Obituaries

Tue
08
Dec

Dorothy M. Achten

Dorothy M. Achten, 93, of Shawano, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Shawano.

Dorothy was born on April 24, 1922, in Shawano, the daughter of the late Franklin and Mary (Bibelhausen) Achten. She lived in the same house from the day of her birth until her death.

Dorothy worked at Strassenreiter-Ashenbrenner Law Office from high school until her retirement in 1978. She was a member of Sacred Heart Church in Shawano, where she was the music director and church organist, and led the church choir for many years. She enjoyed fishing and hunting up north, and playing cards with family and friends.

Dorothy loved gardening and had a vegetable garden all her life. She spent many hours tenderly caring for and harvesting rhubarb and raspberries for jams, jellies, pies and sauces.

Dorothy will be missed deeply by her family and many friends.

Dorothy is survived by many nieces and nephews.

Tue
08
Dec

Helen M. Schroeder

Helen Marie Schroeder, 86, of Shawano, died on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. She was born on Sept. 14, 1929, in Oshkosh to the late Albert M. and Irene (Kranzusch) Postl.

Helen was united in marriage to Doug Schroeder on Oct. 14, 1948, in Oshkosh. Doug preceded her in death on June 27, 2009. She owned and operated a shoe store, called Footport later renamed Shoe Park, along with her good friend, Ramona McBride. She was a “real go-getter” and loved to travel, including trips to Europe and numerous cruises. In her younger years, she enjoyed embroidering, knitting, crocheting and painting. She also loved cheering on the Packers and Badgers.

Helen is survived by her brothers, James Postl, of Michigan, and Richard (Seiko) Postl, of Shawano; a brother-in-law, Jerry (Fran) Schroeder, of Colorado; as well as several very special nieces and nephews, and many great- and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Tue
08
Dec

John C. Conto

John C. Conto, 66, of the town of Bear Creek, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at ThedaCare Medical Center, New London.

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

Tue
08
Dec

Sally A. Minniecheske

Sally A. Minniecheske, 81, from Tigerton, Shawano County, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at Greentree Health and Rehabilitation Center, Clintonville.

A service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at Zion Lutheran Church in Tigerton. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. with service at 1 p.m.

Survivors include her brother, Robert (Joyce) Shest, and their children, John and Eleana; niece and nephew, Darcy and Thomas Hille; children, JoAnn Redman, Judy Minniecheske (Jim McClellan), James Minniecheske (Bobbi Welch), Jane (Don) Dedolph and Jack Minniecheske; 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; and all those who called her Grandma “Dells.”

Memories and condolences may be shared at the Eberhardt-Stevenson website.

www.eberhardtstevenson.com.

Tue
08
Dec

John L. Berton

John Lyle Berton (1947-2015)

John Berton lost his four-plus-year, lonely but courageous battle with multiple myeloma between Nov. 27-28, 2015. Born in Shawano on Dec. 23, 1947, he passed away roughly one month before his 68th birthday.

John’s professional career spanned the cities of Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, Venice, California, and Ashland, Oregon.

John was a visionary artist. Although he was foremost a dancer and choreographer, his creativity spanned many media. He was a woodsmith, a wordsmith and vocalist. His faith was rooted in nature. “The marvel of every day and everything on our planet is nothing more than heavenly,” he would often say. In short, he was a spirited soul who remained resolved and happy even to the end of his life.

Fri
04
Dec

Dorothy A. Grosskopf

Dorothy A. Grosskopf, 88, of Tigerton, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at Homme Home of Wittenberg.

Dorothy Adeline Bazile was born May 7, 1927, in Hunting to Joseph and Adeline (Ball) Bazile. She was the youngest of 14 children.

Dorothy graduated from Marion High School and worked at several jobs prior to her marriage. She was united in marriage on Oct. 11, 1947, to Edward Herman Grosskopf at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Marion. Dorothy and Edward moved to Racine where they adopted two children, Edward and Lisa. They returned to the area in 1967, moving to Split Rock, where they opened Ed and Dot’s Sportsman’s bar, a bar and restaurant they ran for 25 years.

Fri
04
Dec

Michael J. Kretschmann

Michael J. Kretschmann, 26, of Shawano, passed on to the spirit world on Tuesday, Nov. 24, due to complications from head trauma earlier in the year.

Mike was born in 1989 in Watertown. Mike recently moved to Denver, Colorado, to work with “alternative energy” and live in an area that had so much to offer among the mountains, breathtaking scenery and musical culture that all reached deeply into his soul.

Mike’s travels led him to many new places, leaving a trail of lasting friendships in his wake. Mike simply wanted others to be spiritually awoken to the beauty of life by placing memories and experience above possessions.

Mike’s candle of life burned like the fuse to a firecracker; this spark was something friends and family were instinctively drawn to and will never forget. We will all miss that unforgettable smile and laugh Mike carried with him. He lived more in his 26 years than most will in a lifetime.

Fri
04
Dec

Beatrice M. Paul

Beatrice M. Paul, 93, of the town of Deer Creek, passed away Thursday evening, Dec. 3, 2015, at Care Partners Assisted Living, Clintonville.

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

Fri
04
Dec

Dorothy J. Schoenike

Dorothy J. Schoenike, 89, of Clintonville, passed away Thursday evening, Dec. 3, 2015, at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano surrounded by her family.

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

Fri
04
Dec

Leonard W. Giese

Leonard William Giese, 88, of Gillett, passed away on Dec. 1, 2015, in Gillett.

Leonard was born on Jan. 21, 1927, in Hayes, the son of the late Harry A. and Louise (Buhrandt) Giese.

Leonard entered the Army at 18 years old and was able to travel all over the United States. He ended up stationed in Berlin, Germany, where he spent his time translating because he spoke fluent German, which he learned as a child while helping his grandpa around the farm.

After his honorable discharge from the military, he spent two years sailing the Great Lakes. On June 7, 1946, he was united in marriage to Marjory Miller in Gillett. He worked as a laborer at Warvels and Briggs and Stratton in Milwaukee until he retired. He was a volunteer crossing guard for Gillett Schools and a volunteer firefighter for the Gillett Fire Department. In his free time, he enjoyed fixing cars and lawn mowers, and playing the accordion.

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