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Wausau area obituaries, March 29, 2019

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

Richard “Dick” Raasch

Richard “Dick” Raasch, 69, died Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Aspirus Hospital, Wausau.

He was born April 16, 1949 to the late Roland and Germaine (Freiders) Raasch in Wausau WI. He married Marguerite “Peggy” Abel September 20,1969 in Wausau. She survives. This year they would have celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Dick was a 1968 graduate of DC Everest Senior High, Schofield. He retired from Siemens in 2009.

In addition to his wife Peggy, he is survived by his children, Kimberly Raasch, Rothschild, Keith “Butch” Raasch, Rothschild and Kristin (Jeremy) Hornung, Ringle. His grandchildren, Charlotte Hornung, Shayna, Brenna and Cooper Raasch. Their mother Stephanie (Kevin) Ostrowski. Brothers Ronald (Suzanne) Raasch and Russell (Brenda) Raasch along with numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Donald Raasch.

Services will be held Saturday, March 30, 2019 at 11 am at St Agnes Catholic Church, Ringle. Visitation will be Saturday from 9 am until the time of services at the church. The reverend Greg Bohren will officiate. The Brainard Funeral Home, Weston, is in charge of arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St Jude Children’s Hospital in Dicks name, a charity he had supported for years.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of the Aspirus ICU for the compassionate care they provided throughout Dick’s stay.


Donald Edward Lenze

Donald Edward Lenze went home with his Lord March 27, 2019.

Donald was born November 4, 1932 in Watertown, son of the late Edward and Genevieve (Block) Lenze. On August 18, 1956 he married Kathryn Mae Wendt in Iowa. They celebrated 62 years of marriage together this past year.

Donald was in the United States Air Force as a Supply Staff Sergeant from 1951 until 1955.

Donald was a driver’s license examiner for the State of Wisconsin and he also was a petroleum products State District Supervisor for the State of Wisconsin until his retirement in 1993.

Some of his favorite pastimes included deer hunting in the Ashland area along with trout fishing in the Sioux River, horseshoe and playing cards. He also enjoyed gardening, especially his beans and tomatoes, but most of all he loved vacation time and camping with his family. Those were the best of times for Don.

Donald is survived and deeply missed by his wife Kathryn Lenze, Stevens Point, his daughters, Deb (Neil) Miller, Stevens Point, Donna (Chuck) Szymanski, Wisconsin Rapids, Diane Schaffer (fiancé Jason Stamm), Menomonee Falls, Erica (Mark) Koeppel, Belleville, his grandchildren, Jessica Scheid, Lee Scheid, Autumn (Keith) Groshek, Amber (Nate) Thiel, Alyssa Lenze, Candi (Rory) Ringer, Jamie Szymanski, Michael Szymanski, Joseph Schaffer, Carley Schaffer, Cheyenne Koeppel and Cody Koeppel as well as seven great grandchildren. Donald was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers James and Fred and a son Edward.

Memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1919 Wyatt Avenue, Stevens Point. The Rev. Steve Hulke will officiate. Visitation will be held from 3:00 p.m. until the time of services all at the church. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Michael G. Lilteich

Michael G. Lilteich “Red Leg”, age 65, Wausau, passed away with his sister Diane by his side on March 25, 2019 under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, fighting a long battle with dementia .

Michael was born March 31, 1953 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He was the son to the late George and Beverly (Berry) Lilteich.

He attended Stevens Point schools until moving to Wausau in the late 1960’s. Mike received his GED and went into the Air Force in 1971. He received an honorable discharge when his father passed away in 1972. Mike then returned back to high school and received a diploma From Wausau East High School. He married his high school sweetheart Vicky, they later divorced.

Mike went back into the military in 1974, and it became his life for 22 years between the US Air Force, US Army and the National Guard. Mike retired from the military as an Artillery Sargent E7. During and after the National Guard he drove semi over the road for several local companies, most recent was Marathon Cheese Corporation out of Marathon. At this time Mike lived in Medford, WI until he became ill in 2015 and moved to Copperleaf Assisted Living in Marathon.

Mike married Dawne Werner on Valentine’s Day 1989 and had one child, Dylan. Mike and Dawne later divorced.

