Bernice J. Gorman Burmeister

Bernice J. Gorman Burmeister, 87, of Shawano, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, March 23, 2016, at her home with her family by her side.

Bernice was born May 21, 1928, in the town of Angelica, Shawano County, a daughter of the late Helmuth and Ella (Moede) Kroening. Following school she was united in marriage to Donald Gorman. The couple lived in Shawano. Bernice was a homemaker, wife and mother. Mr. Gorman preceded her in death in 1960. Bernice was later united in marriage to Floyd Burmeister. He preceded her in death in 1992.

Bernice was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano. She enjoyed country music, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, baking, and taking care of her family.

Survivors include her four children, Ellen Lewis, of Madison, Carol (Gerald) Peterson, of Green Bay, Michael (LaVonne) Gorman, of Mason City, Iowa, and Jim (Linda) Gorman, of Lakewood; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.


William D. Gorman

William “Bill” D. Gorman, 59, Clintonville, passed away on Monday, March 21, 2016, peacefully at his home. He was born on July 16, 1956, New London, son of Mary Ann (Gough) Gorman and the late James Gorman.

Bill graduated Little Wolf High School (Manawa) in 1974 and Fox Valley Tech with his apprenticeship in plumbing, eventually obtaining his masters in plumbing license. In 1980, he married Sandra (Sandy) Volden, of Westby. In 1986, they moved to Clintonville, where they would raise their two daughters, Crystal and Kimberly.

Bill loved the outdoors. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed showing newcomers the ways of hunting, from the learn-to-hunt program to hunters safety, young and old. He also enjoyed working outside on projects. He loved spending time with his family and friends, and he would talk about his grandsons as long as someone would listen.


Lyle M. Long

Lyle M. Long, 93, of Shawano, passed away on Friday, March 18, 2016.

Lyle was born on June 16, 1922, in Wittenberg, the son of the late Millard and Doris (Krause) Long Sr. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, he joined the U.S. Navy, which he served as a gunner’s mate on the USS Geer. Lyle saw action in Plieu and Okinawa. He served four years in the Pacific Theater during the war and was a member of the occupational forces in Japan after the war.

Lyle lived most of his life in the Gresham area. After his return from the service, Lyle worked for the Ken Heller farm raising Brown Swiss cows and later worked in construction for 65 years until his retirement in 1986. On Jan. 16, 1957, he was united in marriage to Eleonore K. Spihsak. Eleonore preceded him in death on July 18, 1998.


Joan M. Vele

Joan Marie Vele, 49, of Neopit, passed away on Monday, March 21, 2016, in Shawano.

Joan was born on Dec. 28, 1966, in Shawano, the daughter of the late Marvin Francis Wayka Sr. and Loretta LaMotte. She lived in this area all of her life.

Joan liked going to the casino and was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. More than anything, she loved spending time with her friends and grandchildren.

Joan is survived by three children, Miranda Vele, of Shawano, Leila (Joel) Vele, of Bowler, and Lydi (Bret) Dodge, of Shawano; five grandchildren, Brendyn, Cornell, LeLand, Payton and Rylann; one brother, Wayne Wayka, of Green Bay; one sister, Lenore Wayka, of Neopit; and her best friend, Peggy Pamanet, of Keshena.

She was preceded in death by one son, Randall, her parents, and two brothers, Daryl and Marvin Jr.


Norma A. Owen

Norma A. Owen, 97, of Clintonville, passed away Friday afternoon, March 18, 2016, at the Pine Manor Health Care Center in Embarrass.

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


Ethel C. Krueger

Ethel C. (Degener) Krueger, 94, of Shawano, passed away Friday evening, March 18, 2016, at ThedaCare Medical Center – Shawano, with her family at her side.

Ethel was born on Feb. 4, 1922, in Shawano to the late David and Mamie (Miller) Degener. She attended the Shawano schools, graduating from Shawano High School in 1940. Following high school, Ethel moved to Milwaukee, where she worked as a clerk at the JC Penney Store. Upon returning to Shawano, she was employed at the dime store. On Jan. 2, 1944, she was united in marriage to Edwin K. Krueger at St. James Lutheran Church of Shawano. The couple lived in Shawano their entire married life.


Orriene Magee Buckley

Orriene (Berg) Magee Buckley, 89, of Shawano, passed away on Sunday, March 20, 2016.

Orriene was born to John and Mabel (Lutsey) Berg in Green Bay on March 2, 1927. She grew up in the town of Green Valley near the town of Advance. Orriene graduated from Pulaski High School in 1945. She then attended the Green Bay vocational school, where she received a degree in secretarial science. She lived on the home farm until she moved to Chicago to work for the U.S. government typing war bonds.

Orriene returned from Chicago and worked at Larsen Canning Company. She was united in marriage to Curtis H. Magee on March 2, 1946. Curtis preceded her in November 2004. During her marriage, she worked in a pizza parlor, a cheese factory with Curtis, a shoe factory, a canning factory and as a bookkeeper for the family-owned business, Magee Feed and Fertilizer, in Embarrass.


Marjorie J. Thimke

Marjorie Jean Thimke died 0n March 16 at Johanna Shores in St. Paul, Minnesota, surrounded by family members. She was born on Nov. 21, 1928, in Ashland to Howard and Violet (Mungovan) Tiffany.

Marjorie graduated from Hayward High School and continued her education in Duluth, Minnesota, completing a registered nurse program at St. Luke’s Hospital and obtaining the advanced level of nurse anesthetist. In Duluth, she met her future husband, Harry E. Thimke, whom she married on July 12, 1952. They moved to Iowa City, where Harry continued his medical training in anesthesiology.

In 1956, Marge and Harry moved to Eau Claire, where she lovingly engaged in raising their four daughters, Jane, Janet, Judith and Mary Jo.


Garry D. Colbert

Garry D. Colbert, 71, of Bowler, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, March 19, 2016, in Shawano.

Garry was born on Oct. 6, 1944, in Eau Claire County, a son of the late George and Myra (Brill) Colbert. He attended school in Rock Falls and Elk Mound. Following school he entered the National Guard.

Garry was employed at a dairy farm in Osseo when he was younger. He later moved to Mosinee, where he worked for the telephone company.

Garry then attended truck driving school in Sun Prairie. He was employed as a truck driver most of his life, driving for Wausau Homes, Roehl, Road Ready and Eagle Transport. He retired from Eagle Transport in 2009.

Garry was baptized in the Lutheran Church in Rothschild in April 2009. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed canning. He had a passion for John Deere equipment and collected everything John Deere. He also loved to shop and collect hats. He had a good sense of humor and enjoyed making people smile.


Geraldine Stears

Geraldine “Gerie” Stears, 87, of Shawano, formerly of La Crosse, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016, in Appleton.

Gerie was born in Cicero, Illinois, on May 15, 1928, to the late Walter and Harriet Vaver. In 1949, she moved to La Crosse, where she married and resided with her husband, John D. Stears.

Gerie was a professional hairdresser and sole proprietor of Gerie’s Beauty Salon, located on 16th and Jackson streets. She and John relocated to Summerfield, Florida, where they resided for 37 years. In 2006, she and her husband moved to Shawano to be cared for by their daughter, Sandi.

Gerie will forever be remembered for her compassion and kindness to others. She lived her life with a joyful spirit and a twinkle in her eye. Her creations as a master knitter, crocheter and cross stitcher were lovingly shared with family and friends throughout her lifetime.


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