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Nancy Turley Wickstrom
Nancy Turley Wickstrom, died on April 19, 2016 at Kirby Medical Center. She was born on Oct. 14, 1935 in Peoria, Ill., to Meade Walton Turley and Louise Enslow Turley. She married the love of her life Donald M. Wickstrom on July 9, 1956; he survives. Nancy lived most of her life in Joliet, Ill., retired with Don to Manitowish Waters, and moved to Monticello, Ill., in January 2014 to be closer to family.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Elizabeth May Sorensen
Elizabeth May Sorensen, age 79 of Minocqua, died on Sunday, April 24 at her residence on Blue Lake with her daughters by her side. Elizabeth, as she was known by her siblings, was the fourth of six children and the oldest girl. She lived in Webster Groves, Mo., and until three years ago continued to attend all of her high school reunions. She was active in scouting growing up and worked her summers at a resort out of the city. She married Robert Sorensen on July 23, 1962.
Friday, April 29, 2016

Sandra Lee Bennett
Sandra Lee Bennett, 73, of Avon Park, Fla./Clear Lake, Minn., passed away on April 17, 2016 in her home.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. June 4, 2016 at St Marcus Catholic Church. 8701 Main Avenue Clear Lake, MN 55319. A celebration of life will immediately follow at Travelers Country Club Clubhouse 8520 85th Ave Clear Lake, MN 55319 320-743-2268. Interment is private.

Sandy was born in Glencoe, Minn., on August 4, 1942. She married Jerry Bennett on April 22, 1961.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Elizabeth Sorensen
Elizabeth "Liz" M. Sorensen, age 79, of Minocqua, WI died on Sunday, April 24, at her residence with her daughters by her side.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 29, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Nimsgern Funeral Home Chapel in Woodruff, WI with Funeral Services on Saturday, April 30, at 11 a.m. at Faith Evangelical Free Church in Woodruff, WI followed by burial at Minocqua Memorial Cemetery...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Helen M. Kur
Helen M. Kur, age 92, of Harshaw, passed away on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at her home surrounded by family. She was born on August 3, 1923 in Chicago, the daughter of Antonio and Anna Kur. Helen is preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Mary and Ann. She is survived by her brother, Frank Kur; nephew, Ken Donner and niece, Joan Donner.
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Nancy Lou Hollenbeck
Nancy Lou Hollenbeck, 76, of Arbor Vitae passed away on April 14, 2016 at Agrace Hospice Center Madison.

She was born Nov. 6, 1939 in La Crosse, to William and Bernice Barney.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Jerry Hollenbeck and her four children; Kim (Dave) Ary; Shawn (Brenda) Hollenbeck; Shelly (Dan) Maxwell; Keene (Cynthia) Hollenbeck; 11 grandchildren and four great grandchildren...

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Donal L. "Don" Otto
Donal L. "Don" Otto, age 91 of Minocqua, died on Friday, April 15 at Avanti Health and Rehab in Minocqua.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Jeffrey J. Lattig
Jeffrey J. Lattig, age 57, of Minocqua, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at his home.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Clint Richard Mabie
Clint Richard Mabie, 49, of Hurley, returned home to his Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Jane F. "Frankie" Newman
Jane F. "Frankie" Newman, age 84 of Minocqua, died on Friday, April 15 at Avanti Health and Rehab in Minocqua.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Nancy C. Ames
Nancy C. Ames, 84 of Minocqua, peacefully went to rest April 18, 2016.
Friday, April 22, 2016

Jane F. "Frankie" Newman
Jane F. "Frankie" Newman, age 84 of Minocqua, WI died on Friday, April 15th at Avanti Health and Rehab in Minocqua, WI.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Donal "Don" Otto
Donal "Don" Otto, age 91 of Mincoqua, WI died on Friday, April 15th at Avanti Health and Rehab in Minocqua, WI.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Jeffrey J. Lattig
Jeffrey J. Lattig, age 58, of Minocqua, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at his home.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Joan Terry
Joan Terry, 70, of Minocqua, Wisconsin, left this earth quite suddenly and unexpectedly on April 14th, 2016 at approximately 2 pm.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Nancy L. Hollenbeck
Nancy L. Hollenbeck, age 76, of Arbor Vitae, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at Agrace Hospice Care in Fitchburg, WI.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Thomas A. Barrett
Thomas A. Barrett, age 73, of Presque Isle, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2016.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Elizabeth M. "Liz" Helman
Elizabeth M. "Liz" Helman, age 81 of Minocqua, WI died on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at her residence.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Joan (Joni) A. Jones (nee Hassil)
Joan (Joni) A. Jones (nee Hassil), age 68, of Waterford, WI, formerly of Woodruff and DeForest, WI, passed away in her sleep on Friday, April 8th, 2016 at Zilber Hospice, Wauwatosa, WI.
Monday, April 18, 2016

Caroline Ann Franck
Caroline Ann Franck, age 90, passed away at 12:02 a.m. on Friday, April 8 at Aspirus Care & Rehab in Medford, where she had resided for the past 11 months.

