Obituaries

Wed
30
Apr

Donald J. Holtger

Donald J. Holtger, 85, Klondike, died early Sunday morning, April 27, 2014, at home, surrounded by his family.

Visitation will be held from 3-8 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls. Visitation will continue after 9 a.m. Monday, May 5, at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls until the time of the service. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the church.

A complete obituary will follow.

Wed
30
Apr

Ethel ‘Teddy’ Mikkelson

Ethel “Teddy” Mikkelson, 88, of Gillett, passed away on Thursday, April 24, 2014.

She was born to the late Albert and Alma (Johnson) Anderson on June 20, 1925. Ethel taught school in Spruce before marrying Dale Mikkelson on Oct. 27, 1951, at Section Eight Baptist Church in Pound. Teddy was a substitute teacher for three area school districts.

The couple farmed in the town of Maple Valley until moving to Brillion in 1964. They retired in 1988, and the couple has lived in the city of Gillett from 1993 until the present time.

Ethel and Dale performed as a family duet for many weddings and funerals over the years. As their two sons developed their musical talents, they formed a Family Gospel String Band. Ethel is a member of Maple Valley Community Church.

Wed
23
Apr

Barbara Baumgartner

Barbara Ann Baumgartner, 59, Suring, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Barbara was born to Ervin and Lorraine (Sylvester) Riegert on Nov. 11, 1954. Barbara Riegert married Richard Baumgartner on Sept. 6, 1991.

She loved her animals, especially her cat and dog. Barbara enjoyed traveling with Richard and seeing the country. She loved spending time with her kids and grandchildren.

Barbara was a member of Maple Valley Community Church.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Richard, of Suring; her son, Jerry (Sarra), of Marinette; her daughter, Monica Baumgartner, of Kaukauna; three brothers, Allan (Dawn) Riegert, of Suring, Robert (Judy) Riegert, of Suring, and Bill (Jamie) Riegert, of Suring; her mother, Lorraine Riegert, of Suring; three grandchildren, Amarah, Lincoln and Kalee.

She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, Ervin Riegert.

Wed
16
Apr

Earl Roy Reinhold

Earl Roy Reinhold, 88, Anderson, Calif., went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 6, 2014. He was born Nov. 11, 1925, in Underhill to the late Edward and Natalie (Ratz) Reinhold.

On July 11, 1953, Earl married Lucinda Loretta Reinhold; they celebrated 61 years of marriage.

Earl worked at Graetz Mfg. as a welder and also farmed until retiring and settling in Anderson, Calif. He enjoyed playing guitar and mandolin at nursing homes and jail ministry services, as well as offering a helping hand to anybody in need. He was a kind and God-loving man who trusted God through the good times and bad.

Earl left behind his beloved wife, Lucinda; daughter, Shirley (Michael) Stanczak; son, Steve (Heidi) Reinhold; daughter-in-law, Anne (Johnson) Reinhold; grandchildren, Ashley, Tyler and Courtney Stanczak, and Zack, Ben, Jesse, David, Nicole, Isaac, Joseph and Michael Reinhold.

Wed
16
Apr

Gloria Rosalie Young

Gloria R. Young, 68, 9584 Rose Road, Gillett, entered into rest April 10 at St. Vincent’s Hospital, surrounded by her family.

The former Gloria Wurtsbaugh, daughter of the late Dale and Marguerite Eades, was born April 12, 1945.

Gloria is survived by her husband, Raymond “Chicken” Young Jr.; three children, Kenneth (Paula) Young, Gillett, Kristina (Penny) Young, Appleton, and Tracey Young; a special friend Mindy Young; six grandchildren, Zach, Heidi, Alex, Jon, Charles and Little John; two great-grandchildren, Rhiannon and Ada, with two more on the way; 11 brothers and sisters and their families; two brothers-in-law; five sisters-in-law and their families; and many other relatives and close friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents and her mother and father-in-law, Raymond and Alice Young; two infant children, Troy and Tori; and three siblings.

Wed
09
Apr

Dorothy J. Luedeman-Lindner

Dorothy J. Luedeman-Lindner passed away on April 7, 2014. Dorothy was born June 5, 1928, in Fairchild to the late Thaddeus and Anna Flick.

