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Paula Goetsch

Paula L. Goetsch, 49 of Schofield, entered into the arms of her Savior on January 1, 2018 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She was born on May 3, 1968 to Kenneth and Sandra (Kareka) Gilray in Wausau. She married Steven Goetsch on September 14, 1991 at St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church, Wausau. Steve and Paula were the proud parents of two sons, Forrest and Bradley “Bubba” Goetsch.

Paula will be deeply missed, and is survived by, her husband Steven, son Bradley (Bubba), mother Sandra Gilray, Rib Mountain; Mother-in-law Sharon Goetsch, Wausau; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and families: Holly and John Jorgensen, Weston; Perry and Cheryl Goetsch (Logan, Branden and Emily), Kronenwetter; Allen Goetsch and Derek Williams, San Francisco, CA; Stuart and Kelly Goetsch (Kiana Koch, Kasey and Tyler
Vande Voort); Karen Gilray (Emily and Michael), and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her son, Forrest Tyler Goetsch, her brother, Todd Edward Gilray, her father, Kenneth E. Gilray, and her father-in-law, Warren Goetsch.

Paula cherished her time with family and friends as she knew how precious the gift of life is. She and Steven spent many proud afternoons and evenings cheering on Bradley as he played in football games for the D.C. Everest Evergreens and then the Eau Claire Blugolds. A favorite pastime of hers was watching the Hallmark Channel and the Food Network.

Paula was a very giving person, known to those close to her as the best gift giver, always able to select just the perfect gift for each individual.

A great accomplishment of Steven, Paula and Bradley was the ability to celebrate the life of their son and brother, Forrest, through the development of Forrest Goetsch Charities. They devoted much of their time over the last eight years establishing the Forrest Goetsch Memorial Run. One of the greatest rewards to Paula was witnessing the positive impact their efforts were able to provide to our community.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6 at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 6205 Alderson St., Weston, WI 54476. Pastor Lance Hoelscher and Pastor Jordan Balk will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. on Friday, January 5 and again on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service, all at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Forrest Goetsch Charities, c/o River Valley Bank; 327 N. 17th Ave., Wausau, WI 54401

Brainard Funeral Home- Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be given at

Marie Pagel

Marie Pagel will be remembered for the love she had for her family. She was a special mother to her thirteen children and loving wife to her husband, Vernon. Marie took pride in sewing clothing for her children, gardening, loved being outdoors, sitting in her porch swing, cooking meals from scratch and making sure her cinnamon rolls were ready for the deer hunters in the family. Marie especially loved her grandchildren, great and great great grandchildren.

She was born November 7, 1928 in Wausau to the late Martin and Alma (Wiederhoeft) Gebhard. On September 28, 1946 Marie married Vernon Pagel. They lived in the town of Stettin and were members of Trinity Lutheran Church. Marie was an incredibly faithful member of Trinity. She found great comfort in the scriptures and was a member of the Ladies Afternoon Circle at her church.

At the age of 89, Marie passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Survivors include her children, Mary (Ralph) Tarras of Weston, Thomas (Gloria) of Wausau, Karen (Charles) Dorn of Appleton, Beverly (Robert) Kordus of Wausau, Janet Vargas of Marathon, Susan (Lyle) Lawrence of Marathon, Donald of Wausau, Patricia Kimmons of Wausau, David of Wausau, Andy (Laurie) of Merrill, Cynthia (Michael) Preisig of Wausau, Pamela (Robert) Frei of Deerbrook, 29 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon, one son, John, two sisters, Elaine Sherfinski and Pearl Harder and two sons-in-law, Forrest Kimmons and Juan Vargas.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, January 8, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1008 N. 120th Ave., Wausau. Reverend Phil Bogen will officiate. Burial will be in Stettin Christian Cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday beginning at 4:00 p.m. and concluding with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau. Visitation will resume on Monday at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at church.

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Gloria Timm

Gloria Timm, 80, of Wausau passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was born July 8, 1937 to Ed and Alma Rahn. In 1955 she married William Timm, who preceded her in death in 2010.

Gloria spent her early years as a volunteer candy striper. Then worked at Jo-Ann’s Fabric and then at 29 Super Market in the bakery department, where she enjoyed chatting with customers and passing out donuts.

