David George Wartman, age 94, died Thursday September 21, 2023 at the OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, Rockford, Illinois. He was born on May 24, 1929 in Paynesville, Minnesota, son of Katherine (Henneman) and George Wartman. He first lived in Watkins, Minnesota. When he was 6, his family moved to Ashland Wisconsin. His father bought a Funeral Home there which he operated as the Wartman Funeral Home. He graduated from DePadua High School in 1947 and was that year’s recipient of the Metternich award for his athletic and scholastic achievements. In 1951 he graduated from Marquette University and in 1954 he graduated from The University of Wisconsin Madison Law School.
After Law School, he entered the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, serving in Japan and Korea. In 1958 he moved back to Ashland and married the love of his life, Carol Erickson. Together they had five children. Upon returning to Ashland he joined his brother Richard Wartman practicing law in Ashland as Wartman and Wartman, Attorneys-at-Law.
In retirement he and Carol enjoyed spending winters in Arizona. He especially enjoyed golfing in Arizona and at the Ashland golf course.
In the last two years he appreciated the care he and Carol received at the Morning Star Assisted Living in Rockford, Illinois and the loving care of his daughter Connie Nelson, who he nicknamed “Doc”.
He was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland, The Ashland Elks Club, and the Ashland Kiwanis Club.
David is survived by (4) children, Michael Wartman of Ashland, Timothy Wartman (Brenda) of Shaumburg, IL, John Wartman (Sheryl) of Franklin, Connie (Jeff) Nelson of Rockford, IL; (9) grandchildren, David Wartman (Sara}, Charlene Wartman, Kayla Wartman, Brooke Wartman, Brett Witkowski, Kristyn Wartman, Katy Wartman, Joseph Nelson, and Katherine Karsonovich (Torin); (2) great grandchildren, Juniper Wartman and Grace Wartman; (10) nieces, Mary Erickson, Mary Kay Thoma, Ann Jacobson, Beth Enck, Katy Wartman, Sue Greenberg, Ann Forrer, Beth Hagstrom, Mary Carvelhi, Jane Freeman; ((5) nephews, Mark Erickson, Paul Wartman, Richard Wartman, Robert Stewart, and David Stewart; brother, Lew Wartman; sister, Marie (Richard) Stewart; and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Carol, his sister Mary; his brother, Richard, his son Robert, his sister-in-laws, Elizabeth Erickson, Polly Wartman and Mary Jo Wartman; and by many friends.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday October 7th at 11:00 am at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland, WI.
A gathering for family and friends will be held at the church that morning starting at 10:00 am until the hour of the service. Interment will follow at the St. Agnes Cemetery in Ashland.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School in David’s honor.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mountain Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Mellen and Ashland, WI.
Online condolences for David’s family may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com
Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. Let us remember with thanksgiving what God has done through His servant, Alice.
Alice V. (Toy) Balmer, age 95, of Ashland, WI, passed away September 20th 2023 at Ashland Health Services, Ashland, WI. She was born August 30, 1928 in Albertville, WI, the daughter of Ira William Toy Sr. and Eleanor (Boushack) Toy.
On July 23, 1944, she was united in marriage to Francis C. Balmer in Tacoma, WA, and lived the life of a railroad spouse, often relocating to new towns in Washington, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, before ultimately retiring in Ashland.
She wore the many hats of wife, mother, and grandmother while finishing her GED and accomplishing her LPN degree in later years. She was passionate about nursing and worked in the healthcare field well into her eighties.
Her many talents included cooking, baking, sewing, knitting, and quilting – providing many of her family members with her “hand-made hugs.” She volunteered in many capacities at schools, churches, and in her community, from blood drives to elections. She was also a storyteller. Her colorful and creative stories brought joy and laughter to her children and grandchildren. She even had one of her stories published; something she was very proud of.
Alice loved games. Her most beloved hobby was playing cards and cribbage with family and friends, and it could get heated. She had two favorite books: the Bible and the Book of Hoyle. She also loved an adventure. She traveled to Scotland, England, Israel, and all across the 50 states, even hot air ballooning in New Mexico, and snorkeling in Hawaii. Above all, though, she loved her family and her savior, Jesus Christ.
Survivors include; son, Donald (Sonia) Balmer of Thief River Falls, MN; daughters, Candace (Charles) Schudar of Shelbyville, TN, Bonnie (Dean) Jansheski of Beavercreek, OH, and Eleanor (Loren) Munson of Ashland, WI; daughter-in-law, Anna Marie Skulan of Eau Claire, WI; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren; sisters, Janet Hasti of MN, and Teckla (Merle) Shaylor of WA; brother, Charles (Sharon) Toy of ND; special caregiver, but most of all friend, Sharon Clark; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis C. Balmer; son, Garland Balmer; brothers, Michael Toy and Ira Toy; sisters, LaRayne Prough, Nellie Harder, Ramona Bossert, Charlane Bertsch, Sharon Bullard, Delores Reigel, and Joan Pryor; and parents, Eleanor Toy Morlang and Ira Toy Sr.
Funeral service for Alice will take place at 11:00 am October 7th, 2023 at the Mountain Funeral Home in Ashland with Rev Arleigh vonSeggern officiating. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at Mountain Funeral Home.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mountain Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Mellen and Ashland, WI.
Online condolences for Alice’s family may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” Dr. Seuss
“Love one another.” John 13:34
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. We give thanks to God our Father through Jesus Christ our Lord, for our sister Alice V. Balmer.
William J. Croteau, age 70 of Barksdale, passed away Tuesday, Sept 5, 2023 at Essentia Health Saint Mary’s Medical Center in Duluth, MN. Bill was born Oct 23, 1952 in Ashland, WI the son of Adolph P. and Llewellyn A. (Bolz) Croteau.
Bill was a graduate of Ashland High School, class of 1972. He married Catherine A Gordon, who preceded him in death. He then married Denise R. Eddy in 1982. He worked for a local lumber mill before moving to Oregon where he worked in road construction. He and Denise owned and operated a bar restaurant in Northeast Oregon for over 20 years.
Survivors include his wife, Dee of Barksdale; sons: Curt (Valerie) Greene, Ron (Nadine) Roth, Scott (Tahnee) Croteau and Erik (Deana) Roth; 13 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Catherine, son, Jerome and sister Susan.
A Celebration of Bill’s life will be celebrated in Bill and Dee’s garage on Tuesday, Sept 12 from 1 to 5 pm.
Interment will take place in Saint Agnes Cemetery
Online condolences for Bill’s family may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com.
Patricia M. Tover, age 80 of Mellen, WI passed away Saturday, Sept 2, 2023 at her residence. Pat was born Feb 27, 1943 in Park Falls, WI the daughter of John and Marie (Hoffman) Gregor.
She attended Mellen High School graduating in 1960. On Oct 14, 1961 she was united in marriage to Charles E. Tover in Mellen. She was employed at Abbott Labs in North Chicago for many years. After she and Charles retired they became snow birds to the place they loved, Texas. She enjoyed cooking traveling, sightseeing and her greatest joy was entertaining and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include her sons: Robert (Debbie) and William Tover all of Pleasant Prairie, WI; grandchildren: Kayla, Kevin, Kelsey and Cassie and brother, Dr. Michael (Shelia) Gregor of Hurley, WI.
She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Charles on Mar 17, 2017.
A Funeral Mass of Christian Burial for Patricia will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Thursday, Sept 7, 2023 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Mellen with Father Aloyius Anthony as Celebrant.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 am on Thursday at the Church in Mellen and continue until the hour of service.
Interment will take place in Mount Hope Cemetery, Highbridge, WI.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mountain Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Mellen and Ashland, WI.
Online condolences for Pat’s family may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com.
Sharon “Sal” A. Parker, age 69 of Mellen, WI passed away peacefully at her residence with her loving husband by her side Sunday, September 3, 2023. Sal was born October 20, 1953 in Ashland, WI the daughter of Arne G. and Elsie E. (Peltonen) Levelius.
Sal had a remarkable talent as a cartoonist. Her inventive spirit and creativity birthed the new version of Mellen’s Granite Digger mascot. “Chipper” will continue to bring joy for generations to come. Sal was a master of fun, creator of games, and a woman of limitless capabilities. She was the mastermind behind the beloved “Puttin’ On The Hits” that Mellen masses cheered for every 4th of July. Sal and Jerry’s memorable creation of the “Upper Deck” for Mellen Expo baseball brought camaraderie and team spirit to new heights. The Upper Deck elevated not only viewing the game but forged bonds and memories that live on forever. Sal had an uncanny ability to turn ordinary moments into extraordinary adventures. Whether a simple family gathering or a grand occasion, she had a knack for infusing it with a sense of excitement and merriment.
Sal’s love and devotion to her grandsons were the guiding lights of her existence. Sal’s legacy is one of unwavering love, selflessness and a deep commitment to family. Her grandson’s held a special place in her heart, and her love for them was a force of nature. She found joy, purpose and unending happiness in their presence. To Sal, being a grandmother was a source of immense pride and fulfillment.
Survivors include her loving Husband, Jerry; sons, Chet Allen and Jason (Kelly) Parker; sisters, Irene Buzzell and Arnell Lavasseur; grandsons, Myles, Andrew, and Joshua Parker; many nieces and nephews
She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Arnold Levelius.
