Obituaries

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Mar

Eleanor Garnier

Eleanor “Honey” Garnier, 99, of Wausau, formerly of Oconto Falls, died on Monday morning, Feb. 20, 2017, at a Wausau area health care center. She was born on June 16, 1917, in Oconto Falls to Leslie and Alice (Thyrion) Halsted.

On Feb. 11, 1935, Eleanor married Gaston Garnier in Gillett. She lived in Oconto Falls for most of her life. She was employed by the local hospital as a food service supervisor. She was a member of the Oconto Falls United Methodist Church.

Survivors are her son-in-law, Kenneth Freitag, Schofield; three grandchildren, Terry Freitag, Schofield, Brian Freitag, Indiana, and Andrea Freitag, Madison.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband in 1981; her daughter, Jacqueline, in 2015; four brothers and one sister.

Graveside services will be held 1 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2017, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oconto Falls with Pastor David Henke officiating.

Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls is serving the Garnier family.

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01
Mar

Mark D. Missall

Mark D. Missall, 53, of Suring (Breed), passed away on Feb. 26, 2017.

Mark was born on Jan. 2, 1964, to Marvin and Bernice (Laska) Missall in Oconto Falls. Mark loved wrestling, including John Cena, Hulk Hogan and The Rock. He also greatly enjoyed warm weather, fall leaves, construction, building, large trucks, coloring and search-a-words. Mark’s favorite TV programs included Archie Bunker, “Wheel of Fortune,” animal programs and game shows. He enjoyed the holidays, especially Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. Mark loved McDonald’s hamburgers and cheeseburgers. He loved giving and receiving hugs.

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01
Mar

Donald Falash

Donald Falash, 67, Stiles, died in his sleep on Friday evening, Feb. 24, 2017, at home. He was born on Nov. 8, 1949, in Oconto Falls, to Wilfred and Martha (Schindel) Falash.

Don grew up in the Oconto Falls area where he attended public schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1968. As a young man, he served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Vietnam War. Having lived most of his life in the area, he had been employed by Luiser Well Drilling.

Survivors are his wife of 25 years, Cindy Falash; one son, Josh (Samantha), St. Louis; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Danni (Mike) VanHaren, Sue (Gary) VanRoy, Bill (Mary) Warner, Bob (Sarah) Warner, Becky (Glen) Warner; many nieces and nephews; one brother, Robert Falash.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his in-laws, one brother and one sister.

There will be no visitation or funeral service.

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01
Mar

Dan W. Hensel

Dan W. Hensel, 67, Oshkosh, died peacefully in his sleep following a long illness. He was born on March 22, 1949, in Milwaukee, to Karl O. and Donalda Hensel. He graduated from Gillett High School with the class of 1967.

Dan served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Survivors are one son, Shawn (Danielle) Hensel, Kaukauna; his father and stepmother, Karl O. and Irene Hensel, Oshkosh; siblings, Karl H. (Ann) Hensel, Mississippi, Sharon (Wayne) Wenzel, Oconto Falls, Tom Hensel, Wausau, Bill (Jen) Hensel, Thorp, and Kathy Hensel, Oshkosh; two stepgrandsons; nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Donalda Benedict, and one brother, Alan Sutter.

Private memorial services will be held.

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01
Mar

Norbert D. Young

Norbert “Nubby” D. Young, 75, Cecil, died on Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, 2017, at Pine Manor near Embarrass. He was born on Aug. 21, 1941, in Oconto Falls, to Raymond and Alice (Nass) Young.

Nubby attended Degantown Elementary School and Oconto Falls High School. As a young man, he worked on an area farm. On May 31, 1975, he married Rosemary Heaney-Williams in Oconto.

Nubby was employed for 46 years by Zippel Construction as an equipment operator until retiring in 2007.

Survivors are his wife, Rosemary Young, Cecil; one daughter, Lori (Steve) Carlson, Shawano; two very special grandchildren, Marcus and Meredith Carlson; two brothers, Bernard and Raymond Young, both of Gillett; five sisters, Shirley Younger, Stiles, Marie Renel, Shawano, Bernice Courchaine, Gillett, Mary (Lyle) Rasmussen, Oconto Falls, and Rose Ann Schubert, Krakow; two sisters-in-law, Karen (Jean) Deshler, Green Bay, and Joanne Heaney, Waupaca; many nieces and nephews.

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22
Feb

Donna R. Bright

Donna Bright succumbed to metastasized breast cancer on Feb. 13, 2017, cutting short her font of perfect love. It would be hard to imagine a better human being.

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22
Feb

Florence A. Zielinski

Florence A. Zielinski, 94, Oconto Falls, died Tuesday morning, Feb. 14, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls. She was born on June 29, 1922, in Chicago to Anton and Katherine (Stojek) Kalemba.

Florence grew up in Chicago where she graduated high school. During World War II, she worked as a secretary for the U.S. Quartermaster Department. On Sept. 22, 1945, she married Victor Zielinski in Chicago. In 1959, the couple moved to Pulaski before coming to the family farm in rural Oconto Falls in 1963.

As a hardworking mother of 10 children, Florence was employed at the Farmers Home Administration office in Oconto for many years and retired as county office assistant. Following retirement, she worked at the Gillett Canning Factory. She was a longtime member of St. Anthony Catholic Church and the PCCW.

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22
Feb

Jane M. Tietyen

Jane Marie Tietyen (nee Beestman) was called to be with the Lord on Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. Born in New Richmond, Jane had attended school in Minneapolis, graduating from Clear Lake High School. After earning her degree in home economics from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Jane worked in Gillett for 33 years, adding a master’s degree and a position in guidance counseling. She had numerous recognitions for her teaching and programs, and served on many committees in her field, church and community.

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22
Feb

Harvey Wellnitz

Harvey Wellnitz, 85, Oconto Falls, died peacefully Monday morning, Feb. 20, 2017, at home. The youngest of eight children was born March 9, 1931, in the town of Morgan to John and Molly (Schiller) Wellnitz.

On Jan. 28, 1956, he married Betty Van Den Elzen. Harvey served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and was a 50-year member of Oconto Falls American Legion Post 302.

Survivors are his wife, Betty; their four children, John Wellnitz, Myles (Dawn) Wellnitz, Rose (Tim) Van Schyndel and Jane Wellnitz; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and cousins; and constant K-9 companion, Nick.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Fritz (Anne), Harold and Edmund Wellnitz;, four sisters, Minnie and Irene Wellnitz, Myra (Clyde) Bachmann and Artis (George) Woods; sister-in-law, Eleanor Bauer; and daughter-in-law, Sharon Wellnitz.

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Feb

Duane Braham

Duane Braham, 77, Gillett, got tired of waiting for a winning season from the Minnesota Vikings. He suddenly died on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 31, 2017, at St. Clare Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 24, 1939, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Erwin and Josephine (Schmalzbauer) Braham.

Duane grew up in the New Brighton area, where he attended St. John’s Catholic School and graduated from Moundsview High School with the Class of 1957. Following graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force and worked as a radar tech while being stationed in Canada and Northern Minnesota. In 1961, he married Janice Newcomb in St. Paul.

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