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Wausau Area Obituaries, Dec. 4

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Larry R. Neumann

Larry Richard Neumann, 75 of Schofield, passed away on Friday, December 1, 2017, after a courageous battle with Huntington’s disease.

He was born on February 2, 1942 to the late Clemons and Loretta (Stahnke) Neumann.
Larry is survived by his children, Larry, Lonny (Kathy) and Laura; as well as numerous grandchildren, siblings, nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 5:00 pm on Friday, December 8, 2017 at Brainard Funeral Home-Wausau Chapel, 522 Adam Street. Visitation will take place from 4:00 pm until the time of service at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com


Alice Maxon

Alice Erna Maxon, 96, Wausau, went to be with her heavenly Father on December 3, 2017 after a long life, certain that her faith would bring her eternal life.

Alice was born on January 15, 1921 to the late Robert and Hattie (Gritzmacher) Isberner Sr.  She graduated from Wausau High School in 1938.  Soon after she was married to Norman Clare Maxon and moved to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.  There she worked for a photo processing plant and was a supervisor at her retirement.  Before his death, Alice and Clare traveled throughout the Midwest with an RV club.  In the late 1980’s, she moved back to Wausau to be with her family. 

Alice was a strong willed and determined woman who deeply loved her family.  She was an active member of St. Stephen Lutheran Church where she was baptized and confirmed.  Throughout her life, Alice had a great interest in the religions of the world and never ceased witnessing her faith to those around her.   Many Sunday’s would find her at her sister, Flora’s, home for supper. She loved playing cribbage with the senior group at the Aging and Disability Center and bingo at Rennes. 

Alice is survived by her sister-in-law, Nola Maxon of Chamberlain, SD; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.  She was preceded in death by her entire family: parents, Robert and Hattie; brothers, Harold (Josephine), Robert (Jeanette), William (Joan) and Herman (Jan); sisters, Flora (Wilbur) Bliese and Helen Collins.

The funeral service for Alice will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Wausau.  Pastor Jennifer Dahle will officiate.  Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the time of service at the church on Saturday.  Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery.  Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at helke.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Stephen Lutheran Church (512 McClellan Street, Wausau, WI 54403).

A heartfelt word of appreciation goes to the staff of Primrose Retirement Community and Rennes Health and Rehab for their compassionate care over the past years.


Erma Neumann

Erma Lucille Neumann, 81, of Wausau, WI passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Saturday, December 2, 2017. She was born on March 17, 1936 in the town of Doering, in Lincoln County. Her parents were the late Arthur and Celia Lupton. She graduated from Merrill High School. Erma married James Jirovec in 1955 and was widowed in 1958. She married Leslie Neumann in 1961. He died in May 1995.

Erma enjoyed sewing, embroidery, reading and cooking. She also enjoyed traveling, going to concerts and she especially enjoyed playing cards with family and friends. She spent many hours playing over 50 different games with her children and grandchildren. She always made it a priority to attend her children and grandchildren’s activities.

She belonged to her church’s ladies’ aide, alter guild, and helped with the youth group activities. She was known for her delicious cut out cookies and enjoyed making them with the youth group at Christmas time. She had a large, beautiful bell collection, with bells from around the United States and many other countries. She loved entertaining and was a gracious hostess.

She was also preceded in death by her grandson, Thomas Utecht; sister, Lorraine Fehr and brother, Elmer Lupton.

She is survived by her 8 children, Linda (Wilfred) Krenz, Wausau, Philip (Dana) Jirovec, Wichita, KS, Donna (Mike) Gliniecki, Mosinee, Patricia (John) Utecht, Marathon, Lunette (Randal) Dehnel, Wausau, Darrell (Jodi) Neumann, Merrill, Karen (Scott) Worden, Wausau, Karla (Keith) Staus, Athens; 18 grandchildren, William (Tracy) Krenz, Benjamin (Nikki) Krenz, Robert Krenz, Rebecca (John) Workman, Daniel Gliniecki, Timothy Gliniecki, Jessica Gliniecki, Nathan Utecht, Derek (Nicole) Dehnel, Travis (Samantha Melotik) Dehnel, Rachelle Neumann, Melissa Neumann, Alyse Neumann, Brooke Neumann, Tyler Jonas, Lucas Worden, Kyle Staus, Kaleb Staus; and extended family and friends.

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 am Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Grace Lutheran Church, town of Maine. Reverend Joel Willitz will officiate. Visitation will be at Helke Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 4:30pm to 8:00pm and at the church from 9:30 am until the time of service. Burial will be in the Town of Berlin cemetery. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at helke.com.


Julie A. Christian

Julie Anne Christian, 58, Wausau, died peacefully Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the Aspirus Hospice House. Julie was born on August 16, 1959 to Allen and Donna (Richmond) Hettinga in Wausau. She grew up in the Town of Maine and graduated from Wausau West High School in 1977. Julie married the farm boy down the road, Lee Christian, on September 27, 1980, and together they were blessed with six children, Cory, Carrie, Casey, Callie, Courtney, and Caitlin.

Julie was a women of faith that believed in her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and is now enjoying the blessings of her heavenly home.  

Julie was a stay at home mother for many years. She was later a Teachers Aid at DC Everest Junior High and at Lincoln Elementary school, working with children with learning disabilities. Julie enjoyed spending time at her home and around the yard gardening. She also enjoyed crocheting and spending holidays and special occasions with her children and grandchildren. Julie was a loving and caring women, always thinking of the needs of others and caring for them. 

Julie is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Lee; her six children, Cory (Nicole) Christian, Carrie (Kurt) Schultz, Casey (Sarah) Christian, Callie (Benjamin) Kobs, Courtney Christian, and Caitlin Christian; and her twelve grandchildren, Reese, Owen, Bennett, Colton, Claire, Chloe, Avery, Olive, Daisy, Levi, Abbi, and Colette. 

A memorial celebration of Julie’s life will be held at Willow Springs Garden, in the Village of Maine, on Friday, December 8, 2017 from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM. A private family burial took place on Saturday, December 2, 2017 at the Town of Berlin Cemetery. 

A very special thanks goes to all family and friends who offered us love, kindness, and prayers through this difficult time.

A heartfelt word of appreciation goes to the Aspirus Hospice House. 


Roy Thorne

Roy Thorne, 88, of Wausau passed away at his home on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

He was born September 19, 1929 to the late Jess and Pearl (Wood) Thorne. On August 19, 1950, Roy married Phyllis Ecker in Antigo. They made their home in Wausau raising their five children, Steve, Mark, Debra, Diane and Victoria. Roy owned Wausau Trim Shop. He was a skilled craftsman using his artistry to design custom upholstery patterns for automotive restoration. Retiring in 2002, Roy made many friends during his fifty years of service. Whether it was gardening, hunting, trap shooting, raising beef cattle on his hobby farm or making wood, Roy loved being outdoors. He had a special gift of singing and enjoyed being a member of the Wausau Barbershoppers.

Survivors include his wife, Phyllis of Wausau, five children, Steve (Debra) Thorne of Athens, Mark (Kristine) Thorne of Valencia, CA, Debra (Jerome Birt) Thorne of Savage, MN, Diane (Jim Herbst) Thorne of Sun Prairie, Victoria (David Erickson) Thorne-Erickson of Oconomowoc, sixteen grandchildren, fourteen great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. He was further preceded in death by a granddaughter, Sophia Erickson, four brothers and six sisters.

Funeral services will be 11:30 a.m., Monday, December 4, 2017 at Rib Mountain Lutheran Church, 3010 Eagle Ave., Wausau. Reverend Tim Swanson will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. You may sign our family guest book at helke.com.


