Our Obituaries

Lena Loka

May 15, 1909 - November 4, 2013

Lena Loka, age 104, died Monday, November 4, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home. She was born May 15, 1909 to the late Martin & Mary (Mixes) Rudolph. On October 1, 1955 she and John Loka were united in marriage in Merrill. He preceded her in death in 1973. Lena worked at Associated Co-Op as a clerk. She was a very hard worker. Lena loved an array of flowers and truly enjoyed gardening and crocheting...
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Rebecca Dorgan

February 4, 1973 - November 3, 2013

Rebecca Lynn (Mohr) Dorgan, affectionately known as "Becki", age 40 of Merrill passed peacefully into the arms of our Lord on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013 at Aspirus Hospital after a brave battle against synovial sarcoma. Becki was a devoted mother who adored her children; Chelsey (20), Braden (17), Jacob (14) and Damien (9). Her children were her world and she loved them with all her heart and...
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David C. Neumann

May 9, 1941 - October 30, 2013

David C. Neumann, Age 72, of the Town of Hamburg, died Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at St. Clares Hospital in Weston. David was born May 9, 1941 in Merrill, the son of William and Clara (Mills) Neumann. He attended school in Merrill. He married Barbara Henrichs February 12, 1972 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Merrill. David had been a machine operator at Lincoln Wood Products for many years....
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Theresa W. Klimek

August 12, 1919 - October 25, 2013

Theresa Klimek, 94, of Merrill, passed away Friday, October 25, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Dr. Kate Hospice. She was born August 12, 1919 in Milwaukee to the late Leo and Rose (Pieczynska) Oknewski. She and Harry Klimek were united in marriage at St. Francis Church in Merrill on October 25, 1941. He preceded her in death February 4, 2001. Theresa attended school in the Town...
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Leona C. Naef

August 5, 1911 - October 24, 2013

Leona Augusta Clara Naef, age 102, of Merrill, died Thursday, October 24, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. She was born August 5, 1911 in Merrill to the late Otto and Helen (Sodke) Oldenburg. On September 30, 1933 Leona and Herman Naef were united in marriage. He preceded her in death June 27, 1962. Leona was a 1929 graduate of Merrill...
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Ervin Paul Uerling

September 5, 1942 - October 22, 2013

Ervin Paul Uerling, age 71, of Gleason, went to be with Jesus, October 22, 2013. He was born September 5, 1942 to Clarence and Alveria (Mengel) Uerling at Colby, WI. After graduation from Colby High School he joined the U.S. Army, serving in Texas and Germany between 1960-1963. He then served from 1976-1980 in the Wisconsin National Guard. On October 15, 1966 he married Caroline Hardt at St....
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Olga C. Zipp

June 19, 1914 - October 16, 2013

Olga Zipp, age 99, of Tomahawk, WI, formerly of Merrill, WI, passed away on Wednesday, October 16th, at Golden Living Center – Riverview in Tomahawk, WI. She was born on June 19th, 1914, one of eleven children born to Matthew and Lena (Boettcher) Jirovec. On April 26th, 1932, she married Fred Zipp. He preceded her in death on July 25th, 1993. Olga was raised on a Town of Pine River dairy...
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Gilbert C. Schneider

August 14, 1932 - October 6, 2013

Gilbert "Gib" C. Schneider age 81, of Merrill died Sunday, October 6, 2013, at St. Clare's Hospital in Weston. Gilbert was born August 14, 1932 in the Town of Scott, to the late Christian and Erna (Sense) Schneider. Gilbert had spent most of his life dairy farming, he also worked at Semco for some time and with the Green Thumbers at the Council Grounds. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing,...
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William Robert Klade

September 16, 1937 - September 28, 2013

William "Bill" Robert Klade, age 76, passed away on September 28th 2013 at the Aspirus Hospital in Wausau, Wisconsin. Bill was born on September 16th 1937 to Fred and Mildred(Plautz) Klade in Tomahawk. Bill graduated from the Merrill high school in 1956 and joined the Army from 1956-1959. Bill met Barbara Euler and they were joined in marriage on November 12th 1960. He had worked on the family...
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Gilbert J. Krause

November 25, 1929 - September 25, 2013

Gilbert J. Krause, age 83, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born November 25, 1929 in Merrill to the late John and Anna (Koehler) Krause. Gilbert and Phyllis Kottke were united in marriage June 25, 1955 in Merrill, a union lasting over 52 years. She preceded him in death July 5, 2007. Gilbert graduated from Merrill High School, class of...
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Lee Edward Deates

March 18, 1939 - September 24, 2013

Lee Edward "Papa" Deates, age 74, of Merrill, passed away at his home Tuesday, September 24, 2013 under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. He was born March 18, 1939 in Merrill to the late Clarence and Irma (Wiedenhoeft) Deates. On August 12, 1961 he and Kathleen Kettleson were united in marriage in Manawa, WI, a union lasting over 52 years. She survives. Lee served in the U.S....
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Elizabeth Swan

June 29, 1940 - September 20, 2013

Elizabeth "Bettie" Swan, age 73 of Merrill, died Friday, September 20, 2013 at Aspirus Hospital, surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 29, 1940 in Lapeer, Michigan the daughter of Sylvester and Pearl (McConnell) Houck. She attended Lapeer High School. Bettie and John Swan were united in marriage in Harrison, May 28, 1960 a union that lasted 53 years. She and her husband farmed for 35...
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James E. Mickelson

October 10, 1944 - September 20, 2013

James E. "Jim" Mickelson, age 68, of Merrill, died Friday, September 20, at Colonial Manor in Wausau. Jim was born October 10, 1944 in Merrill the son of Palmer and Ruth (Thompson) Mickelson. He was educated locally at Merrill High School later he attended college at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. Jim served with the U.S. Army...
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Benjamin Joel Guite

January 14, 1963 - September 18, 2013

Benjamin Joel Guite Sr. 50, Merrill, WI, passed away on Wednesday September 18th at Wausau Aspirus Hospital. He was born January 14th 1963 in Eau Claire WI. He served in the U.S. Army and was an over the road truck driver for Elite Carriers, his brother and sister-in-laws company. He also worked for Wisco Security as a security officer. He loved to travel and spend time with his family. Benji...
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Edward Miller

August 29, 1946 - September 12, 2013

Edward "Ed" Miller, age 67, passed away on September 12th, 2013 in the town of Pine River, WI. He was born on August 28th, 1946 to Dorothy( Zowada) Miller and Edward Chester Miller in the city of Chicago, IL. He decided to serve his country and joined the United States Army on January 24th, 1966 and was stationed in Germany. After serving his country, Ed started making his own fishing lures,...
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Elinore O. Pyle

December 13, 1922 - September 12, 2013

Elinore Owen Pyle, age 90, of Merrill, Wisconsin, peacefully passed away on Thursday September 12th, 2013. She was born on December 13th, 1922 to Carolyn and Wooster "Beach" Owen in McAlester, Oklahoma. Her husband William Pyle preceded her in death on January 9th, 2006. Elinore was also preceded in death by two sisters Dorothy (Glenn) Blood and Margaret Estelle Owen, who died in infancy. The...
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Kenneth Wildt

October 29, 1938 - September 11, 2013

Kenneth D. Wildt, age 74, died Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at his home. He was born October 29, 1938 in Pewaukee. He and Bonnie Pearson were united in marriage in December 1977. She preceded him in death April 1, 2011. After school, Kenneth served 4 years in the U.S. Army from February 7, 1956 through February 6, 1962. He worked as a truck driver for all of his adult life. Kenneth enjoyed...
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Elroy V.N. Butt

July 16, 1927 - September 11, 2013

Elroy V.N. Butt, 86, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at his home, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice services. Elroy was born July 16, 1927, in Merrill the son of Martin and Dela (Krueger) Butt. On August 21, 1948 he married Delores Henneman in the Town of Hamburg. She preceded him in death. Growing up Elroy worked on his family farm. Elroy was a log...
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Ferrol Annette Schumacher

February 28, 1939 - September 8, 2013

Ferrol Annette Schumacher age 74 of Merrill, died Sunday, September 8, 2013 at the Home Place of Dorchester surrounded by her family. Ferrol was born February 28, 1939 in Wilton Township, the daughter of Ralph and Delphia (Perkins) Pfuhl. Ferrol was a cook for many years. She truly enjoyed knitting spending time with her grandchildren, and driving around the woods in Harrison Hills area. ...
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Phyllis Morrison

May 19, 1923 - September 2, 2013

Phyllis J. Morrison, 90, of Merrill, died Monday, September 2, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home . She was born May 19, 1923 in Merrill to the late Louis and Lynne (Tholl) Schuman. On July 25, 1942 Phyllis and Emery Morrison were united in marriage in Merrill. He preceded her in death in June of 1976. Phyllis graduated from Merrill Senior High School. After she and Emery were married, she became a...
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Glenn J. Samuelson

September 1, 1937 - August 28, 2013

Glenn J. Samuelson, age 75, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, August 28, 2013 under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services at Artesian Living Center, Merrill. He was born September 1, 1937 in Merrill to the late Clarence B. and Margaret E. (Schultz) Samuelson. Glenn and Karen Woller were united in marriage July 18, 1970 in Merrill. They owned and operated a black angus beef farm for...
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Arlene Teske

March 16, 1922 - August 20, 2013

Arlene Teske, age 91, of Hamburg, passed away Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at Benedictine Living Center, Wausau. She was born March 16, 1922 in Wausau to the late Reinhart and Elsie (Zahn) Oelke. She and Lavern Teske were united in marriage September 8, 1945 in Wausau. He preceded her in death February 17, 2005. Arlene attended UW Stevens Point, earning her degree in teaching. She taught in rural,...
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Anthony Francis Sczygelski

December 10, 1944 - August 19, 2013

Anthony "Tony" Francis Sczygelski, age 68, of Merrill, died Monday, August 19, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home. Tony was born December 10, 1944 in Merrill the son of Adam and Anna (Kordus ) Sczygelski. Tony worked at Consumers Co Op and farmed most of his life. He and Corrine Kluckman were united in marriage June 20, 1985. He enjoyed hunting, making his own sausage and his own maple syrup. Tony...
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Coltyn Thomas Sowinski-McCoy

August 15, 2013 - August 15, 2013

Precious little baby, Coltyn Thomas Sowinski-McCoy, grew his angel wings and entered into heaven on August 15th 2013. Coltyn was born on August 15th 2013 to Amy Sowinski at the St. Claires Hospital in Weston, WI. Coltyn will be sadly missed by his family, which includes his mother Amy Sowinski of Merrill and his father Tye McCoy of Merrill; his three sisters, all from Merrill, Santana Strand,...
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Dawn Marie Williams

