Obituaries

Fri
08
Dec

Michelle D. Surin

Michelle D. (Vincent) Surin, 65, of Appleton, was called to God’s side after a brief illness on Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. Michelle was born in Chicago, Illinois on Sept. 6, 1952, daughter of the late Edward and Harriet (Stefanski) Vincent. Michelle graduated from Shawano High School, class of 1971. While she attended school, she enjoyed playing in the marching band and participating in the school theater. She received a degree in medical transcription from Fox Valley Technical College in the mid-1980s. Throughout Michelle’s life, she worked in the medical field, as a clerk at the Appleton Post Office, and for the past 30 years she cleaned commercial and residential properties as Mrs. Clean.

Thu
07
Dec

Christian M. Smith Sr.

Christian Michael Smith Sr., 57, of Keshena, died on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017. Christian was born in Chicago on Sept. 22, 1960, the son of the late Christian I. Smith and Lillian Blanch Grignon. On April 30, 2005, Christian married Tina Yvette Roberts in Las Vegas. Tina preceded Christian in death on March 27, 2016. Christian worked for the Cook County Forestry Department for over 26 years and enjoyed fishing, camping and his 2 dogs, Winnie and Little.

Christian is survived by his children, Christian M. Smith, Jr., Tanya M. Phillips and Brandon (Jerilyn Shooter) Smith; grandson, Garrett Shooter; and siblings, Alma “Peggy” Korshak, William “Ishie” Sonoda, J.R. Smith, Bonnie Miller, Francine Harmon and Butch; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Wed
06
Dec

Doris E. Johnson

Doris E. Johnson, 81, of Tigerton, entered her heavenly home on Dec. 1, 2017, at Homme Home of Wittenberg. She was born on Dec. 20, 1935, to Edwin and Adele Matson in Birnamwood.

Doris attended local schools. She married Edward “Hardrock” Johnson on May 16, 1953, in Tigerton. They raised their family and lived most of their lives in the town of Germania, Shawano County. They operated Hardrock’s Village Cafe and service station in Tigerton in the 1970s, as well as other ventures.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a daughter, Rebecca Schonfelder; siblings, Eugene Matson, Kenneth Matson, Vernon Matson, Ardis Matson, Erling Matson, Janet Locke, Marvin Matson, Milton Matson, twin brother Donald Matson and two sisters in infancy, Edith and Evelyn.

Wed
06
Dec

Hubert Charles Brown

Hubert “Bert” C. Brown, 74, of Keshena, died on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at Pine Manor Healthcare Center in Embarrass. He was born on April 11, 1943, in Racine, the son of the late Hubert Sr. and Rose (Geretz) Brown. He graduated in 1961 from Racine Park High School, in Racine. While attending the University of South Dakota, he wrestled and played football. He then completed his master’s degree in education at Northwest Missouri State College, in Maryville, Missouri. He was united in marriage to Kathleen Rosburg, at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Vermillion, South Dakota, on Dec. 22, 1963. Bert and Kathy returned to his hometown, where he played and coached semi-professional football for the Racine Raiders from 1970-1974. He also returned to his high school to teach and coach. In 1983, Bert and Kathy moved to Legend Lake. He owned and operated Bert’s Place in Shawano for 17 years. He enjoyed golfing, reading, traveling, a dog lover and boating and water sports on Legend Lake.

Wed
06
Dec

Ronald N. Bergner

Ronald N. Bergner, 77, of Gillett, died on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. Born on Sept. 20, 1940, in Hayes, he is the son of the late Norman and Evelyn (Reinke) Bergner. On June 29, 1968, in the Town of Green Valley, Ron was united in marriage to Jane Falk, who preceded him in death in November 2008. Ron owned and operated a dairy farm in the Town of Green Valley until his retirement. He enjoyed going out to eat, attending county fairs, playing dartball, watching polka and game shows on television, and spending time with his family. He was a member of Faith United Lutheran Church in Gillett.

