Obituaries

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Gordon W. Miller

Gordon Wayne Miller passed away peacefully in the afternoon of Nov. 19, 2017, surrounded by those who loved him. He was called home after a long battle with heart issues as a result of Agent Orange.

Gordy was born in Wallace, Michigan, on Nov. 13, 1945, to John and Ella (King) Miller. His family moved to Gillett, Wisconsin, when Gordy was 3 years old. He attended Gillett Schools and graduated in 1963. He was drafted into the service in October 1965 and served in Vietnam as a radio transmitter. He returned home in September 1967. He married Jean Van Lannen in August 1970 and welcomed their first child, Crystal Dawn in June 1971. In July 1972, they welcomed twins, Rodney Alan and Wesley Joe.

In the mid-1980s, Gordy moved to Milwaukee, where he worked as a machinist for 20 years. He never forgot his up-north roots and tried to attend Gillett High School sports as often as he could.

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James Wirtz

James Wirtz, 76, Sobieski, died unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at his home. The son of Floyd and Eleanor (Walske) Wirtz was born Feb. 15, 1941, in Oconto Falls. In February 1960, he met Mardell Karcz while roller skating in Green Valley. The couple was married on May 27, 1961, at Assumption B.V.M. Church in Pulaski. Jim was a U.S. Army veteran and had served for two years in Germany. After his discharge in 1963, the couple moved to Oconto Falls and settled in the town of Chase where they resided for the past 45 years. He drove semi for Red Owl in Green Bay for 22 years, and later for A&R Advance in Green Bay for 10 years, and retired from driving in 2000.

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Constance M. Carter

Constance Margaret Carter (Lutz), age 78, of Madison and formerly of Muskego, died peacefully on Oct. 30, 2017, at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg.

Connie was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on March 28, 1939, to John (Jack) and Marcella (Murphy) Lutz. The family moved back to Wisconsin to work on the family farm in Oconto Falls. Connie graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1957. One of her proudest achievements was being chosen to represent Wisconsin as an Alice in Dairyland Princess in 1958. She attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison before becoming a stewardess for American Airlines. She took time off to raise her three children and then pursued a career in nursing. She worked in the medical field for many years as a registered nurse before her retirement.

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Delores Behringer

Delores (Morrissey) Behringer, 82, Lena, passed away Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, at her home. She was born Sept. 22, 1935, in Lena to Raymond and Viola (Miller) Morrissey. On Sept. 22, 1956, she wed Douglas Behringer.

Delores is survived by two daughters, Maureen Behringer-Lawson (Scott), and Brenda Behringer; Nana is also survived by her loving grandchildren, Ken Behringer, Zach Zaidel (Tracy), Megan La Fave (Bobbi), Griffin Lawson (Kayla); great-grandson, Michael Behringer; many other relatives and friends.

Delores was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas; son, Michael; and her parents.

Private family services are being held.

Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home-Oconto is assisting the family. To express online condolences, please visit rhodescharapata.com.

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William J. Oldenburg

William J. “Billy” Oldenburg Jr., of Hartland, formerly of Oconto, passed away following a long illness on Nov. 13, 2017, at the age of 50. He was a graduate of Oconto High School.

Survivors include his mother, Diana, and his siblings, Michael (Bev) Oldenburg, Jennifer (Stanley) Orgas and James Oldenburg. Further survived by nieces, nephews and friends.

Per William’s request, no formal services will be held. If desired, memorials may be made to AngelsGrace Hospice, Oconomowoc.

Evert-Luko Funeral Home

170 Warren Avenue, Hartland

262-367-2156

www.evertlukofuneralhome.com

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Nov

Robert L. Von Haden Sr.

Robert “Bob” Louis Von Haden Sr., 97, passed away on Nov. 10, 2017, in Wisconsin Rapids.

Bob was born Feb. 20, 1920, to Charles and Minnie (Schultz) Von Haden in Madison. He graduated from Suring High School and got a business degree from the Wausau Business College in 1940. He then married his high school sweetheart, Florence Virginia Lartz (“Ginni”) on Aug. 2, 1941, in Hickory Corners, in Ginni’s parents’ yard.

After Naval service in Washington, D.C., and New York during World War II, Bob and Ginni returned to Wisconsin to raise their four children in Green Bay, where Bob was self-employed, owning many businesses — the most recent of which was Von Haden Supply Company Inc., distributors of home improvement products. Bob took his role of provider very seriously, and he conducted his business dealings uprightly. Among his favorite sayings was, “Plan your work, work your plan, and your plan will work for you.”

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Phyllis Turner

Phyllis “Tween” Turner, nee Goldberg, 92, longtime Kelly Lake resident, died Thursday evening, Nov. 9, 2017, at home, surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 8, 1925, in Chicago to Samuel and Dorothy (Smith) Goldberg, the youngest of three daughters. In 1943, she graduated from South Shore High School.

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Phyllis Turner

Phyllis “Tween” Turner, nee Goldberg, 92, longtime Kelly Lake resident, died Thursday evening, Nov. 9, 2017, at home, surrounded by her family. She was born Sept. 8, 1925, in Chicago to Samuel and Dorothy (Smith) Goldberg, the youngest of three daughters. In 1943, she graduated from South Shore High School.

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Robert L. Von Haden Sr.

Robert “Bob” Louis Von Haden Sr., 97, passed away on Nov. 10, 2017, in Wisconsin Rapids.

Bob was born Feb. 20, 1920, to Charles and Minnie (Schultz) Von Haden in Madison. He graduated from Suring High School and got a business degree from the Wausau Business College in 1940. He then married his high school sweetheart, Florence Virginia Lartz (“Ginni”) on Aug. 2, 1941, in Hickory Corners, in Ginni’s parents’ yard.

After Naval service in Washington, D.C., and New York, during World War II, Bob and Ginni returned to Wisconsin to raise their four children in Green Bay, where Bob was self-employed, owning many businesses, the most recent of which was Von Haden Supply Company Inc., distributors of home improvement products. Bob took his role of provider very seriously, and he conducted his business dealings uprightly. Among his favorite sayings was, “Plan your work, work your plan, and your plan will work for you.”

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Mavis Lemke

Mavis Lemke (nee Ratz), 83, passed quietly from this life to eternal life with Jesus on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. Mavis was born in Oconto County to Emil Ratz and Olga (Kossman/Mittag). She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Roy. They had been married 58 years when he died in 2011.

She will be deeply missed by her three daughters, Susan (Eugene) Gilbertson, Joy (Greg) Ladzinski and Cathy (Scott) Golden; her grandchildren, Kelly (Manolo) Ramirez, Adam Golden, Mary (Grant) Hultman, Jessica Golden and Diana Dawson; and her great-grandchildren, Lucas and Adelia Hultman, A.J. and Thomas Wray, and Esmeralda Mavis Ramirez. She is also survived by her sister Caroline Curtis and brother Melvin Ratz (Rose), sister-in-law, Audrey Ratz and brother-in law, Richard (Betty) Lemke, and many nieces and nephews.

Mavis and Roy were both younger children in very large families, and most of their siblings are now deceased.

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