Obituaries

Wed
23
Aug

Gustav A. Lockstein Jr.

Gustav A. Lockstein Jr., 70, of Pembine, was welcomed into the arms of the Lord on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, at the Milwaukee VA hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Gus was born in Oconto Falls on Jan. 9, 1947, a son of the late Gustav Lockstein Sr. and Joyce Framness. He attended area schools and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1965. Following his honorable discharge in 1972, Gus was married to Sandra (François) on Sept. 14, 1974. Together they had three children and also hosted two foreign-exchange students.

Gus worked for Patz Company and later for United Healthcare. He was an avid computer programmer and had also received a bachelor’s degree in computer sciences.

Wed
16
Aug

Dennis C. Christensen

Dennis C. Christensen, 74, of Suring, formerly of Gillett, passed away at Woodland Village Nursing Home in Suring on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Dennis was born on Sept. 16, 1942, in the town of Maple Valley to the late Clarence and Savalia (Moede) Christensen.

Dennis was a graduate of Suring High School with the Class of 1960. He was employed at various plywood plants for many years until his retirement. His pastime was hunting and taking long walks. Dennis was good at telling old stories of years past.

Dennis is survived by his two sisters, Marlene (Dick) Olson, of Suring, and Nancy (Lenny) Berge, of Neenah; two sister-in-laws, Ruth Christensen, of Gillett, and Leone Christensen, of Gillett; brother-in-law, John Dinse, of King. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ralph Christensen and Richard Christensen; a sister, Patsy Dinse; a nephew, Michael Olson.

Wed
16
Aug

Donnie E. Buhrandt

Donnie Ernst Buhrandt, 78, of Mountain, passed away after a long illness at home on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017.

Donnie was born on April 5, 1939, in Oconto Falls to the late Ernst and Lydia (Pfieffer) Buhrandt.

Donnie attended St. John Lutheran School before graduating from Suring High School in 1957. On April 29, 1961, Donnie married Judith Zwirschitz at Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain. The couple lived in the Breed and Mountain areas for 56 years of their marriage.

Donnie worked at Manthei’s Cheese Factory, Sweeney Bros Construction and Suring Public Schools, where he was janitor at the Mountain Grade School for 17 years. He was also a real estate broker for Rupiper Realty for 35 years.

Wed
16
Aug

Anne Gemignani

Anne Gemignani, 56, of Oconto Falls, passed away on Aug. 13, 2017, after a battle with cancer. Born on March 15, 1961, she was the daughter of the late Glen Garrett and Winifred Copeland.

Anne was a dedicated math teacher at Suring High School. She found happiness working with the students and staff and getting to know them well. Anne was a proud PETA supporter and animal lover.

She is survived by her two children, Gino (Rachel) Gemignani and Danielle Gemignani, and one grandchild, Allayna Gemignani.

She was preceded by her parents.

Visitation will be held at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1484 Ninth St., Green Bay, from 9-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, with Mass to follow at 11 a.m.

Simply Cremation assisted the family.

Please visit www.simplycremationgb.com to share a condolence.

Wed
16
Aug

Christopher M. Arveson

Christopher “Buddy” M. Arveson, 25, of Gillett, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, with family by his side.

Christopher was born on July 19, 1992, to Mike and Robin (Davie) Arveson. He graduated from Pulaski High School with the Class of 2011. Christopher enjoyed hunting, fishing and cooking. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Christopher was the bravest person we’ve ever known. His strength and determination have been truly inspiring to all who met him. Although born with a broken heart, he had a good, kind heart and was loving and caring to everyone he met. Christopher will be missed terribly, but he no longer has to struggle.

Christopher is survived by his parents, Mike and Robin; two sisters, Melissa (Adam) Thomas and Katie Arveson (special friend, Ashton Wagner); grandfather, Dale Hischke; and grandmother, Sharon Davie. He is further survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Wed
09
Aug

Lena E. Severson

Lena E. Severson, 89, of Gillett, passed away at home with her family by her side on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017.