Mike enjoyed riding Harley’s, fishing, canoeing, Packer games, photography, reading and anything outside, and most importantly his son Dylan. Dylan was Mikes everything.

If you knew Mike you had a friend for life. Mike would do anything to help anyone who needed it. Always happy and full of life. Did his best to be stress free, as he would say “like water off a ducks back, let it roll “. Mike loved to read, he always had a book available. He was truly an amazing man.

Survived by his son, Dylan (Tabitha) Lilteich, New Alburn, WI; three sisters, Diane (Russ) Kell, Marathon, WI, Lori (Lee) Nielsen, Land O Lakes, WI and Debra (Guy) Krzanowski, Wausau,WI; three nephews, Timothy, Andrew, and Cole; two nieces, Tammy and Claire; two great nieces, Kassandra and Chenoa; one great nephew, Briar; and a great-great niece, Salem; also aunts and uncles, Debra Blaire, Susan Stryowski, David Berry, Richard (Carol) Berry and Glen (Erika) Berry and many cousins.

He was preceded in death of his parents, George and Beverly Lilteich; his maternal and paternal grandparents; and Dawne Lilteich.

A very big thank you for all the compassion, love, and caring goes out to Heather Ward and staff at Copperleaf Assisted Living in Marathon and all the nurses, CNA’S and staff at Garden Side Crossing at NCHC facility. And so many thanks to Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, who were our everything!

Funeral Services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at Peterson Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth Street, Wausau. Rev. Gail Sowell will officiate. Visitation will be on Monday from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and again on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. Michael will be laid to rest at Restlawn Memorial Park with full military honors conducted by the American Legion Montgomery Plant Dudley Post No. 10, Wausau.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Loretta A. Falkowski

Loretta A. Falkowski, 87, Wausau died Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at Sylvan Crossing.

She was born February 17, 1932 in Hatley to the late Bernard and Frances (Dombeck) Baranowski. On February 19, 1952 she married her husband of 67 years, Paul Falkowski at St. James Catholic Church, Wausau. He survives.

Loretta was a homemaker who also worked hard helping with Paul’s homebuilding business, supervising, assisting with painting, varnishing and staining. Among her favorite pastimes, Loretta enjoyed trout fishing, playing Bingo at the casino, traveling, above all she especially loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband Paul, her two daughters Julie Lang, Las Vegas, Gail (Bryon Buhse) Harder, Wausau; her grandchildren Michael (Christy) Harder, Heather (Mike) Lang Cassera, Paul Lang; great-grandchildren Audrey and Caitlin Harder; and her sisters Margie Goytowski, Norma Grey and Joyce Baranowski.

Besides her parents, Loretta was preceded in death by two daughters, Paulette and Chrystal and 11 brothers and sisters.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at St. Florian Parish, Hatley. Rev. Greg Bohren will officiate. Burial will take place in the Parish Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 9:00 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 www.petersonkraemer.com.


Doreen Bovet

Doreen Bovet, 47, Wausau, died Monday, March 25, 2019.

She was born August 25, 1971 in Frankfurt Oder, Germany, daughter of the late Klaus-Peter and Eveline (Kuchta) Keck.

Doreen survived a traumatic upbringing in East Germany and with her grandpa Opa Kuchta’s help, studied in Cottbus to earn her Abitur (college degree) in computer programming. After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, she traveled west to study nursing at Haus auf dem Wimberg nursing home where she worked for over a decade. During the summer of 2000, she met Philip where he interned at that nursing home. They married in 2001 and moved to the USA to live in Antigo. There she worked as a CNA at Evergreen Terrace, then in Madison at Meriter Hospital and then Des Moines, IA where she worked at Methodist Hospital during which time they created their beautiful daughter Philine in 2004.

They moved to Marshfield for Philip’s residency training and Doreen stayed home to raise Philine and support her husband’s career, which brought them to Wausau in 2008. They divorced in 2011 yet continued to co-parent Philine. Doreen loved her “baby bear” and helped out as much as she could at Philine’s swim and track meets throughout the years. She enjoyed listening to Natalie Merchant, Queen and Roxy music and took Philine to see Adele and Katy Perry in concert. Doreen enjoyed watching Gone With The Wind and, like Scarlett O’Hara, she survived as long as she could.