October 12, 1961 - August 14, 2013

Dawn M. Williams, age 51 of Merrill, died Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield surrounded by family, friends and wonderful nursing staff. Dawn was born October 12, 1961 in Milwaukee, the daughter of Rolland and Marjorie (Hassel) Williams. She had attended Tomahawk High School. She and Keith Gerke were united in marriage a union that lasted for 13 years. Dawn had...
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Alfred Kohler

November 23, 1930 - August 11, 2013

Al Kohler (Papa), dedicated father, proud grandfather, loyal friend and carefree companion left his "good life" on Sunday, August 11th, 2013. His presence will be forever felt on a warm summer day at the cottage, on a Thursday afternoon at the golf course or at a Friday night fish fry at The Relocation Pub. His life cannot be measured with events or dates, but rather moments he inspired all of...
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Leo Norman Fehlberg

May 20, 1928 - August 5, 2013

Leo Norman Fehlberg, age 85, passed away peacefully to his heavenly home on August 5th 2013 at the Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah, WI. Leo was born on May 20th 1928 in Merrill, WI to Max Fehlberg and Mabel Spraque. Leo met his future wife, Eleanor Hill, and got married July 22nd 1950. They just celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary on July 22nd of this year. Leo grew up in the 6th ward...
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Cecil Jay Stapleton

September 27, 1921 - August 3, 2013

Cecil Jay "Ginger" Stapleton, age 91 of Merrill, WI passed away on August 3rd 2013 at Pinecrest Nursing Home in Merrill. Cecil was born on September 27th 1921 to Arthur and Marion (Miller) Stapleton in Ladysmith, WI. Cecil married Dolly Finley in Ladysmith, WI. She preceded him in death June 30, 1994. Cecil finished high school and went on to do a year of college at Wisconsin Indianhead...
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Kermit Iwen

December 14, 1930 - July 29, 2013

Kermit Iwen, age 82, of Merrill, passed away Monday, July 29, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. He was born December 14, 1930 in Merrill to the late Charles and Lillian (Graap) Iwen. He and Audrey Plautz were united in marriage in Pine City, MN on June 14, 1958. She preceded him in death February 25, 1994. Kermit attended Plamann School in...
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Ammie C. Patton

April 8, 1936 - July 26, 2013

Ammie Patton, age 77, of Merrill, died Friday, July 26, 2013 at Benedictine Nursing Home, Wausau. She was born April 8, 1936 in Aldrich, AL to the late Ocie and Lois (Brazzell) Bradford. She married Eddie Patton in Birmingham, AL on August 5, 1951. He preceded her in death November 23, 1973. Ammie worked as a rehab specialist at a nursing home. She loved to sit and play with her grandkids and...
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Elnora C. Moser

April 8, 1925 - July 26, 2013

Elnora C. Moser, age 88, of Merrill, was called home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 26, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital following a brief illness. She was born April 8, 1925, in Tomahawk, WI, the daughter of David and Regina (Weber) Shidler. She married Warren Moser on June 28, 1947. He preceded her in death on September 17, 2000. Elnora graduated from Tomahawk High School. She...
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Helen Minnie Laura Bollerey

June 21, 1934 - July 25, 2013

Helen Minnie Laura Bollerey, age 79, of Merrill, passed away peacefully in her sleep Thursday, July 25, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice. She was born June 21, 1934 in the Town of Scott to the late William & Meta (Mau) Bollerey. Helen attended St. John's Elementary School and was confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church in Merrill. Helen did seasonal...
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Grayce M. Radloff

January 25, 1920 - July 18, 2013

Grayce M. Radloff, age 93, died July 18, 2013 at Bell Tower Residence under the care of Interim Hospice. She was born January 25, 1920 in Merrill to the late Christian & Jenny (Peterson) Erickson. Grayce and Leslie "Lolly" Radloff were united in marriage on June 25, 1945 in Merrill. He survives. Grayce worked at Weinbrenner Shoe Factory for many years. She enjoyed spending time in her garden...
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Alfred Beilke

October 5, 1910 - July 18, 2013

Alfred A. Beilke, age 102, of Merrill, died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at Bell Tower Residence under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice. He was born October 5, 1910 in the Town of Maine to the late Albert & Marie (Tesch) Beilke. On April 6, 1940 he and Leona Maaser were united in marriage at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Irma. She preceded him in death August 1, 1964. Alfred was a farmer and...
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Evelyn M. Woodward

January 6, 1934 - July 9, 2013

Evelyn "Evie" Woodward-Arndt, of Merrill, passed away on July 9, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in the Palliative Care Unit after a courageous battle with ALS at the age of 79. She was born January 6, 1934 in Colby, WI to the late Edward G. & Marie (Snieder) Rucks who were originally from Curtis, WI. Evie was the beloved wife of Eugene Arndt. They were united in marriage on August 27, 2012 in...
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Steven K. Krause

July 17, 1949 - July 7, 2013

Steven K. Krause, age 63, of Merrill, passed away in the company of beloved family early in the morning of Sunday, July 7, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born July 17, 1949 in Merrill to the late David and Shirley (Fletcher) Krause. Steve was a graduate of Merrill Senior High School, then proudly served overseas in the U.S. Navy from 1967 to 1971, during which time on March 7, 1970, he...
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Martin Albert Elmer Natzke

February 7, 1929 - June 28, 2013

Martin Albert Elmer Natzke, age 84, of The Town of Corning, died Friday, June 28, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home, under the care of his family, the staff of the Special Care Unit and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. Martin was born in the Town of Corning, February 7, 1929 son of the late Henry J. and Ernestine F. (Winter) Natzke. Martin and LuEllen (Pohmeier) were united in marriage at...
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Mary Charles Rydzewski

