30 November 2022

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Betty E. Bork

Betty E. Bork


1923-2022 Betty E. Bork, 99, of Medford, formerly of Decatur, Ill., died Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 1 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Medford with the Rev. Ralph Shorey officiating. Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday morning at Macon County Memorial Park in Decatur, Ill. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Thursday at the church. She was born Sept. 3, 1923 in Decatur to Edward and Lydia (Frahlman) Donaldson. She graduated from Decatur High School in 1941. Betty had met young Paul Bork, who went to serve his country in the military during WWII. During the war, Betty worked at the local war plant, awaiting Paul’s safe return. After the war, Paul returned to Decatur and the two were married on June 5, 1946. They resided in Decatur where Betty made their home and raised their three children. Once the oldest child started college, Betty went back to work as secretary for the Boy Scouts of America. After retirement, she worked part-time for the Girl Scouts of America. Paul preceded her in death in 1983. In 1996, Betty’s daughter, Lynette lost her husband suddenly. Without hesitation, Betty moved to Medford to help her daughter with her young children. In Decatur, Betty was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She was devoted to her faith and enjoyed attending church and bible study classes. While in Medford, she attended Trinity Lutheran Church. Her most cherished moments were time spent with her grandchildren. Betty is survived by her three children, Charlie Bork, Lynette Binns, both of Medford, Paul Bork of Colorado Springs, Colo.; a sister, Eloise Neuendorf of Cleveland, Tenn., four beloved grandchildren, Nathaniel Bork of Ft. Collins, Colo., Stephanie (Matt) Jacobs of Woodland Park, Colo., Elizabeth Binns (Ollie Wilson Jr.) of Appleton, Ralph Binns Jr. (Jay Feldmeier) of Madison, great-grandchildren, Cheyenne Bork, Orrin and Annaliese Jacobs. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Paul Bork; son-in-law, Ralph Binns Sr., and brother-in-law, Roy Neuendorf. Memorials are appreciated and may go to Trinity Lutheran Church. 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 129557

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Dennis W. Brager

Dennis W. Brager


1951-2022 Dennis W. Brager, 71 of Gilman, died on Monday, Nov. 21, 2022 at Aspirus Hospital-Wausau. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 at New Hope Presbyterian Church-Hannibal, Pastor Beverly Thompson officiated. Burial followed in Meadowbrook Cemetery-Gilman. Visitation was held one hour prior to services Saturday at the church. He was born on July 8, 1951 in River Falls the son of the late Kenneth and Marian (Neuhaus) Brager. Dennis grew up south of Gilman, attended Gilman Public Schools, was a member of the Gilman FFA and Gilman High School wrestling team and graduated from Gilman High School in 1971. Dennis was a skilled worker and was employed by many local businesses including: Gilman Tractor and Implement Dealership, Drangel’s Cheese Factory of Gilman, EJ Dairy of Thorp, Ray’s Body Shop, Romig’s Hardware in Gilman, Gilman Movie Theatre, Town of Aurora Recycling Center and Black River Industries in Medford. Dennis especially enjoyed helping friends and neighbors with haymaking, stacking wood, snow shoveling and countless other ways! Dennis had many interests including watching and attending sports events: Green Bay Packers (Brett Favre) and Brewer’s Baseball, NASCAR racing (Jeff Gordon). As kids growing up with Dennis we enjoyed so many family times together: playing together, softball games and “500” on the front lawn, swimming, fishing, bareback riding on our Shetland pony (Smokey), playing with our dogs (Lady and Junior), watching/feeding birds, watching trains passing nearby on the RR track (counting cars, listening for train whistles…), wrestling and target practice with brothers, hunting for deer, driving car/tractor for floats during Gilman parades (fall festival, homecoming), deer hunting, swimming, fishing, family camping trips, bowling (Romig’s Bowling team). He enjoyed watching TV (sports, reruns of Westerns (Gunsmoke, Bonanza) and Game Shows (Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune, Let’s Make a Deal). Dennis had a beautiful and resonant voice! He loved singing hymns in church, Western music (Alan Jackson and Merle Haggard) and particularly enjoyed recorded music and live performances by Irish singer Danny O’Donnell. Our brother Dennis (“Denny” to friends) was a warm, gentle and caring person, friend to countless people (more than we will ever know). He had a gift of friendship, made new friends easily and constantly remained connected with his many friends. He knew their interests, what was important to each of them and remained their loyal, devoted friend for life! Our family has learned from his friends that “Nobody doesn’t love Denny,” “He has a Heart of Gold” and “He would give the shirt off his back to anyone.” Dennis has received Christ as his personal savior and is now in Heaven, reunited with his dear Mom and Dad, walking the streets of Gold, joyfully and freely singing with multitudes of Angels. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents. Dennis is survived by his siblings, Beverly (Douglas) Hughes of Owatonna, Minn., Larry Brager and David Brager both of Gilman and Steven (Patricia) Brager of Arlington, Wash., his Aunt Millie, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Paid Obituary 129450
23 November 2022

