Obituaries

Wed
19
Dec

Enid B. Tousey

Enid Blythe Tousey, 86, passed into eternal life peacefully in her granddaughter Jennepher’s home in Weyauwega surrounded by her family on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018. She was born on Feb. 27, 1932, and raised in Wausaukee, daughter of the late Ralph and Winnie (McRae) Rishel. She attended Wausaukee High School and graduated with the Class of 1950. Enid Rishel met and married Ervin “Smokey” Tousey on Sept. 9, 1950. Together they owned numerous businesses including Tousey’s Restaurant in Suring. Upon retirement they enjoyed traveling and spending their winters in Texas.

Enid is survived by her children, Michael Tousey, of Gillett, William “Bill” Tousey, of Oconto, Winnie Souza, of Lathrop, California, Paul (Wendy) Tousey, of Castile, New York; 21 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Wed
12
Dec

Mary Lou Myers

Mary Louise Heimerman Myers passed away in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Nov. 26, 2018, after a second very difficult battle with cancer.

She was born on April 18, 1952, the third child of Georgiana Schmidlkofer Heimerman and Florian Heimerman. She began her life in the Fox Valley area surrounded by beloved grandparents, numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. The family moved to Oconto in 1956 where they operated the Tangiers Supper Club for many years. She was a 1970 graduate of Oconto High School and attended McConnell Airline School in Minneapolis where she met her BFF, Linda Schliebe Wood.

Wed
12
Dec

Walter Schenkoski

Walter “Wally” Schenkoski, 81, Gillett, died suddenly of natural causes Monday morning, Dec. 10, 2018, at the emergency room of St. Clare Memorial Hospital. The youngest of nine children was born May 22, 1937, in Degantown to Emil and Emily (Schindel) Schenkoski. Wally grew up on the family farm in Degantown where he attended school and developed his mechanical skills.

Wed
05
Dec

David C. Polashek

David C. Polashek, 70, Oconto Falls, died suddenly of natural causes Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, at a second residence in Hartford, Connecticut. He was the oldest son born to Gerald E. and Rosaline L. (Trubl) Polashek on Jan. 20, 1948, in Grand Island, Nebraska. The family moved to Protivin, Iowa, where David attended Rudolphinum School, graduating in 1966. He attended the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), where he earned a degree in secondary education in political science. On Aug. 10, 1968, he married Susan E. Pedersen, and they had four children together, Angela, Timothy, Matthew, and Nicholas. They divorced in 2004. David married Kim T. Davis on July 18, 2015, and gained two stepchildren, Jessica and Christopher. David spent the last few years before his death traveling between homes in Wisconsin and Connecticut.

Wed
05
Dec

Loretta M. Shehow

Loretta M. Shehow, 87, of Pound, passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Loretta was born on June 20, 1931, to the late Robert and Viola (Lemke) Robenhorst. On Jan. 7, 1950, Loretta married John Shehow at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Breed. For many years, Loretta worked with John at the Flying Goose Game Farm. While at the game farm, Loretta also worked as a factory worker at Coleman Products in Coleman. Loretta enjoyed fishing, gardening, quilting, cutting wood with her grandson, and spending time with grandchildren. She also greatly enjoyed donating her time to cut out the blocks for quilts at Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Loretta was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Breed.

Wed
05
Dec

Melvin D. Haffeman

Melvin Dale Haffeman, 84, of Lena, passed away suddenly Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay. He was born to the late George and Anna (Mleziva) Haffeman on Nov. 22, 1934, in Hawkins. Melvin served in the United States Army; upon completing his service duties he married Janet Ann Valenta Nov. 30, 1957, in the Town of Brazeau.

Melvin enjoyed woodworking, fishing with his children at Kelly Lake, attending his kids sporting events and sharing stories about his youth. He was a member of St. Anne Catholic Parish.

Melvin worked hard to provide for his large family of eight children.

