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Wausau area obituaries, Aug. 7 to Aug. 14

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Wausau area obituaries from Aug. 7 to Aug. 14, 2017:

Jacqueline Von Kanel

Jacqueline Alice Von Kanel (Whitney), 87 of Wausau passed away at her home, surrounded by her loving family on August 13, 2017. Jacqueline was born in Radisson, Wisconsin on June 30, 1930 to Alice and Bernard Whitney. She attended Winter High School, where she graduated as the valedictorian for her class.

Jacqueline married Michael Lucko, and together they had three children, Michael, Lori, and Lisa. Her husband, Michael passed away on April 21, 1963. Jacqueline married Charles Von Kanel on December 8, 1973. She worked at People’s State Bank, where she retired after over 18 years of service. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, baking, reading, puzzles, keeping lifelong friendships, and spending time with her family. Jacqueline was a devoted member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where for years she worked alongside other volunteers to write the church paper, “Trinity Connections”.

Jacqueline is survived by her husband, Charles Von Kanel; her three children, Michael Lucko (Julie), Lori Luedtke (Steve), and Lisa Doran (Dermott); her four grandchildren, Jessica (Plachetka), Gabrielski (Andrew), Jonah Plachetka (Sarah), Shamus Doran (Cassi), and Peter Doran (Jordan); and her 4 great-grandchildren – Grant and Greyson Gabrielski, Nolan Doran, and Killian Plachetka. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Alice and Bernard Whitney; her brother, Leland Whitney; and two sisters, Phyllis Malecha and Linda Johnson.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 Stewart Avenue, Wausau, WI. Visitation will take place from 9:00 am until the time of services at the church. Burial will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park. Brainard Funeral Home – Wausau Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to the family to donate to a charity of their choice.

Online condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com


Sylvester A. Landowski

Sylvester A. Landowski, 81, of Ringle, passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 13, 2017, at Tender Reflections under the care of Ministry Hospice Care.

Sylvester was born at his home in Ringle on August 9, 1936, to the late John and Mary (Glodowski) Landowski. He married Shirley Dudzik on August 8, 1959. He served his country honorably in the United States Marine Corps.

Sylvester (Sy) was a hard-working man, running the family farm while working for Weyerhaeuser for 33 years. He was fond of traveling with Shirley, making it around the continental United States in their pop-up truck camper. He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed fishing year-round whenever he wasn’t working. He loved traveling to Canada for special fishing trips and playing sheepshead with his siblings and their spouses. He was a faithful man, always making time for mass and daily prayers – even on camping trips. Syl especially enjoyed a good cook-out and relaxing with a good, cold beer surrounded by family.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Shirley; daughter Gloria (Dana) Degner of Weston and their children, Brittany of Clarksville, TN and Emily (Brandon) of Marshfield, WI; son Timothy (Wendy) Landowski of Birnamwood and their children, Elaina, Alexa, Jaydon, and Jordan, and Danalee Alix-Lemmer of Knowlton; siblings Dennis Landowski of Milwaukee; Kleofash (Joanne) Landowski of Antigo; adopted sister Marie Breitenstein; sister-in-law, Johanna Landowski, and brother-in-law, Ernest Dallman.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers: Edward, Joseph and Ludwig Landowski and sisters: Wanda, Frances, Leona, Agnes, Isabelle, Elizabeth and Natalie.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 6101 Zinser Street, Weston, WI. The Rev. Greg Bohren will officiate. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of mass at the church. Burial will follow at the St. Agnes Parish Cemetery. Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center – Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.brainardfuneral.com.


