Obituaries

Tue
23
Apr

Veronica Neuman

Veronica Neuman, 95, of Stevens Point, formerly of Shawano, passed away peacefully on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, at Brookdale Senior Living. Veronica was born in Streator, Illinois, on Oct. 15, 1923, daughter of the late James and Elizabeth (Yunker) Telford. Upon the death of her parents, Veronica and her younger brother, Herbert, moved to Stiles Township to live with their Uncle Charles and Aunt Jennie on the Telford family farm. Veronica was a 1942 graduate of Lena High School and worked as a maid and waitress during her high school years. After high school Veronica attended teacher training at Marinette and later earned a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. Veronica married Emil Neuman on Nov. 10, 1945, at Christ Church, in Hintz, Underhill Township. Emil preceded Veronica in death in 1991. After they were married, Emil and Veronica moved to the Shawano area where Veronica worked as a teacher.

Tue
23
Apr

Tina M. Sexton

Tina Marie “Weezy” Sexton, 58, of Gillett, passed away Friday, April 19, 2019, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Oconto Falls. Her family was at her side.

If there was ever an angel that walked among us, you were ours! Truly and forever will you remain our angel. Some days are made for births and some for deaths, but every day, we will remember your life.

Tina was born in Oconto Falls on March 7, 1961, a daughter of the late Gerald and Lennice Mae (Courchaine) Swearingen. She was a 1982 graduate of Gillett High School and went on to work at New View Industries. Tina dedicated her life to her family. She will be sadly missed.

Tina leaves her four brothers, Bradley Sexton, Chris Sexton, David Sexton and Donald Swearingen; four nieces, Angelea and Rachel Sexton, Hannah Schraml, and Maya Caroline Swearingen; two nephews, Kristopher Sexton and Brandon Whitcomb; 10 great-nieces and great-nephews as well as many other extended family members and friends.

Tue
23
Apr

Helen V. Young

Helen Victoria Young, 96, passed away on April 15, 2019, surrounded by her family. She was born on Dec. 29, 1922, to the late Pauline (Tourville) and John Poplawski. She left school at the young age of 8 to care for her four younger sisters. Helen was always a very loving and caring person. She married Gordon Young on Sept. 27, 1941, and he preceded her in death on June 24, 1987. She was 19 years old when she gave life to her first child. She cared for her five children until her last day.

She was very active in square dancing all through her years. They camped and belonged to Bay Sammers Motorhome Club. She was also a very talented artist. She painted, crocheted, and drew. She made every one of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren a handmade Christmas stocking with their name on it. She could be seen around Howard riding her beloved red scooter. Helen was a member of St. John the Baptist Church.

Tue
23
Apr

Justin P. Dumas

Justin Paul Dumas, 22, Oconto Falls, died suddenly Saturday morning, April 13, 2019, at home of natural causes following complications from CP. He was born Oct. 18, 1996, in Oconto Falls to Paul Dumas and Lori Smet. Justin grew up in rural Oconto Falls where he attended public schools and graduated high school. While he faced many challenges in his short time on Earth, he loved life and always embraced it with a big and bright smile on his face; his laugh was contagious. As an avid Packers fan, he enjoyed teasing his Grandma Smet every time she would miss a good play that just happened. Justin turned flirting into an art form and the debate seems to be settled if he was Mom’s beast, Grandma Lois’s angel or Grandma Karen’s Sweetie Pie to Pumpkin. Hands down he was an angel on earth who made an imprint on everyone who ever met Justin. Our world is a little less bright without Justin.

Wed
10
Apr

Robert L. Schroth

Robert “Bob” L. Schroth, 71, Coleman, died suddenly Thursday afternoon, March 28, 2019, at Atrium Post Acute Care in Oconto Falls. The only child of Raymond Schroth Jr. and Dorothy (Trever) Thompson was born Sept. 27, 1947, in Marinette. Bob grew up on the family farm in the Town of Brazeau and attended Oconto Falls Public Schools, graduating from high school with the class of 1965. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Army and served his country during the Vietnam War.

