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

Raymond Marquardt

Raymond A. Marquardt, 92, of Wausau passed away at Colonial Manor on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.

Raymond Marquardt

Ray was born in Wausau on Nov. 25, 1925, to the late Leo and Marie (Edler) Marquardt.

He was a lifetime farmer in the town of Wausau, and worked at the Cloverbelt Fertilizer Plant. He loved to camp and travel the mountains out West. He shared his faith with family and friends and had a great love for his Lord as a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau.

He was a loving father, and husband of 65 years. He is survived by his wife Verlette (Brandenburg) and four children, Raymond (Sharon) Marquardt, Mark (Trish) Marquardt, Glenn Marquardt, Cynthia (Dennis Gast). They have seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Katherine Froehlich, sister.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Marie Marquardt.

The funeral will be held Saturday, Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 Stewart Ave., Wausau, with a visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow service at Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau.

The family would like to especially thank Colonial Manor and nursing staff for their loving care and support.


Sandra Wolf

Sandra L. Wolf, 75, Wausau, died Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Benedictine Living Community, Wausau.

Sandra Wolf

She was born Sept. 1, 1943, in Wausau, daughter of the late Richard and Dorothy (Zuelsdorf) Kolbeck.

Sandra retired as a certified nursing assistant from Mount View Care Center, Wausau. She enjoyed board games, word search puzzles, cooking and taking care of her bird, Sam.

Survivors include her son, Richard (Sue) Wolf and a sister, Gale (Tom) Narlock, many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and her beloved bird, Sam.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Chris and a sister, Darlene (John) Steiner.

Memorial visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St., Wausau. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau, at a later date.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.


Patricia Steffen

Central Wisconsin lost a little woman with a big heart on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, when Patricia Steffen, 86, passed away at a place she dedicated a good percentage of her life caring for others, Wausau’s Aspirus Hospital.

Patricia Steffen

Patricia Ann was born Sept. 9, 1932, in the dairy farm community of Halder, Wisconsin, as the very first of eight children of the late Anthony and Theresa (Baumann) Schedlo.

Sandwiched between chores on the farm, Patricia’s initial four years of education occurred inside a little one-room multi-grade schoolhouse in the town of Emmet, followed by a more spacious St. Robert’s Middle School in Halder. Pat proudly graduated as part of Mosinee High School’s class of 1950 before venturing out to live on her own in the nearby “big city” of Wausau.

It was at Employers Mutual where Pat became fast friends with co-worker Loretta Steffen and while the two were out for a night of bowling, the young bespectacled office secretary met Loretta’s brother Gerald, who just happened to be back home on leave from the United States Marine Corps in Oceanside, California. Following a 2000+ mile letter-writing romance, the two were married on Sept. 1, 1954, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Halder and immediately started a family in Wausau.

New mom Pat was a natural with newborns and soon found her calling as a nursing assistant in the maternity wards of St. Mary’s, Memorial and then Aspirus Hospital for a career that — as a Daily Herald headline touted in 2009 — spanned over 50 years and more than 25,000 babies.

Pat was a member of the Parish Council of Catholic Women and involved with many St. James/Church of the Resurrection activities, most notably their soup kitchen.

In addition to vacations in England and Ireland, Pat also appreciated her annual bus trip adventures she shared with friends to experience various cities, sites and landmarks across this country. Closer to home, she was always fond of spending time with family up north at the lake house in Minocqua.

Pat easily progressed from a loving mom of five to an exceptional grandmother and great-grandmother, establishing a special family tradition of sewing unique baby blankets for each new addition to her family tree.

Pat was part of a multi-decades long cribbage club, an avid reader, intense scrapbooker and a dedicated Wisconsin sports fan, which certainly always included her Green Bay Packers.

Survivors include her children, Gerald Steffen Jr., Palm Springs, California, Leigh (Rick) Strassman, Maplewood, Minnesota, Michael (Mary) Steffen, Wausau, Patrick (Renee) Steffen, New Richmond and Kathryn (Tim) Ball, Stillwater, Minnesota; grandchildren, Jacob and Kate Strassman, Amy (Jon) Danielson, Eric (Ashley) Steffen, Michelle (Nick) Sabatke, Andrew and Sarah Steffen, Sydney, Cecilia and Sadie Ball; great-grandchildren, Evan and Claire Danielson, Sawyer Steffen and Garrett Sabatke; siblings, Margaret (Claude) Buchburger, Sister Antona Schedlo, Roman Schedlo, Lorraine (Don) Imhoff and Sylvester Schedlo; brothers-in-law, David (Audrey) Steffen and Gordon Wagner.