January 12, 1925 - June 22, 2013

Sister Mary Charles Rydzewski, 88, Sister of Mercy of the Holy Cross, died June 22, 2013, at Bell Tower Residence in Merrill, WI, under the care of the staff at Bell Tower Residence and Aspirus Comfort Care. Sister Mary Charles was born January 12, 1925, in Three Lakes, WI, daughter of the late Charles and Felicia (Mroczkowski) Rydzewski, and given the name Henrietta. Sister entered Holy Cross...
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Elroy Block

July 1, 1927 - June 18, 2013

Elroy Block, age 85, died Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home. He was born in the town of Maine on July 1, 1927 to the late William F. & Augusta (Heyne) Block. He and Gloria Diels were married August 19, 1950 in Medford. She preceded him in death February 6, 2001. Aside from his first job, being a milk carrier when he owned his own milk route with Page Company, Elroy was in sales...
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Robert Norman Czech

August 21, 1933 - June 14, 2013

Robert (Bob) Norman Czech was born on August 21, 1933 in Merrill, WI. He passed away on Friday, June 14, 2013 at his home in the Town of Hamburg surrounded by his family. He graduated from Athens High School with the class of 1951. He attended North Central Technical College and worked at Fromm Brothers, Inc. in Hamburg, WI while awaiting the draft. Bob served for two years in the U.S. army,...
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Angie M. Grambort

August 30, 1974 - June 7, 2013

Angie Grambort 8-30-1974 to 6-7-2013 Angie Grambort's journey in this world ended Friday, June 7, 2013 when her long battle with cancer ended and she entered Heaven. Angie enjoyed many things, but most of all spending time with her family and friends. Whether she was pontooning, riding her motorcycle, out on her snowmobile or just sitting around the fire pit, she was always surrounded by people...
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Harold George Plamann

October 26, 1921 - June 4, 2013

Harold Plamann, age 91, of Merrill, passed away Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Woodland Court Elder Service. Harold was born October 26, 1921, in the town of Schley, Lincoln County, WI. Harold was the third of six children born to the late Arthur and Rose (Ahlert) Plamann. Harold was preceded in death by his infant sister, Mildred, and three brothers, Alfred, Ervin and Arthur. He was also preceded in...
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Dale A. Jensen

August 8, 1934 - June 1, 2013

Dale Albert Jensen, 78, 1101 Harrison Street, Merrill, died Saturday, June 1, 2013, under the care of Comfort Care and Hospice Services at Pine Crest nursing home. Dale was born Aug. 14, 1934, in the town of Ackley, the son of Clarence and Vera (Bellin) Jensen. A graduate of Merrill High School, he served in the United States Navy from 1954 to 1958. While serving aboard the USS Edisto (agb-2)...
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Oscar John Falk, Jr.

May 28, 1930 - June 1, 2013

Oscar John Falk Jr., age 83 of Merrill, died Saturday, June 1, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services. Oscar was born May 28, 1930 in Iron Ridge, WI the son of the late Oscar and Anna (Stortz) Falk Sr. On June 25, 1960 Oscar and Mary Ann Osmanski were united in marriage in Crivitz, Wisconsin, she preceded him in death in 2011. Oscar served...
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Leonard W. Benson

April 1, 1927 - May 30, 2013

Leonard W. Benson, age 86 of Merrill, died Thursday, May 30, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital following a motorcycle accident. Leonard was born April 1, 1927 in Hubbard, Oregon the son of the late George and Florence (Winchester) Benson. Leonard had been married to Beverly Swanson, they were married May 16, 1946, in Baraboo, WI. Leonard had worked for Oscar Mayer Foods from 1946-1980. He...
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Fred Schroder

March 8, 1943 - May 28, 2013

Fred R. "Ross" Schroder, age 70, of Merrill, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born March 8, 1943 in Rockford, IL to the late Fred H. & Bernice (Glawe) Schroder. On April 4, 1970 he and Norma Kretschmer were united in marriage in Chicago, a union lasting over 43 years. She survives. Ross was a graduate of Winnebago High School in Illinois. He had served in the...
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Valerian M. Storm

July 2, 1917 - May 23, 2013


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Steven M. Severt

July 25, 1950 - May 22, 2013

Steven M. Severt, 62, of Merrill, died unexpectedly Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at Good Samaritan Health Center. He was born July 25, 1950 in Merrill to Matt & Virginia (Osness) Severt. On September 19, 1970, he and Karen Davis were united in marriage in Tomahawk. Most importantly, Steve was a great role model for his children which was portrayed through his actions and his great love for his wife....
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Alice E. Hildebrandt

December 11, 1940 - May 21, 2013

Alice E. Hildebrandt, age 72, of Merrill, passed away Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She was born December 11, 1940 in Merrill to the late Louis & Irene (Snow) Stickler. On January 7, 1963, she and Gerald "Truck" Hildebrandt were united in marriage. He preceded her in death June 21, 2007. Alice graduated from Merrill Senior High School. She was a home maker. Alice enjoyed...
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Rueben F. Gartmann

October 25, 1913 - May 15, 2013

Rueben "Mike" F. Gartmann, age 83, of Merrill, passed away at his home on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. He was born October 25, 1929 in Merrill to the late August & Anna (Passehl) Gartmann. He and Nancy English were united in marriage on May 7, 1955 in Merrill. She survives. Rueben attended Elm City Elementary School in the town of Harrison. As a teenager he worked at a sawmill and did excavation...
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Eugene Knorr

