Obituaries

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Mar

Jean Ann D. Gutmann

Jean Ann Dorothy Gutmann, 79, of Shawano, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at her home.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at Doc’s Harley Davidson in the Hog Barn. Inurnment will be in Forest Mound in Waupun at a later date. Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

Thu
16
Mar

Blanche J. Utke

Blanche Johanna Utke, 87, of the town of Waukechon, passed away on March 15, 2017, at Oak Haven in Shawano. Blanche was born in Appleton on March 9, 1930, to the late C. Rudolph and Jeanette (VanderZanden) Jacobson. At the age of 10, Blanche and her family moved to Oconto Falls, where she completed her education. On Nov. 14, 1956, Blanche was united in marriage to Earle Utke at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the town of Belle Plaine. They owned and operated a farm in the town of Waukechon and hauled milk for Consolidated Badger. Blanche enjoyed riding along with him for 26 years. Blanche and Earle loved to travel with family and friends, visiting 46 of the 50 states. She also enjoyed riding on the motorcycle with Earle. Earle preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 1995. Blanche was a member of the Flower Queens Homemaker Club and enjoyed sewing quilts, and made quilts for numerous people over the years.

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16
Mar

Daniel L. Rambo

Daniel L. Rambo, 65, Birnamwood, died on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Aspirus Langlade Hospital under the care of LeRoyer Hospice, Antigo.

He was born on March 2, 1952, the son of Leonard and Evelyn (Noffke) Rambo, Wittenberg.

Dan worked for Briggs and Stratton for many years until moving to Birnamwood. He then worked at Top Brass, Wittenberg, and Fleet Farm, Antigo.

Dan was an avid Harley Davidson rider and was a biker his whole life. He enjoyed woodworking and had a workshop in his garage. Dan enjoyed horseshoes, NASCAR, deer hunting, the Green Bay Packers and was often found barbecuing on his grill.

Wed
15
Mar

Anton ‘Tony’ Gnand

Anton “Tony” Gnand, 83, town of Brazeau, died peacefully Tuesday, March 7, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Tony was born March 3, 1934, in Yugoslavia to Karl and Eva (Seder) Gnand. The family moved to Austria for seven years prior to immigrating to the United States in 1952. Tony served his country in the U.S. Army.

On Oct. 3, 1959, Tony was united in marriage to Eva Schmidt at Sacred Heart Croatian Church in Milwaukee and resided in Glendale for 42 years. Tony was employed by Pfister and Vogel Tannery in Milwaukee for 42 years before retiring in 1995.

The couple moved to Lee Lake permanently in 2001. Tony was a member of St. Anne Parish and also belonged to the Milwaukee Sport Club, Lee Lake Conservation Club and the Bagley and Brazeau Snowmobile Club. Tony enjoyed playing and watching soccer, fishing, hunting, snowmobiling and spending time at the cottage on Lee Lake.

Wed
15
Mar

Elaine A. Pfaff

Elaine A. Pfaff, 97, of Mountain, passed away on March 8, 2017. Elaine was born on April 4, 1919, to the late Walter and Anna (Coleman) Saffran in Wisconsin. She married Edwin Pfaff on June 11, 1937. Elaine greatly enjoyed sewing and making ceramic crafts.

Elaine is survived by her nine children, Janice Frederickson of Bonners Ferry, Idaho, Rosa (Robert) Schenkenberger of Aurora, Colorado, Ruth Schomer of Mesa, Arizona, Susan Donaldson of Belton, Texas, Bruce (Pat) Pfaff of Downers Grove, Illinois, Steven (Linda) Pfaff of Pueblo, Colorado, Deborah (Don) Snider of Bolingbrook, Illinois, Richard (Debi) Pfaff of Cheyenne, Wyoming, and Valerie (Dan) Fingal of Mountain; three siblings, Walter (Lorna) Saffran of Oconto Falls, Elizabeth Patula of Westmont, Illinois, and Carol Dunn of Denver, Colorado; 28 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by many great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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15
Mar

Daniel L. Rambo

Daniel L. Rambo, 65, Birnamwood, died on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Aspirus Langlade Hospital under the care of LeRoyer Hospice, Antigo.

