Obituaries

Fri
03
Aug

Violet M. Bennin

I am home in heaven, dear ones;

Oh so happy and so bright!

There is perfect joy and beauty,

In this everlasting light!

All the pain and grief is over,

Every restless tossing passed;

I am now at peace forever

Safely home in heaven at last

You must not grieve so sorely,

For I love you all dearly still,

Try to look beyond earth’s shadows,

Pray to trust our Father’s will.

Thu
02
Aug

Violet M. Bennin

Violet M. Bennin, 89, of Shawano, passed away on Sunday morning, July 29, 2018, at Atrium Post Acute Care of Shawano at Evergreen.

Violet was born June 18, 1929, in Milwaukee to the late Joseph and Marie (Nichols) Mikoliczak. She was married to Jerome Bennin on Aug. 17, 1946. She and her husband owned Robinhood Builders. Jerry was a contractor/carpenter and Violet was the secretary for the family business. Violet also worked at Maple Lane as a receptionist, taught CCD at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, and tutored at Lincoln School. Beyond her public service, she loved entertaining audiences in Shawano, Green Bay, Appleton, and around the state. On most weekends, you could find Vi and Jerry singing and playing to packed supper clubs. They shared a great chemistry and, between the two of them, created some of the area’s most fun and nostalgic moments. Polkas would be streaming from Jerry’s accordion and the songs flowed from Vi’s beautiful voice.

Thu
02
Aug

Margaret M. Wozniak

Margaret Mildred Wozniak, 80, of Mattoon, died on Monday, July 30, 2018, at her home under the care of her family and LeRoyer Hospice, Antigo.

Margaret was born on Sept. 30, 1937, in Clintonville, the daughter of the late Howard and Susan (Gyrion) Rodgers.

Margaret married Derald Vogt in 1958. Then on Feb. 17, 2001, Margaret was united in marriage to Frank J. Wozniak in Shawano. He survives.

Margaret graduated from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science in education. She served as an English and Spanish teacher in Weyauwega and Berlin. She then worked at Walmart where she retired after 15 years as a customer service manager. Margaret and Frank traveled through all but two U.S. states, a fact she was very proud of. She enjoyed reading and watching the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs. Margaret was a member of the Mattoon Church of the Nazarene, as well as the American Legion Auxiliary.

Thu
02
Aug

Henrietta J. Long

Henrietta Jean “Sis” Long, 68, of South Branch, unexpectedly passed away on Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay. She had battled ongoing health problems that she overcame miraculously within the past year. We were blessed to have her well and herself for the past few months, but ultimately she succumbed to the same dreaded sepsis that plagued her months ago. As a member of Keshena Assembly of God, living her faith was her greatest joy this past year.

Born onto Alex and Margaret Peters on June 30, 1950, in Keshena, Henrietta was raised true and true in South Branch, “Brancher All the Way!” Sis lived a very full life, a life she shared with her husband, Kenneth Wendell “Kenny Long,” whom she joined in marriage on May 14, 1986.

Thu
02
Aug

Ruth A. Thomas

Funeral services for Ruth A. Thomas will be held on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Mickelson Funeral Service in Shawano. Pastor Steve Conradt will officiate. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. at the funeral home and continue until the time of service.

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

Wed
01
Aug

Roger Strasman

Roger John Strasman, 79, of Shawano, formerly of West Allis, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, July 27, 2018, at his home. Roger was born in Jacksonport on Aug. 18, 1938, to the late Archie and Ruth (Erskine) Strasman. Following high school, Roger enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served his country honorably for three years. On May 6, 1961, he was united in marriage to Carolyn “Cookie” Kalamen in New Berlin. The couple raised their family in West Allis, where Roger was captain of the West Allis Fire Department. After retiring, the couple moved to Shawano Lake in 1997. Roger was a great man. He was warm, caring, active, capable and a prankster with a great sense of humor. He loved children and was a foster dad for numerous infants over the years. Roger could always be found helping his neighbors, whether he was cutting down a tree or putting in a pier. He enjoyed flying airplanes in his younger years and was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.

Wed
01
Aug

Ruth A. Thomas

Ruth A. Thomas, 87, of Shawano, passed away peacefully early Saturday morning, July 28, 2018, at Walker Highview Hills Assisted Living Facility in Lakeville, Minnesota.

Ruth was born July 19, 1931, in Shawano, daughter of the late William and Margaret (Karstedt) Engel. She attended grade school in a one-room school in Red River and graduated from Shawano High School in 1949. Ruth’s career began in a law office in Shawano. She then went on to work for 33 years, and four judges, as a court reporter for Shawano County Circuit Court Branch 2, from its creation in 1957 until she retired in 1990. Ruth married the love of her life, Arnold Thomas, on Sept. 27, 1952, at St. James Lutheran Church in Shawano. Arnold preceded her in death on March 22, 2015. The couple lived in Shawano and spent many wonderful winters at their condominium in Port Charlotte Harbor, Florida.

Wed
01
Aug

Sharon M. Krueger

Sharon Mae Krueger, 83, passed away peacefully at home in Shawano on Monday, July 30, 2018, surrounded by her family. Sharon was born in Shawano on Oct. 2, 1934, daughter of the late Antone and Elsie (Helms) Brunner. After graduating in 1952 from Shawano High, she moved to Chicago and worked for the airlines. Sharon was united in marriage to William Frank Krueger on July 20, 1957, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Shawano; they just celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. Sharon enjoyed cooking, gardening, entertaining, playing cards and time at the lake with her family. Her passion was her creativity — she developed an extraordinary talent for quilting. She leaves behind a legacy of beauty and creation in the quilts she made throughout the years, many times gifting them to family, friends and those in need. Sharon was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church since they moved “back home” after retiring in 1990.

Wed
01
Aug

Sarah J. Elertson

Sarah J. Elertson, 86, of Shawano, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, July 28, 2018. Sarah was born on June 24, 1932, in Outagamie County, daughter of the late Hamilton and Elizabeth (Manders) Bain. On Dec. 30, 1955, Sarah was united in marriage to Harold Elertson. The couple enjoyed nearly 50 years of marriage before Harold preceded her in death on Sept. 20, 2005. Sarah worked for 13 years at American National Can Company and was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Shawano. She was an active member of several local organizations including the Red Hats, the Faith Circle, the Jerusalem Ladies Auxiliary and the Flower Queens Homemakers Club.

Wed
01
Aug

William C. ‘Bill’ Schmidt

William Carl “Bill” Schmidt, 61, of Shawano, passed away unexpectedly at home on Sunday, July 29, 2018. Bill was born in Shawano on Jan. 28, 1957, son of the late Clarence and Mildred (Kreklow) Schmidt. On Jan. 28, 1996, Bill was united in marriage to Pamela Roloff. Bill lived in Shawano most of his life and was the president and active member of the Shawano Lake Lions Club, as well as very active at the state level. He was a Brewers fan and a Packers super fan and enjoyed curling and golfing.

Bill is survived by his wife, Pam; children, Neal (Becky) Olson, of Colorado, and Amanda (Pachi) Mercedes Laureano, of Shawano; two grandchildren, Oliver and Maximo; and adopted children, Maria and Katie. He is further survived by his brother, Dr. Michael (Becky) Schmidt, of Plover; two nephews, Jason (Laura) Schmidt and Andrew (Carrie) Schmidt; as well as his favorite dogs, Winston Churchill and Puttser.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

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