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Wausau area obituaries from July 24 to July 31, 2017:

Thomas Walters

Thomas “Red” Walters, 71, of Wausau, joined his heavenly family on Thursday, July 27, 2017. He was born in Wausau on September 9, 1945 to the late Gordon and Mary (Jankovich) Walters. Red served his Country honorably in the United States Army from December 31, 1962 until December 30, 1968. He received both a Vietnam Service Metal, as well as a Good Conduct Medal 1st Award. But life didn’t really begin for Red until he met and married the love of his life, Joanie Beckman. They united in marriage on February 1, 1969.

Red was a true sports fan but he was truest to his beloved Green Bay Packers, attending two Superbowls to cheer them on. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing. Most important to Red was his family and friends. He would join his friends every morning at McDonalds for coffee or stop in by his Loppnow family for some good conversation. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and made sure to let everyone know how much he loved them in his own way. He will be truly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Red is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joanie; his two children, Traci (Mitchell) Ellenbecker and Steve Walters, both of Wausau; grandchildren, Jordan, Dylan and Cole Ellenbecker and Alexis and McKenzie Walters; brother David (significant other Denise Travis) of Wausau; and his sisters, Carol (Richard) Larsen of LaCrosse, June (Duane) Bonke of Merrill and Betty Gardner of Wausau. He is further survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Beside his parents, Red was preceded in death by his sister Janet Walters and his two brothers, Brian and Richard.

A funeral service will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at Brainard Funeral Home Wausau-Chapel, 522 Adams Street. Visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Restlawn Memorial Park, T4710 Troy Street, Wausau. Military Honors will be given by the Wausau American Legion Montgomery-Plant Dudley Post 10.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to the family to be given to a charity of their choice.

Maynard G. Huber

Maynard G. Huber, 85, of Weston, passed away peacefully on July 26 surrounded by his family, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

He was born on March 4, 1932, in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, to George and Mary (Tremel) Huber. He married Lucille Binsfeld, his loving wife of 60 years, on June 29, 1957.

A U.S. Army Veteran, Maynard proudly served his country during the Korean War. He worked for Hamilton Manufacturing in Two Rivers, and 28 years for Wisconsin Public Service in Green Bay and Weston, retiring at the age of 62. Maynard served as an usher at Saint Therese Catholic Church in Rothschild.

One of his favorite pastimes was spending time with family, while enjoying the outdoors. He loved camping, fishing, hiking, boating and topping the day off with a one-of-a-kind Maynard Campfire. He was always happy to babysit the grandchildren. Maynard was incredibly handy. He loved to tinker in the garage and could build or fix anything.

Maynard is survived by his wife, Lucille, five children – Ron (Leeanne) Huber, Mary Huber, Deb (John) Klug, Dennis (Deb Higgins) Huber and Steve (Erin) Huber, nine grandchildren; Dr. Emily Klug, Ben Klug, Jake Klug, Sam Klug, Zack Higgins, Ellie Huber, Will Huber, Matt Huber and Charlie Huber, two sister-in-laws; Inge Huber and Hilda Huber and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Francis Huber and Gerald Huber.

Services will be held Monday, July 31, at Saint Therese Catholic Church, 113 W. Kort Street, Rothschild, WI. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the funeral mass at 11 a.m., with Father Louis Britto officiating. Interment will be at Restlawn Memorial Park in Wausau. Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ryan Gossett, the staff of Rennes Health & Rehab Center, and the staff of the Aspirus Wausau Hospital Palliative Care Unit for their care and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Saint Therese Parish or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Marcella Bergs

Marcella A. Bergs, 93, of Rothschild passed away on Monday, July 24, 2017 at Pride TLC.
She was born in Athens on October 22, 1923 to the late Nick and Mathilda (Luedtke) Rausch. She was baptized, made her first communion, confirmed and married all at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Athens. She married Joseph W. Bergs on November 6, 1943.

He preceded her in death January 14, 1981.

Marcella and Joseph farmed until 1978, after which they moved to Marshfield. Her hobbies included bingo, playing cards, baking and gardening. She was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and Homemakers Club of Edgar. She volunteered for many years at the KC Hall of Marshfield. Marcella was known for baking bread and always had cookies in the house for her grandchildren. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were very special to her and she wanted everyone to know she loved them all.

