Obituaries

Thu
17
Oct

Marie Konitzer

Marie Konitzer, 87, Oconto Falls, died Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 8, 2013, at Community Memorial Hospital. She was born Oct. 31, 1925, in Escanaba, Mich., to Charles and Irene (Servant) Vorron.

As a little girl, Marie moved with her family to the Klondike area and graduated high school from the Monastery of Our Lady of Charity in Green Bay.

On June 22, 1946, she married Marcel Konitzer at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls. The couple lived in various parts of eastern Wisconsin.

Marie once worked as an assistant activity director for Rennes Health Center in De Pere. Over the years, she also did house cleaning for numerous families in the area.

As a dedicated member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Marie served with the Women’s Christian Club as well as on the welcoming and funeral dinner committees. She was a member of the Oconto County Legion Auxiliary and volunteered at the local hospital auxiliary and senior citizen center.

Thu
17
Oct

Dale R. Gerndt

Dale Roy Gerndt, 62, was suddenly called home to heaven on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, at his home by Suring. He was born Jan. 8, 1951, to Leslie and Helen (Lemke) Gerndt.

As a young man, Dale enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War.

Dale enjoyed fishing, farming, gardening and the outdoors. He was a devout member of the Hickory Church of Christ and even more devout to his family. Dale had two daughters whom he loved and spoke about often. Dale was also a talker and was known for always making people smile and laugh; it was certainly his gift in life.

Thu
17
Oct

Phillip H. Dumas Sr.

Phillip “Phil” H. Dumas Sr., 63, was born May 26, 1950, in Oconto, to Daniel Dumas Sr. and Phyllis (Smith) Dumas. He passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 14, 2013, in Hudson, Fla.

He is survived by a son, Phillip Dumas Jr. (Maria), and a daughter, Jennifer Weddel (Larry); five grandchildren, Anthony Dumas and Emily, Mathew, Jacob and Ryan Weddel; one brother, Daniel Dumas Jr. (Pat), and three sisters, Alice Blood (David), Barbara Bubolz and Patricia Temple (Ronald); and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father, half sister, stepson, two nieces, a nephew and some very good friends.

Phil grew up in the Lena area. He attended grade school and high school there. Phil worked many years as a maintenance man at Bond Pickle factory in Oconto until he retired. He enjoyed watching old movies and socializing with his buddies. He moved to Florida in 2008, were he loved the warm weather.

Fri
11
Oct

Kenneth Klusman

Kenneth Klusman, 72, of Mountain, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. Kenneth was born Feb. 12, 1941, to the late Herman and Dolores (Czaplewski) Klusman.

Kenneth served his country in the United States Army for 23 years. He married Janice Venturini in Milwaukee on June 28, 1986. He worked for the city of Milwaukee and later retired and moved to the Mountain area in 1995. Kenneth especially loved to deer hunt.

Kenneth is survived by his wife and best friend, Janice Klusman, of Mountain; his daughter, Kathy (Dewey) Mays, of Mountain; four sons, Mark Sobczyk, of Milwaukee, James (Donna) Welch, of Milwaukee, Jeffery Welch, of Milwaukee and Ryan (Joy) Grede, of Oshkosh; one sister, Diane Klusman, of Milwaukee; two brothers, Roger (Janet) Klusman, of Milwaukee, and Clifford Klusman, of Milwaukee; 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Fri
11
Oct

Dodie Kinziger-Chancellor

In the early morning hours of Oct. 2, 2013, Dodie (Dorothy Mae O’Brien) Kinziger-Chancellor, 68, went to her eternal home after a courageous fight with several illnesses.

Born Dec. 6, 1944, she was raised in Amberg, Wis. Upon her high school graduation she married Nicholas Kinziger, of Pound, Wis. They later had a daughter, Nikkie Kinziger.

Residing outside of Lena, Wis., for many years, she and Nick owned and operated Nik A Doo Farm raising, showing and racing horses and dogs.

There she also worked for and managed Schussler’s Bavarian Inn.

In 1990 Dodie moved west where she finally settled in Casper, Wyo. There she met and married her current husband, Carl (Bo) Chancellor, on March 1, 2001.

