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

Gordon Burzinski

Gordon Burzinski was welcomed into the arms of Jesus on Feb. 23, 2019, at Mount View Care Center surrounded by family while under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

He was born on March 2, 1931, son of the late Frank and Irma (Staadt) Burzinski. On Nov. 13, 1971, he married Carol Sickler in Rothschild, Wisconsin.

Gordon Burzinski

Gordy was proud to serve his country and was a Purple Heart veteran of the United States Army, serving during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Rothschild, Schofield, Weston Memorial Post 8895 and a faithful member of Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church. For many years, Gordon worked as a machinist at Federal Mogul, originally Wausau Motor Parts in Schofield.

Gordy was a lifelong resident of Rothschild. He enjoyed gardening, fishing up North with his family, going to the casino, playing cards with his buddies, bowling, hunting and being an armchair coach for the Brewers and Packers.

He leaves his wife of 47 years, Carol (Sickler) Burzinski; his son, David Burzinski; his daughter, Lynn Burzinski; his sister, Mary Burzinski; many nieces, nephews, and cousins; and many close friends.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Bob Burzinski and Victor Buzinski; and sisters, Helen Burzinski and Joyce Howe.

Funeral Service will be held Friday, March 1, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Rothschild. Pastor Rich Block will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will be at Pine Grove Cemetery.

Brainard Funeral Home-Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

Gordy’s family would like to thank the staff at Mount View Care Center, Atrium Post Acute Care Weston, Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, Aspirus Wausau Hospital and Dr. William Johnston and his staff for the compassion and dedication they provided to Gordy and his family.

Joann Flath

Joann Flath, 74, of Weston passed away on Feb. 22, 2019, at Aspirus Hospice House.

Joann Flath

She was born June 7, 1944, in Greensboro, North Carolina, to the late Vern and Alice (Brand) Sala. Her father was a 20-year member of the U.S. Air Force and moved his family to various bases, including Japan and retired at Ellsworth Air Force base in Rapid City, South Dakota. Joann graduated from Rapid City High School in 1962, where she met her future husband, Clarence. She graduated from State Beauty College, Wausau, in 1992 and began her career as a hair dresser. Prior to graduation, she was employed at Montessori school for several years.

When Joann’s daughters were young, she enjoyed dancing and performing with them at Judy Peterson and Dawn Troyer Dance Studios. She also performed in Wausau Community Theater plays, sung in Mt. Calvary Church Choir and Senior Citizen Choir, attended Wausau Story Drum and Bugle Corp performances, and volunteered at NCHC. Joann spent many days watching her son, Donnie, play baseball and hockey in his youth.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Clarence; daughters Rene (Manish Sharma) Macfarlane of Milwaukee, Joni (Pat) Hahn of Merrill; son Donald (Jennifer) Flath of Kronenwetter, and Jennifer Krause of Weston; grandchildren Kyle (Mindy) Hahn, Merril, Daniel Hahn, Milwaukee, Chris, Jake and Matt Hahn, Merrill, Jacob Flath, Milwaukee, Isaac Flath of UW Eau Claire, Elizabeth Flath of St. Cloud State, Minnesota, Arianna and Amelia Krause, Schofield; siblings, Joyce (Norman) Medow, Roger (Sylvia) Sala, Robert (Gloria) Sala, and June Alverez. She is further survived by her uncle, Thayer (Lillian) Brand, Paoli, Indiana; cousin Bev (David) Page, Rapid City, South Dakota. She was preceded in death by her parents and son-in-law Robert Macfarlane.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church, Rothschild. Pastor Rich Block will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will be at Restlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123 may be made in Joann’s name.

Joann’s family would like to thank the staff at Aspirus Hospice House for the compassion and dedication.

Brainard Funeral Home-Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

Katherine Johnson

Katherine Johnson, 98, of Wausau died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at North Central Health Care Center, Wausau.

Katherine Johnson

She was born Dec. 19, 1920, in the town of Oronoco, daughter of the late Henry and Anna (Adler) Koenig. On Nov. 14, 1940, she married Edwin A. Johnson in St. Charles, Minnesota. He preceded her in death April 15, 1983.

