Obituaries

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Florence A. Zielinski

Florence A. Zielinski, 94, Oconto Falls, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 14, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls. She was born on June 29, 1922, in Chicago to Anton and Katherine (Stojek) Kalemba.

Florence grew up in Chicago where she graduated high school. During World War II, she worked as a secretary for the U.S. Quartermaster Department. On Sept. 22, 1945, she married Victor Zielinski in Chicago. In 1959, the couple moved to Pulaski before coming to the family farm in rural Oconto Falls in 1963.

As a hardworking mother of 10 children, Florence was employed at the Farmers Home Administration office in Oconto for many years and retired as county office assistant. Following retirement, she worked at the Gillett Canning Factory. She was a longtime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the PCCW.

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Jane M. Tietyen

Jane Marie Tietyen (nee Beestman) was called to be with the Lord on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. Born in New Richmond, Jane had attended school in Minneapolis, graduating from Clear Lake High School. After earning her degree in home economics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Jane worked in Gillett for 33 years, adding a master’s degree and a position in guidance counseling. She had numerous recognitions for her teaching and programs, and served on many committees in her field, church and community.

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Harvey Wellnitz

Harvey Wellnitz, 85, Oconto Falls, died peacefully Monday morning, Feb. 20, 2017, at home. The youngest of eight children was born March 9, 1931, in the town of Morgan to John and Molly (Schiller) Wellnitz.

On Jan. 28, 1956, he married Betty Van Den Elzen. Harvey served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and was a 50-year member of Oconto Falls American Legion Post 302.

Survivors are his wife, Betty; their four children, John Wellnitz, Myles (Dawn) Wellnitz, Rose (Tim) Van Schyndel and Jane Wellnitz; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and constant K-9 companion, Nick.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Fritz (Anne), Harold and Edmund Wellnitz;, four sisters, Minnie and Irene Wellnitz, Myra (Clyde) Bachmann and Artis (George) Woods; sister-in-law, Eleanor Bauer; and daughter-in-law, Sharon Wellnitz.

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Duane Braham

Duane Braham, 77, Gillett, got tired of waiting for a winning season from the Minnesota Vikings. He suddenly died on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 31, 2017, at St. Clare Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 24, 1939, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Erwin and Josephine (Schmalzbauer) Braham.

Duane grew up in the New Brighton area, where he attended St. John’s Catholic School and graduated from Moundsview High School with the Class of 1957. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a radar tech while being stationed in Canada and Northern Minnesota. In 1961, he married Janice Newcomb in St. Paul.

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Andra M. Garrity

Andra Marie “Andy” Garrity, 57, died on Feb. 1, 2017, at her home in Gillett.

She was born on April 21, 1959, in Goldsboro, North Carolina. Andra and her sons, Dan and Daryl, moved to Gillett in 1990. She and her husband, Patrick, were married in 1998 while on vacation in the Bahamas. She loved her family, knitting and caring for her birds. She and Patrick spent as much time as they could fishing and traveling. She will be greatly missed by those she loved and those who loved her.

Mrs. Garrity is survived by her husband, Patrick Garrity; her sons, Daniel (Tamara) Upton and Daryl Upton; Patrick’s children, Chris Garrity, Colleen Garrity, Sean (Shae) Garrity; her sisters, Mondra McDonald and Teresa Pyatte (Estes Lee); seven grandchildren; and six nieces and nephews.

Services were held at Legacy Funeral Chapels (formerly Kuehl Funeral Home) on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017.

To leave an online condolence, please visit LegacyFuneralChapels.com

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Shirley A. Konop

Shirley Ann (Bader) Konop, 73, Gillett, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Shawano at Maple Lane following a period of declining health.

Shirley was born in Coleman on Jan. 13, 1944, a daughter of the late Elmer and Angeline (Salewski) Bader. She attended local schools and was a graduate of Coleman High School.

Shirley married Roger A. Konop on May 11, 1963, and together they raised four children. She worked for many years at Architectural Fiberglass, and later Krueger International until her retirement in 2009. Shirley was an active member at St. John’s Catholic Church in Gillett and enjoyed gardening and reading. She will be sadly missed.

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Terry J. Nelson

Terry J. Nelson, 56, Gillett, died suddenly on Monday morning, Jan. 30, 2017, at St. Clare Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 14, 1960, in Oconto Falls to Clarence and Esther (Adams) Nelson.

Terry grew up in Gillett, where he attended public schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1978. Following high school, Terry attended auctioneering school in Ohio and came back to Oconto County and practiced his trade. He returned to Ohio and did specialized barn paving and traveled the country with his work. Terry then returned to the Gillett area and began selling dairy equipment in Northeastern Wisconsin.

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Gustav J. Schenkoske

Gustav “Gust” Julius Schenkoske, 92, of Suring, passed away at his home on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. He was born on March 22, 1924, to the late Emil and Emilie (Schindel) Schenkoske.

Gust married Lolabelle Jean McMahon on July 23, 1946, in Burlington. He worked at Zippel Construction as a bulldozer operator for many years until he was well into his 70s. He was involved in many construction projects, including local golf courses, ski hills and many of the roads in Oconto and Marinette counties, of which he was quite proud.

Gust was a longtime member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Suring. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, especially hunting and fishing with his sons.

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Robert C. Herman

Robert C. Herman, 86, of Suring, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017.

Robert was born on Jan. 10, 1931, to the late Viler and Mabel (Wege) Herman in Neenah. Right after graduating from high school, Robert joined the U. S. Army and served for four years.

Robert married Lorraine Hoehne on Aug. 18, 1956, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Neenah, and they celebrated a wonderful 60 years together. For over 20 years he worked as a typographer at Banta Publishing.

Robert was an avid Packers fan. He was a connoisseur of all things butter. Robert also enjoyed spending time outside and with family and friends. He was a member of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Suring and was a member of American Legion Post 283 in Suring.

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Larry G. Deau

Larry G. Deau, 77, of Mountain (Chute Pond), and owner of Doze Inn, passed away on Jan. 27, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Larry was born on Dec. 12, 1939, to the late Leonard and Helen (Kroll) Deau in Green Bay. He graduated from West De Pere High School.

Larry served honorably in the United States Coast Guard from 1961 to 1965, fought in the Bay of Pigs and marched in John F. Kennedy’s funeral procession. He married Della Kersten on Dec. 4, 1965, in Lena. They bought Doze Inn on Chute Pond, where they worked together and raised their children. Together, Larry and Della would take their Sunday trips to Carter, and dinner dates.

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