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Wausau area obituaries, Oct. 12

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Donna M. Dehnel

Donna M. Dehnel, 77, passed away on October 5th, 2017 at Copperleaf Assisted Living.

Arrangements are pending under the care of Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center – Everest Chapel.

Violet Ann Wilson

Violet A. Wilson, 96, died Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Colonial Center, Colby.
She was born July 2, 1921, in Milladore, daughter of the late Charles and Helen (Valiska) Wilson.

Violet graduated from Athens High School in 1940 and then attended Marathon County Normal School followed by the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point graduating in 1953 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She worked as an elementary teacher in the Athens and Marshfield area for 43 years and was active in various church activities at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens. Over the years she had many fond memories of the children she loved to teach. Family close to her often were invited to gather at her home to attend the Athens fair.

Survivors include the many cousins and extended family that had the pleasure of knowing Violet during her life.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday October 14, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens. Rev. Charles Hiebl will preside. Family and friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery, Athens. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences may be given at

Paul Robert Knickelbein

Paul R. Knickelbein, 86, Schofield, died Monday October 9, 2017 at Copperleaf Memory Care, Schofield. Paul was born Dec. 14, 1930 to the late Paul and Bee (Clawitter) Knickelbein in Milwaukee. He married Brigitte Krahnke on March 16, 1954 in New York City. She preceded him in death on Nov. 4, 2012.

Paul served his country honorably in the U.S. Army, in Germany. Upon return to Milwaukee he worked for several paint stores in the area. In the 1960s he moved to Wausau and became owner of Paul’s Esser Paint store and hung “billboard” signs in northern Wisconsin for several years. He was later employed with UW Marathon for 20 years in maintenance, until his retiring. Paul had a great sense of humor and was always willing to help people with his many talents. Paul was a member of the VFW Burns Post 388 Wausau. Collecting vintage post cards was one of his favorite hobbies.

Survivors include his two sisters, Judy (Tony) Cabarles, Chicago, IL. And Barbara (Robert) Hagstrom, Bossier City, LA; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Jim and Jo Prozinski and many other friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 West Stewart Ave., Wausau. Rev. Brian Mason will officiate. Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will be at Friedenshain Cemetery in the township of Berlin, at a later time. Burns Post 388 will give military honors to Paul on Saturday, after the service.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Gerald C. Baehman

Gerald C. Baehman, 88, Wausau, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 8, 2017.

He was born on July 30, 1929 in Greenville, son of the late Clarence and Dora (Timm) Baehman. He graduated from New London High School.

Gerald was honored to serve his country in the United States Army during the Korean War. He earned the Combat Infantry Badge and three Bronze Stars.

After attending Cosmetology school in Milwaukee, he married Joanne Johnson in 1958. They moved to Wausau where they opened Baehman’s Beauty Salon and in 1967, they opened the State College of Beauty Culture. Some of his hobbies included skiing, golfing, curling, hunting, fishing and woodworking. He was a member of the Wausau Chamber of Commerce, president of Salem Lutheran Church, president of the Wisconsin Association of Cosmetology Schools, charter member of the Morning Optimists and past president of the Algernon C. Swinburne Literary Society.

Survivors include his wife, Joanne of Wausau; sons, Jack (Stacy) Baehman of Hudson and John Baehman of Ringwood, Illinois; grandchildren, Kent (Amber) Baehman, Kate Baehman and Claire Baehman; brother, Claire Baehman of Wausau, many dear nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by daughter-in-law, Ciri Baehman.

One of Gerald’s treasured experiences was going on the Honor Flight to Washington DC in 2012. Memorials may be directed to the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, P.O. Box 5056, Wausau, WI 54402-5056.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 13, 2017 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 930 Edgewood Road, Wausau. Rev. Richard Block will officiate. Visitation will be Friday at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

The family would like to thank the Wausau VA Clinic and Tomah VA Medical Center for the excellent care they gave Gerald over the years.

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

Eleanor Marvin

Eleanor Marvin, 101, Wausau, died Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill.

