Obituaries

Sat
19
Mar

Geraldine Stears

Geraldine “Gerie” Stears, 87, of Shawano, formerly of La Crosse, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016, in Appleton.

Gerie was born in Cicero, Illinois, on May 15, 1928, to the late Walter and Harriet Vaver. In 1949, she moved to La Crosse, where she married and resided with her husband, John D. Stears.

Gerie was a professional hairdresser and sole proprietor of Gerie’s Beauty Salon, located on 16th and Jackson streets. She and John relocated to Summerfield, Florida, where they resided for 37 years. In 2006, she and her husband moved to Shawano to be cared for by their daughter, Sandi.

Gerie will forever be remembered for her compassion and kindness to others. She lived her life with a joyful spirit and a twinkle in her eye. Her creations as a master knitter, crocheter and cross stitcher were lovingly shared with family and friends throughout her lifetime.

Sat
19
Mar

Keith Nelson

Keith Nelson, 67, of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Keith was born in Milwaukee on May 28, 1948, the son of the late Edwin and Betty (Yakel) Nelson.

After high school, Keith served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He loved traveling, and met his future wife, Valeria Mendoza, in Costa Rica.

Keith and Valeria were united in marriage on Dec. 4, 2009, in Shawano. He had a great sense of humor and was the life of the party. He was a loving person and always put others before himself.

Keith lived life, non-stop, never slowing down. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Keith is survived by his wife, Valeria; six children, Dewey Nelson, Kari (Jay) Nelson-Flores, Mark Nelson, Nubia Mendoza, Alex Mendoza and Nico Nelson; five grandchildren, Myah, Macey, Mason, Perry and Greysen; a sister-in-law, Barbara Nelson; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many, many friends.

Fri
18
Mar

Roger H. De Baere

Roger H. De Baere, 85, of the town of Washington, Cecil, passed away at his home early Thursday morning, March 17, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Roger was born on Aug. 10, 1930, in Oconto County, a son of the late Howard and Ivy (Stroosbantz) De Baere. He attended the Gillett Schools, graduating from Gillett High School.

Following high school, Roger moved to Milwaukee, where he was employed as a machinist at the Allis Chalmers Company. He was then drafted into the U.S. Army, serving his country in Korea from 1951 to 1953. On Jan. 20, 1956, he was united in marriage to the former Patricia J. Farvour at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Green Bay. Following their marriage the couple lived in Green Bay and Milwaukee, and moved to Cecil following Roger’s retirement from Tec Systems in De Pere.

Fri
18
Mar

Rodney R. Rosenow

Rodney R. Rosenow, 55, Wittenberg, died on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano. He was born on Nov. 13, 1960, in Wittenberg, the son of the late Clifford Rosenow and Alice (Dankmeyer) Rosenow, Wittenberg.

On Sept. 21, 1990, Rodney was united in marriage to Victoria Guite in Bowler. She survives.

Rodney was a farmer as well as a mechanic. He was very proud of his farm. Work and family were priorities to Rodney. He was a very giving person and liked to help people.

Survivors include his wife, Victoria; mother, Alice; four children, Ryan (Betsy) Rosenow, Wittenberg, Arlyn (Alaina) Rosenow, Green Bay, Robert (Megan) Rosenow, Florida, and Devon Rosenow, Wittenberg; three stepchildren, Jennifer (Jim) Gauden, Minocqua, Harley Kasper, Wausau, and Danielle Owen, Tigerton; and 19 grandchildren.

Rodney was preceded in death by his father, Clifford, and brother, Randy.

Fri
18
Mar

Arlene Hearn

The eternal spirit of Arlene Hearn (nee Brunner) left her body and crossed over to the other side on Jan. 8 after a productive 90 years this lifetime on Earth.