She married Robert Luedeman on Aug. 13, 1949. They lived in Gillett and spent their winters in Florida until Robert passed away on April 4, 1998. While living in Florida, Dorothy met, then married Andrew Lindner on Oct. 26, 2001.

The couple lived in Florida until Andy preceded Dorothy in death on Nov. 15, 2009. Dorothy continued to live in Florida until poor health forced her to return to Wisconsin in 2010, and she resided at The Cottages in Shawano.

Dorothy worked in the automobile industry for 40 years until her retirement on Dec. 14, 1990.

Wed
09
Apr

Roger Erickson

Roger Erickson, 83, Gillett, passed away with his family by his side on Friday, April 4, 2014. He was born on Oct. 22, 1930, to the late Carl and Cora (Beilfus) Erickson.

At the age of 17, Roger joined the United States Army during the Korean War. He proudly served his country, and in the process received a Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged in May 1952 and was ready to start a family.

Roger dedicated the rest of his life to his family and work. He spent 40-plus years as a butcher in Milwaukee. After retiring, he moved to Gillett and worked at the meat packing plant.

On Feb. 16, 1952, Roger married the love of his life, Marion (Paulson) Erickson, and spent the next 62 years more than happily married. They were wed at Bethel Lutheran Church, where he would spend the rest of his life serving God and his church. He filled many roles and wore many hats in the church over the course of his lifetime.

Wed
02
Apr

Carl W. Brandt

Carl W. Brandt, 79, of Eagle River, passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Rennes Health and Rehab in Rhinelander. He was born on April 22, 1934, in Mauston to Charles and Kitty Brandt.

Carl married Vivian Janik on Sept. 5, 1953, in Dubuque, Iowa. They resided in Milwaukee, later moving to Oconto Falls, where Carl was employed at Chadwick Manufacturing. He and his family moved to Eagle River, where Carl was plant manager for Four Seasons Homes of Phelps. He then joined Norco Windows, later to become JELD-WEN Windows, until the time of his retirement.

As a younger man, Carl satisfied his need for speed as a driver in stock car and snowmobile racing, including time as a regional factory team driver for Polaris snowmobiles. Among his interests, Carl enjoyed turkey hunting with his brother, John, fishing, and deer hunting with friends. He was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, NASCAR and Sprint Car racing.

Wed
02
Apr

Jeffrey A. Legner

Jeffrey A. Legner, 33, of Odell, Ill., died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 5:08 a.m. as a result of an auto accident on Interstate Highway 55 in rural Dwight, Ill.

Jeff was born on May 30, 1980, in Pontiac, Ill., a son of Dennis and Vicki (Kridner) Legner.

He married Heidi Boehlen on Aug. 5, 2006, at Oconto Falls. She survives in Odell, Ill.

Also surviving are three children, Zack, Tiffany and Chris, all at home; his father, Dennis Legner, of Odell, Ill.; his mother, Vicki Legner, of Bloomington, Ill.; one brother, Kevin (Erin) Legner, of Bloomington, Ill., his mother-in-law, Anne Boehlen, of Oconto Falls; and a special four-legged friend, Payton.

Jeff was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents and one uncle, Kevin Legner.

Wed
02
Apr

Mildred ‘Milly’ Metzler

Mildred “Milly” Metzler, 90, Oconto Falls, died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Sharpe Care. She was born Nov. 12, 1923, in Ladysmith to William and Edna (Elert) Helmrath.

Because of her father’s work in the paper mill industry, Milly moved with her family many times including a move to Canada, before coming with her family to Oconto Falls as a junior in high school where she graduated with the Class of 1941. Following graduation from high school, she started to work as a legal secretary for Howard Eslien Sr.

On Jan. 31, 1948, she married Ralph Metzler, and together they owned and operated Metzler’s Sweet Shop, a candy and ice cream parlor in Oconto Falls. Milly was well known for her over 50-year career with the Eslien Law Offices, where she did bookkeeping and specialized in probate matters, and as Milly would say, “way before computers.”

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