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Wausau area obituaries, March 13, 2019

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

Dala L. Revie

Dala L. Revie, 79, Wausau, passed away Sunday, March 10th, 2019 at UW Hospital Madison as a result of a severe stroke she suffered on Jan. 14th.

Dala was born July 4th, 1939, in Wausau to the late Reed and Dorothy Schmieden. She married David Revie on October 28th, 1961. He preceded her in death in 2003.

Dala was very active right up to the time of her stroke. She was proud to work beside her daughter at her daughter’s business Family Treasures since the day of inception 18 years ago. Her biggest joy was babysitting her grandchildren and later her great-grandchildren. She was intricate at sewing and crocheting. She perfected an array of homemade chocolates that she spent months creating every year for the joy of gifting to others. She looked forward to Friday night fish frys with her friend Karie.

Dala’s love, generosity, and compassion for others was unsurpassed. She always put others first. Her strength and independence was admired by all. Her positive attitude and selfless nature should be an example for all to follow. If everyone lived life the way she did the world would truly be a better place.

Her legacy will live on through her loving family, daughter Michelle Barrone (Brian Schneider) granddaughter, Cassandra Rohde, grandson, Eric Barrone, and great-grandchildren Jordan, Sequoiah, and Calvin Jr.

A memorial service honoring Dala will be held at 6:00 p.m. Friday, March 15th, 2019 at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau. Michael Loomis will officiate. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Roxanne M. (Reynolds) Percey

Roxanne M. Percey, 70, Wausau died Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She was born August 24, 1948 in Wausau, daughter of Elizabeth “Betty” Schuster, Wausau and the late Alvin Reynolds.

For many years Roxanne was an in-home care giver to many people in the Wausau area. She was happy to help anyone in a time of need. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and doing all sorts of crafts. Roxanne will be remembered for the special relationship that she and her grandson Steven had.

Survivors include her mother, Betty Schuster, Wausau, her daughters, Nadine (Terry) Kaiser, Mosinee and Tamara (Carl) Klump, West Allis, her five grandchildren, Allyson Kaiser, Steven Albee and Zachary, Makenzie and Logan Klump and one brother, Terry (Suzanne) Reynolds, AZ.

Besides her father she was preceded in death by one sister, Suzanne Reynolds.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, March 11, 2019 at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Wausau. The Rev. Robert Thorn will preside. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services all at the church. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Mark Simon

Mark Thomas Simon, 72, passed away after a long illness early Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Mark graduated from Sheboygan South High School in 1964 and played baseball at UW-La Crosse from 1965-1967. He then signed a contract with the Minnesota Twins during the summer of 1967, out of the Langsdorf League in Milwaukee. He graduated from UW-La Crosse in the spring of 1968 with a K-12 Physical Education Bachelor’s Degree and played baseball with the Minnesota Twins in the New York Penn League with the Auburn Twins the summer of 1968. Mark and Barb were married in the fall of 1968 before he went to spring training in March of 1969 and played with the Wisconsin Rapids Twins of the Midwest League.

Mark began his full-time teaching career with D.C. Everest Area School District in the fall of 1969, and primarily taught at Weston Elementary School. He began coaching JV baseball at DCE that next spring and continued as JV coach until 1988. Mark was named varsity baseball coach at DCE starting with the 1989 season and continued through the 2006 season. He led DCE to three State Tournament appearances (1993, 2002, 2004.) He led DCE to Division 1 State Runner-Up in 2004 and was named the Wisconsin State Coach of the Year. He had four players sign professional baseball contracts, several former players received Division 1 college scholarships, and numerous players participated at different levels of college baseball.

In 1984, Mark started the RSW Merchants adult semi-pro baseball team, which later became the Everest Merchants. This team gave the young men too old for legion baseball the opportunity to play in an organized league. He managed and coached this team until 2002 guiding the team to many WBA State Tournaments, capturing state titles in 1984, 1987, and 1996. He also organized and coached the RSW Legion baseball program during the summer months, from 1989-2002.

His meticulous maintenance and dedication to Simon Field over the years has turned it into one of the finest grass facilities in the state.

