Obituaries

Wed
21
Dec

Mildred E. Genskow

Mildred “Millie” E. Genskow, 96, lifelong resident of Suring, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at Woodland Village Nursing Home of Suring.

Millie was born in the town of How, Oconto County, to Helmuth and Bertha (Jeske) Schuettpelz on Sept, 16, 1920.

She attended Hayes Local School and St. John Lutheran School and graduated from Suring High School in 1938. Following graduation she worked at the Suring telephone office, enjoying her time as an operator until the spring of 1946. On Oct. 19, 1946, she married Melvin Genskow at St. John Lutheran Church, and they began their life together farming on her father’s homestead, until their retirement in 1987.

Wed
14
Dec

Bernadine R. Zimanek

Bernadine Rosalie Zimanek, 91, Little Suamico, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. She was born in Milwaukee to the late Joseph and Rose (Wagner) Kopke.

As a young adult she relocated to Little Suamico. She had many jobs, from cooking at the Snack Shack in Oconto to logging and farming. Bernadine worked hard all of her life.

She married John K. Zimanek in 1943. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by her three children, Patricia (Gary) Lamb, Brookfield, John A. Zimanek, Abrams, and Mary Anne De Larwelle, Abrams; one brother, Joseph Kopke, Little Suamico; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Kopke.

Wed
14
Dec

Lawrence R. Smoot

Lawrence “Dick” R. Smoot, 80, of Gillett, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.

Lawrence was born on Feb. 24, 1936, to the late Edgar and Sophie (Patz) Smoot in Oconto County.

Lawrence married Karen Janke on Oct. 10, 1961, in Waukegan, Illinois.

He worked as a truck driver for over 40 years, before working for Seneca Foods in Gillett for eight years driving a bean picker. Lawrence served his country in France during the Korean War in the United States Army.

Wed
14
Dec

Norma Giese

Norma (Hanson) Giese, 82, of Suring, passed away on Dec. 8, 2016.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Ed and Gladys Hanson; her husband, Chester Giese; her fiancé, Richard Schmidt; and her youngest son, Al Giese, and her sister, June Hoerres.

Left to cherish the memory of Norma are her daughter, Susan (Berard) Tomassetti, of Pendleton, Kentucky; her sons, Ed Giese (Beth), of Mountain, and Ken Giese (Deb), of Burlington; her sisters, Judy Lux, of Breed and Betty (Randy) Flodeen, of Evansdale, Iowa, as well as five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many other relatives.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at Lakeside on Anderson Lake on Dec. 17 from 1-4 p.m. It was Norma’s wish that we get together, eat, drink and share happy memories.

Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements.

Wed
14
Dec

Billy F. Gasser

Billy Franklin Gasser, 71, of Oconto Falls, passed away from an accident at home on Dec. 8, 2016. He was born to the late Floyd and Lena Gasser on Oct. 27, 1945.

He graduated from Gresham High School in 1964 and then worked at FWD in Clintonville until 1968.

He married Darla Neumeier on May 22, 1965. They moved to Oconto Falls in 1968. He worked at Mid Central Tool, Hanson Electric and Mod Tech Industries. He retired in 2005, but never really retired.

He loved to hunt, fish, garden, research family genealogy and work on tractors with his grandson. He was very proud of his grandchildren and enjoyed the time he spent with each of them.

Wed
07
Dec

Cindy M. Ondik

Cindy Marie Ondik, 51, of Denver, Colorado, formerly of Gillett, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, in Aurora, Colorado.

Cindy was born on March 31, 1965, in Oconto Falls to Robert and Judy Ondik. She graduated from Gillett High School in 1983 and went onto obtain a degree in cosmetology. Shortly after graduating, she decided to pursue a career in the restaurant industry. She worked as a cook for over 15 years.

After many years in the service industry, Cindy fulfilled a dream of owning her own business. She opened and successfully ran Beanie Heaven in Shawano. After closing her business, she decided it was time for a change and moved to Denver, where she lived and worked until the time of her passing.

Cindy was one of those special people who will always be remembered for her smile and laughter. She loved life; however, her greatest love was spending time with family and friends.

Wed
07
Dec

Daniel R. Bucksa

Daniel R. Bucksa, 73, town of Brazeau, died on Thursday evening, Dec. 1, 2016, at Bellin Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Daniel was born on Sept. 7, 1943, in Milwaukee to Victor and Beverly (Slotke-Kempka) Bucksa. There he met and married Laura Hustig, and they had two children together. In 1976, the family moved to the Coleman area, where Dan successfully owned and operated his own residential painting business, D & L Painting, until retiring in 2014. His motto was: “Have brush, will travel.” In 2007 he married Lynn Kidney.

Over the years, Dan enjoyed hunting, fishing, watching old westerns and just spending time with his family, friends and pets.

Wed
07
Dec

Kenneth M. Yakel

Kenneth Milton Yakel, 85, of Shawano, passed away early Tuesday morning, Nov. 22, 2016, in Shawano.

Kenneth is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Jean (Nee Rabe) Yakel, of Shawano; one son, Kerry Yakel, of Grafton; one daughter, Kathleen (Gene) Yakel, of Shawano; his grandsons, Ryan (Tracie) Forbey, of Shawano, and Jeremy Forbey, of Winneconne; his great-grandchildren, Gerritt and Christa Forbey and Riley Moede, of Shawano; and his best friend, Mike School, of Suring.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Jr. and Elsa (Hoeffs) Yakel; his brothers, Edward, Howard, Marion and Alger Yakel; and his sisters, Eva and Ruby.

A private family burial will take place at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Suring.

Mickelson Funeral and Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the Yakel family with the service arrangements.

www.mickelsonfs.com

Wed
30
Nov

Robert ‘Otis’ Magnin

Robert “Otis” Magnin, 61, Oconto Falls, died suddenly Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, of natural causes at home. The oldest of eight children was born April 4, 1955, in Oconto Falls to Jim and Dolores (Delano) Magnin. He grew up in Oconto Falls where he attended Oconto Falls Public Schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1973. Following graduation, he lived and worked in Green Bay for a few years.

On Sept. 25, 1982, he married Theresa Beno in Little Suamico, and the couple had two children. Otis first drove tanker for Klemm Tank Lines in Green Bay and, in 1988, became an owner/operator, traveling all over the U.S. He was a member of the Oconto Falls Sno-Jokers snowmobile club and OOIDA trucking association and at one time was part of a snowmobile drag race team which included Tim and Bart Magnin, Tom Wendt and Lynn Ziemer.

Wed
30
Nov

Cindy Ondik

Cindy Ondik, 51, of Denver, Colorado, formerly of Gillett, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016.

Arrangements are pending at this time. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com.

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