Obituaries are a service of Brainard Funeral Home, with locations in Wausau and Weston.
Irma Bertha Neuberger (Draeger), 98, passed away Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. She is sadly missed. We will cherish the many years we were blessed with her love.
Irma was born Oct. 1, 1920, to Julius and Katherine Draeger. Irma was born in Birnamwood, Wisconsin. After high school she stayed to help on the family farm after the loss of her brother Herald. Eventually, she moved to Wausau to work for Employers Mutual Insurance as a secretary. She met Stephen at this time and they married Feb. 28, 1949, and shared 53 years together. They were lifelong residents of Wausau. They raised eight children and enjoyed traveling and spending time at their cottage on Lake Nokomis. Family was very important and we all enjoyed many occasions together. In her later years, she personally enjoyed the mountain scenery of Colorado and Wyoming.
Irma had a knack for gardening and she always had Christmas cactuses blooming. She enjoyed quilting, needle point and sewing. She made many outfits for her children when they were young. She enjoyed baking and holiday desserts were her favorite. She passed on many wonderful recipes and shared her talents with her children and grandchildren.
Irma is survived by sons, Gerald (Doreen) Neuberger, George (Lynn) Neuberger; and daughters, Janet Gavinski and Marge (Rick) Mattson. Her grandchildren include Amy, Megan, Alex, Neil, Steven, Noelle, Georgia, Sarah, Katie, Kelsey, Thomas, Kristine, Teresa, Jessica and Tracy, and 16 great grandchildren and niece Marilyn Steinbach.
Irma was preceded in death by her husband Stephen, parents Julius and Katherine Draeger, brother Herald Draeger, sister Adeline Steinbach, daughter Mary, and sons Steven, John and Robert.
A visitation will be held Monday, Nov. 5 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St., Wausau, and again on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 10:30 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 621 N. Second St., Wausau. Burial will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park.
Cameron Schnelle, 39, of Rothschild, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, at Marshfield Hospital, due to complications with asthma. Cameron was born April 22, 1979, to Wayne and Diane Schnelle.
Cameron was a good man who had a heart of gold. When someone needed help, he was the first person to call. Like his dad, he was a jack of all trades, master of none.
In addition to his parents, Cameron is survived by his sister and brother-in-law Theresa and Brad Heckert, niece Sierra Heckert, nephew Dylan Heckert, great niece Lucy Heckert and grandmother Jenny Schnelle Maszk. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents Vi and Speedy Ballard and Gilbert Schnelle. Aunt and uncles Judy and Richard Hull, Teddy Ballard Sr. and James Schnelle.
Six months ago, Cameron also lost his best buddy of eight years, his dog Snoop. Cameron and Snoop have now been reunited and will never be apart again.
We want to thank all the doctors and nurses in the ICU at Marshfield Hospital for their outstanding care provided to Cameron, especially his two nurses Jon Small and Rachel Heier, who went above and beyond.
Cameron was an organ donor and has literally saved the lives of five people. The head surgeon from UW-Madison said “Cameron is a hero!” We also want to thank the staff and surgical unit from UW-Madison Organ Donation for their loving care of Cameron and compassion and loving support they extended to us.
Memorial services will be held Sunday, Nov. 4, at 12:30 p.m. at Brainard Funeral Home’s Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston,with visitation starting at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made out to UW Organ and Tissue Donation.
Janette “Jackie” Denfeld
Janette M. “Jackie” Denfeld, 78, Wausau died Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at Unity Hospice in DePere, Wisconsin.
She was born Jan. 17, 1940, in Wausau, daughter of the late Lawrence and Imgard (Ballerstein) Springer. On May 14, 1960, she married Alan Denfeld at Holy Name Catholic Church, Wausau, Wisconsin. He preceded her in death on Feb. 11, 2003.
For more than 17 years, Janette worked at K-Mart in Wausau in the millinery department. She loved fashion and helping others accessorize. She enjoyed many years at the cabin in Harshaw, Wisconsin, fishing on Birch Lake. She participated in many Halloween parties and took pride in the costumes she handcrafted and won first prize on! Other interests include country-western music, sewing, shopping, wood crafts, vacationing in Texas and collecting angels and cherubs.
