Obituaries

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Bernard Tucker

Bernard Tucker, 56, passed away June 23, 2019.

Arrangements are pending with Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

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John Andrew Polzin

John (“Jack”) Andrew Polzin, 89, passed away Saturday, June 22, 2019, at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center, Neenah, due to complications associated with a fall at home in early May.

Born in Shawano on Jan. 12, 1930, John spent his childhood in Clintonville, where his father worked for the Four Wheel Drive (FWD) Auto Company. John attended public schools in Clintonville, with the exception of his middle school years when his family made their home in Appleton during World War II. They later returned to Clintonville, and John graduated from Clintonville High School in 1949.

John married Dejon Goddake on Aug. 9, 1958. They were the second couple married at Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano and would have celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary Aug. 9, 2019. John and Dejon have remained in Shawano since they were married and both devoted their entire careers to educating young people in the community.

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Chad Elliott Waukechon

Chad Elliott Waukechon, 49, of Bonduel, started his journey to the spirit world unexpectedly on Sunday, May 26, 2019. Chad was born on Dec. 29, 1969, in Wausau, son of Joseph “Buzz” and Mila (Svendsen) Waukechon Jr. Chad was united in marriage to Heidi Scheinert in a traditional Native American ceremony by the Wolf River on May 19, 1996, and in a traditional Christian ceremony at Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Lunds on May 25, 1996.

Upon graduation from Shawano High School, he furthered his education by earning his bachelor’s degree in urban and regional studies from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Chad continued his education at the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he earned his master’s degree in education administration.

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Robert ‘Bob’ J. Westphal

Robert “Bob” J. Westphal, 72, of the Town of Pella, Shawano County, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, June 23, 2019.

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Warren Kaquatosh

Warren “Buddy” Kaquatosh, 71, of Neopit, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 17, 2019.

Buddy was born Feb. 6, 1948, in Keshena, a son of the late Sylvester R. and Rachel E. (Gristeau) Kaquatosh. He attended Catholic grade school. Following school, Buddy worked at Menominee Tribal Enterprises, the Town of Menominee Water Department, as a part-time police officer and for the fire department, as well as driving bus. Most recently, he worked at St. Anthony Catholic Church as the maintenance man. In 2011, Buddy earned his high school diploma.

On July 26, 1967, he was united in marriage to the former Anita Haack in Milwaukee. The couple has lived on the Menominee Reservation ever since. Buddy is a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church. He was an avid trout fisherman, enjoyed wood carving, and driving in the woods. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather; his family was his number one priority. Buddy was a great teller of tall tales.

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Richard J. Seis

Richard J. “Dick” Seis, of Keshena, died Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Kindred Hearts in New London. He was 86 years old. Dick was born on April 30, 1933, in Antigo to George J. and Della H. Seis (Ethier).

He attended St. John Catholic School for nine years and then attended Antigo High School where he graduated with the class of 1951. In 1953, he married his high school sweetheart; Liane Cousineau at St. Phillips Neri Catholic Church on Nov. 28, 1953, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dick was drafted into the U.S. Army and after attending leadership school in Fort Knox, Kentucky, he was stationed in Germany with the Seventh Army, Sixth Armored Calvary during the Korean War. In 1953, he received an honorable discharge with the rank of corporal.

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Florence Idabelle Miller

Florence Idabelle Miller, 93, of Shawano, passed away on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. She was born on July 25, 1925, in the Town of Washington, to the late Phillip and Pauline (Simon) Galleske. Florence was united in marriage to Norbert William Miller on Dec. 17, 1960, at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. Norbert preceded her in death on July 31, 2003. Florence lived for 30 years in Birnamwood and in Shawano since 1987. Florence was a member of Friedens Lutheran Church in Bonduel, where she was a part of Ladies of the Church and a Sunday and Bible school teacher for many years. She was also part of the Shawano County Homemakers and volunteered at Birch Hill Nursing Home.

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Chad Waukechon

Chad Elliott Naenwehtaw Waukechon, 49, of Bonduel, started his journey to the spirit world unexpectedly Sunday, May 26, 2019. Chad was born Dec. 29, 1969, in Wausau, son of Joseph “Buzz” and Mila (Svendsen) Waukechon Jr. Chad was united in marriage to Heidi Scheinert in a traditional Native American ceremony by the Wolf River on May 19, 1996, and in a traditional Christian ceremony at Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Lunds on May 25, 1996.

Upon graduation from Shawano High School, he furthered his education by earning his bachelor’s degree in urban and regional studies from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Chad continued his education at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he earned his master’s degree in education administration.

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Richard J. Raeder

Richard J. Raeder, 61, of Shawano, passed away quietly and peacefully at home Tuesday morning, June 18, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Richard was born Nov. 19, 1957, in Shawano, a son of the late Norman and Mildred (Bartlett) Raeder. He attended school in Shawano. Following school, he was employed as a ship builder and bridge painter and worked in the construction field for his father, Norman. He loved making model cars, playing both in the dirt and in the junkyard. Richard worked hard to provide for his family. He was a loving father and grandfather.

Survivors include his loving children, Angela (Craig) Johnston, of Shawano, Amy Raeder, of Shawano, Justin (Nora) Raeder, of Madison, and Ashley Raeder, of Green Bay; seven grandchildren, Colten, Carsen, Jada, Dominick, Stella, Dylin and Camryn; his brothers and sisters; and many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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Maynard Wilber

Maynard A. Wilber, 87, of Keshena, passed away Monday, June 17, 2019, in Shawano. Without a doubt, heaven welcomed God’s greatest bulls—-er.

He was born Aug. 26, 1931, in Keshena to the late Franklin Sr. and Alta (Sturm) Wilber. Maynard was a U.S. Marine who served in Charleston, South Carolina, during the Korean War. He worked for the Menominee County Highway Department, owned Wilber Brother’s Construction with his brother Gene, worked as a logger on the Menominee Indian Reservation and finished his career as a truck driver for Dave Wilber Logging.

Maynard was proud of his Menominee ancestry and enjoyed the Menominee forests, lakes and streams. He loved nothing more than sitting in his garage watching traffic on state Highway 47 and telling stories with Bruce, Edwin, George, Menot, Bing, Snookie and Verlyn. Occasionally, one of the stories would be true.

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