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Wausau area obituaries: Friday, Oct. 18, 2019

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

Richard Woelfle

Richard William Woelfle, 77, unexpectedly passed away at his home in the Town of Stettin, on October 14, 2019 with his loving wife, Joan, of nearly 53 years, by his side.

Richard was born August 5, 1942 to the late William and Evelyn (Oelke) Woelfle.

Richard is survived by his loving wife Joan (Boisvert), children Todd (Mary) Woelfle, Janesville, WI; Kristan (Bill) Taylor, Oak Creek, WI; and Trisha (Rob) Kasper, Oshkosh, WI; grandsons Erik Woelfle, (Student at UW Madison) and Mitchell Woelfle (Cadet, US Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs); brother Ronald (Myrt) Woelfle, Wausau; brother-in-law Ronald (Pat) Boisvert, New York; sister-in-law Diane (Jule) Donofry, Pennsylvania; aunts Marjorie Fromm, Marathon and Joyce Oelke, Merrill; nephews and nieces Dr. Wade Woelfle, Fort Atkinson, Ronnie Jr., Diana, Scott, Joanne, Michelle, and Michael from NY and PA and many cousins and other family members.  He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, and parents-in-law.

Dick grew up in Wausau and graduated from Wausau High School. Following high school he joined the U.S. Army. His last assignment was at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska where he met the love of his life, Joan.  Dick and Joan were married December 2nd, 1966 in Watervliet, NY.  Dick and Joan returned to Wausau to raise their family.

Dick’s career included heating and sheet metal work and eventually sales with Badger Metals.  Will Heating and Cooling was his last employer.  Dick was a member of the Wausau American Legion Post 10.

Dick enjoyed traveling and many outdoor activities.  Dick and his family enjoyed camping at many Wisconsin State Parks.  He was an avid bow and gun hunter who enjoyed the solitude of the woods and great times with family and friends back at the hunting shack.  He fished northern Wisconsin and Lake Michigan and just returned from a Canadian fishing trip in August.  He followed his grandsons’ baseball and football teams across the state and country.  Dick spent many evenings playing cribbage and gin rummy with Joan.  He was a faithful Wisconsin sports enthusiast following the Badgers, Brewers, Bucks and yelling at the Packers.  He also enjoyed watching war movies and occasional casino visits.

A Funeral Service will be held Friday, October 25, 2019 at 11:00 am at Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams Street, Wausau with a visitation from 9:00 am until the time of service. Rev. Rich Black will officiate the service. Richard will then be laid to rest at Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau, WI.

Memorials may be made to Wausau American Legion Post 10, 1001 Golf Club Road, Wausau, WI 54403 or Never Forgotten Honor Flight, 225780 Rib Mountain Drive #234, Wausau, WI 54401.

Richard’s family wishes to express their gratitude to Ron and Myrt Woelfle, Dave and Jane Beste, Marathon County Sheriff’s Department – Deputy Wanles and Marathon County Medical Examiner – Tony Stange.

Dick will be greatly missed by his family and lifelong friends.


Donations may be made to:

American Legion Montgomery-Plant-Dudley Post 10, Wausau
1001 Golf Club Road, Wausau WI 54401
Tel: 1-715-581-5210
Email: adjutant@wausaupost10.com
Web: http://www.wausaupost10.com/

Never Forgotten Honor Flight, Inc.
4404 Rib Mountain Drive #234, Wausau WI 54401
Tel: 1-715-573-8519
Web: http://www.neverforgottenhonorflight.org


Isaac Edwin Schuett

Isaac Edwin Schuett, infant son of Andrew and Amanda (Zinchuk) Schuett, passed away while surrounded by his loving family on October 15th, 2019 at Milwaukee Children’s Hospital.

Isaac was born with a medical condition known as Trisomy 18 or Edward’s Syndrome. Through much love, medical intervention, and prayer he fought his condition for 4 months and 11 days. It was amazing to see how the communities of Wausau and Milwaukee came together to fight this battle with him. Even though his time here was brief, his impact on this world will be felt for generations to come. He was truly an instrument of God.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his siblings Austin Imhoff, Spencer, Jacob, Caleb, Elijah, Natalie and Owen; as well as grandparents Spencer and Terri Zinchuk of Antigo; great grandma Margaret Kukla, and great grandma Joan Hasse. Surviving aunts and uncles include Ben and Michelle Schuett of Antigo, William and Ann Wurtinger of Antigo, Milinnda Schuett of Wausau, Tom and Jessica Luepke, of Greenfield, Chris and Cassie Gozdziewski of New Berlin, Doug and Samantha Dexter of Milwaukee; as well as numerous cousins, great aunts and uncles.

