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

Michelle Gering

Michelle Lynn Gering, 35, Wausau, died Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at her home in Wausau.

Michelle was born on Dec. 11, 1982, to Doug and Darlene (Berndt) Gering. She was a 2004 graduate from D.C. Everest.

Michelle loved going for walks, traveling in the car and meeting new people; her smile and great sense of humor were noticed by everyone she met. She loved little children and developed special bonds with all her caregivers throughout her lifetime. She touched many lives, and will be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.

Michelle Gering

Besides her parents Doug and Darlene; she is survived by her sister, Becky (Travis) Hoerman; one niece Rylie Hoerman; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 6205 Alderson St., Schofield, WI 54476. Pastor Lance Hoelscher will officiate. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow the service at Forestville Cemetery. Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

The family would like to thank Opportunity Inc. and the staff at Eagles View Adult Family Home for the exceptional care given to Michelle.

Elmer “Root” Bornheimer

Elmer “Root” Bornheimer, 80, of Weston passed away at Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, with loved ones by his side.

Elmer “Root” Bornheimer

Mr. Bornheimer was born Feb. 24, 1938, in Wausau, Wisconsin, to Leo and Regina (Brzezinski) Bornheimer. He married Theresa (Soczka) Bornheimer on June 7, 1969. She survives.

Root was employed with Stratford Builders as carpenter foreman for 47 years, retiring in 2002. He also built a successful multi-unit property business, which he especially enjoyed maintaining in his later years.

He enjoyed travel, watching the Packers and a good polka dance. Over the years, he traveled extensively with his wife to many locales in Europe, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska and the Caribbean. He also loved spending time with friends and extended family.

Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Theresa Bornheimer of Weston; daughter, Tracie Bornheimer; son, Tyler Bornheimer (Carl Johnson); eleven siblings, Bernard (the late Pat), Norman (Phyllis), Leo Jr. (Jean), Eileen, Leonard, Cecelia (Duane Felzkowski), Harvey (Ione), Audrey (Dale Hoffman), James (Carolyn), Dennis (June), and Linda (Rick Coe); and many nieces and nephews and friends.

A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at St. Therese Catholic Church, 113 Kort St., Rothschild. Rev. Louis Britto will preside. Visitation will take place prior to the funeral service from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. To leave online condolences for the family or share memories of Root, visit

Patricia “Pat” Literski

Patricia “Pat” M. Literski, 73, Athens, died Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at Benedictine Living Community, Wausau.

Patricia “Pat” Literski

She was born Oct. 1, 1945, in Wausau, daughter of the late Bill and Matilda (Mader) Hart. On June 7, 1975, she married Peter T. Literski at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens. He preceded her in death on Dec. 30, 2016.

Pat was a homemaker and loved spending time with her family. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include two children, Carl (Jenny) Literski, Marathon, and Regina Literski, Wisconsin Rapids; two grandchildren, Casidy and Maeson Literski, Marathon; three sisters, Delores Schneider, Helen Orlando and Carmen Myszka; and further survived by other relatives and friends.

Besides her parents and husband, Peter, she was preceded in death by brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens. Rev. George Graham will officiate. Burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Athens. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 3 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Benedictine Living Community for the wonderful care and support given to Pat during her stay.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Carson Seehafer

Carson Samuel Seehafer, 21 of Kronenwetter went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Oct. 24, 2018.

Carson Seehafer

Carson was a graduate of Marathon High School class of 2016. Carson enjoyed playing basketball, running cross country and track and field. Carson grew up on his family dairy farm in Marathon. Carson was a member of Casa-Mara 4-H for over 10 years; where he enjoyed showing his lamb, a heifer and his rabbit. Carson grew up attending Immanuel Baptist Church, where he attended Sunday School, Awana, Family Bible Week and was a part of the teen youth group. Carson was very adventurous and vibrant; he went sky diving twice and traveled coast to coast in the United States. Carson was employed at Marathon Cheese Corp, where he was known for having a permanent smile and brightening everyone’s spirits. Carson was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone who asked. He particularly enjoyed helping at Thanig Dairy Farm in Mosinee. Carson also looked forward to helping in the cheese curd stand every summer for the Marathon County Holstein Breeders.

Carson is survived by his beloved fiancé Bebe Yang; his parents Larry and Karen Seehafer of Marathon; his brothers Eric (JennaRae), Troy (Danielle) Tyler (Emily) and sisters Sonya (Robert) and Tori (Jonathan). His aunts and uncles of Wisconsin, Robert (Barb) Mackesy, Roy Seehafer, Bev (Chuck) Romanowski, Joan (Chuck) Seubert. State of Maine grandmother Julia Raven; aunts and uncles of the state of Maine; Dee Overlock, Mark Raven, Jean (Scott) Jones, and Shawn Raven; special niece Madyson Thraen-Seehafer (who was like his little sister); as well as his niece and nephew Avery and Sebastian. He is further survived by many cousins.

Carson was preceded in death by his Wisconsin grandparents, Oscar and Lydia Seehafer; his state of Maine grandfather Floyd Raven; as well as his aunts and uncles Manny (Marguerite) Raven, June Raven and Fred Overlock.

Carson was loved by everyone, will be missed dearly and will always have a place in our hearts.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at Immanuel Baptist Church, 5100 Hummingbird Road, Wausau. Pastor Jon Payne will officiate. Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, and again on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 9 a.m. until the time of services; all to take place at the church. Please sign the family guestbook at

Jonathon Staley

On the morning of Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, Jonathon Howard Staley, 76 of Hatley, Wisconsin, surrounded with loving family, peacefully departed this earthly life and was welcomed joyously into his heavenly home in the kingdom of God. Because of the grace of God and Jon’s belief in Jesus Christ his Savior and Lord, we have this assurance.

Jonathon Staley

Jon was born on July 17, 1942, in Wausau, the son of the late James Howard Staley and Elsie Lena (Gast) Staley. Those who knew Jon will remember him for his deep abiding faith in Jesus Christ and for his daily, wisdom-filled Facebook posts, his unique and inspirational outlook on life, his “world-famous” hot cocoa, his thought-provoking artistry and artworks, his without-fail heartfelt birthday and holiday greeting cards, his encouragement, his affection for his pets, wolves and eagles, and so much more. Jon was a truly exceptional person who will be sincerely missed by so many across the nation. We recognize this is not goodbye forever, but simply goodbye for now. Jon will be forever remembered for his example of living by faith and loving others unconditionally.

Jon is survived by one brother Jim (Wanda) Staley; four sisters Lorraine (Charles) Havens, Ann (Lou) Guyette, Kathryn (David) Hamm and Judi (Roger) Hegewald; nieces and nephews Cindy Pradmore, Daniel Peck, Analisa Peck, Martha (Jim) Nichols, Kimberlee (William) Edwards, Wayne (Tricia) Botkin, Tony Guyette, Amy (Ari) Bloms, Elise Gorski, Jen (Ben) Racine, Danielle Andrews, Brianna (Kyle) Wunsch, Kait Hegewald, Zach Hegewald and Mackenzie Hegewald; and dear friend Doug Schuster and his three children Jessica, DJ and Tyler. Along with several great nieces and nephews.

Jon is preceded in death by his mother Elsie Zerneke-Staley, father James Staley, stepfather William Zerneke, sister Margaret Radke, brother-in-law Gary Botkin and great-niece Laura Edwards. We are comforted to know Jon, was received into heaven by such loving and warm company.

A celebration of life service for Jon will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at the Mattoon Church of the Nazarene. Rev. Wayne Botkin will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery, Birnamwood. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. A luncheon will be served following the burial. Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at or at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home on Facebook.