Obituaries

Wed
06
Jun

Elizabeth D. Wopshel

Elizabeth D. Wopshel, 79, of Shawano, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 2, 2018, at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton.

Elizabeth was born August 13, 1938, in Milwaukee, a daughter of the late George and Margaret (Putzback) DeJolier. She attended school in Milwaukee. On May 18, 1964, she was united in marriage to Douglas G. Wopshel at St. Veronica Catholic Church in Bayview. Douglas preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 2014. The couple lived in Milwaukee until Douglas retired and moved to Shawano in 1989. Elizabeth liked to do embroidery and play bingo. She is a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Survivors include her children, Glen and Kenneth, both of Shawano, Steve and Wendy, both of Oak Creek; 12 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Kopcznski.

Sat
02
Jun

Kathryn M. Gajewski

Katie Gajewski, 88, of Shawano, passed away peacefully at Birch Hill Care Center in Shawano on May 26, 2018.

Katie was born on Aug. 5, 1929, in Milwaukee and united in Catholic marriage to her first love, Don Gajewski on Sept. 11, 1948. The couple continued to live in Milwaukee for 30 years and raised their only son, Bob.

Katie was proud of her working years at North Shore Bank and climbed the company ladder due to her friendly personality and sharp math skills. She and Don enjoyed many bus trips across the country that Katie organized through the bank.

After retirement, Don and Katie moved to Rhinelander and Shawano to be closer to their family. They shared a very special bond with their grandsons Rob and Ryan and spent as much time as possible with them. During the winters, the couple lived in Florida and enjoyed going out to eat, attending music shows, and entertaining friends.

Sat
02
Jun

Robert L. Schultz

Robert “Bucky” L. Schultz Jr., 81, of the Town of Larrabee, Waupaca County, passed away Thursday, May 31, 2018, at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton following a brief illness.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home and Crematory of Clintonville is assisting his family.

Thu
31
May

David R. Wilson

David R. Wilson, 70, of Waupaca (formerly Clintonville), passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at his home.

David Ray Wilson was born on April 27, 1948, in Clintonville to John and Delores (Hanson) Wilson. He was baptized on May 23, 1948, by the Rev. Walter List at Zion Lutheran Church, Embarrass. In his early years, David loved fishing and swimming in the Embarrass River. He liked camping with his parents, niece Kris and nephew Tom. David attended special education classes at Clintonville Public School until he was 16 years old. He was confirmed on Nov. 5, 1989 by the Rev. Robert Selle at Zion Lutheran Church, Embarrass.

Tue
29
May

Gerald D. Gast

Gerald D. Gast, 72, of Shawano, passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018, in Shawano. Gerald was born in Shawano on Aug. 24, 1945, son of the late Arthur William and Ruth (Sindberg) Gast Sr. Gerald graduated from Shawano High School in 1963. He was an avid Packers and Brewers fan. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping and loved going out to eat at the Gathering with his family.

Gerald is survived by four children, Lori, Julie, Andrew and Jessica; eight grandchildren; one brother, Timothy (Kathy) Gast, of Shawano; two sisters, Barbara Hudson, of North Carolina, and Patricia Liberus, of Haiti; his sisters-in-law, Patricia Gast, of Green Bay, and Virginia Gast, of Tomah; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Arthur Jr., William and James.

Private family services will be held. Inurnment will be in the Lake Drive Cemetery. Swedberg Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.

Sat
26
May

John F. Ottman

John F. Ottman, 76, peacefully passed away with his family by his side on May 23, 2018, at Heartwood Homes Assisted Living in Appleton. John was born on July 21, 1941, in Antigo, son of the late John and June (Warner) Ottman. He graduated from Antigo High School in 1959 and joined the United States Air Force. On June 20, 1970, John married the love of his life, Iris Schuettpelz. They shared 47 years of marriage and raised three children. In 1977, John rejoined the armed forces as a member of the United States Army Reserves. He proudly served 20 years, ranking Sergeant First Class. While serving as a reservist, John was employed with the city of Appleton for 37 years. He retired in 2003 and moved to Legend Lake.

In his retirement years, John enjoyed the outdoors, bowling, reading, traveling and volunteering with the St. Michael’s food pantry in Keshena. He cherished spending time with his wife and family at Legend Lake.

Sat
26
May

Thomas and William Johnson

Thomas James Johnson and William Albert Johnson, twin sons of Jennifer Powers and Jamie Johnson Jr., were born into heaven on May 23, 2018, at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay.

Thomas and William are survived by their parents, Jennifer and Jamie; two sisters, Dani and Kiara Johnson; maternal grandparents, Karen (Dave) Kerber and Tony (Ginger) Powers; paternal grandmother, Pearl (Tracy) Laatsch; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family.

The twins were preceded in death by their paternal grandfather, Jamie Johnson Sr.

Private family services will be held.

www.swedbergfuneralhome.com

Thu
24
May

John A. Staats

John Allen Staats, 65, of Bonduel, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in De Pere after a 14-year battle with cancer. John was born on Nov. 30, 1952, in Eau Claire. On Sept. 19, 1986, John was united in marriage to Rebecca Arnold in Las Vegas. John was a courageous warrior, an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and riding his Triumph motorcycle. He enjoyed great food along with a good scotch or bourbon. John was a wonderful, loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather and will be extremely missed.

John is survived by his wife, Becky; his son, Max Staats, of Bonduel; his daughter, Kaci (Allan) Wolf, of Bonduel; his grandson, Graham; sister, Bambi (Steve) Van Den Heuvel, of De Pere; and nephews, Cameron (Katie) Van Den Heuvel and Kyle Van Den Heuvel. He is further survived by other family and numerous friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gene Staats.

Thu
24
May

Kay R. Wolff

Kay R. Wolff, formerly known as Keaton R. Wolff, 87, Oshkosh, died on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Bethel Home, Oshkosh.

She was born on December 13, 1930, in Wittenberg, the daughter of the late Henry and Estelle (Hamilton) Wolff.

Kay graduated from Antigo Normal School and taught at some area schools. She then moved to Montana, where she waitressed at restaurants, and finally moved to Oshkosh where she worked at a nursing home.

Survivors include a brother, Dale Wolff, of Lake Geneva, and other relatives and friends.

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018, at Forest Home Cemetery, Wittenberg. The Rev. Matthew Christians will officate.

Schmidt and Schulta Funeral Home, Wittenberg, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at schmidtschulta.com and at Schmidt and Schulta Funeral Home on Facebook.

Thu
24
May

Rolf Hembach

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, then he is a new creation; the old has passed, behold, something new has become.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

Pastor Rolf Hembach of Germany passed away on March 8, 2018.

Rolf was born on Nov. 25, 1927, to Paul and Paula (Wolsky) Hembach in Wuppertal, Germany, the middle of three sons.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Octavia (“Tave”); by his parents; and by his brothers, Helmut and Hans Dieter.

He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Elizabeth and Hannelore; and nieces and nephews, Renate, Reinhard, Thomas, Christine, Ruth, Eva, Martin, and Simone.

He is survived by several grandnieces and grandnephews including Carolin, Sebastian, Sarah, and Lea.

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