Obituaries

Fri
27
Oct

Rita A. Powell

Rita Ann Powell, 82, passed away peacefully on Oct. 25, 2017, at The Cottages in Shawano surrounded by her family. Born in Little Chute on Dec. 6, 1934, she was the daughter of the late George and Clara (Fox) Weyenberg.

On April 20, 1954, Rita was united in marriage to Maurice Powell, who preceded her in death on June 2, 1975. Rita worked for Miller Electric for many years. After raising her children, she opened her own cleaning service, working until she was 79.

Rita was an avid Packers fan, and everyone knew the rules: Do not call and do not come over until the game is over. She had several special pets over the years, her dogs Smokey, Buzz, Teddy and Muffin. She enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing, bird watching and attending her grandchildren’s events.

Thu
26
Oct

Neal E. Steinberg

Neal Edward Steinberg, 76, of Kimberly, passed away on Oct. 20, 2017. He was born to the late Alfred and Ione (Reinert) Steinberg in New London on March 16, 1941, and was raised on a farm south of New London. He became a child of God through baptism on April 6, 1941, and was confirmed on April 3, 1955, at St John Ev. Lutheran Church, town of Caledonia.

Neal went to grade school at Sandy Knoll (one-room schoolhouse) and graduated from Washington High School, New London. He attended Northwest Institute of Medical Laboratory Technique in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduation he accepted a position with Lutheran Hospitals and Homes Society in Lisbon, North Dakota, where he met the love of his life, Marilyn (Pat) Schiffner. They married on March 25, 1961, in Englevale, North Dakota. They had two transfers moving them to Gillette, Wyoming, and Hayward before accepting a position with the Kaukauna Community Hospital in 1964.

Thu
26
Oct

Anita E. Higgins

Anita E. Higgins, 85, of Clintonville, passed away early Tuesday morning, Oct. 24, 2017, at Care Partners Assisted Living, Clintonville.

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

eberhardtstevenson.com

Thu
26
Oct

Gina Micaletti Hiltgen

Gina Micaletti Hiltgen, 54, of Waupaca, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at home with her family, after a yearlong battle with cancer. She was born on Feb. 4, 1963, in Norfolk, Virginia, to Ed and Jeannette (Doljanin) Micaletti.

Gina grew up in the Rhinelander area and Westmont, Illinois. After high school, she trained as a medical assistant and worked for multiple clinics including general surgery, family medicine and pediatrics in northeast Wisconsin while raising her children in Pulaski. She returned to school as a nontraditional student, earning an associate registered nurse degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College in 2015 at age 52 and was licensed as an RN shortly afterward.

Gina loved the outdoors and enjoyed boating, paddling sports, fishing, and camping with family and friends. She also enjoyed antique picking as a hobby, selling her picks at multiple locations in the Waupaca area.

Wed
25
Oct

Todd J. Oestreich

Todd James Oestreich, 58, of New London, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at his residence following a brief battle with cancer. He was born on Nov. 27, 1958, in New London, son of James and Faye (Baird) Oestreich. On May 11, 1991, he was united in marriage to Debra Delzer.

Todd worked at Titan Industries and also New London Engineering. He loved hunting, grilling out and camping with friends and family. He also enjoyed being outside listening to the radio in his garage and taking care of his garden. Todd had a great sense of humor.

He is survived by his loving wife, Debra; two daughters, Carrie Oestreich (fiancé Troy Schuelke) and Stacey Oestreich (special friend Josua Mendoza); his mother, Faye Oestreich; two sisters, Tammy (Scott) Rogers and Theresa (Scott) Pluger; a brother, Ken (Lynn) Rohloff; mother-in-law, Kay Delzer; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, especially Greg Williams and Terry Lind.

Wed
25
Oct

Diane M. Wasserman

Diane Marie Wasserman, 75, of Middleton, passed away on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, at The Villa at Middleton Village. She was born on Aug. 13, 1942, in Shawano, the daughter of Wallace and June (Freiberger) Wasserman.

Diane and graduated from Shawano High School and earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Diane’s professional career was with the Verona School District as an elementary school librarian. She was a lifelong member of the Christian Science Church.

Diane enjoyed the outdoors, especially the U.W. Arboretum and Devil’s Lake. She learned to play the piano when she was growing up, and continued her love of music for the rest of her life. She looked forward to going to symphony concerts at the Overture Center and on the University of Wisconsin campus.

Wed
25
Oct

Rose A. Stodall

After a very full life, Rose Ann Stodall, 87, passed away peacefully on Oct. 18, 2017, following a brief battle with cancer. She was born on Sept. 22, 1930. in Gresham to parents Ferdinand and Johanna Studach.

Upon graduating from high school, Rose worked in Milwaukee, where she met and married Warren Stodall. They moved back to Gresham, where she lived most of her life. Warren died in 1968, and Rose raised five children on her own. She was a very dedicated mother and successfully raised her children with a strong sense of faith and family. In her younger years, she enjoyed bowling, playing softball and golf. In her later years, she enjoyed doing puzzles, reading, going to the casino and watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at many school and sporting events.

Wed
25
Oct

Kenneth A. John

Mr. Kenneth John, of Shawano, formerly of Milwaukee, passed away at Lincoln Village in Port Washington on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017. He was 88 years old.

Ken was born in Milwaukee on April 19, 1929, son of Arthur and Helen (nee Pleier) John. Ken grew up in Milwaukee and attended North Division High School where he graduated in 1947. Following graduation, he went to school to become a draftsman. On Dec. 30, 1950, he was united in marriage with Donna Bigelow in Milwaukee.

Ken worked at Worden Allen before being drafted into the U.S. Army in 1951. After his service, Ken became a patrol officer with Milwaukee Police Department. He retired in 1988 after 32 years of service.

Ken and Donna moved up to Shawano following their retirement. He built a home on Shawano Lake with his uncles PeeWee and John. As a couple, they enjoyed attending auctions, buying and selling antiques.

Wed
25
Oct

Virginia L. Abbey

Virginia L. “Ginny” Abbey, 81, of Shawano, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday morning, Oct. 22, 2017.
Ginny was born on July 26, 1936, in Bloomington, Illinois, a daughter of the late Claude and Audrey (Miller) Otto. She graduated from Normal Community High School in 1954.

On Dec. 18, 1954, she was united in marriage to Dana Abbey in Normal. Following their marriage the couple moved to Fort Riley, Kansas, where Dana was stationed in the United States Army.

After Dana’s service in the United States Army, the couple moved to Rockford, Illinois. While Dana established and built a certified public accounting firm, Ginny generously gave her time to the community as organist for Altersgate Methodist Church, and as president of the Jenny Lind Society, the volunteer auxiliary of Swedish American Hospital. The couple enjoyed spending their free time at Mauh-Nau-Tee-See Country Club in Rockford and at their cabin in Green Lake.

Wed
25
Oct

Kenneth R. Krueger

Kenneth “Ken” R. Krueger, 83, of Clintonville, passed away on Monday morning, Oct. 23, 2017, at Manor Care of Appleton.

Ken was born on Aug. 16, 1934, in the town of Matteson, Waupaca County, as the son of the late Walter C. and Carrie (Euhardy) Krueger. During high school, Ken enjoyed running track, high hurdles, and playing football for the Truckers. He graduated from Clintonville High School in 1952 and went on to serve his country in the United States Army during the Korean War.

On June 22, 1957, Ken was united in marriage to Dorothy Krueger in Navarino. The couple moved to Muskego and soon after Milwaukee, where Ken worked construction with Savoris and later Arby Construction.

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