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Keith Dorshak

Keith Dorshak, 65, passed away on Monday, October 30, 2017.

Arrangements are pending at this time with Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel.


Elaine J. Carpenter

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Elaine J. Carpenter, Rib Mountain, died October 29, 2017 peacefully at Aspirus Hospice House with her loving family at her side. She was born at home in Wausau, WI August 5, 1930. Her parents, John and Olga Klemp, were very excited to welcome their only daughter after 5 boys. She was a life-long resident of the Wausau area, having graduated from Wausau High School in 1948.

She married Raymond Kolbeck in December 1948 and they had 5 children before they divorced in 1963. She later met the love of her life, Wilfred Carpenter, and they married in 1972. They were married for almost 30 years before he passed away in 2002. Elaine died the day after what would have been their 45th Wedding Anniversary.

Elaine was a hard worker all of her life. She started her work life at the Telephone Company in Wausau. She later helped Ray build and operate the Holiday Motel and Coral Lanes in Rothschild. She single-handedly ran the motel for a few years when her husband was still working another full-time job, while still trying to raise their children. Later she worked as a Secretary for Radke Transit, which later became G & R Transport. She was employed there for 20 years. But she didn’t stop then. She went to work helping her daughter and her husband in their flooring store.

But Elaine liked to play also. She was a good bowler and an avid golfer. She was still golfing in her 80’s. She and her husband, “Carp”, loved to travel. They enjoyed many trips to different Caribbean Islands with good friends. Her last trip was with her daughters and niece to Door County a month before she died. We did all her favorite things while there, even though it was harder for her to do. She loved everything about Door County and expressed as we drove home that she was “soaking up all the memories.” She loved to play cards of any kind. She could take any game and somehow turn it into a way to wager a little money. And you couldn’t go to bed until she won the game. She had quite a sense of humor with a quick wit, even until the very end. She was always willing to try new things. One time, she strapped on a pair of roller blades and rolled down the street long after she shouldn’t be on roller blades anymore. She always managed to do things that embarrassed her children and grandchildren. Her German strength of character and faith in the Lord helped her face every adversity with immense courage. Her church was very important to her. Elaine always had a smile for everyone and her favorite phrase was “Count your Blessings.” She was so appreciative for everything she had, especially her children.

A big part of Elaine’s life was taking care of her disabled son, Steven. After his motorcycle accident, she devoted her life and time in caring for him. Her encouragement allowed him to continue to have as much independence as possible. She brought out the good things that were left of Steve. That was a true gift she gave him.

Elaine is survived by two daughters; Linda (William) Kent, Weston, and Debra (Don) Narloch, Tomahawk, and one son; Michael (Mary) Kolbeck, Weston, six Grandchildren; Samuel (Allie) Kent, Hawaii, Sarah (Keith) Sumner, Rib Mountain, Bradey (Milissa Kuhns) Narloch, Rothschild, Bethany Narloch, Wausau, Morgan (Nathan) Bodwin, Madison, and Mason Kolbeck, Wausau and five Great-Grandchildren; Emily Johnson, Rib Mountain, Caitlyn Sumner, Rib Mountain, Hunter and Addison Narloch, Weston and Obediah Bodwin, Madison. She is further survived by her daughters from her late husband, Wilfred; Pamela (Cliff McGilvary) Carpenter, South Carolina, Colleen (Michael Kleinschmidt) Kramer, Wausau and Debra (Craig) Mortensen, Kronenwetter and their children; Richard (Mary) Kramer, Shawano, David (Tina) Kramer, Rib Mountain, Thomas (Karey Hummer) Kramer, Weston, Matthew (Amber Martinez), Kramer, Green Bay, Dana (Jason Schmirler) Mortensen, Kronenwetter, and Christopher Mortensen, Texas, and their Grandchildren; Connor and Kellan Kramer, Shawano, Jacob Kramer, Ft. Riley, Kansas, Joshua Kramer, Green Bay, Brianna Kramer, Rib Mountain, Nathan and Tyler Kramer, Wausau, Cory Kramer, Weston, Allison Kramer, Green Bay, Roman and Rex Schmirler, Kronenwetter. Also surviving are two sisters-in-law; Alice Klemp, Rothschild and Edith Carpenter-Neu, Weston. She is also survived by 3 nephews; Dennis Klemp, Montana, Tom Klemp, Arizona and Jerry Klemp, Rothschild and a very special niece, Sue Helmuth, Wisconsin Rapids. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wilfred, five brothers; Elmer, Lloyd, Robert, Milton, Warren, and two children, an infant daughter, Diane, and a son, Steven.