Gloria had many passions. She loved sewing, needle point and knitting. Knitting Christmas socks was her favorite. She liked gardening, taking care of her plants and flowers. Gloria was an avid collector of Owl artwork and of Precious Moments.

Gloria and Bill traveled a lot with many trips to Las Vegas and area casinos. They took trips that took them to Europe, the Caribbean, Panama, Alaska and Hawaii.

Besides being preceded in death by her husband Bill, also parents Ed and Alma Rahn, infant son Jeffery and brother, Rodney Rahn. Survivors are children: Lori Imhoff (Roger), John Timm (Karrie), Beth Champine (Tony), grandchildren: Luke Imhoff (Regina), Alex Imhoff (Andrea), Kristen Peterson (Dillon), Michael Timm, Justin Champine (Jamie), Jenny Champine, Corey Jackels, 3 great grandchildren: Eli Imhoff, Kylie and Madison Champine, sisters: Pay Wyman (Dick), Nancy Neymeyer (Bob) and Donna Young (John).

The family extends a thank you to the staff at North Central Health Care for the wonderful care of Gloria.

Private family services will be held at Helke Funeral Home, Wausau. You may sign our family guest book at

Jennie Schumacher

Jennie Mae (Klatt) Schumacher died peacefully, with family at her bedside, on January 2, 2018. She was 90.

She is survived by her brother James (Donna) Klatt of Menasha, children F. Richard Schumacher (Cheryl) of Beverly Hills, Florida; Donna Moberg (Jon) of Shorewood, Wisconsin; Susan Schumacher (James Kamin) of Minneapolis; Kathryn Sullivan (Patrick) of Monona, Wisconsin; William V. Schumacher (Brenda) of Wausau; Kurt E. Schumacher (Tammie) of Wausau; Christopher J. Schumacher (Amy) of Bloomington, Illinois; seventeen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband of 66 years Franklin V. Schumacher, her parents Adolph and Ada (Edminster) Klatt, siblings Richard, Robert, and Jane (Algiers), close Aunt Hattie Hofman and beloved cousin Joyce Hofman.

Jennie Mae was born November 27, 1927 in New London, Wisconsin, and attended North Fond du Lac High School, graduating as a valedictorian in 1945. She bravely presented her Commencement speech just months after losing her older brother on Iwo Jima in World War II. Jennie obtained her nursing degree from Mercy Hospital in Oshkosh Wisconsin and worked as a Registered Nurse for many years.

Jennie married Franklin V. Schumacher in 1951 and, while working tirelessly as a full time nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital, also raised seven children in Wausau. The family life, first on Roosevelt Street and later on Oakwood Boulevard, was a loving one, characterized by a generously open environment, with children of all ages comfortable in Jennie’s home. Married to a man of strong will and opinions, Jennie, though quieter, was every bit his match in the strength of her convictions and character. Jennie’s commitment to social justice was clear in her day to day life, finding expression in the way she treated people, and in her willingness to express indignation at the prejudice of others. She was once called to jury duty and her persistence resulted in convincing eleven reluctant others that compassion and justice required a not guilty verdict.

In retirement Jennie was able to devote more time to her varied interests, travelling with her husband to many of the historical sites she had read so much about. She read and learned much about English history, and she loved to watch old classic movies. Jennie became an avid football fan watching her youngest son’s high school and college games, and later became a dedicated Badger fan, travelling to their Rose Bowl appearances. Jennie loved the various dogs that she and the family had in their home over the years, and the mention of her cherished German Short-Haired Pointers (Baron & Freddy) would always bring tears to her eyes.

She will be remembered as a great caregiver to others, as a Nurse and extraordinary mother, a devoted wife, and a kind and generous person. Her legacy includes a family committed to carrying on the values of social justice she embodied in her daily life.

Jennie’s family wishes to thank the dedicated staff at Mountain Terrace and Aspirus Hospice Care who provided loving care and support. It was her wish that her remains be donated to the University of Wisconsin Medical School. A memorial service and remembrance is planned for Saturday, January 13th at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 N. 6th Street in Wausau. Visitation will be from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM with a Special Remembrance and Celebration from 3:00-4:30. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers or other memorials, donations to Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services are suggested.