Katherine was a full-time homemaker and enjoyed playing Bingo and cards in her free time.

Survivors include seven children, Richard (Dorothy) Johnson, Tyler, Texas, Donald “Runner” (Janice) Johnson, Phelps, Sharon (Gary) Boushley, Weston, David (Carol) Johnson, California, Mary (Tom) Schepp, Hazelhurst, Roseann LeMay, Eau Claire, Margaret (Daniel) Strehlow, Weston; a daughter-in-law, Marsha Johnson, San Antonio, Texas; 20 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Henrietta Benson, a son, Jerome Johnson, one granddaughter, two great grandsons, son-in-law, Tom LeMay and 13 brothers and sisters.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wausau.  The Very Rev. Msgr. Mark Pierce will preside. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

Lydia Ahrens

Lydia C. Ahrens, 92, of Wausau passed away peacefully, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, while under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Colonial Manor Nursing Home, Wausau.

Lydia Ahrens

She was born May 4, 1926, in Marathon, daughter of the late Henry and Henrietta (Gresens) Hemmrich. On October 27, 1945, she married Elmer Ahrens at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Marathon. They were blessed with two children, Dale and Karen. Elmer preceded her in death on Feb. 3, 2015.

Lydia defined a ‘Can Do’ and ‘Love Greatly’ person. She was an avid learner and increased her capacity to gain new insights and strengths as she chose to learn more. As a young mother she took a sewing class and became a talented seamstress. She then pursued classes to learn knitting, crocheting and ceramics, which always resulted in her blessing others with her projects. Again, never stagnant, Lydia also took up looming and tatting; she learned to reupholster furniture; taught herself to redo wood furniture items and even learned to macramé in order to refurbish outdoor chairs. She also crocheted and embroidered dish towels and pillow cases and other items which she sold at The Talent Shop.

She was a key person in ensuring neighborhood connections, as she hosted and participated in small groups via her gift of hospitality. Lydia was a long-time member of a local Homemakers group as well. She served at her church by helping assemble the weekly bulletin for many years. She nurtured her relationship with the Lord through the numerous Bible studies she participated in over the years.

In her home, Lydia’s ability to pursue new interests resulted in many blessings for her family, as she created a lovely home environment and filled each room with beauty and inspiration. One of her greatest joys was doing for others in order to bless them. She loved to provide fabulous meals or decadent treats for her family and friends. Her grandsons will attest that Grandma’s Christmas cookies were the BEST!

Numerous travel adventures with her husband always brought excitement and happiness to Lydia. She and her late husband, Elmer, participated in tours going as far as both the east and the western USA. Together they often frequented regional theater events on extended day trips.

While Lydia was highly motivated and had an incredible capacity to learn – it was always her desire to do so to bless her family and take care of them. She loved to lavish her husband, children and grandchildren with the fruits of her labor. Giving to her family brought Lydia the greatest joy. She truly is the persona of a ‘Proverbs 31’ woman. Though she was a petite woman she leaves behind a legacy that is enormous and will never be forgotten.

Lydia is survived by her daughter, Karen (Russ) Schleicher, Wausau, her daughter-in-law, Montine Ahrens, Maple Grove, Minnesota, her grandsons, Austin (Christi) Ahrens, Preston and Collin Ahrens, Seth (Claire) Schleicher and Dylan (Tricia) Schleicher and step grandson, Troy (Lindsay) Tushoski and great grandchildren, Evelyn and Theodore Schleicher and Jonathan Ahrens and step granddaughter, Harper Tushoski, one sister, Clara Cichon, Marathon, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her son Dale and her sister, Dolores Loeffel and brothers, Walter and Clarence Hemmrich.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church, Wausau. Rev. Zachary Holdorf will officiate. Burial will be in the spring at St. Matthew Lutheran Cemetery, Marathon. Visitation will be on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services all at the church. The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Colonial Manor for the care, kindness and support given to Lydia over the past years there.  Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St., Wausau, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

Marilyn Kluetz

Marilyn R. Kluetz, 66, of Wausau passed away on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019, with her loving sisters by her side.