Arlene was born to Rolley and Barbara (Pevonka) Brunner on Dec. 6, 1925, and spent her childhood growing up on the family farm near Leopolis, attending the Seneca School and then Shawano High School. She married Leroy (aka Strike) Allhiser in 1947; they divorced in 1961. She married Thomas Hearn in 1968, and they had a wonderful and adventure-filled life working together, travelling and building many distinctive houses until his death in 2000. Building and decorating homes was a passion they both shared.

Thu
17
Mar

Debra J. Anderson

Debra Jean Anderson, 62, of Shawano, died on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Appleton.

Debra was born in Menomonie, Michigan, on Jan. 16, 1954, to the late Thomas R. and Jean (Ihler) Anderson. She was a kind, gentle, loving woman, who was always willing to help others and adored her beloved pets.

Debra is survived by three sisters, Cheryl (fiancé, Jay Kumm) Anderson, Geri-Lynn (Dave) Popelka and Tami Anderson; three stepsisters, Terry (Craig) Adelbush, Sharon (Tom) Fisher and Dawn Kelly; one stepbrother, Jeff (Carol) Smith; her stepmother, Maggie Anderson; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 18, 2016, at Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Shawano with the Rev. Paul Kuehn officiating. Inurnment will be in Lake Drive Cemetery in the town of Wescott. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Thu
17
Mar

Kenneth D. Leeman

Kenneth D. Leeman, 84, of Leeman, passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. He was born in the town of Maine on Dec. 28, 1931, to the late Malcolm and Edna (Greely) Leeman.

On April 14, 1951, he was united in marriage to Beatrice Larsen, celebrating 65 years of marriage.

Ken and Bea owned and operated Leeman’s Jewelry Store in Pulaski until 1972, After selling the store, they moved to the home farm, where they continued to repair watches and clocks. He enjoyed many years of camping with his family and fishing with his grandchildren. He had a pilot’s license and loved flying, hunting, and enjoyed the outdoors.

He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Leeman.

Tue
15
Mar

Betty M. Tischer

Betty Marie Tischer, 74, of Navarino, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016, at her home with family by her side. She was born in Neenah on Nov. 4, 1941, daughter of the late James and Edna (Pues) Dingeldein.

Betty worked at various jobs. She won awards for sales in advertising, worked in real estate and started her own business, The Hearing Center.

Her interests were her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her animals. People appreciated her wonderful humor, right up to the end. She enjoyed watching the Packers, decorating, designing, building and remodeling homes, doing carpentry work, playing sheephead, playing softball, and fishing with her kids and grandkids. She shared her faith in Jesus with many.

Tue
15
Mar

Faye M. Jung

Faye Marie Jung, 60, of Shawano, died on Sunday, March 6, 2016. Born on Sept. 8, 1955, in Shawano, she was the daughter of Edna (Teske) Buettner and the late Rubin Albert Buettner.

Following Faye’s graduation from Gresham High School in 1973, she was united in marriage to Edgar Jung III on Aug. 18, 1974, in Gresham. She worked in quality control for various companies, including Sturm Foods, Arrowcast and Sexing Technology of Texas, a cattle reproduction company.

Having lived all her life in Shawano County, she enjoyed her involvement with 4-H, helping local farmers by “farm-sitting” on the weekends, attending church and school programs, as well as camping.

Faye and her husband attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Thu
10
Mar

Larry R. Baker

Larry R. Baker, of White Lake, died Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at his home. He was 73 years old. He was born on Dec. 22, 1942, in Brownwood, Texas, a son of the late Richard and Bette (Boggs) Baker.

Larry met Edwina “Winnie” Luthe, the love of his life, at age 12, and they married on June 12, 1961, at Des Moines, Iowa. She survives.

He graduated from Lincoln High School and attended Drake University, both in Des Moines. He continued his education at Michigan State University. Larry followed his grandfather and father into the grocery business and owned several stores, having retired in 2002.

He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting, woodworking, antiquing and whitewater canoeing. He was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and had a place in his heart for all the animals his wife brought home.

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