Obituaries

Tue
10
Jan

LaVonna R. Rush

LaVonna Rae Rush, 69, of Shawano, passed away on Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at her home.

LaVonna was born in Shawano on Nov. 19, 1947, to the late Winifred “Pudge” and Dorothy (Owen) Huntington. On April 8, 1967, she was united in marriage to James Rush in Gillett.

LaVonna was an avid Brewers fan and collected Brewers bobble heads. In her free time she enjoyed shopping and bowling. More than anything, LaVonna loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and always enjoyed attending the family’s various sporting events.

Tue
10
Jan

Larry A. Gipp

Larry A. Gipp passed away on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, at Evergreen Care Center of Shawano from a lengthy illness.

Larry was born in the town of Hartland, Shawano County, to the late Arthur and Myrtle (Deering) Gipp on March 24, 1937. He graduated from Bonduel High School in 1954. After high school, he drove an egg route truck for Jordan & Sons. Larry then attended Appleton Vocational School for auto mechanics and was employed at Chief Pontiac GMC Sales in Bonduel for over 30 years as a lube technician. Later, he was employed in the automotive department at Montgomery Wards in Shawano for 10 years. In 1997, Larry retired due to health problems.

Tue
10
Jan

Adolph J. Paholke

Adolph “Junior” John Paholke, 82, of Gillett, went home to his Savior on Jan. 8, 2017, unexpectedly, at his home.

Adolph was born in the Township of Hintz on Oct. 29, 1934, to the late Adolph and Anna (Arndt) Paholke. He married Rose Ruch on Jan. 8, 1955, at St. John Lutheran Church in Hayes. He attended Christ Lutheran Church in Hintz, where his children and many of his extended family continue to attend.

Adolph worked at Linwood Manufacturing and Carter Airport in Pulaski until his retirement. Adolph also worked cutting firewood for Laverne Hinkfuss. He loved playing the harmonica, button box and the accordion, playing in several bands.

Adolph enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren and participating in the Abrams Accordion Club. He was an active member at Christ Lutheran Church, where he held several offices and regularly attended Bible study.

Tue
10
Jan

Percy G. Schwerke Jr.

Percy G. Schwerke Jr., 83, of Shawano, passed away at ThedaCare in Neenah from injuries sustained during a fall on Jan. 10, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. He was born Hiram Gass on July 19, 1933, to Hayden and Viola Gass. His mother, Viola, died during his birth. He was adopted by Percy and Rose (Sperberg) Schwerke on Sept. 25, 1933.

Percy graduated from Shawano High School in 1951. He was in the U.S. Army from 1953-1956, stationed in Japan. Upon his return, he attended Badger business school in Green Bay. On June 8, 1957, he married Betty Cotter, and they had three children.

Fri
06
Jan

Donald R. Bellanger

Donald Robert Bellanger, 52, of Keshena, died on Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Fargo, North Dakota.

Arrangements are pending with Swedberg Funeral Home.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

Fri
06
Jan

Ronda K. Springborn

Ronda Kay Springborn, 46, of Green Bay, formerly of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, in Green Bay.

Funeral service arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date.

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

Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

Fri
06
Jan

Carol Rotter

Carol (nee Alft) Rotter, 82, of Shawano, formerly of West De Pere, passed away peacefully among family on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, at Emerald Bay Assisted Living in Hobart.

Carol was born on Jan. 14, 1934, in Marion, a daughter of the late Lyle and Iva (Verg) Alft. Carol attended St. James Lutheran Grade School and graduated from Shawano High School in 1952. On Aug. 29, 1953, she was united in marriage to Robert Rotter at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. The couple lived in Shawano until 1967, when they relocated to West De Pere. The couple moved to Shawano Lake, where they built their forever home on a special property. Their Shawano Lake home served as a gathering place for family and friends in all seasons.

Fri
06
Jan

Dick L. Rickert

Dick L. Rickert, 67, of Mattoon, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Dick Louis Rickert was born on Oct. 24, 1949, in Mattoon to Alfred and Corabell (Pollock) Rickert. After graduating from Bowler High School, he entered the U.S. Army and served from 1969-1971.

Dick was united in marriage on Dec. 23, 1972, to Linda L. Malueg at Zion Lutheran Church in Caroline. In his early years Dick farmed and drove truck for some time. The couple purchased the tavern in Bowler and renamed it Rickerts Hawg Wild Saloon in 2001 and enjoyed operating it ever since.

Wed
04
Jan

Francis H. Zeitler

Francis “Ike” H. Zeitler, 82, of Shawano, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, in Shawano.

Francis was born in Milwaukee on June 27, 1934, to the late Edward and Margaret (Hubbard) Zeitler. After high school, Ike enlisted in the United States Army and served his country honorably during the Korean Conflict. Upon returning from the service he worked as a welder in Milwaukee, where he met his future wife.

Wed
04
Jan

David A. Schroeder

David A. Schroeder, 51, Pulcifer, died suddenly Wednesday morning, Dec. 28, 2016, of natural causes at home. He was born Feb. 27, 1965, in Oconto Falls to Karl and Ruth (Holtz) Schroeder. David grew up on the family farm in the town of Green Valley and attended Gillett public schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1984.

David lived in the Gillett area all of his life where he worked for various employers including managing the Legion Bowling Alley. He was currently employed at Holtz Farms in rural Oconto Falls. David enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing with his nephews and having his constant companion dog Nellie at his side.

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