Obituaries

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04
Dec

Jim Murphy

Jim Murphy, 56, Oconto Falls, died Saturday night, Nov. 30, 2013, of apparent cardiac arrest at a Green Bay hospital. He was born Sept. 5, 1957, in Oconto Falls to Howard and Gloria (Lewis) Murphy.

Jim grew up in the town of Morgan where he attended Oconto Falls Public Schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1975. He lived most of his life in the Suamico area, where he worked the counter at various businesses relating to auto parts. He had a gift of gab and could converse with anyone, especially over a cold beer if it related to Harley Davidson motorcycles or any of the numerous places or people he knew. Jim will be fondly remembered as an avid reader and deer hunter, especially with his late brother, Roger. Always a dreamer, Jim will be remembered for coming up with an idea that could lead to instant prosperity.

Wed
04
Dec

Helen St. Louis

Helen J. St. Louis, 82, of Lena (Kelly Lake), died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at Sharpe Care Nursing Home, Oconto Falls.

She was born to the late William and Agnes (Vondross) Houska on Oct. 17, 1931. She married Robert St. Louis on June 14, 1952.

Surviving are two sons, Wayne (Jean) St. Louis, and their children, Jennifer St. Louis, Jamie (Jarod) Weigelt and Landen; and Greg (Chris) St. Louis, and their children, Joseph (Kim) and Bobbi Jo (Brian); one sister, Elaine McMahon; and one brother, Harvey Houska.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Robert, on March 28, 2000; her son, David R. St. Louis, on July 10, 2013; one brother, William “Jerry” Houska; and one sister, Clara Houska.

Relatives and friends called Monday at the Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, 438 W. Main St., Lena. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Helen was placed to rest at Hickory Cemetery.

Wed
04
Dec

Hazel Volk

Hazel June Volk went to be with the Lord on Nov. 18, 2013, while at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital in Milwaukee. Hazel was born June 23, 1924, in Oconto Falls, to parents Edward and Pearl Larsen.

She is survived by one brother, Kenneth; son, William; granddaughter, Stephanie; grandson, Robert; and great-granddaughter, Courtney.

She was preceded in death by one brother and six sisters.

With her deep commitment to family, Hazel took pleasure in being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Her employers, along with her family, enjoyed her excellent baking and cooking skills. She was fond of kittens, especially gray ones.

She is greatly missed.

Wed
27
Nov

Gary Gallagher

Gary Gallagher, 74, Oconto Falls, died Sunday morning, Nov. 24, 2013, at a Green Bay hospital with his family present. He was born July 23, 1939, in Oconto Falls to Clifford and Orpha (Poppe) Gallagher.

Gary grew up in Oconto Falls, where he attended public schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1957. Following graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in Alaska and Canada refueling airplanes.

On Sept. 18, 1965, he married Victoria Garland in Suring. The couple lived all their married lives in Oconto Falls, where Gary was employed by Oconto Falls Public Schools in their custodial department for over 25 years. He also worked as a courier for the school toward the end of his time with the district. As a long-time member of Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls, Gary once served on the church council, ushered and counted money for many years.

Wed
20
Nov

Lori Linzmeyer

Lori Linzmeyer, 51, Suring, passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 11, 2013, after a yearlong battle with brain cancer. She was born on Jan. 16, 1962, to Charles M. Wolcott (Porkie) and the late Beverly Honeyager Wolcott.

Lori married Michael Linzmeyer on June 20, 1997.

Lori loved animals and ran a therapy and rescue. There was not an animal that was not welcome into Lori’s home and heart, be it horses, birds, dogs or flying squirrels. The residents and staff at Woodlands Village Nursing Home in Suring, where Lori loved working, enjoyed the animals Lori would bring to put a smile on everyone’s face. She will truly be missed by everyone who knew her.

