Obituaries

Fri
29
Aug

Charles B. Bonikowske

Charles B. “Bony” Bonikowske, 63, Ogdensburg, died on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014, in a single-vehicle accident due to a blown tire on a motorcycle trailer, east of Keystone, Iowa. He was born on Sept. 11, 1950, in Iola, son of Kenneth Sr. and Isabella (Heald) Bonikowske.

Chuck owned and operated Bonikowske Salvage yard in Helvetia. He enjoyed flying, motorcycling and fishing. He liked to build and invent things, including motorcycles.

He is survived by his mother, Isabella; four sons, Bryan, Manawa, Scott, Janesville, Chad, New London, and Kris, River Falls; goddaughter, Angela Bowden, New London; stepson, Tommy, Kansas City; sister, Diane (Mark) Civik, Iola; and a brother, David (Marian) Bonikowske, Illinois. He is further survived by seven grandchildren, one grandchild of the heart, one great-grandchild, and also nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth Sr., and a brother, Kenneth Jr.

Fri
29
Aug

Donald A. Seering

Donald (Don) A. Seering, 91, of Sheboygan, was called to his eternal home on Monday, Aug. 26, 2014.

Donald had been a resident at Morningside Health Care Center the past year. Prior to moving to Sheboygan, he resided at his home on Shawano Lake. He was born on Sept. 18, 1922, in the town of Hartland, the son of William and Anna Seering.

He married Elizabeth (Betty) Mueller on March 12, 1950, in Bonduel. Betty preceded Don in death on July 25, 2001. He attended school in Bonduel and worked on the family farm. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1944-1946. He served in Saipan, the Philippines and Okinawa, Japan, arriving there one month after the end of the war.

Fri
29
Aug

Earl Miller

Our beloved dad, grandpa and great-grandpa, Earl “Mike” Miller, 89, passed away on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, surrounded by his family at a local nursing home.

Dad lived a life filled with passion for his work, loyal service to his community and a deep love for his wife and family. Dad was born June 5, 1925, in Chilton to Roland and Elsie Miller. After graduating from Chilton High School and serving as a staff sergeant with the 98th Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, he attended St. Norbert College, graduating in 1949. He went on to receive master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and UW-Stout.

Thu
28
Aug

Gerhardt J. Busch

Gerhardt John Busch, 82, of Bonduel, went to his eternal home on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014.

Born on May 11, 1932, in the town of Green Valley, Shawano County, Gerhardt was the son of the late Frank and Hulda (Simon) Busch. He graduated from Bonduel High School in 1950. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bonduel. Gerhardt took over the family farm, which he ran throughout his adult life. He continued operating a hobby farm until the time of his death. He raised many different breeds of chickens, ducks and geese and sold German shepherd pups.

Gerhardt was a member of the Shawano County Ayrshire Association and introduced the first Ayrshire cattle to the Shawano County Fair. Gerhardt enjoyed making friends through the selling of eggs and other farm activities.

Gerhardt is survived by one sister, Hertha (Roger) Olson, of Pulaski; two sisters-in-law, Violett Busch, of Shawano, and Lydia Busch, of Bonduel; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Tue
26
Aug

Craig “AJ” N. Kjendalen

Craig “AJ” N. Kjendalen, 57, of Marion, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014, in Summerfield, Florida.

AJ was born on June 3, 1957, in Clintonville, the son of Lois (Butcher) Miller and the late Norman Kjendalen. In 1975 he graduated from Marion High School. He had worked at Fort Howard Paper, Green Bay, Choice Beer Sales, Shawano, H.O. Wolding Trucking, Amherst, Seagrave Fire Apparatus, Clintonville, held an insurance agent’s license, became owner/operator of Design Tech. Sign and Monument, Marion, and currently was in sales of fire apparatus at Spartan Motors, South Dakota, and Ocala, Florida.

AJ enjoyed many activities such as golfing, hunting, fishing, riding in his Jeep and on his Harley Davidson motorcycle, and socializing with family and friends. He annually enjoyed The Hodag, the Rhinelander country music festival. At this event, he started out as a spectator and ended up creating a food stand called The Chicken Coop.

