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

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Gary Krueger

Gary L. Krueger, 75 years young, of Rib Mountain sadly passed away following a courageous battle with COVID-19.

Gary was in the care of top-notch ICU RN’s, the respiratory department and critical care physicians. Thanks to them for fighting this uphill battle.

Gary’s two daughters, Mechelle and Sandra, will live in fond memories along with his siblings, great relatives, close friends and superb neighbors.

Song, scripture and prayer will be Friday, Aug. 21, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. with the location to be announced once we get closer to the date.

Gary will be remembered most for his big smile and his happy heart!

Brainard Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared at www.brainardfuneral.com.


Kathryn Griffin

Kathryn Griffin

Kathryn (Kay) Griffin sailed off into her last sunset on Friday, July 17.

This long time Wausau resident began her journey when she was born to Alfred “A.C” and Esther (Gregerson) Kiefer on March 23, 1928. She graduated from Wausau Senior High and went on to Carroll College.

Kay was fortunate to have married two wonderful “loves” in her lifetime. The first being William (Bill) Schneider from Nov. 26, 1952, until his death in May of 1972 and Walter (Walt) Griffin from Dec. 29, 1973, until his death in July of 2009.

Traveling was a passion of Kay’s, being a travel agent herself at Marathon Travel. Whether Kay was cruising in Alaska or Hawaii, riding camels in Morocco or pontooning on the Wisconsin River, one thing her family will remember about Kay was her love of travel and adventure. She also loved working at Williams Realty where she had a successful career as a real estate agent.

Sports were another love of Kay. She was a devoted cheerleader of the Packers and as a season ticket holder attended many tailgating parties at Lambeau Field. Highlights of watching TV included hours spent enjoying football, golf and tennis.

Kay was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed and appreciated her connections to fellow parishioners. She was also a member of the YMCA, YWCA, and Wisconsin Realtors Association and volunteered at Wausau Hospital and the American Legion.

A treasure Kay gave to her family was her love of being on the water in the great Wisconsin Northwoods. Many of the family vacations were spent relaxing on docks or floats while watching the summer days disappear … memories her family will cherish forever.

Kay is survived by her three daughters: Mary Kay Schneider of Wausau, Patricia (Michael) Kottek of Montana, and Cyndi Schneider of Wausau. She is further survived by her five grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, and her sister, Betteann Halder of Wausau. Kay was preceded in death by her sister, Marlys Morman.

More than anything Kay loved her family, unconditionally. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.

Memorials may be directed to Marathon County Humane Society, Boys Town of Omaha, and Make a Wish Foundation.

A celebration of life will be held along the Wisconsin River next Summer.


Gerald “Jerry” Patnode

Gerald “Jerry” Patnode

Gerald “Jerry” L. Patnode, 89, Harshaw, formerly of Wausau, passed away peacefully on Friday, July 17, 2020, at Mountain Terrace, under the care of Interim Hospice.

He was born June 20, 1931, in Durand, Wisconsin, son of the late John and Myrtle (Ingman) Patnode.  In 1952, he married Janet Goytowski in Wausau.  She survives.

For many years, Jerry worked as a welder for the former Marmet Corp. in Wausau until his retirement.  He also worked as a Reserved Deputy for the Marathon County Sherriff’s Department, a job he truly enjoyed.  Jerry was a member of the Wisconsin National Guard and a member of the American Legion Bronsted-Searl-Ingman Post No. 93, Tomahawk. 

Among his favorite pastimes, he enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, picking blackberries, wintering in Arizona and spending time at the Alpine Resort watching the Packers and eating dollar burgers.

He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and his dog “Scooter”.

Survivors include, his wife, Janet, Wausau; three sons, Randy (Susan) Patnode, Rib Mountain, Scott (Cheryl Nowak) Patnode, Rib Mountain and Lee (Connie Semling) Patnode, Wausau; three grandchildren, Ashley, Matthew and Andrea; and one great-grandson, Levi.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Wilma Richards; and two brothers, John and Joseph.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 23, 2020, at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 3400 Stewart Ave., Wausau.  Rev. Joy Nelson-Jeffers will officiate.  Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park, Wausau with full military honors conducted by the American Legion Montgomery-Plant-Dudley Post No. 10, Wausau.  Visitation will be on Thursday from 9 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. Social distancing guidelines will be in place. 

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


Lloyd Grande

Lloyd Grande

Lloyd Raymond Grande, 82, of Rib Mountain passed away on Sunday, July 19, 2020, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

He was born on July 16, 1938, in Drummond, Wisconsin, to the late Einar and Cora (Olson) Grande.  At a young age, the family moved to Wausau as a result of Einar finding a new job.  Lloyd grew up and attended school in Wausau.  Later in life he married Eileen Bluhm on Aug. 31, 1957, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Wausau.

Lloyd had a love of music and could play almost any instrument that he picked up.  If he couldn’t, he always had an interest in learning how to play it.  He also had a voice that could harmonize with anyone.  He liked to play guitar, organ, and piano.  Lloyd was always remembered as the jokester and the guy everyone liked to be around.  He enjoyed being around his family and especially his grandchildren, playing Yahtzee and other activities together.  Earlier in life Lloyd enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He also liked to visit the casino from time to time.  Lloyd worked for the Wausau School District as a custodian and worked for Wausau Metals.

Survivors include his children, Susan (Dan) Marquardt of Rib Falls, Melody Silva of Hawaii, Jeff (Lori Ann) Grande of Weston, and Lori Lynn Klatt of Spencer; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; brother, Jack (Verna) Grande of Drummond; brother-in-law, Gene Bluhm of Wausau; and sisters-in-law, Ivy Brunner of Merrill, Judy Grande of Massachusetts, and Dixie Grande of California.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Eileen; parents, Einar and Cora Grande; brother, Raymond Grande; and sister-in-law, Judy Bluhm.

A private family celebration of life and service will take place on Thursday, July 23, 2020, with Rev. Timothy Swanson officiating.  Burial will be in Drummond, Wisconsin.


Elaine Plum-Wiedenhoft

Elaine Plum-Wiedenhoft

Elaine Plum-Wiedenhoft was born Jan. 9, 1953, passed away on July 20, 2020, at Wausau Aspirus Hospital. Elaine battled cancer three times before being called to heaven.

Elaine worked as a deli worker and a bartender before retiring. Elaine enjoyed shooting pool with friends, playing online games, watching movies, and loved music. Elaine was born to Carol (Barker) and Duane Plum, stepfather Lester Leavitt. Elaine had a sister Beverly (Jeff) Bootz, brothers Scott Plum (Sandy), Wayne Plum. Elaine also had siblings Duane Plum, Bev Baneck. Elaine had two sons Nick Wiedenhoft, Dwayne Bennett (Laurie), one daughter Heidi Wiedenhoft (Dave). Elaine had two grandsons Damion Wedler, and Conner Bennett, one granddaughter Madalyn Bennett. Elaine had many friends, one special friend Ronald Snyder. Elaine was preceded in death by grandmother Elizabeth Johnson, father Duane Plum, brother Wayne Plum, nephew Joseph Bootz.

There will not be a service at this time, burial will be announced at a later date.