Obituaries

Tue
08
Dec

John L. Berton

John Lyle Berton (1947-2015)

John Berton lost his four-plus-year, lonely but courageous battle with multiple myeloma between Nov. 27-28, 2015. Born in Shawano on Dec. 23, 1947, he passed away roughly one month before his 68th birthday.

John’s professional career spanned the cities of Milwaukee, Salt Lake City, Venice, California, and Ashland, Oregon.

John was a visionary artist. Although he was foremost a dancer and choreographer, his creativity spanned many media. He was a woodsmith, a wordsmith and vocalist. His faith was rooted in nature. “The marvel of every day and everything on our planet is nothing more than heavenly,” he would often say. In short, he was a spirited soul who remained resolved and happy even to the end of his life.

Fri
04
Dec

Dorothy A. Grosskopf

Dorothy A. Grosskopf, 88, of Tigerton, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at Homme Home of Wittenberg.

Dorothy Adeline Bazile was born May 7, 1927, in Hunting to Joseph and Adeline (Ball) Bazile. She was the youngest of 14 children.

Dorothy graduated from Marion High School and worked at several jobs prior to her marriage. She was united in marriage on Oct. 11, 1947, to Edward Herman Grosskopf at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Marion. Dorothy and Edward moved to Racine where they adopted two children, Edward and Lisa. They returned to the area in 1967, moving to Split Rock, where they opened Ed and Dot’s Sportsman’s bar, a bar and restaurant they ran for 25 years.

Fri
04
Dec

Michael J. Kretschmann

Michael J. Kretschmann, 26, of Shawano, passed on to the spirit world on Tuesday, Nov. 24, due to complications from head trauma earlier in the year.

Mike was born in 1989 in Watertown. Mike recently moved to Denver, Colorado, to work with “alternative energy” and live in an area that had so much to offer among the mountains, breathtaking scenery and musical culture that all reached deeply into his soul.

Mike’s travels led him to many new places, leaving a trail of lasting friendships in his wake. Mike simply wanted others to be spiritually awoken to the beauty of life by placing memories and experience above possessions.

Mike’s candle of life burned like the fuse to a firecracker; this spark was something friends and family were instinctively drawn to and will never forget. We will all miss that unforgettable smile and laugh Mike carried with him. He lived more in his 26 years than most will in a lifetime.

Fri
04
Dec

Beatrice M. Paul

Beatrice M. Paul, 93, of the town of Deer Creek, passed away Thursday evening, Dec. 3, 2015, at Care Partners Assisted Living, Clintonville.

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

Fri
04
Dec

Dorothy J. Schoenike

Dorothy J. Schoenike, 89, of Clintonville, passed away Thursday evening, Dec. 3, 2015, at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano surrounded by her family.

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

Fri
04
Dec

Leonard W. Giese

Leonard William Giese, 88, of Gillett, passed away on Dec. 1, 2015, in Gillett.

Leonard was born on Jan. 21, 1927, in Hayes, the son of the late Harry A. and Louise (Buhrandt) Giese.

Leonard entered the Army at 18 years old and was able to travel all over the United States. He ended up stationed in Berlin, Germany, where he spent his time translating because he spoke fluent German, which he learned as a child while helping his grandpa around the farm.

After his honorable discharge from the military, he spent two years sailing the Great Lakes. On June 7, 1946, he was united in marriage to Marjory Miller in Gillett. He worked as a laborer at Warvels and Briggs and Stratton in Milwaukee until he retired. He was a volunteer crossing guard for Gillett Schools and a volunteer firefighter for the Gillett Fire Department. In his free time, he enjoyed fixing cars and lawn mowers, and playing the accordion.

Thu
03
Dec

Patricia L. Genke

Patricia L. “Patti” Genke, 57, of Shawano, went to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday evening, Nov. 29, 2015, at Theda Clark Regional Medical Center in Neenah following a sudden illness.

Patti was born on Sept. 16, 1958, in Milwaukee, a daughter of the late Charles and Jean (Pepin) Pegg. She attended Milwaukee schools, graduating from Milwaukee Pulaski High School. On June 7, 2001, she was united in marriage to Roger Genke. The couple lived in Shawano following their marriage.

Patti had been employed at Oak Haven Assisted Living in Shawano. She was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church of Shawano. She enjoyed cooking and baking, using her secret ingredient, LOVE. She always had a smile on her face, and enjoyed helping others.

Wed
02
Dec

Leon J. Hoffman

Leon J. Hoffman, 86, of Clintonville, passed away peacefully Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, at ManorCare Health Services, Shawano, with his wife and three daughters by his side.

Leon John Hoffman was born on April 20, 1929, in Clintonville to Louis and Lydia (Boetcher) Hoffman. After graduating from Shawano High School, he entered the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany. Leon was united in marriage on Aug. 8, 1953, to Joyce F. Vanderwalker. The couple had three daughters and enjoyed many loving years and special memories living on Long Lake.

Wed
02
Dec

Hilary M. Rosenheim

Hilary M. Rosenheim, 26, of Hilliard, Ohio, and formerly of Clintonville, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, at her home.

Hilary Marie Rosenheim was born on July 29, 1989, at Clintonville Hospital to John and Rita (Hicks) Rosenheim. She was raised in Clintonville and graduated from Clintonville High School in 2007. While in school she played percussion in concert, marching and jazz band, earning the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award as a senior. Also in high school she played softball and soccer, was part of the Marion Chess Team, participated in the Math League in Clintonville and could solve the Rubik’s Cube in just minutes. She received the Pi Award in high school for memorizing 1,027 digits of the endless number.

Wed
02
Dec

Donald J. Bywater

Donald J. Bywater, 92, of Shawano, passed away on Nov. 19, 2015, at his home. Donald was born in Milwaukee on April 24, 1923, the son of the late James J. and Lena O. (Schmidt) Bywater.

Donald enlisted in the United States Army in 1943. After discharge, he worked as an auto mechanic and at Allis-Chalmers before finding his job at the Milwaukee County Parks Commission. Don worked there for 34 years before his retirement. Don was united in marriage to Sharon Lynn (Paschke) Fiala on Aug. 17, 1991, at Hope Church in Cecil.

Donald enjoyed hunting and fishing.

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