Obituaries

Tue
14
Aug

Leocadia M. Metzner

Leocadia “Katie” M. Metzner, 92, of Oconto Falls, passed away on Saturday morning, Aug. 11, 2018, in a local nursing home. The daughter of the late Stanley and Bernice (Hlopek) Masaslanka was born May 24, 1926, in Bessemer, Michigan. She grew up in the UP. Katie graduated from A.D. Johnson High School, Class of 1944. Following graduation, she went to Elgin, Illinois, and worked at the watch factory for 10 years.

On June 18, 1955, she married Robert “Bob” Metzner in Bessemer. They lived in Oconto Falls all their married life. She was an active member of St. Anthony Catholic Parish, belonged to the Altar Rosary Society, the PCCW, worked for the school lunch program and served funeral lunches for many years. She was a member of the Oconto County Homemakers and the Red Hatters Society. She loved to cook and bake, and her creativity and resourcefulness brought joy to her life and others.

Wed
08
Aug

William L. Bristol Jr.

William L. Bristol Jr., 75, of Suring, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018, at King Veterans Home in Waupaca. William was born on July 8, 1943, in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, to the late William Sr. and Grace (McClurg) Bristol.
Bill was a lifetime member of the Vietnam Vets Motorcycle Club and a member of Suring United Methodist Church of Suring. Bill loved to fish, camp and ride his motorcycle with his vet friends. He worked at various nuclear plants around the United States.
William is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Alice (Funkhouser); a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey and Stacy Bristol of Minnesota; two daughters, Sherrie Walker and Kimberley Cuppy, both of Wisconsin; sister, Donna Orlowski of Florida; sister-in-law, Debra James of Pennsylvania; his four-legged companion, Gunny; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by many other relatives and friends.

Wed
08
Aug

Gloria J. Behling

Gloria J. Behling (Bunn), 65, New Franken, formerly of Oconto Falls, died Sunday morning, Aug. 5, 2018, at Anna’s House in New Franken. She was born Dec. 16, 1952, in Oconto Falls to Leonard Laabs and Florence Peters-Taylor. Gloria attended Oconto Falls Public Schools and graduated high school with the class of 1971. Because her parents owned and operated the Falls Family Restaurant for many years, Gloria grew up in the restaurant and worked there for many years.
In 1971, she married Jerry Bunn, and they had three sons together. Over the years, Gloria was involved in Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Red Hatters, Boy Scouts and Friends of the Library. On Dec. 25, 1991, she married Eugene Behling at Grace Lutheran Church. Together the couple shared 18 years together, taking good care of each other and being able to laugh at the simplest events of everyday life.

Wed
08
Aug

Marvin R. Rusch

Marvin R. Rusch, 78, of Stiles, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 29, 2018, after a courageous battle with a variety of ailments.
He was born on May 10, 1940, in Milwaukee to Walter and Olga (Patzer) Rusch. Marvin attended Immanuel Lutheran School and was confirmed in 1954. He attended Milwaukee Lutheran High and Custer High, graduating in 1958.
Marvin proudly served his country in the U.S. Army before starting his steamfitter’s apprenticeship in 1961. He later became a Journeyman and excelled at specialized welding.

Wed
01
Aug

Glen V. Jensen

Glen V. Jensen, 87, peacefully passed away in his sleep July 25, 2018, at his Machickanee cottage as his vigilant daughter Wendy heard his last breath. He now joins his parents, many siblings and ancestors in the everlasting beyond. His father, Arthur “Dane” O. Jensen, assisted his wife, Margaret L. (Ulrich) Jensen, at their home farm in his birth on March 10, 1931, at Town of Mayville, Dorchester, Wisconsin. He was one of 15 children.

Living siblings: Bruce Jensen, Vera Thorson, Audrey Cypher, Gene Jensen, Sandy Jensen and Dean Jensen.

Deceased siblings: Valgene, Lydia, Marvin, Beaulah Fischer, Charlene Hundrieser, Donna Goesl, Verna Meyer and Marilyn Meyer.

