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Wausau area obituaries, July 27

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

Tiffany Tetting

Tiffany Nicole Tetting, 36, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Tiffany Tetting

She was born April 1, 1982, to Todd and Patricia (Hogan) Tetting – 11 minutes earlier than her twin brother, Travis. She graduated from D.C. Everest Senior High in 2000.

Tiffany will be remembered for her generous heart and soul along with her beautiful eyes and smile. She was quick-witted, funny and strong. Tiffany was proud to have been trained as an EMT, which reflects her caring personality. She also shared her heart with several German shepherd dogs that she helped to rescue. Above everything, she loved her family more than words can express. She was happiest when she was spending time with them.

Tiffany is survived by her parents, Todd and Pat of Weston, and her brother, Travis (Karen) Tetting of Norfolk, Virginia. She was the proud aunt of Kameron Tetting and godmother to Kaylee Peeters. She is further survived by her grandmothers, Myrtle Tetting and Nancy Babcock, as well as aunts, uncles, many cousins and special friends who meant the world to her.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston. Rev. Raymond Connor will officiate. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Tiffany’s name may be made out to the Mit Liebe German Shepherd Dog Rescue, PO Box 376, Suamico, WI 54173 or the Humane Society of Marathon County, 7001 Packer Drive, Wausau, WI 54401.

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


Rennie Szepanski

Rennie Szepanski, 64, of Weston, Wisconsin, passed peacefully at home and made heaven a little louder on the evening of July 24, 2018. He was born Aug. 3, 1953, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Ray and Wanda Szepanski.

Rennie was a long-time resident of Port Washington and worked for many years at AO Smith. He moved to Weston and met a match to his vibrant personality, Jeryl, at their favorite hangout, Arrow Sports Club. They married at the Arrow June 17, 1995. He worked many years at WH Transport and spent the last 21 years at Greenheck Fan Corp.

Rennie was a lover of sports and music, and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friends and family.

Rennie is survived by his wife, Jeryl, his children Sarah Krause, Adam Reeves and Kate (Justin) Mattice, four grandchildren, one great grand-monster, his brother David (Janet) Szepanski and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, father and sister.

Per Rennie’s wishes, a celebration of his life will be held at Arrow Sports Club in Weston Sunday, Aug. 5 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Please bring your favorite stories to share.

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


Sallee Krueger

A much-loved wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister, Sallee Rae (Litzer) Krueger, 71,  passed away peacefully at the family farm in the town of Hewitt on Monday, July 23, 2018.

Sallee Krueger

Sallee is survived by her husband of 51 years, Gary L. Krueger; her sons Jason Krueger of town of Hewitt and Jeremy (Amy) Krueger of Merrill; her daughter, Trudi (David) Sturzenneger of town of Hewitt; her grandson, Levi Sturzenegger; and her mother Lorraine (Vercimak) Litzer of Schofield, Wisconsin.

Sallee graduated from D.C. Everest in 1965. On June 24, 1967, Sallee married Gary Krueger at Calvary Lutheran Church, in the town of Pine River. In addition to her work on the family dairy farm, Sallee worked at Intercity State Bank and WovenHearts Nursing Home.

Sallee was co-founder of Golden Oldies, she volunteered as a 4-H leader for many years, served for numerous years as chief election inspector and election inspector and served a number of years on the Church Council at Calvary Lutheran Church. Some of her hobbies included fishing, cross-stitch, crafts, playing cards and visiting with loved ones. Sallee was a wonderful chef and enjoyed cooking immensely.

Sallee was the first of six children, born in Wausau, Wisconsin, on June 5, 1947, to the late Edward R. and Lorraine (Vercimak) Litzer of Schofield, Wisconsin. Sallee is survived by sisters Carlo (William M.) Ferge of Marshfield and Patricia (Fred) Ohlmann of Merrill; and brothers Edward J. (Dori) Litzer of Salem, Oregon, Aladin (Carrie) Litzer of Schofield and Cabot (Gloria) Litzer of Marathon; many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews. Sallee was preceded in death by her father, Edward R Litzer (1980).

Sallee cared greatly for her extended family. Sallee and her family often welcomed many family and friends for special meals and social gatherings at their farm. All who visited the farm felt love and care from Sallee.

The family would like to express sincere appreciation to the Ascension Home Hospice Staff that came to the farm to care for Sallee at the end of her life. Sallee was a truly wonderful person and will be missed by many.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Calvary Lutheran Church, N365 Cain Creek Road, Merrill, Wisconsin, in the town of Pine River. Visitation will be at 10 a.m., followed by noon service. Chaplain Mark Lewis – Ascension Hospice will officiate. In accordance with Sallee’s wishes, a private interment will be held at Trinity Cemetery at a later date.

The Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements. Condolences can be sent to Trudi Sturzenegger at 241057 Swiss Lane, Wausau, WI 54403.


Henry “Hank” Fitzke

Henry “Hank” E. Fitzke, 75, passed away in the care of Aspirus Wausau Hospital surrounded by his family on Wednesday, July 25, 2018.

Henry “Hank” Fitzke

He was born on Oct. 22, 1942, in the town of Maine to Elmer and Mildred (Strei) Fitzke. He married Ellen DeLand on July 25, 1964, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Wausau. Hank worked 40-plus years at Shuette Movers as a house mover and crane operator. He retired to spend time with his children and grandchildren by helping them with 4-H projects, modifying lawnmowers, spending time with his favorite grandchild dog, Malla, and any other projects that came up. You could always count on him to help with anything that needed to be done. Hank loved deer hunting, fishing, building houses, carpentry, playing cards and any other activities that kept him busy. His greatest love in his life were his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who would do anything for his family and friends. All will miss him.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ellen; his children, Susan (Scott) Zilisch, Karrie (Jeffery) Smail and Kevin (Paula) Fitzke; grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Kummerow, Phillip Zilisch, CeeJay Fitzke, Evan Smail, Jamie Fitzke, and Tiffany Smail; great-grandchild, Jordan Russell. He is further survived by his sister, Bernice Steidinger; and brother, Elmer Jr Fitzke; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Allen Fitzke.

The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Our Savior’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 703 Flieth St., Wausau. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018, at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau, and again on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Entombment will be at Restlawn Memorial Park, town of Texas.


MaryAnn Seidler

MaryAnn Rita Seidler, 81, of Mosinee, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully July 25, 2018. She was born May 22, 1937, in Mosinee, Wisconsin, to the late Sylvester and Irene (Marco) Sharkey. She was married to the love of her life,Robert Seidler, on June 27, 1959, and they celebrated their 59th anniversary this year.

MaryAnn Seidler

Her love of teaching led to a 33-year career with the Mosinee School District in which she retired from, after being able to teach her siblings, her children and many relatives. She loved playing golf and volunteering at Indianhead Golf Course, a course in which she helped create. Her other true passion was her grandchildren. She loved the outdoors, gardening and fishing with family. She said the reason she loved Wisconsin so much, was because she got to watch the changing of the seasons every year.

Survived in death by Robert (Husband); daughters Suzanne (Terry) Reynolds, Robyn (Victor) Gamino; sons Scott (Annie) Seidler, Andrew (Amy) Seidler; nine grandchildren Tanesha, Kyla, Hailey, Amya Seidler, Erin and Chase Seidler, Richard Reynolds, Tristan and Meghan Cochran; one great grandchild Amelia; siblings Yvonne Alberts, Jerome Sharkey, Patrick Sharkey and Debra Beske; and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by brothers Leroy, Adrian, Eugene and James.

John J. Buettgen Funeral Home is assisting the family at this time.


Edmund Wanta

Edmund J. Wanta, 87, passed away peacefully on July 24, 2018, at North Central Health Care with family by his side. He was born to the late Basil and Mary (Gosorowska) on March 8, 1931.

Edmund Wanta

After graduating, he entered into the United States Army and served during the Korean War. He returned to marry the love of his life, Kathleen (Mueller) on Sept. 8, 1956, at Holy Name of Jesus Parish. They celebrated 61 years together. With his wife by his side, they traveled the world together. Edmund loved watching the Milwaukee Brewers, Green Bay Packers, playing poker with the guys, going to the Log Cabin daily to socialize, but most of all his heart was being with his wife, Kathleen, and their family and friends. No matter what was going on in his life, he kept his faith close to him every day. He attended masses regularly at St. Therese Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; four children, Mike (Barbara) Wanta, Mary (Sean) Rice, Dave Wanta and Anne (Chris) Kalafice; seven grandchildren, Kasey, Kaitlin Kalafice, Christina, Meredith Wanta, Ciarra, Ashleigh and Isabel Wanta.

He is preceded in death by his siblings Peter Wanta, Leonard Wanta and Helen Walker.

Service will be held on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at St. Therese Catholic Church, 113 W. Kort St. Rothschild. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of mass at 11 a.m., with Fr. Louis Britto officiating.

Burial will take place at Gate of Heaven Cemetery with the American Legion Post #10 performing full Military Honors.

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

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