He was preceded in death by grandma Linda Schuett; great grandpa Emil Hasse; great grandpa Edwin Kukla; and great grandpa and grandma Walter and Dorthy Zinchuk.

The family would like to thank the NICU nurses at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, the doctors and nurses at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, the staff and volunteers at the Ronald McDonald House, friends and family who have provided support in many different ways, and all those who lifted up prayers on our behalf.

A funeral service for Isaac will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Highland Community Church, 1005 N 28th Avenue, Wausau. Visitation will be held from 12:00 PM until the time of services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, Isaac’s parents are asking to submit donations to Jo-Jo’s Jungle – A fantastic park in the Wausau area dedicated to providing kids of all abilities a fun place to play. Please visit www.jojosjungle.org to learn more and contribute. Or if you would like to bring something to the funeral, we are accepting brand new toys and books to donate to the Eastern Wisconsin Ronald McDonald House for their Magic Room.


Roger Schwamman

Roger Bernard Schwamman, 78, died Thursday, October 10, 2019 at UW Madison Hospital under care of the stroke unit and comforted by family.

Roger was born May 5, 1941 in New Hampton, Iowa to the late Bernard “Ben” and Angela (Lechtenberg) Schwamman. He grew up on the family farm in Iowa the oldest of 5; Roger, Janet, Jerry, Elaine and Norma. At the age of 15, his father became ill and died, and he had no choice but to leave school to take care of the family and the farm. After 6 years, his mother made the difficult decision to sell the farm and move the family to Wisconsin. That was difficult for Roger after he had sacrificed his schooling but that didn’t stop him. In Wausau he went back to school to obtain his GED, spent two years in the military, and then found work at the Wausau Fire Department where he spent 29 years working as an EMT, MPO (Mechanical Fire Pump Operator), driving the fire trucks, fighting fires and saving lives. Roger was extremely proud to be a Fire fighter! The Fire station was a big part of his life and who he was as a person always serving and helping others.

It was in Wausau where he also met the love of his life, Margaret “Peggy” (McDaniel) Schwamman. They met in the summer of 1964, 3 months before being drafted into the service on Oct 27, 1964 during the Vietnam war. He was stationed in Germany on a British base as part of the Signal Core where he operated a Crypto Machine for communications between Vietnam and the US. During this time, they sent love letters, he visited home once for Christmas, then honorably returned home on October 7th of 1966 and they were married that same year on December 10th, 1966. They were happily married for almost 53 years! They were blessed with four wonderful children and four loving grandchildren. Roger’s real passion in life was for his family. He looked forward to the Holidays when the whole family would get together.

On Tuesday, October 8th Roger had a blood clot from his heart get lodged into the right side of his brain causing a major stroke affecting his entire right brain and completely paralyzing his left side. He was air lifted to UW Madison Hospital where they did what they could for him. His family was there by his side the entire time and against odds, we were able to communicate with him through him gripping our hands and him squeezing to say yes or no… and he made his wishes clear. When the medical team removed his breathing tube, again against odds he breathed on his own and he held on to spend additional time with his family… We told stories, we laughed, we cried and we cried some more…. and then with his prankster attitude, he quietly passed away at exactly 10:10 on 10/10.

He is survived by his loving wife Peggy, children; Brenda (Eric) Van Den Heuvel, Cindy, Roger E (Christine) and Jason (Michelle); four wonderful grandchildren; Cindy’s daughter Angelica (Nichols), Roger’s son Derek, Jason’s daughter Kaitlyn and son Jacob; his brother Jerry (Lois) and his sisters Elaine (Curt) Fuhro and Norma (Thomas) Mroczenski. He was preceded in death by his sister Janet (late Robert) Grube.

The funeral service for Roger will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday, October 26, 2019 at Helke Funeral Home. Christopher Schmidt will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home on Saturday. The committal will be at Restlawn Memorial Park, Town of Texas. Military rites will be rendered by VFW Burns Post #388 and active members of the US Army. Helke Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements; you may sign our family guestbook at helke.com.

In lieu of flowers, proceeds from the funeral will be deposited into accounts for the grandchildren in memory of Grandpa Schwamman.

The Schwamman Family wishes to extend sincere appreciation to the VA, the Wausau Fire Department, Lamer’s Bus Lines, the nurses and staff of Aspirus Wausau Hospital Stroke Care Unit and the UW Madison Hospital Stroke Care Unit for their compassion for Roger and his family.


