Obituaries are a service of Brainard Funeral Home & Cremation Center, with locations in Wausau and Weston.
Chester “Chet” Niewinski
Chester “Chet” George Niewinski, 86, of Rothschild entered into eternal rest on July 21, 2018, surrounded by his family.
Chet was born Jan. 16, 1932, in Bevent to the late Frank and Faustina (Meronek) Niewinski. Chet joined a rather large family, including seven brothers and six sisters. He went to school in a one-room schoolhouse, cutting it short to help on the farm, and later enlisting in the U.S. Army. Chet served two years as a Private First Class and went to Korea. After coming back home, he bought and owned two bars: The Sandy Isle and The Koo-Koo Club. Chet met the love of his life, Phyllis, in the bar, started dating, and married Jan. 25, 1958. Shortly after came their first child, Jeff, and seven years later, a daughter, Candace, joined the family. After starting a family, Chet devoted his life to Greenheck for 39 years, holding the position of safety director, and loving every minute of it. The only time he spent away from work, was because of the flu or illness. He loved outdoor work: gardening and building birdhouses and walking sticks. Woodworking was his specialty. His lawn was second to none — strangers stopping by to ask who did the landscaping, when it was Chet himself. Halo, Star and Sammy, his grandpuppies, held a special place in his heart.
Chet is survived by his children Jeffery Niewinski and Candace Niewinski (Kerry Stevens); grandchildren Zachary (Melanie) Niewinski, Taylor Niewinski, and Shea Balz; great-grandchildren Prudence Louise and Aurora Belle; and sisters Leona (Ray) Rutta, Esther Jarosh, and Mary Graveen. He is preceded in death by wife, Phyllis; parents; seven brothers and three sisters.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Brainard Funeral Home-Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston. Visitation will be held form 9 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Park. Rev. Allan L. Slowiak will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the family.
Grace A. Oestreich, 89, Marathon, died Saturday, July 21, 2018, at North Central Health Care Facility, Wausau.
She was born March 6, 1929, in the Town of Cassel, daughter of the late Fred and Emma (Hohndorf) Laumer. On Sept. 3, 1955, she married William H. Oestreich at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, Edgar. He preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 2002.
Grace attended Daisy Dell School, town of Cassel, and Edgar High School. She also attended Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, graduating in 1949 with a secretarial degree. Grace later worked for Marathon County Social Services Department and as a homemaker, until her retirement.
Survivors include, three children, Garry Oestreich, Omaha, Nebraska, Dale (Wendy) Oestreich, Marathon and Ellen (Jeffrey) Muzynoski, Schofield; five grandchildren, Lindsey (Tyler) Heineck, Kimber Oestreich, Spenser Oestreich, Benjamin Muzynoski and Kellie Muzynoski; seven great-grandchildren, Greysen, Morrisen and Emersyn Heineck, Ava and Levi Jones, Ethan Muzynoski and Zoey Muench; and many other relatives and friends.
Besides her parents and husband, William, she was preceded in death by one daughter.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church, Marathon. Rev. Jon Hadler will officiate. Burial will be in the Edgar Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 1 p.m. until time of services at the church.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Marathon, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.
Daniel J. Kaldunski, 81, died Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
He was born May 13, 1937, in Gaylord, Minnesota, son of the late Elmer Sr. and Sophia (Stencil) Kaldunski. On Feb. 11, 1961, he married Donna Ringle at St. John Catholic Church, Edgar. She survives.
Daniel served his country in the United States Army, stationed in Germany. He worked as a carpenter and at Menzner Lumber and Supply Co. as an over-the-road semi-truck driver. He enjoyed bird watching, Sam’s Pizza, Western movies, especially ones starring John Wayne, and watching all types of sports. He also enjoyed deer hunting and carpentry.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Kaldunski, Rib Falls; children, Robert (Carol) Kaldunski, Edgar, Korey (Barb) Kaldunski, Athens, and Douglas (Ellen) Kaldunski, Athens; grandchildren, Brian (Liz) Kaldunski, Tarrah (Anthony) Bennish, Briah (Christopher) Perry, Kenya Kaldunski and Kole Kaldunski; great-grandchildren, Anna and Emalee Kaldunski, Grant and Alayna Bennish; and a sister, Marcella Hargraves, Wausau.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Rachel, grandson, Andrew Kaldunski, sisters, Rosella Adams and Marjorie Diers, and a brother, Elmer Kaldunski Jr.
The funeral Mass and visitation was celebrated on Sunday, July 22, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Marathon. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Diermeier presided. A private burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau, at a later date.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Marathon, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.
