Obituaries

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Michael Eisch

Michael “Mike” Eisch, 65, of Black Creek, passed away surrounded by family on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee following a short illness. He was born May 18, 1953, son of the late Adalbert and Ruth (Hansen) Eisch.

Mike graduated from Bonduel High School in 1971. Following graduation, he worked a milk route in the morning and at Fort Howard in the afternoon. He then operated his own sawmill and logging operation. Mike had also worked for many years for Tombstone Pizza and owned a pressure washer company. Prior to retirement he drove dump truck.

On Sept. 2, 2000, he was united in marriage to Judy Campbell.

He was a true outdoorsman, being a serious hunter and avid fisherman. Mike enjoyed being a gun enthusiast, loading his own ammunition and figuring out how to make each gun function better.

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Kenneth M. Kroenke

On Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, the Lord called Kenneth Marvin Kroenke to his eternal home at the age of 88. Kenneth was born in the Town of Richmond on Oct. 24, 1930, a son of the late Henry and Margaret (Marohl) Kroenke. He was baptized at birth and lived in Shawano County all his life. Kenneth worked on his parent’s farm as well as in construction. He was extremely proud of his stone work. Ken was confirmed on March 25, 1945 at St. Jakobi Lutheran Church. He met his future wife, Doris M. (Schmidt) Kohnke at R&R Bowling Alley and on Sept. 8, 1962, they were united in marriage at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. He was a good father to her children and they had 55 happy years together before Doris passed away on June 26, 2017. Kenneth was a faithful member of St. James Lutheran Church, serving on the finance committee and enjoyed his work with the Orphan Grain Train. In his free time, he enjoyed hunting, bowling, fishing and camping with his family and friends.

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Gerald Wisniewski

Gerald “Jerry” Wisniewski, 78, of Shawano, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. Born in Shawano on Jan. 2, 1941, he was a son of the late Edward and Pauline (Spang) Wisniewski. After graduating from Shawano High School, he enlisted in the National Guard. Jerry worked at Phenix Door and then Mirro in Manitowoc until his retirement. He was a proud blue collar worker and instilled a good work ethic in his children. Jerry loved hunting and fishing. He was a dedicated father and treasured his time spent with his children and grandchildren. Whenever they needed him, he was always there.

Jerry is survived by two children, Sally Morris, of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, and Mark (Debbie) Wisniewski, of Brentwood, Tennessee; two grandchildren, Megan (Mason) Mingus, of Spring Hill, Tennessee, and Bailey Wisniewski, of Brentwood, Tennessee; and one brother, Robert “Bob” Wisniewski, of Shawano.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his cat, Jenny.

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Feb

Elaine Duchac

Elaine Duchac, 91, of Antigo, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at The Cottages Assisted Living in Shawano. She was born on March 15, 1927, in Wausau, a daughter of the late Palmer and Mildred (Bielke) Hanson. She married Carl “Dick” Duchac on June 18, 1949, in Manitowish Waters. He preceded her in death on Oct. 27, 2008.

She was a 1945 graduate of Wausau High School and attended Northland College in Ashland, where she met the love of her life, Dick.

Even though Elaine was a homemaker for most of her life, she and her husband found time to start a Christmas tree farm, and sold trees in Ohio for many years. She later became a real estate broker for Tri State Homes and Wolf River Reality.

She was an active and faithful member of Faith United Church of Christ, Antigo, having been a member of the church choir. She was also a member of the Antigo Homemakers and the Fine Arts Club.

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Feb

Leon E. Polzin

Leon E. Polzin, 70, of Cecil, passed away at his home on Friday morning, Jan. 25, 2019, with his wife at his side.

Leon was born on April 21, 1948, in Shawano, a son of the late Ervin and Leona (Reimer) Polzin. He attended Immanuel Lutheran School in White Clay Lake through eighth grade. He then went to Bonduel High School, graduating in 1966. Following high school, Leon attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison to study engineering. After one year at school, he realized that his love for farming was greater than his love for engineering, and he returned to the family farm.

On Oct. 25, 1975, Leon was united in marriage to the former Deborah Letter at Immanuel Lutheran Church White Clay Lake. Leon and Deborah lived and farmed at Polzin White Clay Lake Farms, in the Town of Washington, which was named a centennial farm in 2006, their entire marriage. The couple shared 43 years of loving marriage and were blessed with four children.

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Mary E. Weinmann

Mary E. Weinmann, 75, of Shawano, passed away after a brief battle with lung cancer on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at ThedaCare Medical Center-Appleton.

Mary was born Oct. 25, 1943, in Galesburg, Illinois, to the late Richard and Alma Torley. She graduated from Galesburg High School, and took some college classes through the years. She worked as a presser cleaner for a dry cleaning company. Mary was married to William McPherrin and together they had two children. They later divorced and she moved to Shawano. Mary met and fell in love with Terry Weinmann, and they married on June 25, 1994. Mary was proud to say she was part of an AA group in Shawano for over 33 years. She loved sewing and making quilts in her free time.

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Roger H. Pigeon

Roger H. Pigeon, 73, of Shawano, passed away on Jan. 17, 2019, after a long illness. He was born in Green Bay to Genevieve and Vernon Pigeon on June 29, 1945. He was very proud to have served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

His passions were Keno and fishing.

He is survived by four children and many grandchildren. He is also survived by his significant other, Joyce Lemmen, and their cats, Meatball and Miss Charlie.

A celebration of life will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the VFW Hall at 204 W. Lieg St. in Shawano on Saturday, Feb. 2. Chaplain Hope will give a short prayer service at 2 p.m.

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Feb

Roger H. Pigeon

Roger H. Pigeon, 73, of Shawano, passed away on Jan. 17, 2019, after a long illness. He was born in Green Bay to Genevieve and Vernon Pigeon on June 29, 1945. He was very proud to have served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

His passions were Keno and fishing.

He is survived by four children and many grandchildren. He is also survived by his significant other, Joyce Lemmen, and their cats, Meatball and Miss Charlie.

A celebration of life will be held from 1-4 p.m. at the VFW Hall at 204 W. Lieg St. in Shawano on Saturday, Feb. 2. Chaplain Hope will give a short prayer service at 2 p.m.

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Lee W. Bocik

A celebration of the life of Lee Bocik will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the Church on the Hill in Shawano. Pastor Claudia Deede will officiate. Visitation will take place at the church from noon to 2 p.m.

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

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James W. DeBaere

James W. DeBaere, 75, of Shawano, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Shawano. James was born in Gillett on Jan. 15, 1944, to the late Howard and Ivy (Stroobants) DeBaere. On July 18, 1964, James married the love of his life, Jo Anne Ahrens, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Appleton. Jo Anne preceded James in death on April 29, 2006. James worked at Gilbert Paper in Menasha for 35 years, retiring when the mill closed in 2001. He and Jo Anne then moved to Gresham where they owned and operated the Whistle Stop Diner with their son, Jim. James always enjoyed greeting the customers as they walked in and feeding people on the holidays. In his free time, he enjoyed snowmobiling as well as hunting and fishing with his brothers-in-law. He also enjoyed woodworking and spending time at the camper in Tilleda, kicking back with an ice cold Hamm’s.

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