Obituaries

Thu
16
Aug

Joseph R. DeBaker

Joseph Roy DeBaker, 71, of Leopolis, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. He was born Oct. 16, 1946, in Shawano to the late Albert and Cora (nee Brunner) DeBaker. Joe grew up on a rocky farm on the edge of Leopolis overlooking the North Branch of the Embarrass River. Anyone who ever met Joe didn’t forget him, he was a special person. Joe attended the Leopolis Grade School, Marion Grade School and graduated from Marion High School in 1964. He attended Oshkosh State College for two years and graduated with honors in January 1969 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He was elected to Tau Beta Pi Mechanical Engineering honor society, Pi Tau Sigma engineering honor society and the Phi Kappa Phi science honor society. Growing up, his great love was squirrel, rabbit and deer hunting with his dad and trout and northern pike fishing on the Embarrass River with his uncle, Joe Brunner.

Thu
16
Aug

Ursula Posselt

Ursula Posselt, 78, of Shawano, passed away on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Shawano. Ursula was born in Nuremberg, Germany, on Jan. 25, 1940, daughter of the late Ludwig and Rosa (Nagel) Schlick. She was baptized at St. Sebald Church in Nuremberg, Germany, on March 1, 1940. On June 26, 1958, Ursula was united in marriage to Dennis C. Posselt at Gustav Adolf Church in Nuremberg. She started an apprenticeship in Germany and after the completion of Dennis’ deployment in May 1959, the couple moved to the United States. She then attended the Northeast Wisconsin Technical Institute, majoring in nursing, graduating with high honors. Ursula started her career as a nurse at Shawano Community Hospital, working there from 1965-1972. She then went on to work at Maple Lane Health Care from 1972 until her retirement in 1992. She is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church Stony Hill. Ursula lived every minute of her life to the fullest.

Thu
16
Aug

Gloria P. Hovie

Gloria P. Hovie, 83, of Pulaski, passed away on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at her home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at Swedberg-Wendt Funeral Home in Bonduel. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of the services.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

Wed
15
Aug

Elda M. Dickie

Elda M. Dickie, 96, formerly of Keshena, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, Aug. 11, 2018, at Bellin Memorial Hospital in Green Bay.

Elda was born June 21, 1922, in Neopit, a daughter of the late Gertrude (Bowman) Hill and the late John Nunway Sr. She attended St. Joseph School, and attended Flandreau Indian School. On March 10, 1945, Elda was united in marriage to Gordon D. Dickie Sr. in Milwaukee. They were both employed at the Caterpillar Company when they met. The couple lived most of their married life on the Menominee Reservation. Gordon preceded her in death on Dec. 5, 1995.

Elda was employed at various jobs throughout her life. She was a radio broadcaster and was the first administrative assistant at the Menominee Indian School District. She also worked with the public relations department for the Menominee Indian Tribe and later worked for the Tribal Food Distribution Center.

Wed
15
Aug

Barbara J. Lund

The glow of the sunrise upon her, loving family in prayer around her, Barbara Jean Lund, 83, drew her last sweet breath and was embraced by God’s peaceful arms on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018.

She was born Barbara Jean Rogers on Feb. 13, 1935, in Cleveland, Tennessee, to John Mitchell Rogers and Ethel Cora (Whaley) Rogers.

Wed
15
Aug

Glenda J. Waubanascum

Glenda Jean Waubanascum, 66, of Shawano, passed away on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at her home. Glenda was born on Sept. 26, 1951, in Shawano, daughter of the late Percy R. “Sonny Man” and Bertina M. (Archiquette) Dodge Waubanascum. Glenda grew up in Neopit. She moved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1985, where she worked until returning to Shawano in 2000. She was kind-hearted and funny and had a contagious laugh. Glenda enjoyed visiting with family and friends and traveled so often for visits that she was always away from home and hard to pin down. If she wasn’t gone, Glenda enjoyed following her friends and family on Facebook. She loved her family and more than anything, loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Wed
15
Aug

Robert F. Rebman

Robert Francis Rebman, 91, of Shawano, passed away on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in DePere. Bob was born in Bear Creek on April 10, 1927, son of the late Lawrence J. and Helen M. (Stanton) Rebman. Bob served our county during World War II in the United States Navy from 1943 until his honorable discharge in 1948. While serving his country, he met Jeanne Elizabeth Nuske and the couple was married on May 29, 1948 at St. Rose Catholic Church in Clintonville. They resided in Appleton until 1967 when they moved to Green Bay. In 1989, the couple then moved to Shawano. Throughout the years, Bob worked for Wisconsin Michigan Power Company, Murphy Supply Company and finally Crescent Electrician until his retirement. Besides his full-time job, Bob also worked as a part-time insurance salesman for Equitable Reserve Association and held the District 7 position on the Shawano County Board of Supervisors. In his free time, Bob liked fishing, gardening and traveling.

Wed
15
Aug

Richard L. Kautz Sr.

Richard Lee Kautz Sr., 77, of Wisconsin Rapids, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

Services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids. The Rev. Dr. Carlton Andersen and the Rev. Timothy Wenger will officiate. Military honors will be conducted. Inurnment will take place at Roseland Cemetery in Marion at a later date. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at St. Luke’s. Herman-Taylor Funeral Home and Cremation Center is honored to be serving the Kautz Family.

Richard was born on Feb. 23, 1941, in Marion to Leo and Blanche (Nelson) Kautz. He was a graduate of Clintonville High School. He honorably served his country in the United States Army from 1959 to 1962. Richard married the love of his life, Sharon Fredrick, on Aug. 31, 1963. They were blessed with nearly 55 years together.

Wed
15
Aug

Savanna M. Christenson-Wilber

Savanna Mae Christenson-Wilber, 27, of Shawano, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018, at her home. Savanna was born in San Bernardino, California, on Jan. 4, 1991, the daughter of Wydell Kallies and Denelle Christenson. She lived most of her life in the Shawano area. On May 25, 2018, Savanna was united in marriage to Duane Wilber. Savanna was the supervisor of the Menominee Casino Hotel and enjoyed beadwork and cooking. She loved nothing more than being home with her love and being a mother to her 2-year-old daughter.

Sat
11
Aug

James J. Koeppen

James J. Koeppen, 70, Town of Lessor, peacefully passed away from a short illness on Aug. 4, 2018, surrounded by his family. He was born on Oct. 5, 1947, in Shawano to John and Ida (Stern) Koeppen. He graduated from Bonduel High School in 1966, having laid claim to never opening his school books after being told he didn’t have to pass his classes, but rather, he just had to show up for school every day!

James worked for Outagamie Producer’s Co-Op in Black Creek washing dairy trucks. For a short stint, James worked security at the Bonduel Pickling Co, bragging that “no pickle was ever stolen on his watch.” He had been retired for roughly 30 years.

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