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Grace Menzner

Grace Ellen Menzner, 84, of Marathon City passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Monday, June 24, 2019.

Grace Menzner

Grace was born, June 1, 1935, in Oshkosh to the late Edwin and Charlotte (Daems) Serwas. After finishing high school in Oshkosh, Grace attended Mount Mary College in Milwaukee where she earned her degree in occupational therapy. Grace married Robert Menzner in Oshkosh on June 25, 1960. She and Bob moved several times in the United States and Germany while Bob was in the U.S. Army, until they settled in Marathon in 1968. Grace continued her occupational therapy career at St. Mary’s Hospital in Wausau and later, Wausau Hospital Center.

She was a member of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, where she volunteered both at her church and school library. In her younger years, Grace enjoyed bowling, quilting , knitting and being a den mother.  Over the years, she donated many knitted caps for infants at Aspirus Birthing Center. She had a green thumb, tending to her flower and vegetable gardens. In addition to supporting their children’s and grandchildren’s events, Grace and Bob loved spending time with family and friends at their cottage on Trout Lake and their winter home in Marco Island, Florida. Whether it was a visit to the casino or going out to eat with the ladies, Grace always enjoyed having a good time. Over and above all else, Mom was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She supported her children and grandchildren in all of their activities, without fail. She put all her energy into providing all of us a stable loving home and her cooking and homemaking skills were exceptional. Her smile and sense of humor always made us laugh.

Survivors include sons Philip (Lori) Menzner of Wausau, Dr. Jeffry Menzner (Dr. Dawn King-Menzner), of Boise, Idaho, daughters Kristin Menzner of Wausau, Cindy (David) Hahn of Wausau, 10 grandchildren, Katie (Fiancee-Patrick Johnson), PJ and Erin Menzner, Hannah and Ben Menzner, Alyssa and Austin Kosour, Jacob, Madeline and Nathaniel Hahn, brother-in-law Jack Andrashko of Woodbury, Minnesota, and sister-in-law Phyllis Kass of Spokane, Washington. Grace was preceeded in death by her husband, Robert, three sisters, Lois Andrashko, Jane (William) Baivier, Doris (Heinz) Rupert, sister-in-law Linita McDonald, and brother-in-law Philip H. Menzner.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 712 Market St., Marathon. Rev. Monsignor Joseph Diermeier will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call at the church on Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. You may sign our family guest book at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish.

We would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and doctors at Aspirus Wausau Hospital and Comfort Care and Hospice Services, as well as to the devoted caregivers, who took such wonderful care of Mom over these last three years.

John Szarkowitz

John J. Szarkowitz, 80, of Mosinee died peacefully at home on June 25, 2019, surrounded by his family and with the support of Interim Hospice. John fought bravely against pancreatic cancer for much of the past year.

John Szarkowitz

John was born on Aug. 24, 1938, to Helen and Joseph Szarkowitz. He is survived by his wife, Dorene (Rena); and two daughters: Lisa (Pete) Hanson and Amy (Rob) Walters. He was the proud grandfather of Jacob Ostrowski, Jasmine Ostrowski and Jett Walters. He is also survived by three sisters: Jean (Paul) Senoraske, JoAnn (Doug) Apland, Linda (Tom) Fischer; two brothers: Bill Szarkowitz and Bruce (Kathy) Szarkowitz. He was preceded in death by his brother, Alvin Szarkowitz.

John served in the U.S. Navy from 1956 to 1960. He served on the USS Forrestal in the Mediterranean Sea for most of those years. Following his time in the Navy, he had a long career as a certified welder. He retired from Weyerhaeuser after working there for 44 years. John was a lifetime member of the VFW Post #8733 of Mosinee. He dedicated 10 years on the Mosinee City Council as an alderman and was also a volunteer firefighter for Rothschild.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial will be established in John’s name for cancer research.

Memorial services will be held at Good News Church in Mosinee on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Visitation 9 a.m., funeral 11 a.m., with full Military Honors to follow. The Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit