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Wausau area obituaries, July 11

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

David Laabs

David L. Laabs, 68, of Schofield passed away Monday, July 9, 2018, at his home of natural causes.

David was born April 21, 1950, to the late Emil and Ellen (Hoff) Laabs. He graduated from Wausau High School in 1969 and served in the United States Army as a MP in the Vietnam War.

David had a fondness for classic cars and his four-legged grandchildren Bandit and Bailey. He loved motorcycles and Nascar, as well. David recently retired as an over-the-road truck driver from Kolbe & Kolbe. He had an avid interest in social media and the Barrett Jackson Car Auction. He was also a member of the American Legion in Wausau.

He is survived by his son, Jeremy (Jennifer) Laabs; daughter, Kaylee Laabs; grandchildren Elijah and Timberly Laabs; and cousins Jim and Jeff Schult. Also surviving is his former wife and children’s mother, Beverly Thoreson.

Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2018, at Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until the time of service at the Funeral Home. Military Honors will be performed following the service.


Thomas Potinsky

Thomas Henry Potinsky, 68, of Wausau passed away July 7, 2018, at Hospice House.

Thomas Potinsky

Thomas was born Jan. 19, 1950, in Ironwood, Michigan, to the late Joseph and Betty (Zack) Potinsky. He graduated from Luther L. Wright High School and joined the U.S. Army and later worked as a craftsman in lumber companies and factories. Tom loved the casino and the Green Bay Packers.

Thomas is survived by his daughter Amanda Potinsky; son Joe Potinsky; brother Joseph (Loreli) Potinsky; sister Linda (Mike) Magdziak; many nieces, nephews and friends. Tom is preceded in death by his parents and sisters Sandra Hein and Betty Soltis.

A funeral service will be held Friday, July 13, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Brainard Funeral Home- Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston, with a visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of service. He will be buried at a later date in Sunset Acres Cemetery in Ironwood, Michigan.


Landon Laffin

Landon Laffin, devoted husband, wonderful son, loving father, caring brother, loyal friend and good neighbor, died unexpectedly on Saturday, July 7, 2018, at 57.

Landon Laffin

He is survived by his wife, Janet, son Jeremy (Sueann) and grandsons Noah, Cade, and Nash; sons Landon (Robyn), Don, and Matthew; brothers Lance (Charlene), Luke (Helen), and sisters Lori (Ted) Albright, and Kristine (Ron) Hollingsworth. He was a loving son to Eunice (Dick) Schultz and a much-loved uncle to his many nieces and nephews.

Landon had many interests and accomplished much in his brief life. He loved his job and all of the people he worked with, especially BK, at the Aspirus YMCA. He was a faithful elder at Downtown Mission Church in Wausau, where he leaves behind many who he served and loved. He was passionate about all of his interests, but his greatest passion was spreading the message of hope and the promise of eternal life found simply by trusting Jesus Christ and his gift of salvation to all who believe.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, July 15, at Highland Community Church, 1005 N. 28th Ave., Wausau, from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.  The memorial service will follow at Highland at 3 pm. After the service, friends are invited to gather at Downtown Mission Church, 310 N. Fourth St., Wausau, for a meal and a time of remembrance.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be directed to Prison Fellowship-Angel Tree.


Stanley Oluszczyk

Zbignew Stanislaus Oluszczyk “Stanley J. Oluszczyk”, 71, Weston, passed away Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Rennes Health & Rehab of Weston.

Stanley Oluszczyk

Stanley was born May 9, 1947, in Schwäbisch gmünd, Germany, to the late Bruno and Wanda (Marciniak) Oluszczyk. He attended Tuley High School, graduating in 1961. He also served in the United States Army during the Vietnam war.

Among his interests were playing poker and slots, fishing, listening to music, playing pool and socializing with family and friends.

Stanley is survived by his children, Richard Oluszczyk of Rosholt and Katrina Freeck of Marshfield. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Malia Oluszczyk, Chase and Zachary Freeck; sister, Kris (Dave) Zentek; niece, Jolene Zentek; and nephew Jimmy Zentek. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, July 13, 2018, at 6 p.m. at Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston. Chaplain Mark Lewis will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.brainardfuneral.com.


James “Jim” Ryan
James “Jim” R. Ryan, 87, Wausau, passed away peacefully on Sunday July 8, 2018, at his home, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
James “Jim” Ryan

He was born May 1, 1931, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of the late Edmund and Eunice (Walters) Ryan. His first marriage was to Rose Kutsch. She preceded him in death on July 2, 2008. On Aug. 14, 1976, he married Patricia (Lightfoot) Block in Asbury, Iowa. She survives. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during the Korean War.

