Obituaries

Fri
27
May

Mary E. Judd-O’Donnell

Mary E. Judd-O’Donnell, 96, of Shawano, passed away on May 25, 2016.

Mary was born on July 11, 1919, in Kaukauna to the late Joseph and Martha (Mueller) Nushardt. She graduated from Kaukauna High School and Bowbie’s Business College. She was a dental hygienist in Appleton until she married James Judd on April 21, 1940, in Dubuque, Iowa. James preceded her in death in 1959. In 1962, she married Dr. Dennis O’Donnell. He preceded her in death in 1985. Mary is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Thu
26
May

Dolores I. Kodrich

Dolores I. Kodrich, 94, of Watertown, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Marquardt Health Center.

She was born on March 24, 1922, in Cudahy, the daughter of Francis and Anna (Gajdoz) Rakowski. She married Martin Kodrich in Milwaukee, and they had three children. She loved to follow world news and enjoyed keeping herself informed on current events. She was very kind and had a wicked sense of humor, even to the end. She was a quiet person and adored her grandchildren.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary (Alan) Demby of Morgan Hill, California; four grandchildren, Jennifer, Amanda, Mason, and Anya; and one great-grandson Preston. Dolores is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Dolores is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Mark, a daughter in infancy, two brothers and two sisters.

Wed
25
May

Bonnie R. Hilliker

Bonnie Rae Hilliker, 71, of Bonduel, died on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Born on Dec. 16, 1944, in Shawano, she is the daughter of Isabelle (Koehler) Westerfeld and the late John Westerfeld. Bonnie was united in marriage to Roland Hilliker on Oct. 17, 1964, at Zion Lutheran Church in Zachow. The couple lived in Bonduel for the past 44 years. Bonnie worked in the insurance industry, including time with AAL and 31 years with Dave Feivor Insurance Agency. She was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aid–LWML, and Shawano County Homemaker “Bonduel Butter Cup.”

She is survived by her husband, Roland, of Bonduel; two sons, Steven Hilliker, of Bonduel, Jeffrey (Jennifer), of Shawano; two grandchildren, Bryce and Kiana; her mother, Isabelle Westerfeld, of Bonduel; sisters, Kathlyn (Don) Hoeft, of Appleton, and Lynn (Mark) Bartz, of the Town of Hartland.

Bonnie is preceded in death by her father, John and her sister, Renee.

Wed
25
May

Jeffrey Charles Brinkman

Jeffrey C. Brinkman went to be with the Lord on May 23, 2016, in Shawano. He was born in Fosston, Minnesota, on March 10, 1965, to Charles and Anna (Jorgenson) Brinkman. He grew up in Minnesota where he enjoyed hunting, trapping, blacksmithing and rock collecting. He had many fond memories and stories of adventures on the Brinkman home farm in rural McIntosh, Minnesota. He worked as a machinist with his father and brother in the family business, Brinkman Specialties, in Savage, Minnesota. He was united in marriage to Vickie Fischer on Oct. 21, 1993, in Jordan, Minnesota. He and his mother had a love of art and nature. His hobbies included wood-carving, gardening, canning and ham radio operating (sign: NOSBX).

Wed
25
May

James A. Caldwell

James A. “Jim” “Jimso” Caldwell, 76, of Shawano, passed away on May 22, 2016. Jim was born in Keshena on Oct. 24, 1939, to the late Leslie and Marjorie (Boyd) Caldwell. On Nov. 15, 1958, Jim was united in marriage to Patricia Splitgerber.

In his younger days, he was a well-known Golden Gloves AAU boxer. He was awarded the Barney Ross Trophy for sportsmanship and participated in the Goodwill Boxing Tour in Europe. Jim retired from Menominee Tribal Enterprises after 40 years of employment. Prior to working at MTE, Jim worked at AOS Smith & Caterpillar, Inc. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing, football, working in the yard, and taking care of his dogs, Babie and Coco. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, and loved spending time with his great-grandchildren, Riley and Cashton.

Wed
25
May

Gale Eugene Brede

Gale Eugene Brede, long time Summit Lake resident, died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at his farm. He was 81 years old.

Gale was born on March 6, 1935, to the late Arthur and Gladys (Hein) Brede.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, having served from 1958 to 1960.

Gale was a dairy and beef farmer and also had various jobs in construction, hauling, and logging.

He enjoyed listening to polka music, playing baseball and was a fan of professional wrestling.

He was a member of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Elcho.

Survivors include two sisters, Marjorie (Richard “Rip”) Hartjes, of White Lake, and Bonnie (Richard) Jerzykowski, of Menasha; nieces and nephews, Kelly Hartjes, of Waupaca, Mike (Julie) Hartjes, of Summit Lake, Mark (Vivian) Hartjes, of California, and Al Hartjes, of Kimberly; grandnieces and grandnephews, Dylan, Hunter, Cody, Megan, Alicia and Kim.

Wed
25
May

Lester J. Utke

Lester J. Utke, age 95, of Shawano, passed away peacefully late Thursday evening, May 19, 2016, in Shawano.

Lester was born April 4, 1921, in the Town of Belle Plaine, Shawano County, a son of the late Albert and Ella Utke. He attended country schools in Belle Plaine. Following school, Lester lived and farmed the family homestead until his family moved to Shawano. On July 25, 1942, Lester was united in marriage to Romaine Baumgartner at her parents’ home in the Town of Herman. The couple made their home in Shawano. On Dec. 16, 1942, he was drafted into the United States Army. He served in the Armor Division, being stationed in Germany. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 6, 1945.

Wed
25
May

Stephen Chizzo

Stephen Chizzo, 81, of Shawano, passed away early Tuesday morning, May 24, 2016, in his sleep, following a battle with cancer and other ailments. Funeral service arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date.

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

Fri
20
May

Lester J. Utke

Lester J. Utke, 95, of Shawano, passed away peacefully late Thursday evening, May 19, 2016, in Shawano.

Lester was born on April 4, 1921, in the town of Belle Plaine, Shawano County, a son of the late Albert and Ella Utke. He attended country schools in Belle Plaine. Following school, Lester lived and farmed the family homestead until his family moved to Shawano.

On July 25, 1942, Lester was united in marriage to Romaine Baumgartner at her parents’ home in the town of Herman. The couple made their home in Shawano. On Dec. 16, 1942, he was drafted into the United States Army. He served in the Armor Division, being stationed in Germany. He was honorably discharged on Dec. 6, 1945.

Lester was employed at the Shawano Paper Mill as a truck driver for 42 years, retiring in 1984. He loved his lawn and took great pride in the appearance of his yard. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing with family and friends, making special memories with his many fishing trips.

Fri
20
May

Vera M. Dahm

Vera Mildred Dahm, 101, of Shawano, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Shawano.

Vera was born in Altoona on Oct. 30, 1914, the daughter of the late Jesse G. and Helena (Scheller) Colburn. She was a graduate of Marshfield McKinley High School and continued her education by graduating from Sheboygan Business School.

On May 24, 1947, Vera was united in marriage to Robert F. Dahm in Menominee, Michigan. Robert preceded her in death on July 4, 1972.

Vera had several different jobs throughout her life, including deputy county clerk for Shawano County. She retired from Family Insurance Company after working there for 16 years. She also served on the city of Shawano election board for over 25 years. Vera was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano, the Shawano American Legion Auxiliary, where she held many auxiliary offices including unit and county presidencies, and a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

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