Josephine C. Bauer

Josephine Clara Bauer, 93, Wausau, died December 3, 2017. She was born to Alex and Jennie (Losiewicz) Grendzinski on March 13, 1924 on the family farm in Thorp, WI, the eldest of six children. She attended Sunny Lawn elementary school and graduated Thorp High School in 1942. She then graduated from Wausau Business Institute in 1943, after which she was employed by Wausau Electric, Humphrey Chevrolet, The Fashion Store, Employers Mutual, and Northern Realty Company.

After WWII she married returned soldier Edwin Bauer on September 25, 1948 at St. Hedwig’s Church in Thorp, WI. Josephine and Edwin resided in Wausau, WI. They had three children who kept them active with school and scout activities at St. Matthew’s Grade School and Newman High School. Josephine and Edwin were married for 58 years before he died in March of 2006.

Josephine was a lifetime member of the Women of the Moose starting in 1962. She served as Senior Regent and Graduate Regent, earned the Star Recorder degree, and was initiated into the College of Regents and Academy of Friendship. Josephine belonged to the Wausau VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 388, and the Wausau Homemakers. She was a member of St Bernard’s Circle of St Matthew Catholic Church, and taught Sunday morning pre-school religious education. In their retirement years, Josephine and Edwin often helped with the funeral luncheons at St Matthew.

Survivors include daughter Rita Bauer, St Louis Park, MN; daughter-in-law Karen Bauer, one granddaughter and five great grandchildren, Madison, WI; brothers Casmier Grendzinski, Tempe, AZ; Leon (Betty) Grendzinski, Wausau, WI; Alex (Hilda) Grendzinski, Thorp, WI; Thomas (Kathie) Grendzinski, Burnsville, MN; many nieces and nephews; five godchildren Ruth Ann (Merwin) Rothenberger, Jo Ann Bauer, Jane Lynn (Leudtke) Hermundson, David Grendzinski, and Anne (Grendzinski) Szczech.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband Edwin; sons Ronald and Richard; brother Bernard; and godchild Christopher Dalbec.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Noon, Thursday, December 7, 2017 at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Wausau. The Rev. Robert Thorn will preside. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 6, from 4pm – 8pm at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Ave, Wausau and again Thursday at St Matthew Church, 229 S. 28th Ave, Wausau, from 11am until the time of the services at the church. There will be a parish rosary service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at the Stewart Avenue funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to St. Matthew Catholic Church. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Delores Kersten

Delores S. Kersten, 88, Wausau, died Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Rennes Health and Rehab, Weston, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

She was born December 19, 1928 in Mosinee, daughter of the late Walter and Stella (Gorski) Stoltz. On October 4, 1947, she married Robert G. Kersten at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wausau. He preceded her in death on June 9, 1995.

For 20 years, Delores worked at the Ben Franklin store in Wausau and then moved to Rhinelander with her husband Robert, and worked at the Rhinelander Ben Franklin store for about 10 years. Following Robert’s death, she moved back to Wausau to be with her children. Among her favorite pastimes, Delores enjoyed yardwork and pontooning.

Survivors include, three children, Karen (Curly) Meuret, Bethany Kersten and Robert R. (Mary) Kersten, all of Wausau; two grandchildren, Gerald (Krystal) Wergin, Neenah and Kersten Weber, Milwaukee; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Lillian (Ronald) Gauger, Sturgeon Bay; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, Robert, she was preceded in death by one grandson, Chuck Wergin; one brother, Stanley Stoltz; and one sister, Phyllis Bartelt.

Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau. Rev. Steven Gjerde will officiate. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Friends may call on Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until time of services at the church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Rennes Health and Rehab, the staff at Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services and Dr. Brian Smith for the wonderful care and support given to Delores.

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


Ronald L. Sattler

Ronald L. Sattler, 60, of Rothschild, formerly of Bloomington, Minn., died Saturday December 2, 2017 following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born October 20, 1957, the son of the late Alice and Leonard Sattler, Ron was a graduate of DC Everest High School and North Central Technical College. For 28 years, he had been employed as a Mechanical Engineer by Entrust Datacard of Shakopee, Minn.

