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Beverly Cameron
The loving family of Beverly Cameron cordially invite you to join in celebrating her life on July 3, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Waters of Minocqua in the Lake Evelyn Room. There will be a brief ceremony at 1:30 p.m. All we request you bring is your thoughts, prayers, stories and fondest memories of Bev. Reception to follow.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.


Friday, June 24, 2016

William P. Galloway
William P. Galloway, age 59, of St. Germain, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. Bill was born on Dec. 19, 1956 in Illinois, the son of Robert and Jean Galloway. He is survived by his daughter, Nicole (Todd) Kelly and son, Ryan Galloway; grandchildren, Tye and Sophia Kelly and Aiden...
Friday, June 24, 2016

Joseph V. Gebhardt
Joseph V. Gebhardt, of Wausau and Arbor Vitae, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Monday, June 20, 2016 at the age of 75. He was born in Wausau to Robert and Evelyn (Berens) Gebhardt on June 4, 1941.

Joe is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patricia A. (Bartelt). He is the proud father of Timothy (Pamela) Gebhardt, Beth (Gary) Kittel, and Amy Jo (Kent) Plowman.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Lois D. Gingher
Lois D. Gingher, 97, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2016 at Franciscan Courts in West Chicago. She was born Nov. 3, 1918 in Chicago, to the late Cornelius and Catherine Hinn Dyker.

She married Willard F. Gingher on June 28, 1941 at St. William Church in Chicago. He preceded her in death in 1989.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Dorothy G. Harper
Dorothy G. Harper, beloved wife of the late William Harper Jr. Dearest mother of Janet (Sam) Cortis, Barbara (Michael) Wayne, Carol, and William III. Cherished grandmother of 14, great-grandmother of 33, and great-great-grandmother of two. Fond sister of the late Howard (the late Esther) Hahn and the late Leslie Hahn. Many other relatives and friends.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Russell H. Jeschke
Russell H. Jeschke, 88, of Sun City, Ariz., passed away on June 5, 2016. He was born on Sept. 9, 1927 in Milwaukee. He entered and served in World War II and was stationed overseas. He was the son of John and Mary Jeschke. He later married the love of his life Clare (Schaumann) Jeschke.
Friday, June 24, 2016

Clifford F. Kotlarek
Clifford F. Kotlarek, age 88 of Woodruff, died on Tuesday, June 21 at the Seasons of Life Hospice House in Woodruff. Clifford was born on June 24, 1928 in Milwaukee, the son of Frank and Pearl (nee Zimny) Kotlarek.

Cliff worked for the Milwaukee County Transit Service as a bus driver for 40 years; receiving the National Older worker week service award in 1991.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Ralph T. Plowman
Ralph T. Plowman, age 88, of Arbor Vitae, passed away on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at his home. Visitation will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 26, 2016 at Bolger Funeral Home - Woodruff Chapel, followed by a Funeral Service at 2 p.m. Interment with full Military Honors will be held at Sunset Memorial Garden Cemetery in Arbor Vitae. Complete obituary to follow. Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services is assisting the family, 715-356-3200 or visit www.bolgerfuneral.com to share condolences.
Friday, June 24, 2016

June Grace Weimer
June Grace Weimer passed away on June 15, 2016.

Born Sept. 23, 1927, in Milwaukee, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick. She is survived by her daughter, Karen Wenke (Todd); her son, Andrew (Alison) Weimer and grandchildren, Katrina and Holly.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Ronald L. Briggs
Ronald L. Briggs, age 76 of Sayner, died Sunday, June 19, at his residence. Ronald was born Sept. 14, 1939, in Corning, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Carol of Sayner, and by his children, Jackie (Dwight) Kimber of Sayner, Brent (Annette) Briggs of Collins, Iowa, and Bonnie (Mark) Mahlow of Zearing, Iowa, and by seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Kathleen J. Schulta
Kathleen J. Schulta, age 90 of Woodruff, and formerly of Wausau, died on Sunday, June 12 at her residence at One Penny Place. Kathleen was born on March 10, 1926 in Wausau, the daughter of Leo and Geneva (nee Sense) Rhyner.
Friday, June 17, 2016