Marcella is survived by four sons: Charles (Sharon) Bergs of Kronenwetter, Michael (Sandy) Bergs of Edgar, Matthew Bergs of Burlington and Daniel (Mary) Bergs of Stratford; daughter Darlene (Michael) Jansen of Kronenwetter; nine grandchildren: Robin (Andy) Clark of Monterey, CA; Jeff (Staci) Bergs of Mosinee; Scott (Sally) Jansen of Weston; Tania (Jake) Kilpatrick of Appleton; Nicole (Dan) Goff of Hatley; Lindsay (Henry) Sanchez of Texas; Allyson Griffith of Grapevine, Texas; Tarah (Steve) Cunningham of Marathon and Nicholas Bergs of Stratford; great-grandchildren: Abby and Sam Clark, Miah, Avah and Joseph Bergs; Morgan, Annika and Ashlyn Jansen; Emma and Alix Kilpatrick; Kaden and Kenna Goff. She is further survived by her two sisters Adeline Gaurke of Athens and Mary Ann Milka of Cool, California and her sister-in-law Josephine Bergs of Edgar, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Beside her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her daughter, Carmen Griffith and her brother, Lawrence Rausch.

Funeral Mass will take place at 12:00 noon on Friday, July 28, 2017 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 6101 Zinser Street, Weston. The Rev. Greg Bohren will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:00 am until the time of services at the church. Burial will take place at the Holy Family Cemetery in Poniatowski.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ascension St. Clare Hospital and Pride TLC of Weston for the wonderful care they gave to our mother.

Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston is assisting the family with arrangements.

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Robert “Bob” G. Layman

Robert “Bob” Gilmore Layman, 84, Wausau, passed away in his sleep at home, Friday, June 30, 2017.

Bob was born April 8, 1933, Merrill Route 3, son of the late Clarence Emerald Earl Layman and Leona Ann Layman (née Zastrow), the eldest of seven children.
Bob attended Merrill public school before serving his country in the United States Air Force. He worked for J. W. Perry Co., Merrill, and Wausau Papers, Brokaw, before beginning a life-long career as an independent truck-driver and entrepreneur. Bob’s career accomplishments chronologically, included: Hauled mobile and modular homes throughout the Midwest and along the ALCAN Highway to Fairbanks, Alaska; Hauled red granite, road salt, and fertilizer throughout central and northern Wisconsin. He operated a granite pit in Marathon County and built numerous crop dusting runways for area potato farmers; Provided the house truck for The House of Merrill and Consolidated Building Service; Founded Rib Mountain Arctic Sports, selling new and used snowmobiles, parts and accessories, and servicing all types of machines; Founded Imperial Growers, Inc., a trucking company hauling fresh and frozen produce from the Midwest to Metropolitan New York City. He lived and worked on the East Coast for nearly thirty years; and enjoyed carrying a valid Commercial Driver’s License up to the time of his death.

The Man in Black. On Bob’s first trip to Alaska he happened upon a tailor in Dawson Creek, BC. He had the proprietor make him a set of custom black work slacks and black button-down shirts with two extra deep pockets. Bob then found black gaucho boots from Brazil in a mail order catalogue. Along with his ever-present chain-drive wallet, his signature look was complete. Long past his Canadian travel days he continued his long distance wardrobe orders and was indelibly recognizable.

Bob had an unmistakable voice, offered unapologetically blunt opinions, and had a uniquely colorful vocabulary. He loved to recall his hardscrabble depression-era upbringing especially tales of his boyhood farm chores, his seven mile walk to school and back home again (uphill both ways), and his father’s no-nonsense work ethic.
Bob is survived by four children from his first marriage, to Janice Mae Gaugush (née Post); Scott Robert, New York, NY; Sheri Lynn Shade, Green Bay; Debra Sue, Wausau; Timothy Mark, Wausau. He is also survived by one son from a second marriage, to Carol Jean Vedner (née Kresbach): Chas Luke, Wausau. Both marriages ended in divorce. He is further survived by three grandsons, and four granddaughters. Other survivors include brothers Jack Brian, Merrill; Donald Laverne, Wausau; Allen Louis, Chesterton, IN; and one sister Sharon (Raymond) Mundt, Tomahawk.