A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 noon on Friday, November 3 at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 3200 N. Mountain Rd., Rib Mountain. Pastor Craig Swenson will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Private Interment Services will be held at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau.
Brainard Funeral Home and Cremation Center – Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online Condolences may be expressed at www.brainardfuneral.com

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to Pastor Jeff for all his special care and concern for Elaine through the years. In addition, the family expresses their special thanks to all the wonderful staff at Aspirus Hospice and the Hospice House, including her Hospice volunteer, Wendy, for their loving care of Elaine over the past months. She had some exceptional favorites and you know who you are – thank you from the bottom of our hearts for “loving” her as much as we do. Thank you to Rachel, her new friend at the Hospice House, who spent time with her keeping her company during lunch and peaceful times outside in the gardens. And thank you to all the people who didn’t forget Elaine by visiting and calling making her last days more meaningful, especially Sue from church, who faithfully called Elaine every week. When she needed it the most, you all were there for her and you found a special place in her heart.

Elaine would want you to know that she lived a good life and to remember to be happy in everything you do. She was truly a “one of a kind”, always leaving a little Sparkle wherever she went. She will be greatly missed by all, but we will cherish the good times we had with her forever.


Douglas Hulleman

Douglas Hulleman, 74, passed away on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at North Crest Assisted Living, Stevens Point.

Arrangements are pending at this time with Brainard Funeral Home – Wausau Chapel.


Ronald J. Wood

Ronald J. Wood, 60, of Mosinee, passed away on October 28, 2017 at his home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 2, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 6205 Alderson Street, Weston. Rev. Raymond Connor will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 1 at Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston, and again on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.


Florence E. Edelburg

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Florence Elaine Edelburg, 85, of Wausau, passed away on Friday, October 27, 2017, at Colonial Manor under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

She was born on January 9, 1932 in Wausau to the late Rueben and Alvina (Krueger) Schneck. Florence grew up in Wausau and attended local schools. She met and later married Myron Edelburg at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ on November 4, 1950.

When people remember Florence, they think of a person that was very patient, positive, and a good listener. She had a kind word about everyone. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting, reading, baking and bread making, and dancing Polkas. Florence’s home was the center of family events and was a busy home. The coming and going of family and relatives was a regular occurrence. She always looked forward to lunches and card games with her farm friends. Most of all she loved her family and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Lynnette (Kevin) Cooning and Todd (Heidi) Edelburg; grandchildren, Michelle Pickard, Shanna (Simon) Wolff, Holly Edelburg, and Austin Edelburg; great-grandchildren, Alexis Pickard, Jayda Wolff, Jaxson Wolff, and Janessa Wolff; and sister, Joan Lewitzke.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Myron; son, Randy; and brothers and sisters, James Schneck, Melvin Schneck, Howard Schneck, Grace Kolbeck, and Nancy Kleinschmidt.

A funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 426 Washington St., Wausau, with Rev. Philip Schneider officiating. Family and friends may call beginning at 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow in Restlawn Memorial Park, town of Texas.

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


Beatrice A. Golz

Beatrice A. Golz, 99, Wausau, died peacefully Sunday, October 29, 2017 with her family by her side. She was under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Sylvan Crossing on Evergreen, Wausau.