Marilyn Kluetz

Marilyn was born in Wausau, on October 14, 1952, to the late Clarence and Ruth (Mathwich) Kluetz. After graduating from Wausau West High School in 1974, Marilyn went on to work at Fiskars for 28 ½ years. Marilyn was a faithful member of First English Lutheran Church, a member of the Altar Guild, and would often help out in the nursery during Sunday services.

Spending time with family was very important to Marilyn. She adored her nieces and nephews and cherished the time she spent with her brothers and sisters. Marilyn loved cats and taking the family dogs, especially Penny, for walks. She was an avid Packers and Brewers fan and loved the Beatles from the moment she heard them.

Marilyn is survived by her brothers and sisters, Gerald (Jean) Kluetz of Schofield, David (Ruth) Kluetz of Marinette, Jane (Wayne) Schalow of Wausau, Dale (Patricia) Kluetz of Plover, Katherine Bittner of Wausau, Debra Kluetz of Wausau and Sue (Neil) Juedes of Wausau; sister-in-law, Alice Hielsberg; goddaughter, Amber; as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Marilyn was preceded in death by her brother Phillip and her sister Barbara.

A funeral service will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau. Reverend Erik Olson will officiate. Visitation will take place from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Rib View Cemetery at a later date.

The family would like to thank Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, along with the staff at Our House Memory Care, for their love, support and compassion while Marilyn was in their care.

Michael Fisher

Mike Fisher, 69, was taken to his heavenly home on Feb. 22, 2019. He is loved, and will be missed by all. Mike was born July 15, 1949, in Rothschild to Lucille (Hennig) Fisher, and the late Anthony Fisher. He was the oldest of nine children; siblings are Jerome Fisher (Minnesota), Barney Fisher, Fran (Kay) Fisher, Julie Gazin (Texas), Gerard (Monica) Fisher, Monica Howe, Greg (Kim) Fisher, Cynthia Fehlandt. He married Noreen (Sikorski) Fisher on June 7, 1969. Mike and Noreen raised five children together.

Michael Fisher

Mike was a parishioner of Saint Therese Church since childhood, was an altar boy, was involved in Scouting, played Little League baseball with his brothers, and attended Saint Therese School. He graduated from D.C. Everest High School in 1968. His first job at age 13 was preparing grave sites for Gate of Heaven Cemetery. In his teens, he and his brothers were golf caddies for Wausau Country Club.

After high school graduation, he was employed by Muskegon Piston Ring for many years. Mike was a hard-working and dedicated family man to a large family of brothers and sisters, nephews, nieces, cousins, in addition to his own children and grandchildren, and always tried to make himself available and supportive, participating in so many family events as weddings, births, baptisms, birthday parties, school plays, school sports events of football, basketball, wrestling, track and field, family gatherings, and so much more through the years.

He was an active outdoorsman most of his life and enjoyed fishing and ice fishing, boating, deer and duck hunting, trapping, pistol shooting at the gun range and skeet shooting. He also enjoyed golfing, snow tubing, watching Milwaukee Brewers Baseball and was an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He was a shy, and modest man, who preferred others get the chance to be in the spotlight, and most loved time with family.

He was a bargain hunter and barterer from way back, and had the patience to wait until a thing went on sale for the best price. He looked forward to attending the Marathon County Fair, Rib Fest and Balloon Glow every year. The holidays were always a special time with many hugs, and laughter, and stories shared.

Survivors include his five children Ann (Ron) Wilson, Lori Fisher, Matt Fisher, Therese (Colin) Marheine, Heather Fisher; six grandchildren Hunter Smith Air Force Airman First Class, Drake Hommerding, Harmony Hommerding, Helaina Benites, Cole Marheine, Montana Marheine; and 22 nephews and nieces Christopher (Sue) Fisher, Craig Fisher, James Fisher, Justin (Jamie) Fisher, Melissa (Nate) Henrick, Maria Gazin, Michael Gazin, Alex Fisher, Lee Fisher, Rachael (Paul) Splinter, Gina (Josh) Wolf, Arlen Fisher, Anthony Fisher, Jessica Jirgl, Carissa Howe, Micaela Howe, Eric (Alexandra) Fisher, Dustin Fisher, Maranda Fisher, Angela Fisher, Renee Taylor, Alexandria Fehlandt, Anthony Fehlandt. Mike was godfather to nephews Michael Gazin (California), and Dustin Fisher (Georgia), and kept a watchful eye over Anthony Fehlandt after the death of his father.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Saint Therese Catholic Church in Rothschild. Visitation for the family will be held at 9 a.m., public at 9:30 a.m., until the time of service at the church.