Delores A. Brandt

Delores A. Brandt, 88, of Weston passed away on August 12, 2017 at Tender Reflections of Weston. She was born June 10th, 1929 in the Town of Maine, Marathon County, WI to Royal and Ella (Hahn) Sturm. She attended Red Granite School, Horace Mann Junior High, and graduated from Wausau Senior High. Delores united in marriage to Lavern L. Brandt at Zion Lutheran Church, Town of Maine. She worked at the General Telephone Company of Wausau after high school and after her marriage. Later she worked at the Trust Company and J C Penney Company on Third Street in Wausau. In later years she worked full time in the office at Marathon Travel Goods in Schofield and her last full time job was at Drott/J I Case for 20 years as the secretary of the Parts Department in Schofield. She retired in 1984 and then took care of her mother Ella. She also watched her young grandchildren after school.

Delores was a co-author of “The History of the Maple Grove Cemetery”. She was also a longtime member of the Pommerschern Verein Club (German Club). Delores and Lavern traveled to Alaska and many other states. They also traveled to Germany and other European countries three times.

Delores was a member of two card clubs that played Sheepshead. In her earlier years she enjoyed dancing to waltzes and polkas.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years Lavern, her daughter Lynn (Rich) Maier of Rothschild, her grandchildren Lori (James) Mueller of Waukesha, Ryan (Anna) Maier of Green Bay and many cousins, nieces and nephews.

Delores is preceded in death by her parents, her brother-in-law Clamont W Brandt, her two sisters-in-law Dorothy (Brandt) Kufahl and Gerraine (Brandt) Sturm and also her special cousin/brother Charlie Rogers.

A funeral service will be at 4:00 pm on Monday, August 21, 2017. Visitation will be from 12:30 pm until the time of service at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 6205 Alderson Street, Weston. Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in the Town of Maine.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, Maple Grove Cemetery, or a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank Tender Reflections and Aspirus Hospice- especially Carla and Carrie for their kindness and compassion.


Nancy J. Burgoyne

Nancy J. Burgoyne, 60, of Birnamwood, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, August 9, 2017.

Nancy was born in Wausau on January 14, 1957 to Herman W. and Evangeline (Seehafer) Baumann. Nancy graduated from D.C. Everest Senior High and went on to marry the love of her life, Harry A. Burgoyne on July 15, 1978. They shared 39 years together.

Nancy had a zest for life. She loved traveling with Harry to the U.P, Lake Superior, Copper Harbor, Cherry picking in Door County and just taking a day trip to anywhere. She enjoyed going to the casino, had a true love for animals, enjoyed going fishing and cheering on her Green bay Packers. She was blessed working at a job she loved at Mount View Care Center as a Dietary Aide where she enjoyed taking the time to sit with the residents and her co-workers, getting to know them and checking in to make sure they were doing ok. Most important to Nancy was her family- she especially enjoyed watching movies with her daughter Amy. Nancy and Amy loved spending time decorating their homes together for Nancy’s favorite holiday- Halloween. She made sure to spend as much time with her family and friends as she could. Nancy will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Nancy is survived by her loving husband, Harry of Birnamwood; her daughter, Amy (Tyler) Martin of Mosinee; Mother, Evangeline Baumann of Wausau; sisters, Janice Nitzche and Karen (Mark) Baumann both of Wausau; brothers, Jerry and Larry Baumann of Wausau; her brother-in-law’s, Wayne (Maria) and Randy Burgoyne; sister-in-law’s, Mary (Jeff) Abt, Nancy (Michael) Lang and Tammy (John) Jankowski, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Nancy was preceded in death by her father, Herman.

Memorial services will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, August 14, 2017at Zion Lutheran Church, 709 N 6th Street, Wausau. The Rev. Ted Gulhaugen will officiate. Visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Brainard Funeral Home-Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court Weston and again on Monday, August 14, 2017 from 3:00 p.m. until the time of services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.


Joanne M. Jansen

Joanne Marie Jansen, 75, of Kronenwetter passed away while resting comfortably at Aspirus Wausau Hospital on Tuesday August 8, 2017.

Joanne was born November 3, 1941 to the late Peter and Leona (Pankow) Jelinek. She went on to marry her high school sweetheart, Thomas George Jansen, on June 8, 1963. Tom preceded her in death in December 2015. They were married for 52 years.

