Obituaries

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01
Nov

Thomas G. Strauss

A man of great character and faith left this earth for his Heavenly home on Oct. 29, 2017.

Thomas Gary Strauss was born 71 years ago on Sept. 8, 1946, in Shawano, the son of Franklin and Eleanor Beversdorf Strauss. Being raised on a dairy farm north of Shawano led to a lifelong love and respect for nature.

He graduated in 1964 from Shawano High School and enjoyed staying in touch with classmates by being on class reunion committees. Attending WSU-Oshkosh, he met the love of his life, Mary Meyer, also of Shawano, and they married on July 4, 1970, making their home in the Fond du Lac area. Tom’s memory will be cherished by his loving wife, adoring three children Kyle, Jennifer, Sarah and their spouses, four grandkids, friends and extended family.

Wed
01
Nov

Donnabelle E. Mohnen

Donnabelle “Donna” Eleanor Mohnen, 80, of Winchester, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at ThedaClark Hospital in Neenah, after reoccurring health problems. Donna was born on May 31, 1937 in Embarrass, to the late Willis and Myrtle (Retzlaff) Prellwitz. She grew up on the family farm with her 10 brothers and sisters in Clintonville. In September 1957, she was united in marriage to Leo Mohnen at St. Rose Catholic Church in Clintonville. Donna worked at Zwicker Knitting Mills, where she became friends with Leo’s sister, Betty Kettner, who introduced the two. The rest is history. They lived in Menasha until they built their house in Winchester in 1965. The family resided there ever since. She loved to polka dance and listen to polka music. Donna was a great mother, but had her hands full with six children. Her pride and joy were her grandkids! She never missed a concert, game, or graduation.

Wed
01
Nov

Erwin R. White

Erwin “Erv” R. White, 83, of Bass Lake on the Menominee Indian Reservation, started his journey on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, surrounded by family.

Erv was born Aug. 22, 1934, in Keshena to Joseph “Happy” White and Zelda “Bobbie” (Quish) Hill. He grew up on the Menominee and Stockbridge-Munsee Indian reservations. He spent most of his childhood in Neopit working odd jobs in the woods at the logging camps, working as a farm hand, and harvesting produce in Shawano County as young as 12 years old. In Erv’s young adulthood, he was a stock car driver, and spent time fishing and hunting.

Wed
01
Nov

Raymond M. Danke

Raymond M. Danke (Ray Ray), 45, of Shawano, has gone to be with the Lord.

Ray passed away on Oct. 25, 2017, in Louisiana surrounded by family and friends. He is the son of the late Michael L. Danke and Theresa (Bushman) Marohl.

Raymond was a very fun loving guy who always wanted to make people laugh and smile. He loved spending time with family, singing karaoke and doing what he wanted. He was never afraid to try something new. He has touched many people’s lives over the years; when people think of him they smile and laugh. In 2009, Ray moved to Louisiana with his girlfriend, Tiffany, to begin their future together. After being diagnosed with kidney disease, Ray started his treatments to keep things under control. Sadly, the Lord decided it was time for him to come home.

Ray was preceded in death by his father, Michael L. Danke Sr.; brother, Michael L. Danke Jr.; grandparents Emery and Ruth Danke, Mildred and Jim Lashbrook and Sylvester Bushman.

Wed
01
Nov

James L. Schertz Joyce A. Schertz

James “Jim” L. and Joyce A. Schertz, 86 and 82, of the Town of Bear Creek, passed away unexpectedly Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, as a result of injuries sustained in a motor-vehicle accident that took place on State Highway 156 and County Road Y in the Town of Matteson.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Clintonville, has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Wed
01
Nov

Abigail Mary Hoffman

Abigail Mary Hoffman, newborn daughter of Bradley J. and Christa A. (Behnke) Hoffman, was born and went home to heaven on Oct. 29, 2017.

Abigail is survived by her parents, Christa and Brad; her aunts and uncles, Katie (Mark) Burgess, Kellie (Ryan) Zahn, Missy (Andrew) Stumbras, Mindy Hoffman, Brock Hoffman, Brady Hoffman and Beau Hoffman; her cousin, Bronson Stumbras; maternal grandparents, Douglas and Mary Behnke; paternal grandparents, Gary and Jenny Hoffman; great-grandparents, Mary McClone, Ann Behnke, Ruth Hoffman and Marvin and Elfrieda Buettner.

She is preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Glenn Behnke, Patrick McClone and Vernon Hoffman Sr.; great-aunt, Julie Timm and great-uncle, Vern Hoffman Jr.

Sat
28
Oct

Lyle L. Hansen

Lyle L. Hansen, 83, of the town of Maine, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at Oak Ridge Gardens, Menasha.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Clintonville is assisting his family.

eberhardtstevenson.com

Sat
28
Oct

Rev. Philip Kurtz

A Celebration of Life for the Rev. Philip Kurtz, 86, formerly of rural Bonduel, will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, town of Lessor, on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. preceded by lunch.

Sat
28
Oct

Gary F. Birr

Gary Francis Birr, 58, of Pound, passed away at home on Oct. 25, 2017. He was born to Otis and Betty Birr on Dec. 19, 1958. He attended Oconomowoc High School. After high school, he worked for his father until taking over the family business, Birr’s Concrete and Masonry.

On Aug. 18, 1983, Gary married Beth Salnik. The couple were married for 34 years. She helped with the family business. He had a passion for hunting, fishing and gardening, especially with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed watching his sons play sports.

He is survived by his loving wife, Beth; four sons, Chad (Karleen), Chris (Brittany), Chase (Samantha) and Chett; six grandchildren, Dakota, Tailor, Alexus, Skylynn, Cayden and Remington; his mother, Betty; four brothers, Al (Paula), Larry (Joan), Tom (Karen) and Donnie (Tina); one sister, Shirley (Joey); a brother-in-law, Ken Salnik; and many nieces and nephews.

Sat
28
Oct

Armin F. Kuehl

Armin F. Kuehl, 87, of Green Bay, and formerly of Gillett, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017.

Armin was born in Gillett on Sept. 9, 1930, a son of the late Frank and Norma (Larsen) Kuehl. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Gillett High School. Armin attended the University of Wisconsin at Ripon prior to joining the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict. During his service, he along with the 95th Bombardment Group flew a combat tour as a B-26 gunner out of Pusan, Korea.

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