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

Lou Ann Zemski

Lou Ann Zemski, 85, joined her heavenly Father on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.

Lou Ann Zemski

She was born May 4, 1934, in the town of Cassel, daughter of the late Joseph and Mary (Lepak) Wadzinski. On June 19, 1951, she married Joseph J. Zemski at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Cassel. He preceded her in death Feb. 4, 2006.

Prior to their retirement, Lou Ann and Joseph worked side-by-side on their dairy and ginseng farm.  They traveled extensively, visiting several countries. She was a nurturing mother to her children and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Survivors include her immediate family.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Marathon. Rev. Msgr. Joseph Diermeier will preside. Entombment will be in Memorial Chapel Mausoleum, Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau. Visitation will be on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at

David Glasel

David Harvey William Glasel, Uncle David, was born to George and Clara (Prahl) Jan. 27, 1924, and died Nov. 15, 2019, the last surviving of 15 children. He was either number 11 or 12 depending on whether Aunt Della, his twin or David came first.

David Glasel

He was proud to have served his country in the United States Army from May 11, 1944, until his honorable discharge on May 10, 1949. David lived by the laws of the United States Constitution and most importantly the Fourteenth Amendment. All he ever wanted was for the Wausau City Government officials to listen what he had to say.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 14 siblings: Leona (Walter) Treffert, Lloyd Glasel, Verna (Harry) Kalbes, Josephine (Lawrence) Marquis, Melvin (Beatrice) Glasel, Myrtle (George) Richards, Elmira (Oswald) Heinrich, Arline (Earl) Schultz, Gerald (Meta) Glasel, Donald Glasel, Della (Toppie) Curlee, Clarabelle (Edward) Dietsch, Violet (Earl) Westfall and Phyllis (Donald) Holzem.

He is survived by 35 nieces and nephews. We offer a special thank you to David’s tenant, Chris Nesbitt.

“Miss me-but Let me go
When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little – but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared.
Miss me-but let me go
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone
It’s all a part of the Master’s plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart,
Go to the friends we know.
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me-but let me go”  Author unknown

It is the wishes of David not to have a memorial service. Any memorials can be directed to The Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area; specifically, to the children.

We are going to miss you, Uncle David.

Robert Falkowski

Robert E. Falkowski, 82 of Hatley died unexpectedly on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at his home.

Robert Falkowski

He was born on Dec. 10, 1936, in Beaver, Wisconsin, the son of the late Joseph and Blanche (Migacz) Falkowski.

On Oct. 28, 1961, Bob was united in marriage to Geraldine Jozwiak at St. Florians Catholic Church, Hatley. She preceded him in death on July 19, 2008.

The couple owned and operated a dairy farm in Hatley for many years. Robert was also a union iron worker. He enjoyed playing the concertina for his family and friends and also played in many bands. Robert was an avid gardener and hunter.

Robert is survived by his daughter, Jayne (Gene) Hackett of Sobieski; four grandchildren, Josh (Pam) Falkowski, Jordan Falkowski, Jonathan Hackett and Jayden Hackett and sisters-in-law, Patricia (Thomas) Brounacker and Janet Falkowski.

In addition to his wife and parents, Robert was preceded in death by his son, Jeff; sisters Elaine Hanke, Joan Ostrowski and Patricia Mijal and his brother, Joseph “Joey” Falkowski Jr.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at St. Florian’s Catholic Church, Hatley. Rev. Gregory Bohren will preside. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 2 p.m. until the time of Mass at the church.

Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Memories and messages of support may be shared at

MaryAnn Wawrzaszek

MaryAnn V. Wawrzaszek, 81, of Hatley entered eternal life on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, surrounded by her seven children at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

MaryAnn Wawrzaszek

She was born to Alois and Meta (Buss) Klopotek on Sept. 6, 1938, in the family farm house in the town of Norrie. On Oct. 8, 1960, she was united in marriage to Al C. Wawrzaszek at St. William Catholic Church in Eland. He preceded her in death on Aug. 25, 1998.

MaryAnn and Al lovingly raised their seven children in Hatley, Wisconsin. Her gift, her calling and her life’s purpose was to be a wife, mother and grandmother. A truly gentle soul and a kind ear to everyone she met, MaryAnn exemplified God’s love. MaryAnn and Al loved to travel with their children and in later years as a couple. MaryAnn loved spending precious time with her family, taking great delight in playing games and doing puzzles with her grandchildren. MaryAnn was a homemaker. In addition, she was involved in many volunteer roles and community organizations. She was a member of the St. Florian Rosary Society, the Red Hat Ladies, the Hatley-Ringle Lioness Club, and the Merry Mixer Homemakers Club. She also volunteered many hours to St. Florian School and Church and especially enjoyed being a classroom helper for the Little Saints Preschool and doing communion visits to the homebound.

Survivors include her seven children: Patrick (Sandy) Wawrzaszek, Wausau, Wisconsin, Joanie (Les Fraaza) Wawrzaszek, Hatley, Wisconsin, Kathy (Roger) Vogelsang, Neenah, Wisconsin, Steff (Christine) Wawrzaszek, Chisago City, Minnesota, Maria (Greg) Drazkowski, Menomonie, Wisconsin, Rose (Glen) Wurm, Woodbury, Minnesota, and Paul Wawrzaszek, Chicago, Illinois; 14 grandchildren: Brittany (Louis) Hughes, Olivia Bernitt, Jenny Wawrzaszek, Jonathan Wawrzaszek, Kate Wawrzaszek, Isabella Wurm, Anna Drazkowski, Beth Wawrzaszek, Francesca Wurm, Kayla Drazkowski, Solomon Wurm, Shane Drazkowski, Elijah Wurm, and Katrina Drazkowski; two brothers, Gerald (Leah) Klopotek, Wausau, Wisconsin, and David (Patti) Klopotek, Denver, Colorado; two sisters, Mildred Jolitz, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and Joyce (Lester) Umland, Birnamwood; two sisters-in law, Regina Wawrzaszek, Rothschild, Wisconsin, and Sonia Wawrzaszek, Cave Creek, Arizona; a special niece Ruth (Ray) Forsgren, Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, and one cousin Sandy (Maurice) Damask, Custer, Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews. Besides her husband and parents, MaryAnn was preceded in death by her sister Joan Ostroski and her sister-in-laws Su Klopotek, Marie Wawrzaszek and Lorraine Wawrzaszek and her brothers-in-law Herman Jolitz, Leonard Ostroski, and Joseph, Frank, John, Ignatius, Chester and Peter Wawrzaszek, and nephews Gerald Wawrzaszek and Thomas Umland.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at St. Florian Catholic Church, Hatley. Rev. Greg Bohren will preside. Burial will be in the St. Florian Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Florian Catholic Church or Aspirus Hospice.
Schmidt-Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at

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