11 August 2020

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Martha Schmidt

Martha Schmidt


Martha Mae Schmidt, age 89, of Colby, passed away on Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, at Waterford in Colby. The family will be having a private graveside service. Martha was born on Oct. 9, 1930, the daughter of Andrew and Marcia (Wickham) Wiersma in Woodstock, Ill. She was united in marriage to Lawrence Schmidt on Jan. 30, 1949, in Alden, Ill. He preceded her in death on Nov. 6, 2016. In 1959, they purchased a dairy farm in the town of Colby and sold it in 1976. After selling the farm, they moved into Colby and lived above the Rux-Lulloff Funeral Home and Furniture Store. Martha was a homemaker and the best mom. She was a wonderful baker and gardener. They ran Schmidty’s Bar for one year in 1981, and tended bar for Tesmer’s Town and Country in Colby. Martha had a fierce pumpkin ball pitch. But most of all she loved and cherished her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Martha is survived by her eight children: John (Bev) of Wausau, Peggy Erickson of Colby, Susie (Peter) Jecevicus of Colby, Linda Geiger of Marshfield, Rocky (Bobbi) of Colby, Jeri (Bill) Schmidt of Abbotsford, Judy (Mark) Sebold of Colby and Carol (Dan) Beyer of Medford; 26 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; two greatgreat- granddaughters; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence; two brothers: Wilbur (Willy) Wiersma and Raymond (Bud) Wiersma; and a granddaughter, Amy. Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com Paid obituary 93011

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Myrtle Kuehling

Myrtle Kuehling


Myrtle S. Kuehling, age 103, formerly of Unity, passed away on August 3, 2020, at the Colonial Center in Colby, under the tender care of St. Croix Hospice. A graveside service for immediate family only, because of COVID-19 virus, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, at the town of Brighton Cemetery. The Rev. Mark Neumann will preside. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Colby is entrusted with the arrangements. Myrtle was born on Sept.15, 1916, the daughter of Oliver and Martha (Dallman) Davis, in the town of Hull. She was united in marriage to Richard Kuehling on May 7, 1938 in Clinton, Iowa. He preceded her in death on Jan. 21, 2008. Myrtle worked as a telephone operator in Colby and Marshfield Clinic for many years. Myrtle was in the first confirmation class at First United Church of Christ in Colby, and a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Colby. She was very generous, as she made and gave away thousands of quilts. Myrtle is survived by four children: Dennis (Carol) Kuehling of Unity, Rose Janis of Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., Mary Harwood of Abbotsford and Carol Ann Kuehling of Eau Claire; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard; two daughters: Elizabeth “Liz” Kuehling and Irene Maisells; four greatgrandchildren: Charles, Derrick, Daniel & Tirza; and two brothers: Wayne and Orville “Bill” Davis. Family and friends may express condolences online at www.maurinaschilling.com Paid obituary 92967

