Obituaries

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12
Jul

Wallace McDonald

Wallace E. (Wally) McDonald, 85, of Abrams, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 5, 2017. He was born on May 9, 1932, in Green Bay to the late Patrick and Viola (Souve) McDonald.

Wally served in the U.S. Navy. He was employed as a maintenance engineer at Austin Straubel Airport.

Wally was married to Delilah Vollmer, of Tigerton, who preceded him in death. He later married Marie Bartz and resided in Abrams. He enjoyed traveling, bowling and golf.

Survivors include his wife, Marie Bartz, Abrams; son, Patrick (Raylene) McDonald, Sobieski; daughter, Cindy (Mike) Gillis, Suamico; son, Kevin (Linda) McDonald, Green Bay; daughter, Lori Peters, Pulaski; daughter, Michelle (Todd) Cullen, Green Bay; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; half-brothers and half-sisters.

Wally was preceded in death by his first wife and mother of his children, Delilah (Vollmer) McDonald; daughter, Dianne (Thomas) Schaefer, of Appleton; other relatives and friends.

Wed
12
Jul

Cindy Lou Buchholz

Cindy Lou Buchholz, 54, formerly of Gillett, passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, after a brief battle with cancer.

Cindy was born on Aug. 18, 1962, to Ruby and the late Ernest Buchholz. She graduated with the Class of 1980 from Gillett High School and went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in teaching. Cindy taught at the West Allis School District and was a director at the Boys and Girls Club in West Allis.

Cindy is survived by her mother, Ruby; brother, Larry, and his friend, Jackie; and sister, Jean Buchholz. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ernest.

Private funeral services will be held at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring. Interment will follow the service at Wanderers Rest Cemetery in Gillett.

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12
Jul

Steven R. Van Haren

Steven R. Van Haren, 62, Gillett, died peacefully on Saturday evening, July 1, 2017, surrounded by his family at a Green Bay hospital following complications from a stroke he suffered in February. The sixth of 12 boys was born on Jan. 15, 1955, in Oconto Falls to Clarence and Gladys “Tiny” (VandenBush) Van Haren.

Steve attended St. Anthony Catholic Parochial School and graduated from Oconto Falls High School with the Class of 1973.

Steve lived most of his life in Oconto County, where he was employed at Carver Boat in Pulaski for 36 years and most recently Diversified Woodcraft in Suring. He will be fondly remembered for his love of racing, hunting, and spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Steve enjoyed being in the woods and looking for signs of deer or turkey, and when he wasn’t, you could find him working on his son Josh’s race car. In 2003 he married Laurie Gonion, and they loved just being together and making many special memories.

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12
Jul

Lois J. Caflisch

Lois J. Caflisch, 85, died June 30, 2017. She was a resident of Atrium Health Care of Oconto Falls.

Her children, Barbara Nimz, Ricky, Gary and Chris Caflisch, Deanna Franklin and Jeannie Fiedler, wish to extend a special thank you to Dr. Genadi Maltinski and the nursing staff and employees for Mom’s care during these past 15 years. We also appreciate the assistance provided by Unity Hospice during her last day.

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12
Jul

Tennis G. Kostrova

Tennis G. Kostrova, 85, Oconto Falls, was called home to the Lord on Monday, July 3, 2017. He was born on Sept. 18, 1931, in Oconto County to Gust and Olga (Sampson) Kostrova. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Coleman High School. On Nov. 25, 1950, he married Alfie Braun in Oconto Falls.

Tennis lived most of his life in Oconto Falls where he was employed by the Scott Paper Co. He was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls. Tennis enjoyed hunting, fishing, car races and playing slots with his friends at the casino. He will also be remembered as an avid Packers, Brewers and Daytona 500 fan.

Wed
05
Jul

Elaine A. Pfaff

Elaine A. Pfaff, 97, of Mountain, passed away on March 8, 2017.

Elaine was born on April 4, 1919, to the late Walter and Anna (Coleman) Saffran in Wisconsin. She married Edwin Pfaff on June 11, 1937.