Survivors include her daughters, Linda Denfeld, Wausau and her children, Lilah (Davis) and Ellice (Eddie); Tammy (Randy) Barthels, Rhinelander, and their children, Rebecca (Nathan), Adam and Brad; Loralyn Malone, Stevens Point, and her children, Stephanie, Jennifer and Lilly; and Sheryl (Chris) Loos, Port St. Lucie, Florida, and their children, Brittney, Zachary, Randy and Jaden; eight great grandchildren; her siblings, Phyllis Riles, Orlando, Florida, Sandy (Norm) Randl, Combined Locks, Wisconsin, and James (Helen) Springer, Wausau, Wisconsin; and special friend, Rick Wilinski, Freedom, Wisconsin.
Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Sharon Rosentreter and her brother, Lawrence Springer Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St., Wausau. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services all at the Sixth Street funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.
Joseph “Joe” Huber
Joseph “Joe” C. Huber, 72, Wausau, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
He was born Dec. 14, 1945, in Wausau, son of Bernadine (Wendlick) Huber-Dallman of Wausau and the late Clarence Huber. Joe attended grade school at Holy Name Catholic School, where he met his future wife, and graduated from Wausau High School. On June 11, 1966, he married Janice Engelman at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Wausau. She survives.
Joe worked as a salesman for over 50 years in the office supply business from 1965 until his retirement. He was a member of the Rib Mountain Bowmen from 1961 until 2018, and was on the board for over 18 years and president for four years. Joe really enjoyed shooting his recurve bow and hunting with it. One of his best enjoyments was working with all the kids and teaching them how to shoot a bow. Joe was also a member of the Wisconsin Bow Hunters and the WTA (Wisconsin Traditional Archers). He also loved to hunt, fish and take his wife, Janice, for pontoon rides on the lake.
Joe loved to spend time with his grandchildren and attending their sporting events, and loved to eat at Sam’s Pizza. He volunteered throughout the community and won an award in 2010 for his volunteer work with the Badger State Games for archery.
Survivors include his loving wife of 52 years, Janice Huber, Wausau; two sons, James (Karen) Huber, Weston, and Jeffrey (Christine) Huber, Menasha; four grandchildren, Sydney, Jaxon, Jamison and Brianna Huber; his mother, Bernadine Dallman, Wausau; two sisters, Carol (Pat) Betts, Wausau, and Virginia (Tom) Klimek, Wausau; two brothers, John (Lynell) Huber, Wausau and Richard Huber, Wausau; one brother-in-law, Robert (Sue) Engelman, Mosinee; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Wausau. Rev. Peter Kieffer will preside. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation will be on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for a memorial being established in Joe’s name.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, Dr. Haque and the staff at the Cancer Center and all of the family and friends who were so caring and supportive during Joe’s illness.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Str., Wausau is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.
Virdella J. Urban, 76, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 28, 2018. She had an unexpected stroke on Monday, Oct. 22, and received excellent care in the Palliative Care Unit of Aspirus Hospital until her death.
Virdella was born on Aug. 26, 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, to the late E. Clydell and Virginia Williams. She graduated from Downers Grove North High School in Illinois in 1960 and received additional business training in Chicago for comptometer and keypunch. After graduation, she was employed at Burlington Railroad in Chicago. On Dec. 1, 1962, Virdella married Glenn R. Urban in Westmont, Illinois. They were married for over 55 years and had four daughters. In 1973, they moved their growing family to Edgar, Wisconsin, with hopes to enjoy country living. irdella stayed at home with their young children. Later, she worked for Wausau Insurance in the human resources department for over 20 years. All throughout her adult life, Virdella took joy in teaching her children, other children and women about God and his word. She actively taught in the AWANA program, Sunday School and Child Evangelism Fellowship. She was quiet and often underestimated. She was firm in her convictions and tactfully shared what she thought, even if it wasn’t easy. She was always there to listen, with a smile, a hug, a laugh, an encouraging word or a helping hand.
