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Shirley M. Eggergluess

Shirley M. Eggergluess, 80, of Weston, passed away on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston.

She was born in the Town of Colby to the late William and Irene (Dittmyer) Theilig, where she also met and married the love of her life. Shirley and Erwin were married on June 4, 1960. He preceded her in death on September 8, 2011.

Shirley enjoyed playing cards and traveling but most important to Shirley was spending time with her family.

Shirley is survived by her son, Brian and her granddaughters, Ann (Jay) and Tabitha (Thao); as well as her sisters, Donna (Dale) Geiger, Marcia (Dale) Gerbert and Darlene Dehn.

Beside her husband and parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her daughter, Laurie Ann; brothers, Carl (Lorna), Donald and William Jr. Theilig; an infant brother and an infant sister; and her brother-in-law, Wilbur Dehn.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 1351 Grand Ave, Schofield. Reverend Mahnke will officiate. A visitation will take place from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Brainard Funeral Home-Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston and again on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Entombment will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park.

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Jay “Jay Bird” “Pops” Petroske

Loyal, loving, caring, humble, handy; only a few words of a thousand that could describe a wonderful husband, father, friend and knowledgeable outdoorsman.

He had many friends and family that will celebrate his life; heaven has become a better place because of him. He is survived by Barb (wife), Julie & Justin (daughter/son), Arlette (mother), Gertrude (step-mom) Joe, Jenny, John, Joni, Jean (siblings), Wren & Willa “his” (Poopsie and Squeaker, granddaughters), as well as many extended family.

Celebration of Jay’s life will begin at 12:00 p.m.- on Saturday, October 14th at Yellow Banks Park, 3903 Northwestern Avenue, Weston. Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.

Dorothy L. Tessmer

Dorothy Lucille Tessmer, 93, of DePere, formerly of Wausau, passed away on Friday, September 29, 2017, at Birch Creek Assisted Living under the care of Unity Hospice.

She was born to the late William and Louise (Urban) Abraham in Wausau on June 17, 1924. Dorothy grew up and attended school in Wausau. She married Everett Tessmer on September 19, 1942.

Dorothy worked as a bookkeeper for Sears for 38 years and retired in 1984. She was a member of Grace United Church of Christ and enjoyed gardening, baking, and traveling.

Survivors include her son, Robert “Bob” (Kathi) Tessmer of DePere; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Sr.; and son, Everett Jr.

A funeral service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau, with Rev. Julie Goranson officiating. Family and friends may call beginning at 12 noon until the time of service at the funeral home. Private burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau.

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Bernice Mae Kaatz

Bernice Mae Kaatz, 89, of Wausau, passed away on Friday, September 29, 2017, at Aspirus Hospice House. She was born in Edgar, Wisconsin on November 12, 1927, to Emil and Helen (Grosskreutz) Baesemann.

Bernice married Edward Kaatz on May 28, 1949. Edward preceded her in death on March 5, 1990. On February 5, 1999, she married Allen Hoyum; he preceded her in death on April 8, 2009.

Bernice took great joy in raising her children. She assisted her husband and family by working in the kitchen of Rib Mountain Elementary School. She then drove a van for the Wausau School District, transporting those with special needs. During her retirement, she was a volunteer at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends at their cottage on Two Sisters Lake in Northern Wisconsin. Above all else, Bernice valued her relationship with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and lived for spending eternity with her Heavenly Father.

Bernice is survived by her sons, Randy (Karen) Kaatz of The Dalles, Oregon, Eldon Kaatz of Wausau, daughter-in-law, Jean Kaatz of Merrill, step children, Barbara Brotzman of Prairie Du Sac, Raymond (Miriam) Hoyum of Lugoff, South Carolina, and Karen (Daniel) Ross of Racine. She is further survived by four grandchildren, four step grandchildren, three great grandchildren, one step great grandchild, and sister, Grace Braund, of Janesville. She was preceded in death by her husbands, son Dean, step son-in-law Eugene, five sisters and their husbands.

Funeral services for Bernice will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Visitation will also be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The family guest book may be signed at

Lisa Wisnewski

Lisa A. Wisnewski, 57 Wausau formerly of Edgar, died Saturday, September 23, 2017 at her home.

She was born March 28th, 1960 in Antigo, daughter of the late Arthur and Bernice (Spychalla) Wisnewski.

Throughout her life Lisa, managed apartment complexes in WI Rapids, and Nashville, Tennessee areas. She worked for various nursing homes around the Wausau area. She most recently worked for Safeco Select.

Lisa was an avid Badger and Packer fan, not missing watching a game. She enjoyed playing cards and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include her brother, Art Wisnewski Jr., Florida, and close friends, Linda, Pam, Dee and many many others. Lisa also kept a close connection with the Spychalla and Wisnewski familes.

Besides her parents Lisa was preceded in dead by a sister Carolyn. Also her faithful companion Babe.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Holy Family Catholic Church, Poniatowski. The Rev. Thomas Huff will preside. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may call on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services all at the church. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Edgar is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

Eugene “Gene” Carey

Eugene “Gene” Michael Carey 86, formerly of Wausau, died on August 11, 2017 after a short battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He was born December 1, 1930 to late Gertrude Carey (Eichman) and Delbert Carey in Beloit Wisconsin. He attended Brother Dutton Catholic School through 8th grade. Gene graduated from Beloit High School in 1948. In 1950 Gene enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea until 1954 with an honorable discharge. Gene then used the G.I. Bill to continue his education. He graduated from UW-Whitewater receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in teaching. He later attended University of North Dakota where he earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling. Gene’s career in education started in Savanna, Illinois, took him to Staples Minnesota and in 1966 he came to Wausau. He was the Director of Guidance at John Muir Middle School from 1966 until 1992 upon his retirement. On August 15, 1959, he married Patricia Ann Larson (May 1, 1935-Jan. 10, 2015) in Beloit, WI. Together they raised their family of three boys and one girl.

Gene loved spending time at his cabin on Jackson Lake, connected to Lake Namakagon in northern Wisconsin. He loved walleye and crappie fishing in the spring. Gene was an avid deer hunter. He was constantly observing deer and their habits. He bagged many a deer with bow and rifle over the years. Gene always had a sense of humor and carried it through to the end fighting his illness. He was good at telling stories about his adventures and always entertaining. Family and friends will miss him for his conversation, his steady demeanor and solid advice.

Survivors include his sons, Dennis (Ferlyn) of Wausau, Jim of San Diego and Tom of Necedah; his daughter, Kristin (William“Tibbs”) of Madeline Island WI; his younger sister, Joanne Nordmoe (Aunt Joanie) Love’s Park Ill. and many nieces and nephews. . Gene was also preceded in death by his wife Pat and sister Irene.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday October 6, 2017 at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St., Wausau. Rev. James Schaefer will officiate. Family and friends may call from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

In Lieu of flowers donations may be sent to Wisconsin Education Association or the American Cancer society.

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Lisa Marie Soriano

Lisa Soriano, age 49, of Key West, Florida, passed away on September 23, 2017. She was born on February 27, 1968, in Somerville, New Jersey, the daughter of the late Andrew B. Soriano and Susan Soriano. She was a 1986 graduate of Wausau East High School and attended the University of San Francisco.

Lisa lived in San Francisco, California, and Vail, Colorado, before moving to Key West, Florida, where she lived and worked in the hospitality industry for almost 20 years. She loved the year-long warmth and was happy to only experience winter watching Green Bay Packer games.