Elaine greatly enjoyed sewing and making ceramic crafts.

Elaine is survived by her nine children, Janice Frederickson, of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Rosa (Robert) Schenkenberger, of Aurora, Colorado, Ruth Schomer, of Mesa, Arizona, Susan Donaldson, of Belton, Texas, Bruce (Pat) Pfaff, of Downers Grove, Illinois, Steven (Linda) Pfaff, of Pueblo, Colorado, Deborah (Don) Snider, of Bolingbrook, Illinois, Richard (Debi) Pfaff, of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Valerie (Dan) Fingal, of Mountain; three siblings, Walter (Lorna) Saffran, of Oconto Falls, Elizabeth Patula, of Westmont, Illinois, and Carol Dunn ,of Denver, Colorado; 28 grandchildren and 51 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by many great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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05
Jul

Ray G. Carlson

Ray G. Carlson, 88, Gillett, died suddenly of natural causes on Wednesday evening, June 28, 2017, at home. He was born on April 25, 1929, in the town of Underhill to Godfrey and Martha (Koske) Carlson.

Ray attended public school, graduating from Gillett High School with the Class of 1946. As a young man, he entered the U.S. Army and honorably served during the Korean War.

On Oct. 8, 1955, he married Lenea Marquardt at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the town of Peshtigo. Ray lived most of his life in the Gillett area, where he once was employed at Linwood Plywood and Ansorge Distributing before going to work for Proctor & Gamble Paper in Green Bay, retiring in 1993. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Gillett and Gillett American Legion Post 300.

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05
Jul

William G. Weed

William “Bill” G. Weed, 93, Milwaukee, died on Wednesday afternoon, June 28, 2017, at the VA Center in Milwaukee following a short illness. He was born on Dec. 22, 1923, in Grant County to Paul and Ella (Everson) Weed.

Bill graduated from Bagley High School with the Class of 1941. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Army during World War II before returning to Milwaukee.

On May 20, 1947, he married Josephine Delveaux in Milwaukee. The couple lived most of their married lives in Milwaukee where he was employed by Molded Rubber & Plastic Corp. in Butler for 56 years. He was a member of H.A. Todd American Legion Post 537 in Milwaukee.

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05
Jul

Louise M. Fifield

This Sunday, July 2, 2017, Mom rose up early and went to worship Jesus in person.

Louise May Hilsabeck Fifield was born June 1, 1928, to Floyd and Jessie (Smiley) Hilsabeck at Amberg. Her family moved to Sturgeon Bay when she was young. On Feb. 9, 1946, she married Ora A. Fifield, of Gillett, where they raised six sons: Timothy (Joyce), Harvey (Marilyn), Richard (Dee), Steven (Laura), Daniel (Joan) and Curtis (Julie).

Preceding her in death were her husband, Ora, in 1973, and son, Richard, in 2009. Also preceding her are her brothers, Calvin, David and Willard, and sister, Lillian.

She is survived by five of her six sons; brother, Delbert Hilsabeck; and sister, Sally Huff. She also has 20 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.

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28
Jun

Marion Coppens

Marion Coppens, 95, Green Bay, passed away Monday evening, June 19, 2017, at a local care facility. She was born June 2, 1922, the youngest child of John and Mary (Stepeck) Hooper in Klondike.

Marion was a graduate of Coleman High School in 1940 and graduated from vocational school in Green Bay studying bookkeeping. She was always thankful to her brother, Ed, who provided for her so she was able to obtain a professional degree. Following school, she was employed in Oconto Falls, where she met and married Phillip Coppens on Aug. 26, 1944. He preceded her in death on April 22, 2001.

The couple made their home in Oconto Falls, where they raised their two daughters and also owned Coppens Implement Sales. The family eventually moved to Green Bay. Marion continued to work as a bookkeeper and secretary until her retirement.

She will be remembered for her enjoyment of knitting, crossword puzzles and playing cards with her friends.

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