Besides his parents, Bob was preceded in death by one brother, Maurice, and one sister Janice Berdan.

Visitation will be held and friends may call from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 28, 2017 at Brainard Funeral Home – Wausau Chapel, 522 Adams Street, Wausau, WI.

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Dad, grandpa, and close friend: May your blue eyes and bright smile shine eternal. We love you and will miss you. You will forever be in our hearts.

Matthew T. Stennett

Matthew T. Stennett, 34, of Hatley passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017.
Matt was born in Wausau on May 26, 1983 to Carl and Deb Stennett. Following in his dad’s footsteps, Matt attended Fox valley Technical College after graduating high school and got his Journeyman’s as an electrician.

Matt was a loving son, brother, grandson, uncle and friend. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and hunting. He loved to tinker, often starting a new project before the last project was even finished. But most important to Matt was his family and friends, nothing meant more to him then hanging out with those he cared about.

He is survived by his parents, Carl (Sue Purull) Stennett of Weston and Debra (Scott Marshall) Stennett of Hatley; his sister Rebecca (Lucas Kollross) of Schofield; brothers, Jacob (Amy) of Galloway and Ethan (Jenna Windorski) of Hatley; grandmother, Clo Kort of Milwaukee; step sisters, Theresa Bauer of Tomah and Stephanie Purull of Schofield; nieces, Terika and Crysta Stennett; step-nieces and nephew, Kylee Bloomingdale, Julianne Pyke and Arik Bauer and his special friend, Stephanie Weber of Stevens Point.

Matt was preceded in death by his grandfather, Wallace Kort.

A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at St. Florian Catholic Parish, 500 Church Ln, Hatley, WI 54440. The Rev. Greg Bohren will officiate. Visitation will take place from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will take place on Wednesday in the Parish cemetery.

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Ervin Kolpitcke

Ervin Kolpitcke, 95, of Wausau passed away on Thursday, July 27, 2017 under the care of Interim Hospice.

He was born February 25, 1922 in Wausau to the late Michael and Lena (Schwittay) Kolpitcke. Ervin was a graduate of Wausau High School. He was a veteran of WWII. Ervin was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He also served in the Army Reserve for 36 years and was an expert marksman. Ervin was a member of the American Legion Montgomery Plant Dudley Post #10 and Lifetime Member of VFW Burns Post #388. Upon his return from service, he began working as a teller at First American National Bank. On October 8, 1949, Ervin married Alice Dahlke at Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau. They raised two sons, Kirk and Kevin with Ervin working as manager of Monroe Calculator Co. He served as former Wausau Alderman and Marathon County Supervisor. Ervin was a member of the United Commercial Travelers and Marathon County Ag Society. After retiring, Ervin and Alice enjoyed traveling, especially their trips to England.

Survivors include his two sons, Kirk (Helen) of Rib Mountain, Kevin of Wausau, grandson, Michael of Rib Mountain and two sisters, Arlene Loeffel and Delores Sherbert, both of Wausau. He was preceded in death by his wife Alice, sister, Beatrice Duranceau and four brothers, Harry, Melvin, David and Donald.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 Stewart Ave., Wausau. Reverend Gary Schultz will officiate. Entombment will be in Garden of Eternal Rest Mausoleum at Restlawn Memorial Park with full military honors performed by VFW Burns Post #388. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. You may sign our family guest book at

Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church.

Alice Kuhnert

Alice E. Kuhnert, 89, Weston, went home to heaven on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at Rennes Health and Rehab Center, Weston under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

She was born on September 13, 1927 in Wausau to the late Robert and Emma (Zarht) Kuhnert.

Alice retired from the GTE telephone company after 40 years of service.

Alice loved to help people her entire life. Worldly possessions meant little to her. She was a faithful worker, caregiver and philanthropist. Alice also loved to travel.