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Pamela Gashler

Pamela Gashler


that mattered, service to others. In 1964, she received her RN license from Weber College, following in the nursing footsteps of her mother and sisters, Terry and Brenda. Her career as a nurse took her to California, where she met and married Sheridan Ted Gashler in 1965. Together they lived and raised their family all over the country and world, including many years in Thorp and Abbotsford. She worked in emergency rooms, mental health clinics and (her favorite) nursing homes. Once, while vacationing in Egypt, she even saved a man’s life after he went into cardiac arrest. As part of her vast service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she would later train refugees in the basic nursing skills needed to gain their CNA licenses. As part of her church service, she served in numerous teaching and supervisory roles for children, youth and adults. All of her children had the joy of having her as a Sunday school teacher at multiple points in their lives. Pam and her husband also presided over a mission in Samara, Russia. Later in her life, she played a major role in the massive LDS Family History program to index and make searchable genealogical records from all over the world. Pam indexed vital records for over 250,000 people in many different languages. Pam deeply engaged herself in the lives of her children and grandchildren. She loved them all individually, and enjoyed engaging with them in their own unique ways. Her ability to listen, deeply connect and love others is sorely missed by all who love her. Due to the ongoing pandemic, a celebration of Pam’s life will be postponed until December. Pamela Heaton Gashler, originally of Tremonton, Utah, passed away on the evening of July 30 in Albuquerque, N.M. Pam was the youngest of Oren Darryl Heaton and Georgina Berniece Johansen’s seven children. She was preceded in death by her parents; all of her siblings: Oren, Terry (Sessions), Berence, Glen, Brenda (Chadwick) and Tamra (McNeely); and Ted’s daughter, Robin (Parkinson). She is survived by her husband, Sheridan Ted Gashler; his son, Buck (JoAnn); her children: Karl (Leissa), Kurt (Frankie), Connie, Danny (Krisy) and David (Tanya); and her grandchildren: Brian, Kyle, Megan, Rosa, Allie, Russell, Hannah, Jack, Sarah, Brock, Katie, Mark, Cash, Logan, Ciel, Georgina, Syrus, Tom, Samuel, Polina and Anastasia. Pam grew up on a vegetable and livestock farm where all horsepower came from two, much loved, actual horses. She used to love to tell her children about the animals, especially her many pet dogs. Her mother never drove anywhere without at least one dog in the car. As a child, Pam loved fishing in the local creek (used safety pins for hooks), collecting hay while sitting atop a tall wagon (though she never appreciated when her brothers would include snakes in the pitchforks of hay they threw to her), spending time with her vast extended family (including her Norwegian speaking grandparents who referred to her as a “voveret veggelus” or “chatty bedbug”) and perhaps most of all, reading. Her children would later refer to her as the “walking, talking encyclopedia,” in honor of the breadth and depth of her knowledge. Those who knew her best also came to appreciate her wisdom. Pam dedicated her life to the kind of service Paid obituary 92966
04 August 2020

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Lloyd Clarkson

Lloyd Clarkson


Lloyd C. Clarkson, 88, of Dorchester, passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at the Colonial Center in Colby, where he resided for the past six weeks. A graveside service for Lloyd will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, at Dorchester Memorial Cemetery, N15888 HiLine Ave./4th Street, with Pastor David Clements presiding. Lloyd was born on Nov. 7, 1931, to Edgar and Verna (Anderson) Clarkson in Cadott. He married Lois Mengel on April 17, 1954, in Owen. They were married for 65 years before Lois’ passing in May 2019. He served in the U.S. Army in the 101st Airborne during the Korean War, from the summer of 1952 – 1954. He served as a tank driver and as an aviation mechanic. He was honorably discharged as an E6 staff sergeant. He continued to serve in the Wisconsin Army National Guard for many years. Lloyd was able to go on the Never Forgotten Honor Flight with his daughter in May 2015, a trip he truly enjoyed. He worked at Hurds in Medford as an electrician for many years before retiring and working for Hutt Electric driving a parts truck. He finally retired alongside Lois in 1998. In his spare time, Lloyd enjoyed woodworking, spending time with family and dancing with Lois. He enjoyed candy and home baked sweets. He also liked to receive and give out kisses and hugs. Lloyd is survived by his children: Roxanne (Bob) Ayer of Columbus, Kevin (Patty) Clarkson of Medford and Steven (Lori) Clarkson of Stetsonville; grandchildren: Ashley (Nick) Schultz, Danielle (Mike) Deprey, Crystal (Eric) Arendt, Shantell Clarkson, Chad Clarkson, Tina (Rob) Weis, Tanya Leonard and Stephanie (Ken) Mueller; 10 great-grandchildren: Drake, Tristan, Owen, Olivia, Zayden, Zaybel, Carissa, Jaden, Kaylee and Kinsley; siblings: Doris Nephew of Mich., Harvey Clarkson of Ga., Allen Clarkson of Ill. and Diane Abbott of Calif. Lloyd is further survived by brothers- and sisters-in-law; and other family and friends. Lloyd was preceded in death by the love of his life, Lois; parents; infant son, Bruce; son, Michael; siblings: Janet Geldings, Marcie Matthias, Benny Clarkson, Gerald Clarkson and Richard Clarkson. In lieu of flowers, due to a graveside service, memorial donations in Lloyd’s name may be given to the family for use at a later designation. Paid obituary 92680

