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Wausau area obituaries, May 1, 2019

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

Richard “Dick” Lewitzke

Richard L. (Dick) Lewitzke, 70, passed away unexpectedly at home with his wife by his side on April 30, 2019.

Richard “Dick” Lewitzke

He was born Nov. 13, 1948, in Wausau, Wisconsin, to the late Harold and Mary Ann Lewitzke. He graduated from Wausau Senior High School in 1967. On June 22, 1968, he married Carol Smith at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ. Dick and Carol celebrated 50 years of marriage. Dick was a proud Vietnam War veteran.

Dick was an avid sportsman. He loved hunting, fishing and observing all of God’s creatures. One of Dick’s favorite pastimes was spending time with his hunting buddies at the hunting shack. His summer home was the cottage on Lake Nokomis. It was a gathering place for family and friends.

Dick is survived by his wife, Carol, and his son and daughter-in-law Brad and Sheila Lewitzke, Florida.  Other survivors include sisters Nancy (Steve) Tomcek, Green Bay, Barbara Talbot, Little Chute; brothers Tim Lewitzke and Bob (Lori) Lewitzke of Los Angeles; and many nieces, nephews and extended family.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2019, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 426 Washington St., Wausau. The Rev. Philip Schneider will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St., Wausau, and again from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Monday.


Ruth Schultz

It is with much sadness our family announces the death of Ruth M. Schultz, 98, of Wausau on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. She was born Sept. 30, 1920. Aunt Ruthie was a sweet, gentle, yet powerful spirit in the lives of her nieces, nephews and dear friends. We will miss her, but find comfort in knowing she joins her beloved husband, Paul, who passed 13 years ago.

Ruth Schultz

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Monday, May 20, 2019, at St. Michael Catholic Church.  The Very Rev. Msgr. Mark Pierce will preside. Entombment will be in Memorial Chapel Mausoleum, Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation will be on Monday, May 20, from 10 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. A complete obituary will be published later.


Charlotte Eberhardy

Charlotte A. Eberhardy, 91, of Weston passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 28, 2019, at Rennes Rehab, Weston.

Charlotte Eberhardy

She was born Aug. 24, 1927, in Wausau, daughter of the late Edward and Leona (Denfeld) Sippl. On Aug. 24, 1949, she married Norbert Eberhardy at St. John Catholic Church, Edgar. He preceded her in death on Dec. 5, 2011.

Charlotte worked at CTL in Wausau for more than 20 years, retiring in 1992. To keep herself busy, she went back to work part time at various Hallmark Stores around Wausau until finally retiring for good in 2000.   Charlotte enjoyed knitting, cross-stitching, following the Brewers and the Packers, gardening and watching her flowers grow. She will be fondly remembered for cross-stitching Christmas socks for everyone in her family.

Survivors include her children, David (Cathy) Eberhardy, Oklahoma, Bob (Teri) Eberhardy, Kronenwetter, Jim (Shirley Merker) Eberhardy, Sun Prairie, Nancy Niziolek, Weston, and Sue (Mark) Schrieber, California; her grandchildren, Becky (Chad) Thomas, Sara Eberhardy, Justin (Jess) Rozek, Quinten and Trent Eberhardy; six great grandchildren, Drew, Taylor, Ava, Jackson, Emily and Addison; and one brother, Robert Sippl, Washington.

Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter Mary Eberhardy and her two sisters, Mary Ruesch and Jean Sagstetter.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2019, at St. Agnes Catholic Church, Weston. The Rev. Greg Bohren will preside. Entombment will be in Holy Angels Mausoleum, St. Michael Cemetery, Wausau. Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until the time of services, all at the church.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Ave., Wausau, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.


Bert Pieper III

Bert Roman Pieper III, 65, of Wausau made his journey home on Monday, April 29, 2019, at St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston.

