Obituaries

Thu
21
Aug

John David Swanke

John D. Swanke, 74, of Shawano, passed away on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Appleton. Born on July 13, 1940, in Tigerton, he was the son of the late John S. and Gladys (Topp) Swanke and his stepfather, the late Francis W. Thompson.

On Nov. 6, 1965, John was united in marriage to Jane Way in Tigerton. John and Jane lived in several locations throughout the Midwest and West Coast before moving to Shawano in 1975, where he was hired as a general manager by the Hotz Manufacturing Company, a subsidiary of the Tigerton Lumber Company. He worked in the lumber and wood products industry for most of his life, with his most recent serving as president of Tigerton Lumber Company.

Wed
20
Aug

Bernice V. Schneider

Bernice V. Schneider, 93, of Cecil, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at her home with her family by her side. Born on Aug. 4, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Molly (Borger) Kuehn.

Bernice was united in marriage to Elmer O. Schneider on Nov. 30, 1940, in Milwaukee. Bernice worked at Shawano Medical Center for 55 years as a nurses’ aid.

Bernice is survived by her daughter, Carol Ann (Marvin) Gehm; her sons, James Schneider, John (Angie) Schneider, Jeffrey (Karen) Schneider, all of Cecil; seven grandchildren, Bonnie (Tom) Timm, Steve Gehm, Johnathan Schneider, Bradley (Corey) Schneider, Kyle Schneider, Mike Schneider and April Schneider; two great-grandchildren, Emily and Jennifer Timm; her sisters, Gertrude Zander, of Shawano, Patsy (James) Schmidt, of Gillett, Jane (Carl) Martin, of Mattoon, and Marion Stefl, of Shawano; brothers-in-law, Lloyd Schmidt and Leonard Pawlowski; as well as a sister-in-law, Janice Kuehn.

Wed
20
Aug

Alvin E. Flaig

Alvin “Al” E. Flaig, 84, of Ashwaubenon, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, after a long battle with cancer. He was born June 8, 1930, in Split Rock to the late Edward and Elizabeth (Kleman) Flaig.

Al was married on April 14, 1951, to Norma Ruth Tramel in Pontiac, Illinois. He joined the Army in January 1948 and spent three years in Japan and six months in Germany before being honorably discharged in January 1952.

From a young boy, Al loved anything with wheels, from a tricycle with no handlebars, to a bicycle he rode around the block that he rented for a nickel, a city milk delivery truck, a dump truck, an Army jeep and finally his 18-wheelers.

Over the years, he drove for several companies. Alvin retired from Stang Wisconsin Trucking in 1992 after 30-plus years. He also enjoyed working for Barb and Dave at Timberline Trees.

Wed
20
Aug

Trevor R. Arndt

Trevor R. Arndt, 23, Tigerton, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, as the result of a motorcycle accident.

Arrangements are pending with Schmidt & Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg.

The family guestbook and condolences are available at schmidtschulta.com.

Wed
20
Aug

Catherine A. Neumeier

Catherine Ann “Kate” Neumeier,61, entered into eternal rest in the presence of her Lord with her loving family and friends at her side on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at her home.

Kate was born on Jan. 3, 1953, the daughter of Robert and Rita (Beddy) Lampman in Neenah. She was a 1971 graduate of Neenah High School. Kate was united in marriage on Jan. 27, 1984, to Patrick Joseph Neumeier. She loved her flowers, gardening, her crafts such as photography and needle point, and her favorite thing — music. Kate was a dedicated servant at her favorite place to be, Christ the Rock Community Church, where Kate did data entry, secretarial and computer technical support.

Kate is lovingly survived by her husband, Patrick; a sister, Helen (Al) Tumas, Minocqua; and a nephew, Keith Wenzel.

She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Wed
20
Aug

Barbara L. Schneider

Barbara L. Schneider, 76, of Shawano, and formerly of Plymouth, passed away early Friday morning, Aug. 15, at Rocky Knoll Health Care Facility, where she had been a resident for the past year.

Barb was born on April 4, 1938, in Green Bay, a daughter of the late Clarence and Mabel Neabling Krablean. She graduated from Neenah High School and attended Milwaukee Lutheran Hospital School of Nursing. On Oct. 5, 1957, she married Gerald Schneider at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church in Neenah. The couple resided in Plymouth following their marriage and moved to Shawano in their retirement in 2002.

Barb was employed at Rocky Knoll Health Care Facility and worked for Dr. J.L. Hizon and Dr. Karl Riem, both of Sheboygan. Her husband preceded her in death on Oct. 6, 2008. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Plymouth. Barb enjoyed cooking and golf and belonged to the Crystal Lake Wednesday afternoon Golf League.

Fri
15
Aug

Dorothy M. Erickson

Dorothy M. Erickson, 96, of Bowler, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014, at Birch Hill Care Center, Shawano.

The former Dorothy Melinda Denny was born in Oneida on April 24, 1918, to Alexander and Rachel (Hill) Denny. She was united in marriage on Jan. 5, 1935, to Carl H. Erickson at Immanuel Lutheran Church, town of Morris. For many years Dorothy did housekeeping and cleaning for various people around the Bowler area. She was also an incredible caregiver to so many. Dorothy was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, where she actively served with the Women of Faith/Ladies Aide. Her hobbies included gardening, reading, growing flowers, watching the birds and visiting with friends.

Fri
15
Aug

Eugene Brandt

Eugene “Gene” Brandt, 86, of Tigerton, passed away Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014, at the Homme Home of Wittenberg.

Eugene Ernest Brandt was born in the town of Polar, Langlade County, to Herman and Beatrice (Ensle) Brandt. Gene was united in marriage on Sept. 3, 1949, to Anita R. Bonell at St. John’s Catholic Church, Antigo.

Fri
15
Aug

Melissa Kaye Young Hill

Melissa Kaye Young Hill, 38, of De Pere, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. Born on Dec. 16, 1975, in Shawano, she is the daughter of Robert Young and the late Bonnie (Seidler) Young.

On Sept. 2, 2010, she was united in marriage to Patrick J. Hill.

Melissa is survived by her husband, Patrick Hill, of De Pere; her daughter, Sabrina Alexandria Kennedy Brzezinski; her sons, Xanatos Alexander James Thimke and Zachariah Robert Wilhelm Thimke; her father, Robert Young, of Bonduel; her sisters, Dawn (Gregg Seitz) Young, of Virginia, and Jennifer (Tom) Hutchcraft, of Shawano; her sisters-in-law, Mary (John) Link, of Sobieski, and Margaret (David) Hevener, of Tennessee.

Melissa was preceded in death by her mother, Bonnie.

Thu
14
Aug

Cmdr. Reuben Strelow

Cmdr. Reuben Emil Strelow, a 35-year resident of Laguna Woods, California, passed away Aug. 9, 2014.

Reuben was born on Sept. 14, 1919, in Regina, Wisconsin, to Otto Carl Strelow and Emma Bertha Loehrl. He was the fifth of 11 children.

He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1942 (the Class of 1943). Upon graduation, he married Rachel Adeline Syvertson. Reuben served heroically with distinction as a naval officer during World War II earning two bronze stars among other commendations. After the war, he graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School and was an electronics engineer in the Navy until 1962. Reuben had a second career at Rockwell International in Downey, California, working on the Apollo moon landing program and the space shuttle.

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