Dodie had a passion for all animals, but especially her dogs. A modern-day pied piper, she was always bringing home strays, giving them a place to feel safe.

Fri
11
Oct

Dottie Peters

Dottie (Dorothy) Peters, 74, Oconto Falls, died Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, in the presence of her family. She was born April 27, 1939, in Oconto Falls to John and Mae (Lambert) Bohl. Dottie grew up in Oconto Falls, where she attended St. Anthony Catholic Grade School, before moving with her family to the Kewaunee area, where she graduated high school with the Class of 1957.

On April 27, 1963, she married Eugene Peters at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls. The couple lived most of their married lives in Oconto Falls where Dottie once worked at Gillett Canning Co. and the Chestnut Station restaurant.

She was a member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Stiles. While a member at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls, Dottie served on the religious education board and parish Home School Association, once as president of the association.

Wed
02
Oct

Edward Coffey

Edward Eloy Coffey, 78, Suring, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, following a short illness. He was born to the late Eloy and Mary (McNamara) Coffey in the town of Erin on March 14, 1935.

He served in the Army National Guard for 14 years, and during that time he married Gloria Pinkert on July 19, 1958, in Milwaukee.

He was employed by the United States Postal Service as a mail carrier while also farming in Johnson Creek.

After moving from the farm in the late 1970s, the couple owned and operated The Pines Resort in Crooked Lake. They moved to Suring in 1978, and Ed retired from Gillett Public School.

He lived at The MeadowLands Assisted Living in Oconto Falls for the last year.

He is a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Suring and the American Legion Post No. 283.

He enjoyed driving horses, house painting, fishing, playing cards and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Wed
02
Oct

Eugene E. Pipgrass

Eugene E. “The Pipper” Pipgrass, 74, of Cecil, formerly of Princeton, Ill., passed away suddenly on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at his home.

Gene was born on Jan. 1, 1939, in Oconto Falls to Clarence and Madeline (Gallagher) Pipgrass. Gene graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1957 and was drafted into the United States Army in June 1958. Gene returned home from Germany in May 1960 and married Romaine Stoviak, of Lena, on Dec. 17, 1960.

Gene spent 40 years working in various facets of the furniture industry. He began his career in sales at Sears in Green Bay. From there, Gene traveled parts of Iowa, Illinois and Wisconsin as a furniture sales rep for Schnadig Corporation. After leaving Schnadig, Gene worked for Woodmarc Furniture, Winterset, Iowa, and became involved in sales, design and marketing. Gene retired on his birthday in 2007.

Wed
25
Sep

Cynthia Loberger

Cynthia Loberger, 62, Sobieski, died peacefully Friday evening, Sept. 20, 2013, at a Green Bay nursing home, following a long illness. The daughter of Carl and Jean (Retzlaff) Soberg was born April 16, 1951, in Chicago. The family moved to Three Lakes when she was in high school.

After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Superior, Cindy moved to Green Bay, where she met her future husband, Jerome, at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio.

Cindy and Jerry were married in April 1988 and moved to Pulaski and later to Sobieski. She had been employed by the state of Wisconsin for 17 years, working in vocational rehabilitation. Cindy was a great cook and a fantastic wife and mom.

Wed
25
Sep

Patricia E. Zietlow

Patricia “Pat” E. Zietlow, 80, of Oconto Falls, died Sept. 21, 2013. She was born Aug. 23, 1933, to Frank and Gladys (Cleary) Plain in Oconto Falls.

Pat was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Lois Johnston.

Pat will be sadly missed by her husband of 49 years, Bill Zietlow; daughter, Sarah (Scott) Bryan, Sturgeon Bay; son, Marty (Ann) Zietlow, Madison; three grandchildren, Spenser Bryan, Hannah Zietlow and Nicholas Zietlow; five sisters, Sister Joanne Plain, of Holy Family Convent in Manitowoc, Phyllis (Jim) Johnson, Oconto Falls, Joanne (Ray) Stewart, Tennessee, Kathleen (Perry) Ankerson, Green Bay, and Mary B. (Wesley) McNeal, Tennessee; along with several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Stiles, Thursday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral Mass at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Joel Sember officiating. Pat will be placed to rest at St. Anthony’s Catholic Cemetery, Oconto Falls.

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