Obituaries

Fri
17
Nov

Leon R. Shawanokasic

Leon R. “Archie” Shawanokasic, 58, of Neopit, began his journey to the Spirit World early Wednesday morning, Nov. 15, 2017, at ThedaCare Medical Center-Appleton, surrounded by his family.

Archie was born March 27, 1959, in Keshena, a son of the late Joseph and Virginia (Waupoose) Shawanokasic. He attended school in Gresham. Following school, he became a certified home health care worker. Archie also worked at the Menominee Casino and North Star Casino in various positions for several years.

He is a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Neopit. Archie liked riding in the woods at Crow Settlement, going to the casino, watching the Packers, getting together in the summer at the lake lot with family and friends, classic country music, and cooking his special (and often requested) baked beans and fried chicken. More than anything, Archie loved to spoil Karley and his nieces and nephews.

Thu
16
Nov

Ruth I. Beyer

Ruth I. Beyer, 84, of Shawano, passed away at her home on Monday evening, Nov. 13, 2017. She was born on May 3, 1933, in the Town of Pella, a daughter of the late Walter and Irene (Vomastic) Bartz.

On July 12, 1952, Ruth was united in marriage to Raymond Beyer at St. John’s Lutheran Church Hermansfort. She is a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano, where she served on various committees. Ruth enjoyed golfing, bridge and knitting.

Survivors include her husband, Ray, of Shawano; her children, Cheryl Beyer, of Grafton, and Alan (Cheri) Beyer, of Shawano; her grandchildren, Shane (Becky) Beyer, Roanne (Spencer) Austin and Matthew Beyer; her special great-grandsons, Cole and Noah Beyer; her brother, Charles (Bonnie) Bartz; and her sister-in-law, Betty (Carl) Bartz.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In keeping with Ruth’s wishes, private family services will be held. Memorials are preferred to St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano.

Wed
15
Nov

Gerald M. Kamke

Gerald M. Kamke, 79, Green Bay, died peacefully on Nov. 11, 2017, with his children and sister by his side after courageously battling cancer. Born on Aug. 26, 1938, in Green Valley, he is the son of the late Walter and Mildred (Doering) Kamke. On Oct. 14, 1967, he married Dorothy Sonnenberg (preceded in death, 2014) in Green Bay and they renewed their vows five years ago. He is retired from Proctor & Gamble after many years of service. Gerald enjoyed assembling models, hunting and fishing, and running bingo at Villa West Apartments.

Wed
15
Nov

Mildred Bohm

Mildred Marie Bohm, 87, of Seymour, passed away on Nov. 11, 2017. Born on April 1, 1930, in Shawano County, Mildred was the eighth of 10 children born to the late Christ and Cora (Sachs) Colling. On Oct. 29, 1949, Mildred was united in marriage to Milton Bohm at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Seymour. Milton preceded her in death on Nov. 29, 2010. Mildred was an active member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in the Town of Lessor and the Landstad Ladies HCE (Homemakers). Mildred was a wonderful housewife and mother. She loved children and often babysat for the children from the neighborhood and her beloved grandchildren.

Wed
15
Nov

Robert S. Severson

Robert S. Severson, 93, of Bowler, died on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Pine Manor Health Care Center, Embarrass, Wisconsin.

He was born on April 5, 1924, in the town of New Hope, Portage County, the son of the late Severt and Clara (Knutson) Severson.

On Nov. 13, 1954, Robert was united in marriage to Rosetta Berglund in Wausau. She survives.

Robert drove truck for Westgors Lumber & Trucking and was employed at FWD Clintonville from 1965 until his retirement in 1990. He was a collector and enjoyed working on motors and tinkering.

Survivors include his wife, Rosetta of Birnamwood, three children; Doris (Eugene) Allar of Wausau, Mary (Dave) Jordan of Kronenwetter and Maynard Severson of Bowler and two grandchildren; Heather and Amy Jordan.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers; Ervin, Leon and Lester and four sisters; Anna Stewart, Violet Brooks, Frieda Liesch and Flora Severson.

Sat
11
Nov

Leona E. Zahn

Leona E. Zahn, 94, Shawano, died Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at Evergreen Nursing Home, Shawano. Leona was born Nov. 2, 1923, to the late John and Alma (Neumann) Kuhn in Clintonville. She married Leo Zahn on July 20, 1946, at St. Peter-Pella Opening Lutheran Church, in Clintonville. He preceded her in death on June 22, 2007.

The Zahns farmed their family homestead for many years, retiring and moving to Shawano in 1977. Leona was a long time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Hermansfort.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Sylvia Jeske, Embarrass; her nieces, Mary (Craig Wians) Jung, Shawano, Lois (Dan) Stueck, Embarrass, and Marilyn (Bill) Rasmuessen, Eugene, Oregon; nephew, Jim (Karen) Habeck, Clintonville; and her “special caring angel” Bobbi Zahn.

Fri
10
Nov

Larry D. Habeck

Larry Duane Habeck, 66, of Grand Chute, passed away on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family following a lengthy battle with T-cell Lymphoma. He was born Nov. 14, 1950, to the late Ruben and Charlotte Habeck of Nichols. He married his first love, Susan (Elliott), July 21, 1973, spending 44 happy years together.

Fri
10
Nov

Victor E. Christian

Victor E. “Vic” Christian, 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at the Birch Hill Care Center in Shawano, following a long-term illness with Alzheimer’s. He now joins his wife, Evie, in the eternal afterlife.

Vic was born in the Richland Center area on Sept. 13, 1935, to Annie and Vern Christian. He was raised on a farm in rural Hilsboro, with his 12 siblings including Erwin, Virgil, Melvin (deceased), Ernest (deceased), Julius, Bob, Frieda, Phyllis, Rose, Bernadine (deceased) and Millie (deceased).

Fri
10
Nov

Thomas H. Bente

Thomas H. Bente, 73, of Shawano, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. Born in Milwaukee on July 5, 1944, he is the son of the late Henry and Helen (Klemens) Bente. On March 16, 1973, Thomas was united in marriage to Judith Gendron in Milwaukee. He worked for AO Smith as an overhead crane operator for many years and after retiring, moved to the Shawano area. Tom and Judy vacationed in the Dominican Republic every year. He enjoyed the outdoors, working in his yard, riding his motorcycle and watching the Packers and the Brewers.

Thomas is survived by his loving wife, Judith; two children, Monica (Jeff) Cammack, of Richfield, and Paul (Bonnie) Hare, of Oconomowoc; grandchildren, Lexi (Justin) Andrews, Rachel Cammack, Natalie (Mike) Medrano and Daniel Buretta; and one brother, Ken Bente, of Shawano.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister-in-law, Maxine Bente.

Thu
09
Nov

Joan Lou Oberle

Born: July 5, 1936

Died: Nov. 8, 2017

Joan Lou Oberle, wife and mother of six, died on Nov. 8, 2017. She was 81.

Joan, a real fire cracker, was born on July 5, 1936, to George C. and Lucille M. (Rusch) Berton and grew up during the depression and World War II. With the state of her parents’ health and being the first born daughter in a family with 12 children, Joan raised many of her brothers and sisters. She had a difficult childhood where the family was on government assistance and a “normal” home life was virtually nonexistent.

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