He was born on March 2, 1952, the son of Leonard and Evelyn (Noffke) Rambo, Wittenberg.

Dan worked for Briggs and Stratton for many years until moving to Birnamwood. He then worked at Top Brass, Wittenberg, and Fleet Farm, Antigo.

Dan was an avid Harley Davidson rider and was a biker his whole life. He enjoyed woodworking and had a workshop in his garage. Dan enjoyed horseshoes, NASCAR, deer hunting, the Green Bay Packers and was often found barbecuing on his grill.

Wed
15
Mar

Phyllis Ermis

Phyllis Deloris Ermis of Suring entered into eternal peace March 13, 2017, with her children by her side.

Phyllis was born on Sept. 26, 1930, to the late Richard and Nora Firgens, the fourth of their nine children. She married Dennis Ermis on Aug. 19, 1950. A short time later, they purchased their farm on Spruce Road. They spent much of their life together making their farm a success.

She was a loving, caring, and talented individual. There were not many things that Phyllis was unable to do. In addition to farming, some of her many talents included sewing, gardening, cooking/baking, canning, hunting/fishing, woodworking, organ/piano playing and dancing.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Dennis Ermis; daughter Judith Ann Ermis; parents Richard and Lenora Firgens; sisters Eleanor Christensen, Lois Howen, Eunice School, LaVerne School and Sandra Brenwall; brothers Harvey Firgens and Richard Firgens; and foster grandson Dylan Krueger.

Wed
15
Mar

Richard H.A. Gruenewald

Richard H.A. “Dick” Gruenewald, 89, of Bonduel, passed away in the home that he built on Friday, March 10, 2017, with his family by his side. Richard was born on Nov. 30, 1927, in Wauwatosa to the late Elmer and Irma (Salzer) Gruenewald. Dick graduated from Bonduel High School and is a member of the Bonduel Athletic Hall of Fame. He married Elsie Busch at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bonduel on Sept. 2, 1950. In 1951, he was drafted into the military and served as a corporal in the United States Army 174th M.P. Battalion from 1951 until 1952 at Fort Sheridan in Illinois. Dick spent time working as a mailman, a carpenter, painter, and as a truck driver. He served on the County Board and is a member of Bonduel American Legion Post 217 and St. Paul Lutheran Church, town of Washington, where he was active with the cemetery committee and the senior citizen’s group.

Wed
15
Mar

David Christopher Richter

David C. Richter, 26, of Bonduel, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017. David was born on March 14, 1990 in Shawano, son of James Richter and Lorena (Ziemer) Parsons. David graduated from Bonduel High School in 2008. He enlisted in the United States Army during his junior year of high school in 2007. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he earned an associate’s degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. On Jan. 31, 2015, David was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Amanda Moeller, in Leopolis. David was a true outdoorsman, hunting and fishing every chance he could. He also enjoyed dirt track racing, working on cars, watching the Packers and Brewers, cooking and, above all, spending time with his family and friends.

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15
Mar

Sonja R. Moede

Sonja Rae Moede, 62, of Gresham, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Wausau. Sonja was born in Shawano on Sept. 30, 1954, the daughter of the late Ford and Mabel (Conradt) Johnson. After graduating from Gresham High School in 1972, she attended college. On June 30, 1974, Sonja was united in marriage to Allen “Wump” Moede in Gresham. Wump preceded her in death on Sept. 13, 2000. She worked at the Mohican North Star Casino for 20 years and is a member of Immanuel Mohican Lutheran Church and American Legion Auxiliary. Sonja enjoyed crocheting, knitting and hosting all the Moede family gatherings.

Sonja is survived by: her children, Mikah “Ba” (Natasha Zazoba) Moede and Misti (fiancé Josh Krause) Moede; three grandchildren, Austin, Arianna and Braiden; and one brother, Ford Johnson, Jr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wump, and her parents.

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