Obituaries

Wed
13
Sep

Charles R. Neff

Charles R. Neff, 69, of Mountain, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.

Charles was born on Sept. 16, 1947, to the late Robert and Mary (Legath) Neff. He served his country honorably in the United States Navy.

Charles married Katherine Dalton on Oct. 11, 1997, in Milwaukee. Charles volunteered on the Doty Fire Department and was a member of American Legion Post 44 of Wabeno.

Charles is survived by his wife, Kathy; seven children, Venus Nieskes, Shane Neff, Nomale Thoney, Autumn (Tim) Baral, Ashley Halase, Christopher Halase and Nicholas Halase; 10 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Roxanne Aheren.

Wed
13
Sep

Jen Gauthier

(Janina) Joan “Jen” Gauthier, 104, of Oconto Falls, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday morning, Sept. 9, 2017. The sixth-oldest of 10 children and twin sister of Lottie was born May 24, 1913, to John and Anna (Mioduszewski) Pawlak in Milwaukee.

Because her family called her Nina as a little girl, a neighbor asked why not just call her Jen since the age of 4 years. Jen grew up in Milwaukee where she attended St. Josaphat’s Basilica School until the eighth grade, when she had to help at home to care for the rest of the family so her mother could work out of the house. As a young woman, she moved with family members to “Swedetown” in Oconto County so they could get out of the big city and live near family and friends.

Wed
06
Sep

Ruth B. Schneider

Ruth B. (Fabry) Schneider, 79, longtime resident of Oconto Falls, passed away peacefully at Unity Hospice in De Pere on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017.

Ruth was born in Oconto Falls on April 7, 1938, a daughter of the late John and Veteline (Osmon) Fabry. She attended local schools and was a 1956 graduate of Oconto Falls High School. In 1959, Ruth met her future husband, Gale, while skating at the Kelly Lake Roller Rink Casino. They were married at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gillett and together they raised three sons.

Ruth and Gale lived briefly in California, Gillett and then Chicago, where she worked as a beautician, then later moved to Ashwaubenon. She worked as a clerk for the Milwaukee Railroad for 10 years and also served as the union’s secretary.

Wed
06
Sep

Elizabeth J. Trudeau

Elizabeth J. Trudeau (nee Smet), 84, died Aug. 20, 2017.

Preceded in death by her loving husband, Francis. Beloved Ma of Francis (Cindy) Trudeau, Rose (Theodore “Dave”) Palmisano, Marian (Scott) Crier, Leo Trudeau, the late Joseph (the late Andrea) Trudeau, and Anthony Trudeau. Dear sister of Earl “Mike” (Betty) Smet and Helen (Robert) Lindquist. Further survived by many grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Funeral services were held Friday, Aug. 25, at Schaff Funeral Home, West Allis.

Wed
06
Sep

Jerome P. Murphy

Jerome “Jerry” P. Murphy, 76, Stiles, died peacefully Saturday morning, Sept. 2, 2017, at his home while lovingly being cared for by his sister, Rosalie. The seventh child of Mark and Zoe (Younger) Murphy was born Jan. 28, 1941, in Green Bay. There were 10 boys and four girls in the Murphy family.

Jerry and his brother Bob had a corporation when he was 18 years old, selling farm crops across the country. He was a union millwright in Local 1146, working alongside his father and nine brothers in numerous paper mills throughout the United States. Jerry was proud to be employed for the Boldt Co. of Appleton for 38 years. He was raised on a large dairy farm and owned a farm raising registered Black Angus cattle and selling grain in addition to his millwright work. His hobbies included gardening, collecting antiques and furnishing his beautiful home which he kept spotless. Jerry always had a dog which he’d spoil.

Wed
30
Aug

Milton F. Christensen

Milton F. Christensen, 97, of Suring, went home to heaven to be with his Lord Jesus on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, at Woodland Village Nursing Center in Suring.

Milton was born on June 3, 1920, to the late Louis and Helga Christensen in Hickory Corners. He married Irene Kain, the love of his life, on June 25, 1942, at the Oconto Falls Methodist Church. The couple lived and farmed near Hickory for many years. They retired from the farm when their son, Dan, took over in 1976. Milton was then the official “garbologist” at the Maple Valley recycling center for many years.

Milton and Irene were members of Maple Valley Community Church. Milton served as an elder emeritus in the church until the time of his death.

Wed
30
Aug

Donna Jacobson

Donna Marie (Birr) Jacobson, 78, died on Monday afternoon, Aug. 21, 2017. She was born on Dec. 7, 1938, in Oconto Falls to the late Edward and Martha (Reimer) Birr.

Donna grew up in Morgan and Oconto Falls and graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1957.

Donna and Eugene “Gene” Jacobson were married on April 23, 1960, in Morgan. They lived in the Kansas City, Missouri, area for the past 46 years and wintered in southern Texas for the past 19 years.

Donna loved her family, and they were her priority in life. She really enjoyed spending time with her family, especially at their lake property in the Ozarks.

Donna enjoyed helping people. She delivered meals for the Northland Meals on Wheels from 1986 to 2014. She also made quilts, blankets and other items to donate to Baby Grace (an outreach for teen mothers) and Rachel’s House (a pregnancy resource center).

Wed
23
Aug

Helen D. Gohr

Helen D. Gohr, 79, of Krakow, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls. She was born on April 25, 1938, to George and Olga (Joachim) Gohr.

Helen was baptized as a child of God on May 22, 1938, and confirmed on June 8, 1952. As a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Morgan, Helen took great pride in playing the church organ for over 50 years until her health declined.

She lived her whole life on the family farm where she fed the calves, raised feeder pigs, tending her apple orchard, and sold apples and “farm fresh” eggs to the whole community. In recent years she enjoyed spending time with her very special friend Otto Delzer until his death on April 12, 2017.

Survivors are her sister-in-law, Pat Gohr; nieces and nephews and their families, Brian (Minda) and Hallyanna, Russell (Kathy) and Barret and Mady, Nancy (Jack Sheffen), Eric (Carissa) and Hunter and Alayna, Scott (Catrina) and Tyler and Camden.

Wed
23
Aug

Donald A. Beyer

Donald A. Beyer, 80, of Green Bay, died suddenly Sunday evening, Aug. 6, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, a place he worked at for years and where co-workers were like his second family. He was born on April 14, 1937, in Sheboygan to Julius and Freida (Ratz) Beyer Sr.

As a little boy, Donald moved with his family to Oconto Falls, where he attended public schools and, while in high school, was the first male cheerleader. Following high school graduation he attended Marinette County Teachers College, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and received his degree from Cardinal Stritch University.

Wed
23
Aug

Maynard W. Rice

Maynard Wells Rice, 91, lifelong resident of Oconto Falls, passed away on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, peacefully with his family by his side.

Maynard was born on June 28, 1926, to Arthur and Florence (Gilbertson) Rice. Maynard attended Oconto Falls High School when he was called to duty into the United States Army in 1945. He was very proud to be known as the “Captain of the Port” assigned to the Panama Canal during World War II.

On June 24, 1950, he was joined in marriage to Carol Jean Bigelow and had three children, Pam (Larry) Lemorande, Kelly Lake, Linda (Larry) Pelishek, Abrams, and Cindy (Dan) Brokiewicz, Bonduel. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Andy Lemorande, Brent (Kayla) Lemorande, Sara (Tim) Via, Josh Brokiewicz and Nate Sutrick; great-grandchildren, Gavin Sutrick, Griffin Sutrick, Colt Lemorande and Macien Via; and sister, Faye (Chet) Anderson.

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