Obituaries are a service of Brainard Funeral Home, with locations in Wausau and Weston.
James “Jim” A. Wolfe, 67, of Woodruff died peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at home with his loving wife Trish by his side.
Jim was born on March 19, 1952, in Wausau, Wisconsin, to the late Lawrence and Betty (Ryan) Wolfe. He married Kathleen Smith on Sept. 16, 1972; she preceded him in death on Dec. 23, 2003. On Aug. 27, 2005, Jim married Trish Stankowski; together they created 14 years’ worth of countless adventures and loving memories.
Jim loved the Green Bay Packers. He attended many games with his Aunt DeeDee where they always did an excellent job coaching from the stands. Jim was an avid traveler. He took many trips and enjoyed warm destinations where he could put his toes in the sand. Jim’s greatest passion was fishing; he was the most patient teacher, ensured everyone had a successful catch, but no matter what Jim always caught the biggest fish. He spent the final years of his life fulfilling his dream residing in the Northwoods. He and Trish passed many hours on the water exploring new lakes and fishing.
Besides his wife, Trish, Jim is survived by his children; Ryan (Kari) Wolfe, Nathan (Jennifer) Stankowski, and Libbe (Mark) Slavin, four grandchildren, Madison, Kenzie, Ella and Bode; and sister, Pat (Roger) Salzman. Jim was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Kathleen Wolfe.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 6205 Alderson St., Weston. Pastor Lance Hoelscher will officiate. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service, all at the church. Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be directed to the family at www.brainardfuneral.com.
Arthur “Art” Verick
Arthur “Art” Leo Verick, 91, of Wausau passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, with his loving family at his side.
Art was born in Freeport, Illinois, on June 28, 1928, to the late Albert and Cecilia (Arenz) Verick. After graduating from high school on July 21, 1947, Art enlisted and served his country honorably in the United States Navy until April 21, 1950. He met, fell in love and married Vangie Beverly Imm on Nov. 22, 1952. Together they had eight wonderful children; Or as Art loved to say, he was the father of seven daughters and they each had one brother.
Throughout his life, Art was an avid fisherman, hunter and Wisconsin sports fan. He enjoyed playing ball until he was 62 years old, sang with the choir and loved to make people smile. Arthur always said he just wanted to be remembered as a servant to his Lord and Savior. Though his family will miss him dearly, they know that he is now at peace in the arms of God.
Art is survived by his second wife, Bernadine Verick of Presque Isle, Wisconsin; his eight children, David (Polly) Verick of Wausau, Jeannette Verick of St. Cloud, Minnesota, Kathy (Paul) Anderson of Wausau, Peggy (Scott) Buckman of Wausau, Susie Koltz of Wausau, Jacqueline (Jim) Schira of Wausau, Melissa “Lisa” (Randy) Pliska of Wausau and Jennifer (Jerry) Smith of Wausau; 16 grandchildren, Mallory, Olivia, Juli, Justine, Carl, Samantha, Sheila, Michael, Bobby, Jacob, Jessie, Cassandra, Coltan, Brooke, John Henry and Bailey; seven great-grandchildren, Mackenzie, Macy, Alice, Hunter, Jasper, Jackson and Greyson; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Art was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Vangie, and his siblings.
A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 Stewart Ave., Wausau. Pastor Gary Schultz will officiate. Visitation will take place from 2 p.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, where military honors will be provided by the American Legion Montgomery-Plant-Dudley Post 10. Family and friends may go to helke.com to sign the family guestbook.
Robert Peterson, 77, of Hatley passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, at Homme Home, Wittenberg.
He was born on Dec. 20, 1941, in Medford to the late Alex and Maggie (Golder) Peterson. Bob grew up in Rib Lake where he attended high school. He then served from 1961 until 1964 in the U.S. Army during the Cold War. Bob also was an avid stock car racer at many Wisconsin race tracks until the early 70s. On Sept. 16, 1967, Bob married Carol Kaetterhenry in Wausau. While raising their two children, Kurt and Michelle, Bob worked in highway construction for Mathy Construction, retiring in 1998. He was a proud 50-year member of Operating Engineers #139. Whether he was making maple syrup, tending to his honey bees, raising Angus beef or tinkering in his shop, Bob was never one to sit still. He also enjoyed deer hunting and fishing with his son and grandsons. Bob was a cancer survivor and for eight years supported other survivors by walking in the many cancer relays held in Mosinee, with special friend Deb Hallas.
Survivors include his son, Kurt (Jennifer) and their sons, Justin and Ryan of Seymour, his daughter, Michelle and her family, brother, Arvid (Kim) of Rib Lake, sister, Carol Knight of Dorchester, very special friend, Deb Hallas of Spirit and her family, Jennifer (Craig) Duranceau, Jared, Amra, Dominic, Jasmin, Rebecca (Joshua) Preboski, Jacob, Bradley, Tami Soltow, Tori and Brody and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by Carol on May 31, 1999, three brothers, Edward, Emmery and Richard and two sisters, Alice and Ruth Maki Engels.
A special thank you to the caring staff at Homme Home, Wittenberg.
Funeral services will be 9:30 a.m., Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at Mosinee United Methodist Church, 607 13th St., Mosinee. Rev. Gail Ray and Rev. Barry Levine will officiate. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau, and again at the church on Monday from 8:30 a.m. until the time of services. You may sign our family guest book at helke.com.