Aside from her parents and husband Gerald (on Jan. 9, 2011), Patricia was preceded in death by sisters, Marion Chegash and Nancy Schedlo.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at the Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Wausau. Rev. Msgr. Mark Pierce will preside. Visitation will be Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of services all at the church.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St., Wausau, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.


Lois Erdmann

Lois Mae Christian was born Oct. 11, 1931, in Wausau to the late Warner and Lillian (Westphal) Christian.  She is a 1949 graduate of Wausau High School. Lois married DuWayne “Feeny” Erdmann on July 18, 1953, at Salem Lutheran Church, Wausau. The couple was blessed with three children: Daryl, Daniel and Terri. She was a wonderful mother, an excellent cook, baker and seamstress. Over the years, Lois worked in fabric stores and JC Penny’s while raising her children and bowling in couple’s leagues with Feeny.  The family loved spending time together at their cottage in Tomahawk where Lois especially enjoyed watching the loons. In her free time, Lois enjoyed having fun playing games and going for walks. After 56 loving years together, Feeny died on Dec. 5, 2009. Lois died on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Lois is survived by her sons, Daryl (Marcia Imse) Erdmann and Daniel Erdmann; grandson, Daniel Erdmann Jr; brother, Dennis (Martha) Christian; and nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.  She is preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Terri Erdmann; and siblings, Wayne, Warner, Betty and Joan.

Memorial services for Lois will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at Christ Lutheran Church, Wausau.  Rev. David Wetmore will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Friday. Inurnment will be at Pine Grove Cemetery. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at helke.com.


Elaine Polley

Elaine Mae Polley, 80, of Wausau passed away on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at North Central Healthcare – Lakeview Heights, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

Elaine Polley

She was born on Nov. 5, 1937, in Ringle, to the late Harry and Bertha (Barden) Kole. Elaine grew up and spent almost all of her life in Ringle and the town of Hewitt. She graduated from D.C. Everest High School in 1956 and later married John Polley on Aug. 15, 1959.

Elaine was a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, town of Easton, where she was the nutritionist for the church daycare. Part of her responsibility was to cook meals for the children while they were being cared for. She was also the church custodian for a time as well. Elaine enjoyed polkas and would listen every Sunday morning. She had fun in life and always had a great time with her friends. Elaine was a homemaker and took care of her family. She was known in the neighborhood for her bakery. Friends and neighbors always looked forward to her cream puffs as repayment for favors or just because she wanted to share.

Survivors include her son, Kim (Michelle) Polley; grandchildren, Christina Clark, Tiffany (Mark) Steen, and Danielle (Chris) Stout; great-grandchildren, Tyler, Emily, Mackenzie, and C.J.; and aunt, Helen Barden.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; parents, Harry and Bertha; and sister, Phyllis (John) Novak.

A funeral service will be at noon on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, town of Easton, with Rev. Ryan Fehrmann officiating. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow in the Zion Lutheran Cemetery.

You may sign the family guestbook at www.helke.com.


Deloris Dakins

Deloris Dakins, 85, of Schofield passed away on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, at home while under the care of Ministry Hospice.

Deloris Dakins

She was born on March 30, 1933, in Milwaukee to the late Fred and Anna (Boldt) Schneider. On June 9, 1955, her marriage to Philip Dakins took place at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Philip preceded her in death.

Deloris was a homemaker who enjoyed being at the lake, animals, cooking and especially spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her grandson, Benjamin (Adrean) Dakins; and great-grandchildren, Matthew and Camryn. In addition to her parents and husband, Deloris was preceded in death by her son, Greg Dakins; and grandson, Matthew Dakins.

The Celebration of Life gathering for Deloris will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at the Schofield Town Hall.

The Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit www.HonorOne.com.


Sue Mijal

Sue E. Mijal, 61, of Wausau, Wisconsin, passed away at Aspirus Wausau Hospital on Oct. 11, 2018, with her family at her side. She was born on April 2, 1957, to LeRoy and Audrey (Steiner) Engman. She married Dennis Mijal on Oct. 18, 1974, at St. Michaels Catholic Church, in Wausau. She is survived by her husband, the love of her life and high school sweetheart, her sons Douglas (Cinda), Daniel (Becky), David (Sarah), and her grandchildren Jayden, Joey, Noah, Emma, Oliver and Jerry.

