Obituaries

Wed
03
Apr

Joan M. Rosenow

Joan M. Rosenow, 77, of Gresham, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at Ascension St. Clare’s Hospital in Weston surrounded by her family.

Joan was born on May 26, 1941, to the late Claude and Hazel (Kessen) Bowman. She was raised by her stepdad, Morris Bowman. On Aug. 24, 1957, she was united in marriage to Roger Rosenow at Peace United Church of Christ in Clintonville. Joan and Roger attended Shawano High School, dropped out, but then returned to high school to earn their diplomas. Joan went on to graduate from UW-Green Bay with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She worked as a fourth and fifth grade teacher at Bowler Elementary School for 22 years. Joan enjoyed her many years of teaching and above all else, spending time with her family and friends.

Mon
01
Apr

Morton R. Gentz

Morton R. “Mort” Gentz, 95, Appleton, formerly of Gillett, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019, at home. His family was at his side.

Mort was born Nov. 30, 1923, to the late Julius and Kathryn (Weidner) Gentz at Bowler. He graduated from Bowler High School in 1941. On June 14, 1944, he married the love of his life, Lorraine Hoefs, at Zion Lutheran Church in Zachow. He was a proud World War II Veteran, serving his country in the U.S. Air Force as an aerial front nose gunner on B-24 Bombers in the Pacific Theater of War.

Following his military service, he and Lorraine worked for Red Owl Stores. They owned and operated Gentz’s Flowers and Greenhouses in Gillett, retiring in 1978. They went on to spend 22 years at Finnegan Lake, building a home and caring for flowers, trees and multiple vegetable gardens.

Mon
01
Apr

Paula K. Hoch

Paula K. Hoch, 50, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at her home in Marshfield.

A service will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at Rembs Funeral Home, with Pastor Preston Tippen officiating. The visitation will begin at 11 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Marshfield.

Paula was born on Oct. 24, 1968, in Antigo to the late Benedict and Dorothy (Olson) Eder and attended Shawano schools. She was united in marriage to Robert Hoch on July 30, 2001.

Paula was a longtime employee at the Perkins Restaurant in Marshfield. She was a very gifted singer who now sings with the angels. She loved her pets, Penny and Kitty.

Mon
01
Apr

June L. (Robbins) Ferrero

June L. (Robbins) Ferrero, 84, of the Town of Lessor, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at home. June was born May 31, 1934, to Fannie Robbins. She was raised by her very special grandparents, June and Frank Robbins. She grew up with her aunts and uncles, which she felt were her brothers and sisters; all are now deceased. She married Joseph P. Ferrero Sr. on Oct. 20, 1952. They were happily married for 66 years. They had a son and a daughter.

June loved to garden and spent as much time as daylight allowed from late spring until early fall in her flower beds. She liked seeing and showing everyone all of her flowers blossoming. She loved spending time with her family. June liked being outdoors, all flowers, animals, playing cards and word search puzzles. She enjoyed watching TV, old Western movies, Wheel of Fortune and of course watching her favorite football team, the Packers.

Mon
01
Apr

Joseph Schwebl Jr.

Joseph Schwebl Jr., age 87, of Lutz, Florida, formerly of Shawano, died Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Florida. Joe was born January 29, 1932, in Oak Park, Illinois. He was the son of the late Joseph and Dorothy (Slad) Schwebl Sr. He attended the Illinois Architectural School and served with the United States Army Airborne. Joseph also enjoyed fishing on Shawano Lake.

Joe was united in marriage to Carol Marohl on Nov. 20, 1954; she preceded him in death Jan. 20, 1999. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Shawano.

Survivors include five daughters, Pamela Schwebl, Catherine Schwebl Waits, Dorothy Steen, Susan Schwebl and Carol Lynn (Chris) Traber; eight grandchildren, Gregory Steen, Lauren Steen, Nickolas Browne, Kaylee Browne, Roxana Waits, Katie Traber, Grayson Traber and Maya Traber; and one brother, Allan (Diana) Schwebl.

Mon
01
Apr

Stephen M. Venn

Stephen M. Venn, 26, of Caroline, passed away on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at his home.

Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Clintonville, is assisting the family.

Fri
29
Mar

Merlyn Orlando Hanson 1933-2019

Merlyn took his first breath in Heaven on March 20, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in a farmhouse in Dorchester, Wisconsin, on December 2, 1933, Merlyn was the son of Norwegian cheesemaker. As the youngest of six, his father passed away when he was only 4 years old. He was raised by his mother, and a combination of older siblings, aunts and uncles. Memories of Ontanogan, Michigan, Glidden and the Lund family farm, southeast of Shawano and Riverside School filled his childhood with adventure and practical education. He often shared that he was thankful to have grown up when he did.

After moving to Mendota, Illinois, as a young teen, and then to San Jose, Illinois, he was employed by the Hanson Dairy, his brother’s cheese factory. It was there that he met and married (Donnabel) Donna Houser, the love of his life, and together they forged a loving bond that would last for 67 years.

Fri
29
Mar

Dorothy Jean Paterick

Dorothy Jean Paterick, 96, of Shawano, passed away on Monday, March 25, 2019. Dorothy was born in Hickory Corners on Nov. 27, 1922, daughter of the late Robert and Clara (Torbergson) Dieck. In 1942, Dorothy was united in marriage to Norman Paterick in Gresham. Norman preceded Dorothy in death just five years later on Sept. 30, 1947. Dorothy earned a Master of Science in teaching from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She was the first female to earn a master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She loved her job in teaching. She taught for 39 years before retiring, her teaching including time in Tigerton, Leopolis, and Shawano schools. Dorothy was a very active member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano, where she held the offices of CCW president, school board member, and renew leader.

Fri
29
Mar

Carl James Michalski

Carl James Michalski, 10-month-old son of Thomas Meidam and Hannah Michalski, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Carl was born three months premature in Neenah on May 12, 2018. He was a very happy baby who warmed the hearts of others with his loveable smile and constant “talking.”

Carl is survived by his parents, Thomas Meidam and Hannah Michalski, of Marion; his twin brother, Jackson Michalski; maternal grandmother, Margaret (Jim Inderdahl) Michalski, of Tilleda; paternal grandparents, Jim (Lori Peters) Meidam, of Little Chute, and Valerie (John) Brunner, of Westboro; great-grandparents, Wesley (Diana) Tucker, Pat Meidam, and Sharon Michalski; aunts and uncles, Gregory (Kate) Ghent, Johnathon (fiancé Anna) Michalski, Deidra Hanson, Cassidy Brunner, Amber (Aaron) Zschaechner, Anthony (Stephanie) Springstroh and Andrew Springstroh. He is further survived by numerous other relatives and friends of the family.

Wed
27
Mar

Merlyn O. Hanson

Merlyn O. Hanson, 85, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

The celebration of life for Merlyn will be held on Friday, April 5, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Calvary Bible Church, 1450 Oakridge Road, Neenah. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service. Please see Saturday’s edition for the complete obituary.

Westgor Funeral Home, 920-722-7151, www.westgorfuneralhomes.com.

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