Obituaries

Wed
01
Aug

Sharon M. Krueger

Sharon Mae Krueger, 83, passed away peacefully at home in Shawano on Monday, July 30, 2018, surrounded by her family. Sharon was born in Shawano on Oct. 2, 1934, daughter of the late Antone and Elsie (Helms) Brunner. After graduating in 1952 from Shawano High, she moved to Chicago and worked for the airlines. Sharon was united in marriage to William Frank Krueger on July 20, 1957, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano; they just celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. Sharon enjoyed cooking, gardening, entertaining, playing cards and time at the lake with her family. Her passion was her creativity — she developed an extraordinary talent for quilting. She leaves behind a legacy of beauty and creation in the quilts she made throughout the years, many times gifting them to family, friends and those in need. Sharon was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church since they moved “back home” after retiring in 1990.

Wed
01
Aug

Sarah J. Elertson

Sarah J. Elertson, 86, of Shawano, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Sarah was born on June 24, 1932, in Outagamie County, daughter of the late Hamilton and Elizabeth (Manders) Bain. On Dec. 30, 1955, Sarah was united in marriage to Harold Elertson. The couple enjoyed nearly 50 years of marriage before Harold preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 2005. Sarah worked for 13 years at American National Can Company and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano. She was an active member of several local organizations including the Red Hats, the Faith Circle, the Jerusalem Ladies Auxiliary and the Flower Queens Homemakers Club.

Wed
01
Aug

William C. ‘Bill’ Schmidt

William Carl “Bill” Schmidt, 61, of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Bill was born in Shawano on Jan. 28, 1957, son of the late Clarence and Mildred (Kreklow) Schmidt. On Jan. 28, 1996, Bill was united in marriage to Pamela Roloff. Bill lived in Shawano most of his life and was the president and active member of the Shawano Lake Lions Club, as well as very active at the state level. He was a Brewers fan and a Packers super fan and enjoyed curling and golfing.

Bill is survived by his wife, Pam; children, Neal (Becky) Olson, of Colorado, and Amanda (Pachi) Mercedes Laureano, of Shawano; two grandchildren, Oliver and Maximo; and adopted children, Maria and Katie. He is further survived by his brother, Dr. Michael (Becky) Schmidt, of Plover; two nephews, Jason (Laura) Schmidt and Andrew (Carrie) Schmidt; as well as his favorite dogs, Winston Churchill and Puttser.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Sat
28
Jul

Leonard R. Hess Jr.

Leonard Robert “Sleepy” Hess Jr., 79, of Shawano, passed away on July 25, 2018, in Green Bay. Leonard was born on Jan. 29, 1939, in Shawano, the son of the late Leonard G. and Vera (Hoffman) Hess Sr. Sleepy grew up in Gresham on the family farm. He served our country in the United States Army. On Dec. 17, 1960, Leonard was united in marriage to Virginia Hacker in Shawano. He owned and operated a trucking company, retiring in 2008. Leonard loved camping and traveling with his family. He enjoyed watching NASCAR and was a big Richard Petty Fan. Leonard was a member of St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano.

Sat
28
Jul

Eugene T. Wright

Eugene T. Wright, 87, of Suring, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at Atrium at Evergreen in Shawano, with his family by his side.

Eugene was born in the Town of How on Oct. 14, 1930, to the late Thomas and Margaret (Lake) Wright. He lived his whole life in Suring. Eugene married the love of his life, Lois Jansen, on Sept. 11, 1954, at St. John Lutheran Church-Hayes. He worked at Gillett Plywood, Zahn’s Logging, Manthei Cheese Factory, and Nuline. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church-Hayes.

Sat
28
Jul

Sandra M. Cook

Sandra Marie Cook, 79, of Keshena, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Shawano. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on Aug. 13, 1938, she was the only child of the late George and Sophie (Lovda) Pehas. On April 26, 1958, Sandra was united in marriage to Norman Cook in Chicago. They spent 60 happy years together. She was a volunteer for the Shawano Folk Music Festival, as well as a former president and an active member of the Shawano Women’s Club. Sandra was an accomplished artist. She primarily worked with watercolors and colored pencils and her art was loved by many. Sandra was also a gourmet cook. Her meals were legendary and appreciated by her family and friends. More than anything, Sandra loved spending time with her beloved granddaughter, Sophia.

Sandra is survived by her loving husband, Norman; two children, Elizabeth “Liz” Nowak-Sorenson, of Shawano, and Andrew “Andy” (Julie) Cook, of Harvard, Illinois; as well as her granddaughter, Sophia Nowak, of Shawano.

Fri
27
Jul

Edwin C. Blanchard

Edwin Charles Blanchard, 98, of Shawano, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Oconto Falls. Edwin was born in Manitowoc on July 6, 1920, the son of the late William and Emma (Nemetz) Blanchard. On Dec. 27, 1941, Edwin was united in marriage to Doris Rudebeck in Manitowoc. The couple would have celebrated 77 years of marriage this year. In 1943, Edwin enlisted in the United States Army, serving our country during World War II until his honorable discharge in 1946. After his time in the service, Edwin worked at Manitowoc Ship Building for 42 years until retiring in 1982. He was a member and historian for the AmVets Post 23 as well as a member of the American Legion and the Eagles Club. In his free time, he enjoyed woodworking, playing the slots at the casino and playing bingo at the senior center.

Fri
27
Jul

Beverly J. Goering

Beverly J. Goering, 86, of Cecil, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, in Shawano. Beverly was born in Milwaukee on Oct. 18, 1931, daughter of the late Elmer and Dorothy (Schuttenhelm) Hermann. She graduated from Pulaski High School and then attended Wisconsin Technical School of Nursing. On Sept. 15, 1951, Beverly was united in marriage to Frederick Goering in Milwaukee. The couple lived in Milwaukee for many years before moving to Cecil in 2003. Beverly was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and PEO Sisterhood in Green Bay. In her free time, Beverly enjoyed reading and doing word puzzles.

Beverly is survived by her husband, Frederick; daughter, Sandra Billies, of Charlottesville, Virginia; son, Mark W. Goering, of Porterfield; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Billies and Jennifer Goering; and one great-granddaughter, Zoey Moss.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah; her parents; and two brothers.

Fri
27
Jul

Eugene T. Wright

Eugene T. Wright, 87, of Suring, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at Atrium at Evergreen in Shawano, with his family by his side.

Funeral service arrangements are pending.

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

Thu
26
Jul

Sandra M. Cook

Sandra Marie Cook, 79, of Keshena, passed away on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Shawano. Born in Chicago, Illinois, on Aug. 13, 1938, she was the only child of the late George and Sophie (Lovda) Pehas. On April 26, 1958, Sandra was united in marriage to Norman Cook in Chicago. They spent 60 happy years together. She was a volunteer for the Shawano Folk Music Festival, as well as a former president and an active member of the Shawano Women’s Club. Sandra was an accomplished artist. She primarily worked with watercolors and colored pencils and her art was loved by many. Sandra was also a gourmet cook. Her meals were legendary and appreciated by her family and friends. More than anything, Sandra loved spending time with her beloved granddaughter, Sophia.

Sandra is survived by her loving husband, Norman; two children, Elizabeth “Liz” Nowak-Sorenson, of Shawano, and Andrew “Andy” (Julie) Cook, of Harvard, Illinois; as well as her granddaughter, Sophia Nowak, of Shawano.

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