Obituaries are a service of Brainard Funeral Home, with locations in Wausau and Weston.
Walter “Junior” Brendemuehl
Walter R. “Junior” Brendemuehl, 76, of Weston passed away on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at Atrium Birch Hill in Shawano.
Walter was born on Oct. 26, 1942, to the late Walter and Irene (Aschbrenner) Brendemuehl. After completing high school, Walter joined the National Guard and served his country honorably. On Feb. 4, 1967, Walter married the love of his life, Paulette Huffman. Together they raised two daughters, Wendy and Amy. After retiring as a crane operator, Walter went on to drive bus for the kids at D.C Everest. He truly enjoyed his time working with the children and loved it when they would tell him, “Goodbye, Mr. Walter.”
In his free time, Walter enjoyed going hunting and fishing, watching birds, going to auctions and carpentry work. After retirement, Walter found a love for cooking. He would find recipes online and try new spices. Paulette always came home to a home cooked meal. His love and laughter will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Walter is survived by his loving wife, Paulette; daughters, Wendy (Robert) Sternberg and Amy (Josh) Unertl; grandchildren, Nikole (Justin Wester) Sternberg, Brittney (Bradley) Althoff, Travis (Rebecca) Unertl, and Taylor Unertl; great-granddaughter, Judith Wester; brothers, John (Inga), Eugene, Scott (Pam), Mike (Sue), and George (Renee) Brendemuehl; sister, Patricia (Robert) Fenhaus; mother-in-law, Lucille Huffman; brother-in-law, Robert (Sharon) Huffman; sister-in-law’s, Pamela Huffman, Linda (Rodney) Neuendank and Nancy (James) Kalinke. Walter is further survived by many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Walter was preceded in death by his brothers, Donald and Roger Brendemuehl; and sister, Beverly Hack.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, 503 Schmidt Ave, Rothschild. Pastor Richard Block will officiate. Visitation will take place from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019, at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau; and again from 10 a.m. until the time of services on Tuesday at the church. Burial will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park. Please go to helke.com to sign the family guestbook.
The family wishes to thank both Atrium Birch Hill Nursing Home and Heartland Hospice for their compassion and care for Walter.
Donna M. Westgor, 86, of Appleton, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton.
Donna was born on Oct. 21, 1932, to Frank and Mary (Turin) Motiff.
Her parents owned Motiff’s Home Bakery in Appleton where she worked next to her father, Frank, who she adored. After the bakery was sold and her parents retired, Donna started her next job at Lawrence University. Donna loved working with the students and also met her late husband, Chet Westgor, at the university.
Donna wanted to be remembered for her great love of all animals.
She is survived by her son, Hugh (Jeanne) Hamilton; step-granddaughter, Kayla (Ben) Vosters and great-grandson Bennett Vosters.
Donna was preceded in death by her loving husband, Chet; parents, Frank and Mary, and numerous pets.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 17, 2019, at the Highland Memorial Park Chapel in Appleton. Fr. Bill Hoffman will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the chapel.
Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at schmidtschulta.com.
Special thanks to her neighbor, Ron, for always checking on her and for his endless cigarette runs! Also thanks to her other neighbors, Rick and Lucy, for all their help.