Wed
03
Apr

Constance L. Lopez

Constance Lynn (Elbe) Lopez of Sparks, Maryland, passed away on Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson, Maryland, at the age of 71. She was born on March 23, 1947, in Shawano to Kenneth and OraBelle Elbe, of Gillett.

Constance was the devoted mother to Tim (Kelly) Lopez, York, Pennsylvania, and David (Tricia) Lopez, Pittsburgh; dear sister of Randy (Kathy) Elbe, Sacramento, California, Deborah Erickson, Gillett, Kenneth Elbe, Green Bay, and the late John Elbe; loving grandmother of Evan and Nicholas Lopez. She is also survived by her nephew, Jake Elbe (fiancée Laci Dorn), their son, Jordan, Neenah; her niece, Elizabeth (Chad) Montour, Shawano, their children McKenna, Damon and Alex; her niece, Elise Elbe, Sacramento, California; her aunt, Lois Elbe, Green Bay.

Wed
03
Apr

Morton R. Gentz

Morton R. “Mort” Gentz, 95, Appleton, formerly of Gillett, passed away Friday, March 22, 2019, at home. His family was at his side.

Mort was born Nov. 30, 1923, to the late Julius and Kathryn (Weidner) Gentz at Bowler. He graduated from Bowler High School in 1941. On June 14, 1944, he married the love of his life, Lorraine Hoefs, at Zion Lutheran Church in Zachow. He was a proud World War II Veteran, serving his country in the U.S. Air Force as an aerial front nose gunner on B-24 Bombers in the Pacific Theater of War.

Following his military service, he and Lorraine worked for Red Owl Stores. They owned and operated Gentz’s Flowers and Greenhouses in Gillett, retiring in 1978. They went on to spend 22 years at Finnegan Lake, building a home and caring for flowers, trees and multiple vegetable gardens.

Wed
03
Apr

Robert A. Johnson

Robert A. “B.J.” Johnson, 80, of Oconto Falls, passed away March 24, 2019, with family by his side. Born July 27, 1938, to Arvilla Bartz and Robert Johnson.

B.J. was raised in Oconto Falls and lived his entire life in Oconto Falls, graduating with the class of 1957. In 1959, he joined the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1963. In 1965, he married Judith Prokosh, of Pulaski. Together they had three children. They divorced in 1977. He married Sharon Davis in Oconto Falls in 1981.

He worked at Green Bay Packaging from 1967 until December 1979 when he was hired at Oconto Falls High School as a custodian. He was there for 32 years until his retirement in August 2011. He enjoyed the students and teachers and missed it a lot after he left. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and going to the casino.

Wed
03
Apr

Jan. L. Vanderscoff Ford

Jan Lucile Vanderscoff Ford, 72, passed away peacefully on March 5, 2019, at her home in Front Royal, Virginia. Jan was born on Feb. 16, 1947, in Peoria, Illinois, to John Vanderscoff and Jean Vanderscoff, née Haglund. With family roots in Wisconsin, Jan traveled the world during her 34 years as a reservation agent for United Airlines.

Jan will be remembered for her ability to make others feel like the best version of themselves. A passionate historian, she attended Ithaca College and earned her certificate in historic preservation from Northern Virginia Community College. She preserved precious family stories, and, ever generous, Jan was at home with Van Gogh or rooting for the Packers.

She had two children, to whom she gave her gifts and grace. In later years, health challenges demonstrated the depth of that grace, humor, and resilience.

Sat
23
Mar

Cora M. Schultz

Cora M. (Fandrey) Schultz, 92, Gillett, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

She was born in Town of Hutchins on June 19, 1926, a daughter of the late William R. and Emma (Kielman) Fandrey. Cora married Marvin C. Schultz on Sept. 22, 1951, at St. Paulus Church in the Town of Almon, and together they raised one daughter, Jane.

The family made its home in Gillett, and Cora worked at the Canning Factory during the summer for many years. She was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and was active in many ministries including the Ladies Aid and the church’s annual bazaar. Cora loved flower gardening and looked forward to planting flowers each year.

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