Wed
01
Aug

Viola E. Fedler

Viola Emily Fedler, Gillett, 103, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018, just shy of her 104th birthday. Her family was at her side.

Viola was born in the Town of Maple Valley on July 29, 1914, a daughter of the late Leo and Olga (Fischer) Neuman. She attended area schools and married Raymond G. Fedler on Sept. 29, 1934. Together they raised two sons and farmed for more than 30 years in the Town of Gillett. She also worked for a time at Mirro Aluminum.

Viola was a longtime, faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Gillett. She loved gardening and canning and always took good care of those who needed help. Viola was also involved with the Valley Line Homemakers. She will be sadly missed.

Wed
01
Aug

Ronald R. Anderson

Ronald R. Anderson, 74, Pittsville, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at Hilltop on Pepper, Wisconsin Rapids.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at United Church of Christ, Pittsville, where the family received relatives and friends from 9 a.m. on Tuesday until service time. Rev. Wanda Veldman officiated. Buchanan/Rembs Funeral Home, Pittsville, is assisting with arrangements.

Ronald was born on Nov. 25, 1943, in Madison, the son of Arvid and Helen (Horn) Anderson. After Arvid’s death, Oliver Bogsted became Ron’s stepfather. He was a 1961 graduate of Suring High School. He also was a graduate of Marquette University, Milwaukee, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech/Broadcast Journalism.

Ron enjoyed a 45-year career in multimedia including radio, television and information technology. He was skilled in writing, public speaking, teaching, videography, photography and editing.

Fri
27
Jul

Ronald R. Anderson

Ronald R. Anderson, 74, Pittsville, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at Hilltop on Pepper, Wisconsin Rapids.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at United Church of Christ, Pittsville, where the family will receive relatives and friends from 9 a.m. on Tuesday until service time. Rev. Wanda Veldman will officiate. Buchanan/Rembs Funeral Home, Pittsville, is assisting with arrangements.
Ronald was born on Nov. 25, 1943, in Madison, the son of Arvid and Helen (Horn) Anderson. After Arvid’s death, Oliver Bogsted became Ron’s stepfather. He was a 1961 graduate of Suring High School. He also was a graduate of Marquette University, Milwaukee, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech/Broadcast Journalism.
Ron enjoyed a 45-year career in multimedia including radio, television, and information technology. He was skilled in writing, public speaking, teaching, videography, photography, and editing.

Wed
25
Jul

Viola E. Fedler

Viola Emily Fedler, Gillett, 103, passed away on Monday, July 23, 2018, just shy of her 104th birthday. Her family was at her side.

Viola was born in the Town of Maple Valley on July 29, 1914, a daughter of the late Leo and Olga (Fischer) Neuman. She attended area schools and married Raymond G. Fedler on Sept. 29, 1934. Together they raised two sons and farmed for more than 30 years in the Town of Gillett. She also worked for a time at Mirro Aluminum.

Viola was a longtime, faithful member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Gillett. She loved gardening and canning and always took good care of those who needed help. Viola was also involved with the Valley Line Homemakers. She will be sadly missed.

Wed
25
Jul

Alfred F. Runge Jr.

Alfred F. Runge Jr., 84, of Gillett, passed away at his son’s home on Sunday, July 22, 2018, with family by his side. Alfred was born on Feb. 8, 1934, to the late Alfred Sr. and Alma (Patzer) Runge. He attended school until the eighth grade, when he left school to help around the family farm. At the age of 14, he got a driver’s license and drove milk truck. Alfred served his country in the U.S. Army. On Dec. 28, 1964, Alfred married Alice Kmecheck. Alfred worked as a General Motors mechanic at several local dealerships and eventually became an avid beekeeper for 17 years. Alfred greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his grandchildren. He was very proud of his Advanced Class Radio License that he received in May 1981, which allowed him to communicate with people from all over the world. Alfred was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Hintz for many years.

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