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Doris Schilling

Doris Schilling


Doris Marie Schilling, nee Will, age 89, of Abbotsford, died suddenly of a heart attack on July 30, 2020, at the Marshfield Medical Center. She was the youngest of five children born to Frank and Margaret (Schaffer) Will on the home farm west of Colby, on November 13, 1930, and raised on the family farm. She graduated from Colby High School in 1948 and married Ervin Schilling on September 24, 1949. Together they had seven children: Rae, Kathleen, Jan, Jill, Kevin, Krisan and Kent. In 1951, Doris and Ervin bought the Breezy Hill Cheese Factory in Thorp and operated it until it was destroyed by a tornado in 1958. Doris was an executive secretary at Thorp Finance Company. In 1959, Ervin and Doris started a new cheese factory and store, Schilling’s Cheese House, in Abbotsford. They operated Schilling’s Cheese House until 1967. She kept the books for the business while also working as a legal secretary for Nikolay Law Office. On the side, she started a farm vacation business in the 1960s, with the whole family hosting city guests from as far away as Chicago, Boston and Denver on the hobby farm (now the Schilling Addition/Schilling Meadows) where they also raised Arabian horses and beef cattle. Near age 50, she started a second career, becoming a real estate broker and opening her own business, Schilling Real Estate, which she continued to enjoy for at least two decades. In retirement, dancing became a primary pastime. She enjoyed dancing of all kinds, but found an important social connection in the Central Wisconsin Country Dancers (CWCD) community. Her dance partner, Gary Bernitt, was a close friend and loyal companion. She was preceded in death by her parents; her ex-husband; and the following siblings and their spouses: Ralph and Arlene Will, Neland and Velma Will and Joann Will, Donald and Jeannette Will; as well as her son-in-law, Michael Burns. Doris is survived by seven children, daughters: Rae (Anton Smets) Schilling, Eau Claire, Kathleen Schilling, Elk Mound, Jan Schilling, Coon Valley, Jill Schilling (Burns), Chippewa Falls and Krisan Schilling, Madison; sons: Kevin (Patricia Stovey) Schilling, Holmen and Kent Schilling, Abbotsford; grandchildren and their spouses: Shawn Smets, Chiang Mai, Thailand, Marja Smets (Daniel Varsano), Petersburg, Alaska, Tara (Brian) Busse, Greenwood and Ethan (Cosvy) Schilling, Colbin Schilling and Beth Schilling, Abbotsford; sister, Zona (Will) Edblom, Colby and former in-laws: Herbert and Jean Schilling, Lavilla (Clarence) Schilling; and many nieces and nephews. A brief graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Colby. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, masks and social distancing would be appreciated. Masks will be available. Bring your own chair. Family and friends can watch the service live through Facebook by typing in Maurina Schilling Funeral Homes and clicking on the “Watch” icon on the home page. Go to https://www.maurinaschilling.com/obituaries to leave condolences and/or view a slideshow commemorating her life. Paid obituary 92750