Ronald "Ron" L. Sheldon
Ronald "Ron" L. Sheldon, 78, died June 10, 2016. Ronald was the beloved husband of Sharon (nee Franz); loving father of Debra (Tom) Yeargin, Tamara (Craig) Cassidy, Ross (Ellen) Sheldon; proud grandfather of Bobby, Michael (Alexandria), Joey and Teresa Cotton, Caleigh and Danny Cassidy, Ryan, Justin and Ana Sheldon. Ron was a navy veteran.
Friday, June 17, 2016

David Edward Sutton
David Edward Sutton passed away on May 24, 2016. David grew up in Woodruff, the son of George and Dorothy Sutton, and his sister, Margaret Lynn Nyberg.

David was preceded in death by his first wife Barb Zangle Sutton. They had two children together, Gerald Sutton(resides in Chicago), and Saundra Sierszyn(husband James).

Friday, June 17, 2016

Ernest Vonau
Ernest Vonau of Woodruff and formerly of Eagle River died June 15, 2016. He was born in Eagle River on August 18, 1924 to Fred and Marie Vonau.

In younger years he worked in Illinois for what is now Frontier Telephone Co. It was here he met his wife Alice. They were married for 65 years. They returned to Eagle River where he eventually formed Ern's Tree Service which he operated for over 25 years.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Ian C. Mandel
Ian C. Mandel, of New Berlin and Minocqua, was taken from his family too soon on Sunday, June 5, 2016, at the age of 35, of complications from a seizure.

Ian is survived by his father, Neil (Ann) Mandel, and step-brothers Steven and David Beshensky. Ian was preceded in death by his mother, Gretchen Mandel, who died from epilepsy and his paternal grandparents Isador and Adele Mandel.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Kathleen J. Schulta
Kathleen J. Schulta, 90, of Woodruff, died Sunday, June 12, 2016, at her residence at One Penny Place in Woodruff.

Private family services will be held Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Nimsgern Funeral Home Chapel in Woodruff.

A complete obituary will appear in a later edition.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Alzheimer's Association are suggested.

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


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Muriel S. Stark
Muriel S. Stark passed away June 9, 2016, at the age of 73. She was born Feb. 3, 1943. She is reunited with her beloved husband, Thomas.

Proud mother of Kelly (Darrin) Johnson, Lisa Jacobs, Douglas (Melisa), and Steven. Proud grandmother of Thomas, Hannah, and Noah. Sister to Patricia (Leonard) Komblevicz, Pauline (Byron) Phillips, Alice LaBelle, Harvey LaBelle, and Veronica (Allison) Burrell. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dorothy Johnson Danielson
Dorothy Johnson Danielson, health care leader and active resident of the Lakeland area, passed away peacefully June 5, 2016, at the Avanti Health and Rehabilitation Center in Minocqua, at the age of 94.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Karen M. Green
Karen M. Green, 69, of Boulder Junction, left this world on June 2, 2016. She was born in 1947 to Robert and Dorothy (nee Peterson) Durand. Karen graduated from Newman Catholic High School, Wausau, in 1966. On Feb. 24, 1968, she and Jared R. Green were married at Holy Name Catholic Church, Wausau.
Friday, June 10, 2016

Vilas M. Lehman
Vilas M. Lehman, 92, of Arbor Vitae, (formerly of Land O'Lakes and Marion) passed away Friday, June 3, 2016, at Howard Young Medical Center, Woodruff.

Survivors are his wife of 66 years, Linda, and two sons, Michael Lehman and James Lehman, both of Arbor Vitae. There is one sister, Ruby Niemuth of Clintonville, and one sister-in-law, Annie Lehman of Hortonville and Florida.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Richard "Rick" M. Nemish
Richard "Rick" M. Nemish, 61, of Minocqua, died Tuesday, June 8, 2016, at Howard Young Medical Center in WoodruffI. Rick was born Jan. 16, 1955, in St. Francis, the son of Matthew and Betsy Nemish.

