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Wausau area obituaries, Jan. 11, 2019

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

Robert Fochs

Robert M. Fochs, 89, Rhinelander, formerly of Wausau, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2018, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Robert Fochs

He was born Nov. 19, 1929, in Hilbert, Wisconsin, son of the late Frederick and Agnes (Liljiquist) Fochs. For 57 years, he was married to the love of his life and best friend, Olive Rae “Ollie”.

Robert was a veteran of the United States Army and served in the military police while stationed in Germany. He was a World War II history buff, loved his afternoon talks with Ollie, and enjoyed spending time with family, friends and especially his brother, Fred, who was his best friend. Robert was also an avid Milwaukee Brewers fan and Chicago Cubs fan.

Survivors include two children, Cynthia (John) Suemnicht, Lubbock, Texas, and Timothy (Carol) Fochs, Rhinelander; one son-in-law, Mike Ertl, Dousman; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Jane Fochs, Schofield; and two nephews, Pat (Linda) Fochs, Schofield, and Mike (Nancy) Fochs, Woodruff.

Besides his parents and wife, Ollie, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Cathie Ertl; and one brother, Fred.

Private memorial services will be held later this summer.

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


Doris Preisig

Doris Ida Preisig, 100, passed away on Jan. 8, 2019, at Wellington Place at Rib Mountain, her home for the past six years.

Doris Preisig

Doris was born on Feb. 10, 1918, in Wausau to the late Walter and Emma (Mueller) Otto. She graduated from Wausau High School in 1936 and began her career that summer as a secretary at Marathon Rubber Plant. From there she went to Marathon Millwork, where she stayed for the next 36 years until the business closed. She finished her career at Northcentral Technical College as a secretary in the nursing unit until retiring in 1980.

Doris married Herman Preisig on Jan. 3, 1970, at Zion Lutheran Church in Wausau.

After Herman and Doris retired, they traveled all over the U.S., including Hawaii and even a cruise to the Bahamas.  They enjoyed snowmobiling, attending auctions and spending time with family. A special treat was taking a Sunday scenic drive with their granddaughter, Racquel, and trying a new restaurant for lunch. Family was so important to Doris, and she enjoyed the many occasions when everyone was together, whether that was celebrating a holiday or just having a popcorn and card party.

Doris was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 30 years where she did countless hours of volunteer work. Volunteering was a large part of her life. She embroidered pillow cases and made quilts for Strassenfest, a fall bazaar at her church, Zion Lutheran, and became quite well known for her baked goods, especially cream puffs and fudge. Her hobbies included reading and making quilts. She made special quilts for each of her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and even one for her great granddaughter Nina’s dolly.

Faith was a significant part of Doris’s life. It sustained her throughout her many years, good times and bad, and never wavered. She was the oldest life long member of her church. Doris accomplished something that few people ever do – turning 100 years old, and experienced so many wonderful things during her full life.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Herman, on Aug. 27, 1995. She is survived by her daughter Susan (Harold) Kaskavitch, Rib Mountain; her granddaughter Racquel (Scott) Fout, Gurnee, Illinois; great granddaughter Nina Fout and great grandson Greyson Fout, Gurnee, Illinois; stepson Michael (Cindy) Preisig, Wausau; Kathy (Ken) Everson, Rhinelander, and their children and grandchildren; and sister-in-law Margaret Preisig, Wausau and many nieces and nephews.

Services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Helke Funeral Home, Wausau; Visitation from noon-1 p.m. with a service at 1 p.m. and a luncheon to follow at the funeral home. A private burial service will be held for the family on Monday.

Doris’s family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the entire staff at Wellington Place for their kind and compassionate care of Doris. They would also like to thank Rev. Steven Gjerde for his many visits to Doris during her time at Wellington, and to Aspirus Hospice Care for their care over the last several months.

Rest in eternal peace, Doris.


Nancy Schenck

Nancy M. (Kleppin) Schenck passed away peacefully on Wednesday , Jan. 9, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Pallitive Care. Nancy was born in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, on March 19, 1946, to Leo and Sophie Kleppin. After graduating from Lincoln High School, Nancy married Orville Howen. While they were married, they had five children; 11 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. The marriage ended in divorce. Nancy later married Bill Schenck.

Nancy Schenck

Nancy worked as a typesetter, customer service representative and, lastly, as a manager of several local gas stations. Nancy lovingly stitched special blankets and pillows, along with clothes for her kids and grandkids through the years. Her amazing one-of-a-kind Halloween outfits will always have a special place in our hearts. Her biggest love was her grandkids and great-grandkids. She loved every moment she shared with them.

Nancy is survived by her daughters, Lori Hudson (Rich Melberg) Lisa Howen (Hans Fuhrimann) and Paul (Michelle) Howen, her grandkids and great-grandkids, sister Dorothy Richards, brother Jim (Barb) Kleppin, a niece and two nephews, and two very special friends-Judy Stashek and Betty Steltzner.

Those waiting to greet her include her husband, Bill, her sons Eric and Mark Howen, grandson Jacob Howen, brother Robert Kleppin, and ex-husband Orville Howen.

“What we once enjoyed deeply we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”

A memorial service will be held on Jan. 18 at Faith Reformed Church, 1321 32nd St. N., Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Visitation will be from 9-11 a.m. with service beginning at 11 a.m.

Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society and John Buettgen Funeral Home are assisting the family at this time. Online condolences may be expressed at www.HonorOne.com.


Dorothy Gardner

Dorothy A. Gardner, 88, formerly of Aniwa, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, at the Aspirus Hospice House, Wausau, surrounded by her family.

Dorothy Gardner

She was born on Nov. 18, 1930, in Aniwa, daughter of the late James and Violet (Hitt) Verpoorten. On July 23, 1949, she was united in marriage to Percy Gardner in Aniwa. He preceded her in death on Nov. 9, 2014.

Dorothy was a homemaker and enjoyed needlepoint, baking, playing cards, listening to country and polka music, and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her four children, Sidney Gardner, Randy Gardner, and Sherri Dean, all of Wausau, and Tammy (Anil) Zinser-Minocha of Madison;12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and two sisters-in-law, Loretta Verpoorten of San Angelo, Texas, and Gale Verpoorten of Hamburg.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was further preceded in death by her son, Barry Gardner, daughter, Patricia Noggle, four brothers, Lawrence, Delmore, Ralph and Orville, and her sister, Helen Stone.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood.  Rev. Joy Nelson-Jeffers will officiate. Burial will be at the Hogarty-Riverside Cemetery in the spring. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Memories and condolences may be given at schmidtschulta.com or on Facebook at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home.

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