Joanne devoted her life to her family, sacrificing all aspirations of a career, to make sure her husband and boys had a clean house, a hearty meal, and unending love, support and encouragement. Everyone that met Joanne was a better person because of it as she treated everyone with kindness and compassion. Most of the neighborhood kids even called her Mom. Her joy came from seeing the people closest to her happy. She inspired and encouraged her grandchildren along with the many other children that she cared for in her home throughout the years.

Joanne was an avid bowler and loved watching sporting events with her family, especially the Packers, Brewers and Bucks games. Many of her favorite memories were of trips that she took with her family to watch the games. She also cherished the memories of family trips to Jamaica and Florida.

Joanne is survived by her children David (Laurie) Jansen of Weston, Craig (Sonja) Jansen of Madison; four grandchildren: Toni, Kenna (Nick), Randi and Cassidy Jansen; three great grandchildren: Kenzington, Keaton and Travis; one brother Bob (Sue) Jelinek; three nephews: Mike (Mary) Stevens, Richard and Randy Jelinek, and one niece Kim Jelinek.

Besides her husband, Tom, she was also preceded in death by her sister Judy (Jelinek) Stevens.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday August 17, 2017 at Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston. Rev. Wes Jedras will officiate. Visitation will be from 12:00 pm until the time of the services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Joanne’s honor to Jeremiah’s Crossing. Jeremiah’s Crossing is a therapeutic horseback riding ranch located in Babcock, Wisconsin, dedicated to helping horses help children with diagnosed physical, cognitive, emotional and academic special needs with no cost to the riders or their families.

The family would also like to extend a special thank you to all the staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital for all the love and support they gave us during this difficult time.


Audrey J. Tehan

Audrey J. Tehan, 86, of Wausau, Wisconsin, passed away on August 6, 2017 at Primrose Retirement Community in Wausau.

Audrey was born on June 27, 1931 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Everel T. Pierick and Ethel D. (Druse) Pierick. She married Robert E. Tehan, Jr. on September 5, 1953 at Church of the Gesu in Milwaukee.

Audrey attended Shorewood High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated in 1953 with a BA in Integrated Liberal Studies.

Audrey and Bob loved to travel throughout the U.S. and to foreign countries, and visited all continents except Antarctica. The highlight of their travels together was a twenty fifth wedding anniversary trip around the world.

Audrey was an accomplished pianist and loved performing for others. She was an accompanist for many soloists during her high school years. Like her father before her, she played the very challenging work “Rondo Capriccioso” by Felix Mendelssohn as her recital piece when she was a senior in high school. She performed many times in musical productions (often with her brother Ken) at Sun City Grand in Arizona during her later years. Audrey played the piano and led sing-a-longs for senior citizens in nursing homes, both in Arizona and Wisconsin, and brought joy to many through her gift of music. Even within the final week of her life, she played another of her favorite songs, “Stay as Sweet as You Are,” for her great-grandchildren. Audrey was also an avid tennis player and bridge player.

Audrey loved working on her crafts and sharing them with others. She was an accomplished knitter and made many sweaters, throws, hats, and mittens in her earlier years. She also was well-known for her prayer shawls, jingle bell blocks, and her famous “Mug Rugs” and “Happy Coasters” which she made in many colors and patterns and gave to anyone who wanted them. Her favorite color was blue, which she loved wearing and dubbed “Audrey blue,” the same as the color of her eyes.

Audrey is predeceased by her husband Bob who died on February 25, 1999. Her surviving family includes her brother Kenneth (Carol) Pierick, Sun City, Arizona; her sons William (Jean) Tehan, Wausau, and Paul Tehan, Cedarburg; five grandchildren, Katherine (Jeremy) Goetsch, William Tehan, Kelly Tehan, Brad Tehan, and Olivia Tehan; and three great-grandchildren, Elise, James, and Corrine Goetsch. She is also remembered fondly by many other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be at St. Michael Catholic Church, 615 Stark Street, Wausau, Wisconsin from 9:30 a.m. to the time of the funeral mass at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 28, 2017. Private inurnment will take place later at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Brookfield, Wisconsin.

