Obituaries

Wed
12
Sep

Emil ‘Butch’ Mittag

Emil “Butch” Mittag, 91, Oconto Falls, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at The Cottages at The Meadowlands. He was born on Sept. 23, 1926, in Marinette to Emil and Ida (Behnke) Mittag. Butch grew up in Marinette and graduated from Marinette High School with the class of 1945.

On April 10, 1948, he married Inez P. Caylor at St. James Lutheran Church in Marinette. The couple lived most of their married lives in Marinette where Butch worked as a papermaker at Scott Paper Co. in Marinette for 43 years. Butch and Inez moved to Oconto Falls in 1986 where he worked part time for his daughter and son-in-law at Sharpe Care Nursing & Rehab until 2001. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls.

Wed
12
Sep

Hazel M. Janssen

Hazel Mae Janssen passed peacefully into her new life on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, at The Cottages in West Bend. Hazel and her husband, William, formerly operated general stores in Underhill and Hintz.

Wed
12
Sep

Maxine R. Schmoeckel

Maxine Rose Schmoeckel, 79, of Suring, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Maxine was born on March 17, 1939, to the late Orville and Emma Hatfield in Mountain. On Sept. 29, 1984, Maxine married Robert Schmoeckel in Merrill. Maxine’s passion was to sew, making many wedding and bridal party dresses over the years. She enjoyed cooking, fishing, camping and spending time with her grandchildren.

Wed
12
Sep

Myrtle M. Van Laarhoven

Myrtle M. Van Laarhoven, 98, Oconto Falls, died Tuesday evening, Sept. 4, 2018, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Oconto Falls with family present. She was born Oct. 17, 1919, in North Dakota to George and Mable (Runk) Keith.

On Sept. 21, 1939, she married Adrian Van Laarhoven in Coleman. Myrtle lived in rural Lena for most of her life and was once employed at Frigo Cheese. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church in Lena. Myrtle will be fondly remembered as a fabulous cook who loved to prepare meals for her family.

Survivors are her four children, Linda Urbaniak, Peshtigo; Dean (Judy) Van Laarhoven, Greenville; Ann (Terry) Hegeman, Suamico; Don (Grace) Van Laarhoven, Lena; two daughters-in-law, Donna Van Laarhoven, Billings, Montana; Mary Martin, Marion; 18 grandchildren, many great- and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Wed
05
Sep

Margaret M. Schmidt

Margaret M. Schmidt, 85, of Green Bay, formerly of Kelly Lake and Oconto Falls, died Wednesday evening, Aug. 29, 2018, at Tender Hearts Assisted Living in Howard. She was born Oct. 27, 1932, in a log cabin to Maurice and Malvina (Monigal) Closser. Margaret attended Gillett Public Schools, graduating from high school with the class of 1950.

On Sept. 13, 1952, she married Allan “Al” Schmidt at Grace Lutheran Church in Green Bay. The couple lived in Gillett and Kewaunee before moving to Oconto Falls in 1960. Margaret worked in the office of Dr. Clyde Siefert for 30 years until retirement. The couple retired to their home at Kelly Lake in 1999 and just moved to Green Bay in 2014. She had been a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls and was currently a member of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Suring.

Wed
05
Sep

Rolyn ‘Lee’ Gilligan

Rolyn “Lee” Gilligan, 85, of Suring, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. Lee was born on July 6, 1933, to the late Bernard “Bun” and Lois (Wood) Gilligan. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, from 1952 to 1954. Lee received his GED in the Army and went on to graduate from NWTC as a journeyman machinist. On July 7, 1962, Lee married Audrey Deisinger at St. Michael Catholic Church in Suring. Lee worked at Machine Service Company in Green Bay for over 30 years. Upon retirement, Lee and Audrey moved to Hickory Corners from Green Bay. After retiring, Lee began doing carpentry work for the area. He would make furniture for family and friends and help fix houses. Lee greatly enjoyed woodworking, metalworking, hunting, fishing, camping, traveling the world with Audrey, and spending time with his family.

Tue
28
Aug

Ruby C. Jonas

Ruby C. Jonas, 78, of Fort Atkinson, passed away on Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center in Johnson Creek.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. at Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown with Pastor Steve Steele of Rainbow Hospice officiating. Relatives and friends may gather at the funeral home from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
Ruby Charlotte Jonas was born Oct. 19, 1939, to Charles and Dorothy (née Gleason) Heise in Green Valley. She attended school in Bonduel. On Oct. 19, 1991, she married David Jonas in Waukesha. Ruby loved dogs and especially her schnauzer, Chewy.

Tue
28
Aug

Steve Hines

Steve Hines, 66, Oconto Falls, died Saturday evening, Aug. 25, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. He was born July 4, 1952, in Garden City, Michigan, to Hilton and Carolyne (Willoughby) Hines. Steve grew up in Plymouth, Michigan, where he graduated high school.
On May 11, 1974, he married Pamela Jahnke in Wausaukee. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Wausaukee, where Steve worked for the telephone company. In 1999, the couple moved to Oconto Falls where Steve was employed for what was now Centurytel and retired after 28 years of service. Steve will be lovingly remembered for his generosity, helpfulness and hard work ethic.

Wed
22
Aug

Charles F. Schultz III

Charles F. Schultz III, 57, of Lakewood, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Charles was born on Jan. 31, 1961, to the late Charles Sr. and Virginia (Beronek) Schultz. He graduated from Wabeno High School. Charles was very active in his community. He often worked at the food pantry at St. John Lutheran Church in Townsend. Charles worked at Mountain Painting as Tinker’s right hand man. He also worked at the School House Bar, helping them clean and set up for events. Charles was an avid fisherman and greatly enjoyed shooting pool, playing darts, telling jokes, making people smile and having a good time. He was an all-around handy man and was willing to help anyone. Charles loved all animals and adored his dog, Maggie.

Tue
14
Aug

Wally Faltynski

Wally Faltynski, 74, Oconto Falls, died peacefully Sunday evening, Aug. 12, 2018, at UW Hospital with his family by his side. He was born Sept. 2, 1943, in Green Bay to Joseph “Zip” and Dorothy (Weber) Faltynski. Wally grew up in Green Bay, where he attended public schools, graduating from East High School with the class of 1961. Following graduation, he went to work for the city of Green Bay.

On July 9, 1966, he married Corale Bourguignon at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church. The couple lived in Green Bay for most of their married lives where Wally proudly served as a garbage man for 40 years, before retiring to Oconto Falls in 2006. He was a member of the Herman’s Club, known for making tasty booyah. Known for his great sense of humor, Wally was also known as Wall Dog, Seagull and Mr. Booyah.

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