Ann M. Erdmann
Ann M. Erdmann (nee Goergen) of Hartford died Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at Hartford Care Center. She was 95.
Mrs. Erdmann was born July 18, 1910, in Racine, the daughter of Nicholas and Rose (nee Montanaro) Goergen. She married Ken Erdmann March 28, 1936, in Milwaukee.
She served as a nurse's aide during World War II and was a "pink lady" volunteer at the Hartford Hospital.
Her hobbies included swimming, golfing and horseback riding.
Survivors include several relatives and friends, including Jane and Jack O' Brien of Eagle River.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband.
Burial was March 14 at St. Killian Cemetery in Hartford.
Richard D. 'Shortie' DeMeyer Sr.
Richard D. "Shortie" De Meyer Sr. of Rhinelander died Thursday, March 9, 2006, at Taylor Park Nursing Home. He was 80.
Mr. DeMeyer was born Jan. 31, 1926, the son of Joseph and Eva (Winchell) DeMeyer.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in Germany. He married Henny Remus in Rhinelander on Jan. 1, 1949.
Mr. DeMeyer was employed for 381/2 years for the Rhinelander Paper Co., mostly as a tow motor operator. He retired Jan. 31, 1988.
In addition to being a longtime parishioner of St. Mark Lutheran Church, he was a member of the VFW.
Some of his favorite pastimes were playing pool, fishing and hunting.
Survivors include a son, Richard, Jr. (Chris) of Harrison; four daughters, Christine Hess, Deborah DeMeyer, Dawn (Ronald) Drews, all of Rhinelander and JoAnn (John) Modjewski of Eagle River; two brothers, Leslie (Irene) and Helmer, all of Stevens Point; three sisters, Marion Jones and Gloria (Butch) VanPrice of Antigo, and Winnie (Kenneth) Kolanowski of Phillips; 13 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Henny; a sister, Vivian; a granddaughter; a daughter-in-law; and a great grandson.
A funeral service was held March 13 at Grace Foursquare Church, with the Rev. Jeff Shearier officiating.
Burial was in Forest Home Cemetery.
Memories may be shared at hildebrandfh.com.
Joseph Jerome Blicharz
Joseph Jerome Blicharz of Saukville and formerly of Three Lakes, died Sunday, March 12, 2006, at Colombia St. Mary's Hospital in Mequon. He was 54.
Mr. Blicharz was born Nov. 14, 1951, in Milwaukee, the son of Joseph and Ardis (nee Kleuskens) Blicharz.
A resident of Eagle River and Three Lakes for most of his life, he was employed by Kohler Co. While living in this area, he coached youth hockey and baseball.
Mr. Blicharz was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Fran Schimmelpfennig; and a brother, John.
Survivors include one son, Adam of Eagle River; one daughter, Amanda (Rob) Martinson of Conover; and a special friend, Debra Patek. He is further survived by other family and friends.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River, and for one hour prior to the funeral service Friday, March 17, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. The Rev. Gary Spurgeon will officiate.
Ronald William Smith Sr.
Ronald William Smith Sr. of Eagle River died Thursday, March 2, 2006, at the Veterans Affairs Hospital in Iron Mountain, Mich. He was 64.
Mr. Smith was born April 10, 1941, in Milwaukee, but lived most of his life in Eagle River. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Eagle River Veterans of Foreign Wars. His hobbies included hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roscoe and Marcella.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Jean; two daughters, Candy (Rick) Aabye of Conover and Lisa (Craig) Kirsteatter of Virginia Beach, Va.; four sons, Ronald Jr., Robert (Jacqui) and Tony Negani, all of Eagle River, Dale (Krissy) of Milwaukee; a brother, Russ (Judy) of Conover; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He is further survived by nieces, nephews and other relatives.
A funeral service was held March 7 at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church with the Rev. Philip Gieschen presiding.
Walter 'Bud' Becker
Walter “Bud” Becker of Star Lake died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006. He was 60.
Mr. Becker was born Aug. 6, 1946, in Crystal Falls, Mich., the son of Walter and Vi Becker.
He attended Eagle River Union High School and his family owned The Wanigan Club, now known as The Bear Trap Inn in Land O’ Lakes.
He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was a member of Land O’ Lakes VFW Post 8400.
