Obituaries

Thu
25
May

Darwin E. Hill

Darwin E. Hill, 79, of Shawano, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Tuesday evening, May 23, 2017.

Darwin was born on Sept. 12, 1937, in Shawano, a son of the late Elmer and Alvira (Schreiber) Hill. He was baptized into God’s family on Oct. 6, 1937, and confirmed into the Lutheran faith on April 6, 1952. Darwin graduated from Shawano High School in 1956. He married the love of his life, Janice Peterman, on Sept. 27, 1958, and they were blessed with two children.

Darwin loved telling stories, drinking coffee with friends at McDonalds and driving his tractor at the cabin. His favorite time of year was deer hunting season. He waited all year for this special week with his family and friends. Deer hunting will never be the same without Dad in his “special hunting stand.”

Thu
25
May

Everett J. Newton

Everett J. “Newt” Newton, 52, of Kaukauna, peacefully began his journey to the Spirit World on Monday evening, May 22, 2017, at his home in Kaukauna with his sister, Judy, at his side, after a long battle with illness.

Everett was born on July 26, 1964, in Shawano, a son of the late Alfred and Violet J. (Butler) Newton. Newt attended the Shawano schools and Fox Valley Technical College. He held various positions and was most proud of the management positions he held.

Newt most cherished the time he spent with his children and extended family. He loved to shoot pool, listen to and play music, fish and hunt. He contracted as a DJ for many years. Many remember him for his harmonica playing skills and sarcastic personality.

Thu
25
May

Keith G. Haskins

Keith G. Haskins, 65, of the Township of Belle Plaine, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday afternoon, May 23, 2017, at his home.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Clintonville, is assisting the family.

Thu
25
May

Paula S. Sengstock

Paula S. Sengstock, 63, of Neenah, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory of Clintonville is assisting her family with the arrangements.

www.eberhardtstevenson.com

Wed
24
May

Mary L. Buchholz

Mary Lou Buchholz, 57, of Clintonville, passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017, in Neenah.

Mary was born in Wausau on Dec. 30, 1959, the daughter of the late Kenneth and Lorraine (Adams) Des Forge. She was a graduate of Shawano High School, and enjoyed sewing and doing crafts. She loved animals, especially her dog, Maggie.

Mary enjoyed backyard barbecues with her family and spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary is survived by two sons, David (Carrie) Buchholz and Adam (Jenn) Buchholz; grandchildren, Mary Grace, Kaylin, Devon, Hatcher, Maeghan and Sophie; her brothers and sisters, Lea (Jim) Nilles, Pat (Diane) Metko, Gail Martin, Terrie (Jerry) Timm, Mike (Janice) Metko, Steve Des Forge and Jim Des Forge. She is further survived by several nieces and nephews as well as the father of her children, Steve Buchholz, of Clintonville.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three nephews, Christopher, Jason and Mark.

Wed
24
May

Shawn E. Conner

Shawn Eric Conner, 46, of Gresham, passed away on Monday, May 22, 2017.

Shawn was born in Kenosha on Sept. 20, 1970, to Olin Conner and Georgette Franz. He loved listening to music and reading, Metallica and Stephen King were his favorites. Shawn was a very caring person and loved to have fun with his family and friends. He also enjoyed playing Sorry and going to the casino.

Shawn is survived by his dad and stepmom, Olin (Dolores) Conner, of Gresham; his mom, Georgette Franz, of North Carolina; stepbrother, Joseph (Amy) Ponfil, of Kenosha; stepsister, Debra Marshall, of Arizona; nieces and nephews, Wenona Kelly, Sydney Coffman, Katie Ponfil, Lauren Marshall, Jerry Marshall and Maisen Marshall; great-niece and great-nephews, Maricella, Stone and James; as well as other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by a stepsister, Donna Coffman.

Wed
24
May

Russell F. Luedtke

Russell Floyd Luedtke passed away on May 10, 2017, in Denver, Colorado. He was born in Theresa on Sept. 5, 1955, to parents Floyd and Gloria, and later changed his legal name to James Joseph Russell.

Russell’s first calling was as a farmer in Amherst Junction. He later moved to Denver, where he spent the most significant part of his working life as a carpenter. He was active in the carpenters union and took pride in the things he built. He also spent several years helping his parents in their older years.

Russell enjoyed fishing and hunting, playing cribbage, joining his sons on outdoor adventures and spending time with his grandchildren.

Russell is survived by his mother, Gloria; sons, Joe and Jim; grandchildren, Mya, Annabelle, Ariel, Rowan, Cameron and Remy; and siblings, Al, Dennis, Pam, Sandy, Ricky, Annie and Michael.

He was preceded in death by his father, Floyd.

Wed
24
May

Phyllis M. Rasmussen

Phyllis M. Rasmussen, 92, of Caroline, passed away on Friday, May 19, 2017, at Homme Home of Wittenberg.

Phyllis Mae Hitt was born in Antigo on April 15, 1925 to Ralph and Mae (Guenthner) Hitt. Mae was a school teacher, and Ralph farmed and operated a milk delivery business. She had one brother, Ken, and two sisters, Vivian and Lorraine. As a young lady, Phyllis worked in the potato fields for her uncle, Joe Guenthner, and as a nurse for his wife, Lilly. During her senior year in high school, she lived in town and worked at a dime store. Upon graduation from Antigo High School in 1943, she moved to Milwaukee and worked at the Twinkie factory. When her older brother enlisted in the U.S. Marines a year later, she was called back to Antigo to drive the family car.

Wed
24
May

Cheryl A. Trappe Renel

Cheryl Ann Trappe Renel, 69, of Bonduel, passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Green Bay.

Cheryl was born in Mason City, Iowa, on Oct. 19, 1948, the daughter of the late Willard H. and Eva (Sawvell) Trappe. She enjoyed camping, fishing, woodworking, sewing and quilting.

Cheryl loved attending the Hodag and listening to bluegrass music as well as attending any kind of bluegrass festival.

Cheryl especially loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them.

Cheryl is survived by her daughter, Jodi Trappe; six grandchildren, Amber (Adam) Klotzbuecher, Zachary Trappe, Joshua (Steph) Spang-Magee, Val Magee, Baily Magee and Lydia Magee; her great-grandson, Ryder; and her significant other, Wayne Bahr. She is further survived by her sister, Shirley Peterson, and two brothers, Richard (Carolyn) Trappe and William (Linda) Trappe.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Harlan “Dean” Trappe.

Sat
20
May

Donald N. Johnson

Donald Neil Johnson, 85, passed away peacefully in his home in Sun City West, Arizona, on May 6, 2017.

Don was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Margaret. Surviving children include Bruce, Brian (Dianne) and Linda (Jim Kaiser); grandchildren, Devan, Aren and Noah; great-grandchildren, Braylee and Caleb.

Don graduated from St. Olaf College in 1954 and served three years in the Air Force. He earned his master’s degree in hospital administration in 1960 from the University of Minnesota. He soon after put his skills and talents to work at Shawano Community Hospital for nearly 20 years. Don’s dedication to his position as administrator contributed to a highly efficient facility as well as improvement and expansion. He finished his career at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire after many years of establishing continued excellence.

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