Obituaries

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Shirley D. Johnson

Johnson, Shirley D. (nee Schmidt), formerly of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, and Bonita Springs, Florida, died peacefully on Saturday, March 24, 2018, age 92. Dear wife of 68 years of Jay L. Johnson. Beloved mother of Ann, Thomas (Ann), Allen, and Richard (Nancy). Devoted grandmother of Charles, Benjamin, and Owen Johnson. Further survived by dear sisters-in-law Lily Schmidt and Joan Wenger, nieces and nephews, cousins and friends. Preceded in death by her parents Willmer and Edna Schmidt, and siblings Helen Strehlow and W. Grant Schmidt. Her grandfather, A.A. Schmidt, was a founder of the current Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Services. Shirley exemplified her family’s dedication of service to others.

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Willard A. Klein

Willard Arthur Klein, 83, of Shawano, formerly of Suring, passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at home with his family by his side. Born on Sept. 29, 1934, in Two Rivers, the son of the late Arthur and Josephine (Hutchison) Klein. On June 11, 1954, he was united in marriage to Rosemary Long in Manitowoc. Willard enjoyed working on cars, which he made into a career as an auto mechanic; he loved fishing, restoring old homes, watching eagles fly, hummingbirds and all the wild animals that visited his yard. Willard enjoyed spending time with his loving wife, family, and his dog Smokey more than anything. He was a member of St. Martin Catholic Church in Cecil and was very grateful for their kind spiritual care.

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Sandra A. Kempinski

Sandra Ann (Burmeister) Kempinski, 69, of Shawano, passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 22, 2018, surrounded by loved ones.

Sandra was born on Sept. 6, 1948, in Neenah, the daughter of the late Joseph and Goldie (Starfeld) Babino. She was a lifelong member of the Shullsburg American Legion Auxiliary. She was very active in the community while living in Shawano and her time in Shullsburg. She always enjoyed spending time with her family and her many friends.

Sandra is survived by three daughters, Michelle (Jesse) Malitz, Lisa (Rodney) Krueger, and Tammy Aultman, all of Shawano; two sons, Kenneth Burmeister Jr., of Shawano, and Bryan (Rachael) Burmeister, of Argyle; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and her special friend, Thomas Kempinski.

A celebration of life was held on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, from 10 a.m. until noon at Mickelson Funeral Service of Shawano, with a closing prayer at noon.

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Lyle P. Ashenbrenner

Lyle P. Ashenbrenner, 82, of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday afternoon, March 28, 2018, in Neenah.

Funeral service arrangements are pending.

Mickelson Funeral & Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family with arrangements. Please share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com.

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Lawrence W. Moesch

Lawrence W. Moesch, 81, of the Town of Wescott, Shawano, passed away suddenly on Thursday, March 22, 2018, in Shawano.

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

Mickelson Funeral and Cremation Service of Shawano is assisting the family.

Share online condolences at www.mickelsonfs.com

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28
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David C. Wilking

David Carl Wilking passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018, at the age of 77. Loving and devoted husband of Sandra (nee Paiser). Dad of Kim Wilking. Grandpa of Jeremy (Trisha) Wilking. Great-grandpa of Samantha, Lindsey and Kayla. Brother of the late Werner (Tessa). Brother-in-law of Michael (Cinda). Uncle of Chad (Lisa) and Rick (Sharon). Great-uncle of Lyla Grace and Ben. Also survived by other relatives and many friends.

Visitation Thursday, March 29, 2018, at Prasser/Kleczka Funeral Home Milwaukee (414-483-2322), from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Funeral service to follow at 12:30 p.m. Private interment at Wisconsin Memorial Park.

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Robert W. Thorne Jr.

Robert William “Bob” Thorne Jr., born on April 22, 1946, in Shawano to the late Marge Jones Thorne and the late Robert William Thorne Sr. passed away at age 71 on March 22, 2018, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

He graduated from Nicholls State University. Robert served in the Coast Guard from 1964 to 1970, and he also worked in the Oil Field industry as a country operations manager for Ensco until he retired in 2010.

Robert is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rhea Wiesler Thorne. Robert is also survived by his son, Jason Robert Thorne; daughter, Stephani Erin Thorne; brothers, Rex (Lanell) Thorne and Michael (Debbie) Thorne; and sisters, Yolanda (Milton) Laabs, Renee (Forrest) O’Kimosh and Robin (Gary) Prey. He was preceded in death by a brother, LaDarrow Lee Thorne.

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Alfred S. Hanson

Alfred S. Hanson, 84, of the Town of Wescott, passed away suddenly on Friday afternoon, March 16, 2018, at ThedaCare Medical Center-Appleton following a brief illness.

Alfred was born Aug. 23, 1933, in the Town of Seneca, Shawano County, a son of the late Simon and Alice (Klund) Hanson. He attended country schools, and later Shawano schools. On Oct. 23, 1951, he entered the United States Marine Corps. Alfred served during the Korean War and was wounded twice, earning the Purple Heart. He was honorably discharged on Oct. 22, 1953. Upon returning from the service, he lived in Milwaukee and worked at Nordberg, Inc.

On Dec. 27, 1958, Alfred was united in marriage to the former Arlene Kunschke at St. Paul Lutheran Church-Stony Hill. The couple settled in Shawano, where Alfred worked at Shawano Paper for 36 years, retiring in 1996. He worked part-time for the Shawano County Sheriff’s Department. Alfred had the privilege of taking an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

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Denies L. Wynos

Denies La-Rae Wynos “Opay-Taw-Winokey,” 10, of Neopit, started her journey to the Spirit World on Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Green Bay.

Denies was born Nov. 23, 2007, in Milwaukee, a daughter of Dennis and Mary (Waubanscum) Wynos. She attended Keshena Primary School, where she was in the fourth grade. She was a happy little girl who loved camping and ceremonial drums.

Survivors include her parents, Dennis Wynos and Mary Waubanscum, of Neopit; her maternal grandparents, Alfred and Rose Waubanascum, of Neopit; stepsisters, Dallas Hawkins, Diana Marie Wynos, Shaquinn Wynos, Justine Peters and Shanae Wynos; stepbrothers, John Wynos, Jeremy Peters and Gilbert Wynos; her special godsister, Nicole Waubanscum; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

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Ralph R. Prey Jr.

Ralph R. Prey Jr., 68, Oconto, passed away Thursday, March 22, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay. Ralph was born Nov. 17, 1949, in Clintonville to the late Ralph and Lucille (Drake) Prey Sr. He married Sharon Ellie on Oct. 30, 1976. Ralph worked at Bond Pickle for eight years and as a crossing guard for the city for over 20 years.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Sharon Prey, Oconto; two sons, Thomas Prey, Oconto; Michael (Beth Bice) Prey, Oconto; six sisters, LaVerne (John) Burmeister, Shawano; Joanne (Jim) Prey, Shawano; Kay (Jerome) Babino, Oconto; Betty Gajewske, Brillion; Barbara (Bob) Bohart, Shawano; Jeanette (Dave) Habeck, Shawano; three brothers, Eddie (Helen) Prey, Wisconsin Rapids; Gary (Robin) Prey, Shawano; Jim (Jeanie) Prey, Shawano; a sister-in-law, Milie Prey, Tigerton; four grandchildren, Alyssa, Aiden “Butchy,” Kevin and Kyle Prey.

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