10 April 2024

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Beverly P. Steffen (Smerda)

Beverly P. Steffen (Smerda)


Beverly P. Steffen (Smerda), 73, of Ogema passed away peacefully at Aspirus Wausau Hospital on Sunday, April 7, 2024. She was born to John and Hilder Smerda on March 17, 1951, in Wausau. After graduating from Mosinee High School in 1969, the following year she graduated from the State Beauty College of Culture. She was a cosmetologist for over 30 years in Phillips. She married Leroy Steffen from Ogema on May 20, 1972. Bev and Leroy blissfully celebrated fifty-two years of marriage. They had two children, Rebecca and Brent. Beverly enjoyed fellowship with her family and friends. She liked to play card games, go camping, baking, and especially going for rides with Leroy. She was a proud grandma to Jacob, Ella, and Leah. 1951-2024 She was a member of the Ladies Legion Auxiliary, the Lutheran Church of Ogema, a current member of New Beginnings Lutheran Church, Ladies Group, and a Girl Scout Leader. She belonged to and supported the Ogema Volunteer Fire Company. Some of her favorite things were bird watching, reading on her kindle, hobbies, and crafts. She is survived by her devoted husband, Leroy; children, Rebecca (Whit) Parker of North Prairie, and Brent of Ogema; grandchildren, Jacob, Ella, and Leah; brothers, Robert (Susan) Smerda of Wausau, and Ronald (Jeanne) Smerda of Mosinee; and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and infant sister. There will be a Memorial Service at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at First Baptist Church, 757 Cherry Street, Prentice, WI 54556. Visitation will begin one hour prior to service. Fellowship to follow the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to the New Beginnings Lutheran Church, 1223 Railroad Avenue, Prentice, WI 54556, are appreciated. Heindl-Nimsgern Funeral Home is assisting the family. Paid Obituary 150996

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Kenneth R. Swanson

Kenneth R. Swanson


1947-2024 Kenneth R. Swanson, age 76, of Tomahawk, passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2024, at his home surrounded by his family after a long, courageous battle with PSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy). Ken was born in Tomahawk, on May 23, 1947, to the late Bennie and Verona (Liebelt) Swanson. He was married to Cheryl Anderson on Dec. 5, 1971; she survives. Ken grew up on the Swanson family homestead/ dairy farm in the Town of Spirit and was a 1965 graduate of the Rib Lake High School. After graduation, Ken moved to Milwaukee, and soon after, was drafted into the Army and served in the Vietnam War. After his military service ended, he moved back to Tomahawk and worked at Lampart Yards. In 1978, Ken began employment at the PCA Tomahawk Mill; retiring in 2013. He was a lifetime member of the Spirit American Legion and also a member of the Spirit 4H Club. Ken was an avid outdoorsman who had a passion for hunting, fishing, and ice fishing. He loved going for walks and spending time out in Spirit. Ken liked playing cribbage and watching the Packers, Brewers, Badgers and NASCAR races. Ken loved his family and especially enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. Survivors include his wife of over 52 years, Cheryl Swanson; his daughters, Amy (Neal) Gebauer, and Michelle (Andy) VanderWyst; his son-in-law, Dan Lundberg, and his “bonus” son-in-law, Pat Lundberg; his sister, Karen (Terry) Johnson; and his in-laws, Debbie and Joe Bandura, and Chet and Doreen Anderson. Ken is further survived by his grandchildren, Connor, Emerson, Ryan, Mason, and Mackenzie; and his nieces and nephews, Karla, Todd, Jake, Eric, and Scott. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bennie and Verona; his daughter, Tammy Lundberg; and his father and mother-in-law, Chet and Darlene Anderson. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Ken’s best friends, Larry Halvorson, Joe Bandura, and Chet Anderson, as well as, Hana, for the exceptional and compassionate in home care she provided. A memorial service with military honors was held on Tuesday, April 9, 2024, at Generations Funeral Home, at 11 a.m. Rev. Wayne Jahn officiated. The family received friends for visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 am. Generations Funeral Home & Crematory assisted the family. You may view Ken’s obituary and leave online condolences at generationsfuneral. com. Paid Obituary 150831

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Jamie Lee Palmquist

Jamie Lee Palmquist


1985-2024 Marshfield bids farewell to one of its most beautiful young souls, Jamie Lee Palmquist. Jamie’s journey on this earth came to a peaceful close on March 22, 2024, surrounded by her loved ones, leaving behind a legacy of kindness, humor, and a profound love for her children, family, fiancé and friends. Born on Oct. 10, 1985, Jamie was a beacon of joy from the first moments of her life. She loved to be the center of attention, which began with performances of “I’m a little teapot” for any audience, and continued into hundreds of funny and beautiful tik tok videos. She loved shopping, phone conversations, crime shows, Hallmark movies and Christmas. An early fascination with law enforcement led Jamie to a position of Correctional Officer at the jail and eventually into the position of Head of Security for Securitas at the Nestle Corporation in Medford. Jamie is survived by her loving parents, Judi and Mark Grabinski; her father, Keith Lewin (Kim); her children, Luca Quick (Orion) of N.Y., Peyton Quick, Hailey Mateski, Kelsie Mateski, and Cayden Pichla; her fiancé, Tina Braun; her older sisters, Monique Lewin, and Amanda Stoffel (Joel) of Mo.; her younger brother, Shaun Palmquist of Minn.; her maternal grandmother, Barbara Kennen of Minn.; ten nieces and nephews; many aunts and uncles; and the entire Palmquist family. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Floyd Kennen, Franklin Manning, Jake Lewin, Joan Lewin, Eugene Palmquist and Ardell Palmquist; her uncles, Anthony Tadych and Clifford Manning; and her aunts, Penny Kennen and Kelly Jones; along with many extended family members. A celebration of Jamie’s life will be held later this summer and will be announced on a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that consideration of donations be made directly to the family to be divided amongst her children. The Hansen-Schilling Funeral Home of Marshfield is assisting the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hansenschillingfuneralhome. com for your convenience. Paid Obituary 150852

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Ray A. Mallo

Ray A. Mallo


1940-2024 Ray A. Mallo, 83 of Gilman, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024. He was born on March 5, 1940 to the late Guy and Beatrice (Palmer) Mallo. Ray grew up in the Hannibal area and graduated from Hannibal High School. He farmed the majority of his life. Ray enjoyed bowling, horseshoes, spending time with his family and talking about the “good ole days” on the farm with his siblings and spending time with his constant companion, Shadow, his beloved collie. He is survived by his children, Jerry (Renee) Gielow of West Bend, Michelle (Allen) Kurth and Brent (Jodie) Mallo both of Gilman; four grandchildren, Kylee (Brandon) Crank, MaKade (Allison) Kurth, MaKenna Kurth and Sequoia Mallo; two great-grandchildren, Kollyn and Kenley Crank; his siblings, Arlene (Jerome) Zahn of Jackson, Arthur (Mary) Mallo of Rothschild, Judith Mallo of Richland Center, Paulette Johnson of Wauwatosa, Jerry (Jennifer) Mallo of Waukesha, Brian (Cassie) Mallo of Gilman, Loren Mallo of Greenwood and Arlen Mallo of Lake Hallie; and special friend, Carol Soraparu. Ray was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Bryce “Bud” Mallo; his sisters, Della Story and Sharon Madlon; and a grandson, Jayce Kurth. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., April 20, 2024 at New Hope Presbyterian Church-Hannibal with Pastor Bev Thompson officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will take place in the Hannibal Cemetery. Plombon Funeral Service is assisting the family. Paid Obituary 150891
27 March 2024

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Kelly Cornell

Obituary - Kelly Cornell


1962-2024 Kelly Cornell, a beloved father, husband, and grandfather, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2024 in Duluth, Minn. surrounded by family. He was born on July 23, 1962, in Ladysmith, to Ray and Dorothy Cornell. Kelly’s life was one filled with love for his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia Cornell; daughter, Nicole Hoehn; daughter, Jasmine (Ross) Ojala; son, Jens (Beth) Cornell; daughter, Jael Cornell; grandchildren, Gabriel and Violet Ojala, Jonathan, Lucia, and Emmeline Cornell and Jordan and Jalen Larson; as well as dog, Lambeau. Kelly’s life was marked by the profound impact he had on those around him. He cherished every moment spent with his family and took great pride in being a devoted husband to Patricia and a nurturing father to Jasmine, Jens, and Jael. His passion for cooking brought joy to many gatherings where friends and family were treated to his delicious meals. Kelly also had an infectious sense of humor that could light up any room. His love for the Green Bay Packers was unwavering - win or lose - but it paled in comparison to the love he held for his family. One of Kelly’s greatest joys came from spending time with his nieces, nephews, and grandchildren who adored their “Papa” beyond measure. Whether it was carrying kids around on his shoulders, being “Donald Duck,” or on the lake fishing – these moments will forever be treasured by all who were fortunate enough to witness them. Kelly’s passing leaves behind an unfillable void in the hearts of all who knew him. However, we take solace knowing that he has been reunited with those gone before us including parents, Ray & Dorothy; sister, Carol; brothers, Marc & Ted. A celebration of life will be planned this summer in Duluth, Minnesota to gather to reminisce about the unforgettable memories with Kelly. The legacy left behind by Kelly is one built upon kindness, laughter, & unconditional love which shall continue inspiring future Cornell generations. Paid Obituary 150378

