Obituaries

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06
Dec

Donald F. Loberger

Donald F. Loberger, 93, Oconto Falls, died Tuesday morning, Dec. 5, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls. He was born Sept. 13, 1924, in the Town of Oconto Falls to Frank and Florence (Eastman) Loberger. Donald was mostly raised in the Oconto Falls area where he attended Catholic grade school before graduating from Oconto Falls High School with the class of 1942, the same time he received his notice of induction into the military. He went on to serve in the U.S. Army during World War II.

On May 12, 1945, he married Lorraine Poquette at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Oconto Falls. The couple lived in the Oconto Falls area all of their married lives where Donald once worked for the Scott Paper Co. before taking over and running the family farm for 50 years. He was a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, where he sang in the church choir for 20 years and was an active member in the Oconto Falls American Legion Post 302.

Wed
06
Dec

Ronald N. Bergner

Ronald N. Bergner, 77, of Gillett, died on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. Born on Sept. 20, 1940, in Hayes, he is the son of the late Norman and Evelyn (Reinke) Bergner. On June 29, 1968, in the Town of Green Valley, Ron was united in marriage to Jane Falk, who preceded him in death in November 2008. Ron owned and operated a dairy farm in the Town of Green Valley until his retirement. He enjoyed going out to eat, attending county fairs, playing dartball, watching polka and game shows on television, and spending time with his family. He was a member of Faith United Lutheran Church in Gillett.

Ron is survived by his children, Betty (Elmore) Baumgarten, of Seymour, Howard (Amy) Bergner, of Shawano, and Norman Bergner, of Gillett; four grandchildren, Bobby (fiancée Kassy), Brice, Selena and Dylan; a great-grandson, Parker; his brother, Chuck (Sharon) Bergner, of Pulcifer; his sister-in-law, Barb Bergner, of Appleton; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.

Wed
06
Dec

Harold D. Jenquine

Harold David Jenquine, 97, of Lena, passed away peacefully on Nov. 12, 2017. He was born to the late George and Odeal (Ausloos) Jenquine on Aug. 10, 1920, in the town of Lena, where he lived his whole life. He went into service during World War II with the U.S. Army in October 1942 and served in the Medical Corps in the European Theater of Operations, receiving five battle stars. He served in Normandy, Northern Europe, Rhineland, Ardennes and Central Europe. He belonged to the American Legion in Lena. After leaving the Army, Harold and his brother, Earl, took over the family farm for six years. Then he began farming alone. He married Esther Vandenbush on June 7, 1947, at St. Joseph Church in Green Bay. They continued to farm for most of their married life.

Wed
06
Dec

Thomas E. Morrissey

Thomas Edward Morrissey was born on May 15, 1946, and passed peacefully at home in the loving arms of his wife of 49 years, Joanne (Wellnitz) Morrissey, on Nov. 28, 2017. Tom and Joanne were happily married on June 8, 1968.

He is survived by his children, Sean (Nikki), Sarah (Dereck), and Kevin (Michelle); his loving grandchildren, Alexander, Cobie, Grace, Gabrielle and Mia; as well as his older sister, Lucy and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Ray and Viola; brother, Pat; and sisters, Barbara and Dolores.

Wed
06
Dec

John A. Wilson

John A. Wilson, Gillett, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, at the age of 89. He was born to Harold and Irene (Van Ess) Wilson on Aug. 28, 1928, in the Town of Angelica. At the age of 4 years old, he moved with his family to the Long Lake area before settling in Gillett in 1944. As a young man, John served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea during the Korean War from 1950-1952.

On Dec. 10, 1955, he married Ellen Anderson and the couple farmed in the Town of Maple Valley for many years. John also worked at the Suring Coop for 15 years before moving into the City of Gillett. He was a member of Riverview Alliance Church in Oconto Falls.

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06
Dec

Mildred H. Winkler

Mildred Henrietta (Christensen) Winkler, “the Strawberry Lady,” 97, formerly of Gillett, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at Woodlands of Suring with family at her side.

Mildred was born in Suring on March 14, 1920, a daughter of the late Christ and Barbara (Holl) Christensen. She attended local schools and was married to Edwin Winkler Sr. Together they raised a family of 12 children that eventually came to include spouses, 67 grandchildren, 90 great-grandchildren, 37 great-great-grandchildren and even a great-great-great-grandchild.

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29
Nov

Llewelyn B.V. Braun

Llewellyn Benjamin Vernon Braun, better known as “Buddy,” truly lived for 73 years. Born on July 17, 1944, in Gillett, to Walter and Nora Braun, Buddy has impacted every life he touched, ever since. Never giving up without a fight, he passed peacefully on Nov. 19, 2017. Although he has left us to be with the good Lord in heaven, the memory of him will forever remain.

Wed
29
Nov

Rose P. Hein

Rose P. Hein, 91, of Suring, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. Rose was born on Jan. 8, 1926, to the late Arnold and Emma (Jeska) Krueger in the Town of How. Rose was united in marriage in the Town of How to Walter Hein. Rose’s greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. She enjoyed knitting and crocheting in her spare time.

Rose is survived by her son, Bruce (Susan) Hein; two daughters, LuAnn (George) Paitel and Grace Strebel; a sister, Pauline (Howard) King; a brother, Allen Krueger; five grandchildren, Ricky Paitel, Michael Paitel, Amy Missall, Nicole Kapell and Jill Montie; 12 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; parents, Emma (Jeska) and Arnold Krueger; two sisters, Betty Whiting and Shirley Ruelle; a brother, Roy Krueger.

Wed
22
Nov

Gordon W. Miller

Gordon Wayne Miller passed away peacefully in the afternoon of Nov. 19, 2017, surrounded by those who loved him. He was called home after a long battle with heart issues as a result of Agent Orange.

Gordy was born in Wallace, Michigan, on Nov. 13, 1945, to John and Ella (King) Miller. His family moved to Gillett, Wisconsin, when Gordy was 3 years old. He attended Gillett Schools and graduated in 1963. He was drafted into the service in October 1965 and served in Vietnam as a radio transmitter. He returned home in September 1967. He married Jean Van Lannen in August 1970 and welcomed their first child, Crystal Dawn in June 1971. In July 1972, they welcomed twins, Rodney Alan and Wesley Joe.

In the mid-1980s, Gordy moved to Milwaukee, where he worked as a machinist for 20 years. He never forgot his up-north roots and tried to attend Gillett High School sports as often as he could.

Wed
22
Nov

James Wirtz

James Wirtz, 76, Sobieski, died unexpectedly Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, at his home. The son of Floyd and Eleanor (Walske) Wirtz was born Feb. 15, 1941, in Oconto Falls. In February 1960, he met Mardell Karcz while roller skating in Green Valley. The couple was married on May 27, 1961, at Assumption B.V.M. Church in Pulaski. Jim was a U.S. Army veteran and had served for two years in Germany. After his discharge in 1963, the couple moved to Oconto Falls and settled in the town of Chase where they resided for the past 45 years. He drove semi for Red Owl in Green Bay for 22 years, and later for A&R Advance in Green Bay for 10 years, and retired from driving in 2000.

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