Special thanks to the hospital staff at Aspirus Critical Care and Palliative Care and the assistance of Buettgen Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Mike’s name to Aspirus Palliative Care and the Wounded Warrior Project.

John J. Buettgen Funeral Home is assisting the family at this time. Online condolences maybe expressed at

Jack Pelton

Jack Pelton, 82, of Stevens Point passed away on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital after a brief, but courageous, battle with leukemia.

Jack Pelton

Jack was born in Stevens Point on Nov. 2, 1936, to the late August and Angela Pudroski. He graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay, and served in the U.S. Army from 1960-1962.

He did 15-plus years of volunteering at the American Red Cross and donated 25 gallons of his blood over the years during the blood drives.

Jack enjoyed the outdoors, camping, ice skating, and enjoyed riding his motorcycle. Over the course of his life, he was a prominent investor in the stock market.

Survivors include his longtime companion, Kathy Bean; brother, Dick Pudroski; sister-in-law, Mary Jane Pudroski; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Leonard and Norbert; and three sisters, Leona Balms, Jane Wozniak and Arlene Mucha.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be given to Aspirus Oncology Unit or Hospice Care in Jack’s name.

The Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at St. Peter Catholic Church, 800 Fourth Ave. in Stevens Point. The Rev. Arul Joseph V. will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in the St. Peter Parish Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends to share memories will be in the St. Faustina Room of the church on Thursday morning from 9 a.m. until the time for Mass.

The John J. Buettgen Funeral Home / Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society are assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit

Elmer Lashua

Elmer E. Lashua Sr., born Nov. 16, 1931, in Wausau, Wisconsin, passed away on Feb. 21, 2019, at the age of 87 at his home surrounded by family.

Elmer Lashua

Elmer is survived by his loving wife of 63 years Beverly Ann (Wesenick) Lashua Weston, Wisconsin. Together they have eight wonderful children, Mary (James) Laska, Lois (Terry) Fronek, Barbara Szutkowski (Ronnie Stankowski), Butch (Debbie) Lashua, Walter (Jean) Lashua, Faydonna (Chris Bernarde) Lashua, Pamela (Tim) Ciszewski and Daniel (Amy Bishop) Lashua. Elmer was a loving, devoted grandfather to Leeann, BobbieJo, Anthony, Angel, Neil, Dawn, Kory, Samantha, Mackenzie, Taylor, Amanda, Brenda, Paige, Dennis, Latara, Zachiraih, Cody John, Che-Quess, Autumn and Brock. He also has 26 great-grandchildren.

For most of Elmer’s life he has resided in the Wausau, Schofield area. He’s had many jobs through out his life time: Miller Tire, Lake Wausau Granite Quarry, The Salvation Army, and the most resent was Security Guard for Domtar. He retired in 2013 at the age of 82 after 17 years of service. Elmer was a fan of the Packers and Nascar. He also enjoyed going to the races at Rib Mountain Speedway. Most of all he loved going for long drives with his wife of 63 years. Together they would travel the countryside going down memory lane. Family was everything to Elmer, the get-togethers at his daughter’s house with all his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are what he treasured most. He was loved by many and will be sadly missed.

Elmer is preceded in death by his parents Francis and Mabel Lashua, his father- and mother-in-law Sidney and Gertude Wesenick, a granddaughter Destiney, great grandson Marcus and his 13 siblings.

Elmer’s request was not to have a funeral but to have a celebration. Join us in celebrating Elmer’s life, at 8300 International Drive, Wausau, Wisconsin, in the West Industrial Park on Saturday, March 2, 2019, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


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