Obituaries

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11
Nov

Martin E. Steffenhagen

Martin Edward Steffenhagen, 63, of Redwood Falls, Minnesota, suddenly left this earthly life while in Neenah, and entered heaven on Saturday, Oct. 29.

He was born on May 16, 1953, in Moline, Illinois, to the Rev. Warren R. and Mavis E. (Sievert) Steffenhagen and became a child of God through Holy Baptism. He graduated from Fox Valley Lutheran High School in Appleton in 1971. After attending Northwestern College and Dr. Martin Luther College, he graduated from the University of Phoenix in 1983.

He married Glenda M. Erickson on July 6, 1974, in Glendale, Arizona. He was hardworking and did a variety of jobs throughout his life. His latest employment was with Thielen Bus Lines and Martin Luther College. He passed on to his family the love of his Savior, which was the center of his life.

Fri
11
Nov

Arnold F. “Butch” Pawlak

Arnold F. “Butch” Pawlak, 72, of Waukesha, formerly of Oconto Falls, passed away on Nov. 3, 2016.

Beloved husband of Rose. Loving dad of Dwayne (Marie) Pawlak, Trina (Jeremy) Chaffee and Trisha Pawlak. Fabulous grandpa of Shevin, Ashley, Cody, Araya, Jordy and Emily. Brother of Joyce Healey, the late Janet Hamilton and Arlin (Rachel) Pawlak. Godfather of Daniel Pawlak. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Arnold retired from Grede Foundries and Generac Power System; loved to hunt, fish, watch TV and build things.

Visitation on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, at the Max A. Sass & Sons Westwood Chapel, W173 S7629 Westwood Drive, Muskego, from 3 p.m. until time of Funeral Service at 5 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) in Waukesha appreciated.

Arrangements by Max A. Sass & Sons, www.maxsass.com.

Wed
02
Nov

Arthur W. Delzer

Arthur William Delzer, 93, Abrams, passed away peacefully at home on Friday morning, Oct. 28. He was born in Abrams to the late Julius and Minnie (Peters) Delzer.

Arthur attended grade school in Abrams. He proudly served in the Army during World War II with the 32nd Division in the European Theater. After the war, he worked at Allis-Chalmers in West Allis for a short time. He came back to Abrams and worked with his brother Ervin, “Little Man,” on the family farm. On Aug. 19, 1950, he married Ruth Mae Brown at Wind Lake. She preceded him in death after 63 years of marriage on Aug. 21, 2013.

Arthur owned and operated a logging and sawmill/planing mill, locally known as The Woodpecker Sawmill. He employed many people from the surrounding area who have many stories to tell. Upon retirement he couldn’t stay out of the woods and started a maple syrup operation involving family and friends.

Wed
02
Nov

Rev. Warren R. Steffenhagen

The Rev. Warren R. Steffenhagen, 89, of Oconto Falls, passed away on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, at the Cottages of Meadowlands, Oconto Falls. He was born to the late John and Clara (Kohn) Steffenhagen on Feb. 9, 1927, in Hastings, Minnesota.

Warren attended grade school at Hastings Public Schools. He graduated from Dr. Martin Luther High School of New Ulm, Minnesota, in 1945. Warren graduated from Northwestern Lutheran College of Watertown in 1949. In 1952 he graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon. He married the former Mavis Sievert on June 21, 1952.

Wed
02
Nov

Agnes J. Sturm

Agnes Jean Sturm, 69, of Suring, passed away on Oct. 26, 2016, at Woodland Village Nursing Home in Suring. She was born on Sept. 26, 1947, to the late Walter and Harriet (Champeau) Wilmot in Oconto Falls.

Agnes married Marvin Sturm Sr. on Dec. 21, 1965. For years, she was a homemaker before working at Nicolet Bottling. She is a member at St. Michael Chute Pond Chapel.

Agnes greatly enjoyed the outdoors, whether it was fishing or sitting by the campfire on the weekend. She cherished time spent with her family.

Agnes is survived by her two sons, Marvin (Nicole) Sturm Jr., of Gillett, and Troy Sturm, of Suring; special cousin, Christine Schwartz and her family; four grandchildren, Kendyl, Colten, Katelyn and Jaydin; and sister, Donna Frewerd, of Oconto. Agnes is further survived by many other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Wed
02
Nov

Jamie E. Wetzel

Jamie E. Wetzel, 46, Gillett, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, at Bellin Healthcare in Green Bay. He was surrounded by family.

Jamie was born in Oconto Falls on May 20, 1970, a son of Steven and Bonnie (Miller) Wetzel. He attended local schools and was a lifetime resident of the area.

Jamie married Carmen (Wudtke) on May 18, 2002, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, and together they raised three sons. He had a lifelong connection to farming and was presently working his own 50-acre farm.

Jamie also worked as an agronomist and together with his partner, Phil Tuschy, owned and operated Direct Ag LLC.

Jamie was an avid hunter, golfer and sports enthusiast, was a big Packers fan and enjoyed snowmobiling. His greatest love, however, was for his family. With Jamie, his sons were his No. 1 priority. He will be sadly missed.

Wed
02
Nov

Elvera M. Ankerson

Elvera M. Ankerson, 100, Oconto Falls, formerly of the town of Spruce, died on Friday morning, Oct. 28, at Atrium Post Acute Care. She was born on Sept. 7, 1916, to John and Lena (Mikkelson) Ankerson.

Elvera grew up in the town of Spruce, graduated from Oconto Falls High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, where she graduated with her bachelor’s degree in education.

Elvera taught at various rural Oconto County schools before moving to Milwaukee, where she taught elementary education. She was a member of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Maple Valley and the Wisconsin Retired Educators Association.

She is survived by four nephews and three nieces, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers, Wilfred, Elmer and Clifford Ankerson, and two sisters, Erna Tifft and Helen Vande Walle.

Wed
26
Oct

Yvonne C. Elbe

Yvonne C. Elbe, 69, of Suring passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016.

Yvonne’s wishes were to have no services.

Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family.

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

Wed
26
Oct

Ruth F. Schroeder

Ruth Frances Schroeder, 86, of Pulcifer, passed away Thursday evening, Oct. 20, 2016. She was born March 4, 1930, in Oconto Falls, a daughter of the late Walter and Bertha (Degmair) Holtz.

Ruth grew up on the family farm. She attended North Morgan School and graduated from Oconto Falls High School Class of 1948.

On July 21, 1954, Ruth married Karl H. Schroeder at Immanuel Lutheran Church in the town of Gillett. Together they purchased and operated the family farm in the town of Green Valley. In 1992 they retired to Pulcifer. Karl preceded her in death on March 29, 1999.

Ruth enjoyed baking cookies for her family and caring for her large family. She also enjoyed watching Sunday polka shows and taking walks to the river with Nellie.

Ruth was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Green Valley.

Wed
19
Oct

Frank F. Mizorek

Frank F. Mizorek, 88, Oconto Falls, died peacefully Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, at home, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Dec. 4, 1927, in Two Rivers to Ben and Anna (Krizizke) Mizorek.

Frank was raised on the family farm in the Morgan-Chase area and worked at a local grocery store and helped neighbors on their farms and fields. Also in his early years, Frank worked as a pinsetter and enjoyed bowling often with friends at local bowling alleys. He also enjoyed going to local dances with friends, roller skating, playing baseball and had the pride of owning some antique autos and two motorcycles.

As a young man, Frank moved to Houghton, Michigan, and worked at Blazer’s Logging Camp before returning to the area and being employed by the Northern Shoe Factory in Pulaski.

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