November 3, 1930 - May 4, 2013

Eugene R. "Roy" Knorr, age 82, of Merrill, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born November 3, 1930, in Crandon, WI, the son of the late William and Enid (Bowen) Knorr. He married the former Josephine Galdik on April 30, 1977 in Antigo. She survives him. Roy was a 1949 graduate of Elcho High School. He was a sales representative for Red Dot Foods and later the...
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Mable H. Wengeler

June 5, 1919 - April 27, 2013

Mable H. Wengeler, age 93, of Merrill, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Bell Tower Residence, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. Mable was born June 5, 1919, in the town of Maine, the daughter of the late Edward and Ida (Jahns) Rusch. She married Herbert E. Wengeler on November 12, 1938 in Merrill. He preceded her in death on April 19, 1983. Mable farmed with her husband...
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Jason R. Graap

June 9, 1986 - April 24, 2013

Jason Robert Graap, age 26, of Merrill, passed away April 24, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born June 9, 1986 in Merrill to Robert "Bob" & Sandra (Gilson) Graap. He and Aneliese Schmidt were married April 13, 2013. Jason entered the National Guard in November of 2003 as a wheeled mechanic. He served 2 tours in Iraq and reached the rank of Sergeant. Jason was honorably discharged in...
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Harvey O. Kluckman

March 26, 1930 - April 23, 2013

Harvey O. Kluckman, age 83, of Weston, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born March 26, 1930 in Merrill to the late Albert & Mary (Daubert) Kluckman. Harvey was a truck driver for 22 years. As a result of his good driving record he received a 6 year safe driving award. Harvey enjoyed polishing cars-especially his own. He also enjoyed playing bingo and cards,...
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William Lowell McNeil

July 4, 1926 - April 12, 2013

William "Bill" Lowell McNeil William "Bill" Lowell McNeil, age 86, of Merrill, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013, at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill. He was born July 4, 1926 in Detroit, MI, the son of the late William C. and Ethel (Skepper) McNeil. He married the former Ruth Lambrecht in Merrill on June 22, 1946. She passed away on February 5, 1997. Bill attended school in the Racine area. He...
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Dennis H. Guenther

May 6, 1948 - April 6, 2013

Dennis H. Guenther, age 64, of Merrill, died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at his home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. He was born May 6, 1948, the son of the late Harold and Erma (Kline) Guenther, in Stratford. He married the former Cynthia Whitney on August 14, 1982, in Merrill. She survives him. Dennis attended Merrill Senior High School. He then went to NTC and served in the...
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Donald Lee Rohde

August 31, 1936 - March 31, 2013

Donald L. Rohde, age 76, of Merrill, died Sunday, March 31, 2013 at his home. He was born August 31, 1936 in Merrill to the late Roy & Ruth (Woller) Rohde. He and Donnamae Henrichs were united in marriage on January 14, 1956 in Merrill. She preceded him in death January 9, 2007. Don was a 1955 graduate of Merrill Senior High School. He then joined the U.S. Navy where he served in the Vietnam War...
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Dorothy Elaine Saager

September 7, 1926 - March 29, 2013

Dorothy Saager, 86, of Adel, Georgia, formerly of Merrill, died Friday, March 29, 2013 at Adel Memorial Hospital. She was born in Merrill on September 7, 1926. She married Edward Saager at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, in the Town of Scott on June 1, 1946. He preceded her in death June 6, 2003. Dorothy and Ed moved to Arizona after Ed's retirement. They enjoyed traveling all over the United States...
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James E. Belant

August 14, 1933 - March 26, 2013

James E. Belant, age 79, of Merrill, passed away Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. He was born August 14, 1933, the son of the late Delton and Christine (Dufek) Belant. He married the former JoAnn Hornischer on August 2, 1958, in the town of Schley. She survives. Jim served in the U.S. Army as a corporal and was stationed in Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1956. When...
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Marlene G. Essert

March 1, 1941 - March 24, 2013

Marlene Essert, 72, of Tomahawk, passed away Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. She was born March 1, 1941 in Waukesha to the late Leonard and Charlotte (Teschner) Laak. On December 7, 1984 she married Eugene Essert in Merrill. He survives. Marlene was a 1959 graduate of Merrill Senior high School. She worked at Geiss' Meat Market, the Merrill Cannery and was owner of Club 107....
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Viola Wendt-Schmidt

November 17, 1924 - March 4, 2013

Viola C. Wendt-Schmidt, age 88, of Merrill, passed away Monday, March 4, 2013 at Artisan Assisted Living formerly known as Walnut Grove Assisted Living. She was born November 17, 1924 in Merrill to the late Carl & Paulina (Braun) Schulz. She married Raymond Wendt in Merrill on November 16, 1946. He preceded her in death October 7, 1978. She later married Wilbert Schmidt in Wausau. He also...
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Alberta Montabon

November 23, 1930 - February 28, 2013

Alberta "Sue" Montabon, 82, of Gleason, died Thursday, February 28, 2013 at Woodland Court under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. She was born November 23, 1930 to the late Albert & Marie (Tejacik) Oldenburg in Antigo. On May 16, 1960 she and Kermit Montabon were united in marriage. Sue was a 1949 graduate of Antigo High School. She later attended business school in...
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Roy L. Kato

August 14, 1977 - February 14, 2013

Roy Kato, 35, of Merrill, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident. He was born August 14, 1977 in Landsthul, Germany to Melvin & Silvia (Ekdahl) Kato. On May 9, 1998 he and Jenny Erickson were united in marriage in Eben Junction, MI. Roy was a 1996 graduate of Superior Central High School in Eben Junction, MI. After high school, Roy enlisted in the U.S. Air Force...
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Jenny R. Kato

