Obituaries

Wed
29
Nov

Ryan J. Loftus

Ryan James Loftus, 31, of Pulaski, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. Ryan was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, the son of Martin J. Loftus and Debbi (McGuire) Shipe. He lived in Montana and Arizona, working as a gold prospector before moving to Wisconsin, where he loved working at Bay Tek Games in Pulaski. Ryan enjoyed staying active, weight lifting and riding his motorcycle. He had a contagious smile that could light up a room and will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ryan is survived by his dad, Martin (Robin) Loftus, of Gresham; his mom, Debbi Shipe, of Utah; one brother, Daniel Loftus, of Utah; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Sat
25
Nov

John J. Strommen

A celebration of John’s life will take place on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, from 1-4 p.m. at Classic’s in Shawano. Inurnment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family for donations to Shawano Cares about Critters.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com

Sat
25
Nov

Llewellyn Braun

Llewellyn Benjamin Vernon Braun, better known as “Buddy,” truly lived for 73 years. Born on July 17, 1944, in Gillett, to Walter and Nora Braun, Buddy has impacted every life he touched, ever since. Never giving up without a fight, he passed peacefully on Nov. 19, 2017. Although he has left us to be with the good Lord in heaven, the memory of him will forever remain.

Sat
25
Nov

Alene D. Newcomb

Alene D. Newcomb, 76, of Wittenberg, died on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, at her home under the care of her family and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.

She was born on May 4, 1941, in Wittenberg, the daughter of the late Adolf and Ellen Dean (Groh) Diestler.

On June 22, 1963, Alene was united in marriage to Morton Newcomb in Wittenberg. He preceded her in death on May 27, 2015.

Alene was librarian for the village of Wittenberg Public Library for over 20 years. She also was church organist for St. Paul Lutheran Church, Wittenberg, where she played for many services, funerals and weddings. Alene enjoyed reading, knitting, canning, baking, gardening, quilting and music.

Sat
25
Nov

Jan M. Rabas

Jan Rabas, 62, of Shawano, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at her home. Born on Feb. 19, 1955, in Green Bay, she was the daughter of the late George and Muriel (McDougal) Steffens. On Oct. 21, 1993, Jan was united in marriage to Douglas Rabas in Green Bay. Jan was a past president and member of the Shawano Lake Lioness, volunteered with the Special Olympics and owned a trucking company with her husband. For the past 15 years, she worked as a paraprofessional in the Shawano and Bonduel school districts and loved working with the kids at the schools. Jan loved Shawano Lake, but more than anything loved spending time with her family.

Jan is survived by her husband, Doug; daughter, Francesca “Frankie” Rabas; two brothers and a sister, Sherman Steffens, of Eagle River, Sam (Sandy) Steffens, of Green Bay, and Jill (Bill) Smith of Alvin. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Sat
25
Nov

Marcus L. Jesse

Marcus L. “Mike” Jesse, 73, of Shawano, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Shawano. Mike was born on Sept. 8, 1944, in Shawano, son of the late Roy and Evelyn (Post) Jesse. In 1962, he graduated from New Ulm High School in Minnesota and then attended Mankato State College. On Sept. 24, 1966, Mike was united in marriage to Virginia “Ginny” Brodhagen at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bonduel. Mike also attended school for emergency medical technician training as well as Law Enforcement training and worked as a part-time officer for the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department from 1967-1969 and for the Shawano Police Department from 1969-1982, retiring with the rank of sergeant. He worked for the Shawano Ambulance from 1971-1981 and was the city of Shawano forester from 1978-1982. He owned and operated Wolf River Taxidermy from 1982-1992 and ended his career as the coroner for Shawano County from 1999 until his retirement in 2015.

Sat
25
Nov

James Stuart Jacobsen

James S. “Jim” “Jake” Jacobsen, 66, of Cecil, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017 in Appleton. Born in Milwaukee on Feb. 5, 1951, he was the son of the late Broder and Ruth (Ball) Jacobsen. Following high school Jim joined the United States Marine Corps and served his country until receiving an honorable discharge. On March 21, 1979, Jim was united in marriage to Linda Smigielski in Waukegan, Illinois. The couple resided in Milwaukee where Jim, also known to many as Jake, worked in sales for the Catholic cemeteries and then as a salesman in the home improvement industry. The couple eventually left Milwaukee and moved north to Bonduel where Jim and Linda started JSJ Custom Builders. Jim loved the water and spent countless hours boating and fishing. He also enjoyed traveling and loved nothing more than spending time with his family and friends. He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather and will be deeply missed.

Fri
24
Nov

Marcia Heinz

Marcia (Wallrich) Heinz, 91, passed away peacefully on Nov. 21, 2017, at Saint Michaels Hospital in Stevens Point. Marcia was born on Aug. 20, 1926, the daughter of Marshall and Ruth (Young) Wallrich.

She married Keith William Heinz on Sept. 8, 1949 in Shawano.

She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed fishing from her pier on Shawano Lake, entertaining friends and family, and going to the casino with her friends. She also had a passion for feeding and watching birds and also did a national Audubon count on Jan. 1 every year. Her love for golden retrievers was passed on to her sons and grandchildren. Mostly, she will be remembered for her singing and riddles.

Fri
24
Nov

Norman “Norm” Stark

Norman “Norm” Albert Stark, 97, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at his home in Jackson, Missouri. Private family services will be held at a later date.

Mr. Stark was born in Navarino to the late Albert and Alma Lisch Stark. He lived in Jackson for the past 14 years having come from Florida and Wisconsin, and was a U.S. Navy Air Corps Veteran. While living in Cecil, Mr. Stark was owner of Starks Boot Shop and served on the Centennial Committee in 1985. He then moved to Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club when he retired and later moved to Missouri to be close to his son. In 2014, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Navarino. In his early days, he played for the Green Bay Blue Jays; he truly loved baseball. In 2016, at age 96, he was able to see his beloved Cubs win the World Series. Mr. Stark was a retired truck driver for City Service Oil Company and a member of Asbury Congregational Methodist Church in Jackson.

Thu
23
Nov

Arbutus E. Olson

Surrounded by her family, our angel on earth became an angel in heaven early evening on Nov. 20, 2017.

Our mom, Arbutus Elaine (Moesch) Olson was born to the late Elroy and Selma (Krause) Moesch on March 19, 1932. She was baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. On Nov. 3, 1951, Arbutus was united in marriage to LeRoy Q. Olson at Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Lunds. Mom was a waitress for many years at Stan & Bud’s, The Patio, Flamingo’s and Angie’s Main Café. She retired to care for dad after his open heart surgery. She enjoyed dancing and her snowmobile rides with fellow members of The Lunds SnoBirds, of which she and dad where charter members. Later in life, mom became an avid reader and lover of chocolates.

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