Obituaries

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14
Oct

Roderick G. Connahvichnah Sr.

Roderick Glenn Connahvichnah Sr., 65, of Keshena, passed away on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at his home.

Rod was born on Jan. 7, 1952, in Oklahoma, the son of the late Robert and Thelma (Penewardy) Connahvichnah. On July 3, 1970, in Chicago, Roderick was united in marriage to Rita Miriam Peterson, who preceded him in death on July 14, 2014. The couple started a family and lived in the Chicago area for 16 years before moving to Keshena. Rod worked as a shift manager at the Menominee Casino, enjoyed playing golf and watching the Chicago Bears.

Sat
14
Oct

Orval A. Krueger

Goodwill lost a longtime loyal customer on Oct. 5, 2017. Orval Albert “Archie” Krueger passed on after a battle with multiple illnesses. He would have told you he died from cellular suffocation.
Leukemia was a suspect but not identified. “If I have it, I have it. I don’t even want to know. I’m over 80 years old. There is no need for poking, prodding, and testing.”
Arch was known for not holding back and had a knack for telling it like he sees it. A stickler for truth and brutally honest. He retired from teaching after 31 years, 29 of those at the Shawano-Gresham School District, by submitting quite the resignation letter in November 1989.

Fri
13
Oct

Bonnie K. Little

Bonnie Kay Little, 67, of Gresham, went to her heavenly home on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, while surrounded by her family.

Bonnie was born in Milwaukee on April 7, 1950, the daughter of the late Harvey and Florence (Laehn) Miller. She was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and taught elementary school. On March 30, 1995, she was united in marriage to Robert D. Little in Miami Beach, Florida, and lived in Gresham since.

Bonnie was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano, where she was active in the choir and the contemporary music group, was the Sunday school co-supervisor and was on the council of the education committee. In her free time, she enjoyed sewing and spending time with her family and friends.

Fri
13
Oct

Marjorie Pahlow

Marjorie Pahlow, 91, of Shawano, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017. She was born on July 12, 1926, in Shawano, the daughter of the late Herman and Freida (Dey) Bubolz.

On April 18, 1963, she was united in marriage to Hugo “Sam” Pahlow. Sam preceded her in death on Sept. 2, 1987.

Marjorie managed the Samar Club, later called Cypress Club, for 20 years and Club 22 for 10 years, until retiring in 1998. She was a member of Peace United Church of Christ.

Thu
12
Oct

Douglas A. Fritz

Douglas Allen Fritz, 67, of Bonduel, died on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Neenah. Born on Nov. 27, 1949, in Shawano, he was the son of the late Dewey and Irene (Buettner) Fritz.

Doug worked for the town of Wescott for many years, volunteered for the Wescott Fire Department and worked as a first responder. He ended his career working for Homan Trucking of Bonduel. He enjoyed snowmobiling, ice fishing and spending time with his nephews.

Douglas is survived by his sister, Jolene (Steve) Capelle, of Bonduel; two nephews, Nicholas (Jennifer) and Lucas (Stephanie Calaway) Capelle; one great-niece, Kensleigh Capelle; and close family friend, Jack Schneider.

He was preceded in death his parents and one sister, Jean Fritz.

A celebration of Doug’s life will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, at Gehm’s Club 117 in Bonduel. Bring in a picture of Doug or tell your favorite story about him and help us celebrate his memory.

Tue
10
Oct

Sally J. Kolpack

Sally J. Kolpack, 80, a longtime resident of Bowler, died on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, at the Homme Home of Wittenberg. She was born on Aug. 8, 1937, in Mattoon, the daughter of the late Earl and Leona (Becker) Weyenberg.

Sally graduated from Antigo High School and went on to receive her teaching certificate from the Antigo Normal School. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, earning her bachelor’s degree in education. She was united in marriage to Otto Kolpack in 1959. He preceded her in death on July 27, 2014. She taught at Bowler Grade School until her retirement. Following retirement she traveled extensively and loved to socialize with friends and family.

Tue
10
Oct

Allen C. Hoye

Allen Carl Hoye, 75, of Shawano, died on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, in Green Bay. Allen was born on Sept. 6, 1942, in Milwaukee, the son of the late George and Marion (Liebenthal) Hoye. On Jan. 28, 1967, at St. James Lutheran Church, he was united in marriage to Barbara Wolf.

Allen spent 25 years in Milwaukee, working as the principal of St. Martini Lutheran School and Emmaus Lutheran School, retiring in 2004 and moving to Shawano. Allen was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church-Stony Hill. With a strong faith in God, he enjoyed teaching Bible classes and substitute preaching. In his spare time, Allen enjoyed solving crossword puzzles, fishing, sports, watching the Packers and spending time with his family.

Tue
10
Oct

Sharon R. Krueger

Sharon R. Krueger, 75, formerly of the town of Wescott, passed away on Friday afternoon, Oct. 6, 2017, at Mount View Care Center in Wausau.

Sharon was born on Sept. 26, 1942, a daughter of the late Harvey and Margaret (Pruess) Polzin. She attended Clintonville schools, graduating from Clintonville High School in 1961.

Following school, Sharon was employed at the telephone company in Clintonville. On Oct. 31, 1964, she was united in marriage to James H. Krueger at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bear Creek. Her husband preceded her in death on April 29, 2012. Following their marriage the couple lived in Hilbert, Denmark, Post Lake and Shawano. Sharon stayed at home to raise their children.

She is a member of St. Jakobi Lutheran Church in the town of Richmond. Sharon was an active volunteer for hospice and Meals on Wheels. She loved to spend time with her family, arts and crafts, and dogs.

Tue
10
Oct

Eldora T. Besaw

Eldora Theresa Besaw, 85, of Neopit, died at home while surrounded by her family on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Born on March 30, 1932, in Keshena, she was the daughter of the late Luke and Susan (Amob) Beauprey Sr.

Eldora attended St. Joseph Grade School in Keshena, Haskell High School and College, and graduated with a degree in journalism. She worked at the Menominee Tribal Jail, Menominee Clerk of Courts, as a secretary at the Menominee Tribal Clinic and corporate secretary at Menominee Tribal Enterprises, and as a long-term care supervisor at Menominee Social Services, where she received several awards.

Sat
07
Oct

Frederick H. Opperman

Fred Opperman, 78, of Shawano, died on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. Born on Dec. 6, 1938, in Shawano, he was the son of the late Henry and Alma (Kuhn) Opperman.

Fred graduated from Shawano High School. He was a member of the two-time state champion basketball team and holds the record for the highest free-throw percentage, going 12 for 12 in the 1956 state tournament.

On Nov. 25, 1960, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Menasha, Fred was united in marriage to Anna May Case, who preceded him in death on Dec. 13, 2014.

Fred served his country in the United States National Guard during the Berlin Crisis and was honorably discharged in 1962.

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