Obituaries

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David A. Schroeder

David A. Schroeder, 51, of Pulcifer, died suddenly Wednesday morning, Dec. 28, 2016, of natural causes at home. He was born on Feb. 27, 1965, in Oconto Falls to Karl and Ruth (Holtz) Schroeder.

David grew up on the family farm in the town of Green Valley and attended Gillett public schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1984.

David lived in the Gillett area all of his life. He worked for various employers, including managing the Legion Bowling Alley. He was currently employed at Holtz Farms in rural Oconto Falls.

David enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing with his nephews, and having his constant companion dog Nellie at his side.

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04
Jan

Rufina M. Wagner

Rufina M. Wagner, 94, of Suring, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.

Rufina was born on Feb. 23, 1922, to the late Richard and Mary (Schoss) Gardebrecht in the town of How.

Rufina married Roman Wagner at St. John Lutheran Church in Hayes on Jan. 15, 1944. She was a devoted mother and homemaker.

Rufina worked at Lakeside Supper Club as a cook and did custodial work at Dr. Sandgren’s office and the Suring Bank, where Rufina and Roman worked together.

She was a very active member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the Ladies Aid and served on the funeral committee. Rufina enjoyed gardening, especially with her husband, watching the birds, baking and cooking, embroidery, and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

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04
Jan

John C. Quandt

John Carl Quandt, 92, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016, at Serenity Gardens Assisted Living of Gillett.

John was born in Oconto County on Oct. 31, 1924, to the late Chris and Anna (Zieries) Quandt. He was baptized on Nov. 16, 1924, and confirmed on June 15, 1943, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, (Breed) Suring.

He proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. After returning home, he worked with his father in the woods logging until the spring of 1955.

He married Oriean Lambrecht on Sept. 4, 1948, at Emmanuel Lutheran in Suring. The couple moved to Appleton in 1955, where John worked as a carpenter. In 1965, John went to work for the U.S. Corps of Engineers. He became foreman of the construction and maintenance crew in 1968. After John retired on Oct. 31, 1984, they moved back to the Suring area.

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04
Jan

Evelyn C. Kardoskee

Evelyn C. Kardoskee, 95, Oconto Falls, died on Wednesday morning, Dec. 28, 2016, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls. She was born on Sept. 14, 1921, in the town of Pella to Emil and Viola (Hoffmann) Timm. She was baptized into the Christian faith by Pastor Emil Stubenvoll Sr. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She graduated with honors from Gillett High School with the Class of 1939.

Following her marriage to Fred Kardoskee, Evelyn became involved in Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls for over 30 years. She taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School. She was very active in the women’s groups at Grace. She served the board of parish education and as a library chairperson.

Known for her artistic skills, she made numerous church banners that have long been displayed. Evelyn also planted beautiful flowers alongside her husband “Fritz,” who was known for the manicured church lawn.

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28
Dec

Neil Langlay

Neil Langlay, 81, of Oconto Falls, passed away at home on Dec. 20, 2016, surrounded by his family. He was born at home on May 23, 1935, on Mead Street in Oconto Falls to the late Frank and Nellie (Harteau) Langlay.

Neil had three children, Kathryn, Bradley (Pam) and Brent (Denise) Langlay, and one stepson, Kristopher (Kim) Healy. He was a third-generation millwright. He worked for Scott Paper, retiring in 1994. Neil married his soul mate, Patricia (Schuh) Healy, on May 22, 2004.

Neil is further survived by his 10 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one great-stepgrandchild; one great-great-grandchild; mother-in-law, Wanda Schuh, of Kiel; sisters and brothers-in-law, Greg Novitski, Judy (Ed) Lund, of Fond du Lac, Marilyn (Bob) Kienbaum, of Kiel, Carol (Gary) Schwefel, of Fond du Lac, Sandy (Mark) Neils, of Kiel; many nieces and nephews.

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21
Dec

Gloria M. Severson

Gloria M. Severson, 63, Gillett, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 13, 2016, at a Green Bay hospital in the presence of her loving family, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Gloria was originally diagnosed with breast cancer 22 years ago which, through treatment, went into remission. Two years ago, cancer returned, and again Gloria was up to the challenge.

In a third and most recent bout, Gloria continued to battle in her own valiant way.

She was born June 14, 1953, in Gillett to Victor and Claudine (Umentum) Peterson.

Gloria grew up in Gillett where she attended public schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1971. Following graduation, she moved to Milwaukee where she attended college and worked for the Yellow Pages.

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21
Dec

Mildred E. Genskow

Mildred “Millie” E. Genskow, 96, lifelong resident of Suring, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016, at Woodland Village Nursing Home of Suring.

Millie was born in the town of How, Oconto County, to Helmuth and Bertha (Jeske) Schuettpelz on Sept, 16, 1920.

She attended Hayes Local School and St. John Lutheran School and graduated from Suring High School in 1938. Following graduation she worked at the Suring telephone office, enjoying her time as an operator until the spring of 1946. On Oct. 19, 1946, she married Melvin Genskow at St. John Lutheran Church, and they began their life together farming on her father’s homestead, until their retirement in 1987.

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14
Dec

Bernadine R. Zimanek

Bernadine Rosalie Zimanek, 91, Little Suamico, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016. She was born in Milwaukee to the late Joseph and Rose (Wagner) Kopke.

As a young adult she relocated to Little Suamico. She had many jobs, from cooking at the Snack Shack in Oconto to logging and farming. Bernadine worked hard all of her life.

She married John K. Zimanek in 1943. He preceded her in death.

She is survived by her three children, Patricia (Gary) Lamb, Brookfield, John A. Zimanek, Abrams, and Mary Anne De Larwelle, Abrams; one brother, Joseph Kopke, Little Suamico; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Raymond Kopke.

Wed
14
Dec

Lawrence R. Smoot

Lawrence “Dick” R. Smoot, 80, of Gillett, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.

Lawrence was born on Feb. 24, 1936, to the late Edgar and Sophie (Patz) Smoot in Oconto County.

Lawrence married Karen Janke on Oct. 10, 1961, in Waukegan, Illinois.

He worked as a truck driver for over 40 years, before working for Seneca Foods in Gillett for eight years driving a bean picker. Lawrence served his country in France during the Korean War in the United States Army.

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14
Dec

Norma Giese

Norma (Hanson) Giese, 82, of Suring, passed away on Dec. 8, 2016.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Ed and Gladys Hanson; her husband, Chester Giese; her fiancé, Richard Schmidt; and her youngest son, Al Giese, and her sister, June Hoerres.

Left to cherish the memory of Norma are her daughter, Susan (Berard) Tomassetti, of Pendleton, Kentucky; her sons, Ed Giese (Beth), of Mountain, and Ken Giese (Deb), of Burlington; her sisters, Judy Lux, of Breed and Betty (Randy) Flodeen, of Evansdale, Iowa, as well as five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and many other relatives.

A Memorial Gathering will be held at Lakeside on Anderson Lake on Dec. 17 from 1-4 p.m. It was Norma’s wish that we get together, eat, drink and share happy memories.

Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements.

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