Obituaries

Tue
01
Nov

Sharon D. Wilson

Sharon D. Wilson, 62, of Cecil, passed away on Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, at her home.

Sharon was born in Danville, Illinois, on June 6, 1954, the daughter of Theodore R. and Lila (Barnett) Smith. On Feb. 2, 1975, she was united in marriage to Daniel E. Wilson in Antigo. They have lived in Cecil since 1996.

In her free time, Sharon enjoyed doing crafts.

Sharon is survived by her husband, Dan; one daughter, Kimberly Wilson, of Shawano; her parents, Ted and Lila Smith, De Pere; two brothers, Bill Smith, of De Pere, and Brian (Sandy) Smith, of Rochester, Minnesota; and one sister, Rhonda (Bruce) Lecus, of Carrboro, North Carolina.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at River Valley Church in Shawano with the Rev. Dan Taylor officiating. Inurnment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano. Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the services.

Tue
01
Nov

Timothy J. Keohane

Timothy J. “Chuck” Keohane, 74, of Shawano, passed away on Friday evening, Oct. 28, 2016, in Shawano.

Chuck was born on March 11, 1942, in Chicago, a son of the late Timothy E. and Leona (Otto) Keohane. He attended Sacred Heart Catholic School and was a graduate of Shawano High School. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and later UW-Oshkosh, earning his master’s degree in accounting. He was employed as a certified public accountant for many years in Green Bay. Upon retiring, he returned to Shawano.

Chuck was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was an avid Packers and Badgers fan, as well as a Chicago White Sox fan.

Survivors include his niece, Kelly (Brett) Landsberg, and his nephew, Michael (Kelly) Baker, all of Florida; and several great-nieces and one great-nephew.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Sharon Baker.

Tue
01
Nov

Joseph A. Pleshek

Joseph A. Pleshek, 95, of the Wisconsin Veterans Home, passed away on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016. He was born in Gresham on Aug. 15, 1921, to the late Joseph and Lorena (McGee) Pleshek.

On Nov. 9, 1946, Joe married Gladys Otto. Joe was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Army for five years, 2½ of which were overseas.

He had various jobs throughout his life, which included logging, working at Skelgas in Weyauwega, and owning/operating Pleshek Heating, also in Weyauwega.

Joe enjoyed hunting, fishing and playing golf, and was an avid softball player.

He will be sadly missed by his wife, Gladys; daughters, Ronda (Don) Woltersdorf, of La Crosse, Mary Jo (Perry) Stone, of Appleton, and Marsha (Mark) Gerlach, of Waupaca; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; other relatives and friends.

Tue
01
Nov

Merceline R. Warrington

Merceline Ruth Warrington, 84, of Keshena, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016, in Keshena.

Merceline was born in Keshena on May 2, 1932, the daughter of the late Freeman and Madeline (Hanks) Neconish. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, shopping, playing Yahtzee and spending time with her family and grandchildren. She was a member of the Native American Church and frequently attended sweat lodges with her brothers and nephews.

Merceline is survived by her son, Michael Warrington, of Keshena; grandchildren, William (Elena) Cox III, Michelle (Gary) Frechette, James (Carey) Cox, Jeffrey J. (Angela) Cox and Lindsay (Joshua) Besaw; numerous great-grandchildren; brothers and sister, LeRoy “John” Neconish, of Keshena, Ronald Neconish, of Keshena, and

Virginia “Rose” Neconish-Waupoose, of Keshena; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Tue
01
Nov

Ronald H. Sperberg

Ronald Henry Sperberg, 72, of Howard-Suamico, passed away unexpectedly with family by his side and was reunited with the love of his life, Sharon. He was born on March 31, 1944, in Shawano to the late Henry and Deloris (Schultz) Sperberg.

Ron was a graduate of Shawano High School. In 1962, he married Sharon Bahr at White Clay Lake Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cecil. She preceded him in death in 2011. He and Sharon raised their family in the Howard-Suamico area.

Ron was employed at West Bank & Trust for several years until he and Sharon started their own business, R & S Trucking. They were a husband-and-wife team delivering freight across the country and enjoying the sights along the way. After retiring from trucking, they enjoyed times spent at their home on Shawano Lake and winters at their home in Casa Grande, Arizona.

Tue
01
Nov

Norman P. Opper

Norman P. Opper, 88, of Birnamwood, died on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at North Central Health Care Center, Wausau. He was born on Jan. 13, 1928, in Birnamwood, the son of the late Phillip and Mary (Lotharius) Opper.

Norman was a United States Army veteran who served during World War II in Japan.

On June 24, 1950, Norman was united in marriage to Jeanette Vollmer. She preceded him in death on March 5, 2005.

Norman worked a short time for Hatley Veneer, and then worked as a tool and die maker for Marathon Electric until his retirement after 37 years. He was a lifetime member of St. Philomena Catholic Church, Birnamwood, where he served as usher for many years. Norman was a charter member of the Birnamwood Bowhunters, and enjoyed, deer and rabbit hunting, trout and ice fishing and snowmobiling. He especially enjoyed feeding and watching the birds.

Tue
01
Nov

Duane H. Maas

Duane H. Maas died Thursday, Oct. 27, 2016, in Riverwoods, Illinois.

He is survived by his sons, Jon (Martha), Duane A. (Kay) and Thomas (Susan), as well as his grandchildren, T.J., Bill (Liz), Charlie (Regan), Katherine, Jon David, Nicholas, Benjamin (Rachel), Molly and Hannah, and great-grandchildren, Mika and Martha.

Born in 1927 in Tilleda, he was a veteran, having served in the Army Air Force as a radar operator stationed in Alaska in 1945-47. After leaving the Army, he attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating in 1951 with a degree in chemical engineering. He married the former Sonja Johnson in March 1950, and they were together until her death in 2014.

Tue
01
Nov

Larry D. Murdock Sr.

Larry Dean Murdock Sr., 92, of Shawano, passed away on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, in Appleton.

Larry was born in Shawano on Aug. 18, 1924, the son of the late Earl Murdock and Hertha (Schaar) Natzke. He graduated from Shawano High School in 1942, entered the United States Army and served on active duty from June 27, 1944, to April 12, 1946, in the 10th Mountain Division, Regiment 86B.

On March 26, 1949, Larry was united in marriage to Janet Malueg in Marion. Janet preceded him in death on May 31, 1994.

Larry was a letter carrier for 26 years. After retirement, he farmed before he and his brother-in-law, David Malueg, built a sawmill and created M&M Lumber. He always had an active mind and was ready to build anything; including both of his homes on Hickory Road and an A-frame cottage on Boulder Lake.

Larry and Janet spent all summer at their cottage. He always had an open door in which everyone was welcome.

Fri
28
Oct

Mary L. Hirte

Mary Lee Hirte, 80, of Neenah passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016.

Mary was born on May 5, 1936, in New London, daughter of the late Neil Russell and Katherine Ruth McBeath. Growing up, Mary enjoyed spending summers up north at Anvil Lake with her grandma, Anna McBeath. Anvil Lake always remained a special place in her heart.

Mary graduated from Shawano High School on May 27, 1954, and went on to pursue a career in nursing. She spent 41 years selflessly and lovingly caring for all. Most of those years were spent working at Valhaven Nursing Home, where patients and co-workers were able to witness and experience the kind and genuine care that Mary had to offer. It took special people like Mary and her co-workers to do their gifted work with passion and a sense of humor!

Oh, the many stories Mary and her friends could tell! She forged deep friendships with her closest nursing home gang, who were her lifelong friends.

Fri
28
Oct

Ronald H. Sperberg

Ronald Henry Sperberg, 72, passed away on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016.

A celebration of his life will be held at the Pfotenhauer Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Howard-Suamico location, 1145 Cardinal Lane, Green Bay, on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, from 4-7 p.m. following by a memorial service at 7 p.m.

Online condolences are welcome at www.PfotenhauerFuneralHome.com.

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