Obituaries

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Willard T. Allen Jr.

Willard “Tom” Allen, 79, formerly of Manitowoc, passed away on Wednesday, April 30, at Bellin Heart Center, Green Bay.

Tom was born in 1935 to the late Willard and Ellen (Race) Allen, of Little Suamico. He began his education in a one-room schoolhouse taught by his Aunt Marie, graduated from Oconto Falls High School, and earned a biology degree from St. Norbert College and a master’s degree in biology from Purdue University.

He was a dedicated high school biology teacher, first in Kansas City and then for 34 years at Manitowoc Lincoln High, where he also coached football. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves for more than 40 years, led the 432nd Civil Affairs Unit in Green Bay and rose to the rank of colonel. Tom spent many happy days in his woods with family and friends.

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Donald Holtger

Donald Joseph Holtger, 85, Klondike, died early Sunday morning, April 27, 2014, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Sept. 11, 1928, in Oconto County to Roland and Emily (Burish) Holtger.

Donald grew up in the Coleman area, where he attended school, graduating from high school with the Class of 1946. In 1948 he went with his good friend, Cal Compe, to Milwaukee, where they worked for Evinrude Outboard Motors. When Donald was laid off, he purchased his own tools and went to work for Hall Chevrolet and later Nash Motors.

In 1950 he entered the U.S. Army, where he was stationed in Korea with the 936th Artillery Battalion until he boarded the ship back to the U.S. on his 24th birthday. Donald was a lifetime member of the Jerome Rouse VFW Post 9379 and Coleman American Legion Post 280.

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George Muth

George Edward Muth, of Gillett, passed away on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at his home. The son of the late George Robert Muth and Berniece Jomen was born July 19, 1931, in Gillett.

George attended Gillett Public Schools. In May 1951 he enlisted in the United States Navy and served until his discharge in April 1955. On Jan. 21, 1956, he married the former Bonnie Wilson in Gillett. He lived most of his life in the Gillett area.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Robert Muth, and one sister, Monica Hischke.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie; one daughter, Terry, of Green Bay; two sons, Richard, of Cecil, and Daniel, of Oconto Falls; two grandsons, Dustin and Dillon, both of Oconto Falls; one brother-in-law, Dale Hischke, of Gillett; and one sister-in-law, Barb Muth, of Charleston, S.C.

In accordance with the wishes of the deceased, no formal funeral serves will be held.

Burial will be in Wanderer’s Rest Cemetery in Gillett.

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May

Wayne Pirlot

Wayne Edward Pirlot, 68, of Gillett, passed away Monday, April 28, 2014, at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay.

He was born Sept. 13, 1946, to Evelen Early and Edward Pirlot.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Marcella Pirlot, of Gillett, daughter, Jodie Lauersdorf, of Gillett, and son, Wade Pirlot, of Colorado. He has five grandchildren and a daughter- and son-in-law.

He will be missed dearly by family and friends. There will be no services.

Please send condolences to Marcella Pirlot, 340 Robin Hood Lane, No. 3, Gillett WI 54124.

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Cindy Tabbert

Cindy Tabbert, 73, Oconto Falls, died suddenly Friday evening, May 2, 2014, at a Green Bay hospital. She was born Aug. 2, 1940, in Milwaukee to Clyde and Elaine Gallun.

On Dec. 12, 1985, she married Myron “Skip” Tabbert in Milwaukee. The couple retired in 1994 to rural Oconto Falls, where they made their home on the Oconto River. Cindy bartended in Milwaukee area supper clubs and later at Scully’s and Club 32 while living in the Oconto Falls area.

Survivors are her husband, Myron “Skip” Tabbert; one son, Wade Gehrt; one daughter, Rene Gehrt; one stepson, Brian (Theresa) Tabbert; six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; one brother, Clyde (Patricia) Gallun; nieces and nephews.

Private family services will be held in Milwaukee at a later date.

Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls is serving the family.

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Apr

John A. Hill

John A. Hill, 81, Oconto, died early Sunday morning, April 27, 2014, at a Green Bay hospital with his family by his side, following complications from pulmonary fibrosis. He was born Aug. 3, 1932, in New Hampshire to Charles and Hazel (Crossman) Hill.

While attending high school, John participated in all sports. As a young man, John served in the U.S. Army as a medic during the Korean War.

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Judith Jean Christiansen

Judith Jean Christiansen passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Orem, Utah, on April 21, 2014, after having the opportunity to visit with family members and friends. She was born on Nov. 7, 1923, to Robert and Mildred (Monson) Gehling in Oconto Falls and spent her years growing up in Suring. She was the second of three children.

She graduated from Suring High School in 1941 and from the Green Bay Cosmetology School in 1942. She worked as a cosmetologist in Green Bay, Oconto Falls and Waukesha. She was the owner of two salons: Beauty Plaza and Cameo Beauty Salon in Waukesha.

She married Lawrence (Larry) Christiansen in Suring on Oct. 4, 1946. She and Larry had four children, LeAnn Marie, married to W. Steve Albrecht, Orem, Utah; Jerry, who died at birth; Kathy Jo, married to Peter Mehling New Berlin; and Kay Joy Reiber, Orem, Utah. She has 13 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren.

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Dennis Gwidt

Dennis Gwidt, 66, of De Pere, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at home, surrounded by family, having lost a courageous battle with brain cancer.

The son of the late Adam and Ione (Moesch) Gwidt, Dennis was born Nov. 30, 1947, and was a graduate of Pulaski High School. He grew up on his family dairy farm in Pulaski. On Jan. 19, 2000, he married the former Tracy Larsen in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Dennis served his country in the U.S. Army and Army Reserves from 1967-1973. He worked for seven years at Packerland Packing Co., and for 35 years as transportation specialist for ShopKo Stores. Throughout these years, Dennis maintained a perfect safety record. He was very proud of this.

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Donald J. Holtger

Donald J. Holtger, 85, Klondike, died early Sunday morning, April 27, 2014, at home, surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls. Visitation will continue after 9 a.m. Monday, May 5, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls until the time of the service. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church.

A complete obituary will follow.

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Ethel ‘Teddy’ Mikkelson

Ethel “Teddy” Mikkelson, 88, of Gillett, passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

She was born to the late Albert and Alma (Johnson) Anderson on June 20, 1925. Ethel taught school in Spruce before marrying Dale Mikkelson on Oct. 27, 1951, at Section Eight Baptist Church in Pound. Teddy was a substitute teacher for three area school districts.

The couple farmed in the town of Maple Valley until moving to Brillion in 1964. They retired in 1988, and the couple has lived in the city of Gillett from 1993 until the present time.

Ethel and Dale performed as a family duet for many weddings and funerals over the years. As their two sons developed their musical talents, they formed a Family Gospel String Band. Ethel is a member of Maple Valley Community Church.

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