A memorial service for Sal will be held at 12:00 p.m. noon on Saturday, September 9, 2023 at Immanuel Lutheran in Mellen, WI with Reverend Arleigh von Seggern officiating.
A gathering of family and friends will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at the church in Mellen and continue until the hour of the service.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mountain Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ashland and Mellen, WI.
Online condolences for Sal’s family may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com
Wallace J. Nozal, age 81 of Cornucopia, WI passed away Sunday, Sept 3, 2023 in Superior, WI. Wally was born August 21, 1942 in Cornucopia, WI the son of Aken and Hilda Nozal.
He graduated from high school in Cornucopia, WI. He then graduated from University of Minnesota with a degree in Agribusiness. Wally’s career in Agribusiness sales took him to different areas of the Midwest such as Ames and Davenport, IA, numerous cities in Minnesota, and in 1982 moved to Rice Lake, WI where he lived until he retired back to Cornucopia in 2008. On August 1, 1963, he was united in marriage to the love of his life Colleen L. Fredrickson. They raised three children together. Wally was passionate about hunting, fishing, RC planes, gun collecting and wood carving. Early in his retirement, he contracted Parkinson’s Disease but still managed to enjoy many of his hobbies especially fishing at the Cornucopia Harbor or at Romans Slough in Cornucopia, WI. Anytime anyone would come to visit Wally, you’d be sure to find a western playing on the television. Wally was extremely passionate about music having been in a band in his college years and numerous choirs throughout his life. He was also very devout in his faith.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Colleen currently of Superior, WI; daughter Kim (Todd) Schumacher of Appleton, WI, sons: Daniel Nozal of Cornucopia, WI and Ryan Nozal of Cornucopia, WI. Brother-in-law: Jerry Fredrickson of Mounds View, MN and numerous cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents Aken and Hilda Nozal, Irving Fredrickson (father-in- law), Mary Williamsen (mother-in-law), John Fredrickson (brother- in- law).
Funeral service will be at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cornucopia, WI with Pastor Dale Chesley officiating on Monday September 11 at 1:00pm. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church.
Interment will take place in the Bell Cemetery, Cornucopia, WI Immediately following the service.
Special thank you to everyone at Moments Hospice, Superior Rehab and Twin Ports Guardian especially Gloria Johnson. The exceptional care you all showed Wally was evident in how much you all loved him like he was part of your family.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mountain Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ashland and Mellen, WI.
It is with great sadness that we announce that Martin C. Marita passed away peacefully in his sleep at home on Sunday, September 3, 2023. Marty as he was known to most, was a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend of many. He enjoyed 85 years living a treasured life in God’s country with his family and many friends.
Marty was born on September 2, 1938, in Highbridge, Wisconsin to John and Elizabeth Marita. He graduated from Mellen High School in the class of 1956. He enlisted in the United States Army and served two years, stationed in Korea. In June 1961, Marty married Jean Schraufnagel in Mellen, Wisconsin. They were blessed with two daughters and two sons. Over the years, he worked at jobs that moved them to Nevada, Arizona, Racine WI and finally in 1974, he returned to live and work in Ashland County. He managed Eagle Forge for many years. He was also able to be a weekend farmer which he enjoyed. The Marita garden was always well-cared for and produced a wide variety of vegetables and fruits that were shared with many. He loved the outdoors, riding his four-wheeler every day, fishing when he could and especially hunting with his sons, grandchildren, and friends. Everyone enjoyed taking a trip to the farm to visit him. Marty also enjoyed spending time with his family and area friends as often as possible.
Marty is survived by his four children, Jill (Norb) Kirk of Eau Claire WI, Sue (Chuck) Rysted of Stewartville MN, Chuck Marita of Kenosha WI, and Mitch (Nancy) Marita of Highbridge WI. He had 12 grandchildren, Amanda Kirk, Holly (Joe) Gagliardo, Sarah (Grant) Martin, Troy Polencheck, Bryan Kirk, Scott Marita, Steve (Grace) Rysted, Heather (Tyler) Tradup, David Rysted, Molly Marita, Sam Marita, and Jack Marita. He had 6 great grandchildren, Lana Gagliardo, Ellie Tradup, Haley Rysted, Blake Gagliardo, Avery Rysted, and Ben Rysted. Marty is also survived by his sister Agnes Anderson, his brother Floyd (Glenda) Marita, his sister-in-law Barbara Marita and many nieces & nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother John (Mary) Marita, his brother Joseph Marita, his brother-in-law Robert Anderson and his grandson, Kyle Polencheck.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday September 9th at 11:00 am at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Mellen, WI.
Visitation for family and friends will be held at the church that morning starting at 9:00 am until the hour of the service.
Interment will follow at the Highbridge Mount Hope cemetery.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mountain Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ashland and Mellen, WI.
Online condolences for Martin’s family may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com
Thomas A. Gerstenberger, age 86 of Cornucopia, WI passed away Saturday, Aug 26, 2023 in Ashland, WI. Tom was born July 13, 1937 in Milwaukee, WI the son of Alvin A. and Marion E. (Oudinot) Gerstenberger.
He graduated from Phoenix High School in Phoenix, AZ in 1955. He then graduated from Northland College in Ashland with a degree in biology and later from UW Eau Claire with his masters degree. He taught biology and math at Washburn, Ashland, Edgar and South Shore High Schools for over 40 years. After retirement he taught outdoor education classes for WITC in Ashland. On March 14, 1959 he was united in marriage to Marjorie J. Caflisch in Baraboo, WI. He was a member of the Cornucopia Yacht Club, the Stormy Kromer Hiking Group, with whom he enjoyed sharing his faith with his many friends there. He was a longtime member of Salem Baptist Church in Ashland where he was a greeter and member of the 55 Plus group. He enjoyed hiking, boating on Lake Superior, canoeing on the Brule River, bird watching, plant & flower identification, stamp & coin collecting, camping, golfing, skiing, snowshoeing, watching the Green Bay Packers and spending time at the Lovejoy Lake cabin in Hayward, WI.
Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Marjorie, of Cornucopia; sons: Kevin (Kathy) of Onalaska, WI, Garth (Carla) of Tomahawk, WI and Shawn (Linda) of Henderson, NV; grandchildren: Andy, Amy, Avery, Aaron, Abby, Ty, Tiana, Sierra & Evan; six great-grandchildren; sisters: Judy (Craig) Darrington of Stillwater, MN and Barb Hudrich of Phoenix, AZ as well as nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Mary Fisher and Pat Shinn.
A Memorial Service for Thomas will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, Sept 2, 2023 at Salem Baptist Church in Ashland.
A gathering of family and friends will begin at 3:00 pm on Saturday at the Church in Ashland and continue until the hour of service.
Interment will be private.
Online condolences for Tom’s family may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com.
Reuben J. Bissell, age 90 of Ashland, WI passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at Court Manor Nursing Home in Ashland after a brief stay. Reuben was born on May 23, 1933 on Madeline Island (LaPointe, WI) the son of John and Jessie (Lohman) Bissell.
Reuben’s early education was in a two-room school house on the Island and his high school years were at Ashland High School. During those high school years, he stayed during the week with his mother’s aunt and uncle in the rural area of Marengo. In 1951 he graduated from high school and went to Ashland County Normal for two years to become an elementary teacher. He taught one year in Phillips Wisconsin as a sixth-grade teacher.
He was drafted into the army in July 1954. He served a two-year tour of duty near Frankfurt Germany with the American Forces Network. On his days off and on leave he visited parts of Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and the Netherlands. Upon returning from duty, he went to the University of Wisconsin, Superior and received a bachelor’s degree in elementary teaching.
1957 he married Betty Shuga in the Bayfield Presbyterian Church. They had three children- William, Nancy, and Daniel. In 1958 they moved to Ashland, joined the Presbyterian Congregational Church and Reuben began teaching in Ashland where he taught for 31 years. During the summer months he worked as a caretaker for summer residents on the island. During some winter months he took more classes at the University to earn his master’s degree in elementary teaching.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Robert, son Daniel, his wife Betty, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Survivors include son William (Linda); daughter Nancy Bissell (Melvin Nelson); three grandchildren, William Bissell, Jamie Nelson and Nicole Granley (Chris); four great grandchildren, Carter Nelson, Madeline Nelson, Connor and Watson Granley; cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service for Reuben will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2023 at the United Presbyterian Congregational Church in Ashland with Pastor James Deters officiating.
A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the United Presbyterian Congregational Church in Ashland and continue until the hour of service.
Interment will take place at the Calvary Cemetery in Bayfield at a later date.
Marco T. Bichanich, age 85 of Mason, WI passed away Saturday, Aug 19, 2023 at his residence with his loving family at his side. He was born Apr 28, 1938 in Mason the son of Matt and Petra (Rajic) Bichanich.
