Obituaries

Wed
03
Jan

Betty A. Rice

Betty A. Rice, 93, Oconto Falls, died Wednesday morning, Dec. 27, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care. She was born Sept. 19, 1924, in St. Paul, Minnesota, to Charles and Corella (La Fortune) Forncrook. Betty moved to Oconto Falls with her parents as a baby where she grew up, attending public schools and graduated high school with the class of 1942.

On March 9, 1943, she married Merle Rice in San Diego, where he was stationed while serving in the military. Betty lived most of her life in Oconto Falls where she once worked at Helstad Drug store for 17 years. She was a longtime member of the Oconto Falls United Methodist Church. Betty enjoyed reading, doing crafts and playing cards.

Survivors are her two sons, Brad (Mary Beth) Rice, Oconto Falls; Craig (Marilyn) Rice, Appleton; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Faye (Chet) Anderson, Oconto Falls; nieces and nephews.

Wed
03
Jan

Karen L. Herzog

Karen Lee Herzog, 64, of the town of Brazeau, passed away peacefully with her family by her side at St. Vincent Hospital of Green Bay on Christmas Day 2017. She was born to Donald and Patricia (Frase) Keske on Jan. 15, 1953, in Milwaukee. She married Wayne Herzog on Oct. 12, 1985, at Hope Lutheran Church in Wautoma. Karen loved crafting and animals, especially dogs and birds.

Surviving are her husband, Wayne; one daughter, Emily (Scott) Schaut; two wonderful grandchildren, Josephine and Oliver; her mother, Patricia Baiers; one brother, Don Keske Jr.; one sister, Linda (Armen) Wedell; two brothers-in-law, Ronald (Sharon) Herzog and Scott (Sue) Herzog; one sister-in-law, Anita (Larry) Rowe; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Karen was preceded in death by her father.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, Coleman, is assisting the family.

Wed
03
Jan

Herman W. Wasmund Jr.

Herman W. Wasmund Jr., 85, of Gillett, passed away Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017, in De Pere with his daughter by his side. Herman was born on Aug. 6, 1932, in the Town of Washington to the late Herman and Helen (Giese) Wasmund Sr. On Jan. 12, 1957, Herman was united in marriage to Joyce Giese in the Town of Hintz. They celebrated 52 years of marriage before she preceded him in death on Feb. 11, 2009. He enlisted in the United States Army, serving during the Korean Conflict and earning two Bronze Stars. He enjoyed bowling, deer hunting, working on the farm and was a 40-plus year card player. Herman lived in the Town of Washington for most of his life, coached and played baseball and was known as a jack of all trades and master of all. He was a member of the Gillett American Legion Post 300 and Immanuel Lutheran Church in White Clay Lake.

Wed
27
Dec

Gail A. Christensen

Gail Ann Christensen, 53, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, following a courageous battle with Huntington ’s disease. Her family was by her side.

Gail was born in Oconto Falls on Dec. 11, 1964, a daughter of Vernon and Dolores (Gilbertson) Christensen. She was a graduate of Gillett High School, and went on to work as a dental hygienist at Gillett Dental Care. Gail was the loving mother of Rachael and Nathan VanArk. She enjoyed reading, music and playing volleyball. And her patients found her to be sweet, kind and professional. She will be sadly missed.

Wed
27
Dec

Lyle E. LeTendre

Lyle E. LeTendre, 66, of Oconto Falls, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017. Lyle was born May 1, 1951, in Oconto to Lyle and Betty (Goodman) LeTendre. He graduated from Oconto High School in 1969. He went on to attend UW-Madison and graduated in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science in pharmacy. He had a long career as a pharmacist in the Oconto and Oconto Falls area. He was an avid collector of rocks, antiques, coins and Packers memorabilia. He loved the outdoors: hunting, fishing and skiing. Lyle truly enjoyed vacationing in the Hayward area for the last 30 years. He was a big contributor to the community both with his time and finances. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Oconto Falls, and the Knights of Columbus.

