Obituaries

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Mary A. Lemmen

Mary A. Lemmen, 82, of Oconto Falls, died early Thursday morning, Oct. 12, 2017, surrounded by loved ones. She was born on Oct. 18, 1934, in Oconto to Joseph and Germaine (Heroux) Alberts.

As a little girl, Mary moved with her family to Green Bay where she attended school, graduating from Green Bay East High School with the Class of 1952.

Wed
11
Oct

Alfred A. Mantai

Alfred A. Mantai, 90, of Suring, passed away on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at Woodland Village of Suring. He was surrounded by family.

Alfred was born in Latvia on March 2, 1927, a son of the late Otto and Mathilda (Nickolai) Mantai. He immigrated to the United States in 1957 and made his home in Chicago. Alfred and his former wife, Wanda, raised four children together. He worked as a mechanic for General Truck Parts in Chicago, later retiring to the Gillett/Suring area.

Alfred was an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed fishing. He will be sadly missed.

Alfred is survived by his longtime companion Friedel Mantai, of Suring; his son, Udo Sille, of Ward, Colorado; and his daughters, Angelica Mantai, of Chicago, and Heidi Grabowski, of Naperville, Illinois. He also leaves his daughter-in-law, Mary Sille, of Plainfield, Illinois, his grandchildren, Andrew, Jenna and Steven; and his sisters, Olga (Guenther) Woosmann, of Gillett, and Else Hoffman, of Chicago.

Wed
11
Oct

Rita R. Soderbeck

Rita Rose (Johnson) Soderbeck, 79, of Suring, left this world to be with her husband, Mel, on Sunday, Oct. 9, 2017. She was affectionately known as Rockin’ Rita. She will be missed by many.

Rita came into this world on March 12, 1938, born to Evelyn and Frank Johnson in Blackwell. Their world would never be the same. She might have been small, but she was mighty and lived life to its fullest.

Rita enjoyed her time with family and friends. A hot cup of coffee, and many times a treat, would be waiting for you when you stepped into her kitchen. If coffee wasn’t your thing, she made a mean Old-Fashioned. Rita loved to cook for her family and friends, and an amazing cook she was.

Wed
11
Oct

Thomas F. Hischke

Thomas Franklin Hischke, 80, of Mascotte, Florida, and Madison, died Sept. 12, 2017, after a short battle with cancer. He was born on March 17, 1937, in Oconto Falls to Paul and Marie (Elfe) Hischke.

Tom graduated as salutatorian from Suring High in 1955. He served in the U.S. Army from 1957-1960 in the Nike/Hercules program. He was honorably discharged as an E5/SP5. Tom joined the Madison Police Department as a recruit in 1965. He served the city, rising through the ranks until he retired as a captain in 1992.

Tom is survived by his wife, Bonnie; his son, Brian (Dana) Hischke; a stepdaughter, Bridgit (William) Roeth; a stepson, Robert Harper; three grandchildren, Sara Roeth, Andrew Roeth and Benjamin Hischke; and many close family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Marie Hischke, and his siblings, Lois Mehl, Muriel Firgins and David Hischke.

Wed
11
Oct

Jonathan M. Humphreys

Jonathon “Jon” Mason Humphreys went home to the Lord on Oct. 1, 2017.

During his lifetime on Earth, he brought joy to so many people with a heart that was bottomless with generosity and time for family and friends. He was always quick to make someone smile and feel good with either kind words, gestures or actions. He dearly enjoyed cooking and found time to make elaborate meals even after he may have spent all day hard at work. He enjoyed hard work and took deliberate pride in his meticulous attention to detail in so many facets of his life. He would go a mile out of his way just to help someone take a single step forward.

Wed
11
Oct

Elizabeth K. Olson

Elizabeth K. “Betty” Olson, 83, longtime Lena resident, died peacefully on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. She was born on Sept. 17, 1934, in Lena to Oscar and Mary (Kort) Schlosser.

Betty graduated from Lena High School. On Sept. 17, 1955, Betty was united in marriage to Donald K. Olson at St. Charles Catholic Church in Lena. The couple recently celebrated 62 years together. The couple spent their earlier married years in Appleton before returning to Lena in 1967. Betty was a longtime member of St. Anne’s Parish in Lena.

Wed
11
Oct

Esther A. Mueller

Esther Anna Mueller, 94, of Gillett, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

Esther was born to Carl and Hulda Mueller in the town of Gillett, along with her twin sister Emma Anna Mueller, on May 26, 1923. They were raised on a farm that the family operated until 1938, when Emma and Esther began working at a grocery store. They went on to run Mueller’s Supermarket, which they owned and managed with their brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Kay Mueller.

Emma and Esther (never one without the other!) were always seen wearing identical clothes and always ate the same food. They enjoyed spending time at the cottage on Shawano Lake with relatives and friends, and always had a good time no matter what they did. They took many bus trips over the years, visited the Bahamas and Hawaii twice, and also went to Venezuela. They loved playing bingo, eating out with friends and playing cards.

Wed
04
Oct

Robert S. Lusardi

Robert Scott Lusardi, 30, of Breed, tragically passed away in a car accident on Sept. 29, 2017, in the town of Breed. He went to heaven to be reunited with his son, Karter.

Robert was born on May 29, 1987, in Green Bay to Ann and Warren Naud. Robert married the love of his life, Brittany Trepanier, on July 26, 2014, in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in Underhill. Robert had four sons and was an amazing father.

Robert, or as he was more commonly known, Bob, was full of life and very outgoing. He enjoyed the outdoors, working on vehicles, especially trucks, mudding, farming, fishing and bonfires. Most of all, Bob enjoyed spending time with family and friends and sharing his passion for trucks with his young sons and wife. Bob also loved to watch his brothers’ dirt bike races and would often invite others to enjoy the races with him.

Wed
04
Oct

Kathleen M. Kasten

Kathleen M. Kasten, 77, of Gillett, passed away at her home with her family and longtime friend Doris “Cookie” Whiting at her side on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. She was born on Sept. 14, 1940, to the late Walter and Arlene (Arveson) McDermid.

Kathy married David Kasten in Suring on June 30, 1962.

Kathy is survived by her son, Craig (Amy) Kasten, of Gillett; daughter, Stacie Kasten, of Barneveld; five grandchildren, Jessica, Lauren and Jacob Kasten and Kelsee and Kauy Fargo; brother, Wayne McDermid, of Las Vegas, Nevada; sister, Sharon Porter, of Las Vegas, Nevada; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Harry (Nancy) Kasten, of Cecil, Velma Yancy, of Kiel, George (Carol) Kasten, of Columbus, Kansas, Leola Schneider, of Gillett, Lynn (John) Seiltz, of Greenleaf, and Marge Kasten, of Gillett. Kathleen is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Wed
04
Oct

Don A. Wagner

Don A. Wagner, 69, of Gillett, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Aurora Bay Care Hospital in Green Bay.

Don was born in Oconto Falls on June 3, 1948, a son of the late Waldemar and Lorraine (Andersen) Wagner.

Following his graduation from Gillett High School in 1966, Don attended Southern Polytechnic State University until he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He received numerous medals and decorations, including the National Defense Service Medal and a Vietnam Service Medal with two stars. He was honorably discharged in 1972 and returned home to Gillett.

Don went to work for Wagner Gas & Electric and eventually assumed ownership until his retirement in 2008. He was married to Judy (Winkler) on June 30, 2001.

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