Obituaries

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12
Feb

Adeline Ella Behnke Bent

Adeline Ella Behnke Bent, 94, died peacefully at her home in Lakeland, Fla., on Monday, Jan. 20, with members of her family by her side. Her death came from the complications of advancing age.

She shared 72 ½ years of holy matrimony with her husband, Roland Charles Bent, who preceded her in death in March 2010. Born in her family home, located on Brock Road north of Gillett, on Sept. 2, 1919, to Hulda and Karl Behnke, she married Roland on Nov. 24, 1937, in Green Bay. At a time when steady work was rare and luxuries few, they started to build a life together.

Wed
12
Feb

Richard R. Christensen

Richard R. Christensen, 60, Gillett, passed away at home unexpectedly on Feb. 8, 2014. Richard was born March 30, 1953, in Oconto Falls to the late Clarence and Savalia (Moede) Christensen.

Richard is a graduate of the Suring High School Class of 1971. He married Ruth Block on June 19, 1976, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Pulcifer. He was employed as a supervisor in various plywood plants for the past 42 years. Currently, Richard’s place of employment was with Techniply in Oconto Falls. He also served as president of the Frostville Cemetery Association for the past 17 years.

His pastime used to be bowling at the Gillett Legion Bowling Alley for 15 years. Richard enjoyed hunting, especially since he could take his grandson, Ben Bohm, with him. Richard was a very loving husband, father and grandfather and loved spending time with his family. He is a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Suring.

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12
Feb

Carol E. Panetti

Carol E. Panetti, of Oconto, passed away at home on Feb. 8, 2014, from breast cancer. Carol was born on Jan. 13, 1927, to the late Grover and Jessie (Hammill) Behringer.

Carol graduated from Oconto Falls High School with the Class of 1945. She attended Bellin College of Nursing, graduating in 1948. Carol married Robert Panetti on Aug. 6, 1949, at the Church of Christ in Hickory.

Carol was a kind, caring and compassionate nurse at Oconto Hospital for 40 years. She was also a very loving and dedicated mother and dear friend to many.

Carol retired in 1990 to care for Bob until he passed away on June 12, 1998. During Bob and Carol’s marriage, they enjoyed playing cards, square dancing and pontooning with friends. When their sons became of age, Bob was Scoutmaster and Carol, den mother.

Wed
05
Feb

Randy Fisher

Randy L. Fisher, 53, Suring, passed away on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer. Randy was born in Green Bay on Dec. 9, 1960, to Lyle and Barbara (Gretzon) Fisher. Randy married Laura Heins at St. John Lutheran Church in Hayes on Nov. 12, 1993.

Randy worked for the Oconto County Highway Department and loved plowing snow. His hobbies were mowing his lawn, gardening and being outside. He was a volunteer youth basketball coach for 25 years and was very active in both the boys and girls Suring High School basketball teams. Randy loved his family and especially enjoyed supporting them in sporting events. Randy is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.

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05
Feb

Vincent Romeo

Vincent Romeo, 61, Gillett, passed away Jan. 26, 2014, at a local hospital. He was born Dec. 11, 1952, in the Bronx, N.Y.

The family moved to California in 1969. He and his mother came to the Lord at approximately the same time, when Vincent was about 14 years old. He graduated from high school in Van Nuys, Calif., and worked at Riverside Hospital as an orderly in his early life. He lived in Valley View Retirement Home in California for five years before coming to Wisconsin. He lived in Oconto Falls for three years, then moved to Gillett for four years.

Surviving are his mother, Catherine Romeo, of Van Nuys, Calif., two sisters and an aunt.

A memorial service will be celebrated at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Gillett, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, with Pastor Doreen Jeffers officiating.

Wed
29
Jan

Anne Banaszynski

Anne Marie Banaszynski, 55, Phelps, died unexpectedly late Wednesday morning, Jan. 22, 2014, from massive heart failure and was received into God’s loving arms at St. Claire’s Hospital in Weston.

She was born April 16, 1958, in Green Bay to Mildred and Theodore Sinclair. Anne grew up in the Pulaski area, where she attended Pulaski Public Schools. Anne graduated from Pulaski High School, and it is there she also met and fell in love with her high school sweetheart, Benedict “Jay” Banaszynski Jr.

Anne and Jay were married on Nov. 11, 1977, at Pamperin Park in Green Bay. They raised three children (two daughters, one son) and lived in Pulcifer for over 20 years.

After their children were grown and starting families of their own, Anne and Jay moved up north to Phelps, where their family enjoyed vacationing and camping every year. Anne and Jay have lived in Phelps for the past six years.

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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.

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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.

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