Obituaries

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Emily Ann Smet

Emily Ann Smet, 3, of Lee Lake, died suddenly Saturday afternoon, March 1, 2014, at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. She was born Jan. 3, 2011, in Oconto Falls to William D. and Katie (Christensen) Smet.

Emily will be lovingly remembered as a happy little girl who liked to be held and cuddled and to go fast and have “bumpy rides.” She just recently started attending early childhood at Oconto Falls Elementary School and enjoyed her time at the CP Center in Green Bay.

Survivors are her parents, Bill and Katie Smet, Lee Lake; her 8-year-old brother, Peter; three half-brothers and one half-sister, Steve Koski, William E. Smet, Briann and Devin Lakonen-Smet; maternal grandparents, Edward and Linda Christensen, Lee Lake; her godparents, Ryan Cherney and Nicole Renier; very special friends, Karen and Cal Kadlec; aunts, uncles and cousins.

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05
Mar

Donald D. Bartels Sr.

Donald D. Bartels Sr., 87, Lakewood, passed away at Bellin Memorial Hospital on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.

He was born on Aug. 17, 1926, to the late Martin and Sophie (Herm) Bartels. Don served in World War II in the U.S. Navy from 1944-1946. He married Ora Lea Kobs on June 14, 1947, and they moved to Lakewood in 1952 and purchased the Lakewood Cheese Factory. In 1958 they purchased the Brook Farm. It later became McCauslin Brook Golf and Country Club, which opened in 1965.

Don was a real estate broker for many years and established Bartels Real Estate in 1973. Don served as the veteran service officer from 1964-1974. He was a County Board supervisor for many years, including time as board chairman. He was president of the McCaslin Lions Club, where he was a charter member. His hobbies include golf, bowling, playing cards and politics.

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26
Feb

Martha C. Delzer

Martha C. Delzer, Oconto Falls, 86, died Wednesday morning, Feb. 19, 2014, at Sharpe Care. She was born Oct. 28, 1927, in Oconto Falls to Jacob and Marie (Selke) Reinert. Martha attended Oconto Falls Public Schools, where she graduated high school with the Class of 1946.

On June 9, 1951, she married Alton “Bill” Delzer at Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls. At one time, Martha was employed at Spiegals Grocery and Bauman’s Clothing stores in Oconto Falls and Country Gardens in Gillett. As a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls, Martha was active in the various women’s activities, taught Sunday school and sang in the choir over the years. She also served as a Brownie Girl Scout leader and also worked as a crossing guard for many years. Martha will be lovingly remembered as an avid bird watcher and flower gardener, as well as a great cook and baker.

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26
Feb

Florence Drella

Florence Drella, 93, formerly of Krakow, died peacefully in her sleep Thursday morning, Feb. 20, 2014, at a Green Bay hospital, four days shy of her 94th birthday. The daughter of John and Veronica (Drewiske) Maternoski was born Feb. 24, 1920, in the town of Glenmore. The family moved to the town of Chase when Florence was a child.

On June 28, 1941, she married Raymond P. Drella at St. Joseph Church in Chase. The couple farmed in the town of Chase until 1969, at which time they moved to the “big house on the highway.” Florence and her sister, Angie, cooked at the Franciscan Friary in Pulaski for many years. She was an active member of St. Casimir Parish in Krakow, where she was a member and past president of the Altar-Rosary Society. She especially enjoyed sewing, playing cards, gardening, baking and spending time with her family and friends.

Wed
19
Feb

Hobert A. ‘Hobie’ Lubas

Hobert A. “Hobie” Lubas, 78, Brookside, passed away Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, at home from cancer. He was born March 5, 1935, in Oconto to the late Albert and Oneda (Gering) Lubas.

Hobert married Carol Baranczyk on June 7, 1961. He was an area logger, sawyer and farmer. He served in the United States Army and was the Machickanee American Legion Post commander for one term. He also belonged to the Oconto Falls DAV and the Abrams Sportsman’s Club.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Carol; one son, Al Lubas, and grandson, David, Green Bay; three daughters, Ann (Doug) Williams, grandchildren, Arwen and Tecwyn, California; Barbara (Mike) Piechura, Maryland, grandson, Randy (Hannah) Piechura and granddaughter, Amy (Arthur) Sudduth, and great-grandchildren Arthur and Andrew, Virginia; Christine (Bill) Lambert, Ohio.

