Obituaries

Fri
15
Jan

Marlene J. Kroenke

Marlene J. Kroenke, 75, of Shawano, passed away on Thursday afternoon, Jan. 14, 2016, in Green Bay surrounded by her loving family.

Marlene was born July 21, 1940. in Marion, daughter of the late Reinhold and Irma (Conradt) Lindow. She attended country schools and later Marion High School, graduating in 1958. Following school she worked at the Hansen Glove Factory for several months. On Nov. 22, 1958, she was united in marriage to Larry L. Kroenke at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hermansfort. The couple lived and farmed in the town of Richmond their entire married life. She was a good and faithful member of St. Paul Lutheran Church Stony Hill.

Marlene served with the St. Paul Ladies Aid and also taught Sunday school for many years. Her hobbies included cooking, baking, canning, and farming.

Fri
15
Jan

Daniel A. Richards

Daniel A. “Dan” Richards, 69, of Gresham, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in Appleton. Born on April 5, 1946, in Shawano, he was the son of the late Alfred and Alma (Lindow) Richards.

Dan was a 1964 graduate of Gresham High School. While in school, he was very active in sports and his love for sports continued throughout his life. Dan owned and operated a dairy farm in the town of Herman and worked as a draftsman in Two Rivers for seven years. On Oct. 1, 1983, he was united in marriage to Darlene “Dolly” Watters in Shawano. Together, they owned and operated Dan and Dolly’s Country Bar for 10 years and also sold real estate. He enjoyed golf, fishing, hunting, gardening, and grilling out with family and friends. Most of all, Dan loved spending time with his grandchildren, sharing his memories of when he was in sports and never letting them go home without hearing one of his “corny” jokes.

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15
Jan

Wayne G. Owen

Wayne Owen, 80, of Cecil, passed away at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016.

Wayne was born in Mattoon on New Year’s Day 1936, the son of the late George and Edna (Pollock) Owen. He was a graduate of Mattoon High School, and shortly after graduation entered into military service in the United States Marine Corps. During his military service, he married Lois Wood in Birnamwood.

His entire career was dedicated to engineering and machining, and he was employed by various paper manufacturing industries in the area. His crowning achievement was being asked to travel to China as the consultant on a paper materials processing plant to be built from the ground up. He did so, overseeing everything from the design of the building to the training the workers. Lois was able to be in China with him for part of this time.

Fri
15
Jan

Russell P. Kostrzak

Russell P. Kostrzak, 91, of Tigerton, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at his home.

Russell Paul Kostrzak was born on May 30, 1924, in the town of Little Wolf, Waupaca County, to Louis and Polly (Clapps) Kostrzak. He graduated from Little Wolf High School in 1942 and then attended Marquette University in Milwaukee for one year. After high school, up until 1956, Russ worked on the family farm in the town of Little Wolf. He then went on to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, receiving a bachelor’s degree in science in 1959. He taught secondary school in Seymour from 1959 to 1967.

Thu
14
Jan

Daniel A. Richards

Daniel A. “Dan” Richards, 69, of Gresham, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, in Appleton.

A full obituary will be published in Friday’s paper.

Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

Thu
14
Jan

Mary A. Zimmerman

Mary A. Zimmerman, 73, of the town of Belle Plaine, Shawano County, passed away unexpectedly on Monday afternoon, Jan. 11, 201, at the Theda Care Medical Center in Shawano.

Mary was born on May 15, 1942, in Milwaukee, the daughter of the late Frank and Ann (Stancar) Brezonick. She grew up in Elm Grove and graduated from Brookfield Central High School. Mary then worked for the Harley Davidson Motor Company in Milwaukee, where she met John Zimmerman. The couple were united in marriage on Sept. 5, 1970, in Milwaukee. In 1977, they moved to Shawano, where they operated a resort on Shawano Lake called Zimmerman’s Pier 366. Then in 1995, the couple moved to the town of Belle Plaine. John preceded his wife in death on Nov. 6, 2003.

Thu
14
Jan

Warren G. Griepentrog

Warren G. Griepentrog, 65, of Tigerton, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2015, at a courageous battle with cancer.

Warren Glenn Griepentrog was born on Oct. 30, 1950, in Wausau to George and Judy (McFarlane) Griepentrog. He was raised in Tigerton and attended Tigerton High School, Class of 1968. Warren went on to Northcentral Technical College, where he earned a degree in electronics. Over the years he worked at various jobs, but spent most of his years with these three employers: Arrowcast Foundry in Shawano, Hillshire Farms in New London and Marion Plywood Corporation.

Warren was united in marriage on Oct. 10, 1981, to Ann M. Redman in Neenah. The couple made their home in the Split Rock and Tigerton area. Words like honest, down-to-earth, practical and strong-willed were all traits that described Warren’s personality. He enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and going fishing, whether around the area for northern pike or going out on Lake Michigan for salmon.

Thu
14
Jan

Russell P. Kostrzak

Russell P. Kostrzak, 91, of Tigerton, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016, at his home.

Funeral arrangements are pending with the Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Tigerton.

Tue
12
Jan

William J. Maersch

William (Bill) John Maersch, 79, town of Washington, passed on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, at the ThedaCare Medical Center of Shawano. He was born to William (Bill) and Esther (Kaat) Maersch on Sept. 24, 1936, in Sheboygan.

Bill was baptized, made his First Communion, and was confirmed at Holy Name Catholic Church in Sheboygan. On July 15, 1961, he was united in marriage to Jeanne Roewardt at the same church. He graduated from Central High School, Sheboygan; Sheboygan County Teachers College, Sheboygan Falls; and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science degree, grades 1-8; and a license in art education, grades 1-12. He also received a scholarship to attend Bemidji State College, Minnesota, for one summer.

Tue
12
Jan

Arlene Hearn

The eternal spirit of Arlene Hearn (nee Brunner) left her body and crossed over to the other side on Jan. 8 after a productive 90 years this lifetime on Earth. She was born to Rolley and Barbara (Pevonka) Brunner on Dec. 6, 1925, and spent her childhood growing up on the family farm near Leopolis, attending the Seneca School and then Shawano High School.

Arlene married Leroy (aka Strike) Allhiser in 1947; they divorced in 1961. She married Thomas Hearn in 1968 and had a wonderful and adventure-filled life working together, travelling and building many distinctive houses until his death in 2000. Building and decorating homes was a passion they both shared.

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