He was a US Marine serving from 1956 to 1958. On July 28, 1962 he was united in marriage to Barbara A. Cecelia in West Allis, WI. He was employed by American Motors Corp as a master electrician for over 30 years, retiring in 1989. He served on the Bayfield Co Board, the Mason Town Board, Keystone Town Board, Cenex Board of Directors and the Bayfield Co Fair Board. He was an avid woodsman who loved to hunt, garden and most of all spoil his grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Barbara, of Mason; children: Marc (Pam), Brian (Karen), David (Sara) and Mary; grandchildren: Zac, Marco, Matthew, Max, Nicole and Ben; Siblings: Ivan (Dorothy), Jim, Pauline Casalespro, Mary (Gene) Aina and Ann Marie Thull as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Beth Bichanich; five brothers, Steve, Mike, George, Bob and Paul and sister, Millie.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Marco will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Saturday, Sept 2, 2023 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland, WI with Father Jerome D’Souza and Deacon John Grek officiating.
A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10:00 am at the Church in Ashland and continue until the hour of service.
Online condolences for Marco’s family may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com.
Vera E. Wrege, age 87 of Mellen, WI passed away peacefully on Wednesday, August 16, 2023 at Ashland Health Services. Vera was born November 20, 1935 in Mellen, WI the daughter of Helmuth J. and Edith M. (Clover) Wrege.
Vera was born partially deaf and attended a deaf school in Wausau, WI. After school she worked at Concordia College in River Forest, IL in the food service for 30 plus years. She also worked part time as a housekeeper for the president of the college. Vera retired and came back to Mellen and did volunteer work at the senior meals for at least 10 years. She enjoyed working at the senior center in Mellen.
She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings; Joan, Mildred, Virgil, Myrlin, Shirley, Shelby, and Alfred.
Vera is survived by her sister Evelyn Wrege; brothers Gordon and Helmuth Wrege; sisters-in-law La Verne and Sharon Wrege and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Visitation will be from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. with a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Mellen, WI with Reverend Donald Quigley officiating.
Internment will take place in the Saint John’s Cemetery, Cozy Valley.
Cynthia D. Schultz, age 90 of Glidden, WI passed away peacefully at her residence on Tuesday, August 8, 2023. Cynthia was born on November 3, 1932 in Chicago, IL the daughter of Walter R. and Martha C. (Hauschild) Witzke.
Her early life and schooling was in Chicago. As a teenager she spent her summers on her Uncle Ernie and Aunt Agatha Hauschild’s farm in Glidden and met her future husband, Ervin.
On September 10, 1949 she was united in marriage to Ervin H. Schultz of Glidden. She was a homemaker. She became a representative for Avon Products and then became a District Sales Manager. She had a very successful career and retired after 30 years. She always wanted to help others and became a care giver later in life.
Survivors include her children Marion (Randy) Pohl of Glidden and Steven (Sharon) Schultz of Butternut; grandchildren, Joseph (Jess) Pohl, Kimberly (Joel) Neibauer, Matthew (Brittany) Schultz, and Rebecca (Dusten) Sales; great-grandchildren, Zachary, Rayna, Landen, Reid and Camille and her faithful companion Scooby.
Cynthia was preceded in death by her parents, husband and great-grandson Westley Schultz.
Cynthia enjoyed traveling and had visited all 50 states, Europe, and many other places. She also enjoyed going on cruises. Cynthia was very proud of her family and all their accomplishments.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. to the hour of service on Friday, August 18, 2023 at the Glidden Assembly of God Church in Glidden, WI with Reverend Brock Brandenberg officiating.
Internment will take place in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Glidden.
Online condolences for Cynthia’s family may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com
Patroneli “Pat” F. Peterson, age 90 of Weston, WI formerly, Ashland, WI, passed away at her residence in Weston on Friday, Aug 4, 2023. Pat was born Mar 21, 1933 in Ashland the daughter of Casimer and Magdeline (Leciejewski) Fryza.
On Sept 27, 1952 she was united in marriage to Richard G. Peterson in Ashland. She was employed by the School District of Ashland as a cook for over 20 years, retiring in 1994. She was a very active member of Holy Family Catholic Church now Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland and later a member of Saint Theresa Catholic Church in Schofield, WI. She was an excellent cook and left a legacy as a baker, often sharing her baked goods with family, friends and neighbors. When she was not cooking or baking she would be canning, many, many quarts of whatever was in season. She was a loving and caring mother, adoring grandmother and great-grandmother.
Survivors include her children: Mary Jo (Doug) Hagen of Weston, WI, Pam (David) Martin of Weston, WI, Dawn (Ed) Burgoyne of Oshkosh, WI and Dennis (Renee) of Lac du Flambeau, WI; nine grandchildren; Adam, Angie, April, Lyndsey, Craig, Tyler, Matthew & Tanya; 14 great-grandchildren and nieces & nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard on May 28, 2012; brothers, Walter and Ted Maciejewski and sister, Eleanor Carpenter.
A memorial service for Pat will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept 1, 2023 at the Mountain Funeral Home in Ashland with Father Jerome D’Souza officiating.
A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday at the funeral home in Ashland and continue until the hour of service.
Interment will take place in Saint Agnes Cemetery in Ashland. Lunch will be served in the funeral home dining hall immediately following the cemetery service.
Online condolences for Pat’s family may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com.
Bernard “Bernie” A. Brinker, age 75 of Ashland, WI passed away Wednesday, Aug 2, 2023 at Northern Lights Health Care in Washburn, WI. Bernie was born Aug 7, 1947 in Ashland the son of Bernard T. and Violet F. (Kull) Brinker.
On Jan 10, 1970 he was united in marriage to Joanne K. Pocernich in Ashland. He was employed by the City of Ashland as a heavy equipment operator for many years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, rock and roll music and most of all spending time with his boy’s andfamily, whom he loved very much.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Joanne of Ashland; sons, James of Spencer, WI and David (Tara) of South Range, WI; grandchildren, Jake, Austin, Aly and Angela; brother, Bud (Cheryl) of Iron River, WI and nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents,brother and sister in-law (Bill and Sue Brinker).
A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug 8, 2023 at the Mountain Funeral Home in Ashland with a memorial service for Bernard beginning at 11:00 a.m. with Father Jerome D’Souza officiating followed by a light lunch.
Interment is not planned at this time.
The Mountain Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ashland and Mellen, WI is assisting the family. On line condolences for Bernie’s family may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com.
Shirley M. Reed, age 71 of Racine, WI passed away on Friday, August 4, 2023 at Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Duluth, MN. Shirley was born on Oct 1, 1951 in Ashland, the daughter of Daniel J. and Shirley L. (Gregoire) Kollauf, Jr.
Shirley worked for the Andis Company in Racine, WI for many years. She enjoyed coming north to the family cabin to get away and enjoy nature. While she was at the cabin, she enjoyed fishing, paddle boating and the outdoors. She liked going to fairs, especially the Wisconsin State Fair. She was an avid Packer and Brewer fan. Shirley liked 60’s and 70’s music, gardening, playing cards, bingo and eating pizza.
Shirley is survived by her siblings, Jim (Cindy) Kollauf of Ashland, Diane (Scott) Bayliss of Ashland, Bill Kollauf of Ashland, and Paul Kollauf of Eau Claire, WI; Many nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Craig W. Reed.
A Memorial Service for Shirley will be held at 11 p.m., Friday, August 11, 2023 at the Mountain Funeral Home in Ashland, WI with Fr. Jerome D’Souza as officiant.
A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10 a.m., and continue until the hour of service at the funeral home in Ashland. A lunch will immediately follow the service taking place in the Mountain Funeral Home dining hall.
Interment will take place at a later date.
Karen Ann Schwilk, age 75, of Springfield, OH, passed away on July 14, 2023, at Springfield Regional Medical Center, with family by her side. Karen was born in Park Falls, WI, on August 5, 1947, to Vernon and Dorothy (Druschke) Rein.
Karen attended Glidden High School and married Richard Schwilk on November 6, 1964.She was a member of Mission Circle/Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Bible Class, Veteran of Foreign Wars Auxiliary, Red Hat Society, and volunteered countless hours at Glidden Public School. Karen most enjoyed being a mother to her four children, as well as being a wonderful sister, aunt, grandmother, great-grandmother, and beloved friend to all. She was a devote Christian who was known for her commitment to the church and the surrounding community. In her spare time, Karen loved to read and cheer for the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers. Although Karen battled many medical issues, shewas known for her sense of humor, quickwit in conversation,and being an extraordinary baker. Karen spent the majority of her life in Glidden, until October 2021, when she moved by her daughter Heather in Ohio.
Karen is survived by her three siblings: Donna (Michael) Sufak of Glidden, WI, Randy (Genie) Rein of Appleton, WI, and Terry (Michael) Bucheger of Rhinelander, WI; three children: Michael Schwilk of Glidden, WI, Angel (Richard) Pearson of Hubert, NC, and Heather (Jacob) King of New Carlisle, OH; nine grandchildren: Autumn, Chad, Rick, Cody (Madison), Ciara, Austin, Kiana, Kory (Nicholas), Maleah, and Mariah;eight great-grandchildren: Cayden, Jynessa, Jackson, Nolan, Isla, Everly, Mac, and Gracelyn; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Karen was preceded in death by her parents Vernon and Dorothy Rein, former husband Richard Schwilk, son Daniel Schwilk, and nephew/Godson Craig Rein.
