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Wausau area obituaries, June 25

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

Michael Myers

Michael T. Myers, 58, of Wausau entered his heavenly home on June 19, 2018, surrounded by his family.

Michael was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Leroy and Mary (Sumter) Myers. Michael attended Merrill High School. Michael worked for 32 years as a frost and heat insulator for the Local 19 and 127. Michael was a member of the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers. On Feb. 19, 1996, Michael married the love of his life, Diane Dahlke. Michael enjoyed hunting, snowmobiling, four wheeling, ice fishing, water skiing (he could slalom ski), riding his Harley, dancing, helping with sound management for his wife’s musical groups and going on adventures with his best friend/wife.

Survivors include his soul mate Diane, son Timothy (Jessie), step daughter Angela Jehn (Joshua), brothers Mark (Jerilynn), Micky (Trish), Mitch (Jolene), Myron (Tia) Myers, one sister Tammy (Don) Hupf, mother in law Dolores Dahlke, sister in laws Beverly (Greg) Smith, Lori (Rand) Zoborowski, Renee (Todd) Swansby, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and father in law Harold Dahlke.

A private celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

The family would like to thank Dr. Christopher Peterson at The Aspirus Cancer Center and Dr. Amit Mahipal at The Mayo Clinic, the nursing staff at the Aspirus Cancer Center (especially Ann and Britta) and nurses Amy and Marty on the Aspirus oncology floor for their extremely compassionate care.

Richard “Rich” Pijan

Richard “Rich” J. Pijan, 51, died Monday, June 18, 2018, at St. Agnes Hospital, Fond du Lac.

Richard “Rich” Pijan

He was born June 23, 1966, in Wausau, son of John and Sharon (Piehl) Pijan.

Rich attended St. Michaels Grade School through the eighth grade, graduated from Newman High School and received an associate’s degree in computer science from Northcentral Technical College, all of Wausau.

Rich was a small business owner working as an independent network and computer support specialist, and was previously part owner of the Powerhouse Comics shop in Wausau. He also worked for Dell Computers Support Center, serving the central Wisconsin area.

He served his country in the United States Army Reserve and the United States Navy. As a young man, he was very active in The Boy Scouts of America. He loved music, played several instruments and was also an avid gamer. He was a singer in two barbershop chorus organization: The River Valley Harmonizers in Wausau, where he was in charge of uniforms and chaired their “Singing Valentines”; and the Northern Gateway Chorus in Stevens Point, where he also served as secretary. Rich truly enjoyed being a member of the Regal Blend quartet, which performed in the Stevens Point area. He was a member of the Wausau Story Drum & Bugle Corp. His nieces and nephews were extremely important to him, as was his adopted dog and best friend, Snoopy.

Survivors include his parents, John and Sharon Pijan; brother, James (Lynette) Pijan, Nashville, Tennessee; godmother, Polly Kimball; aunts and uncles, Nancy Pijan, Lenny and Brenda Pijan, Polly and Fritz Kimball, Sue and Joe Brisch, Terry and Alice Piehl, David Pijan, Steve and Mary Beth Piehl, Chris Piehl; nieces, Aarian Range and Dallas (Pijan) Girard; nephews, Alan Pijan, Korbin Pijan, Tyler Pijan and Taylor Girard; great niece, Lumen Girard. As well as his many cousins.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Elizabeth Pijan; brother, Kevin Pijan; grandparents, Leonard and Vernette Pijan, William and Alice Piehl; godfather, Tim Piehl; aunts and uncles, Barbara and Harold Russ, Peggy Pijan, Shirley Piehl, Carol Pijan, Billy Piehl and Tim Piehl; and cousin, Patrick Piehl.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wausau. Rev. Msgr. Mark Pierce will preside. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation will be Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St., Wausau, and again on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church. There will be a parish rosary following the visitation on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Sixth Street funeral home.

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

Anna Nowak

Anna Nowak, 94, Wausau died Thursday, June 21, 2018, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

Anna Nowak

She was born April 25, 1924, in Poland to the late John and Mary (Pogorzelski) Moskal. On Nov. 11, 1953, she married Frank Nowak in Poland. He preceded her in death on May 2, 2004.

After enduring the hardships of World War II and surviving Nazi occupation of Poland, Anna and Frank decided to pursue the opportunity to emigrate to America in search of a better life for themselves and their three young sons. In 1960, permission was granted and the family left Poland, knowing they would never see their immediate family again. Anna saved the shoes and overcoats they wore on their way to America as mementos of the journey. With strong faith and hard work, Anna and Frank established their new home and provided for their family.

Until her retirement, Anna worked at Wausau Metals in the maintenance department. In her spare time, she enjoyed attending church picnics, polka dances and trips to the casino.

Survivors include her sons, Stanley (Sue) Nowak, Kronenwetter, John (Luann) Nowak, Wausau, Joe (Jolene) Nowak, Kronenwetter; grandchildren Amy, Ann, Amanda; step grandchildren Mariah, Beth; great grandchildren Ashley, Cassie, Easton; step great granddaughter Courtney, and “soon to be” another great granddaughter.

Besides her parents and husband, Anna was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Wausau. Rev. Robert Thorn will preside. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Park. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until the time of services at the church.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at Mount Terrace for the support and comfort they provided and a special thanks to Cheryl who was not only a caretaker but an extended member of our family.

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

Norbert Gauthier Jr.

Norbert Gauthier, Jr., 79, of the town of Rib Mountain passed away on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at St. Clare’s Hospital surrounded by his family.

Norbert Gauthier

He was born March 22, 1939, in Green Bay to the late Norbert and Alberta (Mart) Gauthier, Sr.  After graduating from high school, Norbert served in the U.S. Army as a military police officer in Korea.  Norbert’s career included serving as a police officer in Springfield, Missouri, and then as a criminal investigator for the IRS in Kansas City.  In 1970, he was called to serve as one of the first U.S. Sky Marshalls. Norbert retired after 23 years of service with the federal government.

On Dec. 17, 1960, Norbert married Juanita Carney in Springfield, Missouri. While living in Kansas City, they raised their four children, Laura, Melissa, Regina and Christopher. If you knew Norbert, you quickly found out that he was a man of principal with strong views on many topics balanced by a wry sense of humor. As a husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, he loved being with his family and always put them first. In his free time, Norbert enjoyed playing golf and poker with his friends. He had a talent for woodworking and loved being in his garage workshop.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita of Rib Mountain, Wisconsin: three daughters, Laura (Gary) Williams of Davidson, North Carolina; Melissa Robb of Knightdale, North Carolina; Regina (Rob) Rauen of Edgar, Wisconsin; one son, Christopher (Jacqui) of Germantown Hills, Illinois: six grandchildren, Katie (Mike) Farmer, Alex (Sara) Williams, Samantha and Jacob Rauen, Madeline and Caleb Gauthier: two great grandchildren, Gabriel Williams and Aaron Farmer. Surviving family also includes his stepmother Irene Gauthier of Green Bay, Wisconsin: two sisters, Rosemary (James) Lawler of Green Bay, Rosemary (Dan) Olson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and seven brothers, Wayne (Judie) of Green Bay, Michael (Nancy) of Green Bay, Walter (Cathy) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, Paul (Georgette Torricer) of Maui, Hawaii, David of Green Bay, and Pat and Jim Sadler, both of Green Bay. Norbert was preceded in death by his son-in-law Robbie Robb.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at the Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau. Visitation will resume on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the Resurrection Room of the Bishop Wycislo Center at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, 140 S. Monroe Ave., Green Bay, with the funeral Mass beginning at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow at Allouez Catholic Cemetery. You may sign our family guest book at helke.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Aplastic Anemia and MDS International Foundation, 4330 East West Highway, Suite 230, Bethesda, MD, 20814 (AAMDS.ORG).

The entire family would like to thank Dr. Onitilo and the oncology staff, as well as the nurses on every floor, at St. Clare’s for the wonderful care and kindness they gave Norbert and the family over the last several years.

Doris Bown

Doris Bown went to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, June 21, 2018, at the age of 95 after a short stay at the Homme Home of Wittenberg.

Doris Bown

She was born on July 24, 1922, in Wabeno, the daughter of the late Herman and Marie (Ashbeck) Niermann.

On June 3, 1944, she married Melbourne ‘Bud’ Zwicky, who preceded her in death on Sept. 3, 1970.  On Nov. 3, 1972, she married Eugene Bown. He preceded her in death on June 23, 2015.

Doris graduated from Wabeno High School, attended Beauty School in Wausau, and then worked at the Beauty Nook in Antigo. She learned farming after marriage to her first husband, Bud Zwicky.  She worked as a waitress, clerked at Aniwa Hardware and then the grocery store well into her 80s.  Her work at the Birnamwood Bakery was where she learned cake baking and taught herself decorating. Her wedding cakes were works of art! Doris enjoyed baking chocolate chip cookies for her grandchildren. She was also famous for her strawberry pies, which she made for the Hogarty Church ice cream social every year. Doris loved camping and attending the Fuddfest music festival.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry (Joan) Zwicky of Green Bay, Dale (Sharon) Zwicky of Schofield; one daughter, Gail (Bob) Thompson of Chicago; two step-daughters, Sharon (Rod) Malpert and Diane Mundt of Wausau; ten grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husbands and parents, Doris was preceded in death by three sisters, Margaret Dietrich, Ann Slowey and Ruth Dusing; one brother Michael Niermann; three brothers-in-law; and one great-granddaughter.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Hogarty Community Church, 4152 Highway 52, Hogarty. Rev. Roger Davis will officiate. Interment will be in Union Cemetery, Aniwa. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

Doris was a loving, kind and humble soul and was truly loved by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be sincerley missed.

Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

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