She was born Feb. 9, 1926 in Medford. Caroline went to school at Roosevelt Elementary School in Perkinstown, graduate of Hannibal High School and Taylor County Teachers College, Medford.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Marcelina (Marcie) Gimeno Metropulos
Marcelina (Marcie) Gimeno Metropulos, born April 21, 1953, passed peacefully in her home in the town of Newbold, on March 26, 2016. Marcie was born and raised in Arvada, Co., but spent the majority of her adult life in Rhinelan-der and Lake Tomahawk. She is preceded in death by her father, Emil and brother Richard Gimeno. She is survived by her husband Bob and daughter Jennifer (Eric); mother, Irene Gimeno; sisters, Patricia (Roy) Wooten, Theresa (Ken) ...
Friday, April 15, 2016

Adam Schleicher
Adam Schleicher, age 30, passed away April 6, 2016 following a battle with cancer. Adam left us very peacefully and without pain. He was born March 16, 1986 in Woodstock, Ill., to Wayne and Laura (Leman) Schleicher. Adam fought strong and hard to the end. He loved the outdoors and sharing it with everyone, especially his son Treiden. Adam loved hunting, fishing, camping, and campfires. He would be doing one or the other as long as it was outside.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Joan Joy Blust
January 20, 1930 - March 19, 2016

On January 20, 1930 in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood Joan Joy Jefferson was born in her maternal grandparents' home to Marvin and Ruth (Westhaus) Jefferson.  Her early school life took place in Catholic and public schools on Chicago's north side where she studied tap dance and played accordion after school.  By 5th grade she was attending school in Lake Villa where she lived on Crooked Lake and had just enough room to keep her favorite horse, Lady. 
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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Father William F. Speerstra
December 4, 1932 - April 5, 2016

Rev. William Frederich Speerstra, age 83, passed away Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at his home in Minocqua, Wisconsin. Fr. Bill was born on December 4, 1932, to Walter and Clara (Kujawa) Speerstra, in Steven's Point, Wisconsin.

Fr. Bill is survived by his sister, Gretchen, of Madison, WI. He was preceded in death by his mother, Clara. Fr. He attended St. Stephen's Elementary School and graduated from PJ Jacobs High School in Steven's Point. He then attended St. Lawrence Seminary in Mt. Calvary and St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

John Kingsbury Bartosz
John Kingsbury Bartosz, 47, of Hartland, found eternal peace and healing on March 28, 2016. The world lost a devoted husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend. And the pediatric cancer community lost a leader, a champion, and one of the most important people to influence the way the world sees the universe of pediatric cancer. For complete details, please visit the Krause website.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Norma M. Hendry
Norma M. Hendry, daughter-in-law of Carolyn Hendry, passed away peacefully on April 2, 2016 in the company of family. Her love, laughter and kindness will be so missed. Norma was born in Fort Thomas, Ky., and is a graduate of Highlands High School and the University of Kentucky. After moving to Denver in 1987, she became an English teacher and cheerleading sponsor; later worked for Cherry Hills Christian schools, and was an active leader in MOPS and various Bible studies.
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Goldie S. Passow
Goldie S. Passow, age 92, of Lake Tomahawk, passed away peacefully in her sleep at Mount View, Garden Site Crossing on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

Goldie, who was born on May 31, 1924, is survived by her brother Jerry Deduc of Chicago, her sister-in-law Betty Nimz of Wausau, her brother-in-law Gary Passow of Hazelhurst, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceeded in death by the love of her life Gilbert Passow, her husband of 69 years, her son Steven, and her daughter Claudene.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Rev. William F. Speerstra
Rev. William F. Speerstra, 83, of Minocqua passed away at his home on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.

Arrangements are pending with Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services in Minocqua and Woodruff.

