Obituaries

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30
May

Glenn G. Harris

Glenn George Harris, “Jack,” 88, a wonderful husband and father, passed away peacefully at Serenity Gardens in Gillett on Monday, May 21, 2018, surrounded by loving family, caregivers and friends.

Jack was born in Kohler on Feb. 4, 1930, and was a middle child in a large family of 10 children. They later moved to LaFarge, where Jack graduated from LaFarge High School. He then went on to serve his country building airstrips as a Civil Engineer, stationed in Suwan, South Korea, during the Korean War.

After returning from the war, he married his first love, Colleen Emogene (Stoikes) Harris, and they farmed in Reedstown, later moving to Hales Corners where they raised their two daughters. Jack worked for Milwaukee Tallow for 20 years as their Maintenance Supervisor and Boiler Engineer.

Wed
23
May

David R. Anderson

David R. Anderson, 71, passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018. Son of the late Walter and Virginia (Dederich) Anderson was born July 3, 1946, in Racine.

Dave graduated from Marquette University in 1968. Dave and Mary Rypel were married June 22, 1968, at St. Gerard Church in Milwaukee.

He was a tax accountant for many years.

Dave is survived by his loving wife Mary, children: David P. (Michelle) and their son, James; Erik (Connie) Anderson and their children: Molly, Grant and Phoebe.

To honor Dave’s wishes, no funeral services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the National Kidney Foundation (Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016) or Restoring Hope Transplant house (7457 Terrance Ave., Middleton, WI 53562).

Wed
23
May

Karen and Dennis Fry

Karen and Dennis Fry of Lena died Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Karen is the daughter of the late Joseph and Betty Beschta of Lena. Dennis is the son of Karen Breed-Fry and the late Antone J. Fry of Oconto Falls. Karen and Dennis were married on Aug. 12, 1995, at the former St. Charles Catholic Church in Lena. They loved each other every day of their married life. Karen and Dennis truly enjoyed spending time with their nieces and nephews.

They were loved and will be missed by all their family – Joe (Mary Pat), Oshkosh, Jim (Mary), Oconto Falls, Bill (Kathie), Lena, Kathy (Mike), Green Bay, John (Dianna), Manitowoc, Mary Jane (Paul), Wrightstown, Betty, Lena, Bob (Pam), Lena, Susie, Lena, Rose (Jason), Oconto Falls, Toby (Anna), Kelly Lake; and all their nieces and nephews. They were preceded in death by their parents Joseph and Betty Beschta and Antone J. Fry, and their sister Patricia.

Wed
23
May

Harry W. Kasten

Harry Walter Kasten, 90, a longtime resident of Cecil, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on May 15, 2018. Harry was born in Gillett on Aug. 13, 1927, to Harris and Evelyn Brown Kasten. After his mother’s passing shortly after his birth, Harry was raised for his first six years by his aunt Nora Kasten Larsen and her husband, Warner, of Gillett, before returning home to work the family farm in the Town of Gillett. He graduated from Gillett High School in 1946 and married Ora Fuller of Oconto Falls in 1950, having four sons. In 1978, he married Nancy Strassburg Rogge, of Gillett, and enjoyed an adventurous, loving 40-year marriage.

Wed
16
May

Thomas J. Elbe

Thomas J. Elbe, 91, of Mountain, passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018. Thomas was born on June 22, 1926, in Gillett to the late Gustav and Rozina (Fuchs) Elbe. The family moved to Mountain in 1933 where he went to Holt Spur School until the eighth grade, when he left school to help his folks on the farm. In 1943, he joined the U.S. Navy and served in LST Group 6, making landings from the tip of New Guinea all along the North Coast up until August 1945 at the north end of the Philippines.

Wed
09
May

Gloria Peetz

On Dec. 28, 2017, Gloria Peetz peacefully passed away surrounded by her loving family from complications of a severe stroke. Born Gloria Kulhanek to Gordon and Evelyn (Wondrash) Kulhanek on Dec. 6, 1941. As a child, she loved to wander the woods and hills with her Grandfather John.

With her husband Jim (deceased), they had four children, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was a kind, gentle spirit who loved flowers and animals. She had a smile for everyone and could talk to anyone.

Preceded in death by two brothers, Gordy and Jackie.

Wed
09
May

John P. Aldridge

John Paul Aldridge passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the age of 65 after losing his battle to liver disease. John was born in Laurium, Michigan, on Oct. 4, 1952, the son of James D. and Cordie Aldridge.

He is survived by his immediate family, wife, Joy Aldridge, son, Matt Aldridge, and twin granddaughters, Madeline and Josephine Aldridge; Steve Aldridge and family, and Jay Aldridge and family.

John enjoyed life and engaging people. His loves were his family, friends, his dogs, boating, and four-wheeling.

John honored his co-workers and thought of them as family.

A Celebration of John’s Life will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage. John requested to be cremated.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be made in John’s name to be dispersed to different humane societies.

Wed
02
May

Patricia A. Kmecheck

Patricia “Pat” Alice Kmecheck, Gillett, 72, passed away on Saturday, April 28, 2018, at HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls.

She was born in New London on June 28, 1945, a daughter of the late Lester D. Prahl and Margaret (Gough). Pat was married to John D. Kmecheck on Nov. 16, 1968, and together they raised four children. Pat was “mom” to many of her children’s friends over the years and had also worked as a beautician and later as a manager of several gas stations in the Sheboygan Falls area.

Pat loved nature and watching wildlife out her window, she was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers, and also enjoyed sewing, canning and rummage sales. She will be sadly missed.

Wed
02
May

Wilhmane Miller

Wilhmane (Billie) Miller, 90, died on Wednesday, March 28, 2018, at Autumn Winds of Oakland in Cambridge.

She was born on June 20, 1927, to the late William and Ann Flynn.

Preceding her in death were her sons, Leland Michael, Steven James, Ronald Gene and her husband, Arthur Miller Sr.

She is survived by children, Arthur Louis (Louise) Miller Jr., Marion Lavetta (Harlan) Nielsen, William August (Patricia) Miller, Terrie Lynn (Brian) Knox, Beth Ann (Richard Nordness) Miller, and grandchildren Arthur III, Rene, Bret, Jason, Jarod, Travis, Jessica, Paris, Gillian, Brian, and Zoe, as well as great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at Breed Union Cemetery at 10 a.m. with Pastor Bill Krauss officiating. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements.

Wed
02
May

Ralph VandenBush

Ralph “Jack” VandenBush, 90, Oconto Falls, died early Thursday morning, April 26, 2018, at Atrium Post Acute Care. He was born Dec. 17, 1927, in the Town of Morgan to William and Rose (Wood) VandenBush. Jack grew up in the Oconto Falls area, where he graduated high school with the class of 1946. As a young man, he entered the U.S. Navy and was a member of Admiral Byrd’s expedition to the Antarctic Circle in 1947. Upon his honorable discharge from the military, he returned home to Oconto Falls.

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