August 2, 1977 - February 14, 2013

Jenny Kato, 35, of Merrill, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident. She was born August 2, 1977 in Escanaba, MI to Joseph and Susanne (West) Erickson. On May 9, 1998 she and Roy Kato were united in marriage in Eben Junction, MI. Jenny was a 1995 graduate of Gwinn High School in Gwinn, MI. She attended college at Northern Michigan University for 2 years. After...
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Joshua P. Kato

June 8, 1999 - February 14, 2013

Joshua P. Kato, age 13, of Merrill, died Thursday, February 14, 2013 as a result of an automobile accident. He was born June 8, 1999 in Ishpeming, MI to Roy & Jenny (Erickson) Kato. Josh was a Junior High school student in Oklahoma where he was involved in choir, soccer and boy scouts. He was quite involved in community service. Josh was very active in his church where he belonged to the youth...
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Gladys Oberg

June 6, 1914 - February 11, 2013

Gladys E. Oberg, 98, of Merrill, passed away Monday, February 11, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home. She was born June 6, 1914 in Merrill to the late Scott & Blanche (Norton) Thompson. On August 27, 1932 she married Ernest Oberg in Merrill. He preceded her in death June 20, 1988. Gladys spent her married life as a homemaker and had worked at the Merrill Pea Cannery and Merrill Woolen Mills over...
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Kenneth A. Wagner

June 27, 1928 - February 3, 2013

Kenneth A. Wagner, 84, of Tomahawk, formerly of Merrill, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Golden Age Nursing Home, Tomahawk. He was born June 27, 1928 in Milwaukee to the late Alfred & Evelyn (Gifford) Wagner. His wife, Vera, preceded him in death in 2003. He then married Mildred (Woller) Burnett June 24, 2005 in Tomahawk. She survives. Kenneth attended school in Milwaukee. He then joined...
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Elaine M. Engel

July 29, 1925 - January 28, 2013

Elaine M. Engel, age 87, of Merrill, passed away Monday, January 28, 2013, at Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill. Elaine was born July 29, 1925, the daughter of the late Harry and Bertha (Gehrt) Weber Sr. She married the love of her life, Raymond Engel on September 27, 1947 in Merrill. He preceded her in death December 9, 2007. In her early years Elaine worked at the Hanson Glove Company. She...
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Mary Jo LeSage

August 24, 1957 - January 25, 2013

Mary Jo LeSage, age 55, of Merrill, died unexpectedly at her home of natural causes on January 25, 2013. She was born August 24, 1957 in Merrill to the late Clarence & Dorothy (Berndt) LeSage. Mary Jo graduated from Merrill High School, class of 1975. She then attended NTC where she received her Associates Degree in Accounting. Mary Jo had been employed at Krause Howard & Company, SC for many...
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Elaine H. Tewes

January 14, 1926 - January 23, 2013

Elaine H. Tewes, 87, of Merrill, died Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. She was born January 14, 1926 in Merrill to the late Carl & Augusta (Wieland) Mueske. On June 14, 1947, Elaine and Arthur E. Tewes were united in marriage at St. John Lutheran Church in Merrill. He preceded her in death October 18, 1991. Elaine worked many years as a telephone operator for...
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Berdean F. July

July 24, 1924 - January 22, 2013

Berdean F. July, 88, of Merrill, died Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home. She was born July 24, 1924 in Merrill to the late Madeline Woller. Berdean did home care and restaurant work most of her life. She was a member of Merrill Bible Church. Berdean enjoyed going out to eat with friends and family. Survivors include her five sons: David Graap, James Graap, Tim Graap, all of...
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Signa M. Lambrecht

February 7, 1936 - January 17, 2013

Signa M. Lambrecht, 76, of Merrill, passed away Thursday, January 17, 2013 at her home surrounded by family. She was born February 7, 1936 in Merrill to the late Sig and Marie (Wyland) Stevenson. She married Robert Lambrecht in Merrill. He preceded her in death August 21, 1998. Signa attended and was a graduate of Merrill High School. She worked in retail and restaurant service until she and her...
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Verna S. Ackley

January 7, 1922 - January 17, 2013

Verna S. Ackley, 91, of Eau Claire, formerly of Merrill, died Thursday, January 17, 2013 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. She was born January 7, 1922 in Gleason to the late Walter and Mary (Below) Schenk. Verna and Edwin Little were united in marriage in Merrill on August 7, 1943. He preceded her in death in 1955. She then married Claude Ackley in Stillwater, MN on July 12, 1974. He...
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Gerald Loskot

September 1, 1931 - January 15, 2013

Gerald John Loskot, 81, of Merrill, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. He was born September 1, 1931 in Marathon County to the late Jerome and Pauline (Meyer) Loskot. On June 26, 1964 he and Barbara Benzinger were united in marriage in Merrill. She survives. Gerald joined the U.S. Navy in 1948 and served in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in...
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Florence A. Barnia

July 7, 1916 - January 14, 2013

Florence Amanda Barnia, 96, of Merrill, died Monday, January 14, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home. She was born in the Town of Rietbrock, Marathon County, Wisconsin on July 7, 1916 to Albert and Bertha (Riemer) Heidemann. Florence completed 8th grade at the age of 12. She married Ervin Bunge in 1932 and divorced him in 1960. Florence then married Gordon Barnia in 1963. He preceded her in death on...
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Agnes R. Hockett