He is survived by his devoted Lady, Beverly Fischer, of Minocqua, and dear friends.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Arlene J. Backer
Born to Carl and Irene Isaacson on June 15, 1928, on the farm she grew up on. Attended a one-room country school grades 1-8. Graduated from Litchfield High School in 1946.

Attended the University of Minnesota - graduated in 1951 with Bachelor of Science in Public Health Nursing.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Pearl Morett
Pearl Morett, age 89, a 44 year resident of Arbor Vitae and former resident of Glendale, Wis., died on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at her home. Pearl was born in Milwaukee on Sept. 1, 1926, to Bernard and Martha Goecks. Pearl was a volunteer at the Lakeland Senior Center for many years. She enjoyed fishing, being outdoors, gardening and watching/feeding the birds. She also enjoyed meeting her friends for coffee in the morning at Hardee's.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Fred Bickler
Fred Bickler, 55, left this world for a better place on June 4, 2016, with his sister Kathryn by his side. He is survived by his loving companion Lynette Willms. Sons, Fred and Eric. Sisters, Kathryn (Gary) Makowski and Cindy (Randy) Bolton. He was a special loving uncle to Frank Lawrence, April Lawrence and Edward Makowski. He is further survived by aunts, uncles and many cousins.
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Robert "Bob" Meier
Robert "Bob" Meier, age 67 of Arbor Vitae, died on Friday, June 3, at his residence. Survived by his loving wife Ann Peterson-Meier. Further survived by his close friends Joe Richie, Jack Cleveland, Dennis Billman, Margie and Art Wujkowski, Donnie, Scottie Morris, Darek Wujkowski, Lee and Jeff, Lindsey Adams, Kassie, CC, Kenny Lang, Ken Wickman, and his dog, Daisy Mae.

Bob was preceded in death by his first wife and two children.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Dorothy L. Lewis
Dorothy L. Lewis of Arbor Vitae passed away at home on May 21 after a brief illness. A Celebration of her Life will be held on Friday, June 10, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Nimsgern Funeral Home Chapel, 1025 Margaret Street in Woodruff.

Online condolences may be shared at Nimsgern Funeral Home, Woodruff.

Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services is serving the family.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Dorothy J. Danielson
Dorothy J. Danielson, 94, of Minocqua passed away on Sunday, May 5, 2016, at the Avanti Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the Bolger Funeral Homes of Minocqua and Woodruff.

Please visit www.bolgerfuneral.com for more information.


Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Calvin George LaPorte
Calvin George LaPorte, business leader and active community resident of Manitowish Waters, died peacefully on May 20, 2016 at Our Home K-Care in Lac du Flambeau, at the age of 91. He was born on April 21, 1925, in Rhinelander, the son of George and Anna (nee Mattson) LaPorte. Mr. LaPorte is survived by his children Barbara (Mike) Bartling, David (Jane Sedivy) LaPorte; his stepchildren Patricia Stone, Fred (Terry) Theisen, Rich (DeEtte) Theisen, and Tom (Barb) Theisen; as well as 13 grandchildren.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Mary Christine Bonneau
Mary Christine Bonneau passed away Friday, May 27, at Avanti, after her long struggle with MS. Chris, a life-long resident of Minocqua, was born May 3, 1936 to George and Myrtle Grundy, attended Minocqua Grade School and graduated from Minocqua High School.
Friday, June 3, 2016

Beverly Cameron
The loving family of Beverly Cameron cordially invite you to join in celebrating her life on July 3, 2016, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Waters of Minocqua in the Lake Evelyn Room. There will be a brief ceremony at 1:30 p.m. All we request you bring is your thoughts, prayers, stories and fondest memories of Bev. Reception to follow.

Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal.


Friday, June 3, 2016

Patricia A. Gregory
Patricia A. "Pat" Gregory, 76, of Lac du Flambeau, died Sunday, May 29, 2016, at her residence. Pat was born on Sept. 26, 1939, in Tomah, the daughter of Harry and Nita (Carrington) Gilner. Pat married Allen R. Gregory on Sept. 9, 1961.

