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Wausau area obituaries, Aug. 26, 2019

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

Harry Weinberger

Harry A. Weinberger, 94, Wausau, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at the VA Medical Center in Sacramento, California.

Harry Weinberger

He was born Sept. 9, 1924, in Chicago, Illinois, son of the late Harry D. and Lucy (Shinn) Weinberger. On May 19, 1944, he married Joan Styza in Wausau. She preceded him in death on July 16, 2000.

Harry was a veteran of the United States Army and proudly served his country during World War II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Burns Post No. 388, Wausau. For 55 years, he worked for Federal-Mogul in Schofield, where he worked as a supervisor until his retirement. Harry served on the Wausau City Council for over 20 years.

Among his favorite pastimes, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling and loved spending time outdoors.

Survivors include two sons, Allan (Alonna) Weinberger, California and Terry Weinberger, Wausau; two grandchildren, Rick Weinberger, Nevada and Cherie (Brian) Pace, California; five great-grandchildren, Aaron, Samantha, Alexandra, Vincent and Adrianna; eight siblings, Helen Stubbe, Jack Weinberger, Ada Wendlandt, Margie Snyder, Patsy Griffin, David Weinberger, Danny (Karen) Weinberger and Bob (Carol) Weinberger; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents and wife, Joan, he was preceded in death by six siblings, Jim, Norman, Betty, Lillian, Joan and Elsie Mae.

Funeral services will be at noon on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019, at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St., Wausau. Rev. Joy Nelson-Jeffers will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau, with full military honors conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Burns Post No. 388, Wausau. Visitation will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.


David Crone

David J. Crone, 81, Wausau, entered eternal life Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, comforted by his family at Aspirus Wausau Hospital Palliative Care. David was born Feb. 2, 1938, to the late Gerald and Clara (Schurch) Crone in Rock Grove, Illinois. He married his high school sweetheart, Susana Ballesteros, on Dec. 8, 1962, in Rock Grove, Illinois.

David Crone

David served his country honorably and proudly in the U.S. Navy. He was formerly employed with E.O. Johnson as a technician. He enjoyed making homemade wine and sharing it with family and friends. David was an avid runner. Even though he started running in his late 30s, David ran several 100-mile, 50-mile and marathon races with grit and amazing fortitude. Growing up on a farm in northern Illinois, he developed a hard work ethic.

Survivors include his wife, Sue; his four children, Natalie Patterson, Sally Crone, Barry (Kari) Crone, and Gina (Ryan) Hansen; eight grandchildren, Melanie, Brianna, Samantha, Brooke, Amelia, Clara, Anneliese and Elias, and his brothers Lawrence Crone and Clifford Crone. He was preceded in death by his sister, Judith Truman, and brother, Donald Crone.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 26, 2019, at First English Lutheran Church, 402 N. Third Ave., Wausau. Rev. Erik Olson will officiate. Family and friends may call from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be at Rock Grove Cemetery, Illinois, later this week. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for a donation to a charity of their choice.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.


Adeline Mortensen

Adeline (Addie) V. Mortensen, 95, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at Aspirus Hospice House.

Adeline Mortensen

She was born June 13, 1924, in the village of Fenwood, the daughter of the late Andrew and Alvina (Wiesman) Hager. She was baptized and confirmed at the Fenwood Lutheran Church. Addie married Rexall Mortensen on May 25, 1951, at the High Steeple Church in the town of Wien.

After graduation from Wausau Senior High, Addie attended the Stevens Point Teachers College. After graduating, she taught at various elementary schools throughout the state, and spent 17 years at St. Frances Cabrini Elementary School prior to her retirement. Addie enjoyed traveling, fishing and gardening with her husband.

Survivors include her husband, Rex; son, Craig (Deb) Mortensen; daughter, Cheryl (Steve) Benson; four grandchildren, Tara Sperry, Dana Mortensen, Brooke (Josh) Klingbeil and Christopher Mortensen; two step-grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Barbara Peterson and Janice (Clarence) Dumke; as well as her sister-in-law, Opal Steinfeldt.

She was preceded in death by her three brothers, Gust, Warren and Marvin Hager; four sisters, Ella Weisenberger, Florence Zahn, Melba Jacobitz, and Verna Wetterau.

Funeral services will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 600 Stevens Drive, Wausau. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will take place at Restlawn Memorial Park.

The family wishes to thank all of the staff at Aspirus Palliative Care and Hospice House for the outstanding care of Addie.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, c/o Aspirus Health Foundation; 425 Pine Ridge Blvd., Wausau, WI 54401. Family and friends may go to helke.com to sign the family guestbook.


Elvira “Elfi” Allen

Elvira “Elfi” Allen, 71, of Rib Mountain passed away on Aug. 22, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. Elfi was born May 19, 1948, in Bavaria, Germany, to the late Bernard and Louise Hirt. She was married on Feb. 19, 1972, to Ronald Allen and was a loving mother of two beautiful children and grandmother of three young boys.

