Obituaries

Wed
18
Dec

Marjorie M. Sweda

Marjorie M. Sweda, 69, of the town of Underhill, Oconto County, passed away peacefully at her home on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, with her loving husband by her side.

Marjorie was born Jan. 21, 1944, in Mount Clemens, Mich., a daughter of the late Harold and Hazel (Socia) DeCaussin.

She attended school in Mount Clemens, and following graduation from high school, she attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Milwaukee.

On Aug. 25, 1979, she was united in marriage to John R. Sweda in Milwaukee. Following their marriage the couple lived in Oconomowoc for 10 years. Then as John would tell you, they got very lucky and were able to move to the country.

Marjorie was the owner/operator of Sweda Lightning Protection.

Marjorie was an extremely devoted grandmother and an avid collector of angels.

Wed
11
Dec

Marion J. Vaughn

Marion J. Vaughn, 81, of Crivitz, passed away Sunday at MeadowLands retirement community in Oconto Falls.

Marion was born to the late Leonard and Hazel (White) Scheels on Jan. 29, 1932, in Mercer. She married Kenneth Sr. in Mercer. The couple resided in Crivitz, where she was employed by the Crivitz School District as an elementary school teacher until retirement. She loved spending time with her family and friends.

Surviving are two daughters, Cheryl (Charles) Kopplin, of Davisburg, Mich., and Cindy (Jerry) Cho, of Oconto Falls; two sons, Kenneth Jr. (Ellen) Vaughn, of Marinette, and Charles Vaughn, of Crivitz; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sister, Janet (Bob) Kaas, and one brother, Jack (Jackie) Scheels, both of Crivitz.

Friends may call Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Ev. Presbyterian Church in Crivitz from 9:30 a.m. until time of the service at 11:30 a.m., with the Rev. Jerry Cho officiating.

Wed
11
Dec

Ronald “Ron” Heuser

Ronald “Ron” Henry Heuser, 79, Green Bay, died peacefully Wednesday morning, Dec. 4, 2013, at a Green Bay hospital. The son of the late Ralph and Margaruite (Santy) Heuser was born June 2, 1934, in Lena, was a 1952 graduate of Pulaski High School and taught elementary education at various area schools.

On Aug. 23, 1958, he married Lillian Timm. Ron and Lillian owned and operated the Tailgate Restaurant and Motel in Mountain until their retirement in 1998. He was an active member and past president of the Near Northeast Chapter of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association and also the Wisconsin Restaurant Association (1994-95). Ron had served on the state WRA Board of Directors since 1982 and was an honorary member of the board. During his tenure, he served as chairman of many WRA committees. He was one of the “founding fathers” of the WRA Education Foundation. It’s no surprise that Ron was a great collector of cookbooks.

Wed
11
Dec

Lillie King

Lillie Marie King, 70, Suring, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home on Thursday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. until the memorial service at 10 a.m., with Sister Marla Clercx officiating.

Gruetzmacher Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Online condolences can be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com.

Wed
11
Dec

Edward Skarban

Edward “Ed” Skarban, 86, Two Rivers, formerly of Oconto Falls, died Thursday morning, Dec. 5, 2013, at Hamilton Care Center. He was born Nov. 24, 1927, in Suring to Edward J. and Louise (Yakel) Skarban.

Following graduation from high school in 1945, he entered the U.S. Navy and served during World War II. Following his honorable discharge from the military, he attended college in Milwaukee for two years.

On Nov. 1, 1951, he married Genevieve Baranski in Indiana. The couple in 1953 moved back to Oconto Falls, where Ed worked for the former Scott Paper Co. as an electrician for 37 years, retiring in 1989. It was also during this time he and Genevieve owned and operated the Fireside Restaurant.

Wed
04
Dec

Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy, 56, Oconto Falls, died Saturday night, Nov. 30, 2013, of apparent cardiac arrest at a Green Bay hospital. He was born Sept. 5, 1957, in Oconto Falls to Howard and Gloria (Lewis) Murphy.

Jim grew up in the town of Morgan where he attended Oconto Falls Public Schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1975. He lived most of his life in the Suamico area, where he worked the counter at various businesses relating to auto parts. He had a gift of gab and could converse with anyone, especially over a cold beer if it related to Harley Davidson motorcycles or any of the numerous places or people he knew. Jim will be fondly remembered as an avid reader and deer hunter, especially with his late brother, Roger. Always a dreamer, Jim will be remembered for coming up with an idea that could lead to instant prosperity.

Wed
04
Dec

Helen St. Louis

Helen J. St. Louis, 82, of Lena (Kelly Lake), died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at Sharpe Care Nursing Home, Oconto Falls.

She was born to the late William and Agnes (Vondross) Houska on Oct. 17, 1931. She married Robert St. Louis on June 14, 1952.

Surviving are two sons, Wayne (Jean) St. Louis, and their children, Jennifer St. Louis, Jamie (Jarod) Weigelt and Landen; and Greg (Chris) St. Louis, and their children, Joseph (Kim) and Bobbi Jo (Brian); one sister, Elaine McMahon; and one brother, Harvey Houska.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert, on March 28, 2000; her son, David R. St. Louis, on July 10, 2013; one brother, William “Jerry” Houska; and one sister, Clara Houska.

Relatives and friends called Monday at the Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, 438 W. Main St., Lena. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Helen was placed to rest at Hickory Cemetery.

Wed
04
Dec

Hazel Volk

Hazel June Volk went to be with the Lord on Nov. 18, 2013, while at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital in Milwaukee. Hazel was born June 23, 1924, in Oconto Falls, to parents Edward and Pearl Larsen.

She is survived by one brother, Kenneth; son, William; granddaughter, Stephanie; grandson, Robert; and great-granddaughter, Courtney.

She was preceded in death by one brother and six sisters.

With her deep commitment to family, Hazel took pleasure in being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her employers, along with her family, enjoyed her excellent baking and cooking skills. She was fond of kittens, especially gray ones.

She is greatly missed.

Wed
27
Nov

Gary Gallagher

Gary Gallagher, 74, Oconto Falls, died Sunday morning, Nov. 24, 2013, at a Green Bay hospital with his family present. He was born July 23, 1939, in Oconto Falls to Clifford and Orpha (Poppe) Gallagher.

Gary grew up in Oconto Falls, where he attended public schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1957. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in Alaska and Canada refueling airplanes.

On Sept. 18, 1965, he married Victoria Garland in Suring. The couple lived all their married lives in Oconto Falls, where Gary was employed by Oconto Falls Public Schools in their custodial department for over 25 years. He also worked as a courier for the school toward the end of his time with the district. As a long-time member of Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls, Gary once served on the church council, ushered and counted money for many years.

Wed
20
Nov

Lori Linzmeyer

Lori Linzmeyer, 51, Suring, passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 11, 2013, after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. She was born on Jan. 16, 1962, to Charles M. Wolcott (Porkie) and the late Beverly Honeyager Wolcott.

Lori married Michael Linzmeyer on June 20, 1997.

Lori loved animals and ran a therapy and rescue. There was not an animal that was not welcome into Lori’s home and heart, be it horses, birds, dogs or flying squirrels. The residents and staff at Woodlands Village Nursing Home in Suring, where Lori loved working, enjoyed the animals Lori would bring to put a smile on everyone’s face. She will truly be missed by everyone who knew her.

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