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

Ruth M. (Tewes) Green

Ruth M. Green, age 90, of Wausau, WI, went home to her Lord and Savior on Monday, March 2, 2020 at Wausau Aspirus Hospital. Ruth was born on May 21, 1929 in Wausau to the late Fred and Elizabeth (Fandre) Tewes. She graduated from the former Wausau High School in 1947. After high school, she worked several jobs, including Wisconsin Public Service, and testing gas masks for the government in Colorado. She ended up working 30 years for the Social Security Administration before retiring.

Ruth had a great sense of humor. Her many interests and hobbies included fishing, puzzles and bowling. She was an excellent knitter. She was very proud of her N.A.R.F.E. affiliation (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association). She had a beautiful voice, and in her younger years enjoyed singing with her sisters and in various Wausau choirs.

For her last two birthdays, Ruth experienced a hot-air balloon ride and her first-ever motorcycle ride.

She was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Wausau. One of Ruth’s favorite Psalms was Psalm 23, especially when it referred to the Lord being her Shepherd.

Ruth is survived by her daughter Linda (Michael) Cannon, Wausau; grandsons Nathanael Cannon, Monroe, WI; Philip Cannon and Jared Cannon (Kirsten Erickson), Wausau and great-grandsons Cian & Aaron. She is preceded in death by her sisters Marguerite Revie and Elizabeth Bye, and infant daughter Elizabeth Marie.

Private funeral services are being held. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 426 Washington Street, Wausau, WI 54403.

The family wishes to especially thank the Palliative Care Staff at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, as well as the entire staff of Brainard Funeral Home for their incredible thoughtfulness and support.


Mary Wagner

Mary L. Wagner, 63, died Thursday, March 5, 2020 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She was born January 25, 1957 in Antigo, daughter of Joyce (Radtke) Cramer and the late Harry Cramer.

For 39 years Mary worked for Newman Catholic Schools teaching approximately 750 students at St. Therese, St. Michael and most recently St. Mark as a fifth grade teacher. Some activities she enjoyed most with her students were cribbage club, reading club, GPSs to geocache, watermelon days and the days of the BUG Jar, rewarding “Being Unusually Good.” Mary was the recipient of the Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education’s School Forest Teacher Award for her work with the Rudolph Environmental Center. She was instrumental in developing environmental education lessons and involving teachers and students to develop a love for the environment. Mary enjoyed camping, shopping, searching for beach glass and in her younger years, snowmobiling and four-wheeling.

Survivors include her husband, William Wagner; children, Nicholas and Stephen Wagner; mother, Joyce Cramer; brothers, Tom (Sue) Cramer, Joe (Michelle) Cramer and Jim (Bea) Cramer; sisters, Kathy (William) Pool and Beth Cramer.

She was preceded in death by her father.

The funeral Mass will be celebrated 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at St. Mark Catholic Church, Rothschild. Rev. Allan L. Slowiak will preside. Visitation will be Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until services all at St. Mark Catholic Church. Burial will be in Kempster Lakeside Cemetery at a later date.

Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St., Wausau is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Constance “Connie” Josiger

Constance S. “Connie” Josiger, 81, Rothschild died Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

She was born July 28, 1938 in Wausau, daughter of the late William Harlan “Irish” and Elaine (Remmel) McMahon. On May 7, 1960 she married Kenneth Josiger Sr. at St. Therese Catholic Church, Rothschild. He survives.

Connie was a homemaker and took great pride in raising her two children. She enjoyed all sorts of crafts, art projects and took great pride in cake decorating and teaching people how to decorate themselves. Connie was also a volunteer at the Talent Shop in the Goodwill Store and was proud to be a Navy wife and Navy mother.

Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Josiger Sr., Rothschild, her son, Kevin (Laurie) Josiger, Charleston, South Carolina, two grandchildren, Kevin (Bryana) Josiger Jr., King George, Virginia and Kameron (Ashley) Josiger, Charleston, South Carolina, one great grandson, Grayson Josiger, her siblings, Bill (Dorothy) McMahon, Wisconsin Rapids, Pat (Carol) McMahon, Weston, Mike (Donna) McMahon, Weston and Maggie (Dale) Kersten, Wausau and numerous nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by one son, Kenneth Josiger Jr.