She was born October 5, 1918, in Wausau, daughter of the late Eric and Lillian (Weber) Salzsieder. On October 14, 1939, she married the love of her life, John Golz in Wausau. He preceded her in death.

Beatrice loved fishing, and spending time up North at their trailer on the Rainbow Flowage. She also enjoyed gardening, playing cards, dancing, sewing, and traveling with her husband. Above all she cherished time spent with her family including her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include her daughters, Joanne (Bill) Lewitzke, Geraldine (Norlan) Kowalski, Jane (Don) Seubert and Debbie (Tim) Johnson; grandchildren, Judy (Mark) Spear, Julie (Butch) Taylor, Jackie Dehnel, Gary (Kelly) Roloff, Kim (Lance) Brown, Jeremy “J” (Heidi) Roloff and Jenny (Jason) Shidell; great-grandchildren, Bryan Gaulke, Breann and Kati Beckman, Andrew, Landon, Allyson and Emma Dehnel, Joshua, Jordan and Cassondra Roloff, Conrad, Waylon and Spencer Roloff, Devon and Colten Brown.

Besides her parents and husband, John, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Jim Roloff, great-granddaughter, Jodi Gaulke, and siblings, Hazel Block and Delores Lewitzke, and Myron and Dennis Salzsieder.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 3, 2017 at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau. Rev. Jen Dahle of St. Stephens Lutheran Church will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and again on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services all at the Sixth Street funeral home. There will be a 7:30 p.m. prayer service on Thursday evening at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Riley Weinkauf

Riley R. Weinkauf, 28, Wausau, died Friday, October 27, 2017, unexpectedly in his sleep at Hazelden (Betty Ford) Rehab Center, Minnesota, while receiving treatment for his addiction.

He was born July 18, 1989 in Wausau, son of Randy and Peggy (Knoblock) Weinkauf.

Riley worked as a truck driver for RiverView Construction and was a member of the Teamsters Local #662. He enjoyed boating, fishing, BMX and motocross. One of his favorite hobbies was driving around town in his BMW convertible or going out to eat at a local restaurant enjoying a kiddie cocktail with olives. Above all he loved spending time with his family, especially goofing around with his nieces and nephews.

Survivors include his parents, Randy and Peggy Weinkauf, Wausau; siblings, Jesse (Marlo) Turner, Wausau, Wesley (Britney) Weinkauf, Kronenwetter, Heidi (Jeremiah) Dehnel, Wausau, Angel (Robert) Mistlebauer, Madison and Dakota Heath, Wausau; nieces and nephews, Stella Turner, Autumn Weinkauf, Brett and Deacon Dehnel, Charles and Vivienne Mistlebauer; maternal grandma, Doris (Vern Hinz) Springer, Wausau, many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandpa, Dan Knoblock Sr., paternal grandparents, Ewald and Margaret Weinkauf, cousin, Cameron Springer and best friend, Ryan McClinton.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, November 2, 2017 at Highland Community Church Weston Campus, 6615 County Road J, Schofield. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau, and again on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at Highland Community Church.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Sue E. Bednarski

Bednarski, Sue E. 72, Merrill, died Thursday October 26, 2017 unexpectedly at her home. Sue was born April 21, 1945 to the late James and April (Brown) Case in Wausau. She married Louis Bednarski in September 1973 in Wausau. He preceded her in death on May 20, 1995.

Sue was formerly employed with Fiskars for more than 30 years. She enjoyed bingo and going to the casino. Sue was a member of Women Concerned for Auto Racing for 25 years.

Survivors include her daughter, Tracy (Jack Greenwood) Bednarski, Phillips; step-grandson, Tyler Dubble; sister, Mary (Terry) Prieve, Schofield; two nephews, Paul (Becky) Prieve, Wausau and Tim Prieve, Weston; niece, April (Jake) Pribnow, Ringle; and many other extended family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday October 31, 2017 at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street Wausau. Rev. James Schaefer will officiate. Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau at a later date.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.


