Obituaries

Tue
22
Mar

Marjorie J. Thimke

Marjorie Jean Thimke died 0n March 16 at Johanna Shores in St. Paul, Minnesota, surrounded by family members. She was born on Nov. 21, 1928, in Ashland to Howard and Violet (Mungovan) Tiffany.

Marjorie graduated from Hayward High School and continued her education in Duluth, Minnesota, completing a registered nurse program at St. Luke’s Hospital and obtaining the advanced level of nurse anesthetist. In Duluth, she met her future husband, Harry E. Thimke, whom she married on July 12, 1952. They moved to Iowa City, where Harry continued his medical training in anesthesiology.

In 1956, Marge and Harry moved to Eau Claire, where she lovingly engaged in raising their four daughters, Jane, Janet, Judith and Mary Jo.

Sun
20
Mar

Garry D. Colbert

Garry D. Colbert, 71, of Bowler, passed away peacefully on Saturday morning, March 19, 2016, in Shawano.

Garry was born on Oct. 6, 1944, in Eau Claire County, a son of the late George and Myra (Brill) Colbert. He attended school in Rock Falls and Elk Mound. Following school he entered the National Guard.

Garry was employed at a dairy farm in Osseo when he was younger. He later moved to Mosinee, where he worked for the telephone company.

Garry then attended truck driving school in Sun Prairie. He was employed as a truck driver most of his life, driving for Wausau Homes, Roehl, Road Ready and Eagle Transport. He retired from Eagle Transport in 2009.

Garry was baptized in the Lutheran Church in Rothschild in April 2009. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed canning. He had a passion for John Deere equipment and collected everything John Deere. He also loved to shop and collect hats. He had a good sense of humor and enjoyed making people smile.

Sat
19
Mar

Geraldine Stears

Geraldine “Gerie” Stears, 87, of Shawano, formerly of La Crosse, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016, in Appleton.

Gerie was born in Cicero, Illinois, on May 15, 1928, to the late Walter and Harriet Vaver. In 1949, she moved to La Crosse, where she married and resided with her husband, John D. Stears.

Gerie was a professional hairdresser and sole proprietor of Gerie’s Beauty Salon, located on 16th and Jackson streets. She and John relocated to Summerfield, Florida, where they resided for 37 years. In 2006, she and her husband moved to Shawano to be cared for by their daughter, Sandi.

Gerie will forever be remembered for her compassion and kindness to others. She lived her life with a joyful spirit and a twinkle in her eye. Her creations as a master knitter, crocheter and cross stitcher were lovingly shared with family and friends throughout her lifetime.

Sat
19
Mar

Keith Nelson

Keith Nelson, 67, of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Keith was born in Milwaukee on May 28, 1948, the son of the late Edwin and Betty (Yakel) Nelson.

After high school, Keith served his country honorably in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He loved traveling, and met his future wife, Valeria Mendoza, in Costa Rica.

Keith and Valeria were united in marriage on Dec. 4, 2009, in Shawano. He had a great sense of humor and was the life of the party. He was a loving person and always put others before himself.

Keith lived life, non-stop, never slowing down. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Keith is survived by his wife, Valeria; six children, Dewey Nelson, Kari (Jay) Nelson-Flores, Mark Nelson, Nubia Mendoza, Alex Mendoza and Nico Nelson; five grandchildren, Myah, Macey, Mason, Perry and Greysen; a sister-in-law, Barbara Nelson; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many, many friends.

Fri
18
Mar

Roger H. De Baere

Roger H. De Baere, 85, of the town of Washington, Cecil, passed away at his home early Thursday morning, March 17, 2016, surrounded by his loving family.

Roger was born on Aug. 10, 1930, in Oconto County, a son of the late Howard and Ivy (Stroosbantz) De Baere. He attended the Gillett Schools, graduating from Gillett High School.