Lisa was physically and mentally tough which served her well in both sports and day-to-day living. Her family and friends knew her to be quick-witted and fun-loving; her community considered her a bright light among them. Everyone who came in contact with Lisa experienced her kindness, compassion and generosity. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

Lisa is survived by her mother, Susan Soriano, Wausau, WI; sisters Katherine, Jersey City, NJ and Suzanne Madison, WI; brothers Brian (Carony Cheng), San Francisco, CA and Benjamin (Deborah), Riverside, IL; and her niece, April and nephew, Andy.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 5 at 11:00 am at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 6th Street, Wausau, followed by burial at Restlawn Memorial Park. Friends may call from 10:00 am until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross hurricane relief fund. Online condolences can be expressed at

George Heinz

George W. Heinz, 91, formerly of Rothschild, died Tuesday September 26, 2017, at his home in Orlando, Florida, under the care of his family and hospice.

He was born April 12th, 1926, in Wausau, son of the late William and Edna Heinz. On November 27, 1948, he married Mary ‘Mae” Schneider in Wausau. She preceded him in death January 21, 2015.

He enlisted in the Navy in WWII and served as a radio and signal man on a P.T. boat in the South Pacific. After he was honorably discharged, he came back to his hometown of Brokaw and completed a Bachelor’s degree at the UW of Stevens Point. He then went on to teach at D. C. Everest, completed his Master’s degree and ended his career as a guidance counselor.

He was an outdoorsman with a love for hunting, fishing, and golfing and spent many weekends in the Eagle River area at his parents cottage teaching his daughters to fish. He also enjoyed bowling in both Wausau and Florida, playing bridge, dancing and was a longtime member of the Wausau Elks Club.

Survivors include four daughters, Heather Heinz, Orlando, Ellen (Jim) Meuret, Hatley, Carla (John) Heinz-Gotzler, Mosinee and Dee (David) Heinz-Bahr, Ecuador, granddaughter, Andrea (Brandon) Robarge-Sinkbeil, Golden, Colorado, sister, Beverly (Robert) Selvey, Madison and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m. Tuesday October 3, 2017 at Memorial Chapel Mausoleum, Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Rev. Joy Nelson-Jeffers will preside. Entombment will be in Memorial Chapel Mausoleum. Friends may call on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the cemetery chapel. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established which will be donated to D.C. Everest High School and the Never Forgotten Honor Flight .

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

Christopher D. Jozwiak

Christopher D. Jozwiak, 43 of Hatley, died unexpectedly on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

Chris was born in Wausau on March 22, 1974, the son of the late Donald Jozwiak  and Madonna (Pawlowski) Jozwiak, Hatley.  He was a graduate of Wittenberg-Birnamwood High School.  On March 19, 2011, Chris was united in marriage to Debra Meitzen at Peace Lutheran Church in Wausau. She survives.

Chris worked as a route manager for Janik Power Sweeping, and loved his job, working for his best friend, Randy Janikowski.  He was a volunteer for the Hatley Fire Dept. and EMS.  He enjoyed fishing, hunting coyote, turkey, and especially ducks. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Survivors include his wife, Deb,  his mother, Madonna, his maternal grandmother, Florence Pawlowski, and paternal grandmother, Louella Jozwiak, all of Hatley; three brothers, Jayme (Tammy) Jozwiak, Dustin (Jenni) Jozwiak, and Kenneth (Nicole) Jozwiak, all of Hatley; three children, David (Chelsi) Sedo, Merrill, Patsy (Jesse) Artz, Kronenwetter, and Mykle Sedo of Wausau; grandchildren, Myles, Ethan, Lucas, and Alia; nieces and nephews, Brayden, Payton, Holly Noel, Alexis, Grace Marie, and Raelynn Hope; brothers in law, Jon (Barb)Meitzen, Neenah, and Steve (Angel) Jannusch of Waupaca; his best friend, Randy (Carla) Janikowski; and many aunts, uncles and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Jozwiak and grandparents, Kenneth Pawlowski and Leonard Jozwiak.

A Memorial Service will be held at 4PM on Sunday, October 8, 2017  at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home,  Wittenberg.  Visitation will be on Sunday from 1PM until the time of service  at the funeral home.

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