Pat was active with the toastmasters and choir and enjoyed snowmobiling and loved to spend time with family, especially her grandkids.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Ronald E. Furry
Ronald E. "Ron" Furry, 76, of Minocqua, died Tuesday, May 24, 2016, at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff. 

Ron was born July 10, 1939, in Chicago, lll., the son of Chester and Phyllis (nee Groski) Furry.  Ron graduated from Lane Technical High School and attended Junior College for engineering. Ron served in the U.S. Army and while stationed in Washington, D.C. met and married on June 6, 1964, Carol Renick, who was from Oak Hill, WV and was working for the Navy Department at the time. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Joe Chosa
Joe Chosa was born on July 6, 1921, in Lac du Flambeau. His Indian name was Ozaawaabik, which means "gold metal." He was raised by his grandparents after his mother passed away when he was two years old. After his grandfather passed away, his grandmother raised him by herself and they only spoke Ojibwe language at home, which he credited as the reason for his fluency in the language.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Ceil A. Matzek
Ceil A. Matzek, (Nee Pokorny) was born October 30, 1917 in Milwaukee, to Emmanuel and Celia (nee Cermak) Pokorny. She passed away May 19, 2016 at Avanti Health & Rehab Center. Ceil was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Matzek, loving mother of Barbara (Richard) Lemanski, and grandmother of Michael and David Lemanski. A celebration of Ceil's life will take place on Saturday, June 4 from 10 to 11 a.m. at Harder Funeral Home with a memorial service at 11 a.m. Private Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.

Harder Funeral Home of Brookfield, WI is serving the family. Online condolences can be made at www.harderfuneralhome.com


Friday, May 27, 2016

Virginia I. Szymanski
Virginia I. Szymanski, "Chuck or Charlie," age 76, of Winchester, passed away on Friday, May 20, 2016 at her home with her loving husband, Hank, by her side. Virginia was born on March 30, 1940 in Chicago, the daughter of Jesse and Helen (De la Torre) Vazquez. She was a noted homemaker who took pride in raising her children and caring for her family.
Friday, May 27, 2016

Michael J. Hagman
Michael J. Hagman, age 34 of Clayton, died on Friday, May 20 at Mayo Clinic Health Care System in Eau Claire. Michael was born on Jan. 27, 1982 in St. Croix Falls, the son of Henry Hagman and Pegi Gehrman.

He is survived by his father, Henry (Tammy Woodie-Hagman) Hagman of Woodruff, and mother, Pegi Hagman of Amery and by two sons: Tyler and Ethan and his significant other, Kelly and half-brother; Gage Brown.

Cremation took place and private family services will be held.

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


Friday, May 27, 2016

Ronald E. Furry
Ronald E. Furry, age 76 of Minocqua, died on Tuesday, May 24 at Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Minocqua, with a visitation from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to Trinity Lutheran Church or American Legion Madsen-Empey Post 89.

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


Friday, May 27, 2016

Dorothy L. Lewis
Dorothy L. Lewis of Arbor Vitae passed away at home on May 21 after a brief illness. A Celebration of her life will be held on Friday, June 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Nimsgern Funeral Home Chapel, 1025 Margaret Street in Woodruff.

Mrs. Lewis was born Oct. 28, 1927 in Stevens Point, a daughter of Christopher and Anna (Dorger) Landowski. She attended area schools and graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Nancy M. Tibbits
Nancy M. Tibbits, age 64 of Woodruff, died on Wednesday, May 25 at her residence. Nancy was born on Sept. 13, 1951 in Park Falls, the daughter of Pat and Beverly (nee Hahn) Carl.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 2 from 11 a.m. to noon at Nimsgern Funeral Home Chapel in Woodruff, with a Funeral Service at noon.

Burial will take place at Forest Home Cemetery in Fifield.

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

Friday, May 27, 2016

Jean M. Carlson
Jean M. Carlson, age 97, of Arbor Vitae, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at Seasons of Life Hospice House. Visitation will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Minocqua, followed by a Memorial Service at 11:30 a.m. Obituary to follow. Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services is assisting the family, 715-356-3200 or www.bolgerfuneral.com to share condolences.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Kathryn Brown Crisostomo
Katie Crisostomo, age 45, a resident of Aurora, Ill., passed away after a courageous battle with Lymphoma and Leukemia on Monday, May 16, 2016, at Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora.  She was born May 21, 1970 in Winfield to Elden and Judith Brown.

