Obituaries are a service of Brainard Funeral Home & Cremation Center, with locations in Wausau and Weston.

James Anderes

James M. Anderes of Wausau passed away peacefully on June 14, 2018, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

James Anderes

Jim was born Nov. 21, 1949, in Wausau to the late Marvin and Dorothy Anderes. He graduated from Wausau High School and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1969, being honorably discharged as a SSGT in 1973. Jim enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a master mechanic and never met a problem he could not solve when it came to fixing things — small engine or large, he could always figure it out.

James is survived by his brother Roger (Mary) Anderes and sister MaryBeth Sievert; nieces and nephews Tricia (Rich) Byrne, Sarah Ewerdt, Michael Anderes, Jennifer Anderes, and four great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Friday, June 22, 2018, at 5 p.m. at Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St., Wausau, with a visitation from 4 p.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Neighbors’ Place.

The family would like to especially thank the angels at Aspirus Palliative Care and specifically Dr. Kris Lahren for their care and compassion.

Patricia “Patti” Dahm

Patricia “Patti” A. Dahm, 69, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at Colonial Manor, Wausau.

Patricia Dahm

She was born July 5, 1948, in Wausau, daughter of Murill “Jake” and Eleanor “Ellie” Dahm.

She worked in insurance for Marshfield Clinic, Westhill Medical Specialists and most recently Gastrointestinal Associates. She enjoyed reading, science fiction and shopping. Patti also enjoyed family gatherings, traveling with family and friends and occasional trips to the casino.

Survivors include her parents, Murill “Jake” and Eleanor “Ellie” Dahm, Wausau; siblings, Carol (LeRoy) Plourd, Arbor Vitae, Susan (Lawrence) Kutschenreuter, Minocqua and James (Catherine) Dahm, Wausau; nephews and niece, Jacob Kutschenreuter, Joseph (Danielle) Kutschenreuter, Michael Dahm, Brittany (Michael) Curtis and Bradley Dahm; great nephews, Jase and Tanner Kutschenreuter, Preston, Landon and Owen Curtis; aunts, uncles, cousins and special friend, Cheryl Surfus.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2018, at the Church of St. Anne, Wausau. Rev. Alan Burkhardt will preside. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation will be Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services all at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Church of St. Anne or Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

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

Patricia’s family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Colonial Manor and a very special thank you to Carla and Matt from Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for the care given to Patti.

Katherine “Kathy” Heisler

Katherine “Kathy” A. Heisler, 79, Las Vegas, formerly of Wausau, passed into eternal rest and peace on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada, after experiencing a sudden, debilitating illness.

Kathy was born June 3, 1939, in Hatley, Wisconsin, the daughter of the late Anton and late Stella (Olenski) Pieshalla.

On June 22, 1957, she and James “Jim” Heisler Sr. eloped and were married in Pine City, Minnesota. They renewed their vows on Oct. 13, 1957, in the church of the Holy Name, Wausau. James preceded Kathy in death on Nov. 20, 1990. Kathy never remarried or dated after the loss of the “love of her life”.

Together Kathy and Jim had two children. James “Jimmy” Heisler Jr, who preceded Kathy in death on Nov. 8, 2011. And their second child Jeff Heisler, Las Vegas, Nevada, who survives.

Kathy loved all animals, but had a fondness for Irish Setter dogs. As a hobby, Kathy had shown several Irish Setter dogs and in return received several awards. Additionally, and as another hobby, Kathy enjoyed Southwest and Native American themed artifacts, which she collected.

During her life, Kathy had worked for multiple employers. Her employment generally centered around customer service positions and/or convenience store management positions. She was presented many company awards for her work ethic and compassion.

In Las Vegas, Kathy’s biggest enjoyment in retirement was being the homemaker she did not have the opportunity to be earlier in her life, due to work and her husband (Jim) being disabled. She obtained joy always baking surprise foods and meals for her son, with whom she lived. Additionally, she was loved by all who she met (and especially the children of the neighborhood). She will be deeply missed by many.

Funeral services will be at noon on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St., Wausau. Rev. Joy Nelson-Jeffers will officiate. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Friends and family may call at the funeral home, on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the services.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Mark Stachowiak

Mark S. Stachowiak, 60, Green Bay, died Wednesday, June 13, 2018.