Survivors include her two sisters, Arline (Kuhnert) Sorenson and Hazel (Kuhnert) Kell; nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Melvin and Robert Jr. Kuhnert and one infant sister, Doris Kuhnert.

A memorial service for Alice will be at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church, Town of Easton. Pastor Ryan Fehrmann will officiate. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the time of service on Friday at the church. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Bethesda Lutheran Communities (600 Hoffman Drive, Watertown, WI 53094) or to the Wisconsin Valley Lutheran High School (601 Maple Ridge Road, Mosinee, WI 54455).

A heartfelt word of thanks goes to the nurses and staff of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for their compassionate care of Alice over the past few months of her life.

Ying X. Thao

Ying X. Thao, 81, Wausau, died Monday, July 24, 2017 at her sister’s home in Birnamwood.

She was born June 18, 1936 in Laos, daughter of the late Song Pao Xiong and Cheng Yang. Ying and her husband, Sa Sai Thao moved to the Central Wisconsin area back in 1976 and were the second Hmong family to settle in this area.

Survivors include, her husband, Sa Sai Thao; eight children, Mee (Song) Her, Nou Vang (Eileen) Thao, Chong Soua (May) Thao, Youa (Ria) Moua, Zar Thao, Cher Kou (Aong) Thao, Ly (Wang Lu) Lor and Kao (Yia) Thao; 46 grandchildren and 54 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by two children, Ntxhais Thao and Pao Thao.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, August 12th from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, August 13th from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Avenue, Wausau. Funeral services will be at the funeral home on Monday at 8:00 a.m. with burial to follow at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau.
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Mildred Murkowski

Mildred F. Murkowski, 98, Edgar, died Monday, July 24, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She was born September 21, 1918 in Edgar, daughter of the late John and Mary (Patez) Dvorak. On May 7, 1941 she married Clarence Murkowski at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens. He preceded her in death on November 24, 2000.

Clarence and Mildred farmed in the Town of Rib Falls for 40 years. Upon retiring they built their new home on the farmland and enjoyed life. Throughout her life she continued to enjoy sewing, gardening, baking and was an avid reader.

Mildred was a woman of faith and prayed diligently for all her family. She loved being part of all her grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s lives. She was always ready to welcome you into her home with open arms, her famous hugs and lots of homemade goodies.

Survivors include her children, Patricia (Harold “Joe”) Peterson, Wisconsin Rapids; Robert (Barbara) Murkowski, Edgar; George (Charlotte) Murkowski, Edgar; Mark (Donna) Murkowski, Wausau; and Clarice (Ron) Mroczenski, Wausau; son-in-law, Lawrence “Larry” Dahlman, Wausau; 24 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Agnes Dahlman; two sisters, Agnes Goetz and Diane Mucha and six brothers, John Jr., Walter, Chester, Harry, Eddie and George Dvorak.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 31, 2017 at St. John Catholic Church, Edgar. Rev. Thomas Huff will preside. Burial will be in St. John Cemetery, Edgar. Visitation will be Monday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services all at St. John Catholic Church, Edgar.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Edgar, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

Kevin P. Hornung

Kevin P. Hornung, 52, Marathon, died Monday, July 24, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

He was born June 14, 1965 in Wausau, son of the late Lester and Marlene (Laumer) Hornung. On July 23, 1994, he married Tammy Stencil at St. John Catholic Church, Edgar. She preceded him in death on January 11, 2009.

Kevin was a veteran of the United States Army. For over 20 years, he has been employed as a mechanic for County Materials Corp. Among his favorite pastimes, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards, dancing to polkas, NASCAR, riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and transporting his roaster for pig roast’s to several parties and events.

Most of all, he loved camping at Sherwood Forest Campground in Tomahawk with his wife, Tammy.

Survivors include, three siblings, Michelle (Tom) Heil, Whitewater, Darin Hornung, Marathon and Kim (Brian) Hilmershausen, Rhinelander; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Besides his parents and wife, Tammy, he was preceded in death by his beloved dog, “Zach”.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Marathon. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Diermeier will preside. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Marathon with full military honors conducted by the American Legion Alois Dreikosen Post No. 469, Marathon. Friends may call on Friday from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Marathon and again on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church. There will be a prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

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Lyle “Jim” Schepp

Lyle “Jim” Schepp, 80, Wausau, died Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

He was born November 5, 1936 in Pine River, Lincoln County, son of the late Frederick and Evelyn (Dehlinger) Schepp. On February 21, 1986, he married Jean Hlava at Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau.

