Obituaries

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29
Jan

Howard Sidney Hanson

McMinnville, Tenn., resident and Gillett native Howard Sidney Hanson, 81, was born Feb. 8, 1932, and died Jan. 22, 2014, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., following a one-month illness.

A retired serviceman with the United States Air Force, a veteran of Vietnam, and a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, he was the son of the late Sidney Russell and Lucille Lillian Luebeck Hanson. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Gerald Hanson.

He was married April 18, 1964, to Willis Mae Hanson, of McMinnville, Tenn., who survives. He is also survived by daughter and son-in-law, Charmaine and Waylon Fincher, of McMinnville, Tenn.; two grandsons, Colton and Logan Fincher, of McMinnville, Tenn.; sister-in-law, Joanne Hanson, of Green Bay; and two nieces, Cheryl Bergstrom, of Green Bay, and Paula Hanson, of Fond du Lac.

Wed
22
Jan

Becky J. Baranczyk

Becky J. Baranczyk, 55, Abrams, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at her home.

She was born Nov. 14, 1958, in Oconto to the late Glenn and Marilyn (Retzlaff) Snyder. She was a graduate of Oconto High School in the Class of 1977.

Becky married Jim Baranczyk at First American Lutheran Church, Oconto, on Aug. 23, 1980. She worked at the Abrams post office as a postmaster relief since 1991.

Surviving are her husband, Jim; two children, John (Michele) Baranczyk, Blandon, Penn., and Shelly (William) Raymaker, Browns Mills, N.J.; two granddaughters, Melia Raymaker and Julia Baranczyk; two sisters, Barb (Don) Sikma, Oconto, and Judy (Rick) Weston, West Bend; and her mother-in-law, Alice Socha, Pulaski.

The family will greet relatives and friends from 9-11 a.m. Saturday at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Morgan. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the church with the Rev. Paul Heykes officiating.

Wed
22
Jan

Carol Cox

Carol Cox, 76, lifelong resident of Abrams, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, following a longtime battle with COPD. She was born March 25, 1937, in Abrams to Alex and Florence (Knowles) Heider.

Carol enjoyed feeding and watching birds, reading, crossword puzzles, having campfires and watching all kinds of animals.

She is survived by three children, Robert Cox, Jesse and Terry Cox, Cara and Jack Lukasik; four grandchildren, Matthew (McKenzie) Cox, Bradley Cox, Logan Lukasik, Skyler Lukasik; great-granddaughter, Alexis Rose; brother, Jay (Arlene) Heider; two sisters, Edna Tylka, Gracie Krause; Russell Heider’s wife, Judy Heider; nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Lavern; two sisters, Marion (Wilson) Smith and Margaret (George) Jendrusiak; a brother, Harold (Ruth) Heider; two brothers-in-law, Frank Tylka and Louie Krause; and Russell Heider, who was raised alongside of Carol.

Wed
22
Jan

James A. Quandt

James A. Quandt, 81, of the town of Breed, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at his home under the care of Southern Care Hospice. He was born in the town of Breed on Oct. 15, 1932, to Chris and Anna (Zieries) Quandt.

James served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1952-1954. On June 5, 1954, he married Evelyn School at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Suring.

James worked at Allen Bradley in Milwaukee until the time he moved back to Suring. After moving back to Suring, he worked as a logger until he started working at New Line in Suring and worked there until he retired. James continued working after retirement as a transport driver for New View Industries.

He was the board supervisor for the town of Breed for six years. James enjoyed hunting, fishing and berry picking.

Wed
22
Jan

Brigitte Jones

Brigitte Jones, 51, died Thursday evening, Jan. 16, 2014, at her home in Oconto Falls, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 6, 1962, in Chilton to the late Rudolph and Barbara Fiedler.

Brigitte loved spending time with her family, and she loved the outdoors.

