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

Rita Fronczak

Rita M. Fronczak, 86, of Weston, died Monday, April 29, 2019 at Rennes surrounded by her family.

She was born on September 21, 1932, in Milwaukee, WI, to the late Peter and Ursula (Perrault) Phillips. On June 10, 1972 she married Maxwell Fronczak. He preceded her in death on September 29, 1994.

Rita enjoyed gardening outside, relaxing inside and reading, fishing, and attending Bingo events. She enjoyed spending time with family and cooking for everyone. Another few favorite pastimes of Rita’s were shopping and dinning out.

Rita is survived by her son; David (Mary) Kowalski; two grandchildren, Brian Kowalski, and Andrea (Justin) White; two great-grandchildren, Broedy and Sierra; one sister, Audrey Krukowski; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service for Rita will be held on May 6th, 2019, at 5:00p.m. at Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston, WI. Visitation will be from 4:00p.m. until the time of the service all at the funeral home. Chaplin Mark Lewis will officiate. Online condolences can be made at

Gary Lueck

Gary L. Lueck, 73, of Birnamwood, passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at his home.

Gary was born in Wausau on February 10, 1946 to the late Merlin and Myrtle (Mearek) Lueck. After receiving his diploma, he went on to get his bachelor’s degree in accounting from UW-Whitewater.

In his younger years, Gary was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed bowling, reading, and had a great interest in collectible firearms and glass bottles. Those who knew Gary, knew how he loved to share his political views. But most important to Gary was his family. He loved his children and his grandchildren unconditionally. They will all miss him dearly.

Gary is survived by his children, Jesse (Christine) Lueck and Michelle (Jon) Peterson. He is further survived by his grandchildren, Niklas, Claire, Alexander, Dustin, Nicole, Izac, Kaden, Abigail, Sophia and Zoey; sisters, Bonnie Schmidt and Kathy (Gary) Donner; and his beloved pet dog, Lucy.

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his grandson, Avery.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 238145 Star Rd, Aniwa (Town of Easton). Rev. Ryan Fehrmann will officiate. Visitation will take place on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce Street, Wausau and on Wednesday, May 8 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

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The family wishes to thank the staff from Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for the care and compassion they showed their family during this difficult time.