Lena was born on March 13, 1928, to the late Emil and Emilie (Schindel) Schenkoski. On June 22, 1946, Lena married Floyd Severson. She enjoyed gardening and her flowers, reading, watching old TV shows and movies.

Lena was a member of St. John’s Riverside Lutheran Church.

For many years, Lena worked as a library aide at the Gillett Public Library well into her 80s.

Lena is survived by her daughters, Connie Severson (friend Perry Dart), Joyce (Tim) Woodward and Harriet Wolfgram; granddaughter, Tracie Wolfgram; brother, Wally (Dolly) Schenkoski; sister-in-law, Florence Schenkoski. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Wed
02
Aug

Esther Paholke

Esther “Lois” Paholke, 79, of Gillett, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, July 29, 2017.

Lois was born on Nov. 17, 1937, to the late Frederick and Evelyn (Petersen) Wolford. She graduated from Gillett High School with the Class of 1957. Lois married Allen Paholke on June 1, 1957. She was an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Hintz since 1957, where she was a Sunday school teacher for many years and a member of the Ladies Aid.

Lois loved to sew, crochet and make crafts. She also greatly enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, who were her pride and joy.

Wed
02
Aug

Anson R. Schefdore

Anson “Byo” R. Schefdore, 77, of Oconto Falls, died peacefully Friday morning, July 28, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Oconto Falls with his family present. He was born on Sept. 23, 1939, in Green Bay to Ferdinand and Margaret (Morris) Schefdore and moved to Oconto Falls at the age of 5.

Byo attended Oconto Falls Public Schools, where he played football and ran track, graduating from high school with the Class of 1957.

In 1959, he married Judy Martin, and together they had four children. Byo lived most of his life in Oconto Falls, where he was once employed by American Archery for 20 years and was part owner of Premier Archery. He later worked for Magna-Graphics before retiring from IDC in Green Bay. He was a longtime member of the Oconto River Bowman Archery Club. He enjoyed bow hunting, fishing and being with his children.

Wed
26
Jul

Lawrence E. Buhrandt

Lawrence Edward Buhrandt, 86, of Suring, passed away unexpectedly at home on Thursday, July 20, 2017. He was born on Nov. 1, 1930, in the town of How to the late Ernst and Lydia (Pfieffer) Buhrandt.

Lawrence attended Hayes Brook School and St. John Lutheran School before graduating from Suring High School in 1948.

On Oct. 27, 1951, Lawrence married Darlene Gardebrecht at St. John Lutheran Church in Hayes. The couple lived in the Suring and Hayes areas for all 65 years of their marriage. Following their marriage, he worked at Manthei’s Cheese Factory, Ford Garage and Suring Co-op prior to purchasing three farms in the town of How. Lawrence enjoyed farming when he wasn’t hunting, fishing or cooking maple syrup.

Lawrence served on the Town of How Board and as chairperson for many years, as well as town fire warden for 50 years. In addition, he was an Oconto County Board supervisor for 13 years and served on the Suring Mercantile Board for many years.

Wed
26
Jul

Clarence Rusch

Clarence Rusch, 78, of Brown Deer, formerly of Gillett, was born on Aug. 19, 1938, to Helmuth and Genevive (Lambrecht) Rusch in the town of Gillett. He lived on the family dairy farm until his retirement.

Clarence moved to Milwaukee and lived there until his passing. He was confirmed at Immanuel Lutheran Church in the town of Gillett and later attended St. John’s Lutheran in Gillett where he played dartball. Clarence also enjoyed auctions and antiquing.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Gloria. He is survived by one brother, Louis (the late Martha); a nephew, James; two nieces, Holly and Catrina; and their families, as well as many relatives and friends.

Friends and relatives may call on Friday, July 28, 2017, from 1-2 p.m. at Legacy Funeral Chapels, 108 E. Main St., Gillett. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Burial will take place at Wanderer’s Rest Cemetery in Gillett immediately following the service.

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