Obituaries are a service of Brainard Funeral Home, with locations in Wausau and Weston.
James A. Brown, 80, of Mosinee passed away on Sept. 20, 2019, surrounded by family. With heavy hearts, his family bids farewell to their beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and uncle. He was loved by all and will be missed by many.
Jim was born in Stevens Point on June 1, 1939, to the late Alvin and Juanita (Grover) Brown. He graduated from Stevens Point High School in 1958, and married Elaine, his wife of 60 years on June 13, 1959. A welder by trade, Jim completed an associate degree and worked for the Loed Corp. for many years.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Elaine Barbara (Mientke) Brown; five children, Nancy (Steve) Hommerding, Marjory (Mark) Prazuch, Candy (Richard) Wodora, James Brown Jr., and Kathryn (Chris) Buenning; nine grandchildren, Jonathan (April) Hommerding, Kelli (Josh) Burbach, Autumn Prazuch, Elena (Scott) Postelnik, Richard Wodora Jr., Andrew Brown, Amanda Brown, Jackson Brown, and AJ Buenning; three great grandchildren, Rylee, Cameron and Archer Hommerding; and his brother Richard (Fran) Brown. He is preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Hugh Brown, Fritz Brown, Joe (Sandy) Brown; and his sisters, Dixie Brown and Bonnie (Karl) Losinski.
Jim was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying fishing, ice fishing, hunting and watching the many birds outside his Mosinee home. Many days were spent on remote lakes with wife, children and grandchildren. Ever patient and full of humor, and always ready with a joke or a song, those times created enduring memories for his family. Catching crappie with tip downs, staying out until toes were cold and eyes were tired, always ready for an adventure. He loved spending time with family, was always ready for a visit, and enjoyed picnics at Mission Lake, holidays with the kids, and his faithful dogs. Ready with a witty comeback just to get a reaction, Jim enjoyed teasing, and loved watching his family grow. The family always knew, even toward the end, that all the teasing, joking, crazy names, goofy songs and laughter masked one of the biggest hearts ever known. Generous to a fault, Jim always identified what others needed and never allowed them to go wanting. Many unsuspecting recipients felt the warmth of his gifts.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Brainard Funeral Home, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston, Wisconsin. Rev. Marion Talaga will officiate. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Luncheon will follow at the Kronenwetter Municipal Center, 1582 Kronenwetter Drive, Kronenwetter, WI 54455.
The family would like to thank the incredible staff at Rennes for their compassion and dedication they showed our family.
Paul Bierman Jr.
Paul J. Bierman Jr., 84, of Birnamwood died on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at Cloverleaf Terrace under the care of LeRoyer Hospice.
He was born on Sept. 16, 1935, in the town of Almon, Shawano County, the son of the late Paul Sr. and Lillian (Baker) Bierman.
Paul was a United States Army veteran serving from 1955 to 1957.
On Dec. 25, 1960, Paul was united in marriage to Beverly Kerstner at St. Matthew Lutheran Church, Bowler. She survives.
Paul logged for many years and also ran Silver Creek Nursery and Greenhouse. He enjoyed playing old timers softball, fishing, hunting, playing cards and camping.
Paul is survived by his wife Beverly Bierman of Birnamwood; two sons, Perry (Alice) Bierman of Bowler and James (Trina) Bierman of Birnamwood; three grandchildren, Nicholas (Sarah) Bierman, Jenna (Ryan) and Rebecca Bierman; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Howard (Audrey) Bierman and two sisters, Ethel Matz and Linda (Ken) Wolf.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Lawrence, Art and LeRoy and a sister, Norma Hanke.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Shawano. Mr. Ken Giessel will officiate. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the hall.
Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.
Doris M. Schmidt, 95, of Wittenberg died on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at the Homme Home of Wittenberg under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. Doris was born on Aug. 29, 1924, in Birnamwood, and was the oldest child of 11 to the late Fred and Erma (Kufahl) Schmidt.
Doris graduated on Aug. 30, 1946, from the Milwaukee School of Nursing. After graduation, Doris worked at Milwaukee Hospital, in the surgery department, until her retirement.
She enjoyed bowling and was a past president and secretary for her league. Doris loved to travel and visited many national parks. She was a people person and loved making connections with others. Doris was a very caring person. She loved spending time with her family and loved the Lord.
Survivors include her siblings, Murl Hahs of Wittenberg, Milton (Suzanne) Schmidt and Earl (Judy) Schmidt of Birnamwood, Carol Kocina of Independence, Minnesota, and Rachel Kluck of Tomahawk; a sister-in-law, Judith Schmidt of Birnamwood, and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Doris was preceded in death by her parents and siblings, Donald, David, Roy, Erma Jean, and Verna Viegut.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, at St. John Lutheran Church, Birnamwood. Rev. Bil Sutlief will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church.
Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Memories and messages of support may be shared at schmidtschulta.com.