Obituaries are a service of Brainard Funeral Home, with locations in Wausau and Weston.
John Drengler Jr.
John George Drengler Jr. of Weston passed away on June 15, 2019.
John was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, on June 21, 1937, to the late John Sr. and Magdalen (Ritger) Drengler. He graduated from Mosinee High School in 1955, where he was a distinguished multi-sport athlete.
He attended Marquette University and Stevens Point state college, where he played football. He also served in the U.S. Marines.
John and his wife, Lois, were married on Aug. 27, 1960. He spent 39 years working in sales and marketing for Wisconsin Public Service. He and his family lived in Wausau, Antigo and Merrill, Wisconsin, over the course of his career.
John loved spending time with his family, often vacationing at the lakes of northern Wisconsin. He was active in his local community, teaching Sunday school at the First United Methodist Church, working with the United Way, acting in local theater productions and being a relied upon donor for the Community Blood Center.
A lifelong sports enthusiast, John enjoyed golf with family and friends, as well as many years umpiring in fast-pitch softball leagues. He was also an avid reader, frequenting the local library for the latest mystery and intrigue novels.
John is survived by his wife of 58 years, Lois (Effa) Drengler, Weston, Wisconsin; his children John, III (Daryn) Drengler, Appleton, Wisconsin; Jane (Steve) Johnson, Naperville, Illinois, and his beloved grandchildren Kate and Ben Johnson. He is also survived by his sister Gwen (Randy) Borth and brothers Mike (Sue) Drengler and Andy (Diane) Drengler, Mosinee, Wisconsin, as well as many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will take place on Saturday, June 22, in the Chapel at the First United Methodist Church, 903 Third St., Wausau, Wisconsin, starting at 11 a.m. Visitation will precede the service from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., with a lunch to follow. The Rev. Ethan Larson will lead the celebration of his life.
The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Renaissance Health & Rehab Center and Aspirus Hospice Services for their compassionate and outstanding care.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in John’s honor may be given to Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services, Wausau, Wisconsin.
Shirley Ann Falk, born in Wausau, Wisconsin, on Feb. 16, 1936, to Ernest Schoepke and Margaret Schoepke (Schoessow) went to be with the Lord on June 14, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
She married Fredrick P. Falk on May 20, 1955. They have two children, five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Shirley was a loving mom, avid gardener, seamstress, knitter and home chef. She was a foster mom to over 20 babies, as well as a teenage girl, and adored spending time with her grandchildren. When she wasn’t busy caring for others, she liked to kick back and watch the Green Bay Packers on Sundays. She was a faithful friend. Although she maintained a small circle, the friendships she kept were true and lifelong. In her younger days, she appreciated the outdoors by cross country skiing, camping and biking with family. Shirley was a lover of animals and feeding the critters in her backyard. She cherished peaceful moments outside surrounded by her flowers and enjoyed the simple things in life.
She actively served God in her community and at Zion Lutheran Church. She was a member of the Praise Team, maintained the flower beds, made Lutheran World Relief baby kits, assembled the bulletins, attended Bible study, baked communion bread and brought treats for fellowship hour. Shirley preferred to serve God quietly and without fanfare.
Survivors include her daughter, Valerie (John) Mizgalski, Wausau; son, Gregory (Sarah) Falk, Wausau; five grandchildren, Andrew (Kari) Mizgalski, Mosinee, Lauren (Michael) Sweeney, Willoughby, Ohio, LeeAnn Mizgalski, Madison, Courtney Falk, Brookings, South Dakota, and Kirstin Falk, Oshkosh; three great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law Donald (Christine) Falk, Shawano; and a nephew and niece, Nathan Falk (Jordan Hintz), and Nicole Falk.
Visitation will be held Monday, June 17, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St., Wausau, and again on Tuesday, June 18, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at Zion Lutheran Church, 709 N. Sixth Street, Wausau. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery.
Marshall D. Blaskowski, 87, of Schofield passed away at his home on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.
Marshall was born Oct. 4, 1931, in Bessemer, Michigan, the son of David J. and Sigrid L. (Maki) Blaskowski. They came to Hatley, Wisconsin, when he was 10. Marshall graduated from Wittenberg High School in 1949 and served in the United States Air Force as a radio operator on B-29 during the Korean War from 1950 to 1954. Marshall was united in marriage to Janet S. Delikowski on Oct. 22, 1955, at St. Therese Catholic Church, Schofield. Sadly Janet passed away on June 20, 2010. He was employed at the Weyerhaeuser Co. for 38 years as a finishing supervisor and customer relations. He was also president of Fiberglass Fabricators for a number of years. There they manufactured fiberglass fan hoods for Greenheck Fan and Ventilator Corp. and other various sport and recreation items. Marshall enjoyed being involved. He was manager for his son’s Little League team for four years and then president of the Little League for four years. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and the American Legion. He enjoyed golf, traveling, watching the Packers, breakfast with the gang, his dogs, and especially his spending time with his granddaughters.
