Obituaries

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Nathan L. Young

Nathan L. Young, 79, of the town of Wescott, Shawano County, was born into eternal life on Wednesday evening, June 15, 2016, at the ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton following a lengthy illness.

Nathan was born on June 29, 1936, in the town of Bovina, Outagamie County, a son of the late Benjamin and Angarose (Lyons) Young. He attended school in Shiocton. Following school, he entered the United States Army. He served from January 1957 to January 1959 as a combat engineer. He was stationed in Fort Devens, Massachusetts.

Upon returning from service, Nathan worked as a carpenter building homes. On Oct. 22, 1960, he was united in marriage to the former Nora Kay Sykes at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Stephensville. The couple remained in Stephensville until 1970 when they purchased the Hiawatha Lodge on Shawano Lake. The couple owned and operated the resort for nearly 25 years.

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Eldor W. Kunschke

Eldor W. Kunschke, 90, of Shawano, passed away peacefully Monday evening, June 13, 2016, at Birch Hill Care Center of Shawano.

Eldor was born on March 17, 1926, in the town of Richmond, Shawano County, a son of the late Gottlieb and Ida (Peters) Kunschke. Eldor attended the Pine Grove Country School and later Shawano High School. He was a 1943 graduate of Shawano High School and served as the president of his class.

Following graduation, Eldor was a farmer, managed the Shawano Livestock Shipping Co-op and drove milk truck. Eldor became a deputy of the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department in 1945. On Nov. 28, 1946, he was united in marriage to the former Gladys Dibble in Shawano. The couple originally made their home in Shawano. Eldor served as the director of Housing and Urban Development for the county, helping to establish housing in the Bowler area.

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Cecilia E. Voelz

Cecilia Elaine Voelz, 92, of Shawano, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016.

Cecilia was born in Clintonville on Nov. 17, 1923, the daughter of the late Fred and Helen (Fosberg) Ludvigsen. On April 15, 1944, she was united in marriage to Vernon Voelz in Antigo. Vernon preceded her in death on Sept. 14, 2002.

Cecilia lived all of her married life in Cecil and worked for the Bonduel School District as a cook for 16 years. She was a very active former member of Hope Lutheran Church, and a current member of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in White Clay Lake.

Cecilia loved her family, and more than anything loved spending time with them.

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Florence V. Eberhardt

Florence “Flossie” V. Eberhardt, 93, of Clintonville, peacefully entered her long awaited heavenly home Thursday afternoon, June 16, 2016, at the Aster Retirement Community in Clintonville.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory in Clintonville is assisting her family.

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Dennis W. Cox

Dennis Wayne Cox, born on April 9, 1947, passed away on Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at the age of 69, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born and raised in Milwaukee, Dennis was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed in Korea during the Vietnam War.

Dennis married Stephanie Mann in 1975. He worked for AT&T for 25 years until retirement in 1994. They moved to Berry Lake and shared their love of the outdoors for 22 years.

Dennis especially loved the birds of nature, woodworking and pontooning.

Survivors include his beloved wife, Stephanie; brothers, Jim, Fred (Jenean) and Jonathan; sisters, Barbara (Bob) and Nancy; brothers-in-law, Ed and Greg (Sandy). He is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, including special cousin-in- law, Marilyn (Doug) and family, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Donna and Bette; and sister-in-law, Nancy.

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Angie L. Waupoose-Merino

Angie L. Waupoose-Merino, 40, of Shawano, formerly of Keshena, was called to heaven on Thursday morning, June 16, 2016, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital following a lengthy illness. She battled with poor health to the very end.

Angie was born on May 22, 1976, in Ironwood, Michigan, a daughter of Margaret Escalante and James Waupoose Sr. She attended Menominee Indian High School and later Flandreau High School, graduating in 1994. Following graduation she returned to Keshena, where she was employed at the Menominee Casino. On Sept. 26, 2006, she was united in marriage to Nelson Merino in Keshena. The couple made their home in Shawano. She loved her family and friends. She was a “mother hen” to her entire family. She also enjoyed playing bingo.

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Joyce V. DiUlio

Joyce Victoria DiUlio, 91, passed away on June 9, 2016, in Shawano surrounded by her family.

Joyce was born on Feb. 28, 1925, in Ironwood, Michigan, to the late Ralph and Helmi (Korpela) Hendrickson. Joyce graduated from Ironwood High School, then went to work for the FBI in Washington, D.C, processing the fingerprints of the soldiers entering World War II. Following this, she attended the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee.

On Dec. 26, 1946, Joyce was united in marriage to James DiUlio, of Hurley. They spent the next years in River Falls while Jim obtained his degree and she worked at the university.

Joyce was a homemaker while raising her family in Shell Lake, Birchwood and Spencer. Her family, especially her grandchildren, was most important to her. She loved to paint and sketch, sing, dance, read, work a crossword puzzle and watch the Packers.

Joyce also possessed a wonderful sense of humor and keen wit that remained with her until her death.

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LaFern Crowe Awonohopay

LaFern Crowe Awonohopay, 76, of Shawano, passed away peacefully early Friday morning, June 17, 2016, in Wauwatosa, surrounded by her family.

A funeral service for LaFern will take place on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, at 1 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Neopit. Deacon James Lonick will officiate. Relatives and friends may call at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the hour of service. Burial will take place in the parish cemetery.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements.

A full obituary will be available on Sunday at www.mickelsonfs.com, where you may also share online condolences.

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Sharon J. Ross

Sharon Jeannine (Olson) Ross, 80, of Tucson, Arizona, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 25, 2016. She was born on Sept. 7, 1935, in Shawano.

Sharon accomplished many roles during her lifetime, from homemaker to factory worker, from cook to school bus driver. However, her most fulfilling role was as a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. Sharon was also an avid knickknack collector and loved to play bingo. Sharon lived her days in Wisconsin (Shawano County/Waupaca County), Alamogordo, New Mexico, and Tucson.

Sharon is survived by her husband of 62 years, Donald Ross; children, Robert (Sandy) Olson, Dawn Ross, Ronald (Kim) Ross, Brenda Valencia, Dennis Ross and Ryan (Laura) Ross; 15 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Darlene Beyer, Duane (Midge) Olson, Delyle Olson, Jerome Olson and Charmaine Olson, wife to Verlyn Olson. Sharon is further survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.

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Johnny P. Balke

Johnny Philip Balke, 97, of Shawano, passed away on Thursday, June 16, 2016, in Shawano. Born in the town of Belle Plaine on Nov. 28, 1918, Johnny was the son of the late Charles and Elizabeth (Kelly) Balke.

On Sept. 10, 1949, Johnny was united in marriage to Bernice Rickl in Blenker. Bernice preceded him in death on May 14, 2003.

Johnny loved music and was a part of several different groups, including Johnny’s Rhythm Rangers from 1939-1941, Wisconsin Blues Band from 1941-1947, Melody Mountaineers, and then Johnny & Bernice for 38 years. He was a member of the musicians union and Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano.

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