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Weston Charles Rogers

Weston Charles Rogers


2006-2022 Weston Charles Rogers, 16, of Medford, town of Browning, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 26, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with Fr. Patrick McConnell officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery, Medford. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Saturday at the church. He was born May 30, 2006 in Spooner to Daniel and Diana (Rudolph) Rogers. They lived in Stone Lake until Weston was in first grade, then the family moved to his mother’s hometown of Medford, where Weston was currently a junior at Medford High School. When he was younger, Weston was active in 4H, and also ran cross country. Once he was in high school, he worked as an attendant at the pool, worked in the greenhouse at Fourmens, and was currently working at Walmart. He shared an interest in computers with his large group of friends, and was planning on building a gaming computer from scratch. He also loved cats…especially his buddy, Smokey the cat. Smokey got to know the sound of Weston’s car and would wait anxiously for him to come in the door. He will be remembered by his family as always helping others, whether it was answering a call from Grandma Mary to fix her computer, cutting firewood, helping with the farmer’s market, or cooking, Weston was willing to help. He had a quiet nature and was always listening, so when he would throw out his witty and often humorous one-liners, they were always on point. Weston was a true blessing and his family is thankful for his 16 years of life. He will be forever in the hearts of his mother, Diana Rogers of Medford; father, Dan Rogers of Eau Claire; brother, Wheeler Rogers; maternal grandma, Mary Rudolph, both of Medford; aunts and uncles, George (Pam) Rudoph of Stetsonville, Paul (Tammie) Rudolph of Norfolk, Va., Dawn Rudolph of Medford, Charlotte (Tony) Hughes of Macon, Ga., Angie (Vern) Metcalf of Menomonie, Andy (Amy) Rudolph of Medford, Kathy (Dave) Moe of Hayward, Robin (Leo) O’Connor of Stanberry; cousins, Kyle, Brittney, Dusty, Krissalan, Shiloh, Shauna, Ben, Brandon, Sarah, Jesse, Dani, Kaelee, Zach, Danielle, Karielle, and Madeline. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Ben Rudolph; paternal grandparents, Bob and Mary Rogers; and an aunt, Susy Rogers. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family for designation at a later date. 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 129323

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Loretta D. Dray

Loretta D. Dray


1928-2022 Loretta D. Dray, 94, of Medford, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022 after a healthy and full life. May she rest in peace and happiness. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 25, at Hemer Pickerign Funeral Home in Medford with the Rev. Daniel Iwinski officiating. Interment will be at Evergreen Cemetery II, Medford. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral home. She was born Jan. 18, 1928 in Chicago, Ill. to Arthur and Elizabeth (Csernia) Schmidt. She attended school in Chicago and in 1949, married Leslie “Les” Dray. During WWII, Loretta worked at a defense plant in Chicago making radios. After her marriage to Les, she worked at Medford Memorial Hospital in their dietary department for 23 years until her retirement. She was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She enjoyed reading, word searches, shopping, traveling, camping, being with her grandchildren, and socializing with family and friends. Survivors include her children, Russell (Carol) Dray of Medford, Patricia “Patti” Dray of Medicine Hat, Canada, Roger (Cindy) Dray of Medford; a sonin- law, Kurt Staab of Medford; a sister, Delores Gowey of Medford; grandchildren, Craig (Kori) Staab, Stephanie Dray, Nicholas (Nicole) Dray, Rachel Dray, Matthew (Kim) Dray, Brandon Brandner; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Les in 2011; a sister, Josephine Comens; brothers, Robert and Joseph Frederick; and her daughter, Denise Staab. In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to Hope Hospice, Aspirus Foundation, or to the Medford Area Senior Center. 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 129317

