Obituaries

Wed
24
May

Irene Kopke

Irene Kopke, 96, Pulaski, formerly of Abrams, went to sleep with the angels on Tuesday evening, May 16, 2017. She was born on Sept. 30, 1920, in Abrams to John and Emelia (Sutrick) Walske.

On Jan. 24, 1942, she married Raymond Kopke in Abrams. The couple lived in Abrams for all their married lives. They were members of St. Louis Catholic Church. Ray preceded her in death on April 15, 1994.

In 2001 Irene moved to Pulaski, where she lived out most of her days. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and baking. Irene’s family was most important, and she treasured watching all of her grandchildren grow and have families of their own. She will be fondly remembered for making people laugh and be happy.

Survivors are her two children, Charmaine (James) Jagodzinski, Tennessee, and Wayne (Carol) Kopke, Abrams; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one brother-in-law, Joe Kopke, Abrams; nieces and nephews.

Wed
17
May

Lillian M. Tabbert

Lillian M. Tabbert, 95, Oconto Falls, formerly of Gillett and Milwaukee, died Sunday evening, May 14, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls. She was born Feb. 3, 1922, in Milwaukee to Joseph and Mary (Juetrich) Ajdisek. Lillian lived most of her life in Milwaukee where she worked as a registered nurse.

Survivors are one son, Myron “Skip” Tabbert, Gillett; two grandchildren, Brian Tabbert and Jody (Michael) Topping, both of Milwaukee; five great-grandchildren, Sean and Taylor Tabbert, and Austin, Blake and Parker Topping; and one brother, Ronald Pokler, Milwaukee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clyde, infant brother Joseph and daughter-in-law Cindy Tabbert on May 2, 2014.

Private interment will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee. Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls is serving the Tabbert family.

Wed
17
May

LTC Robert McCoy Jones

LTC Robert McCoy Jones, 88, of Laona and Crandon, passed away Saturday, May 6, 2017.

Visitation was held from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Weber-Hill Funeral Home, Crandon. Masonic Service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued on Friday, May 12, from 9:30-11 a.m. at Arbutus Lutheran Church, Pearson. Funeral service followed at 11 a.m. Full meal immediately to follow at the church.

Memorials appreciated to the DAV Chapter 43 at 104 S. Lake Ave., Crandon, WI 54520 or the VFW Post 6823, 4274 Peshtigo River Road Laona, WI 54541. Online condolences may be directed to the family at www.weberhillfunerahome.com

Wed
17
May

Hilton ‘Bud’ Huncosky

Hilton “Bud” Robert Huncosky, 91, of Suring, passed away after a short illness on Sunday, May 14, 2017. He was born on May 1, 1926, in Mandan, North Dakota, to Frank Sr. and Ella (Adams) Huncosky. He moved to Wisconsin when he was only 2. Bud graduated from Lena High School with the Class of 1944. He served our country in the United States Army near the end of World War II. Working a few years at the plywood company in Gillett, Bud spent most of his years in Breed, where he married the love of his life, Laura Firgens, on Aug. 25, 1951, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Breed and later took over running the family dairy farm.

Bud not only worked the fields until recent years, but also served as the town chairman of Breed for many of those years and represented the area with the Wisconsin Towns Association. Both he and his wife were honored with Senior Citizens of the Year and served as grand marshals of the Suring Labor Day parade.

Wed
17
May

Ellen Francois

Ellen Francois, 105, Oconto Falls, died peacefully early Tuesday morning, May 16, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls. The third child of eight children was born Dec. 13, 1911, in Wausaukee to Archie and Anne (Hubard) Gillis. For perspective, the infamous sinking of the Titanic would happen four months after Ellen’s birth.

The Gillis family lived in Wausaukee and Wabeno before moving to Oconto Falls when Ellen was 3 years old. She attended Oconto Falls Public Schools and graduated high school with the class of 1930. Following graduation, she was employed by Metzler Lumber Co. and also worked as a waitress in downtown Oconto Falls. While working at the restaurant, a young man would come in to visit Ellen and buy cigarettes, even though he didn’t smoke. On Nov. 25, 1930, Ellen married “that man,” August Francois.