Virdella is survived by her husband, Glenn, and their four daughters, Kathy (Robert) Ross of Edgar, Kristine (Jeffrey) Leitzke of Weston, Karen (Joel) Rossman of Omaha, Nebraska, and Kimberly (Jason) Peters of Colorado Springs, Colorado, along with 12 grandchildren, Andrew (Ruth) Ross, Matthew (Paige) Ross, Emily Ross, Peter Ross, Jason (Megan) Leitzke, Allison Leitzke, Olivia Rossman, Brittany Peters, Wesley Peters, Tiffany Peters, Lindsay Peters and Jack Peters. Virdella also had four great-granddaughters. She is also survived by her two sisters, Judy (Charles) Smith of Rushville, Illinois, and Sue (Michael) Beckley of Knoxville, Tennessee, and her sister-in-law, Carol Williams of Pleasanton, California. Her twin brother, Richard Williams, preceded her in death earlier this year.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 2 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Peterson Kraemer Funeral Home in Edgar. A service to celebrate her life will be at 11 a.m. with a graveside memorial following.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Thru The Bible (www.ttb.org).
Roger Schuett, 86, of Wausau joined his wife, Ellen, in heaven on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018.
He was born Oct. 4, 1932, in Wausau to the late Harry and Emma (Haese) Schuett. In June 1954, Roger met Ellen Barnetzke at a local polka dance. Roger and she were inseparable through their courtship and were married on Oct. 22, 1955.
They made their home in the town of Stettin raising beef cattle and strawberries on Schuett Farm. Roger also worked at JI Case for 27 years before retiring as a publications specialist. He always looked forward to deer hunting season, not so much for the hunt but the camaraderie, storytelling, poker games and trips to the bar with his fellow “Red Berets.” Whether it was snowmobiling, fishing or working around his farm, Roger loved being outdoors. He was a longtime member of the NRA.
Survivors include his son, Scott, five grandchildren, Brianna Curro, Jenna, Jared and Tyler Schuett and Ryan Schram, one great grandson, Eli Schuett, son-in-law, Ron Schram as well as his nephews, the Barnetzke Boys and their families. He was preceded in death by Ellen on May 28, 2017, his daughter, Sue Schram and brother-in-law and his wife, Roger and Elaine Barnetzke.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 600 Stevens Drive, Wausau. Rev. Ken Albers will officiate. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau, and at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of services. You may sign our family guest book at helke.com.
Ferdinand “Ferdy” Mais Jr.
Ferdinand “Ferdy” Mais Jr. died Friday, Oct. 26, 2018, at North Central Health Care under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
Ferdy was born Dec. 6, 1921, in the town of Berlin to the late Ferdinand Sr. and Augusta (Mohr) Mais. He was the youngest of 15 children. On June 1, 1946, he married Dorothy Penno at Trinity Lutheran Church of Athens. Together they shared 72 years of marriage.
He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946 in the signal corps and as an interpreter in Germany. Ferdy was employed as a cabinetmaker for Curtis Co. and later with the U.S. Postal Service until his retirement in May 1983.
Ferdy enjoyed woodworking projects whether the project was repairing or building something new. He also enjoyed spending time with his wife at their cottage up north either fishing, hunting or working on the cottage. When they were not up north, they were traveling and Ferdy especially enjoyed their trip to Europe.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy, son Brian (Joan), brother-in-law Carl Penno and many other family members and friends.
A private family service will be held and burial will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park. You may sign the family guest book at helke.com.
Scott Joseph Windorski, 40, of Weston, passed away on Oct. 30, 2018, at House of the Dove in Marshfield.
A remembrance of life will be held at John J. Buettgen Funeral Home, 948 Grand Ave. in Schofield, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2.
Scott was born on Oct. 24, 1978, in Wausau, to Ron and Karen Windorski. He was a 1997 graduate of D.C. Everest High School and went on to earn a degree in finance from University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
He had a passion for creating handcrafted wooden books for people to save their memories. He also enjoyed fishing, debating the issues of the day, investing online and playing cards with friends and family.
Scott is survived by his parents, Ron and Karen Windorski of Weston; sister, Jodi (Matthew) Beck of Weston; brother, Erik (Amanda) Windorski of Weston. He is further survived by three nieces, Madison, Briley and Hailey all of Weston; and special friends, Beth and Nate.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John and Phyllis Gruna, and Ted and Theresa Windorski.
Memorial donations may be made to House of the Dove, 1000 W. 11th St., Marshfield, WI 54449.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to House of the Dove in Marshfield. Condolences may be sent online to www.HonorOne.com.
Robert Stebelton Sr.