Elvira “Elfi” Allen

Elfi loved spending time with family and watching her grandchildren grow. She enjoyed traveling, spending time in her gazebo, taking evening pontoon rides and reading. She was loved by many. She retired from Kolbe accounts receivable in 2013 after 20 years.

Elfi is survived by her husband, Ronald; son, Charlie (Marcia) Allen; daughter, Tricia (Troy) Emmerich; three grandchildren, Porter, Wyatt and Spencer; sister, Linda (Glenn) Spara; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father; mother-in-law and father-in-law; brother, Bernie Hirt; and one grandson, Owen.

There will be a Celebration of Life in memoriam, held at Trails End Lodge, 3901 Sherman Road, Wausau, Wisconsin, on Sept. 5, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.. Elfi loved her Packers, so we are asking that those who wish to attend, come wearing your favorite Packers attire.

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


Betty Wetzel

Betty Lou Wetzel, 81, of Wittenberg died on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019, at Atrium Post Acute Care, Shawano.

She was born on Feb. 12, 1938, in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the daughter of the late Leland and Agnes Gracy (Cratiers) Stanley.

In September of 1966, Betty was united in marriage to Adolph John Wetzel in Elkhorn. He preceded her in death on July 28, 1998.

Betty worked as a clerk at several stores and was a homemaker. Gardening was her passion and she was truly gifted at it. She enjoyed hunting, loved dogs and especially the time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Betty is survived by her children, Lorretta, Linda (Joe), Debbie (Tom), Bob (Deanna), Geno (Adele), Tammy, Karl (Lois), John (Angel) and Vicki; 22 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren and a sister, Barbara Jeanne.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband; parents; three brothers; one sister and sons-in-law, Steve and John.

Private family services will be held.

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

Memories and condolences may be shared at schmidtschulta.com.

The family wishes to especially thank Deanna Wetzel and Lois Anderson for the care given to Betty during this difficult time.


Delbert Anderson

Delbert P. Anderson, 83, of Rosholt died unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at his home. He was born on May 12, 1936, in Hardwood, Michigan, the son of the late Paul and Marcelia (Sheldon) Anderson.

Delbert Anderson

Del was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of the Nelson-Kaminski American Legion Post #509 of Rosholt.

On June 2, 1962, he was united in marriage to Earlette ‘Micki’ Neese at American Martyrs Catholic Church in Kingsford, Michigan. She survives.

Del worked at the former Zaugs Vending of Appleton until his retirement. He built homes, including the home he shared with the love of his life and family on Lake Helen in Rosholt.

He enjoyed deer hunting, fishing and pitching horse shoes. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of Galloway.

Del is survived by his wife, Micki Anderson of Rosholt; three children, John (Julie) Anderson of Menasha, Barbara Miller of Winneconne and Dave (Kimberly) Anderson of Menasha; six grandchildren, Jaime (Tyler) Thompson, Jaclyn (fiancé Josh) Anderson, Makenzie and Gabrielle Miller and Sarah and Evan Anderson and his special companion, Pepi.

Del was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, William.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Galloway, with military rites conducted by the Nelson-Kaminski American Legion Post #509 of Rosholt. Rev. Augustine Bentil will officiate. Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday until the time of service at the church. Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and messages of support may be shared at schmidtschulta.com.


Douglas Carlson

Douglas N. Carlson, 77, of Birnamwood passed away on Friday, Aug. 23, at his home. Doug was born on June 2, 1942, son of the late Arthur and Merna (Kaufman) Carlson.

Douglas Carlson

Doug graduated from Birnamwood High School, where he met the love of his life, Christine Jozwiak, whom he chose as his prom queen in 1959 and treated that way the rest of their lives together. Doug and Chris were united in marriage on Sept. 3, 1960, and had two children, Rhonda Sue and Rodney (Butch) Carlson. Chris preceded him in death on Feb. 29, 2012. He lovingly cared for Chris throughout her devastating battle with Huntington’s disease and when she passed, life was never the same for him.

Doug and Chris enjoyed camping with all of their family and friends, going to Hodag, and their yearly van trips to designated areas across the U.S. with siblings Mel and Jan Carlson and Stan and Donna Stankowski. They especially enjoyed spending time with their children and grandchildren, rarely missing an event like school programs, volleyball, basketball, football, softball, baseball and wrestling. Doug also enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing “old-timer’s” softball and was a passionate Packers and Brewers fan. He loved his 20-acre farm and raising a few beef cattle. Most of Doug’s life was spent in Birnamwood, and he was thought of as a strong ambassador for the village.