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Gary Crochiere

Gary A. Crochiere, 73, Marathon, died unexpectedly Sunday December 31, 2017 at his home.

He was born February 2, 1944, in Wausau, son of the late Robert and Elsie (Winter) Crochiere. Gary attended grade school in a one room schoolhouse and later attended Marathon High School. For several years he drove truck and also farmed the original Crochiere Family Homestead. Among his favorite things to do were fishing and spending time at his cabin in Lac du Flambeau.

Survivors include a brother, Ronald (Gail) Crochiere, California, a sister, Ila (Don) Behnke, Edgar, nieces, Sara (Al) Marciante, Texas, Kimberly (John) Baumgart, Virginia, nephews, Keith (Jen) Crochiere, New York, Ryan Crochiere, California. Gary will be missed by his friends in Marathon and Lac du Flambeau. Besides his parents, Gary was preceded in death by a brother, Dennis, a sister-in-law, Beverly Crochiere and a nephew, Steven Crochiere.

Funeral services will be 1:00 p.m. Tuesday January 9, 2018 at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Marathon. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. Tuesday until the time of services at the Marathon funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at

Doris E. Kitowski

Doris E. Kitowski, 93, Wausau died Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at her home.

Doris was born November 24, 1924 in Wausau, daughter of the late Herman and Rose (Pasnecker) Jojade. On April 3, 1943 she married Norbert Kitowski in Texas. He preceded her in death.

Doris was a homemaker and took great pride in her family.

Survivors include her son, David Kitowski, Wausau and many close friends and family.

Besides her husband she was preceded in death by one son, Jeff Kitowski.

A Memorial Service will be held at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau. Friends may call on Tuesday from 5:00 p.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. Online condolences may be expressed at

Franklin G. Kluck

Franklin G. Kluck, 84, passed away Wednesday January 3, 2018 at St. Clare’s Hospital, Weston. He was born February 19, 1933 in Wausau, WI to Felix and Lucy (Kaczmarek) Kluck, the youngest of six children.

He served in the Army from 1952-1955 where he was a member of a tank division. In 1955 Frank met the love of his life Annette Carol Nelson. They were married on June 16, 1956.

Frank had many jobs during his working years beginning with a delivery man for Northern Mattress Co. Frank and his father Felix teamed up to form their own company called Speedway Service Repair. Their company took pride in repairing washing machines and small motors in the Wausau area for many years. He also worked for American Can Corp., Wisconsin Fuel & Light and finally retired from JI Case (Drott) in 1992. He enjoyed doing projects for family and friends including woodworking and painting. He loved spending his early retirement years at the family cottage near Minocqua. It was there that he discovered his love for casinos and playing the slot machines. Frank loved baking, his trips to the casino and working on projects, his true love in life was for his family. Every moment spent with his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren truly filled his heart the most.

Frank is survived by his wife of 61 years Carol, along with 5 children. Crystal (Randall) Nielson, Wausau.; Anthony (Donna) Kluck; David Kluck, Weston; Susanne Kluck, Bakersfield, CA; and Michael (Joyce) Kluck, Wausau; eight grandchildren, three step-grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents Felix and Lucy Kluck, sisters Margaret (Robert) Barwick. Leona (Lawrence) Brueggeman, Mary Kluck and brothers Clarence (Irene) Kluck and Thomas Kluck.
Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday January 8, 2018 at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau. Rev. Joy Nelson-Jeffers will preside. Family and friends may call from 4:00 p.m. to the time of services at the funeral home Monday. Veteran Honors will be given by the American Legion Post 10 Honor Guard, Wausau.
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Fred “Fritz” Bender

Fred “Fritz” Bender, 78 of Rib Mountain, passed away on Wednesday, Jan 3, 2018 at Mt. View Care Center after a long and courageous battle with lung disease.

He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Barb his 3 children from a previous marriage; Gary (Lisa Weisenberger) Bender, Schofield, Michele (Jerry) Muzynoski, Weston and Chris (Lisa) Bender, St. Cloud, MN, 3 granddaughters; Leslie (Brent Letarski), Carly Bender and Michaela Muzynoski, 1 great grandson, Victor Letarski, all of Wausau area, also our beloved pet, Taffy, 2 sisters Dorothy Nieuwenhuis, Wausau, and Charlotte Laffin, Three Lakes, one brother, Leslie (Carol) Kufahl, Michigan.

