Obituaries

Wed
16
May

Betty A. Retzlaff

Betty Ann Retzlaff, 84, of Shawano, passed away on Friday, May 11, 2018, in Shawano. Betty was born in the Town of Belle Plaine on April 21, 1934, the daughter of the late Hugo and Minnie (Buelow) Werbelow. She was baptized in May 1934 and confirmed in May 1947 at St. Martin Lutheran Church. On June 20, 1953, she was united in marriage to Roland “Butch” Retzlaff at St. Martin Lutheran Church. Butch preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1993. Betty was a member of the St. Martin Lutheran Church, where she participated with the Ladies Aid for many years. She was a member of the Country Neighbors Homemaker Club for many years. Betty enjoyed watching her grandchildren play baseball, soccer and softball.

Wed
16
May

Thomas R. Trudell

Thomas R. Trudell, 60, of Shawano, lost his long battle to cancer and passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and friends on May 14, 2018. He was born on July 6, 1957, in Appleton, son of Raymond and Patsy (Knutson) Trudell.

Fri
11
May

Allen P. Fuhrman

Allen P. Fuhrman, “Flinstone,” 75, Bowler, passed away at Aspirus Wausau Hospital on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, following a brief illness.

He was born on Feb. 28, 1942, the son of the late Melvin “Tic” and Edna (Wendler) Fuhrman.

He attended elementary school and some high school in Bowler.

Upon enlistment, he served in the United States Navy from November 1960 to February 1963, receiving an honorable discharge from active duty; then he transferred to the Naval Reserves until April 1965.

Flinstone resided in Rockford, Illinois, for several years before returning to the Bowler area, that being his boyhood home. He worked as a truck driver for most of his adult years for various companies. Flinstone enjoyed woodworking, visiting with friends and having a beer.

Survivors include a son; one aunt; one uncle; two great-nephews and many cousins and friends.

Fri
11
May

Carol Vele

Caroline “Carol” Vele, 79, of Bowler, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 11, 2018, in Madison surrounded by her family. Carol was born on Oct. 26, 1938, in Milwaukee, the daughter of the late Alexander and Mary (Kvasnica) Ludin. On Aug. 19, 1956, Carol was united in marriage to Merton Merle “Sugar Boy” Vele in Milwaukee. Merton preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 2008. The couple moved to the Chicago area in 1959 before returning to Milwaukee and eventually moving to Bowler. In 1998, Carol, along with her husband and family, founded the Konkapot Lodge. Carol enjoyed traveling, rummaging, playing bingo, cards, and board games. Carol loved her faithful companion, Punkin, her dog. More than anything, she was very proud of her family and loved being with them. Carol was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and sister who will be deeply missed by all who loved her.

Fri
11
May

Alvin H. Suehring

Alvin Henry Suehring, 87, of the Town of Pella, passed away on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at his home surrounded by his family. Alvin was born in the Town of Pella on Oct. 22, 1930, the son of the late Edward and Minnie (Baumann) Suehring. Alvin was baptized on Nov. 16, 1930, by the Rev. Strasen and confirmed on June 4, 1944, by the Rev. Uttech at St. John Lutheran Church, Hermansfort. He attended grade school in Pella, walking to school most days, and of course, it was uphill both ways. In June 1948, he graduated from Shawano High School. On Feb. 14, 1951, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, originally stationed in California before serving in Korea. He returned stateside in 1952 and finished his service at Great Lakes as a prison and gate guard until his honorable discharge. On May 23, 1953, Alvin was united in marriage to Marilynn Sanders at St. John Lutheran Church.

Thu
10
May

Joseph Sadler

Joseph H. Sadler, 65, passed away on Monday, May 7, 2018, with his wife at his side at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton after a 10-year battle with multiple sclerosis. Born on March 1, 1953, in Shawano, he is the son of the late David and Delilah Sadler Sr. He graduated from Shawano High School in 1971 and enlisted in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany and served our country for two years. On Oct. 18, 1975, Joseph was united in marriage to Mary Hanstedt at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. Joe worked at Phenix Manufacturing for many years, then at Reinhart Food Service until he needed to retire due to his disability from MS. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, vegetable gardening and watching the Packers. Joe was an avid collector of a wide array of items, which he proudly displayed throughout his home. He loved antique shopping and attending flea markets and auctions in search of his next treasure to display.

Thu
10
May

Wesley C. Bucholz

Wesley Charles Bucholz, 80, of Shawano, passed away on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, in Shawano. Wes was born on Feb. 17, 1938, in Shawano, the son of the late George and Mary (Ziemer) Bucholz. He graduated from Gresham High School in 1956. On Oct. 11, 1957, he was united in marriage to Joyce Ribbich in Shawano. Wes coached little league and Babe Ruth in Clintonville. He was proud of the fact that one of the players he coached won a World Series with the Kansas City Royals. Wesley loved bowling and was even inducted into the Bowling Hall of Fame. As a devoted member of Church on the Hill, he spent a lot of time cutting the lawn and volunteering at the Red Barn. Wesley was involved with the city government, Shawano Senior Citizens Commission, AMVETS, and was the past president of the AARP, for whom he handed out student scholarships. In his free time, he enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and the Milwaukee Brewers.

Thu
10
May

Charlotte A. Raynebeau

Charlotte A. Reynebeau, 82, of Shawano, formerly of Kimberly, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday morning, May 5, 2018, at her home.

Charlotte was born July 19, 1935, in Manitowoc, a daughter of the late Erwin and Marie (Wergin) Pleuss. She attended school in Manitowoc, graduating from Manitowoc Lincoln High School. On May 7, 1955, she was united in marriage to Virgil “Butch” Reynebeau at Holy Family Catholic Church in Manitowoc. He preceded her in death on Jan. 15, 2005. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Kimberly. Charlotte was a homemaker, wife and mother. When the children were older, she went to work at Kimberly High School as the office manager and was there for over 30 years. Following her retirement, the couple spent winters in Sebastian, Florida and summers on Shawano Lake.

Thu
10
May

Peter John Leonard

April 26, 1951 – May 7, 2018

Peter John Leonard, of Shawano, passed away from complications of diabetes on Monday, May 7, 2018. Peter was born in Fond du Lac to Edward A. and Shirley M. Leonard. He attended elementary school at St. Mary’s, where he was a proud altar boy and graduated from St. Mary’s Springs Academy in 1969. He attended UW-Stevens Point earning a B.A. in Elementary Education. He taught fourth grade at Longfellow Elementary School in Clintonville for 35 years. Peter enjoyed hunting and fishing and travelled to Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada for an annual fishing trip for many years. He liked going to the local casinos to play the slot machines, especially when they hit. He enjoyed watching old movies and could quote iconic lines from many of his favorites. He enjoyed playing cribbage and sheepshead and continued to work with children as a volunteer at Longfellow Elementary.

Thu
10
May

Lawrence W. McFarlane

Lawrence Willard McFarlane passed quietly on the evening of Jan. 29, 2018, at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland after a prolonged illness. Larry was a longtime resident of Bowler, where he spent much time in retirement fishing (lake and ice), hunting, making wood, growing vegetables and flowers, and watching deer and turkeys on the field behind his house. His bird feeders were always full. He lived alone for many years, but was outgoing and friendly toward everyone he knew, and he knew many.

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