Visit www.bolgerfuneral.com for more information or call 715-356-3200.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Marilyn Frances Fortelka Kreml
Marilyn Frances Fortelka Kreml, 91, died peacefully Saturday morning, April 2, 2016 in the arms of her daughters in her apartment in Vernon Hills. Marilyn was born June 1, 1924 in Riverside, Ill., the younger daughter of Dr. Frank and May Fortelka. She attended Trinity High School and graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in Music Education in 1946.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Alice Kiss
Alice Kiss, 79, passed peacefully and returned to God on April 4, 2016 of natural causes. Daughter of John and Nora Abbrederis, wife to Frank, loving mother to David, Gloria, Kevin (Julie), and Michael (Kristol). Loving grandmother and great grandmother. Frank's "best wife on Earth." Sister to Frank Sr., Franny, Mary, Johnny, Eddie and Bobby. A wonderful sister-in-law. A good friend to so many.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Elsie H. Feit
Elsie H. Feit, 93, Wausau, died on Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Aspirus, Wausau Hospital.

She was born Nov. 11, 1922, at home in the Town of Bergen, the daughter of the late Stanley and Louise (Rashke) Valosek.

Elsie married Walter Strozinski, August 31, 1948 in Mosinee. He preceded her in death April 6, 1990. She then met Irvin Feit, and in 1991 the two were married in Manitowish Waters; he survives.

Friday, April 8, 2016

John Clifford Allen Jr.
John Clifford Allen Jr., age 81 of Woodruff, died on Sunday, April 3 at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. John was born on Dec. 12, 1934 in Chicago, the son of John Sr. and Kathleen (nee Edwards) Allen. Before moving to the Northwoods 27 years ago, John had been an influential and active member of the transportation industry as he was co-founder and former executive vice president of ITOFCA and also served as former president of the Chicago Traffic Club.
Friday, April 8, 2016

Marcelina (Marcie) Gimeno Metropulos
Marcelina (Marcie) Gimeno Metropulos passed peacefully in her home amoung her beloved family on March 26, 2016. A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held at a later date. A complete obituary and details of this gathering will follow in the near future.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

James Joseph Lawrence Sr.
James Joseph Lawrence, Sr. passed away peacefully on March 28, 2016 at Howard Young Medical Center.  He was 82 years old.

Jim is survived by his wife Lucille (Lou), daughter Angela (Jeff) Bradford, and son Jim Jr. He was also blessed when Angela and Jeff brought his granddaughter Abigail (Abby) into the world. He was also close to his brother Joseph (Jackie), sister-in-law, Barb and many nephews, nieces and cousins.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Gerald L. "Gerry" Brahm
Gerald L. "Gerry" Brahm, age 78 of Arbor Vitae, died on Tuesday, March 29 at his residence. Gerry was born on May 25, 1937 in Milwaukee, the son of Leonard and Elizabeth (nee Henningfield) Brahm. Gerry attended St. Leo Grade School and Messmer High School in Milwaukee.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016

John C. Allen
John C. Allen Jr., age 81 of Woodruff, WI died on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.

Funeral arrangements are pending, complete obituary will appear in later edition.

Online condolences may be shared at www.nimsgernfuneral.com.

Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services of Woodruff, WI is serving the family.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Curtis W. Hare Sr.
Curtis W. Hare Sr., age 75, 11342 Butterfield Loop, Woodruff, WI entered into eternal life surrounded by his loving family and friends on Wednesday March 30​, 2016 at his home.

Curtis was born on July 12​, 1940 in Sturtevant, WI, son of the late Ernest and Marie (Jacobsen) Hare. Curtis was an avid sportsman and lifelong Packers fan. He loved hunting, fishing, and canoeing. He also enjoyed attending his children's and grandchildren's athletic events.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Richard D. Murray
Richard D. Murray, age 82 of Lake Tomahawk, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2016, at Seasons of Life Hospice in Woodruff where he received outstanding care. He was born July 4, 1933, in Crandon, to Clarence and Rosella (Thurber) Murray.

Richard attended Rhinelander High School where he excelled at baseball and basketball, earning consideration as a draft prospect for the Red Sox.
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Friday, April 1, 2016

Gerald L. "Gerry" Brahm
Gerald L. "Gerry" Brahm, age 78 of Arbor Vitae, died on Tuesday, March 29 at his residence.

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 1 from 4 to 5 p.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Woodruff, followed by Funeral Mass at 5 p.m.

Complete obituary will appear in later edition.

Online condolences may be shared at www.nimsgernfuneral.com. Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family.