Marshall is survived by his daughters; Sandra (Jim) Specht, and Jill Blaskowski and a son; Curtis Blaskowski; his granddaughters Erin Specht and Alana Blaskowski. A sister; Virginia (Don) Gilray, brother; John (Barbara) Blaskowski and sister in-law; Arlene (Don) Mullen. Dear friends; Art and Dianna Borchardt and their family. Nieces and nephews; Jay (Tanja) Gilray, Scott (Becky) Gilray, Ron (Tonia) Gilray, Michael (Julie) Blaskowski, Gary Blaskowski, David (Becky) Mullen, Chris (Donna) Mullen, Kathy (Jon) Haskin, Terri (John) Carr, Jennifer Mullen. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet, and parents, David and Sigrid.
A memorial service is planned for a little later date.
Gerald Ray Weigand, 69, town of Rietbrock, died peacefully on Sunday, June 16, 2019, at his home.
He was born June 14, 1950, on the family farm in Rietbrock, son of the late George and Audrey (Luedtke) Weigand.
In his younger years, Gerald enjoyed spending his time hunting and fishing.
Survivors include two siblings, Marlene Bergmann, Medford, and Eugene Weigand, Rietbrock; and three nieces, Connie Bergmann, Debbie Bergmann and Tara Weigand.
Graveside services will be at noon on Monday, June 24, 2019, at the Athens Village Cemetery in Athens.
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens, is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.
Troy Doua Lee Wilcox, 19, died Friday, June 7, 2019, at his home.
Troy was born April 14, 2000, in Wausau to Heu Yang and Andrea Wilcox. He enjoyed playing football for Wausau East High School and recently received his high school diploma. Troy enjoyed working for WOW as a customer service rep.
Troy was a beloved son, brother, grandson, cousin, nephew and friend to many. He had a big heart and could always be counted on to help those in need. Troy was idolized by his younger siblings with his little brother, Ri Yu, going so far to mimic his clothing choices. Troy cherished the time spent with his younger sisters, Meah and Maliah also. He was extremely close to his mother, Andrea, and shared all his life experiences and goals for the future with her. He was also known for his great sense of humor and love of pranks, especially enjoying pranking his dad, Heu. In Troy’s free time, he liked to play video games and taught his dad to play along with him. His greatest passion was fishing, either by himself or with family and friends.
Troy is survived by his parents, Heu (Choua Vang) Yang and Andrea (Ryan Fisher) Wilcox; siblings, Meah Yang, Ri Yu Yang, Maliah Fisher and Aspen; grandparents, Pa Ye Xiong, Susan Zaremba and Randy (Elizabeth) Wilcox; girlfriend, Alexis Xiong; many cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends. He is preceded in death by his infant sister, Kailie Wilcox; grandfather, Neng Thao Yang; uncle, Bee Yang; aunts, Jia Yang and Christine Yang; great-uncle, Mark McClelland; and other dear family.
The funeral service for Troy will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 21, at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau, Wisconsin. Visitation will be from 8 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home on Friday. Burial will be at Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guest book at helke.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Helke Funeral Home at helke.com.
A sincere word of appreciation goes to all of Troy’s family and friends for their love and support during this time.
Rudolph Jauernig Jr.
Rudolph Carl Jauernig, Jr, 98, of the town of Texas passed away peacefully June 12, 2019, with his loving family at his side.
He was born on Sept. 30, 1920, in the Czech Republic, to the late Rudolph and Ida (Czacsch) Jauernig. Rudolph served his country honorably in the United States Army during World War II. Upon his return home from the service, Rudolph began dairy farming in the town of Texas. Later on, he also raised beef cattle and buffalo. His work ethic was unstoppable, always working full time while farming, including road construction and working at Northern Milling feed mill. He was very active in the community, serving as the town supervisor for 25 years until he was 89 years old. In this capacity, he helped to start the Town of Texas Volunteer Fire Department. Most important to Rudolph was his family and the time they spent together.
He is survived by his children, Carl (Susan) Jauernig of Wausau, Mary Lou (Ronald) Kriehn of Merrill, Beverly (James) Riebe of Sycamore, Illinois, Jean (John) Trempe of Wausau, Dora (Greg) Szemborski of Edgar, and Rohne Jauernig of Roseville, California; grandchildren, Tim (Kristin) Jauernig of Wausau, Ken (Rebecca) Kriehn of Merrill, Kevin Kriehn of Milwaukee, Scott (Tammy) Riebe of Sycamore, Illinois, Melisa (Steven) Ignacek of Sycamore, Illinois, Rachel (Frank) Simac of Sheboygan Falls, Lindsey (Matthew) Koski of Wausau, David (Misti) Bouyear of Layton, Utah, and Jesse Goode of Roseville, California; great-grandchildren, Adria, Gustav, Tyler, and Jensen, Haley and David; and his great-great-grandson, Cayde.
In addition to his parents, Rudolph was preceded in death by his brother Julius; son, Herbert; and his grandson, Todd, and great-grandson, William.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Calvary Lutheran Church, N365 Cain Creek Road, Merrill. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 19, 2019, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau, and again on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park, town of Texas. Friends and family may sign the family guestbook at helke.com.