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Rebecca Gutenberger

Rebecca Gutenberger


retired law enforcement officer from Baton Rouge, La., via a chat room for hillbillies. He was married to Susan and they had three daughters, similar in age to her own daughters. In 2005, Becky took her first airplane trip to meet Lonnie, Susan and their family. She was introduced to true southern hospitality on this trip and solidified lifelong friendships. Tragically, Lonnie passed away unexpectedly a couple months later, but Becky and Susan remained very close friends. Becky flew down to Susan’s house every April, and Susan flew to Becky’s house every fall. Becky and Susan loved to road trip and enjoyed their frequent detours. Rarely did they get where they were going on the first try! Becky was able to get down for a visit this March with Kelly and her kids to visit Susan. There was a brief time at the end of June that Kari and Becky took a final trip to visit her Southern family. Becky had a love of animals and enjoyed their companionship throughout her life. We are confident she was greeted at the rainbow bridge by her dogs, Tucker and Pearl (Dylan, Sam, Emmah & Hollie) and cats, Lennie, Brat Cat and Sweetie Pie. Becky had a generous heart and a beautiful kind spirit. She laughed easily and her laugh was infectious. If she was laughing, everyone else was too. She will be dearly missed by her daughters: Kelly Schlafke (Matt) of Marshfield, Kari Schaefer of Marshfield and Krystal Salzmann (Kyle) of Plover; her grandchildren: Weston, Will and Mattea Schlafke; her mother, Grace Gutenberger of Colby; her siblings: Mike of Colby, Dan (Rhonda) of Colby, Billy of Colby, Carol Bauman (Mark) of Tomahawk, Nancy Gutenberger of Owen, Craig (Anna) of Unity and Ron of Colby; several nieces, nephews, other family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her dad, James Gutenberger, and John Hasserodt. In lieu of flowers, Mom would enjoy donations be given to the Clark County Humane Society in Neillsville, WI. Online condolences may be expressed at www. cuddiefh.com. Cuddie Funeral Home of Loyal is assisting the family with arrangements. Rebecca Sue Gutenberger, age 63, passed from this life on Thursday, July 30, 2020, in her daughter’s home, surrounded by family and with her faithful dog, Ruby, by her side. A celebration of life is being planned for a future date. Becky was born on February 8, 1957, to Jim and Grace (Miller) Gutenberger of Colby. She was the second eldest child of eight and first daughter. She helped raise her siblings so the family could continue the daily activities of farm life. She married Jon Schaefer on June 7, 1974, and Kelly was born a month later. Becky was the first woman allowed back to Colby High School after giving birth, and she graduated with her 1975 class as a mother and wife. Jon and Becky had two more children, Kari & Krystal. The couple later divorced in 1984. Becky worked as a nurse’s aide at St. Joseph’s Hospital from 1975 until 1993, at which time she pursued and earned her degree in Associated Science Administrative Assistant - Secretarial from Mid-State Technical College. She then worked as a property manager for low income housing in Marshfield. She loved helping people and understood those who fell on hard times. She served the Marshfield community in this capacity until February 2020. Becky’s favorite hobby was sewing. She created countless uniform tops while she worked as an aide, and almost all the clothes she wore throughout her life. She created clothes for her daughters and granddaughter throughout their entire lives up until a few months prior to her passing. She loved to sew and was so excited to see her creations on the person she made them for. If you were lucky enough to have gotten something she sewed, you know she made it with love. On any given Friday, Saturday or Sunday, you would find her sewing with music as loud as possible. She was an avid country music fan as well as earlier rock; Waylon Jennings, George Strait, Garth Brooks and Neil Diamond were among her favorites. Becky married John Hasserodt in 2000. John always made Mom laugh, and they loved talking about movies and music. They divorced in early 2003, and John passed away in August of 2003. After John’s passing, she befriended Lonnie, a Paid obituary 92713

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Evelyn Lynn

Evelyn Lynn


Evelyn L. Lynn, age 96, died on Friday, July 31, 2020, at the Waterford Assisted Living in Colby. The funeral service was held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, B-3750 State Hwy. 13 in Spencer, on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Gary Froseth presiding. Burial immediately followed in St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation for family and friends was held from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Wednesday. Evelyn was born October 3, 1923, in the town of Bloomfield, Waushara County, to Paul and Lydia (Krause) Greening. Evelyn left home at a young age and worked for room and board in Unity. She was a graduate of Unity High School. Evelyn and Rudy were married on June 26, 1943. They farmed until 1967. Evelyn worked at Gamble Stores in Colby and Spencer. After retirement they moved to Phillips and enjoyed the life on the lake. Evelyn later married Wayne Missling on July 18, 2002. They were later divorced. Evelyn enjoyed going to the casino. She was a former member of St. John’s - Spencer and a member of Trinity Lutheran Church - Phillips. Evelyn is survived by her children: Terry Lynn of Meza, Ariz., Ron Lynn of Wilson and Marsha Martens (Bill) of Spencer; grandchildren: Elisabeth and David Lynn, Aaron (Christy) Lynn, Becky (Justin) Born, Jenny (Rich) Nieman, Jodi (Dan) Pilsner and Jason Martens; greatgrandchildren: Sullivan and Connelly Born, Lizzy and Katie Lynn, Rudy Nieman and fiancée Amanda Pekarek, Leah, Lydia and Rachel Nieman; great-great-granddaughter, Adeline Nieman; sisters: Eleanor Coop, Anita Hein, Dorothy Konop and Beverly (Don) Sleeter; and one brother-in-law, Keith Donovan. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Rudy; son, Dale; sisters: Adeline Seefeldt, Irmgard Best, Lois Donovan and Arlene Kroening; one brother, Marvin Greening; and husband, Wayne Missling. For your convenience, online condolences may be made at www.hansenschillingfuneralhome. com. Paid obituary 92717
28 July 2020