Mr. Becker worked as a logger and at Nagel’s Lumber Yard and he ran the Huettenbar Resort.
He was an apprentice plumber for Caudill Plumbing & Heating...
Theodore J. 'Ted' Bielen
Theodore J. “Ted” Bielen of St. Germain died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, at his home. He was 79.
He was born Feb. 17, 1927, in Kronenwetter, the son of John and Pauline (nee Barzcz) Bielen.
Mr. Bielen was preceded in death by his wife, Marcy; his parents; one infant son; and seven brothers and sisters.
Survivors include two daughters, Kathleen (Larry) Villeneuve of Nekoosa and Barbara (Eldon) Heckendorf of Wausau; two sons, Mark (Karen) of Wausau and Kenneth (Jean) of Gleason; one brother, Edward; two sisters, Nell Hahn and Betty Kroll; nine grandchildren...
Yolanda C. 'Lonnie' Knight
Yolanda C. ‘Lonnie’ Knight of Phelps died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2006, at Aspirus Lillian Kerr Healthcare Center in Phelps. She was 78.
She was born Feb. 15, 1928, in Joliet, Ill., the daughter of Vincent and Caroline (nee Leoni) Moroni.
Survivors include one son, Kevin of Joliet; one daughter, Mary (Ray) Alexander of St. Germain; two sisters, Mary Hibler and Jacqueline Vershay, both of Joliet; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A private family memorial service will be held.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Margaret 'Marg' Juve
Margaret “Marg” Juve of Eagle River, formerly of St. Germain, died Monday, Aug. 28, 2006, at Eagle River Memorial Hospital. She was 99.
She was born June 2, 1907, in Sayner, the daughter of Alexander and Anna McGregor.
She married Harry Juve in 1928 in Rhinelander.
Mrs. Juve worked as a cook at Awassa Lodge and as a waitress at McGregor’s Blink Bonnie and Lake Aire Supper Club, all in St. Germain.
Her hobbies included knitting, crocheting and quilting.
Mrs. Juve was preceded in death by her husband, Harry, in 1956.
Mary Lorentsen of Wheaton, Ill., a longtime vacationer in the Three Lakes area, died Monday, Aug. 21, 2006, at her home. She was 82.
She was born Jan. 10, 1924, in Ottawa, Ill., the daughter of Edgar and Henrietta Varland.
After graduating in 1947 from St. Olaf College, she taught Bible classes in public schools in Bend, Ore. She received a master’s degree from Wheaton College, and served as a counselor at Honey Rock Camp in Three Lakes the first year it opened. Mrs. Lorentsen taught first grade at Wheaton Christian Grammar School from 1954...
Hilda Johanna Albrecht Packer
Hilda Johanna Albrecht Packer died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2006, in Deer Park, Texas. She was 90.
Mrs. Packer was born June 25, 1916, in Phelps, the daughter of Matt and Emma Matson.
Raised on a farm in Phelps, she was bilingual in Finnish and English.
She worked as a mink skinner, nursing assistant, college dorm mother and cook in Whitewater and laundress at the Phelps hospital. She also was employed by the resort businesses to do housekeeping and laundry work.
Her hobbies included cooking, baking, canning and sewing. In addition, she wrote poetry...
Richard N. Byington
Richard N. Byington of Madison died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006, at Meriter Hospital. He was 78.
Mr. Byington was born Dec. 7, 1927, in St. Francis, Mo., the son of Henry and Bessie (nee Lalumondier) Byington.
A veteran, he had served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He married Lorraine Kiesow Aug. 30, 1958.
He was employed by Oscar Mayer for 39 years, retiring as a sanitation foreman.
Mr. Byington was preceded in death by his parents.
Survivors include his wife of 48 years; one daughter, Diane Riley of Madison; two sons, John Byingt...
Helen Mavis, a former resident of Three Lakes, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2006. She was 90.
Mrs. Mavis was born Oct. 24, 1915, in Clintonville, the daughter of Herman and Edna (nee Ellefson) Koehler.
She was a graduate of Clintonville High School and a member of St. Martin’s Lutheran Church of Clintonville.
She married Norman Mavis in April 1935, in Crystal Falls, Mich.
In 1978, she and her husband moved to Three Lakes where they had owned a vacation home.