Sue Mijal

She is further survived by her mother Audrey, sisters Christine Stone, Donna (Roger)Brodjieski, Paulette Verhoven, brother, Randy (Darlene) Engman, mother-in-law, RoseAnn Mijal, sister-in-law, JoAnn (Kim)White, brother-in-law, Scott (Dawn) Mijal and many nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Sue was preceded in death by her father, LeRoy, sister Patricia Swemke, father-in-law, Joseph Mijal, brothers-in-law, Gary Stone, Don Verhoven, Gerald Mijal and, sister-in-law, Sherry Mijal. Sue was happiest being a wife, mom, grandmother and homemaker. She enjoyed traveling, trips to casinos, watching her Dallas Cowboys and NASCAR races.

Sue passed away after a very short, but difficult battle with cancer. Although struggling, she never failed to put others first, always saying, “Don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine.” Sue will be forever missed by Dennis, her family and her many friends.

Visitation will be Saturday, Oct. 20, at Buettgen Funeral Home in Schofield from 10 a.m. to noon, with a service at noon.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Sue’s name to help with medical expenses.


Marilyn Szutkowski

Marilyn M. Szutkowski, 88 of Eland passed away on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, at the Homme Home of Wittenberg under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, Wausau.

Marilyn Szutkowski

She was born on July 13, 1930, in Cudahy, the daughter of the late Leo Hoppe, Sr. and Rose (Trzebiatowski) Hoppe. On Sept. 27, 1947, she married Leo (Elroy) Szutkowski at St. William Catholic Church in Eland. He preceded her in death on Feb. 15, 2009.

Faith and family were most important in Marilyn’s life. She served on countless committees at St. William’s Church, located right down the hill from her home. Marilyn was an excellent cook, baker and hostess. There was always room at her table for extra guests. Following Christmas Eve Mass, her home was the place to gather for wonderful food and fellowship. Her Polish heritage was displayed in her love for polka music. Marilyn and Elroy were great dancers, they especially enjoyed Polish Hopping at the area dances. She also enjoyed an occasional trip to the casino where she enjoyed socializing with family and friends. She was a person with a positive attitude, her glass was always “half full.” She enjoyed her time employed and volunteering at Homme Home of Wittenberg, always making sure the residents had a full stomach, made it to Mass or had someone to talk to.

Marilyn took great pride in her grandchildren, she was the loving Polish grandmother who welcomed them with open arms, ready to babysit or fix a short order meal for her older grandchildren. Some of her grandchildren referred to her as “busy grandma” and others may say she was the queen of multitasking.  Some of the fondest memories with her grandchildren were made each summer at Pelican Lake.

Survivors include her children, Mark (Lori) Szutkowski of Eland, Mike (Pam) Szutkowski of Eland, Kathryn (Jeff) Waldvogel of Wausau, and Paulette (Kurt) Kluck of Weston; eleven grandchildren, Beth Gollhardt, Trevor (Olivia) Szutkowski, Emily (Jeff) Szutkowski, Brett (Patience) Szutkowski, Devin (Nicole) Szutkowski, Chase (Liz) Szutkowski, Alex (Kristin) Waldvogel, Stefan (Monica) Waldvogel, Chelsea (Andy) Block, Travis Waldvogel, Spencer Kluck; nine great-grandchildren; one sister, Alvina (Robert) Buss; her sister-in-law, Verna Hoppe; one step-sister, Patricia Swanke; two step-brothers, Dennis (Vi) Konkol and David (Elaine) Konkol; and one step sister-in-law, Jeanette Konkol. She is further survived by many other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, Marilyn was preceded in death by one son, Ronald Szutkowski, one daughter, Rose Lynne Nowinsky, one grandson, Joel Szutkowski, her brother, Leo Hoppe Jr., and her step-brother, Robert Konkol.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Birnamwood. Father Vincente Llagas will officiate. Burial will be in Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, Wittenberg. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018.

Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences may be given at schmidtschulta.com or Facebook at Schmidt & Schulta.

The family would like to thank Geraldine Starr, Homme Home of Wittenberg, and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for their exceptional love and care.