Bert Pieper III

Bert was born in Wausau to the late Berthold and Ethel (Sanders) Pieper on July 25, 1953. After completing high school, Bert went on to complete his journeyman, and was employed as an Industrial project manager at Miron Construction. On Sept. 9, 1989, Bert married the love of his life, Linda Beese. Together, they created a love story with 30 adventurous chapters. Each chapter leaving lasting impressions along the way; with the final chapter ending in each other’s hands.

Being out in the woods, hunting, shooting trap, going up north to the cabin and traveling to Canada were some of Bert’s favorite things. He always enjoyed a great challenge and never stopped until the challenge was complete. He enjoyed welding and building things out of steel. But most important to Bert was his family and friends. He always enjoyed good conversation and sharing a great story whenever possible. Bert will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He is survived by his wife, Linda; son Bert Arthur Pieper IV; step daughters, Hillary (Dale) Frank, and Holly Van Wormer; grandchildren, Vanessa, Savannah, Braylon, Ashlyn, Kennedy, Isaac and Mackenzie; and his little buddy Tyler.

In addition to his parents, Bert was preceded in death by his two sisters, Janet Thompson and Joan Wanta.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at St. Anne Parish, 700 W. Bridge St., Wausau. Father Tom Lindner will officiate. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. and again from 10 a.m. until the time of services, all to take place at the church.

Please visit Helke.com to sign the family guestbook.


Edward Novitzke

Celebration of Life for Edward Novitzke, 77.

Edward Novitzke

Edward fought a courageous battle with cancer with family at his side. On April 27, 2019, he entered heaven and now is in Jesus’ arms. He’s looking down on those he loved and selflessly cared for for so many years. We know his strength, love and commitment to Jesus will continue through his loving family members. Born July 21, 1941, in Wausau, Wisconsin, to Edward F. and Edna Novitzke.

He met and fell in love with his forever love and best friend, Veronica (Roni) Ceplina. They were married 58 years and raised five beautiful children, Kim Marie (Tony) Blume, Dean J. (Lynda) Novitzke, Stacy, Shanti (Tim) Pitschka, Edward J. (Molly) Novitzke.

Also survived by grandchildren, Kyle Novitzke, Jessica (Brian) Weiland, Alyssa (Nick) Hovda, Ona Pitschka, Caiti Green, Sarah (Ryan) Piel, Gabe and Emily Novitzke, two great-granddaughters, Belle and Jovie Weiland; and a great-grandson due in June; sisters, Pat Gauger, Jan (John) Stieber, Nancy Flory, Sharon (Mike) Wahoske, and Sue (Tom) Luetschwager; many nieces and nephews; and sisters-in-law, Jackie, Bill Zenner, Joni, Tom Falk, Vickey Gwidt, Loretta, Ray Knoblock. Ed will be united with his parents, Ed and Edna Novitzke; son, Steven Novitzke; uncles and aunts; nephew, David Wahoske; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Special friends, Alski C., Ken Gilray, Don B., and other friends will meet again.

Ed was employed at Wausau Papers, Brokaw, Wisconsin, for 40 years as finishing superintendent. He continued as a consultant for WPM after his retirement. Ed was an EMT and volunteer fireman at the Rib Mountain Fire Department for 18 years. He loved doing community service, Lions club and various other clubs, hunting, fishing, bowling, and loving life with family.

He raised the family with the outdoors as their world. The family always did everything together — so many great and loving memories. Thank you for being the best husband, father and friend to all. Rest in peace as you watch over us. We have a special person in our lives who gave us strength when we felt God gave us too many challenges.

Father Marion, Pastor of Our Savior’s National Church in Mosinee, Wisconsin, was there every step, guiding our family through these challenging times. Thank you Father Marion, neighbors, family and friends for your support.

Thank you John J. Buettgen Funeral Home & Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society, also Heartland Hospice, for your awesome, loving care of our loved one.

Memorial service will be held at Our Savior’s National Polish Catholic Church, 804 Jackson St., Mosinee, Wisconsin 54455 on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Visitation 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.. Service will follow, then lunch. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is set up in Ed’s name at Our Savior’s National Church.


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