Obituaries

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26
Dec

Thomas R. Bourassa

Thomas R. Bourassa, 87, of Oconto, passed away at home on Dec. 18, 2018. He was born to the late Edmund and Celia (Belongia) Bourassa on Oct. 1, 1931, in Oconto. He graduated from Oconto High School in 1949. After school, Tom served in Japan during the Korean War until returning home to work on his family farm. He married the love of his life, Viola (Mortier) Bourassa, on Oct. 4, 1958, at St. Anthony’s Church in Oconto Falls. Tom loved sports and the outdoors. He enjoyed making wood and spending time with his family and friends. He was a collector of Oconto memorabilia and antiques as well as collecting rocks. Tom was the owner of Bourassa Construction, a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Lena Lions Club, the American Legion, and a member of Holy Trinity Church in Oconto serving for 17-plus years in Jail Care Ministry.

Wed
26
Dec

Herbert Gard Jr.

Herbert Gard Jr., 84, Lena, was called home to God’s merciful presence on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at Unity Hospice, surrounded by his family.

Herb was born on Dec. 1, 1934, in Wauwatosa to Herbert and Edna (Pelczynski) Gard, grew up in Oconomowoc and was one of 16 children. Herb graduated high school from St. Francis Seminary and attended two years of college at the Seminary. Herb volunteered for the U.S. Navy and served the United States in the Navy for four years from 1954-58. He served aboard two destroyers, the USS De Haven and USS Frank E. Evans, which served extensively in the Pacific.

Herb deeply loved his wife, Dixie, whom he married on Aug. 19, 1961. Herb and Dixie lived in Milwaukee until they chose to raise their family on a farm in a small town and moved to Lena in December 1969. Herb and Dixie raised their eight children on their farm.

Wed
26
Dec

John F. Bostedt

John F. “Jack” Bostedt passed away Dec. 10, 2018, at Kalispell, Montana. He was born Oct. 31, 1928, in Oconto, Wisconsin, the son of Earl W. and Palmy (Jilot) Bostedt. Since 1971, he resided in Bigfork, Montana. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Bostedt, and six children: John Bostedt of Montana; David Bostedt, Marci Bostedt, and Jane Bostedt of California; and Terri Anderson and Connie Ganz of Montana.

Wed
19
Dec

Enid B. Tousey

Enid Blythe Tousey, 86, passed into eternal life peacefully in her granddaughter Jennepher’s home in Weyauwega surrounded by her family on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. She was born on Feb. 27, 1932, and raised in Wausaukee, daughter of the late Ralph and Winnie (McRae) Rishel. She attended Wausaukee High School and graduated with the Class of 1950. Enid Rishel met and married Ervin “Smokey” Tousey on Sept. 9, 1950. Together they owned numerous businesses including Tousey’s Restaurant in Suring. Upon retirement they enjoyed traveling and spending their winters in Texas.

Enid is survived by her children, Michael Tousey, of Gillett, William “Bill” Tousey, of Oconto, Winnie Souza, of Lathrop, California, Paul (Wendy) Tousey, of Castile, New York; 21 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Wed
12
Dec

Mary Lou Myers

Mary Louise Heimerman Myers passed away in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Nov. 26, 2018, after a second very difficult battle with cancer.

She was born on April 18, 1952, the third child of Georgiana Schmidlkofer Heimerman and Florian Heimerman. She began her life in the Fox Valley area surrounded by beloved grandparents, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. The family moved to Oconto in 1956 where they operated the Tangiers Supper Club for many years. She was a 1970 graduate of Oconto High School and attended McConnell Airline School in Minneapolis where she met her BFF, Linda Schliebe Wood.

Wed
12
Dec

Walter Schenkoski

Walter “Wally” Schenkoski, 81, Gillett, died suddenly of natural causes Monday morning, Dec. 10, 2018, at the emergency room of St. Clare Memorial Hospital. The youngest of nine children was born May 22, 1937, in Degantown to Emil and Emily (Schindel) Schenkoski. Wally grew up on the family farm in Degantown where he attended school and developed his mechanical skills.

Wed
05
Dec

David C. Polashek

David C. Polashek, 70, Oconto Falls, died suddenly of natural causes Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at a second residence in Hartford, Connecticut. He was the oldest son born to Gerald E. and Rosaline L. (Trubl) Polashek on Jan. 20, 1948, in Grand Island, Nebraska. The family moved to Protivin, Iowa, where David attended Rudolphinum School, graduating in 1966. He attended the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), where he earned a degree in secondary education in political science. On Aug. 10, 1968, he married Susan E. Pedersen, and they had four children together, Angela, Timothy, Matthew, and Nicholas. They divorced in 2004. David married Kim T. Davis on July 18, 2015, and gained two stepchildren, Jessica and Christopher. David spent the last few years before his death traveling between homes in Wisconsin and Connecticut.

Wed
05
Dec

Loretta M. Shehow

Loretta M. Shehow, 87, of Pound, passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Loretta was born on June 20, 1931, to the late Robert and Viola (Lemke) Robenhorst. On Jan. 7, 1950, Loretta married John Shehow at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Breed. For many years, Loretta worked with John at the Flying Goose Game Farm. While at the game farm, Loretta also worked as a factory worker at Coleman Products in Coleman. Loretta enjoyed fishing, gardening, quilting, cutting wood with her grandson, and spending time with grandchildren. She also greatly enjoyed donating her time to cut out the blocks for quilts at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Loretta was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Breed.

Wed
05
Dec

Melvin D. Haffeman

Melvin Dale Haffeman, 84, of Lena, passed away suddenly Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay. He was born to the late George and Anna (Mleziva) Haffeman on Nov. 22, 1934, in Hawkins. Melvin served in the United States Army; upon completing his service duties he married Janet Ann Valenta Nov. 30, 1957, in the Town of Brazeau.

Melvin enjoyed woodworking, fishing with his children at Kelly Lake, attending his kids sporting events and sharing stories about his youth. He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Parish.

Melvin worked hard to provide for his large family of eight children.

Surviving are Linda (Terry) Hinds, Lena, Debbie (Paul) Stello, Peshtigo, Annette (Bryan) Behringer, Oconto Falls, Craig Haffeman, Colorado, Curt Haffeman, Abrams, Kay Johnson, Colorado, Cheryl (Kevin) Jagiello, Lena, and Donna Haffeman, Green Bay; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one brother, George (Bernice) Haffeman, De Pere.

Tue
27
Nov

Beth A. Birr

Beth A. Birr, 52, of Pound, passed away peacefully Nov. 21, 2018, at home with her loving family by her side. She was born to the late Ron and Charlotte (Dryja) Salnik on Oct. 5, 1966. She married Gary Birr on Aug. 18, 1983. The couple owned and operated Birr’s Concrete and Masonry until they were forced to retire due to health. They also enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening together, as well as their involvement with their children’s sporting events, especially wrestling. Gary preceded Beth in death Oct. 25, 2017, after 34 loving years of marriage.

Beth is survived by four sons, Chad (Karleen), Chris, Chase (Samantha) and Chett (Danielle); six grandchildren, Dakota, Tailor, Alexus, Skylynn, Cayden and Remington; one brother, Ken Salnik; and a nephew, Billy. Beth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her grandparents, Irene and Henry Dryja and Frank and Pearl Salnik.

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