Ron was a loving, caring person that enjoyed life. An avid golfer, Ron also loved bowling, snowmobiling and playing cards. He especially looked forward to the annual golf outing with school buddies and friends.

Survived by sisters; Cathy (Dale) Burnett, Sally (Morgan) Holzapfel, Peggy (Scott) Smith; a brother, Joel; an aunt, Phyllis Spaude; a niece, Lori; two nephews, Andy and Brian; great nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Ron and his brother, Joe had a very close relationship. They would do anything for each other. Ron will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday December 6, 2017 at St. Mark Catholic Church, 602 Military Road, Rothschild. The Rev. Allan L. Slowiak will preside. Burial will be in Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Kronenwetter. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

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


Margaret “Emily” Fochs

Margaret ‘Emily’ Fochs, 83, of Mosinee, died Sunday, December 3rd at Garden Side Crossing wing of North Central Health Care Center. 

Margaret was born in Wausau on September 11th, 1934 to the late Harry and Verna (Brozzo) Trierweiler. At the age of 9, her mother passed away. Her father later married Veronica Nelson and had a blended family of 5 Trierweiler and 5 Nelson children. The extended family has stayed close and continues to have regular family reunions, where Margaret enjoyed visiting with everyone and participating in the ‘white elephant’ auction. 

Margaret married her high school sweetheart, Eugene Fochs, in June of 1954. Together they raised four children and were blessed with 63 years of marriage. They spent many years volunteering for Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, St. Clare’s Hospital, New Tribes Mission and Camp Gilead in Central Florida, and other mission work in Jamaica, Canada and Brazil. Her habit of doing everything quickly earned Margaret the nickname of ‘Lightning’. 

Margaret is survived by her husband, Eugene, two sons; Jeffrey (Becky), Rib Mountain, Brian (Cheri), Rib Mountain, two daughters; Sherry (Randy) Baars, Rib Mountain, Barbara (Jim) Kiedrowski, Weston, twelve grandchildren; Keith Baars, Jason Baars, Kelly (Aaron) Durr, Jennie (Jeremy) Jirschele, Jeff (Kim) Fochs, Jr, Kevin (Sheri) Fochs, Amanda (Russ) Godleske, Maggie (Jack) Gordon, Jim (Katie) Kiedrowski, Jr, Tyler (Kim) Kiedrowski, Troy Fochs, Haley Fochs, twenty-one great-grandchildren, sister; Rosemary Felch, Wausau, sister and brother in-law’s; Norma Nelson, Jeanette Woodward, Mike Nowak, Eugene Schedler and Ruth Trierweiler. She was preceded in death by five brothers; Harry Trierweiler, Billy Trierweiler, Denny Nelson, Douglas Nelson, “Putt” Nelson, three sisters; Catherine Roeske, Shirley Schedler and Marlene Nowak. 

Margaret was an avid reader and loved solving word puzzles. Her favorite thing was spending time with her many grandchildren and great grandchildren – especially shopping and browsing rummage sales. 

The family would like to express our thanks and gratitude to the caring and compassionate nurses and staff at Garden Side Crossing. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Garden Side Crossing or the Arthritis Foundation. 

Services will be held at Highland Community Church, 1005 N 28th Avenue, Wausau on Thursday, December 7, 2017. Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at 12:00 p.m.Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting family at this time. On line condolences can be made at www.HonorOne.com


Doris E Johnson

Doris E. Johnson, 81, of Tigerton entered her heavenly home on Dec. 1, 2017, at Homme Home of Wittenberg.

She was born Dec. 20, 1935, to Edwin and Adele Matson in Birnamwood, WI. Doris attended local schools. She married Edward “Hardrock” Johnson on May 16, 1953, in Tigerton. They raised their family and lived most of their lives in the Town of Germania, Shawano County. They operated Hardrock’s Village Cafe and service station in Tigerton in the 1970s, as well as other ventures.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a daughter, Rebecca Schonfelder; siblings, Eugene Matson, Kenneth Matson, Vernon Matson, Ardis Matson, Erling Matson, Janet Locke, Marvin Matson, Milton Matson, twin brother Donald Matson and two sisters in infancy, Edith and Evelyn.

