03 August 2022

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Samantha Audrey Joyce B

Samantha Audrey Joyce B


alciar 2009-2 022 It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved little girl, Samantha. A funeral service for Samantha will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Medford, with Pastor Nancy Amacher officiating. Burial will follow at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Visitation will take place at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. The family encourages all who knew Samantha to attend to share memories and celebrate her life. Samantha was born on Feb. 9, 2009 to Steve and Maranda Balciar in Chippewa Falls. She was called “P-Nut” since she was born. Samantha enjoyed horseback riding and hanging out with her friends. She was an avid swimmer and participated in swim competitions in school and swim club. She loved helping others with anything they needed. She was a loving and caring young lady. She enjoyed making her fairy garden every year. She loved helping her mom build their basement. She enjoyed snuggling with her dog, Appollo, cat, Minnie, and grandparents’ dog, King. She enjoyed riding her grandparents’ side by side, going on motorcycle rides with her grandpa and helping her grandma cook. She also enjoyed going to her Aunt Carol’s to make hay. Samantha is survived by her parents, Steve and Maranda Balciar; sister, Kaelynn; her maternal grandparents, Harold and Debbie Jenness; maternal aunts and uncles, Jeremy Jenness, Josh Jenness, Sara Jenness, Robert Jenness, Chelsie Jenness; and their children, Mataya Jenness, Devin Jenness, Josh Jr. Jenness, Zachary Jenness, Jake Jenness, Bailey Jenness, Emmalyn Jenness, and Olivia Jenness; paternal aunts and uncles, Joe Balciar, Cheryl Balciar, Josh Balciar, Morgan Balciar, and their children, Cassidy Balciar, Brayden Balciar, Jaxson Balciar. Samantha is further survived by a great many extended family and friends she was loved by. Samantha was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Carl and Joyce Balciar. Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice. com. Paid Obituary 124607

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Robert “Bob” R. A

Robert “Bob” R. A


nderson 1945-2 022 Robert “Bob” R. Anderson, 77, of Medford, passed away unexpectedly on July 31, 2022 at Aspirus Medford Hospital. A funeral service for Bob will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 5 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Whittlesey, with Pastor Ralph Shorey officiating. Burial will follow at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery. Visitation will take place at Trinity Lutheran Church on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 4-7 p.m. Visitation will continue at the church on Friday, Aug. 5 from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Bob was born to Russel and Dorothy (Knoll) in Medford on Jan. 23, 1945 (012345 as he used to say). He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a charter member of the Whittlesey Lions Club. He married Julaine Krug at Trinity Lutheran Church in Medford on Oct. 29, 1966 and they had 55 eventful and adventurous years together. Bob graduated from Medford High School in 1963. After high school he worked for a period of time in road construction. In 1966, after his marriage, he started working in the insurance industry, winning numerous awards over the years as a top representative of many companies. As the owner of Bob Anderson Agency, he always prided himself on the personal service he gave to his policyholders, up until the time of his death. Bob was a very social person, loved talking with people, and that made him a natural salesman. He was an avid fisherman (and bar hunter), accomplished accordion player since the age of 12, enjoyed working with his wood splitter, taking Julaine for rides in the UTV with the bull horns on the front, and using his pressure washer on everything from cleaning golf balls that he picked up while mowing at the Lions Park, to especially keeping his vehicles spotless (and teaching his grandchildren how to properly clean theirs!). He was always willing to give anyone a hand and could fix anything or invent a new way of doing something. Spending time with his family and friends was the icing on the cake, especially his three grandchildren. Bob is survived by his wife, Julaine; daughters, Kelly (Jason) Sandusky of Meridian, Idaho, Candy (Jess) Brunner of Medford; and son, Travis (Cheryl) of Wausau; grandchildren, Lainey, Jake, and Gabriella Brunner; sisters, Judy Mauritz of Marshfield, Jackie Ferrante of West Palm Beach, Fla., Penny Seidl of Portland, Ore.; brother, Richard (Jeanne) Anderson of Marshfield; brothers-in-law, Gene (Gloria) Krug and Wayne Krug, both of Medford, and Gerry (Carolyn) Krug of Sun City West, Ariz. Bob is further survived by many other nieces; nephews; and friends. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; brother- in-law, Michael Ferrante; and sister-in-law, Carol Krug. Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice. com. Paid Obituary 124581

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Larry “Shakie”  M. G

Larry “Shakie” M. G


allistel 1951-2 022 Larry “Shakie” M. Gallistel, age 71, of Tomahawk, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2022. A celebration of life gathering will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13, at 2 p.m., at the Lonely Few Motorcycle Clubhouse in Riplinger. You may view Larry’s obituary and leave online condolences at generationsfuneral. com. Larry was born in Phillips, on June 30, 1951, to the late Melvin and Elaine (Hagen) Gallistel. Larry attended the Prentice High School and later entered the military serving in the United States Marine Corps. He was married to Debra Dassow and together had two children. They later divorced. Larry met his significant other, Linda Oman, and shared over 20 years together before her passing in 2019. Larry enjoyed trapping and was a motorcyclist enthusiast. He loved taking rides whether it was on his Harley or in his convertible. He was proud to be a long-time member of the Lonely Few Motorcycle Club where he served as vice president for several years. Larry was involved in many charitable rides, one of his favorite being for the Children’s Miracle Network. Survivors include his son, Gene (Bethany) Gallistel; his daughter, Sadie (Tim) Ahlers; 2 brothers, Mark (Melania) Gallistel, and James (Debra Fischer) Gallistel; and his sister, Donna (Joseph) Dowden. Larry is further survived by his two grandchildren, Harlie and Brier Ahlers. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melvin and Elaine; and his significant other, Linda. Generations Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family. Paid Obituary 124540

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Carmen Jean Ruesch

Carmen Jean Ruesch


1945-2022 Carmen Jean (Waldhart) Ruesch, 77, of Medford, passed away on Thursday, July 21, 2022, at her home surrounded by her family. Cremation has been performed and no funeral service will be held. Carmen was born on June 9, 1945, to the late Hollis and Anita Waldhart (Strankman) in Medford. She graduated from Medford High School. After marriage, she stayed home with her children until they were in school. She worked at Passehl’s Drug Store, at Landwehr Mobile Homes as a secretary, and had an in-home daycare until she retired. Carmen had a loving heart for children and her pets. Carmen was united in marriage to the late Barton Vircks in September 1963, and together they had 3 children. They divorced, and she was later united in marriage to her surviving husband Tim Ruesch on Sept. 7, 1985. Carmen is survived by her husband of 36 years, Tim; three children, Lisa Pongratz of Granton, Lincoln (Melissa) Vircks of Freedom, and Lenise (fiancée Richard Cardin) Vircks of Marathon; Carmen’s stepdaughter, Jayme Malzahn and family, Colby. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Nicolas (fiancée Amber) Nelson, Ricky (Kylie) Pongratz, Rachel (Charlie) Hayes, Andrew (special friend: Bailey) Vircks, MJ (Brittany) Zenner, Alex (Katie) Zenner, Ben (special friend: Emma) Zenner, and Tessa Fawley; seven great-grandchildren; her brother Ron (Lois) Waldhart of Medford; two sisters, Mary Patterson of Omaha, Neb. and Carol (Bryan) Paur of Menomonie, and their families; and her aunt Velma Dietze of Medford. Carmen is further survived by her mother- in-law, Lenore Ruesch of Medford, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; Sharon (Pat) Burns of Madison, Connie (Don) Kubac, Louisville, Ky., Mike (Genece) of Corona, Calif., Pat (Deb) of Wausau, Penny (Dan) Engh of Viroqua, Debby (Bill) LaBerge of Verona, John (Laura) of Dayton, Minn., Val (Tim) Leath of Garden Grove, Calif., Kelvin (Shirley) of Eau Claire, Amy (Doug) Christophersen of Wausau, Ben (Bill) Kraemer of Medford, Jason of South Riding, Va., Gabe (Janice) of Tucson, Ariz., Lisa (Chris) Laursen of Mondovi. Carmen was preceded in death by her parents; her son-in-law, Rich Pongratz; and her father-in-law, Leroy Ruesch. Cremation services of Schofield, WI is assisting the family. Paid Obituary 124529
27 July 2022

