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

Patricia “Pat” McKeough

Patricia “Pat” A. McKeough, 94, of Wausau passed away on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Patricia “Pat” McKeough

Pat was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the only daughter of the late John Charles and Leone (O’Brien) McKeough. She attended the University of Grand Rapids and later moved to Wausau in 1960. She soon started working as the assistant vice president of Wausau Insurance, a job she truly enjoyed. Pat worked there until 1990, and continued working for three more years as a consultant.

A woman of many interests, Pat traveled the world with her friends. She once stated that there were only a few countries that she hadn’t visited. She also enjoyed golfing, curling, playing bridge and reading. Pat was known for her giving nature and she loved volunteering for many organizations, including her church and Good News in Wausau.

Survivors include her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.

Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, 2019, at the Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 621 Second St. Wausau. Rev. Msgr. Mark Pierce will officiate.  Burial will be in Washington at a later date. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Friday at the church.

Brainard Funeral Home – Everest Chapel, Weston, is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and condolences may be given at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Red Cross Marathon County Chapter, 1602 N. Second Ave., Wausau, or to the Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Amanda Mengel

Amanda Ann Mengel, 22, Wausau, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Wausau due to complications from a venous thrombosis embolism.

Amanda Mengel

She was born Dec. 31, 1996, in Wausau, daughter of Gene and Kimberly (Couillard) Mengel of Wausau.  She was a 2015 graduate of D.C. Everest Senior High School, and continued her studies at St. Norbert College, where she graduated this year with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Amanda was employed as an assistant teacher with the Wausau Area School District. She also worked part-time at the Boys & Girls Club of the Wausau Area.

Survivors include her parents, Gene and Kimberly; paternal grandparents, Robert and Sheryl Mengel, Lakewood; maternal grandparents, Judith Oestreich, Arizona; Rocky (Jan) Couillard, Dousman; and Linda Couillard, Waukesha; paternal great-grandmother, Shirley Langteau, Rothschild; siblings, Crystal (Krisa Krause) Kittel, Wausau; Thomas (Brittney) Mengel, Kronenwetter; Jessica (Corey) Garland, Solon Springs; and Jennifer Mengel, Wausau; Boyfriend and Soulmate Jorge Del Consuelo Martinez, Plover; her best friend Emily Sherfinski, Schofield; nieces and nephews, Aidan, Danica, Lilian, Keitan, Mason, Julian and Hunter; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Robert Oestreich and an uncle, Steve Siehndel.

Visitation will be on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Ave., Wausau.  The prayer service will begin at 5 p.m. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, at St. Therese Catholic Church, Rothschild. Rev. Joseph Albert Saleth will preside. The visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Amanda was strong in her faith and loved to sing. She was a member of St Therese children’s choir, breakfast team and taught CCD until graduating high school. She played clarinet in the D.C. Everest Senior High School band and proudly served as a Girl Scout for 13 years. She loved her campers for the past few summers at the D.C. Everest Adventure Camp.

Her love, devotion and dedication to the International students, CRU, Tanzania, Theda Phi Alpha and St. Norbert may never be forgotten. Her spirit of love and positivity may forever live on. It will be hard to even imagine this world without her beautiful soul, wonderful smile and amazing hugs. We are all truly blessed to have had her in our lives for this short time, and she surely will be missed.

Her sister Jennifer was her best friend and together they spent many hours watching movies, making dinner, laughing and hanging out. Amanda not only spread the love, but received it as well. She and Jorge had fallen in love and were making plans for the future. They were everything to each other. She touched everyone she met and loved them for who they were. She will forever be in our hearts and never forgotten!

If there’s one promise we make to her is that we will all “Sing that song and dance like no one is watching.”

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Amanda’s memory. Online condolences may be expressed at

Joseph Nemetz

Joseph K. Nemetz, 44, died on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in Wausau.

He was born on Aug. 5, 1975, the son of the late Kenneth and Stephanie (Rabideaux) Nemetz.

Survivors include two daughters, Cassie Rosenow and Cayla Spiller, both of Wittenberg; siblings, James Massey, Charles Massey, Nicole Kreger, Anthony Nemetz and Stephen Nemetz and many other relatives and friends.

A service will be held at a later date.