Following high school, Roger moved to Milwaukee, where he was employed as a machinist at the Allis Chalmers Company. He was then drafted into the U.S. Army, serving his country in Korea from 1951 to 1953. On Jan. 20, 1956, he was united in marriage to the former Patricia J. Farvour at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Green Bay. Following their marriage the couple lived in Green Bay and Milwaukee, and moved to Cecil following Roger’s retirement from Tec Systems in De Pere.

Fri
18
Mar

Rodney R. Rosenow

Rodney R. Rosenow, 55, Wittenberg, died on Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at ThedaCare Medical Center-Shawano. He was born on Nov. 13, 1960, in Wittenberg, the son of the late Clifford Rosenow and Alice (Dankmeyer) Rosenow, Wittenberg.

On Sept. 21, 1990, Rodney was united in marriage to Victoria Guite in Bowler. She survives.

Rodney was a farmer as well as a mechanic. He was very proud of his farm. Work and family were priorities to Rodney. He was a very giving person and liked to help people.

Survivors include his wife, Victoria; mother, Alice; four children, Ryan (Betsy) Rosenow, Wittenberg, Arlyn (Alaina) Rosenow, Green Bay, Robert (Megan) Rosenow, Florida, and Devon Rosenow, Wittenberg; three stepchildren, Jennifer (Jim) Gauden, Minocqua, Harley Kasper, Wausau, and Danielle Owen, Tigerton; and 19 grandchildren.

Rodney was preceded in death by his father, Clifford, and brother, Randy.

Fri
18
Mar

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.

Arlene 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. She married Leroy (aka Strike) Allhiser in 1947; they divorced in 1961. She married Thomas Hearn in 1968, and they 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.

Thu
17
Mar

Debra J. Anderson

Debra Jean Anderson, 62, of Shawano, died on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Appleton.

Debra was born in Menomonie, Michigan, on Jan. 16, 1954, to the late Thomas R. and Jean (Ihler) Anderson. She was a kind, gentle, loving woman, who was always willing to help others and adored her beloved pets.

Debra is survived by three sisters, Cheryl (fiancé, Jay Kumm) Anderson, Geri-Lynn (Dave) Popelka and Tami Anderson; three stepsisters, Terry (Craig) Adelbush, Sharon (Tom) Fisher and Dawn Kelly; one stepbrother, Jeff (Carol) Smith; her stepmother, Maggie Anderson; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 18, 2016, at Divine Savior Lutheran Church in Shawano with the Rev. Paul Kuehn officiating. Inurnment will be in Lake Drive Cemetery in the town of Wescott. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Thu
17
Mar

Kenneth D. Leeman

Kenneth D. Leeman, 84, of Leeman, passed away peacefully in his home on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. He was born in the town of Maine on Dec. 28, 1931, to the late Malcolm and Edna (Greely) Leeman.

On April 14, 1951, he was united in marriage to Beatrice Larsen, celebrating 65 years of marriage.

Ken and Bea owned and operated Leeman’s Jewelry Store in Pulaski until 1972, After selling the store, they moved to the home farm, where they continued to repair watches and clocks. He enjoyed many years of camping with his family and fishing with his grandchildren. He had a pilot’s license and loved flying, hunting, and enjoyed the outdoors.

He was a member of Trinity United Church of Christ, Leeman.

Tue
15
Mar

Betty M. Tischer

Betty Marie Tischer, 74, of Navarino, passed away on Monday, March 14, 2016, at her home with family by her side. She was born in Neenah on Nov. 4, 1941, daughter of the late James and Edna (Pues) Dingeldein.

Betty worked at various jobs. She won awards for sales in advertising, worked in real estate and started her own business, The Hearing Center.

Her interests were her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her animals. People appreciated her wonderful humor, right up to the end. She enjoyed watching the Packers, decorating, designing, building and remodeling homes, doing carpentry work, playing sheephead, playing softball, and fishing with her kids and grandkids. She shared her faith in Jesus with many.

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