Obituaries

Wed
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Feb

Terry L. Westphal

Terry L. Westphal, 45, of Coleman, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Terry was born on April 21, 1973, to John and Charlotte (Payette) Westphal in Oconto Falls. He graduated from Suring High School. Terry previously worked for Oconto County Lumber as a delivery driver. He greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Terry is survived by his parents, John and Charlotte; a son, Marcus, and his two sons, Anthony and Liam; a daughter, Kendra and her two sons, Michael and Eli; two brothers, John Westphal and Kevin Westphal; a sister, Shannon Westphal; grandmother, Velda Payette. He is further survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring from 3 p.m. until the funeral service at 6 p.m. with Pastor Paul Scheunemann.

Wed
20
Feb

Joseph J. Fonferek

Joseph J. Fonferek, 92, of Breed, passed away at home on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019. Joseph was born on Nov. 3, 1926, to the late Frank and Pearl (Peterson) Fonferek in Green Bay. On June 13, 1953, Joe married Audrey Johnvin at Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain.

Joe began his career as a mechanic at Dieck’s Ford Garage in 1945. He enlisted in the United States Army on Aug. 17, 1948, as a vehicle mechanic and was discharged on May 17, 1952. Joe was awarded the Korean Service Medal with four bronze service stars and a Presidential Unit Citation Ribbon. After his service, he continued his mechanic career before retiring in 1988 after 30 years at Ehlinger’s Garage.

Wed
20
Feb

Marcella VandenBush

Marcella “Sally” VandenBush, 97, St. Germain, formerly Oconto Falls, died Sunday evening, Feb. 17, 2019, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Oconto Falls. She was born Nov. 27, 1921, in Oconto Falls to Arthur and Agnes (Birr) Krause. Sally grew up in Oconto Falls where she attended South Morgan Elementary School and later graduated from Oconto Falls High School with the class of 1939.

On June 14, 1941, she married Harley “Joe” VandenBush in Oconto Falls and raised nine children. The couple lived in Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and Green Bay before moving back to Oconto Falls. While living in Oconto Falls, Sally worked as a typesetter for the Times Herald and the De Pere Journal Democrat as well as a nurse’s aide in the original hospital. She was active as a Girl and Cub Scout leader and held longtime membership in Grace Lutheran Church. In 2013, Sally moved to the St. Germain area to live near family.

Tue
12
Feb

Kenneth Haddon

Kenneth “Ken or Kenny” Haddon, 80, 13-year resident of Kelly Lake, formerly of Homewood, Illinois, died Saturday morning, Feb. 9, 2019, at Bellin Hospital ICU following a short illness. He was lovingly attended to in his passing by his wife and five children. The third child of eight was born Nov. 3, 1938, in Winchester, Tennessee, to William H. and Mollie E. (Woosley) Haddon. At age 9, Ken received the Abbott and Costello Award for Bravery after saving the lives of his sisters in a fire. He graduated from Thornton Township High School with the class of 1957 in Harvey, Illinois.

Tue
12
Feb

James R. Charapata

James R. Charapata, 80, passed away unexpectedly at home on Feb. 9, 2019. Born Nov. 1, 1938, he was the son of the late Cecelia (Hylok) and Joseph Charapata being the youngest of 16 children. He graduated from Coleman High School in 1957 where he excelled in basketball.

James joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard in Oconto at the age of 17, Company B 2nd Battalion Mechanized 127th Infantry, 32nd Infantry Brigade. This became his lifetime career of 42 years. He married the love of his life, Cynthia Burg, on Sept. 7, 1963. They shared 55 years together, having four children, Nick and Kelly Charapata, Theresa and Mark Fuerst, Dale and Angel Charapata, and Lisa and Ryan Walters. He enjoyed spending his time with his nine grandchildren, Alexa and Zach, James, Briannia and Alex, Donnie, Michael, Alyssa, Corinne, Owen and Joe, and one great-granddaughter, Rylee.

Tue
12
Feb

Evalene G. Kalous

Evalene G. Kalous, 99. Gillett, died early Sunday morning, Feb. 10, 2019, at the Woodlands of Gillett. She was born Dec. 19, 1919, in Thurmont, Maryland, to Charles and Bessie (Wastler) Recker. As a small child, Evalene moved with her family to Iowa, where she attended public schools, graduating from Yale High School with the class of 1939.

Tue
12
Feb

Joseph Kempke Jr.

Joseph Kempke Jr., 81, Pound, passed away Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, at a local nursing facility.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.simplycremationgb.com.

Tue
12
Feb

Miranda M. Schwartzenberger

Miranda Marie (Sexton) Schwartzenberger, 30, Allouez, formerly of Gillett, passed away suddenly on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.

She was born in Oconto Falls on Dec. 28, 1988. Miranda married Stephen Schwartzenberger on Sept. 10, 2011. Her greatest joy was spending time with family. She will be sadly missed.

Miranda leaves her husband, Stephen; her mother, Jannette Sexton; and her father, Wayne (Jennifer Hass) Hruska. Miranda also leaves her brothers, DJ Micik, Kristopher Sexton, Brandon Sexton and Garrett Hruska; her sisters, Melaya Sexton, Melinda Micik, Makayla Micik, Marissa Micik and Maya Swearingen. Further survived by aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Friends and relatives called on the family on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Legacy Funeral Chapels, 108 E. Main St., Gillett. A funeral service followed at 1 p.m. Final rest will be private.

Tue
12
Feb

Dean Peitersen

Dean Peitersen, 76, of Oconto Falls, beloved husband of 57 years to Diane (Grenke) Peitersen, departed this life peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. Dean was born on Feb. 14, 1942, to Ervin Sr. and Eleanor (Rhode) in Oconto Falls.

He grew up on his family farm in the town of Morgan where his love of farming was kindled. After graduating from Oconto Falls High School in 1960, he began his plumbing career which would last 51 years. Dean and Diane owned and operated United Plumbing and Heating from 1974 up until 2011. At this time they sold the plumbing business to his son, David and daughter-in-law, Lisa. Dean continued to work part-time as his health and time permitted.

Tue
12
Feb

Bonnie I. Elseth

Bonnie Ilene Elseth, 88, passed away on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019.

Bonnie was born, along with her twin sister Nona, on May 21, 1930, to Ray and Hannah Merdink in Stephen, Minnesota. She graduated high school in Stephen and went on to teacher’s college in Bemidji, Minnesota. After teaching in Albert Lea, Minnesota, she and Nona moved to California. Bonnie married Robert Strack in 1953. They had two children, Jeff and Debbie. After Bonnie’s return to Stephen, she married Orville Elseth in 1963. They resided in Newfolden, Minnesota, and had one daughter, Susan.

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