Obituaries

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10
Oct

Fred W. Edwards

Fred W. Edwards, 81, of Suring, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Fred was born on March 15, 1937, to the late Claude and Stella (Dortch) Edwards in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati and then moved to Florida to work for NASA on the Saturn rocket project. Fred married Donna McCartney on May 6, 1961, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Fred and Donna moved around the country while Fred worked on various government projects. He later retired after working at Procter & Gamble.

Fred was very involved with and proud of his work. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially spending time at Yosemite National Park. He was a 60-year member of the Masonic Lodge, joining numerous lodges across the country during his travel, and was also a member of the Eastern Star. Fred was currently a member of The Mason Wood Lodge in Cecil (Masonic Lodge 170).

Wed
03
Oct

Diane L. Foster

Diane L. Foster, age 68, of Little Chute, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. Diane was born on Sept. 25, 1950, to the late Claire and Mabel (Marsh) Foster.

Diane was smart and could remember the stupidest facts or things. She enjoyed reading sci-fi books and once in a while enjoyed a romantic book. Diane was a naturally talented artist and could make up the coolest crafts. Her passion was gardening — from working the soil, planting the seeds, weeding and, most of all, harvesting. She canned, cooked, baked and pickled everything she could. She loved to talk to anyone about gardening and canning, and often would get her doctors talking about that instead of her care. Because she was alone, she shared everything she made with her family, friends, co-workers and neighbors. Diane is famous for her dill pickles, whose recipe we have never been able to master. There is hope that her goddaughter Amanda has been passed the baton.

Wed
03
Oct

James F. Kuehl

James F. “Jim” Kuehl, 83, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018.

Jim was born in Gillett on April 29, 1935, a son of the late Frank and Norma (Larsen) Kuehl. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Gillett High School. Jim served briefly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, returning home to help his ailing father run the family businesses, Kuehl’s Furniture and Funeral Home. Jim would later focus on running the furniture store while his brother, Armin, ran the funeral home.

Jim was a great lover of baseball and was a left-handed pitcher. He once tried out for the Atlanta Braves. Jim also spent over 37 years as a letter carrier for the post office. In addition, he ran several taverns and other area establishments, including the Legion Arcade as well as River Island Country Club, of which he was a member.

Wed
03
Oct

Lois Peek

Lois Peek, 89, lifelong resident of Lakewood, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. The last few years of her life were spent in the loving care of her son, James, in Oconto Falls.

Lois was born July 15, 1929, in the Township of Washington, the daughter of Louis and Helen (Heimer) Schmidt. She was united in marriage to Benny Peek on Jan. 22, 1955, and he preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 1997. Lois was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lakewood, the Ladies Auxiliary and the Order of the Eastern Star. She proudly served as grand marshal in the Lakewood Mardi Gras parade.

Wed
03
Oct

Donald L. Gilbertson

Donald Lee Gilbertson, 82, Gillett, entered into rest on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at Evergreen Nursing Home in Shawano.

He was born at home in the Town of Green Valley on June 20, 1936, a son of the late William and Pauline (Hansen) Gilbertson. Donald attended local schools. He married Laurice F. (Madison) on June 21, 1958, and together they raised three children. For Donald, farming was his life, and he and Laurice farmed for many years in the Town of Gillett.

Donald was an active member of Bethel Lutheran Church and served in many capacities over the years, including the church council. In earlier years, he played church dart ball and had been involved with 4-H. Donald never had a harsh word for anyone and had many friends. He always wore a smile and had a great sense of humor. He will be sadly missed.

Wed
26
Sep

Gerry Grosse

Ruth Germaine “Gerry” Grosse, 82, Little Suamico, died peacefully Friday morning, Sept. 21, 2018, at a Green Bay hospital. The daughter of the late Giles and Margaret (Blaser) Grosse was born Nov. 25, 1935, in Little Suamico. Gerry was a faith-filled Catholic and lifelong member of St. Pius Parish in Little Suamico. She had been employed at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay for many years.

Gerry enjoyed painting watercolors, knitting and telling stories. She especially loved spending time with her nieces and nephews.

Thu
20
Sep

Mavis J. McMahon

Mavis Jeanette (Gilbertson) McMahon, age 84, Gillett, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

She was born in Oconto Falls on March 19, 1934, a daughter of the late Oren and Helen (McEwen) Gilbertson. Mavis attended area schools and was a graduate of Gillett High School. She married Gordon E. McMahon on June 4, 1960 and together they raised five children.

For many years, Mavis and Gordon owned and operated McMahon’s Foods before selling the store in 1976. Mavis was an avid reader, particularly when it came to medicine. She was a devoted mother, caring for her son Mike as well as her other children and grandchildren. She will be sadly missed.

Wed
19
Sep

William M. Janssen

William “Bill” M. Janssen, 76, of Greenville, passed away on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. He was born on July 19, 1942, in Green Bay, Wisconsin to the late William C. and Hazel (Klein) Janssen. He married his high school sweetheart, Janice Lambrecht, on April 24, 1964, at Zion Lutheran Church in Appleton.

Bill graduated from Gillett High School in 1961. He then furthered his education at N.W.T.I. and earned his degree in accounting. Bill retired from Miller Electric at the age of 55.

Bill and Janice opened their hearts and their home and grew their family by becoming adoptive/foster parents in the late ’80s and forever changing lives.

Bill’s fondest memories were those spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. He always looked forward to traveling with family and road trips. Bill was also an avid Packers fan and was able to attend many games.

Wed
19
Sep

Clifford C. Duffeck

Clifford Charles Duffeck, 83 of Lena, passed away at the Oconto Falls Atrium on Sept. 14, 2018. He was born to the late Slavey and Francis Duffeck on March 12, 1935. He graduated from Lena High School in 1953. After high school, Clifford earned his degree in teaching. He taught at the Little Red School House in Spruce and in Tomahawk. Clifford married the love of his life, Eileen (FitzGerald) Duffeck, on Aug. 17, 1957. He was a dairy farmer for over 45 years until he retired. He enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his loving wife, Eileen; two daughters, Dona (Rodney) Maynard and Jeanne (Klaus) Ohrnberger; and one son-in-law, Patrick McCarthy; five grandchildren and many great-grandchildren; two brothers, Robert (Carol) and Jerome Duffeck, sister Delores Schlies, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by one daughter Cheryl McCarthy; three brothers, Donald, Clarence and Frank; and one sister, Jane Behnke.

Wed
19
Sep

H. Isabelle Johnson

H. Isabelle Johnson, 95, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. She was born June 19, 1923, to Andrew and Mary Johnson and was preceded in death by her parents.

Isabelle was an executive secretary at Allis Chalmers for many years. She was a longtime member of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, in Milwaukee. She resided at Luther Manor, in Wauwatosa, for going on 20 years.

Visitation at Krause Funeral Home, 9000 W. Capitol Drive, Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, from 10-11 a.m. Service at 11 a.m. Private burial at Hillside Cemetery in Chilton.

“Isabelle was a truly kind person and dear friend. She will be greatly missed.”

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