Obituaries

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Betty Schmidt

Betty Rae Elsie Marie (Strauss) Schmidt passed away peacefully in her home on June 24, 2016. Betty was born in the town of Richmond on Aug. 19, 1922, the daughter of the late Frank and Martha (Giese) Strauss. She graduated from Shawano High School in 1941.

Betty Rae was a Christian with a strong belief in prayer. On Nov. 28, 1946, Betty was united in marriage to Randall Schmidt at her parents’ home. Betty Rae and Randall would have been married 70 years this November. Together they purchased Muehl’s Furniture and Floorcovering in 1965, working side-by-side throughout their career, until selling in 2002. They always chose to walk the path of life together. She lived a fulfilling life with her husband, Randall, at her side through her last breath.

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John Songs Jr.

John Songs Jr., 65, of Boyceville, died Friday, June 3, 2016, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire.

Graveside services will be held Friday, July 8, 2016, at 10 a.m. at the Bethesda Cemetery in the Township of Navarino, Shawano County, with the Rev. Jill Meyer officiating. Military graveside honors will be provided by members of Clintonville American Legion Post 63, VFW Post 664 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 63. Friends may call at the cemetery on Friday morning just prior to the services at 10 a.m.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory of Clintonville is assisting his family.

www.eberhardtstevenson.com

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Bernice M. Brandt

Bernice M. “Neice” Brandt, 63, of Shawano, found peace on Tuesday afternoon, June 21, 2016, at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay, with her loving family by her side.

Neice was born on Jan. 28, 1953, in Chicago, a daughter of the late Maurice and Bernice (Clark) Casper. Neice attended St. John Fisher Elementary School and later Mother McAuley High School, graduating in 1971. She then attended beauty school in Chicago. Later, she and her family moved to Shawano, where she continued beauty school.

Neice met her husband, David J. Brandt, while living in Shawano. On May 15, 1976, she and David were united in marriage at Peace United Church of Christ in Shawano. In 1985, the couple moved to the Janesville area.

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Dorothy I. Grandow

Dorothy I. Grandow died Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at Homme Home of Wittenberg. She was 85 years old. She was born on Sept. 10, 1930, in Oconto Falls, a daughter of Emil and Loretta (Bergman) Spiegel.

She married Roger Grandow on Aug. 22, 1953, in Oconto Falls. He preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 2012.

Dorothy was employed at Allen Bradley Corporation in Milwaukee for 25 years. In 1974, she moved to Tigerton, where she and Roger raised veal calves until retirement in 1994. After retirement, they moved to Rhinelander, then to Deerbrook, north of Antigo, in 2005.

She was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Antigo.

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Michael J. MacMurray

Michael Jon “Mac” MacMurray passed away June 17, 2016. He was 60 years old. Born March 6, 1956, in Shawano.

He had much more to do. He always started his day early and had the next day planned. He did as much while he could. Mac graduated from Shawano High School in 1974 and studied auto mechanics at Northwest Technical Institute, ultimately to pursue his true calling as a sign painter. His talent in quality hand-lettering prompted him to start his own business, Signs by Mac.

He mapped out a life that led him to enjoy the good times: fishing, camping, nature, gardening, photography, cooking, vinyl records, crosswords. He always enjoyed a good chat. He was the proud Grandpa and loved watching his new grandson grow. His smile got bigger every time he saw him, and he was truly excited to share his joy with all.

A sign by Mac turned up this week, written, July 25, 1986: “If I fail, I choose to fall in flight rather than drown in the dust of my fears.”

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Jeanne Corn

Jeanne Corn, 66, of Keshena, passed away on Sunday, June 19, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family and friends.

Jeanne was born in Keshena on Nov. 4, 1949, the daughter of the late Richard and Mary (Oshkeshequoam) Corn. She was united in marriage to Louis Hawpetoss, and together they owned and operated a boys ranch for troubled youth in Leopolis called the Thunderbird Ranch. She loved cooking and was an avid Packers fan.

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Doris M. Vague

Doris M. Vague, 85, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Doris was born in South Milwaukee on May 17, 1931, daughter of the late Alvin and Catherine (nee Deichman) Burmeister. On July 7, 1951, she was united in marriage to Harold “Junior” Vague. Together with Harold, they operated Harold’s Tap for 46 years.

After many years of hard work, Doris and Harold retired up north to their favorite place, the cabin. She loved to sit in the sunroom and watch the birds.

Doris enjoyed knitting, Sudoku and Word Search puzzles, and her collection of porcelain dolls. Above all, she loved being a devoted and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

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Lisa Waukau

Lisa Waukau, “Nehaeqsnemetaemoh,” born Lee Suzanne Waukau, began her journey to the Spirit World on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

Lisa was born on Dec. 26, 1944, to the late Dolores K. Boyd and Lloyd Waukau. Lisa dedicated her life to public service to the Menominee people. She helped shape the lives of over 1,000 Menominee children during her 37 years as a teacher at Menominee Indian High School. Lisa was passionate about the course she taught that every junior had to take and still has to take: Menominee history. She wanted every student to know their tribal history, and that it was the correct history. Her students also knew that Ms. Waukau would have a quiz waiting for them on Monday if the Green Bay Packers lost on Sunday!

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Donna D. Erickson

Donna D. Erickson, 80, of Shawano, formerly of Clintonville, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, June 16, 2016, at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano.

Donna Mae Doris Erickson was born Aug. 24, 1935, in the Township of Harrison, the daughter of the late David and Margaret (Marquardt) Wickersham. She attended Harrison Elementary and Iola High School.

Donna was united in marriage to Donald Erickson on May 1, 1954, in Shawano. The couple had met in grade school. They lived the first part of married life in the Township of Harrison and started a family. They raised seven loving children, and later moved to Clintonville, and finally Shawano.

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Martha M. Westphal

Martha Minnie Westphal, 94, of Bonduel, passed away on Friday, June 17, 2016, at her home. Born on Nov. 30, 1921, in Green Valley, she was the daughter of the late Gustav and Emma (Kroening) Bohm.

On Dec. 8, 1942, Martha was united in marriage to Wilmar C. Westphal at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in the town of Angelica.”How Great Thou Art” was her favorite song and “Portals of Prayer” her daily meditation.

Martha Westphal was a fabulous cook and highly skilled gardener. Her care for family was contagious. Her work was love made visible. Martha’s farm home was a haven to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved her kitchen and gardens and generously shared her prepared foods, plants, flowers and vegetables for over 70 years. Her dill pickles, potato salad and chicken dumpling soup live on. Her “crazy quilts” with feather stitching are treasured by each of her children and grandchildren.

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