Services for Karen will be officiated by Pastor Kenneth Lahners on Friday, July 28, 2023 at Trinity Lutheran Church inGlidden, WI. Visitation is from 2:00-3:00 pm, with funeral services startingat 3:00 pm. Interment will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery, immediately following the service. Food and refreshments will be provided afterwards in the Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made on Karen’s behalf to Trinity Lutheran Church of Glidden.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mountain Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ashland, Wisconsin.
Robyn L. Lulich, passed away Friday, July 7, 2023 at Essentia Health- Miller Dwan in Duluth, MN after a swift and unexpected diagnosis of acute leukemia.
Born on July 30, 1951 in Evanston, IL, Robyn was the oldest child of Roger A. and Rose (Kuhn) Rockenbach. The Rockenbach family moved from Illinois, to Ashland, then finally settling in Cable, WI. Robyn graduated from Cable High School in 1969 and continued onto the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire for two years.
She married David M. Lulich in Cable, WI on October 30, 1971. Robyn and David raised five children on the home farm in Benoit, where the family raised dairy and beef cattle. When her children were old enough, Robyn helped establish Green Acres 4-H Club in Bayfield County and was leader for over 25 years. She was active with all levels of Bayfield County 4-H, including judging at the Bayfield County Fair and many other county fairs throughout the state. Robyn and her entire family have been annual fixtures at the 4-H Market Sale program. She enjoyed working outside in her garden which lead to her Master Gardeners program and many other youth programs for 4-H members. She was active with the FFA Programs at Ondossagon and Ashland Schools, where she aided all of her children in attaining their State FFA Degrees and many proficiency awards. She was even recognized with an Honorary State FFA Degree in 1992.
Robyn believed in education and life-long learning. She was in the first degree completion program at Northland College, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in 1996. Robyn became a Real Estate Broker and developed Lulich Realty, which was active for over 25 years. She helped run many family businesses; Benoit Livestock Market, Lulich Auction and Lulich Farms. During her professional career, she worked at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, as the Fundraising Coordinator organizing the Holiday Bazaar, Winter Wonderland, weekly Bingo, and many other events to raise money for the church and school. She continued her fundraising efforts as a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters and the St. Agnes Education Foundation. After her time at the church, she was at WITC-Ashland Campus, as the College Advancement Associate. She raised funds for scholarships through many events and she even continued coordinating the Love Lights Fundraiser after her retirement in 2019.
Robyn was known for her kind nature and willingness to take care of anyone who arrived at her door. Holidays and special events weren’t the same without her winebreads.
Robyn was preceded in death by her husband, David; daughter, Julie Geraets; her parents, Roger and Rose Rockenbach and brother, Ronald Rockenbach.
She is survived by her sons: David A. (Lori) Lulich, Lyndon Station, WI; Joseph Lulich, Mason, WI; daughters: Maria (Jeff) Sauber, Lakeville, MN and Cindy (Tim) Blodgett, Bayfield, WI; granddaughter, Olivia Lulich; grandsons, Ethan Lulich, Jacob Sauber, Colton Sauber and Kyle Sauber; brothers: Roger (Susan) Rockenbach, Cable, WI, Randy (Amy) Rockenbach, Colorado Springs, CO, Rex (Denise) Rockenbach, Oregon, WI, and Rick Rockenbach, Drummond, WI; sisters: Roxane Rockenbach, Almena, WI and Roslyn (Jeff) Candler, Chetek, WI and many nieces, nephews and other extended family.
Visitation will take place from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 14, 2023 at the Mountain Funeral Home, Ashland, WI.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Robyn will take place at 11:00 am, on Saturday, July 15, 2023 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland with Father Jerome D’Souza and Deacon John Grek as Celebrants. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the Church and continue until the hour of service
Internment will take place in St. Peter Cemetery, Dauby, WI, immediately following the service. There will be a luncheon following the burial at the Avalon in Benoit.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Agnes Education Fund in Robyn’s honor and the family will be creating a scholarship for high school seniors involved in the Bayfield County Market Sale program at the Bayfield County Fair.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mountain Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ashland and Mellen, WI. Online condolencs for the Lulich Family may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com.
Robert “Bob” D. Schwiesow Sr, age 80 of Ashland, WI passed away peacefully, with his family at his side, at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland on Sunday, July 9, 2023. Bob was born Jan 9, 1943 in Wasburn, WI the son of George and Gladys (Nelson) Schwiesow.
Bob was a graduate of Ashland High School with the class of 1961. He worked on the family farm and then drove milk truck. After that he worked at Dupont in Barksdale, Eagle Vault in Sanborn and concluded his career as the proud Sexton of Saint Agnes Cemetery in Ashland. His hobbies included his love and passion of cars, trucks & motorcycles, listening to country music and watching the cars go by.
Bob is survived by his five children, Kimberly, Robert Jr, Thomas, Kris and Kandace (Mike). Nine grandchildren, Jackelyn (Sandor Sr), Amy (Jeffrey), Nicole (Philip), Jordan, Michael, Meg (Bryce), Matti (Isaac), Maisi (Nathaniel) and Malone; nine great-grandchildren, Sandor Jr, Lola, Emmett,Michael, Cooper, Elijah, Emily, Edward and Elizabeth; siblings, Marge (Jack), Ron (Brenda), and John (Kathy); numerous nieces, nephews and his companion Debbie as well as his canine companion, Abby.
Bob was preceded in death by his parents, infant brother, George Jr and his sister Georgeann.
A gathering of family and friends will take place from 10 to noon on Thursday, July 13, 2023 at the Mountain Funeral Home in Ashland.
Burial will be private
The family requests no flowers or memorials.
Todd Scott Huhn, age 58 of Ashland, WI passed away Tuesday, July 4, 2023 with his loving family by his side. Todd was an avid stock car enthusiast who loved dirt tracks, Nascar and cars that went fast. He was also a huge Packer and Brewer’s fan and loved deer hunting with his family and friends.
Todd is survived by his loving wife, Sherry; daughter Breanna (Tim Peck); granddaughter Loretta and another grandchild expected in August; his furry companion Sebastian (Puss-Puss); stepsons Bryce (Desirae) Wiemeri and their children (Wynstyn, Wyllyam & Wylder) and Braydon (Sarah) Wiemeri and their children (Ashli & Landon); Stepdad Chuck (Donna) Pluister; siblings Tabbi (Kelly) Vanden Plas, Trent (Jamie) Pluister and Mike Pluister; sisters-in-law Ann (Matt) Boehmer and Beth (Matt) Mueller; nieces and nephews – Amanda, Amber, Carlos, Logan, TJ (Trent), Gavin, Jack, Chelsey, Abigail and Brittany; Aunts and Uncles, Penny (Earl) Dunbar, Colin Scott, Linda (Kenny) Rehm, Kristi (Steve) Reichl, and Bradley (Susie) Scott; Aunt-in-laws Diane (Bummer & Dave) Nemec and Marge Hmielewski; and many great nieces/nephews and special friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents – Paul Huhn and Lorraine Pluister; his paternal grandparents – Orrin & Gladys Huhn; his maternal grandparents – Lloyd & Lorraine Scott; and an uncle – David Scott.
Please join us in a Celebration of Todd’s Life on Friday, September 1st starting at 2:00 pm at Todd’s Garage.
Thomas “Tom” Johanik, age 95 of Moquah, passed away at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland WI., with his son Gary and daughter-in-law Julie at his side.
Tom was born a whopping 12 pounds, at the family home in Moquah, to Phillip and Josephine Johanik.
He was a lifetime resident of Moquah. He attended Moquah Grade School and later graduated from Ondossagon High School, where he was an awesome catcher on the baseball team. He further extended his education by attending the University of River Falls, majoring in Agriculture.
He grew up doing all the usual farm chores “by hand”. It was a hard time during the depression. He and his brother Elmer sold strawberries on the highway, and the John Dillinger Gang were one of their customers.
They had a very musical family. His Grandfather passed his button accordion skills to his son, who in turn passed them to Tom. Dad treasured his button boxes, with his favorite being a custom built model from Tony Fox. He played for countless weddings, house parties, barn dances, and later years for the Salvation Army Bell Ringers. Tom also learned from his father all the old Slovak Dances. This dance group would travel to Superior to put on shows. In the 1990’s this group added some new and very young talent. With the aid of Dick and Johanna Mihalek, this new group became quite the dancing machine.
While serving in the U.S. Army, stationed in Korea, Tom was involved in a very bad vehicle accident and nearly died. Upon returning back to the states, Tom began courting the love of his life, Anne Galik.
They later married in August 7, 1954 and had four children, Kathy, Tom, Gary, and Phil.
His teaching career began at Taylor High School and later moved to the Ashland High School system, where he spent most of his time, on top of a few remaining years at Ondossagon in the Vocational programs. Dad was really into the FFA program. He ran a well respected Ag program and in doing so, influenced many student to pursue a farming career. Two years ago, he was presented with an outstanding FFA award, given to him at the Benoit Community Center.
He was employed in the summers during his college days, working for the Bayfield County Highway Department.