Mark was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Sylvia Simon; his in-laws, Jake and Betty Skrobot; granddaughter, Simone Marie Chapman; and brothers-in-law, Dick LaPean and Skip Skrobot.

Mark and Barb celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this last fall, with their daughter Kris (Brad) Chapman, son Mike (Amy) Simon and four grandkids, Hayley and Payton Chapman and Emily and Drew Simon. His surviving siblings are Sue Ellen LaPean, John (Sherry) Simon, Linda (Mike) Vojtasko, Charlie (Sue) Simon, Jim Simon, Reed (Chris) Simon, Gail (Steve) Simon-Cass, sister-in-law Deb Skrobot, and many nieces, nephews, and their children. A special thank you to Linda for donating her kidney to Mark, a truly selfless and amazing gift.

Mark’s passion was baseball, but he cherished the time he was able to spend with his family and friends more than anything. Many memories were created in Manitowish Waters, St. George Island in Florida, and at Disney World over the years. He enjoyed trips with Barb and their friends touring the US, and breakfast meetings with the guys. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren participate in all their different sporting events and activities. Mark also enjoyed spending time outdoors, hunting deer, ducks, geese, and turkeys and going trap shooting. He spent many hours planting trees, cutting firewood, putting in food plots, building deer stands, and developing his duck pond on the Simon 40. Mark has raised pheasants for years, started raising a few mallard ducks to release on his pond, and trained five different family dogs over the years.

The family would like to thank the dedicated personnel of Aspirus Wausau Hospital for their care and concern for Mark during his extended illness, especially the unwavering professionalism of Dr. Reilly, Dr. Bolan, and Dr. Strick.

The Funeral Mass will be held Monday, March 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Agnes Catholic Church, 6101 Zinser St., Weston, WI 54476. The Rev. Greg Bohren will officiate. Visitation will be held only on Sunday, March 17, 2019, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the church. The family would like to invite friends and relatives to a Celebration of Mark’s Life at Sconni’s Alehouse & Eatery (1239 Schofield Ave.) after the service until 4:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, any monetary donations made to the family will be used toward an organization that the family will be choosing at a later date.


Mary Beth (Kluetz) Plunkett

Mary Beth Plunkett, age 73 of Wausau, WI, lost her battle with Parkinson’s disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis on March 8, 2019 at Pride TLC. Mary was born on November 21, 1945 to Erna and Ray Kluetz of the town of Maine. Mary was a 1963 graduate of Wausau Senior High School. She worked at Employers Insurance for a number of years. On March 20, 1965, in very wintry weather, she married Patrick Plunkett, at St. John Lutheran Church, town of Maine. She left Employers in 1969 and started volunteering at the North Central Health Care Center in the early ‘70’s. After a short time, she was asked to work as a full-time staff member, working with the developmentally disabled. She enjoyed the difficult task of bringing those less fortunate individuals into a more normal life style as much as possible. She also was involved in teaching Sunday school at Pilgrim Lutheran Church for as long as she could.

Mary was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 1988 and with Parkinson’s disease in 1992. She bravely resisted the effects of her illnesses but had to retire from NCHC in 1999 after 25 years of service. In 2003 she was forced to use a walker and in 2007 was reduced to using a wheelchair. As she continued to decline, her husband, along with family members, friends, and neighbors, provided necessary support so she could remain at home. However, on February 4, 2019 the Parkinson’s began its final stages of progression. She passed away under the excellent care of Pride TLC.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Patrick Plunkett, brother Mike (Sue Harris) Kluetz, Brother-in-Law Ken Klug, two nieces, Lisa (Greg) Nowicki and Sara (Mike) Agamaite, two nephews, Karl (Mayumi) Kluetz and Erik (Estreitta) Kluetz and one aunt, Mary Stone. She was preceded in death by her sister, Judy Klug, her aunt Mick and uncle Johnny, uncle Stoney, and by both parents.

A memorial service will be held at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce Street, Wausau, WI, 54401 on March 18th, with visitation from 9:00 to 11:00 am followed by the memorial service. Pastor Dan Sire will officiate. Entombment will be at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau, WI.

