Obituaries

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Joanne M. Morrin

Joanne M. Morrin, 83, of Shawano, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016.

Funeral service arrangements are pending and will be announced on Saturday.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

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30
Dec

Eunice L. Safford

Eunice Lorraine Safford, 93, of Nebraska, formerly of Shawano, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2016, in Nebraska. Born on Sept. 2, 1923, in Langlade County, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Alma (Fultz) Mauk.

On Aug. 7, 1940, Lorraine was united in marriage to Erie Safford in Iowa. He preceded her in death on Oct. 25, 2011.

Lorraine and Erie raised their family and farmed in the White Lake area. While in Wisconsin, she was a member of the Assembly of God Church in Shawano, where she was the Sunday school superintendent and teacher for many years.

Lorraine enjoyed spending time with family and friends, as well as camping and fishing.

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30
Dec

Gustav A. Drage

Gustav Allan Drage, 93, of the town of Hartland, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Green Bay. Born in the town of Hartland on Sept. 27, 1923, he was the son of the late Gustav and Emma (Pitt) Drage.

On June 2, 1951, Gustav was united in marriage to Celia Quandt at Zion Lutheran Church in Zachow. Celia preceded him in death on Nov. 1, 1965. He ran a dairy farm in Zachow, where he lived all his life.

Gustav is survived by his children, Robert Drage, of Bonduel, and Ruth (Stephen Coon) Drage, of Middleton.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Celia; his parents; one brother, Albert; and sister, Flossie.

Funeral services for Gustav will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at Zion Lutheran Church in Zachow with the Rev. Richard R. Buhrke officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Shawano. Visitation will be at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

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30
Dec

David C. Martens

David Charles Martens, 83, of Blacksburg, Virginia, died Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016, at Kroontje Health Care Center. He was born in Shawano on April 17, 1933 to the late Paul and Frances Doran Martens. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Daniel Martens.

Mr. Martens was veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the United States Air Force. He retired from the Virginia Tech Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, having taught soil chemistry for 34 years. He was a member of Blacksburg Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Gwendolyn H. Martens; sons and daughters-in-law, Jefferey D. Marens, Baltimore, and Bradley P. and Karen O. Martens, Blacksburg; grandchildren, David Martens and Katelyn Martens, Blacksburg; sister, Joann Heling, Shawano; and sister-in-law, Sandra Martens, Shawano.

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29
Dec

Carol J. Opperman

Carol Jean Opperman, 81, passed away peacefully on Dec. 27, 2016, at Atrium Acute Post Care Maple Lane.

Funeral service arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

Thu
29
Dec

Kathleen-Jo Hanke

Kathleen-Jo Hanke, 59, of the town of Wescott, passed away on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016, at her home, surrounded by her family. She was the born on Aug, 14, 1957, in Milwaukee. She was the daughter of the late William and Joyce (Breckenridge) Nauertz.

She graduated from Milwaukee Lutheran High School in 1975. Kathy Jo was united in marriage on June 9, 1984, to Eugene Hanke at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. She worked as an assistant administrator at Morning Glory for several years and Wolf River Lutheran High School. She was a past Cub Scout leader, and had a passion for horses as well as sharing her knowledge of horses to children, attending Lifest in Oshkosh every year and also bird watching. She was a member of St. James Lutheran Church.

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29
Dec

Daniel Teetzen

Daniel Teetzen, 78, of Waunakee, died peacefully at Madison Heights Senior Community on Dec. 2, 2016. He was born in Shawano on Sept. 27, 1938, to Karl and Elsie Teetzen.

Originally from Shawano, he attended the University of Wisconsin-River Falls on a track scholarship. He was a collegiate miler and 2-miler and set the record as a freshman. After graduation, he came to Waunakee as a vocational agriculture and biology teacher at the high school.

He played the French horn in the 32nd Division Band. Trained for combat, his unit was activated in 1961 during the Berlin crisis and spent a year at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Wed
28
Dec

Averil G. Brown

Averil Gene (Craig) Brown, 91, of Shawano, passed on to glory on Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. She was born in Janesville on Sept. 29, 1925, to the late Frank and Mamie (Christiansen) Craig.

At an early age, Gene and her mother, moved to Pulcifer. Her mother then married Jim Brummel, who was a wonderful stepfather and grandfather to her children.

While living in Pulcifer, Gene learned to play the organ. Her beautiful organ now resides at the Gillett Historical Society. Gene was a member of and baptized and confirmed at Bethel Lutheran Church in the town of Green Valley, where she was active in the choir, Luther League and Lutheran Daughter of the Reformation, and taught Sunday school and summer school. After graduating from Gillett High School, she worked as a dental assistant for Dr. Driscoll. She later moved to Shawano and was an X-ray technician and receptionist, and helped Dr. Glen Inman with the patients.

Wed
28
Dec

Frieda M. Dowker

Frieda M. Dowker, 79, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 26, 2016, at Appleton Medical Center following complications from surgery.

Funeral service arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

Wed
28
Dec

Judith A. King

Judith A. King, 67, of Shawano, went home to heaven on Monday morning, Dec. 26, 2016, at ThedaCare Medical Center-Appleton.

Funeral service arrangements are pending and will be announced on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements.

Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

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