March 30, 1935 - January 11, 2013

Agnes R. Hockett, age 77, of Merrill, died Friday, January 11, 2013, at Pine Crest Nursing Home, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice. She was born March 30, 1935, in Waukesha, the daughter of the late Ernest and Christine (Dahl) Pettis. She married Neil J. Hockett on June 4, 1955, in Dubuque, IA. He preceded her in death on April 26, 2000. Agnes was born and raised in the Waukesha...
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Fern Jahnke

July 17, 1923 - January 8, 2013

Fern M. Jahnke, 89, of Merrill, passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Pine Crest Nursing Home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. She was born July 17, 1923 in Merrill, to the late Rudolph & Ella (Sievert) Matthies. On May 15, 1948 she and Ronald Jahnke were united in marriage. He preceded her in death on August 21, 1987. Fern attended Merrill High School, graduating in...
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Shannon P. Blake, USN

December 29, 1978 - January 7, 2013

ISC Shannon P. Blake, USN, age 34, of Stafford, Virginia, formerly of Merrill, died unexpectedly on January 7, 2013. He was born on December 29, 1978 in Merrill to Stephen and Linda (Hojan) Blake. Shannon was a 1997 graduate of Merrill Senior High School where he excelled in track and cross country. He attended UW Green Bay. After attending school, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in January of...
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James Boettcher

February 16, 1938 - January 3, 2013

Obituary of James Allen Boettcher James Allen Boettcher, 2718 Glen Drive, Merrill, died on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital after a long struggle with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma Disease. Jim was born on February 16, 1938 in Merrill, son of the late Arthur and Esther (Johr) Boettcher. He married Harriet J. Degner on August 24, 1957. Jim is survived by his wife Harriet, his sons...
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Pamela Lou Cupples

July 8, 1952 - January 2, 2013

Pamela L. Cupples, 60, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at her home. She was born July 8, 1952 in Merrill to the late Walter and Mabel (Severt) Sherfinski. Pam and Stephen Cupples were married on November 24, 1973. He preceded her in death May 22, 2010. Pam was a 1971 graduate of Merrill Senior High School. She worked at Wire Products, Inc, Dick's Riverside Club, Weinbrenner...
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Alyce Gertrude Peterson

January 14, 1917 - December 20, 2012

Alyce Peterson, 95, of Merrill, died Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Woodland Court Elder Service under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. She was born January 14, 1917 to the late Charles & Ethel (Jones) Sheldon. On May 8, 1942 she married Arne Peterson in Rockford Illinois. He preceded her in death December 9, 2006. Alyce was a 1935 graduate of Rockford Central High School and...
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David John Goetsch

March 19, 1940 - December 6, 2012

David Goetsch 72, of Deerfield, IL died December 6, 2012 at Highland Park Hospital in Highland Park, IL. David was born in Merrill, WI to John and Ada (Natzke) Goetsch on March 19, 1940. He attended St. John's Lutheran grade school and graduated from Merrill High School in 1958. Following high school he attended UW Stevens Point, graduating in 1964. David joined the National Guard while in...
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John Roberts

December 2, 1957 - December 5, 2012

John W. Roberts, 55, of Merrill, WI found peace at home, surrounded by his wife and children on December 5, 2012, following a 20 month battle with cancer. John was born December 2, 1957 in Evanston, IL to the late Harriet Pirie and W. Donald Roberts Jr. He graduated from New Trier West High School and later from Columbia College in Missouri. He married Rebecca Becker on January 7, 1995 in...
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Donald G. Franzen

December 27, 1934 - November 29, 2012

Donald G. Franzen, 77, of Merrill, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center. He was born December 27, 1934 to the late George & Violet (Jeschke) Franzen in Chicago, IL. On May 25, 1957 he and Sherida "Jean" Ward were united in marriage in Chicago. Donald served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War from 1953-1958. He...
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Deborah E. Pearce

August 17, 1955 - November 25, 2012

Deborah E. Pearce, age 57, passed away November 25, at home, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on August 17, 1955, in Merill, Wisconsin. Deborah enjoyed reading and was employed at Walmart and formerly Kohls. The most important thing in her life was her children and her family. She is survived by her loving mother, Betty Rutkowski; her beloved children: Ardin & Ginger Hammerstad,...
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Gertrude L. Duerr

May 23, 1927 - November 25, 2012

We celebrate the gift of eternal life in the death of Gertrude L. (Duehring) Duerr, 85, of Merrill, who passed away Sunday, November 25th, 2012, while in the care of Aspirus Hospice at Bell Tower. She was born on May 23, 1927 in Friesland, WI. She was the youngest daughter of William and Frieda Duehring. After graduation from Randolph High School she was educated at Marcel School of Beauty...
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Infant Daniel Adiloski

November 21, 2012 - November 23, 2012

Infant Daniel A. Adiloski passed away November 23, 2012 at Saint Clare's Hospital, Weston. He was born November 21, 2012, to Asan and Kristine (Burnett) Adiloski, both of Merrill. Although he was only two days old, his family will always remember him as a "fighter" with a great personality; and it really showed in the short time he was with them. He will be forever remembered by his parents;...
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Edwin J. Kreis

October 6, 1926 - November 17, 2012

Edwin J. Kreis, 86, Merrill, passed away Saturday, November 17, 2012, while in the care of Aspirus Hospice House in Wausau. He was born on October 6, 1926 in Merrill, to the late Hermann and Agatha Kreis. Ed lived in Merrill all of his life, graduating from Merrill High School. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Ed loved the outdoors. As an avid deer hunter and fisherman he enjoyed...
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Steven M. Jackson

