Obituaries

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David L. Gerondale

David L. Gerondale, 71, of Shawano, beloved husband of Carol (Heston) Gerondale, departed this life on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, at Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah.

Dave was born on Oct. 18, 1944 in Forestville, son of Madeline (Gilson) Gerondale and the late Melvin Gerondale. He was raised on a farm until moving to Green Bay and graduated from Premontre Catholic High School, Class of 1962.

Dave married Marcine Lessmiller in 1964, and they raised three sons. He worked at U.S. Plywood in Algoma and Mrs. Karl’s Bakery in Green Bay. Dave worked for Wisconsin Public Service, which became the City of Green Bay Transit System, as a bus driver. He was promoted in 1979 to superintendent of operations, retiring in 2007 after 40 years. He later married Carol in 1989.

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Bessie V. Kuckuk

Bessie V. Kuckuk, 94, of Shawano, passed away on Monday, March 28, 2016.

Arrangements are pending with Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

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Marie Gilray

Marie Dickman Gilray, 100, of Birnamwood, passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2016, at the Homme Home of Wittenberg under the care of LeRoyer Hospice. She was born on Sept. 22, 1915, the daughter of the late Ernest and Mary (Gueller) Dickman.

Marie graduated from Birnamwood High School in 1933. On Feb. 26, 1937, Marie was united in marriage to Russell J. Gilray in Birnamwood. He preceded her in death on Dec. 6, 1990. Marie was retired from Marathon Electric, where she worked for over 25 years.

Marie was an active and faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Birnamwood, all her life and a member of its Ladies Aid, which she would help with funeral lunches. In her younger years, Marie enjoyed dancing, and she and Russell belonged to a birthday dancing club. She enjoyed listening to Lawrence Welk and was a wonderful cook and baker, and enjoyed making meals for her family.

Marie and her husband enjoyed camping at Lake Nokomis with their family for many years.

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Francis Strauss

Francis “Fran” Strauss, 72, Shawano, passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, March 28, 2016, from congestive heart failure. He was a vivacious, warm-hearted person, a charismatic storyteller and an important person in the lives of those who were close to him. He led a full, interesting and unique life.

The first-born son of the late Franklin and Eleanor (Beversdorf) Strauss arrived on July 15, 1943, in Shawano. He grew up on his local family farm, graduating from SHS in 1961. He majored in chemistry at UW-Stevens Point, leaving there to enter the Army. He was stationed in Saigon, Vietnam, and South Korea. In his later years, Fran proudly wore his veteran’s cap.

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Ione A. Crnjak

Ione A. (Binder) Crnjak, 97, of Springfield, Virginia, formerly of New London, went home to heaven on March 23, 2016, having lived a long, loving and caring life. She was always a lady of great poise and simple elegance.

Ione was born on Oct. 31, 1918, in Sugar Bush to the late August and Jeannette (Kilian) Binder, the only daughter and the youngest of four children. She was born in the family’s home above her father’s bar. Her father died on Nov. 11, 1918, a victim of the influenza epidemic.

Ione grew up in the new family home in New London. She graduated from New London High School one year early and began college at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She worked part-time at Sendik’s fruit and vegetable stand to pay tuition and related expenses. She completed her bachelor’s degree in secondary education at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and taught business courses in the Milwaukee public school system. She also taught choral groups in the high school.

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Tina Y. Smith

Tina Yvette Smith, 47, of Keshena, and formerly of Chicago, passed away on March 27, 2016.

Tina was born on Aug. 23, 1967, in Chicago to the late Nelson and Roseanne (Mayotte) Roberts.

Tina was united in marriage to Christian Smith on April 30, 2005, in Las Vegas. She loved the outdoors and enjoyed camping and fishing.

Tina had a big heart and was one of the kindest people you could ever meet. She will be missed by those who knew her.

Tina is survived by her husband, Christian; one stepson, Brandon Smith, and his wife, Jerilyn Shooter; one stepdaughter, Tanya Marie Smith; and one grandson, Garrett Shooter.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Private family services were held.

Swedberg Funeral Home assisted the family.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

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Steven A. Raether

Steven A. Raether, 70, of Shawano, passed away at his home on Thursday, March 24, 2016, after a battle with pulmonary fibrosis. He was born in Green Bay on Feb. 24, 1946, a son of the late Harrison and Vera (Puls) Raether.

He married the love of his life Bobbie Wood on Dec. 29, 1965.

Steve graduated from Upland High School in California. He joined the U.S. Army in January 1966. He served for 3½ years. He then attended Chaffey Jr. College for his degree in police science. He worked for Upland Police Department for two years before returning to Wisconsin. He joined the Appleton Police Department in 1972. He retired as a sergeant in 1996 after 24 years. After retiring from Appleton Police Department, he opened his own private investigation agency with his son, Tim, and then moved to Shawano after his final retirement to live on the lake. He greatly enjoyed time spent with his family and especially with his four grandchildren and granddoggies.

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Russell L. Hottenstine Sr.

Russell L. Hottenstine Sr., 77, of Cecil, passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2016.

Russell was born on June 29, 1938, in Shawano, the son of the late Sylvan and Doris (Belongia) Hottenstine. He served our country and was honorably discharged from the United States Army. Russell was united in marriage to Nancy Pearl Miller on Oct. 31, 1959, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Nancy preceded him in death on Sept. 7, 2007.

Russell loved his family; they were the most important thing to him. He loved nothing more than spending time with his

sons and grandchildren.

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Patsy L. Krueger

Patsy L. Krueger, 65, of the town of Dupont, passed away peacefully on Wednesday evening, March 23, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her beloved family.

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

An online guestbook can be found at eberhardtstevenson.com.

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Bernice J. Gorman Burmeister

Bernice J. Gorman Burmeister, 87, of Shawano, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, March 23, 2016, at her home with her family by her side.

Bernice was born May 21, 1928, in the town of Angelica, Shawano County, a daughter of the late Helmuth and Ella (Moede) Kroening. Following school she was united in marriage to Donald Gorman. The couple lived in Shawano. Bernice was a homemaker, wife and mother. Mr. Gorman preceded her in death in 1960. Bernice was later united in marriage to Floyd Burmeister. He preceded her in death in 1992.

Bernice was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano. She enjoyed country music, cheering for the Green Bay Packers, baking, and taking care of her family.

Survivors include her four children, Ellen Lewis, of Madison, Carol (Gerald) Peterson, of Green Bay, Michael (LaVonne) Gorman, of Mason City, Iowa, and Jim (Linda) Gorman, of Lakewood; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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