Everyone who knew Doug called him a “jack of all trades,” and for good reason. After graduating from high school, Doug went to Milwaukee and worked in construction for the first summer, then moved to Marinette where he worked at Lloyd’s Manufacturing making school furniture and at a Clark Station that was run by his brother-in-law, John Philipp. In April of 1961, Doug returned to Birnamwood and started working at Birnamwood Elevator for two years, and then took over managing the mill for two years. From there he went to work for Wick Pole Building Systems as a salesman. In 1967, he went to work for the village of Birnamwood as village engineer and village marshall until 1969. He then moved to Shawano and was a police officer for the Shawano City Police Department. During this time, Doug attended the Fox Valley Technical Institute and got a degree in police science with special emphasis in traffic law and control, evidence technician, psychology/human relations, abnormal human psychology and testing of the enforcement of narcotics and dangerous drugs. He was certified by the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Standards Board.
In February of 1974, he was offered a job again with the village of Birnamwood where he set up the police department, was the water, sewer, streets and parks commissioner, took care of street snowplowing and the village garage, and performed many other duties. He was also a Shawano County Sherriff’s Deputy for 22 years. Some of his many accomplishments include being the fire chief for Birnamwood Area Fire Department, the Chief of Police for the Birnamwood Police Department, an EMT with the Birnamwood Area Ambulance Service, working with the Birnamwood Village Housing Authority, serving on the Board of Directors for the Birnamwood Development Corp. and president of the Birnamwood Improvement Club, being a member of the Birnamwood Polka Day Committee, and being a Boy Scout Master for two years. He was certified by the State of Wisconsin as a Grade 1 Waterworks Operator and Grade 2 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator. He was a member of the Quint County Law Enforcement Association where he served as past president, a member of the Northcentral Wisconsin Police Chief’s Association, and a member of the Wisconsin State Firefighter’s Association. Truly a “jack of all trades!”

Doug is survived by six grandchildren, Fletcher (Amanda) Walkush, Dylan (Terri Lynn) Walkush, Laci Walkush, Amanda (Nick) Matsche, Jessica Carlson and Tyler Carlson, as well as 10 great-grandchildren, Harper, Harrison, Harlow, Caiden, Norah, Eygan, Anya, Alexis, Braylin and Joel.

He is further survived by his siblings, Melvin (Janet) Carlson, Sharon Philipp, Donna (Stan) Stankowski, Randy (Joanne) Carlson, Rick (Laura) Carlson, Tina Carlson, and Ron (Vicki) Carlson, a daughter-in-law, Chris Carlson as well as sisters-in-law Marion Resch and Patsy (Tom) Brounacker and brother-in-law Robert Falkowski.

Doug was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Chris, his daughter Rhonda Sue, his son Rodney (Butch), his granddaughter Samantha (Sammy Jo) Carlson, his brothers-in-law John (Junior) Jozwiak and John Philipp, Jerome Resch, Dennis Ostrowski and his sisters-in-law Geraldine Falkowski and Loretta Ostrowski.

Doug will always be remembered by those who were fortunate enough to know him for his jokes and laughter, his kindness, and his constant eagerness to help anyone in need. He was never one to brag about himself or his (many) accomplishments, and was always there when you needed a friend. As a police officer, he had a soft spot for struggling teens and was always willing to give them another chance if they promised to never do it again. He always took the time to listen to their problems and offer advice when he was asked.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at St. Philomena Catholic Church in Birnamwood. Father Vicente Llagas will officiate. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be on Wednesday, Aug. 28, from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

Schmidt Schulta Funeral Home in Birnamwood is assisting the family with arrangements.
Memories may be shared at schmidtschulta.com.


Mary Davies

Mary Elizabeth (Lacey) Davies, 91, passed away peacefully in her Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, home surrounded by family and friends on Aug. 21, 2019.

Mary was born on Dec. 31, 1927, in Berlin, Wisconsin. Her parents were Professor James Jerome Lacey and Dorothy Young Lacey. She was preceded in death by her husband, David DeWayne Davies, on Feb. 27, 1993. They were married in Madison, Wisconsin, on July 14, 1951. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Maurice and Tom Lacey.

Mary is survived by her son, David (Alice) Davies, her sister Dorothy St. Thomas, her grandchildren Anne (Doran) McKnight in Lake Bluff, Illinois, and Paul Davies in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mary loved spending time with her two great-grandchildren, Patrick, 4, and Maggie McKnight, 1. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Throughout her life, Mary brought harmony, love and friendship to everyone she met. She always enjoyed her time with family and friends and loved to be involved in their lives while never seeking the limelight or drawing attention to herself. She was truly a teacher at heart and loved to share her skills in knitting and quilting. Mary enjoyed golf and curling, with one of her fondest memories being the day she broke 100 at the Lac la Belle Golf Course in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

Mary graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1949 with a degree in occupational therapy. She completed internships in Denver and Portland and then worked at a cerebral palsy center in Atlanta, Georgia, for several years and later in several Wausau area nursing homes. She also worked at the Knitting Nook in Wausau and several knitting stores when living in the West Bloomfield, Michigan area. After moving to Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, Mary volunteered at the library, Silver Streak transportation services, and numerous activities at St Jerome Catholic Church.

Per Mary’s wishes, there will be no formal public funeral services. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. The family asks that memorials be directed to the Wausau Curling Club, the Evans Scholarship Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

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