Obituaries

Wed
22
Jan

Brigitte Jones

Brigitte Jones, 51, died Thursday evening, Jan. 16, 2014, at her home in Oconto Falls, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 6, 1962, in Chilton to the late Rudolph and Barbara Fiedler.

Brigitte loved spending time with her family, and she loved the outdoors.

She is survived by her children, Tia DeBauch (Jason), of Oconto Falls, Janine Cary (Matt), of St. Albans, Vt., and Jeffrey Jones (Lauren), of Green Bay; as well as two grandchildren, Payten DeBauch and Wyatt Cary.

Brigitte was preceded in death by her father, Rudolph Fiedler; her mother, Barbara Fiedler (Ludwig); one brother, Joe Fiedler; a sister-in-law, Peggy Fiedler; and a nephew, David DeLeon.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 25, at Brigitte’s home in Oconto Falls.

Wed
22
Jan

Charles B. Maclean

Charles B. Maclean, PhD., 68, of Portland, Ore., formerly of Oconto Falls, died Nov. 22 after battling cancer since early July.

Charles was an Eagle Scout, philanthropy professional and author. He was a co-founder of Trillium Hollow Cohousing Community in Portland.

He is survived by his brother, Thomas Maclean, of Pardeeville.

Wed
22
Jan

Ethel R. McCarthy

Ethel R. McCarthy (Grandma Mc), 99, Peshtigo, formerly of Oconto Falls, died Sunday evening, Jan. 19, 2014, at Rennes Health Center-West.

She was born June 9, 1914, in Oconto Falls to Charles and Rachel (Temple) Gallagher. Ethel grew up in the Oconto Falls area, where she attended school, graduating from Oconto Falls High School with the Class of 1932. Following graduation from high school, she went on to attend teachers training and then taught school.

On Feb. 16, 1935, she married John McCarthy in Gillett. After their marriage, the couple lived in Milwaukee and then farmed in the Gillett area for some time. Upon moving back to Milwaukee, Ethel was employed in quality control at Continental Can Co. for 25 years, where she loved her work. They also enjoyed vacationing at their cottage in Crivitz, where they eventually retired.

Following John’s death in 1987, Ethel moved in 1991 to Oconto Falls, where she became a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Wed
22
Jan

Louis P. Stepien

Louis P. Stepien, 84, American hero of the Korean Conflict, died Jan. 17, 2014, at a local hospital as a result of complications following surgery treating extensive disabling injuries suffered 61 years ago while serving in the U.S. Army.

Louis achieved the rank of sergeant and earned numerous awards, including the Bronze Star with V for Valor, the Purple Heart and other service medals. He was a member of the PLAV Post No. 178, Krakow, Oconto County DAV Chapter 45 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart No. 164, Green Bay. We are indebted to Louis for protecting the freedom we all enjoy in America.

After being honorably discharged from the military, he had been a dedicated employee of Carver Boat Company before becoming a rural mail carrier, serving mail routes in Sobieski, Abrams and Krakow. On May 21, 1960, he married Marion Valentine at St. Joseph Church in Chase.

Wed
15
Jan

Roberta Knutson

Roberta Knutson, 71, Gillett, entered into rest on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. She was born on April 3, 1942, to the late Robert and Merlin (Coey) Maddox.

Roberta is survived by four children, Bob Thompson, Scott Thompson, Bruce Thompson and Mary Hagood. She is further survived by four grandchildren, Adam and Randy Thompson and Paul and Aaron Yourkovich; and one great-grandchild, Andrew Yourkovich.

She is preceded in death by her late husband, William Knutson.

Roberta’s life was completely built around and dedicated to loving her children. She will be greatly missed, but remembered forever.

Wed
08
Jan

Steve J. Yatso

Steve J. Yatso, 90, of Boulder City, Nev., formerly of Wisconsin, died Sunday afternoon, Jan. 5, 2014, at the home of his niece near Black Creek.

He was born Feb. 1, 1923, in Exeter, Penn., to Steven Sr. and Mary (Mikeska) Yatso. As a little boy, Steve moved with his parents to the Oconto Falls area, where he graduated high school with the Class of 1942. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific during World War II. Following his honorable discharge from the military, he stayed in California, where he started a gym equipment manufacturing company, which he owned and operated for many years.

Wed
08
Jan

Lillian V. Leja

Lillian V. Leja, 91, Abrams, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Rebekah Haven in Green Bay, surrounded by family.

Lillian, the daughter of John and Mary (Sepiol) Dworniczak, was born Nov. 23, 1922, in Poznań, Poland. She spent her first birthday crossing the Atlantic Ocean with her family as they came to America.

They settled in Chicago, where Lillian lived until she was 16 years old. The family moved to a dairy farm in Morgan, where Lillian milked six cows by hand every day. She left behind the luxuries of the big city: electricity, heating and plumbing. When visitors from the city asked if they had running water, the standard reply was, “Yes, you grab two pails and run.”

Wed
01
Jan

Victor E. Bast

Victor “Vic” E. Bast, 91, Oconto Falls, died Monday afternoon, Dec. 23, 2013, at home, surrounded by his loving family. The only son of four children, he was born Sept. 17, 1922, near Gillett to William and Ruth (Flick) Bast.

Vic grew up in the Oconto Falls area, where he attended public schools, graduating high school with the Class of 1938. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Later, Vic attended UW-Madison, where he received his master’s degree in administration. He started teaching in a one-room school with 37 pupils in all eight grades. Vic later moved to a two-room school in Spruce where he taught grades 5-8.

Wed
25
Dec

Andy Kranick

Andy Kranick, 65, Oconto Falls, loving husband, best friend and “little buddy” of Barb Kranick, died Wednesday evening, Dec. 18, 2013, at Bellin Hospital. He finally entered a painless new life with his wife, Barb, loving niece and nephew, Jeanna and Keith Koch, and friend, Missy, by his side.

Andy put up a very courageous fight with cancer since 2002 and was still able to lead a productive life until its return in July 2013, when his fight started all over again.

Andy was born Dec. 4, 1948, in Deland, Fla., to Miriam “Maude” and Andrew Kranick Jr. and was raised in Savannah, Ga. When Andy was about 10 years old, his father suddenly died, so his mother moved him and his two younger brothers to Sheboygan to be closer to family.

Wed
25
Dec

Gaylord ‘Bub’ Strehlow

Gaylord “Bub” Harry Strehlow, 88, Suring, passed away at Woodland Village Nursing Home on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. He was born Nov. 22, 1925, to the late William Jr. and Clara (Guelker) Strehlow.

Bub was a graduate of Suring High School, where he excelled in boxing, track and football.

He married Melanie Lanser on Aug. 30, 1946, and she preceded him in death on Nov. 13, 2003. They started out farming, and later Bub became a bookkeeper for Muehl Ehlinger Lumber Company for 10 years. He received his degree in accounting by doing home study. In 1962, he was employed as the Oconto County accountant for 15 years prior to becoming the Oconto County clerk in 1977. He retired from the Oconto County clerk position in 1998.

Bub owned and operated Bub’s Pub in Hayes for many years with his wife, Melanie, and was very proud of his Bub’s Pub baseball teams.

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