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

John Sahr Jr.

John J. Sahr Jr., 72, Wausau, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

John Sahr Jr.

He was born April 20, 1947, in Wausau, son of the late John Sr. and Elizabeth (Madden) Sahr. On Dec. 2, 1967, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Karen J. Goetsch at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Wausau. Together, they lovingly dedicated their lives to raising their two boys, Daniel and Kevin. Karen preceded him in death on June 20, 2012.

John joined the United States Marine Corps in 1965, serving in Vietnam and was awarded the purple heart and Presidential Unit Citation. John began his working career at J. I. Case in Schofield where he worked for over 20 years. He carried his love of mechanics and manufacturing to his shop at his home.

John’s interests and hobbies included helping Karen with her flower gardens, spring vacations to North Carolina, attending NASCAR races, hunting and, most of all, spending time with Karen, Daniel and Kevin.

Survivors include his two sons, Daniel and Kevin, Wausau; three siblings, Dale (Cindy) Sahr, Geneseo, Illinois, Judy (Mike) Pingel, Wausau, and Jean Sahr, Wausau; and nieces and nephews.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wausau. Rev. William Grevatch will preside. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. Entombment will be at the Holy Angels Mausoleum in St. Michael Cemetery, Wausau, with full military honors conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Burns Post No. 388, Wausau.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St., Wausau, is in charge of arrangements.

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Evelyn Laszewski

Evelyn J. Laszewski, 80, formerly of Antigo, died on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, at Autumn Lane CBRF, Birnamwood.

Evelyn Laszewski

Evelyn was born on May 13, 1939, in International Falls, Minnesota, the daughter of the late Richard Sr. and Ruby (Merrill) Ripley. On June 2, 1956, Evelyn was united in marriage to Clayton Laszewski Sr. in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death on April 23, 2019.

Evelyn is survived by five children, Clayton (Linda) Laszewski Jr. of Wausau, Cheryl (Darrell) Nueske of Eland, James (Gina) Laszewski of Weston, Merrill (Randy) Keen of Antigo and Melani (Christopher) Larsen of Merrill, 12 grandchildren, Michael (Shanna) Laszewski, Nathon Laszewski and Andrew (Samantha) Laszewski, Sabrina (Nicholas) Tews, Angela (Jeremy) Benson, Cassandra (Justin) Kressel and Derek (Ashley) Nueske, Charles Rickett, Christopher (Christie Zell) Laszewski and Benjamin Laszewski, Marlena (Ron) Schisel and Erin (Jeremiah) Nowak; 21 great grandchildren Sydnee and Meela Laszewski, Keyton and Brianna Laszewski and Alison Laszewski, Riley and Ethan Tews, Liam, Avery and Chloe Benson, Brinley and Brityn Kressel, Beau Nueske, Brandon Rickett, Peyton Laszewski, Mekenzie, Morgan, Madelyn and Mayzie Schisel and Mason and Owen Nowak. Evelyn is further survived by three siblings, Carolyn Bachand of Appleton, Michael (Ginny) Ripley of Muskego and Susan (Jack Kautza) Janssen of Aniwa and three siblings-in-law, Sally Ripley of Birnamwood, Melvin (Joanie) Laszewski of Tennessee and Patsy Pratt of Muskego and several other relatives and friends.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, husband Clayton Sr., a son Christopher, a great grandson Castan Schisel and a brother Richard Ripley Sr.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019, at Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Birnamwood. Rev. Dr. Wes A. Jedras will officiate. Burial will be in St. Philomena Catholic Cemetery, Birnamwood. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memories and condolences may be shared at

The family would like to thank the staff at Autumn Lane CBRF and LeRoyer Hospice for all of the compassion and care shown to Evelyn and her family.