A fund has been established at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, 101 W. Pleasant Street, Suite 210, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212. The Audrey J. and Robert E. Tehan, Jr. Fund will provide endowed memorial scholarships for graduates of Shorewood High School and Marquette University High School.

The family would like to sincerely thank the staff at Newcastle Place in Mequon, Primrose Retirement Community in Wausau, and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for their outstanding services and loving care for Audrey.

Stay as sweet as you are, Audrey.


Rodney M. Zahrt

Rodney M. Zahrt, 54, of Wausau, passed away on August 4, 2017.

Rodney was born on April 26, 1963 to Wilton and Jean (Winter) Zahrt in Wausau. He married Linda Nigbur in Wausau and they raised their daughter Taylor.

Rodney was a long-time employee of Kolbe and Kolbe, having worked there for 27 and a half years. He enjoyed woodworking projects and was an avid deer and pheasant hunter. He loved snowmobiling, water-skiing, fishing, and especially motorcycle riding.

Rodney is survived by his daughter, Taylor; mother, Jean Zahrt; brother Harlan (Mary) Zahrt; step-brother, Richard (Jeanne) Zahrt; and four nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Wilton and his grandparents.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on August 11, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church, 709 North 6th Street, Wausau. Visitation will be held from 12:00 noon until the time of services at the church. Burial will follow the service at Pine Grove Cemetery.


Judith A. Morey

Judie Ann (Newman) Morey, 71, of Athens, passed away on July 17, 2017.

Judie is survived by her husband, Rodney; her two sons, Lorne Morey of Wheatland, WI and Chris Morey of Pleasant Prairie, WI; one daughter, Glenda Morey of Paddock Lake, WI; along with seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Irene (Dziewiatkowski) Newman.

A private service will be held at a later date. Brainard Funeral Home & Cremation Center – Wausau Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.brainardfuneral.com


Kenneth J. Seidler

Kenneth John Seidler, 64, of the town of Stettin, was called home by his heavenly Father unexpectedly on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

He was born June 25, 1953, in Wausau to the late Ervin and Loretta (Johnson) Seidler. He will be sadly missed by his children: Laura (Mike) Horgan of Wausau, Steve Seidler of Hudson, and Jeff (Kristen) Seidler of Eau Claire, and grandchildren, Alex and Caitlyn Horgan and Ethan Seidler.

Survivors also include siblings, James (Barb) Seidler of Manitowoc, Larry (Jean) Seidler of Schofield, Sarah (Greg) Falk of Rib Mountain, and Michael (Chrissy) Seidler of Rib Mountain; many nieces and nephews; and former wife, Gerry Seidler of Wausau.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Tom Seidler.

Ken graduated from Wausau West in 1971 and worked for 40+ years at Crestline/SNE Enterprises before retirement. He enjoyed working on his home and yard, was an avid sports fan, enjoyed the Green Bay Packers, NASCAR, and local high school sports. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He was an outdoorsman, hunter, played church dartball, and was a Sheepshead Shark. Also cherished the time with his family at the cabin near Presque Isle.

A celebration of his life will be Friday, August 11, 2017, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 930 Edgewood Road, Wausau, at 6:00 p.m. Visitation prior to the service, beginning at 4:00 p.m. at the church.

You may sign the family guestbook at www.helke.com.

Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association. www.diabetes.org


James Wachsmuth

James “Jim” P. Wachsmuth, 72, Wausau, died unexpectedly on Saturday, August 5, 2017 surrounded by his family, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

He was born May 2, 1945 in Ashland, son of the late Julian and Eva (Byrnes) Wachsmuth. On August 24, 1968, he married JoAnn Havlovick at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Wausau. She survives.

