Obituaries

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.

Wed
04
Sep

Donald K. Peterson

Donald K. Peterson, of Napa, Calif., passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013, at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa.

He was born Sept. 28, 1921, in Oconto Falls to Frank and Margaret (Kadlec) Peterson. He graduated from Marinette High School on May 31, 1938.

He was married on Nov. 4, 1944, to Ione Mitchell in Bonduel. She preceded him in death on Sept. 18, 2005. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Napa. He was also preceded in death by his son, Stephen, on Jan. 1, 2007.

Donald is survived by his son, Thomas, and daughter-in-law, Laura, and two stepgrandchildren, Brian and Dalene Youngblood.

Donald graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1942 with a degree in organic chemistry. From there, he went to work with Shell Chemical Co. in Houston, Texas. With Shell, he worked at various locations, which included Houston (twice), New Orleans, Philadelphia, New York City and San Francisco (twice).

Wed
28
Aug

Marilyn Baldwin

Marilyn “Hazel” Baldwin, 73, of Cecil, passed away Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the Jack and Engrid Meng Unity Hospice Residence, with her loving family at her side, after a valiant fight with leukemia.

She was born Jan. 20, 1940, in California, Pa., to the late Dallas and Gertrude Martin. Hazel was raised in Grover and graduated from Peshtigo High School in 1958. She married Macklyn Baldwin Jan. 30, 1960, in Stiles, and they celebrated 53 years of marriage this year. She lived in Oconto Falls and Stiles before moving to Cecil.

Hazel worked as an instructional aide for the Oconto Falls School District for 31 years. She loved time with her family, lunches with her friends, annual family vacations, road trips with Mack, cooking and fishing.

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