Obituaries

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04
Jan

David A. Schroeder

David A. Schroeder, 51, Pulcifer, died suddenly Wednesday morning, Dec. 28, 2016, of natural causes at home. He was born Feb. 27, 1965, in Oconto Falls to Karl and Ruth (Holtz) Schroeder. David grew up on the family farm in the town of Green Valley and attended Gillett public schools, graduating from high school with the Class of 1984.

David lived in the Gillett area all of his life where he worked for various employers including managing the Legion Bowling Alley. He was currently employed at Holtz Farms in rural Oconto Falls. David enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing with his nephews and having his constant companion dog Nellie at his side.

Wed
04
Jan

Dennis F. Bricco

Dennis “Deaner” F. Bricco, 60, of the town of Herman, Shawano County, formerly of the town of Matteson, Waupaca County, passed away at his home Saturday morning, Dec. 31, 2016.

Dennis was born on Oct. 16, 1956, in Clintonville as the son of the late Victor and LaVerne (Hanson) Bricco. He graduated from Clintonville High School in 1975 and was united in marriage to Connie Meyers in 1977. The couple resided in the town of Matteson, where they raised their two children and were married for nearly 30 years prior to their divorce.

Dennis was later united in marriage to Brenda Schultz on March 4, 2011, in Shawano, spending over 11 years together. A few years after their marriage, the couple moved to the town of Herman, where they have lived since.

Wed
04
Jan

Douglas M. Martin Sr.

Douglas Michael Martin Sr., 64, of Keshena, passed away on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, at his home.

Douglas was born in Keshena on Jan. 26, 1952, to the late Alex and Mary (Waukechon) Martin. He served our country by enlisting in the United States Navy. On April 7, 1984, Douglas was united in marriage to Nola Klosterman in Keshena. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church, had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed fishing, gambling, woodworking, refurbishing furniture and “trying” to garden. More than anything, Douglas loved spending time with his family.

Wed
04
Jan

James C. Mehlberg

James “Jim” C. Mehlberg, 85, of Waupaca, formerly of the Marion area, passed away on Jan. 2, 2017, at Crossroads Care Center of Crystal River, Waupaca.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Marion, is assisting his family.

Wed
04
Jan

Judith Van Enkenvoort

Judith Van Enkenvoort, 72, of Gresham, died on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. Born on Feb. 6, 1944, in Green Bay, she was the daughter of the late Herman and Grace (Brunner) Van Enkenvoort.

Judith was a graduate of West De Pere High School and received her associate degree in computer science. She resided in Gresham the last 17 years and was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in De Pere.

She enjoyed word puzzles and watching children, including her great-nieces and great-nephews.

She is survived by her siblings, Gene (Marsha) Van Enkenvoort, Steve (Sherry) Van Enkenvoort, Robert (Paula) Van Enkenvoort, Brian (Janet) Van Enkenvoort and Terry Parafinick; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

Judith was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers and a sister.

Fri
30
Dec

Alex Cox

Alex “Keketow Awaehsaeh” Cox, 24, of Keshena, unexpectedly entered the spirit world on Dec. 17, 2016. He is the son of Jana Cox and the late Edward Martin. He attended Menominee schools and graduated from Menominee Indian High School in 2008.

He was previously employed as a table games operator and very much enjoyed doing his work. He also enjoyed playing cards, being in the outdoors hunting, fishing and being by the lakes.

Alex always was there to help his family with whatever they needed. He was very proud of his Menominee culture and was known to be a proficient Menominee language speaker.

He is survived by his mother, Jana, and siblings, Arlen Cox, Sharon Martin, Elizabeth Torres, Michelle Martin, Brian Martin; numerous uncles, aunties and cousins. Also survived by special niece and nephew, Arlin Cox Jr. and Alyssa Pamonicutt. The family would also like to recognize special friend Nicole Penass.

Fri
30
Dec

Ronald C. Kosinski

Ronald C. Kosinski, 68, of the town of Washington, passed away peacefully Thursday morning, Dec. 29, 2016, at Atrium Post-Acute Care at Birch Hill following a nine-month courageous battle with colon cancer.

Ron was born on Jan. 29, 1948, in Chicago, a son of the late Florian and Irene (Geigner) Kosinski. He attended Catholic grade school and graduated from St. Rita High School in 1966. Following school, he studied electronics at the DeVry Institute. On Jan. 16, 1969, he entered the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He was a radio operator for both telephone and teletype. Following the service, he was employed as a tax analyst for the state of Illinois from 1984-1999.

On July 11, 1994, Ron was united in marriage to Candace “Candy” Hadnott in Chicago. After Ron’s retirement, the couple moved to the Shawano area.

Fri
30
Dec

Gerald F. Heling

Gerald Frank “Jerry” Heling, 85, of Shawano, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Thursday evening, Dec. 29, 2016, with his loving family at his side.

Jerry was born on March 31, 1931, on his family farm in Shawano, to the late Robert and Maggie (Brusewitz) Heling. He attended a one-room schoolhouse in Shawano and later graduated from Shawano High School. Following school he entered the United States Army. He was with the 127th Airborne Battalion, Company A, stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

On July 11, 1953, he was united in marriage to the former Ruth Wepner at Zion Lutheran Church in Manawa. The couple lived in Shawano most of their married life. Jerry was employed at the United States post office in Shawano as a mail carrier. He retired after 25 years of service.

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30
Dec

Carol J. Opperman

Carol Jean Opperman, 81, passed away peacefully on Dec. 27, 2016, at Atrium Acute Post Care Maple Lane in Shawano.

Carol was born in the town of Herman on July 19, 1935, the daughter of the late Herman and Luella (Griesbach) Beyer. On Nov. 28, 1953, she was united in marriage to Melvin C. “Breezy” Opperman at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. He preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2016.

Carol was a good and faithful member of St. Jakobi Lutheran Church in the town of Richmond. She was employed at Birch Hill Care Center for over 20 years. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, antiquing, crafting, and spending time with her family and friends.

Fri
30
Dec

Frieda M. Dowker

Frieda Marie Dowker (Sutherland), 79, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 26, 2016, at Appleton Medical Center from complications following surgery.

Frieda was the beloved wife of James Dowker Sr. and loving mother to Natalie, Julie and the late “Jimmy” James.

Frieda was born on Sept. 15, 1937, in Richmond, Michigan, to Cash and Verta Sutherland. She graduated from Gaylord High School, and married James Dowker Sr. on May 23, 1959 in Gaylord, Michigan.

Frieda was self-employed, having her own hair salon for many years on West Otsego Lake Drive in Gaylord before moving to Shawano in 1969. She was employed in housekeeping at Shawano Memorial Hospital for several years.

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