Obituaries

Tue
16
Dec

Albert E. Reinke Jr.

Albert E. Reinke Jr., 84, of Pulaski, died on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014.

Albert was born on Jan. 28, 1930, in the town of Angelica, the son of the late Albert and Hertha A. (Wudtke) Reinke Sr. On Jan. 5, 1950, he was united in marriage to Pauline “Dolly” Zielinski in Shawano. Albert was a lifelong member of the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in the town of Angelica.

Albert is survived by his wife of 64 years, Dolly; a son, Jeff; grandchildren, Jordan Reinke, of Shawano, and Jeana (Dalton) Henn, of Navarino. He is further survived by his brothers and sister, Ervin (Gena) Reinke, of Pulaski, Harvey (Judy) Reinke, of Pulaski, and Florence Rueckert, of Cecil; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Albert was preceded in death by two daughters, Sandra and Susie Reinke; his parents; brothers, Maynard Reinke and Richard (Maxine) Reinke; sister, Helen (Joe) Bluma; and his brother-in-law, Wallin Rueckert.

Fri
12
Dec

John A. Boivin III

John A. Boivin III, 30, of Neopit, died Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

Arrangements are pending with the Swedberg Funeral Home in Shawano.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

Fri
12
Dec

Mae Jean Bahrke

Mae Jean Bahrke, 83, of the town of Belle Plaine, Shawano County, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at Shawano Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family. She had been a patient there for the past week.

Mae Jean was born on June 4, 1931, in Shawano, daughter of the late Edward and Elsie (Kanzenbach) Dittman. She attended St. James Lutheran Grade School and graduated from Shawano High School in 1949. Following school, she was employed at the superintendent’s office for the Shawano School District. Mae Jean left Shawano and moved to Milwaukee, where she was employed by General Electric Company. On Nov. 29, 1952, she was united in marriage to William Bahrke in Racine.

Fri
12
Dec

Jean V. Westphal

Jean V. Westphal, 94, Appleton, passed away at her home on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014.

Jean was born on Aug. 9, 1920, to the late Paul and Emma (Radtke) Dobratz in Zachow. She married Howard Westphal, and he preceded her in death in 1993. Jean liked to play a mean game of cards as well as playing Yahtzee and giving to the slot machines. She was an avid Brewers fan and never missed watching a game on TV. She spent countless hours enjoying time at Rhonda’s home and cheering Joy on as her No. 1 fan at league bowling.

She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and cherished time spent at family occasions.

We love you Grammy/Grammy Great!

Thu
11
Dec

Robert W. Doxtator

Robert W. Doxtator, 63, of Gresham, passed away on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, in Green Bay. He was born in Algoma on April 18, 1951, the son of the late Benjamin and Bessie (Davids) Doxtator. Robert proudly served in the United States Air Force and is a member of the Mohican Veterans. On Dec. 22, 1990, in Waukesha, Robert was united in marriage to Debra Olejniczak, and they made Gresham their home in 2001. Robert previously lived in Alabama and Milwaukee. He had his sport pilot license, built his own airplane and was a member of the EAA.

Robert is survived by his wife, Debra; four children, Josh Doxtator, of South Milwaukee, Danny Doxtator, of Green Bay, Robert (Faye) Cartwright, of Century, Florida, and Kriste Goldsmith, of Germantown; and five grandchildren. He is further survived by his brothers and sisters, William (Wilma) Doxtator, Irvin (Nancy) Doxtator, Anderson Doxtator, Wilma DeMain, Penny (William) Thomas and Howard Doxtator.

Thu
11
Dec

John J. Schmidt

John J. (Jack) Schmidt, 78, of Thornton, passed away Tuesday evening, Dece. 9, 2014, at Shawano Medical Center following a courageous two year battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jack was born October 17, 1936 in the town of Herman, Shawano County, a son of the late Raymond and Laura (Ready) Schmidt. He attended the Leopolis Grade School and graduated from Marion High School in 1955. Following graduation, Jack delivered milk until he entered the U.S. Army. He served his country from January 1957 until December 1958, serving 18 months in Germany.

Thu
11
Dec

Merlin R. Wruck

Merlin “Merlie” Wruck, 62, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, while watching his beloved Packers. Merle was born in Shawano on April 13, 1952, the son of the late Reuben and Phyllis (Laude) Wruck. He attended school in Gresham, and after graduating, he went on to attend UW-Oshkosh, receiving a degree in business. Merle started his working career with Philp Morris as a salesman. In 1984, he came home to the family farm, which he operated until July 2012 when he suffered a stroke. While running the farm, he also worked at Service Motors in Seymour and Pulaski Chase Co Op. Merle enjoyed snowmobiling and was able to do that every winter; he especially enjoyed going up north on the trails with many friends. He also enjoyed going to the Spinning Wheel every Sunday with his friends. Merle loved to watch the Packers and had attended many games over the years. He also enjoyed watching NASCAR and taking in the Michigan race every year. Merle was also a member of St.

Thu
11
Dec

Lifeson McCaslin Wudtke

Lifeson McCaslin Wudtke, 4, of Mattoon, passed away on Monday, Dec. 8, 2014, at home surrounded by his family following a courageous battle with many medical issues. Lifeson was born on Feb. 14, 2010, in Wausau, to Nicholas and Jenene (Forstner) Wudtke. Lifeson loved to snuggle and be held by his parents, especially while being read to by his dad. Lifeson also enjoyed when his brother Maiden would sing to him while rocking him in the rocking chair.

Lifeson is survived by his parents, Nick and Jenene (Forstner) Wudtke; one brother, Maiden Wudtke, 7; his maternal grandparents, Peter Forstner, of Tilleda, and Robin White, of Shawano; his paternal grandparents, Don and Jeanne Wudtke, of Shawano; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends of the family.

Wed
10
Dec

Phyllis I. Knowles

Phyllis Ione Knowles, 76, of Tilleda, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Weston. She was born on July 23, 1938, in Milwaukee, the daughter of the late Harold and Jeanette (Lory) Appleby, and has lived in this area for the past 14 years. On Feb. 19, 1955, she was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Knowles in Oceanside, California. Phyllis owned and operated a catering service, The Elegant Farmer, and also worked for Northwest and United Airlines. Phyllis was a former member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marion and was a member of St. Francis Solanus Catholic Church in Gresham. Phyllis was also a former Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader, an avid reader and enjoyed watching cooking shows, fishing and spending time with her family and especially her grandchildren.

Wed
10
Dec

Sonja J. Maas

Sonja J. Maas died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014, at Luther Manor in Milwaukee.

Born in 1923 in Bergen, Norway, she immigrated to the United States with her parents, John and Sanny Johnson, through Ellis Island and settled in Jamaica, New York, in 1927. She moved to Washington, D.C., with her father and mother in 1941. She attended the University of Maryland and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Social Studies in 1945 and a Master of Arts degree in Education in 1946.

She received her Certificate of Naturalization in June 1948 and taught school in Maryland. She was finishing her Ph.D. and needed a course in Scandinavian area studies to complete her thesis, which took her to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She had been offered a position in the state department in Scandinavian Affairs when she finished but chose to marry Duane instead and settled in Wisconsin. She often said she got a Mrs. instead of a Ph.D.

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