She is survived by a sister, Joyce (Ronnie) Christjohn; children; Sandra (Christopher) Ramsey, Daniel (Pauline) Johnson, Thomas (Rita) Johnson, JoAnn (Danny) Stanford and Rachel (Ronald) Steebs; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law; Sally (Bruce) Matson-Herrmann, Sharon Dedolph and Darlene Matson; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She will be deeply missed by all. 

Doris was a gentle and selfless soul who dedicated her life to caring for others. She welcomed people from all walks of life to her home, treating them with graciousness and hospitality. Her warmth and kindness were the outflow of the deep and enduring love she had for Jesus Christ. Doris also enjoyed nature, reading and old-time music. 

The family would like to thank Homme Home of Wittenberg for their care of Doris in her final years.

A memorial service will be at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at the chapel at Homme Home of Wittenberg. Interment of cremains will be at a later date at Hillcrest Cemetery, Town of Norrie, Marathon County. Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting family at this time. On line condolences can be made at www.HonorOne.com


Judy Herrmann

Judy Herrmann, 78 of Elcho, passed away on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Friendly Village in Rhinelander, WI. She was born on April 13, 1939 in Appleton, daughter of the late Charles and Matilda (Cootway) Terrio.  On October 12, 1957 she married Robert Herrmann at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bowler.  He survives.

In addition to her husband, she is further survived by four children, Doug (Linda) Herrmann, Tea, SD, Kay (Eddie) Ruckdaschel, Douglas, WY, Thomas Herrmann of Hatley, and John (Dana) Herrmann of Antigo; 7 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; her brother, Charles Terrio, Ringle, and sister, Connie Birkholz, Shawano; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Terrio, and one sister, Carole Bierman.
Funeral service will be held at 12 Noon on Wednesday, Decemeber 6, 2017 at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood.  Rev. Adam Roberts will officiate.  Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Aniwa.  Visitation will be from 10 AM until the time of services on Wednesday, all at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.schmidtschulta.com or at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home on Facebook.


Beatrice Angeline Stelter

Beatrice A. Stelter, 91 of Eland, died on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Homme Home of Wittenberg.

Beatrice was born on February 21, 1926 in Waupaca County, the daughter of the late William and Olive (Hansen) Miller. On June 21, 1947, Beatrice was united in marriage to Homer Stelter in Wittenberg. He preceded her in death on January 7, 2004.

Beatrice cooked at many area restaurants. She also worked at a greenhouse as well as the local florists. Beatrice was an excellent pool shot. Her love of the game had her shooting pool in many area tavern leagues. Her greatest joy was taking care of her grandchildren.

Beatrice is survived by her children, Peggy Stelter of Wittenberg, Barbara Stelter of Clintonville, Dennis Stelter of Eland, Mary (Bill) Fandrey of Norrie and Linda (Jerry) Spaude of Eland; six grandchildren, Bill (Jessica) Fandrey Jr., April Fandrey, Matthew (Ashley Luczaj) Fandrey, Mike and Mandy Stelter and Jennifer (Craig) Brennan and great grandchildren, Griffin Fandrey, Cameron Fandrey, Bella Fandrey, Marcus Brennan, Jesse Luczaj and Jameson Fandrey; one brother, Ferdie (Sally) Miller of New Berlin and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Beatrice was preceded in death by her husband Homer; her parents William and Olive; a son Gerald and a brother Aloys Miller.

The funeral service will be held at 12noon on Friday, December 1, 2017 at Zion Lutheran Church, Eland. Rev. Michael Schram will officiate. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, town of Norrie, Marathon County. Visitation will be on Friday from 10:00am until the time of service at the church. Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at schmidtschulta.com or Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home on Facebook.

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