Lois Smith

Lois Claire Archbold Smith died peacefully in her sleep on Oct. 13, 2018, in Wausau, Wisconsin. Lois’ life and legacy are marked by her three passions in life: family, art and community.

Lois Smith

Lois Archbold was born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, in 1929 to parents Ray and Clara (Liana) Archbold. Her talent and love of the musical arts began early, and by age 16 she was working as a piano teacher, while emerging as an excellent pianist and student. She attended Juilliard in New York in the Concert Piano program, and then completed her bachelor’s degree at Indiana University, where she met Darwin Smith. They married in 1950, and soon after moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts for Harvard Law School. Twins Steven and Pamela were born in 1952, and daughter Valerie followed quickly in 1953. The family settled in Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin, when Darwin began to work for Kimberly-Clark. Lois poured her energy into her young family, writing plays for the children’s schools and teaching piano lessons. In 1965 a son, Blair, was born.

Lois was always at Darwin’s side as he rose through the ranks of K-C, eventually being named CEO, hosting corporate functions and traveling the world with him for business. Her ease with people and worldly sophistication was an asset to their life together among industry leaders, foreign dignitaries and local partners alike.

After K-C moved to Texas, Lois, a self proclaimed “opera-phile,” became a patron of The Dallas Opera, her main focus of their time in Dallas and a life-long passion. After retiring, they started spending more time on the farm they purchased in Wittenberg, Wisconsin. Lois set to beautifying the property, building gardens and cutting walking trails, creating an idyllic summer home for their children and grandchildren to enjoy.

Lois started a new chapter in her life when Darwin died in 1995, focusing on her love of the arts and community. During this final chapter, Lois accomplished a lifetime of goals and experiences. She spent almost 20 summers visiting the Santa Fe Opera, where she took great pride in sponsoring two emerging talents each year through their Apprentice Program.

She spent her winters at her mountain ski home in Deer Valley, Utah, where she hosted big family Christmases for her children and grandchildren. She also hosted friends and family from all over, including a regular group of Wisconsin friends for the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, one of her favorite annual traditions.

Lois continued spending as much time as possible at her beloved Gotrocks farm in Wittenberg.
During this time she noticed a need in the Wittenberg Community: there was no local swimming pool where children could learn to swim, and the high school did not have a swim team. In the summer of 1999, The Darwin E. Smith Community Aquatic Center was dedicated and opened, as a gift to the community by the community and her family. It continues to serve the area with two pools for lap swimming, family swim, water aerobics, a youth swim program, a high school swim team, a work out facility, and yoga classes.

In the early 2000s, she started a new mission: to beautify and revive downtown Wittenberg through large-scale,outdoor murals. In 2005, she and a dedicated board founded the Walls of Wittenberg, Inc. WOW now boasts 25 murals around the town, a beautifully restored WOWSPACE art gallery, that hosts four annual art shows each year, and an outdoor Art Park, that is home to an annual summer concert series. Before she passed away, Lois completed the planning for her “final mural,” which will be dedicated in the spring of 2019.

Lois hosted fundraising concerts in her barn, sharing her love of classical music, and opened her home to visiting artists, friends and family. There was hardly a day from June to September when her home wasn’t full, brimming over with loved ones from around the world coming to be in her presence and share the beautiful nature haven she created. It is such a beloved place that two of Lois’ grandchildren have chosen to live on Gotrocks Farm.

During the final years of her life, Lois battled the terrible lung condition chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Refusing to let illness define her, Lois never dwelled on her illness, so much so that many did not even know she was afflicted. She quietly battled through frequent and debilitating bouts of pneumonia with stoicism, strength and grace. She lived a full life of joy, adventure and love. She died peacefully, listening to music and reading poetry, surrounded by loved ones.

Lois will be remembered by her love and patronage of the arts, her devotion to her family and her generosity to her community.

Lois is survived by her four children Steven (Karen) Smith, Pamela Smith, Valerie (Terry Henderson) Smith, and Blair (Anne) Smith, nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her husband, Darwin E. Smith and her brother, Ken Archbold.

Lois has requested that there be no funeral or memorial service. Donations in her honor may be made to support the Darwin E. Smith Community Aquatic Center. Please send your 501(c)(3) donation to:
The Helping Foundation
PO Box 412
Wittenberg, WI 54499

Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at schmidtschulta.com or at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home on Facebook.