Obituaries

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Gerhold C. Zirbel

Gerhold C. “Gelly” Zirbel, 92, of De Pere, passed away peacefully on Feb. 20, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Gelly was born in Green Bay on May 9, 1924, to the late Alex and Hatti (Halfrisch) Zirbel. On May 26, 1945, he married LaVerne Pautz at St. John Lutheran Church in Maribel. They farmed on the Zirbel Dairy Farm and were blessed with eight children. He was a lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, serving as president for many years, as well as president of the Shirley Feed Co-op and active NFO member. Gelly and LaVerne enjoyed traveling across the country in their RV.

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Henry R. Rudesill Sr.

Henry R. Rudesill Sr., 80, of Gresham, passed away on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, in Shawano.

Henry was born in the town of Red Springs on May 16, 1936, the son of the late Thomas and Imelda (Miller) Rudesill. He graduated from Gresham High School in 1955 and lived in the Gresham/Bowler area all his life.

Henry served our country by enlisting in the Army during the Korean Conflict. On June 22, 1963, he was united in marriage to Shirley Welch. He worked at Menominee Tribal Enterprises and retired after 19 years. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking.

Henry is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley; their children, Bernard Rudesill, Lillian (David) Beilke, Linda (Tom) Rudesill, Leatha (Raymond) Liebe, Henry (Judy) Rudesill Jr and Kenneth (Abbey) Rudesill; 11 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren and three brothers, Keith (Claudetta) Rudesill, Mike (Evonne) Rudesill and Andy (Sue) Summer.

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Anna M. Hoffman

Anna Mae Hoffman, 75, of Gresham, died at a Madison hospital on Feb. 18, 2017, surrounded by her husband, children and family.

Anna was born on April 2, 1941, in Keshena, the daughter of Marvin and Catherine (Penass) Kuester. She was raised by her mother in Keshena on the Indian Reservation. She attended Keshena Elementary School and Shawano High School. On Jan. 9, 1971, Anna married Donald “Donnie” Hoffman, and together they raised six children, along with providing temporary care to several foster children.

Anna was a cooker and baker and loved hosting family gatherings where there was always enough food to “feed an army.” Anna could often be found clutching her stomach from laughing so much at these gatherings. She enjoyed sewing, quilting, embroidery, refinishing furniture, sharing recipes, fishing, gambling, reading and traveling. She collected aprons, Campbell soup cups, Beanie Babies and thimbles.

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Clarence G. Chapman

Clarence G. Chapman, 89, of Shawano, formerly of West Bend, passed away peacefully in the loving care of his niece on Friday afternoon, Feb. 17, 2017, in the town of Wescott.

Clarence was born on Dec. 15, 1927, in West Bend, a son of the late Henry and Minnie (Meyer) Chapman. He graduated from West Bend High School.

Clarence worked in the grocery business most of his professional life. When he retired, he moved into the house he built in Shawano. Clarence was born and raised Catholic. He loved to cook, bake and grow flowers.

Clarence is survived by one brother, Ray Chapman, of West Bend, and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Milford, Elmer, Eugene, Richard, Jerry and LeRoy Chapman; and two sisters, Lucille Chapman and Laverne Heiting.

In keeping with Clarence’s wishes, there will be no public visitation or funeral service. Burial will be at Holy Angels Cemetery in West Bend.

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LaVern R. E. Klosterman

LaVern Robert Edward Klosterman, 86, longtime resident of Bonduel, died on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, at Evergreen Healthcare Center in Shawano. He was born in Bonduel on Oct. 13, 1930, the son of the late William and Clara (Kollath) Klosterman Deering.

LaVern served our country from 1954 until 1956 by enlisting in the United States Army. On May 18, 1957, he was united in marriage to Marilyn Zuleger. He worked as a truck driver and was the first trucker to take a 16x80 trailer out of Wisconsin. He also worked as a farmer, which he particularly enjoyed. He also enjoyed gardening, and grew sweet corn to sell, storytelling, woodworking and building birdhouses. His love for traveling brought him to Germany and every state in the United States.

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Joan M. Anklam

Joan M. Anklam, 68, of rural Tigerton (town of Wyoming, Waupaca County), passed away on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton.

The Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Tigerton, is assisting the family.

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Brian A. Suprise

Brian A. Suprise, 55, of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday morning, Feb. 12, 2017.

Brian was born on June 25, 1961, in New London, a son of Bonnie (Bohardt) Suprise and the late Neal N. Suprise. Brian grew up in Shawano and attended Shawano schools, graduating with the Class of 1979. Following high school he entered the United States Navy, serving his country for three years. He was a submariner and also served aboard the USS Wainwright.

Upon returning from service, Brian was employed at several different positions. His longest tenure was with Timbco in Shawano. He continued his education at NWTC and earned his LPN. He was currently employed at Woodport Doors in Shawano. He was a member of Peace United Church of Christ in Shawano. He was an avid golfer as well as a lifelong Packers and Badgers fan.

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Earl W. Druckrey

On the morning of Feb. 16, 2017, with his family by his side, Earl William Druckrey, 91, was called to his heavenly home.

Earl was born on the home farm in Advance on Dec. 3, 1925, to the late Carl and Effie (Bergner) Druckrey. The family moved from Advance to Shawano in 1932. He attended St. James Lutheran School and graduated from Shawano High School in 1944. Due to Earl volunteering at the age of 17 to serve his country, his mother accepted his high school diploma on his behalf. He entered the Marine Corps on March 22, 1944, and served as a private first class in Japan, China and Okinawa Island during World War II. He received an honorable discharge on March 13, 1946. Earl was very proud of his service to his country and took great pride in being a Marine. He was a long standing member of the VFW in Rhinelander.

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Earl W. Druckrey

Earl W. Druckrey, 91, of Rhinelander, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017, in Minocqua.

Arrangements are pending with Swedberg Funeral Home, and a complete obituary will be published in Saturday’s paper.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

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Martha A. Naber

Martha Ann Naber, 59, of Naperville, Illinois, died on Feb. 10, 2017, while surrounded by family and friends, after battling cancer for 20+ years.

Martha was a loving, gentle soul who loved traveling, photography, creating art, hiking and walking, and laughing with family and friends.

Martha was born in Shawano, graduated from Shawano High School and went on to get a bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in business management. She retired from IBM after many years in customer service.

Martha, daughter of John and Margaret Naber, who preceded her in death, is survived by siblings Charley, Tom, Andy, (Dorie Miller) Mary, Paul and Therese, as well as nephews Matthew (Katlynn and children Shiloh, Tucker, Greyson and Jackson) and Daniel, and niece Anne.

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