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Wausau area obituaries, June 27

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

James McCabe

On the evening of June 25, 2018, James Lee McCabe passed away in his home, surrounded by loved ones. Heaven has gained an amazing man.

James McCabe

He was born Feb. 27, 1938, in Terre Haute, Indiana, to the late Walter and Verba (Schell) McCabe. He graduated from Gerstmeyer High School and Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana. He went on to teach in the Portage School systems as a math and computer skills teacher for 30+ years. From there he retired in 1993 to Schofield, Wisconsin, where he kept busy working in the D.C. Everest School District as a computer technician. He retired in 2004 to enjoy life with family.

On July 8, 1961, James married his high-school sweetheart, Roberta Eagle and together they had four kids: Jaymi, Timothy, Thomas and Michael. They raised their children with much love and compassion, teaching them that, through hard work and dedication, anything can be achieved. Together, they always put the needs of their children and family first. James is preceded in death by his son, Thomas. In his retirement, he kept busy by grooming and maintaining his 20+ acre family plot of land. He loved planting his huge gardens, even though he would have to wage war on deer, squirrels and racoons. He also thoroughly enjoyed toying with computers and algorithms in his spare time. James was a marathon runner, his greatest achievement being a two-time runner of the Boston Marathon, also running in the Chicago Marathon and an ultra marathon.

James is preceded in death by his parents, his brother William McCabe, and son, Thomas McCabe.

James is survived in life by his wife Roberta McCabe of Schofield, Wisconsin; his daughter, Jaymi Hughes of Schofield, Wisconsin; two sons, Timothy (Kari) McCabe of Kouts, Indiana; Michael (Buffy) McCabe of Lafayette, Indiana; eight grandchildren, Christen (Brandon) Gajewski, Kelli Hughes, Joshua and Tekla McCabe, Brian, Abby and Emma McCabe; three great-grandchildren, Zachary, Cayden, and Hannah Gajewski.

A private family service is being arranged with Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel assisting the family. Online condolences may be shared at www.brainardfuneral.com.


Esther Schiavetti

Esther A. Schiavetti, 96, Marathon, formerly of Ironwood, Michiagan, died Tuesday, June 26, 2018, under the care of Interim Hospice and Palliative Care at Copperleaf Assisted Living, Marathon.

Esther Schiavetti

She was born March 2, 1922, in Ironwood, daughter of the late Domenic and Ida (Lerza) Gentile. On June 14, 1958, she married Angelo Schiavetti at St. Mary Catholic Church, Hurley. He preceded her in death on Dec. 28, 2003.

In her earlier years, Esther worked at Paul’s Department Store in Hurley for many years. After her daughter Rita was born she enjoyed being a homemaker. Esther enjoyed caring for children and was proud to have cared for her next-door neighbor’s child, Andy.

While living in Ironwood, Esther was a faithful member of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Ironwood. She will be fondly remembered as a great caregiver to many, especially to her grandchildren and great grandchildren, whom she loved dearly.

Survivors include her daughter, Rita (Jim) Bjork, Wausau, her grandchildren, Kevin (Laura) Bjork, Monona and Michael (Claire) Bjork, Madison, her great grandchildren, Dominic, Anthony, Jacob and Kaari Bjork, her sister, Mary Paoli, Ironwood, her sisters-in-law, Gerry Gentile, Hurley, Peggy Gentile, DePere and Sigrid Chambers, Montana.

Besides her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her sisters, Edda Olson and Dora Gentile and her brothers, John, Domenic, Anthony and Eugene.

A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 5, 2018, at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Ironwood. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Ironwood. Visitation will be held from 10  a.m. until the time of services, all at the church. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau, is in charge of arrangements.


Patricia Sessions

Patricia E. Sessions, 83, Marathon, died Sunday, June 24, 2018, at The Bay at Colonial Manor Medical and Rehabilitation Center, Wausau, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

Patricia Sessions

She was born Aug. 14, 1934, in Fairchild, Wisconsin, daughter of the late Andrew and Amanda (Kottke) Olson. On Oct. 11, 1952, she married DuWane “Duke” Sessions in Fairchild. He preceded her in death on Sept. 23, 2014.

Among her favorite pastimes, she enjoyed crocheting and embroidery. For many years, she took great joy in babysitting for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Patricia loved to go fishing and spent many wonderful days at the family cottage.

Survivors include, four children, Ida White, Thorp, Roxanne Sessions, Schofield, Wayne (Jane) Sessions, Marathon and Paul (Cookie) Sessions, Marathon; six grandchildren, Tracy (Sean) Wix, DuWane (Amanda) Sessions, Brian (Kaci) Sessions, Kristopher (Heather) White, Samantha (fiancé Ryan Warner) Sessions and Autumn (Joe) Jenz; 11 great-grandchildren, Alexis, Vanessa, Natalie, Alyssa, Cameron, Sophia, Michael, Caitlin, Spencer, Justin and Zander; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Nancy Jean; 14 siblings; and one son-in-law, Bill White.

Memorial services will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018, at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Marathon. Visitation will be on Friday from 11 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.


Lorraine Smith

Lorraine Grace Hegna Smith, 87, of Wausau died peacefully on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at Wausau Manor. She was born Dec. 17, 1930, to the late Floyd and Isabella Hegna. Lorraine was married in 1952 to the late Eugene Smith (died June 28, 1977).

