Obituaries

Fri
21
Apr

Calvin W. Martzke

On Tuesday evening, April 18, 2017, the family of Calvin Wayne Martzke lost their brother, uncle and friend.

Cal was born on Sept. 28, 1956, in Shawano, a son of the late Willard and Gwen (Mickel) Martzke. He attended Shawano schools, graduating with the Class of 1974. He enjoyed wrestling in high school and hanging out with the gang.

Calvin worked at Engel’s Moving and Storage and Heritage Hardwoods, as well as the family farm, where there were always chores to do. In 1998 Cal took over running the farm. He was happiest outside with his cows or doing field work, but he also enjoyed the many family get-togethers. He especially enjoyed the family reunions at the farm where the out-of-town cousins could enjoy farm life.

Fri
21
Apr

Leonard D. Wetzel

Leonard D. “Len” Wetzel, 84, of Shawano, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at his home.

Len was born in Shawano on April 15, 1933, to the late Herman and Pauline (Kloth) Wetzel. He grew up on a farm in the town of Seneca near Bowler and graduated from Bowler High School in 1952. After graduation, he began to ride along with the sheriff’s department, which was instrumental in becoming an officer with the Shawano Police Department. Len was one of the first K-9 officers at the Police Department, which led to his love of German shepherds.

On Aug. 14, 1960, Leonard was united in marriage to Lois Hawkins at Congregational Church in Birnamwood. After Len left the Police Department, he worked for the railroad, as a manager at SuperValu and the Red Owl in Clintonville, and finally as the power plant operator at the paper mill, retiring in 1995.

Fri
21
Apr

Patricia A. Zimmerman

Patricia “Pat” Ann (Lohrentz) Zimmerman, 83, a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away unexpectedly in the afternoon Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

Patricia was born on Nov. 9, 1933, in West Allis, the daughter of the late Walter and Evelyn (Hoppe) Lohrentz. She lived the early part of her life in West Allis before moving to Pella. Pat attended Shawano High School, where she played the drums. She also loved to play her accordion with her sister, Betty.

On May 21, 1955, Pat was united in marriage to Elmer Zimmerman at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Pella. She and her beloved husband raised six children together and celebrated 61 years together last May. Pat worked for Graper’s, Rexograph Company, Briggs and Stratton, and North Star Casino. She enjoyed cake decorating, playing bingo, playing Yahtzee, watching cooking shows and Packers games.

Thu
20
Apr

Calvin W. Martzke

Calvin W. Martzke, 60, of the town of Richmond, passed away at his home on Tuesday evening, April 18, 2017.

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

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

Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

Wed
19
Apr

Arthur D. Gast Jr.

Arthur Donald Gast Jr., 83, former Assemblies of God minister, school teacher, elementary school principal and college professor, died in Watkinsville, Georgia, on Friday, April 14, 2017.

Arthur was born in Shawano on Aug. 10, 1933, the son of the late Arthur William and Ruth (Sindberg) Gast Sr. Raised in Wisconsin, he was an avid fisherman, trapper, hunter and Green Bay Packers fan.

Arthur met his former wife, Helen Cawood, in 1956 at Southeastern Bible College in Lakeland, Florida, while he was traveling as one of the singers in the Liberators Gospel Quartet, a ministry of Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri. He and his former wife, Helen, married in 1957 and were married for 28 years.

Wed
19
Apr

John R. Brunner

John R. Brunner, 67, of Bowler, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017, at his home.

John was born in Shawano on March 10, 1950, the son of the late Martin and Julia (Dahse) Brunner. On Nov. 30, 1973, John was united in marriage to Bonnie Hesse. They resided in Bowler over the past 26 years.

John retired from Waste Management of Antigo in 2014. He enjoyed showing his hot rods at car shows, was an avid Green Bay Packers fan, loved spending time with his grandchildren, especially watching their sporting events, was president of the Bowler Bayriders Snowmobile Club and a former Bowler School Board member. He was a member of St. Francis Solanus Church in Gresham.

Wed
19
Apr

Ruth G. Polkowski Gutt

Ruth G. Polkowski Gutt, 94, of Shawano, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.

Ruth was born in Evanston, Illinois, on June 1, 1922, the daughter of the late Gustave and Sophie (Schroeder) Meier. She graduated from Evanston High School and went on to work at Illinois Bell Telephone and later at Baxter Labs. On Feb. 26, 1948, Ruth was united in marriage to Frank Polkowski at Bethlehem Church in Evanston. Ruth and Frank retired in 1982 and moved to Shawano. Frank preceded her in death on Aug.26, 1994.

On July 29, 2005, Ruth was united in marriage to Victor Gutt at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. She was a member of Divine Savior Lutheran Church, Lutheran Women’s Mission League, Tabitha, AARP, Golden Agers, the Red Hatters, three different card clubs, American Legion Auxiliary and Disabled Veterans Auxiliary. She also volunteered for hospice for 10 years and was a 50-year member of Home Maker’s County.

Wed
19
Apr

William D. Gast

William D. “Bill” Gast passed away during surgery on Monday, April 17, 2017.

He was the eldest son of Arthur and Ruth (Sindberg) Gast, born on May 24, 1932 in Shawano. Early on, Bill showed the leadership and family qualities he would be known for throughout his life, helping to raise his younger siblings and graduating at the top of his class at Shawano High School.

Bill went on to school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned his degree in accounting, played trumpet in the marching band and completed his Army ROTC training. Over that same time period, he married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Rusch, on July 11, 1953, and started a family that grew to three boys and one daughter.

Sat
15
Apr

Martin Brunner

Martin Brunner, 89, of Shawano, passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon, April 9, 2017, at Kindred Hearts Assisted Living Center in Shawano, where he had been a resident for nearly three years.

Martin was born on May 31, 1927, in the town of Belle Plaine, a son of the late Joseph and Mary (Dillenburg) Brunner. He attended country schools in Belle Plaine and later attended Shawano High School, graduating in 1945. Following school, Martin lived on and farmed the Brunner family homestead with his father and brothers on the Brunner Gold Star Farms in the town of Belle Plaine until his retirement in 1993.

Martin was a good and faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

Martin is survived by one brother, Michael (Darla) Brunner, of Shawano, and many nieces and nephews.

Sat
15
Apr

John R. Brunner

John R. Brunner, 67, of Bowler, died unexpectedly at his home on Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Arrangements are pending with Swedberg Funeral Home.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

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