Memorials may be donated to the Marathon County Humane Society, 7001 Packer Dr, Wausau, WI 54401, or to Aspirus Health Foundation – Comfort Care and Hospice Services, 425 Pine Ridge Blvd, Wausau, WI 54401.

We wish to give a special thanks to the Neurology staff at Marshfield Clinic, Marshfield, WI, particularly Mahala Earnhart, R. N., for their help in dealing with Parkinson’s disease and to Pride TLC and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for their outstanding professionalism and compassionate care of Mary in her final days.


Rosemary C Volkenant

Rosemary C. Volkenant 81, Wisconsin Rapids, passed away at her home on March 11, 2019. She was born to the late Matthew and Lillian (Nelson) Volkenant in North Dakota on July 14, 1937.

Rose enjoyed watching many sports events, traveling and just hanging at home with her friends and family.

She is survived by her nephew, Scott Volkenant, Wis. Rapids; and good friend, Diane Blanchard, Wis. Rapids.

Service will be held on March 18, 2019, at John J. Buettgen Funeral Home, 631 E. Grand Ave, Wis. Rapids (formerly Higgins Funeral Home). Visitation will be from 1:00 -2:15 with service at 2:15, with Deacon Jerome Ruesch officiating.

Online condolences maybe expressed at www.HonorOne.com.


Jennifer Jones

Jennifer N. Jones (Brikowski) 9/20/69-3/8/19

Jennifer was born to James and Ellen Brikowski (Emerson) and graduated SPASH in “87” and from UW-SP with a B.S. in “96”. She went on to a career with Northwest in Minnesota.

In 2002, she met and married her husband Anthony Jones and shortly after was blessed with twin girls, Lily and Maya. In 2014, Jennifer and her family returned to Stevens Point and became a pharmacy technician where she enjoyed running into long lost friends and acquaintances.

Jennifer was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony Jones; parents, James and Ellen Brikowski (Emerson); and brother, James Brikowski.

Jennifer is survived by her daughters, Lily and Maya; sister, Beth Brikowski (Lori); as well as her beloved pets, Cece, Cooper, Charlee and Lola.

Jennifer was best known for her wit, sense of humor, and being the life of the party. She gained many friends over the years and lovingly referred to them as sweetie, honey, or a witty off key vulgar name.

Jennifer’s friendliness and love will be sorely missed. A celebration of life is being planned for March 30th with details to follow.

The Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit www.HonorOne.com.


Helen Vander Voort

Helen M. Vander Voort, 97, a longtime resident of Harrison, passed away Monday, March 11, 2019 at Riverview Health Services.

Helen was born October 5, 1921 in Spirit Falls to Joseph and Agnes Rzeszutek. She was married to Hans Vander Voort in Tomahawk on May 29, 1943; he passed away in 1974. Helen was employed as a custodian for the Tomahawk School District for almost 50 years. She retired at the age of 79. She was a former 4-H Leader in Harrison, she loved gardening and flowers. Helen was an avid reader and a fantastic scrabble player. She had a strong faith and was a member of St. Augustine Catholic Church.

Survivors include her daughters – Marie (Ed) Betka of Weston, WI, Carol Vander Voort of Tomahawk and Janet Crowell of Tomahawk; Son-in-law – Les Farmer of Tomahawk; Daughter in law – Sandy Vander Voort of California. Helen is further survived by 5 grandchildren – (Daniel (Holly Pophal) Crowell, Erin (Scott) Hefter, John (Kate) Vander Voort, Brian Vander Voort and Richard (Gen) Vander Voort; and 2 great grandchildren – Wyatt and Seth. Helen was preceded in death by her husband – Hans; Son – John; Daughter – Irene; 3 brothers; and 1 sister.

Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:00AM on Saturday, March 16, at St. Augustine Catholic Church. The family will receive friends at the Krueger Family Funeral Home Friday evening from 4:00PM until the time of the Vigil Service at 7:00PM and again at the church Saturday morning from 10:00AM until the time of Mass at 11:00AM. Burial will be in St. Augustine Cemetery in the spring.

Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements. You may view the full obituary and leave online condolences at www.kruegerfamilyfuneral.com

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