Obituaries

Tue
20
Aug

Lillian Belongia

Lillian “Lil” Belongia, 91, Lena, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. She was born on Oct. 27, 1921, to Anna and Elmer Kosnar.

Lil graduated from Lena High School in 1939. She married Ernest “Eli” Belongia on Oct. 8, 1942, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Lena. He preceded her in death on March 1, 2006.

Lil worked at the U.S. Postal Service in Lena, the Cashway Grocery Store and the bloodmobile. Together, Lil and Eli owned and operated the Belongia Hotel and Bar, Lena, until retiring in 1977.

Lil was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for many years; she also was a past member of the Altar Society. She loved watching the Brewers, and in fact, could tell you the stats for each Brewers player. Other things she enjoyed watching were the Packers; in fact, she attended the very first Super Bowl. She loved playing cards and was in a weekly card club. In years past, she also enjoyed bowling.

Tue
20
Aug

Jack J. Marsh

Jack J. Marsh, 87, of Seymour, passed away Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at Good Shepherd Nursing Home in Seymour. He was born on July 18, 1926, son of the late John and Nellie (Johnvin) Marsh. Jack was united in marriage to June Hamlin in Mountain.

He was a member of Angelica United Methodist Church, Pulaski. He was a VFW member in Mountain. Jack was in the World War II Army Air Corps, honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1947. He served in Japan during the war.

As a young man he was a lumberjack in the Northwoods working with his father. He also played baseball with his dad in the Oconto County baseball league.

Jack and June farmed in Mountain for eight years. After farming, the couple moved to Green Bay, where he worked with heavy equipment for construction companies until his retirement. He worked in the Seymour area since 1966.

Tue
20
Aug

Lorraine J. Holtger

“Aunty” Lorraine J. Holtger, 89, Klondike, died peacefully Thursday evening, Aug. 15, 2013, at Community Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls surrounded by her loving family.

She was born Sept. 22, 1923, in Klondike to Roland and Emily (Burish) Holtger and was a very special “Aunty” to many.

Lorraine attended Coleman public schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1942. As a young girl, she worked as a clerk at Abby Ste. Marie’s grocery store and later at the Pound cleaners. In 1946 she became the bookkeeper for the family business, Holtger Brother’s Inc., until retiring in 1988.

Over her lifetime, “Aunty” enjoyed cooking and baking for her large family, many friends and neighbors. She also enjoyed cookbook collecting, reading, sewing, and tending large vegetable and flower gardens. Because of her great memory and recall for family history, she loved visiting about “the good old days” and staying current on all the families activities.

Tue
20
Aug

Fred Leisner

Fred Leisner, 100, of Westcott Lake Road, Pound, passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 16, 2013, at home in the loving care of his daughters and family.

The son of the late John and Agnes Leisner was born on Nov. 10, 1912, in Marinette.

He was married to Esther Kostreva on Sept. 8, 1934.

Fred dairy farmed at Westcott Lake, in the town of Bagley, until his retirement in the ’60s.

He then turned his attention to his orchards and his vegetable gardens.

During his 70s and 80s, Fred was known throughout the area for the wonderful fruits and vegetables he sold and the huge pumpkins he would display in town in the fall.

Fred was preceded in death by his wife of 75 years, Esther; daughter, Virginia Schneider; and his son, Kenneth Leisner.

Tue
20
Aug

Howard and Muriel Johnson

Howard L. Johnson, 90, was born Dec. 23, 1921, to Leonard and Mary (Krueger) Johnson and passed away May 13, 2012.

Muriel D. Johnson, 84, was born April 8, 1923, to Harold and Viola (Ballheim) Muehl and passed away Feb. 29, 2008.

They were married April 14, 1945. Originally residing in Suring, they lived in Ocala, Fla., at the time of their deaths.

They are survived by three sons, Val and Doug (Sandy), of Wiersdale, Fla., and Jeffrey (Susan), of Suring; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Howard and Muriel will be memorialized at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, at the Suring United Methodist Church in Suring. They will be buried at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

The family asks that any memorial donations be made to the Suring United Methodist Church.

