Obituaries

Fri
13
May

Norma L. Zuhse

Norma L. Zuhse, 91, of Shawano, passed away peacefully with family by her side early Friday morning, May 13, 2016.

Norma was born on Aug. 3, 1924, to Fred and Julia Pahl in the town of Belle Plaine, Shawano County. She lived in the Shawano/Clintonville/Marion areas her entire life. She spent several years as a 4-H leader and Sunday school teacher, and was active in Ladies’ Aid Societies. Upon returning to Shawano several years ago, she rejoined St. James Lutheran Church, where she had been baptized, confirmed and married.

Norma will be remembered as a generous person who always considered the needs of others before her own. She was grateful for her very special niece, Chris Martin Johnson, for her love and support as a caregiver over the last several years. She also appreciated her daughter, Sharon; granddaughters, Carrie, Colleen, Tina and Leanne; grandsons, Ivan and Jamey; and great-granddaughter, Ellie, for their love and many visits.

Fri
13
May

Barbara Dominiak

Barbara Dominiak, of Shawano, has passed on to be with her Lord after a courageous battle with cancer. A celebration of life memorial will be held on May 16 at the Village Lantern.

Barbara was born in Chicago to the late Harold and Gertrude Dominiak. In 1977, she and her sister, the late Loretta Szpek, moved to Wisconsin. She was a teacher both in Chicago and at St. Joseph’s School in Keshena.

Barbara and her sister owned and operated the Village Lantern Restaurant in Cecil until their retirement.

Barbara was a licensed minister, and she taught Bible studies in her home and at various meeting places for many years, sharing her love of Jesus.

She is dearly missed by many close friends in the precious family of God, the Body of Christ here on Earth.

A special thank you to the wonderful staff from Unity Hospice and Blaney Funeral Home.

Fri
13
May

Shirley M. Jordan

Shirley M. Jordan, 80, of Leopolis, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016, in Shawano.

Shirley was born on May 8, 1935, in Oshkosh, the daughter of the late Carl Paul Fredrick and Willabelle Margaret (Fischer) Jordan.

Shirley is survived by three sisters, Irene (Eugene) Schultz, of Shawano, Carol Skagerberg, of Tomahawk, and Margaret Meyer.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Loren Fischer and Carl Jordan Jr.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at Elias Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Herman.

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

Thu
12
May

Joseph Kessen

Joseph “Gus” Kessen passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at the UW-Madison Hospital with the company of his two children who survive, Joseph Scott Kessen, of Baraboo, and Michelle Kessen, of Wausau.

Joseph was born on May 14, 1948, to the late Claudette Wealth (Lawe, Kessen, Dodge) and Joseph Corn, and raised by his adoptive father, Lee Kessen.

Joe had seven siblings; some have already preceded him in death. He has many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Joseph loved to tell stories about growing up.

Scott and Michelle would like to invite family and friends to a “Celebration of Life” on Saturday, May 14, at noon. Please contact Michelle at 715-216-8690 for details.

Wed
11
May

Pamela L. Webster

Pamela L. Webster, 64, of Neopit, passed away in the early morning on Sunday, May 8, 2016. Pamela was born on May 14, 1951, in Green Bay to Lillian (Moore) King and the late Edwin King Sr. On March 19, 1978, Pamela was united in marriage to Orlin D. Webster in Oneida. Pamela enjoyed playing bingo, cooking, reading, and having her morning coffee. Known to many as “Mom,” she loved to visit and laugh with friends and family, and cherished spending time with her grandchildren.

Wed
11
May

Michelle R. Pierce

Michelle R. (Bahr) Pierce, 43, of Neenah, passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2016, at her home. Michelle was born in Shawano on May 8, 1973, the daughter of Garwood Bahr and the late Judith (Gregerson) Bahr. She graduated from Shawano High School. Michelle worked as a direct sales consultant for Pampered Chef, DoTerra Essential Oils and Isagenix. She was a member of the Winnebago Dog Club, enjoyed camping and horses, and was an extreme dog enthusiast. Her three dogs, Piper, Blue Bell and Jasmine, meant the world to her.