Survivors include, her daughter, Philine Scarlett Gail Bovet, Wausau; her ex-husband, Philip (Shelly) Bovet, Wausau; one brother, Matthias (Daniella) Keck and their three children, Germany; her former father-in-law and mother-in-law, Michael and Gail Bovet, Antigo; and her dear friends, Maike Becker, Katrin (Volka) Miethe and Katrina (Corey) Clark.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her friend, Regina Becker.

Burial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019 at the Memorial Chapel Mausoleum, Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Rev. Jenifer Dahle will officiate.

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


Jerome George Jeske

Jerome George Jeske, 75, of Weston, passed away March 22, 2019 at his home. He was born on October 23, 1943 in Unity to George and Evelyn (Winkler) Jeske.

Jerome worked as a long-haul truck driver. He enjoyed traveling and meeting new people along the way. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and truly cherished time spent with family.

He is survived by his son Jordan (Denelle) Jeske, Minneapolis, MN; step sons Eric Drost, Stanley; Cory Drost, Thorp; Brandon Drost, Stanley; Jessie Drost, Derwood, MD; Shane Jeske, Chippewa Falls; 11 step grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren; mother Evelyn Jeske, Rothschild; brother Jay(Jeri) Jeske, Wausau; niece Lynn Nest, Wausau; nephew Jason Jeske, Wausau.

Jerome was preceded in death by his father George. Per Jerome’s wishes, he will be cremated with no attending services.


Gregg Hielema

Gregg (Roger Gregg Harry) Hielema, born March 19, 1972, in Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, passed into the arms of his Savior on March 26, 2019, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Bancroft, Wisconsin.

Devoted husband of Heather (Zuidervaart), proud father of Noah (fiancée Alayna), Joel, and Joshua, brother to Brenda (Paul) Bruinooge and Crystle (David) Numan, son of Henrietta Hielema, and Harry (Sharon) Hielema, brother-in-law, uncle, nephew and cousin to large extended families.

Gregg was raised and schooled in Canada. He and Heather were married in 1992 and then called to Mitchell, SD in 1996 to work at a church as Youth Pastor. Following his time there, he was employed in the phone industry, which eventually led to his transfer and subsequent move to Wisconsin, where he has resided with his family for the past 9 years.

His influence for Christ was immense. His spiritual gifts of patience, articulation and wordsmithing were very evident in his mentoring of so many of all ages. His leadership in every place he worked was appreciated. His natural abilities were astounding in the areas of mechanical, house renovations and building, athletics, education, parenting, theology, counselling, and Bible study. His valiant fight against an aggressive cancer, with various treatments, will add to cancer research.

In life and in death, Gregg helped others. His CaringBridge blog outlined his cancer journey and his deepening relationship with God, influencing many. “God is faithful, He is doing amazing things,” is what Gregg stated. Anyone who met and interacted with him heard his life precepts to “Cherish each moment”, “Invest in relationships,” and “Care deeply for others.” He repeatedly emphasized “Carpe Momentus, Carpe Momento,” or “Seize the Moments” and “Cherish the Memories”.

A celebration of life will be held at Woodlands Church, Plover WI, at 4pm, on March 31st. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Woodlands Church, or Cru.org.

Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family at this time. Online condolences may be expressed at www.HonorOne.com


Harriet M Johnson

Harriet M. Johnson, 97 of Kronenwetter (Formerly of Racine, WI) passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 26th at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Harriet was born on June 14th, 1921 in Denmark, WI. She graduated from Washington Park Highschool in 1939.

She worked as a bookbinder at Western Publishing for 35 years, retiring in 1983. She volunteered for St. Lukes Hospital in Racine and enjoyed helping out at the Christmas House for Cancer. She liked to golf with her girlfriends and play cards, especially cribbage and sheepshead. Harriet had a beautiful voice and would sing for anyone! She was a fabulous cook and was well known for her Danish Klejner and Danish Dumpling Soup. She was also an avid crocheter and made sure everyone had an afghan!

Harriet loved owls and had collected many over the years. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family. We will always remember her wonderful Sunday dinners! Harriet was a strong, loving, and beautiful wife, mother, sister, and friend and will be sadly missed by all.