He was preceded in death by his parents, son, Steven 2 brother-in-law’s and beloved pet Sandy.

In younger years he owned and operated “the Bender” Bar in Wausau and worked at Anderson Bros Quarry. In later years he worked for Michels Pipline and most recently for Verizon (GTE) where he retired from. Fritz was a great guy and had many friends.

Family would like to thank Dr. Ahuja and staff at Aspirus Cancer Center for his care and all the wonderful nurses and CNA’s at Mt. View for their compassionate care in his last 3 weeks.To follow the wishes of Fritz, no service will be held.

Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting family at this time. On line condolences can be made at

Barbara Jeanne Schultz

Barbara Jeanne (Sell) Schultz of Wausau, WI died Monday, January 1, 2018 at Cedar Creek Manor in Kronenwetter.

Barbara was born February 119, 1933 to the late Marie (Gerndt) Sell and Walter P. Sell in Wausau, WI. She was a 1951 graduate of Wausau High School.  She married Alfred W. Schultz in 1952 but they were later divorced.

Barb was a receptionist for the Marathon County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Department at North Central Health Care for many years.

Barbara’s… two greatest pleasures in life were her children/grandchildren and her dogs.  She did a wonderful job of raising four children on her own and was a proud mother who attended as many of her children’s events as possible.  She would attend her youngest daughter’s softball game at 7:30 and then be at her oldest son’s game an hour later. And when her grandchildren were born she was at all their performances and events as well.  She cherished her family.

She also loved dogs and has had one throughout her entire life.  She enjoyed the two dogs at Cedar Creek Manor who visited her often and was thrilled when her son brought her own dog in for visits.  One of her biggest financial concerns while living at Cedar Creek was making sure that we sent in donations from her to various animal support groups.

Barb is survived by her daughter, Mary (James) Backus, son, Richard Schultz, daughter Laurie (Paul) Wadzinski, and son, Randy (Becky) Schultz.  Her four grandchildren are Adam (Reene) Wadzinski, Jason (Cortney) Wadzinski, Tyler Schultz, and Bailey Schultz.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Miriam Griffith and her brother, Donald Sell.

Our family would like to express our heartfelt appreciation to Linda and Kathy Fosick and the rest of the staff at Cedar Creek Manor for the loving and patient care given to our mother during her five years of living there.  We would also like to thank members of the Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for their care and support during this difficult time.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at John J. Buettgen Funeral Home from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Leroy Bamke

Leroy J. Bamke, 86 of Birnamwood, died on Friday, January 5, 2018 at his home.
He was born on September 22, 1931, in the town of Elderon, the son of the late Frank and Olga (Steinhelder) Bamke.
On May 2, 1953, Leroy was united in marriage to Eleanor Brown at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wittenberg. She preceded him in death on April 9, 1994.
Leroy was a United States Army veteran serving during the Korean War.  He was a truck driver for 7UP, Wausau Homes and SNE.  He enjoyed deer hunting and was an avid Milwaukee Brewer’s fan. Leroy especially enjoyed watching the Eland Engineers baseball games and loved to socialize with friends at local establishments.
Survivors include his significant other; Dolores ‘Dee’ Bostwick of Birnamwood; two children, Wayne Bamke of Eland and Lynn (Jim Jr.) Yaeger of Rosholt; five grandchildren, Briana (fiance Garth Beyer) and Jake Bamke, Dalton, Damian and Mackenzie Yaeger and Dee’s children, Dawn (Corey) Dobbs of Hatley and their son, Josh and Bob (Patty) Dillman of Wittenberg and their children Travis & Mallory.
Leroy was preceded in death by his parents, wife, two brothers; Harold and Edward ‘Tubby’ Bamke and two sisters, Dorothy Kiedrowski and Lorraine Kiedrowski.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, January 12, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wittenberg. Rev. Matthew Christians will officiate. Inurnment will be in Evergreen Rest Cemetery, Elderon with military rites conducted by the Elderon Memorial Post #8068 VFW. Visitation will be on Friday from 9:00 AM until the time of service at the church.
Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
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