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Wausau area obituaries, Feb. 1, 2019

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

Ian Guralski

Ian J. Guralski, 36, Wausau, died unexpectedly of heart failure on Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Ian was born July 30, 1982, in Wausau to Ronald and Brenda (Zettler) Guralski. He graduated from Athens High School in 2000.

Ian Guralski

Ian will always be remembered for his great sense of humor. He enjoyed playing guitar and listening to music and also fishing with his good friends, Aaron and Bruce. When it came to the Green Bay Packers, Badgers or any football game being watched, he did it with enthusiasm and excitement. A soft side to Ian was obvious, when seeing the way he took care of and enjoyed his cats.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Brenda and Craig Reich, Marathon; father and stepmother Ronald and Christine Guralski, Marathon; his brother, Ethan (Stephani) Guralski, Wausau; three sisters, Leah Guralski, Wausau, Katrina Guralski, St. Cloud, Minnesota, and Libby Guralski, Wausau; his paternal grandmother, Jeanette Guralski, Colby; two nephews, Brody Beilke and Harvey Guralski; and many aunts, uncles and cousins that loved him very much.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandpa and maternal grandparents, and cousin Brandon Fochs.

A Memorial Prayer service will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Ave., Wausau. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will take place at a later date.

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


Arlene Kluever

Arlene Kluever passed away peacefully on Jan. 30, 2019, surrounded by the love of her family.

Arlene Kluever

Arlene was born March 3, 1936, in Wausau to Anthony and Adeline Borski. In her junior year of high school, she met the love of her life, Roger. She graduated from Wausau High in 1954. After graduation she worked at Wisconsin Public Service. During this time she awaited Roger’s return from two years in the Army. One month after his return, they were married at St. Paul’s Church on Feb. 16, 1957. Arlene really enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom and once their two daughters started school, she began her 26-year career as a bookkeeper for Grebe’s and Ace Plumbing.

As a family, they enjoyed camping, attending Roger’s many baseball games, and all of the many family get-togethers. One of Arlene’s favorite things to do was to baby-sit, and over the years she took care of the children of many dear families. Arlene and Roger, along with several of their friends, traveled to many states and took a beautiful cruise to Alaska. Amazing memories were made at their cottage on Clear Lake in Tomahawk. Their entire family enjoyed fishing, swimming and the pontoon rides to enjoy the beautiful sunsets. Arlene was also blessed with three grandchildren, whom she loved with all her heart.

Arlene is survived by her husband, Roger, of 61 years; daughters, Kathy (Dick) Martens, Merrill, and their children, Jessica and Brandon Martell, Minneapolis, and Ben and McKenah Martens, Merrill. Daughter Sandy (Dale) Schwede, Wausau, and Sandy’s son Matt Arndt, Wausau. She is also survived by two step-grandchildren, Jackie Schwede and Clayton Schwede, both of Wausau, along with many relatives and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Anthony and Adeline Borski, brother Ronald and Richard Borski, her sister Joyce (Andy) Macko, Detroit, her in-laws Walter and Bertha Kluever, and many other relatives.

Services will be held on Monday, Feb. 4, at Highland Community Church, 1005 N. 28th Ave., Wausau. Visitation is from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., service starts at 11 a.m. and a lunch to follow, all at the church.

The family would like to thank the nurses and doctors on the Aspirus Palliative Care Unit for the wonderful and compassionate care given to Arlene.

Memorial donations may be made to the family for a future memorial to be set up at a later date.

Mom reminded all of us to never lose sight of what is important in life, family.

