Obituaries

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15
Jun

Vernon O. Pitt

Vernon “Vern” O. Pitt, 73, of Clintonville, passed away peacefully late Tuesday evening, June 13, 2017, at Pine Manor Healthcare Center, Embarrass.

Vernon Orval Pitt was born on Aug. 29, 1943, in Shawano to the late Orval and Vera (Gruel) Pitt. After graduation from Bonduel High School in 1961, Vern chose to serve his country by enlisting in the U.S. Army and served in the White House Army Signal Agency, where he was able to meet Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. He was united in marriage to Geraldine “Gerry” Ann Bohm on May 23, 1962, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He was honorably discharged in June 1964 and started working for Clintonville Electric Service in August 1964, where he did appliance repair and delivery, antennae work and electrical wiring.

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15
Jun

Carl E. Jahnke

Carl E. Jahnke, 90, of the town of Wescott, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017, with his family by his side.

Carl was born on Nov. 13, 1926, in Crandon, a son of the late Ernest and Caroline (Frailing) Jahnke. Upon graduating from high school, Carl entered the United States Army, serving in World War II from 1944-1946. While in the service he earned the rank of sergeant. In 2013, Carl completed his final mission when he went on the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. Upon returning from the United States Army, he was employed by the United States Postal Service for 27 years.

On Oct. 2, 1949, Carl was united in marriage to the former Mary Vomastic at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. The couple loved traveling. When the children were younger the family went on many camping trips. Carl encouraged his children to get involved in Scouting and 4-H.

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15
Jun

Cristy A. Dick

Cristy Ann Dick, 54, of Gillett, passed away on June 13, 2017, in Appleton.

Born in Chicago on July 24, 1962, Cristy was the daughter of Gwendolyn (LaRock) Olson and the late Vincent Olson. Cristy was married to Allen J. Dick in Shawano in 1981. For Allen and Cristy family always came first. Together, the couple had three children and opened their home to many other children throughout the years.

Cristy loved children and was a “mother” to many. Always wanting to help others, she was loving, caring, understanding and forgiving. She loved her Menominee culture and passing that culture on to her children. In her free time she enjoyed spoiling her grandchildren, cooking out with family, beading, laughing and visiting with family and friends.

Cristy was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend, and will be deeply missed.

Wed
14
Jun

Verlie B. Wolters

Verlie B. Wolters, 79, of Greenville, passed away on June 11, 2017, in Appleton.

Verlie was born on Aug. 3, 1937, to George and Priscilla (Beilke) Church in Shawano. She was a 1955 graduate of Riverside High School in Milwaukee. On Aug. 5, 1961, she married Ronald Wolters in Milwaukee. She retired from Parkview Health Center in Oshkosh, where she had worked as a computer operator.

Verlie was a very generous person, She loved working on her garden, growing flowers, reading and scrapbooking. She was also a history buff, and enjoyed shopping for antiques and doing puzzles of all kinds.

She will be sadly missed by her husband, Ronald; two children, Steve (Jeanette) Wolters, of Mahopac, New York, and Gail (Doug) Woller, of Delaware, Ohio; four grandchildren, Max and Zoe Wolters, and Patrick and Ashley Woller; as well as three brothers and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters.

Wed
14
Jun

Kenneth R. Wehmeyer

Kenneth R. “Kenny” Wehmeyer, 73, of Shawano, passed away peacefully while sleeping at his home on Friday, June 9, 2017. Born in Hammond, Indiana, on June 5, 1944, Kenny was the son of the late Clarence and Nina (Croner) Wehmeyer.

Kenny was baptized and confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church and graduated from Shawano High School in 1962. He then attended college and later enlisted in the United States Air Force. He served in Vietnam, receiving several medals and awards. On Aug. 6, 1966, Kenny was united in marriage to Jacqueline “Jackie” Kempka in Menomonee Falls. They lived in Green Bay for four years before moving to Shawano.

Kenny owned and operated Wehmeyer Heating & Air Conditioning, was a union steamfitter (Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 400) for several years, and finished his career with the Green Bay Packers.

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14
Jun

Frank E. Polkowski

Frank E. Polkowski, Shawano, passed away June 11, 2017. Born in Evanston, Illinois, he was the son of the late Ruth (Meier) and Frank Polkowski Sr. He grew up in Deerfield, Illinois, graduated from Deerfield High School and Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

On Nov. 11, 1978, Frank was united in marriage to Peggy Reed at St. John’s Catholic Church in Seymour. Frank retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 2011. He was his sons’ biggest fan, watching them play sports and coaching basketball. He enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and playing cards. Frank was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and valued most, his time with his family making summer memories at Loon Lake.

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14
Jun

Carl E. Jahnke

Carl E. Jahnke, 90, of the town of Wescott, passed away on Sunday, June 11, 2017, with his family by his side.

Funeral service arrangements are pending and will be announced on Thursday.

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

Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

Wed
14
Jun

Elaine R. Schoenborn

Elaine R. Schoenborn, 72, of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Monday, June 12, 2017.

Funeral service arrangements are pending and will be announced on Thursday.

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

Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

Sat
10
Jun

Margarete B. Pichler

Margarete B. Pichler, 90, of De Pere, passed away on Wednesday, June 7, 2017. She was born on April 16, 1927, to the late Frank and Helen (Faubel) Reddick in Middle Inlet.

On June 7, 1947, Margarete married Edward Pichler. He preceded her in death in 1980. She worked as a cook for many years for the Milwaukee school system, for the senior citizens in Marinette County and a restaurant near home. She especially enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.

Margarete was a member of the Red Hat Society. She was very active in her church and a member of a circle group and the Mission Sewing Group. She also enjoyed bingo.

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10
Jun

Roberta J. Escalante

Roberta J. Escalante, 60, of Neopit, started her journey to the Spirit World on Friday morning, June 9, 2017, in Shawano.

Roberta was born May 25, 1957, in Shawano, a daughter of the late Samuel and Eleanore (Nahwahquaw) Pyawasit. She attended the Gresham schools.

She was united in marriage to Louis Escalante. The couple lived in Estherville, Iowa, for the past five years. Most recently she had been employed as a cashier at Walmart.

She enjoyed spending time with her family, cookouts, fishing and attending rummage sales.

Survivors include her husband, Louis Escalante, of Estherville, Iowa; her five children, Greg (Lynell Waubanascum) Pyawasit, of Middle Village; Nicholas Escalante, of Green Bay, Derrick Escalante, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Leighton (Natasha Wayka) Escalante, of Superior, Iowa, and Trevor Escalante, of Estherville, Iowa; nine grandchildren; one brother, Lawrence (Linda) Pyawasit, of Zoar; one sister, Barbara (Myron) Wayka, of Neopit.

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