Jim was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War. For 40 years, he was employed as a waste treatment operator at Wausau Paper Corp. until his retirement.

Survivors include, his wife, JoAnn Wachsmuth, Wausau; three children, James Wachsmuth, Madison, Tonya (Greg) Schlaefer, Maple Grove, Minn. and Mary Jo Wachsmuth, Mendota Heights, Minn.; one daughter-in-law, Tanya Wachsmuth, Stamford, Conn.; eight grandchildren, Daniela, Jim, Kalin and Dana Wachsmuth, Megan, Caraline, Joey and Isabel Schlaefer; and three siblings, Sandy Clark, Ladysmith, Karen (Bob) Erickson, Wausau and Henry Wachsmuth, Waseca, Minn. He is further survived by his “Second Family” and many brothers and sisters in law, nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Todd; five siblings, Patrick, Mary, Donna, Barbara and Mike; and infant twin siblings, Jon and Karen Lee.

Jim was a gentle soul, who always thought of others before himself – willing to do anything he could to lessen someone else’s burden.

The Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Wausau. Rev. Peter Kieffer will preside. Friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.

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


Robert J. “Bob” Marcell

After fighting a “six-months-to-live” cancer prognosis for two years, Robert J. “Bob” Marcell, 61, of Kronenwetter, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 11, 2017, surrounded by family and friends at St. Clare’s Hospital, Weston.

He was born April 2, 1956 in Wausau, and remained there his entire life. Son of the late Robert P. and Marian (Klimek) Marcell, Bob spent his younger years “causing a ruckus”, as countless family and friends recall. Shortly after graduating high school, he met a girl named Gail at a wedding. They fell in love, and were married July 16, 1977 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Hales Corner.

Soon after marriage, Bob began to focus on learning the family business, Marcell’s Specialties of Wausau, eventually becoming the sole owner. Over the course of his career, he helped hundreds of families and businesses survive the harsh winters of Wisconsin with a warm fireplace/stove, and he wanted to let the community know it was his pleasure providing that service. Marcell’s Specialties will be continued by his wife Gail and son Robert Jr (BJ).

He loved curling, camping, traveling to Alaska, restoring his El Camino, golf, being with his grandkids, and between work and play made many friends throughout the greater Wausau community. After his cancer diagnosis, he became active in the Livestrong program, receiving and giving support to other cancer fighters. Bob’s family and his business were his life, and many of his family worked in the business at one time or another. He was the first associate who wasn’t a builder to become president of the Wausau Area Builders Association. He was a board member of the North Central Hearth Patio Barbecue Association, serving a term as president. He served on the board of the National HPBA for two years.

The measure of any man is his family, and Bob leaves behind his wife, Gail Marcell, Kronenwetter, his mother-in-law, Helen Heil, Kronenwetter, his children, Robert J. “B.J.” Marcell, Kronenwetter, Nicholas (Jessie) Marcell, Marathon, and their two sons Christopher and Colby Marcell, (whom Bob nicknamed “George and Ralphy”) and Jennifer Marcell, (whom Bob affectionately called “Blondie”) of Nome, Alaska. Bob was proud of his children pursuing their dreams and becoming professionals in their respective fields. He is also survived by his siblings, Jackie (Al) Davis, Michigan, Patty (Craig) Fryk, Kentucky and Peggy (Keith) Weller, Weston, and many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and his infant brother, Michael.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 19, 2017 at St. Therese Catholic Church, Rothschild. Friends may call on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau and again on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com. In lieu of sending flowers, Bob wished people to donate to their preferred charity, to cancer research, or to St. Mark’s Catholic parish.


Elaine Grosskopf

Elaine Grosskopf (nee Sell) died peacefully in Wausau on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at the age of 92 after a brief illness.