July 22, 1961 - November 17, 2012

Steven M. Jackson, age 51 of Antigo, died unexpectedly Saturday, November 17, 2012, while returning from a day of hunting. Steven was born in Merrill, July 22, 1961 the son of David and Edna (Schielke) Jackson. Steven attended and graduated Merrill High School in 1979, he then attended college at UW Stout and UW Stevens Point graduating with his forestry degree in 1986. Steven and Heidi...
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Edna A. Jackson

November 2, 1933 - November 11, 2012

Edna A. Jackson, 79, of Gleason, passed away Sunday, November 11, 2012 at her home surrounded by her family under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. She was born November 2, 1933 in Merrill to the late Edward & Florence (Guerin) Schielke. On May 24, 1958 she married David Jackson at Immanuel Lutheran Church, town of Doering. Edna was a 1951 graduate of Merrill Senior High...
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Michael Erdmann

August 30, 1958 - November 7, 2012

Michael C. Erdmann, age 54 of Merrill, died Wednesday, November 8, 2012 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. He was born August 30, 1958 in Milwaukee, the son of Albert and Lucile (Hart) Erdmann. He worked in television and radio from 1984 until 1993, he then became a youth counselor at the Lincoln Hills School until his retirement in 2012. Michael enjoyed reading, working on voiceover...
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Frank Gryskiewicz

August 20, 1922 - October 31, 2012

Frank Gryskiewicz, 90, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center under Hospice Care. He was born August 20, 1922 in the town of Pine River to the late Stanley & Lucy (Pratek) Gryskiewicz. On June 9, 1945 he married Dorothy Gretenhardt in Merrill. She preceded him in death September 14, 2010. Frank and his wife, Dorothy, farmed in the town of...
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Cindy L. Gutenberger

February 5, 1953 - October 28, 2012

Cindy L. Gutenberger, age 59, of Wausau, formerly of Merrill, died Sunday, October 28, 2012, at St. Clare's Hospital in Weston. She was born February 5, 1953, the daughter of the late Roy and Ethel (Goessl) Gutenberger. Despite her physical and mental challenges, Cindy was an inspiration of purity and innocence all of her life. She is survived by her brother and legal guardian, Rodney (Carol)...
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Evelyn Heckendorf

February 18, 1918 - October 26, 2012

Evelyn Heckendorf, 94, of Hot Springs Village passed away Friday, October 26, 2012 at Fountain Lake Rehab and Health Center. She was born February 8, 1918 in Bushnell, Illinois, moving with her family at the age of six months to Merrill, Wisconsin where she lived for 88 years before moving to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas to live with her only daughter, Marlyn. She attended school in Merrill...
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Lenore Edith Fromm Duersten Wade

May 23, 1920 - October 17, 2012

Lenore Edith Fromm Duersten Wade, age 92, of Merrill, died Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at Bell Tower Residence under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services with family and friends by her side. She was born May 23, 1920 in Merrill, the daughter of the late Edward and Alice (Frederick) Fromm. She married Leo C. Duersten in Mequon in 1945. He preceded her in death. In 1958 she married...
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Robert D. Annis

February 24, 1927 - October 5, 2012

Robert D. Annis, age 85, of Merrill, passed away Friday, October 5, 2012, at Wausau Aspirus Hospital. He was born February 24, 1927 in Merrill, the son of the late Ellsworth Sr and Alma (Pankow) Annis. He married the former Dena Suwyn on September 27, 1948 in Merrill. She preceded him in death on August 9, 2007. Bob was a 1945 graduate of Merrill Senior High School. He then joined the U.S. Navy...
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Dorothy Ann Johnson

February 20, 1916 - October 4, 2012

Dorothy Ann Johnson, 96, of Merrill, passed away Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Bell Tower Residence surrounded by her family. Dorothy was in the loving care of both the Bell Tower staff and Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice. She was born February 20, 1916 in Merrill to the late Andrew & Ethel (Stimers) Alft. On May 7, 1943 Dorothy and Kenneth Johnson were united in marriage in Merrill. He preceded...
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Valeria R. Kasper

August 16, 1915 - October 4, 2012

Valeria R. Kasper, 97, of Merrill, passed away on October 4, 2012 in Pine Crest Nursing Home as a result of a brief onslaught of bone cancer. She was born August 16, 1915 in Chicago IL to the late John and Josephine (Schram) MacSwain. She married the late Theodore J. Kasper on August 28, 1940. He preceded her in death September 18, 1993. Valeria moved with her family from Chicago to a farm...
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Timothy James Kretlow

May 28, 1960 - September 29, 2012

Timothy J. Kretlow Timothy J. Kretlow, age 52, of Merrill, passed away, surrounded by his family, Saturday, September 29, 2012, at his home, under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice. Tim had a brave and positive attitude throughout his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born in Milwaukee, February 28, 1960, the son of Karel (Rasmussen) Kretlow and the late Arthur Kretlow. He married the...
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Hobart J. Hinz

January 21, 1931 - September 26, 2012

Hobart "Hobie" Hinz, 81, of Merrill, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at his home under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services. He was born January 21, 1931 in Merrill to the late Henry & Cecelia (Adams) Hinz. On April 12, 1958 he and Joan Edbauer were united in marriage in Merrill. Hobie was a graduate of Merrill Senior High School. He served in the Army National Guard...
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