Katie grew up in Indianapolis and moved to Boulder Junction in 1984. She graduated from Lakeland Union High School in 1988. She returned to the Chicago area in the early 1990s where she worked and attended college, and met her husband, Alberto Crisostomo, whom she married on July 13, 2001.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sybil B. Ferguson
Sybil B. Ferguson, a long-time Minocqua resident, died Monday, May 16, in Madison. She was 97. After retiring from teaching speech at the UW-Stevens Point, she moved to Minocqua and began a new career volunteering and later working at the Northwoods Wildlife Center for nearly 20 years. During that time she also published a compilation of stories about the animals cared for at the center called Wildlife Hospital.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Calvin G. LaPorte
Calvin G. LaPorte, 91, of Manitowish Waters, passed away at Our Home K-Care on May 20, 2016.

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

Please visit www.bolgerfuneral.com.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Steven Ward
Stephen Ward, of Naples, Fla., passed this life on May 15, 2016. Born in Utica New York, Stephen spent most of his childhood in Milwaukee, graduating from Nicolet High School in 1982 and receiving a bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. His career as a casualty claims professional for The Travelers spanned over 20 years.
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Alyce Jean Cooksey
Alyce Jean Cooksey, better known as Ally or Cooks, passed away Friday, May 13, 2016, at Howard Young Medical Center, at the age of 81. Ally was a well-known beloved teacher and resident in the Lakeland area.

Ally was born Feb. 25, 1935, in Decorah, Iowa, to Hubert and Laura (Bruette) Opsahl. She was one of five children: Helen, Joyce, Dick, and Shirley.

She married G. Curt Cooksey on Aug. 19, 1956.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Virginia I. Szymanski
Virginia I. Szymanski, 76, of Winchester, passed away Friday, May 20, 2016, at her home.

Arrangements are pending with Bolger Funeral and Cremation Services. Call 715-356-3200 or visit www.bolgerfuneral.com for more information. A full obituary will appear in a future edition.


Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Patrick R. McFarland
Patrick R. McFarland of Minocqua, died Saturday, May 14, 2016 with his wife Gerry by his side. He was 72 years old.

Pat was born Feb. 15, 1944 to the late Lloyd and Rawlins (Ovenell) McFarland in Snohomish, Wash. He graduated from Snohomish High School, attended Everett Community College, and graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor's Degree in secondary education.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Edward T. Lenchek
Edward T. Lenchek, age 93, of Lac du Flambeau, died peacefully on May 13.

He is survived by his daughter, Barbara (Ken) Draeger and son, Thomas (Mary) Lenchek and by grandsons: Chad (Kate) and Christopher (Erin Kokta) Draeger. Further survived by his sister Julia Kempka and brothers John (Marlea) and Stan Lenchek. Brother-in-law of Shirley Fraederich, Carol Budish, Dennis (Ingrid) and James (Brenda) Carr.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Adam Jon Lisner
Adam Jon Lisner, age 31, passed away on May 14, 2016 in Minocqua. Adam was born in Minocqua on March 15, 1985. Adam is survived by parents Diana Anthony Lisner of Lac du Flambeau; siblings Brandon and Kasey Lisner of Lac du Flambeau; fiancé Rachael Lawry of Madison; grandparents Dianna Lisner of Lac du Flambeau, Darlene Guttenberg of Jefferson, and many other loving family members and countless friends, and was predeceased by grandfather Joseph Lisner of Lac du Flambeau, and grandfather Robert Guttenberg of Jefferson.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Sally Ann (Birkholz) Himes
Sally Ann (Birkholz) Himes of Bar Harbor died May 15, 2016, at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth at the age of 86. She was born on Jan. 6, 1930, in Minocqua, the daughter of Alfred and Crystal Birkholz.

Sally attended nursing school at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and graduated from nurse's training at Michael Reese School of Nursing in Chicago.

Friday, May 20, 2016


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