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

Karen Thiele

Karen was born in Oshkosh on June 29, 1939, to the late Adrian and Ella (Schmuhl) Broderick. She graduated from Oshkosh High School in 1958. She married Robert J. Thiele on Oct. 10, 1964, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Oshkosh.

Karen Thiele

Bob and Karen moved to the Schofield area in 1972 where she was employed as a pharmacy tech at North Central Health Care. She was a loving mother, always tending to sporting events that her boys, Shawn and Troy, were involved in. Karen will also be remembered as a devoted friend to many.

Karen spent her life serving her Lord and was a faithful member of St. Peter Ev. Lutheran Church in Schofield. There, she was a member of the Ladies Aid, school board, education committee, senior choir and LL Guild; helped in the school library, was a pre-school and kindergarten aide, volunteered for vacation Bible school, and worked on the church newsletter. She was a beloved Sunday school teacher for more than 26 years and served in that role both at Bethlehem in Oshkosh and at St. Peter.

Karen is survived by her husband of 54 years, Robert “Bob”; sons Shawn (Alecia) Thiele of Platteville, Wisconsin, and their children, Colin and Natalie; and Troy (Lissa) Thiele of San Jose, California, and their son, Skyler.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Adrian Broderick, Jr.; and sister, Lois Buehring.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at St. Peter Ev. Lutheran Church, 1351 S. Grand Ave., Schofield. Rev. Jeffery Mahnke will preside. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Interment will be at Lake View Memorial Park in Oshkosh. Memorials may be directed to St. Peter Lutheran Church or St. Peter Lutheran School.

Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at

Donations may be made to:

St. Peter Ev. Lutheran Church
1351 Grand Ave., Schofield WI 54476
Tel: 715-359-2829

Michael Mais

Michael E. Mais 49, died on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, from cancer at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, surrounded by his family and his wife holding his hand. He was born April 12, 1970, in Wausau, the son of Valray and Suzanne (Clark) Mais.

Michael Mais

Mike graduated from Marathon High School in 1988. Soon after graduation, he went to work at Kolbe & Kolbe for 23 years, then worked at Kraft foods until his death. Mike had many things he loved to do. He had a passion for riding his Harley, his ATV, fast cars, and pretty much anything with wheels. He enjoyed doing anything that included the outdoors, such as camping and yardwork. Mike also had an interest in antiques and art. In 2010, he met the love of his life, Melinna (Sturm) Mais. Once together, Mike was determined to see the world and started to travel as often as possible. They married on July 7, 2017, in Las Vegas. Mike had many, many friends and touched the hearts of everyone he met.

Survivors include his wife, Melinna; his stepchildren, Barbera, Britney and Shane Jr; his fur babies, Whiskey and Peanut; his mother, Suzanne; his sisters, Sherry and Sara; and many extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his father, Val.

A special thanks to the staff at Aspirus ICU for the care he received on his last day.

A memorial and sharing of memories will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Ave., Wausau. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

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Violet Wesenick

Violet L. Wesenick, 86, passed away peacefully on Aug. 20, 2019, at Mount View nursing home. She was born on Aug. 6, 1933, in Lincoln County to the late Melvin and Myrtle (Younker) Wesenick. She loved reading, gardening, sewing, taking care of kids and crocheting.

Violet Wesenick

She is survived by a niece Sunny Ledford, nephews Kris (Tanya) Sowinski, DanSowinski and daughter Rachel, niece Michelle Ledford and nephew Ken Ledford alongwith adopted nephew Desmond Engman and Faith Lippert.

She is preceded in death by siblings Marvin (Nina) Wesenick, Irene (Ted) Sowinski andnephew Daryld Sowinski.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, at John J. BuettgenFuneral Home 948 Grand Ave., Schofield, Wisconsin. Visitation will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and service at 5 p.m., with Fr. Albert officiating.

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George Prondzinski

George Prondzinski, “Red,” as he was known in earlier years, passed away at age 84 on Saturday evening, Aug. 17, 2019, at The Bridges of Appleton, Wisconsin.

George Prondzinski

Funeral services will be held at Stahl Funeral Home, W7452 State Road 21/73 in Wautoma, Wisconsin, on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, with visitation at noon., eulogy at 1 p.m. and luncheon immediately following. Burial service will be private.

George had five children by Kathleen Prondzinski (deceased): Allen (Nancy) Prondzinski of Wautoma, Debbie (Martin) Bolwerk of Menasha, Robert (Sophie) Prondzinski of Miami, Manitoba, Canada, Gene Prondzinski of Wautoma, Tammy (Tom) Royer of Hamilton, Montana; and he was blessed with five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

After being born and raised on a farm in Custer, Wisconsin, with nine siblings, Dad supported his family with his carpentry apprenticeship that he acquired in Milwaukee while working for his brother Hubert Prondzinski, about 1960. He took great pride in building stick homes over the decades into retirement. As he moved the family over the years from Green Lake to Berlin, Minnesota, for a year then Wautoma and Plainfield, he kept us kids busy and satisfied his desire to farm by having several acres to raise various cash crops, and some years even had vegetables to sell at the Wautoma farm market for a few years. He finally settled in Wautoma, living in homes he and Allen built with a garden out back, sharing its abundance along with a little humor. His legacy continues to living on in many ways in each one of us children.

The Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit

Daniel Schulz

Daniel F. Schulz, 79, of Mosinee died on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019, at Mount View Care Center, Wausau.

Daniel Schulz

Daniel was born on Feb. 28, 1940, in Birnamwood, the son of the late Lyman and Lenora (Wendler) Schulz.

On May 31, 1958, Daniel was united in marriage to Patricia Thorson at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Wittenberg. She survives.

Dan was a truck driver for over 50 years and had a perfect driving record. An avid outdoorsman, Dan enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, four-wheeling and hunting. He especially enjoyed splitting wood. Dan was a true family man and loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Kronenwetter.

Dan is survived by his wife, Patricia Schulz of Mosinee; six children, Deb (Don) Ziemanski of Gleason, Dave Schulz of Rib Mountain, Diane Schulz of Weston, Gary Schulz of Kronenwetter, Sandy (George) Grassl of Knowlton and Kristi (Jeff) Sather of Eau Claire; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; siblings, Jim Schulz of Tigerton and Naomi (Steve) Dohms of Wausau and in-laws, Dale Schoepke of Wausau, Agnes (Gordon) Schlender of Wittenberg, James (Barb) Thorson of Weston, Beverly (Dave Babcock) Radun of Lake Tomahawk and Joanne (Eugene) Preuss and Dennis Thorson, all of Wittenberg.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law Joseph and Mabel Thorson; sister Delores Schoepke and in-laws, Tom (Viola) Thorson, Bobby Thorson and Ron Thorson.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Kronenwetter. Rev. John Czarnota will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Home Cemetery, Wittenberg. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
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