Obituaries

Wed
18
Sep

Clarice M. Stib

Clarice M. Stib, 87, Stiles, died Sunday morning, Sept. 8, 2013, at home. She was born May 22, 1926, to Clarence and Lillian (Gomney) VanBoven.

On May 7, 1949, she married Hollis Stib in Lena. Because of her husband’s work with the railroad, the couple lived in Random Lake, Waldo, Appleton, Freeport, Ill., Mason City, Iowa, Aberdeen, S.D., Plymouth and Milwaukee before retiring to Stiles in 1987.

Clarice worked as a cosmetologist both before and after her marriage in the various communities in which she lived. She will be fondly remembered as the “Treat Lady” for the delicious treats she would make for her family, friends and even complete strangers.

Survivors are one daughter, Patricia Stib, Aberdeen, S.D.; three grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Steve VanBoven, Stiles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Hollis, in 2002, and one daughter, Jerri Lynn Stib.

Wed
18
Sep

Robert Beaumia

Robert “Plumbob” Beaumia, 83, Oconto Falls, died Tuesday evening, Sept. 10, 2013, at home, surrounded by his family. He was born June 26, 1930, in Oconto Falls to Clarence and Anna (Young) Beaumia.

He attended St. Anthony Catholic Grade School and, as a young man, served in the U.S. Army as an MP during the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge from the military, Bob worked at numerous other jobs, including 4-Wheel Drive in Clintonville for nine years.

On April 23, 1972, he married Shirley (Tappa) Lisowe after Sunday Mass at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls. Bob was employed as a journeyman plumber by United Plumbing and Heating in Oconto Falls for many years until his retirement. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls and the Eick-Sankey American Legion Post 302. Over the years, Bob enjoyed hunting and trap shooting with his family and friends.

Wed
18
Sep

Marshall E. Jahnke

Marshall E. Jahnke, 93, Krakow, died suddenly Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, at home of natural causes. He was born Oct. 15, 1919, to the late William and Louise (Grady) Jahnke. Marshall was raised on the family farm and graduated from Oconto Falls High School.

On June 21, 1947, he married Arnita Schroeder, and together they owned and operated a family farm in the town of Chase for many years. Marshall also worked for the Morgan Co-op Dairy, where he did the payroll and also drove a milk truck. He served on the board of directors for the Oconto Electric Co-op for many years. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Morgan all of his life.

Wed
18
Sep

Robert Heckl

Robert Heckl, 56, Suring, passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. He was born Feb. 7, 1957, to the late Robert and Wedad (Kouri) Heckl. Bob married Rose Boerschinger on May 7, 1977, at St. Michael Catholic Church in Suring.

He enjoyed golfing and bowling, and many of his friends would remember him as an ambidextrous bowler.

Bob could comfort any screaming baby with his belly, but he wouldn’t change their diaper. He always offered anyone and everyone something to eat, so they never left hungry, and he was known for his famous “Heckl Breakfast.”

Thu
12
Sep

Gary M. Troutman

Gary M. Troutman, 67, died at McMinnville, Ore., on Aug. 29, 2013. Born Sept. 21, 1945, he was the youngest of eight children born to John and Iva (Collins) Troutman, of the town of Bagley, Troutman Road, Suring.

Gary attended Peshtigo Brook grade school in Bagley prior to moving to Oregon with his folks and two older brothers in the late 1950s.

He was an avid hunter and fisherman, loved birds and animals.

As a youngster, he had pet crows, as wall as several dogs over the years. Maggie, his last dog, was his constant companion.

He loved playing cards and watching Westerns. Mechanically inclined, he could fix engines large and small.

Gary worked for Stoller Turkey Farms for a number of years and, until the time of his death, was employed by Pokkla and Sons farms of Carlton, Ore.

Gary donated his body to science, as well as his organs for transplant.

Thu
12
Sep

Lester E. Nitzske

Lester E. Nitzske, 72, of Laona, passed away on Monday, Sept. 2, 2013. He was born on April 27, 1941, to the late Ervin and Madeline (Larsen) Nitzske.

His hobbies were coyote hunting, fishing and riding his Harley.

Lester is survived by his son, Stacy (Julie) Nitzske, of Mountain; two granddaughters, Jordyn and Riley; brother, Bruce (Patsy) Nitzske, of Black Creek; two sisters, Cheryl (Russell) Wilkinson, of Shiocton, and Kathy (William) Stedjee, of Bonduel; his sister-in-law, Barbara Nitzske, of Shiocton.

He was preceded in death by his son, Darwin Nitzske; his brother, Gary Nitzske; and his parents.

A gathering of family and friends was held Thursday, Sept. 5, at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring. A memorial service was held Thursday, Sept. 5, at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home, with Pastor Moira Finley officiating.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com.

Wed
04
Sep

MaryAnn Genke

MaryAnn Genke, our tiny, broken, sweet mom, passed away on Aug. 27, 2013. She is now free of pain and walking hand and hand with God.

She was born in Milwaukee on Aug. 21, 1924, to Walter and Charlotte Niemann. She married Gilbert Genke on July 3, 1948. Together they had four children.

MaryAnn was a beautiful dressmaker and seamstress and worked for the Women’s Exchange, where she created specialty clothing. She also sewed all of her children’s clothes and her own for many years. She also had a passion for cooking, and in the late 1960s moved to Mountain and ran the Tailgate Restaurant for many years.

When rheumatoid arthritis destroyed her body, she loved reading cooking magazines and loved watching cooking shows. She also loved her church, going out to eat, especially Red Lobster, shopping, and even though her feet were so terribly deformed from arthritis, she still loved shoes—as do her grandchildren. But mostly she loved her family!

Wed
04
Sep

Arletta R. Thibadeau

Arletta R. Thibadeau, 87, Gillett, entered into rest Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, at New Care Nursing Home in Crivitz. She was born on Aug. 27, 1926, in Oconto Falls to the late Elmer Landin and Leona Henne.

As a young woman, Arletta worked for her father at Landin Motor Co., and later on in life began working for the Gillett School District for many years.

Arletta also belonged to the VFW and other organizations such as the St. John’s Christian Women’s Society. She had many hobbies and passions like bowling, traveling, feeding the birds and tending to her beautiful home, yard and flowers. She also enjoyed her card games, one of her favorites being a game called “Smear” for a quarter a game and a dime a bump! Most importantly Arletta thoroughly enjoyed spending time with her family, dogs and grand-dogs at the cottage in Townsend.

Wed
04
Sep

Sylvia M. Christensen

Sylvia M. Christensen, 89, MeadowLands of Oconto Falls, formerly Lena, went to the Lord on Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. She was born Jan. 11, 1924, in Cooks County, Mich., to the late Martin and Rose (Boehm) Smits.

On Dec. 9, 1944, Sylvia married Quentin “Squint” Christensen at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Spruce. He preceded her in death on May 7, 1988.

Survivors include four children, Leroy (Jerilyn) Christensen, Maribel; Edward (Linda) Christensen, Pound; Wesley Christensen and special friend Paula Reed, Wausau; June (Ronnie) Kruse, Lena; 17 grandchildren, Michelle, Sheila, Connie, Keith, Jesse, Daniel, Katie, Kelly, Ashley, Becky, Travis, Heidi, Tyler, Nicole, Michael, Jackie, Bryan; and 19 great-grandchildren with another expected soon.

Wed
04
Sep

Lulu Knapowski

Lulu Knapowski, 91, of 15392 Island Lake Road, Mountain, formerly of Green Bay, passed away on Sept. 2, 2013.

Lulu was born Aug. 17, 1922, to the late Fred and Mary (Hegnet) Meunier.

She is survived by her son, Louis (Jean), of Suring; grandchildren, Eric (Jen), of Green Bay, Hailey (Andy), of Suring, Wyatt (Ryne), of Suring; great-grandchildren, Cooper, Gabby and Saige. She is also survived by her brother, Stanley; two sisters, Mary and Marilyn; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Lulu was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Louie, brothers and sisters, two great-grandchildren and many other family members and friends.

A memorial service will be planned at Good Shepard Mausoleum in Green Bay at a later date for both Lulu and her husband, Louie.

Gruetzmacher Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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