

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