Lorraine Smith

Lorraine was the most loving, caring and giving mother, grandmother and sister ever. She never thought of herself and gave everything away. She had a full and happy life. Lorraine loved to bake and cook; having her very own unique way of cooking, as we all know. Lorraine loved to garden and in her early years she enjoyed painting. She also enjoyed a good trip to the casino from time to time. But most of all, Lorraine loved her children and grandchildren. She will be greatly missed by all and she will remain in our hearts forever!

Lorraine is survived by her loving children, Cathy (James Pyan) Smith, Patty (Todd) Hitz and Robert Smith; grandchildren, Bobby (Hannah) Smith, Danielle (Tony Dickinson) Hitz and Todd (Janelle Zubro) Hitz Jr.; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Elizabeth, Adalyn Smith and Gavin and Isabella Dickinson; siblings, Delores Hegna, Shirley Hegna and James (Anne) Hegna; and extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her brother, Charles Hegna and nephew, Paul Hegna.

The funeral service of Lorraine will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018, at Helke Funeral Home, Wausau. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, at Helke Funeral Home; resuming at 10 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home until the time of service. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

A special thank you to some dear friends: Lynn Larson Hanson, Lorrelle Larson and Vicky Haynes.

My fight is over, ‘til we meet again. After a long battle with cancer and a few other things my fight is finally over.


Deborah Jagdfeld

Deborah A. Jagdfeld, 67, of Weston passed away on June 25, 2018, at her home after a long battle with cancer. Debby was born on Sept. 25, 1950, to Robert and Hazel (Mcarthur) Jagdfeld.

Deborah Jagdfeld

She enjoyed spending time with her friends, who were her family. When she was able, she also enjoyed cook outs, trips to the casino, boating, playing games on the computer and spoiling her dog Oscar. She loved spending time with her grandchildren, Saisha Ravey and Randa McArthur, as well as great-grandchildren, Landon, Kira, and Keaton, daughter, Gina McArthur, and close friends, Jodi Ravey (Kay Jowett), and Kathy Petterson (Jane Wetterau), along with the many friends she held dear to her heart.

Debby is preceded in death by her mom and dad, Brother John, and special friend Deb Seefeldt, along with her faithful companions, Shadow and Mia.

A celebration of Debby’s life will be held at a later date.

A special thank you to Kathy and Jane for the wonderful care and love you gave Debby.

Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family at this time.


Denise Jacobson

Denise A. Jacobson, 61, of Stevens Point passed away on June 24, 2018, at St. Joseph Hospital in Marshfield. She was born to the late Chesley and Lucille (Newhouse) on Aug. 27, 1956, in Minnesota. She moved out East but returned to Minnesota and then to Stevens Point.

Denise Jacobson

Denise had a huge heart for anyone who she met, worked with or just had their paths cross. She touched so many with her generosity and her smile she will be missed by many. She also had a passion for art. Donate Life Wisconsin of UW Madison Organ and Tissue Donor was the last thing that she could do to help others. She gave the gift of life to other families at the time of her passing.

She is survived by her daughter Angela Robinson, son Christopher Enquist, brother Dwayne (Jamie) Jacobson, two granddaughters Madisen and Gabby, along with a very special friend Al Stroik, aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends. She is preceded in death by her parents.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the YMCA Camp Glacier Hollow 9289 Pavelski Road, Amherst Junction, Wisconsin, on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m., with a camp fire to follow.

Family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Marshfield Hospital in the SICU department, to all the nurses and physician,s and Hannah and Margret for all the wonderful care they gave Denise in her time there.

In lieu of flowers, donation can be directed to her brother Dwayne Jacobson. Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family at this time.


Raymond Gehring

Raymond J. Gehring passed away peacefully after his long battle with Alzheimer’s on June 23, 2018. Ray was born prematurely, at the former St. Mary’s Hospital to his father Russell and mother Martha (Kolikowski) on May 11, 1933. He and his brother David were generously raised by their grandparents William and Emma Gehring, Uncle Melvin  and Aunt Hazel Gehring, after the passing of their parents.

Raymond Gehring

He attended Wausau High School and entered the U.S. Navy in 1952. He served during the Korean War on the USS John Hood, as a sonar man and ship photographer until his discharge. He married his former wife Frances Lake in 1957. Ray enjoyed most of his career as a photographer at Toburen’s Studio in Wausau. Many high school, annual and wedding  pictures were taken by Ray.

Ray enjoyed reading, fishing, country music and spending time with his favorite grand-dog, Riley and rescue cats. Ray is survived by his daughter Brenda Gehring, Wausau; brother David and sister-in-law Irene Gehring of Seattle, Washington; sister Sharon (Trittin) and brother-in-law Chuck Gagliano of Pico Rivera, California; former wife Frances, many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceeded in death by his grandparents William and Emma, parents Russell and Martha and infant son Russell.

Visitation will be held on Friday, June 29, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a service at 11:30 a.m. at John J. Buettgen Funeral Home, 948 Grand Ave, Schofield. Burial will be held with honors at Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau.

In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make donations to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or Marathon County Humane Society. I would like to thank the staff at Colonial Manor, Wausau VA and Tomah Clinics, Aspirus Hospice Care, TLC For Seniors and the Wausau Police and EMT crews for the support with these difficult times.

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