Obituaries

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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.

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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.

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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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17
Oct

Emil Vandermause

Emil Vandermause, 95, OF Oconto Falls, passed away on Oct. 14, 2018.

Emil was born Oct. 25, 1922, in Kewaunee County to the late Frank and Emma (Blatcsky) Vandermause. He married Gladys Kinnard on May 28, 1946, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in the Town of Lincoln.

Emil graduated from Algoma High School in 1940 and went on to attend Door/Kewaunee Normal School for two years. He taught at a one-room school, Four Corners School, north of Brussels. In 1944, he was drafted into the Army and did his basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He was sent overseas to the European Theater of World War II, where he joined the 10th Armored Division serving in France, Belgium and Germany. He spent two years overseas during the war.

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10
Oct

Bernice Missall

Bernice Missall, 84, of Suring, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Bernice was born on April 4, 1934, to the late Alvin and Laura (Frydach) Laska in Wausau. On Oct. 30, 1954, Bernice married Marvin Missall.

Bernice was a gifted cook, having worked at Lakeside Inn for many years. She greatly enjoyed gardening and flowers, bird watching, animal watching, crafting and reading.

Bernice is survived by her two daughters, Laura (Norman) Swenson and Donna (Kevin) Abel; two sons, Dale (Heidi) Missall and Scott (Amy) Missall; grandchildren, Jason (Lori) Swenson, Nicole (Eric) Lilgestrand, Levi (Aleshia) Missall, Michelle Missall, Trevor Koutnik, Dan St. Peter, Allison Abel, Jeremy Missall, Alisha Missall and Lucas Missall; son-in-law, Robert Koutnik; four siblings; nephew, Mike (Mary) Laska. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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10
Oct

Susan A. Benzinger

Susan Ann (Luedeman) Benzinger, 68, Green Bay, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. Her family was by her side.

Susan was born in Oconto Falls on Aug. 16, 1950, a daughter of the late Robert and Dorothy (Flick) Luedeman. She attended local schools and was a 1968 graduate of Gillett High School. She went on to attend NWTC, earning an associate degree. Susan married Jack Benzinger on Feb. 4, 1977, in Marinette and together they raised two sons. She worked as a claims representative for the Social Security Administration, retiring in 2008 after 37 years.

Susan loved spending time with her beloved husband, children and grandchildren and also with the family pet, the late Mollie. She attended her grandsons’ soccer games regularly and was an avid gardener and reader. She enjoyed annual Caribbean cruises, birdwatching and monthly luncheons with close friends. Susan was loved dearly by all who knew her and will be deeply missed.

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10
Oct

Darrell Jahnke

Darrell “Butch” Jahnke, 81, of Abrams, went home to his Heavenly Father on Monday, Oct. 1. Darrell was born in the family homestead at Abrams, Aug. 14, 1937, son of Myrtle (Ellner) and Edward Jahnke. Darrell ventured away from Oconto County once really, to join the U.S. Marine Corps immediately after high school. For four years, he experienced places like California and Japan before returning home. He farmed the homestead his entire life, but also had several off-farm careers. For 14 years, he worked at Fort Howard Paper in Green Bay. Next, he became the most popular U.S. rural mail carrier in Abrams — thanks in large part to the doggie biscuits he routinely carried in his truck for all his four-legged friends along his 300-mile route each day. Darrell was THE rural carrier for Abrams for 30 years. In retirement, he doted on his family and especially his grandson, Jayden Virtues.

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Oct

Linda Szymczak

Linda Szymczak, 73, Oconto, died peacefully Monday evening, Oct. 1, 2018, at home surrounded by her family following a five-year struggle with congestive heart failure. The only child of Sigmund and Janet (Brahmstead) Grabczyk was born April 12, 1945, in South Milwaukee. Linda grew up in South Milwaukee where she graduated high school.

In 1965, she married Edward Bornhofer and together they had three sons. Linda was employed at Lakeside Manufacturing in Milwaukee for over 30 years. She later married Robert Szymczak and they had a daughter together. While living in Milwaukee, Linda was an avid and very good bowler, even appearing on TV. Linda moved to Oconto County around 1980 and worked for Warvel Products in Gillett and owned and operated the Twin Pines Bar in the Town of Brazeau until retirement.

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10
Oct

Orlin A. Krieser

Orlin A. Krieser, 88, Oconto Falls, died peacefully Sunday evening, Oct. 7, 2018, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls with his family present. The youngest of six children of Albert and Agnes (Witneski) Krieser was born July 11, 1930, in the Town of Chase. Because Orlin’s mother died when he was 11 months old, he was raised by his sisters and had to help on the family farm as a young boy. It was during these formative years Orlin developed a passion for baseball while listening to Cubs baseball games under the covers of his bed.

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10
Oct

Marie G. Reichwald

Marie G. Reichwald, 91, of Dousman, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Marie was born on Aug. 16, 1927, to the late Arthur and Flora (Ranslam) Sack in Gillett. She graduated from Gillett High School before settling in Milwaukee. Marie married Herbert Reichwald on July 26, 1947, in Milwaukee. Over the years, Marie was primarily a homemaker, but also worked as a bookkeeper and accountant at various firms. Marie and Herbert lived in the Shawano and Cecil areas for 14 years. They were longtime members of St. John Lutheran Church in Gillett.

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