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

Raymond “Rudy” Gorski

(1927 – 2019)

Raymond “Rudy” Gorski, 91, joined his loving wife Georgiana on Wednesday, February 12, 2019.

Raymond was the first child of the late Peter and Mary (Cherek) Gorski born on November 22, 1927 in Milwaukee, WI. At the age of two, he and his family moved to Bevent, WI. His life changed for the better when he began courting Georgiana in the summer of 1948. They wed on September 17, 1949 at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Wausau, WI.

Raymond worked at Wausau Papers for 37 years, retiring in 1990. He was an active member at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Wausau where he was an usher and volunteered in other capacities. He was involved with Catholic Order of Foresters and he never missed a day of praying the rosary.

Raymond rarely missed an opportunity to watch his grandchildren’s sporting events, plays, and recitals. He was an avid Wisconsin Sports fan. He enjoyed attending and watching the Packers, Badgers, and Brewers games with his family. Raymond had a knack for telling jokes, especially Polish jokes. He loved crafting, woodworking, and making toys, and games for his children and grandchildren. He also loved traveling, making sauerkraut, and watching game shows with Georgiana.

As he joins Georgiana in their heavenly home, Raymond and his sense of humor will be greatly missed by their seven children: Leroy (Debra) Gorski, Ken (Sally) Gorski, Mary (Ernie) Harris, Glen Gorski, Rod (Deborah) Gorski, Jerry Gorski (LuAnne Miller), all of the greater Wausau area, and Patrick (Dawn) Gorski of Green Bay; 14 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 13 step-great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; siblings Philip (Violet) Gorski and Phyllis Kasprak, brother-in-law Ray Gross, and sister-in-law Violet Gorski.

Among many extended family members and friends, Raymond was welcomed by his parents, his loving wife Georgiana; brother Daniel Gorski; infant brother Adam Gorski; two sisters, Rita Gross and Sister Mary Francelma; infant son Dennis Gorski; daughter Francine “Buffy” Gorski; daughter-in-law Sharon Gorski; grandson Jody Gorski; and step-great-granddaughter Paige Bootz.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 am on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wausau. Rev. Msgr. Mark Pierce will preside. Entombment will be in the Memorial Chapel Mausoleum, Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation will be on Monday from 4:00 until 8:00 pm at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau and again on Tuesday from 9:00 am until the time of services at the church. There will be a rosary service at 7:30 pm Monday evening at the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed at

The family extends their gratitude to Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice services and Sylvan Crossing for their loving care and guidance during this journey. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice or a charity of your choice.

Daniel Rucinski

We are now celebrating God calling home his son Daniel Edwin Rucinski on Sunday, February 3, 2019 at the age of 88. His family shared his final struggles with Alzheimer’s-dementia and a series of strokes and their effects on his body. He was born October 26, 1930 to the late Joseph and Lucille (Abitz) Rucinski.

Dan served as a Sergeant in the Korean Conflict and was company clerk. Although he did not pick up a rifle to fire at another human being, he was not spared the pain of reports that contained casualties of other service men including one third of the men he trained with. Though this was tragic, he later found out some companies were wiped out completely.

Among dad’s favorite times were, a reunion with his Army contemporaries, the Never Forgotten Honor Flight to Washington DC on October 22, 2012 and his prized pilgrimage to Israel in 2008.

When he returned home from Korea, he met and married Patricia Elaine Nemke on September 27, 1952 at St. Therese Catholic Church, Rothschild. She battled breast cancer the last eleven years of their 45 ½ year marriage and is waiting with open arms for him with our Savior at the Gates of Heaven. Dan held Patsy as she breathed her last breath, smiled and was released from her earthly pain.