Wed
20
Nov

William Heaney

William “Bill” Heaney, 59, Gillett, died Friday evening, Nov. 15, 2013, at the Woodland Village of Gillett. He was born March 6, 1954, in Oconto Falls to Ervin “Charlie” and Stella (Smits) Heaney.

Bill was an avid hunter, especially for bear, and enjoyed being outdoors with family and friends. He will be fondly remembered as a caring man who loved to visit over a cup of coffee and share stories about his hunting experiences over the years.

Survivors are two sisters, Rosemary (Norbert) Young, Pulcifer, and Karen Deshler, and special friend Jean Lutsey, Green Bay; one sister-in-law, Joanne Heaney, Waupaca; two uncles, Martin Smits, Gillett, and George (Doris) Smits, Green Bay; one aunt, Anna Mae Blazer, Maribel; one niece and three nephews; and good friend Allen (Jane) Schenkoski, Gillett.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Peter Heaney.

Wed
20
Nov

Dorothy May Luebke

Dorothy May Luebke, 88, Gillett, peacefully passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. She was born on May 11, 1925, to the late Charles and Hilda (Bourassa) Loberger, of Oconto.

Dorothy married Carl H. Luebke in August 1946 in Oconto. He preceded her in death on March 1, 1984.

Dorothy taught elementary school 30-plus years. She belonged to the VFW Auxiliary, NORTA, WREA and volunteered at the Oconto Falls Hospital. She was a faithful member of St. John’s Catholic Church in Gillett, where she served on the altar society and served as a Eucharistic minister.

Dorothy loved to spend time with her family and friends. She especially cherished the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also loved to visit the casinos, travel, play cards, bowl and winter in Florida.

Wed
13
Nov

Russell Fetterly

Russell Wayne Fetterly, 80, Oconto, passed away with his family at his side in Concrete, Wash.

He was born May 26, 1933, in Oconto Falls, to Harry and Hazel (Eastman) Fetterly.

He worked his whole life as a dairy farmer, beginning while still in high school, except for his time served in the U.S. Army.

In 1965, he received the Outstanding Farmer Award from the Oconto Jaycees. He was a longtime member of the Holstein Association.

He married Carol Spencer in August 1954. After retiring from farming, he loved to go for morning drives to locations unknown. He enjoyed going for log truck rides with his son and riding his Minneapolis Moline tractor in the parade and on tractor rides.

Wed
13
Nov

Allan Stranz Jr.

Allan Matthew Stranz Jr. passed away Nov. 4, 2013, at the Bellin Hospital-Oconto. Allan was born July 4, 1930, in Beech Grove, Marion County, Ind., to Allan Matthew and Mary Leota (Thrine) Stranz.

He attended St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in Indianapolis and then moved with his parents to Crandon in 1943 and graduated from Crandon High School in 1948. Allan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy in 1952.

Allan married Jeanne Alice Sturzl on Oct. 5, 1950. After working in Tomahawk, Eagle River and Racine, Allan and his family moved to Oconto, where he was employed at Ford Drug Store and later Schultz Drug Store. Allan and Jeanne purchased Schultz Drug Store in 1964 and operated it as Stranz Drug Store until 1979, when they sold it to Bill Clement. Allan and Jeanne moved back to Crandon, where he was employed at Linderud Pharmacy.

Wed
13
Nov

Sandra ‘Sandy’ Boswell

Sandra “Sandy” M. Boswell, 69, Green Bay, formerly of Oconto Falls, died Thursday afternoon, Nov. 7, 2013. She was born on April 5, 1944, in Green Bay to the late Leo and Frances (Paape) Kading.

Sandy was a graduate of Green Bay West High School.

In October 1983 she married David Boswell; he preceded her in death on Feb. 17, 2003.

During her life, Sandy worked in the health care field and was employed at a group home in Oconto Falls and later at the Green Bay west Walmart for 10 years.

Sandy lived a simple life and when her husband, Dave, was alive, they enjoyed fishing and hunting.

She was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. Sandy loved her two cats, Max and Patches.

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