Tom was an avid fisherman (a skill passed down to the grandchildren). He never missed opening day on his favorite stream, Fish Creek. All of the other small “feeder” streams provided him with plenty of delicious trout. And let’s not forget ice fishing. Many a cold winter day were spent out on the frozen lakes with family and friends.— Oh and don’t forget spring sucker fishing. One of those soon to be lost sports. Back in the day, Tom would round up a crew and head to the falls east of the bridge on Colby Road and later to the Clyde Sukanen property and carry (no four wheelers back then) wash tubs of suckers up from the creek to the Tom and Anne processing garage. It was a feast to be had, fresh fried sucker with a side order of French-Fried Sucker Lips. Yum! Many quarts of canned sucker were put up for meals during the winter.
Then November came. Tom loved deer hunting and venison. He hunted with many of the neighbors and family throughout the years. Just two years ago, at age 93, he shot a buck in his hand-planted pine plantation and skidded it out of the woods by himself. Only 93, heck why ask the young guys for help.
Back to the trees – he loved to plant trees. In his younger years he would plant several hundred pines each season. Up until a few years ago he was still transplanting 25 or so trees into one of his many plantations. Have you enjoyed the HUGE Christmas trees at the Moquah Church for the last 40 years. Thanks to Tom’s tree trimming efforts, he always had several nicely pruned trees for our church.
Tom converted a swampy field into a large pond across from the house. A lot of time was spent there grooming the banks, pulling cattails, and of course planting more trees. This soon became the local swimming hole in the summer and a polar plunge site many winters.
In 1959 Tom and other local guys formed the Moquah Men’s Club. It was a great thing for the Moquah community, as proceeds from the annual Pioneer Days and Hunter Dances were re-invested back into the community, allowing all the facilities to be built around the Moquah Town Hall.
Tom and Anne allowed the Club to build the famous Moquah Ski Hill in the early 1960’s on their property. Many sliding parties were held there until it being closed to the general public a few years ago. It recently became home to the newly erected Moquah “Light of Peace”, which shines like a beacon and can be seen for many miles.
Dad and Mom loved gardening. Lots of T.L.C. and sweat equity was invested in that cherished plot of ground. Dad especially put in many hours of back breaking work, usually during the hottest part of the day.
Also, in the 1960’s Tom and Anne and Stanley and Katie Augustine became partners in the J & A Concrete Products business. All their employees became lifelong friends, especially Keith (Bud) Skataboo and Bob Sutarik. Many basements in the area are built from their blocks.
Two of Tom and Anne’s sons were born with Muscular Dystrophy. The Lord took both of them from this life after losing a 20 year battle to the disease. Mom and Dad devoted those 20 years to caring for “The Boys”. Dad always got them where they wanted to go, often by devising a special ramp or tool to get them there.
Dad was always willing to help anyone in need, whether it was a friend, family member, or neighbor. I guess he got this from his mother whom he said fed many meals to random hobo’s traveling past his boy hood home. And you know – they never charged anyone a dime for their service or food – just glad to help someone out.
Together Tom and Anne started filling in for absent CCD teachers at Moquah. This filling in turned into filling out a 20 year run of teaching CCD to high school kids in preparation for confirmation. They taught until they were over 80 years of age.
The biggest thing in Tom and his family’s life was his faith. Much good life advice was passed onto his grandchildren and great grandchildren just hours before going to the lord. Most all of them came to see him one last time in in the hospital in hopes of hearing some lasting powerful words. He didn’t let them down. As one of them said,” Gramps always has good advice – listen to him”. He had been kind of in and out of conscience before they came into his room. When they entered, he got a burst of energy, opened his eyes, and told each of them some one-on-one advice. Before the kids left, he told them all “the first 100 years are the toughest”. With their exit he went back into a deep sleep before meeting “His Boys” and our Lord a few hours later.
Tom and Anne enjoyed 68 years of marriage. They raised four children of their own which turned into many grandchildren and great grandchildren, all of which he loved dearly.
Survivors include his dear wife Anne (Galik) Johanik, children Kathy (Mark) Huybrecht and Gary (Julie) Johanik all of Moquah; grandchildren, Dan (Julie) Huybrecht, Lisa (Paul) Houck, Katie (Jayson) Nohl, Laura (Tom) Jorgenson, Jon Huybrecht, Amanda Pietrocatelli, Mark F. Huybrecht, Gary T. (Natalie) Johanik, Anna (Kenny) Richardson, Maria Huybrecht, great-grandchildren, Kyle Huybrecht, Brett Huybrecht, Adrian Nohl, Hannah Houck, Vanaya Pietrocatelli, Andrew Nohl, Ella Houck, Jonah Houck, Sondra Nohl, Erik Huybrecht, Brielle Pietrocatelli, Noah Houck, Morgan Nohl, Angelica Huybrecht, Maximus Richardson, Elliot Richardson, Caroline Nohl, Cato Richardson, Atlas Johanik, Lewis Nohl, Inez Richardson, Everest Johanik, Benji Richardson, Ian Nohl, Bodhi Johanik, and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.
Many thanks go out to all the doctors and nursing staff who assisted dad during the last few weeks during his stay at MMC. YOU WERE ALL GREAT!!!
He was preceded in death by his parents Philip and Josephine Johanik, his brother Elmer Johanik, sister Florence (Joe) Lupa, and his sons “The Boys” Tom and Philip Johanik.
Visitation will be 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Friday July 7 at the Mountain Funeral Home with a military service at 7:15 PM followed by the praying of the rosary at 7:30 PM.
Family and friends can meet for a final goodbye at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 8, 2023, at the Mountain Funeral Home, followed with a procession to the St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Moquah where a mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow immediately in the Moquah Cemetery.
Dobry Den (Slovak for “until we meet again”)
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either SS. Peter and Paul Church – Moquah
Or the Thomas W. Johanik FFA Student Scholarship.
Raymond Earl “Pucky” Nye’s opening night headlining Rock and Roll Heaven was June 28th, 2023.
He was born May 22nd, 1955 to Elaine (Lolich) and William Nye. Pucky was an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa. He was an avid Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers fan. Pucky enjoyed hunting, fishing and swimming in Lake Superior as he grew up in Ashland, Wisconsin. He taught himself to play guitar at age 13 and formed his first band, The Mistics, shortly afterwards. He played professionally for the next 55 years. Bands included “The Living Dead”, “Black Death”, “Shotgun”, “Badge”, “The Boys” and finally back to “Badge”.
Pucky married the love of his life, Kym (Wassgren) on October 3, 1980.
Pucky also attended University of Wisconsin – Superior and Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College. He worked as Sales Manager for Bay Broadcasting and as a car salesman for VonHolzen’s and, later, Ashland Ford.
He was preceded in death by his parents and lifelong friends Rick Marshall and Tom Ortman.
He is survived by his wife Kym Nye, brother Nick (Donna) Nye, children Krystal (Grant) Ehlers, Hayley Nye, and Ricky (Kristin) Nye. Grandchildren Ethan Ehlers, Madisyn Nye, Evie Nye, Caleb Ehlers and Nora Nye. He also loved his nieces and nephews, and too many friends, fans and bandmates to list.
A public, musical celebration of life will be held on July 30th at the Gathering Barn, in Ashland. Celebrations will begin at 1pm.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mountain Funeral Home of Mellen and Ashland, WI.
Beverly Anne (Campbell) Belany, 77, of Ashland, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully as the sun rose on Sunday, June 25, 2023, at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Bev was born on September 13, 1945, in Ashland. She was the daughter of Willis and Anne Campbell and grew up on a small dairy farm south of Sanborn, Wisconsin, along with her sister and two brothers. Bev graduated from Ashland High School in 1963 and then attended The College of St. Scholastica. She married John Belany of Ashland on June 19, 1965, at Saint Anne’s Catholic Church in Sanborn. In their 21 years of marriage, they were blessed with two sons and a daughter, raising them in Ladysmith, Wisconsin. She worked for several years at Rusk County Social Services before moving to Ashland to be closer to her parents while employed by Ashland County Human Services. She then worked for the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development before retiring in 2010, at which time she became a full-time grandma to her cherished grandchildren. She was kind, caring, and compassionate, always giving everything of herself to her family. While retirement was not kind to her from a health perspective, she never complained or burdened anyone with what she was facing. She met every challenge with strength, dignity and grace. Bev was a devout member of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church and was undoubtedly prepared to meet her Father and the angels in Heaven.
Survivors include her children: Joseph (Karen) Belany of Ashland; David (Susan) Belany of Hudson, Wisconsin; and Patricia (Jason) Wathke of Fall Creek, Wisconsin; twelve grandchildren: Shelbee (Brandon) Foster, Jackie (Cordell) Eliason, Janelle (Ezekiel) Hinshaw, Oliver, Tyler and Samantha Keyes; Kayla, Alicia, Rebecca and Greta Belany; and Riley and Jacob Wathke; many great grandchildren; siblings Clarence (Kaye) Campbell of Ashland; Karen (Graham) Chambers of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; and Ray (Bonnie) Campbell of Beloit, Wisconsin; sister-in-law Deb Cline of Ashland; and many nieces and nephews. We will all miss her dearly.