Irene C. Lella

Miss Irene C. Lella, 98, of Neenah, but always of Wausau, died Thursday, October 26, 2017, with her faithful nephew at her side.

Irene was born at home to the late John and Catherine (Midlikowski) Lella on June 5, 1919. She was a proud graduate of Wausau Senior High School, Class of 1937.

After graduation she went to work for Marathon Electric (fondly known as “the Motor Works”) where she thoroughly enjoyed the assembly line work. She stayed there until reluctantly leaving due to the labor strike of 1952. Frustrated by the idleness of not working, she one day put on her coat and walked uptown. Unplanned, she stopped at Employers Mutual Insurance Company’s office on Grant Street (now city hall) and asked for an application. She was interviewed that same day and stayed at the company for 27 years, retiring in 1979 as Records Supervisor of the Wausau Region. In 1980 she sold the family home and moved to Neenah to live with her brother, Carl.

Irene’s work ethic was born out of the Great Depression. She learned to scrimp and save early in her life and never stopped. Her mainstay and enjoyment throughout her life was manual labor. She loved to be outdoors digging in the ground, planting or weeding, cutting grass, or climbing the roof to shovel off snow or paint the flashing. Her immaculate housekeeping was a testament to this. “Hard work is no snap” she would often say, as well as “never give up.”

She is survived by her brother Daniel (Sue) Lella of Neenah, nephew Thomas (Lee Ann) Lella of Wausau; nieces Mary Lella of LaCrosse and Siren, Nancy (Mike) Czerwinski of Appleton; and her grand-nephew Michael Lella, of whom she will always be very proud.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents, brothers George and Carl, and sister-in-law Hildegarde.

The family welcomes friends and relatives on Sunday, October 29 (TODAY) from 4:00-5:30pm at St. Gabriel Church (900 Geiger Street) in Neenah.

In the sure and certain hope of the resurrection, the Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Monday, October 30 at 11:00am at the church of her baptism, St. Michael Catholic Church in Wausau. The family welcomes friends and relatives beginning at 10:00am in the gathering space at St. Michael.

Entombment will follow in Garden of Eternal Rest at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home of Wausau has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Good night, Irene; good night, Irene, I’ll see you in my dreams.


Barbara Kloostra
Barbara “Barb” J. Kloostra (nee Hoppe) passed away on October 25, 2017at Aspirus Wausau Hospital due to complications after an unexpected surgery.  Barb was born on December 6, 1936 to her parents Melvin and Gertrude (Lietzke) Hoppe.  She graduated from Wausau High School in 1954. She then graduated from Northwest Institute of Medical Technology on May 25, 1955 as an X-ray Electrocardiographic Technician.  She married Sylvnus Kelley on May 31, 1955. Barb worked as a fraud investigator for Marathon County Social Services for 26 years before retiring. During retirement Barb worked at Clark gas station part time and enjoyed reading and spending time with her second spouse, Catherine Kloostra. 


Barb is survived by her son, Karl (Terri) Kelley, son-in-law, Jim Ressel, and step-son, Patrick Gaulke. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Josh (Stephanie) Lambright, Sean (Char) Kelley, Arika (Cory) Caves, Beth (Klay) Tesch, Kim Kelley, Jeremy McGreck, Kyle (Tina) Kelley, Karlee Kelley, David Kelley, Amanda Huber, Ryan Huber ,Sara Huber, Laura Liddy, Jeremiah Ressel and Jason Ressel. She also has left behind her great-grandchildren, Jessica Lambright, Christian Lambright, Lily Lambright, Louis Lambright, Emma Lambright, Brianna (Maverick) Kelley, Austin Kelley, Rylan Kelley, Elanna Kelley, Clara Betts, Jo Kelley, Jackson Kelley, Makayla Brill, Katelyn Brill, Dru Ressel, Dhani Ressel, Jeanette Tesch, Mitchell Tesch, Kayleigh Tesch, Klayton Tesch Jr., Nina Kelley, Talia Skelton, Alexander Skelton, Marcus Skelton, Isaiah Kelley ,Jessica Caves, Noah Kelley, Lydia Kelley, and Glenda Kelley, Mckenzie, and Monica.  Many greatgreat-grandchildren also survive Barb.

