Donald Joseph Nier
Donald Joseph Nier of Plainfield died Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004, the result of an auto accident. He was 66.
A native of Georgetown, Ill., he served in the U.S. Navy for four years following high school.
Mr. Nier was employed by Illinois Bell Telephone Co. for 30 years. After retirement, he worked for the Plainfield Park District until 1998.
He coached Pop Warner Junior Cat Football for several years, and was active in the Plainfield High School Athletic Booster Club. He was also involved with several civic organizations and church committees.
Mr. Nier served on the Plainfield School District #202 Board of Education from 1977 to 1991.
His hobbies included snowmobiling, fishing and boating. He was an avid Chicago Bears and University of Illinois football fan.
He was preceded in death by his father, Donald W.; his mother, Mary Holaday; stepfather, William Holaday; and one sister, Melanie Blakey.
Survivors include his wife Nancy (nee Frattick); one daughter, Laura of Roseburg, Ore.; two sons, Scott (Patti) of St. Charles, Ill., and Eric (Chris) of Hatley; three brothers, Jim (Holly) and Bill (Christine), both of Eagle River, and Bruce (Debi) of Plainfield, Ill.; a stepmother, Florence Nier of Eagle River; and five grandchildren.
He is further survived by aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and special friends.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Jan. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. at Georgetown Friends Meeting in Georgetown, Ill., with a graveside service to follow at Forest Park Cemetery.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, Jan. 24, at noon at Georgetown Friends Meeting, with a gathering of family and friends from 10 a.m. to noon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Plainfield United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 55, Plainfield, IL 60544 or to a charity of choice.
Kathleen R. Setter
Kathleen R. Setter, formerly of Menomonie, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at Park Health and Rehabilitation Center in St. Louis Park, Minn. She was 80.
Mrs. Setter was born July 12, 1923, in Springfield, Ill., to Paul and Gladys (nee Chilman) Raleigh. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1941 and the College of St. Teresa in Winona, Minn., in 1945 with a degree in math and physics.
After college, she taught high school in Dickinson, N.D., and then in Temblador, Venezuela, working for Creole (Exxon). While there, she met and married Alfred Setter Jan. 20, 1949.
She lived in the Eagle River area and taught at the high school during the 1950s and 1960s. She lived in many locations in the United States, South America and Indonesia.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and a sister, Pauline Leef.
Survivors include one daughter, Mary (Ed) Bock of Minneapolis, Minn.; one son, Richard (Carla) of Thorp; one sister, Dolores Zilch; and one granddaughter.
She is further survived by other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held Jan. 24 at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie with the Rev. Tom Krieg officiating.
Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery in Menomonie.
Raymond M. Wangerin
Raymond M. Wangerin of Oconomowoc died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, from cancer. He was 61.
Mr. Wangerin was a state master electrician, a state electrical inspector and belonged to the International Association of Electrical Engineers. In 1977, he started his own company, Wangerin Electric.
He was a former Boy Scout leader, a member of the Okauchee Lake Management Association and a member of St. Charles Catholic Church of Hartland.
The Wangerin family owned a cottage in the Eagle River area where they vacationed for many years.
He was preceded in death by his father, Elmer, and one brother, Leon.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Sandra; three sons, Timothy (Tanja), Thomas (Gayle) and Todd (Tracy); his mother, Hedwig; two brothers; one sister; and four grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Jan. 23 at St. Charles Catholic Church in Hartland.
Burial was in St. Charles Cemetery.
Lois Westerman of Eagle River died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004, at her home. She was 72.
Mrs. Westerman was born Dec. 31, 1931, in Delavan. She married Paul Westerman in 1952. A former resident of Janesville, she had lived in Eagle River for the past 11 years. She enjoyed watching North Woods wildlife.
Survivors include her husband; two daughters, Janet (Randy) Williams of Janesville and Barbara (Doug) Carroll of Hollywood, Fla.; two sons, Tom (Patty VanGelder) of Edgerton and John of Janesville; two sisters, Isabelle Belton of Butler and Gloria Nystrom of Delavan; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A private family service was held.
Valentin 'Val' Bruner
Valentin “Val” Bruner of Ashwaubenon, formerly of Three Lakes and Cicero, Ill., died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2004, at a nursing home. He was 83.