Michelle is survived by her fiancé, Curtis Roesler, and his daughter, Brianna; her father, Garwood Bahr; three sisters, Tammy (Jeff) Stachowiak, of Shawano, Kim Johnson, of Florida, and Sherri (Paul Prokash) Runge, of Shawano; and her grandmother, Norma Gregerson, of Iola; Curtis’ parents, Patti Stevens, of Appleton, and Bruce (Lynn) Roesler, of Weyauwega; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many very special friends.

Wed
11
May

Jacob A. Thorne

Jacob Andrew Thorne, 22, of Bonduel, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, May 9, 2016, due to injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Jacob was born in Shawano on May 9, 1994, the son of Shawn Thorne and Shelly (Wozniak) Thorne. Jacob graduated from Bonduel High School and was attending Fox Valley Technical College to become an auto mechanic. Basketball was Jacob’s first love. He was a member of the Bonduel Bears conference championship team as a senior and went on to play college basketball at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee. He was recently an assistant coach for the Bonduel Bears junior varsity basketball team and a former coach for the seventh- and eighth-grade teams.

Sun
08
May

Edward R. Krings

Edward “Ed” R. Krings, 85, of Embarrass, passed away late Thursday, May 5, 2016, at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano.

Ed was born on Oct. 17, 1930, in Auburndale to Conrad and Emma (Ross) Krings. After graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served from 1950-1953. The next 47 years were spent working in finance. He worked for Household Finance in Waukegan, Illinois, and Central State Bank in Marshfield, before going to work for Wisconsin Finance as the branch manager of the Appleton office in 1959. He was promoted to supervisor in 1962 and moved to Shawano, where the home office of Wisconsin Finance was located. In 1973 he was hired by Shawano National Bank as vice president of consumer loans. He left the bank in 1988 and started his own business, North East Wisconsin Clerking Service. For the next 12 years, with the help of his wife, Lois, they clerked hundreds of farm auctions, and retired in 2000.

Fri
06
May

Kathleen Gwidt

Kathleen “Kathy” Gwidt, 80, of Tigerton, passed away on Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Allouez Parkside Village, Green Bay.

The former Kathleen Marie Murr was born on July 25, 1935, in Wausau to Leo and Helen (Haas) Murr. Kathy graduated from Holy Cross High School, Merrill, and then from St. Mary’s School of Nursing, Wausau. She was united in marriage on Dec. 26, 1955, to Joseph J. Gwidt at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Wausau.

Over her nursing career, Kathy worked part-time at St. Mary’s Hospital, Wausau, Baptist Memorial Hospital, San Antonio, Texas, and Holy Cross Hospital, Merrill. The couple settled in Tigerton, where they owned and operated Gwidt Pharmacy. Additional stores were run in Wittenberg and Friendship. While helping her husband with the drug stores, she also was employed at the Tigerton Clinic and with Wausau Insurance Company.

Fri
06
May

Kimberly A. Grunwald

Kimberly “Kim” A. Grunwald, 28, New London, died on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, the result of an automobile accident. She was born on Sept. 14, 1987, in New London.

On July 28, 2013, Kim was united in marriage to Mark Grunwald. She was currently employed at Gilbert’s Sentry Foods, Hortonville. Kim loved animals, hunting and fishing. She was a devoted mom to her 8-month-old son, Tanner; her world revolved around taking care of him.

She is survived by her husband, Mark; son, Tanner; father, Don Conat, New London; mother, Jane (Keith) Berkholtz, Shawano; sisters, Kelly (Zac) Dunbar and Krissy (Jerry) Samson; paternal grandmother, Corinne Conat; maternal grandmother, Myra Hanlon; niece, Meadow Grunwald; and a nephew, Evan Dunbar. Kim is further survived by uncles, aunts, cousins, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Gordon Conat, and maternal grandfather, George Hanlon.

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