Obituaries

Wed
03
Apr

Constance L. Lopez

Constance Lynn (Elbe) Lopez of Sparks, Maryland, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, Maryland, at the age of 71. She was born on March 23, 1947, in Shawano to Kenneth and OraBelle Elbe, of Gillett.

Constance was the devoted mother to Tim (Kelly) Lopez, York, Pennsylvania, and David (Tricia) Lopez, Pittsburgh; dear sister of Randy (Kathy) Elbe, Sacramento, California, Deborah Erickson, Gillett, Kenneth Elbe, Green Bay, and the late John Elbe; loving grandmother of Evan and Nicholas Lopez. She is also survived by her nephew, Jake Elbe (fiancée Laci Dorn), their son, Jordan, Neenah; her niece, Elizabeth (Chad) Montour, Shawano, their children McKenna, Damon and Alex; her niece, Elise Elbe, Sacramento, California; her aunt, Lois Elbe, Green Bay.

Wed
03
Apr

Morton R. Gentz

Morton R. “Mort” Gentz, 95, Appleton, formerly of Gillett, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019, at home. His family was at his side.

Mort was born Nov. 30, 1923, to the late Julius and Kathryn (Weidner) Gentz at Bowler. He graduated from Bowler High School in 1941. On June 14, 1944, he married the love of his life, Lorraine Hoefs, at Zion Lutheran Church in Zachow. He was a proud World War II Veteran, serving his country in the U.S. Air Force as an aerial front nose gunner on B-24 Bombers in the Pacific Theater of War.

Following his military service, he and Lorraine worked for Red Owl Stores. They owned and operated Gentz’s Flowers and Greenhouses in Gillett, retiring in 1978. They went on to spend 22 years at Finnegan Lake, building a home and caring for flowers, trees and multiple vegetable gardens.

Wed
03
Apr

Robert A. Johnson

Robert A. “B.J.” Johnson, 80, of Oconto Falls, passed away March 24, 2019, with family by his side. Born July 27, 1938, to Arvilla Bartz and Robert Johnson.

B.J. was raised in Oconto Falls and lived his entire life in Oconto Falls, graduating with the class of 1957. In 1959, he joined the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1963. In 1965, he married Judith Prokosh, of Pulaski. Together they had three children. They divorced in 1977. He married Sharon Davis in Oconto Falls in 1981.

He worked at Green Bay Packaging from 1967 until December 1979 when he was hired at Oconto Falls High School as a custodian. He was there for 32 years until his retirement in August 2011. He enjoyed the students and teachers and missed it a lot after he left. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and going to the casino.

Wed
03
Apr

Jan. L. Vanderscoff Ford

Jan Lucile Vanderscoff Ford, 72, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2019, at her home in Front Royal, Virginia. Jan was born on Feb. 16, 1947, in Peoria, Illinois, to John Vanderscoff and Jean Vanderscoff, née Haglund. With family roots in Wisconsin, Jan traveled the world during her 34 years as a reservation agent for United Airlines.

Jan will be remembered for her ability to make others feel like the best version of themselves. A passionate historian, she attended Ithaca College and earned her certificate in historic preservation from Northern Virginia Community College. She preserved precious family stories, and, ever generous, Jan was at home with Van Gogh or rooting for the Packers.

She had two children, to whom she gave her gifts and grace. In later years, health challenges demonstrated the depth of that grace, humor, and resilience.

Sat
23
Mar

Cora M. Schultz

Cora M. (Fandrey) Schultz, 92, Gillett, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

She was born in Town of Hutchins on June 19, 1926, a daughter of the late William R. and Emma (Kielman) Fandrey. Cora married Marvin C. Schultz on Sept. 22, 1951, at St. Paulus Church in the Town of Almon, and together they raised one daughter, Jane.

The family made its home in Gillett, and Cora worked at the Canning Factory during the summer for many years. She was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and was active in many ministries including the Ladies Aid and the church’s annual bazaar. Cora loved flower gardening and looked forward to planting flowers each year.

Sat
23
Mar

Cheryl L. Gallagher

Cheryl Lynn “Sherrie” Gallagher, 63, Shawano, passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019, after a long period of declining health.

She was born in Shawano on July 29, 1955, a twin daughter of Albert and Frances (Wetzel) Gallagher. Sherrie attended local schools and was a 1973 graduate of Gillett High School. In earlier years, Sherrie held various jobs in the Appleton area. She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and loved teddy bears. She sang for many years with her sister at local events and weddings and had been active with her high school choir. Sherrie had a great sense of humor and loved spending time with family, friends and her care givers. She will be sadly missed.

Sherrie is survived by her sisters: Pat Gallagher of Mountain, Judie Temple of Suring and Shelly (Chuck Stolte) Mueller of Seymour. She also leaves nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, as well as other relatives and friends.

Sherrie was preceded in death by her parents.

Tue
19
Mar

Dennis G. Schroeder

Dennis Glynn Schroeder, 84, Rockford, Illinois, formerly Gillett, died unexpectedly Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Dennis was born in Underhill on July 22, 1934, a son of the late Glynn W. and Ruth (Vorpahl) Schroeder. He attended area schools and moved to Rockford as a young man before being drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. Dennis proudly served for two years before receiving an honorable discharge.

After his military service, Dennis returned to Rockford where he enjoyed a long and rewarding career as an operating engineer for Sjostrom and Sons Construction. Dennis was very gifted when it came to fixing things and understanding how they worked. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 150 union for over 50 years.

Following his father’s passing, Dennis took over his family’s homestead in Underhill. He was an avid collector of cars, tractors and other farm equipment and made regular trips and visits back home throughout his lifetime.

Tue
19
Mar

Magdalene Tisch

Magdalene “Mag” Tisch, 99, Oconto Falls, died early Sunday morning, March 17, 2019, at home with family present. She was the 11th child of 16 born to Andrew and Jane (Berton) Konitzer on May 24, 1919, on the family farm in rural Oconto Falls. Following the sudden death of her father, “Mag” as she was affectionately known, quit school to help out at home and help raise her younger siblings.

Fri
15
Mar

Robert S. Ondik

Robert “Bobby” S. Ondik, 76, of Gillett, passed away peacefully at his home with family on Thursday, March 14, 2019. Bob was born on March 21, 1942, to the late Joseph Ondik Sr. and Rose (Servinak) Ondik.
He attended Gillett Schools and eventually married his high school sweetheart, Judy Krause on Sept. 12, 1964, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Suring.
Bob and Judy raised a family of one daughter and three sons while Bob drove truck professionally for over 45 years. Judy was a stay-at-home mother until later in life. Bob was an avid outdoorsman teaching his kids hunting, fishing and athletics. Later on, he enjoyed his four grandchildren who in turn loved every moment they had with him. Family was always important to Bob and he gave his family whatever he was able. When Judy fell ill with cancer, Bob became her caregiver for two years providing selflessly until her passing in February 2018.

Fri
15
Mar

Ilene I. Koebach

Ilene I. Koebach, 80, Oconto Falls, died suddenly Tuesday afternoon, March 12, 2019, at home of natural causes. She was born Oct. 9, 1938, in the U.P. to Alfred and Myra (Lehman) Bozile.

Ilene was married to Donald Johnson and they had three children together, Lloyd, Keith and Carol. After being widowed at a young age, she eventually married Richard Koebach and they had three children together, Calvin, Leah and Kyrsten. Ilene lived in Stiles for most of her life and worked at the Oconto Falls Library and tended bar at the former Mercier’s Hotel. She also enjoyed making crafts, especially jewelry. Ilene will be lovingly remembered as a great wife, mother and “granny” to her many grandchildren.

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