Jim served as a national union representative for the International Woodworkers of America. For 23 years prior, he worked in Dubuque, Iowa, at the Celotex Plant from 1953 until 1976. An accomplished body builder, Jim won in competitions and also worked at Franck’s Gym in Wausau after his retirement.

Among his favorite pastimes, he enjoyed collecting sports cards and coins, bowling, playing golf, reading and writing poetry. Jim also loved to listen to country music and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

Survivors include his wife, Pat, eleven children, Sandra (Robert) Willman, Laura (Terry) DeMaio, Linda Ryan, Michael Ryan, Pamela Johnson, Maurna (Pat) Rome, Curt (Jo Anna) Block, Julia (Richie) Trautwein, Tina (Randy Hamm) Kenniker, Charles (Rita) Block, Jackie (LeRoy Dennis) Turnmeyer; 24 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Maurna (Jim) Gerhard and Judy Saefkow; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Kim Block and Nicole Block; one brother, Roger Ryan; three sisters, Margaret Fah, Susan Clough and Sheila Puccio; and one brother-in-law, Don Saefkow.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Christopher Peterson, his nurse, Mary Sahn, all the nurses and CNAs at the Aspirus Cancer Center, Dr. Eric Anderson, the staff at the Procedure Center at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, his hospice nurse, Haley, and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, for the wonderful care and support given to Jim and his family.

Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Ave., Wausau, with full military honors conducted by the American Legion Montgomery Plant Dudley Post No. 10 Wausau at 3 p.m. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.


Delmar Haling

Delmar D. Haling, 65, of Wausau passed away on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Colonial Manor.

Delmar Haling

He was born in Wausau on April 1, 1953. He is the son of Larry and Helen (Bramm) Haling. After high school, he was employed at American Motors/Chrysler and then at Pine Tree Amoco in Kenosha as a mechanic. After retirement, Delmar moved to Wausau, where he made a lot of friends and for the past 20 years could be found slinging drinks and sharing stories at Chatterbox, Cheers and 101 Pub.

As any good Wisconsinite should be; Delmar was an avid Packers, Brewers and Badgers fan. Delmar enjoyed watching NASCAR and going to Rib Mountain Speedway to watch the races. He also loved to listen to, watch and play baseball. He enjoyed the outdoors and spent many hours on the lakes waiting for the next big catch or out in the woods waiting for his next trophy buck. Delmar was the proud father of Jason; grandpa to Alexis, Neena and Aryana; brother to Karen Shiffer and Rose (Todd) Shwaiko; and uncle to Michael (Barb) Haling, Patrick (Sophia) Mueller, and Joyce (Dan) Bella. Delmar is also survived by many cousins and special friends. Delmar had a contagious laugh and a personality you couldn’t help but love and he will be truly missed by all who knew him and loved him.

Delmar was preceded in death by his parents and nephew, Joshua Maginn.

A Celebration of Life Benefit will be held from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2018, at 101 Pub, 101 N. Third Ave., Wausau. Memorials may be directed to Helke Funeral Home to assist the family with funeral expenses. You may sign the family guestbook at Helke.com.

The family would like to thank St. Clare’s Hospital, Colonial Manor and Ascension Hospice Care for all of their care and support while caring for Delmar.


Randy Wolfe

Randy Joseph Wolfe, 55, of Wisconsin Rapids passed away at Aspirus Riverview Hospital on July 9, 2018. He was born to Edward and Shirley (LaBarge) Wolfe on Jan. 10, 1963.

Randy Wolfe

He is survived by his mother Shirley Kleven, father Edward Wolfe, son Jared (special friend Kristal Brown) Wolfe, sisters Pamela (Jeff Lorenzen) Roy, Theresa (Wayne) Stolpa, brother Scott (Rhonda) Wolfe and mother-in-law Ardis Schingo.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Karyl Wolfe, grandparents, baby brother Edward Wolfe and father-in-law Edward Schingo.

Randy had many hobbies, which included fishing, cooking and gardening, but most of all he loved his family and spending time with them.

Services will be held at John J. Buettgen Funeral Home 631 E. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids, on Saturday, July 14, 2018. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a memorial service to follow. Father Valentine will officiate.

John J. Buettgen Funeral Home is assisting family at this time. On line condolences can be expressed at www.HonorOne.com.