She was born on July 17, 1925, in Wausau, daughter of the late Hildagard and August Ferdinand Sell. She started school in a one room schoolhouse at Lone Maple School in Fairbanks, Wisconsin and graduated from Tigerton High School in 1942. She worked for Montgomery Ward Catalog Stores as a credit manager and store manager at stores in the Chicago area, Stillwater, Minnesota and finally in Wausau. There she met Elmer Grosskopf and they were married in July of 1962.

She enjoyed being a homemaker and volunteering at Rib Mountain School as room mother. She was active in her church in the Welfare Workers, quilters group and even in her later years served as president of the Welfare Workers at Trinity Lutheran Church on Stewart. Elaine had many talents including sewing, crocheting, knitting, bowling and golf. Her grandchildren were the light of her life and thought grandma could cook anything better than anyone else! They also counted on her to fix or mend anything, including many alterations of Emily’s dance costumes and Paul’s theater costumes over the years. Elaine had a wonderful sense of humor and loved nothing more than cooking and hosting family and friends for holidays and get togethers in her home. Elaine truly loved her grandchildren, Daniel Wetzel, Emily Grosskopf (Madison) and Paul Grosskopf (DeKalb, Ill.) and enjoyed reading to them and spending lots of time with them throughout the years. She loved playing cards, especially Sheepshead (Schafkopf) and spades, doing crossword puzzles and reading.

Survivors include her sons, Brian (Mary Kay) Grosskopf, Wausau and Craig (Lisa) Wetzel, Las Vegas, Nevada; grandchildren, Paul and Emily Grosskopf and Daniel Wetzel; sister-in-law, Diane Sell and her best friend and sister-in-law, Esther Miller, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Elmer Grosskopf, brothers and sisters, Eugene, Muriel (Fred) Bruss, Joan (Eugene) Seefeldt and Wally and Wilbert Sell.

A celebration of Elaine’s life will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 18, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 Stewart Avenue, Wausau. Rev. Zach Holdorf will officiate. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Elaine’s life.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in her honor to Trinity Lutheran Church on Stewart or Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

The family would like to thank the staff at Rennes Health and Rehabilitation Center, Weston and Aspirus Palliative Care Unit for their loving care of Elaine.

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


Robert L. Klade

Robert (Bob) L. Klade 34 of Wausau passed away on August 10, 2017 at Aspirus Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 7th, 1983 to Michael (Ginny) Klade Merrill and Janice Klade Wausau. He is also survived by his four sons Joey 13, Jasper 9, Jerrick 7 and Jaxton 6. He has three siblings Mike Klade Merill, Erick Klade Merrill, Kailyn (William) Alexander Wausau, Grandmother Gladys Verbsky and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his son Jayden, great grandmother Lorraine Lenard, grandmother Jen Klade grandfather Harry Bloom, step grandfather Richard Verbsky and his uncle Rick Lenard.

Bob was considered a big kid in a grown up body. He loved playing with his boys, being a simple game of tag to wrestling. He enjoyed his time with family at birthday parties, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

A celebration of life will be held at: St. Paul’s United Church of Christ 426 Washington St., Wausau, WI on Monday August 14th, 2017. Visitation will be held from 9 to 11 am until the time of celebration at 11 am.

Robert will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved him. He will now be an angel to watch over us and guide us till we meet again.

Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting family at this time. Online condolences can be made at www.HonorOne.com


Frank L. Brenton

Frank L. Brenton, known as Les to his friends, passed away on August 9, 2017.

Les was born in Davenport, Iowa, son of Frank and Hazel Brenton on August 3, 1925. He had two older sisters, Lois and Marian.

Les’ music education started early, and as a young high school student, included a stint as a member of the Tri City (IA) Symphony as a French Horn player. After graduating from High School he volunteered and served for three years in the U.S. Navy. He was accepted into the Navy School of Music in Washington, D.C. and following advanced training was attached to a large convoy that was stationed in Guam, Saipan and the Mariana Islands. After the war ended, Les entered the University of Iowa and received his BA and MA degrees in Music Education.

