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Frank Rupp-Claussen

Frank Rupp-Claussen

Frank E. Rupp-Claussen, 64, Wausau, died Sunday, June 14, 2020, in Wausau, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

He was born March 2, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois, son of the late Clinton and Iris (Duranceau) Claussen.  On Aug. 26, 2006, he married Rebbecca Reynolds in Wausau.  She survives.

Frank was a veteran of the United States Marines.  He worked for Walmart for many years, until his retirement.  Among his favorite pastimes, he enjoyed playing horseshoes, fishing, poker night with his buddies, playing cribbage and spades, and spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include, his wife, Rebbecca; two children, Stephen and Heather, California; three grandchildren; stepson, Erik Reynolds, California; three siblings, Gary Rupp-Madden, Tomahawk, Barbara Howland, Wausau and Richard (Tracy) Rupp, Houston, Texas; and many nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Charles Rupp; and one sister, Margaret “Peggy” Helvey-Bell-Hirsch.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 22, 2020, at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St., Wausau.  Rev. Joy Nelson-Jeffers will officiate.  Visitation will be on Monday from 11 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  Full military honors will be conducted by the American Legion Montgomery Plant Dudley Post No. 10, Wausau.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.


Mark Wubben

Mark Wubben

Mark L. Wubben, 48, Davis Junction, Illinois, formerly of Rosholt, Wisconsin, died Friday, June 12, 2020, in DeSoto, Wisconsin.

He was born Sept. 3, 1971, in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of LeRoy and Phyllis (Perkins) Wubben.  On June 14, 1999, he married Ragina Baxley at Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas, Nevada.  She survives.

Mark graduated from Hempstead High School in Dubuque, Iowa, and continued his education at GMI School of Engineering and Management in Flint, Michigan, where he graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering.

Among his favorite pastimes, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, the outdoors, spending time and doing projects with his family.  He also loved his Labradors.

Survivors include, his wife, Ragina; two children, Ben Wubben, Byron, Illinois, and Ashley Wubben, Davis Junction, Illinois; mother, Phyllis Wubben, State Center, Iowa; sister, Michelle (Lee) Wilkinson, State Center, Iowa; brother-in-law, Gene (Carla) Baxley, Sulpher Springs, Texas; one niece and three nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, LeRoy; and great-aunt, Gen Miller.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St., Wausau, WI 54403. At the family’s request, masks are mandatory and the responsibility of the attendee.

Memorials may be directed in Mark’s memory to Pheasants Forever or the Arbor Day Foundation.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.


Bernard Zink

Bernard Zink

Bernard (Ben) Zink, 97, passed away on June 16, 2020, under Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Pride TLC.

He was born March 24th, 1923, in Schofield, Wisconsin, to the late Frank and Josephine Zink. Survivors include niece, Dorothy Siewers; great-niece, Julie (Aaron) Lippert; and great-nephew, Roger Siewers. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward (Rose) Zink; and his 6-year-old sister, Dorothy Zink.

Bernard worked at Weyerhauser as a supervisor for 40 years. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, spending three years as a tail gunner on a 329-bomber airplane and three years on the ground crew in charge of the base bakery.

While at Wausau High School, Bernard met Phyllisjean Barz. He married his high school sweetheart on Jan. 4, 1945, at St. James Church Rectory. Phyllisjean passed away on July 6, 2015. They were married for 70 years, and Phyllis was 91 years young.

Bernard was a member of Wausau American Legion Montgomery-Plant-Dudley Post 10, Wausau Elks Lodge 248, and St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

He enjoyed golf, dancing (jug bug), and hiking in the woods by their cottage at Seven Island Lake which he had for 62 years. In the winter, they would cross country ski at the cottage and would also travel to Florida.

Bernard lived with his dog, alone, in his house with the help of Dorothy, Roger, Julie and Aaron.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at Helke Funeral Home, 302 Spruce St., Wausau. The Rev. Mark Pierce of St. Michael Parish will preside. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Military Honors will follow at Restlawn Memorial Park. Online condolences may be shared at www.helke.com.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Pride TLC for their tender care of Ben throughout the years, as well as Aspirus Hospice.


Eugene Rombalski

Eugene Rombalski

Eugene F. Rombalski, 78, of the town of Bevent died on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family after a long battle with cancer.

He was born on March 18, 1942, in Marathon County, the son of Frank and Louise (Nigbur) Rombalski.

Eugene was a United States Army veteran, proudly serving in Vietnam from 1964 to 1966.

On Nov. 11, 1967, Eugene was united in marriage to Bonnie Lohrey at St. Ladislaus Catholic Church, Bevent. She preceded him in death on April 14, 2004.

Eugene moved to Milwaukee after high school and worked at Oster Co., owned a grocery store and worked various construction jobs. Eugene was most proud of his time co-owning Zenith Builders with his son-in-law, Dennis. Gene enjoyed hunting, watching his grandchildren’s sporting events, gardening, but most especially will be remembered for his incredible sense of humor.