Tue
13
Aug

Jamie Gen Kellogg

Jamie Gen Kellogg, 22, Shawano, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013. Jamie was born Sept. 7, 1990, to Randall Kellogg Sr. and Amy (Cochenet) Knippenberg. She graduated from Gillett High School with the Class of 2009.

Jamie was studying graphic design at Menominee College. She enjoyed drawing, dancing, listening to music, being with her friends, school, the outdoors, and spending time with Sam, family and her nieces.

Thu
08
Aug

Alvin Ferdinand Schaal

Alvin F. Schaal, 93, formerly of 9795 Gray Lake Road, Gillett, died Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, at Sharpe Care Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Oconto Falls.

Al was born on Oct. 24, 1919, in Gillett to Dudley and Flora (Zahn) Schaal. Growing up during the Depression years and his work in the Civilian Conservation Corps to help support his family shaped his attitudes about the importance of hard work and self-reliance. Al became a lifelong “fixer” and saver, and always built things to last. Al proudly served in the 36th Division, 142nd Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army for four years during World War II throughout Northern Africa, Italy, France, Austria and Germany. Memories of the battles, death and destruction stayed with him throughout his life.

On March 3, 1946, he married Lorraine M. Olson. They lived in Gillett until moving to a farm outside Oconto Falls in 1952.

Thu
08
Aug

Randal L. Zahn

Randal L. Zahn, 63, Gillett, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013.

Randy was born July 13, 1950, to the late LeRoy and Beverly (Walters) Zahn. He married Karen Madsen at Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church in Suring. He was a feed nutritionist for many years and later bought the Snap-On franchise, which he operated for 15 years until retiring in January 2013.

Randy enjoyed camping, fishing, being with people, farming and especially loved spending time with his family. He was a member of Our Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, where he spent many years working and served as president.

Randy is survived by his wife, Karen; two sons, Zach Zahn, of Suring, and Caleb (Darlene) Zahn, of Neshkoro; his daughter, Miranda Zahn (David Smith), of McHenry, Ill.; two sisters, Carol (Dan) Kreiser, of Oconto Falls, and Julie (Lynn) Steffeck, of Suring; two granddaughters, Eleanor and Afton.

He was preceded in death by his son, Matthew.

Wed
31
Jul

Leslie J. Kane

Leslie J. Kane, 93, King, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, surrounded by his family. He was born in Chicago on March 20, 1920, son of Leslie and Florence (Barnes) Kane. He married Barbara J. Rabe on Sept. 24, 1955, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Suring.

Leslie (Leo) was a graduate of Austin High School in Chicago and attended Northwestern University. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II from 1942-1945, deployed overseas in Great Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. He was by trade a professional painter for the Continental Bank in Chicago and also proprietor of Kane’s Family Shoe Store in Gillett.

Leslie was an avid reader, most notably concerning history, travel and politics. He loved old films, travelling and trains, and had a quick Irish wit about him. Conversing with him will truly be missed by many.

Wed
31
Jul

Hilda N. Heimerman

Hilda N. Heimerman, 84, Mountain, passed away on Thursday, July 25, 2013. Hilda was born Jan. 3, 1929, to the late Gerhard and Leola (Lyons) Stuewer. Hilda Stuewer married Dalton P. Heimerman on Sept. 24, 1949, at St. John Lutheran Church in Hayes.

For the last 26 years the couple enjoyed their retirement in the Mountain area. Hilda enjoyed gardening, canning, puzzles, reading, fishing, snowmobiling and especially being outdoors. She was a member of the Tabor Lutheran Church and its Ladies Aid.

Hilda is survived by four daughters, Valarie Dillenbeck, of Zion, Ill., Marjorie Stroik, of Madison, Marla (Lenny) Heimerman, of New Holstein, Patricia (Jim) Wolf, of New Holstein; four sons, Dalton (Penny), of Suring, Leslie (Vicki), of Green Bay, Bruce (Debbie), of Manitowoc, John (Aoy), of Marinette; her brother, Bernhard (Hazel) Stuewer, of Suring, two sisters, Luretta Wilber, of Suring, Violet Hinkfus, of Gillett; 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

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