Bev was preceded in death by her parents, Willis and Anne Campbell; father-in-law John “Buttsy” Belany and mother-in-law Isabelle Belany; and brothers-in-law, Ronald Cline and Jeffrey Belany.
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon, Friday, June 30, 2023, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland. Visitation for family and friends will be from 10:00am to 12 noon prior to the Mass. Interment will be in Saint Agnes Cemetery, Ashland, immediately following the service. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain Funeral Homes of Ashland and Mellen, Wisconsin.
Bev suffered a severe stroke on Monday, June 12, 2023, while visiting her daughter, Tricia. By God’s grace, she was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital where she remained until the time of her passing. Her family owes a debt of deep gratitude to the medical staff for the skilled care she received while there. We are forever grateful to the nursing staff and Father Amal, for the compassion and love shown to our family and undoubtedly felt by our mother and grandmother.
Anne F. Mackey, age 79 of Ashland, WI passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at Court Manor Health Services in Ashland. She was born February 28, 1944 in Cuyuna, MN the daughter of Thomas and Mable (Wright) O’Brien.
A celebration of Anne’s life will take place in Ashland at Hugo’s Pizza Party Room from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 17, 2023.
Online condolences for Anne’s family may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com.
May 7, 1945 ~ May 21, 2023
It is with great sadness, the family of Karen Kay (Revolinski) Boggess, Iron River, WI, announces her passing after a 5 year heroic battle with cancer. Karen lived her life full of adventure, unconditional love and devotion for her family and faith. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, June 24, 2023, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Iron River, WI. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., and continue until the hour of service at the church.
Bryan K. Lamerand, age 66 of Mellen, WI passed away Friday, May 19, 2023 at his residence after a long battle with cancer. He was born Sept 17, 1956 in Ashland, WI the son of Marvin F. Lamerand and LaVern M. (Ledin) Utegaard.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran. He worked as a lineman for a tree service in New York for many years and after retirement moved back to Mellen. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing, basketball and was a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan and was the proud owner of a share of stock in the Packers.
Survivors include the mother of his children, Lorine; daughters, Taylor Jayne, Alana Rose and Carly Hannah Lamerand; sisters, Pam Barnes, Tina Gilgen, Kim Garro and Wendy Houck; brothers, Ed Ludwig, Wayne Ludwig, Scott Lamerand and Mike Lamerand as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father Thomas Utegaard.
A gathering of family and friends will take place at the Mountain Funeral Home in Mellen on Thursday, June 1, 2023 from 5 to 7 p.m.
Private interment will take place in the Mellen Union Cemetery in Mellen at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, June 2 with military honors under the auspices of the Mellen VFW Post 2273.
Online condolences for Bryan’s family may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com.
Edna Marie Wiedl, 98 of Glidden, WI passed away peacefully on Monday, April 10, 2023. She was born on March 19, 1925 in Chicago, IL the youngest daughter of the Reverend Herman Eiserer and Anna (Schieder) Eiserer.
Edna graduated salutatorian from Eaglewood High School, the class of 1942. After attending two years of secretarial college, Edna went to work as the executive secretary to the vice president of the largest advertising agency in the U.S. Edna also did some fashion modeling.
On August 4, 1945 she was united in marriage to Frank William Wiedl in a military ceremony performed by her father, Reverend Eiserer. The couple lived and worked in Palatine, IL and later in Arlington Heights, IL.
In 1958 they were blessed with daughter Julie Ann, and in 1962 were blessed with son James Allen. In January 1967 the family moves to Glidden, WI in what they were told was the worst blizzard in 30 years. They became owners of the Timber Lodge Resort on Gordon Lake. That same year, Edna was hired as administrative secretary at the Glidden School. Cherished friendships and wonderous memories were made here in Glidden over 50 years. After 27 years at GHS, Edna retired and later become the clerk for the town of Gordon for 12 years.
Edna was an active Lions Club member as club secretary for 24 years. She was also a member of the VFW auxiliary, American Legion auxiliary, and the LWML of the Trinity Lutheran Church, Glidden. Frank and Edna were family for four foreign exchange students over the years, who spent their senior years at GHS. Brothers Stephan Meyer and Frank Meyer of Germany, who both took American wives and are citizens of the U.S. Guillermo (Willy) Holguin of Mexico and Fred Lanting of the Netherlands.
Edna was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Paul, Leonard, and Walter, and sisters Evelyn, Viola, Esther and Mildred and by the love of her life, husband Frank of 60 years.
Edna is survived by her daughter Julie of Glidden, son Jim of Oshkosh, grandson Frank John Wiedl, granddaughter Alissa Grace, great grandchildren, Annamarie Grace and John Frank Wiedl of Park Falls and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Edna will be held at 3:00 p.m., Friday, June 23, 2023 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Glidden, WI.
A gathering of family and friends will begin at 2:00 p.m., at the church and continue until the hour of service.
Interment will take place at Mount Hope Cemetery in Glidden, WI following the Memorial Service. Lunch will be served in the church following the interment.
Robert Michael Schraufnagel, age 91, of Ashland, WI passed away on Friday, April 21, 2023 from a stroke. With his loving wife of 55 years by his side at Mayo Health Hospital, in Eau Claire, WI.
Robert (Bob) was born December 16, 1931 in Ashland, the son of Leo Francis and Ellen Mary (Quinn) Schraufnagel, Bob was the oldest of four children. Bob was a proud member of the Boy Scouts for several years. He graduated from Ashland High School in 1948 and began his career at Schraufnagel Lumber.
On September 30, 1967 he married Louise Grage from Highbridge, WI. In 1969 Bob and Louise welcomed their son Robert Leo.
Bob and his brother Jim, co-owned Schraufnagel’s of Marengo Lumber and Hardware store. Bob managed the hardware side of the business and held a plumber’s license. Bob was passionate about machine tool fabrication. Many a handyman in the area had Bob create specialty metal pieces to help finish their projects.
He was an avid hobbyist and collector of tools, machinery, coins and unique vehicles and campers. Few can boast that they lived and worked within a one-mile radius until he retired to Eau Claire, WI in September of 2016.
Survivors include his wife, Louise J. of Eau Claire; son, Robert L. (Tami) of Eau Claire, WI, sister-in-law Carol and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Jim, Dennis (Joyce) and sister Mary Ellen (Bill) Hanson.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 am on May 6th, 2023 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland. A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10:00am at the Church in Ashland and continue until the time of service.
Interment will take place at St. Agnes Cemetery Ashland, WI following the Memorial Service. Lunch will be served in the church social hall following the interment. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Mountain Funeral Home.
Donations can be made in his name to your local chapter of the Alzheimer’s association.
Anne F. Mackey, age 79 of Ashland, WI passed away Tuesday, Apr 25, 2023 at Court Manor Health Services in Ashland, surrounded by loved ones. She was born Feb 28, 1944 in Cuyuna, MN the daughter of Thomas and Mable (Wright) O’Brien.
She attended Crosby Ironton High School and later attended Saint Scholastica in Duluth, MN where she joined the convent and studied to become a nurse. Anne graduated as an LPN, beginning a lifelong career of working in nursing homes, including locally at Mellen Manor and Ashland Health and Rehab. She later moved to Ashland with her two children, James Watschke and Barbara Montano. She met the love of her life, Norman M. Mackey. She and Norman were united in marriage in 1995 and together they made their home near Sanborn, WI. She gained Norms four children, Ken (Julie), Sherry (Tim) Clark, Byron (Amanda) and Tim. Anne later retired from Ashland Health and Rehab and spent her time doing the things she loved with those she loved the most. She enjoyed cooking and baking delicious meals and deserts for her loved ones, gardening and giving tours of the large garden she and Norm tended to. She also enjoyed garage sales, fishing, arts and crafts, kicking butt in card games, especially thirty-one at every family reunion and always enjoyed putting a smile on everyone’s face. Most of all Anne loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a beautiful person inside and out. Her smile always lit up the room. She was a very selfless soul who cared deeply for those around her. She made a significant impact on many lives. She will be forever missed and always remembered.
Anne is survived by her husband, Norman; children, James Watschke and Barbara Montano; grandchildren, Casey Watschke, Matea Montano, Cory Montana and Rylee Watschke and her sisters, Pat (Steve) Schultz, Mary Middleton and Barbara O’Brien.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Bill O’Brien.
A celebration of life for Anne will be celebrated at a later date.
The Mountain Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ashland and Mellen, WI is assisting Anne’s family.
Online condolences may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com.
Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel. Let us remember with thanksgiving what God has done through His servant Francis,
Francis C. Balmer, age 97 of Ashland, WI passed away Friday, Apr 21, 2023 at Vita Care Living in Hayward, WI. He was born May 23, 1925 in Wildrose, North Dakota The son of Mable I. Balmer. Completed grade 9 in a one room school house in 1941.
On July 23, 1944 he was united in marriage to Alice V. Toy in Tacoma, WA. He was employed by the Soo Line Railroad for over 40 years, moving from North Dakota-Minnesota-Wisconsin, retiring as a Road Master in 1985 in Ashland. After retirement he was a trustee and Elder at the Zion Lutheran Church in Ashland. He was a driver for many years for local car dealerships. He was a volunteer at the Enrichment Center, served as president of the board and helped with maintenance. He loved working on cars and just about anything mechanical. But most of all, he loved his family and his savior Jesus Christ.
Survivors include his wife of 78 years, Alice, of Ashland; son, Donald (Sonia) Balmer of Thief River Falls, MN; daughters, Candace (Charles) Schudar of Shelbyville, TN, Bonnie (Dean) Jansheski of Beaver Creek, Ohio & Eleanor (Loren) Munson of Ashland, WI; daughter-in-law, Anna Marie Skulan of Eau Claire, WI; grandchildren, John (Paula) Schudar, Peter (Tammy) Balmer, Joshua (Kara) Balmer, Lydia (Robert) Svendsen, Ruthie (Bill Hanson) Vaughn, Jacob Jansheski, Zachary (Lorna) Jansheski, Laurie (Matthew) Malyuk, Melissa (Clint Lanning) Menard, Garrett and Caleb Balmer; 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren; sister, Gloria Cox of Williston, ND; sisters-in-law, Delores Reigel of MN, Joan Pryor of TX, Janet Hasti of MN & Teckla (Merle) Shaylor of WA; brother-in-law, Charles (Sharon) Toy of Drake, ND; good friend, Scott Brown as well as nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his son, Garland Balmer; sisters, Eva Oved & Lyla Barkie; brothers, Lyle, Gordon & Vernon Wells; brothers-in-law, Peter Cox, Bud Oved, Joe Barkie, Harland Reigel, Gordy Harder, Irvin Prough, William Bossert, Joe Pryor, Robin Bertsch, George Hasti, Art Bullard, Michael Toy & Ira Toy; sisters-in-law, Nellie Harder, LaRayne Prough, Ramona Bossert, Charlene Bertsch, Sharon Bullard & Dorothy Toy; mother and father-in-law, Eleanor Toy Morlang and Ira Toy; mother, Mable Wells Landers and his grandparents, Frank & Belvie Balmer.
A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10:00 am on Saturday Apr 29, 2023 at the Mountain Funeral Home in Ashland and a Memorial Service for Francis will take place at 11:00 a.m. with Rev Arleigh vonSeggern officiating.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord. We give thanks to God our Father through, Jesus Christ our Lord, for our brother, Francis C. Balmer.
Online condolences for Francis’ family may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com
Ann M. Williams, age 89, of Ashland, WI passed away peacefully with family by her side on Tuesday February 7, 2023 at Our House Memory Care Facility in Rice Lake, WI. Ann was
born April 10, 1933 in Chicago, IL, the daughter of George Francis “Frank” and Grace I. Masters. They lived in Minneapolis.
Ann graduated from Saint Mary’s Hall (now Shattuck-St. Mary’s School) in Faribault, MN and attended St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul.
On February 2, 1954 Ann married Richard M. “Willi” Williams at First Lutheran Church in Northwood, IA. Ann and Willi lived in Minneapolis for a few years before moving to Wisconsin.
When their sons started school Ann worked at their school in Bayfield for a while, then as a secretary at the North Central Guidance Clinic in Ashland, then at Spears, Carlson and Lindsey Law Office in Washburn and then later as a librarian at the Barron Public Library in Barron WI.
Ann was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Ashland. She enjoyed spending time with her husband and family at their cabin and later years visiting with her husband at the Ashland Health and Rehabilitation Center. Ann found great joy in her family and friends, reading, doing cross stitch embroidery, studying the Bible and the company of her toy poodle Zoey.
Ann is survived by her two sons, Richard F. (June) Williams of Ashland, and Robert J. (Sue) Williams, Dairyland, WI. Grandchildren, Anthony (Miranda) Williams, Gerald (Becky) Williams, Theresa (Jason) Guderian, Mary (Eric) Mackey, Michelle Williams, Nicole (Chris) Pribek, John (Shanda) Williams, Karl (Kari) Williams, Kimberly Roy, Thomas (Stephanie) Roy, Daniel (Elise) Williams, Tommy (Jenny) Stuen, Taylor (Tyler) Stuen. With 34 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren. Also, Special Sisters in law Barbra and Cheri and brothers in law Gordon and Eugene and wonderful nieces and nephews with a special mention for Sue and Sandy and their many special visits up North.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard “Willi” Williams, Infant grandson Paul James Williams, great grandson Dylan Patrick Williams, Brother-in-law Robert Williams and Sister-in-law Donna Farmer, and a special aunt Sarah Evelyn “Eva” Stoughton.
A Funeral Service for Ann will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 5, 2023 at Zion Lutheran Church in Ashland, WI. A visitation will begin at 9 a.m., and continue until the hour of service at the church. A private family interment will take place in Mount Hope Cemetery in Ashland at a later date.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mountain Funeral Home of Ashland, WI.
Sally A. Culligan-Vavrus, age 81 of Marengo, WI passed away peacefully on Friday, April 21, 2023 at her home. Sally was born on November 8, 1941 in Ashland, the daughter of Roland B. and Marion L. (Kennedy) Culligan, Sr.
Sally graduated Ashland High School in 1959. She worked for Miller Electronics as a welder for many years. She was a past member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks.
She is survived by her children, Steven, Michael (Lori) and Joseph (Debra) Vavrus, Mary (Jeff) Millikin and Patricia Poremba; grandchildren, Shannon (Marius) Smith, Trevor (Emily) Millikin, Cody Marie (Donald) Kearns, Madeline Millikin, Savage Millikin, Natasha (Eric) Hagen, Claire Vavrus, Luke Vavrus, Andrea (Buck) Risher, Genevieve Vavrus, Sarah Vavrus, Lillian Poremba, Robert Poremba, Marion Poremba and John-Paul Poremba; great grandchildren, Nora, Naomi Kearns, Matthew, Emmitt, Evelyn Millikin, Owen Hagen, Josephine and Baby Risher, Atlas and Cora Smith.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert (Bette) Culligan, Roland Culligan Jr., Daniel (Jean) Culligan; sisters, Kathryn Shroyer, Wilma Gustafson; grandson, Matthew Millikin.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial for Sally will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 26, 2023 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Ashland, with Fr. Jerome D’Souza as Celebrant.
A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10 a.m., and continue until the hour of service at the church.
Burial will follow the mass in Mount Hope Cemetery in Ashland.
Ann M. Belanger, age 97 of Ashland, WI passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 5, 2023 at Essentia St. Mary’s Medical Center, Duluth, MN. Ann was born on May 31, 1925 in Ashland, the daughter of Frank and Emma (Schneider) Bazant.
Ann attended Agnew School. She worked as a housekeeper, also at Mellen Penokee Veneer Plant, Superior Butler Shipyards and Geno’s Pizza, where she retired in 1981. She married Veryl Belanger on May 4th, 1946 at St. Anthony Church, Belanger Settlement. Ann enjoyed polka music, playing the accordion, traveling, gardening and playing cards with family.
Ann is survived by nephews; Robert (Janet) Mattson of Ashland, Kenneth Mattson of Menomonie, James Mattson of Ashland, William Mattson of Ashland, Michael (Peggi) Bazant of Bayfield and William Bluhm Jr. of Minnesota. Nieces; Sally (Charles) Hunt of Oologah, OK, Judith (Doug) Mauler of La Luz, NM, Janice Mattson of Ashland, Linda (George) Bailen of Ashland and Barbara (Chuck) Johnson of Minnesota. Also, Numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.
Per Ann’s request there will be no funeral services. A private family gathering will be held at a later date.
Frank J. Janecek, Jr. age 67 of Mellen, WI passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 26, 2023 at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland, WI. Frank was born on November 18, 1955 in Ashland, the son of Frank J. and Edna V. (Andrews) Janecek, Sr.
Frank was a 1974 graduate of Ashland High School. He was a member of the Army Reserve for 24 years and retired with the rank of Staff Sergeant. Frank worked at Columbia Forest Products for many years. Frank enjoyed working part time at the Mellen School because of the children. He was united in marriage to Deborah L. Otto on May 1, 2002 in Las Vegas, NV. Together they would be happily married for over 20 years. Frank was a restaurant owner who loved to cook. In his younger years he played hockey and enjoyed hunting with many family members. He also loved to run and completed a grandma’s marathon. He had a special place in his heart for his grandchildren, especially his god granddaughter, Nikita.
Frank is survived by his loving wife, Debbie Janecek; son, Frank J. Janecek, III; daughter, Kimberly (Janecek) Walters; step children, Nicole (Rob) Donald, Debra Donald and Joe Donald III; grandchildren, Kyle, Mikayalh, Colten, Christian, Angel, Gabriele, Nylia, Jorean, Jonah, Jayda and Nikita; siblings, Sharon Prell, Kathy (Tom) Innes, Carole Janecek and Karen (Donald) Jaskowiak; many nieces, nephews and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 3, 2023 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Mellen, WI with Fr. Aloyius Royan Anthony as Celebrant.
A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10:00 a.m., and continue until the hour of service at the church.
Interment will immediately follow the Mass in Mellen Union Cemetery with Military Honors under the auspices of Post 2273.
