Obituaries

Tue
09
May

Michael J. Bowan

Michael J. Bowan, 67, of Shawano, passed away on Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Shawano.

Michael was born on Oct. 30, 1949, to the late Earl and Lillie (Seehafer) Bowan. He graduated from Marion High School and lived in the town of Pella and Shawano area most of his life.

Mike cooked at several restaurants in the area, including Happy Corners, Hunter Haus and the North Star Casino.

Michael is survived by his sister-in-law, Dorothy Bowan, of Shawano, and two nephews, Jeff (Marlene) Bowan and Tom Bowan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Roseann Bowan; his brother, Allan Bowan; and his niece, Jolene Bowan.

In honoring Mike’s wishes, no services will be held.

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

Fri
05
May

David P. Heidemann

David P. Heidemann, 68, of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, May 2, 2017, at Evergreen Care Center in Shawano.

David was born May 28, 1948, in Appleton, a son of the late John and Ella (Grode) Heidemann. He attended school in Kimberly. Following school, he was employed at Brillion Iron Works and later at a tile company.

David was a loving man who provided home care for his significant other for over a year and a half. He enjoyed the sport of bowling. He was a very simple man who loved his family. While a resident at Evergreen Care Center, David was very active with all affairs.

Survivors include his sisters, Irene (Ralph) Boldt, of Menasha, and Theresa (Ivan) Young, of Shawano; and many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph and Robert Heidemann; his sisters, Beatrice and Mary Pat Heidemann; and his sister-in-law, Lois Heidemann.

Fri
05
May

Milford D. Mohawk III

Milford D. “Pooter” Mohawk III, 44, of Bowler, began his journey to the Spirit World on May 4, 2017, at his home.

Pooter was born on Dec. 2, 1972, in Shawano, a son of Milford Mohawk Jr. and the late Janis (Davids) Mohawk. He attended the Bowler Schools, graduating from Bowler High School in 1990. Pooter had been employed at the casino and at the Mohican Wellness Center. On June 27, 2009, he was united in marriage to the former Deanna Verhaagh at the Stockbridge Munsee Many Trails Park.

Pooter enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his children whom he loved so dearly. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and gathering resources from the forest. He will be greatly remembered by his family for the huge fish fries which he hosted at his home for family get-togethers, as well as his ability to make people laugh and feel welcome.

Fri
05
May

Calvin Mahkimetas Hanchett

Calvin Mahkimetas Hanchett, 38, of Janesville, passed away due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident, on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Janesville.

Born in Shawano on Sept. 24, 1978, he was the son of Jon and Stephanie (Phelps) Hanchett. Calvin attended Shawano High School and was an outgoing, social person who loved people. He had a great sense of humor and loved to laugh. Calvin loved to be part of a team. In 1993, he earned a bronze medal in volleyball at the Special Olympics World Games in Connecticut. He was also a proficient skipper on his Janesville curling team.

Calvin loved singing, dancing, the thrill of roller coasters, and was an avid Packers fan. He loved his family and spending time with them, especially during the holidays.

Fri
05
May

Earl J. Nelson

Earl J. Nelson Jr., 92, Bowler, died Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at Homme Home of Wittenberg under the care of his family and Ministry Hospice, Wausau.

He was born on May 1, 1925, in Waterford, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Earl Sr. and Selma (Terkleson) Nelson.

On June 23, 1962, Earl was united in marriage to Patricia McFarlane in Iowa. She preceded him in death on March 7, 2001.

Earl attended Wayside Grade School and graduated from Wittenberg High School in 1943. Earl was a U.S. Navy veteran serving from 1944-1946. Following an honorable discharge, Earl moved to Bowler, where he farmed together with his parents until 1957. He then operated Nelson’s Service until 1972, and then was employed at Clintonville Motors for 21 years, retiring in 1993. Earl drove school bus for 29 years.

Fri
05
May

Elaine E. Breitenfeldt

Elaine E. Breitenfeldt, 94, of Tigerton, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017, at Oakhaven Assisted Living Facility, Shawano.

The former Elaine Erna Radtke was born on Jan. 18, 1923, in the town of Grant, Shawano County, to Albert and Angela (Hanneman) Radtke. As a young lady, she did child care for several families in the Wausau and Shawano areas.

Elaine was united in marriage on May 14, 1949, to Waldo “Whitey” Breitenfeldt at St. John Lutheran Church, Marion. Whitey and Elaine made their home on Breitenfeldt Road where they continued with the family dairy operation. The couple sold the farm to their son, Bruce, in 1976 and then moved to the home on Weasel Dam Road. Elaine helped on the farm for many years and raised the family.

Fri
05
May

James A. Vollmer

James A. Vollmer, 80, of Tigerton, passed away on Monday, May 1, 2017, at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Neenah.

James Arlo Vollmer was born on Aug. 8, 1936, in Tigerton to Fred and Esther (Seefeldt) Vollmer. As a young man, Jim started working at the Butch Conradt farm, and he also worked for some time at the gas station in Tigerton. Jim entered the U.S. Army and served from 1954-1956. He was united in marriage on Aug. 29, 1959, to Sandra L. Karschney at St. John Lutheran Church, Tigerton.

Jim was employed by White’s Construction, Milwaukee, as a heavy equipment operator and as foreman from 1957-1969. Then he went to work for Ralph Schroeder Excavating, Tigerton, and finally with J.I. Case Company, Wausau, until his retirement in the early 1990s.

Fri
05
May

Roger L. House

Roger L. “Chief” House, 85, of Salem, died on Jan. 16, 2017, at his home.

Roger was born in Keshena on Aug. 30, 1931, the son of the late Fred and Rhoda (Oshkosh) House. Roger attended school in Keshena. On Jan. 16, 1954, Roger was united in marriage to Gloria Kitson, who preceded him in death on March 28, 2000. The couple resided in Salem since 1962. He served our country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict.

Roger worked for Chrysler Motors for 30 years, and in his spare time enjoyed hunting, gardening, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and watching the Packers.

Roger is survived by his children, Geralyn Morrow, of Kenosha, Delores House, of Salem, Frederick House, of Bristol, and Roger A. (Brenda) House, of Bristol; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; his sister, Natalie (Dean) Meyers; his brother, Reginald House; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Thu
04
May

JoAnn R. Heling

JoAnn R. Heling, 87, of Shawano, went to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, May 1, 2017, at Shawano Health Services in Shawano.

JoAnn was born on Jan. 18, 1930, in Shawano, a daughter of the late Paul and Frances (Doran) Martens. She attended Shawano schools, graduating from Shawano High School in 1947. Following graduation, she went to work as a bookkeeper at Lauerman’s Department Store in Shawano. On Sept. 10, 1949, she was united in marriage to Willis “Bud” Heling at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. The couple lived in Shawano their entire married life. Bud preceded her in death on Nov. 10, 1994.

Thu
04
May

Mary Lou Day-Turner

Mary Lou Day-Turner, 71, of Shawano, passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Mary Lou was born in Chicago on Nov. 15, 1945. She was the daughter of the late Vincent and Mary (Amesse) Day. She was a 1963 graduate of McHenry High School, McHenry, Illinois.

In the 1960s and early 1970s, Mary Lou was employed by Allstate Insurance and United Airlines. After staying home with her two daughters, she went back to work in the 1980s with the Illinois Department of Human Services in Woodstock, Illinois. In 2000, she began her employment with Quill Corporation in Lincolnshire, Illinois, retiring in 2011.

Mary Lou enjoyed spending time with her family, reading, her flower gardens, baking, gathering the family history, and her cats.

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