Wed
27
Dec

Dr. Harold B. Garner

Harold B. Garner, MD, 62, Coleman, died Thursday morning, Dec. 21, 2017, at home surrounded by his family. The oldest of three children born to Ralph and Eiko Jean (Ueki) Garner was born April 17, 1955, in Tokyo, Japan. Being the oldest child, Harold would become known to his family as Kumasama (Lord Bear), a lifelong handle he was proud to have. As a toddler, Harold moved with his family to Colorado before the family settled in Radcliff, Kentucky, where he attended public school and graduated high school. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War. Upon his honorable discharge from the military, he attended college at University of Kentucky-Lexington for undergraduate, later graduating from UK-Louisville medical school. In 1981, he married Peggy McCormick, and they had two children together. The couple lived in Marshfield, where Harold completed his residency.

Wed
20
Dec

Michael J. Ek

Michael John Ek, 60, of Burnsville, Minnesota, passed away in his home Dec. 12, 2017. Mike spent his time growing up in between Shell Lake and Oconto, Wisconsin. Mike attended UW-Stout where he majored in Industrial Design, but later found his passion in designing trade show exhibits. His colleagues at Becker Communications, The Display Shop, FC Dadson and Showcraft all spoke very highly of him and his work. Mike was passionate about skiing and served on the “Sunday Service crew” for Granite Peak Ski area in Rib Mountain for 16 years.

He is survived by his daughter Alyssa, his mother Karen, his uncle Charles (Ruth) Peterson, his aunt Kathryn Bredemus, brothers Jeffrey (Kathy) Ek, Paul Ek (special friend Connie), Steve Ek, and Charles (Sandi) Ek as well as countless cousins and friends.

A small service for the family will be held this summer in Shell Lake. He will be greatly missed.

Thu
14
Dec

Arthur Grenke

Arthur “Artie” Grenke, age 81, of Oconto Falls, passed away Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, in Green Bay, surrounded by his loving family. He was born March 14, 1936, in Laona, son of the late Fred “Fritz” and Erna (Ammerman) Grenke. He worked on the family farm in Oconto Falls for many years.

Artie married Patricia “Pat” Moen, Oct. 22, 1960, in Milwaukee, and together they shared 57 loving years of marriage and raised two daughters. He was employed by Oconto Electric Co-op, where he worked as a lineman for over 30 years. After retirement, Artie returned to his love of working on the farm, driving tractor and doing field work.

Thu
14
Dec

Thomas M. Zeitler

Thomas M. Zeitler, 62, Oconto Falls, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017. Thomas was born on April 3, 1955, to the late George J. and Isabel (Ankerson) Zeitler in Oconto Falls. In his free time, Thomas enjoyed collecting antique machinery and attending auctions. He was proud of his work at the Paul’s Pantry and Kingdom Come Food Pantry. Thomas would also deliver food to people in need in the Oconto Falls, Suring and Gillett area. He greatly enjoyed taking time out of his day to help people when they needed a ride to the doctor or any other appointments. Thomas was a very active member at Riverview Alliance Church in Oconto Falls.

Thu
14
Dec

Paula Lucas

Paula Lucas, 45, Stiles, passed away Dec. 5, 2017, after a battle with cancer. Born on May 20, 1972, she is the daughter of Janet Mier and the late Randy Lucas. Paula loved camping, fishing, and anything having to do with the outdoors. Family was everything to Paula, especially her grandchildren.

She is survived by her mother, Janet Mier and partner, Ken Keith Sr.; four children, Brett Lucas and partner Nicole Neta, Adam (Jaimie) Lucas, and Randy (Kelly) Lucas, Isaac Peters; 11 grandchildren, Willow, Damian, Abel, Caden, Kaelee, Austin, Amber, Ashley, Sammi, Randy, and Nevaeh; brother, Howard Lucas and partner Cynthia Sutrick; grandma, Mavis Mier, two nieces, Taylor and Brianna, and a great-nephew, Jaxson.

Preceded in death by her father, Randy; Grandma and Grandpa Lucas; Grandpa Mier; and a grandson, Baby James Lucas.

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