Barb is preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Gertrude Hoppe, her aunt Lillian Hoppe, her sister Shirley Reichel, her spouses Sylvnus Kelley and Catherine Kloostra, her daughters Kathy Schultz, Debra Ressel, and Jo Lambright, son in law Michael Schultz, and great granddaughter Mia Kelley.

For the last four years, Barb enjoyed reading, doing crossword puzzles, and watching Dancing with the Stars. She shared a special bond with her grandchildren Beth (Klay) Tesch and Jeremy McGreck as well as her great-grandchildren Kayleigh, Klayton, Dru, Dhani, Jeanette, and Mitchell when they decided to combine their households to spend more time together.

Visitation will be on Saturday, October 28, 2017 at John J. Buettgen Funeral Home in Schofield at 11 am until 1 pm with services to begin at 1 pm. On line condolences can be made at www.HonorOne.com


Vivian May Nelson
Vivian May (Morgensen) Nelson, lifetime resident of the Town of Easton, Wisconsin, died Thursday, October 26, 2017 at the age of 92, at Rennes Health & Rehab Center in Weston, after less than 24 hours under hospice care. The daughter of George and Hazel (Mortenson) Mogensen, she was born on May 5, 1925 at their home in the Town of Easton. She was united in marriage to Stanley Nelson on June 9, 1945 at Bethany Lutheran Church. Prior to his death in 2011, they celebrate their 65th year of marriage.

Vivian was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a homemaker and worked on the family dairy farm, which was honored as a Century Farm by the Marathon County Agricultural Society and Wisconsin Historical Society in 2007. In her teens through the early years of her marriage, she was a housekeeper to several families in Wausau. She was very active in the life the congregation at Bethany from her early years as a member of the Sunday School and confirmation class, into being a leader of the church as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent, as well as being active in the women’s groups and Bible studies. In her free time, she enjoyed quilting, flower gardening, and reading.

Survivors include five sons, John (Lynette) Nelson, Naperville, IL; Jim (Dagmar) Nelson, Wausau; Tom (Jamie) Nelson, Ringle; Mike (Janell) Nelson, Kronenwetter/Fairplay, CO; and Mark (Sue) Nelson, Easton; 15 grandchildren, Michelle (Alex) Abdulnor, Hans (Heidi) Nelson, Malissa (John) Smith, Marcus (Holly) Nelson, Luke (Jill) Nelson, Justin (Christie) Nelson, Seth (Monica Windorski) Nelson, Danielle (Damon) Cronce, Matthew (Meagan) Nelson, Becky (Joe) Hallum, Lindsey (Nick) Weiler, Emily (Andrew) Hulke, Ethan Nelson, Katrina (Jeremy Krenz) Nelson, and Chase (Skyler Still) Nelson, 32 great-grandchildren; 3 sisters, Phyllis Ament, Arlene (Oliver) Hoppe, Charlotte (Jerry) Bown, and Karen (Ron) Frye, one brother Harley (Sylvia) Morgensen; and many other relatives. In addition to her husband, Stanley, and her parents, George and Hazel Mogensen, she is preceded in death by a son, Clifford Nelson, grandson Dennis Nelson, and siblings Kenneth, Maynard and Donald Mogensen, and sisters Loretta Eiden and Jeanette Wallace.

The funeral service will be held at Bethany Lutheran Church, Town of Easton, (E19431 Church Road, Aniwa, WI) on Monday, October 30, at 11 a.m. Rev. Gary Froseth will officiate. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will precede the service from 9 to 11 a.m., with a time of fellowship following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Bethany Lutheran Church. Condolences and memories may be shared at schmidschulta.com and at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home on Facebook.