Wendell Raymond Friske passed away, March 24th, 2023, quite suddenly and unexpectedly at theage of 88 in his home.Wendell was born in Ashland, WI, January 28th, 1935. His parents were Walter Robert Friske and Pauline Bertha (Schatz) Friske. He was the 5th child of 8 children. His family were farmers, at one point moving from a 30-acre farm to a 320-acre farm. They had horses, cows, pigs, chickens, vegetable gardens, plum and apple trees. Wendell was quite involved in 4-H for nine
years. He received the Wisconsin Bankers Association award for outstanding 4-H Club work.
He graduated from the Mellen High School May 28th, 1953, and enlisted in the United States AirForce October 28th, 1954. He was a graduate of the Air Force Technical Instructor School andNon-Commission Officers School; attended Amarillo Junior College while serving with the AirForce in Texas, received an honorable discharge in 1958, and attended the University of
Wisconsin in 1959 and 1960.
After Wendell’s discharge, he went back to his family’s Mellen, WI farm and helped with theoperations. A month after his discharge, he met Bonnie Blumenberg while roller skating. The courtship had some bumps to work out, but eventually they were married on August 6th, 1960. Wendell and Bonnie moved into the upstairs of the Mellen farmhouse. His parents lived on the main floor. In 1964, they developed and opened the Riverside Camp Area campground. They ran the campground along with farming until 1970, when the farm and campground were sold.
On November 8th, 1966, Wendell was elected for the Register of Deeds of Ashland County, a position he would hold for 30 years, until he retired in 1997. He introduced and managed the computer system for Ashland County and wrote the software for the 1st tax roll. Later, he developed the computer mapping system for the county.
In 1970, Wendell moved his family to Ashland, WI. His family enjoyed camping and traveled in just about all of the 50 states and throughout Canada. For 30-some years, he went on an annual Canadian fishing trip with the guys. On August 6th, 2020, Wendell and Bonnie celebrated 60 years together. Some of his other interests were video and digital editing, solar energy, bow hunting, 4-wheeling, biking, hiking, skiing, dartball and snowmobiling. In recent years, he became quite the cook and bread maker.
Wendell will be missed, but his legacy lives on. Preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie. He issurvived by his daughter, Deanna Ellestad (Randy), sons, James Friske, Michael Friske (Kathy); brothers Allen Friske (Jeanne) and Ronald Friske (LaVerne), sisters Barbara Scholz (Arnold), Nancy Ellias (Pete) and Janet Kerr (Bud); preceded in death by his brother Robert Friske (Marlene) and sister Lois Straetz (Frank); survived by his sister-in-law Patsy Ann Cote’; four grand-children, Zachary Friske (Wanda), Tyler Friske, Matthew Friske (Morgan), Sarah Friske; and two very special great-grandchildren, Everett Friske and his soon-to-be-born sister.
A Celebration of Life Event for both Bonnie and Wendell Friskeis being planned for some time in June 2023. Date TBA.
Roberta-Dee (Bobbe) Clark, age 86 of Iron River, WI passed away peacefully at her home with her loving family by her side on Thursday, March 16, 2023. Bobbe was born Feb. 9, 1937 in Duluth, MN the daughter of Theodore A. and Ruth A. (Kerr) Nadeau.
Roberta graduated from Duluth Central High School in 1955. She worked as a credit manager in the medical field for many years. She was a founding member, performer, and teacher with the Duluth Civic Ballet, formed in 1965. This later became the Duluth Ballet which eventually evolved into Duluth’s prestigious Minnesota Ballet.
She is survived by her son, Scott Karl Gatzke; daughter, Carrie Lynn (Lewis) Winningham; grandchild, Ian Michael Fitton; significant other, Rodney Laakso.
She is preceded in death by her parents and brother, Tedd-Roy Nadeau.
Per Roberta’s request, there will be no funeral service held. In lieu of flowers, donations to the hospice organization in your area would be appreciated.
Donald J. Wiener, age 53, of Mason, WI passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and family on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Ashland Health Services. Donny was born to James E. and Susan K. (Warren) on April 1, 1969 in Ashland, WI.
Donny was united in marriage to Tracey M. Neibauer on August 14, 1993 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mellen.
He worked as a lineman for Xcel Energy for over 30 years. Donny enjoyed teaching and sharing these skills with his sons and others. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, trapper and professional firewood maker. He was passionate about his family and had a special place in his heart for his two granddaughters.
Donny was a strong man of faith, a member of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, where he served on the Parish Council.
Donny is survived by his wife of 29 years, Tracey; daughter, Kelsie (Jackson) Brunsvold of Hibbing, MN; sons, Jacob (Rachel) Wiener of Hurley, WI and Troy Wiener of Mason, WI; granddaughters, Sophia and Charlotte; parents, Jim and Sue Wiener; brothers, Forrest and James; sister, Michelle (Branden) Hultman; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Donny is preceded in death by his daughter, Sophia Marie and sister, Lori Lynn.
The visitation will be held on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at the Mountain Funeral Home in Ashland from 5-7 p.m.
The Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, March 17th at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Mellen at 11:00 a.m., with Father Aloysius Royan Anthony as Celebrant, with a one hour visitation prior to service.
Burial will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery in the spring.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Mountain Funeral Homes of Ashland and Mellen, WI.
Michael A. Pospychalla, II, age 36 of Ashland, WI passed away suddenly on Tuesday, Mar 7, 2023 at his residence. Mikey was born Mar 13, 1986 in Ashland the son of Michael A. and Rita F. (Hmielewski) Pospychalla.
He graduated from Ashland High School in 2004 and on Sept 18, 2010 he was united in marriage to Kimberly M. Stetler in Ashland. He worked for Columbia Forest Products in Mellen, WI in the shipping & receiving department for over 12 years. He enjoyed watching Harry Potter movies, fishing and arm wrestling, but the greatest joy in his life was his family and spending time with his sons.
Survivors include his wife, Kimberly of Ashland; sons, Blake Alfred and Sean Patrick; parents, Michael and Rita Pospychalla of Ashland; sisters, Wendy (Dale) Corbine of Odanah and Sarah (Jeremy Katon) Pospychalla of Ashland and nieces and nephews, Jade, William, Benjamin, LeAllen, Jenasara, Preston, Wyatt and Karmen.
A memorial service for Michael will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 18, 2023 at the Mountain Funeral Home in Ashland with Reverend Paul Simmons officiating.
A gathering of family and friends will begin at 9:30 on Saturday at the funeral home in Ashland and continue until the hour of service.
Interment will be private.
Online condolences for Mikey’s family may be left at MountainFuneralHomes.com.
George A. Rydberg, age 71 of Ashland, WI passed away Saturday, Feb 25, 2023 at his residence with his loving family at his side. He was born Feb 7, 1952 in Baudette, MN the son of John C. and Helen R. (O’Dell) Rydberg.
George graduated from the Proctor, MN High School, in the class of 1970. Preston, MN will really always be home in George’s heart; having spent most of his youth there. On Jan 6, 1979 he was united in marriage to Carol J. Pospychalla at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Ashland. He sailed the Great Lakes as a cook for Interlake Steamship for over 38 years, retiring in 2010.
George was the very definition of a valued community member. He enjoyed helping others and devoted much of his free time to giving back. He was generous with praise and loathe to seek any attention for himself, preferring to stay in the background. Often he provided lunch for members of the Ashland Police and Fire Departments, and staff at the Vaughn Library. Other favorite ways to give back included activities that helped young people grow and learn. He volunteered many hours helping children at the
elementary school; until his disease no longer allowed him to. He was a member of the Friends of the Vaughn Public Library, and volunteer at the Book Nook. In 2020, George was recognized as The Ashland Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year.
George loved Christmas. He spent many hours ringing the bell for the Salvation Army and anointed his wife “Christmas Carol” for the Christmas season each year. He roped Carol into providing breaks during his marathon bell ringing sessions at Wal-Mart. George was a pro at cooking for hungry crowds, lending his skills to pancake benefits and cooked many meals for anyone in need.
Survivors include his amazing, strong and dedicated wife of 44 years, Carol, of Ashland; children, Janelle (Jermaine Hayes) Rydberg of Plymouth, MN and Brock of Minneapolis, MN; brothers, Rick of San Diego, CA; Ted (Mary) of Marana, AZ; and Rob (Laura) of Centuria, WI; sisters, Mary (Jim) Hoffman of Richmond, TX, and Kristin Rydberg of Two Harbors, MN; brothers-in-law, Jim Harbaugh of Bemidji, MN and Mark (Carol) Pospychalla of Ashland who was a comfort to Carol and George in his final days. He is survived as well by many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Videos featuring the “little greats”, Maggie and Cam Palacios, provided George with lots of smiles. Lastly, he is survived by caring neighbors and scores of friends, including special friend, regular Thursday night dinner guest and gab session aficionado, Anne Miller.
He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Carol Harbaugh and sister-in-law, Nancy Woods.
A memorial service for George will be held at 12:00 on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at the Mountain Funeral Home in Ashland with Reverend Pete Warren officiating.
A gathering of family and friends will begin at 10:30 on Thursday at the funeral home in Ashland and continue until the hour of service.
In remembrance of George, his kids ask that you perform a small act of kindness today.