Mark Stachowiak

He was born Sept. 27, 1957, to Fabian “Buck” T. and Dolores (Jakubowski) Stachowiak.

After graduating from D.C. Everest High School, Mark proudly served in the United States Air Force from 1976-1979 as an Airman First Class. He worked as a service representative for Memorex Telex and was also a former business owner in Green Bay.

Among his favorite pastimes, Mark enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. He was known to be quite the jokester and liked to spend time “horsing around” with friends and family. Mark was a great fan of the Chicago Cubs and Green Bay Packers and especially enjoyed music of all types.

Survivors include his father Fabian “Buck” T. (Mary) Stachowiak, Wausau, his brothers Fabian J. (Mary) Stachowiak, Marathon; Michael Stachowiak, West Jordan, UT; Scott (Kevin Kraus) Stachowiak, Long Island City, NY; his children Crystal (Gary) Greicar, Grafton; Melissa (Brad) Van Zeeland, Freedom; Mark (Rebekah) Stachowiak, Bath, NY and his grandchildren Lance, Lacey, Lincoln and Alyssa.

Mark was preceded in death by his mother, Dolores.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, June 18, at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St., Wausau. Rev. William Grevatch will officiate. Visitation will be Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services, all at the funeral home.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Guy Wood

Guy Gene Wood, 81, of Wausau, passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at his home in Weston.

Guy was born to the late James and Viola (Laffin) Wood on Jan. 11, 1937. He is survived by his sister, Betty Jane Kettunen and many nieces and nephews. Beside his parents, Guy was preceded in death by his brothers, Roger, Kenneth and James Jr.

Private family burial services will be held at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Betty Gardner

Betty Jean Gardner, 76, of Wausau passed away June 13, 2018, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She was born Sept. 27, 1941, in Wausau, the daughter of the late Gordon and Mary (Jankovich) Walters.

Betty Gardner

Betty was a Newman High graduate and went on to work at Wausau Insurance until her retirement 11 years ago. It is impossible to illiterate all the positive influence her life and legacy will continue to illuminate for generations to come. Being sharp as a tack, her detail-oriented nature was a blessing to many and a fault to others, she enriched family and friends staying on top of any relevant event, such as weather, product, health and security issues around the globe.

Survivors include her son, Todd (Consuelo) Gardner, San Jose, California; granddaughter, Trivity Gardner, San Jose, California; sisters, Carol (Richard) Larson, of La Crosse; June (Duane) Bonke, of Merrill; brother, Dave (Denise Travis) Walters, of Wausau; sister-in-laws Joan Walters, of Rib Mountain and Barbara Bonke, of Wausau, many nieces and nephews.

Betty was further preceded in death by three brothers Tom, Rick and Brian, and a sister Janet.

Her family would like to mention she cherished friends Arnie Eberhardy of Wausau, Brenda Holmes of Milwaukee, Kaye Schade of Wausau, Donna Wanta of Wausau, Shannon Papendorf of Wausau, Peggy Ender of Wausau and more.

Her philosophy in life she shared with her son included trust in God, love life, dance to live and never give up.

The funeral service will be at noon on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at the Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Park, Town of Texas, following the funeral service.

Ervin Wanta

Ervin Basil Wanta, 64, of Bevent, died Saturday, June 9, 2018, at his son’s home in Hatley. He was born Nov. 1, 1953, to Albin and Evelyn Wanta.

Ervin Wanta

Ervin grew up farming. He worked for Courtesy Motors in Stevens Point for about 15 years. He then was self-employed farming and cash cropping. He became active in the town of Bevent and some various fundraisers, including 50s for a cause. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing music and playing cards, but especially enjoyed the time he spent with his friends.

He is survived by two sons; Keith Wanta (Hatley) and Kiel Wanta (Birnamwood); two brothers; Robert Wanta (wife Patricia) and Duane Wanta; one grandchild; Rian Wanta. He is also survived by other relatives and friends.

The visitation will be from 4-6 p.m. with Funeral Mass to follow, Monday, June 18, 2018, at St. Ladislaus Catholic Church, Bevent. Father Augustine Bentil will officiate.

Elaine Draves

Elaine (Engel) Draves, 95, of Plainfield, passed away peacefully on June 5, 2018, at Heartland House in Wautoma.