Gene is survived by two daughters, Renee (Dennis) Groshek of Amherst Junction and Roxane Rombalski of Bevent; grandchildren, Gina (Cyle Cramer) Groshek, Dwight Groshek, Kyle Groshek and Isaac Groshek; sisters, Louise (Harold) Rzentkowski, Barbara (Frank) Kostuch, Christine (Gerald) Essex, Claire (Robert) Rombalski, Judy (John Cochburn) Nawrocki, Marilyn (William) Quinnell; a sister-in-law, Sue Rombalski and many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Eugene was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie; parents; brother, Peter Rombalski and sister, Norma Jean Rombalski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2020, at St. Ladislaus Catholic Church, Bevent. Fr. Augustine Bentil will preside. The Mass will be live-streamed on Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home’s Facebook page. Current Diocese guidelines encourages social distancing and restricts the number of Mass attendees to 100. Visitation, with social distancing, will be on Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of Mass at the church. Burial will be in the parish cemetery with military rites conducted by the Elderon Memorial Post #8068 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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

The family would like to thank the Aspirus Wausau Cancer Center, especially Dr. Peterson and his team and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services, for all of their kind and compassionate care.


Philip Kersten

Philip Kersten

Philip “Butch” Kersten, 76, of Wittenberg died peacefully on Monday, June 15, 2020, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Butch’s last days were spent at Ascension Hospital where he was treated with dignity from each and every person. He was surrounded by his loved ones. His passing was as quiet as the man he was. The room was filled with love.

Butch was born on June 9, 1944, in Wittenberg, the son of Roy and Eleanor (Watland) Kersten.

Butch attended Wittenberg High School. After graduation, he proudly served in the United States Army.

Upon his discharge from the Army, Butch returned home and with his older brother, Richard, purchased the saw mill from his father and uncle. It began as a three-man operation. After a fire, they moved their operation to Birnamwood, where it is still in operation today. Butch has been with Kersten Lumber Co. for 55 years. His employees were very important to him. His goal in life was to keep them all working, even in hard times. He never retired. He partnered with Woodstock Flooring and Design where his son, Phil, is total manager.

On Aug. 30, 1966, Butch was united in marriage to Margaret Anne Hampton in Omaha, Nebraska. Their love was never ending. Together they raised two loving sons, Philip Wade and Kevin Lee. He had four grandchildren, Garret, Maxwell, Drayden and Kiya. He was very proud of them. His eyes lit up on just seeing them.

He was also an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He loved his home and gardens. Together with Marge, they were always making improvements.

He also took pride in his Godchildren, Tiffany Kersten, Heidi (Hanson) Cash, Jill (Vaughn) Ragsdale, Shelley (Goldie) Bourgoin and Christopher Scarpino. He loved each and every one. He was always there for them if needed.

Butch was involved with many lumber associations and organizations, including the Wittenberg Lions Club (holding many offices) and the Bloecher-Johnson American Legion Post #502, Wittenberg, where he was a member for 51 years.

The thing he loved the most was being a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wittenberg, from baptism to his death. He held many offices and was currently the vice-president. He loved his church family.

Butch was a quiet, gentle, caring and loving man. His heart was big. He was hardworking and wanted to lead by example. He knew the Lord was always with him. His pets were his buddies and his beloved Savannah is missing him as much as every one else.

Traveling with his wife, family and friends was something he always looked forward to. His traveling group became his close friends, Lenny and Ceal Allgeyer, Wanda and Dean Gennet, Carolyn and Buster Domke and Paul and Lori Beyers … friends forever. He will be watching over all of us. Also his good friend Jerry Lang, who visited him each day in the hospital. Butch enjoyed each visit. Sometimes not even talking but his presence was there.

Butch is survived by his loving wife, Marge; his sons, Philip (Chanda) Kersten and Kevin (Bethany) Kersten; his grandchildren, Garret, Maxwell, Drayden and Kiya; his sisters, Nancy Scarpino and Juddie Payne; his brothers, Roy (Michelle) Crick and Howard (Doris) Crick; sisters-in-law, Patricia Kersten and Barbara (Michael) Sexton; brother-in-law, Rod (Chris) Hampton; many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and cousins.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Kersten, Eleanor Kersten and Gladys Kersten; his brother, Richard Lee Kersten; sister, Maudell Hanson; his brother-in-law, Louis Scarpino and his mother and father-in-law, Wilburn and Margaret Hampton.

The Funeral Service will be held at 4 p.m., on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wittenberg. Rev. Matthew Christians will officiate. Burial will be in the parish cemetery with military rites conducted by the Bloecher-Johnson American Legion Post #502. Visitation will be held on Saturday at the church from 2 p.m. until the time of service.

Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home of Wittenberg is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories and messages of support may be shared at SchmidtSchulta.com.

Rest in peace, my love, and know you did well. You will always be loved by many.