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Charlotte E. “Chuck” Weiler

Charlotte E. “Chuck” Weiler


1926-2022 Charlotte E. “Chuck” Weiler, 95, of Antigo, formerly of Medford, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2022 at Care Partner Assisted Living in Antigo while under the care of Aspirus Hospice. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 21 at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church in Goodrich with Rev. Kenneth Bittorf officiating. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery II, Medford. Visitation was from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Monday at the church. Chuck was born Nov. 26, 1926 in Chicago, Ill. to Emil and Elizabeth (Lekie) Jari. She grew up in Medford and graduated from Medford High School in 1944. On Feb. 19, 1945, she married Michael G. Weiler at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Athens. They resided in Milwaukee and Medford where Chuck made their home and raised their four sons. Chuck loved spending time with her family and cherished her beloved grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. She enjoyed listening to music and attending Country Fest and the Hodag music festivals; and cheering on the Brewers and Packers. In her younger years, she enjoyed camping, hunting, traveling with family, and riding along with her family on their pheasant hunts. She is survived by her four sons, Michael (Elaine) of Pinellas Park, Fla., James (Carol) of Antigo, Larry of Neva, Roger (Shirley) of Unity; sisters, Eva Dassow of Medford, Annette “Tootie” Klinger of Medford; grandchildren, Jenny (Erich) Knapp-Parce of Seattle, Matthew (Krista) Weiler of Wausau, David (Casey) Weiler of Lake Hallie, Jessica (Tad) Hackbarth of Phlox; great-grandchildren, Solomon, Aubree, Stephanie, Tabitha, Evan, Emma, Brooklyn, Avery, Jesse, and Tony (Grace); and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-law, Linda Weiler; brothers-in-law, Gerry Dassow and Roy Klinger; on the Weiler side of the family, numerous sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law. 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 129248

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Patricia “Pat” M. Miller

Patricia “Pat” M. Miller


1943-2022 Patricia “Pat” M. Miller, age 79, of Dorchester, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022 at the House of the Dove in Marshfield under the loving care of her family and Compassus Hospice after a courageous battle with cancer. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2022 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Milan. Father George Graham will officiate. Family and friends are welcome from 9 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is entrusted with the arrangements. Pat was born on Sept. 7, 1943 in Marshfield, the daughter of Mary (Felzkowski) and George Pecher. She attended St. Anthony in Athens before transferring to Dorchester High School where she met the love of her life, James J. Miller. After graduating in 1961, Pat married her sweetheart on January 6, 1962 at St. Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester. She created a lifetime of memories with him until his passing in 2021. Together they had five children: Renee (Tim) Hein of Athens, Chris (Steve) Zettler of Athens, Kurt Miller of Dorchester, Rhonda (Mike) Rudolph of Medford and Jeff Miller of Colby. Pat worked over 30 years at Marathon Cheese Corp. However, her pride and joy was her family. She always remembered and shared in the celebration of birthdays, holidays and all important events many times bringing one of her tasty dishes to share. Many hours were spent on gardening but probably more designing and maintaining her beloved flower gardens. On weekends during the summer, though, you would find her in her camper up north enjoying the company of family and friends as they sat around the campfire sipping wine, sharing stories and creating lasting memories. In her later years, Pat cherished the companionship of her dogs, Toby and Sadie. She was a kind and loving person with strong determination that will be dearly missed. She is further survived by eight grandchildren: Matthew (Jessica) Hein, Melanie Hein (Brandon), Danny Hein (Pachee), Kelsey Zettler (Dan), Hailey Zettler, Hannah Zettler (Bryton), Megan (Noah) Waldhart and Mallory Rudolph; nine great-grandchildren: Jacob, Emilie, Braxton, Kaden, Cooper, Corbyn, Landen, Greyson and Paisley; two brothers: Clem (Grace) Pecher and Duane (Pat) Pecher; a sister- in-law, Janet Pecher; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brother, Urban Pecher and her sister, Rosemary (Harvey) Soczka. Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com. Paid Obituary 129201