Obituaries

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07
Feb

Liam M. Zahn

Liam Michael Zahn, 17 months, earned his angel wings on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. He was born Aug. 25, 2016, to Adam and Liz (Madero) Zahn. A nookie in his hand and a giggle was how he started his day, and he had a smile that could light up a room and blue eyes that could melt your heart. He loved and adored his big brother Wesley, and tried to do whatever he was doing. Liam loved his monkey and blankie, and made sure he had them at nap and bedtime. He was a huge fan of Mickey Mouse, and loved to dance whenever sung to.

He is survived by his parents, Adam and Liz, and big brother Wesley, Grandma Kathy Zahn, Grandpa Craig Pulley, Grandma Christine Madero, Grandpa Mark Madero, as well as Great-Grandmas Shirley Pacala, Diana Madero and Norma Frank. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins survive him.

Liam was preceded in death by his Grandpa Michael Zahn, and Great-Grandpas Gilbert Pacala, David Madero and Edward Frank.

Wed
07
Feb

Michael J. Nelson

Michael J. “Mike” Nelson, 69, Green Bay, formerly of Gillett, died comfortably Friday afternoon, Feb. 2, 2018, at home. He was born Jan. 7, 1949, in Oconto Falls to Alfred “Swede” and Jeannette (Backhaus) Nelson. Mike grew up on the family farm in the Town of Underhill and attended Gillett public schools, graduating from high school with the class of 1967. Not long after graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and proudly served in Vietnam.

Mike lived in the Gillett area for most of his life where he was employed at the local canning factory until a disability forced an early retirement. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and working in the woods on his CAT. Mike was a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church in Hintz.

Survivors are his seven siblings, Sandy Wilson, Gillett; Barbara (Soren) Sorlie, Cecil; Bill (Barb) Nelson, Hintz; Judy Nelson, Green Bay; Marsha (James) Mahan, Appleton; Pat (Rhonda) Nelson, Hintz; Debbie Nelson, Hintz; many nieces and nephews.

Wed
07
Feb

Betty Jane Saffran

Betty Jane Saffran, 89, of East Troy, passed away surrounded by her family on Jan. 14, 2018. She was born in Hayes to William and Clara Strehlow. She married her husband of 66 years, Norman J. Saffran, on March 31, 1951. They were longtime East Troy residents. Betty worked in the lunch program for the East Troy School District for 22 years, and she was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spending time at their cabin up north. Betty’s kind and gentle ways will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Shepherdson and Lonnie for the wonderful care and comfort shown to Betty. Also, a special thank you to Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care and Lynn for all their wonderful care.

Wed
07
Feb

James A. Collins

James A. Collins, 73, of North Aurora, Illinois, passed away at his brother’s home in Gillett on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

Private services for the family were held at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring. A memorial service for the public is being planned, and it will be announced in a later edition. Online condolences can be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com

Wed
31
Jan

Gerald L. Gehling

Gerald “Jerry” (Spike) L. Gehling, age 91, of Suring, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, with his family by his side. Jerry was born in Oconto Falls to the late Robert and Mildred (Monson) Gehling on April 19, 1926, the youngest of three children. He was married to Margaret Rierdon on Dec. 25, 1947, and together they had three children. Margaret preceded him in death on June 11, 1986.

Jerry attended school in Clintonville, Frostville and Suring, as well as Lincoln Aeronautical Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska. He spent the majority of his life in Suring working at the Farmer’s Mercantile, Red Owl and was the owner and operator of Gehling Auto Body and Towing, a business he ran in conjunction with his father, Bob’s “Papa Bob’s,” gas station.

Wed
31
Jan

Joseph A. Hatfield

Joseph A. Hatfield, 45, of Mountain, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Joseph was born on March 24, 1972, to Susan Spaulding and the late Lloyd Hatfield in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from Menominee (Michigan) High School with the class of 1992. Joseph greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Joseph is survived by his mother, Susan; four brothers, Jon, Robert, Christopher, Butch; a sister, Victoria; grandmother, Dale Quandt; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd; his brother, William; grandfather, Awald Quandt.

Wed
31
Jan

Susan C. Putnam

Susan C. Putnam (aka DUF) – (Jan. 11, 1944 – Jan. 26, 2018)

If I was telling this story, I would say:

Susan always said that before she was born, God wrote in His book His Plan for her. It said she would arrive on this earth in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin. Mother always said that her hair was the color of a shiny new penny. I say a “Penny from Heaven.” When you find one, consider it an angel from above. Susan knew God kept her in His heart and would guide her through the years. She knew that when it was time to go to His peace-filled place, that she would not be afraid.

God picked her mother, Violet (Hyland) Putnam, and her father, Kendall Putnam. He picked her siblings, Connie (Ron) Oliver, Mary Ann/Cookie (Gary) Konitzer and Kent Putnam. He knew that even though they were all different, they would always be together.

Wed
24
Jan

Amelia A. Lehn

Amelia A. (Nee Saurbeir) Lehn, 58, Gillett, passed away Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, at home surrounded by family.

Amy was born in Chicago on May 7, 1959, a daughter of the late Hilbert R. Sr. and Virginia R. (Anderson) Saurbeir. She moved to Gillett at a young age and was a 1977 graduate of Gillett High School. Amy met and married George Lehn and together they raised one mistake, Aaron, as the owners and operaters of the Berry Lake Club for over 35 years.

Wed
24
Jan

David R. Watermolen Sr.

David R. Watermolen Sr., 87, of Suring (formerly of Green Bay), passed away on Jan. 22, 2018. David was born on May 7, 1930, to the late John and Flora Watermolen in Green Bay. He married Phyllis Hendricks in December 1958. David worked as maintenance staff for HC Prange Company and Parkview Manor Nursing Home for many years. He greatly enjoyed splitting wood and working in his orchard.

David is survived by his wife, Phyllis; three sons, Kevin (Jane) Watermolen of Bonduel, David (Donna) Watermolen Jr. of Krakow, and Dreux Watermolen of Madison; a daughter, Judee (Ken) Bjorn of Park Rapids, Minn.; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, five brothers and six sisters.

Wed
24
Jan

Aaron Y. Nienstedt

Aaron Young Nienstedt passed away Sunday morning at his home, surrounded by his mother and sister. He was 30.

He was born in Oshkosh on Feb. 17, 1987, the second child and only son of Randall and Christine Nienstedt. Despite a diagnosis at the age of 2 with the terminal disease Battens, Aaron lived his life to the very fullest. He was an active Boy Scout, and also a talented artist. His work won awards when he was only 10 years old, and he was honored in Madison by then-Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson and his wife.

He graduated high school in 2005 with the help of aides and his family. He continued to engage in the community with ongoing educational programs and social groups, regardless of his physical limitations. They were limitations only in others’ eyes, never his own.

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