Ron is survived by his children, Betty (Elmore) Baumgarten, of Seymour, Howard (Amy) Bergner, of Shawano, and Norman Bergner, of Gillett; four grandchildren, Bobby (fiancée Kassy), Brice, Selena and Dylan; a great-grandson, Parker; his brother, Chuck (Sharon) Bergner, of Pulcifer; his sister-in-law, Barb Bergner, of Appleton; as well as numerous other relatives and friends.

Wed
06
Dec

Dorothy J. Bowan

Dorothy J. Bowan, 77, of Shawano, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. Dorothy was born on June 3, 1940, in Embarrass, Wisconsin, to the late William and Hildegard (Fredrick) Zimmerman. When Dorothy was two weeks old, the family moved to a farm in Pella. On Dec. 12, 1958, in Shawano, Dorothy was united in marriage to Allan L. Bowan, who preceded her in death on April 27, 2006. The couple lived in Shawano most of their married life, where they owned and operated Al’s Little Market for 25 years, known by kids as the place to go if you wanted penny candy, as well as folks looking for some of Dorothy’s potato salad. Dorothy was a member of the Lutheran faith at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, followed by Zion Lutheran Church of Shawano, where she served on many committees, including ZLCW, where once again, her infamous potato salad made many appearances. Dorothy enjoyed helping her daughter, Jolene, in operating an adult family home for several years.

Fri
01
Dec

Eleanora R. Peterson

A memorial service for Eleanora R. Peterson will be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano. Pastor Scott Ludford will officiate. Inurnment is in the Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery in Lunds, following the service. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials may be made to Zion Lutheran Church. Chronically late throughout her life, Eleanora will be on time for her own funeral.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

Fri
01
Dec

Carol J. Cornelius

Carol J. Cornelius, 75, of Shawano, passed away Monday evening, Nov. 27, 2017, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Shawano.

Carol was born June 10, 1942, in Clintonville, a daughter of the late Fred and Rose (Spitzer) Buelow. She was a graduate of Clintonville High School. Following high school, Carol married Dale Cornelius. The couple took over Dale’s family farm just outside of Shawano. Later, Carol drove cab part-time. Carol is a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano. She enjoyed crafting and playing cards.

Survivors include her siblings, Bob Buelow, John Buelow and Sheila (Michael) Marasch; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brothers, Fred Jr., Leonard, Dennis and Jerry.

A memorial service for Carol will be held on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at 3 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano. Pastor Scott Ludford will officiate. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are preferred in Carol’s name.

Fri
01
Dec

Eugene E. Kroening

Eugene E. Kroening, 72, of Tilleda, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Shawano. Born on Jan. 24, 1945, in Bonduel, he was the son of the late Maynard and Bernice (Knueppel) Kroening. In January 1994, Eugene was united in marriage to Jenny Schultz in Tilleda. Jenny preceded him in death in 2003. Eugene served our country for over 20 years in the United States Army until his honorable discharge on May 31, 1983. Following his retirement from the military, he worked in landscaping for over 30 years. Eugene enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping at Captain’s Cove and his trips to Texas.

Thu
30
Nov

LaVerna Krause Barrick

LaVerna Krause Barrick, 88, of Shawano, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Shawano. Born on Oct. 7, 1929, in Shawano, she was the daughter of the late Jewel and Myrtle (Raasch) Raddant. LaVerna graduated from Shawano High School and attended St. Mary’s School in Green Bay for nursing. On Oct. 3, 1953, she was united in marriage to Robert J. Krause at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Leopolis. Robert preceded her in death on Aug. 11, 1986. On Dec. 2, 2000, LaVerna married Donald L. Barrick in Chandler, Arizona. He preceded her in death on April 5, 2017. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Zachow, where she was part of the Ladies Aide and LWML. LaVerna was also an auxilary member of International Gideons, past president of Shawano Camp, State Widow Coordinator and the past chairman of Shawano Christian Women.

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