Obituaries

Thu
28
Feb

Sandra Lynn ‘Sandy’ Hess

Sandra L. Hess, 71, of Gresham, died on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. Born on Nov. 28, 1947, in Shawano, Sandy is the daughter of the late Harold R. and Beatrice (Cerveny) Neumeier. After graduating from Gresham High School in 1966, she attended cosmetology school in Green Bay. Sandy has called the Gresham area home all her life. On Nov. 29, 1969, she was united in marriage to Lester “Buzzy” Hess Sr. The couple were members of St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church in Gresham. Sandy relished spending time with her family and friends, going out for dinner — and could often be found at the Studio Lounge in Shawano or the Hidden Valley Supper Club in Caroline. Sandy also enjoyed cooking, especially baking, spending time with her cat, Skipper, watching wildlife and being around animals.

Thu
28
Feb

Mike Rohe

It is with great sadness that the family of Melvin J. “Mike” Rohe, 84, announces his passing on Feb. 26, 2019. Mike was born on March 2, 1934, in Appleton to the late Peter and Monica (Diedrich) Rohe. He resided in Menasha for 25 years before moving to Kaukauna, where he was united in marriage to Lois Vils. After retiring from U.S. Plywood Corporation, the couple moved to Big Lake in Gresham. Mike loved all sports and was very active in them from a young age. Mike graduated from St. Mary’s in 1952. In 1992, he was inducted into St. Mary’s Sports Hall of Fame.

After attending Regis College in Colorado, he then signed a contract to play basketball for the New York Olympians. After one season, he was drafted by the U.S. Army to serve in Korea. Mike was a coach in Gresham for Little League, junior high, junior varsity and varsity high school basketball. He also initiated the Gresham Booster Club and the Saturday morning basketball program for fourth through sixth grade.

Wed
27
Feb

Ruth Irene Kohn

Ruth Irene Inola Kohn, 96, of Bonduel, went home to heaven on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Born on July 2, 1922, in Bonduel, Ruth was the daughter of the late Louis and Anna (Westphal) Brodhagen. Ruth grew up in Bonduel and graduated from Bonduel High School with the class of 1940. Ruth was baptized and confirmed in St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bonduel; her confirmation verse was Romans 8:28: “We knew that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Ruth was united in marriage to Maynard Kohn on April 15, 1944, in St. Paul Lutheran Church. Together, the couple operated a dairy farm in the Town of Hartland, where they raised their five children. Ruth also spent time working at the Bonduel Telephone Company, the Bonduel Pickle Factory, Hotz Manufacturing, Carol’s Diner and the Cecil Diner. Maynard preceded Ruth in death in April 2001.

Wed
27
Feb

Anthony Glenn Nahquaddy

Anthony G. “Tony” Nahquaddy, 72, of West Branch, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Tony was born on Feb. 1, 1947, in Temple, Oklahoma, son of the late Edward and Alene (Atchavit) Nahquaddy. On July 20, 1987, Tony was united in marriage to Lisa Kakkak in West Branch. Tony enjoyed spending time outdoors, working on cars and spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed the time he spent working for the Menominee Transportation Department. Tony was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Keshena.

Wed
27
Feb

James D. Wilke

James David Wilke, 84, of Gillett, passed away on Feb. 22, 2019.

Jim was born in Gillett, Wisconsin, to William and Edna Wilke on Jan. 25, 1935. He married Muriel Braun on May 6, 1967, in Shawano. He was a third generation dairy farmer on the original family homestead. For 20 years, Jim hauled milk for Boerst’s Washington Cheese Factor when milk was still hauled in cans. He was a volunteer fireman in the Underhill Fire Department for over 30 years and was actively involved at Christ Lutheran Church, including as an usher and member of the finance committee.

Jim is preceded in death by his parents, William and Edna, as well as his older brother, Billy.

Jim is survived by his wife, Muriel; his sons, Kevin (Mary), Jeff (Trinitie) and Troy (Sharon); siblings, Allan (Delores and Sandy) and Marilyn (Lyle); grandchildren, Melissa, James, Stephanie, Jarren, Tressa. He is further survived by many other relatives and friends.

Wed
27
Feb

Sharon L. Ferge

Sharon L. Ferge, 73, of Tigerton, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019, at her home.

Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Tigerton, is assisting the family.

Sat
23
Feb

Sharon Blanke

Sharon (Kempf) Blanke, 40, of Shawano, went to her heavenly home on Feb. 21, 2019, at her residence, after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

She was born on March 18, 1978, in Chilton, the daughter of Lawrence and Valeria (Stephanie) Kempf. She attended Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Grade School in Kiel. Sharon was a graduate of Kiel High School and also graduated from UW-Whitewater. On June 25, 2011, she married Scott Blanke at St. Ann Catholic Church in St. Anna.

Sharon was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano. Sharon worked at Schnieder Trucking before her illness. Sharon loved watching her husband, Scott, race cars at Shawano Speedway and various race tracks. Above all, she loved spending time with her husband, his children and all of their families.

Sat
23
Feb

Veronica Neuman

Veronica Neuman, 95, of Stevens Point, formerly of Shawano, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Brookdale Senior Living. Veronica was born in Streator, Illinois, on Oct. 15, 1923, daughter of the late James and Elizabeth (Yunker) Telford. Upon the death of her parents, Veronica and her younger brother, Herbert, moved to Stiles Township to live with their uncle, Charles, and aunt, Jennie, on the Telford family farm. Veronica was a 1942 graduate of Lena High School and worked as a maid and waitress during her high school years. After high school Veronica attended teacher training at Marinette, Wisconsin and later earned a Bachelor of Sciene degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Veronica married Emil Neuman on Nov. 10, 1945, at Christ Church in Hintz, Underhill Township. Emil preceded Veronica in death in 1991. After they were married, Emil and Veronica moved to the Shawano area, where Veronica worked as a teacher.

Sat
23
Feb

Marie C. Ninneman

Marie Claire Ninneman, 88, of Fond du Lac, died Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, at Woodlands Assisted Living. She was born on Dec. 25, 1930, in Fond du Lac, the daughter of Harold and Elizabeth (Meier) Abitz. On Oct. 29, 1955, she married Gordon Ninneman at Church of Peace. He preceded her in death on Sept. 22, 1989. Marie loved gardening and caring for children which kept her young at heart.

Survivors include one daughter, Margie (Steve Schoderer) Perleberg, of Merritt Island, Florida; three grandchildren, Bryan (Brianne) Perleberg, of Phoenix, Arizona, Tyler Ninneman, of Green Bay, and Heidi (Karl) Kuhr, of Green Bay; three great-grandchildren, Harlie, Ryden and Harper; her brothers and sisters, Harold “Harry” (Pat) Abitz, John (Barb) Abitz, Doris (Ronald) Rymer, Raymond (Lois) Abitz, Frank (Karen) Abitz, Rose Abitz, Barbara Abitz and Clifford (Peggy) Abitz; and other relatives and friends.

Fri
22
Feb

Ruth Kohn

Ruth Kohn, age 96, of Bonduel, passed away on Wednesday, February 20, 2019. Arrangements are pending with Swedberg Wendt Funeral Home. www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

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