Obituaries

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Mar

Allen H. Pethke

On March 15, 2014, Allen H. Pethke lost his courageous, 10-year battle with cancer at the age of 71.

Cherished son of Dorothy Pethke. Devoted husband of Chris (nee Staszewski) Pethke. Beloved father of Tanya (Ed) Brady, Shelly (Kurt) Gardner and Todd (Laura) Pethke. Loving grandpa of Tanner and Brayden Gardner, and Cameron and Kendra Pethke. Brother–in-law of John Thren. Uncle of Steve (Lenore) Thren, Jacob, Natalie, Stacie (Spencer) Campbell, Evan and Nolan.

Preceded in death by his father, Herman Pethke, his sister, Alice Thren, and his grandparents, Otto (Minnie) Pethke and Albert (Louise) Rahn.

Visitation from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the Prasser-Kleczka Funeral Homes, South Suburban Chapel, 6080 S. 27th St., Milwaukee. Funeral services at 7 p.m. Private interment at Wisconsin Memorial Park.

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19
Mar

David DeCleene

David A. DeCleene, 51, formerly of Lena, passed away unexpectedly Friday, March 7, 2014. He was born May 7, 1962, in Milwaukee to Anthony and Rose (Pelishek) DeCleene.

Dave enjoyed riding his Harley, shooting pool and fishing. He loved his dogs, Spike and Butch.

Dave is survived by his mother, Rose; brothers, Steve (Jane) DeCleene, Greendale, and Jeff DeCleene, Lena; sisters, Kathleen Powell, Germantown, Mary (Tony) Creapeau, Gresham, and Julie (Nick) Rehlinger, Slinger; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father, Anthony DeCleene.

A celebration of Dave’s life will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Lena, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Celestine Byekwaso officiating.

Please visit www.rhodescharapata.com to express online condolences.

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19
Mar

Robert Elbe

Robert Gottlieb Elbe, 90, Mountain, passed away Friday, March 14, 2014. He was born Dec. 14, 1923, to the late Gust and Rose (Fuchs) Elbe.

Bob enjoyed his beloved land and his Christmas tree plantation on the outskirts of Mountain. His trees were sheered to perfection, and many families had a tradition of picking out that special tree.

His hunting in Wisconsin and the Powder Horn Mountains of Wyoming were a highlight every year. He was an avid snowmobiler and broke our trails deep in the forest. He was so happy in nature and on his land.

Bob was foreman with Sweeney Brothers Construction and was a hardworking man. He was a member of Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain.

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19
Mar

Hildegard F. Peuschel

Hildegard F. Peuschel (nee Deede), of Mequon, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 16, at the Harrison Home in Cedarburg, at the age of 88.

Hildegard was born on April 25, 1925, in Suring to Louis and Sentha Deede. On Oct. 22, 1949, Hildegard was united in marriage to Walter Peuschel, whom she was happily married to for 55 years until Walter passed away in 2005. Together they took great pride in their farm in Mequon, and Hildegard will always be remembered for the beautiful pink petunias and multi-colored zinnias that outlined their garden.

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12
Mar

Sheila (Clapper) Jarsonbeck

Sheila Marie Jarsonbeck, 75, of Riverview, Fla., died Feb. 7, 2014, of a heart attack, “thus ending 52 years of the most beautiful, warm friendship,” said her husband, Carl Jarsonbeck.

Sheila was born the oldest of an extended family in Abrams, where she helped her father on their dairy and horse farm. Sheila always wanted to be in education and worked summer jobs to pursue this ambition.

She attended Oconto Falls High School and graduated with the Class of 1957. Sheila attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in education, and Northern Illinois University, obtaining a master’s degree, and University of Southern Florida, earning a doctorate degree, all in education.

Sheila started as a teacher in Palm River Elementary School in 1972. In 1974 she transferred to Riverview Elementary as a curriculum specialist and then became principal of Riverview Elementary from 1986 until retirement in 2001.

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12
Mar

Helen M. Reinemann

Helen M. Reinemann, 91, resident at Arbor View Communities in Plymouth, left us on Feb. 28, 2014, to fly with her angels.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Theresia Schnell; two brothers, George and Florentine Schnell; by her first husband, Elmer “Shorty” Dora, and her second husband, Kenneth J. Reinemann.