Born in Cicero, he was the son of Valentin and Frances (nee Suchodonik) Bruner.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force in the Pacific Arena from 1941-'45. He married Vivian Thompson in Cicero, Ill., June 26, 1948.
Mr. Bruner was an industrial photographer for Interlake Steel Corp. in Riverdale, Ill., for many years, before retiring in 1981 and moving to Three Lakes.
He was a member of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Professional Photographers of America and Disabled American Veterans.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and one brother, Victor.
In addition to his wife, survivors include one daughter, Patricia (Brad) Salo of Oneida; two grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Virginia (Gus) Janzen of Florida.
He is further survived by other relatives and friends.
A memorial service was held Feb. 3 at Nativity of Our Lord Church in Green Bay.
A memorial fund has been established in his name.
Charlotte Drescher of Eagle River died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at InnCare of Eagle River. She was 93.
Mrs. Drescher was born Sept. 2, 1910, in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of Herman and Anna (nee Berg) Norgel.
Her hobbies included needlework, knitting and crocheting.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willy.
Survivors include one daughter, Ursula (Tom) Schaub of Eagle River; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
A private family service was held.
Rose Johanns of Eagle River died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at Lillian E. Kerr Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Center. She was 85.
Mrs. Johanns was born Sept. 13, 1918, to Sebastiano and Phylis Ranzica in Chicago, Ill.
Formerly of Franklin Park, Ill., she was a longtime summer resident of the Eagle River area and moved here permanently in 1996.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Art, in 1986; a daughter, June Smith; two grandchildren, Keith and Patricia; and a sister, Anne Szafader.
Survivors include one daughter, Patricia Gagne of Eagle River; one son, Gary of Las Vegas, Nev.; one brother, Joe Panzica of Las Vegas, Nev.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
A graveside funeral service will be held Thursday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. at Mt. Emblem Cemetery Chapel in Elmhurst, Ill. Visitation will be held for 30 minutes prior to the service.
Burial will be in Mt. Emblem Cemetery.
John Rux of St. Germain died Monday, Jan. 26, 2004, at Lillian E. Kerr Nursing Care and Rehabilitation Center. He was 71.
Mr. Rux was born Nov. 25, 1932, in St. Germain.
He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict.
A retired plumber and pipe fitter, he returned to the St. Germain area 10 years ago.
He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Mr. Rux was preceded in death by his father, Clarence, in 1980 and one daughter, Valorie MacDonald, in 1998.
Survivors include one daughter, Tami (Alan) Mayack of Eagle River; three sons, Randy (Karen) of Oconomowoc, Todd (Jenny) of Hustisford and Jeff (Kelly) of Ashippun; one brother, Gene of St. Germain; his mother, Esther of St. Germain; an aunt, Margaret Juve of St. Germain; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A funeral service was held Jan. 30 at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River. The Rev. David Johnson officiated.
Burial was in Eagle River Cemetery.
John 'Jack' Berray
John “Jack” Berray of Arbor Vitae died Friday, Feb. 6, 2004, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield from cancer complications. He was 68.
Mr. Berray was born Dec. 4, 1935, in Fond du Lac to Lloyd and Wardena (nee Swift) Berray. He attended and graduated from Arbor Vitae-Woodruff High School and Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis, Minn.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958.
He worked at Van's Bakery for several years before going to work as a gas service technician at Lakes Propane. He also worked at Ace Hardware and was a co-founder of Northern Wisconsin Security Services.
Survivors include his wife, Nona; one daughter, Brenda (David) Bant of Hazelhurst; two sons, Robert (Kris) of New Market, Minn., and Ben (Jae Cella) of Arbor Vitae; one brother, James (Marian) of Plymouth Meeting, Pa.; one sister, Donna DeByle of Wausau; and eight grandchildren.
He is further survived by several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church. The Rev. Mary Weinkauf officiated. Visitation preceded the service beginning at 4 p.m.
Burial will be in Forest Garden Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Lutheran Church or the Foundation of St. Joseph's Hospital-Oncology/Cancer Services.
Glenn Franklin Woods
Glenn Franklin Woods of Rhinelander died Monday, Feb. 9, 2004, at his home. He was 48.
