Obituaries

Wed
21
Feb

Oriean G. Quandt

Oriean Gertrude Quandt, 87, of Gillett, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. Oriean was born in Oconto Falls on March 5, 1930, the daughter of the late Reynold and Exzina (Fonder) Lambrecht. Oriean was united in marriage to John C. Quandt on Sept. 4, 1948, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Suring. John preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 2016. In 1955, the couple moved to Appleton, where they resided for 30 years, moving back to the Suring area in 1984. She was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Suring, active in the Ladies Aide, a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary of Mountain and taught Sunday school in Appleton for nine years.

Oriean is survived by: her daughter, Lori (Stacen) Rhine of Missouri; two grandsons, John (Dasha) Quandt of Oshkosh and Daniel (special friend, Diane) Sommerfeld of Dale; two great-granddaughters and three great-grandsons. She is further survived by her brother, Milon Lambrecht of Mountain, and numerous other relatives.

Wed
21
Feb

Agatha M. Tietyen

Agatha Mae “Gaye” Tietyen, 84, formerly of Gillett and resident of Atrium Post Acute Care, Oconto Falls, since 2014, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Gaye was born in Gillett on Feb. 14, 1933, a daughter of the late Arthur and Lydia (Kasten) Ruege. She attended Gillett schools and married Glenroy Harvey “Tony” Tietyen on Oct. 21, 1950. They were blessed with three children: Gary and twins Jan and Jill. The family lived in Milwaukee until 1965, returning to Gillett to raise their family. Gaye was employed locally at Miller’s Gift Shop, Witt’s Market (Gillett) and later for Wagner Gas in billing until she retired. Gaye and her family attended St. John’s Lutheran Church in Gillett.

Wed
14
Feb

Steven C. Wirtz

Steven “Steve” C. Wirtz, 54, Oconto Falls, died suddenly Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 7, 2018, at home following complications from a recently diagnosed illness. The oldest of four children born to Chester “Chet” J. and Janice (Hansen) Wirtz was born May 22, 1963, in Oconto Falls. Steve attended Oconto Falls public schools, graduating from high school with the class of 1982.

On June 1, 1991, he married Joanne Taycher. Steve was a self-employed farmer and for the past 10 years employed at Gaertig Farms in the Town of Morgan, until having to take a leave of absence due to declining health.

Wed
07
Feb

Judith A. Ondik

Judith A. Ondik, 72, of Gillett, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. Judy was born on June 26, 1945, to the late Arnold and Evangeline (Zill) Krause.

She attended Gillett schools and eventually married her high school sweetheart, Bob Ondik on Sept. 12, 1964, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Suring.

Living in Gillett, Judy enjoyed being a homemaker and raising their family of four. Later in life, she worked part-time at Yancy’s Restaurant and the Gillett Shell Station. Over the years, the things most important to her were being close to home with her family, friends and dogs.

Wed
07
Feb

Liam M. Zahn

Liam Michael Zahn, 17 months, earned his angel wings on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018. He was born Aug. 25, 2016, to Adam and Liz (Madero) Zahn. A nookie in his hand and a giggle was how he started his day, and he had a smile that could light up a room and blue eyes that could melt your heart. He loved and adored his big brother Wesley, and tried to do whatever he was doing. Liam loved his monkey and blankie, and made sure he had them at nap and bedtime. He was a huge fan of Mickey Mouse, and loved to dance whenever sung to.

He is survived by his parents, Adam and Liz, and big brother Wesley, Grandma Kathy Zahn, Grandpa Craig Pulley, Grandma Christine Madero, Grandpa Mark Madero, as well as Great-Grandmas Shirley Pacala, Diana Madero and Norma Frank. Numerous aunts, uncles and cousins survive him.

Liam was preceded in death by his Grandpa Michael Zahn, and Great-Grandpas Gilbert Pacala, David Madero and Edward Frank.

Wed
07
Feb

Michael J. Nelson

Michael J. “Mike” Nelson, 69, Green Bay, formerly of Gillett, died comfortably Friday afternoon, Feb. 2, 2018, at home. He was born Jan. 7, 1949, in Oconto Falls to Alfred “Swede” and Jeannette (Backhaus) Nelson. Mike grew up on the family farm in the Town of Underhill and attended Gillett public schools, graduating from high school with the class of 1967. Not long after graduation, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and proudly served in Vietnam.

Mike lived in the Gillett area for most of his life where he was employed at the local canning factory until a disability forced an early retirement. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and working in the woods on his CAT. Mike was a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church in Hintz.

Survivors are his seven siblings, Sandy Wilson, Gillett; Barbara (Soren) Sorlie, Cecil; Bill (Barb) Nelson, Hintz; Judy Nelson, Green Bay; Marsha (James) Mahan, Appleton; Pat (Rhonda) Nelson, Hintz; Debbie Nelson, Hintz; many nieces and nephews.

Wed
07
Feb

Betty Jane Saffran

Betty Jane Saffran, 89, of East Troy, passed away surrounded by her family on Jan. 14, 2018. She was born in Hayes to William and Clara Strehlow. She married her husband of 66 years, Norman J. Saffran, on March 31, 1951. They were longtime East Troy residents. Betty worked in the lunch program for the East Troy School District for 22 years, and she was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and spending time at their cabin up north. Betty’s kind and gentle ways will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Dr. Shepherdson and Lonnie for the wonderful care and comfort shown to Betty. Also, a special thank you to Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care and Lynn for all their wonderful care.

Wed
07
Feb

James A. Collins

James A. Collins, 73, of North Aurora, Illinois, passed away at his brother’s home in Gillett on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018.

Private services for the family were held at Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring. A memorial service for the public is being planned, and it will be announced in a later edition. Online condolences can be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com

Wed
31
Jan

Gerald L. Gehling

Gerald “Jerry” (Spike) L. Gehling, age 91, of Suring, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, with his family by his side. Jerry was born in Oconto Falls to the late Robert and Mildred (Monson) Gehling on April 19, 1926, the youngest of three children. He was married to Margaret Rierdon on Dec. 25, 1947, and together they had three children. Margaret preceded him in death on June 11, 1986.

Jerry attended school in Clintonville, Frostville and Suring, as well as Lincoln Aeronautical Institute in Lincoln, Nebraska. He spent the majority of his life in Suring working at the Farmer’s Mercantile, Red Owl and was the owner and operator of Gehling Auto Body and Towing, a business he ran in conjunction with his father, Bob’s “Papa Bob’s,” gas station.

Wed
31
Jan

Joseph A. Hatfield

Joseph A. Hatfield, 45, of Mountain, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. Joseph was born on March 24, 1972, to Susan Spaulding and the late Lloyd Hatfield in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from Menominee (Michigan) High School with the class of 1992. Joseph greatly enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Joseph is survived by his mother, Susan; four brothers, Jon, Robert, Christopher, Butch; a sister, Victoria; grandmother, Dale Quandt; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd; his brother, William; grandfather, Awald Quandt.

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