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19
Feb

Agnes M. ‘Angie’ Murphy

Agnes M. “Angie” Murphy, 89, Green Bay, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014. She was born on July 26, 1924, in Green Bay to the late Thomas and Francis (Wygralak) Taylor.

Angie married the love of her life, Maurice “Morris” Murphy, in October 1945. They had six children together and celebrated many years of marriage until Morris’ passing on June 11, 2006.

Survivors include five children, Richard “Rick” (Gail), Daniel J. (Patricia Ann), Lynne, Christine (Lee) and Timothy P. (Holly); 12 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Delores Taylor; and many nieces and nephews.

Angie was preceded in death by her husband, Morris; her parents; son, Jeff; one grandson; and 12 brothers and sisters.

Wed
19
Feb

Lynn A. Jaeger-Borley

Lynn A. Jaeger-Borley, 67, of Green Bay, passed away Thursday morning, Feb. 13, 2014, at a local hospital after a long battle with heart disease.

Lynn was born on Dec. 18, 1946, to Emil and Deloris (Krause) Jaeger in Oconto Falls. She graduated from Oconto Falls High School with the Class of 1964. She moved to Green Bay, where she raised two daughters while working full time.

Lynn enjoyed decorating, cooking, shopping and sitting outside on a warm day. She was an avid Packers fan and enjoyed watching the games. Lynn was an amazingly strong woman, whom everyone could count on for support, spunkiness and joyous laughter. Her strength and independence were visible in every part of her life. Lynn never gave up living and fought til the very end.

Wed
12
Feb

Karen Kay Smoot

Karen Kay Smoot, 79, Gillett, passed away at home on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, with her family by her side. Karen was born Nov. 8, 1934, to the late Leonard and Dorothy (Arnold) Janke in Milwaukee.

She grew up in Hartland and married Lawrence “Dick” Smoot on Oct. 10, 1961, in Waukegan, Ill. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, sewing and fishing and was an avid reader. Karen enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Karen is survived by her husband, Dick, of Gillett; four children, Richard (Tammy) Tulogeski, of Oconto Falls, Robin (Gene) Peterson, of Oconto Falls, Jodie Birr, of Suring, and Larry (Arthur) Smoot, of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada; two siblings, Janice Klink, of Hartland, and Jess (Kay) Janke, of Hartland; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Pat Klink, and a great-grandson, Angelo.

Wed
12
Feb

Adeline Ella Behnke Bent

Adeline Ella Behnke Bent, 94, died peacefully at her home in Lakeland, Fla., on Monday, Jan. 20, with members of her family by her side. Her death came from the complications of advancing age.

She shared 72 ½ years of holy matrimony with her husband, Roland Charles Bent, who preceded her in death in March 2010. Born in her family home, located on Brock Road north of Gillett, on Sept. 2, 1919, to Hulda and Karl Behnke, she married Roland on Nov. 24, 1937, in Green Bay. At a time when steady work was rare and luxuries few, they started to build a life together.

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12
Feb

Richard R. Christensen

Richard R. Christensen, 60, Gillett, passed away at home unexpectedly on Feb. 8, 2014. Richard was born March 30, 1953, in Oconto Falls to the late Clarence and Savalia (Moede) Christensen.

Richard is a graduate of the Suring High School Class of 1971. He married Ruth Block on June 19, 1976, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pulcifer. He was employed as a supervisor in various plywood plants for the past 42 years. Currently, Richard’s place of employment was with Techniply in Oconto Falls. He also served as president of the Frostville Cemetery Association for the past 17 years.

His pastime used to be bowling at the Gillett Legion Bowling Alley for 15 years. Richard enjoyed hunting, especially since he could take his grandson, Ben Bohm, with him. Richard was a very loving husband, father and grandfather and loved spending time with his family. He is a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Suring.

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