The Lord saw fit to bless dad with his large, supportive and loving family. Dad had the rough hands of a carpenter like our Savior and his own dad, making his living to provide for his family. Dad’s testimony is his life in our Lord Jesus Christ. One of the greatest gifts his family gave him was the time they spent with him keeping him up on family events, reading scriptures to him, saying prayers and singing and reciting the Our Father. Just before Dan passed through the Pearly Gates of Heaven, he left a sign of peace for us. He exhaled his last breath here and his next sight was the angels in heaven greeting him as a son of God. When mom died it was a smile. When dad left on his journey, it was a tear in his eye of happiness seeing Mom beyond the gates. At the same time the longing to let us know Jesus chose this time even if Dan felt the need to stay with his family to guide us. His biggest regret was spanking; however, his words of discipline remain with us even until today. His guidance was appropriate to our needs. He will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his four brothers, Gerry, Joe, Bob and Jim, two sons-in-law, Jerry Nechuta and Richard Ryskiewicz, a granddaughter, Kimberly Kuklinski and two great grandchildren, Lila Beth Nevienski and Jaxon Pempek. The legacy of his life is carried on through his sharing of his testimony of our Savior and through his three sons, Richard Alan (Susan), David John (Roberta) and William Walter (Christine); and his seven daughters, Mary Jane (Armand) Carver, Diane Lee (Gerald) Ryskiewicz-Kuhr, Joyce Ann Nechuta, Tammy Ann (Mark) Bennett, Lori Sue (Eddie) Kuklinski, Susan St. Germaine and Jean Marie (Duzer) Pochinski; 26 grandchildren, Joshua, Sarah, Neil, Joseph, Katie, Jessica, Adam, Wesley, Jacinta, Rebecca, John, Michael, Jennifer, Sheila, Christopher, Thomas, Andrew, Mark II, Bethany, Tiffany, Benjamin, Jacob, Bradley, Nicole, Alexandria, Adrian and over 50 great grandchildren, and a handful of great great ones. He is further survived by his five sisters, Lucy Delinsky, Darlene Konkol, Marian Matsche of Wisconsin, Cecilia Phillips of Colorado and Therese Jones of Washington State, numerous extended family members, friends and church family.

First, we want to thank St. Rita’s Home and the Hospice nurses for their most excellent care of our father and all the support and love they showed not only to him, but us too. God bless you all. Second, a special thank you goes out to all the many employers for excusing us during one of our most difficult times and yet for a total celebration of Dan’s life. Third, we want to thank all of dad’s family and good friends over the years. He has often talked of many of you and your deeds toward him. God bless you all and thank you for your prayers. Please come and share your stories of our dad with us. We would love to hear them all.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday February 21, 2019 at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau. Rev. Robin Wilde will officiate. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, where full Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion, Montgomery-Plant-Dudley Post No. 10. Visitation will be on Wednesday February 20, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and again on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the Sixth Street funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established. Online condolences may be expressed at

Dorothy Lang

Dorothy B. Lang, 95, Wausau, died Sunday, February 17, 2019 under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Wellington Place, Wausau.

She was born August 26, 1923 in the village of Maine, daughter of the late Alois and Olga (Schwartz) Busko. On September 1, 1942 she married Fredolin Lang at St. Mary Catholic Church, Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on July 3, 2018.

Dorothy graduated from Marathon High School and worked at Flowers Drug Store followed by Wausau Insurance until her retirement in 1980. She was active with St. Rita’s Circle, St. Cathine’s Council and Holy Name of Jesus Parish. Dorothy enjoyed crocheting, cross stitch and quilting. After retirement, she traveled across the country with her husband visiting family and sightseeing.

Survivors include her four children, Mary (Robert) Kuski, Green Bay, Michael (Nancy) Lang, Kronenwetter, Maxine (Clarence) Felch, Rib Mountain, Mark (Karen) Lang, Menominee Falls, 12 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

Besides her parents and husband, Fredolin, she was preceded in death by brothers, Alvin, Arnold, Harold, Edward and Henry Busko and sisters, Maxine Schneeweis and Eileen Mink.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Church of the Holy Name of Jesus, Wausau. Entombment will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services all at the church.

Special thank you to the staffs at Wellington Place and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for the wonderful care given to Dorothy during her time there. Also to Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home for the kind assistance during a difficult time.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Joyce F Grulkowski

Joyce F. Grulkowski, 74, Ringle, died Thursday, February 14, 2019     Joyce was born on September 24, 1944 in Kronenwetter, the daughter of the late Arvin and Anna (Wilk) Sieg.  On July 11, 1964 she married Wallace Grulkowski in Rothschild.  Joyce was employed by Marathon Tackle in Kronenwetter until they closed.  She then worked for Fiskars in Wausau until her retirement.

Joyce enjoyed spending time with family, summer days at the cabin, baking for those she loved and she especially enjoyed knitting.  Everyone who knew Joyce will miss the beautiful sweaters, afghans, hats, mittens, Barbie Doll clothes, dish towels, dish cloths and scrubbies she lovingly created and gave to others. The loss of her giving spirit and heartfelt laugh will leave a void in the hearts of those we knew and loved her.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Wallace, Ringle, two sons, Kip (Monika) Grulkowski, Elderon, and Brian (Kristy) Grulkowski, Hatley, one daughter, Michelle (Michael) Hudson, Ohio, and five grandchildren, Cody Grulkowski, Aleksandra Grulkowski, Rene Hudson, Alaina Hudson and Erin Hudson. She is further survived by two sisters, Marjorie Boggs, Wausau and Elaine (Robert) Specht, Two Rivers.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Arvin and Anna Sieg.

Per Joyce’s wishes, no funeral will be held.  A private family memorial to celebrate her life will be held at a later date.

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