Friday, April 1, 2016

James J. Lawrence, Sr.
James J. Lawrence, Sr., age 82, of Minocqua, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2016 at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Woodruff, with visitation one hour prior to the Mass at the church. A complete obituary will follow.

Bolger Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family, 715-356-3200 or visit www.bolgerfuneral.com to share condolences with the family.

Friday, April 1, 2016

James E. Wayman
James E. Wayman, age 53, of Lac du Flambeau, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at Friendly Village Nursing Home in Rhinelander. Traditional Native American Services will be held at the Multi-Purpose Building in Lac du Flambeau from Friday, April 1, 2016 until Saturday, April 2, 2016. Burial will follow at Memorial Cemetery. A complete obituary will follow. Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services is assisting the family, 715-356-3200 or visit www.bolgerfuneral.com to share condolences with the family.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Terri Schmidt
Terri Schmidt, age 53, of Monona, passed away on Friday, March 25, 2016. She was born on Oct. 8, 1962, in Sioux Falls, S.D., the daughter of Arlen and Mary Edmundson. She married Keven Schmidt on June 18, 1994, on the Mississippi. Terri was raised in Marinette. As a single parent, she put herself through college at UW-Madison. She won a national contest for designing kitchen of the year.
Friday, April 1, 2016

Wayne A. Vaughn
Wayne A. Vaughn, age 81, of Waunakee, passed away at home on Tuesday March 22, 2016. He was born on Dec. 6, 1934 in Mercer, the son of Lawrence and Lucy Vaughn, nee Stephey. Wayne grew up in Mercer and served in the U.S. Navy from 1954-8 and was a proud member of the American Legion and the VFW.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Barbara R. Kucharas
Barbara R. Kucharas passed away peacefully at Aspirus of Wausau on Friday March 25 at the age of 58. Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin and friend.

Barb is predeceased by her parents William and Adris Ahlborn, sister Judith Rems, and brother Michael Ahlborn all of Arbor Vitae.

She is survived by her adoring husband James Kucharas, married in Laughlin NV on October 29, 2009. Together they enjoyed spending time with their 2 dachshunds (kids) Max and Bella, and spoiling their grandchildren.
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Richard H. Clawes
Richard H. Clawes, age 85, of Lac du Flambeau, WI, died on Saturday, March 26th at his residence.

Funeral arrangements are pending with Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services.

Complete obituary will appear in later edition.

Online condolences may be shared at www.nimsgernfuneral.com

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Richard Gourley
Richard H. Gourley, 93, of Minocqua, died peacefully at his residence on Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

Beloved father, grandfather, and brother, he was born in Waukegan, Illinois on January 15, 1923, but was a lifelong Wisconsin boy growing up in Kenosha.

Rick was only a teenager when he came north to work in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC camps) down Blue Lake Road south of Minocqua.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Gail A. Blanchard
MILWAUKEE/MINOCQUA - Gail (Ashley) Blanchard, age 61, of Minocqua, passed away on Friday, March 25, 2016 at the UW Hospital in Madison. She was born on September 16, 1954, the daughter of Bill and Beverly Ashley. Gail was united in marriage to the love of her life Victor Blanchard on September 2, 1972 in Des Moines, IA.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Gerald R. Gerg
Gerald R. Gerg, 94, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Hospice House under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

Jerry was born July 14, 1921 in Beaver Dam to the late Arthur P. and Jane C. (Numerdor) Gerg. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen (Weihert), infant daughter, Connie who died during childbirth and his siblings, Jeanne Truman of Milwaukee, Arthur Gerg of Waunakee and Bob Gerg of Brookfield, WI.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Betty Jo LaPearl
Betty Jo (Mueller) LaPearl, passed away peacefully at the age of 88 on March 24, 2016. Born in Dodge City, Kansas on March 16 1928. She was proceeded in death by her husband Roy LaPearl, Jr and her brother, Robert Jean Mueller and niece, Cathryn Mueller. Loving mother to Clifford LaPearl (Donna), Arieahn Matamonasa, Michele LaPearl, Nicole Beer (Bob) and a devoted grandmother to Jill, Mindy, Alex, Danny, Kaitlyn, Bobby, Ciara and Ryan.
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Renee "Boy" Wewasson
Renee Wewasson, nee Thompson, age 39, of Lac du Flambeau, passed away unexpectedly on March 16, 2016 at St. Clare's Hospital in Weston. She fought a long battle with diabetes and heart disease. She was born in Woodruff on March 31, 1976 to Carol "Tweetie" Thompson.
Friday, March 25, 2016


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