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Gerald “Jerry” Goetsch

Gerald “Jerry” Goetsch, 85, died Tues. May 30, 2017 in Florida.

Jerry was the former owner and operator of Jerry’s Music Store in Wausau and the leader of the Jerry Goetsch Orchestra.

Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Thurs. June 29, 2017 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, Wausau. Visitation will be on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Edwin Bucknell

Edwin “Ed” Oliver Bucknell, 75, passed away at his home on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. He was born August 19, 1941, to Lloyd and Lorraine (Akey) Bucknell in Woodruff WI, Oneida Co.

Edwin “Ed” met his bride, Virginia Abitz at Fern Island in Wausau and they married on August 25, 1962, at St. Mary’s Church in Wausau.

He was a kind-hearted and caring family man who had a soft side for babies and pets.

He was a Do-it-Yourself-er before that was a fad: Carpenter, auto mechanic, wood cutter, plumber, plasterer, mason, snow-plower, welder and loved to pick berries. His favorite vehicle was his lawn mower and his favorite places to be were with his family or in his workshop.

Ed graduated from Mosinee High School and received his marketing degree from North Central Technical College. He was a hard-worker all his life and through the years worked for Sulzer Farm, Knowlton Cannery, a foundry in Milwaukee, Lemke Cheese, Frank Drake Plastering, Hook Hardware, Terkelson’s Hardware and Grebe’s Hardware.

Ed is survived by his wife, Virginia; children, Mary (Larry) Gast, Teresa (Craig) Husted, Joseph Bucknell, Arnold Bucknell, Kathy (Rod) Mommaerts, and Dave (Theresa) Bucknell, sister, Barbara Nechuta; brother, Lloyd (Arlene) Bucknell, and 10 grandchildren, Brandi, Emily, Ellen, Nate, Reid, Jack, Isaac, Ben, Greg and Russel.

Edwin is preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers Robert and James Bucknell.
The memorial Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 5, 2017 at the Church of St. Anne, 700 West Bridge St., Wausau. Rev. Nathaniel Kuhn will preside. Visitation will be Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services all at the Church of St. Anne, Wausau.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Avenue, Wausau, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Thomas E. Van Rixel

Thomas E. Van Rixel, 79, Marathon, died Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at his home.

He was born March 23, 1938 in Milwaukee, Wis., son of the late Leo and Margaret (Gehl) Van Rixel. On May 16, 1964, he married Janet Raasch at St. James Catholic Church, Wausau. She preceded him in death on January 27, 2017.

Thomas graduated from Newman High School. In his younger years, he enjoyed working as a pilot for Grimm’s Flying Services in Wausau, and was also a flight instructor and charter pilot. He then began working for J. I. Case Corp., where he retired after many years of employment. Among his favorite pastimes, he enjoyed painting and playing guitar.

Survivors include his children, Alicia Madison, Jason (Cindy) Van Rixel, Janeen (Chris) Codden, Mark (Rebecca) Van Rixel, Vincent (Jennifer) Van Rixel, Stacy (Daniel) Bornbach and Gabriel (Janine) Van Rixel; 21 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Judy (Howard) Schultz.

Besides his parents and wife, Janet, he was preceded in death by four siblings.
The Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Marathon. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Diermeier will preside. Friends may call on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until time of services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Tom’s family.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Marathon is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


David A. Wunsch

David A. Wunsch, 32, Wausau, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.
He was born March 19, 1985, son of Todd Wunsch and the late Gwendolyn (Keeler) Blume.

David was currently employed at Crystal Finishing. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and tinkering with mechanical things. He liked to figure out how things worked and enjoyed doing research on different subjects. His pride and joy was his daughter, Alexis and above all he loved spending time with her.

Survivors include his daughter, Alexis; father and step-mother, Todd (Lori Ann) Wunsch; sisters, Chandra (Adam) Malzahn and Angela (Calley Wiese) Wunsch; grandparents, Robert and Diane Wunsch and Delbert Keeler; step-grandmother, Mary Newman; niece and nephew, Makayla and Jaden Malzahn.

Besides his mother, he was preceded in death by grandmothers, Vergene Wunsch and Marie Hollis and step-grandfather, William Newman.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2017 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 920 Edgewood Road, Wausau. Rev. Kemp Jones will officiate.

Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation will be Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services all at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Jean W. Lattyak

Jean W. Lattyak, 91, Mosinee, died Friday, May 26, 2017 under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Tender Reflections, Weston, surrounded by her family.

She was born July 22, 1925 in Wausau, daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Fara) Kieffer. On November 11, 1950, she married Elmer Lattyak at St. Mary Catholic Church, Wausau. He preceded her in death on December 14, 1990.

Jean worked as an office clerk and stenographer at Marathon Electric for many years. She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church, Rothschild, and the National Catholic Society of Foresters. In her younger years she enjoyed league bowling. Jean was an excellent card player, enjoyed trips to the casino and above all loved spending time up North with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughters, Lynn (Bill) Nemke, Harshaw and Lori Lattyak, Wausau; grandchildren, Ashley (Kevin) Roethle and Brittany (Brent) Keller; great-grandchildren, Chase and Coryn Roethle; and a sister, Ruth (Paul) Schultz.

Besides her parents and husband, Elmer, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ed Kieffer, sisters, Marie (Ralph) Princl and Elaine (Clarence) Wanta.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 2, 2017 at St. Therese Catholic Church, Rothschild. Rev. Louis Britto will preside. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services all at St. Therese Catholic Church, Rothschild.

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Margaret Higginbotham and all the social workers at Community Link for the many years of kindness and care given to Jean.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Virginia E. Schopf

Virginia (Graf) Schopf, 98, Wausau, died Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She was born August 3, 1918 in Door County, daughter of Leo J. and Emma (Peterson) Graf and grew up in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Virginia graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1935 and from Racine-Kenosha Normal School in 1937, where she earned certification to teach in one-room schools. She taught four years in Lincoln and Fox Schools in Kenosha County.

On May 31, 1941, she married Herbert Schopf and they lived in Milwaukee for five years. The family moved to the Wausau area in August of 1946.

Virginia returned to teaching in Marathon County, teaching at lower Kelly and Highland Grove Schools for the next six years. After a break from teaching, she taught at St. Anne’s Catholic School for the next 20 years until her retirement in 1981.

She was involved in many parish activities including, eucharistic minister visiting the homebound, special CCD, Circle of Joy, Fatima Council, NAIM, Altrusa Club and was a member of the Catholic Woman’s Club.

Virginia also enjoyed teaching at the Little Red School House for seven seasons, was a member of the Historical Society of Marathon County and Warm Up America program. Her favorite pastimes included crafts, especially weaving and making quilts for her grandchildren. She was an avid reader and greatly enjoyed the Talking Books Program from the Milwaukee Public Library.

Survivors include, two children, James Schopf, Minnetonka, MN, and Carol (Mike) Schoenherr, Weston; one son-in-law, Jeff Becker, Milwaukee; seven grandchildren, Jennifer Martin, Bradley Schopf, Heidi (Gerry) Miller, Heather (Eldon Groak) Lueck, Andy (Heather) Schoenherr, Matt (Erin Fisk) Schoenherr and Eric (Aimee) Schoenherr; ten great-grandchildren; one sister, Donna Hebior, Kenosha; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother, Ann Graf; her husband, Herb; one daughter, Jan; two grandsons, Brian and Billy Schopf; and two siblings, Leo Graf Jr. and Catherine “Kitty” Cesario.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Church of St. Anne, Wausau. Rev. Alan Burkhardt will preside. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Friends may call on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.

Memorials may be directed to the St. Anne School Scholarship Fund or the Milwaukee Public Library.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Lucille Fraser

Lucille J. Fraser, 93, Wausau, died Tuesday May 23, 2017 at Aspirus Hospice House, Wausau.

She was born December 21, 1923 in Wausau to the late Anthony and Regina (Ligman) Katczka.

Lucille graduated from Wausau East High School in 1942. She was married in 1950 and later divorced. At age 70 she retired from Greenheck Fan in Weston, and after one week, went back to work part-time until the age of 84. Among her favorite pastimes she enjoyed spending time with her kids and grandkids, cooking, baking, doing household projects and visiting the casino with her friends.

Survivors include her two sons, Timothy (Laurie) Fraser, Weston and Patrick (Lisa) Fraser, Mosinee; seven grandchildren, Michael (Rachel) Fraser, Ashley (Tyler) Busko, Caitlin (Zach) Onson, MacKenzie (Derek Landwehr) Fraser, Jordan (Hanna Deaton) Fraser, Brittney and Brandon Barsi; three great-grandchildren, Rory and Oakley Onson and Jackson Busko; and three sisters, Alice Beilke, Marion Pryzbilski and Barbara Valiska.

The Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017 at St. Mark Catholic Church, Rothschild. Rev. Allan Slowiak will preside. Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at Peterson Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St., Wausau and again from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services on Thursday at the church. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery, Wausau following the Mass and luncheon.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.


Florence L. Kieffer

Florence L. Kieffer, 93, Wausau died after a short illness on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She was born September 30, 1923 in Stratford to the late Adolph and Bertha (Schiffer) Frank. After graduating from Stratford High School in 1942, Florence moved to Wausau where she became a secretary at the Vocational School in the old Horace Mann School downtown. That is where she met Gordon Kieffer. They were married at St. Mary’s Rectory on May 25, 1946. He preceded her in death on October 11, 2016.

Florence enjoyed a very long and active life. In the 1950’s, she participated in many Stunt Night performances for St. Michael’s Church. With her husband Gordy, they owned and operated the Pine Bar and Restaurant on North 6th Street for 46 years. She was a gracious hostess and greeted everyone. Her dessert tortes were a Friday night favorite.

She was very involved with St. Michael’s Church where she was one of two women on the building committee for the new church which was built in 1973. Florence and Gordy enjoyed a wide circle of friends and entertained often. After retirement, they traveled and spent their winters in Sun City and Lake Havasu, Arizona where they met many new friends.

Known as “Grandma Tootie” to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she loved spending time with them, attending dance recitals and walking in puddles. She crocheted blankets for each one in spite of very arthritic hands.

Survivors include children Lynn (Dennis) Madl, Denton Tex., Bruce (Monica) Kieffer, Madison, Anne Kieffer, Wausau and James Kieffer; five grandchildren, Michael (Amanda) Madl, Collin (Beth Stadtmueller) Kieffer, Patrick (Laura Denton) Madl, Kristin Madl, Haley (Neil) Simmons; seven great grandchildren, Keira & Liam Madl, Max Madl, Clara Kieffer, Lillian, Elizabeth & Allison Simmons; sister-in-law, Marge Gausewitz, nephew, Joseph (Cathy) Rohling, their daughter Patricia, and nieces, Patricia Mertens, JoAnn Miller along with many other nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews on the Frank side.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gordy, seven brothers, Adolph, George, Lloyd, Donnie, Harold, Ralph and Roger Frank.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Wed. May 31, 2017 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wausau. Rev. William Grevatch will preside. Entombment will be in Memorial Chapel Mausoleum, Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Friends may call on Wed. from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.

The family wishes to thank Linda and Kathy Fosick at Cedar Creek Manor for the wonderful care given to our Mom. She especially appreciated her weekly Bloody Mary’s. The traditional holiday meals were greatly appreciated by the extended family as well.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Michael Catholic Church, Monk Botanical Gardens or Newman Catholic High School.


Kenneth J. Wallen

Kenneth J. Wallen, 72, Wausau, died Sunday, May 28, 2017 at his home.
He was born February 25, 1945 in Milwaukee, son of the late Kenneth and Geraldine (Knudsen) Wollenschlager. On July 19, 1976 he married Diane Firkus in Las Vegas. She survives.

Kenneth served his country in the United States Air Force. He enjoyed having breakfast with friends, playing games on his IPad, trips to the casino, and his two puppies, Rosie and Betsy. Above all he loved spending time with his grandkids and family.

Survivors include his wife, Diane; children, Kenny, Pamela (Wade) and Shari (Brian); and his grandchildren, Mackenzie, Aiden, Alex and Brianna.

Private family services will be held.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Avenue, Wausau, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Ernest “Ernie” Martin

Ernest J. Martin, 81, of Wausau, passed away on Sunday, June 4, 2017.
Ernie was born on November 10, 1935 to the late Theodore and Martha (Danczyk) Martin in Wausau. At the age of nine years old, he met his childhood sweetheart, Frances Barwick. They were married on October 20, 1956 at St. Therese Catholic Church, Rothschild.

Together they shared 56 years of marriage until the time of Frances’ death in 2013. Ernie spent time doing things for his wife, always putting her first.Ernie was a master woodworker and was proud of it. If you wanted anything made, he would make it for you. Gifts to his family were often specially crafted by his own hands. Along with woodworking, Ernie loved spending time hunting and fishing, including spending time up at the cottage in the U.P. with his wife.

Ernie is survived by his two daughters, Cindy (Jim) Akavickas of Wausau, and Linda (Jack) Graap of Rib Mountain; two sisters, Dorothy Iwanski of Milwaukee, and Angeline Schenkel of Chicago; 11 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances; son, Kenneth; three brothers; and three sisters.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Friday June 9 at St. Therese Catholic Church, 113 W Kort St., Rothschild, WI. Father Louis Britto will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Entombment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.

Enjoy your time with Mom and Ken – until we meet again


Love you Dad,


Cindy and Linda


Joan Stueber

Joan Stueber, 89, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, after a well lived life of family, activities and contributions to the community.

Joan was born on June 19, 1927, in Elizabeth, New Jersey to Robert and Marie Peterson.

She graduated from Westfield High School in New Jersey, moved to Wisconsin with her family in 1945, and received an English degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1948. While there, she met George Stueber Jr., a lifelong Wausau resident. They married in 1949 and raised three children.

She was an active volunteer in her children’s activities, politics, church, and at Wausau Hospital.

Skiing was her passion, which she pursued with her ski buddies locally and throughout the Western United States; a love she inspired in her children and grandchildren. Joan enjoyed her crossword puzzles, needlework, knitting, and the strategy of bridge. She also treasured her time spent with family at Clear Lake in Tomahawk.

Joan was a social person and had a wide network of friends. You could always hear her voice and laughter above the chatter at a party. Her memory, wry sense of humor, and enthusiasm was appreciated by all and will be sorely missed.

She is survived by her three children: David, of Vail, CO; Patty and her partner, George Hirsch, of Wausau; and Barbara of Plymouth, MN.

She deeply adored her five grandchildren: Ross Mytton and his wife Gabriela Bhaskar of New York; Graham Mytton, California; Curt Carnahan, Colorado; Grant Carnahan, Minnesota; and Dylan Stueber, Colorado. She provided them with a love of learning, gave constant encouragement, and supported their many adventures. For that, the family is eternally grateful.

Joan was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, George Stueber Jr.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 5, 2017, at First Presbyterian Church, 406 Grant Street, Wausau. The Rev. Joy Nelson-Jeffers will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial at Restlawn Memorial Park to follow.

The family wants to thank Primrose Retirement Community for all their care and support. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Wausau or the Marathon County Humane Society.


Herman “Bud” Juedes

Herman “Bud” Juedes, 94, of Weston, died on Saturday, May 27, 2017 at Rennes Health & Rehab of Weston.

Bud was born August 8, 1922 to the late Herman and Anna (Radke) Juedes, Sr. He later met and married Lorraine Radtke on July 19, 1947. Together, they shared 66 years of marriage until her death in 2014.

He proudly served our country in WWII in the Army. He was a member of the American Legion Post 10, Wausau.

Bud was liked by everyone he met. His willingness to lend a hand to anyone, especially to help them fix something, will always be remembered. Bud loved to fish with his fly rod and could be seen often on the golf course as well. After his retirement from Brokaw Paper Mill, he and Lorraine traveled; most notably taking trips to Arizona and to Europe – bringing home a very special squeezebox.

Bud is survived by a brother, Roger Juedes of Brokaw; a sister, Mildred (Jack) Jablonski; his daughter-in-law, Abby Juedes; along with many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine; his parents; a son, David; brothers, Elmer, Raymond, Edwin, Ralph, and Floyd; and sisters, Esther, Arline, Marion, and Elnore (Mutz).

Private family services are being planned for a later date.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Rennes Health and Rehab for their kindness, diligence, and compassion shown to Bud over the years.

Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, Weston is assisting the family with arrangements.


Adeline Utech

Adeline Utech, age 103, passed away peacefully with family by her side, on Friday, June 2, 2017 after a full and active life. Adeline was a woman of faith and accepted each day as a blessing with a smile.

Adeline was born on May 24, 1914, in the township of Berlin, Marathon County to Robert and Matilda (Schuster) Seefeld. Sadly, Matilda died when Adeline was 7 months old. She was raised by her Aunt and Uncle, Emil and Matilda (Seefeld) Genrich.

Adeline married Lester Utech on June 24, 1937 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Naugart. Adeline and Lester lived in the Genrich home until they sold their farm in 1973. Adeline and Lester were proud of their high quality Registered Holstein herd, Rocky View Farm. Adeline was active in the farm operation, being responsible for the young stock. Her pride was maintaining the milking equipment that allowed them to sell their milk as Grade A. But her passion was her garden. Adeline’s home and yard were always filled with plants and flowers that flourished under her care. Through her entire life she canned fruits and vegetables that she grew. In retirement, Lester shared in that activity each Fall. So it is appropriate that her life would end in “The Gardens”.

A lifelong learner, Adeline was always willing to share her knowledge as a 4-H leader, Ladies Aid, 55 Plus, Welfare Workers and charter member of the Pommerscher Verein-Central Wisconsin. She was an excellent cook and had an eye for fashion. She loved to make desserts and homemade candy. Adeline was a social person and enjoyed engaging in spirited conversation. Her excellent memory, wit and humor will be missed.

After retirement, Adeline and Lester built a new home across from the farm, living there for 14 years. Then built a home in Wausau, on Gemini Place. Each new home required space for that valued garden. Retirement allowed time to travel, Europe, Hawaii, several cruises and trips to visit distant friends that farm life didn’t allow. Family get togethers and retirement parties always included a competitive game of Sheepshead, something that Adeline enjoyed to the end, especially during her seven years at Island Place.

She is survived by her three children: Sandy (Jerry) Muck of Bonduel, Barb (Garry) Schmidt of Merrill, Robert (Rheta) Utech of Wausau, two grandchildren, Debra Schmidt of Madison and Torri (Miller) Bradley of Plover, three great grandchildren, Oliver, Charlotte and Milo Bradley, her sister, Helen (Clarence) Marshall of Wausau, her brother, Myron (Ruth) Seefeld of Reedsville and sister-in-law, Millie Seefeld of Wauwatosa. Adeline was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Lester Utech in 2002, two brothers, Robert and Bill and two sisters Alma and Margaret.

Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 12, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 Stewart Ave., Wausau. Reverend Zach Holdorf will officiate. Burial will be in St. Paul’s Lutheran Cemetery, Naugart. Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., Sunday at the Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau and at the church on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services. You may sign our family guest book at helke.com.

The family wants to thank the staff at The Gardens at Forest Park Village for their care and support. Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau or to Homme Homes Foundation.


Lloyd Gearing

Lloyd Jacob Geurink, aged 92, departed this life on May 23, 2017. He was born July 6, 1924 to the late John and Jessie (Jensema) in the Town of Easton. On March 20, 1948, he and his late wife Delores (Kurth), were married in Zion Lutheran Church. They remained married for 66 years.

Lloyd was proud to serve in World War II with the US Army in the European Theater and was a lifetime member of VFW post #388. He participated in a Veterans Honor Flight in 2010. Lloyd was a hard worker who hauled milk to Wittenberg and Antigo with the Kraft Food Company for 22 years, then the Marathon County Highway Department for 17 years, finally retiring in 1986.

Both Lloyd and Delores were devoted members of New Hope Community Church. Lloyd enjoyed fishing, goose hunting, traveling and family gatherings.

He is survived by his two daughters, Deb (Jerry) Buttke, Wausau/Wisconsin Rapids and Sandy (Mike) Ollhoff Poynette, WI, six grandchildren; Gwen (Kevin) McGannon, Neenah, WI, Alisha Buttke, Madrid, Spain, Craig (Katie) Buttke Amherst, WI, Kyle Ollhoff, Deforest, WI, Brandon (Heidi) Ollhoff, Portage, WI, Jocelyn (Jason) Schmidtke, Lodi, WI, and nine great grandchildren, one brother Glenn (Leah) Geurink and one sister Laverne Hettinga survive Lloyd. His brother Truman (Ruth) Geurink, two sisters, Viola (Andrew) Hettinga, Eva (John) VanVuren and a brother- in- law Ken Hettinga preceded him in death.

The service to honor Lloyd’s life will be held at New Hope Community Church, Friday June 2, 2017, with the visitation from 9:00-11:00 a.m., and service at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will follow at the church, and a graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. at Forestville Cemetery.

The family extends their deepest gratitude to Aspirus Hospice Care and Mount View Center South Shore for the wonderfully attentive care given to Lloyd. Helke funeral home will be assisting the family with arrangements.

You may sign our online guest book at www.helke.com.


Ellen Schuett

Ellen Ruth Schuett was called to her heavenly home on Sunday May 28, 2017, after a lengthy illness. Her hard working hands used for homemaking, sewing and knitting became useless and her strength waned as her life ended.

Ellen was born to Walter and Carrie (Schaefer) Barnetzke on August 13, 1934, she was 82 years old. Ellen attended Grant School and Wausau High School, graduating in 1952. Upon graduation she worked for Dr. Fred Prehn as a receptionist and medical assistant until Dr. Prehn’s retirement. Ellen continued her career as a Pharmacy Assistant at Berndt’s Pharmacy. She enjoyed meeting and getting to know the many people in her work.

In June 1954, Ellen met Roger Schuett at a local polka dance. She and Roger were inseparable through their courtship and marriage and were married on October 22, 1955, and after 62 years, death has broken the bond. We look forward to meeting again in her heavenly mansion.

The marriage was blessed with two children, Sue and Scott. Sue passed away on May 26, 2011. Ellen is survived by her loving husband Roger, a son Scott Schuett (Jane Umnus), grandchildren Brianna Curro, Jenna and Jared Schuett, grandson Tyler Schuett (Rhonda Michlig) and great grandson Eli Schuett, son-in-law Ron Schram and grandson Ryan Schram, as well as her nephews the Barnetzke Boys and their families.

Preceding her in death are her daughter, Sue Schram, parents Walter and Carrie Barnetzke, brother Roger Barnetzke, sister-in-law Elaine and her in-laws Harry and Emma Schuett.

Ellen was a long time member of the Friendly 12 homemakers group. She also , with the help of good friends formed a sewing and “news” club. She was a dedicated member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church. She loved dogs, cats, birds, flowers and all creatures. She enjoyed knitting, playing cards and scenic country rides. Ellen will always be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many.

Visitation services for Ellen will be from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at the Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce Street, Wausau and from 9-10 a.m. Thursday June 1, 2017, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 600 Stevens Drive, Wausau, funeral services to follow at 10:00 a.m. with Rev. Bruce Lamont officiating. Interment is at Restlawn Memorial Park, followed by a luncheon at St. Mark’s Fellowship Hall.

You may sign our online guest book at www.helke.com.


Margaret J Villeneuve

Margaret J. Villeneuve, 84, loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother passed away Tuesday, May 30th, 2017, at home surrounded by her children. She was born June 3, 1932 in Wisconsin Rapids to Bernard and Loretta (Kickland) Musch, and was the youngest of ten children.

Margaret graduated from Lincoln High School with the Class of 1950. 
On July 7, 1951 she married Romeo E. Villeneuve, Jr. in Wisconsin Rapids and spent the early years of their marriage making their home at various U. S. naval air stations as Romeo completed his military service. They returned to Wisconsin Rapids and made their home along the Wisconsin River in Biron where they raised a family.

Margaret enjoyed being a housewife and homemaker, cooking, baking, tending to her flowers, reading, and family activities on the river. She was also a devoted follower of sports, especially Wisconsin Badgers football and basketball, Green Bay Packers football, and Milwaukee Brewers baseball. Margaret was employed by Dr. Wolfgang Dietsche, Orthopedic Surgery Clinic of Wisconsin Rapids for many years, retiring in 1991.