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Jeannette Robida

Jeannette Robida


(Kurt) Fischer, Erin Harris, Dani Harris (Luke Phillips), Jon (Kealy) Harris, Matthew Flores and Ian Flores; 24 greatgrandchildren and three great-greatgrandchildren. Jeannette is further survived by her sister, Greta Ross, Neillsville; sister-in-law, Agnes Robida, Stetsonville; and brother-in-law, Peter Wanke, Medford. She was preceded in death by her parents; in-laws, Anton and Mary Robida; her son, Reginald; her husband, John; sons-in-law, Andrew Apfelbeck and Rusty Harris; daughter-in-law, Judy Robida; great-granddaughter, Maeve Robida; as well as her sisters, Lucille Sebold and LuAnne Wanke; brothers, Ray and Clarence Gebert; and many additional brothers- and sisters-in-law. A Mass of christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Abbotsford with Rev. Timothy Oudenhoven presiding. Visitation will be held on Tuesday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of the service. Committal service will be held in Dorchester Memorial Cemetery. We are mindful of the on-going challenges coronavirus is presenting and are advising family and friends that FACE MASKS WILL BE REQUIRED for the visitation and funeral. Social distancing procedures will also be in place. We do not want to risk the health and safety of family and friends. If you are not feeling well, please stay home and get well. Mrs. Robida’s arrangements are under the care of Life Tributes Funeral Home-Spencer. Please visit www.lifetributesfuneralhome.com to share thoughts and condolences. Jeannette E. Robida, 97, of Dorchester, passed away on March 16, 2020. Jeannette was born Aug. 5, 1922, to Esther and Henry Gebert in the town of Deer Creek, in Taylor County. She graduated from Dorchester High School in 1939. Jeannette married John Robida on Sept. 1, 1941, at St. Louis Church, Dorchester. Together they welcomed five children into the world: Karen, Ronald, Gwendolyn, Reginald (deceased soon after birth) and Trude. Her family and faith were both equally important to Jeannette, as well as her quick wit and unbelievable ability to recount memories of days gone by. She cherished her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her great-great-grandchildren. She was always there with a lending hand, listening ear or a sweet treat. Listening to country music, traveling, playing cards and snow birding in both Texas and Florida were among her favorite hobbies. She and her husband lovingly welcomed five foreign exchange students into their home over the years. Her career saw her farming, cooking at St. Louis Catholic School, selling Stanley Home Products, pelting mink and even stocking shelves in a grocery store when she was 70+ years old. Jeannette is survived by her children: Karen (Terry Lamoreux) Apfelbeck, Colby; Ronald (Carol Duvall) Robida, Dorchester; Gwendolyn Harris, Scandinavia; Trude (Tomi) Garguilo, Orlando, Fla.; and 16 grandchildren: Jackie (Wayne) Thorson, Jill (Randy) Younker, Jay (Brenda) Apfelbeck, Jody Apfelbeck, Lainie (Jeff) Kellnhofer, Craig (Teri) Robida, Cuyler (Jenny) Robida, Chad (Kim) Robida, Cara (Chris) Boyd, Heather Harris, Heidi Paid obituary 87066_2