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

Jeannette Anklam

Jeannette K. Anklam, 79, passed away peacefully with her husband by her side on May 15, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Jeannette Anklam

She was born on Oct. 4, 1939, to the late Klaas and Cornelia (Van Prooyen) Vlietstra. She married Larry Anklam on Oct. 1, 1977, at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Wausau. Together they had one son, Larry. She enjoyed going shopping, gardening, collecting and selling Avon and Tupperware, traveling with Larry, camping, traditional country music and most of all spending time with her family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Larry of 42 years; one son, Larry, Jr.; three sisters, Minnie Holstein, Carolyn Holzem, Corrine Spartz; along with many nieces, nephews and good friends. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jacob Vlietstra; two sisters, Henrietta Fraaza, Grace Merriam; brother and sisters-in-law, Henry Holstein, Jack Fraaza, Dan Merriam, and Marilyn Vlietstra.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 423 Washington St., Wausau, with Rev. Philip Schneider officiating. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

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

Christina “Chris” Louise Beidel

Christina “Chris” Louise Beidel, 49, Wausau, Wisconsin, passed away May 9, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital after a long courageous battle with cancer, surrounded by family and friends.

She was the daughter of Ronald Beidel and the late Dolores Beidel. Chris had three siblings, Deborah (Lonard) Kindell, Erica (Beidel) Zentner, Michael (Jessica) Beidel. Chris had many nieces and nephews, Kayla, Ashley, Gregory, Matthew, Zachariah, Trystin, Ashtyn, Lillyan, Izabella. Chris was proud to be “Auntie” to each of them. Chris also had aunts and uncles, Larry (Val) Wood and Jim (Mary) Wood. She traveled to Uncle Larry’s, (Larryland) in California many times. This was a favorite spot for her.

Chris spent the majority of her life as a fitness instructor and co-owner of Curves in Wausau, which had been in business for many years. Chris took pride in empowering, strengthening and directing women to a healthy way of life. Her passion for helping others was always her main drive.

Chris’ family would like to thank Aspirus Wausau Hospital, particularly the palliative care unit for all the kind words and gentle gestures. The doctors and nurses were so kind to us during this difficult time.

Chris had many friends that helped her with this battle. Chris will be missed immensely. Chris’ entire family appreciates the great strides you all went through to help her fight this disease. Please accept our gratitude that comes straight from the heart.

A celebration of life is planned for June 22, 2019, at the Eagle’s Club. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Marathon County Humane Society.

This is not good-bye, this is… until we meet again. We love you Chris!