Her hobbies included reading, fishing and spending time on the lake.
Rosalie 'Rose' Brown
Rosalie “Rose” Brown of Eagle River died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at Aspirus Lillian Kerr Healthcare Center in Phelps. She was 81.
She was born May 7, 1925, in Chicago, Ill.
A former resident of Chicago, she has lived in Eagle River for the past 34 years.
Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by her husband, Ormal “Doc” Brown.
Survivors include six daughters, Margie Bresnahan and Linda (Jim) Kasper, both of Eagle River, Marian (Jim) Wallenda of Elmwood Park, Ill., Carol (Danny) Metter of Las Vegas, Nev., Karen (Michael) Kliss of Sugar Camp...
Joyce Ann Kuntz
Joyce Ann Kuntz of Eagle River died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2006, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau. She was 79.
Mrs. Kuntz was born Aug. 10, 1927, in Merrill, the daughter of Darrell and Anna (nee Kingbaum) Deering.
She married Perry Kuntz in Milwaukee in 1947.
A former resident of Milwaukee, she lived in Eagle River for 24 years. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Eagle River.
She was preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.
Survivors include her husband; one son, Perry of Eagle River; three grandchildren...
Marian Nikolai, formerly of Eagle River, died Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006, at Aspirus Lillian Kerr Healthcare Center in Phelps. She was 90.
Mrs. Nikolai was born Nov. 23, 1916, in Winona, Minn.
A resident of Eagle River most of her life, she owned and operated White Pine Liquor Store in Eagle River.
Her hobbies included trout fishing.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Harold White and John Nikolai; and two brothers, Adam and Joe Silber.
Survivors include her stepson, Harold (Vicki) White of Eagle River; one brother, Steve Silber of Eagle River...
Lynn Elizabeth Connors
Lynn Elizabeth Connors of Madison died Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at her home of cancer. She was 55.
Mrs. Connors was born Sept. 5, 1951, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Gerald and Lila Connors.
She graduated from Wilton High School in Connecticut, Colby Junior College in New Hampshire and the University of Connecticut.
She met her husband, John Herm, while a resident of St. Germain. After they were married, the couple moved to Muscoda. They later divorced and she moved to Madison.
Mrs. Connors was employed as a social worker at Dane County.
Marvin Irwin Heeler
Marvin Irwin Heeler of St. Germain died Saturday, July 28, 2007, at Seasons of Life Hospice House in Woodruff. He was 88.
Mr. Heeler was born June 29, 1919, on a farm in Kirby, the son of Rudolph and Helena Heeler.
He attended a one-room school in Kirby and graduated from Tomah High School in 1937.
He worked at Forest Primeval Resort on Lost Lake in St. Germain from 1938 until joining the U.S. Army in 1942, serving in three different areas.
As a sergeant in the 75th Infantry Division, he was in the European Theatre of Operations...
Lillian Klein of Rhinelander died Saturday, July 28, 2007, at Seasons of Life Hospice House in Woodruff. She was 93.
Mrs. Klein was born Dec. 26, 1913, in Calumet City, Ill., the daughter of Boleslaw and Pauline (nee Ciborowski) Milewski.
After finishing school, she was employed as a Harvey Girl, working in restaurants owned by Fred Harvey along the Santa Fe railroad line.
She married John Klein and they moved to Rhinelander in 1962 where they owned and operated Klein’s Shangri-La Resort on Boom Lake for more than 20 years.
She volunteered at Saint Mary’s Hospital and Taylor Park Nursing Home and was local historian for AARP. She was a member of Pine Lake Women’s Club and Pine Lake Snowmobile Club.
Survivors include a step-daughter, Ann (Mel) Burkland of Orlando Park, Ill.; a stepson, John (Sara) of Three Lakes; a brother, Edward Milewski of Manhattan Beach, Calif.; four stepgrandchildren; and eight stepgreat-grandchildren.
She is further survived by nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Jan. 6, 1995; two sisters, Lottie Jazwiec and Sophie Jawor; and four brothers, Stanley, Alex, Casimer and John Milewski.
A funeral service was held July 31 at Carlson Funeral Home with the Rev. John Gerritts officiating.
Interment will be in Forest Home Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Seasons of Life Hospice House in Woodruff.