In 1950, Les married Helen White, his college sweetheart, in Clinton, Iowa. The couple established residence in Nashua, IA where he began his career as music teacher. He also taught in Waukon, IA before moving to Wausau where he taught music as a band director for 34 years. Les felt fortunate to have so many fond memories of teaching and directing thousands of wonderful children from the greater Wausau community.

Following retirement, Les and Helen spent 15 winters in Mesa, AZ and traveled throughout the U.S.  Les was an active Kiwanian and involved in a variety of service and music related organizations. He was a proud volunteer for Aspirus Hospital and for several years also volunteered for Lifeline.

Les was a lifelong member…64 years…of the First Presbyterian Church in Wausau where he served as an Elder and Deacon and taught Sunday School. He loved his church home. Les was a devoted husband. He and Helen were married for 67 years. They have four children; Steve (Mary), Ann (Stephen) Winterer, Laura (Jim) Harker and Betsy. They also have six grandchildren; Ryan, Jessica, Janelle, Matthew, Andrew and Kristen…and three great granddaughters. Les cherished his family and was a proud and engaged father. He left a legacy of love and skill for music with his children and grandchildren.

Les had a strong faith in Jesus Christ and was an inspiration to his wife, family and many friends. He was loved for his gentleness, kindness and humility.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 19, at First Presbyterian Church, Wausau.  A service honoring Les’ life will begin at 11:30. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church, Wausau.  “Well done, good and faithful servant”. Matthew 25:23


Patricia A. Rood

Patricia A. Rood, 84, Eland, died on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at her home under the care of her family and LeRoyer Hospice.
She was born on October 13, 1932 in Woodruff, the daughter of the late Philip and Doris (Leach) Guolee.

On February 4, 1950, Patricia was united in marriage to Robert Rood at St. Philomena Catholic Church, Birnamwood. He preceded her in death on February 14, 2016.
Patricia was a cook at Gus and Ann’s Restaurant, Wittenberg, worked at the casino in Watersmeet and most recently had been employed at Crestline for a number of years. She enjoyed trips to the casino and reading, but most important to her was the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Patricia is survived by two daughters, Peggy (Alan) Buss of Iola and Patty Rood of Eland; nine grandchildren, Brian (Susan) Buss, Jason (Janet) Buss, Vincent (Jennifer) Buss, Jesse Rood, Terry Rood, Curt Jensen, Richard Jensen, Kristin Jensen and Robert (Deanna) Jensen; 14 great-grandchildren and two siblings, Sharon Swosinski of Cudahy and Gilbert Guolee of King.

Patricia was preceded in death by her husband; parents; a son Robert; a daughter Cathleen Jensen; a great-grandson Corey Jensen; two brothers Phillip and Dean and two sisters Shirley and Delores.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11AM on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at St. Philomena Catholic Church, Birnamwood. Fr. Anthony Ibekwe will officiate. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 9:30 AM until the time of Mass at the church.
Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at schmidtschulta.com and at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home on Facebook.


Deanna M. Radun

Deanna M. Radun, 40 of Birnamwood, died unexpectedly on Monday, August 7, 2017 at her home.

She was born on April 28, 1977 in Antigo. The daughter of the late Edwin Muhs and Carol (Bessert) Muhs of Birnamwood.

Deanna was united in marriage to Steve Radun on August 26, 1995 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Aniwa. He survives.

Deanna was most recently employed by Results Broadcasting and was currently attending North Central Technical College studying IT. She played organ and sang for many funerals and weddings and loved to sing karaoke. Deanna was a very giving person with a big heart putting everyone before herself.

