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

James Rebernick

James A. Rebernick, who resided in the village of Kronenwetter, at the age of 70, has passed away peacefully with his wife, Sheila, by his side on Aug. 10, 2018, after a long battle with esophageal cancer.

James Rebernick

He was born to the late Leo Rebernick and Bessie (Flegal) on June 1, 1948. He married the love of his life, Sheila (Sickler), on Nov. 25, 1975, at First English Church in Wausau, Wisconsin, and was married for 43 years.

He loved going fishing, hunting and four-wheeling. He loved spending time with his wife, Sheila, up north at their cottage in the town of Minocqua. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Sheila; one daughter April (Dan) Albright; two grandsons, Tyler and Logan Willcocks; his sisters, Diane Wilson and Carol Brandenburg; and brother-in-law Tom Brandenburg. He also is survived by Joan (Sid) Hunter, Cheryl (Jim) Buttke, and Donna (Dave) Skrzypchak , Loren Sickler, and Dave Kleman; and several other nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one sister (Sandy Laufenberg), one brother-in-law (Ray Wilson) and one sister-in-law (Merna Kleman).

Per Jims wishes, a private gathering will be held at a later date.

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

Robert “Bob” Hull

Robert “Bob” Ray Hull, 81, Wausau, reached his final port of destination to the gates of Heaven on Friday Aug. 3, 2018, after a long and courageous battle with chronic COPD. He was born June 3, 1937, to the late Ray and Grace (Gibbs) Hull in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Robert “Bob” Hull

In his youth, he was a state champion diver, winning many medals and trophies and was known to cliff dive whenever he had the opportunity. He was a Korean War Navy Veteran serving from 1953 – 1957 on the USS Rochester CA 124 and was extremely proud of his service to his country.

He married Jean R. Cramer on Dec. 13, 1957. She preceded him in death on their 37th wedding anniversary in 1993. He worked as a foreman at Greenheck and then he went on to work at American Can Co., which eventually became Graphic Packaging, for over 30 years where he made many friends and was instrumental in several designs for running specialty packaging. He retired in 1999.

After his retirement, he devoted all his time to his family and formed very special bonds with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved to fix things up and create things with his own two hands, including his original design stone fireplace lamps, which he was very proud of. His greatest passion in summer was to care for his yard, plants and flowers. He took a lot of pride in all of them, including his huge tomatoes. He was also an avid Packers, Brewers, Cubs and Nascar fan.

Bob will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched. He made friends wherever he went and was always quick to tell a joke and connect with the people he met. He will be especially missed by his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Survivors include his sister Phyllis Moody; Nome, Alaska, his daughters Judy (Kevin) Reissmann, Roxanne (David) Graham, and Peggy (Johnny) Vang, former son in-law/friend Tim Rainville, all of Wausau; grandchildren Nicky Reissmann, Abby (William) Wogernese, Ben Reissmann, Cheryl Rainville, Tara Rainville (Scott Luczaj), Heather (Chris) Weitz, Allysa Heldt, Chloe Drake, Kross Lee, Morgan Lee, Andrea Anderson, and David Graham Jr.; great grandchildren Isabel Plaisance, Auden, Oliver and Georgia Wogernese, Charlie and Christina Luczaj, Jailyn and Laila Weitz, and Allayna Heldt; also many nieces and nephews, all of whom he treasured. And last but never least; his most beloved and trusted dog/best friend Bella. Besides his parents and wife, Jean, he was preceded in death by his sister Judy McCarthy, brothers In-law Tom McCarthy and Fred Moody, grandson in-law Keith James, and great granddaughter Cordelia Wogernese.

In honor of his final wishes, there will be no traditional funeral/ visitation services. Instead he wanted a Celebration of Life to be held at Riverside Park, 100 Sherman St., Wausau. This will be on Friday, Aug. 24, starting at 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., at which time, we will travel to Restlawn Memorial Park, 4710 Troy St., Wausau, for a short service followed by internment and military honors.

Afterward, we will return to Riverside Park for a meal where everyone is welcome to stay and join us in the continuation of celebration of Bob’s life.

Special thanks to Dr. Jeffery Oswald, Dr. Pablo Abrego and Dr. Amr Al-Bacil and their staff. All the physicians, nurses and respiratory staff of St. Clare’s ER department and hospital, as well as Ministry Home Health program, especially nurse Alice Werner. We also want to thank Ascension In-home Hospice, especially nurse Brittney and caregiver Stephanie. We appreciate all the love, care, dignity and respect everyone gave Dad in his six-year struggle and in his final days. Also, a very special thank you to Dad’s friend and neighbor Cindy Schultz, for all you did for Dad, Bella, and all of us throughout the years.

In lieu of flowers or plants, donations can be made to Dad’s favorite charity: Disabled American Vets or to The Honor Flight organization.

Passage from “The Voyager” by Shannon L Alder: From the bow to the mast they heard him say,”Hope is above, not found in the deep, I am alive in your memories and dreams when you sleep, I will greet you at sunset and with the moon’s evening smile, I will light your path home, every last lonely mile, My friends, have no fear, my work was done well, In this life I broke the waves and rode the swell, I found faith in those that I called my crew, My love will be the compass that will see you through, So don’t look for me on the ocean’s floor to find, I’ve never left the weathered docks of your loving mind, For I am in the moon, the wind and the whale’s evening song, I am the sailor of eternity whose voyage is not gone.”