Surviving are Linda (Terry) Hinds, Lena, Debbie (Paul) Stello, Peshtigo, Annette (Bryan) Behringer, Oconto Falls, Craig Haffeman, Colorado, Curt Haffeman, Abrams, Kay Johnson, Colorado, Cheryl (Kevin) Jagiello, Lena, and Donna Haffeman, Green Bay; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one brother, George (Bernice) Haffeman, De Pere.

Tue
27
Nov

Beth A. Birr

Beth A. Birr, 52, of Pound, passed away peacefully Nov. 21, 2018, at home with her loving family by her side. She was born to the late Ron and Charlotte (Dryja) Salnik on Oct. 5, 1966. She married Gary Birr on Aug. 18, 1983. The couple owned and operated Birr’s Concrete and Masonry until they were forced to retire due to health. They also enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening together, as well as their involvement with their children’s sporting events, especially wrestling. Gary preceded Beth in death Oct. 25, 2017, after 34 loving years of marriage.

Beth is survived by four sons, Chad (Karleen), Chris, Chase (Samantha) and Chett (Danielle); six grandchildren, Dakota, Tailor, Alexus, Skylynn, Cayden and Remington; one brother, Ken Salnik; and a nephew, Billy. Beth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her grandparents, Irene and Henry Dryja and Frank and Pearl Salnik.

Tue
27
Nov

Wayne Trudell

Wayne Trudell, 75, Mountain, died Wednesday morning, Nov. 21, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital with his family by his side. Born July 6, 1943, in Oconto Falls, to David and Emma Trudell. He grew up in Oconto Falls and attended Oconto Falls public schools, graduating with the Class of 1961. Wayne served faithfully in the U.S. Navy from 1963-1967. On April 20, 1968, he married Sandra Baldwin in Oconto Falls. The couple has lived most of their married life in the Mountain area where Wayne had been employed at Even-flo in Suring for 24 years.

Wayne is survived by two daughters, Robin Womble and Kari Trudell; four grandchildren, Marquise, Bryson and Justin (Dana) Womble, and Amber Trudell; one great-grandson, Kaysin Womble; sister, Doreen Senn; brother, Gerald Trudell; many brothers and sisters-in-law.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sandra; parents; Father and mother-in-law, Michael and Helen Baldwin; two brothers, David Trudell Jr. and Patrick Trudell.

Tue
20
Nov

Jack K. Bailey

Jack Keenan Bailey, 64, of Lakewood, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. Jack was born in Laona on Nov. 16, 1953, to Janet M. (Challoner) and Ralph S. Bailey. He graduated from Wabeno High School. Jack served our country in the U.S. Air Force and was discharged in 1977 as a Vietnam-era veteran. He was also a member of the Paul Bunyan Trail Snowmobile Club.

Jack is survived by two sisters, Susan (LeRoy) Ostrowski of Tennessee and Beth (Russell) Cammelot of Tennessee; brother, David Bailey of Denver. He is further survived by several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Michael (Patricia), James A. (Kerry), Steve (Jean) and Daniel (Jennifer).

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at www.gruetzmacherfuneralhome.com.

Mon
19
Nov

Catherine M. Cudnohoski

Catherine “Cathy” M. Cudnohoski, 86, of Coleman, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at The Woodlands of Gillett. She was born to the late Albert and Margaret (Bissell) Giese Dec. 12, 1931, in Pound. Cathy married Eugene Cudnohoski Sr. Dec. 2, 1949.

Cathy enjoyed snowmobiling, camping, country line dancing, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren, special friend Jenna and her kitty. She was a member of St. Anne Catholic Church, Coleman.

Surviving are three children, Eugene Jr. “Butch” Cudnohoski, Green Bay; Barbara (John Stodola) Cudnohoski, Coleman; Patricia “Pattie” (Mark) Francois, Oconto Falls; seven grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and special friend Jenna Coutley.

Cathy was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Eugene Sr., two brothers, Albert and Leonard Giese, and one sister Jessie Schwan.

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