Obituaries

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Ruth F. Daniels

4/23/23-2/21/17

On the morning of Feb. 21, 2017, Ruth Frances Daniels passed quietly from this life. She died peacefully in her home in Portland, Oregon.

Ruth lived a long and full life and was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; sister, Elaine (Violet); and two sons, Ted and George; as well as three grandsons, Simon, David and William.

Ruth, daughter of an economic immigrant from Austria, Adelaide Faber, started her life in Milwaukee. From that humble beginning she entered a storied life. She spent many childhood years in a tuberculosis preventorium institution. After the death of her father, Frank Molkes, young Ruth went with Adelaide to Austria to live with her mother’s people. In Austria, Ruth learned the true meaning of a loving family. She learned a love for music, art and the wild spaces that she held dear for all of her life.

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01
Mar

Nancey J. Hansen

Nancey J. (Hoffmann) Hansen, 66, of Caroline, passed away Friday evening, Feb. 24, 2017, at the Pine Manor Health Care Center in Embarrass.

Nancey was born in Shawano on Feb. 25, 1950, to the late John and Ida (Beske) Hoffmann-Westphal. Nancey’s father passed away when she was a toddler, and her mother remarried Ervin Westphal, whom Nancey always called Dad.

Nancey was baptized, confirmed and later married at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. She graduated from Shawano High School in 1968. Nancey married Lynn Hansen on Oct. 29, 1977, and after marriage became a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in the town of Grant, Shawano County, where she has been a member since.

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01
Mar

Delores M. Kirchner

Delores M. Kirchner, 85, of Clintonville, passed away peacefully Saturday evening, Feb. 25, 2017, at her home surrounded by her family.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory of Clintonville is assisting her family with the arrangements.

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25
Feb

Dora E. Spiegel

Dora E. Spiegel, 99, of Tigerton, passed away Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at Pine Manor Health Care Center, Embarrass.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Tigerton.

Sat
25
Feb

Janice L. Papendorf

Janice L. Papendorf, 70, of Caroline, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, at her home.

The former Janice Louise Meisner was born on May 16, 1946, in Shawano to Arthur and Emma (Beilfuss) Meisner. She grew up in the Cecil area and attended Bonduel High School, graduating in 1964. After school she worked for a few years as a secretary at AAL Insurance Company in Appleton.

Janice was united in marriage on April 21, 1968, to Thomas E. Papendorf at the Lutheran church in Cecil. She was a proud homemaker and stayed home for a number of years to raise her family. When the children were older, she began working in the Shawano School District with pupil services. Janice was employed for close to 39 years at either the elementary or middle schools, mostly between Franklin and Lincoln, retiring in 2015.

Fri
24
Feb

Elroy Bergner

Elroy “Butch” Bergner, 84, of Shawano, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Shawano. He was born in Underhill on Dec. 17, 1932, the son of the late Albert and Lora (Koeppen) Bergner Sr.

Butch’s family moved to Shawano when he was 4 years old. He attended St. James Lutheran School and graduated from Shawano High School in 1951. After high school, he joined the Navy, serving during the Korean War in San Diego, Japan and Hawaii. In 1955, after four years of service, he was honorably discharged.

When he returned home, Butch went to work managing a gas station for Grosskopf Oil in Wausau and Shawano. On Aug. 24, 1957, Elroy was united in marriage to Beverly Malley at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. He started working for the Shawano Police Department on March 1, 1967, retiring after 23 years of service on March 2, 1990, as captain of the department.

Fri
24
Feb

Forrest E. Torgerson

Forrest E. Torgerson, 91, of Iola, passed away on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017, at his residence.

He was born on Aug. 21, 1925, in Iola, son of the late Norman and Elva (Toebass) Torgerson.

Forrest graduated from Iola High School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, in 1950 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He was employed as an accountant, where he met his wife-to-be Virginia Frank. She was a German farm girl from a wonderful German family in Marshfield. They were married on Nov. 13, 1954, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. Forrest always felt he was especially blessed with Virginia as his wife. They were blessed with one son, Steve Torgerson, of Appleton, and one daughter, Nancy (Torgerson) Graf, of Menomonee Falls. They also enjoyed one granddaughter, Karina Graf, daughter of Nancy and Dale Graf, all by whom he is survived.

Thu
23
Feb

Elroy A. Bergner

Elroy A. “Butch” Bergner, 84, of Shawano, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, in Shawano.

Arrangements are pending with Swedberg Funeral Home.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

Thu
23
Feb

Norbert D. Young

Norbert “Nubby” D. Young, 75, Cecil, died on Tuesday morning, Feb. 21, 2017, at Pine Manor near Embarrass. He was born on Aug. 21, 1941, in Oconto Falls to Raymond and Alice (Nass) Young.

Nubby attended Degantown Elementary School and Oconto Falls High School. As a young man, he worked on an area farm.

On May 31, 1975, he married Rosemary Heaney-Williams in Oconto. Nubby was employed for 46 years by Zippel Construction as an equipment operator until retiring in 2007.

Survivors are his wife, Rosemary Young, Cecil; one daughter, Lori (Steve) Carlson, Shawano; two very special grandchildren, Marcus and Meredith Carlson; two brothers, Bernard and Raymond Young, both of Gillett; five sisters, Shirley Younger, Stiles, Marie Renel, Shawano, Bernice Courchaine, Gillett, Mary (Lyle) Rasmussen, Oconto Falls, and Rose Ann Schubert, Krakow; two sisters-in-law, Karen (Jean) Deshler, Green Bay, and Joanne Heaney, Waupaca; many nieces and nephews.

Thu
23
Feb

Joan M. Reinke

Joan M. Reinke, 84, of Clintonville, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah.

The former Joan Mae Petcka was born on June 24, 1932, in Clintonville and was one of three children born to Joseph “Lefty” and Lois (Smith) Petcka. One brother, Robert, died at a young age, and she remained close to her other brother, Jimmy Joe, their entire lives.

Joan graduated from Clintonville High School in 1950 and was very athletic participating as a Truckers cheerleader. After school she was employed for a short time as a teller at First National Bank in Clintonville.

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