For 28 years, Lyle worked as a role wrapper for Wausau Paper Corp. until his retirement. He was a member of the United States Army Reserve.

Survivors include, his loving wife of 31 years, Jean Schepp, Wausau; eight children, Bridget (Nash) Nyarko, Poynette, Colleen (John) Sargent Day, Appleton, Shannon (Walter) Hall, Lodi, Sean (Shannon) Sargent, Hudson, Todd (Shawn) Schepp, Schofield, Kim Schepp, Spokane, Wash., Tim (Cathy) Sargent, Wausau and Steve (Stacey) Schepp, Schofield; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Frederick (Jamie) Schepp, Merrill; one sister, Karen (Kenneth) Stolz, Merrill; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two children, Michelle Schepp and Patrick Sargent; one grandson, Mitchel Schepp; one great-granddaughter, Rozara Wallace; and his twin brother, Wayne Schepp.

Memorial services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau. Rev. Steven Gjerde will officiate. Friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 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

Keith W. Kurth

Keith W. Kurth, 56, Wausau, died Saturday, July 22, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

He was born July 31, 1960 in Wausau, son of the Marion (Steinke) Kurth and the late Gene Kurth. On October 9, 1993, he married Dawn Schubring at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Wausau.

Keith enjoyed hunting, fishing, four wheeling and golfing. He also liked to play cribbage, pool, Yahtzee and was an avid sports fan cheering on the Packers and Brewers. Above all he cherished time spent with his family and close friends.

Survivors include his wife, Dawn Kurth; children, Valerie Schubring, Kristopher Kurth and Vanessa Kurth; grandchildren, Payton Lou Kurth, Kristopher Kurth Jr., Bailey Kurth and Maximus Loveless; his mother, Marion “Bea” Kurth; sister, Diane (Doug) Neely; and his dog, Chanel Kurth.

Besides his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Kurth.

Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Wausau. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau and again on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Wausau.

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Joel A. Kleinschmidt

Joel Allen Kleinschmidt, age 60, of Weston, WI, passed away on July 24, 2017, at St. Clare’s Hospital in Wausau, WI after a long battle with cancer. He was born to Milton and Vernette (Langhoff) Kleinschmidt on January 10, 1957.

Joel came from a large family, being one of fourteen children. Joel is survived by 5 brothers: Virgil (Sherry) Kleinschmidt, Gleason, WI; Dean (Peggy) Kleinschmidt, Merrill, WI; Brian Kleinschmidt, Rothschild, WI; Tom (Laurie) Kleinschmidt, Weston, WI; and Jon (Becky) Kleinschmidt, Irma, WI; and his 7 sisters: Kathie (Jeff) Baumann, Merrill, WI; Bonnie Thurs, Athens, WI; Lynda (Mike) Kropp, Merrill, WI; Gay (Roger) Mootz, Merrill, WI; Wanda Kleinschmidt, Merrill, WI; Lois (Lee) Schmidt, Merrill, WI; and Becky Kleinschmidt, Merrill, WI. Joel is also survived by his 3 sons: Jeremy (Trisha) Kleinschmidt, Merrill, WI; Jason Kleinschmidt, Appleton, WI; and Kade (Amanda) Kleinschmidt, Weston, WI, his 6 grandchildren: Leesha Kleinschmidt, Christian Kleinschmidt, Maddix Kleinschmidt, Adaleigh Kleinschmidt, Aubree Kleinschmidt, and Jayce Kleinschmidt, as well as one great-grandson: Jackson Webster.