Lee Familetti

Lee J. Familetti passed away peacefully, on Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Marshfield, Wisconsin, at the House of the Dove. His wife and family truly appreciated all the love and concern we were all shown by the Hospice team. Lee was diagnosed with a degenerative brain disease, called frontotemporal dementia, in November of 2014, and was cared for by his wife, Gail, since then.

Lee Familetti

Lee was born on Dec. 3, 1955, to Joseph and Ruth (Battaglia) Famiglietti, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. In his early years, he worked as a farm hand in Wisconsin Dells. He later worked as a tree trimmer. After that, he went into the trucking industry and was an owner operator for many years. Most notably, he worked for a company called Resource Recovery in Oxford, Wisconsin, and then went on to work for Kalco Recovery in Delano, Minnesota. Before the onset of his illness, he worked for Roehl Transport out of Marshfield, Wisconsin, as a crane truck driver, for almost 10 years.

Lee enjoyed hunting, cutting wood, four wheeling, camping, fishing and working in the yard at home. Lee was a man of faith and a member of the United Church of God. He did not want to be sick, and would frequently write on pieces of paper, the verse in II Timothy 1:7 – “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love, and of a sound mind.” He loved his wife, children, parents and family greatly. He also enjoyed spending time with his friends and co-workers. He was always ready to help others when he was able to. He was a kind man, and would rarely say an unkind word about anyone; an example for us all to follow. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Gail, children Jessica (Chad) Zimmerman, North Carolina, Jason (Sarah) Familetti, Portage, Wisconsin, grandchildren, Alexis and Mason Zimmerman, North Carolina, Ashlyn Familetti, Portage, Wisconsin, parents Joseph and Ruth Famiglietti, Adams, Wisconsin, siblings; Lynn (Bob) Rice, Friendship, Wisconsin, Scott (Dawn) Familetti, Friendship, Wisconsin, nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration Of Life will be held on Friday, July 27, 2018, at the John J. Buettgen Funeral Home, 631 E. Grand Ave.,

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., until time of service at 11 a.m.


Venita Karcz

Venita ‘Vee’ A. Karcz, 77, of Bowler died on Sunday, July 8, 2018, at Homme Home of Wittenberg surrounded by her family and under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

Venita “Vee” Karcz
Vee was born on June 28, 1941, in Marble, Minnesota, the daughter of the late Walter and Linda (Tuorila) Piekkola. On Nov. 30, 1957, Vee was united in marriage to Donald Karcz in Marble, Minnesota. He survives.
Vee was an Air Force wife, which meant living in all parts of the U.S. and world for over 20 years.
The couple owned Karcz Home Sales in Aniwa for 35 years, as well as Melody Mill in Aniwa. For the past 25 years, they owned and operated V’s Star Campsite in Bowler.
Vee loved to travel and was a people person. She helped many people throughout her life. She was an excellent cook and loved to do so.
Vee was an avid Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan. The family invites all those attending to wear apparel representing the teams she loved.
Vee is survived by her husband, Donald, of Bowler and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Donna (Tom Lex) Karcz of Bowler and her children, Joey (Keleigh) Baretincic and their children Anna and Jackson, and Andrea (Chris) Morzinski and their children Clara and Clayton, Cindy (Jerry) Geiss of Merrill and her children, Stephan Miller and Alex (Kim) Miller, Rodney (Shelly) Karcz of Birnamwood and their children, Matthew Karcz and his son Jayden, and Adam (Kaylin) Karcz, the late Gary Karcz’s daughter Amanda (fiancé Mark Hein) Likewise and her son Donaven, Mike (Connie) Karcz of Birnamwood and their daughter Jennifer Quinn Hegewald and her children, Kaden and Kennlie and Bonnie (Bradley) Resch of Birnamwood and their children, Brooks, Braydin, Brogan and Braxton Resch; siblings, Carolyn Bernu of New York Mills, MN, Nancy Satterfield of Nashville, TN, Gerald ‘Sonny’ (Judy) Piekkola of Twin Lakes, MN and Janice Putnam of Becker, Minnesota and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Vee was preceded in death by her son, Gary; parents, a brother, Dennis Piekkola, a sister Delores Chenevert and a son-in-law, Gordy Miller.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 14, 2018, at St. Philomena Catholic Church, Birnamwood. Fr. Charles Hoffmann will officiate. Interment will be in St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery, Aniwa. Visitation will be held on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood. Visitation will continue on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church.
The family would like to invite anyone that was a friend of Vee’s to V’s Star Campsite, N9126 Highway D, Bowler, on Saturday at 1 p.m. for a gathering to celebrate Vee’s life.

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