Wed
10
May

Virginia E. Schelk

Virginia E. Schelk, 93, of Sheboygan, passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at Sheboygan Progressive Care Center. She was born on April 3, 1924, to the late John and Christina Bersch in Crivitz.

Virginia worked for 22 years at Kohler Co. before retiring at 63 years of age. She greatly enjoyed her retirement. Virginia was the president of the VFW Post 8314 in Gillett for two years. She also enjoyed bowling and gardening in her younger years.

Virginia had a big heart for her family and especially her grandchildren. She loved to socialize, and people genuinely enjoyed being around her.

Virginia is survived by her children, Robert Jr. (Carol) King, LaRue King (fiancé Brian Lewandoske) and Barbara (Andrew) Lindsay; eight grandchildren, Dawn King, Lisa King, Lamar King Jr., Nedra King, Brian Lindsay, Murray Lindsay, Elijah Lindsay and Christopher Schelk; and numerous great-grandchildren.

Wed
10
May

LeRoy H. Otto

LeRoy H. Otto, 72, of Shawano, and formerly of Suring, passed away on May 7, 2017.

LeRoy was born on April 9, 1945, to the late Harry and Leona (Hanson) Otto. He graduated from Suring High School with the Class of 1963. LeRoy served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963-1967. In November 1971, he married Sandra Sell.

LeRoy was well-known for his work at Ehlinger’s Garage and Zahn’s Garage, retiring as a mechanic. He was a member of the Suring Sportsman’s Club and American Legion Post 283 for 47 years. He loved to hunt and fish, and watch birds. He was an avid coin collector.

Leroy is survived by his son, Robert Otto, of Madison; his daughter, Susan Otto, of Marinette; two sisters, Shirley Shore, of Green Bay, and Gloria Janskovitch, of Billings, Montana; brother, Jeff Otto, of Suring. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra Otto, and sister, Marilyn Gadbois.

Wed
26
Apr

Ruth A. Leeftink

Ruth A. Leeftink, 86, of Mountain, died Friday at Aspirus Langlade Hospital.

Ruth was born on Aug. 31, 1930, in Wabeno to the late Herman and Dorothy (Tribon) Leeftink.

Ruth was a graduate of Racine High School and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. She was a swimming instructor in Lakewood and surrounding areas.

She went on to teach high school history and economics in Salem. She enjoyed coaching volleyball and basketball. She also worked at Burr Oaks Camp in Mukwonago.

Survivors include two sisters, Vallie (Eugene) McMahon and Janna Green; sister-in-law, Claire Leeftink; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Gerrit Leeftink.

A memorial service will be planned for a later date.

Strasser-Roller Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Friends may visit online at www.strasserrollerfh.com.

Wed
26
Apr

Wayne R. Funk

Wayne R. “Babe” Funk, 61, Gillett, passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2017, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay.

Wayne was born in Oconto on Sept. 5, 1955, a son of the late Wayne Sr. and Rosemary (Courchaine) Funk. He was a true “Gillett” outdoorsman, loved riding motorcycles and hunting, and was a well-known grill master to his family and friends. Wayne was a great entertainer and loved telling jokes. He had a playful nature when it came to his grandchildren. He will be sadly missed.

Wed
26
Apr

Claudine L. Conrad

Claudine LaVerne (Lawler) Conrad, 90, Lena, passed away at home on April 22, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Dec. 9, 1926, to the late Robert and Hazel (Renier) Lawler in Oconto. She married Richard Conrad on Sept. 3, 1956, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Lena.

Claudine attended Couillardville and Sunnybrook Grade Schools and graduated from Lena High School in 1944. She worked for auctioneer Col. J.A. Sasman, the Coleman Canning Factory, Allen’s Red Owl, Baumgart’s Variety store, the Lena High School kitchen, and Mathey and Sons (for 26 years).

Richard and Claudine operated a farm in the Lena area where she resided until the time of her death. She was a devoted mother to her three children, Kathy, Bob and Tina.

Claudine enjoyed the Christmas season, crafting, mowing the lawn, theme parties, writing poems, spending time with her children and long conversations.

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