She was born February 10, 1916 in Wausau, daughter of the late Vincent and Louise (Machyniak) Slaminski. On November 10, 1934, she married Charles Marvin at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wausau. He preceded her in death on December 3, 1981.

Eleanor attended St. Michael’s School in Wausau and went on to vocational school for four years and studied home economics. For 18 years, she worked for the Marathon Rubber Products Company in Wausau. She also helped at St. Anne’s Church and sewed baptismal stows for 18 years. Among her favorite pastimes, she enjoyed bowling, playing sheepshead, bingo and polka dancing. Some special moments in her life included, traveling coast to coast with her daughter and her daughter’s husband, going to Hawaii and turning 101.

Survivors include, two children, Gerald (JoAnn) Marvin, Merrill and Joan (Larry) Hoffmann, Schofield; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; four siblings, Delores Dumdey, Wausau, Jean Erickson, Wausau, Larry (JoAnn) Slaminski, Alvin, Wis. and Robert (Carol) Slaminski, Wausau; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, Charles, she was preceded in death by four siblings.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at The Church of St. Anne, Wausau. Rev. Nathaniel Kuhn will preside. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Friends may call on Thursday from 9:30 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

Sandra Hiserman

Sandra (Sandy) Hiserman,74 of Marshfield WI, Passed away Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at Home from Lung Cancer, Gallstones and End of Life. Sandy was born June 13th 1943 in Dayton, Ohio to Viola Miller. She had two Brothers David Miller and Ronny Miller.

Sandy Married Richard (Butch) Hiserman on December 6th 1960 at the Justice of the Peace in Dayton, Ohio. They went on to have 4 Children Richard, Robin, Mark, and Katherine. She has worked as a Waitress, Police officer and in Retail. They moved to Wisconsin in 1987. She lost her husband in 2001 do to health complications. She enjoyed Cooking, Going to Church, Reading, Crossword puzzles, Word searches and spending time with her family.

She is Survived by her children: Rick (Sheila) of Neillsville WI, Robin of Marshfield WI, Mark of Waupun WI, and Kathi (Cody) of Vesper WI. 14 Grandchildren: David, Heather, Damien, Sabrina(Ricky), Tre, Tyler, Quiana, Josh, Branden, Maci(Logan), Isaiah, Mordachi, Elijah, and Sebastian. Further survived by 10 Great-Grandchildren Samantha, Autumn, Joceden, Aiden, Jaxden, Matt, Zander, Cooper, Allienna and Ezra. Also 1 Great-Great-Grandchild: Isabella

She is Predeceased by her Husband Richard (Butch), Mother Viola, and two Brothers David and Ronnie.

There will be a private memorial for the family at a later date. Arrangements are with the Mid-Wisconsin cremations. However, there will be no services held. We want to thank Elizabeth Murphy and Family for caring for her in months prior. Sandy loved your cooking. Also, Ministry Home Hospice for their services in making her more comfortable in her last 2 weeks.

Gregory Papernik

Gregory S Papernik of Crandon finally found eternal peace with our Lord Friday October 6, 2017 at the age of 47.

This beautifully minded person started bringing joy to all on February 11, 1970 when he became the son to Leroy Allen and Susan Lynn Papernik. Greg would go on later in life to Study Biology at Loyola University in Chicago maintaining being on the Dean’s List for two years, and in addition to becoming a Union Member with Local 32 Plumbers & Pipefitters of Seattle. Greg was an alumnus of the Phi Theta Kappa Society through Harper College in Palatine, Illinois.

Greg enjoyed spending time listening to music, playing Mob Wars, watching Jeopardy, fishing, and looked forward to his phone calls with his mom during the Blackhawks games. Greg loved his family and relished in sharing many stories in the utmost comical ways.

Survivors include his children Gregory & Michael Sobczak of Hanover Park IL, daughter Ginger Sanchez of Chicago IL, his mother of Lynchburg VA, sisters Shauna (Joe) McIntosh of Argonne, Marchell (John) Papernik-Butler of Sycamore IL, brother TJ (Adrianne) Grimsal of Alexandria LA, aunts Donna Stroup of Cedar Lake IN, Cheryl Mumford of Dyer IN, grandfather James Mumford Sr. of Dyer IN, uncles James Mumford Jr. of Highland IN, Jeff (Ryan) Mumford of Chicago IL, Steve Halpin of Homewood IL, nieces and nephews Shelbi (AJ), Justin, Joe, and Jacob McIntosh of Argonne, Nathan, Kaitlyn, Brianna and Jarrett Butler of Sycamore IL, Marlie and Parker Grimsal of Alexandria LA, and his beloved cat Bugzy.

