Obituaries

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Daniel L. Rambo

Daniel L. Rambo, 65, Birnamwood, died on Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Aspirus Langlade Hospital under the care of LeRoyer Hospice, Antigo.

He was born on March 2, 1952, the son of Leonard and Evelyn (Noffke) Rambo, Wittenberg.

Dan worked for Briggs and Stratton for many years until moving to Birnamwood. He then worked at Top Brass, Wittenberg, and Fleet Farm, Antigo.

Dan was an avid Harley Davidson rider and was a biker his whole life. He enjoyed woodworking and had a workshop in his garage. Dan enjoyed horseshoes, NASCAR, deer hunting, the Green Bay Packers and was often found barbecuing on his grill.

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Phyllis Ermis

Phyllis Deloris Ermis of Suring entered into eternal peace March 13, 2017, with her children by her side.

Phyllis was born on Sept. 26, 1930, to the late Richard and Nora Firgens, the fourth of their nine children. She married Dennis Ermis on Aug. 19, 1950. A short time later, they purchased their farm on Spruce Road. They spent much of their life together making their farm a success.

She was a loving, caring, and talented individual. There were not many things that Phyllis was unable to do. In addition to farming, some of her many talents included sewing, gardening, cooking/baking, canning, hunting/fishing, woodworking, organ/piano playing and dancing.

Phyllis was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Dennis Ermis; daughter Judith Ann Ermis; parents Richard and Lenora Firgens; sisters Eleanor Christensen, Lois Howen, Eunice School, LaVerne School and Sandra Brenwall; brothers Harvey Firgens and Richard Firgens; and foster grandson Dylan Krueger.

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Richard H.A. Gruenewald

Richard H.A. “Dick” Gruenewald, 89, of Bonduel, passed away in the home that he built on Friday, March 10, 2017, with his family by his side. Richard was born on Nov. 30, 1927, in Wauwatosa to the late Elmer and Irma (Salzer) Gruenewald. Dick graduated from Bonduel High School and is a member of the Bonduel Athletic Hall of Fame. He married Elsie Busch at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bonduel on Sept. 2, 1950. In 1951, he was drafted into the military and served as a corporal in the United States Army 174th M.P. Battalion from 1951 until 1952 at Fort Sheridan in Illinois. Dick spent time working as a mailman, a carpenter, painter, and as a truck driver. He served on the County Board and is a member of Bonduel American Legion Post 217 and St. Paul Lutheran Church, town of Washington, where he was active with the cemetery committee and the senior citizen’s group.

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David Christopher Richter

David C. Richter, 26, of Bonduel, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017. David was born on March 14, 1990 in Shawano, son of James Richter and Lorena (Ziemer) Parsons. David graduated from Bonduel High School in 2008. He enlisted in the United States Army during his junior year of high school in 2007. After his honorable discharge from the Army, he earned an associate’s degree from Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. On Jan. 31, 2015, David was united in marriage to his high school sweetheart, Amanda Moeller, in Leopolis. David was a true outdoorsman, hunting and fishing every chance he could. He also enjoyed dirt track racing, working on cars, watching the Packers and Brewers, cooking and, above all, spending time with his family and friends.

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Sonja R. Moede

Sonja Rae Moede, 62, of Gresham, passed away on Saturday, March 11, 2017, in Wausau. Sonja was born in Shawano on Sept. 30, 1954, the daughter of the late Ford and Mabel (Conradt) Johnson. After graduating from Gresham High School in 1972, she attended college. On June 30, 1974, Sonja was united in marriage to Allen “Wump” Moede in Gresham. Wump preceded her in death on Sept. 13, 2000. She worked at the Mohican North Star Casino for 20 years and is a member of Immanuel Mohican Lutheran Church and American Legion Auxiliary. Sonja enjoyed crocheting, knitting and hosting all the Moede family gatherings.

Sonja is survived by: her children, Mikah “Ba” (Natasha Zazoba) Moede and Misti (fiancé Josh Krause) Moede; three grandchildren, Austin, Arianna and Braiden; and one brother, Ford Johnson, Jr.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wump, and her parents.

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Luke E. Beauprey IV

Luke Edward Beauprey IV, 2 months old, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, March 12, 2017 in Shawano. Luke was born in Shawano on Dec. 22, 2016, the son of Laci Beauprey and Richard Stevens.

Luke is survived by his mother, Laci Beauprey; his father, Richard Stevens; five sisters, Brina, Brandi, Sapphire, Kaylee and Precilla; his niece, Senica; maternal grandmother, Karen Beauprey; as well as aunts and uncles, Rachel (Quint) Fernandez, Brad (Sandy) Beauprey, Tamara (Cornell) Miller Beauprey and Gunnar (Ashley) Peters.

He was preceded in death by his grandpa, Luke Beauprey III; and aunt, Trista Lee Beauprey.

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Fred F. Krueger

Fred F. Krueger, 80, a lifelong resident of Shawano, passed away on Monday, March 13, 2017, at Appleton Medical Center.

Funeral service arrangements are pending and will be announced on Thursday.

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

Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

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Robert J. Rotter

Mr. Robert J. Rotter, 87, of Shawano, formerly of West De Pere, passed away peacefully among family on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Birch Hill Care Center in Shawano.

Bob was born on Jan. 12, 1930 in Bonduel, a son of the late Otto and Lillian (Stern) Rotter. He attended St. James Lutheran grade school in Shawano. Bob entered the United States Army and served in the 8th Army during the occupation of Japan and the Korean War. He received the Army Occupation Medal (Japan), the Korean Service Medal with three bronze service stars, a Combat Infantry Badge and the United Nations Service Medal as an adviser to China during the evacuation of the Nationalist Army. Bob left the Army in 1953 as one of the youngest master sergeants ever when he was discharged.

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Ruth G. Polkowski Gutt

Ruth G. Polkowski Gutt, 94, of Shawano, passed away on Tuesday, March 7, 2017, at Wisconsin Veteran’s Home in King.

Ruth was born in Evanston, Illinois, on June 1, 1922, the daughter of the late Gustave and Sophie (Schroeder) Meier. She graduated from Evanston High School and went on to work at Illinois Bell Telephone and later at Baxter Labs.

On Feb. 26, 1948, Ruth was united in marriage to Frank Polkowski at Bethlehem Church in Evanston. Ruth and Frank retired in 1982 and moved to Shawano. Frank preceded her in death on Aug. 26, 1994. On July 29, 2005, Ruth was united in marriage to Victor Gutt at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano.

She was a member of Divine Savior Lutheran Church, Lutheran Women’s Mission League, Tabitha, AARP, Golden Agers, the Red Hatters, three different card clubs, American Legion Auxiliary and Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. She also volunteered for hospice for 10 years and was a 50-year member of Home Maker’s County.

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Mervin Rohloff

Mervin “Merv” Rohloff, 86, Pulaski, died unexpectedly on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Milwaukee. The son of Percy and Alma (Kraning) Rohloff was born on Feb. 26, 1931, in Kunesh, where he grew up on a farm and learned his love for farming … and walked to school uphill both ways, with the snow up to the top of the telephone poles.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, where he served as an MP. On April 22, 1958, he married Arlene Blohowiak, who thought he was the best dancer she could have found. The couple bought a farm in Angelica in 1961 and farmed there with their children. He had also worked for Kuklinski in Pulaski, Julius Robaidek Silo and Green Bay Box.

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