Obituaries

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04
Jun

Kenneth J. Foral

Kenneth J. Foral: April 6, 1927, to June 1, 2014.

Kenneth is survived by two sisters, Elaine LeFebre and Loryce Heisel; one daughter, Mary Ann Hitz (Jim); four sons, Richard (Elizabeth Schussler), Michael (Irma), James (Debbie) and Thomas (Nannette); his grandchildren, Colin, Rudy, Melissa, Joshua, Christina, Jennifer, David and Eric; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Emma Foral; his wife of 53 years, Phyllis (Prust); and their infant son, Timothy.

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04
Jun

Janet Ann Haffeman

Janet Ann Haffeman, 75, Lena, passed away Monday, May 26, 2014, after a long illness, at Bay Area Medical Center, Marinette. She was born to the late Leo and Anna (Pivonka) Valenta on April 25, 1939.

Janet married Melvin Haffeman on Nov. 30, 1957. She worked as a waitress at The Round Roof of Kelly Lake, at The Wooden Shoe of Lena for many years and retired from The Store in Lena due to health issues. Janet’s ultimate love was her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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04
Jun

Marguerite Lonzo

Marguerite Lorraine Lonzo, 88, of Oconto Falls, passed away on Friday, May 30. The love of her life, Louis Lonzo, passed away in 1962 after only 11 years of marriage.

She enjoyed embroidery work, gardening, cats and loving her grandchildren. She had a passion for caring for elderly and the sick in their homes, after retiring from Oconto Hospital where she worked in housekeeping.

Marguerite is survived by her three sons, Ronald, of Oconto Falls, Richard and wife, Deena, of Venice, Fla., and Randy and wife, Esther, of Suring. Harold Lonzo, of Oconto Falls, is her only surviving sibling. She has seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Tuesday at Riverview Alliance Church in Oconto Falls.

Wed
28
May

Dean Kesler

Dean “Scooter” Kesler, 51, Gillett, died suddenly Saturday morning, May 24, 2014, at Community Memorial Hospital. He was born May 14, 1963, in Oconto Falls to Willard and Phyllis (Schaal) Kesler.

Scooter was a well-known musician in the area. He played lead guitar with the Hickory Ridge Band.

Scooter is survived by the love of his life, Jill Topping; two sisters, Beverly (Chad) Beutler and Lynette Jaeger; niece, Krista Jaeger (Kody DeBauch); Jill’s parents, Ken and Judy Topping, and their sons, Phil and Jon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Visitation with the urn present will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014, at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls. An “open mic” session will start around then with an opportunity to share favorite Scooter stories through words and music.

Scooter dearly loved his fiancee, Jill, his family, many friends and music.

Wed
28
May

Gerald J. Grams Sr.

Gerald J. Grams Sr., 77, of Gillett, passed away on Thursday, May 22, 2014. He was born to the late Carl and Louise (Mittag) Grams on April 10, 1937.

Gerald married Bernice Droese on June 11, 1960, at St. Paul Evangelical and Reform Church in Menomonee Falls. The couple owned and operated the Choo-Choo Inn in Gillett from 1978 until retiring in 2002.

He enjoyed deer hunting, shooting trap, fishing on Lake Michigan and hunting trips out west.

Gerald is survived by his wife, Bernice, of Gillett; two children, Cheryl Loseby, of Gillett, and Gerald Grams Jr., of Gillett; his sister, Shirley Hagen, of Oconomowoc; three grandchildren, Casey, Keerstin and Nicholas; and two great-grandchildren, Justice and Lindsey. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Gerald’s wishes were to have no services.

Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family

Wed
28
May

Wayne E. Wagner

Wayne E. Wagner, 76, of Suring, passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014. He was born in Bridgewater, S.D., on Oct. 13, 1937, to the late Claus and Anna Englebrecht Wagner.

Wayne married Sandy Schmude on March 11, 1961, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Oshkosh. The couple farmed and owned a dry cleaning business near Berlin. He worked as an IBEW industrial electrician and retired in 1999. He enjoyed doing woodworking projects for his family in his shop.

Wayne, devoted husband and loving father, is survived by his wife of 53 years, Sandy, of Suring; three children, Michelle (Eric) Nikolai, of St. Jacob, Ill., Scott (Tina) Wagner, of Appleton, Amy (Fritz) Heidenreich, of Green Bay; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Norman.

Visitation was held at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Suring on Saturday, May 24, from 9 a.m. until the funeral service at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Jacob Gawlik officiating.

Wed
21
May

William Montgomery

William “Bill” Montgomery, 83, Oconto Falls, died Saturday afternoon, May 17, 2014, at Community Memorial Hospital. He was born March 11, 1931, in southwestern Wisconsin to Dallas and Lucille (Sugden) Montgomery.

Bill grew up in the area where he graduated from Richland Center High School with the Class of 1950. As a young man, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954 until 1957.

On April 6, 1957, he married Louise Shaffer in Muscoda. Soon after their marriage, the couple moved to the town of Morgan, where they owned and operated a family farm. Bill drove cattle truck and also worked at the Green Valley Elevator. He served on the Morgan Town Board for 23 years, the Town of Morgan Cemetery Board and as a volunteer fireman for the Green Valley-Morgan Fire Department since 1960.

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21
May

Arlene A. Weyer

Arlene A. Weyer, 85, Oconto Falls, formerly of Menomonee Falls, died Friday morning, May 16, 2014, at Community Memorial Hospital. She was born Feb. 22, 1929, in Menomonee Falls to Chester and Clara (Umhoefer) Keeler.

Arlene grew up in the area where she graduated high school with the Class of 1947. Following graduation, she was employed at Honey Acres in both the factory and office.

On Jan. 22, 1951, she married Robert “Bob” Weyer at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Menomonee Falls. The couple lived in Menomonee Falls for all of their married lives. They owned and operated a retail window and door business until 1981. Over the years, Arlene was an avid bowler and golfer, and, in her later years, enjoyed fishing. While living in Menomonee Falls, she was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. For 15 years, Arlene spent winters in New Mexico and her summers in Oconto Falls until just a few years ago.

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21
May

Helen M. Bralick

Helen M. Bralick, of Waukesha, and a longtime resident of Genesee, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at her home at the age of 84 years. She was born in Waukesha on Jan. 22, 1930, the daughter of David and Caroline (nee Knoebel) Williams.

She was a 1949 graduate of Waukesha High School. On May 20, 1950, she married Joseph Bralick at St. James Catholic Church in Mukwonago; he preceded her in death on March 5, 2003. Helen currently attended St. William Catholic Church and was a former member of St. Joseph and St. Mary Catholic churches.

She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Soat-Vergenz VFW Post 721 and the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion DJ Martin Post 8. Helen was currently a resident at the Berkshire on Sunset in Waukesha.

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21
May

Marjorie ‘Pudge’ Melchior

Marjorie Alice (Ollmann) Melchior entered into eternal rest on May 18, 2014. Marjorie was born in Bonduel on Nov. 10, 1916, to the late Elmer and Hulda (Mayer) Ollmann.

When she was 6 years old, her father bought a tavern in Gillett. She lived at home until she turned 19.

Marjorie married Michael Melchior on May 29, 1937. Mike went on to join the U.S. Navy shortly after. While Mike was away, she moved in with Kathlene Quade and worked in Quade’s Ben Franklin Store. A year after Mike returned home, the two of them purchased a dry cleaning business in Gillett.

On Nov. 21, 1974, Michael preceded Marjorie in death, and she continued to run the business alone for two more years until the business closed. She then went on to work at the former Baldwin’s Plywood until she retired but continued a tailoring service.

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