Survivors include her mother, Carol Muhs of Birnamwood; her husband, Steve Radun of Birnamwood; three children, Rebecca, Dustin and Logan; mother-in-law, Barbara Winkler; 9 siblings, Falisha Foxx, Angela Troseth, Vincent (Lettie) Muhs, Maria (Wayne) Burgoyne, Monica (Scott) Schlund, Carina (Daniel) Raub, Theresa Gunderson, Melissa (Robert) Soper and Amanda (Barry) Smrcina and Special Friends, Matt and Amy Converse. Deanna is also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 12:00 Noon on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10:00 AM until time of service at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be shared at schmidtschulta.com or at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home on Facebook. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated.


Dawn Marie Burandt

Dawn M. Burandt, 49, Wausau, formerly of Birnamwood, died on Monday, August 7, 2017 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She was born on September 14, 1967 in Arlington Heights, IL, the daughter of the late Wilbur “Bill” Burandt and Dolores (Sieloff) Burandt of Birnamwood.

Dawn was a 1985 graduate of Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a nursing degree in 1990. Dawn loved helping people and was in the nursing field her entire adult life most recently for Aspirus Cardiovascular Associates. She was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Birnamwood. Dawn loved sports, especially football, baseball and NASCAR where she attended many races. Dawn was a very caring person and enjoyed volunteering at the New Life Pet Adoption Center, Marathon City.

Survivors include her mother, Dolores Burandt of Birnamwood; three brothers, Jim (Special friend, Eve) Burandt of Green Bay, Tim (Bev) Burandt of Westminster, CO and Dave (Kim) Burandt of DePere; four nieces and nephews, Jason (Amanda) Burandt, Mark Burandt, Sheyanne Burandt and Shayla Burandt and many cousins and friends.
Dawn was preceded in death by her father, Wilbur “Bill” Burandt.

The funeral service will be held at 1PM on Friday August 11, 2017 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Birnamwood. Rev. Matthew Christians will officiate. Interment will be in Forest Cemetery, Birnamwood. Visitation will be on Friday from 10AM until the time of service at the church.

Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at schmidtschulta.com or at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home on Facebook.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials to the New Life Pet Adoption Center.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Rezazadeh and his staff for the loving care showed to Dawn.


Chanina Rae Whitecloud-Smith

Chanina Rae Wipamakarawi Whitecloud-Smith, 37, died unexpectedly on Sunday, August 6, 2017 in Wisconsin Rapids.

She was born on February 20, 1980 in Menominee, the daughter of Johnny Whitecloud and Athena LongTail Goetz.

Chanina was united in marriage to Bradley Smith Jr. on August 31, 2014 in Wisconsin Rapids. He survives. Chanina loved spending time with her children and family. She enjoyed sewing and beadwork and being a ‘ninja.’

Chanina is survived by her parents; husband; children, Adina Rae, Destiny Rain, Grace Emerald, Dayvina Lee, Autry James, Emjay Swede, Amyah Sweet and Aaron George Jr., siblings, Forrest Goetz, Lucas Merrill, twin sister, Corena Mae, Steven, Michael, Stacy, Rena Belle, Bianca and Anhinga Whitecloud. Chanina is also survived by four nanis, Nadine, Barbara, Cherylene & Anna and many other brothers, sisters and children.
She was preceded in death by one sibling, Adrienne Goetz, Coka Phillip Longtail Sr., Grandma Vernadine Long, Tegas Phillip Long Jr. and Nathaniel Long II, Nani Elizabeth Long and sister Georgine Smith and brother Wironaka Joseph Smith, Coka Cory Funmaker, Alpheus LongTail and Douglas LongTail, Kakas Lily Mae Longtail, Corenne Soldier and Lorraine LongTail-Machyniak.

Visitation will take place at the Corenne Roth-Soldier Residence, W19255 Elm Road, Wittenberg on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM with a Native American Church Service to follow. Commitment service will be held on Thursday at 1:30 PM. Interment will be in the Sox Minak Memorial Cemetery. Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg is assisting the family with arrangements.

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