Margaret is survived by her children, Margo Stewart (fiancé Kurt Willmann), Pound, Anita (Ron) White, Minocqua, Laurie (Dan) White, Tomahawk, Douglas (Sharon) Villeneuve, Wisconsin Rapids; eight grandchildren, Jason White, Jessica (White) Rasmussen, Ryan White, Dustin White, Jordan Stewart, Benjamin Villeneuve, Andrew Villeneuve, and Mallory (Villeneuve) Dickman; eleven great grandchildren; her sister, Marjorie (Musch) Merk, Nekoosa, and many nieces and nephews.  
Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, Romeo E. Villeneuve, Jr., her parents, Bernard and Loretta Musch, her siblings James Musch, Francis Musch, George Musch, Mabel (Musch) Lessig, John Musch, Blanche (Musch) Evanson, Robert Musch, and Bernard Musch Jr.

Visitation will be held Tuesday, June 6th, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Buettgen Funeral Home, 631 E. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids, and will continue on Wednesday, June 7th, at 10:00 a.m. with the celebration of life service immediately following at 11:00 a.m. There will be a private interment for family at a later time.

Margaret’s family extends a special thank you to Dr. Dean Hagness for his many years of care, his nurse, Mary, and staff; and the special care provided by the compassionate staff of Ministry Home & Hospice Care, Marshfield/Wisconsin Rapids Home Health Team, especially Heather, Bee, Moriah, Samantha, Kelly, and Lynn.

Online condolences can be made at www.HonorOne.com


Annette A Bruner

Annette A. Bruner, 74, of Wausau passed away on May 29, 2017 at her home. She was born April 5, 1943 to Rose Boettcher.

She is preceded in death by her husband Rodney J. Bruner, son Forest (Woody) Shomberg , and step-son Bradford Bruner. She is survived by her two brothers-in-law: Ivan (Gini) Bruner and Dick (Vera) Bruner, her four step-children: Kevin (Marné) Bruner, Janeane (Jerry) Brockman, Debra Hellenbrand, and Janelle Jacobson, her six step-grandchildren Cole Bruner, Kailey (Jordan) Berendesen, Collin Bruner, Shelby (Tyler) Erickson, Danielle (Philip) Rummells, Tessandra Bruner, her close friend Suzanne Buska-DeSautel, and of course her favorite dog ever, Ebony Bruner.

Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family at this time.

Online Condolences can be made at www.HonorOne.com


Marilyn Grace Lemon

Marilyn Grace Lemon, 68, of Wausau passed away at Aspirus Wausau Hospital on May 29, 2017. She was born to Floyd and Sylvia (Turner) Lemon on April 14, 1949 in Houston, Texas.

She is survived by her mother Sylvia Lemon, three sisters; Jean (Lonnie) Balthazor, Sue (Scott) Williams, Amy (Mike) Stiver, three brothers; Dale (Lynne) Lemon, David Lemon, Daniel (Debi) Lemon, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is also survived by Dustin (Rachel) Gruett, their four children and Dan Gruett to whom she was a second mother and Nana. She was preceded in death by her father, Floyd Lemon.

She graduated from Our Lady of the Holy Cross High School in 1967 and attended Humboldt University in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She began her career in reservations with Western Airlines (later Delta Airlines), living in Minneapolis, Honolulu, Anchorage, Los Angeles and Atlanta. She relocated to Wisconsin in 1994 and worked for UnitedHealth Group, now known as Optum, for 23 years to the time of her death.

She touched untold numbers of people during the course of her careers and made a multitude of friends along the way. Her passing leaves a huge void in the lives of many.
Marilyn loved to garden, travel, sing; she was an accomplished artist/crafter. Her greatest joy was spending time with family and friends, especially around the fire, in her backyard which she called “The Garden of the Angels”.

In lieu of a funeral, a Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, June 2, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at City Grill located at 203 Jefferson Street, Wausau.
To honor Marilyn’s wishes, no flowers please.

Donations in Marilyn’s name can be made to New Life Pet Adoption Center, 125 Cattail Avenue, Marathon, Wisconsin 54448.
Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family at this time.

Online condolences can be made at www.HonorOne.com.

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