Joel enjoyed spending time with his family including his sons, grandkids, great grandchild, siblings, and other family members. Joel enjoyed hosting the Kleinschmidt family Christmas at his house which included his brothers, sisters, and their children/grandchildren.  He had worked as a team leader/foreman for many years including the companies Weyerhaeuser, Harley Davidson, and Linetec.  Joel enjoyed sports and was an avid Packers fan.  During his free time Joel would listen to music and enjoyed going to concerts.  He was also a huge fan of the sport of wrestling which included radio broadcasting.  Joel would be at matches and tournaments throughout the year with the High School State Tournament being the biggest.  Joel was also a jokester and was quick to pull pranks or jokes on people with a big smile.  Joel was often willing to help others in need and lend a hand.  Joel enjoyed cooking, baking, and canning. He would always be reading and trying new recipes.  Some of people’s favorites were his lasagna, beef barley soup, and the many different jams that he made.

Joel is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Daniel Kleinschmidt, and his brother-in-law Richard Thurs.

A celebration for Joel will be held Sunday, August 13th at 11:00am in the Corning Town Hall located at N1569 State Rd. 64 & 107, Merrill, WI 54452. In lieu of flowers, donations will be appreciated to help defray costs. Mid Wisconsin Cremation is assisting family at this time. Online condolences can be made at:

Clinton K. Gibson

Clinton K. Gibson, age 66, of Wausau, WI, passed away at his home on July 18, 2017 with his wife by his side. He was born to the late James and Betty (Vess) Gibson on March 6, 1951.

Clinton married his wife, Gena (Falkowski) Gibson on September17, 1988.

Clinton is survived by one daughter, Candice Jo Galvin; 4 grandchildren: Devon, Holly, Betty and Laiah; 2 great grandchildren: Kaiyah and Maddi all in Iowa; his adopted-like daughter, Krystle (Nick) Boesen and 1 grandson, Keegen, Appleton, WI; one brother, Austin Gibson; one sister, Barbara; as well as step-brothers and sisters.

Clinton proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1968-1979, serving 3 tours in Vietnam. He was also a member of the Wisconsin Army National Guard from 1983-1996.

Clinton was preceded in death by his parents James Gibson and Betty (Jack) Miner, as well as step-brothers and sisters.

A special thank you to Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for the care provided to Clinton during his final moments and our special neighbor angels Teri and Joe.

A gathering will be held at a later date. Mid Wisconsin Cremation is assisting family at this time. Online condolences can be made at:

Eileen Krejci

Eileen Krejci, age 88 of Wausau, passed away peacefully on Tuesday July 18, 2017, at Wausau Aspirus Hospital. She was born November 18, 1928, in Wausau, Wisconsin to the late William and Helen (Behnke) Wendorf. Eileen and Frank Krejci were united in marriage on June 29, 1946. He preceded her in death on June 18, 1998.

Eileen enjoyed: working in her flower gardens, feeding the birds summer and winter, re-upholstering furniture, wallpapering, sewing, and master of pie baking. Eileen enjoyed following the Chicago Cubs, taking her special dog Teddy for walks, having gatherings at her home; Christmas Eve was spent at grandma Krejci’s beautifully decorated winter wonderland.

Eileen is survived by her three children: Sherry (Paul) Maire, Barronett, WI; Kenneth (Kay) Krejci, Wausau, WI; Shelly (Jeff) Raymond, Mosinee, WI. One sister, Ivy Huebner, Wausau, WI. One brother, Donald Wendorf, Wausau, WI. 6 grandchildren: Kim (Carl) Samrock, Hugo, MN; Jody (Brian) Pease, Barronett, WI; Kenneth (Betsy) Krejci, Schofield, WI; Keith (Jenny) Krejci, Schofield, WI; Nikki (Brian) Wallschlaeger, Viola, WI. 9 great-grandchildren: Alayna Krejci, Chad Collins, Bryan Collins, Taylor Pease, Madison Pease, Andrew Samrock, Abby Samrock, Miles Wallschlaeger, and Sage Wallschlaeger. One great, great-grandchild, Lanney Collins. Eileen was preceded in death by one grandson, Mark Maire.

Internment of cremated remains will be in the Veteran’s Cemetery of Restlawn Memorial Park on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 1:00pm. An informal gathering for family and friends will be held at her home immediately following internment to celebrate the life of Eileen Krejci.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be directed to the family. John J. Buettgen Funeral Home is assisting family at this time. Online condolences can be made at: