21 February 2024

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Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Tlusty

Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Tlusty


Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Tlusty, 92, of Chelsea, passed away on Feb. 4, 2024 at Aspirus Care and Rehab under the care of Hope Hospice. Betty was born on July 17, 1931 the daughter of George and Lucienne (Trac) Hoffman in Rib Lake. She was united in marriage to Franklin Tlusty on June 23, 1951. Betty enjoyed sewing, baking, birdwatching, spending time with family and friends, but she especially enjoyed, making sure that everyone’s bellies were full before you left her house. Betty is survived by her brother, Harry Hoffman of Washington; her son, Mark Tlusty Sr (Debbie) of 1931-2024 Neillsville; daughter, Jeanne Tlusty of Chelsea; grandkids, Stephanie Tlusty (Ivan) of Wausau, Mark Tlusty Jr. (Tessa) of Neillsville; Michael Tlusty (Dang) of Elgin Ill.; Tashalia Butler (Steve) of Rib Lake. Great-grandkids, Shawn Tlusty, Paul Tlusty (Melanie), Michael Quednow, Maddie Zeledon, Jax Tlusty, Lily Butler, Olivia Butler; great-great-grandkids, Layden Tlusty, Colton Tlusty, and Lydia Tlusty; and many nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Franklin; two sons, Michael and Gary; four sisters, Germaine, Lucille, Susie and Doris; and her brother, Ray. Services will be held July 20 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Whittlesey. Family and friends will gather from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Mid Wisconsin Cremation Society is assisting family at this time. Online condolences may be expressed at MWCS.WS Paid Obituary 148631

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Kathleen Ann Van Den Heuvel

Kathleen Ann Van Den Heuvel


1940-2024 On Sunday, Feb. 18, 2024, Kathleen Ann Van Den Heuvel, affectionately known as Kae, died peacefully at home, surrounded with love by her devoted husband and eight loving children by her side. Kae was born on Aug. 14, 1940 in Donald, on their family farm to Earl and Lucille (Creaser) Englebretson. Kae attended Donald Elementary School and graduated from Gilman High School in 1958. On Aug. 23, 1958, she married her high school sweetheart, Bernie Van Den Heuvel, and they were blessed with nine children. Through their 65 years of marriage together, their blessings abounded, welcoming 27 grandchildren and 34 (and counting) great-grandchildren into the large, loving, and ever-expanding Van Den Heuvel family. Kae was first and foremost a godly woman, and could almost always be spotted at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church and its related events. She was deeply involved in the church, where she taught CCD, planned funeral dinners, and was a member of the Rosary Society. In heaven, if something needs planning, Kae might get to it before God even notices! Along with the church, Kae was a keystone of the Gilman community and was a member of numerous organizations, namely the Lionesses, CBA, Red Hat Society, Miller Dam Lake Association, Cub Scouts, Ladies Guild, the Gilman Public Library Board, Gilman Village Board, was a bus driver and an EMT for 12 years. Kae was a passionate gardener, bird watcher, and loved to read. Most of all, though, Kae spent time with the family she made, supporting them at every wedding, baby shower, sporting event, and birthday possible. She was the best at supporting and encouraging her many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. “Grandma Kae” was a pillar of the Gilman community and was “Grandma” to everyone in Gilman. She will be sorely missed. Kae is survived by her husband of 65 years, Bernie; and their children, Monica (Rick) Johnson, Bill (Deb) Van Den Heuvel, Sheri (Ray) Gavitt, Jim (Lonnie) Van Den Heuvel, Jenny (Dennis) Lingen, Teri (fiancé Don Klisiewicz) Rosemeyer, Kari (Jerry) Jehn, and Bernie (Traci) Van Den Heuvel. Additionally, she is survived by her 27 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren, who, if we were to list all of their names, would take up the entire paper. She is also survived by her brother, Ronnie and Rocky (Kathy) Englebretson; and many special nieces and nephews and countless friends. Kae was preceded in death by son, Jeffrey (at birth); her sister, Connie Clark; her brother, Ricky; mother, Lucille and father, Earl Englebretson; and her parentsin-law, Aloys and Gertrude Van Den Heuvel. A funeral Mass took place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 at Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church-Gilman with Father Vijay Kumar Madani officiating. Burial followed in Meadowbrook Catholic Cemetery-Gilman. Visitation was from 9 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the Church. The Van Den Heuvel family would like to thank Hope Hospice, and all friends and family that supported them and provided care during this time. Paid Obituary 148746

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Roy J. Anderson

Roy J. Anderson


1944-2024 Roy J. Anderson, 79, of Marshfield, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2024 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King, Wisconsin. Proud of his service in Vietnam, he was lovingly cared for by the staff at King during his last years with dementia. He was surrounded by family and is now at peace with his memories. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, 2024 at Rembs Funeral Home, Marshfield, where the family will receive relatives and friends from 1 p.m. until service time. Rev. Mark Krueger will officiate. The service will be streamed online at www. facebook.com/rembsfuneralhomes. Military rites will be conducted at the funeral home following the service by the American Legion Post 54 of Marshfield. Roy was born on Sept. 17, 1944 in Medford, to Howard and Lois (Hadenfeldt) Anderson. He was a graduate of Wausau Technical School. In April of 1969 he married Betty J. Laube. They were married for 46-years before Betty lost her life to cancer in 2015. He was most proud of their three girls, Lisa, Tami, Sara and their husbands, whom he loved like sons. Roy was a true northwoodsman enjoying hunting, fishing, and the great outdoors. Known by his grandchildren as “Papa” he taught them how to appreciate nature and of course how to cast a fishing pole. He spent his career building and designing homes for families, having worked most of his career with Schueller Construction of Marshfield. He used his skills to show his love of family by building outdoor sandboxes, picnic tables and drawing plans for everyone’s remodeling projects. He is survived by three daughters, Lisa (J.D.) Fratzke of Minneapolis, Minn., Tami (David) Ford of Atlanta, Ga., and Sara (Shane) Lauthen of Cottage Grove, Minn. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Nina Fratzke, Lauren and James Ford, and Mya, Aria and Nolan Lauthen. He is further survived by a sister, Myrna (Walter) Bucki of Dresser. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife. Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com Paid Obituary 148632

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Rae L. Kohn

Rae L. Kohn


1930-2024 Rae L. Kohn, 93, of Medford, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2024 at Aspirus Medford Hospital. A funeral mass for Rae will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, with Father Patrick McConnell officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Military Rites will be performed by the Medford Area Military Honors Team. Rae was born March 28, 1930, to John and Kathryn (Bauman) Kohn. He grew up on the family farm in the town of Little Black. Rae joined the National Guard at the age of 17. When the Korean War broke out he enlisted in the Army and volunteered for the infantry. He served in the Army from Jan. 1952 to Jan. 1955. During his service, Rae spent 13 months in Korea, where he served part of that time on Heartbreak Ridge. Rae married Florette Hutman of Withee, Feb. 27, 1954. After his time in the service, Rae brought his family home to Medford to take over operation of the family dairy farm. Rae also had a passion for beekeeping, gardening and deer hunting - harvesting his last deer at the age of 92. Rae proudly served on the Medford Military Honors Team. He said it was the last thing that could be done to honor a veteran for their service. He was involved in many other community organizations. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Korean War Veterans Association, Farm Bureau, Taylor County Beekeepers Association, Wisconsin Honey Producers Association, 4-H, and Manitowoc Milk Producers. He was the chairman of the committee to build the Korean War Memorial at the Highground Veterans Memorial Park, Neillsville. Rae is survived by his children, Michael Kohn of Medford, Donna Schneider of Vancouver, Wash., Linda Sebastian of Richmond, Ky., Mark Kohn of Medford, David (Jaymi) Kohn of Medford, Lorie Floyd of Medford, Gary (Lisa) Kohn of Medford, Mary (Terry Thurman) Kohn of Medford, Neal Kohn of Medford; 19 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren; daughterin- law, Josephine Kohn of Marshfield; siblings, Mary Hansen of Greenfield, Barb Pinter of Abbotsford, Donny (Elaine) Kohn of Withee, Jane Sackmann of Leesburg, Fla., and John Kohn of Holcombe. Rae is further survived by many other family and friends. Rae was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Florette; son, Bruce Kohn; and sisters, Marcella Writz and Judy Holtz. Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford is serving the family. Please visit www.hemerfuneralservice. com to share condolences online. Paid Obituary 148790

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Dale J. Storch Sr.

Dale J. Storch Sr.


1942-2024 Dale J. Storch Sr., 81, of Stetsonville, passed surrounded by family at his daughter Carol’s home. A celebration of life will take place at a later date. Dale was born August 15, 1942 in Klamath Falls, Ore. while his father was stationed in the Navy. He later moved to the family home in Stetsonville where he was currently residing. He enjoyed spending his time stock car and snowmobile racing. In his later years pit crewing for friends, restoring classic cars, woodworking, supporting his great-grandkids sporting events, and let’s not forget sharing his colorful political views. He married Evelyn Bates in Iowa and together they had three children and they later divorced. He married Debbie Lavin Dec. 23, 1988. Together they ran a furniture restoration and cabinetry business. Dale is survived by his wife, Debbie Storch; daughters, Carol (Jeff) Meyer and Cathy (Dan) Brehm; son, Dale “Butch” (Debbie) Storch; step-son Eric Lavin; grandchildren, Codi, Haley, Abby, Jacki, Kyle, and Kelsey; great-grandchildren, Gage, Paige, Evan, Madix, Jake, Kason, Preston, Quinn, Daniel, Reagan, Calvin, and Evan; mother-in-law, Joanne Lavin. Dale is further survived by other family and friends. Dale was preceded in death by his father, mother, brother, Duane; two infant sons, and father-inlaw, Richard Lavin. Hemer-Pickerign Funeral & Cremation Services of Medford is serving the family. Please visit www.hemerfuneralservice.com to share condolences online. Paid Obituary 148789

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Thomas George Braun

Thomas George Braun


1940-2024 Thomas George Braun, age 83, joined his daughter Laura in heaven on Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, surrounded by his loved ones at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. He was born on Aug.3, 1940, in Wausau, and was a lifelong resident of Athens. He received his education at St. Anthony Catholic School in Athens, and graduated from St. Norbert’s High School in DePere. Tom served in the Air Force as a mechanic stationed in Texas from 1960-1965, after which he worked for the Wergin Company, Wausau until his retirement and was a lifelong member of Local Laborers Union #1359. Tom was known for his kind-hearted nature and enjoyed mowing lawns for the elderly in Athens. Tom married Beverly (Westfall) Braun on April 26, 1969, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Athens. They were married for 54 years and had two children; a son, Daniel, and a daughter, Laura. Tom loved spending time with his family at Braun’s Haven on Manson Lake. He was a founding member of Athens Sno Pak, and he especially loved fishing trips to Canada with his sister Judi and her husband Jim. He was a sports enthusiast who cheered for the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers. Throughout his life, you could find him deer hunting, musky fishing, throwing horseshoes, water skiing, bowling, and singing in the St. Anthony’s Men’s Choir. One of his greatest pastimes was a quick trip to the casino. Tom had an exceptional sense of humor and cherished being with family and friends. Tom is survived by his wife, Bev; son, Daniel and Renee (Hanke) Braun with granddaughters Kennedy and Avery; siblings, Joe (Joannie Janke) Braun, Judi (Jim) Hartman; sister-in-law, Marion (Peissig) Braun; along with many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Laura Braun; parents, Wilfred and Edna (Wendt) Braun; siblings, Jean (Bill) Hartman, Joan (William) Smith, Joyce (Wilfred) Riehle, Bill Braun, John Braun; and nephew, William Smith. Tom will be deeply missed by all who knew him. A funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 2, 2024 at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens, celebrated by Rev. George Graham. Visitation will begin on Friday, March 1 at 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Peterson/ Kraemer Funeral Home, Athens, and continue Saturday at 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will take place at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Athens. Online condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com. Paid Obituary 148734
14 February 2024

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Mary Jane Dodge

Mary Jane Dodge


Mary Jane Dodge, 90, formerly of Gilman, was called home on Friday, Feb. 9, 2024 at Hospice House in Wausau, surrounded by family, under the care of Aspirus Hospice and her daughter, Virginia. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, at Christ’s Community Church of Jump River with Pastor Joey Olsen officiating. Burial will follow in the Hannibal Cemetery. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. She was born on Aug. 19, 1933 to the late Charles and Georgia (Heiser) Close. Mary Jane grew up in Waukesha, and attended area schools. She was united in marriage to Zane Dodge on May 3, 1952, on the family farm in Hannibal in a double ceremony with his brother, Charles, and his bride, Phyllis Kraehnke. Mary Jane was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was always there for her family, without hesitation. Her family was her world. Mary Jane’s days were spent raising their six children, helping Zane on the farm, and planting the large garden in the spring and harvesting it in the fall, freezing or canning the bounty to carry them through the winter. Mary Jane loved family gatherings, especially the 1933-2024 annual camping trip. She enjoyed travelling, and at the age of 75, finally flew for the first time. Another special trip was the family road trip to Williamsburg, Virginia. For many years, Mary Jane enjoyed participating in the Gilman Community Chorus, performing in their concerts and visiting area nursing homes to share her love of music. Mary Jane freely gave of her time. She was active in her church’s ladies’ group, the Hannibal Area Ladies Aide, and the Hannibal Area Work Basket. She also assisted at the Cleveland Town Hall during elections. She could always be found helping in the kitchen, whether it was at church, the Gilman Senior Center, or the home of one of her children. When the children became older, Mary Jane worked outside of the home as a cafeteria cook/server at the Hannibal Elementary School and also at the school in Gilman. She is survived by her children, Wayne Dodge of Chippewa Falls, Warren (Cheryl) Dodge of Gilman, Barbara Dodge of New Brighton, Minn., Susan Elphick (Randy Spivey) of Marshall, and Virginia (Glen) Dawson of Marathon; seven grandchildren, Denise, Renee, Jeremy, Joshua, Shauna, Ryan, and Victoria; and 14 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one sisterin- law, Beatrice Kohn; numerous nieces and nephews, and many dear friends, all whom she loved and cherished. Mary Jane was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Zane (2021); her son, Elwin (2019); three brothers; seven sisters; and one great-grandchild, Nathaniel. Paid Obituary 148460

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Jennifer Lynn (Emmerich) Wantoch

Jennifer Lynn (Emmerich) Wantoch


1981-2024 Jennifer Lynn (Emmerich) Wantoch, 42, of Omaha, Neb. (formerly of Medford) passed away on Feb. 3, 2024. Jennifer was born on June 25, 1981 in Medford, to Julee K. (Senoraske) Emmerich and Lorin M. Emmerich. She attended Medford area schools until her graduation in 1999. Jennifer was active in band and tennis. After high school she received her bachelor’s degree through the University of River Falls as well as two Masters degrees through Hamline University in Minnesota. She began her career with St. Croix County in Hudson, while living in downtown St. Paul. While there she became active in a number of organizations that truly defined who she was. She felt very passionate about equality for all people which was evident in the work she devoted to helping so many. She was an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. She fought for women’s rights and was part of the DFL. She spent time volunteering at the church near her home staying with the homeless overnight so they had a place to stay. She even went so far as to invite some homeless into her home to get them off the street when it was exceptionally cold. Those who knew her most will always remember these things as they truly were who she was. She moved to Omaha, Neb. to pursue her career in finance as a Regulatory Compliance Manager for a large bank. She was working for KeyCorp in the same capacity at the time of her passing. Jennifer met her husband, Mike Wantoch while in Omaha. She loved her life with Mike, their two fur babies, Coco and Kevin, and her new stepdaughter, Hope. She recently became a grandparent when Hope had a beautiful baby boy (Benjamin) that she adored. Jennifer was an avid reader and would always have a book with her wherever she went. She also loved Jeopardy. She even had an alarm set on her phone so she wouldn’t miss the show. A huge passion for Jennifer was the Packers! Living in Omaha never changed her love for all things Wisconsin – beer brats, cheese curds and THE PACKERS! As much as she loved her Packer sweatshirt, she never missed an opportunity to dress up in her heels and red lipstick and enjoy the finer things life had to offer. She made friends wherever she went and loved her friends like family. She had a huge heart and will be missed by so many. Jennifer will be sadly missed by her husband, Mike Wantoch of Omaha, Neb.; mother and father, Julee and Lorin Emmerich of Tomahawk; sister, Heather (Chris) Koncar of Tomahawk; niece, Aubree Clausnitzer of Tomahawk; stepdaughter, Hope (Will) Wantoch of Omaha, Neb.; maternal grandparents, Adam and Lynn Senoraske of Tomahawk; paternal grandmother, Rita Emmerich of Medford; mother-in-law, Gloria Krueger of Stanton, Neb.; sister-in-law, Sue (Brian) Bollich of Omaha, Neb.; Sheryl Concannon of Omaha, Neb.; two very special friends, Kati Matyka of Houston, Texas and Nick (Becca) Sulzer of Mosinee, and many, many aunts, uncles and cousins as well as so many special friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Kenneth Emmerich; and aunt, Sheila Brandner. A Celebration of Life service is being held to honor all she loved on Feb. 17, 2024 at Bootleggers Supper Club, outside Tomahawk, (2001 Indian Pine Point Rd, Tomahawk, WI) with Pastor Nancy Amacher officiating. The service will begin at 10 a.m. with a prayer service at 11:30 a.m. Lunch will follow. An additional memorial service will also be held in Omaha on March 23, 2024 at UNO Thompson Alumni Center from noon until 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made which will be designated at a later date by the family in a way that honors Jennifer’s memory. Paid Obituary 148434