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Margaret “Peggy” S. Rau

Margaret “Peggy” S. Rau


1960-2024 Margaret “Peggy” S. Rau, age 63, of Dorchester, passed away on March 20, 2024. A Mass of Christian Burial was held 11 a.m. at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Abbotsford on Wednesday, March 27, 2024. Father Timothy Oudenhoven officiated. Interment was in the Abbotsford Public Cemetery. Family and friends were welcomed from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 at Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford and from 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27 at the church. Peggy was born Dec. 13, 1960, the daughter of Fred and Cecelia (Koplitz) Schindler, Sr. in Marshfield. She graduated from Abbotsford High School in 1979. Peggy was married to Richard Rau for 35 years. Together they farmed in the Town of Mayville. Peggy was a passionate farmer and was a leader in calf raising and husbandry. She also led educational workshops and organized tours to promote the dairy industry. Peggy was also very generous of her time and money as she donated to various community organizations and people in need. When her Dorchester community needed first responders, she was the first to volunteer. She was a member of both St. Louis and St. Bernard Catholic Churches, member of the Busy Homemakers, and a leader in the Liberty 4-H Club. Peggy enjoyed gardening, cooking and traveling. She especially loved baking and sharing with the community and people around her. Peggy loved and cherished being with her family. Peggy is survived by her four children, Zak (Tony Meyer) Rau of Medford, Stephanie (Eric) Karr of Eau Claire, Rebecca Rau of Vancouver, Wash. and Zayne (Jess) Rau of Medford; six grandchildren, Savannah, Isla, Bennett, Chet, Colt and Amilyah. She is further survived by her seven siblings, Patricia (Greg) Krause of Prentice, Marie (Ted) Hoffman of Lake Mills, Fred (Linda) Schindler of Curtiss, Jayne (Julian) Jannene of Colby, Leonard (Diane) Schindler of Colby, Tim (Lisa) Schindler of Curtiss and Tom (Robyn) Schindler of Marshfield; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Michael. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Aspirus Medford Foundation for mental health awareness. Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com Paid Obituary 150260

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Allen Clark

Allen Clark


1937-2024 Allen Clark, age 86 of Prescott, died peacefully, Saturday, March 23, 2024 at his residence. Allen was born on Nov. 20, 1937 in Ladysmith; the son of Edward Wilson and Lenora (Nelson) Clark. He was raised in Tony, where he attended elementary and high school. As a young man, he was married to the former Yvonne Smrstick. To this union children Allen, Christine, Julie, and Sue were born. This union would later dissolve. When he moved to the St. Paul area as a young strapping man, he began working in the construction industry; specifically, as an ironworker. He took great pride in his work and would let you know if the bridge you were driving over was worked on by him, or if the booming cell towers that you would drive by were scaled by him. In his early forties, a certain waitress at The County Point in Hastings caught his eye. He was rather smitten with her and got the nerve up to ask her out. She eventually said yes, and the rest is history. On June 8, 1985, Allen was united in marriage to Joan Helen Hoffman at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Hastings. For nearly 40 years, they were inseparable and their love grew stronger each year. Allen thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting. He had fond memories of deer hunting with the guys back in Tony, Wisconsin or pheasant hunting with his dogs, particularly Sheena, his prized lab. He and Joan had many memorable trips to Canada fishing, and they never went without their limit of walleye (according to Al). When he retired, he took a part-time job at Emerald Greens Golf Course in Hastings. He loved the work there, made many good friends, and the free golf he got to play was a bonus. Allen and Joan also enjoyed 13 winters in Arizona golfing and enjoying times with dear friends and family. If you’ve had the privilege to visit with Joan and Allen at their home, you most certainly went away with a bottle of homemade maple syrup from the family business. If you had a peek into his garage and workshop, his love of woodworking was obvious. He so enjoyed using his God given talents to create keepsakes of many different shapes and sizes to give to those he cared for deeply. His most recent project was a rocking horse for his newest great-grandchild Rhodes. Furthermore, he always looked forward to coffee with his friends at the Table of Knowledge at Ptaceks. Allen will fondly be remembered by his love, wife, and best friend, Joan; children, Christine (Don) Moe, Julie (Ron) Kaplan, Sue (Greg) Roe; grandchildren, Adam, Andrea (Ryan), Aaron, Faith, Tanner (Netta), Madi, (Max); great-grandchildren, Joey, McKenna, Josiah, Alaina, Greta, Avery, Flynn; step-children, Russell (Marin) Peterson, Douglas (Diane) Peterson, James (Mary Jo) Peterson, Dean (Lynette) Peterson; step-grandchildren Savvanah, Maizie, Nathan, Kayla (Joseph), Tia (Jared), Ben (Kandice), Mitchell (Kelsey), Creed, Fletcher, Estee; and his great-grandson, Rhodes. His parents and son, Allen Jr. preceded him in death. Mass of Christian Burial for Allen was 11 a.m., Wednesday, March 27 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Prescott. Burial was in the Holy Rosary Cemetery in Medford. Visitation was one hour prior to the service at St. Joseph’s. A luncheon followed at Ptaceks Old Event Center. Memorials preferred to the discretion of the family. Funeral services entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home of Prescott. Paid Obituary 150349