Harriet is survived by her daughters, Doreen Klauser of Franklin, Tamara (Ron) Peterson of Kronenwetter, Shirley (Leonard) Hale of Kansas City, MO, and Sandy Kinard of Plano, TX., Thirteen grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren and many more relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Johnson, Son, David Klaus, Mom, Hannah Nelson, Dad, Einer Nelson, Brother, Leroy Nelson and Sisters, Lucile Moyle and Lavern Nelson.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Saturday, April 6th at 3 pm at Christ Community Church (8100 Alderson in Schofield). Dr. Robin Wilde will officiate. Visitation will be held from 1 pm until the time of service, all at the church.

The family would like to thank Dr. William Johnston and the staff at Aspirus Palliative Care for their exceptional care and compassion.

Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family at this time. Online condolences maybe expressed at www.HonorOne.com


Sandra J Pauls

Sandra J. Pauls, 69, passed away on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in the palliative care unit. She was born on December 27, 1949 in Wausau to the late Philip and Thelma (Hessey) Gotchy. Sandy graduated from DC Everest High School in 1967.  In April of 1976 she met Terry Pauls and after a 20 year courtship they were married in Las Vegas on August 12, 1997.

Sandy was the beverage manager at Charles Bar in Wausau for 20 years. In May of 1995 she was hired at SNE Corp in Mosinee. She worked there until 2012 when SNE closed. During this time she also worked a seasonal job as a line lead at Maple Ridge Farms for 15 years. After retirement she worked at Mosinee Cold Storage until the time of her death.She had a great sense of humor and was well liked by her co-workers. She loved flowers and always had an abundance of them for all to see in the summer months.

She is survived by her husband Terry, a son Dan, brothers, Frank (Jeanette), Mosinee, Rocky of Wausau, sisters, Paulette (Jack), Sturgeon Bay, Peggy (Roy), of Wausau and Lori Jahnke of Wausau.

She was preceded in death by her daughters Donna Witzeling and infant daughter Tina, sisters, Sherry Belke and Lynn Wester Meyer.

Services will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Peace United Church, Schofield. Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. until of service at 5:00.

Mid – Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family at this time. Online condolences can be expressed at www.HonorOne.com


Bennie A. Schultz

Bennie A. Schultz, age 98 of Wittenberg, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at the Homme Home of Wittenberg.

He was born on January 3, 1921 in the town of Texas, son of the late Paul and Louise (Oge) Schultz. On December 6, 1947 he married Betty Jane Walters in Aniwa, WI. She preceded him in death on March 26, 2009.

Bennie was a truck driver in the US Army during WWII. He was a logger by trade, and loved to work with his team of horses – Pearl and Lady. He owned a small dairy farm, and always enjoyed gardening. He even had a small garden at the Homme Home during his final years. Bennie had very strong Christian faith.

Survivors include his three children, Nancy (Terry) Jarchow of Aniwa, Susan (Norbert) Hetzel of Aniwa, and Wayne (Kathy) Schultz of Antigo; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his wife Betty and his many siblings.

Memorial service will be held at 12 Noon on Monday, April 1, 2019 at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home in Birnamwood. Rev. Matthew Christians will officiate. Inurnment will be at the Union Cemetery in Aniwa at a later date. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the time of service on Monday at the funeral home.

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


Marion Knippel

Marion Knippel, age 88, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at Willow Haven Home in Mosinee under the care of Interim Hospice.

She was born on February 11, 1931 in Marathon County, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Lillian (Stoltz) Knippel. Marion was a homemaker and enjoyed listening to polkas and country music. In her younger years she loved to dance. Marion showed us what true friendship and love was all about, demonstrating this through her huge smile and a firm hug to all those she came to know.

Survivors include her sister, Genevieve Szews of Hatley; her nephews, Rev. George Szews of Eau Claire, and Charles (Rochelle) Szews of Oshkosh; great nephew Lucas Szews, and great niece Leah Szews; and numerous other relatives.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 AM on Monday, April 1, 2019 at St. Florian Catholic Church in Hatley. Rev. George R. Szews will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the time of Mass on Monday at the church. Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg is assisting the family with arrangements.

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

The family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the staff at Willow Haven for their exceptional care and concern. You are all God’s angels. God bless you all.

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