Obituaries

Sat
22
Dec

David John Pieper

David John Pieper, 75, of Shawano, died on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, at his home. David was born in Shawano on Aug. 12, 1943, a son of the late Fred and Ida (Hess) Pieper. On Sept. 14, 1963, at St. James Lutheran Church, David was united in marriage to Karen Beyer. David lived all his life on the home farm. He worked as a farmer, cheesemaker and later at the Shawano Paper Mill until retiring. David enjoyed gardening, bowling, woodworking and ice fishing. He loved to cook and was known for his annual fall fish boils. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church-Stony Hill where he served on the finance committee and the altar guild. Above all else, he loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Fri
21
Dec

Duane L. Hovet

Duane Laverne Hovet, 80, of Shawano, died on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, in Shawano. Born on Jan. 27, 1938, at home near Goodridge, Minnesota, he is a son of the late George and Evelyn (Anderson) Hovet. On May 12, 1962, Duane was united in marriage to JoAnne Sletten at Grace Lutheran Church in Oak Creek. Duane lived in South Milwaukee for 50 years. He worked at Bucyrus-Erie in South Milwaukee. After retiring, he moved to Shawano in 2001. Duane enjoyed deer hunting, snowmobiling and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano.

Duane is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, JoAnne, of Shawano; their three children, Kevin Hovet, Kelly Hovet and Kami Hovet, all of Butler; and one grandchild, Alex Hovet. He is further survived by his sister, Marion Bessette; and four brothers, Vernon (Carol) Hovet, Roger (Vera) Hovet, Ronald Hovet and Curtis (Sharon) Hovet.

Thu
20
Dec

Raymond Gruetzmacher II

Raymond Gilbert Gruetzmacher II, age 69 of Suring, entered into eternal rest surrounded by his family at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Neenah on Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Raymond was born in Shawano on September 7, 1949 to the late Raymond and Maybelle (Crow) Gruetzmacher. He graduated from Shawano High School with the Class of 1968 and married Sue Ashenbrenner on May 26, 1973 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Leopolis. Ray obtained an Associate’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and then went on to attend Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science to obtain his degree in Mortuary Science.

Thu
20
Dec

Idabelle Mary Zahn

Idabelle Mary Zahn, age 94 of Shawano, passed away on Tuesday, December 18, 2018 in Neenah. Born in the Town of Waukechon, on August 27, 1924, she is the daughter of the late Elmer O. and Ida W. (Jantz) Gehm. On June 1, 1946, at Peace United Church of Christ, Idabelle was united in marriage to Melvin Zahn. He preceded her in death on March 21, 2007. Idabelle enjoyed knitting, crocheting, doing cryptograms and word searches. Idabelle loved playing her concertina. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Shawano.

Idabelle is survived by: her children, James (Sherry) Zahn of Amherst, Robert (Kathryn) Zahn of Shawano and Kathleen (Richard) Gruenewald of Hortonville; seven grandchildren, Lindsay Zahn, Brandon (Kristin) Zahn, Kari (Kole) Ewoldt, Scott Gruenewald, Tricia (Matt) Catlin, Christopher (Rosaria) Zahn and Alison (Matt) Davies; 10 great-grandchildren; as well as her sister-in-law, Bernice Zahn of Clintonville.

Wed
19
Dec

AnnaMarie Wilber

AnnaMarie Wilber, 59, of Gillett, passed away on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, in Shawano. AnnaMarie was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on June 30, 1959, the only child of the late William and Vonnie (Glosser) Lococo. In 1998, she married Dave Wilber Jr. in South Branch. AnnaMarie worked as a social worker.

AnnaMarie is survived by her husband, Dave; mother-in-law, Sylvia Wilber; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Deb DeLeon, of Maryland, Renee (William) Duquain, of Suring, Douglas Wilber, of Keshena, Matt Wilber, of Suring, and Jonathan (Yvette) Wilber, of Keshena; and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her father-in-law, David Wilber Sr.; and sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Pam, Joe, Mark and Paul.

Private family services will be held. Swedberg Funeral Home assisted the family with the arrangements.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

Wed
19
Dec

Dolores I. Bohr

Dolores Imogene “Grandma Bohr” Bohr, 85, of Shawano, passed away on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at her home surrounded by her family. Dolores was born on Nov. 3, 1933, in Shawano, a daughter of the late Edward and Minnie Radtke. Dolores grew up in Zachow and graduated from Bonduel High School. On Oct. 13, 1956, she was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Bohr in Shawano. In her younger years, Dolores enjoyed bowling. She loved to bake, especially at Christmas. Dolores cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved attending their sporting events. She watched countless baseball, softball, basketball and volleyball games over the years. Dolores was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed.

Wed
19
Dec

Arthur R. Pluger

Arthur R. “Art” Pluger, 71, of Richmond, Virginia, passed away on Dec. 12, 2018, in Richmond. Arthur was born in Antigo on March 26, 1947, a son of the late Arvin and Betty (McDougal) Pluger. He graduated from Shawano High in 1966 and then went on to serve in the United States Army, serving a tour in Vietnam. He was later stationed at Fort Lee in Virginia, where he met his wife, Ronda Parrish, and was united in marriage on May 20, 1970. They then had five children together. Arthur worked at Nabisco for 40 years in maintenance. He enjoyed making trips back home to visit family and relatives.

Arthur is survived by his ex-wife, Ronda; children, Thomas Pluger, Michael Pluger and Derick (Steven) Pluger; grandchild, Elizabeth Pluger; siblings, Richard Pluger, West Allis; Janice Trattles, Shawano; James Pluger, Leopolis; Dennis (Cindy) Pluger, Pella; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Wed
19
Dec

Bertrand D. Blashe

Bertrand D. Blashe, 92, of the Town of Pella, passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at Cherry Meadows Hospice, Appleton.

Wed
19
Dec

Alice M. Polley

Alice M. Polley, 85, of County Road M, Tigerton (Town of Germania, Shawano County), passed away Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at The Pines Post-Acute and Memory Care, Clintonville.

The former Alice Marie Brevik was born on Nov. 22, 1933 in the Town of Harrison, Waupaca County, daughter of the late Trygve and Olga (Kading) Brevik. She graduated from Tigerton High School with the class of 1952. After graduating, Alice worked at the Chain Belt Company in Milwaukee until she was united in marriage to Gene Charles Polley on Aug. 14, 1954, at Hitterdahl Lutheran parsonage, rural Iola. Alice and Gene were married for 53 years, and he preceded her in death on July 5, 2008.

Wed
19
Dec

Michael S. Hansen

Michael “Mike” S. Hansen, 57, of the Town of Fairbanks, Shawano County, passed away Sunday morning, Dec. 16, 2018, at the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home and Crematory in Clintonville is assisting his family.

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