She is survived by one brother, Clarence Schnell; three children, Ken (Sue) Dora, Elmer Dora Jr. and Sandy (Michel) Joubert; and three grandchildren, Butchy Dora, Amber (Jerry) Joubert-McElfresh and Crystal (Maximus) Clean.

She spent her last years at Arbor View Communities, where she and her cockatiel, Checko, were lovingly cared for. Her spunky humor, laughter and loving ways were cherished by all. She will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered with a smile and in our hearts always.

Private memorial services were held in Sheboygan Falls. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is in charge of arrangements.

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12
Mar

Carol J. Schlorhaufer

Carol J. Schlorhaufer (nee Ellman), 80, of Newport, Minn., passed peacefully under the care of her family on March 6, 2014, and went home to be greeted by her Heavenly Father, beloved husband, John “Jack,” and family.

Funeral services were held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, at Newport Lutheran Church, 900 15th St., Newport, with visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in St. Paul.

She is survived by her children, Diane Howe, Cynthia Kelly, Carol Pirozok, Lisa Prigge, John (Kathi) Schlorhaufer; grandchildren, Ken, Jacquelyn, Robert, Jenna, Kaitlin, Brenna, Austin and Chase; great-grandchildren, Jack, Paxton, Shelby, baby girl Hellquist and baby boy Kelly (both expected in April); sisters, Dorothy Schlosser, Verna Olson, Marian Nerenhausen and Betty (Clarence) Spice; brother-in-law, Henry Kolashinski; sister-in-law, Louise Ellman; and many nieces and nephews.

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12
Mar

Viola Szymanski

Viola Szymanski went home to her Lord on March 9, 2014.

Viola was born on Oct. 29, 1930, to the late Reinhold and Anita Zarling in Gillett. On Aug. 28, 1948, she married Anthony Szymanski. She spent many years as a homemaker and later went to work for Elliott Glove Company.

Viola was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Gillett. She had many hobbies, such as fishing, sweepstakes, crafts, cooking, listening to polka music and sometimes playing the button box. Of course, none compared to the time she enjoyed spending with her family and especially the grandchildren.

Viola is survived by two daughters, Suzanne Klipstein, Suring, and Linda McGraw, Gillett; two sons, Wayne Szymanski, Oconto Falls, and Mike Szymanski, Suring; 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is further survived by three sisters, Dorothy Francois, Dunbar, Arlene Mitchell, Oconto Falls, and Caroline Wians, Shawano; and one brother, Lonney Zarling, Brillion.

Wed
05
Mar

Donald ‘Don’ Hengel

Donald “Don” Hengel, 93, went home to his Lord on Feb. 17, 2014, in De Pere. He was born on March 5, 1920, to the late Matthew and Emma (Anderson) Hengel in Denmark.

Don married Anne King on Jan. 20, 1940, in Denmark. They farmed the family farm in Denmark until 1971 and then moved to Mountain, and wintered in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Don was an avid fisherman and hunter. He especially enjoyed spending time teaching his children and grandchildren to fish and hunt. Don and Anne loved to travel and visited almost every state. Don also was a partner in Howard Immel Construction, Green Bay, and worked as a supervisor until retiring in 1982. He was a member of Christus Victor Lutheran Church, Bonita Springs, Fla.

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Mar

Emily Ann Smet

Emily Ann Smet, 3, of Lee Lake, died suddenly Saturday afternoon, March 1, 2014, at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee. She was born Jan. 3, 2011, in Oconto Falls to William D. and Katie (Christensen) Smet.

Emily will be lovingly remembered as a happy little girl who liked to be held and cuddled and to go fast and have “bumpy rides.” She just recently started attending early childhood at Oconto Falls Elementary School and enjoyed her time at the CP Center in Green Bay.

Survivors are her parents, Bill and Katie Smet, Lee Lake; her 8-year-old brother, Peter; three half-brothers and one half-sister, Steve Koski, William E. Smet, Briann and Devin Lakonen-Smet; maternal grandparents, Edward and Linda Christensen, Lee Lake; her godparents, Ryan Cherney and Nicole Renier; very special friends, Karen and Cal Kadlec; aunts, uncles and cousins.

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