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Lee C. Mahner

Lee C. Mahner


1939-2 022 Lee C. Mahner, 83, of Chelsea, passed away on Friday, July 22, 2022 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital. A funeral mass for Lee took place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 27 at OLPH Catholic Church, with Father Jayanna Kanna officiating. Burial followed at OLPH Catholic Cemetery. Visitation took place at OLPH on Tuesday, July 26 from 4 p.m. until the time of a Rosary Service at 7 p.m. Visitation continued at the church on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. followed by the service at 11 a.m. Lee was born on June 2, 1939 to Leo and Erna (Pinsch) Mahner in Chelsea. He was a 1957 graduate of Westboro High School. He married Kathleen “Kitty” Isabell Sigmund on Aug. 3, 1960, she preceded him in death. Lee was a dairy farmer and master mechanic and welder. He owned and operated Mahner’s Welding and Repair until his retirement. In his spare time Lee was an avid hunter and fisherman and a professional grandpa. He was known to everyone as Uncle Lee. Lee is survived by his children, Robin Mahner, Wendy (Lyn) Hartl, Rodney (Brenda) Mahner, and Karl (Ann) Mahner, all of Medford, Linda (Brian) Gollhardt of Westboro, Christopher (Debra) Mahner of Medford, Ryan “Buzz” Mahner of Medford, and Teresa (Jon) Rezutek of Rib Lake; 54 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren; sisters, Jane Kauer of Kansas, Jean (Roger) Olson of Colby, and Joan (Milt) Mickelson of Ashland. Lee is further survived by many other family and friends. Lee was preceded in death by his parents; wife; brother, Lin Mahner; granddaughter, Miriam Mahner; and great-grandson, Spencer Ruesch. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the family for Memorial Masses or donated to Abiding Care in his name. Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice. com. Paid Obituary 124216

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Lieutenant Colonel Ralph T. Potter

Lieutenant Colonel Ralph T. Potter


1928-2022 Retired Lieutenant Colonel Ralph T. Potter, age 94, peacefully passed away in hospice surrounded by his loving family on Friday, July 15, 2022, in Panama City, Fla. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, at 3 p.m. at Southerland Family Funeral Home, 100 East 19th Street, Panama City, FL. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Full military honors and internment at Barrancas National Cemetery, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. will be scheduled for a later date. Tex, as he was known to friends, was born in Galveston, TX on Feb. 5, 1928, to parents, Ralph and Sara (Pederson/Peterson) Potter. Tex was formerly a resident of the town of Donald in Taylor County. Tex enlisted in the Merchant Marines at age 17, joining the US Army upon his 18th birthday. He served in Europe during WWII as part of the post-war occupying troops and Korea. He would go on to serve thirty years active duty and as a part-time and fulltime reservist for the Army. Following his military career, Tex worked for the Department of Defense at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, GA and at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, Fla. Tex was preceded in death by his best friend and wife, Daela (Dee) Potter. They spent 60 years traveling together throughout the US, visiting 49 states. Tex was most happy on the road with his fifth wheel camper in tow, excited to discover what was waiting around the next bend down the highway. He loved fishing, beer, milk chocolate and peanut butter cookies. He is survived by his three children, Diana Pritchard of Panama City. Fla., David (Marie) Potter of Helena, Mont., and Margaret (John) Webster of Lynn Haven, Fla; and his grandchildren, Debra (Jeff) King, Dixie Clough, Zoe Potter and Daela Webster. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tex’s name to the Bay County Chapter - MOAA Scholarship Fund, your local hospice or your charity of choice. Paid Obituary 124172