Edith “Edie” Emon

Edith “Edie” C. Emon, 72, Edgar, went to be with her Father in heaven on Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at Cedar Creek Manor, Kronenwetter, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

She was born April 8, 1947 in Wausau, daughter of the late Reinhold and Flossie (Bacon) Burk. On August 28, 1993, she married Arlan Emon in Wausau. He survives.

Edie wore many hats in life. She took her first job at Badger Basket in Edgar and then worked at Vetter Windows in Stevens Point. Edie decided to go back to school and earn her GED, which she was very proud of and worked extremely hard to obtain. She continued her education, earning her degree in cosmetology and worked in salons in both Stevens Point and Schofield and had many in home appointments as well. Later, Edie studied for her commercial driver’s license and drove semi for Fischer Trucking in Fenwood and then worked for Marathon Cheese Corp.

Among her favorite pastimes, she enjoyed playing cards, gardening, camping and fishing. Most of all, she loved time spent with her family and friends.

Survivors include, her husband, Arlan, Edgar; two children, Sally (Mike) Boehm, Edgar and Scott (Michele) Osterbrink, Stratford; three grandchildren, Danielle (Ray) Dahlke, Kronenwetter, Derek Boehm, Columbus, OH and Mitchell Boehm, Stevens Point; and one great-granddaughter, Cara Rae Dahlke.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Edward Burk; twin sisters, Sally Sigmund and Shirley Mershon; and one nephew, Brett Chesney.

Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Edgar. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Tom Stoffel and his staff for all the loving care and support provided for many years to Edie and her family and to all the staff at Inclusa for the past 2.5 years of in-home care and support, Wausau Manor for the months of care and therapies in 2017 and to the staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Cedar Creek Manor and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for these last few weeks.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


James W. Adams

James W. Adams, 97, of Schofield, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, at the Marshfield Medical Center, after a brief illness surrounded by his family.

He was born in Schofield on Oct. 29, 1921, to the late Alfred and Pauline (Evertson) Adams, and grew up in Conover, Wisconsin, having attended Eagle River High School.

Jim was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he graduated in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. His first job was at U.S. Rubber Corporation in West Virginia, where he worked on developing synthetic rubber to be used during World War II.

He came to the Wausau area working for Marathon Corporation in Rothschild (which became American Can Corp and Reed Lignin, Inc.). Jim retired from Reed Lignin in 1985. He was an author, co-author/inventor of over 20 patents and authored several publications in the rubber and wood products industries. He was a 75-year member of the American Chemical Society and was an active leader in the upper Midwest chapter of the ACS.

Jim was also very involved in local politics in Schofield. He was an alderman for over 16 years and was involved in much of the development of the city. He traveled to Europe in 1974 with other city leaders to study other governments.

He played a crucial role in the creation and development of the Nordic Section of the Nine-Mile Recreation Area and the local growth of Wausau Area Nordic Ski Club. For many years, Jim volunteered at Nine-Mile to clean trails, make signs and help people enjoy the area. He has a snowshoe trail named in his honor near the Chalet at Nine-Mile; and he was a recipient of the Otto Breitenbach Spirit of the Games Award for his involvement in the Badger State Games.

Jim had many other activities and hobbies. An avid outdoorsman, he walked daily and loved hunting, fishing, biking, gardening, snowshoeing, Nordic skiing and enjoyed the art of making jams, juices, maple syrup and wine/beer.

Survivors include his wife, Barbara A. Adams (married on April 4, 1987, in New Orleans, Louisina); son, Neal (Cheryl) Adams; son-in-law, Lee Swank; son, Forrest (Colleen) Sparke; daughter, Robin (Pat) McDonough; sister, Doris (Bruno) Schiffleger; grandchildren, Adam (Patti) Swank, Allison Adams (spouse Jason DiPiazza), Leigh Ann Adams, Megan (Sparke) Anderson (spouse Tyler Anderson), and Griffin Sparke; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim was preceded in death by his daughter, Judy Swank; and brother, Lee Adams.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to: GHT-Conover/Phelps Biking and Hiking Trail (https://ghtrails.org/donate/) or Wausau Nordic Ski Club (http://wausaunordic.org/donate/).

Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday morning, Oct. 22, 2019, at the John J. Buettgen Funeral Home, 948 Grand Avenue in Schofield, followed by a brief memorial service beginning at 11:30. For online condolences, please visit www.HonorOne.com.

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