Elaine was born in the town of Corning, Merrill to William and Pauline (Kleinschmidt) Engel on Nov. 22, 1922. She attended a one room school in the town of Corning, Merrill. She married Elmer Voigt on Sept. 6, 1941, in Merrill. They had three children together, Janice, Dennis and Carol. After Elmer’s untimely death, she later married Milton Tushoski in 1952. They had two children together, Patricia and Roger. She raised her five children and four step-children.

She was a homemaker, planting a garden and canning the produce at harvest, making homemade breads, cakes and pies daily. After Milton passed away, she met Harold Draves and after 15 years together they got married on Feb. 14, 1985. She enjoyed dancing, polka music, playing the piano accordion and bowling. In her later years she enjoyed playing cards and dice with family and putting together jigsaw puzzles.

Over the years, she was involved in the Moose and Lioness clubs. Her years were filled with so much more than what is written here. She has given us a family legacy to treasure.

Elaine is survived by daughters Janice Arvidson, Adams; Carol Luedtke, Plainfield; Patricia Tushoski, Marathon and son Roger Tushoski, Everett, WA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Gerald and Geraldine Voigt, Merrill. She is also survived by grandchildren Bill (Deb) Arvidson, Hawkins; Brian (Jen) Arvidson, Hartford; Joan (Mark) Hanson, Wausau; Tracy Voigt, Lake Mills; Jason Voigt, Wausau; Barbara (Dennis) Footit, Plainfield; Debbie Randolph (Jeff), Fort Atkinson; Jackie Cox, Wautoma, great-grandchildren Jacob Arvidson, Hawkins; Nick and Lindsay Arvidson, Hartford; Eric Hanson, Wausau; Nicole (Michael) Desjarlais, Rosendale; Lucas (Stephanie) Footit, Plover; Jessica (Austin) Hunn, Fort Atkinson; Becky Randolph, Beaver Dam; Joe Randolph, Fort Atkinson; Zach (Monica) Baillod, Plainfield; Julia Cox (Patrick), Park City, UT; Evan Cox, Wautoma and great-great-grandchildren Madeline & Alex Desjarlais, Rosendale; Mikayla & Marissa Footit, Plover; Ava & Maddox Hellenbrand, Fort Atkinson; Aubrella Randolph, Fort Atkinson; Mariah Engle and Elijah & Zoey Baillod, Plainfield.

Elaine is preceded in death by her parents William Engel and Pauline (Engel) Burkee, step-father Henry Burkee; brother and sister-in-law Earl and Dorothea Engel; spouses Elmer Voigt, Milton Tushoski and Harold Draves ; son Dennis Voigt; daughter-in-law Pearl Voigt; son-in-law John Luedtke; grandchild Arthur J. Arvidson; brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws Sheldon and Dorothy Voigt; James and Arlene Voigt.

A private family burial will be at Snow Hill Cemetery, Merrill, at a later date.

Arrangements are by John J. Buettgen Funeral Home and Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society, Schofield.

The family of Elaine wishes to extend our sincere thanks to Marquardt Hospice, Watertown, Heartland House, Wautoma, Crossroads Family Church, Wautoma and Saint Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Adams.

Duane Hess

Duane C. Hess, 73 of Bowler, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at his home.

Duane Hess

He was born on Dec. 13, 1944, in Tomahawk, the son of the late Carl and Joan (Shelley) Hess.

On Feb. 23, 1972, Duane was united in marriage to Cherryl Evans. She preceded him in death on Oct. 13, 2012.

Duane farmed in northcentral Wisconsin for many years. He was a very talented wood worker and enjoyed gardening.

Survivors include eight children, Rick (Chris) Rotzoll of Port Charlotte, FL, Susan (Tim) Rotzoll-Hovendick of Marshfield, Diane (Kris) Lahren of Mosinee, McGoo (Charity) Hess of Mattoon, Clint (Tracy) Hess of Winneconne, Heidi (Demetrius) Williams of Green Bay, Matt (Heather) Hess of Baraboo and Andy (Katie) Hess of Green Bay; 20 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sharon (Tom) Lott of Antigo and Carla Welch of North Carolina and many nieces and nephews.

Duane was preceded in death by his wife, parents, one brother, Randy and one sister, Judy.

The funeral service was held on Friday, June 15, 2018, at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg. Rev. Amy Perron officiated. Interment was in Peace Lutheran Cemetery, Tilleda. Visitation was held on Friday before the service at the funeral home.

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