Greg was preceded in death by his father, paternal grandparents Joseph Sr. and Gloria Papernik, maternal grandparents Marchell and Ed Barry, his uncle and aunt Gary and Gloria Mumford, great-uncle Bud Mumford, family member Susan Craig and dear childhood friend Lance.

Special thank you to Michah, Jodi, Denise, Lori, Nadine, Darrin and all those that touched Greg’s heart.

We would like to thank the WI DNR, Animal Control Officer Lisa and the Marathon County Humane Society, Wausau Police Dept and Marathon County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team in their assistance and especially to Det. Jon Kindlarski who we will forever be grateful to for your endless efforts with locating Greg and bringing us closure.

Greg’s life will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Lake Lucerne Gospel Chapel presided over by Rev. Michah Dewing. John J. Buettgen is assisting family family at this time. In lieu of flowers, condolences and donations may be given by way of

Wayne A. Brunner

Wayne A. Brunner, 68, of Mauston, died on Monday, October 9, 2017.

He was born on May 19, 1949, in Shawano, the son of the late Edward and Agatha (Erickson) Brunner.

Wayne served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged.

He loved to fish and work with beads where he would make beautiful jewelry, bookmarks and more.  He would always have a beaded gift for those that visited him.

Wayne is survived by his children, Dawn (John) Brangers of Florida, Chad Brunner of Oshkosh, Jason (Tonya) Brunner of Oshkosh, Monica Brunner of Fond du Lac and April Brunner of Wisconsin Dells; 18 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren; three siblings, Sandra (Norberto) Adaglio of Kentucky, Dale (Joan) Brunner of Wittenberg and Donald (Ronecka) Brunner of Oshkosh and his former wife, Debra Robinson of Oshkosh.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg.  Mr. Robert Eberhart and Mr. Travis Wagoner will officiate.  Inurnment will take place in Evergreen Rest Cemetery, town of Elderon.  Visitation will be held on Saturday from 12 noon until the time of service at the funeral home.  Memories and condolences may be shared at or at Schmidt & Schulta on Facebook.

Sally J. Kolpack

Sally J. Kolpack, 80, a long-time resident of Bowler, died on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Homme Home of Wittenberg.

She was born on August 8, 1937 in Mattoon, the daughter of the late Earl and Leona (Becker) Weyenberg. Sally graduated from Antigo High School and went onto receive her teaching certificate from the Antigo Normal School. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point earning her bachelor’s degree in education. She was united in marriage to Otto Kolpack in 1959. He preceded her in death on July 27, 2014. She taught elementary school at Bowler Grade School until her retirement. Following retirement she travelled extensively and loved to socialize with friends and family.

Sally is survived by her daughter Jane (Jon) Brainard of Wausau; granddaughter, Aimee and great-grandchildren, Ethan and Julian all of Hudson; sisters, Janet Pogrant of Little Chute and Joanne (Clayton) Erickson of Waukesha; brother-in-law, Robert Kolpack of Bowler; sister-in-law, Sharon Weyenberg of New Mexico; also foreign exchange students who remain a part of our family, Marisol (Eduardo) Almendarez of Miami and Dirce Santos Richards of New Hampshire and their children. And many neices and nephews.

Sally was preceded in death by her husband, Otto; her parents; her brother, James, her sister-in-law and brother-in-law Mary Jane and Ed Striker.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11AM on Friday, October 13, 2017 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Tigerton. Fr. Luke Ferris will officiate. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Tigerton. Visitation will be on Friday from 10AM until the time of Mass at the church. Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at and at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home on Facebook.

The family would like to express our deepest thanks to the staff of Homme Home and LeRoyer Hospice as well as all involved in her care at home for the past few years.

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