Obituaries

Fri
25
Aug

John R. Wozniak Jr.

John R. Wozniak Jr., 68, of Shawano, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, after a long battle with kidney disease and heart failure. He was born on Jan. 14, 1949, in Elkhorn to the late John R. and Hazel F. (Johnson) Wozniak Sr.

After graduation from high school, John obtained a diploma of certification in small-engine service and repair. He married Alexandria Malecki in June 1972.

John raised his family in Milwaukee and found his calling as a courier. He worked as a courier delivering luggage from the airport for 10 years, and also delivered medication and supplies to hospitals, nursing homes, elders and the disabled all over the state and beyond. He became known as the medicine man courier.

John moved to the Shawano area. He then worked with the Menominee Tribal Transit Division for six years before retiring due to illness.

Fri
25
Aug

Gordon L. Waupoose Jr.

Gordon Louis “Sonny” Waupoose Jr., 62, of Keshena, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. Born on April 16, 1955, in Keshena, he was the son of Constance (Grignon) Waupoose and the late Gordon Waupoose, Sr. He graduated from Shawano High School in 1973.

On June 26, 1976, Sonny was united in marriage to Ruth House at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Keshena. He worked as a master electrician for 40 years and was a member of the IBEW Local 158 in Green Bay. Sonny enjoyed playing guitar, hunting, fishing, spending time with his family and was devoted to traditional Menominee ways.

Thu
24
Aug

Henry Ziemer

Henry “Chuck” Ziemer, 75, of Clintonville, formerly of Gresham, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano.

Born on March 19, 1942, in the town of Red Springs, he was the son of the late Henry and Rosalia “Cele” (Beilke) Ziemer.

Chuck spent most of his life living in Red Springs, helping his mother. He enjoyed going for walks, listening to country music, smoking cigars, watching TV westerns and talking to other people.

Chuck was very easy going, friendly and personable. He could talk to anyone and made friends easily.

Chuck was a lifelong member of St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church in Gresham.

Chuck is survived by his sister, Margaret Hoffman, of Shawano; brother, Gerald (Donna) Ziemer, of Portage, Indiana; and a sister-in-law, Mary Ziemer, of Waupaca.

Wed
23
Aug

Gretta G. Jacobs

Gretta G. Jacobs, 95, of Bowler, passed away at her home surrounded by family on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. Born on July 22, 1922, in Tomah, Gretta was the daughter of the late Phillip and Adelia (Abrams) Tousey. On Nov. 11, 1939, Gretta was united in marriage to Howard Jacobs in Morgan Siding. Howard preceded her in death in 1991.

Gretta dedicated her life to God and to her family. She was an active and faithful member of Assembly of God Church in Morgan Siding where she taught Sunday school for 65 years. She acted as a caregiver for many people over the years. She also had a love for children and was referred to as “Grandma” by the whole community. Family meant the world to Gretta, and she would do anything for her loved ones, including giving the occasional, affectionate “love tap” if needed. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed by her family and her community.

Wed
23
Aug

Donald R. Zeuske

Donald “Don” Ray Zeuske, 84 of the town of Matteson, Waupaca County, left his earthly home on the morning of Aug. 19, 2017, at Care Partners in Clintonville.

Don was the youngest of five children born to Max and Ethel (Hanson) Zeuske. He graduated from Clintonville High School at the age of 16, thanks to Lorraine Morris, his country grade school teacher, and his sister Joyce, who had taught him everything she had learned in school.

Don served his country in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954. He manned an anti-aircraft gun intended to protect Chicago. He bowled for many years maintaining an average over 200, and had a style similar to Anthony Earl – smooth.

Wed
23
Aug

Michele R. LeBlanc

Michele R. LeBlanc, 50, of Keshena, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Monday evening, Aug. 21, 2017.

Funeral service arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

Wed
23
Aug

Paul A. Natzke

Paul Arthur Natzke was born on Dec. 18, 2001, and died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at American Family Children’s Hospital. Paul resided in Belleville and Fitchburg, and attended Belleville Elementary and Intermediate Schools and Verona High School.

Paul was active in sports, and was especially proud to be one of the first members of the Wisconsin youth sled hockey team, now known as the Wisconsin Skeeters. Paul did not let his lack of mobility slow him down, also participating on the Verona High School track team and in swimming, skiing, bowling and water skiing. He was always eager and willing to try new things, and his smile, red hair and his wheelchair opened many doors for him.

Wed
23
Aug

Lily Bennett

Lily Bennett, 102 years, 8 months and 11 days, of Bonduel, passed away at Meadowview Assisted Living in Bonduel on Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.

Lily was born on Dec. 4, 1914, in the town of Green Valley, Shawano County, the daughter of the late Robert and Helen (Werner) Kanzenbach. She was baptized, confirmed and was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Green Valley. After attending school in Advance, she later went to work in the northern suburbs of Chicago where she met and married Albion M. Bennett, who was an earlier friend from back in Green Valley. They were married in Evanston, Illinois, on Dec. 28, 1933, and later moved back to Wisconsin.

Wed
23
Aug

Maynard W. Rice

Maynard Wells Rice, 91, lifelong resident of Oconto Falls, passed away on Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, peacefully with his family by his side.

Maynard was born on June 28, 1926, to Arthur and Florence (Gilbertson) Rice. Maynard attended Oconto Falls High School when he was called to duty into the United States Army in 1945. He was very proud to be known as the “Captain of the Port” assigned to the Panama Canal during World War II.

On June 24, 1950, he was joined in marriage to Carol Jean Bigelow and had three children, Pam (Larry) Lemorande, Kelly Lake, Linda (Larry) Pelishek, Abrams, and Cindy (Dan) Brokiewicz, Bonduel. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Andy Lemorande, Brent (Kayla) Lemorande, Sara (Tim) Via, Josh Brokiewicz and Nate Sutrick; great-grandchildren, Gavin Sutrick, Griffin Sutrick, Colt Lemorande and Macien Via; and sister, Faye (Chet) Anderson.

Fri
18
Aug

Elizabeth Feather

Elizabeth J. “Binky” Feather, 80, of Keshena, passed away on Wednesday evening, Aug. 16, 2017, at ManorCare East in Green Bay.

Binky was born on Sept. 13, 1936, in Keshena, a daughter of the late Theodore and Lillian (Gristeau) Dickie. She attended St. Joseph Boarding School and later graduated from Antigo High School. On May 11, 1957, she was united in marriage to George L. Feather at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Neopit. The couple lived in Neopit and Green Bay before returning to Keshena in 1980. George preceded Elizabeth in death in 1992.

Binky worked as a nurse’s aide at St. Vincent Hospital for many years. She also became an EMT. She most recently worked as a switchboard operator at the tribal clinic. She is a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed family, cooking and traveling.

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