Mary Jane Radtke
Mary Jane Radtke, 91, of Wausau passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2018, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.
She was born in Rosholt on Aug. 18, 1926, to the late Louis and Sophia (Johnson) Marquard. On July 20, 1943, she married her true love, Elmer Radtke. He preceded her in death in 2003.
Throughout her life, Mary Jane worked in many places. She worked for Wisconsin Box and Marathon Electric. She sold Tupperware. And she did home care for the elderly.
Most important to Mary Jane was her family. Spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were what made her truly happy. She even made sure to make time to play with her great grand fur kids, Shilo and Nikita.
Mary Jane enjoyed going up north, fishing and traveling with friends and family. She loved all of the people and enjoyed playing the balloon game and Yahtzee at daycare, where she would go three days a week. She also loved putting together puzzles, reading, playing cards and quilting.
Mary Jane was always there to lend a helping hand, whether she was volunteering at church or Bethesda; she was always there.
She will be missed by her family and friends and all who knew and loved her.
Mary Jane is survived by her daughters, Elaine Holbrook and Sally Radtke; daughter-in-law, Sondra Radtke; four grandchildren, Tracy (Jarrod) Koss, Troy (Tina) Radtke, Jaime (Matt) Zimmermann and Ryan (significant other Stacy De La Pena) Radtke; seven great-grandchildren, Mallory, Jessa and Jasmine Zimmermann, Rayanne Teige, Dylan De La Pena-Radtke, Clara Radtke and Shelby Boegli.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mary Jane was preceded in death by her son Edwin Radtke; daughter Sharon Boegli; her two son-in-laws, Daniel Holbrook and Paul Boegli; grandson, Matthew Boegli; granddaughter Angela Boegli and her three great grandchildren Peighton, Madison and Breighton Boegli. Mary Jane was also preceded in death by her 11 brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday, July 23, 2018, at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 600 Stevens Drive, Wausau. Pastor Bruce Lamont will officiate. Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will take place in Maple Grove Cemetery.
Gladys A. Kluck, 77, lost her courageous 16-month battle with lung cancer on Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Wausau Aspirus Hospital surrounded by her loving family.
Gladys was born in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, on May 3, 1941, to Chester and Esther (Turzinski) Windorski. She graduated from Rosholt High School in 1959. She went back to school later in life and earned a degree in computer science from Waukesha County Technical College.
Gladys married James Kluck on July 30, 1960, at St. Ladislaus Catholic Church in Bevent, Wisconsin. They moved to Milwaukee and began their life together. After retirement, they moved to Polonia.
Gladys was a strong woman and touched many lives. Her door was always open and she took in a special niece and nephew when they needed a home. She was kind and gentle, but could also be tough as nails when she saw you needed it.
She loved Nascar and Dale Jr., Sunday morning polkas, knitting special presents for family, trips to California, Florida, Hawaii and summers in Conover. She also enjoyed church picnics and bucket raffles, family reunions at the villa, the casino and visiting her special friends Bea and Gerri. But most of all, she loved family and being with her grandchildren and great grandchildren, some of whom affectionately called her MarMarn.
She had a strong Catholic faith, was a member of the Rosary Society, and never missed Mass. She said the rosary multiple times daily and loved talking to Sister Carolita.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Jimmy; two children Corrine (Vic) Omernik and Lydell (Margaret) Kluck; six grandchildren, Shawn (Tracy) Omernik, Senica (special friend Melissa) Omernik, Sheena (Keith) Bretl, Sara (Andrew) Osowsi, Dustin (Alicia) Kluck and Trisha Kluck; two brothers Norman Windorski and Melvin (Mary Anne) Windorski; nine great grandchildren, Aidyn, Brentley, Madison, Keegan, Kellen, Tatum, Kameron, Kashton and Eleanor. She is also survived by many in laws, nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, stepfather Ray Hintz, father and mother-in-law Theodore and Agatha Kluck, infant sister Marilyn, and brother Bruce (Sandra) Windorski.
The family would sincerely like to thank the nurses and staff at the Wausau Aspirus Cancer Center, especially Dr. Harish Ahuja and Dr. Darryl Barton. We would also like to thank the nurses and every staff member on the 400 block at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. We were truly amazed with the caring and compassion you showed us all in a very difficult time. You were the wind beneath our wings!
Services will be held on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at Sacred Heart Church, 7379 Church St., Polonia, Wisconsin, with visitation from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., with Rosary at 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. and officiated by Father Roy.
John J. Buettgen Funeral Home is assisting family at this time. Online condolences can be expressed at www.HonorOne.com.