Obituaries

Wed
20
Jun

Dale G. Kruschke

Dale G. Kruschke, 69, of Gillett, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018. Dale was born on Jan. 9, 1949, to the late Lloyd and Audrey (Frank) Kruschke. He graduated from Gillett High School with the Class of 1967. For many years, Dale worked as an over-the-road truck driver, in home construction, and at Warvel Products. Dale served his country in the United States Navy. He enjoyed woodworking, model building, playing horseshoes, playing softball, pontooning and spending time at Berry Lake.
Dale is survived by his daughter, Tonia Kruschke; son, Jason (Sara) Kruschke; three grandchildren, James, Gwen and Kate; six siblings, Flora (Lee) Bottensek, Pete (Lorraine) Kruschke, Doug (Joyce) Kruschke, Beverly Wranosky, Joann Montie and Wayne Kruschke. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; three siblings, Dennis Kruschke, Betty Blumreich and Karen Schemenauer.

Wed
20
Jun

Dorothy DeCloux

Dorothy DeCloux, 103, Oconto Falls, died peacefully Saturday morning, June 16, 2018, at Lakewood Assisted Living surrounded by family. She was born Jan. 20, 1915, in Oconto Falls to Robert and Florence (Olson) Damp Jr.
Dorothy lived in Oconto Falls for most of her life where she worked at a local canning factory and Sonny’s Restaurant before retiring from Mirro. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls. Dorothy enjoyed cooking, dancing, gardening, crocheting and working in her yard well into her late 90s. She will be lovingly remembered as a wonderful mother and grandmother.

Wed
20
Jun

Arlan J. Tetzlaff

Arlan J. Tetzlaff, 87, of Mountain, passed away on Sunday, June 17, 2018, with his family by his side. Arlie was born on March 18, 1931, to the late Emil and Pauline (Kirsch) Tetzlaff in the Town of Bagley. On Sept. 1, 1951, Arlie married Donna Suring in Milwaukee. For many years, Arlie was a self-employed bricklayer and home builder. In retirement, Arlie and his wife operated a portable sawmill. Arlie was the last surviving member of a family of 11 brothers and two sisters. Arlie was a member of Tabor Lutheran Church in Mountain.
Arlie is survived by Donna, his wife of 66 years; three children, Dale (Deb) Tetzlaff, Sandy (Cliff) Hammond, and Clyde (Wanda) Tetzlaff; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; five sisters-in-law. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; 11 brothers; two sisters.

Wed
20
Jun

Luella Whiting

Luella Whiting, 75, died peacefully Wednesday evening, June 13, 2018, at Care Partners in Oconto. She was born Nov. 24, 1942, in the Town of Breed to Edgar and Marjorie (Hansen) Farrar. Luella grew up on the family farm in rural Oconto where she attended school and graduated high school.
On Dec. 3, 1960, she married Ronald C. Whiting at the Oconto United Methodist Church, and the couple lived in the Town of Stiles for most of their married lives. Luella once drove school bus for the Lena School District and worked at the Ben Franklin Store in Oconto Falls. For many years, she was employed at the USDA Farm Services Agency in Oconto. She was a member of the Oconto Falls United Methodist Church.

Tue
12
Jun

Gary L. Leayman

Gary L. Leayman, 71, Oconto Falls, died early Thursday morning, June 7, 2018, at home with his family present, following a three-year illness with acute myeloid leukemia. He was born Sept. 21, 1946, in Winfield, Kansas, to Glenroy and Marjorie (Kunkel) Leayman. Gary grew up in the area where he attended schools, graduating from Douglas High School with the class of 1964. Following graduation, he attended Cowley County College where he earned an associate degree. Gary then entered the U.S. Air Force and served for four years during the Vietnam War.

Tue
12
Jun

Sylvester Montour

Sylvester “Todd” Montour, 83, of Suring, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Todd was born on April 15, 1935, to the late William and Calista (Harvey) Montour at home in Shawano County. On Feb. 14, 1966, Todd married Carol Gray of Fulton County, Illinois. For over 30 years, Todd worked as a semi-truck driver. After his retirement from truck driving, Todd worked as a mechanic in Janesville for Trucks Inc. Todd and Carol moved to the Suring area in May 1996. Todd enjoyed working with his hands, woodworking, hunting, fishing, playing horseshoes, playing cards, bowling, camping and spending time with his family. He was a jack of all trades.

Tue
12
Jun

Juel E. Kamke

Juel E. Kamke, 71, passed away at her home in Tallahassee, Florida, Friday June 8, 2018. She was born in 1946, the youngest daughter of Betty and Earl Kamke of rural Lena; the family moved to rural Oconto Falls in 1950. Juel graduated from Oconto Falls High School in 1964 and attended UW-Eau Claire before transferring to UW-Madison, where she graduated with a B.A. in art and certified in secondary education.

Her first job was in Burlington, Vermont, as an art teacher; in 1978 she joined the Peace Corps where she served in El Salvador. Upon her return to the States, she worked for many years in Florida, using her fluency in Spanish to work with immigrants from South and Central America.

Juel is survived by her two sisters: Diane Nichols (Lyle), Oconto, and Nathalie Gehrke, Seattle; niece, Lara Nichols-Timm, Oconto, and nephews, Brett Nichols, Oconto, and Adam Gehrke, Seattle. She was preceded in death by both parents and a brother-in-law.

Tue
12
Jun

Faye L. Anderson

Faye L. Anderson, 94, Oconto Falls, died Thursday evening, June 7, 2018, at Bellin Hospital. She was born July 21, 1923, in Oconto Falls to Arthur and Florence (Gilbertson) Rice. Faye grew up in the Oconto Falls area where she attended school, graduating high school with the class of 1941.

Thu
07
Jun

Dixie K. Gard

Dixie K. (McCarthy) Gard, 80, Lena, was called home to Heaven on the evening of Corpus Christi Sunday, June 3, 2018, at Bellin Hospital surrounded by her husband and family with repeated prayers of the Divine Mercy Chaplet, her favorite prayer.

Dixie was born on Jan. 30, 1938, in Oconto Falls to John and Ethel (Gallagher) McCarthy. She moved to Milwaukee as a child and graduated from Shorewood High School.

Dixie was a shining example of a person who chose to overcome many obstacles and live a life of joy, compassion and kindness, always putting everyone else first. Mom’s devotion to her Catholic Faith and God’s Love gave her great strength.

On Aug. 19, 1961, Dixie married the love of her life, Herbert Gard, in Milwaukee. Together they lived in the Milwaukee area until buying a dairy farm and moving to Lena in December 1969. Dixie and Herb raised their eight children on their farm.

Thu
07
Jun

Leonard F. Wirkus

Leonard F. Wirkus, 98, Gillett, formerly of Oak Creek, died Thursday morning, May 31, 2018. The oldest of three children was born Oct. 6, 1919, in Milwaukee County to Joseph and Helen Wirkus.

On May 12, 1945, he married Ruth Wolter in Milwaukee. The couple lived in the Oak Creek area for most of their married lives where Leonard worked as a fleet maintenance supervisor in the Milwaukee area until his retirement. They moved to Gillett 14 years ago, and Leonard was a member of St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church in Oconto Falls.

Survivors are his three children, Susan (Ron) Willes, Gillett; Wayne (Jayne) Wirkus, Wind Lake; Keith (Sharon) Wirkus, Shawano; 10 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Beatrice Hareng, Franklin; Grace (Lawrence) Marsch, Caledonia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Ruth in 2014, brother-in-law Norman Hareng and other relatives.

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