She is survived by her children, Tia DeBauch (Jason), of Oconto Falls, Janine Cary (Matt), of St. Albans, Vt., and Jeffrey Jones (Lauren), of Green Bay; as well as two grandchildren, Payten DeBauch and Wyatt Cary.

Brigitte was preceded in death by her father, Rudolph Fiedler; her mother, Barbara Fiedler (Ludwig); one brother, Joe Fiedler; a sister-in-law, Peggy Fiedler; and a nephew, David DeLeon.

A gathering of family and friends will be held at noon Saturday, Jan. 25, at Brigitte’s home in Oconto Falls.

Wed
22
Jan

Charles B. Maclean

Charles B. Maclean, PhD., 68, of Portland, Ore., formerly of Oconto Falls, died Nov. 22 after battling cancer since early July.

Charles was an Eagle Scout, philanthropy professional and author. He was a co-founder of Trillium Hollow Cohousing Community in Portland.

He is survived by his brother, Thomas Maclean, of Pardeeville.

Wed
22
Jan

Ethel R. McCarthy

Ethel R. McCarthy (Grandma Mc), 99, Peshtigo, formerly of Oconto Falls, died Sunday evening, Jan. 19, 2014, at Rennes Health Center-West.

She was born June 9, 1914, in Oconto Falls to Charles and Rachel (Temple) Gallagher. Ethel grew up in the Oconto Falls area, where she attended school, graduating from Oconto Falls High School with the Class of 1932. Following graduation from high school, she went on to attend teachers training and then taught school.

On Feb. 16, 1935, she married John McCarthy in Gillett. After their marriage, the couple lived in Milwaukee and then farmed in the Gillett area for some time. Upon moving back to Milwaukee, Ethel was employed in quality control at Continental Can Co. for 25 years, where she loved her work. They also enjoyed vacationing at their cottage in Crivitz, where they eventually retired.

Following John’s death in 1987, Ethel moved in 1991 to Oconto Falls, where she became a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Wed
22
Jan

Louis P. Stepien

Louis P. Stepien, 84, American hero of the Korean Conflict, died Jan. 17, 2014, at a local hospital as a result of complications following surgery treating extensive disabling injuries suffered 61 years ago while serving in the U.S. Army.

Louis achieved the rank of sergeant and earned numerous awards, including the Bronze Star with V for Valor, the Purple Heart and other service medals. He was a member of the PLAV Post No. 178, Krakow, Oconto County DAV Chapter 45 and the Military Order of the Purple Heart No. 164, Green Bay. We are indebted to Louis for protecting the freedom we all enjoy in America.

After being honorably discharged from the military, he had been a dedicated employee of Carver Boat Company before becoming a rural mail carrier, serving mail routes in Sobieski, Abrams and Krakow. On May 21, 1960, he married Marion Valentine at St. Joseph Church in Chase.

Wed
15
Jan

Roberta Knutson

Roberta Knutson, 71, Gillett, entered into rest on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. She was born on April 3, 1942, to the late Robert and Merlin (Coey) Maddox.

Roberta is survived by four children, Bob Thompson, Scott Thompson, Bruce Thompson and Mary Hagood. She is further survived by four grandchildren, Adam and Randy Thompson and Paul and Aaron Yourkovich; and one great-grandchild, Andrew Yourkovich.

She is preceded in death by her late husband, William Knutson.

Roberta’s life was completely built around and dedicated to loving her children. She will be greatly missed, but remembered forever.

Wed
08
Jan

Steve J. Yatso

Steve J. Yatso, 90, of Boulder City, Nev., formerly of Wisconsin, died Sunday afternoon, Jan. 5, 2014, at the home of his niece near Black Creek.

He was born Feb. 1, 1923, in Exeter, Penn., to Steven Sr. and Mary (Mikeska) Yatso. As a little boy, Steve moved with his parents to the Oconto Falls area, where he graduated high school with the Class of 1942. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the South Pacific during World War II. Following his honorable discharge from the military, he stayed in California, where he started a gym equipment manufacturing company, which he owned and operated for many years.

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