Tue
26
Aug

Marijean Rice Walker

Marijean Rice Walker passed away on Aug. 4, 2014, a few weeks after her 83rd birthday. Mari was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and sister. She will be remembered in every pretty pink flower, in the sparkle of a child’s eye and in the beauty of sunset on the lake.

Raised with a loving, lively family in La Crosse, Mari was the eldest of seven children born to Robert and Elizabeth Rice. After graduation from Central High School, she worked at Grandview Hospital. One of the nurses introduced her to a soldier from Missouri who was stationed at Camp McCoy. Her date with Bill Walker would lead to over 51 years of marriage, three children and lots of wonderful friends.

Tue
26
Aug

Michael “Battles” Bartelt

Michael Robert “Battles” Bartelt, 48, of Shawano, passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2014, in Shawano.

Michael was born on Nov. 17, 1965, the son of the late Robert Bartelt and Marva (Knope) Wege. He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stout.

Battles owned and operated The Shack in Shawano and Shooters in Embarrass. In his younger years he played baseball and softball. He later went on to sponsor numerous baseball, volleyball and softball teams. He enjoyed playing horseshoes, shooting pool and was an avid deer hunter. He was in the National Guard and was also a life member of the Shawano AMVETS Post 10.

Michael is survived by three children, Jonathan, Miranda and Emma Bartelt, all of Shawano; his mother, Marva (Don) Wege, of Shawano; two sisters, Nancy (Dick) Charron, of De Pere, and Vicky (Bill) Brennan, of De Pere; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Sat
23
Aug

James M. Kohn

James “Jim” M. Kohn, 84, of Shawano, formerly of Cecil, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. Jim was born on Nov. 5, 1929, to the late Emil and Grace (Buelow) Kohn.

On Jan. 1, 1982, Jim married Patricia Bocik. He was a long-time truck driver, long distance hauls. The road was his life. For many years Jim owned and operated the Prairie Schooner Restaurant in Cecil.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Kohn, of Shawano; his children, James (Claudia) Kohn Jr., Kathleen (Kenneth) Dich; stepchildren, Jeff (Vicky) Bocik, of Hortonville, Kim (Jim) Parker, of Dunedin, Florida, Sally (Steven) Stewart, of Los Angles, California; four grandchildren, Erin Berkhahn, Jamie Radloff, Ryan Stewart, Nicholas Bocik.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Steven J. Kohn.

At Jim’s request there will be no service.

Zastrow Funeral Home in Cecil is assisting the family.

Sat
23
Aug

Galen D. “Shorty” Dobbs

Galen D. “Shorty” Dobbs, 71, of Shawano, passed away Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, at his home. Born on Aug. 27, 1942, in Shawano, he was the son of the late Louis E. and Rose (Wilber) Dobbs.

On February 15, 1997, Shorty was united in marriage to Nancy Kriefall, and was a very loving husband. Shorty was an avid trapper, hunter, fisher, jokester, prankster, pool shooter, Styrofoam sculpture extraordinaire, painter (artist), family patriarch and historian. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Shorty is survived by his loving wife, Nancy, of Shawano; his daughter, Tracy (Matthew) Hardyman, of Red Wing, Minnesota; his son, Andrew Dobbs, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; his grandchildren, Alexander, Madelyn and Jacob; his siblings, Beverly (Tony) Fernandez, of Shawano, Cathy (Pete) O’Kimosh, of Shawano, and Tim (Maryanne) Dobbs, of Keshena. He is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Sat
23
Aug

Elaine E. Froemming

Elaine E. Froemming, 86, of the Town of Belle Plaine, Shawano County, passed away Thursday morning, Aug. 21, 2014, at Greentree Health & Rehabilitation Center in Clintonville.

Elaine was born on March 3, 1928, in the town of Larrabee, Waupaca County as the daughter of the late Gustav and Selma (Watters) Wolff. She grew up in the town of Larrabee and was united in marriage to Erich Froemming on April 24, 1954, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in the town of Pella, Shawano County. The couple farmed in the town of Belle Plaine their entire married life.

Elaine was a faithful member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Pella Opening, where she was active with the Ladies Aid for many years. She also found time to volunteer at a Lutheran thrift store in Green Bay. Elaine’s strong point was to spend time with her family. She also enjoyed gardening, canning, baking, cooking, sewing and crocheting.

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