Obituaries

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12
Jun

Sylvester Montour

Sylvester “Todd” Montour, 83, of Suring, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Todd was born on April 15, 1935, to the late William and Calista (Harvey) Montour at home in Shawano County. On Feb. 14, 1966, Todd married Carol Gray of Fulton County, Illinois. For over 30 years, Todd worked as a semi-truck driver. After his retirement from truck driving, Todd worked as a mechanic in Janesville for Trucks Inc. Todd and Carol moved to the Suring area in May 1996. Todd enjoyed working with his hands, woodworking, hunting, fishing, playing horseshoes, playing cards, bowling, camping and spending time with his family. He was a jack of all trades.

Tue
12
Jun

Juel E. Kamke

Juel E. Kamke, 71, passed away at her home in Tallahassee, Florida, Friday June 8, 2018. She was born in 1946, the youngest daughter of Betty and Earl Kamke of rural Lena; the family moved to rural Oconto Falls in 1950. Juel graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1964 and attended UW-Eau Claire before transferring to UW-Madison, where she graduated with a B.A. in art and certified in secondary education.

Her first job was in Burlington, Vermont, as an art teacher; in 1978 she joined the Peace Corps where she served in El Salvador. Upon her return to the States, she worked for many years in Florida, using her fluency in Spanish to work with immigrants from South and Central America.

Juel is survived by her two sisters: Diane Nichols (Lyle), Oconto, and Nathalie Gehrke, Seattle; niece, Lara Nichols-Timm, Oconto, and nephews, Brett Nichols, Oconto, and Adam Gehrke, Seattle. She was preceded in death by both parents and a brother-in-law.

Tue
12
Jun

Faye L. Anderson

Faye L. Anderson, 94, Oconto Falls, died Thursday evening, June 7, 2018, at Bellin Hospital. She was born July 21, 1923, in Oconto Falls to Arthur and Florence (Gilbertson) Rice. Faye grew up in the Oconto Falls area where she attended school, graduating high school with the class of 1941.

Thu
07
Jun

Dixie K. Gard

Dixie K. (McCarthy) Gard, 80, Lena, was called home to Heaven on the evening of Corpus Christi Sunday, June 3, 2018, at Bellin Hospital surrounded by her husband and family with repeated prayers of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, her favorite prayer.

Dixie was born on Jan. 30, 1938, in Oconto Falls to John and Ethel (Gallagher) McCarthy. She moved to Milwaukee as a child and graduated from Shorewood High School.

Dixie was a shining example of a person who chose to overcome many obstacles and live a life of joy, compassion and kindness, always putting everyone else first. Mom’s devotion to her Catholic Faith and God’s Love gave her great strength.

On Aug. 19, 1961, Dixie married the love of her life, Herbert Gard, in Milwaukee. Together they lived in the Milwaukee area until buying a dairy farm and moving to Lena in December 1969. Dixie and Herb raised their eight children on their farm.

Thu
07
Jun

Leonard F. Wirkus

Leonard F. Wirkus, 98, Gillett, formerly of Oak Creek, died Thursday morning, May 31, 2018. The oldest of three children was born Oct. 6, 1919, in Milwaukee County to Joseph and Helen Wirkus.

On May 12, 1945, he married Ruth Wolter in Milwaukee. The couple lived in the Oak Creek area for most of their married lives where Leonard worked as a fleet maintenance supervisor in the Milwaukee area until his retirement. They moved to Gillett 14 years ago, and Leonard was a member of St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls.

Survivors are his three children, Susan (Ron) Willes, Gillett; Wayne (Jayne) Wirkus, Wind Lake; Keith (Sharon) Wirkus, Shawano; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Beatrice Hareng, Franklin; Grace (Lawrence) Marsch, Caledonia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ruth in 2014, brother-in-law Norman Hareng and other relatives.