The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Noon, Monday, March 9, 2020 at St. Mark Catholic Church, Rothschild. The Rev. Allan Slowiak will preside. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau. Visitation will be on Monday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services all at the church. Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com


Joyce E. Fehl

Joyce E. Fehl, 94, of Wausau, passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at her home, with her loving family at her side.

Joyce was born in Wausau on September 2, 1925, to the late Wilford Sr. and Nina (Baumann) Muetzel. She married the love of her life, John Fehl, on March 23, 1946. They enjoyed 50 years together highlighted by fishing trips, tour bus travels, and in later years, escaping to Florida during the cold Wisconsin winters. He preceded her in death on October 19, 1996.

Joyce was a strong, independent and determined lady who enjoyed getting in her car and going for a drive, working in the yard, being outside, cooking, baking, and the occasional trip to the casino. But most important to Joyce was her family, especially her grandchildren, who she loved dearly. Joyce will remain in the hearts and minds of all of those who knew and loved her.

She is survived by her children, Robert (Catherine) Fehl and Sue (Bud) Graveen; her grandchildren, Shawn, Stacey (Dan) and Jesse (Amy); great-grandchildren, Jordan, Savannah, Hannah, Myah, Norah, Ellah, Judah, Carter, Jenna and Emma; as well as her great-great-grandchildren, Aiva, Isabella, Nick, and Atlas.

In addition to her husband John, and her parents, Joyce was preceded in death by her two brothers, Wilford and Donald.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce Street, Wausau. Visitation will take place from 1:30 until the time of services at the funeral home. Pastor Phil Schneider will officiate. Burial will take place at a later date in Restlawn Memorial Park. Family and friends may go to helke.com to leave an online condolence.

The family wishes to thank Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for their care of Joyce.


Deborah “Debbie” A. Burris

Deborah “Debbie” A. Burris, 48, of WAUSAU, passed away peacefully with family by her side on the afternoon of March 2 under the care of Aspirus Palliative Care, after a courageous battle with Lung Cancer.

Debbie was born on March 4, 1971 in Wausau, the daughter of the late Robert and Olive (Lackey) Klos. She was a graduate of Wausau East High School and Kaplan University. She married Daniel Burris on March 3, 2006.

She is survived by her husband Dan, daughter Lindsay Steele (Jon Thompson), sister Barbara (Craig) Reineking, Rhinelander, brothers Bob (Jean) Klos and Tim (Dawnelle) Klos, several nieces and nephews and step children. She is also survived by her mother in law, Carol (Blue) Burris and was proceeded in death by her father in law, Raymond Burris.

Debbie was a beautiful, sweet, forgiving and loving person who always had a smile and a great sense of humor. Family and friends meant everything to Debbie and she enjoyed all the special times spent with them. She also enjoyed annual trips to theme parks with her daughter.

The family would like to thank Aspirus Oncology, Dr. Peterson and his staff for the great treatment she received over the past year. They made her feel very special.

Debbie wanted a Celebration of Life instead of a traditional funeral service. She wanted people to gather in her honor wearing bright clothing and coming with special stories

The Celebration of Life will be held on March 15 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Holiday Inn & Suites, at Cedar Creek, 1000 Imperial Drive, Rothschild WI.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions for family expenses in connection with her passing.


Mary Streff

Mary Stre? (Rowley), age 70, of Waupaca, WI, surrounded by family and special friends, went home to be with her Lord and Savior.

Throughout her life, Mary was active in her church and community, volunteering to help out wherever she was needed. She was also an active volunteer in her children’s and grandchildren’s school activities. She had a passion for gardening and loved spending time with her family. She loved watching her grandchildren participate in their many sports and activities.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Lambert (Tom Zurawski); son, Joshua Rowley; granddaughters, Bailee Marx (Andy) and Olivia Rowley; and grandsons, Derek Hollihan, Trevor Rowley, and Calvin Rowley.

Mary is preceded in death by her grandparents, Elmer and Bessie Larson and Earl and Ella Rowley, and parents, Chandler and Alice Rowley.

Special thanks to Rick Hofstetter and Cherry Meadows Hospice for the loving care and comfort you provided. We are forever grateful.

At Mary’s request, a private family memorial service will be planned.“I have Jesus. I will never walk alone.”

Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting the family at this time.