Obituaries

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Joyce C. Koons

Joyce C. Koons, 91, of Shawano, passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Shawano. Joyce was born on Feb. 1, 1927, in Hampton, Iowa, the daughter of the late Roy J.C. and Carol E. (Beed) Bird. On July 11, 1945, she was united in marriage to George Koons in San Francisco, California. Joyce is a member of the Church on the Hill in Shawano. She was a very intelligent woman and liked challenging games and puzzles. In her free time, Joyce enjoyed playing cards and traveling with her friends.

Joyce is survived by her husband of 72 years, George; her daughter, Sheila C. Koons, of Wausaukee; her sister, Norma Lee Bock, of Watermon, Illinois; and her half-sister, Sharon (Donn) Loe of Seal Beach, California.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda J. Porter, in 2015; her parents; two brothers, Gary Bird and George Bird; and two sisters, Jean Mount and Mary Lou Klink.

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Harvey A. Ebelt

Harvey Arthur Ebelt, 66, of Shawano, passed away on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Shawano. Harvey was born in Shawano on Aug. 14, 1951, the son of the late Lester Ebelt and Glory Ann (Eckert) Marotz. In 1969, Harvey graduated from Shawano High School. On Oct. 7, 1972, he was united in marriage to Eileen Ann Wilk in Appleton. He worked at Little Rapids Corp. for more than 40 years before retiring in 2014. Harvey was a faithful member of Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano as well as the Wolf River Carvers, Lunds Snowbirds, Shawano Gun Club and Jerusalem Cemetery Auxiliary. He was an avid deer hunter and fisherman. Harvey was an old car enthusiast and enjoyed watching the local stock car races as well as NASCAR. In his free time he enjoyed watching the birds, cheering for the Green Bay Packers and was a fan of Shawano All Star Bowling. Snowmobiling, trail riding and shooting the bull with the guys were also some of Harvey’s favorite pastimes.

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Harry W. Kasten

Harry Walter Kasten, 90, a longtime resident of Cecil, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on May 15, 2018. Harry was born in Gillett on Aug. 13, 1927, to Harris and Evelyn Brown Kasten. After his mother’s passing shortly after his birth, Harry was raised for his first six years by his aunt Nora Kasten Larsen and her husband, Warner, of Gillett, before returning home to work the family farm in the Town of Gillett. He graduated from Gillett High School in 1946 and married Ora Fuller of Oconto Falls in 1950, having four sons. In 1978, he married Nancy Strassburg Rogge, of Gillett, and enjoyed an adventurous, loving 40-year marriage.

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Harold R. Kesler

Harold Reinhardt Kesler, 90, Appleton, peacefully passed away on May 13, 2018. He was born on July 17, 1927, in Marshfield to the late Harry and Agnes (Smudde) Kesler. His wife, Mary Ellen Kesler, preceded him in death on Nov. 20, 2017.

Hal was blessed with a full and interesting life. Born an identical twin, he and his twin, Herb, enjoyed many of the various antics that only twins can create throughout their childhood and into their adult years. Hal always enjoyed telling stories of his and Herb’s work on the extended families’ farms in Colby, their years of service in the U.S. Navy as well as fraternity life at St. Norbert’s College where he received a Bachelor of Science in physics.

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Carl J. Lyse Sr.

Carl J. Lyse Sr., 69, of Clintonville, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Greentree Health and Rehabilitation Center, Clintonville.

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

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May

Viola J. Zeuske

Viola Jane (Ourada) Zeuske, 91, of Shawano, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 14, 2018, at the Unity Hospice Residence in De Pere.

Viola (Vi) was born on Nov. 20, 1926, in Marathon County. Daughter of the late James and Mary (Tikalsky) Ourada. Vi was the youngest of 11 children, graduated from the Antigo Vocational School, she then was employed by her brothers who owned the Dixie Lunch in Antigo where she met her future husband.

On Oct. 8, 1949, Vi and Eugene Zeuske eloped to Milwaukee. In 1956, Gene and Vi started the Zeuske Insurance Agency in Shawano and were licensed agents for 32 years.

Vi was an avid and champion bridge player, active with the Homemakers, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Shawano Republican Women. Vi was happiest when she was fishing in Canada, making over 150 trips to their cabin in Minaki, Ontario. Vi was known for her fish fries and fabulous pies. She loved her family and friends very much.

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Melvin H. Koepke

Melvin H. Koepke, 87, of the Town of Deer Creek, Outagamie County, passed away Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Pine Manor Health Care Center in Embarrass.

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

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Vivian H. Dobberstein

Vivian Hazel Irene Dobberstein, 96, of Shawano, passed away on Saturday, May 12, 2018, to be with her husband in heaven. She was born on March 7, 1922, in New London to the late Albert and Caroline (Dingeldein) Arndt; and was the youngest of five children. Vivian attended Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran grade school in New London and graduated from New London High School. After graduation, she worked for an attorney and at Borden Milk Products in New London. Vivian was united in marriage to Lee Dobberstein on May 2, 1943. They were blessed with three children, Diane, Steven (Mary) and David (Shelly). Together they lived in New London, Hortonville, Jefferson, and Waupaca before finally settling in Shawano. She was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church, altar guild and the church choir. She enjoyed singing alto in Sweet Adelines. Vivian sold Viking Sewing Machines from her home and conducted sewing classes. For many years, Vivian and Lee enjoyed being part of a card club.

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Myrtle E. Jacobs

Myrtle Euarcha Jacobs, 91, of West Chester, Ohio, formerly of Cocoa, Florida, and Broadview Heights, Ohio, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. Myrtle was born in Blount County, Tennessee, on July 17, 1926, the daughter of the late Ira and Eva (Kirby) Graves. On Dec. 17, 1957, Myrtle was united in marriage to Gerald “Jerry” Jacobs in South Bend, Indiana. Jerry preceded her in death on July 31, 2006. She was a member of the Faith Viera Lutheran Church in Rockledge, Florida.

Myrtle is survived by her daughter, Sandra Newman; and grandson, Mark Newman; as well as other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry; her parents; four sisters; and two brothers.

A memorial service for Myrtle will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Swedberg Funeral Home in Gresham. Inurnment will be in the Red Springs Cemetery in the Town of Red Springs. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

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Betty A. Retzlaff

Betty Ann Retzlaff, 84, of Shawano, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, in Shawano. Betty was born in the Town of Belle Plaine on April 21, 1934, the daughter of the late Hugo and Minnie (Buelow) Werbelow. She was baptized in May 1934 and confirmed in May 1947 at St. Martin Lutheran Church. On June 20, 1953, she was united in marriage to Roland “Butch” Retzlaff at St. Martin Lutheran Church. Butch preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1993. Betty was a member of the St. Martin Lutheran Church, where she participated with the Ladies Aid for many years. She was a member of the Country Neighbors Homemaker Club for many years. Betty enjoyed watching her grandchildren play baseball, soccer and softball.

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