Thu
07
Jun

Clara Druckrey

Clara (Wasmund) Druckrey, 100, of Oconto Falls, passed away on Thursday, May 31, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls with her family by her side. Clara was born on Jan. 28, 1918, to the late William and Wilhemina Wasmund in the town of Washington. On Aug. 31, 1935, Clara married Wilbert Druckrey. Clara greatly enjoyed playing cards, watching the birds and playing the organ.

Clara is survived by her six children, Clyde Druckrey, Randy (Karen) Druckrey, Keith (Sherry) Druckrey, Karen (Steve Schmidt) Page, Karla (Jeff) Miller and Kandice (Jeff) Bero; two daughters-in-law, Donna Druckrey and Ruth (Francis) Theys; 35 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; 25 great-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert, in 1983; two sons, James Druckrey and Rod Druckrey; a daughter, Sandra; a daughter-in-law, MaryAnn.

Thu
07
Jun

Donald D. Kroening

Donald D. Kroening, 84, of Gillett, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018. Donald was born on Nov. 17, 1933, to the late Hilbert and Ellsie Kraning. Donald married Barbara Krause on June 3, 1960. He served his country honorably in the United States Army. Donald worked on his parents’ farm for a few years before working at Seneca Foods in Gillett and the Gillett Feed Mill for many years. He was a member of Whitetails Unlimited, the Northern Gardener’s Club and Faith United Lutheran Church in Gillett. Donald greatly enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening, and was also an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs.

Wed
30
May

Paul R. Berntson

Paul R. Berntson, 73, of Grindle Lake, passed away on Thursday, May 24, 2018. Paul was born on March 18, 1945, in Milwaukee to the late Burnett and Thelma (Fenney) Berntson. He served his country in the United States Army for three years, from 1965 to 1968. Paul married Darleen Wilson on March 18, 1967. For many years, Paul and Darleen lived in West Allis before retiring to Grindle Lake. Paul was a talented wood carver. He greatly enjoyed camping, traveling, playing dominoes and cards, spending time with his grandchildren, and watching birds. Paul was a member of Tabor Lutheran Church, the Crooked Lake-Mountain Lions Club for 15 years, and the GLALA.

Wed
30
May

Norman Buhrandt

Norman (Stormin) Buhrandt, 68, of Suring, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital. Norman was born on Nov. 20, 1949, in Oconto Falls to Ernst and Lydia (Pfeiffer) Buhrandt. He graduated from Suring High School in 1968. On Aug. 30, 1975, he married Paula Frank. After high school, he stayed right on the farm where he lived his whole life. He farmed until March 1996 when the cows were sold. After selling the cows, he was employed at Suring Milling Co. until his retirement. He enjoyed shaking dice with the grandkids, watering Hoss’s steers, bowling, yelling at the TV when the Brewers lost, socializing and making people laugh with his inappropriate jokes and his witty one-liner comebacks.

Wed
30
May

Charmaine Stewart

Charmaine (Braun) Stewart, Sun Prairie, passed away on May 22, 2018, at the age of 72. Daughter of Walter and Nora Braun; graduated from Gillett High School.

Charmaine will be sadly missed by her daughter, Jody Kleven; grandson, Casey Kleven; and sisters, Lulabelle Drath, Muriel Wilke (Jim) and Charitee McKenna (Joe). Charmaine will also be forever remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

She was predeceased by parents, Walter and Nora Braun; brothers, Harold Braun, Llewellyn Braun, and Walter Braun Jr.; sisters Virginia Patzer, Arbutus Braun and Norvellus Braun; brothers-in-law Leon Drath and Ed Patzer; and sister-in-law Eleanor Braun.

A memorial service will be held in memory of Charmaine on Saturday, June 2, with visitation 1-2 p.m., service at 2 p.m. and luncheon to follow. Memorial service to be held at Hillside Assembly of God, 5890 State Highway 22 W, Gillett, by Pastor Paul Carlson.

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