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

Donald Dahlke

Donald “Don” David Dahlke, 57, of Mosinee passed away on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Donald Dahlke

He was born in Wausau on Dec. 23, 1961, to the late Douglas and Cleora (Klockziem) Dahlke. Don grew up in Wausau and graduated from Wausau West High School in 1980. During his career he worked at Stieber Sawmill in Marathon, Wisconsin Box in Wausau, and most recently at Timber Creek Resource in Antigo.

Don had a passion and love of the outdoors. In his younger years, he enjoyed playing semi-fast pitch softball. He also enjoyed fishing and hunting for whitetail deer, various birds, antelope, and bear throughout Wisconsin, at the cottage in Minocqua, or on his many out of state hunting trips. He was especially proud of his mounts.  Many times, he could be found on his tractor enjoying his 40 acres and making wood.

Those closest to Don will remember his big heart and giving nature. He was always willing to lend a hand to help out friends and family or anyone who asked. He never missed a family gathering, enjoying delicious food while playing Sheepshead, and laughing and joking with his nieces and nephews.

Survivors include his fiancée, Deb Kuether; siblings, Bev (Everett “Schmidty”) Schmidt, Linda (Lyle) Zernicke, and Jerome (Ann) Dahlke; brother-in-law, Harris Thomas; and nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Douglas and Cleora; and sister, Susan Thomas.

A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau.  Family and friends may call on Wednesday, Oct. 2, beginning at 4:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and again on Thursday beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, town of Texas.

In lieu of flowers please designate memorials to the family. A memorial fund will be established to advance spinal cord injury research.

The family wishes to thank the staff at St. Rita’s Adult Family Home in Mosinee for the compassionate care provided to Don, making a positive difference in his life during the year he spent living there.

John Hallas

John Hallas, 93, Mosinee, died Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at Wausau Aspirus Hospital. John was born on March 7, 1926, on the family farm in Mosinee, son of the late Frank and Mary (Babiarz) Hallas Sr.

John Hallas

He was a dairy farmer, truck driver, logger, and was also employed in other outdoor occupations. He was an avid Brewers fan, enjoyed reading, but he got the most joy spending time with his family, especially his grandkids and great-grand kids.

Survivors include his wife Frances “Mitzi”, children Brian (Linda) Hallas, Lori (Mike) Hintz, Scott (Beth) Hallas, grandchildren Matt(Kathryn) Hallas, Dan Hallas, Cody Hallas, Lindsey Hintz, Travis (Anna) Hintz, Adam Hintz, Matt (Krista) Borth, Dan (Ashley) Borth, and great-grandchildren Liam, Ella, Eliza, Gabriel, Sawyer, Kallie, Jayden, Wynter and Ely.

He was preceded in death by siblings Ed, Bill, Stella, Francis, Steph, Ted Sr, Walter, Wanda and Frank Jr.

Memorial service along with Mass will be held at Our Savior’s National Catholic Church, Mosinee, with service led by Fr. Marion Talaga, on Saturday, Oct. 5. Visitation will be at 4:30 with memorial service and Mass at 5:30.

Private burial service will be at a later date.

Mid-Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family at this time. Online condolences maybe expressed at