Obituaries

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Doris M. Kroenke

On Monday, June 26, 2017, the Lord called Doris Mae Kroenke to his eternal home at the age of 91.

Doris was born in Clintonville on Nov. 9, 1925, the daughter of the late William and Emma (Schauder) Schmidt. She was baptized in June 1926 at her parents’ summer cottage. Doris lived in the Clintonville and Shawano area all of her life and was confirmed in 1939 at Christ Congressional Church. On July 29, 1962, she was confirmed at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano by Pastor Parsch. On Sept. 8, 1962, Doris was united in marriage to Kenneth M. Kroenke at St. James Lutheran Church.

Doris worked as a bookkeeper at Pine Manor for 18 years and was active with the St. James Ladies Aid.

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28
Jun

Ronald R. Kautz

Ronald “Ron” R. Kautz, 70, of the Township of Larrabee, passed away Friday evening June 23, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Ronald Roger Kautz was born at home Aug. 5, 1946, in Marion to the late Leo and Blanche (Nelson) Kautz. At a young age, the family moved to Clintonville. Throughout his school years Ron worked at his family’s car dealership washing vehicles. He was also active in Boy Scouts and achieved Life Scout designation. After graduating from Clintonville High School in 1964, he attended Green Bay Technical College and received his accounting degree.

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28
Jun

Alfred P. Zander

Alfred P. “Fred” Zander, 87, of Port Edwards, formerly of Shawano, passed away to his heavenly home with his family by his side on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at the Edgewater Haven Care Center in Port Edwards.

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

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

Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

Sat
24
Jun

Holly Jo Johnston

Holly Jo Johnston, 32, passed away on Sunday, May 28, 2017, in Arizona.

Funeral services will be held in Pocatello, Idaho, on July 1, 2017, under the care of Colonial Funeral Home, 2005 S. 4th Ave. Pocatello, ID, 208-233-1500. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.colonial-funeralhome.com.

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24
Jun

Anna Koehler

“Ann” (nee Yelich) died on June 17, 2017, at Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care in Waukesha. She was born in Croatia, Europe on Dec. 17, 1919. At 3 years old, she came to Milwaukee with her parents, George and Elizabeth, where she was raised and educated. She was happily married to Raymond O. Koehler for 50 years, who was a Milwaukee police detective. Ray was a World War II Marine seeing action in the Pacific Theatre with island landings, and also served as Marine support on the USS Maryland. He completed and retired from his military career through the U.S. Army Reserves.

Ann held various office positions with the most interesting as the first executive secretary for Bud Selig when he was president of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club. She and her husband retired to Shawano Lake and enjoyed golf, bowling, fishing, family and friends. She was also a past president of Shawano Woman’s Club.

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24
Jun

Jerry Olsen

Jerry Olsen, also known as “Jerry from the Bamboo,” passed away peacefully at home on Monday, June 19, 2017, surrounded by his children and loving wife, Marty.

Jerry had an enigmatic, energetic and charismatic persona that was larger than life. His magnetic personality coupled with his clever ingenuity (along with the saint-like patience of his wife, Marty) led to their successful 30-year run as owners of the Bamboo Bar. Jerry was constantly devising clever campaigns to keep the business interesting and fun. The annual boatsinker, winter volleyball tournaments, ice-golfing tournaments, and indoor beach parties are just a few of the notable events that Jerry brought to the area. One of his most time-tested contributions to local society included the invention of the Summer Hummer.

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24
Jun

Alice M. Wilber

Alice M. Wilber, 95, of Shawano, joined her Heavenly Father on Monday, June 19, 2017.

Funeral services for Alice Marcella Wilber will be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017, at 2 p.m. at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. The Rev. Dr. Timm Griffin will officiate. Interment will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery following the service. Relatives and friends may call on Saturday from noon until the hour of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name to St. James Lutheran School in Shawano would be appreciated.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

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24
Jun

Viola M. Britzke

Viola M. Britzke, 93, of Shawano, passed away on Friday, June 23, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Shawano at Evergreen.

The former Viola Mae Fritz was born at home on May 26, 1924, in the town of Fairbanks, Shawano County, to William and Clara (Schroeder) Fritz. She was united in marriage on Oct. 8, 1949, to Arthur H. Britzke at Zion Lutheran Church, Tigerton. For almost 25 years, the couple dairy farmed in the town of Grant (just west of Caroline) until they sold the farm to their son in 1974. While farming, Viola also worked for some time at Marion Plywood as well. After the couple left the farm, they settled in Shawano. She is a former member of Zion Lutheran Church, Caroline, and a current member of Zion Lutheran Church, Shawano. The couple loved to go to polka dances and play cards, especially smear and sheepshead.

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24
Jun

Willadeen I. Much

Willadeen I. Much, 91, of Clintonville, formerly of Marion, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 22, 2017, at Kindred Hearts in Clintonville.

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

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24
Jun

Ruth C. Franckowiak

Ruth C. “Tooty” Franckowiak, 97, of Traverse City, Michigan, formerly of Shawano, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 16, 2017, with her family by her side.

Ruth was born on May 28, 1920, in the town of Red Springs, Gresham, a daughter of the late Albert and Lena Weber. She was baptized by the Rev. Stuth and confirmed by the Rev. Cassens at Zion Lutheran Church in Gresham. She lived in the Gresham area until her family moved to Shawano in 1935. On July 3, 1939, Ruth was united in marriage to Frank Franckowiak by the Rev. Halinde at the Sacred Heart rectory in Shawano. Franky preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1988. Ruth was a member of St. James Lutheran Church of Shawano. In 2009, Ruth moved to Traverse City, Michigan to be near her family.

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