Obituaries

Fri
13
Jan

Genevieve M. Reinke

Genevieve M. “Gena” Reinke, 81, of Angelica, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at her home with her husband by her side.

Born on June 5, 1935, in Two Rivers, Genevieve was the daughter of the late Arthur and Marie (Burg) DeBauch. Gena grew up in Gillett. After graduating from high school she met, and was united in marriage, to Ervin H. Reinke, on Aug. 22, 1956, in Gillett. Together, the couple lived and farmed in the town of Angelica for over 60 years.

In her free time, Gena enjoyed going to rummage sales, collecting antiques, and tending to her flowers and vegetable gardens. She was a wonderful wife and mother who will be deeply missed.

Fri
13
Jan

Terry L. Besaw

Terry Lee Besaw, 75, of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly late Wednesday evening, Jan. 11, 2017, in Shawano.

Funeral service arrangements are pending and will be announced on Saturday.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

Tue
10
Jan

Marie L. Gruetzmacher

Marie L. Gruetzmacher, 60, of Clintonville, passed away Sunday evening, Jan. 8, 2017, at Greentree Health & Rehabilitation Center, Clintonville.

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

Tue
10
Jan

Kate Page

Kate Page, 40, of Hatley, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017.

Kate was born in Shawano on June 3, 1976, to Charles and Marti Matyska. After graduating from high school, Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in urban forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She worked for a short time in the Czech Republic before returning to Wisconsin and settling in the Wausau area. On Sept. 5, 2004, she was united in marriage to Lee Page at the top of Rib Mountain.

Kate loved nature and animals and had a passion for animal rights. She was also very artistic and enjoyed gardening and photography.

Kate was a wonderful woman with a big heart, always thinking of others and putting the needs of others before her own. She will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Tue
10
Jan

Robert G. Kieslich

Robert Gary Kieslich, 76, of Shawano, passed away on Jan. 7.

Bob was born March 21, 1940, in Elcho. He graduated from Elcho High School and continued on to receive a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He then continued his education and received a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Bob joined the U.S. Army, serving as a military policeman in Stuttgart, Germany, after which he became a police officer in Rhinelander. Bob was married to Arlene Diadul on Feb. 19, 1966. They were married for 37 years. He married Yvonne Fairchild on April 28, 2007. She preceded him in death on Oct. 25, 2014.

Bob’s career focus was in school administration in various districts throughout the state of Wisconsin. His interests included fishing, hunting, bird watching, and collecting coins, stamps and Native American artifacts. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan.

Tue
10
Jan

James M. Waupoose Sr.

James M. “Chum” Waupoose Sr., 63, of Keshena, started his journey to the Spirit World on Sunday morning, Jan. 8, 2017, at Evergreen Care Center in Shawano, where he had been a resident for five days.

Chum was born on June 14, 1953, in Keshena, a son of the late Mitchell and Charlotte (Tepiew) Waupoose. He attended St. Joseph’s Catholic School. Following school, he went to work as a logger. On July 19, 2003, he was united in marriage to the former Rose Pyatskowit in Keshena. He was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena.

Chum was an avid outdoorsman. He loved hunting, fishing and camping. He enjoyed woodworking and was pretty handy at fixing things. He never did much without a good chew of snuff. He was a fan of boxing.

Tue
10
Jan

Ronda K. Springborn

Ronda Kay Springborn, 46, of Green Bay, formerly of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, in Green Bay.

Ronda was born on Dec. 14, 1970, a daughter of the late William C. “Springie” Springborn and Katherine (Baumgarten) Westerfeld. She attended St. James Lutheran School and later Shawano Community High School.

Tue
10
Jan

LaVonna R. Rush

LaVonna Rae Rush, 69, of Shawano, passed away on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at her home.

LaVonna was born in Shawano on Nov. 19, 1947, to the late Winifred “Pudge” and Dorothy (Owen) Huntington. On April 8, 1967, she was united in marriage to James Rush in Gillett.

LaVonna was an avid Brewers fan and collected Brewers bobble heads. In her free time she enjoyed shopping and bowling. More than anything, LaVonna loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and always enjoyed attending the family’s various sporting events.

Tue
10
Jan

Larry A. Gipp

Larry A. Gipp passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Evergreen Care Center of Shawano from a lengthy illness.

Larry was born in the town of Hartland, Shawano County, to the late Arthur and Myrtle (Deering) Gipp on March 24, 1937. He graduated from Bonduel High School in 1954. After high school, he drove an egg route truck for Jordan & Sons. Larry then attended Appleton Vocational School for auto mechanics and was employed at Chief Pontiac GMC Sales in Bonduel for over 30 years as a lube technician. Later, he was employed in the automotive department at Montgomery Wards in Shawano for 10 years. In 1997, Larry retired due to health problems.

Tue
10
Jan

Adolph J. Paholke

Adolph “Junior” John Paholke, 82, of Gillett, went home to his Savior on Jan. 8, 2017, unexpectedly, at his home.

Adolph was born in the Township of Hintz on Oct. 29, 1934, to the late Adolph and Anna (Arndt) Paholke. He married Rose Ruch on Jan. 8, 1955, at St. John Lutheran Church in Hayes. He attended Christ Lutheran Church in Hintz, where his children and many of his extended family continue to attend.

Adolph worked at Linwood Manufacturing and Carter Airport in Pulaski until his retirement. Adolph also worked cutting firewood for Laverne Hinkfuss. He loved playing the harmonica, button box and the accordion, playing in several bands.

Adolph enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and participating in the Abrams Accordion Club. He was an active member at Christ Lutheran Church, where he held several offices and regularly attended Bible study.

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