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


Grace Pegorsch

Our heavenly father called Grace Marie Pegorsch to her heavenly home on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Benedictine Living Community. She was born on Feb. 18, 1941, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the daughter of the Rev. Martin and Medora (Dobberfuhl) Droegemueller. On June 28, 1969, she married the Rev. Dr. Dennis W. Pegorsch at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Grace Pegorsch

Grace spent the first 1 ½ years of her life living on the Oneida Indian Reservation, where her father was a missionary. They moved to Hilbert, Wisconsin, and then to Janesville, Wisconsin, where she attended St. Paul’s Lutheran School and graduated from Craig High school in Janesville. Grace graduated from Concordia University, Chicago, in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She taught at St. John Lutheran School in Plymouth, Wisconsin, from 1963-1966 and at Mt. Olive Lutheran School in Milwaukee from 1966-1970. She moved back to Plymouth with her family and later taught at the Dr. Steffan Learning Center in Plymouth from 1988-1990 before starting the preschool at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Cascade, Wisconsin, in 1990. She served as director and taught there until 1996 until she moved to Wausau, Wisconsin, with her husband. From 1996-2006 she taught at Mt. Olive Lutheran Pre-school in Weston, Wisconsin. Her joy in life was teaching and working with children.

Over the years, she served on various boards in both the South and North Wisconsin Districts of the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, served as a youth director in Plymouth, and a Girl Scout leader in Milwaukee and Plymouth. She enjoyed attending Bible classes and various church organizations. She had a passion for volunteering and being part of the Aspirus Hospital Pre-school program in Wausau.

She is survived by Dennis, her husband of 49 years and five months, their four children: two sons, David (Tina) in Mequon and Jeffrey (Kathryn) Pegorsch in Naperville, and two daughters, Kim (Bill) Weissenberg in Deerfield, Illinois, and Christine Pegorsch in Palm Bay, Florida. Seven grandchildren: Marissa and Ryan Pegorsch, Samantha and Makayla Weissenberg, Evan, Justin, and Brynlee Pegorsch. Two stepsisters: Miram Sting in Janesville and Rachelle Schroeder in Rochester, Minnesota, along with nephews, nieces, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents and her stepmother, Irma Droegemueller.

Grace had a childlike faith in her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit who faithfully guided her in her daily life, reflecting her commitment to the words of Psalm 118:24: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

A Celebration of New Life for Grace M. Pegorsch will be held 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 4 at Trinity Lutheran Church (501 Stewart Ave. in Wausau), with the Rev. Zachary Holdorf officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, Feb. 4, at Trinity Lutheran Church from 9:30 a.m. to the time of service. The Helke Funeral Home on Third Avenue is handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Trinity Lutheran Pre-school and Christian Day School.

Online condolences may also be expressed with Helke Funeral Home at www.helke.com.


Barbara Rajek

Barbara Jean Rajek, 75, Wausau, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Barbara Rajek

Barbara was born March 23, 1943, in Wausau to the late Clarence and Mildred (Poeske) Schubring. She is a graduate of Wausau High School. Barbara married Rudolph Rajek on May 25, 1963, at Trinity Lutheran Church, town of Wausau. The couple was blessed with two sons: Charles and Wayne. Over the years, Barbara worked for Marathon Box while helping care for a barn full of calves on the family farm. After 44 loving years together, Rudolph died on Dec. 10, 2007.

Barbara was a very simple, down to earth woman with a very large heart. Her home was always open to family and friends with a warm meal individually prepared for each visitor. She enjoyed nothing more than spending time visiting with family and friends whenever she could. Barbara was especially close to her mother and mother-in-law.

Barbara is survived by her sons, Charles (Tracie) and Wayne (Karen); grandchildren, Allan, Jerrud (Heather Seubert), Cory (Brittney Erler), Landyn (Allison Leitzke), Ethan and Jake; great-granddaughter, Emma; siblings, Karen Wagner and Glenn (Lou Ann) Schubring, and extended family and friends. She is preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Jerry Wagner.

The memorial service for Barbara will be at noon on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 630 Adams St., Wausau. Rev. Dr. Niveen Sarras will officiate. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Saturday. Inurnment will be at Mechanics Ridge Cemetery at a later date. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at helke.com.

Sincere appreciation goes to the doctors, nurses and staff of the Palliative Care Unit and ICU of Aspirus Wausau Hospital for their compassionate care for Barbara and her family.


Angela Huhn

Angela L. Huhn 38, of Wausau passed away on Jan. 31, 2019, after a long battle with drug addictions. She was born to Louis and Lynn (Goebel) Huhn on May 16, 1980, in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.

