Obituaries

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11
Oct

Elizabeth K. Olson

Elizabeth K. “Betty” Olson, 83, longtime Lena resident, died peacefully on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017. She was born on Sept. 17, 1934, in Lena to Oscar and Mary (Kort) Schlosser.

Betty graduated from Lena High School. On Sept. 17, 1955, Betty was united in marriage to Donald K. Olson at St. Charles Catholic Church in Lena. The couple recently celebrated 62 years together. The couple spent their earlier married years in Appleton before returning to Lena in 1967. Betty was a longtime member of St. Anne’s Parish in Lena.

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11
Oct

Esther A. Mueller

Esther Anna Mueller, 94, of Gillett, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.

Esther was born to Carl and Hulda Mueller in the town of Gillett, along with her twin sister Emma Anna Mueller, on May 26, 1923. They were raised on a farm that the family operated until 1938, when Emma and Esther began working at a grocery store. They went on to run Mueller’s Supermarket, which they owned and managed with their brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Kay Mueller.

Emma and Esther (never one without the other!) were always seen wearing identical clothes and always ate the same food. They enjoyed spending time at the cottage on Shawano Lake with relatives and friends, and always had a good time no matter what they did. They took many bus trips over the years, visited the Bahamas and Hawaii twice, and also went to Venezuela. They loved playing bingo, eating out with friends and playing cards.

Wed
04
Oct

Robert S. Lusardi

Robert Scott Lusardi, 30, of Breed, tragically passed away in a car accident on Sept. 29, 2017, in the town of Breed. He went to heaven to be reunited with his son, Karter.

Robert was born on May 29, 1987, in Green Bay to Ann and Warren Naud. Robert married the love of his life, Brittany Trepanier, on July 26, 2014, in a beautiful outdoor ceremony in Underhill. Robert had four sons and was an amazing father.

Robert, or as he was more commonly known, Bob, was full of life and very outgoing. He enjoyed the outdoors, working on vehicles, especially trucks, mudding, farming, fishing and bonfires. Most of all, Bob enjoyed spending time with family and friends and sharing his passion for trucks with his young sons and wife. Bob also loved to watch his brothers’ dirt bike races and would often invite others to enjoy the races with him.

Wed
04
Oct

Kathleen M. Kasten

Kathleen M. Kasten, 77, of Gillett, passed away at her home with her family and longtime friend Doris “Cookie” Whiting at her side on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. She was born on Sept. 14, 1940, to the late Walter and Arlene (Arveson) McDermid.

Kathy married David Kasten in Suring on June 30, 1962.

Kathy is survived by her son, Craig (Amy) Kasten, of Gillett; daughter, Stacie Kasten, of Barneveld; five grandchildren, Jessica, Lauren and Jacob Kasten and Kelsee and Kauy Fargo; brother, Wayne McDermid, of Las Vegas, Nevada; sister, Sharon Porter, of Las Vegas, Nevada; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Harry (Nancy) Kasten, of Cecil, Velma Yancy, of Kiel, George (Carol) Kasten, of Columbus, Kansas, Leola Schneider, of Gillett, Lynn (John) Seiltz, of Greenleaf, and Marge Kasten, of Gillett. Kathleen is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Wed
04
Oct

Don A. Wagner

Don A. Wagner, 69, of Gillett, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Aurora Bay Care Hospital in Green Bay.

Don was born in Oconto Falls on June 3, 1948, a son of the late Waldemar and Lorraine (Andersen) Wagner.

Following his graduation from Gillett High School in 1966, Don attended Southern Polytechnic State University until he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He received numerous medals and decorations, including the National Defense Service Medal and a Vietnam Service Medal with two stars. He was honorably discharged in 1972 and returned home to Gillett.

Don went to work for Wagner Gas & Electric and eventually assumed ownership until his retirement in 2008. He was married to Judy (Winkler) on June 30, 2001.

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04
Oct

Dorothy M. Frye

Dorothy Mae (Ramage) Frye, “Dottie” to her friends, died peacefully at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay at 86, surrounded by her loving family, early on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Hugh and Lela (McFarland) Ramage; siblings, Irene, Carol Jean, Le Roy and Betty, all from Kansas; and husband, George Frye, of Lena.

Thu
28
Sep

Catherine Lash

Catherine “Irene” Lash, 96, of Cecil, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, with family at her side.

Irene was born on Nov. 2, 1920, in East Chicago, Indiana, to the late William and Estella (Hilbrich) Quinn. She moved to Wisconsin with her husband, Ted, on Mother’s Day in 1970. Irene was the matriarch of her family. She was an avid Packers fan, keeping score ledgers from 1980 to the present. Irene also loved playing red-eye dice with friends and spending time with family.

Thu
28
Sep

Gloria R. Bauerfeind

Gloria R. Bauerfeind, 88, of Suring, passed away on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

Gloria was born on Nov. 14, 1928, to the late Donald and Amelia (Marsh) Bauerfeind in Mountain. She graduated from Mountain High School with the Class of 1946 as valedictorian. Gloria received the Spirit Award and the I Dare You Book. She worked as a waitress, check clerk, and house cleaner for neighbors for many years.

In her spare time, Gloria enjoyed knitting, crocheting, embroidery, foam art craft and watching TV.

Gloria is survived by her niece, Lynn (Kim) Neumann; great-nephew, Timothy; great-nieces, Laura and Brooke; great-great-nephew, Parker; great-great-nieces, Mila and Lillyanna. She is further survived by many other friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, Charles and Florence Bauerfeind and Joel and Wilmina Marsh; brother, Donald, and his wife, Dona; niece, Lisa Ann.

Thu
28
Sep

Susan VanRoy

Susan Van Roy, 59, Oconto Falls, died suddenly on Monday morning, Sept. 18, 2017, in St. Mary’s Hospital ICU. She was born on Aug. 5, 1958, in Oconto Falls to Bill and Marian (Meyer) Warner.

Sue attended Oconto Falls Public Schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1977. On April 18, 1992, she married Gary Van Roy at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Suring.

Sue once worked at Meunier True Value in Gillett and was employed at Sam’s Club in Green Bay for the past 16 years. She enjoyed flower gardening, and Christmas was her favorite time of the year.

Thu
28
Sep

Jeanne M. White

Jeanne Marie White, 74, De Pere, passed away on Friday Sept. 15, 2017. She was born in Oconto Falls on Oct. 20, 1942, to the late Wencel and Sylvia (Thomson) Murphy.

Jeanne attended St. Anthony Catholic School as well as Lena High School. She graduated from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Jeanne was a guidance counselor at De Pere High School for 25 years. Her focus was ensuring each of her students was set up for success post their high school education. She was known for her quick wit and sense of humor by her colleagues. She was also a real estate broker and loved “closing the deal.” She owned and managed the Wencel Murphy Mobile Home Court for many years in Oconto Falls, after purchasing it from her parents. She could often be seen riding her John Deere tractor cutting the grass. Upon retirement, she moved to Shawano. She enjoyed a good burger and a cold beer at various taverns in the area and quickly befriended all that she met.

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