Obituaries

Mon
25
Jan

Emma Koenig

Emma Koenig, 91, of Cecil, formerly of Gillett, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. She was born May 17, 1924, in Gillett, daughter of the late Herman and Wilhelmina “Minnie” (Giese) Yaeger and graduated from Gillett High School in 1942.

Emma married Orland S. Koenig on July 22, 1944, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Gillett, and together they shared 66 loving years of marriage before Orland passed in 2011. Emma and Orland farmed in the Gillett area until the late 1960s, after which they moved to Cecil.

Emma was a lifetime member of Immanuel Lutheran Church (now Faith United Church) of Gillett, where she served on the mission and home finance committees for several years and taught Sunday School. Her faith was so dear to her heart.

Fri
22
Jan

Donald L. Kerstner

Donald L. Kerstner, 82, of Wausau, died on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Donald was born on March 10, 1933, in Clintonville to the late Erick and Mildred (Olmsted) Kerstner. He served his country honorably in the U.S. Navy, serving in the Korean War.

Donald married Doris Strelow in Bowler in 1954. In his working years, Donald’s expertise was in the realm of windows, both as draftsman and in sales. He was a fine woodworking craftsman who made furniture and cabinets. He also enjoyed traveling, playing cards and golf.

Donald is survived by his wife of 61 years, Doris Kerstner, of Wausau; sons, Sheldon (Arlene) Kerstner, of Crandon, and Kevin Kerstner, of Wausau; and siblings, Carl (Ronda) Kerstner, of Bowler, Leon Kerstner, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Beverly (Paul) Bierman, of Bowler, and Carol (Carl) Brennecke, of Mattoon.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Connie Eckes.

Fri
22
Jan

James E. Aderman

James E. Aderman, 64, of Marion, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at Theda Clark Medical Center, Neenah.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Marion, is assisting his family.

Fri
22
Jan

Leah L. Besaw

Leah L. Besaw, 50, of Neopit, passed away on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016.

Arrangements are pending with Swedberg Funeral Home.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

Thu
21
Jan

Herbert C. Westphal

Herbert C. Westphal, 78, of Shawano, died on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2016, at Pine Manor Health Care Center, Clintonville. He was born on Aug. 19, 1937, in Shawano, son of the late Clarence and Anne (Ainsworth) Westphal.

Herb married Marlene Wendt on May 11, 1963. Herb graduated from Shawano High School in 1954 and worked for BJ Mares in Bear Creek before serving his country in the U.S. Army. After finishing his service, he worked at Appleton Papers, retiring in 1999. Herb was a former member of St. Pius X Catholic Church, Appleton, and a current member of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Cecil. He enjoyed bowling, hunting, fishing, and playing cards.

Thu
21
Jan

Glenn A. Curtis

Glenn A. Curtis, 94, Shawano, died on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, at Shawano Health Services, Shawano.

He was born on Dec. 13, 1921, in the town of Morris, Shawano County, the son of the late Donald and Augusta (Bublitz) Curtis.

Glenn was baptized at the Tilleda Lutheran Church and later in life was a member of the United Methodist Church, Wittenberg.

On Aug. 22, 1942, Glenn was united in marriage to Lola Breitenfeldt. She survives.

Glenn had a milk route and then worked as a carpenter for Rudolph Hanson in Wittenberg for 30 years. He then was employed as a mason for EG Hintz of Shawano until his retirement in 1994. Glenn and Lola enjoyed traveling all over the United States. Glenn was known for his large garden. He enjoyed feeding and watching the birds as well as following the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers.

Thu
21
Jan

Robert L. Hoffman

Robert Louis Hoffman, 62, was stricken at his Plentywood, Montana, home early Saturday morning, Jan. 16, and was dead on arrival at Sheridan Memorial Hospital.

Bob was born on Feb. 17, 1953, in Shawano, the eldest of four sons of Okel and Marjorie (Gentz) Hoffman. From his earliest years, he was a hard worker, often accompanying his father as he made fuel deliveries throughout the area, Bob visiting with customers and making friends with every dog on every farm! He played trumpet in high school and developed a fondness for military marches, which remained a favorite music for the rest of his life. After graduating from Shawano High School in 1970, Bob completed an automotive course at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. While he was in school, he worked for a time for the SooLine railway, a job he loved.

Wed
20
Jan

Gerald F. Hawpetoss

Gerald “Jerry” Francis Hawpetoss, 63, of Neopit, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.

Jerry was born in Keshena on Oct. 31, 1952, son of the late Samuel and Frances (Matchapatow) Hawpetoss Sr. He was a dedicated member of the Big Drum religion throughout his life.

Jerry was a unique and powerful champion traditional dancer, well known throughout Indian country. In 1992 he received the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award as an outstanding traditional moccasin maker, a master of bead work and feather work, as well as a maker of traditional Menominee dance regalia. He also enjoyed being a cultural educator, teaching the Menominee language, drumming and singing at the Menominee Indian School District, the Indian Community School in Milwaukee and the Circle of Nations School in Wahpeton, North Dakota.

Tue
19
Jan

Renaldo C. Lillo

Renaldo Calvin “Sonny” Lillo, 78, of Bonduel, passed away on Jan. 18, 2016, in Green Bay.

Renaldo was born on Nov. 1, 1937, in Pennington County, Minnesota, the son of the late Herman and Elsie (Wichterman) Lillo. On Jan. 15, 1962, he was united in marriage to Betty DeBoer in South Dakota. She preceded him in death on April 26, 1990.

Renaldo was united in marriage to Arlene (Taylor) Gilbertson on Oct. 6, 1990, at St. Martin Catholic Church in Cecil. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Gillett American Legion Post 300. He enjoyed traveling, dancing, four-wheeling, going for walks, and singing.

Renaldo was a positive man with a great outlook on life and lived life to its fullest. The most important thing to Renaldo was spending time with his family.

Tue
19
Jan

Herbert A. Chambers Jr.

Herbert “Herbie” Anthony Chambers Jr., 73, of Shawano, passed away peacefully in the early morning of Jan. 18, 2016, after a short, courageous battle with cancer.

Herb was born in Shawano on May 3, 1942, the only child of the late Herbert Sr. and Mary Mercedes (Hagen) Chambers. He graduated from Shawano High School, furthering his education in Chicago.

Herb was united in marriage to Carol Braatz on Jan. 11, 1964. They welcomed their beloved first daughter, Dawn, a year later. Many, many years later their second daughter, Jodi, arrived.

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