Angela Huhn

She had a huge heart, a contagious smile and would lend a hand to anyone in need. Angela also enjoyed cooking, gardening, traveling, but most of all she loved spending time with her son, Landon.

She is survived by her son, Landon, parents Lynn Miller, Louis (Michelle) Huhn, sister, Amanda (Andrew) Liebe, nephew Mason, grandmother Linda Baierl, aunts and uncles, Larry (Judy) Goebel, Lyle (Jody) Goebel, Marsha (Jeff) Blank, Brian (Brenda) Baierl, Lois (Bob), Koehler, Lynn (Bob) Klinke, Les (Sue) Huhn and Lance (Becky) Huhn, along with many cousins and friends.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Frank Baierl, Lawrence Goebel, Louis (Rosalin Olig) Huhn and cousin Chris Koehler.

Services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 6205 Alderson St., Weston. Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to time of service at noon, with Pastor Lance Hoelscher officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be forward to the Marathon County A.O.D. Partnership to help others who are struggling with addictions.

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


Arden Fellbaum

Arden Fellbaum, 84, of Athens passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born July 22, 1934, in the town of Stettin to the late Edwin and Leona (Mueller) Fellbaum. He was one of 12 children.

Arden Fellbaum

On Feb. 19, 1955, Arden married Arlene Hahn in Pine City, Minnesota. Arden is survived by his wife of 63 years Arlene, children Randall Fellbaum (Kathy Genovese) of Merrill, Brenda Fellbaum of Athens and Susan Fellbaum of Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, and grandchildren Travis Leitzke, Lauren Hunsanger and Tyler Johnson. sisters Ramona Ulrich, Arlyle (Carl) Schmidt, Darlene Osness, Ardell Salzwedel, Lorna (Joe) Grabko, Sharon Schultz and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a daughter, Debra Fellbaum, and siblings Marcella Beckman, Vernon Fellbaum, Donald Fellbaum, Dennis Fellbaum and Beverly Fellbaum.

Arden worked for 30 years at Marathon Electric. He also farmed until 1976. Later on, he raised ginseng and built custom ginseng equipment in his machine shop. Arden served in the U.S. Army Reserves and was a drill sergeant. In April of 2017, he had the privilege of taking the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., with his grandson Travis serving as his guardian.

Arden enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, watching Brewers baseball, casino trips, music festivals and making venison sausage. He was very handy and loved to fix things. He also loved his American Eskimo dogs Benji, Mickey and Buddy, who have crossed over the rainbow bridge.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff in the Palliative Care unit at Aspirus Hospital and Jody Wilkins, PAC, for their kind and compassionate care.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, at John J. Buettgen Funeral Home, 900 Old Highway 51, Mosinee. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., with service to follow. Pastor Donald Love will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center for the loving care they provided to his beloved dog and best friend Buddy.


Bonnie Kopplin

Bonnie Jean Kopplin (Teske), 66, of Wausau died Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, peacefully at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Wausau. She was born April 28,1952, and was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Blondina (Buch) Teske.

Bonnie Kopplin

She was a 1970 graduate from Wausau Senior High. She worked in food service at the Wausau School District for several years. She enjoyed doing Suduko puzzles, playing cards and spending time with family.

Survivors include her daughter Shelly (George) Hinzman, Weston; son Jason Kopplin, Weston; granddaughters: Taylour, Hailie and Georgi Hinzman, Weston; sister Karen (Jerry) Krueger; brother Wayne (Marlene) Teske; sister-in-laws: Dawn Teske, Jolene Teske, Eileen Teske and June Teske; several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Gilbert and Blondina Teske, brother and sister-in-law Kenneth (Merle) Teske, brother, Delmer Teske, sister and brother-in-law Shirley (Elmer) Wendorf, brother, David Teske, brother, Larry Teske and brother, Stanley Teske.

Visitation will be held on Saturday Feb. 9, 2019, at Mount Olive Luthern Church in Weston from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.. There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. and a pot-luck lunch to follow.


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