Robert L. Stebelton Sr., 95, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at the Hospice House in Wausau, Wisconsin, surrounded by his loving family. He was born to the late Jesse Stebelton and Florence (Williams) Dunbar on May 1, 1923, in Detroit, Michigan.
He served proudly in the United States Navy from Feb. 18, 1943, to Dec. 22, 1945. He returned to Chicago to marry the love of his life, Jean (Dombrowski) on May 13, 1944, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois. She preceded him in death on Sept. 1, 2010.
He retired from the Sheet Metal Union after 40 years. He moved from Hanover Park, Illinois, to Wausau, Wisconsin, in November of 2010 where he was a residence of Primrose Retirement Community for eight years.
Robert loved to spend time out golfing and fishing whenever he could, but most of all he cherished the times spent with his family and friends. He is survived by his children, Sandra (Richard) Ciomber, Robert Stebelton, Jr. and Glenn (Laura) Stebelton; seven grandchildren, Kim (Ryan) McGinty, Scott (Lisa) Ciomber, Heather Stebelton, Erin Stebelton, Max Stebelton, Rachel Humphries, and Daniel Davidson; five great-grandchildren, Zach, Katie, Colton, Kenna, and Noah; and his special friend Beverly Heinz.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Jean, brother Jack, his parents and his stepfather, Harold Dunbar.
Robert will be laid to rest in the spring of 2019 with a memorial service at Mary Hill Cemetery in Des Plaines, Illinois.
John J. Buettgen Funeral Home is assisting the family at this time. Online condolences may be expressed at www.HonorOne.com.
Arlon “Ada” D. Adams, 81, of Wittenberg, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at Theda Care Medical Center, Shawano.
He was born on Dec. 3, 1936, in Wittenberg, son of the late Herman and Irma (Wendt) Adams. On Nov. 10, 1973, he married Susan Kaufman at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Wittenberg.
Arlon served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1960; he was stationed on the USS Kawishiwi fueling ship. Following his honorable discharge at the rank of BT3, he made a living working at various auto body shops.
He always had a big garden that he kept so neat, people often stopped to look. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing, although he never ate the fish he caught. He liked a good game of pool and shot in leagues for many years. Arlon played in the “old timers” softball league and enjoyed a good night out with friends and co-workers.
Survivors include his wife, Susan of Wittenberg, two daughters, Victoria (Keith) Kelln of Birnamwood, and Sheynna (Cale) Woodhouse of Bismark, North Dakota; six grandchildren, Brandon and Alayna Kelln, PO2 Eric P. Domke, Kurtis, Aubrianna and Gabriel Woodhouse; three great-grandchildren, Oakleigh Kelln, Colby and Bennett Woodhouse; two brothers, Ed (Helen) Adams of Freemont, and Dale (Cathy) Adams of Wittenberg; three sisters, Beverly Alfheim of Birnamwood, Darlene Matson of Tigerton, and Marilyn (Norman) Steinke of Florida; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Irma and Herman, and brothers-in-law, Glen Alfheim and Milton Matson.
Memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be given at schmidtschulta.com or on Facebook at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home.
Alan L. Buss, 69, of Iola passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.
He was born on Dec. 5, 1948, in Birnamwood, the son of the late Jacob and Linda (Wille) Ketelaar.
On July 11, 1970, Alan was united in marriage to Margaret “Peggy” Rood at St. William Catholic Church, Eland. She survives.
Alan was employed at Worzalla Publishing for many years until his retirement. He also served on the board of directors of the Central Wisconsin Electric Co-op. Alan enjoyed making barn quilts and had many of his displayed throughout the area. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, woodworking, but especially enjoyed the time spent with his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Margaret ‘Peggy’ Buss; three sons, Brian (Susie) Buss of Tennessee, Jason (Janet) Buss of Scandinavia, and Vincent (Jennifer) Buss of Green Bay; five grandchildren, Samantha, Austin, Hunter, Ronan and Ella; one sister, Shirley (Lloyd) Scrogging of Arizona; one sister-in-law, Patty Rood of Eland, and several nieces, nephews and friends.
Alan was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law who raised him, Lillian and Raymond Buss; biological parents; three brothers, Norman, Jake and William and two sisters, Lillian and LaVerne.
A memorial service will be held at noon on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg. Deacon David Ashenbrenner will officiate. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.
Memories and condolences may be shared at schmidtschulta.com or at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home on Facebook.