Mr. Woods was born April 6, 1955, in Aurora, Ill. He was raised and attended school in Three Lakes, graduating from high school in 1974.
After graduation, he entered the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Wainwright and was honorably discharged in 1980.
He married Susan Holewinski Feb. 8, 1975, in San Diego, Calif. He owned and operated Woods Electric and was previously employed by Watercraft Sales in Three Lakes.
Mr. Woods was a ham radio operator and a former member of the Civil Air Patrol. His hobbies included hunting and fishing.
He was preceded in death by his father, Roy; his stepfather, Jack Dietz; two stepbrothers, John and Jay; and three stepsisters, Ellen, Amy and Olivia.
Survivors include his wife, Susan of Sugar Camp; one daughter, Sheryl of Rhinelander; one son, Glenn of Sugar Camp; his mother, Noella “Nonie” Dietz of Boca Raton, Fla.; three sisters, Cathy Arbogash of Connecticut, Lisa Erhart of Iron River, Mich., and Danielle Roth of Wausau.
A funeral service will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m. at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home, with the Rev. William Trosien officiating.
Visitation will be held Friday, Feb. 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and for one hour preceding the service on Saturday.
A memorial will be established in his name.
Chadwick 'Chad' Jolin
Chadwick “Chad” Jolin of Sugar Camp died Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, at St. Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield due to injuries suffered in a snowmobile accident. He was 15.
He was born Feb. 1, 1989, in Oshkosh, the son of Marty and Lisa (nee Kentopp) Jolin.
A resident of Sugar Camp since 1990, he graduated from Sugar Camp Grade School and was a freshman at Three Lakes High School, where he was involved in football, basketball and baseball.
His hobbies included hunting and spending time in outdoor environments.
In addition to his parents, survivors include one brother, Nicholas; one sister, Karenna; a stepsister, Amy Jolin of Cedarburg; maternal grandparents, Robert and Karen Kentopp of Redgranite; paternal grandmother, Shirley Jolin of Fond du Lac; and maternal great-grandmother, Irene Kentopp of Oshkosh.
He is further survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, special friends and classmates.
A funeral service was held Feb. 16 at First Congregational United Church of Christ. The Rev. Jeff Wartgow officiated.
Interment was in Sugar Camp Cemetery.
Memories of Chad's life may be shared with his family on-line at hildebrandfh.com.
A memorial has been established in his name.
Robert Louis Otterstatter
Robert Louis Otterstatter of Eagle River died Saturday, Feb. 7, 2004, at his daughter's house in Tulsa, Okla. He was 72.
Mr. Otterstatter was born May 25, 1931, in Tomahawk, the son of Edward and Rhoda (nee Kautsch) Otterstatter.
He attended public schools in Tomahawk through eighth grade. He was confirmed in May 1945 and became a communicant member of St. Paul's. He attended high school at Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn. After graduating in June 1949, he continued his studies in college on the same campus to prepare for the teaching ministry.
He taught in Arizona, continued his studies at Falgstaff, Ariz., and then taught at St. Paul's Lutheran School in Fort Atkinson.
He married Elaine Held Aug. 8, 1956, at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Oconomowoc.
He moved his family to Eagle River after purchasing a family resort, which he operated until retirement and he remained involved with the resort until his death.
He taught at Zion in Rhinelander from 1980-'84.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Ruth; and two brothers, Edward and Marvin.
Survivors include two daughters, Deanne (Douglas) Lange of St. Paul, Minn., and Jacquelyn (Daniel) Moyle of Tulsa, Okla.; three sons, Jonathan (Pam) of Lake Mills, Timothy (Joyce) of Watertown; and Michael (Teresa) of Mason, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; two brothers, Walter (Louise) of Fond du Lac and David (Christina) Hutchinson of Minnesota.
He is further survived by a brother-in-law, Eldor (Frances) Nelson; and a sister-in-law, Marilyn Otterstatter; and two aunts, Esther McRae and Alberta Kautsch; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral service was held Feb. 14 at Christ Lutheran Church in Eagle River.
Memorials may be made to Christ Lutheran School, Northland Lutheran High School, WELS Kingdom Workers or Lakeside Lutheran High School in Lake Mills.