Obituaries

Wed
15
Mar

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; 51 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by many great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Wed
15
Mar

Anton ‘Tony’ Gnand

Anton “Tony” Gnand, 83, town of Brazeau, died peacefully Tuesday, March 7, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Tony was born March 3, 1934, in Yugoslavia to Karl and Eva (Seder) Gnand. The family moved to Austria for seven years prior to immigrating to the United States in 1952. Tony served his country in the U.S. Army.

On Oct. 3, 1959, Tony was united in marriage to Eva Schmidt at Sacred Heart Croatian Church in Milwaukee and resided in Glendale for 42 years. Tony was employed by Pfister and Vogel Tannery in Milwaukee for 42 years before retiring in 1995.

The couple moved to Lee Lake permanently in 2001. Tony was a member of St. Anne Parish and also belonged to the Milwaukee Sport Club, Lee Lake Conservation Club and the Bagley and Brazeau Snowmobile Club. Tony enjoyed playing and watching soccer, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and spending time at the cottage on Lee Lake.

Wed
08
Mar

David H. Jones

David (Davy) H. Jones passed away on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, from cancer at the C.J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.

Born to Carl and H. Jean (Renel) Jones on May 8, 1948, he lived in the rural Oconto Falls area and attended the Elm Lawn Grade School. He graduated from the Oconto Falls High School with the Class of 1966, attending his first class reunion of 50 years in May 2016.

After graduation, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed at Arlington, Virginia, working as a basic motor transport man, earning his National Defense Service Medal and Rifle Sharp Shooter Badge.

After service, he moved to Las Vegas to be with his family. He worked in delivery service, warehousing and body shop work. He enjoyed family, music, playing cribbage, motorcycles and cars.

Wed
01
Mar

Shirley Younger

Shirley Younger, 81, Stiles, died suddenly on Sunday afternoon, Feb. 26, 2017, at Bay Area Medical Center of an apparent heart attack. The oldest of eight children was born on Aug. 11, 1935, to Raymond and Alice (Nass) Young and attended Degantown Elementary School. On Sept. 10, 1955, she married William Younger in Oconto Falls, and the couple raised eight children.

A devoted wife and mother, Shirley enjoyed caring for her family and cooking good meals for them. She was a longtime member of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Stiles. She also enjoyed doing needlepoint work and puzzles, and spending time on the swing her son Joe made for her. Shirley will be lovingly remembered for her selfless nature, humble spirit helping others.

Wed
01
Mar

Eleanor Garnier

Eleanor “Honey” Garnier, 99, of Wausau, formerly of Oconto Falls, died on Monday morning, Feb. 20, 2017, at a Wausau area health care center. She was born on June 16, 1917, in Oconto Falls to Leslie and Alice (Thyrion) Halsted.

On Feb. 11, 1935, Eleanor married Gaston Garnier in Gillett. She lived in Oconto Falls for most of her life. She was employed by the local hospital as a food service supervisor. She was a member of the Oconto Falls United Methodist Church.

Survivors are her son-in-law, Kenneth Freitag, Schofield; three grandchildren, Terry Freitag, Schofield, Brian Freitag, Indiana, and Andrea Freitag, Madison.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1981; her daughter, Jacqueline, in 2015; four brothers and one sister.

Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oconto Falls with Pastor David Henke officiating.

Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls is serving the Garnier family.

Wed
01
Mar

Mark D. Missall

Mark D. Missall, 53, of Suring (Breed), passed away on Feb. 26, 2017.

Mark was born on Jan. 2, 1964, to Marvin and Bernice (Laska) Missall in Oconto Falls. Mark loved wrestling, including John Cena, Hulk Hogan and The Rock. He also greatly enjoyed warm weather, fall leaves, construction, building, large trucks, coloring and search-a-words. Mark’s favorite TV programs included Archie Bunker, “Wheel of Fortune,” animal programs and game shows. He enjoyed the holidays, especially Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Mark loved McDonald’s hamburgers and cheeseburgers. He loved giving and receiving hugs.

Wed
01
Mar

Donald Falash

Donald Falash, 67, Stiles, died in his sleep on Friday evening, Feb. 24, 2017, at home. He was born on Nov. 8, 1949, in Oconto Falls, to Wilfred and Martha (Schindel) Falash.

Don grew up in the Oconto Falls area where he attended public schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1968. As a young man, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Vietnam War. Having lived most of his life in the area, he had been employed by Luiser Well Drilling.

Survivors are his wife of 25 years, Cindy Falash; one son, Josh (Samantha), St. Louis; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Danni (Mike) VanHaren, Sue (Gary) VanRoy, Bill (Mary) Warner, Bob (Sarah) Warner, Becky (Glen) Warner; many nieces and nephews; one brother, Robert Falash.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, one brother and one sister.

There will be no visitation or funeral service.

Wed
01
Mar

Dan W. Hensel

Dan W. Hensel, 67, Oshkosh, died peacefully in his sleep following a long illness. He was born on March 22, 1949, in Milwaukee, to Karl O. and Donalda Hensel. He graduated from Gillett High School with the class of 1967.

Dan served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Survivors are one son, Shawn (Danielle) Hensel, Kaukauna; his father and stepmother, Karl O. and Irene Hensel, Oshkosh; siblings, Karl H. (Ann) Hensel, Mississippi, Sharon (Wayne) Wenzel, Oconto Falls, Tom Hensel, Wausau, Bill (Jen) Hensel, Thorp, and Kathy Hensel, Oshkosh; two stepgrandsons; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Donalda Benedict, and one brother, Alan Sutter.

Private memorial services will be held.

Wed
01
Mar

Norbert D. Young

Norbert “Nubby” D. Young, 75, Cecil, died on Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, 2017, at Pine Manor near Embarrass. He was born on Aug. 21, 1941, in Oconto Falls, to Raymond and Alice (Nass) Young.

Nubby attended Degantown Elementary School and Oconto Falls High School. As a young man, he worked on an area farm. On May 31, 1975, he married Rosemary Heaney-Williams in Oconto.

Nubby was employed for 46 years by Zippel Construction as an equipment operator until retiring in 2007.

Survivors are his wife, Rosemary Young, Cecil; one daughter, Lori (Steve) Carlson, Shawano; two very special grandchildren, Marcus and Meredith Carlson; two brothers, Bernard and Raymond Young, both of Gillett; five sisters, Shirley Younger, Stiles, Marie Renel, Shawano, Bernice Courchaine, Gillett, Mary (Lyle) Rasmussen, Oconto Falls, and Rose Ann Schubert, Krakow; two sisters-in-law, Karen (Jean) Deshler, Green Bay, and Joanne Heaney, Waupaca; many nieces and nephews.

Wed
22
Feb

Donna R. Bright

Donna Bright succumbed to metastasized breast cancer on Feb. 13, 2017, cutting short her font of perfect love. It would be hard to imagine a better human being.

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