Obituaries

Fri
15
Mar

Sandra A. Finegan

Sandra Ann Finegan (Steffens), 58, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Born on April 26, 1960, to Gary and Judith (Rosenberg) Steffens in Oconto Falls.

Sandy was a friend to many and was known for her kind, caring spirit and easy smile. Her voice was unmistakable, and her laugh often entered the room before she did. Some of her happiest moments were spent chatting with friends and family over a cup of coffee. The pride she felt for her family was evident, and she dedicated her time to making new memories with her children and grandchildren. Sandy was a jack-of-all-trades. She was well known for her artistic abilities, primitive crafts, and also spent time building and remodeling homes. Sandy loved nature. Gardening, camping, and canoeing were just some of her favorite outdoor hobbies. Her determination and strong spirit will continue to be an inspiration to those who knew her.

Tue
12
Mar

Ron Dembroski

Ron “Brushy” Dembroski, 77, Lena, passed away Friday, March 8, 2019. He was born on March 6, 1942, to the late Joseph and Anna (Cook) Dembroski. A graduate of Lena High School, he married his grade school sweetheart Judy Carriveau on Dec. 30, 1961, at St. Charles Church, Lena. Ron worked as an electrician and refrigeration specialist. He proudly served with the 32nd Red Arrow division of the Army National Guard.

Wed
06
Mar

Sharon M. Ankerson

It is our sadness that we announce the passing of our mom, sister and friend, Sharon Mae Ankerson, 73, of Oconto Falls.

Sharon Mae Ankerson was born to George and Lila Diedrich of Oconto. She graduated from Gillett High School and was proud to be the first female employee at McDonald’s in Neenah. She also worked as a CNA, spending a lot of time helping and caring for people. She loved to color and Taz, her dog.

She is survived by Laura Ankerson and her son, Larry Ankerson; two sisters, Rosella Greetan and Linda DeHut; and a brother, George Diedrich Jr.; grandchildren Tyler and Leo Ankerson, Victoria Jarvey-Beaumia; great-grandchildren Jada, Caleb, Nevaeh and Catlyin.

She is preceded in death by her mom and dad, George and Lila Diedrich; a sister, Gloria Nellis; three brothers, Elmer Diedrich, Gordon Diedrich and Elroy Diedrich; cousins, Elva Philippi and Orville Wilke.

Sun
03
Mar

Verona M. 'Ronnie' Carlson

Verona Mae “Ronnie” (Brazeau) Carlson, 89, Gillett, was reunited with her husband Fritz on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. She was surrounded by family.

Ronnie was born in Kelly Lake on Dec. 19, 1929, a daughter of the late Sam and Mary (Miller) Brazeau. She was a graduate of Gillett High School and a lifetime resident of the area. Ronnie married Frederick “Fritz” Carlson at Christ Lutheran Church-Hintz on April 10, 1948, and together they raised four children.

Wed
27
Feb

James D. Wilke

James David Wilke, 84, of Gillett, passed away on Feb. 22, 2019.

Jim was born in Gillett, Wisconsin, to William and Edna Wilke on Jan. 25, 1935. He married Muriel Braun on May 6, 1967, in Shawano. He was a third generation dairy farmer on the original family homestead. For 20 years, Jim hauled milk for Boerst’s Washington Cheese Factor when milk was still hauled in cans. He was a volunteer fireman in the Underhill Fire Department for over 30 years and was actively involved at Christ Lutheran Church, including as an usher and member of the finance committee.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, William and Edna, as well as his older brother, Billy.

Jim is survived by his wife, Muriel; his sons, Kevin (Mary), Jeff (Trinitie) and Troy (Sharon); siblings, Allan (Delores and Sandy) and Marilyn (Lyle); grandchildren, Melissa, James, Stephanie, Jarren, Tressa. He is further survived by many other relatives and friends.

Wed
27
Feb

Eugene R. Bellow

Eugene R. Bellow, 61, of Stiles, passed away at his home Feb. 22, 2019. He was born to the late Alvin and Helen (Kushava) Bellow on Nov. 20, 1957, in Oconto Falls.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping and snowmobiling.

Surviving are two brothers, Melvin (Pat) Bellow, Kenosha; Gerry (Wanda) Bellow, Covington, Tennessee; three sisters, Darlene Williams, Minnesota; Diane (Jerry) Pusich, Conover; LouAnn (Peter Sr.) Herlache, Lena; brother-in-law Ray Sittner, Illinois; two aunts, Lillian Bellow, Hazelhurst; Leona Belongia, Oconto: special friend Sandy, and many nieces and nephews.

Eugene was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Alfred and Sylvester, a sister Helen Jane Sittner and brother-in-law Pastor Ron Williams.

Wed
27
Feb

Nancy A. Currie

Nancy A. Currie, age 72, of Oconto Falls, passed away peacefully, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, with her loving daughter at her side. She was born June 24, 1946, in Green Bay, daughter of the late Victor and Doris (Ferrington) Seidel and was a graduate of Green Bay West High School, Class of 1965.

Nancy met Gary Currie in July 1965, and they were married three months later on Nov. 19, 1965. The couple shared 51 loving years of marriage before Gary passed away in 2017. Nancy worked as a dietary aide in Oconto Falls, a job that she truly loved, as it allowed her to be a caretaker to all she encountered. First and foremost, Nancy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker extraordinaire, famous for her pancake breakfasts she made for the grandkids.

Wed
20
Feb

James Meyers

James Meyers, 50, died Sunday evening, Feb. 17, 2019, as the result of a snowmobile accident in Bayfield County. The oldest of four children, James was born December 18, 1968 to Ken and Yvonne (Luisier) Meyers in Oconto Falls. James grew up in the Town of Spruce where he attended elementary school at the Spruce School House until the fifth grade and then attended Washington Middle School in Oconto Falls. He graduated from Oconto Falls High School with the class of 1987. While growing up, James worked in the family well drilling business.

Wed
20
Feb

Darrel G. Pagel

Darrel G. Pagel, 72, of Little Suamico, passed away unexpectedly from an aortic aneurysm, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. The oldest son of Arlington and Adella (Berth) Pagel, he was born May 18, 1946. On April 14, 1973, he married Sandy Hansen.

Darrel was a lifelong farmer and loved every aspect of it. He was Oconto County Board supervisor, Little Suamico Sanitary District commissioner and on various church boards at Calvary Lutheran Church in Abrams. His faith was very important to him, and he instilled this into his children. He enjoyed road tripping all over the United States with his wife, daughters and grandchildren. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren go-carting, four-wheeling and attending their sporting events. He loved watching NFL football games and taking care of his dog, Gizmo.

Wed
20
Feb

Terry L. Westphal

Terry L. Westphal, 45, of Coleman, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. Terry was born on April 21, 1973, to John and Charlotte (Payette) Westphal in Oconto Falls. He graduated from Suring High School. Terry previously worked for Oconto County Lumber as a delivery driver. He greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Terry is survived by his parents, John and Charlotte; a son, Marcus, and his two sons, Anthony and Liam; a daughter, Kendra and her two sons, Michael and Eli; two brothers, John Westphal and Kevin Westphal; a sister, Shannon Westphal; grandmother, Velda Payette. He is further survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring from 3 p.m. until the funeral service at 6 p.m. with Pastor Paul Scheunemann.

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