Obituaries

Wed
16
Jan

Jay Daul

John “Jay” Daul, 66, Oconto Falls, died suddenly Sunday morning, Jan. 13, 2019, at St. Vincent Hospital Cardio-Vascular-Intensive-Care-Unit (CVICU), following complications from open heart surgery Jan. 4. The second-oldest of nine children was born Feb. 6, 1952, in Oconto to Francis and Joyce (Makos) Daul Sr. Jay or “J.J.” as he was known by those close to him, grew up in the Cream City area, Gillett and Oconto and attended school, graduating from Oconto High School with the class of 1970. Following graduation, he attended Mercy Medical Center School of Nursing in Oshkosh, graduating with his BSN degree. Jay furthered his education by attending Mercy Medical Center School of Anesthesia, graduating with his CRNA degree in 1979.

Tue
08
Jan

Gordon E. McMahon

Gordon “Gordy” E. McMahon, 87, Gillett, passed away at St. Mary’s Hospital in Green Bay in the evening hours of Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, following a period of declining health. He was surrounded by family.

He was born in Gillett on Dec. 27, 1931, a son of the late Ross and Mildred (Hodgins) McMahon. Gordon was a 1950 graduate of Gillett High School and was an enthusiastic student of history. He joined the U.S. Air Force soon after and proudly served as a staff sergeant with the 941st Forward Observers during the Korean Conflict. He married Mavis J. (Gilbertson) McMahon on June 4, 1960, and together they raised five children.

Tue
08
Jan

Elaine E. Kohls

Elaine E. (Barkhaus) Kohls, 94, Fond du Lac and formerly of Gillett, was born Dec. 4, 1924, in Bonduel to Albert and Adela (Graf) Barkhaus. She passed on to the Lord on Jan. 3, 2019.

Elaine attended St. Paul Lutheran School and graduated salutatorian from Bonduel High School. She attended business college in Green Bay and worked at a bank and Dehn’s Ice Cream in Bonduel. She met Oscar Kohls at a wedding dance and swept him off his feet. They were married for 59 years before his passing. They had three children as they worked one of the largest dairy farms in Oconto County in the 1950s and ’60s. Elaine was Gillett Town clerk for 10 years. She was devoted to her faith in the Lord and was privileged to be the first woman member of the church council at Immanuel Lutheran Church. She was active in LWML and Ladies Aid, as well as Homemakers and other volunteer activities.

Tue
08
Jan

Marian J. Schaut

Marian J. Schaut, 97, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, at The Waterford, an assisted living facility in Wisconsin Rapids. She died peacefully in her sleep. She was born March 9, 1921, to Heinreich and Bertha (Adams) Kopitzke in Hintz. She had 11 siblings.

After graduating from eighth grade, she attended the Green Bay Seventh-day Adventist Academy for one year. She was then needed in the cook shanty at her father’s logging camp where she helped cook for the lumberjacks. She met her future husband, Lloyd “Bud” Schaut, at the camp. After marriage, Marian and Bud moved to Mountain. They were married 48 years until his death in 1991.

Tue
08
Jan

Harold J. Horn Sr.

Harold J. Horn Sr., 66, of Gillett, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, surrounded by his family. Harold was born on Sept. 10, 1952, to the late Charley and Nellie (Coughron) Horn in Oklahoma. He attended high school and graduated from college in Oklahoma. In his youth, Harold was an experienced rattlesnake catcher and enjoyed riding bulls. In the early 1980s, Harold moved to Wisconsin. Harold worked as a welder at numerous locations throughout the area over the years. In 2001, Harold and Sherry Struble started their life together. Harold greatly enjoyed fishing, karaoke, spending time in nature and spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren.

Wed
02
Jan

Roger A. Konop

Roger Allen Konop, 74, Gillett, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018, surrounded by his family at the Unity Hospice Meng Residence of De Pere following a brief illness.

Roger was born in Lena on March 12, 1944, a son of the late Joseph and Angeline (Svejda) Konop. Roger married Shirley A. (Bader) on May 11, 1963, and together they raised four children. Roger formed RAL Cement Contractors with his two business partners and friends until his retirement. Roger was an avid hunter and enjoyed gardening with Shirley. He also liked woodworking and socializing. He will be greatly missed.

Wed
26
Dec

William Wolf Sr.

William “Bill” Wolf Sr., 62, of Green Valley, was called home to Heaven on Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. Bill was born on April 24, 1956, to Frederick and Shirley (Paige) Wolf of Green Valley. Bill will be remembered for his love of life. His biggest pleasures included spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. Bill’s two grandchildren, Kota and Hunter, were the light of his life, bringing him many smiles and such joy. He was an avid hunter and loved deer hunting especially. Most recently, Bill went on the bear hunt of his life, bagging a Wisconsin record-setting black bear. He also loved to go fishing often, including ice fishing in the winter on Cecil Bay, catching his favorite perch. Bill was a man with a great heart, sharing his passion to live and love with all he met.

Wed
26
Dec

Raymond G. Gruetzmacher II

Raymond Gilbert Gruetzmacher II, 69, of Suring, entered into eternal rest surrounded by his family at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. Raymond was born in Shawano on Sept. 7, 1949, to the late Raymond and Maybelle (Crow) Gruetzmacher. He graduated from Shawano High School with the Class of 1968 and married Sue Ashenbrenner on May 26, 1973, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Leopolis. Ray obtained an Associate Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and then went on to attend Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science to obtain his degree in Mortuary Science.

Wed
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.

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